Invited Speakers 

Please see below for the current list of invited speakers for ICEC 2023.

Cllr Roz Chadd

Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council

Cllr Chadd is the Hampshire County Councillor for Farnborough North, Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services (one of the largest portfolios at HCC) and Deputy Leader for Hampshire County Council. Roz was first elected in 2009 and selected as Deputy Leader in May 2022.


Dr Debbie Chase

Director of Public Health at Southampton City Council

Dr Chase is the public health service lead officer and Consultant in public health. Responsible for delivery of public health services and provision of public health leadership for Southampton. Responsible to the Director of public health for Southampton and Portsmouth cities. Specialist portfolio areas are children and young people’s health and wellbeing, sustainable development and academic public health.


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.

Eng. Isaac Kiva

Secretary, 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.

Chitra Nadarajah

Head of Climate Change and Environmental Strategy at Hampshire County Council 

Chitra Nadarajah is the lead for Hampshire County Council (HCC) in its ambition, both for its Authority and Hampshire as a whole, to achieve carbon neutrality and resilience. Lead for the implementation of the Hampshire 2050 Commission outcomes, Chitra has worked at HCC for over 20 years with roles including Environmental Projects Team Manager, Climate Change and Energy Programme Manager and Principal Environment Officer.

Professor Alan Penn

Professor in Architectural and Urban Computing at the Bartlerr School of Architecture 

Professor Penn is a former Dean of the Bartlett faculty of the Built Environment (2009-19), he is a founding director of Space Syntax Ltd,  a UCL knowledge transfer spin out with a portfolio of over 100 applied projects per year, including whole city masterplans, neighbourhood development plans and individual buildings.  He has previously held roles as Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (September 2021-January 2023) and Chief Scientific Adviser at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (July 2019 to September 2021).

Professor William Powrie

Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Southampton 

Professor Powrie is the author of the internationally-acclaimed textbook Soil Mechanics: Concepts and Applications, now in its third edition. He has been involved in a variety of major civil engineering projects including the Conwy and Medway immersed tube tunnels, Jubilee Line stations at Canary Wharf and Canada Water and HS1; and he chairs HS2’s Independent Geotechnical Expert Panel. 

Dr Alan Whitehead

Labour MP for Southampton, Test and Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Net Zero

Dr Alan Whitehead is the member of parliament for Southampton Test and Shadow Minister for Cliamte Change and Net Zero. He has been the MP for Test since his election in 1997.  Previously Alan has served as Shadow Minister for Energy and the Green New Deal, Shadow Energy and Cliamte Change Minister and the Shadow DECC Minister for Generation and Transmission. Prior to this, Alan was the Chair of PRASEG, the Associate Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group and Co-Chair of APSRG, the Associate Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group.