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Speaker Interview: Caroline Ashley

Get to know the thought leaders sharing their insights at the Future Food Systems event (25-26 January, Online | 2 March, London) in our dedicated speaker interview series.


Independent Forums: What is your favorite food?

Caroline Ashley: Veggie green curry

Independent Forums: Who or what has inspired you this year and why?

Caroline Ashley: Talking with Ewi Lamma about her work with women and youth in Cameroon, on forestry, power and the future.

Independent Forums: What is your biggest source of motivation?

Caroline Ashley: Believing that things really can be different and better, knowing that many things have already changed.

Independent Forums: How would you describe a typical day?

Caroline Ashley: Lots of zooming and keyboard tapping in my home office with great colleagues and allies, interspersed with stretching, outdoor (but heated!) swim, cycling in Bushy Park, many many cups of tea, and ending with family and TV drama.

Independent Forums: What’s one thing about you that most people don’t know?

Caroline Ashley: The career I really wanted was as a gymnast – but I stopped age 11.

Independent Forums: What’s one thing about your organization that you wish more people knew?

Caroline Ashley: How incredibly inspiring and liberating it can be to immerse in a Forum future’s process, to get to imagine how much change is ahead and how to influence it.

Independent Forums: Where do you see the biggest opportunity for transformation within the food system?

Caroline Ashley: Shifting the role of a farmer of single crop to a steward of land who produces multiple crops and services – but this will have to be done while revolutionizing supply chains and procurement systems too.

Independent Forums: What are you most looking forward to at Future Food Systems 2022?

Caroline Ashley: Hearing how fast great ideas are moving into tangible actions already.


Caroline will be speaking in the 'Future Value Chains & Economic Models (Innovative Approaches)' session on 26 January 2022.

Register here to join the conversation.


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