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Environment & Sustainability, Commodities, Energy

FT Global Food Systems

Paradigm shifts from farm gate to fridge door

London |
Speakers include:
Judith  Batchelar OBE

Judith Batchelar OBE


Henry  Dimbleby

Henry Dimbleby

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Peder Tuborgh

Peder Tuborgh

Arla Foods


Now in its 3rd 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.

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2018 Testimonials

“An amazing day full of interesting and meaningful information.” Retail Analyst, Worshipful company of Farmers

“Great event! Focused and Innovative.” Chief Prosperity Officer, PP Sherpas Ltd

“It takes the global reputation of the FT to be able to attract the high caliber of speakers/superstars to a conference.” Master, The Worshipful Company of Farmers

“Stimulating range of agrochemical research & development linked to changing cultures and environments.” Quality & Regulatory Affairs Director, CPUK

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


Full Overview

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.


The FT Global Food Systems Story

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

  • 8:00am
    Registration and tea & coffee
  • 9:00am
    FT Chair’s opening remarks
  • 9:05am
    Summit Keynote interview
  • 9:25am
    Opening Panel: Food Security

    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
    Shari Rogge-Fidler, CEO, Family Farms Group (US) 
    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

    Moderated by Clive Cookson, Science Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:10am
    Keynote conversation: The Future of Food & Farming

    Judith Batchelar, Director of Brand, Sainsbury’s

    In conversation with Clive Cookson, Science Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:30am
    Fireside 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 

  • 10:50am
    Circular Dialogues

    An opportunity for delegates to discuss and reflect on what they've heard on stage in small groups, joined by journalists and speakers.

  • 11:10am
    Tea and Coffee break
  • 11:30am
    Panel: 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.

    Han de Groot, CEO, Rainforest Alliance 

  • 12:00pm
    Field report: What can blockchain do for the agri-food industry?
  • 12:10pm
    Field report: Food, Planet, Health
  • 12:20pm
    Field Guide: Reducing Food Waste

    Hayley Conick, MD, Too Good To Go (UK)

  • 12:30pm
    Reducing 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 

  • 1:00pm
  • 2:15pm
    How to...Fish for Food
  • 2:30pm
    How to...
  • 2:40pm
    Keynote Conversation: Halving childhood obesity by 2030

    Inspiring retailers, food and drinks companies to do more through leading by example. 

  • 3:10pm
    Tea and coffee break
  • 3:30pm
    Keynote interview

    Peder Tuborgh, CEO, Arla Foods

  • 3:50pm
    Keynote Address
  • 3:50pm
    Industry spotlight
  • 4:00pm
    Panel: Just F***ing Stop It!

    A panel to showcase examples of corporate activism in action with a discussion around leading by example & pulling together to precipitate radical shifts and transformation
    Kath Dalmeny, CEO, Sustain
    Izzy Warren, Environmental activist, School Strike 4 Climate movement 
    Farhana Yamin, Climate change lawyer and Extinction Rebellion activist

    Moderated by Clive Cookson, Science Editor, Financial Times

  • 4:20pm
    Policy Keynote Interview: National Food Strategy

    Henry Dimbleby, Lead Non Executive Director, Defra and co-founder, Leon restaurants 

  • 4:40pm
    Agri-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: Gilad Gershon, CEO, Tropic Biosciences
    16.50 - Showcase Two
    17:00 - Showcase Three

  • 5:10pm
    Keynote Address
  • 5:30pm
    Closing remarks, followed by networking drinks

    Clive Cookson, Science Editor, Financial Times

Keynote Speakers (3)

Judith  Batchelar OBE

Judith Batchelar OBE

Head of Brand

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

Henry Dimbleby

Lead Non-Executive Director
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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.

Peder Tuborgh

Peder Tuborgh

Arla Foods

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.

Speakers (9)

Helen  Browning

Helen Browning

Soil Association

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.

Kath Dalmeny

Kath Dalmeny


Kath Dalmeny 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, farming and fishing and developing the Campaign for a Better Food Britain. During 2018 she became a Commissioner for the RSA's Food, Farming and Countryside Commission, after having served on the steering group that led to its establishment.

Gilad Gershon

Gilad Gershon

Tropic Biosciences

Mr. Gershon is an experienced AgriTech entrepreneur and venture capital investor, including at Pontifax Global Food and Agricultural Technology Fund and Grovepoint Capital. He is a former Navy Ship Commander in the Israel Defense Forces (Ret. Lieutenant Colonel), and holds a Bs.C. in Industrial Engineering (with Honors) from Tel Aviv University and an MBA (with Honors) from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

John Ingram

John Ingram

Director, Food Systems Group, Environmental Change Institute
Oxford University

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.

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).

Emily  Norton

Emily Norton

J Norton & Sons

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.

Graham  Ramsbottom

Graham Ramsbottom

Chief Executive Officer
Wheatsheaf Group

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.

Shari  Rogge-Fidler

Shari Rogge-Fidler

Family Farms

Shari Rogge-Fidler is 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 distinct 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. These experiences uniquely positioned her to take the CEO role at Family Farms in 2018.

Shari attained her Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School, preceded by her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis in International Finance, from the 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 and The Nature Conservancy.

 Izzy  Warren

Izzy Warren

Environmental Activist
School Strike 4 Climate

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


Chair (1)

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.

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.

Who's involved?
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


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.


Presented By (1)

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 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
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Associate Sponsors (1)

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

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

In Association With (1)

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.


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