Our mission at Inari – to help build a sustainable food system – is ambitious. But, we don’t lack confidence in our ability to complete it because as an organization, we’re relying on one of nature’s oldest and most effective strategies: diversity.

Nature doesn’t believe in doing things a single way. Neither do we.

By bringing together groundbreaking ideas from multiple disciplines, geographies and backgrounds, we’re constantly expanding our skill sets to push boundaries and, in turn, generate new solutions to some of humanity’s biggest challenges. 

This diversity starts at the top, with a leadership team that’s more than 50% female – still a rarity in agriculture, technology and the C-suite in general. These leaders walked into Inari with their own unique experiences, but today they share a crucial commonality: our mission.

“I believe in the power of purpose, and mine has always been fairly simple,” says Chief Executive Officer Ponsi Trivisvavet. “I want to leave the world in a better place than I found it.”

Chief Scientific Officer Catherine Feuillet shares a similar perspective, adding that it takes intentional action to deliver on this promise.

“Many speak about the importance of diversity and multidisciplinary approaches for ‘disruptive innovation,’” Feuillet says. “Inari is the first time I’ve truly seen it happening.”

This firm commitment is attracting talent from across industries. Rania Khalaf, Inari’s Chief Information and Data Officer, arrived at the company not with an agricultural background, but after nearly two decades at IBM.

“I am continually impressed at the way Inari embraces thinkers from all disciplines,” Khalaf says. “It’s energizing to join forces with industry veterans and fellow newcomers to look at old problems through new lenses.”

Through this combined diversity, Inari is making scientific progress in directions previously thought unimaginable. That’s what most inspires Chief Product Officer Claudia Nari.

“Much of our work truly was impossible even just a decade ago. That’s how quickly our industry has changed and will continue to change,” Nari says. “Fortunately, with the diverse team of thought leaders we have at Inari, I’m confident we’ll help lead the way.”

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08/24/2022

Five Perspectives on 10 Years of CRISPR
What we do at Inari would not be possible without CRISPR. Our SEEDesign™ platform with our efforts to bring nature-positive outcomes to the global food system literally demands it. To help us reflect on this momentous anniversary, we asked some of our colleagues who regularly use CRISPR to convey what the technology has meant in its first 10 years – and where it could take us next. Here’s what they had to say.

03/24/2022

Plotting a Path to a Nature-Positive Food System

Anya Gandy

Sr. Associate, Corporate Strategy