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A one day conference on a Sustainable Built Environment for Gibraltar.

Friday 9 June 2023

09:00 hrs – 19:00 hrs

Sunborn Yacht Hotel, Gibraltar

A one day conference on a Sustainable Built Environment for Gibraltar.

Friday 9 June 2023
09:00 hrs – 19:00 hrs
Sunborn Yacht Hotel, Gibraltar





is a one day conference on a Sustainable Built Environment for Gibraltar focusing on;

// Innovative design // Sustainable construction // Shaping a greener future

Our conference is a gathering of industry professionals, researchers, experts, Government Ministers, MPs, NGOs and enthusiasts dedicated to advancing sustainable building practices in Gibraltar.

Aspire Gibraltar will provide a platform for participants to share their expertise, discuss current trends and challenges, and network with like-minded individuals. Attendees can expect to hear from keynote speakers, participate in interactive workshops, and engage in stimulating discussions on a variety of topics related to sustainable construction and the built environment and how Gibraltar can continue to develop in a more sustainable way.

At its core, sustainable building aims to reduce the negative impact that our built environment has on the natural world, while also improving the health and wellbeing of those who occupy these spaces. Sustainable building practices encompass a wide range of strategies and techniques, including energy-efficient design, renewable energy technologies, water conservation, waste reduction, and the use of environmentally-friendly materials. Aspire Gibraltar will consider how sustainable building practices can be further incorporated into the development of Gibraltar’s built environment.

Some of the key themes that will be explored at the conference will include:

Designing for the future – net zero and the green child friendly city

Healthy Transport Healthy Lives

Education: a driver for positive action

Innovative sustainable building technologies and practices

Resilient buildings for a changing climate

Sustainable building certification and rating systems

The business case for sustainable building

We believe that sustainable building and an improved built environment is essential for a healthier, more resilient future Gibraltar. We look forward to hosting a dynamic and informative conference that will further enhance sustainable building practices.


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    Tony Juniper

    Executive Director of Friends of the Earth, England, Wales and NI, Environmentalist

    British sustainability advocate and environmentalist, Tony Juniper, is the influential Executive Director of Friends of the Earth, England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and an Ex officio Defra board member for the UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. Tony has dedicated his life to saving the planet, a passion that led him to be the former Vice-Chair of Friends of the Earth International and a Green Party parliamentary candidate. At present, Tony is a highly-celebrated sustainability speaker, who tours the country to warn businesses of their environmental impact. Insightful, thought-provoking and engaging, his TED talk on nature and our economy has received thousands of views. Tony was educated at the University of Bristol, where he graduated with a degree in Psychology and Zoology in 1983. It was during this period that Tony first dedicated his career to the environment, by studying a Master’s degree in Conservation from University College, London. Following his graduation, Tony then worked as a Senior Associate at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, where he could tackle global challenges head-on.
    In 1990, Tony became a member of Friends of the Earth. While working with the group, he led a campaign that promoted the Climate Change Bill in 2006, a truly influential movement to save the planet. 2006 saw Tony work with Radiohead’s Thom Yorke on Big Ask, a campaign that was backed by 130,000 people nationwide. Tony plays a direct role in sustainability and business as a consultant. From Danbone to Skanska, he helps corporations to employ eco-friendly business strategies, a topic
    of conversation that he also explores as a speaker. As a special advisor to the Prince of Wales,
    Tony also worked on the Prince’s Rainforests Project.

    One of Tony’s main areas of conservation is to save one of the world’s most endangered birds – the
    Spix’s Macaw. Tony’s novel, Spix’s Macaw: The Race to Save the World’s Rarest Bird, explores
    the dangers these birds face, in particular, private bird holders like Birds International who sell the
    Macaw’s as pets. In his after dinner speeches, Tony explores his personal mission to save these birds,
    taking his audience on a journey through his life. Considering Tony’s political, social and professional
    influence, it is no surprise that he was appointed CBE in 2017. As a testament to Tony’s impact, he was made Honorary Fellow by the Institute of Environmental Sciences, won the 2009 Rothschild Medal from the Wildlife Trust and the Chromy Award from the Conscience Institute.

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    Catriona Brady

    World Green Building Council

    Catriona is the Director of Strategy and Development at the World Green Building Council. Her work is focused upon the strategic development and implementation of new global and regional projects and programmes for the World Green Building Council network, consisting of 70 national member councils, and their 36,000 members.

    As part of this role Catriona manages WorldGBCs global programme on Resources & Circularity in the built environment, dedicated to enhancing resource efficiency and catalysing the circular economy within the building and construction sectors. Additionally, Catriona oversees the Better Places for People global project – dedicated to health, wellbeing and social value. This project aims to help the global Green Building Council network achieve a built environment that is healthy and sustainable for people and the planet, and is active in over thirty national Green Building Councils worldwide.

    Catriona regularly speaks at high level events, industry conferences, and webinars, and serves on a number of expert Task Forces related to areas of sustainability, including health and wellbeing, sustainable infrastructure and the circular economy in the built environment.

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    Baroness Lindsay Northover

    All Party Parliamentary Groups on the Environment, Critical Minerals and ESG

    The Rt Hon Baroness (Lindsay) Northover has been a member of the House of Lords since 2000, focusing on health, then international development and foreign affairs, and latterly on climate change. She is a member of the Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology, and previously served on the Select Committee on the Environment and Climate Change.

    She is the Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Groups on the Environment, Critical Minerals and ESG.

    Lindsay was a Minister throughout the 2010-15 Coalition Government, including as Africa Minister in the Department for International Development where climate change and the built environment were high priorities.

    She was the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy (2016-20), and Liberal Democrats’ Lords Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (2016-2021).

    She served on the Advisory Council of Wilton Park, which focuses on major global challenges, including climate change. She is a Council Member at St George’s Windsor Castle. She is Honorary Associate Professor at Imperial College’s Institute of Global Health Innovation and is a Trustee of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is on the Board of Pensana plc, and chairs its ESG Committee.

    Her first degree was from Oxford University. She gained an MA and PhD in the USA.

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    Julie Godefroy

    CIBSE Head of Net Zero Policy

    Julie is a chartered engineer and has a PhD in low carbon buildings. She works as independent sustainability consultant and as Head of Net Zero Policy for Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), where she leads the work on climate action including, most recently, the UK Net Zero Carbon Buildings Standard. Her projects outside CIBSE include the Building Regulations domestic energy calculation method (SAP), overheating in new and existing homes, and building performance evaluation. She is the author of CIBSE TM40 – Health & Wellbeing in Building Services.

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    Jason de Carteret

    Head of Solarcentury Africa

    Jason leads the Solarcentury Africa team. He has over 10 years of energy experience across a wide range of countries. Prior to joining Solarcentury Africa, Jason worked for a leading emergency power provider for five years on major projects in EMEA. Recognising the growing importance of renewables to the sector, in 2018 he joined Solarcentury, a technology agnostic company that has been delivering multiple PV and Storage projects in challenging regions such as DRC, Eritrea and Nigeria to name a few. Jason brings a strong understanding of both thermal and renewable technologies together with a deep knowledge of the mining industry. His insight and strategic viewpoint is invaluable in helping deliver innovative technical designs that bring significant advancements in reliability and cost savings to the end clients.

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    Anna Burrows

    Founder and CEO of See it, Be it Films Ltd

    Anna is the Founder and CEO of See it, Be it Films Ltd. With 20 years of experience working in TV, Branded Content and Charity campaign films she is pioneering a new way for Employers to reach their future workforce. See it, Be it works with purpose driven companies that want to diversify their pipeline of talent and creates films and lessons around their people, their jobs and their industry so that children can be inspired by people that look and sound like them, doing jobs they don’t know exist.

    Anna is passionate about shining a light on the future of work through film, because despite major changes in the world of work over the last twenty years, the career aspirations of young people have changed very little. Low aspiration leads to a lack of skills and diversity in the pipeline of talent, particularly for careers in Sustainability, Infrastructure and Construction. Anna will be releasing a report in 2023 that highlights the impact that can be made when there is strong ‘connective tissue’ between employers and education.

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    Mina Hasman

    Sustainability Director, SOM & Climate Framework Lead

    Mina Hasman leads SOM’s sustainability and wellbeing operations and long-term vision for achieving excellence in practice. She has experience in a wide variety of projects in Europe, UK, Middle East, and Asia, bringing a greater understanding of the implications for sustainable and equitable design in different climatic, social, and regulatory contexts.

    As a recognised expert in her field, Mina has been elected to, and is actively involved in the UKGBC Board of Trustees, RIBA Council and the Practice & Policy Committee, CAA (as Chair of Practice), LETI Steering Committee, UNEP/GlobalABC’s COP Task Force, CIC Climate Change Committee, WorldGBC Advancing Net Zero Steering Committee and CIBSE Intelligent Buildings (as Vice Chair).

    Mina regularly contributes to the wider climate change debate in her role as tutor at various academic institutions. She is also the author of a new book structured around the Climate Framework topics, the RIBA Climate Guide.

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    Luis Laranjeira

    Grupo Casais

    Luis has been the Commercial Director for industrialized construction at Blufab (Grupo Casais, Portugal) since January 2023. He is responsible for developing the commercial strategy for the off-site and prefabricated elements business. These are new market segments for Grupo Casais, focusing on more sustainable and efficient building processes.
    Over the past 15 years he has worked with international markets, mainly EMEA region, North America and Asia and has held different senior positions within European based companies.

    From 2016 to 2022 he worked as Sales Manager at Wieland Thermal Solutions, helping to develop a new market segment providing more efficient solutions for thermal processes across the Chemical and Petrochemical industries, Oil & Gas industries and Power Generation industries (Geothermal and Nuclear energies).

    From 2009 to 2015, he was the Procurement & Logistics Manager for Sokton Waste Systems in Portugal, responsible for developing and overseeing the global supply chain for and providing more efficient and clean solutions for selective collection of household refuse.

    Luís Laranjeira is a Mechanical Engineer (2007) and holds a Postgraduate degree in International Economics and Management (2014) at University of Porto, Portugal.

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    Sam Stacey

    Chief Executive of Stacx International

    Sam Stacey is a construction industry leader and writer on construction innovation. He has a unique perspective and a deep heritage in the built environment, having served on various boards, including the BRE, Construction Innovation Hub and Active Building Centre, and advised UK government and leading construction companies. He combines technical know-how with degrees from some of the world’s leading universities: in Architecture from the University of Cambridge, Engineering from Imperial College, London and an MBA from Henley Business School. From 2018 to 2022 Sam was Challenge Director for Transforming Construction at UKRI, and is now CEO of Stacx International.

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    Lucienne Mosquera

    Founding Partner of SustainCRE

    Lucienne is the Founding Partner of SustainCRE, a company that supports real estate stakeholders with sustainable transformation projects. With 25 years of experience in corporate finance and international hotel asset management, Lucienne became involved in the development of a sustainable hotel real estate company in Europe, leading her to specialize in supporting real estate lenders, investors, owners, and developers. SustainCRE bridges the gap between the widespread attention given to the impact of climate change on businesses and the lack of practical implementation strategies at asset level, providing a unique, hands-on approach to sustainable building projects. SustainCRE’s solution to addressing technical and economic hurdles presented by transformational change is called “Retrofit-in-a-Box”, which strips out many delivery costs. Lucienne believes an international race is taking shape to grow the companies that will exploit these opportunities and gain market share.

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    Bradley Davidson

    RBS International

    Bradley Davidson was appointed as Climate & ESG Lead for RBS International in 2021. He leads the newly created Climate & ESG team, responsible for the development and implementation of the Bank’s strategy; shaping sustainable outcomes across its jurisdictions and accelerating the transition to net zero.

    Based in London, Bradley started his career on the RBS International graduate scheme and has experience across real estate finance, funds finance, markets and balance sheet management.

    Bradley read Architecture at Newcastle University, with particular focus on sustainable building materials, working at a leading UK architectural practice before moving into finance. He holds the CFA Diploma in Investment Management (ESG) qualification and was selected to be a United Nations Sustainable Development Goal Young Innovator.

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    Philip Valarino

    Senior Leader in the Energy Transition

    Philip has over 18 years energy market experience and has held senior commercial positions working in the UK and across mainland Europe.

    In recent years he has focused on clean-tech propositions to support the energy transition to a net zero carbon future. He led the development of French energy giant EDF’s electric vehicle business line in the UK and latterly helped to develop and launch Macquarie Green Investment Group’s electric vehicle infrastructure business.

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    Guy Stagnetto KC

    TSN Barristers & Solicitors

    Guy Stagnetto’s expertise in the field of construction law in Gibraltar is almost certainly unparalleled. He has advised Government, private developers and bankers on most of Gibraltar’s main developments over the last 20 + years including the Gibraltar Airport Tunnel and the Airport Terminal. His involvement extended to the resulting dispute relating to the tunnel and the ensuing litigation resulted in a successful judgment of the Technology and Construction Court in England in April 2014 in favour of the Government of Gibraltar. He is currently advising in relation to the New Power Station and LNG Plant.

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    Candice Marsh

    AMA Services Ltd

    Candice has worked as a building services engineer for 6 years and in this time has undertaken a Masters in Building Services Engineering with Sustainable Energy. She is a CIBSE Certified Low Carbon Consultant and is passionate about improving Gibraltar’s built environment. Candice is the founder of the Gibraltar Sustainable Buildings Group.

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    Mohammed Echcharqaouy

    PwC UK | Sustainability

    Mohammed is a Manager in PwC UK’s sustainability practice, specialising in Net Zero strategy development and delivery across sectors and geographies. He has particular expertise in the buildings sector, currently supporting the Science Based Targets initiative in the development of target setting guidance for the buildings sector and recently supporting the development of a Net Zero action plan for a major real estate developer, investor and manager.

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    Nicola Hall

    The Careers & Enterprise Company

    Nicola is the national Director of Education for The Careers & Enterprise Company and formerly the headteacher of two secondary schools in the North West of England – one as founding principal of a Studio School and the second an 11-16 inclusive community high school. Her role focusses on raising the quality and impact of careers education across England; elevating the professional status of Careers Leaders through tools, training, and support, developing impact aligned to the Gatsby Benchmarks and the national engagement of all education sectors including primary, secondary, special education, alternative provision and further education and skills. She is driven by the development of a high quality and inclusive careers education offer for all.

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    Gemma Vasquez


    Gemma Vasquez is a Partner at Hassans International Law Firm Limited. A commercial lawyer, Gemma has experience in working across a variety of sectors, most recently in Construction and Shipping. Gemma assisted in drafting the Gibraltar Companies Act, which came into force in Gibraltar in 2014 and the Climate Change Act, which came into force in 2019.

    Gemma has previously chaired the Gibraltar Federation of Small Businesses and led the campaign to remain in the European Union in Gibraltar in 2016. She is currently the Chair of the Traffic Commission, and sits on the Housing Tribunal.

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    Ian Boyd

    Co-director Arc Biodiversity & Climate

    Ian grew up in Birmingham, mad about birds and fossils. He lived and worked on nature reserves around the UK for a decade before settling on the Isle of Wight where he has built a network of environmental and community organisations and worked to secure UNESCO World Biosphere status for the Island.

    Ian has worked in public and private practice, for over two decades he’s been busy combining ecology and community with partners, clients and agencies on projects large and small. His work has given him a distinctive understanding of natural history and great enthusiasm for making space for people and for wildlife.

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    Nigel George

    Co-director Arc Biodiversity & Climate

    Nigel spent 15 years working in zoology before starting the Eccleston George arts collective in 2000. Designing and creating many public and community art projects led to his work with a government flagship education organisation called Creative Partnerships. For the next decade or so, Nigel and his team worked in the public realm with communities including over 40 schools and thousands of students from across the UK to bring creativity and learning.

    In 2013 Ian Boyd and Nigel collaborated on a self-made mixed discipline project called ‘Shelving the Coast’. It was this productive & successful fusion of science & art that led them to launch Artecology R&D in 2015.

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    Paul Passano

    Gamma Architects

    Paul is an Architect based in Gibraltar for over ten years, with a broad range of experience across all work stages. Forming part of, as well as leading cross disciplinary teams on projects ranging from intimate refurbishments to over £100m developments in both private and public sectors. Amongst other projects Paul is currently Project Architect for a large-scale mixed-use residential development of over 300 apartments. Paul is driven to improve our built environment through well considered, collaborative and sustainable design.

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    Anya Sitaram


    Anya Sitaram is a documentary producer, conference host and communications consultant specialising in health, environment and international development. A former television reporter and BBC World news anchor, Anya is a founding director of Rockhopper Media an award winning television and film production company.

    Anya has overseen scores of television documentaries which have run on channels around the world including BBC World News, PBS, Discovery, Nat Geo and Al Jazeera among others.

    Anya has been moderating high level conferences for the European Commission, UN bodies, international NGO’s and leading corporations for the last 15 years on topics including global health and environment, climate, food security, agriculture, science and technology.

    Anya began her career as a BBC trainee before becoming ITN Health and Science Correspondent and later a presenter on the BBC’s flagship science programme Tomorrow’s World.

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    Jonathan Scott


    Jonathan Scott is a journalist at GBC, where he presents Gibraltar Today, a lunchtime news show. He leads the local news conversation every lunchtime, speaking to the people making the headlines. Jonathan is interested in the climate emergency and before becoming a journalist he campaigned for sustainable transport.

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There are still a small number of exhibition spaces available for the Aspire Trade Zone.
If you are interested in taking part in the Aspire Trade Zone, please get in touch for further information and rates.



Friday 9 June 2023
0900 hrs – 19:00 hrs
Sunborn Yacht Hotel, Gibraltar


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