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The world entered 2023 in a hunger crisis. The World Food Programme estimated that the number of people facing acute food insecurity jumped from 282m at the end of 2021, to a record of 345m in 2022. As many as 50m people began 2023 on the brink of famine. With governments still fiscally burdened from the covid-19 pandemic, and still grappling with resilient but slow economic growth, this number could increase in the coming months.

As the wars in Gaza and Ukraine roll on, weak economic growth is weighing on demand. The food-price index of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation, which measures the monthly change in international food prices for food commodities, has fallen gradually from its all time high in March 2022.

In conflict zones, such as Afghanistan, Ethiopia and Myanmar, farming will be disrupted. Climate change means extreme weather events, like the floods in Pakistan or the drought in the Horn of Africa, are becoming more common. Elsewhere, including in rich countries and large food-producing nations, the problem is simply poverty. Many people will struggle to pay for the food they need.

Join us as we discuss the consequences of food security for the region.

- What are the risks to population health?

- Why are women worst affected?

- How are children affected in the first few years of their lives?

- What is the regional situation?

- How may we reduce the impact of food insecurity?

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08:00 - 08:30
Registration and networking
08:30 - 09:00
Opening presentation
09:00 - 09:45
Panel discussion
09:45 - 10:00


  • Dr. Shardul Phadnis (Associate Professor (II) of Operations and Supply Chain Management at Asia School of Business)

    Dr. Shardul Phadnis

    Associate Professor (II) of Operations and Supply Chain Management at Asia School of Business

    Dr. Shardul Phadnis is an Associate Professor (II) of Operations and Supply Chain Management at the Asia School of Business. His research explores the intersection of supply chains and strategic management: (a) how organizations create value by orchestrating supply chain operations and (b) how strategy processes, such as scenario planning, influence the adaptability of supply chain infrastructures and processes.

    His research has been published in leading journals in both disciplines, such as Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Perspectives, Technological Forecasting & Social Change, Production and Operations Management, Journal of Business Logistics, MIT Sloan Management Review, and several others. His book “Strategic Planning for Dynamic Supply Chains: Preparing for Uncertainty Using Scenarios” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022) describes first-hand accounts of scenario planning applications in three in-depth cases of strategic/long-range planning in business and governmental planning organizations. Shardul is a member of the editorial board of Futures & Foresight Science and regularly peer-reviews research for leading management journals and academic conferences.

    Shardul received the Giarratani Rising Star Award (2015) from the Industry Studies Association for his research in apparel supply chains. He has also been honored with the Best Reviewer Award for his reviews of papers submitted to the Academy of Management’s annual meeting (Operations and Supply Chain Management Division, 2020).

    Applying his expertise in strategic supply chain management to contribute to the greater good, Shardul serves as the President of the board of directors (a voluntary role) of The Lost Food Project – a sustainability-focused Malaysian food bank that rescues surplus food from going to the landfill to provide nutritious meals.

    Shardul holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He teaches graduate-level courses in Operations and Strategic Supply Chain Management, and Scenario Planning in executive education. Before beginning his academic career, Shardul worked in manufacturing firms for seven years and led the Continuous Improvement program at a design-to-manufacture firm.

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  • Jack See (Head of Malaysia and Principal Officer at Swiss Re International SE Labuan Branch)

    Jack See

    Head of Malaysia and Principal Officer at Swiss Re International SE Labuan Branch

    Jack joined Swiss Re Corporate Solutions in 2015 as a Senior Underwriter and he was promoted to Head Casualty & FinPro Southeast Asia in 2017. Subsequently in August 2021, he was appointed as Head of Malaysia and Principal Officer.

    Based in Kuala Lumpur, Jack is responsible for managing operations and driving success and overall profitability. He oversees a local team of sales and underwriting specialists servicing large and upper mid-sized Malaysian businesses, through broking partnerships and other intermediaries. Jack has more than 17 years of financial lines underwriting experience in Southeast Asia including India and South Korea.

    Jack holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Banking & Finance awarded by University of London.

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  • Sumana Rajarethnam (Director, South-East Asia of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network)

    Sumana Rajarethnam

    Director, South-East Asia of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network

    Sumana is a senior policy professional with 17 years of experience. Having worked at several dynamic and vibrant tech firms, Sumana designs and implements policies through advocacy, strategic communication and evidence-based analysis. With a flair for writing and communication, Sumana is able to negotiate complex engagements & cultivate senior-level internal/external relationships.

    Sumana holds a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, as well as a B.A. in Political Science and Geography from UCLA.

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Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur

(Gallery 1, Level 8)
2 Jalan Stesen Sentral,

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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