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Future of the sustainable workplace in the age of COVID-19 and climate change launch event

We are living in a time of great and immediate change. COVID-19 and climate change are just two of the most obvious forces impacting our way of life. With mass disruptions promising to transform how we work and live, sustainability is rising on the global agenda. In this webinar, we bring together experts in the field of sustainability, employee experience, and technology to discuss how we can seize opportunities to accelerate the transition to sustainable workplaces. As business leaders, how can we use this time of disruption as a catalyst for positive change and what does the sustainable future workplace look like?

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You've read the report, now it's time to put ideas into action!

Inspired by the release of our new report, Future of the Sustainable Workplace in the Age of COVID-19 and Climate Change, our webinar is for leaders in sustainability, business, and technology to come together to discuss key themes from the report.

Is your enterprise ready for the future of sustainable work?

Join our panel of experts as we deep dive into the ways the forces of COVID-19 and climate change are transforming the workplaces of the future, as well as what we can do as business leaders to create more sustainable workplaces today.

Meet the expert panel

Chair: Oliver Shah - Business Editor at The Sunday Times

Named Business Journalist of the year in 2017, Oliver Shah is the Business Editor at The Sunday Times. Oliver brings extensive knowledge on everything from business to comms to global affairs to help us unpick the trends creating a more sustainable future of work.

Report author: Dr. Leyla Acaroglu - Founder of Disrupt Design and Eco Innovators

Famous for her mainstage TED talk on sustainability, viewed more than 1m times, Leyla is a leader in the field of sustainability. A self-titled environmental provocateur, and author of this report, Leyla will challenge your preconceptions and push you to think bigger at every turn.

Mark Sahal - Chief Operations Officer at Unily

Having led Unily's operational transformation from a start-up to a global enterprise, Mark brings first-hand experience of what it really means to drive organizational change. 

Anthea Harries - Head of Assets at King's Cross

Anthea directs the overall management and curation of King’s Cross, widely recognized as the most successful urban redevelopment in a generation, and one of Europe’s best-known multi-use destinations. As HQ to global tech giants including Facebook, Google, and Universal Music, Andrea has unique insight into how global enterprises will be establishing workplaces of the future.

See the full speaker bios below

Questions on the agenda:

  • How the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the workplace and what opportunities have the disruptions of 2020 created for sustainable workplace redesign?
  • What do employees want from your sustainability agenda and how are sustainability and employee experience linked
  • What opportunities has technology provided to build, create, and change the way we work?
  • What role should business and business leaders play in tackling climate change and what are leading organizations doing to become more sustainable?

Who is this webinar for?

Every organization will be at a different stage of their journey to be a more sustainable business. This webinar is for business leaders, internal communication directors, IT specialists, HR practitioners to come together and engage with sustainability, learn more on steps other sectors are taking and discuss ways businesses can have a positive impact on the world.

Speaker bios

Chair: Oliver Shah - Business Editor at The Sunday Times

Oliver Shah speaker profile

Named Business Journalist of the year in 2017, Oliver Shah is the Business Editor at The Sunday Times. Having joined the newspaper in 2010, Oliver previously wrote for City am and other various trade magazines. Oliver generally speaks on topics discussing Business and Communication and shares his expertise and insights into the UK and global current affairs. Oliver Shah is best known for his investigation into Sir Philip Green's £1 sale of BHS and later published Damaged Goods: The Inside Story of Sir Philip Green, the Collapse of BHS and the Death of the High Street.

Panelists 

Dr. Leyla Acaroglu - Founder of Disrupt Design and Eco Innovators

Sustainability provocateur and cultural protagonist Dr. Leyla Acaroglu challenges people to think differently about how the world works. As an award-winning designer, UNEP Champion of the Earth, sociologist, and entrepreneur, she developed the Disruptive Design Method and designs cerebrally activating experiences, gamified toolkits, and unique educational experiences that help people make the status quo obsolete. Her mainstage TED talk on sustainability has been viewed over a million times, and she leads presentations around the world on activating positive social change through creative interventions and systems thinking. Leyla is the founder of Disrupt Design, the UnSchool, and the CO Project Farm in Portugal.

Mark Sahal - Chief Operations Officer at Unily

Mark Sahal

Having led Unily's operational transformation from a start-up to a global enterprise, Mark brings first-hand experience of what it really means to drive organizational change. As Chief Operations Officer at Unily Mark is responsible for devising and implementing the company's vision and strategy. Mark has recently undertaken a major culture and values project, which seeks to define and embed Unily's culture throughout the organization. Mark is invested in sharing the importance of delivering a value-aligned employee experience and is leading the company's journey to become a sustainable workplace.

Anthea Harries - Head of Assets at King's Cross

Anthea Harries

As Head of Assets, Anthea directs the overall management and curation of King’s Cross, London’s 67-acre creative quarter with 3.4 million sq ft of office space and close to 2,000 homes. King’s Cross is widely recognized as the most successful urban redevelopment in a generation and one of Europe’s best-known multi-use destinations. It is HQ to global tech giants including Facebook, Google, and Universal Music. King’s Cross is also home to the University of the Arts London, Central St Martins, and a mix of world-class global and independent retail, fashion, and food and beverage brands. Prior to leading King’s Cross, Anthea was at The Crown Estate where she was responsible for creating and delivering the strategic vision that transformed St James’s.

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