‘Innovation for sustainability’ interview series passes 2,500 downloads

Time to celebrate! Innovation for Sustainability (for ISR) has passed 2,500 downloads!

Huge thanks to all the interviewees —13 so far. They cover quite the variety: corporates and start-ups; for-profit and for-purpose; incubators, venture funds, finance houses and finance ministries; contributors from UK, Europe, India and Aotearoa New Zealand.

And, of course, thank you to the listeners — whether students, who might feel they have to, or others. I hope you have enjoyed them and learnt from them too. I’ll be recording more interviews over the coming weeks.

Click the ‘continue reading’ link below to have a list of all the episodes.

The interviews were originally conducted for a module in the Masters in Sustainable Resources: Economics, Policy and Transitions at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources.

The module is on the intersection of business, innovation and sustainability. Other course materials cover theories and case studies.

The interviews are to give students the grit under the fingernails of real experience of innovating for sustainability.

  1. Nicoletta Piccolrovazzi on Dow Chemicals’ partnership with the Olympics on sustainability.
  2. Manoj Kumar of Social Alpha on bring a social purpose incubator in India.
  3. Joel Hamilton, a civil servant working in government to support innovation of heat networks.
  4. James Corah on leading in a values-led sustainable finance firm.
  5. Peter Vale, the Carbon & Circular Economy Architect at Severn Trent Water, a regulated UK utility.
  6. Leigh Hudson on innovating Sustainable Aviation Fuel at International Airlines Group.
  7. Chris Gagné on using agile methods in Silicon Valley start-ups and Fortune 500 companies.
  8. Christopher Bean on being a start-up CEO for a deeptech firm in the energy sector.
  9. Shama Skinner on riding the wave of innovation and growth at feminine hygiene start-up Thinx.
  10. Jolyon Swinburn on Aotearoa New Zealand’s first ever Green Bond.
  11. Kyle Grant of Oxwash on being a CEO of a laundry start-up.
  12. Alyssa Gilbert and Naveed Chaudhry on Imperial’s climate innovation centre ‘Undaunted’ and the incubator The Greenhouse.
  13. Beverley Gower-Jones on starting the Clean Growth Fund, and some of the cleantech, deeptech investments.

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