How will enterprises spanning products and services from Farm to Plate produce nutritious food and build consumer trust while maintaining productivity and profitability? The 2018 Showcase will chart the arc of innovation in plant nutrition solutions, diagnostics and data and novel foods. The backdrop: massive consumer-led demographic and demand shifts.
Dr. Mehmood Khan, MD Vice Chairman & Chief Scientific Officer of Global Research & Development PepsiCo
Dr. Mehmood Khan, MD
Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer PepsiCo
Dr. Mehmood Khan, MD is PepsiCo's vice chairman and chief scientific officer of Global Research and Development. In this role he oversees the PepsiCo global Performance with Purpose sustainability initiatives, inspired by the fundamental belief that business success is inextricably linked to the sustainability of the world we share. He also leads PepsiCo's research and development (R&D) efforts, creating breakthrough innovations in food, beverages and nutrition – as well as delivery, packaging and production technology – to capture competitive advantage and drive PepsiCo's businesses forward.
During his tenure at PepsiCo Dr. Khan has led the company to become the leader in innovation for the food and beverage industry while at the same time transforming its portfolio. Today nearly 25 percent of PepsiCo's net revenue comes from its "everyday nutrition" brands that make healthy eating an easier choice for consumers.
Prior to joining PepsiCo, Dr. Khan was president, Takeda Global Research & Development Center, overseeing Japan's largest pharmaceutical company's worldwide R&D efforts. Previously, Dr. Khan was a faculty member at the Mayo Clinic and Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minn., serving as director of Diabetes, Endocrine and Nutritional Trials Unit in the endocrinology division. He also spent nine years leading programs in diabetes, endocrinology, metabolism and nutrition at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
Dr. Khan received his medical degree from the University of Liverpool followed by training in internal medicine in England. He did his post-doctorate training at the University of Minnesota in nutrition and endocrinology. He became a doctor so that he could make a positive contribution to alleviating disease and suffering. Working at the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic as a physician and scientist, Dr. Khan helped countless patients who were suffering from illness enjoy a better life and conducted research that led to significant advancements in the understanding of nutrition and endocrinology. At Takeda Pharmaceuticals he oversaw the development of new life-saving medicines that have helped millions around the world. It was his passion to make a difference on global population health that led him to his current role as Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer at PepsiCo, where he leads their work on developing new, healthier products for consumers around the world. "If not us, then who?," Dr. Khan is known to say as he talks about dedicating his life to serving others in a positive way.
Named one of the "100 Most Creative People in Business" by Fast Company magazine in 2015, Dr. Khan has injected fresh new thinking into PepsiCo that is having a positive impact on communities around the world. Importantly, his work extends far beyond developing healthier products. Dr. Khan oversees the company's global sustainability agenda, focused on shrinking PepsiCo's environmental footprint, conserving natural resources and promoting sustainable agriculture. This work is producing very tangible results. For example since 2006 PepsiCo has decreased its absolute water use by more than 25 percent. He has also pushed to expand sustainable farming practices that help local growers increase yields and incomes. And through the PepsiCo Foundation, the company has partnered with NGOs to provide access to safe water to nine million people. Dr. Khan's ambitious sustainable vision at PepsiCo — which translates into some of the food industry's most innovative work across water, agriculture, environmental sustainability, and corporate citizenship – is making PepsiCo a model for how a global company should operate in the 21st century.
Additionally, Dr. Khan strengthens PepsiCo's global network, reputation and knowledge base by launching research projects with leading universities and technology companies, as well as by spearheading collaborative work in the fields of business, agricultural and nutrition science. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, is Chairman of the US Pakistan Business Council and vice chairman of the US Council on Competiveness.
Dr. Khan is also committed to supporting scientific education and research and promoting the resolution of global issues via science-based solutions. He serves on the Board of Governors for the New York Academy of Science and is an active member of the National Academies of Science Sustainability Taskforce. He is also a member of the advisory board for the CTO Forum in conjunction with the Stanford Graduate School or Business and the judging committee for the prestigious Lemelson Innovation Prize at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Khan has been recognized with and honorary doctorate of international law from the University of Liverpool and an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Cardinal Stritch University. In 2016 he was awarded both the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and The University of Minnesota Outstanding Career Achievement Award.
Missouri Department of Agriculture
Missouri Department of Agriculture
Chris Chinn, a fifth generation Missouri farmer from Clarence, was named Director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture in January 2017 by Missouri Governor Eric R. Greitens. Director Chinn has held leadership positions in agriculture on the local, state and national level for more than 12 years, working to move the state’s agriculture industry forward. As a trailblazer in ag advocacy, Chinn has established her brand through social media and public speaking. Her blog and Twitter audiences have attracted more than 10,000 faithful followers who have tuned in to hear her farm story. Through her outreach, she stands up for both rural and urban Missouri by bridging the gap between farmers and consumers and contributes to the advancement of the state’s No. 1 industry. Chinn is a member of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), which represents the departments of agriculture in all 50 states. She is a member of the Missouri State Fair Commission, Missouri Wine & Grape Board, Missouri Development Finance Board and Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority Board of Directors. Chinn is a member of the Missouri Farm Bureau where she has served on the Missouri Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee and has served on the Missouri Farm Bureau board of directors since 2010. In 2007, she served as chairman for the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee and served on the board of directors for the American Farm Bureau Federation. Chinn is currently chair of the Shelby County Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers and serves as secretary of the Shelby County Farm Bureau board of directors. Chinn is a member of the Missouri Pork Association and served on the association’s state board since 2015. She also served on Environmental Protection Agency’s Farm, Ranch and Rural Community Advisory Committee from 2008-2009. In 2013, Chinn became a national spokesperson when she was named one of four Faces of Farming and Ranching by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, an honor that identifies farmers and ranchers that are eager to share their farm story. She has served as a board member for the Shelby County University of Missouri Extension Council and the Long Branch Area YMCA board of directors. Chris is a member of ALOT (Agriculture Leaders of Tomorrow) Class 13, American Farm Bureau PAL (Partners in Agricultural Leadership) Class 5 and is a member of the Shelbina Christian Church. Chinn resides on her family’s farm in Shelby County with her husband, Kevin and her two children, Rachelle and Conner, where she helps manage their 1,600 sow farrow-to-finish hog operation, as well as their family feed mill. Chinn and her husband also have a small cow-calf herd, as well as raise corn, soybean and alfalfa.
CTO at Corteva Agriscience, Research and Development for the Agriculture Division
CTO at Corteva Agriscience, Research and Development for the Agriculture Division
Neal Gutterson, Ph.D., is the global leader of Research and Development (R&D) for the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™, responsible for leading all seeds and traits, crop protection, predictive agriculture and product development functions to create innovative agricultural products, services and integrated solutions for producers around the world. Neal built his career through a series of progressively more senior research and development roles at biotechnology start-up companies, including Advanced Genetic Sciences and DNA Plant Technology Corporation. Neal served as president, chief executive officer and board member of Mendel Biotechnology prior to joining DuPont Pioneer in 2014. Neal currently sits on the CIMMYT Board of Trustees where he is program committee chair. Neal holds a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Yale University and a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. He is named inventor on more than 30 patents and pending patent applications.
Jill Kolling leads sustainability for Cargill in the company’s operations and supply chain group. Jill’s newly formed team is responsible for accelerating Cargill’s sustainability-related efforts by providing focus, alignment, guidance and leadership support – while leveraging insights and expertise across the company. Prior to her current role, Jill held the positions of Sustainability Leader for Cargill’s $20+ billion Protein business and Senior Director of Sustainability in Corporate Affairs. Jill served as co-chair for the Midwest Row Crop Collaborative which unites industry and conservation leaders to improve soil and water quality in the U.S. states of Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska. She was also on the Board of Directors for the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. Prior to joining Cargill in January 2015, Jill was an accomplished entrepreneur in the field of sustainability and management consulting. She was recognized as an Ernst & Young 2006 Entrepreneur of the Year® finalist in Minnesota and the Dakotas. Jill holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science in computer science, both from the University of Minnesota.
Mark is currently the Vice President, Business Development at Nutrien. In this role, Mark is responsible for the ongoing development of Nutrien Ag Solutions’ (Retail) business and growth strategy, while also leading the planning and execution of M&A activity, including traditional and technology-based acquisitions and investments, as well as the organization’s greenfield build program. Mark also plays a key role in developing and leading external partnerships with stakeholders across the AgTech ecosystem, including early-stage companies, venture capital funds and established agricultural industry participants.
Prior to being appointed to his current role, Mark held the positions of Vice President, Strategy & Special Assistant to the CEO at Agrium, leading the development of the company's corporate strategy, along with oversight responsibilities for growth of the organization – in addition to providing strategic and financial advisory support to Chuck Magro, Nutrien’s current President & CEO. Mark was also significantly involved in the formulation and execution of the company’s Innovation & Technology strategy, including investment activity across its key innovation focus areas of plant nutrition, crop protection, digital/precision agriculture and seed.