Isha has been pioneering the field of cellular agriculture since 2009, when she began a deep-dive investigation into the technical challenges and opportunities involved in producing cultured meat. In 2010 Isha published "Possibilities for an in-vitro meat production system" in the food science journal Innovative Food Science and Emerging Technologies.
She quickly discovered that cellular agriculture research was not held back by a lack of interest or expertise, but instead by a lack of designated funding channels directed at this intersectional work. Thus began her quest to establish the field of animal products made without animals, one recognized by researchers, funding agencies, and investors.
A stint in Policy and Public Affairs at GlaxoSmithKline illuminated the cooperative relationship between non-profits, academia, and companies in translating beneficial science out of the lab and into society. Isha has used a model established in the advancement of medical research to accelerate cellular agriculture, by funding early stage, foundational research in academia in order for ready-to-market technologies to be developed for commercial use.
Isha became Executive Director of New Harvest in January 2013. She co-founded Muufri, making milk without cows, in April 2014 and Clara Foods, making eggs without chickens, in November 2014.
Isha has a BSc. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Alberta and a Masters in Biotechnology from the University of Toronto.
Isha enjoys rooftops, houseplants, long walks through the city, and the freedom of not owning a car.
Kate Krueger, PhD
Kate Krueger is Research Director at New Harvest. Before joining the New Harvest team in 2017, she worked at Perfect Day Foods, contributing to their foundational patent on novel milk proteins.
Kate holds a Ph.D. in Cell Biology from Yale University and an A.B. in Biochemistry from Mount Holyoke College. She has extensive research experience in biochemistry, structural biology, and cell biology. She is passionate about using technology for the betterment of society.
She has been interviewed by journals including Nature, the Anthropocene, and the New Yorker, and has shared her work through numerous lectures, podcasts, and articles.
Meera has been involved in cellular agriculture since 2015 when she was New Harvest's very first intern. She has a BA in Economics and Philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis.
Meera likes Taco Bell and being on wheels of any kind.
Lanto joined New Harvest in 2018 and brings international experience from his career as educational and cultural exchange program coordinator for Madagascar and Comoros targeting academics, scientists, government officials, religious leaders, and youth activists.
After graduating with a degree in Anglophone Studies from the University of Antananarivo, Lanto spent 27 years coordinating the United States Department of State's educational and cultural exchange programs in Madagascar including the Fulbright program. His tenure at United States Embassy equipped him with a thorough understanding of program management and administrative support operations, especially contract, grant, and database management as well as efficient collaboration between the requisite departments to host events attended by the U.S. ambassador, diplomatic community, and high-level government representatives.
Lanto is fluent in Malagasy, English and French. When not at work, he enjoys spending time with his three boys and playing soccer.
Jeremiah became New Harvest’s Program Manager at the end of 2019. Before, he had worked in science education for a number of years teaching a biomedical engineering lab course at a summer enrichment program. In-between summers, he would take on various and sundry freelance work for fact checking and textbook publishing.But before that, he was in graduate school where he received a M.S. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University. In graduate school, he became involved with science communication and outreach, particularly in preparing spoken lectures for interested lay people. His interest in outreach goes all the way back to his undergraduate days at Gettysburg College (B.S., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) where he discovered the singular joy of interdisciplinary research and learning how to talk between scientists, researchers, and problem solvers of all stripes.Jeremiah never wants to stop learning and is motivated by work that has an impact beyond his life alone. The work at New Harvest — the chance to engage with research and researchers that share these goals — is what makes him brings him to work each day.
Board of Directors
Scott built his career by identifying new markets and shaping innovative products for them. In 1995, he identified search engines as a significant advertising medium and invented the first products to automate marketing across multiple search engines, ultimately creating the bid-for-placement business model. As an initial investor and Director at PayPal, he was a co-inventor of the 'email payments' product now widely used on eBay. In 2000, Scott saw opportunity in the rapid growth of email traffic, co-founding IronPort Systems and serving as CTO. Scott is now a successful angel investor with past or present investments in Zappos, Ekso Bionics, Practice Fusion, ClassPass, Bell Biosystems, Bridge International Academies, Moon Express, Postmates, Thumbtack, and Uber.
Karien is an advocate for openness and supporter of social entrepreneurs. She has played various roles within the Shuttleworth Foundation, facing new challenges and learning every step of the way. She now focuses on the Shuttleworth Fellowship Program - engaging with issues of openness and social change, identifying potential investments and working closely with Fellows towards realising their vision.
She is a native of the Eastern Cape, South Africa, and the smell of rain after a dry spell still makes her think of home. She believes elephants have noble hearts and is passionate about their protection and conservation. It is rare for a meme to pass her by, she always knows what's up in the collective mind of the Internet. Karien studied business and economics at the business schools of the University of Stellenbosch and University of Cape Town.
Vince Sewalt leads the Regulatory Science & Advocacy function of DuPont’s Nutrition & Biosciences business unit. A graduate education rooted in agriculture in the Netherlands, Sri Lanka, the Dominican Republic, and the US, combined with post-doctoral research in biotechnology in Canada and the US prepared Sewalt well for a holistic approach in bioscience innovation in several US companies. Vince is passionate about ‘appropriate technology’ for a sustainable food supply, and this includes capacity building in safety assessment and regulatory oversight for bioscience applications around the globe. Throughout his career, Vince has served as advisor to a variety of organizations, including oversees development volunteers, college programs, think tanks, and even NASA. He readily shares his insights in conferences, publications, and round table workshops, and with trade associations and regulatory agencies. Vince also enjoys mentoring, good conversations, reading, learning, hiking, cycling, exploring new music, and watching Dutch soccer. Last but not least, Vince is a proud father of four and grandfather.
John serves as New Harvest's Treasurer and is the Director of Operations at New Age Meats, a SF-based cultivated meat company developing pork products from animal cells instead of animal slaughter. Previously, he worked in the US and China in various operations and consulting roles before serving as an Army officer with the 25th ID. He received his BA in Economics from UW-Milwaukee and MBA from NYU-Stern.