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FFA2021 Annual Conference – Food System Renewal

Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2021    Time: 09:00 - 17:00

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Our Annual Conference will be held on March 23, consisting of live broadcasts, moderated panel discussions and dialogues, interactive interventions, networking opportunities and exhibitions, all within an innovative virtual platform.

Join us at the FFA2021 Annual Conference virtual event - food system renewal.

Confirmed Speakers (in alphabetical order) - more to follow



Catherine Bertini
Distinguished Fellow, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
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Benedikt Bösel
Founder & CEO, Gut&Bösel
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Qu Dongyu
Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
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Shenggen Fan
Chair Professor and Dean, Academy of Global Food Economics and Policy, China Agricultural University
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Erik Fyrwald
Chief Executive Officer, Syngenta Group and Chairman, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture
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Catherine Bertini, Distinguished Fellow, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Catherine Bertini is a distinguished fellow of global food and agriculture at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. For 10 years, she was an executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme, the world's largest international humanitarian agency. She became the 2003 World Food Prize laureate for her ground-breaking leadership there. Bertini was UN Under Secretary General for Management and the UN Security Coordinator. She led the US domestic nutrition programs as USDA assistant secretary for food and consumer services and the nation’s assistance program for single mothers at HHS. She was on the Board of International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD). Bertini was senior fellow on the first agriculture team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and served as a fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation. She is chair of the board of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and serves on the board of the Global Food Banking Network.

More information
Website – www.catherinebertini.com & www.thechicagocouncil.org
Twitter – @C_A_Bertini & @thechicagocouncil & @globalagdev
Facebook – globalagdev
LinkedIn - catherinebertini
Benedikt Bösel, Founder & CEO, Gut&Bösel

Benedikt Bösel is founder and CEO of Gut&Bösel near Berlin. Benedikt and his team are implementing different forms of regenerative agriculture like syntropic agroforestry, holistic grazing, market gardening and different composting methodologies on his estate that is characterized by extremely low precipitation and sandy soil. The estate also ties in startups and technology to combine both worlds.

Benedikt is engaged and sits in various boards of initiatives around the future of land use and rural development. For instance, he sits on the board of Soil Alliance - an association of Regenerative Agriculture as well as is part of the Advisory Board of Digitalisation of Agriculture for the Ministry of Food & Agriculture in Germany.
Qu Dongyu, Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Qu Dongyu, who took office on 1 August 2019 as Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), has spent his life working on how to make sure the world is fed.

Born in 1963 to a rice-growing family in China’s Hunan Province, Qu studied horticultural science at Hunan Agricultural University and then plant breeding and genetics at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. He later added environmental science to his knowledge portfolio while earning a PhD at Wageningen University, in the Netherlands.

He then progressed through a range of national and international activities, engaged simultaneously in science and management, all during a time when China’s reform and opening-up process led the country to dramatically reduce poverty and hunger.

His vision is founded on the belief that freedom from hunger is a basic human right, and that in the 21st century we have the capability to eradicate chronic food insecurity. While challenges loom, Qu’s cardinal principle is that “problems can also be the source of progress”.

Before coming to FAO, Qu served as China’s Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, where one of his achievements was to promote inclusive and innovative development and make sure information and communication technologies (ICT) were available in rural areas so that more than 400 million farmers could use their smartphones as a new farming tool.

That vision has been consistent across a professional career that includes periods in central and local government, in and leading research institutes, and as a human resources leader at the China Three Gorges Project Development Corporation, a $40 billion investment project.

Qu has for 30 years been involved in international exchanges and orchestrated major events including the World Potato Congress, the International Rice Congress and the International Conference on Plant Protection, and participated in multilateral initiatives such as the World Trade Organization and the G20 as well as numerous bilateral initiatives involving Asia, Africa and Latin America. He has also directly helped design flagship South-South Cooperation projects with FAO and the World Bank.

His motto is “Simple life, but not simple work”.

More information
Website – www.fao.org
Twitter – @FAODG
Facebook – UNFAO
LinkedIn – company/fao
Shenggen Fan, Chair Professor and Dean, Academy of Global Food Economics and Policy, China Agricultural University

Dr. Shenggen Fan is currently Chair Professor and Dean of Academy of Global Food Economics and Policy (AGFEP) at China Agricultural University (CAU). Prior to joining CAU, Dr. Fan served as director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) from 2009 to 2019.

He currently serves as a member of the United Nations’ Lead Group for the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement. He was a member, vice chair and chair of food and nutrition council of the World Economic Forum.

He is a Fellow of Agricultural and Applied Economics Association(AAEA), and a Honorary Life Member, International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE).

Dr. Fan received a PhD in applied economics from the University of Minnesota and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Nanjing Agricultural University in China.
Erik Fyrwald, Chief Executive Officer, Syngenta Group and Chairman, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture

Before joining Syngenta in June 2016, Erik Fyrwald was Chief Executive Officer of Univar, a leading distributor of chemistry products and services (2012–2016); President of Ecolab, a global provider of water and hygiene technologies (2011–2012); and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nalco, a leading water treatment company (2008–2011). He served as group vice president of the agriculture and nutrition division of DuPont (2003–2008) and general manager of DuPont’s nutrition and health business (2000–2003).

Erik serves on the boards of directors of Syngenta, Eli Lilly, Bunge, CropLife International, the UN World Food Program Farm to Market Initiative, and is Chairman of the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Seeing the devastating impacts of weather extremes around the world and given his love of nature, Erik is passionate about climate change. He regularly speaks about how critical it is that industries, governments, NGOs, academia and media collaborate to drive climate action. He strongly believes that agriculture can be part to the solution by working with farmers to use safe modern technologies and best agronomic practices to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, sequester carbon in the soil and enhance biodiversity.

More information
Website – www.syngenta.com
Twitter – @ErikFyrwald
LinkedIn – erik-fyrwald


Lawrence Haddad
Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)
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Agnes Kalibata
UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the 2021 Food Systems Summit & President of AGRA
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Brent Loken
Global Food Lead Scientist at WWF
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Berry J. Marttin
Member of the Managing Board Rabobank Group
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David Nabarro
Strategic Director, 4SD and Special Envoy on Covid-19 for the World Health Organisation
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Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

Dr. Lawrence Haddad became GAIN’s Executive Director in October 2016. Prior to joining, he was the founding co-chair and lead author of the Global Nutrition Report (GNR).

From 2004-2014 Lawrence was the Director of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), the world’s leading development studies institute, and prior to that, he was a research Director at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). He was the UK’s representative on the Steering Committee of the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) of the UN’s Committee on Food Security (CSF) from 2009-2010. He is an economist and completed his PhD in Food Research at Stanford University in 1988.

In 2018, Lawrence was awarded the World Food Prize for his: “relentless leadership and advocacy in mobilizing political will to make nutrition the focal point of development strategies.”

More information
Website – www.gainhealth.org
Twitter – @l_haddad
LinkedIn - lawrence-haddad-5809b916b
Agnes Kalibata, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the 2021 Food Systems Summit & President of AGRA

As the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy, Dr. Kalibata provides leadership, guidance, and strategic direction towards the 2021 Food Systems Summit. She is responsible for outreach and cooperation with key leaders, including governments, to ensure the Summit serves as a catalytic process within the Decade of Action to improve food systems around the world to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Paris Agreement.

Since 2014, Dr. Kalibata has also served as President of AGRA, where she leads the organization’s efforts with partners to ensure a food secure and prosperous Africa through rapid, sustainable agricultural growth, improving the productivity and livelihoods of millions of African smallholder farmers. Prior to joining AGRA, Dr. Kalibata was Rwanda’s Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) from 2008 to 2014. She has a distinguished track record globally as an agricultural scientist, policy maker and thought leader.

More information
Website – www.un.org/food-systems-summit
Twitter – @Agnes_Kalibata
Brent Loken, Global Food Lead Scientist at WWF

Brent Loken is the Global Food Lead Scientist for WWF. His work focuses on using food as a lever for improving planetary health through education, conservation and research. He has a broad and varied background including founding both a progressive international school and conservation NGO and research into topics ranging from food and health to orangutans and clouded leopards. His commitment to improving planetary health has resulted in some important contributions including rediscovering what was thought to be an extinct monkey species, helping to protect one of the most biologically rich forests on Borneo, educating a generation of environmentalists, co-authoring one of the most influential scientific publications on human health and environmental sustainability and raising global awareness to the critical importance of food system transformation in stopping climate change, reversing biodiversity loss, and restoring nature.

Rarely patient, Brent believes to achieve the SDGs and Paris Agreement in the short time that is available, it will be because of fast moving and innovative organizations and people that disrupt the status quo and actively show the world a better way.

More information
Website – www.wwf.org.uk
Twitter – @brentloken
Berry J. Marttin, Member of the Managing Board Rabobank Group

Berry Marttin, born and raised in Brazil, is a member of the Managing Board of Rabobank. Over the course of his career at Rabobank, he has gained extensive experience as an international banker in both wholesale and retail banking working in various senior executive positions in Australia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Curacao and Brazil. Mr Marttin moved to the Netherlands in 2004 to become Chairman of the Board of Directors of Rabobank Amsterdam. As from 2009 he joined the Managing Board with special focus on Rabobank’s international Wholesale (ad interim) and Rural banking activities and further responsibilities including Leasing (DLL), Rabo Partnerships, Sustainability & Climate, F&A knowledge & networks and Rabobank Foundation.

His principal other activities outside Rabobank include serving as Member of the Supervisory Board of ARISE Invest and as President of the EACB (European Association of  Co-operative Banks). Moreover, Mr Marttin serves as the first Chairman of the global Steering Committee of the Food Action Alliance, where World Economic Forum together with IFAD, WBCSD, CIAT, AfDB and Rabobank and over 20 global leaders unite to deploy large scale action through game changing initiatives for food systems transformation.

More information
Website – www.rabobank.com
Twitter – @BerryMarttin
LinkedIn - BerryMarttin
David Nabarro, Strategic Director, 4SD and Special Envoy on Covid-19 for the World Health Organisation

David Nabarro is the Co-Director of the Imperial College Institute of Global Health Innovation at the Imperial College London and supports systems leadership for sustainable development through his Switzerland based social enterprise 4SD. Furthermore, he is Advisor at the Global Commission on Adaptation in Rotterdam. He secured his medical qualification in 1974 and has worked in over 50 countries – in communities and hospitals, governments, civil society, universities, and in United Nations (UN) programs.

David worked for the British government in the 1990s as head of Health and Population and director for Human Development in the UK Department for International Development. From 1999 to 2017 he held leadership roles in the UN system on disease outbreaks and health issues, food insecurity and nutrition, climate change and sustainable development. In October 2018, David received the World Food Prize together with Lawrence Haddad for their leadership in raising the profile and building coalitions for action for better nutrition across the Sustainable Development Goals.

On 21 February 2020, Dr Nabarro was appointed as one of six Special Envoys to the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General on COVID-19.

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Twitter – @davidnabarro
LinkedIn - davidnabarro


Vanessa Nakate
Climate justice activist
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Janez Potočnik
Chair FFA2021 and Chairman RISE Foundation
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Frans Timmermans
Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, European Commission
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Vanessa Nakate, Climate justice activist

Vanessa Nakate, 24, is a climate activist from Uganda and founder of the Africa-based Rise Up Movement. She began striking for the climate in her home town of Kampala in January 2019, after witnessing droughts and flooding devastating communities in Uganda. She now campaigns internationally to highlight the impacts of climate change already playing out in Africa, as well as promoting key climate solutions such as educating girls.

In 2020, Vanessa was named a UN Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as being listed one of the BBC's 100 Women of the year and the 100 most influential young Africans.

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Website – www.vanessanakate.com
Twitter – @vanessa_vash
Janez Potočnik, Chair FFA2021 and Chairman RISE Foundation

Dr Janez Potočnik graduated from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. After a successful career starting in 1989 in Slovenia as a researcher at the Institute of Economic Research, Director of the Institute of Macroeconomic Analysis and Development (1994), he was appointed Head of the Negotiating Team for the Accession of Slovenia to the EU (1998). He was also Director of Government Office for European Affairs (2000), Minister Councillor at the Office of the Prime Minister (2001) and Minister responsible for European Affairs (2002). In 2004 he joined the European Commission, first as "shadow Commissioner for Enlargement and then as Commissioner responsible for Science and Research. In 2010 Dr Potočnik became Commissioner for Environment. His term ended in November 2014 and he was appointed as a Co-Chair of UN Environment International Resource Panel and was also appointed as a Chairman of The Forum for the Future of Agriculture and RISE Foundation and a Member of the European Policy Centre's Advisory Council. From April 2016 he is also the Partner in SYSTEMIQ.

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Twitter – @JanezPotocnik22
Facebook – potocnikjanez
LinkedIn - janez-potocnik-872470a7
Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, European Commission

Frans Timmermans began his career with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1987. After taking part in the junior diplomat training programme, he worked at the European Integration Department of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and at the Embassy of the Netherlands in Moscow. He later worked for Hans van den Broek, European Commissioner for External Relations, and Max van der Stoel, High Commissioner on National Minorities for the OSCE.

In 1998, Frans Timmermans was elected as a member of the House of Representatives for the Dutch Labour Party (PvdA), where he dealt principally with foreign affairs. In the fourth Balkenende government, from February 2007 to February 2010, Mr Timmermans was Minister for European Affairs. In 2010, Mr Timmermans returned to Parliament as the Labour Party's spokesperson on foreign policy.

On 5 November 2012, Mr Timmermans became Minister of Foreign Affairs in the second Rutte government. Two years later, on 1 November 2014, he became First Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for better regulation, interinstitutional relations, sustainable development, the rule of law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights.  Since 1 December 2019, he is the Executive Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for the Green Deal.

More information
Website – https://ec.europa.eu/commission/commissioners/2019-2024_en
Twitter – TimmermansEU
Facebook – frans.timmermans

Confirmed Moderators (in alphabetical order)



Stephen Sackur
Journalist
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Mark Titterington
Senior Adviser, Strategy & Partnerships, Forum for the Future of Agriculture
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Stephen Sackur, Journalist

Stephen Sackur has been a journalist with BBC News since 1986. Since becoming presenter of HARDtalk in 2004, he has interviewed prominent international personalities, cultural figures, leaders and politicians from around the world. Before taking over on the BBC News Channel and BBC World flagship current affairs interview programme, he was based in Brussels for three years as the BBC's Europe Correspondent.
Mark Titterington, Senior Adviser, Strategy & Partnerships, Forum for the Future of Agriculture

Mark has enjoyed a long career in the agri-food sector having previously worked at the United Nations and for Syngenta where he held a number of senior leadership positions in corporate affairs and business sustainability in the EAME region and globally. After leaving Syngenta in 2017, Mark became Chief Executive of EngineeringUK, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to inspiring and nurturing STEM skills in young people.

Mark is a co-founder and senior adviser to the Forum for the Future of Agriculture and a Senior Fellow at the Transatlantic Policy Network. He is also the current Head of Marketing and Public Affairs for Indigo Agriculture Europe GmbH.

Agenda


09:00 – 09:15
Introduction to FFA2021 Annual Conference
Welcome and introduction
Mark Titterington, Senior Adviser, Strategy & Partnerships, FFA
Janez Potočnik, Chair FFA2021 and Chairman RISE Foundation
09:15 – 09:45
Session 1 - Renewing leadership within the food system
Keynote address
Qu Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Moderator: Stephen Sackur
10:00 - 11:00
Networking and exhibition break
Join us in our virtual exhibition area or visit out online lounge to network with other delegates
11:00 – 12:30
Session 2 – Making the food system climate resilient
Keynote address
Catherine Bertini, World Food Prize Laureate & distinguished fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Moderated dialogue
Benedikt Bösel, CEO & Founder, Gut & Bösel
Erik Fyrwald, Chief Executive Officer, Syngenta Group and Chairman, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture
Further speaker to be confirmed

Moderator: Stephen Sackur

Special address
Vanessa Nakate, Climate justice activist

Session closing
Mark Titterington, Senior Adviser, Strategy & Partnerships, FFA
12:30 – 13:30
Networking lunch break
Join us in our virtual exhibition area or visit out online lounge to network with other delegates
13:30 - 15:10
Session 3 – Healthy food for all at scale
Results of Youth Hackathon healthy food

Moderated dialogue
Shenggen Fan, Chair Professor and Dean, Academy of Global Food Economics and Policy, China Agricultural University
Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)
Brent Loken, Global Food Lead Scientist, WWF
Berry J. Marttin, Member of Executive Board, Rabobank

Moderator: Stephen Sackur

Driving at scale – concrete solutions
Speakers to be confirmed
15:10 - 15:45
Networking and exhibition break
Join us in our virtual exhibition area or visit out online lounge to network with other delegates
15:45 - 16:15
Session 4 – Learnings from COVID to build the food system transformation
Moderated dialogue
David Nabarro, Strategic Director, 4SD and Special Envoy on Covid-19 for the World Health Organisation
Moderator: Stephen Sackur
16:15 - 16:45
Towards global food system renewal
Connecting EU-UN closing interview
Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, European Commission
Agnes Kalibata, President, Alliance for a Green Revolution for Africa (AGRA) and Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the 2021 Food Systems Summit

Moderator: Stephen Sackur
16:45 - 17:00
Closing statement
Janez Potočnik, Chair FFA2021 and Chairman RISE Foundation
Mark Titterington, Senior Adviser, Strategy & Partnerships, FFA