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International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI) Summit

Event organised by ICE

Date
28 June 2022
Time
14:30 - 18:00 BST (GMT+1)
Location
Online

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Overview

The recent reports from the UN’s climate science body, the IPCC, show that the timeframes for addressing climate change are narrowing and the next eight years will be critical. With escalating extreme weather and urbanisation, infrastructure has a vital role to play, and the engineering community must be part of the conversation.

Join the International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure at this virtual summit hosted by ICE, which will consider ways to drive the transformative change needed to deliver people-centred, sustainable, and resilient infrastructure that is fit for all our communities and the Earth.

Marking a milestone on the road to COP27, the summit will bring together the engineering community with city leaders, investors, the private sector, and civil society. This will be a powerful force to find bold, deeply collaborative ways to accelerate development and implement infrastructure that delivers the Sustainable Development Goals and achieves the climate targets of this decade and beyond.

You will hear from global experts – including Richard Threlfall, Chair of ICSI, and Ellen Lindsey Awuku, Vice President of International Falcon Movement-Socialist Education International – who will delve into topics such as:

  • Innovative finance
  • Climate resilience and adaptation
  • New guidance and standards for sustainable and resilient infrastructure

You will also learn about ICSI’s plans and priorities for raising the voice of the engineering community and mobilizing critical players to act on climate change, sustainability, and resilience.

The event will consist of a series of talks, panels and Q&A sessions.

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International Coalition for
Sustainable Infrastructure

Programme

Opening
address

The accountability of the infrastructure sector for our future
Richard Threlfall, Vice President ICE and Chair, ICSI Board

Keynote
address

The role and expectations of future generations
Ellen Lindsey Awuku, Vice President of IFM-SEI

Session 1

Transforming urban infrastructure: policymakers’ perspective

Session 2

The role of guidance and standards in delivering systemic change

Break
Session 3

Transformations and innovations in engineering delivery

Session 4

Making the business case for sustainable and resilient infrastructure

Closing
remarks

Rising to the challenge and taking action

Speakers

Savina Carluccio

Savina Carluccio

International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI)

executive director

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Savina Carluccio

Savina is the Executive Director of the International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI) and a fervent advocate of the role of civil engineers in tackling our society’s biggest challenges. She is an experienced Civil Engineer and infrastructure practitioner with almost two decades of experience advising government, infrastructure owners and operators, multi-lateral development banks and NGOs to develop and implement inclusive, sustainable, and resilient infrastructure that is fit for the future. Prior to taking her role at ICSI, she served as Associate Director and infrastructure advisor at Arup as well as Head of Guidance and Standards at the Resilience Shift.

Richard Threlfall

Richard Threlfall

KPMG

global head of infrastructure at KPMG and vice president at ICE

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Richard Threlfall

Richard Threlfall is the global head of KPMG IMPACT which brings together expertise from across the globe focused on the issues that go to the heart of our planet's sustainability and our quality of life: Environment, Social and Governance (ESG), economic and social development, sustainable finance, climate change and decarbonisation, and the associated measurement, reporting and assurance.

He is also the global head of KPMG’s global infrastructure network which helps to connect the world, build prosperity, reduce poverty and create a sustainable quality of life. We advise stakeholders in every stage of the infrastructure lifecycle, from planning, strategy, procurement, finance and construction to asset management, operations, and divestment.

He cares deeply about these issues. As a leader of these networks, his aim is to support clients and communities in realising the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and thereby enable a better future for everyone, everywhere.

With more than 25-years of experience in infrastructure and transport, Richard has advised private and public sector clients on some of the world’s largest and most complex infrastructure projects. He is passionate about the benefits of the growing role of technology in infrastructure and in particular future mobility including electric and autonomous vehicles and mobility as a service.

Richard is a Fellow, Vice-President and Trustee of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Chair of the International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Urban Mobility, a member of the Infrastructure Board of the Confederation of British Industry and KPMG’s representative on the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. In addition, as Chair of the UK Infrastructure Forum Advisory Council, he helps bring together individuals with multiple perspectives to engage openly in sharing experiences and understanding how we can work together to drive better outcomes for society.

Ellen Lindsey Awuku

Ellen Lindsey Awuku

Vice President, International Falcon Movement-Socialist Education International (IFM-SEI)

youth development advocate

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Ellen Lindsey Awuku

Ellen is a Youth Development Advocate with special interest in Environment, Youth Civic Participation and Youth Empowerment. She currently serves as the Vice President of International Falcon Movement-Socialist Education International (IFM-SEI), sits on the taskforce of International Coordination Meeting of Youth Organizations (ICMYO), and coordinates GreenSprings Global Foundation an NGO focused on environmental protection through advocacy and education as well as empowering locals to make sustainable choices with regards to the environment.

Until September last year, Ellen Lindsey was the national coordinator for Young Reporters for the Environment Ghana and Eco-Schools Ghana and led the global Climate Strikes in Ghana.

She believes the SDGs represent the exact aspirations of every citizen around the world and its attainment will unleash economic, environmental and political freedom at all levels of society. Ellen Lindsey has a background in Journalism with Diploma in Communication Studies.

Brad McCoy

Brad McCoy

United States Military Academy, West Point

associate dean for research

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Brad McCoy

U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Brad McCoy is the Associate Dean for Research at the United States Military Academy at West Point and an Academy Professor in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering. As the Assoc. Dean for Research, he is the Director of the Academic Research Division and leads the research enterprise across 15 departments and 27 research centers and institutes.

He also he teaches civil engineering courses in Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering’s nationally ranked, ABET accredited program. Lt. Col. McCoy holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering (USMA, 2001), and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering, from North Carolina State University (2011 and 2019 respectively).

Additionally, he serves in leadership on multiple academy and professional service committees, most notably as Chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Sustainable Infrastructure Standard Committee, a national-level committee charged with creating and maintaining ASCE 73: Standard of Practice for Sustainable Infrastructure. His research interests include sustainable infrastructure development, sustainable concrete materials, composite materials and structures, and engineering education. Lt. Col. McCoy’s research is published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, refereed conference proceedings, and technical reports.

Additionally, he has given multiple invited lectures, featured presentations, and panel discussions for academia and industry. Lt. Col. McCoy holds a Professional Engineer license in the state of Missouri and is a credentialed Envision® Sustainability Professional with the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure.

John Dora

John Dora

Climate Sense / John Dora Consulting

director

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John Dora

A Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey, John Dora is a recognised international expert on climate change adaptation, standards and sustainable infrastructure asset management. He has forty-one years’ experience that includes flood risk management and asset management of railway structures. His career in infrastructure has covered research, construction and maintenance activities. He is an independent consultant and has been advisor to a number of organisations including the World Bank and the United Nations.

In 2019 John won a BSI award for leading development of ISO 14090 Adaptation to climate change – the first global standard on adaptation, and in 2017 the Institution of Civil Engineers Infrastructure Asset Management Prize for the paper Towards the future-proofing of UK infrastructure.  He is an accomplished lecturer, designing and delivering courses on sustainability, asset management and resilience at the Universities of Birmingham and Surrey, and through Climate Sense, where he is a director.

Emily Corwin

Emily Corwin

Conservation International

director of nature based engineering solutions

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Emily Corwin

Emily Corwin is the Director of Nature-based Engineering Solutions at Conservation International, a Registered Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California, and the founder of an environmental engineering firm that focuses on water resource and conservation projects. 

Emily studied Hydrology at the University of California Davis, Environmental Engineering at the University of California Berkeley, and currently leads a Global Green-Gray Community of Practice, with representatives from 140 organizations and 400 individual members.  She also is a member of the Natural Infrastructure Initiative and the American Society of Civil Engineers Committee on Natural and Nature-based Infrastructure Systems.

Edgar Westerhof

Edgar Westerhof

Arcadis

vice president

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Edgar Westerhof

Edgar is Vice President with Arcadis and serves as the Director for Flood Risk and Resiliency for North America. Edgar is a water consultant with 22 years of experience in integrated water management. He has a deep understanding of urban and industrial climate adaptation concepts, infrastructure planning and design, sustainable urban water management and waterfront development and international water management concepts.

Edgar was leading the Arcadis participation in the international HUD Rebuild by Design competition, including the winning BIG U – Waterfront Resiliency Plan of Manhattan. Edgar functions as the climate change adaptation specialist regarding integrated and multi-layered coastal waterfront and urban water management strategies. He plays a key role in the identification and implementation of our local and international floodproofing expertise. Edgar was the Rockefeller Foundation 100RC participation lead for the US and was involved in strategic initiatives regarding climate change adaptation and water resiliency concepts. Edgar initiated a collaboration with UPenn, bridging Miami’s climate challenges to the city of Philadelphia. In 2021 he joined ASCE to co-lead the international Climate Adaptation Working Group, in collaboration with ICSE and ICE. Edgar has given masterclasses on resilience and climate adaptation at UPenn, Yale University, Harvard, Columbia and Pratt and is the contributing author and editor of the book Adapting Cities to Sea Level Rise (Island Press) and Blue Dunes (Columbia Press). Edgar functions as a press spokesperson on resilience in the US and the NL.

Before 2012 and prior to his position with Arcadis, Edgar was the project manager overseeing waterfront and infrastructure planning work of a leading EURO 400M mixed-use waterfront urban – industrial sustainable revitalization site in the Netherlands.

Andy Deacon

Andy Deacon

Global Covenant of Mayors

acting director

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Andy Deacon

Andy is the Acting Director at the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate Action & Energy (GCoM). Andy has been part of the GCoM secretariat team since January of 2020 and is working to guide programme management and delivery across all of GCoM’s areas of activity.

Andy has worked for 25 years across a range of environmental protection issues focusing on climate change, energy and air quality in local, regional and central government, academia and NGOs. He has advised Mayors and Ministers on city scale carbon reduction and climate adaptation, community energy, home retrofit and air quality.

Andy has a BSc in Geography and Environmental Studies from the University of Surrey Roehampton Institute and an MSc in Applied Meteorology and Climatology from the University of Birmingham.

Kancheepuram. N (Guna) Gunalan

Kancheepuram. N (Guna) Gunalan

ICSI

vice chair

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Kancheepuram. N (Guna) Gunalan

Guna is currently Senior Vice President at AECOM. Prior to this, he served as Vice President of Parsons Brinckerhoff, managing its Alternative Delivery Center of Excellence while supporting management of its Geotechnical and Tunneling Center of Excellence. Guna has delivered many successful multi-billion-dollar programmes and projects around the US and been active in various professional societies such as the American Society of Civil Engineers and the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO), where he currently serves as Chair of the UN Relations Committee.

Guna is a Distinguished Engineer of Edward E. Whitacre Jr., College of Engineering at Texas Tech University and has been recognised as ASCE’s Region 8 and Utah Section, Engineer of the Year. He holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech University.

Abhilash Panda

Abhilash Panda

Disaster Risk Reduction

UN Office

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Abhilash Panda

Abhilash Panda leads UNDRR’s effort in the areas of financing risk prevention, de-risking investment, and resilience of infrastructure.

He has more than 17 years of experience in international development, humanitarian response, investment portfolios and sustainable development.

Abhilash joined the United Nations in 2003 and has served in various capacities, managing large scale multi-country teams and global initiatives to build economic and social resilience. He also led United Nation’s largest global initiative to build resilience of more than 3000 cities.

Abhilash holds a Master’s in Business Administration and Bachelors in Electronics Engineering

Shakti Ramkumar

Shakti Ramkumar

Student Energy

director of communications and policy

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Shakti Ramkumar

Shakti Ramkumar is the Director of Communications and Policy at Student Energy, where she advocates for meaningful youth engagement and energy justice in the global energy transition. Student Energy is a global youth-led organization empowering the next generation of energy leaders, with a network of 50,000 young people in 120 countries. As a selected representative for the Youth4Climate Summit, Shakti recently worked collaboratively with 400 young people from around the world to draft detailed climate action recommendations for world leaders in the run-up to COP26. Shakti graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BA in Geography, where she was the co-Director of Common Energy UBC.

Manuel Valdés López

Manuel Valdés López

Mobility and Infrastructures at Barcelona City Council

manager

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Manuel Valdés López

Manuel Valdés López is the Manager of Mobility and Infrastructures at Barcelona City Council, he is responsible for the areas of: Mobility, Energy Self-sufficiency, Services supply coordination, Transportation networks, Coordination of public works in the public space, Urban resilience and Innovation. Formerly Executive Director of Infrastructures and Public Space since 2006.

Manuel has a Civil Engineering and Master of Science in Engineering from the Moscow’s Institute of engineers of Railway Transport, (MIIT) in 1990, and recognized as equivalent of European civil engineer degree in 1997. Ph.D. at Barcelona’s Civil Engineering School (ETSECCPB) in 1997. Degree in PADE (Senior Management Program) from IESE in 2010.

His work experience includes Secretary for Public Works and Mobility Committee (COM), Secretary for the Resilience Technical Bureau on Infrastructures and Services Supply (TISU), both representing the municipality of Barcelona. Senior Adviser at BSAV (Barcelona Sagrera High Speed trains), TERSA (Waste Treatment and Selection, SA), BCASA (Barcelona Water Cycle, SA) and the Barcelona Local Energy Agency, he is President of the ACEFAT (integrated Management of public Works on infrastructures and services supply). Professor in the Construction Engineering Department at Barcelona’s Civil Engineering School (ETSECCPB), since 1997.

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