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Sustainable Business Opportunity


-- Chaired by --

Michael Hayman MBE DL: Seven Hills

Michael is an entrepreneur, broadcaster and author. He co-founded the campaigns firm Seven Hills & co-authored Mission (Penguin). He is Chairman of Entrepreneurs at the private bank and wealth manager Coutts.

Michael is Honorary Professor of the Purpose Economy at the University of London where he also holds an Honorary Doctorate. He is also an Honorary Fellow in Entrepreneurship at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School and is an advisory board member of the School of Business & Management, Queen Mary University of London.

Michael hosts the Change Makers podcast and the TV show Capital Conversation and is an experienced event host. He has interviewed leaders from business, sports, politics the arts and entertainment. Michael is a columnist for CityAM, Country and Town House, and capital markets columnist for the Yorkshire Post.

He co-founded the national campaign for early-stage enterprise, StartUp Britain, is an advisory board member of the National Business Awards and serves on the Advisory Council of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Michael was awarded an MBE for services to enterprise promotion, entrepreneurship and education, is a Deputy Lieutenant for Surrey and is a Freeman of the City of London.

-- Event speakers --

Chris Courtney: Made Smart Innovation

Chris is UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Challenge Director for Manufacturing Made Smarter, which is a £147M programme supporting the manufacturing sector in the UK. Through the development and adoption of new technologies it aims to transform the competitiveness, productivity, resilience and sustainability of the manufacturing sector in the UK and shape how the world does business. Prior to this Chris lead the Industry 4 effort in across manufacturing in Deloitte, developing and delivering smart factory and connected supply chain solutions across multiple industries. Chris has also been a CTO of a start-up, was the launching Chairman for CFMS and before that an Engineering VP in Rolls Royce where he worked in aerospace defence and commercial and offshore marine. Throughout Chris’ career he has developed and delivered new technology capability and business transformations and has worked extensively in Scandinavia, USA, Singapore and Europe.

David Greenwood: HVMC

David Greenwood is Director for Industrial Engagement, and CEO of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult at WMG. Previously, David established and led the Energy Directorate at WMG where he led a team of over 200 researchers and engineers. Projects spanned a number of fields, including cars, trucks, boats, off highway machinery, aircraft and motorcycles. His research spans batteries, electric motors, power electronics, and the integration and control of these for propulsion and energy applications.

David moved into academia after 20 years in industry latterly as Head of Hybrid and Electric Systems for engineering consultancy Ricardo UK Ltd.

Professor Greenwood holds advisory and board positions for the Advanced Propulsion Centre, Innovate UK (Faraday Challenge and IDP), and the Faraday Institution. He is head of the Advanced Propulsion Centre's Electrical Energy Storage Spoke.

Brian Holliday: Siemens Digital Industries

Brian Holliday is a member of the Senior Leadership Team of Siemens plc and Managing Director for Siemens Digital Industries, which serves the manufacturing and infrastructure sectors. He is also Chairman of Siemens Industry Software UK.

He holds board memberships for the High Value Manufacturing Catapult and Make UK, the Manufacturers’ Organisation, and has contributed to Parliamentary Select Committees on the topics of Education and Industry 4.0. He is a member of the Royal Society’s Science, Industry and Translation Committee.

A Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology,

Brian started his career with Texas Instruments and went on to read Computer Systems at Cardiff University before joining Siemens, the global leader in electrification, automation and digitalisation in 1993.

He attained his Executive MBA at Manchester Business School in 2000 and in 2014 became a graduate of the CBI’s Executive Leadership Programme.

Dr Kathi Kaesehage: Edinburgh University

Dr Kathi Kaesehage is a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh Business School where she organizes and teaches internationally-demanded postgraduate and MBA courses.

With her highly interdisciplinary research she is the Director of Research at B-CaSS where she explores the role of climate change for business strategies. Kathi has extensive experience on how entrepreneurs can be frontrunners in attaining a low-carbon economy through their embeddedness in local societies. Kathi has worked closely with representatives from industry bodies, companies and governments such as Volvo, Costain or the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) across Europe, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, China, the USA and the Caribbean. Her research has been published internationally such as in Financial Times (FT) 50 and ABS 3* listed journals and an award winning social entrepreneurship book.

Kathi has been instrumental in acquiring and implementing numerous research studies as co-investigator (funded by e.g. ESRC, British Academy, Newton Fund, GCRF). Kathi is currently writing a book on leadership and climate change under Edward Elgar Publishing.