Past Events (use drop down arrow to reveal agendas and presentations from the 2021-22 Season onwards)


Session One

International energy transition uncertainties, opportunities, and implications for the global carbon budget 
Oliver Rix, Director - Energy Transition, Baringa Partners 

Climate impact scenarios – potential security gamechangers, implications for energy geopolitics and the social licence
Thammy Evans, Senior Research Associate, Climate Change and (In)Security Project, University of Oxford & CHACR, British Army 

Delivering the Global Transition - evaluating recent regional trade and investment initiatives, and their implications for Net Zero delivery 
Virginia Murray, Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs, US Embassy

Cyril Robin-Champigneul, Head of Section of the Policy Unit, EU Delegation to UK

Julie Scott, Head – Energy Diplomacy, Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office

Session Two

Delivering Resilience: industrial capabilities and requirements to meet a disorderly transition
Martyn Link, Chief Strategist, Link Advisory Services Ltd & Advisor, Resilience First (CHAIR)

Amy Barnes, Head of Sustainability & Climate Change Strategy, Marsh

Mark Neller, Director & UKEMEA Head of Energy, ARUP

Climate Science Global Update: potential inflection points to watch through to 2030
Prof. Dominic Hodgson, Leader - Ice Sheets and Climate Change Team, British Antarctic Survey

Opening Presentations

Reviewing UK’s Net Zero Energy Innovation Plan in the context of transition goals: key initiatives ahead
Damitha Adikaari, Director - Science & Innovation for Climate & Energy, Department for Science & Innovation

Preparing the skills sector in advance of the requirement for the key sector jobs materialising
Christina Horspool, VP Sustainability & Climate Action, Xodus XAcademy

Industry Bulletins Group 1

UK Energy Transition developments between now and 2050 – demand, supply, infrastructure and investment
Frank Ketelaars, Operations Manager for Energy Systems, UK & Ireland, DNV 

Developing the North Sea into a Net Zero zone – challenges of transformation
Jonny Boston, Business Development Manager, Offshore Wind, The Crown Estate

Hydrogen transformation at utility scale – challenges and enablers for business redevelopment and to enable diverse solutions
Hannah Bronwin, Business Development Director, SSE Thermal

Industry Bulletins Group 2

EU Energy Transition – alternate perspectives on renewable energy integration across Europe
Anser Shakoor, General Manager, GE Energy Consulting 

Silke Goldberg, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

Integrating energy systems - optimising climate change mitigation through innovation in placemaking
Lucy Wood, Director, Climate Solutions Leader UK&I, Stantec

UK Energy Transition: Engaging with Government and Support
Chris Bagley, Head of Clean Energy and Infrastructure, Innovate UK KTN


Systemic Climate Risks: emerging trends and value at risk – key vulnerabilities for corporates and investors through to 2030 and beyond
David Nelson, Senior Director - Climate Transition Analytics, Willis Towers Watson

Economic resilience in the face of climate change – current and future challenges for Central Banks (NB: under CH Rule) 
Theresa Lober, Head of Climate Hub, Bank of England

Disorderly Transition Risks: the geopolitical, carbon and commercial implications of differing global transition trajectories
Nicola Harris, Head of Energy, UK & Lloyd’s market, AXA XL

Catharina Hillenbrand von der Neyen, MD & Head of Research, Carbon Tracker

William Attwell, Director of Climate Risk, Sustainable Fitch

The latest Climate Science & Tipping Point Risks: leading indicators, opportunities to intervene, and Positive Tipping options still available
Prof. Tim Lenton, Founder of the Global Systems Institute, and Chair in Climate Change and Earth System Science, University of Exeter

The benefits of investing in resilient infrastructure - the Physical Climate Risk Assessment Methodology (PCRAM)
Nikki van Dijk, Global Head of Resilience, MottMacdonald

The Liability and Financial Implications of failing to mitigate climate risks in a timely manner - considering the incentives required to accelerate intervention
Wynne Lawrence, Legal Director, Clyde & Co

John Firth, Senior Director - Climate and Resilience Hub, Willis Towers Watson

Cath Bremner, Chief Strategy and Operations Officer, Impax Asset Management

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International Indicators & Issues - Panel 1

Global energy markets - current indicators and trends, and implications for the energy transition 
Matt Brown, Managing Director, AFRY Management Consulting

The status of German Energy Landscape
Mariko Higuchi, Deputy Head of Department for Economic & Global Affairs, Embassy of Germany

With response re. UK Energy Transition implications, from Katie Williams, Partner, Ashurst 

UK Indicators & Issues - Panel 2

UK Energy indicators sitrep
Tom Griffiths, Head of Energy and Security Analysis, Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

UK Net Zero appetite in a time of political and economic turbulence: the status of the social licence for the energy transition
Jose Argudo, Associate Director - Energy and Environment, Ipsos Mori

UK System & Security of Supply Review

UK Energy System – Review of Resilience of Infrastructure & Supply
Rich Smith,  Director of Energy Systems Management and Security of Supply, Ofgem  

Industry Energy Security Review Panel
Executive Chairman - Michael Burns, Partner, Ashurst

Guy Buckenham, Head of Strategic and Emerging Markets Policy, EDF Energy

Steven De Ranter, Managing Director, Interconnector Ltd


Reflections on COP27 and the key next steps to track during 2023
Alison Campbell, Director, International Climate, BEIS

Implications for the UK Government: priorities now for the UK’s carbon pathways
Chris Stark, CEO, Climate Change Committee

Sources of uncertainty in global warming projections, and the growing importance attribution
Dr. Friederike Otto, Senior Lecturer in Climate Science at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change, Imperial College London

Corporate leaders in the spotlight – approaching a tipping point of their own?
Beverley Cornaby, Programme Director, Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership

Managing deep uncertainty in the energy and climate space: the importance of collaboration
Michael Ruehle, Head, Climate and Energy Security Section, NATO

Environmental Risk Outlook 2023, and implications for politics, trade and investment
Will Nicholls, Head of Climate and Resilience, Verisk Maplecroft

The impact of climate change on global politics and human geography: How location increasingly shapes national perspectives and their strategic responses
Louise Selisny, Senior Research Associate - Climate change & (in)security project, Oxford University
Rebecca Nadin, Director of Global Risks and Resilience, Overseas Development Institute 
plus panel response by Scott Neilson, Partner, Allen & Overy

Welcome: Hussain Kubba, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

Session 1Upstream & Markets Review

Delivering net zero: The UK Continental Shelf in transition
Kristina Dahlström, Head of Policy and Strategy, North Sea Transition Authority

OEUK Economic & Sustainability Update, and Industry Annual Review
Will Webster, Energy Policy Lead, OEUK

European gas markets ahead of Winter 2022-23: EU supply and demand status in context
Dr Katja Yafimava, Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies

Ukraine energy update briefer + ZNPP status
Chris Lambert, Director, WEF

Session 2:  Sector Diversification Issues & Briefings

Panel 1

Energy transition risks – reducing the cost and volatility of transitioning to net zero and unlocking opportunity
Euan Nicholson, Director, Energy Transition, Aon

The role of policy in effecting Hydrogen and CCUS industry transformations
Enrique Cornejo, Head of Industrial Carbon Capture Supply Chains, BEIS 

Panel 2

Opportunities to transform business operations in support of a North Sea Transition
Ekaterina Kozinchenko, Energy Transition Lead in UKI, Accenture

Infrastructure and technology opportunities for the UK’s New Energy Solutions – Hydrogen in focus
Hayleigh Barnett, Project Manager, Net Zero Technology Centre

Update on the status of the UK market for CCUS development and deployment
Alistair Black, Partners, Norton Rose Fulbright

Invite only - WEF network and in support of Nuclear Risk Insurers and the global Pools.

UK Regulatory Strategy – Net Zero Delivery and Update
Akshay Kaul, Director – Network Strategy, Ofgem

The Changing Role of the System for UK Energy Strategy & Security
Jake Tudge, Director of Corporate Affairs, National Grid Gas Transmission & Metering

Network Strategy: balancing centralised and decentralised powergen and storage to enable secure decarbonisation
Lynne McDonald, Programme Manager - DSO Readiness, UK Power Networks 

Technology & Data-driven Innovation for Optimal Energy Management & Accelerated Cross-Sector Decarbonisation
George Hackford, Energy & Utilities, Google

Delivering the Roadmaps for Carbon-Free Energy Driven by Technology & Industrial Innovation

James Wiseman, Senior Strategic and Economic Adviser, Jacobs

Mitigating risk in the delivery of new UK energy infrastructure – implications for Net Zero funding, infrastructure & markets
Robert GardnerRenewable Energy & Power Leader, WTW

Georgina Penfold, Regultion Director, Inspired Energy

Tidal energy for inshore – onshore zero carbon supply: accelerating progress
Martin Land, Director - Liverpool City Region Projects, Mersey Tidal

Unlocking decarbonisation through low carbon hydrogen
Andy Goodwin, Head of Hydrogen Economics and Markets, Scottish Power

Current Trends in, and the latest Economics of, the Energy Transition: Primary Risks & Uncertainties
Mike Bradshaw, Professor of Global Energy Business School, & Co-Director, UK Energy Research Centre
Gautam Mukherjee, Head of Gas Analytics, BP

Climate Risks: Trends in Capital Flows, Related Corporate Risks, and their Implications
Tara Schmidt, Sustainability & ESG Finance Director, Lloyds Banking Group
Andrew Herring, CEO, Energy & Power, Marsh

The Status of the UK and European Energy Markets, and the Imperative of Political Coordination
Sophie Westlake, Deputy Director - International Energy Unit, FCDO

Andrea Amelio, First Counsellor – Competition & Energy, Delegation of the European Union to the UK

Mariko Higuchi, Deputy Head of Department for Economic & Global Affairs, Embassy of Germany 

UK Energy Strategy & Sector Transformation – Challenges facing Industrial Delivery
Sam McKilligin, Director - Energy Transition, AECOM

Abhi Kohok, Subsurface Director, INEOS



UN Race to Zero progress to date, and the continued importance of a just transition
Fiona Macklin, Race to Zero Campaign Manager, COP26 High Level Climate Champions 

IPCC6 Mitigation – key outcomes and messages for delivering requisite near-term action
Prof. Michael Grubb, Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources University College London, & Lead Author ‘Framing’ Chapter, IPCC

Net Zero risks in the context of the climate risks we are trying to avoid
Dr. Daniel Quiggin, Senior Research Fellow – Environment & Society Programme, Chatham House

Mitigating risks to low carbon investment and infrastructure – contingent capital flows, project insurability, and their limits…
Lesley Harding, Global Head of Energy, Liberty Group
James Pay, Partner - Energy and Resources Project Finance, Clifford Chance

UK Net Zero Strategy reviewed in the context of the UK’s COP Presidency and 2022’s disruption in energy markets
Chris Thompson, Net Zero Strategy Co-Director, BEIS  

Challenges for transforming for the UK energy system to deliver Net Zero targets in time
Rebecca Sedler, Commercial, Customer & Regulation DirectorNational Grid Ventures
Ruth Herbert, CEO, Carbon Capture & Storage Association
Margaret-Ann SplawnIndustry Advocate - Sustainability, Microsoft

Mitigating Energy Security Risks & Adapting to Climate Threats: Imperatives for a successful transition in the new world context
Julie Scott, Head – Energy Diplomacy, Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office

The importance of global nuclear power deployment – reviewing its current status, and recognising the strategic significance
Sam Bilbao Y Leon, Director General, World Nuclear Association

Nuclear New Build Policy – Contrasting National Developments in a Global Context
Dr Tim Stone, Chairman, Nuclear Risk Insurers & UK Nuclear Industry Association

Abdulla Ahmed Al Marzouqi, Head of Insurance, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC)

Global Issues in Nuclear Safety - the role of inspection, innovation, regulation & insurance
Javier Yllera, Acting Section Head - Safety Assessment Section, IAEA

Neil Donoghue, Partner, Baker & McKenzie

Alain Quere, Head of Nuclear Energy Risks, Swiss Re


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Review of the UK”s Net zero Innovation Plan – challenges and opportunities ahead
Dr Mark Taylor FIMA, Deputy Director for Energy Innovation, BEIS

Hydrogen deployment and utility integration: UK growth prospects
Clare Jackson, CEO, Hydrogen UK

Long duration storage: delivering the missing piece of the energy transition in time
Mark Selby, Chief Innovation Officer, Ceres Power

Transitioning gas production: strategies for lower carbon intensity and diversification into CCUS & H2
Pierre Girard, Director of New Energy, Neptune Energy 

Developing the North Sea into a New Zero zone – challenges of transformation
Will Apps, Head of Marine Development, Crown Estate

Integrated new nuclear – blending technologies and diversifying deployment
Gus Hochschild, Partner, Energy and Utilities, PA Consulting

Renewables in the UK – trends and challenges in support of long term Net Zero targets
Maryam Adamji, Partner, Energy & Infrastructure, Linklaters

Integrating bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS): key strategic challenges & carbon considerations
Angela Hepworth, Commercial Director, DRAX

Energy from Waste with integrated CCS – supporting city scale Net Zero transitions
Tess Bridgman, General Counsel, Cory Energy


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Climate Risks and Decision Making under Uncertainty: Dynamic Contexts for Delivering the UK Energy Transition
Paul Monks, Chief Scientific Advisor, BEIS

Technology & innovation pathways for delivering the UK’s upstream transition
Martyn Tulloch, Head of Energy System Integration, Net Zero Technology Centre 

Innovation and Deployments Required for UK Power Systems & Networks Transitions
Hari Vamadevan, Exec Director, UK & IrelandDNV

Enabling energy transitions through integrated infrastructure development 
Mike Theobald, Director - Energy Transition, WSP  

An integrated approach to the deployment of future powergenstorage and capture technologies – delivery challenges ahead
Vivienne Chan, Director of Strategy, Doosan Babcock

Innovation in energy services and management: demand side developments for the decarbonisation of commercial infrastructure & organisations
Rob Wheatley, National Manager, Ameresco

Innovation objectives for decarbonising UK transport: near term targets for sustainable fuels and key projects
Simon Buckley, Zero Emission Mobility Lead KTN, Innovate UK

Winter 2022 BEIS energy security review, and energy security in the context of Net Zero requirements
Rob Hewitt, Deputy Director, Energy Security, BEIS 

Gas pricing & procurement – current pressures and strategic challenges facing UK & international energy markets
Dr. Jack Sharples, Research Fellow - Gas Research Programme, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
Andrew Walker, VP LNG Strategy, Cheniere Energy
Steven De Ranter, Managing Director, Interconnector

Carbon Market risks - implications for strategic sector investment and deploying transition infrastructure
Alba Fuentes Delpon, Manager, Climate Risk & Cillian Barry, Analyst, Acasta Risk
Filippo Gaddo, Head of Economics, ARUP

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UK's role in and beyond the COP26 year in support of International Climate Change Actions Plans
Kate Hughes, Director - International Climate Change, BEIS

Sustainable Capital and Risk Mitigation for Net Zero delivery – challenges and options
Claire Dorrian, Head of Sustainable Finance, London Stock Exchange Group
Lesley Harding, Head of Energy, Liberty Global Group 

Climate Change & Public Health – UK & Global Impacts, Trends & Options
Dr. Revati Phalkey, Head, Climate Change and Health Unit, UK Health Security Agency

Review of UK & Global Energy Transitions – progress, pathways and challenges
Dr. James Henderson, Director the Energy Transition Research Initiative, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
Nick Stewart, Partner, Baringa Partners
Jane Dennett-Thorpe, Deputy Director of Strategy & Decarbonisation, Ofgem 

Reflections on COP26, UK Net Zero Strategy and the path ahead
Chris Stark, CEO, Committee on Climate Change

Progress of COP26 policy pathways and goals for the remainder of the UK COP Presidency
Simon Sharpe, Deputy Director, Policy Campaigns at COP26 Unit, Cabinet Office

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Delivering net zero: The UK Continental Shelf in transition
Andy Samuel, CEO, Oil & Gas Authority

Living the Energy Transition, the greening of the North Sea
Mike Tholen, Director of Sustainability, OGUK

E&P Industry Transitions in the North Sea: reflections post-COP26
Arne Gurtner, Senior Vice President for UK & Ireland - Exploration and Production International Business, Equinor 

Decommissioning Considerations for the UKCS in light of Net Zero transition requirements
Minnie Lu, Director of Decommissioning, Wood

Government CCUS Deployment Strategy and Upstream sector integration
Alex Milward, Director - CCUS, BEIS

The essential elements for an investment in CCS - key global insights
Mark Wilkie, Carbon Management Director, Gaffney Cilne

Delivering offshore CCUS solutions – Transit and Storage potential in the UKCS
Christian Fjell, Director, Altera Infrastructure

Industrial Clusters and Hydrogen Production: uncertainties and opportunities ahead
Guy Philips, Business Development Manager, Uniper

Diversifying Onshore E&P into deep geothermal and hydrogen: a credible option?
Ross Glover, Development Director, IGas Energy

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Regulatory Strategy Update – Net Zero Delivery and the role of the Networks
Akshay Kaul, Director – Network Strategy, Ofgem

Power Network Strategy: balancing centralised and decentralised powergen and storage to enable secure decarbonisation
Sotiris Georgiopoulos, Head of Smart Grid Development, UK Power Networks
Nina Skorupska, CEO, Association for Renewable Energy
Dan Hopkinson, Acting CEO, Electralink
Ivan Baldwin, Director - Business Development, Bechtel

Integrated Infrastructure Deployment: challenges across generation, transmission, microgrid deployment, storage and interconnection
Jon Davies, National Grid Interconnectors Operations Director, National Grid
Chris Leach, Environmental Planning Director, Stantec
Andrew McKenzie, Microgrid Lead UK&I, Schneider Electric
Steve Ross, Director – Hydrogen & Decarbonisation, Costain Group

COP26 one month to go: sitrep & preview
Matt Toombs, Director of Engagements and Partnerships, COP26

International Energy Diplomacy – Key UK & Partner roles for Accelerating Clean Energy 
Julie Scott, Head, Energy Diplomacy, Joint International Energy Unit Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and BEIS

The market uncertainties of energy system transformation 
Gareth Davies, Managing Director, AFRY Energy

The impact of a changing physical risk landscape: mitigating climate-related project risk
Andrew Herring, CEO, Energy, Power & Renewables, Marsh

Challenges in (re)directing the investment capital required for the transformations required for 1.5 degrees
Amanda Latham, Head of Policy & Strategy, Barnet Waddingham, and Chair, Stewardship workstream of the Investment Consultants Sustainability Working Group (ICSWG)

UK Net Zero Deliverability in the wake of UK policy announcements 
Tom Glover, UK Country ChairRWE; Sam McKilligin, Director of Zero Carbon Systems, AECOM; 
Kathryn Emmett, Senior Knowledge Lawyer, Slaughter & May

UK Trade - Energy system transitions at the heart of the Global Investment Summit, and maintaining the Race to Zero after COP26
Richard Simon-Lewis, Director of Business Development, Marketing and Communications, UK Export Finance (UKEF)

UK Energy Security – strategic challenges and opportunities in a dynamic world
Rt Hon Liam Fox MP, former Secretary of State for International Trade, and Defence, House of Commons

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The science basis underpinning the ambition for COP26: key markers and messages
Dr Helen Adams, Director of Science Engagement, COP26

Sources of uncertainty in global warming projections, and work underway to reduce uncertainty
Dr. Paolo Ceppi, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment, Imperial College London

Trends in the Health Impacts of Climate Change, and Resilient, Adaptation Strategies
Elena Villalobos Prats, Technical Office of Climate Change and Health, World Health Organisation

Restoring ecosystems to help manage climate risks: key imperatives
Tim Christophersen, Head, Nature for Climate Branch, UN Environment Programme

Ensuring energy system resilience during the net-zero transition
Caroline Field, Head of Energy Resilience, Arup

Sustainable Investability: the development and dominance of key ESG criteria and their strategic implications
Chris Dodwell, Head of Policy and Advocacy, IMPAX Asset Management

Corporate leadership: opportunities, goals and roles as part of the COP26 legacy
Eliot Whittington, Director of Centre for Policy and Industrial Transformation and Corporate Leaders Groups, Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership

Update on the key COP26 Conference Tracks (14.00 – 14.30 incl. Q&A)
Charles Ogilvie, Head of Strategy, COP26 Secretariat

Climate Vulnerable Forum: update on key themes from the South-South discussions and their importance for COP26 (14.30 – 15.00 incl. Q&A)
Her Excellency Saida Muna Tasneem, High Commissioner of Bangladesh to the UK

Climate indicators and warnings: update on global climate models  (15.00 – 15.25)
Dr Joeri Rogelj, Director of Research, Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment

UK Climate Change Risk Assessment update – briefing on 2021 Evidence Report
Kathryn Brown, Head of Adaptation, Committee on Climate Change (15.25 – 15.50)

Reviewing the energy and economic transition strategies of international energy producers (15.50 – 16.15)
Dr. James Henderson, Director, Natural Gas Research Programme, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies 

Climate Security PANEL: 16.15 – 17.00

The implications and uncertainties of climate change for global security and decision-making
Lt. Gen. Richard Nugee, Non-Exec Director, Climate Change, Ministry of Defence

The danger of climate as a threat multiplier – the case for Preventive Action to protect economies and smooth transition risks
Sherri Goodman, former First Deputy Undersecretary of Defense (Env. Security), and Chair - Council on Strategic Risks 

A Changing Climate - Defence response to climate change and strategic options
Ruth Harris, Research Group Director, Defense, Security & Infrastructure, RAND Europe


17.45 – close

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