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SCDI’s contribution to climate conversation recognised with Honorary Fellowship (RSGS) to Chief Executive Sara Thiam

SCDI’s contribution to the climate conversation has been recognised by one of Scotland’s oldest learned societies, the Royal Scottish Geographical Society with the award of an Honorary Fellowship to Chief Executive Sara Thiam.

Speaking of the recognition Mike Robinson, Chief Executive (RSGS) said: “Our Honorary Fellows are an impressive network of individuals who have contributed to society on some of the most critical geographical issues of their age – and none is more pertinent right now than climate change, especially with the lead up to the UN Climate COP26 in Glasgow this November.  If we are going to successfully tackle issues as complex and broad-ranging as this we need people who can help convene broad networks and inform the agenda, engaging business and industry and not just politicians.  Sara has been a key player in this arena over the past few years, for example with her work through SCDI and the Green Recovery Plan and it is a pleasure to be able to thank her in this way for all her contributions.”

SCDI’s Manifesto For Clean Growth has helped shape government and industry thinking across the UK including the Scottish Government’s recent Programme for Government and the UK Government’s Green Jobs Taskforce.

As we look towards COP26 in Glasgow our Innovation Critical report outlines Scotland’s potential to be a leading innovator and exporter of technological solutions to climate change. Our Forum in November will address the actions required to make the commitments made at COP a reality with a focus on the economic opportunities for Scotland.

None of this is possible without our members’ input. Sara Thiam SCDI CEO said:

“SCDI members always respond positively to the grand challenges facing Scotland’s economy but their commitment to shaping government and industry thinking through our Clean Growth Leadership Group has provided a clear steer to government and industry about the action required to get to net zero. Their expertise and commitment to a better Scotland ensures that SCDI remains a trusted voice. I am absolutely delighted to receive this Honorary Fellowship and to be associated with the values of one of Scotland’s oldest learned societies with public benefit at its heart.”