SAI Platform Conference
24 - 26 April 2017
Beijing, China


Baggio Giovana

Sustainable Agriculture Manager, The Nature Conservancy, Brazil

{Giovana joined The Nature Conservancy in Brazil in 2008, she is the leader of the Sustainable Agriculture strategy where she is responsible for the team involved into projects and initiatives for sustainability on agricultural lands all over Brazil. She also is the representative of TNC in several forums and roundtables that discuss environmental issues with agricultural commodities leaders, private companies and other NGOs (like RTRS – Roundtable on Responsible Soy; FSC Brazil – Forest Stewardship Council, GTPS – Sustainable Beef Technical Group; GTS - Soy Moratorium Group, Brazilian Forest Dialogue; Brazilian Technical Group of Food and Agriculture Business Principles - FABP Global Compact, SAI Platform,….). Those initiatives are being carried out in partnership with public and private sectors.As Forest Engineer has almost 20 years of work experience on conservation projects, landscape planning and also environmental /social management in forestry/agricultural lands. She holds a Master degree in environmental management from EAEME – European Association for Environmental Management Education/ Kapodistrian University of Athens - Greece and a specialist degree on River Basins Management issued by Università Degli Studi di Parma - Italy. She is currently member of the SAI Platform Advisory Council. }
  • Conference Session: “+ Sustainable Soy” initiative, Cargill and The Nature Conservancy, Brazil and China | 24 April, 14:00 – 14:15

Barak Naty

Chief Sustainability Officer, Netafim

{Naty Barak is Chief Sustainability Officer of Netafim, the pioneer and global leader in drip irrigation solutions. Mr. Barak has been with Netafim since 1975. Prior to his current post, he served in several positions including Director of Marketing and Treasurer of Netafim, Executive VP of Netafim USA, and President of Netafim South Africa. As Chief Sustainability Officer, Mr. Barak works with governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academic institutions, environmental organizations, and private sector companies on sustainability and multi-resource productivity issues. In this capacity, he focuses his efforts on water, land, energy and other agronomic inputs, and their impact on global sustainable intensification of agriculture. Mr. Barak is member of the United Nations CEO Water Mandate and the UN LEAD initiative. He is the chairman of the Technical Committee for Water Re-Use of ISO, the International Organization for Standardization. Mr. Barak studied International Relations and Political Science at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and is a graduate of the Executive Management Program at the Recanati School of Business at Tel Aviv University. Mr. Barak is a member of Kibbutz Hatzerim, located in Israel’s Negev desert, and has served on Hatzerim’s board of directors, management committee and economic committee.}
  • Conference Session: Latest trends in sustainable water management, a key priority in the future of global agriculture | 24 April, 11:45 – 12:00

Bundgaard Nielsen Sinne

Director of Open Innovation Center, R&D Innovation System, Mengniu

{Sinne Bundgaard Nielsen completed a Master of Dairy Science and Technology from the Royal University of Agriculture in Copenhagen in 1995. Sinne Bundgaard Nielsen has been with Arla Foods for almost 17 years as a Senior Technology Manager, Production Manager, Product Developer and now as Head for Arla Food’s newly established Technology Centre in Beijing made in cooperation with Mengniu with support from the Danish and Chinese governments. From 2011-2013 Sinne worked outside Arla Foods to start her own business where she among other things had her own coaching and consulting business. Since primo 2013 Sinne has worked together with several other Mengniu employees in the China-Denmark Milk Technology Cooperation Centre in Beijing. October 1st 2015 Sinne was appointed Head of Technology in Arla with the intention of building a stronger Arla team, however May 1st 2016 Sinne moved to a position in Mengniu as Director of Mengniu Open Innovation, heading the Technology Centre, but also leading an enlarged scope of joint R&D collaboration.}
  • Conference Session: The sustainability approach to increasing output, from the dairy perspective | 24 April, 12:00 – 12:15

Clay Jason

Senior Vice President for Markets and Food, World Wildlife Fund

{Jason Clay, Senior Vice President for Markets and Food at World Wildlife Fund, works with some of the world’s largest companies to reduce their impact on the environment. In addition to his work with WWF, he is the author of 20 books and is National Geographic’s first-ever Food and Sustainability Fellow. Clay created one of the first US fair-trade ecolabels and has been involved in developing many other standards for commodities such as cotton, shrimp and sugarcane. Early in his career, Clay received a PhD in Anthropology and International Agriculture as a result of his interest in sustainability from working on and then running the family farm. Over the course of his career, he worked with the US Department of Agriculture, taught at Harvard and Yale and was awarded the 2012 James Beard Award for his work on global food sustainability. He spent 15 years working on human rights with indigenous people, refugees and famine victims. Jason is currently member of the SAI Platform Advisory Council.}
  • Conference Session: Meeting the sustainability challenges of the food and agriculture sectors – Unlocking significant business opportunities | 24 April, 9:00 – 9:25 Panel discussion: Feeding the world’s rapidly growing urban population | 24 April, 15:00 – 16:00

Danny Denolf

Senior Technical Advisor, GIZ

{Danny Denolf is working for the GIZ (Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit”). GIZ is a German agency that is implementing projects in the field international cooperation on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. He has coordinated and implemented projects for GIZ over the last 16 years and has worked and lived in different developing and emergent countries. Over the last 6 years he specialised in developing international partnership with private enterprises in several sectors (agrobusiness, tourism and mining). He is currently leading a GIZ program on sustainable sourcing in Morocco, Turkey and Madagascar. In partnership with several national and international food enterprises the program is supporting small holders to improve their social and environmental practices in selected supply chains of the fruit industry. Danny’s background is in social sciences, health and public private partnerships.}
  • Conference Session: Sustainable sourcing in the fruit industry – case study Madagascar, GIZ | 24 April, 14:15 – 14:30

De Petrini Pascal

Executive Vice President Strategic Resource Cycle, Danone

  • Conference Session: Keynote address | 24 April, 8:10 – 8:40 Panel discussion: Feeding the world’s rapidly growing urban population | 24 April, 15:00 – 16:00  

Dong Jonathan

Vice President – Corporate Affairs, Nestlé China

{Jonathan Dong has been Head of Corporate Affairs at Nestlé China since June 2009.  His responsibilities include stakeholder engagement, public, media and government relations, public affairs, internal communications, as well as corporate social responsibility.  Prior to Nestlé, he had similar responsibilities at Walmart, Boeing, Siemens and Airbus, with intervals at consulting firms.  From 1986 to 1993, he was a reporter/editor at Beijing Review. Jonathan Dong has been Head of Corporate Affairs at Nestlé China since June 2009.  His responsibilities include stakeholder engagement, public, media and government relations, public affairs, internal communications, as well as corporate social responsibility.  Prior to Nestlé, he had similar responsibilities at Walmart, Boeing, Siemens and Airbus, with intervals at consulting firms.  From 1986 to 1993, he was a reporter/editor at Beijing Review.}
  • Conference Session: Nestlé Dairy Farming Institute in Shuangcheng and Nescafé Coffee Center in Pu’er, China | 24 April, 13:30 – 13:45

Greet Adrian

Global Sustainability Programme Director, Mars

{As Global Sustainability Programme Director at Mars Inc., Adrian Greet is responsible for managing Mars’ sustainability programs across the whole value chain from farmers through to consumers. He works with the business unit’s to drive innovation and best practise across all areas of sustainability (social, economic and environmental). Across more than 30 years with Mars, Adrian has worked in a diverse set of roles and in each has been able to drive improved strategy and to be a catalyst for change. Adrian holds a BSc. Honours degree from London University and is the current Chair of the Advisory Board for Surrey University Practitioner Doctorate in Sustainability Programme. He is currently the Treasurer at the SAI Platform Executive Committee.}
  • Conference Session: A practical approach to embedding the SDGs into corporate strategy | 24 April, 9:50 – 10:15

Guo Boli, Prof.

Prof., Chinese Academy for Agriculture Science (CAAS)

{Dr. Guo Boli is a research specialist and ViceDirector of the Centre for Quality and Biological Safety in the Institute of Food Science and Technology, China Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Dr. Guo has for many years been involved in the study of the traceability, eradication and control of harmful materials in agri-food products, and chaired the Critical Research and Development Plan Discussion for the China 13th Five Year Plan, and previously for the 12th Five Year Plan, chaired the Discussion on Supporting Science & Technology Programmes, the National Natural Science Fund Programme, the MOA Agriculture Financial Programme, the Agricultural Sector Standards Formulation and Revision Programme, and the Chinese Academy’s Science and Technology Consultancy Programme. Dr. Guos’ research work has helped define parameters for food chain structure analysis for the food industry, and established a comprehensive electronic traceability system using selective key indicators to trace foods to their source. She has also worked on the research and development of stable isotope fingerprinting, mineral element fingerprinting, near infrared spectrum and organic component fingerprinting for food source traceability, imitation food detection and source analysis technology of heavy element contamination. Dr. Guo has also made considerable contributions in the creation of databases for the traceability of foods to their origin for beef, mutton, fruits (kiwi fruit and pears etc), grains (wheat and rice etc), dairy (such as milk powder), medicinal food varieties and Goji berries (wolfberry). In the area of heavy metal contamination and risk analysis, Dr. Guo researched and then developed new traceability technology based on the analysis of differing isotope percentages and chemical qualites using the balancing method to measure and determine the source of lead, cadmium and other heavy metals in the Huanjiang catchment in Guangxi province, Xinglong in Hebei, Fengxiang in Shaanxi, and Zhuzhou in Hunan province. Dr. Guo won the top Science and Technology Advancement Award presented by the China Food Science Technology Association, and second prize for Science and Technology Advancement awarded by Shaanxi Province. She has published over 70 papers including 21 papers published by Science magazine as well as 5 specialized academic works. Dr. Guo is also the owner of 6 patents and owns rights to 13 software packages.}
  • Conference Session: A report on recent research and the adoption of new technological systems for food safety in China | 24 April, 11:30 – 11:45

Jöhr Hans

Corporate Head of Agriculture, Nestlé

{Hans Jöhr is the Corporate Head of Agriculture at Nestlé in Vevey, Switzerland. As such, Mr Jöhr is responsible for providing technical and strategic leadership in the groups' world-wide agricultural raw material supply chain. This includes the agricultural policy, the raw material quality control and R&D where Nestlé buys its agricultural materials at farm level, called “The Farmer Connect” procurement program. Prior to joining Nestlé, Mr Jöhr served as CEO of a Consulting & Management Company in Brazil engaged in agribusiness & forestry. He was member of IITA’s Board of Trustees (International Institute of Tropical Agriculture) until 2015 and is now Chairman of the Advisory Council for the Business Incubator Platform (BIP) of IITA. He is member of the External Advisory Board of the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss and is likewise a member of the Board of Swisscontact, Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation in Zurich. He was Director of Board of CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) in Costa Rica. Mr. Jöhr is the co-founder and honorary president of the SAI Platform (Sustainable Agriculture Initiative of the Food Industry). He is a former president of IFAMA (Intl. Food and Agribusiness Management Association) and past president of the Swiss-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce in Sâo Paulo, Brazil. Mr Jöhr was a member of IPC (Intl. Policy Council on Agriculture Food and Trade) and a member of the “Comité National Suisse de la FAO”. Mr Jöhr has a formal education in farming and agricultural economics, completed with a doctorate degree in economic science with complementary management programmes at INSEAD (l'Institut Européen d'Administration des Affaires, Fontainebleau, France) and IMD (International Institute for Management Development, Lausanne, Switzerland), Harvard Business School (HBS), Cambridge. He has consulted in over 50 countries and is the author of more than 30 publications in Brazilian and international newspapers.}
  • Conference Session: Gala dinner 15th anniversary celebration | 24 April, 20:00 – 22:15

Kennes Dirk Jan

Global Strategist Farm Inputs, Rabobank

{Dirk Jan Kennes is global strategist of Rabobank International’s Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory’s (FAR) Farm Inputs team. Dirk Jan and his team publish research on macroeconomic trends and industry dynamics within different food & agri (F&A) value chains, provide strategic corporate advice, and assist asset management firms in agricultural commodity markets investments. Dirk Jan and his team offer management assistance to internationally operating F&A companies. These companies face strategic choices arising from dynamics within the value chains. Before joining Rabobank in September 2007, Dirk Jan held management positions within the F&A market. He was member of the management team of Kemin Food Ingredients. Before that, he was business manager responsible for Feed at CSM subsidiary Purac. He has also worked for Akzo Nobel where he was involved in the marketing and sales management of feed ingredients. Dirk Jan studied agronomy, majoring in animal nutrition. Dirk Jan also holds an MBA from TSM Business School in the Netherlands.}
  • Conference Session: Breakfast Facts & Stats on China | 24 April, 7:20 – 8:00 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 | 24 April, 11:15 – 11:30 Panel discussion: Feeding the world’s rapidly growing urban population | 24 April, 15:30 – 16:30

Lindsay Brian

Programme Lead - Beef & Dairy, SAI Platform

{Brian is UK based and operates an ‘in demand’ global consultancy business bridging the gap between food companies and farming in a quest for mutually beneficial approaches to sustainable food production. Brian is the Dairy Sector’s Global Lead for Sustainability.  This role often see’s Brian working on projects within the FAO and other UN organisations supporting initiatives such as LEAP and The GASL. Currently Brian holds the post of Director for the Dairy Sustainability Framework (DSF), launched in November 2013 as the sectors approach to sustainable production. The DSF currently accounts for in excess of 27% of global milk production. As part of this role, Brian is very active in the developing dairy regions of the world such as Africa, Asia and Latin America, supporting the development of their industries. Brian also coordinates the SAI Platform’s work on sustainable dairy and beef production.   Supporting food companies’ address pre-competitively, sustainable agriculture challenges globally. In October 2016 Brian was elected to the Board of the Global Round table for Sustainable Beef (GRSB). Brian is also an influential member of the International Research Advisory Council for the Livestock Research and Innovation Corporation for Ontario Canada. Brian has also completed 2 terms as the Environment Representative on the International dairy Federation’s (IDF) Science and Programme Coordination Committee and prior to this, 2 terms as Chair of the IDF Standing Committee on Environment. Brian is also a smallholder farmer in England with responsibilities for a small number of sheep, goats, cattle (not his own) and associated forage production.  Having this ‘daily experience’, Brian has considerable empathy and ‘common ground’ with the farming communities he works with. Oh…He also has a few chickens!}
  • Conference Session: Moderator Session 'Open Q&A session' | 24 April, 14:15 – 14:30

Lindsay Jeff

, SAI Platform

{Jeff Lindsay has lived and worked in China for over 25 years representing a variety of international  organizations engaged in agriculture, energy, education and trade. For many years he assisted Chinese small-holder farmers introduce new technologies and practices while also facilitating business matching opportunities for bilateral government delegations and Australian, NZ, US, European and Chinese companies. In 2016, Jeff joined SAI Platform to help facilitate collaborative opportunities between SAI Platform’s global community of sustainable food and drink companies and their counterparts in China.}
  • Conference Session: Crash Course on SAI Platform | 24 April, 7:20 – 8:00

Ma Martin

Managing Director, Solidaridad

{Martin started his career in the social responsibility & sustainability arena 15 years ago when he joined Social Accountability International. At SAI Platform, he’d been closely involved with research, stakeholder engagement, SA8000 guidance development, and development of capacity building programs for workers and managers of numerous Chinese factories. Since 2006, Martin has been managing Solidaridad’s China program focusing on promoting sustainable production and consumption of commodities such as cotton, textiles, soybean, and tea. Besides sustainable agriculture, Solidaridad is also promoting sustainability in the manufacturing sector, working with industry leaders to reduce the environmental and social footprints of their supply chains in China. Solidaridad’s most recent project aims at promoting sustainable trade by mobilizing Chinese market demand for sustainable production of commodities such as soybean, palm oil, beef etc. Martin holds a B.A. degree in international politics from Peking University and a M.A. degree in mass media study from University of Pennsylvania.}
  • Conference Session: China’s 13th five-year strategic plan for the agri-food sector; Sustainability – core to delivering the food supply for China’s future | 24 April, 9:25 – 9:50

McLean Steve

Head of Agriculture & Fisheries Sourcing, Marks & Spencer

{Steve McLean is Head of Agriculture & Fisheries Sourcing for the food business of Marks & Spencer. He joined M&S in 2008 as Agriculture Manager for red meat and dairy supply chains and was appointed Head of Agriculture & Fisheries in 2012. In 2017, Steve added raw material supplies across the M&S food business to his responsibilities. Prior to joining M&S, Steve was Chief Executive of the British Texel Sheep Society, a manager with the ANM Lamb Marketing group, and a development officer with the Highlands & Islands Sheep Health Society. He is currently responsible for raw material sourcing across the M&S food business globally. Part of Steve's responsibilities include establishing and delivering sustainable agriculture and fish programmes and leading the development of global sourcing strategies for livestock and fish proteins encompassing more than 12,000 individual farming & fishing businesses around the world. Steve is also a trustee of the Princes Countryside Fund and a Chartered Scientist. He is passionate about sustainable agriculture and shares SAI Platform’s definition that sustainable agriculture is about the efficient production of safe, high quality agricultural products, in a way that protects and improves the natural environment, the social and economic conditions of farmers, their employees and local communities, and safeguards the health and welfare of all farmed species. He recognises that most of the challenges around sustainable agriculture are pre-competitive and is a strong advocate for working in collaboration with other like-minded organisations to drive sustainable change.}
  • Conference Session: Moderator Panel discussion: Can the agriculture and food sectors play the role required of them in delivery of the SDGs | 24 April, 10:15 – 10:30

Montgomery Hayden

Special Representative, Global Research Alliance

  • Conference Session: The importance of collaboration. How the Global Research Alliance is making a difference. | 24 April, 12:30 – 12:45

Opio Carolyn

Livestock Policy Officer, FAO

{Ms. Carolyn Opio is Livestock Policy Officer with the Animal Production and Health Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome.  She is attached to the Livestock Information, Sector Analysis and Policy Branch within the Animal and Health Division. Her work has focused on analysis of trends within the livestock sector and the impacts of ongoing global trends on the sector; the role of livestock in nutrition, the assessment of the livestock and environment interactions such as climate change particularly focusing on the sector’s contribution to GHG emissions. Over the past years, Ms. Opio has also been directly involved in key global analyses and writing of three major publications on the livestock sector: “Livestock's long shadow - Environmental issues and options” (2006); “State of Food and Agriculture 2009: Livestock in the balance”, and “Livestock in a changing landscape: drivers, consequences and responses” (2010) and more recently “Tackling climate change through livestock: a global assessment of emissions and mitigation opportunities.” Ms. Opio currently leads the implementation of a project funded by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition on Enteric Methane. She is also coordinator of the Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance (LEAP) Partnership hosted by FAO and lead by livestock stakeholders.  }
  • Conference Session: The Sustainable Development Goals – Shaping business strategy through to 2030 – The roadmap for delivery and business solutions related to the agri-food sector | 24 April, 8:30 – 9:00

Pennington James

Project Specialist, Circular Economy, World Economic Forum

{James Pennington works on the World Economic Forum’s Circular Economy initiative, leading the work on policy engagement in emerging markets with a key focus on China and the African continent. Prior to the Forum James worked for the London based think tank Chatham House, and consulted for the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. James is a fluent speaker of Mandarin and has spent significant time working and studying in China, with a focus on Chinese urbanization trends and resource related policies. James graduated from the University of Leeds and the University of Cambridge.}
  • Conference Session: Embedding a circular economy in the food industry | 24 April, 11:00 – 11:15

Sahan Erinch

Private Sector Policy Adviser, Oxfam

{Erinch currently leads the private sector team at Oxfam Great Britain. Since 2011, Erinch has been working at Oxfam to leverage business to tackle poverty and injustice. His work spans programmes (enterprise development) and campaigns (leading the scoring of food companies in the Behind the Brands campaign). He works directly with companies to help them understand their poverty impact and develop new business models. Erinch’s background is in business (P&G), law (Gadens Lawyers) and government (development advisor to Australia’s trade negotiation team in Indonesia). He has worked across Asia, Africa, and Indonesia, Thailand and Kenya. He is an associate lecturer at Oxford Brookes and regularly lectures on sustainable business at various universities. He is currently member of the SAI Platform Advisory Council.}
  • Conference Session: Panel discussion: Feeding the world’s rapidly growing urban population | 24 April, 15:00 – 16:00

Sapiro Ulrike

Director Sustainability, The Coca-Cola Company

{Ulrike Sapiro is Sustainability Director at The Coca-Cola Company in Europe, leading sustainability strategy, programs and partnerships across the Company's strategic priorities, including water stewardship, circular economy, sustainable agriculture, women empowerment and communities. In her role, Ulrike aims to use the power of the Coca-Cola system to create scale and positive impact, to inspire change and to forge collaboration along the value chain. She is advising international and European policy and governmental affairs, supply chain management, commercial, communications and external partnerships. Ulrike has been with Coca-Cola since 2007. Previously, she held various Corporate Affairs positions dealing with water resources, public infrastructures and development policy. Ulrike holds a Master's Degree in Political Science. She is currently President of SAI Platform.}
  • Conference Session: Moderator Panel Discussion: Feeding the world’s rapidly growing urban population | 24 April, 15:00 – 16:00

Schmid Christian

Executive Vice President Technical, Nestlé China

{Christian Schmid has been Head of Technical for Nestlé in the Greater China Region since 2013. In this role, he oversees a diverse portfolio that includes manufacturing, compliance, regulatory affairs, quality assurance, food safety, SHE, engineering, environmental sustainability and agricultural services. Nestlé’s industrial set up in the Greater China Region includes 34 factories, a Nestlé Dairy Farming Institute and a Nescafe Coffee Center. Prior to his assignment to China, Christian was respectively Executive Vice President and Head of Technical for Nestlé in the South Asia Region, Head of Technical for Nestlé in the UK & I, and was in various management positions in Russia. Christian has a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Process Technology from the Federal Institute of Technology Zurich. He also graduated from the Executive Development Program at IMD Lausanne. Christian is a Swiss. He speaks German, Spanish, English, French and Russian. He is married with two children.}
  • Conference Session: Keynote address | 24 April, 8:10 – 8:40

Ywema Peter-Erik

Director Strategy & Engagement, SAI Platform

{Peter-Erik Ywema is an analytical chemist by education and holds an MBA in strategic sustainability consultancy. He has been educated in fine arts too and sources inspiration in many forms of art. He has been a consultant, researcher and manager since 1990 focusing on the implementation of pragmatic sustainability concepts in companies and policy for governmental institutions. In the early nineties he was amongst the researchers that developed life cycle assessment as tool to better understand real and significant environmental impacts. He has founded two consultancies, Core Management and Quintens, both based on the conviction that the only sustainable businesses will last and be profitable. Companies with sustainability in their DNA, have people, planet and profit as equal elements of their core business. Peter-Erik has gathered experience from his work for dozens of companies, intermediate organisations, governments and NGOs. Since 2007 he is the Director of Strategy & Engagement of SAI Platform. Since that time the Platform has grown from 17 to over 80 members.  SAI Platform’s members, ranging from companies, brands, processors and retailers to traders and farmer organisations, work jointly towards a more sustainable agriculture.}
  • Conference Session: Welcome and setting the scene | 24 April, 8:00 – 8:10