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Environment & Sustainability, Energy

FT Global Food Systems 2018

Innovation, Sustainability & Collaboration from Fork to Farm

London |
Speakers include:
Kostas G. Stamoulis

Kostas G. Stamoulis

Food and Agriculture Organization, United Nations

Heather Mills

Heather Mills


Caleb Harper

Caleb Harper

MIT Media Lab


As shifts in public opinion alter the competitive landscape in which farmers and companies in global food systems operate, how are they responding?

Following the success of our inaugural Future of Agriculture Summit, join us this November as we encourage conversation and the exchange of ideas with stakeholders and value chain partners from across the agriculture and food production ecosystem. 

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Testimonials - Global Food Systems 2017


Excellent conference - future of agriculture summit facilitation expertly by FT.
Pat Murphy, General Manager kerry Agribusiness, Kerry Group

Insight and knowledgeable packed one day seminar.
Ani C.Bassey-Eyo, Co-founder, Lani Group; Sehai Foods

Please repeat this event soon in the future.
Flo Mayorea Castanpa, Chair and CEO, Grupo Agropecuario Nuevo Galicia, S.A

Very timely and inspired discussion.
Anand Dossa, Economist, National Farmer' union (NFU)


Extended Overview

With 8.5 billion people to feed by 2030, the big challenge for the global agriculture and food industry is how to deliver a secure and safe food supply that doesn’t destroy the environment in the process.

Looked at through the lens of changing consumer expectations, and taking place in the lengthening shadow of climate change, our flagship and high level Global Food Systems conference sets out to uncover how stakeholders are working together to drive more innovation and sustainability into food production and consumption processes.
We will showcase the work of life science companies, pioneering retailers, manufacturers, food processing companies,  farmers, agribusiness leaders and technologists that are challenging orthodox thinking about our complex - and increasingly vulnerable - food systems with their sustainable, collaborative and high-impact solutions.


Agenda - 20th Nov

  • 8:00am
    Registration and networking
  • 9:00am
    Welcome remarks from Summit Chair

    Clive Cookson, Scientific Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:05am
    Keynote Address

    Kostas Stamoulis, Assistant Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organisation, United Nations 

  • 9:20am
    Opening Panel: The Future of Global Food Systems

    What are the most powerful trends, change drivers and change resistors currently at work in the world's food production system? How are these forces playing out through supply and value chains? And what's happening at the edges of the system that our keynote panel contributors think most likely to go mainstream - and when?

    Luca Alinovi, CEO and Founder, PP Sherpas
    Karim Bitar, CEO, Genus 
    Gunhild Stordalen, Founder & President, EAT Foundation 
    Stefan Weiskopf, CEO, Antelliq

    Moderated by Clive Cookson, Scientific Editor, Financial Times 

  • 10:00am
    Strengthening the food system through Innovation: Why better food depends on science

    Thanks to advances in biotechnology, chemistry and the data sciences, innovation can play a defining part in meeting growing consumer demands for more sustainable, affordable and safe food. Taking a more holistic, systems-based approach to innovation will help transform agriculture and the future of food.

    Liam Condon, President, Crop Science Division, Bayer

  • 10:15am
    In conversation: The Farmers’ View - Who’s getting it right?

    In conversation with Guy Smith on weathering government policy changes and economic cycles, leveraging new technologies, responding to changing trends and understanding and responding to what the end consumer wants. Who's getting it right? And what does getting it right look like?

    Guy Smith, Deputy President, National Farmers Union 
    In conversation with Clive Cookson, Science editor, Financial Times

  • 10:35am
    Keynote Address & Conversation

    Mehmood Khan, Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer, Global Research and Development, PepsiCo 

    In conversation with Clive Cookson, Science editor, Financial Times

  • 11:00am
    Circular Dialogues

    An off-stage opportunity for delegates to discuss and reflect on what they’ve heard during the previous sessions.

  • 11:20am
    Tea & coffee break
  • 11:40am
    Panel: Building a shared vision for sustainable agriculture

    Life science companies, farmers, and other key stakeholders are working hard to adapt to climate change whilst at the same time providing safer, secure and affordable supplies of food to a growing population. This panel sets out to discuss how the agricultural sector is working to shape and bring into being a shared vision for sustainable agriculture through the deployment of new technologies, new crop production techniques, and new thinking. The discussion will focus on, but not be limited to the following areas:
    Consensus building: Engaging a cross-section of stakeholders to build trust and a shared vision for the future.
    Climate change & agriculture: technological and business model innovations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
    Digital agriculture: Using data to improve global food security

    Sarah Bell, Independent Farmer, and Member, NFU Crops Board
    Honor Eldridge, Head of Policy, Sustainable Food Trust
    Xavier Leprince, Head of EAME Business Sustainability, Syngenta

    Moderated by
    Sarah Murray, Specialist Writer on Sustainable Development, Financial Times

  • 12:15pm
    Keynote Talk

    Challenging people's perception of a plant-based lifestyle and solving the problems with parallel replications

    Heather Mills, Founder, V Bites 

  • 12:35pm
    Food for Thought: Preserving Foods and Saving Lives

    Recycled plastic food packaging provides people with access to safe, fresh, nutritious food and reduces food waste. Learn how the whole supply chain is joining together to achieve better recycling for a circular economy, whilst less food goes to waste.

    Lubna Edwards, Global Sustainability Director, Klockner Pentaplast

  • 12:45pm

    An opportunity for delegates to discuss and reflect on what they’ve heard during the previous sessions amongst themselves. 

  • 1:00pm
  • 2:15pm
    Keynote Fireside chat: Towards a secure food system future

    High-impact agricultural solutions to help tackle global malnutrition, degraded land and food waste. 

    Did you know that 4.5 billion people globally are chronically exposed to aflatoxin, a harmful fungal toxin that contaminates crops, every year? Meanwhile, a lack of calories and nutrients has caused stunting in nearly 60 million children in Africa. What is the role of business in driving systemic changes that can tackle these and other food challenges? This discussion will highlight how we can develop collaborative solutions that will provide more nutritious, safe and resilient crops for billions of people around the world.

    Howard Shapiro, Chief Agricultural Officer, Mars
    In conversation with Clive Cookson, Scientific Editor, Financial Times 

  • 2:45pm
    Panel: The Omnipresent Consumer - Reshaping the Value Chain From Fork to Farm

    Mobile technology has placed power literally in the palm of the consumer's hand. As data about where our food comes from proliferates and access to it gets easier, a new breed of conscious and healthy-living consumer is on the rise. Consumers want more transparency, more sustainability, more fairness, more healthy alternatives, and fewer chemical and artificial inputs in the food systems that feed them. They will - and do - take high-impact action if they don't get what they want.  How are private sector companies and other stakeholders working together to re-align our global food systems in response?

    Tom Day, Innovation Director, Market Gravity
    Gharry Eccles, Vice President UK & Oceania, Cereal Partners Worldwide (CPW) (J.V. General Mills and Nestlé)
    Jerry Flint, Vice President, Global Initiatives and Sustainability, Corteva Agriscience
    Vikas Garg, Founder & CEO, abillionVeg

    Moderated by Sarah Murray, Specialist Writer on Sustainable Development, Financial Times

  • 3:30pm
    Tea & coffee break
  • 3:50pm
    Toward Healthy and Sustainable Food Systems: Is there a holistic approach?

    A first-hand perspective reviewing the current evidence, future challenges and addressing the multi-dimensional complexities of how food systems influence diets and nutrition.

    Gregory D. Miller, Nutritional Security Sector Lead, Global Dairy Platform; Global Chief                 Science Officer, U.S. National Dairy Council

  • 4:00pm
    Changing food systems for a regenerative future

    How can we transform our food and farming systems to work better for people, the environment and animals focussing on the need for global action and protein innovation? 

    Philip Lymbery, CEO, Compassion in World Farming

  • 4:10pm
    Agri & Food Business Model and Technology Innovation Showcase

    An up-to-the-minute view of the agri-food disruptors, collaborators and innovators that are pushing business model and technology boundaries in the global food system.

    • 16:10 - Showcase One: James Rogers, CEO, Apeel Sciences
    • 16.20 - Showcase Two: Luca Alinovi, CEO and Founder, PP Sherpas
    • 16:30 - Showcase Three: Mark Cuddigan, CEO, Ella's Kitchen

    Followed by Audience Q&A

    Moderated by
    Emiko Terazono, Commodities Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 4:50pm
    Keynote Talk and Fireside chat: Eating Digital: The 4th Agricultural Revolution

    Caleb Harper, Principle Investigator and Director, Open Agriculture (OpenAg) Initiative, MIT Media Lab 

    In conversation with Clive Cookson, Science Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:35pm
    Drinks reception

Summit Keynote (1)

Kostas G. Stamoulis

Kostas G. Stamoulis

Assistant Director-General, Economic and Social Development Department
Food and Agriculture Organization, United Nations

Kostas G. Stamoulis is currently the Assistant Director-General of the Economic and Social Development Department at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. He served as Director, Strategic Programme Leader, Food Security and Nutrition in FAO. He led through 2015 the design and provided strategic guidance of FAO’s Strategic Programme on Food Security and Nutrition which cuts across several disciplines and geographical regions. Between 2008 and 2015 he was the Director of the Agricultural Development Economics Division of FAO. From 2007 to 2015 he has been the Secretary of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) and played a key role in the reform of the committee. Before joining FAO in 1989, he was Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. He holds a degree in Economics from the Economics University of Athens (Greece), a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Georgia (US) and a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.

Keynote Speakers (4)

Heather Mills

Heather Mills

Founder of the pioneering plant based multi award winning international food company

In August 1993 Heather Mills was hit by a police motorcycle, suffering the loss of her left leg below the knee, a crushed pelvis and punctured lung. To save her amputated leg from constant infection Heather had to go on a plant-based diet. Because of this Heather created the pioneering plant based multi-award winning ethical international Vegan food company, VBites, which now exports to 24 countries, has over 104 plant-based products in its range and has won an incredible 80 awards.

Heather not only owns 4 purely plant-based manufacturing factories, but is also the owner of VBites Ventures, a company which invests in brilliant plant-business concepts, helping entrepreneurs with plant-based ideas and vision to transform those ideas into fully-fledged businesses.

As well as being an entrepreneur, renowned public and motivational speaker, she has worked tirelessly to aid survivors of war and landmine explosions. She has helped raise funds of 18m to clear over 21million sq meters of mine filled land and assisted in excess of 400,000 amputees. 

Heather is also a Gold medal winning Para-athlete in ski racing, a World Record holder in 4 winter sports and the fastest disabled female speed skier in the world at 166.84km/ph.

Caleb Harper

Caleb Harper

Principle Investigator and Director, Open Agriculture (OpenAg) Initiative
MIT Media Lab

Caleb Harper leads a group of engineers, architects, urban planners, economists and plant scientists in the exploration and development of high performance urban agricultural systems.​ ​He is the principal investigator and ​D​irector of the Open Agriculture Initiative (OpenA​g​) at the MIT Media Lab. Under his guidance, a diverse group of engineers, architects, urbanists, economists and plant scientists (what he calls an “anti-disciplinary group”) are developing an open-source agricultural hardware, software and data common aiming to create a more agile, transparent and collaborative food system​.

Mehmood Khan

Mehmood Khan

Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer, Global Research and Development

Dr. Khan, M.D., is PepsiCo’s Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer of Global Research and Development. In its global portfolio of food and beverage brands, PepsiCo has 22 different brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales. With net revenues of over $63 billion, PepsiCo’s businesses make hundreds of enjoyable foods and beverages that are respected household names around the world.

In his role, Dr. Khan oversees the PepsiCo global Performance with Purpose sustainability initiatives, inspired by the fundamental belief that business success is inextricably linked to the sustainability of the world we share. He also leads PepsiCo’s research and development (R&D) efforts, creating breakthrough innovations in food, beverages and nutrition—as well as delivery, packaging and production technology—to capture competitive advantage and drive PepsiCo’s businesses forward.

With a strong emphasis on broadening the company’s portfolio of offerings, Dr. Khan sets the priorities for innovation, discovery and development at PepsiCo. He consistently pushes the envelope by introducing new technologies and innovative solutions across the development and production processes—and even the entire crops spectrum. As Chair of PepsiCo’s Sustainability Council, Dr. Khan is driving the transformation of our business guided by three core priorities: Helping to improve health and well-being through the products we sell; protecting our planet; and empowering people around the world. Under Dr. Khan’s stewardship, PepsiCo’s Food For Good (an enterprise within the company that utilizes PepsiCo’s delivery vehicles, warehouse facilities and management skills to make nutrition accessible for low-income families in the U.S.) continues to make a difference in the fight against hunger.

Howard Shapiro

Howard Shapiro

Chief Agricultural Officer

Howard Shapiro has been involved with sustainable agricultural and agroforestry systems, plant breeding, molecular biology and genetics for over 50 years. He has worked with indigenous communities, NGO’s, governmental agencies and the private sector around the world. His academic career spanned 15 years. He is a Senior Fellow at UC Davis, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, involving graduate student and post-doctoral students exclusively.  A former Fulbright Scholar and Ford Foundation Fellow, in 2007 Howard was made a Distinguished Fellow of the World Agroforestry Centre and authored the IAASTD chapter on Biotechnology and Biodiversity. He was a member of the National Research Council Committee on Citrus and Greening, a founding member of the Keystone Roundtable on Sustainable Agriculture. He was Chairperson of the Board of the Agriculture Sustainability Institute at UC Davis for 10 years and in 2009 he was named recipient of The Award of Distinction from The College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, UC Davis.  In 2014 he co-authored the Mid-Term Review of the CGIAR.  He co-authored Chocolate:  History, Culture and Heritage. This landmark work, featuring new and unpublished information on this fascinating history, rewrites the past of one our most favorite foods.  


Speakers (17)

Sarah  Bell

Sarah Bell

Independent Farmer and Member,
NFU Crops Board

Sarah farms in Rutland, a 1000ac lowland arable, beef and sheep farm, with a focus on sustainability based on the three pillars of Profit, Planet and People. This focus has been shaped through Sarah’s work off the farm as a sustainable supply chain consultant primarily focusing on the production of UK crops and their technical functionality in food products, especially bakery and pet food. With a view that treading lightly and creating mutually beneficial supply chains can deliver both security of supply and positive brand value Sarah brings a unique combination of practical agriculture, food science & value capture. Sarah is a trustee of The William Scott Abbott Trust, an appointed member of the NFU Crops Board and Windsor Leadership Alumnus.

Greg Miller

Greg Miller

Global Chief Science Officer
National Dairy Council

Gregory D. Miller, Global Chief Science Officer and executive vice president, research, regulatory and scientific affairs for Dairy Management Inc./National Dairy Council (NDC), Rosemont, Illinois as well as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the department of food science and human nutrition at the University of Illinois.

Dr. Miller is also the Nutritional Security Sector Lead for the Global Dairy Platform and is recognized as a leading voice in nutrition and food systems. He is currently leading the effort to grow trust in dairy due to its contributions to health and sustainable food systems by examining the intersection between health, food security, social, economic and environmental impacts. In October 2016, Dr. Miller was appointed to a Food and Agricultural Organization High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition that prepared a report on Nutrition and Food Systems. This report was presented at the Committee on World Food Security 44th session in October 2017.

Dr. Miller has presented more than 120 invited lectures at national and international meetings and has published more than 160 research papers, reviews, articles, and abstracts.  He has co-edited three books on diet, nutrition, and toxicology and contributed chapters to nine books. He is co-author of the Handbook of Dairy Foods and Nutrition, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Editions. Dr. Miller has appeared on the NBC Today Show, CNBC, CNN, CBS Evening News, and has been quoted in the New York Times, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Financial Times (London).

Dr. Miller is a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.  He has served on the editorial board for the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Journal of Nutrigenetics/Nutrigenomics, Current Nutrition & Food Science, The Open Nutrition Journal and Mature Medicine Canada. He has served as President for the American College of Nutrition. He was a Member of the Board of Directors for the American Society for Nutrition and the International Society of Nutrigenetics/Nutrigenomics.

Liam  Condon

Liam Condon

Member of Board of Management of Bayer AG and President of the Crop Science Division

Liam Condon serves as a member of the Bayer AG Board of Management and as President of the Crop Science division of Bayer. He is also responsible for the Animal Health Business Unit. Based in Monheim, Germany, Condon drives the vision for Crop Science and leads the business to shape agriculture responsibly, bringing innovation and sustainability to the forefront.

Condon studied International Marketing & Languages at Dublin City University and the Technological University of Berlin. After graduating, he joined the former Schering AG and held various sales and marketing positions in the pharmaceutical business in Germany and the Asia-Pacific and Middle East region. In 2005, he was appointed Managing Director of Schering in China. Following Bayer’s acquisition of Schering in 2006, Condon became Managing Director of Bayer HealthCare and General Manager of Bayer Pharma in China. In 2010, he was appointed Managing Director of Bayer HealthCare in Germany and Head of Bayer Schering Pharma in Germany. In December 2012, he became President of the Crop Science Division and has been a member of the Board of Management of Bayer AG since January 2016.

Condon is a member of the Governor’s Panel for Consumer Industries at the World Economic Forum and is Chairman of the Board of Directors of CropLife International, the R&D-based agricultural industry association. He is married with two sons. Condon speaks six languages – English, German, Gaelic, French, Japanese and Mandarin (Chinese) – and is an avid long-distance runner.

Jerry  Flint

Jerry Flint

Vice President, Global Initiatives and Sustainability
Corteva Agriscience

Jerry Flint leads Global Initiatives and Sustainability for Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™ – a global, integrated team focused on bringing new seed, crop protection and service
technologies from the R&D pipeline to farmer customers around the world.

In this role, Dr. Flint is responsible for leading strategic initiatives with industry, traditional and non-traditional stakeholders to build the Agriculture Division’s global freedom to operate and public acceptance. His work includes agriculture development, technology acceptance, food security, and grain trade.

Throughout his 25-plus year career, Dr. Flint has served on several committees and held leadership roles to support and promote the seed and crop protection industry. He is currently the first vice chair of the American Seed Trade Association and a member of the international executive committee of the organization. He has enjoyed the challenge of working together with farmers, scientists and others across agriculture to bring new technologies to the market and ensure a product development system that is efficient and effective for everyone involved. 

Dr. Flint also represents the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont on the Crop Life International Plant Biotech Steering Committee, the Biotechnology Industry Organization Food and Agriculture Governing Board and is a member of the National FFA Sponsors Board.

Lubna Edwards

Lubna Edwards

Global Sustainability Director

With over twenty years of experience in sustainability leadership, Lubna Edwards is responsible for driving sustainability within Klöckner Pentaplast; collaborating with the value chain, industry associations and other key stakeholders to address global challenges. Sustainability challenges include food waste reduction, resource conservation, carbon mitigation, use of sustainable materials and recycling, and designing for a closed loop system. Lubna has held similar roles at the Sealed Air Corporation and Diversey, focussing on how sustainability can meet market, societal and environmental needs; ultimately working towards a circular economy.

Stefan  Weiskopf

Stefan Weiskopf


Before joining Antelliq in 2016 as CEO, Stefan was Executive Vice President for Zoetis in Singapore and Regional President for their Asia Pacific business. A veterinarian by training, Stefan’s career in the animal health industry began in 1986 in Germany, where he also gained his business degree. Stefan’s early career included roles at Upjohn and Pharmacia, before holding various leadership positions in Pfizer Animal Health in Europe and from 2007, in Shanghai, China. A German citizen, Stefan lives with his wife in Europe.

Antelliq: intelligence connecting animals with people

Antelliq is the world’s leading animal intelligence group, providing world-class devices for animal identification and traceability. Our pioneering monitoring solutions deliver smart data products and services for the management and wellbeing of livestock, fish and pets.


For over 60 years we have been satisfying customer needs in over 100 countries, supported by 24 production sites, spanning five continents. Antelliq has four regional innovation centres and many brands working collaboratively to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges:

·         Supporting farmers with real-time actionable information: Through Allflex, SCR and our other livestock focused brands, our intelligence and monitoring helps farmers to manage herds and meet the world’s increasing demand for protein.

·         Providing a deeper connection with pets: Through Sure Petcare, we provide pet owners with smart devices and data that give them a better understanding of their pets’ health needs and wellbeing, enriching relationships.

·         Supporting conservation: Through Biomark, we help conservationists safeguard natural environments and wildlife.

Across Antelliq, our different brands provide the technology and intelligence that will be at the heart of overcoming these challenges. Antelliq is the embodiment of everything we stand for: intelligence connecting animals and people.

Mark Cuddigan

Mark Cuddigan

Ella's Kitchen

Mark Cuddigan is CEO of Ella’s Kitchen, the UK’s number one baby food brand. A prominent marketing and sustainability expert, Mark is a leading figure of the UK’s B Corp community and a relentless advocate for the power of business to achieve transformational social impact.  

Mark joined Ella’s Kitchen as Sales and Marketing Director in 2011, holding the role of co-CEO from 2013. In the seven years since Mark joined the team, Ella’s has more than tripled its global turnover to over $100m, launching over 100 new products in a range of international markets.

Ella’s was launched in 2006 with a simple social mission at its core: to improve children’s lives by helping them to develop a healthy relationship with food. Under Mark’s leadership, Ella’s has been at the forefront of national campaigns to improve early childhood nutrition and became one of the UK’s first certified B Corporations.

In 2017, Mark was appointed Head of Sustainability and Marketing at Hain Celestial Europe, Ella’s Kitchen’s parent brand. In the role, Mark oversees and advises a range of the continent’s leading organic and natural food brands.

Mark’s interest in the baby sector began at the Annabel Karmel Group, where he was Managing Director. Prior to Annabel Karmel, Mark held leadership roles at FMCG brands Dormen Food and Lovedean Granola where he oversaw significant growth strategies and the eventual sale of both businesses.

Luca Alinovi

Luca Alinovi

CEO and Founder
PP Sherpas

Luca Alinovi, Chief Prosperity Officer and Co-founder of PP Sherpas Ltd (People Prosperity Solutions), is currently addressing two major bottlenecks in global food systems. Farmshine ( is fixing broken value-chains between small-scale farmers and large end-buyers. Aflazero is eliminating aflatoxins from the food chain. Dr. Luca Alinovi has 25 years of experience in developing agricultural solutions in the development, humanitarian and private sectors. Prior to founding Farmshine, he was the Executive Director of the Global Resilience Partnership (GRP), a private-public partnership funded by Rockefeller Foundation, USAID, SIDA and Zurich Insurance, based in Nairobi, Kenya. Previously Luca served in senior positions in UN-FAO, including as the FAO Country Representative in Kenya and Somalia, where he led the development of several innovative initiatives. Prior to FAO, Luca has worked for Italian Development Cooperation as well as managerial positions at several technology companies.

Honor  Eldridge

Honor Eldridge

Head of Policy
Sustainable Food Trust

Honor is the Head of Policy for the Sustainable Food Trust. Her areas of focus include global development agriculture, immigration in the farming sector, trade policy and agri-tech innovation. She has written briefings on potential food safety and nutrition threats from a transatlantic trade deal, on the unintended consequences of crop insurance programmes, and on migrant labour in large-scale UK horticulture. Previously, Honor worked on farming and land-use policy at the Soil Association and was the Legislative and Government Affairs Coordinator in Washington D.C. for the Center For Food Safety.

Karim Bitar

Karim Bitar

Gharry Eccles

Gharry Eccles

Vice President UK & Oceania
Cereal Partners Worldwide
Vikas Garg

Vikas Garg

Founder and CEO

Vikas Garg is the Founder & CEO of abillionVeg, a consumer internet platform launched in 2017 that is accelerating a global movement towards socially responsible consumption. Prior to launching abillionVeg, Vikas spent 15 years in finance as an analyst, portfolio manager and fund manager at CalPERS, Dymon Asia Capital, Credit Suisse First Boston and 1/0 Capital. Vikas is passionate about education, veganism and animal protection, and is involved with grassroots minority education initiatives and animal welfare programmes around the world. He graduated from Emory University in Atlanta and lives in Singapore.

Xavier  Leprince

Xavier Leprince

Head of EAME Business Sustainability

Xavier Leprince is the Head of EAME Business Sustainability for Syngenta, one of the world’s largest agricultural technology companies with 28,000 employees across 90 countries. Syngenta is committed to doing its part to help improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources, rescuing land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalizing rural communities.

As Head of EAME Business Sustainability, Xavier leads a team across Europe and Africa - Middle East (EAME) responsible for sustainable technologies for agriculture and innovation. His team is also responsible for regulatory, public affairs and public policy, building the corporate brand and company’s reputation. Xavier is an agribusiness professional with over 35 years experience within Syngenta’s operations, locations and its legacy companies.  Prior to his current role, he was Head of Global Business Unit Fungicides.

Xavier Leprince is a French national and is an agronomist who graduated from “Institut Supérieur d’Agriculture” de Lille, France. He holds a master’s in Finance from Lille University as well as an MBA from EDHEC Business School. He is also a Chairman of the Board at the Institut Supérieur d’Agriculture in Lille and Board Member of Yncréa (Lille University) and Fésia (National Federation of Agronomy Universities in France).

Philip  Lymbery

Philip Lymbery

Compassion in World Farming

Philip Lymbery is CEO of the leading international farm animal welfare organisation, Compassion in World Farming, Visiting Professor at the University of Winchester and Vice-President of Eurogroup for Animals, Brussels. He is an award winning author, ornithologist, photographer, naturalist and self-confessed animal advocate. For 25 years Philip has worked extensively on animal welfare issues, wildlife and the environment. He is a recognised thought leader, travelling the world to lecture and commentate in the media. 
Philip has played leading roles in major animal welfare reforms, including Europe-wide bans on veal crates for calves and barren battery cages for laying hens. Described as one of the food industry's most influential people, he spearheaded Compassion's engagement work with over 800 food companies worldwide, leading to real improvements in the lives of over a billion farm animals every year. 
Philip's book Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat was the first to show a mainstream audience that factory farming is the biggest cause of animal cruelty. One of The Times Writers' Books of 2014, it was cited by the Mail on Sunday as a compelling 'game changer'. This was followed by the publication of 'Farmageddon in Pictures: The True Cost of Cheap Meat - in bite-sized pieces. His second book Dead Zone: Where the Wild Things Were published in 2017, has been the first book to show how factory farming is a major driver of wildlife declines. Described by the Daily Mail as a ‘Must Read’ and by New Statesman as 'Highly informed, utterly compelling. No author can do more'. All proceeds go towardsCompassion in World Farming.
Awards during his tenure as CEO at CIWF include: The Observer Ethical Award for Campaigner of the Year, BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming award for Best Campaigner and Educator, Recipient of the 'outstanding campaigning' award by Brussels based Eurogroup for Animals and The 2015 'International Golden Dove' peace prize in Rome. 

James Rogers

James Rogers

Founder and CEO
Apeel Sciences

James Rogers is Founder and CEO of Apeel Sciences, a company fighting the global food waste crisis by utilizing advances in materials science to prevent waste in the first place—a sustainable approach to the world’s growing food demands. Dr. Rogers leads corporate strategy and Apeel’s team of award-winning scientists in developing plant-derived technologies that naturally keep fruits and vegetables fresh longer so less is wasted. Dr. Rogers received dual undergraduate degrees from Carnegie Mellon University in Materials Science & Engineering and Biomedical Engineering and his PhD in Materials from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Rogers was the 2012 recipient of the Frank J. Padden Jr. Award in polymer physics, the premier polymer physics prize in the United States.

Guy Smith

Guy Smith

Deputy President
National Farmers Union

Guy farms a mixed and diversified family farm in north-east Essex.

He served for eight years on the NFU Council as the Essex delegate. Other NFU positions include four years as a member of the Governance Board and six years as Chair of the NFU Communications Group.  

In the past, Guy has served on the boards of FACE (Farming and Countryside Education), HGCA (Home Grown Cereals Authority) and Landskills New Entrants Committee.  He is a founder of the Essex Schools Food and Farming Day.

Guy is a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society and recipient of an Honorary Doctorate for services to Agriculture from Essex University.

Gunhild Stordalen

Gunhild Stordalen

Founder & Executive Chair

Gunhild A. Stordalen is the founder and executive chair of EAT. She is a driving force in linking climate, health and sustainability issues across sectors to transform the global food system.

Together with her husband Petter A. Stordalen, Gunhild established the Stordalen Foundation in 2011, under which she later founded the EAT Initiative together with Professor Johan Rockström and the Stockholm Resilience Center (SRC). In 2014, they gathered 400 leaders from 28 countries for the inaugural EAT Stockholm Food Forum. In 2016, the Wellcome Trust joined the SRC and the Stordalen Foundation as core partner of EAT and helped grow the initiative to become a global multistakeholder platform for transforming the world’s food system.

Gunhild sits on several boards and councils including the United Nation´s Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Lead Group, the World Economic Forum (WEF) Stewardship Board on Food Systems and the WEF Global Future Council on Food Security and Agriculture, the British Telecom Group´s Committee for Sustainable and Responsible Business, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) Partnership Council, and the international advisory board of the SRC. She is a published scientist and a renowned public speaker with a distinct, personal voice and a passionate commitment to her work. WWF Sweden named her Environmental Hero of the Year in 2014 and in 2015 she was appointed a Young Global Leader by WEF. She has been ranked among the 150 most influential business communicators in Sweden by the news magazine Resumé and among the 100 most powerful women in Norway by the financial magazine Kapital. Gunhild is a medical doctor from the University of Oslo and holds a PhD in pathology/orthopedic surgery. She is a Norwegian national.


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Emiko  Terazono

Emiko Terazono

Commodities Correspondent
Financial Times

Emiko Terazono is a member of the FT commodities team based in London. She has been writing about commodities for the FT since 2011, mainly focused on agriculture. She started in the FT in Tokyo as a business reporter and has covered media, the City diary as well as editing corporate news.

Clive Cookson

Clive Cookson

Science Editor
Financial Times

Clive Cookson is Science Editor at the Financial Times. He joined the newspaper in 1988 as Technology Editor and has also written about the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Previously, he was the science and medical correspondent for BBC Radio. He also spent four years in Washington DC as American Editor of the Times Higher Education Supplement. He has won several science journalism awards and is an honorary member of the British Science Association and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Mr Cookson graduated from Oxford University with a first class honours degree in Chemistry.

Sarah Murray

Sarah Murray

Specialist Writer on Sustainable Development
Financial Times

Sarah Murray is a Specialist Writer on Sustainable Development and a Non-fiction author and editor. A former Financial Times journalist and long-time Financial Times contributor, she also writes for Stanford Social Innovation Review as well as for universities and foundations. Her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the Economist, The Guardian, and the South China Morning Post. She has edited two books on philanthropy and is author of two non-fiction books, Making an Exit: From the Magnificent to the Macabre, How We Dignify the Dead, and Moveable Feasts: From Ancient Rome to the 21st Century, the Incredible Journeys of the Food We Eat.

Who Attends

The conference programme is structured to encourage conversation and the exchange of ideas with stakeholders and value chain partners from across the agriculture and food production ecosystem.  The audience will include senior level representation from UK and European farms, the multinational companies that supply and buy from farmers around the world; multinational food processing, transport and logistics firms, brands, manufacturers and big retailers. It will also include importers and exporters, technology firms, financial institutions and investors, NGOs, international organisations and policy-makers.



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The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

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At Bayer, we work to shape agriculture through breakthrough innovation for the benefit of farmers, consumers and our planet. We combine modern science with farmers’ ingenuity to help nourish our growing world and preserve natural resources. We’re committed to delivering better solutions for all farmers while enabling more choice for consumers to help them and our planet thrive. And, while we don’t have all the answers, our passion for discovery, collaboration and curiosity means we will never stop striving to find them.

Syngenta is one of the world’s leading agriculture companies. Our ambition is to help safely feed the world while taking care of the planet.  We aim to improve the sustainability, quality and safety of agriculture with world class science and innovative crop solutions. Our technologies enable millions of farmers around the world to make better use of limited agricultural resources. With 28,000 people in more than 90 countries we are working to transform how crops are grown. Through partnerships, collaboration and The Good Growth Plan we are committed to improving farm productivity, rescuing land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalizing rural communities.

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Antelliq: intelligence connecting animals with people

Antelliq is the world’s leading animal intelligence group, providing world-class devices for animal identification and traceability. Our pioneering monitoring solutions deliver smart data products and services for the management and wellbeing of livestock, fish and pets.


For over 60 years we have been satisfying customer needs in over 100 countries, supported by 24 production sites, spanning five continents. Antelliq has four regional innovation centres and many brands working collaboratively to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges:

·         Supporting farmers with real-time actionable information: Through Allflex, SCR and our other livestock focused brands, our intelligence and monitoring helps farmers to manage herds and meet the world’s increasing demand for protein.

·         Providing a deeper connection with pets: Through Sure Petcare, we provide pet owners with smart devices and data that give them a better understanding of their pets’ health needs and wellbeing, enriching relationships.

·         Supporting conservation: Through Biomark, we help conservationists safeguard natural environments and wildlife.

Across Antelliq, our different brands provide the technology and intelligence that will be at the heart of overcoming these challenges. Antelliq is the embodiment of everything we stand for: intelligence connecting animals and people.

Corteva Agriscience is a publicly traded, global pure-play agriculture company that provides farmers around the world with the most complete portfolio in the industry - including a balanced and diverse mix of seed, crop protection and digital solutions focused on maximizing productivity to enhance yield and profitability. With some of the most recognized brands in agriculture and an industry-leading product and technology pipeline well positioned to drive growth, the company is committed to working with stakeholders throughout the food system as it fulfills its promise to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. Corteva Agriscience became an independent public company on June 1, 2019, and was previously the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. More information can be found at Follow Corteva Agriscience on FacebookInstagramLinkedInTwitter and YouTube.

Deloitte is a leading global provider of audit and assurance, consulting, financial advisory, risk advisory, tax and related services. Our network of member firms in more than 150 countries and territories serves four out of five Fortune Global 500®companies. Learn how Deloitte’s approximately 264,000 people make an impact that matters at

Deloitte works with the world’s leading food and agriculture/agribusiness companies, at all stages of the value chain from farm to fork. We work extensively with input providers such as fertiliser manufacturers, chemical companies and providers of seeds and micro-nutrients; and recognize the vital intersection between the chemicals and food sectors. At the other end of the value chain, Deloitte works with food product manufacturers, beverage manufacturers and the largest retailers. Among the Fortune Global 500 companies, we serve:

  • 22 of the 27 consumer products companies
  • 18 of the 27 chemicals and specialty materials companies
  • 31 of the 40 retail, wholesale and distribution companies

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Packaging Partner (1)

The Klöckner Pentaplast Group is a global leader in rigid and flexible packaging, printing and specialty solutions, serving the pharmaceutical, medical device, food, beverage and card markets, among others. With a broad portfolio of packaging, films and services powered by innovation, Klöckner Pentaplast plays an integral role in the customer value chain by marketing and safeguarding product integrity, assuring safety, consumer health and protecting brand reputation. Founded in 1965 in Montabaur, Germany, Klöckner Pentaplast has operations in 18 countries and employs over 6,300 people committed to serving customers worldwide from 61 total locations, including 35 production sites. Learn more at

Supporting Organisation (1)

WssTP is the recognized voice and promotor of water-related RTD and innovation in Europe. WssTP strives to increase coordination and collaboration, to enhance the performance of the water service providers, water users, and technology providers, in a sustainable and inclusive way and to contribute to solving societal challenges through RTD&I. With 187 members across Europe on board, WssTP is recognised by the European Commission as the industry-led European Technology Platform(ETP) for Water.


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