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UAE-UK Business Council and Emirates Society Webinar: Food Waste and Innovation

Updated: Aug 5, 2021

28 July 2021


This fascinating event tackles the important issue of food waste, and how we can use innovation to prevent the global food system destroying the planet. In partnership with the UAE-UK Business Council and Sheraa, the Emirates Society brought together distinguished speakers and panellists from across the UK and the UAE to discuss various aspects of the topic.


In his closing remarks, The Emirates Society’s chairman, Alistair Burt, noted the importance of the event in highlighting the key issues around food waste. He also emphasised the importance of the UAE-UK relationship in finding solutions for combatting food waste, and other important global challenges that the world faces.



Keynote Speakers

Lord Udny-Lister – Chairman, UAE-UK Business Council

Najla Al-Midfa – CEO, Sharjah Entrepreneurship Centre

Rt Hon Lord Benyon – Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Dr Essam Sharaf Al Hashimi – Head of Food Trade Control, Dubai Municipality


Panel Moderator

Ray Gibbs – University of Manchester Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre


Panel 1: The Future of Food Sustainability

Claire Hughes – Director of Products & Innovation, Sainsbury’s PLC

Martin Wickham – Food & Drink Investment Specialist, Department of International Trade


Panel 2: Using Technology for Change

Khalid Al Huraimal – CEO, Bee’ah

Ignacio Ramirez – Managing Director, Winnow

Sean Dennis – CEO, Seafood Souq

Dr Beenish Siddique – AEH Innovative Hydrogel


Closing Remarks

Rt Hon Alistair Burt – Chairman, The Emirates Society