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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.

Erin Rees Clayton
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Erin Rees Clayton, Ph.D.

Erin Rees Clayton, Ph.D. supports GFI's efforts to generate and communicate data-driven insights to accelerate the global alternative protein scientific ecosystem. Areas of expertise: alternative protein scientific research needs, research funding, research project management.

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.

Nir Goldstein
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Nir Goldstein

Nir Goldstein leads GFI Israel, pushing plant-based and cultivated meat innovation in what is often called “Startup Nation.” Areas of expertise: food tech entrepreneurship, business strategy and development, policy, intellectual property.

Sheila Voss
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Sheila Voss

Sheila Voss oversees GFI's strategic awareness and action campaigns, data-driven storytelling, and communications-related partnerships. Areas of expertise: plant science and sustainability, agricultural education, biodiversity and climate change messaging.

Susan Halteman
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Susan Halteman

Susan Halteman is GFI’s Senior Vice President of Development. Areas of expertise: leadership, nonprofits, fundraising, strategy, and donor engagement