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Tanya Smith

2024 Fellow

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Jamaica

Focus Areas

Agriculture, Food & Hunger
Climate Action
Economic Empowerment

Tanya Smith is the founder and CEO of RegenX (formerly Nitrolytics), an early-stage startup, and its sister non-profit, The Forgotten Farmer Foundation™. The for-profit is creating solutions at the intersection of artificial intelligence, hardware, and biotechnology to help make regenerative farming mainstream. The non-profit aims to maximize profitability in small farming through regenerative practices.

Inspired by her own experiences, Smith is also on a mission to protect the brilliance of underrepresented innovators from exploitation and theft. Though formally educated in Chemistry—holding B.S., M.S., and M.Phil. degrees with numerous awards—she is far from one-dimensional. Having had to turn her obstacles into opportunities and her struggles into her superpowers, she has skills and insights no Ivy League education could ever provide.

“As a visionary leader, I want to trailblaze location-agnostic and planet-positive possibilities for economic empowerment of the disenfranchised.”