Round Table and Keynote Speakers 2016-12-19T10:52:05+00:00

Round table

The business round tables at IFAMA 2016 are your opportunity to go into greater depth with the main topics of the conference. Here you can learn more from the introductory speakers and take part in the discussions. During the conference, four business round tables, each offering three tracks, will be available to attend.

Opening Forum

Monday, June 20th

Interaction between industry and science is a key driver for the IFAMA World Conference, and Monday morning mark the beginning of the industry forums where key figures of the agrifood industry presents their visions, debate and interact with the audience to find new solutions to the challenges ahead.

The opening speakers include:

  • Onno Omta, Chairman of the Conference, Professor in Management Studies, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Executive Committee member of IFAMA and IFAMA Europe
  • Johan van Rooyen, Director Standard Bank Centre for Agribusiness Development and Leadership, Professor in Agricultural Economics, University of Stellenbosch, IFAMA President 2015-2019
  • Esben Laulund, Chairman of Danish Food Cluster and Senior VP of Innovation at Chr. Hansen A/S

Plenary Round Table 1: Sustainable Water, Nitrogen and Energy use in Agriculture

Monday, June 20th

  • Margrethe Jonkman: Corporate R&D Director FrieslandCampina, Netherlands
  • Markus Frank, BASF Crop Protection> Sustainability Assessment, Germany: Towards sustainable N management – improving nutrient efficiency for optimized yields and environmental health
  • John Hollick, President, Conserval Engineering/Solar Wall: Solar technology solutions for agribusiness, Canada: Clean energy

Welcome Key Notes and Welcome Discussion

Monday, June 20th

Europe has a strong tradition for food all through the value chain from growing food and producing food to developing new food solutions and exporting globally.
Agriculture and food is an important part of the European economy but also an integrated part of the European culture.
But what about the future? Does the world’s largest exporter of food hold the answer to the global food challenge with a growing population and lack of natural resources – or will the World need to look elsewhere?

In this session Chairman of Central Denmark Region, Bent Hansen, will set the scene, while the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan, will give his perspectives on what Europe has to offer.

In the following debate Karen Hækkerup, CEO of the Danish Food and Agriculture Council, Theo Camps, chairman of IFAMA Europe, and Esben Laulund, chairman of Danish Food Cluster, will discuss the challenges and opportunities with the chairman and the commissioner.

Speaker list:

  • Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Peter Olesen, Chairman of the EIT Governing Board
  • Bent Hansen, Head of the Central Region of Denmark
  • Karen Hækkerup, CEO of Danish Food and Agriculture Council

Plenary Round Table 3: How to make intensive food production sustainable?

Monday, June 20th

  • Chris Brett, Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability, OLAM International, UK
  • Ivar Ravn, Executive Director, SEGES Crop & Environment, Denmark
  • Jack van der Vorst, General Director Social Sciences Group, Wageningen University and Research Centre and Research Centre,
    The Netherlands

Keynote Addresses: New Paths in Food Innovation and Sustainability

Tuesday, June 21st

The European food and drink industry is a key pillar of the EU economy, outperforming a large number of other EU manufacturing sectors. It is the largest manufacturing industry in the EU in terms of turnover, value added and employment – and EU remains the world’s largest exporter of food and drink products ahead of the US, China and Brazil. Will Europe also be the region that can supply a growing global population with the innovative solutions, enabling a sustainable solution to the global food challenge? Or is Europe so firmly rooted in the past that the innovation of tomorrow will come from other continents? In this session 3 leaders from 3 mayor European companies will present their vision for the future of the sector.

  • Peder Tuborgh, CEO of Arla Foods: A Danish approach to addressing global food challenges
  • Jacques de Groot, Head Quality Assurance , VanDrie Group: Integrating sustainablity in the food business
  • Flemming Besenbacher, Chairman of Carlsberg: Connecting business and science for the future

Plenary Round Table 4: Finance and sustainability

Tuesday, June 21st

  • Niels Dijkman, Head Sustainability Corporate Banking, ABN.AMRO Bank, Netherlands
  • Stefano Pascucci, Co-chair Scientific Symposium, Professor in Sustainability and Circular Economy, University of Exeter Business School, UK
  • André Louw Chief Executive Officer & Board Member: Agric Risk Specialist (ARS), Ficksburg, Free State; Honorary Professor: Agricultural Economics, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Business Round Table 1: 2 Concurrent sessions

Wednesday, June 22nd

BRT 1.1: Food and health in the city

  • Nick van den Berg, Strategist Economic Development, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Woody Mayers and Gerry Kouwenhoven, InHolland University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands
  • Henrik Dethlefsen, Green Academy Aarhus (MA, Secretary General EUROPEA), Denmark

BRT 1.2: Food innovation in developing countries

  • Johan van Rooyen, IFAMA President 2015 – 2019, Chairman of IFAMA, Professor in Agricultural Economics, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa (moderator)
  • P.G. Chengappa, President of the Agricultural Economics Research Association (AERA) and  Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), National Professor at the Institute for Social and Economic Change, India
  • Domenico Dentoni, The Global Centre for Food Systems Innovation, Netherlands

Business Round Table 2: 2 Concurrent sessions

Wednesday, June 22nd

BRT 2.1: Big data

  • Theo Camps, CEO of Berenschot Consultancy, professor at TIAS School of Business and Society, Netherlands, Chairman of the Board of IFAMA Europe
  •  Eric Jackson, Chief Sustainability Officer, Conservis, USA.
  • Steve Sonka, University of Illinois, USA
The successful implementation of data-led farming will require fundamental changes to existing farming practices, as well as the relationships between farmers, suppliers and customers. This roundtable will focus on how medium and small sized companies can develop a means to access the required technology, by either increasing their own operations or by becoming part of a bigger franchise (such as a co-operative), sharing data, technology and expertise.
BRT 2.2: Circular Economy – Taking you further

  • Jan Boeg Hansen, CEO Danish Crown Ingredients
  • Trine Basklide Stoltenborg, Industrial PhD, Samso Energy Academy
  • Christian Selmer Fredsø, Strategic developer, circular economy team, Central Denmark Region
This table session will be powerful as you will be the main ingredient.

After a short introduction to the circular economy (CE) where resources, materials, energy, and labor are to circulate and cascade, you will be the one to RETHINK.

You are invited to loop the synergies between CE, the multidimensionality and your own hot topics.  The aim is to is to create meaning and value at more levels and for more people by taking the circular economy approach.

This Circle Table will tackle the latest issues of innovation and sustainability in chains and networks in order to build the sustainability agenda of tomorrow.

Keynote Addresses: Food innovation through clusters in Europe

Thursday, June 23rd

Food clusters are a prominent part of the food sector in Europe. In many parts of the continent they provide the agrifood industry with a venue for cooperation and interaction between big and small companies, industry and knowledge institutions.

But there does this tradition for organizing clusters come from? How do the clusters create value and drive innovation? Can they do so outside the protected environment of Europe?

Are clusters a fashion trend doomed to vanish then the next new thing comes along? Or will clusters be more important than ever in a world with many great food challenges ahead?

To these questions we have answers from 3 speakers, representing both mature and new clusters in countries know for succeeding through collaboration.

  • Skåne Food Innovation Network: The veteran, 20 years of experience with clusters
  • Food Valley NL: The international, taking the cluster outside Europe
  • Danish Food Cluster: The national, gathering a whole country in one cluster

Keynote Addresses: Food security through new tech, new crops and reducing food waste

Thursday, June 23rd

How do we supply enough food to a growing world population? Lack of resources such as water and land and obstacles such as climate change makes it impossible to simply produce more. We need to produce and consume smarter – but how?
This session will give you 3 insights to smart and resource efficient ways to reach our goal, Food Security for all in 2050:

  • New technical solutions to improve efficiency and sustainability in the food production by Bo Damgaard from Foss, world leading supplier of analytical equipment for the food industry
  • New mindset for suppliers and consumers of food to eliminate food waste by Selina Juul, found of the NGO Stop Food Waste and food waste blogger at Huffington Post
  • Development of new crops to improve output for farmers all over the world by Arjen van Tunen from Keygene, the go-to AgBiotech company

After the presentations you will have the opportunity to interact with the speakers and join the debate.

Business Round Table 3

Thursday, June 23rd

BRT 3.1: Crowdfunding as accelerator for global food packaging innovations

  • Michael Nieuwesteeg, Managing Director NVC, Netherlands
  • Niels Dijkman, Head Sustainability Corporate Banking, ABN.AMRO Bank, Netherlands
Packaging is the activity of temporarily integrating an external function and a product to enable the use of the product. In food retail, packaging is essential to self-service in supermarkets and increasingly to the home-delivery of goods to the consumer (end user). Financing of food packaging innovations is not easy due to the complex fabric of the food industry and sectors involved in conjunction with the technological and societal complexities encountered. Alternative finance may bring solutions here, as the barrier to entry for packaging innovators can be lowered dramatically and as the elements of knowledge needed to create joined success are shared more easily and This workshop is organized by NVC Netherlands Packaging Centre ( based on their 2015-2017 project in the field of fintech for packaging. The debate addresses the situation in the rapidly expanding world of crowdfunding, shares examples of crowdfunding in food packaging and tries to probe into the future of novel financing methods to accelerate innovations in food packaging worldwide.

Business Round Table 4: 3 concurrent sessions

Thursday, June 23rd

BRT 4.1: Chemicals for food, feed and health

  • Francesco Braga, University of Guelph, Canada and CEO of IFAMA (moderator)
  • Marcos Capdepont, Director Agro YPF, Argentina

BRT 4.2: New Crops for the Future: Disruptive Innovations for Food Security

  • Arjen van Tunen, CEO, KeyGene
  • Martin Toft, CEO Original Chia, Denmark

BRT 4.3: Food Security and Waste

  • Frances Fortuin, Food Valley NL, Netherlands
  • Selina Juul, Stop Wasting Food NGO, Denmark
  • Simone Le Ray, Analyst at the Economics and Trade Section of the French Embassy in Denmark



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