Food Thinkers: Food: the missing ingredient for social change

May 23, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
City, University of London

Food is now a major driver for many of our greatest global challenges, including climate change, biodiversity loss, conflict, and human malnutrition. It represents and reflects the collective failures of our time and closely tracks global and local inequities. Yet food is also emotive, tangible, and for many of us — a thing of love. It connects us across social, political, and geographic divides. In a seemingly inward-looking and fear-fuelled world, could food be the missing ingredient to positive social change?

Dr Sandro Demaio,

Chief Executive Officer, EAT

Sandro Demaio has been Chief Executive Officer of EAT: the science-based, global platform for food systems transformation since April 2018. He trained and worked as a medical doctor at The Alfred Hospital in Australia. While practising as a doctor he completed a Masters in Public Health including fieldwork in Cambodia. He then relocated to Denmark where he completed a PhD with the University of Copenhagen, focusing on non-communicable diseases. His doctoral research was based in Mongolia, working with the Ministry of Health.

Sandro held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard Medical School from 2013 to 2015, and was assistant professor and course director in global health at the Copenhagen School of Global Health, in Denmark. From November 2015 until April 2018, Sandro was Medical Officer for non-communicable conditions and nutrition with the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development at the global headquarters of the World Health Organization.

He has co-founded both NCDFREE, a global social movement against non-communicable diseases, and more recently festival21, assembling and leading a team of knowledge leaders in staging a massive and unprecedented, free celebration of community, food, culture and future in his hometown Melbourne.

Sandro currently co-hosts the ABC television show Ask the Doctor – an innovative and exploratory factual medical series broadcasting weekly across Australia, and is the author of the Doctor’s Diet, a cookbook based on science and inspired by a love of good food.

The talk will be chaired by Corinna Hawkes, Director of the Centre for Food Policy.

The Centre for Food Policy’s Food Thinkers series aims to advance the thinking and practice of integrated approaches to food policy.

A recording of the event will also be available online shortly afterwards on the Centre for Food Policy events page – under the Archived Food Thinkers section.