David Fatscher
Head
Market Development & Sustainability & Food
BSI Group

David has over 30 years’ experience in B2B/B2C publishing and digital media holding positions at Reuters Business Information and VisitBritain, the UK’s national tourism agency. He is currently Head of Market Development for Sustainability and Food with BSI and engages with key stakeholders from government and industry to define our strategy for market-driven best-practice on a range of topics including sustainable development, environmental management, resource efficiency, food safety and food sustainability.

David regularly speaks at industry events and is an experienced project manager and facilitator. Since 2013, he represented the voice of standardisation as a member of the Board of Stakeholders managing the FSSC 22000 scheme for food safety system certification.

 

Christophe Letelier
Head
Business Development, International Supply Chain
Asia
Kuehne + Nagel

Christophe Letelier is an International Supply Chain and Logistics Professional specializing in cost reduction, process improvements and best practices.

During his last 11 years in Asia Pacific, Christophe has worked for leading companies in consulting, ocean container shipping, retail/sourcing and 3rd party logistics.
His areas of expertise include logistics & transportation, buyer consolidation, planning & tracking, strategic sourcing, purchase order management, project management, industry benchmarking.

Thanks to his industrial expertise covering a wide range of the supply chain, Christophe has assisted companies in realizing substantial and sustainable savings.

Currently working for Kuehne-Nagel International Supply Chain, he is his working of helping clients to achieve best-in-class status from both a strategic and operational perspective for their international supply chain.

Christophe earned his master's degree in industrial engineering from Arts et Métiers ParisTech, his master of science in general management from IAE Aix en Provence Graduate School of Management and recently completed a two years MicroMasters credential in Supply Chain Management with Massachussets Institute of Technology.

 

Ann Bernal
Senior Program Manager
Green Freight Asia

Based in Singapore, Ann drives cross-sector collaborations for Green Freight Asia to accelerate the adoption of emissions-reduction practices in Asia-Pacific. She works with industry leaders in creating an enabling environment for sustainable road freight implementation in this region.

Prior to GFA, Ann worked in social services leading partnerships and resource development, which helped transform a non-profit in Singapore into a large charity ($10M gross annual receipts category). In the Philippines, she developed and lead an anti-corruption project in the area of procurement reforms and the delivery of essential public services in government hospitals. 

Her education background includes a Master of Tri-Sector Collaboration from the Singapore Management University and a Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of the Philippines.

 

Arnaud Ayral
Director
Regional Business Development 
Cleantech Solar

Arnaud is the Regional Business Development Director of Cleantech Solar. He held various positions with Rolls-Royce and most recently was Senior-Vice President of the Services division in Asia Pacific. Prior to that, Arnaud worked across a number of industries including a period with Electricite de France (EDF). Today, Arnaud is responsible for developing relationships with corporate customers at Cleantech Solar.

 

Laura Ryan 
Director
Sales
Southeast Asia & Pacific 
Orbital Insight 

Laura Ryan is the Director of Sales, South Asia and General Manager, Singapore at Orbital Insight. Orbital Insight visualizes global supply chains in near real-time in order to help clients increase supplier visibility, proactively manage risk and achieve sustainability goals.  
Laura joined Orbital Insight in May 2019 and oversees the Asia Pac sales and client success organization. Laura has over 15 years of experience in the global financial markets most recently a Director at Refinitiv (formerly Thomson Reuters) focused on the growth of the exchange traded business across Asia Pacific. Laura holds a bachelor degree in Business Management from Bucknell University.

 

Mei-Ing Cheok
Regional Advisor
Corporate Partnerships
Asia
Save the Children

Mei-Ing leads engagement with businesses to grow Save the Children’s corporate partnership footprint in Asia. She focuses on building long-term strategic partnership with companies that seek to improve the lives of children in the region through better education, healthcare and economic opportunities. She also stewards regional relationships of existing global corporate partners. 

Mei-Ing is a sustainability professional with robust experience in corporate social responsibility, sustainability consulting, marketing communications, and business development. She has led materiality assessments, developed stakeholder engagement plans and produced sustainability communications reports for local and international organisations. A champion of gender empowerment, Mei-Ing co-founded Women Mean Business (WMB), a networking group and resource centre to further women’s personal and career development.

She has worked in financial services, real estate and publishing. Throughout her career, she has focused on helping companies grow, while making a positive impact on society and the environment. 

Education: MSc in Corporate Social Responsibility, University of Nottingham (U.K.); BA in Economics and Political Science, National University of Singapore.

 

Megan Willis 
Sustainability Lead
Cocoa & Chocolate
Asia Pacific
Cargill

Megan Willis is a sustainability and social impact specialist with expertise in agriculture supply chains in emerging markets. She currently leads sustainability programming in the Asia-Pacific region under the Cargill Cocoa Promise, ensuring that major chocolate brands meet their sustainability commitments while supporting cocoa farmers to earn higher incomes through sales of certified sustainable products. Prior to joining Cargill, Megan served as a diplomat under the U.S. Agency for International Development, where she oversaw agriculture value chain upgrading and rural financial services programs in Senegal, South Sudan, and Myanmar. She holds her undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and graduate degrees from Johns Hopkins University – School of Advanced International Studies and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management.

 

Matt Friedman
Chief Executive Officer 
The Mekong Club

Matt Friedman is an international human trafficking expert with more than 29 years’ experience as a manager, program designer, evaluator and frontline responder. He is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Mekong Club, an organisation of Hong Kong-based private sector business leaders who have joined forces to help fight human trafficking in Asia. Mr. Friedman was previously Regional Project Manager at the United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP) in Thailand, an inter-agency coordinating body that linked the United Nations system with governments and civil society groups in China, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. Prior to this, he worked for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Thailand, Bangladesh and Nepal where he designed and managed country and regional human trafficking programs. Mr. Friedman also offers regular technical advice to numerous governments and corporations working to stop slavery, and is the author of eleven books.  

 

Dawn Neo 
Senior Manager
Corporate Engagement 
Global Food Partners

Dawn Neo works with Global Food Partners, an international consultancy firm that partners with the food industry to develop and implement meaningful animal welfare procurement policies and best practices. Global Food Partners' mission is to provide innovative solutions to meet the growing demand for higher welfare products—with a focus on cage-free egg sourcing and production in Asia—and to increase long-term business value. Over the past few years, Dawn has worked with leading food and hospitality businesses in Singapore and throughout the region to execute their animal welfare and responsible sourcing initiatives.

 

Rema Vazhappilly
Research Manager
Nutrition & Health
Roquette

Rema holds a Ph.D. in Biotechnology from the University of Hong Kong and has over 8 years of post-doctoral research experience and over 10 years of nutrition industry experience.  She is currently leading the development of Roquette ingredient solutions such as NUTRALYS® and NUTRIOSE® that bring forth health benefits such as cognition, mobility and blood glucose management to name a few.  

Prior to her role at Roquette, she worked as a Senior Research Scientist at Abbott Nutrition R&D, Singapore, where she led the scientific product concept development of both adult and pediatric products from 2008 – 2017.  

In addition, Rema has authored several international journal publications and patents throughout her career.

 

Patrina Phua
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Eatobe

Upon graduation from business school, Patrina joined the government service for 3 years before starting Eatobe. Her last stint was at International Enterprise Singapore, now better known as Enterprise Singapore. In her journey to solve problems of malnutrition, malabsorption and nutrient deficiencies, she forged a collaboration with A*Star Biotransformation Group which became an allied partner of Eatobe. This enabled the establishment of the Eatobe Team in April 2018. Patrina believes that it is important to translate and bridge the gap between laboratory R&D and market commercialisation as this would be the most sustainable approach to enable continuous innovation and creation of impactful solutions for the market.

 

Kim Jung Eun
Assistant Professor
Food Science and Technology Programme
National University of Singapore

Dr. Jung Eun Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Food Science & Technology Programme at the National University of Singapore and she earned her Ph.D degree in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Connecticut, USA. Dr. Kim further completed a dietetic internship at Yale-New Haven Hospital, USA and became a registered dietitian. Then she had a post-doctoral research associate role at the Purdue University, USA. 

Dr. Kim’s long-term research goal is to develop and validate dietary strategies and recommendations that effectively protect against age-associated morbidities and promote public health.

 

Carolyn Stephen 
Nutritionist
Food Innovation and Resource Centre
Singapore Polytechnic

Carolyn has over a decade of experience in human nutrition. Over her career, she had provided services in areas of sports nutrition, nutrition education and training, nutrition assessment and dietary consultations. She also has five years of lecturing experience in nutrition and food science as well as curriculum development. Carolyn joined FIRC in 2017, where her area of work includes concept generation and product development for new nutrition based food products according to current local and global nutritional trends. She also provides essential product labelling consultancy to ensure labels meet regulatory requirements for local and overseas markets.

Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Otago, New Zealand. She is certified as a sports nutritionist by Sports Dietitians Australia (SDA) and is a current member of the Singapore Nutrition & Dietetic Association (SNDA). She has also received an Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA) by the Institute for Adult Learning (IAL), Singapore.

 

James Moses
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
SeedFuel

James Moses received his Master of Science degree in Engineering Science from the Pennsylvania State University in 2010. After graduating, he moved to Singapore and worked for Nanyang Technological University (NTU), where he was responsible for growing several collaborative programmes that centred on academic-industrial research partnerships.

In 2011, he led the development of the Joint Industry Programme (JIP) at the Energy Research Institute @ NTU. The JIP consortium provided a platform for local and international companies to tie up with NTU PhD students and professors to conduct cutting-edge, complementary research along the Offshore Renewable Energy value chain. James oversaw the growth of the JIP to a S$5M programme that included 20 PhD student researchers; 9 multinational companies including Rolls-Royce and Keppel; and multiple renowned engineering research institutions.

In 2013, James led the proposal development for the Rolls-Royce@NTU Corporate Lab, a S$75M research collaboration between Rolls-Royce, NTU, and the National Research Foundation of Singapore. Upon commencement of Lab operations, he developed a project management structure for the 48 active research projects comprising 185 staff.

James undertook his full-time MBA studies at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business beginning in 2016. His MBA concentrations were in Entrepreneurship and Operations. Since graduating and returning to Singapore in 2018, he has been involved in a number of entrepreneurial endeavours as well as consultancy engagements. He is now working full-time to grow his company, SeedFuel Pte Ltd. SeedFuel, a member organization of the Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise, focuses on upcycling unused by-products from the fruit and vegetable processing industry.

 

Alan Adams 
Director 
Sustainability
Asia Pacific
Sealed Air

Based in Melbourne, Australia, Alan is leading customer and packaging industry engagement in Asia Pacific and working with customers to address their most critical packaging challenges with innovative and sustainable solutions. 

Alan is passionate about how packaging advances our lifestyles and has a deep interest in sustainable packaging design and the positive impact that packaging can have on reducing food waste and product damage. 

Alan is an active member of the Australia Institute of Packaging, contributing to the development of Sustainable Packaging Guidelines on reducing food waste. He is also currently serving on the Australian Packaging Covenant Organization (APCO) on design for recovery. Alan is a founding member and former president of the Australasian Bioplastics Association.

 

Paul Teng 
Managing Director & Dean
National Institute of Education

Professor Paul Teng is Dean and Managing Director, NIE International Pte. Ltd., and Adjunct Senior Fellow, Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, RSIS, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is also concurrently Chair, International Service for the Acquisition of Agribiotech Applications (ISAAA), Adjunct Professor, Murdoch University, Australia, and Senior Fellow, Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture, Philippines. 

His expertise is in food security, commercialization and biosafety of crop biotechnology, agritechnology innovations and bio-entrepreneurship, and sustainable development. Currently he works on urban high-technology enabled farming and “plant factories”. He has over thirty years of experience from positions in international organizations (the International Rice Research Institute, Worldfish Centre), U.S. universities (University of Minnesota, University of Hawaii) and the private sector. 

Professor Teng has made visits to more than 40 countries in support of development projects through consultancies with the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GiZ), the Asian Productivity Organization, and the Food & Agriculture Organization, U.N. 

Prof. Teng has won numerous awards for his work such as the Eriksson Prize in Plant Pathology (Royal Swedish Academy of Science), an Honorary Doctor of Science (from Murdoch University, Australia) and is  Fellow, American Phytopathological Society; Fellow, International Society for Plant Pathology and Fellow, The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). He has published/ co-published eight books and over 200 technical papers. His book on BioScience Entrepreneurship in Asia (2008) is used in several universities and his latest book is “Food Matters – Food Security and the Future of Food” (2018), released in July 2018.

 

Rob Hulme
Director 
Asia
Beanstalk Agtech

Rob is an agribusiness executive and a fifth generation farmer who still likes to get his boots muddy. His 26y career with Bayer covered R&D, Marketing, Sales, Strategy, M&A and senior management roles in Vietnam, China and Singapore. In 2018, he co-founded Beanstalk AgTech, an agri-innovation company which works with Agribusiness Corporates and Farm Enterprise to help solve big, hairy challenges by connecting with the innovation ecosystem. The company’s focus areas are Food Production (producing more with less impact) and Waste Solutions (creating new value from waste). Rob is actively working to help grow Singapore as an AgriFoodTech hub for Asia and passionate about growing the next crop of young agri-innovators.

 

Thomas Hayes
Analyst
Global Food Technology & Innovation 
Lux Research

Thomas Hayes, based out of Lux Research’s Singapore office, is an Analyst on the Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health team, specializing in food and nutrition.  Before joining the Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health team, Thomas was a member of the Consulting team where he conducted project-based, deep-dive analyses for clients, largely within the food industry. 
 
Prior to joining Lux Research, Thomas was a Research Associate at Cambridge Polymer Group where he conducted materials consultation, R&D, and analytical testing for numerous clients.
 
Thomas received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University and is a Master of Business and Science (MBS) candidate at Rutgers University, concentrating in Global Food Technology & Innovation.