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5 speakers 15 minutes each
Thu 4th Feb 2016
The 5x15 Food Fight
Royal Geographical Society
Professor Phil James qualified in physiology and medicine at University College London before working at the UK’s MRC Unit in Tropical Metabolism in Jamaica for three years. He then became a senior lecturer at the London School of Hygiene. From 1974-82 he ran the Dunn Clinical Nutrition Centre and was Director of the Rowett Research Institute from 1982-1999. Professor James chaired and wrote the first public health nutrition policy reports for Scotland, and several policy reports for the UK, before chairing and writing reports for WHO Europe, and then the WHO 797 report on diet and public health for malnourished and chronic disease prone countries. In 1996 he established the International Obesity Task Force (IOTF), responsible for drafting the first WHO Technical Report (2000) on the prevention and management of obesity. He persuaded Tony Blair to create the UK Food Standards Agency, and the EU a DG SANCO which preceded the EU Food Standards Agency. He chaired and wrote the UN Commission’s report on global issues in nutrition and was Vice President of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences. He is currently President of the International Association for the Study of Obesity.
Jamie Oliver is one of the world’s best-loved television personalities and one of Britain’s most famous exports. He has inspired people to spend more time enjoying cooking delicious food from fresh ingredients – and even start growing their own food! His programmes have now been broadcast in over 100 countries including the USA, Australia, South Africa, Brazil, Japan and Iceland. His 2010 book, Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals, became Jamie’s first million-selling book in the UK as well as being the fastest-selling non-fiction book since records began. His 2015 book, Everyday Super Food, topped the charts once again. His high street restaurant collection ‘Jamie’s Italian’ is also hugely popular across the UK and the Fifteen restaurant group which he founded in 2002, provides training for young people in three locations around the world as well as producing food of the highest quality.
A. A. Gill is probably the most read columnist in Britain. Every weekend he entertains readers of The Sunday Times with his biting observations on television and his unsparing, deeply knowledgeable restaurant reviews, which have been published as Paper View and Table Talk. He has written three books on travel: A. A. Gill is Away, Previous Convictions and A. A. Gill is Further Away, as well as two novels, and full-length studies of England, The Angry Island, and America, The Golden Door. His latest book is Pour Me.
A few years ago, George Monbiot was persona non grata in seven countries and had a life sentence in absentia in Indonesia. He is now a bestselling author, columnist for the Guardian and Visiting Professor at the School of the Built Environment at Oxford Brookes University. In 1995 Nelson Mandela presented him with a United Nations Global 500 Award for outstanding environmental achievement. His books include Captive State: the Corporate Takeover of Britain; The Age of Consent: A Manifesto for a New World Order; Heat: How We Can Stop the Planet Burning and Feral: Searching for enchantment on the frontiers of rewilding. His weekly column for the Guardian is syndicated in the US, France, Italy, Canada, Australia, India, Pakistan, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Holland, Belgium and Russia, and he appears frequently on radio and television. His website, www.monbiot.com, is one of the world’s highest-ranked comment sites and holds an archive of his articles.
Dr Michael Mosley is a British journalist, scientist, producer and TV presenter. Born in Kolkata, India, the son of a bank director, Mosley studied philosophy, politics and economics at New College, Oxford before working for two years as a banker in the City of London. He then decided to move into medicine, intending to become a psychiatrist, studying at the Royal Free Hospital Medical School. Becoming disillusioned by psychiatry, Mosley upon graduation joined a trainee assistant producer scheme at the BBC in 1985. He produced a number of science programmes, including The Human Face with Professor Robert Winston, and the 2004 BBC Two engineering series Inventions That Changed the World. His television presenting credits include Blood and Guts, Medical Mavericks and The Story of Science, and The Truth About Exercise. He is the author of the million-copy bestselling 5:2 Fast Diet. His forthcoming book is The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet, which he co-wrote with Professor Roy Taylor.