Program 2019

Wednesday 15 May

11.00 – 12.30 Registration & Networking lunch
12.30 – 12.35 Opening by Rens de Jong, host F&A Next
12.35 – 12.45 Word of Welcome by Rens Buchwaldt, Member of the Executive Board, Wageningen University & Research
12.45 – 13.15 (Key note) Drivers for innovation in crop & livestock farming
Update on latest developments in international crop & livestock farming
Dirk Jan Kennes, Global Strategist Farm Inputs, Rabobank
13.15 – 13.35 (Key note) 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
Will the recent ruling of the European Court of Justice impact the future of EU farming because of
significant economic and environmental consequences
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
Arjen van Tunen, CEO, KeyGene
Prof. Dr. John van der Oost, Wageningen University & Research
Rick Peterson, Senior Director R&D Animal Sciences Division, Intrexon
14.30 – 14.50 (Key note) 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) Access to Farmers
The recent consolidation wave of input companies is a concern to many farmers. The farmer, being the least profitable
in the agriculture supply chain whilst absorbing most of the risk, fears control by the industry.
How should those working the land embrace new technologies when crop prices are falling
Moderator: Matthijs Mondria, Head of Sustainable Business Development Rabobank
Mark Thompson, VP Business Development Nutrien
Mark André Goeddertz, Business Development, 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 (Key note) 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
Aidan Connally, 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 (Key note) 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
Matilda Ho, Managing Director, Bits x Bites
Maurice Scheepens, Investment Officer Agribusiness, Food & Water, FMO
Ranjith Mukundan, CEO and Co-Founder, Stellaps
17.40 – 18.30 Tomorrow’s heroes in Agtech
showcasing 5-6 promising crop and livestock related startups
1. Augmenta
2. Hectare Agritech
3. Stable
4. Mootral
5. Ignitia
6. 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
Presenting pitches of six early stage startups from StartLife’s incubation program
Location: Orion main stage
Join this unique sneak preview, in which these six of StartLife’s most promising early-stage food & agtech startups will present themselves.
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
9.45 – 10.15 The state 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) Venture Capitalists as leaders in 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
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 (Key note) Alexandre Bastos, Global Director Innovation, Givaudan
Innovation at Givaudan: the relevance of accelerator programs and why Givaudan created Mista
11.05 – 11.45 Break
11.45 – 12.05 (Key note) Niko Koffeman, Co-Founder Vegetarische Slager
Selling out or securing future growth? Why we sold the Vegetarian Butcher to Unilver
12.05 – 12.25 (Key note) Robbert de Vreede, Vice President Foods & digital transformation at Unilever Benelux
Implementing open innovation for sourcing of sustainable food ingredients and packaging materials with partners and startups
By using its scale Unilever aims to drive transformation while improving the sustainability of its own agricultural raw materials.
12.25 -13.00 (Panel discussion) D2C versus Food Retail; is it only about convenience and experience?
Moderator: Nick Fereday, Executive Director RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness
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), SpringFood
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
Gil Horsky, Director of Innovation SnackFutures, Mondelez
14.45 – 15.05 Interview
15.05 – 16.00 Tomorrow’s heroes in Foodtech
showcasing 5-6 promising food tech related startups
1. Phynova
2. B2B Food Group (Caterwings)
3. Lactips
4. FlavorWiki
5. HigherSteaks
6. Locus
16.00 End of program