David Shaw

David was appointed ESG Director, International (everything outside of North America), at Kraft Heinz in September 2021 and serves as part of the Advisory Board for the UK Plastics Pact and part of the FoodTank CSO Group. David leads the Global Net Zero Transition Plan for Kraft Heinz and has represented Kraft Heinz in the […]

Chris Thoen (PhD)

Chris Thoen is an experienced R&D executive with over 35 years of extensive (B2C and B2B) technical and innovation leadership experience in AgTech (Plant Genetic Systems), Fast Moving Consumer Goods (Procter & Gamble), Flavor & Fragrances (Givaudan), Food & Beverage (Bühler) industries as well as in startup ecosystems. Holds a PhD in Biochemistry from the […]

Ellen de Brabander (PhD)

SVP R&D PepsiCo, Board Member of New York Academy of Science, former CEO EIT Food, former CTO DSM and CTO Merial What makes a startup exciting for big food corporations?  Two things: their breakthrough ideas and the passion with which they work. Big food corporations have a core business on which to focus much of […]

Rick Borenstein

Co-Founder and Chairman Sequoia Partners, Chairman Buddy Technologies Ltd. (BUD.AX), Board of Tastewise.io, Board of Center for Entrepreneurship, U of Michigan, Former President of Wells Fargo Investment Company. Red, white, or sparkling wine? Having owned three wineries in my life, I would consider myself quite an eclectic wine drinker. That being said, if I had […]

Miriam Ueberall

VP R&D International at The Kraft Heinz Company, formerly R&D at Unilever What do you look for in food tech entrepreneurs?In general, I am looking for the “spark”. Which is the idea and insight in an area of opportunity, paired with a solid thinking on how to bring this great idea to life and what […]

William (Bill) Aimutis (PhD)

Executive Director, NC Food Innovation Lab. Bill has led the NCFIL since it was a mere seedling of a facility in 2018. One of the most experienced food scientists in the US, he has held several research and operations leadership and management positions for companies such as Cargill, Inc., Land O’Lakes and Kerry Ingredients. An […]

Einav Gefen

Garnering the reputation as a national leader in foodservice and retail foods, Chef Einav Gefen joined Restaurant Associates in 2021 as Chef | Innovator supporting the company’s continued path of quality, innovation, growth, and purpose. Gefen comes over from Unilever, where she began as Corporate Head Chef in 2008 and moved to Corporate Executive Chef […]

Steven Tedesco

Steven is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment. He started his career in 1995 and served as Director, Deputy Head and Chief Investment Officer (2000-2009) at HSBC Global Asset Management (Malta) Limited where the assets under management exceeded EUR1 billion. He also engineered and designed various capital protected investment structures […]

Leehe Skuler

Leehe Skuler has been in impact and climate investing since 2009, working around the world with investors, philanthropists, and international agencies to develop and implement strategies that combine significant climate impact and financial return. She is the co-founder of the Global Impact Tech Alliance (GITA) which aims to connect and empower the global impact tech […]

Juliette Nille

Juliette Nille is an ESG Analyst at Edmond de Rothschild Private Equity, supporting investment teams in meeting daily ESG requirements and launching transversal ESG projects. As part of that role she oversees the rolling out of the Net Zero Asset Manager initiative for EDR’s PE activities. Juliette graduated from ESCP Business School, with a specialization in […]