Visiting lecturers

Dr Evelyn Dietsche has substantial industry and academic experience in the natural resource sectors. She has led and contributed to many assignments and projects commissioned by mining companies, industry associations, international development agencies and NGOs and contributed to several research projects on the extractive industries. She worked as a development consultant and a sustainability advisor for several organisations, including most recently for BG Group (now a subsidiary of Shell) where she led and contributed to strategic risk assessments, socio-economic impact analyses and a range of corporate social performance and sustainability issues.

She also lectured at the University of Dundee’s Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP), where she taught on the macroeconomic and political-economic challenges of countries that rely on exploiting natural resources and mineral and petroleum taxation. Evelyn is currently an Associate Fellow of Chatham House’s Department of Energy, Environment and Resources. She has a PhD in resource sector governance from CEPMLP and postgraduate degrees in development economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and in public policy and management from the University of Konstanz.

Peter is a leading academic and climate policy practitioner, specialising in how policy works in the real world. He is Director of Policy and Governance at the Energy Institute, University College London, and Editor of Climate Policy Journal.

He started his career in the Civil Service in 1990, working on urban air pollution, climate modelling and energy policy, representing the UK in the EU, OECD and the IEA. He moved into international climate negotiations in 1993 with the Berlin Mandate and the IPCC Second Assessment Report.

In 1996 Peter moved into domestic climate policy and helped write the first UK’s first Climate Change Programme in 1999. He set up the Carbon Trust in 2001, leaving the government in 2002 to become the Trust’s first Director of Government Affairs.

In 2006 Peter became the first Chief Executive of Salix Finance, a public company set up by the government to accelerate investment in energy efficiency projects using innovative recycling loans. In 2008 Peter left Salix to set up his own consultancy company, Policy to Practice Ltd.

Senior Manager, The Carbon Trust

Al-Karim works on a number of technologies, including industrial energy efficiency, offshore wind, aviation biofuels, and smart grid. He leads the Carbon Trust efforts to deploy innovation across industrial sectors to reduce CO2 through deployment of energy efficiency technologies; these projects have identified sector wide savings opportunities averaging 29%. He is currently leading an internal cross-departmental team to leverage Carbon Trust expertise around low carbon cities and technologies to help improve efficiency in urban areas.

Al-Karim has delivered projects in China and Japan that harness the UK’s offshore wind expertise to identify opportunities for cost reduction. He is also developing relationships with supply chain players around aviation biofuels, including airframers, airlines, engine manufacturers and energy producers.

Prior to joining the Carbon Trust, Al-Karim worked as a strategy consultant for A.T. Kearney, where he advised companies in the energy, health and public sectors on operational efficiencies and on change management. He spent his early career in the banking industry, most recently with Bank of America, structuring highly leveraged transactions.

Al-Karim has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Birmingham and MBA from Oxford.


Guy is an experienced economist with an environmental conscience and passion for delivering growth. He is the founder of Trove Research Ltd, a start up to help investors make better decisions in the low carbon economy and non-executive director at Rezatec Ltd to guide product strategy. He also has investments in, and supports, a number of start-ups.

Guy was previously Head of Economics and Commodity Research at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, responsible for managing research products in the power, gas and carbon markets, and long term economic forecasting. He joined New Energy Finance (NEF) in the start-up phase in 2006 to set up New Carbon Finance (NCF) - the business dedicated to analysing the world's carbon markets - now the leading provider of this analysis worldwide. NCF was absorbed into NEF and sold to Bloomberg in December 2009.

Prior to all this, he led the environmental economics and business strategy practice at Enviros Consulting, where he developed new lines of work advising companies and governments on strategies and policies in the energy and environmental sector. In days gone by, Guy cut his professional teeth in a boutique economics consultancy, Ecotec Research and Consulting: smart people who taught the value of quality and that size doesn't always matter.

Richard Lowes is an energy policy researcher with commercial policy experience, currently finishing his EPSRC-funded PhD on the development of sustainable heat policy. He is an expert in UK and EU heat and gas policy and the regulatory environment, and teaches on a number of modules at the University of Exeter covering environmental science and energy policy.

Prior to undertaking his PhD, he was responsible for all Central Government policy and relations at Scotia Gas Networks, a multi-billion pound gas company. The focus of his work was gas policy and the future of the gas network.

He is interested in environmental issues and environmental policy and has experience in energy policy and waste management policy in both a theoretical and applied sense. His primary area of focus is heat and its associated governance. Heat in general is an area which has often been overlooked by both policy makers and researchers but is a major part of the energy system; in the UK around half the energy we use as a country is for heat. He situates his research in the wide field of policy analysis but also considers wider approaches to the transformation of large socio-technical systems (transitions theory).

Germana Canzi has been involved in climate and energy policy since 2001. She is currently Head of Programme and Marketing at Climate Strategies, a global network of senior climate policy researchers, where she coordinates a variety of projects on global coal phase out, climate & trade policy, and other issues.  She has worked in the past as senior analyst, adviser and project manager for a variety of non profit organisations including REEEP – Investing in Clean Energy Markets.

As head of energy policy at Friends of the Earth in 2005-06, she managed a comprehensive research project with leading universities to back up the introduction of the UK Climate Change Act. She previously spent three years in Brussels at the WWF European Policy Office setting up the organisation’s work on energy conservation.

Germana has a background in business journalism. She has written for a variety of publications including Dow Jones Newswires, The Wall Street Journal Europe, Argus Media, and Sun & Wind Energy magazine. She holds a first degree with distinction in Political Science from Milan State University, and an MSc from the London School of Economics in Russian and Post Soviet Studies.

Dr Annie Waqar obtained her PhD in 2014. She has research background and extensive knowledge on various issues related to nuclear security, defence, arms control and international relations along with fluency in four different international languages. She has worked for various thinktanks around the globe, delivered numerous lectures and and conducted workshops in universities in the UK, US and Europe.

Syeda has over 11 years' work experience as a Goodwill ambassador, in over more than 7 countries in South Asia. She has a lot of experience in dealing with the media, social work, education and human rights domains. Syeda joined UNICEF as a goodwill ambassador to Commonwealth countries in 2001 and travelled to 15 countries, promoting peace and working on human rights education.

She continues to produce quality research and policy papers on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, and aims to work with international organisations on issues such as analysis, advocacy and communication in order to increase understanding about how international processes influence individuals, businesses and governments worldwide.

Mark Livingstone is a Director in Navigant’s Global Energy Practice, based in London. He provides strategic and business planning advice, support for key commercial decisions, and analytical expertise to energy companies, governments, regulators, and infrastructure investors. He has considerable experience in the innovation opportunities and commercial challenges involved in smart energy and the major market and regulatory changes involved in the growth of low carbon energy in the UK and internationally.

Mark has global project experience including engagements in the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. This includes work with Ofgem and DECC on Electricity Market Reform (EMR) and Smart Metering, as well as projects for UK energy market participants such as SSE, Centrica, UK Power Networks and National Grid.

Mark holds an MSc in Strategy and Leadership (awarded with distinction) from London Business School, as well as a Bachelor of Engineering (First Class Honours) from Canterbury University of New Zealand.

Dimitris Vantzis is a Managing Consultant in Navigant's Global Energy practice, based in London.

He has significant experience in energy efficiency policy, energy networks regulation and smart grid project implementation and evaluation, having worked on projects for the US Department of Energy and electric power utilities in the US and the UK. Dimitris has also been involved in transformation projects for utilities, providing support to the design of target operating models, the specification of the to-be Enterprise Architecture, and the identification of process improvements.

Dimitris has a Master's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in Greece and a Master's in Engineering Management from Dartmouth College in the USA.

Edward works on Demand Side Response and aggregation as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Smart Energy team at Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). He previously held policy positions at the Welsh and Scottish Governments, and more recently spent four years at Ofgem working in operational roles on the Feed-in Tariff and Renewables Obligation support schemes.

His PhD looked at the changing energy context and environmental impact of hydropower in Scotland and Norway.