FIA Food for the Future Industry Summit 2018



Sunny Verghese
Co-Founder & Group CEO
Olam International

Sunny co-founded Olam in 1989 and leads the Company’s strategy, planning, business development and management. His external Directorships include Chairman of International Enterprise Singapore and the Human Capital Leadership Institute. Sunny is a recipient of the Outstanding CEO of the Year award, as well as the Public Service Medal from the Government of Singapore.


Princess Viktoria de Bourbon de Parme
Save the Children, Netherlands

Princess Viktoria (1982) studied law and economics at Nyenrode Business University in Breukelen and has worked for various Dutch companies. She now lives in Rome, Italy, where Prince Jaime is Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands for the Holy See, the Vatican.

Princess Viktória is patroness of Save the Children since 2015. In this capacity, she follows in the footsteps of her husband’s grandmother Queen Juliana, who founded Save the Children in the Netherlands in 1980 and remained honorary chairman till her decease in 2004. In her capacity as patroness she is ambassador of child rights and raises awareness for the position of children worldwide. The Princess specializes in the thematic area of nutrition. She is committed to connecting stakeholders and finding solutions contributing to food security and nourishment for all.

Kamel Chida 

Deputy Director
Private Sector Partnership
Development for Nutrition

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Kamel joined the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2016 to support the Nutrition Team’s vision of ensuring all women and children have the nutrition they need to live healthy and productive lives by increasing collaborative engagement and identifying innovation opportunities with the private sector for mutual benefit and bigger and faster impact. Kamel brings decades of experience working within the private food sector, holding several high-level R&D and business development roles with global food companies in several different regions in North America, Europe and Asia. He has managed large-scale new product and business initiatives, and successfully set up partnership models for impact.

Nathan Belete
Practice Manager
Agriculture Global Practice East Asia & the Pacific
The World Bank Group

Mr. Belete is an Ethiopian national and a development professional with over 20 years of experience in Asia and Africa. He is currently the Practice Manager for the World Bank's Agriculture Global Practice for the East Asia and the Pacific Region based in Hanoi, Vietnam. Prior to this, he was the Sector Manager for the World Bank's Sustainable Development Department in Indonesia responsible for investment portfolio and policy dialogue in the following core sectors: agriculture, energy, infrastructure, transport, urban services, water resources, environment, and disaster risk reduction, among others. 


Nicholas Fereday
Executive Director
Senior Analyst - Food & Consumer Trends 

Prior to joining Rabobank, he was a Senior Economist and Vice President of Sales, Research & Marketing, at LMC International, an independent economic and business consultancy for the agribusiness sector. Prior to LMC, Nick worked as a Senior Research Economist for The Natural Resources Institute in the U.K. Additionally he has worked as a freelance economic journalist, a Senior Economist with the Government of Papua New Guinea, as well as a lecturer/tutor in Applied Economics. Nick holds a M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from Reading University in the U.K.

Eddy Lee
Founder & Managing Partner

Eddy Lee, PhD has invested in and supported more than 50 startups predominantly in the US, Singapore and Indonesia. Interest areas include mobile health, big data, IoT and marketplaces.  He has recently relocated from the Silicon Valley to Southeast Asia to tackle unmet needs in emerging markets. He works with entrepreneurs in product development, enterprise partnership, M&A exit, and entering international markets such as the US, Japan, Singapore and Indonesia. 

Niccolo Manzoni
Founding Partner 
Five Seasons Ventures

Niccolò is Founding Partner of Five Seasons Ventures, a newly established venture capital fund focused on investing in early stage companies along the Food value chain. Niccolò has been investing in Food Tech since 2014 and created and managed a portfolio of 10 companies, including Impossible Foods, Clara Foods, Beyond Meat and Clear Labs.

Matthieu Vermesch 
VisVires New Protein

Matthieu founded VisVires New Protein in 2014 with a focus on innovative solutions to the acute inefficiencies of the food industry.They look for disruptive technologies to improve the interaction between food and health, solutions to tackle food waste, food safety & traceability, and to address the unsustainability of the protein production system.The fund has already deployed capital into two promising start-ups, Ynsect and Nuritas.

Matthieu has over 25 years’ experience in investment management. Most recently, as Senior Managing Director, Director of Research as well as a member of the Executive and Investment committees of Everest Capital. Matthieu has a postgraduate degree in Corporate Finance from Universite Paris Dauphine and graduate degree from Sciences Po.


Arturo Elizando
Chief Executive Officer
Clara Foods

Arturo is CEO of Clara Foods, a sustainable food-tech company leveraging advanced fermentation to develop performance protein products including the world's first animal-free egg white. Prior to founding Clara Foods, Arturo served under Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the investment bank Credit Suisse. Arturo is originally from Laredo, Texas and holds a degree in Government and Comparative Politics from Harvard University.

Ricky Lin 
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Life3 Biotech

Ricky Lin is the founder of Life3 Biotech, a start-up company focusing on innovative functional foods and beverages through the use of natural plant-based ingredients; to address health concerns such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and osteoporosis attributed to poor nutrition and lifestyle habits. Life3's work on plant-based protein as an alternative to meat, bagged two out of five awards in the Singapore Food Innovation Product Award 2016.  As an alumnus of NUS, he believes in championing changes through innovation and collaboration in cross-disciplinary studies. 

Eugene Wang
Sophie's Kitchen

Eugene Wang grew up immersed in the vegetarian food business. He began consulting and leading food companies in the vegan and vegetarian food categories and since 2004, his vision for launching the first Vegan Seafood has manifested into a viable category innovation lauded by the press and social media thought leaders, as well as natural trade industry leaders. The Sophie’s Kitchen Vegan Seafood phenomena has brought him the accolade ‘Vegan Visionary’.

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Princess Viktoria de Bourbon
de Parme
Save the Children, Netherlands
Ted Tan 
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
International Enterprise (IE)