FOUNDER, GRO INTELLIGENCE
How to predict future food crises
The future of agriculture
Trends in food production and consumption
The use of data to analyse trends in global agriculture
New York, USA
Sara Menker is the founder and CEO of Gro Intelligence, a data company dedicated to building products that change the way the world understands agriculture.
Through Gro, users can extract powerful insights and access predictive modelling at a scale never before possible. By funnelling trillions of data points into a powerful, singular experience, it enables a comprehensive, holistic, and timely picture of global agriculture.
Prior to founding Gro, Sara was a Vice President in Morgan Stanley’s commodities group. She began her career in commodities risk management, where she covered all commodity markets, and subsequently moved to trading, where she managed an options trading portfolio.
Sara is a Trustee of the Mandela Institute For Development Studies (MINDS) and a Trustee of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). Sara was named a Global Young Leader by the World Economic Forum and is a fellow of the African Leadership Initiative of the Aspen Institute.
Sara received a B.A. in Economics and African Studies at Mount Holyoke College and the London School of Economics and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.
Sara and her team at Gro Intelligence are pioneering the use of data - from crop production, consumption, weather, infrastructure, prices, trade, socio-economic and environmental indicators - to assess trends in global agriculture.
Her work has led to some startling and disturbing conclusions: that the world might be short of 214 trillion calories by 2027, with potentially catastrophic humanitarian and political consequences.
What structural changes need to be made to avoid such a scenario?