Sid Mehta is joining the Emerging team in the capacity of Food Service & Retail leader. He brings with him vast experience in delivering strategies and tactical solutions on improving food security, reducing food loss & waste, and creating sustainable food systems.

Prior to joining Emerging, his work included developing, managing and executing strategies within hospitality and retail food service industry. He has successfully run multi-million-dollar food service operations in several sectors including energy resources, hospitals, schools and higher education, airports, and retail. In 2007, Sid joined Compass Group Canada, part of the largest global food services organization. His comprehensive experience earned Sid a reputation for enhancing consumer value propositions, engaging stakeholders in the strategic process, forging internal and external relationships, and establishing himself as a highly respected, award winning senior executive.

Sid’s passion and commitment to excellence began as a young entrepreneur in Nashik, India. There he conceptualized, implemented, and managed a unique restaurant named 12 to 12 which quickly become one of the top three restaurants in the city.

He has a Bachelor Degree in Electronics and Telecommunications, a Diploma in Industrial Electronics, and holds certifications in Six Sigma Green Belt, Culinary Skills, Financial Planning & Analysis and has completed the Queen’s University Executive Leadership program. Sid is proficient in four languages including English, Hindi, Marathi, and Gujarati.

Paulette Bethel, a Bahamian national, is the Special Advisor-Multilateral Affairs on the Emerging Ag Team. She is a seasoned diplomat and manager with a wide range of national, regional and international experiences in areas related to sustainable development, among others. 

Before joining Emerging Ag, Paulette served as Special Advisor-Coordination and Engagement in the Office of the President of the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Two years prior to that, she had served as Chef de Cabinet in the Office of the President of the 68th Session of the UNGA.  Her career in the international arena began when she was employed by the United Nations in Vienna, Austria, after which she joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, where she served as a senior diplomat for a number of years. 

Paulette's work in the international arena included the post of Director of the Department of Fellowships at the Organization of American States (OAS), becoming the first Bahamian national to hold a senior-level position in that Organization. She returned to The Bahamas for a period of time, during which she she was employed in the private sector in the area of international financial and corporate services, dealing with risk management and compliance matters. 

In 2003, Paulette was appointed as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of The Bahamas to the United Nations, becoming her country’s first female Ambassador to the UN.  She held that post for ten years up to March, 2013.   

Paulette received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and obtained her Master of Arts (MA) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees from Howard University and the University of Toronto, respectively.  She also holds a number of certificates, including one in Creative Processes Facilitation and one in International Negotiations.

Tracey has joined the Emerging Ag and the Global Operations team in the capacity of Global Operations Manager.

Tracey brings with her many years of event planning and administrative experience. Over the past twenty years Tracey has been fortunate to have worked with a wide range of organizations from grass roots all the way up to large scale, most notably the famed Calgary Stampede. 

Tracey has a great love of the outdoors, her passions also include travelling and all things equine related. 

Tracey was born and raised in the majestic Canadian Rockies town of Banff, Alberta, had the opportunity to live abroad for three years and currently calls the small but progressive agriculture focused community of Olds, Alberta home. 

Robynne has extensive experience in the agriculture and food sector, working throughout the value chain – from basic inputs to farmers in the field to the grocery store shelf. She works internationally in the sector, including speaking at the United Nations on agriculture and food issues, and representing the International Agri-Food Network at the UN.Throughout her career she has worked with farm organisations like the Prairie Oat Growers Association, the National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi and the Himalayan Farmers Association, as well as global groups, to further the voice of agriculture in the food debate. She has also worked with Fortune 500 companies growing worldwide businesses to assist them with issues management and strategy decisions.

Tilly works in policy research and communications for Emerging. She is involved in Emerging’s communications, secretariat functions, and the management of committees. She has always had a passion for sustainable business development, stakeholder engagement and international development. Prior to joining Emerging, Tilly was completing her Masters of Science in Sustainable Energy Development. During her masters degree she was gaining work experience as the newsletter editor for the SEDV program. In addition, Tilly worked as an intern/writer for a local non-profit that aims to connect environmentally responsible businesses in Calgary. Tilly is a Canadian national. She graduated from the University of Calgary with her Master of Science in Sustainable Energy Development. She holds a Bachelor of Science with an Honours Specialization in Animal Behaviour from the University of Western Ontario. Tilly has lived across Canada including Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick. In addition, she spent a 10 month working holiday in New Zealand. Tilly is currently based in Calgary, Alberta.

Morgane has been working in international development and communications in relation to the agrifood sector for the past 15 years. She has worked for international organizations, NGOs, and the private sector. She has been a spokesperson for specific industries as well as business groups in international policy processes. For two years, she was the private sector representative at the UN Committee on World Food Security where she helped found the Private Sector Mechanism. She was also vice-chair of the Food and Agriculture Committee of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD. Morgane is passionate about building engagement with diverse stakeholders and representing civil society in United Nations processes and agencies. She has a strong background in corporate and digital communications.

Prior to joining Emerging Ag, Morgane was Director of Communications at the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA). During her time at IFA, she co-chaired the Farming First coalition. She also worked for the World Bank and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). She has conducted fieldwork in Latin America and Africa. A French national, Morgane is fluent in French, English, Portuguese and Spanish. She holds a Master of Science in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, an MBA from the Sorbonne Graduate Business School, a BA in History from the Sorbonne University and a BA in Chinese from the International Institute of Oriental Languages.
Katy's affinity to agriculture has been reflected throughout her career in representing farmers' voices in EU and beyond. Having served as Assistant Director for the UK's National Farmers Union, she has worked extensively on key issues related to environment, trade and agriculture. Katy has a proven track record in influencing policy and stakeholder relationship management, both within the EU and in other multilateral negotiations. She is also a Nuffield Scholar and has traveled extensively investigating farm policy in the USA, Argentina and Brazil. Her work is aided by her fluency in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French.