Responsible Business Forum on Food and Agriculture 2016
The 3rd Responsible Business Forum on Food & Agriculture brought together more than 350 global leaders from business, government, media and NGOs to discuss how greater collaboration between ASEAN countries can create more equitable growth for farmers and all stakeholders in the regions food, beverage and agriculture sector. Delegates have produced recommendations for increasing productivity across six key commodities in the ASEAN region’ with a focus on improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers while reducing environmental impacts.
Download the RBF Jakarta Outcome Statements and Recommendations report here (Slideshare).
Download the RBF Jakarta Outcome Statements and Recommendations here (pdf).
|0745 – 0845||
|0900 – 0910||
Amran Sulaiman, Minister of Agriculture, Republic of Indonesia
|0910 – 0940||
Facilitator: Anita Kapoor, Broadcast Journalist
Saleh Husin, Minister of Industry, Republic of Indonesia
Franky Widjaja, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Golden Agri-Resources
Shinta Widjaja Kamdani, President, IBCSD
|0940 – 1030||
Opening discussion panel
Aligning food and agriculture policy in the ASEAN Economic Community
Chair: Adam Schwarz, Chief Executive Officer, Asia Group Advisors
U Tin Htut, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, Myanmar
Franky Widjaja, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Golden Agri Resources
Lance Wang, Head, ASEAN – Pakistan and Partnerships, Monsanto
Bayu Krisnamurthi, Director, Palm Oil Estate Fund, and Chairman of The Indonesian Society of Agricultural Economics
Eduardo Tugendhat, Director of Thought Leadership, Palladium
|1030 – 1050||
|1050 – 1130||
Ensuring food security and nutrition for a global population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050 will require a complete transformation of our food systems.
Chair: Bruce Tolentino, Deputy Director General, International Rice Research Institute
Rashid Qureshi, President Director & Chief Executive Officer, Nestle Indonesia
Hendro Poedjono, Regional Corporate Affairs Director, Asia, FrieslandCampina
Andrew McConville, Head of Corporate Affairs, Syngenta Asia Pacific
Le Thi Hop, Chairwoman, Vietnam Nutrition Association
|1130 – 1210||
Innovating farming systems that are truly sustainable and inclusive and support increased access for the poor so that we can meet the world’s future food needs.
Chair: Alison Eskesen, Director, Knowledge and Innovation, GrowAsia
Biswaranjan Sen, Vice President Procurement Chemicals, Unilever
Mansuetus Alsy Hanu, National Coordinator, Indonesia Palm Oil Smallholder Union
Siang Hee Tan, Executive Director, CropLife Asia
Simon-Thorsten Wiebusch, Country Group Head, Crop Science Division, Bayer Southeast Asia
|1210 – 1310||
|1310 – 1320||
AKP Mochtan, Deputy Secretary-General for Community and Corporate Affairs, ASEAN
|1320 – 1400||
There are many ways in which forests and agroforestry systems contribute to food security and nutrition. Deforestation is placing this all at risk.
Chair: Kim Carstensen, Director-General, Forest Stewardship Council
Najib Asmani, Special advisor to Governor on Climate Change, South Sumatra
Aida Greenbury, Managing Director Sustainability and Stakeholder Engagement, Asia Pulp & Paper Group
Tint Lwin Thaung, Executive Director, The Center for People and Forests
Hadi Daryanto, Director-General Social Forestry and Environmental Partnerships, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Republic of Indonesia
|1400 – 1440||
Inclusive business approaches help to protect the rights and improve the livelihoods of indigenous people and local communities dependent on the food and agriculture sector.
Chair: Jennifer Bielman, Country Director, Indonesia, Mercy Corps
Fleur Davies, Minister-Counsellor, Governance & Human Development, Australian Embassy, Indonesia
Andrew Hall, Group Leader, CSIRO Australia
Reynaldo Cabanao, Chairman, Asian Farmers Regional Network
Eric Marnat, Country Manager, Indonesia, Yara International
|1500 – 1800||
Recommendations for accelerating and scaling successful public-private partnerships that increase sustainable productivity, improve rural livelihoods and reduce environmental impacts.
The Working Groups take a deeper look into the specific challenges and solutions for each of the commodities. The facilitated sessions will result in a set of actionable recommendations for increasing sustainably-produced commodities, presented on Day 2 and published in a post-Forum Outcome and Recommendations Report.
15.00 – 15.05 Agenda setting and objectives
15.05 – 15.15 Small-holder Farmer Conversations
15.15 – 15.45 Panel discussion I
Moderated by Chair
15.45 – 16.15 Roundtable discussion I
Discussion led by Panel members and Discussion leaders
16.15 – 16.30 Panel members and Discussion leaders
Summarise key points and recommendations
16.30 – 16.45 Coffee break
16.45 – 17.15 Panel discussion II
Moderated by Chair
17.15 – 17.45 Roundtable discussion II
Discussion led by Panel members and Discussion leaders
17.45 – 18.00 Panel members and Discussion leaders
Summarise key points and recommendations
18.00 – 18.15 Wrap up of Panels I and II by Chair
Chair: Melanie Rutten-Sülz, Executive Director, Global Coffee Platform
Smallholder farmer conversation
Farmer: Aler Hutabarat and Suparman (from Lampung)
Moderator: Junda Aulia, Senior Agronomist Crop, Nestle
Panel discussion I
Veronica Herlina, Executive Director, Indonesian Coffee Sector Platform
Pacita Juan, Co-Chair, Philippine Coffee Board
Panel discussion II
Imran Nasrullah, Chief Executive Officer, Louis Dreyfus Company, Indonesia
Fitrian Ardiansyah, Indonesia Country Director, IDH-The Sustainable Trade Initiative
Chair: Subash Dasgupta. Senior Plant Production Officer, FAO Regional Office
Smallholder farmer conversation
Farmer: Mariani and Suwardi (from South Lampung)
Moderator: Irvan Kolonas, Chief Executive Officer, Vasham
Panel discussion I
Nguyen Van Tuat, Vice Chairman, Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Vietnam
Edwin Paraluman, Chair, Philippine Farmers Advisory Board
Hardeep Grewal, Head APAC Corn, Syngenta
Panel discussion II
Ketut Putra, Vice President, Conservation International Indonesia
Ganesh Satyagraha Pamugar, Indonesia Country Lead, Monsanto
Irvan Kolonas, Chief Executive Officer, Vasham
Winarno Tohir, Chairman, National Outstanding Farmer Association, Indonesia
Chair: Gert van der Bijl, International Programme Coordinator, Livestock, Solidaridad
Smallholder farmer conversation
Farmer: Enang Sulaeman (from West Java)
Moderator: Bastian Saputra, Executive Director, Pupuk (The Association for Advancement of Small Business)
Panel discussion I
Emma Parsons, General Manager, Responsible Dairying, Fonterra
Sybren Attema, Regional Manager, Dairy Development, FrieslandCampina
Wisman Djaja, Director, Sustainable Agriculture Development & Procurement, Nestle Indonesia
Panel discussion II
Bruno Kistner, Commercial Director Asia Pacific, Glanbia Nutritionals
Vinod Ahuja, Livestock Policy Officer, FAO Regional office for Asia & the Pacific
Chair: Darrel Webber, Chief Executive Officer, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil
Small-holder Farmer Conversation
Farmer: Bambang Gianto (from South Sumatra)
Moderator: Desi Kusama, Senior Program Manager, Palm Oil, IDH Sustainable Trade
Panel discussion I
John Hartmann, Chief Executive Officer, Cargill Tropical Palm Holdings
Fadhil Hasan, Executive Director, Indonesian Palm Oil Association
Panel discussion II
Götz Martin, Head of Sustainability Implementation, Golden Agri-Resources
Hans Harmen Smit, Commodity Coordinator Palm Oil, SNV
Chair: Bruce Tolentino, Deputy Director General, International Rice Research Institute
Smallholder farmer conversation
Farmer: Bapak M Hosin (from East Java)
Moderator: Bustanul Arifin, Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Lampung (UNILA)
Panel discussion I
Nguyen Do Anh Tuan, Director, Institute for Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam
Mahesh Girdhar, Global Crop Lead Rice, Bayer CropScience
Handewi Purwati Saliem, Director, Indonesian Center for Agriculture Socioeconomic and Policy Studies
Panel discussion II
Matthias Bickel, Project Director, ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems, GIZ
Yannick Foing, Regional Manager, Asia Pacific, Nutrition Improvement Program, DSM
Meas Pyseth, Director, Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture, Forest and Fisheries, Cambodia
Chair: Nicolas Viart, Head of Standards and Innovation, Bonsucro
Small-holder Farmer Conversation
Farmer representative: Arum Sabil, Chairman, Indonesia Sugarcane Farmer Association (APTRI)
Moderator: Agung Primanto Murdanoto, Secretary General, Indonesian Sugar Association
Panel discussion I
Agung Primanto Murdanoto, Secretary General, Indonesian Sugar Association
Adhi Lukman, Chairman, Indonesian Food & Beverages Industry Association (GAPMMI)
Mariam Thomas, Program Lead, Products & Markets, Fairtrade Network
Panel discussion II
Rangsit Hiangrat, Director General, Thai Sugar Millers Corporation
Natasha Schwarzbach, Industry expert on sustainable supply chains
Ian Hope-Johnstone, Senior Director Sustainable Agriculture, Pepsico
|1830 – 2030||
Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Grand Hyatt Jakarta
|0730 – 0830||
|0900 – 0920||
Day Two Opening Addresses
Facilitator: Anita Kapoor, Broadcast Journalist
Anung Sugihantono, Director General of Public Health, Ministry of Health, Republic of Indonesia
|0920 – 0950||
Launch – Policy White Paper
Efficient agriculture, stronger economies in ASEAN
Paul Teng, Professor, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Malavika Jain Bambawale, Director, Sustainability Services, Management Consulting, Accenture
Lucita Jasmin, Director for Sustainability and External Affairs, APRIL Group
Harvey Glick, Asia Regional Director, Regulatory Policy and Scientific Affairs, Monsanto
|0950 – 1040||
Empowering women in agriculture
Chair: Jenny Costelloe, Director, Country Partnerships, GrowAsia
Biranchi Upadhyaya, Regional Director, Southeast Asia, Hivos International
Siti Amanah, Professor, Faculty of Human Ecology-Bogor Agricultural University
Nguyen Kim Thuy, Executive Director, Research Centre for Gender, Family and Environment in Development, Vietnam (CGFED)
Andi Sitti Asmayanti, Cocoa Life South Southeast Asia Director, Mondelēz International
|1040 – 1110||
|1110 – 1120||
Technology and the future of farming
Malcolm Preston, Partner, Global Leader, Sustainability & Climate Change, PwC
|1120 – 1210||
Labor rights and driving change in the supply chain
Chair: Hilary Thompson, Director, The Forest Trust
Dini Widiastuti, Economic Justice Programme Director, Oxfam Indonesia
Francesco d’Ovidio, Director, ILO Office for Indonesia and Timor-Leste
Miguel Coleta, Sustainability Officer, Philip Morris International
Philip Hunter, Program Director, Verité
|1210 – 1345||
|1345 – 1400||
Jason Clay, Senior Vice President Markets and Executive Director, The Markets Institute, WWF-US
|1400 – 1450||
Climate smart agriculture in ASEAN
Chair: Marco Ferroni, Executive Director, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture
Rizaldi Boer, Executive Director, Centre for Climate Risk and Opportunity Management in Southeast Asia and Pacific, Bogor Agricultural University
Margaret C. Yoovatana. Senior Policy and Plan Specialist, Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand
Agus Purnomo, Managing Director for Sustainability & Strategic Stakeholders Engagement, Golden Agri-Resources
Sunny Verghese, Co-Founder & Group Chief Executive Officer, Olam International
|1450 – 1550||
Report from Day One Working Groups
Food, farm, forest, community
Scaling and accelerating public-private partnerships
Recommendations from day one working groups
Chair: Jason Clay, Senior Vice President, Markets and Executive Director, The Markets Institute, WWF-US
Bruce Tolentino, Deputy Director General, International Rice Research Institute
Melanie Rutten-Sülz, Executive Director, Global Coffee Platform
Darrel Webber, Chief Executive Officer, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil
Gert van der Bijl, International Programme Coordinator, Livestock, Solidaridad
Nicolas Viart, Head of Standards and Innovation, Bonsucro
Subash Dasgupta, Senior Plant Production Officer, FAO Regional Office
|1550 – 1620||
|1620 – 1630||
Summary remarks and the way forward
Musdhalifah Machmud, Deputy Minister for food and Agriculture, Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs, Republic of Indonesia
Adam Schwarz CEO, Asia Group Advisors
Asia Group Advisors
Adam Schwarz is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Asia Group Advisors, where he counsels senior executives on business opportunities in key Southeast Asian markets and how to effectively manage political, economic, and security risks. Based in Southeast Asia since 1987, Schwarz has a deep set of relationships with business, political and civil-society leaders across the region and is considered a leading global authority on Indonesia. From 2001 to 2013, Schwarz worked for McKinsey & Company in Southeast Asia where he served private and public sector clients in the energy, telecom, agribusiness. and financial sectors. He advised clients on issues ranging from corporate strategy, organizational change, board governance, strategic communications, and regional economic integration. He was one of the global leaders of McKinsey’s Sustainability and Resource Productivity practice, where he supported clients on issues related to green business opportunities, renewable energy, sustainability standards, and climate change policy.
Adhi Lukman Chairman, Indonesian Food & Beverages Industry Association (GAPMMI)
Indonesian Food & Beverages Industry Association (GAPMMI)
Adhi Lukman was born in 1961, and graduated from IPB (Bogor Agricultural University), Faculty of Agricultural Engineering & Technology, Food Technology & Human Nutrition in 1984. With experience in various seminars and trainings, both nationally and internationally, Adhi Lukman continues his career in both food and other industry sectors. Recognized internationally as an authority in the food industry, Adhi Lukman is the current Chairman of GAPMMI, the Indonesian Food & Beverages Association. Founded in 1976, the organization champions the interests of the food and beverage industry in Indonesia, as well as ensures the provision of healthy food products, and strengthens the ability of its members in the fields of food safety, processing, health, and nutrition. In 2016, he was elected as President of the ASEAN Food and Beverage Alliance (AFBA).
Agung Primanto Murdanoto Secretary General, Indonesian Sugar Association
Agung Primanto MurdanotoSecretary General,
Indonesian Sugar Association
Agung Primanto Murdanoto was born in Yogyakarta and then got his PhD in agricultural chemistry from Kyoto University – Japan, is now acting as Secretary General for Indonesia Sugar Association (AGI). Recently, he is in charge as business development and investment director at PT Rajawali Nusantara Indonesia (Persero) (RNI) – an Indonesian state owned company – managing 10 sugar mills in West Java Province, Yogyakarta Special Province and East Java Province (with total capacity of 40.000 TCD) completed with 2 alcohol – spirits – arack distilleries in Palimanan and Yogyakarta. In the next few years, RNI plan to extend the business to cogeneration, bioethanol and pharmaceutical grade sugar producer.
Agus Purnomo Managing Director for Sustainability and Strategic Stakeholders Engagement, Golden Agri-Resources
Agus PurnomoManaging Director for Sustainability and Strategic Stakeholders Engagement,
Agus Purnomo joined GAR in October 2014. He heads the Sustainability Department and he is responsible for planning GAR’s sustainability strategy and implementing the company’s sustainability commitments throughout the entire value chain. His role also includes communicating and engaging with strategic stakeholders. Prior to joining GAR, he held many positions in the government, multilateral institutions and international and national NGOs. These included Special Assistant to the President of Indonesia for Climate Change (2010-2014), Special Assistant to the Minister of Environment (2004-2009), the World Bank (2002-2004) and Executive Director of WWF Indonesia. He has also worked in many other national organizations involved in sustainable development issues. Agus graduated with a Master’s Degree in Environmental Conservation Policy from Tufts University in the US in 1994 and a Master’s in Business Administration from Prasetya Mulya Management Institute in Indonesia in 1985.
Aida Greenbury Managing Director / Chief Sustainability Asia Pulp & Paper Group, Forest
Aida GreenburyManaging Director / Chief Sustainability
Asia Pulp & Paper Group, Forest
Aida Greenbury is Managing Director Sustainability and Stakeholder Engagement of the Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP). Since joining the company in 2004, Ms Greenbury has been the key player behind major sustainability achievements in APP’s supply chains, forest conservation programs and is the chief architect of both APP’s Sustainability Roadmap: Vision 2020, and APP’s Forest Conservation Policy. She has initiated a strict material traceability verification and risk evaluation policy along with the associated audit process. This policy required APP to restructure its supply chains and is implemented to ensure the sustainability of all fiber entering APP pulp mills. For many of APP’s stakeholders, Ms. Greenbury’s most important contribution has been to develop the company’s approach to transparency and disclosure. This has included working directly with Greenpeace since 2013 on the development of sustainability policies and separately inviting the Rainforest Alliance to undertake their first ever evaluation of a zero-deforestation policy and agreeing to their report being published in full (2015) for all observers to be able to review.
AKP Mochtan Deputy Secretary-General for Community and Corporate Affairs, ASEAN
AKP MochtanDeputy Secretary-General for Community and Corporate Affairs,
H.E. Dr. AKP Mochtan is the Deputy Secretary General (DSG) of ASEAN for Community and Corporate Affairs Department from 2013 to 2016. H.E. Mochtan will assist the ASEAN Secretary-General in strengthening effective support systems, procedures and resources within the Secretariat to achieve its mission. They include core corporate functions such as human resources, finance, legal issues, public affairs and outreach programmes. As a seasoned management and international relations expert, DSG Mochtan has held top positions in various international organizations. Immediately before joining ASEAN, he directed the Japan ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) Management Team, which managed over US$500 million grants from the Government of Japan to support ASEAN integration and community building processes. Prior to his stint with JAIF, DSG Mochtan served for 13 years with the intergovernmental Asian Productivity Organization (APO) based in Tokyo Japan including as its Administration and Finance Director. Within the United Nations system, Dr. Mochtan worked on human rights issues with the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) and Peace and Security programme with the United Nations University (UNU). H.E. Mochtan has also served as a lecturer and senior staff in prestigious academic institutions such as the University of Indonesia and the Centre for Strategic and International Studies Jakarta. DSG Mochtan obtained his PhD from the Graduate School of Public Administration, International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan. As stated in the ASEAN Charter, the Secretary-General of ASEAN is assisted by four Deputy Secretaries-General of different nationalities from the Secretary-General and shall come from four different ASEAN Member States. Two DSGs are nominated by Member States on a rotational basis for a non-renewable term of three years while two DSGs are openly recruited based on merit for a three-year term, which may be renewed for another three years.
ALER HUTABARAT Coffee - Farmer Lampung
ALER HUTABARATCoffee - Farmer
Joint Nescafe Plan program in 2012 and a member of one of the Nestlé’s supply chain partners, the KUB Robusta Prima (SME with over 2000 affiliated coffee farmers). Aler is one of the Nescafe Plan’s active and progressive farmers ; a member of the KUB’s Internal Control System/ICS (whose main role is to deliver the NBFP/Nescafe Better Farming Practices modules to his fellow farmers), participating on the Nestle/ Rabo Bank Foundation Loan scheme for input, and also has been applying intercropping recommendations with Banana and Pepper. The successful intercropping practices has provided Aler a much better cash flow from Banana and pepper cash crop. Income from Banana and pepper during 2015 was IDR 7 mio and IDR 17 mio respectively. In addition his coffee income in 2015 was IDR 21 mio on coffee productivity of 1 ton/Ha. He looks forward to further his coffee farm productivity by applying an effective fertilizing scheme as supported with YARA technical assistance in the Nestle/Rabo Bank loan scheme.
Alex Noerdin Governor, South Sumatra
Alex Noerdin is known as the leader who successfully supported prosperity and greatness for Indonesia and South Sumatra. He was the pioneer of breakthrough initiatives, such as free education and health care programs in the province.
He has improved the reputation of South Sumatra, promoted Palembang as the main host of The 26th Sea Games 11/11/11 and now leads it to host the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta in 2018.
In the field of sustainability, he declared a Green Growth for South Sumatra that will see the application of Landscape Management Partnership, Fire Free Village movement and sustainable supply shed.
Alison Eskesen Director, Knowledge and Innovation, GrowAsia
Alison EskesenDirector, Knowledge and Innovation,
Alison Eskesen is the Director of Knowledge and Innovation at Grow Asia, a multi-stakeholder partnership platform established by the World Economic Forum and ASEAN Secretariat. The platform catalyzes action on inclusive agricultural development in South-East Asia, convening governments, farmers, NGOs, and other stakeholders to co-create value chain initiatives focused on smallholder farmers and environmental sustainability of agriculture. Alison is a seasoned international development executive working 16 years at the intersection of development and finance. In over thirty countries worldwide, she has built a track record of measurable results, brokering strategic partnershops among governments, private banks, foundations and impact investors. Alison was previously the Director of Research and Programs at Shujog, a social enterprise focused on building the impact investing ecosystem in Asia. At Shujog, Alison provided leadership on the design and implementation of technical assistance programs, whilst measuring the impact of affiliated businesses and social enterprises. She also contributed as a principal researcher on commissioned papers. Alison spent the majority of her career at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where she mobilized domestic capital for local development projects through structuring and negotiating innovative financing mechanisms. She also headed the business development team, managing a portfolio of $2.8 billion. While at USAID, Alison established and managed programs focused on strengthening urban governance and upgrading urban poor settlements. Alison has also traded fixed income securities, fundraised for a New York State non-government organization, and consulted for the United Nations Development Programme and the Rockefeller Foundation. She holds a MA from Columbia University and a BA from Colgate University. She was also a Fulbright Scholar in Paraguay.
Amran Sulaiman Minister of Agriculture Republic of Indonesia
Amran SulaimanMinister of Agriculture
Republic of Indonesia
Andi Sitti Asmayanti Cocoa Life South East Asia Director, Mondelēz International
Andi Sitti AsmayantiCocoa Life South East Asia Director,
Andi Sitti Asmayanti is Cocoa Life South East Asia Director for Mondelēz International (formerly Kraft Foods). She is lead Cocoa Life program in Indonesia, to create a sustainable cocoa supply by transforming the lives of cocoa farmers and communities at scale across five key areas – farming, community, livelihoods, youth and environment, and embedded women’s empowerment and elimination of child labor as cross-cutting themes. She is responsible on Mondelēz International’ Cocoa Life strategy, plan and program in South-East Asia, including managing key cocoa sustainability issue , risk and opportunities, building external stakeholder relationship, commissioning appropriate research, planning programme activities and selecting partners. Her responsibilities cover sustainable of cocoa production, empowering cocoa community, sourcing alignment to corporate government affairs. She has had more than 15 years of experience in cocoa industry, working on business strategy, sourcing strategy, sustainable cocoa development, and community development. She has been heavily engage with development of a long term sustainable cocoa supply chain, development and implementation of cocoa certification, strategic and program implementation, smallholders and community empowerment, youth and women empowerment, technology transfer of good cocoa farming practice, supply chain management, public private partnership and stakeholder’s relations. And engage intensively with farmers, private sectors, NGOs, government institute, and many international donor agencies She previously worked in Mars Incorporated, was responsible for lead Commercial and Sourcing operations and their Sustainability Cocoa program in Indonesia. She holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance Management. And since 2010 serves on the supervisory board of Cocoa Sustainability Partnership in Indonesia.
Andrew Hall Group Leader, CSIRO Australia
Andrew HallGroup Leader,
Prof. Andy Hall is a researcher, evaluator and advisor on applying innovation systems ideas in the field of agricultural science technology, policy and practice. Andy is currently leading a research program at Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO); Innovation Dynamics for Effective Agriculture Systems (IDEAS). Previously Andy has held positions at, ICRISAT in India, the United Nations University (UNU-MERIT) in the Netherlands, and Open University in the UK and LINK Ltd. Andy has undertaken advisory consultancies on programs for Department for International Development (DFID), UK; the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa; FAO, Australian Aid and the CGIAR. Most recently he has lead a study on the innovation patterns and trends in Inclusive Agribusiness in Southeast Asia.
Andrew McConville Head of Corporate Affairs, Syngenta Asia Pacific
Andrew McConvilleHead of Corporate Affairs,
Syngenta Asia Pacific
Andrew McConville has been Head of Corporate Affairs for Syngenta Asia Pacific since 2008. Based in Singapore, he is responsible for the management of the company’s reputation and stakeholder relationships across the region in the disciplines of Government and Public Affairs, Public Policy and Partnerships, Media Relations, Internal Communications, Community Relations, Corporate Responsibility and Issues and Crisis Management. Andrew has almost 20 years’ experience in agricultural issues management, public relations and corporate affairs. He has worked in the private sector – both corporate and consulting – and also spent several years working in government, managing issues and stakeholders in the Asia Pacific region, the United States, Europe and South America. Andrew holds a first class honors degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of New England and a Master of Science in Agricultural Policy from Oxford University.
Anita Kapoor Broadcast Journalist
Anita KapoorBroadcast Journalist
International media personality, travel and lifestyle presenter, emcee and writer Anita Kapoor, shot to fame as the clear favourite winner of a Discovery travel host search and hasn’t looked back since. Insatiably curious and a natural wit, this former magazine editor has explored the world for Discovery TLC, AXN, Lonely Planet, Channel News Asia and OKTO, and Starwood Asia Pacific channels, forever on a quest to pioneer the non conformist stories and locations and especially to connect with the provocateurs who move their worlds. Also a professional emcee, Anita is a popular vibrant presence on stage, commanding the room with natural ease and charm. Her emcee clients include lifestyle brands, banks, trade commissions, embassies, governments and charities. Anita is also a clear voice on issues of equality. She is an ambassador for the Singapore chapter of Habitat for Humanity, and one of Pink Dot 2016’s three Singaporean ambassadors, in support of equality for the LGBT community. Her other advocacies include Willing Hearts which feeds Singapore’s marginalised, Magic Bus which empowers childrens’ lives in India through sports, and A Single Love which supports single parents. She has also spoken at TEDx Singapore Women 2012 on ‘Female to Female Misogyny in the First World’. A true third culture kid, she was born in Mumbai, raised in Singapore and continues to circle the globe, but fondly calls The Lion City home.
Anung Sugihantono Director General of Public Health, Ministry of Health of Indonesia Republic of Indonesia
Anung SugihantonoDirector General of Public Health, Ministry of Health of Indonesia
Republic of Indonesia
Arum Sabil Chairman, Indonesian Sugarcane Farmers Association (APTRI)
Indonesian Sugarcane Farmers Association (APTRI)
Arum Sabil started his career in the agricultural sector right after he graduated from high school by working at a state owned agribusiness company, PTPN XXIII. After a year, Arum decided to move to Kalimantan and worked at several private companies. In 1992, he decided to come back to his hometown, Jember (East Java), and began planting sugarcane. Along with his successful career in sugar and farming business, Arum took the initiative to fight for the rights of local sugarcane farmers. He founded the Society of Sugar Cane Farmers (PPTR) in the Semboro Sugar Factory, Jember. He was positively appreciated by the Forestry and Plantation Agency of East Java that advised the formation of PPTR in each sugar factory. With his continuous contributions in the agricultural sector, in 1999 Arum was given the trust to hold the position as Chairman of PPTR – Working Area of PTPN XI. During his service, Arum was able to persuade the government to issue policies that support and protect the rights of sugarcane farmers by enforcing continued efforts to counter the illegal practices surrounding sugar imports, sugar smuggling, import restrictions, and other policies that are often detrimental to farmers. Furthermore, Arum also promotes the improvement of sugarcane farmers by encouraging the application of new technology to the process of sugarcane cultivation. Innovation in technology is considered essential to improve the productivity and quality of sugarcane varieties. Arum Sabil is currently a trusted member of the Indonesian Sugar Council (DGI), and serves as the Chairman of Sugarcane Farmers Association of Indonesia (APTRI).
BAMBANG GIANTO Palm Oil - Farmer, South Sumatra
BAMBANG GIANTOPalm Oil - Farmer,
Bambang migrated to South Sumatra from Ngawi, East Java with his family under the PIR-TRANS transmigration program in 1981. His parents farmed seasonal crops as a source of livelihood. In 1991, Bambang’s family joined PT. Hindoli’s smallholder farmer program. In 1996, Bambang took over his parent’s oil palm business and joined the KUD Mukti Jaya smallholder cooperative. In 1998, he assumed the role of finance and administration head for the cooperative before being promoted to his current role in 2007. Bambang started his farming career helping his family grow seasonal crops. This proved to be challenging as the family was unable to earn a stable source of income. Through partnering with Cargill and learning the Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Best Management Practices, Bambang acquired knowledge and skills in sustainable oil production and in turn, achieved RSPO certification for his fresh fruit bunches (FFB). Bambang now earns a stable source of income from his sustainably-produced FFB, and is able to meet his day-to-day needs and provide an education for his children. Besides growing oil palm, Bambang is also the owner of a small grocery store in Mulyo Rejo Village, Sungai Lilin. Bambang hopes his story will inspire other smallholder farmers to be part of the global sustainable palm oil supply chain. Bambang also aims to empower the people in his local community and village to improve their livelihoods. Bambang is a Senior High School graduate and lives in Sungai Lilin with his wife and seven children.
Bapak M. Hosin Rice - Farmer, East Java
Bapak M. HosinRice - Farmer,
Bapak Hosin is 38 years old. He is married and has four children. He has been a farmer for 22 years and is the lead farmer for the Tani Karya Makmur group, with a membership of 50 farmers He owns five hectares of land and rents another four hectares to cultivate rice. He has seen his rice production increase to 12 ton/hectare from 5 tons/hectare since 2012.
Bayu Krisnamurthi Director, Palm Oil Estate Fund, Chairman of The Indonesian Society of Agricultural Economics
Bayu KrisnamurthiDirector, Palm Oil Estate Fund,
Chairman of The Indonesian Society of Agricultural Economics
Biranchi Upadhyaya Regional Director, Southeast Asia, Hivos International
Biranchi UpadhyayaRegional Director,
Southeast Asia, Hivos International
Biranchi Upadhyaya has been a development practitioner for nearly three decades. He is currently the Regional Director of Hivos for Southeast Asia. Having begun his career as a political journalist in India, he subsequently obtained a Masters in Political Science and became a national campaigner for justice and citizens’ rights. An interest in building a global perspective on the politics and practices of development led him to work for international organisations such as Oxfam GB and Action Aid International, where he has held various positions including country, regional and international director.
Biswaranjan Sen Vice President Procurement Chemicals, Unilever
Biswaranjan SenVice President Procurement Chemicals,
Biswaranjan Sen is a chemical engineer by training. He joined Unilever in 1991 and has worked in R&D and across various parts of the supply chain, including manufacturing, planning, logistics and customer service. Between 2009 and 2012 he was a member of the Board of Directors of Unilever Indonesia with responsibility for the supply chain. He is currently the Vice President, Procurement Chemicals at Unilever and Co-chair of RSPO.
Bruce Tolentino Deputy Director General-Communication and Partnerships, IRRI
Bruce TolentinoDeputy Director General-Communication and Partnerships,
In April 2012, Bruce joined the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) as the Deputy Director General for Communication and Partnerships. He serves as the 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 has substantial research and teaching experience, both in formal and non-formal settings. His publications focus on governance and economics in the development context, specifically on food security.
Bruno Kistner Commercial Director Asia Pacific, Glanbia Nutritionals
Bruno KistnerCommercial Director Asia Pacific,
Bruno Kistner was born in 1956 in Germany. After his education in Germany and Switzerland, he spent 3 years in the UK working for an import/export company. Kistner joined Roche in Switzerland in 1981 and held positions in product management, emerging markets management, and key account management. The Vitamin Division of Roche was sold in 2003 to Dutch DSM. He created the Nutrition Improvement Program for DSM, a CSR activity combating global malnutrition. The program received the Business for Development Award from the United Nations General Assembly in 2010. From 2009 to 2010, Kistner was a member of the board of Wuxi NutriRice Ltd., China. He was a founding member of the partnership between the World Food Program WFP and DSM, and the Amsterdam Initiative against Malnutrition AIM. From 2013 to now, he is commercial director Asia at Glanbia Nutritionals, Singapore.
Darrel Webber Chief Executive Officer, RSPO
Darrel WebberChief Executive Officer,
Darrel Webber joined the RSPO as Chief Executive Officer (formerly known 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.
Dini Widiastuti Economic Justice Director, Oxfam Indonesia
Dini WidiastutiEconomic Justice Director,
Dini Widiastuti is the Economic Justice Programme Director for Oxfam in Indonesia. Oxfam supports local communities, farmer organisations and small businesses in their engagement with the private sector and government. Oxfam promotes sustainable and pro-poor value chains including palm oil and aquaculture. Dini has almost 20 years of experience in economic development projects throughout Asia covering issues such as sustainable livelihoods, labour rights, private sector accountability, and business & human rights. She received the Chevening Scholarship from the British Government and graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
Eduardo Tugendhat Director of Thought Leadership, Palladium
Eduardo TugendhatDirector of Thought Leadership,
Throughout his 36-year career, Mr. Tugendhat has designed and executed market led approaches to accelerating inclusive economic growth and generating employment opportunities. He is a recognized expert in the areas of inclusive supply chain solutions by triangulating market linkages, finance and technology in innovative organizational models. He has particular expertise in crafting and managing public-private alliances. He has pioneered approaches in which client resources are used as seed money in catalytic pilot projects and proofs of concept which can then be scaled and replicated with private capital. He has worked in a total of 64 countries generating private sector investments and transforming value chains across 14 distinct sectors and industries ranging from agriculture and agribusiness to financial services and transportation infrastructure. Mr. Tugendhat was co-founder and CEO of CARANA Corporation, now part of Palladium. In 2013, he helped establish CARANA Agribusiness Partnerships, LLC which structures and operates farm management and service companies in developing countries. These are structured to provide food companies with supply chain solutions in ways that meet their unique requirements for quality, reliability and traceability, while also integrating small scale farmers into these market linkages with quality and cost-effective inputs, extension, financing, processing and marketing. Initial partnerships have been established for fish and horticulture farming in Guyana and cocoa, plantains and forestry in Peru.
Edwin Paraluman Chair, Philippine Farmers Advisory Board
Philippine Farmers Advisory Board
Edwin has been a farmer for 40 years, planting rice, corn and some vegetables. He chairs the Philippine Farmers Advisory Board as Chairman, an organization with more than 3,000 member organizations in the Philippines.
Emma Parsons General Manager, Responsible Dairying, Fonterra
Emma ParsonsGeneral Manager, Responsible Dairying,
Emma has 15 years of experience in the dairy industry and leads the development and implementation of Fonterra’s Responsible Dairying strategy, including Fonterra’s approach to water, climate and energy issues, animals and biosecurity. Emma is also responsible for Fonterra’s international Dairy Development Programme and environmental partnerships. Emma has a background in environmental science and is based in New Zealand.
Enang Sulaeman Dairy - Farmer, West Java
Enang SulaemanDairy - Farmer,
Enang Sulaeman is 47 years old. He is a member of dairy cooperative KPBS Pangalengan with 6 dairy cows in the barn (5 lactation + 1 heifer). The average production per cow 15 – 18 liters/day. He manages 6 hectares of land (rent) to supply roughages for his cows. Sulaeman is the winner of Farmer2Farmer competition 2015.
In the future he hopes to apply technology in his barn and help with business development for the surrounding communities. Access to finance, land availability, and consistency of feed quality are the main challenges that affect farmer’s motivation and capacities.
Eric Marnat Country Manager, Indonesia, Yara International
Eric MarnatCountry Manager, Indonesia,
Eric Marnat has spent 20 years in the agricultural inputs industry, including 10 years in Asia, and is now the country manager for Yara in Indonesia. He has occupied commercial and general manager positions for business units in Indonesia, Australia, Vietnam and France at corporations like Louis Dreyfus Commodities, Baconco, and SCPA. Previously he spent 3 years in Guinea, West Africa, working as technical assistant volunteer for a French NGO on a rice intensification development project. Eric’s background is agriculture engineer, he graduated from Institut National Agronomique Paris Grignon in 1995.
Fadhil Hasan Executive Director, Indonesian Palm Oil Association
Fadhil HasanExecutive Director,
Indonesian Palm Oil Association
Fadhil Hasan’s previous positions include World Bank Consultant for the Budget Committee, DPR RI, Co-Team Leader, UNDP Project on Orientation Program for New Members of Indonesian Parliament, Technical Advisor in the National Legislative Strengthening Program (NLSP), and the Asia Foundation for the Indonesian Parliament. He was also policy advisor to the Ministry of Fishery and Marine Affairs in 2001-2004. Mr. Fadhil Hasan graduated from Bogor Agricultural University, and earned Master of Science from Iowa State University, USA and finished his Ph.D program at the University of Kentucky, USA majoring in Agricultural Economics. He has published articles for Indonesian newspapers and in journals in Indonesia and abroad.
Fitrian Ardiansyah Indonesia Country Director, IDH-The Sustainable Trade Initiative
Fitrian ArdiansyahIndonesia Country Director,
IDH-The Sustainable Trade Initiative
Fitrian Ardiansyah is the Indonesia Country Director at IDH-The Sustainable Trade Initiative, having more than 17 years working experience in natural resource management and sustainable commodities, covering Indonesia, Australia and Asia Pacific. He was Adviser and Program Director at WWF-Indonesia, one of the experts on REDD+ and a member of Indonesian Official Delegates to UNFCCC. He was also a member of the Executive Board of RSPO. He was conducting his doctoral research at the Crawford School of Public Policy, the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. He has received Australian Leadership Award and Allison Sudradjat Award from the Government of Australia.
Fleur Davies Minister-Counsellor, Governance & Human Development, Australian Embassy, Jakarta
Fleur DaviesMinister-Counsellor, Governance & Human Development,
Australian Embassy, Jakarta
As Minister-Counsellor in the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, Fleur Davies has oversight of Australia’s development partnerships with Indonesia, including education, poverty reduction, social inclusion and rural development programs. Fleur was Assistant Secretary for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Development Policy and Education Branch from 2014-2015, and led AusAID’s Education, Disability and Gender Equality Branch from 2012-2013. She was head of AusAID’s office in the Australian Mission to the United Nations in New York from 2008 to 2011. Fleur has previously managed Australian aid programs in Cambodia (2003-05) and Papua New Guinea (1997-2000). Her qualifications include a Masters of Legal Studies (International Law), Masters of Business Administration, and an honours degree in agricultural science.
Francesco d’Ovidio Director, ILO Office for Indonesia and Timor-Leste, ILO
Francesco d’OvidioDirector, ILO Office for Indonesia and Timor-Leste,
Mr. Francesco d’Ovidio, an Italian national, is the Director of the ILO Country Office for Indonesia and Timor-Leste based in Jakarta since October 2015. Mr Francesco d’Ovidio is a Jurist in International Law with 15 years of International Working Experience (UN and INGO) in 29 countries. Graduated in Law at the Universita’ Cattolica di Milano, Italy, he also holds a Master of Advanced Studies in Children’s Rights at the University of Law of Fribourg, Switzerland. Previous to his appointment in Jakarta, he joined the INGO ENDA in Senegal as Communication and Legal Advisor in 1996. Then he worked as Associate Expert at the International Training Centre of the ILO in Turin, Italy, from 1998 to 1999. He subsequently served as Programme Officer at the ILO Regional Office for Africa in Abidjan, Cote d’lvoire from 1999 to 2003. From 2003 to 2005 he worked at ILO Head Quarters as Technical Officer. In 2005 he was appointed to the UNICEF India Country Office, based in Kolkata, as Child Protection Officer. He then joined ILO in Antananarivo, Madagascar, from 2007 to 2009 where he worked as Chief Advisor. From 2009 to 2011 he worked at the ILO Office in Accra, Ghana, as Chief Technical Advisor. In June 2011, Mr. Francesco was appointed as ILO Country Director for Pakistan.
Franky Widjaja Chairman & CEO, Golden Agri Resources
Franky WidjajaChairman & CEO,
Golden Agri Resources
Mr. Widjaja is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Singapore listed Golden Agri-Resources Ltd. (“GAR”), an integrated producer of palm-oil based products. GAR operates about 485,000 hectares of plantation with over 100,000 employees. Mr. Widjaja is likewise a Vice Chairman of Sinar Mas, Executive Chairman of Singapore listed Sinarmas Land Limited, a property arm of the Sinar Mas operating mainly through investments in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and China. He has also held the position of Non-Executive Director in Singapore listed Bund Center Investment Ltd, the property arm of Sinar Mas operating in China. In addition to his active involvement in businesses, he holds various positions in several organisations, i.e. Vice Chairman, Agribusiness and Food Sector, the Indonesia Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KADIN); Co-Chairman of Partnership for Indonesia’s Sustainable Agriculture (PISAgro), Co-Chairman of World Economic Forum Grow Asia; Advisory Board, the Indonesian Palm Oil Association (GAPKI); Advisory Board, the Employers Association of Indonesia (APINDO); Advisory Board, the Indonesian Food and Beverage Entrepreneurs Association (GAPMMI). Mr. Widjaja is also actively involved in charity activities and is currently Vice Chairman of Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation Indonesia, a non profit organization engaged in social, medical, educational and other charitable services. He is also the Vice Chairman of Board of Trustees of Eka Tjipta Foundation. Mr. Widjaja was educated in Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan with a Bachelors degree in Commerce. Mr. Widjaja enjoys swimming, jogging, reading, and traveling for leisure.
Ganesh Satyagraha Pamugar Indonesia Country Lead Monsanto
Ganesh Satyagraha PamugarIndonesia Country Lead
Ganesh Pamugar Satyagraha was born In Jakarta on 28 Oct. 1977. He spent most of his childhood moving between Jakarta and Bandung. He has been married for 12 years and has 3 children. Ganesh holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics from Padjajaran University with a full scholarship from Djarum Super, a MSc in Economics and International Development from Indonesia University with full scholarship from Sampoerna Foundation. He is currently enrolled in an MBA program at IPMI International Business School. Ganesh has over 15 years of experience in General Management, Sales, Marketing, Trade Marketing, Finance and Operations, in well established multinational organizations within Indonesia, and has been collaborating within Monsanto for the last year and a half.
Gert van der Bijl International Programme Coordinator Livestock, Solidaridad
Gert van der BijlInternational Programme Coordinator Livestock,
Gert van der Bijl is International Programme Coordinator Livestock of Solidaridad. Solidariad is an international organization with more than 30 years of experience in facilitating the development of socially responsible, ecologically sound and profitable supply chains. Solidaridad works across 12 supply chains and operates through 10 regional offices on 5 continents. Solidaridad works on improvement and sustainability of the beef, dairy and leather sectors in around 10 countries in Asia, Africa and South America. Gert is member of the Board of Directors of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. Gert holds a Master Degree in Development Economics at the Wageningen University.
Götz Martin Head of Sustainability Implementation, Golden Agri-Resources
Götz MartinHead of Sustainability Implementation,
Götz leads the Sustainability Implementation Division within Sinarmas Agribusiness. Before joining Sinarmas in July 2015, Götz was a consultant at McKinsey & Company and prior to that, Poyry Management Consulting. With his forestry education background,, Götz focused the majority of his career on sustainability and land use related matters in Southeast Asia. His greatest achievement was co-leading the development of Indonesia’s 1st Greenhouse Gas Abatement Cost Curve in 2010. In more recent times, Götz shifted his attention to green growth, such as the use of waste biomass for energy.
Hadi Daryanto Director-General Social Forestry and Environmental Partnerships Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Republic of Indonesia
Hadi DaryantoDirector-General Social Forestry and Environmental Partnerships Ministry of Environment and Forestry,
Republic of Indonesia
Handewi Purwati Saliem Director, Indonesian Center for Agriculture Socioeconomic and Policy Studies
Handewi Purwati SaliemDirector,
Indonesian Center for Agriculture Socioeconomic and Policy Studies
Dr. Ir. Handewi Purwati Saliem has been Director of the Indonesian Center for Agricultural Socio-Economic and Policy Studies (ICASEPS) of the Ministry of Agriculture since 2010. She has been a Researcher in ICASEPS since 1980, and from 2005-2010 was Head of the Program and Evaluation Division. Between 2002 and 2005, Dr. Saliem worked as an editor for the “Forum Penelitian Agro Ekonomi” (FAE- Agriculture Economic Research Forum) and for the “Jurnal Pangan dan Gizi” (Food and Nutrition Journal). She has also been closely involved with the Indonesian Agriculture Economist Association, of which she was nominated as Head for the first of two four-year periods in 2012. She will currently serve in this position until 2018. Dr. Saliem obtained a PhD in agricultural economics from Bogor Agricultural University in 2001.
Hans Harmen Smit Commodity Coordinator Palm Oil, SNV
Hans Harmen SmitCommodity Coordinator Palm Oil,
Hans has worked since 2008 on sustainable production/sourcing of agro-commodities in Asia South/Central America and Africa. In his work he focused on the development and implementation of: – Planning tools for sustainable land use planning and green growth strategies – Training programmes for smallholder farmers on increasing productivity, improving institutional development and reducing environmental impact for palm oil and rubber – Traceability systems for coffee, cocoa, palm oil and rubber – Models for access to finance for smallholders in the palm oil and rubber sector Hans is currently Sr. Adviser in SNV’s Climate Smart Agriculture team. In this role he is globally coordinating SNV’s work on Deforestation Free Supply Chains and Tracking and Traceability across SNV programmes as well as globally coordinating the work on Palm Oil.
Hardeep Grewal Head APAC Corn, Syngenta
Hardeep GrewalHead APAC Corn,
Hardeep is the Head APAC Corn at Syngenta Asia Pacific and has been with the company since mid-2010. His responsibilities include developing and implementing corn seed and biotechnology traits strategies for the APAC region in close collaboration with the country leadership. Hardeep leads the Corn Seed operation unit which works closely with R&D, production and business teams across different APAC territories. The corn team also designs the product portfolio and develops corn solutions to increase farmer profitability. In his leadership role he is also in charge of building technical and marketing competency across commercial and technical teams. Hardeep has over 25 years of experience in global, regional and country roles in agri-business across Asia including, Crop protection, seeds and biotechnology. Hardeep earned a BSc (Hons) Agricultural Economics from University of Wales, UK and a Master’s degree in Agricultural Extension and Development from University of Reading, He also holds Master of Marketing degree from University of Newcastle, Australia.
Harvey Glick Asia Regional Director, Regulatory Policy and Scientific Affairs Monsanto
Harvey GlickAsia Regional Director, Regulatory Policy and Scientific Affairs
Over the past 30 years at Monsanto, Harvey has lived and worked in Canada, Belgium and the US and currently is based in Singapore. He has held a variety of positions in the technology, commercial development and marketing organizations. He has been fortunate to visit and work in agricultural production systems in many different regions of the world with the objective of bringing innovative new agricultural technology to producers. He helped introduce the first biotech crop to Canadian farmers in 1995 and has been involved in the development of biotech crops for Europe, Asia and the Americas. Currently he leads Regulatory Policy and Scientific Affairs for Asia and is directly involved in bringing the next generation of innovative, climate smart and sustainable new products to farmers in Asia. He is a frequent speaker at conferences focused on agricultural biotechnology, food security and sustainable food production systems. He serves on the Board of Directors for the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) in Asia. Dr. Glick has been actively involved in agricultural research and development for over 35 years. He studied agronomy at McGill University in Montreal where he received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. He obtained his Masters degree in plant physiology at the University of Manitoba and received his Ph D at the University of Manitoba on full scholarship in plant physiology and biology. He has also completed an executive business management program at the University of Western Ontario. After completing his formal education he joined the Canadian Wheat Board in 1981, an organization involved in international grain marketing. In 1984, he joined Monsanto as it was beginning to research and develop innovative crop biotechnology programs.
Hendro Poedjono Regional Corporate Affairs Director, Asia, FrieslandCampina
Hendro PoedjonoRegional Corporate Affairs Director, Asia,
Hendro Harijogi Poedjono began his career with FrieslandCampina in 1988. He is currently the Director for Corporate Affairs of FrieslandCampina Asia, based in Singapore. He is also the President of Commissioners of PT Kievit Indonesia, part of the FrieslandCampina group. He was most recently Trade Marketing Director at Frisian Flag Indonesia, the consumer products arm of FrieslandCampina in Indonesia, and served as its Human Resources and Corporate Affairs Director previously. Hendro currently sits on the executive board of the ASEAN Food and Beverage Alliance and the Public Affairs Committee of Food and Industry Asia. Hendro graduated from UPN Veteran Yogyakarta with a degree in agricultural engineering.
Herry Suhardiyanto Rector, Bogor Agricultural Institutute
Bogor Agricultural Institutute
Hilary Thompson Director, The Forest Trust
The Forest Trust
Hilary has worked in the field of responsible sourcing for over 15 years, and since 2004 has been Director of The Forest Trust, an international not-for-profit organisation, where she heads up TFT’s programme teams in the UK, and field teams in Indonesia. Hilary is passionate about social justice and has visited numerous raw material extraction sites and factories in Asia, with the aim of mitigating environmental impact, protecting community rights and improving workers conditions. She believes that companies committed to making their supply chains transparent and pushing then for transformation are those that lead the way in making products more responsible.
Imran Nasrullah Chief Executive Officer, Louis Dreyfus Company, Indonesia
Imran NasrullahChief Executive Officer,
Louis Dreyfus Company, Indonesia
Imran is the Chief Executive Officer – Indonesia for Louis Dreyfus Commodities. He has joined the Group since in early 2015. Prior to his joining the Group, Imran has managed significant business portfolios over the course of his career, and has over 15 years of experience as a senior manager and global business builder within the agri-commodities industry. He joins Louis Dreyfus Commodities from Cargill Energy Transportation and Metals Singapore, where he was the Director Sales and Marketing Business Development, South East Asia and Pakistan. Prior to this role, Imran managed the Asian Chartering desk at Cargill Ocean Transportation Singapore, and also led the startup of their China domestic freight desk.
Irfan Anwar Chairman, Indonesian Coffee Exporters and Industries Association
Indonesian Coffee Exporters and Industries Association
Irvan Kolonas Chief Executive Officer, Vasham
Irvan KolonasChief Executive Officer,
In high school, the first book to change Irvan’s worldview was “Banker to the Poor” by Muhamaad Yunus. He loved Yunus’s idea of what a social business is: an organization that sells a product/service that has direct social impact not for free but for a price, to create sustainability and scale. It was also surprising for Irvan to learn that individuals facing life-threatening situations borne out of extreme poverty were often more financially credible with lower default rates than middle-class Americans. Today microfinance is well established, however thirteen years ago that concept was revolutionary. Once he understood the social and financial truths about lending to the poor, he knew it was to be his life purpose. Coming from a big business family, it has been a tough decision to decide to run a social enterprise, but he knows that Vasham is one large step towards the fulfillment of his greater purpose.
Jason Clay Senior Vice President, Markets, WWF-US
Jason ClaySenior Vice President, Markets,
Jason Clay is SVP, Markets and Executive Director, the Markets Institute at WWF-US. His focus is on spotting global issues and trends that affect WWF’s conservation mission and strategies with a particular focus on soft commodities, e.g. agriculture (plant based and livestock), seafood (aquaculture and wild caught), and forests. Over the course of his career he has worked on a family farm and in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He has taught at Harvard and Yale and spent more than 35 years with human rights and environmental organizations. In 1989, Dr. Clay invented Rainforest Marketing, one of the first fair-trade ecolabels in the United States, and was responsible for co-creating Rainforest Crunch and more than 200 other products with combined retail sales of $100 million. Since then he has co-convened (with the IFC and others) multi-stakeholder roundtables of producers, investors, buyers, researchers and NGOs to identify and reduce the social and environmental impacts of such products as salmon, soy, sugarcane, cotton and tilapia.
Jennifer Bielman Country Director, Indonesia, Mercy Corps
Jennifer BielmanCountry Director,
Indonesia, Mercy Corps
Jennifer Bielman is an organizational and agri-business development specialist with sixteen years of experience designing and managing international development projects. She has worked extensively with multinationals, cooperatives and smallholders to strengthen global agribusiness supply chains; designed and implemented innovative disaster risk reduction and resilience programs; and created effective collaboration between government and civil society to strengthen good governance as a platform for rural development.
Jenny Costelloe Director, Country Partnerships, GrowAsia
Jenny CostelloeDirector, Country Partnerships,
Jenny Costelloe is the Director, Country Partnerships at Grow Asia, a multi-stakeholder partnership platform that catalyzes action on inclusive agricultural development in South-East Asia. The platform convenes governments, companies, farmers, NGOs, and other stakeholders to co-create value chain initiatives focused on smallholder farmers and environmental sustainability of agriculture. Grow Asia was established by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat. Jenny is responsible for supporting the set-up of new country partnerships, strengthening existing partnerships, identifying and bringing together partners, and supporting them as they collaborate. Her role involves bridge-building, problem-solving and brokering partnerships for sustainable and inclusive agriculture.
John Hartmann Chief Executive Officer, Cargill Tropical Palm Holdings
John HartmannChief Executive Officer,
Cargill Tropical Palm Holdings
As the CEO of Cargill Tropical Palm Holdings Pte Ltd (CTP), John Hartmann is responsible for the operation and direction of the company. CTP manages close to 80,000 hectares of company-owned plantations in South Sumatra and West Kalimantan, Indonesia. CTP employs close to 18,000 employees and also works with over 21,000 smallholder farmers in the production of sustainable crude palm oil.
John’s 28-year career with Cargill began in 1987 when he started as a plant manager trainee with Cargill Animal Nutrition. For the next eight years, John held various operational management positions in USA and Poland. In 1995, he assumed the role of Animal Nutrition Division project manager for all new global constructions and was also production manager for a portfolio of facilities in USA, Indonesia and Vietnam. John made his foray into the oil palm business in 1998 as general manager of Cargill’s Hindoli plantation before being promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2005 and then into his current role in 2014.
John graduated from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.
He grew up on a family farm in South Dakota and now lives in Singapore with his wife and three children.
Jusuf Kalla Vice President Republic Indonesia
Jusuf KallaVice President
Ketut Putra Vice President, Conservation International Indonesia
Ketut PutraVice President,
Conservation International Indonesia
Ketut has been working in conservation for more than 25 years and he is an expert on sustainable seascape and landscape management. He contributed significantly to both provincial and national policies related to conservation and sustainable development in Indonesia. He provides strategic inputs related to conservation and sustainabile management of marine resources, species, fisheries and foresty and aghricuture landscape and eco-tourism to communities and high level officials based on scientific evidence, field demonstration, innovation, and lessons learned from projects on the ground. Ketut graduated in Aquaculture and hold a Master’s Degree in Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) Studies.
Kim Carstensen Director-General, Forest Stewardship Council
Forest Stewardship Council
Kim Carstensen has been the Director General of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) since October 2012. Mr. Carstensen is a recognized global leader within the environment and development sectors. Prior to joining FSC, Mr. Carstensen managed FairGreenSolutions, a consultancy that helped link the concepts of ‘Green Economy’ and sustainable development for clients in the Global South. His strategic approach comes from a long history of global leadership, most recently as the leader of WWF International’s Global Climate Initiative, and previous roles as CEO of WWF Denmark and Deputy Chairman of the Board of Denmark’s Official Development Assistance Agency (Danida).
Lance Wang Head, ASEAN – Pakistan & Partnerships Monsanto
Lance WangHead, ASEAN – Pakistan & Partnerships
Lance Wang is Vice President – ASEAN-Pakistan & Partnerships, for the Monsanto Company. Twenty years in the Food & Agriculture sector has given me the humbling opportunity to learn a great deal about the positive social impact that agricultural innovation can achieve when working with a dedicated team of like-minded professionals. I’m driven by a passion to improve sustainable agriculture and I believe I can best contribute to this cause by supporting the business and commercial aspects of this sector. My training in business analysis, strategy, and commercial operations over the years have further strengthened my capacity to play an enabling role in organizations and teams to bring better technology to both big and small farmers. My involvement in local and regional leadership teams exposed me to a diverse range of markets, ideas, and professionals that have contributed to a better understanding of the agrichemical, licensing, and seeds business, especially in Asia. Currently, as the ASEAN & Pakistan Lead for Monsanto, I work with a team on the seed licensing business for the Asia-Pacific region, and brand management for Southeast Asia and Pakistan. I have a keen interest in agricultural development for smallholders and look forward to opportunities that can improve my understanding of the challenges, and engagements that can support innovation-driven sustainable agriculture.
Le Thi Hop Chairwoman, Vietnam Nutrition Association
Le Thi HopChairwoman,
Vietnam Nutrition Association
Prof. Le Thi Hop has been the staff member of National Institute of Nutrition, Vietnam since 1980 when it was established; she was the Director of National Institute for Nutrition from 2008-2013 and now is the President of Vietnam Nutrition Association. She graduated as a Medical Doctor from Soviet Union in 1979; received her MSc (1995) and Ph.D in Nutrition (1999) at the Regional SEAMEO-TROPMED Center Jakarta, Indonesia. She involved teaching in post-graduate training nutrition programs in Vietanm. Her main research topics are: nutrition and growth of Vietnamese children; food base approaches to improve nutrition status, household food security, micronutrient intervention to control the stunting in poor areas, and interventions to prevent overweight and obesity in Vietnam. She participated in developing the National Nutrition Strategy 2011-2020, NPAN 2012-2020, and Nutrition Advices for Vietnamese people of the period 2013-2020.
Lucita Jasmin Director for Sustainability & External Affairs April Asia
Lucita JasminDirector for Sustainability & External Affairs
Lucita Jasmin is the Director for Sustainability & External Affairs of the APRIL Group where she is responsible for the implementation and advancement of APRIL’s sustainability policy and programmes, including stakeholder engagement and communications. Lucita has a global base of practice in strategic and corporate communications in the intergovernmental and private sectors. Over the last 15 years, she has led intercultural teams that provided communications counsel to senior management, strategized and executed campaigns and advocacy initiatives, organized stakeholder outreach on priority sustainability issues, and mobilized partners to support these. Prior to her current post, Lucita served at the United Nations Environment Programme for seven years, where she led strategy development, planning and execution of global communication programmes and campaigns.
Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs, Republic of Indonesia
Luhut Binsar PandjaitanCoordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs,
Republic of Indonesia
Mahesh Girdhar Global Crop Lead Rice, Bayer CropScience
Mahesh GirdharGlobal Crop Lead Rice,
Malavika Bambawale Director, Sustainable Services, Management Consulting, Accenture
Malavika BambawaleDirector, Sustainable Services, Management Consulting,
Malavika is a Director in Accenture’s Strategy & Sustainability Practice where she leads the service line on sustainable sourcing and traceability solutions in APAC. Her experience spans developing traceability platforms for an agri commodity across multiple stakeholder working groups and developing mobile connectivity solutions for farmers. Prior to joining Accenture, Malavika worked with Bosch to develop clean and renewable technologies, including electric vehicle infrastructure and off-grid lighting solutions using renewable generation. In a career spanning seventeen years, she has also worked as a manager with McKinsey’s Climate Change Special Initiative, helping both the private and public sector on climate regulation and strategy, as well as with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy to evaluate energy policy, programs and energy security issues in Asia, and to launch a new program by the school on climate change for business leaders. Malavika has published over twelve papers in leading energy and sustainability journals on topics such as energy security, rural electrification and renewable energy. Her articles have also appeared in leading publications in the region.
Malcolm Preston Partner, GLobal Leader, Sustainability & Climate Change, PwC
Malcolm PrestonPartner, GLobal Leader, Sustainability & Climate Change,
Malcolm Preston is Global Head of Sustainability Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and leads a global team of some 700 sustainability and climate change experts, with over 100 based in the UK. A graduate in Oceanography, Malcolm decided the world of research would be tedious. In 1983 he joined Coopers & Lybrand and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1986. He has lead the Sustainability team since 2008. Malcolm specialises in the measurement and valuation of environmental, social and economic impacts. He leads PwC’s Total Impact Measurement and Management (TIMM) team, delivering projects for numerous clients in the Fortune 500.
Mansuetus Alsy Hanu National Coordinator, Indonesia Palm Oil Smallholder Union
Mansuetus Alsy HanuNational Coordinator,
Indonesia Palm Oil Smallholder Union
Mansuetus Alsy Hanu (Darto) is the National Coordinator of Indonesia’s Palm Oil Smallholder Union (SPKS). Darto is a long-time activist who works to encourage best agriculture practices for smallholder palm oil growers and created some idea for smallholders and sustainability. In his role at the SPKS, one of the largest smallholder unions in Indonesia, he continually works to empower farmers to become independent growers. He regularly represents smallholders’ interests at sustainable palm oil round-tables, and has been a coordinator for the Forum of Sustainable Oil Palm Smallholders (FORTASBI) since 2014. He is currently based in Bogor, West Java, involved in research focused on smallholder practices.
Marco Ferroni Executive Director, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture
Marco FerroniExecutive Director,
Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture
An expert in international agriculture and sustainability issues, Marco Ferroni joined the Syngenta Foundation as its Executive Director in 2008 after a career in multilateral institutions and government. The Foundation’s mission is to modernize small-scale farming in low- and middle-income countries through sustainable intensification, diversification and the activation of value chains. The Foundation incubates scalable products and solutions, tests them and catalyzes uptake and dissemination through commercial partnerships. Focus areas include seed systems, agricultural insurance and finance, and farmer support services, including digital decision tools in agriculture. Before joining the Foundation, Marco Ferroni, a Swiss citizen with a PhD in agricultural economics from Cornell University, held executive and advisory positions, respectively, at the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank in Washington DC.
Margaret Yoovatana Senior Policy and Plan Specialist, Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture & Cooperatives Thailand
Margaret YoovatanaSenior Policy and Plan Specialist, Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture & Cooperatives
Dr. Margaret C. Yoovatana, Senior Policy and Plan Specialist, is the Head of the Multilateral and International Organization Collaborations of the International Agricultural Affairs Group, Planning and Technical Division of the Department of Agriculture. She has more than 20 years of experience in international collaborations and had formulated a number of policy research proposals for regional and sub-regional frameworks. She became instrumental in establishing various research collaborations with international partners. Her participation in international policy forums, dialogues and symposium had built her capacity in giving recommendations for policy advocacy. She is a member of the ASEAN – CRN Secretariat and actively involved with the GAP-CC Project on the promotion of climate resilience towards food security in ASEAN.
Mariam Thomas Program Lead - Products & Markets, Fairtrade Network of Asia and Pacific Producers
Mariam ThomasProgram Lead - Products & Markets,
Fairtrade Network of Asia and Pacific Producers
Mariam Thomas currently works with Fairtrade certified producers in Asia Pacific to build a sustainable producer network, develop its varied product (Tea, Coffee, Sugar, Rice, Cotton) categories, and facilitate better access to markets through trade events, strategic programmes and partnerships. She previously engaged in supporting livelihoods of rural artisans and managing a social entrepreneurial venture based on Fair Trade principles. Mariam has contributed significantly to policies related to children while employed with the Ministry of Community Youth and Sports (MCDS now MCYS – Singapore) and Centre for Child & Law (National Law School of India). She has a Bachelor’s in Science and holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work.
Mariani Corn - Farmer, South Lampung
MarianiCorn - Farmer,
Mrs. Mariani is a corn farmer in South Lampung. She began growing corn in 1983 and today plants corn on 2 hectares of dry land. She is 47 years old and has been a member of VASHAM since 2015.
Martyn Schouten CEO, Rabobank Indonesia
Martyn H. Schouten is Chief Executive Officer/President Director of Rabobank Indonesia.
Martyn has more than 30 years of experience as a wholesale and retail banker. Since 2000, he has held Chief Executive Officer/ Managing Director positions in the United Kingdom, Hungary, the Netherlands, Zambia and Indonesia. Before joining Rabobank, Martyn held various positions at ABN Bank (later ABN Amro Bank) and ING Bank.
Martyn holds a Master’s degree in international trade and finance from the Fletcher School, Tufts University/Harvard University in Boston, a Bachelor’s degree from Williams College, Massachusetts, USA, and an Executive MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.
Matthew Morell Director General, IRRI
Matthew MorellDirector General,
Matthew Morell is IRRI’s director general with decades of leadership experience driven by a passion for scientific excellence, an understanding of private-public partnerships, a sound capacity for stakeholder engagement, protection of intellectual property, and people engagement skills. Prior to assuming the role of director general, Matthew was deputy director general for research, providing strategic leadership to IRRI’s research and outreach programs across various dimensions of rice science, including climate change-ready rice, healthier rice varieties, environmentally sustainable crop farming systems, farmer-friendly crop management and value chain practices, timely and accurate provision of rice information, and building the next generation of rice scientists.
Matthias Bickel Project Director, ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems, GIZ
Matthias BickelProject Director, ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems,
Matthias Bickel holds degrees (master level) in Economics, in Business Administration, and in Business Law and Economic Law as well as a PhD in Public International Law from Martin-Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. He has also studied at University of Sydney, Australia, specializing in development economics and international finance and banking. After his graduation in 2005, Mr. Bickel worked as Research Assistant at the Faculty of Economics and Law, Martin-Luther-University of Halle-Wittenberg and in 2007, he joined GIZ (German International Cooperation), a German government-owned private company for sustainable development, as a government advisor.
Meas Pyseth Director, Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Cambodia
Meas PysethDirector, Department of International Cooperation,
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Cambodia
Melanie Rutten-Sülz Executive Director, Global Coffee Platform
Melanie Rutten-SülzExecutive Director,
Global Coffee Platform
Melanie is responsible for the day-to-day management and strategic direction of the Global Coffee Platform; monitoring performance, assuring accountability and building relationships with stakeholders. She has more than 15 years of experience in international cooperation, sustainability standards, corporate social responsibility and private sector collaboration. She worked in community/ business development and trade aid projects in Latin America and at Fairtrade Germany before joining the Global Coffee Platform (originally 4C Association) project in 2003. During the development phase of the Global Coffee Platform, Melanie was responsible for project management on behalf of the European Coffee Federation in Amsterdam.
Miguel Coleta Sustainability Officer, Philip Morris International
Miguel ColetaSustainability Officer,
Philip Morris International
Miguel Coleta has been recently appointed as PMI’s Sustainability Officer with responsibility for leading the company’s strategy in this area. Previously, Miguel lead the development and implementation of PMI’s Agricultural Labor Practices Program, focused on labor rights in tobacco growing. He joined PMI in Portugal in 2005 and moved to the Operations Center in Lausanne in 2008, having worked on government affairs, regulatory affairs and harm reduction. Miguel holds a PhD in Phytochemistry and Pharmacognosy and prior to PMI served one term as an elected member of the Portuguese Parliament and was an assistant professor at the University of Coimbra in Portugal.
Natasha Schwarzbach Industry expert on sustainable supply chains
Natasha SchwarzbachIndustry expert on sustainable supply chains
Natasha Schwarzbach is former Head of Engagement & Communications at Bonsucro where she also served as Acting CEO. During her tenure as Head of Engagement & Communications, Natasha created and led Bonsucro’s global and local stakeholder outreach programme across 23 countries in 10 key markets. Since July 2008, Natasha has engaged with the sugarcane industry by helping to develop relationships between stakeholders from leading global brands, farmers, mills, traders and NGO’s to accelerate the progress of ensuring sustainable sugarcane supply chains and practices. Natasha is passionate about sustainability and brings more than 20 years’ experience and a proven track record in building partnerships, linking markets, CSR, supply chain management, marketing and communications.
Nguyen Do Anh Tuan Director, Institute for Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam
Nguyen Do Anh TuanDirector,
Institute for Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam
Nguyen Do Anh is Director General of the Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agricultural and Rural Development (IPSARD) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) of Vietnam. He has held various important managerial positions and also a senior consultant for many domestic and international organizations such as WB, UNDP, and IFFRI. He has tremendous expertise in agriculture with diverse themes including, but not limited to, food security, climate change, private –public partnership, inclusive business, rural development and farmer livelihood, and farmer’s risk and insurance. He received his Ph.D in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies, Hague, Netherlands with full scholarship from the Dutch Government in 2007.
Nguyen Kim Thuy Executive Director, Research Centre for Gender, Family and Environment in Development
Nguyen Kim ThuyExecutive Director,
Research Centre for Gender, Family and Environment in Development
Nguyen Kim Thuy is the Executive Director of Research Centre for Gender, Family and Environment in Development (CGFED). She graduated with a BA in Econometrics at Vietnamese National Economic University (1994). She received her Master in Economics at Vietnam National University, Hanoi (2002). She is involved in activities of research and intervention on women’s roles in the spheres of family, society and the community, the problems of specific groups of women (rural women, poor women, trafficked women, female migrants, etc.), the fields of population and health, especially reproductive health, women and environment issues, and women’s human rights issues. She has experience on supporting livelihoods for different groups of women through vocational training, capacity building for women on soft skills, and leadership skills.
Nguyen Van Tuat Vice Chairman, Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences
Nguyen Van TuatVice Chairman,
Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences
Professor Dr. Nguyen Van Tuat is Vice President, Senior Principal Researcher, Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences (VAAS)- Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD). He has studied and received the diploma of BSc and PhD in Plant Protection of Ukraine Agricultural Academy, Ukraine. He has joined a number of international training courses in technical and management areas of agricultural sector. Dr. Tuat has been involved in the study of diseases of important food crops such as rice, maize, groundnut, soybean, and vegetables. Also, he’s researched disease control solutions using integrated pest management (IPM) approaches, biological control measures for disease management, and screening resistant varieties/ lines of food crops against major diseases and selection of resistant ones for field release. Much of his research has focused on integrated pest and disease management in rice based farming systems, namely rice-maize-upland crops rotation.
Nicolas Viart Head of Standards and Innovation, Bonsucro
Nicolas ViartHead of Standards and Innovation,
Nicolas Viart joined Bonsucro in November 2011 as Head of Standards and Innovation. He was previously Traceability Manager at the Marine Stewardship Council where he was responsible for the development and maintenance of their Chain of Custody programme. Nicolas has extensive experience in the management of global environmental standards. He gained a large experience and technical expertise within the global sugarcane sector particularly by supporting producers from over 30 producing countries to evaluate their sustainability performance and implement improvement programmes. Nicolas previously held positions as Quality Manager in the dairy and fish sectors. He trained as an agronomist in France and has a Masters in International Business Strategy and is a Member of the British Society of Sugar Technologists, affiliated to the ISSCT”.
Pacita Juan Co-Chair, Philippine Coffee Board
Philippine Coffee Board
Pacita or “Chit” is a Social Entrepreneur, Marketing and Branding Specialist. Born to a family of entrepreneurs, Chit has started many businesses since her college days. A multi-awarded entrepreneur, she is Co-Founder of ECHOstore. She is the founder of Figaro Coffee Company which she started in 1993, Binalot Fiesta Foods in 1996 and ECHOstore sustainable lifestyle in 2008. She was awarded one of the Ten Outstanding Entrepreneurs (Entrep 10) by Entrepreneur Magazine in 2003 and Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young also in 2003. She has served as President of the League of Corporate Foundations, Co-Chair of the Philippine Coffee Board Inc since 2002, and currently serves as Governor of the Management Association of the Philippines.
Paul Teng Professor Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Paul Teng is a Professor at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore where he researches new agri-technologies, science-based entrepreneurship, sustainable development and food security. Prof Teng is author of “Bioscience Entrepreneurship in Asia” (2008) and has published over 250 technical papers, won awards such as the Eriksson Prize in Plant Pathology, an Honorary Doctor of Science from Murdoch University, Australia, and is a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences. He is currently Board Chair of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agribiotech Applications (ISAAA), Chair, Asia BioBusiness Pte. Ltd. Singapore, and partner in a fish farm.
Philip Hunter Program Director, Verité
Philip HunterProgram Director,
Philip serves as a Programme Director at Verité, where he bridges research, training and advocacy with a thematic expertise on labour migration, forced labour and the rights of migrant workers in supply chains. He leads Verité’s advisory work with the United Nations, International Labour Organisation and Global Forum on Migration and Development. Prior to joining Verité, Philip worked with the ILO and authored several resources on business and social responsibility. He lives in Toronto, Canada.
Rangsit Hiangrat Director General, Thai Sugar Millers Corporation
Rangsit HiangratDirector General,
Thai Sugar Millers Corporation
Mr. Rangsit Hiangrat was Director of the Cane and Sugar Industry Policy Bureau, Office of the Cane and Sugar Board (OCSB), Ministry of Industry of Thailand from 2006 to 2013. During his work at OCSB, he was involved in policy and strategic plan on Thai sugar development. During 2001 to 2002, he was Senior Industrial Technical Officer at Small and Medium Enterprises Development Policy Bureau, Department of Industrial Promotion. From 1992 to 1998, he was Chief, ASEAN Industrial Cooperation, Foreign Relations Division, Office of Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Industry.
Rashid Qureshi President Director & Chief Executive Officer, Nestle Indonesia
Rashid QureshiPresident Director & Chief Executive Officer,
Born in Lahore (Pakistan) RASHID ALEEM QURESHI did most of his education and business studies in his home town.
In 1986 he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Science at the Government College Lahore Pakistan and in 1990 a Master in Business Administration at the Institute of Business Administration (Lahore Pakistan).
Mr. Qureshi has 25 years of successful experience in providing strategic and operational leadership. He started his career at Nestlé Pakistan in 1990 and was assigned in various marketing and sales positions. He completed his program for Executive Development at IMD in Lausanne (Switzerland) in 2003
Before his appointment as the President Director of PT Nestlé Indonesia in February 2015, he held various leadership positions in Sales, Marketing and Management in Pakistan, Egypt, Malaysia-Singapore Region and Vietnam.
Ravi Menon Country Manager, Indonesia, GAIN
Ravi MenonCountry Manager,
Ravi Menon is the Country Manager Indonesia for the Geneva headquartered Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, whose vision is a world without malnutrition. He holds an MBA in International Business and spent the first 17 years of his career in sales & marketing and the last 8 years in the development sector. GAIN Indonesia works with the Ministry of Health to support programs for the First 1000 Days of Life.
Reynaldo Cabanao Chairman, Asian Farmer Association
Asian Farmer Association
Mr. Reynaldo M. Cabanao is the incumbent President, Chairman of the Board of ASFARNET Philippines (2016-2019) and sits in the Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Council (RAFC_10) as Chair of the Sub-Committee on Farm Mechanization. He studied BS Agriculture (1976-1980) at Xavier University, Cagayan De Oro City, Mindanao, Southern Philippines where he later worked as an Agriculture Extension Service Officer bearing Sustainable Agriculture as flagship program (1981-1991) before getting involved in NGO special projects notably the Tripartite Approach in Agriculture and Rural Development (TRIPARRD) which was then implemented by PHILDHRRA. He was also actively involved in the cooperative movement in Mindanao having founded several cooperative organizations and actually sat in the Regional Cooperative Development Council of Region 10 Cagayan De Oro City decades ago. In parallel, his concern for the environment was also expressed in his voluntary involvement in the Recycling Movement of the Philippines (RMP) nurturing the concept of ‘Zero-waste Management’ him being one of the RMP Mindanao conveners and a Resource Person himself.
Rizaldi Boer Executive Director, Centre for Climate Risk and Opportunity Management in Southeast Asia and Pacific
Rizaldi BoerExecutive Director,
Centre for Climate Risk and Opportunity Management in Southeast Asia and Pacific
Saleh Husin Minister of Industry, Republic of Indonesia
Saleh HusinMinister of Industry,
Republic of Indonesia
Shinta Kamdani President IBCSD
As Owner and Chief Executive Officer of the Sintesa Group (www.sintesagroup.com), Shinta is responsible for the Management and Expansion of the Group’s business interests in Indonesia. The Sintesa Group is an Indonesian group with 17 subsidiaries, which operate in the Property, Industrial Products, Energy and Consumer Products. Shinta sits as Vice Chairwoman of Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN), as Deputy Chairwoman of the Employers’ Association of Indonesia (APINDO), as well as President of Indonesia Business Council for Sustainable Development (IBCSD), and as Executive Board Member of World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) International. She also sits in the steering committee of Indonesia Climate Change Trust Fund (ICCTF). The new Indonesian government appointed Shinta in early 2015 as advisor to the Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia. Shinta graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University New York in 1989 and Executive Education at Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA in 2002. As part of her achievements, she has received awards, amongst others, from Women of Power from Asian Business Leadership Forum (ABLF) Abu Dhabi (2012), FORBES (2012 and 2013) for ASIA’s 50 Powerful Businesswomen and the Asia’s Leading Businesswoman of the Year Award (2013), Women Entrepreneur of the Year from Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards (2014) and she was selected for the 30 best CEO by Business Indonesia Award in 2015.
Siang Hee Tan Executive Director, CropLife Asia
Siang Hee TanExecutive Director,
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. 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.
Simon-Thorsten Wiebusch Country Group Head, Crop Science Division, Bayer Southeast Asia
Simon-Thorsten WiebuschCountry Group Head, Crop Science Division,
Bayer Southeast Asia
Simon-Thorsten Wiebusch is Country Group Head of Southeast Asia for the Crop Science Division of Bayer since May 2015, where he is responsible for the CropScience business across Southeast Asia (comprising Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Myanmar and Cambodia). He is also Country Division Head for Crop Science Thailand since January 2016. Simon joined Bayer in 1999 after completing his management training program with the company. With over 15 years of deep knowledge and experience in the agricultural industry, Simon has held various senior roles in sales, controlling and general management. He spent eight years leading and developing country organizations in Europe, then moved into global roles in Bayer responsible for developing go-to-market strategies, before taking on his current role in Asia Pacific. Simon holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from Bradford, UK. He is born in Germany, and now resides in Bangkok, Thailand with his spouse and two sons.
Siti Amanah Professor, Faculty of Human Ecology-Bogor Agricultural University
Faculty of Human Ecology-Bogor Agricultural University
Dr. Siti Amanah is a Senior Lecturer at Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) and Chair Person at the Department of Communication and Community Development Sciences, Faculty of Human Ecology, IPB. She is an affiliate member of the Asia Pacific Islands Rural Advisory Services (APIRAS) and Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS); member of Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education (AIAEE). She has frequently engaged in research, policy and development on women empowerment, extension and communication development, and gender studies with various context including agriculture and farming system research, environmental issues, climate change, and leadership.
Subash Dasgupta Senior Plant Production Officer, FAO Regional Office
Subash DasguptaSenior Plant Production Officer,
FAO Regional Office
Dr. Dasgupta is the Ex-Senior Agriculture Officer of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations & Chairman SDG Partnership Platform. He has over 31 years’ experience in the field of agricultural and rural development and its application in Asia and the Pacific region. He has good understanding on the development needs of this region, particularly all aspects of research and development relevant to the food production, food security and poverty alleviation. Dr. Dasgupta is highly skilled in providing policy options for increasing food security and reducing poverty using his vast field knowledge. His intensive field works at grass root levels has benefitted him to understand dimension, severity and dynamics of food security and rural poverty across the region.
Sunny Verghese Co-Founder & Group Chief Executive Officer, Olam International
Sunny VergheseCo-Founder & Group Chief Executive Officer,
Sunny George Verghese is the Co-founder and Group CEO of Olam International Limited and is responsible for strategic planning, business development and overall management of the Olam group of companies worldwide. Olam is listed on the main board of the Singapore Exchange (SGX) and ranks amongst the top 40 companies in Singapore in terms of market capitalization. In 25 years, Sunny and his team have built this business to S$19 billion in Sales Revenues for FY2015. Today, Olam operates in 70 countries, delivering 47 products (organised into 16 platforms) to more than 16,200 customers in 70 destination markets and employs around 26,500 people worldwide. Sunny holds a post-graduate management degree from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) and has also completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP) from the Harvard Business School.
Suparman Coffee - Farmer, Lampung
SuparmanCoffee - Farmer,
A young farmer from Ngarip village in Tanggamus Lampung. Suparman joined the Nescafe sustainable coffee development program in 2005 and is a member of one of Nestle’s supply chain partner, KUB Margo Rukun. In 2014 he moved to another KUB as he was recruited as ICS of the KUB Rendingan, another supply partner of Nestle. In this role, Suparman is responsible as a trainer for ten farmer groups, and more than 300 farmers have direct contact and are supported by Suparman as sustainability members of the 4C farmers. Suparman himself has a 1 Ha coffee farm and has reached a productivity level of 1 t/Ha, 40% higher than the national average productivity in Indonesia.
SUWARDI Corn - Farmer, South Lampung
SUWARDICorn - Farmer,
Mr. Abdul Hadi Suwardi is a corn farmer in Lampung. He began growing corn in 2000 and today plants corn on 1.5 hectares on dry land. He is 36 years old and has been a member of VASHAM since 2015.
Sybren Attema Regional Dairy Development Manager, Asia, FrieslandCampina
Sybren AttemaRegional Dairy Development Manager, Asia,
Sybren Attema is Regional Manager of FrieslandCampina’s Dairy Development Programme. In his role, Sybren trains local dairy farmers, 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 a long career in managing 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. Sybren was elected chairman of the Board of Zuivelcoöperatie Friesland Foods U.A. and in December 2003. 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 holds a degree in agricultural education from Hoger Landbouwonderwijs – the current VHL University of Applied Sciences.
Tint Lwin Thaung Executive Director, Center for People and Forests
Tint Lwin ThaungExecutive Director,
Center for People and Forests
Dr. Thaung is an Executive Director of Centre for People and Forests known as RECOFTC (Regional Community Forestry Training Centre for Asia and the Pacific). He was an Asia-Pacific Forest Conservation Coordinator of The Nature Conservancy. Then he worked as advisor of TNC’s Responsible Asia Forestry and Trade project providing technical advices to many partners in promoting their institutional capacities in responsible forest management and trade. He has worked extensively with various stakeholders, especially with local communities. He is dedicated to promote Community Forestry as a tool to address many challenges faced by local people in the region.
U Tin Htut Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation Myanmar
U Tin HtutMinistry of Agriculture and Irrigation
Dr. Tin Htut was born in 1958 and graduated from Yezin Agricultural University in 1980. He obtained his Master of Science in Plant Breeding from University of North Carolina, USA in 1991. As an International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Ph.D. scholar, he studied plant breeding at the University of the Philippines Los Baños from 1996 to 2000. While he was working in the Department of Agricultural Research, he continued collaborative work with IRRI in breeding rice varieties resistant to bacterial blight disease. In 2003, he was invited as a research fellow in the IRRI to assist in the genetic analysis of iron-dense grains. Dr. Tin Htut was recognized in 2010 as one of IRRI’s outstanding alumni in the field of rice research management. Dr. Tin Htut was also a Rector of Yezin Agricultural University and the Director General of Department of Planning from 2011 to 2015. He was appointed as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (MoAI) on 1 September 2015. As a Permanent Secretary of MoAI, Dr. Tin Htut will be coordinating the seven departments under the ministry, and serves as a secretariat for the minister and assists him in managing MoAI. He is currently taking the responsibilities of Senior Official Meeting of the ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry (SOM-AMAF) Leader.
Veronica Herlina Executive Director, SUSTAINABLE COFFEE PLATFORM OF INDONESIA (SCOPI)
Veronica HerlinaExecutive Director,
SUSTAINABLE COFFEE PLATFORM OF INDONESIA (SCOPI)
Indonesia, Monday 18th April 2016
The 3rd annual Responsible Business Forum on Food and Agriculture, co-organised with KADIN and the Indonesian Business Council for Sustainable Development, will gather 350 leaders and experts in Jakarta, 25 & 26 April. Delegates from ASEAN governments, businesses, financial institutions, agricultural associations, and NGOs will meet…Read the full press release here.
21 March 2016
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Smallholder Farming in a Digital Age – Presentation by Malcolm Preston, Partner, Global Leader, Sustainability & Climate Change, PwC
Thinking Globally – Food, Forest, Farm, Community (presentation by Jason Clay, SVP Markets WWF-U.S)
“Addressing food and nutrition security through partnerships and strong business leadership” is a report commissioned by FrieslandCampina to accelerate efforts in achieving food and nutrition security in Southeast Asia. The Report was produced in consultation with representatives from the entire food value chain, including agri-food multinational companies, crop producers, financial institutions, retailers, academia, nutritionists, and international and non-governmental organisations. For the first time, non-traditional stakeholders such as logistics and packaging companies were also invited to participate in the conversation. Download the report here.