Who is EAT?

EAT Foundation is founded by the Stordalen Foundation, Wellcome Trust and Stockholm Resilience Centre.

The Founders

The EAT Foundation was co-founded by the Stordalen Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, and the Stockholm Resilience Centre. The three organizations will use their unique experience in health, science, policy and sustainability to convene experts and decision makers who can transform the way we eat.

The Stordalen Foundation

The Stordalen Foundation was established by Gunhild and Petter A. Stordalen in 2011, and is chaired by Gunhild A. Stordalen. The private foundation supports projects, initiatives and organizations that work for a healthy and sustainable future. The Stordalen Foundation co-hosted the Re|Source 2012 conference at the University of Oxford. In fall 2013 it supported Green Summit 2013: Farm to Fork, hosted by the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York. In the same year, it also contributed to the Global Health Beyond 2015 conference, hosted by the Swedish Medical Society and The Lancet, and contributed to the Transformation in a Changing Climate conference at the University of Oslo.

The Stordalen Foundation supported Climate Crisis: Emergency Actions to Protect Human Health, a Lancet Commission that released its findings in 2015. The Foundation is also a proud sponsor of the European Climate Foundation, the Zero Emission Resource Organization and the Rainforest Foundation Norway. Gunhild A. Stordalen serves as chair of EAT and secretary to the EAT Advisory board.

The core objective of the EAT Foundation is to generate new interdisciplinary knowledge and facilitate its translation into policy and business actions Gunhild A. Stordalen Co-funder and chair, Stordalen Foundation

Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust is a global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health. It supports bright minds in science, the humanities and the social sciences, as well as education, public engagement and the application of research to medicine. The Wellcome Trust investment portfolio provides it with the independence to support transformative work – including sequencing and understanding the human genome, research that established front-line drugs for malaria, and the Wellcome Collection, a free venue for the incurably curious that explores medicine, life and art.

In September 2015, the Wellcome Trust announced Our Planet, Our Health, an investment of £75 million to support interdisciplinary research and partnerships to improve understanding of the vital links between health and the environment and develop robust and coordinated solutions that jointly reduce threats to human health and the surrounding environment that sustains it.

Research alone will not drive the transformative change that’s needed – evidence needs to be translated into action, which is exactly what the EAT Foundation will do Clare Matterson Director of Strategy, the Wellcome Trust

Stockholm Resilience Centre

The Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University is one of the world’s leading research centres on global sustainability, with a particular focus on resilience – the ability of a system to deal with change and continue to develop. At the core of its research lies the understanding that people and ecosystems are inextricably linked and that no economy, society or individual can function without supporting ecosystems. The centre was launched in 2007 and is a joint initiative between Stockholm University and the Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics at The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

The centre is funded by the Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research, Mistra, and governed by an international board. Its research is organized into themes that address issues related to food and agriculture, marine and ocean management, urbanization, resource management strategies and social-ecological tipping points.

The Stockholm Resilience Centre is directed by Professor Johan Rockström, an internationally recognized scientist on global sustainability issues. Rockström is also the Chairman of the EAT Foundation Advisory Board.

A healthy planet is the only option if we want to provide healthy diets for nine billion people. Conversely, healthy diets will support a healthy planet. This is the virtuous circle at the heart of the EAT Foundation Johan Rockström Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre

Dr. Gunhild A. Stordalen, President and Founder, The EAT Foundation

Gunhild A. Stordalen was born in 1979. She is a medical doctor from the University of Oslo and holds a PhD in pathology/orthopedic surgery. She is the founder and chair of the EAT Initiative and of GreenNudge, and, with her husband Petter Stordalen, co-founder of the Stordalen Foundation, which she also chairs. Gunhild is a driving force in exposing the links between climate, health and sustainability. She is also deeply involved in the annual Zero Emission Conference in Oslo and a member of the steering committee for a UCL-Lancet Commission on policies to address climate change. Since 2013, Gunhild has served on Norway’s high-level National Council for Sustainable Urban Planning.

Gunhild A Stordalen is on the board of several NGOs, such as ZERO, ECOHZ Renewable Energy Foundation and the international advisory board of The Stockholm Resilience Centre. Furthermore, she sits on the board of the Nordic Choice Hotel Group. She is a published scientist and a renowned public speaker with a personal voice and strong commitment. Gunhild has been ranked among the 100 most influential Norwegian Women by the financial magazine Kapital. She was named Woman of the Year 2013 for her environmental work by the Norwegian magazine KK, and chosen as Environmental Hero of the Year by WWF Sweden in 2014.