Thursday 27 Jul, 2017

Tomato Vision, Cheese Hats, & Anthony Bourdain! #EFsummits “Future of Food” Highlights

“How might we improve access to healthy and sustainable food for everyone?” Our most recent Global Leadership Summit, “The Future of Food,” addressed this very question. Students from across North America and Europe came together in Milan, Italy ready to make an impact. 

Through a series of keynote speeches, Summit attendees had the opportunity to hear world-renowned speakers and topical experts. Stephen Ritz, Raj Patel, and Anthony Bourdain all showed up to weigh in on the conversation. 

Designed to challenge students to further develop their own perspectives on the future of food, knowledge experts on food insecurity, technological food & supply solutions, and entrepreneurial thinking, offered a variety of thematic and leadership workshops for students to attend and explore their interests. 

In between keynotes and workshop sessions, students spent time in innovation sessions. Working in small international teams, students designed prototypes aimed at increasing everyday access to sustainable food. All with the goal of pitching their idea on stage to three esteemed judges. The prize? Their prototype featured in the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, Sweden, alongside the work of Nobel Laureates. 

Of course a Global Leadership Summit wouldn’t be an EF event if it also didn’t include some good old fashioned fun and team spirit. Check out some highlights from Summit Attendees themselves below, or follow our hashtag #EFsummits!

Stephen Ritz kicks off the weekend.

Raj Patel, food policy expert and #EFsummits keynote speaker

#EFsummits offer Professional Development opportunities for teachers

Students prototyping in innovation sessions

Hydrone wins it all!

These extraordinary events combine an immersive tour experience with a leadership conference and tackle significant global issues in places where they come to life. Students learn from experts such as Anthony Bourdain, Ndaba Mandela, Jane Goodall and Al Gore. U.S. and local students work together to design and present their own solutions to global issues. Each Summit empowers students today to start becoming the leaders and more importantly, global citizens.  

Upcoming Summits will tackle The Influence of Technology on Society in New York and Berlin.