Keynote Speaker


Title: Reimagine the Future of Plantation Forest in South-East Asia

Dr. Sadanandan Nambiar, Hon. Fellow in CSIRO

Sadanandan is an Honorary Fellow, CSIRO, Australia, after retiring as Chief Research Scientist and Science Director.  His contributions include (i) leading research for sustainable management, especially plantation forests and farm forests for economic development and environmental care (ii) science- based policy development (iii) fostering national and multi-national partnerships, capacity building and    mentoring and (iv) Leadership and management of R&D organisations. He has authored/co-authored many highly regarded publications.

He is a long-term contributor to sustainable forestry in Indonesia and Vietnam, and with Chris Harwood reviewed: “Sustainable Plantation Forestry in South-East Asia” in 2014. Nambiar has advised companies in Australia, Indonesia, Chile and Uruguay and has close interactions with forestry in Brazil. He was a Director (Board), Forestry and Forest Products, Australia (R&D), and currently is a Director (Board) of APFNet (an APEC initiative, supporting forest restoration in Asia and Pacific) sponsored by China. He is actively promoting forestry for rural development, poverty alleviation and climate change mitigation. Sadanandan’s awards include: N W Jolly Medal from Australia, IUFRO Host Scientific Award, Distinguished Scientist (SSSA, USA), Medal of Excellence from Commonwealth Forestry Association (UK/Australia) and Medal from Vietnam. He is appointed to the honour-Officer of the Order of Australia.

Datu Hamden Mohammad, Director of Forest Sarawak

Title: To be update soon

Session 1
Industry Forest Plantation Policy

Title: Policy recommendations to improve economic, environmental and social benefits from forest plantations in Vietnam

Dr Vu Tan Phuong obtained university degree in forestry in 1994, a master of forestry in 2002 from Viet Nam Forestry University and Ph.D. in forestry from Viet Nam Academy of Forest Sciences in 2012. He has over 25 years working experiences in forestry research and management in Vietnam and with international organizations. Much of his work has been dedicated to forest governance, forest valuation, forest biomass, REDD+, mitigation and adaptation to climate change. Dr. Phuong is a key person to develop a numbers of forest policies and programs in Vietnam, such as payment for forest environmental services, Vietnam forest certification scheme and emission reduction program. He is also a core team member to prepare a climate change action plan for forestry, nationally determined contribution (NDC) and forest reference level for REDD+ implementation.

Title: The Implementation of Forest Plantation Programme: A Malaysian Perspective

Encik Mohd Kheiruddin Mohd Rani is currently the Director-General of Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB) since 1 September 2019, a lead agency tasked to enhance the development of Malaysia’s wood-based industry. Apart from initiating appropriate development for the various sectors of the timber industry, MTIB’s activities include licensing, promoting and marketing of timber and timber products as well as providing technological inputs to the industry to ensure the continued viability and advancement of the industry.  He graduated in a Bachelor of Social Science (Hons) From University of Malaya.  He has more than 30 years of experience in the Timber Industry and has been representing Malaysia in various International Trade negotiations, forums and other international conference and seminar.  He is currently a chairperson of economics, statistics and market (CEM) for International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO).


Session 2
Plantation Management for Sustainable Wood Production

Title: Acacias and Eucalypts for Plantations- Choosing between Them, or Choosing Both?

Dr Chris Harwood obtained his Bachelor Degree in 1973 from University of Tasmania and PhD in 1977 from Australian National University. He commenced working with CSIRO in 1987 on the genetic resources, genetic improvement, plantation development and wood utilisation of Australian tree species.  Initially, Dr Harwood focussed on species and provenance evaluation and tree breeding strategies to support forest plantation development.  Then. he subsequently worked on wood quality and wood processing, plantation silviculture, and sustainable wood production from short-rotation plantations. He led major development assistance projects on tree improvement and silviculture in several Asian countries and has extensive experience in training and capacity building of forest scientists. He has a particular interest in tree domestication for smallholder forestry and agroforestry. Following his retirement as Senior Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO Land and Water in 2014, Dr Harwood was an Honorary Fellow with CSIRO until 2019. He also provided advice on tree domestication to the World Agroforestry Centre. He is now an Honorary Research Associate with the School of Natural Sciences at the University of Tasmania. Dr Harwood has authored/co-authored over 100 refereed scientific papers and ten books. He received IUFRO Science Achievement Award in 2014 and the Commonwealth Forestry Association’s SE Asia-Pacific Regional Medal in 2018

Title: The latest trends and future prospects of growing Acacias in South East Asia

Dr Eko B. Hardiyanto is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Forestry Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta Indonesia.  He has been involved in various research activities related to tree breeding, silviculture and inter-rotation site management for over 25 years for a number of species including acacia, eucalyptus, pine, teak and Falcataria. For over the last 25 years, he has been doing consultation work with a number of forestry companies in Indonesia.  He received his  PhD from the Department of Forestry Michigan State University.

Title: The latest trends and future prospects of growing Acacias in South East Asia

Dr Daniel Mendham is a Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO, with over 2 decades of professional experience in forestry and agricultural systems research. His undergraduate and postgraduate training in agricultural science has formed the basis of his research focus on improving sustainability and profitability of agricultural, agroforestry and forestry systems in both Australia and Asia, and he has worked closely with both smaller and larger growers as well as industry in this endeavour. His early focus was on managing soil, nutrition and water to maximise sustainable productivity and profitability of short-rotation plantation systems, but more recently he has expanded his interests to include livelihoods and agricultural and agroforestry systems. He has led several projects in Southeast Asia on sustainable and productive forestry and agroforestry systems over the last 10 years and has a strong interest in ensuring that planted forest systems provide maximum benefits to all stakeholders.

Session 3
Risk Management

Mr phan van bon-min

Title: Growth performance, wood properties and fertility of selected triploid acacia

Mr Pham Van Bon is a Research Scientist (Acacia plantations) in Southern Centre of Application for Forest Technology & Science, Vietnam Academy of Forest Sciences. He has been working in the Vietnamese Academy of Forest Sciences for 14 years, focusing on the silviculture and tree improvement of fast-growing trees especially Acacia plantations. Mr Bon is currently completing his PhD studies on the growth performance, wood properties and fertility of triploid acacia clones.

Dr Anto-min

Title: Challenges in Pulpwood Plantation in Response to Pest and Disease Attack

Dr Anto Rimbawanto is a principal research scientist in Centre for Forest Biotechnology and Tree Improvement (CFBTI), Indonesia and has been working there since 1994.  He is a Forestry graduate from Institute Pertanian Bogor, Indonesia in 1980. He then obtained his MAgrSc Seed Physiology from Massey University, New Zealand and PhD Forest Genetics in 1993 from Australian National University, Australia. His research interest covers a range of topics related to forest tree breeding, molecular breeding, conservation of genetic resources, population dynamics, DNA log tracking, species barcoding, biosecurity, pests/diseases in plantation, and a range of species including Acacia mangium, A. auriculiformis, Acacia hybrid, Eucalyptus pellita, Dipterocarpaceae, Tectona grnadis, Melaleuca cajuputi, Santalum album. Dr Rimbawanto is currently involved in various local and international projects including his position as a national expert for ITTO and project leader for particular ACIAR project.

Session 4
Genetics and Breeding

Arif Dr

Title: Genetic and Breeding of Tropical Acacias for Forest Products

Dr Arif Nirsatmanto is a senior researcher in Centre for Forest Biotechnology and Tree Improvement (CFBTI), Indonesia. He has mainly been working in forest tree breeding, particularly for tropical fast growing tree species of Acacias and Eucalyptus, for more than 25 years since 1993. He obtained MSc in Tissue Culture in 2002 and PhD in Quantitative Genetics in 2005 from Kyushu University, Japan.  He is a leader in Acacias and Eucalyptus breeding project for pulp and paper products in CFBTI, which was being collaborated with 15 stakeholders in Indonesia through exploring genetic materials, establishing genetic testing and seed orchards, and inter-specific hybridization.  Under this project, more than 108 hectares of seedling seed orchards, including third-cycles of generation breeding, were established along of Java, Sumatera, and Kalimantan and Papua islands. Now, Dr Nirsatmanto and his team are preparing to release some superior clones of Eucalyptus and Acacia hybrid suited for pulp and paper industries need. He has also served as supervisor for preparing thesis related to research in breeding for Acacias and Eucalyptus for graduate students from some universities. Dr Nirsatmanto also currently joined ACIAR project of management strategies for plantation diseases in Indonesia and Vietnam (FST/2014/068).


Title: Recent Advances in Acacia Breeding and Deployment for Wood Production

Dr Nguyen Duc Kien is Director of the Institute of Forest Tree Improvement and Biotechnology, Vietnam Academy of Forest Sciences. He obtained university degree in forestry in 1997, a master of biology in 2002 and Ph.D. in biology from Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in 2009. He has 23 years working experiences in forest genetic and tree breeding. Much of his work has been dedicated to genetic improvement of fast growing tree species, domestication of native tree species and deployment of improved genetic materials to commercial plantation.  Dr. Kien is leader of acacia genetic improvement programs in Vietnam. He has successfully selected many clones of acacia and eucalyptus which are now widely planted in Vietnam. He has published more than 30 papers in forest genetic research in Vietnamese and international journals. Along with research activities, he has been working supervisors for number of MSc and PhD students in Vietnam and consultant for forest companies in Vietnam and other countries in South East Asia.

Dr. Jeremy Brawner

Title: Developing Resilient Acacia and Eucalypt Tree Crops for the Tropics

Session 5
High Value-added Timber Products


Title: To be update soon

Dr Gan Kee-Seng is a mechanical engineering graduate from University of Strathclyde. He obtained his Doctoral Degree from the same university in 1998. He has served as a researcher in wood properties, processing and utilization for over 30 years. Currently, Dr Gan is the Director Research Planning Division of the Forest Research Institute Malaysia. Prior to this appointment, he was the Director of Forest Products Division. His works on timber properties are mainly on plantation timbers such as rubberwood, Acacia mangium, Khaya ivorensis, jelutong, sesendok, merawan siput jantan, kelampayan and oil palm trunk. He has published more than 120 technical and semi-technical papers. Dr Gan also served as the Executive Secretary of the Asia-Pacific Association of Forest Research Institutions (APAFRI) since 2015. He has previously served as coordinator of Working Group on Properties and Utilisation of Tropical Plantation Timbers in IUFRO (2000-2010) and Vice-secretary of Malaysian Scientific Association (MSA).

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