Charlie grew up in southeast Nebraska and graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Journalism degree.
Charlie spent 10 years as a corporate officer for a leading food company. He also worked for a public relations company, was an award-winning radio journalist and worked in video and film.
Charlie Arnot is recognised as a thought leader in food and agriculture. He is highly regarded as both a writer and sought-after speaker who engages audiences across the globe. Charlie has more than 25 years of experience working in communications, public relations and issues management within the food system. He serves as CEO of The Center for Food Integrity, a non-profit organisation dedicated to building consumer trust and confidence in today’s food system. He is also the founder and president of Look East, an employee-owned consulting firm with offices in Missouri and Iowa.
Charlie will bring to LambEx an update on his most recent campaign in the space of gene editing and the persistent consumer concerns and misconceptions that have made the path to consumer acceptance more difficult for GM food.
Melissa is a successful technology entrepreneur and inspirational role model who was awarded the Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to the technology industry. She is the first non-farmer Director of Beef and Lamb New Zealand. She recently retired from a role with New Zealand’s Ministry of Primary Industry as an Independent Advisor to their Primary Growth Partnership R & D Scheme. She works closely with a number of major primary sector companies including Kotahi, AsureQuality and Lincoln University.
Melissa already has a string of entrepreneurial successes. She established a health and safety and ACC consultancy which became New Zealand’s largest private accident compensation insurer.
Melissa brings a unique perspective to global disruptive change and what it will mean for the meat industry.
James Rebanks is a shepherd who runs a family-owned farm in the eastern Lake District in Northern England, in the same valleys and fells that his family has farmed for over 600 years. He still farms Herdwick sheep, while also running a consultancy based at his farm.
As @herdyshepherd1 he tweets about his farm and his flock’s daily life, and has over 100,000 followers.
He is the author of the acclaimed memoir, THE SHEPHERD’S LIFE, a Sunday Times #1, and New York Times bestseller, which has been translated into 18 languages – not bad given Redbanks left school at 15, barely able to write. After dropping out of school James later graduated from Oxford University. James now advises Unesco on how to manage growing tourism in developing countries.