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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Pathways To Scale: From Prototyping To System Change

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Session Description

Explore the necessary conditions and models for taking innovative solutions to scale, with the ultimate objective of systemic change. Panel members will focus on sustainable transport systems and explore how this sector can serve as a model for scaling and engaging multiple stakeholders. Panel members will map their initiatives against a 5-stage model of innovation, from early prospecting, through prototyping and start-up enterprises, to networked solutions and, ultimately, system change.


When | Where

09:00 - 10:30 Thursday, March 26

Session leaders

  • Ion Yadigaroglu Speaker
    Managing Principal, Capricorn Investment Group
    Ion Yadigaroglu has been Managing Partner at Capricorn Investment Group since 2004, and is an early investor in iconic technology companies including Tesla, SpaceX, Planet, QuantumScape and Saildrone. Capricorn was born from the desire to demonstrate the huge investment potential that resides in breakthrough commercial solutions to the world’s most pressing problems, and as such is one of the original impact investors. Prior to Capricorn, Ion was a Director with Koch Industries, executing a range of acquisitions and investments. Prior to Koch, he was a founder and Chief Executive Officer at Bivio, a software startup in Colorado, and the second employee of Olsen & Associates, a foreign exchange analytics company. Ion was a postdoctoral research fellow at Columbia University and holds a Masters in Physics from Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich in Switzerland and a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Stanford University.
  • John Elkington Speaker
    Founder and Executive Chairman, Volans Ventures Ltd
    John Elkington is a writer and thinker, a serial-entrepreneur and an ‘advisor from the future’. John is a world authority on corporate responsibility and sustainable development and is credited with coining the ‘triple bottom line’. In 2004, BusinessWeek described John as “a dean of the corporate responsibility movement for three decades”. John serves on some 30 boards and advisory boards, where a key part of his role is to channel the future into the present across a wide range of disciplines. He is writing his 19th book alongside Jochen Zeitz, former CEO of PUMA and now co-chair, with Sir Richard Branson, of The B Team. The book is provisionally titled The Breakthrough Challenge, exploring ways to institutionalize tomorrow’s bottom
  • Michael Granoff Speaker
    Head of Oil Independence Policies, Better Place
    Michael Granoff has been Head of Oil Independence Policies for Better Place since its 2007 founding. He was founder of Maniv Energy Capital, a New York-based investment group that has holdings in Better Place, Israel Cleantech Ventures, and other clean energy interests. Mr. Granoff serves on the board of several non-profits, including the Washington, DC advocacy group Securing America’s Future Energy. Mr. Granoff holds a BA from Tufts University, an MBA from Kellogg School of Management and a JD from Northwestern School of Law. He is an avid marathon runner, and he and his wife have four young children.
  • Nancy Kete Speaker
    Managing Director (Resilience), Rockefeller Foundation
    As Managing Director, Dr. Kete leads the foundation’s global work on resilience. During her 25 year career, Dr. Kete has brought technical, institutional, and managerial leadership to a number of major environment and societal challenges. Before joining the Foundation, Dr. Kete spent thirteen years at the World Resources Institute, first as Director of the Climate, Energy, and Pollution Program and then as founder and Director of EMBARQ. She also served on President Obama’s National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. Earlier in her career, Dr. Kete worked for the US Environmental Protection Agency where she led the development of the acid rain control title of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments, the first and as yet most successful application of market instruments for pollution control. Dr. Kete holds a PhD in Geography and Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s in Geography from Southern Illinois University.
  • Peter Head Speaker
    Director, Arup
    Peter is a champion for developing global practice that demonstrates that the way we invest public and private money in the built environment could be made very much more effective if both sectors adopted sustainable development principles. A civil and structural engineer, he has become a recognized world leader in major bridges, advanced composite technology and now in sustainable development in cities. He joined Arup in 2004 to create/lead their planning & integrated urbanism team. He was appointed as an independent Commissioner on the London Sustainable Development Commission in 2002. In 2008 Peter was appointed as Innovation Champion for Thames Gateway. Peter is a 2008 Principal Voice on CNN and in the October issue of Time magazine, he was nominated as one of 30 global ecoheroes.