From Davos to Oxford

From Davos to Oxford: A historic moment for

Tuesday 28/02/2023

Paul Polman

We’ve often said that despite the challenges, the main missing ingredient 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 working together as a community. 

But this is not enough. Now we need to prepare the next cohort of leaders to help us in what undoubtedly is going to be an even more challenging environment.  

For that reason, as shared by my co-founder Valerie in Davos, IMAGINE is building a community of leaders who can partner to put our economies and societies on a better path. 

Bringing together corporates, entrepreneurs, and civil society leaders who believe in a Net Positive future – we’re creating a tribe of people that will be able to support each other for many years to come.  All active practitioners and working on systems change.

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

Look forward to an announcement of our next cohorts convening in Oxford this April and September. Will keep you updated on the progress.



Introducing the founding cohort…

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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