CONFIRMED SPEAKERS

 

Naresh Giangrande

Co-founder of

Transition Town Totnes

As a Co-founder of Transition Town Totnes, the first Transition Town, and of Transition
Training, I have been involved in designing, running and evolving many of the events,
groups, and trainings that have been at the heart of the enormously successful Transition
Towns movement. I co-designed and co-facilitated the first Deep Adaptation Deep Dive in
December 2018, and am part of a group who are exploring what ‘Deep Adaptation’ means
both personally and as a society.


I am currently working with Gaia Education developing new ways of delivering regenerative
education for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and on a new project currently called
Contemplative Activism. Contemplative Activism is seeing the world as it is, and learning to
act and be when we have no ground under our feet. Before the Transition movement took
over my life I lived and worked in an eco community (and am currently again), was
Managing Director of a landscape company, a gaffer in the film industry, and taught
meditation.


I am joyfully aware of the preciousness of life, my capacity for love, and my own mortality. I
am father to two lovely daughters and two equally gorgeous grandchildren.

 

Manveer Gill

Student Commissioner

University of Warwick

Manveer is a 4th year Mathematics student at the University of Warwick, having recently spent a year studying in Italy, at the University of Padua. As a student Commissioner on the Climate Commission for UK Higher and Further Education, Manveer is working alongside fellow commissioners to plan and catalyse a sector-wide response to the climate emergency. Part-time, he interns at CDP, with the Investor Initiatives team. CDP provides a global disclosure platform for companies, cities, states and regions to measure, disclosure, manage and share information on their environmental performance. Manveer works on a pilot project requesting environmental disclosures from unlisted, private companies, on behalf of their lenders or private equity owners.


Manveer is aspiring towards a career that will position him to be able to support the world’s efforts to mitigate climate change and adapt to its impacts.

 

Mac is an international speaker, writer, and change-maker. Mentored by indigenous people
over many years, he has acquired profound and original insights into questions

preoccupying many contemporary leaders. Mac seeks to inspire the emergence of the leader in each of us, the leader who will take courageous action for a better world. Championing A New Story of Sustainability lies at the heart of this.


Mac Macartney

International Speaker

 

Dr Muhammad Mazhar

Senior Lecturer

Nottingham Business School

Dr Muhammad Mazhar is a Senior Lecturer in Sustainability at Nottingham Business School,
Nottingham Trent University, UK. He is also the Sustainability Coordinator of the Business
School, aiming to help embed sustainability in teaching, research, operational and partnership activities. By background, he is a Civil Engineer having B.E. in Civil Engineering and MSc. in Construction Management. He holds PhD in Sustainability and Carbon Management. His PhD research was on strategic carbon management within the UK higher education sector. The main aim of the research was to explore how can universities as large organisations reduce carbon emissions from their business operations through a holistic approach. His research interest is in sustainability, energy & carbon management, education for sustainable development and low carbon smart cities. Currently, he is working on research projects on international carbon management practices in universities, organisational learning & knowledge sharing for replicating low carbon smart cities and climate change conceptualization of business students and carbon literacy training.

 

Kirsti blends her experience facilitating transformative group work with her 21 years as a
sustainability practitioner in corporate and FHE sectors to offer workshops so needed at this time of climatic and ecological emergency.  How do we, as sustainability practitioners, remain inspired and effective whilst truly acknowledging what we know about the state of the world?  Kirsti is currently Energy Manager at UWE, leading a team of passionate energy and water professionals on a mission to reduce the university’s carbon emissions.  Alongside this role, she runs Action for Sustainability Ltd, offering large group facilitation, as well as offering empowerment workshops to organisations and individuals, and training others to do this on the nine-month training programme, the Facilitator Development Adventure.

Kirsti Norris

Energy Manager

UWE

 

Guy is an inspirational and admired figure in the world of organic farming, who still spends more time in the fields than in the boardroom. Twice awarded BBC Radio 4 Farmer of the Year, Guy is passionate about sharing the organic farming and business knowledge he has accumulated over the last three decades including the benefits he has reaped from employee ownership and why championing a more human and imaginative approach to business has been a formula for success.

 

As a self-confessed veg nerd, Guy has over the last 30 years taken Riverford from one man and a wheelbarrow delivering homegrown organic veg to friends, to a national veg box scheme delivering to around 50,000 customers a week.

Guy Singh-Watson

Founder

Riverford Organic Farmers

 

Joan Concannon

Director of External Relations

University of York

Joan Concannon is Director of External Relations at the University of York managing a portfolio that spans key aspects of reputation and income generation including student recruitment, outreach including widening participation, and admissions in UK/EU and international markets; philanthropy and alumni engagement including oversight of the recently launched institutional philanthropy campaign, York Unlimited

 

She is the Chair of the University’s City and Communities Sustainability Working Group and the programme lead for Civic Engagement for the University. She is also the co-founding Director of the York Festival of Ideas, one of the largest free festivals of its kind in the UK which is dedicated to demonstrating the relevance and societal value of education, research and ideas to diverse audiences.

 

She is a board member of Make It York, the city of York's destination marketing organisation and a member of the Company of Merchant Adventurers.

 

 

 


 

Sara Khan (she/they) is the elected Liberation and Access Officer
at the University of Manchester Students’ Union, and a part-time
undergraduate student of English Literature. They are the founder
of the Decolonise UoM campaign, and are deeply passionate
about fighting for a free, liberated, accessible education for all.


They are also NEC (National Executive Council) 2 nd place for the
NUS (National Union of Students’) LGBT+ campaign, and have
been working within this role to develop resources, deliver
workshops, and deliver training to student activists, societies, and
Students’ Union staff on ‘Building Anti-Racist LGBT+ Spaces’.

 

Sara Khan

Liberation and Access Officer

University of Manchester Students' Union

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