We have been helped in our early thinking about the nature of our centre and in bringing together founders by our panel of advisors.
David manages Virgin Earth Challenge – exploring scalable and sustainable ways of drawing down greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and permanently sequestering them. Amongst a range of roles looking at how to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions he is an advisor to Nori and Carbon180, key members of the community seeking to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. David has an MSc in Environmental Technology – specialising in Energy Policy - from Imperial College London.
Sarah has been involved with cleantech finance for the past nine years working for a number of companies. She is currently consultant CFO at Venture Verte.
Tom is Chairman of E3G. He has an extensive and illustrious background in environmental policy for government, business and NGOs, including being the Executive Director of Friends of the Earth and a former advisor to Rio Tinto on environmental matters.
James is Chair of the Overseas Development Institute and a Senior Advisor at Systemiq and Pollination Group. Among his list of achievements, he has represented island states at numerous COP meetings, founded Climate Change Capital and is a member of the London Sustainable Development Commission.
Jonathan is a Partner and head of the energy team at the law firm Howard Kennedy LLP. He specialises in climate change and the renewable energy sector, bringing investors and new businesses together to build the renewables sector and to facilitate the energy transition.
Andrew is the CEO of West London Business, representing the interests of a multitude of businesses in and around Imperial's White City Campus. He is a champion of environmental sustainability, and was recognised with the award of London Leader 2012 by the London Sustainable Development Commission.
David is a Partner at Knight Frank LLP, where he is the Head of Energy and Sustainability. He worked on the sustainability of the Olympics, is a member of the RICS Sustainability Working Group and advises the Climate-KIC on its urban theme.
Tidu is Vice Chairman of Riverstone Europe LLC and Senior Advisor to the Qatar Foundation Endowment Fund. An alumnus of Imperial, he worked for the former Rector, Sir Richard Sykes, to develop the College's links to industry and sat on the Board of the Grantham Institute.
Jim is Managing Partner at Earth Capital, a private equity company investing in sustainable technology businesses. He is a physicist by training and did his PhD at Imperial.
Keith is a Vice Chairman and Senior International Advisor (Sustainability) at Citi helping senior executives drive their business towards net-zero emissions and grasp the opportunities of the sustainability revolution. Prior to this he began his work on sustainability within business as the CEO of the B Team. Keith cycled to the South Pole.
Laura is a leading proponent of systems innovation aimed at increasing the efficiency of the energy and food sectors. This work follows on from her time in government, when she worked in DECC on decarbonising the energy sector. She brings academia, business and public policy together to develop these new economic models.
David was Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General on the 2030 agenda for sustainable development and climate change. This followed a distinguised career at the WHO and UN. He is concerned that humanity addresses the challenges an overheating planet will bring to public health.
Richard is the Chancellor of Brunel University, the President of the Royal Institution and the Chair of Imperial College Healthcare. This followed an illustrious career in the pharmaceutical industry, culminating in his chairmanship of GSK. He went on to become the Rector of Imperial College London (2002-08).