Dr. Emma Keller
Head of Sustainability - Nestle UK & I
Buying Director - Planet Organic
Director Global Procurement Sustainability - PepsiCo
Ignacio Gavilan leads the CGF’s Sustainability team that aims to position the consumer goods
industry as a leader in protecting against climate change and reducing waste. Ignacio is responsible for ensuring high quality, efficient strategic leadership and implementation support to CGF’s Sustainability agenda. In his role, Ignacio leads retailer and manufacturer Working Groups on topics like Food Waste, Plastics, or Supply Chain Decarbonisation as well as engaging with members and external stakeholders to drive implementation forward.
Ignacio brings to the CGF more than 15 years’ experience in advising business on the practical, strategic, and commercial opportunities and risks of sustainability. Prior to his current role, Ignacio worked as Founder & Principal Consultant at Accipiter, a sustainability advisory service where he helped SMEs working in international markets to create strategic sustainability roadmaps. Past experience also includes senior roles at Anglo American p.l.c., BP Alternative Energy and McDonald’s.
Chief Commercial Officer - Land to market program
Founder & CEO - TerraCycle
Tom Szaky is founder and CEO of TerraCycle, a global leader in the collection and repurposing of complex waste streams. TerraCycle operates in 20 countries, working with some of the world’s largest brands, retailers and manufacturers to create national platforms to recycle products and packaging that currently go to landfill or incineration.
In May 2019 TerraCycle launched Loop, a circular shopping platform that enables consumers to shop for household products in durable, reusable packaging. Loop is available in Paris, France, the UK and the 48 contiguous U.S. states, and is a key step in helping to end the epidemic of waste that is caused by ‘single- use’ consumption. In 2021, Loop will become available in Canada, Japan and Australia.
Tom and TerraCycle have received hundreds of social, environmental and business awards and recognition from a range of organizations including the United Nations, World Economic Forum, Schwab Foundation, Fortune Magazine, Time Magazine and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Tom is the author of four books, “Revolution in a Bottle” (2009), “Outsmart Waste” (2014), “Make Garbage Great” (2015) and “The Future of Packaging” (2019). Tom created, produced and starred in TerraCycle’s reality show, “Human Resources” which aired on Pivot from 2014-2016 and is syndicated in more than 20 foreign markets on Amazon and iTunes.
Head-Climate Finance Unit - UNEP
Fund Manager - Triodos Organic Growth Fund
Chief Innovation Officer & Founder - Gold and Green Foods
Maija Itkonen is the co-founder and CEO of Gold&Green Foods®, the purpose-driven brand behind the revolutionary new plant-based protein, Pulled Oats®.
She is also an entrepreneur, innovator, industrial designer and brand lover. In 2015 she co-founded Gold&Green Foods, the company behind the phenomenal success story of the “perfect protein food” platform and its first product Pulled Oats. The new proprietary product type resulted in a first-of-its-kind plant-based protein source that is not only versatile and packed with health benefits, but one that can be sustainably sourced and processed. Pulled Oats is a new kind of meat alternative based on the Nordic superfood oats, built around the team’s unique scientific knowledge and design thinking under Maija’s leadership. Maija has a degree in industrial design and considers Gold&Green® to be a food design company. She is a mother of four based in Helsinki, Finland.
Programme Manager - Agriculture (Fauna & Flora International)
Working within the world’s oldest international wildlife conservation organisation, Emma focuses on helping farmers to work with biodiversity and the ecosystem services they rely on, aiming to maximise benefits to both people and nature. Her focus is on supporting smallholders in making sustainable on-farm decisions to support food production long-term.
Cities Activation, Europe - Ellen Macarthur Foundation
CEO - Sector Specialist, Food & Agriculture
Global Marketing Sustainability Lead - Knorr at Unilever
Head of Oceans team - Planet Tracker
- Sustainable Restaurant Association
Director - WFP Global Office Germany
Senior Director Sustainable Commercial Activities - ASDA
Susan joined Asda in June 2020 into a new role created to drive Asda’s strategic focus on Sustainability. She “quarter-backs” Asda’s cross functional efforts across the Better Planet agenda, mobilising activities including our journeys towards net zero, elimination of waste, optimising packaging and building a greener portfolio. Susan is a member of the BRC’s Climate Action Roadmap Steering Committee and chair of the Customer Engagement pathway.
Susan’s early career was spent at Kantar in insights, analytics and retail consulting, with a particular focus on Shopper Behaviour. Prior to Asda she spent 8 years at PepsiCo in a range of sales strategy and marketing roles, most recently leading the Brand Planning process and Better For You Snacking agenda for West Europe. Susan completed an Executive MBA in 2012 with a final dissertation examining the role of retailers in the obesity crisis.