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Sustaining Rural Communities through AgriTech and Innovative Business Models

Join us to hear how Hannes Schmid from Smiling Gecko has helped to develop a model community project in developing country of Cambodia to uplift disadvantaged locals from poverty, support job initiatives, and promote self-help among the rural population.

Followed by a panel discussion with some of the key industry leaders in their field on how technological developments in energy and agriculture can interact and provide sustainable solutions to rural communities around the world.

Legendary, is his collection of over 70,000 photos of the biggest rock stars. In more recent times, Dr Hannes Schmid has also attracted attention with his photographs and photorealistic art. Since 2012, Dr Hannes has been involved in humanitarian activities for children and families in Cambodia, one of the poorest countries in the world, with the non-profit organisation Smiling Gecko.


6.00pm Registration and light bites 

6.30pm Opening by Robin Pho, CEO, RPRE

6.35pm Smiling Gecko Presentation by Dr Hannes Schmid, Co-founder, Smiling Gecko 

7.15pm The Future of Smiling Gecko by Ngon Sokleap, CEO, Smiling Gecko Cambodia 

7.30pm Panel Discussion by Dr Hannes Schmid, Paul Voutier, Ingrid Richardson, and Ngon Sokleap, moderated by Adam Lyle

8.00pm Q&A

8.15pm Refreshments and Networking 



Dr Hannes Schmid, Co-founder, Smiling Gecko

Born in Zurich in 1946, Dr Hannes Schmid is today one of the most important photo-artists in Switzerland. Continuing journeys took him around the world, where he developed his own characteristic visual language as advertising, fashion and freelance photographer, characterized by personal ties to the objects. Hannes Schmid achieved worldwide fame with his staging of the iconic cowboy - the Marlboro Man.



Paul Voutier, Director - Knowledge and Innovation, Grow Asia


Ingrid Richardson, Senior Manager Sustainable Sourcing, Unilever


Ngon Sokleap, CEO, Smiling Gecko Cambodia


Adam Lyle, Executive Chairman of Padang & Co and Head of LEVEL3

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Earlier Event: February 21
LEVEL3 2nd Anniversary!
Later Event: February 28
Community Lunch