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 


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


Presenter, James Beard Foundation Food Conference (New York City, NY, October 2012)

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

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

Speaker, UniSA Planet Talks, University of South Australia (Melbourne, Australia, March 2015)

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

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

John H. Chafee Memorial Lecture, National Council for Science and the Environment Conference (Washington, D.C., March 2016)

Panelist, International Food Policy Research Institute (Washington, D.C., March 2018)

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

Presenter, TEDx Manhattan (New York City, NY, February 2013)

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