David Howell, Baron Howell of Guildford, PC is politician, journalist, and economic consultant. Having been successively Secretary of State for Energy and then for Transport under Margaret Thatcher, Howell has more recently been a Minister of State in the Foreign Office from the election in 2010 until the reshuffle of 2012. He has served as Chair of the House of Lords International Relations Committee since May 2016.


In his keynote speech, he will talk about the new politics of energy and global transition, and identify the international winners and losers and the skills and priorities required to navigate the dangers ahead.

Joana Avi-Lorie

Joana is a writer, illustrator and research student working in the intersection of culture and climate change mitigation and adaptation. She is an MSc student and PhD candidate at the School of Health in Social Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, and she interested in children’s mental health, creative wellbeing and learning, narrative therapy, dramaturgical conscience, community development and promoting climate resilience in children and young people. 


Storytelling and Climate Resilience

In this presentation, I am going start by sharing my personal journey, how it shaped my creative and academic goals through the last years and how it’s directing my vision for a sustainable future.

I will then present and explore my research projects Bedtime Eco-stories and One for the Journey and how they are aligned with the UN SDG 4, Quality Education, with long life learning through creative fiction. I will also explain my role as story weaver for the Scottish Communities Climate Action Network and how this storytelling work enables us to engage wider audiences in conversations around their concrete visions for a beautiful, irresistible change that can inspire our communities around Scotland. I will finish with a practical exercise using a narrative therapy methodology that I am considering for my PhD qualitative data collection and time for Q&A. 

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Doyin Adeleye

Head of Energy, Carbon & Sustainability (Estates and Facilities Directorate) at the University of Wolverhampton

Doyin has an extensive technical, management, policy development, consultancy and regulatory experience in the public and private sectors (locally and internationally), and across the real estate, building services, climate change mitigation, utilities, energy, environment & carbon management, ESG and Sustainability spectrums.

Doyin has worked for the likes of SRK Consulting, Mouchel (Now part of WSP), Balfour Beatty, OFGEM, Department of Energy & Climate Change (now part of BEIS) The Environment Agency (Part of DEFRA) and the Greater London Authority. 

Doyin is a member of the Energy Institute, and is actively involved in the local and wider communities on Climate Change and Sustainability matters, and as a STEM Ambassador and young people career mentor at a national level.


“The Transition of Global Energy System : A Strong Case for Climate Action”:

Talking about the global energy transformation, two main problems (energy crisis and climate change) and choosing which of the two problems to prioritise in terms of a resolution – making a case for climate action (protecting the planet).

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