The World Food Prize Foundation

2015 Borlaug Dialogue Speakers

Gavin Starks

CEO, Open Data Institute (ODI)

With a unique background in business, technology, science and media, Gavin has broad and deep knowledge of how data can change the world.  He began developing internet-based research tools in 1993, and joined Branson’s award-winning Virgin Net (now Virgin Media) in 1995. In 2006 he created AMEE, raising over $10m from world-class venture investors, before joining the UK Government’s “Energy Sector Board” in 2011.  Gavin helped kick-start the streaming media industry in Europe in the late 90’s, creating award-winning media-technology service, Tornado. He then helped create the digital media supply-chain, as founding CEO of digital distributor, CI.

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