Biodiversity, the fulcrum of life in our seas and on land, is at the heart of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 14 and 15, but there is a critical interconnection with the other 15 Goals - not least on agriculture and food systems for zero hunger (SDG 2), health and wellness (SDG 3), sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11) and the need for urgent climate action (SDG 13).

Join us for the ninth RELX SDG Inspiration Day - a free, online event for thought leaders, corporate representatives, students, investors, government and NGOs to explore issues, gain practical insights and be inspired to take action in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Keynote speakers

Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE

Founder of The Jane Goodall Institute
and UN Messenger of Peace

Dr. Jane Goodall DBE is an ethologist and environmentalist, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and a United Nations Messenger of Peace. Through more than 60 years of ground-breaking work, she has not only shown us the urgent need to protect chimpanzees from extinction; she has also redefined species conservation to include the needs of local people and the environment. 

Ban Ki-moon

8th Secretary-General of the United Nations & Co-chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens

Ban Ki-moon is a South Korean diplomat who was the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations (UNSG) from January 2007 to December 2016. As UNSG, Ban Ki-moon's priorities were to mobilize world leaders around a set of new global challenges. He led the efforts for the landmark Paris Climate Agreement and, under his leadership, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda were created.

EVENT speakers

Join thought leaders and experts from across business, civil society and academia. Confirmed speakers so far include;

Dr Márcia Balisciano

Global Head of Corporate Responsibility


Michael Sheldrick

Chief Policy, Impact and Government Relations Officer

Global Citizen

Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka

Founder and CEO

Conservation Through Public Health

Sacha Dench

Co-Founder & CEO

Conservation Without Borders

Dr. Lin Li

Senior Director, Global Policy and Advocacy


Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu

Author of This Is Why I Resist; Lawyer; Founder of Women in Leadership Publication; Political & Women's rights activist

Youngsuk "YS" Chi

Director of Corporate Affairs, RELX and Chair, Elsevier

Steve Kenzie

Executive Director

UN Global Compact Network UK

Lara Douvartzidis

Business & Human Rights Lawyer

 International Bar Association

Dr. Ankur Patwardhan

Associate Professor and Entrepreneur

MES Abasaheb Garware College, Savitribai Phule Pune University, India

Eva Zabey


Business for Nature

Sanda Ojiambo

Assistant Secretary-General

United Nations Global Compact

Dr Lewis Collins


One Earth

Feraye Ozfescioglu


World Humanitarian Forum

Virginia Gardiner


Loowatt Ltd

Videsha Proothveerajh


LexisNexis South Africa

Claire Melamed

Chief Executive Officer

Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

Justin Webb

Journalist and Presenter


Gaythri Raman

Managing Director

LexisNexis Southeast Asia

David Wood

Founder & CEO


Andy Dewis

Founder & CEO

Pineapple Sustainable Partnerships

Kaddu Kiwe Sebunya


African Wildlife Foundation

Cymie Payne

Chair of the Ocean Law Specialist Group

International Union for Conservation of Nature

Juliette Pugliesi

Nature Manager


Jessica Wawoe


Tribal Wisdom Foundation

Dr Michiel Kolman

Senior VP Strategic Networks


Daniela Chiaretti

Environment Correspondent

Valor Economico, Brazil

Nick Luff

Chief Financial Officer


Dr. Esther Kanduma

Senior Lecturer & Animal Health Scientist

University of Nairobi Kenya

David Fox


African Bird Club

Dr Myriam Mujawamariya

Lecturer in forest ecology and biodiversity science

University of Rwanda

Josefine Gibson

Deputy Editor

The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health

Soline Guerineau

Head of Commercial Strategy


Pascal Asselin



Chris Perceval

Senior Market Engagement Director

S&P Global Sustainable1

Helene Lindmark

Sapmi Wisdom Keeper

Sean Owens

Senior Lecturer

Manchester Metropolitan University

Fran van Dijk


One Stone Advisors

Adrian Hudson

Principal Ecologist

Anthesis Group

Rose Thompson

Chief HR Officer


Event partnerS

We're proud to partner with organisations and networks that share our commitment to advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Event partners include


Please note all times are in British Summer Time (BST). Speakers, timings and sessions may be subject to change. Although we intend for sessions to begin and end as stated below, note that this is a live-streamed event and these times may be subject to change. Please feel free to dip in and out of sessions as your own schedule permits throughout the day.

Time (BST)


10:00 – 10:45

Opening Plenary

Welcome from your host: Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu

Framing the SDGS: Claire Melamed, CEO, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

Introductory remarks: Dr Márcia Balisciano, Global Head of Corporate Responsibility, RELX


Keynote speech: Ban Ki-moon, 8th Secretary General of the UN


Thoughts on the day:

Eva Zabey, CEO, Business For Nature Juliette Pugliesi, Nature Manager, BSR

10:45 – 11:30

Panel:  Right to Nature – the legal case for biodiversity

What are the legal dimensions of biodiversity?  We will hear from experts about emerging legislation, ground-breaking treaties and prosecution of crimes against nature.

Host: Justin Webb, Journalist and Presenter, BBC


Lara Douvartzidis, Environment, Climate and Human Rights Lawyer, International Bar Association
Videsha Proothveerajh, Managing Director, LexisNexis South Africa
Gaythri Raman, Managing Director, LexisNexis SEA
Cymie Payne, Chair of the Ocean Law Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature


Speakers Corner

Guests include Ankur Patwardhan, Head of Biodiversity Department at Maharashtra Education Society’s Abasaheb Garware College and last year’s winner of the Elsevier Foundation and Sustainable Chemistry challenge Dr Myriam Mujawamariya, bringing back indigenous trees in Rwanda.

11:45 - 12:00

RELX SDG Customer awards Part I

Host: Rose Thomson, Chief HR Officer, RELX

12:00 - 12:45

Panel:  Less biodiversity, more disease? Exploring the pathways between biodiversity and human health

We will explore how biodiversity underpins health and strength of ecosystems and the impact on people, from food security to disease control to mental health.

Host: Josefine Gibson, Deputy Editor, The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health


Dr Lewis Collins, Editor in Chief, One Earth Journal
Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, Founder and CEO, Conservation Through Public Health
Virginia Gardener, CEO, Loowatt
Dr Esther Kanduma, University of Nairobi

12:45 – 13:00

RELX SDG Customer Awards Part II

Host: Nick Luff, CFO, RELX

13:00 – 13:15

Musical Interlude

13:15 - 14:00

At the Frontlines of Wildlife Conservation: Insights from Kaddu Kiwe Sebunya

Wildlife conservation promotes sustainable management of natural resources, preserving habitats and encouraging responsible use of resources; conservation is therefore a vital tool for ensuring ecosystems remain productive and capable of supporting people and wildlife.


Host: YS Chi, Chair, Elsevier

Guest: Kaddu Sebunya, CEO, African Wildlife Foundation

14:00 – 14:45

The wisdom of indigenous people - the world’s biggest (but least credited) conservationists - and how organisations can foster a closer relationship with nature

While conservation efforts are helping, urgent action is required if we are to reverse the loss of nature this decade. We all have a role to play in building a better future for our wildlife, our climate and for all of us. One way to do this is to learn from indigenous wisdom. People have lived in harmony with nature for thousands of years. They have developed sustainable ways of living that are based on respect for the land and its resources. But how can organisations learn and instil native wisdom, if they even should?

Join Pineapple Sustainable Partnerships at the launch of their think tank: Accelerating Action and Investment in Nature which will harness the resources and skills of large organisations to accelerate nature-based solutions to fight the triple planetary crisis: climate change, pollution, and biodiversity loss.

Host: Andy Dewis, Founder and CEO, Pineapple Sustainable Partnerships

Jessica Wawoe, Founder and Chair, Tribal Wisdom Foundation
Sacha Dench, CEO & Co-Founder, Conservation Without Borders
Helene Lindmark, Sapmi Wisdom Keeper
Keyvan Macedo, Sustainability Director, Natura & Co

14:45 – 15:15

Biodiversity problem solving spaces
Interactive and informative session where attendees are invited to join a discussion to explore key themes and potential solutions

Room 1: Harnessing wisdom to bring business closer to nature

Andy Dewis, Founder and CEO, Pineapple Sustainable Partnerships (Moderator)
Sacha Dench, CEO & Co-Founder, Conservation Without Borders
Helene Lindmark, Sapmi Wisdom Keeper
Jessica Wawoe, Founder and Chair, Tribal Wisdom Foundation
Dr Myriam Mujawamariya, Lecturer, University of Rwanda
Juliette Pugliesi, Nature Manager, BSR

Room 2: Deploying capital to restore our most important capital

James Vaccaro, CEO, RePattern (Moderator)
Rupert Robinson, Chief Strategy Officer, Aspiration
Chris Perceval, Senior Marketing Engagement Director, S&P Global

Room 3: Green Gold - Is nature meant to be measured, if so how?

Danya Hannah, Senior Consultant, Pineapple (Moderator)
Walid Al Saqqaf, Co-CEO, Rebalance Earth
Tracy Bain, Senior Director, Carbon Programme Monitoring & Engagement, Aspiration
Katie Critchlow, CEO, NatureMetrics

Room 4: Restore or fail: How seriously is business taking the nature crisis?

Fran van Dijk, CEO, One Stone Advisors (Moderator)
Steve Kenzie, CEO, UN Global Compact Network UK
Adrian Hudson, Principle Ecologist, Anthesis Group
Soline Guerineau, Head of Commercial Strategy, ICIS

Sean Owens, Senior Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University

Room 5: NGOs: From Gap Fillers to Changemakers: Exploring the role of NGOs

Adam Swash, Co-Founder, Pineapple (Moderator)
Feraye Ozfescioglu, CEO, World Humanitarian Forum
Nick Wise, CEO, Ocean Mind

Room 6: Naturetech - The new frontier or a step too far?

Elizabeth Corse, Stakeholder Engagement Lead, Pineapple (Moderator)
Pascal Asselin, Co-Founder, Morfo
David Wood, Founder, Waddapt

15:15 – 16:00

Policy Perspectives on Biodiversity

Perspectives on biodiversity commitments, the post 2020 global biodiversity framework, what should national biodiversity commitments look like and what barriers face policy makers.

Host: Michiel Kolman, Senior VP, Research Networks and Academic Ambassador, Elsevier



·       Lin Li, Senior Director of Global Policy and Advocacy, WWF

·       Daniela Chiaretti, Environment Correspondent, Valor Economico, Brazil

16:00 – 16:30

Keynote speech: Dr Jane Goodall

Host: Dr Márcia Balisciano, Global Head of Corporate Responsibility, RELX

16:30 - 17:00

Closing plenary and final remarks

Mick Sheldrick, Founder, Global Citizen
Sanda Ojiembo, Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations Global Compact


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