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Posted 9.8.10

Hal Hamilton, Founder and Co-Director
Sustainable Food Lab

Hal Hamilton founded and co-directs the global Sustainable Food Lab, with more than 50 organizational members and partners, including farming, manufacturing, food service and retail, as well as social and environmental NGOs and universities.

Hamilton was the Executive Director of Sustainability Institute, based in Vermont, from 2001 through 2006. Before that he was Executive Director of the Center for Sustainable Systems and led a variety of leadership and rural development initiatives. He was a dairy farmer in Henry County from 1973 through 1988, and was awarded a “Master Conservationist” award by the Conservation District board and opened his farm for a variety of field days while farming.

Hamilton's education was at Stanford University and the State University of New York, Buffalo. He has written numerous columns and journal articles and three chapters in books on agricultural policy and change.

Hamilton is an adviser to the Clinton Global Initiative and a frequent guest faculty or lecturer at the MIT Sloane School of Management, the Harvard Business School, the Society for Organizational Learning, and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. At the invitation of the U.S. State Department he gave the annual George McGovern Lecture to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in 2006.

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