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2019 SG Food Tech Week Schedule

 SG Food Tech Week is an inaugural event that deep dives into the world of food tech on topics from blockchain, big data trends and food innovations, to the latest tech platforms and smart food cities.

TimeWed 17 JulThur 18 JulFri 19 Jul
10.00 AM
10.30 AM New Tables – The Latest Platforms in
Food Technology

10.30am - 11.15am

Deep Dive: Blockchain & Big Data Trends
(by Edelman)

10.30am - 11.15am

11.00 AM Appreciation Ceremony
11am - 12pm 
11.30 PM The Rise of Plant-base and Clean Meat Food
on the Global Landscape

11.30am - 12.15pm

Retail Industry Trends (by KPMG)
11.30am - 12.15pm
12.00 AM
12.30 PMMeet the Buyers' Session (Private)
12.30pm - 1.30pm
1.00 PM Keynote – The Future of Food
1pm - 1.45pm

1.30 PMMeet the Buyers' Session (Private)
1.30pm - 2.30pm
2.00 PM Women in Business
2pm - 3pm

Asia Food Innovation Awards
Presentation Ceremony

2pm - 3.30pm
2.30 PM Smart Food Cities
2.30pm - 3.30pm

3.00 PMPITCH! Track 1
Tech Innovations & Solutions

3pm - 5pm
3.30 PM
PITCH! Track 2 

3.30pm - 5.30pm

Singapore Outlook (by ITC)
3.30pm - 4.15pm

4.00 PM
4.30 PM
5.00 PM
5.30 PMCocktail Reception at FFL
at Montgomery Asia & WGS

5.30pm - 7pm
6.00 PMHappy Hour Lock-In
6pm -7pm
6.30 PM

*Programme is subject to changes.

Speakers & Panelists

Keynote Session: The Future of Food  (17 July, 1 – 1.45pm)

Agriculture has come a long way in the past century. We produce more food than ever before, but our current model is unsustainable. As the world’s population rapidly approaches the 8 billion mark, this poses a real conundrum: How do we sustainably and nutritiously feed all these people in ways that don’t harm the planet? Technology encompasses significant potential to transform global food systems into drivers of sustainable development with ground-breaking innovations such as lab-grown meat and 3D food printing – but is technology the only solution?

Focusing on advancing food security, safety, and sustainability, this session serves to identify current and future opportunities and challenges in Asia, as well as to address how new technologies could help to strengthen global food security.


Varun Deshpande>
Managing Director, India, The Good Food Institute

Pedram Assadi >
COO, Foodpanda APAC

Bernardo Parlange >
Marketing Director, Ecolab Institutional of Asia Pacific

Christine Pitt >
Founder & CEO, Food Futures Company


Garry Scattergood >
Editor-in-Chief, William Reed Business Media

Women in Business  (17 July, 2 – 3pm)

Women are breaking glass ceilings and crushing cultural barriers, but do we still have ways to go? Globally, women make up 70% of the hospitality industry workforce but are markedly underrepresented in leadership positions. According to the European Institute for Cooperation and Development (IECD), women hold less than 40 percent of all managerial positions in the hospitality sector – with this percentage decreasing as seniority increases.

Women entrepreneurs and business leaders highlight challenges that remain in the traditionally male-led industry. Come hear from women leaders who have made a mark in the fields of food science, food retail and the restaurant business as they share their experiences and learnings, and help you understand how you can unlock your full potential and be a strong ally in this industry.


Sandhya Sriram >
CEO, Shiok Meats

Alysia Chan >
Head Chef, The Black Swan

Jessica Karr >
Head of Product, Karana

Penny Cox >
VP of New Channels, Red Mart


Pamela Phua >
Founder, Freshen Food

New Tables: The Latest Platforms in Food Technology (18 July, 10.30 – 11.15pm)

Whether we are ready to admit it or not, we have witnessed technology become the driving force behind many companies in long-standing industries over the past decade. There is no surprise that years from now, the food we eat today – and the systems behind it – may seem as outdated as a phone without apps. Explore how technology is accelerating the development of the industry – formulating nutrient-rich products without compromising on taste, tech-enabled grocery shopping, the booming food delivery scene – and what to expect over the horizon.


Keith Tan >
CEO & Founder, Crown Group & Crown Coffee

Chirag Tejuja >
Founder, Tab Square

Dan Riegler >
Co-Founder, Karana


Caleb Lye >
COO, Zeemart

The Rise of Plant-base and Clean Meat Food on the Global Landscape (18 July, 11.30 – 12.15pm)

Synopsis Coming Soon


Christian Cadeo >
Managing Partner, Big Idea Ventures, Asia

Sandhya Sriram >
CEO, Shiok Meats

Julius Tan >
Business Development Manager, Banchoon Marketing


John Friedman >
Director, Makana Ventures

Deep Dive – Blockchain and Big Data Trends (19 July, 10.30 – 11.15am)

Hyped as a potentially game-changing pioneering innovation in meeting the increasing regulatory and consumer pressure on complex supply chains, blockchain technology is inspiring change and innovation in the F&B industry to ensure traceability, safety and transparency across its supply chain. Although it is still at its early stages, blockchain technology offers the promise of disruption on a huge scale across the F&B industry. With the rise of cryptocurrency and blockchain applications, how the F&B industry can harness the power of it is a key question for many.

Big data, the science of compiling unwieldy bulk information and turning it into bite-sized chunks of manageable information, is transforming business in many ways due to the sheer amount of information and insight it offers. From consumer purchasing behavior, supply chain transparency and management and quality control, find out how you can best leverage on the power of big data for your business.


Jonathan Hargreaves >
Global Vice Chairman, Edelman Predictive Intelligence Centre

Smart Food Cities (19 July, 2.30-3.30pm)

A Smart City revolution is currently sweeping the world. Day after day, people and the cities are getting smarter. All thanks to data and technology, the future of the F&B industry just seems to have no surmountable boundaries – providing solutions in improving manufacturing and logistics operations to drive efficiencies and chipping away at global hunger problems with the increasing connectivity, the F&B industry is ultimately transforming. With this, what does the future entail for the city, brands, retailers, consumers?


Caleb Lye >
COO, Zeemart

Sandrick Gan >
Business Development Specialist, Epson Singapore

Tomaso Rodriquez >
Vice President, Head of GrabFood

Michael Dean >
Executive Director, GROW Accelerator


Nigel Teh >
Corporate Innovation Portfolio Manager, Rainmaking Innovation

Singapore Outlook by ITC (19 July, 3.30 – 4.15pm)

Singapore has a unique position in the global economy and a pivotal role as a business epicenter in the heart of Asia. The city-state has been consistently acknowledged as a global business hub – one that features developed infrastructure, political stability, open business policies, a skilled workforce, the use of English as the main working language and respect for intellectual property rights. Its attractive location along with the numerous Free Trade Agreements signed makes it possible for businesses to access a market of 3 billion people as a gateway between the East and West to facilitate a smooth trade and investment flow. As such 26,000 international companies and 154,000 small and medium local enterprises call Singapore home with many of them using the country as a springboard to tap into other emerging markets in Asia.

To learn more about how you can avail of the Opportunities within Singapore, please do attend this very important talk by the International Trade Council and CPA Partnership Pte Ltd that will focus on why Singapore is an ideal location for your business as a gateway to Asia.


Ranjani Rangan >
Vice Chairperson, International Trade Council