Food Waste Solutions Speakers


Tristram Stuart

Tristram StuartTristram Stuart is an international award-winning author, speaker, campaigner, and expert on the environmental and social impacts of food.

His books, The Bloodless Revolution: a cultural history of vegetarianism from 1600 to the present and Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal, have been described as "a genuinely revelatory contribution to the history of human ideas” (The Times) and have been translated into several languages. His TED talk has been watched over 1.7 million times.

Tristram started publicly campaigning on food waste as a lone pioneer in 2002. He has been a principal protagonist in building the global movement that has mobilized hundreds of organizations, millions of individuals, achieved mass behavior change, obtained commitments from the world’s biggest food companies and governments, and a Sustainable Development Goal (12.3) to halve food waste by 2030. Tristram is an official UN Champion of this Global Goal.

The environmental charity he founded, Feedback (, has played a pivotal role in catalyzing and leading the global food waste movement. Feedback has driven changes in supermarket policies and international legislation and consistently punches way above its weight at the highest level globally.

In 2016, he founded Toast Ale ( which upcycles unsold fresh bread into award-winning craft beer. After 3 years of operations, Toast brewed up 1 million slices of surplus bakery bread into delicious, refreshing beer. Toast is brewing in 6 countries. 100% of its distributable profits go to Feedback and other aligned charities worldwide. Its unique impact investment structure, called “Equity for Good”, pledges investors to reinvest any capital gains into planet-saving organizations (for-profit or not-for-profit).

Tristram won the international environmental award in 2011, The Sophie Prize. He is an Ashoka Fellow, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

Jenny Kedward, Environmental Specialist, Dakota County

Jenny KedwardJenny Kedward is an environmental specialist for Dakota County in the southern Twin Cities. She has been talking trash professionally for over a decade and is passionate about waste management and consumption. She chose to get her bachelor’s degree in Biology to fully understand the world she wanted to protect.  Kedward is trained in social marketing and uses her enthusiasm to educate residents on recycling and reducing waste. She enjoys using the never-ending bike trail system in the Metro Area and volunteering for nonprofit organizations that aim to protect our air, water, and land. 

Nancy Lo, Waste Reduction and Recycling Specialist, Hennepin County

Audrey Seligman, Project Coordinator, Waste Not! Food Waste Reduction Project

SeligmanAudrey Seligman is a Master of Public Health Student in the Community Health Promotion Program at the University of Minnesota with expected graduation in May 2020. For the past year, she has been the project coordinator for the Waste Not! Food Waste Reduction Project.  She has been working with families in Frogtown, St. Paul to prevent household food waste. She was particularly fond of working cross-culturally, learning about their food practices and working with them to create creative solutions to their individual food waste concerns. She has enjoyed learning about the importance of food waste on individuals' families and the global community. In addition to her work with food waste reduction, Audrey has worked as the project coordinator and evaluator for a home modification and improvement program for homebound older adults in Manhattan. She recently participated in a global health case competition developing solutions to the problem of electronic nicotine delivery systems in China. She enjoys using intervention development and evaluation skills across a broad range of topics and hopes to continue to work in food waste reduction and explore new areas of public health after graduation.

Ayanle Aden, Participant, Waste Not! Food Waste Reduction Project

Nicola Dixon, Executive Director, General Mills Foundation

Nicola DixonNicola Dixon is executive director of the General Mills Foundation and director of global corporate giving and employee engagement for General Mills Inc., a leading multinational food company headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Originally from South Africa, Nicola grew up in Australia and later the United States. Nicola leads the team charged with developing the impact strategies, programs and partnerships needed to advance targeted social and environmental outcomes amidst highly varying contexts worldwide, while creating pathways for the company’s employees, brands and businesses to uniquely engage to advance the greater good. Since she moved to the Foundation in 2012, Nicola has played a key role aligning General Mills’ philanthropy to global focus areas where the company and its foundation are uniquely positioned to bring about significant and enduring impact: Increasing Community Food Security; Advancing Regenerative Agriculture and Strengthening Hometown Communities.  Since becoming executive director, Nicola has led the effort for General Mills to embed outcomes-focused philanthropy throughout its giving practices, bringing greater strategic precision, transparency and accountability for all stakeholders, while enabling more agile collaboration and impact potential across partners and programs. Nicola was the 2018 recipient of the Champions Award from General Mills - the highest award given by the company to an employee - in recognition of her innovative leadership of systems-level food waste reduction and food redistribution strategies and impacts in North America, Europe and Asia. Prior to joining the Foundation eight years ago, Nicola had a two-decade business management career including eight years in General Mills marketing management roles, where she managed some of America’s most recognized brands across grocery retail as well as foodservice channels. A lifelong learner, Nicola holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism, an MBA in business management, and will complete her MPA (Masters in Public Affairs) from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School in May 2020 with a concentration in society and the environment.  She is supported by a wonderful husband, two terrific kids, and an entirely untrainable dog. 

Jennifer Wagner-Lahr, Senior Director of Innovation & Commercialization, Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI)

Jennifer Wagner-LahrAs Senior Director of Innovation & Commercialization, Jennifer Wagner-Lahr leads and directs the overall strategic direction and management of AURI’s innovation and commercialization team of project managers, business development and economic development professionals.  Her role includes oversight of AURI’s Commercialization Services Program, the Ag Innovation Partnership Program and “AURI Connects” events.  Wagner-Lahr also oversees AURI’s food focus area and is responsible for the development and execution of client projects and public initiatives. Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science in applied economics from the University of Minnesota, MN and Master of Science in international agricultural sciences from Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany, which included a semester at Wageningen Agricultural University in the Netherlands. She is a board member of the MN Ag in the Classroom Foundation, served as an advisory team member for the MN Food Charter Network, and volunteers with her local FFA chapters and 4-H clubs.  She and her family run a dairy heifer, beef and crop farm in Central Minnesota.

Claire Koelsch Sand, Ph.D. Packaging Technology and Research, LLC

Claire SandClaire Sand is a Global Packaging Leader with 30+ years of broad experience in the food science and packaging spectrum. She leads food packaging efforts involving packaging solutions to food waste and more sustainable packaging, as well as provides compelling technology business cases and implementation roadmaps to ease the path of innovative technologies. Dr. Sand is Owner and Founder of Packaging Technology and Research, LLC and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota, Michigan State University and CalPoly as well as Food Technology’s monthly Packaging columnist. She is an IFT Fellow, serves on numerous Editorial Boards, is the author of the Packaging Value Chain, and is cochair of pacfoodwaste. Claire has held previous positions in basic research, development market research, and marketing in Germany, Colombia, and Thailand and at Total Quality Marketing, Nestle, General Mills, Kraft Heinz, Safeway, and in academia. Dr. Sand holds a doctorate degree in Food Science and Nutrition from the University of Minnesota and MS and BS in Packaging from Michigan State University.

Katherine Dolan, Global Account Director, Leanpath

Julie Danzl, Minneapolis Public Schools

Julie DanzlJulie Danzl combines 25 years professional experience guiding program development and policy implementation in both the non-profit and public sectors.  Julie joined Minneapolis Public Schools in 2006 and currently oversees student wellness activities, including implementation of the district’s True Food, No Waste action plan.  Julie serves on a wide range of advisory groups that promote healthy living at the state and local levels.