Now in its third year, the FT Global Food Systems international conference brings together life science companies, farmers, retailers, agribusiness firms, technologists, academics and scientists to take an unflinching look at the big challenges facing the agriculture and food industry as the world population grows, and the climate crisis worsens.
FT Global Food Systems
Paradigm shifts from farm gate to fridge door
Judith Batchelar OBE
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Taking place in the lengthening shadow of climate change, our flagship Global Food Systems conference sets out this year to discover how agri-food stakeholders can - and must - pull together to bring about the radical paradigm shift needed if our global food systems are to succeed in delivering food security for all without further damaging the planet.
The summit will showcase the work of the corporate and civil society activists, life science companies, pioneering retailers, manufacturers, food processing companies, farmers, agribusiness leaders and technologists that are challenging orthodox thinking about our complex and vulnerable food systems, and implementing sustainable, collaborative and high-impact solutions.
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Looked at through the lens of changing consumer expectations, and taking place in the lengthening shadow of climate change, our flagship 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.
It showcases the work of the pioneering retailers, manufacturers, food processors, farmers, agribusiness leaders and technologists that are challenging orthodox thinking about our complex and fragile food systems with their sustainable, collaborative and high-impact solutions.
A key aim of the summit, which was launched in 2017, is to help accelerate the adoption of more sustainable agri-food production and business practices through information sharing and new partnerships between stakeholders in the global food system.
The conference programme at the day-long Global Food Systems summit is structured to encourage dynamic on-stage discussion as well as meaningful off-stage conversation and the exchange of ideas with stakeholders and value chain partners from across the agriculture and food production ecosystem.
Agenda - 19th Nov
8:00amRegistration and tea & coffee
9:00amFT Chair’s Opening Remarks
Clive Cookson, Science Editor, Financial Times
9:05amOpening Panel: Paradigm Shifts form Farm Gate to Fridge Door
What is undermining or threatening food security? What are the stresses and shocks coming down the track? Combine the stresses (e.g. climate change) and the shocks (e.g. extreme weather) and global food systems get hit hard. Panellists will discuss how we are to make the leap from incremental change to radical transformation in order to produce global food systems that are resilient, and that can reliably deliver food security for all. What are the shifts that need to happen, and when?
Helen Browning, CEO, Soil Association
John Ingram, Director, Food Systems Group, Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University
Graham Ramsbottom, Chief Executive Officer, Wheatsheaf Group
Emily Norton, Partner in mixed dairy and arable farm in Norfolk, and a Nuffield scholar
João Campari, Leader, Food Practice, WWF International
Moderated by Clive Cookson, Science Editor, Financial Times
9:40amKeynote Conversation: The Future of Food & Farming
Judith Batchelar, Director of Brand, Sainsbury’s
In conversation with Clive Cookson, Science Editor, Financial Times
10:10amPanel: Climate-smart Agriculture
Big challenges require bolder approaches and the challenges we face in sustainable food production are no exception – climate change, loss of biodiversity and impact on resources. In order to address these challenges head-on, we need a societal commitment – and an openness to creativity in agriculture. Sustainability doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It requires a shared conviction and collaboration across industries, corporations, governments, academics, and society that innovation isn’t optional, but necessary and critical to our people and planet. Panellists will discuss some of the most exciting technological and business model innovations transforming our global food systems for the better.
Willemien Koning-Hoeve, Chair, Women Farmers (Netherlands) and Board member, Copa-Cogeca's Women's Committee (Brussels)
Christine Brunel-Ligneu, Head of Sustainable Agriculture, Bayer
Jehiel Oliver, CEO, Hello Tractor
10:40amFireside Chat: Shifting the Paradigm
Taking action to address climate change, soil erosion and biodiversity loss by accelerating the deployment of innovative agricultural technologies.
Xavier Leprince, Head of EAME Business Sustainability, Syngenta
In conversation with Clive Cookson, Science Editor, Financial Times
11:00amTea and Coffee break
11:20amPanel: Sustainable Food Supply in Europe
Panellists will explore the relationships between stakeholders in the food supply chain in Europe and their drive towards sustainability and creating positive environmental, social and economic outcomes.
Henri Moore, Vice President, Global Responsibility, Corteva Agriscience
Han de Groot, CEO, Rainforest Alliance
Andrea Weber, Director, Corporate Responsibility, METRO
Sarah Bell, a Partner in the family farm
Moderated by Clive Cookson, Science Editor, Financial Times
11:50amField Report: Business Actions to Support Sustainable Agricultural Production
This talk will explore the current state of soil health and biodiversity and identify practical actions that businesses can take to support farmers to improve sustainability within their supply chains. It will demonstrate how businesses can:
- enable long-term thinking and evidence-based decision making among their producers
- support local adaptation and promote collaboration between stakeholders
Josephine Head, Senior Research Lead Sustainable Agriculture, Earthwatch Institute
12:05pmField Report: Mobile Technology to Fight Food Waste at Scale
This session will explore the use of app technology in engaging consumers and businesses on the issue of food waste. It will demonstrate how apps are engaging consumers on sustainability issues such as food waste which can drive behavioural change. - Consumer behavioural change- Food waste landscape
Jamie Crummie, Co-founder, Too Good To Go
12:20pmThe Food Ecosystem: Preparing for Success in an Uncertain Environment
The resilience of our global food system is one of the most urgent and wide-ranging issues facing us today. Stakeholders in the food ecosystem need to address four pivotal areas to remain relevant, including personalized nutrition, responsible production, Industry 4.0 and ecosystem orchestration.
Discover best practices on how companies are preparing for this uncertain environment and address changing consumer behavior and the outcomes of scientific research.
Randy Jagt, Partner, Consulting, Deloitte Netherlands
12:35pmReducing the Environmental Impact of the Average UK Shopping Basket by 50%
Giles Bolton, Responsible Sourcing Director, Tesco
David Edwards, Director, Food Strategy, WWF-UK
In conversation with Clive Cookson, Science Editor, Financial Times
2:00pmKeynote Conversation: Cultivating Collaboration to Bring About Radical Shifts
Shari Rogge-Fidler, CEO, Family Farms Group (US)
In conversation with Clive Cookson, Science Editor, Financial Times
A scheduled space built into the programme for our audience to reflect on what’s been said on stage during the course of the day, and to share professional experiences with peers, speakers, and journalists.
You will meet a range of influential agriculture and food sector professionals through small group conversations designed to deepen understanding of the most topical challenges facing the sector. These circular dialogue sessions are also a great way to add to your professional contacts list. Bring plenty of business cards.
3:00pmTea and Coffee Break
Peder Tuborgh, CEO, Arla Foods
3:40pmPanel: Just F***ing Stop It!
A panel to showcase examples of activism in action with a discussion around leading by example & pulling together to precipitate radical shifts and transformation
Kath Dalmeny, CEO, Sustain
Ruth Richardson, Executive Director, Global Alliance for the Future of Food
Izzy Warren, Environmental activist, School Strike 4 Climate movement
Farhana Yamin, Climate change lawyer and Extinction Rebellion activist
Moderated by Andrew Jack, Global Education Editor, Financial Times
4:15pmPolicy Keynote Interview: National Food Strategy
Henry Dimbleby, Lead Non Executive Director, Defra and co-founder, Leon restaurants
In conversation with Andrew Jack, Global Education Editor, Financial Times
4:40pmAgri-Food Business Model & 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.
16:40 - Showcase One: Wendy Harwood, Head of Crop Transformation Group, John Innes Center
16:50 - Showcase Two: Kristen Eshak Weldon, Head of Food Innovation & Downstream Strategy, Louis Dreyfus Company
17:00 - Audience Q&A
Moderated by Andrew Jack, Global Education Editor, Financial Times
5:10pmClosing Keynote Address & Interview
Pavan Sukhdev, President, WWF
5:30pmClosing remarks, followed by networking drinks
Clive Cookson, Science Editor, Financial Times
Keynote Speakers (5)
Pavan Sukhdev is a sustainability thought leader, an experienced innovator in sustainability metrics, and an influential voice amongst policy makers and institutions focussed on sustainable development. While he was Special Adviser and Head of the UN Environment Programme’s Green Economy Initiative, Pavan led the path-breaking TEEB study (2008-2011,The Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity) and UNEP’s landmark report Towards a Green Economy. He continues to support UN Environment and TEEB as Goodwill Ambassador, and was Special Adviser to their recent study TEEB for Agriculture and Food (2018).
Pavan was awarded the McCluskey Fellowship (2011) by Yale University. At Yale, he taught a graduate course on TEEB and wrote his book Corporation 2020. This led to his ongoing campaign (launched at Rio+20, 2012) on transforming business for tomorrow’s world. Pavan promotes tomorrow’s corporation, 'Corporation 2020', one with positive rather than negative externalities, as the engine of tomorrow’s inclusive green economy. He promotes four vital micro-policy changes needed urgently for this transition.
Shari Rogge-Fidler is the newly appointed CEO of Chicago based Farm Foundation, an agriculture organization cultivating dynamic non-partisan collaboration through rigorous debate and objective issue analysis. She was previously CEO of Family Farms LLC, an innovative farmer network of ~1,000 farms, with the vision of being the #1 trusted brand for family-farmed, sustainably-sourced food, feed, fuel and fiber. Her unique perspective was developed through her experience as a fifth-generation farm owner and operator, entrepreneur in the organic-branded food industry, founder of an agribusiness consulting firm and leader of a soil health technology firm. She began her career in London in financial services and continued in Europe with the Boston Consulting Group.
Shari attained her Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School, preceded by her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with emphasis in International Finance, from University of Kansas. She has served on numerous Boards of Directors and Advisory Boards for organizations across the United States, including Farm Credit Mid-America, The Nature Conservancy and the Federal Reserve Bank – St. Louis.
Judith Batchelar OBE
Judith Batchelar is responsible for all aspects of Sainsbury’s product offer, from Policy formation on aspects such as Ethical and Sustainable Sourcing, through to Product Technology, Development, Safety, and Packaging along with Corporate Responsibility, Health and Public Affairs. Also driving the Quality and Innovation agendas whilst protecting and enhancing the reputation of Sainsbury’s Brand. She has worked in the food and drink industry for 37 years and is a Biochemist and Registered Nutritionist and Scientist. In addition to her work at Sainsbury’s, Judith is a Non-Executive Director of both the Environment Agency and the Rugby Players Association, and is Deputy Chair of Farm Africa, the Matt Hampson Foundation, the Executive Board of The Prince’s Trust Accounting for Sustainability Project, she is also an ambassador for the Woodland Trust. Judith is a Fellow of both the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST), and the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts and Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), from 2013 – 2018 she Co-Chaired the Government’s AgriFoodTech Council, and currently sits on the Food and Drink Sector Council.
Henry Dimbleby is co-founder of Leon Restaurants, the not-for-profit Sustainable Restaurant Association, and the charity Chefs In Schools. He is currently the lead Non-Executive Director at the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs where he has been commissioned to create a National Food Strategy.
In 2012, he was asked by the government to produce a blueprint for improving school food and food education in Britain. Together with John Vincent, he produced the School Food Plan – one of the biggest shake-ups of school food for a generation. It has overseen, among other changes, the introduction of cookery lessons for all children up to the age of 14, universal free school meals for infants, and new standards for the food served to children in schools. In addition to writing a column for The Guardian he has appeared regularly on Radio 4’s Kitchen Cabinet & BBC’s Saturday Kitchen.
Henry started his career as a commis chef with Michelin-starred chef, Bruno Loubet, before joining The Daily Telegraph. From there he moved to Bain & Company, a management consultancy firm, where he met John Vincent. They spent a lot of time together on the road, travelling for work, where all they found to eat was delicious but life-destroying fried chicken or cold, neon-lit sandwiches. Infuriated by the difficulty of finding tasty, nutritious food on the run, they resolved to do something about it. And so Leon was born.
A highly accomplished CEO in the global food industry, Peder Tuborgh has dedicated his career to delivering long-term value and opportunities for Arla Foods’ farmer owners while meeting consumers’ needs for nutritious, affordable and more sustainable dairy products through inspiring brands.
Peder Tuborgh is CEO at the cooperative dairy group Arla Foods, a global business that provides dairy products and ingredients based on milk supplied by 10,300 farmer owners in Northern Europe.
He is a firm believer that progressive and financially robust farmers are essential to solving what is probably the food industry’s biggest challenge: to provide nutritious, affordable and more sustainable food to a global population that will reach almost 10 billion citizens in 2050. Not only will farmers need to produce more milk, they will also have to develop their farming methods to become more sustainable, while maintaining high standards for milk quality and animal welfare. Long-term financial stability is the prerequisite for farmers to actively participate in this challenge. As CEO for a farmer-owned dairy company it is a key priority for Peder to deliver the highest possible price for Arla’s farmer owners’ milk through a strong performance across the business.
With a food science background, career in the grain trade and tenure as Head of Supply Chain at a leading agricultural cooperative, Sarah Bell is now an independent advisor, agricultural consultant and partner in the family farm. Sarah’s key principle is “farm profitably and tread lightly.” She applies this maxim to developing sustainable business models right along the agrifood supply chain, delivering real, long-term solutions and high-value, measurable outputs. Sarah is a strong voice in the debate surrounding the digital landscape in agriculture, connecting disparate industry groups, social outreach, and genuinely sustainable supply chains.
Giles Bolton is Responsible Sourcing Director at Tesco. He leads a team of 60 human rights, environment and packaging experts across 10 key sourcing countries, responsible for ensuring good working conditions and sustainable practices across Tesco’s supply chain. Prior to Tesco, he had a 10-year career at the Dept for International Development, managing aid programmes in Kenya, Rwanda, Iraq and on trade.
Giles is on the Boards of the Ethical Trading Initiative and the Marine Stewardship Council, co-chair of the Consumer Goods Forum working group on Forced Labour and Chair of the aid transparency NGO Publish What You Fund. He is also author of the activist book ‘Aid and Other Dirty Business’”
Helen Browning is Chief Executive of the Soil Association, a member of the Food Ethics Council, trustee of the RSPB and was recently appointed to the Food Farming and Countryside Commission hosted by the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) as well as the BBC’s Rural Affairs Advisory Committee.
Helen has a very mixed organic farm Wiltshire, with dairy, beef, pigs, cereals and is now also experimenting with agro-forestry. Her products are sold through the Helen Browning’s Organic brand in retailers, big and small, as well as through her mini hotel and restaurant/pub on the farm, and through her restaurant in Swindon.
Prior to rejoining the Soil Association, Helen was Director of External Affairs for the National Trust. She has had a number of roles in agri-politics over the years, including the Government’s Policy Commission on the Future of Farming and Food (‘the Curry Commission’) and chaired the England Animal Health and Welfare Implementation Group. Helen was awarded an OBE in 1998 for her services to organic farming.
Christine Brunel-Ligneau leads the sustainable agriculture program for the Crop Science division of Bayer. Based in Monheim, Germany, Christine is responsible for driving the development of the sustainable agriculture strategy based on Bayer’s sustainability commitments and focus areas to shape agriculture for the benefit of farmers, consumers and the planet.
Christine has been with Bayer and legacy companies, Rhone-Poulenc and Aventis for more than 20 years. She has worked in regulatory, development, stewardship and food chain management roles at both the national and global levels. Christine grew up in France and studied Agricultural Sciences at the University of Toulouse and earned a degree in Agronomy with a specialization in food processing. Most recently, she developed and implemented the Global Integrated Weed Management strategy at Bayer.
João Campari is the leader of the Food practice for WWF International. He is responsible for implementing the practice strategy, driving innovation which unearths new ideas that can be prototyped and scaled. The food practice focuses on three key action areas, namely sustainable production, reducing food loss and waste, and sustainable diets.
João has more than 20 years of experience in international development, particularly working to balance agricultural production and food systems with conservation. João has held technical and executive positions in multilateral and bilateral agencies (World Bank, UNDP and DFID), in the federal government of Brazil (Ministry of Environment) and has advised national and sub-national governments (in Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay) on the design and implementation of regional development policies, combining socio-economic development with conservation. For 13 years, João worked with The Nature Conservancy in several roles from program director to lead economist of the Global Lands program.
Jamie Crummie trained as a lawyer before pursuing his mission of fighting food waste. He is the UK co-founder of Too Good To Go, the world’s largest marketplace for surplus food. The free app connects food outlets and retailers with surplus food to local consumers who get delicious food while also doing their bit for the planet. Too Good To Go is now active in 13 countries (and counting) with over 25 million Waste Warriors who have rescued over 20 million meals collectively. In the UK, over 900,000 meals have been saved to date.
Kath is Chief Executive of Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming, since 2016 leading the alliance's response to Brexit and its profound implications for healthy and sustainable food. She is also a Commissioner for the RSA's Food, Farming and Countryside Commission and a member of the London Food Board, advising three successive mayors and numerous London boroughs on food policy in the capital.
Among many initiatives, Kath has helped to design and instigate: the Sugary Drinks Tax campaign that persuaded government to place a levy on sugary drinks that is now raising £0.5 billion for children’s health promotion; the Sustainable Fish Cities alliance campaign, which has now won pledges to serve 100% verifiably sustainable fish from caterers that together serve well over 0.95 billion meals a year; the Good Food for Our Money campaign and the Campaign for Better Hospital Food, which have won healthy and sustainable food standards for Whitehall, prisons and parts of the armed forces, and in NHS Standard Contracts for hospitals; and the Children’s Food Campaign, which won the ban on junk food advertising to children. She is also a member of the steering group for the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics.
Her awards include being identified as one of 10 most influential campaigners in 2018 by The Right Ethos; the 2006 Caroline Walker Trust Lifetime Award and, in 2016, an International Giraffe Appreciation Society award for "sticking her neck out in the public interest", helping catalyse third-sector challenges to the "anti-advocacy clause". Her work contributed to Sustain winning a BBC Radio 4 Food & Farming Award for food campaigning.
Han de Groot
As Chief Executive Officer, Han de Groot leads the Rainforest Alliance’s global strategy. With a strong vision and passion for sustainability, he oversaw the growth of UTZ to become the world’s largest certification programme for coffee and cocoa, and now leads the Rainforest Alliance following the merger of the Rainforest Alliance and UTZ.
Han has dedicated his career to sustainable development. After studying economics at the University of Wageningen, he worked for more than 12 years at Oxfam Novib, eventually leading the organisation’s work in Eastern and Southern Africa. In 1998 Han joined the Dutch government. From 2005 to 2010, he held various positions at the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, including Deputy Director for Nature. He also started an interdepartmental programme for biodiversity and was briefly seconded to the European Commission.
David Edwards is WWF-UK’s Director of Food Strategy, a new strategic focus for WWF that seeks to transform the food system as the primary driver of nature loss. Prior to joining WWF in 2018, David served for seven years as Assistant Director of HRH The Prince of Wales’ International Sustainability Unit specialising in food and agriculture. David’s latter work with HRH focussed on brokering international collaboration in support of city-level policy making for healthier, more sustainable food systems, including the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact, and C40’s burgeoning work on food.
David worked previously with KANTAR-TNS, advising major food and drinks companies, before leaving to study for an MSc in Sustainable Development. He went on to specialise in Sustainable Forest Management advising NGOs across Africa before joining The Prince’s Rainforest Project as Project Manager in 2007. David is a trustee of UK’s Food Foundation, an independent think tank set up to tackle the challenges facing the UK’s food system in the interests of the UK public.
Wendy Harwood is Head of the Crop Transformation Group at the John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK. Her group works on the genetic modification and genome editing of crop plants, with a focus on developing new and improved technologies for use in crop species. Her group makes extensive use of CRISPR/Cas9-based techniques and has a specific interest in engineering crops for improved drought tolerance. Wendy is active in public engagement. She holds a Visiting Professorship from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and an Honorary Readership from the University of East Anglia, Norwich.
Josephine Head is conservation biologist who began her career as a primatologist, studying great apes in Central Africa. After a decade conducting research at the landscape level, she began to question how wildlife conservation fits into the wider picture of global issues such as climate change, food systems, security and public health. She subsequently joined Earthwatch Europe - an international environmental charity focused on empowering people to protect the natural world through engaging in world-class research, based on a model of citizen science. Earthwatch brings the public, schools and businesses together with expert scientists to conduct research, deliver transformational experiences, and embed sustainability in business. Working in the agricultural research team at Earthwatch has given Josephine the opportunity to explore the complex relationship between humans and the environment, the interdisciplinary nature of sustainable solutions to environmental challenges, and the role of individuals, communities, businesses and policy makers in addressing these issues.
John Ingram leads the Food Systems Group at the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute. His interests are in the conceptual framing of food systems; the interactions among the many actors involved and their varied activities, and the outcomes of their activities for food security, livelihoods and environment; and food system resilience. He has designed and led regional food system research projects in Europe, south Asia, southern Africa and the Caribbean and has conceived, developed and/or led a range of major international research initiatives. He has had substantial interaction with FAO, UN Environment, the CGIAR and many other international organisations, with national departments and agencies, with NGOs, and with businesses in the food sector helping to establish research on the links between food security and environment through the analysis of food systems. In addition to leading the food systems research group within ECI, he also leads the multi-university post-graduate ‘Interdisciplinary Food Systems Teaching and Learning’ programme (IFSTAL) and coordinates the UK Global Food Security programme ‘Resilience of the UK Food System’. He is an Associate Professor in Oxford’s School of Geography and the Environment, and Senior Research Fellow at Somerville College.
Randy Jagt is a seasoned strategy consulting partner with 17 years of experience in growth and digital strategy, digital transformation, and commercial excellence projects.
Deloitte’s Future of Food initiative aims at developing a roadmap for success in the changing food ecosystem. Randy leads the taskforce for this initiative which helps clients to address the core themes including personalized nutrition, responsible production, the food ecosystem, and Industry 4.0 transformation.
Randy is passionate about food and has always leveraged a highly energetic and collaborative approach to helping clients define and realize their strategic transformations. He has worked on several projects supporting Fortune 500 companies across Europe, the US, and Asia Pacific.
Willemien Koning-Hoeve is Chair of Women Farmers in the Netherlands, or LTO (the Dutch Agricultural and Horticultural Association) Women and Business, and a board member of Copa-Cogeca’s Women’s Committee in Brussels. Copa-Cogeca is the umbrella organisation of the farmers organisations and agri-cooperatives in Europe. Willemien advocates on fostering the status and position of women farmers in Europe. In 2018 she was the UN Women’s representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. She delivered a speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New York about gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.
Willemien is convinced that women play a very important role in food production and are the backbone of family farms. But women on farms need to tackle a lot of challenges these days. Willemien is a dairy farmer herself. She owns 95 cows and 50 young cattle. She is also on the advisory board of Agriterra and provides twice a year female leadership training for women on farms in Africa to empower them to be leaders and board members of cooperatives and farmers’ organisations.
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).
Henri Moore is Vice President of Global Responsibility Corteva Agriscience™. She is responsible for the development and execution of a Global Responsibility strategy, inclusive of Community Investment, Sustainability, Agriculture Development and Technology Acceptance in over 140 countries. In addition to leading Global Responsibility initiatives that drive growth and value for the business, she helps to build and maintain relationships with a broad range of key stakeholders to attract Corteva’s next generation of talent. Henri Moore brings more than 25 years of experience in marketing, public relations, philanthropy, community outreach and sponsorships. She has a proven track record of achieving exceptional results through partnership and collaboration.
Prior to this appointment, she was the Global Leader for the DuPont Center for Philanthropy and Education, where she created and executed DuPont’s global philanthropic strategy and lead programs to strengthen DuPont’s relationship with the communities it operates. She has also served as Senior Vice President & Director of Public Affairs for Citizens Bank, where she worked to preserve and enhance Citizens brand and reputation. Before this, she was the National Sales Manager for Comcast Corporation in Philadelphia, where she was responsible for developing and managing strategic partnerships and creating business-building opportunities.
Emily Norton is Head of Rural Research at a UK property business. The Rural Research team provide policy insight, consultancy services and a wide range of indices on rural land use and occupation. She is a partner in a mixed dairy and arable farm in Norfolk and a 2018 Nuffield Scholar, studying global best practice in agricultural policy design.
Jehiel Oliver is the founder and CEO of Hello Tractor, an agricultural technology company that connects tractor owners with smallholder farmers in need of tractor services. At Hello Tractor, Jehiel is responsible for overall management and strategy. He has been honored with numerous awards for his work in social entrepreneurship including being recognized by Foreign Policy Magazine as a Top 100 Global Thinker for 2016. He was appointed under the Obama Administration to serve two years as a member of the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa, where he most recently chaired the technology subcommittee. Prior to Hello Tractor, Jehiel worked in consulting and investment banking. He lives with his wife and daughter in Nairobi, Kenya.
Graham Ramsbottom joined The Grosvenor Estate, an organisation with almost 1,000 years of history, in March 2009 and was instrumental in founding Wheatsheaf Group in 2011, being appointed as its Chief Executive. Mr Ramsbottom has led the Wheatsheaf Group’s development to become one of the world’s leading investors and operators of businesses in the AgFoodtech sector. Today the Group has a portfolio of over 20 cutting edge and disruptive companies which focus on themes including efficient protein production, supply chain integrity and safety, and the recovery and efficient use of essential nutrients.
Until 2009 Mr Ramsbottom worked for The Co-operative Group, the UKs largest Co-operative (and largest farmer), as Director of Rural Estates where he led a wide range of sustainable energy, rural and urban development projects throughout the UK. Prior to this, he was an Associate Partner with the land management consultancy, Strutt & Parker, managing rural enterprises and landholdings throughout Scotland and Northern England and developed a farm management consultancy specialising in the restructuring and management of traditional farm businesses. This followed a commission as an officer in the Royal Navy.
Mr Ramsbottom studied at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (BSc Agriculture), The Royal Agricultural College (MSc Rural Land Management). He completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Programme in 2010.
Ruth Richardson is Executive Director of the Global Alliance for the Future of Food, a strategic alliance of philanthropic foundations working together and with others to transform global food systems now and for future generations. Ruth has nearly 20 years’ experience in the philanthropic sector. She was the first Director of the Unilever Canada Foundation, Founding Chair of the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Network, Founder and Chair of the Small Change Fund and the first Environment Director at the Metcalf Foundation. Ruth also served as the lead consultant to establish The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, and has worked with private-public partnerships on sustainability issues and cross-border collaborations, such as coastal fisheries management.
Izzy Warren is a 15 year old environmental activist and one of the organisers behind the recent School Strike 4 Climate movement in the UK. She is an active volunteer within the UK Student Climate Network and an advocate for vegan living
Andrea Weber started her career as a lawyer before she joined METRO in 2003. METRO is an internationally leading specialist in wholesale and food retail. Andrea held different leading positions in the company and has proven herself to be an all-rounder by managing several departments, though always connected to the area of environment and sustainability. As a result of this experience, she became an expert in responsible sourcing, with special focus on fish and seafood sourcing. As Director, Corporate Responsibility, she is the single point of contact in all matters of sustainability and ensures the fulfillment of sustainability standards and policies, as well as the development and fostering of external partnerships. Moreover, she serves as a sparring partner and interface for own brands, marketing and communication, and is strongly engaged in several networks to foster young high-potentials. Andrea is a member of the Steering Board of the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI), a global platform and partnership working towards more sustainable seafood as well as a member of the Steering Board of the Global Tuna Alliance (GTA), a partnership working towards traceable, socially and environmentally responsible tuna.
Kristen Eshak Weldon is Head of Food Innovation & Downstream Strategy at Louis Dreyfus Company with responsibility for both downstream investments as well as early stage investments in ag/foodtech. Kristen spent 13.5 years at Blackstone, most recently as a Senior Managing Director for the Hedge Fund Solutions Group. Prior to Blackstone, she worked in commodity derivatives at JPMorgan. Kristen holds a MSc in Leadership and Strategy from London Business School and a BSc in Finance & International Business from Georgetown University.
Farhana Yamin is an internationally recognised environmental lawyer, climate change and development policy expert. She has advised leaders and countries for over 20 years. In addition to founding Track 0, she is an Associate Fellow at Chatham House. She has taught climate change law for many years, including as a visiting Professor at University College London. Between 1996 and 2002, she was a negotiator for the Alliance of Small Island States, working on the Kyoto Protocol and its market based mechanisms and was also Lead Author for three assessment reports for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
She was an Advisor to the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) for the 2015 Paris Agreement and played a key role in building the High Ambition Coalition, led by RMI’s Minister Tony de Brum. She is widely credited with getting the goal of net-zero emissions by mid-century into the Paris Agreement. From April 2016- July 2018, she was the Climate Change Advisor to H.E. President Hilda Heine of the Marshall Islands and was RMI’s Focal Point for the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) and it’s sister Finance Ministers’ Initiative called the V20. The CVF is an alliance of 48 vulnerable countries and will convene a unique virtual summit on 22nd November 2018 to raise global ambition. She continues to provide legal, strategy and policy advice to NGOs and foundations on international climate change negotiations and climate litigation relating to the Paris Agreement.
Chair and Moderators (4)
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.
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.
Barney Jopson is Executive News Editor of the Financial Times in London. He previously led FT coverage of the US retail and consumer industries as a correspondent in New York. In a 17-year career at the FT he has also covered politics, foreign policy, economics and markets in postings in Washington DC, Nairobi and Tokyo. He has won the Wincott Foundation’s young financial journalist of the year award and been awarded prizes by the Society of Publishers in Asia and the US Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing. He is a graduate of Cambridge University and speaks Japanese, Spanish and French.
Andrew Jack has worked as a journalist for the Financial Times since 1990. He is currently the Global Education Editor, reporting and developing new projects including as editorial lead for free online FT access for schools. He previously ran the curated content team, picking the best news and analysis from the FT and the rest of the web, including FT Health. He was previously Deputy Editor of the Analysis section, Pharmaceuticals Correspondent, Moscow Bureau Chief, Paris Correspondent, Financial Correspondent, general reporter and corporate reporter. He is author of the books Inside Putin’s Russia and The French Exception, as well as numerous specialist reports, and has appeared on the BBC and other media outlets.
What are circular dialogues?
What is a Circular Dialogue?
A scheduled space built into the programme for our audience to reflect on what’s just been said on stage, and to share personal experiences with peers, speakers, and journalists.
You will meet a range of agriculture and food sector movers & shakers through small group conversations to help deepen understanding and share experiences of the most topical challenges. These circular dialogue sessions are also a great way to add to your professional contacts list. Bring plenty of business cards!
What's the benefit to you?
Conference formats sometimes overlook the need for delegates to talk about what's just been said on stage. It can feel like going to see a really good film and then not be given the opportunity to unpick it afterwards. The circular dialogues are an informal opportunity for you to have your say about what's just been said on stage, while it is still fresh in your mind.
"Interestingly, I find at FT events that it is the roundtable discussions that I enjoy the most. I sat with fascinating people at the top of their game. I don't think there are any other events other than those hosted by the FT Live that facilitate this (hence why I always clear my diary to attend these events)."
"Disrupting the standard format of conferences by engaging everyone in great discussions and interactive sessions."
Why attend the Global Food Systems Summit
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.
Lead Sponsors (4)
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.
Corteva Agriscience™, the agriculture division of DowDuPont™, is the only major agriscience company completely dedicated to agriculture. By combining the strengths of DuPont Pioneer, DuPont Crop Protection and Dow AgroSciences, we’ve harnessed agriculture’s brightest minds and expertise gained over two centuries of scientific achievement.
Louis Dreyfus Company is a leading merchant and processor of agricultural goods. We leverage our global reach and extensive asset network to serve our customers around the world, delivering the right products to the right location, at the right time – safely, responsibly and reliably. Our activities span the entire value chain from farm to fork, across a broad range of business lines (platforms). Since 1851 our portfolio has grown to include Oilseeds, Grains, Freight, Global Markets, Coffee, Cotton, Sugar, Rice, Dairy and Juice. We help feed and clothe some 500 million people every year by originating, processing and transporting approximately 81 million tons of products. Structured as a matrix organization of 6 geographical regions and 10 platforms, Louis Dreyfus Company is active in over 100 countries and employs approximately 17 000 people globally. For more information, visit www.ldc.com and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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.
To learn more visit www.goodgrowthplan.com.
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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 286,000 people make an impact that matters at www.deloitte.com.
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:
- 27 of the 33 consumer products companies
- 33 of the 38 retail, wholesale and distribution companies
- 17 of the 18 largest life sciences companies
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WWF is one of the world’s largest and most experienced independent conservation organizations, with over 5 million supporters and a global network active in nearly 100 counties. We work to transform the food system as, in it’s current form, it is the single biggest threat to nature. Our vision is a food system which provides nutritious food to all current and future generations while protecting our planet. To help achieve this, WWF is working across three pillars of the food system (Production, Diets and Loss and Waste) to protect areas of native vegetation from conversion for food production, effectively manage existing production areas to maximise ecosystem services, restore degraded agricultural soils, drive food choices which support human and planetary health, and reduce food waste.
Media Partner (1)
Nikkei is a trusted media brand in Asia, known for its quality journalism and capability in providing business news and information. Founded as a market news media in Japan in 1876, Nikkei has grown to be one of the largest media conglomerates with 37 foreign editorial bureaus and approximately 1500 journalists worldwide, with another global media brand, the Financial Times, joining in our group in 2015. Nikkei is continually deploying new technology to find new ways to deliver news as a reliable source of information for the global community.