What future does sheep and beef farming have in a climate changed world? Serial entrepreneur and relentless optimist, Melissa Clark-Reynolds sits on the board of Beef&Lamb and sees a bright future for New Zealand farmers if the sector and government can get the settings right. Hint: it doesn’t involve pine trees. In a wide-ranging interview covering turtles, synthetic meat, Al Gore and of course Covid-19, Melissa shares her vision for a low-emissions, high-equity future.
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Melissa Clark-Reynolds is an experienced entrepreneur, professional director and unabashed optimist. She was awarded the Order of NZ Merit for Services to Technology in 2015 (in part for her pioneering work in the insurance sector) and sits on the boards of Radio NZ, Jasmax Architects, Beef and Lamb NZ and Kiwi Insurance Ltd. An eternal student she’s gained qualifications from MIT, Cambridge University, Stanford University and The Institute for the Future. In 2007 she was the first New Zealander to train with Al Gore as a Climate Project presenter. She continues to champion climate and sustainability issues and is a consultant on disruptive technology.