A Jury of global distinction

Shifting to sustainable food systems is critical for our future. Finding the most impactful solutions among several hundred nominations requires world-class expertise and experience.

To assess vetted top candidates and trim the selection to six finalists, the Food Planet Prize has enlisted world-leading specialists in areas of expertise that are relevant in addressing the complex Food Planet Challenge. The individual jury members rank each of the finalists, and ultimately, the ones with the most significant potential for impact are awarded the Food Planet Prize.

This year, we have extended the jury to 12 members, representing the very best of related academic knowledge, expertise in technology and business, global distribution, and civil service. It also includes cutting-edge practical knowledge from the people who grow, produce and sell the food we all consume. The jury reflects the broad perspective we must have to find the wide range of initiatives necessary to reshape the food system sustainably.

To facilitate the jury work, co-chairs Johan Rockström and Magnus Nilsson will act as moderators, taking a very active role in the jury process – and achieving a fair balance between Academia and Operations perspectives.

The Jury

  • Magnus Nilsson, co-chair

    Secretary-General of the Food Planet Prize. Director of the MAD Academy, a platform for education and inspiration in the restaurant community, aiming to make the food system resilient. An author and food philosopher, Magnus Nilsson is also the former chef-restaurateur of the internationally acclaimed, Swedish restaurant, Fäviken Magasinet.

  • Prof. Johan Rockström, co-chair

    Professor in Earth System Science at the University of Potsdam and Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. Johan Rockström chairs the advisory boards of the EAT Foundation and the Earth League.

  • Clara Coleman

    2nd Generation Owner of Four Season Farm in Harborside, Maine. Clara Coleman is a leader in the sustainable farming movement. She farms year-round on the coast of Maine. She is also the founder of Real Farmer Care, which provides Black, Indigenous and People of Color farmers support for self-care.

  • Prof. Shenggen Fan

    Chair Professor at China Agricultural University, currently leading a national innovation team on food economics and policy at the University. Shenggen Fan (樊胜根) was the Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) from 2009 to 2019. He has worked on rural development, poverty reduction, hunger, food security and nutrition in China, India, and Africa.

  • Prof. Jessica Fanzo

    Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Food Policy and Ethics at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. Jess Fanzo is an expert in the fields of diet, nutrition and food security.

  • Franco Fubini

    Founder and CEO of Natoora, advocating for radical change in the way food is farmed and supplied. Natoora works directly with over 600 small-scale growers and has its own regenerative organic farm in Cornwall, supplying over 1000 restaurants in London, Paris and New York and educating consumers on the impact of their food choices.

  • Dr. Line Gordon

    Director of Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) at Stockholm University, Holder of the Curt Bergfors Foundation Professorship in Sustainability Science with a  Focus on Sustainable Food Systems at SRC, and Associate Professor in Natural Resources Management with a focus on sustainability of water, food and the biosphere. Line Gordon is a board member of the EAT Foundation.

  • Gina Hildebrand

    Second generation biodynamic farmer and winemaker. Owner of Lady of the Sunshine, a winery and platform for prioritizing and educating about regenerative farming and natural wine.

  • Paul Polman

    Paul Polman is Co-founder and Co-chair of social enterprise IMAGINE and the former CEO of Unilever. As a United Nations SDG Advocate and Chair of the Food and Land Use Coalition he is committed to ambitious action that helps build more sustainable food systems.

  • Prof. Olivier De Schutter

    Co-chair of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food). Olivier De Schutter is a professor at the University of Louvain. He served as the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food from 2008 to 2014, and as Member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights from 2015 to 2020. He was appointed the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights in 2020.

  • Dr. Lindiwe Sibanda

    Lindiwe Sibanda runs the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) Centre of Excellence in Food Security. She also co-Chairs the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture and sits on the boards of One CGIAR and the World Vegetable Center. Former CEO and Head of Mission of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), Professor Sibanda has received numerous awards for her work on food security in Africa.