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Staff Profile

Edward Silva
Program Coordinator, Sustainable AgTech Innovation Center, Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Edward Silva helps lead the Sustainable AgTech Innovation Center, and serves as a program coordinator at the Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

A 2012 UC Davis graduate, Silva studied international agricultural development and minored in technology management. He has a production agricultural background. During his undergraduate career, Silva completed internships with the Office of Governor Schwarzenegger, the Northern California Perishable Foods Council, the Northern California World Trade Center, and served as a UC Davis Agricultural Ambassador.

Silva’s international agricultural experience includes an internship with the U.S. Consulate in the Azores. Through the FFA International Collegiate Agricultural Leadership program, he toured Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore to learn about international food and agricultural trade and production. After graduating, he completed an fellowship in Environment, Science, Technology and Health at the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil. Edward was able to leverage these opportunities to be selected as one of four Americans, under the age of 30, to represent American youth at Y20 Summit in Australia in 2014.

Shortly after beginning his position with the Sustainable AgTech Innovation Center and the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of California Davis in 2013, Edward co-founded a start-up company called Henlight which won an international business competition, Thought For Food.

Silva currently serves as the business lead for Henlight and an entrepreneurial lead for C-Best, a company emerging from the Lawrence Livermore National Labs.