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2016 TFF Summit Talks

Daan Roosegaarde is a Dutch Artist, Innovator and Founder of Studio Roosegaarde. He is internationally known for creating social designs that explore the relations between people, technology and physical space. From fashion to architecture to sustainable energy, his interactive designs are tactile, emotional, and provide high-tech environments that connect viewers to their space.

Marquise is the Founder and Principal of Openbox. As a business designer and developer for more than two decades, he grounds the Openbox vision in strategic planning from the fields of investing, product development, and technology.

Chris Lewicki is the President and CEO at Planetary Resources, Inc., a U.S. company that seeks to expand the economy of humanity into the Solar System through the development and use of resources found on near-Earth asteroids.

Jordan McRae is CTO and Co-Founder of Trillium Technologies a mission driven technology company dedicated to solving Grand Challenges in the areas of OCEAN Conservation, SPACE Exploration, and CLIMATE Change mitigation.

Julie Borlaug is the granddaughter of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug and the Associate Director of External Relations at the Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at Texas A&M. Julie works to continue his legacy through developing agricultural partnerships between public, private and philanthropic groups to further the Borlaug legacy and expand upon his mission to feed the world’s hungry.

John is the founder and CEO of SynBioBeta, an activity hub for synthetic biology startup companies, industry and investors. John led the Planetary Sustainability Collaboratory at the NASA Ames Space Portal where he built partnerships to bring new technologies on sustainability challenges on Earth and in space.

2015 TFF Summit Talks

Nicholas Haan, the Director of Grand Challenges at Singularity University, urges the TFF community to challenge assumptions and innovate for food security.

Edward Silva is the Co-Founder of Henlight, a start up that provides appropriate technology to small scale farmers and 2013 TFF Challenge winning team. Hear about Henlight's progress since participating in TFF and their advice to growth in year one.

Sara Menker is the Founder and CEO of Gro Intelligence, which created and maintains an international platform that connects the global systems affecting agriculture for optimized sharing and understanding of knowledge and data in agricultural sectors.

Roger Thurow is a senior fellow of Global Agriculture and Food Policy at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and author of The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change hear how he turned his outrage into inspiration for action and change.

Bram Govaerts, the Associate Director Global Conservation Agriculture Program at the International Maize and Wheat Research Center and 2014 and the recipient of the 2014 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application, stresses the importance of building capacity to successfully implement and optimize innovations in agriculture.

Max Loessl is the Co-Founder of agrilution, vertical farming solutions for urban use and 2013 TFF Challenge Finalist and the Association of Vertical Farming. Tune in to be inspired by the progress Max and his team have made in just one year.

Gavin Armstrong is the Founder of Lucky Iron Fish an innovation significantly reducing iron deficiencies in Cambodia. Hear him share his journey in entrepreneurship and social impact.

2014 TFF Summit Talks

At the 2013 TFF Global Summit in Berlin, Co-Founder of Yes To, Ido Leffler, talked with our audience about how to create a successful social enterprise.

The Power of Multidisciplinary Thinking