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Speaker Profile

Ed Craig

Job TitleHead of Business Innovation

Company NameEdinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation

About

Ed Craig is the Edinburgh Centre's Head of Business Innovation, leading the Innovation and Business activities within the Centre with a specific focus on enabling the long term sustainability of the Centre and its activities.
His remit includes the leadership of a significant EU project and a project team of 6 which aims to guide and support over 1000 SMEs to develop and implement innovative low carbon products and services within 6 key operational clusters: Sustainable Transport; Green ICT, Carbon Accounting; Carbon Finance; Renewables & The Built Environment; Land, Water & Waste. The project is also prioritising supporting Low carbon focused knowledge exchange partnerships to innovate and create sustainable economic and social impact.

Ed also works with the Director to build the ECCi business model and formulate strategic initiatives, in order to enhance the Centre’s reach, imapct and income generating potential, both in the UK and abroad. Ed has specific responsibilities for building strong strategic partnerships and relationships with key internal and external stakeholders to ensure that the Centre has clear and open channels of communication to drive the ambitions of its core partners: University of Edinburgh, Heriot Watt University and Edinburgh Napier University. These include the Public Sector, Larger Corporate organisations and the Third Sector organisations and their supply chains.

Until January 2012 Ed was Head of Project Development and Management at Edinburgh Napier University where he was responsible for providing intensive and oversight support to University strategic leaders to access public and private sector funding to create, incubate and mainstream new projects partnerships which meet the core mission of the University. Over an 11 year tenure he acquired over £50 million in European, Public and Private sector funding to help secure Napier’s status as one of the top Universities in the UK for EU funded projects and in Scotland for knowledge exchange activity supporting innovation and skills exchange.

Ed has been responsible for the development and oversight of multiple Low Carbon national and international project partnerships on themes including sustainable transportation, biomass, sustainable construction and Smart Cities. Ed is an experienced staff and resource leader and in 2003 established Scotland’s first department dedicated to the acquisition and management of external EU funding within a University. Ed holds a Business Commerce Honours and an MSc in Human Ecology from the University of Edinburgh and has a significant knowledge of National & EU funding streams, in particular regarding innovation and Low Carbon issues.


Conference Views

  • All-Energy was a great opportunity to meet others from across the spectrum of renewable energy. I found the conference gave DONG Energy a good platform to talk about our vision for offshore wind over the coming years, and in particular to hear how others in the sector feel about our cost reduction ambitions. It was exciting to see so many people from our sector in one place talking about how to tackle the UK’s energy trilemma – keeping the lights on, cutting costs and cutting carbon. - and exploring real solutions to the challenge.
    Benj Sykes, UK Country Manager, Wind Power, DONG Energy
  • “I always come to the event every year, it’s an excellent opportunity to make connections, top understand what’s happening in the industry, and find out where there are opportunities to expand the business in the future. I usually find I try to attend as many of the conference sessions as possible as they are a great way of keeping up to date with what is happening in the industry, but also as they are used to launch new initiatives, it is a great way to find out the news first.”
    Nicholas Kirsop-Taylor, Plymouth University
  • "All-Energy 2013 proved invaluable for the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult. It gave us a launch platform to raise our profile with a focused audience of the major influencers in the renewables and wider energy sectors. All-Energy 2014 will be a key event in our calendar for next year".
    Andrew Jamieson, CEO, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
  • “It is important that you have the conference and that there are speakers of a high quality with a lot of experience within the market; that, of course, raises the quality of the people who attend.”
    Svein Erik Evju, Sales Manager Renewables – Smart Motor AS