The AFN Staff

Louisa Burwood-Taylor

Chief editor

Louisa is a food and agriculture journalist focused on new technology and startup investment. Her career spans over 10 years and involves a variety of different beats, mostly financial, including time at the Financial Times Group and Euromoney in Asia. She turned her attention to agriculture nearly 10 years ago as the founding editor of Agri Investor, the first publication dedicated to investment in the sector. She likes puppies and CBD coffee. Email her:



Based in Singapore, Jack is AFN’s Deputy Editor, with a decade of experience reporting on business, technology, and finance. Before joining AFN he was a reporter for Tech in Asia, the region’s leading technology news site covering developments in the startup and venture capital space. Prior to that, Jack was based in Hong Kong as Asia-Pacific Editor at IAM, reporting on patent, brand, copyright, and trade secret issues for businesses and investors. Email him:


Jennifer is a US-based journalist focused on food and agriculture technologies and their impact on food systems. She has covered emerging technologies and startups for more than a decade, first as Managing Editor for Gigaom Research and most recently as Senior Editor at The Spoon. She lives in Tennessee, where she can frequently be found wandering the mountains and growing a lot of vegetables.
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Jessica Pothering


Jessica is a business and finance journalist with over 10 years editorial experience and contributes to AFN from The Netherlands. She is part of the editorial team for ImpactAlpha, an online impact investing news source, leading its deals coverage. She recently served as the editor of ASME’s Demand magazine, covering technology for global development and has reported in the past for Institutional Investor and Incisive Media in New York and London. Jessica loves yoga and tequila, preferably together. Email her:

Lauren Manning


Our US reporter Lauren is also an adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas where she teaches a range of food and agricultural law courses. Before becoming a professor, she earned a Masters of Law (LL.M.) in food and agriculture law and policy from the University of Arkansas School of Law and practiced civil trial law in California. She lives on a farm in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where she raises beef cattle, sheep, and meat goats. She does not like alpacas but has a prize turkey and a mule called Dusty. Email her:

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