At the world Food Convention – “Science for the society – How to secure food in a sustainable way” latest presentations from leading experts await you. Find out who they are and follow their live discussions on June 24th from 2:00 pm CEST (+2UTC)


Svenja Augustin is a graduate student at the Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences (CEPLAS) in Düsseldorf (Germany). This fall, she will start her doctoral studies focussing on plant developmental biology. During her Bachelors’s studies at the Carl von Ossietzky University (Oldenburg, Germany), she also got interested in science communication and became a board member of the Ecoprogressive Network (EcoProg).

Special: Genome Editing
live stream | June 24th at 3:30 p.m. CET


As Executive Director of the World Food Program (WFP), David Beasley’s work transcends political, religious and ethnic boundaries to promote economic development and education. At WFP, Beasley uses leadership and communication skills spanning four decades to mobilize more financial support and public awareness for the global fight against hunger.

Before joining WFP in April 2017, Beasley worked for over a decade in more than a hundred countries with influential leaders and managers on projects to promote peace, reconciliation, and economic progress. As governor of the US state of South Carolina, Beasley headed the state from 1995 to 1999. Beasley was the first governor in South Carolina to publicly demand that the Confederate flag be removed from the roof of the State Capitol – for which he was awarded the John F. Kennedy “Profile in Courage” award.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Clemson University, a doctorate in law (Dr. Jur.) From the University of South Carolina, and also taught at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.

Closing Speech
live stream | June 24th at 7:00 p.m. CET

Matthias Berninger was born in Kassel, Germany where he studied chemistry and political science from 1990 to 1994. Between 1994 and 2007, Matthias Berninger was elected four times as a Member of the German Federal Parliament representing the Green Party of his home state Hessen and served in several committees (Education, Science and Technology, Budget, Economic Affairs). From 2001 to 2005, he was appointed as Vice-Minister for the Federal Ministry of Consumer Protection, Nutrition and Agriculture. The main focus of his time in government was on agricultural reform in Germany and Europe including trade policy, food safety and renewable energy. From 2004 to 2007, he was leading the Green Party in Hessen, Germany. Matthias was involved in running political campaigns for his party on various elections federal and state level. After 13 years in politics, Matthias retired in 2007 from his seat in the Federal Parliament and joined Mars in Europe to build a public affairs team and to globally facilitate the development of the Mars Health and Nutrition Strategy. In April 2008, Matthias moved into the role of Global Head of Public Policy for Mars Incorporated. In addition to his work on health and nutrition, he led a global team to develop a cocoa sustainability strategy for the corporation. Matthias joined the newly formed Global Chocolate Management Team of Mars in 2009 and supported Mars Chocolate in communication, sustainability, and strategy development. As of 2011, Matthias led the global public affairs organization for Mars globally. In his role, he was instrumental in developing the Mars sustainability strategy including the leadership on climate change, cocoa sustainability, and in establishing sustainability KPIs for the companies’ leadership circle. Matthias worked closely with the Mars family and board on many issues and supported Mars’ business strategy development including leading the privately held company’s China ambition. After 12 years with Mars, Matthias joined Bayer in January 2019 as Senior Vice President for Public Affairs & Sustainability. In his new role, he has strengthened Bayer’s global public affairs practice and leads the development of a coherent global sustainability strategy that has been be published in December 2019. He lives with his wife and children in Washington, D.C and is a dual citizen holding U.S. and German passport.

Podcast: Agriculture and Sustainability

Green Gold Farms is a modern agricultural company whose mission is to grow, renew, transform and excel in a sustainable manner. We believe Africa can feed itself and its people can be empowered to lift themselves out of poverty. Our flagship project will serve as a blueprint for other nations in Africa to emulate.
Adopting modern or advanced technological practices in areas like irrigation, hydroponics, disease and pest control, etc to maximize food production making Africa “the food basket of the world” and reducing drastically importation of food.
Green Gold Farms Ltd. intends to leverage on Ghana’s geographically central location which places Ghana in a good place to serve as food basket to the West African sub-region. This combined with other equally conducive factors such as stability of government, good arable land, perfect climatic conditions, labour and a good business climate, ranked 1st in West Africa as the preferred investment destination, will ensure that the business thrives and meets investor’s expectations. We are starting our project on 700 hectares. Our mission is to move 1m Ghanaians out of poverty in remote areas and enhance sustainability.

Innovations in Food: Start-Up Pitch
live stream | June 24th at 6:40 p.m. CET

Erica Bliss

Erica Leads Business Development for Mineral [Google X] and spent the past 12 years designing new products and services in agriculture. Prior to X, Erica led BD across East and Southern Africa for Syngenta, building crop lending, insurance and supply chain initiatives across a wide variety of crops. She developed sustainable, inclusive supply chains in emerging markets with Coca-Cola, Walmart and other multinationals in collaboration with NGOs including the Gates Foundation and TechnoServe. Erica holds an MBA from UC Berkeley.

Innovations in Food: Interview
live stream | June 24th at 6:40 p.m. CET


She has developed her professional career around the food system, in its different approaches: areas of research and development of new products, quality control, marketing and consumption, market research, international trade and education. Agronomic Engineer (University of Lleida-Spain), European Doctor (Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine, Nancy-France), MBA in International Agrifood Economics and Management (ESSEC). She obtained the title of piano teacher (Conservatorio Superior de Música del Liceo -Barcelona). Since 2002 she has directed the Foundation Triptolemos. Secretary of the UNESCO Chair and the board of management Campus Network Excellence (17 Campus). Associate Professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.

Special: Genome Editing
live stream | June 24th at 3:30 p.m. CET

Liam Condon has been a member of the Board of Management of Bayer AG and President Crop Science Division, headquartered in Monheim, Germany, since January 1, 2016. He is also responsible for the regions Latin America and Africa.

Condon was born in Dublin, Ireland, on February 27, 1968. He studied international marketing and languages at Dublin City University and at the Technical University of Berlin. As well as English and German, he also speaks Gaelic, French, Japanese and Mandarin (Chinese).

After graduating, Condon joined the former Schering AG and held various sales and marketing positions in the gynecology business in Germany. He then served five years as head of a business unit in Osaka, Japan. On his return to Germany, Condon became Regional Marketing and Medical Director for the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions at Schering in Berlin. In February 2005, he was appointed Managing Director of Schering in China.

Following Bayer’s acquisition of Schering, Condon was named Vice President of Bayer HealthCare China in November 2006. Between 2007 and 2009, he was Managing Director of Bayer HealthCare and General Manager of Bayer Pharma in China. In January 2010, Liam Condon was appointed Managing Director of Bayer HealthCare in Germany and country representative for Bayer Schering Pharma in Germany. From December 1, 2012, until his appointment to the Board of Management of Bayer AG, Condon was Chairman of the Bayer CropScience Executive Committee

Since 2016 Condon is a member of the Governor’s Panel for Consumer Industries at the World Economic Forum and since September 2017, Condon is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of CropLife International, the R&D based agricultural industry association.

Liam Condon is married and has two sons. He holds both Irish and German citizenships.

Panel: Carbon Farming
live stream | June 24th at 5:00 p.m. CET

Ertharin Cousin is a member of the Supervisory Board of Bayer AG. Cousin, a U.S. citizen who holds a doctorate in law, served as executive director of the UN World Food Programme in Rome from 2012 until 2017 and is an internationally renowned expert in the area of nutrition and agriculture.

Ertharin Cousin is currently a Distinguished Fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, a think tank dedicated to topics such as global food security and nutrition, urbanization, energy and water supply. Cousin also serves as a Visiting Scholar in the Stanford University Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Center for Food Security and Environment. Before taking up her position as executive director of the UN World Food Programme, Cousin was appointed as the U.S. ambassador to the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture from 2009 to 2012. During her career, Cousin also served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the aid organization America’s Second Harvest (now called Feeding America). She also worked in several corporate leadership roles including Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Chief Information Officer at the U.S. supermarket chain Albertsons. During the Clinton administration, she served as the White House Liaison to the State Department, where she earned a Meritorious Service Award for her work. From 1987 to 1989, she held various positions at the Illinois Attorney General’s office, including Assistant Attorney General.

Panel: Carbon Farming
live stream | June 24th at 5:00 p.m. CET


Nwachinemere Emeka is a goal driven, innovation and technology enthusiast passionate about the transformation of Africa into the global food hub.
He is a fellow of the Social Innovation Program, a recipient of the Total Startupper Awards for Innovation and the Nigerian Innovation
Awards, both in 2016.

The multi-award winning serial entrepreneur is a 2015 Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Program Alumni, and was named part of the Africa Price shortlist of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2018. He also won the 2017 World Bank Ideas for Action competition in 2017, placing first out of 743 teams from 118 countries.

How the world would be able to feed 9.7 Billion people by 2050 is one question that Nwachinemere is fixated on finding answers to. And he is doing just that through his startup, Kitovu Technology Company, a United Nations STI 2020 winner.
Nwachinemere is a graduate of University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he studied Mechanical Engineering.
He has also received specialized training on Business and Entrepreneurship from Enterprise Development
Center, Pan African University, Lagos. He has a dream that one day, extreme poverty and hunger would be eradicated from Africa and the world. He is a writer and public speaker with
interests in governance and advocacy.

Innovations in Food: Start-Up Pitch
live stream | June 24th at 6:30 p.m. CET



Jon Falk

Jon Falk studied biology in Kiel (Germany) and Manchester (UK) followed by a PhD in botany at the University of Hamburg and his habilitation in botany at the University in Kiel in 2004. During his scientific carrier he worked at the Carlsberg Research Centre in Copenhagen, the University of Cologne and Kiel. From 2004 to 2008 his focus was barley breeding and ingredients at the Carlsberg Research Centre in Copenhagen (DK). Jon Falk became Managing Director of SAATEN-UNION BIOTEC GmbH in 2014. Key areas of expertise are plant breeding, plant biotechnology, analytics, and R&D management.

Special: Genome Editing
live stream | June 24th at 3:30 p.m. CET

1980-86 Diploma Agronomy (TU München-Weihenstephan)

1990 PhD (TU München-Weihenstephan)

1990-95 Research Assist. (GSF Institute of Soil Ecology, Neuherberg)

1995-2009 Assistant Professor, Professor (Soil Science, Univ. Göttingen)

2001 Habilitation (Univ. Göttingen)

since 2009 Director and Professor, Thünen Institute of Climate-Smart Agriculture (Braunschweig)


  • Carbon and nitrogen dynamics in soils
  • Greenhouse gas emission from agriculture
  • Greenhouse gas reporting of Germany (agriculture and LULUC)
  • Climate protection in agriculture
  • National inventory of agricultural soils
  • Soil organic matter and climate protection

Interview: Carbon Farming
live stream | June 24th at 5:00 p.m. CET


Tassos Haniotis

Tassos Haniotis is Director for “Strategy, Simplification and Policy Analysis” in the DG for Agriculture and Rural development of the European Commission (and currently also Acting Deputy Director-General for Directorates ABC, DG AGRI). During his 30-year career in the European Commission he has also held posts as Acting Director for Direct Payments, Head of Unit in the Agricultural Policy Analysis and Perspectives Unit and the Agricultural Trade Policy Analysis Unit in DG AGRI, as Deputy Head of Cabinet of former European Commissioner for Agriculture Franz Fischler, and as Agricultural Counsellor in the European Commission’s Delegation in the US.

Tassos holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Agricultural Economics from the University of Georgia in the U.S., and a B.A. in Economics from the Athens University of Economics and Business in his native Greece, and was a visiting Fellow at the Centre for European Agricultural Studies, Wye College, University of London.

A member of the Executive of the International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium during 2012-14, Tassos currently represents the European Commission in the G20’s Rapid Response Forum, which he chaired in 2020-21.

Panel: Farm to Fork
live stream | June 24th at 4:00 p.m. CET

Christoph Heinrich, born in 1965, is a member of WWF’s Executive Board and is responsible for WWF’s nature conservation work to preserve biological diversity. The focus is on the protection of endangered habitats and species in international priority regions of the tropics and temperate latitudes, as well as in Germany.

After studying law and geography in Giessen, Christoph Heinrich began his professional career at NABU, where he headed the Nature Conservation and Environmental Policy Department at federal level until 2004.

As a member of numerous nature conservation organizations, the geographer has been active in nature conservation on a voluntary basis since his youth.

Panel: Farm to Fork
live stream | June 24th at 4:00 p.m. CET

Arif joined WFP in 2003 and since then he has served in many senior positions both in the field and the headquarters. He has also worked for the World Bank and taught at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.
Arif’s work focuses on analysing food security and welfare conditions in developing countries to inform humanitarian response. His research interests include application of information technologies to improve humanitarian response; understanding linkages between poverty, hunger, conflict and migration; and analysing how global economic shocks impact food security, social protection and emergency and development assistance. Arif has a Ph.D. in agricultural and applied economics with a minor in forestry from the University of Minnesota.

Panel: Food Security and Smallholder Farmers
live stream | June 24th at 2:15 p.m. CET


Since 2014, Dr. Kalibata has served as President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), where she leads the organization’s efforts with public and private partners to ensure a food secure and prosperous Africa through rapid, sustainable agricultural growth, improving the productivity and livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers in Africa.

In 2019, the UN Secretary-General appointed Dr. Kalibata, Special Envoy for the 2021 Food Systems Summit. In this role, she works with the United Nations system and key partners to provide leadership, guidance, and strategic direction towards the Summit. She is responsible for outreach and cooperation with key leaders, including governments, to ensure the Summit serves as a catalytic process within the decade of action to improve food systems around the world to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Paris Agreement.

Prior to joining AGRA in September 2014, Dr. Kalibata was Rwanda’s Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources from 2008 to 2014, where she drove programs that moved her country from a food insecure to a food secure status and became a reference point for other countries that sought to deliver agriculture transformation. Dr. Kalibata has held several other leadership positions, including Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Agriculture and Deputy Vice Chancellor of University of Rwanda. She also worked for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Uganda, and various other agricultural development organizations. She sits on various boards, councils and commissions including the Global Commission on Adaptation, the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, the Global Agriculture & Food Security Program (GAFSP), the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum, the Architecture for REDD+ Transactions, among others.

Dr. Kalibata has a distinguished track record as an agricultural scientist, policy maker and thought leader. She was awarded the Yara Prize, now the Africa Food Prize, in 2012, an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Liège in 2018,  an Honorary Doctorate from McGill Univeristy in 2019, and the National Academy of Sciences’ Public Welfare Medal in April, 2019 for her work to drive Africa’s agricultural transformation through modern sciences and effective policy thereby improving livelihoods of stallholder farmers. Dr. Kalibata holds a doctorate in Entomology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 

Panel: Carbon Farming
live stream | June 24th at 5:00 p.m. CET

Education and profession

1992 Abitur at the Gymnasium an der Stadtmauer in Bad Kreuznach, Germany
1992 to 1998 Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
1998 Master’s degree in theology, political science and pedagogy
1998 state examination in religion and social studies
1998 to 2002 freelancer at SWR television, Mainz
1998 to 2000 journalistic traineeship
2000 to 2002 editor at the magazine “weinwelt
2001 to 2009 editor-in-chief at “Sommelier-Magazin

Political career

since 1997 Member of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU)
since 2002 Member of the Rhineland-Palatinate CDU state executive committee
2002 to 2011 Member of the Bundestag for the districts of Bad Kreuznach and Birkenfeld (among other things, member of the Agriculture Committee of the German Bundestag, Consumer Representative of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group, Deputy Chairwoman of the Working Group on Agriculture, Food and Consumer Protection)
since 2004 Member of the District Council for the District of Bad Kreuznach
2006 to 2011 Member of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group executive committee
2006 to 2010 Deputy State Chairwoman of the CDU Rhineland-Palatinate
2009 to 2011 Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection
since 2010 State Chairwoman of the CDU Rhineland-Palatinate
since 2010 Member of the Executive Committee of the CDU Germany
2011 to 2018 Chairwoman of the CDU parliamentary group in the state parliament of Rhineland-Palatinate and member of the state parliament
since 2012 Deputy Chairwoman of the CDU of Germany
since 2018 Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture

Keynote: Farm to Fork
June 24th at 4:00 p.m. CET

Dr. Michael Kock works at the interface between innovation, technology acceptance, and intellectual property for 25 years. With degrees in chemistry and molecular biology, his heart beats for enabling food security innovations. After 20 years in leadership positions in multinational companies, Michael Kock now serves as Senior Vice President, Innovation Catalyst for Inari Agriculture Inc. designing holistic intellectual property, freedom-to-operate, and value capture strategies. As a qualified European and Swiss Patent Attorney, Michael Kock regularly lectures and has published multiple papers on plant related intellectual property in peer reviewed law journals.


Special: Genome Editing
live stream | June 24th at 3:30 p.m. CET

Michaela Kuefner

Michaela Küfner is Deutsche Welle’s Chief Political Editor, keeping a close eye on  Germany’s in transition into the post-Merkel era and what it means for Europe and beyond.
Michaela’s daily challenge is to explain the inside political story of Germany to the outside world while also reporting on Angela Merkel’s foreign trips when travelling with the German chancellor.
Michaela started her journalistic career with BBC World’s ‘HARDtalk’ and “the world today” programmes. After returning to Germany she also started travelling extensively as an election observer for the EU and the OSCE/ODIHR. In 2006 she co- founded the Berlin-based NGO “Democracy Reporting International”.
She is convinced that the most interesting times in German politics for more than a decade have just begun.


Christiane LAMBERT was Born in 1961 in Cantal, from parents’ farmers and activists at the JAC (Christian Young Farmer). She chooses very early to work as farmer, after an agricultural BTS. At 19 years old, she settled on a dairy and pig farm in Cantal.
President of young Farmers of Massiac (1981-1984) and Vice President of the Young farmer in the Cantal (1982-1988), she was the first President of Young Farmer of Auvergne in 1986.
Christiane and her husband, Thierry have three children and are now associates in a Society GAEC on a pig farm with 106 ha of crops (corn, wheat, barley, peas and canola) and 230 sows, with 2 employees in West of France (Maine-et-Loire)
She was the first woman as president of the National Young Farmer association (CNJA)(1994-1998). Her action was highlighted by the National Charter for installation, the concept of the multi-functionality of Agriculture and the openminded approach to local and environmental concerns.
She was President of the FDSEA of Maine-et-Loire from 2001 to 2011, Secretary General of the FRSEA of Pays de la Loire from 2001 to 2014 and she is member of bureau of Chamber of Agriculture since 2001.
Board’s member of the FNSEA since March 2002, member of the bureau since 2005, she is Senior Vice President since December 2010. In FNSEA she is Vice-President of the Environment Committee, President of the Food Chain Commission and Head of Sustainable Growth and Society center.
Christiane LAMBERT was president of FARRE network (Forum for sustainable and environment friendly agriculture) from 1999 to 2005, and she is now President of the training fund, VIVEA, Vice-President of the IFOCAP (Training Institute for Farmer Managers), and AEI Association (Ecologically Intensive Agriculture) based in Angers, France.
April 2017, first woman elected FNSEA President

Panel: The Farm to Fork Strategy
live stream | June 24th at 4:00 p.m. CET


Dr. Jacqueline Mkindi is a Development Manager specialized in Agriculture Business and Trade. She is the CEO for TAHA and Chairperson of TAHA Commercial Companies (TAHAFRESH Handling Ltd, GreenCert Ltd and Fresh2Markets Ltd), an entrepreneur and has provided strong leadership in shaping and transforming the multi million dollars horticultural industry in Tanzania. She has been very instrumental in creating and facilitating transformative partnerships with the Government of Tanzania and Development Partners such as USAID, EU, UNDP,  International Trade Centre (ITC), the Dutch, Belgian, Finnish, Swedish (SIDA) and Danish (DANIDA) Governments,  to mention but a few. She has participated in a number of trade facilitation and negotiations platforms particularly on EAC, SADC, ECOWAS, EU and also on business issues governing trade relationship between African countries and United States of America.


Her involvement in various business and trade facilitation processes at the national, regional and international levels has significantly contributed towards the speedy growth of the industry, TAHA and its subsidiaries. Jacqueline serves on Advisory Boards of several Public and Private Local, Regional and International platforms. Just to mention a few, she is chairing the Agriculture Council of Tanzania (ACT) and sits on the executive council of the Board of the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF). She also represents Tanzania in the Consultative Committee of the Common Fund for Commodities with headquarters in The Hague, The Netherlands. She was recently nominated a member of an International Steering Committee of the Food and Forest Development Finland (FFD) – Hope, a platform to promote climate responsibility and sustainable development to mitigate climate change risks where she represents the Southern Farmer Organizations World.


Jacqueline is a Certified Director and has been awarded a Certificate in Directorship (CiDir) by the Institute of Directors in Tanzania (IoDT) in August, 2019.

She has won several local and international awards as A Woman of Impact in transforming agriculture, particularly the horticulture industry in Tanzania.

Panel: Food Security and Smallholder Farmers
live stream | June 24th at 2:15 p.m. CET

iPoP Africa is an agribusiness initiative under the Nutritious Agriculture Network LLC reclaiming the sovereignty of indigenous grains in shaping the future of snacking fulling the quest of a healthy population seeking healthier, plant-forward, on-the-go snack bringing robust ethnic flavors without giving up their moments of indulgence. We promote ecofriendly purchase of snacks by offering sustainable reusable packaging bags and making our customers tree heroes through our one snack one tree initiative as we create jobs for the youth and women.

Innovations in Food: Start-Up Pitch
live stream | June 24th at 6:30 p.m. CET


Member of the Bundestag since 1994

until 2005 foreign and European policy spokesman of the CSU state group

2005 to 2013 Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection

(Copyright Foto Gottschalk/photothek.net)

Keynote: Food Security and Smallholder Farmers
live stream | June 24th at 2:00 p.m. CET


Irene Sacristán Sánchez is head of unit for Biotechnology in the Directorate General Health and Food Safety of the European Commission. She joined the Commission in 2003, spending several years working on the development and negotiation of pharmaceutical legislation. Most recently, Irene was head of the policy development and legislative unit in the European Anti-Fraud Office. Before joining the Commission, she worked as a lawyer in Madrid.

Interview: Special: Genome Editing
live stream | June 24th at 3:40 p.m. CET


Regina Schmidt is the Head of Innovation Projects at the United Nations World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator based in Munich. Regina’s responsibilities are to source and support start-ups and non-profits that disrupt global hunger. She is leading the WFP Innovation Bootcamp and Sprint Programs. 

Prior to working at the Accelerator, Regina was Partner at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants with an industry focus on Consumer Goods & Retail. She has advised leading international companies along the food value chain on growth and efficiency topics.

Innovations in Food: Start-Up Pitch
live stream | June 24th at 6:30 p.m. CET


Distinguished Senior Fellow

Resilient Landscapes


Senior Fellow
Department of Plant Sciences
College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
University of California, Davis
Howard has been involved with sustainable agricultural and agroforestry systems, landscape rehabilitation, plant breeding, molecular biology and genetics for over 50 years. He has worked with indigenous communities, NGO’s, governmental agencies and the private sector around the world.
His academic career spans 45 years, leading the global effort sequencing, assembling and annotating the Theobroma cacao genome. Shapiro founded the African Orphan Crops Consortium (AOCC) and the African Plant Breeding Academy (AfPBA), launched the Foldit Aflatoxin Puzzle with 460,000 online gamers to redesign and improve enzymes to degrade aflatoxin, co-authored, in PLoSBiology, the landmark paper, that shows for the first time a maize landrace grown in nitrogen-depleted fields near Oaxaca, Mexico, where up to 82% of the plant nitrogen is derived from atmospheric nitrogen.

Innovations in Food: Statement
live stream | June 24th at 6:10 p.m. CET


© Teresa Herzmann

David Spencer is a plant biotechnologist from Aachen, Germany. In his PhD project, he studies fungal plant diseases on important crops such as soybean and wheat. He is also a board member of the Eco-Progressive Network, Science Slammer and host of the plant science podcast “Krautnah“.

Special: Genome Editing
live stream | June 24th at 3:30 p.m. CET


His research is on economic development, science and technology policy, poverty reduction, food and nutrition security, agriculture, resource economics and trade.

He serves as Chair of the Scientific Group for the Food Systems Summit 2021 of the UN Secretary General.

von Braun is President of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences of the Vatican, member of various other academies.

From 2002 to 2009, he was director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) based in Washington DC.

Panel: Food Security and Smallholder Farmers
live stream | June 24th at 2:15 p.m. CET

Pia Voelker

Pia Voelker works as an editor for topics related to genetic engineering in agriculture at the organization “Gen-ethisches Netzwerk” in Berlin.

Special: Genome Editing
Video | June 24th at 3:45 p.m. CET

Rodger oversees the Agricultural Development, Financial Services for the Poor, Gender, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programs within the foundation with approximately $700 million in annual grant payout and program related investments.

Panel: Food Security and Smallholder Farmers
live stream | June 24th at 2:15 p.m. CET