Director of Sustainable Business AT FORUM FOR THE FUTURE


Keynote Speaker Category: Sustainability, The Future,

David Bent – Forum for the Future


David is the Director of Sustainable Business at Forum for the Future, the global sustainability non-profit leading Forum’s global efforts to activate businesses as drivers of a sustainable future. The forum for the future works to help solve complex global challenges – especially in energy and food systems –  in conjunction with businesses, governments and others.

David has developed sustainability strategies with the Guardian and O2, innovated business models with Sony, embedded change at Unilever and M&S, and helped Nike make the business case for collaborating for wider change. He runs collaborations where companies help each other create step-change. He is also responsible for keeping Forum at the cutting edge of sustainable business and am a member of Forum’s senior management team.

He has recently become a policy fellow at the Centre for Science and Policy at the University of Cambridge, where he is investigating the role of business in the transition to a global sustainable economy. He is also a non-executive director of EIRIS, global leader in the provision of environmental, social, governance (ESG) research for responsible investors. He studied a Masters in Physics from Oxford, where he was also part of the first Alternative Careers Fair in 1996. Originally qualified as an accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and he also has a Masters in Responsibility and Business Practice from the University of Bath.


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