Mei Sim Lai OBE DL FCA FCCA
Mei Sim Lai is managing director of LaiPeters Ltd and founder of LaiPeters & Co, chartered accountants. Since 1991, Mei Sim has held a number of non-executive and other appointments in the private, public, charitable and not- for-profit sectors. She is also involved with international business and women’s groups. Mei Sim, who is of Malaysian origin, is proud to be the first Chinese person in the City of London to become the Master of a City livery Company, taking office as the Master of the Worshipful Company of World Traders in 2011. She is a past winner of the Asian Women of Achievement Awards, was appointed an OBE in 2014 in recognition of her services to equal opportunities and since 2006 she has been one of Her Majesty’s representatives in Greater London with responsibility for Brent. Mei Sim was President of the tve Global Sustainability Film Awards 2016.
Surina Narula MBE
Founder of GSFA
Surina Narula, is a businesswoman, philanthropist and an activist. She has worked with woman and children through Plan and consortium for street children and woman and children first. She has co founded the DSC prize for south Asian literature and is a founder of Difficult dialogues. She received Asian of the year award in 2005 and was appointed an MBE in 2008 for her charitable work. For 25 years Surina has organised events to raise money and the profile of street children internationally. In 2012 Surina founded the tve Global Sustainability Film Awards, and in 2016 she founded Difficult Dialogues (www.difficultdialogues.com). Surina has received awards for her contribution to street children charities and in 2003 was highly commended for The Beacon Prize for her outstanding contribution to charitable and social causes. In recognition of her charity work she was presented with the Asian of the Year Award in 2005 and in June 2008 appointed an MBE for charitable work in India.
Dr Alistair Clark
Alistair Clark is managing director of the Environment and Sustainability Department at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). He is responsible for providing strategic direction to the EBRD with respect to the implementation of the Bank’s environmental mandate and the incorporation of environmental and social aspects in all sector and country policies and strategies. Prior to this, he was a Senior Vice President of URS Dames & Moore, a multi-national environmental consultancy responsible for major project development, and has also published extensively in the fields of atmospheric chemistry and environmental impact assessment. In addition, Alistair is a member of the UK Export Guarantee Advisory Council, advising on environmental and social issues. He also actively contributes to the Multilateral Financial Institutions Working Group on Environmental and Social Standards and represents the Bank at many international agency meetings.
Richard Creasey is a founder director of Spring Films, an Oscar nominated, Emmy Award winning production company. Previously Richard was Central’s (now ITV) longest serving programme controller. For 14 years he ran the Factual Programme Department and was responsible for the company’s features and documentary output. During this time Richard co-founded tve and the East West Creative Association, the first creative, multi-media joint venture between the Soviet Union and the UK. Richard chaired tve from 2002 – 2015, is now an emeritus chair, and a Life Member of The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). He was also a founder and editor-in-chief at The Digital Village Ltd, which was formed by a group of leading thinkers and doers from the online, television and literary worlds, including the late Douglas Adams, author of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Nick (Nicholas) Nuttall is currently the International Strategic Communications Director of EarthDay.org and TV presenter/Communications Director for social climate platform We Don’t Have Time. He is the former Director of Communications and Outreach, Speechwriter and Spokesperson for the UN Environment headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change headquartered in Bonn, Germany. Nick was the official UN spokesperson for the landmark Paris Agreement of 2015. Before joining the United Nations, he was the Environment and Technology correspondent at The Times from 1989 to 2000, having worked for various newspapers and magazines including The Daily Telegraph, The Independent the Evening Standard and London Evening News, Woman and Cosmopolitan After leaving the UN in 2018, Nick became Director of Communications and Spokesperson for the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) which took place in September 2018 as the first step towards increasing climate ambition post Paris. Nick participated in the New American Road Trip which left San Francisco at the of the Summit and took the outcomes of GCAS in an electric car journey across the United States to the UN in New York in September 2019. Nick is a member of the advisory board of the environmental arts initiative ArtPort—Making Waves; visiting professor at the University of Tongji in Shanghai, China; a backing vocalist with the German Bernadette La Hengst band and a passionate fan of English premier league football team Burnley.
Nandita Kumar is a new-media artist who works at the intersection art, science, technology and community to creates interactive installations. She explores the elemental process through which human beings construct meaning from their experiences, by creating sensory narratives through the usage of sound, video/ animation and performance, smartphone apps, customized motherboards, solar/microwave sensors. Her interest lies in propelling the human race towards a sustainable development, which not only focuses on environmental protection, but also social development. Her process envisions a desirable future state for human societies in which living conditions and resource-use continue to meet human needs without undermining the “integrity, stability and beauty” of natural biotic systems. She employs technology as though it were a natural element in an extended ecosystem. Her works as a result are hybrids, rooted simultaneously in human nature while a pervasive electronic layer is integrated seamlessly.
Nandita has shown in Pompidou, ZKM, Kiasma, KNMA, LACMA, REDCAT, ISEA, Jeu de Paume, Film Archive NY, NTAA, RedCat. “Ghar Pe/At Home” (2011-2012), a community art project she curated, has been documented online by Asian Art Archive (Hong Kong). She has recently received the ASU LEONARDO Imagination Fellowship and shown her work at UNESCO Future Literacy. She has also been a speaker at TEDx and MOCA, Sydney.