Louise Mabulo – Keynote Speaker

The Cacao Project Founder, UN Young Champion of the Earth, National Geographic Young Explorer, Forbes 30 Under 30, Young Activists Summit Laureate, YOUTHTOPIA Circle of Youth

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Specialist Subjects

  • Climate Change
  • Food Systems
  • Agriculture
  • Nature
  • Nature Based Solutions
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Restoration
  • Biodiversity
  • Chocolate
  • Food Trends
  • Cultural Diplomacy
  • Responsible Consumption and Production


  • English


Louise Mabulo is a culinary visionary and environmental advocate.

Growing up she developed a deep appreciation for locally sourced, organic produce. She soon recognized the importance of sustainable farming practises and set out to promote them through her culinary skills. Aged 12 she was a finalist in the reality cooking show Junior MasterChef Philippines, throughout which she reinforced the significance of responsibly sourced produce.

At the age of 18, Louise Mabulo founded “The Cacao Project”, an initiative aimed at teaching farmers in her region how to grow cacao sustainably, focusing on preserving biodiversity and the environment. Through this project, Louise Mabulo has helped to combat deforestation, revive water sources, reverse agricultural yields, and provide a livelihood for a community. To date, the project has helped more than 200 farmers plant over 100,000 trees, restoring over 100 hectares of collective land.

Louise Mabulo hosts the cooking show ‘Simply Sarap’, promoting cultural diplomacy under the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippines. Additionally, she is a host for #GenGeo Conversations under the National Geographic Society, as well as the documentary series NatGeo Presents: Earth Day Stories: Diet vs. Planet.

In recognition of her environmental stewardship and sustainable farming achievements, Mabulo has received countless accolades including Young Champion of the Earth under the United Nations Environment Programme, Young Activists Summit Laureate, featured honoree of Forbes Asia’s 30 under 30, honoree of Tatler’s ‘Generation T’, and one of the World’s 50 Next Game-changing Producers listed by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awarding Body. She is also a member of the UN Women 30 for 2030 Network, a National Geographic Young Explorer, and the youngest member of Disciples des Escoffier Philippines.

Louise Mabulo’s unique perspective on the intersection of food and sustainability has made her a role model for aspiring chefs and environmentalists. She continues to work tirelessly to promote sustainable farming, focusing on practises that respect the environment and empower local farmers. Her vision extends beyond her own success, emphasizing the importance of giving back to one’s community and preserving the natural world.

Louise Mabulo’s story is an inspiring tale of a young woman reshaping the culinary industry and making a meaningful impact on environmental conservation. Her dedication to sustainable agriculture and her culinary innovation are a beacon of hope for a more socio-environmentally responsible world.

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