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Marika Azoff
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Marika Azoff

Marika leads GFI’s work with foodservice operators, retailers, and distributors to inspire and accelerate their shift toward alternative proteins. Areas of expertise: foodservice, retail, distribution, alternative seafood, relationship development, public speaking

Vanessa Assaro-Aluisa
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Vanessa Assaro-Aluisa

Vanessa Assaro-Aluisa supports the SciTech team with administrative and tech needs as well as project coordination, data management, and process optimization. Areas of expertise: administration, new media, program management, project management, Asana, creative crafts.

Melissa Ahlborn
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Melissa Ahlborn

Melissa leads digital engagement initiatives to grow, educate, and inspire GFI’s online audiences. Areas of expertise: social media management, content strategy and creation, analytics, plant-based cooking, food systems

Stephanie von Stein
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Stephanie von Stein

Stephanie leads GFI's global strategic engagement with UN agencies and development finance institutions. Areas of expertise: Asia, strategy for global organizations, international environmental policy, water.

Liz Specht, Ph.D.
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Liz Specht, Ph.D.

Liz Specht oversees GFI’s Science and Technology department to build a roadmap for accelerating alternative protein research while empowering scientists to execute on this vision. Areas of expertise: plant-based meat, fermentation, technical analyses, forecasting and modeling, synthetic biology, public speaking.

Clare Bland
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Clare Bland

Clare Bland leads GFI’s philanthropy team, building partnerships and securing transformational gifts and grants in support of GFI’s global activities and impact. Areas of expertise: philanthropy strategy, program development, foundation grants, effective altruism, plant-based recipe experimentation.

Mirte Gosker
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Mirte Gosker

Mirte Gosker leads GFI Asia Pacific as managing director, accelerating the markets for plant-based and cultivated meat through research and innovation. Areas of expertise: entrepreneurship, business strategy and development, project management, people management, philanthropy.

Gus Guadagnini
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Gus Guadagnini

Gus Guadagnini leads GFI Brazil, building partnerships with many of the world’s leading meat and agricultural companies. Areas of expertise: Brazil, plant-based proteins, entrepreneurship, startups, strategic planning, project management, marketing.