Chief Executive Officer, Sorghum UnitedMr. Blum is a native Nebraskan with roots on a fourth-generation family farm operation consisting of row crops. His passion for public service and agriculture has led him to careers working for farmers as staff at the US House of Representatives and as the former Executive Director of the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board and Nebraska Sorghum Producers Association. “I firmly believe in the value of sorghum and millets to human and animal health. Importantly, our changing global climate requires a renewed emphasis on water-smart and drought-resistant grains. Consumer and producer education in regard to the value of sorghum and millets, which meet the challenges of climate-smart agriculture, is vital to the future of our our species on this planet.” Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.sorghumunited.com.
Co - Founder BontasanaI am a heath food specialist and deal with food formulation from the cultivation to the production process, developing formulas and combining ingredients. I co-founded Bontasana, a company that produces 100% Sorghum pasta by combining the traditional Italian method with an innovative gelatinisation system that allows for a perfect cooking hold. Sorghum still represents an exciting challenge because there is no classification of varieties in relation to their use in the food industry, as there is for wheat. And this is where my research focuses. Website: www.bontasana.com
Founder ANIKA ORGANICS & NATURALSEntrepreneur, visionary dreamer for good food for good health, Agritech and Tech savvy. Setup, scaled and managed businesses with cross-functional responsibilities that have been holistically entrepreneurial, with 'hands-on' experience across diverse markets in the Globally. Designed and developing Innovative things for SaaS, agri clusters. that included optimising supply chains of traditional commodities and consumer goods, as well as deploying disruptive digital solutions to create and capture value. Experienced product leader with a cross-functional experience across Technology, Product, Business & People, Create innovative solutions to real-world challenges. website: www.anikaorganic.com
Co-Founder and Executive Director Nutri-WorthNicholas is a Ugandan with more than 6 years experience working with millets and sorghum. He began his work with millets in 2015 using it in the management and prevention of malnutrition among children and women in Eastern Uganda; later moving into research on millets and sorghum products that can be used as a nutritious food option during the 1000 days window of opportunity. As founder and team lead Nutri-Worth; Nicholas continues to advocate for healthy food systems and believes millets are a game. changer in the campaign against food insecurity. Website: www.nutriworth.org
Coach 1:1 & Agile Team CoachFranco Borgogno is a Self-taught plant-based food designer, based in Argentina who explores food through a holistic approach according to its material, healing and emotional properties. He is the founder of Curcuma, An Argentinean start-up that produces plant-based food mainly made from “Sorghum” following a regenerative agriculture and production system where all the crops produced are gluten free. The star product is the “Sorghum” patties which consumers are choosing as a new old alternative for Burgers since it’s an ancient grain and people in Africa, India and Asia have been having it for millennia.His work as researcher has led him to know the core of different cultures and lived in places such as New Zealand, Israel, Thailand, Singapore, Costa Rica and the U.S.A. He’s currently collaborating on various projects that seek to have a positive impact on the food industry https://www.instagram.com/curcumapb/
Co-Founder and Executive Director Choosing FOOD3050I have worked in development and food and agriculture for most of my career living in India, Sri Lanka, Italy, Malaysia, the Philippines, Australia and New Zealand. The previous 9 years I lived in India and heard about millets and sorghum for the first time and quickly became converted.
I believe we need to drive demand for smarter foods and especially focus on more nutritious and diverse staples – this is how we can have big impact on the health of people and the planet. Underlying this is supporting the smaller entrepreneurs and farmers to be profitable and key players in the economy.
As the founder and previous Executive Director of Smart Food, I have focused on mainstreaming millets. This includes working with a team to create reality TV for a cause. Along with a global team we undertook the largest studies on the nutrition and health benefits of millets including on diabetes, anaemia, growth/malnutrition, hyperlipidemia and calcium retention and deficiencies. We undertook the first-ever scientific studies on millets in school feeding programs which were undertaken in Tanzania and India. We conducted a number of market analyses for the demand potential for millets, including the largest consumer study on millets with 15,500 face-to-face interviews across 7 cities in India. We also published the first coffee table book on millets, The Millet Movement in India, selling in Amazon.
I started my career as an agricultural economist and later moved into market research in agribusiness and other related areas.
In January 2022, I returned to my home country Australia and am starting new initiatives to further build the millet value chains. See more at: website: www.letsmillet.org
Co-Founder ORI SorghoConsumer of sorghum since my childhood in my native Tunisia, I am an architect. I have fifteen years of experience in the management of architecture / real estate / industry projects within major industrial clients in Tunisia & France & Europe (PSA RETAIL / REXAM HEALTHCARE / ORANGINA / AIRBUS / NOVARES AUTOMOTIVE / CNRS PUBLIC RESEARCH / PUREVER CLEANROOMS / MERCK HEATHCARE ) .
In 2019, I discovered sorghum in France, the project emerged in a few days. I attributed the year 2020 to the study and competence of this adventure, the decision is made after reflection, organization of roles and consumer tests: ORI was born in 2021.
Entrepreneur in human food, activity based on knowledge and an ancient human practice reinvented and re-enchanted for a new culinary experience.
ORI is the New Specialist in Dietary and Sustainable Solutions (Whole Cereals, No Preservatives, No Dyes, No Flavors, No Additives, No Processed Foods, No Sweeteners), Vegan and Naturally Gluten-Free!
ORI is a company with a mission committed to its territory to support economic players in agriculture and industry to innovate, create sustainable value and build efficient, scalable, agile and low-tech production facilities and tools.
Our ORI SORGHUM universe is dedicated to the creation of intelligent food solutions based on SORGHUM, this ancient grain oriented towards the future!
With a multidisciplinary team, we act for sustainable agriculture, a responsible industry and tasty food.
Our Mission: Participate in the awakening of your senses and make you travel through cultures.
International promotion manager FNPSMSGraduated of the Agricultural School of Angers (FRANCE), after a first experience as product manager, I specialized into European seed sector and international cooperation for agricultural projects. As international promotion manager for the French Federation of the National Production of Maize and Sorghum Seeds (FNPSMS) and Sorghum ID, I dedicate my efforts to promote a sustainable way to produce food. I believe agriculture should be based on the cultivation of the most relevant varieties for each climate and challenges by well-trained professionals. That is why we are committed to build a strong European Sorghum sector within the association Sorghum ID by cooperating with institutions, seeds professionals, researchers, farmers and industrial users. website: www.maizeurop.com