The Future of Food [Online Event]
Presented by SGInnovate, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Singapore, and the Netherlands Innovation Network
Food production is increasingly at the cutting edge of science and technology, as the global need to innovate and to sustainably feed our planet becomes an imperative. In Asia, the food industry will need to transform over the next decade in response to population growth and changing consumer requirements, as well as to other global challenges such as climate change and environmental degradation (The Asia Food Challenge, 2019).
Science and technology will be essential in helping to solve this global food challenge, as scientists around the world, notably in the Netherlands’ Food Valley, experiment and pilot new food technologies, urban farming solutions, nutrients recycling, and food waste management, etc. This is a multi-stakeholder effort and requires investment and collaboration across the food industry, including corporates, startups, investors, academia and government.
Presented by SGInnovate and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Singapore, our Future of Food webinar series aims to bring together the international food innovation ecosystem as we engage in discussions on opportunities and challenges across food systems to shift towards a more sustainable approach, and the importance of science and technology to bring us closer to the UN Sustainable Development Goal to “end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.”
Date: 29 May 2020
Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm (UTC+8)
- 3:30pm – 3:35pm: Opening Remarks by SGInnovate and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Singapore
- 3:35pm – 3:50pm: Opening Speech by Dr Ralph Graichen, Senior Director Food & Consumer, Biomedical / Science & Engineering Research Council, A*STAR
- 3:50pm – 4:05pm: Speech by Prof Arthur Mol, Vice President and Vice Chair of the Executive Board, Wageningen University & Research
- 4:05pm – 4:30pm: Panel Discussion with Dr Ralph Graichen and Prof Arthur Mol
- Moderated by Hsien-Hui Tong, Head - Venture Investing, SGInnovate
Dr Ralph Graichen, Senior Director Food & Consumer, Biomedical / Science & Engineering Research Council, A*STAR
Dr Ralph Graichen is currently Senior Director, Food & Consumer at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore. He has a co-appointment as Adjunct Associate Professor with Nanyang Technological University, School of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering. In his current position with A*STAR, Ralph is working with strategic partners to administer and develop new initiatives and programmes in the research areas of food, nutrition and consumer care. Ralph is a board member of the Singapore Food Agency as well as a member of the Singapore Food Standard Committee. He is sitting on the advisory panel for the COI Complementary Health Products, Temasek Poly, and is advising multiple startups in the food space.
Ralph has over 15 years of experience in the local and global biomedical and nutrition industry. He was previously Research Operations Manager for Abbott Nutrition in Asia, establishing the R&D infrastructure and managing the research portfolio for Asia. Prior to joining AN, Ralph was Research Director for ES Cell International, the first organisation to provide clinical grade embryonic stem cell lines to the world’s research community (now a subsidiary of Bio Time Inc). Preceding ES Cell Ralph was part of the regional business development team at Roche Diagnostics Asia Pacific.
Ralph graduated with a master in Biology from the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany and attained his PhD from the National University Singapore through the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology. Ralph attended the Food System Leadership Institute, a programme of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Prof Arthur Mol, Vice President and Vice Chair of the Executive Board, Wageningen University & Research
Arthur Mol is Rector Magnificus of Wageningen University & Research. He was trained in environmental sciences (MSc) and sociology (PhD). Besides being the chair and a professor at Wageningen University, he was also Professor of Environmental Policy at Renmin University, China, at Tsinghua University, China, and at the National University of Malaysia UKM. He is the book series editor of New Horizons in Environmental Politics and on the editorial board of 7 international journals. His main fields of interest and publications are in environmental studies, global environmental governance, informational governance, ecological modernisation, sustainable (food) production and consumption and urban environmental governance. He is vice-chairman of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands VSNU and the upcoming president of ICA, the Association of European Life Sciences Universities.
Mr Tong Hsien-Hui, Head of Venture Investing, SGInnovate
Hsien-Hui brings with him in-depth knowledge and experience in the Business Development and Venture Capital spaces across Australia, Europe, Singapore and the US.
As Head of Venture Investing, Hsien-Hui oversees SGinnovate's investments efforts, which target high-potential, deep tech startups working on areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles, MedTech and Blockchain.
Prior to joining SGInnovate, he was the Managing Partner, Asia Pacific for Wassax Ventures. He has also served as the CEO of the National University of Singapore Society (NUSS) and Vice President at Staples. In the early 2000s, he co-founded a data mining company, which was sold to a global bank two years later.
Hsien-Hui graduated in 1998 from NUS with a Bachelor of Engineering.