Saswati Bora

Head of Food Systems Innovation

Saswati Bora is the Head of Food Systems Innovation at the World Economic Forum (WEF) where she headed WEF’s two global initiatives on innovations and incentivizing food systems transformation as well as the food and agriculture work in India. She has almost two decades of experience in agriculture, food systems and rural development. Before WEF, Saswati worked in the agriculture and rural development department of the World Bank where she helped set up two key global initiatives – the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) and the Global Food Crisis Program (GFRP). Saswati has worked previously as a researcher at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington DC, UNDP offices in Nepal and New York, and as a journalist with a daily newspaper in Mumbai. She is the recipient of the Global Leadership Fellowship of the World Economic Forum, a distinctive leadership development program that combines a position at the Forum with academic training, coaching and on-the-job learning. Saswati has a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University, a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Delhi University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Communications from Sophia Polytechnic in Mumbai.

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Day 1: Jun 9, 2021

11:00 am

11:00 am


Address Food System Challenges with a Transformative Approach Rooted in Technological Investments, Partnerships and Incentives

The World Economic Forum (WEF) launched the Innovation with a Purpose initiative in 2017. It was created to support the sector’s investment in technology solutions to tackle the systemic challenges in food systems. Digest firsthand the ins and outs of the ‘Transformative Twelve’ — 12 technologies with the potential to enhance food systems. Understand why traceability provides a foundation to address many of today’s obstacles. Hear how realigning incentives can enable transformation of food systems. Craft a plan to:
·       Assess how the ‘Transformative Twelve’ can improve supply chain efficiency and transparency, improve consumer nutrition, and boost productivity and profitability
·        Implement how technology solutions can improve food safety, increase food & beverage production transparency for consumers, reduce food loss and support sustainability goals
·        Explore how realigning incentives and smart partnerships can enable these solutions to have a transformative impact

Position yourself as a key player in the rapidly transforming food value chain.