Executive Committee

The Executive Committee of ICNIRS consists of the Chairman, Immediate Past Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and Chairman-Elect. Current office-holders are as follows:

Ana Garrido-Varo, Chair (2013-2017)

ana Ana Garrido-Varo has a PhD in Agriculture Engineering (University of Córdoba, Spain). Since 1980 she has served as instructor and teacher in the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry Engineering (ETSIAM). Currently, she holds the position of Professor in Fundamentals and Technology of Livestock Production and in Non-destructive Spectral Sensors for Quality, Safety and Traceability of Agro-Food Products. She has over twenty years experience in the field of Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS). She leads the Non-Destructive Spectral Sensors Unit (NDSSU) at her Faculty.

She held the position of Head of NIRS activities at the Centralised NIRS-Sample Bank Unit of the University of Córdoba, from 1990 until 2000. Currently, the Unit has several NIRS and NIR-imaging instruments and it is providing scientific and technical support to many scientists with rather different academic backgrounds. In 2001, she and other colleagues, encouraged the creation of the spin-off NIRsoluciones founded by four postdocs specialising in NIRS. At present, NIRSoluciones, as an independent technological company, acts as the “NIRS knowledge transfer arm” of the NDSSU Unit. She has experience in the scientific co-ordination of several national R + D projects for the implementation of NIRS technology in the Spanish Food and Feed Industry and since 1990 she has participated as Workpackage coordinator in different NIRS R & D projects supported by the European Union. She dedicates great efforts to promote the growth and development of at-line and on-line NIRS analysis, in the Spanish food and animal feed industry, through targeted Research & Training Initiatives. She has chaired the Education Group of the International Council for Near Infrared Spectroscopy (ICNIRS) since 2007, and she became Chair-Elect of ICNIRS in 2009. She is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy. In 2005 she was honoured by ICNIRS with the Tomas Hirschfeld award. She has published more than 150 journal papers, book chapters, conference and refereed workshop papers and she has supervised more than 30 MSc and PhD theses related to NIRS, NIRS-microscopy and NIRS-imaging.

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Pierre Dardenne, Immediate Past Chairman (2013-2017)

pierre bangkok2Pierre Dardenne is Agronomy Engineer from Gembloux Agricultural University. In 1980, he was employed by the Walloon Agricultural Research Centre (CRA-W) to lead research in Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS), which he continues to do. In 1991, he obtained his PhD in Agronomic Sciences at Gembloux Agricultural University in the field of spectroscopy and chemometrics. He has 30 years experience in the development of agronomic and agro-industrial applications in NIRS. He is involved in many European programs. 

Since 2000, he has led the department, extended and renamed on 1st January 2010. “ Valorisation of agricultural products”. He leads other groups of scientists working on feed and food chemical composition, contaminants (heavy metals, antibiotics), milk microbiology and GMO detection. Authenticity, anti-fraud and food safety are keywords in many research programs of his department. 

- 1989: Co-organiser of the 3rd International NIRS Conference held in Brussels

- 1990-1994: member of the FLAIR-QUEST Concerted Action (Quality established by spectroscopic techniques) 

- 1990-2001: As result of NIRS expertise, particularly in instrument standardisation, invited as speaker and chairman to different international NIRS Conferences 

- Referee of Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy

- Chairman of NIR working group for the BIPEA (Bureau Interprofessionnel d'Etudes Analytiques , France )

- Tomas Hirschfeld awardee 2002 for contribution to NIRS.

- Coordinator of EU project : STRATFEED.


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Tom Fearn, Chair-Elect (2015-2017)

tom Tom Fearn is Professor of Applied Statistics at University College London, UK, where he is currently Head of the Department of Statistical Science. Before joining UCL in 1989 he worked for the Flour Milling and Baking Research Association (FMBRA) at Chorleywood, where he first began to calibrate NIR instruments (a 6-filter InfraAlyser 2.5) in1978. His interest in NIR and in chemometrics more generally has continued to the present. As well as 140 or so papers his publications include joint authorship of the books Practical NIR Spectroscopy, with Osborne and Hindle, and A User Friendly Guide to Multivariate Calibration and Classification, with Næs, Isaksson and Davies. He is chemometrics editor of the Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy and writes the Chemometric Space column in NIR News.He received the Tomas Hirschfeld award for contributions to near infrared spectroscopy in 2001.   

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Sirinnapa Saranwong, Secretary (2013-2017)

saranwongSirinnapa Saranwong, aka Mui, is an NIR/Process Application Scientist with Bruker Optics, Tokyo, Japan. Mui obtained her Ph.D. in Biology from Chiang Mai University at the age of 25 in 2003. Her thesis project involved measuring the maturity of on-tree mango fruit with a hand-held NIR instrument. During her doctoral studies she was admitted to the prestigious Royal Golden Jubilee Ph.D. program and invited to work in Sumio Kawano’s lab at the National Food Research Institute (NFRI) in Tsukuba, Japan, where she studied NIR basics and applications to perishable products. After graduation, Mui continued working as a researcher with Dr Kawano for eight years. During that time, she conducted NIR research not only on fruit, but also milk, blood, meat and other commodities At NFRI, Mui had the opportunity to welcome prominent researchers from around the world, giving her access to the NIR network worldwide. She has been deeply involved in the Japan Council for Near Infrared (JCNIRS) as well as the Asian NIR Consortium, helping to organize the annual Japanese NIR Forum since 2003, the Japan-Thailand Joint Symposium on Nondestructive Technology in 2004, the Japan-Korea Joint Symposium on Near Infrared Spectroscopy in 2006 and the biannual Asian NIR Symposium since 2008. Mui is most recognized as the Secretary for the 14th International Conference for Near Infrared Spectroscopy, held in Bangkok in November 2009. For the international society, Mui attended her first ICNIRS meeting in 2001 (Korea) and has attended every subsequent meeting. She became Asian Editor for NIRNews in 2006 and has been a member of ICNIRS Management Committee from 2007 to 2013.

Mui has authored a number of peer reviewed publications, as well as a Book chapter on NIR spectroscopy. She has been invited to present her work in many countries, including Thailand, USA, Australia, Germany, and the Philippines. Since 2011, Mui has worked to support the sales team at Bruker Optics, not only for R&D or QC applications but extending her expertise to online/inline applications.

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Steve Holroyd, Treasurer (2013-2017)

SteveHolroydRedSteve Holroyd is a technical manager for Fonterra based in New Zealand . His role is to manage a team of analytical chemists, microbiologists and microscopists evaluating and developing analytical technology that is used to support Fonterra's milk harvesting and processing business worldwide.

He completed a PhD in chemistry at Auckland University , New Zealand in 1991. Then he undertook postdoctoral studies at Cambridge University (UK) from 1991 to 1993, investigating drug-substrate interactions via spectroscopy. From 1993 to 1998, he worked as an analytical spectroscopist in the oil industry in the UK and Europe. Returning to NZ, he commenced work at Fonterra Research Centre in 1998 where his main area of research has been the development and use of infrared spectroscopy for the rapid quantitative and qualitative analysis of milk and milk products. This has included the introduction of networked NIR instruments and global calibration solutions. He was on the organising committee for the NIR 2005 conference in Auckland , NZ and served as a co-editor for the proceedings from that conference. He is currently secretary of the New Zealand NIR Spectroscopy Society. 

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Date online : 17 November 2015