Nourish & Thrive
Sustainability & Ecology

Tue. October 10, 6:00PM

Nourish & Thrive

Deep dive into Food System Transformations to Inspire Sustainable Business Changes

Join us for this immersive conference organized in collaboration with 2030, the CEO Alliance for Sustainability.

Our food system is both responsible for and affected by numerous environmental challenges today. Through a systemic approach, it will pave the way for a more sustainable and resilient future inspiring other sectors to follow suite.

Similarly, our businesses, when approached holistically, will be part of the solution.

We are happy to invite you to delve deep into the intricate workings of food systems and how they interact with sectors like energy, health, housing, transport and water. We will explore their roles as both contributors to the challenges we face and potential solutions for a sustainable future. We will further discuss how this way of understanding our food systems can help us go further and faster in our business transformations toward sustainability.

About 2030
2030 is a collective of Belgian CEOs (and directors) launched at the end of 2020 to discuss the pressing need for societal transformations and the necessary reinvention of companies.


Caroline Aelvoet

CEO of Sodexo

Caroline Aelvoet has been CEO of Sodexo since 1 September 2023. She knows the company inside out, having held a variety of management positions, from legal to commercial to human resources. Today, she draws on her experience to develop even more committed links with all Sodexo stakeholders


Emilie de Morteuil

Sustainability expert - EM Conseils

Emilie de Morteuil is specialized in health and sustainability. She co-created the non-profit organization The House of Agroecology in order to accelerate the agricultural transition to make our food systems more sustainable. Author and lecturer, Émilie aims to share her discoveries and her passions. In parallel, she is a member of Women on Board, sitting on Boards of Directors (Unicef Belgium, Schoolup…) and advises projects with high societal and environmental value. Émilie also participated in the Belgium40under40 program which aims to bring together young societal leaders.


Erwin Schöpges

Chairman of the cooperative (Fairebel "fair milk")

Erwin Schöpges is project manager and president of Faircoop. In 2007, he co-founded the MIG, an organisation uniting dairy farmers, and in 2009 orchestrated a landmark milk strike with spraying in Ciney. In 2010, in joined the European Milk Board as president where he defended the interests of dairy farmers from 2018 to 2021. In 2009, he laid the foundations for "Faircoop" and became Chairman of the cooperative (Fairebel "fair milk").


Hans Bruyninckx

Former Executive Director of the European Environment Agency

Hans Bruyninckx is the Former Executive Director of the European Environment Agency and a Member of the International Resource Panel. He was head of the HIVA Research Institute in Leuven, Belgium, a policy-oriented research institute associated with the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, where he was also head of the Political Science department from 2007 to 2010. Over the last 20 years, he has conducted and managed policy-oriented research in the areas of environmental politics, climate change, and sustainable development.


Olivier Lefebvre

Olivier Lefebvre is Doctor in Economics from the UCLouvain (Belgium), and has an MBA from Cornell University (USA). From 1990 to 1995, he was advisor and then Chief of Staff of the Belgian Finance Minister before becoming CEO of the Brussels Stock Exchange. He is one of the founders of Euronext, the first cross border exchange in Europe. In 2019, he initiated Perma-Projects, a small structure to support young entrepreneurs to develop new agricultural ventures based on permaculture and agroecological principles.
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Place Poelaert, 6
1000 Brussels
Parking Poelaert, Place Poelaert 1000 Brussels

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