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Jackie Joyner-Kersee

July 31, 2022

Named the “greatest female athlete of the 20th century” by Sports Illustrated magazine, Jackie Joyner-Kersee is a four-time Olympian with six medals, whose record for the heptathlon set in 1988 has never been surpassed. She is the founder of the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation which seeks to instill youth in East St. Louis (her hometown) with…

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Fernando Candia

July 29, 2022

In his more than 20 years at Bunge, Fernando has worked in various commercial roles in locations around the world.  He has served as the lead of the grain business in North America, managed Bunge’s Southern and Western Europe regions and oversees the wheat milling business in Mexico. He took on the responsibility of leading…

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Dessa Kopp

July 29, 2022

Dessa Kopp serves as the Vice President of Talent Management at Post Holdings, Inc., where she leads the organization’s strategic initiatives in the talent area. Her team is responsible for Post’s talent acquisition, onboarding, organizational development, succession planning, leadership development, training, and HR compliance. She serves as a key liaison and advisor to Post’s business…

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Lisa Safarian

July 29, 2022

Lisa Nunez Safarian leads commercial, manufacturing, and product development at Pivot Bio. Dedicating her career to advancing agriculture and helping farmers achieve better outcomes, Lisa oversees the day-to-day operations to ensure we are meeting the nitrogen needs of our customers. Prior to joining Pivot Bio, Lisa held several leadership positions at Bayer and Monsanto. Most…

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Sanjay Wagle

July 28, 2022

Sanjay Wagle is co-founder and Managing Director of The Lightsmith Group, a private equity firm investing in growth-stage technology companies, with a current focus on climate change adaptation and resilience. He has over 20 years of experience in investing, technology company management, and government focused on clean energy, water, food and agriculture, transportation, and climate…

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Cynthia Rosenzweig

Cynthia Rosenzweig, PhD

July 27, 2022

Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig is a Senior Research Scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the co-located Columbia University Earth Institute’s Center for Climate Systems Research. Dr. Rosenzweig’s specific area of expertise is climate change and food systems. At NASA GISS, she heads the Climate Impacts Group whose mission is to investigate the…

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Nancy Pfund

July 27, 2022

As a pioneer and leading player in impact investing, DBL has helped to reveal the power of venture capital to promote social change and environmental improvement. Nancy writes and speaks frequently on the field of impact investing. She sponsors or sits on the board of directors of several companies, including: Farmer’s Business Network (FBN), The…

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Amy Funk

July 27, 2022

Amy Funk is the Director of the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition Innovation Center as of January this year. She has been working in the Greater East St. Louis area for over a decade. She previously provided leadership, project management, and policy guidance as part of the Illinois Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program- Education (SNAP-Ed)…

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Nicholas Brozovic

July 27, 2022

Nick is an economist with worldwide experience in water policy and management. He serves as the Director of Policy for the University of Nebraska’s Water for Food Global Institute and as a Professor of Agricultural Economics. His local, national, and multinational research evaluates policies and governance structures for agricultural water use and informs water managers…

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Shannon Hauf

July 25, 2022

Shannon Hauf is currently Senior Vice President and Head of Seed Production Innovation at Bayer Crop Science. Shannon and her team located in 22 countries around the World have responsibility to develop and deliver innovation solutions in the production of seeds. Shannon joined Monsanto in 2003 and held various roles of increasing responsibility within the…

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