About Future Food Asia 2024
Future Food Asia (FFA) is back for the 8th edition in Singapore on 15-16 May with more in-person debates and insights to address The Great Reshuffle we are seeing in the agrifood industry in terms of innovation and investment priorities.
Whilst transitioning towards low-carbon agrifood systems, certain crucial aspects of food, such as nutrition have been sidelined as carbon emission reduction has been the rallying cry of most stakeholders. The Great Reshuffle is also an opportunity for the sector to reflect on the last decade. This year the Future Food Asia conference will focus on raising awareness around the significance of nutrition and inclusion.
Call for Applications for FFA 2024
Asia-Pacific based pre-Series A start ups are encouraged to apply for the FFA Award. At the FFA2024 in-person conference in Singapore, 10 finalists from APAC selected after an extensive assessment process by the FFA jury will showcase their innovations and compete for the US$100,000 grand prize.
In this form there is also the option and opportunity to apply for the Cargill ‘Nutrition For Tomorrow’ Award, a specific Award track that will provide the winner access to in-house Cargill expertise and capabilities to support the realisation and scalability of a solution or idea, including delivery via a funded pilot trial.
Future Food Asia 2024 Jury Panel
Dr. Colin Lim
Colin Lim is the Acting Director of the Food & Nutrition Cluster at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), where he and his team oversees the research strategy and programmes for food & nutrition at A*STAR to catalyse food innovation to deliver economic, social, health, and food resilience impact for Singapore. Prior to his current appointment, Colin was the Deputy Director of the Future Ready Food Safety Hub (FRESH), a national initiative by the A*STAR, Singapore Food Agency, and Nanyang Technological University, to build food safety research capabilities to support Singapore's food innovation ecosystem. As a passionate advocate of food innovation and public-private partnerships, Colin is committed to creating a conducive science and regulatory environment that catalyses food innovation. With over 15 years of experience in shaping R&D policy and programmes, Colin has also played an active role in the founding of two key national initiatives in Singapore: FoodInnovate and the Singapore Food Story R&D programme.
Acting Director, Food & Nutrition Cluster
Jing Yu has been the Commercial Director of Specialized Nutrition in APAC since June 2023. In this role she will be part of the Innovation and Growth team and lead the commercial organization spanning APAC for Specialized Nutrition and Supplements.
Jing took the role of Enrichment and Renewability Segment Director in CSST Greater China & Asia in May 2020. With this role, she led the development of strategic capability to capture growth opportunities in these two new segments esp. in Health & Nutrition and co-location development. She also led the Sustainability development in Greater China.
Jing studied Macromolecular Science in Fudan University for 7 years and gained both Bachelor and Master degree on it. After that she went to study in Cambridge University for 3 years on Nanotechnology as well as Industry Systems and Manufacturing Management and gained another M. Phil degree. Prior to Cargill, Jing was a strategy and management consultant in Booz & Co.
Commerical Director APAC, Specialized Nutrition, Cargill Food Solutions
Anup Jagwani is the Senior Global Sector Manager for Agribusiness and Forestry at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), at The World Bank.
In this role Anup leads the framing and implementation of the Agribusiness & Forestry sector strategy, including creating markets through new initiatives and products for Investment and Advisory projects.
Before this role, Anup was leading several areas of IFC’s climate business including Paris Alignment; sustainable finance; carbon pricing and carbon credits; climate risk, adaptation and resilience; biodiversity finance and nature-based solutions; stakeholder engagement & disclosure including TCFD and, climate related technical assistance and training programs.
Anup has spent over 20 years in IFC’s investment operations, with significant focus on agribusiness and agtech investments and his educational background is in economics and management.
Global Head, Agribusiness
IFC (International Finance Corporation)
Poh Li Goh
Poh Li Goh is the Global Category Marketing Manager of Specialized Nutrition. She oversees strategic Category Marketing initiatives to position Cargill as a relevant business and innovation partner, building strong brand and value proposition with relevant portfolio. Poh Li joined Cargill in 2017, in a Strategy Marketing Lead role, followed by being part of Strategic Growth team and Digital PMO Lead for APAC for the oils and fats business. Prior to Cargill, she held various Nutrition, Sales and Marketing roles at Totalife, Abbott Laboratories and InQpharm. Poh Li has a Bachelor in Food Science & Nutrition, Major in Marketing Management (Honours) from the University Putra Malaysia and is based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Poh Li Goh
Marta Bogdanic is the Senior Operations Officer in the Manufacturing, Agribusiness, and Services Upstream Advisory unit at IFC, based in HCMC, Vietnam. Holding a Mr. Sc. degree in international and development economics from Zagreb University, she pursued pre-doctoral studies as a Fulbright Fellow at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, focusing on the nexus between economic development and public policy making.
With a rich background in project development and implementation, Marta specializes in crafting interventions to bolster client supply chains' resilience and sustainability while mitigating climate impact, enhancing product quality, small farmers' livelihoods, and fostering gender inclusivity within value chains. In this work, ag tech solutions are implemented with small farmers to leapfrog traditional technologies and redefine how food is produced, processed, and marketed, for the benefit of IFC clients and sustainability of approaches employed.
Zaklina Marta Bogdanic
IFC (International Finance Corporation)