The Partnerships & Advisory Board provides strategic guidance to the School through sharing of their collective knowledge and experience.
Formed of experts in their respective fields across industry, policy, third sector, academia and individual contributors, the Board committed to the School’s mission and helping its four institutes and students flourish. The new Board will employ its collective knowledge and experience to advise the school on strategic direction, support growth. It will give the opportunity to generate strategic knowledge through developing new and deeper ties between strategic thinkers from external organisations. The Board will identify new global trends and help respond in an agile manner, uplift the School’s global visibility, leverage external expertise, and facilitate new partnerships, funding opportunities and impact pathways.
Sandrine Dixson-Declève - Chair of the Partnerships Advisory Board
Co-President - Club of Rome
Sandrine was recognised by GreenBiz as one of the 30 most influential women across the globe driving change in the low carbon economy and promoting green business. She is the first female Co-President of the Club of Rome (1968), sits on several Boards, is a senior advisor/Senior Associate for CISL, ETC, Interel and E3G, and is a lecturer at the University of Cambridge.
She also holds several advisory positions within the European Commission including Chair of DG R&I Think Tank ESIR (Economic and Societal Implications of Research and Innovation); Co-Chair, Manufacturing Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance/Taxonomy, and Member of the Climate Change Mission Assembly.
Chief Executive and Founder - PassivSystems
Colin is the Founder and CEO of PassivSystems developer of an award-winning home energy management services platform. He is a Fellow of the Energy Institute and an Advisory Board Member to UCL’s International Energy Institute. PassivSystems is a founding member of Energy UK’s New Energy Services & Heat Committee.
He is a regular speaker at local and international conferences including World Energy Congress, United Nations sustainable Energy for All and World Economic Forum (WEF). His company has won numerous awards including WEF Technology Pioneer, Global Cleanteh 100 and UCL Knowledge Transfer Business of the Year. In 1999 Colin was a winner of the prestigious EY Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Director of Research (from November 2020) - The New Institute
Maja Göpel is a political economist and important voice for a sustainable transformation of society working at the intersection of economy, politics and society. Her ideas are presented in scientific publications, as well as public books including Unsere Welt neu denken which has been on the German bestseller list. From 2017-2020, she was Secretary-General of the German Advisory Council on Global Change which advises government on the design of global transformations towards sustainability. She headed the Berlin office of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy and represented future generations’ interests in EU and UN processes as Director Future Justice at the World Future Council. In 2019, Maja Göpel was appointed Honorary Professor at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg. She is a member of the Club of Rome, the World Future Council, the Balaton Group, and the German Sustainable Development Solutions Network and a co-initiator of the Scientists for Future network. From November 1, Göpel will help shape THE NEW INSTITUTE's programmes as Director of Research and develop new ways of Science Communication.
Associate Director, Energy Efficiency and Climate Change - European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (ERBD)
Dr. Nigel Jollands has worked on sustainable energy and environmental policy for 25 years. In March 2011 he took up a post with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and is now Associate Director, Lead, Policy Products Unit in the Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Department. In this role he works at the interface between policy and finance, supporting the Bank’s green investment programme through policy dialogue with governments in the Bank’s area of operations (Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and North Africa). He also co-leads the development of the Bank’s EUR1.5 billion Green Cities Framework. Prior to this role, he spent 5 years as Head, Energy Efficiency Unit at the International Energy Agency. At the IEA he led the Agency’s energy efficiency policy analysis, co-ordinating the Agency’s Energy Efficiency Working Party, and liaising with multi-lateral energy efficiency initiatives including the G8.
Nigel’s previous positions include Principal Ecological Economist in the New Zealand Centre for Ecological Economics (NZCEE), Senior Lecturer at Massey University, and senior policy analyst in New Zealand’s capital at various Ministries (Ministry of Commerce; Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority and Ministry for the Environment). He is a regular presenter at international conferences, has published numerous journal articles and contributed to many books in the area of resource efficiency and ecological economics.
Michelle T Davies
Partner and International Head of Clean Energy and Sustainability - Eversheds Sutherland
Michelle set up the International Clean Energy and Sustainability Group which she heads 18 years ago. It has advised on over 70GW of clean energy projects.
Michelle advises across the entire energy transition globally including storage, EV, energy efficiency, distributed energy and all renewable technologies including offshore and onshore wind, biomass, solar, hydro and biofuels. Her clients include Governments, institutional investors, funds, utilities, IOCs and developers. Michelle has recently been made an Honorary Fellow of the Energy Institute. Michelle sits on various advisory boards including the Middle East Solar Industry Association, MESIA Women in Solar Group, the policy strategy group of the Saudi Arabia Solar Industry Association, Climate Bond Initiative and PLC Environmental. Michelle is also on the REA Finance Steering Group and is on the Board of the Egypt British Business Council and the Dii Desert Energy Advisory Board. In addition Michelle was asked to join the Board of the Energy Institute and Thomson Reuters Energy Consultation Board and invited to join the UK Government’s Task Force for Electric Vehicles. Most recently, Michelle has been asked to join the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources International Advisory Board.
Michelle is qualified as a lawyer in the UK and the US (New York Attorney) and has a First Class Honours Degree from University College London and an Honours Masters Degree from UC Berkeley. She is a Fulbright Scholar and a John Rankin Scholar.
CEO - Energy Systems Catapult
Philip is the Chief Executive Officer of Energy Systems Catapult. Energy Systems Catapult was established in April 2015 with the remit to support the transition of the UK Energy System and enable economic growth from the many commercial and technological opportunities that will be created as the way we make, distribute and use energy undergoes radical change over the coming decades. The scope includes the interaction of energy with adjacent sectors, including water and transport.
He is a Commissioner on the global Energy Transition Commission and a member of the Global Futures Council of the World Economic Forum. Philip is also a Fellow of the Energy Institute and sits on various Advisory Panels. Before joining the Catapult, Philip worked for BP for over 30 years in a range of international commercial leadership roles. He established BP’s bio energy businesses and was CEO of BP Alternative Energy, embracing all of BP’s global renewable energy portfolio.
CEO - Green Finance Institute
Dr Rhian-Mari Thomas was awarded an OBE for services to green banking and was appointed chief executive of the UK Government and City of London Corporation-backed Green Finance Institute in 2019. She began her banking career at Barclays Investment Bank in 2000, and spent 10 years in leveraged finance and financial sponsors coverage before holding a succession of leadership roles across Barclays’ Corporate Bank and Barclaycard. Most recently, she was global head of green banking and founder and chair of Barclays’ Green Banking Council, which developed and launched a suite of green finance products and services. A fluent Welsh speaker, Rhian holds a PhD in Physics from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.
Chair Professor, Dean - School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Professor. Yong Geng is a chair Professor on Circular Economy and Industrial Ecology and also dean at the School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. His main research field covers industrial ecology, environment management, climate change, carbon emission accounting and sustainable development. He has published over 280 peer-reviewed papers in international journals such as Science, Nature, Nature Climate Change, Nature Communications, Science Advances, One Earth, Global Environmental Change, Water Research, Environmental Science & Technology, etc. He is one highly cited researcher by Clarivate Analytics. In 2013, he received the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars from the Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). He is a Cheung Kong Scholar Chair Professor of Ministry of Education. He is also serving in various organizations and scientific communities, such as a Leading Author in IPCC AR-5 and AR-6, reviewers for many international journals, experts in UN organizations (UNEP, UNIDO, UNU, UNCRD), and consultants for Chinese local governments. He is one of Clarivate’s global most highly cited researchers.
High Level Climate Action Champion, UNFCCC COP26 - UK Government
Nigel Topping is the UK's High-Level Climate Action Champion, appointed by the UK Prime Minister in January 2020. Nigel works alongside the Chilean High-Level Climate Action Champion, Gonzalo Muñoz. The role of the high-level champions is to strengthen collaboration and drive action from businesses, investors, organisations, cities, and regions on climate change, and coordinate this work with governments and parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Nigel was most recently CEO of We Mean Business, a coalition of businesses working to accelerate the transition to a zero carbon economy. Prior to that he was Executive Director of the Carbon Disclosure Project, following an 18 year career in the private sector, having worked across the world in emerging markets and manufacturing.
Arup - Senior Director, UKIMEA Region Energy Business leader
Mark Neller is a Director at Arup with over twenty years’ experience working in the energy sector, specialising in gas and electricity transmission and distribution. He has recently become the UKIMEA Energy Leader. Arup has a diverse portfolio of commissions across the energy system, including nuclear decommissioning, offshore wind, energy networks, hydrogen and low carbon building energy solutions. As a truly multi-disciplinary consultancy, Arup brings together experts from across its engineering, project delivery, economics and stakeholder and consumer insights teams to provide truly holistic an integrated solutions.
Head of Higher Education and Science - British Library
Maja responsible for the development of strategic relationships, policy and partnerships with the higher education and science sectors. Maja is an Advisory Board Member for the Arts and Humanities Research Council and a board member of the Knowledge Quarter. She has previously worked in universities, government departments, and as a professional consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers.