Chris Baker is the European General Manager of KeepCup, known worldwide for its bright, bold and instantly recognisable reusable cups. KeepCup encourages reuse by delivering sustainably made products that are fit for purpose, and strives to make a difference to how we think about convenience culture.
Chris was a founding member of TerraCycle Europe – global leaders in ‘recycling the non-recyclable’ and one of the fastest growing environmental companies in the world. As a disrupter in the recycling world for nearly a decade, Chris has in-depth knowledge of the issues faced by the industry and understands the urgent need to reduce consumption.
Previously, Chris worked on sustainable packaging for food giant Kraft Foods, building on experience in product design, manufacturing and packaging technology.
Madeleine Cuff is the Deputy Editor at BusinessGreen, responsible for contributing daily news and features and analysis pieces to the site. She has a particular interest in sustainability in the food and fashion industries, alongside an enduring curiosity for new clean tech innovations.
Prior to joining BusinessGreen in June 2015, Madeleine spent three years as an assistant editor at innovation consultancy Stylus, where she covered future-facing shifts in the science, technology and health sectors. She has a Masters in journalism from City University London and a first class honours degree in English Literature from Durham University.
Caroline joined Landsec in April 2015, where she is delivering the company’s ambition for industry leadership on Sustainability, Public Affairs, Health Safety and Security. She is responsible for both setting strategy and delivery. Her work is focused on creating jobs and opportunities, efficient use of natural resources and sustainable design and innovation. Recent achievements include moving the company to 100% renewable electricity provision and setting new science-based carbon and energy reduction targets. Prior to joining Landsec, Caroline was COO of PwC’s Sustainability & Climate Change team where she worked with a number of clients to develop leading sustainability programmes.
Oli is a Business Development Director at Jones Food Company, Europe's largest vertical farm since February 2019. Prior to this Oli was working in the Electrical Vehicle department at Jaguar Land Rover, focussing specifically on EV charging infrastructure and end-of-life battery recycling.
Alejandro Litovsky is the Founder & CEO of Earth Security Group, an advisory company providing global and local intelligence for business to engage more effectively with governments, investors and stakeholders in the design of business solutions for sustainable development and climate adaptation. In the agriculture sector, ESG is designing and piloting innovative finance mechanisms among banks, companies and multilateral agencies, to unlock capital for the adaptation of food systems to climate change in innovative ways. Alejandro has over 20 years senior experience working with global companies, investors and government agencies across emerging markets to develop partnerships that address critical sustainability risk scenarios.
Andrew Mitchell is an international thought leader on natural capital finance and tropical forests. In 2017, he established the consultancy Equilibrium Futures, to provide strategic advice to Family Offices, Asset Managers, and Banks on risks and opportunities linked to natural capital in their philanthropy and finance. He is the Senior Adviser to Global Canopy, an international think tank he founded in Oxford in 2001 and leads its work on developing landscape green bonds. As Founder and Senior Adviser to the Natural Capital Finance Alliance, he helps design tools for banks, investors and insurers worldwide on natural capital. He Chairs the Advisory Board of Ecosphere Plus (E+), a company specialising in environmental assets, and advises its parent Mirova-Althelia, an impact investment company. In 2014, he was named as one of the world’s 100 ‘Most Influential Investors’ by the Journal of Environmental Investing.
Prior to Global Canopy in Oxford, Andrew was Vice President of Programme Development and International Relations at Earthwatch Institute in Boston, USA, managing 130 field research projects in 30 countries. In the 1980’s he pioneered the scientific exploration of rainforest canopies. Andrew is a Distinguished Fellow of YES Global Institute in India, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and is the Emeritus Rufford Fellow in Environmental Understanding at Green Templeton College, Oxford.
James Murray is Editor-in-Chief of BusinessGreen, having launched the site in October 2007. He is responsible for BusinessGreen's leading news, opinion and analysis, and also contributes to the brand's expanding events' programme
James is one of the UK's leading commentators on the low carbon economy. He writes occasionally for The Guardian newspaper and has also reported for BBC Radio on a number of green technology stories. James reports daily on a wide range of green business issues, with a particular focus on low carbon policy, economics and technology.
In March 2011, James was voted number eight in the Press Gazette's list of the top 50 environmental journalists in the UK. Prior to launching BusinessGreen, James spent five years as a technology journalist working on a variety of IT titles.
Euan Murray became Chief Executive of The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) in December 2016 with a focus on driving implementation of TSC tools by retailers and large purchasers, and working with TSC members on innovative solutions to supply chain sustainability problems. Murray joined TSC in 2012 and has held a number of leadership positions, most recently COO. Prior to joining TSC, Murray was Director of Footprinting at The Carbon Trust. There, he led projects with PepsiCo, Unilever, M &S, CDP and many other TSC members, focusing on product and supply chain carbon footprinting. He has held a number of other roles in sustainability, financial services and strategy consulting. Murray has a BA in Natural Sciences and an MSc. in Materials Science & Metallurgy from Cambridge University, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. He is married to Emily and has two sons, Oscar and Zac.
David joined NEF in 2016 following a decade of research, advocacy and campaigning on economics and climate at Friends of the Earth.
He leads a team of researchers at NEF that deliver policy, convening and thought leadership on how to ensure a radical and rapid response to ecological and climate breakdown which actively delivers social justice. His particular areas of expertise are the dynamics of local transition, with a particular focus on how to ensure decarbonisation does not hollow out communities and workforces that are particularly reliant on high-carbon jobs. He also has expertise in green taxation, fossil fuel subsidies, and the political economy of climate change in the UK.
Aarti Ramachandran is Head of Research & Engagements at the FAIRR Initiative, where she oversees the investor network’s collaborative engagement and research initiatives, including the ground-breaking Coller FAIRR Protein Producer Index.
Mark Selby co-founded Wahaca in 2007 and continues to run the business as CEO. Prior to this, Mark spent two years at Capricorn Ventures helping on strategy, operations and finance for a host of restaurant groups including Nando’s, Pizza Express and Baker and Spice. He started his business life at Merrill Lynch in the corporate finance department before moving to EasyGroup to work alongside Stelios Haji-Ioannou in various business development roles.
Clare is the director of IIED’s Climate Change research group. She has over 25 years of experience in development, in climate, energy and natural resources. Previously she spent 15 years with DFID, leading the integration of climate change thinking and finance into DFID's development interventions in Asia and Africa Divisions. She is interested in politically astute, agile processes that learn iteratively about how to support a just transformation to a climate positive future.
Rob is Chief Toaster (CEO) at Toast Ale. We brew our planet-saving beer using unsold loaves from bakeries and unused crusts from sandwich makers. With a slice of surplus fresh bread in every bottle and all our profits poured into the charity Feedback to fight food waste, Toast is the best thing since, well, you know…
Prior to Toast Rob led Ashoka in the UK, a global support network for social entrepreneurs. Rob is an award winning serial social entrepreneur having founded a number of ventures over the years. He founded READ International in 2004; a Tanzanian student-volunteer-led development organisation which to date has provided over 1.5 million books to school children and created 100 school libraries. He co-founded Generation Change in 2012, a partnership of the UK's leading youth social action organisations, helping 600,000 young people a year take positive action in their local communities. He also recently co-founded the youth-led campaign Undivided; a non-partisan campaign set up to get the best possible Brexit deal for young people. In 2011 he co-authored a book with his wife Nikki about social entrepreneurs in Africa called On the Up.
Ryan Mario Yasin is CEO and Founder of wearable technology company Petit Pli. Petit Pli engineer clothes that grow with children. Petit Pli’s patent-pending technology enables garments to grow bi-directionally to custom-fit children aged 9 months - 4 years.
While a student, Ryan experienced first hand how his nephew’s speedy growth translated to a huge amount of garment waste. The experience signalled an opportunity for innovation in the garment industry - currently the world’s second largest polluter, for the benefit of humanity. To realise Petit Pl’s technology, Ryan leveraged his aeronautical engineering research & training into deployable satellite structures at Imperial College London.