NEW DATES: 4th & 5th May 2022, NEC, Birmingham

International Export Advice Centre

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The Agri-Tech team at the UK Department for International Trade with professional advisors across 100 international markets, and trade associations (Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA), Commercial Horticulture Association (CHA), UK Technology for Agriculture and Genetics (UKTAG), ​helps UK-based companies expand their global business and overseas companies invest in the UK.

Agri-Epi Centre pioneer innovation, technology and precision engineering for farming in UK and overseas.

Visit the International Export Advice Centre in Hall 8 Stand 700 to learn about investment opportunities in the UK and hear from Advisers in Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia Network and the Latin America and the Caribbean how they can help expand your business in these markets. 

Also, 1:1 Business Meetings are available with the presenters and overseas Agri-Tech companies visiting Lamma on request.

See the timetable below for timings.

Day one timings

Day two timings

14:00 09:00

Department for International Trade (DIT) Services for Exporters
Dr Elizabeth Warham FRSB, Agri-Tech Sector Lead

Overview of support from DIT Agri-Tech team to help UK based companies expand business in new markets and overseas companies invest in the UK.

14:15 09:15

Introduction to Agri-Epi Innovation Centre
Dr Trisha Toop, Chief Technology Officer

Overview of Agri-Epi membership and acceleration for research, development and adoption of precision agriculture and engineering technology; through their world-class R&D facilities and testbeds of 28 satellite farms for the next generation of farming techniques and technology including sensors, imaging and robotics.  

14:30 09:30

Agri-Tech Business Opportunities in Africa
David Burton, Sector Director Agriculture, Africa, DIT Pretoria, South Africa

Presentation on key economic indicators and trends in agriculture within selected African markets providing trade opportunities for UK Agri-Tech businesses.

15:00 10:00

Agri-Tech Business Opportunities in EECAN
Ivan Trotsenko, EECAN Regional Lead, Deputy Director, DIT Kiev, Ukraine

Presentation on key economic indicators and trends in agriculture within selected markets in the EECAN providing trade opportunities for UK Agri-Tech businesses.

15:30 10:30

Agri-Tech Business Opportunities in Latac
Federico Perez Wodtke, Latac Agri-Tech Lead, DIT Buenos Aires, Argentina

Presentation on key economic indicators and trends in agriculture within selected markets in Latin America and the Caribbean providing trade opportunities for UK Agri-Tech businesses


Speaker Profiles

elisabeth warhamDr Elizabeth Warham FRSB
Lead - Agri-Tech Sector, Department for International Trade

Elizabeth leads the Agri-Tech team with expertise and experience in plant sciences, and technology development more broadly across the agri-food sector. She has held a number of senior posts across UK Government related to innovation and agricultural technologies including managing research programmes for agricultural production systems in low- and middle- income countries. She began her career with ten years’ experience at the International Centre for Wheat and Maize Improvement in Mexico.


lisa williamsLisa Williams
Business Development Manager, Agri Epi Innovation Centre

Lisa has vast experience in the agri-food sector, having spent over 20 years working in the industry in a variety of different roles. More recently, Lisa headed the agri-food division of Promar International, with a focus on client engagement, business development, project delivery, implementing systems, PR and team management. Lisa has dealt with the project management and direction of a range of assignments in the fresh and processed horticultural sectors, as well as the pork, dairy, poultry and beef sectors with clients from across the supply chain operators, government departments, levy bodies/organisations in both the UK and globally.


eliot dixonEliot Dixon

Eliot has an extensive background in robotics, sensors and data engineering, with experience from working in the academia, defence and automotive sectors. Prior to joining Agri-EPI Centre, he was Lead Software Engineer in autonomous vehicles at Tata Motors UK including developing a fully autonomous vehicle. Other experience includes radar and drone research within the MoD, and robust robotics system development at the University of Birmingham. Eliot’s combination of a family arable farming background and technical experiences give him a keen interest in bringing the best of robotics and data science from other industries into Agri-Tech. At Agri-EPI Centre he is leading the creation of our new data-based farming testbed along with being the technical adviser for robotics and data-centric projects.


david burtonDavid Burton
Africa Agriculture Sector Lead for the UK Department of International Trade (DIT)

David is based in Pretoria, South Africa. He works with Agri Tech advisers in 22 African countries to promote UK agri tech exports and investment. Prior to working with DIT, he worked in international development for 26 years, in which he has implemented 85 substantive assignments and worked in 50 countries. He has significant operational experience and has held senior Board positions in six development consultancies. He is also an experienced international team leader in addition to having considerable experience in land management, agricultural production, high yielding dairy cow production, extension services, food security and rural and community development.


ivanIvan Trotsenko
EECAN regional sector lead, Deputy Director of DIT Ukraine

Based in the British Embassy Kyiv in Ukraine, Ivan coordinates trade promotion activities of DIT in Agri-Tech and food & drink sectors across 14 countries helping the UK businesses expand into new markets. Prior to joining the DIT, he worked in the Oil & Gas sector at Magma Global in the UK and Naftogaz in Ukraine. Ivan holds a master’s degree from London Business School.


Federico Perez WodtkeFederico Perez Wodtke 
LATAC Agri-Tech Lead, DIT Buenos Aires

Regional Sector Lead in Agri-Tech, based in the British Embassy in Buenos Aires. Responsible for helping UK firms win and expand their business on Latin America and the Caribbean. In charge of supporting the Mercosur markets to develop a greater understanding of Agriculture Trade Policies in the bloc. Previous experience in Multilateral Negotiations in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries in Argentina. Master in Business Administration - Degree in Political Science.



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