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Dr. Julie Kunen is Director of Sustainability for Oatly North America. Her passion for sustainability studies began with a PhD in archaeology focused on agricultural practices of the ancient Maya. Dr. Kunen went on to hold roles in academia, government (USAID), non-profit (Wildlife Conservation Society), freelance journalism, and business consulting before joining Oatly at the end of 2020. Dr. Kunen is also a writer on topics at the nexus of food, culture, and the environment for independent media outlets. She has been an awards judge for the James Beard Foundation, a Fellow of The Explorers’ Club, and currently serves as an advisor to the Culinary Institute of America for their masters’ program in sustainable food systems and as a member of the steering committee of the Gallatin Valley Open & Local coalition. 

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