Speakers List 2019

Daisy McAndrew: TV Presenter, Reporter and Writer
Daisy McAndrew

TV Presenter, Reporter and Writer

Daisy is an accomplished corporate facilitator and host, having hosted countless awards and moderated many conferences for a wide variety of clients – including many large multinationals, trade bodies and charities.

Daisy was ITV News' most senior female reporter, having been Chief Political Correspondent, Economics Editor and Special Correspondent. As Economics Editor she reported on the credit crunch and recession from all over the UK as well as in-depth reports on the German and French economy. She also presented ITV's Lunchtime and Weekend News and ITV's Moral of the Story. Prior to that she had a successful journalistic career with the BBC's Daily Politics and as BBC Breakfast News' Political Correspondent, as well as presenting on LBC, Channel 4 and Radio 5Live.

Daisy spent a decade in Westminster as a researcher and reporter.

Daisy's interests include all aspects of business and political life, parliament, social affairs, the economy and business. However, she also has a wide range of other interests which she writes about and comments on ranging from all aspects of family life and children's issues to penal reform, dogs and horses, motorbikes, interior design, party and planning and juggling life as a busy, working mum.

Rohit Talwar: Futurist, Stategic Advisor & Author
Rohit Talwar

Futurist, Stategic Advisor & Author

Rohit Talwar is an award winning global futurist, entrepreneur and specialist advisor on business transformation, disruptive strategies and radical innovation. Nominated as one of the top ten global future thinkers by the UK's Independent newspaper, he comments regularly on the future and innovation for global news networks. Rohit has been published widely. He is the initiator, editor and a lead author for The Future of Business, which was published on June 23rd 2015 - completed in just 19 weeks. This 60 chapter book brings together the work of 62 future thinkers from around the world to explore the forces shaping our world and highlight the implications for business. He is also a major contributor to a forthcoming US feature film and documentary on the concept of 'creating a new country'.

Rohit has an MBA from London Business School and delivers regular keynote speeches to leadership audiences around the world. He focuses on helping us make sense of and respond to a constantly changing reality and a hyper-connected world. Rohit provides clients with critical insights into how to respond to the forces and ideas shaping the future, deliver transformational change and create imaginative new strategies and possibilities. He shows us how to identify the key factors shaping the future, assess their impact and deliver real change both in our own lives and in the organisations we lead or work for.

Through his work, Rohit travels the world researching the innovations, developments and ideas shaping the future and uses these powerful insights, case studies and provocative imagery to shed light on the intangible and 'yet to be seen' developments. His interests include the evolving world of technology in business and society, the future of emerging economies and industries, the future of education and embedding foresight in organisations. He currently leads research projects on drivers of change for the next decade, the long term impacts of cybercurrencies and Artificial Intelligence, practical strategies for delivering sustainable organisational transformation, human enhancement and the shadow economy.

Rohit has worked worldwide with leading corporations, governments, associations and NGO's and has delivered highly inspirational, thought provoking and humorous keynote addresses to audiences in over 60 countries.

Sir Peter Kendall: Chair, AHDB
Sir Peter Kendall

Chair, AHDB

Peter Kendall is a fifth generation arable farmer from Eyeworth in East Bedfordshire who farms cereals in partnership with his brother Richard and mother.  Peter took a degree in Agricultural Economics at Nottingham University before returning to what was a traditional mixed farm in 1984.  The farm today is a specialist arable unit that undertakes contract farming for a number of local farmers, cropping in total 2300 hectares.  

Peter was appointed Chairman of AHDB in 2014 having been President of the NFU for the previous 8 years. He sits on the Food and Drink Sector Council, a joint government/ industry initiative to boost skills and productivity and make the food industry more competitive.

Peter received a Knighthood for his services to the agricultural industry in England and Wales in the Queen’s 2015 New Year’s Honours.


Calum Murray: Head of Agriculture and Food, Innovate UK
Calum Murray

Head of Agriculture and Food, Innovate UK

In 2018 Calum was responsible for establishing the £90m Transforming Food Production Challenge, which is funded as part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge fund. He represents Innovate UK within the UK Research Council’s Global Food Security initiative, the LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) advisory board, the Agri-Tech East Stakeholder Group, the Animal and Plant Health Partnership and has been a member of the N8 (group of Northern England Universities) AgriFood external
advisory board. He sat on the X-Whitehall group developing the UK Strategy for Agricultural Technologies and currently provides input to the Agricultural Productivity Group within the Food and Drink Sector Council structure.

Matthieu Vincent: Foodtech Entrepreneur
Matthieu Vincent

Foodtech Entrepreneur

Matthieu is the co-foundeur of DigitalFoodLab and has been a FoodTech entrepreneur since 2010.

Since he sold his first startup, WeCook, in early 2017, Matthieu is developing DigitalFoodLab in order to grow the European FoodTech ecosystem. DigitalFoodLab delivers talks, expertise, business intelligence and acceleration to entrepreneurs, investors and food corporates. It aims to help them identify and act on FoodTech opportunities with a unique mix of data (with the most comprehensive database on FoodTech startups) and expertise (coming from FoodTech entrepreneurs).

Matthieu is M.Eng from Telecom SudParis and MSc. in e-commerce from Dublin City university.

Filippo Battaini: Analyst, Coresight Research
Filippo Battaini

Analyst, Coresight Research

Filippo Battaini is an analyst at Coresight Research, the global research advisory specialising in the intersection of retail and technology. Before joining Coresight Research, Filippo worked for the market research firm, Euromonitor International, as a retail analyst, as a consultant at UK Trade and Investment, the UK government agency that promotes British exports, and at the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK.

Dr Anabel Gutierrez Mendoza : Senior Lecturer, University of Kent
Dr Anabel Gutierrez Mendoza

Senior Lecturer, University of Kent

Dr Anabel Gutierrez is a Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at the University of Kent with over 25 years of academic experience, balanced with industrial practice gained from consultancy work in IT projects for both private and public sectors. Her research areas are in innovation and adoption of emerging technologies for the digital economy with a particular interest in data privacy concerns, the use of data to understand consumer behaviour and how to improve data-driven decision-making. Anabel has published several articles in international peer-reviewed journals and conferences as well as acting as a reviewer since 2006. Currently, she is a member of the SAS UK & Ireland Academic Advisory Board.

Martha Hodgson : Cambridge Design Partnership
Martha Hodgson

Cambridge Design Partnership

Martha is a research professional who enjoys helping businesses be truly customer centric.  She has a wealth and breadth of experience within the field of innovation through creating and delivering research, insight and strategy programmes. She has led in-depth insight programmes from both a client and consultancy standpoint.

At Cambridge Design Partnership, Martha focuses on uncovering insights and consumer-centric opportunities which are both actionable and of commercial value. She loves being part of the CDP multidisciplinary team, where effective insight translation leads to meaningful product and service innovation everyday.

Martha holds a first-class honours Design degree, a distinction in her MA in Multidisciplinary Design Innovation and has 7+ years research experience across a spectrum of industry sectors including Consumer, Financial, Healthcare and Energy.

Christian Sobolta: Head of Business Development and Innovation, FlavorWiki
Christian Sobolta

Head of Business Development and Innovation, FlavorWiki

Christian Sobolta has held senior leadership roles in FMCG and the flavour industry for over 20 years, at companies like Barry Callebaut, Firmenich and Givaudan.
He is passionate about bringing innovation to consumers and connecting the dots in the industry. How? At Flavorwiki we capture  a 360 view of the consumers at the moment of truth: THE Taste.

Boudewijn Wisse: Founder, Laevo
Boudewijn Wisse

Founder, Laevo

Boudewijn Wisse is a dedicated engineer, entrepreneur and coach, who expresses these passions in business and sports (fencing). He has extensive experience in new business development in healthcare and health and safety industries. After founding and managing several businesses he now focusses on Laevo. Laevo develops exoskeletons for workers.

Oliver Bolton: CEO, Almond
Oliver Bolton

CEO, Almond

Oliver is the founder of Almond, a new blockchain IoT platform that enables purpose-led consumer brands to digitise and tokenise their physical products.

Oliver also founded Waterbomb in 2007, a British soft drinks company that specialises in disruptive health and hydration drinks. Waterbomb was the first soft drinks company to become a 'B Corp' in Europe back in 2015. One of his brands, a watermelon water called 'What A Melon' won the Virgin VOOM Crowdfunder award in 2016.



Kate Hofman: CEO and Co-Founder, GrowUp Urban Farms Ltd
Kate Hofman

CEO and Co-Founder, GrowUp Urban Farms Ltd

Kate is a highly driven climate & social impact entrepreneur with over five years of experience in change management consultancy. She is the co-founder of GrowUp Urban Farms, a London-based Controlled Environment Production (CEP) farming business with a focus on commercial-scale hydroponic vertical farms.

GrowUp grows sustainable food for a local market using vertical growing techniques in a completely controlled environment. It builds a resilient supply chain for retailers and wholesalers by addressing some of the fundamental flaws in our agricultural system.

Kate was a finalist in the Guardian’s Sustainable Business “Unsung Heroes” Reader Awards in 2016 and was selected as a Barclays Unreasonable-Impact Fellow 2016 for her ground-breaking work at GrowUp. Recently she was selected for the women-founder focussed Plexiglass accelerator programme by Plexal.

Professor Dr Christopher Hodges MA PhD FSALS: Fellow, Wolfson College Oxford and European Law Institute
Professor Dr Christopher Hodges MA PhD FSALS

Fellow, Wolfson College Oxford and European Law Institute

Christopher Hodges is Professor of Justice Systems and a Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford; Head of the Swiss Re Research Programme on Civil Justice Systems at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford; and a Fellow of the European Law Institute.

He is a leading expert in regulatory, enforcement and dispute resolution systems. Recent books include Ethical Business Practice and Regulation (with Ruth Steinholtz); Law and Corporate Behaviour; Redress Schemes for Personal Injuries (with Sonia Macleod); Delivering Collective Redress: New Technologies (with Stefan Voet); Consumer ADR in Europe (with Iris Benöhr & Naomi Creutzfeldt), The Costs and Funding of Litigation (with Stefan Vogenauer and Magdalena Tulibacka).

He has extensive experience of regulatory models and advises many governments and businesses. He has a particular interest in medical products and Committees chaired include the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee for England, and an international committee on regulatory strategy in the medical technology sector. He was a Board Member of the UK Research Integrity Office 2008-2017.

Dominic Watkins: Partner and Head of Food Group DWF
Dominic Watkins

Partner and Head of Food Group DWF

Dominic specialises in both contentious and non-contentious regulatory issues in three primary areas: food law, trading standards and safety advising household name retailers and food manufacturers.

He has spent a significant amount of time on secondments to some of the UK's best known retailers and food businesses, advising on a range of issues including food law. This experience has provided him with a clear understanding of the role that legal advice plays in making a commercial decision.

Dominic assists companies on the full range of food law issues, from product development and labelling through to successful launch and on-going marketing of products. He has extensive experience in advising brands on high risk campaigns particularly involving health claims, comparative advertising and price promotions and keeping them on the market at the lowest risk to the brand.

Dominic has also developed due diligence systems and safety policies for a number of national retailers.

Dominic is a regular speaker on issues in the food industry in the UK, EU and in the US and has been published in a range of industry publications, including a chapter on EU food law published by Elsevier.