Dr. Rick Barrows, Ph.D. Dr. Barrows had a long and illustrious career as a Research Nutritionist working for the Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. He is an affiliate professor at the University of Idaho and Montana State University and has published numerous papers and is a well-known speaker in national and international venues.
Dr. Barrows has been conducting nutrition research, and developing larval, grower and brood feeds, for a variety of fresh water and marine species of fin fish such as Salmon, trout, sea bream and grouper for more than 25 years. His primary research focus is the interaction of feed processing technology and formulation / nutritional value and is actively involved in development and evaluate of alternate ingredient sources.
Mr. Mario Lopez, MSc.. Mr. Lopez received a BS in Zootechnics / Animal Husbandry from the University of San Carlos of Guatamala and a MSc from the Technology and Food Science Center at the Institute of Nutrition for Central America and Panama. Since then he has been actively engaged in the Central American poultry, livestock and aquaculture industry’s including roles as a Broiler and Breeder Farm Manager, Technical Sales Manager and Business Development manager responsible for developing and implementing feed and feed additives for a variety of animal and aquaculture species. During his career he has worked with Reproductores Avicolas, BASF Guatemala, Biomin America and Novus International. He is currently working with Diana Aqua developing their aqua feed business including working with clients on food formulation
Mr. Dylan Ooi. Mr. Ooi received a BA. Hons (major in marketing) from the University of Hertfordshire (UK) in 1998. Upon his return to Malaysia, he started his own shrimp farming business before joining City Marine Products Sdn Bhd, a pioneer and well respected company in Malaysia’s shrimp industry. Mr. Ooi held several sales and marketing roles at City Marine Products before being named as one of the directors of the Company in 2007. City Marine Products Sdn Bhd has a broad business scope that includes the sale and marketing of shrimp, post larvae, fish feed and shrimp feed supplements. They also provide technical support and other products related to the shrimp industry. During Mr. Ooi’s tenure in City Marine Products Sdn Bhd, he was in charge of its shrimp farms operation which consisted of about 350 ponds. He was also in charge of the northern region shrimp feed market and was responsible for marketing post larvae throughout Malaysia. Mr. Ooi left City Marine Products in 2014 and has established his own company, Oceanic Base Aquaculture Sdn Bhd, which focuses on the shrimp farming business. Oceanic Base Aquaculture Sdn Bhd consists of 4 farms with 45 ponds and also manages several smaller operations. Recently, Oceanic Base Aquaculture Sdn Bhd started its own hatchery to produce post larvae for our own farm use.
Dr. Victor Suresh, Ph.D. Dr. Victor Suresh received his Ph.D in Aquaculture from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Dr. Suresh started his professional career in R&D at Ralston Purina International and has been in the animal feed sector for the past 16 years specializing in formulation, feed processing technology, new product development / testing, technical marketing, and business management. In 2011 he founded United Research (Singapore) Pte. Ltd., a company that provided technical and R&D services to the livestock and aquaculture industry throughout the world.