Published on 9 January 2024
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Author of the UK Government’s Food Strategy to speak at Cambridge Public Policy Conference

In March 2024 the Bennett Institute will host its annual public policy conference where co-founder of Leon and food campaigner, Henry Dimbleby, will deliver the keynote lecture.

This spring, the Bennett Institute will host its annual public policy conference in Cambridge.  Henry Dimbleby MBE, co-founder of Leon, food campaigner, speaker and non-executive director, will deliver the keynote lecture and discuss the impact of food systems on society in conversation with Professor Deborah Prentice, Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge.

This flagship event takes place against the backdrop of pressures associated with rising living costs and inflation, intense debate about the role and potential of new technologies such as AI, the on-going impact of climate change, and imminent elections in the UK and a number of other countries. 

Says Professor Michael Kenny, inaugural Director of the Bennett Institute for Public Policy:

“The Conference has become an established part of the UK’s public policy calendar, creating an opportunity for some of our leading practitioners, academic thinkers and policy experts to engage with each other in productive and wide-angled conversations about some of the most pressing challenges facing governments around the world. We are especially pleased to welcome Henry Dimbleby, who led the government’s National Food Strategy, to share his experience of working across the policy, business and third sectors, and his ideas about how to build a more sustainable food system.”

This year’s panel discussions are organised under the thematic headings of resilience, infrastructure, governance and disruption.  

Panellists include: Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, former Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities; Cat Little, Second Permanent Secretary HM Treasury and Head of the Government Finance Function; Wendy Williams CBE, HM Inspector of Constabulary and HM Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services; Dr Gillian Tett OBE, Provost, King’s College, Cambridge, & Columnist and editorial board member at the Financial Times; and Emran Mian, Director General for Digital Technologies and Telecoms at the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT.

This hybrid event will bring together delegates from the worlds of government, business, civil society and academia.  

The Bennett Institute for Public Policy Conference will take place on Friday 22 March 2024, at Churchill College, Cambridge, and online. Free tickets are available to book on the Bennett Institute website

The views and opinions expressed in this post are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the Bennett Institute for Public Policy.

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