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Our Speakers

All of the panels and workshops at this year's festival were curated by student organizations. We could not be more honored to host the following speakers:

Keynote Speaker

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David Kaplan

Tufts University Center for Cellular Agriculture

Keynote Speaker

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Sparsha Saha

Lecturer on Government, Harvard University

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Jason Abate

Professor, Purdue Global University 

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Virginia Benzan

Director of Racial Justice Advocacy, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute

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Andrew Binovi

Director of Government Affairs, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

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Noa Dalzell

State Policy Director of Food Solutions Action

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Lauren Ferrucci

Sr Manager, Leadership Development at New Roots Institute

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Breeze Harper

Founder & The Sistah Vegan Project/Black Zephyr, Inc

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Gwenna Hunter

Founder/Creator of Planetary Unity and Vegans of LA Food Bank

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Matt Jozwiak

CEO and Founder of Rethink Food

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Brian Kateman

President and Founder, Reducetarian Foundation


Jamie Logan

Content Creator, Podcast Host, Filmmaker

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Tawanda Muzhingi

Director of International Programs, Plant Based Foods Institute

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Natalia Paine

Senior Program & Campaigns Manager at

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Sailesh Rao

Executive Director of Climate Healers

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Mia Rue

Consul Chocktaw Muskogee Yamasee Nation

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Eric Sirvinskas

Outreach & Engagement Manager at Plant Futures Initiative


Ken Toong

Executive Director of UMass Dining

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Christian Wolthers

Founder & CEO of Vegan Business

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Leo Balik

Outreach Coordinator, New Roots Institute

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David Benzaquen

CEO of Mission:Plant

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Sean Cash

Bergstrom Foundation Professor and Chair, Division of Agriculture, Food & Environment, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University

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Sara Eckhouse

Executive Director, FoodShot Global

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Prabhat Gautam

Founder & CEO of Positive Television

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Faraz Harsini

CEO/Senior Scientist | Allied Scholars for Animal Protection, GFI 

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Nivi Jaswal-Wirtjes

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Nirva Kapasi Patel

Executive Director, Brooks McCormick Animal Law & Policy Program

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David Kay

Student, HBS

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Doug McNinch

Director of Development at ProFillet

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Adaeze Okoli

Chief of Staff at Rethink Food 

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Tim Polkowski

International Director, ProVeg

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Ash Reynolds

Founder & President of Read & Feed International and Read & Feed Belize

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Sparsha Saha

Lecturer on Government, Harvard University

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Michelle Strickland-Kucerak

SVP, Programs and Public Policy at The Humane Leagie

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Lana Weidgenant

Senior UN Policy Manager at ProVeg International

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Jian Yi

Founder, Good Food Fund and China Vegan Society; Visiting Fellow, Animal Law and Policy Program, Harvard Law School

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Roxanne Becker

Medical Editor and Educator, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

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Todd Boyman

Co-Founder & CEO, Hungry Planet

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Heather Courtney

General Partner at Alwyn Capital

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Max Elder

Managing Director, Food System Innovations

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Noga Golan

Founder, Alt Protein Careers

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Kathrin Henon

Founder and CEO, Planet Bake

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Julia Johnson

US Head of Food Business, Compassion in World Farming

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David Kaplan

Stern Family Endowed Professor of Engineering at Tufts University

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Nathan Leys

Staff Attorney at FarmSTAND

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Fabio Munno

Avalon Capital and Bloom Company

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Paige Parsons Roache

Communications Director, UnchainedTV & Vegans of LA

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Greg Potter

Director at ProFillet

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Becca Rogers

Leadership Development Manager at New Roots Institute

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Emma Scott

HLS Food Law & Policy Clinic

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Taylor Quinn

Executive Director of Tailored Food

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Erin Wing

Deputy Director of Investigations at Animal Outlook

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