Building Our Food Resilience with Science and Deep Tech [Online Event]
Presented by SGInnovate and A*StartCentral
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted global food supply chains and serves as a stark reminder of the importance of food security. Singapore imports over 90% of our food need from over 170 countries, and we are vulnerable to shifts in the global supply chain. The nation’s “30 by 30” goal – to produce 30% of its nutritional needs by 2030 – aims to strengthen our food resilience by developing urban agriculture and aquaculture, and pushing innovations in food science and technology. To ensure the sustainability of our food system, food consumption and waste management are also key pieces in building a circular food economy.
This panel brings together speakers from R&D and food industry players to discuss Singapore’s efforts in building our food resilience, and how science and Deep Tech can help to address the challenges in food management and sustainability.
Date: 1 October 2020, Thursday
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm (Singapore Time / UTC+8)
11:00am – 11:05am: Introduction and Welcome
11:05am – 11:25am: Presentations
11:25am – 12:00pm: Panel Discussion and Q&A on Building Our Food Resilience with Science and Deep Tech with
- Thomas Ching, Senior Vice President – Network Business Development, SATS Food Solutions
- Ruby Fang, Vice President of Business Development, Westcom Solutions
- Dr Wong Yee Ting, Acting Director – Food and Consumer Cluster, A*STAR
- Moderator: Benny Chng, Assistant Director – Venture Building, SGInnovate
Thomas Ching, Senior Vice President – Network Business Development, SATS Food Solutions
Thomas Ching is the Senior Vice President - Network Business Development, Food Solutions of SATS since April 2019. Prior to this, he was SATS’ Senior Vice President, Institutional Catering from June 2015 to March 2019, and SATS’ Vice President, Catering Marketing, and was responsible for expanding the customer base of its aviation catering business.
Thomas joined SATS in March 1992, starting his career in its subsidiary, SATS Aero Laundry Pte Ltd. He held various managerial positions and was responsible for managing its operations and growing its aviation and non-aviation customer base.
Thomas sits on various boards of SATS’ subsidiaries. He graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.
Ruby Fang, Vice President of Business Development, Westcom Solutions
Ruby Fang is Vice President of Business Development at Westcom Solutions, Singapore's first BioTech R&D company in organic waste recycling. Ruby has a Master's Degree and cross-border exposure. She is self-driven and self-reliant and is motivated to engage and encourage others to change for a better environment and well-being. Ruby is always devoted to developing, updating and producing the best effective ways to reduce, reuse and recycle for a more sustainable world. She is one of the inventors of the main intellectual property at Westcom.
Dr Wong Yee Ting, Acting Director – Food and Consumer Cluster, A*STAR
With interdisciplinary research and management experience, both in the corporate as well as public institutions, Dr Wong Yee Ting's career passion is to drive science innovation and put good technology into practical solutions that will improve lives and health outcomes.
Dr Wong's research experience and publications span across areas such as food science, nutrition, gerontology, oxidative stress mechanisms, wound healing, immunology, and bio-nanotechnology. Having managed multi-million-dollar grants and research projects through public-private partnerships, she was involved in cross-sectorial teams and international engagement platforms to facilitate research, intellectual property protection and commercialisation of scientific and clinical discoveries.
In her current role, she is involved in establishing new Research & Development programmes. She is also responsible for bringing scientists and industry players into partnerships to develop a vibrant and innovative food and agri-food ecosystem for Singapore in addressing issues such as food security, resilience, and public health.
Benny Chng, Assistant Director - Venture Building, SGInnovate
Benny Chng is an Assistant Director of Venture Building at SGInnovate, with experience investing in AI, autonomous mobility, and construction tech startups. He works with startup founders on applying cutting edge technologies to solving real-world problems in industry, including FoodTech and AgriTech. To this end, he enjoys working with entrepreneurs on identifying blue-ocean business opportunities, building sought-after products and winning teams, and raising capital to grow and scale. In his previous role, Benny was a governance, risk, and compliance consultant for the financial services industry.