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Speaker Bios - CITIES AS STEWARDS FOR SUSTAINABLE HEALTHY DIETS

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Brent is the Global Food Lead Scientist for WWF. His work focuses on using food as a lever for improving human health and environmental sustainability. He has a broad and varied background that includes rediscovering what was thought to be an extinct monkey species, helping to protect one of the most biologically rich forests on Borneo, educating future environmental leaders, and working to amplify and accelerate food system transformation around the world. His current work focuses on connecting top down and bottom up processes by ensuring a food system approach is adopted in UN Conventions while simultaneously stimulating action at national and individual levels. Rarely patient, Brent believes to tackle climate change, protect biodiversity and improve human health in the short time that is available, it will be because of fast moving and innovative organizations and people that disrupt the status quo and actively show the world a better way.

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Giuseppe Sala is the Mayor of Milan. He is C40 Vice Chair for Europe and chairs the Mayoral Task Force on a Green and Just Recovery. Throughout his professional life, he has held positions of responsibility in both the private and public sector, gaining important managerial experience. He was Government Commissioner and CEO of the World Expo held in Milan in 2015. His love for Milan and his willingness to make it a more sustainable, more international and fairer city led him to commit himself to politics. He was elected Mayor in June 2016 and re-elected for a second mandate in October 2021. Giuseppe Sala holds a Degree in Economics and Business Administration from Bocconi University. He is the author of four books, including: Milano e il Secolo delle Città [Milan and the Century of Cities] and Lettere dalle città del futuro: Costruiamo oggi il mondo di domani [Letters from the cities of the future: Let’s build today the world of tomorrow].

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Carina Borgström Hansson has been with WWF since 2005. As a member of WWF’s global footprint steering group she has contributed to clarifying connections between consumption, investment, urbanization and humanity’s growing ecological footprint in WWF strategies as well as in WWF’s biannual publication Living Planet Report. In 2011 she piloted a WWF’s initiative to highlight urban solutions for attractive and sustainable lifestyles, with a focus on the role of cities in driving the transformation away from fossil fuels and towards a One Planet Future, a future where we can all live well within the capacity of our only living planet. For many years, Carina has been the WWF network’s focal point on cities, building up a community of WWF offices engaging with city transformation through WWF's One Planet City Challenge, which has to date mobilized +700 cities in +50 countries on 5 continents to publicly report their commitments and actions for a sustainable, climate resilient and renewable energy based future.

 

Carina also leads the WWF Cities Urban Food System Working group and is a member of several advisory committees on the topic of urban sustainable development, ia the International Advisory Boards for GUST (Governance of Urban Sustainability Transitions), Naturvation, and the Advisory Committee for the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GPC). Carina has a PhD in human ecology from Lund University, Sweden.

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Graduated from ISTOM, an engineering school in agronomics, Damien Conaré initially worked for various magazines in the agricultural press: Cultivar, Afrique agriculture, Marchés tropicaux et méditerranéens, etc. He then joined the NGO Solagral (Solidarités agricoles et alimentaires) in Montpellier to ensure the publishing of the quaterly journal on development, agriculture and environment, Courrier de la planète, from which he became the editor.

 

In 2011, he has been apointed Secretary General of the UNESCO Chair in World Food System, hosted by Montpellier SupAgro (National Institute of Higher Education in Agricultural Sciences), which develops activities around three axes: science-society dialogues (conferences, seminars, publications); the coordination of research programs (more specifically on the topic of sustainable urban food systems) and training programs (in particular for a master degree on Innovations and Policies for Sustainable Food).

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Alexa Delwiche is co-founder and executive director of the Center for Good Food Purchasing.

Previously, she was the first staff person for the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, serving as Managing Director and Food Policy Coordinator. At the LA Food Policy Council, Alexa was chief architect of the Good Food Purchasing Program, recognized by the UN FAO and World Future Council in 2018 as one of eight most comprehensive, multi-faceted food policies to support agroecological food systems in the world. Prior to that, she was the Food Policy Coordinator for the Los Angeles Food Policy Task Force, working with the Task Force to produce and present to the Mayor of Los Angeles the “Good Food for All Agenda”. Alexa has also worked for the United Farm Workers and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. 

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Peter Mellin is the Country President Sodexo Sweden & Corporate Services CEO. Peter has a solid background in Facility Management and joined Sodexo in 2013. In his role as SVP & Director Service Operations Nordics, he provided essential support and expertise to the business in developing innovative sustainable service solutions. In 2018 Peter was appointed Country President Sweden and has since then further built on the company’s strong market position to drive growth within Integrated Facility Management. With his leadership experience and business development acumen, Peter has successfully renewed the strategic vision for the company.

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Geordin Hill-Lewis, 35, attended Edgemead High School, obtained an Honours degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from UCT, and a Masters in Finance specialising in Economic Policy from London University. He is a husband to Carla and father to a six-year-old daughter.

Hill-Lewis became politically active during his high school years. During his studies at the University of Cape Town, he founded the Democratic Alliance Students’ Organization (DASO). He worked as Chief of Staff in the office of former Western Cape Premier Helen Zille. In 2011, Hill-Lewis was elected as a Member of Parliament in the National Assembly, becoming the youngest MP at 24 years old.

During his time in the National Assembly, he has served on various portfolios, such as Trade and Industry and Finance, and most recently served as the Shadow Minister of Finance. On 18 November 2021, Hill-Lewis was inaugurated as the youngest Mayor of the City of Cape Town.

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Danielle Nierenberg is a co-founder of Food Tank and a globally recognized expert on sustainable agriculture and food issues. She has spoken at major conferences and events all over the world and her knowledge of global agriculture issues has been cited widely in more than 3,000 major publications including The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post, BBC, the Guardian (UK), and other major publications. Danielle previously served as the Director of the Food and Agriculture program at the Worldwatch Institute.