Announcing our Keynote Speakers for ICB-2023!

Here are our marvelous team of Keynote speakers for ICB 2023. ICB 2023 is the on-person event that is going to be organized in Kathmandu, Nepal at Hotel Himalaya. This conference is aimed to gather all professionals in the biotechnology section: students, professors, doctors, industrialists and entrepreneurs. 

Here is the summary for our keynote speakers. Summary for plenary speakers will be published soon!


Dr. Acram Taji

PhD., Professor Emeritus at Queensland University, Australia 

Emeritus Professor Acram Taji (PhD) came to Adelaide from Iran in 1971 to study English and advance her knowledge of plant sciences. She brought with her a Bachelor of Agricultural Science and two dictionaries—one in English to Persian and the other in Persian to English. Professor Taji has traveled to 88 countries, supervised 55 Research students, and shared her skills and knowledge with others because of her competence in plant physiology and horticulture science. Her work is currently at the front edge of native Australian plant biotechnology. She was the first woman to be elevated to the position of Professor in the University of New England’s Faculty of Rural Science and Agriculture in 1999. A woman from a diverse cultural and linguistic background who works in a typically male field succeeding at the highest level of academia speaks eloquently about Professor Taji’s dedication and tenacity.

Key Achievements

  • First female in the history of University of New England to be promoted to full professor within the Faculty of Agriculture and Rural Science, 2000
  • As the Chair of Vice Chancellor Women’s Advisory Committee at UNE in 1995 I put forward the idea of achievement based promotion as per active years of service.  This allowed for many high quality women who had taken time off to have children to be competitive against male colleagues.  This policy later was introduced to all other universities in Australia
  • Use of technology in teaching- e.g. teaching via satellite at the University of South Pacific in Fiji
  • Development of an international Master of Plant Tissue Culture and Biotechnology in the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka  
  • Development of a trans-disciplinary degree between the Faculty of Law and Faculty of Science- Bachelor of AgLaw at UNE.
  • Development of first ever Professional Doctorate in Sciences in Australia- at the University of New England in 2001

Dr. Basant Pant

MD, Ph.D; Chairman at Annapurna Neurological Institute and Allied Sciences, Kathmandu, Nepal.


Prof. Dr. Basant Pant is a pioneer in Nepali health services. He is founder, chairman, and chief neurosurgeon at Annapurna Neurological Institute and Allied Sciences, located at Maitighar, Kathmandu. He also serves as chairman of Annapurna Research Centre and the Neuro Foundation Nepal, and as founding executive member and Vice President of the Asian Congress of Neurological Surgeons. Since 1980, he has been contributing to the Nepali health system. He is a past president of the Nepalese Society of Neurosurgeons and a lifetime member. He is a professor at the Department of Neurosurgery at Kist Medical College and Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu. Similarly, he was an editor of Journal of the Nepal Medical Association. With years of experience and multiple surgeries, he has published more than 60 articles in peer reviewed journals and attended more than 300 major national and international neurosurgical conferences. He has special interests in functional and vascular neurosurgery, epilepsy management, and research.



Dr. Lakshmaiah Sreerama

Professor of Biochemistry; College of Arts and Sciences; Qatar University, Doha, Qatar

Professor of Biochemistry; College of Arts and Sciences; Qatar University, Doha, Qatar


  1. Post-Doctoral Training in Biochemistry/Biochemical Pharmacology; 1990-1993;
  2. Reseach Area: Cancer Pharmacology; Department of Pharmacology, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, USA Ph.D. in Biochemistry (1991);
  3. Area: Enzymology of Carboxyl ester hydrolases; Department of Chemistry, Bangalore University, Bangalore, India M.S. in Biochemistry (1985); Department of Chemistry, Bangalore University, Bangalore, India BS (Chemistry) (1983) St Joseph’s College, Bangalore University, Bangalore, India


  1. Sept 2013 – present: Professor Biochemistry, Department of Chemistry and Earth Sciences, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar (On leave from St Cloud State University).
  2. July 2003 – 2016: Professor, Department of Chemistry, St Cloud State University, St Cloud, MN 56301.
  3. June 2011 – Aug 2013: Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry and Physics, St Cloud State University, St Cloud, MN 56301, USA
  4. Aug 2010 – March 2011: Sr. Fulbright Professor, Central Department of Biotechnology, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Nepal.
  5. June 2004-May 2010: Director of Radiation Safety, St Cloud State University.
  6. June 2004 – Present: Visiting Professor, NMKRV College for Women, Bangalore University, Bangalore, India.
  7. Sum 2005 and Sp 2011: Visiting Professor, Department of Chemistry, Mysore University, Mysore, India.
  8. Aug 2000 – June 2003: Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, St Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN 56301.
  9. Nov 1998 – July 2000: Toxicologist, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Forensic Science Laboratory, Minnesota Department of Public Safety, St. Paul, MN 55104.
  10. July 1994 – Aug 2003: Research Associate/Instructor/Research Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN 55455.
  11. July 1985 – Aug 1990: Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, Bangalore University, Bangalore, India


Dr Sven Wagner

Dr. Sven H. Wagner

Ph.D; Director at Sail-For-Science Foundation, Dresden, Germany.

Sven H. Wagner, Ph.D., is Director of Sail-For-Science Foundation, a NGO to apply science to sustainable development and nature conservation. Originally from Germany, Dr. Wagner holds a M.S. in chemistry from the University of Leipzig, and earned a Ph.D. in PET diagnostics and pharmaceutical sciences from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and the University of Heidelberg, Germany. He brings +25 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical and CRO/CMO industries in different leadership functions, as at Wildflower Biopharma, deCODE Genetics, Merck KGaA, GVK Bio, Chembridge, and Peninsula Labs, always providing support for numerous collaborative global research projects through efforts in drug discovery within a broad range of therapeutic areas, including oncology and neurodegenerative diseases, aiming towards improving patients’ lives.


Clinical Trial Researcher  ->  Jan 2016 – Present 

Helios Clinic Wuppertal, Philipp-Klee-Institute of Pharmacology, Germany 

Clinical Monitor (CRA) Training Program  ->Oct 2015 – Dec 2015

Human Care, Fortbildungszentrum für Pharmaberufe, Germany  

Director  -> Aug 2010 – Present

Sails-For-Science Foundation (Non-profit NGO), Germany

Vice President ->  Aug 2008 – Mar 2010 

Business Development GVK BIO Pvt., Ltd., Hyderabad, India

Director-> May 2005 – Jul 2008

Business Development deCODE genetics, Reykjavik, Iceland 


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