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Regional coordinators

  Area: Oceania Phone: +64 (0)7 211 9323
Name: Oksana Borowik Mobile:  N/A
Title: Ph.D Institution: Apiculture New Zealand
Email: oksana.borowik[at] Address: 270 Colville Road, RD 4 3584 Coromandel New Zealand

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Oksana is a commercial beekeeper and scientist with a special interest in honey bee health and queen breeding.  She holds a Ph.D. in molecular phylogenetics from the University of Toronto, Department of Zoology. 

Oksana is a member of the Apiculture New Zealand Science and Research Focus Group and also serves on the advisory team of the Bee Pathogen programme that is coordinated by the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) that overviews the beekeeping sector in New Zealand.

With a background as a science and nature documentary filmmaker, Oksana has also produced a series on Varroa for Plant Health Australia.

  Area: South America Phone: (598) 24871616
Name: Karina Antúnez Mobile: (598) 99147708
Title: Ph.D Institution: Institute of Biological Research “Clemente Estable”
Email: Address: Avda. Italia 3318. Montevideo, Uruguay

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Karina is a microbiologist working on different pest and pathogens that affects honeybee health in Uruguay, mainly Nosema ceranae, RNA viruses and Paenibacillus larvae.

She is working on different projects aimed to quantify colony losses in Uruguay; detect/quantify pest and pathogens; analyse the host-pathogen interaction and evaluate strategies to improve honeybee health through probiotics and nutrition.

She is also the general coordinator of the Latin American Network for Bee Research.

  Area: USA Phone: +1 352 273 3924
Name: James D. Ellis Mobile: N/A
Title: Ph.D Institution: University of Florida
Email: Address: Department of Entomology and Nematology, Steinmetz Hall, Natural Area Dr. PO Box 110620, Gainesville, FL, USA 32611-0620

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Jamie is the Gahan Associate Professor of Entomology in the Department of Entomology and Nematology at the University of Florida.

At the University of Florida, Jamie has responsibilities in extension, instruction and research.

Regarding his extension work, Jamie created the AFBEE program (African Bee Extension and Education Program), the UF, South Florida, and Caribbean Bee Colleges, and the UF Master Beekeeper Program.

As an instructor, Jamie supervises PhD and masters students in addition to offering an online beekeeping course.

Currently, Jamie and his team have over 30 active research projects in the fields of honey bee husbandry, conservation and ecology, and integrated crop pollination.

  Area: Canada Phone: (418) 656-2131 (8081)
Name: Pierre Giovenazzo Mobile: N/A
Title: Ph.D Institution: Laval University


Address: Biology department, 3044A Pavillon Vachon, Laval University Quebec, Canada G1V 0A6

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Pierre Giovenazzo is professor in the Department of Biology of Laval University and holds a Chair in Educational Leadership in apicultural science. His recent research focuses on: varroa IPM, honeybee nutrition, queen breeding/selection, colony population dynamics, optimizing pollination services and the recent invasion of the small hive beetle in southern Québec. He is president of the Apimondia 2019 congress that will take place in Montréal, Canada 8-13 September 2019.

  Area: Asia Phone: (+66) 53 943346
Name: Panuwan Chantawannakul Mobile: N/A
Title: Ph.D Institution: Chiang Mai University
Email: panuwan[at] Address: Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University, 239 Huay Kaew road, Suthep, A. Muang Chiang Mai, Thailand 50200

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Panuwan is microbiologist working on bee pests and pathogens in Asia. Currently she is associate professor in Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University.

Panuwan started her work with American foulbrood. Apart from European honey bee, which has been introduced to South East Asia (SEA) for economic reasons, the study of ecological roles of other native bees in SEA also has been of her interest. In recent years she has studied the bee diseases affecting native honey bees in both Thailand and some countries in East Asia, and also the resistance mechanisms of Asian honey bees against bee diseases and parasitic mites.