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Biography of authors and speakers

Ching, Hia Hui

Ms Teh Hui Theng joined Tanah Sutera Development Sdn Bhd, in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, after graduation from University Utara Malaysia in 2011. She is currently in charge of the conceptualization and execution of all Go-Green events and activities under the Good Earth Project, and monitors the application of EM Technology in construction, landscaping, water treatment and food waste composting in the residential and commercial precincts of Tanah Sutera.

Ujihara, Toru

Toru Ujihara specializes in the crystal growth of semiconductors and ceramic materials. He graduated from Kyoto University and completed his Ph.D. in 2000. From 2010, he is developing the crystal materials of the next-generation energy technology as a professor in Nagoya University. His recent interests are in the applications of AI technology to crystal growth process.

Bosch, Marlou W.

Marlou W. Bosch was born in Hulst, the Netherlands in 1960. She received the M.Sc. degree in Animal Sciences in 1985,  and the Ph.D. degree in Animal Sciences in 1991, from the Wageningen Argicultural University, Wageningen, The Netherlands. In 2003, she received the M.Sc. degree in Human Nutrition & Toxicology from the Open University, Heerlen, The Netherlands. From 1991 till 2004 she had been a scientific researcher and lecturer at the Animal Nutrition Group, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands. From 2004 till 2008, she had been with the Cosun Food Technology Centre as an Information Scientist, In Roosendaal, The Netherlands. From 2008 till now, she is with Feed Innovation Services, as a scientific researcher, Wageningen, the Netherlands.

Anke Hitman was born in the Netherlands. She received the B.Sc. degree in animal husbandry from the Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, in 2007. Since then she has been with Feed Innovation Services, Wageningen, The Netherlands, where she is working as a scientific researcher. 

Jan Feersma Hoekstra was born in the Netherlands. He received his B.Sc. degree in Arable Farming, Biochemistry and Plant Physiology,  from the Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences, Leeuwarden, the Netherlands in 1980. He received his M.Sc. degree in Applied Psychology in 1989. He is director of both Agrovital BV since 2000 and of EM Agriton since 2001. He also gained years of experience in applied agriculture and livestock farming as an agricultural adviser.

Chen, Nengcheng

Nengcheng Chen is a professor of geographic information science of the State Key Lab for Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing, Wuhan University, China. He is also the leader of the Integrated Management for Smart Sustainable Cities in International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) Focus Group on Smart Sustainable Cities. He has published 5 Books, one ITU-T technique report, and more than 170 papers. His research interests include Smart City, Sensor Web, big data, and location-based smart applications. Homepage:

Fry, Gene

Gene Fry grew up in Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA.  He received his PhD in Resource Economics from Cornell University in 1989.

He testified before the Maine and New York utility commissions and a nuclear plant siting board.  He became policy director at the Maine energy office in 1988.

Higa, Teruo

Teruo Higa is Director of International Research Center of EM Technology, Meio University, and emeritus professor of University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa, Japan. He was born in Okinawa in 1941 and raised there with 9 brothers and sisters. Since early childhood he was involved in farming, so, as he grew up, he began to love growing plants. He entered University of the Ryukyus with the aim of learning more about agriculture. Back then, the fruit cultivation appeared a promising activity for promoting Okinawa’s agriculture. Therefore, he took a postgraduate course in horticulture at Kyusyu University and received a doctoral degree there. He studied on mandarin orange, but with an excessive use of agricultural chemicals for better yields. Even then, he was interested in microorganisms, but he rather advocated the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. This was mainly because he knew, from his experiences, that farming was very labor intensive, especially in making compost. While he kept on using agrochemicals, however, he started to face health problems accompanied by outbreak of rash. These symptoms persisted and even progressively worsened. That was really the major turning point for him. After that, he focused, in a positive fashion, on microorganisms, aiming at upgrading of Okinawa’s soil conditions. The trend, in those days, however, was to work with just one type, at a time, isolated from multitude of microorganisms. Despite five years’ extensive work, he obtained no appreciable results whatsoever. Then, one day, he stumbled on a lucky accident through which he was convinced that microbial power is generated from microorganisms in combination. After many trials and errors, he finally discovered a perfect mix that promotes healthy plant growth. He coined for this group of beneficial microorganisms a new term as Effective Microorganisms (EM). The discovery and further development of EM Technology brought him international recognition. As of today, he actively travels around the world, giving guidance and assistance in the application and research of EM Technology. 

Higashinakagawa, Toru

Toru (forget about his last name; it may be hard for other people even to pronounce it) is emeritus professor of Waseda University and adviser to research department of EM Research Organization (EMRO) since 2010. Born in 1939 in Tomon City, Manchuria, he moved to Kagoshima, Japan, in 1946, was raised there until 15 years old. Then, he moved to Tokyo, finished high school and graduated from Chemistry at University of Tokyo. In the meantime, his interest changed from chemistry to biochemistry, then to biology. When active at university, he was interested especially in developmental biology with special focus on gene regulation during cell differentiation. Since retirement from Waseda University, he has been working on Effective Microorganisms (EM), especially on their action on bio-organisms in molecular terms. At present, he is looking at the effect of EM on cellular slime mold, Dictyostelium discoideum. He likes fishing, sketching, calligraphy, listening to music, but he is terrible at singing.

Hu, Juejun

Juejun (JJ) Hu is currently the Merton C. Flemings Career Development Associate Professor at MIT’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering. His primary research interest is enhanced photonmatter interactions in nanophotonic structures, with an emphasis on on-chip spectroscopy and chemical sensing applications using novel infrared glasses. He holds a Ph.D. degree (2009) from MIT and a B.S. degree (2004) from Tsinghua University, China, both on Materials Science and Engineering. Prior to joining MIT, Hu was an Assistant Professor at the University of Delaware from 2010 to 2014.

Ichiki, Akihisa

Akihisa Ichiki was born in Japan in 1978. He received the B.Sc. degree from the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, in 2001 and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in condensed matter physics from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, in 2006 and 2009, respectively.