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The Global Cellular Agriculture Alliance is proud to be a co-host of the Food System Pavilion at COP28 in Dubai. We have designed a full day of programming on Saturday, December 9th 2023 to raise awareness about the role protein diversification can play in building a more resilient, equitable, and sustainable food system. Learn more about the program and how to watch a live stream of each session below.


9.30AM - 10.30AM (Gulf Standard Time)

Harvesting Solutions: Cultivating a Sustainable Future through Methane Reduction in the Agrifood Sector
(Case Studies on Innovative Methane Reduction Solutions)

Agrifood systems are responsible for a third of GHG and 40% of all methane emissions. There is a critical need to create an ecosystem for the private sector that is addressing methane reduction and and create a supporting mechanism for such solutions. Join us at this panel discussion to understand the current mechanisms in place to tackle these emissions.

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Rachel Barr

CEO, Climate Tech Propel

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Lisa Moon

President, Global Food Banking Network 

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Mumukshu Patel Senior Director of Food and Agriculture, Climate Advisors 

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Chris Adamo
VP Public Affairs and Regenerative Agriculture, Danone


Thilak Kariyawasam
President of LOAM and Executive Director FIAN Sri Lanka

11.00AM - 12.00PM (Gulf Standard Time)

The Diversification Tipping Point: 
Advancing Complementary Protein Ecosystems

Countries like Israel, Denmark, Singapore, Brazil, and the Netherlands are frontrunners in building innovation ecosystems for complementary proteins. However, global impact can only be reached by scaling out their approach. This discussion is focused on what has worked thus far and how we can push others toward the tipping point in protein diversification.


Aryn Baker

Senior International Climate and Environmental Correspondent, TIME 


Steven Collet

Vice Minister of Int'l Development Cooperation, NL


Dr Andy Jarvis

Director Future of Food, Bezos Earth Fund

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Mirte Gosker

Managing Director, Good Food Institute APAC

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Alessandro Cruvinel

Director of Innovation, Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture & Livestock 

12.30PM - 1.30PM (Gulf Standard Time)

Circular Agrifood & Biomass – Food & Materials for a Sustainable Future

(Sponsored by Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality)


This workshop will present a variety of pathways to a circular agrifood system that has a significant positive climate impact. We pose dilemma’s and demonstrate Dutch innovations and showcases that support our goals to provide healthy, safe and tasty food for 9 billion people within the boundaries of the planet and that can only happen if we work together at the international level. We present innovative agriculture practices but also showcase examples of valorisation and upcycling of residual streams with the agrifood system with applications as food, feed or material.

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Jolijn Zwart-van Kessel
Innovation Lead Circular Agrifood, Foodvalley

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Freek van Eijk

CEO, Holland

Circular Hotspot

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Maarten Bosch

CEO, Mosa Meat


Donné Slangen

Director General, Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality

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Fred Beekmans 

Program Leader Circular & Climate-Neutral Society, WUR

2.00PM - 3.00PM (Gulf Standard Time)

Cultivating Change for a Food Secure World

(In Partnership with Food Tank)


An estimated 735 million people around the world are currently facing hunger. Protein diversification serves as an approach to meet the growing dietary demands, nourishing people, while producing food in a more sustainable manner. During this session, speakers will address innovations that can contribute to protein diversification while promoting human and planetary health, the policies that can support progress, and the importance of using a just transition framework to guide stakeholders.

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Danielle Nierenberg

Co-Founder & President,

Food Tank 

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Niels Peter Nørring 

Climate Director,

Danish Agriculture & Food Council

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Tasneem Karodia


New Form Foods

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H.E. Lionel Zinsou
Board Member,

Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa


Shanoo Sharan
Managing Director Africa, Food systems for the Future

3.30PM - 4.30PM (Gulf Standard Time)

Balancing the Plate: Healthier Diets for a More Sustainable World

(In Partnership with Food Tank)


A healthy diet is critical for well-being and development, yet it remains inaccessible to more than 3 billion people worldwide. Addressing this problem will require stakeholders to rethink policies and programs that support access to healthy food, the technologies and innovations that can boost nutrition security, and the investments that are necessary to unlock to drive positive change. Speakers will address the inextricable link between food and health, opportunities to address malnutrition in all its forms, and why a healthy planet is foundational to these efforts.

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Danielle Nierenberg
 Co-Founder & President,

Food Tank 


Sara Roversi

President, Future

Food Institute


Emeline Fellus

Director, Food and Agriculture, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

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Alexandre Gellert Paris

Secretary of the Nutrition and Health Working Group, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

5.00PM - 6.00PM (Gulf Standard Time)

How Diversification of Aquatic Food Consumption can Address the Biodiversity Crisis

The climate crisis is wreaking havoc on the world's largest carbon sink and its inhabitants. As fish stocks migrate to escape warming waters, the impact on coastal communities’ economies and billions of people who depend on aquatic foods for protein is profound and worsening. In this conversation, experts discuss how a diversifying approach to aquatic food consumption from boat to throat could help take pressure off of popular species and address biodiversity loss in our oceans, rivers, and lakes.

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Kim Anders Odhner

Managing Partner,

Europe & Asia

Unovis Asset Management

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Dr. Michelle Tigchelaar
Research Scientist, Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions

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Carrie Chan

CEO & Co-Founder,



Shakuntala Thilsted
Director, CGIAR Nutrition, Health and Food Security Impact Area Platform


Robert Jones
President, Cellular Agriculture Europe

6.30PM - 7.30PM (Gulf Standard Time)

Lowering Emissions and Promoting Equitable Food Distribution

Through Protein Diversification

(Sponsored by the UN Foundation)


The dual challenges of overconsumption in High Income Countries and hunger in Least Developed Countries lie at the heart of food systems transformation. Global protein diversification could help improve equitable food distribution and nutrition security. Shifting away from a reliance on industrial animal agriculture will lower emissions, improve human health and increase sustainability at the local level. Crucially, a protein diversification approach must be based on equity and inclusion. Efforts must be made to ensure that Global South stakeholders and marginalised communities are involved from the onset.

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Patty Fong

Program Director, Climate and Health & Well-being, Global Alliance for the Future of Food

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Jean-Claude Rubyogo

Global Bean Programme Leader & Director, Pan Africa Bean Research Alliance

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Lasse Bruun
Director of Climate and Food, United Nations Foundation

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Andile Mnguni

Youth Activist & Food Entrepreneur, South Africa

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Dr. Edmond Fernandes

Director, Edward & Cynthia Institute of Public Health, India


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