OYW London Caucus: Cross-sector climate action - 21 October

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Join us this October for One Young World's first London Caucus of 2021. In the lead up to COP26, we'll be hosting this critical forum for our community to engage with the opportunities for cross-sector collaboration to drive climate action and the energy transition.

Registration is now closed.



About the Caucus

With COP26 approaching, the world watches as governments come together to ramp up their efforts to tackle the climate crisis. To drive impactful change, it will take the collective action of not just our political leaders, but businesses and civil society alike. What “good” and effective action looks like is widely debated, highly complex and requires systemic redesign. What we do know is that sustainable and successful climate action cannot take place without effective cross-sector collaboration. There are several successful examples out there, and we must learn from the tensions and tradeoffs. At this event, we are convening key players in an effort to bring diverse voices around the table.

What to expect

We will be having keynote speeches from senior leaders in the industry, hosting a panel composed of One Young World Ambassadors who are experts in their fields, and offering a chance for you to dig deeper into the issues with fellow attendees over drinks afterwards. As always, there will be a chance for you to pose your critical questions during a live Q&A.

This is an opportunity to re-connect with Ambassadors from all years, so whether you work on energy and sustainability matters or not, please do join us. 

Key details

Date: Thursday 21 October

Time: 6:00 BST

Location: British Museum

Registration is now closed


Will Day

Fellow, University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Sustainability Advisor, PwC UK

Will Day is a Fellow of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). He is currently also Sustainability Advisor to PwC UK, a member of the Council of Ambassadors of WWF (UK), a Board member of SDGLead, a Danish impact investment consultancy, and Chairman of On Purpose, an NGO developing leaders for Social Enterprise. Previously, he was Chairman of the Sainsbury’s Foundation Advisory Board, and Chairman of the Sustainable Development Commission, the UK government’s independent advisory body. He was involved with the establishment and early years of Comic Relief, a major UK fundraising and grant giving organisation, and was its first Grants Director for Africa. Will has been Chairman of the Overseas Development Institute, the BBC Children in Need Appeal, and was Special Advisor to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) between 2004 and 2009. Until 2018 he was Chairman of Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP), a non-profit company bringing together private sector and NGO organisations to help deliver WatSan services to low income communities in the developing world, and a Member of the P&G Sustainability Advisory Board.

Nikki Grady-Smith

SVP city & corporate integrated solutions, bp

Nikki is the senior vice president (SVP) of city & corporate integrated solutions (CCIS), which sits within regions, cities & solutions (RC&S) in bp. Nikki’s team aim to bring together the best of bp and partner with regions, cities & corporations to provide innovative ‎and decarbonised energy solutions to make a material impact on emissions for our customers and our planet.

Nikki has worked for bp for 17 years, holding key positions in marketing, brand and retail as well as working in the executive offices for the CEO’s of alternative energy, gas, shipping and downstream. She also played a key role in the ‘reinvent’ process – helping to develop bp’s new strategy that reshapes the business as it pivots from being an international oil company focused on producing resources to an integrated energy company focused on delivering solutions for customers

Nikki also held global and European roles and her previous role was head of UK retail. Before bp, she spent a lot of time in customer-facing businesses including Tesco and Allied Domecq.

Matt Stone

Partner, McKinsey & Company

Working at the intersection of energy and natural resources, logistics and shipping, and finance, Matt helps companies navigate the energy transition and climate risk, and embed purpose and ESG across their business. He leads our Shipping Decarbonization service line, including co-leading our knowledge partnership with the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping. Matt also works extensively with CFOs across their agenda, including ESG investor relations, resource allocation, and working capital management. He convenes McKinsey's annual CFO Forum, a gathering of more than 100 CFOs from leading institutions. During 2013 and 2014, Matt was the Ian Davis Fellow at the McKinsey Global Institute—a business and economics think tank—where he co-authored reports on the Indian and European economies. He is a 2007 Marshall Scholar.

Hannah Vickers

Chief of Staff, Mace Group

A Civil Engineer by profession, Hannah Vickers joined Mace Group in July 2021 as Mace’s Chief of staff. In this newly created role, she works directly with the Group CEO, Mark Reynolds, and the Mace Executive Board to embed the company’s new 2026 Business Strategy; driving growth and the delivery of the company’s purpose and priorities, with a focus on the net zero carbon agenda, construction to production, and digital and data.

Hannah joined Mace from the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE), where she served as Chief Executive since 2018. During her time there, she led the creation and delivery of ACE’s ‘Future of Consultancy’ programme, reshaping the future of the built environment consultancy sector by advocating the benefits of a better connected, modernised approach to development, design, construction, and operations services, underpinned by data and technology to support robust decision making.

Starting out her career as an apprentice, Hannah went on to achieve a BSc in River and Coastal Engineering from the University of West of England, before progressing her career at the Environment Agency in a number of roles over a ten-year period. Following this, Hannah joined Infrastructure UK, part of HM Treasury, where she provided advice around infrastructure delivery and commercial policy to support Ministers. She also led on the successful development and delivery of training programmes to various international governments on governance and investment appraisal in Government, further establishing her relationships with key Government stakeholders, which motivated her next role as the Head of Policy and External Affairs at the Institution of Civil Engineers.

A well-established leader, Hannah’s extensive industry knowledge and experience have been key to her role as a member of the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC). Since being appointed in 2020, she has been a driving force behind numerous programmes, especially leading the creation of ‘ConstructZero’ - the construction industry’s change programme to address carbon emissions, as well as spearheading the launch of the industry-wide skills platform, the ‘Construction Talent Retention Scheme’.

Hannah was also appointed as a non-executive director to Monmouthshire Housing Association in 2020, where she chairs the association's development committee. Her continuous work and commitment to innovation across the built environment sector, led to her being recognised on the Women’s Engineering Society 2021 list of ‘50 Engineering Heroes’.

Vijay Peruri

Director - Capital Markets & Treasury, Brookfield Renewable

Vijay is an engineer turned financier with strong investment experience and passion for driving energy transition to a more sustainable and responsible world by developing tailor-made financing solutions. 

At Brookfield, Vijay is leading all financing activities for the Renewables platform in Europe. Prior to joining Brookfield, Vijay was originating and executing debt investments in UK, Europe, and Asia with a focus on Renewable energy for Siemens Financial Services. For the past decade, Vijay has been instrumental in financing more than 5 GW of renewable energy projects across the globe deploying over 1.5 billion dollars.

Vijay has worked and studied in India, China, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, and Germany.

Thomas Bond

Business Advisor, Chief Executive Office, bp

Thomas Bond is a business advisor in the chief executive's office at bp. 

Thomas is an engineering graduate and has worked for bp since leaving university in 2011. He has spent his career in drilling engineering roles across bp's Exploration and Production portfolio, in Norway, Angola, Egypt, and the UK. Prior to his current role, he was the Senior Drilling Engineer for bp's Mauritania and Senegal business, which included responsibility for establishing bp operations in a new region and delivery of the first bp wells in the basin. 

In his current role, Thomas provides trusted advice and support to the Chief Executive Officer, his chief of staff, and the executive leadership team of bp. He holds and manages key external relationships on behalf of bp, including leading the partnership with the World Economic Forum (WEF) and Sustainable Markets Initiative (SMI). 


Wen-Yu Weng

Strategist in FTI Consulting's Global Energy Transition Practice


Wen-Yu Weng (she/her) is an experienced consultant and strategist in FTI Consulting's Global Energy Transition Practice. She received her training in the natural sciences, development economics, and energy policy. She has worked across a range of commercial, economic, financial, technical and regulatory issues in energy and sustainability. Her personal mission is to assist companies, governments and organizations in their Energy Transition journey by acting as a trusted and objective adviser, connecting the dots between technology, finance and policy, and providing an end-to-end offering for entities to manage their risk and accelerate change. Her work has covered over 50 markets across 5 continents, and her commitment to decarbonization work for her clients has led her to being one of six finalist nominees for the "Going Places" award in a global advisory firm of 6500 employees. 

Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Wen-Yu specialized in fixed and floating offshore wind, APAC renewables, and grid/storage systems at the Carbon Trust. Outside of consulting, Wen-Yu Weng is a senior researcher at the Blockchain and Climate Institute, a trade advisor on energy issues, and the founder of an award-winning education non-profit in Taiwan. She was the Co-Founder of the Youth Leadership Programs at the Caux Dialogue on Land and Security and One Young World's first ambassador from Taiwan.