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Leaders in food, agricultural science, technology and medicine will descend on Melbourne next month for a global conference tackling questions around how to feed a growing world population in the face of a climate crisis and unsustainable levels of development.Danielle Nierenberg (USA), Derk Hendriksen (Netherlands), Sandro Demaio (AU) and more than 100 other world-class names will speak at Global Table, taking place 3-6 September 2019 at Melbourne Showgrounds.

The event aims to highlight ground-breaking solutions with the potential to disrupt food and agricultural systems, which will come under increasing pressure as the world population rises to 10 billion people in the next three decades, including a growing middle-class. Rising meat consumption, dwindling water resources, drought, pollution and extreme weather due to climate change are just some of the challenges on the horizon.

A growing chorus of voices, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, are calling for dramatic changes to the way we feed the world or else risk accelerating the process of climate change.

Topics on the agenda at Global Table include an entire afternoon devoted to the growing alternative protein market, the future of hemp applications worldwide, how regenerative agriculture can help people and planet, action against food waste and water solutions across the value chain.

Over four days, thousands of attendees from across the world will participate in conference sessions presented with Seeds&Chips – The Global Food Innovation Summit as well as exhibitions, immersive installations, site visits, pitch competitions and more.

Newly announced international speakers include:

Andrew D. Ive (USA) founded Big Idea Ventures, a hybrid venture capital firm which invests in companies in the alternative protein and plant-based food sectors. Having personally invested significantly in early-stage and pre-seed food companies, Ive is focused on food innovation and developing opportunities for high-growth businesses.

As Global Innovation Director at Nestlé, Gerardo Mazzeo (CHE) has led the company’s global innovation activities since 2012 including the HENRi@Nestlé initiative which brings the company together with innovators and start-ups to work on cutting edge projects in product innovation, sustainability, creative brand campaigns and more.  With 20 years’ experience working for the world’s largest food company, Mazzeo has a comprehensive understanding of how large corporations and start-ups can work together to achieve positive outcomes.

Danielle Neirenberg (USA) is the co-founder and president of Food Tank, a non-profit organisation which offers solutions and environmentally sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty. Nierenberg is a world-renowned researcher, speaker and advocate on all issues relating to our food system and agriculture, conducting on-the-ground research and hosting hundreds of speakers at Food Tank Summits to critically discuss all areas of food issues.

Senior Business Development Manager with Austrade Manila Liza Bautista has been with Austrade Manila since 2001 and has been handling food and beverage since 2007, with the addition of the agribusiness portfolio in 2019.

Derk Hendriksen  – Derk is an Advisor and co-CEO of TREASURE8, a company that identifies and captures food waste streams from consumer packaged goods and agricultural companies, converting them into high-value, tasty, and nutritious ingredients and products.

Senior Business Development Manager, Austrade Bangkok, Chantimaporn Mekdhanasarn has been with Austrade since 1992. She has 27 years’ experience working in various sectors such as medical and health, information technology and telecoms services, and has spent the last five years as the leader of Austrade’s food and agribusiness team.

Local speakers joining Global Table include:

Gary Williamson – Head of Department – Nutrition, Dietetics and Food, Monash University
Olympia Yarger – CEO, Goterra
Cuong Trang – Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO
Katy Barfield – CEO, Yume Foods
Guy Webb – Managing Director, SoilCQuest
Connor Reynolds – Director, SnackWize
Mirjana Prica – Managing Director, Food Innovation Australia Limited
Mark Barthel – Special Advisor – Food Waste, Fight Food Waste CRC
Sandro Demaio – CEO, EAT

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