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Emily King, Director

Emily created Spira in 2017 and has more than a decade’s experience working in and researching food systems. It’s a journey that’s taken her from investigating seed practices in Cuba to running a climate change adaptation forum focusing on resilient urban food in Germany, on trains across Canada and a bike tour of the US, hunting out ways to change the food system.

Emily trained and practiced as an environmental lawyer before focusing on food as a solution to environmental challenges. She was named one of Food Tank’s top 20 global food leaders under 40 for her work restoring New Zealand’s food system, has judged the Outstanding New Zealand Food Producer awards sustainability category for the past 3 years, helped set up The Kitchen Project ... and she is just getting started.

Her favourite dish at the moment is black bean tacos. She can’t stand cucumber and is allergic to kiwifruit.

To contact Emily, please e-mail her: emily@spira.nz

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