Allison Dring is CEO and Co Founder of Made of Air, an advanced materials company initiating carbon negative strategies for manufacturing. Made of Air was named the Falling Walls 2020 Science Start Up Breakthrough of the Year. Allison is an experienced entrepreneur, initiating climate positive technologies and applying them to real world building applications.
Designing for a sustainable Planet B
If one thing is clear in our crisis-ridden world, it’s that we need to replace our extractive economic models with alternatives that better reflect how the universe and humanity actually work. But what would such a utopian ‘human economy’ look like in practice? What does it really take to bring ideas of balance, regeneration and restoration to life? From rural-urban circularity through renewable urban energy infrastructure, alternative financial mechanisms and sustainable supply chains, in this session we will hear from expert global thought leaders and practitioners who are pioneering the most promising innovations from the grassroots up.
This session is part of a 5-part series run by the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt’s ‘RISE Cities’ programme. RISE Cities explores the leadership required to enable our urban environments to be more resilient, intelligent, sustainable and equitable (RISE).
CEO & Co Founder/ Made of Air
CEO & Founder/ Metabolic
Eva Gladek is the founder and CEO of Metabolic, a consulting, research, and venture building firm focused on tackling global sustainability challenges and advancing a circular economy. In her years of consulting work and concept development, Eva has drawn on her training in molecular biology and industrial ecology to advise hundreds of companies, governments, and non-profits. She is an expert in technical environmental management techniques and has developed leading frameworks for systems thinking, the circular economy and sustainable design. She is consistently listed among the top influencers in sustainability in the Netherlands, a country recognized as leading the transition to the circular economy.
Founder/ Dark Matter Labs
Indy is a founding Director of 00 and Dark Matter Labs. An architect by training, Indy is a Senior Innovation Associate with the Young Foundation and a visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield.
He co-founded Impact Hub Birmingham and Open Systems Lab and was a member of the RSA’s Inclusive Growth Commission. He is a thought leader in system change, the future of urban infrastructure finance, outcome-based investment and the future of governance.
co-founder/ Rio Resiliente
More than 15 years of experience in the public sector in Brazil, in the fields of climate, sustainability and urban resilience. In the City of Rio co-founded and co-led a forward-thinking evidence-based unit that investigated Rio’s main vulnerabilities and planned how to increase the city’s resilience for the upcoming decades.
Co-author of the book “Resilience Strategy of the City of Rio de Janeiro”, prefaced by former US president Al Gore and built on ample consultation with citizens.
Academically, Ms Nery holds an MBA (Brazil, France) and further studies in natural disasters (IASS, Potsdam) and Risk in the Real World, with Nassim Taleb.
Ms. Nery has been invited to speak about sustainability, resilience and climate in more than 10 countries. She believes that climate change and inequality are the greatest challenges of our times and wishes to dedicate her professional life as a public servant to tackle those problems.
Program Director RESPOND Accelerator, Impact Investment Manager/ BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt
Bennet Barth is the Program Director at RESPOND and overseesthe strategic development and implementation of the accelerator program.Bennet is also part of the BMW Foundation’s investment team, where he manages an international portfolio of impact investments as part of the Foundation’s asset management.Before joining the BMW Foundation, Bennet worked at MAZE in Lisbon, where he, alongside entrepreneurs and investors, sought to scale impactful and effective solutions to social and ecological challenges. As investment associate in a 50-million euro Impact Venture Capital Firm, with offices in London and Lisbon. In this capacity, he supported the set-up and fundraising, advised several impact enterprises and, through various joint publications with international partners, contributed to building the impact investing ecosystem in Europe.Bennet studied industrial engineering and management with a focus on mechanical engineering (B.Sc.) and economics (M.Sc.) in Berlin and Lisbon. Previously, he worked in development cooperation in renewable energy projects in Asia and West Africa.