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Named “the environmental messenger” by Vanity Fair and a top ten eco-hero of the planet by the UK’s Independent, Simran Sethi is a journalist and educator focused on environmentalism, sustainability and social change. She is currently writing a book on the loss of biodiversity in our food system, and is also an associate at the University of Melbourne’s Sustainable Society Institute in Australia. 

Lauded as an “environmental woman of impact” by Daily Variety, Simran is the host of the PBS QUEST series on science and sustainability. She has contributed numerous segments to NBC Nightly News, CNBC, PBS, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and “The Today Show,” and has been featured on Sundance Channel, MSNBC, the History Channel, ABC radio and television in Australia, Vatican Radio in Italy and NPR in the United States. Simran was the national environmental correspondent for NBC News, the anchor/writer of Sundance Channel’s first dedicated environmental programming and the host of the EMMY award-winning PBS documentary A School in the Woods.

Simran is the contributing author of Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy, winner of the bronze 2008 Axiom Award for Best Business Ethics Book. She has written about sustainability for The Huffington Post, Metropolis Magazine, Mother Earth News, and the Guggenheim Museum. She is the founder and curator of the beta website Metamorphose, an interdisciplinary exploration of the personal and cultural dimensions of transformation. 

Simran has presented at institutions ranging from the Commonwealth Club to M.I.T.; spoken at events such as TEDx Plaza Cibeles, TEDx Manhattan, James Beard Foundation Food Conference, GreenBiz Forum, the Sustainable Foods Summit in Amsterdam, and the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney; keynoted conferences including the 140 Character Conference, North American Association For Environmental Education conference, and the University of Southampton’s Interdisciplinary Research Week; and moderated panels for the White House’s GreenGov and for Clinton Global Initiative University.

Simran has served, since 2008, as an associate fellow at the Asia Society. Simran was also a fellow in the Poynter Institute’s Sense-Making project, a Ford Foundation-funded program studying the integration of new media and democratic values. Simran holds an M.B.A. in sustainable business from the Presidio Graduate School and graduated cum laude with a B.A. in sociology and women’s studies from Smith College. She is the 2009 recipient of the Smith College Medal, awarded to alumnae demonstrating extraordinary professional achievements and outstanding service to their communities, the 2010 recipient of the American College Personnel Association Champion of Sustainability award for leadership on sustainability in academe, and the 2011 winner of the National Education Association Mobile Project Award.

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