Dr Otto Boecking (Celle, Germany)

Lower Saxony State Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (LAVES) – Bee Institute Celle, Germany. Dr. Otto Boecking began his enthusiasm for bees when he was a young boy and started to keep his own bee colonies at the age of ten. He has a diploma in agricultural science and a doctorate in apiculuture with specialisations in disease and pollination.

Dr. Otto Boecking has been working for many years studying and lecturing at universities throughout Europe supporting research for solutions and problem solving for practical beekeeping.

Randy Oliver (Grass Valley, California, United States)

Randy started keeping bees as a hobbyist around 1966, and then went on to get university degrees in biological sciences, specializing in entomology. In 1980 he began to build a migratory beekeeping operation in California, and currently run around 1000-1500 hives with his two sons.

Glynn Cleaver (Kirwee, New Zealand)

Glynn has been beekeeping for over 10 years, firstly in Marlborough and now Canterbury, New Zealand. His bee hives are dotted around the Canterbury Plains and in Christchurch City. Many of their hives support local Canterbury crop farmers who need bees to pollinate their crops, and in turn supply our bees with nectar rich pollens.

Dr Ngaire Hart (Auckland, New Zealand)

Is a New Zealand researcher who focuses on saving native bees. Ngaire says her interest in bees came about during her undergraduate studies when she was asked to design a tracking device for insects, which proved impossible given there was virtually no information on any of the 27 native New Zealand species. She has engineered special image-processing software which monitored the habitats of the bees to see if there was a drop in nests at three sites in Parihaka and Northland.

She found the number of active nests reduced about 60 per cent over her seven-year research period. Ngaire is the first Māori woman to get a PhD from engineering at AUT. She is believed to be only the second Māori woman to have the qualification in this field.

Tom Reynolds (Rangiora, New Zealand)

Tom may be a young beekeeper, but he has a wealth of knowledge and experience. Working as an apprentice under the tutelage of Graham Narby of Waimak Apiaries, Tom has built his own population of apairies to approximately 400 hives and is coninuting to grow that number.

Dr David Woodward (Amberley, New Zealand)

David is managing director of Pollination Lab Ltd a training, consultancy and queen bee rearing company. He is a facilitator at Otago Polytechnic where he teaches the Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education (Level 7), a teaching qualification. He is a tutor for Taratahi Institute of Agriculture and runs the part-time NZ Certificate in Apiculture (Level 3) course in Cromwell. He is an industry trainer for Apiculture NZ running AFB disease recognition courses in Otago and Southland since 2002.

He has recently worked with Primary ITO to develop the unit standards, assessments and learning resources for the new on-job beekeeping apprenticeship scheme.

Alistair Binney (Tauranga, New Zealand)

Alistair is the innovation manager at Ecrotek. He studied biotechnology and commerce at Victoria University before starting his career in the apiculture industry. Having worked now with both honey packers and bee keepers and this has given him a wide foundation of industry knowledge. He is both a hobbyist bee keepers with 20 hives and also runs numerous trials and study hives for his role. The current research focus is on nutrition and maximising output per hive.

Marco Gonzalez (Lower Hutt, New Zealand)

Marco is an AP1 responsible for managing the National AFB surveillance and inspection function including the supervision of AP2s. Marco has a strong background of AFB management and biosecurity, working as an Apiary Officer with AsureQuality from 2006 to 2017, and more recently as a Compliance Manager at Midlands Apiaries Ltd.