SPEAKER BIOS

Lillia is a second-year business and economics student at the Vienna University of Business and Economics and Head of International at oikos Vienna, a chapter of a student driven international organisation promoting sustainability in economics and management

education. Together with a team of like-minded students she implements sustainability aspects into the university curriculum and integrates sustainability on campus.

 

Liliia grew up in Russia, where she attended primary and secondary school and volunteered for educational projects for school students.

Liliia Akatova

Head of International

Oikos Vienna

 
 

Noor Ahmad Akhundzadah PhD

Dean & Assistant Proffesor

University of Kabul, Afghanistan

Noor Ahmad received his Bachelor in geology from Kabul University, Master in Agriculture, and Ph.D. in Hydrogeology from Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology. He has one-year post-doctoral research work in the related field in Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology. He worked for two years in CTI Engineering International Company in Japan in field of water resources investigation and management (2010-2012). He also worked as senior water resources specialist in Ministry of Energy and Water of Afghanistan.

Also working as a consultant with United Nation Environmental Program (UNEP) in curriculum development and environmental and disaster management related project implementation and on a Road Map for Early Warning System and Hydromet Service Project with the World Bank.

Noor Ahmad leads different national level environmental and disaster management workshops and courses. Visiting Professor in Sharq Institute of Higher Education and has been assistant Prof. and dean of Faculty of Environment at the Kabul University, responsible for instructing applied hydrology, environmental geology, sustainable development and natural disaster and hazards. He is a board member on several different committees in Kabul University and the National Environmental Protection Agency.

 

Jamie Alexander

Director of Drawdown Labs

Project Drawdown

Jamie is a solutions-oriented corporate climate advocate, coalition builder, and founding Director of Drawdown Labs. Jamie joined the Project Drawdown team from Ceres, where she led corporate engagement on the west coast, working with companies to set ambitious emission reduction targets and leveraging their influence in support of strong climate and clean energy policies. At Ceres, she launched a public-private partnership with the City of San Francisco and Bay Area companies to identify and deploy collaborative solutions to decarbonize the transportation sector.

Previously, Jamie served as a Civil and Foreign Service Officer with US Agency for International Development (USAID), implementing projects to combat malaria and other infectious diseases, serving in Bangladesh, India and Tanzania. At USAID, she led an agency-wide effort to better integrate local solutions and voices into foreign aid programming and decision-making. She has also worked with the UN Office of the Secretary-General, the design firm IDEO, and indigenous peoples in the US, Amazon and Andes. Bringing this multidisciplinary background and solutions focus to bear, Jamie leads Drawdown Lab's work with companies to deploy climate solutions at scale.

Sam Barrat

Chief of the Youth, Education and Advocacy Unit

UNEP

Sam is Chief of the Youth, Education and Advocacy Unit in UNEP’s Ecosystems Division and Co-Chair of the UN Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI). At UNEP, he founded the Playing for the Planet Alliance, a collaboration with the video gaming industry to nudge gamers’ behaviour and for the industry to use cleaner energy, launched Earth School with TED-Ed and oversees the work of UNEP’s Youth and Education Alliance (YEA!) with networks representing over 2,700 universities from around the world.  He also manages the non-formal education programme work with the Girl Guides and World Scout Movement which has seen the launch of the Tide Turners Plastic Challenge Badge programme and a new Earth Tribe initiative on environmental education.

Previously, Sam worked as Chief of Public Advocacy for UNEP where he ran all of the global campaigns on the issues of air quality, marine litter and wildlife crime in addition to the global efforts for World Environment Day. Before joining UNEP, Sam was Director of Communications for Avaaz, the global people-powered advocacy group with over 50 million members, for five years and Head of Communications for 1GOAL, where he worked with the former British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, to help get millions of children from Africa into school. He also served as Head of Media for Oxfam where he led their response to the Tsunami, secured global support for an Arms Trade Treaty and led Oxfam's work on the Make Poverty History campaigns which secured billions of new commitments in aid and 0.7% budgetary commitments to reduce poverty.

 

Dan Bishop

Leadership and Management Advisor

Caplor Horizons

Dan has a back-ground and education in food and agriculture with a specific focus on business management, economics and marketing.  He also has leadership, board level and management experience in the not-for-profit sector including an international relief and development NGO and the UK’s leading foodbank charity, with experience of working in 14 countries in Africa over the last 30 years

 

For 9 years, Dan was Managing Director of a family business, and prior to this he was Operations Director for 4 years. The business operated in the UK dairy supply chain. It grew from £4-40m turn-over per year, whilst he was leader and ultimately employed 285 people.

 

Dan has a proven track record of small business acquisitions in the UK, having successfully acquired 9 such entities and successfully project managed and integrated these into existing operations. He also has experience of successfully negotiating purchase and supply contracts varying in value from £1-12m and the provision of advice on strategy to smaller independent businesses.

 

Today, Dan works as an advisor with the aim of sharing his leadership & management experiences with the not-for-profit sector to allow individuals and organisations to develop sustainably and successfully.

 

Gillian joined the BBC's much-loved Springwatch brand in 2018 alongside hosts Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan & Iolo Williams.  She also recently presented the BBC’s Blue Planet UK with co-host Steve Brown.

 

Having earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Bristol University, Gillian pursued a career in natural history filmmaking, working her way up the ranks from Researcher to Producer/Director on several Animal Planet and Discovery Channel series.

 

Whether from the natural world or the human world, she is drawn to the rich vein of stories that are full of universal themes of awe and wonder, defeat and victory, struggle and survival.  As a scientist, she is committed to tracking down and sharing evidence of hope.  It’s why she defiantly remains an optimist (on most days). 

Gillian Burke

Natural History Television Programme Producer, and Presenter

 
 

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.

Joan Concannon

Director of External Relations

University of York

Prof Izael Da Silva

Professor and Deputy Vice0Chancellor for Research and Innovation

Strathmore University, Kenya

Professor Da Silva is a renewable energy specialist with over 20 years of experience in research and academic leadership. He holds a PhD and a Master of Science (MSc) in Electrical Engineering, with a specialisation in Power Systems, from the University of Sao Paulo, as well as a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Electrical Engineering, with a specialisation in Power Systems and Telecommunications, from the Federal University of Parana.

 

A qualified engineer, he is a member of several engineering societies both within and outside Africa. He is also a Certified Energy Manager with the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE),and an Accredited Energy Auditor with Kenya’s Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA). Over the years, he has worked with government ministries, development agencies (like GIZ, Sida, the World Bank, etc) and industry stakeholders (within and outside Africa) in research and research-related projects, with the objective of deepening the linkage between industry and academia. His research interests are renewable energy, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), energy efficiency, climate change mitigation and adaptation, demand-side management, energy conversion, energy utilisation and conservation, renewable energy technologies, and renewable energy policies. He has written and published extensively on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency.

 

Alastair Driver is cited in “Who’s Who” for influence and distinction in the field of environmental conservation. He is an expert country naturalist and ecologist with 42 years’ professional experience and many hundreds of conservation projects under his belt. He became the first Conservation Officer for the Thames catchment from 1984-02 and was National Head of Conservation for the Environment Agency from 2002-16. 

Since Jan 2017 he has been the Director of Rewilding Britain with a focus on influencing government policy and establishing rewilding projects in England and Wales.
He also holds several pro bono roles, including Honorary Professor at Univ of Exeter, Trustee of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and specialist advisor for several organisations including Bright Blue, the National Trust and the Scientific Exploration Society.

Alastair Driver

Director

Rewilding Britain

 

Galia is Sustainability Director at the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (USIL) in Peru managing the integration of  the Sustainable Development Goals through the faculties curricula, implementing USIL´s sustainability policy at the university governance level and promoting among the students, professors and administrative staff, volunteer programs and social living labs in urban and rural areas of Peru.  Prior to USIL, she worked for different Peruvian companies in social responsibility programs and community engagement projects, in the health, entrepreneurship, energy and aeronautic sectors.

She is PhD student in Strategic Management and researcher in Social responsibility strategies from universities to have positive impacts on public policies. She holds an MA in Corporate Social Responsibility from the University of Nottingham in UK and a Bachelor Degree in Communication from the Universidad de Lima in Peru. 

Galia García-Hjarles

Sustainability Director

Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola

 
 

Naresh Giangrande

Deep Adaptation

Naresh co-designed and co-facilitated the first Deep Adaptation Deep Dive in December 2018, and is part of a group who are exploring what ‘Deep Adaptation’ means both personally and as a society.

He is 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 his life he lived and worked in an eco community (and is currently again), was Managing Director of a landscape company, a gaffer in the film industry, and taught meditation.

As a Co-founder of Transition Town Totnes, the first Transition Town, and of Transition Training, he has 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 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.”

 

Dave joined the University in 2013 as its first Director for Social Responsibility and Sustainability. He provides senior leadership and advice to the University on a wide range of topics including climate change and renewables, sustainability, responsible investment, community engagement, fair employment, sustainable and responsible supply chains and social investment. Prior to joining the University, Dave undertook a wide range of community and volunteering work after graduation, before pursuing a career in local government. For many years he worked for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, latterly as its Head of Strategy. Dave is a chartered environmentalist and a chartered manager, and a fellow of the RSA, the EAUC and the CMI.

Dave Gorman

Director of Social Responsibility and Sustainability

University of Edinburgh

Chris Hale is Director of Policy at Universities UK, leading on the development and delivery of UUK’s policy work. Previous to taking up the Director role, Chris was Assistant Director at UUK and led on a number of areas of work including efficiency and effectiveness and the regulation of higher education. Chris has significant expertise in research policy, working as a policy adviser on this issue for UUK for a number of years.  Prior to working at UUK, Chris worked at the General Medical Council and holds a degree from the University of Sussex and MSc from University College London. He is also a governor of the Eliot Bank and Gordonbrock Schools Federation in south east London.

Chris Hale

Director of Policy

Universities UK

 
 

Kate leads UKRI’s strategy for bilateral and multilateral collaboration with European Partners and UKRI’s international programme for COP26.

She is currently Co-Chair of the Belmont Forum – a multilateral initiative which funds transdisciplinary research to address global environmental change.
Prior to her current position, she was Head of International at the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), where she oversaw an extensive international environmental research portfolio, including research for development programmes and strategic bilateral collaborations. 

From 2016-18 she served on the Global Environmental Change Committee of the Royal Society.

She has experience of working in UK Government and Parliament through secondments to the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.

Kate has a PhD in Chemical Biology from the University of Nottingham.

Dr Kate Hamer

Deputy Director International

UK Research and Innovation

 

Caroline Hickman is a psychotherapist who teaches at the University of Bath & is a member of the Climate Psychology Alliance (CPA) for whom she is creating a series of podcasts on Climate Psychology & Eco-Anxiety - ‘Climate Crisis Conversations - Catastrophe or Transformation’. She is currently researching children & young people’s feelings including eco-anxiety and grief about the climate and biodiversity crisis using a psychosocial free association methodology to uncover and explore different stories, narratives and images around our defences against the 'difficult truth' of the climate and bio-diversity crisis, and hidden and ‘less conscious’ feelings about climate anxiety. She is passionate about getting ‘under the surface’ metaphorically and literally.

Caroline Hickman

Psychotherapist

University of Bath

 

Clover is a 21-year-old climate activist, researcher on eco-anxiety, and the founder of Force of Nature - a youth-led organisation empowering Gen Z to step up, rather than shut down, in the face of the climate crisis. She has worked alongside the world’s leading authorities on sustainability, consulted within the boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies, and mobilised mindsets within classrooms across the UK.

In June, Clover launched the Force of Nature podcast - a 9-part series with ordinary people doing extraordinary things to save the planet. Clover is also campaign strategist for #MyEcoResolution, serves as a trustee to Global Action Plan, and is on the advisory boards of the National Community Lottery's Climate Action Fund; the Teach the Future campaign; and the COP26 President-Designate Civil Society and Youth Advisory Council.

Clover Hogan

Founder

Force of Nature

 

Frederick Kakembo PhD

Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Ndejje University

Frederick Kakembo holds a PhD in Community Education and Training of University of Pretoria, South Africa. He has 20 years’ experience in University Management; working as Dean of students in Uganda Christian University (2000-2008); Dean of Research and Graduate school in the same University (2009-2013). 

He is the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Ndejje University (Uganda); coordinating Teaching, Research, Innovations and Community Outreach. He is the Vice president of the African Platform for Community Power and Energy Access for all.  In 2012-2014, he was a consultant and coordinator of a project entitled; ‘From Waste to Wealth: Sustainable Wastewater Management in Uganda’ funded by the Grand Challenges (Canada) and Coordinated by the United Nations University (Institute of Water, Environment and Health), Canada.  

In 2012 he worked as a Consultant for the Association of African Universities to review a HIV/AIDS Toolkit for Higher Education Institutions in Africa and recommended appropriate online course delivery. In 2006 he was the chief consultant for the USAID-funded project that produced video vignettes known as ‘Be a Man’. The project was coordinated by Health Communications Partnership (HCP) and executed by Young, Empowered and Health (YEAH). In September 2016 he was the Convener of the 1st international Scientific Conference on Bio-waste recycling in Uganda, hosted by Ndejje University. 

He has participated in numerous international projects and presented papers in; South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Portugal, Ireland, Austria, France, United Kingdom, USA, Porto-Rico, Mexico, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Mali, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Kenya.

Steven has over 10 years operational and policy experience as a civil servant, previously working in departments such as Department for International Trade, Home Office and Department for Exiting the European Union. Steven has worked in DfE for 5 years spending most of his time as a commercial contract manager, implementing the rollout of the 30 Hours childcare policy to working parents. After a brief stint leading on EU Exit work in DExEU, Steven returned to DfE as a policy adviser for Further Education. In his current role, he is leading on work with wider departments, examining the opportunities and challenges of becoming net zero and the impact it will have on skills and the UK economy.

Steven Kandola

Policy Adviser for Further Education

DfE

 
 

Sara Khan (pronouns she/they) is the Vice President for Liberation and Equality for the National Union of Students (NUS). Previously, they served as Liberation and Access Officer at the University of Manchester Students’ Union, from 2018 to 2020. Within this role, they worked to build the ‘Decolonise UoM’ campaign, and presently they are leading on NUS’s campaign to ‘Decolonise Education’
 

Sara Khan

Vice President for Liberation and Equality

National Union of Students

 

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

Elouise is a youth climate activist with the UK Youth Climate Coalition (UKYCC) where she creates campaigns focusing on increasing accessibility and inclusivity in the climate movement.
She is also a Master's student at the University of East Anglia working with the recently reintroduced white stork population

Elouise Mayall

Climate Activist

UK Youth Climate Coalition

 
 

Nona McDuff

Pro Vice-Chancellor

Solent University

Nona McDuff is the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Students and Teaching at Solent University, Southampton. She was awarded an OBE for her services to higher education and is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Nona is currently a member of the Advance HE Peer Review Quality Committee and of the UUK’s Racial Harassment Advisory Group.  She has been a panel member of the Teaching Excellence Framework and a member of the ministerial Social Mobility Advisory Group which has prioritised the challenges and barriers students face in Higher Education. As the chair of the Higher Education Race Action Group (HERAG) with over 400 members. Nona was invited to address the All Party Parliamentary Group on Higher Education on diversity in academia where she challenged the ministers to take active steps to promote social justice through education. Nona’s work on the BME attainment gap and the Inclusive Curriculum Framework which she developed with Dr Annie Hughes has gained sector interest, awarded the Guardian Teaching Excellence award (2017) and has been disseminated across five other institutions as part of the OfS catalyst programme on student success. Nona’s research interests include inclusive curricula and differential attainment and she is regularly invited to speak on race, disability and widening participation nationally and internationally.

 

Sarah Mukherjee is the CEO of IEMA.  She was the BBC's Environment Correspondent for many years, presenting on national and international BBC radio and television news, working – and winning awards - across the world. Since leaving the Corporation, she has had leadership roles in utilities and agriculture.  She was a panel member for the National Parks Review and sits on the National Food Strategy Advisory Panel.  She is a Trustee of the Woodland Trust and a governor of Harper Adams University.

Sarah Mukherjee

CEO

IEMA

 

Gonzalo is a business entrepreneur and social change-maker at the forefront of environmental innovation in Chile, who reinvented the country’s recycling industry to usher in a future without waste. He did so by founding a recycling company in 2009 and, ever since, has been presiding over the expansion of the company to other parts of Latin America. His company produces a recycling station capable of recycling 90 percent of household solid waste. Through the popularity of his innovation, Muñoz has been leading a cultural movement to advance environmental sustainability and social inclusion.

In recognition of his leadership, Gonzalo Muñoz was awarded the Circulars 2019 international prize at World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos and was also invited to join the New Plastics Economy advisory panel at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Gonzalo Muñoz

High-Level Champion of Chile: COP26 Champion

 

Ian is the Area Director for the Association of Colleges (South West), Ian works closely with FE Colleges and their strategic leadership teams, governors and staff. Ian is the AoC lead for
FE/HE Climate Commission and supports the FE Climate Commissioner Steve Frampton. Ian is also the Director of the AoC Charitable Trust and its awards programme. 
Ian began his career with the Ministry of Defence, before moving to the private sector managing various
international joint venture projects for the ICC Centre for Maritime Co-operation and was seconded to the International Maritime Bureau to develop an international concordat between IMO and major shipping nations to reduce fraud within the maritime sector. Ian has a Degree in Naval Architecture and a master’s Degree in Construction Project Management and PG Certificate in Education, he has taught and managed in both in Further and Higher education a Member of the Chartered Institute of Directors.

Ian Munro

Area Director

Association of Colleges

(South West)

Magda Núñez

Sustainable Club Member and President in the CAHE Club

Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola

Hello! My name is Magda Núñez and I’m currently studying my fifth term of Communications at the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (USIL) with a double degree in Marketing at the San Ignatius University (SIU) in Miami. I have always been passionate about sharing ideas and creating dialogues with content that can help us grow both at a personal and a professional level. In that sense, I’m involved in different initiatives and projects where I continuously capacitate myself in order to put my knowledge to the service of others. One of these spaces is the Sustainable Club at my university, a cradle of change agents where I have learned the importance of analyzing every action under the scope of sustainability in order to develop viable solutions that last in time. Furtheremore, I have participated as a presenter in both the online radio and news program at my university, FrecuenciaUsil and Usil Noticias respectively. Most recently, I was elected president in CAHE club, an interfaculty club composed by students from nine different careers including mine. With the years and the activities I have enrolled myself into, I have come to the realization that I am a social entrepreneur seeking to empower women and the youth to be changemakers. Everyday to me is a chance to work towards that goal, and every decision I make now is based on the impact it will have tomorrow.

 
 

Maya Prabhu is a medical doctor practicing in psychiatry and an international jurist in
international health law and sustainable development. Prabhu is a professor of psychiatry
at Yale University, in the Faculty of Law and Psychiatry Division. In addition, Prabhu works with
victims of international conflicts seeking political asylum through the Yale Center for Asylum Medicine and the Yale Institute for Global Health, and is the lead counsel for Health at the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law.  As of 2016, Prabhu was appointed co-leads the Yale Adult Refugee Clinic, Maya completed her undergraduate studies at Harvard College, continuing on to complete a Master of Science in Economics from the London School of Economics. Later she completed a Medical Degree from the Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine, and a Bachelor of Laws from McGill University Faculty of Law.

Dr Maya Prabhu

Professor of Psychiatry

Yale University

Dr Pillay obtained a post-M.Sc. qualification in Biophysics at the Weizmann Institute for Science in Rehovot, Israel, a PhD degree in Microbiology from UD-W, South Africa, the International Executive Development Programme (WITS University, South Africa; the London School of Business, UK; the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, India); and the “Senior Executive Leadership Programme” (Harvard University, USA).  He is/was a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Phytopathology Society and the American Society for Microbiology.  On the international front, Dr Pillay is/was a member of (i) the Selection Committee for the Future Earth Engagement Committee; (ii) the International Steering Committee of the Global Research Council; (iii) the Belmont Forum Steering Committee; and (iv) the Council of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis  in Austria where he is currently the Vice Chair. 

Dr Dorsamy Gansen Pillay

Deputy Chief Executive Officer Research and Innovation Support and Advancement National Research Foundation of South Africa

 

Virendra Rawat

Originator

Global Green School

Virendra Rawat is the originator of Global Green Schooling Concept, recognized by United Nations as Global Solution, which is listed on UN Global Innovation Exchange. His Green
Schooling concept is creating a community of Nature Champions Worldwide. He has authored responsible Curriculum for making responsible Nations and responsible World. He has
addressed the Harvard University and United Nations on Sustainable Practices in Education.
He is also a member of Harvard Extension Environmental Club of Harvard University. Mr. Rawat has emerged as Trend Setter for Sustainable practices in Education, Governance, Film Making, Hospitality, Medical, Infrastructure, Transportation, Lifestyle and Manufacturing sector in worldwide. He is the author of Post Graduate Diploma in Green Teaching offered by Indus University, Ahmedabad. He is the host of United Nations General Assembly - Climate Week NYC affiliated Annual Green School Conference, New York City since 2017. He is also member of Indo-American Dosti House, Mumbai.

 
 

Marcos Regis da Silva

Executive Director

Inter-American Institute of Global Change Research (IAI)

Marcos is responsible for the strategic direction of the IAI, implementation of its strategic plan and scientific agenda and leadership regarding the role of the IAI in current environmental governance discussions. 

Prior to joining the IAI, he held the position of Chief, Knowledge Management and Outreach Services at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). In this role, he provided CITES Parties with advice in the implementation of new electronic trade procedures and technologies to ensure that international trade in CITES-listed species was legal, sustainable and traceable. 

He was previously with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) as Program Officer, Clearing-House Mechanism where he worked with CBD Parties to facilitate and promote technical and scientific cooperation. Before joining the United Nations, Marcos was a Programme Officer with the NAFTA Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC) where he worked to establish the North American Biodiversity Information Network, perhaps the first global interoperable network of biodiversity data. He holds a PhD from McGill University where he was an Adjunct Professor for many years.

 

Katherine is a professor in biological oceanography at the University of Copenhagen, leader of the Sustainability Science Centre and a principle investigator in the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate Her research focuses on the importance of biological processes in the ocean for the uptake of CO2 from the atmosphere and how ocean biology, including diversity, contributes to ocean function in the Earth System.
Katherine is also a core author on the Planetary Boundaries Initiative. and was Chairman of the Danish Commission on Climate Change Policy that reported in 2010 and presented a roadmap for how Denmark can become independent of fossil fuels by 2050. She is at present a member of the Danish Climate Council and was a member of the 15 person Independent Group of Scientists appointed by Ban Ki Moon to draft the 2019 UN Global Sustainable Development Report.

Katherine Richardson

Professor

University of Copenhagen

 

Alison Robinson

NERC Director of Corporate Affairs

Futures & Change

Alison started out as a lawyer, working in the courts, with MPs and for the voluntary sector before joining the public service in Australia. There she worked across a broad range of sectors: immigration policy & operations, economic development, gambling regulation & reform, health and competition policy. Alison left Australia in 2003, moving to Bangladesh, where she worked with a national disability rights organisation, helping with their communications, advocacy and evaluation to change laws to make disability rights a mainstream debate and funding allocation. She also worked with a national women lawyers' association, providing advice on a successful domestic violence prevention project supporting women in rural and remote villages.

Alison Robinson is NERC Director of Corporate Affairs, Futures & Change. Alison is responsible for NERC's corporate strategy and planning, evidence, corporate responsibility, communications, public engagement with environmental science, stakeholder engagement and takes a leading role in managing change.

Before joining NERC in July 2014, she led on external affairs, policy and communications during the successful start-up of the Legal Ombudsman, a national organisation established to reform consumer complaints and improve standards across the legal sector. While there, Alison was instrumental in raising the profile of the organisation and securing its new role to resolve consumer disputes about claims management companies.

Alison graduated with a combined degree in arts & law from the University of New South Wales, Australia, and completed a research masters of social policy & planning (Charles Sturt) while living and working in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

 

Dr Nina Seega is a Research Director for Sustainable Finance at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). She is an expert in the use of risk management tools to address environmental sources of risk in the financial sector. In 2016 and 2017 she has co-led the CISL team serving as Knowledge Partner for the risk analysis track of the G20 Green Finance Study Group. Previously, Nina was the Head of the London Traded Products Desk for Dresdner Kleinwort, where she was responsible for credit risk management of traded products. In addition to her role at University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, Nina is an academic visitor at the Bank of England, as well as a member of the Strategic Advisory Board on Sustainable Finance at the British Standards Institute.

Dr Nina Seega

Research Director for Sustainable Finance

Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership

 

Rhian Sherrington has both an MSc in Environmental Management at the University of Stirling which followed her Geography Degree at Oxford University, which started her on a path where caring for the planet has been at the heart of her career choices.

This has included teaching field studies on the Isle of Arran, running a conservation expeditions company for young people (building on her earlier experience of similar expeditions to Pakistan and Greenland), leading behaviour change programmes in schools, workplaces and communities across the UK, and two years advising Government on sustainable school travel.

Rhian Sherrington

Founder

Women in Sustainability

I am a fifth-year medical student currently finishing up my studies at the University of Tasmania in Hobart. I have a strong interest in climate activism and the socio-environmental determinants of health. Over the last few years I have been an active member of Fossil Free UTAS and Doctors for the Environment Australia. In 2019 I also had the opportunity to work with my peers to redesign the way we lived in university accommodation using permaculture principles.


Winner of the Australasian Green Impact student awards - Student Champion in Green Impact 2020.

Chester James Smith

Fifth-year medical student

University of Tasmania

 
 

Dimitris-Marios Stoidis is not only the founder and CEO of Future Brew and President of Enactus Southampton but does this whilst studying Aerospace Engineering at the University of Southampton. A strong advocate of sustainability, Dimitris believes in the ability of each individual to create impact and inspire others leading by example to do the same. Working on multiple projects, Dimitris has taken his entrepreneurial mindset and leadership around climate action to the next level which is clear from the excellent outcomes he has achieved across his time at University. From creating an aquaponic system in India to tackle water scarcity to making beer from surplus food to tackle food waste with Future Brew - the breadth and depth of this ability to create action know no end. Take Future Brew as an example, within only a few months it provided almost 9,000 meals to vulnerable families during the lockdown and offset 11.5 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere. That would be the limit of capability for most, but outside of his professional life, Dimitris still finds time to enjoy skiing and swimming with friends.

Dimitris-Marios Stoidis

Founder and CEO

Future Brew

 

Rob started his conservation career reconstructing climate change over the last few thousand years from records contained within peat bogs. After completing his PhD – and horrified by the destruction of precious peatland systems – he worked for the Scottish Wildlife Trust, running a European LIFE project to develop a conservation strategy for Scotland’s lowland raised bog.

Staying with the Wildlife Trusts Partnership Rob then took up positions as Chief Executive of the Sheffield and Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trusts, Director of Conservation for all the Wildlife Trusts, and latterly Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. 

Rob holds a passionate belief that a wilder Europe would allow us to resolve some of most pressing issues – from climate change and biodiversity collapse – and create a more prosperous Europe, especially in rural areas.

Rob has been working as the Rewilding Area Coordinator for northern and central Europe since May 2019.

Robert Stoneman

Rewilding Area Coordinator

Northern & Central Europe

 

Katarzyna’s work focuses on various policy aspects of sustainable finance and just transition, in the UK and beyond. 

Prior to joining the Grantham Institute, Katarzyna was a Public Policy Manager at Intercontinental Exchange in London where she led on several policy initiatives at the intersection of financial services and commodities markets. Before that, she was the Head of Public Policy at the Polish Energy Exchange. After hours, Katarzyna leads the Instrat Foundation, a Warsaw-based think tank focusing on just transition. 

Katarzyna holds an MPA from the London School of Economics and a Masters in Law from the University of Warsaw.

Katarzyna Szwarc

Policy Fellow

LSE Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Enviornment

 

Lily Tomson is Head of Networks at the responsible investment charity ShareAction. She leads a team spanning ShareAction’s work with individual pension savers and ‘AGM activists’, civil society organisations and trade unions, charities and universities. Within this role, she launched the ‘Responsible Investment Network – Universities’, a community of practice for UK higher education institutions working together to champion social and responsible investment. After hours, she is a Director at Positive Money, a not-for-profit advocacy group that seeks to transform money and banking. She also advises on a range of student and youth sustainability and investment initiatives. Previously, she co-founded a responsible investment network in the higher education sector, managed a youth social action charity, and developed intergenerational housing projects.

Lily Tomson

 

Nigel Topping

High-Level Champion of United Kingdom: COP26 Champion

Nigel Topping was the CEO of We Mean Business until December 2019, where he drove radical collaboration for climate action among NGOs working with the world's most influential businesses.  This coalition played a key role in bringing the constructive voice of business in support of the Paris Agreement and, under Nigel's leadership has continued to drive ambition and action to accelerate the transition to a zero carbon economy.

Previously, Nigel was Executive Director of CDP, launching new programs and partnerships including supply chain, water, forests and cities. Nigel has 18 years’ experience in the private sector, including as a member of the management board of the world's largest manufacturer  of brake pads, TMD Friction. 

Nigel is a commissioner on the Energy Transitions Commission and has been instrumental in the launch of many collaborative initiatives such as Science Based Targets, Business for Nature and the Global Commons Alliance.

He holds an MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK and an MSc in Holistic Science from Schumacher College, Devon, UK

 

Jennifer is a Nigerian ecofeminist and sustainable development advocate.

 

In 2016, she founded SustyVibes, a social enterprise making sustainability actionable and interesting for young people in Nigeria through projects, products, and policies. SustyVibes was born out of the need to create a platform where Nigerian youths can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals through pop-cultural tools like music, photography, movies, tourism etc

Since inception, the organization has trained over 2000 students from different schools and has a network of over 200 volunteers in Nigeria.

 

Jennifer grew up in Lagos, where she attended primary and secondary school before enrolling at Covenant University where she completed a bachelor's degree in biochemistry.

Jennifer Uchendu

Founder

SustyVibes

 

Chantal van Ham

EU Programme Manager

Nature Based Solutions

International Union for Conservation of Nature

Chantal is EU Programme Manager Nature Based Solutions in the IUCN EU Representative Office. She is responsible for IUCNs activities on urban biodiversity and the cooperation with subnational governments in Europe. She develops and coordinates projects for biodiversity and ecosystems services conservation, restoration and valuation that help policy-makers, cities, local and regional governments find nature-based solutions for sustainable development, by mobilising IUCN knowledge and best practices.

 

She represents IUCN in networks and fora at the European and global level to raise awareness of the value of nature-based solutions to improve quality of life, as well as economic prosperity.

 

Before joining IUCN, Chantal worked as Finance Specialist with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Netherlands. She has a degree in International Business and an MSc in Forest and Nature Conservation Policy. Chantal is passionate about nature and perceives the exchange with people from different professional and cultural backgrounds as an enriching and inspiring starting point for sustainable change.

 

Jayathma Wickramanayakke

UN Envoy on Youth

Having represented and motivated global youth development on an international level since the age of 21, notably during high-level United Nations initiatives including the declaration of World Youth Skills Day, Ms. Wickramanayake has also played a key role in transforming the youth development sector at the national level, notably through the creation of a large movement for civic and political engagement of young people named “Hashtag Generation.”

 

Presently working as an officer of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service, Ms. Wickramanayake has previously served as Secretary to the Secretary-General of the Parliament of Sri Lanka (2016-2017), Project Officer-Youth, One-Text Initiative in Sri Lanka (2015-2016), Member and Youth Lead Negotiator, International Youth Task Force of the World Conference on Youth 2014 (2013-2014) and Official Youth Delegate to the United Nations, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development (2012-2013). She was furthermore a Senator in the Sri Lankan Youth Parliament (2013-2015).

 

Professor Maurizio Zollo

Head of Business School's Department of Management and Entrepreneurship 

Imperial College London

Professor Zollo’s research aims to understand how business organisations learn to grow and adapt to environmental turbulence and how managers can guide these evolutionary processes through the combined use of strategic growth initiatives and organisational change, innovation and learning processes. The research focuses on the management of complex strategic initiatives, from M&A and partnerships to sustainability-oriented innovation and organizational change efforts.

Prof Zollo directs the GOLDEN (Global Organizational Learning and Development Network) for Impact program, as founder and president of a dedicated non-profit foundation, and a second research program on the neuroscience of innovation and sustainability decisions. Both lines of research involve the active engagement of corporations in the design and execution of field experiments focused on innovation-oriented or sustainability-oriented organisational change challenges.

 

His research also involves international institutions including the UN, EU, OECD, World Bank and WEF in developing policy implications to support and stimulate the private sector's efforts in these areas.

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