Founder and Director of Valence Solutions
Gabrielle Walker: Biography highlights
Gabrielle Walker is an expert strategist, speaker and moderator, helping businesses to address global challenges—with a focus on sustainability, new energy and climate change.
Full biography of Gabrielle Walker
Gabrielle Walker’s Background
Gabrielle has a strong background in building new narratives and engagement across a wide range of sectors. She works at boardroom-level with a broad set of global companies to analyse emerging global trends, challenge conventional thinking and turn analysis into meaningful action.
In founding Valence Solutions, she brought together a team with decades of corporate expertise and deep personal commitment to accelerating action on the climate crisis. Using innovative meeting design, Valence Solutions provides a safe space for fresh conversations across perceived divides, thus developing a wider set of practical solutions to help tackle the most difficult and least addressed climate challenges.
Gabrielle gives keynote addresses to corporate audiences around the world and is 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 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 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”.
Gabrielle has a PhD from Cambridge University and has taught at both Cambridge and Princeton.
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'At every conference or speaking event there is always one speaker that stands out. The highlight of this year’s Brewin Dolphin virtual Investment Training Conference for me was Gabrielle Walker.
We had a fascinating presentation on Climate Change and the importance of an ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) approach. It was sobering, thought-provoking and inspiring in equal measure. Presenting a bleak picture of Earth being on a path to resembling Venus, a funeral for the first glacier lost in Iceland but highlighting positive changes being made by Governments and Companies today.
It reinforced the responsibility that we have as investors, but as individuals too and the material impact that we can have to ensure the sustainability of our planet.'
'Gabrielle has an extraordinary way of combining an entertaining and humorous presenting style with killer facts about the state of the environment that make you want help her do something about it the minute she finishes speaking.'
'Gabrielle is a fantastic speaker. She captivated our audience, and was one of the highest rated speakers by our delegates. She clearly makes the case for why climate change risk is a problem that must be addressed today, while also highlighting why this could be the best investment opportunity of the century.
She debunks the myths, provides a clear narrative on what the big issues are, and puts them in an economic context. I look forward to her speaking at more of our Summits this year and would recommend her to anyone wanting an inspirational environmental angle for their event.'
Glass Tree Consulting/KPMG
'Gabrielle wowed the audience...She was by far the most popular speaker over the two-day event. She was able to speak to the business-oriented audience in their own language, engaging with them rather than preaching to them. I cannot recommend Gabrielle highly enough.'
Lazard Asset Management
'Thank you hugely for your thought provoking but entertaining presentation at our client seminar. The comments have been extremely positive, both about what you said and how you presented. I have been particularly impressed by the fact that … clients, from whom we have seen little interest so far in such matters, were interested, engaged and appreciative.'