Welcome to the World Food Convention – “Science for the society – How to secure food in a sustainable way” on June 24th 2021
On this site you will find all information about the live summit and how to participate. Take the opportunity to register now and actively participate in the Q&A after the panel discussions. Register here


2:00 pm – 2:05 pm CET (UTC+2)

Welcome Speech

Stephan-Andreas Casdorff, Publisher Der Tagesspiegel 

2:05 pm – 2:15 pm CET (UTC+2)

Opening Speech

Dr. Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development 

Food Security and Smallholder Farmers

2:15 pm – 3:10 pm CET (UTC+2)

Panel Discussion with Q&A


Arif Husain, Chief Economist at UN World Food Programme

Dr. Jacqueline Mkindi, CEO of the TAHA GROUP and Board Member of the Agricultural Council of Tanzania (ACT)

Prof. Dr. Joachim von Braun, Economist, Director of the Center for Development Research (ZEF)Chair of the Scientific Group, UN Food Systems Summit

Rodger Voorhies, President of the Global Growth & Opportunity Division and a member of the Executive Leadership Team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

3:10 pm – 3:30 pm CET (UTC+2)

Break-Out Session & Speednetworking

Topic: Food Security and Smallholder Farmers

Genome Editing

3:30 pm – 3:40 pm CET (UTC+2)

Expert assessments on genome editing

Yvonne Colomer, Executive Director, Triptolemos Foundation 

Dr. Jon Falk, Managing Director of Saaten-Union Biotec GmbH 

Dr. Michael Kock, SVP, Innovation Catalyst, INARI

David Spencer and Svenja Augustin, Öko-Progressives Netzwerk/Givegenesachance 

Pia Voelker, Referee Gen-Ethisches Netzwerk e.V.

3:40 pm – 3:55 pm CET (UTC+2)

Expert Talk

Irene Sacristán Sánchez, Head of Unit at the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety, European Commission

Farm to Fork

3:55 pm – 4:00 pm CET (UTC+2)

Introduction to the panel

Michaela Küfner

4:00 pm – 4:05 pm CET (UTC+2)


Julia Klöckner
German Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture

4:05 pm – 4:45 pm CET (UTC+2)

Panel Discussion with Q&A


Tassos Haniotis,
Acting Deputy Director-General in the European Commission’s Directorate General Cabinet for Agriculture and Rural development

Christoph Heinrich, Chief Conservation Officer at WWF Germany

Christiane Lambert, President COPA-COGECA

4:45 pm – 5:00 CET (UTC+2)

Break-Out Session & Speednetworking

Topic: Farm to Fork

Carbon Farming

5:00 pm – 5:10 pm CET (UTC+2)


Prof. Dr. Heinz Flessa,Head of the Department “Agricultural Climate Protection” at Thünen Institut

5:10 pm – 5:50 pm CET (UTC+2)

Panel Discussion with Q&A


Ertharin Cousin, Ambassador, Visiting Scholar at the Center on Food Security and Environment at Stanford University

Liam Condon, Member of the Board of Management of Bayer AG and President of the Crop Science Division

Dr. Agnes Kalibata, Rwandan agricultural scientist and policymaker; President of the AGRA and UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy to the 2021 Food Systems Summit

5:50 pm – 6:00 pm CET (UTC+2)

Break-Out Session & Speednetworking

Topic: Carbon Farming

Innovations in Food

6:10 pm – 6:30 pm CET (UTC+2)


Howard-Yana Shapiro, Distinguish Senior Fellow, Resilient Landscapes Principal, Double Helix Consulting Retired Chief Agricultural Officer at Mars, Owner at Double Helix Racing

6:30 pm – 6:40 pm CET (UTC+2)

Start-Up Pitch


Regina Schmidt, Head of Innovation Projects at the United Nations World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator

6:40 pm – 6:50 pm CET (UTC+2)


Erica BlissBusiness Development Manager,
Mineral @X, The
Moonshot Factory 

6:50 pm – 7:00 pm CET (UTC+2)

Announcement of the Start-Up Pitch winner, award ceremony and Fireside chat

Regina Schmidt, Head of Innovation Projects at the United Nations World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator

Closing Speech

7:10 – 7:20 pm CET (UTC+2)

Closing Speech


David Beasley, Executive Director for the UN World Food Programme (WFP)

How to participate in the World Food Convention as a Start-Up

Is your project ready for the big stage?

Are you running a successful, innovative start-up in the novel food sector and contributing your ideas to securing the world’s food supply, or have you developed alternative methods of farming that have a positive impact on climate change and food security?

At this year’s World Food Convention – Digital Edition, international, high-ranking speakers from science, business, politics and society will address the topic of securing the world’s food supply.

For information on how to participate in the Start-Up Pitch, please click here.

  • The winner receives:

    • 10-minute fireside chat with the presenter
    • video recording of the fireside chat for later marketing purposes
    • Participation at the United Nations World Food Programme Innovation Accelerater

Your benefits as participant of this years     Start-Up Pitch

    • Three pre-selected start-ups from an independent jury will be invited to a live presentation at the World Food Convention on June 24th at 6:00 p.m. CET
    • International audience from the field of nutrition
    • Increase in awareness-> the convention is broadcasted worldwide
    • Your image video will be presented on this website and will be available for participant voting
    • Your start-up will be promoted in advance of the event via our social media channels
    • As a participant in the Start-Up Pitch, you are automatically registered as a participant for the convention