Who is EAT?

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

The Founders

The EAT Foundation is co-founded by the Stordalen Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, and Stockholm Resilience Centre. The three organisations will use their unique range of experience in health, science, policy and sustainability, to convene experts and decision makers who together 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. Fall 2013 the Stordalen Foundation supported the Green Summit 2013: Farm to Fork, hosted by the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York. Earlier this year, it contributed to the “Global Health Beyond 2015” conference hosted by the Swedish Medical Society and The Lancet, as well as contributed to the “Transformation in a Changing Climate” conference at the University of Oslo. It also co-hosted the Re|Source 2012 conference at University of Oxford.

Furthermore, The Stordalen Foundation supports a new Lancet Commission Climate Crisis: Emergency Actions to Protect Human Health that will be released in 2015. The Stordalen Foundation is a proud sponsor the European Climate Foundation, the Zero Emission Resource Organization and the Rainforest Foundation Norway. Gunhild A Stordalen is chair of EAT and secretary to the EAT Advisory board.

«The core objective of the EAT Foundation is to drive new interdisciplinary knowledge and facilitate translation into policy development and business actions.» Gunhild A. Stordalen MD/PhD, Co-funder and chair, Stordalen Foundation

Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust is a global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health. We support bright minds in science, the humanities and the social sciences, as well as education, public engagement and the application of research to medicine. Our investment portfolio gives us the independence to support such transformative work as the sequencing and understanding of the human genome, research that established front-line drugs for malaria, and Wellcome Collection, our 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 that will improve our understanding of the vital links between health and the environment and help to 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

Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University is one of the world’s leading research centres on global sustainability thinking 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 Academyof Sciences.

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

Stockholm Resilience Centre is directed by Professor Johan Rockström, an internationally recognized scientist on global sustainability issues. Rockström is also the Chairman of the Advisory board for EAT – Stockholm Food Forum.

«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 Stockholm Resilience Centre

Dr. Gunhild Stordalen, president , The EAT Foundation

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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-funder of the Stordalen Foundation, which she also chairs. Gunhild is a driving force in linking climate, health and sustainability, through conferences such as Stockholm’s Global Health – Beyond 2015 and Oxford University’s ReSource2012. She is also deeply involved in the annual Zero Emission Conference in Oslo. She sits on the steering committee of a new 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.