About this podcast
The world we’ll be faced with tomorrow demands big ideas today. In Jacobs’ series of interviews with some of today’s leading industry and academic problem solvers, we discuss the Ifs and Whens of disruption - those phenomena with the potential to unsettle the status quo, as well as those now imminent and emerging.
About this podcast
The world we’ll be faced with tomorrow demands big ideas today. In Jacobs’ series of interviews with some of today’s leading industry and academic problem solvers, we discuss the Ifs and Whens of disruption - those phenomena with the potential to unsettle the status quo, as well as those now imminent and emerging.
Decarbonization: Demystifying the Drive to Net Zero
Jens Nielsen, founder and CEO of the World Climate Foundation, is a global executive based in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has worked in more than 20 countries performing strategy work for some of the largest corporations in the world. Jens is the chairman of World Climate Foundation, an impact oriented, not-for-profit organization that focuses on accelerating a resource-efficient economy through meaningful cross-sector partnerships and focused sustainability investments. For over a decade facilitating collaboration between businesses, governments, financial institutions and civil society on formulating and designing markets and solutions for a clean and net-zero economy. World Climate Foundation is hosting several impact platforms such as the World Climate Forum, the Climate Investment Coalition and the World Biodiversity Summit. Zoe Haseman is Vice President, Global Sustainability with Jacobs and leads the sustainability and ESG strategy direction and delivery for the company. She has 20 years’ international experience as a sustainability executive, working across both public, private and start-up sectors. Since re-joining Jacobs in 2018, Zoe has led the creation of Jacobs first global sustainability strategy – PlanBeyond, as well as its ambitious Climate Action Plan. Jacobs is now a carbon neutral company and uses 100% renewable for its operations and business travel with a commitment to be carbon negative by 2030. In 2020, Jacobs was included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index – North America for the first time. Zoe is a member of the UK Business in the Community Net Zero Taskforce and sits on the Senior Advisory Group for the World Economic Forum’s Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders. Pete Adams, Vice President and Market Director, leads Jacobs Power and Energy market with a focus on achieving the businesses objective of servicing the global energy transition. He is now based back in the UK following 20 years of growing the Jacobs business and servicing clients in the global theatre. This experience has seen him work in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific. He has experience in the development of both thermal and renewable generation projects and their associated transmission and substation infrastructure. His experience also covers operation and maintenance of process based industrial plants and power stations. Pete’s experience includes project management for several large-scale delivery projects in Australia and South East Asia. In the first part of his career he worked for both private sector business developing power infrastructure and a regulated networks business which has seen him gain experience with systems, processes, and tools to allow for successful outcomes on capital projects as well as regulatory reviews and investment decisions.
Clean Drinking Water: Water We Doing for People?
Eleanor Allen is a world-leading water expert dedicated to helping billions of people access safe and sustainable water and sanitation services needed to save lives, stay healthy, find jobs, and thrive. Eleanor is fiercely passionate about improving the state of the world with respect to water and sanitation. She has dedicated her career to this goal, first as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic, then as a consulting engineer (at CH2M/Jacobs and Arcadis), and now as the CEO of Water For People. As a professional civil engineer, Eleanor has lived and worked all over the world. As a business executive with extensive experience in water, she has led large global and regional operations in consulting, project management, program management, business development, and engineering. Eleanor believes societal change can be accelerated through social entrepreneurship and the efforts of organizations like Water For People. Dr. Russell Ford is currently the Global Director for Drinking Water and Reuse Solutions for Jacobs. He has dedicated his 30+ year career to protecting public health and safety by advancing the field of drinking water treatment. His drinking water industry knowledge is acquired from his utility, consulting and academic experience. His experience covers a wide range of treatment processes design, treatability testing and treatment plant startups. He has a Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering from Syracuse University and Master and PhD degrees in Environmental Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. He is an AWWA Fuller Awardee. Dr. Ford is a licensed professional engineer and a board certified environmental engineer.
Biomimicry: Designing Great Solutions, Naturally
Nicole Hagerman Miller serves as the Managing Director of Biomimicry 3.8, a certified BCorp and social enterprise dedicated to helping change-makers create a more sustainable world by emulating nature’s designs and core principles. Since joining the company in 2012 Nicole’s leadership has played a pivotal role in the growth and success of the company’s core services. Nicole’s background in Corporate Sustainability and global supply chain development support her work to bring biological intelligence-based innovation solutions to a wide range of global clients dedicated to innovation and sustainability. As managing director, she also drives internal strategy, projects and initiatives that support the legacy of Biomimicry 3.8, with her primary goal to create a 100-year company. Monte Wilson is the Global Vice President and the Global Market Director for the Built Environment at Jacobs. Monte is responsible for partnering across the business to create an integrated strategy for Architecture, Interiors, Building Systems, and Cities and Places. He operates at the intersection of strategy, design, technology, sustainability and resilience on projects at every scale. Monte’s diverse experience and passion allows him to engage with clients at a strategic level in the delivery of innovative planning and design solutions. His specific areas of expertise include city-scale sustainability and applying systems thinking to a range of projects including urban regeneration, mixed-use/transit-oriented development as well as university, research and corporate campus master plans. Chris Allen is a Senior Consultant in the Advance Planning Group (APG) at Jacobs. With 30+ years consulting experience, he works with teams to integrate sustainability and resilience into business planning and design for a range of private and public sector clients all around the globe. Guided by strategic thinking and an interactive process, Chris specializes in working with clients and team to drive innovative outcomes that create new business and social value. He serves as the Jacobs strategic alliance liaison to Biomimicry 3.8 for ecologically aligned regenerative design and development.
Nuclear Fusion: The Power of the Future
Ian Chapman, CEO of UK Atomic Energy Authority Ian Chapman became CEO of the UK Atomic Energy Authority and Director of the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy in October 2016. He has held a number of international roles in fusion, including membership of the Princeton Plasma Physics Advisory board, the Chinese Academy of Sciences Plasma Physics advisory board and chairing the IAEA International Fusion Research Committee. His research has been recognized with a number of international awards, including the Institute of Physics Paterson Medal in 2013, the European Physical Society Early Career Prize in 2014, the American Physical Society Stix Award in 2017 and the Royal Society Kavli Medal in 2019. He was made a Fellow of the Institute of Physics in 2013 and became a visiting Professor at Durham University in 2015. Clive White, Senior Vice President, CMS-I Clive White is Senior Vice President for Jacobs Critical Mission Solutions International business unit which employs c5,000 people in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Australia. Clive is a physicist by training and has worked in the defense and nuclear industries. His early career was in safety case engineering, engineering management and project management. The majority of his career has been in leading businesses, including driving strong growth through businesses and setting strategy and strong direction. Prior to his current role, he held a number of executive positions within Wood, Amec Foster Wheeler and was previously a director of National Nuclear Corporation Ltd, the company responsible for designing and supporting all of the nuclear reactors built in the UK. Clive is a non-executive director of the Nuclear Industry Association and the National Skills Academy Nuclear. At the request of the UK Government, he also sits on the Nuclear Industry Council.
A Better Way: Delivery of Major Public Infrastructure Programs
For more information on this topic, please see the white paper available to download on Jacobs.com/industry-insights. Donald Morrison is People & Places Solutions Senior Vice President Europe and Digital Strategies at Jacobs and leads over 8,000 people in the delivery of critical buildings, power, transport, water and environmental projects. In his 28 years at Jacobs Donald has enjoyed a variety of experiences and successes alongside enthusiastic teams and inspirational leaders. He is passionate about people and strives to develop an environment where everyone can unleash their potential by leveraging the strengths and diversity of individuals and teams to deliver solutions that challenge the norm. A Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Donald believes there could always be a better way and empowers his teams to look at challenges from a different perspective. He endeavors to build inclusive and diverse teams that deliver with integrity and do the right thing for clients, communities and each other. Bryan Harvey leads Jacobs’ global program management business across the People and Places Solutions business line, which includes some of the most iconic projects globally, with combined infrastructure investment in excess of $200bn. With nearly three decades of multi sector global experience, in solving some of the world’s greatest challenges, Bryan has unique insight into major infrastructure delivery, funding opportunities and risk management. He is an advocate for future infrastructure delivery models that focus collaborative effort on balancing the needs of society, with the challenges of climate change, urbanization and population growth. His particular interest in sustainable blended infrastructure solutions, is one that he believes offers maximum opportunity to bring together public and private investors. Bryan’s technical background commenced in the water sector with successful delivery of Irrigation, Hydro Power, Flood Risk Management and water resource projects, before widening into cross sector and transportation solutions. In addition to his Master of Engineering degree from the University of Southampton, Bryan also holds a MBA in Global Entrepreneurship from The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
Cloud Condos: Co-location for Hyperscale
Kenneth J. Kutsmeda, PE, LEED® AP is the Global Technology Leader for Jacobs Mission Critical. Over the past 22 years, Ken has built a catalogue of over one million square feet of completed data centers for numerous commercial, federal, co-location and cloud providers. He has focused his career on adapting the latest technologies to electrical system design for mission critical facilities across the globe. He is responsible for developing, engineering, designing and commissioning critical power distribution systems. His expertise has given him the opportunity to present and publish articles on mission critical power distribution systems, and he is currently a member of Consulting-Specifying Engineer editorial advisory board. Ken is a graduate of Drexel University. Paul G. D’Onofrio, AIA, LEED® AP is the Global Program Architect for the Jacobs Mission Critical Design Group. With more than 25 years in architectural practice, Paul has worked on a wide range of different building types and project scopes including data centers. For the past seven years, he has focused on the research & development, masterplanning, design, and the construction administration of large hyperscale data center campus projects in regions around the world, including projects in the US, EMEA, APAC and LATAM. He especially enjoys collaborating with the engineering disciplines and hyperscale clients in fostering the evolution of current data center technologies, and pursuing the development of new and innovative design concepts for the cloud data center market. Originally from Long Island, Paul is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York and has lived in Philadelphia for the past 26 years. David Seger is a Senior Mechanical Engineer, Mission Critical Technologist with Jacobs’ Advanced Facilities group. With over 35 years of operations and design engineering experience in the U.S. and internationally, clients turn to David for his expertise in mission critical facilities. He is experienced in semiconductor plant operations and has executed design projects for various critical mission industries including major data centers, high performance compute facilities, and microelectronic semiconductor and lithium ion battery manufacturing facilities. His facility design experience includes multiple configurations of critical environment airflow management systems for cleanrooms and data centers, central plant systems, general HVAC systems, process and general exhaust systems, and plumbing and fire protection systems. He has developed innovative design solutions for data centers that utilize direct and indirect air-side economizers, water-side economizers, high and low-temperature chilled water systems, heat recovery systems, and thermal energy storage systems.
Overcoming Adversity: Going the Distance
Lieutenant Hugo Mitchell-Heggs joined the Royal Navy as an Officer after completing his Mechanical Engineering Masters at the University of Sheffield. After an intensive training and academic curriculum, he qualified as a Nuclear Reactor supervisor, serving on Vanguard Class Submarines. He says he has been truly fortunate to have led and worked with teams of highly trained technicians and operators in particularly challenging operational conditions. He has always enjoyed pushing himself physically and feels fortunate to have had a career which has encouraged this endeavour; be it indoor rowing competitions whilst deployed on operations, competing at Ironman 70.3 events or representing the Royal Navy at the International Defence Forces Rugby World Cup in Australia. He claims as his sporting highlight was being selected to sing the UK national anthem before playing the Army in 2012 in front of a packed Twickenham stadium. Tom Parsons, BeyondZero Culture Manager Europe, Jacobs Engineering - A Chartered Engineer with expertise in leading teams in successful project delivery since 2012, Tom has held lead roles in delivered major infrastructure projects in the UK and Ireland and is passionate about working with high-performance teams. Tom moved into the area of safety, wellbeing and culture following completion of a Master’s degree in professional leadership in 2018. Tom believes the wellbeing of people is fundamental to Jacobs success. Tom’s new remit is leading Jacobs BeyondZero culture of caring in Europe, but he also brings a unique experience through his high-performance background in sport, playing with the Mayo Senior football team since 2008, and he speaks from experience with respect to team culture, resilience and performance.
2020 Holiday Message - Thanks for Listening and Stay Tuned
We're wishing you and yours a very happy holiday season as we close out 2020. We’re very grateful for all the fantastic guests who have been on our show this year, and we’re looking forward to continuing to bring you insightful content in 2021.
Cybersecurity: Systems, Sensors and Strategy
This episode originally aired as a videocast which can be seen here. Susan Howard is an Industrial Control Systems Senior Cybersecurity Consultant for Jacobs with a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification and an M.S. in telecommunications engineering and cybersecurity from UC Boulder. Her current work includes governance, risk, and compliance for control systems cybersecurity, vulnerability assessments, and cybersecurity and telecommunications design consulting. Her work supports multiple sectors including water, wastewater, transportation, electric utilities, building automation, data center automation, and others. Industries she supports include private sector clients such as Intel and Microsoft, municipal and state water and transportation agencies, and Department of Defense clients including the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the Naval Facilities Engineering Command. Her Master’s and Doctoral research is focused in securing Dedicated Short-Range Communication modalities for use in Autonomous and Connected Vehicles. With 30 years of experience in the Information Technology industry, Dean Hullings provides strategic recommendations and guidance to the Forescout Public Sector account management team, connecting engagements and initiatives to maximize team productivity. Before joining Forescout, Dean spent 26 years in the US Air Force as a communications and cyber officer, serving in various leadership positions for Air Force and Joint Commands. Dean has a BS in Computer and Information Science from the University of Delaware and three master’s degrees in Public Administration, Military Operations and National Security and Strategic Studies. At Jacobs, Eric Conway directed investment, research and development of advanced cybersecurity solutions for customers in the Department of Defense, Intelligence Community and Federal Civilian market. He was a lead solutions architect, designing systems and products within the Jacobs Cyber core capabilities of cyber analytics, cyber operations, and cyber readiness. Mr. Conway oversaw Jacobs Cyber solution labs that develop security products that focus on cybersecurity assessment, monitoring, analytics, compliance, and training. He is a Principal Investigator (PI) for Defense Advanced Research Program Agency (DARPA) on programs developing next-generation cybersecurity solutions. Prior to Jacobs, Mr. Conway spent 20 years as a systems and software engineer in the Intelligence Community, developing cyber capabilities, analytical systems and enterprise software to support U.S. intelligence and security efforts.
US Health Service: Post-COVID-19
This episode originally aired as a videocast which can be seen here. Dina Salvaggio, RN is Jacobs Principal of Healthcare Consulting, APG. She has over 30 years’ experience as a healthcare leader, Registered Nurse and Principal/Consultant, and she is experienced in identifying, developing, implementing and leading teams, programs and processes. Dina has worked as a leader in the clinical settings, at a health system corporate level, within managed care, and in medical supply distribution, sales and consulting. Her focus is on streamlining functions, reducing cost (operational and capital) and ensuring that optimal clinical processes as well as the support services are incorporated into facility designs and operational systems. In addition, Dina has supported health systems with emergency response, mitigation and resiliency. Donn Sorensen is Executive Vice President of Operations at Mercy Health Ministry. He is responsible for Mercy’s strategy, growth and operations, and he works closely with regional hospital and Clinic presidents to guide planning and achievement of regional and Mercy-wide goals. He’s been with Mercy since 2000 and has more than 25 years of health care experience. Mercy, the fifth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S., serves millions annually. Recently named one of the 15 Top Health Systems in the U.S. by Truven Health Analytics, Mercy ranks in the top five for large health systems. Sorensen is active on several boards and civic organizations, and he is the author of the book, Big-Hearted Leadership: Five Keys to Create Success Through Compassion.
Innovation as a Service: Incubating and Scaling Ideas
Kate Willison, Global Innovation Lead at Jacobs, seeks to promote a culture of innovation at all levels within the business. She helps connect the dots - between ideas, people, teams, clients, partners, technologies, challenges and opportunities - and enable innovation to flourish. In this role Kate helps shape strategy, deliver global innovation initiatives, lead innovation investment projects, engage in internal and external marketing and communications and act as an overall champion for innovation. An accomplished spatial and digital consultant with over 11 years of experience in the engineering, construction and professional services industry, Kate is an experienced project manager who has led both technical projects and global strategic initiatives. She has worked on a range of international projects in the Middle East, Asia Pacific, Africa and Europe and have gained a wealth of experience in the oil & gas, mining, environmental, infrastructure, transport and renewables sectors. As a chartered GIS professional - CGeog(GIS), Kate is highly experienced in the application of GIS and remote sensing to support multidisciplinary projects. Matt Stewart is a senior business designer at Board of Innovation. He’s led design and innovation projects in over 20 countries, and worked for some of the world’s biggest and most well known innovative companies, including IKEA, Levi’s, Unilever and of course, Jacobs. In his spare time he starts companies (lifesprint.me), social projects and art festivals. He’s also fascinated by the topic of widespread loneliness and an advocate for swimmable urban rivers.
Nursing Home Design and COVID-19: Balancing Infection Control, Quality of Life and Resilience
Click here to download a copy of the white paper. Diana Anderson, MD, M.Arch, is a healthcare architect and a board-certified internist. She completed her medical residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center. As a “dochitect”, Dr. Anderson combines educational and professional experience in both medicine and architecture. She has worked on hospital design projects globally and is widely published in both architectural and medical journals, books and the popular press. She is a frequent speaker about the impacts of healthcare design on patient outcomes, staff satisfaction, and related topics. A Co-Founder of the Clinicians for Design group, this international network of leaders seeks to inspire and accelerate the design of environments and systems. She recently completed a geriatric medicine fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. Alongside her work at Jacobs, Dr. Anderson is now pursuing a research fellowship in geriatric neurology at the VA Boston Healthcare System. Having trained in Dublin and Bristol, Professor Desmond O’Neill is a consultant geriatrician at Tallaght University Hospital, chair of the National Centre for Arts and Health, and co-chair of Medical and Health Humanities in TCD. His research interests cover neuroscience, ageing and the humanities, and in terms of dementia have covered a range from driving with dementia, neuro-imaging and policy, to engaging with the arts to augment quality of life in dementia. With over 500 peer-reviewed publications, he has been the co-PI of the Irish National Audits of Stroke and Dementia Care, and led out on a range of policies relevant to ageing and dementia such as the national policy on elder abuse. His international profile includes presidency of the European Geriatric Medicine Society and he is the current chair of the Humanities and Arts Committee of the Gerontological Society of America. He has been honoured with the All-Ireland Inspirational Life Award in 2010 for services to older people, the Joseph T Freeman Award of the Gerontological Society of America. Thomas Grey, Dip.Arch.B.Arch.Sci.MArch - Research Fellow, TrinityHaus, TCD, graduated from DIT Bolton Street in 1998 with an honours degree in Architecture. He moved to New Zealand in 2003 to complete a two-year Masters (Sustainability of the Built Environment) at the University of Auckland. With over 10 years in architectural practice working on projects in Ireland, the UK, Croatia, the US and NZ, Tom joined TrinityHaus Research Centre in TCD as a Research Fellow in 2009. Since then he has undertaken a variety of urban design and building design research projects examining how people-friendly design, architecture, and urbanism can support human performance, health, well-being and social participation. Much of this research focuses on age friendly and dementia attuned environments, and is underpinned by Universal Design and participatory design processes. Current projects include research and recommendations for the design of long-term residential care settings, design guidelines for Dementia Friendly Hospitals from a Universal Design Approach, the development of a Dementia Friendly Design Audit Tool, research into age-friendly housing.
Deep Space Exploration: Proving What's Possible
Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar is President and CEO of the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration, an industry trade group supporting human exploration, science, commerce, and American leadership in space. Under her leadership the Coalition has grown from 5 companies to more than 70 over the past four years and is a recognized source for policy, technical and business information in the aerospace and defense sector. Earlier in her career Dr. Dittmar managed the mission operations group for The Boeing Company on the International Space Station Program. Later, she acted as a special advisor to the NASA Astronaut Office before her appointment as Boeing Chief Scientist for Commercial Utilization of the ISS. More recently she was Senior Policy Advisor to International Space Station National Laboratory. She has also served as a senior advisor to NASA, the DoD, and the FAA. Mary Lynne is a Fellow of the National Research Society and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute for Astronautics and Aeronautics. Dr. Joy Kelly is Vice President and General Manager of the Jacobs Clear Lake Group which provides design, development, and testing of spacecraft and associated systems for human spaceflight and astromaterials curation and basic research at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC). Joy also serves on Jacobs Innovation Roundtable, a global council with responsibility to facilitate innovative work cultures throughout the company. From 2008 – 2019 Dr. Kelly served as Deputy General Manager of the Clear Lake Group. From 2004 to 2008, she served as the ESC Group’s Director of Engineering and Chief Engineer on the contract, supporting the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station programs. Joy was previously Technical Fellow in Guidance, Navigation, and Control on the Technical and Engineering Acquisition Support (TEAS) contract at Eglin AFB. In this role, she served as the senior focal point for guidance, navigation, and control on major development and mission-critical programs. Her work during this tenure redefined critical bank-to-turn autopilot design strategies for future missile systems design and provided advanced robustness analysis approaches for a wide range of weapons systems.
Infectious Diseases: Emergency Preparedness and Health System Resilience
This episode originally aired as a videocast which can be seen here. Dr. Nino Kharaishvili, a global expert in health security and health system emergency preparedness and resilience, serves as the Principal of the Health System Resilience practice for Jacobs. She has more than 15 years of healthcare systems consulting experience supporting the U.S. Department of Defense, and most recently the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Biological Threat Reduction Program, which focuses on especially dangerous pathogen and infectious disease surveillance, biosafety and biosecurity. Nino also has specific expertise in defining pathways for healthcare system sustainability and resilience, as well as designing and implementing various emergency management exercises aimed at improving public health emergency preparedness and response. Dr. David Franz served in the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command for over two decades on active duty and retired as Colonel. He served as Commander of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases and as Deputy Commander of the Medical Research and Materiel Command. David was also Chief Inspector on three United Nations Special Commission biological warfare inspection missions to Iraq. He also served as a member of the first two U.S.-U.K. teams that visited Russia in support of the Trilateral Joint Statement on Biological Weapons and as a member of the Trilateral Experts’ Committee for biological weapons negotiations. The current focus of his activities relates to the role of international engagement in public health and the life sciences as a component of global security policy.
Safe Buildings: Maintaining Occupant Health After Long-Term Closures
In this episode, Jesus Garcia Aleman, Jacobs Global Surface Water Technology Leader, and Charles Funk, Jacobs Global Building Systems Solutions Director, spoke with If/When host Paul Thies about both water and air quality issues within buildings - a topic not only relevant to building owners and property managers, but to returning occupants. This episode originally aired as a videocast which can be seen here.
Resilience: Not Business as Usual
Bob Pragada, Jacobs president and chief operating officer, joined the company in 2006, holding several senior management positions over nine years. He returned to Jacobs in 2016 after serving as President and CEO of the Brock Group, one of the largest providers of industrial services in North America. After graduating from the United States Naval Academy, he began his career in the Navy as a Civil Engineer Corps and Seabees officer, providing base engineering, construction and maintenance services and international contingency operations, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He also earned a Master of Science in engineering and management from Stanford University. With a technical background in Biology, Jacobs Vice President, Global Solutions & Technology Chrissy Thom was always drawn to science as a means of service, the art of the possible in how we create a better world. As a leader, she focuses on serving and connecting with people and how we can ignite solutions that inspire. Key focus areas include: technical career development and leadership, inclusion and diversity, leveraging global connectivity, innovation, growth and sales, and delighting clients with excellent delivery experiences. With a variety of roles throughout her career, she has excelled at helping clients solve their toughest infrastructure problems by assimilating results across multi-disciplinary teams.
Hydrogen Hurdles: Breaking Down Commercial Barriers to a Decarbonized Future
Michelle Freund is a is a senior economist in Jacobs’ ANZ Strategic Advisory Group. She started her career at the Department of Treasury and Financial, advising on climate change, environmental services and water management policies. She joined Jacobs (then Sinclair Knight Merz) in 2008 and has since developed expertise in business case development and economic appraisals across a range a range of sectors. Her most recent work has been focussed on the water sector, undertaking options appraisals for policy or investment decisions responding to water security and reliability requirements, water quality risk, flooding risk, and environmental water savings objectives. Originally from California, Henry Swisher (Strategic Consultant, Energy Markets - Jacobs)is a Sydney-based strategic consultant with a background in renewable energy finance and policy strategy. He has extensive experience modelling electricity markets to provide investment advice, due diligence, policy impact analysis and has conducted numerous feasibility studies and financial models for a wide variety of energy-related projects. These have included hydrogen, large-scale solar, wind, battery storage, geothermal, bioenergy, gas turbines, and transmission infrastructure. These studies have frequently informed business cases for a broad range of projects and assets. Henry also has experience with hydrogen strategy development and is a co-author of both Jacobs’ hydrogen papers. Over the past 15 years, Simon Prunster (Energy & Emissions Specialist at Yarra Valley Water) has worked in the Australian energy industry in a diverse range of roles, from consulting for some of Australia’s largest commercial and industrial energy users in energy and carbon markets to developing a niche electricity management / retail service offering to medium sized commercial businesses. In his current role, Simon provides strategic direction and the implementation of renewable energy and emissions reduction policies, programs and projects for Yarra Valley Water (including their award-winning waste-to-energy project ‘ReWaste’) and also the wider Victorian water industry.
Data Privacy: Who's Watching You?
Michelle Finneran Dennedy currently serves as Board member and advisor to data centric and privacy enhancing technology organizations. She was most recently Chief Executive Officer at Drumwave and remains active on the advisory board. Before working at Drumwave, Michelle was a VP and Chief Privacy Officer at Cisco. She was responsible for the development and implementation of the organization's data privacy policies and practices, working across business groups to drive data privacy excellence across the security continuum. Michelle has also served as Chief Privacy Officer for McAfee/ Intel and Vice President for Security & Privacy Solutions for the Oracle Corporation. Before the Oracle acquisition of Sun, Michelle was Chief Data Governance Officer within the Cloud Computing division at Sun Microsystems, Inc. Michelle also served as Sun’s first Chief Privacy Officer. Darrell Collett has over 20 years of legal experience, including 10 years in private practice as a commercial litigator and 13 years as in-house counsel with Jacobs. While at Jacobs, Darrell has provided operations counsel support for the water and O&M businesses, and worked as compliance counsel in the Ethics & Compliance department. Currently, Darrell provides general corporate legal services related to intellectual property, cybersecurity and data privacy in his role as Jacobs’ Global Privacy Officer.
Sustainable Urban Development: Creating Better Places to Live
Kari Aina Eik is the Secretary General of the OiER – Organization for International Economic Relations, based in Vienna, Austria. OiER is a global business platform facilitating cooperation between enterprises, investors, governments, international organizations and funding institutions, www.oier.pro. Focus of the work is also to initiate business partnerships for development within areas of urban development/smart cities, energy, mobility, health, education and environment. Kari Aina Eik has previously worked 15 years for the United Nations as Advisor for multi-national and multi-stakeholder program development, fund mobilization and strategic communication initiatives. Kate Kenny, Vice President, Head of Sector - Cities and Places, leads Jacobs’ Cities & Places business in Europe. Jacobs is tackling some of the toughest challenges in the built environment, embracing innovation to redefine a more connected, sustainable and inclusive future for communities. Whether it’s improving mobility and connectivity, or safeguarding the environment, Kate and her team are devising, designing and delivering solutions for cities and communities of the future. Kate’s team offers multi-scalar and integrated solutions across the built environment: including urban development, masterplanning, transport planning, architecture, structures and civils, building services and interior design.
Contact Tracing: Safety, Security and Privacy
In this episode of If/When we spoke with Sean Sommer, Jacobs Vice President, Advanced Facilities; Dennis Miller, Jacobs Division Vice President - Advanced Connected Enterprise Solutions; and Micah Krider, ion Project Manager to better understand how the Jacobs ion platform is being leveraged to promote greater worksite safety.