Our speakers for the night include ocean advocate and pioneer swimmer Lewis Pugh; Rt Hon Gregory Barker MP, Minister of State for the UK Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) and sustainability advisor Tony Juniper.
Lewis read law at the Universities of Cape Town and Cambridge before working as a maritime lawyer in London. In 2003, he left to follow his dream: to protect our oceans.
He is the only person to have completed a long distance swim in every ocean of the world. In 2007 he became the first to undertake a swim across the icy waters of the North Pole. In 2010 he swam across a glacial lake on Mt Everest to draw attention to the melting glaciers in the Himalayas. To date he has pioneered more swims around famous landmarks than any other swimmer in history. His mission: to raise awareness about the vulnerability of our oceans and their importance to humanity.
Lewis’s vivid storytelling style makes him a popular public speaker. His leadership address at the Business Innovation Forum was voted one of the “7 Most Inspiring Videos on the Web”. And many millions have viewed his TED talks.
In 2010, the World Economic Forum named him a Young Global Leader.
Connect with Lewis : http://www.linkedin.com/in/lewispugh
Gregory Barker graduated in History, Economic History & Politics from London University in 1987 and has over ten years experience of working in the City of London. In 1988 after working at the Centre for Policy Studies with David Willetts, he trained as smaller companies analyst and subsequently became a Corporate Finance Director of the Australian owned International Pacific Securities, specializing in cross-border mergers and acquisitions.
In 1997 Gregory Barker became an Associate Partner of the leading financial public relations firm, Brunswick Group Ltd. The following year he was appointed head of International Investor Relations for Sibneft, a major Russian oil company, where he helped lead the company’s drive to modernize in the post Soviet economy and open up to Western markets. He returned to Britain in May 2000, to continue as a director of Bartlett Scott Edgar, the recruitment advertising business, of which he helped lead a “management buy-in” in 1998. The company was sold to TMP Worldwide in 2001.
Gregory Barker was elected Conservative Member of Parliament for Bexhill and Battle in his native Sussex in June 2001. He served on the House of Commons Environmental Audit select committee between 2001 and 2005. He was appointed to the Opposition Front Bench as a Conservative whip in 2003.
Gregory Barker was appointed Shadow Minister for Climate Change & Environment in December, 2005 and led the passage of the Climate Change Bill for the Opposition through the House of Commons in 2008 and was a key author of the Conservative Party’s ‘Low Carbon Economy’ green paper, launched in January 2009. In October 2008 he was promoted to Shadow Climate Change minister in the new Shadow Department of Energy and Climate Change.
He is a Senior Associate with the University of Cambridge Program for Sustainability Leadership and works as a Special Advisor with the Prince’s Charities International Sustainability Unit. He advises international companies, both in a personal capacity and as a founder member of the Robertsbridge Group. He speaks and writes on many aspects of sustainability, is the chair of the 10:10 climate change campaign, the chair of Action for Renewables and is the editor of GREEN magazine.