OPENING SESSION - Regional Policy Environment
National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management, India

Prof. Ramesh Ramachandran is the Director of the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management in India. His expertise includes coastal ecosystem biogeochemistry, nutrient management and coastal zone management, progressively evolving from a pure science-based research focus to a science-policy interface. He has been involved in several national and international expert committees on coastal management. He has over 110 refereed publications to his credit and has supervised more than 100 Post Graduate and Doctoral students. He has received many recognitions from several national and international organizations. Earlier this year, he was elected Chairman of the Global Partnership on Nutrient Management.  

World Bank, USA

Arnau Gallard-Agusti is an Economist at the World Bank Group, where he leads the fertilizer indicators work at the Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) project, which examines and monitors regulations that impact how markets function in the agriculture and agribusiness sectors. Prior to joining the World Bank, Arnau Gallard-Agusti was head of Venair engineering and manufacturing company’s Middle East office in Dubai, and worked as an investment facilitator for the Catalan Government’s trade office in Cairo.

World Bank, Malaysia

Nina Paustian works as a Private Sector Development Specialist in the World Bank Office in Kuala Lumpur. She is leading the data collection and stakeholder engagement activities for the Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) project in Southeast Asia. Her current research focuses on agricultural transformation and agribusiness trade flows. Before moving to Malaysia, Nina Paustian was based at the Bank’s headquarters in Washington DC working on indicators to assess regulatory and policy frameworks of various countries. Prior to joining the Bank, she worked in different roles for the German Development Cooperation.

International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), USA

Dr. Deborah Hellums currently serves as Chief Program Officer and leader of IFDC’s Headquarters’ Research Program. She has more than 30 years of experience in soil fertility research to support agricultural intensification in IFDC’s development projects in Africa, Asia and Europe. In this capacity, she has provided technical assistance, training and administrative oversight to IFDC projects. Deborah Hellums has also authored/co-authored numerous publications related to her work.


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