The Earth Convention - Sustainable Cities

Sustainable cities
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5x15 and Rathbones present the sixth session in The Earth Convention series looking at Sustainable Cities

Isabel Dedring
Sustainable Cities

Isabel Dedring is the Global Transport Leader at Arup where she is responsible for driving the development of the firm’s business across the transport sector. Previously, she was Deputy Mayor for Transport and Deputy Chair of Transport for London. In this capacity she was responsible for setting policy and ensuring delivery across the Mayor’s transport portfolio. Key projects she initiated and delivered included the Tube Reliability Programme which led to a 40% reduction in Tube delays; the £300m Growth Fund to fund transport infrastructure to unlock new house building; the Mayor’s new £1b cycling infrastructure programme; and London's first-ever roads strategy and the associated £4b implementation programme. Prior to her transport role, Isabel was the Mayor's Environment Advisor, responsible for delivering large-scale building retrofit programmes, parks and trees programmes and the £100m London Green Fund, among other initiatives.

Rohan Silva
Sustainable Cities

Rohan Silva is the founder and CEO of Second Home, a socially responsible business that supports entrepreneurship and job creation in cities around the world. Rohan was previously Senior Policy Adviser to British Prime Minister David Cameron, where he worked across all areas of policy, but was particularly passionate about enterprise, innovation and technology. He was responsible for developing key policies to improve the environment for enterprise in the UK, such as the Entrepreneur Visa, Entrepreneur Relief, angel investment tax breaks, and the Government's Open Data agenda. In addition, Rohan created the British Government's Tech City initiative, which supports the growth of the technology cluster in East London.

Chris Boardman
Sustainable Cities

Chris Boardman is the Cycling and Walking Commissioner for Greater Manchester. He works as an adviser to the Mayor, responsible for setting the strategic approach and established the largest capital programme for active travel outside of London. He has held presenting roles at major events including the Olympic Games and the Tour de France, and has utilised regular presenting roles for BBC and ITV to make active travel visible to a wider audience. In 1992, he took Great Britain's opening Gold medal at the Barcelona Olympics astride the infamous Lotus bike. It was Britain's first cycling Gold medal in 72 years. Between 1992 and 2000 Chris represented Great Britain at the Commonwealth and Olympic Games.

Kate Elliot
Sustainable Cities

Kate Elliot is the deputy head of ethical, sustainable and impact research for Rathbone Greenbank Investments. Rathbone Greenbank Investments is the dedicated ethical, sustainable and impact team of Rathbones, one of the UK’s leading investment managers. One of the most experienced teams in this field Rathbone Greenbank Investments have been pioneers in driving change in business and society through ethical investment.