Keynote Speaker


Title: Plantation Forestry and Wood Sector in Asia: it is Time to Reimagine a Vibrant Future

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.

Title: Forest Plantation towards Sustainability of Wood Production and Wood Based Industry in Sarawak

Datu Hamden Mohammad, Director of Forests Sarawak

Datu Hamden Bin Haji Mohammad, the Director of Forests Sarawak, holds a Master degree on Environment Science in Land Use and Water Resource Management, UNIMAS and a Bachelor of Science in Forestry, UPM. He has been with the Forest Department Sarawak (FDS) for the past 28 years and has a vast experience in leading and managing different divisions in the department. He is an experienced Director with a demonstrated history of working as the Head of Preventive and Enforcement Division Bintulu Region, Head of Licensing Division, Head of International Affairs Division, Acting Deputy Director of Forests and in year 2019, he was promoted as the Director of Forests Sarawak. Datu Hamden is actively involved in forestry sector in Malaysia, particularly in Sarawak. He has been nominated as the Board of Honorary Advisers’ of Sarawak Timber Association Mutual Sdn. Bhd.; Board Member of Harwood Timber Sdn. Bhd., Sarawak Planted Forests, SARAWAK FORESTRY Corporation, SARAWAK FORESTRY Corporation Sdn. Bhd, and Lubuk Kiara Sdn. Bhd. (Lembaga Amanah Masjid Negeri Sarawak); Member of the Sarawak Biodiversity Council; Permanent Member of Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) 2018-2022; as well as Steering Committee Member of Sarawak Civil Service. Datu Hamden’s significant contributions to civil service and forestry have led to him being awarded the “Meritorious Service Medal (Silver)” in year 2008, “Officer of the Order of the Star of Hornbill Sarawak” in year 2016, and “Order of Meritorious Service to Sarawak” which brought him the title of “Datu” in year 2019. With his progressive and forward-thinking, the department is transforming towards the new FDS by fostering new people teams to achieving its vision “To Be Globally Recognized in Sustainable Forest Management”.

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

Tuan Hj. Kamaruzaman Othman is the Deputy Director General (Management and Operation) of the Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB), a lead agency under the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities tasked to promote the development of Malaysia’s wood-based industry. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Resource Economics, UPM and joined MTIB in September 1987. He has served in various Divisions of MTIB and currently, as the DDG (Management and Operation), he is in charge of the Management Services Division, Licensing and Inspectorate Division, Forest Plantation Division and WISDEC. Apart from initiating appropriate development activities for the various sectors of the timber industry, MTIB’s activities include promoting and marketing of timber products as well as providing technological inputs to the industry to ensure its continued viability.

Title: Pulp Fiction: National interest, regional politics, and the agglomeration of industrial tree plantations in Indonesia

Dr. Ahmad Maryudi holds a PhD in Forest Policy Development from Forest and Nature Conservation Policy of Goettingen University (Germany). He is currently Full Professor of Forest Policy and Governance at Universitas Gadjah Mada/ UGM (Indonesia) and an Adjunct/ Visiting Professor at several universities. In October 2020, he was named among the Stanford University’s Listnof World’s Top 2% Scientists. He provides several scientific services, such as coordinating the IUFRO’s Division 9 (Forest Policy & Economics) and acting as an Associate Editor of Forest Policy & Economics (Elsevier).

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 legacy of three-consecutive rotations of Acacia mangium on the productivity of the first rotation of Eucalyptus pellita in South Sumatra, Indonesia: Impact of harvest residue and inter-rotation management

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: Identifying and addressing the constraints to sustainable wood production

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

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: The Genetic and Breeding of Tropical Acacias in Indonesia: Notes of Challenges and A Re-Designing Breeding Strategy

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.

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

Dr Brawner joined the faculty of the UF Department of Plant Pathology in 2019, with responsibilities in research and extension on Tree Health Genetic Resources. His research program is focused on developing disease tolerant tree crops and his extension program delivers these varieties to a range of stakeholders. His work with forest and tree crop managers in the US and in many other countries has developed many breeding programs and a range of technologies to efficiently improve the resilience of integrated forest systems

Session 5
High Value-added Timber Products

Title: Development of Sustainable Biocomposites made of Acacia wood for Electronic applications

Dr. Elammaran is currently serving as a Senior Lecturer and Course Coordinator of the Mechanical Engineering program at the Faculty of Engineering, Computing, and Science.  Elammaran received his BEng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Madras, India, received his Master of Technology (Energy) from Pondicherry University, India. His Doctor of Philosophy (Materials and process) at University Malaysia Sarawak, Malaysia, has completed his Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching (Higher Education) at the Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. His research interest involves Polymer matrix composites, Energy and Environment sustainability, and Thermo-fluids system. He is a member of the International Register of Professional Engineering (IntPE UK), Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers – Chartered Engineer CEng MIMechE (UK), Registered as a Graduate Engineer in Mechanical Engineering with Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM), and Life Member in the Indian Society for Technical Education (MISTE). He has published more than Seventy international journals, book chapters, and conference papers. He is an accredited supervisor for Masters by research (MEng) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) studies and currently guiding Masters and Ph.D. students.

Title: Acacia: Engineered Wood Products

Prof. Dr. Razak Wahab is a professor/lecturer and is the Head for the Centre of Excellence in Wood Engineered Products (CeWEP), University College of Technology Sarawak (UCTS). He received his BSc in Physics from the University of Malaya, received his MSc in Wood Physics from the University of the Philippines at Los Banos, Philippines, and his PhD in Microbiology Forest Products from the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of London. He has served as a research officer and senior research officer at the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) for 17 years, as an Associate Professor at the School of International Tropical Forestry, University Malaysia Sabah (UMS) for 8 years, as a full Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Earth Science at University Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) for 7 years, and currently a Professor with the University College of Technology Sarawak (UCTS) for the past 5 years. He has published more than 150 papers in international journals, 12 academics books, 5 chapters in books, and more than 50 conference papers. At the moment he is working on projects related to “Engineered Acacia Wood” and “Engineered Bamboo”.