FUTURE FOOD

ASIA AWARD

2017

Friday, 26th May 2017

Tanglin Club, Singapore

FUTURE FOOD ASIA 2017 | KEY HIGHLIGHTS

 Future Food Asia Award 2017 welcomed 200+ delegates from across the region, focused on understanding how technology can transform the future of food.

Check out the event photographs and video below to get a sneak peak into the conference.

FUTURE FOOD ASIA AWARD | EVENT VIDEO

START-UP FINALISTS 2017

FFAA 2017 WINNER

String Bio

String Bio applies a biological conversion process to convert methane gas to single cell protein used for animal feed. String’s technology leverages advances in synthetic biology, fermentation, chemistry and process engineering to produce a reliable and cost-effective protein.

STARTUP SG GRANT WINNERS

Agrint

Agrint has built a solution aimed against any tree borers and especially the Red Palm Weevil – the most harmful and undetectable pest to Palm and Coconut trees worldwide. Agrint has developed a low-cost and low-energy unique sensor, which can be installed on any tree and transmit real-time early detection notifications.

Hands Life Science

Hands Life Science is an innovative startup in the domain of DHA production. Their technology produces DHA in a novel chemical structure that is significantly more absorbable and oxidation-stable. Production utilizes a proprietary micro-organism.

SAHC

SAHC provides e-traceability capabilities for pig farmers. Their technology optimizes productivity yield of pigs through predictive analytics, and caters to a rapidly growing market – the market size of pork in China is more than twice that of its mobile phone market.

Sophie’s Kitchen

Sophie’s Kitchen is a food tech startup using innovative ingredients and patent pending technology to make plant-based seafood alternatives. All their products are gluten free, Soy Free, Non-GMO Project verified, and Kosher. The products are currently available in 2,000 stores globally.

FFAA2017 FINALISTS

Bethesda Scientific

Bethesda Scientific has built a solution to protect rice seedlings from pests with minimal impact of the surrounding ecology. Their unique encapsulation technology allows for controlled release of the active agent over a prolonged period of time.

Biolight

Biolight manufactures veterinary medical devices that use visible light to increase productivity and immunity of livestock. The solution aims to maximize yield with minimal feed cost, feed additives and antibiotic injections.

DouxMatok

DouxMatok is a food-tech company providing targeted delivery of flavor ingredients, such as sugar and salt, enabling use of 20%-50% less of these ingredients, while retaining taste and sensory profiles with no aftertastes.

Eruvaka

Eruvaka is an aquaculture IoT company. They have developed connected devices and mobile-based decision tools for affordable monitoring and automation of aquaculture farms. This significantly reduces cultivation risk and increases feed efficiency.

FarmFriend

FarmFriend is the Uber of agricultural drone services. They have built a scheduling system to match farmers needing spraying services with drone pilots. In the long run, based on geographical and customer data collected, they aspire to become the leading platform that offers customized and specialized farming services.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS AT FUTURE FOOD ASIA AWARD 2017

Jason Clay

Senior Vice President for Markets and Food

World Wildlife Fund

Ian Pinner

President, Southeast Asia, ANZ and Global Destination Marketing

Archer Daniels Midland Company

JUDGING PANEL AT FUTURE FOOD ASIA AWARD 2017

Gérard Jacquin

Director of Partnerships, Transfer and Innovation

INRA

Dr. Ralph Graichen

Director, Food and Nutrition, Biomedical Research Council

A*STAR Singapore

Victoria de la Huerga

Vice President, ADM Ventures

Archer Daniels Midland Company

Isabelle Decitre

Founder & CEO

ID Capital Pte.

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