Professor Corinna Hawkes

Professor Corinna Hawkes has been working for the past 20 years with UN agencies, governments, NGOs and academia at the local, national and international level to support the design of more effective food policies to improve diets and prevent malnutrition in all its forms. She is currently Director of the Centre for Food Policy at City, University of London, UK, a Centre dedicated to advancing the thinking and practice of integrated and inclusive food policy through education, research and outreach. In 2018 she was appointed Vice Chair of the London Child Obesity Taskforce by the Mayor of London. She is also a Distinguished Fellow and the George Institute for International Health.

Corinna’s work looks at how to design effective and equitable policies throughout the food system to support healthy diets. She has published widely on the topics of globalization and trade in the food system, value chains for nutrition, linkages between agriculture and nutrition, and policies and regulations to address obesity. She was a co-lead author on the report “Food systems and diets: Facing the challenges of the 21st century” published by the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition in 2016. Between 2015-18 Corinna was Co-Chair of the Independent Expert Group of the Global Nutrition Report, an international report tracking progress in malnutrition in all its forms across the globe.

Corinna is co-lead investigator on the UK government-funded Obesity Policy Research Unit and a co-investigator of the Wellcome Trust-funded Sustainable and Healthy Food Systems programme (SHEFS).  She chairs the Food Research Collaboration, a UK-focused initiative designed to facilitate collaboration between NGOs and academics to improve UK food policy.

Between 2016-18 Corinna co-chaired the Global Future Council on Food Security and Agriculture of the World Economic Forum. Corinna is on the London Food Board, and was a member of the Lancet Commission on Obesity (2015-19) and the EAT-Lancet Commission on Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems (2016-19).  She has been a member of  the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) (2014-17) and is currently an Expert Advisor the The Food Foundation, UK. In the past she has worked at the World Health Organization, the International Food Policy Research Institute, the University of Sao Paulo and World Cancer Research Fund International, where she established the NOURISHING Framework which tracks policies to promote healthy eating worldwide.

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