Emerging Tech Fest 2021

26th January 2021
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Date(s) - 26/01/2021
10:30 am - 11:30 am


CSA Catapult is pleased to be participating in Emerging Tech Fest 2021. See below for more information on our session:

CSA Catapult: at the Centre of Net Zero

In 2019, the UK became the first major economy in the world to commit to ending its contribution to global warming by 2050. Meeting ‘Net Zero’ will require innovation across the economy – in new technologies and deployment of existing technologies, in new business models and consumer offerings and in new ways of designing, regulating and operating energy markets.

Join Amar Abid-Ali, Chief Commercial Officer and Andy Sellars, Strategic Development Director as they discuss the journey to Net Zero and the challenges faced in achieving this ambitious target. They will also share how CSA Catapult continues to influence and support the Net Zero agenda, working with everyone from SMEs to UK Government.

Andy and Amar welcome questions throughout the session.

CSA Catapult is focused on bringing compound semiconductor applications to life in three key areas: the road to Net Zero, future telecoms and intelligent sensing.

Please note: this event will be recorded.

Click here to register for Emerging Tech Fest 2021.

Speaker information: 

Amar Abid-Ali, Chief Commercial Officer

Amar joined the Catapult in February 2019 after leading a large business development team at Future Electronics. As Chief Commercial Officer, Amar oversees the business development, communications, market research and intelligence teams, to drive the generation of commercial business and collaborative R&D projects for the Catapult. He brings with him sector specific technology and market knowledge and is experienced in the government’s four Industrial Challenge areas: Artificial Intelligence and Data, the Ageing Society, Clean Growth and the Future of Mobility.

Dr Andy G Sellars, Strategic Development Director

Andy joined the Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult in February 2017, and was appointed Strategic Development Director in September 2018. Andy developed the Catapult’s business case and strategy, submitting it to HM Treasury in 2015 following a 2-year consultation with industry, government and academia.

Andy joined the Catapult from Innovate UK, where he delivered £15m of strategic investments in electronics, smart materials and compound semiconductors. His early career was spent leading R&D teams with Rolls Royce, Spirent PLC and Abbott Diagnostics, and he was prime consultant on film and TV lighting for James Bond and Sky News. Andy holds an Executive MBA from Glasgow University and a Doctorate from Strathclyde University.

Andy recently represented the Catapult during round table discussions with the Prime Minister, and joined the Secretary of State during the GREAT Festival of Innovation in Hong Kong.