24-26 APRIL 2018


Aart van' t Land

Director Business Development, Lely

Aart van ‘t Land has served in various functions within the Lely Group, but mainly as Vice President Dairy Equipment and, since 2011, as Director Business Development. Lely is active in dairy farm automation and is particularly renowned for its Astronaut milking robot. Involvement in the development of the strategy of the digitization of agriculture (precision farming) has been integral part of the tasks. During his career, Aart has gained substantial experience in (agricultural) commerce and strategy, most specifically in the dairy industry. Drawing on this experience, Aart is active as a mentor/coach for start-ups from the Technion BizTEC Student Accelerator scheme as well as serving as a sounding board for several Israeli start-ups. He is also a member of the advisory board of Greensoil Investments. Aart operates out of Israel. Prior to joining Lely in 1997, Aart spent ten years as Director Seed Potatoes at Meijer in Kruiningen, the Netherlands. All the positions throughout his working life have given him unique opportunities to travel and learn about all aspects of agricultural life around the world, from emerging markets in the very early stages to the most developed and sophisticated segments of the industry.

    Amy Barthorpe

    Head of Business, Wefarm

    Amy has been Head of Business Development at Wefarm since February 2015. She is responsible for driving the company’s strategic and commercial partnerships and identifying new opportunities for growth. She also overseas Wefarm’s business development teams in Kenya, Uganda and London. Amy has been a speaker at many industry events and conferences around the world, including the COP22 in Marrakech, Understanding Risk in Venice, Afrobytes in Paris, Trade for Sustainable Development in Geneva and the Oxford Farming Conference in Oxford.

    Amy is currently developing and testing Wefarm’s data products and early-warning services to help reduce risk, increase productivity and identify trends throughout global food supply chains.

    Prior to joining Wefarm, Amy gained extensive business experience as Trade Advisor for the French trade Commission in London, where she was directly responsible for increasing the number of French SMEs exporting into the UK. She worked closely with senior company executives, providing insight and strategic advice on how to target the UK market effectively and dynamically.

    Amy graduated from Kings College, London with a First-Class Honours Degree in European Studies. She was born and raised in France.

      Anna-Karin Modin Edman

      Sustainability Manager, Arla Foods

      Anna-Karin Modin Edman is a Sustainability Manager in Arla Foods since 5 years, working with a broad range of issues along the value chain from cow to consumer. Before that, she worked for the Swedish Dairy Association for 5 years, mainly focusing on farm level sustainability performance and lobbying. Anna-Karin has been working with implementing the Dairy Sustainability Framework in Arla and is eager to promote dairy industry collaboration as an active member in the SAI Platform Dairy Working Group. She has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Lund University, focusing on bio-geochemical modelling and system analysis. She strongly believes in further strengthening the many sustainability benefits of dairy production, and on addressing the sustainability challenges in a committed way, for dairy to be part of sustainable food systems and of sustainable diets also for the future.

        Catharinus Wierda

        Global Programme Manager Dairy, Solidaridad

        Catharinus Wierda is Global Programme Manager Dairy for Solidaridad. With almost 50 years of experience in facilitating the development of socially responsible, ecologically sound and profitable supply chains, Solidaridad has been a pioneer in the field of sustainable economic development. We are a civil society organization focused on international market-based solutions working through nine regional expertise centres in 50 countries and across 13 global sectors. Catharinus is responsible for global strategy, providing support to our regional offices as we develop new dairy programmes and build partnerships with companies. The son of a dairy farmer has more than 20 years’ experience in the dairy sector, both in The Netherlands and abroad. Before joining Solidaridad he worked for Wageningen UR, Beemster Cheese and Ben&Jerry’s, the Dutch Dairy Association and the Dutch government. Next to his work for Solidaridad, he is entrepreneur and founder of a new small (and sustainable) cheese brand ‘De Fryske’.    

          David Hunt

          Co-founder, Cainthus

          Former corporate banker David Hunt, his brother Ross and Robin Johnston co-founded Cainthus, a company dedicated to digitizing agricultural practices. With a rich family history in agriculture, Hunt has long been fascinated by the opportunities presented to the industry by exploiting emerging technology. Since its founding two short years ago, Cainthus has been through several finance rounds and is now commercializing its computer vision based dairy and crop products. Hunt has provided consultancy for the Advanced Research Projects Agency of the United States Department of Energy on sustainable agriculture and the European Union Agriculture and Rural Development Cabinet on agricultural legislation and entrepreneurship. Hunt sits on the Exponential Advisory Board of Singularity University in Silicon Valley, California, USA. Singularity University was founded by Peter Diamandis and Ray Kurzweil to educate people about the impact that exponentially improving technologies can have on the world.

            Dr. Tina Barsby

            CEO, NIAB

            Tina is a plant geneticist well-known for her scientific achievements and significant experience in the agricultural crop sector.  CEO of NIAB since 2008, her strong leadership skills and supportive staff have enable Tina to position NIAB to where it is today as an internationally recognised and innovative organisation.  Tina has a first degree in Agricultural Botany from the University of Wales at Bangor, and a PhD from the University of Nottingham.  She spent a postdoctoral period at Kansas State University, and worked at Allelix Inc, Ontario, Canada for several years before returning to the UK in 1989.  She joined Nickerson UK (now part of the Limagrain Group) where she remained until joining NIAB in 2006. As well as being a Trustee of the John Innes Foundation, Tina is a Fellow of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge; a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology; a Trustee of the Lawes Agricultural Trust; a member of the Board of Agrimetrics; a member of the Agri-Food Technology Council; and an Associate of the Royal Agricultural Societies.  Tina was awarded an OBE in the 2018 New Year’s Honours List.

              Dr. Toby Waine

              Lecturer in Applied Remote Sensing, Cranfield University

              Dr Toby Waine is a Lecturer in Applied Remote Sensing at Cranfield University. His particular areas of interest are the integration of multi-spectral satellite imagery of different spatial resolutions within the context of crop survey design and crop production estimates. Building on extensive experience of illicit crop monitoring of opium poppy and cannabis in Afghanistan (UK-MOD, UK-FCO and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime), his recent research focuses on looking at the challenges of food security and commodity markets, including tracking and mapping and monitoring changes in North American wheat (Innovate UK, NE/M007154/1). His international research experience includes leading commercial projects mapping and quantifying production of cocoa in Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Indonesia, coffee in Vietnam, lettuce in Spain and tea in Kenya. He is also co-investigator for ‘Sustaining Himalayan Water Resources in a Changing Climate’ (NERC NE/N015541/1) and Emergency flood planning and management using unmanned aerial systems, (EPSRC EP/P02839X/1) both using remote sensing to improve understanding and management of water resources.

                Dr. Varinderpal Singh

                Sr. Soil Chemist, Punjab Agricultural University

                Dr. Varinderpal Singh is working as Senior Soil Chemist in Department of Soil Science, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. He was awarded visiting scientist award by Indian National Science Academy (INSA), New Delhi under INSA-NAST (National Academy of Science & Technology, Philippines) programme to visit various research institutes in Philippines. He was invited by International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines to design strategies for sustaining global rice production in the meeting held at Hanoi, Vietnam. He is actively involved in research on establishing need-based fertilizer N management strategies using PAU-Leaf Colour Chart and GreenSeeker optical sensor in field crops. He developed need based fertilizer nitrogen management technologies using PAU-LCC in rice, wheat, maize and basmati rice. Dr. Varinderpal Singh has outstanding contribution in developing success stories on reducing nitrogen consumption using PAU-LCC by adopting two villages in Indian Punjab. He handled twelve research projects and authored more than one hundred publications in research and extension journals.

                  Euan Murray

                  Chief Executive, The Sustainability Consortium

                  Euan Murray became Chief Executive of TSC in December 2016 with a focus on driving implementation of TSC tools by retailers and large purchasers, and working with TSC members on innovative solutions to supply chain sustainability problems. Murray joined TSC in 2012 and has held a number of leadership positions, most recently COO. Prior to joining TSC, Murray was Director of Footprinting at The Carbon Trust. There, he led projects with PepsiCo, Unilever, M&S, CDP and many other TSC members, focusing on product and supply chain carbon footprinting. He has held a number of other roles in sustainability, financial services and strategy consulting. Murray has a BA in Natural Sciences and an MSc. in Materials Science & Metallurgy from Cambridge University, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. He is married to Emily and has two sons, Oscar & Zac.

                    Giovana Baggio

                    Sustainable Agriculture Manager, The Nature Conservancy, Brazil

                    Giovana joined The Nature Conservancy in Brazil in 2008, she is the leader of the Sustainable Agriculture strategy where she is responsible for the team involved into projects and initiatives for sustainability on agricultural lands all over Brazil. She also is the representative of TNC in several forums and roundtables that discuss environmental issues with agricultural commodities leaders, private companies and other NGOs (like RTRS – Roundtable on Responsible Soy; FSC Brazil – Forest Stewardship Council, GTPS – Sustainable Beef Technical Group; GTS - Soy Moratorium Group, Brazilian Forest Dialogue; Brazilian Technical Group of Food and Agriculture Business Principles - FABP Global Compact, SAI Platform,….). Those initiatives are being carried out in partnership with public and private sectors.As Forest Engineer has almost 20 years of work experience on conservation projects, landscape planning and also environmental /social management in forestry/agricultural lands. She holds a Master degree in environmental management from EAEME – European Association for Environmental Management Education/ Kapodistrian University of Athens - Greece and a specialist degree on River Basins Management issued by Università Degli Studi di Parma - Italy. She is currently member of the SAI Platform Advisory Council.

                      Jan Toft Nørgaard

                      Milk Producer and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, Arla Foods

                      Jan Toft is a Regional chairman Arla region Islands/South and member of the board of directors of the Danish Dairy Board from 2002. He is also Board member of the Danish Agriculture and Food Council’s company board from 2009 and Deputy chairman of Arla Foods amba from 2011.

                        Jason Clay

                        Senior Vice President for Markets and Food, World Wildlife Fund

                        Jason Clay, Senior Vice President for Markets and Food at World Wildlife Fund, works with some of the world’s largest companies to reduce their impact on the environment. In addition to his work with WWF, he is the author of 20 books and is National Geographic’s first-ever Food and Sustainability Fellow. Clay created one of the first US fair-trade ecolabels and has been involved in developing many other standards for commodities such as cotton, shrimp and sugarcane. Early in his career, Clay received a PhD in Anthropology and International Agriculture as a result of his interest in sustainability from working on and then running the family farm. Over the course of his career, he worked with the US Department of Agriculture, taught at Harvard and Yale and was awarded the 2012 James Beard Award for his work on global food sustainability. He spent 15 years working on human rights with indigenous people, refugees and famine victims. He is currently member of SAI Platform Advisory Council.

                          Jeff Barlow

                          Corn, Soybean and Wheat Farmer in Southern Ontario, Canada,

                          Jeff is a 6th generation cash crop farmer from Binbrook Ontario Canada. Jeff grew up on the family farm, then after attaining a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University he worked in the industrial coatings industry. Jeff returned to the farm in 2002 and hasn’t looked back. Since then he has participated in several management courses including CTEAM from AME, and the DuPont Young Leader Program. He also sits as a Director on the board with Grain Farmers of Ontario. Jeff is married to his wife Dianne, and together they have three children. Barlow Farms started in 1843 with oxen clearing the land. It has since grown into a 4500 acre cash-crop farm and elevator operation. The farm grows maize, wheat, and both GMO and non-GMO soybeans in the heavy clay soils of the Niagara Peninsula. If you visit the farm you will see a modern fleet of equipment using advanced precision agriculture technology. The Barlow’s believe the future of their farm lies in harnessing technology to gain efficiencies and to maximize returns on every acre using the data they collect. Barlow Farms is also focused on sustainability and that’s why an extensive use of cover crops, lime, tile drainage, and organic soil amendments are used to ensure the long term health of their soils.

                            Jens Elbæk

                            Director Crop Innovation, SEGES

                            More information soon.

                              Leontino Balbo

                              Agricultural and Commercial Director, São Francisco and Santo Antonio Sugar Mills

                              Leontino Balbo is the Agricultural and Commercial Director of São Francisco Mill. He is also Executive Vice-President of Native Organic Products and Corporative Director of Balbo Group. He graduated as an Agronomist Engineer in 1984 from the “Julio de Mesquita Filho’ São Paulo State University’s School of Agriculture. He developed and implemented the “GREEN CANE PROJECT” in 23.000 hectares, aiming organic production of sugarcane, being responsible by the pioneer production of organic sugar, exported to more than 60 countries all around the world and in Brazil under “NATIVE” brand. This project contributes to San Francisco worldwide recognition as “Ecological Sugar Mill” and “Sustainable Sugar Mill”. He joined the enterprise in 1984. In fact, Leontino idealized and created a new ecological production system which goes beyond organic. The new system provides more yields then conventional without using any chemical fertilizer nor defensive. The new production system is called ERA - Ecosystem Revitalizing Agriculture. Leontino is creating a new company to widely teach the new reproduction system in the near future.

                                Marieke de Ruyter de Wildt

                                Founder, The Fork

                                In code I trust. After 15 yrs of working farm data in over 40 countries, I fully focus on smart data management for more integer food systems. I worked for farmers, corporates, investors, universities, start-ups and it all boils down to one thing: data only makes sense in systems where producers of data own their data. The Fork accelerates the use of farm data in supply chains by applying blockchain technology to food systems. We inform about this evolving technology, we help you integrate blockchain in your own company and shape innovation teams that make our food future proof. Why blockchain? Because we entered a new era in which we can improve our global world, if we focus on the innovative engine of technology, rather than on money.

                                  Mathieu Lamolle

                                  Senior Advisor Sustainability Standards & Value Chains, International Trade Centre

                                  Mathieu Lamolle has over 10 years of experience in international trade, market access and sustainable development issues. He holds a Master’s degree in International Economics and Management from the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (SBS) and speaks English, French and Spanish. Mathieu has joined the International Trade Centre (ITC) in October 2007. He is Senior Advisor on Sustainability Standards and Value Chains and he leads the development of the Standards Map global repository of sustainability standards, codes of conduct and audit protocols ( He coordinates partnerships with private companies and NGOs on the use of Standards Map and provides technical assistance to develop sustainable sourcing strategies, helping companies to integrate sustainability in their supply chains and meet international markets’ requirements.

                                    Nick Betts

                                    Programme Lead - Arable & Vegetable, SAI Platform

                                    Nick has significant experience delivering market development activities, environmental programs and facilitating success directly with farmers on sustainability challenges of the agricultural value chain at the local, regional, and international-level. He has experienced the sector from the perspective of industry, grassroots agricultural organization, environmental not-for-profit and government. Nick is a trained ecologist with an MBA in Leadership and Sustainability and holds multiple certifications, including in Sustainability Reporting and as a Change Management Specialist and Farm Transition Coordinator. Based in Ontario, Canada, Nick is the Programme Manager for SAI Platform’s Arable & Vegetable Working Group, the Horizon Committee and associated activities and projects.

                                      Peder Tuborgh

                                      CEO, Arla Foods

                                      Mr. Peder Tuborgh has been Chief Executive Officer of Arla Foods since 2005. Moreover, he is chairman of the board of Pandora (global jewellery company) and vice chairman of Aarhus University (no. 2 university in Denmark). Furthermore, he is board member of the Denmark-America Foundation of the Fulbright Commission. Peder Tuborgh joined Arla Foods (former MD Foods) in 1987 and worked until 1990 as Product Manager for MD Foods Deutschland in Germany. During the years 1990-1994 he worked in Saudi Arabia as Marketing Manager of Danya Foods and afterwards he returned to Denmark. In Denmark he held positions as Marketing Director, Divisional Director and Group Executive Director. He holds a MSc in Economics and Business Administration from Odense University.

                                        Raja Ramachandran


                                        Raja is a the co-founder of, a technology company creating the blockchain of food to help the food supply chain achieve transparency, efficiency and improved value to solve problems around traceability, food safety, quality assurance, regulatory compliance. Raja, a serial entrepreneur, was most recently on the founding team and headed product development at R3CEV, the world’s largest financial institutions consortium, to build and deploy distributed ledger and blockchain solutions.  Raja has had 20-year career working at Bank of America, Citi, Silicon Valley Bank and Wells Fargo. Raja is passionate about connected technologies and how they can be utilized to revolutionize ways to create a more sustainable and healthier food business.

                                          Rozanne Davis

                                          Head of Sustainability, innocent drinks

                                          Rozanne currently is Head of Sustainability at innocent drinks, leading on sustainability across our business. She is responsible for exploring new ways of providing sustainable pathways for our supply chain, how to manage impact in a positive way, building external connections for collaboration, and designing and engaging business, and ultimately drinkers, in a longer term strategic view on sustainability. She initially started out as a chemical engineer – after deciding dodging pools of phosphoric acid on a chemical plant was not the future, she studied horticulture, probably inspired by being raised on a farm in Southern Zimbabwe. She spent some years as an agronomy adviser to citrus farmers in the eastern part of South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique, learning about the many practical challenges facing farming, often within a confusing regulatory and market landscape, but also noticing the inherent creativity within and innovative nature of many farmers, who know their land so well. She joined innocent drinks 11 years ago, initially to start up the technical team focusing on fruit sourcing, and until recently have been the Head of Fruit, responsible for all aspects of ingredient sourcing, including longer term security of supply and sustainable sourcing. As part of this, she led on strawberry water project in Spain, which was the trigger for forming the Doñana Berry Group that SAI Platform now hosts. Within SAI Platform, she was part of the group who designed the FSA 2.0, and was on the Verification and Integrity Committee who worked up the initial foundations of governance for the FSA. She is currently the chair of the Fruit & Nut Working Group, and on the FSA Steering Committee.

                                            Steve McLean

                                            Head of Agriculture & Fisheries, Marks & Spencer

                                            Steve McLean is Head of Agriculture & Fisheries Sourcing for the food business of Marks & Spencer. He joined M&S in 2008 as Agriculture Manager for red meat and dairy supply chains and was appointed Head of Agriculture & Fisheries in 2012. In 2017, Steve added raw material supplies across the M&S food business to his responsibilities. Prior to joining M&S, Steve was Chief Executive of the British Texel Sheep Society, a manager with the ANM Lamb Marketing group, and a development officer with the Highlands & Islands Sheep Health Society. He is currently responsible for raw material sourcing across the M&S food business globally. Part of Steve's responsibilities include establishing and delivering sustainable agriculture and fish programmes and leading the development of global sourcing strategies for livestock and fish proteins encompassing more than 12,000 individual farming & fishing businesses around the world. Steve is also a trustee of the Princes Countryside Fund and a Chartered Scientist. He is passionate about sustainable agriculture and shares SAI Platform’s definition that sustainable agriculture is about the efficient production of safe, high quality agricultural products, in a way that protects and improves the natural environment, the social and economic conditions of farmers, their employees and local communities, and safeguards the health and welfare of all farmed species. He recognises that most of the challenges around sustainable agriculture are pre-competitive and is a strong advocate for working in collaboration with other like-minded organisations to drive sustainable change.

                                              Tim Taylor

                                              CEO, Valley Agricultural Software

                                              Tim has a considerable start-up and growth company leadership experiences on an international scale.  He has been the founder and CEO of three manufacturing start-ups, including Tycom, a manufacture of ultra-precision cutting tools (Irvine CA) now part of Kyocera Corporation, Tycom Dental, an manufacturer of endodontic instruments (Irvine CA) now owned by Sybron Dental Specialties (a Danaher company), and Liquidmetal Saga Italy, a producer of molded amorphous alloys (Padova, Italy). From 2007 to 2017, Tim was COO and Client Success Officer of Telogis Inc., a provider of cloud software in the mobile resource management space.  Telogis is now owned by Verizon, and is part of Verizon Telematics. Tim has a BA in Russian Language and a BS in Business Administration, both from the University of Southern California.  He is married, has six children, seven grandchildren, and is passionate about playing soccer, hiking and mountain biking.

                                                Tommy Dalgaard

                                                Section Manager Professor, Dep. of Agroecology, Aarhus University

                                                Tommy Dalgaard is a professor and section manager at the Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University Denmark. His main research interest is in agricultural systems analysis and sustainable resource management. He holds an MSc and a PhD in Agroecology and a BSc in Agricultural Politics from the University of Copenhagen, and a diploma in research management from Copenhagen Business School. Currently he heads the DNMARK interdisciplinary research alliance, and is co-chair for the UN-ECE Task Force on Reactive Nitrogen.