Grow Asia Learning Alliance (GALA): Navigating Business Partnerships

Grow Asia Learning Alliance (GALA): Navigating Business Partnerships

23 Oct, 2019

Scaling the impact of your agriculture research together with business.

When: 4-5 November 2019*
Where: Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) Headquarters, Los Baños, Philippines
*Exact timing TBC

The fragmentation of different sources of research expertise in ASEAN makes it difficult for valuable findings to be applied in agriculture value chains. To address this issue, Grow Asia established the Grow Asia Learning Alliance (GALA) – to help knowledge producers like yourself connect with stakeholders in the value chain, while providing you with tools to navigate partnerships with business.

The agribusiness network that makes up 50% of Grow Asia’s member base is our unique value proposition. We have agribusinesses within our network who are interested in reaching out to the research community to seek out new innovations, despite having their own research and development (R&D) departments.

Through GALA, Grow Asia is committed to enabling more partnerships between knowledge producers and agribusinesses in ASEAN to scale the impact of agriculture research in the region.

We are looking for knowledge producers who are interested in helping to further this mission. If you are an agricultural researcher with a research product in pilot phase (or almost ready to be) – and you are interested in pursuing partnerships with agribusinesses, this training offers a unique opportunity for you to achieve that.

The Facilitator

Cameron Johns, General Manager at Impact Innovation, has trained Australian and International research organizations in commercialization, creativity and innovation as well as working with these organizations to integrate their innovations into relevant industries. He has experience in delivering innovation and commercialization training to diverse multicultural and ethnic backgrounds includes training the top 500 Asian Technopreneurs as well as designing the blueprint for training of patent attorneys from non-English language and diverse backgrounds.

Cameron recently assisted in developing a pilot program to establish and train Technology Transfer Offices in Indonesia. This model has been adopted by the Indonesian Government and is currently working on a separate program to deliver a commercialization manual, Train the Trainer program and commercialization mentoring for Agriculture based Research Organizations in Vietnam under the Aus4Innovation program. He has assisted clients develop over 85 significant commercial partnerships between industry and the research sector.


  • Researchers at research institutes or universities in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam with a research product that is ready (or almost ready) for commercialization (could be under testing, in prototype or pilot phase)
  • Interested in pursuing partnerships with agribusinesses to upscale impact of their agriculture research
  • Fluency in English


  • Free participation for both in country training (including training materials, coffee/tea breaks, lunch for the duration of the trainings) and webinars (for selected participants)
  • Opportunity to learn practical insights from agribusiness leaders

Program Components

  1. Business Decision Making
    • Understand how businesses make research decision
  2. Innovation Investment Portfolio
    • Understand how businesses build a pipeline or portfolio of investments in innovations
  3. Effective Pitching and Presentation
    • Learn how to pitch and present to a business audience
  4. Intellectual Property
    • Learn about the importance of having and protecting intellectual property (IP)
    • Learn how you could commercialize your IP (webinar)


In addition to the modules covered above, participants of the program will have access to 3 webinars: 1) program introduction, 2) (virtual) “Fireside Chat” with an agribusiness leader, and 3) a session on Intellectual Property led by an expert from A*ccelerate in Singapore. Dates for the webinar will be made available to those in the program after the selection process.

How to apply

To apply, fill out the application form below before 28 October 2019:

For more information, please contact:

Nadia Soerjanto

Veejay Calutanat

Grow Asia is a multi-stakeholder partnership platform established by the World Economic Forum and the ASEAN Secretariat. Our objective is to catalyze action on inclusive and sustainable agricultural development in Southeast Asia. We do this by helping smallholder farmers gain better access to finance, markets, and technical capacity to increase their yields and livelihoods, through facilitating collaborations between stakeholders using a market driven approach. Over the last three years, we have had significant success in establishing a network of over 500 stakeholders through 44 Working Groups/Task Forces that reach over 1.2 million farmers in five countries: Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines and Cambodia.