David Bennell

David Bennell

David Bennell is the North American manager in the food and nature program for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) where he focuses on climate smart agriculture and global food systems reform (FReSH). Previously, he was director of food and capital markets for the investor-led organization Ceres. He’s worked for Microsoft, REI, and L.L. Bean in leadership development, product development, and sourcing positions. His career also includes working as a funder focused on sustainable forestry, the co-creation of the for-profit social enterprise company Cotton Connect, the co-creation of a $10 million impact investing fund focused on food and agriculture investments, and leading the apparel industry NGO Textile Exchange focused on standards development for responsible sourcing. David is a lifelong educator and created a 17-part video series on LinkedIn Learning called Sustainability Strategies; he also held a five year adjunct faculty position at MIT where he taught sustainable design and development. (Freeport, ME)