Our people

Find out about the people involved in work at the Global Food and Environment Institute (GFEI). 

Executive team

Our executive team set the strategic direction for the GFEI:

Support team

 The GFEI support team manage the Institute’s operations:

  • Dr Sarah Dennis, Institute Manager
  • Victoria Samir, Communications Officer
  • Penny Andrews, Administrator and PA to Professor Steve Banwart
  • Dr Siân Evans, Research and Innovation Development Manager 
  • Dr Gesa Reiss, Smart Agri-Systems Senior Innovation Fellow
  • Suzannah Turner, Research and Innovation Development Manager – National Pig Centre

External Advisory Board 

  • Sue Davies, Strategic Policy Advisor, Which?
  • Emma Hennessey, Deputy Head of US, Canada and Caribbean Department, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
  • James Hopwood, UK and Italy Agriculture Manager, Nomad Foods (Birds Eye & Findus)
  • Jemma Hynes, CEO & Technical Director, FoodSync 
  • Sithembile "Thembi" Mwamakamba, Director of Policy Research and Analysis, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) 

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