Howard W. Buffett Buffett is a Lecturer in International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He was previously the Executive Director of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, which invests over $100 million annually in initiatives to improve the lives of impoverished and marginalized populations across Africa and Latin America. While at the U.S. Department of Defense, Buffett led economic stabilization and redevelopment programs in Iraq and Afghanistan. For his service, he received the highest civilian honor presented by the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the request and approval of Combatant Commanders. Buffett also served as a Policy Advisor in the White House where he co-authored the President’s cross-sector partnerships strategy. During this time, he launched the White House Energy Innovation Conference series, resulting in the government’s Small Business Clean Energy Innovation Fund. He is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and on advisory boards for the Aspen Institute and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He co-authored the New York Times Bestseller 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World.

Howard W. Buffett

Buffett is a Lecturer in International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He was previously the Executive Director of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, which invests over $100 million annually in initiatives to improve the lives of impoverished and marginalized populations across Africa and Latin America.

While at the U.S. Department of Defense, Buffett led economic stabilization and redevelopment programs in Iraq and Afghanistan. For his service, he received the highest civilian honor presented by the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the request and approval of Combatant Commanders. Buffett also served as a Policy Advisor in the White House where he co-authored the President’s cross-sector partnerships strategy. During this time, he launched the White House Energy Innovation Conference series, resulting in the government’s Small Business Clean Energy Innovation Fund.

He is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and on advisory boards for the Aspen Institute and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He co-authored the New York Times Bestseller 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World.

Ann Veneman Ms. Ann M. Veneman, J.D., served as the 27th Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture from 2001 to 2005. Ms. Veneman has been a Director of Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. since May 28, 2010. Ms. Veneman has been a Non-Executive Director of Nestlé S.A. since April 14, 2011. She serves as a Director at Malaria No More. She chairs the United Nations' Standing Committee on Nutrition and the board of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization. She served as a Director of S&W Seed Company from December 2013 to December 9, 2014. She served as an Executive Director of United Nations Children's Fund from May 2005 to April 2010. She is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions including the 2001 Outstanding Woman in International Trade Award, and most recently, the Richard E. Lyng Award for Public Service (2005) and Sesame Workshop's Leadership Award for Children (2006). 

Ann Veneman

Ms. Ann M. Veneman, J.D., served as the 27th Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture from 2001 to 2005. Ms. Veneman has been a Director of Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. since May 28, 2010. Ms. Veneman has been a Non-Executive Director of Nestlé S.A. since April 14, 2011. She serves as a Director at Malaria No More. She chairs the United Nations' Standing Committee on Nutrition and the board of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization. She served as a Director of S&W Seed Company from December 2013 to December 9, 2014. She served as an Executive Director of United Nations Children's Fund from May 2005 to April 2010. She is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions including the 2001 Outstanding Woman in International Trade Award, and most recently, the Richard E. Lyng Award for Public Service (2005) and Sesame Workshop's Leadership Award for Children (2006). 

Sam Kass Sam Kass is the founder of TROVE, a strategy firm focusing on improving health and sustainability of food companies and a venture partner in Acre Venture Partners. He is the former White House Chef and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition. After cooking for the Obama’s for two years in Chicago, Sam joined the White House kitchen staff in 2009, focused on the family meals. During his White House tenure, he took on several additional roles including Executive Director of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign and Senior White House Policy Advisor for Nutrition. As one of the First Lady’s longest-serving advisors, he helped the First Lady create the first major vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s victory garden. Sam is the first person in the history of the White House to have a position in the Executive Office of the President and the Residence.  In 2011, Fast Company included Sam in their list of 100 Most Creative People, and in 2012, he helped create the American Chef Corps, which is dedicated to promoting diplomacy through culinary initiatives. He is also an MIT Media lab fellow as well as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.   

Sam Kass

Sam Kass is the founder of TROVE, a strategy firm focusing on improving health and sustainability of food companies and a venture partner in Acre Venture Partners. He is the former White House Chef and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition.

After cooking for the Obama’s for two years in Chicago, Sam joined the White House kitchen staff in 2009, focused on the family meals. During his White House tenure, he took on several additional roles including Executive Director of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign and Senior White House Policy Advisor for Nutrition. As one of the First Lady’s longest-serving advisors, he helped the First Lady create the first major vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s victory garden. Sam is the first person in the history of the White House to have a position in the Executive Office of the President and the Residence. 

In 2011, Fast Company included Sam in their list of 100 Most Creative People, and in 2012, he helped create the American Chef Corps, which is dedicated to promoting diplomacy through culinary initiatives. He is also an MIT Media lab fellow as well as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. 

 

 
Oliver Libby Oliver B. Libby is the Chair & Co-Founder of The Resolution Project.  Resolution identifies and empowers undergraduate students around the world who wish to launch new social ventures, supported by Resolution’s global network of resources.  With Resolution Fellows on all six inhabited continents and across America, Resolution is building a generation of leaders with a lifelong commitment to social responsibility.  Oliver is also a founding Managing Director of Hatzimemos / Libby, a global growth catalyst firm based in New York, focusing on the energy and advanced technology sectors. Oliver serves as a Trustee of the philanthropic Harvard Club of New York Foundation and a member of the Clinton Global Initiative's LEAD program. Oliver graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University.

Oliver Libby

Oliver B. Libby is the Chair & Co-Founder of The Resolution Project.  Resolution identifies and empowers undergraduate students around the world who wish to launch new social ventures, supported by Resolution’s global network of resources.  With Resolution Fellows on all six inhabited continents and across America, Resolution is building a generation of leaders with a lifelong commitment to social responsibility.  Oliver is also a founding Managing Director of Hatzimemos / Libby, a global growth catalyst firm based in New York, focusing on the energy and advanced technology sectors. Oliver serves as a Trustee of the philanthropic Harvard Club of New York Foundation and a member of the Clinton Global Initiative's LEAD program. Oliver graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University.

Chris Erickson Erickson ia a seasoned Executive with knowledge, expertise and development of assets in the Global Agricultural Investment space. He has worked on both the strategic investment side, with projects in North/South America, Europe, Oceania and Africa. Extensive knowledge of product offerings on both the fund and direct investments in both farmland, farm operating, mid stream activities and vertically integrated operations.  Chris is Managing Director of Parsonage Lane Advisors which supports agribusinesses with strategic and growth capital needs.  He is also on the Board of Directors to the World Soy Foundation, Managing Director of High Quest Partners and was a US Army Captain 

Chris Erickson

Erickson ia a seasoned Executive with knowledge, expertise and development of assets in the Global Agricultural Investment space. He has worked on both the strategic investment side, with projects in North/South America, Europe, Oceania and Africa. Extensive knowledge of product offerings on both the fund and direct investments in both farmland, farm operating, mid stream activities and vertically integrated operations. 

Chris is Managing Director of Parsonage Lane Advisors which supports agribusinesses with strategic and growth capital needs.  He is also on the Board of Directors to the World Soy Foundation, Managing Director of High Quest Partners and was a US Army Captain 

Matt Jansen Matt Jansen was the former CEO of COFCO International China's largest state owned food company.  Lead the company with over $17B in revenue, 10,000 employees across 29 different countries.   Prior to COFCO International, Matt had a 25-year agriculture industry experience where he held a series of positions of increasing responsibility with Archer Daniel Midland (ADM), including president of ADM’s Global Oilseeds business, the company’s largest global business unit. He was also the Senior corporate Vice President and Chief Risk Officer of ADM.  In this position Matt oversaw a $35B per year business and an operating profit of over $1.6B

Matt Jansen

Matt Jansen was the former CEO of COFCO International China's largest state owned food company.  Lead the company with over $17B in revenue, 10,000 employees across 29 different countries.  

Prior to COFCO International, Matt had a 25-year agriculture industry experience where he held a series of positions of increasing responsibility with Archer Daniel Midland (ADM), including president of ADM’s Global Oilseeds business, the company’s largest global business unit. He was also the Senior corporate Vice President and Chief Risk Officer of ADM.  In this position Matt oversaw a $35B per year business and an operating profit of over $1.6B

Mark Harms Mark Harms is the Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Global Leisure Partners. Mark has been involved in all aspects of GLP since inception in 2004 and has pioneered its strategic direction. This has led to GLP advising on c $60 billion of transactions to date, deploying significant capital as principal in a number of deals and developing an industry leading Operating Executive Network. Mark divides his time equally between the U.S. and the U.K. Mark has significant experience in the leisure sector having completed advisory and principal transactions in North and South America, Europe and Australia over the last 20 years. With over 100 completed advisory engagements and with more than half of these in the fitness, gaming, hospitality and leisure industries, Mark brings a deep understanding and knowledge regarding the competitive strategies of the major companies in each industry sector. 

Mark Harms

Mark Harms is the Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Global Leisure Partners. Mark has been involved in all aspects of GLP since inception in 2004 and has pioneered its strategic direction. This has led to GLP advising on c $60 billion of transactions to date, deploying significant capital as principal in a number of deals and developing an industry leading Operating Executive Network. Mark divides his time equally between the U.S. and the U.K.

Mark has significant experience in the leisure sector having completed advisory and principal transactions in North and South America, Europe and Australia over the last 20 years. With over 100 completed advisory engagements and with more than half of these in the fitness, gaming, hospitality and leisure industries, Mark brings a deep understanding and knowledge regarding the competitive strategies of the major companies in each industry sector. 

Eric Hatzimemos Eric Hatzimemos is the founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Hatzimemos / Libby, a strategy and venture firm based in New York City. Founded in 2009, the firm is dedicated to enhancing and accelerating companies at various stages, focusing on key growth industries that add value to society. The core sectors for Hatzimemos / Libby include clean energy, biotechnology, and data science. The firm’s unique Growth Catalyst model – including its initial investment of strategic support and a deep partnership development platform – helps its portfolio companies and their leaders achieve the next stage of their success through active and regular engagement and support.  Mr. Hatzimemos is also a founding member of Giuliani Partners LLC, a global management consulting firm founded by former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani in 2002. Mr. Hatzimemos has served as Partner & Managing Director of Giuliani Partners since 2003. Mr. Hatzimemos is also a Senior Director at Greenberg Traurig, advising the Executive Chairman with respect to the firm's strategic security practice.

Eric Hatzimemos

Eric Hatzimemos is the founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Hatzimemos / Libby, a strategy and venture firm based in New York City. Founded in 2009, the firm is dedicated to enhancing and accelerating companies at various stages, focusing on key growth industries that add value to society. The core sectors for Hatzimemos / Libby include clean energy, biotechnology, and data science. The firm’s unique Growth Catalyst model – including its initial investment of strategic support and a deep partnership development platform – helps its portfolio companies and their leaders achieve the next stage of their success through active and regular engagement and support. 

Mr. Hatzimemos is also a founding member of Giuliani Partners LLC, a global management consulting firm founded by former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani in 2002. Mr. Hatzimemos has served as Partner & Managing Director of Giuliani Partners since 2003. Mr. Hatzimemos is also a Senior Director at Greenberg Traurig, advising the Executive Chairman with respect to the firm's strategic security practice.