A unified vision, a voice from the Food Banks sector would be most powerful. (…) The unique vantage point and the strategic contributing role of the Food Bank sector should be elevated, and I think the Food Systems Summit would enormously benefit from really centring and elevating the Food Bank sector’s insights.

Nicola Dixon

Executive Director, General Mills Foundation

Nicola Dixon is Executive Director of the General Mills Foundation and director of philanthropy and employee engagement for social impact at General Mills Inc., a leading multinational food company headquartered in Minnesota, USA. 

Nicola and her team develop philanthropic impact strategies, programs and partnerships to advance targeted social and environmental outcomes within three focus areas: Alleviating Hunger & Increasing Community Food Security; Advancing Regenerative Agriculture and Strengthening Hometown Communities. The team’s work extends beyond financial giving to include creating pathways for the company’s 38,000 employees to uniquely engage for social impact — a cornerstone of the company’s culture.

Originally from South Africa, Nicola grew up in Australia and later the United States. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism, an MBA in business management, and a Master of Public Affairs degree in business, society and the environment from the University of Minnesota.