Thad W. Simons is the Managing Partner at The Yield Lab, a business accelerator that brings together new innovative technologies focused on improving productivity, enhancing knowledge, eroding boundaries, and merging historically independent ecosystems into a more cohesive agricultural system. Simons is also a Senior Executive Advisor to Board of Directors and formerly the President and CEO of Novus, as well as the Board President of the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA). Simons received his B.A. in Political Science in 1974 as well as his J.D. from the University of Georgia in 1977. He also received his L.L.M. from Columbia University and his D.E.A. in Law from Université Panthéon Sorbonne.