Open Innovations Theatre Programme

Free entry for all attendees - seats are allocated on a first-come first-served basis. View detailed information on each innovation here.

Where available links to speaker presentations are listed below.

Monday 20 March

Innovation Presentations:
09:30 PrimeraTM - Superior Low GI Red Rice. Prof. Dr. Wickneswari Ratnam FASc, Professor of Plant Genetics and Biotechnology, Deputy Dean, University, Industry and Community Partnerships,National University of Malaysia (UKM) Click here to view the presentation
09:40 Integrate - a new era in water management. Mark Horner, Commercial Director, Engage Agro Europe Click here to view the presentation
09:50 Pix4D: The real use behind the drone-to-tractor workflow. Jorge Fernandez, Solution Manager for Agriculture, Pix4D Click here to view the presentation
10:00 AgFiniti®: Your personal ag cloud. Paul Rose, Territory Manager EMEA, Ag Leader Click here to view the presentation
10:10 Beehive system. Prof Ahmad Al Khazim Al Ghamdi, Supervisor of Bagshan Bee Research, King Saud University                                      10:20 Potato potential unleashed through tiny seeds. Hein Kruyt, CEO, Solynta

Start-up Showcase
11:00 Introduction from the session chair. Roger Royse, Founder, Silicon Valley AgTech & Royse Law Firm
11:10 In Ovo: Stopping the killing of 3.2 billion male chicks a year. Wouter Bruins, Owner, In Ovo Click here to view the presentation
11:20 nextProtein: Insects for animal feed. Syrine CHAALALA - co-Founder & COO, nextProtein
11:30 Engender Technologies: Controlling the composition of your dairy herd. Dr Cather Simpson, Founding Scientist, Engender Technologies
11:40 Ec2ce: Artifical Intelligence for the agro sector. Pedro Carrillo, CEO, ec2ce and Ricardo Arjona, CTO & COO, ec2ce Click here to view the presentation
11:50 WeFarm: The internet for farmers without the internet. Kenny Ewan, CEO & Founder, WeFarm Click here to view the presentation

Protein Production
12:10 Automated Studpac Grow Machine: portable hydroponic farm. Dinesh Ethiraj, CEO, Stud Pac Aquatic Solutions Click here to view the presentation
12:20 Arvo-Tec: Maximize fish growth while cutting costs with more effective feeding. Joonas Jääskeläinen, Arvo-Tec Click here to view the presentation
12:30 Ynsect: Feeding animals naturally and efficiently. Antoine Hubert, Chairman, CEO & co-founder, YNSECT and President & co-founder, International Platform of Insects for Food & Food (IPIFF) Click here to view the presentation
12:40 Ocean Harvest. Dr Stefan Kraan, Scientific Director and co-founder, Ocean Harvest Technology Ltd Click here to view the presentation
12:50 GemTubeTM Two-Phase Flow Tubular Photo-Bioreactors for commercial mass cultivation of micro-algae. Dr. Eugène J.A. Roebroeck, CEO, LGem
13:00 Algae harvesting: Boost yield and product quality with Evodos. Fons Jacobs, Sales manager, Evodos Click here to view the presentation
13:10 Algamin's future vision: Composition comprising salt and microalgae biomass, processes of its production and uses (with variants). Farkhad Omarov, CEO, Lotus Organics LLC

Innovation presentations

13:20 BHSL Energy Recovery using Animal Byproducts, Manure and Waste Sludge to provide heat and powerJack O'Connor, Founder and Director of Research and Development of BHSL                                                                                                                             13:30 The Coalition for Smallholding Sourcing. Nupur Parikh, Program Director for the Coalition for Smallholder Sourcing, TechnoServe
13:40 GreenGrow Sustainable Palm Oil Production. Zubaida Rasul-Ronning, President, GreenGrow Ventures Inc
13:50 Cut Food Loss and Waste and Grow Profit: Evidence from the Canadian Food Value Chain. Dr. Abdel Samie Felfel, Program Manager, Economics, University of Guelph Click here to view the presentation
14:00 IR Reflective: Cooling Films for Greenhouse covers. Shaildip Wagh, Marketing Head - Agri Business, ESSEN Multipack Ltd Click here to view the presentation
14:10 Sonalika International: Driving farm mechanization and ensuring food sufficiency. Manish Goyal, Regional Head – Gulf & CIS Countries, Sonalika (International Tractors) Click here to view the presentation

Date Palm Production
14:20 Technologies packages developed in the framework the GCC date palm development project. Dr Ben Salah, ICARDA Click here to view the presentation
14:30 Innovations in preservation and utilization of Dates. Dr Abdullah M. Alhamdan, Chair Director Dates Industry & Technology, Food Process Engineering, Agricultural Engineering Dept., King Saud University Click here to view the presentation
14:40 The Future of RPW Control: From Management to Eradication. Dr. Agenor Mafra-Neto, President and CEO, ISCA Technologies, Inc: (partnership with Koppert Biological Systems and TEC-IB)                                                                                                                                14:50 DateGIS - Integrated Geo-Information System (GIS) for date palm precision agriculture. Bill Haraka, MSc., Managing Director, TEC-IB                                                                                                                                                                                                                15:00 Geo-ICTs for managing pests and disease risks in date palms. Dr. Chandrashekhar Biradar, Principal Agro-Ecosystems Scientist and Head of Geoinformatics, ICARDA
15:10 ELECTRAP®: the Red Palm Weevils solution. Dr. Luigi Porcella PhD, Inventor, Founder and Chairman, FIRST (Future Innovation Right Solutions Technologies)
15:20 How to plant the best for the next generation. Jane Chalk, Date Palm Developments Click here to view the presentation

15:30 Sustainable Beekeepers in the UAE. Dr. Ihsan Joma, Lead Researcher, Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority Click here to view the presentation
15:40 Fruit Nursery: Processes & Technologies. Al Anoud Al Rashedi, Researcher, Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority Click here to view the presentation
15:50 Climate Control in High Tech Greenhouses. Meaad Al Rashedi, Head of Al Kwuitat Research Station, Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority Click here to view the presentation

16:00 Partner Event: Innovative technologies to enhance date palm cultivation in the NENA region. Jointly organised by FAO and Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation

Tuesday 21 March

10:00 Partner Event: Job and wealth creation through agribusiness incubation in Africa. Organised by the African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN) Click here to view the presentation

10:30 Hyplast: Novelties in plastic greenhouse covers. Tom De Smedt, Export Sales Manager, RKW Hyplast NV Click here to view the presentation
10:40 365 PlantyFood. Damion Schwarzkachel  Msc., Consulting engineer / Architect, Certhon Click here to view the presentation
10:50 Herbert: making indoor farming simple and clean for everyone. Alexander Penzias, CEO and co-founder, Ponix Systems Click here to view the presentation
11:00 How to take advantage of a fully sustainable indoor growing system. Ali Amirlatifi, Founder and CEO, Evergreen Farm Oy
11:10 Aquasource: new generation of materials to retain and absorb moisture. Mushegh Jrbashyan, Co-founder, Ecotechnology LLC Click here to view the presentation
11:20 Your turnkey vertical farming solution provider. Maarten Vandecruys, Founder and Managing director, Urban Crops
11:30 Pure Harvest: Year-round, Ultra-premium Quality Produce… Grown Here. Sky Kurtz, Co-founder & CEO, Pure Harvest Smart Farms
11:40 - 12:00 Borouge Borstar®Agriculture Solutions for Higher Crop Yield. This will show how Borouge material proof the diffused light concept in greenhouse polyethylene film in increasing crop yields. Abdulwahid Al Obeidli, Application Marketing Manager – Agriculture, Borouge Pte Click here to view the presentation                                                                                                                                                             12:00 Urban Ponics. Laurens Trebes, Managing Director, Urban Ponics Click here to view the presentation

12:15 - 13:15 Partner Event: Meeting on The Third Arab Conference for Agricultural Investment - Recommendations and Next Steps organised by the Arab Authority for Agricultural and Investment Development (AAAID)

13:30 - 16:00 Partner Event: Scaling up strategies and innovative solutions to adapt agriculture to climate change in the Near East and North Africa region organised by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)

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