Organizing Committee
OCM Member
Professor, School of Business
ESCE International Business school , France
Biography :

Jean-Éric Pelet holds a PhD in Marketing (Nantes University, France), an MBA in Information Systems (Université Laval, Québec, Canada) and a BA (Hons) in Advertising (Southampton Institute, England). As an assistant professor in management, he works on problems concerning consumer behavior when using a website or other information systems (e-learning, knowledge management, e-commerce platforms), and examines how the interface can change that behavior. His main interest lies in the variables that enhance navigation in order to help people to become more efficient with these systems. Dr. Pelet’s research interests focus on mobile commerce, social networks, interface design, and usability. His work has been published in journals such as the European Journal in Information Systems, Systèmes d’Information et Management, Information and Management, International Journal of Wine and Business Research, International Journal of Internet Marketing and Advertising, Journal of Wine Research, Luxury Research Journal.

Research Interest :

Social Networks, Mobile commerce, Interface designs and Usability

OCM Member
Head of the Toxicology Department, Department of Occupational Safety and Health
Murray State University , USA
Biography :

Ramesh C. Gupta, earned his DVM, MVSc, and PhD in India, and carried out his postdoctoral training at Michigan State University (1981-1983) and Vanderbilt University (1983-1987) in the US. Currently, he serves as Professor and Head of the Toxicology Department, Murray State University. For more than 35 years, he has conducted experimental brain research in relation to pesticide and neurodegenerative diseases, and for the last twenty years has been heavily engaged in nutraceuticals research. He has made presentations in the UK, France, Australia, Italy, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Czech Republic, Sweden, Finland, South Korea, and China. Dr. Gupta has served on the panels of NIH, CDC, NIOSH, and National Academy of Sciences, and has published >425 publications, including eight major books: (1) Toxicology of Organophosphate and Carbamate Compounds, (2) Veterinary Toxicology: Basic and Clinical Principles, (3) Handbook of Toxicology of Chemical Warfare Agents, (4) Anticholinesterase Pesticides: Metabolism, Neurotoxicity and Epidemiology, (5) Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology, (6) Biomarkers in Toxicology, (7) Nutraceuticals: Efficacy, Safety and Toxicity, and (8) Nutraceuticals in Veterinary Medicine (in preparations). In 2006, he received the Murray State University's Distinguished Researcher Award; and in 2014, Outstanding Research Award. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology, and Fellow of American College of Toxicology, American College of Nutrition, and Academy of Toxicological Sciences. Currently, he holds active membership in more than a dozen academic societies, including American College of Nutrition, American Veterinary Medical Association, American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Society of Toxicology, Eurotox, International Society for the Study of Xenobiotics, and American College of Toxicology.

Research Interest :

Nutraceuticals Research

OCM Member
Visiting Professor and Chief Editor, Food Research Centre
University of Chester , United Kingdom
Biography :

Christopher Smith completed his BSc (Applied Biology) and PhD (Chemistry) at Salford University. He started research at the North East Wales Institute (Glyndwr University), where he developed immunoassays for the Food Industry. He moved to industry, where he worked on both Medical and Food Diagnostics. In 2002, he returned to Academy and became Editor of Food and Agricultural Immunology and the International Journal of Food Science and Technology. He became Director of the Manchester Food Research Centre in 2010. He retired from full-time work in 2014 but continues to edit a number of Food related journals and to supervise research students.

Research Interest :

Social Networks, Mobile commerce, Interface designs and Usability

OCM Member
Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Food , Department of Agricultural & Food Sciences
American University of Beirut , Lebanon
Biography :

Holds a Ph.D. in Basic Medical Sciences from the American University in Beirut (1977) and a Postdoctoral (fellow), Nutrition, Columbia University (1981). Holds a certification registered by American Dietetic Association (1987). Dean and Lecturer at the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences at the American University in Beirut (2006-present). Professor and Researcher in the field of Nutrition and Food Sciences in several American and Arab Universities in Lebanon and the world (1972-2000). Director of the Faculty of Medicine at the Makassed University (1981-1984). Active. Member of many boards and commissions specialized in Food Science in Lebanon, America, Middle East, Africa and Asia. Served as a specialized Consultant in the Ministries of Health and Agriculture for several years in Lebanon. Organized conferences, seminars and several workshops and provided a variety of services and consultations in the field of Nutrition in Lebanon, America, Canada and the United Kingdom. Distinguished Researcher Award by the National Council for Scientific Research. Has many research papers and publications

Research Interest :

Agricultural and Food sciences

OCM Member
Director of Sports Science
Abertay University , United Kingdom
Biography :

Dr Ahmad Alkhatib is the Head of Sport and Exercise Science Division at Abertay University and an Associate Professor Exercise Metabolism and has over 16 years experience which included several leading academic positions including Suffolk, Lincoln, Greenwich and Sheffield-Hallam Universities. His PhD in Exercise Physiology and Metabolism and MSc in Sport Science (Health and Fitness) were awarded from the University of Essex, and he has over fifty research publications. His current research focuses on optimizing health and exercise performance, through novel nutritional and exercise interventions, particularly herbal supplements during exercise. Dr Alkhatib is a fully-registered Nutritionist (RNtur) and an accredited Sport Nutritionist (CISSN).

Research Interest :

Social Networks, Mobile commerce, Interface designs and Usability

OCM Member
Distinguished Chair Professor, Department of Nutrition and Food Science
Fu Jen Catholic University , China
Biography :

Bing-Huei Chen, food scientist, received his Ph.D. degree in Food Science and Technology, Texas A and M University, USA in 1988. He joined IFT as a student member in 1981 and became a professional member in 1989 (ID: 00032366). His postgraduate career include working at Fu Jen University, Taiwan as Associate Professor from 1988-1994, Professor from 1994-2000, Distinguished Chair Professor from 2004-present, Chair of Department of Nutrition and Food Science from 1994-2000, Director of Graduate Institute of Medicine from 2006-2009, and Dean of College of Human Ecology from 2012-2015. He specializes in Lipid Chemistry, Pigment Chemistry, Instrumental Analysis, Food Toxicology, Functional Food Development and Biological Activity Determination as well as Nanotechnology. Until now he has published 169 research articles in internationally renowned journals and authored 11 book chapters in edited books published by International Publishers. He has been honored with a young scientist award and outstanding research award by the Chinese Institute of Food Science and Technology in 1993 and 2000, respectively; outstanding research award by National Science Council, Taiwan in 1993 and1998; outstanding research award by the 4th International Symposium on Natural Colorants, San Diego, USA in 2000; outstanding research award and Chair Professor by Fu Jen University, Taiwan from 2004 -present; Distinguished Professor of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in 2015; Lifetime Achievement Award by Indian Institute of Oriental Heritage in 2015. He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of 3 journals,Recent Patents on Food, Nutrition and Agriculture, International Journal of Current Toxins Research and Food Quality and Safety as well as associate editor in Journal of Food and Drug Analysis. In addition, he serves on the editorial board of 13 journals including Journal of Cell Science and Therapy, Journal of Food & Drug Analysis, International Journal of Cardiology and Lipidology Research, Advances in Biochemical Science and Engineering, International Journal of Food Processing Technology, Journal of Clinical Research and Ophthalmology, International Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Research, Open Journal of Plant Science, Journal of Procedural Dermatology, International Journal of Pharmacology, Phytochemistry and Ethnomedicine as well as Annals of Marine Science. Prof.Chen is currently President of AOAC Taiwan Section as well as Chinese Professors Association, Taiwan. Prof.Chen is the organizer of Annual Meeting of Chinese Institute of Food Science and Technology (Taiwan) held at Fu Jen University in 2012.

Research Interest :

Social Networks, Mobile commerce, Interface designs and Usability

OCM Member
Head of the Department , Department of Food Production
The University of The West Indies , Trinidad and Tobago
Biography :

Professor Neela Badrie is the holder of a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of London, UK, B.Sc. in Natural Science, a M.Sc. in Food Technology, and Ph.D. in Food Science, from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, west Indies. Her teaching and research areas are in environmental and food microbiology, food quality and safety, food risk management systems, functional foods and food product development. She serves as an editor or reviewer for several International refereed journals She has served as Deputy Dean of Research and Innovation and was the Head of the Department of Food Production, Faculty of Food and Agriculture, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine.She is Fulbright scholar and was awarded the Rudranath Capildeo gold medal award for applied Science and Technology from National Institute for Higher Education in Science and Technology ( NIHERST). She has received several fellowships/scholarships such as the European Union/ Caribbean and Pacific (CARPIMS), European Union IV CULP/UWI Association of Common Wealth University (ACU), US Visiting international exchange scholar and TWAS/CARISCIENCE young scientist award. She is currently the Caribbean focal point representative of the Inter American Network Association of Academies of Science (IANAS) Women in Science and is a fellow at the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS, Italy) and the Caribbean Academy of Sciences. She has led several Internationally funded projects from the United Nations/ Food and Agriculture Organisation, CTA, European Union/Edulink 11, Global Health Research Institute (GHRI) and Canada/ International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

Research Interest :

Social Networks, Mobile commerce, Interface designs and Usability

OCM Member
Professor, Department of Food science & Technology
Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College , China
Biography :

Dr. Xu is a Full Professor in Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College (UIC), Zhuhai Scholar Distinguished Professor, Associate Director of UIC Key Lab -Laboratory for Health Promotion Mechanism of Medicinal Food and Folk Remedy, author of 140 peer-reviewed papers. Dr. Xu received Ph.D in Chungnam National University, South Korea. He conducted postdoctoral research work in North Dakota State University, Purdue University, and Gerald P. Murphy Cancer Foundation during 2005-2009. Dr. Xu is serving as Associate Editor-in-Chief of Food Science and Human Wellness, the Editorial Board member of several international journals. He received inaugural President’s Award for Research of UIC in 2016.

Research Interest :

Social Networks, Mobile commerce, Interface designs and Usability

OCM Member
Principal Scientist, Division of Food science & Postharvest Technology
Indian Agricultural Research Institute, India , India
Biography :

Dr. R.R. Sharma has completed his PhD in Horticulture at the age of 42 years from Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut (India). At present, he is Principal Scientist at IARI, New Delhi. He has developed several varieties of mango and standardized several postharvest management technologies. He has worked as International Mango Regitrar for 5 years (1999-2004). He is Fellow of 3 Academies, and recipient of several honours and awards. He has authored 10 books and published more than 125 papers in journals of international and national, He has been serving as an editorial board member of 10 International journals.

Research Interest :

Post Havest Management of Fruits & Vegetables

OCM Member
Professor, Department of Veterinary Science
University of Pisa , Italy
Biography :

Mina Martini studies, mainly, focused on the quantity and quality milk from different species (donkey, cow, goat, sheep, buffalo, alphaca); especially on the physicochemical, technological, nutritional and nutraceutical characteristics. She carried out studies on the rheological characterization of milk and on the genetic polymorphism of milk proteins. She has been working on the characterization of native breeds (Massese, Zerasca and Pomarancina sheep, Garfagnina goat and Amiata donkey) in order to identify the best rearing conditions and to improve productive performances. In addition, she is interested in physical-chemical properties of fat milk and in the endogenous, physiological, and environmental parameters affecting fat characteristics. In this field, the studies include the morphometric characteristics of milk fat globules in relation to the physical and chemical composition of milk and to the fatty acid profile and the characteristics of cheese. She has been also investigating the lipid composition of fat globule membranes and the activity of membrane enzymes in milk from different species in order to highlight possible effects the technological and nutritional characteristics of milk. Currently, she collaborates with Pediatric Hospital Meyer Department of Allergy (DAIPI), Regional and Extraregional Reference Center for Allergic Diseases on the project “Use of milk from Amiatina Donkey breed in children with allergy to cow's milk proteins: innovative, clinical, nutritional aspects”. Since 2015 she is responsible for the technical-scientific assistance service - in the planning and organization of production and analysis of donkey milk, of a dairy donkey farm. Referee of scientific papers for international journals, she is a member of (REPRISE, Register of Expert Peer-Reviewers for Scientific Evaluation). Editorial Advisory Board Membership of journal “ The Open Food Science Journal”. She is s part of the agreement “Development Plan for Collaborative ReD Project of the International Donkey Industry Fund for Technology Innovation”. She was part of Organizing Committee at International Conference on Agricultural and Food Science (ICAFS 2018), October 28-30, Istanbul Turkey.

Research Interest :

Nutritional and Nutraceutical quality of donkey milk

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