Stuart Oda, is an investment banker turned urban farmer with a passion for innovation and sustainability. In 2013, Stuart founded Alesca Life, an agricultural technology company that builds indoor, vertical farms and farm management solutions to make food production more localized and data-driven. Alesca has developed patented hardware systems, proprietary operational management software, and real time monitoring and automation IoT and AIoT devices to grow plants using 95~99% less water, fertilizer, and land compared to traditional farms with no need for chemical pesticides. Alesca has been recognized by the World Economic Forum as a 2019 Technology Pioneer and 2020 Sustainable Development Goal Champion and selected into several prestigious global accelerator programs including Stanford StartX, Unreasonable Impact, and Dubai Futures as a leader in the field of controlled environment/precision agriculture and hyper-local food production. Previously worked in the investment banking division of Merrill Lynch Japan Securities and the global emerging markets corporate development team at Dell China. Stuart received his B.A. in Political Science and Business Economics from UCLA. He also is a Ted Talks speaker.