Simran is a fellow at the Institute for Food and Development Policy (Food First) in Oakland, USA, and a former professor of communications at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy. She has spoken on five continents at events including the World Cocoa Conference, the James Beard Foundation Food Conference, the International Food Journalism Festival, TEDx, Slow Food Nations, the Commonwealth Club, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Food Tank Summit and the Global Landscapes Forums in both Indonesia and Peru.

She has lectured on writing, chocolate, agricultural biodiversity, environmentalism and sustainability at institutions including Harvard University, Columbia University, Cornell University, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the New York Open Center and Smith College (which awarded her the 2009 Smith College Medal).


Moderator and Keynote, Chocoa 2019 (Amsterdam, Netherlands, February 2019)
Keynote, American Cheese Society Conference (Pittsburgh, PA, July 2018)
Keynote, Tastes of the World Chef Culinary Conference (Amherst, MA, June 2018)
Special Guest, Social Cohesion Days (Reggio Emilia, Italy, May 2018)
Presenter, School of Artisan Food (Nottinghamshire, UK, May 2018)
Presenter, Dublin Institute of Technology School of Culinary Arts and Food Technology (Dublin, Ireland, May 2018)
Presenter, London Gastronomy Seminar (Prufrock, UK, May 2018)
Moderator, World Cocoa Conference (Berlin, Germany, April 2018)
Keynote, Camera della Moda (Milan, Italy, March 2018)
Panelist, International Food Policy Research Institute (Washington, DC, March 2018)
Presenter, International Food Journalism Festival (Torino, Italy, February 2018)
Speaker, Slow Food’s Cheese 2017 (Bra, Italy, September 2017)
Presenter, Slow Food Nations (Denver, CO, July 2017)
Presenter, Grani Futuri at Convento di San Matteo (Puglia, Italy, June 2017)
Presenter, Zingtrain (Ann Arbor, MI, June 2017)
Presenter, Camp Bacon (Ann Arbor, MI, June 2017)
Presenter, Book tour for Italian release of Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love (Italy, May 2017)
Speaker, Smithsonian Earth Optimism Summit (Washington, DC, April 2017)
Guest Lecturer, University of the Sciences (Philadelphia, PA, December 2016)
Speaker, Chatham University (Pittsburgh, PA, December 2016)
Keynote, Northwest Chocolate Festival (Seattle, WA, November 2016)
Presenter, Northwest Chocolate Festival (Seattle, WA, November 2016)
Speaker, University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada, November 2016)
Speaker, Cornell University (Ithaca, NY, October 2016)
Presenter, The James Beard Foundation Food Conference (New York, NY, October 2016)
Speaker, The Commonwealth Club (San Francisco, CA, October 2016)
Writer in Residence, La Pitchoune, Julia Child’s Summer Home (Provence, France, October 2016)
Speaker, Atlanta Food & Wine Festival (Atlanta, GA, June 2016)
Presenter, Pennsylvania State College (State College, PA, June 2016)
Moderator, World Cocoa Conference (Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, May 2016)
Speaker, Denver Museum of Nature & Science (Denver, CO, May 2016)
Speaker, Iowa Writers’ Workshop (Iowa City, IA, April 2016)
Keynote, 7th Annual Chefs Collaborative Summit (New York, NY, April 2016)
Speaker, New York Open Center (New York, NY, April 2016)
Presenter, Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte (Charlotte, NC, March 2016)
Presenter, JUSTUS Kitchen (Berkeley, CA, March 2016)
Moderator, Columbia University (New York, NY, February 2016)
Speaker, Smith College Club of Washington, D.C. (Washington, DC, January 2016)
Keynote, National Council for Science and Environment Annual Conference (Washington, DC, January 2016)