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Setting the Table for COP28: Changing diets to tackle climate change – what’s the role of government?
November 14, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Dustin Benton is the policy director at Green Alliance, leading our work across energy, resources, and the natural environment, with a particular focus on getting on track to net zero emissions. Between 2020-21, he was on secondment with Defra, where he was chief analytical advisor to the National Food Strategy. Previously he led our work in the Low Carbon Energy and Resource Stewardship themes, focusing on energy efficiency, renewables, and CCS, and was an expert commentator on resource risk, plastics, circular electronics and the EU-wide Alliance for Circular Economy Solutions. Before joining Green Alliance, Dustin worked for the Campaign to Protect Rural England where he led work on the relationship between landscape protection, climate change, and new energy infrastructure. He holds an MA in Political Thought and Theory from the University of Birmingham and an MA in International Relations and French from the University of St Andrews.
Dhanush Dinesh worked as Head of Partnerships and Outreach of CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) to scale up Climate-Smart Agriculture before founding Clim-Eat. He is a Trustee of Plan Vivo Foundation and a Visiting Researcher at the University of Leeds. His previous work experience includes roles within the private sector, NGOs, and the UN system, in China, India, Thailand, and the UK. He has worked on a range of issues including forestry, environmental policy, climate change adaptation, and advocacy, at the national, regional, and global levels. Dhanush has an interdisciplinary academic background, combining an MBA from PSG Institute of Management and an MSc in Carbon management from the University of Edinburgh and has a PhD in Environmental Governance from the Universiteit Utrecht.
Dr. Nancy Aburto is the Deputy Director of the Food and Nutrition Division of the FAO, where she supports the strategic planning, development and management of the broad portfolio of FAO’s work in nutrition. With nearly 20 years of experience working globally in the field of nutrition, her expertise spans acute undernutrition, overweight/obesity and the double burden of malnutrition; nutrition science research; nutritional epidemiology; and large-scale programming and policy. Before joining FAO, Dr. Aburto worked at the UN World Food Programme, the World Health Organization, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Mexican National Institute of Public Health. Dr. Aburto, a United States national, received a PhD in Nutrition and Health Sciences from Emory University, a Master’s Degree from the University of Georgia, and a Bachelor’s Degree from Duke University. Dr. Aburto is an avid endurance athlete who regularly runs marathons and ultramarathons. She also enjoys scuba diving.
Chair: Dr Tara Garnett, Director of TABLE