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David Bent

Special Projects / The Gigatonne Lab 

David has spent the last 13 years working at Forum for the Future, an independent non-profit working globally to solve complex sustainability challenges, most recently as Director of Sustainable Business. He has advised dozens of companies in the UK, USA and India on strategy and innovation so they can be more successful in creating a sustainable future. 

David’s perspective is that we need to shift our natural and social systems into a state of coping rather than a state of overwhelm, and that people should have access to what they need to choose their own lives. 

His current priorities include: researching a pro-sustainability industrial strategy as an Associate Fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge; and, starting a 'Gigatonne Lab' to accelerate a rapid transition to a zero carbon world. He is passionate about playing his part in a generation that puts the world on a sustainable footing. 

David has a Masters in Physics from Oxford, a Masters in Responsibility and Business Practice from Bath, and is a qualified accountant- having spent 4 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). He has been a tutor on the Post-Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. David supports institutions that are acting in a global ‘innovation function’, whether as an advisor, an executive, or a social entrepreneur. He recently finished advising the Cabinet Office on inclusive economy. David lives in London.