2022 Food Waste Solutions Summit

May 10-12, 2022 | Minneapolis, MN





Vanessa Mukhebi

Communications Manager



Vanessa Mukhebi has over six years experience in development communications, food security, agricultural systems, and the NGO sectors in sub-Saharan Africa and North America. She currently serves as the Communications Manager at ReFED, supporting communications execution and strategy across the organization to advance data-driven solutions to end food loss and waste across the United States. Before joining ReFED, Vanessa worked in the international NGO sector, creating multimedia content and inclusive interventions that promote improved nutrition, climate-smart agriculture, gender equity, and poverty alleviation across sub-Saharan Africa. She is passionate about indigenous food systems and cultural dimensions of food security. Vanessa holds a Master's of Art in Anthropology (Food) from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor's in Media and Communication, Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Sydney in Australia. She serves on the Auxiliary Board of Inspiration Corporation as the Events and Community Outreach Chair. Vanessa is also a TEDx speaker.


Wednesday, May 11th

9:00am - 10:30am

Welcome Day 1 & Mainstage Session 1 - From Global to Local: Fighting Food Waste Around the World

Memorial Hall

Welcome to the Summit! We'll start with a special Land Acknowledgment and then introduce you to all that the next two days have to offer.

How can we create a sustainable future through food waste reduction on a global, national, and local stage? Food waste is a systemwide and far-reaching problem that extends beyond the U.S. Featuring three fireside chats – on international food loss and waste protocols; U.S. food waste-related policy and strategy; and the Pacific Coast Food Waste Commitment regional initiative – this session will outline the progress being made around the world, and what new opportunities exist for collaborative action. 


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