Dave Shepherd

Head of Digital Innovation Lab at Syngenta APAC

Talk Title: Driving Innovation and Transformation in One of The Most Traditional Industry – AgTech Case Study

Talk Abstract:

How new farming technologies will enhance efficiency and sustainable food production. How digital data and new technologies will transform the way that crops are managed in the future, and enable farmers and agronomists to make pro-active in-season decisions on their crop management, with greater confidence in the results. In this talk Dave Shepherd elaborates on it, describing the inspirational AgTech digital transformation journey from the viewpoint of the Smallholder Farmer in the Asia Pacific. He will tell the story of how true AgTech transformation happens, in the field, doing real experiments and not in an office suppressed by PowerPoints. Starting by putting colleagues at the heart of everything, then by walking every step of the way with Farmers, Growers & Retailers, Dave will showcase how the Syngenta Singapore Digital Innovation Lab is leading the way in APAC to digitally transform Agriculture and in the process becoming the most digitally savvy workforce in the world. At the end of this case study, you will understand how to build the most effective digital delivery lab within your organisation and (crucially), where other Corporates have gone wrong.
• Hear how traditional app development is being superseded by “Going where the
farmers are”
• Understand the key principles of internal cultural change, and how to accelerate
• Gain insight and understanding of how Singapore is unique in terms of Start Up
support and Corporate partnerships, giving real life examples
• See practical examples of rapid exponential growth gain through design thinking
delivery and digital experimentation
• Hear about the Failures and Successes in the life of Corporate Digital Innovation Lab



Dave Shepherd is a head of Digital Innovation lab at Syngenta, the company which helps humanity face its toughest challenge: how to sustainably feed a rising population. Dave is responsible for digital delivery, innovation leadership, start up incubation and direction of experiments, new products, external collaborations and adjacent technologies across APAC region. For the last 10 years he has worked with radical innovation, lean start-up methods, programme management, IT, Digital and Strategic transformation with the UK and Singapore Government as well as large global corporations across the FinTech and AgTech industry. Strategic expert in design thinking, streamlining processes, increasing efficiency & providing technology base solutions. Thrives in challenging environments & adapts to ever-changing demand for digital Innovation.


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