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The Network

StrikeTwo is unique in its high-level hands-on approach, helping participants understand what innovative solutions really mean and how to integrate it into daily operations. Summit brings industry leaders, start-ups, investors, governments and civil society together in one place to share concrete digital solutions already making the food system more circular, sustainable and future-proof. Participants have the opportunity to discuss the true value of technology with people using it first-hand and discuss its value in an open atmosphere.

StrikeTwo is supported by a Strategic Advisory Committee, who oversee the embedding of outcomes in appropriate existing initiatives and a Technical Advisory Committee, who are responsible for the quality of the tracks and development of the roadmaps. 

About the organisers

The New Fork was founded by Marieke de Ruyter de Wildt in 2017 with the goal of achieving global food integrity through blockchain technology. StrikeTwo is organized and supported by The New Fork, in addition to track sponsors and members of our strategic and technical advisory committees. Kirsten Coppoolse and Megan Vasko are leading the 2021 StrikeTwo summit.

Strategic Advisory Committee
Brian King CGIAR
Brian King leads the Platform for Big Data in Agriculture, a global program of the CGIAR consortium centered on digital transformation of food systems worldwide. He has led programs leveraging successive waves of transformational digital technologies including establishing early internet networks and policies, building sustainable rural internet, licensing of mobile operators, governance of submarine cables and cross-border backbone networks, developing digital strategies for an array of clients, and building more inclusive mobile financial services, most of this in developing economies. He is a former agriculture extensionist and a California rice farmer. Skilled in Corporate Social Responsibility, International Relations, Management, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and Policy Analysis. Strong digital development professional graduated from University of Maryland – Robert H. Smith School of Business and University of California, Berkeley Department of Spanish and Portuguese.
Julian Lampietti The World Bank
Julian Lampietti is the Manager for Global Engagement in the Agriculture and Food Global Practice. His responsibilities include strategic planning, donor outreach, and oversight for global knowledge and advisory programs. Previously, he managed the Agriculture and Food program in the Middle East, North Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Julian used to be based in Buenos Aires, Argentina and he has published books and journal articles on a broad range of topics including poverty, economics, agriculture, food security, logistics, and energy. He has a PhD in Public Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s in Natural Resources Economics from Duke University.
Jacqueline Pieters World Business Council of Sustainable Development (Chair)
Since July 2020 Jacqueline is back with Rabobank as Executive Vice President, Food & Agribusiness. Until July 2020 she was Lead Finance & Investment, Vision 2050 at the World Business Council of Sustainable Development (WBCSD ); responsible for the investigation and proposition of roles and tasks finance and investment can take in driving systematic transformation towards a sustainable world in 2050. Jacqueline holds a Master of Science in Agricultural Logistics and Marketing from Wageningen University & Research and has received executive management training at the Harvard Business School, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Instead and IMD.
Kyriacos Koupparis World Food Programme
10+ years experience catalyzing change to build better communities in emerging markets through science, technology, innovation and corporate partnerships. I am an expert in science and technology policy and innovation programs that advance global prosperity and sustainability. I have in-country experience in 15+ countries across Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, and Asia.
John G. Keogh Shantalla
Operating at the intersection of the Public & Private sectors globally, the Shantalla network of Strategists, Technologists, Researchers, and Scientists focus on the application of Technology, Standards, Policy & Science with a strong focus on Supply Ecosystems Integrity, Food Ecosystem Transparency, Ecosystem Trust, Traceability & Recall, Product & Consumer Safety, Brand Protection, Go-To-Market, Geo-Political Risk & Convergence Innovation through Blockchain, IoT, AI, Big Data Analytics. My experience includes 35 yrs of executive leadership in roles as Director of EU Supply Chain Ops., Global VP of IT & eBusiness, Global VP Supply Chain, Senior Vice President, Traceability & RFID, Global Director of Product & Consumer Safety, Managing Client Principal & Practice Principal in Manufacturing, RFID & Supply Chain Consulting.
Chris Addison Sustainable Digital Development
Chris Addison began his career in international development working within agricultural research with the University of Khartoum and the Natural Resources Institute in the UK. This work lead to supporting and evaluating digital projects in Africa, the Caribbean and South America. He worked on the first websites for a number of development organisations and spent time supporting the digitalisation of farmer led organisations across Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific. Most recently he has been working with Blockchain and distributed ledger solutions and developing strategic interventions for development organisations working on digitalisation solutions for development.
Joost Volker Oracle
Joost Volker is Oracle Blockchain Leader for Europe, Middle East & Africa and BD Director with a specialty in Emerging Technology. He has 25+ years’ experience in ICT and IT Consultancy with focus on front-edge technology domains including Blockchain, IOT, AI, mobile and BPM. Joost has been engaged is several blockchains implementations in the Agritech and Sustainable Sourcing business. He is a renowned speaker and workshop leader on Enterprise Blockchain and his mantra is “Making Blockchain Work” Joost holds a Masters’ degree in Electrical Engineering from Delft University with a major in Artificial Intelligence, executive degrees from INSEAD and Columbia Business School.
Xander de Bruine Floriade
Xander de Bruine, Floriade Expo Knowledge Exchange Program 2021-2022 . Xander is independent consultant and project manager of International sustainable water management conferences, knowledge platforms and expert community networks. He is specialized in combining stakeholder engagement and co-creative processes in program development of knowledge exchange networks. With more than eighteen years of experience he is specialized in combining market developments, innovation and thematic opportunities in program development and partnerships for innovative solutions and implementations.
Technical Advisory Committee
Varun Baker Farm Credibly
Over 15 years of enterprise level industry experience in business communications, and operational management, with a strong focus on software engineering. I design web services and website architectures based on open standards. Varun is current the Managing Director at Develop Digitally, improving products and services for our customers. He enjoys translating business requirements into detailed architectural designs and supporting all operational and business defined projects. The best part is working with business analysts, developers and development managers to ensure that all solutions are deployed within agreed timelines and are supported after implementation. This requires effective communication with the customer, third parties and the project teams.
Erik Van Ingen UN - FAO
Freelance Digital Innovation Architect. Able to see and apply Digital Innovation from both the technology and the business perspective. My current special inquiries are on Blockchain and Big Data in Agriculture. Expert in innovation proof of concepts for Development and Agriculture, evolving into pilots and prototypes. Transparent with intuition for collaboration, specifically on the combination of the UN and the private sector. Hands on with Agile Kanban, certified SCRUM Master. Specialties: Blockchain (Hyperledger and Ethereum), Data Science, Data Analytics, Machine Learning, Data Governance, Business Process Design, Stakeholder Analysis, Enterprise Architecture, GIS, Remote Sensing, Google Earth Engine, Enterprise Architecture, Drones (UAV), RapidMiner, SDMX, UML, Java, JavaScript and Python.
Lars Kahnert GIZ
Fostering digitalisation in the GIZ Programme for Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chains & Standards. Areas of work include traceability, sustainability monitoring and metrics and other related digital applications that increase supply chain transparency, foster sustainable production and benefit farmers. Key interests are the creation of enabling digital environments, facilitating cooperation, alignment and interoperability. Dealt with a broad array of topics including vocational training, smallholder access to finance, sustainability standards, carbon footprinting, pesticides, python coding, coffee, digital platforms, community health, data standard development, or metrics alignment.
Elke Sümnick-Matthaei GIZ
Elke is currently responsible for the digitalisation portfolio of the new GIZ Fund for the Promotion of Innovation in Agriculture, i4Ag. She has over 10 years’ experience working in rural development in several countries, with a particular focus on land governance. Following her Masters Degree at Cambridge University on ICT4D and Women’s Empowerment, Elke completed her PhD with the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Her big passion is working with agricultural changemakers on Gender Transformative Change, especially around AgriTech for and by women. Elke is also interested in emerging technologies and is one of the driving forces behind the technology radar “The Future of Agriculture” of the GIZ techDetector. As a proud Namibian, she hopes to reflect her unique perspectives and experiences in her work.
Gideon Kruseman (Chair) CGIAR
Gideon Kruseman leads the foresight, ex-ante impact assessment and targeting team at CIMMYT, and for MAIZE and WHEAT. It can take 10 to 25 years between the start of agricultural research to full deployment in farmers’ fields, so concentrating on today’s issues may provide solutions to yesterday’s problems. Kruseman seeks to overcome this challenge by focusing on climate change, new and emerging pests and diseases, dietary change, rural transformation, and disruptive technologies. Ex-ante impact assessment looks at pipeline technologies and at research investments. Gideon holds a doctorate in development economics from Wageningen University and has worked for CGIAR, academia, national agricultural research systems and a nongovernmental organization. He is an expert at complex modeling, especially using GAMS and R. He leads the community of practice on socio-economic data in the CGIAR platform for big data in agriculture. He also chairs the Institutional Ethics in Research Committee. “The comfort zone is a beautiful place but nothing ever grows there”
Howard-Yana Shapiro UC Davis
Shapiro was born in America in 1947 to Lithuanian and Russia parents. In 1989 he and his wife, Nancy, set up Seeds of Change, an organic seed producer and supplier. The company was sold to Mars Inc. in 1997, and Shapiro took on the role of Senior Scientist in plant science and agroforestry/agroecology for M&M, Mars.`{`1`}` He went on to become Research Manager for plant science in 2000 and Global Director of Plant Science and External Research in 2005. He is Adjunct Professor in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis, and leads the Multi-Disciplinary Research Unit, a collaborative effort between Mars, UC Davis and The University of Nottingham. He also serves on the external advisory board of UC Davis’ Agricultural Sustainability Institute. He has been a university professor, Fulbright Scholar, Ford Foundation Fellow, and has won the National Endowment for the Humanities Award. In 2007 he was awarded the Organic Leadership Award by the Organic Trade Association, and in 2009 he was honored with UC Davis’ College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Award of Distinction. Recently he has been working with Google X and other groups on a project to end human stunting through better nutrition worldwide, starting in Africa.
The New Fork
Marieke de Ruyter de Wildt The New Fork
Marieke started her career at the United Nations. For the next 10 years, she lived in all continents and worked in more than 45 countries, from Scotland to Vietnam. She returned to Wageningen University, leading a research team to analyse the impact of agrifood investments, working with the likes of Rabobank, Syngenta, PGGM and Ahold Delhaize. In 2014, she started as director of AgriPlace, a software company developing an application to digitize agrifood certification. As blockchain matured, Marieke quickly concluded it addressed key challenges in agrifood: data ownership and data integrity. Convinced that blockchain will accelerate digitization in agrifood, she founded her current company The New Fork in 2017.
Kirsten Coppoolse The New Fork
Kirsten Coppoolse discovered blockchain by accident. After studying art history at the University of Amsterdam and working in art in various roles, she went back to the UvA for a master's in religious studies, with the aim of finding a way in which she could contribute to creating a better world.Kirsten found what she was looking for while working on a project for improving digital human rights: blockchain technology. She immediately completely immersed herself in the Dutch blockchain scene, co-founded a meetup and a blockchain start-up. However, for Kirsten blockchain is a tool, not a goal. Her drive to use blockchain for good led her to The New Fork. In her position as COO of The New Fork Kirsten aims to achieve global food integrity by using blockchain technology.
Megan Vasko The New Fork
Megan is a project manager with over 10 years of experience. She studied Medical Dietetics at The Ohio State University and then made her way to Edinburgh University to pursue an MSc in Public Health Research. Life took some twists and turns and she found herself project managing in the finance industry for 6 years. Here, she was first exposed to blockchain. After a 3 year passion project in the sustainable food business, Megan landed at The New Fork and is very excited to make an impact at the intersection of food, sustainability and tech.
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