Speaker

Speaker

Ms Christine Gould

Ms Christine Gould

Founder and CEO Thought For Food (TFF) Foundation
Christine Gould is the Founder & CEO of the Thought for Food (TFF) Foundation, the world's leading next-generation innovation and collaboration platform to feed the planet. She also serves as the "Head of Next Generation Innovation and Engagement" at Syngenta, a role she created to help the company engage with and learn from the new minds and methods shaping the future. Since 2013, the annual TFF Global Challenge has helped over 8000 students from 129 countries take their best food security solutions and develop them into viable startups through a program of intense mentorship and business development from some of the world’s top innovators and investors. The TFF program has created thousands of new ideas for food and nutrition security, and has led to the incorporation of more than 30 new student-founded startups which have attracted millions of dollars in additional investments. Christine's vision is to disrupt the standard development of food security solutions by incentivizing, rewarding and sharing tech and business model breakthroughs in emerging areas such as synthetic biology, cellular agriculture, controlled indoor growing, precision agriculture, logistics and appropriate solutions for smallholders. Her impact in helping multinationals incorporate and benefit from open innovation and cross-disciplinary collaboration has earned her a reputation as a corporate changemaker- and, in 2013, Christine was named as a founding member of the Ashoka League of Intraprenuers. She also serves on the Boards of Young Professionals in Ag Development (YPARD) and the Association for Vertical Farming (AVF). Christine holds an MPA with a concentration in Science and Technology Policy from Columbia University, and has worked in various leading organizations and on ag related projects in NYC, Washington, DC, Brussels, Port-au-Prince and Basel.
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