CEO of WWF France
Executive VP Strategy & Growth, Bel Group
Researcher & Innovation Specialist
CEO, Belgian Pork Group
Christian De Perthuis
Professor at Paris-Dauphine University
Co-Director Food 2.0 LAB
Farmer, Chairman of Passions Céréales
Oceanographer, Founder of BioMarine
Founder Seed 2 Growth Ventures
Director CPG & Retail, Dassault Systèmes
General Secretary, Federation of European Aquaculture Producers
CEO and co-founder of Ynsect
Founder of ColdHubs
CEO Groupe AQUALANDE
Climatologist, IPCC Vice President
Senior Vice President, Wasteless
Urban food logistics expert, Global 78
Neuroscientist, Co-Founder of Chiasma
CEO and Co-Founder of AeroFarms
Communications & Business Development, C’est qui le Patron ?!
Anthropologist of Food, CIRAD
French solo yachtwoman, Isabelle Autissier is the first woman to have sailed around the world in a competition.
Agronomist specialized in halieutic resources, writer, radio broadcaster staging performances on the sea and the environment, she is also a board member of the “French Southern and Antarctic territories” and an ambassador for the International Federation for Human Rights.
Vice-chair of the group in charge of ‘the delicate meeting between the sea and the earth’ within the political process known as the « Grenelle de la mer (the sea)», holder of the French distinctions “Ordre national du Mérite” and « Légion d'honneur, Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres », she is also the Chair of WWF-France (elected in December 2009).
Since March 2018, Cécile Beliot-Zind has taken on the post of Executive VP of Strategy and Growth. She is responsible for all the strategic levers of growth of the BEL Group including Global Marketing Global Sales, R&D and Digital. The BEL Group has a turnover of 3,3 Bn Euros, and employs more than 12 700 employees on the world, in around thirty countries.
At the heart of her job is the transformation of the BEL Group, which set a goal of aggressive top line growth while maintaining a healthy profitability by becoming a key player in the healthier snacks and meal solutions.
Graduating from the Essec Business School (MBA), Cécile Beliot-Zind started her career at Kraft Foods (Mondelez) where she had been working in several marketing positions in the coffee and confectionary division.
She joined Danone in 2000, working on at LU France, where she had been in charge of the marketing strategy for many iconic brands in the division (LU®, Prince®, Petit Ecolier® …). In 2006, she was promoted to Global Brand Director of Mikado and she had the responsibility to lead the Mikado Joint Venture between Danone and the company Glico (Japan) in Europe.
In 2008, she joined the Waters Division to become the Global Brand Director of Bonafont.
In the end of 2010, she joined the Dairy Division to be the Marketing Director of Danone Dairy in Belgium. Then, in 2013, she was promoted to VP of Marketing for Danone in Russia.
In 2015, she joined the waters division to become the General Manager of the cluster France and Benelux for Danone Waters. Since the beginning of 2017, her responsibility expanded, as she was promoted to General Manager of One Danone in France, in addition to her GM role in waters.
Since 2018, Cecile has joined the COMEX of Bel Group in charge of Strategy and Growth.
Amaury Bessard is Director of the Food department with communications agency Shan. He has more than 13 years of experience in the Food sector and in managing sensitive situations. He began his career in 2004 as a consultant with an agency dedicated to crisis management. From 2007 to 2014, with Ferrero France, he was Head of Communications and Public Affaires and then Head of Sustainability. He subsequently led communications of the Association Nationale des Industries Alimentaires (ANIA) for three years before joining Shan in 2017. He is also the Honorary President of a think tank which he founded in 2006 and Vice President of SYRPA, which federates food and ag sector communications managers.
Alexandre joined Unigrains in 2013 after 5 years with Ernst & Young Cleantech and Sustainability. He is an Agricultural engineer (AgroParisTech) and holds an EDDEE Master from ParisTech.
Christian De Perthuis
Professor at Paris-Dauphine University, Christian de Perthuis headed the "Climate Mission" of Caisse des Dépôts, then founded the Climate Economics Chair at Paris-Dauphine University. He has led various missions for public authorities, including chairing the Committee for Ecological Taxation, which led to the introduction of a carbon tax in France. Christian de Perthuis is the author of about ten books, several of which have been translated into English and Chinese. His latest book on climate negotiations, Le Climat, à quel prix ? was published in 2015 by Editions Odile Jacob. He published also a novel, Le complot climatique (L'Harmattan, 2016).
Richard C. Delerins, Ph.D. is Co-Director of the Food 2.0 LAB Paris, Associate Research Scholar at CNRS and the Sorbonne Universty (ISCC); UCLA Distinguished International Scholar. He teaches and lives in Los Angeles and Paris.
His work focuses on eating habits and food behaviors through the lens of genomics and big data. His research deals with the concepts of “nutritive strategies” and "cognitive consumption" in Europe, North America and Asia (China, Korea, Japan). Richard C. Delerins explores the challenges of 21st century cuisines, preserving the environment and culinary traditions that relate to both identity and migratory patterns and the simultaneously nutrigenomic challenge of feeding our taste buds in consonance with our genes. His current field work in France, California and Asia, deals with the "Millennials": How they reshape our modes of consumption (food preferences, product design, etc.) and promote a new "culture of the self".
Dr. Richard C. Delerins was awarded the NIVEA CNRS Prize in Social Sciences (Nutrition) for his work ; he has taught and lectured at UCLA, UC Davis, Harvard University, EHESS, CNRS, Sorbonne University.
A grain farmer, Philippe Dubief grows wheat, winter barley, corn, rapeseed and soybeans across 350 hectares in the center of France.
Philippe began his career as a member of the Board of Directors of the Departmental Committee, then the regional council of young farmers and administrator of the FDSEA 21 commission on plant production. He is currently a Director at CERFRANCE Bourgogne Franche-Comté, a member of the AGPB Bureau and Chairman of Passions Céréales.
Philippe engages producers and all stakeholders in the grains sector in favor of creative, innovative effective and efficient communication, adapted to best meet the needs of individuals and society.
Pierre Erwes is a serial connector and a blue catalyst. Oceanographer with later specialization in IT and marketing, he is an entrepreneur who has over thirty years of international experience, primarily in the areas of marine bio resources and biotechnologies. From 1987 to 2008 he exercised managerial responsibilities at several companies and international groups.
In 2008, he launched BioMarine the international platform dedicated to marine bio-resources, recognized as the broker for Innovation, the broker for international collaborations, and the broker for investment. In 2013 Pierre Erwes launched the BioMarine International cluster’s association. Under the honorary chairmanship of HSH prince Albert II of Monaco, BICA’s Mission is to foster new direct business opportunities based on region to region direct collaboration. In 2016 he launched BlueGen a French non-profit organization created in order to establish the first international trans-sectoral blue business, employment and education platform. Recently, he joined the Benthos Biosciences Group in Shenzhen China, as Vice president and Director for Europe and Canada. He is also part of the expert group for the European commission DG Mare and H2020.
As Co-Founder of S2G Ventures he has been a principal force in developing the S2G mission, culture, strategy and team. Through his work, he has pioneered system investing as a strategy for investing into food and agriculture and applied this approach in building the S2G portfolio of 25 companies. As Managing Director, Victor led the S2G investments into Beyond Meat, sweetgreen, Ripple, Maple Hill Creamery, Apeel Science, Ataraxis. FishPeople and Lavva. He is presently on the Board and Executive Chairman of Lavva.
He is Founder and Chairman of FoodShot Global, an innovative grand challenge and investment platform with partners Rabobank, MARS, The Rockefeller Foundation, Generation Investment Management, The Innovation Institute for Food and Health at UC Davis, The Walton Family Foundation and The Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture.
He was named by Forbes Magazine one of the Top 25 deal makers and influencers in Consumer Products in 2016 and generally regarded as one of the most influential investors in food and agriculture in the USA.
As Director for Business Consulting for Consumer Goods, Consumer Packaged Goods and Retail for Dassault Systèmes, Bastien is responsible for running worldwide business development and value engagements with customers across the company’s portfolio: design / formulation and simulation, PLM, manufacturing, supply chain planning and optimization, merchandising, sales and marketing solutions. He currently runs a team of 10 business consultants spread across the world supporting direct and indirect channels.
Before that, Bastien was Sales and Services Director for 3DVIA, one of the brands of Dassault Systèmes where Bastien built a global go to market, onboarding channel partners and winning new global customers like Ikea, Nobia or Leroy Merlin.
Prior to Dassault Systèmes, Bastien has been creating and managing software startups for 10 years. He was during 5 years CEO and co-founder of Scan & Target, a natural language processing for big data company leading several rounds of investments with VCs and signing customers like TF1, Canal +, FDJ. He spent the prior 5 years as Managing Director and CFO for Digiplug, a CMS software provider helping music majors like Universal Music, Sony BMG or Warner Music with their digital transformation challenges leading to its acquisition by Accenture.
Bastien is a French Certified Public Accountant and Legal Auditor and holds an eMBA from HEC Paris.
After starting in scientific research, mainly on food product development, Courtney Hough worked on the international development of aquaculture, specialising in project development, market research and economic evaluation. He was appointed General Secretary of the Federation of European Aquaculture Producers (FEAP) in 1993, assuring representation on aquaculture issues in the Aquaculture Advisory Council, the European Commission’s Advisory Committees and other European and international bodies.
From 2008-2018, he was also General Secretary of the European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform (EATIP) that provides pan-European support to the development of the European aquaculture value-chain, being principle editor of ‘The Future of European Aquaculture’ (2012) and the review of its Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda in 2017.
Courtney Hough has also participated in FAO and IUCN actions - primarily on the function and contributions of aquaculture - contributing to publications and reviews as well as international conferences. He has worked as coordinator or participant for many aquaculture RTD projects and Support Actions projects in Europe.
Mr. Antoine Hubert is Chairman, CEO and co-founder of Ÿnsect and also President & co-founder of the International Platform of Insects for Food & Food (IPIFF), the representative association of insect producers in Europe.
Antoine Hubert was previously senior scientist at Total and Altran where he managed R&D programs on Sustainable Development applied on bioresources, soil remediation, waste-to-energy and recycled resources. He also launched in 2007 and led the non-profit organization Worgamic, dealing with food sustainability, promoting urban agriculture and organic waste recycling within cities, and in 2011 the company ORGANEO operating on biowaste management.
He is also Board Member of AgroCAmpus West school in France. He is also Guest Lecturer in different Schools and Universities, like AgroParisTech.
He has a background in agronomy and life sciences from AgroCampus Rennes and AgroParisTech Engineering schools.
Nnaemeka is a farmer, innovator, and social entrepreneur; Executive Director of Smallholders Foundation Ltd. /Gte. and CEO of ColdHubs Ltd.
He founded Smallholders Foundation in 2003 to inform, educate and improve the livelihood of rural small farmers, using educational radio programs and leading field practical demonstrations. The organization uses its Smallholder Farmers Rural Radio Network to reach an estimated 250,000 farmers with daily agriculture, environmental management and marketing messages. It has trained 4,500 young Nigerians in agriculture and environmental management, establishing 14 youth owned farms. It has given out 18 months duration microloans to more than 350 women farmers and distributed planting materials to more than 7,000 farmers.
His recently launched for-profit company, ColdHubs Ltd., which assembles and installs solar powered walk-in cold rooms that provide 24/7 off-grid storage and preservation of perishable foods in off grid markets and farms. Fresh produce is placed in clean plastic crates and these crates are stacked inside the cold room. Cold room temperature of 5°C extends the freshness of fruits, vegetables and other perishable food to about 21 days instead of 2 days without refrigeration.
Nnaemeka, is a multi-award winning social entrepreneur who has been recognized worldwide with more than 27 local and international awards, for his innovations that improves the yield and income of smallholders. His work has been supported by The World Bank, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, UNDP, UNHABITAT, IFAD, FAO, UNESCO, The Mulago Foundation, Perry Foundation, Halloran Philanthropies, Stem van Afrika Foundation, The French Government, The Qatar Foundation, The Clinton Foundation…
Vincent JACQUOT is a food engineer. He graduated École Polytechnique and AgroParisTech (INAPG) in the late 90’s. Being a true polyglot, he also achieved degrees in several foreign languages.
After a successful carreer track in Agrosupply and Food Industry, he joined Groupe AQUALANDE early 2018 as Chief Executive Officer to ensure the further development of this top-tier Aquaculture player with leading positions on several of its markets (smoked trout and other processed fish products in Europe, trout eggs worldwide, sea bass, sea bream and meager juveniles worldwide).
Before joining AQUALANDE, Vincent JACQUOT served at various positions in Operations in Savencia Group (FMCG, cheese industry) and Roullier Group (Agrosupplies) and lately in Vivescia Group (Cereal transformation) as the Executive Director of Maize branch KALIZEA, with a full scope over supply, worldwide sales and operations.
AQUALANDE having build over the years a strong leadership and expertise in fish genetics, farming, processing and sales with long-term cooperative roots and a recognized sustainable approach, Vincent JACQUOT with his team decided to put an intense focus on exponential value creation.
Research director (emeritus) at the CEA, Jean Jouzel is an expert in climate and glaciology. He has mainly worked on the reconstruction of past climate derived from the study of the Antarctic and Greenland ice. He has been a vice-chair of the Scientific Working Group of the IPCC (co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize 2007) from 2002 to 2015. From 2001 to 2008, he headed the Institute Pierre Simon Laplace. His work has been recognized with awards such as Milankovitch and Revelle medals. Together with Claude Lorius, he was awarded the gold medal by the CNRS in 2002. In 2012, with Susan Solomon, he was awarded the Vetlesen Prize, which is referred to as the “ Nobel Prize for Earth sciences”. In 2016, he has been elected as a foreign member of NAS (US National Academy of Sciences) and in 2017 as a member of the French Academy of Sciences. He his also member of the French Academy of Agriculture.
He has chaired the Earth System Science panel (PE10) of the ERC (European Research Council) advanced grants in 2009, 2011 and 2013. Since 2009, he is the President of the association Météo et Climat, founded as French Meteorological Society. Since 2010, he is a member of CESE (the Economic, Social and environmental Council, the third assembly in France).
David Kat (Amsterdam, 1971) has a Business degree, was the on-line publisher and business developer for various VNU enterprises in the Netherlands, London and Paris. He’s an business developer, entrepreneur and active investor, since 2004. He has worked with companies including Mobileye, X-Sight Sys, Magink and AgentVI to bring innovation to incumbent industries.
Wasteless is a smart dynamic pricing solution to reduce food waste and improve margins in supermarkets. Wasteless brings the world’s first machine learning and real¬time tracking solution for grocery stores to offer customers dynamic pricing based on product expiration date. Reducing Food Waste is considered one of the most impactful measures against climate change and an SDG goal (namely 12.3), that helps improve the planet and the access to food of its populations.
Andrew is a supply chain professional with over 30 years’ international experience in the food and drink sector. He is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport CILT (UK), holds the Diploma of the Institute, and has the degree of MPhil from Loughborough University.
In 2011 he founded Global 78 as an independent niche consulting practice. Based in the UK, it has an international multi-disciplinary professional team working to discover new perspectives for enhanced value, true cost-efficiency, resilience and sustainability across extended supply chains. Clients include manufacturers, leading grocery retailers, port operators, property developers, trade associations, government organizations and universities.
Andrew co-authored ‘Making the Brazil Connection – managing risk in the international supply chain’ and ‘India Agri-food Supply Chains: Overview and Opportunities’ (published by UKIBC). He also speaks at conferences on topics related to food security issues at global, regional, national and local level.
Recently, he was the lead author for the landmark report ‘Feeding London 2030 – Facing the logistical challenge’ published by the UK Warehousing Association (UKWA). This report explored the critical issues around increasing urbanization, rapidly changing consumer expectations, and how stakeholders can shape an effective logistical response. Although focused on London, its message can be applied across many different large city environments.
Dr. Albert Moukheiber is a researcher in neuroscience and a clinical psychologist. He worked for 10 years at the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris, focusing on anxiety disorders and resilience. Currently, Dr. Moukheiber is a teacher of clinical psychology and psychopathology at Paris University 8.
Along with fellow researchers, Dr. Moukheiber founded Chiasma, a structure focused on critical reasoning and mental flexibility; in particular the way that opinions are shapes and decisions made. He is also a regular speaker sharing the latest scientific knowledge about how cognition and behavior impact daily life.
David Rosenberg co-founded and leads AeroFarms, a clean-technology company that builds and operates advanced vertical farms in urban environments.
David is a member of the World Economic Forum where he co-Chairs the Young Global Leaders Circular Economy Taskforce. He is also a member of the B20 Sustainable Food System Taskforce, which advises the G20. In addition, David serves as a Managing Trustee of New Jersey’s Liberty Science Center.
David received his BA from UNC Chapel Hill and holds an MBA from Columbia University. He competed for the U.S. in Fencing where he was a finalist at a world cup and represented the NYAC, winning three U.S. National Team Fencing Championships and two individual silver metals.
Nathalie Roskwas is in charge of communication and business development for C'est qui le Patron?!, a French consumers' initiative aiming to rethink the way we buy and consume food. Launched less than 2 years ago with the first milk developed and decided by consumers themselves, the consumers' brand is now a great success. From farmers to distributors, the consumers' products ensures a fair price is paid to all the partners while increasing the quality of the products. When consumers decide to take control of their consumption, they make choices no marketers would have believed a few years ago! Nathalie Roskwas had been working for the financial industry for 5 years before she decided to start a new professional life in accordance with her values and joined "C'est qui le Patron ?!" at the beginning of this initiative.
Chelsie Yount-André is a postdoctoral fellow in the Anthropology of Food at the CIRAD research institute in Montpellier, France. Her research focuses on urban eating practices, food and morality, and practices of food sharing in transnational families. Trained as a linguistic anthropologist, her research highlights the ways that the global political economy shapes micro-level interactions surrounding food in families’ everyday lives.
She received a joint Ph.D. in anthropology from Northwestern University (Evanston) and the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS, Paris).
Her work has been published in the journals Food and Foodways, Africa, and the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology. She has recently presented her research to international audiences at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and Hamburg University’s Institut für Ethnologie.
She is member of the research group UMR Moisa, which focuses on the ways that markets, organizations, institutions, and actors’ strategies are mutually imbricated in shaping eating practices.
Her current ethnographic project considers the intersections of economics and ethics in the corporate sector, examining the moral discourses businesses use to reckon with consumer’s increasing mistrust in the food industry, evidenced by the loss of market share among multinational food corporations.