Advances in Human Nutrition (Room B)

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In this era of rapid technological advancements, shifting consumer preferences, and growing
environmental concerns, the global food industry is poised for a revolution. Our panel of
esteemed experts will come together to shed light on the emerging trends and transformative
strategies that will shape the future of human nutrition.

With a focus on sustainability, this panel will delve into key areas such as alternative protein
sources, precision agriculture, food waste reduction, and personalized nutrition. Drawing
inspiration from experts, innovators and true culinary experts, we will explore how innovation,
resilience, and a bold mindset are crucial in navigating the uncharted territories of food
entrepreneurship, investment, and research. By embracing risk-taking, disruptive thinking, and
interdisciplinary collaboration, we can unlock breakthrough solutions that redefine the way we
produce, distribute, and consume food.

Moreover, this session will delve into the role of entrepreneurship and investment in driving
human nutrition. Our panelists will discuss the challenges and strategies for scaling sustainable
food startups, attracting impact investment, and cultivating a thriving ecosystem that nurtures
disruptive ideas.

Together, we will imagine a future where urban farming, lab-grown meats, personalized
nutrition, and sustainable packaging become the norm. This panel aims to inspire attendees to
embrace their inner innovators, daring them to push boundaries and challenge conventional

By attending this panel, participants will gain invaluable insights into the evolving landscape of
the food industry, learn about cutting-edge advancements, and be inspired to contribute to a
more sustainable and nourishing future for all.


Brian Barnett
CEO, The Barnett, Inc.
Brian developed his enthusiasm for agriculture and food while working during high school at a wholesale greenhouse operation in Upstate New York; and later attending Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He now ignites thinking, strategy and action to help domestic and international clients grow their people, sales, income and communities. Read full profile…


Sara Polon
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Soupergirl
Sara Polon (Soupergirl), Co-Founder and CEO of Soupergirl, is a proud ‘99 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. Her post-college career path took many meandering twists and turns including working at an Internet start up, leading tours through the Middle East, and several years as a stand-up comic in New York. Read full profile…

Chef Tony Marciante
Chief Seafood Officer of Chef Tony’s Restaurants and Founder HEMI Pizza
Tony Marciante has been a restaurant veteran for over 29 years. He has been involved in all aspects of start up, operations, marketing and finance. In addition, he has built, designed and run restaurant operations including fine dining, casual Mediterranean, Catering, Banquets and Private Parties. Read full profile…