May 01-02, 2019

Monterey, California USA | Hyatt Regency

SPEAKERS

Cathy Burns

Cathy Burns

CEO, Produce Marketing Association

Burns is CEO of the Produce Marketing Association (PMA). Prior to joining PMA in December 2013, she served as president of Food Lion, Harveys and Reid’s, and was a member of the Delhaize America Executive Committee. She previously served Food Lion as Chief Operating Officer, senior vice president of retail operations-north, and senior vice president of fresh merchandising, distribution, and quality assurance. Burns joined Food Lion from its sister banner, Hannaford Supermarkets, where she started as a part-time service clerk, completed the grocer’s retail training program, then held various leadership positions. She chairs the Board of Governors for Children’s Miracle Network and the Board of Directors for Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center. Burns was named a 2007 Top Woman in Grocery by Progressive Grocer, was awarded The Packer’s 2008 Produce Marketer of the Year award, and was named one of Supermarket News’ Power 50 in 2009, one of Mass Market Retailer’s Most Influential Women in Mass Market Retailing in 2010, and a top-25 leader in the produce and floral industries by The Packer in 2018.
Ranveer Chandra

Ranveer Chandra

Chief Scientist, Microsoft

Ranveer Chandra is the Chief Scientist at Microsoft Azure Global. His research has shipped in multiple Microsoft products, including Windows, Visual Studio, XBOX One, and Azure. Ranveer is leading the FarmBeats, battery research, and TV white space research projects at Microsoft. His work on FarmBeats was featured by Bill Gates on GatesNotes, and he has been invited to present his research on FarmBeats to Secretary Purdue, and on TV White Spaces to the FCC Chairman. Ranveer has published over 90 research papers, and filed over 100 patents, out of which over 85 have been granted by the USPTO. He has won several awards, including several best paper awards, and the MIT Technology Review’s Top Innovators Under 35. Ranveer has an undergraduate degree from IIT Kharagpur, India and a PhD from Cornell University.
Seana Day

Seana Day

Partner, Better Food Ventures and the Mixing Bowl

Seana has over 15 years of investment, M&A advisory and technology experience focusing on emerging growth businesses and most recently, food and ag. She has held roles as Director of Business Development and Strategy at AgTech Insight, Fish 2.0 Associate and Managing Director at Centerra Capital, responsible for investment advisory in the Agribusiness and AgTech landscape. Prior to returning to California’s Central Valley, Seana was a Managing Director for AGC Partners in the London office. While at AGC Partners, she worked with companies in communications infrastructure, mobile / wireless, enterprise software and digital media. Seana has also held operating positions with Versata Enterprises (Director of Operations and Restructuring) and Threshold Wine Company (Director of Finance and Operations). She received her MBA from Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver and holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is now based in her hometown of Turlock, the heart of California’s ag-land.
Vonnie Estes

Vonnie Estes

Vice President, Technology, Produce Marketing Association

Vonnie pours her passion for agriculture, tech and sustainability into her role, bringing tech to our industry across the entire supply chain. She’s spent her career working intimately with tech companies and industry to identify problems, invent solutions and increase efficiencies with some of the largest organizations (DuPont, Monsanto and Syngenta) along with many agricultural and bio-industrial start-ups. Vonnie serves a sought-after voice within the industry; holds seats on company, advisory, industry and government boards; and, in 2017, earned the coveted Rosalind Franklin award for leadership in Biotechnology.
Karol Aure Flynn

Karol Aure-Flynn

Vice President, Sector Analyst and Team Lead, Food & Agribusiness Industry Advisors, Wells Fargo

Karol is a Vice President and Analytics Team Lead for Wells Fargo Food & Agribusiness Industry Advisors. Karol previously served as Executive Director covering North American grains and oilseeds for Rabobank. She spent several years as Senior Member at Entira’s strategy consultancy. Karol’s background includes extensive experience in production agriculture with table grapes, almonds, figs, dry land grains, and beef cattle.  She co-founded Precision Farming Enterprises, an early GPS/GIS systems integrator based out of Davis, CA in the late 90s. Karol completed her M.B.A. at University of California, Davis with an emphasis in finance and agricultural management.  Her undergraduate degree is from Stanford University.
Adam Greenberg

Adam Greenberg

CEO, iUNU

Adam Greenberg has a passion to solve fundamental global challenges and he brings a clear vision of how iUNU will be a major player in that solution. Adam grew up with a love for agriculture through the lens of his botanist father. He founded iUNU in 2013 as he saw how precision agriculture could revolutionize food production. Adam earned his degree in Finance as well as Entrepreneurship from the University of Washington. He spent two years at Amazon, but ultimately found his passion in leading innovation. Adam currently spends most of his time in San Francisco and Seattle where, besides iUNU, he enjoys the outdoors and doing talks for organizations such as the U.S. Farm Bureau, University of Washington, and Seattle University.
Joshua Katz

Joshua Katz

Partner, McKinsey & Company

Josh is a core member of the Agriculture and Strategy practice, primarily serving agribusiness companies, investors and growth stage companies on topics including business innovation, strategy, and M&A. He has an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and a BA in Government for Connecticut College. 
Nolan Paul

Nolan Paul

Partner, AgTech Lead, Yamaha Motor Ventures

Nolan is a Partner at Yamaha Motor Ventures, where he is responsible for leading global AgTech investment activities. Previously Nolan was Head of R&D Strategy and Emerging Technology for Driscoll’s, the global market leader in fresh berries. Prior to that, he was an investment banker for Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital in the Global Technology Group, where he worked on M&A, equity and debt transactions. He graduated summa cum laude from UCLA with a degree in Business Economics.

Kenneth Scott Zuckerberg

Kenneth Scott Zuckerberg

Senior VIce President and Strategist, Wells Fargo

Kenneth Scott Zuckerberg is a Senior Vice President and Strategist for Wells Fargo, focusing on Food & Agriculture, Sustainability and Technology.  He joined Wells Fargo in 2018 after a 30-year career in the global financial services industry, previously serving as an Executive Director for Coöperatieve Rabobank.  Previously, was the Senior Managing Partner for Carlan Advisors LLC, an independent research and consulting firm he founded in 2003 and before that, Ken served in various professional roles at Lazard Asset Management, Keefe, Bruyette and Woods. and Smith Barney (now Morgan Stanley.)  Ken is passionate about lifelong learning and professional development, and is in the process of completing the Wharton Executive Education General Management Program.  
Bob Whitaker

Bob Whitaker, Ph.D.

Chief Science & Technology Officer, Produce Marketing Association

Dr. Whitaker oversees PMA’s efforts on food safety and technology for the produce supply chain. He also sits on the Center for Produce Safety advisory board and executive and technical committees. Working as a scientist and biologist in the produce and agricultural industries since 1982, Dr. Whitaker has been involved in food safety, security and quality, vegetable research and development, product and process innovation, and grower and industry outreach.