Keynote speaker

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.

Judges

Pritil Gunjan
Pritil is an industry analyst at Frost & Sullivan, specialising in energy, environment and building technology. She has over a decade of research and consulting expertise, which includes expertise in business strategy, business restructuring, organisational change and operations strategy. In terms of industry expertise, Pritil covers a broad range of sectors, leveraging working relationships with key clients across conventional power generation equipment markets, renewables, distributed power generation and oil and gas markets.
Trevor Ingle

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.

Hugh Knowles
Hugh is the Director of Disruptive Innovation at Friends of the Earth, where he develops new approaches and ventures to create change. Prior to this, he built the Internet of Things Academy, a platform to help people create the data they need to provide evidence for real change within their community and beyond. Hugh is an impassioned supporter of entrepreneurship and sustainability, as sustainability advisor turned head of innovation at Forum for the Future.
Martin Leuw

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.

Tom McColm
Tom has been active in clean-tech for over 15 years. He graduated from Oxford and has a PhD in Materials Engineering from Berkeley. In 2001 joined Ceres Power, where he was key to developing the core fuel-cell technology. He moved into the City as a clean-tech equity specialist. Tom has considerable expertise sourcing and assessing opportunities in the clean-tech sector.
Iain Patton
Iain is a seasoned sustainability communications, media & PR practitioner who has worked with a number of climate & CSR related organisations in an advisory capacity including the Global Green Growth Forum, 3GF, the Global Call For Climate Action (GCCA), COM+ Alliance of Communicators for Sustainable Development, the Business & Sustainable Development Commission and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW amongst others. With a track record of innovation, entrepreneurism, and creativity he is noted for linking influential voices and stakeholders to catalyse movements that spread. Iain previously founded a range of sustainability focussed communications consultancies and events organisations including the International Green Awards which ran from 2006-2012 to drive positive, social and environmental step changes in business and industry in both the UK and internationally. Also, Iain writes occasional on Sustainability and Ethics for the Huffington Post.
Alex Teytelboym

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 Vaus

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.

Dimitri Zenghelis
Dimitri Zenghelis is Co-Head Policy at the Grantham Research Institute at the LSE. In 2014 he was Acting Chief Economist for the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. He was recently Senior Economic Advisor to Cisco’s long term innovation group and an Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House. Previously, he headed the Stern Review Team at the Office of Climate Change, London, and was a senior economist on the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, commissioned by the then Chancellor Gordon Brown. Before working on climate change, Dimitri was Head of Economic Forecasting at HM Treasury. He has provided regular briefings to the Chancellor Gordon Brown and Prime Minister Tony Blair. He has also worked at Oxford Economics, the Institute of International Finance, Washington DC, and Tokai Bank Europe, London.

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