Varun Deshpande serves as Managing Director at the Good Food Institute Asia, where he is focused on building the future of food by working with scientists, foundations, governments, entrepreneurs, and corporations to build the alternative protein sector across the continent. As the son of a cancer surgeon from Mumbai, Varun has been deeply immersed in healthcare and technology from a very young age.
He spent several formative years studying Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at technology hub Carnegie Mellon University. He then went on to work on implementing digital health in India and the United States, helping vulnerable populations through care coordination, and a systems approach to healthcare. Varun is also a leader in the effective altruism movement, which seeks to investigate and target the world's most pressing problems.
For his work leading GFI India and Asia, Varun has been named a leading young voice for climate solutions by India Climate Collaborative, one of Asia’s Most Influential Tastemakers by Tatler Asia Group, and one of India’s 25 most influential young citizens by GQ. He has spoken at conferences and universities all over the world ranging from the Indian Institutes of Technology to Harvard University, and his writing has featured in media including The Hindu, FirstPost, and The Daily Guardian. In dedicating his work to the future of food and combining his duty to human and planetary health, Varun aims to help build a more secure, sustainable, and just global food system, particularly across the developing world.