Food and Drinks Industry Tomorrow
Innovation Driven, Digitally Empowered

A Eight in One Conference + Exhibition

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Food Drinks Innovate Asia 2021 Virtual Conference

August 25-26, 2021Virtually Presented on Hopin

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Asean’s biggest, most inclusive & forward thinking gathering of leaders, CEOs, entrepreneurs,policy makers, disruptors of its kind - addressing "Food and Drinks Industry Tomorrow Innovation Driven, Digitally Empowered"

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Food Drinks Innovate Asia Virtual Conference 2021 is a online conference plus a virtual exhibition that brings together the brightest minds in the food and drinks industry to explore revolutionary ideas and cutting-edge technologies to ride the new wave of consumerism in Asia especially in Indochina region. The two-days event is filled with action-packed stories, conversations, and connections with 500+ delegates who from mainly from gov authorities, food and beverage producers, farms, wholesalers and retailers, end-users (restaurants, malls etc,.) and the solutions providers.It is the place where international and local trailblazers, visionaries, and trendsetters sharing and debating their actionable strategies to stay competitive in the food and drinks industry in the era of digital age. Join the event to learn:Discover and define the latest trends in consumer behaviour and buying patterns in ASEAN region Investment opportunities in Indochina

  • Key Topics

    ● How to distinguish your product in a saturated market● Cleaner label without sacrificing taste or tradition● Winning by innovative ingredients● Food product product life-cycle journey ● AI empowered food packaging● Green & Smart food factory● Marketing Innovations in a digital world

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Sponsors

Epicor SoftwareDiamond Sponsor

We’re here for the hard-working businesses that keep the world turning. They’re the companies who make, deliver, and sell the things we all need. They trust Epicor to help them do business better. Their industries are our industries, and we understand them better than anyone. By working hand-in-hand with our customers, we get to know their business almost as well as they do. 
Our innovative solution sets are carefully curated to fit their needs, and built to respond flexibly to their fast-changing reality. We accelerate every customer’s ambitions, whether to grow and transform, or simply become more productive and effective. That’s what makes us the essential partners for the world’s most essential businesses. 

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Exceedra by TELUSPlatinum Sponsor

Exceedra is the largest global pure play consumer goods software solution provider. Our singular focus, broad solutions offering, and partnership culture equip our customers with smarter sales and distribution capabilities that improve agility, optimize efficiency, and enable better decisions in order to increase profitability. 
Exceedra provides an Integrated Business Planning and Retail Execution Platform for its clients which includes Trade Promotion Management and Optimization (TPM/TPO),

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MARKEM-IMAJEPlatinum Sponsor

Markem-Imaje, a wholly owned subsidiary of US-based Dover Corporation, is a trusted provider of end-to-end supply chain solutions — from production to the consumer’s hands. We offer the industry’s most comprehensive range of industrial marking and coding systems seamlessly integrated with proven product identification and traceability software, services and consumables. Over 50,000 customers worldwide partner with us to help them optimize coding processes, achieve compliance, connect their packaging and protect their brands. 
Since 2020, Systech is a Solutions Division of Markem-Imaje. Systech has been the global leader in serialization, track and trace, and brand protection solutions for more than three decades. Global brands across industries rely on Systech to combat counterfeiters, prevent product diversion and meet regulatory compliance. As technology pioneers, Systech understands the importance of continually pushing the envelope to deliver the real-time insight, actionable product data, digital connectivity and consumer engagement functionality needed to fight supply chain threats.
Together we are revolutionizing brand protection!

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Asia Pulp and PaperGold Sponsor

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) is a vertically integrated pulp and paper group, with an annual combined pulp, paper, and converting products capacity of over 20 million tons. 
As a leading global pulp and paper company, APP believes in delivering innovation, sustainably and responsibly, working together to secure a better future for its stakeholders.
One of APP’s cutting-edge products is Foopak Bio Natura, a plastic free and home compostable paperboard for food packaging product. Successful applications include beverage cups, food bowls, ice cream cups and paper straws.

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MULTIVACGold Sponsor

MULTIVAC is one of the leading providers worldwide of packaging solutions for food products of all types, life science and healthcare products and industrial items.
The MULTIVAC product portfolio comprises a wide range of packaging technologies, labelling and marking equipment, quality control systems, and automation solutions. Our product range is completed with equipment upstream of the packaging machine in the areas of portioning and processing of food – especially meat and bakery products. Thanks to our comprehensive expertise in packaging lines, all modules can be integrated into complete solutions. They guarantee a high level of operational and process reliability, as well as efficiency. 
The MULTIVAC Group has approximately 6,500 employees worldwide, with some 1,900 based at its headquarters in Wolfertschwenden, Germany. With over 85 subsidiaries, the Group is represented on all continents. More than 1,000 sales advisors and service technicians throughout the world use their know-how and experience to the benefit of customers, and they ensure that all installed MULTIVAC machines are utilized to their maximum.

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SweegenGold Sponsor

The future is about elevating wellness for everyone. As zero calorie sweetness and taste modulation experts, Sweegen offers full product development services to meet wellness targets for new products and reformulations. We deliver full solutions with optimal wellness and taste profiles.

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EcolabGold Sponsor

Ecolab is a trusted partner at nearly three million customer locations.
Ecolab (ECL) is the global leader in water, hygiene and infection prevention solutions and services that protect people and vital resources. With annual sales of $13 billion and 45,000 associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions, data-driven insights and personalized service to advance food safety, maintain clean and safe environments, optimize water and energy use, and improve operational efficiencies and sustainability for customers in the food, healthcare, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries around the world.

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Kinaxis Inc.Bronze Sponsor

Kinaxis delivers unparalleled supply chain agility and resiliency to supply chains across the globe. We’re revolutionizing planning across integrated business planning and the digital supply chain with fast, confident decision-making. We combine human intelligence with AI and concurrent planning to help companies plan for any future, monitor risks and opportunities and respond at the pace of change. 
Our industry-proven applications and extensible, cloud-based RapidResponse platform empowers planners, business leaders and IT professionals to know sooner, act faster and remove waste. So they can make the best decisions for their business, their customers and our planet. Decisions that improve the bottom line, make better use of resources and let everyone have better work-life balance. We care deeply about the well-being of people everywhere and the sustainability of our world. It’s central to our core values and environmental and social governance.

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CABIO Biotech(Wuhan) Co, LtdExhibitor Sponsor

CABIO is a biotechnology-based company which has been focusing on R&D, manufacturing and sale of polyunsaturated fatty acid ARA, algal DHA oil, SA, natural-sourced β-carotene and other microorganism-fermented nutrient products for 20 years. 

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Interroll (Asia) Pte. Ltd. / INTERROLL
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The Interroll Group is the world's leading provider of material handling solutions. The company was founded in 1959 and has been listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange since 1997. Interroll supplies system integrators and equipment manufacturers with a comprehensive range of platform-based products and services in the categories "Rollers", "Drives & Controls", "Conveyors & Sorters and "Pallet Handling" (pallet conveying and storage). Interroll solutions are used in express and postal services, e-commerce, airports, food & beverage, fashion, automotive and other industries. The company counts leading brands such as Amazon, Bosch, Coca-Cola, DHL, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, Siemens, Walmart and Zalando among its users. Headquartered in Switzerland, Interroll has a global network of 35 companies with sales of CHF 530.6 million and 2,300 employees (2020).

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50+ Speakers

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Mohd. Salim bin Dulatti

Senior Director for Food Safety and Quality Division
Ministry of Health Malaysia

Mohd. Salim bin Dulatti holds a degree in Food Science and Technology from University Pertanian Malaysia (now known as University Putra Malaysia) and a Master in Food Science from the University Kebangsaan Malaysia.
He is currently the Senior Director of the Food Safety and Quality Division in the Ministry of Health Malaysia. He joined the government service in 1990 and has been working extensively in the area of food safety for the past 29 years. He has vast experience in planning and strategizing the operational implementation of food safety and quality activities in order to protect public against food borne hazard and fraud, aligned with the objective and vision of Food Safety and Quality Division.
He also spearheaded various food safety works in Malaysia one of which is the development of the food safety certification system in Malaysia that includes among others Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) and Good Manufacturing Certification (GMP). As the Senior Director for Food Safety and Quality, he is currently responsible for administering and regulating food safety in Malaysia.

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Jack Tan

Food Service Director
Fonterra Brands Malaysia

Currently leading the Malaysia & Brunei Anchor Foods Professionals that aims to act as true consultants, working behind the scenes to deliver exciting new tastes and products for chefs, bakers, caterers, commercial kitchens, hotels, restaurants, quick service restaurants and cafes. The team will help businesses with all aspects of their operations from front-of-house presentation and pricing and promotion, to enhancing yield and taste and delivery exciting new menu options. By getting to know their customers’ businesses, Anchor Food Professionals is using this knowledge and optimizing diary ingredients using Fonterra’s world leading research and development capability to meet the specific needs of the market. Previous experience includes Unilever, Unilever Food Solutions as well as Brands Suntory in various sales and marketing leadership roles.

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Indrani Ghosh

Global Head of Strategy & Insights
Danone

A seasoned Consumer Strategy & insights professional with over two decades of Consumer Insights & Strategy experience across a cross section of companies and categories. As a Global Head of Strategy & Insights for Danone Specialized Nutrition division managing insights across the regions of Asia Pac, LATAM, ME, Turkey & CIS. Passionate about brand building with purpose through people centric insights and measuring their impact with the right KPIs. Through the course of time in Danone in the last 8 .5 plus years Indrani have been closely involved in working on brand renovations of many local & global brands updating their positioning & purpose with people centric insights helping teams to create strong purposeful brands and then measure success through devising the relevant KPIs using Brand Health tracking, Social listening metrics etc. Highly involved in detecting trends & where to play growth spaces to influence innovations in the Specialized Nutrition division including helping to bring cross country innovations. 

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Angeline Tan

Head of Business Development
Sime Darby Oils Nutrition

A chartered accountant with a legal background, Angeline provides a holistic perspective in building businesses. From building a medical brand from the ground up, to introducing super oils and phytonutrient-based products to the market- She is currently developing the nutrition business for Sime Darby Oils. Her previous experience was in B2B sales of oils and fats solutions to the food industry, covering North America and key accounts.   

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Farhan Hafetz

Communications and Consumer Marketing Manager
Baba Products Sdn. Bhd.

With over 13 years of experience across multiple industries including Brand Consultancy, F&B, and FMCG, Farhan is formerly the Head of Group Marketing in FGV Holdings Bhd. His role is to oversee the Brand Management, Market Intelligence, Product Development, Customer Experience, and Corporate Compliance teams for local and international markets. FGV produces market leading homegrown brands such as SAJI, ADELA, and SERI PELANGI.

Farhan was formally educated in Melbourne, Australia with a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing & Finance) and a Master of International Business. In his previous roles within brand and digital agencies, he serviced the likes of Domino’s Pizza, BBC, Maybank, Huawei, Sunway, Volkswagen, Blackmores, UMW Land, and Spirit Aerosystems.

He has also served as a coach and trainer for SMEs under entrepreneurial development programs by MARA, specialising in branding and digital strategies. His areas of interest and expertise include brand development, market expansion, and process improvements.

He is also passionate about food, having started a restaurant called Bumbu Asli at the age of 22, which has been featured across multiple media platforms such as RTM, TV3, NTV7, TV8, Go Asean, and Tonton. 

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Kristin Veriga

Chief Marketing Officer
Grobest

Kristin Veriga has served as Grobest CMO since September 2020. In his 26-year career in marketing and sales, he has taken leading roles across 5 continents, managing operations spanning up to 76 countries for FMCG giants such as Mars, Reckitt Benckiser, Nomad Foods and Arnotts. Before joining Grobest, he was Executive Vice President for Marketing and New Markets at Regal Springs, where he discovered his passion for sustainably feeding the world.

Mr. Veriga graduated from The University of Western Sydney with a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) degree.

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Philip Steggals

Singapore MD
Kadence International

Philip is a research professional with 15 years’ experience having worked in Europe and Asia. Currently he heads up the regional Asian hub for Kadence.
Equally experienced with quantitative and qualitative research methods, he has worked with some of the biggest brands in the world, on some of their toughest and most strategic questions.

With a BA in Business Studies and an MA in Research & Consultancy, Philip has a strong theoretical background that he has used to grow his career in research. Philip has worked in the UK and has been in Singapore for around 10 years. Having moderated in UK, US, Singapore Philippines, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Australia (whilst viewing groups all over the world) he as a depth of knowledge about what makes consumers tick. In addition, Phil has worked for a number of B2B brands in his time – with a keen focus on understanding the relationships and sales techniques required to illicit growth. In addition to his qualitative capabilities, Phil has a detailed knowledge of quant techniques, running market sizing, pricing and volumetric projects for some of the leading consumer electronics companies in the world. 

Philip has spoken at multiple conferences, was instrumental in Kadence winning HR awards in 2015 & 2016, orchestrated the Agency of the Year award wins in between 2017 and 2020 & has co-authored a book on the effective use of workshops in business.

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Stephen Co

CEO
Worth The Health Foods (WTH Foods)

Stephen Co is the founder & CEO of Worth The Health Foods (WTH Foods). WTH Foods is a pioneer plant-based meat startup in the Philippines. The company makes plant-based Filipino pantry favorites, such as corned beef, hot dogs, ground meat, nuggets, using locally-sourced sustainable ingredients.

Before WTH Foods, Stephen founded Nipa Brew Craft Beverages. It operates a microbrewery and taproom in Makati, Philippines. His passions are in entrepreneurship and food innovation. He plans to put up a food innovation center in the future to work on global food security issues.

In 2012, Stephen was awarded the UK Chevening Scholarship to study Masters in Bioscience Enterprise at the University of Cambridge. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Biology from Ateneo de Manila University, and Masters in Technology Management from the University of the Philippines – Diliman. He used to be a consultant at Hybridigm Consulting, the country’s first biotech consulting firm, and was a part-time faculty at Ateneo de Manila University teaching bioscience enterprise, a course that brings together concepts in business and biotechnology.

In 2018 Stephen participated in the Professional Fellows Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. He was a visiting fellow at Rutgers Food Innovation Center in New Jersey, where he gained experience in commercialization of food innovations.

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Abel Santos Saez

COO
Intersnack Cashew Company

Mr. Abel Santos Sáez, COO of Intersnack Rajkumar Cashew Company is graduated from Salamanca University (Spain) and Bern University (Switzerland) in MSc Chemistry and holds also a MSc Marketing and Sales Management by ENAE Business School -Spain- He accumulates more than 15 years’ experience in the food manufacturing industry in the fields of Innovation, Quality and Operations gained in diverse companies (Mars, Kellogg’s, Bakkavor, Prosol and Intersnack) across different countries (Germany, UK, Spain, Netherlands and Singapore).

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Siddharth Pathak

Head of Consumer and Retail Practice
  Kearney Southeast Asia 

Sid Pathak leads Kearney’s Consumer and Retail Practice in Southeast Asia. He has over 15 years of experience advising multinationals, local businesses and PE clients in the F&B and broader FMCG space on E2E transformation including strategy formulation, commercial transformation, digital transformation and operational excellence.

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Will Cowling

Marketing Manager
FMCG Gurus

As Marketing Manager of FMCG Gurus, Will Cowling is responsible for managing the day to day marketing tasks ranging from implementing campaigns, PR, to managing content on socials and the website. Understanding the business and the industry is key to providing innovative ideas and producing quality content.

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Indranil Sen

Director - Global Operation
Accenture

Indranil is the offerings lead for IX.0, Supply Chain & Logistics for South East Asia. He brings with him substantial experience in these areas having held leadership positions with major 3PL players as well as large enterprises across multiple geographies in Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa.
Indranil Has led the digital transformation of supply chain across industries and has worked with AI/ ML based analytics and blockchain based provenance tracking as part of those transformations.
As an example, Indranil has led the strategy and transformation team and successfully implemented the supply chain / logistics transformation program for one of the world’s largest pulp and paper players. This involved substantial digital transformation elements. The program resulted in significant improvement in OTIF performance, better asset utilization and reduction in end to end supply chain costs.

Indranil has also been responsible for the development of the post-merger integration strategy and plan, led the cross functional project team and successfully
implemented the operational integration of two major logistics players in India. This resulted in achievement of synergy benefits, as envisaged in the transaction proposal. The transaction achieved full payback as planned.

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Ronnie Faizal Tan

Vice President
HAO mart Pte. Ltd.

Chinese-Muslim Ronnie Faizal Tan reverted to Islam at a young age of 17. After working for 10 years, he started his own business specialising in corporate gifts. In 2006, he diversified successfully into telecommunications solutions servicing major corporate clients where he built his business acumen and foresight. In 2012, he started his journey in the halal industry. 
He was the the Director of Singapore-based MyOutlets group of companies focusing exclusively on Halal food and beverages and consumer products. With this track record, experience and network, Ronnie aspires to lead the global Halal industry. He has taken a structured approach to connect with leading Halal industry participants to forge a global seamless marketplace to reach out and serve the Halal community at all corners of our planet. 
Ronnie is a regular guest in international forums and conferences having shared and presented his Halal experiences. He has also been interviewed by the media and broadcasters globally. Back home, he has hosted the President of Singapore, ministers, foreign dignitaries, trade missions, universities and Muslim fraternities from the region. In 2016, Ronnie was the top Entrepreneur Award Finalists in The Singapore Malay Chamber of Commerce and MyOutlets was the top finalists for OCBC Emerging Enterprise in 2017. He was the Chairman of The School Advisory Committee of Guangyang Secondary School in 2018. Ronnie has also been listed as the most viewed Founders on LinkedIn in Singapore for 2017. In September 2018, Ronnie was headhunted as a Vice President to HAO mart Pte Ltd to setup a new banner, HAO Halal Hub which runs a full Halal Supermarket.

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Kevin Wu

Founder & CEO
Ento

Kevin is a professional trained lawyer and 4x Founder in the field of: Food Technology / Alternative Protein, Furniture Retail, Legal Services and Management Consulting. Collectively his ventures has over 7 offices, retail stores and warehouses across Malaysia and Singapore. He has raised funds from corporate venture capital firms, family offices and angel investors. He has scaled businesses from start-up to growth stage ventures. Kevin is listed on Forbes 30 Under 30, Generation T by Tatler and is a regular guest speaker for Fortune 500 companies, private banking institutions, world leading business schools and various other podcasts.

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Nerida Kelton

Vice President Sustainability & Save Food, ANZ Board member
World Packaging Organisation (WPO)

Nerida Kelton is the Executive Director for the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP), Vice President Sustainability & Save Food and the ANZ Board member for the World Packaging Organisation (WPO).
She has worked in the Packaging industry for over 23 years, is the lead for the Save Food Packaging Consortium project within the Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre and was the packaging representative on the Department of Environment and Energy's National Food Waste Strategy Steering Committee.
Nerida is passionate about educating the industry on the important role that packaging plays in minimising Food Waste and how designing Save Food Packaging can make a difference. She is also one of the creators of the annual Xmas Foodbank hamper program which is designed to help those who are vulnerable and in need. The volunteer program has packed over 12,000 hampers to the value of over $1 Million AUD over the last 10 years.
Nerida is also committed to helping educate and train packaging professionals in the importance of sustainable and circular packaging design and recognising best practice in this area.

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Enry Kam

Procurement Category Lead - Innovation 
Danone


Enry Kam is Procurement Category Lead – Innovation of the Danone. Danone is a multinational food-products corporation based in Paris. He is an accomplished supply chain and procurement professional with more than 10 years of experience of distinguished performance in various FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) Industry.
As Procurement Category Lead for Innovation of Danone. Enry leads sourcing activity for new product development project from end to end process (from ideation until product on-shelf)

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Himanshu Gupta

Head of Markets and Technology, Asia Pacific
Heineken Asia Pacific

Himanshu Gupta is Head of Markets and Technology at Heineken Asia pacific. His work experience is concentrated on areas including enterprise architecture, digital & technology transformation, and modernizing the workplace. He has delivered impactful change across companies in the consumer goods, automotive, and media industry by driving end-to-end customer experiences, delivered by cross-functional teams, enabled by robust technology organizations. He has lived in 6 countries and worked in 10+ countries. 

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Vandana Dhaul

Head - Accelerator Operations 
GROW

Vandana is the Head, Accelerator Operations at GROW - Southeast Asia's first dedicated agrifoodtech accelerator with an impact focus. She works with startups, corporates, researchers, and investors to accelerate the development of cutting edge agrifood technologies, products, and business models. 
She speaks from her experience and knowledge as a successful banker-turned-entrepreneur and thrives on guiding and mentoring startup founders to implement innovative, practical and outcome-driven strategies. 
Her work at GROW also involves building capabilities to support growth in the Singapore and ASEAN agri food ecosystem.
Vandana is a qualified CFA, holds a certificate in Agriculture Technology and has completed a strategy program at INSEAD. 

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Nuryani Dwi Kartika

Head of Product and Food Safety Quality
Re.juve

Having passion in food and nutrition has always given Kartika spirit to put the best effort to make not just healthier but also happier people. Over the past 12 years, she has experienced the field of R&D and food safety management. During the last 7 years, she has been working with Re.juve’s team for growing the first 4 stores into 71 stores and grateful the same passion has brought us here through the Covid-19 pandemic. The same passion that starts it all connecting us to the future.

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Atul Tyagi

Vice President, Export Sales Industrial White BU
Asia Pulp and Paper

Atul Tyagi is the Vice President of Global Export Sales of Industrial Packaging division at Asia Pulp and Paper (APP). He has a wide experience of 19 years in packaging industry at various positions. He spearheaded APP’s expansion into food paper packaging with a new line of products called Foopak, and currently focuses on its innovative and home compostable product called Foopak Bio Natura. 
He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from National Institute of Management, as well as a Postgraduate Degree in Pulp & Paper Technology from Indian Institute of Technology (Roorkee).

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Benny Chiadarma

Product Manager - Foopak
Asia Pulp and Paper

Benny Chiadarma began his career with Asia Pulp and Paper, gaining unparalleled experience in the food and beverage packaging space, while also establishing himself as a respected project manager in the company.

Currently working as a Product Manager, Foopak in APP for 3.5 years, Benny is passionate about the food service industry using the sustainable paper solution and put his effort to develop and market the product to a wider audience, not only to the converter, and to the brand owner.

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Parth Patel

VP Marketing - APMEA
Kerry Group

Parth Patel has total 17 years of experience in Strategy, Marketing, and Sales leadership roles based out of India, UK, Switzerland, and Singapore. Previously, Parth has worked with DuPont and Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices in various positions, and in his previous role he worked as General Manager for DuPont in South West Asia.

Currently Parth is the VP Marketing – Kerry APAC, Middle East and Africa (APMEA) and is based out of Singapore. Parth has completed his Masters in Commerce from Pune University, and MBA from the London Business School.

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HonMun Yip

EVP
Turtletree

HonMun obtained his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in the United States. With Fortune 500 companies like Motorola, Nokia, and Microsoft, HonMun kicked start his career in business management. After accumulating more than 15 years of experience in technology management, HonMun’s innovative mind led him to invest in the food and agriculture sector as an executive of Temasek Holdings, a pan-Asian investment firm. Since then, HonMon has been focusing on working with owners of Family Offices, Impact Venture Funds, Private Equity Funds & Companies to unlock opportunities in China and ASEAN.
In his long and fruitful career, HonMun amassed experiences in identifying real bottom-line issues, designing solutions, executing the plan, and delivering results. As an expert in post-merger & acquisition integration, business growth, and turn-around under-performing investment, HonMun’s proud moments include bringing in a quarter of a billion USD investment for a Government-to-Government JV targeting sustainable Food Production, Food Security, and Food Safety. Such achievements prove HonMun’s business acumen and agility, making him an indispensable member of the TurtleTree team.

HonMun’s passion for fermentation food and alternative protein led him to TurtleTree, where he envisions bringing the most valuable protein on this planet to those who need it the most sustainably and affordably. By bringing his experience in scaling the business and helping startups realize their potential, HonMun pictures his success at TurtleTree as leading a team to deliver the first commercial-grade product to market: it could be Human Lactoferrine or Growth Factors or delivering our first pilot plant. Such determination was conveyed in HonMun’s favorite quote:

“Embrace obstacles to build the resilience required to live a purpose-driven life.”

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Lee Yeong Sheng

VP Commercial - APAC
Tyson Foods

In his capacity as the VP of Commercial of APAC, Sheng currently heads the Commercial Sales and Marketing team for Tyson Foods, overseeing the businesses in 27 markets across Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. Based in Bangkok, Thailand, he has worked across multiple regions with a diverse experience ranging from FMCG, F&B as well as Food Manufacturing. Sheng has a strong understanding of consumer insights and trends and has previously been a guest speaker and moderator in other regional F&B conferences.

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Nithin Chandra

Partner, APAC Head – Strategic Operations
A.T. Kearney Pte. Ltd.

Nithin Chandra is a Partner and Head of our Strategic Operations Practice for APAC. Based in Singapore, he has more than 18 years of consulting and industry experience across Southeast Asia, India, and China.
Nithin has served leading regional and global clients across industries, spanning agri-commodity, consumer products, metals and mining, pharmaceuticals, and automotive

Nithin is passionate about problem-solving and enjoys working with teams to solve difficult client challenges. He has helped his clients achieve breakthrough results through profitability improvement, operational excellence, and service-level enhancement. He has assisted organizations to envision and implement their operations strategy, organization, and capability augmentation to build a
future-ready organization.

Nithin has authored multiple articles on supply chain transformation, operational excellence, and e-commerce and is a regular speaker in industry fora.

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Edward Tan

Business Development Manager
Antik Sempurna Sdn Bhd

Edward Tan is a business development manager with over 8 years of business development experience in the raw material wholesale industry. He is a relationship-driven sales and marketing professional who nurtures strong relationships with clients.

Edward started his career in business development by working at Antik Sempurna Sdn. Bhd. as a business development executive in 2013. His role was to manage and retain relationships with existing clients. He would periodically be contacting existing and potential clients to establish rapport and arrange meetings.

Edward was later promoted to business development manager in 2016 due to his exceptional dedication in building and maintaining relationships with clients. In this role, he began to plan and oversee new marketing initiatives. He would also be researching and proposing new business opportunities and viable income streams to the management

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Robert Baker

Corporate Food Safety Science and Capability Director
Mars

Robert Baker is currently the Corporate Food Safety Science and Capabilities Director for Mars Incorporated, where he is responsible for leading Food Safety Capability building initiatives including the development of the corporate food safety science strategy, as well as providing Food Safety leadership, support, and consultation to various corporate partnerships and collaborations. 
Mr. Baker has held multiple positions of increasing scope and responsibility across his 30+ years in the area of Quality and Food Safety Management. Before his most recent position, Mr. Baker was the Director of the Mars Global Food Safety Center in Beijing, China, accountable for constructing and operating the center as well as Developing and Executing the Corporate Food Safety Science Strategy. Mr. Baker holds degrees in Microbiology, Food Science and Food Technology. 

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Jason Ortega

Global Category Lead
Nestle

Jason Ortega is a Procurement Professional with 20 years of international experience in a variety of global and regional positions.Before his current Nestle’ role as the Global Category Lead for Glass and Metal Packaging, Jason served in a variety of category procurement positions at Nestle’ driving significant improvements in supplier relationships, performance, sustainability, and cost improvement.
His previous roles are at leading MNC companies such as Compaq Computer, Hewlett Packard, Diageo and Nestle’. Some highlights from these include:
During his time at Diageo, Jason served as the Regional Category Manager for APAC Glass, Luxury Packaging and Indirect. He was also Head of Procurement for Diageo Greater China managing a variety of categories across all indirect spend groups and earning a nomination for Diageo’s Keep Walking award.
As part of his accountabilities as a Strategic Partner Manager at HP, Jason was relocated in 2010 to Chongqing, PRC, as the HP procurement lead for relocation project of the notebook supply chain from other regions of the country. His partners in the project included companies such as Foxconn and Quanta Computer and he also served as HP’s liaison to the Chongqing Foreign Affairs Office and a board member of the American Chamber of Commerce in SW China.
In addition to a passion for Procurement, Jason enjoys time with family, pets, food, travel and competes regionally here in Asia in team sports such as softball. He is American by birth and originally from Houston, Texas.

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Hwee Jiau Wong

Technical Support & Service Manager, Food and Beverage Southeast Asia
Ecolab

Hwee Jiau Wong is the Technical Support & Service Manager, Food and Beverage Southeast Asia in Ecolab. He is currently based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Hwee Jiau has been dedicatedly working with the team for 21 years. 
With 16 years of experience in field operation and recent 5 years in technical support, Hwee Jiau is passionate in contributing to the food and beverage industry.

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Simon Elsby

Sales Director
Exceedra

Simon is a highly motivated, passionate and charismatic senior business leader with over 25 years’ experience in Shopper and Category Strategy Development, Omni-Channel & Customer Leadership, Revenue Management, Orqanisational Performance and Capability Building within the Healthcare, Consumer Electronics, Retail Consulting and FMCG sectors. He also has a great passion for driving Digital Commerce Commercial Transformation covering Ecommerce, Omni-Channel digital marketing integration in FMCG organisations.

Spending 8 years based in Singapore and working across the vibrant South East Asia region has given him an intimate understanding of Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia & Laos offline and online retail environments, as well as his home country of Australia, and birth country of New Zealand. He has worked in and run major consulting projects with companies such as Abbott Laboratories, Coca-Cola, Samsung, Friesland Campina, Treasury Wine Estates, AACo, Diageo, Carlsberg, Suntory, Galderma, BAT and Mondelez.

Key roles within Simon’s career include:
• Regional Sales Director, APAC (Exceedra)
• Commercial Director, APAC (Abbott Laboratories – Nutrition Division)
• Consultant Partner (Kantar)
• Director of Consulting (Kantar Retail)
• Commercial Manager (Coca-Cola Amatil – Licensed Division)
• National Business Manager (Coca-Cola Amatil)
• National Business Manager (Heinz)
• National Business Manager (SC Johnson)

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Jolene Ng

Senior Global Food and Drink Analyst
Mintel

Based in Singapore, Jolene joined Mintel in 2019 with over 12 years of experience in consumer goods industry. 
In her current role as Senior Global Food and Drink Analyst, Jolene explores global consumer trends, product innovation andmarket competition, people management while also delivering presentations on trends and innovation in the food industrytrade shows and forums. Jolene specializes in a range of categories from salty snacks, sauce and seasonings to plant-based food.
Before joining Mintel, Jolene spent most of her career in brand and trade marketing for food and personal care brands in global CPG companies such as F&N, Nestle and Johnson & Johnson. Her key role includes overseeing brand strategy, assisting in product development, and overseeing above-the-line and below-the line communication. In addition, Jolene has 6 years experience managing a flexible packaging manufacturer focusing on food packaging based in Malaysia. 
Jolene holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science from University of Melbourne.

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Simon Hague

Tea, Coffee & Cacao Category Director - Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa
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Simon has over 15 years’ experience in his field working in innovation, commercial and marketing roles in his passion area of Tea and Coffee and beverage more generally, 
He has built a strong community on digital platforms with over 17,000 followers on LinkedIn, making him an influential force in the beverage and Tea/Coffee space, presenting at many global events including Gulfood and Vietnam Coffee Week: as well as interviews and written press articles, 
Throughout his career Simon has created beverages, marketing strategies and full menu regenerations for foodservice customers, as well as some of the biggest retail brands in the world, He has lived in UK, Hong Kong, Singapore and now lives in the Philippines and has worked with customers from all over the world creating his own created process of creation and delivery, honed through over a decade of experience in the industry he loves,
His inquisitive mind for anthropology and cultural trends, met with a large amount of international travel allows for a real all-encompassing knowledge of his field, and you can’t escape his passion,

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Mark Bain

Creative Director
Pizza 4P's

Mark Bain is a Canadian graphic designer and Creative Director at Pizza 4P’s, based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Formerly Design Director at Rice Creative, for the better part of a decade Mark has gained experience in creating dynamic visual identities for numerous clients across different sectors, around the world. 
Currently leading the Creative Team at Pizza 4P’s, Mark oversees the application of the brand throughout multiple touchpoints, both offline and online.

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Dominique Kull

Co-founder
SGProtein

Dominique Kull is an executive leader in the food innovation eco system, with a background in mechanical engineering and business administration. 
He has been working in the food technology space for over 20 years. In the last five years until recently, he worked as a corporate innovation leader creating an intrapreneurial environment that supported people to grow. Now, he has co-founded SGProtein where he holds the position as CEO. His ambition with SGProtein is to democratize food manufacturing. This will allow companies of all sizes access to large-scale local processing, providing them economically viability. And with this, making delicious and healthy meat alternatives widely available at a cost-competitive price to Asian consumers.

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Osman Bhatti

Global Head of Procurement -Flexible Packaging
Nestlé

Osman Bhatti is currently the Global Head of Procurement -Flexible Packaging in Nestle wherein he leads a team of Global Category Managers and Procurement Managers to address Nestle's Global Flexible Packaging Spend. He is actively engaged in Delivering Value to the Business through Leverage, Innovation, Renovation and Negotiations and Building Supply Partnerships with Strategic Vendors and Partners.

Osman is passionate about sustainable packaging and working with amazing and enthusiastic people who want to make a change and ensure Nestle delivers on its Commitment to the world on Packaging Sustainability. He is always looking for opportunities to learn, develop, grow and share knowledge - Packaging, Sustainability, Management, P&L impact.

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William Chen

 Chair Professor and Director of Food Science & Technology Programme 
Nanyang Technological University Singapore

Professor William Chen is the Michael Fam Chair Professor and Director of Food Science & Technology Programme with Nanyang Technological University Singapore.
He is also Director of Singapore Agrifood Innovation Lab (UTN%40LIAS), Co-Director of NTU Future Ready Food Safety Hub (UTN%40HSERF), and Director of F&N-NTU Joint Innovation Lab. Prof. Chen’s food tech innovations and opinions on food security have been featured in the top scientific journal Nature, and extensively covered by local and international media. The ‘Going Green’ programme by CNN in 2019 described Professor Chen as a Game-Changing Leader in the green revolution of the food system. Professor Chen is advisor/consultant to government agencies, The World Health Organization, The Asian Development Bank, The Good Food Institute APAC, food industry, and overseas universities on matters related to food technology and food security.

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Mads Overmark Jensen

Asia Marketing Director
SUNQUICK (CO-RO)

Mr. Mads Overmark Jensen is the Asia Marketing Director and responsible for the Sunquick brand development in the region. Mr. Jensen has 14 years’ experience within the FMCG sector across markets of Denmark, P.R. China, India, Australia and Malaysia.  
He's also a postgraduate student at the Center for Food and Agribusiness Management at Indian Institute of Management in Lucknow. By following the food and agribusiness program he has gained a theoretical in-sight to the marketing of food & agribusiness products in developing markets such as India.
 

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Ivan Lu

Managing Director
Unilever Food Solutions

Strategic, purpose-led, and results-driven, Ivan is a senior business leader with more than 23 years of experience in consumer goods, food & beverage, telecommunications, and packaging industries. His time living and working in Asia and Europe has brought him a breadth and depth of understanding when it comes to local markets and global perspectives.Ivan is presently Managing Director, Malaysia and Singapore of Unilever Food Solutions. Passionate about the future of food, he leads a team building alternative protein brand The Vegetarian Butcher in Malaysia and Singapore to provide tasty, healthy and sustainable food options for consumers. As part of his role, he oversees food waste reduction initiatives in Unilever’s value chain, from manufacturing to point of sale.
He is an advocate of preparing talents for the new future of work through reskilling and upskilling, and has a reputation for embedding psychological safety in his teams to maximize their potential.Ivan enjoys learning about new technology and believes that both technology adoption and talent transformation form the backbone of digital acceleration to meet customer needs 24/7.

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Matthew Tan

Co-Chair for Sustainable Development in Agricultural and Fishery sectors
 APEC Policy Partnership on Food Security 

Associate Professor Matthew Tan is a Food Security Specialist and has been extensively involved in assisting governments with their Economic Transformation for Aquaculture 4.0 in the light of food security.
He is currently Singapore Representative (Private Sector) to APEC Policy Partnership on Food Security and is also the Co-Chair for Sustainable Development in Agricultural and Fishery sectors where he co-ordinates discussions between senior officials, APEC governments and the private sector on the use of technology and combined resources for Sustainable Development in the Agriculture and Fishery Sectors in the light of Food Security.
A/Prof Tan is also holding the joint appointment of Chief Executive Officer, Asia of Assentoft Aqua Asia Pte Ltd.
Assentoft Aqua A/S (Denmark) is one of the world's leading Aquaculture Engineering company and the team at Assentoft Aqua has been involved in Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) development since the very beginning of the recirculation aquaculture industry; thus learning from both successes and failures from existing plants, including salmon plants. Assentoft is second to none in having the lowest possible footprint RAS that saves space, pipes, buildings etc., rapid installation time by using steel tanks as our basic component, having the best available water treatment within the industry, low investment per produced ton of fish and deep knowledge about salmon, trout and tropical pelagic fish production in land-based RAS-systems.
Prior to joining Assentoft Aqua Asia, A/Prof Tan was serving as the Group Chief Risk Officer cum Chief Technology Officer of Oceanus Group Ltd – One of the world’s largest land-based aquaculture company which is listed on the main board of the Singapore Stock Exchange.
He was responsible for the development of Oceanus Group's Risk Management framework and farms' operational protocols where he combines aquaculture engineering expertise with business analysis and modelling to develop a tailored and efficient solution to solve risk management problems and strengthen the group farming resiliency. This risk management effort resulted in the development and implementation of the company farm’s Bio-security plan which includes the validation & adoption of sustainable technologies, implementation of water monitoring system, animal nutrition & feed formulation and possible use of Recirculating Aquaculture technologies in their land-based farms.
On the academic front, A/Prof Tan holds the joint appointment of Adjunct Senior Research Fellow and Associate Professor (Aquaculture) with the Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture (CSTFA) - College of Science and Engineering - James Cook University, Australia.

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NEETIYANATHAN SOMASUNDARAM

Senior Quality Assurance Manager
Pop Meals

Has more than 10 years of experience in the Food Industry with various titles, Food Safety Expert, Senior Manager, Head of Department.
Served as Panel Speaker and also lead Auditor for several private and government agencies. Awarded as Lead QA Dept for nutritious food by the Ministry of Health Malaysia

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William Chen

Chair Professor and Director of Food Science & Technology Programme
Nanyang Technological University Singapore

Professor William Chen is the Michael Fam Chair Professor and Director of Food Science & Technology Programme with Nanyang Technological University Singapore. He is also Director of Singapore Agrifood Innovation Lab (UTN%40LIAS), Co-Director of NTU Future Ready Food Safety Hub (UTN%40HSERF), and Director of F&N-NTU Joint Innovation Lab. Prof. Chen’s food tech innovations and opinions on food security have been featured in the top scientific journal Nature, and extensively covered by local and international media. The ‘Going Green’ programme by CNN in 2019 described Professor Chen as a Game-Changing Leader in the green revolution of the food system. Professor Chen is advisor/consultant to government agencies, The World Health Organization, The Asian Development Bank, The Good Food Institute APAC, food industry, and overseas universities on matters related to food technology and food security. 

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Sunny Moon

Research Consultant
Euromonitor International

Sunny Moon is a Food & Nutrition analyst at Euromonitor International. She specialises in market research across a range of FMCG industries based on various experiences living in other Asian and Europe countries. Sunny focuses on consumer and industry trend with a keen interest in the impact of social and politics environment on consumer behaviour, especially food and eating patterns. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and graduated of Coventry University with Master of Business Administration. Currently, she serves as a member of an advisory committee in Korea Agro-Fsheries & Food Trade Corporation.​

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Abhishek Choudhary​

Research Director
 Ipsos Innovation, Singapore​

Abhishek is passionate about innovations and his work. He is a strategic thinker with bold and collaborative personality. ​

Abhishek currently plays a key role in providing research-based consulting to Clients in the area of trend identification, ideation, innovation funnel development to support continuous growth, concept testing and development, forecasting, pricing and portfolio optimization. ​

His expertise in data synthesis by combining different sources and keeping abreast with latest trends has helped him to drive more effective business decisions for big FMCG players.​

Abhishek is passionate about sustainability and truly believes in innovations that makes our planet a better place to live!​

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Kevin Phang

Regional Manager of Business Solutions in SEA
Epicor Software

Kevin Phang is an accountant by training, and he joined Epicor in 2011 as a Business Solutions Consultant for SEA, bringing with him over 20 years of solutions consulting.  Kevin has assisted customers across the SEA to enable their factory automation by connecting to machines for increased efficiency, quality, and cost management.

Prior to joining Epicor, Kevin has held various roles as an end-user selecting to implement an ERP system, to being a solutions architect, project manager as well as a solutions specialist in implementing an ERP solution for organizations in the region.

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Gopal Chakarapani

Country Head – India
Innova Market Insights

A self-motivated, achievement-oriented senior professional having 13+ years of consolidated experience in Sales, Marketing, Business Development, Client Relationship Management with great exposure to Market Research, Analysis, and Business Consulting in Food & Pharma/Healthcare/Life Sciences
Widespread knowledge of technologies and trends in the Food, Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare, and Life Sciences industries with a remarkable ability to understand the market principles and analysis. A keen learner, planner, and implementer with a positive attitude, open to challenging and responsible tasks
An accomplished, results-driven sales professional with ample experience focused on sales and marketing of market research reports and consultancy projects. Strong international account management skills practiced in transforming client relations to that of a valued business partner. Excellent interpersonal skills, able to build and sustain effective client relationship
✔Pro bono consulting
✔Providing FREE support in Marketing (offline & online/digital/social media) to start-ups and entrepreneurs

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Chanapol Korsom

Executive Committee
Food Science and Technology Association of Thailand (FoSTAT)

Chanapol is an Executive Committee, Food Science and Technology Association of Thailand (FoSTAT). He has an active involvement in organizing Technical Seminar for FoSTAT members and public. He is also a part-time advisor working for DETOX (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
He holds a degree of Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Technology at Chiengmai University. And also a Mini MBA, in Chulalongkorn University

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Irene Kersbergen

Insights & Innovation Manager APAC
Innova Market Insights

Since 2020, Irene is located in Indonesia and represents Innova in the APAC region. 
In her role as Insights & Innovation Manager, she provides Innova’s customers with strategic insights, shares latest industry trends and consults in development of new product innovations and market success.
She has a background in market research and consumer behavior and was part of Innova’s analysis team before moving to Asia.  Besides, Irene is an experienced speaker within the FMCG industry, engaging audiences at events and conferences around the globe.

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Ollie Pangan

Regional Chief Transformation Officer
Pepsi Brands(RGB)

Ollie Pangan is a business and digital transformational strategist and leader aims to increase company profitability, brand performance and operational excellence. He transformed organizations such as: Coca-Cola, Shell, Google, and Vodafone – and currently doing wide scale Marketing and IT digital transformation in Central Asia and Russia for Pepsi brand and RGB products.

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Sean Chonchayong Trairatkeyoon

CEO & Co-Founder 
JuiceInnov8  

Sean is the CEO & co-founder of JuiceInnov8, Asia’s first ventured back food biotech startup with a mission to build the next generations of food & beverage that are nutritiously delicious, healthier and greater for this planet with the power of biology. 
Started in 2015 from a research collaboration with Chulalongkorn University, Sean has a built a team of molecular biologists, food scientists and bioprocessing engineers to develop a sugar reduction technology platform for all kinds of juice beverages with microbes. This year, the company has launched Incredible™ Juice, a juice without sugar & near zero calories— recognized as Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas 2021 finalist.
Sean earned a Masters Degree in Marketing (MIM) from Thammasat Business School and a bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from Chulalongkorn University.

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Darunee Edwards

Advisory Commitee
Food Science and Technology Association of Thailand

During 2014-18, Darunee was elected to be the IUFoST Governing Council. And she is also appointed to be the Fellow of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology.

Between 2007-15, Ms. Edwards was elected to be the President of Food Science and Technology Association of Thailand (FoSTAT).

Her experience in the private sectors as Group QA Manager for Warner Lambert Co., Parke Davis Co., and Adams (Thailand) Co., and as Food Researcher at the Institute of Food Research and Product Development, Kasetsart University and the National Science and Technology Development Agency, has given her the S&T capability in different dimensions both national and international levels.

She served as the vice president of the Agri and Food Business Committee of the Thai Chamber of Commerce; the National Food Committee of the Thai FDA, and the Executive Committee of the Agriculture Research and Development Agency and the Biodiversity based Economy Development Office.

Ms. Edwards holds a Master of Science degree in Food Science/Chemistry and Microbiology from the University of Rhode Island and a Bachelor's degree of Science (Honors) in Food Science and Technology from Kasetsart University.

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