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AgriTech NZ’s Global AgriFutures Series

Perspectives from Different Innovation Experts 

How can early stage innovators and global industry influencers better innovate?
We ask the experts.

Join our third Global AgriFutures insights and networking event; Perspectives from Different Innovation Experts on Tuesday, 7 December.

Innovation is driving us to grow more food, feed more people, reduce waste, improve talent capability and protect the environment. How do large corporations create impactful change and how does it differ from a startup’s approach? More importantly, how can each perspective be used in collaboration with others?

In this highly interactive networking session, we invite innovation experts to share their stories. We ask how early stage innovators and global industry influencers can better collaborate. Meet our special guests from the Yara International team, Pilot 44  (Johnny Hammond, Managing Partner) and  Sprout Agritech (Gil Meron, CEO)

Together, they will discuss: 

  • Barriers and drivers of change
  • Key considerations for transformation
  • Tips to commercialise or internationalise

Plus, choose to join one of our social breakouts to discuss:

  1. Corporate innovation approaches with Pilot44 
  2. Learnings and reasons to collaborate with Yara International
  3. Innovation pitfalls and lessons from a global start-up champion with Sprout Agritech 

Spaces are strictly limited to ensure an excellent opportunity to create new connections and facilitate valuable discussions. Interested in attending? Don’t miss out, secure your place now. 


Note: This event will be recorded and shared after the event.

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Gil Meron - CEO - Sprout Agritech LP
Previously Gil has been managing Yarden Group, an investment and advisory firm, where he deployed >$50M in Israeli agri- and clean-tech companies, and advised international investors such as the International Finance Corporation on agritech investments. Prior to that Gil was a consultant with Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in London and Tel-Aviv, and an R&D group manager in IBM’s labs in Israel. Before that, Gil was an officer in one of the IDF’s elite technological units. Gil serves on the board of AMS Membranes, a leading specialty membrane producer. Gil has a BSc in Computer Science and in Electronics Engineering from Tel-Aviv University (Israel) where he graduated magna cum laude and an MBA from the London Business School (UK) where he graduated as a member of the Dean’s excellence list.
Johnny Hammond - Managing Partner - Asia Pacific - Pilot44 Labs
Johnny is an experienced corporate innovator with more than a decade of experience across innovation and marketing strategy. Prior to joining Pilot44, he was Global Head of the Unilever Foundry, the company’s global platform for partnering with the world's best startups to accelerate innovation on a global scale. As one of the leading FMCG experts in technology and innovation, Johnny has scouted thousands of startups, driven pilot projects and brokered partnerships for corporates. Johnny has extensive experience in helping large companies to drive growth and competitive advantage through accelerated digital transformation.
Michael Waites - Commercial Director Australia/New Zealand - Yara International
David Spencer - Agronomy & Crop Solutions Manager - Yara New Zealand
Clive Blacker - N-Sensor specialist - Yara


Dec 07
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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