Simran is a senior fellow at the Oakland Institute in Oakland, CA, researching and reporting on the just and sustainable use of psychedelic plant medicines. She recently served as a summer professor of communications at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy, and has lectured on communications in the Master of Food Studies program at Chatham University and Johns Hopkins University. 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.

Simran has lectured on storytelling, biodiversity, climate change, and sustainability at institutions including the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, 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. 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, Chief Strategy Officer, 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


James Beard Foundation Food Conference - Simran Sethi

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

TEDxManhattan - Simran Sethi

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

Awakening Our Democracy, Columbia University - Simran Sethi

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

TEDxCibeles - Simran Sethi

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

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