2018 Speakers

Marc Oshima, Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer

Marc Oshima

Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer, AeroFarms

Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of AeroFarms, a leading clean-technology company that builds and operates responsible, state-of-the-art indoor vertical farms around the world, helping transform agriculture. A Certified B Corporation, AeroFarms has been recognized by Fast Company as one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies in Food and by Inc. as one of the Top 25 Disruptive Companies. 

With an extensive marketing background in retail, brand management, and media, Marc has built a career on launching new businesses, connecting with consumers, and developing award-winning marketing campaigns.   

AdWeek “Best Spots of the Year”, Creativity’s “Spot of the Week”,   AICP “Advertising Excellence”, AdAge’s “Highest Brand Recall for the Year”  Webby “Award Winner”, Internet Advertising Competition Award for   “Best Advertising – Integrated Ad Campaign”   M16 Video Game Industry “Best Integrated Marketing Campaign”, Toy Industry Association “Best Marketing Campaign”, American Academy of Dermatology “Gold Triangle Award” 

With a passion for food, Marc has led the marketing for The Food Emporium, a NY metro grocery store chain and for Citarella gourmet markets that has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Specialty Food Retailers in the United States. Also, Marc has overseen numerous food events including partnerships with the James Beard Foundation, Museum of Food & Drink (MOFAD), Slow Food, City Harvest, and Le Fooding, what Time magazine calls the “coolest food event in the world.”     

Marc has also been a keynote and presenting speaker around the world at events like Milken MENA Summit, Bolder Innovation Forum, MO Impact Summit, Seeds & Chips Food Innovation Summit  Milan, Culinary  Institute of America Menus of Change, International Association Culinary Professionals Annual Conference, Esca Bono, Food Tank, Edible Food Loves Tech, London Food  Tech Week, Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (UAE), Paris Hello Tomorrow Conference, and United Fresh and Produce Marketing Association’s annual shows.  

With his B.A. from Columbia College and M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, Marc is also Co-Chair  of the Chefs Collaborative Board – a 25 year old non-profit focused on improving our sustainable food  systems and a member of the United Fresh Produce Marketing & Merchandising Council, Food Bank for NYC - Marketing Advisory Committee, and Columbia University Alumni Advisory Group.