Council Management Committee

The Council Management Committee is responsible for the administration of all the business of the Council except when a General Meeting is in session. The elected members of the Council Management Committee (CMC) of ICNIRS consist of the Executive Members who form the Executive Committee, the Conference President for the current ICNIRS Conference, the Conference President for the next ICNIRS Conference  and three other members.

The CMC currently comprises the following:

  1. Executive Committee members (2017-2021)
    President: Tom Fearn
    President Elect: Soren Balling Engelsen
    Immediate Past President: Ana Garrido-Varo
    Secretary: Sirinnapa Saranwong
    Treasurer: Peter Tillman
  2. Conference President for the current ICNIRS Conference
    Roger Meder (2017-2019)
  3. Conference President for the next ICNIRS Conference
    Hongfu Yuan (2019-2021)
  4. Other members
    Satoru Tsuchikawa (2019-2025)
    Benoît Igne (2019-2025)
    Paolo Berzhagi (2015-2021)

Roger Meder, Conference President for the current ICNIRS Conference (2017-2019)

Roger Meder has a BSc and MSc in chemistry from Otago University in New Zealand. He completed his PhD with Prof Sir Paul Callaghan at Massey University (New Zealand) in the field of physics, specifically magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy. He spent 16 years at the NZ Forest Research Institute where he first started using IR, NIR and NMR spectra to predict wood quality in order to provide rapid non-destructive measurement of end-use performance.

Upon moving to Australia in 2001, he spent a brief period at Queensland University of Technology and then joined the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) where was the Group Leader of several groups including the Forest Genetics, Genomics and Phenomics group within CSIRO Agriculture Flagship, which is located in Brisbane and Canberra. Due to severe government budget cuts the entire forestry group was disbanded and so Roger now has two roles as an independent consultant (Meder Consulting) in the broader forestry and agricultural sector and as an Adjunct Professor in the Forest Industries Research Centre at the University of the Sunshine Coast. His current interest is the application of NIR spectroscopy to allow non-destructive, in-forest, rapid phenotyping of thousands of individuals within tree breeding trials to provide tree breeders with additional measures of wood quality (other than growth and density) to improve breeding selection.

He is an editor of the Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy and has guest edited two Special Issues dedicated to Applications of NIR Spectroscopy to Wood and Wood Products. He holds positions within the International Union of Forest Research Organisations (IUFRO) as a Deputy Coordinator of Division 5 (Forest Products) and the Coordinator of Research Group 5.06 (Characterisation and Utilisation of Plantation Wood). He is a member of the President’s Advisory Committee of the International Council for NIR Spectroscopy, and is Chair of the local organizing committee for NIR-2019 to be held on the Gold Coast, Australia.


Hongfu Yuan, Conference President for the next ICNIRS Conference (2019-2021)


Satoru Tsuchikawa, CMC member (2019-2025)

Satoru Tsuchikawa graduated from the School of Agriculture and the Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences, Nagoya University, Japan, in 1987 and 1989, respectively. His academic career started in 1990 as an Assistant Professor at Nagoya University. He earned a Ph.D. in Agricultural Sciences from Nagoya University in 1998. In 2004, he was Professor at Nagoya University. Since 2016, he is Vice Dean at the Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences, Nagoya University. His main research area is the application of NIR spectroscopy to wood and various agricultural products. He has been involved in this sort of studies for over 25 years, and published more than 100 papers. He has won several awards, including the Buchi NIR Award (2003) and the PerkinElmer Award (2003). He is secretary-general of Asian NIR Consortium (2013 -) and Japan NIR Consortium (2011 -).

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Benoît Igne, CMC member (2019-2025)

Benoît Igne has a master’s degree from Ecole d’Ingénieurs de PURPAN, Toulouse, France and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA. He began working as a post-doctoral fellow and a program coordinator at the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. In 2014, he joined GlaxoSmithKline outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. There, he led the development of process analytical technologies for the monitoring, development, and control of solid, liquid, and biopharmaceutical products. His main responsibility was to integrate Near-Infrared spectroscopic tools onto a continuous manufacturing line. In 2019, he moved to Boston, Massachusetts, USA, where he currently supports and develops the implementation and use of process analytics for a commercial drug product continuous manufacturing line. Benoît received the 2015 Eastern Analytical Symposium Award for Outstanding Achievements in Near-Infrared Spectroscopy. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles and several books and book chapters. He has been involved with the Council for Near-Infrared Spectroscopy since 2010 and was elected President from 2016 to 2020. Benoît has played various roles in the Society of Applied Spectroscopy including the Membership committee and the Speaker Tour program. Finally, he is the sub-committee Chair for ASTM 55.01, developing standards for the use of process analytics.

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Paolo Berzaghi, CMC member (2015-2021)

Paolo Berzaghi was born in Italy and raised at the family dairy farm. He obtained his bachelor degree in Agricultural Science from the University of Padua (Italy) in 1988. In 1991 he moved to US to begin a Master program in dairy nutrition at Virginia Tech (VA). He began working at the University of Padua in 1993 as research assistant in the Animal Science Department. He was a Fulbright scholar between 1997 and 1998 spending 4 months at Penn State/Infrasoft International with Dr. Shenk. During that period he was heavily involved in developing and testing WinISI 1.0 and the Local algorithm. Beginning March 2000 he worked for two years as visiting scientist in Madison (WI), under a research agreement that involved the University of Padova, University of Wisconsin and ARS-USDA. Since that time he has been acting as technical manager of the NIRS Consortium, developing calibration and standardization for over 25 labs located across the US specialising in forage analysis. He currently spends two months every year in USA under the terms of a contract with ARS-USDA to maintain a research program at the US Dairy Forage Research Center (Madison, WI) developing rapid methods of analysis applied at farm level. A major interest was developing an NIR program for forage analysis in Italy. His group has developed and maintained calibrations for fresh (undried unground) forages in a small private network in 5 European countries using Foss and Zeiss Corona instruments. Together with Dinamica Generale, he has developed a portable NIR instrument for on-site forage analysis. He is currently the inventor or co-inventor of 5 patents all involving NIR from application at the farm to NIR database management. He maintains an NIR lab at the Department of Animal Science through contracts with private companies like feed mills and seed companies. Current interests are the development of solutions for the use of NIR on farms. In 2005 he patented a system for grain analysis on combine harvesters. In 2007 he started a university spin-off company,  GraiNIT, to produce and install NIT systems on commercial combines, grain elevators and flour mills. He has been an Associate Professor in Animal Science since 2002, part-time since 2006.

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Updated : 18 August 2021