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  • Wood House event agenda

    Our schedule of events follows the COP26 Presidency Programme themes and features a mix of Invitation Only and Open sessions which all Wood House guests can sign up to attend. If you are interested in joining us please register below.

    Register for access

    Please note that spaces will be limited. Once registrations are accepted, guests will be given access to our event app via a confirmation email. The app will then allow guests to sign up for any Open Sessions. Agenda may be subject to change. Session attendees will be notified.

    Resilience First | Welcome Reception

    18:00 - 21:00

    Join Resilience First for a welcome to COP 26 reception with drinks and canapes at Wood House.

    • Invitation only
    • Aperitifs
    • Networking
    Bentley | Solutions for resiliency

    10:00 – 12:00

    Join this conversation on forecasting sustainable technology solutions for a net-zero world.

    • Open session
    • Coffee

    Speakers:

    Tracey Stone | Global Accounts Regional Sales Director | Bentley Systems

    Mark Coates | Director of Strategic Industry Engagements | Bentley Systems

    Gavin Rodgers | Vice President, Digital & Technology | Wood

    Bentley | Road-mapping future solutions

    13:00 - 15:00

    This technical demonstration will look at success stories utilising Bentley solutions including Wood projects.

    • Open session
    • Lunch
    • Networking

    Speakers:

    Rodrigo Fernandes | Director of Empowering Sustainable Development Goals | Bentley Systems

    Barry Gleeson | Technical Director | Wood

    Darren Martin | Group Chief Technology Officer | Wood

    Wood | ADAPT for resiliency masterclass

    16:00 – 17:30

    This interactive workshop will introduce Wood’s ADAPT for resiliency methodology, a tool that helps build resiliency into projects and wider communities. Participants are encouraged to bring real world scenarios to the workshop.

    • Invitation only
    • Aperitif
    • Workshop

    Speakers:

    Peter Hall | Vice President and Global Director for Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure | Wood

    Payal Thadani | Process Engineer | Wood and Race to Resilience

    Gavin Rogers | Vice President, Digital & Technology | Wood

    Universities of Oxford and Strathclyde, Institute of Directors Scotland | Purpose driven business

    16:00 - 17:30

    Leading with purpose is no longer a strategic choice but a necessity. How can business put purpose at the heart of business strategy to achieve better performance for its customers, employees, investors and the communities where we live and work. Join the Economics of Mutuality Forum, The IoD, The University of Oxford and Strathclyde University for this important discussion.

    • Open session
    • Aperitif
    • Networking

    Speakers:

    Colin Mayor | Saïd Business School | University of Oxford

    Phil Considine | Director of Executive Education & Development | University of Strathclyde

    Louise MacDonald | National Director | Institute of Directors Scotland

    Nadia Terfous | Managing Director | The Economics of Mutuality Forum

    Paula Murphy | Chief Communications Officer | Wood

    Launch party for the Wood House at COP

    18:00 - 20:00

    Join us in person for the launch of the Wood House at COP. Drinks and aperitifs will be served between 6-8pm while you discuss the anticipation and expectations of this historic event. Presented by Wood, Microsoft, and all partners of the house.

    • Open session
    • Aperitifs
    • Networking
    Wood | Worlds To Do List dinner

    20:00 - 21:30

    Wood has pledged our commitment to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), through our support of The World’s To Do List campaign. This gathering includes some of the leading companies driving this exciting initiative.

    • Invitation only
    • Dinner
    Resilience First | A business-led Climate Resilience Initiative: Turning Goodwill into Action

    08:00 - 11:00

    Join Resilience First and guests to hear more about the Race to Resilience, a landmark campaign helping to build resilient business and communities and ensure the world can cope with growing climate risks.

    • Open session
    • Breakfast
    • Panel event
    GWEC, Microsoft and Wood | Energy in Digitisation

    09:00 - 11:00

    Join Wood, GWEC and Microsoft in this workshop-style session to share perspectives on the rapidly changing digital landscape in the energy sector.

    • Open session
    • Breakfast
    • Workshop
    Wood | SCORE Decarbonisation Masterclass

    13:00 - 14:30

    This interactive workshop will introduce Wood’s SCORE decarbonisation methodology, including case-studies, that provide a roadmap towards setting and delivering emissions reduction targets.

    • Open session
    • Lunch
    • Workshop

    Speakers:

    Jonathan Briggs | Project Director for Humber Zero | Vitol

    Chris Gilbert | UK Decarbonisation Lead and Technical Manager | Phillips66

    Dan Carter | Global Director of Decarbonisation | Wood

    The Digital Economist | Bridging the physical and digital worlds

    16:00 - 18:00

    Wood and The Digital Economist invite you to this aperitif session to discuss the magic when the physical and digital worlds meet.

    • Open session
    • Aperitifs
    • Networking
    University of Strathclyde | The Future of Cities and Resiliency

    16:00 - 18:00

    Join Wood and the University of Strathclyde for this academic conversation on the future of cities and resiliency.

    • Open session
    • Coffee
    • Networking
    Wood | An agenda for COP26? Taking stock of the World Leaders’ Summit

    17:00 - 18:30

    The world leaders’ summit is done and dusted; but what’s the agenda for COP26? Join conversation over a nightcap with some of Scotland’s most senior journalists and industry experts to discuss the summit’s key players, inter-country tensions and what the next two weeks hold.

    • Open session
    • Nightcap drinks
    • Networking

    Speakers:

    Lucinda Rivers | Head of UNICEF UK

    Nathalie Thomas | Energy Correspondent | Financial Times

    Paula Murphy | Chief Communications Officer | Wood

    The Resilient City Network dinner

    18:00 – 21:00

    Dinner with the Resilient Cities Network for a discussion on realigning capital for the modern resilient world

    • Invitation only
    • Dinner
    EIC | Race to net-zero

    09:00 - 12:00

    The EIC concludes its ‘Road to COP26’ series of events with this panel discussion and networking.

    • Invitation only
    • Light refreshments
    • Lunch
    • Panel discussion
    Greenbackers | Net-zero technology collaborations

    08:30 - 12:00

    Greenbackers and Wood focus on the challenge of developing and commercialising novel technologies that will support net-zero targets.

    • Invitation only
    • Breakfast

    Speakers:

    Richard Spires | Director Of Technology Development | Wood

    Andrew Smith | Executive Director | Greenbackers Investment Capital

    Philipp Furler | CEO and Founder | Synhelion

    Gianluca Ambrosetti | CEO | C-Capture Ltd

    Tom White | CEO | Synhelion SA

    Jeff Vander Linden | COO | EQTEC plc

    David Palumbo | CEO | EQTEC plc

    Derek Robertson | CEO | Subsea Micropiles

    Jon Machin | CTO | Subsea Micropiles

    Mark Hannigan | Hydrogen Systems Australia

    Steven Lua | Managing Director | Unitrove Group

    EY | Purposeful growth to accelerate change

    13:30 - 15:00

    Join EY for this roundtable event to discuss the need for purposeful growth, driven by global socio-economic factors, and how it can help to accelerate both innovation and transformational change.

    • Invitation only
    • Coffee
    • Networking
    GWEC, Microsoft and Wood | Realigning capital for the new economy

    13:30 - 15:30

    Join GWEC, Wood and Microsoft for this session bringing different perspectives from the world of finance and clean tech to explore how the world will achieve a fundamental shift in financial flows to achieve net zero.

    • Open session
    • Lunch
    UN World Food Programme | Dinner

    19:30 - 21:30

    • Invitation only
    • Dinner
    Resilient Cities Network | Dinner

    19:30 - 21:30

    • Invitation only
    • Dinner
    Microsoft | Digitisation of the energy sector

    08:30 - 10:30

    Join Wood, Microsoft and DNV to discuss the role of technology in achieving net-zero.

    • Open session
    • Breakfast
    • Panel
    Wood | Repurposing infrastructure to support the hydrogen revolution

    08:30 - 10:30

    This workshop examines the challenge of repurposing existing energy infrastructure for the hydrogen economy.

    • Open session
    • Breakfast
    • Workshop

    Speakers:

    Dan Carter | Global Director of Decarbonisation | Wood

    Energy Industries Council | The North Sea: An Area in Transition

    11:00 - 13:00

    Join Energy Industries Council for this discussion on the North Sea and its transition to net-zero.

    • Invitation only
    • Aperitifs
    • Workshop
    EY, SP Finance and Wood | RECAI report key findings

    12:00 - 13:30

    Since 2003, the biannual Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI) has ranked the top 40 markets based on investment in renewable energy, a key part of the energy transition. In this facilitated panel discussion, experts from EY, SP Finance and Wood will analyse the key findings from the 2021 report.

    • Invitation only
    • Coffee
    • Panel session
    • Networking
    Wood | The role of hydrogen in the decarbonisation of industry

    13:00 - 15:00

    A facilitated panel discussion taking a look at the status of hydrogen development globally and the drivers for the implementation of hydrogen as a fuel.

    • Open session
    • Lunch
    • Panel session

    Speakers:

    Omar Bedani | Manager of Commercial Operations | Wood

    Colin McKinnon | Technical Director - Specialist Engineering and Consulting | Wood

    Hooman Haghigi | Global Energy Transition Manager - Intelligent Operations | Wood

    Dan Carter | Global Director of Decarbonisation | Wood

    PIDG Insights event | Urban and rural resilience through infrastructure investments in Africa and Asia

    13:00 - 15:30

    Emerging and low-income economies in Africa and Asia need capital to meet their infrastructure financing gap, which is crucial to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and meet the ambition of their young population.

    Unlocking domestic capital and unleashing local entrepreneurship are key to accelerate a transition to net zero while strengthening resilience to climate shocks and stresses for the most vulnerable regions.

    • Open session
    • Lunch
    • Panel session

    Speakers:

    Peter Hall | Vice President and Global Director for Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure | Wood

    Philippe Valahu | CEO | Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG)

    Thierry Déau | CEO | Meridiam

    Preeti Sinha | Executive Secretary | The UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)

    Ana Hajduka | CEO | Africa GreenCo

    CEO | Axis (via video link)

    Executive Secretary | Vietnam green bond (via video link)

    Maheen Rahman | CEO | InfraZamin

    The B Team | Leader meeting and roundtable

    15:45 - 19:00

    • Invitation only
    • Aperitif
    • Roundtable
    GWEC, Microsoft and Wood | Offshore wind and green hydrogen panel

    16:30 - 18:30

    This session will bring together Wood, GWEC and Microsoft to explore the role of wind and renewable hydrogen in decarbonising the wider economy.

    • Open session
    • Aperitif
    • Panel
    Rockefeller Foundation | Sustainable development dinner

    18:30 - 21:30

    Dinner with the Rockefeller Foundation and partners focusing on building a resilient and sustainable future.

    • Invitation only
    • Dinner
    An Ocean Evening at COP26 with UNGC | Energy Nightcap

    19:00 - 22:00

    Microsoft, UNGC Ocean Stewardship Coalition & Wood host a nightcap to mark the end of energy day at COP26.

    • Open session
    • Nightcap
    EY | Dragon’s Den with Schools

    08:30 - 15:00

    EY challenges some rising stars in this Dragon’s Den style event.

    • Invitation only
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Leaders on Purpose | Earth shot partnerships for delivery on scale

    13:00 - 14:00

    Learn from the Leaders on Purpose CEO committee about Earth shot partnerships.

    • Open session
    • Light refreshments
    • Panel discussion
    Resilient Cities Network RLENs | Funding and building resiliency for impact

    14:00 - 16:00

    Join this session to learn about the Wood ResilienceLens which provides a resilience roadmap and standard to build back better, improve the resiliency of projects and attract investment. Learn how it can help address the financing gap to build the infrastructure needed to meet the needs of the world.

    Providing a resilience roadmap and standard to build back better, improve the resiliency of the projects, attract investments and prioritize impact. The Wood ResilienceLens provides outputs and measurements to create a resilience return on investment (RROI) and address the financing gap that exists to build the infrastructure that is needed to meet the needs of the world and services required from those assets.

    • Open session
    • Light refreshments
    • Roundtable

    Speakers:

    Peter Hall | Vice President and Global Director for Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure | Wood

    Stewart Sarkozy-Banoczy | Resilient Cities Network

    Polar Academy | Growing Future Leaders for Climate Change

    16:00 - 18:00

    How do you take a group of ‘invisible’ Scottish teenagers to cross Greenland and become future leaders for climate change? That’s exactly what the Polar Academy, led by explorer Craig Matheson, achieves on an annual basis. Come along to listen in on the inspiring change children are making for themselves and the planet.

    • Open session
    • Aperitif
    • Networking

    Speakers:

    Craig Matheson | Founder of the Polar Academy | Polar Academy

    Energy Industries Council | Rising Star Networking Reception

    15:00 - 16:30

    • Invitation only
    • Aperitif
    • Networking
    Wood | Diagnosing vulnerability and economic resilience

    09:30 - 11:30

    Identifying vulnerabilities to climate change and natural disasters and developing frameworks for increased resilience

    • Open session
    • Breakfast
    • Presentation
    • Networking
    Wood | Building climate resilience in island nations

    09:30 - 11:30

    As sea levels rise, there is an urgent need to build resilience in island nations. Join Wood to discuss some best-in-class project examples.

    • Open session
    • Breakfast
    • Networking
    Microsoft | Bridging the growing infrastructure adaptation gap

    14:00 - 17:00

    The climate has changed, and will continue to. We are not currently adapting our assets at the pace the climate is changing, with funding predominately focused on climate mitigation, rather than adaptation. The event focus will be how to meet the growing asset adaptation gap with effective decision making in the face of an uncertain future, adopting practical innovations, vulnerability reduction and the importance of partnership working.

    • Open session
    • Breakfast
    • Workshop
    5T Sports | Climate champions workshop

    13:00 - 14:30

    5T Sports | The Sports Ecology | Microsoft | Wood

    • Open session
    • Lunch
    • Workshop
    5T Sports | Global showcase for climate action

    14:30 - 15:30

    5T Sports | The Sports Ecology | Microsoft | Wood

    • Open session
    • Light refreshments
    • Panel discussion
    5T Sports | Sustainable sport hackathon - Finals

    15:00 - 16:00

    5T Sports | The Sports Ecology | Microsoft | Wood

    • Open session
    • Light refreshments
    • Presentation
    5T Sports | Sport x SDGs brand workshop & cocktail reception

    16:00 - 19:00

    5T Sports | The Sports Ecology | Microsoft | Wood

    • Open session
    • Buffet dinner
    • Networking
    Launch party for the Wood House at COP - Week 2

    19:00 - 21:00

    Join us in person for the launch of the Wood House at COP. Drinks and aperitifs will be served between 7-9pm. Presented by Wood, Microsoft, and all partners of the house

    • Open session
    • Aperitifs
    • Networking
    Consortium | Women Leading the energy transition for net-zero world

    09:00 - 17:00

    As we work towards creating a net-zero economy, we must maintain our work towards a more diverse and equitable economy. Driving a just and inclusive transition is a key socio-economic consideration of COP and is now at the forefront of conversations worldwide. On gender and diversity day at COP 26, join this full day programme to celebrate the contributions of women in leading the energy transition. There will be an opening session at 9am and panels throughout the day.

    • Open session
    • Breakfast
    • Panel
    AIG, UNIDO, University of Strathclyde and Wood | Future cities workshop

    08:30 - 16:00

    AIG and Wood, in partnership with the Institute for Future Cities at the University of Strathclyde are working with 3 cities from the Global North and 3 cities from the Global South on a workshop at COP26. Join the event to consider how cities can integrate effective climate risk mitigation into building urban resilience, as well as focusing on Sustainable Development Goal 17 – the Partnerships Goal.

    • Invitation only
    • Workshop

    Speakers:

    Rt Hon Jim Murphy | Former Secretary of State for Scotland

    Professor Sir Jim Macdonald | Principal and Vice-Chancellor | Strathclyde University

    Richard Bellingham | Director, Institute for Future Cities | University of Strathclyde

    Hugh Lim | Executive Director | Centre for Liveable Cities, Singapore

    John Chome | Chief Executive Officer | Lilongwe City Council, Malawi

    Kamlesh Yagnik | Chief Resilience Officer | Surat Municipal Corporation, India

    Piero Pelizzaro | Chief Resilience Officer | Milan Municipality, Italy

    Gavin Slater | Head of Sustainability | Glasgow City Council, Scotland

    Grant Ervin | Chief Resilience Officer | City of Pittsburgh, USA

    Michael Girioni | Vice President Resilient Environments | Wood

    Paul DiPaola | Vice President, Strategy & Innovation | AIG

    Susan Aitken | Glasgow City Council, Scotland

    Ann Rosenberg | Senior Vice President for Sustainable Development | Wood

    Jennifer Waldner Grant | Chief Sustainability Officer | AIG

    Investing with Purpose

    12:00 - 14:00

    How do we ensure that investment is purposeful and targeted at helping us achieve a more sustainable, resilient and livable world. Join leading industry experts from finance, academia, the media, business and civic society in a lunchtime panel session on purposeful investment.

    • Open session
    • Lunch
    • Panel discussion

    Speakers:

    Professor Heather McGregor CBE | Heriot Watt University

    Deborah Gilshin | Founder | The 100Club

    Merryn Somerset-Webb | Editor | MoneyWeek

    Paula Murphy | Chief Communications Officer | Wood

    P4G | Scaling and financing green solutions in developing countries

    18:00 - 20:00

    A dinner that brings together the investment and development communities to highlight how P4G is maturing early-stage solutions in developing countries into investment worthy propositions that can deliver climate impact at speed and scale.

    • Invitation only
    • Dinner
    P4G | Ensuring development countries lead the transition

    20:00 - 22:00

    • Open session
    • Nightcap
    • Aperitif
    • Networking
    Wood, Microsoft, EY and P4G | Challenges and opportunities of electric mobility

    08:30 - 10:00

    This breakfast keynote will bring industry experts from various disciplines together to discuss the current on the ground deployment situation with public transit, school bus fleets, and private fleets together to talk about the challenges and solutions to fill the gap.

    • Open session
    • Breakfast
    • Panel

    Speakers:

    Naeem Farooqi | Global Director of Zero Emission Mobility | Wood

    GSEP, Wood, C40 and IL Network | Zero emission transport roundtable

    10:00 - 11:30

    A moderated session with various industry professionals discussing the challenges and solutions for the global shift.

    • Open session
    • Light refreshments
    • Roundtable

    Speakers:

    Naeem Farooqi | Global Director of Zero Emission Mobility | Wood

    EY | Pathway to net-zero transportation

    13:00 - TBC

    • Invitation only
    GSEP, Siemens and Wood | How cites are electrifying lessons learned from Canada and Peru

    13:00 - 15:00

    This session will discuss real world use cases of e-mobility in public transit in St.Catharines, Canada and Lima, Peru with going through their E-bus journey. Speakers will discuss the various challenges and out of the-box solutions developed to make these transitions possible.

    • Open session
    • Light refreshments
    • Presentation
    • In-person and virtual

    Speakers:

    Naeem Farooqi | Global Director of Zero Emission Mobility | Wood

    Wood | Decarbonising aviation in real time

    16:00 - 18:00

    Join Wood for informal networking drinks and a brief demonstration of our interactive Real Time Carbon Footprinting (RTCF) tool showing aviation emissions today and a pathway to a decarbonised aviation industry by 2050.

    • Open session
    • Light refreshments
    Private event

    17:00 - 22:00

    The Wood House is closed for a private event.

    • Invitation only
    Bristol Airport, Easyjet, Airbus and Wood | Transforming the aviation industry for a net zero future

    08:30 - 11:00

    This interactive panel discussion will discuss the roadmap to achieving net zero aviation by 2050. Join Easyjet’s, Bristol Airport, Airbus and Wood as they discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with the decarbonisation of the aviation industry, exploring options including cross sector coupling, hydrogen and the role of offsets and sustainable aviation fuel as we move towards zero emissions flight.

    • Invitation only
    • Breakfast
    • Panel

    Speakers:

    Simon Earls | Sustainability & Corporate Affairs Director | Bristol Airport

    David Morgan | Director of Flight Operation | Easyjet

    Claire Smith | Head of Fuel Management | Wood

    Microsoft and Wood | Envisioning resilient future

    12:00 - 14:00

    Converting thoughts into actions to make the global communities we live in more resilient.

    • Open session
    • Lunch
    • Presentation
    Aveva | Taking us one step closer to a Net Zero World

    15:00 - 17:00

    • Invitation only
    • Light refreshments
    • Presentation
    Street Soccer Scotland and Charlotte Street Partners | A story of positive change in Scotland

    17:00 - 18:30

    It might not yet have reached the papers but homelessness is set to be one of climate change’s greatest impacts. Hear from David Duke MBE, founder and CEO of Street Soccer Scotland, in conversation with Sabina Kadič-Mackenzie of Charlotte Street Partners to hear a story of positive change in Scotland.

    • Open session
    • Aperitif
    • Networking

    Speakers:

    David Duke MBE | Founder and CEO | Street Soccer Scotland

    Sabina Kadič-Mackenzie | Charlotte Street Partners

    Aveva | Reception

    17:00 - 19:00

    • Invitation only
    • Aperitifs
    • Networking
    UN Global Compact CEO Water Mandate | Leadership meeting

    16:00 - 18:00

    • Invitation only
    • Aperitifs
    • Roundtable
    Microsoft and Wood | Wood House COP26 closing party

    18:30 - 21:30

    Join us for the closing party of the Wood House at COP 26. Presented by Wood, Microsoft and all partners of the house.

    • Open session
    • Aperitif

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    Strathclyde University | Net Zero workshop

    08:00 - 16:00

    • Invitation only
    • Workshop

    Speakers:

    Richard Bellingham | Director, Institute for Future Cities | University of Strathclyde