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The role of infrastructure in building a nature and people positive world

Event organised by ICE

22 November 2023
17:30 - 20:00 GMT
The Playfair Library Hall
The University of Edinburgh
South Bridge
Edinburgh, EH8 9YL

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At this event, Professor Anusha Shah, ICE President 2023-24, will look at the role of infrastructure in building a nature and people positive world.

The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion which will feature representatives from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh Napier University and the University of Edinburgh.

ICE members, students and stakeholders are invited to listen to the ICE President’s presentation and contribute to the discussion.

This event is supported by the Housing, Construction & Infrastructure Skills Gateway, a part of the Edinburgh & SE Scotland City Region Deal.


17:30 - 18:00

Reception drinks

18:00 - 19:00

Guest lecture and discussion

19:00 - 20:00



Prof. Anusha Shah

Prof. Anusha Shah

Institution of Civil Engineers

president 2023/24

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Prof. Anusha Shah

Anusha Shah is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and its president for the 2023-24 session. She’s the third woman and first person of colour to be elected as president in over 200 years of ICE history.

She’s a senior director for resilient cities and UK climate change adaptation lead at Arcadis, a global sustainability, design, engineering and management consulting firm.

She’s also a non-executive director at the Met Office, a trustee at the Green Alliance and a visiting professor at Edinburgh University. She was awarded honorary professorship by the University of Wolverhampton for knowledge transfer and an honorary doctorate of engineering by the University of East London for her services to address climate change.

Anusha specialises in water and environmental engineering and has over 22 years of experience in designing, managing and leading projects and programmes in the UK and internationally.

Anusha sits on various industry climate change groups. She represents Arcadis at the London Climate Change Partnership and the 50L Home Initiative of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. She’s a past chair of the Thames Estuary Partnership Board.

Anusha is the recipient of several awards, including the 2020 Top 50 UK Women Engineers Sustainability Award and the CECA Inspiring Change Award. She was recognised by Climate Reframe as one of the UK’s leading Black, Asian and minority ethnic voices on climate change.