• Pramod Aggarwal

    CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, Borlaug Institute for South Asia–International Maize and Wheat Improvement, New Delhi, India

Pramod Aggarwal is Regional Leader of the CGIAR-CCAFS program, based at BISA-CIMMYT, New Delhi. He was a Coordinating Lead Author of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change and a Review Editor for AR5. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India and National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, India

  • Adnan Z. Amin

    Director-General, International Renewable Energy Agency

Adnan Z. Amin is the Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), currently serving his second term. He has more than 25 years of experience in renewable energy, sustainable development and environmental policy. During his tenure, IRENA has achieved near universal membership and grown to become the global authority on renewable energy. The Agency is now recognised as a key contributor to processes such as the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

  • Arindam Banerjee

    Department of Computer Science & Engineering, Resident Fellow, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Arindam Banerjee is a Professor at the Department of Computer Science & Engineering and a Resident Fellow at the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. His research interests are in statistical machine learning and its applications to complex real-world problems

  • Ashok Bhargava

    Director (Energy), Central and West Asia Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Ashok Bhargava is Director (Energy) for Asian Development Bank West and Central Asia Department and Chair of the Bank’s Energy Sector Group overseeing the energy policies, strategies and portfolio performance. He supervises energy sector lending and knowledge work in 10 countries of west and central Asia. He has more than 35 years of experience in the energy sectors in various managerial and leadership roles throughout Asia and the Pacific

  • Udit Bhatia

    PhD candidate, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA

Udit Bhatia is a PhD candidate at Northeastern University. His research interests include critical infrastructures resilience, ecosystem recovery, climate and weather extremes. He was the Founder of a successful engineering startup, the educational wing of which developed learning modules delivered to students through remote technologies and face-to-face interactions

  • Nigel Brandon

    Dean of Engineering, Imperial College London; Director, UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Supergen Hub; and Co-Director, UK Energy Storage Supergen Hub

Nigel Brandon's research is focused on electrochemical devices for energy applications, with a particular focus on fuel cells, electrolysers, and batteries. He is Director of the UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cells SUPERGEN Hub (www.h2fcsupergen.com), and Co-Director of the UK SUPERGEN Energy Storage Hub (energysuperstore.org). He was the founding Director of the Energy Futures Lab at Imperial College (www.imperial.ac.uk/energyfutureslab), and a founder of Ceres Power (www.cerespower.com), a fuel cell company spun out from Imperial College in 2000

  • Sebastian Busch

    Research Scholar, IIASA

Sebastian Busch is a Research Scholar at IIASA. His areas of expertise include energy economics, economic policy analysis and various thematic aspects with regards to global change analysis. Recently, he contributed to The World In 2050 initiative to provide science for the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The focus of his research is on the economy and finance of transformations to sustainability

  • Jenny Choo

    Coordinator, Land for Life Programme, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

Jenny Choo is the Coordinator of Land for Life Programme at the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), where she compiles and showcases award winners’ sustainable land management stories, and organises campaigns and events to highlight the UNCCD thematic priorities. She has also strong interests working with civil society organisations and youth groups in land management issues

  • Christa Clapp

    Research Director for Climate Finance, CICERO

Christa Clapp is Research Director for Climate Finance at CICERO, leading the work stream on climate risk for investors and the award winning green bond ratings. She is also a Lead Author for the IPCC 6th assessment report on finance and investment

  • Miguel Cárdenas Rodríguez

    OECD Environment Directorate

Miguel Cárdenas Rodríguez is a statistician and econometrician. He obtained a master’s degree in Environmental Economics at Toulouse School of Economics. In 2012 he joined the Environment Directorate of the OECD where he works on developing new and improved green growth indicators, and manages the OECD Policy Instruments for the Environment Database. He has also conducted research in environmental policy, green innovation, productivity, air pollution and renewable energy investment

  • Yamide Dagnet

    Senior Associate, UNFCCC lead, International Climate Action, World Resources Institute (WRI)

As project director, Yamide Dagnet is leading WRI’s research, analysis and stakeholder engagement regarding the implementation of the Paris Agreement. She works also part-time for the NDC Partnership as a Senior Country Specialist. Yamide brings more than 15 years of experience, including as EU negotiator on UNFCCC, manager of the UK greenhouse gas inventory, UK Deputy Focal Point for the IPCC, France’s Focal point for the EU neighbourhood policy and twinning programme

  • Meghna Das

    Senior Programme Specialist – Sustainability, UNICEF UK

Meghna Das is Senior Programme Specialist on Sustainability, leading on environmental, climate change and WASH initiatives at UNICEF UK since 2015. With a Masters degree in environment science, she has over 15 years of experience providing strategic insights and advice on sustainability while working internationally in organisations such as WWF and local governments

  • Paula DiPerna

    Writer and environmental policy adviser

Paula DiPerna serves currently as Special Advisor to CDP. Formerly, she served as President of the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), the world’s first integrated cap-and-trade system, that also co-founded the Tianjin Climate Exchange (TCX), China’s first pilot carbon market. DiPerna also served as President of the Joyce Foundation, and Vice President for International Affairs for the Cousteau Society, whose principal was oceans pioneer Jacques-Yves Cousteau. She is also a widely published author

  • Kate Duffy

    Sustainability and Data Sciences Laboratory at Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA

Kate Duffy is a PhD student in the Sustainability and Data Sciences Laboratory at Northeastern University, with research interests at the intersection of climate, water and global change. She has a BS in Environmental Engineering from Cornell University and professional experience as an environmental consultant

  • David L. Faigman

    Chancellor & Dean and the John F. Digardi Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco

David L. Faigman is the Chancellor & Dean and the John F. Digardi Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. He also holds an appointment as professor in the School of Medicine (Dept. of Psychiatry) at the University of California San Francisco

  • Auroop R. Ganguly

    Director, Sustainability and Data Sciences Laboratory, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA

Auroop R. Ganguly is a Professor at Northeastern University in Boston, MA, USA, the director of their Sustainability and Data Sciences Laboratory, and Co-Founder of the NSF-funded startup risQ. He has 20 years of professional experience spanning the private industry, government research laboratory, and academia, and a PhD from MIT

  • Sangram Ganguly

    Senior Research Scientist, NASA Ames Research Center and Bay Area Environmental Research Institute

Sangram Ganguly is a Senior Research Scientist at the NASA Ames Research Center and at the Bay Area Environmental Research Institute. His research interests include machine learning and cloud computing for satellite data processing and the earth sciences. He is a co-founding member of the NASA Earth eXchange (NEX)

  • Phan Huong Giang

    Media and Communications Analyst, UNDP Viet Nam

Phan Huong Giang is media and communications analyst at UNDP Viet Nam, focusing on climate change and the environment. Prior to joining UNDP in 2009, she worked for Counterpart International, a non-profit organisation headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, covering communications and managing a number of special projects funded by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Viet Nam. She has more than 15 years of experience and holds an MBA from La Trobe University

  • Nathalie Girouard

    Head of Division, Environmental Performance and Information, OECD Environment Directorate

Nathalie Girouard is the Head of Division for Environmental Performance and Information in the OECD Environment Directorate. She is overseeing the Environmental Performance Review programme, the development of environmental information and indicators and the accession process in the field of environment, waste and chemicals. Previously, Nathalie coordinated OECD work on green growth and sustainable development. She also worked in the Economics Department on the OECD Economic Outlook

  • António Guterres

    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

  • Elisabeth M. Hamin

    Professor of Regional Planning, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Elisabeth M. Hamin, PhD, is a Professor of Regional Planning at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is PI on an NSF grant building a resilient infrastructure network collaborating across the Caribbean and the US Northeast (http://www.resilient-infrastructure.org), and edited with colleagues the 2019 Planning for Climate Change: A Reader in Green Infrastructure and Sustainable Design for Resilient Cities

  • Bill Hare

    Founder and CEO, Climate Analytics

Bill Hare is a physicist and climate scientist with 30 years’ experience in science, impacts and policy responses to climate change and stratospheric ozone depletion. He is a founder and CEO of Climate Analytics, which was established to synthesise and advance scientific knowledge on climate change and provide state-of-the-art solutions to global and national climate change policy challenges

  • Laurel Hart

    Outreach and Campaigns Officer, United Nations Association - UK (UNA-UK)

Laurel Hart is the Outreach and Campaigns Officer at UNA-UK, managing its outreach programmes and atrocity prevention work. She is a board member at Remembering Srebrenica and Tell MAMA and has previously worked in policy at UN OCHA and in human rights education at Amnesty International

  • Ivan Haščič

    OECD Environment Directorate

Ivan Haščič is a Senior Economist managing OECD’s work on monitoring environmental performance and green growth. His research interests include environmental policy instrument choice and design, the role of public policy in encouraging environmental innovation, and regulation of biodiversity impacts of land use

  • Jenty Kirsch-Wood

    Senior Technical Advisor on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience, UNDP Viet Nam

Jenty Kirsch-Wood is Senior Technical Advisor on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience at UNDP Viet Nam. She is currently working with the Government to support implementation of UNDP’s first Green Climate Fund supported project on coastal resilience, and advising on joint projects on disaster risk management and climate change. She has nearly 20 years' experience working with UN agencies and non-governmental organisations

  • Evan Kodra

    CEO of risQ, Inc

Evan Kodra holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary Engineering from Northeastern University’s SDS Lab. He is the CEO of risQ, Inc., a for profit company that catalyses climate change adaptation in the financial sector via data science and software products

  • Amaury Laporte

    Communications Director, Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI)

Amaury Laporte honed his skills at the French Embassy before joining EESI to focus on clean energy, a long-standing interest of his. Amaury holds an MA in Strategic Management from the University of Nottingham and is a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris

  • Rizal Malik

    CEO, WWF-Indonesia

Rizal Malik has a distinguished career in the management of non-profit organisations. He is currently WWF Leader, Asia-Pacific New Deal for Nature and People Initiative, and former CEO of WWF-Indonesia. Throughout his professional assignments, he has championed human and institutional development, democratic governance and public policy in Southeast Asia.

  • Mauro Migotto

    OECD Environment Directorate

Mauro Migotto holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Milan (Italy), a Mphil in Development Studies from the University of Sussex (UK) and a PhD in Food and Agricultural Economics from the University of Reading (UK). He worked in the humanitarian and development field (mainly on poverty and food security) before joining the OECD in 2007

  • Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

    United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, sworn into office on 19 August 2013. She has worked in government, private sector and civil society and was actively involved in the struggle to end apartheid in her home country of South Africa

  • Nebojsa Nakicenovic

    Deputy Director General, IIASA

Nebojsa Nakicenovic is Deputy Director General of IIASA and former Full Professor of Energy Economics at the Vienna University of Technology. He has published more than 300 publications and serves on over ten Journal Editorial Boards. Among his research interests are the patterns of technological change, economic development, response to climate change and, in particular, the evolution of energy, mobility, and digital technologies

  • Gautam Narasimhan

    Senior Adviser – Climate, Energy and Environment, UNICEF

Gautam is a Senior Adviser for UNICEF in New York, responsible for UNICEF's global climate change, sustainable energy and environment efforts. His academic background includes Bachelor’s degrees in Chemical Engineering and Public Policy, a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering and an MBA. His 15 years of professional experience includes environmental technical consulting, management of a climate-change portfolio for an energy company, and supporting governments in developing and implementing sustainable energy programmes

  • Leoluca Orlando

    Mayor of Palermo

Leoluca Orlando is an Italian politician and current Mayor of Palermo. A lawyer, he also worked as Professor of Regional Public Law at the University of Palermo and is best known for his strong opposition to the Sicilian mafia. In June 2018, in defiance of orders from the Italian government, Orlando stated that he would allow the Aquarius, bearing 629 migrants rescued off the coast of Libya, to dock in Palermo

  • Raffaele Mauro Petriccione

    Director General, DG Climate Action, European Commission

Raffaele Mauro Petriccione joined the European Commission in September 1987. He has worked in trade policy since then, covering a wide range of activities and negotiations: from trade defence to standards, investment, competition, WTO, dispute settlement, relations with Member States and European Institutions. From 2014 to early 2018, he was Deputy-Director General of DG Trade. In March 2018 he was appointed Director General for Climate Action.

  • Daniel Ramos

    Legal Officer, Trade and Environment Division, World Trade Organization (WTO)

Daniel Ramos is Legal Officer at the Trade and Environment Division (TED) of the WTO, where he supports the work of committees served by TED through substantive research, legal advice and technical assistance to developing countries. He also supports Panel members in trade disputes involving issues covered by TED

  • Shehnab Sahin

    CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, Borlaug Institute for South Asia–International Maize and Wheat Improvement, New Delhi, India

Shehnab Sahin is Communications and Partnerships Specialist of the CGIAR-CCAFS program in South Asia, based at BISA-CIMMYT, New Delhi. As a development communications professional, she has worked in the areas of refugee protection, education and climate change. She has a double Masters in History from St.Stephens College, India and International Development from University of Torino, Italy

  • Sandeep Sengupta

    Global Coordinator – Climate Change Portfolio, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Sandeep Sengupta is the Global Coordinator of IUCN’s Climate Change Portfolio, based in Switzerland. He has worked for several years on a wide range of environment and development issues, both within and outside the government in India, and in international organizations abroad. He holds a doctorate in International Relations from the University of Oxford, where his research focused on the evolution of global climate politics over the last 20 years

  • Drew Shindell

    Nicholas Professor of Earth Science, Duke University

Drew Shindell is Nicholas Professor of Earth Science at Duke University. He has been an author on more than 200 peer-reviewed publications as well as the IPCC’s 2013 Fifth Assessment and the 2018 Special Report on 1.5°C, and chairs the Scientific Advisory Panel to the Climate and Clean Air Coalition

  • Juha Siikamäki

    Chief Economist, International Union for Conservation of Nature

Juha Siikamäki is Chief Economist of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Prior to joining IUCN in 2017, he worked at Resources for the Future (RFF), most recently as Associate Research Director and Thomas J. Klutznick Senior Fellow. His work over the last two decades has focused on the economics of nature and ecosystem services, including their valuation, management and conservation priority setting, typically in the context of forest, agricultural, and coastal ecosystems

  • Hamid Abakar Souleymane

    Deputy Director General, National Meteorology Agency of the Republic of Chad

  Hamid Abakar Souleymane is the Deputy Director General of the National Meteorology Agency of the Republic of Chad. He serves as National Focal Point for the IPCC and 2nd National Focal Point for Climate Change, and represents the Least Developed Country constituency on the Advisory Board of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN)

  • Rory Sullivan

    Co-Founder and Director, Chronos Sustainability

Rory Sullivan is CEO, Chronos Sustainability and Chief Technical Advisor, Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI). He is an internationally recognised expert on climate finance and responsible investment. He is the author/editor of eight books and of many papers and reports on these and related issues

  • László Szombatfalvy

    Founder and Chairman, Global Challenges Foundation

László Szombatfalvy, born 1927, came to Sweden in 1956 from Hungary as a refugee. He developed his own investment model for the valuation and risk analysis of shares, which broadened to consider the risks and challenges facing humanity. He founded the Global Challenges Foundation in 2012; its mission is to facilitate changes in global governance necessary to minimise global catastrophic risks

  • Ludivine Tamiotti

    Environment Team Leader, Trade and Environment Division, World Trade Organization (WTO)

Ludivine Tamiotti is Environment Team Leader in the WTO in Geneva. She is in charge of the regular and negotiating committees on trade and environment, provides legal advice, conducts research and publishes widely on trade and environment (e.g. lead author of the WTO/UNEP Report on Trade and Climate Change)

  • Raj Thamotheram

    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

  • David L. Turk

    Head of the Strategic Initiatives Office, International Energy Agency (IEA)

David Turk is currently the Head of the Strategic Initiatives Office, overseeing key IEA cross-agency efforts. In November 2016, he was appointed Head of the Energy Environment Division for the IEA and has also served as Acting Director for Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks. He formerly represented the United States as Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Climate and Technology at the US Department of Energy, where he coordinated the Department's international clean energy efforts

  • Jukka Uosukainen

    Director, Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN)

Jukka Uosukainen is the Director of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), and the ranking official on climate change technology for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). He has worked in the national and international environmental sector for more than two decades, chairing and facilitating various UN committees, including of the UNFCCC and UN Environment. More recently, he served as the Special Envoy for Climate Change for the Government of Finland

  • Sally Uren

    Chief Executive, Forum for the Future

Sally Uren OBE is Chief Executive of Forum for the Future, with overall responsibility for delivering Forum’s mission to accelerate a big shift towards a sustainable future. From offices in the UK, US, Singapore and Mumbai, Forum works through partnership and collaboration to deliver practical systems change for sustainability. In December 2017 Sally received an OBE in the Queen’s New Years’ Honours List for services to sustainability in business

  • Maryke van Staden

    Manager, Low Carbon City Agenda, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, and Director, carbonn Center

Maryke van Staden directs the global low carbon strategy at ICLEI and is the Director of the Bonn Center for Local Climate Action and Reporting (carbonn Center). She oversees global programmes and projects, working closely with national and subnational governments around the globe on integrated climate action. Linked to this, Maryke also supports ICLEI's global climate advocacy work. Specialising in local climate action, sustainable energy and energy security, she has over 20 years of experience in the field.

  • Mary Elizabeth Warner

    Sustainability and Data Sciences Lab and Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA

Mary Elizabeth (Lizzy) Warner is a member of the Sustainability and Data Sciences Lab and Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University. She is currently enrolled as a third year PhD student in the Interdisciplinary Engineering programme. Lizzy’s research focuses on the intersection of policy and engineering, emphasising climate and infrastructure

  • Carol Werner

    Executive Director, Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI)

Carol Werner has more than 35 years of public policy experience on energy and environmental issues. She's led EESI, a non-profit education and policy organisation, since 1998. EESI is dedicated to sustainable development, believing that a sound environment and a sound economy go hand-in-hand