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Dr Antony Wood

∇ USA

Dr Antony Wood is President of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), responsible for leading the Council’s thought leadership, research, and academic initiatives. Prior to this, he was CTBUH Chief Executive Officer from 2006-2022. Under his fifteen-year tenure as CEO, CTBUH increased its outputs and initiatives across all areas of operation globally.

Dr Wood is also a teaching Professor and Director of the Masters in Tall Buildings and Vertical Urbanism program in the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, He is also a visiting professor of tall buildings at Tongji University Shanghai. A UK architect by training, his field of specialty is the design, and in particular the sustainable design, of tall buildings

Sanne van der Burgh

∇ Netherlands

Associate Director, Head of MVRDV NEXT and Architect Sanne van der Burgh (NL) leads multiple teams within MVRDV, realising projects of various scales, phases, and across several continents. Sanne played an integral role in high profile MVRDV projects including the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Depot, the refurbishment of the Lyon Part Dieu shopping center, and a visionary project for revitalising New Delhi’s sanitation and infrastructure: Barapullah Springs. Sanne is a versatile architect with demonstrated design achievements. In 2019, Architizer named her as one of 25 young architects to watch. In 2021, she was the winner of the Female Frontier Awards, organized by World Architecture News. She won the category “Innovation in Architecture”. Sanne regularly appears in lectures and jury’s worldwide.

Sanne’s strengths lie in integral project narratives with a focus on sustainability and innovation. With her personal fascination for computational workflows and methodologies, she championed MVRDV NEXT, an in-house R&D group that focuses on development and implementation of cutting-edge technologies in MVRDV’s projects. Involvement of MVRDV NEXT has made complex projects such as the Floriade plant layout and the façade of the Valley possible. Currently, MVRDV NEXT focuses on the development of visionary tools that help cities become more dense, more green and more resilient. A dedicated advocate for environmental awareness in architecture, urbanism, and our daily lives, Sanne believes in the capacity of design to inspire and have a positive impact on people and their surroundings.

Simon Sturgis

∇ United Kingdom

Simon Sturgis AADip RIBA is an environmental specialist focusing on embodied carbon in the built environment.

He has written official Policy on Embodied and Whole Life Carbon for the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, the Royal Institute of British Architects, and the Greater London Authority. He is an advisor to UK government departments, the EU Commission, the UK Green Building Council and the RIBA Stirling Prize. His book ‘Targeting Zero – Embodied and Whole Life carbon explained” is a standard work on the subject.

He advises commercial and residential clients eg: British Land, Schroders, and Google. He has spoken at many international conferences, including Futurebuild (London), World Architecture Festival (Berlin, Barcelona), IGBC (Singapore), and COP 24 (Katowice). Simon was recently appointed Special Advisor on Whole Life Carbon to the Environmental Audit Select Committee of the UK House of Commons. www.targetingzero.co.uk

Sir Jonathon Porritt

∇ United Kingdom 

Jonathon Porritt, Founder Director of Forum for the Future, has been on the front line of environmental campaigning for more than 45 years. 

He’s worked tirelessly to promote the solutions to today’s converging environmental crises – as Director of Friends of the Earth in the 1980s, Co-Founder of Forum for the Future, the UK’s leading sustainability charity, President of Population Matters and The Conservation Volunteers, Chair of the UK Sustainable Development Commission (2000-2009), and Chancellor of Keele University (2012-2022). 

His work as author and broadcaster has had a huge impact over the years. His latest book, ‘Hope in Hell’, a powerful ‘call to action’ on the Climate Emergency, was published in June 2020.

Andy Pag

∇ Ireland

For 20 years, former BBC journalist Andy Pag has been trying to travel sustainably, from driving a chocolate powered lorry to Timbuktu, to gliding around the sky on thermal currents, to circumnavigating the globe in a scrapyard school bus fuelled only with waste cooking oil scavenged from bins along the way.

To his own surprise many of these experimental journeys have actually proved to be quite sustainable, and now, connecting live from the sailboat he currently lives and travels on, he delivers imagination-grabbing talks sharing his experience and honestly critiquing his own attempts to live and travel sustainably.

From these entertaining tales he draws lessons and conclusions which frame the challenge of acting sustainably for both businesses and individuals. His talks are inspiring and thought provoking, and challenge the audience into new ideas without confrontation.

Clive Wilkinson

∇ USA

Clive Wilkinson is an architect, designer, writer and strategist with over thirty years of experience working at the intersection of urban design, architecture and interior design. His practice, Clive Wilkinson Architects, was established in Los Angeles in 1991 and is an acknowledged global leader in workplace design whose large-scale projects for clients such as Disney, Google and Macquarie Group have established new paradigms for building creative and educational communities. 

A Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Clive is also a Fellow of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and a former Board Director of the AIA | Los Angeles. In 2005, he was inducted into the Interior Design ‘Hall of Fame.’ Clive was named a ‘Master of Design’ by Fast Company in 2006, a ‘Pioneer of Design’ by the IIIDA in 2011, and a ‘Legend’ by Contract in 2018. In 2010, he was formally inducted into the GSA National Peer Registry as an advisor to the U.S. Government on architecture and design. 

Clive has served as a keynote speaker at global media, advertising and design conferences, and has contributed to numerous radio and television shows. Clive Wilkinson Architects was selected in both 2010 and 2011 as a Finalist in the renowned National Design Awards by the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, and, in 2012, the practice received the National Design Award for excellence in the category of Interior Design.