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Congress of Business

COP26 was a historic, collective achievement for Glasgow. 

With all eyes on Glasgow, the world saw almost 200 countries come together alongside an unprecedented turnout from the private sector to commit to act on climate change. 

Building on the COP legacy, Congress of Business (COB) will drive and inspire action within business and cities to transition to net zero, supporting the ambitions of the various Glasgow Climate Pacts forged during COP26.

Congress of Business will lead positive change by connecting global businesses and cities to ignite action and drive innovation to tackle climate change.

With an initial focus on the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ) and Glasgow Food and Climate Declaration, COB is a series of purpose lead discussions, interventions and networking sessions.




Martha is an entrepreneur and internet activist. In 1998 Martha co-founded Europe’s largest travel and leisure website, She became a crossbench peer in the UK House of Lords in March 2013. In March 2014, she was appointed Chancellor of the Open University and is a chairperson of WeTransfer where she helped them reach B-Corp Status. She is also a non-executive director of Chanel. From 2009 to 2013 she was Digital Champion for the UK and helped to create the Government Digital Service – transforming government service delivery.

Cook, writer, presenter and Wahaca Entrepreneur. After winning Masterchef in 2005, Thomasina co-founded Wahaca, winner of numerous awards for its food and sustainability credentials. In 2016 the whole restaurant group went carbon neutral and half of its menu is vegetarian. Her passion lies in food and its power to positively impact people, health and the environment. She was a founding member of the Sustainable Restaurant Association in 2009, helped set up Chefs in Schools in 2017, for which she is a trustee and was awarded an OBE in 2019 for her services to the food industry. She lives by her firm belief that three times a day we have the chance to save the planet through what we eat.

Greg is Chair of the Connected Places Catapult, the UK’s innovation accelerator for cities, transport, and place leadership. He also chairs the UK Cities Commission for Climate Investment, a partnership between Connected Places Catapult, Core Cities, London Councils and a wide range of other private and public organisations. He is a Board Member of Transport for London, and a member of its Finance and Elizabeth Line Committees. He is also Chair of Transport for London's new Land and Property Committee. He is an Honorary Professor at UCL STEaPP, a Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde, a senior fellow at the Urban Land Institute and a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and until recently, a global fellow at Brookings Institution. 

Further speakers will be announced shortly.


Congress of Business is sponsored by
The Scottish Government
British Chambers of Commerce

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