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Henry C. Gardiner Global Food Systems Lecture

Why there doesn't need to be a global food crisis

Sara Menker, Founder and CEO
Gro Intelligence

Monday, October 8, 2018, 7 p.m.
McCain Auditorium, Kansas State University


Sara Menker, Gro Intelligence

Sara Menker is founder and CEO of Gro Intelligence, a technology company that is bridging data gaps across the global agriculture sector, empowering decision makers and creating a more informed, connected, efficient and productive global agriculture industry.

Prior to founding Gro, Menker was a vice president in Morgan Stanley's commodities group. She began her career in commodities risk management, where she covered all commodity markets, and she subsequently moved to trading, where she managed a trading portfolio.

Menker is a trustee of the Mandela Institute For Development Studies (MINDS) and a trustee of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). She was named a Global Young Leader by the World Economic Forum and is a fellow of the African Leadership Initiative of the Aspen Institute.

Menker received a B.A. in Economics and African Studies at Mount Holyoke College and the London School of Economics and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.

ARCHIVE: See transcripts and videos from previous lectures in this series
  • January, 2015 -- Robb Fraley, Monsanto
  • October, 2015 -- Greg Page, Cargill, Inc.
  • October, 2016 -- Jay Famiglietti, University of California-Irvine
  • September, 2017 -- Jason Clay, World Wildlife Fund



The mission of the Henry C. Gardiner Global Food Systems Lecture Series is to provide science-based education about the global food systems. The series allows university students, faculty, staff and Kansas citizens to interact with U.S. and international food industry leaders.