Wednesday November 28: Indoor Agriculture and Sustainable Aquaculture Morning
By Invitation Only, Breakfast Briefing: Australia’s AgriFood 4.0 Future
Jennie Moss, Founder & Managing Director, RETHINK EVENTS, UK
Keynote: A Vision for the Future of Cities Feeding Cities
- A new urban agricultural landscape is needed for land-scarce cities to feed fresh, nutritious produce to their increasingly affluent and growing populations. How is the Controlled-Environment Agriculture (CEA) vertical/indoor/urban landscape emerging in Southeast Asia and what is the vision for the future?
- What are the key challenges in this emerging landscape and what is needed to overcome these?
- How does the food supply chain need to adapt to efficiently incorporate these new farming methods?
- How do city planners and architects need to adapt to integrate the potential for urban farming into their designs?
Lee Kim Tan, Deputy Chief Executive Corporate & Technology, Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority, Singapore
Finding the Right Business/Commercial Models for Urban Farming
- How are advances in plant science, nutrients, lighting and automation enabling urban farmers to create commercially viable, profitable, scalable businesses in this space?
- What types of crops are currently being grown vertically, and what does the future hold?
- What are the specific challenges facing urban farming operations in Southeast Asian cities?
Siang Hee Tan, Executive Director, CROPLIFE ASIA, Singapore
Erez Galonska, Co-Founder & CEO, INFARM, Germany
Benjamin Swan, Co-Founder and CEO, Agribusiness Department, SUSTENIR AGRICULTURE, Singapore
Peter Barber, Co-Owner & CEO, COMCROP, Singapore
David Vosburg, CFO & SVP Strategy, CROP ONE HOLDINGS, USA
Plant Science: Optimising Traits to Indoor Systems
- What are the latest approaches in plant science to optimising yield, nutritional value, and taste in vertical, controlled-environment agriculture?
- What innovation is taking place to allow new crops to be grown in CEA environments?
- How can partnerships and investment speed up the development of indoor-adapted crops and bringing them to market?
John Reich, Scientific Program Director, FOUNDATION FOR FOOD & AGRICULTURE RESEARCH (FFAR), USA
Chew Fook Tim, Department of Biological Sciences, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE (NUS), Singapore
Networking Coffee Break
Lighting, Automation and Climate Control in Indoor Agriculture
- What are the latest innovations occurring in lighting, robotics and climate control to improve the quality, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of indoor farming?
- What models have been successful in the adoption and coordination of these technologies?
- What investment and innovation are required to make these new technologies more widely accessible to and adopted by indoor growers?
Eri Hayashi, Director, International Relations & Consulting, JAPAN PLANT FACTORY ASSOCIATION (JPFA), Japan
Thera Rohling, Strategic Business Developer, PRIVA, Netherlands
Katashi Kai, General Manager, Agribusiness Department, SHIN-NIPPOU 808FACTORY, Japan
Veera Sekaran, Founder & Managing Director, GREENOLOGY, Founder & Director, VERTIVEGIES, Singapore
Wei FANG, Ph.D., Professor, Dept. of Bio-Industrial Mechatronics Engineering, & Director, Center of Excellence for Controlled Environment Agriculture, National Taiwan University, NATIONAL TAIWAN UNIVERSITY, Taiwan
Investor Debate: Opportunities in Vertical Farming
- In what ways can sufficient investment be created to meet the start-up costs of vertical farms, so they can be efficient from the beginning and more likely to draw a sustainable profit?
- In what ways may vertical farming require different kinds of investment compared to other kinds of agtech, given that it is very infrastructural in nature?
- Can vertical/controlled environment agriculture scale at a rate that’s attractive to VCs?
- With all the buzz around this industry currently, what do investors predict for the next five years?
Andrew Lai, Accelerator Director, SPROUT X, Australia
Ankesh Shahra, Founder & Managing Director, AGRIMAX VENTURES, Singapore
David Gowdey, Managing Partner, JUNGLE VENTURES, Singapore
Networking Lunch Break
Wednesday November 28: Indoor Agriculture and Sustainable Aquaculture Afternoon
Transforming Efficiency, Quality and Safety in Aquaculture
- What innovations are taking place in aquaculture, both locally and globally?
- What are the most pertinent pain points in Southeast Asia’s aquaculture industry that innovators should be looking to address?
- How can digital technologies, such as IoT, transform the efficiency of aquaculture in Southeast Asia? What are the challenges in the uptake of these technologies and what innovative methods are working to overcome these?
- What are the opportunities for translating innovative technologies created for open-field agriculture to aquaculture, and what are the opportunities for collaboration in this?
- How can the industry drive innovation forward? What is the role of accelerators and investors in facilitating this?
Amy Novogratz, CEO, AQUA-SPARK, Netherlands
Joep Klein Staarman, Co-Founder & CEO, BARRAMUNDI ASIA, Singapore
A/Prof Matthew Tan, Co-Chair (WG1), APEC Policy Partnership of Food Security and CEO, OCEANUS TECH, Singapore
Phan Vinh Hiển (‘Henry’), Director, Minh Phu Group, & Deputy General Director, MINH PHU HAU GIANG SEAFOOD CORP, Vietnam
Valerie Robitaille, CEO, XPERTSEA, Canada
Four selected start-ups present their indoor agtech solutions in seven-minute pitches to a panel of investors and the summit audience.
Steve Rhodes, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, THE TRENDLINES GROUP, Israel
Carsten Krome, CEO, HATCH, Norway
Mark Korzilius, CEO, FARMERS CUT, Germany
Nissem Chen, Founder & CEO, Aquinovo, Israel
Nick Piggott, CEO and Co-Founder, Nutrition Technologies, Malaysia
Masahiko Yamada, Co-Founder, Umitron, Singapore
Networking Coffee Break
The Role of Alternative Proteins in Building a Healthy, Sustainable Aquaculture Industry
- Over exploitation of wild fish stocks for fish farming is driving a need for alternative fish feeds. What innovation is currently taking place to create alternative, more sustainable proteins for fish feeds?
- What farming methods and business models are showing greatest success, and what is needed to help bring the resulting products to the wider market and make these a competitive as well as sustainable alternative to fishmeal?
- What investment and collaboration are needed to speed up the widespread adoption of these alternative fish feeds by the Southeast Asian aquaculture industry?
Carsten Krome, CEO, HATCH, Norway
Alan Shaw, President & CEO, CALYSTA, USA
Erwin Suwendi, Head of Nutrition and Feed Technology, Aquaculture Division, JAPFA, Indonesia
Laurent Genet, Corporate Development Director, NUTRECO, Netherlands
Benjamin Armenjon, CCO, YNSECT, France
Benjamin Allinder, Senior Product/Design Coach, CARGILL, USA
Jan Vanbrabant, CEO, ERBER GROUP, and Managing Director, BIOMIN, Singapore
Roundtable Discussion Groups
Delegates break into themed roundtable groups, each hosted by a speaker, enabling more in-depth discussion of the issues raised during the conference panels.
Accelerating consumer transition towards plant-based proteins and clean meat: How can product desirability be increased in terms of taste, texture, affordability and perceived safety for the Southeast Asian market?
Host: George Jacobs, President, VEGETARIAN SOCIETY OF SINGAPORE, Singapore
Risk Assessment in the agri-food supply chain: How can organisations effectively measure, manage and mitigate emerging risks, from environmental to climate change to food safety?
Host: Jagdish Parihar, Managing Director & Chief Risk & Compliance Officer, OLAM INTERNATIONAL, Singapore
How to turn an investor into your greatest ally: What are the best strategies for start-up founders, investors, and fund LPs to optimize their ties and maximize productivity and long-term value?
Host: Joseph Zhou, Investment Partner, BITS X BITES, China
Opportunities for collaboration and partnership with the UK agri-food technology sector
Host: Gerry Moran, Deputy Head of Investment – Agri-Tech, DIT, UK
Networking Drinks Reception