Amid the pandemic and in recognition of the pressing climate change challenges, countries like Singapore are increasingly dealing with the urgency to secure food supplies by innovating the way soil, crops and nutrients are farmed, harvested and processed. In this regard, Singapore Food Agency has launched the Agri-food Cluster Transformation (ACT) Fund to support tech efforts and sustainable solutions to innovate farming, expand local production capability and boost yields in line with Singapore’s 30/30 ambition.
In a similar bid, Enterprise Singapore (ESG), SWITCH and many SG agri-tech accelerators are promoting the growth of promising local agriculture and aquaculture companies by developing their innovation capabilities to grow more with less. Through robust funding efforts, they are encouraging the development of an agri-food tech ecosystem in Singapore that uses innovation and scalable solutions to meet evolving needs.
Moving forward, it is necessary to understand what such initiatives mean for all players interested in progressing the development of agri-innovation by showcasing the latest European- and Singaporean agritech-solutions.
3.45 pm Webinar Waiting Room Opens
4.00 pm Welcome Remark by EuroCham
4:05 pm Opening Remark by Mr Corrado Forcellati, EuroCham’s Sustainability Committee
4.15 pm Presentations
– Mr Eugene Toh (Enterprise Singapore)
– Mr Wouter Vos (Urban Farming Partners)
– Ms Isabelle Decitre (ID Capital)
5.00 pm Q&A
5:10 pm Closing Remarks
Eugene TOH is the Director of the Agritech Division, and the Global Markets Director for Northeast Asia & Oceania, in Enterprise Singapore. The Agritech Division works with agritech companies in Singapore to build capabilities, innovate and internationalise, as well as develop a vibrant agritech start-up eco-system in Singapore. The Global Markets division supports the growth of Singapore as a hub for global markets and start-ups in the aforementioned markets.
He previously headed the Pro-Enterprise Division in the Ministry of Trade & Industry from 2017-2020, focusing on implementing strategies and programmes to ensure that Singapore’s business environment and regulatory framework support innovation and enterprises. Prior to that, he was the Director (Policy and Planning) at the Energy Market Authority and was responsible for the development of energy policies and plans to meet the overarching objective of ensuring a cost-competitive, environmentally sustainable and secure energy supply.
Eugene graduated with a Masters Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) from Carnegie Mellon University and a double first-class Bachelor’s degree in ECE and Economics, with a major in Philosophy from the same institution in 2006. He completed the INSEAD MBA programme in 2014 and was awarded the Ford Prize, which is presented to the top student of the cohort. As well as being an avid runner, Eugene is passionate about the arts and enjoys portrait drawing in his free time. Recently, he took up singing and ukulele-playing, with the hope of sparking joy in the lives of people.
Wouter Vos (1970) is the international director and leads the Liveable Cities program within KuiperCompagnons. He has a clear vision of the development of our cities and surroundings, usually in the complex dynamics of the growing (delta) metropolises. These developments require an integrated approach with a focus on the most vital systems that make up our environment. Thereby we are always searching for smart links. Climate adaptation, energy transition and transformation of the food chains play a central role in our plans, in which we want to contribute to a healthy and liveable environment.
The transformation of the entire food chain and the ambition of the Netherlands to be and remain an internationally important player in the agricultural sector regularly plays a crucial role in the projects in which Wouter is involved. Our power of collaboration and bringing together in combination with technology and imagination often yields new insights. Insights that we deploy at different scales together with our clients. This is reflected in projects such as Jiashan, China where a full copy of Westland 2.0 will be developed over the next 10 years. Wouter has drawn up a master plan with an integrated team of specialists from Greenport, of which the first phase is currently in the starting blocks to be realized. A central knowledge, training and business cluster is thereby the beating heart of the project. This is also the case in Sunqioa in Shanghai, where an entire urban cluster is devoted to urban production of fresh fruit and vegetables, research and innovation. Development conditions surrounding climate adaptation and energy exchanges between the different users are integrated into the master plan. Finally, Wouter is co-initiator of the development of a fully integrated multi-layer production company of leafy vegetables and herbs in Singapore based on Dutch technology. This location aims to be the start of a Center of Excellence for daylight-free cultivation in and near the city in the coming year, where companies and knowledge institutions can develop jointly and train young talent.
Isabelle is the Founder & CEO of ID Capital, a company incorporated in Singapore in 2012 and specialized in VC investments in agrifood tech in the Asia Pacific. In 2016, to accelerate the development of this nascent ecosystem, it launched the Future Food Asia Award, the 1st-of-its-kind regional start-up competition culminating in the annual Future Food Asia Conference.
In 2019 ID Capital was appointed as a co-investment partner in agrifood tech start-ups by Singapore SEEDS Capital and is now further developing its venture capital investment activity.
The longest-running company covering the entire Asia-Pacific agrifood tech sector, ID Capital is in a privileged position to anticipate long term trends deemed to share the future of our food system.
Extensive international wholesale banking experience flavoured by advisory competencies within sustainable finance, ESG and digitization.
Chair of the Sustainability Committee at EuroCham Singapore, Advisor to the board of Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF) and member of the Finance Committee at the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA).
Holding an Executive MBA from WHU-Kellogg (Germany & USA), the Certificate in Business Excellence Fintech, Digital & Analytics from Columbia Business School (USA) and the Certificate in Business Sustainability Management from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL).
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