SPEAKERS SUMMIT TUESDAY 6 NOVEMBER

Donatello Piras

Donatello Piras

Host

Donatello Piras is a much sought-after events host, presenter, discussion and debate facilitator with many years of experience at home and abroad. Donatello is on stage for companies, governments, NGOs and education almost daily. He looks after all kinds of meetings and conferences where interactivity constitutes an important part. His energetic performances are characterized by professionalism, enthusiasm and sharpness.

Deborah Nas

Deborah Nas

Professor Innovation TU Delft

Deborah Nas studied Industrial Design in Delft, after which she set up innovation projects at Philips and KPN in the Netherlands and abroad. As one of the founders of strategic innovation agency Sunidee, she supports organisations such as Philips, Heineken, Unilever, LeasePlan, Ziggo, the Netherlands Forensic Institute and various municipalities. She specialises in determining new growth possibilities, coming up with new products and services and transforming organisations. As manager of Cre8, a social enterprise in design and urban manufacturing, she experiments with new business models for a better world.

These past few years, this much sought-after speaker has been working as a part-time professor lecturing on ‘Strategic design for technology-based innovation’ in Industrial Design at TU Delft. Here she focuses on strategic questions concerning new technologies. Questions like: In which markets will a specific new technology be used first? How does this change existing business models? Which new products and services does this enable? What does the roadmap look like? Which latent needs can be addressed? Booking this well-known expert in trends and developments guarantees a fascinating lecture.

Claudia Roessler

Claudia Roessler

Director Industry Solutions for Chemical & Agriculture Microsoft Corporation

Claudia Roessler is the Worldwide Industry Solutions Director for Chemical & Agriculture industries. In this role she is accountable for defining and executing Microsoft’s growth strategy in the industry, the unique industry value proposition and Microsoft’s partner and solutions map.

Claudia Roessler is developing solutions that address the business processes and business model innovation of Enterprises in the industry.  She represents the ‘voice of the customer’ as the industry solution champion within Microsoft working with the Engineering and Microsoft Research teams.

Prior to that, Claudia was Business Development and Strategy Analyst responsible for global organizational design, change management and talent development across worldwide teams. Claudia Roessler joined Microsoft in 1992 in Germany. She held several international roles with focus on Business Development, Sales & Marketing, Partner and Industry.

Sebastiaan Berendse

Sebastiaan Berendse

Director Value Creation Wageningen University & Research

Sebastiaan Berendse is responsible for the development and coordination of WUR’s activities to realize more economic and social value. Value creation is, in addition to research and education, an important pillar of Wageningen University & Research and is about creating impact through application in practice.

The corporate department includes startup policy (including StartLife & student incubator), tech transfer / IP services, coordination with WR business development, shared research facilities & Wageningen Campus development, the Science Shop and Wageningen Dialogues.
Sebastiaan previously worked in business services (KplusV), technical education & research (TU Delft) and the Ministry of Economic Affairs (coordinator of the Innovation Attaché network). He has been working for more than 15 years in the field of business development, valorization, innovation clusters, start-up and scale up support and international cooperation in R&D.
His passion is to contribute directly to the global transitions in raw materials, energy and proteins, as a business consultant (RSM Erasmus / HHStockholm).

Vik Vandecavaye

Vik Vandecavaye

Manager Advanced Data Analysis and Application Development at CNH Belgium N.V.

Vik Vandecaveye has a Sonology degree from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, and a Masters in Industrial Business Administration from the University of Ghent. After running his own business in streaming internet services, he joined CNH Industrial in the supply chain department, where he took care of data management at all levels of planning and execution. He continued with executive reporting, and expanded into market intelligence and statistical analysis.

Vik Vandecaveye was at the birth of a business unit for precision agriculture, where he designed the strategy for connectivity and analytics. His mission is to build the eco-system with many stakeholders of the agricultural value chain. Vik also chairs the “Digital Farming” workgroup in CEMA, the voice of the Agricultural Machinery in Europe.

Ros Harvey

Ros Harvey

Founder and Managing Director The Yield

Ros Harvey is an experienced entrepreneur and executive in the field of technology – particularly the Internet of Things (IoT) and user-centric design. Ros is committed to creating public good through the innovative use of technology, which is reflected throughout her career.

Having founded The Yield in 2014, Ros heads up a team of leading engineers, data scientists, agriculturists and technologists, who work together to ensure that The Yield solutions offer long-term value to growers and industry. The company is backed by several global giants including Bosch, KPMG and Microsoft.

Ros founded the globally-recognised Better Work program, a landmark joint program of the World Bank and the United Nations. She co-founded the Australian Food Agility Consortium and is an Adjunct Professor at the QUT Institute for Future Environments in Intellisensing. A passionate advocate for the role of technology in the sustainable governance of the planet, Ros is an accomplished speaker on AgTech, IoT, converting data to knowledge and the future of food. Contact us to invite Ros speak at your event.

Joris Lohman

Joris Lohman

Co-Founder Foodhub

During his Political Science (MSc) study, Joris became fascinated by the complexity of the food system and the impact our way of consuming and producing has on the world around us. The search for answers and practical solutions to the question: ‘How do we feed the world in a responsible way?’ Became his personal mission. Inspired by the ideas of Slow Food, he joined the Youth Food Movement. From 2012 to 2014 he led the Youth Food Movement, first as chairman and later as director.

In addition, in 2011 he founded the Food Film Festival together with Helen Kranstauber, Samuel Levie, Janno Lanjouw and Baukje Stamm. Since 2012 he has been active internationally as a member of the Board of Directors of Slow Food International and chairman of the Slow Food Youth Network. In 2015 he organized a four-day conference in Milan, We Feed the Planet, in which 2,500 young farmers and food professionals from 90 countries were challenged to come up with innovative ideas in response to the theme of the World Expo: ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’ ‘. Joris is Global Shaper in the network of the World Economic Forum, and in 2013, 2014 and 2015 was chosen in the Trouw Duurzame 100, the list of most influential people in the field of sustainability in the Netherlands.

Yasir Khokhar

Yasir Khokhar

Founder and CEO Connecterra

Yasir Khokhar is Founder and CEO of Connecterra, a company with a vision is to build an artificial intelligence that will learn to grow food sustainably. We employ technologies such as machine learning and cognitive computing on sensor data to create an AI that works for farmers.