Founder And Chairman, Foodshot Global
Since co-founding S2G Ventures in 2014, Victor has emerged as one of the top thought-leaders and VCs in food and agriculture in the USA with leading investments in Beyond Meat, Ripple, Maple Hill Creamery, FishPeople, Lavva, Ataraxis and Apeel Science, among others. In 2016, Victor was named by Forbes as one of the Top 25 consumer investors and influencers. He is Executive Chairman of Lavva, Tiny Organics, and Advisory to Cambridge Crops and SLM Partners.
Executive Director, Foodshot Global
Sara Eckhouse is FoodShot's Executive Director. Previously, as Senior Advisor to Secretary Tom Vilsack at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Sara focused on local and regional food systems, organic agriculture, healthy food access, and public-private partnerships. Sara launched and managed programs to support sustainable agriculture, and she has firsthand knowledge of the opportunities and challenges of combining sustainability with profitability in food value chains.
Dr. Gerlinde De Deyn
Professor In Soil Ecology, Wageningen University
Dr. Gerlinde De Deyn, Professor in Soil Ecology, Wageningen University, was awarded a $250,000 GroundBreaker Prize to advance her extraordinary work to gain a mechanistic understanding of plant-soil interactions and their feedbacks to ecosystem functioning, including productivity, nutrient cycling, disease suppression, and soil carbon sequestration.
Dr. Keith Paustian
University Distinguished Professor, Colorado State University
Dr. Keith Paustian, University Distinguished Professor, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Colorado State University, was awarded a $250,000 GroundBreaker Prize to accelerate the global adaptation of his COMET tool systems, which provide farmers and land managers with sustainability metrics and decision support resources that promote regenerative and conservation-based agricultural practices at scale.