Dame Julia King

Professor Dame Julia King, The Baroness Brown of Cambridge DBE FREng FRS

Baroness Brown is an engineer, with a career spanning senior engineering and leadership roles in industry and academia. Her interests include climate change adaptation and mitigation and the low carbon economy. In this area she currently serves as: Vice Chair of the Committee on Climate Change and Chair of the Adaptation Sub-Committee; non-executive director of the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult; member of the WEF Global Agenda Council on Decarbonising Energy. She was non-executive director of the Green Investment Bank, she led the King Review on decarbonising transport (2008), and she is the UK’s Low Carbon Business Ambassador.


She is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and of the Royal Society, and was awarded DBE for services to higher education and technology. She is a crossbench Peer and a member of the House of Lords European Union Select Committee.

Tim Rose

Tim is Programme Manager for the Energy Superhub Oxford, a £40m multi-partner Innovate-UK backed project led by Pivot Power, which aims to reduce emissions and improve air quality across Oxford.

Before joining Pivot Power Tim was Managing Director EMEA for Solarcentury, a world leading solar company, where he was responsible for utility-scale solar development and construction across the UK, Europe and Africa. Prior to this he worked as an executive manager in the aerospace sector.

Tim is passionate about climate and environmental issues and delivering transformational change through technology. He studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Edinburgh.

Emily Shuckburgh

Dr Emily Shuckburgh is Director of Cambridge Zero at the University of Cambridge and Reader in Environmental Data Science at the Department of Computer Science and Technology. She is a mathematician and climate scientist and a Fellow of Darwin College, a Fellow of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, an Associate Fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy and a Fellow of the British Antarctic Survey.

Dr Shuckburgh leads the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training on the Application of AI to the study of Environmental Risks (AI4ER). Until April 2019 she led a UK national research programme on the Southern Ocean and its role in climate (ORCHESTRA), and was deputy head of the Polar Oceans Team and head of the Data Science Group at British Antarctic Survey.

In 2016 she was awarded an OBE for services to science and the public communication of science. She is co-author with HRH The Prince of Wales and Tony Juniper of the Ladybird Book on Climate Change.

Chris Wiles

Chris joined Foresight Group in September 2019 to focus on the Foresight Williams Technology EIS Fund.
Having started his career with Mclaren Automotive as a Project Engineer, he moved to PwC to work in Strategy Consulting. Subsequently Chris joined Centrica Plc where he was responsible for managing Centrica’s £10m early stage impact fund as well as being a Venture Principal in Centrica Innovations, the £100m Corporate Innovation fund. Chris holds a first class masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southampton and an MBA with Distinction from Warwick Business School.

Rob Wilkinson

Rob works with UK FIRES, a university group advising government and businesses on strategies for Energy Transition.

Previously, as a director of Innovia Technology, he helped to create an international consultancy with a strong track record for breakthrough innovation. As a first joiner, that meant all the thrills and spills of moving from the start-up phase to the teenager years. Before Innovia, Rob worked at Procter & Gamble in FMCG production and Shell in the management of air quality and carbon footprint.

Ahu Büyükkuşoğlu Serter

Ahu Büyükkuşoğlu Serter is an active leader in the business of transformation for a Better. Future. Together.

She is the president of FARK Holding (named as one of the top 20 most innovative companies in Turkey by FAST COMPANY), serial entrepreneur, and investor. She founded FARK LABS to design a better version of the future together with all like-minded parties in order to create a collaborative intelligence at the highest level. FARK LABS is currently focusing on mobility, life sciences, and sustainable lifestyle verticals, covering diverse activities from venture incubation to venture building and vc investing.

Recognizing the reformatory power of female leadership, she founded the social venture ARYA Women Investment platform to encourage more women to invest in women-owned businesses.
She has been named among Fortune Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Women of Turkey. She is also the recipient of the Enterprising Women Award over $100 mn Category in the United States.
She loves to travel, explore, develop and implement ideas, is an avid learner and reading enthusiast, married with three daughters.

Matthieu Horgnies

Matthieu Horgnies is a scientific expert in charge of several prospective innovations at the LafargeHolcim Innovation Center (France). He is also one of the main coordinators of the LH-Accelerator, an accelerator of start-ups dedicated to the development of new building materials and construction systems.