The UK Climate Resilience Programme ran from 2019 to 2023

Race to Resilience: an introduction to the global campaign for non-state actors

UK Climate Resilience Programme Webinar Series 2021

Date: 19 May, 12-1pm BST

Speakers: Áine Ní Bhreasail and David Howlett from The High Level Climate Champions Race to Resilience team

Chair: Suraje Dessai

See links to a video of the webinar and slides below


Áine Ní Bhreasail and David Howlett from the The High Level Climate Champions Race to Resilience team will present the following:

  • Race to Resilience overview
  • Race to Resilience analytics and breakthroughs
  • Race to Resilience Metrics

Presenter biographies

Áine Ní Bhreasail is infrastructure resilience specialist in the UN High Level Climate Action Champions team and the metrics lead of the Race to Resilience Campaign. She is a chartered civil engineer specialising in infrastructure resilience. She has a degree in Civil Engineering and a PhD in geotechnical engineering, specifically the impact of climate change on permafrost.

Áine’s experience in a research environment allows her to tackle complex and unique problems and develop innovative solutions. She works for The Resilience Shift, a global programme for safer, more resilient infrastructure, and also for Arup, a built environment engineering consultancy. Áine has worked on a wide variety of projects from providing strategic advice to infrastructure owners to design and planning for new developments. She is experienced in many facets of asset management, particularly infrastructure resilience to climate change and other hazards.

David Howlett is Senior Adviser on Resilience to the UN High Level Climate Action Champions and the co-lead of their Race to Resilience Campaign. Before this he was Head of Policy at the Global Resilience Partnership on secondment from the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO).

At FCDO’s predecessor, DFID, he worked on policy and research.  He was the UK government’s lead on climate smart agriculture and led on agriculture under UNFCCC negotiations. He has over thirty-five years’ experience in development in Africa, Asia and the Pacific with an academic background in chemistry, soil sciences, and agriculture and has published widely. He also spent two years on secondment at the University of Leeds.

View the video and presentation slides for the webinar: