Alpha Sennon is a Tribagonian farmerpreneur, motivational speaker and agri-youth advocate. He is the founder of WHYFARM (We Help You-th Farm) a globally recognised and award-winning nonprofit organisation established to creatively promote agriculture among children by increasing their awareness of the world’s food problems and by doing so grow the future feeders of 2050.
Anton is an architect turned entrepreneur with a mission to transform the way we live and work. Over the past 10 years Anton has built and accelerated dozens of social and tech ventures and is the founder and CEO of Exponentials. Anton recently moved to Stockholm to work with Tech Farm (Swedish coliving) as Head of Product and is a co-founder of the Village 3.0 movement and a food tech startup called Urban Oasis. Anton's passion lies at the intersection of design, entrepreneurship, education, real-estate and sustainability.
Christina Agapakis is creative director of Ginkgo Bioworks, a biological design company growing cultured products for partners across many industries. Her work brings together biologists, engineers, designers, artists, and social scientists to explore the future of biotechnology. During her PhD at Harvard, she worked on producing hydrogen fuel in bacteria and making photosynthetic animals. She has taught designers at the Art Center College of Design and biomolecular engineers at UCLA, and she once made cheese using bacteria from the human body.
Christine Gould is the Founder & CEO of the Thought for Food (TFF) Foundation, the world's leading next-generation innovation and collaboration platform for food & nutrition security. Her vision is to incentivize and share tech and business model breakthroughs developed by young people around the world in emerging areas such as synthetic biology, controlled indoor growing, precision agriculture, logistics and appropriate solutions for smallholders.
Cristian is the Co-Founder and CEO of Greengame, a startup that wants to make sustainable living the norm - where works with cities and brands to incentivise people to live sustainably by combining behaviour change and gamification expertise, with automated data collection technology. Cristian has been based in the UK since 2003, when he moved from the US to help British Telecom set up its startup accelerator. More recently, he led Canonical’s mobile program for Ubuntu, the Linux Operating System, launching the first Ubuntu Phone and breaking crowdfunding records with the Ubuntu Edge.
Danielle Gould is the founder of Food+Tech Connect, the site of record and world’s largest community for food tech and innovation. Since 2010, Danielle has been the leading voice for leveraging new technology, investment and business models to create a better food future. She is also a founding member of the Culinary Institute of America's Business Leadership Council, a member of the Google Innovation Lab For Food Experiences and mentor for AccelFoods and Food-X. Danielle was named one of Fortune Magazine's 'Most Creative People in Business' and one of Fortune and Food & Wine Magazines 'Most Innovative Women in Food.'
David is a PhD Candidate at Rutgers University focusing on genetic improvement of under-developed crops for emerging markets. As a project manager for a USAID initiative, David oversees demonstration farms in Zambia, Kenya, and Tanzania, where research is conducted and best-practices are shared with farmers. David is a Kirchner Food Fellow alumnus and serves as a consultant to investors and businesses from incubation-stage through private equity rounds of funding.
Eamonn graduated from the University of Guelph, Canada’s food university, where he focused his studies and extra-curricular involvements entirely on food, agriculture, innovation and leadership. He recently worked with small-farmers in Nepal scaling-up low-cost innovations and utilizing the power of digital to improve access to markets and improve overall quality of life. Eamonn is heavily involved with his 9 Billion Lives project in Canada, an impact investing platform, as well as being an associate at a newly created food and agriculture investment firm. Eamonn is also Kirchner Food Fellow alumnus.
Ellen has worked in a variety of industries, including pharmaceuticals, health/nutrition, coatings and life sciences. In 2014, she joined PepsiCo where she is leading the R&D for nutrition category, which includes the fruit and vegetables, dairy, grains and sports nutrition platforms.She is also the interim CEO of EIT Food, the unique European innovation consortium with 50 leading partners targeting the transformation of the food sector.
Erin holds a BA in Women's and Gender Studies and Human Geography from the University of British Columbia, and a JD from the University of Alberta with a specialization in Environmental Law. She started out at as one of New Harvest's first volunteers in 2014, balancing her studies with various duties writing content and handling social media. Her long held interests in futurism, sustainability, and global catastrophic risk mitigation led Erin to the discovery of animal products made without animals, and she spent much of her time as a law student diving deep into the world of cellular agriculture. Following the completion of her law degree, she took on the role of Communications Director. Prior to working in cell ag, Erin spent time in legal advocacy at Pivot Legal Society and many years working in special education in Vancouver, Canada.
Gareth is CEO of the UK startup YAGRO, farming’s most powerful purchasing platform which helps farmers manage their input costs and ensure long term financial sustainability. He previously led a smallholder innovation team at Syngenta, spanning financial and digital business models to venture capital. Gareth began his career as a management consultant, and has worked in West Africa with the peer-to-peer microfinance lending platform, Kiva.org.
Gemma is Co-Founder of Science: Disrupt - an organisation connecting the innovators, iconoclasts & entrepreneurs intent on creating change in science. Gemma focuses on biotech, energy, space, health, advanced computing & changing the way we do academic research. She is also a Freelance Journalist, writing for The Guardian, Adweek, Imperica & Ogilvydo, covering science, tech, culture and politics. Previously, Gemma was the Tech Innovation Strategist at Ogilvy Labs.
Gregor Noltes is a Dutch entrepreneur, community builder and innovator. His project, Serious Playgrounds, offers an insider's view of the space that organizations create - away from the day-to-day activities - to create new things. Gregor has been involved in building Serious Playgrounds with Google, Philips and KPMG. Gregor was part of the founding team of startup accelerator Rockstart and is a guest lecturer on entrepreneurship at VU University in Amsterdam.
Guillaume Charny-Brunet is a founding member of SPACE10, and Director of Innovation and Strategy. He is a French national, who calls himself a “lawyer in recovery”. Guillaume spent the last 10 years helping large organizations think and act like startups. From Paris, to New York, San Francisco and Copenhagen, he has worked at the convergence of strategy, sustainability, business and technology to bring radical ideas to life. Today, together with the rest the SPACE10, he’s on a mission to explore and design for better ways of living.
Henry Gordon-Smith is a sustainability strategist focused on urban agriculture, water issues, and emerging technologies. Henry was born in Hong Kong and has lived in Japan, Germany, the Czech Republic, Russia, Canada, Spain, Austria, and the United States. Henry is Founder of the popular blog Agritecture.com and a board member at the Association for Vertical Farming (AVF). Two years ago, Henry launched his company Blue Planet Consulting, a boutique urban agriculture advising firm where he helps entrepreneurs with vertical farming feasibility studies, recruiting, and systems design.
Hiroumi Takahara is the General Manager of corporate strategy to lead business development, marketing and technology development of SPREAD and its group company,TRADE Group, in Japan. SPREAD operates one of the world largest indoor vertical farming facility in Japan over 10 years and innovates food and agriculture with its cutting-edge technologies and market creation effort from Kyoto to the world. Hiroumi focuses on business development and strategy over 10 years at Sony and the Walt Disney Company Japan. By leading strategic planning of SPREAD, he is committed to achieve exponential growth of the company by bringing innovation in agriculture and evolve it to the next generational industry.
Holley is an entrepreneur, education producer and strategist using her passions for communication and culture to help emerging creatives, entrepreneurs, and leaders tell stories, pitch solutions and execute ideas that move the world forward. As Founder & CEO of Oratory Glory, a communication agency and speaker collective catalyzing diversity, Holley leads the development of learning experiences and strategy for companies, entrepreneurial communities, and schools.
John Cumbers has a strong background in the synthetic biology industry as founder of SynBioBeta, a global activity hub and community of entrepreneurs, thought-leaders and investors. John is an active angel investor through his synthetic biology syndicate on AngelList. He’s also currently writing a book titled “What’s Your Bio Strategy?”, a guide for any business wanting to understand the impact that biotechnology will have on their industry.
Dr. Koert van Mensvoort is an artist and philosopher best known for his work on the philosophical concept of Next Nature, which revolves around the idea that our technological environment has become so complex, omnipresent and autonomous that it is best perceived as a nature of its own. It is his aim to better understand our co-evolutionary relationship with technology.
Lucas is an award winning interaction and immersive experience creator, technologist, and designer. Using Virtual and Augmented Reality, he is revolutionizing the integration of visual, human and interactive design with projects that change how we think about technology and the role it plays in our lives.
Dr. Michael A. Kock is the Head of Intellectual Property for Syngenta in Switzerland. He is focused on developing innovative new business models and IP frameworks that enable open innovation and increased collaboration in agriculture. He regularly lectures on IP and has published several papers on plant IP issues in peer reviewed law journals.
Peter is a TFF ambassador, having taken part in the first ever Thought for Food Competition and falling madly in love with the movement ever since. He is also a plant scientist, public engagement enthusiast and writer, who has a passion for telling the world all about plants, biology and food (including insects). He spends most of his days working with agrilution in Munich, where he develops recipes to cultivate fresh, tasty greens and herbs ridiculously quickly in a smart kitchen device. In his spare time he writes poems and songs, taking to the internet to discuss issues ranging from why we should all be eating insects through to ensuring we have a secure food future for all. Peter also writes regularly for the Earlham Institute in Norwich about genomics, bioinformatics and the importance of big, open data.
Roberto started his career working in the banking industry in his home-country Costa Rica.He then moved to the agricultural sector and worked 15 years with the largest trader of fruits and vegetables in the world, where he had the opportunity of playing several roles in finance, operations and logistics. As Head Smallholder Policy & Food Chain Relations, Roberto supports the strategic direction of Syngenta in product and smallholder policies, build and maintain relationships with key NGOs, IGOs, industry groups and other business partners, and develop implementation plans with global, regional and territory functions. Roberto has had the opportunity of working in several countries, and has a broad understanding of the challenges that smallholders face every day.
Tim O'Reilly is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media Inc. His original business plan was simply "interesting work for interesting people," and that's worked out pretty well. He publishes books, runs conferences, invests in early-stage startups, urges companies to create more value than they capture, and tries to change the world by spreading and amplifying the knowledge of innovators. Tim is also a partner at O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, O'Reilly's early stage venture firm, and is on the board of Safari Books Online, PeerJ, Code for America, and Maker Media, which was recently spun out from O'Reilly Media. Maker Media's Maker Faire has been compared to the West Coast Computer Faire, which launched the personal computer revolution.
Vonnie Estes has spent her career with a passion for agriculture and sustainability. Currently she is Vice President of Business Development at Caribou Biosciences. Caribou Biosciences develops technology-based solutions for cellular engineering and analysis based on the CRISPR-Cas9 technology platform.Vonnie has held leadership roles at prominent companies including DuPont, Monsanto, and Syngenta. She has also worked with small start-ups and venture funds to identify and commercialize applied science. Her vision is to use new technologies to create revolutionary products in food and ag that are good for people and the planet.