Corinna Hawkes​

Facilitating food system transformation

Director, Food Systems and Food Safety Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rome, Italy

Dr Corinna Hawkes is Director, Division of Food Systems and Food Safety at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Her work is dedicated to advancing food systems change to improve nutrition, health, environment and livelihoods through a systems approach. Between 2016-2023 Corinna was Professor and Director of the Centre for Food Policy at City, University of London. She has also worked at the International Food Policy Research Institute, the University of São Paulo, the Global Nutrition Report, the World Health Organization and World Cancer Research Fund International where she established the Nourishing Framework of healthy diet policies. Her publications cover topics such as food globalization, value chains, links between agriculture, food systems and nutrition, urban food policies, lived experience of food environments and food policies for healthy diets. Corinna communicates extensively with food system decision-makers and civil society to advance change in policy and practice at the international, national and local level. Previous board and advisory roles include Co-Chair of the Think20 Task Force on Food Security; Board Chair, Bite Back 2030; Co-Chair, Global Future Council on Agriculture and Food Security, World Economic Forum; Vice Chair, Mayor of London’s Child Obesity Taskforce; Member, International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems; and as part of the core team for Action Track 1 of the UN Food Systems Summit. In 2020 she co-founded the food systems and nutrition leadership initiative nextgenderationleaders.org.