Business Day Speakers


Andy Griffith

Andy has worked for Nestle UK&I for over 20 years, primarily in operational and engineering roles. Prior to taking on his current role, he led the development and implementation of NUK&Is ‘Lighthouse’ environmental sustainability strategy at its Fawdon site in Newcastle Upon Tyne. Andy is both a chartered engineer (IET) and chartered environmentalist (IEMA) and is focussed on bringing together the engineering expertise, operational experience and environmental insights of the organisation alongside collaborative partnerships with academia and key delivery partners to develop and implement robust and effective sustainability programmes.

Craig Davies

As Head of Climate Resilience Investments at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Dr Craig Davies leads EBRD’s work on mainstreaming climate resilience into EBRD’s investment operations in Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Caucasus, Turkey and the Southern & Eastern Mediterranean. Dr Davies has a particular interest in climate change impacts on emerging economies and in the integration of climate resilience into investment planning across a range of sectors (infrastructure, water, power and energy, manufacturing and financial services). He is also actively involved in a number of international climate finance mechanisms such as the Green Climate Fund, the Climate Investment Funds and the Global Environment Facility. He joined EBRD in 2006 having previously worked at the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID). He completed his PhD in Environmental Technology at Imperial College London in 2001.

David Viner

David is an internationally recognised climate change scientist and practitioner who has over 25 years of continuous experience working entirely in climate change science, impacts, adaptation, resilience and policy. David was described in a UK Parliamentary debate as “World Class” and his work “a National Asset” by the UK Foreign Office. David pioneered the methods and techniques for disseminating climate change data to a diverse community of international users. The results of this work was used in numerous international assessments, for example US National Assessment, IPCC, UK, Canada etc. David devised the strategy that was replicated by other agencies (e.g., Environment Canada) and Programmes (e.g., UKCIP) to communicate complex climate change data to a wide community of users by provision of a user friendly web sites, data formats and documentation. This resulted in the Hadley Centre’s data sets being the most widely used by the international research community. David established the Climate Impacts LINK Project, co-managed the IPCC-Data Distribution Centre and with CEFAS established the Marine Climate Impacts Programme (MCCIP). As Project director of a number of EU based projects.

David has been a contributor to the IPCC since 1993 and has published over 100 peer reviewed papers and reports on all aspects of climate change. He has an excellent stakeholder engagement and management record delivering numerous public events and managing multifaceted relationships. David has developed and delivered large scale global programmes of activity on climate change issues has managed numerous research projects funded from a variety of sources, including: DEFRA; EU; NERC; Environment Agency; NATO; European Science Foundation; FCO; World Bank and commercial organisations. David established climate change and tourism as a major research area and pioneered this by working with policy makers and stakeholders in the Caribbean. As well as tourism. David has applied his climate change expertise across the globe in over 70 countries in the marine and coastal zones, terrestrial ecosystems, infrastructure, water resources, agriculture, land use forestry and cultural relations.
Highlighting Climate resilience and Risk as a key business issue at Mott MacDonald David is the Global Practice Leader for Climate Resilience working across the globe to support international, national and private sector initiatives.

Dickie Whitaker

Dickie Whitaker has 30 year’s experience in the Re(In)surance business and for the last 20 years has specialised in risk and innovation and linking academia, government and finance. Dickie has written and presented extensively on these subjects and has operated globally and has worked in both London and New York. He has co-founded and works for The Lighthill Risk Network, FiNexus Ltd, Oasis Palm Tree Ltd and is chief executive of Oasis Loss Modelling Framework Ltd. He also works with and advises the following organisations:
• NERC’s Innovation Advisory Board,
• Satellite Applications Catapult Advisory Group
• South West Centre of Excellence Board – SAT APPS
• The Institute for Environmental Analytics (IEA)
• Insurance Development Forum (IDF) Risk modelling and management steering group.
• Institute and Faculty of Actuaries Research & Thought Leadership committee

Kirsten Dunlop

Dr Kirsten Dunlop is Climate-KIC’s new Chief Executive Officer. Kirsten joins from Suncorp, an Australian financial services conglomerate, where she acted as Executive General Manager Strategic Innovation.

A joint British-Australian national, Kirsten’s career spans academia, consulting, banking, insurance, design, innovation and leadership across Europe, Australia and North America.
Her strong focus on managing change, driving innovation and emphasis on an empowering and inspiring company culture will help drive forward Climate-KIC’s important work in speeding up the transition towards a zero carbon economy.

Liz Bowles

Liz is Head of Farming and is responsible for leading and managing our work with farmers, with agricultural technical, marketing, supply chain and networking queries.Liz has a wealth of experience of agriculture and food both in the UK and internationally. She has worked in the sector for over 20 years and brings a practical approach combined with scientific and sector knowledge to her role. Past roles have been with English Food and Farming Partnerships and ADAS. Liz holds a BSc in Animal Science and is a Nuffield scholar. Her research involved exploring co-operation in the red meat sector and was a precursor to her joining EFFP where she worked on the development of supply chain collaboration in England.

Marta Modelewska

Principal – Climate Resilience Investments, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
RSA, QASER Lab and ELEEP Fellow

As Principal – Climate Resilience Investments at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Dr Marta Modelewska leads EBRD’s work on the mainstreaming climate resilience into investment operations across the EBRD’s region including Central Asia, Turkey and the Southern & Eastern Mediterranean. Marta has a particular interest in climate resilience issues in the water infrastructure, irrigation, agribusiness and mining sectors, as well as in promoting climate resilience through the wider financial sector. She is also actively involved in a number of international climate finance mechanisms such as the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF).
Marta joined EBRD in 2012 having previously worked as JESSICA Funds Officer at the European Investment Bank (EIB) in Luxembourg. Marta is a fellow member at the Regional Science Association (RSA), the Quantitative and Applied Spatial Economic Research Laboratory (QASER LAB) and the Emerging Leaders in Environmental and Energy Policy Network (ELEEP). She completed a Master Degree in Economics at Warsaw School of Economics in 2009 and a PhD in Applied Economics at University College London in 2016.

Miroslav Petkov

Miroslav Petkov is Director in S&P Global’s Financial Services Ratings Group, based in London. He is Head of the EMEA ERM team, which is responsible for reviewing insurers’ economic capital models and enterprise risk management frameworks. Also, he is Head of Financial Services Environmental and Climate Risk Research. He has authored several S&P articles on the impact of climate change and natural catastrophes on the rating profiles of financial services and corporates. He contributed to the development of S&P Green Evaluation framework, leading the development of the approach for adaptation project.

Pieter de Boer

Pieter de Boer has a Master’s degree in Physical Geography from University of Utrecht. He has a 20 years history of working in the government administration industry.

At the start of his career at Rijkswaterstaat he was involved in several (remedial) dredging- and water safety projects (1998 – 2005). The practical knowledge generated by such projects proved to be important for the translation of the EU Water Framework Directive and EU Waste Framework Directive into Dutch regulations. On behalve of the Ministry of Infrastructure & Environment he was involved in the making of new Dutch regulations (2005-2007) for water management and dredging projects.

For the Room for the River Programme (2007-2015) he developed a strategy for the design (plans and permits) and execution (tendering/contracts) of the dredging and management of dredged material. At more than 30 locations, dredging measures were taken to give the river space to flood safely to enable the (future) management of higher water levels. Together with colleges he successfully promoted the use of Nature Based Solutions in Flood Protection.

Since 2015 he is involved as a Senior Advisor in a variety of Rijkswaterstaat projects concerning maintenance and development (climate adaptation) of waterways and other infrastructural works of Rijkswaterstaat. Pieter participates in several international networks. He is a member of the SedNet Steering Committee and of the Central Dredging Association Environmental Committee. He participates in this session as a representative of the Central Dredging Association and of the Ministry of Infrastructure & Environment, the Netherlands.

Roxane Feller

Roxane Feller is Secretary General of IFAH-Europe, the International Federation for Animal Health – Europe. Representing the animal health industry in Europe, the association works to maintain a predictable and responsible competitive market place which stimulates innovation and allows wide and sustainable access to safe, effective and quality veterinary medicines.

Roxane started her career in the area of EU political advocacy in Brussels in 1992 heading up social affairs for the European Sugar Industry before moving on to Copa-Cogeca, the organisation representing European farmers and agri-cooperatives, where she was senior policy officer in charge of all food and feed safety-related issues including animal health and welfare for 14 years.

Prior to joining IFAH-Europe in February 2015, Roxane was Director of the Economic Department in FoodDrinkEurope, an umbrella organisation representing the food and drink manufacturing industry in Europe.

Roxane Feller studied in the United States and in Switzerland. She is a lawyer by training and speaks French and English, with an excellent knowledge of German, Spanish and Dutch.

Morag Garden

Morag Garden is SWA’s Head of Sustainability & Innovation, a role she took up in 2007. Her career began, and has always remained, in the environmental lobbying arena working with a number of industry bodies. Her career started in Scottish Water covering a range of roles from Laboratory through to Environmental policy. She has also taken a number of secondment opportunities during her career, including a year with the Scottish Government developing Diffuse Pollution policy. She was delighted to move from water to whisky 10 years ago and to be working for Scotland’s most exciting and first truly sustainable industry. She moved to Edinburgh for University and has only ever been away for brief periods.

Susan Rice

Lady Susan Rice, CBE, Chair, Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group
In addition to her role as Chair of the 2020 Climate Group, Lady Susan Rice is also Chair of Scottish Water, the Scottish Fiscal Commission and Business Stream. She is a Non-Executive Director of J Sainsbury plc, the North American Income Trust Big Society Capital and the Banking Standards Board. She is also the current President of SCDI.
Lady Rice was made Managing Director, Lloyds Banking Group Scotland in 2000 – the first woman to to head a clearing bank in the UK, and became the first woman to be appointed President of SCDI in 2012. She was previously Chief Executive and then Chairman of Lloyds TSB Scotland. In July 2014, she became the first Chair of Scotland’s new Fiscal Commission. Alongside her roles as both a commercial banker and Director of Bank of England, Lady Rice was also a member of the recent First Minister’s Council of Economic Advisers. Lady Rice was also a non-executive director of SSE plc, the UK’s largest producer of power from renewable sources, for eleven years.
A founding non-executive of Big Society Capital, and previously of Charity Bank, she has helped develop numerous social finance models in the US and the UK. In the arts, she chaired the Edinburgh International Book Festival for 15 years, and Edinburgh’s Festivals Forum, and currently chairs the Governors of the Patrons of Scotland’s National Galleries, all to ensure a vibrant cultural base in the country.
Through the 2020 Group, she helps lead cross-sector collaboration on a sustainable economy and reduction of carbon emissions. She is also founding Chair of the Chartered Banker Professional Standards Board which is creating, for the first time, professional standards for bankers throughout the UK. Alongside a number of honorary degrees, Lady Rice is a Regent of the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh and a Fellow of the RSA, the Chartered Banker Institute and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.


The ECCA 2017 Business Day is sponsored, as well as professionally organised and facilitated by Prospex – the European consultancy specialised in strategic cooperation.

Marc Gramberger

Dr. Marc Gramberger designs and facilitates corporate learning, multi-stakeholder engagement and foresight processes. He is an esteemed facilitator of international conferences and workshops, and an international expert in stakeholder engagement and negotiation for strategic foresight & innovation. With interactive, creative and thorough interventions, he helps his clients to identify, understand and master strategic challenges in their organisational context. Marc has published widely on the issues of stakeholder engagement and foresight, including the official OECD handbook “Citizens as Partners” and the STIR approach for stakeholder-integrated research.

Marc has worked with a variety of organisations in the international arena, both private and public. These include multinational corporations such as Toyota and GSK, the World Business Council on Sustainable Development, local authorities, national governments, and international organisations such as the OECD, the Asia-Europe Foundation, as well as many institutions of the European Union such as the European Commission. He has facilitated prominent international processes such as the UNEP “21 Issues for the 21st Century“, the future of water in the Middle East (GLOWA Jordan), the future of pandemics (ASEF-ASAP), and a series of EU research and innovation projects (IMPRESSIONS, CLIMSAVE, VOLANTE, OPERAs, etc.). He has been the lead facilitator for prominent international conferences, such as the European Education and Youth Forum 2013-2016 and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology’s flagship stakeholder forum INNOVEIT 2015 and 2016.

Martin Watson

Martin Watson designs and delivers multi-stakeholder strategies for government,
business and civil society alike. He helps clients successfully combine foresight,
research and strategy with senior management and project implementation building
on diverse methods of cooperation, communications and stakeholder outreach. In
stakeholder engagement processes, he puts specific emphasis on creating
partnerships and facilitating strategic and policy dialogue.

Martin has worked with a variety of public and non-profit organisations in the
international arena. These include the European Commission’s external economic
relations with South-East Asia and support for the African Group at the World Trade
Organisation (WTO) in the Doha Round negotiations. He has worked on participatory
and foresight processes on a variety of topics, including the future of pandemics in
Asia and Europe, as well as designed and facilitated numerous large and high-level
engagement events and processes for clients such as the European Commission
(e.g. DG RTD, DG EAC, etc), the European Environment Agency, the Fundamental
Rights Agency of the EU (FRA), the European Training Foundation, and many others.

Steven Libbrecht

Steven Libbrecht is passionate about making organisations develop on a path of sustainable growth – be it companies, public institutions, non-for-profit organisations, or human interaction systems at large. Steven is specialised in assessing and employing the potential of new ideas, foresight and technologies using participatory processes. In dealing with these challenges, Steven has accumulated substantial experience in designing and facilitating group processes to assist robust decision-making in multi-stakeholder settings.

Steven‘s skills are complemented by his background in science and by a considerable industrial track record. This enables him to deal with a variety of contexts and challenges. These include strategy, foresight and scenarios, impact assessment, valorisation and innovation management, business management, organisational development and the facilitation of international conferences and workshops. He has worked for companies such as Unilever, Qatar Telecom, Janssen Pharmaceutica, international organisations such as the International Energy Agency, as well as many bodies of the European Union, such as the European Training Foundation (ETF) and the European Environment Agency (EEA).
Steven‘s industrial track record next to Prospex covers international positions within the Shell Group of Companies (with stints in Belgium, Italy and France) – in R&D, valorisation of innovation, and business management. For several years, he held the general management position in a fast growing family-owned SME. Furthermore he is active in VOKA, the former Belgian Chamber of Commerce, as a mentor and facilitator of the PLATO knowledge networks on innovation management and on family-owned businesses.

Stefan Haenen

Stefan Haenen is Network Coordinator and Consultant at Prospex. He is facilitating and supporting stakeholder engagement processes and ensures detailed reporting on events and meetings. Stefan works on a variety of topics such as climate change, innovation, health and entrepreneurship. Stefan regularly delivers detailed reporting on multi-stakeholder workshops and conferences, for clients such as the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT) and the European Commission (DG JUST, DG EAC). Stefan is also working on a series of European Union funded research and innovation projects (such as IMPRESSIONS, STORY) and is closely involved in the organisation of the European Commission‘s annual European Education, Training and Youth Forum (DG EAC).

Stefan has a background in diplomacy and strategic communications, as well as in international and European law. Before joining the Prospex team he worked on European Union policies in the areas of ICT, trade and climate change at the European Parliament, responsible for reporting on policy developments, writing and drafting speeches, briefing notes and other communication materials, as well as organising high-level conferences with European stakeholders.

Michelle Nitschmann

Michelle Nitschmann is a junior consultant and researcher at Prospex. Working on a variety of EU-funded scientific research projects, she supports the identification and involvement of stakeholders in fields such as high-end climate change and climate change mitigation through eco-system services, bio-based products and food and nutrition security. Additionally, Michelle also assists in the design and reporting of participatory processes, supporting science-policy interactions in their relations with stakeholders and citizens. In this capacity, Michelle contributes to a number of European Union funded research and innovation projects (OPERAs, BioCannDo, FOODSECURE, IMPRESSIONS). Her tasks include the detailed reporting on the events, the visualisation of outcomes and summaries of presentations and speeches. Michelle combines an academic background in European and international politics with policy analysis, and has experience working for the European Institute of Innovation and Technology and the German federal ministry of agriculture, food and consumer protection.