Future of Food


Alison Cairns
Director, Food Systems Transformation, Food & Nature Program, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
Alison Cairns is Director of Food Systems Transformation, Food & Nature Program. This includes leadership of the Positive Nutrition work and Advocacy & Policy work across the Food & Nature program. Alison joined WBCSD from Unilever, where she was Global Advocacy and Partnerships Director for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security. 
Amos Laar
Senior Lecturer, University of Ghana, and President, African Nutrition Association

Dr. Laar has academic training in Nutrition, Public Health, and Bioethics. Currently, his research focuses on two distinct, yet related areas of public health: bioethics (ethics & public health; health & human rights, food ethics, nutrition rights); public health nutrition (nutrition-related non-communicable diseases – particularly the nexus between food environment and health). 

Audrey Azoulay
UNESCO Director-General
Audrey Azoulay has been the Director-General of UNESCO since November 2017. Involved in the cultural sector since the start of her professional career, she has, among other things, worked on the financing of the French public audiovisual sector and the reform and modernization of French film support systems. She has also served as an expert with the European Commission on issues concerning cultural and communication. As Cultural Advisor to the President of the French Republic, she notably initiated, in 2014, the design of a plan for the protection of heritage at risk, which she then implemented in 2016 as Minister of Culture and Communication. A former student of the French Ecole Nationale d’Administration, she graduated from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and holds a Diploma of Business Administration from Lancaster University (United Kingdom).
Bela Gil
Chef, Author, TV show host and Food Activist
Bela Gil is a chef, nutritionist, food activist and author of four bestselling cookbooks in Brazil. She graduated in Nutrition by Hunter College, in Culinary Arts by the Natural Gourmet Institute, both in New York and now she is pursuing a master’s degree in Gastronomic Science at the Slow Food University, in Italy. She hosts a cooking show where she visits small organic farms.
Boyd Swinburn
Professor of Population Nutrition and Global Health, University of Auckland
Boyd Swinburn is the Professor of Population Nutrition and Global Health at the University of Auckland and Honorary Professor at the Global Obesity Centre (GLOBE) at Deakin University, Australia (a WHO Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention). He is also Co-Chair of World Obesity Policy & Prevention section and co-chair of the Lancet Commission on Obesity. 
Carlos Monteiro
Professor of Nutrition and Public Health, University of Sao Paulo

Carlos Monteiro, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Nutrition and Public Health at the School of Public Health, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. He is the Head of the University of Sao Paulo Center for Epidemiological Studies in Health and Nutrition. His research lines include methods in population nutritional and food intake assessment, secular trends and biological and socioeconomic determinants of nutritional deficiencies and obesity and other nutrition-related chronic diseases, food processing in the food system and human health, and food and nutrition programmes and policies evaluation.

Catherine Geissler
Secretary General of International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS), Professor Emerita of Human Nutrition, Kings College London

Catherine Geissler is currently Professor Emerita of Human Nutrition, King’s College London and Secretary General of the International Union of Nutritional Science (IUNS) (2013-2017, 2017-2021), and past President of The Nutrition Society of the UK & Ireland (2013-16). Her main research interests are in international public health nutrition; energy metabolism and obesity; and iron metabolism. 

Corinna Hawkes
Director of the Centre for Food Policy, City, University of London

Professor Corinna Hawkes is Director of the Centre for Food Policy. She joined the Centre in January 2016 bringing with her a diversity of international experience at the interface between policy and research. Her work supports the design and delivery of policies and actions that effectively and equitably improve the quality of diets locally, nationally and internationally. A regular advisor to governments, international agencies and NGOs, she has worked with international agencies, governments, NGOs, think tanks and universities. 

David J. Lane
President of the Annenberg Foundation Trust
David J. Lane is president of The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, a post he has held since September 2016. Over the course of his career, he has been a leader in both non-profit and governmental sectors, including serving as US Representative to the United Nations Agencies in Rome from May 2012 until August 2016. Prior to this, he served in the Obama administration as assistant to the president and counselor to the White House chief of staff. From 2007 until 2011, he served as president and chief executive officer of the ONE Campaign, a global advocacy organization focused on extreme poverty, especially issues of global health, economic development, and effective governance. Before that, from 2001 until 2007, he founded and managed the East Coast office of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As director of foundation advocacy, he shaped and executed the Gates Foundation’s strategy and approach to advocacy in areas such as global health, poverty alleviation, and education reform.
David Nabarro
2018 World Food Prize Laureate, Curator Food Systems Dialogues, London
Dr David Nabarro is Professor of Global Health at the Imperial College London and supports systems leadership for sustainable development through his Switzerland based social enterprise 4SD. Furthermore, he is the Co-Facilitator for the Climate Action Summit in September 2019, Advisor at the Global Commission on Adaptation in Rotterdam, and curator of the Food Systems Dialogues.
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