The Future of Food – The Singapore Story
NTUitive Webinar Series: The Future of Food – The Singapore Story
Thursday, 4 June 2020 l 2pm to 3pm
Singapore imports about 90 percent of our food—one of the highest percentages of any country in the world. With COVID-19, the urgency of Singapore’s food security and the importance of ramping up our local food production are suddenly in the spotlight.
What do we already have in place and what more needs to be done? Join us at this online event as we discuss some of the ways Singapore could boost its homegrown food production to improve our food security.
- Darren Tan, Head - Education and Community Outreach, ComCrop
- Shiva Susarla, Managing Director, RENERGii Asia
- Yip Hon Mun, Chief Strategy Office (Overseas)/CEO, NOROO Holdings Co Ltd
- Prof Patricia Conway, Visiting Professor, School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, NTU Singapore
2:00pm – 3:00pm: Panel Discussion and Q&A
About our speakers:
Darren Tan, Head - Education and Community Outreach, ComCrop
Darren is an experienced Head of Education and Community Outreach with a demonstrated history of working in the high-tech farming industry. Darren is skilled in Peer Mentoring, Educational Technology, Strategic Partnerships, IT Strategy, and Discussion Facilitation. He is also an Associate Lecturer at Republic Polytechnic with the School of Applied Science.
Darren holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from National Institute of Education, Singapore, and a Bachelor of Science (Physics) with Honours from Imperial College, London.
Shiva Susarla, Managing Director, RENERGii Asia
Shiva is the Founder and Managing Director of RENERGii, a Singaporean innovation firm and venture studio focused on transforming Asian cities into Zero Waste, Zero Carbon, Zero Pollution urban spaces. Through the venture studio, Shiva has co-founded Urban Tiller [www.urbantiller.com] and Insectifii [www.insectifii.com]. He is also the platform lead for Circular Cities Asia [www.circularcities.asia].
Shiva has an MBA from the Asian Institute of Management, has completed the coursework for the M.Eng program at NUS, and has an undergraduate engineering degree in Computer Science from VTU, India.
Yip Hon Mun, Chief Strategy Office (Overseas)/CEO, NOROO Holdings Co Ltd
Hon Mun helps family offices transform, invest and engage in business transformation to sustainability in the Agriculture and Food industry. He is currently advising the Chairman office of a 75-year-old company Korean company.
Hon Mun started his career in the IT and Telecom industry working with Motorola, Nokia and Microsoft. He spent the last 14 years based in Bangkok and China helping Temasek Holdings turn-around and do post M&A integration for its overseas investment.
Four years ago, he went into Farming and Agriculture. He was the CEO of Sino-Singapore Jilin Food Zone – a Joint Venture between the Singapore and Chinese.
He is currently investing in plant-based meat and cellular agriculture startups and founded a seed molecular breeding company.
About our moderator:
Prof Patricia Conway, Visiting Professor, School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, NTU Singapore
Prof Conway, BSc & MSc (UQ), PhD (UNSW), MASM, has a strong research background complimented with employment in R&D in industry while being affiliated with universities in Sweden and Australia. In Australia, she has worked for CSIRO and also for a Cooperative Research Centre for Food Industry Innovation where she was University based and interfaced with the industrial partners. In addition, she was Chief Scientist for a biotechnology company while being based at the University of New South Wales in the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences. She currently is an Adjunct Professor at the University of New South Wales, Chief Scientist and Director for a biotechnology company in Australia, and Visiting Professor at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) in the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering and the NTU Food Technology Centre (NAFTEC).
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