Past Event

INNOV-EAT Expedition

September 21, 2023
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
The Forum at Columbia University, 601 W. 125th St., New York, NY 10027 Auditorium

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A ticket allocation has been reserved for current Columbia students. Please contact [email protected] for information.

In this event, we will embark on a trailblazing adventure, exploring ground breaking innovations and strategies to transform global food systems. Prepare to challenge the status quo and address the root causes of food system issues.

Innovation comes with its share of failures. We’ll celebrate the lessons learned from these missteps and embrace them as stepping stones on our path to success. Through engaging keynote presentations and panel discussions, we’ll openly share and learn from the failures that have paved the way for innovation.

The event will bring together experts from diverse backgrounds, uniting stakeholders across the food system, including youth. We aim to cultivate a community that champions systemic innovation and technology. By fostering collaboration, we strive to inspire action towards a resilient, inclusive, and sustainable food future.

9:00 am - 9:30 am Registration

9:30 am - 9:33 am Welcome Remarks, Jeffrey Shaman, Interim Dean, Columbia Climate School

9:33 am - 9:44 am Introductions: Embracing failure to pave way for innovations, Dhanush Dinesh, Chief Climate Catalyst, Clim-Eat

9:44 am - 9:52 am Setting the scene:The need for innovations in food systems, Jessica Fanzo, Professor of Climate, Director, Food for Humanity Initiative, Columbia University

9:52 am - 10:00 am Opening Keynote: Innovating for the future of agriculture: No one-size-fits-all, Mildred Nadah Pita, Head of Public Affairs Africa, Bayer

10:00 am - 10:45 am ‘The Innovation Showdown’ – An interactive gameshow: A showcase of innovative products and technologies that are transforming the food industry, Game master: Andy Jarvis, Director of Future of Food, Bezos Earth Fund

10:45 am - 11:00 am Launch of the Food Systems Tech digital platform, Phil Thornton, Research and Innovation Strategist, Clim-Eat

11:00 am - 11:30 am Coffee break

11:30 am - 11:40 am A quest for meta-innovations: Breaking the scaling barrier for food systems transformation, Paul Winters, Executive Director, Innovation Commission for Climate Change, Food Security and Agriculture

11:40 am - 12:30 am Panel discussion: Insights into the role of different funders and stakeholders in scaling up innovations, Chair & Moderator: Dario Soto Abril, Executive Director, Trafigura Foundation; Panelists: Jaime Adams, Senior Advisor & U.S. AIM for Climate Lead, USDA, Katharina Stenholm, Chief Sustainability Officer, DSM-Firmenich, Tania Strauss, Head, Food and Water, World Economic Forum

12:30 am - 2:00 pm Savor flavors of food innovations: A showcase of innovative and sustainable food products

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Panel Discussion: Exploring future food trends and shifting diets; Chair & Moderator: Sam Kass, Partner, Acre Venture Partners and Food Entrepreneur; Panelists: Shayna Fertig, Senior Advisor to the President, Good Food Institute, Brent Loken, Global Food Lead Scientist, WWF Global Science, Mario Herrero, Director of Food Systems & Global Change, Cornell

2:30 pm - 2:40 pm Audience Q&A

2:40 pm - 2:50 pm Advancing innovations for food systems on the road to UAE

2:50 pm - 3:00 pm Closing

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