Wednesday November 20 Agenda – Digital Farming, Crop Protection and Supply Chain Solutions

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Wednesday November 20 Morning

8.45
Opening Remarks

Jennie Moss, Managing Director, RETHINK EVENTS, UK

8.50
Introduction: Investing for a Better, Smarter and More Sustainable World

John Vaske, Head of Agribusiness and Head of Americas, TEMASEK, USA

9.00
Opening Keynote Address: Why Agri-Food Tech Innovation is Vital to a Food-Secure, Healthy and Sustainable Future for Asia

Speaker:
Dr Koh Poh Koon, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry, SINGAPORE

9.15
Keynote: New Approaches to Open Innovation and Corporate Venturing in Agri-Food

Speaker:
Jim Andrew, EVP, SodaStream, Beyond the Bottle, and New Ventures, PEPSICO, USA

9.30
Opening Plenary: Accelerating Innovation in Asia’s Agri-Food Sector
  • Where are the greatest opportunities for technology to create a paradigm shift in Asia’s agri-food chain towards increased yield, sustainability, accessibility and nutritional value of food? What are the key barriers to technology adoption, and what approaches are needed?
  • What exciting new initiatives have emerged in the agri-food innovation landscape in Asia? What is required to foster and drive this growing ecosystem?
  • What partnerships and investment are needed to adapt international innovation to Asia and scale successfully? How can international and local players collaborate, and where are the opportunities for leapfrogging?

Session Chair:
Gavin Maguire, Editor in Charge, Commodities & Energy, Asia, THOMSON REUTERS, SINGAPORE

Speakers:
Nadir Godrej, Chairman, GODREJ AGROVET, INDIA
Leo Liu, President, Asia-Pacific, ADM, CHINA
Jim Andrew, EVP, SodaStream, Beyond the Bottle, and New Ventures, PEPSICO, USA
Jean-Marc Gilson, CEO, ROQUETTE, FRANCE

10.15
Networking Coffee Break
10.45
Building a Precision AgTech Business in Asia: Tailoring IoT, Remote Sensing and AI Solutions to Agriculture in Asia
  • How can the latest innovation in remote sensing, IoT, and AI be utilised for a more predictive, precise and connected approach to agriculture in Asia? What key challenges need to be overcome?
  • How can agtech start-ups achieve success in Asia? What approach is required? Where are the opportunities for investment and collaboration to accelerate adoption?
  • How are established operators delivering new products and business models adapted for crops and farmers in Asia?

Session Chair:
Adam Anders, Managing Partner, ANTERRA CAPITAL, THE NETHERLANDS

Speakers: 
Amol Deshpande, CEO & Co-Founder, FARMERS’ BUSINESS NETWORK, USA
Justin Gong, Co-Founder & VP, XAG, CHINA
Steven Tompkins, Director of Sector Development, Agriculture, INMARSAT, UK
Stefan Fürnsinn, Senior Vice President, Digital Farming, YARA INTERNATIONAL, NORWAY
Rupesh Goel, Chief Product Officer, CROPIN, INDIA

11.30
Fireside Chat: Creating a More Sustainable Agri-Food System through Innovation and Investment

Session Chair:
Jennie Moss, Managing Director, RETHINK EVENTS, UK

Speakers:
Dilhan Pillay Sandrasegara, Chief Executive, TEMASEK INTERNATIONAL, SINGAPORE
Solina Chau, Co-Founder, HORIZONS VENTURES, HONG KONG

12.00
Keynote Address: Next-Generation Technology for Food Security and Safety

Speaker: 
Professor Chua Nam-Hai, Chief Scientific Advisor, WILMAR, Deputy Chairman, TEMASEK LIFE SCIENCES LABORATORY, and Distinguished Visiting Professor, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE

12.15
Developing a Safer Food System from Farm to Fork in Asia
  • What are the key pain points in Asia’s food safety system and how can technology address these? How is innovation fairing at scale and what challenges need to be overcome?
  • What innovation is emerging to facilitate the efficient detection of contaminants and residue pesticide levels, to reduce food safety breaches and recalls?
  • Can we ever ensure a fully traceable, transparent, connected system, with end-to-end linkage? What incentives and models are facilitating participation? What are the opportunities for collaboration to ensure a cohesive, harmonized approach?

Session Chair:
Benjamin Smith, Director, Innovations in Food & Chemical Safety Programme, A*STAR, SINGAPORE

Speakers:
Nick Rosa, Managing Director, CONTINENTAL GRAIN COMPANY ASIA, CHINA
Marc Prikazsky, CEO, CEVA SANTE ANIMALE, FRANCE
Martin Lemoine, Agribusiness Investment Unit Head, ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK, PHILIPPINES

12.45
Trust and Transparency: How Blockchain is Transforming Aquaculture

Speaker:
Juergen Kuebler, Executive, Global Industry Platforms, IBM, USA

1.00
Networking Lunch Break
1.15
Lunch Briefing: How the Life Sciences Co-Working Space is Bringing Innovation to Life

Speaker:

Muhammad Tani Tabiin, General Manager, TEMASEK LIFE SCIENCES ACCELERATOR, SINGAPORE

Wednesday November 20 Afternoon

2.00
Deep Dive Presentations: Harnessing Plant Science to Optimise Crops for Nutrition, Climate Resilience, and Efficiency
  • How do we breed crops to increase yield, build resistance to pests and disease, improve nutritional content, and increase adaptability to mechanisation? What unique approaches are required in Southeast Asia?
  • How can we work with smallholders to increase the adoption of new varieties of seeds and more effective, more sustainable crop protection productions? What business models best enable technology adoption?
  • How is the regulatory space for gene-edited and GMO crops emerging in Asia? Where are the opportunities?

Session Chair:
Mary Shelman, Founder, MARY SHELMAN GROUP, USA

Speakers: 
Jeremy Williams, Head of Plant Biotetchnology, BAYER CROP SCIENCE, USA
Howard-Yana Shapiro, Chief Agricultural Officer, MARS, USA
Sunil Kumar Sahu, Chief Scientist for Plant Genomics, BEIJING GENOMICS INSTITUTE, CHINA
Jacqueline Hughes, Deputy DG for Research, INTERNATIONAL RICE RESEARCH INSTITUTE (IRRI), PHILIPPINES

2.55
Digital Platforms: Empowering Farmers through Affordable, Accessible
  • How can we create a digital platform that delivers value to farmers in Asia? From advice on inputs, to pricing updates and direct connections to buyers – what is useful to today’s farmers, and how can this be delivered in an affordable, accessible way?
  • What is the role of telecoms companies in increasing farmer connectivity?
  • How can we connect smallholders to finance? What new financing models are emerging to overcome the key barriers faced by smallholders? Where are the fintech opportunities?

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

Speakers: 
Tobias Menne, Head, Global Digital Farming Unit, BASF, GERMANY
Suresh Sundararajan, President & Group Head – Strategic Investments & Corporate Functions, OLAM INTERNATIONAL, SINGAPORE
Thadoe Hein, CEO, AWBA, MYANMAR

3.40
Afternoon Tea

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4.10
Fireside Chat: How Can Regulation and Government Keep Up with the Pace of Innovation?

Speakers:
Wilfred Feng, Senior Counsel, Food, Drug, Agricultural & Environment Law, DENTONS SHANGHAI, CHINA
Vincent Sewalt, Head of Regulatory Science & Advocacy, DUPONT NUTRITION AND BIOSCIENCES, USA

4.30
Start-Up Technology Pitching Session

Four early-stage companies pitch their agtech solutions to our audience, each followed by a Q&A with our panel of  Investor Sharks.

Presenters:
Ruel Amparo, CEO & Founder, CROPITAL, PHILIPPINES
Shashank Kumar, CEO & Co-Founder, DEHAAT, INDIA
Hujjat Nadarajah, CEO, TUN YAT, MYANMAR
Nguyen Thanh My, CTO, RYNAN TECHNOLOGIES, VIETNAM

Investor Shark Panel:
Isabelle Decitre, Co-Founder & CEO, ID CAPITAL, SINGAPORE
Christopher Quek, Managing Partner, TRIVE, SINGAPORE

5.15
Investor Insights: Assessing the Agtech Investment Opportunities in Asia
  • Which areas of agtech are today’s most active VC and strategic investors excited about for Southeast Asia, China and India? Which have the biggest potential for growth and widespread transformation?
  • What developments have we seen in the Asian agtech investment space in the last year? What are leading investors’ predictions for the next 2-3 years?
  • What are the challenges of translating solutions across and to Asia, and how can investors work with start-ups to successfully adapt their ideas and models to local needs?

Session Chair:
Richard Skinner, Head of Deals Strategy & Operations Asia-Pacific, PWC, SINGAPORE

Speakers:
David Gowdey, Managing Partner, JUNGLE VENTURES, SINGAPORE
Ritu Verma, Co-Founder & Managing Director, ANKUR CAPITAL, INDIA
Alex Zhang, Managing Partner, HOSEN CAPITAL, CHINA
Kiersten Stead, Managing Partner, DCVC, USA
Bruno Meireles de Sousa, Venture Partner, CARGILL, USA

6.00
Networking Drinks Reception

After a busy first day of the summit, relax and reconnect with industry colleagues and new faces over evening networking drinks.

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