Speakers

Erika Balzarelli

Founder

Erika is a purpose-driven thought leader in agriculture, ex-corporate marketeer, entrepreneur, and consultant. With over 20 years of experience in agriculture, she worked in corporates, NGOs, governments, consultancy, and start-ups. Erika holds an MBA (Netherlands) and an MPA from Harvard University. Erika has worked across Europe, Africa, and APAC developing and implementing impactful projects in […]

Smith Taweelerdniti

CEO

Smith is an innovator & entrepreneur in Food Processing Industry. He is currently the managing director of Nithi Foods, a US$10.0 million spice and seasoning manufacturer. Smith is the second generation top leader of the family business, grew the company revenue by 300% during his first 8 years and is now a 160 people organization. […]

Carrie Chan

CEO

Carrie is a seasoned business leader with a passion for the environment, particularly the impact of our food supply on the planet. Her expertise is in strategy and general management. She managed greenfield Capex projects from conception to revenue-generating operations. Carrie co-founded Avant with Dr Mario Chin in 2018, the first and leading cultivated fish […]

Dr Viknish Krishnan-Kutty

Founder

Dr. Viknish Krishnan-Kutty is the founder and CEO of Cellivate Technologies. Prior to founding Cellivate, he completed his Ph.D. in Neural Stem Cell Differentiation at the National University of Singapore, Department of Bioengineering, and his B.Eng. from the State University of New York, Stony Brook. Viknish is determined to follow in the footsteps of scientists […]

Anton Wibowo

CEO

Anton Wibowo has more than 12 years of diverse business, management, and investment experience in the Singaporean biotechnology and agribusiness communities. As the operations director and former business development director at Biomax, an award-winning biotech company involved in recycling waste into fertilizer, Anton led the company’s technical and sales teams, served on the investment committee, […]

Melin Lim

Senior Director

Melin is the Senior Director of the Urban Food Solutions Division in the Singapore Food Agency, which is the national authority entrusted with the mission to ensure and secure a supply of safe food. Her team oversees and drives the development of technologies and innovations for tropical urban agriculture, aquaculture, and food technology. Beginning her […]

Dr Adison Wong

Assistant Professor

Dr. Adison Wong is a well-known synthetic biologist, with a background in chemical engineering and biotechnology. His seminal work on the genetic reprogramming of biological systems was featured by over 100 news agencies worldwide and had won numerous accolades, including the European Molecular Biology Organization and Straits Times. He currently serves as an associate editor […]

Tara Shyam

Associate Director

Tara Shyam leads the Global FoodBanking Network’s (GFN) product sourcing and strategic partnerships for the Asia-Pacific. She engages in multinational companies’ sustainable supply chain targets by supporting the redirection of safe surplus food and non-food essentials to food banks serving communities in need. Tara is also leading GFN’s multi-year nutrition strategic planning exercise, ensuring access […]

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