Fall 2016 Symposium



The symposium will take place from 12pm to 6pm on Friday, October 21, 2016.

12:00pm – 12:45pm Lunch and Opening Speaker


Fred Fedynyshyn

Chief Legal and Compliance Officer, BitPesa


1:00pm – 2:15pm Panel 1: Artificial Intelligence and Robots


Rebecca Crootof

Information Society Project Executive Director

Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School


Margot Kaminski

Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law


Jessie Mooberry

Vice-Director, Uplift Aeronautics


Mary Wareham

Advocacy Director of the Arms Division, Human Rights Watch


2:30pm – 3:45pm Panel 2: Agricultural Innovation and Development


Roger Beachy

Chief Scientific Officer, Indigo

Founding President, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center


Mark Cackler

Manager of Agriculture and Food Security, World Bank


Katrin Kuhlmann

President and Founder, New Markets Lab


David Rosenberg

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, AeroFarms


4:00pm – 4:45pm Closing Speaker


Michael French

Chief of Staff, NASA


5:00pm – 6:00pm Evening Reception with Speakers: Introductory remarks by Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow




Roger Beachy is Professor Emeritus, Department of Biology at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Beachy also is Chief Science Officer, Indigo Agriculture (Boston, MA) and Senior Fellow, World Food Center, UC Davis, where he previously served as Executive Director. Beachy was appointed by Pres. Obama to the National Science Board in 2014; and 2009-2011 as Director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He was President of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, Missouri, 1999-2009; previous appointments included Prof. of Cell Biology at The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA; Prof. of Biology, Washington University in St. Louis. He is a Member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences; Fellow of the AAAS and the American Academy of Microbiology; Foreign Associate/Fellow of Korea Academy of Sciences, India National Academy of Sciences, The World Academy of Sciences, and others. He is a Wolf Prize Laureate in Agriculture (2001), awarded of the Bank of Delaware’s Commonwealth Award for Science and Industry (1991), the Ruth Allen award from the American Phytopathological Society (1990), among other awards. Current focus includes increasing collaborations and innovations in science, and in science policy.


Mark Cackler is Manager, Agriculture and Food Security, at the World Bank, working on agricultural transformation in Africa.

Mr. Cackler joined the World Bank in 1981, after working as an Overseas Representative for John Deere Intercontinental, Ltd., an agricultural equipment manufacturer, based in Thailand.  Initial assignments in the World Bank included agriculture and natural resources units for East Africa, China, Indonesia and the Pacific Islands, and in the World Bank’s New Delhi Office, where he led the World Bank’s commercial agriculture portfolio in India.  In 2000, he was appointed Manager of the Agriculture and Rural Development for Latin America and the Caribbean, and in 2007 Mr. Cackler was appointed Manager of the central agriculture and rural development department, where he managed World Bank global programs and partnerships for agriculture and food security, including the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP), the Global Food Safety Partnership, the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development, AgriFin (on agricultural finance), AgResults (on private sector innovations), and other programs dealing with climate smart agriculture, agricultural technology, gender in agricultural livelihoods, livestock, and agricultural risk management.  In May 2015, Mr. Cackler was appointed as Manager for the unit responsible for World Bank activities dealing with agricultural transformation in Africa.

Mr. Cackler is from the United States and was raised in Moline, Illinois. He has economics degrees from Oberlin College, Ohio, and the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Avery Cohn is the Moomaw Assistant Professor of International Environment and Resource Policy at the Fletcher School at Tufts University. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from the University of California, Berkeley. Avery is dedicated to producing scientific evidence inspired to inform governance for addressing and coping with environmental change. Much of his research focuses on the future of agriculture and forests in a changing climate in developing countries. Avery’s research is often quantitative, has involved mixed methods, and often involves the study of interactions between earth systems, human behavior, and institutions. He favors empirical research when possible and often collects or assembles novel datasets to overcome data gaps in the regions that he studies. He has worked on topics including the governance of deforestation, projects to promote sustainable intensification of agricultural production, food loss reduction, the resilience of diversified farming systems, crop pests in a changing climate, and the value of forests for the natural resource economy via local and regional climate regulation. He has published papers in journals including Environmental Science & Technology, Conservation Letters, ERL, Nature Climate Change, and PNAS.


Rebecca Crootof is the Information Society Project Executive Director and a Research Scholar and Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. Her primary areas of research include technology law, public international law, and torts; much of her work focuses on questions of when and how law can channel technological development to promote socially desirable aims. Crootof has authored pieces on subjects ranging from how autonomous weapon systems may foster the rise of international tort law to the influence of non-self-executing treaties on American jurisprudence. At Yale, she teaches a course on domestic and international means of regulating disruptive technologies.

Crootof earned her B.A. cum laude at Pomona College, her J.D. at Yale Law School, and her PhD at Yale Law School, where she graduated as a member of the first class of PhDs in law awarded in the United States. Her dissertation, Keeping Pace: New Technology and the Evolution of International Law, examines how technology fosters change in the international legal order, both by creating a need for new regulations and by altering how sources of international governance are created and interact. More info is available at www.crootof.com.


Fred Fedynyshyn is Chief Legal and Compliance Officer at BitPesa, a fintech start-up headquartered in Kenya and with operations in Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda that offers fast, efficient, and low-cost payments between Africa and the world by leveraging bitcoin and the blockchain. Before joining BitPesa, Fred was an attorney at Hogan Lovells in Washington D.C., where his practice focused on investigations and cybersecurity and data breach matters. Fred also spent three years as an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at the National Security Agency, supporting the intelligence collection mission and working on a broad range of foreign intelligence and counterterrorism issues. Fred received his law degree from Harvard Law School and his undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College.


Michael French serves as NASA’s chief of staff and as a senior advisor to NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr.  Before becoming chief of staff in October 2014, French served as deputy chief of staff, beginning in May 2012.

Prior to joining NASA in 2011, French served as senior advisor to the Secretary of the Interior, as deputy director of Cabinet Affairs at the White House, and as counsel to the chairman of the Federal Election Commission. Prior to working in the federal government, French practiced law in the defense-aerospace sector as an attorney in Los Angeles. In 2008, French served as an in-house counsel to the Obama for America campaign and as an attorney to the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team.

French earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. He also holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He lives with his wife and two children in Alexandria, VA.


Margot Kaminski researches and writes on law and technology. She is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School. Professor Kaminski’s research and policy work focuses on media freedom, online civil liberties, international intellectual property law, legal issues raised by AI and robotics, and surveillance. She has written on law and technology for the popular press, and appeared on NPR’s On the Media and other radio shows and podcasts. Her article, “The Capture of International Intellectual Property Law Through the U.S. Trade Regime” was published in the Southern California Law Review; and her essay on domestic drone use, “Drone Federalism: Civilian Drones and the Things They Carry” was published in the California Law Review Circuit.

From 2011 to 2014, Professor Kaminski served as the executive director of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, an intellectual center addressing the implications of new information technologies for law and society. She remains an affiliated fellow of the Yale ISP.  She was a law clerk to the Honorable Andrew J. Kleinfeld of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Prior to attending law school, Professor Kaminski worked for a literary agency and as a freelance writer. While at Yale, she co-founded the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic (MFIA), and worked as a Google Policy Fellow at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.


Vivek Krishnamurthy is the Assistant Director of Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic, based at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. A public international lawyer by training and background, Vivek’s clinical teaching focuses on the regulation of the internet as a cross-border phenomenon and on the human rights impacts of internet-based technologies. He advises activists, journalists, governments, and technology companies on these questions and has spoken about the intersection between the internet and human rights at conferences and symposia around the world.

A graduate of Yale Law School, Vivek holds degrees from the University of Toronto and the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He clerked for the Hon. Morris J. Fish of the Supreme Court of Canada and currently serves on the board of directors of the Global Network Initiative. Prior to joining the Cyberlaw Clinic, Vivek was an associate in the Corporate Social Responsibility and International Litigation practice groups at Foley Hoag LLP.


Katrin Kuhlmann is the President and Founder of the New Markets Lab, a legal and regulatory think tank and innovation lab that improves systems for economic law and regulation to generate broad-based opportunity and entrepreneurship. She is a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center. Her areas of focus include trade and development law, economic law and regulation, regional trade agreements, social enterprise, and international legal and regulatory reform. She is published widely and frequently speaks on these topics.

Ms. Kuhlmann is a member of the Advisory Boards of the Law and International Development Society (LIDS) at Harvard and Georgetown Law Schools, and she directs the Trade Innovation Initiative through Harvard LIDS. She is also a member of the Trade Advisory Committee on Africa of the Office of the United States Trade Representative, Bretton Woods Committee, the Trade Policy Forum, and the Trade, Finance, and Development Experts Group of the E15 Initiative led by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development and the World Economic Forum. She serves on the boards of the Washington International Trade Association and Malaika Foundation and is a member of the Advisory Group of the Global Food Security Project of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

Ms. Kuhlmann was a 2012-13 Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard Law School and Co-Founder and President of TransFarm Africa. She has served as a Senior Fellow and Director at the Aspen Institute, a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund, and a senior executive at several non-profit organizations.  She also served as the Director for Eastern Europe and Eurasia at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative from 1999-2005 and practiced international law at Skadden and Dewey Ballantine. She holds degrees from Harvard Law School and Creighton University and was the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship to study international economics.


Jessie Mooberry is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Stanford University’s Peace Innovation Lab where she builds & teaches about Peace Technology. Her current work includes mentoring & building businesses to support and empower Syrian refugees, working directly with a local NGO in the Middle East to plan humanitarian drone cargo delivery programs in the MENA region, building ICT and network technology in Syria, and writing & speaking internationally to use neutral technology positively.

Jessie studied Finance & Chinese at the University of Pittsburgh, the London School of Economics, and Fudan University in Shanghai. In addition, she is a Social Enterprise Fellow for the Ariane de Rothschild Foundation at Cambridge University. Jessie sits on the Board of People’s Light theater in Malvern, PA.


David Rosenberg is a serial entrepreneur, co-founder and leader of AeroFarms, a clean-technology company that builds and operates advanced vertical farms in urban environments.

AeroFarms has been recognized as a Circular Economy 100 company, won the World Technology Award for most impactful Environmental Company, was voted Most Innovative Company at the Future of Agriculture conference, the Best Growth Company to invest in at the Wall Street Journal’s ECO:nomics conference, and was a finalist for The Circular Awards for The World Economic Forum. David is also the founder of Hycrete, Inc., a nanotechnology cleantech company.

David is a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) where he is honored as a Young Global Leader and was a Technology Pioneer for his nanotech company. At WEF he Co-Chairs the YGL Circular Economy Taskforce and is also a Co-Lead for the Technology and Innovation Group of the Transformational Leaders in Agriculture and was previously a Member of the Global Agenda Council on Water Security. David is also a member of the B20 SME Taskforce, which advises the G20. David is also a member of Young Presidents Organization.

David is an annual lecturer at Columbia Business School and a former adjunct professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business. David received his BA from UNC Chapel Hill and holds an MBA from Columbia University. He competed for the U.S. in Fencing where he was a finalist at a world cup and represented the NYAC, winning three U.S. National Team Fencing Championships and two individual silver medals.


Mary Wareham is advocacy director of the Arms Division, where she leads Human Rights Watch’s advocacy against particularly problematic weapons that pose a significant threat to civilians. She is also serving as the global coordinator of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. From 2006 to 2008, Wareham served as advocacy director for Oxfam New Zealand, leading its efforts to secure an arms trade treaty and the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions. Wareham was senior advocate for the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch from 1998 to 2006 and was responsible for global coordination of the Landmine Monitor research initiative, which verifies compliance and implementation of the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty. From 1996 to 1997, Wareham worked for the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, assisting Jody Williams in coordinating the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), co-laureate of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize together with Williams. Wareham worked as a researcher for the New Zealand parliament from 1995 to 1996 after receiving bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from Victoria University of Wellington.