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14th Brunel International Lecture Series: London

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29 September 2022
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Overview

ICE, together with ICSI, invite you to the opening lecture of our 14th Brunel International Lecture series. Building on previous series, resilience and sustainability in infrastructure development will remain the main theme of the 2022-24 programme.

The individual lectures will focus on challenges, opportunities, engineering solutions, and best practice examples specific to each region. 

Hosted by Ed McCann, the opening lecture in London, will provide a global perspective, with a special focus on resilient cities, and the importance of climate equity and support for cities in emerging economies.

The wider series will shine a spotlight on equitable, sustainable, and resilient infrastructure challenges around the world and showcase what engineers globally are doing to help address that challenge.

Mitigation and adaptation efforts are both necessary for tackling climate change impacts, however the latter is often overshadowed by the former. It is important to tackle climate change impacts that are felt now, whilst preparing for the future with resilient infrastructure.

The lectures will provide a platform for dialogue with high-profile leaders across the globe, while focusing on practical engineering issues in tackling climate change at the local level.

The opening lecture will feature keynote addresses from Dr Joshua Macabuag, Catastrophe Modelling Consultant at the World Bank, and Abhilash Panda, Head, Financing Prevention, De-risking investment & Infrastructure Resilience at the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. There will also be an interactive panel discussion moderated by Savina Carluccio, Executive Director, ICSI. The expert line-up includes:

  • Dr Mark Pelling, Professor of Risk and Disaster Reduction at UCL
  • Dr Vicky Hutchinson, Practice Director, Environment for UK & Europe at Atkins Global

Sponsored by:

AtkinsRéalis

AtkinsRéalis

AtkinsRéalis is a world-leading professional services and project management company dedicated to engineering a better future for our planet and its people.

With support from:

International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI)

International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI)

This coalition continues to broaden participation across other stakeholder communities to accelerate innovation, adoption and scaling of strategic resilient and sustainable infrastructure solutions built upon a commitment to tangible and collaborative action.

Programme

14:30 - 14:40

Welcome by ICE President Ed McCann

14:40 - 14:55

Speaker 1 – Josh Macabuag

14:55 - 15:10

Speaker 2 – Abhilash Panda

15:10 - 15:24

Panel members introductions

15:24 - 15:50

Panel discussion and Q&A – Chaired by Savina Carluccio

15:50 - 16:00

Closing remarks and thanks by Ed McCann

16:00 - 17:00

Networking reception

17:00

Event closes

Speakers

Ed McCann

Ed McCann

Expedition Engineering

Senior Director

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Ed McCann

Ed is an experienced project director and is the Immediate Past President of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He was fundamental in growing Expedition from a startup to Building Magazine’s Engineering Consultant of the Year in 2012. As a senior director at Expedition, Ed provides invaluable leadership and experience to our organisation.

He is technical, an excellent communicator, enthusiastic, and has a deep understanding of the construction process. He is particularly skilled in strategic consultancy, feasibility studies, and design.

Ed’s career has taken him to lead projects all over the world. He was the project director for the multi award-winning Infinity Bridge and the Olympic 2012 Velodrome. Environmental factors and efficiency are drivers for Ed’s current projects that see him work with infrastructure clients to improve processes and implement new technologies. Projects include creating and delivering a productivity workstream for HS2, designing the Rolls-Royce SMR Program Site Factory for BAM Nuttall, and helping develop the Berkeley Homes modular housing system.

Ed is a founder trustee and trustee board member, former chair of the USL Board.

He is passionate about developing talent in the industry with quality training and education, a passion that led him to become the co-creator of the Constructionarium. This non profit organisation delivers education and training to students and professionals across the built environment sector. He is also co-founder of the Get It Right Initiative which aims to reduce errors in the industry.

As a respected thought leader, Ed is often invited to speak at various events, write articles, and deliver lectures, and has also made television programmes on civil engineering.

Dr Vicky Hutchinson PhD

Dr Vicky Hutchinson PhD

Environment, UK & Europe, Atkins Global

practice director

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Dr Vicky Hutchinson PhD

Dr Vicky Hutchinson is Director of the Environment Practice within Atkins. Her role brings together different parts of the business to respond to current challenges, ranging from tackling the climate emergency and delivering a low carbon future, to shaping how social value is created through buildings, infrastructure and the green spaces between them.

The practice is at the forefront of thinking on climate change and its impact on infrastructure, working with some of the UK’s biggest infrastructure providers to understand climate risks and develop adaptation and mitigation strategies. It is proud to unite the latest thinking on nature-based solutions in green and blue infrastructure with environmentally-led decision making in ‘grey’ solutions.

Mark Pelling

Mark Pelling

Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, University College London

professor

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Mark Pelling

Mark Pelling is Professor of Risk and Disaster Reduction, Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, University College London. His research focus is on adaptation and disaster risk decision-making, primarily in urban contexts. He has served many international committees and advisory boards including the IPCC Working Group II (Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability) as a Coordinating Lead Author for the 6th Assessment Report and Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation and as a Lead Author on the 5th Assessment Report. He is the founding chair of the United Kingdom Alliance on Disaster Research.   

Dr Joshua Macabuag

Dr Joshua Macabuag

World Bank

disaster risk engineering consultant

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Dr Joshua Macabuag

Josh is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 14 years’ experience in disaster risk-related fields, spanning: structural engineering for natural disasters, catastrophe risk modelling for emerging economies and renewable energy, and engineering for Urban Search & Rescue (USAR).

Josh is Past Chair of the Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT) of the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE). And as an engineer for the UK Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) NGO SARAID since 2012, Josh has conducted and coordinated USAR deployments and building safety assessments in the Nepal Earthquake (2015), Hurricane Irma (2017), Albania’s Earthquakes (Sept–Nov 2019), Beirut’s port explosion (2020), and Haiti Earthquake (2021).

He has also worked in catastrophe risk modelling for the (re)insurance sector and with the World Bank, now focusing on catastrophe modelling for emerging economies and renewable energy.

Abhilash Panda

Abhilash Panda

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

head of financing prevention, de-risking investment & Infrastructure resilience

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Abhilash Panda

Abhilash Panda leads UNDRR’s effort in the areas of financing risk prevention, de-risking investment, and resilience of infrastructure.

He has more than 17 years of experience in international development, humanitarian response, investment portfolios and sustainable development.

Abhilash joined the United Nations in 2003 and has served in various capacities, managing large scale multi-country teams and global initiatives to build economic and social resilience. He also led United Nation’s largest global initiative to build resilience of more than 3000 cities.

Abhilash holds a Master’s in Business Administration and Bachelors in Electronics Engineering

Savina Carluccio

Savina Carluccio

International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI)

executive director

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Savina Carluccio

Savina is the executive director of the International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI) and a fervent advocate of the role of civil engineers in tackling our society’s biggest challenges. She is an experienced civil engineer and infrastructure practitioner with almost two decades of experience advising government, infrastructure owners and operators, multi-lateral development banks and NGOs to develop and implement inclusive, sustainable, and resilient infrastructure that is fit for the future. Prior to taking her role at ICSI, she served as associate director and infrastructure advisor at Arup as well as head of guidance and standards at the Resilience Shift.