Program

We are still working to confirm the schedule for 2015. Please stay tuned for program updates!
Friday 24 April 2015
08:00
Registration and Breakfast
09:00
Opening Remarks and Introduction: MIT's Food and Agriculture Focus
John Leinhard
Director, Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab at MIT
During more than 26 years on the MIT faculty, John H. Lienhard V’s research and educational efforts have focused on water purification and desalination, heat and fluid flow, and experimentation. Professor Lienhard received his bachelors and masters degrees in thermal engineering at UCLA from the Chemical, Nuclear, and Thermal Engineering Department, where he worked on thermal instabilities in solar collectors and evaporating meniscus measurements for desalination systems. He joined MIT immediately after completing his PhD in the Applied Mechanics and Engineering Science Department at UC San Diego, where he did experimental work on thermally stratified turbulent flows. Professor Lienhard has created new courses on desalination, on thermal modeling, and on compressible fluid mechanics, as well as directly supervised more than 70 graduate theses and postdoctoral associates. Professor Lienhard is a recipient of the 1988 National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, the 1992 SAE Teetor Award, a 1997 R&D 100 Award, and the 2012 ASME Technical Communities Globalization Medal, as well as several teaching awards at MIT. Professor Lienhard has also been is the Director of the Center for Clean Water and Clean Energy at MIT and KFUPM since it was founded in 2008.
09:15
What is the Circular Economy?
Malaika Thorne
Founder and CEO, Terracentric Press
As founder and CEO of Terracentric Press, Malaika Thorne develops financial models to implement sustainability initiatives. Malaika earned an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and a bachelor’s degree from Brown University, where she was a Oettinger National Scholar. Malaika has helped to create new businesses to support the City of San Francisco in its quest for zero waste, launch the City of Portland's curbside compost collection in Oregon, and develop a large, offshore wind power plant in Maine. She has also worked with international leaders and entrepreneurs to guide them in making products from non-traditional materials extracted from municipal solid waste, like food scraps, yard trimmings, textiles, and thin film plastics. Her unique training and perspective have enabled her to develop triple bottom line solutions on four continents. She is a contributor to the books Poor By Design: Why Poverty Persists Despite 60 Years of U.S. Foreign Aid, and The Business of Sustainability: Trends, Policies, Practices, and Stories of Success. In 2012, Malaika was recognized as a TechWomen Mentor by the U.S. State Department.
09:30
Keynote
Mr. Bauccio will share insights about how Bon Appetit Management Company has led the restaurant industry in upholding Circular Economy principles that are inclusive of environmental, social, and economic responsibilities across food production and consumption.
Fedele Bauccio
Co-Founder and CEO, Bon Appetit Management Company
Fedele Bauccio is the co-founder and CEO of Bon Appétit Management Company, which provides food service to corporations, universities, and museums in 32 states. Fedele and Bon Appétit have revolutionized the food service industry both by introducing fresh, made-from-scratch food to the contract market, and by pioneering environmentally and socially responsible practices designed to create a more sustainable food system. Bon Appetit’s Farm to Fork program marked the first of its many commitments to widening that focus to the communities in which we operate, and to the planet itself. Bon Appétit is the first food service company to commit to seafood that meets Seafood Watch sustainability guidelines for commercial buyers, to reducing antibiotic use in farm animals, to switching to rBGH-free milk and cage-free eggs, to tackling food’s role in climate change, and to addressing farmworker rights. In 2012 Bon Appétit announced a comprehensive animal welfare plan, including switching to humanely raised ground beef and to phasing out pork raised with gestation crates by the end of 2015. In November 2014, Fedele won the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Retail and Consumer Products Award for redefining the food service industry and pioneering environmental and local sourcing policies.
10:00
Scaling Resilience Across Production Systems (Sponsored by MIT J-WAFS)
Resilience is essential for the sustainability of our agricultural system. Crops must endure climatic variation, farms must remain viable businesses, and communities must remain empowered. Biodiverse farming can build this resilience across all production systems, including forestry, farming, grasslands, and aquaculture. This panel will demonstrate how farming techniques such as integrated pest management develop robust farming ecosystems that can yield bountiful harvests and hedge investment risks and how access to genetically diverse crops maintains social systems and food security.
11:00
Coffee Break
11:30
The Role of Retail in the Circular Economy
Retailers play an important role in connecting production and consumption of goods. This panel of speakers will focus on how retail stakeholders, such as grocery markets, restaurants, food producers, and more, can individually and collectively create a more circular economy through their supply chains and on-site practices. We will look at innovative business models for returning resources back to these players as well as how retailers interact with consumers to change awareness and behaviors.
12:30
Lunch
13:30
Technology, Agriculture and Circularity (Sponsored by MIT J-WAFS)
Transitioning to a more circular agriculture system will require a complete re-thinking of how food is produced, with a focus on making this production more sustainable without sacrificing yield. In recent years there has been a surge of technology and data use on the farm that provides a glimpse of how the agriculture system of the future can be more productive as well as environmentally sound. This panel explores the latest developments in crop modeling, precision agriculture and drone technology, with a focus on solutions that can be adopted by farmers at scale. The panelists will discuss the challenges and opportunities of using technology to change the shape of our agriculture system.
14:50
Creating Consumption Cascades
Biological materials can be "cascaded" through multiple beneficial uses before ultimately returning to the earth for conversion back into raw nutrients. Identifying creative and profitable cascades from food and biomaterials waste is essential to the circular economy. This panel highlights some innovative companies, technologies, and materials that are creating circularity through consumption cascades.
16:00
Coffee Break
16:30
Agriculture and Food Waste in Urban Settings (Sponsored by J-WAFS)
This panel will focus on two elements of food systems in cities – how to manage organic waste on a city-wide level, as well as how to produce food in an urban setting. How can we design systems via urban planning or technological advances to help facilitate this loop? How can we educate and incentivize city-dwellers about these opportunities?
17:15
Keynote
Ken Webster
Head of Innovation, Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Ken Webster has an extensive background in economics education, teaching, teacher training
and curriculum development. He writes extensively on the circular economy and its connections with systems thinking. He has been working at the Foundation since the end of 2009 and was a part of its establishment in 2010.
17:45
Closing
18:00
Networking Happy Hour
19:00
MIT Waste Research and Innovation Night
Interested in seeing some cutting-edge research and start-ups around waste-sector innovations from MIT students, alums, and the surrounding community? MIT Waste Alliance, in collaboration with the Sustainability Summit, invites you to the inaugural MIT Waste Research and Innovation Night! Snacks & refreshments will be provided. If you are interested in exhibiting, please apply here.
Saturday 25 April 2015
08:45
Registration and Coffee
09:15
Opening Remarks and Keynote
Mr. Matteucci will speak to how private sector capital can help jumpstart Circular Economy businesses with goals to build a food system that can feed 10 billion people.
Paul Matteucci
Operating Partner, US Venture Capital Partners
At USVP, Paul has led or co-led investments in 3Ware (sold to AMCC), Total Beauty, Trovix (sold to Monster), PlaceIQ, Swoop, and others. He has also served on the board of Homestead (sold to Intuit) and was an Angel Investor in Fra' Mani, a sustainable food producer. During his early tenure at USVP, Paul served as interim CEO of several of the firm's portfolio companies. Paul's current interests on the technology landscape include: internet-based services, data analytics, mobile computing, audience measurement and aggregation, data storage, and rethinking the industrial food system. Paul sees the issue of feeding a growing population without environmental damage as both a major challenge for governments and businesses, as well as an enormous opportunity for creative entrepreneurs. He and his family have founded "Feeding 10 Billion", a non-profit resource center for food system entrepreneurs. He serves as a trustee of the World Affairs Council and is a board member of the University of the Pacific's School of International Studies and of the Business School at Montana State University in Bozeman.
09:55
Closing the Big Loop: Energy and Nutrient Recovery from Waste
In a Circular Economy, outputs become inputs. Technological advancements and changes in the perception of waste, however, can help connect waste streams to new processes. Manure can power farms or be transformed into a commodity fuel that flows through pipelines. Human urine, if diverted from traditional wastewater systems, can function as a fertilizer. This panel covers the technologies and infrastructural changes necessary to turn these wastes into resources.
09:55
Aquaculture: Transitioning to Sustainable and Diversified Products (Sponsored by Delhaize)
The technical processes for culturing fish using environmentally friendly methods have existed for many years, but historically the costs have made them economically unfeasible. However, over the past several years the market has seen more and more companies incorporate these processes into their operations. Some companies are even pioneering new ways to convert what were once waste streams into marketable products, which is making aquaculture a more circular system of food production. This panel explores the conditions and processes that have allowed companies to offset the higher costs of sustainable aquaculture, and discuss how aquaculture can contribute to a more circular agriculture system.
11:15
Keynote
To be announced
11:45
Lunch and Keynote
Mr. Duschinsky will use his experience as the CEO of the Conversation Farm and the acting CEO of the sustainable technologies incubator, Oreka Solutions to frame a discussion focused on changing the way that we think about food waste. He will discuss the application of the Circular Economy model to the real world problem of making use of food waste in a nutrient recovery scheme.
Jon Duschinsky
CEO, The Conversation Farm
Jon is the co-founder and CEO of The Conversation Farm, a global agency that creates business and social solutions by socializing ideas that engage millions of people in conversations. The Conversation Farm’s recent work includes helping global cosmetic firms put social good at the heart of their industry, working with the White House to reframe the conversation on gun control in the US, and putting children in control of the fight against childhood obesity. Jon is also the acting CEO of Oreka Solutions, a sustainable technologies incubator focused on reducing waste, preserving water, and supporting agriculture. Presently, Oreka Solutions is developing an environmentally friendly and cost effective method to turn food waste into animal feed, thereby reducing the amount of natural resources needed to produce feed while also minimizing the amount of food waste sent to landfills. Jon talks to audiences around the world about how to increase their engagement on sustainability issues, sharing speaking platforms with Mikhail Gorbachev, Kofi Annan, and other global leaders. In 2013 The Business of Giving voted Jon the world's second most influential communicator on social innovation- beaten only by Bill Clinton.
13:00
Breaking Down Food Packaging
With recent debates focused on preserving freshness to decrease food waste at the expense of increasing synthetic packaging waste, this panel will focus on an important part in revising the food system. To decrease total waste, we will be looking at a range of potential packaging options, including edible packaging, and compostable and bio-derived polymers.
13:00
New Ventures in the Circular Economy
The panel's focus will be to highlight start-ups that are actively changing food systems to be more self-sustaining. We will hear from food and agriculture-related start-ups that are operating across the value chain and learn about their successes and challenges, as well as the implications of how they are changing the status quo.
14:20
Financing the Transition to Circular Agriculture
Achieving a more circular agriculture system at scale will require private sector involvement in the form of venture capital, private equity and impact investing. This panel brings together experts in sustainable agriculture investing to discuss the unique challenges of funding ventures in agriculture, as well as the financial innovations that are being used to invest in real assets such as farmland. Collectively bringing decades of operational and financial experience in the agriculture sector, panelists will provide an in-depth discussion on the role of finance in a more circular agriculture system.
14:20
Big Data for Farm to Table (Sponsored by J-WAFS)
This panel will focus on the tracking of data along the consumption value chain to reduce spoilage and track products from the perspective of food safety and quality. Everyone from distributors to the consumers play an important role in increasing the resiliency of food consumption systems, meaning that the solutions discussed as a part of this panel will focus on circular economy principles from the moment that the food leaves the farm until it arrives on our plates.
15:40
Keynote
Mr. Offenheiser will share an NGO perspective on how to collaborate with companies to increase transparency and provide consumers with information on how to make purchasing decisions that promote sustainable food systems and increase food security. He will comment on how we can take the Circular Economy principles we have heard about at the Summit beyond our gathering and into our daily lives.
Ray Offenheiser
President, Oxfam America
Ray Offenheiser joined Oxfam America as its president in 1996. Under his leadership, Oxfam America has grown more than sevenfold, repositioning itself in the US as an influential voice on international development and foreign policy. Oxfam has continued to grow as a strong proponent for food aid reform and food security initiatives, collaborating with governments, corporations, and global institutions on successful campaigns, such as Behind the Brands, to change the way food companies do business. Prior to joining Oxfam, Ray represented the Ford Foundation in Bangladesh and the Andean and Southern Cone regions of South America. He has also directed programs for the Inter-American Foundation in both Brazil and Colombia and worked for Save the Children Federation in Mexico. At the 2012 G Meeting, he was appointed by the Obama administration to represent civil society interests on the Leadership Council of the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Africa. Ray serves and has served on numerous national and international boards and advisory bodies, including the World Economic Forum, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute, the World Agricultural Forum, and the Gates Foundation.
16:15
Closing remarks
Friday 24 April 2015
09:00
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Opening Remarks and Introduction: MIT's Food and Agriculture Focus
09:15
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What is the Circular Economy?
09:30
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Keynote
10:00
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Scaling Resilience Across Production Systems (Sponsored by MIT J-WAFS)
11:00
Coffee Break
11:30
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The Role of Retail in the Circular Economy
12:30
Lunch
13:30
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Technology, Agriculture and Circularity (Sponsored by MIT J-WAFS)
14:50
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Creating Consumption Cascades
16:00
Coffee Break
16:30
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Agriculture and Food Waste in Urban Settings (Sponsored by J-WAFS)
17:15
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Keynote
17:45
Closing
18:00
Networking Happy Hour
19:00
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MIT Waste Research and Innovation Night
Saturday 25 April 2015
09:15
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Opening Remarks and Keynote
09:55
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Closing the Big Loop: Energy and Nutrient Recovery from Waste
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Aquaculture: Transitioning to Sustainable and Diversified Products (Sponsored by Delhaize)
11:15
READ MORE »
Keynote
11:45
READ MORE »
Lunch and Keynote
13:00
READ MORE »
Breaking Down Food Packaging
READ MORE »
New Ventures in the Circular Economy
14:20
READ MORE »
Financing the Transition to Circular Agriculture
READ MORE »
Big Data for Farm to Table (Sponsored by J-WAFS)
15:40
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Keynote
16:15
Closing remarks


Session descriptions


Opening Remarks and Introduction: MIT's Food and Agriculture Focus

John Leinhard
DIRECTOR, Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab at MIT
During more than 26 years on the MIT faculty, John H. Lienhard V’s research and educational efforts have focused on water purification and desalination, heat and fluid flow, and experimentation. Professor Lienhard received his bachelors and masters degrees in thermal engineering at UCLA from the Chemical, Nuclear, and Thermal Engineering Department, where he worked on thermal instabilities in solar collectors and evaporating meniscus measurements for desalination systems. He joined MIT immediately after completing his PhD in the Applied Mechanics and Engineering Science Department at UC San Diego, where he did experimental work on thermally stratified turbulent flows. Professor Lienhard has created new courses on desalination, on thermal modeling, and on compressible fluid mechanics, as well as directly supervised more than 70 graduate theses and postdoctoral associates. Professor Lienhard is a recipient of the 1988 National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, the 1992 SAE Teetor Award, a 1997 R&D 100 Award, and the 2012 ASME Technical Communities Globalization Medal, as well as several teaching awards at MIT. Professor Lienhard has also been is the Director of the Center for Clean Water and Clean Energy at MIT and KFUPM since it was founded in 2008.


What is the Circular Economy?

Malaika Thorne
FOUNDER AND CEO, Terracentric Press
As founder and CEO of Terracentric Press, Malaika Thorne develops financial models to implement sustainability initiatives. Malaika earned an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and a bachelor’s degree from Brown University, where she was a Oettinger National Scholar. Malaika has helped to create new businesses to support the City of San Francisco in its quest for zero waste, launch the City of Portland's curbside compost collection in Oregon, and develop a large, offshore wind power plant in Maine. She has also worked with international leaders and entrepreneurs to guide them in making products from non-traditional materials extracted from municipal solid waste, like food scraps, yard trimmings, textiles, and thin film plastics. Her unique training and perspective have enabled her to develop triple bottom line solutions on four continents. She is a contributor to the books Poor By Design: Why Poverty Persists Despite 60 Years of U.S. Foreign Aid, and The Business of Sustainability: Trends, Policies, Practices, and Stories of Success. In 2012, Malaika was recognized as a TechWomen Mentor by the U.S. State Department.


Keynote

Mr. Bauccio will share insights about how Bon Appetit Management Company has led the restaurant industry in upholding Circular Economy principles that are inclusive of environmental, social, and economic responsibilities across food production and consumption.
Fedele Bauccio
CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, Bon Appetit Management Company
Fedele Bauccio is the co-founder and CEO of Bon Appétit Management Company, which provides food service to corporations, universities, and museums in 32 states. Fedele and Bon Appétit have revolutionized the food service industry both by introducing fresh, made-from-scratch food to the contract market, and by pioneering environmentally and socially responsible practices designed to create a more sustainable food system. Bon Appetit’s Farm to Fork program marked the first of its many commitments to widening that focus to the communities in which we operate, and to the planet itself. Bon Appétit is the first food service company to commit to seafood that meets Seafood Watch sustainability guidelines for commercial buyers, to reducing antibiotic use in farm animals, to switching to rBGH-free milk and cage-free eggs, to tackling food’s role in climate change, and to addressing farmworker rights. In 2012 Bon Appétit announced a comprehensive animal welfare plan, including switching to humanely raised ground beef and to phasing out pork raised with gestation crates by the end of 2015. In November 2014, Fedele won the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Retail and Consumer Products Award for redefining the food service industry and pioneering environmental and local sourcing policies.


Scaling Resilience Across Production Systems (Sponsored by MIT J-WAFS)

Resilience is essential for the sustainability of our agricultural system. Crops must endure climatic variation, farms must remain viable businesses, and communities must remain empowered. Biodiverse farming can build this resilience across all production systems, including forestry, farming, grasslands, and aquaculture. This panel will demonstrate how farming techniques such as integrated pest management develop robust farming ecosystems that can yield bountiful harvests and hedge investment risks and how access to genetically diverse crops maintains social systems and food security.

The Role of Retail in the Circular Economy

Retailers play an important role in connecting production and consumption of goods. This panel of speakers will focus on how retail stakeholders, such as grocery markets, restaurants, food producers, and more, can individually and collectively create a more circular economy through their supply chains and on-site practices. We will look at innovative business models for returning resources back to these players as well as how retailers interact with consumers to change awareness and behaviors.

Technology, Agriculture and Circularity (Sponsored by MIT J-WAFS)

Transitioning to a more circular agriculture system will require a complete re-thinking of how food is produced, with a focus on making this production more sustainable without sacrificing yield. In recent years there has been a surge of technology and data use on the farm that provides a glimpse of how the agriculture system of the future can be more productive as well as environmentally sound. This panel explores the latest developments in crop modeling, precision agriculture and drone technology, with a focus on solutions that can be adopted by farmers at scale. The panelists will discuss the challenges and opportunities of using technology to change the shape of our agriculture system.

Creating Consumption Cascades

Biological materials can be "cascaded" through multiple beneficial uses before ultimately returning to the earth for conversion back into raw nutrients. Identifying creative and profitable cascades from food and biomaterials waste is essential to the circular economy. This panel highlights some innovative companies, technologies, and materials that are creating circularity through consumption cascades.

Agriculture and Food Waste in Urban Settings (Sponsored by J-WAFS)

This panel will focus on two elements of food systems in cities – how to manage organic waste on a city-wide level, as well as how to produce food in an urban setting. How can we design systems via urban planning or technological advances to help facilitate this loop? How can we educate and incentivize city-dwellers about these opportunities?

Keynote

Ken Webster
HEAD OF INNOVATION, Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Ken Webster has an extensive background in economics education, teaching, teacher training
and curriculum development. He writes extensively on the circular economy and its connections with systems thinking. He has been working at the Foundation since the end of 2009 and was a part of its establishment in 2010.


MIT Waste Research and Innovation Night

Interested in seeing some cutting-edge research and start-ups around waste-sector innovations from MIT students, alums, and the surrounding community? MIT Waste Alliance, in collaboration with the Sustainability Summit, invites you to the inaugural MIT Waste Research and Innovation Night! Snacks & refreshments will be provided. If you are interested in exhibiting, please apply here.

Opening Remarks and Keynote

Mr. Matteucci will speak to how private sector capital can help jumpstart Circular Economy businesses with goals to build a food system that can feed 10 billion people.
Paul Matteucci
OPERATING PARTNER, US Venture Capital Partners
At USVP, Paul has led or co-led investments in 3Ware (sold to AMCC), Total Beauty, Trovix (sold to Monster), PlaceIQ, Swoop, and others. He has also served on the board of Homestead (sold to Intuit) and was an Angel Investor in Fra' Mani, a sustainable food producer. During his early tenure at USVP, Paul served as interim CEO of several of the firm's portfolio companies. Paul's current interests on the technology landscape include: internet-based services, data analytics, mobile computing, audience measurement and aggregation, data storage, and rethinking the industrial food system. Paul sees the issue of feeding a growing population without environmental damage as both a major challenge for governments and businesses, as well as an enormous opportunity for creative entrepreneurs. He and his family have founded "Feeding 10 Billion", a non-profit resource center for food system entrepreneurs. He serves as a trustee of the World Affairs Council and is a board member of the University of the Pacific's School of International Studies and of the Business School at Montana State University in Bozeman.


Closing the Big Loop: Energy and Nutrient Recovery from Waste

In a Circular Economy, outputs become inputs. Technological advancements and changes in the perception of waste, however, can help connect waste streams to new processes. Manure can power farms or be transformed into a commodity fuel that flows through pipelines. Human urine, if diverted from traditional wastewater systems, can function as a fertilizer. This panel covers the technologies and infrastructural changes necessary to turn these wastes into resources.

Aquaculture: Transitioning to Sustainable and Diversified Products (Sponsored by Delhaize)

The technical processes for culturing fish using environmentally friendly methods have existed for many years, but historically the costs have made them economically unfeasible. However, over the past several years the market has seen more and more companies incorporate these processes into their operations. Some companies are even pioneering new ways to convert what were once waste streams into marketable products, which is making aquaculture a more circular system of food production. This panel explores the conditions and processes that have allowed companies to offset the higher costs of sustainable aquaculture, and discuss how aquaculture can contribute to a more circular agriculture system.

Keynote

To be announced

Lunch and Keynote

Mr. Duschinsky will use his experience as the CEO of the Conversation Farm and the acting CEO of the sustainable technologies incubator, Oreka Solutions to frame a discussion focused on changing the way that we think about food waste. He will discuss the application of the Circular Economy model to the real world problem of making use of food waste in a nutrient recovery scheme.
Jon Duschinsky
CEO, The Conversation Farm
Jon is the co-founder and CEO of The Conversation Farm, a global agency that creates business and social solutions by socializing ideas that engage millions of people in conversations. The Conversation Farm’s recent work includes helping global cosmetic firms put social good at the heart of their industry, working with the White House to reframe the conversation on gun control in the US, and putting children in control of the fight against childhood obesity. Jon is also the acting CEO of Oreka Solutions, a sustainable technologies incubator focused on reducing waste, preserving water, and supporting agriculture. Presently, Oreka Solutions is developing an environmentally friendly and cost effective method to turn food waste into animal feed, thereby reducing the amount of natural resources needed to produce feed while also minimizing the amount of food waste sent to landfills. Jon talks to audiences around the world about how to increase their engagement on sustainability issues, sharing speaking platforms with Mikhail Gorbachev, Kofi Annan, and other global leaders. In 2013 The Business of Giving voted Jon the world's second most influential communicator on social innovation- beaten only by Bill Clinton.


Breaking Down Food Packaging

With recent debates focused on preserving freshness to decrease food waste at the expense of increasing synthetic packaging waste, this panel will focus on an important part in revising the food system. To decrease total waste, we will be looking at a range of potential packaging options, including edible packaging, and compostable and bio-derived polymers.

New Ventures in the Circular Economy

The panel's focus will be to highlight start-ups that are actively changing food systems to be more self-sustaining. We will hear from food and agriculture-related start-ups that are operating across the value chain and learn about their successes and challenges, as well as the implications of how they are changing the status quo.

Financing the Transition to Circular Agriculture

Achieving a more circular agriculture system at scale will require private sector involvement in the form of venture capital, private equity and impact investing. This panel brings together experts in sustainable agriculture investing to discuss the unique challenges of funding ventures in agriculture, as well as the financial innovations that are being used to invest in real assets such as farmland. Collectively bringing decades of operational and financial experience in the agriculture sector, panelists will provide an in-depth discussion on the role of finance in a more circular agriculture system.

Big Data for Farm to Table (Sponsored by J-WAFS)

This panel will focus on the tracking of data along the consumption value chain to reduce spoilage and track products from the perspective of food safety and quality. Everyone from distributors to the consumers play an important role in increasing the resiliency of food consumption systems, meaning that the solutions discussed as a part of this panel will focus on circular economy principles from the moment that the food leaves the farm until it arrives on our plates.

Keynote

Mr. Offenheiser will share an NGO perspective on how to collaborate with companies to increase transparency and provide consumers with information on how to make purchasing decisions that promote sustainable food systems and increase food security. He will comment on how we can take the Circular Economy principles we have heard about at the Summit beyond our gathering and into our daily lives.
Ray Offenheiser
PRESIDENT, Oxfam America
Ray Offenheiser joined Oxfam America as its president in 1996. Under his leadership, Oxfam America has grown more than sevenfold, repositioning itself in the US as an influential voice on international development and foreign policy. Oxfam has continued to grow as a strong proponent for food aid reform and food security initiatives, collaborating with governments, corporations, and global institutions on successful campaigns, such as Behind the Brands, to change the way food companies do business. Prior to joining Oxfam, Ray represented the Ford Foundation in Bangladesh and the Andean and Southern Cone regions of South America. He has also directed programs for the Inter-American Foundation in both Brazil and Colombia and worked for Save the Children Federation in Mexico. At the 2012 G Meeting, he was appointed by the Obama administration to represent civil society interests on the Leadership Council of the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Africa. Ray serves and has served on numerous national and international boards and advisory bodies, including the World Economic Forum, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute, the World Agricultural Forum, and the Gates Foundation.