Join us for the WFA Digital Festival

Tuesday 8th – Wednesday 9th December 2020

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WFA Digital Festival

WFA is back, hosting a Digital Festival for 2020! Bringing together a global community to address how to make a measurable positive impact on gender diversity across our sector while also inspiring our attendees to change our industry for the better.

Featuring two days of live and on demand content alongside virtual roundtables and networking sessions, the festival is a must attend event for anyone who is interested in driving positive change towards a more diverse and inclusive industry.

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For just €99 your ticket includes

-Access to two days of livestreamed and on-demand content
-Live keynote sessions, virtual roundtables and panel discussions
-Access to virtual networking drinks reception
-Online networking opportunities with industry professionals
-Social networking opportunities

Want to book as a team?

Book 6 tickets for €499 or 12 tickets for €949.
For larger group bookings and corporate access to the WFA Digital Festival, please contact us here

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Day 1

Tuesday 8th December

Solving the Big Challenges in Food and Ag

14.00 GMT – LIVE WELCOME

Jamie Chadwick, Director Editorial, Urner Barry, FoodMarket.com

Join us LIVE on day one of the WFA Digital Festival.  Submit your questions, comments and ideas to our keynote speakers, and share comments with other attendees as we welcome you to the event. 

14.00 GMT – LIVE KEYNOTE: How can the food and agriculture industry step up to feed the world? 

Barbara Bray MBE, Food Safety Expert & Nutrition Strategist, Alo Solutions

15.00 GMT – LIVE PANEL DISCUSSION – Potential Disruptors to Food and Ag and How to Embrace Them

In this session we will review some of the topics discussed throughout the day to understand the key things that could disrupt food and ag value chains and how we might be able to address these head on and use them to our businesses and industry’s benefit. Submit your questions and have them answered LIVE! 

Shannon Hauf, Senior Vice President and Head of Seed Production Innovation, Bayer
Laura Himes, Senior Director, Divisional Merchandising Manager, Produce and Floral, Walmart
Saskia Korink, CEO, Trouw Nutrition

16.00 GMT – LIVE NETWORKING: Virtual Roundtables

Attendees are invited to take part in live roundtables; once your chosen roundtable rooms, your room host will divide attendees into smaller working groups of 8-10 people so you can actually interact with other attendees and discuss the topic, before re-joining the main video roundtable room.

  • What does a post-Brexit landscape mean for UK food and agriculture? Hosted by Abi Kay, Chief Reporter, Farmers Guardian
  • Which sustainability issues should the food and agriculture prioritize? Hosted by Jacqueline Pieters, Global Head of Banking for Food Inspiration Centre, Rabobank
  • What opportunities does data present to our industry? Hosted by Robert Walker, European Growth Officer, Alltech and CEO, KEENAN 
  • Social media- How can we use it to build businesses in food and ag?
  • How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed our sector? Hosted by Olivia Midgley, Head of News and Business, Farmers Guardian
  •  How do we create more robust supply chains? Hosted by Marcio Valentim Moura, Director Global Logistics, Bunge
  • How can companies in food and ag use digital tools to create a more sustainable world? Hosted by Viola Choi, Vice President, Global Human Resources Agricultural Solutions, BASF

16.50 GMT – LIVE – Daily Wrap Up

17.00 GMT – LIVE NETWORKING – DRINKS RECEPTION

Join our live networking session with digital talking points, games and challenges to connect with fellow festival-goers from around the world

We’ve lined up some fantastic speakers who will deliver over 12 hours of extra content you can watch on-demand at any time, covering topics such as:

How can we Decarbonise Agriculture to Tackle Climate Change?
Explore what steps our industry is taking to tackle climate change and what we could do further to address this issue.
Patrick Holden, Founding Director, Sustainable Food Trust

How COVID-19 Impacted Global Trade and What this Means for the Future
Learn about the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on global trade and what this means for the industry
Lee Ann Jackson, Head of the Agro-Food Trade and Markets Division, OECD

The Potential of Technology in Ag and Food
This session will review case studies focused on advances in technology including data, robotics and AI applications to inspire viewers and show the potential tech has for our industry
Claudia Roessler, Director of Agriculture, Azure Global Engineering Group, Microsoft

Rebuilding Agriculture’s Reputation
With misconceptions about the impact agriculture is having on our planet, how do we educate, inform and communicate technical details to address the perception of our industry.
Poran Malani, Director S4Capital

Food Systems Transformation- How we Deal with Food Loss and Waste
Examine our industry’s ability to feed the world through creating more efficient food systems
Geeta Sethi, Advisor and Global Lead for Food Systems, World Bank

Meeting Changing Consumer Demands
Hear about how consumer preferences are changing and how we could adapt to meet these shifting demands.
Kate Hardcastle, The Customer Whisperer

Strategies to Improve Sustainability in Animal Agriculture
In this fireside chat we discuss how businesses in livestock value chains can put in goals and adopt new approaches to ensure animal agriculture is becoming more sustainable.
Christie Chavis, Vice President, Specialties Business – DSM Animal Nutrition and Health 

Day 2

Wednesday 9th December

Empowering Women in Food & Ag

14.15 GMT – LIVE WELCOME TO DAY 2

Jamie Chadwick, Director Editorial, Urner Barry, FoodMarket.com

14.15 GMT – LIVE INSPIRATIONAL KEYNOTE : 

From Facebook to Farming: A Personal Journey
Hear about what our speaker learned from leaving the tech industry and joining the agribusiness sector and how women in our industry can support each other to progress their careers and the entire sector
Elizabeth Hernandez, Head of External Affairs and Sustainability, Asia Pacific, Corteva and Board Member, WOMAG (Women in Agribusiness)

15.00 GMT – LIVE NETWORKING – VIRTUAL ROUNDTABLES

Attendees are invited to take part in live roundtables; once your chosen roundtable rooms, your room host will divide attendees into smaller working groups of 8-10 people so you can actually interact with other attendees and discuss the topic, before re-joining the main video roundtable room.

  • How can we work better with and manage young people in our industry? Hosted by Jane Craigie, Owner, Jane Craigie Marketing and Director and Co-Founder, The Rural Youth Project
  • How do we bring and support the next generation of leaders in food and ag? Hosted by Christine Tacon, Chair, Management Development Services (MDS)
  • How can we better support women in male-dominated industries? Hosted by Laura Zinger, Sales Manager, Urner Barry and Host, Urner Barry’s Market Digest Podcast  
  • How can we make the industry appealing to young people? Hosted by Lindsay Parker, Territory Sales Manager, Novus International 
  • How do we boost inclusion in our businesses? Hosted by Ebony Webber, Chief Operating Officer, MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences)
  • How can we effectively support employees working from home? Hosted by Nelleke Barning, Vice President Global Communications & External Affairs for Nutrition, DSM

16.00 GMT – LIVE PANEL DISCUSSION  Working to Overcome Diversity Barriers in Food and Ag

In this final session we combine learning from the day to discuss what challenges we are facing in creating a diverse workforce in food and ag, and what solutions we can all implement and work towards to overcome these.  Submit your questions and have them answered LIVE! 

Myriam Beatove, Chief Human Resources Officer, Cargill
Deborah Borg, Chief Human Resources and Communications Officer, Bunge
Rob Sheffer, President and CEO, Zinpro Corporation,
Jennifer Weber, Chief Human Resources Officer, ADM

 16.50 GMT – LIVE – Wrap Up and End of Event

We’ve lined up some fantastic speakers who will deliver over 12 hours of extra content you can watch on-demand at any time, covering topics such as:

Purpose, Passion and Perception
From innovation to inclusion, how the agribusiness industry can strengthen its positive impact through storytelling.
Dr. Mark Lyons, CEO and President Alltech 

PANEL DISCUSSION: How we Encourage a Diverse Group of Young People to Join our Industry
Simone Barg, Vice President, Global Communications Agricultural Solutions, BASF 
Anna Jones, Founder Just Farmers
Lindy Nelson, Founder, Agri-Women’s Development Trust

Connecting Under-Represented Groups with the Food and Agriculture Industry
Learn about the positive programmes at Vauxhall City Farm which through effective outreach is helping to teach young people from a range of backgrounds about our sector, to build a more diverse and inclusive food and ag industry of the future.
Monica Tyler, Chief Executive, Vauxhall City Farm

Inspirational Career Stories
Hear from a number of inspirational woman from our sector to learn about their career story and hear advice on how to boost your career
Caroline Keeling CEO, Keelings
Christine Daugherty, Vice President of Sustainability, PepsiCo

INTERVIEW: Beyond Maternity Leave: How Companies Can Support Women Employees?
Gain opinions on what challenges women in our industry are facing, how we as an industry can change this.
Laura Munoz, Associate Director of Product Management, Novus International 

WFA Mentor Scheme
Hear about our new mentorship scheme, the benefits to mentors and mentees and how you can sign up
Olympia Theocarous, Head of Content, WFA

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