Thursday 11 October 2018

Rob Saunders

Rob Saunders

Rob Saunders is interim director for the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund programme, ‘Prospering from the Energy Revolution’.  Over the coming four years, this aims to prove the future business models and local approaches that will put energy users and consumers at the heart of a cleaner, cheaper and more resilient energy system.

A Cambridge engineering graduate, Rob started his career in innovation in the food and packaging industries when leading major R&D programmes for Crown Packaging and Pepsico.  He retrained in 2010, graduating from the Imperial College Masters programme in Environmental Technology & Energy Policy and leading analysis on UK Energy Research Centre bioenergy projects before joining Innovate UK in 2011 as lead for offshore renewable energy.

Rob led the energy programme at Innovate UK for four years, helping UK businesses to grow as they develop new products that address solutions to affordable clean and secure energy supplies of the future.  During that time  Innovate UK supported hundreds of  UK businesses, developed and launched the energy catalyst programme and set up two energy-focussed catapult centres; Offshore Renewable Energy in Glasgow & Blyth, and Energy Systems in Birmingham.

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Bruna Pinhoni

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