Food Thinkers Christmas Special

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Food Thinkers Christmas Special: the UK launch of the 2018 Global Nutrition Report

Guest speakers include:

  • The Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, Minister of State for International Development
  • Dr Jessica Fanzo, Senior Nutrition and Food Systems Officer in the Nutrition and Food Systems Division (ESN) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and GNR Co-Chair
  • Professor Corinna Hawkes, Director, Centre for Food Policy, City, University of London and GNR Co-Chair
  • Gwen Hines, Executive Director for Global Programmes at Save the Children
  • Dr Johanna Ralston, CEO, World Obesity Federation


We are delighted to invite you to the Food Thinkers Christmas Special panel discussion for the UK launch of the 2018 Global Nutrition Report.

The launch will focus specifically on the impact of unhealthy diets as a cause of ill health around the world. Stressing the importance of diet, the panel will discuss not only the effects of unhealthy diets, but also the interventions needed at both a national and global level to facilitate positive outcomes.

Following the panel discussion, Q&A will be opened to the audience.

Please then join us for a festive networking reception taking place in the Pavillion.


The Global Nutrition Report


The Global Nutrition Report is the world’s foremost publication on the status of malnutrition around the world. It acts as a stock-take on the world’s nutrition – globally, regionally and country by country – and on efforts to improve it. It tracks progress on global nutrition targets, ranging from diet-related non-communicable diseases to maternal, infant and young child nutrition.

The 2018 Report reviews existing processes, highlights progress in combating malnutrition, identifies challenges and proposes ways to solve them. Through this, the report guides action, builds accountability and sparks increased commitment to furthering the progress that can reduce malnutrition much faster.


Speaker biographies:

The Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, Minister of State for International Development


Alistair Burt was appointed Minister of State for the Middle East at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Minister of State at the Department for International Development on 13 June 2017. He entered Parliament for the first time in 1983 and was elected Conservative MP for north east Bedfordshire in 2001.

Alistair served as Minister of State for Community and Social Care at the Department of Health from May 2015 until July 2016. Previously he served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office from May 2010 until October 2013.

His Ministerial portfolio responsibilities for DFID include: Middle East and North Africa; Conflict, humanitarian, and security (CHASE); Human Development; Global Funds Department and Cross Government Fund.

Alistair became a solicitor in 1980 and served on Haringey Council in London from 1982 to 1984.


Dr Jessica Fanzo, Senior Nutrition and Food Systems Officer in the Nutrition and Food Systems Division (ESN) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), GNR Co-Chair


Jessica Fanzo PhD serves as the Senior Nutrition and Food Systems Officer in the Nutrition and Food Systems Division (ESN) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). While at the UN, Jessica is taking a leave of absence from her Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professorship of Global Food and Agriculture Policy and Ethics at the Berman Institute of Bioethics, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at the Johns Hopkins University. She also serves as the Director of the Global Food Ethics and Policy Program at Johns Hopkins University.

She is the Co-Chair of the Global Nutrition Report and was the team leader for the UN High Level Panel of Experts report on Food Systems and Nutrition. Before joining Johns Hopkins, Jessica was an Assistant Professor of Nutrition at the Institute of Human Nutrition and Department of Pediatrics and the Senior Advisor of Nutrition Policy at the Earth Institute at Columbia University.

Prior to her academic career, Jessica held positions on the United Nations World Food Programme, at Bioversity International, and the Millennium Development Goal Centre at the World Agroforestry Center in Kenya. Her area of expertise is on the linkages between agriculture, nutrition, health and the environment in the context of sustainable and equitable diets and livelihoods. She was the first laureate of the Carasso Foundation's Sustainable Diets Prize in 2012 for her work on sustainable food and diets for long-term human health. Jessica has a PhD in Nutrition from University of Arizona.


Professor Corinna Hawkes, Director, Centre for Food Policy, City, University of London, GNR Co-Chair


Corinna Hawkes, PhD is Professor of Food Policy and Director, Centre for Food Policy, City, University of London UK. Between 2015-18 she served as the co-chair of the Global Nutrition Report. Her work focuses on supporting the design and delivery of policies and actions that effectively and equitably improve the quality of diets locally, nationally and internationally.

In 2018 she was appointed Vice Chair of the Mayor of London’s Child Obesity Taskforce and between 2016-18 was Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Food Systems. She has previously held positions at the World Health Organization, the International Food Policy Research Institute, the University of Sao Paulo School of Public Health, and World Cancer Research Fund International, where she established the NOURISHING framework on policies to promote healthy diets.



Gwen Hines, Executive Director for Global Programmes at Save the Children


Gwen Hines is passionate about international development and joined Save the Children UK as Executive Director for Global Programmes to pursue her ambition to help drive faster, greater progress for children living in some of the toughest places in the world. Gwen has previously worked for the British Government (including leading DFID’s teams in Malawi and Bangladesh), the European Commission, and was the UK Executive Director on the World Bank Board (2012-15).


Dr Johanna Ralston, CEO, World Obesity Federation


Johanna Ralston has worked in global NCDs and their risk factors for over two decades. She has served as CEO of World Obesity Federation since 2017, focusing on changing the narrative and elevating obesity on the global agenda. From 2011-2016 Johanna served as CEO of World Heart Federation, the main CVD organization in official relations with WHO and a founder of NCD Alliance. Johanna’s work included mobilizing the CVD community around the NCD agenda and WHO initiatives including the Global Action Plan on NCDs 2013-2020 and Global HEARTS, as well as a shared strategy to address rheumatic heart disease.

Johanna also served as Vice Chair, steering group member and Interim Director of NCD Alliance during that period, and led the communications strategy for the 2011 UN HLM and strategic planning for the second business plan. From 1999 until 2011 Johanna was Vice President of Global Strategies at American Cancer Society, overseeing global advocacy and building the global capacity building program to strengthen community based cancer and tobacco control in LMICs. She is also a fellow at Geneva Centre for Security Policy, leading the course on global health security.

A dual citizen of Sweden and the US, Johanna is an alumna of Harvard Business School and studied public health at Johns Hopkins, after a first degree in literature. She serves on various committees and boards including Lung Cancer Alliance, the WEF Global Future of Health and Healthcare Council, and the WHO NCD Civil Society Working Group, the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Surgical Care, and the WHO Bloomberg NCD Business Case Expert Group.






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