Founder and CEO, Beyond Meat
Ethan Brown, chief executive officer and co-founder of Beyond Meat – a company focused on rebuilding meat from plants– gained an appreciation for agriculture and the natural world from his father, a professor, conservationist, and hobby farmer. This interest shaped the direction of his career, where he sought to make a contribution to climate change through the clean energy sector. His early work centered on electricity restructuring in support of an open grid, where his analysis at the gubernatorial level directly informed federal and state policies on grid management. Subsequently, Ethan joined the world’s leading PEM fuel cell developer Ballard Power Systems, and remained there for nearly a decade, rising to report directly to the Company’s Chief Executive Officer.