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Ole currently leads IRRI’s country office in Vietnam. He is a Senior Scientist and climate change focal point of the Institute. His research group focuses on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and mitigation technologies. Ole completed his PhD at the University of Kiel in 2008. In 2010, he joined IRRI as a Collaborative Research Scientist with Dr. Reiner Wassmann.
As climate change specialist, Ole analyzes the GHG balance of different cropping systems with a focus on Southeast Asia. He evaluates different mitigation options through water, fertilizer, and crop residue management. In his research, Ole also identifies suitable conditions to support dissemination of mitigation technologies, particularly a water-saving method known as Alternate Wetting and Drying (AWD) which offers huge potential in reducing methane emissions.
Ole’s expertise in project management and multistakeholder engagement further supports and strengthens the implementation of IRRI’s agenda throughout the field of climate change research and climate-smart technologies. Throughout his years with IRRI, Ole has continually worked with various stakeholders in countries within the region to foster the implementation of climate-smart farming practices. He maintains valuable networks across national institutions in Vietnam, Thailand, Bangladesh, and the Philippines.
Dr. Norman T. Uphoff is Professor Emeritus at Cornell University. He has been a faculty member at Cornell since 1970. Professor Uphoff was Program Leader for Sustainable Rice Systems, in the Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development (CIIFAD). He served as CIIFAD’s first director, from 1990 to 2005. He has published extensively on issues related to Participatory Development; Irrigation Management; Natural Resource Management and Sustainable Development; Agroecology, Ecoagriculture and Sustainable Agriculture; Food Security, Poverty and Environmental Issues, among others.
Dr. Tran Dai Nghia is currently a Director of the Department of Natural Resource and Environmental Economics Studies, a head of the Climate Change and REDD+ research group at the Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development (IPSARD), Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, a member of NAP-Ag taskforce, contact person for CTCN/UNFCCC for IPSARD and a group leader of the National technical expert group to provide advice for MARD’ COP 26 implimentation taskforce. Dr. Tran got his PhD in Natural Resource and Environmental Management at University of Hawaii at Manoa and his MS degree in Ag-business and Economics at University of Arkansas at Fayeteville under Fulbright scholarship. Dr. Tran is currently leading a number of climate change related projects including (1) Development of NAP M&E indicators for NAP-Ag of Vietnam (UNDP funded); (2) development of the GHG/Methane implementation plan for MARD in period 2021-2030, (3) development the apps for Carbon foot print in rice caltivation/dragon/shrimp production serving as MRV tool; (4) Private sector participation in implementing NDC and Natural Based Solutions (NbS). Dr. Tran has also involved deeply in reviewing policies and providing advice for policy makers in improving policy enabling environment for transformation towards ecological, resilient, low carbon and circular economy agriculture sector of Vietnam.
Duangporn Vithoonjit is a senior professional level agricultural research officer at the Chainat Rice Research Center, witin the department of rice research and development in the Thai Rice Department. Her focus includes rice production technology, namely; fertilizer management, precision farming and smart rice for sustainable rice production and reducing gas emission from rice area. She is currently researching the Adaptation of Rice Production Systems under Climate Change, the Development of Rice Production Technology for Mitigation and Adaptation under Climate Change, Area Analysis and risks from climate change for irrigated rice cultivation in Thailand, Development of technology for irrigated rice cultivation under Climate change in Thailand and Technology for Thai Aromatic Rice production to Increase Rice Quality.