CH4 Global is building a global supply chain of Asparagopsis supplements to reduce cow methane output by up to 90%.
Steve is a Silicon Valley-based Entrepreneur, Investor, Innovator, Founder and Board Advisor after successful careers in Corporate (18+ years in Executive positions) and Academia (17+ years in research and scientific Academic positions). Since an early retirement in late 2012 from a successful Corporate executive career at P&G as Chief Innovation Catalyst, Steve has founded or co-founded four companies in the healthcare, tech, sustainability and innovation sectors, sits on several Advisory Boards across a variety of sectors and also works closely with several global innovation advisory companies. Since early 2013, Steve has consulted with more than 25 Fortune 200 companies around how to better leverage external technology and innovations to drive top and bottom line growth across the automotive, apparel, healthcare, B2B, consumer, financial, travel and tech sectors. Steve has also been advising Governments on innovation strategies since late 2014. He has been consulting with the Australian Government for their innovation agency CSIRO on how to create new business models and strategies to globalize their impact. He also has been working with the New Zealand Government on innovation strategies to leverage novel, cutting edge technology to provide better transparency, efficiency and services to its citizens. Steve is an accomplished, creative, results-driven executive with a record of success at envisioning opportunities and developing the innovation and strategic plan through internal development, partnering, investing or acquisition to deliver top and bottom line growth. Coupled with strong experience leading global programs that are geographically dispersed, multicultural, and multi-functional. and a long history of experience in building internal and external innovation networks to quickly and efficiently identify potential solutions or solution providers provides a unique combination of deep academic, industrial and investment experience.
Toko has over 20 years of experience as a commercial lawyer and many years as a company director. Toko has held directorship roles within dairy-farming, forestry and fishing sector operations in New Zealand.
David Lawson has over 25 years of R&D experience at Procter & Gamble in multiple disciplines and across categories, with experience in both internal development and partnering externally to accelerate innovation. He started with Procter & Gamble in Germany in regulatory affairs for food and beverage products in Europe before managing the product development activities for the Pringles snack food business. He then transferred to Procter & Gamble’s headquarters in Cincinnati, USA where he was responsible for developing research collaborations between P&G and other companies. He expanded his focus on external collaborations and opportunities with stints in Connect + Develop identifying new technologies and collaboration opportunities for P&G’s Health Care and Corporate R&D, as well as his work as Open Innovation Manager for all P&G’s R&D activities in Silicon Valley seeking collaborations and innovations is as diverse areas as renewable materials, life sciences, smart products and advanced materials among others. David received his BSc. in Zoology from the University of Glasgow in Scotland and a MSc, in Tropical Medicine from Salford University, England and his PhD in Molecular Biology from the Max-Planck Institute in Tuebingen, Germany. He retired from P&G in 2018 and is now active within the innovation community in Delaware working with both the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment and as adjunct associate professor at the Horn Entrepreneurship program.
Rowena is a retired Global Brand Development/R&D Vice President with a career spanning over 30 years in health and beauty industries. Her broad experience includes accelerating, turning around and creating new brands. All driven by deep consumer and brand understanding matched with smart science. Rowena holds a BA and an MA from Oxford University in Natural Sciences. She spent over 20 years at Procter & Gamble honing her consumer/brand focus. She then worked at Pfizer in their Consumer Health division leading the Wellness category.