With diversity in background and experience, we have one goal in common — doing good, effectively.
Elaine founded and manages GFI’s operation in the Asia-Pacific region. She advises startups, corporates, and investors, leads research projects, and works with scientists and policymakers to develop initiatives and partnerships. Elaine first tapped into the alternative protein sector through Green Monday, building what is now Green Monday Ventures. Prior to that, Elaine had over a decade of experience in corporate and finance law, from IPO and M&A to structured products and investment funds.
Elaine lives in Hong Kong.
Victoria leads the finance control, legal compliance and human resources for GFI APAC. Victoria brings in over 11 years of experience in nonprofit and management roles to her work. For the past decade, Victoria has worked for a multinational nonprofit organization and been dedicated to advancing corporate responsibility and sustainability in helping children and their families.
Victoria lives in Hong Kong.
Mirte leads the fundraising activities for GFI APAC. She brings a decade of experience in academics, nonprofits and startups to GFI. Focusing on operations she has built organizations from scratch and guided companies on the internationalization of their programs. In recent years she is focused on impact investing, venture philanthropy and effective altruism. Mirte holds a Master’s in International Development Studies from Wageningen University & Research and is a graduate of the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Programme.
Mirte lives in Singapore.
Dean provides scientific and technical expertise for GFI APAC. He holds a Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology with a focus on poultry muscle development and a bachelor’s in Animal and Veterinary Bioscience, both from the University of Sydney. Dean has experience working for the Australian Federal Government both as a scientific assessor for food safety regulations and as an international policy analyst focusing on the Asia-Pacific region.
Dean lives in Sydney.
Head of Communications and Programs
Ryan Huling leads GFI’s communications and programs for the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to joining GFI, he was working as an international consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), based in Hanoi, Vietnam, where he focused on sustainable food systems and dietary change. Huling also previously served as an international director in the animal protection field and his work has been featured by major news outlets around the globe, including CNN, Fox News, NBC News, USA Today, Business Insider, and WIRED.
Ryan lives in Los Angeles.
Naoto supports GFI’s work in Japan. He is a member of Shojinmeat Project, a citizen science community in Tokyo that conducts research on cell-based meat and social communication activities of cellular agriculture. He works to connect to the stakeholders and bringing GFI the information about the latest update of cellular agriculture in Japan. Currently majoring in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology at the University of Tokyo, he is particularly interested in applying his knowledge to the scientific research of cellular agriculture.
Naoto lives in Tokyo.
Chair, Advisory Council
Nydia Zhang is an angel investor and an alternative protein enthusiast. She is the co-founder of Social Alpha Foundation (SAF), a platform supports Blockchain innovation for social impact. She is the Fund-raising Committee Member of the Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children (HKSPC), Co-Founder of Altprotein HK meetup, former Co-Chair of Financial Literacy & Inclusion Committee at The Fintech Association of Hong Kong (FTAHK) and regional ambassador of Global Blockchain Business council (GBBC) and also sits on the Global Patrons Board of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Bev is CEO of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). With 25+ years in the global food system, Bev is a transformational leader and scale-up strategist with board level experience in both corporates and non-profits. Bev has held C-Suite roles in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas spanning agri-food research, biotech, and nutrition. She is the former CEO of HarvestPlus and the founder of Food Industry Asia (FIA). Prior to this, Bev held senior marketing roles in Syngenta and Kellogg’s.
Rachel lives and works in Bangkok, Thailand and is a legal and policy expert at UNICEF’s Regional Office for East Asia and the Pacific. She has over 10 years’ experience working on international legal issues related to food law, regulatory policy and consumer protection and is passionate about how innovation can transform the food system. Rachel has worked for a variety of international organizations including the United Nations, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the Clinton Health Access Initiative.
Garg is the Founder & CEO of abillionveg, a rapidly growing global internet platform on a mission to help a billion people go vegan by 2030. Vikas launched abillionveg after 15 years in finance & government, and is a dedicated sponsor of education and conservation initiatives around the world. He received Credit Suisse’s Global Citizenship Award, is a Young Leader of the Milken Institute, and a Charter Member of The IndUS Entrepreneurs.