The Jury


The Food Planet Challenge of transforming the world to sustainable food systems is critical for our future. It is filled with high risks if we fail, but major benefits if we succeed. We are in search of solutions that can be applied widely – preferably globally – at a rapid pace. Finding these solutions among several hundreds of nominations requires world-leading expertise and experience.

We proudly present the Food Planet Prize jury:

Prof. Shenggen Fan

Chair professor in food economics and policy at China Agricultural University. He is 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) between 2009 and 2019. He has worked on rural development, poverty reduction, hunger, food security and nutrition in China, India, and Africa.

Prof. Jessica Fanzo

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

Dr. Line Gordon (co-chair)

Director of Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University, associate professor in Natural Resources Management with a focus on sustainability of water, food and the biosphere. Member of the Board of the EAT Foundation.

Prof. David Nabarro

Professor of Global Health at Imperial College London. He has worked in the UN system with disease outbreaks and health issues, food insecurity and nutrition, climate change and sustainable development, and is now serving as WHO’s special envoy, Covid-19.

Magnus Nilsson

Director of the MAD Academy, that aims to be a platform for education and inspiration in the restaurant community, creating sustainable change in the food system. Former head chef at the Swedish internationally acclaimed restaurant Fäviken Magasinet.

Paul Polman

Creator of Imagine, a foundation that works to combat poverty and climate change, giving companies the tools to meet UN global goals for sustainable development. He is also the former CEO of the British-Dutch company Unilever.

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. He further chairs the advisory board for the EAT Foundation and the Earth League.

Prof. Olivier De Schutter

Co-chair of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food). Olivier is a professor at the University of Louvain. He has served as the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food between 2008 and 2014 and as Member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights between 2015 and 2020. He has been appointed the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights in 2020.

Dr. Lindiwe Sibanda

CEO and Head of Mission of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN). Lindiwe is a serving member of, the SDG Target by 2030 Champions 12.3, and the African Union Commission (AUC). She has received numerous awards for her work with agriculture and food security in Africa.

Prof. Rami Zurayk

Professor of Ecosystem Management in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the American University of Beirut. His current research focuses on the relationship between landscapes and livelihoods, on food politics, and on local food systems.