Meeting Details
Energy and the Developing World
Thursday 21st Oct 2010   16:30

The theme for this next event is "The Energy Challenge from the perspective of Developing World Countries"

Registration is open, it is in less than 10 days time! Click here to register.

In the UK, and the developed world generally, we look at the energy challenge often ignoring our history and without the additional challenges of poverty, lack of food and water, and with an already established innovation infrastructure that can be focussed on this issue rather than all the innovation challenges of a developing country.

Cambridge has a rare combination of world wide academic experience, world wide NGOs and the entrepreneurial flair to play a part in this challenge provided that we are prepared to listen.

Our speakers include:

  • Paul Griffiths,President of AEPA ( the non-for-profit professional association for environmental services in Chile
  • Annabel Yadoo, a final year doctoral researcher at the Centre of Sustainable Development
  • Akira Kirton, formerly Global manufacturing and Sustainability Manager for BPís Emerging Consumer Marketís Business
  • Dr. Ma Linwei, Assistant Professor of Energy system and energy strategy at Tsinghua University

The meeting will follow our usual format. It is being held in central Cambridge, close to West Road. Full details available on registration.

Programme: Energy and the Developing World: A different perspective Law faculty: image from Cambridge2000 online architectural library

16:30 Doors open, Refreshments
17:00 Introduction to the evening
17:10 New solutions for Energy in Chile, Paul Griffiths
17:30 Electrifying Kenya, Annabel Yadoo
17:50 Energy on less than $10 per day in India, Akira Kirton
18:20 Longer term Energy Stratagies in China, Ma Linwei
18:50 Buffet meal in the atrium, with wine
19:20 Open moderated discussion, and continuing buffet
21:00 event close

Times are very approximate, and speakers may appear in a different order.

Attendance is free, but prior registration is required.

Paul Griffiths Paul comes to the issue of environmental sustainability from a corporate responsibility (CR) perspective. He is a founding partner of The Birchman Group ( where he leads the global CR consulting practice; he is President of AEPA ( the non-for-profit professional association for environmental services in Chile; and Visiting Faculty at the Madejski Institute for Reputation, Henley Business School, University of Reading. Paul has lived in Chile for the past ten years where he has consulted extensively to companies in the energy sector and is presently involved on several waste-to-energy projects.

Annabel Yadoo is a final year doctoral researcher at the Centre of Sustainable Development, Department of Engineering, Cambridge University. Awarded a UK Energy Research Centre Interdisciplinary Studentship in October 2008, her research examines the delivery models for decentralized rural electrification projects in Peru, Nepal and Kenya and their ability to generate sustainable welfare benefits for the poor. Before starting the PhD, Annabel had gained invaluable field experience working with the Energy and Basic Infrastructure Programme at the Peruvian office of the international NGO Practical Action.

Akira Kirton Akira Kirton had the great pleasure of working in India, South Africa and Vietnam in 2006-2009 laterally as global manufacturing and sustainability manager for BPís Emerging Consumer Marketís Business. The strategic focus was to look at servicing the unmet needs of the emerging consumers, safely, affordably and sustainably. There are over 2 billion in the world. The business focussed on developing energy solutions for those earning $3 to $10/day. Akira says "that with 1.6 mn persons dying annually due to the affects of indoor air pollution, then developing cleaner burning solutions felt like an appropriate first step". The business was spun-off as First Energy in 2009 it won the 2008 IChemE Award for best innovation in the food arena, and the McKinsey Prize for best Harvard Business Review Article (by C.K. Prahalad). Akira is currently seconded to the UK Energy Technologies Institute, as strategy manager for bio-energy and distributed energy, whilst his former colleagues now work as lead for energy for the World Economic Forum, Save the Children, and more.Ē

Dr. Ma Linwei is Assistant Professor of Energy system and energy strategy at Tsinghua University.

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