Charlie Arnot is recognised as a thought leader in food and agriculture. He is highly regarded as both a writer and sought-after speaker who engages audiences across the globe. Charlie has more than 25 years of experience working in communications, public relations and issues management within the food system. He is the founder and president of Look East, an employee-owned consulting firm, and is CEO of the Center for Food Integrity, an international non-profit organisation dedicated to building consumer trust and confidence in today’s food system.
His commitment to excellence, innovation and integrity have positioned him as a trusted counsellor to CEOs, government leaders and executives, and a respected industry adviser on critical issues within the food system. Clients and food and farm industry leaders seek his unique expertise in applying the peer reviewed trust model to help them build trust in their processes, products, people and brands.
The US Center for Food Integrity is now working on a number of issues in collaboration with stakeholders across the entire food system. The trust-building approach has allowed CFI to secure farmers and farm organisations, retailers, restaurants, trade associations, academics and NGOs as collaborators. The ability to engage the entire farming and food system creates a platform for building stakeholder trust.
In addition, CFI’s Best Food Facts platform is engaging more than 1 million consumers each year and is among the top three Google search results for challenging topics like food safety, pesticides and food misconceptions. Being a trusted source of consumer centric information helps build trust in today’s digital environment.
Charlie is frequently sought out by media for his insight on food and agriculture issues and has been quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, Time, NPR, CNBC, The National Journal, Entrepreneur, Yahoo health, Huffington Post, Grist and dozens of trade publications globally.
Charlie spent 10 years as a corporate officer for a leading food company; he worked for a public relations agency, was an award-winning radio journalist and worked in video and film. Charlie grew up in southeast Nebraska and graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Journalism degree.