Global Governance Institute


Enhancing Post-Pandemic Sustainability and Resilience: Paving the Way for Systemic Change

01 June 2021, 5:15 pm–6:30 pm

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How can post-pandemic recovery efforts accelerate sustainable transitions and what is needed to enhance resilience to future systemic shocks? Join us for a panel discussion with Lord Toby Harris, Amanda Janoo and Rowan Douglas.

This event is free.

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Julia Kreienkamp

COVID-19 has highlighted the compounding risks that systemic disruptions pose in an increasingly interconnected world. As the UK slowly emerges from the pandemic, we have an opportunity not just to rebuild but to redesign our social and economic systems. There is now wide agreement that recovery efforts must support both human wellbeing and environmental sustainability, in a manner that is inclusive and prioritises those most vulnerable. However, translating this vision into concrete policies and governance mechanism remains an ongoing challenge. Importantly, such responses must also take into account the need to prepare for future large-scale risks, from climate change to novel health emergencies. This panel discussion brings together leading experts from government, civil society and the private sector to discuss the prospects for “building back better”, towards a more sustainable and resilient future.

This event is hosted by the UCL Global Governance Institute and the UCL Warning Research Centre. It is supported by UCL Grand Challenges and the UCL Global Environment Domain.

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About the Speakers

Lord Toby Harris

Lord Toby Harris was made a Life Peer in June 1998 and has been Chair of the Labour Peers since 2012. He was until recently Vice Chair of the UK Parliament’s Joint Committee on National Security, having been a member for most of the last decade. He is a member of the House of Lords’ Select Committee on Life Beyond COVID and was a member of the Committee on Democracy and Digital Technologies, which reported in summer 2020. 

Outside Parliament, he chairs the National Preparedness Commission, whose mission is to promote better preparedness for a major crisis or incident, and is President of the Institute of Strategic Risk Management. He has also been Chair of National Trading Standards (which is responsible for delivering national and cross-boundary consumer protection enforcement activity) since May 2013, and Chair of the Fundraising Regulator (overseeing charitable fundraising) since January 2019. In addition, he chairs the Independent Advisory Group on Ethics for the National Crime Agency. In 2016, he conducted an Independent Review for the Mayor of London on London’s Preparedness to Respond to a Major Terrorist Incident.

Amanda Janoo

Amanda Janoo works as the Knowledge and Policy Lead for the Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WEALL). Amanda is an economic policy expert with over a decade of experience working with governments and international development institutions around the world. Her work aims to build more just and sustainable economies through goal-oriented and participatory policy design processes. Prior to joining WEALL, Amanda worked for the United Nations and the African Development Bank as a structural transformation and industrial policy expert.

Rowan Douglas

Rowan Douglas is the Head of Climate and Resilience Hub at Willis Towers Watson, supporting the management, regulation and financing of risks from climate, terrorism, cyber and other perils. Previously, he served on the Board of the Group's reinsurance division, Willis Re, as CEO Global Analytics and was appointed onto the UK Prime Minister's Council for Science & Technology 2011-2016. He founded the Insurance Development Forum with the World Bank, UN and global industry leaders in 2015 to address the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Agreements. He was made CBE in 2016 for services to the economy through risk, insurance and sustainable growth.

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