Founding Member, Ocean Collectiv

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  • — Aquaculture
  • — Feed technology
  • — Insect-based feed substitutes
  • — Food industry
  • — Seafood marketing and retail

Amanda Bushell is a strategy and management consultant at The Context Network, the premier agribusiness consulting firm focusing on food and agriculture. She was a co-founder of the North American Coalition for Insect Agriculture and the director for feed with a focus on insect feed as a sustainable alternative for fish meal and oil in aquaculture and poultry farming. She worked previously at the World Bank on Public-Private Partnerships focused on fisheries/aquaculture and marine resource management. She has also previously worked as a consultant at Trove Worldwide focusing on sustainability and nutrition in the food system and at Walmart in Global Food Sourcing focusing primarily on produce and food waste in the global supply chain. She cut her proverbial teeth at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History with the Sant Chair of Marine Science.

Amanda focuses on the intersection of technology and sustainability in the food system. She is a believer in aquaculture as a technological opportunity to shift consumption of environmentally impactful meat toward lower footprint seafood around the world. She is particularly fond of market-based mechanisms for incentivizing rather than dictating solutions. She wants to bring the marine and agriculture community together so we can better generate solutions that cross the divide. 

She received her MBA at the Fuqua School of Business and Masters of Environmental Management with a focus on Environmental Economics and Policy at the Nicholas School of the Environment both at Duke University. She received her Bachelors of Science in Biology at Yale University with a concentration on Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a fondness for improv comedy.

 Amanda lives in Washington, DC with her husband, her basil plants and her future dog (fingers crossed).