Ms. Yoder has been in the agricultural industry for more than 20 years and has held key roles with Arysta LifeScience, Monsanto and Spectrum Brands and served on boards with CropLife America and RISE (Responsible Industry Sound Environment). Amy is currently a board member with Compass Minerals and Vive Crop Protection. She also promotes agriculture through her directorship on the Clemson University Foundation Board and as President for the Sigma Alpha Foundation.
Nick has over a decade of organizational leadership, sustainability strategy development and research experience in the areas of crop production, nutrient cycling and management, and environmental quality. He currently leads several projects with grower, agricultural industry, foundation, conservation and academic organizations to help prioritize engagement strategies and collaborative ventures to capture and deliver value across agricultural supply chains. He has held technology development roles within the corn and soybean seed and vegetable production industries.
PRESIDENT AND CO-FOUNDER, RIPE.IO
Phil is a founder at ripe.io that is deploying the “Blockchain of Food” that provides solutions to help answer what’s in your food, where it’s been and what’s happened to it.
CO-OWNER OF HORT AMERICAS LLC AND FOUNDER OF URBAN AG NEWS
Chris Higgins is the General Manager and co-Owner of Hort Americas LLC, a wholesale supply company focused on all aspects of the horticultural industries as well as Big Bad Flower
Chris is also the founder of Urban Ag News and is also dedicated to creating change through a variety of non-profit and community minded projects.
CO-FOUNDER, BOX GREENS
Lisa Merkle is the proud co-founder of Box Greens. Box Greens brought “Hydroponic Box Farms” into urban areas of South Florida, providing fresh “farm to table” greens to discerning diners and on the job training for residents in underserved communities throughout South Florida in the booming field – AgTech.
PRINCIPAL, GLOBAL CAPITAL MARKETS
Erica Riel-Carden is a Principal at Global Capital Markets, a boutique investment bank. She leads the Global Capital Agriculture and Agricultural Technology practice and contributes to the Firm’s Food, Beverage, and Consumer Products practices out of the San Francisco Office. With her grower, legal, and financial expertise, she has prepared AgTech companies for capital, corporate, and related intellectual property transactions. She also enjoys lecturing for the Santa Clara University Center for Food Innovation and Entrepreneurship..
CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, TELESENSE
Naeem is a serial entrepreneur and currently serves as the co-founder and CEO of TeleSense, an IoT (Internet of Things) company creating real-time wireless sensing and predictive analytics solutions for the stored grain industry. Naeem has authored five books on entrepreneurship and he teaches entrepreneurship at UC Berkeley. He has a graduate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota.
CEO AND CO-FOUNDER, INFINITE FOODS
Ms. Adelman has 30 years of business experience as a former Global Managing Director for Accenture, CEO of a US-based home health services company, and Group Strategy Executive for the pan-African Econet Group. In 2017, she was named by CEO Global as Africa’s Most Influential Woman – Business & Professional Services and in 2019. She was named on the Forbes Africa “20 New Wealth Creators” list. Ms. Adelman is a speaker and consultant on agricultural transformation in emerging markets and serves on the advisory board to Cornell University’s Dean of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
PRINCIPAL, ZAPALAC ADVISORS
Laurie Zapalac, PhD is Principal of Zapalac Advisors, a consulting practice that provides research, planning and storyline development services to help places find new potential. Working with clients across all sectors, she guides regeneration strategies that draw heavily upon the diversity of food culture and foster healthy food systems for communities. Much of her recent work focuses on how new technology is transforming the commercial seafood industry – and expanding opportunities for shellfish aquaculture – and what this means for historic maritime cities and coastal environments.
DR. DANIEL BECKMANN
CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, FOODSHED.IO
Daniel Beckmann is the Co-Founder and CEO of Foodshed.io, an app working to make local food distribution more efficient. He and the Foodshed.io team are connecting sustainable producers to local wholesale markets in an accessible, traceable, reliable food system by integrating blockchain technology.
FOUNDER AND CEO, AG-ANALYTICS
Joshua Woodard is the founder of Ag-Analytics, a platform providing a variety of data services for farmers, growers, researchers and agribusiness networks such as the National Corn Growers Association and American Farm Bureau. He has published journals in agricultural finance and economics, risk management, and insurance, and he is an authorized Expert Reviewer Underwriter for the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation.
SENIOR POLICY AND RESEARCH, REFRESH: FOOD+TECH
Sarah Papazoglakis leads the Refresh Working Group, bringing people together who are working at the intersection of agriculture, food and technology to better understand how emerging innovations can help improve our food systems. As a champion of what it means to "do good", Sarah uses her doctorate in humanities to convene thought leaders with competing perspectives and contextualize complex narratives.
PRESIDENT AND CEO, FEEDING SOUTH FLORIDA
Mr. Vélez is at the helm of the leading domestic hunger-relief organization in South Florida, providing more than $65 million worth of food to Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties. His expertise in the areas of Program Development, Client Services, Government Contracts, and Leadership are invaluable to the community.
Moe Levin is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Keynote, an investor in high-tech startups, and an advisor to governments, regulators, banks, and venture-backed companies.
Some of the projects he has been involved with include The Global Blockchain Council in Dubai (2015 – present) , the harmonized VAT treatment of Bitcoin (2013), The OECD Working Party 9 (2013-2014).
Moe is also the Co-Founder of the first accredited Blockchain Academy, an early investor in RSK Labs, Labfresh, Dropbox, and others. Prior to founding Keynote, Moe was responsible for launching a venture-backed startup in Europe which raised $30m from Richard Branson, Index Ventures and others.
VP MARKETING, PARABEL USA
Cecilia is a Brand Strategist with experience leading corporate and product communications for large companies. Cecilia holds a B.Sc. in International Business from the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. She majored in Economic Geography studying production, distribution and spatial organization of economic activities across the world. Recently she has led the international marketing strategy for LENTEIN® introducing the plant protein to the global food system with a view to improve health and sustainability across the globe
WENDY LU MCGILL
FOUNDER AND CEO, ROCKY MOUNTAIN MICRO RANCH
Wendy Lu McGill is the Founder & CEO of Rocky Mountain Micro Ranch, Colorado's first and only edible insect farm. Prior to founding Rocky Mountain Micro Ranch, Wendy Lu worked for nearly twelve years with international aid agencies around the world in sectors as diverse as water and sanitation, human trafficking and rural infrastructure development. With a background in sociological research in international development and intercultural communication, Wendy Lu brings a global perspective and deep understanding of the why and how of farming insects for food.
FOUNDING PRINCIPAL, CREÄ AFFILIATES
As a sustainable development advocate for over two decades, Anindita Mitra has worked on a number of strategies that have advanced access to healthy food and local food production, particularly in food deserts. Ms. Mitra works at the intersection of land use, local government regulations, equitable access to healthy food, food waste reduction, and “farm-to-fork” strategies. She also assists regional efforts to further equitable food policies, such as the feasibility study of Washington State’s Healthy Food Access Policy. Ms. Mitra is the founder of CREÄ Affiliates, a company that advances sustainable community development through strategic plans, policies, regulations, and design.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, FUTURE FOOD AMERICAS
Chiara is the Executive Director of Future Food Americas, representing Future Food Institute and Future Food Network globally, managing the expansion in North and South Americas, and leading international corporate innovation programs. Chiara is part of the Expert Network at the World Economic Forum, she is a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Future, Researcher and Alumna at Barilla Center Food Nutrition Foundation, as well as part of the Expert Team at Unleash, a global innovation lab fully dedicated to youth and SDGs.