2019 Keynote Speakers announced
Meet the three Keynote Speakers headlining the inaugural Global Table and Seeds&Chips – The Global Food Innovation Summit.
Global Table and Seeds&Chips – The Global Food Innovation Summit are thrilled to present the keynote speakers for the inaugural event in Melbourne this September: three global leaders in the areas of food innovation, agribusiness, climate change and sustainability. Each bring a very different perspective to the event, but all are leading thinkers on the major issues that face our food systems.
John F. Kerry, 68th US Secretary of State
A champion of the environment and a leading figure in the fight against climate change.
John F. Kerry served as Secretary of State of the United States from 2013 to 2017. During this time, he was a key architect of the 2016 Paris Climate Accord to reduce carbon emissions and instrumental to the United States signing the historic agreement.
Tuesday 3 September, 10:00am-11:00am
Dr Howard-Yana Shapiro, Chief Agricultural Officer, Mars Inc.
One of the brightest minds in agriculture, agroforestry and agroeconomics, Dr Shapiro is not to be missed.
He has spent more than 50 years working in agricultural and agroforestry systems, systems biology, plant breeding, molecular biology and genetics. A highly regarded world leader in this space, Shapiro is the author of five books, many articles and dozens of interviews. He speaks regularly on the need for innovation in agricultural production and uncommon collaborations.
Wednesday 4 September, 9:15am-10:00am
Shama Sukul Lee, Founder and CEO, Sunfed
An exciting new voice in food tech, Shama Sukul Lee’s mission to create delicious meat-free protein products is turning heads in New Zealand and beyond.
Lee, a software engineer turned food technology entrepreneur, is reimagining the food system, starting with meat. Her breakthrough company, which started in New Zealand, uses clean technology to make delectable meat without the animal, with debut product Chicken Free Chicken becoming a runaway success.
Thursday 5 September, 9:15am-10:00am