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Saturday, October 23, 2021

How will a just transition affect me?

Time: 10am to 11am

How will Scotland’s move to a net-zero and globally competitive and sustainable economy affect you?


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Terminology like ‘a green recovery’ where ‘no-one is left behind’ and ‘doughnut economies’ is commonplace.

But exactly what is a ‘just transition’ and how will it affect each of us – from how where we work, how much we earn, to where we holiday and what we consume?

Join the discussion on how Scotland’s move to a net-zero and globally competitive and sustainable economy will affect you. And how do we avoid a repeat of 1980s mass unemployment when market forces and a transition to de-industrialisation destroyed so many communities?

This event is chaired by Claire Baker MSP, Economy and Fair Work Committee.

This panel has BSL interpretation


Dr Poonam Malik, University of Strathclyde

Dr Poonam Malik is an entrepreneurial academic business strategy leader and an investor in Innovation. She has extensive experience of working in research, innovation, enterprise, governance, health and business sectors globally. A GlobalScot, a Climate Champion for Scottish Enterprise Board and Skills Development Scotland Board Member - Dr Malik has held leadership roles across public, private, higher education and social enterprise sectors. She has recently been appointed as Head of Investments at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow- to lead on University’s enhanced Investment function from entrepreneurial and commercialisation activities focused on startups, spinouts and spin in companies. Poonam brings expertise in Life Sciences, Biotech, Health digital & Medical Technology businesses. Poonam is passionate about Diversity, Equality, Inclusive values & climate change. She is a Syndicate Investor with Investing Women Angels and Board-level Advisor, Chair & Consultant for Technology Startups. Poonam has held Academic positions at the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Cumbria/Lancaster and in India. She is an elected Fellow with the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE) and Royal Society of Biology (FRSB). Poonam holds an MBA (with Distinction) in 'Strategy and Leadership' from University of Edinburgh Business School, a PhD in Biomedical Sciences/Virology from University of Glasgow, UK, a Masters (MSc) degree in Biotechnology & a Bachelors (BSc) in Chemistry & Zoology from India.

Professor Jim Skea, co-chair of the working group III of the Intergovernmental panel on Climate Change; Chair of the Just Transition Commission, Scotland 

Jim Skea CBE is Professor of Sustainable Energy at Imperial College London with research interests in energy, climate change and technological innovation. He is Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III for the 6th assessment cycle. He was Research Director of the UK Energy Research Centre 2004-12 and Director of the Policy Studies Institute 1998-2004. He was a member of the UK Committee on Climate Change from its inception in 2008 until 2018, and currently chairs Scotland’s Just Transition Commission. From 2015-17, he was President of the UK Energy Institute.

Councillor Angus Millar, Chair of Environment, Sustainability and Carbon Reduction Committee, Glasgow City Council

Councillor Angus Millar is Chair of Glasgow City Council’s Environment, Sustainability and Carbon Reduction committee, and is currently leading on the development of the city’s Green New Deal for Glasgow. He additionally holds various remits relating to economic development, including chairing the city’s Digital Glasgow Board and co-chairing Glasgow’s City Centre Task Force alongside the Glasgow Chambers of Commerce. Finally, he chairs the Council's arms-length employability charity, Jobs and Business Glasgow, and the Council's arms-length commercial property company, City Property. He has represented the Anderston/City/Yorkhill ward covering the city centre and part of the West End since 2016.

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