SAI Platform Conference
24 - 26 April 2017
Beijing, China

Schedule of events

Please note this programme will be regularly updated, you will receive the final version via mail

Pre-Conference Activities (SAI Platform Members Only)

13:00 – 17:30 | Trip to the Forbidden City

19:00 – 22:00 | Informal buffet dinner at the Kempinski Hotel kindly sponsored by

Conference day: Feeding the World’s Rapidly Growing Urban Population


Time Content Speakers
7:20 – 8:00
Breakfast Facts & Stats on China (English) Breakfast Crash Course on SAI Platform (Chinese)
Dirk Jan Kennes, Rabobank Jeff Lindsay, SAI Platform
8:00 – 8:10  Welcome and setting the scene Peter Erik Ywema, Director Strategy & Engagement, SAI Platform
8:10 – 8:40 Keynote address
  • Pascal De Petrini, Executive Vice President Strategic Resource Cycle, Danone
  • Christian Schmid, Executive Vice President Technical, Nestlé China
8:40 – 10:30


Roles and opportunities for the food sector in supporting the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

8:40 – 9:00 The Sustainable Development Goals – Shaping business strategy through to 2030 – The roadmap for delivery and business solutions related to the agri-food sector Carolyn Opio, Livestock Policy Officer, FAO
9:00 – 9:25 Meeting the sustainability challenges of the food and agriculture sectors – Unlocking significant business opportunities Jason Clay, Senior Vice-President of Markets, WWF
9:25 – 9:50 China’s 13th five-year strategic plan for the agri-food sector; Sustainability – core to delivering the food supply for China’s future Martin Ma, Managing Director, Solidaridad
9:50 – 10:15 A practical approach to embedding the SDGs into corporate strategy Adrian Greet, Global Sustainability Programme Director, Mars
10:15 – 10:30 PANEL DISCUSSION: Can the agriculture and food sectors play the role required of them in delivery of the SDGs  – Wrap up Moderator: Steve McLean, Head of Agriculture & Fisheries, Marks & Spencer
OBJECTIVES SESSION 1: This session will explore the SDGs and how they apply to both developed and emerging markets. It will explore the role of the food industry in supporting the delivery of the SDGs, appreciating which of the 17 are most relevant to the sector.
10:30 – 11:00 SDGs networking coffee break
11:00 – 13:00


11:00 – 11:20 Embedding a circular economy in the food industry James Pennington, Project Specialist, Circular Economy, World Economic Forum
11:20 – 11:40 The opportunities for farmers to raise capital going forward (farmer engagement technology) and the role of technology in farm investment in agriculture and food production Dirk Jan Kennes, Global Strategy Farm Inputs, Rabobank
11:40 – 12:00 The development of the Chinese potato industry as a staple food source and for its nutritional health value Mr Zhang Hong, Research Fellow, Institute of Food Science Technology, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science
12:00 – 12:15 Latest trends in sustainable water management, a key priority in the future of global agriculture Naty Barak, Chief Sustainability Officer, Netafim
12:15 – 13:00 Discussion session Moderator: Brian Lindsay, SAI Platform
OBJECTIVES SESSION 2: What innovation and technologies are required to feed the fast-growing urban population? To apply these technologies, what skills are required from our future workforce and how will we ensure agriculture attracts the technical expertise to operate this technologically advanced sector?
13:00 – 14:00 Networking lunch
14:00 – 15:00


14:00 – 14:15 Nestlé Dairy Farming Institute in Shuangcheng and Nescafé Coffee Center in Pu’er, China Jonathan Dong, Vice President – Corporate Affairs, Nestlé China
14:15  – 14:30 The sustainability approach to increasing output from the dairy perspective
  • Sinne Bundgaard Nielsen, Director of Open Innovation Center, R&D Innovation System, Mengniu
  • Derek Wu, CSR Director, Mengniu
14:30 – 14:45 “+ Sustainable Soy” initiative, Cargill and The Nature Conservancy, Brazil and China Giovana Baggio, Sustainable Agriculture Manager, The Nature Conservancy Brazil
14:45 – 15:00

Open Q&A session

Moderator: Paul Gardner, Vice President Direct Materials, Danone
OBJECTIVES SESSION 3: This session will highlight a number of success stories where food industry players have implemented innovative initiatives as they strive to increase their efficiency and outputs in a sustainable manner.
15:00 – 15:30 Networking Coffee break kindly sponsored by
15:30 – 16:30 Panel discussion and wrap up: Feeding the world’s rapidly growing urban population

Forum on urbanization, rural transformation and implications for food industry and security

  • Jason Clay, Senior Vice-President of Markets, WWF
  • Pascal De Petrini, Executive Vice President Strategic Resource Cycle, Danone 
  • Dirk Jan Kennes, Global Strategy Farm Inputs, Rabobank
  • Erinch Sahan, Head of Private Sector Team (acting), Oxfam

Moderator: Ulrike Sapiro, Director of Sustainability & Stakeholders, Coca-Cola & SAI Platform President

OBJECTIVES PANEL DISCUSSION: This session will bring together the findings of the earlier sessions and debate the key priorities for the food sector in the future to ensure that the SDGs are at the forefront when feeding the fast-growing urban population. This provoking panel debate will draw on knowledge and expertise from many different angles to show how a collaborative approach to sustainable agriculture can achieve the desired outputs.

20:00-22:15 – Gala dinner 15th Anniversary Celebration kindly sponsored by 


Keynote speech:

Hans Jöhr, Corporate Head of Agriculture, Nestlé  and SAI Platform Honorary President

Venue gala dinner: The Bai family mansion restaurant



Time Content
07:15 – 08:00
Tai Chi session
08:30 – 09:00 Registration and coffee
09:00 – 09:30 SAI Platform – meeting sustainable agriculture objectives through collaboration
SAI Platform’s unique role in promoting sustainable agriculture: Insights on SAI Platform’s work now and in the future to drive change in food production worldwide
09:30 – 10:30 Crop production (Arable, Vegetable, Fruit & Nuts) 
Discussion on sustainability challenges, opportunities and common practices. Case studies and learnings from China and other countries
Discussion on sustainability challenges, opportunities and common practices in the livestock sector. Case studies and learnings from China and other countries
10:30 – 11:15 FSA Programme: Panel discussion on SAI Platform’s flagship programme on facilitating improved sustainability performance at the farm level
11:15 – 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:30 Technology and Innovation for small holder farmers in China and Asia: discussion of key findings from collaborative SAI Platform & GIZ research
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch and networking Working lunch for the Executive Committee & the Advisory Council



Please note that the domestic flight taking you to the field visits will depart on the evening of April 25th, returning to Beijing on the evening of the 26th.


Time Content
13:30 – 13:45 Welcome, anti-trust statement and roundtable of the participants:

  • Welcome from Ulrike Sapiro, SAI Platform President
  • Anti-trust statement and roundtable of the participants
13:45 – 15:00 Progress updates:

  • FSA Programme
  • Working Groups and Committees
  • SAI Platform Brazil Committee
  • SAI Platform Australia
15:00 – 15:45 President and Treasurer Reports, Work Plan and Budget 2017

  • Approval of last General Assembly’s minutes (vote)
  • Report of SAI Platform President, Ulrike Sapiro
  • Report of SAI Platform Treasurer, Adrian Greet
  • Approval of accounts 2016 (vote)
  • Approval of year plan and budget 2017 (vote)
  • SAI Platform proposed governance review (vote)
15:45 – 16:00 Closing remarks from SAI Platform President
16:00 – 16:30 Networking coffee break


For more information on the schedule of field visits go to the ‘Field Visits’ section.

Please note that the domestic flight taking you to some field visits will depart on the evening of April 25th, returning to Beijing on the evening of the 26th. 

Please note that the deadline to register for the field visits, or change your choice of field visit, is March 25th.