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Featured Speakers

Speakers and Moderators


Charles Benbrook, Chief Scientist, The Organic Center


Tracy Blackmer, Director of Research, Iowa Soybean Association

Sharon Bomer, Vice President for Food and Agriculture, Biotechnology Industry Organization

Howarth Bouis, Program Director, HarvestPlus, International Food Policy Research Institute

David Castle, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Ottawa

Maarten Chrispeels, Division of Biological Sciences, University of California, San Diego

Gidon Eshel, Bard Center Fellow, Division of Science, Mathematics and Computing, Simon’s Rock College of Bard University

Jonathan Foley, Professor, McKnight Presidential Chair in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior. Director, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota.

William Freese, Center for Food Safety, Washington, DC

Gary Hirshberg, Chairman, President and CEO, Stonyfield Farm, Inc.

P.K. Joshi, Associate Director, TERI University, New Delhi, India

Rattan Lal, Professor of Natural Sciences, Ohio State University

Eric Lambin, Department of Geography, University of Louvain

Timothy LaSalle, CEO, The Rodale Institute

Autar Mattoo, Sustainable Agricultural Systems Laboratory, USDA, ARS

Jerry Melillo, Director, Senior Scientist, The Ecosystems Center, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Mass.

Sophie Meunier, Associate Research Scholar, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University


Henry Miller, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution

Xenia Morin, Lecturer in Princeton Writing Program and the Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton University


Michael Obersteiner, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria

Cheryl Palm, Senior Research Scientist and Scientific Director, Tropical Agriculture and the Rural Environment Program. The Earth Institute, Columbia University.

Wayne Parrott, Department of Crop & Soil Sciences, University of Georgia

Jan-Erik Petersen, Project Manager, Agriculture and Environment European Environment Agency, Copenhagen, Denmark

Prabhu Pingali, Deputy Director, Agricultural Development, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation


Carl Pray, Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Debbie Reed, Director, DRD Associates

Eric Sachs, Director of Scientific Affairs, Monsanto Corporation

Suman Sahai, Gene Campaign, Sainik Farms, India

Pedro Sanchez, Director, Tropical Agriculture and the Rural Environment Program, The Earth Institute, Columbia University

Tim Searchinger, Associate Research Scholar, Princeton Environmental Institute, Woodrow Wilson School, and the Program in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy. Lecturer in Public and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School and the Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton University.

Shanthu Shantharam, Visiting Research Scholar, Woodrow Wilson School and the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy . Visiting Lecturer in Public and International Affairs, Princeton University.


Howard-Yana Shapiro, Director of Plant Science and External Research, Mars Incorporated


Lee Silver, Professor of Molecular Biology and Public Affairs; Faculty Associate, Science, Technology & Environmental Policy Program, Office of Population Research, and the Center for Health and Wellbeing,
Princeton University.


Melinda Smale, Researcher, Agriculture and Trade.

Henning Steinfeld, Chief, AGAL, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


G. David Tilman, Regents’ Professor, McKnight Presidential Chair in Ecology, Director of Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota