The world’s most prestigious environmental organization has retained Kincannon & Reed to recruit the Global Director, Regenerative Food Systems Program for their worldwide organization. We seek a highly accomplished leader who will champion the organization’s efforts to help the food sector move beyond an eco-efficiency approach to embrace large-scale regeneration and restorations of the lands, waters, and oceans that supply our food and water needs.
Founded in 1951, they are a global conservation organization working in 73 countries dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, they create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. This organization is tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters, and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably, and helping to make cities more sustainable.
They have a pragmatic evidence-based approach to crafting lasting solutions by collaborating at all levels: with practitioners, communities, local and national leaders, business executives, and international change agents. Over the last decade, the organization has tested numerous local approaches to regenerative practices with promising results in the US, Brazil, Argentina, Columbia, Kenya, and Peru. They now aim to catalyze a new movement to regenerative practices in the worlds’ most important “foodscapes”, distinct geographic areas where healthy land, freshwater, and ocean ecosystems coincide with critical food production systems – farms, grazing lands, aquaculture, and fisheries zones. Given its commitment to the development of “foodscapes”, the organization is projected to deploy in excess of $500.0M in sourcing over the next decade and is adding a Global Director, Regenerative Food Systems Program to its organization to lead this critical initiative.
The Global Director, Regenerative Food Systems Program oversees all aspects of the organization’s program to transform food and fiber production systems in a way that enhances biodiversity and the environment, stores carbon and improves livelihoods. The program includes global partnerships, strategic communications, spatial action planning, and investment models, and cross-boundary, complex food system projects in Latin America, North America, India, and Africa.
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The Global Director, Regenerative Food Systems Program will report to the Global Managing Director – Provide Food & Water Sustainability located in the United States. The position location is preferred in Europe, but flexible locations will be considered. Travel is anticipated to be up to 30%.
The Organization seeks an accomplished senior executive who can act as a catalyst to bring together science, market innovations, the leadership of local producers, and global coalition-building to deliver regenerative food product practices to the places that matter most for protecting healthy ecosystems and tackling climate change. They will serve as a figurehead for the organization and be instrumental in testing the concept and inform the launch of subsequent “foodscapes” around the world.