2022 Food Waste Solutions Summit
May 10-12, 2022 | Minneapolis, MN
Megan Morikawa, PhD
Global Sustainability Office Director
Dr. Megan Morikawa is the Global Sustainability Office Director at Iberostar Group where she leads the work that is being done under the company’s Wave of Change movement, an initiative based on three complementary but different action lines: circular economy, responsible seafood consumption and coastal health. The company works towards these goals through their five long-term commitments to 2030: 1) IBEROSTAR’s operations are single-use plastic free by 2020, waste free by 2025 and carbon neutral by 2030. 2) IBEROSTAR’s seafood consumption is 100% responsible by 2025. 3) All ecosystems that surround Iberostar properties are improving in ecological health alongside profitable tourism by 2030.4) WoC is recognized by 90% of clients in-stay by 2023 and is a major driver for 60% of clients to choose Iberostar by 2025.5) IBEROSTAR’s own certification or verified partner certifications for responsible tourism are adopted by 2x the number of hotels Iberostar manages by 2030.
Dr. Morikawa joined Iberostar in early 2018 and leads a strong sustainability team along with Gloria Fluxà, who is part of the company’s fourth generation leadership and ownership, in scientific-driven actions for a sustainable ocean economy and responsible tourism model.
Megan received her Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, from Duke University, received her PhD at Stanford, where she conducted research on how to prepare coral reefs for climate change. She is passionate about the science that provides a technical solution to a real-world problem. She is also passionate about communicating that research in creative ways and thinking creatively about solutions and applications.
Wednesday, May 11th
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Mainstage Session 2 - Stepping Up to the Plate: The Private Sector’s Role in Fighting Food Waste (Presented in partnership with Food Tank)
Food businesses – from growers to manufacturers to retailers and foodservice providers – generate 63% of total food waste each year. Plus, their actions have a strong effect on how much food gets wasted by consumers too. But the private sector is also leading the way in implementing solutions to reduce food waste. Join food business leaders and leading solution providers in a series of spirited discussions about the important role of the private sector in food waste reduction, the power it holds to enact change, and the ways it is living up to that responsibility.