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WE Lead Food

Join our network of women leaders who wish to drive change, innovation and sustainability within the food sector.


WE Lead Food is the network for women in the food sector.

Based on the Three Cs of collective leadership - cooperate, collaborate and cocreate - WE Lead Food is creating enabling environments where women leaders thrive and can be inspired by other women leaders.

We are building:

  • a global network of passionate and committed women leaders
  • a leadership toolkit to drive change and deliver a more sustainable and inclusive food system

The WE Lead Food programme is designed for people who identify as women and:

  • Have a passion and commitment to drive the transformation a more sustainable food system
  • Currently in, or have been in, a leadership* position in the food system.

We love diversity, and so all backgrounds and disciplines are welcome, from research, business, policy, and civil society.

*We don't discriminate on age and take a broad view on leadership from graduates who have taken a leadership role amongst their peers, founders of local charities, public sector managers, entrepreneurs, senior managers in industry and more.


The full course fees (application deadline to be confirmed):

RIS country* citizens fee - 850 Euros
Non-RIS/Global citizens - 1,250 Euros

Early Bird Discounts (For applications submitted before the 31st of May 2023):

RIS country citizens early bird fee - 195 Euros
Non-RIS/Global citizens early bird fee - 425 Euros

*All prices are excluding applicable taxes.


The WE Lead Food programme provides you with the space and time you need for more strategic and innovative thinking. We will work with you to:

  • explore and develop your entrepreneurial self and your leadership self,
  • define your vision for a more sustainable food system,
  • devise a plan to realise your vision.

You will also connect with women from across the world, from diverse professional backgrounds, who share your passion and commitment to creating a better food system.

Career Opportunities

As well as the personal development you will gain from the WE Lead Food programme, the benefits do not stop there.

Our WE Lead Food community is global, with members from Mexico to Singapore, and Demark to South Africa and programme alumni get automatic access to this community. Being part of this community of supportive, inspiring women leaders provides a range of collaboration and career opportunities, from employment to co-creation of new projects and ventures, collaboration on grant applications, pitching for funding, and more.

Duration & Dates

The course will start in mid-October 2023, with exact dates to be confirmed.

Full details and logistics will be provided to applicants offered a place on the programme.

Audience & Eligibility

Any professional who identifies as a woman (more info in the Objectives).




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Structure & Modules

During the WE Lead Food programme, we will work with you to challenge and progress your individual development plan. Throughout the process, you will have access to an expert group of industry, academic and policy specialists, a cross-sector industry leaders’ network and the tools to leverage both entrepreneurial and collective leadership ways of working.

The programme is structured around a combination of talks, facilitated group work, individual work, 1-2-1 clinics and networking, providing you with the optimum environment in which to shape your ideas, get support, learn new tools and build collaborative relationships which last well beyond the programme.

Current modules covered in WE Lead Food include:

  • Leading Food Sustainability
  • High performance teams
  • Entrepreneurial Competences
  • Motivating Knowledge Workers
  • Visioning and Effectuation
  • Creating collective value
  • Planning for Success
  • Connecting for Leadership
  • Pitch and Pledge
  • Intergenerational Leadership
  • Conflict in Organisations
  • Leading Change
  • Innovation Ecosystems and Impact

The programme will take place online over a 7-week period. This includes three full days, and sessions most Tuesday and Thursday afternoons during these 7 weeks.

The afterparty

We know how important continued support and development is, so we won’t leave you hanging. WE Lead Food is designed to have a strong alumni network which helps our awesome agents of change to stay in touch with their cohort.

Everyone who takes part in WE Lead Food, will automatically be invited to our afterparty.

See some pictures from WE Lead Food workshops in Olsztyn, Poland 2022:


Bianca Forte

The WE Lead Food Programme enabled me to visualise the changes required to improve our tech transfer activities and create a clear plan to test our assumptions and develop a new type of intervention that would allow our team to become more…

Programme lead