David Rosenberg, Aerofarms
Indoor Ag-Con Keynote Speaker David Rosenberg co-founded and leads AeroFarms, an award-winning certified B Corporation revolutionizing agriculture through its advanced vertical farms and innovative technology platform. On a mission to grow the best plants possible for the betterment of humanity, AeroFarms provides the perfect conditions for plants to thrive, taking agriculture to a new level of precision and food safety while achieving up to 390 times greater productivity compared to field farming and using up to 95% less water and zero pesticides. Through its proprietary technology platform, AeroFarms sells great-tasting leafy green products and has developed multi-year strategic partnerships with government and major Fortune 500 companies to help uniquely solve agriculture supply chain needs.
AeroFarms has been recognized as a Circular Economy 100 company, listed on Fast Company’s 2019 global list of Most Innovative Companies, and featured on Inc. Magazine’s list of the 25 Most Disruptive Companies. AeroFarms also received the New Jersey Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence and ranked number one on the FoodTech 500 list, which highlighted global entrepreneurial talent at the intersection between food, technology, and sustainability. AeroFarms received the inaugural Global Sustainable Development Goal Award for Zero Hunger, was listed as one of Time Magazine’s 2019 Best Inventions, and received The Ethical Corporation’s 2020 Responsible Business Award in Sustainable Innovation.
Local and International Organization Involvement
David dedicates his time to several local and international organizations. As a member of the World Economic Forum, David co-founded and co-chaired the Young Global Leaders Circular Economy Taskforce and is a member of the WEF Global IoT Council. David was also a member of the U.S. delegation to the B20 Sustainable Food System Taskforce, which advises the G20. In addition, David serves as a Managing Trustee of New Jersey’s Liberty Science Center, a prominent U.S. interactive science museum, and is on the Board of Directors of Aspire, a leader in insect proteins, and Clara Foods, a leader in non-animal based egg proteins. David is a mentor at Endeavor, as well, where he helps impact entrepreneurs. David is the founder of Hycrete, a nano-technology company that he led between 2002-2009. He was previously an Adjunct Professor at the New York University Stern School of Business where he taught Entrepreneurial Finance.
In 2017, David co-chaired New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s Agriculture Transition Committee. In 2020 David accepted an honor on behalf of AeroFarms for its leading work with the New Jersey Reentry Corporation. The award recognized the company for providing second chance opportunities to people previously incarcerated.
David has been honored by the Liberty Science Center as a 2019 Genius Innovator, recognized as Ernst & Young’s (NJ) Entrepreneur of the Year (Food and Beverage), and was named one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs at Goldman Sachs’ 2019 Annual Builders and Innovators Summit. In 2008, the World Economic Forum recognized David as Technology Pioneer for his nanotechnology company. It recognized him again in 2010 as a Young Global Leader.
David received his BA from UNC Chapel Hill and holds an MBA from Columbia University. He competed for the U.S. in fencing where he was a finalist at a world cup. He also represented the NYAC, winning three U.S. National Team Fencing Championships and two individual silver medals.