Prof. Tim Benton, Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) member

Tim Benton is Dean of Strategic Research Initiatives at the University of Leeds and Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Energy, Environment and Resources Department at the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House, UK.

From 2011-2016 he was the “Champion” of the UK’s Global Food Security programme which was a multi-agency partnership of the UK’s public bodies (government departments, devolved governments and research councils) with an interest in the challenges around food. The key role of GFS was to undertake systemic analysis and horizon scanning, in order to identify research priorities to mitigate the challenges of providing sufficient, sustainable and nutritious diets for all.

He is President of the Governing Board of TempAg, a Global Agenda Steward for the World Economic Forum and has contributed to a range of other advisory boards and working groups on agriculture and food systems, food futures and sustainability (in the UK, the EU and internationally to the Meeting of Agricultural Chief Scientists for the G20).

He is also a lead author for the chapter on food security for the IPCC’s special report on land. He has published over 150 academic papers, many on the topics of agriculture and its sustainability. His particular interest is currently on food system resilience and sustainability in the face of climate change.