The Climate Innovation Forum 2021 will bring together 150 world-class speakers to deliver compelling keynotes, contribute to high-level panel sessions and deep-dive industry tracks, and join interactive roundtables. Each speaker is a specialist in one of the Climate Innovation Forum’s key themes: Energy, Finance, Green Homes & Buildings, Transport Decarbonisation, Nature-Based Recovery, and Hydrogen.
The Climate Innovation Forum 2021 will feature speakers across the public and private sectors, with a key focus on why public-private partnerships driven by business innovation will be crucial to achieve the government’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution.
Sustainability Development Lead
Inter IKEA Group
Andy Eastlake was a founding member of the Zemo Partnership in 2003 and after serving both on the board and as chair of the members council for many years, was appointed as the Managing Director in April 2012. He was formerly Group Head of Commercial and Projects at Millbrook Proving Ground where he was responsible for all the laboratories and commercial activity and led the work on powertrain test and development programmes and alternative fuels, for a variety of global OEM customers. Andy built his career in vehicle engineering, focussing on developing new test methods specialising in powertrain development, fuel economy and emissions.
As Head of Laboratories Andy was responsible for all technical aspects of the Millbrook business and for government and European legislative relations, supporting a wide range of policy initiatives for the UK government. He joined Millbrook after a year’s training with Vauxhall Motors by whom he was sponsored to study for a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Southampton University. Andy has supported many innovation activities in an advisory role including the creation of CENEX in 2005 and the APC in 2013. Andy is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and has supported STEM development throughout his career.
Director General,Net Zero Buildings and Industry
UK Department for Business, Energy, Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Ben is the acting Director General for Net Zero Buildings and Industry at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, where he is responsible for the Government’s programme to decarbonise the UK’s 30 million buildings and its industrial base. He has spent the last decade working on energy and climate policy, as well as having spent time in the energy industry as Director of External Policy for an international renewable electricity developer. Prior to his current role, Ben was previously head of core strategy and carbon budgets at the Department of Energy and Climate Change, and has worked across a range of Government policies from childcare to family law, before moving to work on energy policy.
Federation of Master Builders
Brian Berry is Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders. Prior to his current position Brian was Director of External Affairs at the FMB with responsibility for UK and EU policy, public affairs and media relations. Before the FMB, he worked at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), where he was Head of UK Public Policy. Brian regularly provides commentary on construction issues for TV, Radio, national and trade press.
Chief Executive Officer
Mitsubishi Power Europe, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group
Carlos Peton has been Chief Executive Officer of Mitsubishi Power Europe since April 2019. Carlos’ focus is to enable customers to realise decarbonisation of power plant assets by migration to hydrogen combustion and to aid higher efficiencies with lower carbon emissions. Prior to this role he held a number of positions within the then Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe, including Vice President and Head of Turbine Services, and General Manager of the company’s Spanish Branch Office. He joined the company in 2005, based in Madrid, in 2009 he was appointed as Service Director for Europe. Carlos Peton started his career in the power sector as an engineer at AES, a combined cycle power plant in Argentina.
Climate Change Committee
Chris Stark is the Chief Executive of the UK Climate Change Committee (CCC), the independent authority on tackling climate change under the UK’s Climate Change Act. Chris leads a team of analysts and specialists, offering expert insight into the challenges of reducing UK emissions and adapting to the changing climate.
Chris led the CCC’s work to recommend a ‘Net Zero’ target for the UK – and has since directed detailed analysis and advice on the UK’s path to carbon neutrality. He speaks regularly on the transition to a zero carbon economy and the need to confront climate change with urgency.
Chris has wide experience in government. He has designed economic policy in Whitehall, including in HM Treasury and the former Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. He was previously Director of Energy and Climate Change in the Scottish Government, leading the development of the Scottish energy and climate strategies.
Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer
Claire is responsible for Nationwide’s strategy, including strategy execution and long-term growth (innovation, ventures and acquisitions). She leads the Society’s response to climate change and chairs the Society’s Strategy Delivery, Responsible Business and Strategic Investment committees. She also acts as Board observer for a number of Nationwide’s portfolio companies. She was previously a Partner & Managing Director at Boston Consulting Group.
World Green Building Council
Dr. Bryony Livesey
ISCF Director – Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge
Bryony leads the Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge (IDC), which forms part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF). IDC is a £200m programme with £261m match funding from industry, designed to deploy low carbon technologies and enabling infrastructure in heavily industrialised regions of the UK.
Bryony was previously Head of Technology at Costain, with responsibility for the identification and development of new technology. She was a member of BEIS’ CCUS Cost Challenge Task Force, a Director of the CCSA (where she co-chaired the Technical Working Group) and has previously chaired the Independent Advisory Panel for the UKCCSRC.
Emma Howard Boyd
Emma Howard Boyd is Chair of the Environment Agency, an Ex officio board member of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, an Advisor to the Board of Trade and Global Ambassador for Race to Zero and Race to Resilience. Emma is a board member or advisor to many organisations including The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project, the Green Finance Institute, the Coalition for Climate Resilient Investment, the Centre for Greening Finance and Investment, the Council for Sustainable Business, the European Climate Foundation, and Menhaden PLC. Emma was the UK Commissioner to the Global Commission on Adaptation from 2018 until its sunset in January 2021. Previously, Emma was Chair of Trustees at ShareAction from 2015 to 2018, Vice-Chair of the Future Cities Capital from 2013 and 2018, and acting as a Non-Executive Director at the Aldersgate Group and Thrive Renewables (previously Triodos Renewables).
Emma Pinchbeck is the Chief Executive of Energy UK, a position that she has held since July 2020. She is an expert in whole-economy decarbonisation and the energy transition. She also holds several board advisory positions. Emma had her first baby in October 2019 and shares childcare with her husband. She is passionate about efforts to improve diversity in the energy industry.
From 2016-2020, she served as Deputy CEO of the trade body Renewable UK, in which role she also sat on the Board of Scottish Renewables. Prior to this, Emma was Head of Climate Change at WWFU-K. She has an MA from the University of Oxford.
HSBC UK Bank
Ian Stuart has been Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of HSBC UK Bank plc since April 2017. One of the UK’s largest banks, HSBC UK serves 14.5 million retail, commercial and private banking customers, supported by 32,000 colleagues. In addition to the HSBC UK brand, it also includes HSBC Private Bank (UK), M&S Bank, first direct and John Lewis Financial Services. As CEO of HSBC UK, Ian is also a member of the HSBC Holdings plc Group Executive Committee.
Ian has worked in financial services for four decades. He joined HSBC as Group General Manager and Head of Commercial Banking Europe in 2014, having previously led the corporate and business banking businesses at Barclays and Natwest. He started his career at Bank of Scotland.
Ian is the global Executive Sponsor of HSBC’s Ability Employee Network, and is also a Business Ambassador for Meningitis Now.
James has a background in international climate finance and infrastructure finance as well as many years’ experience in leadership roles in membership organisations. Most recently, James supported global megacities to overcome the substantial barriers to financing climate action as Director of the City Finance Programme at the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and Head of the C40 Cities Finance Facility – a project preparation facility he developed, now supporting cities across the world to structure nearly a billion dollars of sustainable infrastructure transactions.
National Infrastructure Commission
Chief Executive Officer
Joe has spent his working life in consumer-focused businesses, starting his career with consumer product companies Procter & Gamble and Dixons Carphone. He later took on leadership roles, first as Head of HSBC’s UK retail and commercial businesses and then as CEO at Openreach. Joe was also previously a non-executive director of the Financial Ombudsman Service. Throughout his career, Joe has championed the interests of colleagues and customers, believing that looking after both is not only the right thing to do, but the key to commercial success. Since joining Nationwide, Joe’s mission has been to inspire colleagues to remain true to the Society’s social purpose, using the power of the collective to improve people’s lives. Joe is passionate about Nationwide’s core purpose of ‘building society, nationwide’.
Leo Hickman is the director and editor of Carbon Brief, the award-winning website which specialises in reporting climate change. Leo previously worked for 16 years as a journalist, editor and author at the Guardian newspaper. Before joining Carbon Brief, he was WWF-UK’s chief advisor on climate change. In 2013, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Exeter in recognition of his journalism. In 2020, he was named “Editor of the Year” by the Association of British Science Writers. His books include A Life Stripped Bare, The Final Call and Will Jellyfish Rule the World?
Vice President, ESG Research
Leslie Swynghedauw is a Vice President at MSCI ESG Research specialising in the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risk and performance analysis of listed equities within the food and beverage industries. Leslie is also co-leading the EMEA ESG ratings team as well as the consumer staples sector.
Prior to joining MSCI in 2014, Leslie worked for EIRIS, a UK-based ESG research provider, as well as for Amundi. Leslie holds a Master degree in Development and Risk Management from Sciences Po Bordeaux.
Marine De Bazelaire
Group Advisor on Natural Capital
Marine de Bazelaire is Group Advisor on Natural Capital at HSBC, since January 1, 2021 after being Head of Sustainability for France and then Europe since 2004. This newly created position aims to support the Group’s response to the risks and opportunities linked to natural capital, including the markets of carbon offsetting. Between a first part of her career in multimedia publishing and that now dedicated to sustainable development, she worked for the UNESCO Bureau of Public Information.
Colonel of the citizen reserve of the French Air Force, she is also a member of the board of directors of the Bangladeshi non profit, Friendship. She graduated from IHEDN (Institut d’Enseignement Supérieur de la Défense Nationale) and CHEEDD (Higher School of Sustainable Development and the Environment), and obtained a DEA in Museology from the University of Paris IV, a Master of Sciences in Publishing and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Pace University, New York.
The Prime Minister's Finance Advisor for COP26
Mark Carney is currently the UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance and Prime Minister Johnson’s Finance Adviser for COP26. Mark is a member of the Arnhold Distinguished Fellowship Program Board within Conservation International. He is also an external member of Stripe’s Board, a global technology company building economic infrastructure for the internet.
Mark was previously Governor of the Bank of England (from 2013 to 2020), and Governor of the Bank of Canada (from 2008 to 2013).
Internationally, Mark was Chair of the Financial Stability Board (from 2011 to 2018), He chaired the Global Economy Meeting and Economic Consultative Committee of the Bank for International Settlements (from 2018-2020) and was First Vice-Chair of the European Systemic Risk Board (from 2013-2020). He is Vice Chair of Brookfield Asset Management and a member of the Global Advisory Board of PIMCO, the Group of Thirty, the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum, as well as the boards of Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the Hoffman Institute for Global Business and Society at INSEAD.
Mark was born in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, Canada in 1965. After growing up in Edmonton, Alberta, he obtained a bachelor degree in Economics from Harvard and masters and doctorate degrees in Economics from Oxford.
After a thirteen-year career with Goldman Sachs, Mark was appointed Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada in 2003. In 2004, he became Senior Associate Deputy Minister of Finance. He held this position until his appointment as Governor of the Bank of Canada in February 2008.
Mark Gough is the CEO of the Capitals Coalition, a global collaboration of business, governments and civil society that is transforming the way that decisions are made by including the value provided by nature and people.
Previously, Mark led the Natural Capital Coalition and was on the board of the Social and Human Capital Coalition. He championed and delivered the bringing together of these two communities, creating a unified, systemic, collaborative approach.
Mark has worked extensively in the private sector, leading programs and strategy for the Crown Estate and Reed Elsevier (now RELX), as well as advising many more.
Among other board and advisory positions, Mark is on the Advisory Board for TEEB (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity), a member of the Steering Committee of the United Nations CEO Water Mandate and an advisor on the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy.
Deputy Director – Energy Innovation Strategy Energy Innovation & Climate Science (SICE) unit
UK Department for Business, Energy, Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Matthew works at the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). He is Deputy Director for Energy Innovation Strategy, and responsible for delivering major parts of BEIS £1bn Net Zero Innovation Portfolio, responsible for innovation programmes on nuclear, smart energy and buildings in particular. He also works with colleagues across UK ministries to steer the Government’s wider £3bn+ investment in energy innovation.
He has spent 16 years in the UK civil service focussed on clean technologies and R&D – including carbon capture & storage (CCS), and low carbon vehicles. He was Private Secretary to two Secretaries of State, and most recently undertook a 2½ year secondment to Sheffield University to establish their new energy research institute.
Michael Lewis joined E.ON UK as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in 2017, after holding the role of CEO at E.ON Climate & Renewables GmbH. He has worked in the energy industry for 26 years.
Having joined PowerGen in 1993, Michael originally worked in technical and environmental roles, before moving into Corporate Strategy and Development. Following E.ON’s acquisition of PowerGen in 2002, Michael moved to E.ON’s headquarters in Düsseldorf as Vice President Corporate Development.
In 2007 he was appointed as Managing Director for Europe on the Board of E.ON Climate & Renewables, before becoming CEO responsible for global wind power development, construction and operations, where he led E.ONs international expansion into offshore wind.
Michael is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE).
Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport
The Scottish Government
He was born in Glasgow in 1970 and educated at St John Bosco Secondary School. He went on to study at Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh, where he obtained a BSc in Occupational Therapy. He also holds a BA and a Diploma in Applied Social Sciences from the Open University.
Prior to becoming an MSP, Mr Matheson practised as a Community Occupational Therapist with Stirling Council, Central Regional Council, and Highland Regional Council.
He was elected as the MSP for Falkirk West following the May 2007 elections. Prior to this, he was a Regional MSP for Central Scotland from 1999 to 2007. Before being appointed Minister for Public Health and Sport, Mr Matheson was Vice Convenor of the European and External Relations Committee. He also sat on the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee, and previously served on the Justice and Enterprise and Culture Committees. Michael Matheson was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Justice in November 2014 and reappointed in May 2016. He was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity in June 2018.
BT Pensions Scheme
Morten joined BTPSM in September 2018 and is responsible for leading all aspects of the business in its support of the Trustee of the Scheme and its members.
Morten has spent most of his career in financial services He joined the pensions and investment industry in 2001 and spent over 10 years with the 90 bn Danish pension scheme ATP, where he held different senior positions across administration, investments, product and business development In 2010 he moved to London where he founded and as CEO made NOW Pensions one of the largest occupational DC providers in the UK
Professor in Practice for Sustainable Finance
Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics
Nick joined the Grantham Research Institute in February 2018 as Professor in Practice for Sustainable Finance. Nick leads the sustainable finance research theme. The focus of his work is on how to mobilise finance for a just transition, the role of central banks and regulators in achieving sustainable development and how the financial system can support the restoration of nature.
From 2014 to 2018, Nick was co-director of UN Environment’s Inquiry into a Sustainable Finance System. As part of this, Nick led country activities in Brazil, the EU, India, Italy and the UK, as well as thematic work focused on investors, insurance and green banking.
Before joining UNEP, he was Head of the Climate Change Centre of Excellence at HSBC. Prior to HSBC, Nick was head of Sustainable and Responsible Investment (SRI) funds at Henderson Global Investors. Nick has also worked at the International Institute for Environment and Development, the European Commission and the Business Council for Sustainable Development.
Nick has a BA in History from Cambridge University and an MSc in International Relations from LSE.
HSBC Global Asset Management
Nicolas Moreau joined HSBC Global Asset Management on 2 September 2019 as Chief Executive Officer.
Nicolas has 30 years of experience in the asset management and insurance industries. Before this appointment, Nicolas spent 2 years at Deutsche Bank as the Management Board member responsible for Deutsche Asset Management. As the Global CEO, Nicolas led the business to be listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in March 2018 and rebranded the business to DWS. Previously, Nicolas spent 25 years with the AXA Group. He was Chairman and CEO of AXA France and a member of the AXA Group Management Committee, as well as Vice Chairman of the Group Investment Committee. Nicolas has also been CEO of AXA Investment Managers and CEO of AXA UK & Ireland. He began his career with Arthur Andersen.
Nicolas is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and has an actuarial degree from the Centre d’Etudes Actuarielles. He was awarded la Legion d’honneur in 2015, for his services to the French financial industry. Nicolas is a Director of the Investment Association.
Climate Innovation Forum
Founder at Thinking the Unthinkable. International broadcaster. Moderator of public/private conferences (corporate/government). http://www.thinkunthink.org/
35 year analytical expertise in diplomacy, defence, international security.
– Main news presenter, the BBC’s international 24-hour news channel BBC World News 1996-2014.
– presented The Hub with Nik Gowing, BBC World Debates, Dateline London , plus location coverage of major global stories.
– 1979-1996 ITN : bureau chief in Rome/Warsaw’
– Diplomatic Editor Channel 4 News (1988-1996).
– BAFTA award for coverage of Martial Law in Poland 1981
– Chatham House (1998–2004)
– Royal United Services Institute (2005–present)
– Overseas Development Institute (2007-2014)
– Westminster Foundation for Democracy inc vice chair (1996-2005)
– Wilton Park (1998-2012 )
– Hay Festival
Much sought-after analytical expertise on failures to manage information in new transparent environments of conflicts, crises, emergencies and tension. Peer-reviewed study at Oxford University is “Skyful of Lies and Black Swans”. Predicts new vulnerability, fragility and brittleness of institutional power in the new all-pervasive public information space.
Ongoing “Thinking the Unthinkable” study reveals candidly why so many leaders face new difficulties identifying what looms in the disruptions of the “new normal”. The findings are scary. Based on hundreds of interviews, inc 60 top level confidential interviews of corporate/public service leaders, plus new generation of millennials.
2014- Visiting Professor, Kings College, London in School of Social Science and Public Policy.
Member World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Geo-Economics.
Honorary Doctorates – Exeter University 2012; Bristol University 2015 for ongoing cutting edge analyses and distinguished career in international journalism.
1994: Fellow Kennedy School of Government, Harvard.
Group Chief Executive
Noel Quinn was appointed Group Chief Executive in March 2020, having previously served as interim Group Chief Executive from August 2019.
Mr Quinn has been with HSBC – or its constituent companies – since 1987, when he joined Forward Trust Group, a subsidiary of Midland Bank (now HSBC UK). He led HSBC’s acquisitions of Swan National Motor Finance and Eversholt Leasing Ltd, becoming General Manager of each business in turn.
He subsequently served as Head of Specialised and Equity Finance at HSBC; Group Director of Strategy & Development at HSBC Insurance Services North America; Head of Commercial Finance Europe; and Head of Commercial Banking UK.
From 2011 to 2015 he was the Regional Head of Commercial Banking for Asia-Pacific, based in Hong Kong. Mr Quinn was appointed Chief Executive, Global Commercial Banking in December 2015. He became a Group Managing Director in September 2016.
Mr Quinn qualified as an accountant in 1987.
Director of Industrial Energy
UK Department for Business, Energy, Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Paro Konar is the Director for the Industrial Energy directorate, a role she job-shares with Stef Murphy. The Industrial Energy Directorate is at the heart of BEIS Energy and Industrial policy, and is responsible for strategy, policy and delivery of decarbonisation policies to meet UK’s legally binding net zero targets. This includes policies on industrial decarbonisation, delivery of the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund, Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage technology. The directorate is also responsible for developing the policy framework for the production and use of low carbon Hydrogen and designing and implementing the UK’s Emissions Trading Scheme. Paro’s background is in the electricity sector where she spent the majority of her career, she received an OBE in 2018 for services to energy economics.
Chair of Transport and Environment, and Mayor of Hackney
Philip Glanville was elected Mayor of Hackney in September 2016, becoming the borough’s second directly elected Mayor. He was re-elected in May 2018, giving Hackney Labour their best result since 1986.
Previously a councillor in Hoxton West for ten years, Philip spent three years as Cabinet Member for Housing before becoming Deputy Mayor in 2016.
As Cabinet Member for Housing, Philip oversaw the delivery of genuinely affordable homes, which he is continuing as Mayor, committing the Council to tripling the number of council homes built since 2010, including 800 for social rent.
Employment, skills and education are also a key priority for the Mayor; supporting schools, ensuring that we actively help young people into careers and that all residents, whatever their age, have the skills and support they need to get into employment, return to work or start a business ─ all contributing towards his agenda to bridge the gap between Hackney’s residents and their growing local economy. Critical to this agenda has been the Council’s award winning in-house apprenticeship programme.
Philip is committed to being a campaigning Mayor, standing up for Hackney’s most vulnerable residents and for local government’s important role in fighting austerity. He writes extensively on these subjects, and more recently has been part of the growing ‘new municipalism’ movement in local government.
He has served on the LLDC Board since 2016, and is currently the Chair of London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee, Co-Chair of Thrive London and London Councils Digital Champion.
Professor Greg Clark
Group Advisor on Future Cities and New Industries
Prof Greg Clark CBE is Group Advisor for Future Cities and New Industries at HSBC Group. He works with HSBC’s global client base in 63 countries and 300 cities on the business and investment opportunities of the century of cities, accompanied by the 4th Industrial Revolution, and the Climate Emergency.
Greg is also Chairman of the Connected Places Catapult, the UK’s innovation accelerator for cities, transport, and place-making. He is chairman of the UK Government’s expert advisory group on Smart Cities and Connected Communities and a member of the UK Gov’s Urban Centre Recovery Task Force.
He is a Board Member of Transport for London and chairs its Investment Committee. He is also a member of the London LEAP and leads it work on economic and industrial strategy for London and the future of central London.
He was previously chair of The OECD Forum of Cities & Regions (1996 – 2016). He is Hon Prof of Urban Innovation and Policy at UCL and Strathclyde University. He is a Global Fellow at the Urban Land Institute, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, and was previously a Global Fellow at the Brookings Institution (2011-2020). He is author of 10 books and 100 reports on cities, mobility, innovation, investment and leadership. His monthly column: The Planet of Cities, is hosted by RICS. He is Global Cities expert on the BBC World Service Series, My Perfect City.
Head of ESG
Remy Briand, as Head of ESG, is responsible for MSCI’s ESG (environmental, social and governance) ratings products. He is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.
Remy Briand has been leading MSCI ESG Research since its creation in 2010. Remy also served until February 2017 as global head of research for MSCI where he led a team of 150 researchers designing indexes, analytics and risk models for institutional investors. As head of index research for 10 years, he managed the expansion of the MSCI Global Indexes to cover 80 developed, emerging and frontier markets. He also initiated and led the development of MSCI’s market-leading factor indexes.
Mr. Briand joined MSCI in 2001 from Credit Lyonnais Asset Management, where he was equity portfolio manager and head of research. He began his career as a private equity analyst at Credit Lyonnais.
Over his 27-year career as an investor, researcher and business leader, Remy has gained unique insights on topics such as global investing, emerging markets, sustainable investment and financial innovation. He regularly shares his views at industry conferences and with financial news media.
Remy holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Sciences from INSA (Lyon) and an MBA from HEC (Paris).
Director of Research
Richard Roberts is Inquiry Lead at Volans, a research and advisory firm focused on sustainability, innovation and market transformation. Over the last decade, he has worked on strategy development and corporate transformation projects with companies in a range of sectors, from finance to heavy industry. Since 2018, he has led Volans’ work on Tomorrow’s Capitalism—examining the role of business and finance in shaping tomorrow’s markets in ways that foster resilience and regeneration.
Richard is part of the delivery team for the Bankers for Net Zero initiative, which is bringing together leaders from banks, business and policy to accelerate progress towards the UK’s net zero target in the lead-up to COP26. He is the lead author of The Retrofit Revolution, the first in a series of Bankers for Net Zero briefing papers setting out how the right combination of policy and finance can accelerate the UK’s transition to net zero emissions.
Head of Green Renewal
Sam leads Green Alliance’s Greening the Economy work, aiming to put actions that meet our climate objectives and restore nature at the heart of our Covid-19 economic recovery. He is also a member of Chatham House’s Panel of Young Advisors, advising on youth strategy and climate. Before joining Green Alliance Sam was a Senior Advisor to Tony Blair, as well as leading on Brexit and Industrial Strategy for the Wellcome Trust. Prior to this he worked for the Shadow Treasury team in Parliament. Outside of work Sam is a school governor, museum trustee and mentor with the Social Mobility Foundation. He holds a MSc in Climate Change.
Deputy Mayor of London for Environment and Energy
Greater London Authority
Shirley Rodrigues was appointed as London Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy in October 2016. She has devised and delivered environmental policies and programmes in London, nationally and internationally for government and philanthropy including most recently overseeing a global cities and climate change grants portfolio at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF).
She is now working to deliver the Mayor of London’s vision to make the city a fairer, greener, healthier and more sustainable one. This includes ambitious programmes to reduce air pollution across London including the expansion of the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone, making London carbon neutral by 2030 and spearheading London’s economic and social recovery from the impacts of Covid-19 through a Green New Deal.
Global Director City Energy Solutions & CEO E.ON Business Solutions
Stefan Håkansson is the Global Director of City Energy Solutions & CEO of E.ON Business Solutions. With over 20 years of experience in the energy industry, Stefan is a world leader in the push for the development of sustainable Energy Infrastructure Solutions. Stefan began his professional career at E.ON in 1999, when he joined Sydkraft AB in Malmö, Sweden. For the first 11 years, he dealt with Energy System issues in northern Europe through large power plant operations. Up to 2018, Stefan worked as Managing Director for E.ON Värmekraft AB and secondly as Managing Director of Heating Energy at E.ON Värme Sverige AB. During this time, Stefan worked with local Customer Solutions such as heating, cooling, power and energy efficiency for City Customers. This focus is now expanded to innovative energy infrastructure projects combining digitalisation, decarbonisation and sustainability for industry, business and communities.
Primetals Technologies, MHI Group
Stephen Brown was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the UK operating companies of Primetals Technologies Ltd. in 2016. Stephen has held a number of senior management posts in Primetals Technologies and prior to the formation of the then joint venture, in Voest Alpine and Siemens Plc since 2005.
Stephen has worked in the metals industry serving both the ironmaking and steelmaking business sectors since 2000. Prior to this Stephen worked for Davy Mckee and Kvaerner Metals in the Water, Waste Water, Process Chemical and Iron & Steel divisions executing a range of projects worldwide in various Engineering and Project related roles. Stephen is dedicated to research and development in the metals industry and the promotion of engineering in the UK, in particular within the UK’s steel industry.
Clean Growth and Infrastructure Ambassador
Yewande is a chartered engineer, innovator and speaker. Her engineering experience includes the design and construction, innovation and manufacture of buildings and systems in the built environment. She has worked on projects in the UK, Africa, the Middle East and East Asia and has been named the UK Young Woman Engineer of the Year by the Institution of Engineering & Technology. She has also been awarded the Exceptional Achiever Award from the Association for BAME Engineers and the Association of Consultancy and Engineering, U.K. (ACE). She is a Visiting Professor at the University of Westminster. She is passionate about STEM communication and has presented Engineering programmes for Television. In the 2020 New Year Honours list, Yewande was awarded an MBE for services to engineering innovation and diversity in STEM.
She has recently been appointed the UK’s Innovation agency (Innovate UK) Ambassador for Clean Growth and Infrastructure.