Our Speakers

Over the past year we had the pleasure to learn from over a 100 speakers, from 43 countries. We continue our mission to democtratize access to market for companies and for that we have gathered trail-blazers, industry leaders, innovators and specialists to share experiences, best practices, tools, case studies and resources to inspire and educate.
Checkout out who will take the stages (English- French – Spanish)  in September and check back regularly as more speakers are added.

Emma Osborne

Founder & CEO

[en:] A corporate hippie - Emma has spent her international career helping global companies find the best talent to grow their businesses but by 2016 she was feeling unfulfilled. Following a 12 month research trip into vegan food and sustainable solutions from around the world, she returned to setup Citizen Kind; a recruitment consultancy designed to help planet-friendly businesses find mission-driven people to power their growth and connect conscious consumers to fulfilling careers. [fr:] Une hippie d'entreprise - Emma a passé sa carrière internationale à aider des entreprises mondiales à trouver les meilleurs talents pour développer leurs activités, mais en 2016, elle se sentait insatisfaite. Après un voyage de recherche de 12 mois sur l'alimentation végétalienne et les solutions durables du monde entier, elle est revenue pour mettre en place Citizen Kind ; un cabinet de recrutement conçu pour aider les entreprises respectueuses de la planète à trouver des personnes motivées par leur mission pour alimenter leur croissance et connecter les consommateurs conscients à des carrières épanouissantes.

Ghita Mezzour

Founder - CEO

Ghita Mezzour, PhD is the founder and CEO of Data in Seconds (DASEC), a company that uses Artificial Intelligence and Big Data to produce real-time business intelligence. DASEC has already won several awards including InnovIdea and a nomination as Best National Digital Solution at the World Summit Awards.

Pavel Dolgov

Vice-President

 Entrepreneur, public figure 20 years in event management 10 years in the convention and exhibition industry 5 years of social activity 5 years in the field of export, import and foreign economic activity support. Communication, import and export expert, public figure, business event speaker. Glad to share my expertise!

Andrea Ewart

Founder & CEO, DevelopTradeLaw, LLC

 Andrea is the CEO of DevelopTradeLaw, LLC which gives custom-tailored legal solutions to companies doing business internationally. With 20+ years of experience in counseling businesses on trade issues, Andrea is also an accomplished speaker and writer who applies her expertise to the issues that affect businesses and their bottom line.

Dror Tamir

Co-founder & CEO

 Dror Tamir is serial food and nutrition entrepreneur with one exit under his belt. His passion is improving the health of children and families through better nutrition. Dror is a 20 times international innovation and sustainability awards winning entrepreneur. Dror has held varied positions within several Israeli and international companies over the last 30 years.

Ahmed Hamdaoui

Biologist expert in locust breeding

 Ahmed Hamdaoui, born on March 25, 1955 in Jérada (Oujda Province, Morocco). After the Baccalaureate obtained in Khouribga in 1974, he pursued his university studies in France: Licence and Maitrise in Biochemistry at the University of Rouen and the University of Paris VII, in 1986 Doctorat d'Etat ès-Sciences in Biochemistry at the University of Strasbourg. In September 1986 hired as a teacher-researcher at the Faculty of Sciences Semlalia of the Cadi Ayyad University of Marrakech. In 1990 he obtained the rank of Professor of Higher Education. Within the framework of a research project financed by the EEC in 1994, discovery of a new family of protease inhibitors in the ovaries of adult female locusts (schistocerca gregaria). Work done in close collaboration with the laboratory of Professor Arnold De Loof at the Catholic University of Leuven (Flanders, Belgium). Author of several publications and director of PhD theses on the subject. Postdoctoral stay in the laboratory of Professor Dov Borovsky, University of Gainesville, Florida, USA. Retired since September 2020 and after 20 years of breeding crickets, he is the author of more than ten publications and patents on the subject. Today, Ahmed Hamdaoui has a business creation project on the use of a mass rearing of locusts for the production of food flours. The processes he is developing ensure a larger scale production while minimizing costs.

El Mehdi El Khachia

IT Consultant and Trainer

EL Mehdi is in a senior expert in project management field. With more than 14 years’ experience, he has managed complex projects within the IT sector. EL Mehdi is certified Project Management Professional (PMP 2011) and holds a Bachelor in Computer Science and an MBA degree from Al Akhawayn University. EL Mehdi spent the last 8 years in CAPGEMINI as head of a team of 250 resources (French, Moroccans, Indians and Italians) providing high skilled leadership, HR consulting and best practices in digital & Agile transformation for worldwide clients. The key success and differentiator factor for EL Mehdi is ability to demonstrate high level of emotional intelligence to raise successfully new challenges and collaborate with others.

Priyanka Srinivas

Founder - CEO

Priyanka is the Founder of The Live Green Co, a Chilean Food Tech startup that blends Ancestral Sciences of Plant Nutrition, BioTech & Machine learning to R&D next-gen clean label, functional & sustainable plant-based food products. The Live Green Co is the only LatAm startup on CleanTech's Global 50 to Watch list, and is one of Transforma Alimentos' Top 10 Food Innovations, Forward Fooding's Global FoodTech 500 and Startup Chile's Top 10 Startups since inception... amongst other achievements. Priyanka is a first-generation entrepreneur. Before Live Green, she studied Masters in Retail Management and worked with internationally reputed brands like Target Corporation, Calvin Klein, and French Connection UK for over 12 years. She was recently recognized as one of the Top 100 women leaders of Chile.

Wilhelmina Jewell Sparks

Founder of UNITED17 Venture Lab and CEO of BiTHOUSE Venture Group

She is a trained biotechnologist, global markets strategist and strategic communications expert from the United States based in Germany and Copenhagen. She is an active technology scout, angel investor and venture partner focused on sustainably inclusive solutions, and the integration of innovative technology solutions for Corporate Venture Capital Funds and government entities as the need for customer engagement, growth, digitalization and corporate innovation increases. She serves on several global advisory boards: IADAS (International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences) amongst others, is a guest lecturer of Corporate Innovation at WHU- Otto Beisheim School of Management and is an active advisor/mentor to several startups and accelerator programs focused on IoT, AI, mobility, agrifood, retail, entertainment, fashion, sustainability and health

Noga Sela Shalev

VP Business Development at Fresh Start FoddTech Incubator

Over a decade of experience in product management, marketing, and business development in the food industry, specialized in CPG innovation. she is experienced in business evaluation of innovative technologies with high emphasis on applicable innovation and has initiated and led joint development as well as implementation processes according to industry needs and requirements.

Angelle Kwemo

Founder of Astrategik Group

Author, consultant, international speaker, philantropist. She is an internationally trained lawyer, with good understanding of the U.S. energy, agriculture, trade and foreign policies, as well emerging economies in Asia and Africa. My seven years of Capitol Hill’s experience in its core historical decision making process, at a time when the world is facing serious financial, political and economic shifts, equipped me with the skills that are needed to effectively advice global economic and political leaders and lead a team in a high speed and high pressure environment.

Nerida Kelton

Vice President Sustainability & Save Food, World Packaging Organisation (WPO) and the Executive Director, Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP).

She has worked in the Packaging industry for over 23 years, and is the lead for the Save Food Packaging Consortium project within the Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre and was the packaging representative on the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment's National Food Waste Strategy Steering Committee. Nerida is passionate about educating the industry on the important role that packaging plays in minimising Food Waste and how designing Save Food Packaging can make a difference. She is also committed to helping educate and train packaging professionals in the importance of sustainable and circular packaging design and recognising best practice in this area.

Manal Mhada

CEO @ Amendi Foods

Manal is currently closing her research journey as a post doc at the UM6P. Her scientific curriculum was completed with an entrepreneurial experience. In 2015, she co-founded a small company, called “Amendy Foods”, that assists farmers in quinoa production, design quinoa-based recipes and deliver to Moroccans products adapted to their cookery habits.

Tommi Uitti

Startup Community Manager @ Business Tampere

Tommi Uitti is startup community manager and startup mentor at Startup Tampere. He is currently employed by Business Tampere, and is the co-founder of Tribe Tampere.

Kacem Nasri

Founder & Managing Director of Falkon North Africa

FALKON NORTH AFRICA is a Professional Consulting Service Provider that specializes since 2015 in the development and delivery of integrated supply Chain Engineering services, recruitment and training in the EMEA Region. The company was founded on the knowledge of the Global Supply Chain requirements and built on the ability to deliver contracted requirements that meet or exceed client expectations

Amir Zaidman

Vp Buisness Development @ The Kitchen Hub

Since 2014 Mr. Zaidman is serving as the vice president of business development of "The Kitchen Hub" - the first FoodTech focused seed investor and technology incubator in Israel. He provides biz-dev support to portfolio companies and is also in charge of The Kitchen's deal-sourcing and evaluating new investment opportunities. Amir also takes a leading role in promoting a FoodTech community in Israel.

Bob Bauer

President @ Association of Food Industries

Mr. Bauer has served as president of AFI since January 2002. Prior to that, he served as vice president of the organization for nearly six years. In 2005 he was appointed to the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for trade in Processed Foods. He was reappointed to that committee in 2008 and again in 2011, 2015 and 2019. AFI is an international trade association which fosters international trade in food products. The association has approximately 1,000 member companies throughout the world.

Annalien Meerts

International development consultant

An international development consultant, working for Fair & Sustainable Consulting in The Netherlands. She works on the development of agricultural and agri-food value chains and the private sector, to create sustainable economic opportunities for people in developing countries.

Veronica Fil

Co founder and CEO – Grounded Foods

In her former role as Head of Marketing for an Australian marketing and PR agency, Veronica developed a wealth of experience working with natural and plant based food brands. It was through this work that she came up with the concept for Grounded: a CPG and lifestyle brand that makes plant based food sexy. Veronica is an active voice in the female entrepreneurship community, and a writer for Vegconomist magazine. Her book about the cultural shift towards healthier eating—Plant Based USA—will be released in 2021 through Hardie Grant Publishing.

Joselyn Villalobos Salas

Marketing Director Agriculture Production

Director of Marketing in Productos Agropecuarios VISA and General Manager in VISAFRUIT LLC, a Costa Rican family business group with 30 years of experience in the production, packaging and export market of pineapple, rambutan, papaya and tuber.

Dannylo Subia

CEO ECOLATIVA, BUSINESS CONSULTING

Export strategist with over 15 years of experience in foreign trade, managing logistics, marketing operations, and organizational leadership. Team leader who communicates effectively and consults companies on commercial globalization.

Eugene Wang

Co-founder and CEO – Sophie's BioNutrients

An innovator and entrepreneur Eugene is UNLOCKING MACRO-NUTRIENTS AT THE MICRO-LEVEL

Zakaria El Mahfoudi

COO Jumia NSYE JMIA

Expert in e-commerce, previously managed a cross marketplace teams | Founder of the first department of Content & Production in Morocco: Jumia.ma | Owned by Jumia Group | group.jumia.com, powered by Rocket Internet, AXA, MTN, Orange, Goldman Sachs, Millicom & CDC Group | N°1 Online digital services in Africa.

Mark Warner

Founder, Warner Advisors LLC

Mark has consulted for over 50 industrial biotechnology ventures and is recognized as an expert in biotechnology commercialization. His recent focus is on cellular agriculture and bringing novel proteins to commercial scale, including publication of the book “Industrial Biotechnology Commercialization Handbook – How to make proteins without animals and fuels or chemicals without crude oil”.

Tarik Mounim

CEO In one Communication

Entrepreneur and activist, he is also the ambassador for Hub Africa.

Marina Schmidt

Founder of Red to Green

Founder of Red to Green and host of the podcast. Has a background in company building leading the analysis of business model opportunities and markets in healthcare of mobility. Beforehand she cofounded the german career consultancy Karrierehelden GmbH in charge of marketing and branding.

Bonnie Sussilo

ENTREPRENEUR - FOODENTHUSIAST

Busy setting up integrated food ecosystem for micro, small, medium food enterprises in Indonesia through FoodStartup Indonesia. Enabling them for scale up and investment readiness through Ultra Indonesia.

Zoja Kukic

VP Digital Transformation at Signet World

Entrepreneur, activist, and researcher working with startups and enterprises, with a focus on digital transformation and evolutionary growth. She is also the Co-host at She Rocks Global

Vivian Leung

Co-founder and chairperson Foodtechies

Co-founder and chairperson Foodtechies Finaland. She believes that startups and entrepreneurship are the key to revolutionizing our food system.

Nwabisa Mayema

Director at the BCEO

The Strategic Partnerships Director at the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship South Africa. She is also the host of a podcast, She Rocks Global. She is a connector, an adventurer and lover of fun.

Semi Hakim

Co-Founder of Kök Projekt

Co-Founder of Kök Projekt with diverse experience within the agri-food sector. Works together with FAW (Food, Agriculture, Water) sector startups, develops acceleration and corporate innovation programs, organizes community building and network expansion activities within many regions.

Laila Radi

Founder of IQCC

Founder of IQCC and a Senior Director of Compliance and Regulatory Food Safety Co, working with many types of products destined for the U.S. food market.

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