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Synergies between R&I, Entrepreneurship and Industry with funders in the Food and Agriculture Sector | Webinar

October 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Synergies between R&I, Entrepreneurship and Industry with funders in the FNSSA Sector

The webinar will tackle the topic of strengthening an integrative network through a multi-sectoral approach for food systems sustainable transformation.

The discussion will revolve around how this transformation requires all stakeholders to play a more dynamic role. An inclusive array of private sector actors, from small holder farmers to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and large industries, will be influential in driving this transformation.
Another key factor is mobilizing public and private investments to drive food systems transformation through innovative funding and financing.

The benefits that agriculture research and development and innovation can bring to industry and farmers and the role it plays in a region’s economic development will be discussed as well. Speakers from R&I, Funding bodies and Agribusinesses will be invited to present different perspectives in a complementary discussion to reach an integrated vision.

List of the speakers

Kayan Jaff | Senior Partnership and Resource Mobilization officer, Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa – FAO.

Kayan Jaff - FAO Near East - NENAKayan JAFF, a national of the United States of America (USA), holds a Master’s of Science degree in Development Economics from North Carolina State University, USA and Bachelors of Science degree in Agriculture and Resource Economics from Oregon State University, USA.
Mr. Jaff is currently the Senior Partnerships and Resource Mobilization Adviser at FAO’s Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa (RNE). Throughout the past 20 years, Mr. Jaff has served at FAO’s Headquarters in Rome, Regional Offices, sub Regional Offices and Country offices with the Organization. At FAO Headquarters, he was Adviser in the Office of Decentralized Offices and Units for Private Sector and Non State Actors.
He also served as an Economist in FAO’s Investment Centre funded under the World Bank’s Cooperative Programme. In the field, he was the FAO Representative in the United Arab Emirates from 2005-2011, then Senior Policy Adviser in the Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa.
He was also Deputy FAO Representative in Sudan. Prior to joining FAO, Mr. Jaff was employed in the Private Sector whereby he was the Managing Director of a large multinational Agribusiness company based in France and Turkey.

Olav Kjørven | EAT‘s Senior Director of Strategy and a key leader in the Good Food Finance.

Olav Kjørven - EAT Senior DirectorOlav is part of EAT’s Leadership team and provides strategic oversight to EAT’s policy work, leads engagement on global policy arenas, and guides EAT’s science and knowledge initiatives for maximum impact on food systems policies and practices.
Olav’s career spans political leadership roles for Norwegian development cooperation and several senior leadership posts at the United Nations. He led the Bureau for Development Policy of the United Nations Development Program for almost seven years, overseeing an international staff of some 360, programs delivering in the hundreds of millions every year, and policy work ranging from democratic governance to climate change.
Olav played a central role in the complex and highly political process that led to Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, including organizing the largest global consultation ever undertaken by the UN with millions of people engaged. Olav holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University and is a Norwegian national.

Nono Sekhoto – Sector Lead Agribusiness, AL for Agribusiness in Africa.

Nono Sekhoto - AL for Agribusiness - AfricaNono Sekhoto is a commercial farmer, an entrepreneur, and an award-winning youth-in-agriculture advocate, working in South African and the region.
Nono’s work in agriculture leveraged her 8 years background in financial services, 10-year commercial mixed farming experience and a global network of agricultural stakeholders built over the years. As a former member of the National Executive Council for African Farmers Association of SA (AFASA) she established AFASA Youth engaging youth farmers in South Africa.
She is a member of the Women Committees at the World Farmers Organisation (WFO) and sit on the board of Agricultural Development Agency in SA. She established and leads the AL for Agribusiness network at the African Leadership Academy, connecting youth in agriculture to opportunities across Africa. She founded GrowthShoot managing a 2,000 ha farm and AdvanceAg consulting to corporates to connect South African young farmers to opportunities.
She is an alum of Oklahoma State University Entrepreneurs Fellow, the Goldman Sachs Entrepreneurship 10,000 Women programme, African Management Institute , University of Pretoria and Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.


[Update: you can watch the recorded webinar below or on our YouTube Channel]


October 20
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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