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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.

Richard Parr, MBE
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Richard Parr, MBE

Richard Parr, MBE, leads GFI Europe, advancing smart protein development in dozens of the world’s most advanced economies. Areas of expertise: the European Union (EU), the UK, food policy, policy analysis, nonprofits.

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 Vice President of Development, leading the entire fundraising team. Areas of expertise: fundraising, grant writing, nonprofits, community outreach, photography.