Recipient of the 2010 Oslo Business for Peace Award, William (Will) Rosenzweig is an internationally recognized entrepreneur, educator and an avid gardener. Will has spent over 25 years cultivating thriving startups while teaching and mentoring mission-driven entrepreneurs around the world. Will serves as a Senior Advisor to Generation Investment Management, a public and growth equity practice chaired by Al Gore.
Will was founding CEO (and Minister of Progress) of The Republic of Tea and co-author of The Republic of Tea: How an Idea Becomes a Business, which was named one of the 100 Best Business Books of All Time. Will has served on the professional faculty of the Haas School of Business at UC, Berkeley, since 1999 where he is a Social Impact Fellow. He currently leads Food Innovation Studio, a cross-disciplinary graduate innovation course, and Edible Education 101 with Alice Waters. Will is also managing partner of Physic Ventures. In 2015, Will founded and was named Dean of The Food Business School at The Culinary Institute of America and in 2016, he was named one of seven people shaping the Future of Food by Bon Appetit magazine.
Elaine Hsu specializes in strategy and operations for sustainable and regenerative food businesses. She has worked with Numi Tea, Planet Fwd, California Environmental Associates, the Berkeley Food Network, and local farm LOLA Sonoma. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, where she focused on sustainable food systems, working on a regenerative food marketplace and studying US agricultural policy. While at Haas, Elaine also trained in and taught Leadership Communications for MBA students.
Previously, Elaine worked at eCommerce company Stitch Fix, where she launched new business lines and managed inventory for a business that grew from $40m to $200m during her tenure. Prior to that, she held roles at Booz & Company and Applied Materials, leveraging data to streamline operations.