Dr Sally Uren, Chief Executive, Forum for the Future
Sally is Chief Executive at Forum for the Future, and works with leading global business, including Unilever, Kingfisher, M&S, Nike and PepsiCo, to deliver their mission of creating a sustainable future, as part of multi-stakeholder collaborations designed to address system-wide challenges, particularly in food and energy. Sally is Chair of Kingfisher plc.’s Advisory Council and acts as an independent advisor on Advisory Boards for several other global businesses. She is also Chair of the Advisory Board overseeing Forum for the Future’s growing operations in the US and an Advisory Board member for Sustainable Brands.
She speaks regularly at international and national conferences on topics as diverse as future trends in retail and food, sustainable business models and brands, and scaling up for system change. She also writes for a range of publications, with recent articles in the New Statesman, Huffington Post and Management Today. Before joining Forum in 2002, Sally set up the Sustainability Group at private consultancy Casella Stanger (now owned by Bureau Veritable).
Sally obtained her PhD from Imperial College, London in environmental science, later securing a DFID sponsored Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Borneo identifying optimal nitrogen conditions for logged forests.
Jeff Douglas, Strategy Manager for Smart Systems, Energy Technologies Institute
Jeff Douglas is the Strategy Manager for Smart Systems at the Energy Technologies Institute. He was previously Head of Network Strategy and Development at Central Networks, a part of EON UK. He has over 30 years of experience in power network development and regulation, and is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. His specialities are: electricity distribution, strategy, regulation and future networks, and the strategic development of heat systems.