South African born, Ronni Khan is the Founding Director of OzHarvest, a charity she began in 2004 in Sydney. Since then it has rescued over three million meals from being totally wasted and ending up as landfill. OzHarvest collects surplus food from retailers, restaurants, food outlets and the like 6 days a week. It’s then delivered directly and free of charge to over 150 charities in the same regions. Each month alone over 100 000 meals are provided for the needy through the efforts of OzHarvest.
OzHarvest has grown from a small office in Sydney, to Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide and soon Melbourne. Visitors from New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa and Hungary have been inspired by OzHarvest and want to be affiliated with the OzHarvest brand in establishing similar organisations. The organisation is introducing nutritious cooking programs and Nourish Cafes, which will give 24 “unemployable” young people annually a chance to get hospitality certification and experience.
Ronni has worked hard to develop an efficient business model which is attractive to social investors. She shares her message around the country on the value of giving back and making a difference.
In 2010, she received Australia’s Local Hero Award as part of the Australian of the Year Awards. In 2011, OzHarvest won the NSW Government Green Globe Awards for Excellence in Sustainability. Ronni was awarded the International Veuve Clicquot Initiative for Economic Development Award in 2012 and has now been nominated for Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013.