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Flemming Besenbacher

Chairman of the Board

Professor, Dr. Scient. Flemming Besenbacher is Chairman of the Board of Carlsberg Group and the Carlsberg Foundation and Deputy Chairman of Innovation Fund Denmark. He is a recognized and highly cited scientist associated with the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO) at Aarhus University.

All though Denmark is a small country, we have proven that we provide intelligent and efficient solutions to the world’s global challenges. We are leading within circular economy, but now, my ambition is, that we must also take the lead when it comes to food waste and food loss. Researchers have concluded, that as an individual, the greatest contribution one can make is to reduce ones food waste, and the UN has identified it as one of the 17 sustainable development goals, so the potential is enormous. We must embrace this challenge and utilize our ability to work across sectors and think innovatively in order to contribute with solutions, which can prevent food waste and food loss and make progress that will benefit the entire world.

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Birgitte Qvist-Sørensen

Member of the Board

Birgitte is Secretary General of DanChurchAid, one of Denmark's largest independent humanitarian organizations working to alleviate poverty in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

In DanChurchAid we are working on two levels to prevent and reduce food waste: Internationally through our work on enhancing small farmers’ access to markets and strengthen ethical trade in global supplier networks from some of the world’s poorest countries in Africa and Asia. In Denmark we contribute through our three Wefood stores, by cooperation with suppliers and business partners, with our knowledge regarding concrete steps for reducing food waste, specifically against Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 about reduction of food waste, and we offer Danish customers the option to shop sustainably.

With my involvement in this think tank I want to further the synergy between Danish and international agendas. I can draw on my own and DanChurchAid’s experience and link to the achievements gained by local and Danish business’, authorities and civil society organisations in the world, e.g. through P4G and World Food Summit.

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Annemarie Meisling

Member of the Board

Annemarie Meisling is the Sustainability Director at Chr. Hansen, a global bioscience company that develops natural solutions for the food, nutritional, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. Chr. Hansen was awarded the prestigious title of The World’s Most Sustainable Corporation 2019 in the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations index.

If food waste was a country it would be the 3rd biggest emitter of CO2 [FAO]. This number reminds me of the big responsibility we have to reduce food waste. But I like to turn challenges into opportunities, and I believe that Danish companies have been excellent in finding innovative solutions to reduce food waste. From making food stay fresh with good bacteria, to establishing an infrastructure, where food that is too good to go, can be picked up and enjoyed by others, to producing pasta sauce with ugly vegetables. I believe in the power of innovation and I believe in partnerships and I believe in clear commitments. It is a privilege to be part of ONE/THIRD, where these elements are combined and we can help push the agenda forward.

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Christine Nellemann

Member of the Board

Christine is Head of Department, National Food Institute, DTU, a trained human biologist, Ph.D. from the University of Copenhagen and MBA from DTU Business. The institute's tasks are lifted in an interdisciplinary collaboration between the disciplines nutrition, chemistry, toxicology, microbiology, epidemiology and technology.

One of the three vision statements at the National Food Institute, DTU, is to produce sustainable technological solutions within food production. Unfortunately, food production has an impact on climate and we need to do better. The solutions to these challenges are also needed to make it possible to feed the growing population and promote food safety and healthy food.

The possibilities for the think tank are great as we have experience in Denmark with solutions across disciplines and across different sectors. Together governmental agencies, industries and universities have had successes and been able to solve societal challenges in the past. Food waste and food loss are global challenges. Hopefully, we will be able to show initiatives that can inspire other countries and sectors as well.

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Selina Juul

Member of the Board

Selina Juul is one of the world’s leading experts on food waste and Chairman of the Board and Founder of Stop Wasting Food movement in Denmark (Stop Spild Af Mad), which she founded in 2008. Selina Juul is one of the global Champions 12.3, Member of the European Commission’s EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste, Partner of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)’s SAVE FOOD initiative, Partner of the European Commission’s EU FUSIONS project on food losses and food waste, Partner of the FAO/UNEP Think.Eat.Save campaign, Member of Prime Minister of Denmark's Climate Partnerships for the Food and Agriculture Sector the Trade Sector. Selina Juul has contributed to over 40 national and international books and publications against food waste and has published an award winning food waste cookbook “Food With Respect” co-authored with Her Royal Highness Princess Marie of Denmark - and also contributed to the Vatican’s book on food waste.

Selina Juul did over 300 talks on food waste - from TED to the Vatican and she also wrote 230+ opinion editorials on food waste in Danish and international media. Selina Juul has 117.000+ followers on combined social media and appeared in national and international media and TV over 9.000 times - from The New York Times to BBC and CNN. A BBC TV documentary about Selina Juul's work went viral on Facebook and for over 30 million views. Selina Juul received many Danish and international awards and acknowledgments, among them are Reader's Digest European of the Year Award 2020, European Young Leader 2018, Dane of the Year 2014 and Nordic Council Nature and Environment Prize 2013. Selina Juul is an originator of a concept of a think tank on the prevention of food waste.

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Timm Vladimir

Member of the Board

Timm Vladimir is the owner of the biggest private cookery school in Denmark. Every year, 25.000-30.000 companies and people guest Timm, and this gives him an unique insight into food habits of our nation, and also an opportunity to discuss food waste and the simple, everyday opportunities to fight it. Timm is an experienced member of governmental advisory boards and think tanks; his main focus is civil society and has a particular interest in the younger generation, teaching and showcasing everyday practices that will reduce food waste today, and eventually turn into sustainable habits when they grow up. To reduce food waste in households, we all need basic cooking knowledge and simple inspiration, so leftovers will be perceived and used as ingredients, rather than end up as trash. This will save money, but also heavily affect the environment.

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Tejs Binderup

Observatory member of the board

Tejs is our observatory member from the Danish Ministry of Environment and Food. He is Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Department Food, Fisheries and International Affairs.

The reduction of food loss and food waste possess a challenge for all stakeholders. Ensuring that efforts are solidly founded on specialist knowledge is a key to the solution. The Danish Ministry of Environment and Food will be following the work of the think tank with great interest.

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