Practice Manager, Agriculture and Food Global Practice, The World Bank
Dina Umali-Deininger is the Agriculture and Food Practice Manager for the East Asia and Pacific Region of the World Bank. She manages analytical and advisory services and a lending portfolio totaling $3.5 billion, which focuses on promoting climate-smart and nutrition-sensitive agriculture, linking smallholder farmers to markets, agriculture value chain development, and enhancing rural livelihoods and jobs. She formerly served as the Agriculture Practice Manager in Central and Eastern Africa and Water Practice Manager in Europe and Central Asia. She also served as a Country Sector Coordinator and Lead Agriculture Economist in the World Bank New Delhi office overseeing the World Bank's agriculture and rural development program in India. Prior to joining the World Bank, she held a teaching position at the University of the Philippines and was a Research Associate at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines. She has an M.A. and Ph.D. in Applied Economics from Stanford University and a B.A. in Agribusiness Management from the University of the Philippines.
CEO, eFishery, Indonesia
As a fish farmer-turned-agriculture tech entrepreneur, eFishery founder and CEO Gibran Huzaifah revolutionized the relatively untapped $9.4 billion-valued Indonesian aquaculture market. eFishery uses cloud-based smart-feeding technology in fish and shrimp farms across the vast archipelago to ensure the fish are healthy and waste minimized - to increase feed efficiency by 21 percent. The IoT startup doesn't just sell products; it also collects data from feeding, production, water quality, and fish behavior to create predictive insights for farmers. The company uses the data platform to connect farmers with services like financing, market access, and supply. He was part of Google Launchpad Accelerator in 2015 and Unreasonable Impact in 2018. He was listed as Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia 2017 and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Innovation category) 2018, and MIT Technology Review Asia Innovators under 35 in 2019.
Nagaraja Rao Harshadeep (Harsh)
Global Lead (Disruptive Technology); Lead Environmental Specialist; Environment, Natural Resources & Blue Economy Global Practice, The World Bank
In over 24 years at the World Bank, he has led and supported several environmental, water, and natural resources operations and analytical support around the world. This includes work on transboundary watersheds, integrated basin planning and management, environment, and climate resilience, monitoring systems, public-domain data access, modern earth observation, analytical/decision support tools, and other emerging technologies. He has also been a Global Lead for Watersheds and co-leads the Bank’s HydroInformatics focal area. He also leads a Disruptive KIDS (Knowledge, Information & Data Services) Helpdesk to provide support on emerging technology to operational teams. Earlier, he worked with other international organizations, academia, and the private sector on water analytics and water conflicts. He holds a Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-Madras), a Masters in Environmental and Resource Engineering from Syracuse, and a Ph.D. in Water Resources and Environmental Systems Engineering from Harvard University.
Senior Livestock Specialist, Agriculture and Food Global Practice, The World Bank
Franck Berthe is a Senior Livestock Specialist in the Agriculture and Food Global Practice of the World Bank. Franck provides leadership on animal health and welfare, food safety, nutrition, zoonoses, antimicrobial resistance and pandemics preparedness, through analytical and operational work. A One Health practitioner, his activity spans across the agriculture, environment, and public health sectors on health issues at the human-animal ecosystem interfaces, including aquaculture. Franck is a member of the One Health Lancet Commission. Before joining the Bank in 2016, he was Head of the Animal and Plant Health Unit at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Associate Professor at the Atlantic Veterinary College (UPEI), and Canada Research Chair in Aquatic Health Sciences, exploring host pathogens relations in their environment. From 1994 to 2004, Franck has led an active scientific research career at the French institute for the exploitation of the sea (IFREMER). He has served as an expert for the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) since 1996; he is a past President of the Aquatic Animal Health Commission and current Vice-President of the Biological Standards Commission. A native of France, Franck received a doctorate of veterinary medicine (DVM), and a Ph.D. degree in molecular taxonomy and epidemiology. He holds a Pasteur Institute diploma in bacteriology.
Global Lead, Data-driven and Digital Agriculture, Agriculture and Food Global Practice, The World Bank
Parmesh Shah is the Global Lead for Data-Driven Digital Agriculture at the World Bank. He provides leadership to Bank's work in these areas and supports the development of global knowledge and learning in these areas to offer solutions to clients and other development partners. His current areas of interest are economic and social organizations and networks of the poor, making markets and public services work for the poor, social entrepreneurship, digital and data-based innovations in agriculture and rural development, promotion of on-farm and off-farm jobs, and public-private and people partnerships for rural poverty reduction. He is currently involved in developing a regional program on scaling up digital agriculture in the Africa region, involving setting up ecosystems for entrepreneurship and incubation. He holds a D Phil in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and a B Tech degree in Agricultural Engineering from Pantnagar in India.