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Pre-Summit

Monday October 15
13:00
World Agri-Tech & Tesco Agri T-Jam: Connecting Entrepreneurs to Tesco’s Supply Chain & Partners
18:30
Networking Drinks Reception

Hosted by:

Day One — October 16, 2018 Morning

8:00
Registration

Networking Breakfast hosted by:

9:00
Welcome Remarks

Jennie Moss, Founder & Managing Director, RETHINK EVENTS, UK

9:15
Removing Obstacles to Farmers’ Investment in Smart Farming

Speaker:
Klaus Lutz, President, BAYWA, GERMANY

09:30
A Vision for Accelerating Agri-Food Tech Innovation in Europe

• A fundamental transformation of agriculture is needed to deliver the sustainable and efficient farming systems to feed the future global consumer. Europe is a pivotal player in global food production and home to world-class research institutions and leading agriculture companies. So, what does Europe need to do to remain competitive in global agriculture?
• What is working today and what do we need to do differently to build an environment that will foster innovation and collaboration? What lessons can it learn from the US?
• How do we channel investment to become truly innovative vs defending old technologies and what is the role of private sector finance and investment in getting us to where we need to go?

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

Speakers:
Adrian Percy, Ag Technology Ambassador, Crop Science Division, BAYER, Germany
John Chrosniak, Vice President, CORTEVA, USA
Priya Guha, Ecosystem General Manager, ROCKETSPACE, UK

10:15
Digital Tools & Technologies for Controlling Supply Chain Performance from Seed to Table

• How are retailers, food companies and commodity groups harnessing digital solutions to gain greater visibility and control over their supply chains?
• What investments are we seeing and what are the main drivers for each of these players?
• What does greater corporate oversight of the supply chain mean at the farm level? How will this ultimately benefit growers?

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

Speakers:
Mark Gildersleeve, VP, Head of Business Solutions Watson Content & IoT Platform, IBM THE WEATHER COMPANY, USA
Barney Kay, Head of Agriculture, TESCO, UK
Dionys Forster, Sourcing Specialist, NESTLE, SWITZERLAND
Vidyanath Gururajan, Director of Innovation, BRANSTON, UK
Kim Wagner, President and Chief Operating Officer, CIBO TECHNOLOGIES, USA

11:00
Networking Coffee Break
11.30
Beyond Pesticides: Microbes, New Chemistry & Integrated Platforms

• As regulations continue to tighten and conventional pesticides and herbicides are driven out of use, what innovative solutions are being developed that can substitute or supplement this void? What is on the horizon? Could agriculture be 100% free of chemical residues in 10 years’ time?
• Market access and adoption remain barriers to entry for smaller companies, and so should smaller companies be building a path to a global market with larger players or with each other? What do these systems look like, how do they scale, and which systems would create the most transformative and integrated solutions entering the marketplace? What do start-ups need to know now to engineer these collaboration opportunities into a future strategy?

Session Chair:
Ignacio Martinez, General Partner, FLAGSHIP PIONEERING, USA

Speakers:
Shawn Semones, EVP of R&D and Chief Technology Officer, CONCENTRIC, USA & CANADA
Alexander Wiegelmann, Vice President M&A/Head of Transactions, KWS, GERMANY
Pedro Coelho, Co-Founder & CEO, PROVIVI, USA

12.15
Technology Showcase: Early Stage Technology Innovators Pitch Seven-Minute Snapshots of their Solutions

Presenting Companies:
Fatma Kaplan, CEO & Co-Founder, PHERONYM, USA
Simon Aspland, General Manager, CHALANTE, UK
Shefali Mehta, CEO, CERES WAVE, USA
Trond Lund, Head of Business Development, N2 APPLIED, NORWAY

Plus winner of the Tesco Agri T-Jam

The Investor Dragons:
Calum Murray, Head of Agriculture and Food, INNOVATE UK, UK
Harrie Vollaard, Head, RABO FRONTIER VENTURES, NETHERLANDS
Kieran Furlong, Partner, FINISTERE VENTURES, IRELAND

13:15
Networking Lunch
Hosted by:

Day One — October 16, 2018 Afternoon

14:15
Networking Round Tables

We have extended one of the most popular opportunities at World Agri-Tech — the chance to learn and share best practices with your peers. The roundtable discussions will be moderated by industry leaders who will guide small groups through a variety of topics, including new business models, developments in emerging technologies, corporate acceleration models, regulatory issues, best practices and market expertise from key parts of the world.

1. AG EQUIPMENT: What is the future of ag equipment? – Chris Rhodes, Global Fuse Business Development, AGCO CORPORATION
2. OPEN INNOVATION: Future Partnerships and Collaboration Models in Ag – Mat Muller, Director of Business Development – Open Innovation Lead, CORTEVA
3. AGTECH IN EMERGING MARKETS: How can technology improve the lives of farmers in emerging markets? Archana Srivatsan, Strategic Investments India, BILL AND MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION
4. REMOTE SENSING: How much can we know without visiting the field? – Mark Gildersleeve, VP, Head of Business Solutions Watson Content & IoT Platform, IBM THE WEATHER COMPANY
5. AUTOMATION: When will a fully autonomous vehicle be commercially available – Julian Sanchez, Director, European Technology Innovation Center, JOHN DEERE
6. FOOD &THE SUPPLY CHAIN: How shifting consumer preferences and sustainability goals reshaping agriculture? – Barney Kay, Head of Agriculture, TESCO
7. CORPORATE MINDSET: How can big corporations maintain a start-up culture and mindset? – Adrian Percy, Ag Technology Ambassador, Crop Science Division, BAYER
8. VCs & AGTECH: How are VCs removing the barriers to market adoption for start-ups? – Thomas Espiard, President, CAPAGRO
9. ROBOTICS ON THE FARM: Can Robotics solve the impending labour crisis? – Ali Capper, Chairman, STOCKSFARM/NFU HORTICULTURE
10. UK AGRI-TECH: Opportunities for collaboration and investment in the UK agri-tech sector – Elizabeth Warham, COO/ Head, Agri-Tech Organisation, DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL TRADE
11. AGRI-TECH ECOSYSTEM: How can we build an effective agtech ecosystem to support start-ups? – Nicky Deasy, Operations Director, THE YIELD LAB
12. ACCESSING VC CAPITAL: How can entrepreneurs access VC capital globally? – Kirk Haney, CEO and Managing Partner, RADICLE GROWTH
13. CROP NUTRITION & INNOVATION: Next Generation Agronomic Practises – Stefan Fürnsinn, Senior Vice President Digital Farming, YARA
14. OPPORTUNITIES AT THE INTERSECTION OF LIFE SCIENCES AND AG & FOOD: Manuela Wallesch, Technology Foresight & Scouting, MERCK GROUP
15. DATA VALIDATION: How can technology ensure the validity of the data/claims made on consumer facing products? – Todd Stabenow, Senior Director IT – SUSTAIN, M&A and International, LAND O’LAKES
16. DIGITAL FARMING: How to prove the benefits of digital farming to growers? – Matthias Nachtmann, Team Lead Digital Farming & Maglis, BASF
17. MARKET ACCESS: Successful strategies for growing distribution networks in ag – Abe Hughes, General Manager – Agriculture Division, TRIMBLE
18. GENE EDITING & NPBT: – How is the ecosystem developing? What are the next steps for the industry? Haven Baker, Chief Business Officer, PAIRWISE PLANTS
15:30
Networking Coffee Break
16:00
What Does a Sustainable Business Model in Agri-Tech Look Like?

Speaker:
Don Marvin, President & CEO, CONCENTRIC, USA & CANADA

16:15
Democratisation of Gene Editing & Collaborative Approaches to Bringing Solutions to Market

• What can gene editing technology do for traditional (non-GMO) plant breeding? What crops are being targeted and why?
• The recent ECJ ruling that gene-edited plants should be regulated under the same rules as GMO is in stark contrast to the USDA’s position. What does this ruling mean for the future of the gene editing industry in Europe? Which global markets are set to benefit?
• With no current route to market for gene-edited plants, what will the supply chain look like? Will SME’s or Big Agribusiness take the lead in developing and bringing gene-edited crops to market? And how are VCs approaching the investment opportunity?

Session Chair:
Johnathan Napier, Flagship Leader and Science Director, ROTHAMSTED RESEARCH, UK

Speakers:
Gilad Gershon, CEO, TROPIC BIOSCIENCES, UK
Jeroen Rouppe van der Voort, Head of Research, ENZA ZADEN, NETHERLANDS
Haven Baker, Chief Business Officer, PAIRWISE PLANTS, USA
Michael Ward, Patent Practice Group and Co-chair, Intellectual Property Practice Group, MORRISON & FOERSTER, USA

17:00
Venture Funding in AgTech – Valuation, Taxonomy and Future Outlook

Speaker:
Spencer Maughan, Co-Founder and Partner, FINISTERE VENTURES, USA

17:15
Investor Panel: Building a Financing Foundation for AgTech

• Agtech is finally starting to mature but challenges remain around technology adoption onto farms. How are VCs and strategic investors tackling the adoption issue?
• Historically 95% of agtech exits have occurred via M&A. What will the exit strategy look like in an increasingly consolidated market?
• Increased VC and M&A activity in 2017 attracted growth investors to support market scaling. Is this trend set to continue? Are we going to see more appetite for direct investment from large institutional groups and growth investors directed into the agtech market?

Session Chair:
Andy Ziolkowski, Managing Director, CULTIVIAN SANDBOX, USA

Speakers:
Jens-Christian Fritz, Executive Director & Head of Origination – Germany, Switzerland & Austria, ERNST & YOUNG LLP, GERMANY
Niccolo Manzoni, Founder, FIVE SEASONS VENTURES, FRANCE
Katrin Burt, Managing Director, SYNGENTA VENTURES, UK
Kirk Haney, CEO & Managing Partner, RADICLE GROWTH, USA
Ben Belldegrun, Managing Partner, PONTIFAX AGTECH, UK

18:00
Networking Drinks Reception

Day Two — October 17, 2018 Morning

8:55
Welcome Remarks

Jennie Moss, Founder & Managing Director, RETHINK EVENTS, UK

9:00
Smart Farming: The Future of Precision Agriculture

• How will precision agriculture change the way food is produced? What end-to-end approaches are being developed from sensors to the cloud? What leap forwards can be achieved from greater cross-industry collaboration? How can data driven insights complement the farm better?
• Service providers have begun to bundle smart digital farming insights and improvements to deliver products and services for precision and integrated agricultural solutions. What complementary solutions are agribusinesses looking to acquire and how are they exploring collaboration opportunities with start-ups?

Session Chair:
Abe Hughes, General Manager – Agricultural Division, TRIMBLE, USA

Speakers:
Julian Sanchez, Director, JOHN DEERE TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION CENTRE, GERMANY
John Raines, Senior Vice President of Global Commercial Business for Climate/Digital Farming, THE CLIMATE CORPORATION, USA
Stefan Fürnsinn, Senior Vice President Digital Farming, YARA, AUSTRIA
Ryan Bond, Vice President of Strategic Marketing & Innovation, KOCH AGRONOMIC SERVICES, USA
Alex Kubicek, CEO, UNDERSTORY, USA

9:45
Financing and Partnerships to Bring Agri-Tech Solutions to Smallholder Farmers

Speakers:
Anup Jagwani, Principal Investment Officer, IFC, USA
Van Jones, Head of Strategy, HELLO TRACTOR, NIGERIA

10:05
Technology Showcase: Early Stage Technology Innovators Pitch Seven-Minute Snapshots of their Solutions

Presenting Companies:
Alessandro Colafranceschi, CEO, TILLO.APP, RUSSIA & SOUTH AFRICA
David Gouache, Co-Founder, HIPHEN, FRANCE
Maarten Vandecruys, Founder & CEO, URBAN CROP SOLUTIONS, BELGIUM
Marc Ferguson, President, HUNGRY PLANET INTELLIGENCE, USA
Hans Kristian Westrum, Chairman, SOIL STEAM INTERNATIONAL, NORWAY

The Investor Dragons:
Guy Hudson, Executive Director, SPARKLABS CULTIV8, AUSTRALIA
Calum Murray, Head of Agriculture and Food, INNOVATE UK, UK
Harrie Vollaard, Head, RABO FRONTIER VENTURES, NETHERLANDS

11:05
Networking Coffee Break
11:35
Tackling the Adoption Barrier: What Value is Digital Ag Bringing to the Farm Today?

What business models are working to bring solutions to farmers and growers? What technologies are working today and what is not? How are farmers, research institutes, agronomists accelerating the process of adoption at the farm level?

Session Chair:
Tom Green, Director, SPEARHEAD INTERNATIONAL, UK

Speakers:
Matthias Nachtmann, Team Lead Digital Farming & Maglis, BASF, GERMANY
Sachin Shende, Co-Founder & CEO, KISANHUB, UK
Tina Barsby, CEO, NIAB, UK
Karen Covey, Category Development Manager, Gs FRESH, UK
Mark Suthern, National Head of Agriculture, BARCLAYS, UK

12:20
How Are Innovations in FinTech Unlocking Opportunities in AgTech?

How is the convergence of agtech and fintech and innovation in crop insurance tackling issues of pricing transparency, supply chain finance for commodities and de-risking on farm tech adoption?

Speaker:
Vitaly Buzu, CEO, INTTERRA, RUSSIA

12:35
Robotics & AI: How Automated Could the Farm Become?

• Agriculture is the next major field for robotics. How will robotics, AI and autonomous systems transform farm work in fields and orchards? What are the challenges in working in robotics in agriculture? How are they unique to other industries?
• What are the real opportunities in robotics and automation and how can we make these disruptive for the industry? How automated can the farm become?
• Do we need to change the way we produce our chemicals because of the delivery systems? Could robots replace people and the need for herbicides altogether?

Session Chair:
Simon Blackmore, Head of Engineering, HARPER ADAMS UNIVERSITY, UK

Speakers:
Joachim Stiegemann, Head of CES Product Management, CLAAS E-SYSTEMS, GERMANY
Chris Rhodes, Director, Global Fuse Business Development, AGCO CORPORATION, USA
Jonathan Gill, Co-Developer, HANDS FREE HECTARE, UK
Rain Irshad, Autonomous Systems Group Leader, RAL SPACE, UK
James Brown, Managing Director, POLLYBELL ORGANIC, UK

13:20
Networking Lunch

Day Two — October 17, 2018 Afternoon

14:30
Interactive Breakout Sessions:

Join a specialist breakout session in vertical farming, block chain or animal health. Each session will run in parallel and address the most significant developments within the industry and use case studies to understand the potential impact on agri-food businesses as well as to overcome the challenges of scaling and adoption.

Targeting Innovation & Investment in Animal Health, Feed & Nutrition

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Summary:
• What constitutes real innovation in the animal health world? What are the pain points that the industry is looking to solve?
• How is the link between gut health and the microbiome driving new approaches for animal health and wellbeing? What innovations are being developed that will enable producers to move away from antibiotics?
• What value does precision monitoring bring to the livestock sector?
• Which subsectors in animal health are attracting the most attention? What are the challenges in finding venture capital investments in animal health?

Session Chair:
Maarten Goossens, Co-Founder & Principal, ANTERRA CAPITAL, THE NETHERLANDS

Corporate Panel:
Susanne Palsten Buchardt, Vice President, Animal Health & Nutrition, NOVOZYMES, DENMARK
Viggo Halseth, CTO, NUTRECO, NORWAY
Marc de Beer, Senior Advisor, One Health Strategy, ELANCO, NORWAY

Innovators Panel:
Yasir Khokha, CEO, CONNECTERRA, NETHERLANDS
Jochem Bossenbroek, CEO, BUNYAVAX, NETHERLANDS
Ed Fuchs, CEO, FOLIUM SCIENCE, UK
Mitch Abrahamsen, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, RECOMBINETICS, USA

Blockchain: Tracking & Tracing from Farm to Table

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Summary:
• Increasing regulation and market pressures are increasing the need for transparency across the supply chain. How can technologies, such as blockchain, save time and energy and create value within the agricultural value chain?
• What are retailers learning from blockchain and where is the added value to their operations?
• How could mass-scale integration of blockchain impact opportunities for food export to importing countries looking for high quality, high welfare & environmental standards?

Session Chair:
Guy Hudson, Executive Director, SPARKLABS CULTIV8, AUSTRALIA

Speakers:
Frédéric Daniel, CTO, TRANSPARENCY-ONE, FRANCE
Gary B. Rodrigue, BLOCKCHAIN WW IBM Food Trust™, Leader, IBM, USA
Brian Heinen, Founder, LOCAL PRODUCER, SPAIN

Is the Future of Farming Indoors? Hyper-Efficient Horticultural Production to Nourish the Cities of Tomorrow

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Summary:
• Indoor and VF farming offers the opportunity for locally supplied nutritious food for urban populations. But who will be able to afford it?
• How are produce buyers thinking about this sector and what are the opportunities that they see? Where is indoor farming currently falling short?
• How are advances in robotics, crop technologies and LED lighting shaping indoor food production? What’s not possible now that will be in the next 5-10 years?
• What are the business models and technology systems that will attract reliable capital into the sector and enable the industry to grow?

Session Chair:
Alastair Cooper, Senior Investment Director, ADM CAPITAL, UK

Speakers:
Tom Könisser, Business Development Director, SIGNIFY (PHILIPS LIGHTING), NETHERLANDS
W.N. Wang, Director, Chief Technology Advisor, YESHEALTH IFARM, TAIWAN
Steve Dring, Co-Founder, GROWING UNDERGROUND, UK
Sam Schatz, Managing Director, Corporate Development, AEROFARMS, USA

17:00
Close of Summit
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