Brought to you by ICAEW Financial Services Faculty, we are delighted to present a series of hour-long webinars and resources to help appreciate the challenges and opportunities of better understanding environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk through provision of better information. This event is the first of six webinars taking place throughout September and October.
Businesses are increasingly grappling with their role in working towards ending the climate emergency and mitigating the social and economic impacts of climate change.
Human progress for health and prosperity has facilitated unprecedented developments in medicine, agriculture and industry, and improved the lives of many people. But our activities have been unsustainable and have caused widespread environmental damage in the atmosphere, on land, and in the oceans.
Significant increases in atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations, resulting from human actions such as the burning of fossil fuels, are raising global temperatures, and have caused air pollution, biodiversity loss, depletion of water and food, and heightened the risk of natural disasters.
Existing social and health inequalities are being magnified as the most vulnerable population feel the effects first.
We must now understand how these environmental changes are affecting human health, identify effective solutions to support those most at risk and propose ways to live on our planet more sustainably.
The term ‘Planetary Health’ was coined in 2013 by the Rockefeller Foundation, a council led by high-profile leaders, and is defined as the health of human civilisation and the state of the natural systems on which it depends.
Ensuring the widespread inclusion of planetary health perspectives is essential if we are to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and identify solutions for people and the planet.
Following the popularity of ICAEW’s event with The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) on COVID-19, this event will give a scientific perspective on climate change and explain why all business leaders need to understand the concept of planetary health if they are to play their part in meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and identify solutions for people and the planet.
We will discuss the scientific basis of trade-offs in planetary health, between human health, environment and economy.
Listeners will have a chance to ask questions of the UK’s top scientists and understand the work of LSHTM in this area.
Access to this webinar and all other Financial Services Faculty webinars are included within membership of the Financial Services Faculty. If you join the Faculty by signing up for either Banking, Insurance or Investment Management membership, you can access the entire ESG webinar series free of charge.
Find out more about what the Financial Services Faculty offers at icaew.com/joinfsf. This webinar is also available to members and subscribers of Faculties Online as well as the Sustainability & Climate Change Community.
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The proposed academics for this panel of three (3) LSHTM scientists hosted by Hitesh Patel are:
Alan joined LSHTM in 2001 and is a Professor in Food and Nutrition for Global Health. Alan is a Registered Nutritionist (Public Health) with a background in biochemistry and biological anthropology. Alan is Director of the Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health. Between 2012 and 2017, Alan was seconded part-time to the Research and Evidence Division of the UK Department for International Development (DfID) as a Senior Research Fellow in nutrition. Alan served as the Specialist Advisor to the Environmental Audit Committee (UK Parliament) Inquiry on Planetary Health. Alan is Honorary Treasurer of the Association for Nutrition and is a Scientific Advisor on the Board of Trustees of Weizmann UK.
Her research involves understanding how environmental and socio-economic factors interact to determine the risk of disease transmission. Currently lead a group of researchers working between the Centre for Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases and the Centre on Climate Change & Planetary Health.
Rachel graduated from the University of East Anglia in 2004 with a First Class BSc (Hons) in Meteorology and Oceanography with a year in Europe. Spending one year at the University of Granada, Spain, reading Environmental Science. In 2007, completed an MSc with distinction in Geophysical Hazards at University College London (UCL), where she received a UCL Graduate Masters Award. In 2011, Rachel obtained a PhD in Mathematics at the University of Exeter (PhD Thesis: Spatio-temporal modelling of climate-sensitive disease risk: towards an early warning system for dengue in Brazil). Alongside her PhD, she was a Network Facilitator for the Leverhulme Trust funded project EUROBRISA: a EURO-BRazilian Initiative for improving South American seasonal forecasts. During the project, she collaborated with climate scientists and public health experts in Brazil, which resulted in her continuing participation in the Brazilian Climate and Health Observatory.
From 2010-2012, Rachel was a Visiting Scientist at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy, where she worked with the Malawi Ministry of Health to develop predictive models for malaria and a platform to integrate climate information and rural telemedicine. From 2012-2016, she was a Postdoctoral Scientist and Head of Climate Services for Health at the Catalan Institute for Climate Sciences (IC3) in Barcelona, Spain. Rachel has worked with the World Health Organization as a temporary advisor on developing decision making tools for climate and health in Europe. She is a visiting scholar at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal).
Sari Kovats is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health, Environments and Society in the Faculty of Public Health and Policy. She has been researching the effects of weather, climate and climate change on human health for more than 20 years. Her particular areas of interest include health impact assessment of climate change and epidemiological studies of the effects of climate, weather and weather events in urban and rural populations.
Sari is the Consortium co-lead for the Belmont funded project CHAMNHA - Climate, Heat and Maternal and Neonatal Health in Africa. This project is undertaking epidemiological research on the impact extreme hot weather on maternal and neonatal outcomes.
Sari is the Knowledge Mobilisation lead for the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit (NIHR HPRU) in Environmental Change and Health, led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in partnership with Public Health England (PHE) and UCL. Sari is exploring the equity implications of the impacts of and responses to heatwave and flooding on health in the UK population.
Sari was the co-Coordinating Lead Author for Chapter 23 on Europe in the IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] Fifth Assessment Report (2014). Sari is co-author of the chapter on "Health, Communities and the Built Environment" for the evidence review of the UK Third Climate Change Risk Assessment (2021).
Sari has been employed by LSHTM since 1994 when she joined the Dept of Epidemiology and Population Health to work as a research assistant on one of the first comprehensive books on climate change and health: McMichael AJ, Haines A, Slooff R, and Kovats S, eds. Climate Change and Human Health: an assessment prepared by a Task Group on behalf of the World Health Organization, the World Meteorological Organization, and the United Nations Environment Programme. Geneva, WHO, 1996 [WHO/EHG/96.7]. In 1997, Sari was promoted to Research Fellow and in 2003 to Lecturer, and in 2010 to Senior Lecturer. Sari has a Masters Degree in Social Policy from the SouthBank University in London and completed a part-time PhD in environmental epidemiology in 2010 at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Hitesh is a qualified Chartered Accountant and currently a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of Enstar Group, Capital Home Loans Limited and the Council of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. . Hitesh also Chairs the Insurance Committee at the ICAEW.Hitesh was previously Chief Executive Officer of Lucida plc a life insurance company writing bulk annuity business. Prior to joining Lucida Hitesh was a senior insurance partner in KPMG London and was responsible for providing audit, accounting and regulatory advisory services. Hitesh was previously a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committees of Aviva Life Holdings and Aviva Insurance Limited.
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