Virtual Salon
Macro Trends: How the $10 Trillion Global Food System is Shifting Before Our Eyes

Thursday, July 23rd
7-8pm AEST / 11am CET / 2am PST

As the world adjusts to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, so does our global food system—evolving in some areas and fracturing in others. The pandemic has added a new layer of complexity to a system that what was already undergoing severe disruption as a result of emerging technologies and innovative business models. In this conversation, we'll explore some of the macro trends in our global food system, how they're impacting your life, and what you can do to prepare for the future - for yourself, your family, your business, and your community.



Vanessa Matthijssen
Consumer Product Sector Lead & Future of Food Leader, Deloitte Australia

Bernhard Kowastch
Head of the Innovation Accelerator, UN World Food Programme

Nicholas Haan
Chair of Global Grand Challenges, Singularity University

Christina Gerakiteys
Co-CEO, SingularityU Australia

Vanessa Matthijssen
leads the Consumer Products industry and is a senior strategy partner at Monitor Deloitte Australia. Her purpose and mission in life is to fuel the revolution of Food. She is deeply passionate about shaping a healthier and more sustainable future. She is the lead author of Deloitte's Future of Food series, exploring key societal trends, issues and technological advancements that provide commercial opportunities for food businesses whilst allowing them to advance society and our planet.

Bernhard Kowatsch is the Head of the Innovation Accelerator at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). Innovations include blockchain, agri-tech, supply chain and new businesses to end hunger. In 2019 alone, Accelerator supported innovations positively impacted the lives of 1.4 million people globally. Most recently, the Accelerator runs programmes for external partners such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and others. Prior to starting the Accelerator, Bernhard co-founded the award-winning ShareTheMeal app that crowdsources funding for hungry children, and built-up WFP’s Business Innovation team.

Nicholas Haan's introduction to global perspectives began as a science teacher in a remote village with the Peace Corps, which led to 30 years of living and working internationally, mainly in East and Southern Africa. Prior to SingularityU, Nick was Senior Economist/Global Program Manager with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. He created the international standard for classifying the severity of food insecurity, the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), and is on the Famine Review Committee to determine whether a country is in famine. Nick is also the co-founder of Field Ready (field-based manufacturing during disasters), and Propoco (financing community development).

Christina Gerakiteys is Co-CEO of SingularityU Australia. After attending the Executive Program at SingularityU, Christina opened the first SingularityU Chapter in Australia in April 2018. She is the host of the SingularityU Australia Summit podcast, Inspire for 5. Christina is passionate about experiential learning and is a sought after corporate and university program designer and facilitator, her curriculums driven by design thinking, engagement, purpose and play. Christina is currently writing her PhD in Creativity and Innovation, is a director on several companies, and is an active advocate for several innovation committees.



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