BiographyEthnobotanist, Herbalist, and Author, Kerry Hughes - is an ethnobotanist, herbalist, and author with a 20-year record of success in natural product development. Kerry is principal for EthnoPharm (www.Ethnopharm.com ) specializing in global natural product development and education, innovative product formulation, and nexus-of-market opportunity identification. Hughes is driven by a "tenacious fascination with the potential health-enhancing role plants can play.” With a focus on ethnobotanical discovery and strategic innovation, Hughes and EthnoPharm continue to expand the boundaries of biodiversity development, catalyze applied phyto-product breakthroughs, and bring to market new, efficacious, and profitable products that not only heal people but help protect the threatened global biodiversity.
Kerry serves on the Scientific & Medical Advisory Boards for Amare Global, Good Pharma, and Hilma, a Judge for Global Food Forums, and on the Editorial Board for Ethnopharmacology, a peer-reviewed scientific journal. Kerry also is committed to Integrative herbalism and functional nutrition through her role at www.BetterThanHealthy.live. She has acted as a consultant to the United Nations through the International Trade Centre (ITC) for international development projects involving botanicals and authored essential oil and organic reports for the Market News Service (MNS).
Kerry’s love of natural products has compelled her to write and speak frequently on a variety of subjects. Her writing includes the recently published Botanicals With Benefits: Establish a New Relationship with your garden (2020), as well as these in-depth textbooks: Understanding Socio-Ecological Systems through Decoloniality: Convergence of Indigenous and Western Knowledge (in press); The Incense Bible, Taylor & Francis (2007), one of the first scientific reviews & examinations of incense, The Health Professionals Guide to Dietary Supplements, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins (2006), a peer-reviewed guide to herbs and nutritional supplements, and Botanical Medicines: The Desk Reference for Major Herbal Supplements, Haworth Press (2002) an in-depth text-book on the medical aspects of many of our top supplements. Additionally, she has authored over a dozen articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals on various natural product topics.
Kerry is an Ethnobotanist and a certified Clinical Herbalist by the Berkeley Herbal Center. Kerry holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry, and a Master of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in Ethnobotany and Soil Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California.