Aquaculture 2018 | Kisaco Research
Investing in New Technology
London, UK
11-12 September, 2018
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Why Attend

Showcasing the Most Exciting Innovation in Farm Management, Nutrition and Health Innovation

The Aquaculture Innovation Summit is a new conference, as part of the Animal Health Innovation series, which focuses on showcasing and supporting innovation and sustainability initiatives in three key areas of aquaculture: farm management, nutrition and health.

Our objective at this two-day event is to bring to light cutting-edge modern technologies and solutions that are helping shape one of the most important industries for the future of global protein.

 

 

Below is a preview of some of the topics to be discussed:

  • Innovation Showcase: The 12 most exciting innovations in aqua across farm management, nutrition and health, each seeking financial investment and strategic partnership
  • Digital Trends: How innovative companies are using digital and tech solutions to prevent disease
  • Tech & Productivity: What challenges are seafood producers currently facing and what technology can make an impact on productivity?
  • Health and Nutrition Trends: Oral Vaccines, Medicated Feed Additives and Fish Microbiome
  • Global Focus: Trends in the aquaculture markets in Latin America and Asia.
  • Expanded focus on species: What are the opportunities for innovation in Tilapia and Shrimp?
120+
Attendees
8+
Hours of Networking
24+
1-to-1 Meetings per person
12
Emerging Companies Presenting
50%
More VC Investors than in 2017

Who Will Be There

40%
Pre-Revenue and Emerging Aquaculture Companies
40%
Business Development and Strategic Teams from Big Aqua Farming, Feed & Health Companies
10%
Financial Investors, Venture Capital & Private Equity Investors
5%
National Regulatory Bodies, Regional Associations & Government
5%
Service providers, CRO’s and Consultants

Pre-Revenue and Emerging Aquaculture Companies

Business Development and Strategic Teams from Big Aqua Farming, Feed & Health Companies

Financial Investors, Venture Capital & Private Equity Investors

National Regulatory Bodies, Regional Associations & Government

Service providers, CRO’s and Consultants

Innovation Showcase

Thank you to everyone that applied to the 2018 Innovation Showcase - we received a record number of applications this year, all of superbly high quality.

THE RESULTS ARE IN!

Our Selection Committee have revealed the twelve Start-up companies that will be presenting on-site as part of this year's Aquaculture Innovation Showcase - pitching their novel technologies to our panel of investors.

These presentations will showcase the innovation and opportunity that the emerging companies bring to aquaculture Health, Nutrition and Farm Management.

Details about this year's finalists from can be viewed in the 'Aquaculture Innovation Showcase finalists' document in the Resource section below >>

In the News

We've been featured!

This 'golden age of aquaculture investors’ is the perfect time for start-ups in the industry to find investment for their innovative new products. Jenny Hjul at FISHupdate spoke to these investors at the Aquaculture Innovation Summit this week and discusses her learnings in her article here.

Entocycle, winners of the Nutrition Innovation Showcase pitching their technologies

Venture Capital Investors

Author:

Sarai Kemp

VP Business Development
Trendlines AgTech

As VP Business Development for Trendlines Agtech since 2012, Sarai Kemp is responsible for directing the business and financial development and fund-raising strategies and activities for early-stage portfolio companies developing innovative technologies and products in aquaculture, food production, biopesticides and agrochemicals, and other related sectors. Trendlines Agtech is part of The Trendlines Group (www.trendlines.com). Trendlines invents, discovers, invests in, and incubates innovation-based medical and agricultural technologies, and is involved in all aspects of its portfolio companies from technology development to business building.

Sarai brings more than 12 years’ experience in agricultural, consumer goods, and high-tech industries, including in sales, marketing, and business development for international companies such as Afimilk and Keter Plastic. She has worked intensively with companies in East Asia.

Sarai received an MBA from Haifa University and a B.A. from Tel Aviv University.

Author:

Tom Prins

Dealflow Manager
Aqua-Spark

Tom manages the process of screening new business opportunities for Aqua-Spark and negotiating new investments. He has been directly involved throughout the investment process for the majority of the current Aqua-Spark portfolio, ranging from investments in feed ingredients, technology, health, genetics and production. Tom joined Aqua-Spark in 2015. Prior to Aqua-Spark, he worked in the Gulf region with the Netherlands Agricultural Attaché for GCC countries and the Netherlands Embassy in the Sultanate of Oman, where he conducted research on the development of local aquaculture industry. He has also spearheaded transnational events to elevate public and private dialogue on emerging opportunities in aquaculture. Tom received a Master in Business Geography from Utrecht University. A fervent surfer, Tom is dedicated to conserving the ocean for future generations.    

Author:

Maarten Goossens

Co-founder and Principal
Anterra Capital

Maarten is a Co-founder and Principal at Anterra Capital. He began his investing career as an Analyst within the Rabo Ventures team in 2009 and was primarily responsible for deal sourcing and execution, and portfolio management. 

Prior to joining Rabo Ventures, Maarten was an Analyst in the Rabobank-Rothschild M&A joint venture in London, where he focused on transactions in Food & Agriculture. 

Maarten holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Free University of Amsterdam, and has studied at the London School of Economics.

Author:

Carsten Krome

Founder
Alimentos Ventures

Carsten worked as a technical analyst for an aquaculture investment fund before launching Alimentos Ventures. He oversaw equity investments in various aquaculture feed, health, IT and production start-ups.

Carsten holds a PhD in aquaculture nutrition from the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling.

Author:

James Mead

Principal
8C Capital

Author:

Gerard Chia

Investments & Portfolio Management
New Protein Capital

Gerard heads the fund's business development efforts and is part of the deal sourcing and investment team of VisVires New Protein (VVNP), a Singapore-based Venture Fund focused on innovative solutions to the acute inefficiencies of the food and feed industry. They look for disruptive technologies to improve the interaction between food and health, solutions to tackle food waste, food safety & traceability, and to address the unsustainability of the protein production system.

Most recently, Gerard was the right-hand to the former Chairman of the holding co. of the Firmenich Group, where he was Head of Special Projects investing across multiple asset classes. Previously, he was an Investment Analyst with Saratoga Capital, an Indonesia-focused private equity fund.

Author:

Jamie Stein

Devonian Capita

Author:

Richard O’Gorman

Director
Rabo Food & Agri Innovation Fund

Author:

Christian Rangen

Group Chief Operating Founder
X2 Labs

Christian Rangen is a serial entrepreneur, strategy advisor and early-stage investor.

He works with startups, scale-ups and large corporates to help build better business models and new growth companies.

Chris is the founder of X2 Labs – a startup factory, one of the most ambitious accelerator programs in the Nordics. X2 Labs is a venture builder, building entirely new startups around the industries of the future. Recent programs include “Smart City”, “Digital Tourism”, “Ocean Space” and “Aquaculture of Tomorrow”. In his various roles, he has helped fund, build or scale close to 100 startups over the past 10 years. Currently, he is chairman, board member and hands-on advisor to 15+ startups, several in aquaculture and seafood.

He is also a strategy & transformation advisor to global firms, with clients in Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Dubai and Europe.
Chris is also senior faculty at BI- Norwegian Business School, management author, keynote speaker and avid kitesurfer.

He resides in Norway, but travels globally for projects, clients and investment opportunities.

 

 

Author:

Alexandra Mcoran-Campbell

Partner
Impact Capital

Author:

Koen van Engelen

Founder
Venture IQ

Koen is one of the two founders of Venture IQ, an Amsterdam/Shanghai based technology scouting firm that assists its clients with identifying and selecting technology companies globally, across all industries. Currently Venture IQ is one of the fastest growing scouting firms in Europe, servicing a broad range of corporate clients. Its scouting platform consists of a team of analysts, datasets with global coverage and collaboration software that allows Venture IQ to work closely with its clients.

Before founding Venture IQ in 2015, Koen was an investor and had Partner roles with Anterra Capital and Rabo Ventures and started his career at Alpinvest.

Global Advisors

Author:

Matthias Hofer

Partner
Stonehaven Consulting Group

Matthias Hofer is a business leader with broad international experience and strength in sales, strategy and execution. He served on the executive committees of 2 major Animal Health companies for a total of 7 years.

Matthias lives in Switzerland with his wife and his two children. After completing his Master‘s degree at the University of St.Gallen (HSG), he started working for Novartis Animal Health (NAH) in Sydney, Australia in a project support role, serving the APAC region.
In 2006, Matthias was promoted first to Strategic Planning Manager for NAH and from there to Head of Strategy for the Animal Health Division. Between 2009 – 2013 Matthias led NAH’s Aqua Health business globally. This business today is amongst the top few companies in the Aqua-health industry.

During 2014 and with Elanco’s intention to buy NAH, Matthias served as integration leader for NAH on the Novartis side. In that role Matthias led a large team and efforts to prepare integration pre-closing overall including carve-out preparations of operations linked to Novartis.

Once Elanco and NAH successfully merged, Matthias took on the role as Global Leader Emerging Business within Elanco. In that function Matthias was responsible for a total of five fast growing business areas, including Aqua, Vaccines, Enzymes and others.
Most recently Matthias has joined Stonehaven Consulting Group as a partner.
Stonehaven

Author:

Avrim Lazar

Principle Consultant
Global Salmon Initiative

Avrim Lazar, Principle Consultant to the Global Salmon Initiative Avrim Lazar was President & CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada, from January 1, 2002 until April 1 2012.

He was chair of the Advisory Committee on Paper and Wood Products (ACPWP) to the United Nations.

Mr. Lazar has held senior policy positions in the government of Canada in the Ministries of Justice, Agriculture, Environment and Human Resource Development. During this period he was responsible for national policy in areas as diverse as climate change, biodiversity, child poverty, employment insurance and labor force training.

Mr. Lazar was Chair of the Committee of the Whole of the Second UN Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in 1995. He also chaired the National Business Association Roundtable and is the Past-President of the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA).

Mr. Lazar taught high school in Vancouver and Zambia from 1969 to 1973. Over the years, Mr. Lazar has given many courses in the graduate studies programs at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University.

Mr. Lazar holds degrees in science and education, including a B.Sc (1968) from McGill University, a B.Ed (1970) and a PhEd in Ed (1976) from the University of Ottawa

Author:

Randolph Richards

Emeritus Professor
University of Stirling

Randolph is Professor of Clinical Pathology. He is a veterinarian with many years’ experience in the field of fish health. He is especially knowledgeable about drug interactions and therapeutic approaches to disease control.

Author:

Tanja Hoel

CEO
The Seafood Innovation Cluster

Before being appointed General Manager of the Seafood Innovation Cluster in May 2015, Tanja was Managing Director of Fiskeriforum Vest (FFV) for 4 years. FFV was a regional network organization for the Seafood Industry in Western Norway, and a co-founder of the Seafood Innovation Cluster. Prior to that Tanja worked as a Project Manager at Norsk Sjømatsenter where she was managed a number of innovation and knowledge projects. Tanja was born and raised in Chicago but now lives with her family in Bergen.

Author:

Viggo Halseth

Chief Innovation Officer
Nutreco

Viggo joined Nutreco in 1984. He has a longstanding career in Nutreco and had various positions in marketing, general and business unit management within Skretting ARC and Skretting. Viggo studied Animal Hubandry at Agriculture University and Marketing and Strategy Development at Norwegian Business School.

Author:

Geoff Smart

Ex-Managing Director
Culmarex

Selection Committee

Author:

Greg Sunvold

Principal
Sunvold Technology LLC

Author:

Sarai Kemp

VP Business Development
Trendlines AgTech

As VP Business Development for Trendlines Agtech since 2012, Sarai Kemp is responsible for directing the business and financial development and fund-raising strategies and activities for early-stage portfolio companies developing innovative technologies and products in aquaculture, food production, biopesticides and agrochemicals, and other related sectors. Trendlines Agtech is part of The Trendlines Group (www.trendlines.com). Trendlines invents, discovers, invests in, and incubates innovation-based medical and agricultural technologies, and is involved in all aspects of its portfolio companies from technology development to business building.

Sarai brings more than 12 years’ experience in agricultural, consumer goods, and high-tech industries, including in sales, marketing, and business development for international companies such as Afimilk and Keter Plastic. She has worked intensively with companies in East Asia.

Sarai received an MBA from Haifa University and a B.A. from Tel Aviv University.

Author:

Tom Prins

Dealflow Manager
Aqua-Spark

Tom manages the process of screening new business opportunities for Aqua-Spark and negotiating new investments. He has been directly involved throughout the investment process for the majority of the current Aqua-Spark portfolio, ranging from investments in feed ingredients, technology, health, genetics and production. Tom joined Aqua-Spark in 2015. Prior to Aqua-Spark, he worked in the Gulf region with the Netherlands Agricultural Attaché for GCC countries and the Netherlands Embassy in the Sultanate of Oman, where he conducted research on the development of local aquaculture industry. He has also spearheaded transnational events to elevate public and private dialogue on emerging opportunities in aquaculture. Tom received a Master in Business Geography from Utrecht University. A fervent surfer, Tom is dedicated to conserving the ocean for future generations.    

Author:

Maarten Goossens

Co-founder and Principal
Anterra Capital

Maarten is a Co-founder and Principal at Anterra Capital. He began his investing career as an Analyst within the Rabo Ventures team in 2009 and was primarily responsible for deal sourcing and execution, and portfolio management. 

Prior to joining Rabo Ventures, Maarten was an Analyst in the Rabobank-Rothschild M&A joint venture in London, where he focused on transactions in Food & Agriculture. 

Maarten holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Free University of Amsterdam, and has studied at the London School of Economics.

Author:

Björgólfur Hávardsson

R&D Director
Seafood Innovation Cluster

Björgólfur Hávardsson MSc, is the Innovation Manager with the Seafood Innovation Cluster, a Norwegian Centre of Expertise member based out of Bergen, Norway.

After three decades of multiple biological roles in the aquaculture industry, Mr. Hávardsson has an extensive knowledge of the biological possibilities and challenges in modern salmon farming. Through working in the industry on such diverse fields as fish counting, biomass estimation, smoltification, fish welfare, feeding systems and -behaviour as well as writing practical books on netfouling in Europe and South America, Hávarðsson is experienced in developing and presenting ideas and practical methods through courses, presentations and articles in several languages.

Mr. Hávardsson holds a Master´s degree in Aquaculture Biology from the University of Bergen (UIB) and a degree from an executive program in Strategy and Branding in the seafood industry from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH).

Author:

Carsten Krome

Founder
Alimentos Ventures

Carsten worked as a technical analyst for an aquaculture investment fund before launching Alimentos Ventures. He oversaw equity investments in various aquaculture feed, health, IT and production start-ups.

Carsten holds a PhD in aquaculture nutrition from the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling.

Author:

Christian Rangen

Group Chief Operating Founder
X2 Labs

Christian Rangen is a serial entrepreneur, strategy advisor and early-stage investor.

He works with startups, scale-ups and large corporates to help build better business models and new growth companies.

Chris is the founder of X2 Labs – a startup factory, one of the most ambitious accelerator programs in the Nordics. X2 Labs is a venture builder, building entirely new startups around the industries of the future. Recent programs include “Smart City”, “Digital Tourism”, “Ocean Space” and “Aquaculture of Tomorrow”. In his various roles, he has helped fund, build or scale close to 100 startups over the past 10 years. Currently, he is chairman, board member and hands-on advisor to 15+ startups, several in aquaculture and seafood.

He is also a strategy & transformation advisor to global firms, with clients in Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Dubai and Europe.
Chris is also senior faculty at BI- Norwegian Business School, management author, keynote speaker and avid kitesurfer.

He resides in Norway, but travels globally for projects, clients and investment opportunities.

 

 

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Geir Bjarne Myre

Global Product Manager of Aquaculture Insurance
XL Catlin

Geir Bjarne Myre

Global Product Manager of Aquaculture Insurance
XL Catlin

Geir Bjarne Myre

Global Product Manager of Aquaculture Insurance
XL Catlin
 

Prof. Ross Houston

Personal Chair of Aquaculture Genetics, The Roslin Institute
University of Edinburgh

Dr Houston’s research is primarily aimed at producing salmon offspring which will be less likely to catch diseases or infection. This is done by looking at the genes of salmon which have contracted these deficiencies and identifying the difference between them and the genes of those which did not. From this genetic data, you can now see which salmon will be resistant, and which will not.

Prof. Ross Houston

Personal Chair of Aquaculture Genetics, The Roslin Institute
University of Edinburgh

Prof. Ross Houston

Personal Chair of Aquaculture Genetics, The Roslin Institute
University of Edinburgh

Dr Houston’s research is primarily aimed at producing salmon offspring which will be less likely to catch diseases or infection. This is done by looking at the genes of salmon which have contracted these deficiencies and identifying the difference between them and the genes of those which did not. From this genetic data, you can now see which salmon will be resistant, and which will not.

Fish with resistant genes can be chosen and bred with one another, hopefully removing the likelihood of their offspring contracting diseases. These fish are then hatched into a fresh water hatchery, and moved to a salt water farming location after one year. These fish should be less likely to contract diseases, infections or sea lice, a trait they should pass on to their offspring. 

There is no genetic manipulation in this process; it is a selective breeding process which uses genetic research to produce salmon which are more likely to survive in fish farms, and can result in higher quality fillets for consumers.

Dr Houston’s research has had a positive impact in many areas.

 

Gorjan Nikolik

Associate Director Animal Protein/Seafood
RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness

Since joining Rabobank in 2005, Gorjan Nikolik has been a Senior Analyst focusing on the global seafood sector including aquaculture, wild-catch, seafood trade and processing.

Gorjan Nikolik

Associate Director Animal Protein/Seafood
RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness

Gorjan Nikolik

Associate Director Animal Protein/Seafood
RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness

Since joining Rabobank in 2005, Gorjan Nikolik has been a Senior Analyst focusing on the global seafood sector including aquaculture, wild-catch, seafood trade and processing.

In his primary role, he works as a sector expert to Rabobank departments such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Leveraged Finance, Venture Capital, Credit Risk Management and the Corporate Finance Bankers. He is a regular speaker on global seafood and aquaculture conferences and has published research reports covering the seafood industry. He also has experience as a commodity analyst having covered the sugar industry. 

Gorjan holds a masters degree in Finance and Business Administration from the University of Maastricht and an MBA from Maastricht School of Management.

 

 

Lara Barazi-Yeroulanos

CEO
Kefalonia Fisheries

Other Activities:
General Fisheries Committee for the Mediteranean (GFCM) of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO):
Member of the Expert Group for the Selection of Indicators for the Sustainable Development of Aquaculture in the Mediterranean

General Fisheries Committee for the Mediteranean (GFCM)of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO):
International Marketing Expert for the project Marketing of Aquaculture Products: Development of a Strategy for Marketing and Promotion of Mediterranean Aquaculture 

Lara Barazi-Yeroulanos

CEO
Kefalonia Fisheries

Lara Barazi-Yeroulanos

CEO
Kefalonia Fisheries

Other Activities:
General Fisheries Committee for the Mediteranean (GFCM) of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO):
Member of the Expert Group for the Selection of Indicators for the Sustainable Development of Aquaculture in the Mediterranean

General Fisheries Committee for the Mediteranean (GFCM)of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO):
International Marketing Expert for the project Marketing of Aquaculture Products: Development of a Strategy for Marketing and Promotion of Mediterranean Aquaculture 

International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN):
Member of Expert Group and Contributor for the Guide for the Sustainable Development of Mediterranean Aquaculture : Site Selection and Site Management

International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN):
Member of Expert Group and Contributor for the Guide for the Sustainable Development of Mediterranean Aquaculture : Responsible Aquaculture practices and Certification

 

Simon Doherty

Senior Vice President
British Veterinary Association

Simon Doherty, president of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) is a veterinary consultant and senior lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast.

With two decades of experience in veterinary practice, industry and academia, Simon is well positioned to represent the varied veterinary roles and diversity of BVA’s 18,000+ members.

Simon Doherty

Senior Vice President
British Veterinary Association

Simon Doherty

Senior Vice President
British Veterinary Association

Simon Doherty, president of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) is a veterinary consultant and senior lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast.

With two decades of experience in veterinary practice, industry and academia, Simon is well positioned to represent the varied veterinary roles and diversity of BVA’s 18,000+ members.

For three years, Simon was the Animal Sciences & Aquaculture specialist for the Department for International Trade. Last year, he was appointed a GlobalScot in the animal health & aquaculture sector by the Office of the First Minister in Scotland.

Simon is a past president of the North of Ireland Veterinary Association and of the Northern Ireland Branch of BVA. He currently chairs the UK One Health Coordination Group and is one of two BVA representatives at the Federation of Veterinarians in Europe (FVE). He also chairs the FVE FishMedPlus Coalition.

A STEM Ambassador, he is also actively involved in the provision of veterinary careers advice, regularly mentoring applicants to veterinary school. He is also an ambassador for the livestock development charity, Send a Cow, and a trustee of the Animal Welfare Foundation.

Follow Simon on Twitter:
@simondocvet   @britishvets
#OneVeterinaryCommunity   #AStrongVoiceForVets

 

Malcolm Pye

CEO
Benchmark Holdings Plc

Malcolm has over 30 years’ experience in international agribusiness through his roles within the Hillsdown Holdings / HMTF group, operating in animal breeding, poultry, feed milling and veterinary services. During this time, Malcolm gained extensive experience in breeding and genetics, sales and strategic M&A, and held board positions within the Group. In 2000, Malcolm founded Benchmark, along with Roland Bonney and Ruth Layton, and has since led the Company’s growth and diversification. Malcolm has a degree in Zoology / Applied Zoology from the University of Wales (Bangor)

Malcolm Pye

CEO
Benchmark Holdings Plc

Malcolm Pye

CEO
Benchmark Holdings Plc

Malcolm has over 30 years’ experience in international agribusiness through his roles within the Hillsdown Holdings / HMTF group, operating in animal breeding, poultry, feed milling and veterinary services. During this time, Malcolm gained extensive experience in breeding and genetics, sales and strategic M&A, and held board positions within the Group. In 2000, Malcolm founded Benchmark, along with Roland Bonney and Ruth Layton, and has since led the Company’s growth and diversification. Malcolm has a degree in Zoology / Applied Zoology from the University of Wales (Bangor)

 

Cameron MacLean

Group Chief Operating Officer
Regal Springs Tilapia

MacLean has experience working in several global regions including Australia, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East, and has studied aquaculture, manufacturing, and engineering. He holds a bachelor’s degree in applied science (fisheries technology) from the University of Tasmania, Australia, as well as a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. 

Cameron MacLean

Group Chief Operating Officer
Regal Springs Tilapia

Cameron MacLean

Group Chief Operating Officer
Regal Springs Tilapia

MacLean has experience working in several global regions including Australia, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East, and has studied aquaculture, manufacturing, and engineering. He holds a bachelor’s degree in applied science (fisheries technology) from the University of Tasmania, Australia, as well as a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. 

 

Arturo Clement

President
Salmon Chile

Arturo Clément Diaz has been involved in the Chilean salmon industry since 1988—the very early days of salmon farming—and has been one of the pioneers who helped lead the industry in becoming one of the world’s largest producers of salmon. He started his career working for foods corporations as Bresler and Unifrutti and for the Goverment Agency, Odeplan, joining the company known then as Salmones Multiexport , which became MultiexportFoods in 1989.

Arturo Clement

President
Salmon Chile

Arturo Clement

President
Salmon Chile

Arturo Clément Diaz has been involved in the Chilean salmon industry since 1988—the very early days of salmon farming—and has been one of the pioneers who helped lead the industry in becoming one of the world’s largest producers of salmon. He started his career working for foods corporations as Bresler and Unifrutti and for the Goverment Agency, Odeplan, joining the company known then as Salmones Multiexport , which became MultiexportFoods in 1989.

In his role as CEO, Mr. Clément directed the vertical integration of the company, implementing a development plan that made MultiexportFoods one of the most efficiently run organizations in the world. He set up the company’s commercial office in Miami, Florida (USA), which served as the distribution and sales office for North America and the same office in Tokyo, Japan. In 2007, Mr. Clément took the company public, giving Multiexport Foods the distinction of being the second Chilean salmon company to be listed on the Chilean Stock Exchange—the Bolsa de Comercio –in Santiago.

He left Multiexport in 2010 focus on developing new business in the salmon industry, SalmonEx is one of them. Mr. Clément studied Civil Engineering at the Universidad de Chile, and he also participated in a Management Training Program in Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez in year 2000 and a Diploma in Management Abilities in the Department of Industrial Engineering in Universidad de Chile in year 2005.

 

Gerard Chia

Investments & Portfolio Management
New Protein Capital

Gerard heads the fund's business development efforts and is part of the deal sourcing and investment team of VisVires New Protein (VVNP), a Singapore-based Venture Fund focused on innovative solutions to the acute inefficiencies of the food and feed industry. They look for disruptive technologies to improve the interaction between food and health, solutions to tackle food waste, food safety & traceability, and to address the unsustainability of the protein production system.

Gerard Chia

Investments & Portfolio Management
New Protein Capital

Gerard Chia

Investments & Portfolio Management
New Protein Capital

Gerard heads the fund's business development efforts and is part of the deal sourcing and investment team of VisVires New Protein (VVNP), a Singapore-based Venture Fund focused on innovative solutions to the acute inefficiencies of the food and feed industry. They look for disruptive technologies to improve the interaction between food and health, solutions to tackle food waste, food safety & traceability, and to address the unsustainability of the protein production system.

Most recently, Gerard was the right-hand to the former Chairman of the holding co. of the Firmenich Group, where he was Head of Special Projects investing across multiple asset classes. Previously, he was an Investment Analyst with Saratoga Capital, an Indonesia-focused private equity fund.

 

Christian Rangen

Group Chief Operating Founder
X2 Labs

Christian Rangen is a serial entrepreneur, strategy advisor and early-stage investor.

He works with startups, scale-ups and large corporates to help build better business models and new growth companies.

Christian Rangen

Group Chief Operating Founder
X2 Labs

Christian Rangen

Group Chief Operating Founder
X2 Labs

Christian Rangen is a serial entrepreneur, strategy advisor and early-stage investor.

He works with startups, scale-ups and large corporates to help build better business models and new growth companies.

Chris is the founder of X2 Labs – a startup factory, one of the most ambitious accelerator programs in the Nordics. X2 Labs is a venture builder, building entirely new startups around the industries of the future. Recent programs include “Smart City”, “Digital Tourism”, “Ocean Space” and “Aquaculture of Tomorrow”. In his various roles, he has helped fund, build or scale close to 100 startups over the past 10 years. Currently, he is chairman, board member and hands-on advisor to 15+ startups, several in aquaculture and seafood.

He is also a strategy & transformation advisor to global firms, with clients in Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Dubai and Europe.
Chris is also senior faculty at BI- Norwegian Business School, management author, keynote speaker and avid kitesurfer.

He resides in Norway, but travels globally for projects, clients and investment opportunities.

 

 

 

Valerie Robitaille

CEO
XpertSea

Valerie Robitaille

CEO
XpertSea

Valerie Robitaille

CEO
XpertSea
 

Mike Selden

CEO and Co-Founder
Finless Foods

(LinkedIn) Mike Selden's background in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has played a big role in him dedicating his life to climate justice and science advocacy. He has always been very politically active and considers his work now to be an extension of that. Before co-founding Finless Foods, he was working at the Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine in high-throughput cancer screening.

Mike Selden

CEO and Co-Founder
Finless Foods

Mike Selden

CEO and Co-Founder
Finless Foods

(LinkedIn) Mike Selden's background in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has played a big role in him dedicating his life to climate justice and science advocacy. He has always been very politically active and considers his work now to be an extension of that. Before co-founding Finless Foods, he was working at the Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine in high-throughput cancer screening. His university research projects were twofold, one focusing on fungal epigenetics to solve food crises and the other on the evolutionary biomechanics of the mantis shrimp. He was a high school chemistry teacher at Wagor International school in Taichung Taiwan, where he ended up learning enough Chinese to become co-editor in chief of ChinaSMACK, a website that translates Chinese news for the English speaking world. He also has done work at New Harvest, a non-profit forwarding research in the clean meat field.

 

John Buchanan

CEO
Center for Aquaculture Technologies

Dr. John Buchanan serves as the President and CEO for the Center for Aquaculture Technologies (CAT), a team with a corporate strategy of maintaining excellence in contract research and innovative R&D in aquaculture biotechnology. Prior to helping launch CAT, Dr. Buchanan spent 5 years as the Director of Research and Development at AquaBounty Technologies. Previously, Dr. Buchanan has held a series of research leadership positions at Louisiana State University, the University of California at San Diego School of Medicine, and Kent SeaTech Corporation. Dr.

John Buchanan

CEO
Center for Aquaculture Technologies

John Buchanan

CEO
Center for Aquaculture Technologies

Dr. John Buchanan serves as the President and CEO for the Center for Aquaculture Technologies (CAT), a team with a corporate strategy of maintaining excellence in contract research and innovative R&D in aquaculture biotechnology. Prior to helping launch CAT, Dr. Buchanan spent 5 years as the Director of Research and Development at AquaBounty Technologies. Previously, Dr. Buchanan has held a series of research leadership positions at Louisiana State University, the University of California at San Diego School of Medicine, and Kent SeaTech Corporation. Dr. Buchanan has led research on the application of genetic engineering to aquaculture, the use of selective breeding, hatchery technologies, and genomics for improved productivity in finfish, the development of novel therapeutics for aquaculture, and the molecular and genetic basis for virulence in aquatic and human pathogens. He also has experience directing and conducting studies compliant with governmental regulatory standards (GLP/GCP).

Dr. Buchanan completed his undergraduate work at Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Zoology, and received his Ph.D. in Oceanography from Louisiana State University with a focus on marine biotechnology.

Specialties: business development, corporate strategy, genetic engineering, infectious disease, molecular microbiology, vaccine development, biotechnology, molecular biology, ploidy manipulation, cryopreservation, GLP, GCP, regulatory studies

 

Chris Beattie

Lead, Precision Aquaculture
MSD Animal Health

Chris Beattie leads MSD Animal Health’s Precision Aquaculture Team, working closely with colleagues in MSD’s Animal Health Venture Group (AHV). MSD Animal Health Ventures partners with companies and invests in bringing new solutions to address unmet customer needs, including advanced digital technologies.

Chris Beattie

Lead, Precision Aquaculture
MSD Animal Health

Chris Beattie

Lead, Precision Aquaculture
MSD Animal Health

Chris Beattie leads MSD Animal Health’s Precision Aquaculture Team, working closely with colleagues in MSD’s Animal Health Venture Group (AHV). MSD Animal Health Ventures partners with companies and invests in bringing new solutions to address unmet customer needs, including advanced digital technologies.

Formerly Global Head of Aquaculture Business for MSD Animal Health, Chris has a background in Marine Biology and a Ph.D. in Fish Physiology from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland where he worked in conjunction with the Institute of Marine Research, Norway. Prior to joining MSD Animal Health, Chris worked in several technical and commercial roles with Skretting in Europe and North America, latterly as General Manager of Skretting North America.

 

Richard Sibbit

Managing Director
DBT

As Managing Director at DBT, we deliver web, mobile, digital, data management & business intelligence solutions across the global Animal Health and Agricultural supply chain. We provide our customers with a blend of technology, knowledge and talent to solve their business problems. 
As a part of Proagrica, we deliver Precision Animal Health and Precision Agriculture solutions providing our customers with data insight, traceability, correlation and predictive analysis. 

Richard Sibbit

Managing Director
DBT

Richard Sibbit

Managing Director
DBT

As Managing Director at DBT, we deliver web, mobile, digital, data management & business intelligence solutions across the global Animal Health and Agricultural supply chain. We provide our customers with a blend of technology, knowledge and talent to solve their business problems. 
As a part of Proagrica, we deliver Precision Animal Health and Precision Agriculture solutions providing our customers with data insight, traceability, correlation and predictive analysis. 

I work with our varying customer base on strategic growth and planning where technology is an enabler for streamlining and improving processes and enabling business growth and ROI. We offer our customers solutions where integration of key technology and solutions adds value to the business and customer experience, delivers successful services and enables consistent and consolidated communications.

My experience covers integration and EDI solutions, business strategy, business planning and sales of varying solutions that cover eSolutions, web sites, business management solutions, strategic partnership solutions (rebate, loyalty, promotions) and data management and BI solutions. I spend a lot of time with our customers delivering and planning a solution foundation. This focuses on developing strategic roadmaps and business plans to deliver a growing and innovative technology platform enabling revenue growth and operational cost savings. In turn this allows standardization of business applications and services to be deployed regionally and globally within our customers organizations.

 

Koen van Engelen

Founder
Venture IQ

Koen is one of the two founders of Venture IQ, an Amsterdam/Shanghai based technology scouting firm that assists its clients with identifying and selecting technology companies globally, across all industries. Currently Venture IQ is one of the fastest growing scouting firms in Europe, servicing a broad range of corporate clients. Its scouting platform consists of a team of analysts, datasets with global coverage and collaboration software that allows Venture IQ to work closely with its clients.

Koen van Engelen

Founder
Venture IQ

Koen van Engelen

Founder
Venture IQ

Koen is one of the two founders of Venture IQ, an Amsterdam/Shanghai based technology scouting firm that assists its clients with identifying and selecting technology companies globally, across all industries. Currently Venture IQ is one of the fastest growing scouting firms in Europe, servicing a broad range of corporate clients. Its scouting platform consists of a team of analysts, datasets with global coverage and collaboration software that allows Venture IQ to work closely with its clients.

Before founding Venture IQ in 2015, Koen was an investor and had Partner roles with Anterra Capital and Rabo Ventures and started his career at Alpinvest.

 

Louise Buttle

Technology Lead Coldwater
Cargill Aqua Nutrition

Louise Buttle is Global Technology Lead for Cargill Aqua Nutrition; a global player in salmon feed.  Throughout her career, Louise has followed salmon around the world and held positions in Scotland, Chile and Norway; the majority of these roles have been in R&D and product development.

Louise Buttle

Technology Lead Coldwater
Cargill Aqua Nutrition

Louise Buttle

Technology Lead Coldwater
Cargill Aqua Nutrition

Louise Buttle is Global Technology Lead for Cargill Aqua Nutrition; a global player in salmon feed.  Throughout her career, Louise has followed salmon around the world and held positions in Scotland, Chile and Norway; the majority of these roles have been in R&D and product development.

 

Neil Wendover

Aquaculture Product Line Director
Cargill Digital Insights

Neil’s passion revolves around the science of aquaculture & it's place in the biz world & together the social & financial impact this can have. Within that space he enjoys strategy, innovation & leadership. Neil has held various strategic, marketing and business development positions across the aquaculture value chain from seafood production through aquatic veterinary health, feed and nutrition and is now the Aquaculture Product Line Dir. for Cargill Digital Insights. Neil has lived & worked in key aquaculture economies across Asia, Europe, Africa & the Americas.

Neil Wendover

Aquaculture Product Line Director
Cargill Digital Insights

Neil Wendover

Aquaculture Product Line Director
Cargill Digital Insights

Neil’s passion revolves around the science of aquaculture & it's place in the biz world & together the social & financial impact this can have. Within that space he enjoys strategy, innovation & leadership. Neil has held various strategic, marketing and business development positions across the aquaculture value chain from seafood production through aquatic veterinary health, feed and nutrition and is now the Aquaculture Product Line Dir. for Cargill Digital Insights. Neil has lived & worked in key aquaculture economies across Asia, Europe, Africa & the Americas.

 

Adel El Mowafi

Aquaculture Technology Director
Cargill Aquaculture Nutrition

Adel has 30 years’ experience in fish nutrition R&D and for the last Fifteen years has been working for EWOS Innovation as a senior scientist and Manager Director. EWOS Innovation is the R&D body for Cargill - EWOS; an international fish feed company operating in 20 countries. Adel has worked in academic and industrial environments in Egypt, Canada and Norway. He is also Adjunct Professor at Animal and Plant science at Nova Scotia Agricultural College and holds a black belt of six sigma.

Adel El Mowafi

Aquaculture Technology Director
Cargill Aquaculture Nutrition

Adel El Mowafi

Aquaculture Technology Director
Cargill Aquaculture Nutrition

Adel has 30 years’ experience in fish nutrition R&D and for the last Fifteen years has been working for EWOS Innovation as a senior scientist and Manager Director. EWOS Innovation is the R&D body for Cargill - EWOS; an international fish feed company operating in 20 countries. Adel has worked in academic and industrial environments in Egypt, Canada and Norway. He is also Adjunct Professor at Animal and Plant science at Nova Scotia Agricultural College and holds a black belt of six sigma. Adel has recently moved back to Canada and leading the technology application team of Cargill Aqua Nutrition.

Adel is a veterinarian by training and holds a master and Ph.D. in fish nutrition.

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