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Pitch Event of Global AgriInno Challenge 2021
The Global AgriInno Challenge 2021, co-organized by FAO and Zhejiang University, aims to encourage youth and women to harness innovation, entrepreneurship and technologies to address challenges related to the transformation of rural villages into ‘Digital Villages’ that contribute to the Four Betters: better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life, while leaving no one behind.

Eight youth-led innovation solutions were selected out of 157 applications from 37 countries for their standout entrepreneurship and promising potential for a positive impact on agri-food systems.

The final teams will pitch their solutions online in front of judges from FAO, ITU, UNWTO, Zhejiang University, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China, and Pinduoduo, and audience from all over the world.

Agenda
9 Dec. 2021 Thursday 13:00-15:20 CET
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• 13:00-13:10 Welcome
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• 13:10-14:50 Pitching
o One team pitches the digital solution (5 min each)
o Q & A between judges and pitching team (5 min each)
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• 14:50-15:10 Youth voice | Judges close-door meeting
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• 15:10-15:20 Announcement & closing remarks

More information can be found at: http://f6.wjxit.com/index.php?mod=agenda2021
Language: English.

Dec 9, 2021 01:00 PM in Rome

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Speakers

Khalid Bomba
Director, Office of Innovation and Chief Innovation Officer @FAO
Khalid Bomba is the Director, Office of Innovation and Chief Innovation Officer at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN. Prior to joining FAO, Khalid was the Founding Chief Executive Officer of the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA), an independent government agency tasked with catalyzing the transformation of Ethiopia’s agriculture sector. Prior to that, Khalid worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where he developed and managed grants in the agriculture sector and served as the Regional Director for Africa at the Global eSchools and Communities Initiative, an organization founded by the United Nations ICT Task Force. Khalid has also held senior level and executive positions in other public and private sector institutions and began his career at JP Morgan, where he spent ten years as an investment banker working on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and sovereign debt issues.
Natalia Bayona
Director of the Innovation, Education and Investments Department @UNWTO
Natalia Bayona leads the innovation, education and investments strategy of UNWTO, the UN specialized agency for the promotion of sustainable tourism. With a diverse background on politics, destination management and business, she has become the first innovation director at UNWTO, has introduced entrepreneurship and education as key factors for tourism and development, and has positioned UNWTO as an innovation benchmark within the wider United Nations system as recognized by the UN Chief Executive Board (CEB) in 2020. Her work consists on identifying the most disruptive startups and investment projects and matching them with Member States and leading corporations. As an advocate of youth and technology, she seeks to make entrepreneurs grow for a promising future in all regions.