Our Team

Core Members

Dr Atif Ansar

Dr Atif Ansar

Director, Principal Investigator
Member of Congregation and Supervisor

A Fellow of Keble College, Atif is Senior Teaching Fellow on the MSc in Major Programme Management and the Australian Major Projects Leadership Academy (AMPLA). He is the Founding Director of the Oxford Programme on the Sustainable Future of Capital-Intensive Industries, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment.

Atif is also the Executive Chairman of Foresight Works - an Oxford based technology firm building next-gen software for the world's megaprojects. Atif has been at the University of Oxford since 2006. From 2006 to 2010, he undertook his DPhil (PhD), at Brasenose College, with the prestigious Clarendon Scholarship from Oxford University Press. Atif was a post-doctoral research fellow at the BT Centre for Major Programme Management at Saïd Business School from 2010. From 2015 until 2020, Atif was Programme Director of the MSc in Major Programme Management and continues to be one of the senior teaching fellows on the course's faculty. Atif also teaches on the UK and Australian Governments Major Projects Leadership Academy. In 2018, Atif began an appointment as a visiting scholar at Stanford University's Global Projects Center and a Visiting Professorship at Tsinghua University.

Atif previously undertook his bachelor's degree at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where he majored in philosophy, politics, and economics.

Stephen Lezak

Stephen Lezak

Programme Manager

Stephen is a Gates Scholar at the University of Cambridge Scott Polar Research Institute; he also leads an elective module on environmental political theory at the Oxford School of Geography and the Environment. After completing his MSc at Oxford in 2017, he returned to the Geography department as a researcher with the Gobi Framework, focusing on environmental justice and the political economy of the mining industry in Central Asia. He also collaborates with the Materials initiative at the Rocky Mountain Institute, promoting private-sector leadership to decarbonize the buildings blocks of the global energy transition.

Adam Parr

Adam Parr

Incoming Doctoral Student

Adam is the former chief executive and chairman of the Williams Formula One team and has had a 30-year career spanning four continents and multiple sectors. Adam is now working with the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at the University of Oxford to research and support decarbonisation in capital-intensive companies. His focus is on identifying how leadership in organisations that have committed to ambitious targets for decarbonisation can achieve their goals swiftly and efficiently.

Collaborators

Chris Arderne

Chris Arderne

Geospatial Data Scientist

Chris is a data scientist from Cape Town, with a love of all things geospatial. After an engineering degree, he did a masters in sustainable energy in Stockholm. He stayed around to research the climate-energy nexus, and then joined the World Bank to drive energy access with data and remote sensing. Now back in Europe, he's putting satellites to work supporting sustainable development and directing finance to deserving places. Chris likes climbing mountains and sailing boats, and makes extended use of his geospatial skills to make both nerdier.

Ivana Barisin

Ivana Barisin

Research Collaborator

Dr Barisin is a geomatics engineer who holds an MSc in GIS and a DPhil in geophysics from the University of Oxford. In her research, she has been working on developing geospatial imaging techniques for sub-pixel optical matching and InSAR to monitor Earth deformation from space, and applying image analysis to create models of earthquake mechanisms using advanced numerical and statistical methods, such as Bayesian modelling. With over 30 years of experience working in the geospatial industry, Dr Barisin founded TerraMotus, a start-up that uses advanced satellite technologies for a range of applications, such as monitoring soil moisture and dam and bridge displacement. Her most recent work involved advising the Croatian government by writing up a national infrastructure programme for seismic hazard assessment.

Dr Simon Jackman

Dr Simon Jackman

Senior Innovation Fellow

Simon is a Senior Innovation Fellow focused on the environment area, working across the Mathematics, Physical and Life Sciences and Social Science Divisions within the University. He also leads the University's collaboration with the Satellite Applications Catapult and works with related organisations based at Harwell. In particular, he is developing projects and initiatives with businesses and researchers, developing environmental data into decision support tools and services.

Christophe Christiaen

Christophe Christiaen

Research Collaborator

Christophe is the Sustainable Finance Lead at the Satellite Applications Catapult, responsible for engaging with sustainable finance stakeholders and technology businesses to promote satellite technologies. In his role he supports the exploration and development of new applications where satellite data inform sustainability related decision making at a global scale. Christophe started his career in corporate finance for an FMCG multinational, then joined the European Space Agency as a business analyst before joining the Catapult's Business Strategy team. Christophe holds and MSc in Business Engineering from the University of Antwerp

Business Fellows

Dr Guy Wolf

Dr Guy Wolf

Business Fellow

Guy is the Global Head of Market Analytics at Marex Spectron, one of the world's largest brokers of financial products in the commodities sector. He oversees the firm's data initiatives which encompass algorithmic execution design, quantitative research and alternative data. Marex works with a number of partners, primarily in the field of geo-spatial analysis, to develop environmental monitoring and intelligence products for commodity market participants. A CFA charterholder, Guy holds a MSocSci and PhD in Economics from the University of Cape Town, focused on Game Theory, and read PPE at Exeter College, Oxford.

Ian Lowitt

Ian Lowitt

Business Fellow

Ian Lowitt is the CEO of Marex Spectron Group, a leading independent global commodity specialist. He has over 30 years' experience in financial services including 14 years at Lehman Brothers and 3 years at Barclays. Ian's tenure at Lehman Brothers included a variety of senior global roles including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Administration Officer, Global Treasurer, Global Head of Tax and Head of Strategy. Ian is championing investment in the renewables business at Marex Spectron as well as driving a series of ESG projects throughout the company's global network. A Rhodes Scholar, Ian has an MSc in Economics, and a MA in Economics, Philosophy and Politics from the University of Oxford, and a BSc and an MSc in Electrical Engineering from University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

Global Advisory Council

The Programme will be recruiting a high-level Global Advisory Council in the coming months to further support its research aims and impact.