Marc has been living and working in Southeast Asia since January 2002. He has been making award winning documentary films in the region for international broadcasters as well as helped to set up Cambodia’s largest private television station CTN as producer and trainer of the local staff. As artistic director for DocNet SEA, he has curated ChopShots international Documentary Film Festival in Jakarta as well as organised workshops, masterclasses and round tables between filmmakers, funders, industry professionals and government representatives in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, The Philippines and Vietnam.
Marc studied agro-ecology at Montpellier SupAgro and has combined his filmmaking skills with agricultural knowledge by producing educational films about regenerative farming since 2012.
Rada specializes in farming systems research, agroecological practices, and participatory-based development of innovative cropping systems. After graduating with a master degree in tropical agrarian systems and environmental management from Montpellier SupAgro, he worked as a technical coordinator of research and development projects on Conservation Agriculture with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries in Cambodia. He specialized in cropping system development through multi-scale and multi-stakeholder participatory approaches for rain-fed upland and lowland fields with annual crops (cassava, maize, rice and soybean). He is currently pursuing his PhD at Montpellier SupAgro on participatory-based designs of intervention mechanisms to build resilient farming systems.
Ned, Hieu Nghia NGUYEN is driving international business development and helps to grow SmartAgro’s corporate structure.
Nghia has been practicing law since 2009. His expertise varies from international trade, foreign investment, M&A, corporate law, finance, intellectual property, real estate, management, technology transfer, just to name a few. Nghia has participated in several international transactions, including but not limited to, companies from Silicon Valley in the Bay Area and franchising. His main focuses are international trade, finance, M&A, investment and education. He is currently an active member of Ho Chi Minh City Bar Association, and Viet Nam Federation Bar (VFB).
He was elected by MCI alumni as vice-president of the Consultants Club, which includes many successful consultants from different reputable firms in Vietnam.
Agronomist with over twenty years combined experience in Southeast Asia and Brazil.
Specialized in conservation agriculture, cropping system design, managing a large diversity of crops and cover crops, tropical cereal and legume-based cropping systems, soil organic C dynamics,
small-scale machinery, adaptive research and extension activities.
PhD in Crop Science (National Institut of Agronomy, Paris, France) and Post-Doc in Soil Science (State University of Ponta Grossa, UEPG, Paraná State, Brazil), visiting scientist School of Environment and Natural resources, C Management and Sequestration Center, Ohio State University, USA.
Florent’s expertise encompasses interfacing with the public sector on the one hand and at the same time advising SmartAgro on all activities that complement public sector work and drive the transition to sustainable practices.
As an agronomist with over 10 years of experience in the field, Vira specialized in conservation agriculture practice systems (CAPS) and has been working for the Conservation Agriculture Service Center of the Cambodian Department of Agriculture since 2007. He holds a Master of Agriculture from the Department of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology. His area of expertise is to design master plans for CAPS-based research programs, adaptive research for climate change mitigation, assess and design cropping systems, manage large diversities of annual lowland & upland cash as well as cover crops, soil science, coordinate research and extension programs across the bio-physical environment of Cambodia, and facilitate academic research activities of domestic and international students.
SmartAgro is in a unique position to be able to draw on a worldwide network of experts and leading R&D institutions with extensive knowledge in regenerative agriculture, such as Lucien Séguy, who has been at the forefront of regenerative agriculture since the early 1970s and who has over 40 years of experience in the field.
Lucien Séguy, the father of the trade with over 40 years in the field of conservation agriculture and soil science.
Stéphane is an engineer in Agronomy, specialized in tropical Conservation Agriculture. He has over fifteen years experience in working on a multitude of R&D projects on cropping systems design in Madagascar, Gabon and Vietnam, before working in Cambodia from 2004 to 2013, as agronomist and principal technical assistant of the Support Project to the Cambodian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, funded by AFD and USAID.
Stéphane led R&D Programs on cropping systems development through participatory and multi-scale approaches for rainfed upland and lowland field crops (maize, cassava, rice and soybean).
Currently he is conducting expertises and support missions to several smallholder and industrial projects in West and Central Africa. Since early 2016, he has been based in Colombia to initiate a R&D program on ecological intensification by Conservation Agriculture of rainfed and irrigated rice based systems in partnership with CORPOICA and private partners.
Nelson Campos ALVES
Nelson has been awarded the most sustainable farmer of Brazil. With over 30 years of experience he is not only one of the most successful livestock and cattle farmers, he also has been working on a big scale that is the norm in Brazil. Nelson is very dedicated to the organic drive and has rented out his farm of 13,000 heads in order to have more space and time available for research and consultancies that seek to scale up regenerative organic farming. Previously, Nelson has managed the conversion of large scale livestock agri-businesses to an organic management without the use of antibiotics and vaccinations. Nelson is an expert on regenerative pasture cropping and rotational mob grazing that will help clients to produce one full cycle more meat per year and at the same time regenerate the pasture’s soil fertility to its full potential.
We are working with more experts and consultants than we can list here. Depending on your requirements we will come up with a tailor-made solution and suggest the individual expert best suited to your cropping system.