Optimizing Human Potential as Stewards of Nature

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Terrence Barber

Terrence is Executive Chairman of Tenso Barterre Group, providing local-global market development services to leaders in food, health, environmental technology and education sectors. As a senior diplomat, senior executive, international investment banker and strategist, he has advised and directed entrepreneurial and complex organizations, private and public, generating opportunities in high tech and consumer markets in the US and worldwide.

Leadership roles have included:

  • University Professor, Vice President and Chief International Officer at Alliant International University, San Francisco, California
  • Chief Executive Officer and President of RiceX, a California-based medical foods/nutrition innovator advancing integrative health and hunger solutions in El Dorado Hills, California
  • Governor's Representative and Managing Director of Asia, overseeing the California Offices of Trade and Investment in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taipei, Tokyo, Seoul and Singapore in Tokyo
  • Executive Director and Senior Foreign Service Officer overseeing the US Agricultural Trade Offices in Japan; Chief Marketing Officer for US Agriculture at the American Embassy Tokyo
  • Senior Director of Strategic Planning, Evaluation and Compliance Divisions; Chief Strategist at the US Foreign Agricultural Service in Washington, DC
  • Senior Vice President at Stamford College Group (Singapore/Geneva); Chief Executive Officer of BHP, its cross-border M&A services affiliate in Sacramento
  • Principal Consultant to the State of California Assembly Standing Committee on Economic Development and New Technology in Sacramento
  • Vice President and Manager of the Bank of California Capital Services (Mitsubishi Bank Group's principal cross-border M&A services vehicle) in San Francisco
  • Senior Financial Engineer/Strategist at Agribusiness Associates, strategy partnership of Harvard Business School senior faculty and the Central Agricultural Banks of Western Europe in Boston

Terrence was born in Japan, raised in Tokyo and California and was an AFS exchange student in Germany. He is fluent in Japanese and speaks German. He began his career as a US Defense Department ESL instructor teaching pilots in Thailand. As a Harvard MBA with Honors AB in East Asian Studies and Economics, core mentors have included pre-eminent Harvard Asia scholars Edwin Reischauer and Ezra Vogel and HBS global food system thought leader Ray Goldberg. In his free time, Terrence enjoys writing poetry and playing his Moeck blockflüte, Native American and South African wood flutes and the Yamaha EWI electronic wind instrument.

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