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Founder, A Grain of Sand

Chris Hines is a leading environmentalist, passionate about driving positive change in relation to the environment. The former founding Director of Surfers Against Sewage and Sustainability Director of The Eden Project, Chris is now the owner of A Grain Of Sand and dedicated to finding solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. Now booked as a sustainability and environment speaker for corporate events, Chris shares his passions for positive change. Chris is the core of A Grain of Sand an organisation dedicated to delivering positive change.Chris is a highly respected communicator and driver of positive change. He was founder and Director of Surfers Against Sewage for 10 years. Described as “Some of the governments most sophisticated environmental critics.” By BBC News and Current Affairs and “Britain’s coolest pressure group” by The Independent. SAS were runners up in the 1999 Green Politics Award. With a strong focus on “solution to problems”, he helped deliver £5 billion spend on UK coastline. Chris has given evidence to Commons and Lords Select Committees, Monopolies and Mergers Commission and the European Parliament and Commission and was called as a special advisor to the Rt.Hon Michael Meacher MP Minister for the Environment. Chris sees effective communication as a key driver to change and has appeared on everything from Panorama to BBC Newsnight live, BBC Children’s TV and the BBC World Service and CNN Skewed View.


Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Integrated Economic Research

Hans van der Loo is Chairman of the Institute for Integrated Economic Research, a thinktank advising leaders in policymakers, business strategists and family offices. He is Co-Founder and CEO of the Blue Cooling Initiative promoting biomimicry principles to increase the reflectiveness of clouds to cool the climate. He is also Ambassador of the EU STEM Coalition to foster more sySTEMic thinking. He studied in Breukelen, Paris, Oxford, Düsseldorf and Tokyo. Until 2014 he worked in industry (McKinsey, Shell, WBCSD). He has lived in 9 countries and worked in over 50 countries. He co-authored a book about Resilience and has spoken at Bilderberg, COP, EBS, WEF conferences.


Landscape Architect | LAND Co-Founder, CEO & Creative Director

Architect, landscapist and urban planner, Andreas Kipar is the founder and Creative Director of the international landscape architecture studio LAND, with offices in Germany, Italy and Switzerland. As a graduate in Landscape Architecture at the GHS University of Essen and in Architecture and Urban Planning at the Politecnico of Milan, where he has taught Public Space Design since 2009, he often holds seminars and lectures at a number of universities, including Naples, Dresden, Venice, Zurich, Versailles and Dortmund. He is a full member of the German Academy of Urban and Regional Planning (DASL), the Association of German Landscape Architects (BDLA), the Italian Association of Landscape Architects (AIAPP) and the Italian Urban Planning Institute (INU). He is the inventor of the “Raggi Verdi” [Green Rays] model in Milan, which connects up the various areas of the city to favour a new slow mobility from the centre towards the suburbs. This model, internationally recognised as a pioneering one in green urban planning, has also had subsequent applications in Essen, the European Green Capital 2017, and in the award-winning Smart City of Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye in Moscow. Andreas Kipar and his team are currently supervising the landscaping for EXPO 2020 in Dubai, the greenery strategy for some urban centres in the Middle East and the German Pavilion at Expo 2019 in Beijing. He has been appointed to draft urban and peri-urban green plans in a number of cities, including Milan, Cagliari, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia and Essen, and to develop territorial strategic plans, such as in the Ruhr basin, on the Karst Plateau, in the Langhe, on the Lake Garda and on various Italian islands. Photo by Ralph Richter


Founder, Carbon Tracker Initiative

Mark is the founder of the Carbon Tracker Initiative, a non-profit think tank with offices in the US and UK, having enjoyed a career in sustainable finance for 20 years. Carbon Tracker is best known for its work on ‘stranded assets’ and the ‘carbon bubble’ and providing transition analysis for the members of Climate Action 100+ These concepts are also used by the fossil fuel divestment movement; and for investors & regulators, in how to set decarbonisation pathways for the fossil fuel sector.

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