Food Systems For Nutrition Innovation Lab

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Introduction to Circular Economy

May 17, 2023 @ 7:00 am - 8:15 am

Access to slides and the webinar recording are posted below!

Webinar Description:

The Food Systems for Nutrition Innovation Lab (FSN-IL) is a consortium led by Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, funded under USAID through the Feed the Future Initiative. In target geographies of Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, the Lab’s goal is to identify and promote uptake of novel technologies, practices or information flows that help in i) reducing food loss and waste, ii) improve food safety, and iii) enhance access to nutrient-dense (often perishable) foods.

This webinar will cover the basics of Circular Economy, the difference between a circular and linear economy, and the importance of shifting towards a circular model built on the three pillars eliminating waste, regenerating nature, and circulating products and material. The 2nd part of the webinar will focus on circular food systems and the critical dimensions to tackle. The webinar will also present a case study on circularity within the food system.


  • Patrick Webb, Director, Food Systems for Nutrition Innovation Lab, Tufts University

Dr. Patrick Webb is the Alexander McFarlane Professor of Nutrition at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Until 2005, Dr. Webb was the Chief of Nutrition at the United Nations World Food Programme in Rome. Today, he is the Director of the Feed the Future Food Systems for Nutrition Innovation Lab. He has served on numerous task forces and global advisory panels, including currently serving on the High-Level Panel of Experts of the Committee on World Food Security, he is technical adviser to the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, and serves as one of the Commissioners for the ongoing Eat-Lancet 2.0 study.

  • Seta Tutundjian, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Thriving Solutions

Seta Tutundjian is a global advocate for sustainability and transitioning to circular and regenerative economies in water-scarce regions. For the past 25+ years, she led the formulation and execution of transformative ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) programs that engaged and mobilized stakeholders to introduce novel approaches that increased resilience and built a demand management culture in the water, agricultural and energy sectors. Seta co-leads the global Food is Never Waste coalition; and is on the General Board of United Cities. A holder of a MSc. in Climate Change and Development, Seta is the Founder and CEO of Thriving Solutions, a sustainability consulting firm, dedicated to decarbonizing our economy, safeguarding biodiversity, regenerating nature, advancing food-nutrition-water security, and supporting the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030. In recognition of her work, Seta has received several awards including the prestigious Superior Honor Award by the Government of the United States of America.

  • Omar Habboush, Co-founder and Finance and Business Strategy Officer, Hivemind

Omar Habboush has 10 years financial services experience in London & Dubai. Starting in FX Sales & Rates Trading then in Private Equity, he now assists start-ups from concept to commercialization. He was head of ESG at Astarte Capital Partners. Omar speaks 4 languages and has a Masters in Finance from London Business School and CFA Charterholder. At Hivemind, Omar focuses on Finance, Strategy & Operations.


    May 17, 2023
    7:00 am - 8:15 am
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