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renee vassilos Founder, bANYAN INNOVATION GROUP

Renee Vassilos is a Dutch-American Agricultural Economist with over fifteen years of agriculture industry experience. Her expertise ranges from business development strategy, and market intelligence, to product development. She has lived and worked abroad- in Amsterdam and Beijing- contributing to her robust global experience, cultural competence, and network. She is a recognized critical thinker on how innovation will transform agribusiness and the farm.

Today, Vassilos shares her expertise through her consulting business, Banyan Innovation Group. She utilizes her global cross-functional experience from working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and John Deere to support industry incumbents including investors with innovation strategy and intelligence research and growth- stage agribusinesses with business development strategy and implementation. She has a BS and MS in Agricultural Economics from the University of Illinois, Champaign- Urbana and University of California, Davis, respectively. Her global network is leveraged to deliver project results beyond expectation.