From Davos to Oxford

IMAGINE announces a community & marketplace for systems change

Tuesday 28/03/2023

Paul Polman

What’s needed to address the world’s most wicked problems is courageous leadership.  

What we saw in Davos was courageous leadership embodied. A historic moment with a whole value chain of food CEOs linked together with the care for farmers and billions who are hungry as the red thread that binds us.

A culmination of several years learning and building trust as a community. 

But this is not enough. We need to extend this community beyond the CEOs and prepare the next cohort of leaders to face what is undoubtedly going to be an even more challenging environment.  

And many of you have asked for help to create this community. Based on this feedback and as shared by my co-founder Valerie in Davos, IMAGINE is building a powerful community of corporates, entrepreneurs, and civil society leaders who believe in a Net Positive future. We’re creating a tribe that will be able to support each other for many years to come. Creating a marketplace for systems change.

On behalf of Valerie, myself, our Mission Board and alumni CEO Circle, we’re delighted today to share our amazing founding community members. See below. Our thanks to them for their commitment to creating a better world through their lives and leadership.

Great to see many of these founding members returning to Oxford early April and September to welcome the next cohorts. 

The strength of the community is growing, and soon we’ll be 120 leaders with the passion and power to achieve collectively what none of them can do alone. 

Introducing the founding members…

Murad Al-KatibAGT Food and IngredientsFounder & CEO
Chidi IfepeAfrica Medical Supplies Platform (AMSP)Managing Director
Helen MetsAhlstromPresident & CEO
Anke EhlersALDI South GroupManaging Director, CRI
Alexandra LuntArmonia LLCPrincipal
Klaus KunzBayer AGHead of ESG
Alexander BuschermoehleBayer Crop ScienceGlobal Digital Strategy Lead
Sharon WalbertBungeVice President of Global Innovation
Andreas SommerBungeSenior Director Government Affairs
Philippa PurserCargillExecutive Director
Aslihan DenizkurduLoomis Sayles Capital ReCOO
Jörg EigendorfDeutsche BankCSO
Haley LowryDowGlobal Director Sustainability
Abdulla AlashramEmirates Post GroupGroup CEO
Silvia WiesnerEuropean Women on BoardsMember of the Executive Committee
Hrund GunnsteinsdottirFesta – Centre for SustainabilityManaging Director
Tomas AndroFirmenichSustainable Development Director
Christina Bauer-PlankUnilever – Hellmann’s and DressingsVice President
Igor ShevchenkoInstitute for State EfficiencyFounder and Director
Marco GiuliettiISACEO
Fatoumata BAJanngo CapitalFounder & Executive Chair
Dennis KarpesImaginal CellsCo-Founder
Asli KarahanLioness CapitalInvestor
Leslie BeasleyMiracle FoundationCEO
Carolina Müller-MöhlMüller-Möhl GroupPresident
Kunal ParekhMyra InvestmentsCEO
Judith LingemanNovamedia / Postcode Lottery GroupDirector International Affairs
Gina BradleyPaddle DivaFounder
Ratna Nadres KartadjoemenaPaloma Sjahrir FoundationChairperson
Gabrielle FitzgeraldPanoramaFounder & CEO
Nadja Swarovski-AdamsPegasus Private CapitalFounder
David TubbRCL FoodsCCO
Kris Groos RichmondRevolution FoodsFounder and Chairwoman of the Board of Directors
Stav ShaffirSHIRAFounder
Geoff DavisSorenson ImpactCEO
Annemieke KooijmansSyngenta GroupCFO Syngenta Crop Protection
Alexandra BrandSyngenta GroupRegional Director EAME
Facundo GarretonTerraflos Inc.Innovator
Amber BynumWalmartVice President, Consumables, Health & Wellness Global Sourcing
Douglas WooWheelock and Company LimitedChairman
Virginia Villar ArribasWorld Food ProgrammeDeputy Director, Private Partnerships
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