MEET OUR TEAM

Student Organizers from US academic institutions

This event was spun out of a group of graduate and undergraduate students at different schools across the US that are invested in transforming the food and agriculture industry to protect our planet. Together we have put together this event to grow the community of students interested in the space and lower the barrier for students of all backgrounds to step into the industry.

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Founder and Director

MIT

Jasmin Kern is a German-American citizen who grew up in Frankfurt, Germany and moved to Boston for her undergraduate studies at MIT. Through her love for food and fascination with chemistry, she switched her studies from physics to chemistry with a focus on Cellular Agriculture. In 2019, she co-founded EZHealth, a student organization focused on giving MIT students access to easy recipes, cooking classes, and skills to build balanced meals with limited  kitchen space and ingredients. In 2020, at the beginning of the pandemic she worked with four other MIT students to build Cell Ag @ MIT, a student organization working to provide educational, research, and professional development opportunities in the Cell Ag industry for students. Through Cell Ag @ MIT and connections to Sloan Food & Ag, she met students across the US interested in building a network for students interested in the Sustainable Food industry. This launched the ideation of Cultivate Tomorrow, the first US hackathon in the cellular agriculture space.In her professional career, she was Tender Food’s first hire and worked as an R&D intern for 9 months. Her experience at Tender Food substantiated and deepened her interest in the field. In the summer of 2021 she worked as a Materials & Texture R&D intern at Impossible Foods, and got to experience a food tech company at a much later stage of development. Her favorite thing about Cell Ag, is the innovative, dedicated, and welcoming people all working towards a shared mission. In her free-time she enjoys cooking with friends, writing, playing piano, and biking.

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SUSHMITA VENKATRAMAN

VP of Partnerships

Northwestern Kellogg Business School

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RAMA TENTU

VP of Education

Yale Business School

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SOPHIA PINTON

VP of Programming

UC Davis

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IVY FERNANDES

VP of Marketing

UC San Diego

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SEAN BAKER

VP of Marketing

University of Wisconsin - Madison

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AGA GUGALA

VP of Press and Programming

UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

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LAUREN KINSEY

VP of Programming

Ohio State University

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IRFAN TAHIR

VP of Communications

New Harvest Fellow | University of Vermont

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PAST ORGANIZERS AND ADVISORS

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REINA ASHIZAWA

TUFTS

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TIM FLESCHNER

Harvard Innovation Labs | Duke University

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FABIAN GOSSELIN

University of Chicago
Booth School of Business

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JESSE LOU

Harvard Business School

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NICK JOHNSON

UC Davis

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JAKE MARKO

TUFTS

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KARINA VASUDEVA

UNC at Chapel Hill

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SANGITA VASIKARAN

MIT