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Keynote Speakers

James Cameron

Chairman

Overseas Development Institute

James is Chairman of ODI, a think tank, senior Advisor to Systemiq a new organisation focused on system change to address sustainable development, and Chairman of purpose driven enterprises like Green Running/Verv; Engaged Tracking; and GSCM. He is an independent director of Ignite Solar.

James is a member of the Advisory Board of Heathrow 2.0; AVAIO Capital (a real asset investment fund); Carbon Cap (a Carbon asset fund); ECI at Oxford University and is an Executive Fellow at Yale.

James was co-founder of Climate Change Capital and was named Leader of the Year in 2013 at the BusinessGreen Leaders Awards. He co-founded and was Chairman of CDP; he was a member of the Green Investment Bank Commission; a Founder Director of Solar Century; and a member of the UK Prime Ministers Business Advisory Group during the Coalition government.

James is a Barrister by training and taught law as well as practised. He co-founded the Centre for international Environmental Law (CIEL). He spent many years negotiating the international agreements on climate change, building the coalition which became AOSIS (island states), and latterly advising the Presidency of the UNFCCC (COP22/23, Morocco and Fiji).

Jeremy Leggett

Founder & Director

Solarcentury

Jeremy Leggett is founder and a director of Solarcentury, currently the fastest growing UK renewable energy company based on international sales, developer and installer of solar in more than a dozen countries on four continents, and winner of awards including a Queen's Award for Enterprise in Innovation. He is also founder and chair of SolarAid, a charity set up with five percent of Solarcentury's annual profit's that endeavours to build solar lighting markets in Africa - itself parent to a non-profit social venture, SunnyMoney, winner of a BITC Unilever Global Development Award. An Entrepreneur of the Year at the New Energy Awards, he was the first Hillary Laureate for International Leadership in Climate Change and has been described by the Observer as 'Britain's most respected green energy boss'.

Amanda O'Toole

Global Portfolio Manager

AXA IM

Amanda is a Global Portfolio Manager at Framlington Equities. Amanda was previously a member of the Emerging Markets team with a focus on energy, utilities, consumer and healthcare.

Prior to joining AXA IM, Amanda was an Investment Analyst at Nevsky Capital, covering Europe and then Emerging Markets across a range of sectors with emphasis on energy, utilities and consumer. Amanda began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, initially in Corporate Recovery and latterly in Corporate Finance.

She holds a BA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne and is an Associate Chartered Accountant.

Mark Riminton

Investment Platform Manager

Clean Growth UK

Clean Growth UK is a national university-led business network that catalyses clean and green business innovation. Open to any business with a commitment to taking action on climate change or sustainability, members of the community get access to a programme of business innovation and growth support, workshops and webinars. Support can include university-business R&D partnerships, a commercialising innovation service and an investment readiness programme.

Mark is responsible for Clean Growth UK's industrial relationships and for its investor readiness development track for SMEs. A former consultant and business coach, Mark has long experience of working with UK business owners and investors. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Cam Ross

Director

Green Angel Syndicate

Cam Ross co-founded, jointly ran and raised 2 rounds of Business Angel funding for a contact centre payments business, with an exit by sale to AIM-listed Eckoh plc. Cam is currently Director of Payments Strategy for Eckoh. He focuses on new and inventive security and payments products for the contact centre industry. Cam is an Aeronautical Engineer by training, and has experience in creating, commercialising and patenting new technology. He has 5 granted patents in the fields of telecommunications, payments and customer authentication. He has a practical ability to analyse and improve complex processes, from manufacturing to software systems. Cam is managing Technical Due Diligence for Green Angel Syndicate.

Rob Saunders

Deputy Challenge Director

Innovate UK

Rob Saunders is challenge director for the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund programme, ‘Prospering from the Energy Revolution'. Over the coming four years, this aims to prove the future business models and local approaches that will put energy users and consumers at the heart of a cleaner, cheaper and more resilient energy system.

A Cambridge engineering graduate, Rob started his career in innovation in the food and packaging industries when leading major R&D programmes for Crown Packaging and Pepsico. He retrained in energy at Imperial College, and in a brief academic career led analysis for the UK Energy Research Centre on bioenergy before joining Innovate UK in 2011 as lead for offshore renewable energy.

Rob led the energy programme at Innovate UK for four years, helping UK businesses to grow as they develop new products that address solutions to affordable clean and secure energy supplies of the future. During that time Innovate UK supported hundreds of UK businesses, developed and launched the energy catalyst programme and set up two energy-focussed catapult centres; Offshore Renewable Energy in Glasgow & Blyth, and Energy Systems in Birmingham.

Chairperson

James Murray

Editor-in-Chief

BusinessGreen

James Murray is Editor-in-Chief of BusinessGreen, having launched the site in October 2007. He is responsible for BusinessGreen's leading news, opinion and analysis, and also contributes to the brand's expanding events' programme.

James is one of the UK's leading commentators on the low carbon economy. He writes occasionally for The Guardian newspaper and has also reported for BBC Radio on a number of green technology stories. James reports daily on a wide range of green business issues, with a particular focus on low carbon policy, economics and technology.

In March 2011, James was voted number eight in the Press Gazette's list of the top 50 environmental journalists in the UK. Prior to launching BusinessGreen, James spent five years as a technology journalist working on a variety of IT titles.