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Gordon CLEMENTS (Germany)


General Manager Solutions

Graduated BSc (Hons) in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from the University West of Scotland.

7 years experience in Electronic Design & Project Management followed by 10 years career in Product Management and Sales Management in the semiconductor industry before moving to VARTA in 2002.

17 years in the battery industry focused mainly on LiB in sales management and now General Manager of VARTA Storage Gmbh with P&L responsibility for Power and Energy product lines.

Global business perspective and extensive knowledge of applications for LiB across all business sectors and applications from cell phone to e-mobility.

Aymeric BARTHES (France)

Naïo Technologies


Robotic engineer, from the beginning Aymeric BARTHES has the desire to bring real solutions to the agricultural world to revolutionize working methods and thus preserve crops and the environment. The challenge of feeding more and more people around the world can only be met by the emergence of innovative solutions. It is in this sense that he co-founded Naïo Technologies, a company that develops and markets multi-task robots dedicated to the agricultural world.
He has led the Naïo Technologies team since its inception, carrying out various projects simultaneously and adjusting the strategy to the company’s development.

Laurent CHATELAIN (France)

Chatelain Nursery


1974 Birth in Gonnesse (95).
1992 CAP-BEP Fénelon in Vaujours
1994 BTA in Nursery Option at the Lycée du Paysage et de l'Environnement Fénelon, in Vaujours (93).
1996 BTS horticultural production nursery with option arboriculture at the Institut de Genech (59).
1997 Licence as Technical Advisor in Horticultural Product Sales at Técomah, Jouy-en-Josas (78). Joined the family business.
1999 Acquisition of Pépinières Carnet, specialized in the production of fruit trees. 2001 Creation of the garden centre.
2011 Takeover of the family business.
2012 Creation of GIE Pépinières Franciliennes. Blue Plant Certification.
2015 Obtains the Fleurs de France label.
2016 In 2016, creation of Pépinières de France.
2018 Launch of the organic market gardening activity. Creation of the start-up Up4Green

Seana DAY (USA)

Better Food Ventures


Peter HANAPPE (France)



The issue of sustainable food systems seems to have nothing in common with IT. Yet this is the field of research that interests Peter Hanappe. After a professional career in computer music (Ircam - Centre George Pompidou) and participatory distributed computing ( with Oxford University), he founded the Robotics for Mircofarms (ROMI) project at Sony Computer Science Laboratories. His goal is to join the technology and food production to the ideas of the collaborative economy.

Khasha GHAFFARZADEH (Germany)


Director of Research

Greg MEYERS (Switzerland)



Andrea BERTOLINI (Italy)

Lawer specialised in Robotics

Guy WAKSMAN (France)

Former Director R&D at ACTA Informatique

Daniel AZEVEDO (France)


Daniel Azevedo is a Director in the Commodities and Trade team of Copa and Cogeca, an agricultural lobby representing almost 70 national farm organizations and cooperatives in Europe. He is a natural resources engineer graduated in the University of Évora (Portugal) currently the coordinator of Copa and Cogeca Task Force on agricultural technology. He has previously been working for DG Agriculture and Rural Development after specializing on agro-environmental measures in SLU university (Sweden). Mr. Azevedo comes from a family producing wine and olive oil in Vila Real (Douro Region) in Portugal.


Sophie VOINIS (France)


Sophie Voinis is a journalist & professional facilitator. She studied in Boston, Emerson college, in the US, where she graduated in journalism and Communication in 2001. She was responsible for the daily newscast on the campus radio and also anchored the news on TV, on a regular basis. She has been working on TV for the past 20 years, in Boston, USA and in France, Toulouse on the local TV, TLT. For the past 15 years, she was the main anchor for the daily newscast as well as the health magazine and the weekly space and Aeronautic show. Her expertise goes from filming, interviewing, editing and anchoring in all journalism fields. She is also a mediator in various conferences, debates or gala nights both in French and in English, and often provides media training sessions both in french and in english. She lately anchored the national conference on the Weekly Space European programs in Marseille, the south west Europe railroad financing project, the Aerospace Summit in Brussels, and the annual conference for Groupama (1900 people attending). She was also Master of Ceremony for many Airbus deliveries in English, the IFAC World Congress and the ESOF Ceremony in English (5.000 people attending).

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