Chief Evaluation Officer, Independent Evaluation Office, Global Environment Facility (IEO/GEF)
Geeta Batra is the Chief Evaluation Officer and Deputy Director of the Independent Evaluation Office of GEF. She has worked at the World Bank and IFC for 20 years on private sector issues and in evaluation. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics.
Researcher and Editor, BankTrack
Ryan Brightwell is Researcher and Editor at BankTrack, the Netherlands-based civil society organisation monitoring the environmental and social impacts of private sector banks, and coordinates its human rights campaign and green bonds market monitoring. He has previously worked in ethical finance for The Co-operative Bank and as an independent consultant.
Legal Research Fellow, Centre for International Sustainable Development Law
Stuart Bruce is a London-based legal practitioner specialising in international dispute resolution and an international law and policy academic with expertise in international energy, environmental and climate change law. His research and advocacy focuses on environmental disputes, global energy governance and the sustainable energy transition.
Research Professor, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO); Professor of political science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Halvard Buhaug leads several research projects on security dimensions of climate change, funded by the European Commission, the Research Council of Norway and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His most recent research investigates how agricultural performance and food price shocks affect dynamics of social unrest.
Principal and Senior Scientist, Energy and Environment group, XPRIZE
Paul Bunje is the Principal and Senior Scientist, Energy and Environment group at XPRIZE. He has served as the founding Executive Director of the University of California, Los Angeles, Center for Climate Change Solutions and as the Managing Director of the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability.
Head of Programme and Marketing, Climate Strategies
Germana Canzi is Head of Programme and Marketing at Climate Strategies and has been involved in climate and energy policy since 2001. She has worked as a senior analyst, adviser and project manager for a variety of non-profit organisations and has a background in business journalism.
Head of Climate Finance, CICERO
Christa Clapp is Head of Climate Finance at CICERO. Her work includes clarifying climate risk for institutional investors, environmental assessments of green bonds, and research on the effective use of finance for climate action.
UN Under-Secretary-General; Executive Director, UN-Habitat
Joan Clos is UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN-Habitat. Prior to joining the United Nations in 2010, he was the Spanish ambassador to Turkey and Azerbaijan and was twice elected Mayor of Barcelona. He is currently the Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, Habitat III.
Research Associate, University of Sussex
Emily Cox is an energy policy researcher with the Sussex Energy Group. Her PhD examined energy security in the context of a transition to a low-carbon energy system. She has also worked as an energy policy researcher for the Royal Academy of Engineering, E.ON, and Oxford University.
Executive Vice President, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)
Elliot Diringer is Executive Vice President of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), helping direct its research, policy, outreach and communications efforts. He previously served as Vice President for International Strategies at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, C2ES’s predecessor organisation.
Executive Secretary, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
Patricia Espinosa of Mexico was appointed Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in July 2016.
Ambassador of Mexico to Germany since 2012 and from 2001 to 2002, Ms. Espinosa was Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mexico from 2006 to 2012, bringing more than 30 years of experience at the highest levels in international relations, specialising in climate change, global governance, sustainable development, gender equality and protection of human rights.
Professor of Energy and Climate Policy, University of Oxford; Co-Director, UK Energy Research Centre
Nick Eyre is Professor of Energy and Climate Policy at the University of Oxford, leading the energy research programme in its Environmental Change Institute. He is Jackson Senior Research Fellow at Oriel College. He is also a Co-Director in the UK Energy Research Centre and of the Oxford Martin Programme on Integrating Renewable Energy.
Campaign Director for RE100, The Climate Group
Emily Farnworth is a Director and Head of Climate Change at the World Economic Forum, based in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to joining the World Economic Forum Emily set up and led the award winning campaign RE100, aimed at influential companies committed to 100% renewable power. She has more than 20 years of experience working with leading businesses and governments on climate action.
Policy Analyst; Founding Partner, NewClimate Institute
Hanna Fekete is a Founding Partner of NewClimate Institute. She follows the UNFCCC negotiations and works on the evaluation and quantification of energy and climate policy impacts. She is part of the core team of the Climate Action Tracker and contributed to the UNEP Emissions Gap Report 2014 and 2015.
Elisabeth Anne Gilmore
Assistant Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland; Associate Professor, International Development, Community and Environment, Clark University (January 2017)
Elisabeth Anne Gilmore is an interdisciplinary researcher who works on issues related to environment, energy and security. Her most recent efforts have focused on forecasting the long-term implications of socioeconomic development and climate change on civil war.
Co-Director, UK Energy Research Centre
Rob Gross is Reader in Energy Policy and Technology and Director of the Centre for Energy Policy and Technology (ICEPT) at Imperial College London. He is Policy Director of Imperial’s Energy Futures Lab. He is a Co-Director of the UK Energy Research Centre and has managed the UKERC Technology and Policy Assessment function since 2004
Dag Hammarskjöld Professor of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University; Adjunct Research Professor, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
Håvard Hegre is Dag Hammarskjöld Professor of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University and Adjunct Research Professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). His research interests are conflict forecasting, the study of the relationship between development, democratisation and conflict, as well as how climate change affects conflict. He is currently building a research- and data-based early-warning system for political violence in Africa.
Secretary General, Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT)
Cornie Huizenga is the Secretary General of the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), the largest multi-stakeholder partnership working on sustainable transport. The SLoCaT Partnership plays a lead role in the integration of sustainable, low-carbon transport in global policies on sustainable development and climate change, especially the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
Secretary-General, United Nations
Ban Ki-moon is the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations. His priorities have been to mobilise world leaders around a set of new global challenges, from climate change and economic upheaval to pandemics and increasing pressures involving food, energy and water. He took office on 1 January 2007. On 21 June 2011, he was unanimously re-elected by the General Assembly and will continue to serve until 31 December 2016.
Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General; Chief Executive Officer, Sustainable Energy For All
A leading advocate for sustainable development and recipient of many awards, Rachel Kyte drives SEforALL’s work to mobilise action towards its 2030 goals on universal energy access, energy efficiency and renewables, as well as the new global goal on sustainable energy. Her previous roles have included World Bank Group Special Envoy for Climate Change.
Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Law, University of Bern; former Envoy of the Chairmanship of the Nansen Initiative; former member, UN Human Rights Committee
Walter Kälin is Professor Emeritus (University of Bern, Switzerland). He acted as Envoy of the Nansen Initiative on disaster-induced cross-border displacement (2012–2015) and is a former member of the UN Human Rights Committee (2003–2008 / 2012–2014) as well as the former Representative of the UN Secretary-General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons.
Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Hoesung Lee is Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Endowed Chair Professor at Korea University Graduate School of Energy and Environment, Seoul, Korea. His research encompasses the economics of climate change, energy and sustainable development. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Korean Academy of Environmental Sciences, council member of the Global Green Growth Institute, and a member of the Asian Development Bank President’s Advisory Board on Climate Change and Sustainable Development.
Commissioner, 22nd Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
Abdeladim Lhafi is the Commissioner of COP22 and Morocco's High Commissioner for Water, Forests and Combating Desertification. He has held several positions, including Secretary of State in charge of Agricultural Development, Ambassador of Morocco in Germany and Governor representing Morocco at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Rome. He was recently elected President of the Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS).
Director, Programme Implementation and Coordination Directorate, NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency
Estherine Lisinge-Fotabong is Director of the Programme Implementation and Coordination Directorate at the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, which is the technical body of the African Union. She has over 25 years of experience in environmental law, policy design and project implementation across Africa.
Rafael Marques is a Managing Director of Environmental Financial Products (EFP). He was Senior Vice President of the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), where he was actively involved in the feasibility, design and launch of CCX.
Executive Director, Greenpeace International
Jennifer Morgan, together with Bunny McDiarmid, became Executive Director of Greenpeace International as of 4 April 2016. She was the former Global Director of the Climate Program at the World Resources Institute, Global Climate Change Director at Third Generation Environmentalism (E3G), and led the Global Climate Change Program of Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF).
Director of Economics, World Resources Institute; Program Director, New Climate Economy
Helen Mountford is the Director of Economics at the World Resources Institute. She is also the Program Director for the New Climate Economy (NCE) initiative, a major international initiative that provides independent and authoritative evidence on the relationship between actions which can strengthen economic performance and reduce the risk of dangerous climate change.
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Stephen O’Brien became the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator in June 2015. As a former Conservative Member of Parliament in the UK for 16 years, he was the Prime Minister’s Envoy and Special Representative for the Sahel 2012-2015. Prior to that he served as the Coalition Government’s Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development and before that in a succession of economic, health, care and education shadow Ministerial roles.
Principal Environmental Fiscal Policy Expert, Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF
Ian Parry is the Principal Environmental Fiscal Policy Expert in the Fiscal Affairs Department of the IMF. He has published widely on climate, environmental, energy and transport policy issues. Previously he held the Allen Kneese Chair in Environmental Economics at Resources for the Future. He obtained his PhD in economics from the University of Chicago.
Executive Director, United Nations Association – UK
Natalie Samarasinghe is Executive Director of the United Nations Association – UK and the first woman to hold this role. She is a trustee of the Association for Citizenship Teaching, a member of the Executive Committee of the World Federation of UNAs, a member of the Steering Committee for the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect and an advisor to the Board of the Sri Lanka Campaign. In 2013, she co-founded the 1 for 7 Billion campaign, which seeks a fair, open and inclusive process to select the UN Secretary-General.
Richard L. Sandor
Chairman and CEO, Environmental Financial Products
Richard L. Sandor is Chairman and CEO of Environmental Financial Products. He is the Aaron Director Lecturer in Law and Economics at the University of Chicago Law School and a Visiting Fellow with the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University. He was named by TIME Magazine a “Hero of the Planet” and a “Hero of the Environment” for his work as the “Father of Carbon Trading.”
Associate, Stockholm Environment Institute
Lambert Schneider is an Associate at the Stockholm Environment Institute and a member of the CDM Executive Board. He has been involved in UNFCCC negotiations for 15 years and conducts research on international climate policy, carbon markets and GHG accounting.
Douglas Dillon Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Varun Sivaram is the Philip D. Reed Fellow for Science and Technology at the Council on Foreign Relations. He teaches Clean Energy Innovation at Georgetown University and is a Nonresident Fellow at the Columbia University Center for Global Energy Policy. He is the author of the upcoming book, Taming the Sun: How Innovation Can Harness Solar Energy to Save the Planet (MIT University Press, February 2018).
Roger B. Street
Director, UK Climate Impacts Programme
Roger B. Street leads the strategic and technical programme of UKCIP based out of the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford. Foci for much of his responsibilities relates to improving understanding of the adaptation process, supporting adaptation decision-making and enhancing engagement and knowledge exchange to inform decisions and research.
Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, University of Leeds
Rory Sullivan is an internationally recognised expert on responsible investment and climate change. He is the author/editor of seven books and many papers and reports on these issues, including Valuing Corporate Responsibility: How Do Investors Really Use Corporate Responsibility Information? (Greenleaf, 2011).
Pieter P. Tans
Lead scientist, Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network, Earth System Research Laboratory, NOAA
Pieter P. Tans has studied man-made climate change since 1972, after seeing the first ten years of the Keeling Curve, which shows the steady rise of carbon dioxide as measured on Mauna Loa, Hawai’i. His group has been measuring the major greenhouse gases for several decades.
Juha I. Uitto
Director, Independent Evaluation Office, Global Environment Facility (IEO/GEF)
Juha I. Uitto is Director of the Independent Evaluation Office of GEF. He has worked extensively as evaluator and researcher in environment and development with the GEF, UNDP, the United Nations University and others. He holds a PhD in Social and Economic Geography.
Head, UNEP Finance Initiative
Eric Usher has 25 years of experience in the sustainable energy and finance sectors. Prior to heading the UNEP FI Secretariat in Geneva, he was responsible for a programme portfolio advancing new public/private instruments for financing cleaner energy infrastructure and improving energy access.