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Mark Barthel Fight Food Waste CRC
Mark joined the Fight Food Waste CRC team as a Special Advisor in July 2019 having moved from the UK to Australia.
Mark is a highly motivated and experienced business and sustainability professional with strong leadership, communications and negotiating skills and a successful 25-year track record of driving sustainable innovation in agri-food; and supporting the development and implementation of sustainable food systems. This includes over 15 years’ experience in quantifying and preventing food loss and waste in the UK, Europe, North and South America, Africa and Australia.
This body of work has involved:
- Developing the international evidence base for food loss and waste; national and corporate food waste baseline development (volumetric, compositional and behavioural);
- Strategy development and the annual tracking of progress at corporate, sectoral and national level;
- Advising the senior teams of food businesses like Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Marks and Spencer, Co-operative Food, Walmart, Nestle and Danone – and more recently Woolworths;
- Providing evidence-based policy advice to national governments, the European Commission and the United Nations;
- Establishing world-leading public/private sector voluntary agreements, like the UK’s Courtauld Commitment, to reduce food waste, maximise the potential for food rescue surplus to feed those in need and support food waste valorisation, saving food businesses and consumers GBP 6.5 billion over 10 years;
- Developing and running award winning consumer-facing behaviour change campaigns, like Love Food Hate Waste; and
- Implementing over 50 research and innovation projects with food and drink companies and their trade bodies.
Marks qualifications include a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science and an MSc in Integrated Environmental Studies. Before working on environmental and sustainability issues, Mark’s roots were in the international finance: covering foreign exchange and commodities markets and fraud and anti-fraud programs.