Meet the speakers, facilitators and panellists who will be on stage at eco-Disruptive Live.
Alice Aedy is a documentary photographer, film-maker and campaigner, whose work focuses on forced migration, environmental issues and women’s stories. Alice is the co-founder of earthrise studio, a creative studio dedicated to communicating the climate crisis, harnessing the optimism and imagination required to build the world we so urgently need.
Alice has spent years travelling to the frontlines of climate change to document the human cost of the climate crisis.
Arianna designs and directs the Health Care Without Harm Europe programme and advocacy strategy to ensure effective integration between their programmes and respond to the needs of their members.
She previously served as the Circular Healthcare Programme Manager for over four years, managing a portfolio of projects and overseeing the implementation of HCWH Europe EU advocacy strategy related to strategic public procurement, circular economy, and sustainable supply chains.
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Carmen is an expert in digital transformation, having worked in a variety of high-pressure roles in technology as an entrepreneur and setting up international operations for blue-chip companies.
She currently works in the intersection of technology and healthcare and is the Co-founder of Doctomatic, an AI powered device agnostic remote patient monitoring solution focused on chronic conditions.
Deborah is a business leader, investor, TV personality and writer. With several successful businesses in the leisure and retail sector under her belt, she first appeared on BBC’s Dragon’s Den in Series 3 and is known for her environmental and ethical focus.
Deborah supports ethical, fair practice both in business and in life, believing that taking care of the environment and wildlife is essential for our future security and wellbeing. She is actively involved in a carefully selected group of environmental charities, and has recently become a CIWF Compassion Visionary.
Dr Hugh Montgomery is Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at University College London (UCL), where he also directs the Centre for Human Health and Performance.
He has been a commissioner and co-lead on two Lancet Commissions on Human Health and Climate Change, and now co-chairs the 42-country Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change. He was appointed London Leader by London’s Sustainable Development Commission, attended many international ‘COP’ climate negotiations, and created the children’s climate education Project Genie. He was awarded an OBE in 2022 in part for his work on climate change.
Dr Matt Gopal joined SageTech Medical in July 2017, bringing with him over 20 years of experience as a practicing veterinary surgeon, with a broad understanding of, and experience in the use of volatile anaesthetic agents.
Matt has had the responsibility of liaising with anaesthetists, hospital management and other healthcare professionals during the initial launch of SageTech Medical’s waste volatile anaesthetic gas capture device in pilot hospital sites across the UK.
Dr Sally Uren leads Forum for the Future’s mission to create a just and regenerative future, in which both people and the planet thrive. She is particularly passionate about the potential and reality of regenerative business, having been actively involved in collaborations with leading organisations.
In December 2017, she received an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for services to sustainability in business.
Iñaki has been Group CEO of Bupa since January 2021. He joined the business in 2005 and has held a number of leadership roles including CEO of Sanitas, the Bupa Group’s insurance and provision businesses in Spain in 2008.
Before joining Bupa, Iñaki held senior positions at the Telefonica Group and Carrefour as well as founding an online start-up.
Whether campaigning for the future of our planet, directing documentaries, or creating content that spotlights global issues, stories with purpose are at the core of Jack’s work.
His filmmaking has seen him travel the world work alongside YouTube Originals, Netflix, and the WWF. In front of the camera, he fronted YouTube Originals’ 12-part series Seat At The Table, interviewing world leaders and global stars such as Barack Obama.
Linda Ball is a visionary entrepreneur and environmental advocate dedicated to revolutionising the way we approach recycling and sustainability.
As the founder and CEO of Upcycled Medical, Linda is leading a transformative movement in the medical industry by providing eco-friendly scrubs that combine style, comfort, and environmental responsibility.
Malaika Vaz is a National Geographic Explorer, award-winning filmmaker, TV presenter and the co-founder and CEO of Untamed Planet, an unscripted film production company based between New York City and India.
She directs, produces and hosts documentaries and television series, as well as collaborating with organisations like the United Nations, WildAid and The Earthshot Prize to urge the protection of our natural world.
Matt is the CEO and founder of Fussy. A sustainable personal care brand on a mission to banish single-use plastics from the bathroom.
Matt originally qualified as a surveyor before making the leap from building buildings to building brands. As a Marketeer, Matt has helped some of Britain’s best loved brands gain cut-through in competitive markets; he founded a sustainable Japanese Sake brand which was sold to a well-known European Sushi chain; and is now with Fussy, banishing single-use plastic from your bathroom.
Driven by his passion for environmental conservation, Maxime started Celsius Innovations at the start of 2022, to help people cope with heat more efficiently and more sustainably.
Maxime is a former Music Industry marketing executive and entrepreneur, who has built and ran a successful R&D consulting business managing a large portfolio of public limited companies and high-tech start-ups.
Nigel Sullivan is Bupa’s Chief Sustainability and People Officer. He studied environmental science at university graduating with a BSc.
Nigel has been a human resource professional for over 30 years at TalkTalk, Marconi, Wincanton and Rover Group; and a Chief People Officer for 20 of those years.
Dr Paula Franklin studied medicine in the UK and worked as a GP before leaving clinical practice to study Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. Following this, she worked for the Children’s Defense Fund charity in Washington DC on US health policy and legislation.
On returning to the UK, Paula joined Bupa and held a number of roles in both health funding and healthcare provision.
Pierre is a London-based Innovation Design Engineer who has spent his career exploring the intersection of design and technology. He is the Co-founder and Co-CEO of Notpla, where he is dedicated to finding solutions to the global plastic crisis through his work on packaging made from seaweed.
Notpla won Prince William’s £1,000,000 Earthshot Prize in 2022.
A futurist on human-centred innovation, Shivvy Jervis has headlined 600 stages, reached 30 million people with her broadcasts and earned a staggering 25 industry accolades (inc. voted a ‘Woman of the year’ and ‘Champion of change’ for Britain).
Her mission? To democratise and unlock access to new innovation to the people and businesses that stand to benefit from it the most.
Solitaire Townsend is a renowned sustainability expert and author who works with some of the world’s most influential organizations to activate social justice and environmental restoration.
She is Co-founder and Chief Solutionist at Futerra (edie’s 2023 Consultancy of the Year), an official nominator for Prince William’s Earthshot Prize, and a member of the working group that rewrote the United Nations rules for business on Net Zero.