An exclusive business and strategy course for transformational leaders navigating a complex future
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Goals of FUTURE FOOD+AG
Agrohub and AgFunder, in partnership with INSEAD, launched the Future Food & Ag Leadership program to help leaders in the world’s most important sector tackle its biggest challenges
FFA is a knowledge and experience platform where international leaders from different parts of the food and agriculture supply web (producers, suppliers, brokers, CPG companies) can widen their perspectives and breakthrough silos throughintensive in-person seminars as well as online courses.
We strongly believe that education combined with cooperation and shared experiences are key ingredients for positive change, innovation adoption and transformational impact through technology.
What is effective leadership today?
In a constantly shifting business landscape, effective leadership encompasses more than just delivering superior results, building high-performing teams, and ensuring enduring organizations.

Today's leaders must navigate environmental and social challenges while creating value in uncertain times. As traditional leadership and strategy fundamentals evolve, organizations and executives must adapt to remain competitive and align with 21st-century trends, while taking into account the ethics of their work.
The Future Food & Agriculture Leadership Program, by Agrohub, AgFunder, and INSEAD, will explore the questions and complexities arising in today's volatile business environment, providing insights and guidance on how to excel as a forward-thinking, adaptive leader capable of driving strategic change and fostering sustainable growth.
The exclusive course including a 3 day in-person program in Fontainebleau, France and a 2 (half)day virtual seminar to help you build the core capabilities of leadership in turbulent times, hone your strategic thinking skills, better understand global trends and trends in the food and agriculture sectors, as well as learn how to make effective decisions in the modern world in conditions of instability and rapid change.
Participant's profile
Senior executives of companies in all sectors of the agro industry:
Producers of agricultural crops and animal husbandry
Producers of agricultural inputs, materials and equipment
Executives of food production companies
Traders, distributors and sellers of agricultural products, food, raw materials, resources, consumables and equipment
Program

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October 2-4, 2023
In person / INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France
The Next Frontier: How Global Trends are Impacting Global Businesses
08:30 - 10.00
Covid-19, war, inflation, climate change, civil unrest, hunger, obesity, drought… The macro headwinds facing the world in 2023, many of them interconnected, are putting pressure on leaders across industries, not least in food and agriculture. How are these global trends shaping the future of food and agriculture and the transformation of our food systems? And how should leaders respond?

Subramanian Rangan, PhD and INSEAD’s Professor of strategy and management, has extensively studied the impacts of globalization, building global and sustainable businesses, and the future role of capitalism. In this seminar he will examine the latest global trends and challenges and workshop strategies for leaders to navigate them.
Subramanian Rangan
Professor of Strategy and Management, INSEAD; The Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court Endowed Chair in Societal Progress

Subi Rangan received an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a Ph.D. in political economy from Harvard University. His research explores the future of capitalism, the integration of performance and progress in enterprises, and the political sociology of discrimination of foreign transnational firms. He is also the founder of the Society for Progress and has authored/co-authored multiple books and articles. Subi has won several awards for his research and teaching and directs INSEAD's executive seminar AVIRA.

Effective Leadership in a Dynamic World
14:00 - 17:30
This session on Effective Leadership in a Dynamic World explores popular theories and advocates for a comprehensive, context-driven model tailored to the globalized world. Attendees will broaden their understanding of effective leadership, develop a contextual role-based model suited to their unique needs, and create individual action plans for personal growth.

The session will also include a deep-dive into Agroprosperis Case (Agroprosperis Group is the largest crop producer, exporter and supply chain operator in the Black Sea region)
Stanislav Shekshnia
Senior Affiliate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise; Director of the Leading from the Chair Programme

Stanislav Shekshnia is a Senior Affiliate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise at INSEAD, as well as a senior partner at WH Advisors in Dubai. He has extensive experience in leadership, leadership development, and effective corporate governance, particularly in emerging markets and organizations.

Dr. Shekshnia has held various executive positions, including CEO of Alfa-Telecom, President and CEO of Millicom International Cellular in Russia and CIS, and Chief Operating Officer of VimpelCom. He has also served as an independent chair and director for numerous companies across several countries.

Dr. Shekshnia has authored, co-authored, and edited 11 books and more than 50 articles on corporate governance, entrepreneurship, leadership, people management, and intercultural management. He holds a Ph.D. and Master's Degree in Economics from Moscow State University and an MBA from Northeastern University in Boston.

Optimizing Agri-Food: Strategies for Designing and Managing Efficient Supply Chains
10:00 - 13:00
Despite employing roughly a third of the world’s workforce, and contributing to over 10% of global GDP, the food and agriculture industry is still sending nearly a billion people to bed hungry each day.

Facing additional challenges including diminishing natural resources and a growing population, agrifood businesses need to be more productive than ever.

In this session, Enver Yücesan will address the challenges these businesses face, with a particular focus on crop farming and input management, including a closer look at the development of high-performance seeds and crop protection products. He will look at how they manage their production processes as well as how they ensure the equitable disitrbute of crop yields to minimize waste and shortfalls. 
Enver Yücesan
Professor of Operations Management, INSEAD; Director, Supply Chain Management

Enver Yücesan's is a Professor of Operations Management at INSEAD.

Professor Yücesan's main teaching and research activities focus on tactical operational problems such as process analysis, manufacturing planning and control, integrated logistics, supply chain management, and performance assessment in manufacturing as well as service environments.

Professor Yücesan is a specialist in computer simulation with an emphasis on large-scale industrial applications and performance analysis. He is an industrial engineer with a PhD in Operations Research from Cornell University.Enver Yücesan is an Academic

Director of the Supply Chain Management programme.

Navigating Climate Change: Strategies for Sustainable Agriculture
14:00 - 17:30
Climate change threatens our food system with extreme weather events causing crop failures, reduced yields, and risking the livelihoods of farmers. This session will discuss optimal decisions for seed manufacturers in the context of climate change and its impact on expected profits and farmers' welfare. It will also evaluate the effectiveness of agricultural policies and government interventions in addressing climate risks and commercial seed availability in low-income markets.
Enver Yücesan
Professor of Operations Management, INSEAD; Director, Supply Chain Management

Enver Yücesan's is a Professor of Operations Management at INSEAD.

Professor Yücesan's main teaching and research activities focus on tactical operational problems such as process analysis, manufacturing planning and control, integrated logistics, supply chain management, and performance assessment in manufacturing as well as service environments.

Professor Yücesan is a specialist in computer simulation with an emphasis on large-scale industrial applications and performance analysis. He is an industrial engineer with a PhD in Operations Research from Cornell University.Enver Yücesan is an Academic

Director of the Supply Chain Management programme.

Mastering Uncertainty: Enhancing Decision-Making in Complex Environments
08:30 - 10:00
In any management context, decisions must be made under conditions of uncertainty and risk. Directors, board members, and managers often lean on heuristics and intuition, especially when faced with limited information, time constraints, and rapidly changing circumstances. Unfortunately, this approach can lead to systematic biases in decision framing, information seeking, and feedback evaluation.

This session aims to illuminate the cognitive processes underlying these biases and offer insights for refining individual judgments, decision-making under uncertainty, and risk assessment. Join us as we delve into strategies and techniques for bolstering your decision-making prowess in complex and dynamic environments, empowering you to navigate challenges with confidence and clarity.
Enrico Diecidue
Professor of Decision Sciences, INSEAD; Visiting Professor, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (2008–09)

Enrico Diecidue is a Professor of Decision Sciences at INSEAD. He obtained his degree in Economics from Bocconi University, Italy in 1996 and his PhD from Tilburg University, the Netherlands in 2001. He has been a resident faculty member at INSEAD since 2001, with visiting positions at Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and Erasmus School of Economics, the Netherlands. His research focuses on decision making under uncertainty, including the role of regret, aspiration levels, and time in individual decisions and the role of groups in complex decisions. He has published in leading journals and serves on the editorial boards of Decision and Journal of Risk and Uncertainty. He teaches courses in uncertainty, data, and judgment for MBA and Executive MBA programs, as well as Decision Sciences for PhD students and Executive Education programs. He directs the International Directors Programme and the Strategic Decision Making for Leaders Program.

Reflection on the Programme and Lessons Learned
14:00 - 17:30
In the closing session, we will consolidate our learnings from the programme and plan next steps that will allow participants to put into practice what they have learned.

First, participants will fill out the Personal Action Commitment (PAC) document included in their course package. This form asks them to list two or three priorities that they will work on upon their return, as well as the concrete steps they will take to achieve those priorities, and metrics they will use to evaluate the results.

Second, we will ask them to work in peer groups to discuss their proposed action plans and give feedback to each other.
Stanislav Shekshnia
Senior Affiliate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise; Director of the Leading from the Chair Programme

Stanislav Shekshnia is a Senior Affiliate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise at INSEAD, as well as a senior partner at WH Advisors in Dubai. He has extensive experience in leadership, leadership development, and effective corporate governance, particularly in emerging markets and organizations. Dr. Shekshnia has held various executive positions, including CEO of Alfa-Telecom, President and CEO of Millicom International Cellular in Russia and CIS, and Chief Operating Officer of VimpelCom. He has also served as an independent chair and director for numerous companies across several countries.

Dr. Shekshnia has authored, co-authored, and edited 11 books and more than 50 articles on corporate governance, entrepreneurship, leadership, people management, and intercultural management. He holds a Ph.D. and Master's Degree in Economics from Moscow State University and an MBA from Northeastern University in Boston.

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October 19, 20
Virtual / Prominent speakers / The program is being formed
Innovation
to be confirmed
TBD
Anton S. Ovchinnikov
Professor of Decision Sciences

Anton Ovchinnikov is a Visiting Professor of Operations, Technology and Decision Sciences at INSEAD and a Distinguished Professor of Management Analytics and Scotiabank Scholar of Customer Analytics at Smith School of Business at Queen’s University in Canada.Owing to a unique combination of his technical background and practical business experience, Anton’s research offers rigorous solutions to practical problems. The focus of the problems and the nature of solutions constantly change as the landscape of management evolves, and Anton’s research utilizes multiple techniques, from the classical Management Science toolkit (decision analytics, optimization) and economics (game theory, welfare, and choice analyses) to newer techniques, such as lab and field experiments, and, recently, data science and machine learning.Anton’s works have been published in the leading academic journals, such as Management Science, Operations Research, Manufacturing & Services Operations Management and Harvard Business Review. His research was also recognized by multiple awards., Anton also is a prolific creator of pedagogical materials. He authored ~30 cases, technical notes, and interactive simulations

Corporate Value Creation and Governance
14:00 - 18:00
Agroprosperis case study will illustrate the direct impact link between corporate culture and performance, show what are the key barriers to the positive corporative culture change.

You will discuss the role and limitations of incentive compensation in the culture change process.
Stanislav Shekshnia
Senior Affiliate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise

Anton Ovchinnikov is a Visiting Professor of Operations, Technology and Decision Sciences at INSEAD and a Distinguished Professor of Management Analytics and Scotiabank Scholar of Customer Analytics at Smith School of Business at Queen’s University in Canada.Owing to a unique combination of his technical background and practical business experience, Anton’s research offers rigorous solutions to practical problems. The focus of the problems and the nature of solutions constantly change as the landscape of management evolves, and Anton’s research utilizes multiple techniques, from the classical Management Science toolkit (decision analytics, optimization) and economics (game theory, welfare, and choice analyses) to newer techniques, such as lab and field experiments, and, recently, data science and machine learning.Anton’s works have been published in the leading academic journals, such as Management Science, Operations Research, Manufacturing & Services Operations Management and Harvard Business Review. His research was also recognized by multiple awards., Anton also is a prolific creator of pedagogical materials. He authored ~30 cases, technical notes, and interactive simulations

Sustainability
to be confirmed
TBD
Anton S. Ovchinnikov
Professor of Decision Sciences

Anton Ovchinnikov is a Visiting Professor of Operations, Technology and Decision Sciences at INSEAD and a Distinguished Professor of Management Analytics and Scotiabank Scholar of Customer Analytics at Smith School of Business at Queen’s University in Canada.Owing to a unique combination of his technical background and practical business experience, Anton’s research offers rigorous solutions to practical problems. The focus of the problems and the nature of solutions constantly change as the landscape of management evolves, and Anton’s research utilizes multiple techniques, from the classical Management Science toolkit (decision analytics, optimization) and economics (game theory, welfare, and choice analyses) to newer techniques, such as lab and field experiments, and, recently, data science and machine learning.Anton’s works have been published in the leading academic journals, such as Management Science, Operations Research, Manufacturing & Services Operations Management and Harvard Business Review. His research was also recognized by multiple awards., Anton also is a prolific creator of pedagogical materials. He authored ~30 cases, technical notes, and interactive simulations

Organizational Culture Change to Achieve Employee's Engagement
14:00 - 18:00
Agroprosperis case study will illustrate the direct impact link between corporate culture and performance, show what are the key barriers to the positive corporative culture change.

You will discuss the role and limitations of incentive compensation in the culture change process.
Stanislav Shekshnia
Senior Affiliate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise

Anton Ovchinnikov is a Visiting Professor of Operations, Technology and Decision Sciences at INSEAD and a Distinguished Professor of Management Analytics and Scotiabank Scholar of Customer Analytics at Smith School of Business at Queen’s University in Canada.Owing to a unique combination of his technical background and practical business experience, Anton’s research offers rigorous solutions to practical problems. The focus of the problems and the nature of solutions constantly change as the landscape of management evolves, and Anton’s research utilizes multiple techniques, from the classical Management Science toolkit (decision analytics, optimization) and economics (game theory, welfare, and choice analyses) to newer techniques, such as lab and field experiments, and, recently, data science and machine learning.Anton’s works have been published in the leading academic journals, such as Management Science, Operations Research, Manufacturing & Services Operations Management and Harvard Business Review. His research was also recognized by multiple awards., Anton also is a prolific creator of pedagogical materials. He authored ~30 cases, technical notes, and interactive simulations

Benefits
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Knowledge and skills
Build a broad set of senior manager skills, covering the areas of leadership, strategy, digital transformation and sustainability
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Trends awareness
Stay current with shifts in market demand, regional and global trends, and local operating realities
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Network building
Interact with peers, exchange experience and share the latest insights
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Organizers
Agrohub is agricultural advanced-analytics center with a team of data scientists, industry experts and management consultants experienced in applying analytics and big data to agrobusiness challenges.
AgFunder is one of the world’s most active foodtech and agtech venture capital investors, with nearly $200 million in assets under management.
Participation fee
€ 8500
Includes two-part training (participation in-person on the INSEAD campus and virtual), training materials and most of the meals. 

The amount excludes travel and accommodation. Accommodation can be booked on-site at INSEAD for €170/day.

For more details on what is included, please contact Program's coordinator Olga Safina
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Event timeline
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APRIL 17
Application opens
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JUNE 23
Application deadline on this day or when the group is full. Application review starts
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JULY 1
Group assignments announced
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OCTOBER 2-4
Module in Fontainebleau
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OCTOBER 19-20
Online intensives
ABOUT Agrohub, AgFunder, and INSEAD
AGROHUB
Agrohub is agricultural advanced-analytics center with a team of data scientists, industry experts and management consultants experienced in applying analytics and big data to agrobusiness challenges.

Agrohub provides quality analytics and helps growers increase revenue, reduce costs and risks, become more profitable by using the tools to make the right decisions about efficiency and personnel, and conducts research to help agro leaders develop a deeper understanding of available technology solutions.
INSEAD
INSEAD is a pioneer of international business education, with the graduation of the first MBA class on European campus in Fontainebleau in 1960. Since 1967, INSEAD has led the way in delivering innovative and influential learning experiences in executive education to business leaders around the world.

INSEAD conducts cutting-edge research and innovates across all its programmes to provide leaders from both the public and private sectors with the knowledge and sensitivity to operate anywhere.INSEAD’s Executive Education programmes are developed to respond to a rapidly changing global business environment, unravelling new complexities while contextualising challenges and introducing new solutions.
AGFUNDER
AgFunder is one of the world’s most active foodtech and agtech venture capital investors, with nearly $200 million in assets under management.

Born online in 2013, AgFunder combines artificial intelligence and a database of over 30,000 agrifoodtech companies with the network effects of its media platform and 100,000-strong subscriber base to find and invest in transformational technologies and entrepreneurs. Its research reports and news site agfundernews.com are the leading sources of information and intelligence about the sector, globally.
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Olga Safina
+1 971 354 68 93
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