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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Previous Webinars

Filling the gaps of a failing governance system for global sustainability goals: Exploring the role of self-accountability and reflexivity

Presented by Sylvia Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen

February 20, 2024

Co-Creating Sustainable Cities Using Design to Facilitate Transitions

Presented by Jotte de Koning

February 7, 2024

Can gamified interventions targeting altered cognitive processes in obesity change food valuation and consumption?

Presented by Géraldine Coppin & Hugo Najberg

January 16, 2024

Towards an Ontology of Traceable Impact Management in the Agriculture Food Chain

Presented by Bart Gajderowicz

December 7, 2023

Inventing “One-World” Solutions for Lifelong Wellness and Sustainable Economic Growth

Presented by Mark Schatzker

November 16, 2023

Toward Deforestation Free Commodities: Challenges and opportunities for convergence

Presented by Brian King

October 19, 2023

Challenges and Possibilities Associated with Food Safety Systems and Regional Trade: The Case of Africa

Presented by Lise Korsten

June 27, 2023

On the Challenges and Promises of Promoting Desired Behavior through the Use of Insights from Behavioral Science

Presented by Yefim Roth

May 11, 2023

Bridging the Rational and Behavioral Worlds: Rationally Inattentive Decision Making and Implications on Business Operations

Tamer Boyaci

Professor of management science and the first holder of the Michael Diek-mann Chair in Management Science at ESMT Berlin

April 19, 2023

Food Integrity: The Socio-technical Interrelationships Between Product, Process, People and Data

Louise Manning

Professor of Sustainable Agri-food Systems at the Lincoln Insti-tute for Agri-food Technology, University of Lincoln

March 30, 2023

Food Safety Management: From Digits to Decision Making for Commercial and Social Progress

Bobby Krishna

Senior Food Safety Specialist at the Food Safety Department of Dubai Municipality

October 13, 2022

Knowledge Graphs in the Field: The Growing Role of Semantic Technologies in the Agri-Food Sector

Aaron Bradley

Knowledge Graph Strategist at Electronic Arts (EA)

June 2, 2022

A sustainability framework and sectoral digitalization: The case of energy

Eugenio Longo

Sustainability Director at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) Europe

May 12, 2022

The Periodic Table of Foods Initiative (PTFI): Next-Generation Tools for Innovation and System Level Transformation Toward Health and Economic Convergence

Bruce German

April 27, 2022

Towards AI-driven Food and Nutrition Science and Society: Opportunities and Challenges

Tome Eftimov

Senior Researcher, Computer Systems Department, Jož ef Stefan Institute

March 17, 2022

Digitalizing food supply systems for business and global benefits: reflections on the UK Trusted Bytes project

Steve Brewer

Research and project coordinator at the Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology (LIAT) at the University of Lincoln (UK)

February 23, 2022

Addressing Wicked Problems of Health and Access to Affordable Food/ Medicines/ Healthcare through Open Science Partnerships

Dr. Richard Gold

James McGill Professor at McGill University

November 5, 2021

Canada and the World Net Zero Challenge: Exploring Pathways, Policy development, and Technological Opportunities

Dave Sawyer

August 26, 2021

Technology-enabled disruption and trust in the pandemic era
Building resilience and enhancing transparency in domestic and international innovation supply chain and market ecosystems

Dan Purtell

Group Director of Innovation at the British Standards Institution

May 27, 2021

The 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

May 11, 2021

Feeding Democracy & Accelerating Convergent Innovation: Technocultural Transitions toward a Semantic Web and Internet of Food

Dr. Matthew Lange

Founder and CEO of the International Center for Food Ontology Operability Data and Semantics (IC-FOODS)

May 6, 2021

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


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


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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