Fiona Harvey, Award-winning environmental journalist for the Guardian. Prior to this, she worked for the Financial Times for more than a decade. She has reported on every major environmental issue, from as far afield as the Arctic and the Amazon, and her wide range of interviewees include Ban Ki-moon, Tony Blair, Al Gore and Jeff Immelt

Jonathon Porritt, Co-Founder of Forum for the Future, Jonathon Porritt is an eminent writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development. Established in 1996, Forum for the Future is now the UK’s leading sustainable development charity. The Forum has a growing presence in the United States, India, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. In addition he is a Non-Executive Director of Willmott Dixon Holdings, a Trustee of Ashden, and a Director of Collectively (an online platform celebrating sustainable innovation). He was formerly Director of Friends of the Earth, co-chair of the Green Party and as Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission until 2009, he spent nine years providing high-level advice to Government Ministers. Jonathon was installed as the Chancellor of Keele University in February 2012. He is also Visiting Professor at Loughborough University and UCL. Recent books are ‘Capitalism As If The World Matters’ (2007) and ‘The World We Made’ (2013) - which seeks to inspire people about the prospects of a sustainable world in 2050. Jonathon received a CBE in January 2000 for services to environmental protection.

Judy Ling Wong, painter, poet and environmentalist is best known as the Honorary President of Black Environment Network  (BEN). For 27 years she was the UK Director of BEN, with an international reputation as the pioneer and creator of the field of multi-cultural participation in the built and natural environment. Judy is a major voice on policy towards social inclusion. Her present committee membership includes DEFRA Civil Society Partnership Network – Vice Chair, National Park City Foundation – Founding Trustee, The UK Urban Ecology Forum – Vice Chair, Sowing the Seeds Network – Chair, IUCN/WCPA Urban Conservation Strategies Specialist Group, Countryside and Community Research Institute –Advisory Board, Aluna – Cultural Strategy Development Group, Tree Charter Board – Member.


Ioan Fazey is Professor of the Social Dimensions of Environmental Change at the University of Dundee and Director of the Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience. He has over 60 research publications in knowledge, resilience, vulnerability and sustainability. He is actively involved in helping support and facilitating the emergence of a growing field of research on action on Transformations to Sustainability. This includes convening the Transformations 2017 Conference, which brought together academics and practitioners interested in exploring how to achieve transformative kinds of change. He is a founding member and steward of the SDG Transformation Forum, and trustee of H3Uni , an action oriented organisation that seeks to promote transformative thinking and capacity for working within a changing world.

Professor Mark Ormerod became Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost of Keele University in August 2015. 

In additional to his role as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, Professor Ormerod is also the Strategic Lead for Environment and Sustainability at Keele University.

Professor Ormerod has been actively involved in promoting public engagement and increasing awareness of sustainability, sustainable energy and developing more sustainable lifestyles, for many years, being awarded substantial funding to support this work.  He co-leads the Science for Sustainability group at Keele, which has a nationally leading reputation and has won numerous awards for its highly innovative work in engaging and educating young people and communities in environmental issues and sustainability, increasing public awareness and engagement in sustainability, and promoting pro-environmental behaviour, particularly in educationally and socially disadvantaged communities.

International Panel Session:


Akiko, Kato (Ph.D.)

Akiko has been  an associate professor in the English department a the National Institute of Technology, Fukushima College since 2012.  At Fukushima College, Akiko is responsible for coordinating our study abroad program and expanding the network between our school and other institutions, local companies and the local and prefectural government.  Prior to joining Fukushima college, Akiko worked as a lecturer in Malaysia in a Japanese language program for four years. She obtained a Bachelor degree in Environmental Information from Keio University and a Masters of Arts degree from the Australian National University.  In 2011, Akiko took her Ph.D from Macquarie University.   

Ge Yin

Ge Yin is doing his PhD in computational mechanics in University of Cambridge. He has developed a new computational technique for interfacing topology optimisation with computer-aided design (CAD) and his research is currently focusing on 3D mechanical component detection.

He has a bachelor's degree from the Tongji University (China) in Civil Engineering and a master's degree from the Imperial College in Structural Steel Design.

Maki IkegamiSpecially Appointed Associate Professor. Sustainable Campus Management Office, Hokkaido University, Japan

Developed “Assessment system for Sustainable Campus (ASSC)” that gave shape to roles that should be played or functionalities that should be held by universities towards the society. Is in charge of operating ASSC at universities within and out of Japan in including our university, and is also in charge of networks with other universities and participation to international organizations, such as taking part in running of ACS (Asian Campus Sustainability) Network, CAS-Net JAPAN and ISCN. In addition, carrying out education/research on assessment of Sustainable Campus and sustainability.

Brief history: Was an Assistant Professor at Graduate School of Environmental Studies in Tohoku University until 2011. Joined Hokkaido University from April 2012. Completed and received Master (of Science) degree at Department of Physics, Graduate School of Science at Tohoku University. Completed doctorate course at the same university in Graduate School of Environmental Studies and received Ph.D.

Professor Hidefumi Kurasaka - Professor, Graduate School of Social Science, Chiba University

Hidefumi is majoring in ecological economics and environmental policy theory, and in particular has been addressing the problem of sustainability under the declining population in Japan.  His main books are : Why economics cannot save our economies? Towards an economic theory of capital base managements, Shiso-sha, 2017 (in Japanese), Environmental Policy, 3rd. ed., Shinzan-sha, 2015 (in Japanese), Introduction for Policy Making and Consensus Building, Keiso-shobo, 2012 (in Japanese), Reconsidering Economy and the Environment, 2006 (in Japanese).


Dr. Prinya Thaewanarumitkul - Thammasat University

Professor Park - Mie University

Keele Panel Session:

Simon Burgess – Senior Consultant, Siemens.

Dr Ian Madley – Head of Partnership Development, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Keele University.

The theme through Ian's career has been leading and driving growth or major change. What he brings to organisations is a combination of strong strategic thinking and an ability to drive projects through to completion. Importantly Ian has been able to do this in a wide range of organisations large and small as well as private and public sector. Prior to joining the HE sector Ian operated as a self-employed consultancy and in interim management before raising VC money for his own start-up business. After 12 years, Ian took the opportunity to move to a niche Clinical Research company as General Manager with full P&L responsibility. He grew turnover by 180% to £1.25m in 18 months leading a major PLC to acquire the company as a strategic asset.


Dr Zoe Robinson – Director of Education for Sustainability and Lead for Institute for Sustainable Futures, Keele University.

Zoe has a BSc in Geography and Geology, and a PhD in Glacial Groundwater Systems, and is now a Reader in Sustainability at Keele, having started at Keele in 2004 as a Lecturer in Physical Geography, following a period of time working in Environmental Consultancy as a Geologist/Hydrogeologist. Rather than aligning with a particular discipline Zoe aligns herself with the emerging field of ‘Sustainability Science’, which centres around finding solutions to problems of ‘unsustainability’ rather than around specific disciplines.  Zoe’s background in the sustainability field is broad covering research, education and outreach activities


Dr Sharon George – Lecturer in Environmental Sustainability, Keele University.

Sharon came to Keele as a mature student in 1997 to study dual honours Biology and Chemistry BSc. She then went on to complete a PhD in thermochemical corrosion of materials in 2000 with Keele and Ceram Research. Sharon worked as Keele's Business and Enterprise Manager until 2008 when she left to run her own training and innovation company, NovaSci Ltd. During this time she lectured in innovation and entrepreneurship at Coventry and Staffordshire Universities and managed innovation projects across a variety of industrial and educational sectors. Sharon was recruited as Lecturer in Green Technology and Environmental Sustainability in 2010 and she is Course Director for the MSc in Environmental Sustainability and Green Technology. Sharon is funded as an Ogden Science Officer.


Professor David Healey – Professor of Practice, Keele University, Head of Smart Energy at WSP.

Professor David Healey has been active in the UK and international energy / utility industry for over 25 years. He has specialised in taking thought leadership roles, as the Energy and Telecommunications industries have converged to rebuild entire value chains, based upon a vision of carbon reduction and “Smart Energy” strategies. Professor David Healey is Professor of Practice for the SEND project. Professor Healey was previously Head of Smart Energy at Analysis Mason, the London-based telecoms, media and technology consultancy. Professor Healey has led a number of major smart energy implementation projects and is an advisor to the UN on Sustainable Energy.

Fiona Harvey
Jonathan Porritt
Ioan Fazey
Judy Ling Wong
Mark Ormerod
Ian Madley
Zoe Robinson
Sharon George
Ge Yin
Akiko Kato
Maki Ikegamai
Hidefumi Kurasaka
David Healey

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