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While the Green Revolution of the 1970s largely addressed the threat of food system shocks, many of these approaches and methods are now unsustainable against the backdrop of climate change and growing populations. Tim Fitzgerald shows how shifting our view of climate change from a problem centered mostly on controlling CO2 emissions, to one equally focused on using emerging technologies to “turbo charge” photosynthesis itself, could dramatically rebalance this global equation. Besides the obvious climate change and food system benefits of these emerging photosynthetic technologies, aligning our deeply rooted instincts for growth, scientific innovation and functionality with these countervailing carbon reduction forces could help alleviate our current political polarization too, since these new approaches are neither anti-nature nor anti-human nature. Tim specializes in moving new ideas and technologies from the drawing board to market adoption. As CEO of ForeLight Inc., he leads the commercialization of ForeLight’s innovative, indoor photosynthesis platform, which bio-manufactures naturally-derived ingredients for large-scale food and beverage, cosmetics and animal feed customers.


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Timothy Fitzgerald

Timothy Fitzgerald

Tim specializes in moving new ideas and technologies from the drawing board to market adoption. As CEO of ForeLight Inc., he leads the commercialization of ForeLight’s innovative, indoor photosynthesis platform, which bio-manufactures naturally-derived ingredients for large-scale food and beverage, cosmetics and animal feed customers.

Tim has held senior leadership roles in business strategy, product/content development, brand building, financial strategy and sales — focused primarily on energy and technology. He has extensive international experience in more than 25 countries, and across both start-up and public company cultures.
Prior to ForeLight, he was a founding partner in a clean-tech financial advisory boutique, a lead executive for more than a decade with IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates, and an energy and environmental advisor with Argonne National Laboratory.

He has been a speaker/presenter at The World Economic Forum; CERAweek; Private Equity International; the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.

He holds a Masters from Johns Hopkins University, a BA from Colorado College and a General Course Diploma from the London School of Economics.