Gabrielle Walker is Founder and Director of Valence Solutions. She is an expert strategist, speaker and moderator, helping businesses to address global challenges—with a focus on sustainability, new energy and climate change. Gabrielle is a TED speaker and has a strong background in building new narratives and engagement across a wide range of sectors. She works at boardroom-level with a broad set of global companies to analyse emerging global trends, challenge conventional thinking and turn analysis into meaningful action.
In founding Valence Solutions, she brought together a team with decades of corporate expertise and deep personal commitment to accelerating action on the climate crisis. Using innovative meeting design, Valence Solutions provides a safe space for fresh conversations across perceived divides, thus developing a wider set of practical solutions to help tackle the most difficult and least addressed climate challenges. Through its partnership with the UNFCCC High Level Champions for Climate Action, Valence Solutions participated in many COP26 events in Glasgow.
Gabrielle Walker gives keynote addresses to corporate audiences around the world and is an accomplished moderator of high-level debates, guiding panels involving global CEOs, former heads of state, government ministers, military generals and global humanitarian leaders. She has presented many TV and radio programs for the BBC. She has been Climate Change Editor at Nature and Features Editor at New Scientist and has written extensively for many international newspapers and magazines, including The Economist, Prospect, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. She is author of four books including co-authoring the bestselling book The Hot Topic, how to avoid global warming while still keeping the lights on, which was described by Al Gore as “a beacon of clarity” and by The Times as “a material gain for the axis of good”.
Gabrielle has a PhD from Cambridge University and has taught at both Cambridge and Princeton.
"We had an amazing and enriching Performance Theatre in Lisbon that was without any doubt the best ever. Energising , stimulating , mind opening and simply enjoyable. From purpose to leadership to tackling some of the biggest challenges the world faces. This was only possible thanks to Gabrielle's great leadership in not only putting this all together but also by skilfully leading all the key sessions with passion."
"I have seldom experienced a moderator who possesses such great skills in bridging different panel participants perspectives, synthesizing their views and outlining potential leanings – without occupying any unnecessary space herself. Gabrielle Walker demonstrates great passion and confidence with the subject matter while treating every panel participant with the greatest respect."
CEO, Ikea Foundation
"It is rare indeed to find a facilitator who has such a grasp of the subject that she instinctively knows which points to pursue and which to drop and does so with such an effective combination of charm, persistence and firmness"
Former Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell
“Gabrielle’s talk was the highlight of our sustainability workshop—we got rave reviews. Gabrielle Walker expertly set up the issue of climate change and plastic waste, and the growing momentum around the circular economy and industry action. Her presentation was simple, relatable, impactful and touched everyone at a personal level. It led to tremendous energy in the room to take action and genuinely contribute towards tackling the issue.”
European Marketing Manager, Lipton
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