Simran Sethi is a writer and educator focused on food, sustainability and social change. Named one of the “50 Most Influential Global Indians” by Vogue India and the environmental “messenger” by Vanity Fair, Simran has written for outlets including Smithsonian, The Wall Street Journal, Food & Wine, National Geographic Traveler, Forbes, The New Food Economy, The Washington Post, Guernica and The Guardian. She was designated one of the top eight women saving the planet by Marie Claire, and is the author of Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love—named one of the best food books of 2016 by Smithsonian—about the story of changes in food and agriculture told through bread, wine, chocolate, coffee and beer. She is the contributing author of Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy, winner of a 2008 Axiom Award for Best Business Ethics Book.
Lauded as an “environmental woman of impact” by Daily Variety, Simran is the creator of The Slow Melt, the first podcast on the continuum of chocolate and the winner of the 2017 SAVEUR award for Best Food Podcast. She is also a contributor to Good Food, a food program based out of the Los Angeles National Public Radio affiliate KCRW.
Simran is a fellow at the Institute for Food and Development Policy (Food First) in Oakland, USA, and visiting faculty at both John Cabot University in Rome, Italy, and the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy. She has taught independent writing courses at institutions ranging from the School of Artisan Food in the U.K. to Julia Child’s former home in Provence, France.
Simran is a former visiting scholar at the Cocoa Research Centre based at the University of the West Indies in St. Augustine, Trinidad, where she completed training on chocolate making and the sensory analysis of cocoa.
She has spoken on five continents at events including WOMAD, the World Cocoa Conference, the International Food Journalism Festival and the Commonwealth Club, and lectured at institutions ranging from Harvard, Columbia and Cornell Universities to the Sydney Opera House and Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
Simran is the former environmental correspondent for NBC News, which included contributions to CNBC, MSNBC, TODAY and Nightly News. She has produced environmental programming for PBS and the Sundance Channel, and was the host of the EMMY award-winning documentary A School in the Woods. She 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. The College awarded her the Smith College Medal in 2009.