Founder & CEO, Agritecture
Henry Gordon-Smith is a sustainability strategist focused on urban agriculture, water issues and emerging technologies. Born in Hong Kong, Gordon-Smith has spoken on the topic of urban agriculture on four continents and has been interviewed about urban and vertical farming by the Wall Street Journal, Futurism, Men’s Health, Bloomberg, The Atlantic, Arabian Business, CNBC and others.
In 2011, Gordon-Smith started exploring urban agriculture and launched a blog called “Agritecture” to share case studies and analyses from around the world. In 2013, he co-founded the Association for Vertical Farming (AVF), and he served on the association’s board until 2017. In 2014, Gordon-Smith responded to a global need for technology-agnostic guidance on urban agriculture by launching the advisory firm Agritecture Consulting, which has now consulted on more than 100 urban agriculture projects in over 20 countries. Agritecture Consulting primarily helps entrepreneurs with vertical farming feasibility studies, recruiting and systems design.
In 2018, Gordon-Smith was listed as one of the top 10 in produce in the U.S. and was named one of the “40 under 40” food policy influencers in New York City. In 2019, he became a Guelph University Food Policy Fellow and also began serving as an advisor to Ryerson University’s urban agriculture and food security curriculum development committee. Gordon-Smith was named a top-20 influencer in food and agriculture by Rabobank in 2019. He serves on the advisory boards of numerous ag-tech startups, including Smallhold and Foodshed.io. Gordon-Smith also serves on the board of directors for the not-for-profit food access organization Teens for Food Justice in New York City.
Gordon-Smith received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and and a master’s degree in science with a focus on sustainability management from Columbia University. He also studied food security and urban agriculture at Ryerson University in Toronto.