Director, Data Ecosystems Development, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
Aditya Agrawal is the Director of Data Ecosystems Development at the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, where he focuses on developing multi-stakeholder approaches for harnessing the data revolution for sustainable development.
Director of Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks, Research Division, IEA
Kamel Ben-Naceur is the IEA Director for Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks, overseeing the Energy and Environment, Energy Technology Policy and Energy Supply and Demand Outlook divisions. His Directorate oversees the production of the World Energy Outlook and the Energy Technology Perspectives, and energy/climate-related policies. He has more than 35 years of experience and knowledge in the energy and industry sectors around the world in both public and private service.
Executive Director, Climate Finance, Climate Policy Initiative (CPI)
Barbara Buchner is Executive Director of Climate Finance at Climate Policy Initiative. She is lead author of the Global Landscape of Climate Finance and directs the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance. She advises leaders on climate, energy, and land use investments around the world.
Global Director, Climate Program, World Resources Institute
Paula Caballero is the Global Director of the World Resources Institute’s Climate Program. She has a long history in the field of development, including service as the Senior Director of the World Bank Group’s Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice and as the Director for Economic, Social and Environmental Affairs in Colombia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She is widely recognised as the lead proponent of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, for which she was awarded a Zayed International Prize in 2014.
Co-chair, Climate Futures, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB)
Luigi Carafa is Co-chair of Climate Futures at Cidob, a stakeholders' initiative aimed at accelerating private investment in low-carbon infrastructure. He is head of delegation to the UNFCCC with observer status. He has extensive fieldwork experience in developing countries, and contributes to policy process such as the IPCC 1.5°C Special Report, SE4ALL-Energy Access, the UfM Climate Change Expert Group, and UN Rio+20.
Head of Policy, United Nations Association – UK
Fred Carver is the Head of Policy for UNA-UK. Prior to joining the organisation, he ran the Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice, a human rights NGO. Before then he worked in local government and as a researcher and writer. He has conducted field research in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Israel and Palestine.
Chief Executive Officer, The Climate Group
Helen Clarkson joined The Climate Group in March 2017 as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to this, she worked at Forum for the Future, where she founded the organisation’s US office. Clarkson joined Forum from Médecins Sans Frontières, where she worked on humanitarian missions in countries including Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Burundi, Pakistan and Nigeria.
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.
Director and Head of Climate Change, World Economic Forum
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.
Associate Professor, Energy Research Institute, NDRC, China
Gao Xiang is Associate Professor at the Energy Research Institute of NDRC. Gao has been long engaged in energy, environment and climate change policy research, and serves as an Alternate Member of the Compliance Committee of the Kyoto Protocol, international review expert for national reports submitted under the UNFCCC, as well as co-facilitator for the APA negotiation.
Master of the New College of the Humanities, London, and its Professor of Philosophy
AC Grayling is the Master of the New College of the Humanities, London, and its Professor of Philosophy, and the author of over 30 books of philosophy, biography, history of ideas, and essays. He is a columnist for Prospect magazine, and was for a number of years a columnist on the Guardian and Times. He has contributed to many leading newspapers in the UK, US and Australia, and to BBC radios 4, 3, 2 and the World Service, for which he did the annual 'Exchanges at the Frontier' series; and he has often appeared on television.
Director-General, UN Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO)
José Graziano da Silva is Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). An agronomist and academic, in 2001 he led the team that designed Brazil’s 'Zero Hunger' (Fome Zero) programme. In 2003, he was charged with its implementation by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva who named him Special Minister of Food Security and the Fight against Hunger.
Secretary-General, United Nations
António Guterres, the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations, took office on 1 January 2017. Prior to his appointment as Secretary-General, he served as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from June 2005 to December 2015, heading one of the world’s foremost humanitarian organisations during some of the most serious displacement crises in decades.
Acting Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Natalia Kanem was named Acting Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on 5 June 2017, following the sudden death of Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin. Kanem retains her duties as Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director (Programme), the post she assumed in July 2016. Prior to this, she served as UNFPA Representative in Tanzania.
CEO and Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact
Lise Kingo is the CEO and Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact, which is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative with more than 13,500 signatories from 170 countries that have committed to aligning strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and taking actions that advance societal goals.
Climate, energy and environment consultant
Renee Lertzman is a strategist, researcher and advised based in Northern California. She works with organisations across all sectors, to design more effective engagement, research and communications strategies. For over 20 years, she has been focused on the intersection between psychology, environment and climate, translating these insights into practical tools for practitioners.
QC, Brick Court Chambers
The core of Richard Lord's practice for over 25 years has been commercial litigation and arbitration, with a particular specialisation in insurance and reinsurance, dry shipping, commodities, energy and professional negligence claims. He has appeared in and advised on numerous cases in tribunals from The House of Lords (Supreme Court) to the High Court in The British Virgin Islands. He has a strong interest in climate change law and is an editor of Climate Change Liability, published by CUP in 2011.
Junior Expert International Energy and Climate Policy, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES)
Manuela Mattheß coordinates projects on international energy and climate policy at Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Berlin. She holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science and Mid-Eastern Studies and previously worked for FES Sénégal. Her main areas of interest are climate induced migration and displacement, climate justice, sustainable cities, challenges of and chances for a global energy transformation, low-carbon development pathways and just transition.
Executive Director, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
Claire Melamed is the Executive Director of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, headquartered in Washington, DC. She is based in London and was previously a Managing Director at the Overseas Development Institute, has worked for a number of international NGOs, the United Nations, and taught at the University of London and the Open University.
Founder, Local Futures
Helena Norberg-Hodge is pioneer of the worldwide localisation movement, and recipient of the Goi Peace prize and the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’. She is the founder of Local Futures and The International Alliance for Localization, and a founding member of the International Forum on Globalisation and The Global Ecovillage Network.
Head of Climate and Energy, WWF
Manuel Pulgar-Vidal is leader of the Climate and Energy Practice of WWF International. He was formerly Minister of State for Environment in Peru and President of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Twentieth Conference of Parties (COP20).
Co-Chair, Working Group II, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Hans-Otto Pörtner is Head of the Integrative Ecophysiology Department at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven, Germany. He served as a Coordinating Lead Author of IPCC WGII AR5 and as an author of the Synthesis Report. In October 2015 he was elected Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group II.
Managing Director, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)
Fiona Reynolds joined the PRI in 2013. She has more than 20 years' experience in the pension sector, including working with the Australian government on pension reform. Prior to joining the PRI, she spent seven years as CEO at the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees. She has formerly been a director of AUSfund, Industry Funds Credit Control, Australia for UNHCR and the National Network of Women in Super.
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.
Philip D. Reed Fellow for Science and Technology, 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).
Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Achim Steiner became UNDP Administrator in June 2017. He also chairs the UN Development Group, which unites the 32 UN funds, programmes, specialised agencies and other bodies that work to support sustainable development. Steiner has served across the United Nations system and led the United Nations Environment Programme from 2006 to 2016.
Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, Asian Development Bank
Bambang Susantono is the Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development of the Asian Development Bank, responsible for Departments of Sustainable Development and Climate Change, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation, and External Relations. He is former Vice-Minister of Indonesia's Ministry of Transportation and Deputy Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development.
Founder, Preventable Surprises
Raj Thamotheram is a pioneer in responsible investing, having worked for 12 years in investment management, before starting Preventable Surprises. Nominated twice by Global Proxy Watch as ‘one of the 10 most influential figures in the corporate governance field’, Thamotheram is also co-founder of the Network for Sustainable Financial Markets.
Executive Director, Transport & Environment
William Todts is the Executive Director of Transport & Environment, an organisation that promotes cleaner, safer, smarter transport policy in the EU and globally. The group has campaigned successfully to get cleaner and safer trucks on European roads as well as for the 95 gram carbon dioxide emissions target that new cars must achieve by 2021. It's now working to ensure the Dieselgate scandal could never happen again.
Chairman, Institute for New Economic Thinking
Adair Turner is Chairman of the Institute for New Economic Thinking. Prior to joining the Institute in 2013, he chaired the UK Financial Services Authority from 2008-2013 and played a leading role in the redesign of the global banking and shadow banking regulation as Chairman of the International Financial Stability Board’s major policy committee.
Senior Project Manager, adelphi
Janani Vivekananda is a Senior Adviser at Adelphi, where she specialises in climate change and peacebuilding. She focuses on the areas of peace and security, vulnerability, adaptation, conflict and risk analyses, conflict and resources, and urban governance.
Executive Director, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
Mark Watts has served as the Executive Director for C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group since December 2013. Prior to joining C40, he was the Director of Arup’s energy and climate change team. Watts is a Senior Associate of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, a member of the Council of the Global Green Growth Institute, and a member of the Yale Climate Dialogue.
Programme Manager Sustainable Cities, WWF
Sofia Widforss is Programme Manager Sustainable Cities at WWF. She was formerly Programme Manager of International Policy at the Stockholm International Water Institute where she coordinated water and climate policy work within the Post-2015/Agenda 2030 and the UNFCCC processes. Prior to joining SIWI she worked as Project Leader and National Coordinator at a Swedish Expert Council for sustainable processes where her area of work included environmental management and sustainable transport.
Research Coordinator and Senior Research Fellow, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB)
Eckart Woertz is Research Coordinator and Senior Research Fellow at CIDOB, the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs, Scientific Advisor to the Kuwait Chair at Sciences Po in Paris and teaches at the Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI). He is author of Oil for Food (Oxford University Press 2013) and has published numerous journal articles on development issues in the Middle East.