Food Waste Workshop by LightBlue Consulting: “The global food waste issue and innovative solutions to achieve Zero Food Waste to Landfill" ” (EN) 


Time and place: 10:00am - 12:00pm CET (GTM+7), Online (Zoom Meeting – more information to come)

In partenariat with LightBlue Consulting 


  • Benjamin Lephilibert, Managing Director

  • Moderator”: Hugo Brandam, IHEID


One third of all the food produced for human consumption is wasted every year. These 1.3 billion tons of food would be enough to feed 3 billion people. Food waste has also a huge environmental impact, knowing the carbon, water, chemical and land footprint of agriculture. From an economic perspective, the BCG estimates that this global food waste issue is worth $1.2 trillion but also represents a $700 billion opportunity yearly.


8 years of practice encapsulated in this workshop designed for food industry leaders, lecturers and researchers, higher education students, government officials, UN officers or CSR executives. Participants will be equipped with new skills, in-depth knowledge, and practical methodologies to tackle one of the biggest global challenge of this century: food waste.

Democracy? Experiencing a People’s Assembly (EN)


Time and place: 10:00 - 13:00 (Online, more information to come)


Moderator: Khaliun Purevsuren and Tobias Drilling, IHEID students

Speakers: 6 experts from academia, government and environmental movements and breakout room trained facilitators from the Extinction Rebellion



Discussing our future together? Brainstorming ideas to prevent upcoming catastrophes? Democratically deciding on the planet our children will live in? The concept of the citizens’ assembly tackles exactly such processes, most known from France’s Convention Citoyenne pour le Climat deliberating recommendations on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at least 40 percent by 2030 “in the spirit of social justice.” ( ).


As citizen’s’ assemblies are part of a participatory democracy, they are processes by which citizens make political decisions. A representative panel of society learns in depth about the issues to be addressed, listens to experts and various stakeholders and then deliberate collectively to finally issue recommendations and take (legally binding) decisions that will then be implemented by the authorities.


Following up on our orientation of the participants to the Citizens’ Assembly concept in the Pre-Assembly event we will organize the firsthand experience of People’s Assembly in collaboration with Extinction Rebellion Geneva. Participants will among other experience the opportunities of safe spaces where every voice is heard (, participatory democratic decision making (, and regenerative cultures. ( Participants have the opportunity to experience first-hand the new democratic processes evolving around a provocative question which will blur the line between academia and action on climate.


Due to the fact that the participants will not be randomly picked amongst the population, the event will be a People’s Assembly. The event will start with a short introduction of the Citizens’ Assembly concept, followed by a crisp expert panel of environmentalists and environmental decision makers as well as authorities that face environmental civil disobedience movements. Workshops will follow as the groups break into small English-speaking and French-speaking breakout rooms, where they will have facilitated in-depth discussions about the means of civil disobedience for diverse climate actions. The event ends with a feedback and a debriefing of the experience of the horizontal decision making process on making a change for the climate.

Panel on “Sustainable Food Systems" (EN) 


Time and place : 15:00 - 16:30, Zoom (more information to come)

In partnership with IHEID Water Initiative 


  • Devinder Sharma-award-winning Indian journalist, writer, thinker, and researcher well-known and respected for his views on food and trade policy. Trained as an agricultural scientist

  • Anne Saab-Assistant Professor in International Law at the Graduate Institute

  • ​Timothy a. Wise- is a Senior Advisor at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)

  • Producer From Bean Voyage (Name TBD) - feminist non-profit social enterprise on a mission to eradicate the gender gap in farming communities



What are the largest challenges to overcome for the food system to become overwhelmingly more sustainable and equitable. Panelist will be guided in a critical discussion on what they see to be some of the most impactful shifts that the global food system needs to make to achieve a sustainable food system, that is climate reliance, and can feed the world’s population equitably.