IMAGINE Leaders – Christine Gould
Thought For Food, Founder & CEO
Christine is global leader and expert in agrifood and climatetech innovation, with two decades of experience leading creative and collaborative change throughout the industry. She has built Thought For Food, the world’s largest and most diverse innovation movement and community that spans 180+ countries; has incubated and accelerated 100+ science and technology based startups which have gone
on to raise over $300mm in venture capital; and has worked extensively with organizations that include the United Nations, The Rockefeller Foundation, Cargill, Google, and DHL, among many others.
In her previous roles, Christine led external affairs, public policy, and corporate affairs functions for leading multinationals, unicorn-level startups, think tanks and industry associations. One of the highlights of her career was her work to design and establish the world’s first open-licensing platform for patented vegetable traits while working at Syngenta, which eventually led to a shift in the sharing and use of beneficial intellectual property assets across the entire plant breeding industry.
Christine was appointed to the Advisory Committee for the UN Food Systems Summit, and was selected for the prestigious Acumen/Rockefeller Food Systems Fellowship. Her work has been featured in MIT Tech Review, BBC and The Economist, and Forbes recently named her as one of the ‘Top 10 Women in Synthetic Biology.’
Christine is the author of The Change-makers Guide to Feeding the Planet, the producer of 2 docu-films about next-gen agri-food-tech solutions, and has spearheaded global events on five continents that have earned awards for sustainability and impact from the United Nations Environment Programme and Fast Company.