2024 ReFED Food Waste Solutions Summit

June 11-13, 2024 | Baltimore, MD
Baltimore Convention Center

Ida Posner

Founder & Managing Partner | Board Member at ReFED

Hawthorne Food Ventures


Ida is the fourth-generation leader of her family business, which invests in food and rail businesses globally. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of Hawthorne Food Ventures, a venture capital fund that invests in startups reducing food waste. She is also Vice President of Railroad Development Corporation, a global railway investment and management company with holdings across Iowa, Peru, Germany, and France. Ida serves on the boards of the Iowa Interstate Railroad, RDC-Deutschland, Eurorail, RailPulse, and Barnana. Additionally, Ida serves as a Strategic Advisor to the Posner Foundation of Pittsburgh. Ida holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a B.S.E. from Princeton University in Civil & Environmental Engineering.


Wednesday, June 12

1:30pm - 2:30pm

From Capital Stack to Impact: Investing in Food Waste Solutions

Breakout Session 2

Join us for a candid chat exploring the funding ecosystem for food waste solutions. In this interactive discussion, we'll break down how different capital types can be leveraged to drive meaningful impact in the fight against food waste. Our panelists will share insights into what has been working in the sector and showcase how various components of the capital stack can work together synergistically. We'll explore impact case studies to highlight successful investment strategies and showcase the transformative power of capital in addressing food waste challenges.

Wednesday, June 12

2:45pm - 3:45pm

Solution Provider Showcase 3 | Knowledge to Action: Solutions for Reducing Consumer Food Waste


Be prepared to be inspired! Our Solution Provider Showcases feature inventive presentations, thought-provoking discussions, and opportunities to forge connections with like-minded individuals passionate about creating positive change in the food waste sector.

Consumers generate the most food waste—an alarming fact that underscores the urgent need for effective, practical, and scalable solutions that empower individuals to make every bite count. Join this session to learn about a range of solutions aimed at giving consumers the tools and resources they need to make more informed choices and reduce waste in their daily lives.

Thursday, June 13

10:30am - 11:30am

Beyond the US: International Opportunities to Funding Food Waste Solutions

Breakout Session 3

What can we learn from organizations who are successfully scaling food waste solutions outside of the U.S., and what role does philanthropy play in elevating these efforts? From 2022-23, the Posner Foundation launched their first-ever food waste grantee cohort, focused on projects across the globe that are tackling upstream solutions through changing consumer behaviors. In this session, learn from organizations in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa about how they work to solve food waste in their respective communities, what lessons can be applied to the U.S. and other countries, and how philanthropy can support the growth of these international opportunities.

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