Speakers

  • Adam Anders

    Adam Anders

    Managing Partner, Anterra Capital

    Adam Anders is managing partner at Anterra Capital. Adam has over 15 years experience in private equity and venture capital, having entered the sector as a senior operational executive for several venture capital funded businesses. Adam has held senior roles at Rabobank including as a director of Rabobank Private Equity and the managing director of Rabo Ventures. Read more

    Prior to this Adam was with Ironbridge Capital, a Private Equity house in Sydney, Australia. Earlier in his career Adam worked as a management consultant with Bain & Co and as a commercial lawyer.

  • Jean Baptiste Bachelerie

    Jean Baptiste Bachelerie

    Managing Director, Creadev

    Jean-Baptiste Bachelerie is managing director of Creadev. Creadev is launched in 2002 and is an evergreen investment company: they believe that shareholders’ timing should match with the entrepreneur’s vision, up to an unlimited amount of time.
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    Previously, Jean-Baptiste was CEO of Avril Oilseeds Division for four years. Before he joined Avril Group he was COO for Louis Dreyfus Commodities Middle East and Africa.

  • Dick Boer

    Dick Boer

    Member Board of Directors, Nestle; former President & CEO, Ahold Delhaize

    Dick Boer is member board of directors at Nestlé and former president & CEO and chairman of the management board and executive committee of Ahold Delhaize. Prior to joining Ahold, Dick Boer spent more than 17 years in various retail positions for SHV Holdings N.V. in the Netherlands and abroad and for Unigro N.V.

  • Gilles Boumeester

    Gilles Boumeester

    Global Head Food & Agribusiness Research, Rabobank

    Gilles Boumeester is global head of Rabobank’s RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness department. Gilles manages a team of 80 people around the globe. Gilles joined Rabobank in 1997 and held several commercial management roles in Utrecht before he was appointed Regional Head of North-East Asia, based in Hong Kong, in 2007. In 2010 he returned to the Netherlands as global head F&A Coverage.

  • Rens Buchwaldt

    Rens Buchwaldt

    Member of Executive Board, Wageningen University & Research

    Rens Buchwaldt is currently a member of the executive board of Wageningen University & Research, responsible for finance, business & services. Rens Buchwaldt has extensive experience as CFO. From 2006 – 2016, he was an executive director of FloraHolland. First the position of COO and since 2014 as CFO. Before his position at Flora Holland, Rens was CFO at Royal Ahrend from 2002 – 2006. He also held financial management positions in a number of companies in various countries (USA, UK, Sweden).

  • Menno van Dijk

    Menno van Dijk

    Founder & CEO, ScaleUpNation

    Menno van Dijk is founder and CEO of ScaleUpNation. He worked over twenty years at McKinsey. During this period he has set up McKinsey’s first software business, in joint venture with Nielsen. Five years ago he started THNK, School for Creative Leadership, with offices in different countries and programs for entrepreneurs and big companies on innovation and leadership. From this ScaleUpNation arised, a growth platform for impact scale-ups in Mobility and Sustainability.

  • Mark Dijksman

    Mark Dijksman

    CEO One Up

    Mark Dijksman is CEO of oneUp. The ambition of oneUp is to be a team of innovators, focused on making businesses future proof and protect them from disruption. They do this by co-creating tech startups with their clients; from ideation to validation and from building to scaling new digital products, leveraging the latest technologies like AI and blockchain.
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    Mark had his first startup in 1998 and had several businesses after that in the Netherlands and abroad. The common denominator of all of his companies was helping his clients to stay ahead of the competition by advise on, and implementation of digital advancements. Mark challenges his clients and shows them a world where you can not only become like frontrunners as Uber and Airbnb, but be even more ambitious and become the disruptor of Uber in their sector.

  • Nicholas Fereday

    Nicholas Fereday

    Executive Director Food & Agribusiness, Rabobank

    Nicholas Fereday is executive director in Rabobank’s research department in New York, specializing in food and consumer trends. Prior to joining Rabobank,  he was a senior economist and VP sales & marketing for LMC International, an economic agri-food consultancy company. Before that he worked for the Natural Resources Institute in the UK, The Department of Agriculture in Papua New Guinea (courtesy of the Overseas Development Institute) and was also a journalist for The Economist Intelligence Unit.

  • Edith Feskens

    Edith Feskens

    Professor Global Nutrition, Wageningen University & Research

    Edith Feskens is professor Global Nutrition Wageningen University & Research. After a career at the Dutch National Institute of Public Health and the Environment, Edith joined the Division of Human Nutrition of Wageningen University in 2005. As professor of Nutrition and Metabolic Syndrome she focused on the role of diet and physical activity on cardio-metabolic disease, setting up cohorts and preventive lifestyle interventions.
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    In 2015 she took over the Chair over Nutrition and Health at Wageningen University and since then research and training is concentrated on the role of nutrients, foods and dietary patterns, is physiologically as well as public health oriented, and is targeted both at western and non-western settings.

  • Victor Friedberg

    Victor Friedberg

    Founder/ Chairman, FoodShot Global

    Victor is the founder and chairman of FoodShot Global, a new non-profit investment platform to catalyze breakthrough scientific and technological solutions that cultivate a healthier, more sustainable, and equitable food system. He is a well-known thought leader in food system innovation, investment, and sustainable global development, having cofounded S2G Ventures, a leading venture fund investing in farm-to-fork food and agriculture where he built its thesis, team and portfolio.
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    Victor was lead investor on Beyond Meat, Ripple, sweetgreen, Maple Hill Creamery, Apeel Science, Ataraxis and Lavva where he is executive chairman. He co-founded LAUNCH, the innovation accelerator funded by NASA, USAID, US State Department and NIKE. In 2016 he; was named Top 25 deal maker in consumer products by Forbes Magazine.

  • Kirk Haney

    Kirk Haney

    Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Radicle Growth

    Kirk Haney is the CEO and managing partner of Radicle Growth, a $15M accelerator fund focused on transforming the speed of innovation in agriculture. Under Kirk’s leadership, Radicle secured top tier financial and corporate investors including Finistere Ventures, $150M agtech fund, OurCrowd, $300M funding platform, Bayer Crop Science and DuPont Pioneer. Radicle is partnering with great entrepreneurs to bring disruptive innovation to market while leveraging the platform’s global network to accelerate the development of the new technologies.

  • Rens de Jong

    Rens de Jong

    Presenter / Host

    Rens de Jong is a well-known speaker, event host and moderator in the Dutch business sector. He has the ability to increase the energy and enthusiasm in the room by connecting the audience. People in the audience described him as very energetic, witty and well-prepared. In 2013, Quote magazine named Rens one of the most popular event-moderators in The Netherlands. In 2014 he was nominated for “The day’s chairman of the year”. His specializations are innovation, sustainability, entrepreneurship and human capital. All in all a great host and moderator for F&A Next.

  • Rob Leclerc

    Rob Leclerc

    Founding Partner, AgFunder

    Rob is a founding partner at AgFunder. AgFunder one of the world’s most active foodtech and agtech venture capital firms. Rob is a Forbes contributor and has also been published in TechCrunch, Harvard Business Review, Financial Post, and twice in Nature journals. Rob has been invited to chair, speak, and keynote at many global conferences on food & agriculture, technology, and fintech.
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    In 2014, Forbes Magazine named Rob to their list of ‘Up-And-Comers’, and the White House has extended special invitations to White House-sponsored events. He’s a judge for the National Ag Innovation Prize, the Verizon’s $6M IoT Award for 2015, and sits on the advisory committee of the Ag Innovation Showcase, the world’s first and longest-running AgTech conference.

  • Adrian Percy

    Adrian Percy

    Chief Technology Officer, UPL Ltd

    Adrian currently serves as the CTO of UPL Ltd, a major crop protection company that is a leader in global food systems. He also serves as a Venture Partner at Finistere Ventures LLC, a technology and life sciences venture capital investor, focused on transforming the food value chain. With more than 25 years of experience in the agricultural industry, Adrian Percy is an advocate of the need for and benefits of modern agriculture. He is also a strong proponent of the development and adoption of new agricultural and food technologies that support global food security while conserving the environment.

  • Wilco Schoonderbeek

    Wilco Schoonderbeek

    Lead Scale-Ups & Innovation, Invest NL

    Wilco Schoonderbeek is lead Scale-up & Innovation at Invest NL. For almost two decades he has supported companies manage their risks and capture their potential using technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. He has done this from many sides of the table: corporate, SME, investor or advisor. He has been active in fundraising, has been leading investment opportunities through various stages of the process, including sourcing, initial screening, due-diligence, structuring, execution, closure and portfolio management.
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    After many years of passionate work in public and private sector and a number of investments in disruptive innovations Wilco feels he is uniquely positioned to provide guidance in managing challenges and understand the profound changes that will be ushered by advances in technology.

  • Robbert de Vreede

    Robbert de Vreede

    Executive Vice President Global Foods, Unilever

    Robbert de Vreede is executive vice president Global Foods at Unilever. He describes himself as a passionate business-driven marketer with 20 years of FMCG experience, various marketing and sales roles across a variety of markets across Europe and Africa. He likes to drive change and unleash the energy inside people and businesses, by taking calculated risks so people and businesses can grow faster. He is a strong believer that multi-functional teams deliver better results.

  • David Welch

    David Welch

    Director of Science & Technology, Good Food Institute

    David Welch is the director of Science and Technology at The Good Food Institute (GFI), a nonprofit organization that promotes innovative alternatives to industrial animal meat, eggs, and dairy products. At GFI, David combines his background in plant biology and regenerative medicine to help companies and academic research institutions accelerate the development of plant-based and clean meat, eggs and dairy products.