Our Team

More than 200 people have participated so far. We need more volunteers, including people with expertise in economics, job creation, climate science, epidemiology, and public health. To join or find out more, fill out the form at the bottom of this page.

  • Dr Seth Christopher Yaw Appiah

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    Dr Seth Christopher Yaw Appiah is a young researcher with a trans-disciplinary research interest spanning medical and international health research and a focus on infectious disease public health. His training is in both medical and industrial sociology, sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS, and his interests extend across sexuality and human rights law and mixed method research. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow with the EBAN Centre for Human Trafficking Studies, Ghana, and has affiliations with the Pan African University Life and Earth Science Institute University of Ibadan, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana and the Centre for International Health (CIH) of the University of Munich (LMU).

  • Prof Gerhard Schmitt

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    Gerhard Schmitt is Professor of Information Architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) and director of the Singapore-​ETH Centre in Singapore. Principal Investigator of Big Data Informed Urban Design and Governance project, Cooling Singapore project, and Digital Underground project.

  • Floris Koot

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    Floris studied Teacher of Dramatic Arts and Integral Psychology. He worked in many creative professions, from actor to dj, from illustrator to event designer. He currently is an experienced public speaker, writer, trainer and since 2004 active creative innovator of education in Europe. He is co-founder of ‘Knowmads’ Creative Business school Amsterdam and was involved in several other alternative educational startups.

  • Tom Rossiter

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    Tom Rossiter, FAIA is a photographer/filmmaker as well as a registered architect and fellow in the American Institute of Architects. His work is focused on the intersections of architecture, nature and culture. He was a founding member of design-build firm McClier which was purchased by the global engineering firm AECOM where he served on The Core Group, he worked as a senior designer for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and interned with Charles and Ray Eames. Rossiter’s work has been commissioned by leading architects, collectors and institutions worldwide.

  • Adem Delibas

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    Adem is a senior modeler at Climate Interactive. He builds system dynamics models to help decision makers better understand inter-dependencies in the global climate system; and conducts in-depth dynamic analyses to uncover high-leverage policies to mitigate climate change. In his prior career, Adem advised multiple cities in Europe and the US on the long-term socio-economic, environmental and fiscal impacts of prospective urban investments; consulted to a regional planning authority in the US on the core dynamics of coastal water quality degradation and how to cope with its adverse socio-economic impacts; and worked for IBM Software Group for a decade as an engineer and architect. Adem holds a S.M. in Engineering and Management from MIT and a M.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from the Ohio State University.

  • Dr Rabbi Frank Dabba Smith

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    Dr Frank Dabba Smith is a recently retired long-serving congregational rabbi and currently is a Lecturer at Leo Baeck College (UK) and an Honorary Research Fellow in the Hebrew and Jewish Studies Department at UCL. He serves as Co-Chair of the International Advisory Committee of EcoPeace-Middle East and as Advisor to the Inter-religious Committee of the World Methodist Council. He also served for many years as Vice-Chair and Chair of the Brent Multi-faith Forum. He holds an MA in Photographic Studies and his PhD dissertation at University College London (UCL) was concerned with the behaviour of the renowned camera manufacturer Ernst Leitz of Wetzlar during the Holocaust.

  • Pinaki Dasgupta

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    Pinaki Dasgupta is currently pursuing his Ph.D from Centre for Rural Development and Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi on wastewater as a core area. He serves as the General Manager in C.P. Consultants, a multidisciplinary engineering consulting company and Secretary to Shristi, a NGO working on connecting science and arts for community building. He has a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from Punjab Technical University and Masters in Energy Management. He is currently associated with GreenFaith, an interfaith organisation for environmental conservation as a coordinator in India. Pinaki is an independent consultant, certified environmental, safety, and risk management expert with 18 years of experience in process safety, commercialisation of innovations, technology road maps, environmental studies, and sustainability projects across India. He is the Co-Chair of Global Collaborations and State Chapters of ASSOCHAM’s (the oldest Industry Association in India) Green and Eco-friendly movement (GEM). Pinaki has delivered more than 100 training on industrial emergency preparedness, process safety in MSMEs and large industries. He is based in Delhi and his interests include fostering dialogues & exploring collaboration between different communities from academic, scientific, cultural and faith sectors on sustainability, resource conservation and ecosystem restoration. He has worked on multi sector assignments at national and international platforms in sustainability, safey, environmental management and scaling up of innovations through research, workshops, training and capacity building. Recently his article on Hinduism and Ecology was published by the UNEP.

  • HÀ Tú Anh

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    Tú Anh Hà is currently a Master student in an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Play and Education, Toys and Languages at the University of Cordoba, Spain. Before taking part in the course, she was an English teacher at FPT Primary and Secondary School, FPT Education Vietnam. She completed her Master Degree in Learning and Teaching English as a second language at University Rovira i Virgili in Catalonia, Spain. She is interested in CLIL, methods of teaching English and Integrated Learning Themes for young learners, play and toys in early childhood education, intercultural education, and project-based learning.

  • Dr James W. Cortada

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    James Cortada has held sales, business strategy consulting positions, and various managerial and executive positions at IBM Corporation during a 38-year career (1974-2012). During his tenure at IBM, he participated in national and local economic development initiatives in Europe and in the United States, with cities and non-profit organizations. Since retiring from IBM he has been a member of the Merlin Group of entrepreneurs and executives in Madison, Wisconsin, which mentors start-up businesses. He has also been the president of his neighborhood association and served on other community boards over the years. He is the author of over two dozen books on the role of information technology in business, government and society. He serves on the editorial boards of several information studies journals and on IT industry committees for the IEEE Computer Society, Society of Historians of Technology, and the Information Technology History Society, which he previously served as its Chairman. Cortada holds a Ph.D. in modern European history and his books have been published by MIT Press, Oxford University Press, and Princeton University Press, among others.

  • Simon Ratcliffe

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    As a Principal Associate with IPE TripleLine, Simon is focussed on climate and the environment, resources and on cities and urban development. Previously, as a government official, he initiated the Future Cities Africa programme. He also initiated the Future Proofing Cities report which looked at ways in which cities could mitigate some of the key environmental and resource related risks and challenges they now face. Throughout his career, he has sought new and innovative ways of approaching challenging complex social and economic issues. He has done this by an understanding of context, development of the idea and vision, marshalling the required resources, creating strategic alliances and executing the plan to achieve a defined goal.

  • Dr Philip Boxer

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    Philip brings many years of strategy consulting experience to his work with clients in public, private and not-for-profit sectors, developing clients’ capabilities for leadership within highly networked environments; and using approaches that enable clients both to scale learning across networked organizations and to develop the agility of the supporting business platforms. His BSc is in Engineering from London University, his MSc in Business Administration from the London Graduate School of Business Studies, and his PhD from the School of Engineering and Information Sciences at Middlesex University. Philip is a member of the (Lacanian) Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research and the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations. The focus of his research and writing is on ways of understanding and working through the maladaptive responses of organizations to turbulent business ecosystems in the pursuit of greater sustainability (asymmetricleadership.com).

  • Surya Ravi

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    Surya Ravi, 20 , born and brought up in Kuwait is now studying his 3rd year in B.tech Biotechnology at BMS College Of Engineering, Bangalore . He is passionate about Biotechnology and has a particular interest in Food technology and genetic engineering. He is a self motivated and confident person. He was a part of the winning team of a city design challenge that was conducted during Phaseshift( A technical Fest hosted by BMS College Of Engineering). He loves to ride and travel on bike, gaming, binge watch, food and listen to music.

  • Prof David N. Bresch

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    Prof. Dr. David N. Bresch, Professor for Weather and Climate Risks at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zürich and MeteoSwiss since 2016 (www.wcr.ethz.ch). 2000-2016, roles at Swiss Re included Head Business Development, Global Head Sustainability, Head Atmospheric Perils Group and Chief modeler for natural catastrophe risk assessment. 1998-1999 Research Associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, Cambridge, USA. Member of the Swiss UNFCCC delegation 2009-2012 and 2015, member of the Private Sector Advisory Group (PSAG) of the UN Green Climate Fund (GCF), 2014-2016. PhD in physics from ETH Zurich, Switzerland. His research focuses on the impacts of weather and climate on socio-economic systems. Combining numerical modelling of weather and climate risks with the engagement of decision makers and end-users, his research aims to explore ways to strengthen resilience based on a shared understanding of their weather and climate susceptibility. Such an integrated view along the chain of impacts also opens new perspectives to the treatment of uncertainty in decision-making, both on national and international scales.

  • Paul MacLean

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    Paul is semi-retired from a 30-year career in environmental management consulting and environmental software development. As President and Founder of EEM Sustainable Management Inc., he directed large and small environmental management projects in North America, Europe, Thailand and West Africa for industrial clients in the energy, mining and metals, aerospace, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and media industries, as well as indigenous organizations in Canada. Co-author of “Good to Green, Managing Business Risks and Opportunities in the Age of Environmental Awareness” (2009) and “EHS Management Systems Auditing” (2016), he is currently focused on sustainable development initiatives, particularly solutions for the climate crisis.

  • Santonu Goswami

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    Dr. Santonu Goswami is a senior scientist with the Indian Space Research Organization in Hyderabad, India and works in the climate and environmental domain. His current interests focus on understanding climate change impacts on Indian coastal ecosystems and the Himalayas towards developing sustainable solutions. His work involves a data-model approach and uses data from various satellite sensors, climate data etc. Over the years, he studies climate change in the Arctic, Antarctic and also used urban data in NYC to characterize baseline urban scenarios for different neighbourhoods. He also built and operated some large scale ground-based infrastructures for data collection in the high Arctic. Santonu takes a strong interest in using AI / ML methods towards developing sustainable solutions to mitigate Climate Change impacts.

  • Prof Chris Beyrer

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    Chris Beyrer MD, MPH, is the Desmond M. Tutu Professor of Public Health and Human Rights at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. He is a Professor of Epidemiology, International Health, Health, Behavior and Society, and Nursing. He serves as Director of Johns Hopkins Training Program in HIV Epidemiology and Prevention Science and as Founding Director of the Center for Public Health and Human Rights. He is the Associate Director.

  • Abyd Karmali

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    Abyd Karmali is Managing Director, Climate Finance and Board Member at Bank of America Merrill Lynch based in London and is point person for the bank’s $10 billion Catalytic Finance Initiative.Mr Karmali is also part of the team that oversees the bank’s broader financial commitment to mobilise $125 billion for low-carbon investment opportunities by 2025.

  • Sir Andrew Haines

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    Sir Andrew Haines is Professor of Environmental Change and Public Health with a joint appointment in the Dept of Public Health, Environments and Society and in the Dept of Population Health. He was previously Director (originally Dean) of LSHTM for nearly 10 years up to October 2010, having previously been Professor of Primary Health Care at UCL between 1987-2000. He chaired the Planetary Health Commission which reported in 2015.

  • Chris Medary

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    Chris is a Masters in Environmental Management Student at Western Colorado University and works as a sustainability action planner for San Miguel and Ouray Counties. He aids in the transition to clean energy production/storage and to increase the resiliency of remote communities in the American Mountain West. Chris’s interests run the environmental gamut, and he engages in climate research in professional and personal capacities.

  • Bill McKenna, Ph.D.

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    Bill McKenna has a Ph.D. in STEM education, with a focus on argumentation, discourse, and design and a portfolio in museum studies. Prior to that he was a noise control engineer at Acoustic Systems, A Division of ETS Lindgren. Earlier that he was awarded a Masters in mathematics, and he has been teaching math classes off and on since then. Currently he helps with the dissemination and implementation of inquiry-based learning strategies in mathematics classrooms. In 2017, he worked with a multi-disciplinary “pop-up institute” at UT Austin focusing on the problem of substance misuse and abuse among adolescents. He specializes in multi-disciplinary qualitative research, and is currently working on a book about the lessons we can all learn from recovering addicts. Uncovering the assumptions that govern our lives is far and away more important that any content knowledge typically learned in school.

  • Sita Kone

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    Sita Kone is a PhD student in Agricultural Economics at Ege University/Turkey-Izmir. She is from Burkina Faso and is particularly interested in climate change.

  • Prof Hassan Sher

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    Born in District Swat of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,Pakistan, I have been associated with teaching and research for the last 23 years. I got M.Sc. (Botany, 1995) and M.Phil. (Botany, specialization in Plant Ecology, 1998) from Department of Botany, Peshawar University, and Ph.D. (Botany, specialization in Plant Ecology, 2006) from GC University Lahore. I worked on traditional knowledge systems, ethnobotany, ecology, in-situ and ex-situ conservation of valuable endangered plant species with IUCN, WWF, SDC/IC, FAO and UNDP. I have rich experience in the restoration / rehabilitation of degraded habitats and recovery of rare / threatened plant species and received the 2003 SAARC Gold Medal in Dhaka for “Invention in the Field of Traditional Medicines”. have about one year of professional experience (as Agriculture Advisor) with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Pakistan. I have developed different project proposals and concept papers for the rehabilitation of the livelihood of local community from forest resources especially from medicinal plants and also from agriculture.

  • Md. Saidur Rahaman

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    Rahaman, M, S., aka polash, an independent researcher, born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, working in academia. Alongside he is the director of CRSBD - "Center for Research and Soft Skills, Bangladesh'' and “International Association of HR Experts- (IAHRE)”. He also runs a Facebook based educational platform named “MU Virtual Classroom” where an individual plays the role of teacher and student at a time. His research focuses are the emerging issues of HRM, OB, and Workforce Psychology. He is a pioneer of burnout research in Bangladesh. From the starting of his research career he has successfully completed 3 projects and as a project leader and published 40 articles (q1, q2, q3) in many prominent SSCI, ESCI and Scopus indexed journals. At present Mr. Rahaman is serving as the Editorial Board Members of SCIREA Journal of Management, Journal of Business Accounting and Financing, Journal of Applied Sciences and Research, Scirea Publishers and MANTECH Publications and reviewer of more than 30 renowned journals. He also performs some administrative tasks i.e., president of HR Society, MU, former Vice President of Rajshahi University Player Kallyan Shamity, member of RUCC, BFDF, Asian Business Consortium (ABC). Apart from his academic excellence he is a sportsperson. He is quite popular with many National Cricket players in Bangladesh. At present he is the head coach of Metropolitan University cricket and football team. He played 2 years of Bangladesh national handball league, and he was the captain of Rajshahi University football, handball, and hockey team.

  • Hussain Beig

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    Hussain Beig is an undergraduate student pursuing his engineering degree in Biotechnology in Bangalore, India. He has interests in all branches of Science but his favorite being biology, has a certain liking towards nature and wants to lend his hand in preserving it. He has particular interests in fields like Microbiology and Genetics and has formerly been a part of AIESEC as an Exchange Participant Manager, helping in the organization's SDG goals. Along with his team he has taken part in competitions like Biomimicry Global Design Challenge, hoping he can make a difference towards a sustainable future.

  • Steve Hamm

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    Steve is a freelance writer and documentary filmmaker. He is embedded in Pivot Projects as a journalist and is developing a book about the enterprise and its proposals with the tentative title The Pivot. It is to be published by Columbia University Press. Steve’s previous books include Smart Machines, about cognitive computing; The Race for Perfect, about innovation in mobile computing; and Bangalore Tiger, about the rise of the Indian tech industry. His full-length documentaries include Fentanyl Madness, about the opioid crisis in the United States; Shift Change, about community policing; and The Village, about immigration.

  • Prof Howard Frumkin

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    Prof Howard Frumkin is Professor Emeritus of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington School of Public Health, where he served as Dean from 2010-2016. From 2005 to 2010 he held leadership roles at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, first as director of the National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR), and later as Special Assistant to the CDC Director for Climate Change and Health.

  • Karen O’Brien

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    Karen O'Brien is an internationally recognized expert on climate change and society, focusing on themes such as climate change impacts, vulnerability, and adaptation including how climate change interacts with globalization processes and the implications for human security. She is interested in how transdisciplinary and integral approaches to global change research can contribute to a better understanding of how societies both create and respond to change, and particularly the role of beliefs, values and worldview in transformations to sustainability. She is passionate about what potential there is in quantum social theory and the implications for climate change responses. She currently leads a Norwegian Research Council Topforsk project called AdaptationCONNECTS (Adaptation: Combining Old and New kNowledge to Enable Conscious Transformation to Sustainability), that aims towards developing new understandings of whether and how transformations can contribute to successful adaptation to climate change. She has been heavily involved in the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Global Change Programmes and the transition to Future Earth, a 10-year global change research initiative. She is the co-founder and partner in cCHANGE, an Oslo-based company. cCHANGE is a beacon for individuals and organizations seeking a new perspective, inspiration, knowledge, and tools on climate change and sustainability transformations.

  • Rémy Lamon

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    After a teaching career in the People’s Republic of China, Switzerland and the UK, as a Language, History, Theory of Knowledge and Music teacher in both English- and French-speaking schools, as well as a member of school leadership teams and a writer for pedagogical books, Rémy is working for the International Baccalaureate at the IB Global Centre in The Hague (Netherlands) as IB World Schools Manager. This department is dedicated to support IB authorised schools in delivering a quality IB education. Rémy leads various projects for the IB, including a project to support indigenous schools. Rémy’s two main roles consist in being the voice of schools inside the IB and in supporting their needs to help them progress further. Rémy speaks 7 languages fluently and gives regular conferences.

  • Alan Dean

    Project participants

    Motivating tomorrow's adults today. 25+ years of enjoyment, Liking the classroom to the world of work, unlocking human talent by the cultivation of people working to build teams that harnesses the talent within. Working beyond leadership to support both people and their communities creating projects that allow ownership whilst building self- esteem and pride. Unleashing human energy into the community. The approach has succeeded at all academic and generational levels.

  • Dr. Deborah Rundlett

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    Deborah Rundlett is the founder of Poets & Prophets, a global community of change leaders committed to the flourishing of people and planet. Prior to founding Poets & Prophets, she served in business, as part of the advertising launch team for the IBM-PC; the academy, teaching a doctoral track in leadership; and the church as pastor and judicatory leader. A graduate of Yale Divinity School and the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, she is passionate about equipping leaders to serve as agents of change for the flourishing of their communities. She is married to Dick Greenwood; they have one daughter.

  • Eric Becker

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    Eric is the Co-Founder of his 501c3 non-profit, A Diamond in the Dirt Foundation. Eric obtained his Master of Architecture from the University at Buffalo in 2015. Eric has worked as a project manager, cost estimator, and research analyst. Eric has led international design team groups with ubNOMAS, who received honorable mention in the Tokyo Replay Center competition in 2013-14. Eric was asked by the University at Buffalo to complete the first ever research thesis on the university’s US Department of Energy’s GRoW House submission, which placed 2nd internationally in Irvine, California in 2015-16. Eric has a few websites which have reached global attention, one of which has reached 123 countries worldwide in just under six years. Eric has designed luxury shoes, medical illustrations, and marketing logos. Eric is currently working on dispersing KN95 masks and surgical masks with Zeus Shields. Eric is also involved with the marketing and networking efforts with a Long Island-based hemp farm and CBD clothing line. Eric is also a remote freelance project manager of investments for a cell phone based technology company in New York City.

  • Athifah Utami

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    Athifah Utami is currently a student of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree ‘Play, Education, Toys and Languages’ (PETaL), of the University of Córdoba (Spain), Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon (Portugal), and Marmara University (Turkey). She was an ESL (English as a Second Language), Social Studies, and substitute Science teacher at Jakarta Multicultural School and Singapore School (Palembang) in Indonesia. Her areas of research include Inclusive Pedagogy, The Use of Technology in a Classroom, and related issues in Education and Learning Media. Her works have been published in various conference proceedings, Indonesia's Education Journal and a book chapter. Besides research and teaching, she was voluntarily working in some youth movements and international NGOs, such as Youth Educators Sharing Network, Jakarta Moral Movement, Anti-Corruption International, Special Olympic Indonesia, and Center of Indonesian Policy Studies.

  • Ingrid Holmes

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    Ingrid Holmes joined the international business of Federated Hermes in 2018 and leads its policy and advocacy work. She has over 13 years of experience working on environmental policy and sustainable finance issues, with a long-standing interest in climate change. Ingrid was previously a director at sustainable development think tank E3G, leading a range of global initiatives on sustainable and inclusive finance, including the establishment of the UK Green Investment Bank.

  • Chidiebere Peter Echieh

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    Peter is a young researcher from Nigeria. He is currently a lecturer at the University of Calabar and a Cardiothoracic/Vascular Surgeon with the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital. He has a background in Surgery in the Tropics and Public Health. He is a Fellow of the West African College of Surgeons. He is passionate about bridging the technological gap in sub-Saharan Africa. He hopes to achieve home grown solutions to providing affordable Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery in sub-Saharan Africa. Future research areas would be in Lung Cancers, Chest Infections, and Cardiovascular surgery. He loves to travel and to meet people.

  • Richard O’Rourke

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    Richard is MD of Kinetik NRG and specialises in climate finance and impact investing.

  • Dr Sarah Whitmee

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    Dr Sarah Whitmee is a researcher at Oxford Martin school and a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) and is part of the WCPA/SSC IUCN Joint Task Force on Biodiversity and Protected Areas, an international collaboration on protected area management effectiveness. Previously Sarah worked as a researcher on the WWF Living Planet Index with the Institute of Zoology-ZSL, charting global trends of the abundance of invertebrate species in marine, terrestrial and freshwater systems.

  • Gamelihle Sibanda

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    Gamelihle is currently seconded by the United Nations to the South Africa Government as Chief Technical Adviser to the Expanded Public Works Programme. He has over 28 years international professional experience in 13 countries. He has worked in Government, Consulting, Applied Research and for the United Nations in various capacities; liaising with Governments, Universities, Infrastructure Authorities, Employers’ Organizations, Unions, Donors, United Nations Agencies, Consultants, Contractors and Communities on the policy, financing, feasibility, research, design, training, employment creation and implementation of infrastructure and environmental projects, whilst fostering circular economy and climate resilience principles. He fuses his training in Civil Engineering, Business Administration, Biomimicry, ethical Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence towards creation of a regenerative world; where there is enough for all forever.

  • Jean-François Barsoum

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    Jean-François Barsoum has over 20 years of experience at IBM where his focus is on understanding and communicating the societal and environmental impacts of technology. He was part of the core team that built the smart city concepts in the early 2000s. Currently, his main objective is to communicate and popularise climate change solutions, smart city innovations, and the potential impacts of autonomous vehicles.

  • Dr Michellie Hernandez, MD

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    I was born in New York, but I grew up in Dominican Republic. I went to medical school in PUCMM in the DR and graduated in 2003. Over the years my love for other sciences grew and evolved to include biomimicry, physics, computer science and mathematics while taking courses online in coursera.org and edx.org. I went back to school in 2019 to take some STEM courses and plan on furthering my education in the future. I strongly believe in the multiple disciplinary approach to solve problems and I look forward to broadening my foundation in other sciences as well besides medicine. I discovered I have a passion for the innovation process as I love to brainstorm new ideas. I tend to look at nature for a solution that might solve the problem, then figure out how to use the technology available to get to that solution.

  • Robin Daniels

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    Dr Robin Daniels leads the Redpill Group team as Founder and Managing Director. A seasoned business leader, strategist and entrepreneur with a track record of driving rapid business growth and innovation across technologies, sectors and countries. Robin was formerly with Magma Innovations, the global Smart City, Internet of Things and Integrated Mobility consultancy, where he was Co-Founder and CEO. In this role he was responsible for leading the technology arm of Magma Group, the world’s leading automotive services business. His personal expertise includes technology commercialisation, strategic partnership development, deal structuring and execution, sales & marketing and technology investment. Prior to Magma Innovations, Robin was an Advisory Board Member and Executive Vice President with Smart City software specialist and 2012 World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, Living PlanIT. Here he established and led global sales & marketing, corporate & business development and communications & PR. Previously he was founding CEO of the Norwich Research Park, Europe’s largest single-site life science park and founding COO of the Centre for Scientific Enterprise Ltd, a joint venture between London Business School and University College London. Robin has also held senior positions at Cambridge University, where he taught business leadership and innovation to executive Masters students and supervised Doctoral students researching technology entrepreneurship and investment. This followed an early career in production and general management roles, in the automotive and heavy engineering sectors. He holds Bachelor's and Doctoral degrees in engineering and organisational psychology from Loughborough University, is a Member of Wolfson College, Cambridge and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

  • Samuel Mathe

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    Samuel Mbusa Mathe is a self-entrepreneur in agri-food in Goma city, eastern Congo DR. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Agricultural economics at the University of Goma. He co-founded CREF, a young economic researchers platform, where he was named editor. Samuel is often consulted as an expert by foreigners, researchers and universities on economic and social issues in the East of Democratic Republic of Congo. He is also an independent consultant in pro-poor agricultural value chain development. He also serves as an independent consultant in M&E.

  • Aneta Popiel

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    Aneta Popiel is a chartered member of the RICS with 7 years experience in real estate development and investment in London. She is currently working at HB Reavis as a Workspace as a Service (WaaS) Manager where she contributes to the integration of socio-economic megatrends, tech/AI and sustainability within the company’s construction portfolio. Aneta is also a Chair of the City Property Association NextGen, a group of over 150 landlords, developers and occupiers where she contributes to the local policies and lobbying of the City of London, particularly around Climate Change, Smart City and transport agenda.

  • Sharanya Shreedhar

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    Sharanya Shreedhar , 21, is a student in BMS College Of Engineering in Bangalore and is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Biotechnology. Her major fields of interest are Microbiology,Genomics,Human Physiology and Pathology . She is also well versed with using bioinformatics tools and is currently learning AdobeXD. She is a great team player and gets along with people well. She has an extremely solution oriented outlook and is determined to finish tasks that she undertakes. She has headed the animal welfare club in her college (S.P.A.W) and the PR segment at the Entrepreneurship Development Cell in her college. She has also interned with Workbench (a co-working space and Fab lab). She is currently a Leader at an NGO(u&i) that teaches underprivileged students in various parts of India and is volunteering at PFA (People for Animals ) that helps with the rehabilitation of urban wildlife.

  • Andre Head

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    Andre is responsible for coordinating the development and deployment of Resilience Brokers service offering and technology, resilience.io. resilience.io is an integrated, open-source platform for collaborative, low-carbon, city-region planning, investment and development. As a creative technologist, he also manages the tools used to collaborate within the organisation and its partners worldwide.

  • Stephen Passmore

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    Stephen Passmore is the CEO of Resilience Brokers and leads a wealth of integrated systems planning, innovative finance, sustainable urban development, infrastructure, health and disaster risk reduction projects globally. Stephen brings extensive professional experience in the sustainable energy and built environment sectors, and leadership roles with E.on, Change Agents and the Energy Saving Trust, and a passion and drive to achieve more sustainable development pathways. He holds an MSc in Sustainable Urbanism from the Bartlett School, University College London.

  • Prof Margaretha Wewerinke

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    Margaretha Wewerinke-Singh is Assistant Professor of Public International Law at Grotius Centre for Climate Law. Her research broadly speaking focuses on the role of law in addressing sustainable development challenges. Her recent book, State Responsibility, Climate Change and Human Rights (Hart Publishing) explains when and where State action related to climate change may amount to a violation of human rights.

  • Prof Ian Christopher Rocha

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    Prof. Rocha is a Registered Nurse and a Licensed Professional Teacher in the Philippines. He is currently working as an Assistant Professor at the College of Allied Health Studies of the University of Makati. He was also an Assistant Professor in two other colleges in Metro Manila. Aside from his teaching career, he also worked in the development sector particularly in public health and community development. For his educational background, he earned his Master of Health Social Science degree from De La Salle University and his Master of Business Administration degree from National College of Business and Arts. He also finished his Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Associate in Health Science Education degrees at Far Eastern University. Currently, he is finishing his Doctor of Medicine degree at Centro Escolar University.

  • Nguyen Quy Quynh Anh (Anna)

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    Anh is an entrepreneur in the Fishery Industry. She is also an independent researcher in education and multiculturalism. She is interested in seeing business benefit from the research’s findings. Anh holds Master’s degrees in Educational Sciences (University of Vrije Brussels, Belgium) and in Human Rights and Multiculturalism (University of Southern-East Norway).

  • Dr Colin Harrison

    Project founders

    Dr. Harrison is an IBM Distinguished Engineer Emeritus and was most recently the inventor of IBM’s Smarter Cities technical programme. He was previously Director of Strategic Innovation in IBM Europe and Director of Global Services Research. He is an IBM Master Inventor and a Member of the IBM Academy of Technology. Prior to IBM, he worked at CERN, building and operating the SPS accelerator, and then at EMI Central Research Lab with Ian Young to develop the first MRI system to show soft tissue contrast in a human head (his own).

  • Prof Peter Head

    Project founders

    Peter founded the Ecological Sequestration Trust in 2011. He is a civil and structural engineer who has become a recognised world leader in major bridges, advanced composite technology and now in sustainable development in cities and regions. In 2008 he was named by the Guardian Newspaper as one of 50 people that could ‘save the planet’. He was cited by Time magazine in 2008 as one of 30 global eco-heroes and has been one of CNN’s Principal Voices. In 2011 he was awarded the CBE in the New Year’s Honours List for services to Civil Engineering and the Environment. He is a visiting professor in sustainable systems engineering at University of Bristol.

  • Dr Rick Robinson

    Project founders

    Dr Rick Robinson is the leader of Arup’s Digital Property and Cities business. He advises cities, infrastructure operators, property developers and investors on the use of technology to improve buildings, infrastructure, places, communities and business and organisational performance. Previously, he was Director of Technology for Amey, where he was responsible for driving advances in digital technology into public services and infrastructure and before that he was Executive Architect for Smarter Cities for IBM.

  • Christopher J. Bouch

    Project participants

    Chris is a Chartered Civil Engineer, a member of the International Council on Systems Engineering, and currently a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, UK. His initial work on the application of systems engineering techniques to railway systems has expanded to include urban infrastructure more generally. In particular, he is studying the application of systems thinking and systems engineering to the development of radical new business models for green infrastructure. Prior to joining the University he worked for 20 years in construction with a number of consultants and contractors. Chris is contributing to the Post-Covid19 and Climate Change study on behalf of UKCRIC (the UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities), an integrated research capability with a mission to underpin the renewal, sustainment and improvement of infrastructure and cities in the UK and elsewhere.

  • Sara Nunnington

    Project participants

    Sara Nunnington lives in London and currently works in an all-women run Edtech startup as a Creative Technologist. In her spare time before the lockdown she was involved with a local community centre in Brixton to teach disadvantaged young people tech skills. She is keen to work towards a sustainable future and a fair society for all, especially women and people from BAME backgrounds. She has received a B.A degree in Fine Arts, carried out postgraduate studies in graphic design at London UAL and completed a nano degree in Front End Development.

  • Dr. Shay Hershkovitz

    Project participants

    Shay Hershkovitz is VP of Climate Action at Sparkbeyond – an AI-powered research company. At his current role, he deals not only with climate-related challenges, but also with the deepest aspects of AI and big-data in the context of human reasoning. Prior to joining Sparkbeyond, Shay was the Head of Research at the XPRIZE Foundation in California, a position that gave him a deep familiarity with emerging technologies. He is also a senior research fellow at the Intelligence Methodology Research Center in Israel.

  • Catherine Cameron

    Project participants

    Catherine is a Director of Agulhas: Applied Knowledge, a research and consulting practice based in London. She leads the Agulhas practice in responding to climate impacts. Her expertise includes promoting a just transition to a low carbon society, enhancing climate action, and enabling more climate resilient societies. She is a co-founder of the APPG on the LImits to Growth and co-founder of the Findhorn Climate FInance Advance programme, now in its 6th year. She is a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity at the University of Surrey, as part of the work of Living the Dream under the sister not for profit, Agulhas: Open Knowledge, enabling a narrative on sustainability in the UK that is desirable, aspirational and fun. She is an adviser and expert contributor on Routes to Resilience, developing resilient leaders and long term sustainability. She has contributed to Jorgen Randers book `2052: a forecast for the next 40 years’, attracting significant interest in China, Brazil, South Korea and Germany, translated into 6 languages.

  • Dr. Cyr Abel Maranguy Ogandaga

    Project participants

    Dr. Ogandaga is an agronomist who has long worked in the cultivation of tobacco and tuber crops (cassava, cocoyam ...), with a strong interest in medicinal plants such as Tabernanthe iboga, Artemisia, Sarcocephalus latifolius or Fagara Hertzii. A free researcher, he recently worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute for Environmental Science at Wonkwang University in South Korea on marine ecosystems. Aware of the potential of marine ecosystems, he became interested in the eco-physiology of algae in the intertidal zone, the aquaculture of seaweeds and seaweeds farming. He is the founder of an NGO focused on sustainable development as a whole (Sustainable Development in Action) which aims to participate in sustainable development and the protection of the environment to ensure the health of human communities and the preservation of ecosystems.

  • Dominic Hoffstetter

    Project participants

    Dominic Hoffstetter is an investor, entrepreneur and systems innovator. He is Director of Capital and Investment at EIT Climate-KIC.

  • Stephen Hinton

    Project participants

    Stephen is the chair of Sustainability at Re-Equity Partners and on the board of the Swedish Sustainable Economy Foundation. A former advisor to the Swedish Circular Economy Delegation, Stephen is currently involved in circular economy research at the University of Gävle.

  • Paola Bay

    Project participants

    Paola Bay has been a filmmaker, a fashion designer and now artist/designer based in London. Paola funded and designed the high end shoe brand Zoraide in 2007. Previously she has been working in Italy for many years as a consultant with some of the major fashion brands. In 2018 she was commissioned an installation - Reliquaries - for the acclaimed Broken Nature Exhibition in Milano, Italy. Since 2015 she has been working with the Mamos (spiritual leaders) of the Arhuaco community in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta-Colombia, empowering them to build an education system based on their culture and securing their sacred sites. In September 2019 she co-created the Flourishing Diversity Summit in London at UCL, inviting Elders from Indigenous People to share their knowledge and heart. She is currently working with Indigenous Elders around the world to bring their voices and wisdom into our communities.

  • Dr Liz O’Driscoll

    Project participants

    Dr Liz O’Driscoll is a Chartered Engineer with over 15 years’ experience working in systems engineering, open innovation, and change management for the public, private sector and third sector. Passionate about finding solutions to wicked problems, she works to integrate new processes and technologies to drive lasting impact. Liz has recently curated the Net Zero Exeter 2030 plan for Exeter City Council; an example of a whole city collective response to the challenge of climate change and the desire to create a better place to live. This plan is being used to restart the Exeter economy in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Liz is currently Head of Innovation at Civica - a market-leading specialist in cloud software and related services - focused on creating enhanced outcomes for public services.

  • Dr Jeremy Wakeford

    Project participants

    Dr Jeremy Wakeford is an economist specialising in sustainable development, energy and resources. He is currently working as Impact Manager at Obviam AG, an Impact Investing firm that manages the Swiss Investment Fund for Emerging Markets (SIFEM), Switzerland’s Development Finance Institution. His previous role was Senior Macroeconomist in an Africa-focused think tank based in Zug, Switzerland. Jeremy’s earlier career was in academia, including positions as Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Cape Town and later Extraordinary Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Leadership at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Jeremy holds Master’s degrees in Economics from the University of Cape Town and Cambridge University, and a Ph.D. in Sustainable Development from Stellenbosch University.

  • Dr Mike Goodfellow-Smith

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    Senior Research Fellow, in Sustainable Cities at the University of Birmingham, Director of Quest Future Solutions, Lecturer at Aston University Business School. An established researcher with a focus on finance, insurance and business models applied to sustainable infrastructure and urban system transformation. An established lecturer, covering responsible business, strategic business marketing, stakeholder engagement, environmental management, sustainable construction and sustainability in engineering and technology. Senior appointments in regional economic development, policy think tanks, environmental charities, engineering businesses, rail infrastructure and sustainability consultancy.

  • Corinne Atton

    Project participants

    Corinne trained as an English Barrister, and has worked as a patent litigator in New York for more than a decade. She advises clients in complex, high-stakes commercial and patent litigations, and arbitrations; and has represented clients at all levels of the court system in the U.S. and in the U.K. She has also represented clients in proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (the administrative body of the U.S. Patent Office). Corinne has advised on a wide variety of technologies, from biotechnology and biologics, to organic chemistry, artificial intelligence, software and business methods.

  • James Green

    Project participants

    James is a recent graduate in MA ‘Environment, Development Policy’ at the University of Sussex, he also graduated in BA in ‘Criminology and Sociology’ at the University of Essex. James is eager to pursue a future in sustainable development and contribute to making the world a healthier and happier place for present and future generations. In his free time he is frequently seen making and performing live music, even performing at major festivals and supporting international touring acts.

  • Neha Balaji

    Project participants

    A fiercely driven girl, Neha has the creativity and technical know-how all rolled into one. She is someone with a multifarious set of skills and interests. An advocate of environmental conservation, she has used her passion for writing to pen pieces for and about the environment. She believes that wilderness is a necessity and that humans must rekindle their lost relationship with nature. Measures to control global warming can work but Neha believes that the more important thing is to conserve the ecosystem and preserve it for our future generations and this project is a step forward in that way. She always tries not to take the beaten road, even in the smallest of things. She is also a great speaker and wishes to be a Bioengineer in the future. She is a competent team leader and has headed Digital Marketing teams previously, but also loves to work alongside like-minded individuals to enrich herself. In addition she is a junior coordinator of her college’s literary club and works to curate and put out works of budding writers.

  • Dr Kristine Belesova

    Project participants

    Dr Kristine Belesova is the Deputy Director of the Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her research examines impacts of global environmental change on health, particularly in low-income settings, and solutions for planetary health. Kristine is involved in the Wellcome Trust funded consortium on Complex Urban Systems for Sustainability and Health (CUSSH), leads the Planetary Health Watch initiative, and contributes to the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change.

  • Bryony Bowman

    Project participants

    Bryony worked in the UK water industry as a process engineer for 12 years and during this time she focussed on innovation and sustainability in wastewater treatment. During this time Bryony became a Chartered Scientist and Chartered Member of CIWEM. She is currently studying for a PhD at the University of Birmingham in Prof. Chris Rogers’ research group. As part of this role she is working with Christopher Bouch focussing on sustainability in the water industry as it relates to Liveable Cities. Bryony is contributing to this study on behalf of UKCRIC (the UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities).

  • Damian Costello

    Project participants

    Damian Costello is a Strategy Consultant specialising in Disruption Dynamics. For 27 years, he has helped clients deliver innovation in the Energy, Medical Device, Pharma, and IT sectors in Ireland, Europe, North America, and Asia. Damian started as an Industrial Designer in Dublin, Ireland the early 1990s specialising in ‘connected devices’ and ‘web portals’ in the Dotcom era. In 1999, based on experience in Taiwan, Damian was among the first Europeans to set up consumer electronics supply chains out of Shenzhen, China.

  • Paul Quaiser

    Project participants

    Founder of the Human Sustainability Institute in 2000 following a distinguished career as a Strategy and Systems Design Consultant originating out of AT&T/Bell Laboratories. An analytical, outcome-focused and visionary leader with extensive experience as an Integral Systems Solutions Architect, forming and implementing strategic plans and initiatives that support sustainability/regeneration, innovation, culture development and community. A unique cross-disciplinary background comprised of harvesting executive leadership, innovation, project management, emerging technology, physics and human factors to develop revolutionary business, ecological, economic and social systems.
    An influential and empathetic professional who builds and maintains effective relationships with employees, partners, stakeholders and members of government spanning the United Nations to local organizations. As an International Consultant and Advisor, he works to manifest and implement Lighthouse Projects that guide and catalyze systemic change toward the concept of the noosphere/syntellect - the highest level of biospheric design in harmony with natural life support systems and human potential.
    His colleagues commend his inspirational visions with strong commercial and financial acumen, the ability to translate abstract or complex topics into clear and relatable subjects and his expertise in navigating the collaborative generation of viable solutions. The Atlas Biospheric Design Center is his current endeavor.

  • Rabbi Jeffrey Newman

    Project participants

    Jeffrey Newman is Emeritus Rabbi of Finchley Reform Synagogue with a background in Philosophy and Psychology, deeply influenced by Prophetic Judaism, C.G.Jung and the Sixties. With Ahmad Khalidi he started the UK branch of IPCRI (Israel-Palestine Centre for Research and Information.) While working to bring the Earth Charter to the UK he met Peter Head. He has been very engaged with Extinction Rebellion and all aspects of the Climate and Ecological Emergency. Fellow of RSA.

  • Jamison Ervin

    Project participants

    Jamison Ervin is manager of Nature for Development UNDP and Conservation policy leader in biodiversity planning, management, finance, policy and assessment, with a focus on promoting nature-based solutions for sustainable development. Development of criteria and indicators for monitoring and evaluation; the development of practical management tools, methodologies and learning curricula for practitioners and policy makers; the design and execution of capacity development strategies at multiple levels; and the design of strategies to bring local nature-based solutions to scale.

  • Chris McCormick

    Project participants

    Chris comes from a multi-disciplinary background that embraces leadership, urban development and interpersonal communication. He has worked in cities across the globe including London, Jakarta, Moscow and since 2004 Oslo. His most recent work is connected to the development of smart and sustainable communities, developing innovation programmes that are driving new business models and sustainable change. With 16 years experience as a project manager in the property industry and 10 years working as a facilitator and process leader in communication, Chris has a unique approach to leading projects that finely balance the need for structure and flexibility for change.

  • Kamrul Hassan Suman

    Project participants

    Kamrul is a Research Assistant with more than two years of work experience (as Govt. Fisheries Officer) managing all aspects of floodplain fisheries & aquaculture from research to training. He completed his MS in Fisheries Biology and Aquatic Environment; BS in Fisheries from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University, Bangladesh. He was awarded the Prime Minister Gold Medal for his outstanding academic performance. He is actively involved in different organizations (Resilient Youth Leadership Summit-2020, UNICEF, IUCN CEM Young Professionals Network, Science Porter BD, Google Map Local Guide Bangla etc.) both as a volunteer and coordinator. He will start his PhD program within this year. He is interested in collaborative research and publication.

  • Shulamit Morris-Evans

    Project participants

    Shulamit is the co-founder of Extinction Rebellion Jews, a community group within Extinction Rebellion that aims to bring Jews to Extinction Rebellion’s actions and Extinction Rebellion’s understanding of what must be done about the climate and ecological emergency to the Jewish community. Since then she has spoken about them on multiple occasions and helped coordinate their activities, including their participation in the April and 2019 October Rebellions. She is a lifelong member of, and occasional service leader at, Finchley Reform Synagogue, and has also been a community organiser for other informal Jewish communities. She has previously worked as a teacher for three years and holds a Bachelor's degree in Classics from Clare College, Cambridge.

  • Anish H S

    Project participants

    Anish is a final year Biotechnology undergrad, from Bangalore, India at the BMS College of Engineering. He is fascinated about the advancements in science and technology which lead to his main interests being in the fields of genetic engineering, artificial intelligence and data sciences. He is skilled at working on different software tools and technologies. He is self motivated and is good at taking decisions based on logic and critical thinking. He was part of the winning team of a City design challenge at Phase Shift,the tech fest held for various colleges in BMSCE. He has taken part in the competition, Biomimicry Global Design Challenge 2020, along his team ERIDU. He loves anime, food and mystery novels.

  • Dr Amal-Lee Amin

    Project participants

    Dr Armal-Lee Amin Climate change director at CDC working with in-country partners on design and implementation of financing strategies and pathways for low carbon and resilient development in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Formerly Chief of Climate Change Division at the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), member of the Private Sector Advisor Group to the Green Climate Fund and the UNFCCC on long-term finance; co-facilitator of the OECD DAC task team on the Rio Markers for tracking environmental finance; Board membership roles for REEEP; China’s Global Environment Initiative and the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Financing Resilience (FiRe) initiative.

  • Dr Peter Williams

    Project participants

    Dr Peter Williams has over 30 years’ experience in helping businesses and governments adapt to, and make the most of, new technology. By background a strategy and process consultant, he was formerly the CTO of IBM's "Big Green Innovations" unit, where he played a major role in the development of IBM's "smarter planet" businesses in the areas of environmental management, water management, smart cities and disaster resilience: these focused on on the applications of big data, IOT, AI, blockchain and digital twinning to public infrastructure and public services. He was also the lead author, pro bono, of the UN City Disaster Resilience Scorecard, now used by over 200 cities globally, and recently led, pro bono, the creation of a further UN Scorecard for the resilience of industrial and commercial real estate.

  • Wael Alafandi

    Project participants

    Born in Syria 25 years ago, I left my country at war to find in Europe the opportunity to continue my studies. After 4 years in Germany studying social and political sciences I decided to continue my university career in France to get closer to the eco-village project I am developing with 17 other families. This year I will validate my bachelor's degree and I wish, while working and living in the village, to continue my studies. I have worked for several years with different international organizations and I wish to put my experience and my connection with the world at the service of the pivot project and thus create bridges between worlds, cultures, countries, people,... Having experienced war I understand the importance of seeking peace and I have realized that it is by changing our lifestyles and ways of thinking that we will one day be able to achieve this peace. The project will be my contribution to make this world a little bit better.

  • Tom Ferguson

    Project participants

    Tom has run Imagine H2O’s global accelerator program since 2015, helping to build it into the world’s foremost entrepreneurial program for founders in the water sector. Each year, more than 500 water entrepreneurs globally submit their business plans to the organization, with an acceptance rate of 5%. Accelerator companies are supported through entrepreneurial development, marketing & visibility support, and customer and investor introductions. Imagine H2O’s portfolio has received over $550m in investment, and improved the lives of millions of people worldwide since 2009. In 2019, the organization founded Imagine H2O Asia, a Singapore-based program that provides a bridge for startups to the Southeast Asian water market. Tom holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, and an MA in Politics from Edinburgh University.

  • Dr David Greenfield

    Project participants

    Managing Director at SOcial, ENvironmental & EConomic Solutions (SOENECS). Chartered Waste Manager, Fellow of the CIWM, Fellow of the RSA, Associate Member of the ICE and Chartered Environmentalist with over 15 years of leadership experience in public and private sector roles focused on strategy, planning and delivering efficiencies in the environmental space.

  • John, Lord Alderdice

    Project participants

    As Leader of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland, Lord Alderdice was one of the key negotiators of the 1998 Belfast/Good Friday Agreement. He was the first Speaker of the new Northern Ireland Assembly, and subsequently one of four members of the international Independent Monitoring Commission appointed by the British and Irish Governments to oversee security normalization in Ireland. Appointed to the House of Lords (the Upper Chamber of the British Parliament) in 1996, and Convenor of the Liberal Democrats in the Lords during the Conservative/Liberal Coalition Government, he is currently one of the Deputies to the Lord Speaker of the House. He was President (now Presidente d’Honneur) of Liberal International - the global federation of some 100 liberal political parties. He is currently Director of the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict and a Senior Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College, a Visiting Research Fellow at St Benet’s Hall (both at the University of Oxford) and Emeritus Chairman of the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building that he established with colleagues in Belfast. John Alderdice is by profession a psychiatrist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist. He established Northern Ireland’s first Centre for Psychotherapy in Belfast and has just recently retired as a Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Maryland in Baltimore.

  • Prof Chris Rogers

    Project participants

    A Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Birmingham and Director of the UKCRIC National Buried Infrastructure Facility, Chris’ research interests embrace infrastructure systems and future sustainable, resilient and liveable cities. Amongst a portfolio of research grants on pipelines and transport infrastructures, extending now into the application of robotics, he led the highly multidisciplinary Urban Futures (researching extreme-yet-plausible future scenarios for urban resilience) and Liveable Cities (or Transforming the Engineering of Cities to deliver Individual & Societal Wellbeing and Planetary Wellbeing) research consortia. He served as a member of the Lead Expert Group of the UK Government Foresight Future of Cities project, he has served as editor of Engineering Sustainability and Tunnelling & Underground Space Technology. He chairs the Institution of Civil Engineers’ Innovation & Excellence Panel and is a core member of the UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC). He is contributing to the Post-Covid study both from a university and a UKCRIC perspective.

  • Gian Powell B. Marquez

    Project participants

    Powell is an Assistant Professor at the College of Global Liberal Arts, Ritsumeikan University, Osaka, Japan. He holds a Master’s degree in Marine Science (The Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines) and Doctorate’s degree in Engineering (Department of Aerospace Engineering, Nagoya University). His research was about the utilisation of marine biomass for anaerobic digestion using thalassic condition. Currently he is transitioning his focus on the Futures Studies of seaweed biomass economy in the Asia-Pacific region as part of the Blue Economy. He believes that future biomass, bioenergy, and water will be coming from the ocean.

  • Gerard Mooney

    Project participants

    Mr. Mooney retired from International Business Machines Corporation (“IBM”) in March 2014, after serving in a number of senior positions since 2000. Most recently, he served as the Vice President Strategy for IBM’s Public Sector from February 2012 until his retirement, as the General Manager, Global Smarter Cities for IBM from November 2011 to February 2012, and as the General Manager, Global Government and Education for IBM from 2008 to November 2011. He served as Vice President of IBM’s Venture Capital Group from 2000 to 2008. Before joining IBM, Mr. Mooney held various management positions at Hewlett-Packard Company for six years. Hewlett-Packard acquired the development stage company Mr. Mooney was running as President. While at HP he was named General Manager for New Business Initiatives coming from technologies developed in HP Labs. Mr. Mooney has extensive operational and financial experience across a broad range of technology-based companies, from start-ups to large public companies, and has considerable experience with the major customers in the intelligent transportation systems market.

  • Sarah Joseph OBE

    Project participants

    Sarah is a writer, broadcaster, and entrepreneur. Sarah is an internationally recognised public speaker. Renowned for her independent and innovative thinking, she has addressed audiences the world over. Her audiences are eclectic - from South Asia’s leading CEOs at the Khazanah Mega Trends Forum in Malaysia to worshipers at Westminster Abbey in London; from educationalists in Singapore to academics in Georgetown University in Washington.

  • Prof Nilay Shah

    Project participants

    Professor Nilay Shah is head of the chemical engineering department at Imperial College London and professor of process systems engineering at the Centre for Process Systems Engineering (CPSE), Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London. Nilay works in the field of process systems engineering, in particular the development and application of mathematical models to analyse, design and optimise complex process and energy systems.

  • Richard James MacCowan

    Project participants

    Richard is an award-winning designer and has worked around the world in cities, manufacturing, food systems and product design. He is the founder of Biomimicry Innovation Lab, a consultancy focusing on solving complex problems by looking to the natural world for solutions in cities, food and manufacturing circles. His passion is developing new models of innovation to reduce costs, improve efficiency and resilience in the design and manufacturing process. He has taught at some of the top design schools in the world: from The Royal College of Art (UK); The Pratt Institute (USA); Vellore Institute of Technology (India); and the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary). Richard is also the founder of the non-profit Biomimicry UK, and the CEO of an equine technology startup, Smart Stable Limited. He combines this with research development with international collaborators via the Design Society and the ISO Standards in Biomimetics.

  • Dr Roger Bentley

    Project participants

    Dr. Roger Bentley holds a BSc in Physics and Chemistry (University of Manchester), an MASc in Industrial Engineering (University of Toronto) and a PhD in solar energy from the Department of Engineering, University of Reading. Dr. Bentley’s research areas cover global hydrocarbon depletion, solar energy, and broader energy issues. From 2015 to 2017 he was editor of the academic journal ‘The Oil Age’, and earlier was a member of the University of Reading's ad hoc 'Oil Resources Group', which included giving presentations on oil depletion to governments, industry, research institutions and academia. In 2001/2002 Dr. Bentley was Co-ordinator of the Oil Depletion Analysis Centre, London, and is a past-Secretary of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas (ASPO). Other positions held include Head of Research, Whitfield Solar Ltd; Senior Research Fellow, Department of Cybernetics, University of Reading; Modelling Analyst, Thames Water Utilities; Financial Analyst, Esso Chemicals; and Programmer-Analyst, Imperial Oil. Dr. Bentley has published some 50 academic papers and two books, including Introduction to Peak Oil, Springer, 2016.

  • Dr Ian Mabbett

    Project participants

    Ian is an associate professor at Swansea University in the UK. He works across the chemistry and materials science and engineering portfolios and leads transdisciplinary programmes exploring the potential future role of energy positive buildings domestically and in the global south. He hopes the current times can facilitate a pivot to a greener, fairer and more resilient future.

  • Pavan Dev G

    Project participants

    Pavan is a final year Biotechnology undergrad, from Bangalore, India at the BMS College of Engineering. He is interested in the field of genetic engineering, molecular biology and omics, as his study. He is a science and technology enthusiast, fascinated with astronomy and nanotechnology. He is an outspoken person with good managerial skills. He is a member of Rotaract and there he has led a team of volunteers for community service. He has taken part in the competition, Biomimicry Global Design Challenge 2020, along his team ERIDU. He was a part of the winning team of a city design challenge that was conducted in Phase-Shift (a technical fest conducted by BMS college of engineering). He loves food and cricket and enjoys reading fantasy novels.

  • Dipesh Dhayfule

    Project participants

    Dipesh D. has completed a Master's in Physics and since then he has educated thousands of students in the field of physics and maths. He has worked on a start up called A-bots pvt Ltd as research assistant in the department of designing and fabrication for two years. Currently he is associated with a Taiwanese lab which works on AI application of time series analysis on Covid-19.

  • Koen van Dam

    Project participants

    Dr Koen H. van Dam is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Process Systems Engineering at Imperial College London. He applies agent-based simulation and modelling to create decision-support tools for large-scale socio-technical infrastructure systems in domains including energy, transport and water, mostly in cities or city regions. He was project lead for the Climate-KIC project Smart District Data Infrastructure in cooperation with the London Legacy Development Corporation, and module leader and lecturer in Urban Energy Systems. He has led and worked on projects on smart cities, electric vehicles, and resilient infrastructure, providing input to city stakeholders using a combination of modelling and simulation, stakeholder workshops and data analysis while taking a systems approach. He has a background in Artificial Intelligence and a PhD in Technology, Policy and Management.

  • Bob Bishop

    Project participants

    Bob Bishop spent 40 years in the technical, engineering and scientific computing business, and was responsible for building and operating the international aspects of Silicon Graphics Inc., Apollo Computer Inc., and Digital Equipment Corporation. He is on the advisory boards for the EU's Human Brain Project, National ICT Australia (NICTA), Multimedia Super Corridor of Malaysia, the University of Tenaga Nasional (Uniten), and UCLA's Laboratory for Neuro Imaging (LONI). He founded ICES Foundation 11 years ago to bring together the earth systems modelling community.

  • Amy Clarke

    Project participants

    Amy Clarke is founder and chief impact officer at Tribe Impact Capital, deeply committed to helping people understand and embrace the planetary boundaries within which we live, work and play. Amy believes that the fragility of our planet, the ongoing pressures it faces and our place on it can only be solved when we recognise and embrace our impact on it and work with nature, not against it.