Professor Gordon Clark, Emeritus Professor, University of Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment
Professor Gordon L Clark DSc (Oxon) FBA is a Senior Consultant and Emeritus Professor at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment with cross-appointments in the Said Business School and the School of Geography and the Environment at Oxford University. He holds a Professorial Fellowship at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. He is as well, Sir Louis Matheson Distinguished Visiting Professor at Monash University’s Faculty of Business and Economics (Melbourne) and a Visiting Professor at Stanford University. Previous academic appointments have been at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Law School (Senior Research Associate), the University of Chicago, Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz School and Monash University. Other honours include being Andrew Mellon Fellow at the US National Academy of Sciences and Visiting Scholar Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst at the University of Marburg. His research areas of focus include the impact of geo-spatial technology on corporate environmental management and the relationships between financial markets and corporate responsibility in driving the long-term environmental decision-making of corporations.
Adrian Norris, Project Manager of Savant geospatial analysis product and Vivid-I Constellation, Earth-i
Adrian took a central role in the founding of Earth-I and currently oversees the development of Savant in the joint venture with Marex Spectron. He is responsible for the development, launch and operation of the Vivid-i Constellation and Earth-i’s ground station network. Adrian was previously a Director of Farnborough Aircraft Corporation Ltd., and a Director and co-founder of Kestrel Aircraft Company in the United States. Before that he was a member of the Executive Board of TNT Express, leading global change programmes to standardise business processes and information systems. Adrian has a degree in Chemistry from York University, and is a Sloan Fellow of the London Business School with an MSc in Management.
Piers Montgomery, Managing Director, APAC, DecisionNext
Piers is Managing Director Asia Pacific for DecisionNext, a leading SaaS platform providing prescriptive analytics solutions to commodity sales, trading and pricing teams. DecisionNext specialises in allowing users to interact with fully transparent machine learning models so they can simulate market scenarios and make realtime, risk aware decisions. Prior to joining DecisionNext he spent five years at Anglo-American managing teams in market intelligence and commercial strategy where he took a leading role in the implementation of new analytical approaches based on digital technologies. Piers previously worked in Societe Generale’s LME hedging team in both Sydney and London, having started his career in the gas derivatives markets working for Poten & Partners. Piers holds Masters Degrees in Economic History from The University of Edinburgh and in Financial Management from Macquarie Graduate School of Management.
Ben Black, Senior Portfolio Manager, Knowlege Universe Holdings
Mr. Black is the Senior Portfolio Manager at Knowledge Universe Holdings, a Special Situations credit platform with a particular focus on distressed credit. Previously he served as a Principal of OCV Partners, a technology focused venture capital fund based in Los Angeles and in that capacity was CFO at Red Carpet Home Cinema, an OCV portfolio company. Mr. Black is a Board Director of Environmental Solutions Worldwide, Phaidon Press, Huddle House, Inc., and WeConnect Health. Prior to OCV, Mr. Black was a Private Equity Associate at Apollo Global Management and an Associate Attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell; previously he was an Analyst in the Technology, Media & Telecom Group at Goldman Sachs & Co. Mr. Black holds a J.D. / MBA from Harvard University and graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in History; he is currently pursuing an LLM in Taxation at NYU Law School. Mr. Black is a member of the New York Bar and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations; he also serves as a Board Member of the Melanoma Research Alliance.
Panel Moderator: Dr. Atif Ansar, Fellow, Keble College and Associate Fellow, Said Business School, University of Oxford
Dr. Ansar’s research focuses on megaprojects within asset-intensive industries and their outcomes (financial, environmental and social). He has consulted for the World Bank, UK Government, governments in Asia and Africa, and private sector clients. Atif’s public sector work has focused on infrastructure, public investment management, and public sector transformation programmes. His work for the private sector has been in the areas of project finance and on improving decision practice and the outcomes of capital investment projects. Dr. Ansar is currently the Programme Director of the MSc in Major Programme Management at the Said Business School. From 2006 to 2010, he undertook his DPhil (PhD), at Brasenose College, with the prestigious Clarendon Scholarship from Oxford University Press. Atif was a post-doctoral research fellow at the BT Centre fo r Major Programme Management at Saïd Business School from 2010 to 2013. Then, from 2013 to 2015, he served as a lecturer at the Blavatnik School of Government and Cohort Manager of the Major Projects Leadership Academy. In 2018, Atif began an appointment as a visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Global Projects Center. Atif previously undertook his bachelor’s degree at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where he majored in philosophy, politics, and economics.