October 15, 2019 Morning

8.55
Ministerial Welcome
9.00
Opening Keynote: Fixing Food Metrics
  • What will it take to move beyond our simplistic ‘productivity per hectare’ measurements and policy guidance towards “whole systems thinking”, and towards accounting for the livelihoods, employment, climate, water, soil, pollution, health and biodiversity impacts of today’s Food Systems?

Speaker:
Pavan Sukhdev, Founder & CEO, GIST ADVISORY, President, WWF INTERNATIONAL and Goodwill Ambassador, UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME, SWITZERLAND

9.15
Opening Panel: Re-Designing the Agricultural System for Health and Sustainability
  • As awareness builds about sustainable, healthy diets and the consequences of industrial agricultural practices, what new thinking is required to scale today’s technologies and high impact solutions into more sustainable farming systems and supply chains?
  • In an agricultural system that is designed around business as usual, how do we optimise for environmental stewardship on the farm and sustainable nutrition?

Session Chair:
Howard Yana- Shapiro, Chief Agricultural Officer, MARS, USA

Speakers:
John Beddington, Former Chief Scientific Advisor, UK GOVERNMENT, OXFORD UNIVERSITY, UK
Valerio Nannini, Former SVP Strategy, NESTLE & Board Member and Investor, FUTURE FOOD INSTITUTE, SWITZERLAND
Sara Menkar, CEO & Founder, GRO INTELLIGENCE, USA
John Atkin, Chairman, SPEARHEAD INTERNATIONAL, SWITZERLAND

10.00
The Future of Farming
  • How can agriculture contribute to a healthy planet, while also meeting increased demand for food and materials?
  • How do we get farmers the technology they need to run viable businesses, while producing safe, healthy food and protecting the planet?
  • What are the barriers to technology adoption for farmers? How do they differ from large growers to smallholders?
  • How do the latest agtech innovations – from advanced digital farming tools and gene editing, to precision application of chemical and bio-based crop protection – impact how food is being grown and the lives of the farmers who grow it?

Speaker:
Brett Begemann, COO, BAYER CROP SCIENCE, USA

10.15
Networking Coffee Break
10.45
Fireside Chat: Turning a Small-Scale Company into a Large Company with Global Impact

Speakers:
Robert Berendes, Executive Partner, FLAGSHIP PIONEERING, SWITZERLAND
David Perry, Founder & CEO, INDIGO AGRICULTURE, USA

11.15
Novel Agritech Monitoring Solutions with Rapid-Revisit Radar Satellite Data

Speaker:
Pekka Laurila, CSO, ICEYE, FINLAND

11.30
Digital Frontiers: Integrating Digital Tools for Smarter Field Systems
  • How are digitally enabled tools allowing us to solve some of agriculture’s biggest problems today? What platform solutions are being pioneered to bring holistic solutions to the farmer for disease detection, irrigation and nutrition?
  • What advances are being made to make solutions smarter? What new sensors are needed and how will AI, ML and next generation 5G networks change the game for precision farming?
  • How are the technology giants driving momentum in the sector? How do their solutions help fill the gaps in infrastructure and how can they enable big and small players to differentiate their services?

Session Chair:
Abe Hughes, General Manager, Agriculture Division, TRIMBLE, USA

Speakers:
Stefan Furnsinn, SVP, Digital Farming, YARA, AUSTRIA
Ole Peters, Head of Technology Digital Farming, Xarvio, BASF, GERMANY
Gunnar Zinkhahn, Executive Director, Farm Facts, BAYWA, GERMANY
Benjamin Koetz, Exploitation & Services Division, Project Section, European Space Agency, ESA-ESRIN, ITALY

 

12.15
Networking Lunch Break

October 15, 2019 Afternoon

13.30
Advancing Bio-Based Alternatives into Next Generation Crop Protection Platforms
  • What bio-based crop protection solutions are on the horizon and how are these being integrated with traditional solutions to close the widening gap in available crop protection products?

Session Chair:
Alexander Wiegelmann, VP M&A & Head of Transactions, KWS, GERMANY

Speakers:
Pedro Coelho, CEO & Founder, PROVIVI, USA
Mylavarapu Venkatramesh, CTO, AGRINOS, USA
Gilad Gershon, CEO, TROPIC BIOSCIENCES, UK
Jacqui Campbell, Strategic Technology Head, SYNGENTA, SWITZERLAND

14.15
Networking Roundtables - Hosted by industry experts
  • 1. Next Gen Crop Protection: How can digital, precision and biologicals sustain food production? Host: Jacqui Campbell, SYNGENTA
  • 2. Startup/Corporate Interface: Integrating new solutions into traditional businesses Host: Marion Meyer, BAYWA
  • 3. Irrigation Optimisation: Imagery and analysis for water resources management in agriculture. Host: Benjamin Koetz, EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY
  • 4. Go-to-Market: What new “as-a-service model” are we going to see emerge in agriculture? Host: Brett Begemann, BAYER CROPSCIENCE
  • 5. AI & Predictive Agriculture: What is needed to bring AI-backed digital solutions to the next stage? Host: Benji Meltzer, AEROBOTICS
  • 6. Digital Ag: The environmental and P&L benefits of digital ag Host: Tom Green, SPEARHEAD INTERNATIONAL
  • 7. Data-Driven Agriculture: Moving farming to a service model – Host: Alun James, SAGENTIA
  • 8. De-Risking Ag-Innovation to attract business partners & investors – Host: Johan Cardoen, VIB
  • 9. Indoor: Why is scalability crucial to the vertical farming sector’s long-term success? Host: Dave Vosburg, CROP ONE
  • 10. Business Models: What new business models are emerging in agriculture? – Host: Arama Kukutai, FINISTERE VENTURES
  • 11. Distribution: Building a path to market for smaller players Host: Abe Hughes, TRIMBLE
  • 12. Precision Farming: New partnership models and ecosystems – Host: Matthias Nachtmann, BASF
  • 13. Corporate Venturing: The role of corporate venturing in accelerating innovation Host: Bruno De Sousa, CARGILL
  • 14. Accessing Capital: What are the best approaches to raising finance? Host: Annalise Dragic, ATOMICO
  • 15. Emerging Markets: Building an innovation ecosystem in India Host: Archana Srivatsan, THE BILL AND MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION
  • 16. Scaling Up: How do you create start-ups that can stand up on their own? – Host: Tom Espiard, CAPAGRO
15.00
Networking Coffee Break
15.30
Technology Showcase: Seeds, Synthetic Biology, Soil Health, Crop Protection

Meet four innovators who are looking to disrupt the agricultural industry. Each presenting company will have seven minutes to showcase their vision to a panel of industry judges.

Presenters:
Gordon Alton, President & COO, AGRAGENE, USA
Wieland Reichelt, CEO, EVOLOGIC, AUSTRIA
Fiona Murphy, CEO, APISPROTECT, IRELAND
Barbara Sbrocca, Creative Director, PLOOVIUM, ITALY

Dragons:
Roxanne Martin, Eagle Labs AgriTech Innovation Lead, BARCLAYS, UK
Calum Murray, Head of Agriculture & Food, INNOVATE UK

16.15
Field Perspectives: Matching Innovation to Farmers’ Needs
  • What keeps farmers awake at night? From labour shortages and input costs to regulatory change, how do the biggest challenges drive farmers’ strategy on the farm?
  • How do we connect consumer preferences, changing diets and environmental stewardship to farm profitability? What new framework is needed and how should costs be apportioned within the value chain?
  • How are farmers using data-driven farming and how do we match the insights that farmers are looking for now and in the future?

Session Chair:
Andrew Lazenby, CEO, ROYAL AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY, ENGLAND, UK

Speakers:
Becci Berry, Dairy Farmer, KB Berry and Sons, BRIMSTONE FARM, UK
Mark Suthern, Head of Agriculture, BARCLAYS, UK
Natalie Smith, Head of Agriculture, TESCO, UK
Andrea Graham, Head of Policy, NFU, UK

17.00
Building a Financing Foundation in Agri-Food Innovation
  • Global venture investment in technologies which target food and agriculture has surged. Looking beyond acquisition, how is the investment community poised to scale up solutions?
  • How do investors see their role in underpinning the innovation ecosystem? What segments are they targeting and why?

Session Chair:
Andy Ziolkowski, Co-Founder & Managing Director, CULTIVIAN SANDBOX VENTURES, USA

Speakers:
Sebastien Pascual, Director, Investment, Agribusiness, TEMASEK, SINGAPORE
Daniel Waterhouse, Managing Partner, BALDERTON, UK
Andrew Boyd, Partner, MORRISON & FOERSTER, UK
Katrin Burt, Director, WHEATSHEAF, UK

17.45
Networking Drinks Reception

At the end of a busy first day, relax and reconnect with industry colleagues and new faces.

Hosted by:

 

 

 

Day Two — October 16, 2019 Morning

9.00
Consumers, Convergence & Collaboration
  • How can we balance the needs of the consumer with the needs of the farmer, and build successful models for sustainable farming?
  • How is the convergence of digital solutions with seeds and crop protection solutions set to accelerate the pace of change in agriculture?
  • What new models for collaboration with start-ups are emerging, and how can we adopt a start-up mindset within a multinational agribusiness?

Speaker:
Rajan Gajaria, EVP Business Platforms, CORTEVA, USA

9.15
Robotics, Automation & Agriculture
9.30
Deep Dive: Automation in Next Gen Food Production
  • Robots and automation backed by AI, ML and big data are set to revolutionise the way we produce and harvest food. How quickly are these technologies coming to agriculture? How will these new systems plug into the supply chain now and in the future? What technology partners and investment are needed to make the leap forwards and accelerate development? From precision spraying, mechanical weeding and harvesting to indoor food production, we will hear perspectives on next generation food systems.

Session Chair:
Arama Kukutai, Managing Partner, FINISTERE VENTURES, USA

Speakers:
Gaetan Severac, Co-Founder, NAIO TECHNOLOGIES, FRANCE
Niall Mottram, Head of Agri-Tech, CAMBRIDGE CONSULTANTS, UK
Chris Rhodes, Director, Global Fuse Business Development, AGCO, USA
Daniel Koppel, CEO, PROSPERA, ISRAEL
Benji Meltzer, Co-Founder & CTO, AEROBOTICS, SOUTH AFRICA

10.00
Technology Showcase: In-Field Sensors, Robotics, IoT, Tracking & Tracing

Meet four innovators who are looking to disrupt the agricultural industry. Each presenting company will have seven minutes to showcase their vision to a panel of industry judges.

Presenting Companies:
Cobus Van Der Merwe, Co-Founder & CEO, SKUDU, SOUTH AFRICA
Marcin Filutowicz, CEO, AMEBAGONE, USA
Annette Kleiser, CEO, DALAN ANIMAL HEALTH, AUSTRIA
Plus the Winner of the Tesco Agri T-Jam and World Agri-Tech Pitch Day (announced October 14)

Dragons:
Roxanne Martin, Eagle Labs AgriTech Innovation Lead, BARCLAYS, UK
Calum Murray, Head of Agriculture & Food, INNOVATE UK

10.45
Networking Coffee Break
11.15
Agile Innovation: Creating Value Through Collaboration
  • What alliance and collaboration models are bringing new solutions to market today? What have been the biggest success stories?
  • How are large companies looking to augment and complement existing innovation pipelines to drive growth?
  • As technology continues to drive democratisation within agriculture, how will business models evolve between corporates and innovators? Who will hold the seat of power?

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

Speakers:
Jaqueline Heard, Founder & CEO, ENKOCHEM, USA
Mathias Muller, Director, Open Innovation, Technology Acquisition & Licencing, CORTEVA, USA
Mélanie Héroult, Head of Innovation Sourcing, BAYER CROP SCIENCE, USA

12.30
Fireside Chat: The Impact of Frontier Technologies on Agriculture and Health
  • What is the potential of gene editing technologies for the future of agriculture, nutrition and a healthy society? How is it being applied in new and novel ways for discovery?
  • How can we navigate the challenge of making use of novel techniques to continue to push the frontiers of science, whilst ensuring legislative responsibility and a level playing field is maintained?

Speakers:
Rita Mumm, University of Illinois & Board of Trustees, CIMMYT & Director, AFRICAN PLANT BREEDING ACADEMY, USA
Tom Adams, CEO, PAIRWISE PLANTS, USA

13.00
Networking Lunch Break

Day Two — October 16, 2019 Afternoon

13.45
Supply Chain Insight: Digital Ag, Sustainable Sourcing & Delivering Quality from Farm to Table
  • Consumers, food companies and retailers are pushing for greater oversight and control of the food supply chain to ensure they are delivering quality products. How do we overcome the challenges within complex food supply chains to deliver technologies and solutions that match the food industry’s needs? Where do we need to get to in 5-10 years from now?

Speakers:
Pierre Broun, Head of Plant Science, Coffee and Cocoa, OLAM, FRANCE
Dionys Forster, Agricultural Raw Material Sourcing Lead, NESTLE, SWITZERLAND

14.15
Future Outlook: What Can We Expect from a Maturing Agri-Food Investment Scene?
  • In 2018 the agri-food industry attracted $16.9 billion in investment. As the sector continues to mature, how are investors’ strategies and investment theses evolving? What ripple effect can we expect from the Impossible IPO?
  • Corporate venture activity is continuing to see strong activity with consolidation amongst the smaller innovative players. What partnerships and investment are being sought and how will these trends impact the broader innovation ecosystem?
  • The sector is in urgent need of some exits – so, when is the investment community set to see a return on its investment?

Session Chair:
Niccolo Manzoni, Co-Founder, FIVE SEASONS VENTURES, FRANCE

Speakers:
Tom Espiard, Managing Partner, CAPAGRO, FRANCE
Alastair Cooper, Head of Early Stage Investments, ADM CAPITAL, UK
Bruno De Sousa, Venture Partner, CARGILL, GERMANY
Sofia Hmich, Founder, FUTURE POSITIVE CAPITAL, UK

15.00
Close of Summit