Dr. Ed Harwood
Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer, Aero Farms
Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer of AeroFarms, a leading clean-technology champion, building and operating state-of-the art indoor vertical farms in major cities around the world. Helping set new culinary standards for freshness and flavor, AeroFarms has been recognized as one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, Global Cleantech 100, Inc.com’s Top 25 Disruptive Companies, Winner of the World Technology Award for Most Impactful Environmental Company, and Finalist for The Circular Awards of The World Economic Forum. AeroFarms is a Certified B Corporation and part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation Circular Economy 100.
Dr. Harwood has over 40 years of agricultural and engineering experience in dairy and horticulture industries, and is a thought leader in the world of indoor agriculture with several patents in the field. Prior to AeroFarms, Dr. Harwood was a professor at Cornell University, one of the top agriculture schools in the world where he was responsible for identifying cutting-edge technologies. He has a B.S. in Microbiology and B.S. and M.S. in Animal Science from Colorado State University and Ph.D. in Dairy Science minoring in Artificial Intelligence from University of Wisconsin-Madison.
2018 Summit Session: Keep it Local: Innovations in Food Retail Growth and Distribution