A YOUNG Irish graduate has grabbed the attention of Kofi Annan and the United Nations with her plan to eradicate food waste.
Dubliner Iseult Ward says she was "absolutely petrified" after being selected to speak in front of the former UN general secretary and 1,300 delegates at the One Young World summit in Johannesburg.
The 22-year-old Trinity graduate, from Phibsboro, is working full-time on setting up a non-profit company called Food Cloud that reduces food waste by facilitating supermarkets to give non-saleable food to charities.
Already Tesco and Itsa Bagel are taking part in a pilot scheme and she expects 30 charities to be on board within weeks.
Her speech to the summit was also commented on by the official United Nations Twitter site.
The summit will be held in Dublin next year.