Victoria DE LA HUERGA
Vice President, Investor Relations and ADM Ventures
Archer Daniels Midland Company
Victoria de la Huerga is vice president, Investor Relations and ADM Ventures, for Archer Daniels Midland Company. In her Investor Relations role, she oversees the relationships and communications with existing and potential shareholders on ADM’s strategy and performance. In her Ventures role, she oversees ADM’s efforts to drive organic growth through internal product development, external partnerships, and investments. Prior to her current position, de la Huerga was global head of marketing and strategy for ADM’s WILD Flavors and Specialty Ingredients business unit. She has also served as head of North American beverage; head of Latin America & strategic planning; and head of North American technology and innovation for WILD Flavors. Before joining ADM, de la Huerga spent 12 years in global product development at PepsiCo where she was responsible for PepsiCo’s carbonated beverage portfolio. She also spent two years with Joseph E. Seagram & Son. De la Huerga holds a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She has also completed executive business programs at Harvard Business School and IMD. De la Huerga serves as a Co-Chair for The American Cancer Society’s Taste of Hope event for both the 2018 and 2019 event. Prior to this, she served on the Council for Taste of Hope in 2016 and 2017. In 2019, the Illinois Diversity Council recognized ADM’s Victoria de la Huerga among the organization’s annual “Power 50” at the Illinois Women’s Conference in Chicago. The Power 50 recognizes women in leadership roles in the state of Illinois.
Michael’s been looking closely at all-types of agrifood tech since 2012. He sits on the Board of the SproutX Accelerator; the Advisory Board of the Netherlands based RockStart AgriFood Tech Accelerator; and is a startup mentor at Rocket Seeder Agrifood Tech Accelerator and Hatch Aquaculture Accelerator. Michael has been interviewed on agrifood tech innovation and investment by numerous leading media outlets including Bloomberg, The Economist, The Australian Financial Review, TechIn AsiaAgri Investor and ABC Australia.
Founder & CEO
ID Capital Pte. Ltd.
Isabelle set up ID Capital in 2012 when moving to Singapore after a 20-year corporate career in the luxury industry, her last position being SVP Marketing & Communications for the Cognac brand Hennessy. After looking at several emerging sectors to invest in she realized the FoodTech & AgriTech sectors were bound for dramatic change. Future Food Asia was born mid 2016 out of the belief that challenges facing agriculture are often region-specific, and thus, the best minds to tackle these problems can be found within local teams. It aims at fostering innovation in food sustainability and multiplying investment opportunities across Asia Pacific. Today Future Food Asia is in its third year and ID Capital is has been appointed as a co-investment partner in agrifoodtech startups by SEEDS Capital, the investment arm of Enterprise Singapore. Along with her team, Isabelle scouts and reviews a few hundred agrifoodtech startups every year.
Dr. Pablo ERAT
Dr. Pablo Erat is Co-Founding Partner and director on the Board of Pioneering Ventures AG. The company focuses on transforming under-served India through industrial-scale ventures – in the agriculture and food sectors – delivering sustainable financial returns with solid governance and verifiable social and environmental impact. Before joining Pioneering Ventures, Pablo spent more than a decade helping leading corporations and start-up companies in various industries develop and implement innovative strategies. On this journey, he co-founded Executive Insight, a specialized healthcare consulting firm supporting biopharmaceutical companies to successfully prepare, launch and commercialize their products. Pablo is also a passionate triathlete who has completed 20 full distance Ironman races and became European amateur champion in long-distance triathlon. Together with his wife Lucia, he also became Swiss champion in ultramarathon cycling.
Dr. Erich ERBER
Founder & President
Erich Erber is the Founder and President of ERBER Aktiengesellschaft, an Austrian non-listed holding company, which started with three employees in 1983. Today the ERBER Group is organized in four Divisions: BIOMIN, ROMER, SANPHAR and EFB. ERBER Group has the vision to “support innovative and sustainable solutions for the safety and quality of feed and food production for a growing world population”! The 36 ERBER Group affiliates operate in more than 120 countries and are active in all major markets. With “Science – Service – Speed” in agro biotech, the four divisions provide solutions from mycotoxin risk management in feed to natural growth and health in animal husbandry and natural crop protection in fruit production. Erich Erber is a honorary senator of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna and University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. He is the past president of the Austrian Business Association in Singapore and is the Economic Ambassador of Singapore to Lower Austria and Vienna. In 2016 the Lower Austrian Governor Erwin Pröll awarded Erich Erber with the silver Commander‘s Cross (Komturkreuz) for his economic and scientific achievements. Erich Erber has been living in Asia since 1994; He plays an active role as Chairman of the Supervisory Board.
Openspace Ventures Pte Ltd
Hian Goh is Founder and Partner of Openspace Ventures (formerly NSI Ventures), a Singapore-headquartered VC focused on Series A and B investments in Southeast Asia-based technology companies. Openspace currently manages 2 funds with total committed capital of US$225M. Selected Openspace investments overseen by Hian include Chope, FinAccel, Love Bonito, Grain, Axinan & Sweet Escape.
Openspace’s inaugural fund launched in 2014 is ranked by Preqin as the 3rd best performing VC fund in Asia for its vintage. Of the 15 investments in the fund 1 portfolio, 13 have completed substantial follow on funding of over US$2.6 billion dollars. As of Dec 2018, Openspace Ventures Fund I (launched end 2014) is tracking in top 5% of VC funds globally according to Cambridge & Associates data. In 2018, Hian was a finalist for Asian VC/PE Professional of the Year as coordinated by the Asian Venture Capital Journal.
Prior to founding Openspace Ventures, Hian was the Founder of the Asian Food Channel (AFC), a 24Hour food and lifestyle Pay TV network, which was acquired by Scripps Networks in 2013. The AFC investment won the Singapore Venture Capital Association’s Best Performing Venture Capital Investment award. Hian was also the recipient of the DBS Spirit of Vision Prestige Award for Singapore entrepreneurship.
Hian began his career as an investment banker and was an early member of the Salomon Smith Barney Technology investment banking practice in Asia, (now part of Citigroup) in 1999. Hian graduated with a degree in Jurisprudence (Law) from Trinity College, Oxford, and an MBA from INSEAD. He is also a Reserve Officer with the Singapore Navy and is a Board Member of the Singapore Science Centre.
Dr. Ralph GRAICHEN
Director, Food and Consumer
Dr Ralph Graichen is currently Director, Food and Consumer at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore. He has a co-appointment as Adjunct Associate Professor with Nanyang Technological University, School of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering. In his current position with A*STAR, Ralph is working with strategic partners to administer and develop new initiatives and programmes in the research areas of food, nutrition and consumer care. Ralph is a board member of the Singapore Food Agency as well as a member of the Singapore Food Standard Committee. He is sitting on the advisory panel for the COI Complementary Health Products, Temasek Poly, advising the Food Innovation & Resource Centre at Singapore Polytechnic and multiple start-ups in the food space. Ralph has over 15 years of experience in the local and global biomedical and nutrition industry. He was previously Research Operations Manager for Abbott Nutrition in Asia, establishing the R&D infrastructure and managing the research portfolio for Asia. Prior to joining AN, Ralph was Research Director for ES Cell International, the first organization to provide clinical grade embryonic stem cell lines to the world’s research community (now a subsidiary of Bio Time Inc). Preceding ES Cell Ralph was part of the regional business development team at Roche Diagnostics Asia Pacific. Ralph graduated with a master in Biology from the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany and attained his PhD from the National University Singapore through the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology. Ralph attended the Food System Leadership Institute, a program of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Nicola is the founder of Contain Inc., an alternate finance business dedicated to indoor growers. It cuts the cost of founding or expanding an indoor farm by 80% through data-driven lease finance. Previously, she founded Indoor Ag-Con, the premier indoor agriculture event. Her company, Newbean Capital, disposed of Indoor Ag-Con to event industry professionals in 2018, marking one of the few successful exits in the young indoor agriculture industry. Nicola has spent more than 20 years in real assets investments. After spending time as a rated equity analyst at ABN Amro Hoare Govett in London, she led a team of equity analysts in Asia, achieving top 3 ratings in independent analyst rankings. In the US, she ran hedge fund portfolios at Monitor Group and managed private equity and real asset platforms for SEI Investments. A graduate with honors of Magdalen College, Oxford, where she studied politics, philosophy and economics, Nicola also holds Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst qualifications.
Head, Food and Agribusiness Sales, Asia
Swiss Re Corporate Solutions
Jeffrey Khoo is the Asia Head for Food and Agribusiness Sales at Swiss Re Corporate Solutions. He is the nominated Top Topics Expert on Food Security for Swiss Re Group. Jeffrey graduated with Honors from the National University of Singapore in Botany in 1994. Prior to joining Swiss Re, he was the Director, Agribusiness at Private Equity firm Caudex Asia. Jeffrey was previously Deputy CEO of Green Agritech International Ltd, a fertilizer manufacturer based in Suzhou, China. In 2007 he was the General Manager of Singapore Stock Exchange listed agriculture and biotechnology company, Guangzhao IFB. Jeffrey is the current Finance Chairman at the National University of Singapore Society, Adviser to the Myanmar Rice Association and former Chairman of People’s Association PMET Industry Guru Series.
Hemendra has over 23 years of experience in venture capital, private equity, management consulting and investment banking.
Hemendra in his career has invested in several early stage agritech companies and SMEs in food processing and agricultural supply chain. He is a mentor, investor and board member in many food and ag-tech start-ups working on innovations in agri-inputs, market linkages, mechanization, food nutrition and farmer financing.
Hemendra is co-founder of ThinkAg – a platform for accelerating the adoption of innovations in agriculture. He is also working as Venture Partner with Bharat Innovation Fund –investing in deep-tech start-ups across sectors. In his previous assignments; he has worked with SEAF, Yes Bank, Rabobank, KSA Technopak and ORG-MARG.
He has authored many papers on the subject and speaks regularly at conferences pertaining to food and agribusiness sector as well as start-up ecosystem. He is a management graduate from IIM (Ahmedabad) and Agricultural Engineer from Rajasthan Agricultural University.
Dr. Pam MARRONE
CEO and Founder
Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc.
Dr. Marrone is currently CEO/Founder of Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI), a company she started in 2006 to discover and develop bio-based products for pest management and plant health. On August 2, 2013, MBI listed its stock as MBII on NASDAQ. The company’s award-winning products are used in fruit, nut, vegetable and row crop markets. MBI also is also marketing Zequanox® for invasive zebra and quagga mussels. MBI has several more products in the pipeline, including a biofumigant and three bioherbicides. In January 2019, she was awarded the “Sustie” award by the Ecological Farming Association for her decades-long leadership in sustainable agriculture. In October 2014, Dr. Marrone was awarded Agrow’s “Best Manager with Strategic Vision” for her career-long leadership in biopesticides. Dr. Marrone received the NRDC’s Growing Green Award in “Business Leader” category, to recognize new pioneers in sustainable farming and food. The company received the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award and a California Department of Pesticide Regulation IPM Innovator award. Dr. Marrone founded AgraQuest in 1995 and served as its CEO, Chairman and President until March 2006. AgraQuest commercialized biopesticide products that became the biological standards for their categories. Before AgraQuest, she was founding president and business unit head for Entotech, Inc. in Davis (CA), a biopesticide subsidiary of Denmark-based Novo Nordisk. At Monsanto, she led the Insect Biology group, which was seeking alternative ways to control insect pests. She is an alumni-elected trustee of Cornell University, Treasurer of the Association for Women in Science, Board member of the Foundation for Food and Ag Research and is past-Treasurer of the Organic Farming Research Foundation. She is Founding Chair of the Bio Products Industry Alliance (BPIA), a trade association of more than 100 biopesticide and related companies. She is on the UC Davis Ag and Environmental Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council and served for many years on the Cornell University College of Ag and Life Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council. She holds several hundred patents and is in high demand to deliver keynote addresses on the future and potential of biologicals for pest management, innovation and entrepreneurship. She was elected by her peers as a Fellow of AAAS (American Assoc. for the Advancement of Science). She has a B.S. in entomology with Honors and Distinction from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in entomology from North Carolina State University.
Meiny Prins is CEO and co-owner of Priva. In this position, she was proclaimed Business Woman of the Year 2009 and received the first CleanTech Star of WNF (World Wildlife Fund) for Priva. Priva is a high-tech company that develops hardware, software and services in the field of climate control, energy saving and optimal reuse of water. Priva’s market covers the fields of horticulture, indoor and city farming, and utility buildings such as offices, retail, hotels and hospitals. With almost 500 colleagues, 16 local offices in 13 countries and over 450 international installation partners Priva delivers sustainable solutions and services in more than 100 countries. Meiny devotes a great part of her life to promoting sustainability, innovation and internationalization. She is a much sought-after authority in this field. With her clear, inspirational message on sustainability, she bridges the divide between companies, governments and sectors. Meiny Prins is member of the Dutch Trade & Investment Board and the Committee for Entrepreneurship and Finance in The Netherlands. The prediction that 85% of the world’s population will live in urban areas was one of Meiny’s inspirations that led to the vision called ‘Sustainable Urban Deltas’. Cases in the Sustainable Urban Delta initiative show there are already many integrated and sustainable solutions in the field of food, water, energy and mobility that contribute to solving the problems of the metropolises worldwide. Meiny claims that local food production is becoming an inspiring and important part of being able to realize the circular economy.
Dr. Ian ROBERTS
Chief Technology Officer
Ian Roberts graduated in Chemical Engineering and obtained a PhD in Process Engineering from the University of Wales (Great Britain). From 1997 to 2009, he held various management positions at Nestlé, acting among other positions as internal management consultant, as Director of Innovation for Nestlé Mexico, and as Director of the Chocolate Centre of Excellence in Switzerland. He has been Chief Technology Officer at Bühler since 2011. He is also a board member of the academic institutions Wyss Institute and IFNC-EPFL and president of MassChallenge Switzerland. Ian Roberts was awarded European CTO of the Year 2016 and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers. Ian Roberts was born in 1970 and is British.
Founder & CEO
E Green Global Co., Ltd
Keejoon Shin serves as CEO of E Green Global Co., Ltd. He has 20-year experience in Bio, IT, and Agrotech industry. He founded a technology consulting company in 2001 and provided services to major global IT/BT companies. Prior to the consulting company, he worked for Korea’s leading biotechnology company as a senior manager. He got a bachelor’s degree in University of Columbia (New York, USA), majored in Economics.
Head, Business Strategy, Centre for Global Public Goods
World Economic Forum
Lisa Sweet is the Head of Business Strategy and Engagement for the World Economic Forum’s Centre for Global Public Goods, where she is responsible for engaging leading global and regional businesses in multi-stakeholder, 4IR-enabled, efforts to shape critical challenges including food security, environment and resources scarcity, and sustainable development. She also leads the Forum’s work on protein, Meat: the Future. She has been with the World Economic Forum since 2011, serving from 2014-2018 as the Head of Agriculture, Food and Beverage Industries. Previously, Lisa worked with the United States Olympic Committee in Strategic Planning, and for Lehman Brothers in Investment Banking. Lisa holds a M.B.A. in Marketing from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University.
Dr. Derek WANG
Alibaba Cloud Singapore
Dr. Derek Wang is the General Manager of Alibaba Cloud Singapore, leading teams across marketing, sales, pre-sales and technical support, to deliver success for Singapore customers in Cloud Computing and Data Intelligence. He joined Alibaba Group in January 2014, and led the global technical team responsible for Alibaba’s cloud solution design & delivery, before assuming his current role.
Thomas Hayes, based out of Lux Research’s Singapore office, is an Analyst on the Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health team, specializing in food and nutrition. Before joining the Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health team, Thomas was a member of the Consulting team where he conducted project-based, deep-dive analyses for clients, largely within the food industry. Prior to joining Lux Research, Thomas was a Research Associate at Cambridge Polymer Group where he conducted materials consultation, R&D, and analytical testing for numerous clients. Thomas received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University and is a Master of Business and Science (MBS) candidate at Rutgers University, concentrating in Global Food Technology & Innovation.eaches and reefs.
In his role as Research Director for Eco-Business, Tim produces strategy studies, whitepapers and special reports on Asia’s sustainability issues and industries, helping organisations with their thought leadership objectives and growth plans.
Recent studies and publications include the regional transition to a low carbon economy, the cooling crisis, flood controls, managing the energy mix and the Asean Economic Community. His opinion pieces and articles have been published in The Business Times and the Straits Times as well as other regional newspapers. He is a regular speaker and conference moderator for industry and client events.
Tim has worked in B2B research, media and business development positions in Asia since 1992 with organisations such as the Economist Intelligence Unit and Ipsos Business Consulting. Prior to this, he was a Captain in the British Army where he was awarded campaign medals for active service with the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus and coalition forces in Operation Desert Storm.
He has an MBA from Henley Business School in UK, and is a registered consultant with the Institute of Management Consultants Singapore. In his spare time, he enjoys sailing his trimaran around Southeast Asia’s islands with his family and cleaning plastic debris from beaches and reefs.
Regional Head- APAC
William Reed / FoodNavigator-Asia
Gary Scattergood leads William Reed’s Asia-Pacific team based in Singapore. The company publishes the marketing-leading digital titles FoodNavigator-Asia, NutraIngredients-Asia and CosmeticsDesign-Asia, as well as organising a number of high-level food, hospitality, nutrition and cosmetics conferences, awards and summits. Gary started his career as a journalist in UK, where he we went on to edit several newspapers and consumer titles, before taking senior leadership roles in business-to-business media and events companies across the food, travel, retail, advertising and media industries. He opened William Reed’s first Asia Pacific office in Singapore in 2016 and has spearheaded the expansion of its editorial, events and commercial operations across the region. Gary has hosted, presented and moderated at conferences and awards shows around the world, and has regularly appeared on TV and radio to discuss the food and nutrition, travel and tourism, and media and marketing industries.