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Innovation Series Panel Discussion - The Future of Food
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When: 24/04/2019
8:00 - 10:00am
Where: The Gallery, Grand Hyatt
10 Scotts Rd

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Innovation Series Panel Discussion - The Future of Food

A mix of climate change, dwindling resources and rising populations are prompting many countries around the world to remap our approach to producing food. And Australia and Singapore are no different.

The world, and in particular this region, has a lot on its plate when it comes to food security and ensuring we all have enough safe and nutritious food to eat.

Join us for a lively breakfast discussion to talk about the latest food security innovation and hear from Australian and Singaporean experts leading in the future of food.


Rob Hulme - Cofounder & Head of Asia Beanstalk AgTech. Venture Builder & Challenge - Led Innovation

Rob is an agribusiness executive with 25 years’ global experience with Bayer in Research and Extension, Operations, Business Development, M&A, Technology Licensing and Innovation. He brings CEO and Regional Management experience in Asia Pacific that has focused on delivering innovation and operational restructuring in large, diverse, cross-cultural organisations with significant organisation and P&L responsibilities. 

After leaving Bayer in 2017, Rob cofounded Beanstalk Agtech as Head of Asia based in Singapore. Beanstalk is an AgriFoodTech innovation consultancy and venture builder, working with medium to large agribusiness clients to identify key challenges in the business, scout and narrow technology options and help deliver disruptive commercial solutions that also have positive environmental and social impact. Rob is actively working to grow Singapore as an AgriFoodTech hub for Asia, helping drive adoption and scale of sustainable food production. He is also currently involved in several Accelerator and NGO board advisory and startup mentor roles in Australia, Singapore and China. 


Duncan Ferguson - Commercialisation Manager, Ag & Food at CSIRO

Duncan is commercialisation lead for agriculture and food at CSIRO, with primary responsibility for leading new venture deals.  He brings over 15 years of experience in industry and commercially focused research collaboration, investment, IP management, commercialisation and start-ups.  Duncan is chair of Bioherbicides Australia Pty Limited, a Queensland based start-up commercialising woody weed control technologies.  In addition, he is President Elect of LESANZ Inc, the Australia and New Zealand chapter of the Licensing Executives Society International (LESI), an international community of innovation and commercialisation professionals. 

Prior to joining CSIRO, Duncan held commercialisation and management roles in research and investment organisations including UniQuest, BSES, Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Meat & Livestock Australia. He has managed technologies across animal and plant value chains, including genetic and genomic tools, pest and disease control, breeding, digital platforms, automation and robotics, value-added food products, biopharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals.

Ashwin SubramaniamCEO & Founder at GA Circular

In 2011, Ashwin co-founded GA Circular, a Circular Economy advisory andimplementation firm. Ashwin is passionate about the business opportunities in creating wealth from “waste” and envisions a world without waste. In 2014 he co-founded a non-commercial community farm with his wife and neighbours that continues to produce edibles in north-eastern Singapore. He currently serves as the co-chair of the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce’s (SICC) Circular Economy Committee.

Ashwin is an experienced environmental consultant with over 10 years of business experience across Asia. He has led various materials-flow analysis, waste management economics research, strategy advisory and implementation projects on circular economy in this region. As a part of GA Circular’s is current work on Food Waste, Ashwin is working on a project with NEA to quantify food waste generated from commercial and industrial food businesses through conducting waste audits of around 160 - 170 food businesses.

Tim RyanMarket Insights Analyst - Global Trade, Competitor & Live Export at Meat & Livestock Australia

Tim has worked for Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) for the last five years across various market research and analysis functions, with roles ranging from supporting livestock producers use market data to make better business decisions, through to providing retailers and end users with consumer insights to develop business strategy and maximise the value proposition of Australian red meat.

In his current Singapore-based role, Tim analysis the global meat trade and the competitive landscape within which Australian beef and sheep meat operates, providing insights and direction for industry to make more informed strategic decisions. In addition, Tim services MLA’s global offices by delivering insights at trade events around the world and through business developments activities in South East Asia.

Jeremy Chua - Founder & Director of MEOD Pte. Ltd.

Jeremy is an experienced entrepreneur skilled in business operations, strategic planning and business development with a demonstrated history of working in the startup industry, specifically in AgTech.

Founded previous AgTech startup, focusing on food production on marginalised spaces, such as rooftops and temporarily unoccupied land, so as to avoid competition with other aspects of urban development.

Jeremy started taking an interest in food security for Singapore back in 2010; when Singapore began taking first steps towards water self sustainability. The idea was, if it could be done with water on a land scarce island with little catchment area, it could potentially be done with food production, through the similar use of technology and well designed processes. Currently the Director of MEOD Pte Ltd, which looks into solving the issue of providing fresh, local, affordable and sustainable produce - at scale, through the build, design and operations of intensive urban farms.


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$75 AustCham member guest*
$90 Guest
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