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Speaker Biographies


Anne Barnhill, PhD

Anne Barnhill, PhD, is a Research Scholar at the Berman Institute of Bioethics. Dr. Barnhill is a philosopher and bioethicist who works on food ethics, food policy, and public health ethics.  Her current research focuses on the ethics of non-rational persuasion and manipulation in public health.    
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Martin Bloem, PhD, MD

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Martin Bloem joined the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future as Director in December 2017, relocating to Baltimore from Rome, Italy, where he spent 12 years as a senior nutrition adviser at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and as the WFP’s Global Coordinator for UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS. He is no stranger to Baltimore, having also served during the same 12 years as adjunct associate professor at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Bloem has more than three decades of experience in nutrition research and policy. He was the senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Helen Keller International prior to his appointment at the WFP.
Dr. Bloem has devoted his career to improving the effectiveness of public health and nutrition programs through applied research. He has participated in task forces lead by many organizations, including the UN Standing Committee on Nutrition (SCN), the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Dr. Bloem holds a medical degree from the University of Utrecht and a Doctorate from the University of Maastricht.
    
    


Jonathan Bloom

   
Jonathan Bloom is a journalist, consultant and thought leader on the topic of food waste. Jonathan wrote the book American Wasteland and created the web site Wasted Food. He has spoken on food waste from North Carolina to New Zealand and has consulted with the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, Harvard Law School, Natural Resources Defense Council and General Mills. Jonathan is an Advisory Board member for Food Tank, ReFED and Imperfect Produce. In 2014, he was an Expert-in-Residence at Bucknell University and reprised that role at Concordia College in 2017. A Boston native, Jonathan now lives in Durham, NC, with his wife, two sons and many, many containers for leftovers.
    
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Nicole Civita, JD


Nicole Civita is the Sustainable Food Systems Specialization Lead on the faculty of the Masters of the Environment Graduate Program at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her approach to the study of food is grounded in systems thinking and stewardship, attentive to relationships of care and reciprocity, and framed by comprehensive law and policy knowledge. Nicole current scholarship and advocacy identifies the ethical values and explores the dilemmas across the food chain, with particular attention to the well-being of workers and producers. Through this work, she aims to produce ethical guidance, actionable policy recommendations, and transparency-enhancing tools that enable nourishing, informed, and values-aligned choices about food. Nicole is also nationally recognized for her work on food waste and conservation policy and resilient place-based food systems.

In addition to her work in the MENV program, Nicole also conducts applied food ethics research through the Global Food Ethics and Policy Program of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and teaches as an Affiliated Professor with the LL.M. Program in Agricultural and Food Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law. She has represented farmers and food entrepreneurs in private practice with Handel Food Law, LLC.


Nicole holds an LL.M. in Agricultural and Food Law from the University of Arkansas School of Law, a J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from the Georgetown University Law Center, and an A.B. in American Studies and Creative Writing from Columbia University.  


    

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Greg Douglas, PhD

Dr. Douglas is Vice President, Animal Care at Maple Leaf. In this role, Dr. Douglas is responsible for providing animal care leadership across Maple Leaf, working closely with the Company’s pork and poultry operations and stakeholder groups to develop and support a company-wide animal welfare strategy, disciplines and policies.
 
Dr. Douglas joined Maple Leaf after serving more than 10 years in the public service, including with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, as Chief Veterinary Officer for the Province of Saskatchewan and most recently, Chief Veterinarian for the Province of Ontario.
 
As the former Chief Veterinarian for Ontario, Dr. Douglas was responsible for leading the management of the Province’s animal health policy and program development and delivery. He also held the position of Chair of the Canadian Council of Chief Veterinary Officers (CCVO) and led the development of animal welfare guiding principles for the CCVO. 

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Adele Douglass

Adele Douglass, CEO, founded Humane Farm Animal Care in 2003, and she now directs all of HFAC’s programs and activities. She has served as an invited participant on numerous industry animal welfare committees and has received recognition from the ASPCA, Civic Ventures, Ashoka, and the RSPCA. Prior to her position with Humane Farm Animal Care, Douglass initiated the Free Farmed Program for Farm Animal Services and served as director of the American Humane Association’s Washington, D.C. office.
    

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Kevin Esvelt, PhD

Kevin Esvelt is director of the MIT Media Lab Sculpting Evolution group, which invents new ways to study and influence the evolution of ecosystems. By carefully developing and testing these methods with openness and humility, the group seeks to address difficult ecological problems for the benefit of humanity and the natural world.
 
Prior to joining the MIT Media Lab, Esvelt wove many different areas of science into novel approaches to ecological engineering. He invented phage-assisted continuous evolution (PACE), a synthetic microbial ecosystem for rapidly evolving biomolecules, in the laboratory of David R. Liu at Harvard University. At the Wyss Institute, he worked with George Church to develop the CRISPR system for genome engineering and regulation, and he began exploring the use of bacteriophages and conjugation to engineer microbial ecosystems.
 
Esvelt is credited as the first to describe how CRISPR gene drives could be used to alter the traits of wild populations in an evolutionarily stable manner. And recently, he and his Sculpting Evolution group devised a new form of technology, called ‘daisy drives’, which would let communities aiming to prevent disease alter wild organisms in local ecosystems.
 
By emphasizing universal safeguards and early transparency, he has worked to ensure that community discussions always precede and guide the development of technologies that will impact the shared environment.

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Ruth Faden, PhD, MPH

Dr. Faden is the founder of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. In her 20 years leading the Berman Institute, she transformed what was an informal faculty interest group of into one of the leading and largest bioethics programs in the world. A prolific scholar, Dr. Faden is the author and editor of numerous books and articles on biomedical ethics and public policy. Her current research focuses on structural justice theory and on ethical challenges in food and agriculture, health systems design, pandemic preparedness, and advances in biomedical science, often with a particular focus on the interests of women. Dr. Faden has served on numerous national and international bodies, is the recipient of lifetime achievement awards and other professional honors, and is a frequent contributor to national and global policy debates.
    

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Jessica Fanzo, PhD

Dr. Fanzo serves as the Senior Nutrition and Food Systems Officer in the Nutrition and Food Systems Division of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. While at the UN, Jessica is taking a two-year leave of absence from her Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professorship of Global Food and Agriculture Policy and Ethics at the Berman Institute of Bioethics, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University. She also serves as the Director of the Global Food Ethics and Policy Program at Hopkins. She is the Co-Chair of the Global Nutrition Report and was the team leader for the UN High-Level Panel of Experts report on Food Systems and Nutrition.  Before joining Johns Hopkins, Jessica was an Assistant Professor of Nutrition at Columbia University. Jessica has also held positions in the UN World Food Programme, Bioversity International, the Earth Institute, and the Millennium Development Goal Centre at the World Agroforestry Center in Kenya. Her area of expertise is on the linkages between agriculture, nutrition, and the environment in the context of sustainable and equitable diets and livelihoods. Jessica has a PhD in nutrition from the University of Arizona.
    
    
    

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Evan Fraser, PhD

Evan Fraser completed his  PhD and post-doc at the University of British Columbia and worked at the University of Leeds in the UK between 2003 and 2010.  He is currently the director of the Arrell Food Institute, a Professor of Geography and holds the Tier I Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security at the University of Guelph.  He is also a fellow of Trudeau Foundation, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and an elected member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars.  ​

His work is on challenges to food security over the next two generations, during which time population growth and climate change threaten to make food harder to produce and more expensive to buy.  He has worked extensively with climate modelers, economists, ecologists, anthropologists, and journalists to explore possible solutions to this global challenge.  

During his career, he has played a leadership role in securing over $100M in funding for topics related to food, agriculture, technology and sustainability including being the scientific lead in the University of Guelph’s “Food from Thought” initiative, a $76.6M grant from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund. 

In addition to over 90 academic articles and book chapters, he has written two popular books on food and sustainable agriculture and has had articles published by CNN.com, theguardian.com, ForeignAffairs.com, The Ottawa Citizen and the Walrus.  His web video series on “feeding nine billion” has been watched over 425,000 times, he has self-published a graphic novel called #FoodCrisis about a fictitious food crisis that hits North America in the 2020s.

Dr. Fraser has also created a card game about global food security. The videos, the graphic novel, and the card game have been pulled together in a series of teacher-friendly high school lesson plans that are used in classrooms around the world.  
    

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Maisie Ganzler

Maisie Ganzler is Chief Strategy & Brand Officer at Bon Appétit Management Company, an on-site restaurant company offering full food-service management to corporations, universities, museums, and specialty venues. Based in Palo Alto, CA, the company operates more than 1,000 cafés in 34 states for dozens of marquee clients. Maisie has been instrumental in shaping the company’s strategic direction: she helped develop Farm to Fork, as well as several other sustainable initiatives and purchasing policies. She is also co-founder and president of the Bon Appétit Management Company Foundation, whose mission is to educate people about how their food choices affect the global environment and local economies.
    

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Alan Goldberg, PhD

Dr. Goldberg is a professor of Toxicology, the Founding Director (1981- 2009) of the Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing, and a Principal of the Berman Institute Global Food Ethics Policy Program. In 2007 he was appointed to the Pew Commission on the Impact of Industrial Farm Animal Production. This was the stimulus for his interest in Ethical Food Issues.
 
Dr. Goldberg has served in several Administrative positions at Johns Hopkins. He was The Associate Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Director of the Division of Toxicology, and an Associate Dean (15 years) at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. As a Dean, he was responsible for Research with specific responsibility for technology transfer, conflicts of interest, and working with the private Sector.
 
Starting in 2007, Dr. Goldberg served as a Pew Commissioner on the study of the Impact of Industrial (US) Farm Animal Production, on issues of public health, environment, animal welfare and social justice. While on the commission, Dr. Goldberg studied with the Talmudic Scholar Rabbi Avram Reisner to learn the Jewish laws dealing with food animal production.
 
Dr. Goldberg's research activities have focused on in vitro toxicology (humane science in risk assessment) and on ethical issues related to food.  He has been recognized by the Society of Toxicology (SOT) with the Enhancement of Animal Welfare, as an Ambassador of the SOT, and by the HSUS with the first Russell and Burch Award.
    

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Chris Good, PhD

Christopher Good is the Director of Aquatic Veterinary Research at The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute (Shepherdstown, WV, USA). Chris is a native of Ontario, Canada and earned his DVM and PhD from the Ontario Veterinary College. His research has focused on improving the sustainability of the aquaculture industry through enhanced health and welfare of farmed fish, with emphasis on growing Atlantic salmon to market size in land-based, closed containment facilities. Chris is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and a Certified Aquatic Veterinarian with the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association. He is involved in peer-reviewed and industry publications, lectures at conferences and workshops, and frequent interaction with government, industry, and private non-profit stakeholders.
    
    
    

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Jamie Jonker

In his current role as Vice President, Sustainability & Scientific Affairs at the National Milk Producers Federation, Jamie has general responsibilities in sustainability and scientific affairs, including animal health and welfare, animal biotechnology, dairy farm bio-security, dairy farm air and water quality, dairy farm sustainability, and technical service issues. 

He is also involved in coordinating relations with the Federation’s Animal Health & Wellbeing Committee and Environmental Issues Committee. Dr. Jonker is active representing the Federation on numerous national and international committees, including the U.S. Animal Health Association (USAHA), the International Dairy Federation (IDF), the World Animal Health Organization (OIE), Codex Alimentarius (Codex), the Sustainability Council of the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, and the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD).  He serves on the U.S. Animal Health Association Board of Directors. He serves as Chair of the IDF Standing Committee on Farm Management, Past-Chair of the IDF Expert Group on Animal Feeding, and is additionally a member of the IDF Standing Committees on Animal Health and Welfare, Residues & Chemical Contaminants, Environment and Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance. 

Dr. Jonker has also served on the IDF Delegations to the Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs, the Codex Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Animal Feeding, and the Codex Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance. Jamie received his B.S. degree and M.S. degree from Cornell University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. 

Prior to joining NMPF, his career included 6 years of experience in agricultural policy including service at the National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture.
    

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Gillian Kelleher

Gillian Kelleher is Vice President of Food Safety and Quality Assurance for Wegmans Food Markets, a major US regional supermarket chain and one of Fortune’s “Top 100 Companies to Work For” in America. Gillian started with Wegmans in 1997 and her scope of responsibility includes all aspects of food safety and quality for stores, self-manufacturing, distribution and Wegmans’ private label program.

Prior to joining Wegmans, Gillian worked with Grand Metropolitan Foods Europe in the food manufacturing, retail and food service sectors including positions with Express Foods, Häagen Dazs and Burger King.

Gillian earned her B.S degree in Dairy and Food Science from University College Cork, Ireland. She is a member of several professional organizations including the Institute of Food Technologists, the International Association of Food Protection and the American Society for Quality.

Gillian is a long- standing member of the Food Marketing Institute’s Food Protection Committee and Harvard’s Private & Public, Scientific, Academic & Consumer Food Policy Group (PAPSAC). Gillian is a member of the Board of Directors of the American National Standards Institute and a member of the Board of Directors for Stop Foodborne Illness. Gillian is the current Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Global Food Safety Initiative.
    

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Frederick Kirschenmann, PhD

A longtime national leader in sustainable agriculture, Dr. Frederick Kirschenmann is a distinguished fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University, where he also teaches in the Department of Religion and Philosophy. Additionally, he oversees the management of his family’s 1,800-acre farm in North Dakota, which was converted into a certified organic operation in 1976. Dr. Kirschenmann remains a distinguished proponent of the push for sustainable methods of agriculture and received the James F. Beard Foundation Leadership award in 2011.
    
    

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Jennifer Kuzma, PhD

Dr. Kuzma is the Goodnight-NCGSK Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs, and co-director of the Genetic Engineering and Society Center, at NC State University.
   
Prior to her current position, Professor Kuzma was associate professor of science and technology policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota (2003-2013); study director at the National Academies (1999-2003); and an AAAS Risk Policy Fellow at the USDA (1997-1999). She has over 100 scholarly publications on emerging technologies, risk analysis, regulatory policy, and governance and has been studying these areas for over 25 years.  Kuzma currently serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on Technology, Values, and Policy and has held several other leadership positions, including a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences Committee on Preparing for Future Biotechnology, Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) Council Member and Secretary, Chair of the Gordon Conference on Science & Technology Policy, Member of the US FDA Blood Products Advisory Committee, and a Member of the UN WHO-FAO Expert Group for Nanotechnologies in Food and Agriculture. In 2014, she received the SRA Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer Award for recognition of her contributions to the field of risk analysis and in 2017-2018 she was awarded the Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Science Policy.  She is interviewed frequently in the media for her expertise in technology policy, including the New York Times, Science, Nature, NPR, Washington Post, Scientific American, PBS Nova, Wired, and ABC & NBC News.
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Robert Martin

Bob Martin has been the Program Director of CLF’s Food System Policy Program since 2011. Previously, Bob worked for the Pew Charitable Trusts, where he served as a senior officer at the Pew Environment Group following the dissemination of his work as Executive Director of the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production.
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Anne E. McBride, PhD

Dr. McBride is the newly appointed deputy director of the Barcelona-based Torribera Mediterranean Center, a joint initiative of the University of Barcelona and The Culinary Institute of America’s (CIA) recently launched to advance research and education around Mediterranean food, health, and culinary innovation.  She also serves as program director for the annual Worlds of Flavor® International Conference & Festival and the Global Plant-Forward Culinary Summit (2019) at the CIA. She holds a doctorate degree in food studies from New York University, and focuses her research on the changing role of the chef in the 21st century.

Dr. McBride has co-authored seven books and regularly writes on topics related to professional and experimental cooking for both academic and consumer audiences, including past contributions to Plate, New Worlder, Bake from Scratch, Roads & Kingdoms, Food Arts, Gastronomica, The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets, Savoring Gotham, the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America, and Food Cultures of the World.

She is the director of the Experimental Cuisine Collective at NYU, an interdisciplinary group of more than 2500 scientists, chefs, media, scholars, and food enthusiasts. She also teaches in the food studies departments of NYU and the New School. A native of Switzerland, Anne is the chair of the James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards, and a past board member of the Association for the Study of Food and Society, New York Women’s Culinary Alliance, and Culinary Trust. She is a frequent presenter and moderator at academic and professional conferences around the world. Find her on Instagram at @aemcbride and online at annemcbride.net.  

    
    

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Marion Nestle, PhD

Marion Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, emerita, at New York University.   Her research examines scientific and socioeconomic influences on food choice, obesity, and food safety, emphasizing the role of food marketing.  She writes books about food politics, an (almost) daily blog at www.foodpolitics.com, and tweets @marionnestle.
    
    

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Peter O'Driscoll

Peter O’Driscoll is Executive Director of Equitable Food Initiative (EFI), a non-profit skill-building and certification organization that improves working conditions, pest management and food safety in the fresh produce industry. EFI works with major buyers, suppliers, workers and consumer groups to provide greater assurance regarding supply chain conditions, while generating measurable value for all stakeholders.

Before helping to launch EFI in 2011, O’Driscoll served as Executive Director of ActionAid USA, an international development organization that works to address hunger, poverty and human rights around the world. He was Director of the Private Sector in Development Project at the Center of Concern, leading research and advocacy on hunger, sustainability and market access in developing country agriculture. O’Driscoll was also Latin America Director for Ashoka, an organization promoting social entrepreneurship, and worked for seven years on refugee resettlement and rural development in El Salvador, ultimately as director of the Jesuit Refugee Service in that country.

O'Driscoll graduated from Harvard College in 1984, and holds a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He lives outside Washington DC with his wife and two daughters.
    
    

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Lance Price, PhD 
    


Lance Price is a Professor at the George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health and the Founding Director of GW’s Antibiotic Resistance Action Center. Dr. Price works at the interface between science and policy to address the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance. He began characterizing the public health risks associated with using antibiotics in food-animal production as Center for a Livable Future Pre-doctoral Fellow (first cohort) in the early 2000s and continues this work today. His research, retracing the evolution and epidemiology of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, has been published in top peer-reviewed journals and covered in media outlets around the world.
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Bernard Rollin, PhD

Bernard Rollin is a distinguished professor of philosophy, animal sciences, and biomedical sciences at Colorado State University. He is a leading scholar in animal rights and animal consciousness. Dr. Rollin has authored numerous influential books in the field, including Animal Rights and Human Morality (1981), The Unheeded Cry: Animal Consciousness, Animal Pain and Scientific Change (1988), Farm Animal Welfare (1995), and Science and Ethics (2006).
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Susan Schneider, JD

Professor Susan Schneider is the William H. Enfield Professor of Law and serves as the Director of the LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law.  She has taught food and agricultural law courses for over twenty years.  Prior to teaching, she worked in private practice with firms in Minnesota and Washington, D.C.
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Professor Schneider is the author of the agricultural law casebook, FOOD, FARMING & SUSTAINABILITY: READINGS IN AGRICULTURAL LAW and numerous articles on agricultural and food law topics. She is a frequent speaker at agricultural and food law conferences.
 
Professor Schneider is a past president of the American Agricultural Law Association and a recipient of its “Distinguished Service Award.” She received the association’s scholarship award for her article, A Reconsideration of Agricultural Law: A Call for the Law of Food, Farming, & Sustainability.”
 
Professor Schneider and her family own a third-generation family farm in Minnesota. She graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from the College of St. Catherine (Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Gamma Mu) in St. Paul, Minnesota, earned her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Minnesota School of Law and her LL.M. in Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas School of Law.
    
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Ellen Silbergeld, PhD

Ellen Silbergeld received a PhD in environmental engineering and holds academic appointments at Johns Hopkins as a professor in environmental health and engineering, epidemiology, and health policy and management.  She has conducted research on food animal production in many countries, focusing on health and environmental impacts, including food safety, community resilience, and occupational health.  She served as an expert consultant to the WHO Program on foodborne pathogens and is the author of Chickenizing Farms and Food, a book investigating the origins of intensive food production and its global influence. She is also a MacArthur Fellow.
    
    

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Paul Thompson, PhD

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Paul B. Thompson holds the W.K. Kellogg Chair in Agricultural Food, and Community Ethics at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. He has formerly held positions in philosophy at Texas A&M University and Purdue University. His research has centered on ethical and philosophical questions associated with agriculture and food, and especially concerning the guidance and development of agricultural techno-science.
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Michiel van Dijk, PhD

Dr. van Dijk is a Research Scholar with the  ​International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and Senior Researcher, Wageningen Economic Research. He is a development economist with interest in the analysis and assessment of technology, food security, and agricultural policies in developing countries and emerging economies using integrated assessment models, econometrics and scenario analysis. 
    
    

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Kees van Leeuwen, PhD

Kees van Leeuwen is Principal Scientist at KWR Watercycle Research Institute (Nieuwegein) and professor in Water Management and Urban Development at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development (Department of Innovation, Environmental and Energy Sciences) at the Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University. He has published about 200 reports and publications and 2 editions of a book on risk assessment of chemicals. His research focus is sustainability of water in cities.
    
    

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Paul Willis

Paul Willis is a 5th generation hog farmer who owned and operated the Willis Free Range Pig Farm in Thornton, IA for over 41 years. Today he works hard to increase opportunities for family farmers across the country while representing the Niman Ranch network.

Paul’s involvement in sustainable agriculture began with his work in the Nigerian Ministry of Agriculture in the Peace Corps in 1967 where he started 250 Young Farmer Clubs that grew over 10,000 members during his tenure. He returned home to start his own farm. When he met Bill Niman 25 years later, the two discovered a shared dedication for raising the highest quality product that was both sustainable and humane. Their partnership led to the establishment of the Niman Ranch Pork Company in 1998, which has since grown into a network of over 720 independent family farmers and ranchers in 28 states.
Paul had the first hog farm in the country to be certified through an animal welfare organization (the Animal Welfare Institute) and traveled throughout Europe speaking about the importance of humane animal care from a farmer’s perspective.


Paul has also advocated for the elimination of antibiotics in food animals through lobby efforts and working with other like-minded organizations. Besides pioneering the sustainable pork industry, Paul is a celebrated environmentalist and animal welfare advocate who co-founded Food Democracy Now and currently serves on the board for Global Animal Partnership and as an advisor for Glynwood.​

    
    

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Sylvia Wulf 

Sylvia Wulf has a reputation as a proven leader and accomplished executive with over 25 years of P&L experience driving both growth and improved performance.  Her diverse career encompasses executive level positions in General Management, Sales, Marketing and M&A in the Consumer Packaged Goods, Distribution, Agribusiness and Ingredient Technology industries. Her success in growing revenue and market share coupled with her strengths in strategy development, mergers & acquisitions, environmental & social governance and operations positively impacted respected brands such as US Foods, Tyson, Sara Lee, and Bunge. Sylvia was named one of the most powerful women in Illinois by the National Diversity Council in 2016.
 
During her career, Sylvia has led development and execution of customer-centric strategies that created innovation and differentiation of the businesses she managed.  In her current role, she developed a source to sale strategic approach that not only improved profitability but drove growth in market share at 3X the industry average.  Sylvia is currently the President of the Manufacturing Division and SVP of Merchandising for US Foods, a $23 billion broad line foodservice distributor. She is responsible for the P&L of the $10 billion protein and produce categories and the $1 billion Manufacturing Division of U.S. Foods Meat, Seafood and Produce operations.
 
One of Sylvia’s greatest passions is environmental and social governance.  She is a co-author of the Corporate Social Responsibility plan for US Foods and oversees its impact on responsible sourcing for the categories under her management.  This effort led to partnerships in urban agriculture and new and innovative approaches to aquaculture.  She currently serves on the executive committee of the National Fisheries Institute (NFI) Board a non-profit organization dedicated to policy making and education on seafood safety, sustainability, and nutrition. She also serves on the Sustainability Advisory Board of 2Blades, established in 2004 by Lord David Sainsbury to implement practical uses of important innovations in plant science that address the rising incidence of crop disease. 
    
    

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