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Regenerative Agriculture & Food Systems Summit Europe
3-5 September, 2024
Amsterdam

2023 SPEAKERS

Thank you to our 2023 speakers.

  • Author:

    Alex Godfrey

    Joint Head of Natural Capital
    Savills

    Alex Godfrey

    Joint Head of Natural Capital
    Savills
  • Author:

    Pascal Chapot

    Corporate Head of Sustainable Agriculture Development
    Nestlé

    Pascal Chapot

    Corporate Head of Sustainable Agriculture Development
    Nestlé
  • Author:

    Stéphane Hallaire

    CEO
    Reforest’Action

    Stéphane Hallaire

    CEO
    Reforest’Action
  • Author:

    Anastasia Volkova

    Co-Founder & CEO
    Regrow

    Anastasia Volkova, PhD, is a Ukrainian entrepreneur and engineer committed to developing technology that empowers the agriculture industry to help solve the global climate crisis. She is CEO and Co-Founder of Regrow Ag, an award-winning SaaS provider that enables organizations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across their agricultural supply chains and build climate change resilience by incentivizing the adoption of regenerative farming practices.

    Since Regrow’s launch in early 2021, Dr. Volkova and her team have raised $55M in Series A and B funding, and have nurtured Regrow into a global company trusted by some of the world’s leading CPGs, food companies, and ecosystem market developers, including General Mills, Cargill, Kellogg’s, PepsiCo, and South Pole. Regrow delivers environmental data that makes it possible for organizations to analyze scope 3 sourcing regions, report emissions, and plan sustainability investments, and supports the execution of producer incentive programs that reduce on-field emissions. It pioneered the development of digital MRV (Measurement, Reporting, and Verification) software for agriculture, bringing transparency and credibility to agriculture-based carbon reductions and removals. Regrow’s best-in-class MRV was honored as a Fast Company’s 2022 World Changing Idea.                                          

    A 2022 Bloomberg New Economy Catalyst and Forbes Technology Council member, Dr. Volkova is a respected thought leader and innovator in regenerative agriculture and sustainable food sourcing. She has been recognized as one of The Australian’s Top 100 Innovators, MIT’s “35 Under 35” Innovators (2020), and BBC’s “Top 100 Women” (2020).

    Anastasia Volkova

    Co-Founder & CEO
    Regrow

    Anastasia Volkova, PhD, is a Ukrainian entrepreneur and engineer committed to developing technology that empowers the agriculture industry to help solve the global climate crisis. She is CEO and Co-Founder of Regrow Ag, an award-winning SaaS provider that enables organizations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across their agricultural supply chains and build climate change resilience by incentivizing the adoption of regenerative farming practices.

    Since Regrow’s launch in early 2021, Dr. Volkova and her team have raised $55M in Series A and B funding, and have nurtured Regrow into a global company trusted by some of the world’s leading CPGs, food companies, and ecosystem market developers, including General Mills, Cargill, Kellogg’s, PepsiCo, and South Pole. Regrow delivers environmental data that makes it possible for organizations to analyze scope 3 sourcing regions, report emissions, and plan sustainability investments, and supports the execution of producer incentive programs that reduce on-field emissions. It pioneered the development of digital MRV (Measurement, Reporting, and Verification) software for agriculture, bringing transparency and credibility to agriculture-based carbon reductions and removals. Regrow’s best-in-class MRV was honored as a Fast Company’s 2022 World Changing Idea.                                          

    A 2022 Bloomberg New Economy Catalyst and Forbes Technology Council member, Dr. Volkova is a respected thought leader and innovator in regenerative agriculture and sustainable food sourcing. She has been recognized as one of The Australian’s Top 100 Innovators, MIT’s “35 Under 35” Innovators (2020), and BBC’s “Top 100 Women” (2020).

  • Author:

    Matteo Zanotti

    CEO
    xFarm

    Matteo Zanotti

    CEO
    xFarm
  • Author:

    Franco Costantini

    CEO
    regenagri

    Franco Costantini

    CEO
    regenagri
  • Author:

    Philippe Birker

    Co-Founder & COO
    Climate Farmers

    Philippe Birker

    Co-Founder & COO
    Climate Farmers
  • Author:

    Harry Farnsworth

    Regenerative - Carbon Bank
    Rabobank

    Harry Farnsworth

    Regenerative - Carbon Bank
    Rabobank
  • Author:

    Joseph Gridley

    CEO
    Soil Association Exchange

    Joseph Gridley

    CEO
    Soil Association Exchange
  • Author:

    Annie Leeson

    CEO & Co-Founder
    Agricarbon

    Annie Leeson

    CEO & Co-Founder
    Agricarbon
  • Author:

    Thijs van Ballegoijen de Jong

    Sustainability Expertise – Corporate Banking
    ABN AMRO Bank

    Thijs van Ballegoijen de Jong

    Sustainability Expertise – Corporate Banking
    ABN AMRO Bank
  • Author:

    Graham Wilkinson

    VP Agriculture
    Arla Foods

    Graham Wilkinson

    VP Agriculture
    Arla Foods
  • Author:

    Daniel Baertschi

    Global Land and Agriculture Expert
    Quantis

    Daniel Baertschi

    Global Land and Agriculture Expert
    Quantis
  • Author:

    Kelly Ann Ross

    Global Ingredients Carbon Lead
    Barry Callebaut Group

    Kelly Ann Ross

    Global Ingredients Carbon Lead
    Barry Callebaut Group
  • Author:

    Lesley Mitchell

    Director of Policy
    Sustainable Food Trust

    Lesley Mitchell

    Director of Policy
    Sustainable Food Trust
  • Author:

    Lucas Urbano

    Head of Regenerative Agriculture
    Unilever

    In this position, Lucas leads the implementation of Unilever's regenerative agriculture strategy. The program has a pipeline of over 90 projects, mobilising suppliers in 27 different cultures.

    These projects are developed in partnerships with brands such as Knorr and Hellman’s, as well suppliers, farmers and external partners. The program's primary objective is to positively impact the agricultural supply chain through sustainable practices. 

    His professional objective is to help companies create an innovative, healthy, and sustainable food system. With over 15 years of professional experience in large corporations, he has held procurement, operations, strategy, and sustainability positions, leading projects that built sustainable supply chains for fruit and dairy. He also worked with the decarbonisation of operations and worked on consolidating the companies' climate strategies.

    He carries a giant curiosity, which is why, in parallel to his work, he is still studying for his PhD in sustainability strategy implementation.

    Lucas Urbano

    Head of Regenerative Agriculture
    Unilever

    In this position, Lucas leads the implementation of Unilever's regenerative agriculture strategy. The program has a pipeline of over 90 projects, mobilising suppliers in 27 different cultures.

    These projects are developed in partnerships with brands such as Knorr and Hellman’s, as well suppliers, farmers and external partners. The program's primary objective is to positively impact the agricultural supply chain through sustainable practices. 

    His professional objective is to help companies create an innovative, healthy, and sustainable food system. With over 15 years of professional experience in large corporations, he has held procurement, operations, strategy, and sustainability positions, leading projects that built sustainable supply chains for fruit and dairy. He also worked with the decarbonisation of operations and worked on consolidating the companies' climate strategies.

    He carries a giant curiosity, which is why, in parallel to his work, he is still studying for his PhD in sustainability strategy implementation.

  • Author:

    Eric Soubeiran

    Managing Director, Unilever Climate & Nature Fund
    Vice President Business Operations Sustainability

    Eric started his career in strategy consulting and merger and acquisitions and held several general management positions, including at Danone where he lastly oversaw the sustainability strategy of the company. Eric joined Unilever in 2021 and is now Managing Director Unilever Climate & Nature Fund & Vice President Business Operations Sustainability.

     

    In this capacity, he leads the delivery of several of the major Sustainability goals and transformations for Unilever’s value chain, as well as Unilever's Climate & Nature Fund, an impact-led investment platform to accelerate solutions for protecting the health of our planet. The Fund, which was announced in 2020 has a mandate to spend EUR 1 billion, using the power of Unilever’s brands over this decade to make meaningful progress.

     

    Eric also serves as non-executive director of The Carbon Trust and The Gold Standard Foundation. 

    Eric Soubeiran

    Managing Director, Unilever Climate & Nature Fund
    Vice President Business Operations Sustainability

    Eric started his career in strategy consulting and merger and acquisitions and held several general management positions, including at Danone where he lastly oversaw the sustainability strategy of the company. Eric joined Unilever in 2021 and is now Managing Director Unilever Climate & Nature Fund & Vice President Business Operations Sustainability.

     

    In this capacity, he leads the delivery of several of the major Sustainability goals and transformations for Unilever’s value chain, as well as Unilever's Climate & Nature Fund, an impact-led investment platform to accelerate solutions for protecting the health of our planet. The Fund, which was announced in 2020 has a mandate to spend EUR 1 billion, using the power of Unilever’s brands over this decade to make meaningful progress.

     

    Eric also serves as non-executive director of The Carbon Trust and The Gold Standard Foundation. 

  • Author:

    Andrew Voysey

    Chief Impact Officer
    Soil Capital

    Andrew Voysey

    Chief Impact Officer
    Soil Capital
  • Author:

    Usama Asif

    Head of Procurement Nutrition
    Unilever

    Usama has 15 years of deep procurement experience across wide variety of multi-billion-euro portfolios including agricultural commodities, chemicals, packaging as well as services and capital expenditure. He believes procurement has the opportunity to lead in the design of any company's future economic model and not only how that contributes internally to top and bottom line but also how it incentivizes and drives value externally. He has deep expertise in partnership ecosystems development and value chain transformations.

     

    As Procurement Head for Nutrition Business Group, he has responsibility for procurement strategy development and implementation including competitive buying, sustainability, value chain interventions, partnerships, resilience, and digital transformation agenda. This encompasses working with over 3000 supply partners across the globe to help land our Force for Good Foods strategy. In this capacity, his team leads implementation of Unilever’s Regenerative Agriculture program working closely with our key suppliers.

    Usama Asif

    Head of Procurement Nutrition
    Unilever

    Usama has 15 years of deep procurement experience across wide variety of multi-billion-euro portfolios including agricultural commodities, chemicals, packaging as well as services and capital expenditure. He believes procurement has the opportunity to lead in the design of any company's future economic model and not only how that contributes internally to top and bottom line but also how it incentivizes and drives value externally. He has deep expertise in partnership ecosystems development and value chain transformations.

     

    As Procurement Head for Nutrition Business Group, he has responsibility for procurement strategy development and implementation including competitive buying, sustainability, value chain interventions, partnerships, resilience, and digital transformation agenda. This encompasses working with over 3000 supply partners across the globe to help land our Force for Good Foods strategy. In this capacity, his team leads implementation of Unilever’s Regenerative Agriculture program working closely with our key suppliers.

  • Author:

    Adele Jones

    Executive Director
    Sustainable Food Trust

    Adele Jones

    Executive Director
    Sustainable Food Trust
  • Author:

    Alastair Trickett

    Co-Founder
    Grassroots Farming

    Alastair Trickett

    Co-Founder
    Grassroots Farming
  • Author:

    Martina Henry

    Director, Agriculture Sustainability
    Kraft Heinz

    Martina Henry

    Director, Agriculture Sustainability
    Kraft Heinz
  • Author:

    Anne van Doorn

    Project Leader
    Wageningen University

    Anne van Doorn

    Project Leader
    Wageningen University
  • Author:

    Dr. Eoghan Finneran

    CEO
    Farmeye

    Dr. Eoghan Finneran

    CEO
    Farmeye
  • Author:

    Myriam Sainz

    Senior Director for Strategic Initiatives
    TechnoServe

    Myriam Sainz

    Senior Director for Strategic Initiatives
    TechnoServe
  • Author:

    Dr. Saskia Visser

    Lead, Resilient & Climate Neutral Regions (EIT)
    Climate KIC

    Dr. Saskia Visser

    Lead, Resilient & Climate Neutral Regions (EIT)
    Climate KIC
  • Author:

    Tanzer Bilgen

    CEO
    Doktar

    Tanzer Bilgen

    CEO
    Doktar
  • Author:

    Aleksandra Zaborowska

    Policy Advisor in the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development
    European Parliament

    Aleksandra Zaborowska

    Policy Advisor in the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development
    European Parliament
  • Author:

    Jocelyn Orr

    Agriculture Manager
    Sainsbury’s

    Jocelyn Orr

    Agriculture Manager
    Sainsbury’s
  • Author:

    Aurelie Oberti

    Global Sustainable Sourcing Lead (Grains & Soy)
    Mars

    Aurelie Oberti

    Global Sustainable Sourcing Lead (Grains & Soy)
    Mars
  • Author:

    Ben Makowiecki

    Agricultural Sustainability Director
    Lloyds Bank

    Ben Makowiecki

    Agricultural Sustainability Director
    Lloyds Bank
  • Author:

    Nathalie Meurer

    Director of Sustainable Development & 2030 Projects
    Hennessy

    Nathalie Meurer is a graduate of the business school HEC Paris and holds a DECF, a state diploma in accountancy. During the first decade of her career, she worked in the international financial sector.


    At the auditing and consulting firm Coopers & Lybrand, she worked in Düsseldorf, Germany, then in France and Austria.


    From 2001 to 2007, Nathalie Meurer took over as the Financial Director of Fnac in Portugal, where she set up an innovative structure dedicated to sustainable development, and later Fnac in Italy, notably developing online commerce.


    Returning to Paris in 2007, she held the position of Financial Director of the Surcouf brand, owned by the Fnac group.


    In 2008, Nathalie Meurer was appointed Vice President of Finance for the ready-to-wear brand Celio, where she guided strategic and audit actions as a member of the executive committee.


    When she joined Moët Hennessy in 2015, she took over audit and internal control, bringing her expertise and knowledge of selective distribution to the group’s Wine and Spirits division.


    Since spring 2022, as a member of the Maison Hennessy Management Committee, Nathalie Meurer has been in charge of Sustainable Development and H2030 Projects, the Maison’s strategic roadmap for the next ten years, which she is supporting in its deployment.


    Hennessy's ambitious strategy and commitments in environmental and societal responsibility and transition are major pillars of the Sustainable Development department.

    Nathalie Meurer

    Director of Sustainable Development & 2030 Projects
    Hennessy

    Nathalie Meurer is a graduate of the business school HEC Paris and holds a DECF, a state diploma in accountancy. During the first decade of her career, she worked in the international financial sector.


    At the auditing and consulting firm Coopers & Lybrand, she worked in Düsseldorf, Germany, then in France and Austria.


    From 2001 to 2007, Nathalie Meurer took over as the Financial Director of Fnac in Portugal, where she set up an innovative structure dedicated to sustainable development, and later Fnac in Italy, notably developing online commerce.


    Returning to Paris in 2007, she held the position of Financial Director of the Surcouf brand, owned by the Fnac group.


    In 2008, Nathalie Meurer was appointed Vice President of Finance for the ready-to-wear brand Celio, where she guided strategic and audit actions as a member of the executive committee.


    When she joined Moët Hennessy in 2015, she took over audit and internal control, bringing her expertise and knowledge of selective distribution to the group’s Wine and Spirits division.


    Since spring 2022, as a member of the Maison Hennessy Management Committee, Nathalie Meurer has been in charge of Sustainable Development and H2030 Projects, the Maison’s strategic roadmap for the next ten years, which she is supporting in its deployment.


    Hennessy's ambitious strategy and commitments in environmental and societal responsibility and transition are major pillars of the Sustainable Development department.

  • Author:

    Felix Ricken

    Farmer
    Rieckens Landmilch

    Felix Ricken

    Farmer
    Rieckens Landmilch
  • Author:

    Dana Rakha-Michalon

    Manager
    OP2B/WBCSD

    Dana manages the work on scaling Regenerative Agriculture in OP2B with an aim to catalyze collective investments in landscape projects with leading business. She also manages the work on driving alignment of an integrated Reg Ag measurement architecture in WBCSD, with 50 member companies and 20 ecosystem partners participating in consolidating measurement frameworks as well as strengthening the measurement infrastructure.

    Dana is an agronomist and landscape architect, specialized in environmental management. Prior to joining WBCSD, she has worked for 10 years managing large-scale landscape projects in France and the Middle East. She also holds an MBA with a specialization in Strategy & Multinational Enterprise Management from EMlyon Business school.

    Dana Rakha-Michalon

    Manager
    OP2B/WBCSD

    Dana manages the work on scaling Regenerative Agriculture in OP2B with an aim to catalyze collective investments in landscape projects with leading business. She also manages the work on driving alignment of an integrated Reg Ag measurement architecture in WBCSD, with 50 member companies and 20 ecosystem partners participating in consolidating measurement frameworks as well as strengthening the measurement infrastructure.

    Dana is an agronomist and landscape architect, specialized in environmental management. Prior to joining WBCSD, she has worked for 10 years managing large-scale landscape projects in France and the Middle East. She also holds an MBA with a specialization in Strategy & Multinational Enterprise Management from EMlyon Business school.

  • Author:

    Robert Horster

    Global Sustainability Director, Cargill
    Agricultural Supply Chain and Head of Cargill Environmental Markets, Cargill

    Robert Horster

    Global Sustainability Director, Cargill
    Agricultural Supply Chain and Head of Cargill Environmental Markets, Cargill
  • Author:

    Gupse Suren

    CSR Project Manager
    Cargill

    Gupse Suren

    CSR Project Manager
    Cargill
  • Author:

    Arjen Verschere

    Organic Farmer
    Arla Foods

    Arjen Verschere

    Organic Farmer
    Arla Foods
  • Author:

    Helaina Black

    Chief Scientist
    Agricarbon

    Helaina Black

    Chief Scientist
    Agricarbon
  • Author:

    Anco van Schaik

    Global Category Sourcing Director Plant Based Commodities and Feed Upstream
    Danone

    Anco van Schaik

    Global Category Sourcing Director Plant Based Commodities and Feed Upstream
    Danone
  • Author:

    Boris Spassky

    Co-Founder
    GreenPods

    Boris Spassky

    Co-Founder
    GreenPods
  • Author:

    Richard Zaltzman

    Impact Officer
    EIT Food

    Richard Zaltzman

    Impact Officer
    EIT Food
  • Author:

    George Lamb

    Co-Founder
    Wildfarmed and GROW

    George Lamb

    Co-Founder
    Wildfarmed and GROW
  • Author:

    Jolijn Zwart- van Kessel

    Innovation Lead Circular AgriFood
    FoodValley

    Jolijn Zwart- van Kessel

    Innovation Lead Circular AgriFood
    FoodValley
  • Author:

    Diego Moreno

    Head of Commercial (EMEA)
    Biome Makers

    Diego Moreno

    Head of Commercial (EMEA)
    Biome Makers
  • Author:

    Gisela Noble

    Director
    Walmart Mexico Foundation

    Gisela Noble

    Director
    Walmart Mexico Foundation
  • Author:

    Georgina Bray

    Farm Manager
    RSPB Hope Farm

    Georgina Bray

    Farm Manager
    RSPB Hope Farm
  • Author:

    Charlie Whitmarsh

    Crop Production Director
    Frontier Agriculture

    Charlie Whitmarsh

    Crop Production Director
    Frontier Agriculture
  • Author:

    Eric Servat

    VP Sustainable Sourcing
    Livelihoods Venture

    Eric Servat

    VP Sustainable Sourcing
    Livelihoods Venture
  • Author:

    Elizabeth Claridge

    Director Biodiversity and Product Sustainability
    Ahold Delhaize

    Elizabeth Claridge

    Director Biodiversity and Product Sustainability
    Ahold Delhaize
  • Author:

    Matthew Ryan

    Regeneration Lead
    Nestlé UK

    Matthew Ryan

    Regeneration Lead
    Nestlé UK
  • Author:

    Tom Curtis

    Founding Partner
    3Keel

    Tom Curtis

    Founding Partner
    3Keel
  • Author:

    Patrick Barker

    Farmer
    Lodge Farm

    Patrick Barker

    Farmer
    Lodge Farm
  • Author:

    Michael Kavanagh

    Farm Manager
    Thompson Farms

    Michael Kavanagh

    Farm Manager
    Thompson Farms
  • Author:

    Jose Luis Garcia de Castro

    Farmer
    Poultree

    Jose Luis Garcia de Castro

    Farmer
    Poultree

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