2023 Food Waste Solutions Summit

May 16-18, 2023 | St.Louis, MO

Monalisa Prasad

National Director of Sustainability for Chartwells Higher Education

Compass Group


Monalisa Prasad is the National Director of Sustainability for Chartwells Higher Education. She has been with Chartwells for 8+ years demonstrating her passion, knowledge, skills, and adaptability. 
While living in the UK she was struck by the sheer amount of edible food that would be wasted at her local supermarket. This revelation sparked her interest in learning about the nexus of food, waste, energy, and the all-important climate. She volunteered with Tristram Stuart- the Godfather of Food Waste's event Feeding the 5000 in 2011 at Trafalgar Square in the UK and knew that food systems and sustainability was going to frame her career and wanted to be a changemaker! 

Her work is demonstrated through her spearheading efforts toward transparency and reporting for various universities, launching climate labeling  across all Chartwells Higher Education campuses, and implementing strategies toward carbon neutrality in the foodservice industry. 

Monalisa holds an MSc in Sustainability Management from Columbia University, NY and an MBA specializing in Sustainable Operations and Supply Chains from University of Exeter, UK.


Wednesday, May 17th

9:00am - 10:30am

Mainstage Session | Food Waste: The Past, Present, and Future

Bold action to tackle food waste reduction is more urgent than ever. From rising food prices and ongoing labor shortages, to supply chain disruptions and the surging carbon footprint of discarded food — there is a unique opportunity to influence behavior around proper food management and the food system is rising up to meet this moment. We have come far in just the last three years, but a 50% reduction goal is still a long way off. Featuring a 20-minute introduction from Dana Gunders, followed by a three 15min series of keynotes, this session will showcase different perspectives on food waste — where we’ve come, where we are now, and what needs to happen to get to 2030. 


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