Past Lectures


The 2020 City Food Lecture was delivered in February by Professor Louise Fresco, President of the Board for Wageningen University and Research, Europe’s leading agri-food organisation and research centre.

Louise Fresco City Food Lecture 2020

Louise Fresco

One of the foremost global thought leaders in the food industry delivered The City Food Lecture 2020.

Professor Louise Fresco is a Dutch scientist, academic and broadcaster.

A highly influential thinker and commentator on global food issues, Professor Fresco is President of the Executive Board of Wageningen University & Research, Europe’s leading academic agri-food organisation and research and development centre.

She is also a foreign member of the French Academy of Agriculture, a non-resident member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry and the Council of Advisors of the Amsterdam Symposium on the History of Food. She has also worked as a senior member of the EU Commission Agricultural Markets Task Force and was Director of Research in the Agriculture Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN.

She has served on the boards of Rabobank, Syngenta, and Unilever as well as serving as a Trustee of the Shell Foundation. Whilst her successful book Hamburgers in Paradise the stories behind the food we eat, has been translated into several languages.

The 2020 City Food Lecture


Dominic Blakemore

Chief Executive, Compass Group

Trust & Tech – Future of Food


Dave Lewis

Chief Executive, Tesco

Supplier Partnerships & The Future of Food


Professor Chris Elliott

Queen’s University Belfast

Does it Matter Where Our Food Comes From?

Due to family circumstances, Professor Chris Elliot was sadly unable to deliver the Lecture. He was ably replaced by Michael Bell, Executive Director of NI Food & Drink Association who delivered it on his behalf.


Christophe Jouan

Chief Executive, The Future Food Foundation

What, when and how will we be eating in 2025?
2015Richard Evans
President, PepsiCo
The responsiblity of the food industry for improving the Nation’s health
2014Charles Wilson
Chief Executive, Booker
Growth outside the supermarkets
2013Paul Bulcke
Chief Executive Officer, Nestle
Water – the linchpin of food security
2012Justin King
Chief Executive Officer, Sainsbury’s
UK Grocery Retailing – back to the future
2011Paul Polman
Director and Chief Executive Officer, Unilever
Food security in a changing climate
2010Sir David King
Director, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford
Managing the earths resources to deliver food for nine billion
2009Sir Terry Leahy
Chief Executive, Tesco
Consumers, competition and a changing world
2008Lord Haskins
Government advisor on food and farming
Are the Malthusian chickens coming home to roost
2007Lord Peter Mechett
Policy Director, Soil Association
Food and values – the organic future
2005John Sunderland
Chairman of Cadbury Schweppes
The role of food in public health
2004Sir Francis Mackay
Chairman of the Compass Group
Changing the menu
2003Sir John Krebs
Chairman of the Food Standards Agency
Protecting consumers in the future world market
2002Niall Fitzgerald
Chariman of Unilever
Facing the future – the UK food industry in a changing world
2001Peter Blackburn
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Nestle
The UK food chain – making life better
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