Speakers Profile - Ronni Kahn

Founder and CEO OzHarvest

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OzHarvest was founded in November 2004 when events organiser, Ronni Kahn wanted to make a significant contribution to society. Stunned by the amount of food wasted by the hospitality industry, she decided to do something about it and created OzHarvest, a food rescue organization, based on a model that she found in the USA.

Ronni was born and schooled in South Africa. She went to university in Israel where she received a BA in Fine Arts and English. Ronni lived on a kibbutz for 10 years, and the city of Haifa for 8 years before emigrating to Australia in 1988 with her family.

Ronni is married to Irving Wallach and has 2 sons, Nadav and Edo, and a stepdaughter Miriam.

Ronni has been in the events industry for 20 years, running her own company Ronni Kahn Event Designs (RKED). Ronni was a recipient of the Vodafone World of Difference programme in 2009 allowing her to dedicate her efforts fully to OzHarvest during that year. In 2010, Ronni was recognised as Australia's Local Hero as part of the Australian of the Year Awards 2010.

She received the Community /Charity award in the InStyle Woman of Style Award 2011.

In 2012 Ronni was awarded the Veuve Clicquot Initiative for Economic Development Award.