How to invest with impact, innovate and meet net zero targets

A range of topics from transforming communities to funding innovative models in business are set to be discussed at the Scottish National Investment Bank’s flagship conference held next month, in association with The Scotsman and business to business news provider Insider Media.
Willie Watt, chair of the Scottish National Investment Bank. Image: Nick MailerWillie Watt, chair of the Scottish National Investment Bank. Image: Nick Mailer
Willie Watt, chair of the Scottish National Investment Bank. Image: Nick Mailer

The annual event will explore the theme of “Investing with Impact: Innovating Across Scotland” and will look at integrating impact investing into corporate strategies and ways to build innovative strategies to tackle the net zero challenge, among other topics.

The first panel discussion of the day has now been announced and will be chaired by editorial director of Insider Media Miri Thomas.

It will explore ways in which to transform communities so that people can thrive, and facilitate rural and urban regeneration through investments, infrastructure and cooperation with local communities.

Thomas will be joined by CEO of Lothian Broadband Network Gavin Rodgers, Group Chairman of Highland Coast Hotels David Whiteford OBE, founder of Homes for Good Susan Aktemel, and CEO of Big Society Capital Stephen Muers. Nicola Douglas, executive director of Innovation at the Bank, will later chair a fireside chat with Nova Innovation CEO Simon Forrest, Orbex CEO Phil Chambers and Clare Wareing, CEO of Cumulus Oncology.

They will discuss funding innovative models in business to drive productivity, and evolving businesses to meet the challenges of a fast changing world.

Miri Thomas will return to chair a Pathways Forward panel discussion to look at where the programme is one year on, alongside the Pathways Forward chair Ana Stewart.

The discussions will follow a keynote speech from globally-renowned futurist, author and speaker Anne Lise Kjaer, who will encourage everyone to think beyond the day-to-day and focus on the long-term and the meaningful legacies that can be created.

Willie Watt, chair of the Scottish National Investment Bank, said: “An essential part of our remit at the Bank is to enable insight and thought leadership by bringing people together to initiate conversation that can drive change and progress. The sessions we have lined up for the conference will do just that. We have an excellent line up of inspiring leaders joining us on stage and in the audience from across the business and policy spectrum for what promises to be a thought-provoking and fascinating day.”

Registration is open for the conference at Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Monday, 4 March.