Innovation Lab

Innovation Lab

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Startup Innovation Awards

Startup Innovation Awards

powered by Extreme Tech Challenge

Meet the Judges for the WFF Startup Innovation Awards

Jury members for the Startup Innovation Awards are leading global experts from across the social entrepreneurship, startup, sustainable economy, agriculture and tech communities, and will select a winner for each of the four competition categories (Better Production, Better Nutrition, Better Environment and a Better Life).

The jury will also select one overall 2021 WFF Startup Innovator of the Year Award, to be announced at the WFF flagship event on 2 October, 2021.

Dr. Máximo TORERO CULLEN

Dr. Máximo TORERO CULLEN

Chair of the Jury,
Chief Economist,
FAO

Beth BECHDOL

Beth BECHDOL

Chair of the Jury,
Deputy Director-General,
FAO

Michiel BAKKER

Michiel BAKKER

Vice President,
Global Workplace Services Programs at Google

Dr. Khalid BOMBA

Dr. Khalid BOMBA

Director,
Office of Innovation and Chief Innovation Officer at FAO

Iride CECCACCI

Iride CECCACCI

Head of Advisory, Agribusiness
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Nicole SHANAHAN

Nicole SHANAHAN

Founder and President,
Bia-Echo Foundation

Young SOHN

Young SOHN

Chairman of the Board,
HARMAN International;
Former Corporate President & Chief Strategy Officer,
Samsung Electronics;
Co-Founder, Extreme Tech Challenge

Priya SULTAN

Priya SULTAN

Founder & CEO,
Social Impact Lab, Japan

Bill TAI

Bill TAI

Angel Investor; Partner Emeritus CRV; Co-Founder, Extreme Tech Challenge

Meet the Evaluators for the WFF Startup Innovation Awards

Evaluators for the WFF Startup Innovation awards, powered by XTC, have deep knowledge of, and experience in fields related to agri-food systems and in particular, the four categories of the challenge: Better Production, Better Nutrition, Better Environment and a Better Life.

Evaluators review applicant submissions (including key information on the team, challenge addressed, product and market) assessing for quality, potential for agri-food systems transformation and feasibility. Expert evaluations are submitted to the WFF and XTC team and shortlisted teams for the Startup Innovation Awards are chosen through consultations between Evaluators and the WFF/XTC team.

Luís DIAS PEREIRA

Luís DIAS PEREIRA

Economist,
FAO

Wadzanai Valerie GARWE

Wadzanai Valerie GARWE

Economist,
FAO

Nemanja GRGIC

Nemanja GRGIC

Principal Manager
(Agribusiness Advisory)
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

José NAVARRA DE PABLO

José NAVARRA DE PABLO

Researcher,
Dresden University of Technology

Lisa PAGLIETTI

Lisa PAGLIETTI

Economist
FAO

Inna PUNDA

Inna PUNDA

Economist (Agribusiness)
FAO

Armen SEDRAKYAN

Armen SEDRAKYAN

Economist,
Subregional Office for GCC States
and Yemen,
FAO

Gerard SYLVESTER

Gerard SYLVESTER

Investment Officer
(Digital Agriculture),
FAO

Dr. Nikola TRENDOV

Dr. Nikola TRENDOV

Digital Ariculture and
Innovation Expert,
FAO

Juan José Egas YEROVI

Juan José Egas YEROVI

Policy Analyst,
FAO

WFF Innovation Lab track in collaboration with

  • Aciar
  • The Ayadee Foundation
  • Clinton Foundation
  • Foodicons
  • Hult Prize Japan
  • Impakter
  • International Coffee Organization
  • One Planet Solutions
  • Social Impact Lab Japan
  • Sigmaxyz
  • Thought For Food
  • Toastmasters
  • Extreme Tech Challenge

An initiative of

FAO Youth