Featured 2019 Speakers

Florian Schattenmann Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, Innovation and Research & Development

Florian Schattenmann is Cargill’s Chief Technology Officer and Vice President for Innovation and Research & Development (R&D). He oversees a global team that is driven by the vision of relentlessly creating value for Cargill and its customers via research, application and product development, and technical service support across agriculture, food, animal feed and bio-industrial. Prior…

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Mitra M. Best PwC’s Lead Principal for Strategic Innovation and Technology

Mitra M. Best is an entrepreneur, technologist, and innovation leader. As PwC’s Lead Principal for Strategic Innovation and Technology, Mitra is responsible for ideation, incubation and development of new technology platforms and business models that solve critical challenges faced by organizations, the ecosystem of stakeholders, and the workforce. Mitra’s commitment to fueling innovation through diversity…

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Krysta Harden Executive Vice President of Global Environmental Strategy Dairy Management Inc.

Krysta Harden serves as Executive Vice President of Global Environmental Strategy for Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), which manages the national dairy checkoff on behalf of nearly 40,000 U.S. dairy farmers. Leveraging a strong background within agriculture, sustainability and food policy, Harden plays a key leadership role in defining the vision, strategy and plan forward for…

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Polly Ruhland Chief Executive Officer United Soybean Board

As the Chief Executive Officer of United Soybean Board, Polly Ruhland (@pollypencilplow) works on behalf of U.S. farmer investors to advance agriculture’s sustainability through research, education and promotion programs. Prior to joining USB, Ruhland served as Chief Executive Officer at the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board. She served as a senior vice president at…

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Saswati Bora Head of Food Systems Innovation, World Economic Forum

Saswati is the Head of Food Systems Innovation at the World Economic Forum (WEF) where she heads WEF’s global initiative on leveraging technology and innovations to address food systems challenges as well as the agriculture work in India. As part of this work, she is responsible for content development, partnership facilitation and program development on…

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Erin Fitzgerald U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance Chief Executive Officer

Erin Fitzgerald (@fitzisit) serves as CEO of the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance® (USFRA®), a farmer and rancher led organization committed to encouraging stakeholder and consumer dialogue about how food is grown and raised. She leads the organization’s strategic direction of the organization. Fitzgerald’s thought leadership in the sustainability space convenes food and agriculture stakeholders…

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Tom Vilsack CEO and President of the U.S. Dairy Export Council; former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture; CSU Strategic Adviser of Food & Water Initiatives at the National Western Center

As president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC), Tom Vilsack provides strategic leadership and oversight of USDEC’s global promotional and research activities, regulatory affairs and trade policy initiatives. This includes working with industry leaders to develop a long-term vision for growth and consumer trust in U.S. dairy. Vilsack joined USDEC in January…

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