Thursday November 21 Agenda – Urban Agriculture, Sustainable Aquaculture and Protein Innovation

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Thursday November 21 Morning

7.30
Aquaculture Breakfast Briefing

Hosted by:

Hatch Aquaculture Accelerator

 

 

 

 

8.55
Opening Remarks
9.00
Keynote Address: How can We Use Innovation and Catalyse Industry Transformation to Achieve Singapore’s Food Security Target of ‘30 by 30’?
9.15
The Rise of Urban Farming: Delivering Fresh, Nutritious, Resilient Foods to Urban Asian Consumers
  • How is the indoor farming industry emerging in Asia? What key challenges do urban growers in Asia face, and what’s needed to overcome these? What’s next on the horizon?
  • What innovative business models have shown success for scaling at steady pace and optimising growing methods and technologies?
  • What value can urban-farmed produce offer retailers and food brands? Where are the opportunities for partnerships between growers and retailers or food brands, and what new models are arising? How will food distribution systems need to adapt to incorporate a new wave of local produce?

Speakers:
Ralph Graichen, Director, Food & Nutrition, A*STAR, SINGAPORE
Ankesh Shahra, Managing Director, VERTIVEGIES, SINGAPORE 
Kate Kida, Co-Director & Global Marketing Manager, GREENLAND, JAPAN 
Sam Strang Steel, Associate Director of Fresh, REDMART, SINGAPORE 

10.00
Plant Science, Lighting and Automation: Driving Efficiencies in Indoor Farming
  • What technology innovation is emerging, both locally and internationally, to reduce resource use, increase yield, and optimize crop quality in indoor farming in Asia, to drive cost-viable systems?
  • What business models are combining these technologies effectively? What role can AI, robotics, and control systems play in optimising conditions and reducing labour costs?
  • How can we take these technologies from pilot to mainstream, and where are partnerships and investment needed to accelerate this process?

Session Chair:
Eri Hayashi, International Relations and Consulting, JAPAN PLANT FACTORY ASSOCIATION, JAPAN

Speakers:
Jade Stinson, CTO, VINDARA, USA
JJ Price, International Business Development Manager, SPREAD, JAPAN
David Farquhar, CEO, INTELLIGENT GROWTH SOLUTIONS, UK

10.45
Networking Break
11.15
From Sea to Land: Enabling Urban Aquaculture through Recirculating Aquaculture Systems
  • What technology innovation is emerging in the Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) space to develop urban farms that offer healthier, cleaner, more sustainable, local seafood?
  • What is the market landscape for RAS and what are the key challenges limiting the growth of this sector? What business models have been successful?
  • What is needed to drive innovation and encourage investment to further build this newly emerging industry?
11.30
Building a Sustainable Aquaculture Industry Through Alternative Protein Feed Innovation
  • With reliance on wild fish stocks for aquaculture feed unsustainable, where are the opportunities for alternative protein fish feed to deliver a nutritious yet sustainable feed alternative? What innovative approaches are emerging for Asian aquaculture?
  • What is needed to achieve cost comparativeness with conventional wild fish stock feed? Where are the opportunities for partnerships and investment to drive this forward?
  • What feed innovation is occurring to address fish health by delivering increased nutrition and reduced mycotoxins, supporting healthier immune systems and reduced disease?

Speakers: 
Robin Yao, GM Overseas Investment & Development, NEW HOPE GROUP, SINGAPORE
Adrian Ng, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, ADISSEO, SINGAPORE 
Erwin Suwendi, Head of Nutrition and Feed Technology, Aquaculture Division, JAPFA, INDONESIA
John Diener, COO, AGRIPROTEIN, SINGAPORE

12.15
Catalysing the Cell-Based Protein Space: Developing Desirable Products for the Asian Consumer
  • What innovation is emerging locally and internationally to deliver a cell-based product desirable to Asian consumers?What are the right products to bring to market? Could developing cell-based proteins as functional foods be an entry point to the market?
  • How can we make cell-based products affordable? How are innovative approaches accelerating route to market and adoption, and what is required to radically reduce production costs?
  • Where is investment and collaboration needed to drive the industry in Asia forwards? What are the predicted returns and timeline for these investments?

Session Chair:
Elaine Siu, Managing Director – Asia Pacific, THE GOOD FOOD INSTITUTE, CHINA 

Speakers:
Carrie Chan, CEO & Co-Founder, AVANT MEATS, HONG KONG
Ka Yi Ling, CTO & Co-Founder, SHIOK MEATS, SINGAPORE
Didier Toubia, CEO & Co-Founder, ALEPH FARMS, ISRAEL

1.00
Networking Lunch Break

Featuring urban-grown produce and alternative protein dishes.

Thursday November 21 Afternoon

2.00
Keynote Address: Driving New Frontiers of Protein Consumption in Asia
2.15
Delivering Delicious, Nutritious Plant-Based Protein Products to the Asian Market
  • Moving beyond burgers, how are companies adapting products to satisfy Asian consumer tastes? What exciting new products are coming beyond meat replacements?
  • How can we take plant-based foods to the next level by improving their taste, nutritional profile and functionality? How can we design crops specifically for plant protein ingredients?
  • How do supply chains need to adapt to meet demand for plant-based ingredients in Asia, and where are the partnership and investment opportunities to accelerate new ingredient adoption? How can we ensure sustainability?

Session Chair:
Rob Hulme, Co-Founder & Head of Asia, BEANSTALK AGTECH, SINGAPORE

Speakers: 
David Yeung, Founder & CEO, GREEN MONDAY, HONG KONG 
Xun Wang, President and CEO, TRITON ALGAE INNOVATIONS, USA

3.00
Start-Up Technology Pitching Session

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

Presenters: 
Liris Maduningtyas, CEO, JALA, INDONESIA
Lim Jin Yin, Co-Founder and COO, PHUTURE FOODS, MALAYSIA
Mush’ab Nursantio, Founder & CEO, BITEBACK INSECT, INDONESIA
Blair Crichton, Co-Founder, KARANA, SINGAPORE

3.45
Networking Break: Meet the Start-Ups

An opportunity to connect with Asia’s most exciting agri-food start-ups in the TechHub exhibition

4.15
Tackling the Plastic Packaging Challenge (3 Presentations)

Taking a thousand years to decompose, plastic packaging, while cheap and functional, is unsustainable for the future of our planet. With recycling rates low and usage high, plastic quantity is fast mounting up and polluting our seas, not only harming wildlife but also contaminating our food and water through microplastics.

To address the plastic packaging crisis, 250 leading global food companies have joined the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, pledging to ensure that 100% of plastic packaging can be easily and safely reused, recycled, or composted by 2025. Yet where are the solutions?

Three technology companies each present their disruptive alternatives to single-use plastic packaging.

Presenters: 
David Christian, CEO & Co-Founder, EVOWARE, INDONESIA
Kimberly Bolton, CEO, CARAPAC, AUSTRALIA

4.45
Building Singapore as a Global Agri-Food Innovation Hub
  • How has the innovation ecosystem in Singapore developed over the last 2-3 years? What exciting initiatives have emerged, and what is required to foster this ecosystem and drive it forward? What is the role of the government in driving innovation? What’s on the horizon?
  • What new insights and approaches are emerging in academia and research, and where are the opportunities for partnerships to bring these to the industry?
  • How can accelerators and incubators support the growing regional start-up scene? Where are the opportunities for collaboration and complementary approaches?

Speakers:
Lee Eng Keat, Executive Director, Agrifood, SINGAPORE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD, SINGAPORE
Atsushi Taira, Managing Director, MISTLETOE, SINGAPORE
Grahame Dixie, Executive Director, GROW ASIA, SINGAPORE

5.30
End of Day Networking Drinks

As Day 2 concludes, take a moment to relax and reconnect with industry colleagues and your extended network at our social networking drinks.


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