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Newcastle Develop Series: The Future of Energy

Newcastle Develop Series: The Future of Energy

Wednesday 23 June 2021, 18:30 - 19:30 (BST)

Save the date for our Newcastle Develop Series event focusing on 'The Future of Energy'.

The Newcastle Develop Series is a professional development event programme aimed at exploring the emerging graduate professions inspiring our early- to mid-career alumni. On the last Wednesday of each month, we will be focusing on a different profession and will be joined by alumni and supporters who are experts in their field for a live discussion and Q&A.

May's event will focus on 'The Future of Energy'

Wednesday 23 June, 18:30 - 19:30 (BST)


Our speakers include:

  • Richard Davies (Host) – Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Global. Richard is a petroleum geologist, who started his career with various postings in the UK and abroad in the oil and gas industry, mainly with ExxonMobil.  He has published around 100 papers and is an expert on fracking. He has held a number of pan-university leadership roles including the founder and first Director of the Durham Energy Institute at Durham University. He later became Dean for Knowledge Exchange and Impact and was responsible for implementing the University's strategy for research impact.
  • Mark Ireland – Lecturer in GeoScience. Dr Mark Ireland has broad interests in GeoEnergy and the role of GeoSciences in decarbonisation of the energy industry.  He spent over 8 years working for BP in a variety of technical roles, working on deep water hydrocarbon exploration evaluations, onshore and offshore well planning and operations, as well as projects including strategies for reducing the GHG footprint of the energy industry and next generation subsurface computing solutions.

  • Joey Aoun – Environmental Designer at Foster+Partners. Joey joined the Environmental Engineering team at Foster + Partners in 2018, and has since worked on large scale infrastructure projects deep-rooted in sustainability principles. Joey’s unique experience shaped his interdisciplinary work approach which draws on insights into architectural studies, urban energy planning and environmental engineering.
  • Kirils Holstovs – Graduate Engineer (Transportation) at AECOM and ICE NE Climate Change Rep. Since his graduation from Newcastle University in 2019 with a Masters in Civil and Structural Engineering, Kirils has been generating and supporting sustainable development and climate action initiatives, both within AECOM and the wider industry. Kirils is a member of AECOM’s Net Zero Resilient Future group which steers the company’s response to climate change and sustainable development in Europe. Kirils has interest in civil infrastructure-related climate policy development and has been selected to represent Latvia at the UN Youth4Climate Pre-COP26 summit in Milan.