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Thursday 28 April 2022 • 10am – 6.15pm BST

The Responsible Food Forum at Waddesdon

How it works

The Forum is an invitation-only event for senior industry leaders. If you are interested to attend or learn more about our Forums please do get in touch


We meet at Waddesdon at a moment of huge opportunity, but also challenge. We face the growing reality of climate change; agricultural practises that too often contribute to the destruction of nature; declining public health in many advanced economies; food poverty and insecurity for hundreds of millions in the developing world. Changes to how we farm, shop and eat are needed – but how will our global and local food systems be transformed? How can we ensure food is affordable and economically viable for all along the food chain? How do we ensure food is nutritious and sustainably produced and sold?

The Responsible Food Forum is designed to be the space where those tensions can be discussed in a thoughtful, pragmatic way, involving representatives from all aspects of the food ecosystem. It will bring together leading climate scientists and agritech entrepreneurs, chefs, retailers and investors to dissect and debate the opportunities and responsibilities of the food industry, in all its stages.

about us

Tortoise is building a different kind of newsroom. We’re opening up journalism and giving everyone a seat at the table. The ThinkIn is the heart of what we do. It’s a forum for civilised disagreement where our members take part in live, unscripted conversations that shape the way we report the world.


Thursday 28 April 2022 • 10am – 6.00pm BST

Session 1 of 13

10.00am – 10.10am BST

Welcome from Hannah Rothschild and James Harding

Session 2 of 13

10.10am – 10.30am BST

The Responsible Food Forum: What are we trying to achieve?

Speakers Ertharin Cousin, Co-Chair, Dave Lewis, Co-Chair

Session 3 of 13

10.30am – 11.00am BST

Keynote Address with David Beasley, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme

Session 4 of 13

11.00am – 12pm BST

Pillar One: Land and Sea

Speakers Patrick Holden, The Sustainable Food Trust, Andy Cato, Co-Founder of Wildfarmed, Henry Dimbleby, Author of The National Food Strategy, Catherine Chong, Co-Founder, Farms to Feed Us

Session 5 of 13

12pm – 12.20pm BST

A recipe for health

Speakers Sam Kass, Partner at Acre VC and President Obama’s Advisor for Nutrition

Session 6 of 13

12.20pm – 1.00pm BST

Pillar Two: Diet

Speakers Danielle Nierenberg, President of Food Tank, Agnes Kalibata, President of AGRA, Jon Woods, Vice President of Franchise Operations, Great Britain & Ireland at Coca-Cola

Session 7 of 13

2.00pm – 2.20pm BST

A fair price for food

Speakers George Weston, CEO, Associated British Foods, in conversation with James Harding

Session 8 of 13

2.20pm – 3pm BST

Pillar Three: Price

Speakers Stefano Agostini, CEO of Nestle UK and Ireland, Anna Taylor, Executive Director of the Food Foundation, Dariush Mozaffarian, M.D., DrPH, Dean, Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy at Tufts University

Session 9 of 13

3pm – 3.40pm BST

Pillar Four: Technology

Speakers Osnat Michaeli, Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer at Infarm, Ikenna Nzewi, CEO and Co-Founder of Releaf, Daniele Benatoff, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Planet Farms


3:40pm – 4pm

Bring your tea and join Mara the Storyteller, as she takes you through the journey of food

Session 10 of 13

4pm – 4.40pm BST

Pillar Five: Capital

Speakers Katrin Burt, Managing Partner, Grosvenor Food and AgTech, Przemek Obloj, CIO of Blue Horizon Corporation, Jeremy Coller, Founder of Coller Capital and FAIRR, Ben Valk, Global Head of Food and Agri Partnerships, Rabobank

Session 11 of 13

4pm – 4.40pm BST

The Better Food Index

Speakers Alexandra Mousavizadeh, Director of Tortoise Intelligence

Session 12 of 13

5pm – 5.40pm BST

Pillar Six: Nature

Speakers Sir Partha Dasgupta, Professor Ray Pierrehumber

Session 13 of 13

5.40pm – 6pm BST

Forum Conclusions

Speakers Dave Lewis, Co-Chair, Ertharin Cousin, Co-Chair, James Harding, Tortoisee

The forum leadership

Hosted by

Lord Rothschild

Rothschild Foundation

Chairman of RIT Capital Partners plc, one of the largest investment trusts quoted on the London Stock Exchange, and Chairman of J Rothschild Capital Management.

James Harding

Co-founder and Editor, Tortoise Media

Former Director of News and Current Affairs at the BBC. Prior to this, he was the Editor of The Times from 2007-2012.


Dave Lewis

Chair WWF UK and Executive Chair of Xlinks

Former CEO of Tesco plc and president of global personal care at Unilever.

Ertharin Cousin

Founder and CEO, Food Systems for the Future

Former Executive Director of the UN World Food Forum from 2012-2017. Prior to this, she was the United States Ambassador to the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture.

Advisory board