MAKING IT HAPPEN
11:00
10 Minutes 11:00 – 11:05 Chair’s welcome and opening remarks

Speakers Invited:

Henry Gordon Smith CEO Agritecture

11:05
35 Minutes 11:05 – 11:40 OPENING DISCUSSION: Food for thought on Food for Future – Seeing the bigger picture, stakes and opportunity - Beyond SDG 2 - why the future of food is about more than Zero Hunger and taking a look at the stakes, risks and opportunities involved
- Balancing out food security and food sovereignty with quality nutrition and  preserving the environment
- Addressing food security, cultural conservation, climate change mitigation and biodiversity holistically
- What makes the Middle East well placed to innovate and lead by example

Speakers Invited:

Jennifer Croes Associate Director & Campaign Lead Emirates Nature-WWF

H.E. Jeffrey Salim Waheed Former Deputy Minister The Republic of Maldives & President, SEAS Institute

Chef Manal Al Alem Goodwill Ambassador UN World Food Program UAE

Henry Gordon Smith CEO Agritecture

11:40
20 Minutes 11:40 – 12:00 PRESENTATION: Super-charging a New Food System with Technology and Innovation: Opportunities at NEOM
  • Explore the key challenges in sustainable food system transformation
  • Deep dive on the opportunity space offered by greenfield projects in the region
  • Discover how you can contribute to a new future of food system building

Speakers Invited:

Andrew Yip Head of Technology and Innovantion, Food Sector NEOM

12:00
10 Minutes 12:00 – 12:10 QUICKFIRE PRESENTATION: Regenerative agriculture – the next stage in sustainable food systems - The current challenges in agriculture in our region
- Fostering regenerative, sustainable food systems and developing scalable and viable solutions
- Presenting the Omnipreneur Competition and its $1 million prize winners

Speakers Invited:

Steve Ross Head of Added Value Products Unit Tanmiah

12:10
50 Minutes 12:10 – 13:00 PANEL Contextualised tech solutions in controlled environment agriculture and urban farming ENVIRONMENT AGRICULTURE AND URBAN FARMING SOLUTIONS IN ACTION - Mad men and their means– tailored technology solutions for specific environmental challenges
- Greenhouse innovations and best practices in sustainability
- Hydroponics, aquaponics, aeroponics: market contexts and costs
- Leveraging renewable energy for cleaner, greener food production
- Urban farming vs. City farming solutions and innovations

Speakers Invited:

Amanda Müessli Entrepreneur and CEO Green Tech Global Switzerland

Sky Kurtz Co-founder, Vence; Advisor, Ocean Harvest, Founder & CEO Pure Harvest

Nikita Patel Founder Oasis Greens

Dennis Levine CEO Water Garden Organics

Lucas Targos Vice President Controlled Environment Agriculture, urban-gro, Inc.

Ken Rutkowski Founder METAL International

13:00
60 Minutes 13:00 – 14:00 LUNCH BREAK
14:00
20 Minutes 14:00 – 14:20 PRESENTATION Realising next gen horticulture with robotics and advanced digital solutions - A look at robotics, automation and advanced digital solutions for safer and more secure horticulture and food production
- The economic impact of implementing robotics and cutting edge technologies in horticulture
- New tech implementation and integration – challenges and how to

Speakers Invited:

Edwin Vanlaerhoven Business Development Director Certhon

14:20
40 Minutes 14:20 – 15:00 PANEL Leveraging frontier technologies and data to enable the digital agriculture revolution - Where do we stand in the digital agricultural revolution and what part do data, Machine Learning and AI play?
- Beyond precision agriculture, exploring AI & ML innovations in livestock farming
- More than “big tech for big ag”, how to sustainably serve smallholder farmers, particularly in developing markets?
- Success stories: launching, improving and scaling impactful and commercially viable digital farming solutions 

Speakers Invited:

Sky Kurtz Co-founder, Vence; Advisor, Ocean Harvest, Founder & CEO Pure Harvest

Jawad Abbassi Head of MENA GSMA

André Laperrière Executive Director Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN)

Athar Siddiqui Executive Vice President, Factory Automation & Motion Controls Siemens Middle East

Julien Revellat Partner, Food & Agriculture Practice McKinsey

15:00
20 Minutes 15:00 – 15:20 Coffee break
15:20
40 Minutes 15:20 – 16:00 PANEL Impact and promise of digital solutions for smallholder farmers - The gap: With only ±5% of global farms big enough to be catered to by big tech, what about the vital “little guy”?
- How to propagate access around the world to improve food security, food sovereignty and livelihoods
- The Importance of big data in ensuring demand dynamics
- Why technology solutions are not a silver bullet for food security and how to address it from different perspectives including economic and political

Speakers Invited:

Vanessa Adams VP Strategic Partnerships & Chief of Party, PIATA; Responsible for Digital, Youth and Women AGRA

Atul Chopra Founder and CEO, Fresh On Table

Laurent Zimmermann Founder & CEO Green Fields LLC

David Davies CEO AgUnity

Abdulaziz Al Mulla Founder & CEO Madar Farms

Raman Saxena Director Digital Products – Asia Pacific Cargill India

16:00
20 Minutes 16:00 – 16:20 FIRESIDE CHAT: Beyond technology – Best practices in sustainable and organic farming in harsh conditions - Sustainably producing variety and staple crops en masse
- Technology limits and why a combined approach to national, regional and global food security is needed
- Compliance, certification, trust and health for people and planet
- Examples of various organic and circular farming in the UAE
- The importance of educating consumers and how best to do this

Speakers Invited:

Yazen Al Kodmani Deputy General Manager Emirates Bio Farm

Michael Craig General Manager Ripe Organic

16:20
10 Minutes 16:20 – 16:35 CASE STUDIES and PANEL Waterworks: New practices and solutions to protect and utilize our most precious resource - Establishing responsible, sustainable aquaculture and use of marine resources
- Principles and science behind making use of the world’s abundant saltwater supply
- Balancing sustainable water usage with high quality produce in arid landscapes
- Innovations in water management and irrigation

Speakers Invited:

Mark Tester Professor of plant science King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

16:35
25 Minutes 16:35 – 17:55 QUICKFIRE PANEL How to responsibly balance marine exploitation and conservation - The role of our seas in food security across the Middle East
- Establishing responsible, sustainable aquaculture and use of marine resources
- Principles and science behind making use of the world’s abundant saltwater supply

Speakers Invited:

Palmi Palmason Manager Open Aquaculture, Food Sector NEOM

Rumaitha Al Busaidi Environmental Affairs Lead Fisheries Development Oman

Ken Rutkowski Founder METAL International

16:55
25 Minutes 16:55 – 17:20 FIRESIDE CHAT Doing more with less – minimizing irrigation, maximizing quality and yield - Balancing sustainable water usage with high quality produce in arid landscapes
- Innovations and evolutions in water management and irrigation
- Combining best practices and innovative solutions to help make the Middle East more self-sufficient

Speakers Invited:

Dr. Mohamed Badawi General Manager Emirates biofertilizers Factory

Rabie Shawwa Managing Director EPIC Total Water Solutions

Mark Tester Professor of plant science King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Dr. Khalil Ammar Program Leader on Sustainable Natural Resources Management International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA)

Ken Rutkowski Founder METAL International

17:30
17:30 – 17:30 End of day 1 FFF - Making it Happen
10:30
5 Minutes 10:30 – 10:35 Chair’s welcome and opening remarks

Speakers Invited:

Paul Newnham Director SDG2 Advocacy Hub and Chefs’ Manifesto

10:35
15 Minutes 10:35 – 10:50 QUICKFIRE PRESENTATION: Balancing sustainability and viability across food production and distribution - Feasible and viable – the secret to future-proof food and agriculture industries
- The 3 Ps of food security: People, Planet, Profits
- Sustainable farm to fork: includes distribution, logistics and pricing

Speakers Invited:

Dennis Levine CEO Water Garden Organics

10:50
40 Minutes 10:50 – 11:30 PANEL Business model reboot for resilient livelihoods and affordable quality food - Viability and sustainability – agri-food partnerships and long-term ecosystem models
- Responsibilities, risk, reward and return in sustainable agri-food business
- Integrating technology partners into the agri-food ecosystem: the trade-off of automation
- Leveraging the digital economy - Fostering healthy choices, minimize waste and empowering local, purpose-led businesses

Speakers Invited:

Eric Egbert CEO Dutch Greenhouse Delta

Sharon Cittone Forbes Magazine’s Powerful Women Shaping the Future of Food; Founder & CEO Edible Planet Ventures

Jennifer Baarn Acting Managing Director AGRF and Head of Partnerships AGRA

Love Mansukhani Product Owner Gourmet Hub

Thomas Larssen President ALPS Inc.

11:30
40 Minutes 11:30 – 12:10 PANEL Why investing food security and innovation make financial sense - The stakes and why future food is good business: Straight talk from the pros: viability, profitability and returns
- Sustainable agriculture and food security investment opportunities: Safe bets vs. moonshots
- Investing in female founders: challenges and opportunities
- Gaps in making agribusiness truly sustainable AND viable and how the Middle East can and should lead innovation and development in this space

Speakers Invited:

Greg Ohannessian Founding Partner SOMA MATER

Erich Sieber Founder and General Partner PeakBridge

Prasad Gopalan Global Manager, Manufacturing, Agribusiness & Services IFC

Lola Fernandez Flores Investment Associate Venture Souk

Shirley Sahar Co-Founder and Business Development Director DANA

12:10
10 Minutes 12:10 – 12:20 VIDEO FEATURE Desert Nutrition, caring for people and planet together
12:20
40 Minutes 12:20 – 13:00 PANEL Protein possibilities and promises - consumer trends & commercial outlooks

Speakers Invited:

Sharon Cittone Forbes Magazine’s Powerful Women Shaping the Future of Food; Founder & CEO Edible Planet Ventures

Ramie Murray Founder & CEO Dibba Bay Oysters

Alex Ward COO Tindle

Guillaume Besson Director of Sales

Alvyn Severien CEO & Co-founder ALGAMA

13:10
50 Minutes 13:10 – 14:00 LUNCH BREAK
14:00
20 Minutes 14:00 – 14:20 CASE STUDY & FIRESIDE CHAT: Meat and the Middle East – why livestock farming is a key part of food for future - Why livestock farming in the Middle East has traditionally been virtually non-existent
- Developing responsible livestock farming practices to respond to high demand
- Why animal livestock farming matters
- The importance of sharing best practices, expertise and knowledge to ensure food security and sustainable mean production
- Why Palazzo Versace have taken this to heart as a business

Speakers Invited:

Amine Ben COO Verticroft Holdings

Mansour Memarian Hotel Manager Palazzo Versace

14:20
20 Minutes 14:20 – 14:40 FIRESIDE CHAT Positive nutrition – a game changer - Food security means quality as well as quantity
- What are the food safety responsibilities across the food value chain?
- The role of standards and regulations in controlling local and imported foods
- Labelling and other means of protecting and empowering consumers

Speakers Invited:

Prof. Ayesha Salem Al Dhaheri Associate Provost for Students Affairs United Arab Emirates University

Sarah Kanaan Head of Nutrition Health and Wellness, Nestlé

14:40
20 Minutes 14:40 – 15:00 PRESENTATION Digitalization journey of food safety and nutrition in Dubai

Speakers Invited:

Jehaina Al Ali Manager Permits and Applied Nutrition Section, Dubai Municipality

15:00
20 Minutes 15:00 – 15:20 INNOVATION PRESENTATION Preserving food en route, saving dollars and reducing waste - How rocket science will makes food delivery fresher
- What reduced loss means to retail and hospitality businesses as well as to consumers and the planet as a whole
- Real life examples and proven impact 
- Combing old tech and new tech to optimize sustainability – from Mount Vesuvius to The Boulevard, Dubai

Speakers Invited:

Greg Maselli CEO SAVRpak

Robert Di Franco Managing Director and General Partner SAVRPak Middle East

15:20
20 Minutes 15:20 – 15:40 COFFEE BREAK
15:40
45 Minutes 15:40 – 16:25 PANEL: Changing consumer habits for a zero food waste economy - The scope of the problem and its impact
- Who are the main culprits and what solutions are on offer to them?
- Repurposing and other best practices in managing food waste. What’s acceptable to consumers and how can we change both habits and perceptions?
- Using natural methods to manage and limit waste

Speakers Invited:

Jennifer Croes Associate Director & Campaign Lead Emirates Nature-WWF

Tatiana Antonelli Founder and Managing Director Goumbook

Daniel Solomon Co-Founder EroeGo

Mohamed Aissaoui CEO & Founder My Farm Dubai

Sarah Asmar Sustainable Lifestyle Expert UNEP West Asia

Emma Sawko Founder Wild & The Moon

16:25
45 Minutes 16:25 – 17:10 PANEL: Last mile responsibilities - retail and hospitality in food security - What role do distributors, retailers and hospitality play in reducing food waste and loss?
- How do we hold this part of the value chain accountable? 
- What measures are they taking to improve their contribution to reducing waste and providing safe, affordable food and nutrition to consumers?
- How can they contribute to consumer education and conscience?

Speakers Invited:

Meghna Lakhani Founder & CEO Optas app & One Modern World

Sebastian Nohse Senior Director Culinary EMEA - Hilton

Kunal Gupta Supply Chain Director Bateel International

Susanne Stulemeijer VP Communications, Public Affairs & Corporate Responsibility Talabat

Kamran Abdollahi BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA WINNOW SOLUTIONS

17:00
17:00 – 17:00 End of day 2 FFF - Making it Happen