Convergent Innovation: Food Program

The Convergent Innovation Webinar Series features cutting edge science, technology and innovation in agriculture, food, environment, education, medicine and other domains of everyday life where grand challenges lie at the convergence of health and economics. Powered by data science, artificial intelligence, and other digital technologies, this disciplinary knowledge bridges with behavioural, humanities, business, economic, social, engineering, and complexity sciences to accelerate real-world solution at scale, be it in digital or physical contexts. Initiated in the agri-food domain, the series is now encompassing other grand challenges facing modern and traditional economies and societies, such as ensuring lifelong wellness and resilience at both the individual and population levels. 

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Upcoming Webinar


Dr. Santi FurnariThe Power of the Inconsequential in Opening Pathways to Convergence Economy: Interstitial Spaces and the Genesis of Innovation between Sectors

Dr. Santi Furnari

Professor of Strategy at the Business School of City,University of London

Tuesday, May 11, 11:00 AM EDT


Previous Webinars


Grocery purchase data using loyalty cards – a novel method for dietary assessment and personalized feedback 

Dr. Mikael Fogelholm

Professor in Public Health Nutrition at the University of Helsinki

April 14, 2021


Food Entrepreneurs For Scaling Resilient Agriculture Businesses and Digital Empowerment

Real-Life Cases from Africa and Insights for a Post-Covid 19 World Reset to Convergence Economy

Ndidi Nwuneli, MBA

Serial social entrepreneur, Founder of LEAP Africa

March 31, 2021


What Lies Beneath? The Hidden Dimension of Ecosystem Competition

Professor Erkko Autio

Chair in Technology Venturing at Imperial College Business School

March 10, 2021

As businesses and other actors throughout society reorganize their value-creating activities around platforms, the shared digital infrastructure becomes an increasingly important determinant of competitive advantage. Yet, few businesses pay any attention to what I call the ‘commons ecosystem’ game that shapes these infrastructures, and even fewer actively participate in it. I suggest that they ignore this game at their own peril, as digital infrastructures can regulate firm-level competitive advantage. My speech will describe how the commons ecosystem game is played by digital businesses. I describe the operational, community-level, and strategic motivations of playing the commons ecosystem game, and we describe how four commonly used strategic maneuvers – Scaling, Sponsoring, Shaming, and Scheming – shape the evolution of commons ecosystems. I conclude by recommending how platform firms and other organizations should strategically integrate commons ecosystems in their game plan and by discussing more general implications of the phenomenon. A panel will follow to build upon this ground breaking management research to advance research and on-the-ground action to fuel food convergence innovation platforms at worldscale for sustainable prosperity and affordable nutrition and health.


The Opportunity of a Lifetime: How Cutting-edge Science and Technology Can Improve the Wellbeing of Food

Antonio Tataranni, MD

Global Chief Medical Officer of PepsiCo

January 28, 2021

 


Applied Complexity: From Epistemic Drift to Epistemic Shift

William Sutherland, MD

General practice physician

Thursday, July 16


Don’t Do Brain Surgery When You Get a Headache: Complexity and Multi-Stakeholder Decision Making in the Time of COVID 19

Amalia M. Issa, PhD, MPH

Director of the Personalized Medicine & Targeted Therapeutics Center

Friday, June 19, 2020


World Class Manufacturing Enabled by Industry 4.0

Sasha Ilyukhin

Vice President of Services and Industry 4.0 Solutions for Tetra Pak

Wednesday, May 20, 2020


Decentralized brokerage, multi-sectoral platforms, and lasting socio-economic food systems transformation: The catalysis strategy

Atefeh Ramezankhani, PhD

Senior strategy consultant with Deloitte’s innovation and business design practice

Wednesday, April 1, 2020


Using modern standards to build trusted connections to trading partners and consumers

Kevin Dean

Technology Strategist and Supply Chain Consultant, CTO-at-large, P.Eng., MBA

Thursday, March 26, 2020


Transparency and Trust in the Food Chain: The importance of Digitiaton and Convergence to facilitate Society 5.0 goals

John G. Keogh

Founder and principal advisor of Toronto-based Shantalla Inc., a niche advisory and research firm

February 13, 2020


Uberizing Environmental Action

Peter Schelstraete

Co-founder and CEO of Ubuntoo, an Environmental Solutions Platform at the crossroads of AI and Human Expertise

January 23, 2020


Patterns of convergence and divergence within the US Financial Service Sector

Gianvito Lanzolla

Professor of Strategy, Cass Business School, City, University of London

October 15, 2019


From Industry 4.0 to Industry 5.0 and the Quintuple Innovation Helix Framework – Theories, Policies and Practices

Dr. Elias G. Carayannis

Full Professor of Science, Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, co-Founder and co-Director of the Global and Entrepreneurial Finance Research Institute (GEFRI), Director of Research on Science, Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, European Union Research Center, (EURC) at the School of Business of the George Washington University in Washington, DC.

May 22, 2019


Governance Challenges Arising from Distributed Agri-Food Innovation

Dr. Peter W.B. Phillips

Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Science and Innovation Policy, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan

April 25, 2019


Eco-innovation for sustainability

Fernando J. Diaz Lopez, Ph.D.

Director, Innovation for Sustainable Development Network; Senior Advisor TNO & Associate Professor Extraordinary in Sustainability Systems at Stellenbosch University

March 20, 2019


Solving Complex Problems

Corey Phelps

Associate Dean of Executive Education, Associate Professor of Strategy, McGill University

February 20, 2019


Simulating Senses @ TCS: A confluence of Physics based modelling, Data Science and IT

Beena Rai, PhD

Principal Scientist & Head, Physical Sciences Research, TCS, Pune, India

February 7, 2019


Chemical Migration from Food Contact Articles

Scientific Challenges, Current Issues and Opportunities for Next-Generation Innovations

Jane Muncke, PhD

Managing Director and Chief Scientific Officer at Food Packaging Forum, Zurich, Switzerland

November 29, 2018


Wealth in Health

Manoj Kulkarni

Executive Director at Nielsen

June 1, 2018


Diet and Health: Is there a better model?

J. Bruce German

Professor in Food Science and Technology, Director, Foods for Health Institute, University of California Davis, cofounder Evolve Biosystems

May 10, 2018


Gut Microbiome and Health

Sharmila Mande

PhD, Chief Scientist at TCS Research

March 7, 2018


Unlocking the Nutritional Universe for Food Innovations

Heribert Watzke, PhD

Dr. Phil. Watzke Heribert Consulting

February 28, 2018


Reformulating Foods to Improve Sustainability

Denis Trémorin, PAg., MSc

Director of Sustainability at Pulse Canada

February 8, 2018


Digital Transformation of the Customer Experience

Joerg Niessing

Affiliate Professor of Marketing at INSEAD

November 17, 2017


Convergent Innovation in Plant Breeding and Genomics

Maurice Moloney

Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) 

July 26, 2017


Bolstering Innovation in Value-added Processing of Pulses

Joyce Boye

AAFC

June 27, 2017


The Architecture of Choice

Dilip Soman

University of Toronto

June 15, 2017


Nutritional Superiority and Utilization of Pulses in Products

Jamuna Prakash

IUFoST

May 31, 2017


Tiered Governance of Food Convergent Innovation Platforms

Richard Gold

McGill Law

April 27, 2017


Riding the Digital Dragon

Essential for the Convergence of Health and Economics in Food Innovation

Richard Black

Quadrant D Consulting

March 1, 2017


Packaging technologies and value chain concepts to advance value-added pulse-based foods

Claire Koelsch Sand, LLC

March 30, 2017


Bridging Pulse Tradition and Modern Innovation to Accelerate Food Solutions to Sustainable Development

A Convergent Innovation Research and Action Strategy

Laurette Dube & Vilas Shirhatti

Launch: GLOBAL PULSE DAY - January 18, 2017


Fast-track the breeding of new varieties using doubled haploidy

Alison Ferrie

National Research Council Canada

February 2, 2017


The CI Webinar was featured in the March, 2017 issue of The Pulse Pod e-Magazine. View Article 

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