Head of the WFP Innovation Accelerator // World Food Programme
Bernhard Kowatsch is the Head of the Innovation Accelerator at the United Nations (UN) World Food Programme (WFP), founded in 2015. Prior to founding the Accelerator, Bernhard co-founded the award-winning ShareTheMeal app that crowdsources funding for feed hungry children, and built-up WFP’s Business Innovation team. Bernhard was previously a Project Leader at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) for global tech and industrial goods companies and holds three Masters’ degrees from HEC Paris and Vienna University of Business.
The WFP Innovation Accelerator was named by Fast Company as one of the 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2021 (Non-Profit Category) for its work in identifying, nurturing and scaling disruptive start-ups that accelerate innovations to address global hunger. Innovations include blockchain, agritech, supply chain and new businesses models. Accelerator-supported innovations positively affected the lives of 3.7 million people in 2020 alone. The ShareTheMeal crowdfunding app was named the best of 2020 by Apple and Google.