2017 programme

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DAY ONE – 25 April 2017

Afternoon Arrivals
Arrive in Singapore at your convenience

17:15 Registration

17:30 FIA AGM Keynote Presentation and panel discussion: The Future of Food
Food Vision Asia attendees are invite to join the final session of Food Industry Asia AGM

Food is at the heart of many of the world’s environmental, social and economic challenges. With the influx of technology and innovation, what will the meals of tomorrow look like?


David Marx, CEO and Founder, The Science Kitchen
David Marx is the creative head, inventor, food designer and founder of the science kitchen, a Berlin based Food Lab where science meets haute cuisine. Here he re-invents food in all its facets and offers the opportunity of re-making and enjoying food with chefs, food designers, equipment manufacturers, futurologists, scientists, politicians, philosophers etc.


  • Jeff Haas, Global Head of Agriculture, Food & Beverage, Supply Chain & Commodities, Thomson Reuters
  • Katharina Unger, Founder & CEO, LIVIN Farms
  • Iain Brownlee, Director of Operations, Food & Human Nutrition  , Newcastle University
  • Lystra Antoine, Chief Executive Officer, Global Food Safety Partnership , The World Bank
  • Anna-Kajsa Lidell, Co-founder and Head of Progress Strategy, Food for Progress

19:00 FIA Annual Reception

Featuring the FIA Innovation Showcase of the regions newest and most innovative products

21:00 End of day 1


DAY TWO – 26 April 2017

07:45 DSM Breakfast briefing
Dr Femke Hannes, Nutritional Science Advocacy Manager, DSM

08:45 Welcome from the Chair
Gary Scattergood, Editor-in-Chief, FoodNavigator-Asia and NutraIngredients-Asia

08:50 An opening address by Mr Chee Hong Tat, Minister of State for Health, Singapore

09:05 A US$2.3 trillion prize.  Why the UN’s sustainability goals are good news for Asian food businesses
Fraser Thompson, Director,  AlphaBeta

09:35 Asia transformed.  The top food metatrends that will make or break your new product development plans
Dr Rachel Cheatham, CEO & Founder, Foodscape Group

10:05 Your future in Asia:  Developing a market and protecting its health
Prof Christiani Jeyakumar Henry, Director of Clinical Nutrition, Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences and Director, Clinical Nutrition Research Centre, Singapore

10:35 am Refreshments

11:05 Habits of a lifetime?  Assessing the dietary habits of young Singaporeans
Dr Iain Brownlee, Director of Operations for Food & Human Nutrition, Newcastle University International Singapore

11:35 Panel discussion: Prepare for battle.  Can Asia win the war on diabetes and obesity?
With a susceptibility driven by its population’s unique phenotype, the onslaught of obesity – and the metabolic diseases that arise from it – will hit Asia hard in the next decade. How prepared are we? Is industry, government or the medical profession best placed to lead the fight back? And is this a war we can win?  Our panel of experts will survey the battlefield and consider whether reformulation, product development or education is the strongest weapon in our armoury.


12:10 Extended networking

13:00 Roundtable lunches – discuss the issues that matter most to you
Each of our lunch tables will be hosted by an industry expert who will lead an informal discussion on an industry hot topic. Join the table that suits you best (subject to availability).

14:00 Desert and coffee

14:30 Between the double burden and a pressure to perform.  Challenging child and infant nutrition in Asia
Jacques Bindels, Scientific Director, Danone Nutricia

15:00 Let’s get personal.  Your microbiome, your blood sugar and you.
Yuval Ofek, Chairman, DayTwo

15:30 Feeding Japan.  Understanding a market in transition to realise your export goals
Hisaaki Kato, CEO & President, Smooth Link

16:00 Refreshments

16:30  East meets West meets East. Tapping plant wellness for new beverage segments
Sophia Nadur, Founder and CEO, Tg Green Teas

17:00 Insects in the mainstream:  Which bug products will make it to the supermarket shelf?
Nathan Preteseille of Bugsolutely and Agro-food Business Developer, AETS Consulting

17:30 Chairman’s closing remarks and round-up of Day 2

18:30 Food Vision reception and dinner



DAY THREE – 27 April 2017

07:30 DuPont Breakfast briefing

08:45 Chairman’s re-cap of Day Two and welcome back

08:50 A crisis of faith:  What a worldwide collapse in consumer trust means for your business
Iain Twine, CEO, South East Asia and Australasia, Edelman

09:20 Spheres of influence.  Reaching multi-generational Asian consumers through influencers they trust
Erin Boyd Kappelhof, Managing Partner, Eat Well Global

09:50 From outer space to the e-marketplace.  Creating a universe of opportunity for creators of halal foods
Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Al Masrie, Co-founder and Chairman, Aladdin Street

10:20 Refreshments

10:50 Asia at the crossroads.  Will it choose a low meat future?
Dr Tim Finnigan, R&D Director, Quorn, Monde Nissin

11:20 China’s growing (health) food industry:  How to enter the market and stay in it
Yin Dai, Associate, Food & Drug Practice, Keller and Heckman LLP

11:50 India’s efforts:  Steps to address micronutrient deficiency through food fortification
Madhavi Das, Chief Management Services Officer, Food Safety and Standards Authority, India

12:20 ARoFIIN Regional Panel discussion: Obesity and Malnutrition in Asia: Is there a role for PPP’s to deliver sustainable outcomes? In Asia, there has been a sharp growth in obesity rates in the past 5 years according to the WHO and other sources. Despite this the number of people who suffer from hunger have decreased, malnutrition numbers remain almost steady. The double burden of obesity and undernutrition has become an emerging threat to health and healthcare systems in the region. It requires immediate action, which needs to be driven not only by governments and regulators, but by innovations in the food industry driven by the private sector, as well as scientists and academics, operating in the region working in partnership to deliver sustainable outcomes. Is this goal realistic and attainable or is it just talk?

Moderator: Bruno Kistner, Secretariat, Asia Roundtable on Food Innovation for Improved Nutrition


  • Dr Tee Ee Siong, President, Nutrition Society of Malaysia
  • Dr Jason Wu, Senior Research Fellow, Food Policy Division, The George Institute for Global Health
  • Dr Mario Capanzana, Director, Deptartment of Science and Technology, Food and Nutrition Research Institute
  • Prof Guiju Sun, Department Director, Public Health School, SouthEast University 

13:00 No one-size-fits-all for wellness:  How Imagene Labs is building Asia’s first personalised wellness business
Dr Tan Mei Yi, Medical Officer, Imagene Labs

13:30 Closing remarks

13:35 Networking lunch

14:30 Departures

All session times are subject to change.  The most up to date timings will appear on this page

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