Under the Patronage of H. H. Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority

The Conference Programme

Free to attend and renowned for it’s line-up of innovative speakers, the GFIA conference will present game-changing ideas and inspiration from business and science for food production with the potential to deliver higher yields without damaging our natural resources and climate.

Day One – 5 February 2018

10:30 – 11:00 OPENING CEREMONY

Welcome Speech
H.E Dr. Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Cabinet Member and Minister of Climate Change and Environment 

Keynote: Presenting a world first
David Davies, Founder & CEO, AgUnity

Closing remarks: The role of apiculture in agriculture
H.E. Eng. Sheikh Salem Bin Sultan Al Qasimi

11:30 – 13:45 FARMING UNDER COVER: CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENTS AND INDOOR FARMING

Moderator: Dr. Joel Cuello, Professor, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, The University of Arizona, US

Creating a New Era of Agriculture through Indoor Vertical Farming
Hiroumi Takahara, General Manager of Corporate Strategy, SPREAD, Japan

Applying vertical farming to optimize the supply chain around the world
Maarten Vandecruys, Co-founder and CEO, Urban Crop Solutions

Cuellos’ Law and the Global Vertical Farming Sustainability Registry Network
Dr. Joel Cuello, Professsor, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, The University of Arizona, US

How the Vertical Farming Industry is Taking Urban Agriculture to New Heights Around the World
Christine Zimmerman-Loessl, President, Association for Vertical Farming (AVF)

Challenge and opportunities in indoor farming
Abdulaziz AlMulla, CEO & Co-Founder, Madar Farms, UAE
 
James Yau,Pegasus Agriculture Group

Controlled environment growing in semi-arid regions and the Estidamah project
John Meijer, Commercial Manager, Bom Group, Netherlands

The impact of your plastic cover on your yield and crop quality
Tom De Smedt, Export Sales Manager, RKW Hyplast

14:00 – 14:45 CROPS

How artificial intelligence and robotics can sustainably enhance crop production
Prof. Sukkarieh, Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems, The University of Sydney and Director of Research and Innovation, the Australian Centre for Field Robotics, Australia

Technologies changing the game for water for crops
Nick Brozović, PhD, Director of Policy, Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska, USA

Wastewater use for irrigating crops: Lessons from UAE
Dr. Asad Sarwar Qureshi, Senior Scientist – Water and Irrigation Management, International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA), UAE

15:00 – 16:15 HORTICULTURE MATCHMAKING SESSION ORGANISED BY THE KINGDOM OF THE NETHERLANDS

Moderator: Dr. Hans van der Beek, Agricultural Counsellor for GCC Countries, Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands

Mohamed Omar, Agriculture Product Manager – Irrigation System, Aljammaz Hydrotek

Damion Schwarzkachel, Consulting engineer / Architect, Certhon

John Breedveld, GrowGroup IFS B.V.

John Meijer, Commercial Manager, Bom Group, Netherlands

16:30 – 17:15 LIVESTOCK AND ANIMAL PRODUCTION

Disruptions and Innovations in Agriculture: The Role of Digital Technologies, Nutrigenomics & the Prosumer
Dr. Marc Larousse, Vice President of Business Development, Alltech

Transboundary and Emerging Animal Disease Threats and National Biosecurity in the Middle East Region
Dr. Sameeh M. Abutarbush, DVM, MVetSc, Diplomate ABVP, Diplomate ACVIM

Moderator, MENA Region, The Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases (ProMED) and Chairman, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences Director, Veterinary Health Center, Jordan University of Science and Technology

Raising Broilers without Antibiotics thanks to Algae
Pi Nyvall Collen, R&D Manager Olmix Group

Day Two – 6 February 2018

10:30 – 12:00 CREATING CHANGE, MAKING INNOVATION HAPPEN

The pace of technological innovation is faster than ever and new technologies and innovators have the potential to help agriculture overcome urgent challenges and reshape the future of food production. How can we ensure the right ideas are scaled up, accepted, adapted and reach those who need them?

Moderators: Dr. David Allen, Vice President and Doug Hockstad, Assistant Vice President, Tech Launch Arizona, USA

Keynote Address: Open Data: the path to digital transformation/development
André Laperrière, Executive Director, Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN)

How to increase investment
Reihem Roy, Principal, Omnivore Partners, USA

Startups and young people in agrifood innovation
Ramy Boujawdeh, Deputy General Manager, Berytech/Agrytech, Lebanon

Smallholder farming and innovation
Mike Warmington, One Acre Fund, Kenya

Innovation ladder & open R&D in agriculture
Carla Tanas, Co-founder of Industry Disruptors – Game Changers (IDGC), Co-founder of Future Agro Challenge (FAC), Co-Curator of Disrupt, Startup, ScaleUP

12:15 – 13:00 GLOBAL FARMERS’ AND FOOD PRODUCERS PERSPECTIVE

How are producers around the world implementing innovations that are preserving the planet and giving them a competitive edge?

Production of vegetables using multi – layer hydroponic system combine with artificial light
Mr. Joseph Makhlouf, Green House Farm Manager,Elite Agro, UAE

Rizvi Zaheed, Managing Director, Hayleys Agriculture Holdings Ltd, Hayleys Global Beverages Ltd, Sri Lanka

Sanjay Sethi, Director – Sustainability, Phoenix Group, UAE

13:15 – 13:45 ALGAE

Tubular Glass Photobioreactors: Why glass tubes are trusted and proven by the algae industry?
Fritz W. Wintersteller, Director Business Development, SCHOTT AG, Germany

“Customization is our Standard”: Customization of Design of GemTubeTM Tubular Photo-Bioreactors for Commercial Mass Cultivation of Micro-Algae
Dr. Eugène J.A. Roebroeck, CEO, LGem B.V., Netherlands

 

16:00 GFIA closes

INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION

Held in strategic partnership with the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, GFIA works with over 40 globally significant partners committed to using GFIA as a catalyst for change.

GFIA SUPPORTERS

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  • Silver Sponsor
  • Food Security Innovation Session Sponsor
  • ApiARAB Expo Platinum Sponsor
  • ApiARAB Expo Gold Sponsor
  • Cassava Innovation Challenge Partner
  • Knowledge partner
  • Supporting partner
  • Destination partner
  • Key Stakeholders
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  • Livestock Fodder Official Sponsor
  • Honey Competition Sponsor
  • Official Indoor Agriculture sponsor
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