Tahmid runs the Taskforce for climate neutral and circular materials and products, and leads on competitiveness policy. Tahmid previously worked at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy within the UK Government.
Robert Palmer is an engineering and construction specialist with 15+ years’ experience in design engineering and principal contracting. He worked as a structural design engineer specialising in complex steel structures for Robert Bird Group in Brisbane, Dubai and Kazakhstan, before joining Multiplex where he worked in both London and Dubai. Robert is the General Manager for EMR Reusable Steels after joining them in 2022 as the Technical Lead.
Chaline has worked in marketing and design for over 20 years, from corporate and health brands to engineering projects. Chaline spearheaded hundreds of world-first products, combined health and design in her award-winning MA Interiors Architecture books, and now focuses on non-toxic, circular materials in the built environment.
Jan Kattein, DipArch, MArch, PhD, FIPM is an author, lecturer and practitioner who lives in London. After completing a degree, postgraduate diploma and a Masters in architecture at the Bartlett, he worked in social housing before pursuing a brief career in theatre design. In 2004 he established his own studio, Jan Kattein Architects. Today, Jan Kattein Architects is recognized internationally as one of the leading placemaking and participatory design practices with award-winning projects that are celebrated for their environmental, spatial- and civic accomplishments.
Rachel Hoolahan, Associate, Orms, Rachel co-leads the practice’s sustainability consultancy work, having originally joined Orms as an architect in 2017. Orms are a leading London architecture practice with extensive experience working with existing buildings. Rachel leads Orms’ research into material passports and is developing a methodology for encouraging more meaningful material reuse.
Mel Allwood is the Sustainability Leader for Arup’s Buildings London group. Mel focuses on the delivery of design interventions that optimise the environmental performance of buildings in terms of embodied carbon, material consumption, construction waste and operational resource use. Mel is skilled in developing workable solutions across the project lifecycle and in engaging project team members to deliver these solutions effectively within budget and programme constraints.
Jannia Samuels Moscote is the Deputy Director of Resilience for the Municipality of Panama. She qualified as an architect from the University of Panama specialising in Architecture and Sustainability from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, as well as Commercial Design from the University School of Design and Engineering of Barcelona. Previously she has worked both in the private sector in design and construction projects and in the public sector at the Municipality of Colón as Deputy Director of Municipal Engineering, and later as Director of Decentralization.
Joanna is passionate about local solutions to local challenges and business as the channel for social and environmental transformation. Following a decade in the investment industry, her passion led her to establish Footprints Africa to support the transition to circular economy in Africa. Footprints runs programmes to support SMEs and the informal sector and produces research on the vision for circularity in specific sectors across the continent.
She is Ghana chapter lead for the African Circular Economy Network (ACEN) and co-chair of the Inclusion Task Force of Ghana’s National Plastics Action Partnership (NPAP).