Professor Corinna Hawkes is Director of the Centre for Food Policy in January 2016, City University London. She is a specialist in the links between food policy, food systems, diet and health who regularly advises governments, international agencies and NGOs. She also serves as 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. She sits on the Lancet Commission on Obesity and the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food).
Corinna has in the past worked for the World Health Organization (Geneva), the International Food Policy Research Institute (Washington DC) and in 2009-2010, held a fellowship at the School of Public Health at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Between 2012 and 2015 she was Head of Policy and Public Affairs at World Cancer Research Fund International, where she established the NOURISHING Policy Framework for healthy diets and obesity.
Taking an inter-disciplinary approach, Corinna has published widely on topics such as globalization, trade, value chains, the links between agriculture and health, policies to address poor quality diets, and food marketing to children.
Corinna is a Trustee of Sustain: The Alliance for Better Food and Farming, UK and on the Expert Advisory Group of The Food Foundation, UK. She is one of the Independent Panel of Experts for the grant programme, Innovative Metrics and Methods for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA), managed by the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health, and part of the the Evaluation Advisory Committee for the Mexican sugar-sweetened beverages tax. In 2008 she chaired the WHO Expert Group on Marketing Food and Non-alcoholic Beverages to Children. Corinna has a PhD in Geography from Kings College London and a BSc in Geography from the University of Bristol.