SP2019: Keynote Speakers

Dr Don McLean - Founder & MD of IES

“Making communities sustainable - a manifesto for saving the planet”

Teaser: With the new digital twin technology we can now apply sustainable analysis to communities of any size or purpose, enabling people to look at energy use holistically at a much larger scale. To do this successfully we need leaders who can lead their community and evolve these smart concepts into truly intelligent solutions which will have a measurable and lasting impact upon climate change. If each leader looks after their built environment footprint, in time, we can cover the Earth.

Short Bio: Don is the Founder and MD of Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES). He is passionate about making buildings and cities more energy efficient to help preserve earth’s natural resources for future generations, and has dedicated the last 40 years of his life to pioneering and developing performance simulation tools that significantly improve the building design process. In the last decade Don has invested heavily in research and development, constantly pushing the boundaries of building performance analysis and promoting integrated working partnerships to create more sustainable communities and cities. His vision and leadership has been the driving force behind the success of IES, seeing the company grow from humble beginnings to a successful and key global player in the field of sustainable building design and operation.

Dr Karim Selouane - Founder & CEO of Resallience

“How to make Infrastructures and Cities Relient towards Climate Change”

Teaser: In emerging economies, climate change threatens the development role of infrastructures. Climate change is affecting all types of large-scale projects such as energy, transport, water and more generally buildings. Rising temperatures, increasing flood risks, and other climate hazards are already stressing reliable and efficient operations of these networks leading to large economic and social impacts. As such, the public and private sector, investors, and civil society must now address climate change risks and uncertainty when planning, building and operating infrastructure projects. By adopting a resiliency lens via a technical action framework which covers insurance, normalization and finance, stakeholders can implement tools and methodologies that lead to improved design, site selection and operations of infrastructures to increase the resilience of our cities and the infrastructures that support them.

Short Bio: Karim SELOUANE has over 15 years of experience spanning both industry, academia, and support to policy makers regarding strategies for the management of climate risks to territories, cities and projects. He is the head of resilience and climate change adaption at Vinci Construction and in 2018 resultant from selection within Vinci’s LEONARD Innovation and Foresight Platform, he founded and is now CEO of RESALLIENCE, a design office dedicated to adapting cities, territories, infrastructures and their use to climate change. Karim is a member of the sustainable city working group of the UN Habitat (PNUE) and participated and contributed to the first cities summit in Nairobi (March 2019). Karim is also a member of the “Community of users on secure, safe and resilient societies : urban critical infrastructures”  from European Union.

Andrea Raimondi - Business Developer Energy Efficiency for Legrand Group

“Legrand Group: the strong engagement in Energy Efficiency”

Teaser: Legrand Group, represented in Italy by Bticino, is the global specialist in electrical and digital infrastructures, offering high-value-added products and solutions for commercial, residential and industrial buildings.
Its technological expertise, its leading positions, the scope of its offering, its international presence and the power of its brands combine to make Legrand a global benchmark. With a presence in nearly 90 countries and a workforce of over 38,000 employees, Legrand generated total sales of close to €6.0 billion in 2018.
Directly integrated in the Group’s activity, Corporate Social Responsibility is an essential ingredient in Legrand’s growth. Situated at the crossroads between its business, its strategy, and the global challenges the Group faces, it involves the whole organisation; all the subsidiaries and entities are stakeholders in this CSR strategy, which they implement all over the world. One of the 3 pillars of the CSR strategy is the ENVIRONMENTS or how Legrand Group intends to limit the Group’s environmental impact.

Short Bio: Andrea Raimondi, born in 1983, graduated in Automation Engineering from the Polytechnic of Milan. He began his career with Bticino – Legrand group – as assistant Product Manager for industrial circuit breakers. The increasingly strong need for the supervision market applied to electrical distribution panel boards has led it to follow measurement and control systems.
Following the acquisition by Bticino of Metasystem Energy, he moved to Reggio Emilia as single-phase UPS Marketing Manager. He led the development of the offer that allowed the Legrand group, in less than 7 years, to enter and establish itself among the top global players in the UPS market.
In 2017, he left Reggio Emilia and assumed the role of Business Developer Energy Efficiency for the entire Legrand group. It operates worldwide and supports the more than 80 branches of the group to develop business models capable of exploiting this very important theme that drives more and more project choices and not only.

Ing. Raffaele Cosenza - Energy Manager Banco di Sardegna

“Switch- Off project : energy efficiency for Banco di Sardegna buildings”

Teaser: The Switch – Off project for improved energy efficiency for the Banco di Sardegna was conceived in 2014 to deal effectively with the need to reduce costs, save energy and optimize consumption.
The goal was to explore the numerous opportunities related to low implementation costs, which would guarantee promising results both in terms of systems management and staff involvement.
Through the installation in over 150 sites of adequate software and equipment for measuring and controlling the main electrical loads in the most energy-intensive branches of the Banco di Sardegna, it was possible, remotely via the web, to monitor and optimize the global energy consumption, both electric and thermal. The results achieved in the 2015-18 three-year period have allowed savings of over 9,000 MWh with a consequent reduction of  approximately 4,800 tons of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.

Short Bio:For over 40 years Raffaele has been involved in the design of systems, both electrical and air-conditioning, in the Banco di Sardegna, always seeking high  performance solutions with low energy consumption. Since 2013 he has been the Energy Manager of the Banco di Sardegna. In this role he initiated a series of energy efficiency projects involving all the branches and buildings of the Bank and at the same time,  promoted various sustainable awareness campaigns to involve and inform the personnel. The principal objective was to reduce the specific energy requirements and limit the environmental impact of energy consumption, in order to safeguard the environment for future generations.

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