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Sustainability Series: Net Zero: Putting Interventions into Practice

Thursday 7 October 2021 11:15 - 12:45

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Climate change is one of the greatest risks facing our world today. Addressing it will require multi-faceted solutions. Through this panel session, we will explore the different levers that can be used to meet net-zero targets including climate science and data, government engagement, and mobilising green finance.

This event is part of The Road to Glasgow: IFoA’s Sustainability Thought Leadership Series which will provide a platform for prominent contributors so that our members and others can understand the perspectives of a wide range of parties interested in the climate debate.


Dr. Emily Shuckburgh, Director of Cambridge Zero, University of Cambridge

Dr Emily Shuckburgh is Director of Cambridge Zero, the University of Cambridge's major climate change initiative. She is also Reader in Environmental Data Science at the Department of Computer Science and Technology and leads the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training on the Application of AI to the study of Environmental Risks (AI4ER). She is a mathematician and climate scientist and a Fellow of Darwin College, a Fellow of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, an Associate Fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy, a Fellow of the British Antarctic Survey and a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society.

She worked for more than a decade at the British Antarctic Survey where she led a UK national research program on the Southern Ocean and its role in climate (ORCHESTRA) and was deputy head of the Polar Oceans Team and head of the Data Science Group. Prior to that, she undertook research at École Normale Supérieure in Paris and at MIT.  She has also acted as an advisor to the UK Government on behalf of the Natural Environment Research Council.

In 2016 she was awarded an OBE for services to science and the public communication of science. She is co-author with HRH The Prince of Wales and Tony Juniper of the Ladybird Book on Climate Change.

Rebecca Willis, University of Lancaster

Rebecca Willis is a Professor in Practice at Lancaster Environment Centre, where she leads the Climate Citizens project. In 2020 she was an Expert Lead for Climate Assembly UK, the Citizens’ Assembly established by the UK Parliament. Rebecca is a Trustee of the New Economics Foundation and an adviser to the National Lottery’s Climate Action Fund. She features on the Woman’s Hour Our Planet Power List which highlights 30 women making an impact by helping to protect our planet.  Her book, Too Hot To Handle? The democratic challenge of climate change was published by Bristol University Press in March 2020.

Previously, she was a research fellow for the IGov project at the University of Exeter, investigating energy governance. From 2015-2019 she was a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of UKRI’s Energy Programme, and from 2011-15 she was a Council Member of the Natural Environment Research Council. She was Vice-Chair of the UK Sustainable Development Commission, advising the Prime Minister and First Ministers of the devolved administrations, from 2004-2011.  In 2009 Rebecca founded Green Alliance’s Climate Leadership Programme, an initiative to support Members of the UK Parliament, and earlier served as Green Alliance’s Director.

Marian Elliot, GF

Marian is the Global Head of Pensions at GFG Alliance and leads on ESG, bringing together Environmental, Social, and Governance initiatives across the various businesses and jurisdictions in which they operate.

Prior to joining GFG, Marian was a Managing Director at Redington and led their Integrated Consultancy practice, helping pension trustees to develop strategy and integrate their approach to risk management. During her time at Redington, she worked with several very large pension funds to establish their approach to ESG and embed these considerations within their strategic decision-making. She also led a number of investment governance reviews.

Marian holds a Non-Executive Director position and is a member of the IFoA’s Pension Board, she also works with the Sustainability Board as part of the education team.

Chair: Dr. Louise Pryor

In the course of a varied career as an actuary, software engineer, and academic, Louise was Director, Actuarial Standards at the Financial Reporting Council, where she led the development of the Technical Actuarial Standards. She has practiced as an independent consultant in the areas of software risk and sustainability and has worked on financial modelling for social security and pensions reform in a number of emerging economies.

Louise is Chair of the London Climate Change Partnership and a non-executive director at the Ecology Building Society.

She became a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in 1987 and a Fellow of IEMA in 2019. She has a degree in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from Northwestern University.


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020 7632 2152

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