10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Jack A. Bobo, Senior Vice President, Chief Communications Officer, Intrexon
In a hot, flat hyper-connected world, public perception of risk may determine if agriculture saves the planet by 2050 or destroys it. Science and technology may hold the key to addressing the world's biggest problems related to hunger, sustainability and climate change, but, if media experience with pink slime and GMOs are any indication, we may be in for a bumpy ride. This presentation examines global trends in food and agriculture, the interplay between science and public perception of risk and how organizations, farmers and scientists build trust to navigate these trends.
Jack Bobo serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer for Intrexon, a synthetic biology company developing revolutionary solutions to the world's most pressing problems--in food, energy and health. In 2015, he was named by Scientific American one of the 100 most influential people in biotechnology today. He joined Intrexon from the U.S. Department of State where he worked for thirteen years as a senior advisor on global food policy, biotechnology and agricultural trade. He is an accomplished communicator, having delivered more than 300 speeches on the future of food, the role of science and technology in feeding the world and how to build consumer trust. Prior to his distinguished career at the U.S. Department of State, he was an attorney at Crowell & Moring LLP. He received a J.D., an M.S. in Environmental Science, a B.A. in psychology and chemistry and a B.S. in biology from Indiana University.
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