FICCI reveals speakers for IFNIS 2021 summit

FICCI’s virtual summit - India Food and Nutrition Innovation Summit 2021 - supported by the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, will be held from 27-28 October 2021. The summit will touch upon the latest developments in the food processing industry.

22 Oct 2021 | By Aultrin Vijay

The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) has revealed the speakers for its India Food and Nutrition Innovation Summit 2021 (IFNIS 2021), which will be held from 27-28 October 2021

The virtual summit is steered by FICCI’s Food Processing Committee and has been supported by the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI). It is co-organised by Thinking Forks,

According to FICCI, the summit would be showcasing “new age disruptive food products, technologies and scientific advances” in the food and nutrition ecosystem “fostering towards a healthier India”. 

“As the Covid-19 pandemic has progressed, the Indian food processing industry is experiencing a paradigm shift towards increasing consumer awareness about the role of food and nutrition in the well being, immunity and overall health of consumers,” a FICCI spokesperson told WhatPackaging?. “The Indian food industry is at the crossroads of exploring the emerging health trends and meeting consumer needs by launching new healthier products and reformulating their existing ones using functional ingredients and disruptive technological advances.”  

Recognising this, the spokesperson said, the IFNIS 2021 virtual platform has been envisaged to bring forth innovations in food and nutrition domain by brands, entrepreneurs, manufacturers and academia in the food industry with an opportunity to seek critical insights on products backed by science and technology with taste and convenience that will drive the future.  

Key sessions

  • Inaugural session and unveiling of India Food & Nutrition Innovation Summit 2021 (IFNIS 2021)
  • Trends in food and nutrition: Challenges, opportunities and way forward
  • Food fortification – An innovative solution to overcome malnutrition by Vikram Kelkar, MD, Hexagon Nutrition
  • Fireside chat with new age disruptors in food and nutrition ecosystem
  • Recent scientific advances in food and nutrition – Academia
  • Innovative ingredients in food and nutrition
  • Disruptive technologies in food and nutrition
  • Fireside chat with Rohit Tipnis, senior director, sales and technical service – ASEANI, Ingredion Singapore


Eminent speakers at IFNIS 2021

  • Arun Singhal, CEO, FSSAI 
  • Manoj Joshi, special secretary, Ministry of Food Processing Industries, GoI
  • Hemant Malik, CEO-food division, ITC; chair FICCI Food Processing Committee 
  • Kanwaljit Singh, founder and managing partner, Fireside Ventures  
  • Mohit Bhasin, partner and national leader - economic development advisory, KPMG in India 
  • Dr C Vasudevappa, vice chancellor, NIFTEM 
  • Shiva Krishnamurthy, vice president – tea and foods, Hindustan Unilever
  • Deepika Bhan, president - packaged foods, Tata Consumer Products  
  • Vikram Kelkar, MD, Hexagon Nutrition
  • Richard Werran, regional director – food, BSI  
  • Kevin Parekh, co-founder, Proeon Foods 
  • Varun Deshpande, managing director, The Good Food Institute India  
  • KS Narayanan, independent advisor to F&B companies 
  • Brent Charleton, president and CEO; CFA, EnWave Corporation
  • Dr C Anandharamakrishnan, director, NIFTEM-T 
  • Dr Sridevi Annapurna Singh, director, CSIR-CFTRI
  • Dr Tanveer Alam, director, IIP Mumbai 
  • Rohit Tipnis, senior director, sales & technical service – ASEANI, Ingredion Singapore
  • Shriniwas M Sawant, VP - international business, Fine Organic Industries
  • Meghana Narayan, co-founder, Slurrp Farm  
  • Murugan S, CEO, Southern Health Foods 
  • Vikas Gupta, global head - R&D, Tata Consumer Products 
  • Ankur Goyal, founder and CEO, andMe 
  • Dr Shrilakshmi Desiraju, co-founder and CEO, Triphase Pharmaceutical  
  • Prayag Mohanty, senior vice president, Fireside Ventures 
  • Shanthan Selvakumar, feedstock growth partnerships – APAC, Neste Asia Pacific 
  • Dr Vidya Sridhar, senior manager food designer, Amway India Enterprises  
  • Amit Srivastava, chief catalyst, Nutrify Today 
  • Murtaza Bakir, country manager - India and Sri Lanka, Mintel 
  • Rinka Banerjee, founder and director, Thinking Forks Consulting 
  • Gourinandan Tonpe, co-founder and CEO, Thinking Forks Consulting 


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