DIALOGUE – Spain & Singapore Food Nations

Following the series of our Spain and Singapore Dialogues, organized by the Embassy of Spain and the Spanish-Singaporean Chamber of Commerce, in which we want to discuss issues of common interest for both countries, we would like to invite you to our new Dialogue, on Food Nations:

Spain & Singapore Food Nations
15 December, 5pm (SG Time) / 10am (Spain Time)

In this webinar we will talk about the strengths and challenges of Spain and Singapore as food nations and how both countries have been managing the challenging situation of the Covid-19: production, imports, exports and food security. Food represents a cultural identity for our two countries not only as the most relevant ingredient of our great gastronomies but also through the diets, tapas, hawkers, etc. that are key elements of our social lifestyle.

Spain and Singapore may be much closer than it appears on the map.

The Dialogue will count with the participation of Ms. María Naranjo, Director for Food, Gastronomy and Wines at ICEX Trade and Investment; Mr. Kevin Khng, Senior Director/International Relations at the Singapore Food Agency.

The Spanish chef Ager Urigüen and Singaporean chef (Dr) Heman Tan will also join the panel discussion.

Ms. Almudena Mínguez, Counsellor for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food at the Embassy of Spain in Singapore, will moderate this session.

At the end of the Dialogue, we will hold a final Q&A session open to the audience.

It will be held on 15th of December at 5pm SGP time / 10am Spain time, via ZOOM.

About the speakers

Ms. María Naranjo has been a civil servant for the last twenty five years. She studied Law and Business in Madrid Jesuit University and specialized in Monetary Economics in Stanford University.

Within the Ministry of Economy she has worked with Multilateral Financial Institutions (IDB, Regional Development Banks) and also served as Chief of Staff to the President of the Competition Authority. Most of her carrier is linked to ICEX and the internationalization of SME. She has been involved with Human Capital and Information programs, specially with ICEX Young Professional Program, and also with all the advisory and training tools this Agency has. For the last four years Maria has been in charge of the Agrifood Sector, designing and implementing activities aimed at promoting the Food & Drink industry abroad.

Mr. Kevin Khng is Senior Director of the International Relations Division of the Singapore Food Agency (SFA). His responsibilities include overseeing SFA’s various international and bilateral engagements. He has held this position since Mar this year. Prior to this, Kevin was Deputy Director in the International Policy Division of the Ministry of Sustainability and Environment, and has held various positions in the Public Utilities Board prior to that. Altogether, Kevin has more than 20 years of experience in the Public Service.

Kevin graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Science (2nd Upper Honours). He also holds a Master of Science from a collaborative programme between the Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) and Stanford University.

Mr Ager Urigüen  should have been a lawyer, but a job at a Mongolian barbeque restaurant in Dublin changed all that…

Determined to be a chef, Ager returned from Ireland to Bilbao and began a ‘strenuous’ 16-month training period. He worked at some of the best restaurants in the city, like La Pérgola, The Guggenheim restaurant and La Cuchara de Euskalduna whilst spending his evenings at a private school earning his cooking diploma.

In 2013, Chef Ager became owner and head chef of Txokoa which he translates as a ‘house to gather in’ from his native Basque language, considered one of the best tapas restaurants in Berlin.

Chef (Dr) Heman Tan is the COO and co-founder of Hillier Group Pte Ltd. Under his lead, Moonbow, a modern European and Asian Influence restaurant was born.

Having accumulated more than 35 years of culinary experience, Chef Heman Tan is a man of many talents. With his passion for being a competitive triathlete, he is also a celebrated ceramist with works that has been displayed at the Singapore Sculpture Square and The Arts House. Not to mentioned, he is the last student of Late Dr Ng Eng Teng, Singapore’s prominent sculptor.

About the moderator

Ms. Almudena Mínguez is the Counsellor of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of Spain for South East Asia since 2016. Prior to this role, she was posted in China for 4 years as Attacheé of Environment, Rural and Marine Affairs. For the past 8 years, she has therefore been committed to bringing Spain and Asia closer together in these fields.

Almudena holds a Degree in Veterinary Medicine from University Complutense of Madrid and is a Civil Servant of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of Spain.