June 7-11, 2021
Future Food Asia 2021 Speakers & Jury Panel
Founder & CEO
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. Ralph Graichen
Senior Director, Food & Consumer A*STAR
Dr Ralph Graichen is currently Senior Director, Food & Consumer at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore. In this function, Ralph is leading his team to develop A*STAR’s strategy in food & nutrition, consumer care as well as human potential. He is responsible for driving activities across the public and private sector in Singapore, supporting economic activities, research funding and strategic national and international relations. 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.
Ralph has over 16 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.
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.
Managing Director, Global Edible Oil Solutions, Asia – Cargill Asia Pacific
Xiuling has took on the role to lead the Global Edible Oil Solutions business for Malaysia and Australia in 2018.
Prior to this role, she was the strategy development and business performance improvement for Cargill Food Ingredients and Bio Industrial APAC business since June 2016. Before that, Xiuling was part of FIBI global completive excellence program to modernize the business by deploying PMO,IBP, Stable operation and Strategic pricing for two years. Xiuling joined Cargill back in 2011 to set up strategic sourcing and purchasing function for Cargill , part of first global function transformation.
Before Joining Cargill, XiuLing was with Yum! China for 11 years in Supply Chain management team and 4 years with Metro GMBH China in merchandising team .
By education , XiuLing holds mechanical engineering degree and MBA from Tong Ji University Shanghai, China.
Managing Director, Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate – Cargill Asia Pacific
Francesca Kleemans is the Managing Director for Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate Asia Pacific and has worked in cocoa and chocolate for the past 19 years. 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-to-win 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 has just relocated to Singapore with her husband and three children. Together, they are enjoying Singapore’s melting pot of people and food flavours.
CEO and Founder – v2food
Nick Hazell is an experienced food innovator, lecturer and consultant who is CEO & Founder of Australian startup v2food. Launched nationally in October 2019, v2food has developed plant-based meat, building on a close collaboration with CSIRO to create tasty, sustainable and healthy products.
Hazell holds a Master of Manufacturing from Cambridge University. He worked in aerospace and chocolate manufacturing before moving into research and development in the food industry, working at global multinationals in The Netherlands and Australia. He was R&D Director at Masterfoods and at PepsiCo Australia and New Zealand, working on products like Grain Waves, Red Rock Deli, Sunbites and Smiths. He lectures in the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation at UTS and has consulted to CSIRO and the meat industry.
General Manager – GFI Consultancy
GFI Consultancy (GFIC) focuses on accelerating the alternative protein industry development in China. As an independent partner of The Good Food Institute, GFIC provides global and local resources to bridge key knowledge gaps and tackle industry challenges. It also helps to build the innovation ecosystem by collaborating with academic institutions and scientists, corporations, startups, and investors.
Doris has about a decade of experience building and managing localized programs for international organizations, including EU-funded initiatives. She has organized over 50 activities promoting knowledge exchange between government representatives, universities and schools and the industry on sustainability-related topics covering urban greening, smart city and social inclusion. Her engagement in sustainable food and plant-based food space in Hong Kong, Berlin, and Beijing provided her with rich knowledge of the ecosystem.
President – AppHarvest
As the President and a Board member of leading AgTech company, AppHarvest, David Lee works to develop strategy and optimize operations leading the sales, marcomms, sustainability and finance functions as the company continues to grow as a sustainable foods company. David is passionate about transforming companies by creating consumer movements around healthier food that is better for the planet and supported by technology. Previously, David was the COO and CFO of Impossible Foods, the CFO of Zynga, and the SVP of corporate finance and strategy at Best Buy during its turnaround. Prior to that, he ran the global food business at Del Monte following roles in strategic consulting at McKinsey and advertising at Leo Burnett.
Dr. Purvi Mehta
Head-Asia, Agriculture Development – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Dr. Purvi Mehta is the Head of Asia for agriculture at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Gates Foundation is the world’s largest private philanthropy and development organization and works across a large number of development issues spanning health, nutrition and agriculture.
Dr. Mehta has her formal education, upto PhD, from M.S. University, India, Tokyo University, Japan and North Carolina State University- USA. She has worked with the CGIAR, as Head of Asia for the International Livestock Research Institute and as head of South Asia Biosafety program (IFPRI, USAID), and brings a blend of Asia and Africa experience.
She is on board of several organizations, including, International Alliance for Ecology and Health-Canada, International Centre for Rural Agriculture-Netherlands, SEBI appointed Independent Director on Board of National Commodity Derivatives Exchange Ltd (NCDEX), Global Advisory Council- World Food Prize etc. She is honorary professor at Amity University-India and visiting faculty at Cornell University-USA. She has been closely associated with several agriculture, nutrition and technology diffusion policy platforms in India, South East Asia and Africa and serves on several committees and advisory panels of the Government. Dr. Mehta has two books and over 50 publications to her credit.
Regional Vice President, APAC – DSM Nutritional Products
Anand Sundaresan was appointed Regional Vice President Human Nutritional Health (HNH) for DSM in Asia-Pacific in February 2019, based out of Singapore. In this role, he is responsible for shaping and implementing the HNH business and strategy in the region, driving its growth by fostering innovation and expanding the product portfolio.
In addition, he is also responsible for the continued growth of the business P&L. Anand will also provide leadership in empowering employees to chart their professional aspirations and bolstering talent for DSM in APAC.
Anand is an experienced global business leader with an established track record in creating and driving the vision to deliver revenue, profit and impact market share performance in different environments.
Prior to joining DSM, Anand was the Global Business Director for Polyols, with the Dow Chemical Company in Michigan, USA. During his time with Dow, he assumed senior commercial and marketing leadership roles with increasing responsibilities for North America and Asia-Pacific, and was also the Business Director/ Commercial Vice President Asia-Pacific PU Group for 5 years. Anand’s first job with Dow Chemical was Senior Marketing Manager in 2008. Before Dow Chemical, he was attached to Merrick Systems, an energy software company.
At DSM, Anand believes: “We tackle some of the biggest challenges faced in Asia-Pacific, including nutrition deficiency and malnutrition, non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, and advocate for healthy aging. With DSM’s extensive footprint in Asia, our team is well-placed to serve some of the most vulnerable communities in the region as we provide tailored solutions according to the various market’s needs.”
Anand holds an MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Texas A & M University. He is married and resides in Singapore; he enjoys travelling, playing golf and trying new cuisines in his spare time.
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