Program 2019

Wednesday 15 May

11.00 – 12.30 Registration & Networking lunch
12.30 – 12.35 Opening by moderator Rens de Jong
12.35 – 12.45 Word of Welcome by Rens Buchwaldt, Member of the Executive Board, Wageningen University & Research
12.45 – 13.15 (Keynote) Drivers for innovation in crop & livestock farming
Update on latest developments in international crop & livestock farming
By Dirk Jan Kennes, Global Strategist Farm Inputs, Rabobank
13.15 – 13.35 (Keynote) Social and cultural dimensions of responsible innovation in food & agriculture;
early lessons from gene editing and late lessons from GM foods
Prof. Phil Macnaghten, Wageningen University & Research
13.35 – 14.00 WUR Insights: Embracing gene editing: EU versus Rest of World
How the recent ruling on gene editing by European Court of Justice may impact innovation and therefore the future of EU farming
Introduction by Prof. Dr. John vd Oost, Wageningen University & Research
14.00 – 14.30 (Panel discussion) Embracing new gene editing technologies: EU versus Rest of World
Moderator: Maarten Goossens, Principal, Anterra Capital
Panellists:
Arjen van Tunen, CEO, KeyGene
Prof. Dr. John van der Oost, Wageningen University & Research
Rick Peterson, Senior Director R&D Animal Sciences Division, Intrexon
Floris Leijdekkers, Coordinating Policy Advisor Horticulture, Ministry of Agriculture Nature and Food Quality
14.30 – 14.50 (Keynote) Syngenta on sustainable agriculture
Key note on corporate strategy, challenges and internal/ external innovation initiatives for sustainable agriculture
Erik Fyrwald, CEO Syngenta
14.50 -15.20 (Panel discussion) How to make innovation create value for farmers?
Yield improving technologies are needed to sustainably feed a growing world population. Simultaneously, consumer
demand in mature markets is fragmenting which has a different implication for primary production.
Most of the investments related to these trends and the associated risk will need to be shouldered by farmers, the
most vulnerable link in the agri supply chain. How do farmers benefit from innovation and successfully meet the
challenges of regulatory and price pressure.
Moderator: Matthijs Mondria, Head of Sustainable Business Development Rabobank
Panellists:
Damien Lepoultre, VP AgTech, Land O’Lakes
Carl Jones, Global Head of New Technologies, Bayer Crop Science
Dan Harburg, Senior Director Innovation, Indigo
Cees Jan Hollander, Global Farming Expertise Manager, Danone
15.20 – 16.00 Break
16.00 – 16.20 (Keynote) Introduction to innovation in livestock farming
Introduction to innovation in livestock farming panel discussion, related to improved health and animal welfare of livestock,
minimization of adverse environmental impact and improvement of a farmer’s quality of life
Rob Kelly,  Group President International Operations, Zoetis
16.20 – 16.50 (Panel discussion) Innovation in livestock farming
Moderator: Rob Kelly, Group President International Operations, Zoetis
Panellists:
Aidan Connolly, CEO, Cainthus
SriRaj Kantamneni, Managing Director Digital Insights, Cargill
Timothy Wallace, Sr Business Development Manager Strategy & New Business, Novozymes
Martin Scholten, Managing Director Animal Sciences Group, Wageningen University & Research
16.50 – 17.10 (Keynote) A farmers view on EU agricultural policy and embracing new technologies
Iris will share her views on the need for innovation, intensive farming and the public opinion on farming
Iris Bouwers, crop & livestock farmer, Vice President of CEJA (EU Young Farmers Association)
17.10 – 17.40 (Panel discussion) Best approach for transformation and profitable farming in Emerging Markets
A sustainable agribusiness in emerging markets is crucial to meet the requirements of their fast-growing populations,
increasing caloric intake, and shifting consumer preferences. Production in developing countries will need to
nearly double to meet long term global food demand
Moderator: Mark Kahn, Managing Partner, Omnivore
Panellists:
Matilda Ho, Managing Director, Bits x Bites
Maurice Scheepens, Investment Officer Agribusiness, Food & Water, FMO
Ranjith Mukundan, CEO and Co-Founder, Stellaps
Albert Boogaard, Head Innovation, Rabobank Foundation
17.40 – 18.30 Tomorrow’s heroes in Agtech
Showcasing seven promising startups in crop and livestock farming
Moderator: Adam Anders, Managing Partner, Anterra Capital
Expert panel
Bruno Meireles de Sousa, Venture Partner, Cargill
Ganesh Kishore, Managing Partner, Spruce Capital
Jacqui Campbell, Strategic Technology Advisor, Syngenta
Startups
1. Augmenta
2. Hectare Agritech
3. GreenLight Biosciences
4. Stable
5. Mootral
6. Ignitia
7. Root.Ai
18.30 – 19.30 Drinks
19.30 – 22.00 Conference dinner
Location: Building Atlas on Wageningen Campus

Thursday 16 May

08.00 – 09.00 StartLife breakfast session (extra-curricular)
Presenting pitches of six early stage startups from StartLife’s incubation program
Location: Orion main stage
Six early stage food & agtech startups of StartLife’s incubation program pitching their propositions
and valuing feedback from the audience. An informal way to engage with these promising startups
1. Sponsh
2. Ellipsis Earth
3. ZERO FoodWaste
4. Thelial BV
5. SAIA Agrobotics
6. Clevabit
Through short 3-minute pitches and a 3-minute Q&A with the audience, the startups will make themselves heard. Graduates of the respected StartLife Accelerate program, these startups are ready, for the first time, to present on the big stage. For you, this is a unique opportunity to engage with the runner-ups in food & agri – ahead of everyone else.
9.30 – 9.45 Opening by moderator Rens de Jong
9.45 – 10.15 An overview of European Food & Agtech by Agfunder
Agfunder will present the latest statistics on the European food & agtech ecosystem
By Louisa Burwood-Taylor, Head of Media & Research
10.15 – 10.45 (Panel discussion) Can venture capital truly drive food & ag innovation?
New technologies in the food & agriculture value chain are increasingly funded by a diverse investor base
of venture capital, strategic venture arms and impact investors all uniquely motivated to help agritech companies scale
Moderator: Sheila Struyck, Venture Partner, Shift Invest
Panellists:
Victor Friedberg, Chairman & Founder Foodshot Global
Andy Zynga, CEO EIT Food
Kim Odhner, Senior Venture Partner, New Crop Capital
Michal Drayman, Partner, Jerusalem Venture Partners
10.45 – 11.05 (Keynote) Innovation at Givaudan: the relevance of accelerator programs and why we created Mista
Givaudan, Danone, Mars and Ingredion collectively launched MISTA, a new innovation platform for the food
industry, enabling start-ups and established corporations to optimise ideas, products, people and investments.
By Alexandre Bastos, Global Director Innovation, Givaudan
11.05 – 11.45 Break
11.45 – 12.05 (Keynote) Selling out or securing future growth? Why we sold The Vegetarian Butcher to Unilever
The Vegetarian Butcher produces a broad range of plant-based meat substitutes which aim at competing
with animal meat in respect of taste, structure, perception and nutritional value
By Niko Koffeman, co-founder The Vegetarian Butcher
12.05 – 12.25 (Keynote) Implementing open innovation for sourcing of sustainable food ingredients and packaging materials
By involving partners and startups Unilever aims to drive transformation while improving the sustainability of its own agricultural raw materials.
By Robbert de Vreede, Vice President Foods & digital transformation at Unilever Benelux
12.25 -13.00 (Panel discussion) Winning where the shopper shops: the growing importance of Direct to Consumer (DTC)
Shopping for food by walking down the aisles of supermarket is increasingly replaced by a few clicks on one’s cell phone. How are retailers as well as food and beverage companies adapting to this changing environment 
Moderator: Nick Fereday, Executive Director RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness
Panellists:
Niccolo Manzoni, Founding Partner, Five Seasons Ventures
Milena Lazarevska, Head of Future Brands Origination and Investing, Sainsburys
Sebastian Sanchez, Sr Director Global innovation, Heineken
Ole Schaumberg, Country Manager (DACH), FoodSpring
13.00 – 14.15 Lunch Break
14.15- 14.45 (Key note) Mondelez’ SnackFutures disruptive approach to innovation: invent, reinvent & venture
A new innovation hub capitalizing on new trends, mobilizing the ecosystem of entrepreneurs and internal initiatives
for consumer centric growth
By Gil Horsky, Director of Innovation, Mondelez
14.35 – 15.00 SmartAgriHubs – connecting the dots to unleash the innovation potential for a digital transformation
of the European agri-food sector
SmartAgriHubs is uniting the entire European ecosystem of digital innovation players for a vital agri-food sector
producing adequate and safe food for future generations
By Sjaak Wolfert, Scientific Coordinator SmartAgriHubs
15.00 – 16.00 Tomorrow’s heroes in Foodtech
Showcasing seven promising startups in foodtech
Moderator: Adam Anders, Managing Partner, Anterra Capital
Expert panel
Andy Ziolkowski, Managing Director, Cultivian Sandbox
Michiel Kotting, Partner, NorthZone
Sabine Flechet, Director Innovation Fund, LeadX Capital
Startups
1. Phynova
2. Caterwings
3. Atlas Biomed
4. FlavorWiki
5. Ivy Farms
6. Edamam
16.00 End of program