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Aquafeed Extrusion and Nutrition 2023 Conference Speakers

Aquaculture development and investment

Aquafeed Extrusion and Nutrition Conference will be held at VIV MEA 2023, ADNEC Exhibition Centre, on 19 November 2023 in the room Capital Suite 13. It is a one-day conference centred on the topics of the production and extrusion of aquatic feed along with the nutrition and farming for fish and shrimps. Covering a variety of topics within aquafeed, this conference will provide knowledge, solutions, and research for everyone in the aquaculture. Register your attendance HERE.

Below you will find the information on the speakers of the conference.


Roger Gilbert

Roger Gilbert
Roger Gilbert, CEO of International Petfood

For 22 years, Mr Roger Gilbert was the Secretary General of the International Feed Industry Federation, which he co-founded in in 1987. In that time, he saw the federation rise from humble beginnings, to represent more than 85% of all compound feeds produced globally. He initiated the industry’s NGO representation with Codex Alimentarius and set up one of the first Memorandum of Understandings between an industry and the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation.

Today, Mr Gilbert is the publisher of International Aquafeed and Milling & Grain magazine: two international magazines translated into several languages to promote aqua and terrestrial protein production.

Dr Mian Riaz

Dr Mian Riaz, Ph.D, CFS
Associate Dept. Head and Holder of the Professorship in Food Diversity
Dept. Food Science and Technology
Director, Extrusion Technology Program
Professional & Continuing Education- TEES Edge

Dr. Mian N. Riaz is Holder of the Professorship in Food Diversity Food Science and Technology Dept. at Texas A&M University, USA. He joined Texas A&M University 30 years ago after completing his Ph.D in Food Science from the University of Maine, USA.  His first academic appointment was in 1992 at Texas A&M University, Food Protein R&D Center, where he was put in charge of the Food and Feed Extrusion Program and went on to become the head of the Extrusion Program and a member of the Graduate Faculty in the Food Science and Technology Program. He served as Director of the Process Engineering R&D Center (formally Food Protein R&D Centre) from 2005 to March 31, 2020. He organises 5 courses every year in the area of extrusion. Three of these courses are in the area of petfood/feed and two of them are in the area of food extrusion. Currently, he is offering these courses through Professional & Continuing Education program, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, Extrusion Technology Program. He has published seven books (three of them are in the area of extrusion technology) 28 chapters and more than 143 papers on extrusion and other related topics.  

Arthur vom Hofe

Arthur vom Hofe, CPM Europe B.V.

Arthur vom Hofe is working as Segment Manager Feed & Oilseed at CPM Europe BV, a California Pellet Mill subsidiary in Zaandam – the Netherlands for more than 30 years.

He has been already involved in the front line since the early nineties when representing the company for pelleting and particle size reduction equipment. Throughout this time, he has gained valuable experience of feed production processes across the world.

Arthur vom Hofe can be found frequently as a speaker at short courses and conferences on subjects concerning pelleting and particle size reduction and hopes to share his passion for this technology with you when informing you about the latest developments of the aquatic feed grinding process.

Arthur vom Hofe holds an Engineering Degree from the “Hoge School The Hague”, is Dutch by nationality, 58 years of age and married, having two daughters.

Dana Nelson

Dana Nelson, Extru-Tech

Dana Nelson joined Extru-Tech, Inc. in November of 2016 as an Aquaculture Specialist based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Nelson is perhaps best known as one of three owner partners in Nelson & Son’s, Inc., the original developers, and producers of Silver Cup fish feeds.

“I am quite passionate about aquaculture in general and process equipment specifically,” says Nelson, who continues to live in Salt Lake City with his wife and four children. “I am returning to work because I miss these things. Extru-Tech is a great fit. My hope is to bring some of the specific experience I have and add value to the group.”

Extru-Tech, Inc., headquartered in Sabetha, Kansas, currently produces and markets one of the industry’s most complete lines of extrusion processing systems. along with a full line of ancillary equipment and customised equipment solutions for specialised processes. Since 1985, Extru-Tech has installed extrusion systems worldwide, designed for the production of human food, pet food, aquatic feed and animal feed products.

Dr Chao Luan

Dr Chao Luan
Head of Market Segment Aqua of Buhler

Dr. Chao Luan is the Head of Market Segment Aqua of Buhler. He holds a PhD with major in Animal Nutrition and Feed Science. He worked for a feed company as the Technical Manager. After this work experience, he moved to Adisseo where he started as a Product manager, then took responsibility as a Regional Business Manager and finally developed the business with global companies as a Key Account Manager. Chao Luan joined Buhler in January 2022, and he is responsible to lead this important market segment to develop and grow it world-wide.

Phil Erickson

Phil Erickson,
International Application Engineer, Reynolds Engineering & Equipment, INC

Mr Phil Erickson is currently the International Application Engineer for Reynolds Engineering & Equipment, INC. Phil received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota in Analytical Chemistry. Employed at Honeywell’s sensor and signal processing research and development center after graduation. He has worked in the Bulk Dry Powder Processing industry for the last 30 some years focusing on ultra fine size reduction and classification of inorganic and organic materials. During his year in the industry he has been involved in production of shrimp and larval aqua feeds throughout the world. Working with most major aqua feed facilities in the production of specialty feeds which require ultra fine input materials. In addition, he is well versed in the evolving developments and requirements associated with natural and organic production of foods and feeds. 

Dr Michael Cheng

Dr Michael Cheng
Global Solutions Director, Pet & Aqua, Famsun

Dr Cheng graduated from Kansas State University in 2004 with a PhD in Grain Science/Bio-Materials Engineering. He has a wealth of experience in the agricultural sector, working for a variety of companies such as the North Agricultural University in China, as well as KansasState University, Extru-Tech and more recently as Global Business Development Manager, Pet and Aqua for Bühler Group. Now, he works for Famsun as the Global Solutions Director.

Dr. Farshad Shishehchian

Dr. Farshad Shishehchian,
Ph.D in Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecology
CEO & Founder, Blue Aqua

Dr. Farshad is the Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) and Founder of Blue Aqua group of companies. Dr. Farshad has led the company since its inception in 2009 pioneering the aquaculture farm care business with the introduction of Blue Aqua’s innovative mineral and probiotic products in India. The group is now present in 14 countries with an unbroken chain of revenue growth across the aquaculture supply chain. Having over 30 years of experience in the aquaculture industry, Dr. Farshad has undertaken many directorships and board memberships across aquaculture societies globally.

He has a Doctor of Philosophy in Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecology (Shrimp Culture) Master’s Degree of Science in Marine Biology, Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology and he is the Alumni of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is a board member of the Aquaculture Engineering Society since 2020 and was also the Asia Pacific Chapter President of the World Aquaculture Society from 2013 to 2016.

Some of the awards he attained include the World Aquatic Society’s Industry Award to reward the most outstanding achievements in the aquaculture industry. He was also the President of the World Aquaculture Society – APC from 2013 to 2016.


  • More than 30 years of experience in aquaculture, with a robust track record and expertise in product development and business strategies and planning
  • Founder of Blue Aqua International Group and Asian Aquaculture Network
  • Inventor of MixotrophicTM system, a super-intensive shrimp & fish farming system that is patented in 8 countries

Prof. Abdel-Fattah M. El-Sayed

Prof. Abdel-Fattah M. El-Sayed
Oceanography Department, Faculty of Science,
Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt

Prof. Abdel-Fattah El-Sayed received his PhD degree in Aquaculture from Michigan State University, USA. He authored over 140 peer-reviewed papers in aquaculture and fisheries disciplines, in addition to 4 books, 5 book chapters and several technical reports. He also participated in over 50 conferences, in more than 30 countries. He also served as visiting professor to scientific institutions in many countries. He is an aquaculture and fisheries consultant with many organisations, including the FAO, the World Fisheries Trust, the WorldFish, the African Union, the Arab Organisation for Agricultural Development and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He is also a member of the editorial board or advisory panel of a number of international aquaculture and fisheries journals. He was a member of the National Scientific Committee for University Staff Promotion in Egypt (2009-2015). He is also a member of the Advisory Council of the African Fisheries Reform Mechanism (AFRM). Prof. El-Sayed was awarded the following prizes: Honorary Life Member of the World Aquaculture Society; the Alexandria University Incentive Award, Excellence Award in Science, and discretionary Award in Science; Rashid Bin Humaid (Late Emir of Ajman, UAE) Award in Science in 2002. He was selected among the best 2% of the world’s Scientists, in the list issued by Stanford University, USA in 2020, and by Elsevier in 2021 and 2022.


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