Dr Gabrielle Walker

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Strategist

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Synopsis

Writer, strategist and consultant Gabrielle considers the inter-connected scientific, technological, economic and also political aspects of climate change. She looks at how areas including sustainability, the circular economy and energy affect investment, reputation and long-term risk. Having witnessed and studied climate change first-hand she remains optimistic about human endeavours to reverse or reduce the damage done with planning, open conversations and fresh thinking.

Biography

Gabrielle Walker is a strategist and writer who works with businesses to address global challenges, with a particular focus on sustainability, climate change and new energy. She is the founder and director of Valence Solutions, a consultancy that works with senior business figures across sectors to reimagine and practically tackle climate change issues, in particular those that are most difficult or most often overlooked. Throughout her work Gabrielle analyses trends, challenges conventional thinking, and seeks to turn ideas into meaningful action.

As a consultant and strategist Gabrielle advises businesses around the world on areas including future investment, manufacturing and the circular economy, and the impact strategy in these sectors can have on public and employee perceptions. Touching on themes including leadership, engagement, risk and strategy she highlights instances of short-termism and misunderstanding and encourages long-term planning, open conversations and fresh thinking.

Amongst many appointments Gabrielle has taught at both Cambridge and Princeton Universities, and served as Climate Change Editor and Nature and Features Editor at the New Scientist. She is an ambassador for the collaborative environmental law charity ClientEarth, and she has presented programmes for BBC TV and radio, taking her to all seven continents to see how the world works and how it is changing. She has also written for, amongst others, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

Gabrielle has published four books, including co-authoring the bestselling The Hot Topic - How to Avoid Global Warming and Still Keep the Lights On. The book separates out the hype, the dogma and the agendas to look at the realities of, and potential solutions to climate change. It was described by Al Gore as “a beacon of clarity” and by The Times as “a material gain for the axis of good”.

Gabrielle’s work has seen her make over a dozen trips to both North and South poles. She has also climbed trees in the Amazon, been sneezed on by a whale, extracted lava from an active volcano, swum amongst piranhas, and experienced zero gravity.

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