Robinson College Alumni Forum: 1.5 to stay alive ... . Is Net Zero possible?

Saturday, 26 March 2022
Umney Theatre at Robinson College
16.00 -17.30

We are delighted to invite all our alumni to join us at the 2022 Alumni Forum. This year's topic for our annual Alumni Forum is on Net Zero: is it possible to meet this ambitious goal and keep global temperature increases below 1.5 degrees C? Governments around the world have set out challenging goals on carbon reduction - with the UK amongst the most ambitious. A group of Robinson alumni working in the fields of sustainability processes and legislature, publishing, carbon offsetting and sustainability customer support will discuss the latest developments in their respective fields.

Thea Sherer (Social and Political Sciences, 1998), Director of Sustainability and Climate Officer at Springer Nature Group will chair the panel and will be joined by Oliver Millican (Land Economy, 1999), Managing Director at Bute Energy and Alastair Marke (Sustainability Leadership, 2017), the Director General of the Blockchain & Climate Institue (BCI). More speakers will be announced soon.

The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A session and we would encourage audience to send in  their questions to in advance of the event.

The Alumni Forum Programme

15.30 - 16.00          Registration and complimentary coffee & tea, the Umney Lounge

16.00 - 17.00          Welcome and Panel discussion, the Umney Theatre

17.00 - 17.30          Q&A session, the Umney Theatre

Click here to book your place at the Alumni Forum


Chair: Thea Sherer

Thea Sherer (Social and Political Sciences, 1998), Director of Sustainability, Climate Action Officer at Springer Nature Group, a German British academic publishing company: sustainability processes in business.  Since 2017 she has led on sustainability strategy and corporate reporting, driving forward a programme that measures, monitors and works to improve the publishers’ environmental and social impacts. She was appointed as the company’s Climate Action Officer, a role that is a first in the publishing industry, in the summer of 2021.



Oliver Millican (Land Economy, 1999) is Managing Director at Bute Energy, a developer of onshore wind and solar Energy Parks. Oliver is responsible for the day-to-day management and leadership of the business. He has a background in private equity, with a particular focus on real asset investment.




Alastair Marke (Sustainability Leadership, 2017) is the Director-General of the Blockchain & Climate Institute (BCI), which is a think tank supporting governments in the deployment of blockchain and emerging digital technologies to achieve climate change policy goals. In the UK, Alastair serves as an ad hoc Expert Advisor to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Blockchain. He is the editor and co-author of the world’s first book on blockchain and climate change issues – “Transforming Climate Finance & Green Investment with Blockchains” which was published in 2018. 


Elena Vydrine (Sustainability Leadership, 2016)

Elena is Head of ESG and Climate Index for Asset and Wealth Managers at MSCI, a global provider of indexes, portfolio analysis tools and ESG products.  With over 15 years of industry experience in indexed funds, ETFs and ESG, Elena has a special interest in embedding sustainability principles and metrics into the core of the investment process. She holds an MSc in Investment Management from Cass Business School and an MSt in Sustainability Leadership from Cambridge University.

Book your participation in the 2022 Alumni Forum here.

We are look forward to meeting you on 26 March 2022 at Robinson College.

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