Diane Holdorf

Managing Director, Food, Land & Water, WBCSD

Diane Holdorf is Managing Director, Food & Nature of Food, Land and Water, at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), based in Geneva, Switzerland, since December 2018. Before joining WBCSD, Diane was Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer for Kellogg Company. She joined Kellogg in May 2008 as Senior Director, Environmental Stewardship and in 2009 was promoted to Vice President, Environmental Stewardship, Health and Safety. In 2011, she was promoted to Chief Sustainability Officer, Vice President Environment, Health & Safety, and in 2015, in recognition of the increasing importance of sustainability across the Kellogg business, became Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer to focus full time on advancing Kellogg’s sustainability leadership efforts. In addition to her role at Kellogg, Ms. Holdorf served on the Advisory Board of We Mean Business, and on the Executive Advisory Board of the Graham Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan. She is now on the Advisory Board of Mission Driven Capital Ventures.

Diane is speaking at

June 13, 2019
9:35 am - 10:20 am
Wellcome Stage


  • Ertharin Cousin (Moderator) Distinguished Fellow, Center on Food Security and the Environment, Stanford University
  • Matthew Kovac (Panelist) Executive Director, Food Industry Asia (FIA)
  • Nancy Roman (Panelist) President & CEO, Partnership for a Healthier America
  • Kiran Rupakhetee (Panelist) Division Chief & Joint Secretary, Good Governance and Social Development Division & SUN Government Focal Point, Government of Nepal
  • Diane Holdorf (Panelist) Managing Director, Food, Land & Water, WBCSD
  • Charlotte Salford (Panelist) Associate Vice President , IFAD UN Agency, Rome


All the required knowledge from cutting-edge science is in place, proving the dire need for a global food systems transformation to tackle the severity of human health issues and environmental degradation head on. But are the systems in place and are the power players finally ready to act?

This session features leaders spanning sectors. In the midst of the lag of bureaucracies in existing systems, profit-driven corporate interests, donor dependency and political inertia, can these leaders outline a pathway that pushes action for change?


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