Keynote Speaker Category: Climate Change, Environment, Future Trends, Sustainability, The Future,


David Bent’s sole purpose is to be part of a generation that puts global society on a sustainable footing.

He is currently leading a new initiative, lead by UCL Institute for Global Prosperity, called ‘Transforming Tomorrow: from climate emergency to prosperity’. The purpose of this initiative is to accelerate the social processes, especially the political will and cultural capacity, in order to generate emergency responses to climate change that lead to multi-decade transformations. 

David’s approach is to create regional and global explorations on what needs to be done politically and culturally, and who, is doing it well. David and this team then use those insights to equip people across regional and global society to create new networks for action.

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David Bent, Deputy Director, Sustainable Business at Forum for the Future
David Bent – Forum for the Future

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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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