Keith Vaz was first elected in June 1987 and was subsequently re-elected as a Member of Parliament 7 times. He was the first person of Asian origin to sit in the House of Commons since 1922. Keith was Britain’s Minister for Europe under Tony Blair. He served as Chairman of the influential Home Affairs Select Committee between 2007 – 2016.
Elected as the youngest Labour Member of Parliament in 1987, he was appointed as Opposition Spokesman on regeneration and established the City 2020 Commission. When Labour was elected to government in 1997 he was made Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Attorney General. He then became a Junior Justice Minister and was quickly promoted to become a Minister of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office where he helped negotiate the enlargement of the European Union. In 2001 he became the senior Labour member on the Justice Committee.
In 2006 he was appointed by the then Prime Minister to chair the National Executive Committee’s Ethnic Minority Taskforce, a position he still holds. In 2007 he was elected as a member of the Labour Party’s ruling National Executive Committee.
Keith also served as a Member of the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy (JCNSS) between 2015-2016.
His interests include health issues, in particular diabetes prevention, Yemen and Tamil issues. He has been Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Diabetes since 2015 and was re-elected Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Yemen in 2015. In January 2017 was re-elected vice chair of the Equalities Committee.
Keith is the Founding Patron of Sugarwise, a cause close to his heart as he was diagnosed with Type- 2 diabetes in 2007. In this capacity Keith chairs Sugarwise’s Parliamentary Sugar Summits and Round Tables. His passion is to improve education about diabetes and to improve the availability and visibility of lower sugar alternatives.
Born to Goan parents in Aden, Yemen he was educated at Cambridge University where he studied law and then became a solicitor.
He is married with two children.
Since 2014, Jyotsna has been responsible for establishing, developing and leading the Policy Research Centre for Cancer Prevention (PRCP) within Cancer Research UK. She has presented both nationally and internationally on the links between obesity and cancer and the benefits of population level policy change. The PRCP has published a number of reports and peer review papers on behaviours and their links to cancer..
Jyotsna has a bachelors in Microbiology and a PhD in Molecular Microbiology from the University of Warwick. Upon completing her PhD She worked for Public Health England, then the Health Protection Agency as a Standard Methods Microbiologist and thereafter as a Science and Research Coordinator with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.
Tim Spector is a Professor of Genetic Epidemiology and Director of the TwinsUK Registry at Kings College, London. He trained originally in rheumatology and epidemiology. In 1992 he moved into genetic epidemiology and founded the UK Twins Registry, of 13,000 twins, which is the richest collection of genotypic and phenotypic information worldwide. He is past President of the International Society of Twin Studies, directs the European Twin Registry Consortium (Discotwin) and collaborates with over 120 centres worldwide. He has demonstrated the genetic basis of a wide range of common complex traits, many previously thought to be mainly due to ageing and environment. Through genetic association studies (GWAS), his group have found over 500 novel gene loci in over 50 disease areas. He has published over 800 research articles and is ranked as being in the top 1% of the world’s most cited scientists by Thomson-Reuters as well as the most cited scientist at King’s College London. He held a prestigious European Research Council senior investigator award in epigenetics and is a NIHR Senior Investigator and is a Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences. His current work focuses on omics and the microbiome and directs the crowdfunded British Gut microbiome project. He is a prolific writer with several popular science books and a regular blog, focusing on genetics, epigenetics and most recently microbiome and diet (The Diet Myth). He is in demand as a public speaker and features regularly in the media.
Dr Caomhan Logue is a Registered Dietitian and currently works as a Lecturer in Dietetics at the Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE), Ulster University, Northern Ireland. Caomhan graduated in 2012 with BSc Hons Dietetics and worked as a Clinical Dietitian before completing his PhD at Ulster. His PhD focused on investigating the feasibility of implementing a biomarker approach for assessing intakes of low-calorie sweeteners (LCS). Within this work he developed a novel analytical method of simultaneously determining urinary concentrations of five commonly consumed LCS, namely acesulfame-k, saccharin, cyclamate, sucralose and the excretory metabolite of steviol glycosides. By applying this novel approach, more objective and specific data on LCS intake/exposure can be acquired; therefore, his current research interests focus on applying this biomarker approach to investigate relationships between LCS and health.
Dr. Alexandra Lobach is the Manager of Toxicology, Chemistry & Regulatory Affairs in the Food & Nutrition division lead by Dr. Ashley Roberts at Intertek Scientific & Regulatory Consultancy, a branch of the company that is focused on delivering expert scientific, toxicological, and regulatory consulting services to the food industry. Her primary responsibility involves conducting scientific safety assessments of novel food ingredients and additives in support of regulatory submissions to international agencies. Prior to joining Intertek, she worked at Charles River Laboratories in Montreal as a Scientist in the Immunotoxicology division. Dr. Lobach completed her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Toronto, her M.Sc. in Biotechnology and her B.Sc. in Chemistry, both at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.
Marta Baffigo holds the position of Director Scientific and Regulatory Affairs EMEA at Cargill R&D Centre Europe based in Vilvoorde, Belgium.
She provides guidance to Cargill enterprises on regulatory positioning and status of new ingredients, labelling and health claims compliance, ingredients reputation management related to food, feed, personal care and pharmaceutical developments in Europe Middle East Africa. She is a member of the European R&D Leadership Team.
Marta previously held the position of Director of Global Public and Regulatory Affairs at the Kellogg Company.
She holds a doctorate in Food Science and Technology from the Università di Milano.
She lives in Belgium and has two children.
Dr Kavita Karnik is the Director of Nutrition at Tate & Lyle. In this capacity, she provides leadership in Innovation and commercial Development unit on nutrition science and is involved in new product development and providing credible scientific support for new and existing products by leading a strategic nutrition science research and education program.
Dr Karnik’s work has encompassed various areas including cardiovascular health, metabolic syndrome, cognitive impairment, and frailty, exploring nutrition and lifestyle interventions for prevention and management. She has also worked in the area of infant formula and maternal nutrition.Dr Karnik has previously held various global roles in nutrition and health related commercial environment for multinational corporations such as Unilever, Pfizer and Nestle. She has been involved in academic research by holding various academic positions at University of Surrey, UK; University of Derby, UK ; Cranfield University, UK and Institute of Clinical Research, India.Dr Karnik currently serves on ILSI Europe and is the Chair of Eating Behaviour and Energy Balance Expert Group. After completing a degree in Medicine from India, Dr Karnik received her Masters and PhD in Nutrition from the University of Sheffield, UK. In addition, she holds a Diploma in Nutrition and Health Education.
Ronit is heading the chemical research and development at DouxMatok ltd., a startup company whose vision is to allow the perception of greater sweetness upon the intake of sugars, making sugars taste sweeter than already are. Before that, Ms. Romm was Head of Chemistry at Watergen ltd., a start-up company developing machines that can produce water from air.Amongst others, Ronit’s experience is in scientific research, multistep synthesis, coordination chemistry, chemical analysis and water technologies. Ronit holds an M.Sc. in organic and orgnometallic chemistry from the Hebrew University. In 2016, Ronit graduated the Merage Institute Leadership Program for Food-Tech innovation.
I graduated from the University of Southampton in 1993 with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, and from the University of Leeds in 1998 with a PhD in Biological Psychology / Nutrition. Since, I have worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Leeds (1999), University of Surrey (2000-2002), University of Bristol (2002-2005) and as a lecturer at Queen’s Unviersity Belfast (2005-2012). I joined Bournemouth Unviersity in Sept. 2012, following a year long sabbatical at the University of Iowa, US. I am a Chartered Psychologist (British Psychological Society, 2001) and a Registered Nutritionist (Nutrition Society, 2001).
Eating Behaviour, Health, Well-being:
My research interests are based in human eating behaviour, with particular focus on the optimisation of human health and well-being in the normal population. My research includes aspects of: healthy eating and the use of different strategies to promote fruit and vegetable consumption; appetite and weight control, primarily with the aim of understanding and improving weight gain and weight management; nutrition and under-nutrition, and their effects on health, well-being and cognitive performance; taste and consumption; eating style, including dieting, restrained eating and emotional eating and the effects of these behaviours on health and well-being; and includes aspects of physical activity, physical fitness and energy expenditure, and the importance of energy balance.