Ian Short

AuthorIan Short

Ian Short recently returned to NZ after spending the last 12 years on innovation in sustainable/ smart cities, urban development and climate change in Europe and before this 15 years in finance in London, New York and Wellington. He is currently working as a senior advisor to a broad range of organisations in these areas, including helping the NZ govt develop plans for the transition to a low emissions economy. Until January 2017 Ian was CEO of Climate-KIC, the world’s largest climate change innovation partnership. Primarily funded by the European Commission, Climate-KIC brings together leading organisations from academia, research, business and the public sector to collaborate in bringing the best solutions to market. Climate-KIC has over 200 partners including Imperial College London, Veolia, ENGIE, Schiphol Airport and many leading European cities. In its’ first five years it has supported hundreds of start-ups, has a student alumnus of 2000+ and has delivered more than €2bn of sustainable innovation activity. Ian was previously Chief Executive of the Institute for Sustainability – an independent charity established to pilot and trial systemic solutions for sustainable cities and communities – and a partner of Climate-KIC. Previously, Ian was Deputy Chief Executive at the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation (LTGDC), a public/private regeneration agency in east London, which he helped establish in 2005.

Rising Emissions, a Collective Opportunity

A report released today by Stats NZ and the Ministry for the Environment identified that climate change is already having a massive negative impact on New Zealand and this will get worse. The report states that 2016 was the warmest year on record, New Zealand’s annual average temperature has increased by 1 degree Celsius since 1909 and our glaciers have lost a quarter of their volume since...

Time for a System Upgrade

The wonder solution to the massive climate, population and resource challenges? Expanding your view and joining things up. It may sound glib but there is a rapidly increasing focus in New Zealand, and globally, on taking a systems approach to many of life’s biggest problems and turning them into opportunities: moving from viewing things in isolation or in silos and looking at the bigger picture...

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