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Meet Delegate from different Countries
Meet Star Speakers
From Different Nation
Eminent speakers at Stevia Global Summits

Mr. Bala Prasad, Chief Executive Officer, National Medicinal Plants Board, Department of AYUSH, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, Guest of Honor.     

Mr. Panagiotis Milis
President Ist International Conference                          of Greek Stevia Committee

Panagiotis Milis was born in Argos Greece in 1969. He graduated from the Economic University of Athens (AUEB) in Business Administration and Marketing. He’s always trying to gain new knowledge every day, as he believes in lifelong learning. He has extensive professional experience with a different range of disciplines having worked in Senior Positions in finance and marketing and Executive Positions in Sales, Info Technology and Production.

He also has long teaching experience as a professor of Senior education as a Certified Seminar Leader, in his own disciplines, and as an ECDL examiner having completed over 3000 hours in classrooms (CEC, IEK Greek Commerce Center Development, General Secretariat for Research and Technology, Min. of Industry etc.). He has made many presentations as a speaker at seminars and conferences, and publications on specialized journals.

He deals successfully with computing since he obtained, with his team, 2 positions (third and fourth) in the top 10 list of paid applications for Apple in Greece, and is high ranked on the lists of many other countries. Also specializes in electronic content management, multimedia and production of custom applications. From 1999 to present, he’s Director of Marketing at EPSA Soft Drinks Industry, with major awards for Creativity and successful marketing strategies under his belt.

Most recent position was President of the 1st International Conference of Greek Stevia commitee, as he did the organization and the production of the conference.

Mr. Sourabh Agarwal
CMD, Stevia Biotech Pvt. Ltd
CEO, India Stevia Association

Mr. Sourabh Agarwal is Chairman and Managing Director of Stevia Biotech Pvt Ltd, New Delhi, he is also CEO of India Stevia Association, New Delhi India, with a strong membership of farmers, processors, researchers, food and beverages companies. He has Master Degree in International Trade Management from IIFT, he is thorough professional, international marketer, strong promoter of community farming and high tech processing for sustainable growth with social concern.

He had organized and addressed many national and international workshops on Stevia in South Africa, China, Singapore, Europe, India. His company has credit of launching the very first consumer packs of Stevia in Sachet, Tablet and Liquid under "SteviaLife®" Brand in India.

Taking further his commitment for development of Stevia in India. Stevia Biotech Pvt. Ltd. has signed joint venture understanding with “NL Stevia” (Largest and pioneer Company from Paraguay, South America) for large scale Stevia cultivation in India.

Stevia Biotech Pvt. Ltd. is adopting cluster farming mechanism for large quantity Stevia cultivation (with its self developed Stevia Plant variety with very high yield and RA content) and will be establishing state of art Processing unit under foreign coloration for entire supply chain management.

He is also founder member of “Stevia Knowledge Group” an international professional group providing turnkey project consultancy for cultivation, processing and Marketing of Stevia.

Recently Amity University Honored him with “ Amity Corporate Excellence Award for Best Business Research” on Stevia.


Prof. Dr. Jan Geuns, founding member of EUSTAS, and head of Laboratory of Functional Biology, Leuven University, Belgium.

Prof. Dr. Jan M.C. Geuns is head of the Laboratory of Functional Biology of the KULeuven. Belgium.  Since 1993, his research focuses on the biosynthesis of sweeteners in Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni as well as on toxicological studies of the sweeteners in animals. He studied the metabolism of stevioside in volunteers. He is a fervent advocate of the use of Stevia and its sweeteners as food additives. He is one of the co-founders of the European Stevia Association (EUSTAS). He organized already 4 symposia on Stevia in Europe and is also the editor of the 4 books of the proceedings. Recently, he published a book entitled: ‘Stevia and Steviol Glycosides’ with all the current info on Stevia.

Dr. AS BAWA, Ph D (Guelph) Canada
Director/ Outstanding Scientist,
Defence Food Research Laboratory, Mysore,
Defence Research and Development Organization,
Ministry of Defence, India

Dr. Bawa is Director, Defence Food Research Laboratory, Mysore since 14th Dec 2000. After joining DFRL, he is steering the Laboratory with the mission of designing and developing safe, nutritious and quality food to meet the needs of Services and in dissipating state-of-the-art food technologies to the civil population. His interaction with national and International academia, International Defence Science Centers and Non-Governmental Organizations has helped DFRL being reckoned as the leader in the field of Defence food technologies.

He has received many awards for his outstanding contributions to the field of food science and technology. The Prime Minister presented DRDO Award to him for "Performance Excellence" carrying a citation and cash prize of rupees ten lakhs for the year 2004.

He has more than two hundred and fifteen publications and one hundred and fifty presentations in National and International journals, six book reviews, ten book chapters including two each in Encyclopedia in Food Science, Technology and Nutrition published by Academic Press, UK . He is a member of the Editorial Board for American Journal of Food Technology, Indian Food Packer and Indian Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Stevia Succeeding in an emerging market
  • Stevia herb shakes up global sweetener market
  • Stevia market will reach 11,000 metric tonnes by 2014
  • Stevia Biotech Pvt. Ltd. New Delhi, India has signed an JV understanding with “NL Stevia” of Paraguay
  • Codex Alimentarius Commission’s adopt proposed maximum levels for steviol glycosides
  • United States and Paraguay Governments Sign Landmark Investment Agreement for Stevia Development
  • French distributor secures stevia supply from Argentina
  • Sunwin USA Launched New OnlySweetTM Blend in More Than 3,000 US Stores and Online
  • Truvia Brand Enters Yogurt Category with YoCrunch 100 From Breyers Yogurt Company
  • ISA welcome approval of stevia in the European Union
  • German-speaking countries show huge stevia interest
  • Wisdom Natural Brands opens new stevia processing facility
  • Swedish firm to launch Yerba Mate with stevia in France
  • India Food safety body ( FSSAI ) notifies use of sugar substitutes
  • Common stevia purity method is priority for India Stevia Association
  • Stevia Global Forum announce Stevia Farmers Meet in August 2011, at New Delhi
  • Cargill claims extensive interest in Truvia ahead of expected EU approval
  • PureCircle gets into sugar-stevia deal with Nordzucker
  • Long time stevia patron Jim May has been awarded a lifetime achievement award
  • Stevia Biotech Pvt. Ltd. got the first "SteviaLife" brand approval in India
  • British Sugar forms stevia joint venture with PureCircle
  • Coca-Cola adds stevia to Fanta Still in France
  • Stevia tops preferences for low-cal chocolate

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Business Development Manager
India Mintel Internationa

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Mr. Matthew joined Mintel in 2008 and has worked closely with many of the top 100 consumer goods companies in Australia, China & now India, including Coke, Britannia and Colgate Palmolive.

As Mintel’s Business Development Manager for India, Mr. Matthew is responsible for integrating & building Mintel’s services into the Indian market as well as developing Mintel’s business model to best suit the Indian market.

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His Excellency Genaro Vicente Pappalardo

Message of Ambassador of Paraguay in India
His Excellency Genaro Vicente Pappalardo
to the Stevia Global Forum 2012,

Stevia is the gift of Paraguay to the world. Discovered in the 18th Century by Swiss scientist Moises Bertoni, who lived and worked in Paraguay between 1884-1929.

However, the native Paraguayans knew and used Stevia leaves for centuries.

Today, there is a great interest in Stevia, as it is a 100% natural sweetener and several times more potent that traditional sugar, with the added value that Stevia has almost 0% calorie content. The acceptance of Stevia by the rigorous markets in North America and Europe is set to revolutionize the natural sweetener and dieting product sector, as Stevia has been granted acceptance as a product with no adverse side effects on human health.
Paraguay, an agricultural and food producing country, is an important producer and exporter of Stevia dry leaves, and more recently local and international companies have been processing and industrializing Stevia in the form of extracts and concentrates in Paraguay, with high quality control and organic production certification.
Paraguay is open to Indian companies to invest in this emerging sector with exponential possibilities for growth, in an ever more demanding world for healthier, cheaper and natural alternatives to sugar.

From Paraguay
A Country of Origin of Stevia

Sanjay Naphade
Vice President Innovations
Pepsico India Holdings

Mr. Sanjay Naphade is a Vice president- Innovation at PepsiCo. He has been involved in leadership positions in various corporate organization for 19 years. His major areas of expertise are Research and Development and Quality assurance. Mr. Sanjay is a Food technologist from UDCT, Mumbai. He has been involved in product development activities on reputed brands like Lays, Kurkure, Cheetos, Act II, Captain Cook etc in various companies.

Ms. Lucy Dahlgren
Director, Supply Chain Management
Bayn Europe AB, Sweden

Ms. Lucy Dahlgren led successful, complex projects for the biggest project management company in Scandinavia. Her clients included European investment banks, international agencies, and private sector companies. Dahlgren also supervised many projects for Swedish agencies, especially implementing cleantech design and roll-out programs in emerging markets. She has focused on Stevia related projects since 2007. Dahlgren is working now as director of supply chain management in Bayn Europe AB of Sweden, a fully integrated Stevia producer and distributor in European market.  Dahlgren earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Henley Management College in England where she specialised in project management.

Dr. Madhusudan G. Soni, Ph.D., FACN

Dr. Madhusudan G. Soni, Ph.D., FACN   is a principal in the toxicology and regulatory affairs consulting firm Soni and Associates Inc. He has an advanced degree in Biochemistry (Biochemical Pharmacology & Toxicology) and post-doctoral work in mechanisms of toxicity from the Jichi Medical School in Japan and Univ. of Mississippi.

He has over 15 years of experience dealing with US regulatory issues related to product safety and risk assessment. Dr. Soni has over 80 peer reviewed publications in scientific journals. Dr. Soni’s experience includes Director of Research at Vero Beach Hematology Oncology; Senior Toxicologist at a consulting firm; Research Assistant Professor at University of Louisiana; and Research Scientist at National Institute of Nutrition, India.

Over the years, Dr. Soni has acquired considerable experience to evaluate safety and toxicity data on foods, food additives, dietary supplements, cosmetics and provide information/reports for regulatory purposes to various clients including corporations, law firms and individuals. Dr. Soni is a Fellow of American College of Nutrition and is a member of Society of Toxicology. Dr. Soni received several awards for his research work the notable ones are the Best Paper Award from the Risk Assessment Specialty Section of Society of Toxicology in 1998 and the Board of Publications Award for the Best Paper Published in Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology in 1999.

Dr. Vibha Dhawan, Ph.D.
Executive Director
(Planning and Coordination)
The Energy and Resources Institute
Former Vice Chancellor, TERI University

Dr Vibha Dhawan, presently Executive Director (Planning and Coordination) had completed her Ph.D in Botany from University of Delhi in 1985 and since then is associated with The Energy and Resources and Institute.

She is actively involved in tree tissue culture since 1982 and she developed the technique of in vitro nodulation for leguminous tree. She was involved since inception, setting up of a modern tissue culture laboratory at TERI. Micropropagation protocols for a large number of species are being continuously developed and improved upon for commercialization.

Dr. Dhawan is the Co-ordinator of DNA (Department of Biotechnology’s Natural Resource Awareness Program Club. TERI

Dr. Dhawan’s recent interest is in the field of algal biotechnology and is Principal Investigator of a project on, “Pilot Scale Demonstration of Algal oil Production” sponsored by Department of Biotechnology (Government of India). Dr Dhawan has completed her assignment as Vice Chancellor, TERI University.

Dr Dhawan is actively involved in policy development both at the national and state level. Executive council member of five prestigious universities; member of task force of selection panels of DBT, CSIR, DRDO etc.

She is also presently, Advisor, Bioresources & Biotechnology to the Chief Minister of Assam.

Dr, Dhawan have more then 60 publications including six books to her credit. She is National and International Awardee.

Professor S.S. Agrawal
Project Director
Delhi Pharmaceutical Sciences & Research University (DPSAR-U)
Govt. of N.C.T. of Delhi, Head, Department of Pharmacy, University of Delhi
Professor of Pharmacology & Principal,
Delhi Institute of pharmaceutical Science and Research, “DIPSAR’

Dr. S.S. Agrawal has obtained his Master’s and Ph.D degrees in Pharmacology from the premier institute All India Institute of Medical Sciences, in 1969 & 1977 respectively, started his pharmacologist carrier, as a lecturer (1976), Assistant Professor (1984), Professor (1990) & Principal (1995) after getting duly selected from the highest selecting body of India i.e. Union Public Service Commission Government of India. He is also serving at present as Head, Department of Pharmacy University of Delhi.

Presently, he is also serving as President, Indian pharmacological Society and Member of Executive and Academic Councils, University of Delhi.

“Documenting Health & Safety of Stevia Sweeteners to Achieve Regulatory Success”

Mr. Robert McQuate, Ph.D
CEO & Co-Founder
GRAS Associates, LLC, Bend, OR , USA

Mr. Robert McQuate, Ph.D is cofounder of GRAS Associates, LLC.
Upon completion of his graduate training in chemistry from The Ohio State University and subsequent post-doctoral research in bio-inorganic chemistry and service as a university chemistry professor, Dr. McQuate embarked on his scientific regulatory career within FDA’s Office of Food Additive Safety in Washington, DC.  He subsequently served in technical management positions with The Dial Company and the National Soft Drink Association where he addressed high visibility food ingredient safety issues including non-nutritive sweeteners, such as aspartame.  He later served in academic administration with Oregon State University and the University of Oregon while functioning as an independent consultant prior to co-founding GRAS Associates, LLC

About GRAS Associates, LLC

GRAS Associates, LLC provides technical regulatory consulting services associated with foods that are regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  GRAS is specialize in the safety review of food ingredients which may be considered to be “Generally Recognized as Safe” or GRAS.

The services provided respond to the expanding industry needs to access capable scientists who can provide timely safety evaluations that are grounded in sound science.  A team of highly skilled toxicologists, biochemists, and regulatory scientists work together to provide the expertise that the law requires in order to make GRAS determinations.  We also generate New Dietary Ingredient submissions on behalf of clients, and we prepare Food Contact Notifications for clients who have interest in food processing materials, food packaging materials, or other food contact articles.

Dr. Ahmed Attia El-Sheikh,
Agriculture Research Scientist, Egypt

Dr. Ahmed Attia El-Sheikh, Research Scientist at The Breeding and Genetics Department, Sugar Crops Research Institute, Agricultural Research Center, Ministry of Agriculture, Egypt. Responsible for all the stevia scientific programs in the Sugar Crops Research Institute. He has a Ph.D. degree in Agricultural Sciences from Ain-Shams University, Egypt on Stevia Propagation Methods. Dr. El-Sheikh is also a Professor, working with several Ph.D. candidates on their research projects and disertations concerning stevia.  He’s been working on stevia cultivation, propagation and breeding in both the academic and private sectors since 2000.

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