Farming in the Future: Progress in the U.S., Israel, and Japan (Chicago, IL)

Date: February 24, 2020
Time: Networking reception: 5:30 – 6:30pm
Panel discussion and Q&A: 6:30 – 8:00pm
Location: 111 S. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60606
Registration: Click here

AJC Chicago, The Japan Foundation, and the U.S.-Japan Council invite you to join us for a reception and panel discussion on trilateral cooperation between the U.S., Israel and Japan on the future of Ag-Tech and Eco-Tech. This event will bring together members of the community in Chicago, including the Japanese and Jewish communities and business leaders.

Incredible progress is being made in the development Ag-Tech and Eco-Tech that will shape the future of the agriculture industry, global food security, development programs, and the ways in which we consume. As artificial Intelligence continues to unlock new possibilities for yields and efficiency, what societal impacts can we expect? What problems may arise, and what solutions should we begin to develop?

Please contact AJC Chicago Assistant Director Jason Rosensweig ([email protected]) with any questions.

About the Speakers

Dr. Kathryn Ibata-Arens is Vincent de Paul Professor, DePaul University. Her scholarly work focuses on innovation and entrepreneurship in Asia, science and technology policy, women’s economic empowerment, and inclusive innovation. Ibata-Arens’ recent research explores technology leadership, innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem development in biomedical industries in Asia. Her recent book, Beyond Technonationalism: Biomedical Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Asia, analyzes national policy and firm level strategy in China, India, Japan, and Singapore. She has served on the METI-State Department Japan-US Innovation and Entrepreneurship Council, on the Board of Directors of the Japan-America Society of Chicago, and as a member of the U.S.-Japan Council. Dr. Ibata-Arens has held previous posts at Ritsumeikan University Research Center for Innovation Management in Kyoto and as a Japan Policy Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, among others. She received a BA in international relations from Loyola University Chicago and a PhD in political economy from Northwestern University.

Michael Lavin runs the investing and fund management activities of Chicago-based Germin8 Ventures, a multi-stage, strategically oriented venture capital firm investing in transformative food and agricultural technology. Founded in 2017, the company quickly gained attention with multi-million-dollar investments in two Israeli companies: FieldIn, a farm management software startup, and CropX, an irrigation and sensor technology company. He has a family history in the food business: His grandfather founded OSI Group, described its website as “the premier global supplier of custom value-added food products to the world’s leading foodservice and retail food brands.” Lavin interned at OSI Group before starting his professional career as an investment banking associate with Mesirow Financial Consulting.

Dr. Sakae Shibusawa, visiting from Japan, is a specially-appointed Professor in the doctoral program of Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology; the program aims to create new industries that revolutionize agriculture and distribution through the application of engineering. His work includes the development of community-based precision agriculture utilizing information technology. He also develops real-time soil management sensors, does fieldwork in sustainable agriculture, and provides support for farmers who incorporate technology into their work. Dr. Shibusawa is a member of the Science Council of Japan and the Japanese government’s Expert Committee for the Promotion of New Strategies of Information, among others. Prior to his current appointment, he was a Professor at the Graduate School of Agriculture at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology and before that held posts at Shimane University, Hokkaido University and Ishikawa Agricultural College. Dr. Shibusawa received his Ph.D. in Agriculture in 1984 and M.Sc. in 1979, both from Kyoto University.