Ronni Kahn, CEO and founder of Australia’s leading food rescue charity OzHarvest, has been awarded the prestigious Veuve Clicquot Initiative for Economic Development Award.
The Veuve Clicquot Initiative for Economic Development was created in 2007, under the leadership of Cécile Bonnefond, 10th President of Veuve Clicquot, to promote businesswomen whose impact is critical on the three less developed continents: Africa, Asia and South America.
Based on the World Bank and United Nations criteria, this Award identifies exceptional women who live and work in these countries, and who have demonstrated the qualities of audacity and boldness to influence the economic development of their country. Corporate Social Responsibility has been the one most significant criterion for the selection of these awardees.
The entries were judged by an esteemed panel of judges, with the final selection being made by the international network of Veuve Clicquot Award winners, who selected one winner from each continent.
Ronni Kahn, formerly an event’s organiser, was stunned by the amount of food wasted by the hospitality industry and decided to do something about it.
In 2004, Kahn set up the food rescue charity which now delivers over 340,000 meals each month to people in need across the country. The charity has since delivered over 11 million meals and for her significant contribution to society, Kahn was awarded Australia’s Local Hero of the Year in 2010.
Kahn will join a group of exceptional women at the International Business Women’s Forum held in Reims, France during October this year, alongside the global winners.