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Alumni-Faculty Forum: The Future of Food: Sustainable Agriculture in the Technology Age

May 20 @ 8:45 am - 10:00 am

AFF - Future of Food

McCosh Hall, Room 10

Sponsored by the Alumni Association of Princeton University


Moderator

Ijeoma D. Nwagwu
Assistant Director, Academic Engagement and Campus-as-Lab Initiatives, Office of Sustainability, Princeton University

Panelists

Amy McCann ’97
CEO, Local Food Marketplace

Brandon J. Hall ’02
Managing Director, BlackRock

Christina Badaracco ’12
Healthcare Consultant and Dietitian, Avalere Health

Yossi Quint ’17
Founder & CEO, Ark Biotech


Moderator

Ijeoma D. NwagwuIjeoma Nwagwu
Assistant Director, Academic Engagement and Campus-as-Lab Initiatives, Office of Sustainability, Princeton University

Dr. Ijeoma Nwagwu works as assistant director at the Princeton University Office of Sustainability, where she facilitates academic engagement and Campus-as-Lab (CAL) initiatives. In this role, Nwagwu drives a portfolio of projects at the nexus of education, research and operations with the objective of advancing hands-on-learning, collaborative research and applied sustainability on Princeton’s campus. Nwagwu has master’s and doctoral degrees from Harvard Law School and taught at St. Mary’s University College in London. She later consulted for the World Bank, the Ford Foundation and other international organizations. Before joining Princeton, Nwagwu served on the faculty at Lagos Business School in Nigeria, where she also played a key role in advancing cross-sectoral engagement — across the academic, business and public sectors — to implement initiatives targeting access to education, food, economic security and environmental equity.

Panelists

Amy McCannAmy McCann ’97
CEO, Local Food Marketplace

Amy McCann co-founded Local Food Marketplace (LFM) in 2009 to help level the playing field for local, sustainable food. Local Food Marketplace is the perfect blend of her two passions – local food and technology. Her leadership has established LFM as the leading online platform for local food sales, providing solutions for more than 350 local food distributors and 12,000 farms across the U.S. and Canada. Prior to founding LFM, McCann was the COO of a niche ERP technology company, leading record sales growth for over five years, a full re-engineering project, and, ultimately, a successful exit for the founders. She has served on several non-profit boards that support the local food system and was named a 20 Under 40 Rising Business Star by her peers in 2012. She holds an MBA in entrepreneurship and sustainable business practices from the University of Oregon, and she lives (and gardens) in Eugene, Oregon, with her husband, Matt, and two children, Cameron and Elliott.

Brandon J. HallBrandon J. Hall ’02
Managing Director, BlackRock

Brandon Hall is global co-head of BlackRock’s Financial Markets Advisory (FMA) group, which delivers a range of advisory services, including capital markets, sustainability, and data and analytics solutions to corporate and public-sector clients across the world. Specifically in sustainability, FMA is engaged to advise clients on meeting their net-zero aspirations, including assessing the various climate, physical and transition risks associated with customer relationships and business strategy decisions. Hall holds master’s degrees in international affairs and education from Columbia University. He and his family reside in Brooklyn, New York.

Christina BadaraccoChristina Badaracco ’12
Healthcare Consultant at Avalere Health and Dietitian

Christina Badaracco, MPH, RD, LDN, works as a healthcare consultant at Avalere Health, where her focus is on healthcare transformation and elevating the role of nutrition in healthcare. She is also passionate about improving access to healthy and sustainable food for all Americans and educating them about the connections between food and health. Badaracco has conducted research for The Lexicon and the Teaching Kitchen Collaborative, clinical nutrition education at the National Institutes of Health, menu planning and nutrition education at the Oakland Unified School District and communications at the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water. She has also enjoyed contributing to children’s gardens, farmers markets and a number of organic farms. She writes and teaches about nutrition, cooking and sustainable agriculture — including a book about the Farm Bill in 2019 and four cookbooks with the Transamerica Center for Health Studies, as well as co-developing a culinary medicine elective at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. Badaracco completed her dietetic internship at Massachusetts General Hospital. She earned her master of public health degree from the University of California, Berkeley; and her bachelor’s degree in ecology and evolutionary biology, with certificates in environmental studies, sustainable energy, and Italian language and culture from Princeton.

Yossi QuintYossi Quint ’17
Founder and CEO, Ark Biotech

Yossi Quint is the founder and CEO of Ark Biotech, which is focused on removing the main bottleneck to scale cultivated meat: bioproduction capacity. Ark is developing scalable bioreactor systems (hardware and software) so that cultivated meat can compete with the trillion-dollar animal protein market. Prior to Ark, Quint worked at McKinsey, where he specialized in alternative protein, including co-authoring McKinsey’s report on cultivated meat. Quint began his career at Two Sigma as a quantitative researcher.

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McCosh 10
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