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Pre-Summit

18:00 – 21:00
World Food Day Networking Dinner

Join speakers and fellow delegates for a networking dinner at Tom’s Kitchen, and hear from Jean-Michel Grand, Executive
Director of Action Against Hunger UK. All profits donated to Action Against Hunger.

Day One — October 17, 2017 Morning

8:55
Welcome Remarks

Jennie Moss, Founder, RETHINK EVENTS, UK

9:00
Can Open Innovation Deliver Greater Food Security & Climate Smart Eating?

Fast-paced advances in highly technical agricultural systems and data-driven platforms using machine learning and artificial intelligence are pushing the notion of radical efficiency and creating a demand for ever greater expertise, and for the industry to rethink how they collaborate.

• What collaboration models and partnerships are being rolled out to push the boundaries of innovation in agriculture and deliver new insights and new solutions?
• How do corporates inspire internal innovation and how do they work with external innovation platforms to accelerate growth?
• Where are the opportunities to collaborate and build a bridge between silos in the food value chain?

Session Chair:
Robert Berendes, ‎Co-owner and Partner, A-CONNECT, SWITZERLAND

Speakers:
Hans Johr, Corporate Head of Agriculture, NESTLE, SWITZERLAND
Sven Thormahlen, Senior Vice President Research & Development, ARLA FOODS, DENMARK
Daniel Pereira, Director, Technology Development and Agronomy, Europe & Middle East, MONSANTO, SWITZERLAND
Mathias Muller, Business Development Director, DUPONT PIONEER, USA

9:45
Fireside Chat: How are Farmers Adopting Innovation Today and What Will They Need Tomorrow?

• What pain points do farmers have and what technologies are being used today?
• How do farmers view the technology that is coming down the pipeline?
• How do solutions arrive at the farm gate and who are the key influencers in getting farmers to trial and adopt new technologies?

Speakers:
Geoff Calder, Chairman, THE GREEN PEA COMPANY, UK
Tom Green, Non-Executive Chairman, SPEARHEAD INTERNATIONAL, UK
Jacob Kirwan, Innovation Manager, G’s GROWERS, UK

10:20
Ministerial Address

George Eustice MP, Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, DEPARTMENT FOR ENVIROMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS (DEFRA), UK

10:40
Networking Coffee Break
11:20
Technology Adoption in Fast Growing Global Markets

How is the agri-tech ecosystem developing in the world’s fastest-growing economies?

Is China Ready for an Agri-Food Revolution?
Joseph Zhou, Investment Partner, BITS X BITES, CHINA

Investment Strategies for Scaling Innovation in Australia, China & Africa
Charles Hunting, Managing Partner, TSING CAPITAL, AUSTRALIA

Leveraging Digital Solutions to Strengthen Supply Security and Sustainability
Urvi Kelkar, Global Sustainable Development Manager, ANHEUSER-BUSCH INBEV, UK

12:00
Networking Round Tables:
Delegates break into round table discussion groups, each focused on a business-critical issue within agri-tech and hosted by an industry leader – bring lots of business cards!

1. Alternative Protein & Animal Feed: Opportunities for innovation in animal feed – Antoine Hubert, YNSECT

2. Closing the Gap: Going to the next level of technology adoption – Eric Jallas, ITK

3. Fintech & Agriculture: Opportunities at the intersection of crop insurance and weather data – Srini Sundaram, AGVESTO

4. Future Farms: How will we be farming tomorrow? What is the potential vs the reality? Jeff Keiser, ITERIS

5. Corporate/Start-up Intersection: Future proofing innovation through collaboration – Mathias Muller, DUPONT PIONEER

6. Gene Editing & Nutrition: Targeting crops to meet nutritional demands – Maurice Moloney, GLOBAL INSTITUTE FOR FOOD SECURITY

7. AI & Machine Learning: How are technology companies betting big on artificial intelligence? – John Hamer, MGV

8. Blockchain & IoT: What does the industry need to be ready for? – Sid Siefken, IBM

9. Food Companies: What role should food companies have in investing and facilitating on-farm adoption of innovative technologies? – Hans Jöhr, NESTLE

10. Indoor Agriculture: Can indoor agriculture compete with traditional farming? – Ben Belldegrun, PONTIFAX AGTECH

11. Digital Solutions: Leveraging data science for sustainable agriculture – Urvi Kelkar and Hector Hernandez, ANHEUSER-BUSCH INBEV

12. Ag Machinery: The future for automation in the field – Joachim Steigemann, CLAAS

13. Soil Heath & Microbiome: What will the future value chain look like? Donald Marvin, INOCUCOR TECHNOLOGIES

Day One — October 17, 2017 Afternoon

12:45
Networking Lunch Break
13:45
Breeding Better Crops for Accelerating Food Security & Targeting Nutrition

• Powerful new technologies and techniques including RNAi, gene-editing, artificial intelligence systems and harnessing genetic diversity have the potential to solve some of the greatest food challenges. But what is possible now and how are next generation technologies being directed to achieve useful ends? How will it change the way we eat tomorrow?
• How are smaller start-ups re-writing the model for bringing R&D to the field? What research collaborations are helping to level the playing field and speed up the time to market?
• What new investment opportunities are arising from these developments and how can regulation keep pace?

Session Chair:
Maurice Moloney, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, GLOBAL INSTITUTE FOR FOOD SECURITY, CANADA

Speakers:
Jonathan Jones, Professor & Senior Scientist, THE SAINSBURY LABORATORY, UK
Gilad Gershon, CEO, TROPIC BIOSCIENCES, UK
Dirk Inzé, Science Director, Plant Systems Biology, VIB, BELGIUM

14:30
Realising The Next Green Revolution Through the Plant Microbiome

Session Chair:
Kieran Furlong, Venture Partner, FINISTERE VENTURES, IRELAND

Speakers:
Donald Marvin, President & CEO, INOCUCOR, US & CANADA

14:45
Could Synthetic Biology Revolutionize Agriculture?

• The global synthetic biology market is growing quickly and the UK Government is driving forward R&D efforts in this space. How will developments in this sector open the door to innovation in agriculture?
• Technology companies are rapidly developing scale and scope in this field, but what partnerships are needed to accelerate and de-risk the development of commercially viable solutions?

Session Chair:
Kieran Furlong, Venture Partner, FINISTERE VENTURES, IRELAND

Speakers:
Steve Evans, Fellow, Discovery Research and Development, DOW AGROSCIENCES, USA
Jason Kelly, CEO, GINKGO BIOWORKS, USA
Jane Langdale, Professor – Department of Plant Sciences, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, UK

15:30
Networking Coffee Break Hosted by Tropic Biosciences
16:00
The World Agri-Tech Innovation Showcase: Early Stage Technology Innovators Pitch Seven-Minute Snapshots of their Solutions

Presenting Companies:
Steve Tanner, CEO and Co-Founder, ECOROBOTIX, SWITZERLAND
Mohammed Ashour, Co-Founder & CEO, ASPIRE, USA
Keren Mimran, VP Business Development & Marketing, EDETE PRECISION TECHNOLOGIES FOR AGRICULTURE, ISRAEL
Régis Rupert, Associate Director, Founder, IVACHE, FRANCE
Andre Moreira, CEO, NOVIHUM, GERMANY

17:00
Investment Models & Partnerships to Promote Technology Advances in Agriculture and Foster Sustainable Economic Development

• How are private equity, institutional investors, pension funds and large-scale family offices ready to support new opportunities they are seeing in agri-tech? How can investments in this sector generate value for their assets and future growth?
• What opportunities are they seeing to translate agri-tech to different economies and emerging markets? What collaboration and partnership models are needed between the public and private sector to deliver sustainable scale-up and transformative solutions?

Session Chair:
Scott Horner, Managing Director, MIDDLELAND CAPITAL, USA

Speakers:
Vipula Shukla, Senior Programme Officer for Agriculture & AgTech, BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION, USA
Ben Belldegrun, Managing Partner & Co-Founder, PONTIFAX, USA
Lila Preston, Partner, GENERATION INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT, UK

17:45
Presentation: AgFunder’s Mid-Year AgTech Investment Report

• What is the current state of agri-tech investment?
• Where were the biggest exits in 2016-17 and who will become the biggest buyers in agri-tech?
• What new landscape is emerging and where can we expect to find the most growth?

Speaker:
Rob LeClerc, Co-Founder, AGFUNDER, USA

18:00
Networking Drinks

Day Two — October 18, 2017 Morning

9:00
Delivering Precision Agriculture, Robotics & Automation to a Global Platform

• How quickly are we moving towards a smart connected automated farm? Developments in robotic tractors and autonomous vehicles have been heralded as a solution to labour shortages, but what solutions will deliver the greatest benefits?
• What collaboration, technology innovation and investment is needed to drive forward growth in this sector and take these systems closer to market?

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

Speakers:
Chris Rhodes, Director Global Fuse Business Development, AGCO CORPORATION, SWTIZERLAND
Sherman Black, CEO, CONSERVIS, USA
Thomas Engel, Manager Technology Innovation Strategy, JOHN DEERE, GERMANY
Abe Hughes, General Manager, TRIMBLE AG DIVISON, USA
Petro Melnyk, CEO, AGRICOM GROUP, UKRAINE

09:45
The World Agri-Tech Innovation Showcase: Early Stage Technology Innovators Pitch Seven-Minute Snapshots of their Solutions

Presenting Companies:
Thérèse van Vinken, Director, CERESCON, NETHERLANDS
Andy Diprose, Managing Director, ROOTWAVE, UK
Kevin Stephens, Director, AGROCEUTICAL PRODUCTS, UK
Guillaume Wegria, MD, FYTEKO, BELGIUM
Alvan Hunt, CEO, Hexafly

10:45
Developing A Path to Innovation Through Collaboration

Speaker:
Adrian Percy, Head of Research & Development , BAYER AG, CROPSCIENCE DIVISION, GERMANY

11:00
Networking Brunch

Day Two — October 18, 2017 Afternoon

12:00
Satellites, Data Platforms and AI for Greater Resource Efficiency & Yield Prediction

• Advances in satellite data, remote sensing, IoT and AI are converging to create the next generation of prediction models. How will this lead to actionable and more accurate insights in how we optimise the use of resources?
• Access to information promises to deliver new innovations and collaborations. What is the potential for open source data and where are the pre-competitive spaces for greater collaboration between stakeholders, governments, agribusiness and farmers? What regulatory hurdles remain?
• What efforts are being made to establish a global platform and effective partnerships for shared data? Could blockchain provide a solution for data sharing and faster integration?
• How is the insurance industry looking to monetise data? In the future could we use crop insurance to promote more sustainable and resilient farming?

Session Chair:
John Hamer, Managing Director, MONSANTO GROWTH VENTURES, USA

Speakers:
Sid Siefken, Global Agriculture Solutions Lead – Consumer Industry, IBM, USA
John Lord, Ag Sales Director EMEA, ITERIS, UK
Mark Doherty, Division Head, EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY, ITALY
Brendan Moroso, Strategic Partnerships Guru, CGIAR PLATFORM, FRANCE

12:45
Start-Up Economy: Nurturing Tomorrow’s High Growth Investment Opportunities

• How can the industry support the emerging start-up ecosystem in agri-tech and biotech? What solutions do universities, accelerators and corporates offer start-ups to de-risk early-stage discoveries and attract reliable capital?
• What critical factors should start-ups be assessing in these partnerships to ensure ultimate success?

Session Chair:
Dave Ross, CEO, AGRI-EPI CENTRE/SRUC, UK

Speakers:
Seena Amidi, CEO & Founder, PLUG AND PLAY TECH CENTER, USA
Ruth McKernan, Chief Executive, INNOVATE UK
Bor Boer, Group CEO & Partner, JB EQUITY, UK
Reinhard Bauer, CEO, AGRO INNOVATION LAB, AUSTRIA
Christine Pitt, General Manager, MEAT AND LIVESTOCK AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA

13:30
Closing Investor Debate: Attracting Growth Capital for the Next Agri-Tech Investment Horizon

• How is the capital flowing in agri-tech? What is driving current activity in seed-stage funding and what are we seeing for later stage investments?
• How are companies being valued and is there a clear benchmark for different businesses and regions? How does Europe compare with other global hotspots?
• With companies struggling to find scale and scope, where are we seeing the greatest consolidation in the market? What are investors doing about this?
• Which companies/sectors will be the ones to watch for 2018 and beyond?

Session Chair:
Gideon Soesman, Managing Partner, GREENSOIL INVESTMENT, ISRAEL

Speakers:
Dave Smardon, CEO, BIOENTERPRISE CAPITAL, CANADA
Jean-Francois Laurain, Director General, UNIGRAINS, FRANCE
Andy Ziolkowski, Managing Director, CULTIVIAN SANDBOX VENTURES, USA
Jean-Baptiste Cuisinier, President of the CapAgro Board, CAPAGRO, FRANCE
Jure Mikuz, Managing Partner, SOUTH CENTRAL VENTURES, SLOVENIA

14:15
Close of Summit
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