keynote speakerProf. Dr. Hami Alpas

Food Engineering Department
Middle East Technical University
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Prof. Dr. Hami Alpas is a Food Engineer and also holds an MBA degree from Dept. of Business Administration on Total Quality Management. His main research areas are: Unit Operations in Food Engineering, Non-thermal Food Processing Technologies, Food Quality, Threats to the global food supply chain, Food Safety and Food Security through Total Food Protection and Food Defense.

He has served as a “visiting scholar” in 1996 and 1998 at University of Wyoming, USA; as a “visiting scientist” in 2001 and 2002 at Ohio State University, USA and as a “visiting professor” in 2006, 2007 and 2008 at University of Bordeaux I, France. He has participated to the Food Defense Collaborative Exchange Programme as an expert at the Food Protection and Defense Institute (USA) in 2013 and in 2017.

He has supervised 5 Ph.D and 14 M.Sc. thesis. He has 87 international journal articles (SCI) and over 1450 citations (ISI-Web of Science; h-factor 23) as well as close to 60 academic presentations in 45 different international meetings. He has Co-Chaired international conferences and gave keynote and invited speeches.

He has completed 15 national, 4 international projects including EU/JRC, CNRS-EGIDE and NATO ARW/ATC projects. He has authored 13 chapters in internationally edited books and has edited 3 international books by Springer on Food Chain Security, Eco-terrorism and Food Defense. He has also organized and co-directed 3 NATO-workshops (ARW-ATC). He was the Co-director of NATO-SPS project on “Food Chain Security” (2004-2009) and EU-FP7 project on “Plant Food Security”.


Dr. Sujeewa Gunaratne

Institute of Food Science & Technology,
Sri Lanka (IFSTSL).

TITLE: ” Sri Lankan Export Food Industry Facing Dynamic Global Regulatory Challenges: Is the Industry Ready? “