SUSTAINABLE URBAN
AGRICULTURE FORUM

27 OCTOBER 2022 | THURSDAY 2.00PM - 5.30PM

SANDS EXPO & CONVENTION CENTRE SINGAPORE - LEVEL 1

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Overview

The Sustainable Urban Agriculture Forum is organised by Republic Polytechnic (RP), in partnership with IPI Singapore and Trendlines Agrifood Innovation Centre. This forum, hosted at Sands EXPO & Convention Centre Halls A & B Sandbox 1, brings together thought leaders and stakeholders in the urban agriculture ecosystem to exchange ideas, discuss emerging trends, challenges and opportunities with the goal of developing a sustainable approach to address domestic and regional food security issues.

This forum will address key questions on how we reconcile the need for food security through urban agriculture against its environmental and economic impacts. Our speakers will discuss the challenges such as the high farming costs and energy consumption. They will also share the latest trends in sustainable farming technologies, the viability of adopting such technologies and their relevance to local and regional farms. Through this interactive hybrid forum, we hope to deepen existing collaborations between our industry partners, as well as to facilitate meaningful connections in order to co-create innovative solutions and sustainable urban farming projects.

 

Programme highlights include:

  • Presentations on the latest trends in sustainable urban agriculture by Singapore and international keynote speakers
  • Project Exhibitions by RP and industry partners
  • Visit to The Greenhouse @ RP

Programme

2.00pm – 2.30pm Registration and Viewing of Exhibitions
2.30pm – 2.40pm Welcome Address by Mr. Yeo Li Pheow
Principal/CEO
Republic Polytechnic
2.40pm – 2.45pm Opening Address by Guest of Honour Mr. Alvin Tan
Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry & Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth
2.45pm – 3.10pm MOU Signing Ceremony with Key Industry Partners
3.10pm – 3.30pm Sustainable Urban Agriculture – Challenges and Opportunities

Keynote Address by Professor Paul P.S. Teng, Ph.D., Hon. D.Sc.,FAAET
Managing Director & Dean
NIE International Pte Ltd | National Institute of Education
Adjunct Senior Fellow, Centre for non-Traditional Security Studies, RSIS
Nanyang Technological University Singapore
3.30pm – 3.50pm The Change of our Food Starts with the City and Entrepreneur

Keynote Address by Mrs. Meiny Prins
CEO of Priva Group
Founder of Sustainable Urban Delta
3.50pm – 4.00pm High Tech Vegetable Farming in Singapore: Market Opportunities and Challenges

Presentation by Ms. Faridah Mohd Saad
Deputy Director (Agritech) Enterprise Singapore
4.00pm – 4.10pm RP’s Capabilities in Urban Agriculture

Presentation by Mr. Fong Yew Chan
Chief Technology Officer
Republic Polytechnic
4.45pm – 5.30pm Visit to The Greenhouse (Fully Booked)
  • Container Labs
  • Naturally Ventilated Greenhouse
  • Climate Controlled Glasshouse

2.30pm – 2.40pm Welcome Address by Mr. Yeo Li Pheow
Principal/CEO
Republic Polytechnic
2.40pm – 2.45pm Opening Address by Guest of Honour Mr. Alvin Tan
Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry & Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth
2.45pm – 3.10pm MOU Signing Ceremony with Key Industry Partners
3.10pm – 3.30pm Sustainable Urban Agriculture – Challenges and Opportunities

Keynote Address by Professor Paul P.S. Teng, Ph.D., Hon. D.Sc.,FAAET
Managing Director & Dean
NIE International Pte Ltd | National Institute of Education
Adjunct Senior Fellow, Centre for non-Traditional Security Studies, RSIS
Nanyang Technological University Singapore
3.30pm – 3.50pm The Change of our Food Starts with the City and Entrepreneur

Keynote Address by Mrs. Meiny Prins
CEO of Priva Group
Founder of Sustainable Urban Delta
3.50pm – 4.00pm High Tech Vegetable Farming in Singapore: Market Opportunities and Challenges

Presentation by Ms. Faridah Mohd Saad
Deputy Director (Agritech) Enterprise Singapore
4.00pm – 4.10pm RP’s Capabilities in Urban Agriculture

Presentation by Mr. Fong Yew Chan
Chief Technology Officer
Republic Polytechnic
4.10pm – 5.30pm
Track 1
Sustainable Solution for Crop Quality, Crop Diversity, and Crop Health
Track 2
Innovation in Energy Efficient Indoor Farming
Development of Dwarf tomato as Superior Crop for Indoor Farming

Dr. Deivanai Subramanian
Deputy Manager
School of Applied Science, Republic Polytechnic
Low Energy HVAC and Energy Monitoring Systems for Urban Farming

Dr. Papia Sultana
Senior Lecturer
School of Engineering, Republic Polytechnic
Natural Targeted Approach Toward Killing Bacterial Pest in Indoor Farming

Mr. Dotan Peleg
CEO, Projini Ltd
Energy Efficient Innovation for Indoor Farming

Mr. Shelley Barak
CTO & Co-Founder, iShence Agtech Ltd
Agri Business Market Scanning Studies

Ms. Tio Wee Leng
Assistant Director (Capability and Industry)
School of Management and Communication, Republic Polytechnic
A Holistic Approach to Energy Efficiency in Vertical Farms 

Dr. Dylan Banks
Co-Founder & Knowledge Director, Liberty Produce
Aeroponics: Key for the Future of Food Security?

Dr. Rachel Choi
Plant Science Lead, Ripe Fresh Sdn. Bhd.



Renewable Energy System for Sustainable Farming 

Mr Eddie Tan,
Vice President of Integrated Digital Projects, Singapore
Sembcorp Industries
2.00pm – 2.30pm Registration and Viewing of Exhibitions
2.30pm – 2.40pm Welcome Address by Mr. Yeo Li Pheow
Principal/CEO
Republic Polytechnic
2.40pm – 2.45pm Opening Address by Guest of Honour Mr. Alvin Tan
Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry & Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth
2.45pm – 3.10pm MOU Signing Ceremony with Key Industry Partners
3.10pm – 3.30pm Sustainable Urban Agriculture – Challenges and Opportunities

Keynote Address by Professor Paul P.S. Teng, Ph.D., Hon. D.Sc.,FAAET
Managing Director & Dean
NIE International Pte Ltd | National Institute of Education
Adjunct Senior Fellow, Centre for non-Traditional Security Studies, RSIS
Nanyang Technological University Singapore
3.30pm – 3.50pm The Change of our Food Starts with the City and Entrepreneur

Keynote Address by Mrs. Meiny Prins
CEO of Priva Group
Founder of Sustainable Urban Delta
3.50pm – 4.00pm High Tech Vegetable Farming in Singapore: Market Opportunities and Challenges

Presentation by Ms. Faridah Mohd Saad
Deputy Director (Agritech) Enterprise Singapore
4.00pm – 4.10pm RP’s Capabilities in Urban Agriculture

Presentation by Mr. Fong Yew Chan
Chief Technology Officer
Republic Polytechnic
4.45pm – 5.30pm Visit to The Greenhouse (Fully Booked)
  • Container Labs
  • Naturally Ventilated Greenhouse
  • Climate Controlled Glasshouse

2.30pm – 2.40pm Welcome Address by Mr. Yeo Li Pheow
Principal/CEO
Republic Polytechnic
2.40pm – 2.45pm Opening Address by Guest of Honour Mr. Alvin Tan
Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry & Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth
2.45pm – 3.10pm MOU Signing Ceremony with Key Industry Partners
3.10pm – 3.30pm Sustainable Urban Agriculture – Challenges and Opportunities

Keynote Address by Professor Paul P.S. Teng, Ph.D., Hon. D.Sc.,FAAET
Managing Director & Dean
NIE International Pte Ltd | National Institute of Education
Adjunct Senior Fellow, Centre for non-Traditional Security Studies, RSIS
Nanyang Technological University Singapore
3.30pm – 3.50pm The Change of our Food Starts with the City and Entrepreneur

Keynote Address by Mrs. Meiny Prins
CEO of Priva Group
Founder of Sustainable Urban Delta
3.50pm – 4.00pm High Tech Vegetable Farming in Singapore: Market Opportunities and Challenges

Presentation by Ms. Faridah Mohd Saad
Deputy Director (Agritech) Enterprise Singapore
4.00pm – 4.10pm RP’s Capabilities in Urban Agriculture

Presentation by Mr. Fong Yew Chan
Chief Technology Officer
Republic Polytechnic
4.10pm – 5.30pm
Track 1
Sustainable Solution for Crop Quality, Crop Diversity, and Crop Health
Track 2
Innovation in Energy Efficient Indoor Farming
Development of Dwarf tomato as Superior Crop for Indoor Farming

Dr. Deivanai Subramanian
Deputy Manager
School of Applied Science, Republic Polytechnic
Low Energy HVAC and Energy Monitoring Systems for Urban Farming

Dr. Papia Sultana
Senior Lecturer
School of Engineering, Republic Polytechnic
Natural Targeted Approach Toward Killing Bacterial Pest in Indoor Farming

Mr. Dotan Peleg
CEO, Projini Ltd
Energy Efficient Innovation for Indoor Farming

Mr. Shelley Barak
CTO & Co-Founder, iShence Agtech Ltd
Agri Business Market Scanning Studies

Ms. Tio Wee Leng
Assistant Director (Capability and Industry)
School of Management and Communication, Republic Polytechnic
A Holistic Approach to Energy Efficiency in Vertical Farms 

Dr. Dylan Banks
Co-Founder & Knowledge Director, Liberty Produce
Aeroponics: Key for the Future of Food Security?

Dr. Rachel Choi
Plant Science Lead, Ripe Fresh Sdn. Bhd.



Renewable Energy System for Sustainable Farming 

Mr Eddie Tan
Vice President of Integrated Digital Projects, Singapore
Sembcorp Industries
* The programme may be subject to change without prior notice.

Speakers

PROFESSOR PAUL P.S. TENG, Ph.D., Hon. D.Sc., FAAET

Managing Director & Dean
NIE International Pte Ltd | National Institute of Education
Adjunct Senior Fellow, Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, RSIS
Nanyang Technological University Singapore

Professor Teng is Adjunct Senior Fellow, Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, and concurrently Managing Director & Dean, NIE International Pte. Ltd., both entities of Nanyang Technological University Singapore. He is also Senior Adviser (AgriFood) to A*STAR Singapore, and additionally advises several agtech startups. Paul previously held leadership positions in the Worldfish Centre, the International Rice Research Institute, Monsanto Company and U.S. universities. Professor Paul Teng is internationally recognized for his expertise in tropical agrifood systems, sustainable rural transformation and food security, with a focus on smallholder cropping systems like rice-based ecosystems. He is also expert in AGTECH (Agricultural technology), Biotechnology applications in agriculture, Digitalization in agrifood systems, Smart/Precision farming and Integrated Pest Management Additionally Paul has started, divested and is still involved in several agri-bio tech companies. He has researched and taught in North America, Africa and Asia, and has published over fifteen books and over two hundred technical papers. Paul obtained his B.Agric. Sc (Hons) and Ph.D. from Lincoln College, University of Canterbury, NZ. Paul has been recognized for his work through the Eriksson Prize in Plant Pathology, election as Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences and other professional societies and conferred an Honorary D.Sc. from Murdoch University, Australia.

MRS. MEINY PRINS

CEO of Priva Group
Founder of Sustainable Urban Delta

Mrs. Meiny Prins is CEO and co-owner of Priva. She dedicates a significant part of her working life to promoting sustainability, innovation and entrepreneurship. Meiny is a much sought-after international authority in this field. With a clear and inspiring message on sustainability, she builds bridges between companies, governments and sectors.

In her role as CEO, she was named Business Woman of the Year. Meiny is an honored alumnus of Erasmus University and was in 2015 recognized by AACSB International as an Influential Leader in the field of sustainability. In addition, Meiny received the first CleanTech Star from WWF (World Wildlife Fund) awarded to Priva. She has held various board positions focusing on water, energy transition and food security. Today, she is a member of the Committee for Entrepreneurship and Finance in the Netherlands.

Meiny is also the founder of the Sustainable Urban Delta Foundation. Due to climate change, huge food waste in the world and insufficient availability of healthy food, it is of great importance that megacities transform themselves into food producing cities. Integrating food production not only ensures that megacities are self-sufficient, but also means that more green space is created, water can be saved, energy sources can be optimally utilized, while reducing CO2 emissions and thus making a substantial contribution to a better climate.

The Foundation aims to inspire and help city councils, urban planners, architects, real estate developers, businesses, entrepreneurs and citizens to discover that in a food-producing city, new and promising connections will emerge on an economic, social and ecological level.

MS. FARIDAH MOHD SAAD

Deputy Director (Agritech), Enterprise Singapore

Enterprise Singapore is the government agency championing enterprise development. We work with committed companies to build capabilities, innovate and internationalise.

Faridah Mohd Saad is Deputy Director (Agritech) at Enterprise Singapore, where she hems a trail-blazing team to spearhead Singapore as a leading urban agriculture & aquaculture technologies hub, contributing to food security, economic growth and good jobs for Singaporeans.

Prior to this, Faridah was seconded to the Ministry of Trade & Industry, where her team was involved in negotiating, reviewing and implementing Singapore’s Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and cooperation activities among ASEAN and its dialogue partners, including negotiating the world’s largest FTA – the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Between 2015 and 2018, she was based in South Africa as Regional Director (Johannesburg), Enterprise Singapore where she led a local team responsible for trade promotion and outward investment activities by Singapore firms across Southern Africa.

Her strong interest in multilateral trade and cooperation was fueled by roles in her early career. From 2012 to 2014, she facilitated cooperation activities between Singapore and International Financial Institutions (IFIs) such as the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and oversaw the set-up of the Singapore-based Asia Infrastructure Centre of Excellence (AICOE), a joint project development initiative co-funded by the Government of Singapore, the Government of Canada and the ADB.

MR. FONG YEW CHAN

Chief Technology Officer, Republic Polytechnic

Mr Fong is the Chief Technology Officer at Republic Polytechnic, an institute of Higher Learning based in Singapore offering a range of diverse diploma programmes. He is responsible for spearheading innovation and digitalisation across the entire polytechnic, as well as overseeing the R&D and commercialisation endeavours in the schools. Prior to Republic Polytechnic, Mr Fong has held senior appointments at A*Star, the National Science and Technology Board, Singapore Technologies and DSO National Laboratories. Mr Fong holds a Diplôme d’études approfondies (DEA) from the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG) and the École Centrale de Lyon (ECL). He also holds a Diplôme d’Ingénieur from the École nationale supérieure d’ingénieurs électriciens de Grenoble (ENSIEG), in France.

DR. DEIVANAI SUBRAMANIAN

Deputy Manager, School of Applied Science, Republic Polytechnic

Dr Deivanai currently a Deputy Manager in School of Applied Sciences, Republic Polytechnic. She has specialized in plant breeding and has rich experience in both academic as well as in farming industry.

She started her career as lecturer and guided number of agriculture graduates. She enjoyed developing new courses in Population Genetics, Biostatistics and a curriculum in Agri-biotechnology program for undergraduate in AIMST University, Malaysia. Her research centred around development of crop varieties/hybrids by practising conventional breeding techniques. She has developed a musk melon variety “Annamalai-2”, seven cytoplasmic male sterile lines in sunflower, pocket sized watermelon by using interspecific hybridization and a low light tolerant chemical mutant in Asian leafy green – ‘Choy sum’. Apart from traditional breeding methods, some of her works were on stress physiology with specific emphasis on drought and salt stress tolerance in rice, in addition to   bioprospecting of endophytes. She has authored and co-authored number of peer reviewed scientific articles and book chapters. 

She joined Sky Greens (P) Ltd in Singapore as Plant Scientist where she refined the cultivation procedures and techniques for growing leafy vegetables in greenhouse. She has also implemented good agricultural practices across the farm. At Republic Polytechnic, she is involved in developing dwarf tomato types suitable for indoor farming using conventional breeding approach.

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MR. DOTAN PELEG

CEO of Projini

25 years’ experience in business leadership of start-up companies. 10-year track record in high-tech including an exit deal (HyNEX acquired by Cisco). 15 years’ expertise in Ag biotech, specializing  in crop protection

BSc. Physics Summa Cum Laude, Tel-Aviv University

MS. TIO WEE LENG

Assistant Director (Capability and Industry), School of Management and Communication, Republic Polytechnic

Wee Leng heads the Industry Collaboration and Capability Development in the School of Management and Communication, Republic Polytechnic.  Prior to this, she led the Diploma in Consumer Behaviour and Research program as the Programme Chair.  Supported by a team of academia, she headed the development of the institution’s Consumer Insights Lab and collaborated with industry partners from MNCs, SMEs and Government Agencies. She and her team are strong advocates in bringing the industry and organisations together through joint partnership to build knowledge, especially in Business Insights for Commercial and Social Applications.

Over her course of work, she had worked with organisations and partners on Consultancy projects ranging across different commercial sectors such as FMGC, Cosmetics, Fragrances, F& B, Tourism, Media and social sectors.

Before joining Republic Polytechnic, Wee Leng worked in the field of Consumer, Branding and Marketing and spearheaded new business concepts. She is trained in digital marketing and content creation and also enjoys research topics on branding strategies especially those that are related to business sustainability and future youth consumer behaviour. She is constantly curious about the possibilities of the Future.

DR. PAPIA SULTANA​

Senior Lecturer, School of Engineering, Republic Polytechnic

Dr Papia Sultana has obtained PhD in Mechanical Engineering from National University of Singapore (NUS). She has 15 years of academic and research experience in Singapore.  She has been demonstrating R&D capabilities to the energy industries, leading various advanced research projects in the areas of strategical improvement of energy efficiency of building air-conditioning system and low energy environmental solution for urban farming.

DR. RACHEL CHOI 

Plant Science Lead, Ripe Fresh Pte Ltd

As the Plant Science Lead at Ripe Fresh, Dr Rachel Choi heads Ripe’s agriculture & research team. PhD qualified in Biosciences, she has a demonstrated history of working in the research industry, with more than 10 years of research experience in molecular, proteomic, tissue culture and analytical laboratory techniques.

She carries out the collection and analysis of precision farming data in Ripe’s smart aeroponic farms. Her methodical research techniques and innovative problem solving has helped Ripe become the pioneer of aeroponics in Southeast Asia.

MR. SHELLEY BARAK

CTO and Co-founder, iShence Agtech Ltd

Before founding iShence, Shelly has been working for 8 years in planning and developing complex water systems, and as a lecturer at Ruppin technological college teaching hydraulics and soil mechanics. His past experience also includes web and algorithm developing. Graduated from Israel Maritime College.

DR. DYLAN BANKS

Co-Founder & Knowledge Director, Liberty Produce

Dr Dylan is a physicist and bio-engineer; he has held positions in business and technology commercialisation environments at Cambridge and Imperial College London. He has worked closely with the NHS, MoD, Defra, DIT and AgriTech centres to develop novel technologies and systems. He is driven by a commitment to a sustainable human future and building the technological innovations that will deliver it.

MR EDDIE TAN

Vice President of Integrated Digital Projects, Singapore, Sembcorp Industries

Mr Eddie Tan is Vice President of Integrated Digital Projects, Singapore, at Sembcorp Industries. He is responsible for developing Sembcorp’s suite of sustainable solutions. These include integrated energy, water, waste and digital solutions aimed to help customers meet their environmental sustainability targets.

Mr Tan has over two decades of broad experience in the energy sector, spanning power generation, engineering, operations, management, sales and strategy. Before joining Sembcorp, he was the director at Bosch Southeast Asia responsible for Smart Cities, I4.0 and energy solutions sales. Prior to that, Mr Tan has also worked with various power utilities companies in the Asia Pacific region, including Singapore Power, GE Energy, DNVGL and Bosch.

Mr Tan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Sheffield, UK.

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