Keynote Speakers

Monday, June 4th
Artemis P. Simolopoulos

Dr. Artemis P. Simopou-los is the founder and president of the Center for Genetics, Nutrition and Health, a nonprofit educational organization in Washington, DC, since 1990. Dr. Simopoulos was a founding member of the International Soci-ety for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISS-FAL) in 1991, secretary/treasurer of ISSFAL from 1991 to 1998, and a member of the editorial board of the ISSFAL newsletter from 1994 to 2000. She is the founder and was president of the Internation-al Society of Nutrigenetics/ Nutrigenomics (ISNN) from 2005-2009 and founder and chair of the World Council on Nutrition, Fitness and Health (WCNFH) since 2005. A graduate of Barnard College in New York, with a major in chemistry, and a graduate of the Boston University School of Medicine, she is a physician and endocrinologist whose research at the Nation-al Institutes of Health (NIH) was on the nutritional aspects of genetic and endocrine disorders, evolu-tionary aspects of diet and fatty acids, and the im-portance of a balanced ratio of omega-6/omega-3 fatty acids in health and disease and in growth and development. She is the author of The Omega Diet (HarperCollins, 1999) that has been translated into Dutch, Swedish, French, Greek, Chinese, Korean, Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Bulgarian, Taiwanese, published in Australia, New Zealand and the U.K, and expected in Spanish soon, and has edited over 50 books and journal supplements, in addition to publishing over 360 scientific papers. She was the editor of the Karger series World Review of Nutri-tion and Dietetics from 1989-2011.


Tuesday, June 5th
Alex Obach

Tuesday, June 5th Alex Obach Alex Obach holds the position of Managing Di-rector at Skretting Aqua-culture Research Centre since 1st May 2007. Orig-inally from Barcelona, he is a veterinarian with a Master in Aquaculture from the University of Gi-rona (Spain) and a PhD in fish pathology and immu-nology from the Univer-sity of West Brittany (France). He started working at Skretting Aquaculture Research Centre in 1993 as a researcher, initially within fish health then as a nutritionist. He has most recently held the position as Manager of ARC’s Fish Health department. Be-tween 1993 -1995, he was also engaged as lecturer at the University of Barcelona, and worked as the Managing Director of the Marine Harvest Technical Centre. Skretting Aquaculture Research Centre (ARC) is the central R&D unit for Nutreco’s global fish feed company Skretting. Skretting ARC’s main objec-tive is to provide research and technical support regarding feed for both fish and shrimp. The re-search centre is based in Stavanger, Norway, and has further units in China, Italy and Japan. Skretting ARC employs an international team of highly skilled specialists, with 120 employees from 27 nationali-ties, including more than 40 researchers. Skretting ARC collaborates with several institutes and private companies across the globe. Our core competen-cies are within fish and shrimp nutrition and health, feed raw materials, and feed production processes.


Thursday, June 7th
George W. Chamberlain

Dr. George W. Chamberlain began his career in aquaculture as a researcher and extension specialist at Texas A&M University. During the 1990’s, he directed the aquaculture programs at Ralston Purina International and at Monsanto. He then led the development of several inte-grated shrimp farming projects in Asia. In 2006, he co-founded iAqua, a shrimp farming technology company with breeding, farming, and nutrition facilities in Hawaii and Asia. In 2017, Hen-drix Genetics joined iAqua as a partner. Chamberlain served as President of the World Aquaculture Society in 1996. In 1997, he assisted in founding the Global Aquaculture Alliance and contin-ues to serve as President.