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Meet the Regen Foundation

Austin Wade Smith

Executive Director

Austin Wade Smith (they/them) is an artist, ecologist, writer, and technologist based in Brooklyn, New York. They are the Executive Director of the Regen Foundation, a non-profit researching sovereign regenerative economies. Their research explores the interrelation of mutualism, animism, and bioregionalism in decentralized technical and economic infrastructures. Previously, they taught critical methodologies on climate justice in art and engineering at universities in New York. They enjoy cultivating orchids, and flying kites.

Shaila Agha

Ecosystem Development Program Officer

Shaila is an ocean loving global citizen trained in Economics and disruptive Fintech systems. She has a keen interest in transformative stories and recapturing our heritage through cultural conservation. Her interest in economic justice, wealth distribution and reconciliation led her to working with blockchain-based Community Currencies in Kilifi.
She co-founded CBC store in 2019, where she aims to address resource gaps in the new National competency based curriculum, through tailor-made hardware and software for STEM education. She is also an international installation artist with exhibitions in the National museums of contemporary culture in Szczecin and Lodz, Poland. She has always been a passionate environmental activist, working to develop alternative non-monetary systems for sustainability in indigenous communities across Kenya.

Nena Jain

Commons Coordinator

Nena Jain is an eco-feminist whose interests and focus lie in connecting the dots between data, gender, and climate to build an equitable, regenerative future. She has previously worked in the SRHR sector as an activist and menstrual product designer. When not working, she is either frantically collecting books or watching cooking videos on her phone.


Meet the Board

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Amanda Joy Ravenhill

Executive Director of Buckminster Fuller Institute, Co-Founder of Project Drawdown

Amanda Joy Ravenhill is Executive Director of the Buckminster Fuller Institute and an active member of the international community focused on addressing imminent global challenges. She previously held the role of Co-Founder and Executive Director of Project Drawdown, a comprehensive plan to reverse global warming .Ravenhill is driven by her experience living and working internationally as well as her enthusiasm to integrate art and science.

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Dorn Cox

Co-Founder of FarmOS, Research Director at Wolfe’s Neck Center

Dr. Dorn Cox, PhD, is the Research Director for the Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment, and Founder of FarmOS and the Farm Hack community. Dr. Cox was recognized in 2018 by the National Association of Conservation Districts with the inaugural Hugh Hammond Bennet award for excellence in conservation. Active in the U.S. Soil Health movement, he speaks regularly nationally and internationally about participatory science, open agricultural knowledge exchange, soil health, and regenerative agriculture. He is passionate about the potential for open source agriculture to accelerate innovation and quantify environmental services.

Kei Kreutler

Researcher, Previously Strategy at Gnosis

Kei Kreutler is a researcher, writer, and artist interested in how cultural narratives of technologies shape their use. Previously, she worked at Gnosis, building decentralized infrastructure for cryptonetworks, and in 2021, she co-created Gnosis Guild, a small team behind the Zodiac open software standard for interoperable and modular organizational governance tools. She is currently developing a book project on memory as a way of seeing technology, ecology, and economics.

Will Szal

President of the Board

Will was a member of the co-founding team of Regen Network in the summer of 2017. He currently serves as a Board Member and Treasurer at Terra Genesis International PBC, as well as a Steering Board Member at Redesigning for Resilience and Regeneration. Will lives in rural New England, and is passionate about the domains of regenerative agriculture, alternative and gift economics, phenomenology, animism, and myth.