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UCLA Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center
425 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, California  90095

2019 Annual General Meeting

Discussion Agenda

November 5, 2019

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Guest Registration

11:00 am – 11:15 am

Introduction and Franchise Milestones 

Ben Belldegrun/Phil Erlanger

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Portfolio Review

Investment Team

12:30 pm – 12:45 pm

Sustainability Benefits of AgTech Investing

Jerry Lynch, Pontifax AgTech Strategic Advisory Board (“SAB”), former Chief Sustainability Officer, General Mills

12:45 pm – 1:00 pm


1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Portfolio Spotlights - Luncheon Presentations

-        Anuvia (Amy Yoder, CEO)

-        Precision (Matt Kane, CEO)

-        FoodLogiQ (Sean O’Leary, CEO)

-        Provivi (Pedro Coelho, CEO)

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm  

Discussion Panels – Key Trends in AgTech Investing

Panel 1: Current Trends in Soil Health, Biologicals, Trait Development

-        Bill Buckner (SAB): Panel Moderator

-        Eric Ward (Co-CEO, AgBiome)

-        Shawn Semones (CTO, Concentric)

-        Barbara Mazur (SAB)

-        Gilad Gershon (CEO, Tropic Bioscience)

-        Oded Shoseyov (SAB, Hebrew University)

Panel 2: Consumer and Data Drivers in the Food & Ag Supply Chain

-        Jerry Lynch (SAB): Panel Moderator

-        Robbert Rietbroek (SVP & General Manager, Quaker Oats)

-        Joe MacIlvane (SAB, President, Wonderful Orchards)

-        Pat Christie (Founder and SVP, Conservis)

-        Sean O’Leary (CEO, FoodLogiQ)

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Concluding Remarks

Investment Pipeline, Fund II

Ben Belldegrun/Phil Erlanger  

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Personal Time/Break

5:30 – 6:30 pm


6:30 – 8:30 pm


Presentation: Global Supply/Demand Dynamics in Agriculture and the Importance of Innovation    

-        Michael Swanson, Senior Agriculture Economist, Wells Fargo Bank 

Driving Directions


From Los Angeles International Airport

Take the San Diego Freeway (I-405) North and exit at Wilshire Boulevard East. Turn right onto Wilshire Boulevard and proceed a half mile to Westwood Boulevard. Turn left and the UCLA Luskin Conference Center is located one mile ahead at end of the turnaround.


From San Fernando Valley (Hollywood Burbank Airport)

Take the Interstate-405 South Freeway toward San Diego. Take the Sunset Boulevard exit and turn left onto North Church Lane. Turn left onto Montana Avenue and continue onto Gayley Avenue. Turn left onto Strathmore Place and take the second left onto Westwood Plaza. The UCLA Luskin Conference Center will be on the left.


Parking Options




Self-parking is available underneath the Luskin Conference Center and in UCLA Parking Structure 8, Level 4, directly across the street from the Center. There is a convenient Pedestrian Walkway/Bridge connecting Parking Structure 8 (on Level 3) to the Los Angeles Conference Center property. There is a daily fee to park in either location. If you are here for just 1-2 hours, we offer great rates of $4 to $6 dollars.


To locate Parking Structure 8, enter the campus by heading north on Westwood Boulevard and make a left onto the Structure 8 Driveway (located just before the Parking Information Kiosk on Westwood Boulevard). Proceed up the ramp to Level Four and park in any of the “Pay-by-Space” parking spots. You will need to purchase parking at a nearby Parking Kiosk.


To access the UCLA Luskin Conference Center via the Pedestrian Walkway/Bridge from Lot 8, take the east stairs down one level (from Level 4 to Level 3) and cross over Strathmore Place. Elevator access (located in the northeast corner of Level 3) allows access to the Conference Center via the pedestrian crosswalk at the traffic light at the intersection of Strathmore Place and Westwood Plaza.


Hotel booking


To Reserve a Room: Pontifax AgTech AGM Lodging 



All the conveniences required for an enjoyable stay at this UCLA campus hotel are present here as well, including:

  • Complimentary, robust Wi-Fi throughout the property

  • Flat screen 42” HDTV

  • Docking station for mobile devices with AM/FM clock radio

  • Speakerphone with voicemail

  • In-room safe

  • Coffee maker

  • Hair dryer

  • Iron and ironing board




Office Manager

Tara Sanders

Office: 323 306 9974

Cell: 714 785 3329


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