MarketsandMarkets Next-Gen Agritech Virtual Conference (Time Zone - EST)

17th - 18th October 2022
CONFERENCE SPEAKERS
Advisors
Alby May
Alby May
Environmentalist,
Women Unhindered International


Alberta Maame Afua Yamoah, alias Alby May, is an entrepreneur, Speaker, and Business Advisor.She is the founder of Afi vine organics and other businesses and non-profit organisations. She holds a bachelor degree in Banking and Finance and a Masters degree in international business. She also holds other professional certificates.As a farmer and agro processor, she is very passionate about promoting sustainable farming to alleviate poverty in Africa. Alby May is also an environmental advocate and a zero-waste enthusiast.


Speakers
Paul Sellew
Paul Sellew
Founder and CEO,
Little Leaf Farms, LLC



Gina Talt
Gina Talt
Food Systems Project Specialist,
Princeton University


Gina Talt, Food Systems Project Specialist with Princeton University’s Office of Sustainability, manages operational and applied research projects to promote a more circular, equitable, and ecological-based food system. She currently oversees the Sustainable Composting Research at Princeton (S.C.R.A.P.) Lab, an investigation into food scraps recycling and soil revitalization through small-scale, in-vessel composting. Gina is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the composting system, collecting and analyzing performance data, leading communication and engagement efforts around the project, and supporting related coursework and research opportunities for staff, faculty, and students. Gina is also a research assistant for a Princeton faculty member on a project studying the intersection of farming practices and environmental factors on local food production. Gina has a BA in Economics from Princeton University, and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Business of Science at Rutgers University with a concentration in Global Agriculture.


Rachid Serra
Rachid Serra
Associate Director of Strategy,
Mohammed VI Polytechnic University


Director of Strategy at Mohammed VI Polytechnic University. Prior to his current position, Dr. Serraj was the Delivery Manager of the Regional Initiative on Small Scale Family Farming and Rural Transformation, in Near East and North Africa, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Senior Project Officer with the Secretariat of the Science Council of the CGIAR. From 2010 to 2012 he was Director of Diversification & Sustainable Intensification of Production Systems (DSIPS) at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA). Dr. Serraj has an extensive experience in research and development and occupied several positions in various international research centres and organizations such as IRRI, IAEA, ICRISAT. He holds a PhD in crop science and agronomy from Montpellier University, France in 1987. He is author of more than 250 publications and several books, international reports, and studies.


David Bullock
David Bullock
Professor,
University of Illinois


David S. Bullock is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois.  He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago in 1989.  The major focus of his current research is on the economics agricultural technology and information. He is the Principal Investigator of the eight-year USDA-sponsored “Data-Intensive Farm Management” project, which uses precision agriculture technology to conduct large-scale, on farm agronomic experiments, to generate data that improves farmers’ management of nitrogen fertilizer and other inputs.   Bullock has published widely in prestigious economics, agricultural economics, and agronomy journals, including the Journal of Political Economy, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, and Agronomy Journal.  He teaches PhD courses in microeconomic theory and has been cited numerous times for outstanding instruction of graduate courses. He has been publishing research on the economics of precision agriculture technology since 1998.


Aishwarya Thyagarajan
Aishwarya Thyagarajan
Research Assistant,
CropTailor AB


I am an avid Biotechnology Engineer with a passion for plant breeding and plant molecular biology. I have graduated with an M.Sc. in Biotechnology from Lund University and my area of research is focused on improving oat varieties for improved traits such as enhancing the dietary fiber content of oats. I am also keen to understand the molecular mechanisms that are involved in the biosynthesis and regulation of arabinoxylan, which is a type of dietary fiber.


David Waldo
David Waldo
Chairman of the Board of Directors,
Grant 4D Farms



Mohammed Oufattole
Mohammed Oufattole
Chief Technology Officer,
Revol Greens



João Rafael Brites
João Rafael Brites
Director of Growth & Innovation,
HowGood


João Brites is an entrepreneur, regenerative practitioner and small-scale coffee agroforester based in Brazil. During the last 15 years João co-founded sustainability impact ventures in Portugal and Brazil and served as Global Director of Sustainable Development at AB InBev. Currently, João is Director of Growth & Innovation at HowGood, a New York research company with the world's largest food sustainability database


Brandon Hunnicutt
Brandon Hunnicutt
Nebraska Corn Board-Vice Chair; National Corn Growers Association Board of Directors,
HUNNICUTT FARMS


I'm a fifth-generation farmer, who currently farms with my semi-retired dad (Daryl) and my brother (Zach). We raise corn, soybeans, popcorn, seed corn and have some organic production. I graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Ag. Business and spent a number of years working on post-graduate classes dealing especially in technology, plant breeding, leadership, communications and science. 

Our farm tries to stay up on the cutting edge of technology, with a stronger emphasis on data and irrigation.  We continue to look at new ways to implement more cover crops, whether fall, spring or in season. We also use a few different technologies in dealing with water Management on our pivot irrigation to help reduce our water usage. 

I am currently on the National Corn Growers Association Board of Directors, Vice-Chair of the Nebraska Corn Board and Chair the Field to Market Board of Directors.


Craig Ratajczyk
Craig Ratajczyk
CEO,
Crop One


Craig Ratajczyk has dedicated over two decades to the global agriculture industry and currently serves as CEO of Crop One, a technology-driven indoor vertical farming company on a mission to cultivate a sustainable future to meet a global demand for fresh, local, and safe food. Under Craig’s leadership, Crop One recently expanded its reach, as the company and its joint venture partner, Emirates Flight Catering, completed construction and began operation of the world’s largest hydroponic vertical farm located in Dubai. Prior to joining Crop One, Craig was the CEO of the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) where he was responsible for managing the $40 million organization and its 200 employees, representing 43,000 soybean farmer members. Additionally, Craig served as Director of Global Issues and Alliances for the U.S. Soybean Export Council Inc., as well as divisiondirector, Western Hemisphere, Europe, Africa, Middle East, CIS, for the American Soybean Association.


Alby May
Alby May
Environmentalist,
Women Unhindered International


Alberta Maame Afua Yamoah, alias Alby May, is an entrepreneur, Speaker, and Business Advisor.She is the founder of Afi vine organics and other businesses and non-profit organisations. She holds a bachelor degree in Banking and Finance and a Masters degree in international business. She also holds other professional certificates.As a farmer and agro processor, she is very passionate about promoting sustainable farming to alleviate poverty in Africa. Alby May is also an environmental advocate and a zero-waste enthusiast.


Alex Melnitchouck
Alex Melnitchouck
CTO - Digital Ag,
Olds College


Alex Melnitchouck is the Chief Technology Officer, Digital Agriculture at Olds College. He holds his Ph.D. in Agricultural Sciences, and second master’s degree in Soils and Environmental Sciences, backed up by 25 years of work experience at the international level, including precision Ag projects in Canada, USA, Germany, Switzerland, Brazil, Australia, Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus. He is a member of Alberta Institute of Agrologists in Canada (P.Ag.) and an author of more than 50 publications in scientific journals and proceedings of conferences. In 2012, Alex founded IntelMax Corp. and created Zoner.Ag – a web platform for managing and analyzing geospatial data. In 2015, Zoner.Ag was acquired by Bayer CropScience to become a geospatial engine for the new Digital Farming Platform (currently known as Xarvio and owned by BASF). Alex leads Olds College’s Digital Ag strategy and the development of the Digital Ag Platform at the Olds College Smart Farm - a 3,500-acre, technology enabled applied research and learning environment.


Jonathan Lehe
Jonathan Lehe
Chief of Strategy, Partnerships, and Innovation,
Precision Development


Jonathan Lehe is PxD’s Chief of Strategy, Partnerships, and Innovation. Jonathan holds a Masters in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) from the Harvard Kennedy School. He has more than 10 years of experience in the global agriculture, health, and education sectors, designing, implementing, and evaluating programs to scale up access to critical services in 35+ countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and Eastern Europe. He has previously worked at the Clinton Health Access Initiative, and consulted for the World Bank, FCDO, Bridge International Academies, and MIT’s Jameel Poverty Action Lab.