Please introduce yourself to the rest of the community here. Tell us a bit about yourself, your projects and your relation to XPRIZE.

I’m Nick Ottens, your online community manager. I live in Barcelona, Spain. My background is in political risk analysis, crowdsourced consultancy and journalism. I still occasionally blog about politics and international relations at Atlantic Sentinel.

In addition to the Future of Farming Community, I manage the Coral Restoration and Longevity communities here at XPRIZE.

If you have any community-related questions or need help, please don’t hesitate to message here or email me at

Hi everyone, I’m Tim Silman here at XPRIZE and I’m the project manager for the Future of Farming Impact Roadmap effort.

I’m based in XPRIZE’s LA office but am originally from Vermont. I spent the last few years working for a non-profit consulting firm in the social impact bond / Pay for Success space; I started my career in social policy research and evaluation, followed by some time as a consultant to foundations and multinationals. Along the way I received an MBA focused on sustainable innovation which touched on a number of topics relevant for our work here on farming.

To-date my career has mostly focused on domestic social policy and I’m thrilled to have joined XPRIZE, and to have begun working on this effort around the future of farming, to pivot to focusing on global issues and breakthrough solutions.

Very excited to engage with the community here so please @ me liberally!

Welcome to the the Future of Farming Impact Roadmap online community!

I’m Caroline Kolta, the associate project manager at XPRIZE. I recently received a Master’s degree in Sustainable International Development with a concentration in Conflict Resolution. Before that, I worked on gender and human rights issues in the Middle East and North Africa.

I’m very excited about the Future of Farming Impact Roadmap. I look forward to working with you all to imagine out of the box breakthroughs that are necessary to tackle one of the biggest challenges of our time.

Hi all,

My name’s Sevag Kechichian, and i’m a Research Analyst with XPRIZE.

I’ll be researching and drafting much of The Future of Farming Impact Roadmap content and report. So i will most likely raise a lot of questions on this online community (a few of them will be stupid).

I’m a social scientist by training, and have participated in and led many different types of research projects in areas or on topics such as, political economy, State Theory, violent conflict, transitional justice, human rights, natural resources, and forests. While Comparative Politics was my field of specialty when i was in academia, i’ve also studied, taught and used multi-disciplinary research methodologies.

I look forward to learning from all of you. I’m positive that our collaboration will be fruitful and will lead to significant and impactful outcomes on the future of farming and food.

Thanks @NickOttens for the invitation. My name is Tony Mainardi. I have loosely participated in a previous XPrize a few years ago, which I enjoyed but didn’t have the time to show up as well as I would have liked.

I consider myself a neo-generalist (using Richard Martin’s frame). I have had a few careers, starting in hospitality. I then moved into executive protection and behavioral assessment for the better part of 15 years. Currently I work with leaders and organizations as an advisor and executive coach.

I am also the founder of Thanku Apparel (2006 - present)- a 13 year old start-up (yes still a start-up after all these years–long story!!) - which I revamped last year and I am in the process of building the core/founding team.

I am also the failed founder of another start-up called 4Moz (2006-2007) - a company based out of Mozambique whose intention was to support the health and well-being of the country and it’s people thru manufacturing, farming, tourism, and safety.

Besides my company (Thanku, LLC.), I also work as a contract coach for Stagen ( and their Integral Leadership Program.

I am looking forward to being a part of this community.

Welcome to the community, @Thanku!

My name is Christopher Bush from British Columbia Canada, AKA, the “Poop Soup” guy. I have been working in the sustainable agriculture space for more than 12 years now, starting from where the world thinks things end… manure. I’ve done a couple of TEDx talks, was a finalist in the Singularity University Global Grand Challenge Awards in 2016. I was an impact designer on the Clean Air team in 2017, and I worked aggressively on the “Feeding the Next Billion” challenge for V18. Right now I am assembling a program called “The B.C. Organics Conversion Assembly” which is all about data driven resource efficiency; the Circular Bioeconomy. I’m also headed to Paris France as a finalist in the Hello Tomorrow Global Start-up Challenge in the Agriculture category. I am happy to serve in any way I can, so feel free to reach out. A short video on my work here. ZWC 2016 Innovator Profile Catalyst Agri Innovations on Vimeo

Hello everyone,

First I would like to thank @NickOttens and the XPRIZE team for the invitation to participate. I had only heard of XPRIZE on one or two occasions prior to the invitation, and was not aware of the scope of the XPRIZE mission. To that end, I hope I can contribute in some way.

A little about myself. I grew up in a farming/automotive community in Southern Ontario, and now live in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. My passions have always been science and environmental sustainability. My master’s thesis was focused on fish physiology, and I investigated the effects of ammonia and ethinylestradiol on zebrafish. Upon graduating, I worked as a landscape labourer for nearly a year before taking a job at the University of Guelph as a research technician for their soybean breeding program. Since then I have committed myself to the agriculture industry and research therein, and after a year as an employee with the University I was offered an opportunity to pursue a PhD in Plant Breeding & Genetics (while still working as a technician), for which my project has me investigating genetic x environment interactions in an effort to identify genes contributing to yield that are stable across different climates.

As a student and staff member within the Department of Plant Agriculture, I benefit from exposure to some of the brightest minds in plant agriculture and the newest innovations in agricultural research. It is quite humbling.

I look forward to contributing in whatever way I can.


Welcome to you both, @ACESChris and @cschilli! We’re happy to have you in the community.

Please take a look around and don’t hesitate to join the active discussions or add a discussion of your own.

If you have any questions or need help, just let me know.

My name is Arshi, schooled and post graduated in M. Sc. Agriculture in India.
My early career started as Quality Assurance & Regulatory Affairs (Executive) at Virchow Biotech Private Limited, Hyderabad which lasted a year.
Recognising the regional need, govt. the department’s earmarked 10% of their budget to the North East Region. Resulting in a North Eastern Region-Biotechnology Programme Management Cell (NER-BPMC), at Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, managed by Biotech Consortium India Limited. I served this cell for three and a half years as a Programme Manager – Agriculture.
I am currently serving as Manager (Programmes) in Program Management Unit, jointly supported by Department of Biotechnology, Government of India and the Bill Melinda Gates Foundation and Wellcome Trust housed at Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), New Delhi since last five years.
I also serve as a Contributing Analyst at Wikistrat, the world’s first geostrategic analysis and crowdsourced consultancy.
I am a seasoned evaluator with nine years of progressive experience in project conceptualization, implementation strategy, monitoring and evaluation of agriculture development and nutrition portfolios to improve evidence-based decision making. Efficiently designed conceptual frameworks with monitorable milestones as reporting of findings as per country context regulations. In an official capacity, coordinated implementation and administration of Grand Challenges India (GCI) program(s) in the field of agriculture and nutrition.
Provided handholding support to partners in analyzing the local social context, developing action specific strategic plans and in the whole gamut of Project Cycle Management.
I am interested in advancing my career as a Science Administrator using my techno-commercial experience and project management skills while working in a more responsible role.

Hi, Thanks for the invitation to join. As a supporter of the X Prize since it began I believe it is a very powerful mechanism for addressing social and technical challenges. Although my original interests in and connections with the X Prize were centred on space tourism I have followed its work in other areas and am pleased to re-connect.
My experience and professional background is in energy, particularly energy efficiency and sustainable energy. My company, EnergyPro, exists to accelerate investment into the energy transition, particularly in energy efficiency and we have a consultancy business and an asset management business. We also have an interest in a specialised merchant bank that raises capital for sustainable infrastructure and infra-tech. Farming can definitely come into the infrastructure category and the new technologies using information, robotics and urban agriculture are all really interesting. I am interested in building platforms which can bring capital at scale to opportunities that address the SDGs and have a positive impact in multiple dimensions. Creating such a platform in agriculture would be great. I am also interested in the interactions between agriculture and energy.
I look forward to future collaborations.

Hi there!

I’m Macarena Dagnino Johnson, many thanks to @NickOttens for the invitation to join! I am happy to participate in the discussions and upcoming collaborations, as much as possible I can, because these days I am a full-time mommy taking care of my newborn son :slight_smile:
About me, I am a Geographer from the Catholic University in Chile and MA in Agriculture from New Mexico State University. Most of my work experiences are in water management and food security. I also have experience working in project management for water governance, water irrigation management, global health research with international cooperation agencies, NGOs and private consultancy in Chile, The Netherlands, Ecuador and most recently, the United States.
I look forward to collaborating in topics related to irrigation management (coops for water in rural / peri-urban environments, water conservation, and water rights). I recently have moved to California, so I will more than happy to collaborate with nearby colleagues as well.


Welcome to the community, @arshimehboob, @Stevenfawkes and @madagnino! We’re happy to have you.

I invite you to browse around and see if there are currently any discussions ongoing that you’re interested in. I will also “tag” you in discussions that may be relevant to you to ask for your thoughts.

If you have any questions or need help, please get in touch with me. You can message me here in the community or email me at

Hello all, I find this initiative interesting and am looking forward to seeing how it will develop. I am a management consultant and MBA with extensive experience of supporting energy and renewable energy companies with Business Transformation initiatives. I run Cicero Management Ltd, a boutique management consulting firm based in London but with a global reach. We offer service lines within : Strategy, Operational Excellence, Digital Transformation, Supply Chain Management and Asset Management. We are increasingly seeing clients working actively with sustainability and carbon emission reduction strategies, thus a portion of our work is moving in this direction. I will be happy to contribute in any way I can and am looking forward to connecting with interesting people and share ideas etc. Kind regards, Kenneth Skjøtt Stagis Toft

Welcome @Kenneth! Please also feel free to take a look at our Carbon Removal community. They’re designing an XPRIZE there that can directly remove CO2 emissions from the environment.

Hi everyone!

My name is Autumn Barnes and I am an Agronomy Specialist with the Canola Council of Canada in Lethbridge, Alberta. I have a BSc in Agriculture Studies and a Diploma in Agriculture Production & Management.

I work in knowledge and technology transfer: taking research from the scientific community and sharing it with canola growers and industry. Additionally, I work with canola growers, industry and researchers to prioritize research and innovation needs which will improve the long term sustainability and profitability of canola growers in Canada. I help growers access information by creating resources and coordinating extension opportunities where they can learn about cutting edge technology that will benefit their operations.

I participated in an XPRIZE activity at the WIRED Conference in London in 2016 and am thrilled that the Future of Farming is a priority for XPRIZE.

I am passionate about agriculture and look forward to working with you all.

Hi everyone!
Thnaks to Nick Ottens for inviting me here.
My name is Lorenzo Nannetti and I’m an international relations analyst from Italy. I’m currently a Senior Analyst for a small Italian think tank and have cooperated for years with an US consulting firm dealing in future scenarios and challenges. I have dealt with political risk analysis, conflict resolution, international migration and challenges to security, which has included farming and farming-related issues.
I think these are very interesting topics to deal with and I look forward to working with you all.

Hi to the XPrize community!

I’m Guðbjörg, a production engineer from Iceland. I am currently the COO of Atmonia, an AgTech company, developing a new technology to produce nitrogen fertilizer at the farm, from air, water and electricity - with no emissions. We envision a future where each farmer produces their own fertilizer, with local renewable energy, eliminating emissions, transportations and excessive handling.
I am very passionate about a cleaner agriculture that can feed the growing population in a sustainable way and the development of smallholder farmers, where I think we have great opportunities.
Looking forward to these discussions.

Welcome to the community, @autumnbarnes, @Lorenzo and @Gudbjorg! We’re happy to have you. I hope we have some interesting discussions for you - I look forward to reading your insights!

If you have questions about the community or need help with anything, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.