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Brunel International Lecture Series: Europe lecture, online

  • Webinar
  • Online
  • 03 February 2021
  • 17:00 - 18:30
Brunel International Lecture Series: Europe lecture, online

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Travelling virtually around the world, Seth Schultz will present his lecture alongside a regional panel of key industry thought leaders. From both a global and local perspective, they will debate some of the biggest issues facing the planet and the profession, before answering audience’s questions.

The 13th Brunel International Lecture Series was launched in London on 2 December 2020.

The first virtual regional lecture of the series took place in East Asia on 6 January 2021.

The next stop is Europe on 3 February 2021.

Discover more about the lecture series.


  • Welcome from José M. Lores, ICE Council Member for Europe and Central Asia
  • 13th Brunel International Lecture Series animation
  • Presentation by Seth Schultz, Brunel lecturer
  • Panel discussion and Q&A session with audience


Chair: José M Lores, CEng MICE

José M. Lores

José is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 20 years of experience in infrastructure lifecycle management. José has been heading up Sorigué´s Services Division in Madrid since 2007 and specialises in urban development and water and energy management. José is ICE Council Member for Europe and Central Asia.

Seth Schultz

Seth Schultz

Seth is executive director of The Resilience Shift, a global initiative focused on making the world safer through resilient infrastructure. Seth is leading work to accelerate the theory and practice of resilience for critical infrastructure systems. He has a long track record of building consensus and initiating change in sustainable development and urban resilience.

With a 20-year career as a geologist and environmental scientist, Seth has worked with leading organisations to drive change in urban sustainability and raise awareness of the role of cities in tackling climate change. He is a founding partner of the International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure, a global coalition of organisations from across the engineering, investment, city and philanthropic communities.

Milda Pladaitė

Milda Pladaitė

Milda graduated from the University of Southampton with MEng in civil engineering. Milda is a Blue Book trainee at the European Commission DG GROW Unit of Engineering, Maritime and Rail Industries.

Milda represents ICE at the World Federation of Engineering Organisations’ (WFEO) Young Engineers / Future Leaders Committee. Milda is a member of WFEO Action Group on COP 26, where she set up a working group on SDG 13, with the aim to promote collaboration and information sharing between young engineers on sustainable development.

Milda is member of Women in Transport non-for-profit organisation and a Fairness Inclusion and Respect (FIR) Ambassador.

Milda was Vice President of Public Policy at the European Young Engineers association in 2019-2020.

Majda Dabaghi

Majda Dabaghi

Majda Dabaghi is director of the Inclusive & Green Growth Knowledge Hub at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), headquartered in Paris, France. Majda leads ICC’s work on sustainability, climate action and biodiversity. In her role, she promotes inclusive economic growth in line with the UN Climate Change and Sustainable Development Goals. In 2020, Majda co-founded the SME Climate Hub.

Majda is also the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Focal Point for business and industry non-governmental organisations. Majda promotes private sector leadership and action in the process, while prividing the UNFCCC with valuable policy input from businesses.

Before joining ICC, Majda worked as an international lawyer, specialised in energy and infrastructure-related acquisitions, public-private partnerships, project development and project financing for 10 years.

Michael Phillips

Former President of Engineers Ireland and Fellow of ICE, Former engineer at the City of Dublin, Ireland

Michael Phillips

A city engineer with Dublin City Council since 2006, he has also been director of traffic with additional responsibilities including co-ordination of Transport 21 projects such as planning for the construction of Metro North and Dart underground. In 1998, he was appointed city engineer for Dublin with responsibility for all engineering infrastructures and services, managing approximately 150 engineers. Projects included the Dublin Port Tunnel and Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Works.

Jo da Silva OBE FREng FICE FIStructE DTech

Jo is Global Sustainable Development Leader at Arup, and also an Arup Fellow and Director, International Development. She is also currently Acting Director, Resilience Shift a global programme supported by Lloyds Register Foundation developing knowledge and tools to promote resilience of critical infrastructure.

Jo has been responsible for infrastructure projects and urban programmes in Europe, Asia and Africa working with private and public-sector partners, as well as international agencies including World Bank, Asia Development Bank, and Department for International Development.

She has authored numerous publications, and her work with the United Nations and international non-governmental agencies in humanitarian response and re-construction has been widely recognised, as has her work with the International Federation of the Red Cross and the Rockefeller Foundation on community and city resilience. She is qualified as a civil and structural engineer and received an honorary doctorate in humanitarian engineering from Coventry University.

She spent 5 years as a part-time Fellow at Sydney Sussex, Cambridge University lecturing in Engineering for Sustainable Development and contributing as guest Faculty for the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership. She has been awarded an Order of British Empire and received the Gold Medal by the Institution of Structural Engineers. Just recently Jo received a Damehood as part of the Queens New Year Honours List for her contribution to humanitarian relief.

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