PRESS RELEASE: ICC congratulates Prof. Hamit Köksel to his election as ICC President Elect 2015-2016

Hamit KökselIn the elections for ICC Officials from 12 to 26 October 2014, Prof. Hamit Köksel from Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey received the majority of votes. Prof. Köksel will become ICC President Elect 2015-2016 and succeed Prof. Fengcheng Wang from China as ICC President in 2017-2018. Prof. Hamit Köksel has been connected with ICC for many years and he has been ICC National Delegate since 2002. With Prof. Köksel as incoming President ICC will benefit from his international, diplomatic and scientific experience. Besides, he is the organiser of the next (15th) ICC Cereal and Bread Congress in Istanbul, Turkey, in 2016.

To learn more about Prof. Köksel's motivation to serve as ICC's President, please read his election statement:

Dear colleagues,

It is an honour for me to be nominated as candidate for the next ICC Presidency. As indicated in our website, ICC is an internationally recognized organisation of experts specialised in all fields of cereal science and technology. Even so, in recent years ICC has expanded its focus and commitment to international cooperation that contributed to advancing innovation as well as improving food quality, food safety and food security for the health and well-being of all people. This expanded commitment of ICC also fits the philosophy of my life and career very well.

The world is facing a number of major challenges that could be solved only by a global approach. Supplying food with the satisfactory quantity and quality for the growing world population, dealing with the social crisis caused by unequal standards of living along with hunger around the world, managing the deterioration of our natural resources, the loss of biodiversity/sustainability, and global warming, in addition to gradual depletion of fossil fuels and shifting energy consumption patterns over the world are only a few of these challenges. Growing, processing and consumption of cereal grains will not only be markedly affected by these challenges but will also have major impact on them. ICC has been playing a key role in coping with these global issues especially within the last decade. Nonetheless, I believe the role of ICC could be even more critical in the near future. I fully endorse the statement by our CEO and current and past presidents "ICC's activities have to be widened to activate new ideas and to find new approaches to plan breakthroughs in research and innovation". This could be achieved by building up wider international collaboration and by a greater mobilization of resources and expertise.

I am confident that, with the support and collaboration of all ICC members and in particular young cereal scientists, it is possible to overcome the present and future challenges ahead of us. I have no doubt that with the help of the skilled and dedicated ICC staff in Vienna we shall be able to work for the furtherance of ICC and for the development of cereal science and technology in a global perspective. This is a long term "relay race" and I will be more than happy to be a member of the racing team as the next ICC President Elect.

Hamit Köksel

We congratulate Prof. Hamit Köksel to his election as ICC President Elect 2015-2016 and we wish him success in his service to the Association, its members and the world of cereals beyond.