Interview: Making Sense of Climate Innovation

There's a huge amount of effort and investment being made into climate tech that can help solve corporate challenges. But it isn't always obvious to companies that it's happening, never mind how to access it. The recently launched Climate Tech SuperCluster is an attempt to address that. Listen to our interview with one its co-founders to find out more

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Niraj Saraf

Niraj is Director, Advisory Services. He is an innovation leader with 30 years’ experience of strategy and policy development, and project and programme management across public, private, and voluntary sector organisations in the UK and internationally. Niraj started his career in the Fast Stream of the UK Civil Service and subsequently worked in banking and in consulting. Over the past decade, he has been focusing on innovation for sustainability, spending 7 years at the UK Government’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, and, most recently, at a deep tech start-up. His qualifications include an MBA from Imperial Business School, and an MSc in Sustainability and Responsibility from Ashridge Business School, and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Roland Harwood

I am a compulsive connector of people and ideas.

In addition, I am the co-founder of the Climate Tech Supercluster, CEO of a collective intelligence community Liminal, and Trustee of the Participatory Cities Foundation. I also wrote a short book called On The Edge about making sense of our increasingly connected world, based upon a podcast that I host with the same name.

Prior to that I co-founded and led 100%Open, the award-winning open innovation agency that worked in over 25+ countries with the likes of LEGO, UBS, Ford and Unilever. We spun out from the charitable foundation Nesta, where my team supported the launches of the World Wide Web Foundation with Tim Berners-Lee.

Graduating with a PhD in Physics, having studied with Nobel Prize winner Professor Peter Higgs, I am a failed astronaut, have composed some TV and film music for Sony, and am a proud and exhausted dad of three children.