Tuesday November 27 Agenda

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Tuesday November 27: Crops, Farming and Supply Chain Technology Morning

8.00
Registration
8.55
Welcome Remarks

Jennie Moss, Founder & Managing Director, RETHINK EVENTS, UK

9.00
Keynote Welcome Address

Speaker:
Kai Fong Chng, Managing Director, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD (EDB), Singapore

09.15
Building the Agri-Food Innovation Ecosystem in South East Asia
  • What is the current state of the agri-food tech landscape in Southeast Asia, and what initiatives are fostering this ecosystem?
  • What is the role of government, accelerators and the industry in supporting and facilitating agri-food innovation?
  • What lessons in fostering agri-food innovation can be learned from international accelerators and incubators, and what potential is there for collaboration?

Session Chair:
Rob Hulme, Head of Asia, BEANSTALK AGTECH, Singapore

Speakers:
Gurpreet Singh Vohra, General Manager, Business Development, WILMAR INTERNATIONAL LIMITED, Singapore
Thad Simons, Managing Director, THE YIELD LAB, USA
Lee Eng Keat, Executive Director, Agri-Food, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD (EDB), Singapore
Adam Lyle, Executive Chairman, PADANG & CO, Singapore
Nitza Kardish, CEO, TRENDLINES INCUBATORS ISRAEL, Israel
Pun-Arj Chairatana, Executive Director, NATIONAL INNOVATION AGENCY (NIA), Thailand

10.15
Addressing the Challenges of Targeting Agri-Tech to Smallholder Farms
  • What innovative technology solutions are regional agribusinesses developing to empower smallholders to achieve higher yields and greater sustainability for their crops?
  • In traditional farming populations, what approaches have been successful when developing and marketing farm management solutions to encourage widespread adoption?
  • How far are challenges in telecoms connectivity limiting the uptake of decision support tech, and what solutions are being developed to address these?

Session Chair:
Amol Jadhav, Director of Market Engagements for mAgri, GSMA, UK

Speakers:
Peter Ford, Asia-Pacific Leader, CORTEVA AGRISCIENCE, Singapore
Khoo Eng Huat, Project Leader, A*STAR, Singapore
Paul Voutier, Director, Knowledge and Innovation, GROW ASIA, Singapore
John Juhyun Jeong, Investment Specialist, ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK, Philippines
Ranveer Chandra, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research, MICROSOFT, USA

11.00
Networking Coffee Break
11.30
Remote Sensing for Precision Farming of Oil Palm, Rice and Sugarcane
  • How are drones, by themselves as well as in combination with satellites and/or sensors, being successfully used by both large-scale plantations and smallholder farmers to allow more precise and efficient use of fertilisers, pesticides and water?
  • The average size of farm in southeast Asia is less than two hectares. What innovation is taking place to tailor precision hardware and software to smallholders?
  • How are regulations on drone flying and automated spraying limiting their usage for precision farming, and how can these limitations being overcome?

Session Chair:
Mark Kahn, Founding Partner, OMNIVORE, India

Speakers:
Mark Wakeford, CEO & Executive Director, INDOAGRI, Indonesia
Mark Yong, CEO, GARUDA ROBOTICS, Singapore
Gary Gan Huan You, Executive, GAN TENG SIEW REALTY, Malaysia
Abhishek Singh, Head of Digital Execution, ROYAL GOLDEN EAGLE (RGE), Singapore
Jonathan Paul, CCO, ADATOS, Singapore

12.15
The Digital Farmhand: How Robotics, AI and Novel Sensing Can Support Farmers in Southeast Asia

Speaker:
Salah Sukkarieh, Professor of Robotics, UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY, Australia

12.30
Technology Showcase

Four start-ups present their ag technology solutions in seven-minute pitches to a panel of investors and the summit audience.

Shark Panel:
Rushdi Razif, Investment Advisor, 500 STARTUPS, Malaysia
Adam Lyle, Executive Chairman, PADANG & CO, Singapore

Presenting Companies:
Sanny Gaddafi, CEO, 8VILLAGES, Indonesia
Raviv Kula, CEO & Co-Founder, FRUITSPEC, Israel
Philippe Herve, CEO, NEXTGEN PLANTS, Australia
Emmanuelle Bourgois, Founder & Managing Director, VERIFIK8, Thailand

13.15
Networking Lunch Break

Tuesday November 27: Crops, Farming and Supply Chain Technology Afternoon

14.15
Managing Crops for Climate Resilience, Food Security and Nutrition
  • How are crops being developed and adapted to withstand climatic extremes and provide higher-yield and more nutritious crops?
  • How can collaboration between researchers and agribusinesses speed up the development of these more nutritious and resilient food crops, and what is needed to facilitate this?
  • How can new, bio-based crop protection solutions be targeted to the needs of farmers in Southeast Asia and what are the barriers to widespread adoption of sustainable products?

Session Chair:
Guy Hudson, Executive Director, SparkLabs Cultiv8, Australia

Speakers:
Harikrishna Kulaveerasingam, Chief R&D Officer, SIME DARBY PLANTATION, Malyasia
Dindo Campilan, Director for Asia, INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR TROPICAL AGRICULTURE (CIAT), Vietnam
Martin Wolf, Business Area Director Crop Protection ASEAN, BASF, Singapore
Vishal Vijay, Head of Business Development, AGROCORP INTERNATIONAL, Singapore
Amit Trikha, Head of Seeds, Asia Pacific, BAYER, Singapore

15.00
Harnessing the Power of Biotech in Plant Science
  • Given the increasing affordability of gene editing technologies, what new innovations are now able to take place and what benefit will this offer farmers in Southeast Asia?
  • What investment and collaboration are needed to further facilitate the use of crops optimised through gene-editing?
  • What is the predicted receptibility of Southeast Asian markets to gene-edited crops, and how is the industry looking to reconcile any potential customer distrust?

Speaker:
Matthew B. Crisp, President & CEO, BENSON HILL BIOSYSTEMS, USA

15.15
Networking Coffee Break
15.45
Achieving Greater Supply Chain Transparency and Traceability through Data
  • What innovative technologies are emerging, locally and globally, to allow food and ag businesses greater visibility and control over their supply chains?
  • With many supply chains fragmented and inefficient, how can technology be used to simplify supply chains to empower smallholder farmers to achieve better market prices?
  • ow can agri-food businesses overcome the challenges to supply chain transparency and traceability, such as ensuring compliance by every organisation along the chain?

Andrew Powell, CEO, ASIA BIOBUSINESS, Singapore

Speakers:
Suresh Sundararajan, President & Group Head, Strategic Investments & Shared Services, OLAM INTERNATIONAL, Singapore
Dirk van Quaquebeke, Founding & Managing Partner, BEENEXT, Singapore
Vaidhehi Ravindran, Vice-President, ASPADA INVESTMENTS, India
Anita Neville, Vice President, Corporate Communications & Sustainability Relations, GOLDEN AGRI-RESOURCES, Singapore

16.30
Blockchain Technology: Where will it Deliver Greatest Value to the Agri-Food Industry?
  • What is the potential of blockchain in achieving supply chain transparency and traceability?
  • How can blockchain be made cost-effective in the agri-food industry? What financial models have been successful?
  • How are companies using this technology effectively?

Speakers:
Meeta Yadav, Director, IBM Research Centre, IBM SINGAPORE, Singapore
Imron Zuhri, Founder & CTO, HARA, Indonesia
Trung Dao Ha, CEO, TE-FOOD, Vietnam

17.15
Investor Debate: What are the Leading Agri-Food Investors Looking For?
  • Which areas of agri-food technology are today’s most active investors most excited about?
  • Which technologies have the potential to gain early traction in Southeast Asia and potentially leapfrog other parts of the world?
  • What are the challenges of applying international solutions to Southeast Asia, and how can investors work with start-ups to successfully adapt and translate their ideas and models?
  • With a slower rate of return than other tech investments, how can the agri-food industry achieve smart and sustainable investment and avoid a “bubble”?

Session Chair:
Michael Dean, Co-Founder, AGFUNDER, Australia

Speakers:
Dheeraj Mehta, Director, TEMASEK, Singapore
Matilda Ho, Managing Director, BITS X BITES, China
Mark Kahn, Founding Partner, OMNIVORE, India
Eugene Wong, CEO, SIRIUS VENTURE CAPITAL, Singapore
Jay Krishnan, Partner, SRI CAPITAL, India

18.00
Networking Drinks Reception

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