David Bent- Hazelwood

Founder at Atelier of What’s Next

Executive Lead – Transforming Tomorrow: from climate emergency to prosperity at the UCL Institute for Global Prosperity

David Bent is passionate about playing his part in a generation that puts the world on a sustainable footing. David has worked at Forum for the Future, an independent non-profit working globally to solve complex sustainability challenges, for the last 13 years, most recently as Director of Sustainable Business. He advised dozens of companies in the UK, USA and India on strategy and innovation so they can be more successful by creating a sustainable future.

His perspective is that our global natural and social systems are overwhelmed, and we need to act as a global ‘innovation function’ so those systems are coping, and people have access to what they need to choose their own lives. David sees his role as supporting institutional efforts that shift the macro patterns and dynamics of our lives. Under that umbrella, his current priorities include: advising the Cabinet Office on inclusive economy; researching a pro-sustainability industrial strategy as an Associate Fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge; and developing a 'Gigatonne Lab' to accelerate a rapid transition to a zero carbon world.

David has a Masters in Physics from Oxford, where he was part of the first Alternative Careers Fair in 1996. He qualified as an accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and has a Masters in Responsibility and Business Practice from the University of Bath. David used his CSaP Policy Fellowship to investigate the role of business in the transition to a global sustainable economy.

  • 5 October 2016

    Fostering multi-level governance in the climate change regime

    CSaP is working with the University of Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance to organise a Policy Workshop which will bring together academic experts with policy makers who are implementing the Paris commitments at local levels.

  • 4 February 2016

    2016 Christ's College Climate Seminars

    Professor Charles Kennel returns to Cambridge to present a series of seminars, 'Bending the Curve on Climate', exploring practical solutions to climate problems in the wake of Paris 2015.

  • In news articles

    What can Cambridge do about climate change?

    In our final seminar of the 2016 Climate Change series, we heard from a panel of experts on what Cambridge could do to drive progress in sustainable living and combatting climate change.

  • In news articles

    Easter Term 2014 Policy Fellows Elected

    CSaP announces the successful applicants to the Policy Fellowship and Junior Policy Fellowship for Easter Term (April-June) 2014.