Panel discussion shares optimistic vision for a just, green transition

On 30 September 2020, we teamed up with the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment to form an online panel discussion among investors, activists, scientists and entrepreneurs. 

Over 270 people registered to attend the event, representing diverse interests of people from the banking and energy industries, social enterprise, advocacy and charity sectors, academia and international development agencies, among others. Discussions were vibrant, wide-ranging, passionate and solutions-oriented. At the end, participants were invited to explore the new Masters programme offered by the Smith School, for which applications have just opened. The MSc in Sustainability, Enterprise and the Environment (MSEE) will address two pervasive and unmet challenges of our time: making the transition to a zero-carbon and environmentally sustainable economic model, whilst simultaneously improving the quality of life for the world's least advantaged people. We hope next year to welcome some of the students on this course to the Reuben College community.

For those who missed it, the discussion is now available to watch online:


Our panellists were:

  • Charmian Love (discussion Chair) - Co-Founder and Chair of B Lab UK; Social Entrepreneur in Residence at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
  • Kaya Axelsson - Net Zero Policy Engagement Fellow, University of Oxford; former Vice-President of the Oxford Student Union
  • Leandro Baumgarten - Strategy Scientist (Zero Deforestation in Supply Chains), The Nature Conservancy
  • Catherine Bryan - Trustee and former CEO, Synchronicity Earth
  • Arunma Oteh - former Treasurer of the World Bank; Executive-in-Residence at Saïd Business School 

Reuben College Official Fellow Fredi Otto provided the welcome and introduction to the session, and closing remarks were offered by Cameron Hepburn, Director of the Smith School for Enterprise and the Environment, and Laurence Wainwright, MSc Course Director at the Smith School.