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Responsible Business Forum on Food and Agriculture, Hanoi


Feeding a global population of 9 billion by 2050 will require transformational changes to our farming and agricultural systems, already under pressure from climate change and water scarcity. The Responsible Business Forum on Food and Agriculture will explore innovative and collaborative approaches to improving agricultural productivity and environmental sustainability across key commodity value chains. 

Global leaders will gather from business, government and NGOs to make recommendations for increasing agricultural productivity, whilst improving rural livelihoods and reducing environmental impacts. Agricultural commodities addressed will include – aquaculture, coffee, dairy, maize, rice and tea. Working groups will produce recommendations on sustainable land use, equitable opportunity for small-holder farmers, increasing productivity and improving rural livelihoods. 

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

0900 – 0920

Welcome addresses
Facilitator: Tony Boatman, Global Initiatives
Vu Tien Loc, Chairman & President, VCCI
Van Ngoc Thinh, Country Director, WWF-Vietnam


0920 – 0940

Opening address
Cao Duc Phat, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam
Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General, ASEAN 


 0940 – 1040

Opening discussion panel
Sustainability and the global competitiveness of ASEAN food and agriculture
Feeding a population of 9 billion by 2050, with increased pressure on the planet’s resources, creates both challenges and opportunities for the ASEAN region. With major trading partners increasingly making sustainability certification a requirement, ASEAN countries must collaborate to remain competitive on a global scale. This discussion panel will look at new models for partnership and the policies and innovations required to achieve greater sustainability for this important sector.
Chair: Simon Tay, Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs 
Tran Phuong, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, BIDV
Tan Sri Dr Munir Abdul Majid, Chairman, ASEAN Business Advisory Council
Peter Timmer, Cabot Professor of Development Studies, Harvard University
Siang Hee Tan, Executive Director, CropLife Asia
David Kiu, Vice President, Sustainable Business and Communications, Unilever


1040 – 1110

Networking coffee break


1110 – 1210

Plenary discussion panel
Collaboration for equitable growth in ASEAN food and agriculture
The wider agriculture sector employs up to 40% of the workforce in ASEAN countries, providing food for the region and global markets. Yet many of the region’s farmers and the rural communities around them remain mired in poverty, without the education, technical and financial support that is desperately needed to increase their productivity and incomes. Panel speakers will explore innovative and collaborative approaches to make farming a more viable livelihood for farmers today and for future generations.
Chair: Charles Goddard, Editorial Director, Asia Pacific, Economist Intelligence Unit
Marianne Smallwood, Regional Partnerships Builder, USAID
Maria Dolores Bernabe, East Asia GROW Research and Policy Coordinator, Oxfam 
Thai Huong, Chairwoman, TH Group 
Prakash Jhanwer, Regional Controller, SE Asia, Olam International    


1210 – 1215

Juan Farinati, Vice President, Asia Pacific, Monsanto


1215 – 1315

Networking lunch 


1315 – 1400

ASEAN Ministerial Dialogue


1400 – 1415

Peter Timmer, Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Development Studies, Harvard University


1415 – 1515

Plenary discussion panel
Labor, social impact and the supply chain
Companies are increasingly being held accountable for human rights and social issues in their supply chains. Uplifting the agricultural workforce will be critical to the growth of this sector and ensuring food security for the region. This panel of experts will explore these issues and solutions to building social capital in the food and agriculture supply chain.
Chair: Kavita Prakash-Mani, Executive Director, Grow Asia
Darrel Webber, Secretary General, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil 
Nguyen Quang Vinh, Director General, VCCI
Miguel Mendez, Country Director, SNV Vietnam


1530 – 1800

Working groups

Chair: Chris Ninnes, Chief Executive Officer, Aquaculture Stewardship Council
Flavio Corsin, Vietnam Country Manager, IDH
Carson Roper, International Business Development Manager, Global Aquaculture Alliance
JongHa Bae, FAO Representative, Vietnam
Anton Immink, Aquaculture Director, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership
Khunvut RojanagatanyooRaw Material Program Director, Asia Pacific, Mars Inc. 

Chair: Annette Pensel, Director Sustainability Innovations, 4C Association
Nguyen Duc Tuan Vinh, General Director, Nedcoffee Vietnam
Tina Lawton, Regional Director, Syngenta Asia Pacific
Anh Tuan, Vice-Chair, Vietnamese Coffee Coordination Board
Tran Thi Quynh Chi, Vietnam Manager, Initiative for Sustainable Landscapes, IDH

Chair: Philip Turner, Director Dairy Development, Fonterra
Sybren Attema, Regional Manager, Dairy Development Programme, FrieslandCampina
Matthew Fielding, Project Manager, Stockholm Environment Institue – Asia 

Chair: Prasanna Boddupalli, Director, Global Maize Program, CIMMYT 
Dang Ngoc Ha, Deputy Director, National Maize Research Institute of Vietnam
Nguyen Hong Quang, Chairman, Ecology Farming Corporation (Ecofarm)
Aruna Rachakonda, Director-Strategy & Business Development, Monsanto Asia Pacific

Chair: Bruce Tolentino, Deputy Director General-Communication & Partnerships, IRRI
Wyn Ellis, Coordinator, Sustainable Rice Platform
Suthad Setboonsarng, Former International Trade Negotiator, Thailand
Dang Kim Son, Director General, IPSARD
Jeffrey Khoo, Vice President and Senior Orginator, Swiss Re

Chair: Ann-Marie Brouder, Principal Sustainability Advisor, Tea 2030, Forum for the Future
Nguyen Thi Anh Hong, Vice Chairwoman, Vietnam Tea Association
Norman Kelly, Chairman, International Tea Committee


1800 – 1900

Networking drinks


Wednesday, 24 June 2015

0900 – 0915

Day two opening remarks

0915 – 1020 

Opening discussion panel
Making food & agriculture public private partnership work
Chair: Charles Goddard, Editorial Director, Asia Pacific, Economist Intelligence Unit
Martin Lemoine, Agribusiness Invetment Unit Head, Asian Development Bank
Tran Vu Hoai, Vice President, Unilever Vietnam
Kavita Prakash-Mani, Executive Director, Grow Asia
Flavio Corsin, Country Director Vietnam, IDH

1020 – 1115 

Report from day one
Partnership proposals from working groups

Chair: Tony Boatman, Global Initiatives
Chris Ninnes, Chief Executive Officer, Aquaculture Stewardship Council
Annette Pensel, Director Sustainability Innovations, 4C Association
Philip Turner, Director Dairy Development, Fonterra
Prasanna Boddupalli, Director, Global Maize Program, CIMMYT
Bruce Tolentino, Deputy Director General-Communication & Partnerships, IRRI
Ann-Marie Brouder, Principal Sustainability Advisor, Tea 2030, Forum for the Future

1115 – 1140  Networking coffee break  
1140 – 1150 

Tony Boatman, Global Initiatives

1150 – 1250 

Plenary discussion panel
The future of food
Tod Gimbel, Managing Director, Landmark Asia
Nathan Belete, Practice Manager, Agriculture Global Practice, World Bank
Dang Kim Son, Director General, IPSARD
Tina Lawton, Regional Director, Syngenta Asia Pacific
Matt Kovac, Policy Director, Food Industry Asia
Regina Moench-Pfanner, Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition

1250 – 1300  Closing

Summary remarks and the way forward

 1300 – 1400 Networking lunch  
 1400 – 1500 Business, NGO and investor networking  
  • Ann-Marie
    Ann-Marie Brouder Principal Sustainability Adviser Forum for the Future

    Ann-Marie Brouder

    Principal Sustainability Adviser
    Forum for the Future

    Dr Ann-Marie Brouder is a Principal Sustainability Adviser with Forum for the Future, one of the world’s leading not for profits working globally with business, government and other organisations to solve complex sustainability challenges. Professional interests include understanding and developing value networks to address sustainability challenges in the food sector, long-term thinking in the food sector and tackling systemic challenges in the food sector.
    Ann-Marie has worked with many public sector and large multinationals on embedding sustainability into their organisation. She also has experience of working on collaborative projects – bringing organisations together to work on shared sustainability objectives. She currently manages the Tea 2030 project, a global collaboration of tea organisations including Finlays, Unilever, Tata Global Beverages, Taylors of Harrogate, Starbucks, IDH, Rainforest Alliance and others. The project seeks to explore the challenges and opportunities facing the tea sector to 2030 and how to address them.
    Ann-Marie’s previous experience includes working on food and social issues in the Universities of Reading and Malawi. She has an MSc in Environmental Economics from University College London and a PhD from the University of Reading.

  • Annette
    Annette Pensel Director of Sustainability Innovations 4C Association

    Annette Pensel

    Director of Sustainability Innovations
    4C Association

    Annette Pensel is the Director of Sustainability Innovations at the 4C Association. Annette oversees the Broader Sustainability Agenda of 4C’s collaboration platform and the regional teams, and steers Business Development. She is serving as the Secretary of the Vision 2020 Task Force. 

Annette has over 10 years of experience in the international coffee sector and in the fields of development cooperation, corporate sustainability, voluntary standards development, capacity building and multi stakeholder facilitation. She has worked in public-private partnerships in Latin America and internationally with different companies. Having joined 4C during its project phase in 2004, Annette’s main focus was to set up the verification system and the international support platform.
    In her time with the 4C Association, Annette has worked and lived in Africa, Latin America and South East Asia building up the 4C Association’s network, structures and services at origin. Annette has established excellent relationships with key stakeholders in the coffee industry ranging from coffee growers to private sector representatives to NGO, donor and government representatives.

She speaks German, English, Spanish, Portuguese and French, and graduated from University of Cologne, Germany, and Tucuman (Argentina) in Economics, Political Science and Latin American studies. Annette is now based in Bonn, Germany.

  • Anton
    Anton Immink Aquaculture Director Sustainable Fisheries Partnership

    Anton Immink

    Aquaculture Director
    Sustainable Fisheries Partnership

    Anton Immink joined Sustainable Fisheries Partnership as its first global Aquaculture Director in November 2012 and has built strong support for improved aquaculture planning and management, particularly in terms of managing cumulative environmental impacts and shared disease risks. This approach, known as zonal management, is increasingly seen globally as a crucial requirement to help reduce the risks and impacts of aquaculture. Industry support for the idea is delivered through aquaculture improvement projects that involve local producers, processors, regulators, scientists and international buyers. Anton has 20 years’ experience in aquaculture management, spanning commercial, social and environmental projects across Asia and Africa.

  • Aruna
    Aruna Rachakonda Director of Strategy and Business Development Monsanto Asia Pacific

    Aruna Rachakonda

    Director of Strategy and Business Development
    Monsanto Asia Pacific

    Aruna Rachakonda is Director of Strategy and Business Development, Monsanto Asia Pacific. In her role, Aruna and her team are focused on establishing sustainable Farmer Centric Solutions and Strategies for APAC region to enable farmers with a broad range of solutions to improve their harvests and lives while nourishing our increasing population.
    Previously, Aruna worked as a Scientist at ICRISAT in Research and Development projects related to Food and Agriculture, sponsored by International Fund for Agriculture Development, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and OPEC organization.
    Aruna has a Ph.D in Genetics from International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and MBA (Marketing and Strategy) from Indian School of Business. You can connect with Aruna on aruna.rachakonda@monsanto.com

  • Bijendra
    Bijendra Pal Deputy Director Research and Global Corn Breeding Lead Bioseed

    Bijendra Pal

    Deputy Director Research and Global Corn Breeding Lead

    Bijendra Pal, deputy director research and Global Corn Breeding lead of BIOSEED based at Hyderabad India. He was born in 1964 in Village Talhari Buzurg Saharanpur UP and completing his education from Meerut University Meerut. Started his career in December1991 as a RA in DMR, IARI New Delhi India. He has joined as a Jr. Corn Breeder in BIOSEED in 1992 and planted his 1st corn breeding nursery at Bangalore, India and contributed for developing a corn hybrid BIOSEED 9681 during his stay in BIOSEED India.
    In July 1995 he was transferred to Vietnam and assigned as a Research Manager in BIOSEED VIETNAM. During his stay in Vietnam he was able to introduce a corn hybrid BIOSEED 9698 for the Vietnamese farmers. December 1998 he was moved to BIOSEED’s Philippines operations as Regional Research Manager of BIOSEED with a responsibility corn breeding for Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and China. During his 11 year stay in Philippines he has developed more than 400 inbred lines and 15 corn hybrids for the Filipino farmers. Most especially, B9909 has been recognized by the Filipino farmers as a hybrid with good tolerance for Stalk and Ear rots, a disease very prevalent in the Country.

  • Bruce Tolentino
    Bruce Tolentino Deputy Director General-Communication and Partnerships IRRI

    Bruce Tolentino

    Deputy Director General-Communication and Partnerships

    In April 2012, Bruce joined IRRI as the Deputy Director General for Communication and Partnerships. He serves as the lead point of liaison between the Philippine government and the Institute. Bruce also oversees operations of numerous units including communication, partnerships, office of external relations, and legal services.
    With more than 35 years of progressive experience in governance, management, analysis, and planning socioeconomic development reforms and initiatives, Bruce has successful projects with NGOs and government agencies in Asia, Africa, and Central America under his belt. He also served as a consultant on development issues for the Philippine Government (both executive and legislative branches) and international policy research and donor agencies, including CGIAR institutions and UN agencies, the World Bank, and ADB.
    Bruce has extensive field experience in top management of large-scale, governance, rural, agricultural, and agro-enterprise development programs. His experience includes working under difficult conditions, including civil war and cross-cultural/religious contexts.
    Bruce also made substantial research work and teaching experience, both in formal and non-formal setting. His publications focus on governance and economics in the development context, specifically on food security.

  • Carson
    Carson Roper International Business Development Manager Global Aquaculture Alliance

    Carson Roper

    International Business Development Manager
    Global Aquaculture Alliance

    As the International Business Development Manager for the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA), Carson Roper builds awareness of and support for responsible aquaculture practices through the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification scheme. Since joining GAA, Mr. Roper has focused on aquaculture production in Asia. Mr. Roper works with multi-stakeholder platforms to maximize the return-on-investment (ROI) of sustainability initiatives and responsible aquaculture practices by:
    • Bringing clarity to the confusion surrounding seafood sustainability and 3rd party certification • Building business cases for responsible practices at an operational level
    • Building marketplace awareness of the value-proposition of producer sustainability initiatives and 3rd party certification in the marketplace
    Prior to joining GAA, Mr. Roper served clients globally as an independent consultant specializing in strategic seafood sustainability policy planning and implementation for both the wild capture and aquaculture seafood sectors. Mr. Roper has over 30 years of experience in the seafood industry in various capacities. Recently, Mr. Roper completed an analysis of the European marketplace as part of an EC SWITCH-Asia project entitled “Establishing a sustainable pangasius supply chain in Vietnam” (SUPA). In addition to having worked with the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) during its development phase, he has consulted extensively for WWF, fished commercially in the USA, been employed in the field of aquaculture, been involved in the processing of canned, chilled and frozen products and held purchasing/merchandising positions in both the retail and foodservice sectors. Mr. Roper is also a speaker at conferences. He has a Master of Business Administration degree from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University.

  • Charles G
    Charles Goddard Editorial Director, Asia Pacific Economist Intelligence Unit

    Charles Goddard

    Editorial Director, Asia Pacific
    Economist Intelligence Unit

    Charles Goddard leads the Economist Intelligence Unit’s editorial services in Asia-Pacific, including Corporate Network, a peer group for senior decision-makers of global businesses operating in the region. A journalist by background, he has worked across a range of publications and services at the Economist Intelligence Unit, including as author of the China Market Atlas series and director of its research divisions. A frequent traveller and speaker, he interacts regularly with business and government leaders across Asia. He is also executive director of The Economist’s World Ocean Summit, a global series of events on the sustainable use of our seas.

  • Chris Ninnes
    Chris Ninnes Chief Executive Officer Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)

    Chris Ninnes

    Chief Executive Officer
    Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)

    Chris Ninnes was appointed CEO of the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) in October 2011. 
    Before joining the ASC, Chris was Deputy CEO and Director of Operations at the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) from 2006 to 2011. 
    From 2003 to 2006 Chris was Vice President of MRAG Americas. This followed his role as Technical Director for MRAG Ltd from 1996 until 2002.
    Chris worked for the UK Department for International Development from 1983 to 2002 where he advised on seafood industry development issues. He has also been a professional inshore fisherman.

  • Dang Son
    Dang Kim Son Director General Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development

    Dang Kim Son

    Director General
    Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development

    Dr. Dang Kim Son is the Director General of Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development. His research interests are in the fields of economics and agriculture policies.
    Dr. Dang Kim Son has engaged as senior consultant for various government agencies and international development organizations. He is the lead consultant for preparing the agriculture restructuring scheme for Dong Thap, Thai Binh, and Vinh Phuc Province. He has coordinated to make National Agriculture Restructuring Scheme, Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam by 2020 and vision to 2030, as well as Lao Agricultural and Rural Development Strategy.
    Dr. Dang Kim Son is a member of Central Theoretical Council under Vietnamese Communist Party, a collaborator of the Economic Committee of National Assembly, and a collaborator of Economic Division, Office of the Government. He is also co- vice chairman of Vietnam Coffee Coordination Board, and a member of Global Agriculture Council on Food Security at World Economic Forum, and many more important roles.


  • Ha
    Dang Ngoc Ha Deputy Director Maize Research Institute of Vietnam

    Dang Ngoc Ha

    Deputy Director
    Maize Research Institute of Vietnam

    Dr. Dang Ngoc Ha is Deputy Director of Maize Research Institute (MRI) under Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences with the duties in research, training and international cooperation for maize development. As the breeder with 28 years experience in maize breeding, he and his colleagues have developed and released various maize varieties including open pollinated varieties (OPVs) and hybrids. He is an active member in the building of strategy for specialist training and maize development in Vietnam. He also has extensive experience of cooperation with CIMMYT and some countries in implementing international projects. Currently he is collaborating with the CIMMYT in implement of the project titled “Abiotic stress tolerant maize for increasing income and food security among the resource poor in South and Southeast Asia”.

  • Darrel Webber
    Darrel Webber Secretary General Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

    Darrel Webber

    Secretary General
    Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

    Darrel Webber joined the RSPO as Secretary General in January 2011, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His last position was Senior Associate of Global Sustainability Associates, a role which required him to provide senior counsel to companies and organisations about agricultural development (including oil palm). Prior to that, he was Senior Manager Palm Oil Sector Engagement at WWF-International and regional manager for companies such as Permanis Sandilands Sdn. Bhd. and Shell Malaysia Ltd. From 2007 until 2009, Darrel Webber was a RSPO Executive Board Member representing the Environmental NGOs constituent through his position at WWF International. Darrel was also actively involved in the initial discussions and development of the RSPO Principles & Criteria. Darrel speaks in numerous thought leadership forums and conferences all around the world on sustainability. 

  • David Kiu
    David Kiu Vice President, Sustainable Business and Communications , Unilever

    David Kiu

    Vice President, Sustainable Business and Communications ,

    David Kiu is Vice-President, Global Sustainable Business and Communications. In this role, he leads corporate communications, internal communications, external affairs and sustainability for Unilever across Asia as well as for global customer development. David is also the global lead for embedding sustainable business in Unilever’s geographic markets. David has also previously been a member of the Unilever Global Markets Executive led by the COO, as well as led Global Communications Capabilities where he was responsible for developing talent, professional skills and leadership in the function globally. David’s career history includes leadership roles in communications and public affairs in FMCG and in political risk advisory and consulting. He has led numerous projects with Fortune 100 companies in energy, telecoms and financial services. He began his career in public service. David read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at St. John’s College in Oxford University and has a Masters degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics.

  • Flavio Corsin
    Flavio Corsin Country Director Vietnam IDH

    Flavio Corsin

    Country Director Vietnam

    Flavio Corsin is the Vietnam Country Manager for IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative. In this capacity Flavio manages the IDH portfolio in Vietnam, up-scaling and accelerating sustainable trade by building impact oriented coalitions of front running multinationals, civil society organizations, governments and other stakeholders. Flavio manages the country programs on aquaculture, coffee, tea, spices, cocoa, landscapes and textile/apparel. He is a key figure in several of the public-private partnerships (PPP) established in Vietnam under the umbrella of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD). He co-chairs the Vietnam Coffee Coordination Board (VCCB) policy and sustainability subcommittee and he is the VCCB foreign enterprises representative. He is a member, with Unilever, the Vietnam Tea Association and several Vietnamese public sector entities, of the MARD PPP Steering Committee for Sustainable Tea. Within the PPP taskforce established by MARD and the World Economic Forum (WEF) he also co-chairs with the Vietnam Pepper Association (VPA) and the MARD Department of International Cooperation the PPP taskforce for pepper and spices and is a member of the PPP Task forces for fisheries, tea, coffee and agri-finance. He is also a member of the PPP Cocoa Steering Committee.
    Before joining IDH Flavio was the director of ICAFIS, the sustainability arm of the Vietnam Fisheries Society and worked with several international organizations including WWF, the Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific (NACA), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and others, with extensive experience working in Asian and African countries.
    Flavio holds a M.Sc. in aquaculture and a Ph.D. in veterinary epidemiology.

  • Pangilinan
    Francis Pangilinan Presidential Adviser for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Philippines

    Francis Pangilinan

    Presidential Adviser for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization

    From his time as a student activist up to his stature as a senator of the Republic of the Philippines, Secretary Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, and now a secretary in the Aquino administration has had no qualms about being independent-minded, proving time and again that progressive ideas, and principles have a place in Philippine politics.
    His career in public service began over 20 years ago, when the young Kiko began his fight against human rights violations, corruption, and other social ills as Chairman of the UP Diliman Student Council. He later on became the youngest-ever Councilor of the 4th district of Quezon City, then a lawyer, and then, in 1998, graduated with a Master of Public Administration as an Edward S. Mason Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University.
    In 2001, Kiko ran for the Senate with the battle cry, “Kumilos kasama si Kiko,” believing that only when citizens actively participate in governance together with committed leaders can genuine change be effected. The programs he instituted in the years that followed proved the power of public-private collaboration and true citizen empowerment. In 2007, Secretary Kiko became the first incumbent to run as an independent and win, even landing in the Top 5 when others branded his move as “political suicide”.
    Secretary Kiko was the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food and the Senate Committee on Social Justice and Rural Development. He was instrumental in convening AF2025 (Agriculture and Fisheries 2025), a summit of agriculture and fisheries stakeholders that paved the way for increasing the agriculture budget by 52% in 2012. Secretary Kiko’s active partnership with agriculture and fisheries stakeholders also paved the way for Sagip Saka, an advocacy that aims to improve the incomes and lives of farmers by modernizing agriculture and ensuring the sustainability of agriculture and fisheries.
    Currently the Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization, Secretary Kiko deals with matters concerning our beloved farmers and their livelihood. He is in-charge of four agencies namely the National Food Authority, the National Irrigation Administration, the Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority, and the Philippine Coconut Authority.

  • TY Sokhun
    H.E Dr. Ty Sokhun Secretary of State of Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries

    H.E Dr. Ty Sokhun

    Secretary of State of Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries

    H.E. Dr. Ty Sokhun is Secretary of State of Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries in charge of agriculture, legal and CITES affaires.  He is a vice-chairman of Cambodia’s National Committee for Climate Change and National Standing Committee for Biodiversity, and serving as a member of Council for Agriculture and Rural Development,  National Committee for Land Social Concession, National Committee for Land Management and Urbanization, and Sub-Committee for Investment Environment. He is also a visiting professor for Royal University of Agriculture. He holds a B.Sc. Decree in Forestry from Royal University of Agriculture in Phnom Penh, a MBA from Universiti Utara Malaysia (the Northern University of Malaysia), and  two Ph.D. decrees, which is one in Public Administration from Royal Academy of Cambodia and another in Biology from Universiti Sains Malaysia (University of Sciences Malaysia). He has received numerous distinctions from l’ Ordre Royale du Cambodge. 

  • Le Luong Minh
    H.E. Le Luong Minh Secretary-General ASEAN-BAC

    H.E. Le Luong Minh


    H.E. Le Luong Minh was born on 1 September 1952. He is a native of Thanh Hoa, Viet Nam.
    Before assuming his post as ASEAN Secretary-General, His Excellency Le Luong Minh was Viet Nam’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs. He was nominated by the Government of Viet Nam. The ASEAN Leaders endorsed him as ASEAN Secretary-General for 2013-2017.
    From 2004 to 2011, Mr. Minh was Viet Nam’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative to the United Nations. From August 2007 to December 2008, he was concurrently Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs and from December 2008 till the end of his tenure in June 2011 concurrently Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs.
    Mr Minh has had a long career in Viet Nam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which began in 1975. He was appointed Deputy Director-General for International Organizations in 1993. In 1995, he was appointed as Ambassador – Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office and Other International Organizations in Geneva. Two years later, he was appointed as Ambassador – Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations at Headquarters.
    Between December 1999 to December 2002, Mr Minh was Deputy Director-General, then Acting Director-General for International Organizations in the Foreign Ministry. He became Acting Director-General, then Director-General for Multilateral Economic Cooperation in the Foreign Ministry (Dec 2002 – Jan 2004).
    H.E. Minh studied Diplomacy at the University of Foreign Affairs (now the Diplomatic Academy of Viet Nam), Hanoi, Viet Nam, and received his degree in 1974. He then studied Linguistics and English Literature at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.

  • Jeffrey Khoo
    Jeffrey Khoo Vice President and Senior Orginator Swiss Re

    Jeffrey Khoo

    Vice President and Senior Orginator
    Swiss Re

    Jeffrey Khoo is currently a Vice President and Senior Orginator at Swiss Re Corporate Solutions for the Food and Agriculture Business. He graduated with Honors from the National University of Singapore in Botany in 1994.Prior to joining Swiss Re, he was the Director, Agribusiness at Private Equity firm Caudex Asia. Jeffrey was previously Deputy CEO of Green Agritech International Ltd, a fertilizer manufacturer based in Suzhou, China. In 2007 he was the General Manager of Singapore Stock Exchange listed agriculture and biotechnology company, Guangzhao IFB. Jeffrey is the current Chairman of Intellectual Pursuit at the National University of Singapore Society, Adviser to the Myanmar Rice Association and former Chairman of People’s Association PMET Industry Guru Series.

  • JongHa Bae
    JongHa Bae FAO Representative Vietnam

    JongHa Bae

    FAO Representative

    JongHa Bae received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and completed a master’s course in Public Administration at Seoul National University. He earned his Master’s and Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Minnesota.

    Dr. Bae has had an outstanding professional career in the fields of agriculture, food, rural development and fisheries policies in the Ministry for Agriculture, Food and Forestry since 1980. During the period from May 2010 to December 2012, he has served as the President of Korea National College of Agriculture and Fisheries.

    He started his FAO career in June 2013 and currently is FAO Representative in Vietnam.

  • Juan
    Juan M. Farinati Vice President Monsanto Asia-Pacific

    Juan M. Farinati

    Vice President
    Monsanto Asia-Pacific

    Born into a farmer’s family in Argentina, Juan is an agronomist who is working with his Asia-Pacific colleagues to realize a vision for sustainable agriculture that strives to meet the needs of a growing population, protect and preserve the planet we call home, and improve lives. Monsanto Asia-Pacific is focused on improving lives by enabling farmers to produce more and conserve more through its innovative corn, cotton, canola, vegetable seeds, and crop protection products; improved farming practices; and partnerships. Juan is an Executive Committee Member of CropLife Asia – the plant science industry association; has previously held leadership positions in Latin America; and enjoys cycling and snowboarding.

  • Katinka Weinberger
    Katinka Weinberger Head of the Centre for the Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA) UNESCAP

    Katinka Weinberger

    Head of the Centre for the Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA)

    Dr. Katinka Margit Weinberger is Head of the Centre for the Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA), a regional institute of UNESCAP. Socioeconomist, professional interests include sustainable and diversified agricultural systems, value chains for poor farmers and related aspects of postharvest and food safety, and impact assessment. Previous scientist positions with CIFOR, AVRDC and the Centre for Development Research, University of Bonn. Twenty years’ of experience in agricultural research for development; includes planning, supervision and monitoring of research strategies and change management. International work experience includes Asia and the Pacific, and Eastern and Central Africa. 

  • Kavita
    Kavita Prakash-Mani Special Advisor Grow Asia, WEF

    Kavita Prakash-Mani

    Special Advisor
    Grow Asia, WEF

    Kavita Prakash-Mani is Special Advisor, Grow Asia for the World Economic Forum. Grow Asia is a new multi-stakeholder partnership platform to catalyze action that contributes to sustainable, inclusive agricultural development in South-East Asian countries.
    Previously, Kavita was Head of Food Security Agenda at Syngenta in Switzerland, Vice President Client Services at SustainAbility UK, worked with the World Resources Institute, USA and at SmithKline Beecham, India. Kavita holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India.
    She has been a Trustee of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, a Board member of the Institute for Human Rights and Business, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for Food Security and Nutrition, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Southern Agriculture Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT).

  • Khunvut
    Khunvut Rojanagatanyoo Raw Material Program Director, Asia Pacific Mars Inc.

    Khunvut Rojanagatanyoo

    Raw Material Program Director, Asia Pacific
    Mars Inc.

    Khunvut Rojanagatanyoo was appointed as Asia Pacific Raw Material Program Director in August 2014. Khunvut is leading the development of sustainable raw materials including sustainable fish ingredients for Mars Petcare Asia Pacific and also applicable for Mars Global Petcare. Before this role, Khunvut is responsible for Research and Development including Product Development, Raw material development and Quality & Food Safety. Khunvut has been working with Mars Petcare for 14 years. Khunvut has wide experience on raw material and pet food industry  and lead development of product innovation for Japan markets.

  • Lory Tan
    Lory Tan CEO and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees WWF Philippines

    Lory Tan

    CEO and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees
    WWF Philippines

    Lory Tan is CEO and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of WWF, in the Philippines. Concurrently, he sits as the Chairman and President of the Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation.As a partner of government, particularly in the drive towards climate adaptation, he serves as a Trustee of the Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation.As a co-convenor of The Philippine Imperative, Lory works with this Civil Society initiative promoting appropriate regional and corporate solutions for climate change.

    He is an NGO member of the Sulu Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion Tri-National Committee, the PA Management Board of Tubbataha Reef Natural Park, and the Joint Management Committee of the Turtle Islands Heritage Protected Area that covers Malaysia and Philippines.Within the Senior Executive Team of WWF’s Coral Triangle Network Initiative (CTI) covering the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, Lory’s work focuses in the areas of Business & Industry engagement, Multi-lateral Development Banks, Government & Aid Agency relationships as well as in the emerging field of Public-Private partnerships. He also sits as a member of the National CTI Coordination Committee, in the Philippines. As host of WWF’s ADB Liaison office, Lory is actively involved helping steer the partnership between WWF and the Asian Development Bank.

  • Maria Riza
    Maria Dolores Bernabe East Asia GROW Research and Policy Coordinator Oxfam

    Maria Dolores Bernabe

    East Asia GROW Research and Policy Coordinator

    Ms. Maria Dolores Bernabe is the author of the Better Rules for a Better Future, Oxfam’s policy paper on ASEAN’s potential role in promoting responsible business investments in food and agriculture. She has been working with small-scale men and women farmers for more than two decades, supporting their advocacies on food security, climate change and responsible trade and investment policies and practices. She is presently the Policy and Research Coordinator for East Asia GROW – Oxfam’s campaign on food security  in the region.  

  • Marianne
    Marianne Smallwood Regional Partnerships Builder USAID

    Marianne Smallwood

    Regional Partnerships Builder

    Marianne Smallwood is the Regional Partnerships Builder at USAID’s Regional Development Mission for Asia (RDMA) based in Bangkok, Thailand. In this role, Marianne leads and supports USAID’s regional hub and country offices throughout Asia in building strategic partnerships that align the private sector’s business and sustainability interests with USAID program development objectives. Key focus areas include the environment, food security and agribusiness, and impact investment. Marianne joined USAID in 2011 as part of the Office of Innovation and Development Alliances, where she led on creating public-private partnerships in the Asia and Africa regions. Her USAID partners included numerous multinational corporations, financial institutions, social enterprises and impact investors, foundations, and nonprofit organizations. Prior to USAID, Marianne worked at General Mills in Minneapolis, Minnesota; in the nonprofit sector in Vietnam; and as a U.S. Fulbright Research Scholar also in Vietnam. Marianne graduated from The University of Minnesota and holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University.

  • Martin Lemoine
    Martin Lemoine Agribusiness Investment Unit Head Asian Development Bank

    Martin Lemoine

    Agribusiness Investment Unit Head
    Asian Development Bank

    Martin Lemoine is the Agribusiness Investment Unit Head at the Asian Development Bank, leading equity and debt investments in food and agribusiness across Asia. Martin has led investments in a food processor in Bangladesh, a beverage maker in Kazakhstan, a high-value spice exporter in India and Cambodia, and a company promoting hazelnut production in Bhutan. He is now working on new investment projects in PRC, India, and Indonesia, among others. Prior to joining ADB, Martin was an investment banker at Macquarie Capital in Singapore. Martin started his career as a McKinsey consultant. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School.

  • Matt Kovac
    Matt Kovac Policy Director Food Industry Asia

    Matt Kovac

    Policy Director
    Food Industry Asia

    Matt Kovac is the Policy Director at Food Industry Asia overseeing all policy and advocacy activities. He is a seasoned corporate affairs professional with more than 17 years of experience specialising in journalism, government and stakeholder relations, policy analysis and corporate communications.
    Prior to joining FIA, Matt was the Advocacy Director at CropLife Asia where he provided strategic direction, structure and planning for government relations and stakeholder engagement programmes, representing eight association member companies across Asia Pacific. Matt was involved in developing the ASEAN Economic Community engagement strategy to advocate with the ASEAN secretariat and national governments, the importance of sustainable agriculture and regulatory convergence of pesticide and favourable seed movement through harmonisation of sanitary & phytosanitary measures. He also spearheaded biotechnology advocacy efforts across the region with a focus on building science-based regulatory frameworks.
    Before that, Matt served as Director of Corporate Communications at Wincor Nixdorf Asia Pacific, where he helped to set up the regional offices in Singapore to improve external and internal communications. Matt also has extensive experience working as a journalist focusing on economic and political affairs in Taiwan and China.
    Originally from the United Kingdom, he was an award-winning reporter for the Daily Mail, covering daily business, financial and consumer affairs topics and was a correspondent in Asia with Businessweek magazine. He holds an MBA from Lancaster University Management School.

  • Matthew
    Matthew Fielding Project Manager Stockholm Environment Institute

    Matthew Fielding

    Project Manager
    Stockholm Environment Institute

    Matthew Fielding works for the Stockholm Environment Institute – Asia office based in Bangkok. He is a Unit Leader and Project Manager working on agriculture, livestock and food security related projects. He has most recently published on biofuels in Sierra Leone and rice production & research prioritisation in South Asia. He is currently leading the Asia section of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition’s Agriculture component on Manure Management, and is engaged in the development of ‘Dairy Asia’ – a platform for dialogue, collaboration and advocacy in the dairy sector.
    Matthew has an MSc in Tropical Environmental Science from Aberdeen (UK) and an MSc in Development Studies from SOAS (UK) as well as 8 years experiences within research management in South America, Africa and Asia. He is also a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

  • Miguel
    Miguel Mendez Country Director SNV Vietnam

    Miguel Mendez

    Country Director
    SNV Vietnam

    Miguel Mendez has been Country Director for SNV in Vietnam since November 2013. He’s leading a team of more than 80 national and international professionals that provide advisory and capacity building services in agriculture, renewable energy, water and sanitation.
    Mr. Mendez has 20 years of experience leading high quality and motivated teams in the design and implementation of programs in Agriculture, Renewable Energy, Water and Sanitation, REDD+, financial services and tourism sectors aiming to deliver innovative market solutions that impact the lives of thousands of low income people in Latin America and Asia. Currently, he is managing SNV Vietnam’s portfolio with a total value of around US$ 40 million funded by DFID, USAID, AUSAID, Asian Development Bank, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, BMUB, International NGO`s, and private companies among others. His main areas of expertise are Business Strategy, Business Development, Project Management, Inclusive Business, Agriculture, and financial solutions. He holds a B.S. in agribusiness from Zamorano University and a MBA from INCAE Business School.  

  • Nathan Belete
    Nathan Belete Practice Manager, Agriculture Global Practice East Asia and the Pacific World Bank

    Nathan Belete

    Practice Manager, Agriculture Global Practice East Asia and the Pacific
    World Bank

    Mr. Belete is an Ethiopian national and a development professional with over 20 years of experience in Asia and Africa. He is currently the Practice Manager for the World Bank’s Agriculture Global Practice for the East Asia and the Pacific Region based in Hanoi, Vietnam.

    Prior to this he was the Sector Manager for the World Bank’s Sustainable Development Department in Indonesia responsible for the investment portfolio and policy dialogue in the following core sectors: agriculture, energy, infrastructure, transport, urban services, water resources, environment, and disaster risk reduction, among others. From 2011-2012, he was based in Nairobi, Kenya as the Sector Leader for the Sustainable Development Department to Eritrea, Kenya, Rwanda, and Somalia, as well as the Global Center on Conflict, Security and Development. Prior to that he was based in the World Bank’s offices in New Delhi (2008-2011) and Beijing (2004-2007) with responsibilities for managing investments in agriculture and rural development, among others. Before joining the World Bank in 2000, he held various positions in Washington and throughout Africa with World Vision and UNICEF. Mr. Belete’s area of expertise is in rural development.

    He holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business from Messiah College in Pennsylvania and a Master Degree from Cornell University’s School of Agriculture and Life Sciences in New York where he was an Institute for African Development Fellow.

  • Vinh Coffee
    Nguyen Duc Tuan Vinh General Director Nedcoffee Vietnam

    Nguyen Duc Tuan Vinh

    General Director
    Nedcoffee Vietnam

    Nguyen Duc Tuan Vinh is the General Director of Nedcoffee Vietnam Ltd, a subsidiary of Amtrada Holding BV and sister company of Nedcoffee BV based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The company was established in Dec 2008 with an objective to become a leading coffee exporter in Vietnam and has built a fully integrated factory in Buon Ma Thuot, Daklak. Its state-of-the-art processing line has a designed capacity of 50,000 tons a year, one of the largest dry milling facility in the Central Highlands region of Vietnam.
    In this capacity Vinh is responsible for a business with about $140m of annual turnover which employs over 100 full-time employees in Vietnam. Today Nedcoffee Vietnam is not only involved in the processing and exportation of coffee beans from Vietnam, but has also collaborated with public institution and NGOs to reach down to the farmers to train them in the adoption of good agricultural practices and the compliance with sustainable agriculture schemes such as Rainforrest Alliance, Common Code for Coffee Community (4C) and UTZ Good Inside. Vinh has also been working to integrate Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability in the business strategy of Nedcoffee Vietnam.
    Vinh holds a BA degree from the National University of Vietnam in Hochiminh City and an MBA from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).”

  • Quang
    Nguyen Hong Quang Founder and Managing Director Ecofarm

    Nguyen Hong Quang

    Founder and Managing Director

    Mr. Nguyen Hong Quang is founder and chairman of ECOFARM (ECOLOGY FARMING CORPORATION), the organization which began in 2007 with the mission to increase agricultural sustainability and adaptability to increasing changes in weather patterns in Vietnam. Ecofarm has many farming sites around Vietnam and focuses on promotion of local products, environmental protection, enhanced manufacturing techniques, and improved local living standards.
    Ecofarm is adamant about what they refer to as Climate-Smart Agriculture – using agricultural practices for increased resiliency and thereby food security, mitigating climate change impacts, and improving product yield.
    Ecofarm has collaboration projects on sustainable agricultural practices with international organizations such as World Bank, UKAID and USAID.

  • Mr Vinh
    Nguyen Quang Vinh General Secretary Vietnam Business Council for Sustainable Development (VBCSD)

    Nguyen Quang Vinh

    General Secretary
    Vietnam Business Council for Sustainable Development (VBCSD)

    Joining VCCI since 1992, Mr. Nguyen Quang Vinh has had 22 years of management experience in international relations and business sustainable development. During which, Vinh devoted his career path to VCCI’s International Relations Department for 13 years, being responsible for building and maintaining relationships with partners, and networks with individuals and organisations. He participated in the establishment of the Office for Business Sustainable Development (SDforB) of VCCI in 2006, the Global Compact Vietnam Network (GCVN) in 2007 and Vietnam Business Council for Sustainable Development (VBCSD) in 2010. Currently he is the Director General of the SDforB and General Secretary of VBCSD. Vinh graduated from National Economics University, Finance & Banking Department and completed his MBA in International Business and Export Management in 1998 from Cass Business School, London, UK.

  • Hong
    Nguyen Thi Anh Hong Vice Chairwoman Vietnam Tea Association

    Nguyen Thi Anh Hong

    Vice Chairwoman
    Vietnam Tea Association

    MB. Nguyen Thi Anh Hong is standing vice chairwoman of Vietnam Tea Association cum Director of Center for Tea Market Development and Research. She is mainly responsible for making and manage trade promotion programs of VITAS including allocate resources, make plan and make final decision, contact foreign counterparts, attend international meetings promotion trade proposals for the tea industry. She is the one who established the national trademark “Cheviet” for Vietnam tea industry, register the trademark domestically and internationally, popularized it on mass media. She is also the director of all projects which are implemented by Vietnam Tea Association. 

  • Norman
    Norman Kelly Chairman International Tea Committee

    Norman Kelly

    International Tea Committee

    Norman Kelly worked with Unilever for 28 years. He comes from a farming background in Northern Ireland, studied Chemistry and Agriculture at Queens University Belfast and Animal Nutrition at Glasgow University. He was awarded a PhD in 1977.
    After joining Unilever in 1979 Norman held various management positions in several food categories (animal feeds, vegetables & tomatoes, culinary category, R&D, plant breeding and biotechnology prior to joining Brooke Bond Tea Tanzania as Managing Director in 1998,
    Norman moved from Tanzania to Kenya in 2004 to take on the position of Operations & Development Director for Unilever Tea Kenya. In this role he combined the task of Operations Director for the four Kericho Business Units with Research & Development, Supply Chain, Safety, Health & Environment and Quality Assurance for Unilever Tea East Africa. He retired from Unilever at the end of 2006 and joined the Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) as Executive Director in 2007. In May 2009, following the appointment of a new Executive Director for ETP, he became Chairman. He retired from ETP in March 2011. In 2013 Norman was elected Chairman of the International Tea Committee in succession to Mike Bunsten OBE. 


  • Paul Teng
    Paul Teng Adjunct Senior Fellow Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

    Paul Teng

    Adjunct Senior Fellow
    Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

    Professor Paul P.S. Teng is Principal Officer, National Institute of Education and Adjunct Senior Fellow (Food Security), S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.  He is also Chair, Asia BioBusiness Pte. Ltd.   His professional interests are in new agritechnologies, bioentrepreneurship, sustainable development and food security.  He has held leadership positions in the WorldFish Center, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Monsanto Company and University of Hawaii, U.S.A.  Prof Teng has published over 250 technical papers and eight books and won many awards for his work. He is a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences and Fellow, American Phytopathological Society. 

  • Peter Timmers
    Peter Timmer Cabot Professor, Emeritus Harvard University

    Peter Timmer

    Cabot Professor, Emeritus
    Harvard University

    C. Peter Timmer is an authority on agricultural develop-ment, food security, and the world rice economy who has published scores of papers and books on these topics. He has served as a professor at Stanford, Cornell, three faculties at Harvard, and the University of California, San Diego, where he was also the dean of the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. Timmer is now the Cabot Professor of Development Studies, emeritus, at Harvard University.
    A core advisor on the World Bank’s World Development Report 2008: Agriculture for Development, Timmer is a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Develop-ment. He was awarded the Leontief Prize in 2012 for advances in economic thought and delivered the 18th Annual UNU-WIDER Lecture at the UN in New York in 2014.
    Timmer’s research and advisory work focuses on three main themes: lessons from the historical experience of structural transformation in Europe and Asia for the role of agriculture in currently developing countries; the impact of modern food supply chains on smallholder farmers and poor consumers; and approaches to stabilizing rice prices in Asia with minimum spillover to the world market and to producers and consumers in Africa and Latin America.

  • Tuan
    Pham Anh Tuan Deputy Director General of Directorate of Fisheries MARD

    Pham Anh Tuan

    Deputy Director General of Directorate of Fisheries

    Dr. Pham Anh Tuan has graduated from Unviversity of Fisheies in Viet Nam , holding MSc of aquaculture from Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok, Thailand and PhD. of fish genetics from University of Wales Swansea. Dr. Tuan is an all-rounder, being a meticulous planner and well organized scientist that has published high quality work internationally and highly efficient administrator. In recent years he has worked as Deputy Director General of Directorate of Fisheries (D-FISH), Viet Nam, being responsible for GAP, research and trade issues in the shrimp and pangasius industry. 

  • Phil
    Philip Turner Director Dairy Development Fonterra

    Philip Turner

    Director Dairy Development

    Philip Turner brings over 16 years of dairy industry experience combined with a career in international politics, to the role of Director Dairy Development.
    Dairy Development is Fonterra’s commitment to support the growth of sustainable dairy industries in key markets.
    Philip’s international dairy industry experience began in 1999, after joining the New Zealand Dairy Board as Manager Trade Policy (Brussels). He then became part of Fonterra Co-operative and held roles such as Director of Government and Trade, and GM Strategy (Auckland). From 2006-2008 he was based in Tokyo as Asia Regional Representative for Fonterra. He then moved to Shanghai as Managing Director of Fonterra’s China business from 2008-2012.
Previously, Philip was a diplomat with the New Zealand Government in Tokyo and Brussels. He has a Master of Arts, first class, in history from the University of Auckland, speaks fluent Japanese and French and some Mandarin.

  • Prakash
    Prakash Jhanwer Regional Controller, Southeast Asia Olam International

    Prakash Jhanwer

    Regional Controller, Southeast Asia
    Olam International

    Prakash Jhanwer is Regional Controller for Southeast Asia for Olam International and oversees operations in Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Papua New Guinea and Vietnam.
    In his 17-year career in the agriculture sector, Prakash has overseen Olam’s operations for various agricultural products including coffee, cocoa, cashew and sugar. Prior to his appointment as Vietnam Country Head in 2007, Prakash had extensive stints in Uganda and Singapore. He assumed his regional role in 2010.
    Prakash holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

  • Prasanna
    Prasanna Boddupalli Director Global Maize Program of CIMMYT

    Prasanna Boddupalli

    Global Maize Program of CIMMYT

    Dr B.M. Prasanna is the Director of the Global Maize Program of CIMMYT since March 2010. He is based at Nairobi, Kenya, and is leading a strong multi-disciplinary team of scientists located in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and Asia, with major focus on developing and delivering stress resilient and nutritious maize for the tropics, besides application of novel tools and technologies for enhancing genetic gains and breeding efficiency. Prior to joining CIMMYT, Prasanna served as maize geneticist, leader of maize program, and faculty member at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. He led the Indian team under the Asian Maize Biotechnology Network (AMBIONET) during 1998-2005, and served as National Fellow during 2005-2010. During his tenure at CIMMYT, Prasanna has developed and successfully implemented several multi-institutional projects on maize genetics, breeding, biotechnology and seed systems. He also presently serves as a technical oversight for an array of public-private partnership projects on maize breeding and product deployment in Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. Prasanna was recognized with several awards and honors for his contributions to maize research and post-graduate teaching. 

  • Puvan Selvanathan
    Puvan Selvanathan Head of Sustainable Agriculture UN Global Compact

    Puvan Selvanathan

    Head of Sustainable Agriculture
    UN Global Compact

    Puvan Selvanathan is Head of Sustainable Agriculture at the UN Global Compact (New York) and an Independent Expert member of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights (Geneva). An Architect by profession, Puvan holds an MBA and DBA in Corporate Strategy and Sustainability. He has designed townships, innovated ICT for Development PPPs in Local Governments, and wrote Mozambique’s E-Government Strategy. He led the Malaysian chapter of WBCSD and has advised public and private sector on ethics, governance and the green economy. Puvan was formerly Group Chief Sustainability Officer at Sime Darby, a Malaysian conglomerate and the world’s largest producer of sustainable palm oil.

  • Regina
    Regina Moench-Pfanner Director Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition

    Regina Moench-Pfanner

    Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition

    Dr. Regina Moench-Pfanner has more than 25 years of experience in international nutrition, specifically in nutrition and health programming and evaluation with attention to adequate nutrition and nutrients in the context of poverty and economic crises. Before joining the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) in 2005, she led the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent major relief operations in Africa and Eastern Europe; provided technical nutrition expertise to organizations working with refugees, internally displaced people and vulnerable populations. In addition, she also managed and implemented several multi-million dollar programs as Regional Coordinator for Asia Pacific at Helen Keller International. Dr Moench-Pfanner now serves as the Director for GAIN’s representative office in Singapore. She has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed international journals and is recognised internationally as a key presenter in her field.

  • Roberio Silva
    Robério Silva Executive Director International Coffee Organization

    Robério Silva

    Executive Director
    International Coffee Organization

    Mr. Robério Oliveira Silva took up his post as the Executive Director of the International Coffee Organization on 1 November 2011.
    After graduating in economics from the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil, Robério immersed himself in the field of commodities, particularly coffee. He has 25 years of experience in both the public and the private sectors, including his tenure as Director of the Coffee Department in the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply; Commodities Secretary in the Brazilian Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade; Executive Secretary of the Brazilian Chamber of Foreign Trade (CAMEX); Secretary‑General of the Association of Coffee Producing Countries; and Secretary‑General of the Brazilian Federation of Coffee Exporters.

  • Siang Hee
    Siang Hee Tan Executive Director CropLife Asia

    Siang Hee Tan

    Executive Director
    CropLife Asia

    Dr. Siang Hee TAN is currently Executive Director of CropLife Asia, the Asian operation of an international trade association with a presence in 91 countries. At CropLife Asia, he is responsible for directing regulatory, crop protection, seeds, intellectual property, biotechnology as well as communications and outreach programs in 15 Asian countries. His other professional experience includes establishing the University of Putra Malaysia’s (UPM) Genome Centre, and management of two startup ventures developing bioinformatics software and prenatal genetic testing. Additionally, at Sime Darby, he was responsible for: establishing the biotechnology section for the Sime Darby Technology Centre; project managing the Northern Corridor Economic Region Project (NCER) on large-scale farming; and developing an agri-entrepreneur program. He was also the CEO of HLH-Agri International Pte Ltd, managing a large-scale corn plantation and agri-tainment park while also overseeing maize processing and commodity trading. Dr. Tan holds a BSc in Plant Pathology from the Universiti Pertanian Malaysia, an MSc in Genetic Engineering from Universiti Putra Malaysia and a PhD in Molecular Biology (Plant Virus) from Okayama University in Japan. Professional recognition includes a Silver Award at the 2005 Geneva International Exhibitions & Inventions of New Techniques and Products, a US Government Cochran Fellowship for biological research at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, and UPM awards for Research and Development.

  • Simon
    Simon Tay Chairman Singapore Institute of International Affairs

    Simon Tay

    Singapore Institute of International Affairs

    Simon SC Tay is a public intellectual as well as private advisor to major corporations and policy-makers. He is Chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, the country’s oldest think tank and founding member of the ASEAN network of think-tanks. An independent, civic institution, the SIIA was ranked by an international survey as No 1 in ASEAN for 2013 and 2014, and is currently advising the Myanmar government on its ASEAN chairmanship. He is concurrently Associate Professor, teaching international law at the National University of Singapore, whose law school is rated in the top 10 globally.
    His book, Asia Alone: the Dangerous Post Crisis Divide from America (Wiley 2009) was well reviewed in the Economist, Financial Times and regional media. His commentaries feature regularly in newspapers including Today (Singapore), South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), Jakarta Post (Indonesia), The Nation (Thailand), the Japan Times and China Daily, and he has featured on television with BBC, CNN, Bloomberg, CNB, Channel NewAsia, NHK Japan and CCTV. Prof Tay is also Senior Consultant at WongPartnership, a leading Asian law firm that practices across the region, with offices in Singapore, China and the Middle East. He serves on boards for global companies, Toyota Corporation, Mitsubishi United Financial Group and the LGT Bank (Singapore) Ltd, and two leading Singaporean companies, Hyflux Ltd and the Far East Organization. He has spoken at leading business conferences including the World Economic Forum, APEC CEO Summits and SIBOS, and briefed leading banks and major corporate boards about the politics and economics that matter to businesses. From 1992 to 2008, he has served in public positions for Singapore, including as Chairman of the National Environment Agency, a major agency with over 3000 civil servants and reporting to the Minister, an independent Member of Parliament, and to coordinate the Singapore Volunteers Overseas, the country’s equivalent of the American Peace Corps. He received a National Day Award in 2006 and continues to serve Singapore in a number of roles including as an Expert and Eminent Person in the ASEAN Regional Forum, a member of the government’s Climate Change Network and on the Asia Pacific Water Forum. He has taught as a visiting professor at Yale University, the Fletcher School and Harvard Law School. He is a prize winning author of stories and poems and, in 2010, his novel City of Small Blessings was awarded the Singapore Literature Prize. He graduated in law from the National University of Singapore (1986), where he was president of the student union for three terms, and from Harvard Law School (1993), where he won the Laylin prize for the best thesis in international law.

  • Suthad
    Suthad Setboonsarng Economist National Reform Council of Thailand

    Suthad Setboonsarng

    National Reform Council of Thailand

    Dr. Suthad Setboonsarng is an economist currently serving as a Member of the National Reform Council of Thailand. He is also a Board of Trustee of International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), board member of Banpu PLC and a board member of the Cambodia Development Research Institute (CDRI).
    Dr. Setboonsarng’s prior experiences include member of East Asian Vision Group II, ASEAN; Thailand trade representative (a ministerial representative of the Thai Prime Minister); partner, PriceWaterhouseCoopers; deputy secretary general of the ASEAN (Operations) Secretariat; associate professor, Asian Institute of Technology, Pathumthani, Thailand; research fellow, Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI); research fellow, East-West Resource System Institute, Hawaii, USA; and lecturer, Faculty of Economics, Thammasat University, Thailand.
    His selected publications deal with international trade and investment in ASEAN, economic cooperation in ASEAN and agricultural research and pricing policies.
    He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the Thammasat University, Thailand, and his Master of Arts degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Hawaii. He completed his PhD in Economics at the University of Hawaii under a scholarship from the East-West Center, Hawaii.

  • Sybren
    Sybren Attema Regional Manager, Dairy Development Programme FrieslandCampina ASIA

    Sybren Attema

    Regional Manager, Dairy Development Programme
    FrieslandCampina ASIA

    Sybren Attema has held the position of Regional Manager of FrieslandCampina’s Dairy Development Programme, based in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, since February 2011. In his role, Sybren trains local dairy farmers in the region, developing skills and knowledge within the dairy industry, establishing policies and practices for the benefit of small-hold farmers in Asia. To date, he has worked with more than 40,000 farmers boosting local production in terms of quality and volume as well as local distribution systems.

    Sybren has a wealth of experience as a successful dairy farmer in the Netherlands, and has had a long career in the management of dairy cooperatives. He started his management career in 1993 on the Board of Coöperatieve Zuivelindustrie De Goede Verwachting B.A., of which he had been a member dairy farmer since 1983. As a board member, he was involved in various mergers.

    In January 2000, Sybren was elected vice-chairman of the Board of Zuivelcoöperatie Friesland Foods U.A. and in December 2003, he was elected its chairman. In addition, he was also chairman of the Supervisory Board of Royal Friesland Foods N.V.. Sybren played a key role in the successful merger between Friesland Foods and Campina in 2008.

    Sybren has had his education at professional university for agricultural education (Hoger Landbouwonderwijs –the current VHL University of Applied Sciences)


  • Tan Sri

    Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Munir Abdul Majid


    Tan Sri Dr Munir Majid obtained a B.Sc (Econ) from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 1971 where he also obtained his Ph.D in International Relations in 1978. He taught at the Department of International Relations in LSE from 1972-1975.

    Dr Munir joined the New Straits Times (NST) at the end of 1978 as leader writer and progressed to become Group Editor. He left NST in 1986 to become CEO of a small merchant bank, Pertanian Baring Sanwa (PBS), whose name he changed to Commerce International Merchant Bankers (CIMB) which was then transformed into one of Malaysia’s leading merchant banks. He was invited by the Government of Malaysia to establish and become the first and founding Executive Chairman of the Securities Commission in 1993, where he served for two terms until 1999.

    After leaving the Securities Commission, he served as Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Telekom Malaysia Berhad for 4 years until June 2004, and was Chairman of its mobile subsidiary Celcom (M) Berhad from 2002-2004. In June 2004, Dr Munir joined the Malaysia Airlines Board of Directors and in August that year was appointed its Non-Executive Chairman till July 2011.

    He became Chairman of Bank Muamalat Malaysia Berhad, an Islamic financial institution, in 2008. In February 2014 Dr. Munir was appointed chairman of CIMB Asean Research Institute and also joined the board of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia. He is chairman of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council – Malaysia Chapter and is on the Financial Services Talent Council of Bank Negara Malaysia. As co-chair of the Malaysia-America Foundation, he works to deepen relations between the two countries.

    Dr. Munir was the founder President of the Kuala Lumpur Business Club (2003-2008). In May 2004, he was appointed a member of the Court of Fellows of the Malaysian Institute of Management.

    In December 2005, he was made an Honorary Fellow of the LSE and in 2008 he was appointed Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE IDEAS (Centre for International Affairs, Diplomacy and Strategy) where he started the Southeast Asia International Affairs Programme and headed it until 2012. He has written for IDEAS publications and published in International Politics, a British academic journal.

  • Tina
    Tina Lawton Regional Director, Asia Pacific Syngenta

    Tina Lawton

    Regional Director, Asia Pacific

    Tina Lawton was appointed to the position of Regional Director APAC in January 2014. She has overall responsibility for ASEAN, Australasia, North East Asia and South Asia. Tina also holds the role of Vice President, CropLife Asia since mid-2014.
    Tina has been involved in agriculture for her entire career spanning over 20 years and brings a deep understanding of grower needs and commercial strategy from across the APAC region. Prior to her current appointment, she was Head of Rice for Syngenta responsible for expanding the range of products and services available to rice growers to help them manage volatility and complexity while increasing crop yields.
    Before leading the Rice business, Tina was the Head of Marketing for Syngenta in Asia Pacific, where she led the development of the organization’s marketing strategy with a focus on emerging Asian markets. She was also Head of Strategy and Marketing in Australia and Japan before taking on her regional marketing leadership role.
    Tina has a BA (Hons) in Pure and Applied Biology from Oxford University.

  • Todd
    Tod Gimbel Managing Director Landmark Asia

    Tod Gimbel

    Managing Director
    Landmark Asia

    Tod Gimbel is the Managing Director of Landmark Asia. He has over 20 years experience in senior leadership roles with large multinational corporations, the last eight plus years in regional roles in Asia. Tod has designed, developed and managed integrated public affairs programs for companies in a number of different industries. His focus is building and overseeing public affairs capabilities that most positively impact the company’s bottom line. He has worked at Citibank, Kraft Foods, Levi Strauss & Company, Phillip Morris and Miller Brewing. Tod lives in Singapore and has worked extensively in all countries in Asia. He also has a wealth of experience in the US. An American, he was educated at Lawrence University (BA in political science) and Marquette University Law School (JD). 

  • Todd Freeland
    Todd Freeland Director General Private Sector Operations Department, Asian Development Bank

    Todd Freeland

    Director General
    Private Sector Operations Department, Asian Development Bank

    Todd Freeland is the Director General of ADB’s Private Sector Operations Department.
    Mr. Freeland is responsible for leading a large and diverse team of professionals operating in over 30 countries throughout Asia, deploying over $2 billion of capital annually to fund debt and equity investments across a wide variety of industry sectors, with an emphasis on transactions that generate attractive financial returns while also delivering upon ADB’s firm-wide mission to promote environmentally sustainable and inclusive growth in support of poverty reduction. Under his direction, the Private Sector Operations Department provides direct financing, as well as a wide variety of credit enhancement, trade development and risk mitigation solutions, to both privately-held and state-sponsored companies across Asia. It is also one of the leading private equity investors in Asia, serving as both a limited and general partner in funds that target ADB’s priority industry sectors and investment goals.
    Mr. Freeland has over 25 years of investment and corporate banking, executive leadership, and portfolio management experience across a variety of markets, industries and geographies.
    Prior to ADB, Mr. Freeland was a Partner at US investment banking firm Redcroft Partners, where he also served as a General Partner of the firm’s affiliated private equity investment fund activities.
    His previous experience includes service as Managing Director, Head of the Media, Communications and Technology Group, and Member of the US Investment and Corporate Banking Management Committee at the Bank of Montreal.
    Mr. Freeland also served as a senior investment banker at Goldman Sachs & Co., where he led investment banking activities for several industry sectors in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He began his career at Morgan Stanley & Co.
    A US national, Mr. Freeland holds a Master’s degree in International Finance and Marketing from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, where he was an Austin Scholar. He received his Bachelor’s degree with Distinction in Economics from the University of North Carolina.

  • Hung
    Tran Ban Hung Liaison Officer Fairtrade International, Vietnam

    Tran Ban Hung

    Liaison Officer
    Fairtrade International, Vietnam

    Tran Ban Hung is a Liaison Officer of Fairtrade International in Vietnam.  He started with Fairtrade from 2011. Presently, he is supporting about 20 groups of Fairtrade certified producers who are producing tea, coffee, spices, fruit and cashew nut.  Hung has 20 years background on development’s work. He successfully involves in business and development. He has over 15 years of experience in capacity building on leadership for private sector especially small business. He has consulted extensively with Dakman Company, Huy Hung Jsc., Greenfairtrade Company, EuroAsia VUA Biotech Company and many other international and domestic companies. Hung also consults for CSO in Organization Development.

  • Tran
    Tran Phuong Deputy Chief Executive Officer BIDV

    Tran Phuong

    Deputy Chief Executive Officer

    Mr. Tran Phuong joined the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) in 1997. His expertise focuses on Strategic Management, Business Planning, Treasury, and bank’s equitization.
    He also leads BIDV Research Team to conduct reports and analyses on economics, banking and finance for the Bank’s strategic management.
    In December 2011, as the Head of BIDV Equitization Project Management Department, he directed the successful implementation of BIDV’s Initial Public Offering (IPO), making great contribution to the process of transforming BIDV into a JSC Bank.
    Currently, he is Senior Executive Vice President of the Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV JSC.), leading the IT system and Operations of the bank. He is also Vice Chairman Vietnam Aircraft Leasing Company (VALC).
    Mr. Phuong earned his Master Degree of Commerce (major in Finance) from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

  • Tran Vu Hoai
    Tran Vu Hoai Vice President Corporate Relations Unilever Vietnam

    Tran Vu Hoai

    Vice President Corporate Relations
    Unilever Vietnam

    Tran Vu Hoai joined Unilever Vietnam in 2006 as its Vice President in charge of the company’s Corporate Relations function.
    Hoai started his entrepreneurial career in 1995, right after his graduation from Harvard Business School, as Managing Partner of Galaxy and took his role as its Managing Director from 2000 to 2008, responsible for developing Galaxy Communications into the leading and most successful PR and Government Affairs firm in Vietnam. He became Chairman of the company in 2009. His other entrepreneurial and managerial ventures include (i) Galaxy Media & Entertainment where he is a co-founding partner and (ii) Thien Viet Securities (a financial service company), of which he is a founding partner and board member.
    Tran Vu Hoai has acquired a deep understanding of the local business and political environment as a result of his many years working in and with different government agencies in the areas of investment and trade, including Ministry of Planning and Investment, Ministry of Trade, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Ministry of Finance. Hoai has been instrumental in helping a large number of multinationals set up and develop their business in the emerging market of Vietnam.
    Tran Vu Hoai holds a B.A in International Commerce (Dean’s List) from Hanoi Foreign Trade College (Vietnam) and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School (USA) with scholarship from the World Bank – Japan scholarship program and from the U.S. Government funded Fulbright Program.
    Tran Vu Hoai is also a Corporate Advisor to UNICEF Vietnam, and a member of the Steering Committee of CRAFTLINK, a local NGO which aims to help artisan craft producers.

  • Thinh
    Van Ngoc Thinh Country Director WWF-Vietnam

    Van Ngoc Thinh

    Country Director

    Dr NGOC Van Thinh is the Country Director of WWF-Viet Nam and responsible for delivering the country’s targets on:  safeguarding conservation,   enabling green growth, promoting sustainable production and consumption, securing climate change resilience and promoting sustainable energy. He plays a significant role in the evolution of the WWF network and in the delivery of cross-border conservation programmes. Thinh is an invited member of both IUCN’s Wild Cattle and Primate Specialist Groups, and has published articles on Vietnam’s wildlife in a number of scientific journals. Thinh has a PhD in Biology (2009) and a Master’s degree in Forestry (2004), both from Göttingen University, Germany. He is currently enrolled in the WWF Network’s two-year Business and Leadership Programme.

  • Dr Loc
    Vu Tien Loc Chairman and President Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI)

    Vu Tien Loc

    Chairman and President
    Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI)

    Dr. Vu Tien Loc is Chairman and President of VCCI. Currently he is also the member of XVIII Vietnam National Assembly. Economic Committee of the National Assembly is the place where he contributes on economic issues of Vietnam. He also has responsibility assigned by the Government to chair Committee for Taiwan Affairs of Vietnam. He has many other important roles and responsibilities at many political, social and economic organizations such as, Chairman of Vietnam National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation, Member of Presidium of Vietnam Father land Front Committee, Vice Chairman of Vietnam – Japan Parliamentary Friendship Caucus. Before becoming Chairman and President of VCCI, from 1986 – 2003, he has been experienced through various important positions at the Central Institute for Economic Development, Chairman of VCCI Exhibition Services Ltd, Chairman of International Cultural and Economics Exchange Club, Chairman of Small and Medium Enterprise Council, Chief Editor of the Business Forum Newspaper. Along with his outstanding political career development, he has many important contributions to the development of business community in Vietnam. He graduated from Hanoi Foreign Trade University and obtained his PhD degree in Economics at the National Economic University.

  • Wyn
    Wyn Ellis Coordinator Sustainable Rice Platform

    Wyn Ellis

    Sustainable Rice Platform

    Dr Wyn Ellis is Coordinator of the Sustainable Rice Platform, a member-based global initiative convened by UNEP and IRRI. SRP works with stakeholders in the public and private sectors, research and non-profit organizations to develop practical guidelines, standards and incentive mechanisms to promote smallholder adoption of sustainable best practice.
    Most of his 30-year career has been in Asia, covering diverse fields related to sustainable development, including organic agriculture, aquaculture, food safety, certification, crop protection and innovation systems. With a Ph.D. from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, he has authored a number of academic publications and book chapters, and serves on the Editorial Board of several international journals.


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Lead Organiser

  • Global Initiatives is a Singapore-based media company promoting solutions to global challenges through film, television and high-level international events. The Responsible Business TV series has been produced by Global Initiatives since 2007, broadcast globally on CNBC and other networks. The B4E, Business for the Environment, global event series brings together leaders from business, governments and NGOs to agree on industry commitments and policy proposals towards a more sustainable future.


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Supporting Partners

  • Every day Royal FrieslandCampina provides millions of consumers worldwide with food that is rich in valuable nutrients. One of the world’s largest dairy companies, FrieslandCampina supplies consumer and professional products, as well as ingredients and half-finished products to manufacturers of children nutrition, the food industry and the pharmaceutical sector around the world.

    FrieslandCampina’s Consumer Products Asia business group operates in China, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Hong Kong and the Philippines, and has acquired strong brand positions in these markets.




  • AsianNGO was initiated to address the three main issues that NGOs face today: finding funds, partners and relevant learning resources for better management. We know these are essential aspects for any organization who wants to reach their sustainability goals.

    Our vision is to build relations between local NGOs in the Asia-Pacific region and fund providers across the globe. Our core principle is to communicate, collaborate and capacitate, and we believe in the philosophy of Partner to Progress.

    AsianNGO is legally registered under Asian Development Media which is a social enterprise based in Hong Kong, but it operates through the main office of ASSIST in Manila.


  • We are one of the longest-standing specialist sustainability consultancies, working with corporate clients around the world to achieve their commitments to responsible business behaviours and sustainable practices.

    Corporate Citizenship was founded in 1997 and we now operate across offices in London, New York and Singapore, with representation in Bangalore, Copenhagen and San Francisco. Our team have decades of experience between them and we are proud to be one of the catalysts for the positive and incredible change in companies’ attitudes towards sustainability and responsibility.

  • IRRI aims to reduce poverty and hunger, improve the health of rice farmers and consumers, and ensure environmental sustainability of rice farming. We do these through collaborative research, partnerships, and the strengthening of the national agricultural research and extension systems, or NARES, of the countries we work in.


  • The 4C Association is the leading multi-stakeholder sustainable coffee platform working towards the improvement of the economic, social and environmental conditions of coffee production and processing to build a thriving, sustainable sector for generations to come.

  • The Global Aquaculture Alliance is an international, non-profit organization committed to feeding the world through responsible, sustainable aquaculture. GAA’s mission is to advocate, educate and demonstrate responsible aquaculture practices to feed and employ future generations. GAA’s Best Aquaculture Practices is the world’s leading third-party aquaculture certification scheme.



  • The Institute of Agriculture and Rural Development (IPSARD) was established in 2005, with the mandate of being the policy researching and advising agency for The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam. IPSARD consists of four centers (Information Centre, Rural and Agriculture Development Centre, Center for Agriculture Policy and South Centre for Agriculture Policy) and four researching departments. IPSARD is the author of important policies such as: Vietnam Agriculture Restructuring Plan; Vietnam Agriculture Strategy Vision 2020 toward 2030; and Agriculture Restructuring Programs for many provinces. With a wide range of high-profile experts and well-trained staff, during the 10 years since establishment, IPSARD has contributed significantly to the development of agriculture in Vietnam as well as becoming an established partner of researching institutes worldwide. ipsard.gov.vn/news/defaulte.asp

  • The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) is as an independent, non-profit organisation which sets global standards for responsible aquaculture. ASC’s mission is to transform aquaculture towards environmental sustainability and social responsibility.
    Producers who meet the requirements of the ASC standards minimise their impact on the environment, protect local surroundings and wildlife and care for their people and the local community.
    The on-pack ASC logo assures consumers that their fish has been farmed with minimal impacts on the environment and on society.

  • SNV Netherlands Development Organisation is a non-profit, international development organisation founded 50 years ago, and now operating in 39 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Our global team of local and international advisors use their expertise in Agriculture, Renewable Energy and Water, Sanitation with Hygiene to contribute to solving some of the leading problems facing the world today. We work with local partners to equip communities, businesses and organisations with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development.
    SNV has been working in Vietnam since 1995, and currently has over 80 national and international staff. SNV Vietnam’s team works hand-in-hand with communities, government agencies and businesses, in some of the remotest and poorest areas of the country, to strengthen their capacity to effectively reduce poverty. SNV Vietnam operates from a head office in Hanoi and project offices in Ho Chi Minh City, Ca Mau, Can Tho, Dak Lak, Thanh Hoa and Nghe An provinces. Programme sectors include Renewable Energy, Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+), Sustainable and Inclusive Agriculture, and Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). 

  • Forum for the Future is an independent non-profit that was established in 1996 to work globally with business, government and others to solve complex sustainability challenges. We believe it is critical to transform the key systems we rely on to shape a brighter future and innovate for long-term success.




  • IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative accelerates and up scales sustainable trade by building impact oriented coalitions of front running companies, civil society organizations, governments and other stakeholders.
    By convening public & private interests, strengths, and knowledge, the 18 IDH programs sustainably transform commodity markets to create large scale improvements in the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of small scale farmers, reduce negative environmental impact, and support local value creation in developing countries - making sustainable production and consumption the norm.

  • Launched in April 2003, ASEAN-BAC was set up with the mandate to provide private sector feedback and guidance to boost ASEAN’s efforts towards economic integration. Aside from providing private sector feedback on the implementation of ASEAN economic cooperation, the Council also identifies priority areas for consideration of the ASEAN Leaders. Accordingly, ASEAN-BAC’s activities are primarily focused on reviewing and identifying issues to facilitate and promote economic cooperation and integration. The Council also submits annual recommendations for the consideration of the ASEAN Leaders, the ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) as well as pursues dialogue with Senior Economic Official Meeting (SEOM). http://www.asean-bac.org/

  • Beautifully located in the heart of Vietnam’s capital, Meliá Hanoi welcomes all who are looking for splendid accommodation, first-class facilities, and warm service.
    With spectacular views in every room, dedicated staff, and outstanding facilities, the Meliá Hanoi is perfect for anyone looking to melt the city’s hustle and bustle away and experience the ultimate in rest and relaxation.

  • Having quality meetings between participants, sponsors and exhibitors is a major draw for events. Jublia has a proven end-to-end solution which enables quality face-to-face networking and provides real-time meeting insights. This eases the workload required for setting up and facilitating business meetings for organisers while increasing the intimacy between event participants by scheduling only the most relevant meetings. Facilitated business meetings does not only benefit event participants. In fact, it brings valuable business benefits for organisers as well through deep insights into how participants network at their events. Jublia has been used in more than 90 leading exhibitions and conferences just two years after their establishment. www.jublia.com

  • WWF is one of the world's largest and most respected independent conservation organizations, with over 5 million supporters and a global network active in over 100 countries. WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the earth's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world's biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.


  • Founded in 1963 in Hanoi as a national organization, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) gathers and represents Vietnamese business community, employers and business associations for the promotion and protection of their legitimate rights in domestic and international relations as well as promoting and assisting trade, investment and other business activities in Vietnam and abroad. VCCI also serves as a forum for exchange of information and ideas among businesses and between businesses with relevant authorities on matters concerning economic activities, business environment and sustainable development in Vietnam.

    Being directly under and established by VCCI in 2006, the Office for Business Sustainable Development (SDforB) concentrates on supporting and orientation activities to assist Vietnam business community and entrepreneurs in achieving sustainable development, particularly through the Vietnam Business Council for Sustainable Development (VBCSD). The Council is a business-led organization with the mandate to promote the business community’s active role in and strong advocate on the implementation of the Strategic Orientation for Sustainable Development in Vietnam, to facilitate the sharing of experience and good practices, and to strengthen close coordination and dialogue among business community, the Government and civil organizations for sustainable development.




  • CropLife Asia is a non-profit society and the regional organization of CropLife International, the voice of the global plant science industry. CropLife Asia advocates a safe, secure food supply, with a vision for food security enabled by innovative agriculture. CropLife Asia supports the work of 15 member associations across the continent and is led by ten member companies at the forefront of crop protection, seeds and/or biotechnology research and development. www.croplifeasia.org

  • As the national flag carrier of Vietnam, headquartered in Hanoi, Vietnam Airlines operates 94 routes to 21 domestic and 29 international destinations with more than 320 daily flights. Operating the young fleet of 81 modern aircraft mainly including Boeing 777, Airbus A330, A321, the airline expects to further expand its fleet with new and modern aircraft as Airbus A350XWB, Boeing 787-9. Vietnam Airlines became official member of SkyTeam Alliance on June 10th, 2010 and also the first representative of the alliance in South East Asia region.



Supported By

  • SEI is an independent international research institute that was formally established in 1989 by the Swedish Government. Our goal is to bring about change for sustainable development by bridging science and policy. We do this by providing integrated analysis that supports decision-makers. The institute has built a reputation for rigorous and objective scientific analysis in the field of environment and development at local, national, regional and global policy levels. www.sei-international.org


    Established in January 2004, SEI Asia has a multinational staff with strong connections across the region. The Asia Centre in Bangkok plays a key role in fulfilling SEI’s mission to bridge science and policy to help advance sustainable development, through research, capacity-building, and engagement with stakeholders. www.sei-international.org/asia

  • Sida is a government agency working on behalf of the Swedish parliament and government, with the mission to reduce poverty in the world. Through our work and in cooperation with others, we contribute to implementing Sweden’s Policy for Global Development (PGU). www.sida.se/english/


    The regional programme is guided by a “Strategy for Regional Development Cooperation in Asia focusing on Southeast Asia 2011- 2015”. The thematic areas for the regional  strategy are environment and climate, energy, urban planning, democracy and human rights. 


    The goal is to help create conditions that will enable poor women and men, to improve their lives as well as contribute to a fair and sustainable global development. Implementation of the strategy entails collaboration with around 30 regional organisations.


    The Regional Asia Environment Conference Support Programme supported by Government of Sweden through Sida is managed by the SEI-Asia Centre. SEI welcomes concept notes for events in Asia on advancing environmentally sustainable development, gender equality and poverty reduction. 


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