Joe Monahan

Joe Monahan

President & Chief Operations Officer, Meister Media Worldwide

Joe Monahan is the President & Chief Operations Officer of Meister Media Worldwide. Joe started with MMW in 1990 and has worked across all of the markets that Meister serves. Joe Monahan currently Chairs MMW’s Global Ag Tech Initiative.

In the past, Joe served as President for the Florida and Ohio Chapters of NAMA (National Agri Marketing Association). He has served on the Boards of NGMA, (National Greenhouse Manufacturers Association) and BPIA (Biological Products Industry Alliance).

Paul Sellew

Paul Sellew

Founder and CEO, Little Leaf Farms, LLC

Paul Sellew is the Founder and CEO of Little Leaf Farms, the Unites States largest greenhouse producer of hydroponic baby greens. The greens are grown and packaged at its Devens, MA and McAdoo PA greenhouses and sold in over 3500 grocery stores and fine dining establishments throughout the Eastern Seaboard. Paul is a graduate of Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). Paul has served on Cornell’s University Council and the CALS Dean’s Advisory Council and the Board of the US Composting Council.

Sumeeta Salvador

Sumeeta Salvador

Associate, Corporate Development – Food and Agriculture, S2G Ventures

Sumeeta Salvador is an Associate at S2G Ventures. She is focused on supporting corporate development and stakeholder engagement efforts in order to unlock value for S2G, its portfolio companies, and strategic partners.

Prior to S2G Ventures, Sumeeta worked in Insights & Analytics at Conagra Brands, where she was responsible for translating market, retailer, and consumer trends into actionable insights to inform channel growth and innovation strategy. She has also worked in shopper insights and category management at RXBAR and executed innovation pricing and assortment research for Fortune 500 CPG clients at NielsenIQ.

Sumeeta graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.S. in Business Administration and minor in Environmental Studies.

Matt McGuire

Matt McGuire

Chief Agricultural Officer, JV Smith Companies

Matt McGuire is Chief Agricultural Officer for JV Smith Companies. JV Smith Companies is a family owned business that own several business units that mainly farms fresh vegetables. His present duties include overseeing growing and ag operation of 35,000 acres of vegetable crops and another 10,000 acres on non-vegetable crops. Operations Matt has worked with include JV Farms, El Toro, MX, Triangle Farms, JVO Organic Farms, Southern Colorado Farms, Skyline Potato, and Skyview Cooling CO.

Throughout the years Matt has had a wide range of experience that include cooling operation, sales, harvest management, grower and general manager of operation in the southwest and Salinas.

Matt obtained his Bachelor’s degree from University of California San Diego, majoring in Biology, minors in chemistry and psychology. Matt has masters course work for a MBA from Texas A&M.

John Appel

John Appel

Head of Commercial Sales, Biome Makers

John Appel is Head of Commercial, North America, at Biome Makers. Prior to joining Biome Makers, John’s international career has spanned multiple growth-focused roles in the chemical and agriculture industries, including most recently as President and Board Member of BPS Agriculture, a sustainable chemistry company focused on fertilizer and pesticide use efficiency.

John previously held leadership positions at Exacto and Syngenta where he helped shape their respective strategic agendas and consistently delivered double-digit revenue and profitability growth. While at Syngenta, John participated in the company’s selective international leadership program, encompassing innovation strategy, sales management and marketing in various locations in Europe, Africa, and the US. John’s prior experience also includes cross-functional roles at chemical companies such as Ashland and Avantor.

John is a Venture Partner at Vidavo Ventures and Member of the Board of Advisors at agtech startup, Mariposa Technology. In addition, John is an active volunteer and serves on the Board of the Directors for United Planet and the Advisory Board for MicroLoan Foundation. He holds a BA in Chemistry and MBA from Lehigh University and currently resides in Naples, FL with his wife and 3 children.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, coaching baseball, golfing, fishing, and will never turn down a friendly competition.

Alain Goubau

Alain Goubau

CEO, Combyne Ag

Alain Goubau is the CEO of Combyne Ag, a software company that provides farmer-centric crop marketing management tools and beyond-the-farm-gate data connectivity and interoperability in grain and oilseed value chains.

Alain grew up on mixed dairy and cash crop farm in Ontario, Canada. Prior to Combyne Ag, Alain led operations at 2 venture-backed agtech and cleantech startups. He has also led various operational and strategy engagements within McKinsey & Company’s agri-business team. Earlier in his career, Alain was a field engineer and project manager with Air Liquide, building chemical plants across the globe.

Leveraging his background in agriculture, technology, chemical engineering, and energy and environmental law, Alain is a passionate builder of teams and innovations across agriculture, energy, and sustainability.

Dave Vosburg

Dave Vosburg

Chief Innovation Officer, Local Bounti

Mr. Vosburg is Chief Innovation Officer of Local Bounti and prior, served as Local Bounti’s COO and CFO and has two decades of international financial, business development and technology experience. Previously he was CFO and Head of Emerging Technology at Sensei Ag, a market changing AgTech venture founded by Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison.

For five years prior, Mr. Vosburg served as CFO and Head of Business Development of Crop One Holdings, a vertical farming company based outside of Boston, MA. He is also Co-Founder of Conception Nurseries, a micro-propagation company based in Sacramento, CA. In his early career, Mr. Vosburg founded and grew Ed-Tech and Fin-Tech companies in Zambia, working in C-suite roles. He also served as President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Zambia. Mr. Vosburg earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management.

Dave Chen

Dave Chen

CEO and Chairman, Equilibrium Capital

Founded in 2008, Equilibrium Capital has built a platform of real assets focused sustainability driven investment strategies for institutional investors. Equilibrium currently manages $2 billion in two portfolio strategies: Carbon Transition Infrastructure and Controlled Environment Foods.

Dave is Equilibrium’s CEO and serves on the boards of several of its fund portfolio companies. He started his career at Solectron, a pioneer in outsourced manufacturing, and McKinsey in their technology practice, and later served as a general partner with OVP Venture Partners. He served on the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank Board system until 2012 as Chairman of the Portland Branch, and was a board member of B Labs until 2018. Dave has, for 13 years, been a professor at Northwestern’s Kellogg Business School teaching and encouraging students to pursue sustainable investing.

Michael Kohen

Michael Kohen

Founder & CEO, SparkAI

Michael Kohen is the Founder & CEO of SparkAI, a company that partners with leading companies to push their automation products past the finish line and get to market faster in AgTech and beyond. SparkAI combines people and technology to resolve edge cases, false positives, and other AI exceptions live in production.

Prior to SparkAI, Michael was one of the original product leaders at Zoox, a leading autonomous vehicles company acquired by Amazon for $1 billion. He was also Co-Founder and COO at Wonder (formerly AskWonder.com).

Rob Dongoski

Rob Dongoski

Partner, Food and Agribusiness Leader, Ernst & Young

Rob leads Ernst & Young’s (EY) agribusiness sector globally and focuses on strategy, innovation, and M&A in the agribusiness and food sectors. As EY’s global leader, he works directly with client executives to optimize their approach in global markets and serves as lead partner on accounts ranging from seed/chem, agri-retail, grain processing, and meat processing. 

Rob’s experience ranges from growth strategy to operating model design to digital innovation across the agri, food, and beverage value chain. He works with client executives in the design and implementation of the appropriate operating model for their business, including strategy/portfolio management, marketing/merchandising, digital agriculture, operational areas, and back-office efficiency.