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Sunday, October 24, 2021

Big brains for big solutions to save the world

Time: 11:30am to 12:30pm

To reach our climate goals we need to generate innovative solutions across a vast range of sectors that will essentially save the planet.


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To reach our climate goals we need academia, industry and the public sector to build the momentum to generate the innovative solutions across a vast range of sectors that will essentially save the planet!

Optimism is reasonable, given that within solutions lie opportunities for business, investors and governments alike. Whether it’s Elon Musk’s research and development of Tesla, to the UK inventors of a seaweed-based alternative to plastic, or the vertical farming revolution, investors and inventors are discovering that profit margins and green-solutions to the climate emergency are not mutually exclusive.

Join the panel to hear from some of the innovators at the forefront, the barriers they faced and their hopes for the future.

This event is brought to you in partnership with The Royal Society of Edinburgh. It is chaired by Fiona Hyslop MSP, Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee.


Pierre Paslier

Pierre is a London-based Innovation Design Engineer. He started his career as a Packaging Engineer for L’Oréal in the daytime and hacking 3D-printers in his living room at night. He then decided to study design at the Royal College of Art and in 2013, he co-designed one of the first consumer delta 3D-printers. His passion for innovation led him to co-found two startups, Gravity Sketch (3D creation in VR) and Notpla (edible packaging). Driven by the urge to act on our plastic crisis, he’s now 100% focused on Ooho, the edible water bottle as Co-CEO of Notpla. He has a Masters degree from the RCA’s Innovation Design Engineering programme (MA & MSci) and INSA de Lyon (MEng).

He has written articles for Wired Magazine and given a number of conferences about his projects at TEDx conferences in Athens and Warwick.

Pierre is also a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Hub and a member of the Industrial Advisory Board of Imperial College London Dyson School of Design Engineering.

David Farquhar

David is Chief Executive of Intelligent Growth Solutions. A transaction-oriented serial entrepreneur with a track record of delivering shareholder value, currently leading the rapid global growth of vertical farm manufacturer Intelligent Growth Solutions. Prior to this he had retired, following the turnaround, transformation, growth and exit of global enterprise SaaS vendor Workplace. In the past 28 years he has completed 30 transactions as a founder/CEO, angel investor and business mentor, including risk capital investments (PE, VC and angel), acquisitions and trade sales in Europe, North America and Asia.

He has started, built or invested in 20 companies, sold 14 and have the hard-won experience of having lost three. Those are often the best lessons. He has built sales & distribution channels across Europe, North America, the Middle East, India, China and Southeast Asia.

Speciality: Starting, building and transforming companies at Board level through the creation of winning cultures and has won accolades for his concept of Culture As A Platform.

Dr Jaganndha Pawan Tamvada

Dr Jagannadha Pawan Tamvada is an award-winning business economist and Associate Professor in Strategy and Innovation at the Southampton Business School. He is a co-founder of iPowerz, the global digital ecosystem for fast-tracking microentrepreneurship and small businesses growth, and a steward at the Council for Inclusive Capitalism. He received awards from the Kauffman Foundation (USA), the Danish Research Unit for Industrial Dynamics, and the Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society for his research. Dr Pawan advises organisations and businesses across the world. He is a founding trustee of the Indian Cultural Association of Dorset, a registered charity in the UK.

Dr Olga Kozlova

Dr Olga Kozlova is Director of Innovation and Industry Engagement at the University of Strathclyde where she leads entrepreneurship and investment functions, industrial engagement and the development of the TIC Zone within the Glasgow City Innovation District. In her previous role she was the founder of Converge Challenge - the largest Scotland-wide programme for converting university know-how and intellectual property into company creation. Olga has a substantial track record in entrepreneurship and delivering successful translation of innovative research into economic growth and societal impact. She is a Trustee of Young Enterprise Scotland and Board member for Scotland 5G Centre.

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