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Peter Wren-Hilton

FINAL NOTICE: ’10 billion mouths’. The full conference programme. Just one week away. You can purchase your tickets here.


The ’10 billion mouths’ conference is just one week away.

The conference programme has been designed to address some of the major issues facing our generation. How can New Zealand help address the global challenge of feeding 10 billion mouths by 2050? How can we structure our own policy-making and collaborative agritech ecosystem to make a real difference?

This conference agenda has been designed to help answer some of those questions.

The Programme

9.00am – 9.15am             Cultural Welcome and introduction by the Conference MC, Rod Oram

9.15am – 10.00am           Keynote: Arama Kukutai, co-founder of Finistere Ventures (USA) presents ‘Agritech around the world’.

10.00am – 10.45am        Panel Discussion: Leveraging a collaborative model

Shane Stuart – The Plantech Regional Research Institute lead

Toni Laming – CEO, The Lincoln Hub

Sarah Nolet – CEO, Agthentic (Australia)

Nicky Molloy – Agritech BDM, Callaghan Innovation

10.45am – 11.00am         Morning Tea

11.00am – 12.00pm        Panel Discussion: Traceability, The Power of Place

Dr Adrian Percy – Global Head of Research & Development, Bayer CropScience (USA)

Dr Ian Ferguson – Senior Science Advisor, Ministry of Primary Industries

Raf Rasile, GM, Digital Transformation, Fonterra

Professor David Hughes, Emeritus Professor of Food Marketing, Imperial College, London (UK)

12.00pm – 12.45pm        Lunch

12.45pm – 1.30pm          The Fonterra Start-up Showcase

Introduction by the Hon Damien O’Connor, Minister of Agriculture, Biosecurity and Rural Communities

1.30pm – 2.45pm             Optional Breakout Sessions

  1. Customer insights that are changing the world (focusing on Maori agritech initiatives)
  2. Building a high value, global premium brand (sponsored by Zespri)
  3. How to use the art of story-telling to connect with your global customers (presented by NZ Story)

2.45pm – 3.00pm             Afternoon Tea

3.00pm – 4.00pm             Robotics Plus Showcase

Introduction by George Kellerman, Yamaha Motor Ventures (USA)


Steve Saunders, Robotics Plus founder

Alistair Scarfe, Robotics Plus CTO

4.00pm – 5.00pm             Dinner in 2050 | The Future of Food

Introduction: Sanjeev Krishnan, S2G Ventures (USA)

The Panel:

Dr Rosie Bosworth, Food Futurist

Eric O’Brien, Fall Line Capital (USA)

Rod Slater, Beef & Lamb New Zealand

Todd Muller MP, ex Zespri, Apata & Fonterra

5.00pm – 6.30pm             Conference Networking Reception


Your Discounted Ticket Price. You can buy now.

Agritech New Zealand has negotiated a promotional code with Techweek organisers to offer a 15% discount on the published cost of a full-price ticket ($295).  The discounted ticket price is $250.75. This includes GST.

You can purchase that here by entering the Promotional Code TW18Partner at

This provides you with access to all the day’s sessions, the full day’s catering and the Conference Networking Reception. That’s truly fantastic value.

The team at Agritech New Zealand look forward to meeting you at the ASB Baypark Arena, Truman Lane, Tauranga on Wednesday 23 May.  That’s next week!

Peter Wren-Hilton Peter is Executive Director of Agritech New Zealand and founder of Wharf42 in Tauranga. Peter helps organise major agritech conferences in New Zealand and offshore and connects early stage New Zealand agritech companies with international markets.