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Speakers 2019


Dr. Andreas Möller, author of the book „Zwischen Bullerbü und Tierfabrik – Warum wir einen anderen Blick auf die Landwirtschaft brauchen“ is a communications expert and host of this year’s „Farm & Food 4.0“ on the 21 of january in Berlin. He used to work as a journalist for the radio station Deutschlandfunk Kultur and led the politicial counselling of the Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften (acatech). Today Möller is head of communications at the mechanical engineering company Trumpf.

Louisa Burwood-Taylor

Louisa Burwood-Taylor is an agriculture journalist and chief editor of AgFunderNews based in Silicon Valley. She focuses on innovation and investment in food and agriculture technology. Her career spans 10 years and involves a variety of different beats, mostly financial, including time at the Financial Times Group and Euromoney in Asia. She turned her attention to agriculture nearly five years ago as the founding editor of Agri Investor, the first publication dedicated to investment in the sector.

Dr. Alexander Wiegelmann

Dr. Alexander M. Wiegelmann serves as Head of Transactions at KWS SAAT SE and is responsible for M&A transactions, corporate venturing and strategic licensing. He also co-founded a private equity firm focusing on small- and mid-sized companies in established industries. During his preceding career in investment banking he was with FCF Fox Corporate Finance, Close Brothers and Ernst & Young. Throughout his 12-year career he successfully completed more than 25 cross-border as well as domestic transactions for listed and private companies.

Dr. Julia Köhn

Dr. Julia Köhn is a digital entrepreneur, economist and philosopher. She is also managing partner of, the weekly market for your home. The online marketplace was founded in 2017 with the goal to create a digital platform to directly market groceries and provide a decentralized and independent food supply. In the past Julia was founding partner of Großmann & Köhn Consulting. Also she was publishing about „Uncertainty in Economics“ and topics of the digital economy at the springer Verlag. In the past, she studied economics and philosophy at the Universität Witten/Herdecke, the Erasmus Institute for Economics and Philosophy and at Cambridge University.

Professor Dr. Stefanie Bröring

Stefanie Bröring is a professor of agribusiness management with a focus on technology and innovation management at the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Bonn. She teaches and researches with a focus on innovation management, convergence "food and pharmaceuticals" and consumer acceptance of functional ingredients. From 2009 to 2013 she held a professorship at the University of Osnabrück. Previously Stephanie was head of strategic marketing at the BRÖRING group and worked in business development in the chemical industry (inter alia Evonik AG) and consulting. She has studied Business Administration as well as Intellectual Property Law and Human Medicine.

Fabio Ziemßen

Fabio Ziemssen is Director of Food Innovation at NX-FOOD. NX-FOOD stands for Next Generation Food and is a hub of METRO for new food solutions to address customer demands, future trends and a better food system. As a founder of the E-Food Blog Fabio organised meetings throughout Germany for the Food Startup Scene (German Food Startup Meetups, Next Generation Food Think Tank, Startup Food Market etc.). Since 2017 Fabio Ziemssen is also Co-Founder of the Think Tank Project FOODnext and the Coworking Space Super7000 in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Julia Klöckner

Julia Klöckner is Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture and Deputy Chairwoman of the CDU Germany. The political science graduate, theologian and educator grew up on the family winery in the rural wine village of Guldental. In addition to her political career Julia Klöckner was also editor and editor-in-chief of Meininger Verlag.

Matthias Schmidt-Rex

Matthias Schmidt-Rex,is a managing partner of SmartHectar Innovation GmbH. He organizes and monitors innovation processes, co-creation as well as strategic and organizational development against the background of the digital transformation. He is also the initiator and CEO of the Go Silicon Valley e.V initiative to organize innovation processes and partner with the njuway consultancy network for strategy and communications. In the past, Matthias worked in various digital and advertising agencies and was the managing partner of the furniture distribution company Reform Möbel & Design OHG. He studied economics as well as marketing and communications.

Jan Sessenhausen

Jan Sessenhausen is Partner and Managing Director of Tengelmann Ventures, one of the leading investors for early and growth phases in Germany. His personal focus is on investments in software and technology companies, current and former investments include 6wunderkinder, data Artisans, Blickfeld, agrilution and Data Virtuality. Prior to joining Tengelmann Ventures, he worked for several years as a Senior Investment Manager at High-Tech Gründerfonds and for another 5 years at leading consulting firms Capgemini and SapientNitro in technology and process projects. He began his professional career with a 3-year employment at Hewlett-Packard. He is Diplom Informatiker (DHBW) with a specialization in Applied Computer Science.

Markus Mühleisen

Markus Mühleisen has been responsible for Arla Foods' business in Germany as Managing Director and Group Vice President Germany since March 2018. The internationally experienced manager with special expertise in sales, marketing and change management can look back on a career of more than 20 years in various management positions in the food industry. Prior to joining Arla Foods, the business graduate was Vice President and Managing Director at General Mills (including Häagen-Dazs, Yoplait Yoghurt, Knack & Back) responsible for Northern Europe, England, Ireland and Germany. From 2009 to 2015, he managed General Mills' business in the Australasia region and New Zealand, based in Melbourne. Previously, he was Managing Director for three years responsible for the business in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Eastern Europe. From 1998 to 2006, Mühleisen held various management positions at Nestlé Cereals in Frankfurt am Main and the Philippines, most recently as Regional Director, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Scandinavia. Markus Mühleisen is married and has three sons.

Didier Toubia

Didier Toubia is Co-Founder and CEO of ALEPH FARMS. Prior to Aleph Farms, Didier was Co-founder and CEO of IceCure, which went public in 2010, and CEO of NLT Spine, which has been acquired by SeaSpine in 2016. Didier was trained as a Food Engineer and Biologist at AgroSup in Dijon, France, and holds a joint Executive MBA degree from the Kellogg and Recanati business schools. Didier is also a Co-Founder of BlueTree and Yeap.

Peter Wesjohann

Peter Wesjohann is managing the PHW Group since 2009 in the third generation. The poultry group has its headquarters in Visbek-Rechterfeld, Lower Saxony and is operating the majority of its business under the WIESENHOF brand. The group includes hatcheries, slaughterhouses and processing plants throughout Germany. The fattening of the animals, however, happens in about 800 self-employed farms. The group mainly produces for the German market. Sustainability and innovation are always part of Wesjohann's corporate culture.

Prof. Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Windhorst

Prof. Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Windhorst is the scientific director of the Science and Information Center for Sustainable Poultry (WING) at the University of Vechta. Until 2011, he was also the scientific director of the Lower Saxony Competence Center for the Food Industry (NieKE). The internationally renowned agricultural expert is an advocate of modern agriculture. One of Windhorst's research focuses on innovation and diffusion research.

Maximilian von Löbbecke

Maximilian von Löbbecke has been responsible for the development and management of the 365FarmNet Group GmbH & Co KG since 2013. After studying mechanical engineering and medical technology, he joined the FIAT Group with an MBA program. In the divisions FIAT Auto, Iveco and CNH, he assumed international leadership roles in the areas of development, production, sales and marketing. He also gained in-depth international experience in the setup, leadership and exit of start-ups, including in California. He is a recognized expert in the field of tension between the ecosystems of classic industrial companies and agile start-ups. For more than ten years he has been intensively involved with the subject of digitization and its impact on different economic sectors. In 2016 he initiated the congress series Farm & Food 4.0, which deals with digitization in the agricultural and food sector. Maximilian von Löbbecke comes from an agricultural home. His family has been firmly rooted in agriculture for nine generations and still operates six companies on their own.

Claus Hackmann

Dr. Claus Hackmann , PhD, joined BASF Venture Capital GmbH as an Investment Manager in 2010. He is active in four boards. The related companies are based in the US, the UK, Switzerland and Germany. Before that he was head of production of Electronic Materials in Europe within in the BASF SE (2007-2010) and was responsible as leader of the Business Process Management team in the business unit detergents and formulators (2003 -2007). He joint BASF SE in 1994 and worked until 2003 in several functions in research, development and production. Claus Hackmann studied chemistry at the Westfälischen Wilhelms Universität in Münster (1985-1993) and did his Postdoc at the UCSB in Santa Barbara (1993-1994).

Prof. Dr. Dr. Andreas Hensel

Prof. Dr. Dr. Andreas Hensel is President of the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR). The scientific career of the veterinary, microbiologist and hygienist includes stations at universities in Hanover, Utrecht and Vienna. From 1997 to 2003 he was professor of animal hygiene and animal disease control as well as director of the Institute for Animal Hygiene and Public Veterinary Services of the University of Leipzig. In May 2003, he became the first president to join BfR, which was newly founded in 2002. Prof. Hensel is the German representative on the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and honorary professor at the University of Leipzig and the Freie Universität of Berlin.

Dr. Simone K. Frey

Dr. Simone K. Frey is the Founder of Future of Nutrition, a network for nutrition tech start-ups. Previously, Simone worked as managing director at Atlantic Food Labs, a food investor, and BioAnalyt. She led Bioanalyt a nutrient testing company from start-up phase to profitable business. Based on her 10+ years professional experience in the industry and as the founder of Nutrition Hub, the largest community of 5,000 for nutrition experts in Germany, she is familiar with the needs of industry, investors, experts and founders. She holds a PhD in Nutrition Science.

Georg Mayerhofer

Georg Mayerhofer is farmer of the year 2017 and advocate for sustainable agriculture. The erosion control of the soil is particularly important to the farmer, for which he is constantly developing new concepts. He also keeps an informative blog, because transparency and education with regard to the consumer are important to him. The family-owned company Mayerhofer Agrar, which is steeped in tradition, operates traditional arable farming, pig fattening and a 600 kW biogas plant. Mayerhofer studied agricultural economics at the University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan and volunteers in various agricultural associations.

Johannes Tschesche

Johannes Tschesche is co-founder and managing director of VALUEversitas, a business consultancy specialized in the food value chain. After military service, which he completed as a junior officer, he studied mechanical engineering at the TU Darmstadt. Here he worked and researched for about 5 years as a research assistant. In this time Johannes guided and monitored several projects with agricultural machinery manufacturers and their suppliers. His dissertation deals with the application of a data mining process for the evaluation of acoustic radiation levels. Further professional stages include several foundings and working as an innovation consultant. As a management consultant at VALUEversitas, he focuses on the development of new technologies and business models as well as the development of new markets. With his wife, he also built the first German crowdfunding platform for food.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Cornelia Weltzien

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Cornelia Weltzien is head of ATB Department “Engineering for Crop Production” and chair of Agro Mechatronics at the TU Berlin since 2015. After studying agricultural engineering at the University of Applied Sciences Cologne she completed her postgraduate studies in mechanical engineerinng at Technical University Braunschweig in 2006. In 2008 Prof. Dr.-Ing. Weltzien obtains her doctorate at the Institute for Agriculutral Machinery and Fluid Technology with the thesis "Assistance System for the Overloading Process with a selfpropelled Forage Harvester". Before joining ATB she was part of interdisciplinary advanced engineering teams in the industry, developing electro hydraulic control systems for mobile working machinery. Her expertise are precision agriculture, automation of agricultural processes, smart systems, digitalisation in agriculture. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Weltzien is a nationally and internationally recognized elite researcher in the field of digital agriculture.

Jonathan Bernwieser

Jonathan Bernwieser is an "Agrar-Tekkie" and founder and managing director of Agrando. Agrando is a solution for the digitalisation of agricultural trade. The platform has been officially online since October last year, employs over 20 people, primarily from the IT and agricultural sectors, and after 3 months has already received over 1,000 registrations, volumes in the millions and a Germany-wide network of agricultural traders. A special feature of Agrando is that many farmers, among others, have invested in the agricultural start-up.

Michael Horsch

Michael Horsch looks back on a successful career. In 1981, the self-taught engineer introduces his first in-house development, a film seeder. In 1984 he founds HORSCH Maschinen GmbH. Today, the midsized company with its innovative machines for tillage, cereal and precision grain technology and crop protection is active worldwide. Horsch's pioneering spirit continues unabated.

Dr. Martin Ziegelbäck

Dr. Martin Ziegelbäck was educated as electrical engineer and is a professional farmer in Austria. He studied Economics at the JKU University in Linz. He completed his doctorate in the area of price risk management at the University of applied life sciences in Vienna. Sice 2013 he is CEO of SAATBAU Preisgut GmbH, which provides brokerage and digital solutions for the commodity and food supply chain. The area of expertise is the digital information flow between production/farmers and food processing industry. SAATBAU Preisgut has been awarded for the best innovative agricultural innovation by Burg Warberg in 2017.

Fabrice Aubertin

Fabrice Aubertin has more than 20 years experience at Bosch in the development of electronic units for French OEM. Fabrice has an engineering degree, specialized in digital signal processing. He brings 20+ years of expertise in the industrialization of new technologies, mainly in mobility - from pre-development phase to large volume production. In 2015, he took over new challenges in IoT at Bosch, since then contributing to the innovations initiative of Connected Agriculture. He has launched a smart crops project with partners, based on sensors located at the heart of growers’ fields, to deliver precise recommendations on fertilization, irrigation and disease detection.

Alexis Comar

Alexis Comar has a background in agronomy and physics and a PhD specialized on high throughput field plant phenotyping. Alexis is now CEO of HIPHEN SAS, a company he co-founded in 2014 with three partners. The objective of HIPHEN is to bring digital tools to the whole agronomical value chain (Breeders, Agro-Industries, Farmers, etc.) thanks to its expertise in crops sensing and crops modeling. HIPHEN commercializes AIRPHEN, a scientific multispectral camera, co-develops IOT solutions and provides complete services going from data acquisition to data processing in order to give the most valuable information to their clients. Alexis is also part of numerous scientific projects in partnership with INRA and French Technical Institutes (Arvalis, ITB, TerresInovia).

Philip Vospeter

Philip Vospeter joined CLAAS in 2012 and has been responsible for die Digitalization of the CLAAS Group as Head of Digital Transformation since April 2016. In his activities he sets his main focus in the areas of Smart Farming, Digital Customer Experience, Industry 4.0 and New Ways of Working. Before, he was in charge of all IT applications of the wholesale and retail organizations worldwide, taking care of all ERP applications, as well as online shops customer portals, CRM and data science solutions. Before that, he worked for 10 years as a consultant and manager with focus on automotive and other discrete industries.

Dr. Martin Kunisch

Dr. Martin Kunisch is Managing Director of the Board of Trustees for Technology and Construction in Agriculture (KTBL). More than 400 experts from agriculture, science, commercial economy, administration and consulting belong to the registered association. The Board of Trustees is institutionally supported by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. Kunisch has been employed at KTBL since 1994. He studied agricultural sciences, phytomedicine and obtained his doctorate at the Institute for Plant Production in the Tropics and Subtropics at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart. Translated with