'Organisations urgently need to rethink how they approach climate risk and this requires clarity of thought and strategy, effective leadership, transparency, and credibility to be successful and long-lasting. In this Masterclass, a panel of expert speakers will examine what organisations need to do to lead from the front regarding proactive climate action and risk management.'
Aliza Ayaz is a health & climate consultant by profession. Starting her journey as an international climate activist, she was soon recognised as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador. She jointly won the United Kingdom Youth Outstanding Commitment to Sustainability Award at University College London (UCL) and has been recognised by the World Bank Forum for her work.
Aliza has been featured on BBC, CNN, and Sky News for her work for social causes; Helping build polyclinics and facilitating climate action. She leads the Climate Action Society NGO which focuses on climate education. She has been recognised as a young changemaker by Vogue Arabia.
At just 24, she is fighting for including diverse voices of marginalised communities who will be most affected by climate change.
Ed Gillespie is a director of Greenpeace UK, communications specialist, serial entrepreneur, and futurist. He is the author of Only Planet: a flight-free adventure around the world, a global adventure where he takes anything but a plane to circumnavigate the world. Ed takes the complex, interconnected, interdependent nature of the many challenges the world faces, and makes common sense of them. He was the co-founder of Futerra, an international change agency that specialises in business transformation and creative communications. Ed is known for his brand of authentic ‘insultancy’ – being strategically rude to clients, with wit and wisdom to inspire them to greater heights and aspirations. He’s highly adaptable, constructively challenging, and pushes audience assumptions of business as usual, opening minds then mapping possible practical solutions and opportunities. Ed believes that the future won't simply be an extension of today. When considering what the future might be, he thinks we should stretch the idea of what we might consider impossible. He feels that future changes will see some jobs destroyed, but many new ones created. Ed has said that the farming industry will focus on small, autonomous robots rather than large tractors. A Trustee of Energy Revolution, Ed is also actively involved in several pioneering businesses as a director or investor, from Zero Carbon Food, Panda Packaging, Piclo, Small Robot Company, Engaged Tracking, Common Objective, Demand Logic, and Raw Bottles. Ed also co-presents two podcasts, The Great Humbling with social entrepreneur
Dougald Hine, and The Futurenauts - How to survive the apocalypse, with comedian Jon Richardson and fellow reluctant futurist Mark Stevenson.
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