Wednesday Sep 27, 2023

Sandhya Sriram of Shiok Meats - Green Queen in Conversation: Cultivated Meat Pioneers

In the third episode of Green Queen in Conversation: Cultivated Meat Pioneers, Sonalie Figueiras talks to Dr. Sandhya Sriram, co-founder and CEO of Singapore-based cultivated seafood company Shiok Meats. Sriram is a pioneer in the space who helped put Singapore on the cultivated meat map and a too-rare female voice of change. She talks about the challenges of scaling cultivated crustacean lines, why we need alternatives to serve the ever-growing demand for shrimps, crabs and lobster amidst the overfishing crisis and the depletion of marine environments and the obstacles she has faced so far on her journey. This episode was recorded as part of a webinar series by the City University of Hong Kong in partnership with Green Queen Media.

About Dr. Sandhya Sriram

Dr. Sandhya Sriram is the Group CEO and Co-founder of Shiok Meats Pte. Ltd., Singapore, the first cultivated seafood & meat company in Southeast Asia and the first cultivated Crustacean company globally. With her at the helm, Shiok Meats has raised USD 30 Million in funding since its inception in 2018, from a global suite of investors - USA, Europe, Singapore, Japan, South Korea to name a few. Shiok Meats also acquired Gaia Foods, a cultivated red meat company, headquartered in Singapore as well. A stem cell biologist and scientist by training and education, a former business development professional, a serial entrepreneur, and a thought leader - all in one - Sandhya was recently named as part of the 2021 class of Bloomberg New Economy Catalysts and as one of Forbes Women in Tech. She is also an advisor and investor to trailblazing Food Tech start-ups and has spoken at leading industry conferences worldwide. A proud mother to a 9-year-old, a conscious lifestyle blogger, and an avid traveller, Sandhya likes to call herself a productive juggler. 

About Shiok Meats

Shiok Meats, established in 2018, is a cultivated (cell-based) meat and seafood company, headquartered in Singapore.  It is the first of its kind in Singapore and Southeast Asia with a mission to bring delicious, sustainable and healthy shrimp, lobster, crab and meats to your table, by harvesting from cells instead of animals.  Their meats are animal-, health- and environment-friendly with similar taste and texture in comparison to their traditional counterparts.  Shiok Meats also own Southeast Asia’s first cultivated red meat company, Gaia Foods.

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