6:30pm - 9pm
Thursday 13 February 2020

Think Series - The climate change emergency

Join Surrey Business School for the latest ‘Think Series’ at where we will discuss climate change and how, or if, we can address it.


03MS01 Rik Medlik Building
University of Surrey
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In 2019 we witnessed large scale global protests over the climate change emergency; school children boycotted their classrooms to protest at government inaction, demonstrators took to the streets (and to public transport) to spike public consciousness, meanwhile a sixteen-year-old eco-activist took to the floor of the United Nations and shone a light on the rhetoric of the worlds most powerful leaders and forced them to confront the realities of their failed environmental policies. 

Topics of discussion: 

  • Can we address climate change by individual action such as flying less or a change of diet? 
  • Can we tackle climate change by the introduction of new, clean technologies? 
  • Is an economic system based on growth, profit and a global North-South divide at the heart of the problem? 
  • Is it now too late and have we gone past the point of no return? 

During the panel discussion, our invited guests from global business backgrounds will explore how we can tackle the business of climate change, and whether we have left it too late to reverse the damage already done.

Isabelle Linden is a thought leader from PA Consulting’s transformation delivery team. She is a leading expert on sustainability and a leader in circular economy having given several talks around Europe on the circular economy. PA Consulting is a global innovation and transformation consultancy - working with start-ups, multi-nationals, policymakers and NGOs regularly. PA is an active member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation CE100, and a knowledge partner to the UNGC Project Breakthrough – which seeks to help businesses embrace disruptive business models, technology and mindsets to drive breakthrough impact in sustainability. Her “trade” is as a chartered (ChPP) project professional where she has spent 12+ years delivering highly complex transformational programmes in large organisations from the public and private sectors. She has a proven track record in programme delivery, proactive PMOs and sophisticated portfolio management. Increasingly this is focusing on helping organisations deliver their circular and sustainable programmes and making the change happen.  Isabelle has worked internationally, is fluent in French, English and German, and is particularly adroit at adapting to new environments and improving the world.

Adam Cox is a career strategist, non-executive director and futurologist that is helping professionals across the globe ranging from Start-up Entrepreneurs to Fortune #10 Executives navigate the complexities of business for over a quarter of a century. His clients have included some of the largest companies – Amazon, Google, Goldman Sachs, Boeing to name a few leading firms, including many of the world’s leading CEOs. As a long time champion of ambitious goals and new ideas, Adam’s passion is to help create actionable growth strategies whilst helping firms manage climate change…all while navigating the ambiguity, uncertainty and risks associated with successful execution. In working closely with the principle decision-makers who define the company’s strategic objectives, Adam brings critical thought, rigour, and a wealth of first-hand experience to challenge conventional thinking in an intelligent and constructive way, in service of creating a stronger strategy.  “When we need to create better strategies, Adam shows us how.” CEO – a Fortune 500 Company.  Adam has studied at Harvard Business School, University of New South Wales holds an MBA and is a Visiting Fellow with Cranfield School of Management. He has been quoted in the Financial Times (UK), Economic Times (IN) and ABC (AU), has spoken at academic institutions such as London School of Economics, Chicago Booth School of Business and University of Stellenbosch in Cape Town, and is the host of the podcast 'The Strategy Behind...'.

Dr Saori Sugeno is a leading economist with a major Japanese investment bank called from Daiwa Capital, based in the UK and Japan, a Visiting Fellow at University of Surrey and University of Cambridge. She is an expert in the areas of the climate change, Russian and Japanese economies, corporate governance, emerging markets, geopolitics and global financial markets. Born and educated in Russia, Saori has twenty years’ experience of working in academia and the public and private sectors in Japan: employed in a think-tank of the Cabinet Office Government of Japan and a major Japanese trading company, inter alia. An author of two books on Russia, Saori is a prominent speaker on Russia-focused and emerging markets-related issues in the Japanese media.


After the panel discussion, we will open the floor up to the audience to pose questions and to debate the most crucial issue of our time.

Followed by food, refreshments and networking.

This event is free for students.

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