The Rt. Hon. Sir Ed Davey
The Rt. Hon. Sir Ed Davey was MP for Kingston and Surbiton MP between 1997 and 2015, and served in the UK Coalition Government in the Cabinet, as the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (2012-2015). He was knighted in the New Year’s Honours of 2016 for his work in politics and on energy and climate change.
Ed graduated from Jesus College, Oxford, with a 1st Class Honours in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and gained a MSc in Economics at Birkbeck College.
As Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Ed led the UK’s low carbon transition, reforming electricity markets, trebling renewable power, brokering a deal for the EU 2030 climate targets ahead of the recent UN Climate Summit in Paris and launching policies to boost competition in UK energy markets.
From 2012 to 2015, Ed served on the EU Councils for Energy and Environment. In 2013, Ed established the Green Growth Group of EU Council Ministers from Member States backing action on climate change, which has been credited as central to the negotiations on the 2030 energy and climate change package.
Since leaving the House of Commons in May 2015, Ed has set up his own business – Energy Destinations Ltd – and consults widely in the energy space, with industry, financial and legal clients. He is Chairman of Mongoose Energy, Non-Executive for Nord Engine Capital (a Chinese PE with a Clean Tech Fund) and a Board Member for ENGIE UK’s new Advisory Board.
Trevor is a corporate partner based in Squire Patton Boggs’ London office and has over the last 20 years acted for a wide variety of companies and institutions across a multitude of jurisdictions and across a broad spectrum of industries including engineering, manufacturing, energy, media, retail, healthcare, shipping and chemicals.
Martin is a digital entrepreneur, investor and mentor, with a track record of significant value creation and market leadership, specialising in technology, media, healthcare and communications. He grew IRIS software from an EV of £30 million to an exit at £500 million.
He has partnered with 9 private equity houses and venture capital firms over the past 20 years through growth, turnaround and at most life stages including corporate venturing.
He invests directly and alongside these PE/VCs as an active NED/Chairman as well as mentoring young entrepreneurs and as an investor/patron to both for-profit and not-for-profit organisations dedicated to getting young people into employment and self employment.
Martin most recently founded Growth4Good, which invests in for-profit organisations that can demonstrate highly scalable growth potential combined with a clear social purpose.
Alex is an economist at the University of Oxford. He is interested in how innovations diffuse through social networks and how to design markets that ameliorate environmental problems. He looks at how best to run complex auctions and how networks shape the diffusion of innovations. Moreover, he works on climate change policy. Before coming to the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Laboratory for Information and Decision System at MIT and a Visiting Business Fellow at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. He received a BSc in Economics (2008) from the LSE and MPhil (2010) and DPhil in Economics (2013) from the University of Oxford.
Jane is an influential political strategist with over 20 years’ experience working to advance sustainable growth, renewables and conservation. Through years of environmental activism she has developed a reputation for quality and professionalism delivering measurable results through a wide range of campaign and PR tactics. She has an extensive network of contacts within Westminster, Whitehall, industry and NGOs and has worked for Greenpeace, WWF, Association for the Conservation of Energy, Sustainable Energy Association, Green Alliance, Solar Trade Association and many others.
Jane has a personal and academic interest in the environment and has been involved in community campaigning and politics throughout her adult life. As well as a Project Director at sustainability hub – a platform for groups promoting a low carbon economy, she is Co-ordinator of the APG for Intelligent Energy, a Director of PRASEG and helped set up the newly formed Air Pollution APG. She is also is a Trustee of the Fairyland Trust – a charity aiming to connect families and nature.