UCL Institute for Global Prosperity


Nature-inspired Future: Integrating Nature into Business Models and Systems

12 September 2023, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm

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An SDGs-focused discussion & networking event in central London to explore how we can integrate nature into business models and systems.

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Fast Forward 2030


The Orchard
1 Great Cumberland Place
United Kingdom

About the event

Join us for an in-person talk hosted by Fast Forward 2030, a global network of impact entrepreneurs achieving SDGs, followed by a panel discussion facilitated by Ehab Sayed, Founder and Chief Evolution Officer of BIOHM, a multi-award-winning research and development-led biotech company. Hear insights on how nature has inspired trailblazers in the fields of social action, ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) tracking and reporting, and architecture in designing the future of their businesses and wider systems. As we are moving closer to 2030, this is the time to create regenerative businesses for a sustainable future. In this nature-inspired future event, we will answer one of the most important questions of the Anthropocene “How can we integrate nature into rethinking business models and systems?”

Who is it for?

This event is for key industry players, start-up and scale-up entrepreneurs, and the general public who would like to understand how we can integrate nature into business models and systems.

About the Speakers

Juliette Morgan is a real estate industry leader with 20 years of experience working internationally. She has managed portfolios of millions of sq ft in development and asset management and later focused her career on ESG strategies in the built environment. She led pathways to net zero and offset for a UK-based REIT, British Land and is now a leader in Gensler's Global Climate Action and Sustainability Practice Area working with clients all over the globe to reduce their carbon impact and increase their human and biodiversity outcomes.

Jackie Marshall-Cyrus is the founder and CEO of Jackie’s Revolution CIC, a community interest company dedicated to the creation of novel sustainable ways of living out their later lives in their homes or wherever they choose in advanced years. She is a Registered Nurse and Nurse Educator with over 39 years of experience in clinical nursing practice, management, and leadership experience in the NHS and social care. She has earned an international reputation as an innovation strategist, a thought leader, a respected speaker, and an expert in the ageing domain.

Michael Pawlyn is the founder of Exploration a thought leader in regenerative design and the circular economy. He has lectured internationally and, in 2011, became one of only a small handful of architects to have a talk posted on TED.com which has since had over 1.8 million views. His book Biomimicry in Architecture has been the publisher’s best-selling title. He was central to the team that radically re-invented horticultural architecture for the Eden Project and responsible for leading the design of the Warm Temperate and Humid Tropics Biomes and the subsequent phases. He initiated the Grimshaw environmental management system resulting in the company becoming the first firm of European architects to achieve certification to ISO14001.

About the Moderator

Dr Ehab Sayed, Founder and Chief Evolution Officer at Biohm and Board Member of Fast Forward 2030, is a regenerative design engineer, strategic biomimic, and built environment innovator that strives to realise a biomimetic (nature-inspired) future that harmonises and realigns cultural and natural systems. He founded Biohm to develop nature-inspired biotechnologies aimed at decarbonising industries through scaling ground-breaking regenerative products and systems. Leading solid teams of passionate and talented designers, engineers, scientists, and business innovators from around the globe, he is working towards revolutionising economies to secure the future of humanity without impeding other species' evolutionary pathways - a march toward biosynergy.

About the Venue

The Orchard is an exclusive Clubspace from X+Why, an award-winning flexible workspace provider for purpose-driven businesses to amplify their great work to the wider business world. X+Why unites like-minded businesses and inspires community, collaboration and culture. See the details here: https://www.xandwhy.co.uk/clubspace/the-orchard.

About the Organiser

Fast Forward 2030 is a global network of SDG-focused impact entrepreneurs, hosted by the UCL Institute for Global Prosperity, with chapters in the UK, Lebanon and Africa. Our board members include award-winning entrepreneurs, academics, policymakers, sectoral experts and practitioners. We provide peer-to-peer learning, capacity building and collective partnership.