our keynote speakers

Secretary John F. Kerry (USA)

68th Secretary of State (2013-2017)

John Kerry served as Secretary of State of the United States from 2013 to 2017. During this time, he was a key architect of the 2016 Paris Climate Accord to reduce carbon emissions and instrumental to the United States signing the historic agreement. A United States Senator since 1984, Kerry became Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 2009, assuming a leadership role on key foreign policy and national security issues, including climate change.

The humanitarian threat posed by rising global temperatures is an issue Kerry has actively campaigned on since leaving public office. He is currently a Distinguished Fellow for Global Affairs at Yale University as well as the inaugural Visiting Distinguished Statesman for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Secretary John F. Kerry is appearing on: Tuesday 3 September, 9:30am-10:30am

Dr. Howard-Yana Shapiro (USA)

Chief Agricultural Officer, Mars Incorporated

Howard has been involved with sustainable agricultural and agroforestry systems, plant breeding, molecular biology and genetics for over 45 years.

He led the global effort sequencing, assembling and annotating the Theobroma cacao genome, and initiated the sequencing of the Arachis genome. Shapiro founded the African Orphan Crops Consortium (AOCC) and the African Plant Breeding Academy (AfPBA) in 2011, training mid-career plant breeders to increase the nutritional value of 101 traditional food crops. In October 2017 he launched the Foldit Aflatoxin Puzzle with 460,000 gamers to redesign and improve enzymes to degrade aflatoxins. In 2018 he co-authored a seminal paper providing proof of nitrogen fixation in maize. To date over 1.5 million puzzles have been submitted. Author of 5 books, many articles and dozens of interviews, he continues to conduct breeding programs around the world.

Dr Howard-Yana Shapiro is appearing: Wednesday 4 September, 9:00am-10:00am

Shama Sukul Lee (NZ)

Founder and CEO of Sunfed

Sunfed founder Shama Sukul Lee, a software engineer turned food technology entrepreneur, is reimagining the food system, starting with meat. Her breakthrough company, which started in New Zealand, uses clean technology to make delectable meat without the animal, with debut product Chicken Free Chicken becoming a runaway success.

Lee’s vision is to create a highly scalable regenerative protein company that can feed the world without doing damage. Lee is conscious that food is the largest market in the world, the foundation of human health and the largest form of energy we consume, with a massive footprint impacting the whole planet. She believes changes in the food system can significantly transform the world: the better the food system, the better the wellbeing of all life. Next up for Sunfed is developing new products, including beef and bacon, along with continuing its expansion out of Australasia to the rest of the world.

Shama Sukul Lee is appearing on: Thursday 5 September, 9:00am-10:00am