The Speakers


Prof. Dr. Hyun-Joong Kim

Advanced Biocomposite Technology

Professor at Seoul National University, South Korea. Fellow member of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology (KAST) as well as International Academy of Wood Science (IAWS). Expert in high-functionality adhesion material, biomass-based composite and functionality eco-friendly coatings material. He is also an editorial board member in Open Journal of Organic Polymer Materials.


Prof. Dr. Byung-Dae Park

Biopolymer and Derivatives

Professor in Department of Wood and Paper Sciences, Kyungpook National University, South Korea. He is expert in wood science and technology, wood-based composites, and forest products. His research areas are focus on wood adhesives and technology, structural and morphological characterization of wood adhesives, thermal cure kinetics analysis of wood adhesives, formaldehyde-based thermosetting polymers, as well as nanocellulose-based bionanocomposites.

Roger Meder is an independent consultant (Meder Consulting) in the broader forestry and agricultural sector and as an Adjunct Professor in the Forest Industries Research Centre at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Roger’s specific area of expertise is in the development and application of non-destructive testing to physico-chemical properties of biomaterials for characterisation and quality control. His current interest is the application of NIR spectroscopy to allow non-destructive, in-forest, rapid phenotyping of thousands of individuals within tree breeding trials. He is also researching the application of spectroscopic methods to quantify preservatives in treated timber.

Advanced Biocomposite Technologyy

Prof. Dr. Roger Meder

Prof. Dr. Gordon Robertson

Biopackaging Technology

Professor Gordon Robertson is a food packaging consultant, expert witness, author and trainer, and an adjunct Professor in the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. Prior to that he was for 11 years Vice President for Environmental & External Affairs for Tetra Pak in their Asia Regional Headquarters. Before that he was Foundation Professor of Packaging Technology at Massey University, New Zealand where he taught courses in food packaging for 21 years. A food technologist by training, he has a Master of Technology and PhD in food technology as well as a Management Diploma. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Food Science & Technology, and a Fellow of the US Institute of Food Technologists. In addition, he is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Packaging, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Food Science & Technology, and a Past President and Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Food Science & Technology. From 2010 to 2012 he was a member of the Governing Council of IUFoST (International Union of Food Science & Technology). He is a member of the editorial boards of several journals and Associate Editor - Food Packaging for the journal Packaging Technology & Science. He is also the Food Packaging Subject Editor for the Elsevier Reference Module in Food Science, and Chair of the Scientific Programme Committee for the IUFoST 20th World Congress being held in Auckland, New Zealand in August 2020 (

Dr. Mark Irle

IR 4.0 in Biobased Production / Advanced Biocomposite

Dr. Irle is a President of InnovaWood and a Fellow of The Wood Technology Society of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (UK) as well as co-ordinator and participant in several national and international research projects. He has graduated his bachelor and PhD degree in Wood Science from the University of Wales, Bangor. His research interests cover all wood-based composites and their dimensional stability in particular. Previously, he was appointed as a lecturer at University of Wales, Bangor. He left Bangor in 1994 to help create the Forest Products Research Centre at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, now Buckinghamshire New University, and in 1996 he became the head of this new department. He has worked in France since 2002 as the Research Director of Ecole Supérieure du Bois in Nantes and for a while as Deputy Director of the institute, but now he is focussing once more on research.


Dr. Philippe Guizol 

Forest Plantation Management

Dr. Philippe Guizol is a forester and social scientist working with CIRAD. From 2003 to 2008, Philippe has led CIRAD-CIFOR’s project Levelling the Playing Field in Bogor; since 2008 he has worked for a financial institution on forest and climate investments based in Jakarta. Philippe is a specialist of forest plantations, institutions for forestry development and participatory approaches. In 2015, Philippe returned to the CIFOR Forest and Governance Portfolio at Yaoundé-Hub.

Prof. Dr. Paridah Md Tahir

Advanced Biocomposite Technology


Prof. Dr. Paridah Md Tahir is Senior Fellow Researcher in the Institute of Tropical Forestry and Forest Products (INTROP), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Malaysia. She has acquired her PhD title in the field of wood chemistry from University of Aberdeen, Scotland. She was also appointed as Professor in the Faculty of Forestry, UPM, in 2012. Prof. Dr. Tahir’s research has focused on natural fibre, wood adhesives and bonding, wood/fiber composites, and surface coating, and she has had extensive involvement in the wood-based sector, particularly in the area of biocomposites. Prof. Dr. Tahir has co-authored over 240 research papers, 30 book chapters and a number of conference papers, as well as being involved in a number of consultancy projects for both government and industry.

Prof. Dr. Luqman Chuah Abdullah

Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Professor Dr. Luqman Chuah Abdullah had been awarded a PhD degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Birmingham, England, in 2000. He is currently Professor in Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and has served as Head of Research Laboratory in Institute of Tropical Forest and Forest Products (INTROP), UPM between year 2007-2011 and Deputy Dean of School of Graduate Studies. As an active researcher, he had published more than 300 publications in journals and 200 proceedings, of which many of them are internationally cited and reputable in chemical and environmental engineering. In addition, he won a number of national and international awards in teaching and research, including Young Engineer Award from Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) in the year 2006, Top Research Scientist Malaysia (TRSM) by Academic of Science Malaysia, 2013, and Malaysia Rising Star Award by Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia (MoHE), 2015. His research interests are in the areas of chemical processing, environmental engineering; oleochemical, air pollution control, energy storage and phase change materials and process modelling and simulation. He also has a strong research collaboaration with various national and international research institutions.



Prof. Dr. Fauzi Febrianto


Bachelor and Master, IPB University (1988 and 1992)

Doctor of Agriculture, Kyoto University Japan (1999)

Researcher and lecturer in IPB University (1989 up to now)

Lecturer in UPM Malaysia (2002-2004)

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Du Zhiguo

Agroforestry, Informatization & Data Processing

Dr. Zhiguo Du got his PhD degree from South China Agricultural University After graduation he joined South China Agricultural University. Now he is an Associate professor at College of Mathematics and Informatics. His main research interests include forest resources monitoring and protection, Internet of things for agriculture and forestry, multiple source data merging and spatial analysis of magnanimous data and etc. He has published more than 40 papers in agroforestry informatization and data processing , and served as Principal Investigator of several grants, including grants from Science and technology plan of Guangdong Province(The important projects),and Natural Forest Standard project of China. Dr. Huang is also very active in the academic community, and is a vice chairman of several committees of IoF Academy of Guangdong.

Dr. Jeremy Brawner

Plant Pathology

After departing the University of Florida 20 years ago, Dr Brawner has returned to UF in a faculty role to work with the Forest Health Cluster on Tree Health Genetic Resources. While his research still focuses on developing genetic improvement programs, a greater focus is now placed on identifying disease resistance in populations and propagation systems to deliver improvements.

Prof. Dr. Jaehwan Kim

Engineering Science & Mechanic

Dr. Jaehwan Kim received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Inha University in 1985, M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from KAIST in 1987, and Ph.D. degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics from The Pennsylvania State University in 1995. In March 1996, he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Inha University, Korea, where he serves as Inha Fellow Professor. Dr. Kim is a fellow of The Korean Academy of Science and Technology, The National Academy of Engineering of Korea, and Institute of Physics. He is an associate editor of Smart Materials and Structure as well as Smart Nanosystems in Engineering and Medicine, and an editor of International Journal of Precision Manufacturing and Engineering. He has been the director of Creative Research Center for EAPap Actuator funded by National Research Foundation, Korea, and is the director of Creative Research Center for Nanocellulose Future Composites.

He first discovered cellulose as a smart material, which can be used for sensors, actuators and electronic materials. His research interests are smart materials, structures and devices, electroactive polymers, biomaterial based smart materials, cellulose, power harvesting, biomimetic actuators, biosensors, tactile sensors and flexible electronics. He has published more than 250 prestigious journal papers, 280 international conference papers, more than 30 patents.

Prof. Ir. Dr. Mohd Sapuan Salit

Composite Material

S.M. Sapuan is a professor of composite materials at Universiti Putra Malaysia. He earned his B.Eng degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Newcastle, Australia in 1990, MSc from Loughborough University, UK in 1994 and Ph.D from De Montfort University, UK in 1998. His research interests include natural fiber composites, materials selection and concurrent engineering. To date he has authored or co-authored more than 1300 publications international journals (629 papers), books (17), edited books (13), chapters in books (91) and conference proceedings/seminars (597 papers).S.M. Sapuan was the recipient of Rotary Research Gold Medal Award 2012, The Alumni Medal for Professional Excellence Finalist, 2012 Alumni Awards, University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia, Khwarizmi International Award (KIA). In 2013 he was awarded with 5 Star Role Model Supervisor award by UPM. He has been awarded “Outstanding Reviewer” by Elsevier for his contribution in reviewing journal papers. He received Best Technical Paper Award in UMIMAS STEM International Engineering Conference in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. S.,M. Sapuan was recognized as the first Malaysian to be conferred Fellowship by the US-based Society of Automotive Engineers International (FSAE) in 2015. He was the 2015/2016 recipient of SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair. In 2016 ranking of UPM researchers based on the number of citations and h-index by SCOPUS, he is ranked the 6th from 100 researchers. In 2017, he was awarded with IOP Outstanding Reviewer Award by Institute of Physics, UK, National Book Award, The Best Journal Paper Award, UPM, Outstanding Technical Paper Award, Society of Automotive Engineers International, Malaysia, and Outstanding Researcher Award, UPM. He also received Citation of Excellence Award from Emerald, UK, SAE Malaysia the Best Journal Paper Award, IEEE/TMU Endeavour Research Promotion Award, Best Paper Award by Chinese Defence Ordnance, Malaysia’s Research Star Award (MRSA), from Elsevier, Professor of Eminance Award from Aligarh Muslim University and Top Research Scientists Malaysia Award.


Mr. Kevin Molony

Forestry Industrial Management

Mr Kevin has been involved in the forest industry in Africa, Australasia, South East Asia and South America in temperate, sub-tropical and tropical forests for nearly 40 years with focus on resource planning, economic modelling, business administration and systems development. During this period, Mr Kevin has held senior management roles in all aspects of production forestry: from nursery management through silviculture to harvesting, planning and business administration. In terms of research, Mr Kevin has had broad involvement: in-house, co-operatively and through international consultancy and as a research station manager. During the late 1990s, Mr Kevin was the chairman of the New Zealand Eucalypt Research Co-operative and became a member of Future Forests Research’s Alternative Species Technical Committee when the co-operatives merged into it.

Since 2008 Mr Kevin has been involved with Borneo Forestry Co-operative members in providing growth and yield expertise, trial installation and analysis, modelling and systems development. The Bay of Plenty of New Zealand has been his home for over 26 years since relocating from Swaziland.

Qualification wise he hold a Bsc Forestry degree from Stellenbosch University and a BCom degree from the University of South Africa.