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How do we know how the climate is changing? How can we assess the risk to our lives, homes, businesses and communities? And how are people mitigating those risks in their everyday jobs, from engineering to finance? Join a panel of experts as they discuss the risks posed by climate change and what we can do to mitigate them.

This event is part of The Royal Institution’s new series on the climate crisis in partnership with the Grantham Institute.

The event will be chaired by Antony Froggatt and speakers include Crystal Moore, Deputy Director – National Resilience and Planning at the Environment Agency, Gaurav Ganguly, Head of Group Risk Economics at HSBC and Professor Joanna Haigh, former Co-Director of the Grantham Institute.

About the speakers

Crystal Moore is Deputy Director – National Resilience and Planning at the Environment Agency. She is the executive resilience and strategic lead for incident management policy, working closely with UK government. Her current focus includes leading the national organisational response to Covid-19, innovation including artificial intelligence technology led change and the impactful communication of science.

Gaurav Ganguly is the Head of Group Risk Economics at HSBC. He manages economic forecasting and scenario analysis needed to run stress tests, calculate loan impairments and to set HSBC’s business plan. Gaurav has worked in a variety of roles in risk in insurance and banking, including sovereign risk, credit risk modelling and economic analysis. Gaurav joined HSBC in 2014 prior to which he was at Barclays where he managed a research and analytics group in Portfolio Risk. In addition to his role at HSBC, he is currently a Research Fellow in Green Finance at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College, in London.

He has a PhD in Economics from Oxford University.

Joanna Haigh was Co-Director of the Grantham Institute at Imperial College from 2014 until her retirement in 2019. For the previous 5 years she was Head of the Department of Physics.  Jo’s scientific interests include radiative transfer in the atmosphere, climate modelling, radiative forcing of climate change and the influence of solar irradiance variability on climate. She has published widely on these topics in the scientific literature and also contributed to numerous items to the written and broadcast popular media. She has been President of the Royal Meteorological Society, Editor of Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society and of the Journal of Atmospheric Sciences, a Lead Author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and acted on many UK and international panels.  She is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Institute of Physics, the City & Guilds and the Royal Meteorological Society and an Honorary Fellow of Somerville College Oxford.  She was awarded the Institute of Physics Charles Chree Medal and Prize 2004, the Royal Meteorological Society Adrian Gill Prize 2010 and appointed CBE in the 2013 New Years Honours.

The event will be chaired by Antony Froggatt, Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Director, Energy, Environment and Resources Programme at Chatham House.

A centre for climate change innovation

Grantham Institute and the Royal Institution recently launched a centre for climate change innovation, which will radically increase the speed with which practical solutions to tackle the climate crisis are created and implemented, in the UK and internationally.

It is backed by six founding members, Arup, the Mayor of London, HSBC UK, Octopus Centre for Net ZeroPollination and Slaughter and May.

The centre will bring businesses, entrepreneurs, policy makers, academics and the public together around climate change innovation, creating a focus for London based innovators to implement global change through pioneering, practical solutions. It will provide an essential opportunity to harness the ingenuity, energy and support of people who are committed to tackling climate change and transforming the global economy.

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