GFI Asia Pacific
A large and growing market, Asia Pacific is home to cutting-edge innovation. Singapore and China, especially, are committed to leading the world in food security and climate change mitigation. GFI Asia Pacific is focused on alternative protein advancement in Singapore, Japan, and South Korea, working internationally — in collaboration with our strategic partners in China — to support innovators, disseminate open-access data and knowledge, and accelerate scientific advancement.
Brazil is one of the largest meat producers in the world and is home to both the world’s largest meat company and the world’s largest ground beef company. GFI Brazil works with these and other companies as well as the Brazillian government and scientists across the country to accelerate alternative protein science, entrepreneurship, and markets.
Europe has a population more than twice that of the U.S., is home to much of the world’s scientific and commercial talent, and is one of the biggest potential markets for alternative proteins. Europe influences the world through trade, migration, diaspora communities, and thought leadership. GFI Europe focuses much of its efforts on advancing favorable alternative protein policies and regulations throughout the European Union.
India is predicted to be the world’s most populous country within the next decade and is a prime market for alternative protein solutions to malnutrition. Further, these solutions are potential fuel for robust domestic economic growth. GFI India aims to establish India as a sourcing base for plant-based protein and to cultivate a scientific talent pool for cultivated meat research and manufacturing.
Israel, often referred to as the “Startup Nation,” is renowned for its innovative technology, entrepreneurial spirit, supportive government policies, and investment capital. Israel is also recognized as a world leader in agriculture research, stem-cell research, tissue engineering, microbiology, and nanotechnology. The country has emerged as a hub for alternative protein innovation and cultivated meat company development. GFI Israel is engaging the highest levels of government and fostering the alternative protein ecosystem.
Our global expertise
ACTING MANAGING DIRECTOR, ASIA PACIFIC
Mirte Gosker leads GFI Asia Pacific as Acting MD, 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.
MANAGING DIRECTOR, BRAZIL
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.
Richard Parr, MBE
MANAGING DIRECTOR, EUROPE
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.
MANAGING DIRECTOR, INDIA
Varun Deshpande leads GFI India’s growing team in the world’s second-most populous country.
Areas of expertise: India, Southeast Asia, startups, business strategy and strategic planning, grant writing, public speaking, and data analysis.
MANAGING DIRECTOR, ISRAEL
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.