IMPACT 2021 SERIES | Green Growth: How Sustainability will Transform Our Economy


Green Growth: How Sustainability will Transform Our Economy  

With speakers: 

Mike Haigh, Executive Chair, Mott MacDonald
Zina Bencheikh, Managing Director EMEA, Intrepid Travel
Nick Woolfitt, Director, Specialised Finance UK, National Australia Bank
Rosalie Wilkie, Social Impact Partner, PwC

Tuesday 2nd March 2021

9:00AM- 10:00AM GMT 

To celebrate the impending launch of our third and final edition of the Impact 2020 series, this webinar will feature three business leaders on how sustainability is transforming not only their organisation but their broader sectors of infrastructure, financial services and travel.

As the world looks ahead to COP26 in Glasgow and the economy faces significant structural changes in response to COVID-19, there is increasing urgency for business and government to find new working models. Join us to hear from our speakers on what this transition will mean for business, what they want to see at COP26 and how companies can balance the drive between economic growth and environmental sustainability. 


About the speakers: 

Mike Haigh, Excutive Chair, Mott MacDonald
Mike Haigh is the Executive Chair of Mott Macdonald, an engineering, management and development consultancy operating in over 100 countries and with 16,000 employees. Mike is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers in the UK and has worked and lived in many countries.

In 2017 Mike was the Chair of the Association for Consultancy and Engineering, a year which he used to promote a more integrated infrastructure industry, digital delivery and diversity, the later building on his five-year journey promoting EDI initiatives in Mott MacDonald. In both 2017 and 2018 Mike was recognised by the Women’s Business Council and Management Today by being voted one of 30 “Agents of Change” tackling gender inequality in the workplace.


Zina Bencheikh, Managing Director EMEA for Intrepid Travel

Born in Marrakech and educated in France and the UK, Zina Bencheikh started her career in finance before joining Intrepid as Finance Manager in Morocco in 2010. She has progressed rapidly through a number of financial and operational leadership roles with the company, and last year was appointed EMEA Managing Director of Intrepid Travel. She is now responsible for achieving Intrepid’s dual goals of growth and balancing purpose and profit in the EMEA region.

Zina is driven by her passion for making the world a more inclusive and equal place. She has used the company’s global reach to create economic opportunities for women through tourism, breaking down gender barriers in countries where women have been traditionally excluded from paid work and equal access to education, such as Morocco. 


Nick Woolfitt, Director Origination, Specialised Asset Finance UK, National Australia Bank

Nick is a Director in NAB’s Specialised Finance Team. He joined NAB in London in 2011 and is responsible for leading major acquisition financings and refinancings in the energy, infrastructure and utility sectors across the United Kingdom and Europe. Nick has 18 years’ experience in complex project and acquisition transactions in a wide range of sectors across Europe, North America, Australia and the Pacific Islands.

Rosalie Wilkie, PwC Partner, Social Impact

Rosalie Wilkie leads the Social Impact team for PwC Australia. Through her leadership, PwC Australia has committed to become a cleaner and greener firm and has implemented a number of initiatives to make this happen. In her role as Social Impact Partner, Rosalie oversees the yearly comprehensive assessment of PwC’s carbon footprint and In 2008 was awarded the first professional services firm to be certified as carbon neutral by Climate Active . She also oversees the environmental policy and the development of PwC’s alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals and relevant UN Human Rights frameworks.

Rosalie is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand and is a registered company auditor. She is the Chair of the PwC Foundation, Advisory Panel Member at the Centre of Social Impact, Advisory Panel Member for the Shared Value Project and a Kilfinan Mentor for Kilfinan Australia.


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