Past AgTech NEXT Speakers
Our speaker lineup was selected for their track record of innovative thinking and impactful decision making. We strived to create a holistic agenda that balanced perspectives from thought leaders, farmers, small businesses, tech entrepreneurs, and investors.
Pooja Bhatnagar-Mathur, Ph.D.
Principal Scientist & Precision Genetics Lead, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)
Head of Media & Research, AgFunder
President, The Cardillo Group
Joe Cornelius, Ph.D.
CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Agricultural Innovations
Geospatial Entrepreneur & President, Spatial STL Advisors
President & CEO, CoverCress,
Chief of Staff, Benson Hill
Rose Suniso Maxwell Gidado, Ph.D.
Deputy Director, Agricultural Biotechnology Department at NABDA under the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Abuja
Phillip J. Haynie III
Owner; President, Haynie Farms; National Black Growers Council
Chavonda Jacobs-Young, Ph.D.
Administrator of the Agricultural Research Service; Acting Undersecretary, Research, Education, and Economics; Acting Chief Scientist, United States Department of Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture
Donald MacKenzie, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Institute for International Crop Improvement, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Managing Director, Cavallo Ventures
CEO, The Nature Conservancy
Vice President , Lew & Clark AgriFood
Founder & CEO, Bountiful
Joseph Opoku Gakpo
Journalist, Joy FM and Joy News TV, Ghana
Catherine Taracha, Ph.D.
Head, Crop Biotechnology, Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization
Jeremy Williams, Ph.D.
Head of The Climate Corporation and Digital Farming, Bayer Crop Science
President, Agri-Pulse Communications