2020 Agenda

Gulf Standard Time (GMT +4) Conference Program
10:00 Meeting Room Opens
10:05 Welcome Remarks from Great Minds Group
10:10 Opening remarks from Chairman
10:15 Keynote presentation: Food security in the UAE: A path towards a more food secure future

Fatema AlMulla, Senior Research Analyst, Food Security Office, Ministry of Cabinet Affairs & The Future, Prime Minister’s Office
10:25 PANEL SESSION 1: Understanding the regional food security initiatives

Moderator:
Rachid Serraj, Delivery Manager - Regional Initiative on Small Scale Family Farming, Food and Agriculture Organization

Panelists: Dr. Naufal H Rasheed, Advisor of Agriculture Policy and Investment, Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries, Oman
Mariam Eid, Head of Agro Industries Department, Ministry of Agriculture, Lebanon
Salvatore Stephen Lavallo, Project Manager, Abu Dhabi Investment Office
Sheikh Dr. Majid Sultan Al Qassimi, Adviser to the Minister, Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE), UAE
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11:00 Keynote presentation: Agri-food Systems Innovation for sustainable development in the post-COVID-19 era

Rachid Serraj, Delivery Manager - Regional Initiative on Small Scale Family Farming, Food and Agriculture Organization
11:10 PANEL SESSION 2: Technology adoption in traditional agriculture to improve the annual produce

  • Understanding how to move from traditional farming to modern and smart farming
  • Acclimating international technologies to the Middle East region and making technology efficient in arid environment
  • Learning what is the latest in precision agriculture for the Middle East
  • Integration of aquaponics in traditional farming
Moderator:
Dr. Naufal H Rasheed, Advisor of Agriculture Policy and Investment, Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries, Oman

Panellists:
Mohamed Aissaoui, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, My Farm Dubai
Dr. Ameena Ali Kulaib Al Tenaiji, Water, Food Nexus Expert
Dr. Khalil Ammar, Program Leader, Sustainable Natural Resources Management, Principal Scientist - Hydrology/Hydrogeology, International Center for Biosaline Agriculture – ICBA
Farah Chakhachiro, General Manager, Gracia Group
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11:45 TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION SESSION: Changing the paradigm of agricultural innovation
* This session will highlight key emerging technologies that cater to the MENA Agriculture sector. The session consists of four (10 minute) back-to-back presentations from experts in the industry who will provide insights on successful application of a variety of innovations and case-studies.

Moderator:
Seta Tutundjian, Director of Programs, International Center for Biosaline Agriculture – ICBA
Industry insight 1: Food security challenges & innovation: SRTIP as a case study
H.E. Hussain Mohammed Al Mahmoudi, Chief Executive Officer, Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park
Industry insight 2: Why the IGS vertical farm is a perfect contributor to sustainable food security across MENA
David Farquhar, Chief Executive Officer, Intelligent Growth Solutions
Industry insight 3:
Lior Hessel,Founder and CEO, Growponics

Industry insight 4:
Dr. Ismahane Elouafi, Director General, International Center for Biosaline Agriculture – ICBA

Q&A With the presenters
12:25 PANEL SESSION 3: Latest innovations in hydroponics, aeroponics and indoor vertical farming
Moderator:
Avinoam Nathanel, Chief Executive Officer, Grow Tec HK

Panellists:
Majed Halawi, Vice President – Growth, Pure Harvest
David Farquhar, Chief Executive Officer, Intelligent Growth Solutions
Art van Rijn, Chief Executive Officer, Artechno Growsystems
13:00 Closing remark by chairman and end of Digi-Conference
13:00 – 13:15 Post-event networking with the speakers and peers
Gulf Standard Time (GMT +4) Conference Program
10:00 Meeting Room Opens
10:05 Welcome Remarks from Great Minds Group
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10:10 Opening remarks from Chairman
10:15 Case-study: Valoya LED Lighting for Indoor Farms

Lars Aikala, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Valoya
10:25 Mitigating and containing the food security and safety risks during non-food emergencies
Fadi Naser Al-Natour, Risk Analysis Specialist, Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority
10:35 The largest vertical farm in the world - transforming mining landscapes
Mark E. Zahran, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Yasai
10:45 PANEL SESSION 4: Implementing resilient agricultural practices to increase productivity and production in marginal areas

Moderator:
Dr. Dionysia Lyra, Halophyte Agronomist, International Center for Biosaline Agriculture – ICBA

Panellists:
Dr. Mohamed Abdel Hamyd Dawoud, Advisor - Water Resources Environment Quality, Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi
Kyle Wagner, Head of Operations, Madar Farms
Dr. Henda Mahmoudi, Plant Physiologist, International Center for Biosaline Agriculture – ICBA
Abdulrahman Rashid Alshamsi, Entrepreneurial Farmer, Al Wagan, Abu Dhabi
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11:20 Digital Transformation in Agriculture
Deepak Pareek, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, DigiAgri
11:30 PANEL SESSION 6: Development of organic agriculture in the region

Moderator:
Sheikh Dr. Majid Sultan Al Qassimi, Adviser to the Minister, Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE), UAE

Panellists:
Yazen Al Kodmani, Operations Manager, Emirates Bio Farm
Dr. Mohamed Ali, Food Security Expert
Dr. Ameena Ali Kulaib Al Tenaiji, Water, Food Nexus Expert
Prof. Dr. Mohamed Farouk Attya Ahmed, Professor Biological Control of Plant pathology, Central Lab. of Organic Agriculture (CLOA), Agricultural Research Center (ARC)
12:05 Closing remark by chairman and end of Digi-Conference
12:00 – 12:30 Post-event networking with the speakers and peers