While the world is facing systemic challenges on an unprecedented scale, many of our institutions – both public and private – are trapped in silos, with short-term and short-sighted goals. Dr Gabrielle Walker and her team at Valence Solutions work at the boundaries between these silos. Using innovative approaches to engage and convene high-level players, they broker new cross-sectoral collaborations, help business leaders have fresh conversations across perceived divides, and develop new narratives to enable both longer term perspectives and more rapid collective action on sustainability and climate change.
Gabrielle is an expert strategist, speaker and moderator. She works as an advisor at boardroom-level with a wide range of global companies and has covered many different sectors including: oil and gas, utilities, renewable energy, finance and investment, consumer goods, retail, risk management, certification and professional services.
Gabrielle gives keynote addresses to corporate audiences around the world. She is also an accomplished moderator of high-level debates, guiding panels involving global CEOs, former heads of state, government ministers, military generals and global humanitarian leaders. She has extensive experience at designing and facilitating innovative “safe-space” conversations between global leaders, from small round tables through to major international meetings. Gabrielle has presented many TV and radio programs for the BBC.
She has been Climate Change Editor at Nature and Features Editor at New Scientist and has written very extensively for many international newspapers and magazines, including The Economist, Prospect, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. She is author of four books including co-authoring the bestselling book The Hot Topic, how to avoid global warming while still keeping the lights on, which was described by Al Gore as “a beacon of clarity” and by The Times as “a material gain for the axis of good”. She has a PhD from Cambridge University and has taught at both Cambridge and Princeton Universities.
A self-confessed “ice addict” Gabrielle has made more than a dozen trips to both poles. She has also climbed trees in the Amazon rainforest, swum with piranhas, been sneezed on by a humpback whale, hooked lava out of a live volcano, and flown in zero gravity.