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Jason McLennan

Proudly brought to you by Belgotex, Jason McLennan, is a sought-after designer, consultant and thought-leader in the architecture and green building industry. His work has made a strong impact on the shape and direction of green building around the world.

Recipient of the prestigious Buckminster Fuller Prize for socially responsible design, McLennan is the CEO of International Living Future Institute, a leading NGO that focuses on transformation toward a world that is socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative.

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He is also the founder and creator of the Living Building Challenge, widely considered the most progressive and stringent green-building programme. Recently awarded the World Changer Award by Green Biz magazine, McLennan was voted by Yes! Magazine as one of the top 15 people helping to reshape the world. He is the author of five books on green building including the Philosophy of Sustainable Design — considered by many as the authoritative text for green building.

 Luisa Bravo

Bravo is the go-to guru on Public Space.
As an international educator and speaker, a social entrepreneur & public space activist, her cross-disciplinary approach to understanding the complexities of the contemporary city, has given her a well-rounded and integrated understanding of the public space.

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Her research is internationally-acclaimed and she is sought after as a dynamic and relevant authority on the matter.

As Founder and President of City Space Architecture, an NGO aimed at promoting public space, architecture and culture, and partner of the UN-Habitat’s Global Public Space Programme, Bravo has drawn together key players on projects, conferences, workshops and exhibitions around public spaces. Through this collaborative platform, she launched The Journal of Public Spacethe first international, multi-disciplinary, academic journal exclusively championing the topic of “Public Spaces.” Bravo’s influence has reached far and wide, with her lecture “Stand up for Public Space” included in the 2017 UN-Habitat Global Urban Lectures series, a prevalent online outreach initiative.

As Chief Architectural Engineer of her company Bravo Design and with over 15 years of experience in urban design, Bravo has as much insight to give into the future of urban planning on an intellectual level, as she does on a practical level. In essence, she is not only a “thinker,” but a “doer” – both the expert and the experienced. She is a future-focused individual and an ace at imparting her hard-won knowledge.

If we could sum up Bravo in one word, it would be “transformer”, as she renovates the intellectual, social, cultural and physical architecture of the Public Space, and passionately pursues real change for organisations and individuals alike.

Ernesto Infante Barbosa

Barbosa is an economic expert and authority on sustainable development, and social, environmental and economic policy.

He is deeply invested in transformation and a greener future with a wealth of knowledge and experience in green finance; sustainable housing, education, public finance and criminal justice policy; and macro-economic monitoring.

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Barbosa is an economic expert and authority on sustainable development, and social, environmental and economic policy. He is deeply invested in transformation and a greener future with a wealth of knowledge and experience in green finance; sustainable housing, education, public finance and criminal justice policy; and macro-economic monitoring.

Barbosa is an economic expert and authority on sustainable development, and social, environmental and economic policy. He is deeply invested in transformation and a greener future with a wealth of knowledge and experience in green finance; sustainable housing, education, public finance and criminal justice policy; and macro-economic monitoring.

He is currently the Advisor to the Governor at Mexico’s Central Bank where he is responsible for driving the greening of the country’s financial system. Throughout his career he has harnessed his specialised skills as both a liaison and collaborator across multilateral organisations, banks, housing developers, cooperation agencies, NGOs, industrial chambers, federal agencies, local government and unions.

Barbosa has honed his expertise in many high-ranking positions, including as advisor to Mexico for EDGE Buildings at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Deputy Director for Multilateral Affairs and Sustainable Housing Marketing Development at the Housing Development Bank (SHF) in Mexico. At the SHF, he designed, implemented and managed several sustainable housing projects, such as ECOCASA, Housing NAMA and Passive House – leading their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the residential sector.

His internationally awarded work is testimony to his passion for people and making a difference through achieving low-carbon, energy-efficient housing and effective policy implementation.

In an online, multimedia world where everyone has a platform to broadcast their ideas…

Jo Ruxton

Eye-opener. Challenger. Changer.

Ruxton is actively and avidly turning the tide on plastic in the ocean. As the producer of the film A Plastic Ocean and the co-founder and CEO of the Plastic Oceans Foundation that was born out of the film’s research and discoveries, she is unwavering in her quest to save the oceans from the deluge of plastic that threatens sea life, quality of life, and eventually, all life.

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Passionate, persuasive and pioneering, Ruxton has a rich career history of using film and media as a platform for awareness, education and engagement on conservation issues. Starting as a marine conservation officer for the WWF in Hong Kong, and then a producer for BBC’s Natural History Unit (where she was a key team player of the celebrated series, The Blue Planet), she has explored and filmed vast and unimaginable underwater worlds. But she has also witnessed firsthand the devastating effects of the ocean plastic crisis. Deeply challenged, she stepped out into unchartered waters to produce A Plastic Ocean, which has since been described by Sir David Attenborough as “one of the most important films of our time”.

Today, Ruxton is a marine ambassador extraordinaire, a world-renowned speaker and, always, an adventurer at heart. Her mission is to educate and engage audiences around the globe, to transform the way we view, use and dispose of plastic, and to help introduce workable technology and policy solutions. As she sets out to crush society’s perception that this indestructible substance can be treated as ‘disposable’, she is making waves far and wide.

Once you trawl the depths of this issue with her, you’ll think twice about the way we use materials and resources. It’s really up to us whether we’ll build into the future, or deconstruct it all together.

Dr David Viner

Climate-Changer. Advisor. Educator.

Dr Viner is a global advisor, strategist, researcher and an internationally-acclaimed expert on climate change. With over 27 years’ experience in climate change, resilience and sustainability around the globe, he has brought together key influencers in science, social science, policy-development, research, business and government to create real change for both planet and people.

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His outstanding expertise born from “on-the-ground” experience and groundbreaking research, sets him apart as a true thought-leader and an undeniable force for good.

He is the convening lead author for the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 6th Assessment Report and lead author for the IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land. He was part of the IPCC when it was jointly awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore for “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.” He currently holds the position of Principal Advisor on Climate Change at the Mott MacDonald Group, Visiting Professor at the University of East Anglia and Global Practice Leader and International Climate Resilience Strategist at the
World Leading Infrastructure Consultancy.

During his 17 years as Senior Research Scientist and Climate Change Director at the Climatic Research Unit of UEA, he contributed extensively to some of the most significant international climate change projects. It was here that he did much of his pioneering work, led UK public engagement on climate change adaptation and was a key advisor to both the UK government and international agencies. He then went on to develop an adaptation framework and indicators for climate change as Natural England’s Principal Climate Change Specialist.

Bulelwa Mabasa

Director at Werksmans Attorneys

Mabasa is not only a sought-after thought-leader on the subject of land reform, but she also forms part of the Expert Panel on Land Reform that was appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa in September 2018. She is the only attorney on the panel. She is the Head of the Land Reform Restitution and Tenure Practice at Werksmans Attorneys with expertise in Dispute Resolution; Land Restitution; Redistribution and Tenure Security; Constitutional and Administrative Law; and Mining and Resources. Mabasa has carved out a niche in the area of land rights and land reform, infusing law and policy in the elusive “land question” in South Africa. In her 15 years’ of experience as an attorney she has honed unique insight into land reform by acting for all the affected parties and consequently seeing all sides of the coin.