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Responsible Business Forum on Food and Agriculture 2014, Manila

Feeding a global population of 9 billion by 2050 will require transformational changes to our farming and agricultural systems, already under pressure from climate change and water scarcity. This year’s Responsible Business Forum on Food and Agriculture is being held in partnership with WWF Philippines on the 14 & 15 July at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati, Manila. The forum will explore innovative and collaborative approaches to improving agricultural productivity and environmental sustainability across key commodity value chains.

Driving growth, improving lives

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

This draft agenda indicates both confirmed speakers and those not yet confirmed, and is subject to change.

Monday 14 July 2014

0900 – 0905

Welcome address
Lory Tan, Vice-Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, WWF Philippines

0905 – 0920

Opening address
Francis Pangilinan, Presidential Adviser on Food Security and Agricultural Modernization, Philippines

0920 – 0940

Jason Clay, Senior Vice President, Markets and Food, WWF US

0940 – 1040

Opening discussion panel
Climate change, food security and rural development: Connecting the dots

Agriculture is vital to the growth of the ASEAN community, employing up to 40% of the workforce and delivering more than 25% of GDP in some member countries. With the increasing impacts of climate change, and need to provide food security for a surging population, growth in agriculture has become a more urgent priority for the regions leaders than ever before. This panel of leading experts will explore the connections between climate change, food security, and rural development, and present some of the challenges and opportunities for this important sector.

Chair: Tod Gimbel, Managing Director, Landmark Asia
Juan Farinati, Vice President, Asia Pacific, Monsanto
Peter Erik, General Manager, Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform
Matthew Morell, Deputy Director General-Research, IRRI
Guy Hogge, Global Head of Sustainability, Louis Dreyfus Commodities
Regina Bautista Martin, Administrator, Sugar Regulatory Administration

1040 – 1110 Coffee break
1110 – 1120

Keynote address
Bindu N. Lohani, Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, Asian Development Bank

1120 – 1230

Plenary discussion panel
Achieving food self sufficiency in Asia
Securing nutritious food for a rapidly growing population of 600 million is a major priority for the governments of Southeast Asia. Lifting rural communities out of poverty and empowering farmers with finance and technology will be critical towards this. This discussion panel will highlight strategies to achieve self-sufficiency in priority commodities to the region such as rice, sugar, fishery and aquaculture.

Chair: Lory Tan, Vice-Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, WWF Philippines
Arthur Juan, Chief, National Food Authority
David Dawe, Senior Economist, Agricultural Development Economics Division, FAO
Shinta Kamdani, Vice Chair, Indonesian Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Raul Montemayor, National Business Manager and Program Officer, Federation of Free Farmers Cooperatives, Inc.
Philip Soliven, Chairman, Cargill Philippines
Anni Mitin, Executive Director, The Southeast Asian Council for Food Security and Fair Trade (SEACON)

1230 – 1430

Speakers: Segfredo Serrano, Under Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Philippines

Tran Cong Thang, Vice Director-General, IPSARD, Vietnam

1430 – 1800

Working groups

Recommendations for increasing productivity, improving livelihoods and reducing environmental impacts
1. Rice
Chair: Bruce Tolentino, Deputy Director General-Communication & Partnerships, IRRI
Wyn Ellis, Coordinator, Sustainable Rice Platform
Siang Hee Tan, Executive Director, Crop Life Asia
David Hosking, Head of Rice ICS Offers, Tegra, Syngenta
Rajvir Rathi, General Manager Seeds-Market Acceptance-South & East Asia, Bayer Crop Science
Henry Lim Bon Liong, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, SL Agritech Corporation

2. Poultry
Chair: Neil Fraser, Chair of the Agenda Guiding Group, Global Agenda for
Sustainable Livestock
Arayan Trangan, Senior Executive Vice President, Betagro Co, Ltd
Sandro Rissi, Chief Executive Officer, Monsanto Philippines
Vinod Ahuja, Livestock Policy Officer, FAO
Leo Obviar, VP and General Manager, San Miguel Foods Inc
Jo Vicente Mapa, Technical Director, Consultancy, Tetra Consulting Corporation
Roderico Bioco, Chief Operating Officer, Mindanao Grains

3. Aquaculture & fisheries
Chair: Geoffrey Muldoon, Strategy Leader, Business and Industry, WWF Coral Triangle Program
Kelvin Ng, Regional Director Asia Pacific, Marine Stewardship Council
Fransisco Tiu Laurel Jr, Chief Executive Officer, Frabelle Group
Ramon Macaraig, Vice President for Technical Services, Alcantara Group
Jason Clay, Senior Vice President, Markets & Food, WWF US
Philip Ong, President, Santah Feeds Corporation

4. Palm oil
Chair: Darrel Webber, Secretary General, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil
Irwan Gunawan, Strategy Leader, Agriculture & Fisheries Market Transformation,
WWF Indonesia
Max Baumann, Program Advisor Environment and Rural Development, Program, GIZ
Sebastian Sharp, Head of Investor Relations, BW Plantation
Pablito Pamplona, Director and Secretary, Philippine Palm Oil Development Council Inc
Chaoni Huang, Head of Business Development, Asia, Trucost
John Clendon, Managing Director, Univanich Palm Oil

5. Coffee & cocoa
Chair: Zarah Perez, Head of Global Responsibility, Starbucks Philippines

Art Baria, Head of Agricultural Services, Nestle Philippines
Michiel Hendriksz, Director of Sustainability, Cocoa, Archer Daniels Midland
Do Ngoc Sy, Manager Vietnam, 4 C Association
Reuben Blackie, Program Officer, IDH Sustainable Trade Initiative
Charita Puentespina, Founder, Puentespina Orchids & Tropical Plants, Inc
Pacita Juan, President and Co-Chair, Philippine Coffee Board, Inc.
Josephine Ramos, President, OPTIONS, Inc.  
Edward David, President, Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines

6. Sugar
Chair: Nicolas Viart, Head of Sustainability, Bonsucro
Francisco Vaura, President, Philippine Sugar Millers Association
Emmanuelle Bourgois, Founding Partner, Fair Agora
Anjani Sharma, Commercial Head, Olam
Martin Lemoine, Senior Investment Specialist, Private Sector Operations Department, ADB
Guy Hogge, Global Head of Sustainability, Louis Dreyfus Commodities
Nonn Panitvong, General Manager, Nakorn Phet Sugar Limited

1800 – 2100

Sustainable Business Awards Philippines
Presented with PwC
By invitation


Tuesday 15 July 2014


0900 – 0905

Day two opening remarks

0905 – 0930

Keynote address

Pedro E. Roxas, Group Executive Chairman, Roxas Holdings
Romulo Arancon Jr, Administrator, Philippine Coconut Authority
Todd Freeland, Director General, Private Sector Operations Department, Asian Development Bank

0930 – 1030

Opening discussion panel
Increasing agricultural productivity, improving rural livelihoods

Feeding a global population of 9 billion by 2050 will require transformational changes to our farming and agricultural systems, already under pressure from climate change and water scarcity. Panel speakers will explore innovative and collaborative approaches to increasing agricultural productivity and improving livelihoods for farmers while reducing environmental impacts.

Chair: Jason Clay, Senior Vice President, Markets and Food, WWF US
Sandro Rissi, Chief Executive Officer, Monsanto Philippines
Andrew McConville, Head of Corporate Affairs, Asia Pacific, Syngenta
Natasha Schwarzbach, Interim General Manager, Bonsucro 
Philip Camara, President, Philippine Biochar Association
Edgar Bullecer, External Relations, Unifrutti Group, Philippines

1030 – 1120

Report from day one

Partnership proposals from working groups
1. Rice
2. Poultry
3. Aquaculture & fisheries
4. Palm oil
5. Coffee & cocoa
6. Sugar

1120 – 1130

Closing panel

Summary, opportunities and the way forward


Networking coffee break


This draft agenda indicates both confirmed speakers and those not yet confirmed, and is subject to change.

  • Akshay
    Akshaya Kamath Global Head of Rice Syngenta

    Akshaya Kamath

    Global Head of Rice

    Akshaya Kamath was appointed to the position of Global Head of Rice for Syngenta in January 2014. Rice is one of eight strategic crops for the company, and Akshaya is responsible for expanding the range of products and services available to rice growers to help increase crop yields, quality and profitability.

    Before leading the Rice business, Akshaya Kamath was Territory Head for South Asia from 2011 to 2013, where he was responsible for Syngenta’s businesses across India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

    Akshaya joined Syngenta in 2005 and managed strategic projects for the Crop Protection business in Asia Pacific. In 2008, he moved to India as the Head of Syngenta’s South Asia Seeds business before relocating to Syngenta’s headquarters in Basel as Business Manager for Glyphosate in 2010.
    Prior to joining Syngenta, Akshaya worked for the Tata Group in Mumbai, India as a Management Consultant. He consulted for blue-chip companies on strategy and operational improvement assignments across various industry verticals such as automotive, chemicals, agriculture, retail and media.

    An Electrical Engineer by training, he holds a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from The Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

  • Andrew J
    Andrew McConville Head of Corporate Affairs Syngenta Asia Pacific

    Andrew McConville

    Head of Corporate Affairs
    Syngenta Asia Pacific

    Andrew McConville has been Head of Corporate Affairs for Syngenta Asia Pacific since 2008. He has almost 20 years experience in agricultural issues management, public relations and corporate affairs.

    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, Media Relations, Internal Communications, Corporate Responsibility and Issues and Crisis Management.

    APAC Corporate Affairs has overall responsibility for establishing the strategy and direction of reputation and stakeholder management across the region, which is then localized in each of the 14 major countries in the region through smaller teams of corporate affairs professionals.

    Prior to joining Syngenta in October 2008, Andrew was Managing Director of Sententia Group Services a leading agricultural public relations and strategy consultancy in Australia. Andrew founded the agency in 2005 after having spent three years at the National Australia Bank as Manager of Corporate Affairs for Business and Agribusiness Banking – a division of Australia’s largest bank with over 10,000 staff.

    Before joining the NAB Andrew spent five years working for Australia’s largest agribusiness, AWB Limited in various roles including: Head of Government Relations, Head of Corporate Affairs, Regional Manager for Southern Australia and Head of Research and Development.

    Andrew commenced his career working for the State Government of Victoria where he spent five years in a variety of policy based roles advising the government on key issues relating to the reform of a number of agricultural industries and marketing arrangements and on the introduction of national competition policy across all sectors of the state economy.

    Educated with first class honors in Agricultural Economics from the University of New England and with a Master of Science in Agricultural Policy from Oxford University in the UK, Andrew is an experienced practitioner of public and corporate affairs in the agricultural sector around the world and through his roles has worked on issues in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe and extensively through Asia Pacific.

  • Anjani
    Anjani Sharma Commercial Head Olam International Ltd

    Anjani Sharma

    Commercial Head
    Olam International Ltd

    PT. Dharmapala Usaha Sukses, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Olam International Limited, a leading commodity trading company listed in Singapore. PT.DUS is a sugar refinery based in Cilacap, Central Jawa of Indonesia with an annual capacity of 200K MT. I am associated with this company as a Commercial Head since 2008. I am a Post Graduate from Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand with 25 Plus years of experience across multiple industries. I have strived to ensure a culture of excellence wherever I have worked with a strong focus on environment and safety. I and my organization are committed to improve the quality of life of employees inside and outside plant through improved work practice and social welfare schemes.

  • Anni Mitin
    Anni Mitin Executive Director Southeast Asian Council for Food Security & Fair Trade

    Anni Mitin

    Executive Director
    Southeast Asian Council for Food Security & Fair Trade

    Anni Mitin currently serves as the Executive Director of the Southeast Asian Council for Food Security & Fair Trade (SEACON), based in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). She also engages in external functions as a Long-term Expert in Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP)-Malaysia; a member in the SIRIM (Malaysian Standards) Technical Committees (Fresh Vegetables, Fresh Fruits, Processed Vegetables, Pesticides and Agrochemicals and MyGAP); a member of the National Task Force on Consumer Protection Laws and Policy (Malaysia); and a consultant to the Consumers International (CI), strengthening Consumer Protection Framework in the ASEAN region. Her work and interest remains focus on fair trade practices in agriculture and food security (availability, accessibility, affordability and acceptability).

  • Arayan
    Arayan Trangarn Senior Vice President Betagro Group

    Arayan Trangarn

    Senior Vice President
    Betagro Group

    Dr.Arayan Trangarn, 57, is an economist by training. He completed his first degree in International Economics with first class distinction from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. He then furthered his master degree in health economics from University of York, United Kingdom and later on received his doctoral training in health policy and management from Harvard University, U.S.A.

    Before joining Betagro Group in 2008, Dr.Trangarn held a teaching position in health economics at Mahidol University, Thailand. He is at present a Senior Vice President in charge of Corporate Strategy at Betagro Group, a leading agro business conglomerate in Thailand.

  • Bindu
    Bindu Lohani Vice-President Asian Development Bank

    Bindu Lohani

    Asian Development Bank

    Bindu N. Lohani is Vice-President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development.

    Lohani is responsible for ADB’s Regional and Sustainable Development Department, Economics and Research Department (Office of the Chief Economist), Office of Regional Economic Integration, Regional and Sustainable Development Department (RSDD), and the Office of Information Systems and Technology.

    Lohani has authored more than 200 publications, including eight books. Lohani is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) of United States – the highest professional distinction accorded to an engineer – for his work on economic-cum-environmental approach to sustainable development. He is a Diplomat of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers (awarded for excellence in the practice of environmental engineering) and is a licensed professional engineer. In October 2007, Lohani was elected to the rank of AAAS Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Council for world leadership in development country planning for integrated economic-cum-environmental sustainable development through protection of natural/social resources.

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

    Bruce Tolentino

    Deputy Director General-Communication and Partnerships

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

  • Chaoni Huang
    Chaoni Huang Head of Business Development in Asia Trucost

    Chaoni Huang

    Head of Business Development in Asia

    Chaoni Huang joined Trucost in 2012 as the Head of Business Development in Asia, a leading environmental data consultancy that helps organizations worldwide to understanding the economic consequences of natural capital dependency. Prior to Trucost, Chaoni was a senior ESG (Environment, Social, and Governance) investment analyst at MSCI in London and Beijing. Between 2006 and 2007, Chaoni worked as a project manager at the UNEP Finance Initiative in Geneva. Chaoni is also an associate member of China Carbon Forum, a guest researcher for the China Economy and Sustainable Development Centre at the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, and a regular public speaker on environmental matters in Asia. Chaoni has an honours degree in Economics from the University of Warwick (UK) and is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

  • Charita
    Charita Puentespina Founder Puentespina Orchids & Tropical Plants, Inc

    Charita Puentespina

    Puentespina Orchids & Tropical Plants, Inc

    Charita Palmares Puentespina wears many hats. But the one she is most proud of is that of being a farmer. The farming bug caught her young while growing up in Iloilo, adapting to her new home in Davao and then building a business whilst raising a family. In between a budding career as an orchidist, she still managed to espouse the cause of women and children when she became Zonta president in the early ‘90s.

    In the late 80’s and through the 90’s, her orchid laboratory took up the cause of saving the walingwaling, she trail blazed in growing temperate cut flowers in the Philippines. Her initial efforts in the early ‘90’s has catapulted Puentespina Orchids & Tropical Plants, Inc. to where it is today, one of the pillars in the cutflower and cutfoliage industry in the Philippines with over 300,000 dozens of various cut flowers and cutfoliage harvested annually.

    The dawn of the new decade saw Mrs. Puentespina starting Puentespina Farms in 2000. Her Golden Sunset Farms produces organic fertilizers, vermi compost, dairy products ( both cow’s and goat’s milk), and her new passion, growing cacao and producing fermented dried cocoa beans for local and export market. This is also the start of her active participation in the emerging cacao industry. Mrs. Charita P. Puentepina is credited for producing export quality cocoa beans and for reviving the export of premium quality beans from the Philippines. She continues to strive to encourage farmers to plant cacao and to lobby the government to support farmers. She has taken the challenge to give her all so the Philippines can produce 100,000 tonnes of cacao beans in 2020.

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

    Darrel Webber

    Secretary General
    Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

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

  • David Dawe
    David Dawe Senior Economist, Agricultural Development Economics Division FAO

    David Dawe

    Senior Economist, Agricultural Development Economics Division

    David Dawe is a senior economist in the Agricultural Development Economics Division of FAO, and is currently working at FAO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University, and specializes in agricultural and food policy analysis, much of it concerned with the Asian and world rice economies. He has spent much of his professional career resident in Southeast Asia, having worked for the Harvard Institute for International Development in Indonesia, the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines and FAO in Thailand, in addition to working several years at FAO headquarters in Rome. He has published books and research articles in the areas of trade and markets, domestic price policy, production and natural resources (fertilizer and water management, climate) and nutrition. He is currently an editor of the journal Global Food Security.

  • David Hosking
    David Hosking Head of Rice Solutions Syngenta Asia Pacific

    David Hosking

    Head of Rice Solutions
    Syngenta Asia Pacific

    David Hosking is responsible for the development of rice solutions, including Syngenta’s TEGRATM rice business, a role to which he was appointed in 2010. After the successful launch of the new offer in India, he is in charge of further expanding the offer including its introduction to other markets in Asia Pacific.

    Prior to the current position, David headed the Integrated Crop Solutions (ICS) team for rice across Asia Pacific, which developed new business models (including TEGRATM) and seeds strategy.

    David developed his expertise in rice especially between 2006 and 2009, a period during which he served as Country Head for Syngenta’s business in Thailand. In this role, he was in charge of development of Syngenta’s business in Thailand, with a predominant focus on the rice crop. His responsibilities also included the development of go to market strategies and as well as engagement activities with government and other stakeholders.

    Before moving to Thailand, he served as the Global Product Manager for the fungicides business and also as the Global Lead for Marketing Plans and Branding at Syngenta’s corporate headquarters in Basel, Switzerland.

    David was based in Ho Chi Minh City as the Marketing & Business Development Manager for Syngenta Vietnam, between 2001 and 2004. During this period, he was responsible for the development of local marketing plans and growing Syngenta’s Vietnamese business.

    An Australian citizen, David holds a Bachelor degree in Commerce, with a Major in Accounting from University of Adelaide. He also has an involvement in his family cereal farm in South Australia.

  • Do Ngoc Sy
    Do Ngoc Sy Manager Vietnam 4C Association

    Do Ngoc Sy

    Manager Vietnam
    4C Association

    Do Ngoc Sy has been the 4C Manager Vietnam since 2009. In this position, he is responsible for coordinating all 4C activities in the country. This includes acting as a point of information for 4C Members and potential members, linking stakeholders in the Vietnamese coffee sector with 4C Members and partners, enhancing communication and information flow within and outside the 4C Association, facilitating the acquisition of co-funding projects and coordinating and organizing training activities. He has a background in agronomy. He holds a master degree in rural development from Chiang Mai University, Thailand and has over17 years work experience in rural development and project coordination. Prior to joining the 4C Association, he worked for the DakLak Department of Agricultural and Rural Development, with a special focus on the coffee sector. He was also responsible for coordinating numerous ODA projects funded by Danida and GIZ.

  • Edgar Bullecer
    Edgar Bullecer Director and Mentoring Head External Relations Unifrutti Group Philippines

    Edgar Bullecer

    Director and Mentoring Head External Relations
    Unifrutti Group Philippines

    In 1975 Mr. Bullecer left his Makati-based accountancy profession in favor of countryside life thus joined a Bukidnon based group now popularly known as Unifrutti.

    His involvement was in pioneering developmental projects from up in Luzon’s Ilocos Norte (integrated vegetable processing contract-growing with small farmers), down to the Visayas (aquaculture project in Bohol), and agri-plantations in Mindanao, including in the ARMM wherein he is concurrently the chief operations officer of Maguindanao-based Paglas Group.

    He is a firm believer in the adage “health is wealth”, and is very passionate about uplifting the socio-economic status of marginalized communities.

  • Emmanuelle Bourgois
    Emmanuelle Bourgois Founding Partner FairAgora

    Emmanuelle Bourgois

    Founding Partner

    Emmanuelle Bourgois started FairAgora Asia, with asian partners passionate about sustainable development in agro and food industries, in Thailand for the Thai and neighbouring markets. FairAgora Asia provides compliance services and certifications with exacting international standards to develop the management systems so as to achieve triple bottom line. FairAgora Asia acknowledges sugar as an essential commodity for the region, and believes in sustainable certification leverage impact.

    Emmanuelle Bourgois, as a founding partner, comes with a background in Policy development in trade-facilitation, environemnt, food safety, and human rights. She bring her technical expertise to articulate strategic compliance and in creating shared value. She has studied Law in France and Germany (Master), served as Law Development Officer at FAO before working for international organizations in Africa and Asia for 15 years.

  • Francis
    Francisco Tiu Laurel Jr Chief Executive Officer Frabelle Group

    Francisco Tiu Laurel Jr

    Chief Executive Officer
    Frabelle Group

    Francisco Tiu Laurel Jr has worked in the fishing seafood processing and aquaculture industry for the last 28 years and is currently also the President of Frabelle Fishing Corporation, one of the largest seafood company in the Philippines and Asia Pacific. He holds position in various ventures in the food industry and allied services in Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, China, Japan, South Africa, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Island. Mr. Tiu Laurel has been a resource speaker in various world tuna conferences since 1996 up to present, and was also a panelist in the Coral Triangle Initiative hosted by National Geographic Society.
    Educated in the Philippines with a degree in Computer Science in University of Santo Tomas, and is currently also affiliated as Director with other organizations such as Organization for the Promotion of Responsible Tuna Fisheries, Bangus Council of the Philippines, Inter-Island Deep Sea Fishing Association, World Tuna Purse Seiner Organization and was past president of Confederation of Philippine Tuna Industry, Inc.

  • Varuna
    Francisco Varua President Philippine Sugar Millers Association

    Francisco Varua

    Philippine Sugar Millers Association

    Varua is currently the President of the Philippine Sugar Millers Association or PSMA, the Association of 17 sugar mills. Collectively, they mill 80% of the total sugar production in the Philippines.

    He spent his entire career in the sugar industry where he was an Officer of Central Azucarera de Tarlac and its subsidiaries until his recent retirement. However, he remains a key player in the Industry in his capacity as an officer of the various sugar organizations, such as the Philippine Sugar Research Institute (Philsurin) where he is likewise its President. He participated in the WTO and AFTA negotiations abroad. The Philippines is the 3rd largest tariff rate quota holder in the US and he has been continually in the forefront of our effort to retain that quota. He is active in the International Sugar Organization (ISO). The road towards the industry’s diversification to fuel and electric power became a reality through the Biofuels Act and the Renewable Energy Act where he exercised his leadership through their passage.

  • Geoffry
    Geoffrey Muldoon Strategy Leader, Business and Industry, WWF Coral Triangle Program

    Geoffrey Muldoon

    Strategy Leader, Business and Industry, WWF Coral Triangle Program

    Geoffrey Muldoon joined WWF in 2008 and has accumulated more than a decade of experience working in fisheries and aquaculture sectors across the Asia-Pacific. Dr. Muldoon leads the markets and private-sector engagement work of WWFs Coral Triangle Programme, a multi-national program addressing food security, livelihoods and responsible seafood production at a regional scale. Currently his main responsibility is overseeing the development of an Asia-Pacific regional seafood platform designed to provide leadership on critical seafood issues and deliver a range of services promoting a responsible seafood agenda across the spectrum of seafood enterprises. Geoffrey is active within the WWF Network promoting Standards and best-practice management approaches relevant to the needs of small-scale fishery and aquaculture to improve their performance.

    Prior to WWF, he worked in an advisory role with several marine-focused NGOs advising on standards development, designing coastal inshore regional fisheries programs, convening multi-stakeholder forums and building institutional partnerships with bi-lateral and multi-lateral agencies. From 2003 to 2005, Dr Muldoon worked as collaborating scientist with the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research undertaking economic and market analysis research on inshore coral reef fisheries. Geoffrey has been an author or co-author on numerous reports, scientific publications and peer reviewed papers on seafood supply chains, food security and livelihoods, markets and trade, EAFM and aquaculture and speaks regularly at forums and conferences around the Asia-Pacific region. Dr Muldoon studied at the University of Tasmania and Queensland University before receiving his Ph.D. in Fisheries Economics from James Cook University.

  • Guy
    Guy Hogge Global Sustainability Louis Dreyfus Commodities

    Guy Hogge

    Global Sustainability
    Louis Dreyfus Commodities

    Guy has worked for Louis Dreyfus Commodities for the last 20 years. Most of that time has been spent trading and marketing sugar, ethanol and biodiesel. Since 2010, Guy has led the Company’s sustainability efforts, developing and writing policy, educating and assisting various business units in meeting internal and stakeholder targets, and representing the Company in the various commodity roundtables and sustainability-related forums.

  • Henri
    Henry Lim Bon Liong Chairman and Chief Executive Officer SL Agritech Corporation

    Henry Lim Bon Liong

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
    SL Agritech Corporation

    Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong is the man behind the multi-awarded Sterling Paper brand. He is the eldest son of Chinese migrant Lim She Leng who began the business starting with book binding and photo album manufacturing.

    A mechanical engineering graduate of UP Diliman, Lim took over of the family business in 1976 when his father met an untimely demise on a business trip to Hong Kong. The business grew with the help of his siblings and they diversified to other ventures, the latest of which is hybrid rice production.

    Dr. Lim’s passion for hybrid rice was an unintended off-shoot of a casual conversation he had with friend and then Vice President Joseph Estrada about China’s sufficiency in rice despite its ballooning population. Lim, realizing he didn’t even know how much a kilo of rice costs,embarked on a long and intense research—a journey that would shortly change the course of his life.

    In 2000, SL Agritech was born. Armed with a vision of a rice self-sufficient Philippines and the support of his family, friends, and Prof. Yuan Longping, the Father of Hybrid Rice, Lim’s team created the first Philippine tropical hybrid rice variety—SL-8H!

    Since its commercialization in the early 2000s, SL-8H has revolutionized rice production in the country and some parts of Tropical Asia. SL Agritech became the leading commercial producer of rice seeds that have significantly raised the yield and income of farmers from the Philippines and other Asian countries such as Indonesia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Myanmar, etc.

    SL Agritech eventually ventured into premium rice exportation with its flagship rice brand Doña Maria Premuim Rice entering Middle East and the USA in 2013.

    To this day, Lim actively promotes hybrid rice technology to the Philippines and its neighboring countries believing it is key to solving the twin problem of hunger and poverty.

  • Irwan Gunawan
    Irwan Gunawan Strategy Leader, Agriculture and Fisheries Market Transformation WWF-Indonesia

    Irwan Gunawan

    Strategy Leader, Agriculture and Fisheries Market Transformation

    Irwan Gunawan is a graduate from Faculty of Forestry Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) with 15 years experience in transformational corporate engagement. His current role with WWF Indonesia is to lead and strategize intervention of market transformation program for agriculture and fisheries sector.
    In the past three years, he actively promotes the adoption of sustainable palm oil in various forum at national and international level. He also features a number of interview in media and publication to drive better management practices for the growers and call for substantial uptake of certified sustainable palm oil from Indonesia

  • Jason
    Jason Clay Senior Vice President, Markets & Food WWF US

    Jason Clay

    Senior Vice President, Markets & Food
    WWF US

    Jason Clay leads the Market Transformation work of WWF-US for agriculture, aquaculture, business and industry, finance, fisheries 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 30 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. From 1999-2003, he co-directed a consortium with WWF, World Bank, UN Food and Agriculture Organization and National Aquaculture Centres of Asia/Pacific to identify the most significant environmental and social impacts of shrimp aquaculture and analyze better management practices that measurably reduce them. 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. Dr. Clay leads WWF’s efforts to work with private sector companies to improve their supply chain management, particularly with regard to ingredient sourcing as well as carbon and water impacts. He also leads WWF's efforts to transform entire sectors by improving their overall performance. Dr. Clay is the author of more than 15 books, 400 articles and 700 invited presentations. His most recent books are World Aquaculture and the Environment, Exploring the Links between International Business and Poverty Reduction: A Case Study of Unilever in Indonesia, and World Agriculture and the Environment. In addition to his role at WWF, Dr. Clay is National Geographic's first ever Food and Agriculture Fellow. He also won the 2012 James Beard Award for his work on global food sustainability. Dr. Clay studied at Harvard University and the London School of Economics before receiving a Ph.D. in anthropology and international agriculture from Cornell University.

  • Jovic Mapa
    JO VICENTE MAPA Technical Director – Consultancy Tetra Consulting Corporation


    Technical Director – Consultancy
    Tetra Consulting Corporation

    Dr. Jo Vicente Mapa is currently the Technical Director – Consultancy of Tetra Consulting Corporation, a regional consulting firm present in South East Asia particularly the Philippines, Thailand and Singapore providing Technical Services, IT Support, Government Compliance and Marketing Services for businesses involved in Farm, Feed and Food. He is also a Director of Alterna Verde Corporation, an alternative energy company promoting “Zero Emission Zero Discharge” livestock production facilities for broilers, layers, pigs and cattle.

    As a poultry veterinarian, he also works as a consultant for local farms, feed millers and multi-national drug companies. He had done lectures promoting the revival of the backyard poultry industry in the Philippines. He is also an advocate of judicious use of antibiotics and is continuously conducting farm trials on the use of alternative therapeutics, probiotics and prebiotics.

    He has worked for San Miguel Foods Inc., McKey Foods Philippines and Novartis Animal Health Philippines before starting his consultancy work in 2006.

  • John Clendon
    John Clendon Managing Director Univanich Palm Oil PCL

    John Clendon

    Managing Director
    Univanich Palm Oil PCL

    John Clendon is the Managing Director of Univanich Palm Oil PCL, which has been a pioneer of the oil palm industry in Thailand and the recipient of many awards as one of Thailand’s best performing companies in the Agriculture Sector.

    Univanich is recognised internationally for its pioneering work in oil palm agronomy and advanced oil palm breeding. Many thousands of small farmers now supply fruit to the Univanich crushing mills in southern Thailand and this successful model of small farmer development has been adopted for the company’s recent investment in southern Philippines.

    John Clendon has worked in Asia’s plantation industry for the past 38 years. He is a graduate in Agricultural Management from Lincoln University in New Zealand, and has recently been awarded that University’s International Alumni Medal.

  • Josephine Ramos
    Josephine Ramos Managing Director OPTIONS, Inc

    Josephine Ramos

    Managing Director
    OPTIONS, Inc

    Josephine V. Ramos, graduate of Master of Management-Major in Development Management from the University of the Philippines at Los Baños. Work experiences covered policy studies, trade promotion/advocacy, project packaging, linkage building/networking, and technology & extension design, largely on Cacao, Coffee, Rubber, Rootcrops and Ornamentals industries.
    Managed two phases of the SUCCESS (Sustainable Cacao Extension Service for Smallholders) Alliance-Philippines Project funded by the USAID and the USDA in 2004 to 2009.

    One of the Founding Members of the Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines, and A Founding Member of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance-Philippines Chapter, and currently serving as one of its Trustees.
    Currently serving as the Chairperson for the Cacao Industry Development Sub-Committee of the Department of Agriculture – Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries (DA-PCAF), and as Vice-Chairperson for the DA-PCAF Coffee Industry Development Sub-Committee.
    An Awardee for the 1998 National Search for Outstanding DA-Employee- Planning Category, and Awarded Recognition for Contributions for the Sustainable Cacao Development in 2009 by the World Cocoa Foundation, an organization of global Cacao and Chocolate Industries.

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

    Juan M. Farinati

    Vice President
    Monsanto Asia-Pacific

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

  • Kelvin
    Kelvin Ng Regional Director Asia Pacific Marine Stewardship Council

    Kelvin Ng

    Regional Director Asia Pacific
    Marine Stewardship Council

    Appointed in May 2012 as Regional Director for the Marine Stewardship Council in Asia Pacific, which includes North Asia, South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Currently MSC has 4 offices in the Asia Pacific, Singapore (Regional HQ), Australia, Japan and China.
    Kelvin, an Engineer by training has extensive knowledge of the region and has held senior positions in Yum! Restaurants International (KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell), DHL Global Supply Chain and Hewlett Packard Asia Pacific.
    With his strong FMCG food service and Supply Chain background and as part of MSC’s Integrated Strategic Plan for 2012 – 2017. Kelvin is tasked to expand the very successful MSC program to several priority markets in the Asia Pacific Region.

  • Leo
    Leo Obviar VP and General Manager San Miguel Foods Inc

    Leo Obviar

    VP and General Manager
    San Miguel Foods Inc

    Dr. Leo Obviar is a veterinarian by profession and currently works at San Miguel Purefoods, Co., the food division of San Miguel Corporation, as its VP & Manager for Agro-Industrial Supply Chain. His major responsibilities straddle the entire supply chain from crop plantations, planning and logistics, feed manufacturing, animal production and processing and finished goods distribution. He has been with the same company for 23 years in various capacities in both technical services and production of poultry, hogs and cattle. His previous assignments were in Monterey Foods, Corp as its AVP & General Manager and in San Miguel Foods, Inc. as its VP & General Manager for the Poultry & Meats Business.

    Dr. Obviar is currently the President of the Philippine Swine Producers Association and is an International Associate Member of the American Association of Avian Pathologists. He holds a degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of the Philippines and a master ‘s degree in molecular biology from the Free University of Brussels.

  • Lory Tan
    Lory Tan Vice-Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer WWF Philippines

    Lory Tan

    Vice-Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer
    WWF Philippines

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

    He is an NGO member of the Sulu Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion Tri-National Committee, the PA Management Board of Tubbataha Reef Natural Park, and the Joint Management Committee of the Turtle Islands Heritage Protected Area that covers Malaysia and Philippines.

    Within the Senior Executive Team of WWF’s Coral Triangle Network Initiative (CTI) covering the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, Lory’s work focuses in the areas of Business & Industry engagement, Multi-lateral Development Banks, Government & Aid Agency relationships as well as in the emerging field of Public-Private partnerships. He also sits as a member of the National CTI Coordination Committee, in the Philippines. As host of WWF’s ADB Liaison office, Lory is actively involved helping steer the partnership between WWF and the Asian Development Bank.

  • Martin Lemoine
    Martin Lemoine Senior Investment Specialist Asian Development Bank

    Martin Lemoine

    Senior Investment Specialist
    Asian Development Bank

    Martin Lemoine is a Senior Investment Specialist with the Asian Development Bank, leading equity and debt investments in private sector companies and projects. Martin’s focus is on agribusiness and renewable energy. In the agribusiness space, Martin has led investments in a food processor in Bangladesh, a beverage maker in Kazakhstan, and a high-value spice exporter in India and Cambodia. He is also working on sugar, coffee, and tea transactions in Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka. Prior to joining the Asian Development Bank, Martin was an investment banker at Macquarie Capital in Singapore, focusing on infrastructure principal investment. Martin started his career as a McKinsey consultant. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School, where he graduated as a Palmer Scholar.

  • Mathew Morell 1
    Matthew Morell Deputy Director General-Research IRRI

    Matthew Morell

    Deputy Director General-Research

    Matthew, an agricultural chemist, led research as theme leader for 16 years at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). Before coming to IRRI, he led “Future Grains and Plant Oil Production,” a thematic research initiative that pulled together multiple scientific disciplines for the development of novel high value grains and oilseeds. This enabled him to access and harness complex collaborating capacities, overcoming geographical challenges across research sites.

    Matthew has strong experience in identifying, protecting, and managing intellectual property, as well as establishing a means for strong compliance with the requirements of gene technology regulations, genetic modification stewardship, and occupational health and safety legislation. He brings to IRRI decades of experience driven by a passion for scientific excellence, an understanding of private-public partnerships, a sound capacity for stakeholder engagement, a tested understanding of identifiable patent outcomes and protection of intellectual property, and people engagement and leadership skills. As head of research at IRRI, Matthew provides strategic leadership for IRRI’s research and outreach programs across different rice research areas to develop 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 capacity-building.

  • Max Bau
    Max Baumann Program Advisor, Environment and Rural Development (EnRD) Program GIZ

    Max Baumann

    Program Advisor, Environment and Rural Development (EnRD) Program

    Max Baumann was born in Heidelberg, Germany and studied political science and business administration. After first work experiences in development cooperation at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and in Agriculture at a consultancy for the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, he joined GIZ (German International Cooperation) in March 2009. Until end of 2012 he has been working as Planning Officer focusing on PPP-projects in the agricultural sector in Africa and Asia. Since November 2012 he works as GIZ Program Adviser in the Environment and Rural Development (EnRD) Program and is based in Manila, Philippines.

  • Michiel Hendriksz
    Michiel Hendriksz Director of Sustainability ADM Cocoa

    Michiel Hendriksz

    Director of Sustainability
    ADM Cocoa

    Michiel Hendriksz currently serves as Global Sustainability Director. He is member of the World Cocoa Foundation’s TWC, Steering Committee member of WCF/BMGF’s Cocoa Livelihoods Program and African Cocoa Initiative (ACI) and Board member of I.C.I. He currently also serves as (private sector) consultative board member at ICCO, Advisory Panel member of the UNFSS (UN Forum for Sustainability Standards). Mr. Hendriksz fulfilled several commercial roles such as the Head for Cocoa Trading & Sourcing West-Africa. In his current role he develops and manages cocoa sustainability programs at origin and relationships covering all major multinationals, regional and local companies in the cocoa and confectionary industry. Mr. Hendriksz has a B.Sc. in Tropical Agronomy and International Trade (Netherlands) and an M.Sc. (Agri-Business) at Cranfield University (England). He is fluent in Dutch, German, Spanish, French, Italian and English. Mr. Hendriksz has worked in cocoa, coffee, and rubber projects in Indonesia as early as 1985 and has built subsequently an extensive experience in rural development in West Africa. Mr. Hendriksz is engaged in high social impact projects on gender and women empowerment, education & vocational training, finance & bankability, agro-forestry and use of mobile ICT solutions in rural areas. Main focus of his work is on the silent majority of independent not yet organized farmers in West Africa and Indonesia.

  • Natasha
    Natasha Schwarzbach Interim General Manager / Head of Engagement Bonsucro

    Natasha Schwarzbach

    Interim General Manager / Head of Engagement

    Natasha Schwarzbach has worked at Bonsucro since July 2008.During this period, she created the architecture for the Production Standard, designed and implemented a global Stakeholder Outreach programme, led the strategic development and execution of the rebranding, coordinated the Bonsucro EU RED submission, developed the auditor training strategy and helped to coordinate the first Bonsucro certification to ensure alignment.
    Natasha engages with all stakeholders across the value chain and is responsible for the development of the outreach programme, communication, building partnerships and plays a pivotal role in membership recruitment.

  • Neil Fraser
    Neil Fraser Chair of the Agenda Guiding group Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock

    Neil Fraser

    Chair of the Agenda Guiding group
    Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock

    Neil Fraser is Chair of the Guiding Group of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock, having been involved in the development of the Agenda since its founding event at FAO in 2010. He graduated B. Agr. Sc. in 1967. Following periods as a farm adviser in New Zealand and as a university lecturer in animal production in Africa, he undertook post-graduate study in agricultural economics. His subsequent career included roles in both domestic and international agricultural policy, as a representative of the New Zealand government.

  • Nocolas 1
    Nicolas Viart Head of Sustainability Bonsucro

    Nicolas Viart

    Head of Sustainability

    Nicolas Viart was appointed Head of Sustainability in November 2011. 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. 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”.

  • Nonn
    Nonn Panitvong General Manager Nakorn Phet Sugar Limited

    Nonn Panitvong

    General Manager
    Nakorn Phet Sugar Limited

    Dr. Nonn Panitvong is the 3rd generation of sugar miller in Thailand. I receive my MBA from U. of North Carolina, USA and my Ph.D. in Environmental Science at Kasetsart U. in Thailand. I’m currently the General Manager of the Nakornphet sugar mill. Our mill have milling capacity of 40,000 TCD. It is about 30 years old thus -a few years back- was not up to the recent environmental standard expected from government and community. Recently we have undergone a lot of improvement in our factory in term of environmental/social thus enable us to meet the recently improved environmental standard, thus be able to develop a good relationship with community and that we are able to sale electricity we generated from renewable source (cane bagasse) to the government.

  • Pablito Pamplona
    PABLITO P. PAMPLONA Director and Secretary Philippine Palm Oil Development Council Inc


    Director and Secretary
    Philippine Palm Oil Development Council Inc

    Dr.PABLITO P. PAMPLONA is a retired University Professor and Researcher of the University of Southern Mindanao in Kabacan, Cotabato, Philippines. He and his children are currently engaged in farming and nursery business of oil palm, rubber and tropical fruits. He serves as Board of Director and Secretary of the Philippine Palmoil Development Council, Inc. His passion is to help the poor small landholders engage in innovative and sustainable farming of oil palm and rubber to generate income above the poverty threshold level. In recognition of his accomplishments, he was conferred the Outstanding National Agriculture Scientist Award and the DA-Khush Award of Distinction – the highest award given to a Filipino crop scientist for outstanding contribution to crop science in improving the welfare of the small Filipino farmers.

  • Peter Erik
    Peter Erik General Manager SAI Platform

    Peter Erik

    General Manager
    SAI Platform

    Peter-Erik Ywema is an analytical chemist by education and holds an MBA in strategic sustainability consultancy. He has been educated in fine arts too and sources inspiration in many forms of art. He has been a consultant, researcher and interim manager since 1990 focusing on the implementation of pragmatic sustainability concepts in companies and policy for governmental institutions. In the early nineties he was amongst the researchers that developed life cycle assessment as tool to better understand real and significant environmental impacts.

    He has founded two consultancies, Core Management and Quintens, both based on the conviction that the only lasting and profitable businesses will be the ones where sustainability: people, planet and profit are equal elements of the core business.

    Peter-Erik has gathered experience from his work for dozens of companies, intermediate organisations, governments and NGOs.

    Since 2007 he is the general manager of SAI Platform, global food and drink industry initiative for sustainable agriculture. Since that time the Platform has grown from 17 to over 50 members. The world’s biggest companies work jointly towards a more sustainable agriculture. The Platform develops and publishes a unique collective knowledge about solutions and tools for any company in the food value chain.

  • Camara
    Philip Camara Founder & CEO Philippine Biochar Association

    Philip Camara

    Founder & CEO
    Philippine Biochar Association

    Philip Camara is a dedicated environmentalist and agriculturist. He is the Founder and CEO of the Philippine Biochar Association, a Founding Member of the Green Forum Philippines, and a former Vice-Chairman of the Haribon Foundation for the Conservation of Nature. He is the Co-Founder and Chief Agriculturist of the Sambali Beach Farm which serves as a demonstration farm for a sustainable biochar-based vegetable and small livestock farming system for small farmers which achieves remarkable productivity using only natural inputs that are largely produced in the farm. He has a B.S. in Agri-business from the University of the Philippines and a M.S. in Agro-Industrial Systems from Hult International College in Boston City, USA.

  • Philip Ong
    Philip Ong President Santah Feeds Corporation

    Philip Ong

    Santah Feeds Corporation

    Phillip Ong is the current President of Santeh Feeds Corporation, a company that manufactures feeds for aquaculture and for livestock and of Manila Cordage Company where he is also a Director. He sits in the Governing Council of the Phil. Council of Agriculture and Aquatic Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology. (PCAARRD- DOST)

    He finished Management Engineering from Ateneo de Manila University after which he took a Post Graduate Course on Strategic Business Economics at the University of Asia and the Pacific. He also took up a Certificate Course in Sustainable Aquaculture in the University of St. Andrews in the United Kingdom.

    Mr. Ong is the President of the Philippine Chamber of Agriculture and Food Inc (PCAFI) where he also serves as Chair of the Fisheries Committee while also serving as Chair of the same Committee in the Phil. Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI). He is also a member of the Makati Business Club. He is the Chairman of the Rotary Club of Manila -Special Children’s Project.

  • Philip Soliven
    Philip Soliven Country Representative & Regional Treasurer Asia Cargill Philippines Inc.

    Philip Soliven

    Country Representative & Regional Treasurer
    Asia Cargill Philippines Inc.

    Philip Soliven is the President and Country Representative of Cargill Philippines. He is also the Regional Treasurer for Asia, covering the Japan, Korea, Philippines, Thailand, India and Pakistan markets.

    Philip joined Cargill in 1995 as a manager in the Financial Markets Trading Group. Prior to Cargill, he was vice president for corporate banking at the Bank of Boston. Philip is currently the First Vice President/Director at the American Chamber of Commerce, Philippines, and is also Chairman of its Financial Services and Agribusiness committees. He holds a degree in business management from the Ateneo de Manila University.

  • Rajvir Rathi
    Rajvir Rathi General Manager – Market Acceptance – Seeds, South & East Asia Bayer CropScience

    Rajvir Rathi

    General Manager – Market Acceptance – Seeds, South & East Asia
    Bayer CropScience

    Rajvir. S. Rathi, a Post Graduate and a gold medalist in Agriculture, has more than one and half decades of experience in Corporate Affairs in Agri – Input Industry spanning : Regulatory Affairs, Scientific Affairs, Government Affairs, Industry Affairs, Public Affairs, Corporate Affairs and Product Stewardship.

    Rajvir , over the last decade has successfully created the key linkages among various key agricultural stakeholders and Agri input – Industry. These linkages have now become the platforms for various Public Private Partnerships and combined initiatives.

    He has always been a proponent of sustainability in any endeavor he has initiated. The basic criterion of having a win – win situation for all the stake holders in the Industry has been the foundation for his ideology. Value capture at all the stages ranging from product conceptualization, Innovation, commercialization, cultivations and returns to the farmers has been his forte till date.
    Currently Mr. Rajvir Rathi is General Manager – Market Acceptance – Seeds , South & East Asia, with Bayer CropScience, based at New Delhi, India.

  • Ramon
    Ramon Macaraig Vice President for Technical Services Department Alsons Aquaculture Corporation

    Ramon Macaraig

    Vice President for Technical Services Department
    Alsons Aquaculture Corporation

    Ramon M. Macaraig is the Vice President for Technical Services Department of Alsons Aquaculture Corporation, a member of tha Alcantara Group.

    He has worked in plantation agriculture technology and management since 1977 and as been involved in the commercial culture of various crops like bananas, mango, citrus, corn and vegetables. He has engaged in the aquaculture of milkfish (bangus), tilapia, shrimp, grouper, pompano, snappers, Asian seabass, sea cucumbers, seaweeds, microalgae, etc. since 1987. He has been part of the team that developed the Sarangani Bay® milkfish brand.

    His particular research interests lie in hydroponics, in plant nutrition, in aquaculture environments and in fish nutrition and growth dynamics.

    He graduated with Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry in 1975 and with a Master of Science degree in Analytical Chemistry from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1978.

    He lives with his wife, Mila, in Davao City. They have three grown-up children just starting to make significant contributions to humanity

  • Raul
    Raul Montemayor National Business Manager and Program Office Federation of Free Farmers Cooperatives, Inc

    Raul Montemayor

    National Business Manager and Program Office
    Federation of Free Farmers Cooperatives, Inc

    Raul Montemayor has been the National Business Manager and Program Officer of the Federation of Free Farmers Cooperatives, Inc. (FFFCI). He is also a member of the National Policy Board of the FFFCI’s mother organization, the Federation of Free Farmers (FFF), which is registered as a peasant labor union.

    Montemayor was formerly a Vice-President of the International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP). He recently completed his term as a Board member of the International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council (IPC). He continues to sit in the board member of the Global Horticulture Initiative. He is a private sector advisor to the Philippine government in agricultural trade negotiations in the WTO and regional and bilateral trade venues. He also acts as an advocate and spokesperson for small farmers on issues like trade, rural development, agricultural cooperatives, climate change and food security.

  • Regini
    Regina Bautista-Martin Administrator Sugar Regulatory Administration

    Regina Bautista-Martin

    Sugar Regulatory Administration

    Gina Bautista-Martin is the first lady Administrator of the Sugar Regulatory Administration. By heart, she is a real sugarcane farmer who understands how to grow sugarcane and knows how a farmer feels when the price of sugar goes below profitable levels. Her passion for sugarcane and for the small farmers turned her into a successful farmer and a civic leader.

    She obtained her management prowess through her post-graduate study on Program Development Management at the Asian Institute of Management. Her deep concern for the welfare and development of her countrymen, most especially the grassroots, is manifested by her profession as a Physical Therapist and through her achievements as leader and organizer in the different industry and civic organizations of the country.

    Previously, she held key positions in various civic and sugarcane industry organizations such as the Asociacion de Hacienderos Silay-Saravia (AHSSI), AHHSI Planters Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Silay-Saravia Railways Cooperative, BJB Agro-Industrial Company Inc., Sugar Industry Foundation Inc., Lanatan Agro-Industrial Inc., Mulawin Real Estate Corporation, Associate Missionaries of the Assumption Philippines (AMA Phil), SIMAG Foundation, Kabuhi Foundation of Silay City, Association of Foundations, and Negros Economic Development Foundation.

    As SRA Administrator, she represented the country in various international conferences and meetings such as the International Sugar Organization (ISO) Conference in London, head of the sugar industry delegation to the USDA in lobbying the country’s sugar quota. Administrator Martin was the catalyst for the release of a $15 million grant from the US Department of Labor (USDOL) for the Philippine sugarcane industry to be used in fighting against child labor.

  • Reuben Blackin
    Reuben Blackie Program Officer IDH Sustainable Trade Initiative

    Reuben Blackie

    Program Officer
    IDH Sustainable Trade Initiative

    Reuben currently works for IDH the Sustainable Trade Initiative in Indonesia. His work focuses on improving sustainability in supply chains through public- private partnerships in palm oil, cocoa, coffee and pulp and paper. Previously, Reuben has worked on a variety of programmes in Indonesia, Bangladesh and East Africa. For more information on IDH’s work on 18 different commodities, visit www.idhsustainabletrade.com

  • Rod Bioco
    Roderico Bioco Chief Operating Officer Mindanao Grains

    Roderico Bioco

    Chief Operating Officer
    Mindanao Grains

    Rod Bioco is an expert in the field of agriculture with his extensive experience as a corn, cassava and livestock farmer, an industrialist building major corn postharvest facilities in the country, and an agricultural policy activist protecting the welfare of our small corn farmers.

    He established Mindanao Grain Processing Co., Inc. (Mindanao Grains) in 1999 in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon to address the perennial problem of corn farmers in Bukidnon with a noble goal of establishing a financially sound business model bound with a real social commitment.

    In 2010, he built the Reina Mercedes Corn Processing Center in Isabela Province with the same principle. This 2,000mt per day grain drying and 75,000mt storage project to service 20,000 ha of corn and benefit 10,000 farmers is the biggest post harvest facility for corn in South East Asia.

    He also helps government design corn production programs and postharvest projects with critical contribution to the shift to biomass mechanical dryers, as well as the initiator of major hydro and irrigation programs, including the Jalaur River Dam project in the province of Iloilo, the east of Cagayan river in Isabela and the Pulangi V of Bukidnon.

    In 2000, he organized corn farmers throughout the country to advocate favorable policies and decisions in government to address the welfare of our corn farmers. He established Philippine Maize Federation, Inc. (PhilMaize) in 2001, held the 1st Philippine National Corn Congress in Bukidnon, and got elected as founding chairman and president, and later bestowed as Chairman Emeritus of PhilMaize. PhilMaize is conducting its 10th national corn congress this October 2014 in Cagayan de Oro City. His remarkable contributions have strengthened the corn industry and gave better future for our corn farmers.

    In 2012, he organized the business sector of Bukidnon, a largely agricultural province, and established the Bukidnon Kaamulan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. He is the current Chairman and President. Through the Chamber movement, he has initiated the updating of local tax codes, zoning ordinances and investment code, as well as promote Bukidnon as an investment destination for several industries.

    Rod Bioco obtained his BS Mathematics degree from Ateneo de Manila University in 1989 and specialized in Statistics from the University of the Philippines in 1988-89.

    He is based with his family in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.

  • Sandro Rissi
    Sandro Rissi Chief Executive Officer Monsanto Philippines

    Sandro Rissi

    Chief Executive Officer
    Monsanto Philippines

    Sandro Rissi joined Monsanto Company in 1999; has held various roles with increased responsibility in both sales and marketing areas; In November 2012, accepted the challenge to head Monsanto Philippines; experience in agribusiness, market development, business strategy and execution. Supports farmers to increase their productivity through the use of advanced genetics, increased technology and biotechnology adoption.

  • Sebastian
    Sebastian Sharp Head of Investor Relations BW Plantations

    Sebastian Sharp

    Head of Investor Relations
    BW Plantations

    Sebastian Sharp joined BW Plantation shortly after listing on the Indonesian Stock Exchange in 2009. His primary role is managing investor relations which involves presenting the company to investors around the world & keeping shareholders updated on all news & developments. Sebastian also helps the company communicate with anyone interested in BW & it’s business, taking visitors from the press, NGOs, industry analysts & peers to tour our plantations, attending & speaking at industry conferences & hosting events on behalf of the company. He is also responsible for keeping management up to date on the latest industry news & developments.

  • Sianghee
    SiangHee Tan Executive Director CropLife Asia

    SiangHee Tan

    Executive Director
    CropLife Asia

    Dr. SiangHee 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 and Biotechnology and Outreach programmes in 15 Asian countries.

    Other professional experience includes the set-up of the Universiti Putra Malaysia’s (UPM) Genome Centre, and management of two start-up ventures (Bioinformatics Software and Pre-natal Genetic Testing). Additionally, at Sime Darby he was responsible for setting-up the biotechnology Section for the Sime Darby Technology Centre, managing the Northern Corridor Economic Region Project (NCER) on large scale farming, and for developing an agri- entrepreneur program.

    Dr. Tan holds a BSc in Plant Pathology from the Universiti Pertanian Malaysia, a MSc in Genetic Engineering from Universiti Putra Malaysia and a PhD in Molecular Biology (Plant Virus) from Okayama University in Japan.

  • Tod Gimbel
    Tod Gimbel Managing Director Landmark Asia

    Tod Gimbel

    Managing Director
    Landmark Asia

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

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

    Todd Freeland

    Director General
    Private Sector Operations Department, Asian Development Bank

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

  • Vinod Ahuja
    Vinod Ahuja Livestock Policy Officer FAO

    Vinod Ahuja

    Livestock Policy Officer

    Vinod Ahuja is Livestock Policy Officer at the FAO (Food and Agriculture Office of the United Nations) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific based in Bangkok. Prior to joining FAO in August 2009, he taught at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad, India for about 10 years. He holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park, USA and worked for the World Bank in Washington DC for about three years before joining IIM Ahmedabad. His professional interests include sustainable livestock development, commercialization of public services in agriculture, and value chain development for livestock products. He has written extensively on a broad range of topics including barriers to collective action, poverty and income distribution, privatization of agricultural support services, and livestock-livelihood linkages. He has also supported livestock sector projects and policy formulation processes in a range of Asian countries.

  • Wyn
    Wyn Ellis Coordinator Sustainable Rice Platform

    Wyn Ellis

    Sustainable Rice Platform

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


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


  • WWF has the global insights to help businesses navigate through key sustainability risks and opportunities. As the world's leading independent conservation organization, we work with businesses, communities and governments to create innovative solutions to safeguard the natural world, tackle climate change and enable the sustainable use of our natural resources. Through our endeavors we seek to embed sustainability and social well-being in both economic and environmental systems.



Presenting/Corporate Partners

  • Syngenta is one of the world’s leading companies with more than 28,000 employees in over 90 countries dedicated to our purpose: Bringing plant potential to life. Through world-class science, global reach and commitment to our customers we help to increase crop productivity, protect the environment and improve health and quality of life.

    Through 6 specific targets in the Good Growth Plan, we commit to making a measurable contribution by 2020. We are working with different partners to achieve these targets and aim to make a deep, lasting and positive impact on the farmers and rural communities who ensure the world’s food security.




  • Located in Makati, the central business district of Manila, Dusit Thani Manila offers a wondrous gateway to the legendary leisure and cosmopolitan attractions. Strategically and centrally accessible to the leading business addresses, embassies, exclusive  residential areas, and within the Ayala Centre, all of which are in walking distance to this prestigious property.
    With 538 luxury hotel rooms and suites, the hotel offers a calm oasis of international standards, warm Asian service and tastefully  furnished comfort just steps away from the best business and shopping areas in Philippines. The Dusit Club Room and Dusit Executive Suite combine understated luxury with well-appointed facilities. A fully equipped Business Centre, exclusive privileges at the Dusit Club Lounge, various meeting and banquet options are available to meet the demands of any international business requirement.
    Dusit Thani Manila provides a fine selection of dining venues from the award-winning Umu Japanese restaurant, the Royal Thai dining experience of Benjarong to the globally-renowned restaurant, Tosca, providing signature Italian culinary experiences, as well as the all-day dining restaurant, Basix. A range of international bars and lounges offer ideal venues to meet or entertain guests and business associates.
    Two of Asia’s best recreational facilities are available within the hotel. Devarana Spa offers a peaceful tranquil sanctuary of anti-stress and relaxation like no other, it is ‘heaven for spa lovers’. DFiT offers one of the best appointed centres of fitness within the Philippines. With 973 square metres of state-of-the-art studio areas and sauna to meet the individual fitness goals of guests and members.

  • Bonsucro is a global multi-stakeholder non-profit organisation dedicated to reducing the environmental and social impacts of sugarcane production while recognising the need for economic viability. Bonsucro links its name to a product or process that has been certified by an independent certification body as being in compliance with the Bonsucro Standard. It is the first global metric standard for sugarcane.

    With an ever-increasing membership list counting nearly 200 members from 27 countries representing all areas of the supply chain, and a Board of Directors that is similarly representative of the variety of industry actors, Bonsucro is a highly robust, transparent and democratic organisation that has the resources and commitment to bring about its vision: A sugarcane sector that is continuously improving and verified as sustainable. 


  • The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is an independent non-profit organization which sets a standard for sustainable fishing. Fisheries that wish to demonstrate they are well managed and sustainable compared to the science-based MSC standard are assessed by a team of experts who are independent of both the fishery and the MSC. Seafood products can display the blue MSC ecolabel only if that seafood can be traced back through the supply chain to a fishery that has been certified against the MSC standard.[2]

    The MSC’s mission is to use its ecolabel and fishery certification program to contribute to the health of the world’s oceans by recognising and rewarding sustainable fishing practises, influencing the choices people make when buying seafood, and working with partners to transform the seafood market to a sustainable basis.


  • The organization behind AsianNGO is Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) which is an international capacity building NGO based in Manila, the Philippines, with additional offices in India, Vietnam and Indonesia.

    ASSIST started over ten years ago and has since then grown into a successful international NGO that has implemented over 30 projects in Asia and Africa. The expertise, staff and structure that ASSIST can provide through this long track-record of excellent management, is what constitutes the backbone of AsianNGO.


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

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

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


  • The Agenda is a partnership of livestock sector stakeholders committed to the sustainable development of the sector. The Agenda builds consensus on the path towards sustainability and catalyzes coherent and collective practice change through dialogue, consultation and joint analysis.

    The partnership unites the forces of the public and private sectors, producers, research and academic institutions, NGOs, social movements and community-based organizations, and foundations. 

  • PBE represents Philippine industry in the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and is the partner of choice of the government and of several international organizations for the implementation of environmental programs in the Philippines.

    PBE has implemented several technical assistance programs on environmental management with the assistance of and/or in partnership with international agencies like the UNDP, UNEP, USAID, US-Asia Environmental Partnership, the Asia Foundation, World Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Asian Development Bank, International Labor Organization, Carl Duisberg Gessellschaft and Internationale Weiterbildung ind Entwicklung gGmbtt (InWent) – Germany.


  • The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was established in 2004 with the objective of promoting the growth and use of sustainable oil palm products through credible global standards and engagement of stakeholders. The seat of the association is in Zurich, Switzerland, while the secretariat is currently based in Kuala Lumpur with a satellite office in Jakarta. The organization claims more than "1000 members from over 50 countries" as of 2012.

    RSPO is an association under Swiss Law composed of various organizations from different sectors of the palm oil industry (oil palm producers, palm oil processors or traders, consumer goods manufacturers, retailers, banks and investors, environmental or nature conservation NGOs and social or developmental NGOs) for the purpose of developing and implementing global standards for sustainable palm oil.

    RSPO is inspired by the idea of the "roundtable" in which all members have equal rights. There are different types of membership with different membership fees. 


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


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  • BusinessWorld represents four decades of professional economic journalism. Today, the business paper comes out Mondays through Fridays (with a Saturday exclusive online edition) with a national circulation of 117,000 as of March 31, 2014.

    BusinessWorld ranks fourth in the industry in terms of advertising revenues. Over the last 10 years, BusinessWorld has exhibited remarkable growth.

    In October 1995, BusinessWorld ventured into on-line publishing -- the first in the Philippines and one of the first in East Asia. Despite change, BusinessWorld’s success over the years has constantly been anchored on a firm belief that a newspaper is a public trust


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  • Eco-Business is Asia Pacific’s leading publication on cleantech, smart cities, responsible business and sustainable development. Our platforms include the award-winning Eco-Business.com news website which attracts 1M visitors each year, and a weekly newsletter that’s emailed to 83,000 global subscribers. We offer a wide range of content and marketing services including sponsored feature series, advertising, EDMs, event coverage, custom content creation and e-newsletters, social media campaigns, video production, market research and whitepapers, and bespoke roundtable events.