A Plant Breeder Geneticist, Chike leads the Seeds and Plant Genetic Resources Team of the Plant Production and Protection Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). In this role, he is ultimately responsible for FAO’s work on crop improvement – a portfolio which encompasses the provision of support to member countries on the conservation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA); plant breeding and seed delivery systems. Additionally, he serves on the organization’s Interdepartmental Working Group on Biotechnologies.
Charles Godfray is a population biologist with broad interests in the environmental sciences and has published in fundamental and applied areas of ecology, evolution and epidemiology. He is interested in how the global food system will need to change and adapt to the challenges facing humanity in the 21st century, and in particular in the concept of sustainable intensification, and the relationship between food production, ecosystem services and biodiversity.
Charles is the Director of the Oxford Martin School and Professor of Population Biology at Oxford University, and directs the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food. He is also Chair of Defra’s Science Advisory Council, a Trustee Director of Rothamsted Research and a Trustee of the Food Foundation. He sits on the Balzan (science) and Heineken (environmental science) Prize committees. In 2017 he was knighted for services to scientific research and for scientific advice to government.
Dr Hans Herren
President and CEO, Millennium Institute, Co-Founder and President Biovision, Recipient of the World Food Prize, Recipient of the Alternative Nobel Prize
Nigel is is Co-Chair IUCN SSC CWR Specialist Group; Chair of European Cooperative Programme for PGR In Situ Working Group; Chair of the UK PGR Committee; Senior Scientific Advisor for the GEF / World Bank on PGR Conservation and is an Honorary Research Fellow at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. He was appointed International Science Advisor for Bioversity International in 2016. He has published >280 scientific papers and 23 books on various aspects of PGR conservation.
He has recently published a policy papers on English crop wild relative conservation for Natural England, crop wild relative in situ conservation for European Cooperative Programme for Genetic Resources and the European Parliament and global agrobiodiversity conservation and use for the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN, as well as engaging in practical field-based conservation in the Middle East. He has supervised over 160 Masters and 34 PhD research projects.
Co-founder of Leon restaurant chain and Co-founder and Director of the Sustainable Restaurant Association
Henry Dimbleby was given the role of lead non-executive board member of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in March 2018. In June 2019 the Environment Secretary appointed Henry Dimbleby to lead the National Food Strategy, which he published in July 2021.
Henry Dimbleby co-founded the Leon restaurant chain (2004). He was a co-founder of the Sustainable Restaurant Association (2009), the charity Chefs in Schools (2018) and co-authored The School Food Plan (2013), which set out actions to transform what children eat in schools and how they learn about food.
Henry previously worked as a Strategy Consultant at Bain & Company (1995-2002) where he advised businesses on strategy, performance improvement and organisational design. Before that he worked as a journalist on The Daily Telegraph and a chef at the Michelin-starred Four Seasons Inn on the Park
Ajay Vir Jakhar is a citrus farmer based in Village Maujgarh in Punjab, India.
He is Chairperson of Bharat Krishak Samaj (Farmers’ Forum India) formed in 1955. A non-political association of farmers’ advocating the crucial need to focus on farmer prosperity and regenerative agriculture.
Working with a diverse set of stakeholders to develop a food-systems approach for India. Regularly convenes workshops and conferences for building a consensus to provide inclusive outcomes. Till recently he was Vice Chair, Action Track 2 of the UN Food Systems Summit 2021 and Chairman of Punjab State Farmers’ and Farm Workers’ Commission, a statutory body to advise the State Government of Punjab, India on improving rural livelihoods.
Present associations: 1. Advisory Board, EAT Foundation 2. Ambassador, Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU) 3. Member, The Abohar Cooperative Marketing Society Ltd. Graduated with a degree in Geography and his hobbies are walking and reading.
I have been a Labour Councillor since 2004 and currently represent Holyhead ward. I took up the position of Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care in May 2015. My interest in politics developed following my active involvement in a number of health projects at a local, regional and national level. I have also held the role of the City’s Mental Health Champion. I am passionate about raising awareness of Mental Health. Outside the Council, I held a number of nursing roles before going on to work at the Royal College of Nursing as a Professional Development Advisor.
As Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care; I will use this position advocate for change to make a positive difference and improve the outcomes for some of the City’s most vulnerable citizens and their families and carers. I am a firm believer in co-production and am actively involved in working with our citizens and our health partners to create a more joined up health and social care system that improves outcome for our citizens with a focus on prevention, early intervention, independence and enablement.
Chair of Birmingham Health and Wellbeing Board
Vice Chair of West Midlands Combined Authority Health and Wellbeing Board
West Midlands Combined Authority Lead for Childhood Obesity
Chair of Handsworth Association of School Board Member Trustee and a School Governor.
Vice Chair of the Community Wellbeing Board at the LGA (Local Government Association)
The integration of Health and Social Care into the newly formed Integrated Care System, will provide a place-based seamless health and social care service for our citizens - which in the past has been an area of great confusion.
Tackling health inequalities through early intervention and prevention is one of my key priorities since being appointed to this portfolio. The COVID-19 pandemic coupled with the impact of years of austerity have had a significant impact on our most vulnerable and disadvantaged communities.
Being a Health Food City is one of my key priorities, as far too many families, putting a meal on the table each day is a struggle. The work that we are leading on focuses on helping citizens overcome the barriers they face in accessing affordable, healthy and sustainable food.
Eating well underpins much of our physical and mental health. The food economy should be vibrant; it should reflect the diversity of our communities; and it should be financially successful and sustainable. The system should contribute to a circular economy for food which reduces waste, increases valuable employment opportunities for local people, minimises environmental harm and maximises the local assets.
Marco Bertacca joined Quorn Foods as CEO in January 2020, bringing over 25 years of global food and drink experience to the company.
Prior to moving to the UK to undertake the role, Marco was based in the Philippines where he was the Managing Director of Alaska Milk Corporation, a Friesland Campina Company, for over three years. He first moved to South East Asia in 2013, taking the role of Business Development Director in Singapore for Friesland Campina. He went on to hold a number of MD roles across Singapore and Thailand. Before joining Friesland Campina Marco was President of Europe at CSM Bakery Products, and began his career working for Unilever for 10 years, leading the company’s supply chain operations.
Marco joined Quorn Foods with the ultimate goal of encouraging more sustainable diets, for the health of both people and planet. Under his leadership, the business has already announced it will be the first major food brand to roll out carbon labelling on its products, and has committed to achieving Net Positive status by 2030, by which time he has set the ambition to serve 8 billion servings of Quorn a year, the equivalent of one serving for every person on the planet.