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Sara Menker - Keynote Speaker

Book Sara Menker as a keynote speaker. 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.

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 MENKER

FOUNDER, GRO INTELLIGENCE


SPEAKING THEMES

  • 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


TRAVELS FROM
New York, USA

 
 

BIOGRAPHY

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'S TALKS

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?

VIDEOS

A global food crisis could be less than a decade away --- Sara Menker quit a career in commodities trading to figure out how the global value chain of agriculture works. Her discoveries have led to some startling predictions: "We could have a tipping point in global food and agriculture if surging demand surpasses the agricultural system's structural capacity to produce food," she says.


How to make food cheap and abundant globally.