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5 December 2021
Digital Event | 10:00 - 13:00 (GMT +4)

Jeremie Pige
Head of IGNITE – WFP Innovation hub for Eastern Africa at World Food Programme


After graduating with a Master from ESSEC Business School, Jeremie spent the first 6 years of his career working for fast-growing start-ups - mostly in Berlin, Germany. He worked in ventures in development stages ranging from early stage to Series B to IPO (e.g. Babbel, Delivery Hero). He was mainly in charge of growth, new product development & strategy. He then embraced a life as a freelance consultant where he advised ventures and businesses on Strategic and Business Development projects (expansion, new product development, launch and financing). He eventually joined WFP Innovation in 2019 to source, select & mentor forward-looking and impactful projects that have the potential to help us bridge the gap towards a world without hunger. In 2020, he joined the WFP Regional Bureau for Eastern Africa and launched a Regional Innovation Hub to support market-based approaches, start-ups & MSMEs that could strengthen food systems and sustainably lift people out of hunger through funding and technical assistance. On his free time you will probably find him doing sport (triathlon), hiking in the nature or just enjoying a tusker (or two).

IGNITE – WFP Innovation Hub for Eastern Africa

The WFP Regional Innovation hub (IGNITE) was launched in December 2020. It’s main mission is to leverage WFP’s brand, public and private partners, deep field access and expertise to develop, nurture and scale sustainable innovations to increase food security in Eastern Africa. It invests in transformative innovations which create business models & approaches that are profitable and long-lasting.

To achieve this, IGNITE focuses on 4 main objectives:

i. Increase WFP's leverage to propel innovations by developing the Hub as a consortium of complimentary partners

ii. Source, select and support innovations

iii. Scale up innovations, maximize and measure their impact

iv. Learn, communicate and share knowledge on innovations

Agenda Sessions

  • Collaboration and Empowering Open Innovation Across Sectors