12:00 - 13:00

Whilst considered food secure because of its political and economic stability, the UAE imports 90% of its food supplies, exposing its reliance on other countries food production. The UAE has set an ambitious target to be number 1 in the Food Security Index by 2071. This panel session will discuss the region’s food security strategy, what are the tech innovations vital to its success? What are the opportunities for collaboration with businesses to help them deliver on this goal?

Chair: Rami Zurayk, Professor of Ecosystem Management in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, American University of Beirut

Bhanu Chowdhary, Dean, College of Food and Agriculture, United Arab Emirates University

Ramie Murray, Founder, Dibba Bay Oysters

Alpha Kennedy, Director – Middle East & Africa, Prime Consultants

Greg Ohannessian, Founding Partner, Soma Mater

Armen Sedrakyan, Economist, Subregional Office for GCC States and Yemen, Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations


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