Announcing the co-winners of the US$ 100,000 Future Food Asia 2021 Award, the winner of the Cargill Prize for Health through Nutrition, and the co-winners of the Thai Wah Circular Bio-Economy Prize

  • Singapore-based Allozymes and Hong Kong-based Senior Deli were announced as co-winners at Future Food Asia 2021 and will receive US$ 100,000 each.
  • Singapore-based A.I. food fingerprinting technology start-up ProfilePrint was awarded the Cargill Prize for Health Through Nutrition.
  • Korea-based food upcycling start-up REharvest and US & China-based waste-to-packaging start-up Mi Terro were both awarded the Thai Wah Circular Bio-Economy Prize.

 

Singapore, June 11, 2021

For immediate release

 

The Future Food Asia (FFA) conference was hosted from June 7-11, convening executives from leading corporations, emerging entrepreneurs, key investors, sector experts and many other agrifood industry stakeholders.

The conference this year carried the theme of ‘Agrifoodtech 2.0’, a celebratory sign as innovation in this space reaches a new stage of maturity. It was thus natural to join forces with industry leaders to award 5 outstanding startups.

The awards competition saw a 24% increase in number of applicants this year, coming from 17 different countries. The 10 shortlisted start-up finalists pitched their innovations to a live global audience of over 550 industry stakeholders.

 

Cargill Prize for Health Through Nutrition awarded to ProfilePrint (Singapore)

With a wealth of innovations addressing critical aspects of how our food is produced, and notably new alternative protein propositions, more than ever nutrition needs to remain a compass to navigate strategic as well as personal decisions. Therefore, in line with its commitment to nourishing the world in a safe, sustainable and responsible way, FFA 2021 Title Partner Cargill has decided to award ProfilePrint its Prize for Health Through Nutrition. The prize will provide ProfilePrint the opportunity to deploy their patented A.I. food fingerprinting technology in one of Cargill’s key business units. The start-up will also get access to Cargill’s in-house experts who will help ProfilePrint on their journey of expansion into new products and markets.

ProfilePrint synthesizes complex sensory data into a single digital fingerprint which predicts the quality profile of a food sample within seconds. It combines metabolomics, artificial intelligence and sensor technologies and has commercialized the solution via a cloud-based platform with a portable analyser. The company is addressing the challenge of flavor assessment to help improve consistency across the food supply chain as it remains inaccurate, inefficient and costly.

“We were impressed by all the innovative solutions being built by the start-ups we interacted with as part of the competition. It is great to see so many dedicated entrepreneurs bringing to market solutions that help improve the overall wellbeing of our society. ProfilePrint’s technology enables us to optimize the nutritional value of our portfolio of ingredients without compromising on taste and quality. Both these metrics are key in ensuring consumer and customer acceptance. Cargill is keen to leverage ProfilePrint to take the connection between nutrition and health to the next level,” said Marcel Smits, Chairman of Cargill Asia Pacific and Global Head of Corporate Strategy.

 

 

Thai Wah Circular Bio-Economy Prize awarded to REharvest (South Korea) and Mi Terro (US and China)

Thai Wah recognizes that the mission of ensuring our planet thrives for future generations can only be accomplished by bringing together like-minded partners to build a better future. Thai Wah decided to award two start-ups REharvest and Mi Terro the Circular Bio-Economy Prize. REharvest transforms by-products from beer and shikhye (traditional Korean drink) production into flour and other products with higher nutritional profile. Mi Terro repurposes plant-based agricultural waste to manufacture single-use plastic-alternative packaging materials.

REharvest and Mi Terro will receive full support for their application development at Thai Wah’s innovation lab as well as pilot trial implementation within the Thai Wah global ecosystem.  They will also get assistance in executing their go-to-market strategy upon product validation. The prize demonstrates Thai Wah’s commitment and passion to create useful and high value future bioproducts from biomaterials with positive impact for Our Consumers, Our People, and Our Planet.

“We are really excited and honored, together with our partners Future Food Asia, to award this inaugural prize to REharvest and Mi Terro.  During the course of the selection process we managed to spend time with these entrepreneurs and are inspired by their creativity, innovation, and dedication. Agriculture and food innovation is a continuous journey and we are thrilled to partner them in their next lap going forward,” said Ho Ren Hua, CEO of Thai Wah Public Company Limited.

 

Allozymes (Singapore) and Senior Deli (Hong Kong SAR, China) were announced as co-winners of the Future Food Asia Award

As for the selection of the winner for the Future Food Asia Award, the assessment was carried out by the jury made up of: Dr. Ralph Graichen, Senior Director of Food & Consumer Cluster at Agency for Science, Technology and Research’s (A*STAR) Biomedical Research Council; Xiuling Guo, Managing Director, Cargill Global Edible Oil Solutions, Asia; Francesca Kleemans, Managing Director, Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate, Asia; and Isabelle Decitre, Founder and CEO of ID Capital.

With a focus on disruptive solutions to overcome the hurdles on the path to a more sustainable food future in Asia Pacific, the jury named Allozymes and Senior Deli as co-winners of the 2021 Future Food Asia Award. Allozymes applies its proprietary microfluidics technology to develop custom-designed enzymes for cleaner and sustainable manufacturing of complex natural products. Senior Deli has developed proprietary food engineering technologies to produce leading products including thickener, food softener, food gellant & pre-packed soft meals for the elderly and those who have dysphagia.

Allozymes and Senior Deli will receive US$100,000 each as part of the Future Food Asia Award. This was the first instance of an announcement of co-winners at Future Food Asia, a testament to the quality of the start-up finalists and overall maturity of the agrifoodtech sector.

“The Allozymes team is thrilled to be a joint-winner of the Future Food Asia Award and for our enzyme engineering platform to be recognised as a powerful technology for delivering sustainably produced natural ingredients at scale,” said Peyman Salehian, PhD, CEO of Allozymes.

“The Senior Deli team is elated to be a joint-winner of Future Food Asia 2021 Award. We will continue in our endeavour of developing the best products for the elderly and those in need, at an affordable price for carers and institutions,” said Raymond Chau co-founder & CEO of Senior Deli.

“This exceptional cohort is a tribute to entrepreneurial ingenuity. My jury fellows and I chose to reward two very different startups, a sign that agrifoodtech has matured into a rich and diverse sector. Allozymes has developed a powerful enabling technology platform that can serve a range of industries, evidencing the convergence between foodtech and other fields of science. It’s a real booster for the entire synthetic biology sector and a significant contribution to a more circular economy. Senior Deli is here to remind us that healthy ageing starts with healthy eating, which a growing part of the elderly population struggles with. Thanks to their proprietary suite of technologies combined with impeccable execution skills they are primed to make a difference in that space. We are delighted to welcome both teams to the FFA family,” said Isabelle Decitre, Founder and CEO of ID Capital.

 

Future Food Asia 2021 has been made possible by the continued support from our partners: Cargill, one of the world’s largest agricultural commodity traders and food processors; Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore’s lead public research agency; Thai Wah, the regional leader in plant based food products, a pioneer in Thailand for starch, vermicelli and noodles; Dole Sunshine Company, one of the world’s largest producers and marketers of high-quality packaged and fresh fruit; HaoShi Foundation, a non-profit organization, which focus on fostering agrifood start-ups growth through innovative approaches with international perspective; Bühler Group, the leading global technology supplier to the food processing industry; and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), the lead government agency responsible for strategies that enhance Singapore’s position as a global centre for business, innovation and talent.

More details on the conference are available at https://futurefoodasia.com/ffa2021/.

 

 

Overview of the Start-up Winners

 

Allozymes (Singapore)

Allozymes applies its proprietary microfluidics technology to develop custom-designed enzymes for cleaner and sustainable manufacturing of complex natural products. Allozymes’ interdisciplinary innovation enables 10x faster enzyme engineering with 200X higher chance of success compared to the robotics which enables breakthrough development in a wide range of industries.

 

Senior Deli (Hong Kong SAR, China)

With the mission to provide quality care and promote healthy lifestyles for the elderly, Senior Deli specializes in various aspects of holistic healthcare, including food engineering, biotechnology & product development. Our proprietary technologies have obtained utility patents, and our leading R&D products include thickener, food softener, food gellant & pre-packed soft meals for people who have dysphagia (swallowing difficulties).

 

ProfilePrint (Singapore)

Founded in 2017, ProfilePrint is an agri-food tech start-up funded by international venture funds, the Singapore government as well as strategic investors. ProfilePrint is the world’s first to have developed and patented an A.I. food fingerprint technology, empowering users to rapidly search and ascertain taste profile, quality as well as other characteristics of food ingredient online.

 

REharvest (South Korea)

REharvest Co., LTD. is Korea’s first food-upcycling company that repurposes by-products from beer and shikhye (traditional Korean drink), amongst others. These by-products are transformed into flour, pasta, pizza dough, granola bars, cereals and puffs with a higher nutritional profile than existing products on the market through the use of Re:Harvest’s unique patent pending technology.

 

Mi Terro (US and China)

Mi Terro is the world’s first advanced material company that partners with food companies and farmers to create home compostable, single-use plastic-alternative packaging materials made from plant-based agricultural waste – this is a first-of-its-kind approach. We are not turning agricultural waste into beverage or snack like other companies. Instead, we are giving plant-based agricultural waste a new life by repurposing it to replace single-use plastic and paper-based materials and giving additional incomes to farmers all around the world.

 

About ID Capital

ID Capital is an investment company headquartered in Singapore specialized in the domain of AgriTech and FoodTech in the Asia-Pacific region. ID Capital is a pioneer in the agrifood sector in Asia-Pacific and has contributed effort and capital in also catalyzing the ecosystem in the region through its Future Food Asia platform launched in 2016. Its thesis is built on the fact that in this growing vertical, Asia-Pacific is the nexus between high growth and high stakes. ID Capital is also an Appointed Partner for start-up SG Equity for the AgriFoodTech sector.

For further enquiries please write to [email protected]

 

About Cargill

Cargill’s 155,000 employees across 70 countries work relentlessly to achieve our purpose of nourishing the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. Every day, we connect farmers with markets, customers with ingredients, and people and animals with the food they need to thrive. We combine 155 years of experience with new technologies and insights to serve as a trusted partner for food, agriculture, financial and industrial customers in more than 125 countries. Side-by-side, we are building a stronger, sustainable future for agriculture.

 

About the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is Singapore’s lead public sector R&D agency. Through open innovation, we collaborate with our partners in both the public and private sectors to benefit the economy and society. As a Science and Technology Organisation, A*STAR bridges the gap between academia and industry. Our research creates economic growth and jobs for Singapore, and enhances lives by improving societal outcomes in healthcare, urban living, and sustainability. A*STAR plays a key role in nurturing scientific talent and leaders for the wider research community and industry. A*STAR’s R&D activities span biomedical sciences to physical sciences and engineering, with research entities primarily located in Biopolis and Fusionopolis. For ongoing news, visit www.a-star.edu.sg.

 

About Thai Wah

Driven by our core purpose to build better lives for the global consumers, we relentlessly seek to create innovation and sustainability from Farm to Shelf better every day. With a global reach to over 25 countries around the world, building a positive impact for stakeholder communities across all aspects of our value chain from farm, sourcing, manufacturing, supply chain and delivery is our priority.  Our initiatives include community model organic farming projects to promote sustainable farming practices, usage of clean and renewable energy at our factories, and ensuring highest standards of food safety, quality and environment and health standards for our customers.  As agriculture and food is SEA’s most important exports and key to sustainable economic development, we are committed to creating shared value every step of the way and we will always strive to do better and do more. More information at www.thaiwah.com

 

Dr. Yuchu Zhang

Pronounced as: Youchew
My Role at Cargill:  APAC regional R&D lead, CPAE R&D lead

My Professional Experience

I worked for a number of global food and food ingredient companies in technical innovation and product development in North America, Europe and Asia for more than 20 years. I have a Master’s and Doctoral degrees in food science & nutrition, specialized in nutritional composition in plants, beverage processing and the development of healthy ingredients and food. I lived in China, UK, US, France, Singapore and worked extensively in South East Asian countries. The experience enriched my understanding of diverse cultures, motivations and market needs. I am most known for my innovative spirit and authentic leadership style. I joined Cargill R&D in Jan 2021 and am based in Shanghai, China, with my family of four. I am responsible for Cargill’s APAC R&D team in Food Ingredient business. My team develops new ingredients and processes for the manufacturing of starch, sugar substitute, vegetable protein, oil and fat products. My team also co-creates solutions with our customers in our innovation centers and labs across China, SG, India, and SouthEast Asia. On my role as R&D lead for Cargill Protein Asia and Europe, I have teams in in China, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Japan and across Europe.  

Motivation

Unlock R&D’s potential as an Innovation engine for business

Work experience

November 2020 – Current
Vice President, Cargill Protein Asia & Europe, Regional R&D leader, APAC

November 2017 – October 2020
Development director, Royal FrieslandCampina, Consumer Dairy Asia

August 2012 – April 2016
R&D director, WhiteWave Foods (acquired by Danone North America from June 2016)

January 2006 – January 2011
Senior R&D manager, Technical Innovation, Diageo North America

April 2004 – Dec 2006
Project Lead, Beverage Group, Nestle Research & Development Center,OH, USA

Education

PhD Food Science & Nutrition, The Ohio State University, 2004 MSC.

Food Production & Management, Nottingham University, 1999

BS. Chemistry, East China Normal University, 1996

What I am proud of

Brought many innovative consumer products to the market for household global and regional brands Developed technologies that elevated industry standards and improved consumer benefits Enabled R&D teams with capability development and motivated them with business results and career opportunities Built teams that are considered critical and innovation engines for business  

Jenny Xin Li

Senior Regulatory Counselor

Business Address: The Bund Center, 222 Yan’an Dong Lu, Shanghai, 200002, China Keller and Heckman LLP

Telephone No.: +86 21 6335 1000

Email: [email protected]

My Professional Experience

Jenny has a depth of experience handling food, beverage, and agriculture regulatory compliance issues throughout the product’s life cycle, from product composition, labeling, advertising, to product approval, import/export and post-market obligations. She provides day-to-day counseling on food regulatory requirements and helps identify and address the regulatory challenges clients face as well as anticipate and adapt to the future regulatory and policy trends and changes for clients’ business success. She works extensively on issues in China and other jurisdictions across the Asia-Pacific region.

She plays a key role in the establishment and growth of the firm’s food law team in Shanghai. She is also active in serving the food community such as American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai to contribute her food law expertise.

Education: University of California, Berkeley Law (LL.M., 2017), Shanghai Jiaotong University, Koguan Law School (Mater of Laws, 2008), Henan University School of Law (Bachelor of Laws, 2005)

Jim Thomason

Company Name
Planet Labs

Jim Thomason is VP of Imagery & Analytics Products at Planet, where he oversees a world-class team building innovative imagery and data solutions that make global change visible, accessible, and actionable. He joined Planet over 5 years ago and has worked closely with hundreds of customers in agriculture, government, finance, insurance, and beyond – bringing their needs to the center of Planet’s mission and product strategy. Prior to Planet, Jim has built his career managing high functioning technical teams to deliver market-making data products with companies like Cisco and Schneider Electric.

Francesca Kleemans

Francesca 在可可和巧克力行业已有 20 年的经验,现任嘉吉可可和巧克力事
业部亚太区董事总经理。
在此之前,她是嘉吉可可产品线的全球总监,负责该产品线在全球的战略规
划及发展。Francesca 热衷于为客户创造价值,并于他们一起成长。她认为可
可和巧克力在亚洲的未来发展,在保证产品质量的基础上,将愈发着重于为
消费者带来口感上的创新以及与上游可可种植农户的可持续发展合作。
Francesca 来自意大利,她与她的丈夫携 3 个子女于 2020 年举家搬迁至新加
坡。他们非常享受新加坡跨种族跨文化的环境以及这里的各种当地美食。

My Professional Experience

Francesca Kleemans is the Managing Director for
Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate Asia Pacific and has
worked in the cocoa and chocolate industry for
almost two decades.
In her previous role with Cargill, Francesca was
the Global Director for the cocoa product lines and
was responsible for driving global growth through
optimizing capabilities and generating synergies
for customers. Francesca is known for her play-towin mindset and her passion to create differentiated value that helps customers thrive.
Building on a foundation of uncompromising product quality, she believes that the future
of cocoa and chocolate in Asia is about sensory innovation to excite consumers and
robust sustainability to enable farmers for generations to come.
Originally from Italy, Francesca relocated to Singapore in 2020 with her husband and
three children. Together, they are enjoying Singapore’s melting pot of people and food
flavors.

Walter Ge

Walter Ge is the Founding Partner of Green Startups Accelerator and Green Leaf Ventures, the first impact fund on mainland China focusing on investing green startups. 

Walter became involved in the venture building in 2010 and started the “Green Startups Accelerator”, the pioneer platform for green innovation and entrepreneurship on mainland China via its hybrid model of “acceleration + impact investing” in 2013. It helps early startups with an environmental intent to overcome survival barriers and to sustain development. For the last 10 years, it has supported 300 green startups. 

Walter worked as cleantech specialist for Asian Development Bank to build the cleantech eco-system on mainland China between 2016-2018. He also leads the team in analyzing green industry trends and green market growth for climate compatible technologies and investment potentials for policy makers and investors.

In 2019,Walter launched the first impact fund to green startups on mainland China, the Green Leaf Ventures (GLV). The GLV focuses on investing agri-tech startups to combat the interlinked challenge of climate change, food security and sustainability and to lead the impact investing towards agriculture on mainland China.  

Walter holds an EMBA degree at HKUST and an MA degree at Beijing Normal University. 

Xiangliang Lin

CEO Esco Aster Pte Ltd

My Professional Experience

XL Lin graduated with a Bachelor of Sciences from the University of Sydney, joining the family business upon
graduating. He started the Esco Group of Companies’ Healthcare division from beginning to end as a “Discovery to
Delivery” platform establishing its global partners and factories in USA, UK, Taiwan, Singapore/Indonesia.
He conceptualized as the overall systems architect the commercial chemical small molecule, biomanufacturing
large molecules including advanced therapeutic medicinal products tools platforms as well as overseeing detailed
engineering production and final quality control & assurance.
Overall conceptual designs merged multi-disciplinary manufacturing technologies with science and cross
disciplinary engineering from chemical to bioprocess, mechanical, electrical & controls instrument engineering as
well as cGMP Regulatory and cGMP Compliance.
In 2017, upon developing various commercial manufacturing platforms, providing translational process
development, commercial life science manufacturing tools and consultation for MNCs as well as start-up clients for
the past 10 years, XL spun off the continuous bio & chemical manufacturing technologies into an independent
contract development and manufacturing organization Esco Aster Pte Ltd. Its vision; to help Singapore translate
her assets bridging the translation gap from lab bench to bedside. In addition, to neighboring, developing and
countries new to these modalities with self-sufficiency to produce autologous & allogeneic cell-, gene- therapy,
vaccines and biosimilars/biobetters with the main focus on highest yield at the lowest cost with linearly scalable
quality.

Vandana DHAUL

Chief Operating Officer

Vandana brings experience in entrepreneurship, innovation, investment and agrifood tech accelerator management and has worked in India and Singapore.

 

She began her career in financial services and has 10 years of relationship management and investment advisory experience across multinational banks. After her own successful startup journey, she led the design and delivery of entrepreneurship training programs at a leading VC in Singapore.

 

Most recently, she has been instrumental in the establishment of Southeast Asia’s first impact focused agrifood tech accelerator GROW, in partnership with AgFunder.

 

Vandana is a qualified CFA, holds a certificate in Agriculture Technology and has completed a strategy program at INSEAD. She is actively engaged in building capabilities to support growth in the Singapore and ASEAN agri food ecosystem.

XinYi Lim

My Professional Experience

XinYi Lim is Executive Director, Sustainability and Agricultural Impact at Pinduoduo. She is responsible for Pinduoduo’s international corporate strategy efforts and innovation in sustainability and agri-tech. Before joining Pinduoduo in late 2018, she worked for Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, GIC, in both its Singapore and New York offices as a technology and media analyst in its Public Equities division. Xin Yi holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oxford and a Master’s degree from Harvard University.

Maya Hari

Which country will you likely be dialing in from?
Singapore  

Maya is a global leader and seasoned C-suite executive in high growth digital and technology
companies. Her career has spanned two decades and 3 continents focused on mobile,
consumer and social businesses at companies such as Twitter, Google, Microsoft and Cisco.
She has also successfully spearheaded digital transformation at Samsung & Conde Nast.
She brings together a passion for high growth technology and sustainability as a CEO,
investor and board director.
She serves as the CEO of a climate-tech company Terrascope, a global Enterprise SaaS
company backed by Olam ventures aimed at helping large enterprises on their Net Zero
decarbonization journey.

Prior to Terrascope, Maya spent 7 years at Twitter in a variety of roles including VP of Global strategy as well as Managing
Director of Twitter’s Asia Pacific business. Over her career, Maya has built and led diverse organizations marrying cultural
contexts having worked and lived in the US, France, India and Singapore. She brings deep expertise scaling businesses
globally including key markets such as US, China, Latin America, India & SE.Asia.
She serves as a board member of ASX listed edu-tech company OpenLearning where she oversaw their IPO journey, as
well as Asia’s leading Insurtech venture Aviva Singlife Holdings as Independent Director and Chair of the Digital &
Technology Committee. She is an avid angel investor in technology and sustainability and is a key member of the
ecosystem via networks such as XA, TiE and YPO.
Maya is passionate about inclusion in the workplace, globalization and sustainability.
Some of her views & efforts in this area can be found below:
Observations on Managing Women
Emotional Inclusion Podcast
TED.com-Power of One (Sustainability)
Maya has an MBA from INSEAD in France and an MS in Engineering from the United States.
She is an avid hiker, art collector, architecture & design enthusiast and an urban farmer.

Timo Recker

Co-Founder & Chairman, Next Gen
Company Name
Next Gen Foods 

Timo Recker is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Next Gen,
a Singapore-based food tech company that’s harnessing the
power of plant proteins to create the most delicious and
satisfying food imaginable.
A serial entrepreneur, Timo comes from a life-time background in the food space. Through
these ventures, he met co-founder, Andre Menezes, and the two jointly established Next
Gen in Singapore, sourcing a team of leaders in the plant-based space.
Previously, Timo was the founder and CEO of German plant- based meat company, LikeMeat.
He was responsible for the successful conceptualization, growth, and expansion of the brand
into ten European countries, with products sold through 15,000 supermarkets, ultimately
leading to the company’s acquisition by the global plant-based food company, LIVEKINDLY,
Co., in 2020.
Prior to LikeMeat, Timo worked for his family’s meat processing company, one of the leading
businesses of its type in Germany. It was through this work he became motivated to create
a company and products that would leave a better mark on the world — healthier, more
sustainable, and less destructive. And that is exactly what he has done, twice now. Timo is a
steadfast believer in the power of plants to create a better future for this generation and for
those in the years to come.

Michal Drayman

Venture Partner, JVP: 2021 – Current

Managed full deal processes from selection to due diligence, to deal structure, currently active
Board member, Innovopro, Greeneye, Agrint, Kinoko-Tech, cultivating fundraising and growth
strategy

Partner, JVP: 2014-April 2021

  • Partner & Chief Financial Officer (2014-2018), responsible for all financial and investor
    reports, due diligence, and compliance by team. Led full execution of public positions in Cyber
    Ark, bringing $550M to investors through sophisticated financial tools.
    ▪ Active member on the investment and deal flow teams
    ▪ Managed full deal processes from selection to due diligence, to deal structure, currently active
    Board member, InnovoPro, Greeneye, Agrint, Kinoko-Tech, cultivating fundraising and growth
    strategy
    ▪ Established and secured private and public funding for food-tech ecosystem in the Galilee,
    managing 20 municipal stakeholders, 4 R&D centers, academia, international strategic partners,
    and investors
    ▪ Active lead position in fund management, including hiring and supervision of staff.

Corporate Budget Controller (FP&A Director) Lumenis Inc Santa Clara, CA

  • 2001-2002
    ▪ Responsible for design and implementation of a global budget system (Pillar,
    Hyperion) for Lumenis after the merger with CMG (Coherent Inc Medical division).
    o The company’s revenues in 2001-2002 were over $300M, with the Americas
    region revenue representing about 50% of global revenues.

EDUCATION

M.B.A., 2010 – 2012
  •  Graduated with honors
    • The College of Management, Rhishon Letzion, Israel
    • Biomedical Management Track
    • B.A., Economic & Accounting 1993-1997
    • Haifa University, Israel
CFO & VP Business Development, European High-Tech Capital, Investment Firm
2005 – 2014

▪ Senior officer in a privately held (By Dr. Shimon Eckhouse) investment firm
focused on healthcare, invests across the entire spectrum of medical devices &
biotechnology
▪ Holds executive positions in several Shimon Eckhouse portfolio’s companies
(CFO, VP Bus Dev, etc.)
▪ Works on multiple deals and across all stages of investment including deal
generation, due diligence, deal structure/negotiation, legal documentation
▪ Works closely with portfolio companies and supports with fund raising, financial
planning and budgeting, legal activity, M&A and strategic investment
▪ Coordinates and supervises the management of the Eckhouse family estate,
comprehensive financial oversight of all liquid financial assets; works closely
with multiple significant global banks and investment firms


VP Finance, America, Lumenis Inc Santa Clara, CA
2001-2004


▪ Responsible for coordinating, administering and controlling financial operations for
the America’s region; managed a team of about 40 employees, directly reporting to the
CFO and CEO.
▪ Re-engineering and implementation of a new US finance organization after the merger
with CMG (Coherent Inc Medical division).Responsible for sales operations (including order admin and customer relation dept.)
▪ Involved in developing, modifying, and executing company policies which affect
immediate operations with company-wide effects.
▪ Supporting the region’s business management with all financial aspects of legal
contract review and new contractual obligations.
▪ Lead a cross organization project (“quote to cash”) that significantly improved the
regions ability to execute efficiently the sales processing, to enhance relationship with
customers and cash collection.
▪ Project leader for global Revenue Data Warehouse implementation and design.

Lumenis Ltd, Yokneam Israel (formerly known as ESC Medical Systems Ltd.)

  • 1994-2001
    ▪ Held several financial positions such as Controller and Financial assistant to the CFO;
    responsibilities included:
    ▪ SEC reporting.
    ▪ Composing annual reports, quarterly reports to shareholders, press releases and analyst
    presentation
    ▪ Managing of the company Option Plan
    ▪ Developed and utilized worldwide Transfer-Price study
    ▪ In charge of Company’s reporting to the US Tax authorities
    ▪ Involved in all financial aspects of company’s merger and acquisitions
    ▪ Building a company revenue recognition policy
    ▪ Payroll and benefits manger
    ▪ Contributed to compilation of 2 public offerings of the Company

Dr. Paul Wood

My Professional Experience

Professor Paul Wood AO has led R&D teams from CSIRO, CSL and Pfizer Animal Health (now Zoetis) and was Deputy-Director of the Vaccine Technology CRC. He brought several innovative products to the market, receiving recognition for his work to invent a new diagnostic test for Tuberculosis, including the CSIRO Medal, the Clunies Ross award and made an Officer in the Order of Australia. Paul is the Chair of the Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines and an Insect farming start-up, on the Boards of Dairy Australia and ATSE and currently an Adjunct Professor at Monash University.

Nanqing Jiang

Dr Jiang Nanqing, Secretary-General, Committee of Green Circular and Inclusive Development of All-China Environment Federation (CGCI-ACEF)

My Professional Experience

She works on carbon digital platform to standardize the carbon reduction of consumers and business as the president of a start-up, and the Committee focuses on circular economy and carbon reduction through standards and internet.

She holds PhD in Ecology, worked 10 years at UNEP China (2008-2018), 2 years Secretary General role of China Plastics Reuse and Recycling Association (CPRRA) (2018-2020). She took efforts in taking the recycling sector of China to be align with branding companies and upstream of polymer companies for close loop. She serves the consultant of EU-China Environmental Policy and Circular Economy Dialogue, ADB, World Bank, WWF International on Plastics projects and report. She was invited by China Delegation to WTO to attend first WTO event on plastic pollution, and EU to attend EU Circular Economy. She is member of P&G Sustainable Development Committee and several charity foundations in China.

Jian Yi

Founder & President, the Good Food Fund, CBCGDF

My Professional Experience

Jian Yi is an internationally acclaimed filmmaker and founding president of the Good Food Fund, under the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF) in Beijing, China. He is a Yale World Fellow, an India-China Fellow, and an Asian Cultural Council grantee. Jian’s films have won international awards and been shown around the globe. He led the Good Food Fund to be a leading voice for food systems transformation in China. Its Mama’s Kitchen initiative was named one of the ten global Top Visionaries by the Rockefeller Foundation. Jian served on the core leadership team of Action Track 2 of the United Nations Food Systems Summit in 2021. Jian earned masters degrees from the Beijing Broadcasting Institute and the University of Notre Dame, where he received a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2015. He is currently earning his MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School and is a Mason Fellow and a Gleitsman Leadership Fellow.

Zhehou Cao Resume

Education

University of Edinburgh (2016-2017)
• Master of Science (Neuroscience)
Imperial College London (2011-2015)
• Master of Engineering (Aeronautical Engineering)
• Bachelor of Engineering (Aeronautical Engineering)
Hwa Chong Institution, Singapore (2005-2010)
• Junior College
• Secondary School

Work Experience

Founder & CEO of Jimi (Current)

Jimi specializes in the research and development of Cultured Beef.

CEO of Hangzhou YS Biotechnology (2018-2021)

YS Biotech is a stem cell and regenerative medicine research company that aims to
develop world-leading stem cell-based therapy and it has built a world-class stem cell
technology platform since its founding in Feb 2018

Program Director of Global Challenges @ Zhejiang-Edinburgh Institute (2016-2017)

Global Challenges is an interdisciplinary course that draws on expertise from across the world to address not only the issues surrounding our changing world, but also question why these events have taken place and what academics can do to address them.

Yoyo Wallet (2013-2014)

Participated in marketing and promotion of European mobile payment platform Yoyo Wallet, which was founded by the VP of VISA. It received a 12-million euros investing for its Series B round in 2017.

Outstanding Awards

‘Creating The World’ Global Entrepreneurship Competition 3rd Place (2019)
As the CEO of YS Biotech, I participated in the Global Entrepreneurship Competition
organized by the City of Hangzhou, China. We emerged as the 2nd Runner-up amongst
more than more than 1000 project submissions and secured more than 17 million RMB of
funding through the competition.

Big Design Award (2014)
LiVO – Collaboration project between London Design Museum, Imperial College and
Royal College of Arts. Awarded by London Design Museum to outstanding projects.
(Modular Light Bulb)

Aeronautics Scholar (2011-2013)
Awarded by Imperial College London for academic excellence in the first two years of
undergraduate course in the aeronautics department.

Green Wave Award (2009-2010)
Created and organized in partnership with the National Environmental Agency, the
inaugural Singapore Environmental Ebook Discovery competition for primary school
students. The project was recognized by the Singapore government and given the green
wave award for the contribution my team and I have made to raise environmental
awareness in Singapore. 

Canoeing National Champion (2009)
Singapore Canoe Marathon Junior C2 21km – 1st
Asia Pacific Mathematical Olympiad for Primary School (2004)
Platinum – Top 10 in Asia Pacific

Dr. Yuchu Zhang

Pronounced as: Youchew
My Role at Cargill:  APAC regional R&D lead, CPAE R&D lead

My Professional Experience

I worked for a number of global food and food ingredient companies in technical innovation and product development in North America, Europe and Asia for more than 20 years. I have a Master’s and Doctoral degrees in food science & nutrition, specialized in nutritional composition in plants, beverage processing and the development of healthy ingredients and food. I lived in China, UK, US, France, Singapore and worked extensively in South East Asian countries. The experience enriched my understanding of diverse cultures, motivations and market needs. I am most known for my innovative spirit and authentic leadership style. I joined Cargill R&D in Jan 2021 and am based in Shanghai, China, with my family of four. I am responsible for Cargill’s APAC R&D team in Food Ingredient business. My team develops new ingredients and processes for the manufacturing of starch, sugar substitute, vegetable protein, oil and fat products. My team also co-creates solutions with our customers in our innovation centers and labs across China, SG, India, and SouthEast Asia. On my role as R&D lead for Cargill Protein Asia and Europe, I have teams in in China, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Japan and across Europe.  

Motivation

Unlock R&D’s potential as an Innovation engine for business

Work experience

November 2020 – Current
Vice President, Cargill Protein Asia & Europe, Regional R&D leader, APAC

November 2017 – October 2020
Development director, Royal FrieslandCampina, Consumer Dairy Asia

August 2012 – April 2016
R&D director, WhiteWave Foods (acquired by Danone North America from June 2016)

January 2006 – January 2011
Senior R&D manager, Technical Innovation, Diageo North America

April 2004 – Dec 2006
Project Lead, Beverage Group, Nestle Research & Development Center,OH, USA

Education

PhD Food Science & Nutrition, The Ohio State University, 2004 MSC.

Food Production & Management, Nottingham University, 1999

BS. Chemistry, East China Normal University, 1996

What I am proud of

Brought many innovative consumer products to the market for household global and regional brands Developed technologies that elevated industry standards and improved consumer benefits Enabled R&D teams with capability development and motivated them with business results and career opportunities Built teams that are considered critical and innovation engines for business