Democratizing access to the future of food.

The first-of-its-kind in North America, CULT Food Science provides investors with unprecedented exposure to the most innovative startup, private and early stage cultivated meat, cultured dairy and cell based foods companies around the world.

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Our Advisory Board

We've assembled a group of advisors with extensive field expertise to help guide our investment strategy and shape the company's future.

Dr. Anjum Mullani

Dr. Anjum Mullani is an alumnus of Institut Pasteur, Paris’ Department of developmental and stem cell biology and is equipped with direct expertise studying and implementing solutions across research programs, animal biotechnology, molecular biology and cellular senescence. Dr. Mullani is focused on applying her diverse knowledge base to accelerate the advancement of cellular agriculture.

Dr. Ian Smith

An accomplished scientist and research professor at the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Smith has over 20 years experience across diverse areas of cell biology and has earned significant due diligence experience in the emerging alternative protein and cellular agriculture industries.

Saloni Shah

An alumni of Boston University's Department of Earth and Environment and Harvard University's Forest Lab, Ms. Shah is the food and farming analyst for the Breakthrough Institute, a global research center seeking technological solutions to environmental challenges.

Rob Harris

An active start-up advisor and operations specialist with executive experience in alternative protein enterprises, Mr. Harris is focused on bridging the gap between scientific possibility and commercially viable products in the field of cellular agriculture.

Dr. Guru Ramanathan

Dr. Guru Ramanathan is a globally recognized expert in healthcare innovation and commercialization. He brings a wealth of experience from the clinical, consumer health, animal health and retail sectors. His most recent appoint was as Chief Innovation Officer for GNC, where he spent 15 years leading the development and launch of all products. He previously held senior executive positions at Nutricia (Danone) and Scotia Pharmaceuticals. Guru is very active in nutrition industry initiatives and specialises in Clinical Trials Management, Consumer Health Product Development, DSHEA Regulatory Compliance, Management of Technology in Healthcare and Change Management.

Dr. Rolf Smeets

Dr Rolf Smeets is a passionate executive with a PhD degree in medical sciences from the Radboud University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and more than 24 years of experience in the international food industry. Next to leading R&D, he also has significant experience in regulatory, market access and corporate affairs.

Dr. Kantha Shelke

Dr. Shelke is a Certified Food Scientist and a Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists. She teaches food safety regulations at Johns Hopkins University and is Founder/Principal at Corvus Blue LLC, a food research firm that expedites development and commercialization of new food products and technologies with science and sensibility. Her expertise includes regulatory compliance, competitive intelligence and risk management in the food and nutrition sector.

Dr. Lenore Newman

Lenore held a Canada Research Chair (in food security), is now Director of the Food and Agriculture Institute at the University of the Fraser Valley, where cellular agriculture is one of three research areas. Lenore mentors companies through Creative Destruction Labs - Rockies and Bioenterprise, and acts in an advisory role for a variety of agritech startups. Dr.Newman was a member of the BC Premier's Task Force on food security and continues to advise government on policy. With multiple books and publications to her name, Lenore is a key leader in the North American food space.

Dr. Evan Fraser

Evan is Director of Arrell Food Institute and a professor of Geography at the University of Guelph. There, Evan works to bring large and diverse teams together to develop strategies that balance our need to produce and distribute accessible, healthy, and nutritious food while stewarding the ecosystems on which we all depend for life. As a researcher, Evan is a co-author on over 100 academic papers and book chapters, played a leadership role on teams that have raised over $100M in research funding, and mentored around 50 graduate students. He is one of Canada’s most cited social scientists working on food and sustainability and between 2010-2020 was a Canada Research Chair.

Our Leadership Team

Our leadership team has a wide variety of expertise across numerous industries, along with experience with capital markets and public companies.

Lejjy Gafour
Chief Executive Officer

Lejjy is a self-taught entrepreneur and experienced company operator who made his start creating opportunities at the young age of 14, and he has been working, leading, and building businesses ever since.

Lejjy is the former co-founder and CEO of Future Fields, a YCombinator backed biotechnology company, and one of the first operating cellular agriculture companies in Canada. He has over 15 years of experience in both public and private enterprises executing strategy, technology, and product development for everything from financial institutions, manufacturing, public health, to world class universities. He is also a founding member of Cellular Agriculture Canada and currently serves on its board.

Lejjy believes that cellular agriculture, and other advanced food technologies, will become a pillar of how we create food over the next decade. He believes food is a fundamental aspect of life, and that we are gazing upon a new horizon of food technologies that will allow us to tackle the systemic problems that we will face as a society.

Francis Rowe
CFO, Corporate Secretary

Mr. Rowe is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Northern British Columbia. He has provided accounting and tax services to a wide range of business and personal clients. In addition, he currently serves as a Director and Chief Financial Officer for several public and private entities.

Board of Directors

CULT Food Science has assembled a group of advisors with significant capital markets experience and interests in food technology.

Dorian Banks

Mr. Banks is an international serial entrepreneur, having started dozens of businesses in Europe,Africa, Asia and North and South America. For over 25 years he has primarily worked in the tech, agri-tech and blockchain sectors including wireless technology, 3D printing, digital assets, stevia plantations, quinoa and guar plantations, mobile apps, solar electricity generation and more.

Mr. Banks primarily works to identify up-and-coming trends, develop a business model and turn the idea into a successful business. He has also consulted globally on the sectors he has most expertise.

Mr. Banks has served on over a dozen public Boards and taken his own startups to the public markets such as MetroBridge Networks which he started as a one-man operation. He also has served in larger corporations such as Chief Knowledge Officer of Voith GmbH in Germany. He continues as Managing Director of Design Build Research, a non-profit educating around sustainable building practices.

Francis Rowe

Mr. Rowe is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Northern British Columbia. He has provided accounting and tax services to a wide range of business and personal clients. In addition, he currently serves as a Director and Chief Financial Officer for several public and private entities.

Kirill Kompaniyets

Mr. Kompaniyets is a lawyer, recruiter, and business owner. He has experience with respect to public companies and capital markets. After beginning his legal career as a student at a prominent Toronto law firm, he spent four years as a legal recruitment manager. In 2021 Mr. Kompaniyets started his recruitment firm, focused on executive and legal recruitment where he’s advised public companies. Mr. Kompaniyets was called to the Ontario Bar in 2020.

Patrick O’Flaherty

Mr. O’Flaherty is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst. He also holds a degree in Economics from Union College, in Schenectady, NY. Mr. O’Flaherty has several years of experience in financial services, including public accounting and wealth management. He has worked for a recognized accounting firm and two recognized banking institutions.