Dr Gabrielle Walker, Keynote Speaker
Dr. Gabrielle Walker is an expert strategist, speaker and moderator, helping businesses to address global challenges—with a focus on sustainability, new energy and climate change.
Gabrielle has a strong background in building new narratives and engagement across a wide range of sectors. She works at boardroom-level with a broad set of global companies to analyse emerging global trends, challenge conventional thinking and turn analysis into meaningful action. Her recent TED talk is ‘What you need to know about carbon removal’ (2021) – with 2 million views so far.
She has been Climate Change Editor at Nature and Features Editor at New Scientist and has written extensively for many international newspapers and magazines, including The Economist, Prospect, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. She is author of four books including co-authoring the bestselling book The Hot Topic, how to avoid global warming while still keeping the lights on, which was described by Al Gore as “a beacon of clarity” and by The Times as “a material gain for the axis of good”.
Gabrielle has a PhD from Cambridge University and has taught at both Cambridge and Princeton.
Dr. Anusha Shah
Senior Director - Resilient Cities, Arcadis
Anusha is a leading chartered engineer, thought leader, speaker, panellist and a passionate advocate for diversity, inclusion and fairness. With over two decades of proven leadership and management excellence on numerous high profile engineering and environmental projects in the UK and internationally, she is driven by a desire to make societies inclusive, safe, climate resilient and sustainable.
She currently leads on City Resilience at Arcadis, UK. She was previously the Founder & CEO of Plan for Earth, a consultancy providing advisory services on climate change adaptation and resilience. She was also Chair of the board of Thames Estuary Partnership, a leading charity providing a framework for sustainable management of the Thames in active collaboration with a network of over 4,000 stakeholders.
Anusha has worked in the Government, Non-govt. organisations, Consultants, Contractors, Regulator and Utility companies, and has led various multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural projects. She has real time experience of managing unfamiliar and complex issues developing a range of transferable skills in the process.
Head of Investor Relations, Arcadis
Christine has been with Arcadis for seven years with one year as Head of Investor Relations and previously for three years as an Investor Relations Officer. She has a background in financial and business analysis and M&A with a Masters in Economics. Previously, Christine worked in the Capital Markets department of RBS (formerly ABN AMRO) and at Heineken International before joining Arcadis in 2015.
Dr. Julia Creasy
Group Sustainability Director at Croda
Julia joined the company as an Applications Scientist nine years ago and moved to a newly created role in Sustainability in 2017. Having always been important to Croda, over the last five years the focus on sustainability has accelerated, becoming central to Croda’s strategy and embedded across the business.
Julia has worked with the Executive Committee to develop Croda’s 2030 Commitment to be Climate, Land and People Positive. This has been integral to her position leading a small, central team focused on supporting Croda’s sector and regional teams to deliver against these ambitious targets.
12.00pm – Registration and lunch (Florence Hall - upstairs)
1.00pm – First session (Jarvis Hall - downstairs)
- Keynote speech - Dr Gabrielle Walker will open the conference and draw on her extensive experience to bring you her latest thoughts on climate adaptation.
- Fireside chat - Senior Analyst Ben Kluftinger will be joined by Senior Director - Resillient Cities, Dr Anusha Shah and Christine Disch from Arcadis. Arcadis is a global design and engineering consultancy who deliver sustainable outcomes throughout the lifecycle of their natural and built assets.
2.30pm – Refreshment break (Florence Hall - upstairs)
3.00pm – Second session (Jarvis Hall - downstairs)
- Thematic review - Head of Research Seb Beloe and Senior Analyst Claire Jervis present a thematic review of sustainable materials held in the Strategy.
- Fireside chat - Group Sustainability Director at Croda, Dr Julia Creasey will be talking to Associate Fund Manager Victoria MacLean about how chemical manufacturer, Croda, has developed innovative and sustainable ingredients for everything from personal care to polymers.
4.00pm – Refreshment break (Florence Hall - upstairs)
4.20pm – Third session (Jarvis Hall - downstairs)
- Strategy update - Fund Manager Ted Franks and Associate Fund Manager Ty Lee will present an investment review and outlook for the year ahead.
- Q&A - A plenary session and open forum for questions with the WHEB team.
5.30pm – Drinks reception (Florence Hall - upstairs)
7.00pm – We will be showing the England vs Wales World Cup football match on the big screen in the Florence Hall. Everyone is welcome to stay.
Please note, we will be recording some video footage on the day, please let us know if you don't want to be filmed.
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