Food & Sustainability Management - The Middle East Challenge

In the Middle East climate change and perpetuating conflicts are seriously threatening food security. Making food available and accessible to everyone is the challenge. To tackle it, a new generation of agri-food leaders and strong partnerships are required.
Mar 2023
English
Online + Onsite
USD 7000

What you will learn: 

By participating in 10 tailor-made and interactive modules, you will learn to:

  • Recognize the inconsistencies affecting the Middle Eastern food system, from climate change to armed conflict,  and their impact on food security
  • Explore the public and private sector’s tools and partnerships to help improve people and Planet health in the Middle East
  • Identify the most relevant and suitable agricultural practices to ensure the implementation of a circular economy and a more sustainable and regenerative agri-food system
  • Measure the impact of sustainability-related actions on business' efficiency and performance and on the surrounding economical, environmental and social context

The modules will be held in English by world and Regional food sustainability experts.



Why a course on Food Sustainability focused on the Middle East?

The course shows how the public and private sectors can implement innovative solutions to sustainably combat decade-old problems in the Middle East.

The establishment of sustainable food practices will enable companies to source food locally and allow optimal exploitation of the available resources. This makes it ideal for them to reduce imports and ensure that consumers get the best quality products - while generating huge economic opportunities.

This course will provide valuable knowledge, expertise, and networking to achieve these goals.


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Description of the Course: 

This course will introduce the paradoxes affecting our broken food system, with particular reference to the Middle East’s food-related challenges. The paradoxes are especially highlighted in the double burden of malnutrition, where both hunger and obesity are prevalent problems in the Region. A special focus will be given to solutions, including the steps that public and private sectors can take through investments and innovation to implement better agricultural models and drive meaningful change. The Middle East has historically struggled with food sector-related issues, from production to post-consumption. However, private companies and startups, particularly from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, have a huge potential to become leaders in agri-tech and packaging innovations through their entrepreneurship. 

You will get the chance to learn about agricultural and nutritional challenges, such as food waste and hunger, and explore and identify their possible solutions. We will discuss policies that can help the Middle East improve the sustainability of its food system. Our aim is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the complex dynamics of food, giving you the tools and insights to become a change-maker in the Region.

Onsite experience:

The graduation ceremony will be held in person, in the UAE. On that occasion, participants will have the chance to present their projects to a jury of experts and the winning team will be announced.

Participants have the option to take part in an outstanding experience in Italy. They will explore innovative cuisine and sustainability principles applied to a case of success in the Italian food sector.




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Are you the right person for this course?

The Executive Program targets decision-makers across different fields. Whether you work in institutional bodies, operate in the food industry, are building your own startup or want to invest in the food sector, this is the right course for you.


Faculty

Meet some of the course’s experts. Get ready to be engaged by their incredible passion!

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Jeffrey Sachs
Jeffrey Sachs
President of Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Professor at Columbia University
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Dina Storey
Dina Storey
Sustainability expert - former Director of Sustainability Operations at Expo 2020 Dubai
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Massimo Bottura
Massimo Bottura
Chef & Owner of Osteria Francescana Co-founder of Food for Soul
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Alanoud Alhashmi
Alanoud Alhashmi
CEO of SDG Global
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Danielle Nierenberg
Danielle Nierenberg
President at Food Tank
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Raj Patel
Raj Patel
Economist, Award-winning author, Film-maker and Academic
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Marcela Villarreal Pouw
Marcela Villarreal Pouw
Director of partnerships, advocacy and capacity development at FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization
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Arif Husain
Arif Husain
Chief Economist at WFP - World Food Program
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Paul Newnham
Paul Newnham
Director of SDG 2 Advocacy Hub, Coordinator & Founder of Chefs Manifesto
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Martin Koehring
Martin Koehring
Economist Impact - Senior Manager, Sustainability, Climate Change and Natural Resources
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Marcela Quintero
Marcela Quintero
Research Area Director at the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT
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Giampaolo Grossi
Giampaolo Grossi
General Manager at Starbucks
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