An inclusive, collaborative event enabling climate action at COP26
COP26 is the most important climate meeting of our generation.
For 11 years, Climate Action has been uniting heads of state and multilaterals, environment ministers, business leaders, investors, and NGOs alongside the UN Climate Change negotiations, convening the largest multi-stakeholder forum: Sustainable Innovation Forum.
The 12th Sustainable Innovation Forum (SIF) will be convened alongside COP26, 6 years after 196 world leaders signed the historic Paris Agreement. COP26 marks a crucial deadline for countries to present more ambitious climate commitments. The UNFCCC’s climate conference must set clear pathways for the transition to a net zero economy, a decisive moment for global climate action.
To create truly transformational change and accelerate the transition to a net zero global economy, greater cooperation, collaboration, and cross-sector partnerships between governments, businesses and investors must be forged at COP26 this November.
Ambition must turn to action. Promises must become plans. Visions must become reality. We have this decade to deliver a net zero future.
Meet our speakers. We are adding more every day.
Chris is the CEO of Connected Kerb, an award winning, fast growth EV charging and smart cities business, deploying infrastructure in the UK and overseas. Chris is an experienced infrastructure executive, with extensive commercial, innovation and strategy experience developing projects in the UK and overseas energy and commodities sectors.
Prior to joining Connected Kerb Chris was a Director at Ernst and Young (EY), within the global infrastructure team, working across regions with EY teams and clients to deliver major and mega (multi billion) projects in the Transport, Energy and commodities sectors. Prior to EY, Chris was at Bechtel, working in Europe and the Middle East within their Oil and Gas portfolio of projects.
Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)
Fiona Reynolds is the CEO of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). The PRI is a UN supported organisation, with more than 4,000 signatories who collectively represent over US $121 trillion in AUM. She is responsible for the PRI’s global operations.
Appointed in 2013, Fiona has 25 years’ experience in the financial services and pension sector. She joined the PRI from the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST), where she spent seven years as CEO.
Fiona serves on the Board of the U.N. Global Compact, she Chaired of the Financial Services Commission into Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking and is now a member of the Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking Global Steering Committee. Fiona is also a member of the International Integrated Reporting Council, the Global Advisory Council on Stranded Assets at Oxford University, the Advisory Board for the Green Investment Principles for the Belt and Road and the Steering Committee for Climate Action 100+. She is also on the Investment Committee of the Laudes Foundation and the Advisory Board for BASF, and the Advisory Council of Bloomberg Green.
Fiona was named one of the 20 most influential people in sustainability globally by Barron’s magazine and has twice been named one of Australia’s one hundred women of influence by the Australian Financial Review.
Climate & Water Sustainability Director
Jan Burger has worked for Coca-Cola for 20 years across a range of roles, including Quality, Environment, Safety & Health; Sustainability; and Scientific & Regulatory Affairs. He has served as Climate & Water Sustainability Director for Coca-Cola Europe since April 2021. A Dutch national, he spent the 15 years of his career as a water expert consultant with several Dutch consulting companies. He has a Masters Degree in Hydrology from Wageningen University.
Head of Research ESG
Michael Lewis joined DWS in 1990. Prior to his current role, Michael was Global Head of Commodities Research in the Corporate Banking & Securities division. Before this, he was a G10 FX strategist and Deputy Head of FX Research at Deutsche Morgan Grenfell. Michael began his career as a research analyst covering Global Macro & Rates research at Morgan Grenfell. Michael has a BSc in Economics from the University of Bristol; MSc (Econ) in Economics from London School of Economics and Political Science.
Founder and CEO
Simon has 25 years’ experience in technology and business innovation. He leads Moixa’s overall strategy and growth plans and market relations across government, industry and investors. He is a serial inventor, with numerous patents in energy and mobile devices. Prior to founding Moixa he spent eight years in Accenture’s Technology practice, and worked in research at IBM. He holds an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and is a member of the BEIS/Ofgem Smart Systems Forum.
Vice President of International Sustainability
Peter joined UPS in 1989 and progressed through various positions of increasing seniority in Automotive, Industrial Engineering and Compliance before accepting the role of Sustainability Director for Europe in 2011. He took on his current role in 2020, with responsibility for managing all aspects of sustainability for the organisation, from innovation coordination to public policy development, outside the United States.
Outside of his UPS responsibilities, Peter is a director of the Zemo Partnership in the UK and is a member of the UK government’s Net Zero Transport Board. He also served on the UK’s Green Innovation Policy Commission.
Prior to UPS Peter worked for 4 years with London Transport and for 2 years with Voluntary Service Overseas in Indonesia.
Peter is the holder of a Masters degree in Engineering from Cambridge University, UK. He is also a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE).
Dr. Javier Cavada
CEO and President
Dr. Javier Cavada joined Highview Power as CEO and President in 2018 with the mission to drive the ambitious global expansion strategy for the company’s proprietary cryogenic energy storage technology.
Cavada previously spent 17 years in leadership positions at Wärtsilä Corporation, one of the world’s top three technology companies in the energy market. As president of Wärtsilä’s energy division and member of the corporation’s executive board, Cavada led the company’s drive toward 100% renewables, spearheading a deep transformation that enabled the company to become a leading system integrator. Under Cavada’s leadership, Wärtsilä’s global market share in gas and liquid fuel power plants grew from nine percent to 21 percent. His long career at Wärtsilä also included extensive international experience, including executive roles in China, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and Finland.
In combination with these executive roles, Cavada chaired the board of Greensmith Energy Management Inc. He has also held leadership roles within the German multinational firm Robert Bosch in the fields of automotive technology and manufacturing. Cavada holds a PhD in industrial engineering and among other awards has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumni by the University of Cantabria in Spain.
World Cement Association
After graduating from Cambridge University in 1979, Mr Riley worked in a number of management roles in the UK, the USA, Australia and Japan before moving to China in 1998. He was General Manager of a British project management and consulting firm, based in Shanghai and also Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai before joining Holcim/Huaxin in 2006.
As Huaxin VP responsible for international business, strategy and sustainability, he oversaw Huaxin’s first overseas venture in Tajikistan. Mr Riley was Greater China Country Head for LafargeHolcim from 2014 to 2019. He has been CEO of WCA since September 1, 2019.
Three days. Four Stages of Content
The 3-day agenda spans 4 stages, and will unite heads of states and multilaterals, innovators, business leaders, scientists, investors, and COP26 delegates. The forum will facilitate competitive, action-led discussions, designed to address contentious issues and inspire fresh thinking.
Global Climate Action Stage
The plenary stage will address the largest sustainability challenges we face around the globe, hosting decisive sessions on how we can truly accelerate the global green economy. This is a decisive moment to define our future, and it will require unity on a global scale from all stakeholders.
Explore the systemic pathways to net zero within and across different sectors. The opportunities presented are significant, and the risks of inaction are profound. From energy to transport, cities to heavy industry, these are the transitions that will define the net zero economy over the next decade.
This track stage will showcase how we can think differently and take a new approach in tackling climate change challenges. We can re-think our relationship with nature, shift human behaviours, and reimagine the vital systems that underpin our societies
Examine the need for to direct capital for a greener, inclusive recovery and redirect fiscal policy towards resilient, sustainable growth. It will discuss best process for responsible investors to actively support climate-friendly investments, and drive the momentum for a low carbon global economy.
Climate Action’s Roadmap to COP26 has created a platform to help organisations from across the stakeholder spectrum to honour their pledges at a time when face-to-face meetings are not an option. I look forward to the evolution of Climate Action’s Roadmap towards COP26 in Glasgow.
Climate Action brings people together who are passing each other like ships in the night. But this is an event that has a sustained and thoughtful program around the multiple perspectives that people are considering.
We see the exchange in this forum as essential to learn from a broad community of thought leaders. Thus, the BMW Group is proud to be once again part of the SIF and we are looking forward to providing an update on our achievements at COP26 in Glasgow.