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ICE Strategy Session: Improving global resilience in infrastructure

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Date
26 April 2022
Time
10:00 - 11:30 BST (GMT+1)
Location
Online

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Overview

We know that climate change will bring flooding, drought, rising sea levels and other threats to our way of life, but how and where these disruptions will occur is far from certain. The latest landmark report from the IPCC says that no inhabited area of Earth will remain unaffected by more extreme weather, and roughly half of the world’s population live in “highly vulnerable” areas. Even if governments deliver all that they have promised on cutting carbon emissions, the challenge of building in resilience is – and will be – fundamental to the work of civil engineers.

Resilient design for the future will have to anticipate climate-related changes as well as taking into account new technologies, cybersecurity, economic and social priorities, and much more. As one ICE community member put it: “As civil engineers, we often think: what’s the next infrastructure we have to build? But first of all, we must think about people, nature, and the planet and from that will come the infrastructure needs.” For the UN-backed global campaign, Race to Resilience, this means: “Putting people and nature first in pursuit of a resilient world where we don’t just survive climate shocks and stresses but thrive in spite of them”.

Join us for this latest instalment of ICE Strategy Sessions, where an excellent line up of speakers from academia, business, engineering membership bodies, and intergovernmental organisations will share their experience and explore how civil engineers and infrastructure professionals can build resilience into their work.

Programme

09:00 - 09:10

Welcome from ICE President Ed McCann

09:10 - 09:40

Speaker remarks

  • David Smith, Stantec
  • Abhilash Panda, UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Liz Varga, University College London
  • Savina Carluccio, International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure
  • Yashin Brijmohan, Commonwealth Engineers Council
  • Catriona Brady, World Green Building Council
09:40 - 10:20

Discussion & Q&A led by David Smith, Sustainable Resilient Infrastructure CAB chair

10:20 - 10:30

Closing remarks from ICE President Ed McCann and session close

Speakers

Ed McCann

Ed McCann

Institution of Civil Engineers

president 2021-22

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Ed McCann

Ed graduated from Imperial College London in 1989 with a degree in Civil Engineering. During twelve years with Binnie & Partners he obtained a Master’s Degree in Hydraulic Engineering and worked on some fifty infrastructure projects all over the world.

He joined Expedition Engineering in 2002 where he has been the Project Director for many projects including the multi award winning Infinity Bridge and the Olympic 2012 Velodrome. He currently works on major projects and programs in the UK and internationally where he focuses on strategic engineering design and improving productivity across the asset lifecycle. 

Ed was instrumental in the growth and development of Expedition from a “back bedroom start-up” to Building Magazine’s Engineering Consultant of the Year in 2012.

In 2009, Ed and the two other owners of Expedition set up a social enterprise called the Useful Simple Trust and gave the company to the employees. He is now a Trustee of the UST, which has a number of award-winning companies specialising in Engineering, Communications Design, Architecture, Education and Sustainability.

He is a Royal Academy Visiting Professor of Innovation and a member of the UK’s i3P Strategic Leadership Group which is focused on innovating across the built environment. 

He co-created cross industry initiatives including: the Constructionarium, the Get It Right Initiative and the Expedition Workshed.

Ed has been actively involved in design education since 1999 and he is a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor of Innovation.

 

Catriona Brady

Catriona Brady

World Green Building Council

director of strategy and development

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Catriona Brady

Catriona is the Director of Strategy and Development at the World Green Building Council. Her work is focused upon the strategic development and implementation of new global and regional projects and programmes for the World Green Building Council network, consisting of 70 national member councils, and their 36,000 members.

As part of this role Catriona manages WorldGBCs global programme on Resources & Circularity in the built environment, dedicated to enhancing resource efficiency and catalysing the circular economy within the building and construction sectors. Additionally, Catriona oversees the Better Places for People global project - dedicated to health, wellbeing and social value. This project aims to help the global Green Building Council network achieve a built environment that is healthy and sustainable for people and the planet, and is active in over thirty national Green Building Councils worldwide.

Catriona regularly speaks at high level events, industry conferences, and webinars, and serves on a number of expert Task Forces related to areas of sustainability, including health and wellbeing, sustainable infrastructure and the circular economy in the built environment. Catriona has also authored a number of notable industry publications, including WorldGBC's 'Health & Wellbeing Framework' in 2019, WorldGBC's 'Sustainable Buildings for Everyone, Everywhere' strategy in 2020, and both 'Beyond Buildings' report on sustainable infrastructure and 'Beyond the Business Case' reports in 2021.

Prior to joining the World Green Building Council in May 2018, Catriona worked in environmental consultancy with experience in energy modelling and strategy, urban masterplanning and sustainability and health-based certification standards. She is also a fully qualified secondary school teacher, with two years experience of secondary school teaching Geography (plus an experienced spin instructor). Her educational background consists of a degree from the University of St Andrews in Geography. Originally hailing from the west of Scotland, she is currently based in London, in the United Kingdom.

Yashin Brijmohan

Yashin Brijmohan

the Federation of African Engineering Organisations

chairman of engineering education

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Yashin Brijmohan

Yashin Brijmohan is a registered Professional Engineer with a Bachelor of Engineering Degree, Masters Degree, and a Diploma in Engineering Business Management. He is currently appointed as Chairman of Engineering Education at the Federation of African Engineering Organisations, Advisor to the President of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations, and Board Member of the UNESCO International Centre for Engineering Education.

As the founding Executive Dean of Business, Engineering, and Technology at Monash South Africa, he led curriculum development, teaching and learning, and research, across the areas of Engineering, Commerce, Accountancy, Information Technology, and Law. His illustrious career in engineering includes the appointment as Vice President of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations, and Chairperson of the International Engineering Capacity Building Committees.

In South Africa he served as Board Member, Chairperson of the Strategic Advisory Committee and Chairperson of the Continuing Professional Development Team for the Engineering Council of South Africa. He also served as Head of School for Engineering at the Eskom Academy of Learning, Chairperson of the Tertiary Education Support Programme developing science and engineering research and learning centres across universities, Chairperson of the Young Professional Development Committee (Eskom), and Board Director for the Southern African Business and Technology Incubation Association.

Yashin’s interest and expertise is in leadership, strategy development, engineering and general management, and business development, combined with his strong engineering, education, data analysis and risk management experience. He is a thought leader in preparing industry, learning institutions, society, and business for the Industrial and Technological Revolution with a focus on development and sustainability.

David A Smith

David A Smith

Stantec

senior vice president, director of strategy

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David A Smith

David heads Stantec’s corporate and global strategy.  He has over 30 years of utility and infrastructure sector experience and advises on infrastructure strategies using knowledge of trends and best practices from across the world. He holds Board Director positions within Stantec’s Global, Europe and UK operating companies.

David has completed the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership; he is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program; and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.  He co-founded the ICE/Heriot-Watt/Stantec prestige lecture series on Resilience and has co-authored recent publications and articles such as ‘Community Futures’ and ‘Beyond Sustainability’.  David is chair of the ICE Sustainable, Resilient Infrastructure Community Advisory Board and a member of the ICE Decarbonization CAB.

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

Liz Varga

Liz Varga

University College London (UCL)

chair in Complex Systems in the Civil, Environmental, and Geomatics Engineering Departmentt

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Liz Varga

Professor Liz Varga has a chair in Complex Systems in the Civil, Environmental, and Geomatics Engineering Department, University College London (UCL). She leads the Infrastructure Systems Institute and is principal investigator for the coordination node of UK Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructure and Cities (https://www.ukcric.com/) and a co-investigator for the Data and Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure (https://dafni.ac.uk/). 

She teaches, writes, and advises globally on energy, transport, digital communications, water and waste. Her key research themes are infrastructure resilience, sustainable innovation and circularity, and decarbonisation, using digital twins, hybrid models, and self-healing systems. She is a fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Building Engineers (FCABE) and the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS). She is a commissioner with the National Preparedness Commission.

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.

For more information please contact:

Gabriella Lai