Developing and leveraging new cross-cutting platforms to address global food, health and climate challenges

Nutrition seminar
Wednesday, 20 January 2016
12:00 - 13:00, Library meeting room


Dr Gunhild Stordalen photo

Dr Gunhild A. Stordalen
Founder and Director of the EAT Initiative, Oslo, Norway

Dr Gunhild A. Stordalen is a Norwegian medical doctor and environmentalist. She holds a PhD in pathology and orthopaedic surgery from the University of Oslo, Norway. Dr Gunhild A. Stordalen is the co-founder and chair of a Norwegian-based, international philanthropic foundation, and founder and director of the EAT Initiative. This Initiative’s vision is to achieve a transformation of the global food system to sustainably feed a healthy population by mid-century. Based in Oslo, Norway with a focus on science, policy and translation, the EAT Initiative hosts the annual Stockholm Food Forum, now in its third year.

Dr Stordalen has several times been ranked among the 100 most influential Norwegian Women by the financial magazine Kapital, and in March 2015, she was appointed Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.


In the context of the Second International Conference on Nutrition, the 21st Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, new players and partnerships are emerging in the effort to feed 9-10 billion healthy people within planetary boundaries by mid-century. One such player is the EAT Initiative – a multi-stakeholder forum combining science, politics, business and civil society across the food, health and sustainability spheres.

Highlighting the need for new, novel partnerships in the space of nutrition and global health, as well as the contentious role of the private sector, EAT Initiative founder and director Dr Gunhild Stordalen will explore the successes and challenges of EAT in its first years – including developments for 2016+ and its expanding science and policy agendas.


Dr Francesco Branca, Director, Department of Nutrition for Health and Development (NHD)
Dr Maria Neira, Director, Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants (PHE)