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ECOWAS : Round Table Discussion On Technology
 in Sustainable Agriculture

alexander riggs, ban tran, kone leon, carlos garcia, Aurora Aquino, Keith Agoda, Leo Lu, Alfie Rustom
Alexander Riggs Miller- CEO Navigium
 Ban Tran,CEO Trans International
 Amb. Kone Leon Tanou-ECOWAS
Former Ambassador Carlos Garcia,
President & CEO of OPAD, UN/USA. Asia. Latin America & The Caribbean

Aurora C Aquino who coordinated the panel's
  Director of International Affairs, New Future Foundation
 Keith Agoda- CEO Producer's Market
Leo Lu- Executive Director AD NANO
Alfie Rustom -CEO & Chief Alchemist of Defender of Nature
 Round Table Discussion On Technology
 in Sustainable Agriculture

United Nations, NYC
Pictures and Report: BlackTieMagazine/Gerard Mc Keon
kone Tanou, Carlos Garcia
Ambassador L. Kone Tanou,
ECOWAC, Permanent Observer to the United Nations
Former Ambassador Carlos Garcia,
President & CEO of OPAD, UN/USA. Asia. Latin America & The Caribbean
leo lu,alexander riggs, ban tran,tim dupler, kone tanou, carlos garcia,keith agoda, alice leBlanc
Leo Lu Executive Director of AD NANO
 Alexander Riggs Miller-CEO Navigium
Ban Tran- CEO Trans International
Tim Dupler,CEO QSorb3000
Amb. Kone Leon Tanou- ECOWAS
Former Amb. Carlos García,
President & CEO of OPAD,
UN/USA. Asia. Latin America & The Caribbean

Keith Agoda- CEO Producer's Market
Alice LeBlanc- Director African Soil



 H.E. Ambassador L.
Kone Tanou
ECOWAS Permanent Observer to the United Nations

Alexander Riggs-Miller – CEO, Navigium

Background: Mr. Riggs-Miller and his team from Navigium, has developed a water desalinization process which allows for the filtration of salt from seawater, resulting in access to purified water at a fraction of the cost of conventional methodologies. In addition, he is also experienced in IT consulting, business management and strategic operation. Alex had worked with fortune 100 companies like Citrix Systems, Microsoft, Apple, Google, Cisco, Hewlett Packard, and Goldman Sachs.

 Concept: The world’s potable water requirements are increasing and Navigium is creating desalinization plants that cost and operate at 1/20th the cost of multistage plants. Its systems are based on two proven technologies: multi-stage flash (MSF) distillation and vacuum distillation. Combined, these can convert 15% to 20% of the saltwater into potable water. Navigium unique designs allow vast improvements over standard MSF and vacuum distillation designs allowing it to create the necessary heating energy and pressure requirements with much less energy consumption. This allows Navigium to leverage solar and wind as the energy source, creating a 100% renewable energy and carbon-neutral system. The plant designs use standard parts and components, which enable its modular systems with very few moving parts and can be installed or maintained with basic construction skillsets. This provides a modular self-sustaining system that can be used for the potable or agricultural needs of a region.


2) Timothy Dupler – CEO, QSorb3000

Mr. Dupler is a business executive, specializing in the integration of nanotechnology, blockchain, IOT, Artificial Intelligence, and Big Data to develop solutions for industries such as fintech, consumer electronics, healthcare, and water treatment. Currently utilizing blockchain with Nano IOT for supply chain traceability and to address anti-counterfeit applications.

 Concept: This ion-based material has been proven to reduce the need for water by 50% and fertilizer by 30% as it creates an encapsulated polymer that shields the water from evaporation allowing it to absorb into the plant, tree or vegetation. Satellite images of a test bed in the Sahara shows 2 grow projects with one taking available water without QSorb3000 and one with. The one with QSorb3000 is green and healthy while the other is dry and almost invisible from satellite. The polymer is eroded with the evaporation so there is no soil degradation. Additionally, just one treatment of QSorb3000 improves the soil condition and fertilizer retention for 3 years or more.

3) Leo Lu – Executive Director, AD NANO

Mr. Lu graduated from Pepperdine University, California, in Computer Information System and was also a PhD. Candidate in Computational Science. He formerly worked with Fortune 500 companies like IBM and Franklin Templeton. During the UNOSSC/GSSD Expo – Private Sector of United Nations, He was a speaker on blockchain for the green energy market.

 Concept: Serves as the innovator and integrator of agricucltural techniques of ecogreen soil catalyst, probiotics, and smart iFarm technologies of wireless IoT intelligent controller system and monitoring for rice production. Utilizing twelve years of research and development, the company contributes proprietary expertise on soil-enrichment, elevating microbrial engagement, resulting in increased crop yield.  The enzyme-substrate complex is environmentally safe (non-toxic) and can stimulate nitrogen as well as phosphorous through the KREB’s cycle, leading to better retention of moisture which lessens the dependency on water.

 4) Ban Tran – CEO, Trans International Group (TIG)

Mr. Tran leads the investment strategy for a Family Office / Private Equity holding company, focusing in advanced materials, nanotechnology, blockchain, artificial intelligence, big data, and their various applications to create social impact. During UNOSSC/GSSD Expo – Private Sector of United Nations, he was a speaker on the topic of leveraging Blockchain and Technology for social impact and jobs creation.

 Concept: One of the social impact solution TIG is working with is a technology that converts waste to energy, which can be used to make fuel, chemical, fertilizers and generate electricity. This gasification technology is a universal system from the United States that converts varied-source solid wastes (agricultural waste, forestry waste, sewage sludge, industry waste, construction & demolition waste, municipal solid waste, used tire, used oil, etc.) into clean gaseous fuel irrespective of waste origin, waste composition, waste size and waste density. This technology will provide an environmentally safe alternative to the current hazardous disposal method of burning agricultural waste after harvest, in addition to generating electricity, steam or hot water in the gasification process as an additional energy source for the end users.

 5) Alice LeBlanc – Director, African Soil Initiative

 Ms. LeBlanc is an environmental economist with more than twenty-five years experience focused on developing economically viable ways to address the challenges of climate change and sustainable development. Throughout her career, she has promoted climate change solutions based on forestry, agriculture and energy production in developing countries as well as in the U.S. Ms. LeBlanc headed the Office of Environmental and Climate Change at AIG, was the Senior Economist at the Environmental Defense Fund and
SVP of Environmental Financial Product at the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX).

 Biochar production, a 2,000-year-old practice that converts agricultural waste into a soil enhancer, involves heating biomass with little or no oxygen to drive off volatile gasses, leaving Carbon behind. Waste materials appropriate for biochar production include crop residues (both field residues and processing residues such as nut shells, fruit pits, and bagasse) and some invasive species such as tifa and elephant grass, as well as yard, food, and forestry wastes, and animal manures. When used as a soil amendment, biochar alters the property of the soil, enabling it to retain more water and nutrients, attracting microbes and allowing plants to fix atmospheric nitrogen more efficiently and attracting microbes, improving plants growth.

alexander riggs, ban tran, kone tanou, carlos garcia, keith agoda, leo lu
 Alexander Riggs Miller- CEO Navigium
Ban Tran- CEO Trans International
 Amb Kone Leon Tanou ECOWAS
Former Amb. Carlos García, President & CEO of OPAD,
UN/USA. Asia. Latin America & The Caribbean

 Keith Agoda- CEO Producer's Market
Leo Lu- Executive Director of AD NANO



 H.E. Ambassador Carlos Garcia, Ph.D., FEGSB

Secretary General

 Ambassador of El Salvador to the United Nations


  Keith Agoada – CEO, Producers Market

 Background: Mr. Agoada has worked in the supply side of the agricultural industry for the past decade. He is the founder of the commercial urban agriculture firm, Sky Vegetables, which pioneered the integration of greenhouse hydroponic agriculture in urban environments. After being acquired of the majority ownership, Keith consulted in the initial development stage for the leading organic agriculture real estate developer, Simply Natural. Prior to his work with Producers Market, Keith spent the last four years in international procurement development roles for UNFI, Global Organics, Veg Fresh Farms and other leading organic brands in the United States.

 Concept: Pioneering the digitization of the agricultural value chain. The company is building a B2B marketplace application connecting agricultural producers directly with buyers globally to generate greater efficiencies and moving the contracts, transactions and traceability onto a digital format. Blockchain and distributed ledger technologies are key tools to this present and future digitization. The validation of data and information in a distributed, P2P ecosystem holds incredible opportunities in agriculture globally to reduce economic costs, food safety risk, and waste while empowering farmers, consumers and value chain businesses with greater transparency and profitability. Blockchain holds the potential to unlock a sustainable future in which the values and desires of end-consumers are aligned to ecological, social and economic responsibility.

 Alexander Riggs-Miller – CEO, Navigium

 Background: Mr. Riggs-Miller and his team from Navigium, has developed a water desalinization process which allows for the filtration of salt from seawater, resulting in access to purified water at a fraction of the cost of conventional methodologies. In addition, he is also experienced in IT consulting, business management and strategic operation. Alex had worked with fortune 100 companies like Citrix Systems, Microsoft, Apple, Google, Cisco, Hewlett Packard, and Goldman Sachs.


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