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Tuesday September 20

Welcome Remarks
Opening Keynote Address

Martien Van Nieuwkoop, Global Director for Agriculture and Food Global Practice, WORLD BANK

Opening Panel // Achieving Scale & Acceleration: How Long Will Re-Invention of the Food System Take?
  • 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?

Session Chair:
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

Keynote Presentation // Scaling Carbon Smart Farming

Gustavo Palerosi Carneiro, Senior Vice President, Europe, BASF AGRICULTURAL SOLUTIONS

Networking Coffee Break
Incentivising Regenerative Agriculture in Practice: Putting Farmers at the Centre of Climate Action
  • 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?

Session Chair:
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

Keynote Presentation

Jeremy Williams, Head of Climate LLC and Digital Farming, BAYER CROP SCIENCE

Integrated Smart Platforms for Sustainable Agriculture
  • 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
Amber Shirley, Director Precision Agriculture, Europe, JOHN DEERE

Networking Lunch
CRISPR’s Growing Momentum & the Global Regulatory Environment
  • 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?

Session Chair:

Claire Bury, Deputy Director-General, DG Health and Food Safety, EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Ponsi Trivisvavet, CEO, INARI

Breaking the Chain of Dependency on Fertilisers
  • 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?

Session Chair:
Stéphane Roussel, Venture Partner, ECBF

Mónica Andrés Enríquez, EVP Europe, YARA INTERNATIONAL
Ernie Sanders, Vice President Product Development, PIVOT BIO
Isabel Vercauteren, CEO, APHEA.BIO
Claes Johansson, Head of Sustainability, LANTMANNEN

Plant Health: Optimising Yield Through Smart Sensors & IoT
  • 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?

Session Chair:
Alexander Wiegelmann, Head of New Business Ventures, KWS

Carrol Plummer, CEO, VIVENT
Michael Gilbert, Founder & CEO, SEMIOS

Networking Coffee Break
Interview // Charting the Journey from Start Up – The Good, The Bad & The Breakthrough Moments

Session Chair:
Adam Anders, Managing Partner, ANTERRA CAPITAL

Patrice Sellès, CEO, BIOTALYS

Start-Up Showcase // Gone in 60 Seconds

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.

Start-Up Presenters:
Mariano Alvarez, Co-Founder, AVALO.AI
Oskar Marko, Co-Founder, CROPT
Jakob Levin, Co-Founder, SEQANA
Shireen Davis, Co-Founder & CEO, SOLASTABIO
Murray MacKinnon, CEO, SULTECH

Investor Panel // Financing the Green Transition in Food & Agriculture
  • 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?

Session Chair:
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

Networking Happy Hour

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Wednesday September 21

Breakfast Briefing // Scaling Up Digital Innovation in Africa
  • 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?
Welcome Remarks
Building Entrepreneurial Organisations for 21st Century Agricultural Innovation
  • 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?

Session Chair:
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

How to Become a Science Superpower in Food & Agriculture

David Babson, Programme Director, ARPA-E

Gone in 60 Seconds Final & Tesco Agri-T Jam Winner

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.

Investor Judges:
Hadar Sutovsky, VP External Innovation & General Manager, ICL PLANET
Jan Meiling, Managing Director, STARTLIFE

Networking Coffee Break
Ag Robotics: Increasing Farmer Profitability Through Autonomy
  • 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?

Session Chair:
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

Presentation // Digital Agriculture: Catalysing the Transformation of Agri-Food Systems

Mohit Pande, Chief Business Officer, CROPIN

Networking Roundtables

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 
  • 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
Networking Lunch
Fast-Tracking Biopesticides & New Crop Chemistry
  • 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?

Session Chair:
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

Capturing Market Share by Breeding Crop Diversity, Resilience & Nutrition
  • 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
Ruth Mayes, Director, Global Business Strategy, COMPUTOMICS

The Global Outlook for Investing in Agriculture & Food Innovation
  • 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?

Session Chair:
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

Closing Remarks and End of Summit