Geekettes cofounders Jess Erickson and Denise Philipp didn’t set out to stimulate a movement that would sweep across Europe and spill into the United States. They just had a gut feeling that women were hungry, as they themselves were, and wanted to create a platform in response to that need.
It’s a complex challenge that requires interdisciplinary solutions: 7.2 billion people currently inhabit the planet, and an estimated one billion go to bed hungry on a daily basis.
Food production and distribution are, and have been, in a state of crisis. By 2050, the global population is expected to reach nine billion, and the United Nations projects that farmers must produce 70 percent more food globally (from 2009 levels) to sustain the world’s predicted population growth.
Ijad Madisch, the German-born CEO of Researchgate, tends to wear jeans and sneakers to his Berlin office.
When Chancellor Angela Merkel visited his Mitte-district headquarters earlier this year, Madish wore a purple Nike sweatshirt and a gray knit cap. When he recently visited an undisclosed location in France to deliver an investor pitch to Microsoft founder Bill Gates, he wore his favorite gray hoodie.