The Summit Speakers

Paimun (PJ) Amini

Paimun is Senior Director, Venture Investments, Leaps by Bayer

Kevin Andrew

Kevin is Senior Vice President Operations, Illume

Jerry Baron

Jerry is the Executive Director, The IR-4 Project

Undersecretary Christine Birdsong

Christine is Undersecretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Bill Buckner

Bill is CEO & Director, Harpe Bio Herbicide

Don J Cameron

Don is the President of the California State Board of Food and Agriculture and is the Vice President and General Manager of Terranova Ranch

Carl Casale

In 2018, Carl helped launch Ospraie Ag Science, the venture arm of Ospraie Management. In this role, he leads successful venture campaigns for select companies that help farmers do more with less environmental impact.

Claire Delaunay

Claire is Chief Technical Officer, Farm-ng

Dennis Donohue

Dennis is Director of the Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology and co-convenor of the 2024 Salinas Biological Summit

Livia Esterhazy

Livia is Programme Director, A Lighter Touch (NZ)

Vonnie Estes

Vonnie is VP of Innovation, International Fresh Produce Association

Sherry Frey

Sherry is Vice President, Total Wellness – NielsenIQ, the global leader in consumer intelligence

Cristian Garcia de Paz

Cristian is Agricultural Relations Director for Latin America, Gowan Crop Protections Ltd

Miriam Hall

Miriam Hall is a Business Manager at Plant & Food Research, New Zealand. Miriam is also MC for Day 2 of the Summit.

Julie Henderson

Julie was appointed Director, California Department of Pesticide Regulation, on December 2, 2021

Chris Judd

Chris is Head of North America and VP Global Marketing, Certis Biologicals

Guy Kawasaki

Guy Kawasaki, tech titan, former Chief Evangelist at Apple, venture capitalist and best-selling author.

Elliott Kellner

Elliott is Director of Commercial Innovation, Donald Danforth Plant Center

Bob Kennedy

Bob is Chief Scientific Officer, Vestaron

François Lamoureux

François is President, CXC

Josette Lewis PhD

Josette is the Chief Scientific Officer, Almond Board of California

Pam Maronne PhD

Pam is Co-founder & Executive Chair, Invasive Species Foundation and Invasive Species Corporation

Rick Melnick

Rick Melnick, Partner and VP Global Business, DunhamTrimmer

Mike Mendelsohn

Mike Mendelsohn is chief of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Emerging Technologies Branch.

Undersecretary Jennifer Moffitt

Jennifer is the Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Richard Newcomb

Richard is the Chief Scientific Officer, Plant & Food Research (NZ).

Megan Nunes

Megan is the founder and CEO of Bountiful. Megan is also the 2024 Salinas Biological Summit's Day 1 MC.

Tom Nunes

Tom is President, Nunes Company

Adrian Percy

Adrian is the inaugural Executive Director of the N.C. Plant Sciences Initiative (N.C. PSI) at North Carolina State University.

Keith Pitts

Keith is Senior Vice-President, Sustainability and Regulatory Strategy, Bioceres Crop Solutions

Jonas Ptasinski

Jonas is a Senior Evaluator at the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA), Health Canada

Dave Puglia

Dave is the President and CEO of Western Growers

Joe Pezzini

Joe is Senior Director of Ag Operations, Taylor Farms

Dr. Angela Records

Angela is the Chief Scientific Officer, Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR)

Amy Roberts

Amy Roberts is Director of Regulatory Affairs, Lallemand Plant Care

Secretary Karen Ross

Karen was appointed Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture on January 9, 2019 by Governor Gavin Newsom

Alexey Rostapshov

Alexey is Head of JD Labs & Sustainability at John Deere.

Sumeeta Salvador

Sumeeta is a Senior Associate at SVG Ventures

Jon Spaits

Jon is Program Development & Innovation Manager, CSIRO - Catalyzing Australia's Biosecurity

Terry Stone

Terry is the Global Biologicals Regulatory Policy Leader, Corteva Agriscience

Dr. Louise Sutherland

Louise is the Director of UK-based, Ceres Agri-tech

Chris Taylor

Chris is a Partner at The Mixing Bowl

Dr Louise Thatcher

Louise is a Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO Agriculture and Food

Dr Hillary Thomas

Hillary is currently the Research and Technical Director, Naturipe Berry Growers,

Rob Trice

Rob is Founder & Partner, The Mixing Bowl

Mark Trimmer, Ph.D

Mark is Founding Partner, DunhamTrimmer

Stuart Woolf

Stuart is President and CEO of Woolf Farming & Processing and incoming Chair, Western Growers

Peter Wren-Hilton

Peter is the founder & CEO of New Zealand-based Wharf42 & co-convenor of the 2023 Salinas Biological Summit