All times below in BST.
Tuesday September 20
Martien Van Nieuwkoop, Global Director for Agriculture and Food Global Practice, WORLD BANK
- How have recent shocks to the food system caused by the pandemic, war and climate change changed how we look at food security and food quality, particularly in areas such as Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East?
- Where and how are governments and regulators starting to promote the use of technologies that have a positive impact on the quality and resilience of our food system and how can we as an industry accelerate the deployment of these solutions?
- How can we encourage more systematic collaboration between the value chain, including farmers, producers, manufacturers, retailers, technology providers and financial investors to accelerate the transition?
Robert Berendes, Executive Partner, FLAGSHIP PIONEERING
Pekka Pesonen, Secretary General, COPA-COGECA
Daniel Vennard, Chief Sustainability Officer, SYNGENTA GROUP
Marion Meyer, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, BAYWA
Gustavo Palerosi Carneiro, Senior Vice President, Europe, BASF AGRICULTURAL SOLUTIONS
- Regenerative farming still has no clear definition. What framework and standards are needed to provide consistency across the industry and ensure that specific climate, nature and societal outcomes are met?
- What tools are available to farmers when it comes to building soil carbon and ecosystem services? What does technology deployment and adoption look like on the ground?
- How are farmers developing their thinking around new business models and economic practices? What is the farmers’ perspective on the pros and cons of regenerative agriculture and what do they need in the way of on the ground technical assistance?
- What incentives and new insurance products are needed to fully de-risk the economic and psychological barriers that farmers face?
- How are different countries approaching carbon farming? Can we steer a course between insetting and offsetting?
Tony Siantonas, Director, Scaling Positive Agriculture, WBCSD
Rachel Kolbe Semhoun, Head of Sustainability, INVIVO
Sylvain Coutu, Head of Agriculture Insurance, AXA CLIMATE
Georg Goeres, Head of Europe, INDIGO
Natalie Smith, Head of Agriculture, TESCO
Andreas Sommer, Senior Director, BUNGE
Jeremy Williams, Head of Climate LLC and Digital Farming, BAYER CROP SCIENCE
- How do you measure sustainability in agriculture? What advances are we seeing in the use of remote and infield sensing and the development of new models?
- How are IoT, cloud and edge computing coming together to create platforms that integrate above and below-ground data with predictive analytics to allow farmers to track their sustainability performance?
- What building blocks are needed to enable full autonomy and decision support on the farm? As new technologies become available, how do we ensure industry collaboration and alignment to streamline integration and make solutions simple for farmers?
- How are technologies arriving at the farm gate? What new business models and collaborations are being created to make field services accessible to both large enterprise and smallholder farms?
Richard De Jeu, Director Software Engineering Satellite Products, PLANET
David Wilkinson, Senior Director of European Agriculture, PEPSICO EUROPE
Dhruv Sawhney, COO, NURTURE.FARM
Mark Theuerkauf, Director, FUSE Go-to-Market, AGCO
Matteo Vanotti, CEO & CDO, XFARM TECHNOLOGIES
Amber Shirley, Director Precision Agriculture, Europe, JOHN DEERE
- With the UK becoming the latest to relax its rules for gene editing in field trials, jurisdictions around the world are starting to indicate a more positive stance on the use of gene editing. What is the timeline for a legislative proposal coming to the European Parliament? What outcomes can we expect over the next 12 months?
- What new possibilities does gene editing open up for major agribusinesses and research institutes in plant science? What are the next frontiers and what new capabilities can be expected as this industry matures?
Dirk Inzé, Professor at Ghent University, Scientific Director, VIB-UGENT CENTER FOR PLANT SYSTEMS BIOLOGY and Coordinator, EU-SAGE (EUROPEAN SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE THROUGH GENOME EDITING)
Claire Bury, Deputy Director-General, DG Health and Food Safety, EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Ponsi Trivisvavet, CEO, INARI
- How is the farming industry addressing the current shortage in synthetic fertilisers resulting from the conflict in Ukraine? What are the near-term and mid-term solutions that will reduce the industry’s reliance on fertiliser imports?
- What impact could these supply constraints have in the longer term on microbials and biological alternatives to traditional synthetics? Are we likely to see more rapid adoption and long-term acceptance of replacement technologies?
- What does the current regulatory landscape look like for biologicals and how do they fit into the broader landscape of traditional synthetic inputs?
- How is our growing understanding of soil health and the science of the soil microbiome informing the development of new biological solutions for different soil types? What’s possible at scale?
Stéphane Roussel, Venture Partner, ECBF
Mónica Andrés Enríquez, EVP Europe, YARA INTERNATIONAL
Amy Yoder, CEO, ANUVIA PLANT NUTRIENTS
Ernie Sanders, Vice President Product Development, PIVOT BIO
Isabel Vercauteren, CEO, APHEA.BIO
Claes Johansson, Head of Sustainability, LANTMANNEN
- What advances are we seeing in the development of novel sensors and analytical tools to help farmers guide farm-management decisions, track plant health and act as an early warning system to pests and diseases? How do sensors open the possibility of real-time feedback control schemes that can aid in the precise application of fertilisers and plant growth regulators to maximise growth, as well as facilitate timely intervention to minimise yield loss from plant stress? Why is tracking plant health a more sustainable strategy for optimising growth?
Alexander Wiegelmann, Head of New Business Ventures, KWS
Carrol Plummer, CEO, VIVENT
Michael Gilbert, Founder & CEO, SEMIOS
Adam Anders, Managing Partner, ANTERRA CAPITAL
Patrice Sellès, CEO, BIOTALYS
A pitch session where you get to decide the outcome! Six start-ups have one minute to pitch their solutions to the audience. The audience then votes for three start-ups to go through to the final, taking place the following day.
Mariano Alvarez, Co-Founder, AVALO.AI
Oskar Marko, Co-Founder, CROPT
Jacquie McGlade, Co-Founder & CSO, DOWNFORCE TECHNOLOGIES
Jakob Levin, Co-Founder, SEQANA
Shireen Davis, Co-Founder & CEO, SOLASTABIO
Murray MacKinnon, CEO, SULTECH
- An estimated $350 billion a year is needed to make the food system more sustainable and capable of coping with the risks from climate change, population growth and changing dietary patterns. What is the potential of impact funding in this sector and where are we on this current trajectory?
- What new investment instruments and advisory services are being developed by banks, family offices, insurance companies, foundations, and asset managers to provide greater access to innovation, companies and projects within the food and agtech sectors?
- Greenwashing or impact washing is increasingly becoming a problem as the industry goes mainstream. How are investors thinking about solving the lack of benchmarking and standards when considering the deployment of capital and quantifying its impact?
David Verbitsky, Managing Director, Head of AgTech & Sustainable Food, NOMURA GREENTECH
Robert Appleby, Founder & CIO, THE CIBUS FUNDS
Kieran Mahanty, Investor, Teachers Venture Growth, ONTARIO TEACHERS PENSION PLAN
Tom Espiard-Cignaco, President & Managing Director, CAPAGRO
Amanda Donohue-Hansen, Partner, SANDBOX SUSTAINABILITY VENTURES
Wednesday September 21
- How is the digital transformation taking shape in emerging markets and what does this look like at the national level? What technology solutions are being developed and where are these having the greatest impact?
- What policy framework and infrastructure are needed around data standards and governance to further scale up and accelerate the development of solutions for smallholder farms? How do we create a shared system of trust around data rather than the individual approaches that currently exist?
- Where are the opportunities for VCs and entrepreneurs’ partner with donor organisations, governments, and NGO’s? What grant funding exists?
- How can we forge the right partnerships between corporates, investors, accelerators, start-ups, universities and policymakers for agri-food technology innovation and commercialisation?
- Looking across the corporate innovation landscape and the structures that have been put in place, what has the industry got right? How far are organisations now willing to stretch along the value chain to find mutual beneficial partnerships?
- What new approaches to open innovation are needed to service the multi-disciplinary, bilateral collaborations needed to address the green climate transition?
- What public private partnerships are needed to reach into new countries and crops such as tropical agriculture that are currently underserved in the innovation landscape?
Adrian Percy, Executive Director, NC Plant Science Initiative, NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
Juan Lucas Restrepo, Global Director of Partnerships and Advocacy, CGIAR
Pierre Broun, Head of Plant Science Cocoa and Coffee, OFI
Jens Nielsen, CEO, BIOINNOVATION INSTITUTE
David Babson, Programme Director, ARPA-E
The three start-up finalists, voted for by the audience from Gone in 60 Seconds the day before, have 5 minutes to pitch their solutions to a panel of judges followed by questions. The winner of the Pre-Summit Pitch Day & Tesco Agri-T Jam will also get a chance to present.
Hadar Sutovsky, VP External Innovation & General Manager, ICL PLANET
Jan Meiling, Managing Director, STARTLIFE
- How are robotics and autonomous vehicles currently relieving pressure on farms from labour shortages and restrictions on chemical and fertiliser usage? What competitive advantages do they offer farmers, and which business models are proving most successful?
- How can we drive more collaboration on standards and data exchange to enable greater interoperability and compatibility between different platforms and brands of robots? What are the friction points around shared standards that start-ups face as they scale?
- How are traditional OEMs and growers partnering with start-ups to co-develop and pilot robotics and automation on the farm? What collaboration models deliver greatest value to both parties and how can we overcome challenges around IP?
- As we move towards greater automation in the field, what influence will this have on the design and appearance of the crop? How should we be breeding for these new systems and what physical attributes will be needed for robotic harvesting and spraying?
- Why are ag robotics still considered a futuristic solution and is this perception holding back investment in the sector?
Sonia Pietosi, Living Labs Business Development Lead, SATELLITE APPLICATIONS CATAPULT
Peter Van Der Vlugt, Managing Director, KUBOTA INNOVATION CENTER EUROPE
Simon Aspinall, CEO, ECOROBOTIX
Ben Alfi, Managing Founder, BLUE WHITE ROBOTICS
Eric Adamson, Co-Founder & CEO, TORTUGA
Mohit Pande, Chief Business Officer, CROPIN
Each roundtable discussion group is hosted by an industry expert on a specific theme offering you a valuable opportunity to network, brainstorm solutions, and discuss ideas. Come prepared for lively discussion and diverse debate!
- Investing in Soil Health: Making the Business Case
Host: Giulia Stellari, Director, FALL LINE CAPITAL
- Exits and M&A: The Evolving Agri-Tech Landscape (Now That SCPACs Are Dead)
Host: Shubhang Shankar, Managing Director, SYNGENTA GROUP VENTURES
- Satellite Data: Leveraging Insights to Scale Sustainable Agriculture
Host: Inbal Becker-Reshef, Program Director, NASA HARVEST
- Water & Agriculture: Nature-Based Solutions for Sustainability
Host: Robert Hardt, CEO, PLASMA WATER SOLUTIONS
- Robotics: Innovation Needs and Investment Opportunities
Host: Peter van der Vlugt, Managing Director, KUBOTA INNOVATION CENTRE
- Robots as a Service: Empowering Growers with Data and Autonomy
Host: Graham Thompson, Director of Business Development, BLUE WHITE ROBOTICS
- Customised Decision Support: Measuring Sustainability in the Agri-Food Value Chain
Hosts: Arianna Simoncini, Digital Product Manager Agricultural Solutions EMEA and David Leiño Calleja, EMEA Go-to-Market Digital Manager, BASF
- Circular Economy: Emerging Investment Opportunities in Agriculture and Food
Host: Ananya Manna, Investment Director, ECBF
- Start-Up-Corporate Collaborations: Which Models Work For You?
Host: Jan Meiling, Managing Director, STARTLIFE
- Carbon Monitoring: Creating Standards and Metrics at the Field and Farm Level
Host: Rachel Kolbe Semhoun, Head of Sustainability, INVIVO
- Data Challenges: Overcoming Silos and Lack of Standardisation
Host: Ines Kapphan, Vice President, Data & Cloud Solutions, BAYER
- Technology Adoption: Breaking Down Barriers to On-Farm Innovation
Host: Marion Meyer, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, BAYWA
- Sustainable Inputs: The Future Potential of Biological Solutions
Host: Tomás Grassi, Senior Manager, BioAg Business Development, NOVOZYMES
- Farm to Fork: Data Needs for Improved Sustainability in the Supply Chain
Host: Rose Chalmers, Agri Manufacturing Expert, SONATA SOFTWARE
- The Future Supply Chain: Towards Traceability in Agri-Food
Host: Mohit Pande, CBO, CROPIN
- Commercial Pathways to Scale AgTech
Host: Tony Pardo, Global Director, Client Services, AGRITHORITY
- As the pipeline for traditional crop protection starts to dry up, what areas of innovation are starting to fill the gap in the market?
- Does the investment going into new products such as pheromones and RNA equate to the largest opportunities? Where are the funding and investment gaps?
- Europe has given the greenlight to the use of biopesticides, but what does this mean for the industry?
- How can emerging technologies like plant sensors play a role in tackling diseases and crop stress?
Jacqui Campbell, Global Head Technology & Operations, Biologicals, SYNGENTA CROP PROTECTION
Tomás Grassi, Senior Manager, BioAg Business Development, NOVOZYMES
Rico Christensen, Group Executive, Global Portfolio Solutions, NUFARM
Pedro Coelho, Co-Founder & CEO, PROVIVI
Guillaume Wegria, CEO, FYTEKO
Chris Richards, CEO, PLANT HEALTH CARE
- Where are the greatest opportunities to tackle shrinking biodiversity within the food system? How can new approaches to crop breeding expand the diversity pool for commercial crops and address concerns around future food security?
- What success are we seeing in breeding commodity crops with specific outcomes for climate impact, health, or the consumer diet? What opportunities are emerging around specific beneficial traits? What are the challenges in scaling up these identify persevered commodities? What new market mechanisms are needed?
- How is plant science converging with deeptech, computer vision and AI to assist with plant selection and selective breeding and add a premium to a crop? What R&D partnerships are we seeing and where are the edges of what is possible?
Benjamin Laga, CEO, PROTEALIS
Gustav Hambraeus, Managing Director, TRAITOMIC, A CARLSBERG GROUP
Gilad Gershon, CEO, TROPIC BIOSCIENCES
Ruth Mayes, Director, Global Business Strategy, COMPUTOMICS
- As more capital flows into food and agriculture, what deployment of capital have we seen in this space over the past 12 months and what opportunities are VCs, corporates, private equity, and family offices targeting?
- How is the agri-food tech investment landscape maturing globally? How are VCs and accelerators nurturing start-ups as they scale? Where are the funding gaps that need to be plugged to ensure a thriving innovation ecosystem?
- How are concerns over climate and food security driving new opportunities for investors to support mission-driven businesses that are targeting the sustainable development goals?
- Where are we seeing the most exit activity? What is the long-term outlook given the current economic climate?
Mitchell Presser, Co-Chair, Global Corporate Department, MORRISON FOERSTER
Eli Ziskind, Partner, AQUA CAPITAL
Adam Bergman, MD, Clean Energy Technology and Global Head of AgTech Investment Banking, CITI
Christina Ulardic, Partner, ASTANOR