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FUELING A NEW ENERGY CONVERSATION WITH OUR AUDIOVISUAL TRAILBLAZERS SERIES

We are acutely aware the actions we take today will determine our futures and the futures of our children. This is why the Energy Disruptors founding team has collaborated with EY to ignite change now.  Together we are launching an unapologetically honest podcast and video interview series featuring the bravest energy explorers of our time.

We invite you to meet 12 global trailblazers, each with the bold vision and unstoppable courage to ensure we evolve fast enough to outpace our greatest energy and climate challenges.   These authentic and intimate conversations will be hosted by the globally recognized tour-de-force, Holly Ransom.

The world needs audacious creativity and unprecedented collaboration between diverse groups more than ever.  Our commitment is to translate the human element behind the technical momentum of our clean energy future because these are the conversations we all need to be having. Not just at boardroom tables or within the upper echelons of government, but around kitchen tables, in classrooms, and over the backyard fence. Only when we can all take part in the conversation will we accelerate a global transition to cleaner energy and mobility.   

The energy for change is in all of us.   Do you have the audacity to take the path of most resistance?

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In a wide-ranging conversation covering the economy, trust, wealth disparity, technology, and global warming, Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Yunus brings warmth and a crystal clear focus to every individual's need to recognize their own power, if we are to forge new pathways and reimagine our future.  As a trailblazer who has turned the banking system on its head, and challenged the concept of 'credit-worthiness' in our society, Professor Yunus speaks with brutal honesty about the systems change needed to stop perpetuating a way of life that is undermining our existence.

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Pioneer of Formula E and Extreme E racing, Alejandro is causing a commotion at the intersection of science, sport, and environmentalism.  Leveraging the latest technology in electric vehicles, he is gamifying the goal of net zero while retaining the industry's hottest drivers and many of its most powerful brands.  The Spanish-born entrepreneur and bold visionary is a self-proclaimed "pragmatic environmentalist" and asserts that the world needs many more business leaders to step up and create industry disruption in the name of equality and the environment.

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A pre-eminent authority on battery innovation and a passionate advocate for sustainable policy-making, Christina Lampe-Önnerud previously served as co-chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on Energy Technologies, and has a reputation for reshaping markets.  Christina has a rare ability to translate the technical aspects of electrochemical engineering into real-world implications. Her intense curiosity, rebellious streak, and analytical love of facts deem Christina a formidable energy transition communicator capable of delivering game-changing technology solutions.

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After more than two decades of trailblazing entrepreneurship, 20 best-selling books, one of the world's most popular blogs, and his induction into the Guerrilla Marketing, the Direct Marketing, and the regular Marketing Halls of Fame, Seth Godin is globally renowned for being "the ultimate entrepreneur for the information age." But, first and foremost, Seth is a teacher.  He is dedicated to helping millions of intrepid individuals to interact with the world more meaningfully, level up, and make a difference.   

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This week our trailblazers are two inspirational powerhouses creating a new set of possibilities around nuclear. Holly joins Kirsty Gogan, cofounder of Terra Praxis and Managing Partner at LucidCatalyst, and  Dr. Rita Baranwal, former Assistant Secretary for the Office of Nuclear Energy in the U.S. Department of Energy, and now VP of nuclear at the Electric Power Research Institute to talk energy access, decarbonisation challenges and being trailblazers in the industry.

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A commercially minded and ambitious entrepreneur, Craig is dedicated to taking hydrogen technologies out of the lab and into real-world applications. Alongside an Alliance of Zero Carbon protagonists, Craig is determined to change the conversation on clean energy mobility.

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Dr. Margaret Heffernan, a formidable educator, fierce entrepreneur, and seasoned CEO is reshaping the way we live, work and lead. Margaret proposes that climate change will not be solved by governments, but by people who start where they are, with what they have, and take small actions that become bigger than themselves.

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This episode's trailblazer is former Young Farmer of the Year and CoFounder of Farmers for Climate Action, Anika Molesworth. Anika lives and works in the arid-dry heartland of Australia. Living through a ten-year drought on the family farm ignited Anika’s concern about climate change and passion for food security and clean energy.

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The best-selling author of Never Split the Difference is bringing his many years of high-stakes negotiations to global conversations including climate change. In this episode, Chris walks us through the application of tactical empathy, curiosity, and getting to “destination yes” amidst the divided public discourse pertaining to our clean energy future.

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CEO of one of the world’s most innovative energy solution companies, Enel X, Francesco insists that the company’s incredible success has never been about innovation for innovation’s sake. Rather, a critically disciplined focus on value generation. Serving half a billion people with electricity every day puts this leader in a very powerful position to help accelerate the energy transition.

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Executive Vice President of Renewables and Energy Solutions at Shell, Elisabeth is a self-professed tree-hugger, provocateur, and change agent. This dynamic conversation connects an array of dots across green financial frameworks, storage, cleantech infrastructure, ESG shareholders, innovating within a big firm and many other elements of the clean energy value chain.

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Erik Andersen is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of European Energy and one of the earliest champions paving the way to a 100% renewable future. Erik was sketching plans for wind turbines back in school and today he’s building multi-million dollar wind and solar farms across the world, including the largest solar enterprise globally, in Denmark.

MEET YOUR HOST

Holly Ransom is a globally renowned content curator, powerful speaker, and m­­­­aster questioner with the belief that if you walk past it, you tell the world it’s okay. 

 

Named one of Australia’s 100 Most Influential Women by the Australian Financial Review, she has delivered a Peace Charter to the Dalai Lama, was Sir Richard Branson’s nominee for Wired Magazine’s ‘Smart List’ of Future Game Changers to watch, and was awarded the US Embassy’s Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Leadership Excellence in 2019. Having interviewed the likes of Barack ObamaRichard Branson, Billie Jean-King, and Condoleezza Rice, Holly fights complexity with curiosity, apathy with empowerment, and fear with fact. 

 

As a Fulbright scholar and Harvard Kennedy School Class of ’21 fellow, Holly is a recipient of the prestigious Anne Wexler Public Policy Scholarship, allowing her to action social and economic inclusion by connecting people with the decisions that affect their lives. Soon to release her book The Leading Edge, Holly helps people harness their own potential to lead by asking better questions, thinking beyond biased answers, and building collective momentum for change.  The Leading Edge, Holly brings the real-world leadership lessons of so many diverse thinkers and pioneers she’s met to the fore.

 

Holly was identified early as a dynamic thought leader, asked to Co-Chair the G20 Youth Summit in 2014, the United Nations Coalition of Young Women Entrepreneurs in 2016, and becoming the youngest Director ever to be appointed to an Australian Football Club. Holly’s podcast ‘Coffee Pods’ was named in the top ten business podcasts to listen to by the Sydney Morning Herald in 2018, and Holly has been recognised as a LinkedIn Influencer and a credible content producer by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

Herself an accomplished company director, Holly has compressed a power-packed career into a decade, spanning corporate, non-profit and public sectors. As founder and CEO of consulting firm Emergent, Holly has led real-world results with clients such as P&G, Microsoft, Virgin, Cisco and KPMG. Holly has also been a regular on the likes of  The Drum and QandA.