Youth setting the agenda: Food and agriculture


Tuesday 17 November 5-6pm GMT

The Race to Zero is the global campaign to mobilise leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions and investors for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon recovery. The aim is to create jobs and unlock inclusive, sustainable growth. The campaign – under the stewardship of the UN High Level Climate Champions is rallying ‘real economy’ leaders to join join together in the United Nations Conference of Parties (COP26), in the largest ever coalition of leaders, all committed to the same overarching goal of achieving net zero emissions no later than 2050.

The second, of two Race to Zero events, will discuss agriculture and food, from soil to store to plate. How can we build a sustainable, net zero food system that gives young people vocational opportunities and ensures that we are not left with a barren planet?


Aoife Brophy Haney, Departmental Research Lecturer in Innovation and Enterprise, Saïd Business School

Kaya Axelsson,  Net Zero Policy Engagement Fellow, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment,


Beatriz Perez, SVP and Chief Communications, Public Affairs, Sustainability and Marketing Assets Officer, Coca Cola

Laurent Freixe, Executive Vice President Chief Executive Officer Zone Americas, Nestle 

Anna Turrell, Head of Environment, Tesco

Bethlehem Dejene, Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Zafree Paper 

Leah Bessa, Entrepreneur and Co-Founder, Gourmet Grubb 

Rufino Escasany, Argentinian Regenerative Farmer and Co-Founder and Director Aspiring Citizens Cleantech

Kaluki Paul, Coordinator - Africa,Youth 4 Nature

Gonzalo Munoz, Chilean High Level Climate Champion for the COP25 of the United Nations Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC)

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This event is brought to you by the COP 26 Climate Champions Team, the Resilient 40 and the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment.