Reflections from ICEC 2022 attendees

Keynote: Welcome to the City of Southampton 

Cllr Satvir Kaur

Leader of Southampton City Council

Cllr Satvir Kaur is the current leader of Southampton City Council and was elected to this role in May 2022. She became leader of the Southampton Group in May 2021 having been in office since May 2011. Councillor Kaur represents the Shirley Ward and previously graduated in History and Politics from the University of Southampton which was followed by studying law at Southampton Solent University.

Keynote: Designing a 100% renewable based energy system for NEOM from scratch

Dr Jens Madrian

Executive Director NEOM Energy, Saudi Arabia

Dr Madrian is responsible for designing and delivering an integrated market design and sustainable energy system from scratch. Prior to joining NEOM he was the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Commercial Officer at Reactive Technologies. With over two decades of experience in the energy, infrastructure and technology sector, Dr Madrian is dedicated to delivering data technology solutions to promote the global renewable energy transition.

Keynote: Levelling up the UK: dissecting disparities and developing a taxonomy of towns

Prof Alan Penn

Chief Scientific Advisor at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, UK

Professor Penn is a former Dean of the Bartlett faculty of the Built Environment (2009-19) and is a founding director of Space Syntax Ltd, a UCL knowledge transfer spin out with a portfolio of over 100 applied projects per year. He is currently the Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and was previously (July 2019-September 2021) Chief Scientific Adviser at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Keynote: Heat pumps as a pathway to achieving net zero carbon in buildings 

Laura Bishop

Chair – Ground Source Heat Pump Association & Director – Infinitas Design Ltd 

Laura Bishop is a chartered mechanical engineer, registered with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. She has 22 years engineering experience with companies including Rolls Royce and E.ON Connecting Energies. She runs Infinitas Design Ltd, where she undertakes the design and development of heat pump, heat network and energy storage projects for a variety of clients and is also the Chair of the Ground Source Heat Pump Association which lobbies on behalf of the industry as well as connecting others in the industry to collaborate on training, education and standards.

Keynote: Towards a sustainable and low carbon built environment, a view from Kenya

Eng. Isaac Kiva

Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works, Kenya

Eng. Kiva has wide experience in public sector management, having held senior Government positions for over 20 years. He is a registered Professional Engineer with the Engineers Board of Kenya and a member of the Institution of Engineers of Kenya. Eng. Isaac Kiva joined the Board on 16th December 2009 as an Alternate Director to the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Energy and Petroleum.

Keynote: Will we ever have a smart city? 

Chris Cooper

KnowNow Information Ltd, UK 

Chris Cooper is the co-founder of KnowNow Information and the principal of KnowNow Cities. He is a Chartered Engineering  with over 18 years of experience in the Information Technology industry and is recognised as an expert in smart cities. Chris was part of the team that wrote the BSI Smart City Interoperability Framework and was previously the Smart Cities technical leader at IBM UK.

Keynote: Cities evolution, a view from a policy perspective 

Dr Alan Whitehead, MP 

Shadow Minister for Energy and the Green New Deal, UK

Dr Alan Whitehead has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Southampton Test since 1997. He has long been a champion for renewable energy sitting on a number of influential Select Committees relating to energy and the environment.

Panel: Residential Heating Workshop

Dr Charlotte Johnson

Centre for Sustainable Energy, UK 

Dr Charlotte Johnson is Head of Research Programmes at the Centre for Sustainable Energy where she leads the Smart and Fair research programme. Charlotte has a decade of research experience on socio-technical energy transitions with a particular focus on social inclusion. Prior to joining CSE, she worked at UCL’s Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources focusing on community participation in urban transitions. She has worked on a range of interdisciplinary research projects, consultancies for government and industry, and public engagement projects.

Panel: Residential Heating Workshop

Chitra Nadarajah 

Hampshire County Council, UK

Chitra Nadarajah is the Head of Climate Change and Environmental Strategy at Hampshire County Council head. She is the lead for HCC in its ambition both for the Authority and Hampshire as a whole, to achieve carbon neutrality and resilience. In addition to this role, Chitra is also the lead for the implementation of the Hampshire 2050 Commission outcomes.

Panel: Residential Heating Workshop

Andrew Waggott

Portsmouth City Council, UK 

Andrew Waggot is the head of energy services at Portsmouth City Council (PCC). He and his team manage energy efficiency and micro-generation capital projects, procurement and management of utilities and fuel poverty mitigation programmes.

Invited: The unusual nature of cyber security threats facing cities and strategies to mitigate them

Dr Nicholas Allott 

CEP & Co-Founder of NquiringMinds, UK 

CEO and Co-Founder of NquiringMinds, Nick is an award-winning Technology Company specialising in the areas of IOT, Security and Data Analytics and has worked on a number ofECCD projects. A broad technologist at heart, earlier industry experience covers, gaming, data warehousing, engineering, oil, publishing and consultancy having held various executive and consultancy positions at Shell, Pearson Group, Dorling Kindersley and Neural Computer Sciences. A strong advocate of open source, Nick helped set up and is Director of the WebinosFoundation.

Invited: Options for cost-effective home heating: a case study of a ground source heat pump installation

Chris Nicholls

Senior Economic Analyst at Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), UK 

Chris leads a team of analysts responsible for advising on optimal design for policies aimed at improving the energy efficiency of domestic residential buildings. He has also worked on understanding energy use and abatement opportunities in non-domestic buildings, and renewable heat policies.  Most of his career has focussed on the built environment.  Before moving into central government, he was an economic consultant and the economist for the Construction Confederation, a construction trade association.  He also co-authored the Barker Review of Housing Supply, an independent review of the UK’s new housing market.

Invited: The Solent Future Transport Zone: Research challenges for evolving city regions

Professor John Preston

Professor of Reail Transport, Univeristy of Southampton, UK 

John Preston is Professor of Rail Transport within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton. He has just completed a term of office as Head of the Transportation Research Group(2015-20), and  was previously Head of the Civil, Maritime and Environmental Engineering and Science Academic Unit (2011-2014), Director of the Transportation Research Group (2008-10) and Head of the School of Civil Engineering and the Environment (2010-11). His research in transport covers demand and capacity modelling, regulatory studies, economic appraisal and land-use and environment interactions.

Invited: Levelling up, the much needed outcome from decarbonising properties

Alan Wilson

Director of NetZero, UK 

Alan Wilson is the director of NetZero, which is the result of a collaboration between academic and technical partners, seeking to resolve some of the most significant challenges facing property owners in their need to deliver net zero by 2050. Alan has over 30 years’ experience working with people to develop relationships that deliver solutions to key strategic challenges.