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Craig Wilson
Vice President Quality Assurance & Food Safety
Costco Wholesale Corporation

Craig Wilson is the Vice President, General Merchandising Manager of Quality Assurance/ Food Safety, Non-Foods Quality Assurance, Environmental Services/Haz Mat and Merchandise Services for Costco Wholesale Corporation. Costco Wholesale Corporation operates membership warehouses world-wide, that offer a selection of branded and private label products in a range of merchandise categories. Costco is a global leader when it comes to food safety, and all suppliers must meet their strict compliance requirements. Costco’s food safety audit systems, STEC testing of fresh foods, x-ray product inspection, and unique positions on the Global Food Safety Initiative and the global regulatory environment, is well known industry wide. Prior to joining Costco Wholesale, Craig worked as a Special Projects Director for Frigoscandia Equipment Food Safety Systems for over 24 years.  During his time with Frigoscandia, Craig published numerous research papers in the areas of food safety and food processing and holds many patents, the most notable for steam pasteurization of food, and is the recipient of the Gia/Matek, Global Excellence in Food Safety Award. He currently serves on the Global Food Safety Initiative Board, the Center for Produce Safety Board, the Center for Food Integrity Board, the STOP Food Borne Illness Board and the Steering Committee for the National Food Safety Consortium.  Craig is also a member of the Board of Directors for Camp Korey.

Day One

Tuesday, March 26 2019

12:15 pm | Panel Discussion: Establishing the Fundamentals for Ecosystem-Wide Industry Engagement & Collaboration

James Flynn
Founder
Global Food Blockchain Initiative

James is a Food Safety Consultant and Software Technologist, specialising in Food Safety Management systems. He has over 25 years’ experience helping food businesses solve key food safety management problems. James is the developer of the popular HACCP Now software and the architect behind Primority Ltd’s new cloud solution 3iVerify. He is also the Founder of Global Food Blockchain Initiative (GFBI), where he is the Software Technology Lead. GFBI’s goal is to work with industry and academic leaders to bring together all players in the food supply chain and to understand how Blockchain technology can be used to transform food safety and transparency in food supply chain operations.

Day One

Tuesday, March 26 2019

3:50 pm | Collaboration Beyond Borders: Global Food Blockchain Initiative (GFBI)

2:10 pm | Panel Discussion: Identifying Opportunities For Blockchain Within the F&B Supply Chain: Leveraging its Potential

Mark Blackman
GBBC Member
Global Blockchain Business Council

Mark Blackman is a Senior Director of Business Development for the Bitfury Group. He brings 20+ years of engineering and business experience at Qualcomm, bringing technology from the lab to the marketplace. While at Qualcomm he was involved with earlier smartphone technology development, managing multiple engineering teams responsible for commercializing both the first globally deployed app store and mobile VoIP service. Additionally, Mark worked as a Director of IP Business Strategy, focused on optimizing R&D activities within software, security, and sensor technologies. He received an MBA from San Diego State University and holds a MS in Information Science from Ball State University.

Day One

Tuesday, March 26 2019

11:45 am | From Conversation to Action: Gaining Buy-In for Blockchain Investment

Chris van den Berg
Founder & Director
FarmBX

Chris van den Berg is founder and director at FarmBX. A SAAS software development startup company based in Irvine California. FarmBX is backed by senior Food & Agtech professionals and VC’s. Chris is a serial entrepreneur with farming, business and technology background. Grew up on dairy and cattle farm in Holland, studied management/engineering, worked in international business development at Bunge, Unilever & Caterpillar. Successfully built several Agtech ventures in Europe and China,inluding Cowlinq 1st SaaS and closed blockchain cattle trading platform, sold to VION late 2017. Chris received a B.A. (Hons) Engineering degree in Food & Agribusiness and a M.Sc. in Management from Nyenrode University.

Day One

Tuesday, March 26 2019

10:30 am | From Farm to Fork: Blockchain for the Animal Protein Value Chain

Phil Harris
President and Co-Founder
ripe.io

Phil is a founder at ripe.io that is deploying the “Blockchain of Food” that provides solutions to help answer what’s in your food, where it’s been and what’s happened to it. Phil brings 25+ years of experience within global financial technology with roles in sales, product, corporate and business development spanning innovative companies including Nex, Blockstack.io, Nasdaq, 360T, CME Group and Lava Trading.

Day One

Tuesday, March 26 2019

1:55 pm | Altering the Trajectory of the Food System

Adil Rahman
Global Digital Strategy & Innovation Lead
Bayer Crop Science

Adil Rahman is a strategy lead on Bayer’s Crop Science Digital Strategy and Innovation team. In this role, he works with the Corporate Strategy team to identify strategic acquisitions, partnerships and growth opportunities in the digital space. Bayer Crop Science continually looks to leverage its strong balance sheet and align new investments to its corporate vision and business strategy by exploring opportunities to acquire new businesses or create new business partnerships. Adil joined Bayer’s information technology team in 2006. As an innovator and thought leader Adil has delivered multitude of digital platforms in the Ag space. He is passionate about applying technology to transform agriculture and customer experience, and building integrated products & services to unlock new growth and digital revenue. Adil has a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore, Pakistan and a MBA from Washington University, St. Louis MO. Adil is the president of the Asian Connection business resource network.

Day One

Tuesday, March 26 2019

2:10 pm | Panel Discussion: Identifying Opportunities For Blockchain Within the F&B Supply Chain: Leveraging its Potential

Alberto Cozer
Global Data Center Design Manager
Nestle

Manager responsible for Enteprise Computing Data Center Design and Build for Nestlé worldwide.It covers UNIX, SAN, Storage, Facilities and SAP HANA. The team is responsible for the strategypreparing the Data Center landscape for supporting new technologies (cloud, blockchain, IoT,software-defined infrastructure etc). Responsible for the design strategy for supporting IoT dataflow and storage. Manager responsible for the design, engineering and construct of micro servicesarchitecture based on Kubernetes and Docker.

Day One

Tuesday, March 26 2019

2:10 pm | Panel Discussion: Identifying Opportunities For Blockchain Within the F&B Supply Chain: Leveraging its Potential

9:50 am | Blockchain in Practice: From Hype to Reality

Bob Celeste
Founder
Center for Supply Chain Studies

Bob’s deep understanding and knowledge of the healthcare supply chain, including current standards and technologies, is unparalleled. His ability to harness his expertise and innovate around the complexities of track & trace implementation, serialization and regulatory compliance, has made him a trusted industry partner. Along with his work with both State and Federal Regulators, Bob often serves as an advisor to the FDA, State Boards of Pharmacy and other governing organizations. Most recently he was tapped as an advisor to the USAID and international regulators on the identification and tracking of drugs and medical supplies. Celeste launched the Center for Supply Chain Studies in 2015 to continue his practice of utilizing strategic simulations to address the challenges and demands of the supply chain. His expertise extends across many industries, including Pharmaceutical, Consumer Goods, Fresh Foods, Aerospace, Automotive, Specialty Chemicals and others. Prior to founding the Center, Bob was Sr. Director at GS1 US where he worked with industry on standards-based, item-level traceability and was the lead in developing the first DSCSA implementation guideline.

Day One

Tuesday, March 26 2019

3:10 pm | Industry Collaboration: Reviewing the Consortium Approach

Day Two

Wednesday, March 27 2019

4:30 pm | Panel Discussion: Towards the Future: Industry-wide Implementation

Bob Wolpert
Corporate SVP & President
Logistics Group

Bob Wolpert is a senior executive at Golden State Foods – a large global, private company headquartered in Irvine, CA – where he serves as President of the Logistics Business Group, responsible for US and international supply chain services for leading food industry customers. Under Bob’s leadership, Golden State Foods has championed the adoption of IBM’s Food Trust Blockchain ecosystem. Previously, Bob served in a number of executive leadership roles, including President of an ITT Corporation global division with responsibility for worldwide sales, engineering, manufacturing and distribution of pumps, filters and control systems. Concurrently, Bob served as CEO of ITT Corporation’s businesses in China and India, including regional and global manufacturing and supply chain operations across multiple product lines and markets. Bob received his Bachelor of Science degree with honors in business from the University of Denver and earned an MBA degree from Harvard University. He serves in leadership roles on a variety of non-profit boards, including Starbuck’s LeadersUp and Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.

Day One

Tuesday, March 26 2019

9:10 am | Opening Keynote: Unlocking the Potential of Blockchain to Transform the F&B Supply Chain

Day Two

Wednesday, March 27 2019

4:30 pm | Panel Discussion: Towards the Future: Industry-wide Implementation

Brendan Solan
Director of Supply Chain Platforms
Driscoll’s, Inc

is the Director of Supply Chain Platforms at Driscoll’s, Inc. Brendan is focused on evaluating, developing and integrating new technology solutions for Driscoll’s as well as managing a team of dedicated project managers. Prior to Driscoll’s Brendan worked at Apple, Inc. and Ford Motor Company in various operations and supply chain focused roles.

Day Two

Wednesday, March 27 2019

12:10 pm | Use Case 2 - Blockchain for Supply Chain Visibility

10:20 am | Panel Discussion: Reaching Consensus on Data Sharing & Governance Within Blockchain Ecosystems

Dr. Darin Detwiler
Assistant Dean, Regulatory Affairs, Food Industries
Northeastern University

LP.D., M.A.Ed., is the Assistant Dean at Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies. He is a professor of food regulatory policy, specializing in food safety, global economics of food and agriculture, Blockchain, and food authenticity. He additionally advises industry, NGOs, and government agencies, addressing food safety and authenticity issues in the U.S. and abroad. Detwiler received the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) 2018 Distinguished Service Award (Sponsored by Food Safety Magazine.) Over the past 25 years, Detwiler has consulted with the USDA in strengthening food safety policies, particularly in the areas of consumer education, product labeling, and their pathogen reduction program. In addition to serving in various educational and advisory capacities, his committee work includes appointments to two terms as a member of the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection for USDA, where his work improved standards and policies related to risk-based sampling. As the senior policy coordinator for a national food safety organization, he evaluated pertinent regulatory issues for the USDA and the FDA as a consumer advocate in their stakeholder advisory group. He later served two terms as a council member for the Conference for Food Protection, identifying and addressing emerging problems of food safety to influence model laws and regulations among all government agencies. He regularly contributes content to numerous media outlets (NY Times, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, etc.), writes a column in Quality Assurance and Food Safety Magazine, and has appeared on numerous Radio and TV shows (Good Morning America, CNBS’s American Greed, NPR, etc.) Detwiler received his doctorate of law and policy from Northeastern University with a research focus on state implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.

Day One

Tuesday, March 26 2019

2:10 pm | Panel Discussion: Identifying Opportunities For Blockchain Within the F&B Supply Chain: Leveraging its Potential

Day Two

Wednesday, March 27 2019

4:30 pm | Panel Discussion: Towards the Future: Industry-wide Implementation

3:00 pm | Managing the Transformational Change to Avoid Disruption

Dale Chrystie
Business Fellow, Blockchain Strategist
FedEx

Dale Chrystie is Business Fellow, Blockchain Strategist, domiciled in Memphis, Tennessee. Dale's career in transportation began more than 30 years ago at Con-way, Inc. From there, he joined American Freightways, which would eventually become FedEx Freight. In addition to his work leading the first proof of concept at FedEx using Blockchain technology, he has extensive experience in Strategy, Quality, Process Improvement, Portfolio Management, Human Resources, Operations, Sales, Education, Risk, and Standards Development. He represents FedEx on the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA) Standards board, the Memphis Family Safety Center board, and is a member of the Blockchain Research Institute. Dale holds a degree in education from the University of Arkansas, with an emphasis in teaching adults. In his spare time, Dale enjoys riding and racing bicycles. He and his wife Gayle have two grown children, Teague and Taryn.

Day Two

Wednesday, March 27 2019

4:30 pm | Panel Discussion: Towards the Future: Industry-wide Implementation

2:20 pm | Blockchain Goes Global: Adapting Trade Flows to Incorporate Blockchain Technology

Ed Treacy
Vice President, Supply Chain and Sustainability
PMA

With more than 35 years of senior management experience in logistics and supply chain management, the last 8 years he has been PMA’s expert in developing supply chain practices to lead the produce and floral industries forward. In late 2018, Treacy added sustainability to his PMA responsibilities. A citizen of Canada, the U.S. and Ireland, Treacy has spent his career working with major Canadian retail chains, including Loblaw Companies Ltd., Shoppers Drug Mart and Sobeys Inc., where he was the Senior Vice President of Logistics and Engineering. Treacy monitors and forecast trends related to supply chain efficiencies and sustainability, designs related products, services and educational events for PMA members. He serves as staff lead to the industry-wide Produce Traceability Initiative and leads all data and standards initiatives for PMA and is the current chairman of the International Federation for Produce Standards. Treacy is also a member of the coordinating council for the Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops (SISC) and a member of the Global Food Traceability Center Advisory Council.

Day One

Tuesday, March 26 2019

4:05 pm | Enabling Small-Medium F&B Companies to Join the Blockchain Transformation

12:15 pm | Panel Discussion: Establishing the Fundamentals for Ecosystem-Wide Industry Engagement & Collaboration

Fabian Schvartzman
Strategic Research and Technology Development Lead
AeroFarms

Day One

Tuesday, March 26 2019

2:10 pm | Panel Discussion: Identifying Opportunities For Blockchain Within the F&B Supply Chain: Leveraging its Potential

Guilda Javaheri
Chief Technology Officer
Golden State Foods

Guilda Javaheri is the Chief Technology Officer, and founder of the Innovation and Digitial Solutions department at Golden State Foods, one of the largest, diversified suppliers to the quick service restaurant industry, headquartered in Irvine, California. Guilda is responsible for setting strategy and overseeing all digital and technology aspects for the enterprise, which includes promoting business agility and creating differentiation strategies to advance businesses worldwide. Previously, Guilda served as Vice President and Director for Xylem Inc., where she was responsible for defining and implementing effective technology solutions in direct support of worldwide operations and sales companies. During her assignment in Switzerland, she spearheaded the architecture, design and development of IT systems/landscape in support of the new European Legal Entity Restructuring transformation initiative. Guilda earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems and Management from London City University in London, graduating Cum Laude, and a Master of Business Administration in Operations Management and Finance from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Day Two

Wednesday, March 27 2019

11:30 am | Use Case 1 – The Convergence of Blockchain & IoT reinvents the Supply Chain for the Digital Era

Jennifer Crandall
US Co-Founder
Global Food Blockchain Initiative

Founder of Safe Food En Route, LLC and US Co-Founder of Global Food Blockchain Initiative, is a food safety professional with over 20 years of experience in food manufacturing, corporate grocery retail sourcing and vendor food safety management. She has worked with multiple companies including the largest grocery retailer in the United States, The Kroger Co. She was exposed to the blockchain technology a couple of years ago while working on a project and immediately saw the value of traceability, transparency and permission based access to data and firmly believes that the future of this technology will aid the food industry in recalls, loss prevention and inevitably assisting the food industry in preventing consumer food borne illness and allergic reactions. As US Co-Founder of Global Food Blockchain Initiative, a non-profit industry group, she values the need to collaborate to try to standardize a blockchain solution that is affordable to all company types and sizes within the food supply chain. She firmly believes it cannot just be a solution to the large companies or the usual suspects such as grocery stores, distribution warehouses and regulatory people.

Day One

Tuesday, March 26 2019

3:50 pm | Collaboration Beyond Borders: Global Food Blockchain Initiative (GFBI)

12:15 pm | Panel Discussion: Establishing the Fundamentals for Ecosystem-Wide Industry Engagement & Collaboration

Kimberly Harrington
Blockchain Center Excellence Leader
Bayer

Kim leads the Blockchain Center of Excellence for Bayer Crop Science. In this role, She is driving the strategy development and implementation of blockchain work to deliver business outcomes and digital transformation. Kim comes from the Aviation industry where she led development of the first externally connected, live blockchain deployments for General Electric. She has demonstrated business value and technical viability of new, blockchain enabled capabilities in the areas of Sales, Finance, and Supply Chain as well as established relationships with Customers and Industry Partners to support collaboration on the technology. Kim has 15 years of experience in the areas of Engineering, Supply Chain, Business Analytics, and Software Development. She has a BS Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Xavier University.

Day Two

Wednesday, March 27 2019

10:20 am | Panel Discussion: Reaching Consensus on Data Sharing & Governance Within Blockchain Ecosystems

Paul Chang
Global Blockchain Industry Leader
IBM

Paul Chang is the Global Leader for Blockchain for Distribution & Industrial Markets. In this role, he is responsible for the evangelism, enablement, and business development of IBM’s Blockchain offerings targeting Supply Chain, Operations, Finance, and Sales & Marketing functions.  Paul has deep expertise in the Retail, Consumer Products, Wholesale/Distribution, Automotive, and Industrial sectors and is a globally recognized expert in supply chain, advanced analytics, and IoT.  Paul has more than 27 years of experience in market development for new technologies having worked with several venture-backed startup companies prior to joining IBM

Day One

Tuesday, March 26 2019

7:45 am | Breakfast Briefing – Blockchain 101

Day Two

Wednesday, March 27 2019

9:10 am | Opening Keynote: The Story So Far: Achieving Real World Application of Blockchain in the F&B Supply Chain

Kevin Otto
Senior Director Food Service
GS1 US

Kevin Otto is currently the Senior Director, Industry Development, Foodservice at GS1 US. He is responsible for driving the adoption and voluntary usage of GS1 Standards and GS1 US offerings within the Foodservice channel, managing all business development initiatives and customer relationships. Kevin has been with GS1 US since September 2013. Prior to joining GS1 US, Kevin worked in various supply chain roles for large CPG companies. At Unilever, Kevin worked in several customer facing roles collaborating with companies like Walmart, Sam’s Club, Costco and BJs Wholesale Club to drive greater business efficiencies. At L’Oréal, Kevin led the team responsible for the global supply of all Ralph Lauren Fragrances, as well as domestic supply of several top European cosmetics and fragrances.

Day One

Tuesday, March 26 2019

12:15 pm | Panel Discussion: Establishing the Fundamentals for Ecosystem-Wide Industry Engagement & Collaboration

Day Two

Wednesday, March 27 2019

10:20 am | Panel Discussion: Reaching Consensus on Data Sharing & Governance Within Blockchain Ecosystems

9:50 am | Leveraging Blockchain to Capture & Standardize Data Movements to Improve Traceability

Michael Pareles
Global Digital Strategy & Innovation Lead
Bayer Crop Science

Michael Pareles founded and helps lead Bayer’s Blockchain Center of Excellence as part of its Crop Science Digital Strategy and Innovation team. There he developed the company’s distributed ledger strategy and standards, driving industry-wide ecosystem development as well as the COE’s supply chain-focused proofs-of-concept. Prior to coming to Bayer, Michael was a Fulbright Scholar in China and spent five years representing the American beef and pork industries in Washington DC and Beijing with the United Food and Commercial Workers and US Meat Export Federation. He received his BA from the University of Chicago and MBA/MA from the Wharton School of Business and the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania.

Day Two

Wednesday, March 27 2019

12:45 pm | Use Case 3 - Bayer’s Latest Blockchain Application – To Be Revealed Shortly