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Bernhard Kowatsch

Head of Innovation Accelerator
at
United Nations World Food Programme

Bernhard Kowatsch is the Head of the Innovation Accelerator at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), which he founded in 2015. The Accelerator has been awarded the “Best workplace for innovators and innovative team of the year 2020” and also made it to 2nd place of Fast Company's “Most Innovative Not-For-Profit organizations” for 2021. The Accelerator sources, nurtures and scales start-ups and non-profits that disrupt global hunger. In 2020, the innovation and startup portfolio positively impacted the lives of 3.7 million people and has raised a total of $118M of grant funding. Prior to starting the Accelerator, he co-founded the award-winning ShareTheMeal app that crowdsources funding for WFP. This leading innovation has raised over 110 million meals ($50M+) for families worldwide, and was named as an App of the Year for 2020 by Apple and Google. He was previously a Project Leader at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) for global tech and industrial goods companies.

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