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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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).

  • Dr Rick Robinson

    Project founders

    Dr. Rick Robinson is Director of Smart Places, Digital Infrastructure and Telecommunications for Jacobs. 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. He has led the delivery of digital strategies for some of the largest developments in the UK, Europe and the Middle East, representing £billions of investment. Previously, Rick has led Smart Cities businesses for Arup and IBM, and was Director of Technology for Amey, where he was responsible for driving advances in digital technology into public services and infrastructure that are used by about 1 in 4 people in the UK every day. Rick collaborates with a network of technology entrepreneurs, Universities and social institutions to explore innovations in digital technology, and has advised the UK Government and United Nations on their impact on the built environment, economy, communities and society. Rick is a member of the UK5G Steering Group, a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, and a member of the Academy of Urbanism. He founded and co-chairs the Birmingham Smart City Alliance. Rick writes about his work at http://theurbantechnologist.com/ and you can connect with him on Twitter as @dr_rick.

  • 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. 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.

  • Aneta Popiel

    Project participants

    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.

  • Sharmin Shara Mim

    Project participants

    An amateur writer in her leisure time, Sharmin Shara Mim is currently working at Brac Institute of Educational Development, combining her passion for communication and facilitation. She has been engaged in youth capacity building since her university years. In that pursuit, she has done two internships on youth capacity building and climate change. She has written a short story anticipating climate change impact on earth titled “Ice Age”. She also believes in youth leadership role to have positive impact on earth. She has been awarded the young change maker titled “Rising Star” by Wedu global. She is also a youth member of YOUNGO- Children and Youth Constituency to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change ( UNFCCC). Her main areas of interest include youth, climate change, disaster management and conservation communication. She has completed her undergraduate academic degree in Disaster and Human Security Management from Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP), Bangladesh.

  • Jean-François Barsoum

    Project participants

    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.

  • Hussain Beig

    Project participants

    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.

  • 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.

  • Stephen Passmore

    Project participants

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Andre Head

    Project participants

    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.

  • Chidiebere Peter Echieh

    Project participants

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • HÀ Tú Anh

    Project participants

    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.

  • 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.

  • Surya Ravi

    Project participants

    Surya Ravi, born and brought up in Kuwait is now studying his final year in B.tech Biotechnology at BMS College Of Engineering, Bangalore. He is passionate about science and technology and has a particular interest in Food technology, microbiology, environmental biotechnology 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, video games, TV shows, movies, food and music.

  • Stan Curtis

    Project participants

    Trained as systems engineer, with a graduate degree in operations research from Berkeley, and research at MIT, Stan is a founding member of Open Commons and advisor to startups in Palo Alto, New York and Hong Kong. His work has been featured in IBM Smart Cities research, CEOs for Cities, the Congress for New Urbanism and a Masterclass with CK Prahalad. Stan is active with Portland/Metro planning experts and is an advisor on Eco-Districts, CIB Smart Cities (TG88) and Future Cities Catapult (UN-SDG Goal11).

  • 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.

  • Nguyen Quy Quynh Anh (Anna)

    Project participants

    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).

  • 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.

  • Rémy Lamon

    Project participants

    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.

  • Prof David N. Bresch

    Project participants

    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.

  • Steve Hamm

    Project participants

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Paul MacLean

    Project participants

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sharanya Shreedhar

    Project participants

    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.

  • Bill McKenna, Ph.D.

    Project participants

    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.

  • 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.

  • Ian Abbott-Donnelly

    Project participants

    Ian Abbott-Donnelly was the Head of Technology for English Nature and then European Chief Technology Officer for Big Green Innovations and Smarter Cities at IBM. His job involved pushing the boundaries of IBM in the areas of Smarter water management, carbon management, alternative energy and the application of high performance computing to environmental issues.

  • Sonali Kumari

    Project participants

    Sonali Kumari, brought up in Alabama, USA is currently studying in BMS College of Engineering in Bangalore, pursuing an undergraduate degree in Biotechnology. Her fields of interest include Genetics, Biopharmaceutical, Immunology and Biochemistry. During her college course she conducted several lab works which is now part of the academy in the BioTechnology department. She wishes to do MS followed by a PhD in genetics to be a research scientist. Along with her academics, she loves reading and writing poetry, doing sketches and paintings, playing soccer and photography in her free time. She is fluent in three languages and knows another two. She has also learnt AutoCAD. She was one of the coordinators in her department for a college fest-PhaseShift. Recently, she took part in Biomimicry Global Design Challenge along with 6 of her classmates. She is motivated by those around her and aspire to contribute to society with her knowledge.

  • Simon Ratcliffe

    Project participants

    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.

  • 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.

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