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The energy water food stress nexus - 12 December »

   Energy Water Food Stress Nexus


The world’s energy, water and food systems are tightly linked. How will these vital resources cope in the coming decades from a growing and more prosperous global population?

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What is the energy water food stress nexus?


Professor Judith Rees CBE

In June 2012, Professor Rees was elected President of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), the first woman to take on this role in the society’s history.

Professor Rees is the current President of the Royal Geogrpahical Society (with IBG). A long university career in geographical teaching and research, specialising in resource and environmental policy and climate change.

Judith is Director of the Grantham Research Institute and the ERSC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy at the LSE and recently stepped down as Director of the London School of Economics.

Judith is a member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation, and previously a member of the ESRC Council (Chair Training Board), Competition Commission, Technical Committee of Global Water Partnership and Pro-Vice Chancellor University of Hull.




   Peter Voser, CEO Royal Dutch Shell

Peter Voser became Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Shell on July 1, 2009.

Before his appointment as CEO, Peter had been Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and an Executive Director since 2004. He was CFO of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies from October 2004 to July 2005.

Peter was CFO and an Executive Committee Member of the Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) Group of Companies, based in Switzerland, from March 2002 until September 2004.

Peter joined Shell in 1982 after graduating in business administration from the University of Applied Sciences, Zürich. He went on to work in a number of finance and business roles in Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Argentina and Chile.

After moving back to London from Chile in early 1997, Peter became the Group Chief Internal Auditor. In 1999 he was appointed CFO of Shell Europe Oil Products. He became CFO of the Global Oil Products Business in early 2001 and a member of the Oil Products Executive Committee.

From 2004 until April 2006, Peter was a member of the Supervisory Board of Aegon N.V. . He served on the Board of Directors of UBS AG from April 2005 to April 2010. He was a member of the Swiss Federal Auditor Oversight Authority from 2006 until December 2010.

Since April 2010 he has been a director of Catalyst, a non-profit organisation which works to build inclusive environments and expand opportunities for women and business. In March 2011 he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Roche. In July 2011, His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei awarded him the title of Dato Seri Laila Jasa in recognition of his services to the state of Brunei.

Peter is also active in a number of international and bilateral organisations, including
the European Round Table of Industrialists and The Business Council.



   Tim Brown, CEO and President, IDEO

 IDEO      Tim Brown      Tim's Design Thinking blog    Tim named among Top 150 Global Thinkers (LinkedIn)

Tim Brown is the CEO of IDEO, a global innovation and design firm.

Ranked independently among the twenty most innovative companies in the world, IDEO is a design consultancy that contributed to such standard-setting innovations as the first mouse for Apple, the Palm V, and Bank of America's "Keep the Change" service.

In addition to the design of new offerings for the world's leading brands, IDEO's work addresses emerging themes such as sustainability, the design of communities, health and wellness, and enterprise for people in the world's lower income groups.

Tim is a leading voice on the value of design thinking in business and society. In 2009 Tim wrote the book Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires InnovationHis ideas and experience are widely sought in industry, academia, and the nonprofit community. He participates in the World Economic Forum at Davos and gave the plenary in 2006. Tim advises senior executives of Fortune 500 companies and serves on the Board of Trustees for the California College of the Arts, the Mayo Innovation Advisory Council, and the Advisory Council of Acumen Fund, a not-for-profit global venture fund focused on improving the lives of the poor.

Tim has led strategic client relationships with such companies as Sony, Microsoft, Motorola, Pepsi, Procter & Gamble, and Steelcase. An industrial designer by training, his own work has earned him numerous design awards and has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Axis Gallery in Tokyo, and the Design Museum in London.

Tim has a special interest in the convergence of technology and the arts, as well as the ways in which design can be used to promote the well being of people living in emerging economies.

Tim joined IDEO in 1987 after earning his MA in design from the Royal College of Art in London. He managed IDEO's San Francisco office from 1990 to 1995, and headed IDEO Europe from 1995 to 2000.


   Professor Kevin Noone, Stockholm Resilience Centre

 Kevin Noone's homepage

Kevin Noone is Director of the Swedish Secretariat for Environmental Earth System Sciences (SSEESS) at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, is Professor of Meteorology at the Department of Applied Environmental Science at Stockholm University, and is affiliated with the Stockholm Resilience Centre. From 2004-2008 he was the Executive Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP). He has a background in Chemical Engineering, and Civil and Environmental Engineering, Oceanography, Meteorology, and Atmospheric Physics. He has been on the faculty at both Stockholm University in Sweden and the University of Rhode Island in the U.S. 

Early research work in Chemical Engineering focused on transparent semiconductors for use as solar cells. His primary research interests at present are in the area of atmospheric chemistry & physics, the effects of aerosols and clouds on air quality and the Earth's climate, and global sustainability. He is an advocate of using holistic approaches to obtaining a solid scientific basis for decisions on environmental and climate issues. He is author/coauthor of more than 120 scientific articles and 10 book chapters. 

Kevin has headed up of a number of large international field experiments, and is (or has been) a member of a number of international committees and boards. Currently he chairs the European Academies Science Advisory Council’s Environment Steering Panel, is vice-chair of the International Group of Funding Agencies (IGFA), and is a member of the Transdisciplinary Advisory Board for the European Joint Programming Initiative on Climate. Kevin is active in conveying science to stakeholders and the general public. He regularly gives presentations and short courses on climate and sustainability issues for non-science audiences. 

Stockholm Resilience Centre

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