Who are we?

Leadership and advisory board

Founder of Icebreaker One, Gavin Starks has founded, funded and run over a dozen organisations including as CEO of the Open Data Institute, Co-Chair of the Open Banking Standard and CEO of global environmental intelligence company, AMEE.

Baroness Bryony Worthington is the Executive Director for Environmental Defense Fund, Europe. She is a leading expert on climate change and energy policy, and was instrumental to the adoption of the UK Climate Change Act.

Celeste Connors has twenty years of experience working at the intersection of economic, environment, energy, and international development policy. She previously served as the Director for Environment and Climate Change at the National Security Council and National Economic Council in the White House where she helped shape the Administration’s climate and energy policies.

Irene Graham is the CEO of the ScaleUp Institute. She is a former senior banker at Standard Chartered Bank and was the Managing Director at the BBA responsible for Commercial Banking.

Julie Calkins is Head of Risk Information for Climate Adaptation at Climate-KIC. She holds a PhD in Environmental Science, and has worked with the British Antarctic Survey. She acts as an Observer to the group on behalf of Climate KIC.

Volker Buscher is Arup’s Data Leader (Chief Data Officer). He is a member of Arup’s Group Board Digital Executive, with responsibility for developing Arup’s creativity with data at scale and digital innovation across our industries.

Scott Williams is a pioneering systems thinker who enjoys ultramarathon running, a very big picture thinker and doer with 20+ years of professional experience managing and leading teams and delivering complex multi-country, multi-year programs.

The Icebreaker One Constellation

Icebreaker One engages a trusted network of domain experts across Climate, Environment, Finance, Infrastructure and Data (aka ‘CEFID‘).

They include dozens of peer-recommended domain experts in disaster risk modelling, insurance, investment, financial instruments, ecosystems, risk analysis, communications, design innovation, urban infrastructure and systems design. If you would like to get involved, please contact us.

Collectively they are the Icebreaker One Constellation.