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Our speakers come from the best in the fields of strategic urban design, social innovation, sustainability, education and business development.
Karl-Henrik Robèrt, M.D. Ph.D.
Professor Robèrt is the chairman of the steering group of the Real Change Programme. He holds a Doctoral degree in Internal Medicine from Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. Until 1993 he was an Associate Professor at Karolinska Institutet, headed the Division of Clinical Hematology and Oncology at the Department of Medicine at the Huddinge Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden and was the Editor of Reviews in Oncology. In 1989 he founded The Natural Step, a nonprofit research, training and advisory organization for sustainability. Between 1995 and 2001 he was an Adjunct Professor of Physical Resource Theory at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden. In 1999 Professor Robèrt received the Green Cross Millennium Award for International Environmental Leadership and in 2000 he received the Blue Planet Prize for having led the development of the framework for strategic sustainable development that is central to this Master’s programme, in the business community also known as The Natural Step Framework. In 2005, he was named the inaugural winner of the prestigious global award The Social Responsibility Laureate Medal. Dr. Robèrt and Dr. Broman initiated the development of the Master's in Strategic Leadership toward Sustainability programme in 2002, followed by the Masteräs in Sustainable Product-Service Innovation programme in 2009.
Marina is a Deutsche Welle foreign language journalist, She is also a Peace and Conflict Consultant from the Academy for Conflict Transformation. Previously, she was a Research Assistant in Wissenschaftliches Institut der Ärtze Deutschlands. Originally from Banglahesh, Marina speaks fluently Bengali, English, German, French and Hindi. She holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at the Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Umwelt Nuertingen-Geislingen, Germany, a LL.M. (Masters of Laws) and a LL.B. (Honors) Bachelors of Laws from the University of Dhaka. In her free time, Marina enjoys reading novels, travelling, dancing, cooking and sports.
Kelvin is recognised internationally as a leading figure in urbanism, advising numerous cities on urban design matters. An architect/urban designer, he co-founded Urban Initiatives in 1989 as an interdisciplinary urban planning and design practice, leading it on some of the best urban projects in Europe and with it, to numerous awards in best practice and innovation. He is the author of ‘By Design’ (CABE) 2000, ‘Re:Urbanism’ and is completing ‘Massive Small: The Operating System for Smart Urbanism’. Kelvin is Visiting Professor of Urban Design at the University of Westminster; urban design advisor to numerous cities and boroughs; a past member of the CABE Design Review Committee; Chairman of the Urban Design Group; member of the Prince’s Foundation Advisory Panel, and a long time assessor for the National Housing Design Awards.
Harveen is a technology entrepreneur. Presently, he is Director of Strategy at GreenPost, a leader in the electronic bill presentment and payment field, which builds on his earlier experience with a high-tech telco technology research and development startup. In his previous life as Advocate and Solicitor, he spent five years with prestigious city law firms in Singapore. During that time, he worked on several cases that have added to the body of case law in Singapore as well as led to a Parliamentary debate on National Service. From 2006 to 2008, Harveen also served as a Legislative Assistant to a prominent Member of Parliament in Singapore, assisting him in key debates that among others, led to the introduction of a social safety net in Singapore and reforms to banking legislation. Harveen has also adjunct-lectured for seven years in the Aviation Law and Policy course at the National University of Singapore, as well as guest lecturing at the Singapore Hotel Association, the local hotel industry academy.
Most recently Head of Sustainability on the 2012 Olympics, the biggest sustainability job in the country, after a 30 year career in thinking, designing and delivering sustainable development in the UK and overseas. Dan’s strengths are knowledge of the whole sustainability agenda and how it applies to development, his reputation and knowledge of the market and the respect he commands within it, his ability to sell ideas and business, his experience in place-making, urban regeneration and new development and the whole sustainable cities programme. Dan has participated in many government and agency panels and regularly gives talks on environmental policy and delivery, urban design, environmental planning, green space, health and other quality of life issues.
Indy is an architect and is Director and Co-founder of 00:/, where he leads on several architecture, research and strategy projects. Indy has directed a series of large scale design projects. He is a shareholder in the HUB King’s Cross in London, a social entrepreneur’s club and incubator which paid particular attention to physical and social methods to foster interaction and cross-disciplinary innovation. Before setting up 00:/ he has lectured lectures on a variety of subjects at Demos, the European Parliament, LSE , Columbia University, TU -Berlin, UE -Dublin, the University of West England, the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of the Arts and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.
Tobias C. Larsson, Ph.D.
Tobias C. Larsson is since March 2011 chaired professor in Product Innovation with special emphasis on Product/Service System Innovation towards sustainability at School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, BTH. Tobias earned his PhD at Luleå University of Technology in 2001 within the area of simulation driven design with respect to vehicle dynamics. The applications were within automotive sector and highspeed trains. Tobias devotes his teaching efforts to product development related courses, both via BTH and LTU lectures and via lectures on other universities and in industry on national and international level.
Barrett C. Brown, Ph.D.c
Barrett specializes in leadership and change management for sustainability. For the past two years at the Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative, he served on the core team to design and execute large-scale multi-stakeholder initiatives that mainstream sustainability into global supply chains. This involved building learning systems within entire sectors and driving cross-organizational alignment and innovation amongst multinational corporations, governments in the North and South, and international civil society organizations. In addition to his corporate advisory work on leadership and organizational development, he has helped develop and launch eight NGOs and social entrepreneurship ventures, and serves on the Advisory Board for three others. Barrett held UN consultative status for four years, and has presented widely, including at the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development (side event), US State Department, UNDP, International Cocoa Organization, and the Bioneers conference. His sustainability writings are used in universities in North America and Europe. His latest research is on how sustainability leaders with complex worldviews engage in complex change initiatives.
Holger Nils Pohl
Holger Nils Pohl is a self-employed concept designer and consultant and Chairman of KölnDesign. He lectures at Macromedia Hochschule für Medien und Kommunikation in Cologne and at Bergische in Kunstschule. He finished his studies of scenographic design at FH Dortmund and spent some time at RWTH Aachen in architecture.
Greg MacDonald works at RISEBA Business School in Riga, Latvia. Orginally from Canada, Greg is interested in innovation productivity, psychology, migration patterns, and why civilisations rise and fall. An architect for growth plans for six business schools, Greg worked at Copenhagen University, Sydney University, the International Labour Organisation, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Stockholm School of Economics in St. Petersburg and the Kazakhstan Institute of Management. Last year he wrote a book on innovation in China. Mythology is his hobby – the ancient origins and economic pathways of man. He is inspired by the System Theory of von Bertalanffy, Huntington's 'Civilisations', Jared Diamond's book "Collapse" and Chomsky's Surface Structure / Deep Structure'.