Hugo Verkuil – CEO Vegetarian Butcher

Hugo Verkuil is the CEO of The Vegetarian Butcher. Its leading portfolio of plant-based meat allows meat lovers to switch to a plant-based diet without missing out.

Hugo is passionate to drive “the biggest Food Revolution of all times”, and has pioneered many ventures in his career. His career spans many countries and continents, and he has lived in USA, Peru, Argentina, Netherlands, France, Italy, Turkey, Malaysia and Australia.

In his last role before joining The Vegetarian Butcher, Hugo founded IceCreamNOW, a D2C venture under the wings of Unilever, that has now become one of the strategic growth pillars for the company globally. Hugo graduated from Maastricht University (MSc) and INSEAD (MBA). In his spare time he enjoys good food and adventurous travel with his wife and two kids.


Paul Polman – Co-Founder and Chair Imagine

Paul Polman is Co-founder and Chair of IMAGINE, a social venture which mobilises business leaders around tackling climate change and global inequality. Paul is the Honorary Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce, Chair of The B Team and Saïd Business School and Vice-Chair of the UN Global Compact.

A leading proponent that business should be a force for good, he has been described by the Financial Times as “a standout CEO of the past decade”.

As CEO of Unilever (2009-2019), he demonstrated that a long-term, multi-stakeholder model goes hand-in-hand with excellent financial performance. Paul was a member of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel which developed the Sustainable Development Goals, and as an active SDG Advocate he continues to work with global organisations and across industry to push the 2030 development agenda.


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