Beyond the Plough: The New Faces of Food

Date(s) - 11/28/17
5:15 pm - 7:00 pm

Chicago Council on Global Affairs

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Chicago Council


Beyond the Plough: The New Faces of Food

Chicago Council

Mark Kaplan, Global Vice President, Sustainable Solutions, Unilever; Riana Lynn, CEO and Founder, FoodTrace; Marc Oshima, Cofounder and Chief Marketing Officer, AeroFarms. Moderated by Alesha Black, Director, Global Food and Agriculture Program .

Food demand is expected to increase substantially by 2050 due to rising populations and incomes. With this staggering demand comes an unprecedented business opportunity for small-scale farmers and entrepreneurs. The old guard is changing: young leaders are putting their entrepreneurial minds to work, pioneering innovations and products that tackle challenges to global food security. From channeling funds into “soil to shelf” ventures to using blockchain for produce traceability, entrepreneurs and business executives across the globe are adding new tastes, new roles and new jobs to the food sector. Join the Chicago Council for a conversation with the next generation of agriculture managers who are charging well-beyond the plough to introduce new ways we think about what we eat.



Mark Kaplan

Global Vice President, Sustainable Solutions, Unilever

Mark Kaplan is a globally experienced and recognized industry leader in the mobile marketing and telecommunications industry. As the global vice president of Sustainable Solutions for Unilever, he is responsible for integrating technology across the Chief Sustainability Office’s partnerships and establishing new digital partnerships. Kaplan also works on expanding existing digital partnerships and leveraging Unilever’s existing technical assets to accelerate the economic, social, and environmental impact of initiatives driving towards the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Kaplan received his BA from Boston University.