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Advisory Board

Advisory Board Member

Maher Chebbo

Maher Chebbo is Chief Innovation Officer for Global Digital Energy Solutions at GE Power, as well as Chair of the REEEP Governing Board. A long-time leader in the smart energy field, Maher was named one of the 40 Most Influential People in SmartGrids in Europe in 2014. In 2015, he featured in the annual publication Global Smart Energy Elites as one of the leaders at the helm of the global smart energy revolution. Before moving to General Electric in 2017, he worked with SAP for 21 years, holding leadership positions in Corporate Venturing, Business Development, Sales, Global Field Operations and General Management. He is President of the European Smart Energy Association (ESMIG) and Chair of the Digital Energy Group of ETIP SNET, the European Commission’s Technology & Innovation Platform for the Energy Transition, where he is Vice Chair of the Executive Committee. Maher holds a PhD in Energy from the École des Mines de Paris (Mines ParisTech)


Advisory Board Member

Lois Guthrie

Lois Guthrie is Director, Redefining Value at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Lois was the Founding Director of the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) and led CDSB’s work to develop a framework to report environmental information in mainstream corporate reports. Previously, Lois was Technical Director at Zurich Insurance Group, as well as Technical Director to the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) where she was responsible for technical development. She joined CDSB in 2004 after a career in international taxation and social security at PwC and Zurich Insurance Group. Lois also serves on ACCA’s Global Forum on Sustainability and is a member of Carbon Tracker’s Advisory Board. She studied environmental policy at the Open University and holds an MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice.


Advisory Board Member

Saleemul Huq

Saleemul Huq is Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). He is an expert on the links between climate change and sustainable development, particularly from the perspective of developing countries. He was the lead author of the chapter on Adaptation and Sustainable Development in the Third Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and was the lead author of the chapter on Adaptation and Mitigation in the IPCC's Fourth Assessment Report. His current focus is on supporting the engagement of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). He is researching the LDCs' vulnerability to climate change and the impact of adaptation measures. Saleemul is also the Director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) in Bangladesh. He holds a PhD in plant sciences from Imperial College London.


advisory board member

Mike Butcher

Mike Butcher MBE is Editor-at-large of TechCrunch, and co-founder of ThePathfounder magazine and its editorial events. Mike has been named one of the most influential journalists in European technology by Wired and The Daily Telegraph. He co-founded The Europas Awards for European startups, the non-profits TechVets and Techfugees, and the co-working network TechHub. He is a regular tech commentator on the BBC, Sky News, CNN, CNBC and Aljazeera and has been a judge on The Apprentice UK. GQ magazine named him one of the 100 Most Connected Men in the UK and he is a “Maserati 100 innovator”. He has advised the UK government on tech startup policy and was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2016 for services to the UK technology industry and journalism.


AdvisorY Board Member

Lindsay Stringer

Lindsay Stringer is Professor in Environment and Development, School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds. Her research interests broadly encompass the realms of environment and international development and cross-cutting themes such as land, climate, food, energy, water and conservation. She takes a solutions-orientated, systems-based approach that recognises the complexity of the world's sustainable development challenges and the trade-offs and opportunities created by change. Among many other roles, she is a Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report on Climate Change and Land and for the IPCC's 6th Assessment Report. Lindsay holds numerous research and leadership awards and her work is supported by bodies such as NERC, ESRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, the Leverhulme Trust, the European Commission, the British Council, the Food and Agriculture Organisation, the United Nations, the Department for International Development (DfID), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).


AdvisorY Board Member

Ulrich Volz

Ulrich Volz is Reader in Economics and Director of the Centre for Sustainable Finance (CSF) at SOAS University of London. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the German Development Institute (GDI) and Honorary Professor of Economics at the University of Leipzig. Ulrich serves as a member of the Advisory Council of the Asian Development Bank Institute in Tokyo, chairman of the Japan Economy Network, and co-editor-in-chief of the Asia Europe Journal. He is a lead author of Climate Change and the Cost of Capital in Developing Countries, a recent report commissioned by UN Environment, and co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Banking and Finance in Asia. He is currently a Co-Investigator in a collaborative research project with Nankai University and Zhejiang University on developing financial systems to support sustainable growth in China, jointly funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council and the National Natural Science Foundation of China.