Director of Academic and Technology Ventures, Imperial College London
Charles Mallo joined Imperial College London from a senior executive P&L career in consulting, engineering, and private/public healthcare in the UK and abroad. His current Imperial portfolio of responsibilities include leading and supporting major local and international academic led commercial/strategic step-outs; new technology venturing support initiatives and strategy development; pursuing and overlooking new deep tech accelerator and incubator opportunities and delivery; leading Enterprise expertise groups, and external engagement on behalf of the College on programmes and Boards. He holds a first class MEng, with executive education at a number of top, global MBA schools and has completed the INSEAD International Directors Programme, holding its Certificate in Corporate Governance. Charles chairs the SES2019 Advisory Board and its Governance and audit committee.
President and CEO, International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)
Dirk Forrister is President and CEO of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA). Previously, he was Managing Director at Natsource LLC, the manager of one of the world’s largest carbon funds. Earlier in his career, Mr. Forrister served as Chairman of the White House Climate Change Task Force in the Clinton Administration, serving President Clinton. Prior to that, he was Assistant U.S. Secretary of Energy for Congressional, Public and Intergovernmental Affairs; and Legislative Counsel to Congressman Jim Cooper. He was also Energy Program Manager at the Environmental Defense Fund. Mr Forrister now serves on the Board of Directors of VERRA and as a member of the Advisory Boards of the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the American Carbon Registry.
Dame Fiona Woolf, DBE, DStJ
Partner at CMS-CMNO
Fiona Woolf is a partner in the Energy Team. She has been at the cutting edge of all the major reforms in the electricity sector for over 25 years.
She has worked across over 40 jurisdictions on electricity market implementation, regulation and power and transmission projects. Fiona is now focusing on large regional infrastructure projects, trading arrangements and regulatory regimes to attract investment. She is a former non-executive director of a water company and a former member of the Competition Commission. Fiona was the Lord Mayor of the City of London for 2013 - 2014. She was awarded a DBE in the New Year’s Honours List 2015. She is Honorary President of The Aldersgate Group and a Trustee of the Science Museum.
Prof. Jon Gluyas
Executive Director of Durham Energy Institute
Prof. Jon Gluyas serves as the Executive Director of the Durham Energy Institute. He is also the Ørsted/Ikon Chair in Geoenergy, Carbon Capture & Storage in the Department of Earth Sciences at Durham University. With career experiences in both industry and academia, he worked for 28 years within the oil industry. From 2001 to 2009 Jon co-founded two oil companies, the latter one with $300 million of initial equity. His technical background relates to the redevelopment of old or abandoned fields, which combines both geosciences and reservoir engineering. Prof. Gluyas now researches carbon capture and storage, geothermal energy and petroleum geosciences while maintaining strong links with industry. Recent work in the field of geothermal energy includes being involved in the drilling of the three most recently drilled deep geothermal wells in the UK.
Managing Director, IETA
Katie serves as Managing Director of IETA, the leading global multi-sector business voice for the intersection of markets and climate change. On behalf of IETA’s 150+ corporate members, Katie leads efforts to inform market solutions to address environmental challenges, while driving engagement across the Americas and Pacific Rim. She also manages IETA’s growing climate finance, aviation and digital innovation initiatives. Katie currently sits on the University of Toronto’s Environmental Finance Committee, Ivey Foundation’s Advisory Committee, and the International Student Energy Summit’s Advisory Panel. She is a Board Member to Canada’s International Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) Knowledge Centre and acts as Special Advisor to Biological Carbon Canada. She has sat on numerous Legislative Committees and Ministerial Advisory Committees to help guide climate plans and policies. In addition to frequent global public speaking engagements, Katie is regularly called upon to share expert testimony across various state, provincial and national legislatures. Prior to IETA, she worked as Senior Associate at ICF International. Katie holds an Honors Bachelor of Public Affairs & Policy Management and a Masters in Environmental Policy & Development (University of Sussex, UK).
Prof. Martin Siegert
Co-Director of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment, Imperial College London
Prof. Siegert FRSE has been the Co-Director of the Grantham Institute since May 2014. Previously, he was Director of the Bristol Glaciology Center at Bristol University, where he is now a visiting Professor, and Head of the School of GeoSciences at Edinburgh University, where he now holds an Honorary Professorship. He leads the Lake Ellsworth Consortium - a UK-NERC funded programme that aims to explore a large subglacial lake beneath the ice of West Antarctica. He has undertaken three Antarctic field seasons, using geophysics to measure the subglacial landscape and to understand what it tells us about past changes in Antarctica and elsewhere.
Exponential Impact Investor, Entrepreneur and Global Thought Leader
Nick Parker has pioneered and championed sustainability ideas, ventures and initiatives around the world for over three decades. He’s currently Chairman of Parker Venture Management Inc. and Founding Managing Partner of Global Acceleration Partners Inc. (“GAP”) a financial enterprise accelerating cross-border deployment of technologies and business models into emerging economies, especially China where Nick has been active for the past twelve years. He launched the Cleantech Group (“CTG”) and currently contributes to advisory boards such as to the Singapore Economic Development Board, Ontario Premier’s Climate Change Advisory Panel, Centre of Excellence for Commercialization of Research and the Clinton Global Initiative where he was principal energy and climate advisor.
Nick earned a BA Tech, Hons. (Carleton University, Ottawa) and an MBA in International Business (City University, London). He’s authored or edited many publications and articles related to cleantech, sustainability, finance and international business. Nick’s a keen swimmer, soccer fan, outdoor enthusiast and happy parent.
Prof. Nilay Shah
Head of Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London
Prof. Nilay Shah is the Head of Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. He is also the Director of the the Centre for Process Systems Engineering at the College. His research focuses on the application of process modelling and mathematical/systems engineering techniques to analyse and optimise complex process and energy systems and their associated supply chains, with a particular interest in clean energy, biorenewables and bioprocessing, including synthetic biology.
Prof. Tim Green
Co-Director of the Energy Futures Laboratory, Imperial College London
Prof. Tim Green is the Co-Director of the Energy Futures Laboratory at Imperial College London. He is also Deputy Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. His research focuses on the analysis and technology to support the development of a low carbon electricity supply network that is able to accommodate variable renewable sources and new widespread electric vehicle charging while still delivering a cost effective and very reliable service. Prof. Green holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.