Simran is a fellow at the Institute for Food and Development Policy (Food First) in Oakland, USA, and visiting faculty at the University of Gastronomic Sciences (Pollenzo, Italy) and John Cabot University (Rome, Italy). She has spoken on five continents at events including the Global Landscapes Forum, WOMAD, Terra Madre, the Clinton Global Initiative, the World Cocoa Conference and the Festival of Dangerous Ideas.

She has lectured on writing, chocolate, agricultural biodiversity, environmentalism and sustainability at institutions including Cornell University, the Commonwealth Club, the Sydney Opera House, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Smith College (which awarded her the 2009 Smith College Medal). A full list of presentations can be found here. All praise, here.

“In our current socio-political environment—cluttered with too much information, tainted by fake news, and compromised by faulty values—Simran Sethi cuts through the noise with her clear, smart, passionate and engaging voice. Drawing on her personal experience, uncompromising journalism, sharp analysis, and gifted storytelling, Sethi brings a rare and welcome combination of interests and skills to the world of food.”
—Mitchell Davis, Executive Vice President, the James Beard Foundation 


SPEAKING TOPICS INCLUDE:

Endangered Foods: The Loss of Biodiversity in Food and Agriculture
The Green Brain: Psychological Barriers to Social and Environmental Engagement
Women’s Role in Food, Agriculture, and Sustainability
Sensory Exploration in Eating: Taste, Touch, Smell, Sight, Sound

SELECT PRESENTATIONS

TEDxCibeles - Simran Sethi

Presenter, TEDx Plaza Cibeles (Madrid, Spain, June 2012)

Clinton Global Initiative logo WB

Moderator, Clinton Global Initiative (San Diego, CA, April 2011)

Social Cohesion Days - Simran Sethi

Special Guest, Social Cohesion Days (Reggio Emilia, Italy, May 2018)

Queen’s College - Simran Sethi

Presenter, Queen’s College (Melbourne, Australia, October 2013)

Commonwealth Club - Simran Sethi

Speaker, The Commonwealth Club (San Francisco, CA, October 2016)

Awakening Our Democracy, Columbia University - Simran Sethi

Moderator, Columbia University (New York, NY, February 2016)