Stuart Oda
Founder & CEO, Alesca Life Technologies

Stuart is the Founder of Alesca Life Technologies, an agritech company that builds turnkey vertical farms and precision agriculture solutions to make food production more localised and data-driven. Alesca has developed patented hardware systems, proprietary operational management software, and AI-enhanced monitoring and automation IoT devices to grow plants using 95~99% less water, fertiliser, and land compared to traditional farms with no need for chemical pesticides or GMOs.

Stuart and his team have been recognised by the World Economic Forum as a 2019 Tech Pioneer, 2020 SDG Champion for Zero Hunger, and 2021 Global Innovator as a leader in the field of controlled environment agriculture and hyper-local urban food production. Stuart 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.