Keynote Speaker

Chow-Yang Lee

Chow-Yang Lee is the Professor and Endowed Presidential Chair in Urban Entomology at the University of California, Riverside, USA. He is internationally known for his research on behavioral, ecological, and physiological adaptations of insect pests in the urban environment. He has published over 280 peer-reviewed papers and books and mentored 17 Ph.D. and 32 M.S students. Chow-Yang received many awards at international and national levels, including the Recognition Award in Medical, Urban and Veterinary Entomology (2022) from the Entomological Society of America, Arnold Mallis Distinguished Achievement Award in Urban Entomology (2022) from the National Conference on Urban Entomology (USA). He co-edited three seminal textbooks on urban insect pests, namely Advances in the Biology and Management of Modern Bed Bugs (2018), Biology and Management of the German Cockroach (2021), and Biology and Management of the Formosan Subterranean Termite and Related Species (2023).

Speaker List

Bramantyo Wikantyoso

Bramantyo Wikantyoso started his career as a pest control operator and was in charge for the pest management in the industrial district in the eastern parts of Jakarta, Indonesia. Currently, Brama is a full-time researcher at National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) and a termite enthusiast. Most of his time has been spent by looking termite in detail through tons of magnifier. Brama major works concentrated in morphological adaptation, functional anatomy, and behavior of termite, particularly subterranean termite as a pest. Brama has been involved in the exploration and management study of pest termite in Indonesia since 2017.

Catherine Malveda-Baisas

Caren is a second-generation business leader who has brought the Philippine pest control industry into the foray of global pest management. Her constant presence in international conventions have created linkages with reputable suppliers to bring innovations to the local industry. Since 2014, she has successfully steered LEADS Environmental Health Products Corporation to be the partner of choice of multinational brands in the Philippine market.

Her unique brand of leadership and uncompromising passion for delivering the best customer experience have created many opportunities for her team. In all these, she credits everything back to her team, to her industry partners and to God, who has made everything possible.

Chris Daeyun Kim

Chris Dae-Yun Kim's journey into the realm of pest control and disease prevention started in 2009 when he joined a pesticide company in Korea for research and development. Driven by a deep passion for understanding tropical insect vectors, he expanded his explorations to Malaysia and Thailand starting in 2014. Under the mentorship of Prof. Lee Chow-Yang at Universiti Sains Malaysia, Chris conducted groundbreaking research on the climbing ability of the tropical bed bug. This work not only earned him widespread recognition but also found its way into major media coverages, showcasing the significance of his contributions. Chris's overarching mission revolves around safeguarding communities from the threat of mosquito-borne diseases, such as malaria and dengue. In pursuit of this goal, he successfully crafted chemical lures customized for trapping each vector mosquito. Furthermore, he played a pivotal role in the design and testing of cost-effective spatial repellent tools, employing highly volatile pyrethroids like transfluthrin and metofluthrin under the guidance of Prof. Theeraphap Chareonviriyaphap at Kasetsart University. Emphasizing the importance of acquiring fundamental knowledge about target pests, Chris strongly advocates for successful and sustainable pest management. He recognizes that a close collaboration between industry and academia is essential for developing innovative solutions in disease control strategies. As an invited speaker, Chris Dae-Yun Kim brings not only a wealth of expertise but also a profound passion for making a positive impact on global health. His journey and research contributions underscore the transformative potential of bridging the gap between industry and academia for the advancement of effective and sustainable disease control strategies.

Christina Liew

Associate Professor Christina Liew is a Medical Entomologist, trained at Imperial College London, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and National University of Singapore. Her research interests include mosquito behaviour, insecticide resistance, fogging, repellents, and novel vector control tools. She managed international partnerships and scientific conferences for the National Environment Agency’s WHO Collaborating Centre, and implemented public communications and engagement strategies for Wolbachia technology in Singapore. Currently as Deputy Director for Strategic and Media Communications at NEA, she leads crisis and risk communications for public health issues, including Dengue and COVID-19. She additionally holds adjunct positions at Nanyang Technological University, and is active in student teaching and mentoring.

Chun-I Chiu

Dr. Chun-I Chiu, a lecturer at Chiang Mai University's Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, is renowned for his pioneering research in area population control of fungus-growing termites by using durable termite baits. Holding a Ph.D. from National Chung Hsing University, his work significantly advances termite ecology and integrated pest management. His expertise, particularly in termite-fungi interactions and sustainable control methods, has contributed substantially to the field of entomology.

Decha Wiwatwittaya

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Decha Wiwatwittaya is a lecturer at the Department of Forest Biology, Faculty of Forestry, Kasetsart University, who graduated with a doctorate in forest entomology at Kyoto University, Japan.
He has more than 30 years of research experience, studying and researching ants for more than 25 years in the areas of taxonomy, biology, ecology, behavior and application. He is considered the pioneer of serious ant study in Thailand and the founder of the Ant Museum at the Faculty of Forestry in 2001. He has also helped solve problems caused by ants for the general public, hospitals, and more than 100 companies and stores.

Faith Oi

Dr. Faith Oi is Extension Professor and the Director of Pest Management University (, an academy that provides state-of-the-art education and hands-on training for the industry. She works at a “grassroots-level” and does applied research to solve industry problems. She has published >250 Extension, refereed and technical journal articles. Led the development of 10 multiday curricula in structural pest management, and has given >350 presentations. She offers a graduate seminar titled Issues in Pest Management. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida and her M.S. and B.A. degrees from the University of Hawai’i, Mānoa.

Harlan Bengardi

Harlan Bengardi is currently CEO of PESTIGO, a local brand Pest Management company with 25 years experiences managing TERMINIX INDONESIA with 36 branches, 1500 employees and 40,000 customers. He had 15 years experiences living in Hawaii, San Francisco and Switzerland for his education and hospitility management background working all over Indonesia. He is also active in many organizations such as chamber of Commerce, youth entrepreneur, social,sport activity and currently as board of advisory in Indonesian Pest Management Association.

Indra Vythilingam

Indra Vythilingam (PhD) is currently a Professor in the Department of Parasitology, Universiti Malaya (UM). She worked as a Principal Research Scientist, in Environmental Health Institute, Singapore prior to her appointment to UM. Indra has contributed vastly to the field of vector biology and control for the past 30 years when she worked in the Institute for Medical Research (IMR) in Kuala Lumpur. She incriminated the vectors of simian malaria in Malaysia and discovered new paradigm for dengue surveillance. She has published more than 160 articles in peer reviewed International and local journals. Indra has served as a WHO consultant on many occasions. She was awarded the Sandosham Gold medal in 2007 by the Malaysian Society of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine for her contribution towards parasitology and Tropical Medicine and Malaysia’s Star Research Award 2017, for outstanding national research in tropical diseases by the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia. She was the Editor of Journal Tropical Biomedicine from 2006-2014 and subject Editor for Parasites and Vectors from 2016-2020.

Intan Ahmad

Intan Ahmad, a Professor of Entomology at Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB), Indonesia. His research primarily targets Aedes aegypti, the dengue vector, focusing on vector surveillance systems, and insect sterile techniques. Intan served on Indonesia's Pesticide Commission, the Expert Committee for Vector Control at the Ministry of Health, and is currently on a taskforce combating arboviruses. His past roles include Director General of Learning and Student Affairs at the Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education, and acting rector of Jakarta State University. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Ph.D. in Entomology), he has authored over 60 academic publications.

Kok-Boon Neoh

Kok-Boon Neoh is Associate Professor of the Department of Entomology, National Chung Hsing University. He received his Ph.D degree from Universiti Sains Malaysia in 2010. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at Kyoto University from 2012-2015 before he joins the current affiliation. He served as visiting professor at University of California, Riverside (May – Oct 2023) and Institut Bandung Teknologi, Indonesia (April – May 2019). His research primarily focuses on the ecology and pest management of urban pests, including mosquitos, cockroaches, ants and rove beetles. To date, he published more than 50 peer-reviewed papers.

Menandro Acda

Dr. Menandro N. Acda is Professor of Wood Science and Technology at the
Department of Forest Products and Paper Science, University of the Philippines Los
Banos. He completed his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from
the University of the Philippines Los Banos both in the area of Wood Science and
Technology. He obtained his Ph.D. and Post-Doctoral training in Forest Products
from Oregon State University, USA in Wood Preservation and Biodeterioration.

Dr. Acda’s research interests include wood materials science and tropical termite
biology and control. Results of his research projects are published in international
journals and proceedings of conferences from which he received various awards and
recognitions. Dr. Acda is an elected Fellow of the International Academy of Wood
Science (IAWS) and the Philippine-American Academy of Science and Engineering
(PAASE). Recently, he was included in the latest Stanford University’s World’s Top
2% highly cited scientists across all disciplines. In addition to his research and
extension works, Dr. Acda is also actively involved in teaching classes in wood science
and technology and academic adviser to both graduate and undergraduate students.

Neena Singla

Education and Professional Experience: Dr Neena Singla did M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Zoology from Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, India. She joined PAU, Ludhiana as an Assistant Zoologist (Rodents) in 2000 and gained the position of Principal Zoologist (Rodents) equivalent to a Professor in 2015. She served as Head of the Department of Zoology for a term of four years (2019-2023). She has handled several research projects and serves as the Project Incharge, All India Network Project on Vertebrate Pest Management financed by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, India. During the period of >23 years of her service, she conducted and coordinated research, education, and extension on rodent control with the aim to enhance the socio-economic status of farmers.

Awards/Honours/International visits: Besides various best Poster/Oral Presentation Awards, she was conferred with the Overall Outstanding Academic Achievements Award, Dr. M.S. Randhawa Medal, Young Scientist’s Award, and Bharat Jyoti Award for her meritorious services in the field of Zoology. She has widely traveled abroad in countries like Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, China, Nepal, USA, Germany, and Tanzania to represent India in the Scientific arena and has bagged International travel grants from national agencies on a competitive basis.

Editorial Experience: Dr. Neena Singla is the Associate editor of two journals ‘Journal of Applied Animal Research’ and ‘Agricultural Research Journal PAU’. She is on the editorial board of several journals and a reviewer for a number of national and international journals.

Student guidance/Publications: She has successfully guided 26 M.Sc. and 7 Ph.D. students as a mentor/major advisor. Her students are well placed, have won fellowships/awards/medals, and are pursuing higher studies abroad. She has published >115 research papers in journals of high impact factor besides publishing review articles, book chapters, monographs, bulletins, extension articles etc.

Research interests: Rodent Ecology, Biology, Behaviour and Management with emphasis on development and testing of techniques like fertility control, biological control, and use of repellents etc. for integrated rodent pest management. Also working on rodent parasites of public health significance and risk factors involved.

Partho Dhang

Partho Dhang after his doctorate joined a private organization, SPIC Science Foundation in India as a scientist and worked on development of various bio-rational, crop protection products including plant-based bio-pesticides, insect pheromones and microbial larvicides. Most of the products were commercialized during his tenure.

He left India in the year 1998, to work for a number of companies on short stints, mainly focused on urban entomology. Prominent among them was a Singapore government funded (EDB)project on urban pests. In 2005 he moved to Philippines to set up his own consultancy work.

He is also involved in development of a number of pest control products, including termite bait and a sprayable bait for cockroach.

Rungarun Tisgratog

Dr. Rungarun Tisgratog received her Ph.D. from Kasetsart University and is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Entomology, Faculty of Agriculture, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand. Her research focuses on the response of urban and medical entomology to insecticides used for pest control. In addition, she has a strong interest in the mechanisms underlying insecticide resistance in cockroaches.

S Khoirul Himmi

Dr. Himmi earned his master and doctoral degree from Kyoto University, Japan. He received the HOPE Fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) in 2016. Since 2017, he is actively involved as a Project Leader in the Japan-ASEAN Science Technology Innovation Platform (Working Package 3: Biodiversity and Bioresources), an international collaborative research program supported by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). His research activities are mainly focused on bioecology and behavioral responses, physiology, and management of termites and wood-deteriorating organisms. Currently, he is serving as the Secretary-General of the Pacific-Rim Termite Research Group (PRTRG) 2020 – 2024.

S Sivakumar

Pesticides Division, Field Executive 1990– 1991

  • Trials of different pesticides in Mango, Rice, Cotton, Jasmine and vegetable crops,
    comparing efficacy of different pesticides in farmers’ field and Promotion of newly
    launched pesticides

IPM and Fumigation India Mumbai Proprietor Since 1995

  • Introduced IPM techniques in Structural Pest Control in India
  • Environmentally Responsible Pest Management services for commercial and residential
    properties, with minimal use of approved pesticides, customer awareness programmes,
    training and consultancy services
  • Serving in Western, Central and Southern India

IPM Business Solutions Private Limited Mumbai Director Since 2008

  • Recruitment to Retirement Solutions
  • Deputation Services, Labour law compliances, Payroll management services

Theeraphap Chareonviriyaphap

Professor Theeraphap Chareonviriyaphap conducts research studies on the blood-sucking insects affecting humans and livestock. His current work includes bionomics of vectors of human and livestock diseases, vector incrimination and vector competence studies; vector behavior in response to insecticides used in control interventions and in response to the use of repellents and candidate botanicals, and some research on vector population genetics. One of Professor Chareonviriyaphap's major accomplishments is the patenting of the "Excito‐Repellency Box" which is considered very useful in studying mosquito behavior towards different insecticides used in disease control programs. Excito‐ repellency Box test is now considered one of the standard procedures in determining the avoidance behavior of mosquito vectors to insecticides. He has produced many published works from that patented product. His other works centered on mosquito behavior using other systems such as High Throughput Screening System (HITTS) and use of experimental huts. Recently, Professor Theeraphap Chareonviriyaphap has been appointed to be the Director of the Research and Life-Long Learning Center for Urban and Environmental Entomology since 2023.

Tony Poulsen

Tony started his career with Rentokil Initial in the Hygiene and Wellbeing category in 1994. He moved to the Pest Management category as the General Manager, New Zealand, soon after. His in-depth knowledge of the market soon led him to work closely with one of the worlds largest Dairy manufacturers and the kaitiaki kai (guardians of safe food) then AgriQuality, now AsureQuality. He is a firm believer in the stringent and consistent management of risks that pests pose across the length of the supply chain - from farm to fork. As the Regional Director Operations and M&A , Tony has been based in Singapore since 2010. In this role he has been driven to support and elevate the significance of professional pest management practices across the 14 Rentokil Initial markets in Asia. In particular, he is passionate about how the insights gained from a vast set of internal data can drive targeted actions to reduce the risks that pests pose to our customer partners. He is a member of Rentokil Initials Global Technical Leadership Team and as such has had several decades of exposure across global markets. Tony has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Auckland University with a double major in Marketing and Human Resource Management. When he is not immersed in the Rentokil Initial mission of Protecting people, enhancing lives and preserving our planet, he can be found in a boat, at sea, fishing.

Scotty Yang

Dr. Scotty Yang is currently an Assistant Professor at Department of
Entomology, Virginia Tech, USA. He has active research programs centered
around invasive ants, spanning from behavior, microbial interactions to
innovative management. He has authored or co-authored more than 60 peer-
reviewed journal articles including a few in high-profile journals. Dr. Yang has
vast experience working with and engaging the invasive species regulatory
agencies in various countries where he was involved to develop invasive ant
operating manual for monitoring, surveillance, and control. Dr. Yang is looking
forward to work with interested folks in SE to strengthen regional fire ant