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Diane Holdorf

Executive Vice President, Pathways

Ms Diane B. Holdorf is Executive Vice President (EVP) and a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT) at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Diane joined WBCSD in December 2018 as Managing Director of Food and Nature where she led business efforts to accelerate the system transformation in the areas of food, nature and water. In October 2021, Diane took the role of EVP for Pathways.

In her role as EVP, Diane focuses on the Pathways as part of WBCSD’s strategy, leading business efforts to accelerate collaborative solutions in Food and Agriculture, Energy, Products & Materials, Mobility and Built Environment, and Health and Wellbeing – working in partnership to deliver business solutions for the Imperatives and Redefining Value Program pillars.

Before joining WBCSD, Diane was Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at Kellogg. Prior to joining Kellogg, Diane served as Vice President for Delta Consultants (now Antea), a global environment, health and safety and sustainability consulting firm. During her 17 years with Delta Consultants, she served in numerous management and consulting roles, based in the US and in the UK, where she worked with many consumer-packaged goods, forest products and manufacturing companies in development and implementation of global programs for sustainability, environmental management and risk management.

In 2022 Diane was selected as one of the 25 Badass Women shaping climate action by GreenBiz. In 2015, Diane was recognized as a Maize and Wheat Super Woman by CIMMYT (International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center) as part of the United Nation’s International Women’s Day. She is also recognized as an Oxfam Sisters on the Planet Ambassador.

Diane received a Bachelor’s degrees in Public Communications and in German from Syracuse University. She also completed the Executive MBA Program at the University of St Thomas.

Diane holds the following Advisory and Board positions:

  • Chair: Global Commons Alliance
  • Chair Steering Committee: Natural Climate Solutions Alliance
  • Chair of the Strategic Advisory Group: Business for Nature
  • Supervisory Board member, World Benchmarking Alliance
  • Steering Committee Member: Water, Land & Ecosystems Program of the CGIAR
  • Senior Advisor: Mission-Driven Capital
  • Advisory Board Member: ALO Advisors
  • Advisory Group Member: Blume Equity
  • Expert Review Committee Member: Food & Agriculture Benchmark of the World Benchmarking Alliance
  • Business Leadership Council Member: Menus of Change from the Culinary Institute of America and Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Member of the Steering Committee and Ambassador: Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU)
  • Member: Global Future Council on Nature-based Solutions World Economic Forum