Co-Founder and CEO, Beyond Meat
Ethan Brown is Co-founder and CEO of Beyond Meat, a company focused on rebuilding meat from plants. Prior to 2009, he worked for Ballard Power Systems, a leading fuel cell developer, for nearly a decade. Brown’s early career work centered on electricity restructuring in support of an open grid, where his analysis at the gubernatorial level informed federal and state policies on grid management. He gained an appreciation for agriculture and the natural world from his father, a professor, conservationist, and hobby farmer. All of this led to Brown’s exploration of rebuilding meat from amino acids, lipids, and carbohydrates, which addresses human health, climate, natural resource, and animal welfare challenges.