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Roundtable: Taking on Wasted Food to Fight Climate Change

Protecting the Value of Food™ Roundtable Series

Original streaming date: April 5th, 2023

Join us on April 5th, 2023 for the second installment of our Protecting the Value of Food™ roundtable series! With Earth Day right around the corner, this session will focus on how we can fight climate change by taking on the wasted food crisis. Our panel of thought leaders will discuss climate change and the importance of preventing wasted food to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Our Roundtable Panel

(Moderator) Danielle Nierenberg, President and Co-founder, Food Tank

Danielle Nierenberg is a world-renowned researcher, speaker, and advocate on all issues relating to our food system and agriculture. In 2013, Danielle Nierenberg co-founded Food Tank ( with Bernard Pollack, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters. Food Tank is a global convener, thought leadership organization, and unbiased creator of original research impacting the food system.

Danielle has an M.S. in Agriculture, Food, and Environment from the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and spent two years volunteering for the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic. Danielle is the recipient of the 2020 Julia Child Award.

Suzanne Long, Chief Sustainability and Transformation Officer, Albertsons Companies

Suzanne is the Chief Sustainability and Transformation Officer for Albertsons Companies, the second largest food and drug retailer in the US. Suzanne began her career at Accenture, consulting for Fortune 100 companies before joining Albertsons in 2001. After creating and leading the company’s Lean Six Sigma initiative, she left to lead a retail consulting practice. In 2012 she returned to Albertsons, leading five major acquisition integrations that grew the company from 200 stores to 2200 stores. Suzanne became Group Vice President, Strategic Sourcing in 2020, and that same year was asked to lead the company’s ESG strategy. She was named Albertsons Companies’ first Chief Sustainability and Transformation Officer in early 2022. Suzanne graduated from Duke with honors, serves on two nonprofit boards, and is a member of the EDGE Advisory Board for Duke’s Fuqua School of Business.

Jackie Suggitt, Director of Capital, Innovation and Engagement, ReFED

Jackie serves as Capital, Innovation, and Engagement Director at ReFED, the national nonprofit working to end food loss and waste by advancing data-driven solutions. In her position, she leads ReFED’s work with food businesses, builds ReFED’s diverse multi-sector network and manages external partnerships, and leads planning for the annual Food Waste Solutions Summit. Before joining ReFED, Jackie worked as Senior Manager of Sustainability at Walmart, where she led a number of sustainable food and nutrition programs for Walmart’s global and private brand business.

Ryan Begin, CEO and Co-founder, Divert, Inc.

Ryan is the Co-Founder and CEO of Divert, an impact technology company on a mission to Protect the Value of Food™. Over the last 16 years, Ryan has led the development of Divert, its technologies and vision. As CEO, he is helping bring to life Divert’s mission to solve the wasted food crisis by establishing the company’s data centric impact platform. Before Divert, Ryan was a Senior Systems Engineer and Laboratory Manager at Raytheon. Prior to Raytheon he was a lead engineer at Proton Energy Systems (now Nel Hydrogen) where he delivered the first zero carbon PEM Electrolyzer to fuel a fuel cell bus in Barth Germany and on-site hydrogen systems in Nikopol Ukraine.

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