Christopher Whitty

UK Civil Service, London, UK

Special Power

Scientific excellence

Innovator Type


Planet Benefit

Fighting pandemics

We all know Chris face flanking PM Boris Johnson and ministers as they deliver the Corona virus TV briefings. Incidentally we like the Red Arrows formation that they arrive at their podiums in.  

He was however a highly controversial inclusion in the final MAD33, with some judges strongly feeling that Chris had not guided the government response well during the pandemic. What isn’t in doubt is that Chris is right at the top of the tree of all science advisors in the UK. He is simultaneously England’s chief medical officer and the UK Department of Health’s top scientific adviser. 

Only time will tell if he has made a positive difference.