Connected Places Podcast Episode 39: Decarbonising the infrastructure of tomorrow with Dr. Nelson Ogunshakin OBE

How we design, build and invest in infrastructure is at the heart of how we’ll decarbonise our economies, as well as harness the opportunities of the fourth industrial revolution. The coming decade is set to be the most consequential in living memory for infrastructure investment, especially for new, low carbon technologies and the industries of the future as we repivot our economies towards new zero.

In this episode we look at what this means for those larger connectivity projects like ports, airports and critical rail infrastructure? What’s the role of government and industry. Where do public and private sector responsibilities lie? And how is the Connected Places Catapult playing a role in enabling new innovation and business growth? Prof. Greg Clark CBE, Chair of the Connected Places Catapult speaks to Dr. Nelson Ogunshakin, CEO of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

Dr. Ogunshakin has more than 30 years’ experience in planning, finance, delivery and managing major property and infrastructure investment projects around the world. He’s also a board member of Transport for London, and he was previously a board member of Crossrail Limited as well as chair of the Investment Committee on the new £18 billion East-West Rail development in London. Among other leadership roles, Nelson is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Non-Executive Board member of the Connected Places Catapult.

Music on this episode is by Blue Dot Sessions and Phill Ward Music (

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