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.
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.
Welcome from Hannah Rothschild and James Harding
The Responsible Food Forum: What are we trying to achieve?
Speakers Ertharin Cousin, Co-Chair, Dave Lewis, Co-Chair
Keynote Address with David Beasley, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme
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
A recipe for health
Speakers Sam Kass, Partner at Acre VC and President Obama’s Advisor for Nutrition
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
A fair price for food
Speakers George Weston, CEO, Associated British Foods, in conversation with James Harding
Pilla 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
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
Bring your tea and join Mara the Storyteller, as she takes you through the journey of food
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
The Better Food Index
Speakers Alexandra Mousavizadeh, Director of Tortoise Intelligence
Pillar Six: Nature
Speakers Sir Partha Dasgupta, Professor Ray Pierrehumber
Speakers Dave Lewis, Co-Chair, Ertharin Cousin, Co-Chair, James Harding, Tortoisee
The forum leadership
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.
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.
Chair WWF UK and Executive Chair of Xlinks
Former CEO of Tesco plc and president of global personal care at Unilever.
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.