Team

Our global team is passionate about shaping a fairer, more compassionate food system. Together, we combine expertise in sustainable agriculture, animal welfare, climate policy, and multinational engagement. We speak Danish, French, German, Hindi, Korean, Lithuanian, Malay, Portuguese, Punjabi, Spanish, Swedish, and English.

Our Partner Advisory Council guides our strategic focus and includes decades of collective experience analysing and advocating for a fairer global food system.

Meet Our Team

Lasse Bruun

Lasse is an advocacy expert and leader in climate and energy, sustainable agriculture, social justice and animal rights, with twenty years experience in development, mobilisation, communication, campaigning, and movement building. Working across sectors and continents, Lasse’s work includes being a Global Project Leader at Greenpeace, an adviser in the Danish Parliament, and Head of Energy Transition at Climate Action Network (CAN). He has led high-level international dialogues, campaigns and projects in Denmark, Czech Republic, UK, France, Netherlands, USA, Japan, Greenland, Brazil, South Africa, India, Lebanon, Russia, Poland, Luxembourg, Romania, and Iceland, as well as EU institutions, FAO, UNFCCC, and the International Whaling Commission. Lasse is a postgrad in Rhetoric and Linguistics from the University of Copenhagen.

Alexa Gnauck

Alexa is an expert in engaging the next generation to create a better global food system. After working in the Educational Outreach Programme of Greenpeace, her journey led her to ProVeg International where Alexa coordinated the International School Programme, gaining a broad insight on different strategies for creating institutional change. This then led to her co-founding the Early Action Network and joining 50by40.

Arturo Jose Garcia

Arturo Jose (AJ) has fifteen years of international experience and ten years in senior management, public awareness campaigns, public relations, and undercover investigations. He has been a leader in the non-profit realm for the last decade, working with animal protection organizations such as CARE (동물권단체케어), Mercy for Animals, and Animal Recovery Mission. Currently, he serves on several advisory boards. In addition to his efforts in the non-profit realm, Arturo was head chef and general manager of Huggers, a plant-based restaurant in Seoul, South Korea. He is also a podcast enthusiast, which led him to create and host the Woke Stutter Podcast to chat with leaders and change-makers about animal protection, social justice, food justice, and how we can do better internally, as a movement.

Caroline Wimberly

Caroline is an expert in the food and nonprofit sector with a strong background in research and advocacy efforts to transform the global food system. She has an AB in Art History from Duke University and a Grand Diplôme from the French Culinary Institute. She worked on international climate change initiatives whilst at Brighter Green, where she conducted research, published policy documents, helped produce documentaries on China’s meat consumption, organised events and strategy sessions around the world (including UNFCCC), participated in networks including USCAN, CLARA, CAN-International, and the Global Forest Coalition; and helped develop the Food and Climate Alliance. From 2014 to 2018, Caroline managed Brighter Green’s China Program, now known as the Good Food Fund.

Christina Auguste

Christina has studied at Daemen College and New York University, earning a BA in Political Science and  MA in Global Affairs with a specialization in Humanitarian Assistance and International Development. She has professional and voluntary experience at local and international nonprofits specializing in refugee resettlement, migration, food security. A proud New Yorker, Christina is dedicated to alleviating food security in urban areas and empowering small farmers. 

David Pedersen

David graduated from the Copenhagen Business School with a Masters in Philosophy and Business Management and Social Entrepreneurship. Specialising in the culture of meat consumption, the alternative protein market, and animal ethics, he has injected elements and theories of philosophy into practice during his years leading the Meat Free Monday campaign in Denmark and later as Campaign Manager at ProVeg International.

Ieva Galkytė

Ieva has studied at Université Libre de Bruxelles and the University of Montana in the United States, earning a BA in Political Science and an MA in European Studies from Vilnius University. She has more than a decade of professional and voluntary experience at local and international nonprofits and public bodies, focusing on strategies that elevate the voices of the vulnerable, and looks for different avenues to achieve social justice. Originally from Lithuania, she spent six years at the Auxiliary Service of the Order of Malta helping the most vulnerable in society. 

Laura Goetze

Laura has helped start-up organisations reach North American and South-East Asia markets as the Marketing and Events Manager for German Accelerator. Along with 50by40, Laura also works as an International Events Manager, and completed a vocational course as a Psychological Sustainability Coach. Laura is dedicated to creating a just food system for everyone and in combating the climate crisis.

Shweta Sood

Shweta holds a postgraduate degree in English Literature from the University of Delhi and has nearly a decade of experience in networking, campaign management, marketing, and content creation. Formerly working as the Deputy Programmes Director at the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO), she led diverse teams across a range of programmes and communications, and built many initiatives in advocacy and research, and established social grassroots networks across 60 cities in India.

Partner Advisory Council

Monique Mikhail

Monique Mikhail, has more than 15 years of experience working on food, agriculture, and environmental issues. This includes experience as a political advocate in Washington, D.C. and working for the Stockholm Environment Institute. She is currently a Senior Strategist for the Greenpeace International Food for Life campaign.

Sujatha Bergen

Sujatha Bergen has close to 20 years of experience designing and implementing campaigns around critical environmental and public interest movements. She now leads NRDC’s work advocating for the reduction of red meat purchases among large retailers.

Emma Sirois

Emma Sirois leads a team of content experts and organizers at Health Care Without Harm to work with health care institutions and health professionals across the United States to promote more sustainable food systems. She is inspired by the power of food to connect us, nourish our bodies, and restore our natural systems.

Fletcher Harper

The Rev. Fletcher Harper is an Episcopal priest and the Executive Director of GreenFaith, a global multi-faith climate and environmental justice network. 

Lisa Archer

Lisa Archer is director of Friends of the Earth’s Food and Agriculture program. For nearly two decades, she has developed and led successful science-based corporate accountability, markets, policy, public education and organizing campaigns focused on environmental health and justice.

Mia MacDonald

Mia MacDonald is the founder and executive director of Brighter Green, a non-profit public policy “action tank.” Brighter Green aims to raise awareness and encourage dialogue on and attention to issues that span the environment, animals, and sustainable development both globally and locally. Their work has a particular focus on equity and rights

Jens Tuider

Jens Tuider is the Chief of Staff at ProVeg International. He previously worked for Beyond Carnism and Animal Equality. He is a lecturer on animal ethics at several colleges in Germany and leads an interdisciplinary working group on animal ethics at the University of Heidelberg, Germany

Isis Alvarez

Isis Alvarez is a biologist from Colombia with a Master of Science in environment and resource management who is currently working for the Global Forest Coalition as Senior gender adviser and Unsustainable Livestock Campaign coordinator. She is experienced in working with different local and international environmental NGOs in Latin America, Europe, and Africa.

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