About Alexis Rowell
Alexis’s first career was as a BBC journalist from 1989 to 1998, mostly reporting on the consequences of the fall of the Berlin Wall. After completing an MBA at INSEAD, he then worked in business development for media technology companies in the UK and France until his concern about climate change led him to set up his own sustainability consultancy, cuttingthecarbon.
From 2006 to 2010 Alexis was a councillor in the London Borough of Camden and Chair of the council’s all-party Sustainability Task Force. In February 2010, Alexis won “Sustainability Councillor of the Year” at the national Local Government Association Councillor Awards. Later that year, he wrote a book about his experiences called Communities, councils and carbon — what we can do if governments won’t. He also set up the UK Passivhaus Conference to promote low energy buildings.
From 2012 to 2014 Alexis was News Editor and Managing Director of Transition Free Press, a quarterly newspaper produced by the Transition movement. Since 2014 he has worked full-time and part-time as Business Development Manager at Joju Solar, a British company that designs, installs and maintains solar PV, energy storage and electric vehicle charging systems.
Alexis has post-graduate diplomas in journalism from the Centre for Journalism Studies in Cardiff and the Centre de Formation des Journalistes in Paris; an MBA from INSEAD business school in France; an MSc in Food Policy from City University, London; and an MSc in Experimental Psychology from the University of Sussex. His research conducted whilst at Sussex into primary school children and their understanding of manmade climate change is awaiting publication.