Dr. Delia Rodriguez-Amaya

Dr. Rodriguez-AmayaDelia B. Rodriguez-Amaya is president-elect of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology (2012-2014). She will be the first woman president of this Academy in 2014-2016. Elected fellow of the Academy in 2003, she was voted member of the Executive Council for 2008-2010 and for 2010-2012.

From 1977 to 2010, she was professor of Food Analysis and Food Chemistry at the Faculty of Food Engineering, University of Campinas, Brazil, where she was intensely involved in teaching, research and administration. She was “honored professor” at the Commencement Ceremonies of four graduating classes of Food Engineering; adviser of 49 defended Master and Doctoral theses; Chairman of the Department of Food Science; General Coordinator for two terms of the Graduate Programs (Master and Doctoral) in Food Science, Food Technology, Food Engineering and Nutritional Sciences and Coordinator of the Academic Council of the Faculty of Food Engineering for four terms.

She is the author of more than 230 scientific publications (books, book chapters, review and research articles in indexed journals); several of her articles got into the top ten most cited and/or most read papers of international journals. She has given more than 200 lectures in 30 countries and short hands-on intensive courses in various countries such as the Philippines, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, South Africa, Tanzania and China, mostly sponsored by FAO and HarvestPlus. She also presented more than 240 research papers in international (in more than 25 countries) and Brazilian conferences. She was research fellow of the Brazilian National Council for Science and Technology, in the highest category, for twenty years (1990-2010). She is a world renowned researcher on carotenoid analysis, chemistry and technology. She has also worked on mycotoxins, cholesterol, fatty acids, volatile compounds and flavonoids. She received many awards, including the 2012 Philippine Presidential Award “Pamana ng Pilipino” (Filipino Heritage), the 2010 East-West Center Distinguished Alumni Award, the University of Campinas  Zeferino Vaz Recognition Award for excellence in teaching and research three times  (1994, 1997, 2003), the Brazilian Society of Food Science and Technology’s Andre Tosello Award (2005) and the Philippine Association of Food Technologists’ 50th Anniversary Recognition Award (2010).

She is scientific adviser of the International Foundation for Science (based in Sweden); collaborator of HarvestPlus – Breeding Crops for Better Nutrition; member of the Editorial Boards of Trends in Food Science and Technology, Plant Foods for Human Nutrition, Archivos Latinoamericanos de Nutrición, Alimentos e Nutrição and Revista do Instituto Adolfo Lutz. She was member of the Editorial Board of six other journals, including the Journal of Food Composition and Analysis (2001-2011). She has been invited to participate in several FAO-WHO Expert Consultation Meetings and in technical ad hoc committees of the Brazilian Ministries of Education, Health and the Environment.

She earned her B.S. in Food Technology from Araneta University, Philippines, Magna Cum Laude. As an East-West Center grantee, she got her  MSc. in Food Science from University of Hawaii. She was recipient of the East-West Center Professional Award for high scholastic achievement.  Her Ph.D. in Agricultural Chemistry is from the University of California, Davis, where she was Board of Regents’ Graduate Intern Fellow.  

Dr. Amaya (, despite her busy schedule, has been one of the strongest and most consistent supporters of AJFAND. We thank her most sincerely and wish her much success as she continous  to grow professionally. Ed.

Dr. William Olaho-Mukani

Dr. Olaho-MukaniDr William Olaho-Mukani, BVM, MSc , PhD.
Holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine from Makerere University, a  Masters  and  PhD in Veterinary  Pathology and Microbiology at the University  Nairobi. Was Graduate Assistant in the Department of Pathobiology at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Makerere University; Research Fellow at International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Nairobi  and Free University of Berlin. Worked at the Kenya Trypanosomiasis Research Institute (KETRI), Muguga for 15 year (1981-2006), where he rose to the post of Acting Deputy Director of Research before moving to Uganda where he served as Director of Research at the Livestock Research Institute (LIRI) for five years (1996-2001).  As Director of Research he got the National Agricultural Research Award of Outstanding Director of Research in 2006.  From LIRI he was appointed Director of Animal Resources in Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries in Uganda where he worked for 10 years in that position. He also conducted lectures, supervised MSc and PhD students at Makerere University during this time. He later, he joined the African Union in 2010 as Programme Leader for Transboundary Animal Diseases and Zoonoses.  He was a Board Member of various national, regional and international Organisations and Secretary General, Vice-President and President of the African Regional Commission for the World Organisation for Animal Heath (OIE) from 2003-2010 He is a member of the Editorial Board of the African Journal of Animal and Biomedical Sciences, Journal of Camel Practice and Research,  the Bulletin of Animal Health and Production in Africa and has  reviewed articles for the Veterinary Journal ( The British Veterinary Journal) . He has supervised Many PhD and MSc students, published over 70 scientific publications in refereed journals and attended and presented papers at many national, regional and international conferences.  Currently he is an EAC Regional Veterinary Governance Project Coordinator for the African Union.  

We at AJFAND are honoured to have D.r Olaho-Mukani ( as one of our esteemed reviewers. Despite his busy schedule with the East African Community, he still finds time to commit to AJFAND. Thank you Dr Olaho-Mukani. Ed.


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