Ed leads on ECCI’s innovation and international activities. He is currently on secondment to China's first Low Carbon College as Dean, Edinburgh, until September 2019.
At the Low Carbon College, Ed will lead the University of Edinburgh's activity overall and head up its innovation and professional education activities. He will drive forward a new tailor-made innovation centre and research labs due to open on the campus in late 2019.
Ed’s focus at ECCI is enabling innovation through partnership and internationalisation, particularly in the circular economy, rural development and data-driven innovation. He has successfully delivered dozens of innovation projects involving academics, public agencies and businesses in the low carbon sector.
Ed will continue to work on strategic projects for ECCI and the University while he is seconded to China. This includes global initiatives through the centre’s partnership with Climate-KIC and ClimateLaunchpad, the world’s biggest greentech competition for which ECCI is hosting the global grand final in November this year.
Ed supported the establishment of ECCI through the development and funding of the award-winning Low Carbon Innovation project. The initiative supported more than 1,000 SMEs to accelerate low carbon products and services.
Ed has more than 25 years’ experience supporting the business creation process as an entrepreneur and business adviser. He has worked in America and the Czech Republic as well as for Scottish Enterprise, Marks & Spencer and Napier University.
Ed holds qualifications in business and in human ecology from the University of Edinburgh.