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Our festival curators, speakers, demos & performers

THE HEAT will bring alive the optimism of climate-tech — with future-food tastings, product demos, music, art and storytelling. Here are some of the creative minds working on content.

DAVID ROWAN

THE HEAT's head of content

DANIEL SKAVEN RUBEN

THE HEAT's future-food curator

NATHALIE NAHAI

THE HEAT's music curator

LEONORA CHANCE

THE HEAT's art curator

HUGO PAQUIN

THE HEAT's partnership curator

MARIANA MELA

MARTINS

THE HEAT's curator of participants

EMMA SOUTHWELL-

SANDER

THE HEAT's energy-tech curator

KSENIA STARIKOVA

THE HEAT's new-materials curator

TRISTAN COPLEY SMITH

THE HEAT's climate-film curator

PATRICK MEIER

THE HEAT's climate-robotics curator

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Our speakers

There will be no dull panels or over-long keynotes at THE HEAT.
Instead, come and experience short, lively presentations from some of the key people leading the battle to decarbonise our planet.
MORE SPEAKERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED OVER FUTURE WEEKS.

HENRIETTA MOON

CARBO CULTURE

LIZ GILLIGAN

MATERIAL EVOLUTION

DAVID KIM

CYANOCAPTURE

ANNA ALEX

NALA EARTH; PLANETLY

NICK ZUMBÜHL

NALA EARTH

MARTIN WEBER

ONE•FIVE

SIMON MUNDY

FINANCIAL TIMES;

AUTHOR

BEN SAUNDERS

POLAR EXPLORER;

KINTANNA VENTURES

DANNY DORLING

GEOGRAPHER, AUTHOR

PAUL SHEARING

ZERO INSTITUTE

CHRIS GOODALL

AUTHOR, "POSSIBLE"

OLIVER FRANKLIN-WALLIS

AUTHOR, "WASTELAND"

Our product demos

It’s a festival. Not a conference. So prepare to get hands-on at THE HEAT.
MORE DEMOS WILL BE ANNOUNCED OVER FUTURE WEEKS.

CARBON CAPTURE

BY CYANOCAPTURE

OFF-GRID POWER

BY COLD ELECTRIC

ENERGY FROM SPACE

BY SPACE SOLAR

MANGROVE DRONES

BY INVERTO EARTH

100m°C TOKAMAK TOUR

BY TOKAMAK ENERGY

FUSION SHOWCASE

BY PROXIMA + FIRST LIGHT

WEATHER GLIDERS

BY FREEGLIDE

MYCELIUM TENT

BY MAGICAL MUSHROOM CO

OCEAN-FARMING ROBOTS

BY SAMUDRA OCEANS

Our musicians & performers

From drumbeats to DJs, we’ll bring the festival vibe to THE HEAT.
MORE MUSICIANS WILL BE ANNOUNCED OVER FUTURE WEEKS.

DEMBIS THIOUNG

SENEGALESE DRUMMING

HOT POETS

LIV TORC & CHRIS REDMOND

BLANCHE ELLIS

MUSICIAN & ARTIST

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David Rowan

David Rowan is founder of VOYAGERS and chief curator of THE HEAT. He was founding UK editor-in-chief of WIRED and wrote the book “Non-Bullshit Innovation” (Penguin). David also runs the VOYAGERS Climate-Tech Fund.

Daniel Skavén Ruben

Daniel is founder of Solvable Syndicate, founding editor of FoodTech Weekly, operating advisor to Mudcake / Nordic FoodTech VC / Blume Equity, angel investor in 30+ startups, advisor to 15+ food-tech and bio-economy startups, and mentor at accelerators Big Idea Ventures, Katapult and Norrsken.

Nathalie Nahai

Nathalie Nahai is an artist, musician and founder of the Flourishing Futures Salon. Author of the bestselling book, Webs of Influence, she works at the intersection of psychology, technology and the arts.

Leonora Chance

Leonora Chance is a cultural strategist who is head of brand communications at WeTransfer and its commissioning arts arm WePresent. She has spent the past decade working with creatives, brands and institutions on building their reputation and shaping projects across the creative spectrum.

Hugo Paquin

What started off as a marketing career in the corporate world turned into a mission to support climate-tech founders solving what I believe is the most pressing issue of our era: the rapid collapse of our natural world. A large part of my time is devoted to enabling dialogue, fostering collaboration, creating inspiration-inducing, action-triggering events and experiences that I hope will lead to a better tomorrow. Another big part goes to enjoying the here and the now with my wife and two kids, most likely playing outside near our home in Hamburg, Germany.

Mariana Mela Martins

Mariana is the VOYAGERS Community Builder, responsible for building valuable connections between the 3,500+ people in the VOYAGERS community of people working on impactful things in climate tech, health tech and more. Her role includes organising three-day adventure weekends in magical places; local dinner meetups in 24 cities; online workshops and networking; direct introductions between VOYAGERS; and other online and offline activities that build peer support.

Emma Southwell-Sander

Emma oversees the development and management of the Energy Tech Cluster at Harwell, which is supported by the Science Technology Facilities Council at UK Research and Innovation. She has been instrumental in building on the strong foundations of the Cluster with innovative energy-technology companies, UK public bodies, academia and industry to share knowledge, focus on funding streams and concentrate on areas of growth. Key to the Energy Tech Cluster’s success is taking its primary focus and ensuring that across collaboration with a multidisciplinary focus approach is actively supported.

Ksenia Starikova

After some years in design and innovation consulting for global brands and lately transforming the Design Hotels platform into a more conscious business, Ksenia is currently focused on impact and sustainability advisory within looms.world, exploring new ideas of circularity and the role of creativity in climate change.

Tristan Copley Smith

Tristan is an award-winning filmmaker, founder and anthropologist focused on accelerating climate action. He is co-founder of the London-based production company Possible Studio, and has published films and stories with The Guardian, Al-Jazeera and the Huffington Post. Tristan is a Shuttleworth Foundation grant recipient and MIT Innovator Under 35.

Patrick Meier

Dr Patrick Meier leads the Climate Robotics Network and is an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Swiss Institute of Technology (EPFL). He is a 5x founder with 15+ years of leadership experience in humanitarian- and climate-tech. Patrick is also a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and was born and raised in Africa.

Henrietta Moon

Henrietta Moon is the CEO and co-founder of Carbo Culture, drawing down CO2 and storing it in a functional, stable form for thousands of years. Originally from Finland, Henrietta speaks five languages and has lived in four countries.

Tessa Clarke

Tessa is co-founder and CEO of Olio, an app tackling the climate crisis by solving the problem of waste in the home and local community. Olio does this by connecting people with their neighbours so they can give away rather than throw away their spare food and other household items, and lend and borrow instead of buying brand new. They also have over 100,000 volunteers who collect unsold food from local businesses such as Tesco, Iceland and Holland & Barrett, and redistribute it to the community via the Olio app. Eight million people have joined the Olio community to date, and each month over 3 million items are successfully shared.

Liz Gilligan

Dr Liz Gilligan is founder and CEO at Material Evolution. She and the team are working on decarbonising the cement industry at scale using both a hardware and software solution.

David Kim

David is the CEO/founder at CyanoCapture — a climate-tech company using synthetic biology to make industrial-scale CO2 removal affordable worldwide.  The core technology uses genetic engineering to manipulate the photosynthetic machinery found in cyanobacteria to bring down the energy cost of carbon capture below 350 kWh/T CO2.

Anna Alex

Anna Alex is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor dedicated to addressing significant challenges in climate and nature. She recently founded her third company, NALA Earth, which quantifies biodiversity and nature for businesses. Prior to this, she established Planetly and Outfittery. Anna’s Wild&Free Animal Fund supports organisations combating livestock farming.

Irena Spazzapan

Irena leads Systemiq Capital, the climate-tech VC spin-off from the world’s largest pure-play climate advisory firm Systemiq. She built the current team and led most investments in Fund I, including companies like Charm Industrial and Brimstone, which are directly involved with CDR. In 2022, Irena led the spin-out of Systemiq Capital from Systemiq with a launch of Fund II, continuing to back early-stage companies across the UK, EU and North America. The restoration of climate through carbon and methane removal is one of the fund’s focus areas alongside decarbonisation of hard-to-abate sectors, climate biotech and software as a service.

Nick Zumbühl

Nick is one of the co-founders & CEO of Nala Earth, a software platform that enables businesses to make the complex world of nature & biodiversity manageable. Nick is an economist and data scientist who has previously worked at BCG Gamma building net-zero solutions for large financial institutions.

Constantine Louloudis

Constantine is COO of Thaleron, which is building a new mechanical-energy-storage solution that harnesses subsea pressure to dramatically reduce material costs. He previously led operations at Let’s Do This, and before that he competed at the Olympics in rowing, winning a gold medal in Rio 2016.

Martin Weber

Martin is co-founder of one • fıve, an AI-powered packaging innovation platform. Utilising new biomaterials, one • fıve empowers decision-makers at major consumer brands to achieve their ultimate packaging solutions — from pre-development to full-scale industrial production — without compromising performance, affordability or sustainability. Martin is an active seed investor with a portfolio of over 30 companies and several early-stage funds.

Simon Mundy

Simon Mundy is the Moral Money editor at the Financial Times, covering environmental and sustainability issues for the award-winning Moral Money platform and the wider FT. He began his reporting career in Johannesburg, where he covered Southern Africa for the FT before a period writing on the London financial sector. He then spent seven years in Asia, heading the FT bureaux in Seoul and Mumbai, before two years travelling through 26 countries on six continents to research Race for Tomorrow, a book on the global scramble to respond to climate change.

Anastasia Volkova

Anastasia is co-founder and CEO of Regrow Ag, shaping the category of agricultural resilience. She has 10+ years of software experience and more than a decade of experience in academia and business. Anastasia holds a PhD in aerospace engineering and has been named a 2023 UBS Global Visionary, one of BBC’s “Top 100 Women” and is on the TIME100 Next list.

Ben Saunders

The founding partner of Kintanna Ventures, Ben Saunders spent 20 years as a pioneering polar explorer. He is the third person in history to ski solo to both the North and South poles, and holds the world record for the longest ever polar journey on foot.

Danny Dorling

Danny Dorling is a professor in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford. He was previously a professor for a decade at the University of Sheffield, and before then at the University of Leeds. He has also worked as an academic in Newcastle and Bristol. He was born and brought up in Oxford. In 2020 he published “Slowdown: The End of the Great Acceleration—And Why It’s Good for the Planet, the Economy, and Our Lives”; and in 2021, jointly with Annika Koljonen: “Finntopia: What We Can Learn from the World’s Happiest Country”. He slowed down for a year in 2022, and his 2023 book was titled: “Shattered Nation: Inequality, and the Geography of a Failing State”. In 2024 he publishes two books: “Seven Children” and “Peak Injustice”. Danny is a patron of the road-crash charity RoadPeace, of Heeley City Farm in Sheffield, and of the educational campaign group Comprehensive Future. In his spare time, he makes sandcastles on beaches with clean streams and the right kind of sand. He errs towards being optimistic about the future, because his academic work suggests, to him, that this is the most rational stance to take – despite what you may see around you.

Paul Shearing

Paul Shearing is Professor of Sustainable Energy Engineering at the Department of Engineering Science, and director of the ZERO Institute, at Oxford University. He holds the Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Battery Technologies.

Chris Goodall

Chris Goodall, who writes the Carbon Commentary newsletter, is a researcher and author on climate technologies. His latest book, Possible: Ways to Net Zero, lays out how the world can deal with the remaining challenges on the route to full decarbonisation. He is also an investor in climate-tech, with several successful exits (and a couple of stunning failures).

Oliver Franklin-Wallis

Oliver Franklin-Wallis is an award-winning journalist and the author of “Wasteland: The Dirty Truth About What We Throw Away, Where It Goes, And Why It Matters”. His work often covers the environment and technology, and has appeared in The Guardian, The New York Times, WIRED, and British GQ, where he is a features editor.

Dembis Thioung

Dembis Thioung, renowned as a master of the dunduns in West African music, embodies the rich cultural tapestry of Senegal. Born in 1986 to a Serer Griot mother and a Peul/Fula Laube father in Dakar, Dembis was immersed in traditional Senegalese music from a young age. His upbringing alongside his professional dancer mother and drum-maker father laid the foundation for his lifelong passion for percussion. Dembis honed his craft at prestigious cultural centres in Senegal, refining his skills on instruments like the Dundun, Djembe, Sabar, and Asico drums. Embracing his cultural heritage, Dembis is deeply connected to the Senegalese Baye Fall Brotherhood, influenced by the teachings of Cheikh Ahamdou Bamba. Since relocating to the UK in 2010, Dembis has become a sought-after performer and educator. He has collaborated with numerous artists and companies across Europe and the Caribbean, including Irineu Nogueira’s Afro-Brazilian Dance Company and Akomaasa Performing Arts Academy. Additionally, Dembis fosters community engagement through weekly drum and dance circles, creating spaces for connection and spiritual exploration. His versatility extends beyond West African rhythms, as he collaborates with artists worldwide, showcasing his ability to bridge cultural divides through music.

Hot Poets

Hot Poets is an ambitious, award-winning, internationally focused CIC, working to powerfully communicate climate-change science and action through spoken-word poetry. They do this by creating dynamic arts and science collaborations with top climate-change organisations, scientists and world-class artists, including UNFCCC’s Resilience Frontiers, The Met Office, LSE, RSPB, UCL, Southbank Centre, The Gaia Foundation and 3M. Their poems have been viewed, heard or seen over 6 million times, presented at the Southbank, NBC UNIVERSAL, TedXLondon, and COP26, 27 and COP28 in collaboration with the UN. By giving science a story, Hot Poets has positively impacted the work of scientists, farmers and academics across the world.  

Liv Torc is world-shaping, creativity-championing poet, performer, producer and UN consultant, who seeks and delivers creative solutions to the pressing problems of our time. Co-Artistic Director of Hot Poets and producer of the poetry stage at WOMAD, Liv has performed at Glastonbury Festival, UNESCO in Paris, TEDxLondonWomen and R4’s Poetry Please. Her published books include Show Me Life and The Human Emergency. 

Chris Redmond is a writer, musician and multi-artform facilitator. Co-Artistic Director of Hot Poets, founder of Tongue Fu, his career spans 30 years and 20 countries, with collaborators including Kae Tempest, Lemn Sissay, Irvine Welsh and Hollie McNish. His poetry and music has featured on BBC Radio 1-6, ITV, Sky Arts, CBBC, in The Guardian and Independent.

Blanche Ellis

Blanche Ellis is a multidisciplinary artist and musician. With intricate lyrics, folk in her fingers and blues in her voice, Blanche sings mostly in intimate spaces, using music as a way to weave connection and community. “Acapella and harmony, the naked voice and the rhythm of the body, are home.” Blanche has performed her songs from her first home, Camden Town, London, across the UK, USA and Europe, solo and in a variety of musical collaborations. Blanche lives in Barcelona, where she paints, sings and hosts musical gatherings to which all are welcome.

Arno Zimmermann

Growing up in the vibrant culture of post-reunification East Germany, Arno fell in love with electronic music at kindergarten. At high school, he started a daily radio show, DJing and organising parties in Dresden and Berlin. Arno balances his engineering career with his DJing passion, his sound ranging from downtempo electronic and house to trance and rave, tailored to the time and setting. He is known for creating unforgettable experiences in intimate clubs and house parties. Arno draws inspiration from Berlin’s legendary techno clubs, such as RSO, Watergate, Sisyphos and Golden Gate, and infamous park raves or festivals, like Nachti and Fusion, infusing his music with a unique and sustainable energy.

Stuart Goldsmith

Stuart Goldsmith is an internationally award-winning comedian, podcaster, speaker and comedy expert. His TV credits include performing stand-up on Conan, hosted by comedy icon Conan O’Brien. He has performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the New Zealand International Comedy Festival and the prestigious, invitation-only festivals Just For Laughs in Montreal and SXSW in Texas. His 2023 solo stand-up show Spoilers won the prestigious Best Show 2023 at Leicester Comedy Festival and was one of the best-reviewed shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2023, where he played to sellout audiences. The Times praised Stuart’s “excellence” and his “intelligent, well-crafted act” and The List said: “He’s especially, piercingly funny on the hypocrisies we all indulge in.” Stuart performs his climate comedy at eco festivals and at corporate events internationally. The purpose is to engage attendees in the important issue of sustainability and climate change; to send out a call to action and alleviate our collective dread by tackling a very serious subject via a very entertaining medium. He has appeared at high-profile climate festivals including Net Zero Festival and Blue Earth Summit in the UK and GreenBiz in the US. Stuart hosts the internationally renowned “Comedian’s Comedian” podcast, with over 25 million downloads. stuartgoldsmith.com

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