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. He brings strong project management skills, strategic thinking and planning, stakeholder coordination; and an understanding of agribusiness and value chain development in Southern Africa. His competencies have been acquired over 14 years of professional practice, working for both local and international organizations. He has managed and participated on agriculture, natural resources and agribusiness projects funded by Royal Danish Embassy, the Royal Norwegian Embassy, DGIS, SNV, African Development Bank, HiVOS, UNDP and the Government of Zambia.
His overall responsibilities include providing strategic direction for the daily operations of the Grow Africa programme and projects, as well as identification and building of partnerships between Grow Africa and relevant stakeholders. As such Mr. Gourouza oversees the implementation of the Country Agribusiness Partnership Framework (CAP-F) in 16 countries on the continent.
A serial entrepreneur and leader. With his brothers they founded the largest company in the world exporting handsewn teabags and developed different businesses in the food industry, electrical mobility, cleantech among others
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
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.
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.
Gyan is a Research Culinologist by profession and holds an interesting background in the Culinary Industry. He completed his bachelors in Culinary Arts, post which he felt inspired to pursue a masters in French Cuisine and Culinology from Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand. He had opportunities to do projects with Google India and Dell that focused on community thinking, Design thinking, communication, resilient & strategy thinking through Cooking. He then went on to work with a startup that focuses on restructuring the unorganised multi-billion-dollar meat industry in India. Gyan currently is working on his brainchild, Tasty Teaching, Co-Founded with his fellow colleagues from Italy and Finland. It focuses on ‘Mental Well Being through Culinary Pedagogy and Mindful Eating’.
Christos is a passionate rural developer with a nation wide small producer network in Finland. The Gastro Arena's 360 Food innovation platform facilitates all parts that Christos has been developing regarding sustainable food programs and supporting local small producers.
Nadav comes from a Third generation food family of industrialists, actively built many companies specializing in food applications, marketing and distribution. In 2008, co-founded the food applications lab, FoodLab. The innovative developments at FoodLab lead to founding FoodLab Capital, a premier seed fund. The successful portfolio includes DouxMatok, InnovoPro, NextFerm and SimpleOrder. In 2017 Nadav co-founded PeakBridge which manages NEWtrition , a Global FoodTech fund for series A + and FoodSparks®, the 1st. seed fund for FoodTech in Europe with collaboration with the EIT Food. Holds a B.A in economics and political science from Tel Aviv University and an EMBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management.
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.
He studied hotel management and worked as a chef in the best restaurants in both Belgium and The Netherlands. He fell in love with Marrakech and decided to leave his home country and start a new adventure in Marrakech. Carlo is more than just a chef. He is passionate about interior design, fashion, vintage watches/furniture… For this reason DAR SIMONS had to be more than just a fine dining restaurant.
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.
VVNP backs ambitious teams who are developing transformative solutions for a healthier, safer and more sustainable agri-food system. Since its inception in 2014, VVNP has helped to germinate and grow start-up companies from all over the world. The firm manages two funds with a global portfolio that includes Ynsect, Nuritas, Aleph Farms, Mitte, In Ovo, ViAqua, Nutrition Innovation, Mushlabs, and SwissDeCode. Prior to VVNP, Gerard was Head of Special Projects at Aquilus Pte Ltd, the investment office of a globally active industrial family investing across multiple asset classes. Previously, he worked for Saratoga Capital, an Indonesia-focused private equity fund.
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.
With a master's degree in Community Psychology, the final thesis about the implementation of the theories on self-care (self-care) in the health field. She pursued training and experience in the design and multidisciplinary field in the United Kingdom and Malta, focusing on the implementation of coordination and management of projects funded by the European Union.
As a Business and Marketing Consultant, he trains his clients in Social Selling and personal branding. he works with the Management Committees and Commercial or Marketing Managers for Startups, SMEs, Schools or Large Companies.
currently serving as Aide to the U.S. Ambassador to South Africa. His foreign assignments have included Press Attaché in Syria, Assistant Cultural Attaché in Morocco, and Consular Officer in Peru. J.J. also served as the Advisor to the Kimberley Process Chair in Washington. His languages are Arabic and Spanish. He previously worked as a State Senator’s Chief of Staff, a TV reporter/videographer, a food critic, and a refugee aid worker. J.J. served in the Peace Corps in eastern Bolivia from 2001 to 2003. J.J. loves to drink coffee and read. He is a photographer, traveler, learner, and minimalist.
Kishan has worked in the food-tech industry since 2011. As CEO of Spoonshot, an AI and food science powered insights company helping the industry uncover the future of food by predicting consumer needs, trends, and innovation opportunities. Before starting his own venture, Kishan worked in 2 leadership roles for 3+ years at a global online food ordering giant, JUST EAT. Also since 2008, Kishan has been the Co-Founder & Chairman of One Cause, an education-focused nonprofit that has raised over $1M to date for grassroots institutions.
Vegan & Pop executive Director, project Manager for Vegan Magazine, Advisor for Lever VC, and so eager to hear about and help all initiatives aiming at plant-based-ying our food system.
Discreet by impacteful Chef Faiçal Zahraoui embodied Moroccan cuisine in one of the biggest cooking reality TV shows "Top Chef Monde Arabe" by signing a very good career and leaving at the gates of the final. After an international career in different countries you can taste his creations at Azalai Urban Souk in Marrakech or using his catering service FZ Factory.
Xander has used his creative abilities within different fields of Entertainment, from song writing, to music production, art design and creative direction. His music is more aligned with his current image, identity and form of expression. A fusion of hip hop and Afro urban sound, written, composed, and produced by Xander. He believes that purely through sound, one can mark the evolution of the self.
Innoscentia is developing dynamic labels for the food industry. Since 2015 the company has been battling the current date-system that's causing huge amounts of environmental and financial waste. Now on the verge of pilot testing, Innoscentia is ready to start transforming the label industry from static to dynamic indication.
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
Youcef is a Chief Resilience Officer who helps municipalities and corporations build resilience within the boundaries of their ecosystem. Through his practice - Pegasus Formations - he teaches management teams on how to develop the right mindset and thinking processes to adress the key questions raised, in order to build an action plan with a proper execution roadmap.
Her career began in the financial services industry and she took her business acumen to the food industry, where she became President of Lakewood Organic. She is a pro at identifying bottlenecks, strategizing optimization, and establishing a strong company culture to promote efficiency at all levels
With over 20 years’ experience in the Kosher industry in helping and advising companies and manufacturers all over the world to become Kosher certified. My job is to make Kosher easy for companies and removing the unknown. My best satisfaction is watching companies reap the benefits from having Kosher certification for their products.
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.
Ammar is driving the change in complex ecosystem based on systemic transformation strategies and programs. He is well known for using gamification at the service of collective intelligence.
An Iconic figure of design emerging new generation of which he has been a member of for more than two decades, he is a world renowned personality, in the African continent, and in the Arab world, he signs major projects and collections published by prestigious international brands, such as DAUM, Ecart International, Lip, Aquamass, CITCO Italy, HAVILAND…
She proudly leverages her 20 years' experience in the conventional seafood industry to now create award winning delicious seafood alternatives for everyone. She is committed to make a lasting impact on our oceans so we can all see our oceans thrive now and for future generations
Logan has been named one of the Most Influential Teens by Time Magazine and a James Beard Blended Burger Winner. Since becoming the 2014 MasterChef Junior champion he has become a rising star in the culinary world. He was named Southern Living‘s Best New Southern Cook and earned a spot on Fortune Magazine’s 18 Under 18 list; he’s also the youngest certified judge for the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest in Memphis, Tennessee, and the youngest chef to cook at the historic James Beard House in New York City.
Tamar is bringing Corporations and Innovative Companies/ Startups to best collaboration in order to improve their operations, competitiveness, and grow their business worldwide. She scouts for Innovation in Israël for Worldwide Corporations and Investors and is also an advisor and mentor in several Startups Accelerators in Israël and Europe.
Armand has a proven experience of more than 15 years in the Food Industry worldwide from the Design phase up to the Production and the Distribution of new food products, including the set up of new factories in the food industry.
A graduate in economics from the University of Edinburgh, she has worked in emerging countries for over 10 years (Africa, Middle East, Latin America) leading economic research teams of 21 different nationalities. She is now overseeing several advisory reports on key economic trends in MEA, helping businesses and investors get key information for their decision making process.
Victoria is a multi-award winning Chartered Marketer and has worked internationally for all of her career within start up, SME and large corporation environments marketing and selling food, drinks, supplements and medical devices around the world. , Victoria now runs Bolst Global, an international business consultancy and export solutions providers to supporting those businesses operating in global food, drink and supplement sectors.
As Chief Strategist, Max’s focus is on leading the TurtleTree team to transform the global milk industry. Max has more than 15 years of experience helping businesses scale with technology. He was the CEO of a Silicon Valley tech company and firmly believes that technology can solve the world's biggest problems. Max formulates TurtleTree's business strategies and shapes the company's direction to accelerate growth to the next level.
Erik de Bie is an attorney-at-law focused on international trade, customs and VAT matters. Erik counsels clients in European trade, export control, sanctions, customs, VAT and excise duty related matters, including litigation. He concentrates his practice on developing and implementing European savings programs, setting up and restructuring European distribution and supply chains, improving and structuring customs, excise duty and VAT related compliance, and limiting risks and liabilities.
With a background in supply chain Jasper worked for 10 years at a logistics company in the Netherlands in various roles such as product management, marketing management, sales and business development. He is now responsible for business development in Asia. My primary task it to advise and assist foreign companies in setting up and/or restructuring their European supply chain and to provide introductions to potential (logistics) partners.
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.
Mohamed es cofundador de "IR4LAB" y director general de "Smart Transformation", ha ocupado varios puestos de dirección, incluido el de director ejecutivo de "FA Enterprise System", una empresa canadiense desarrollar soluciones Blockchain descentralizadas como "Fast Access Blockchain" plataforma, la plataforma de intercambio descentralizada con sede en EE. UU. "Exchangily" y la plataforma "Artcryption" para proteger y gestionar la propiedad intelectual.
Jerry has an extensive consumer international background which consists of 15+ years in public and private B2B and B2C companies such as Walmart, Burger King, Co-Founder CIP (Restaurant and CPG Group of Portfolio Companies), and Global CEO of Le Pain Quotidien Restaurant and Manufacturing Group. Further, he was recently a Board Member and Chief Strategy Officer at Meatless Farm, a plant-based meat manufacturing and distribution company.
Baaghil is the unconventional Global Brand Relevance consultant, author, speaker and advocate of "Change or Die". His out-of-the-box ideas ignite companies to rethink their strategies on reaching their target audience and building sustainable brands. He is proud co-founder of The Core Code – a global think tank on Brand – and founder/co-founder of multiple ventures. Advocate of Change or Die a business thought line of creating values.
Jinesh a serial impact entrepreneur & venture capitalist on a life mission to change the global food system for a better planetary future. A YCombinator Alum, Jinesh went from Wall Street to Silicon Valley to building & accelerating the global Alternative Protein industry.
Entrepreneur, committed activist and comedian and theater director. Ingrid is French living in the Indian Ocean and catering to french speaking markets.
Christina not only a Danish Olive Oil Sommelier, Nutritionist, Chef, Food Technologist and Food Innovator but also Olive Oil Producer, Entrepreneur, Founder and Owner of shop.oliveoilcph.dk Taste, health, quality, Sustainability, and proper trade are the key values in her ethical compass for achieving long-term and solid goals.
Un chef de renom également ancien juge masterchef et aujourd'hui entrepreneur. Ayant remporté le 3ème prix de tout ce qui est «Canapé», le 2ème prix de «Cuisine marocaine revisitée» et le 1er prix de «cuisine gastronomique française», sa renommée dans la gastronomie française lui a valu de rejoindre le cercle fermé des meilleurs français têtes. Il accompagne les entreprises à lancer de nouveaux concepts et à restructurer les concepts de restauration
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.
Food innovation researcher Higher diploma in agro-food ISFORT Master in Marketing and Communication at ENCG de SEttat International Master in Nutrition and Food Biotechnology Europa del Atlantico University - Santandee
The world’s first collaborative platform for the food & beverage industry fostering innovation via FoodTech Data Intelligence and corporate-startup collaboration
In 1980, Seth Tibbott founded Turtle Island Foods, now "the Tofurky Company", on $2500 savings from his 8-year career as a teacher/naturalist. The company’s first product was a tasty fermented Indonesian soy product called tempeh. For 15 years Seth pursued his dream while losing his shirt as a pioneer of the early plant-based foods movement. In 1995, Seth introduced the first nationally marketed vegan holiday roast named "Tofurky". Currently, 55 Tofurky products are sold in 27,000 stores worldwide. Seth has chronicled his “40-year overnight success story” in a new book, In Search of the Wild Tofurky.
Vin is a prolific scientist with over 10 years of experience in muscle stem cell biology research and authored numerous scientific publications. He has also demonstrated business development skills with a startup in Singapore. Gaia foods is Southeast Asia's FIRST biotech company focused on producing CULTIVATED RED MEAT catered to ASIAN consumers.
Founder and managing director of Rayane (agribusiness). Before starting his business in 1995, he was responsible for international operations at the BCP from 1988 to 1993. Doctor in economics from the University of Paris he is also teaches at the Al Akhawayn university and a lobbyist.
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.
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.
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.
An innovator and entrepreneur Eugene is UNLOCKING MACRO-NUTRIENTS AT THE MICRO-LEVEL
Heading a multinational group with companies in Europe and Africa helping companies go digital with their platform.
A successful award-winning Food marketer with over 25 years’ commercial experience building leading brands and businesses across different food, dairy, confectionery categories across various geographies and business models. During his successful international career at Nestlé and other Premium SMEs, he has transformed B2B2C organizations in different global senior leadership roles and has pioneered game-changing innovation eco-systems entering successfully into new markets and distribution channels
One of the world’s leading experts in the plant-based food industry. Among his experiences, he spent nearly a decade leading a corporate strategy consulting firm for plant-based products and founded one of the first plant-based seafood companies. He has invested in a number of startups in the space and has spoken all over the world about the plant-based industry. He and his companies have been profiled in The New York Times, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Fast Company, Wired, Inc, CNN and more.
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 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”.
Entrepreneur and activist, he is also the ambassador for Hub Africa.
She is best known as the first Groceries Code Adjudicator, a role she finished in October 2020. She achieved significant cultural change in nearly 8 years in office, bringing greater fairness for producers supplying the UK’s largest supermarkets.
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.
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.
Rob is a seasoned food and agriculture executive and tech entrepreneur. After gaining experience in staple and specialty foods in Latin America, Rob founded and launched The Leaf Protein Co, a startup developing biotechnology to unlock Earth's most abundant source of protein: green leaves
A Digital Strategist, Communicator and certified Design Thinker. A. Critical Thinker, Multiculturalist/Trilingual (EN/FR/AR), Tech Savvy & Marketing Killer, Yasser is also a part time Trainer, Researcher, Consultant, Facilitator, Keynote Speaker, Blogger, Writer and occasional musician.
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
Co-founder and chairperson Foodtechies Finaland. She believes that startups and entrepreneurship are the key to revolutionizing our food system.
Serial tech entrepreneur. And founder of Chari.ma the first Moroccan purchasing center for FMCG products for traditional local proximity shops
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.
Serial social entrepreneur founder & editor-in-chief of Green Queen, an award-winning impact media platform advocating for social & environmental change in Hong Kong. also the founder & CEO of Ekowarehouse, the global sourcing platform for certified organic products.
Award-winning media personality, successful businesswoman and keen investor. She is also Managing Director, North America of vegconomist-the vegan business magazine and Founder of Plant Powered Communications
CEO of Act Consult, established in 5 African countries, President and Founding Member of the IDNET network of innovation management consultants and Founding Member of ACN, the African economic chamber for the development of African partnership.
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.
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.
Founder and CEO of Ecoinca Superfoods, an agro exporter company that commercializes superfoods from Peru. Rachelle is a serial entrepreneur focused on fair trade and circular economy.
President of PHI and Certi-Trust where he dedicate himself to entrepreneurship projects in the fields of education, digital and certification. Vice-President of the CSR Observatory in Morocco, Past Founding Vice-President of the CFCIM Kluster and the French Tech chapter in Morocco,