Conference Speakers Announced

Marla Calico

President & CEO, IAFE

Emily Norton

Head of Research for the Rural, Energy and Projects, Savills

Dr Belinda Clarke

AgriTechE, Director

From agricultural sustainability to enterprise, the Commonwealth Agriculture Conference will be highlighting the work of women in a range of fields. Championing the themes for the International Women’s Day 2020 (8 March), the progressive programme will be helping to forge a gender equal world, raising awareness and celebrating achievements of women in the Commonwealth as experts in their fields.

Marla Calico, President and CEO of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) will be joining the CEO Conference as a speaker. When Marla joined the IAFE’s professional staff in 2006 her primary project was to launch the IAFE’s Institute of Fair Management, a training program which provides an introduction to the core areas of fair management to fair staff, board members and volunteers.

Marla is a frequent speaker at major agricultural shows and industry gatherings, presenting motivational keynote addresses as well as seminars on a wide range of topics of key importance to fairs today. Marla will be speaking to CEO conference delegates about the challenges of leadership in the future.

From its headquarters in the USA, IAFE represents and facilitates the evolving interests of its 1200 members which are agricultural fairs, exhibitions and show from around the globe.


Considering the various approaches to farming with sustainability; Emily Norton, 2019 Nuffield Scholar, will be chairing a main conference session looking at the factors that will have an impact on circular economy such as the environment, politics, economics.

Emily is Head of Research for the Rural, Energy and Projects division at property agency Savills, where she provides policy insight, consultancy services and a wide range of indices on rural land use and occupation in her professional role. She is also a partner in a mixed dairy and arable farm in Norfolk, UK and will be a Director of the Oxford Farming Conference from 2021-2023.

Dr Belinda Clarke, Director at AgriTechE, will be chairing an AgriTech session as part of the main Conference. Agri-TechE is an award-winning membership organisation in the UK, supporting the growth of a world-leading network of innovative farmers, producers, scientists, technologists and entrepreneurs who share a vision of increasing the productivity, profitability and sustainability of agriculture.

“As the concept of “circular economy” becomes more embedded across the agri-food value chain, we’ll be hosting a series of lightning presentations from businesses and organisations showcasing their expertise and activities in this area,” says Belinda. “Back-to-back, high energy, rapid fire talks designed to interest and inspire will be followed by the opportunity to delve into the details in the networking session with the presenters.”

The conference will be held at the University of East Anglia, with the main conference running from Tuesday 7th July until Thursday 9th. Sessions for CEOs of agricultural organisations and for members of the Next Generation (Under 40s) will also run concurrently from Sunday 5th July until Monday 6th July.

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