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2019 Agenda

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Day One — March 19, 2019 Morning

07.30
Brazil Country Focus Breakfast Briefing: Understand the Gaps & Opportunities in Agriculture’s Power House

• How is Brazil fostering innovation within the agtech sector and who are the key players? What is the role of government, investment and agribusiness in stimulating the agtech ecosystem and supporting new start-ups?
• Where is the greatest need for innovation in Brazil’s food and ag value chain? How is technology being adopted and what success stories are we seeing?
• How great is the opportunity for international VCs and corporate investors in the Brazilian agtech sector?

Speaker Chair:
Kieran Gartlan, Managing Director, THE YIELD LAB LATAM, BRAZIL

Speaker:
Cristiano Veloso, President & CEO, VERDE AGRITECH, BRAZIL
Aurelio Pavinato, CEO, SLC AGRÍCOLA, BRAZIL
Christian Pereira, Marketing & Premium Products Director for Brazil, MOSAIC COMPANY, BRAZIL
Francisco Jardim, Founding Partner, SP VENTURES, BRAZIL
Ana Castillo Leska, Senior Specialist, IDB LAB, IADB, URUGUAY

08:45
Welcome Remarks

Jennie Moss, Founder, RETHINK EVENTS, UK

08:55
Keynote Address: The Secrets of Taking Moonshots

Speaker:
Astro Teller, Captain of Moonshots, X, USA

09.15
Genomics, Synthetic Biology & the Microbiome: Making “Science Fiction” a Reality

Gene-editing, microbials and synthetic biology will create a powerful cocktail of new opportunities in agriculture and the potential to produce crops that are more nutritious, more resilient and with less environmental impact than ever before. N-fixing maize is just one of the wholly grails discovered in agriculture that could lead to a substantial reduction in fertiliser use in corn. Is eradication of pests and diseases next? What collaborations, partnerships and investment are needed to make the next science fiction a reality?

Session Chair:
Howard-Yana Shapiro, Chief Agricultural Officer, MARS, USA

Speakers:
Xun Xu, Executive Vice President, BGI GENOMICS, CHINA
Jim Blome, CEO, CALYXT, USA
Michael Miille, CEO, JOYN BIO, USA
Vipula Shukla, Senior Program Officer, Discovery R&D, Agricultural Development, THE BILL AND MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION, USA
Matt B Crisp, President, CEO & Co-Founder, BENSON HILL BIOSYSTEMS, USA

10.00
Healthy Food, Healthy Planet: The Tools To Get Us There

Speaker:
Neal Gutterson, CTO, CORTEVA, USA

10.15
Networking Coffee Break
Hosted by:
10.45
A.I. Transforming Agricultural Markets

Speaker:
Sara Menker, Founder & CEO, GRO-INTELLIGENCE, USA

11.00
Smarter Farming: Harnessing the Power of Digital Agriculture

• What new digital technologies are on the horizon that could revolutionize agriculture? How efficient could field operations become?
• What is it going to take to create and deliver seamless systems that are more innovative for growers?

Session Chair:
Abe Hughes, General Manager, Agriculture Division, TRIMBLE, USA

Speakers:
Dave Wright, Head of Products & Integration, North America, AIRBUS, USA
Sid Gorham, CEO, GRANULAR, USA
Ramesh Ramachandran, Senior Vice President Strategy, MAHINDRA & MAHINDRA, INDIA
Stefan Furnsinn, SVP, Digital Farming, YARA, AUSTRIA
Steven Tompkins, Director Sector Development, Agriculture, INMARSAT, UK

11.45
Investor Panel: Are We Investing Fast Enough and Smart Enough to Create Impact at Scale?

• Which transformational technologies are the leading investors targeting in agriculture? How are these set to impact the food system of the future?
• As agtech matures and attracts growth capital and non-specialist funds, how can different categories of capital align more effectively to help take start-ups to scale?
• What role could investors play in rolling up digital and biological technologies to bring more complete and transformative solutions to market?

Session Chair:
Adam Anders, Managing Partner, ANTERRA CAPITAL, THE NETHERLANDS

Speakers:
Anuj Maheshwari, Managing Director, Investments, TEMASEK INTERNATIONAL, SINGAPORE
Scott Brady, Partner, INNOVATION ENDEAVOURS, USA
Lila Preston, Partner, GENERATION INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT, USA
Phil Erlanger, Managing Partner & Co-Founder, PONTIFAX AGTECH, USA
Jeff Housenbold, Managing Director, SOFTBANK VISION FUND, USA

12.30
Technology Showcase: Five Start-Ups Present Seven-Minute Pitches

Presenting Companies:
Orly Noivirt-Brik, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, WEEDOUT, ISRAEL
Ed Fuchs, Chief Executive and Co-Founder, FOLIUM SCIENCE, UK
Thomas Laurent, CEO, MICROPEP TECHNOLOGIES, FRANCE
Fatma Kaplan, CEO/CSO, PHERONYM, USA
Hein Kruyt, CEO, SOLYNTA, NETHERLANDS

Shark Panel:
Chris Holly, Senior Associate, COOLEY, USA
Brie Reiter-Smith, General Manager, Northern Production Region, DRISCOLL’S, USA
Jaleh Daie, Founder & Chairman of AgriFood Tech/ Partner, BAND OF ANGELS/ AURORA EQUITY, USA

1.25
Winner Announcement: World Agri-Tech Pitch Day & Radicle Challenge

Find out which of the eight early-stage finalists at yesterday’s pitch event has been chosen for a $250,000 investment opportunity from Radicle Growth. See them pitch tomorrow as part of the Day 2 Technology Showcase at 10.15am.

Announced by:
Kirk Haney, CEO and Managing Partner, RADICLE GROWTH, USA

1.30
Networking Lunch
1.45 – 2.15 Lunch & Learn – Plaza Ballroom

EY’s NextWave Agriculture: A Vision of Agribusiness in 2030

As disruption descends upon the agriculture industry, the entire ecosystem is shifting strategies to maintain competitiveness and relevancy. The farm-to-table dynamic continues to alter how companies across the value chain are defining customers and going to market, resulting in new business models and revenue streams. Through deep industry research and immersive client sessions, EY identified over 100 market scenarios impacting opportunities and challenges agribusinesses will face in the future. How will these scenarios drive your transformation agenda? Are you really ready? Join us to experience a new, interactive way to engage the technological dynamics of the industry and develop a strategic agenda positioning your organization at the forefront of the food and ag revolution.

Speaker:
Rob Dongoski, Partner, Global Agribusiness Leader, EY, USA

Day One — March 19, 2019 Afternoon

A.I., ROBOTICS & AUTOMATION TRACK
2.30
How Should We Be Applying Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to Agriculture?

• AI has now taken a quantum leap forward and is redefining the impossible. In the future AI will be affordable and accessible to everyone. How is big data AI/ML set to transform the agricultural industry?
• How do we unpack the claims vs the reality of what’s possible now?
• What is needed to bring AI backed digital solutions to the next stage? What emerging partnerships are we seeing between technology giants and solution providers that will accelerate the roll-out of farm management products globally?

Session Chair:
Malika Cantor, Global Lead, GOOGLE LAUNCHPAD, USA

Speakers:
Ranveer Chandra, Chief Scientist, Azure Global, MICROSOFT, USA
Gottfried Pessl, CEO, METOS, AUSTRIA
Ros Harvey, CEO & Founder, THE YIELD, AUSTRALIA
Al Eisaian, Co-Founder & CEO, INTELINAIR, USA
Renato Hersz, Strategy & Corporate Development, SOLINFTEC, BRAZIL

3:15
A.I. In the Field

Agricultural robots, crop and soil monitoring and predictive analytics all have application of A.I. to address the challenges in agriculture including labor shortages and pest and diseases. How are companies applying technologies and training machine learning models?

Using A.I. to Aid in Decision Making from Farm to Fork:
Dan Wolfson, Distinguished Engineer and Director of Data & Analytics, IBM Watson Media & Weather Division, IBM, USA

Industry partnerships bringing large scale A.I. to the field:
Daniel Koppel, Co-Founder & CEO, PROSPERA, ISRAEL
Steve Kaniewski, President & Chief Executive Officer, VALMONT INDUSTRIES, USA

3.45
Robotics & Automation: Getting Robotics to Work on the Farm

Labour is a massive challenge for speciality crops and the industry urgently needs a viable solution. Many prototype robots exist today, but how do you get beyond proof of concept to a product that has a commercial application?

Session Chair:
Nolan Paul, General Manager, Agricultural Robotics & Data, YAMAHA MOTOR VENTURES, USA

Speakers:
Niall Mottram, Head of Product Development, Industrial & Energy, CAMBRIDGE CONSULTANTS, UK
David Marguleas, President Innovation Group, SUN WORLD INNOVATIONS, USA
Dan Steere, CEO, ABUNDANT ROBOTICS, USA
Jennifer Place, Associate, FINISTERE VENTURES, USA
Kyle Dooley, Leader, Global Data Strategy & Analytics, CNH, USA

4.30
Networking Coffee Break
5.00
Networking Round Tables

The popular, interactive roundtables are your opportunity to join one of 40 roundtable debates to learn and share fresh thinking. Moderated by industry leaders, this is a great way to connect with others who share your focus.  SEE ALL ROUNDTABLE TOPICS >>

6.00
Networking Drinks Reception

GENOMICS AND TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH TRACK
2.30
From Lab to Field: Accelerating Product Development in Agriculture

How are leading translational research facilities around the globe positioning themselves to underpin the innovation ecosystem?

Session Chair:
Dushyant Pathak, Associate Vice Chancellor, Technology Management & Corporate Relations Executive Director, Venture Catalyst, UC DAVIS, USA

2.35
How Does Research Intersect with Industry?

What collaborations are being created within industry to accelerate the development of innovation from pilot to full-scale commercial application?

Speakers:
Helene Dillard, Dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, UC DAVIS, USA
Howard-Yana Shapiro, Chief Agricultural Officer, MARS, USA

3.00
Enabling New Biology for a Growing Planet

A bold new mission for biology aims to sequence, catalogue and characterize the genomes of all of Earth’s eukaryotic biodiversity within ten years.

Speaker:
Harris Lewin, CEO, THE EARTH BIOGENOME PROJECT (EBP), USA

3.15
A Deep Dive into Next Generation Breeding Technologies

What technologies are on the cutting edge, how are these being developed within academia and where will they take us in the future with next generation produce, disease resistance and food security?

Session Chair:
Stephanie Lee, Science Reporter, BUZZFEED NEWS, USA

Speakers:
Alison Van Eenennaam, Extension Specialist, Animal Biotechnology and Genomics, Department of Animal Science, UC DAVIS, USA
Markita Landry, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, UC BERKELEY, USA
Alan Rudolph, Vice President for Research, COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY, USA

3.45
Partnering for Commercial Impact

• How are corporates benefitting from early engagement with research? What new approaches to corporate partnerships are enabling innovation and driving commercialization pipelines?
• What have been the early successes? How can we overcome the challenges to matching academic process with corporate needs?

Session Chair:
Justin Siegel, Innovation Institute for Food and Health, UC DAVIS, USA

Speakers:
Cecilia Chi-Ham, Director Innovation, IP, HM CLAUSE, USA
Michael Helmstetter, Co-Founder, TECHACCEL, USA
Jenny Rook, Managing Director, GENOA VENTURES, USA
Sekhar Boddupalli, President, AgBio Division, INTREXON, USA

4.25
Closing Remarks

Speaker:
Rao Unnava, Dean, Graduate School of Management, UC DAVIS, USA

4.30
Networking Coffee Break
5.00
Networking Round Tables

The popular, interactive roundtables are your opportunity to join one of 40 roundtable debates to learn and share fresh thinking. Moderated by industry leaders, this is a great way to connect with others who share your focus.  SEE ALL ROUNDTABLE TOPICS >>

6.00
Networking Drinks Reception

Day Two — March 20, 2019 Morning

07.30
Why Australia for AgTech? Breakfast Briefing hosted by Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade)
09.00
Technology and Finance for Food Security and Climate Change: What’s Needed Most – A Theory of Change or a Change of Theory?

Speaker:
Tony Simons, Director General, WORLD AGROFORESTRY CENTRE, KENYA

09.15
Leaders Debate: New Approaches to Bringing Innovation to Market

• How has the landscape for the agricultural industry changed over the last decade? How are these changes impacting growth and driving strategy?
• What factors are shaping both internal R&D strategies and external partnerships and investments? What collaborations are we seeing between corporates and with start-ups? How does the need for talent drive this strategy?
• How are companies positioning themselves to support start-ups? What infrastructure is needed to help start-ups scale and grow fast?

Session Chair:
Brook Cunningham, Managing Director, LAZARD, USA

Speakers:
Greg Meyers, CIO, SYNGENTA, SWITZERLAND
Teddy Bekele, CTO, LAND O’ LAKES, USA
Mark Thompson, VP Business Development, NUTRIEN, USA
James Weed, VP Analytics & Trading, CARGILL, USA
Chris Paterson, Lead Xarvio, North America, BASF, USA

10.00
How is AWS Building A New Generation of Agri-Tech Entrepreneurs?

Speaker:
Cameron Holbrook, Head, WW AgTech Vertical, AMAZON WEB SERVICES, USA

10.15
Technology Showcase: Five Start-Ups Present Seven-Minute Pitches

Presenting Companies:
Frederik Taarnhøj, Director – Strategy & Business, FAUNAPHOTONICS, DENMARK
Charles Kirby, CEO and Founder, DYNIUM ROBOT, UK
Patrick Henry, CEO, GROGURU, USA
Henri Hekman, CEO, AGROCARES, NETHERLANDS
Plus Winner of World Agri-Tech & The Radicle Challenge

Shark Panel:
Lorelei Davis, Head, Digital Innovation Accelerator, KWS SAAT SE, Germany
Arama Kukutai, Co-Founder & Partner, FINISTERE VENTURES, USA
Kip Tom, CEO, TOM FARMS, USA

11.15
Networking Coffee Break
11.45
Keynote: There is No Innovation without Collaboration

Speaker:
Bob Reiter, Head of R&D, BAYER, USA

12.00
Soil Health: How Can We Fast-Track the Adoption of Solutions to Save the Planet?

• Healthy soils can help mitigate rising carbon levels in the atmosphere and play a complex but crucial role in the health of all living things. This role is still poorly understood, so what are the biggest breakthroughs in our understanding?
• How are solutions being brought to the market and what are the challenges in delivering these solutions at scale? How will imagery and digital insights accelerate this process?
• What collaborations are needed to drive meaningful change and de-risk the adoption of new processes?

Session Chair:
William Buckner, President & CEO, NOBLE RESEARCH INSTITUTE, USA

Speakers:
Karsten Temme, CEO, PIVOT BIO, USA
Matt Rohlik, VP North America, TARANIS, USA
Megan Weidner, VP Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, BUNGE NORTH AMERICA, USA
Sanjeev Krishnan, CIO, S2G VENTURES, USA
Amy Hughes, Senior Manager, Agricultural Sustainability, ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND, USA

12.45
Fireside Chat: Growers are at the Front Line of AgTech Innovation. What is Their Experience of Using Technology and How can Start-Ups Better Navigate the Adoption Process?

Session Chair:
Vonnie Estes, VP Technology, PRODUCE MARKETING ASSOCIATION, USA

Speakers:
Emily Smith, President, SMITH’S FARM, USA
Steve Pitstick, District Director/Owner, ILLINOIS SOYBEAN ASSOCIATION/PITSTICK FARMS, USA

1.15
Networking Lunch
1.30 – 2.15 Lunchtime Interactive Experience – Plaza Ballroom

Becoming the Ag Retailer of the Future: Nutrien Ag Solutions’ Integrated Approach to Meeting Growers’ Needs

Nutrien Ag Solutions™ is the retail division of Nutrien, the world’s largest crop inputs company. Join this highly interactive session in Plaza Ballroom from 1:30 – 2:15 and explore how its integrated approach presents a collaborative platform for industry innovators to support environmental sustainability and food security.

Day Two — March 20, 2019 Afternoon

2.15
Agricultural Intelligence: How A.I. is Driving Unique Insights for Agricultural Land
Land is becoming an ever more significant part of the equation, with the need for holistic evaluation of individual parcels and portfolios, often requiring analysis of plots in more distant geographies. In this session, understand this new dynamic and learn the value of the new AI in deriving unique insights for agricultural land.

Speaker:
Kim Wagner, President & Chief Operating Officer, CIBO TECHNOLOGIES, USA

2.30
Are Biologicals the Future of Crop Protection, Sustainability & Food Quality?

• What role do biologicals play in offering a more sustainable approach to food production? How quickly will regulation, sustainability and consumer health considerations change food and farming practises?
• Discovery platforms, screening tools and new libraries backed by bio-informatics and AI are accelerating discovery for bio-based crop protection. How does this change the way products are trialled in the field?
• As biological crop protection matures, what collaborations are emerging within the industry and what partnerships and investments are needed to bring these solutions to market at scale?

Session Chair:
Kiersten Stead, Managing Director, DCVC BIO, USA

Speakers:
Pamela Marrone, CEO and Founder, MARRONE BIO INNOVATIONS (MBI), USA
Ido Dor, Executive Vice President and General Manager Ag-Biologicals, EVOGENE, Israel
Don Marvin, CEO & President, CONCENTRIC, USA
Tom Laurita, CEO & Founder, NEWLEAF, USA
Greg Schwab, Senior Director of Technology and Innovation, KOCH AGRONOMIC SERVICES, USA

3.15
Networking Coffee Break
3.45
Digitization & the Convergence Ecosystem in FinTech & AgTech

• How is the drive towards digitisation tackling old embedded issues of pricing transparency, supply chain finance and enabling access to technologies?
• How are larger companies taking advantage of disruption within the supply chain? Where do they see opportunities to grow their business?
• How will these platforms empower farmers and enable them to gain a competitive advantage?

Session Chair:
Kenneth Zuckerberg, Senior Vice President and Strategist: AgriFood Technology, Innovation and Sustainability, WELLS FARGO, USA

Speakers:
Pat Christie, Founder, Board of Directors EVP, Sales & Marketing, CONSERVIS, USA
Charles Baron, Co-Founder, FARMERS BUSINESS NETWORK, USA
Nigel Gopie, Global Marketing Leader, IBM Food Trust, IBM BLOCKCHAIN, USA
Mark Kahn, Managing Partner, OMNIVORE, INDIA
Robert Lubben, Chief Operating Officer, RABO AGRIFINANCE, USA

4.30
Exits, Acquisitions & The Future of AgTech Investment

• What are the investment opportunities that are attracting corporates and VCs? How are the challenges around adoption impacting their investment strategy?
• What should start-ups be aiming for to attract investment? What are the right thresholds from a revenue and profit standpoint? How are corporates thinking about financial returns?
• Corporate venture capital activity in agtech has expanded dramatically in the last 12 months. What venturing models have had the most success?
• How will consolidation impact the exit strategies for start-ups and investors? What activity are we likely to see in the next 12 months? Could 2019 see the first ever IPO in agtech?

Session Chair:
Andy Ziolkowski, Managing Director, CULTIVIAN SANDBOX VENTURES, USA

Speakers:
Jaclyn Liu, Partner, MORRISON AND FOERSTER, USA
Joost Matthijssen, Investment Director, NUTRECO NUFRONTIERS, NETHERLANDS
Bob McCarroll, Head of Open Innovation & Strategic Partnership, BAYER, USA
Alex Purdy, Head of John Deere Labs, JOHN DEERE, USA
Colin Steen, Managing Director, SYNGENTA VENTURES, USA

5.15
Close of Summit
5.30
Networking Drinks & AgFunder Innovation Awards


Join us for networking drinks featuring the AgFunder Innovation Awards, which recognize the innovators and entrepreneurs driving the agri-food tech industry forward. This special networking evening bridges the World Agri-Tech and Future Food-Tech summits.

The awards celebrate excellence in three sectors: Farm Tech, Supply Chain Tech, and Food-Tech, plus the Most Valuable Agri-Food Tech Accelerator Program.

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