#GeorgeTalks on ‘Transforming Food Systems: Effective policies to build a sustainable future’


To mark this year’s World Food Day, The George Institute for Global Health invites you to a #GeorgeTalks webinar on ‘Transforming Food Systems: Effective policies to build a sustainable future’ on Wednesday 20 October at 6:00pm (AEDT) / 12:30pm (IST) / 8:00am (BST).

#WorldFoodDay 2021 will be marked as countries around the world deal with the widespread impacts of the global Covid-19 pandemic, accelerating climate crisis and worsening inequalities. It's time to look into the future we need to build together.

Join us to hear from three leading experts at the forefront of food systems thinking, who will swap thoughts and ideas on strategic policies and practices that can increase equity and resilience in Australia, India, the UK and beyond.

The webinar concludes with a Q&A session during which the audience can engage with the speakers.


  • Professor Corinna Hawkes

    Professor Corinna Hawkes is Director of the Centre for Food Policy at City, University of London, UK, a Centre dedicated to shaping an effective food system through education, research and policy engagement.  She has worked for 20 years with UN agencies, governments, universities and NGOs at the city, national and international level to support the design of more effective policies to improve diets and prevent malnutrition, obesity and non-communicable diseases throughout the food system. 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.  Corinna is also Vice Chair of London’s Child Obesity Taskforce and a Distinguished Fellow at the George Institute for Global Health. She blogs at www.thebetterfoodjourney.com.

    Corinna Hawkes
  • Associate Professor Alana Mann

    Alana Mann is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Food Research Lead in the Sydney Environment Institute at the University of Sydney. In her work she foregrounds the role of communication in food systems transformations. She applies an interdisciplinary approach in her international research on the food sovereignty movement and digital food activism, and leads the FoodLab Sydney (ARC Linkage) food business incubator project in partnership with the City of Sydney. Her latest book Food in a Changing Climate (2021) presents a political agenda focused on the critical intersection of food security, global warming and public health.

  • Dr Purnima Menon

    Purnima Menon is a senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute, and is based in New Delhi, India. She is the theme leader for South Asia Nutrition Programs in IFPRI’s Poverty, Health, and Nutrition Division. In her work in India, Dr. Menon directs POSHAN (Partnerships and Opportunities to Strengthen and Harmonize Actions for Nutrition in India), an initiative to support more use of evidence for nutrition in India. She conducts implementation research on scaling up maternal and child nutrition interventions, including on evaluating large-scale behavior change communications programs in nutrition and health. Dr. Menon has research experience in India, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Haiti, Viet Nam and Nepal, has published extensively, and invests deeply in research translation in her engagements with policy communities.