NCW – A Team with a Wealth of Experience to Deliver.
Writer & Broadcaster
John is a writer and broadcaster. On his first foreign assignment, to Lebanon in 1986, he was abducted by Islamic Fundamentalists and held hostage for over five years. This experience was explored in the book Some Other Rainbow (co-written with Jill Morrell). His other books are Between Extremes (with Brian Keenan), A Ghost Upon Your Path: An Irish Journey and You Can’t Hide the Sun: A Journey through Palestine. Alongside his writing John has worked in television for the BBC, ITV, Sky Arts and Al Jazeera, and on radio for the BBC World Service and Radio 4. He was awarded the CBE in 1992 and is a patron of the charity Freedom From Torture.
Journalist & Editor
Susie is a journalist and editor with solid experience of working for broadsheets, magazines, publishers and corporates in the UK, Central Europe and South East Asia. She has covered topics ranging from international humanitarian nutrition science to business and industry in Greater China/Asia Pacific, and how to live and work in the emerging nations of the former Eastern bloc. Over the years, her blue-chip clients have ranged from PwC to British Airways, Royal DSM and the UN’s Industrial Development Organization. She has also worked for media outlets as diverse as the South China Morning Post, the British Medical Journal, Thomson Reuters and the Geographical Magazine.
Author & Consultant
Bert has over 40 years industrial and consulting experience in the market analysis, product development, operations strategy and lean manufacturing fields across the high-tech, engineering and aerospace sectors. A former partner at Oliver Wyman, Bert’s international career has involved key engagements in the USA, Germany, Brazil, France, Norway, Italy, the UAE, Singapore and Russia.
Business Analyst & Journalist
During the 1990’s, Simon worked at Jane’s Information Group as a Defence Business Analyst and Managing Editor of the aerospace/defence yearbook portfolio. After leaving Jane’s, he joined the Dynamixx consultancy as Senior Analyst, working with Nick Cook on workshop-based programmes and reports that helped to convert aerospace and defence sector know-how into skills and technology for solving global grand challenges such as climate change, renewable energy, food/water security and smart, resilient/sustainable cities. In parallel, Simon continued to pursue a career in journalism with Newsdesk Media (NM) and the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).
Shahid is an operations and supply chain engineer with experience as a consultant with Ernst & Young and in industry with Dell, BlackBerry, Nokia covering both B2B and B2C business channels. His expertise is in business transformation, operations management and project management. He is adept at leading change in challenging situations and managing complex projects. He has worked across a number of sectors including Aerospace & Defence, high tech and automotive, where he has led projects and managed teams across the globe.
Ken has more than 25-years’ experience working in global organisations in the defence and aerospace, oil and gas, and engineering and construction industries, delivering communications strategies to drive brand awareness, support business change, business development and growth. Most recently he was director for International Communications, UK & Europe at Northrop Grumman. Prior to this he held senior UK-based communications positions in the multinational engineering, procurement and construction sector.
Emma provides the NCW team with all remote administration support enabling team members to focus on the content and conversation surrounding global challenges. Emma manages the team’s shared workplace platform, schedules meetings, monitors and manages the interview process and oversees project schedules. Emma is also in charge of managing the social media campaign and all back office tasks and is the key initial contact point for all enquiries relating to Call To Action.
REAR ADMIRAL NEIL MORISETTI
Neil Morisetti joined University College London in January 2014, initially as the Director of Strategy for the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy, and since September 2016 as Vice Dean (Public Policy) Engineering Sciences. Before that he worked for the UK government, both as an officer in the Royal Navy, where appointments included, Commander UK Maritime Forces and Commandant of the Joint Services Command and Staff College, and latterly in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Between 2009 and 2013 he acted as the UK Government Climate and Energy Security Envoy, and then the Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change. A graduate of the University of East Anglia, he is an Honorary Professor at UCL and an Associate Fellow of Chatham House. Beyond UCL, he acts, in the UK, as a member of the Advisory Board for Carbon Tracker and advises CDP, whilst in the US he is a member of the Military Advisory Board of the Washington DC based think tank CNA.