• 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

  • Edward B. Barbier

    University Distinguished Professor, Department of Economics, Colorado State University

Edward B. Barbier’s main expertise is natural resource and development economics as well as the interface between economics and ecology. He has served as a consultant and policy analyst for a variety of national, international and non-governmental agencies, including many UN organisations, the OECD and the World Bank.

  • Geeta Batra

    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.

  • Larry Baxter

    Professor, Chemical Engineering, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah and Cofounder/Technical Director, Sustainable Energy Solutions, Orem, UT

Larry Baxter is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at Brigham Young University (BYU) and the cofounder and technical director of Sustainable Energy Solutions. His sustainable-energy-focused research involves carbon capture, energy storage, biomass and fossil fuel processing and nuclear energy. He joined the Chemical Engineering faculty at BYU in late 2000, having worked 14 years previously at Sandia National Laboratories' Combustion Research Facility.

  • 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

  • Richard Black

    Director, Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit

Richard Black is Director of the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), a non-profit think-tank supporting informed debate on climate change and the energy transition. Richard was a science and environment journalist for the BBC, leaving in 2012 to join the Global Ocean Commission. In 2018 he wrote 'Denied', the only book about the UK's climate contrarian elite. Richard frequently contributes to media, taking part in the BBC's Attenborough documentary 'Climate Change: The Facts'.

  • Duncan Brack

    Associate Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources Programme, Chatham House

Duncan Brack is an independent environmental policy analyst, an Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) and an Associate at Green Alliance. From 2010 to 2012 he was special adviser at the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change; before that he worked for Chatham House, and from 1998 to 2003 was head of its Sustainable Development Programme.

  • 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

  • Ryan Brightwell

    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.

  • Stuart Bruce

    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.

  • Halvard Buhaug

    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.

  • Paul Bunje

    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.

  • 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

  • Germana Canzi

    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.

  • Robin Chazdon

    Professor Emerita, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department, University of Connecticut and Senior Fellow, World Resources Institute Global Restoration Initiative

Robin Chazdon is a Professor Emerita in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at the University of Connecticut and part-time Research Professor with the Tropical Forests and People Research Centre at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. She is a Senior Fellow with the World Resources Institute Global Restoration Initiative and a Senior Research Associate with the International Institute for Sustainability in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

  • 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

    Head of 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

  • Joan Clos

    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.

  • Emily Cox

    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.

  • 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

  • Lord Deben

    Chairman, UK Committee on Climate Change

Lord Deben was one of the UK’s longest serving Secretaries of State for the Environment (1993 to 1997). He has held several other high-level ministerial posts, including Secretary of States for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1989 to 1993). He founded and chairs Sancroft, a corporate responsibility consultancy working with blue-chip companies around the world to help them improve their environmental, social and ethical impact.

  • Laetitia De Marez

    Head of Implementation Strategies, Director of Climate Analytics New York

Laetitia De Marez leads Climate Analytics’ work on enhancing science-based implementation strategies and facilitating access to climate finance for mitigation and adaptation actions in particularly vulnerable developing countries. Active in the UNFCCC negotiations since 2003 and subsequently in the Green Climate Fund, she served as an advisor to SIDS and LDCs representatives.

  • 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

  • Elliot Diringer

    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.

  • Mafalda Duarte

    CEO, Climate Investment Funds (CIF)

Mafalda Duarte is CEO of Climate Investment Funds (CIF), an $8.5 billion multilateral fund supporting climate action in 72 developing countries for over a decade. Since assuming her position in 2014, Mafalda has implemented a pioneering vision centred on blazing new paths in leadership and learning in scaled climate action. CIF’s more than 300 investments are well known for enabling breakthroughs in renewable energy deployment and access, sustainable forestry, and climate resilience. Under Mafalda's leadership, CIF has developed new programs and investment vehicles to rapidly help drive up global ambition on climate.

  • 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

  • Nick Eyre

    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.

  • 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

  • Hanna Fekete

    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.

  • Cristina Gamboa

    CEO, World Green Building Council

Cristina Gamboa is a passionate advocate for green buildings and cities as an effective solution to climate change and other social justice and environmental goals. Cristina was previously CEO at Colombia Green Building Council and also has experience in economic research, journalism and international affairs.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Rob Gross

    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

  • 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

  • Håvard Hegre

    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.

  • Cornie Huizenga

    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.

  • Saleemul Huq

    Director, International Centre for Climate Change & Development (ICCCAD)

Saleemul Huq is the Director of ICCCAD and Senior Fellow at the IIED. He was a lead author of the chapter on Adaptation and Sustainable Development in the third assessment report of the IPCC and one of the coordinating lead authors of ‘Inter-relationships between adaptation and mitigation’ in the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report (2007).

  • Jiang Kejun

    Director, Energy Research Institute, China’s National Development and Reform Commission

Jiang Kejun is Director of the Energy Research Institute, National Development and Reform Commission, China. He began research on climate change relative to energy policy analysis in 1993. From 1997, he participated in Working Group III of the International Panel on Climate Change Third Assessment Report and was a lead author for the the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report.

  • Mizan R. Khan

    Deputy Director, International Centre for Climate Change & Development (ICCCAD)

Mizan R. Khan is Deputy Director of ICCCAD and Programme Director, LDC Universities’ Consortium on Climate Change (LUCCC) at ICCCAD, Independent University Bangladesh. He has a Ph.D in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, MD, USA.

  • Ban Ki-moon

    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.

  • 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

  • Rachel Kyte

    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. 


  • Walter Kälin

    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.

  • 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

  • Hoesung Lee

    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.

  • Abdeladim Lhafi

    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).

  • Estherine Lisinge-Fotabong

    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.

  • Rizal Malik

    WWF Leader, Asia-Pacific New Deal for Nature and People Initiative

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.

  • Rafael Marques

    Managing Director, Environmental Financial Products

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.

  • Adam Matthews

    Co-Chair, Transition Pathway Initiative and Director of Ethics & Engagement, Church of England Pensions Board

Adam is the Director of Ethics and Engagement for the Church of England Pensions Board, Co-Chair of the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) and a Board Member of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC). He also led the negotiations with Royal Dutch Shell resulting in the Joint Investor-Shell climate statement.

  • Michael E. Mauel

    Professor of Applied Physics, Columbia University, New York

Michael E. Mauel is a Professor of Applied Physics at Columbia University and conducts research to optimise magnetically confined plasma for fusion. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and former chair of the Division of Plasma Physics. He chaired the Plasma Science Committee of the US National Academies and co-chaired the 2019 Committee on a Strategic Plan for US Burning Plasma Research.

  • 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

  • Jennifer Morgan

    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).

  • Helen Mountford

    Vice President, Climate & Economics, World Resources Institute

Helen Mountford is Vice President, Climate & 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.

  • 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

  • Stephen O’Brien

    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.

  • Ian Parry

    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.

  • 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.

  • Alberto Carrillo Pineda

    Director Science Based Targets at CDP

Alberto Carrillo Pineda is Director Science Based Targets at CDP. Previously, Alberto led the Climate Business Engagement unit for WWF’s Global Climate and Energy Initiative coordinating efforts on topics including science-based target setting, policy engagement and transformational renewable electricity procurement.

  • 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

  • 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.”

  • Lambert Schneider

    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.

  • 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

  • Jim Skea

    Professor of Sustainable Energy, Imperial College London, and Co-chair, IPCC Working Group III (Mitigation)

Jim Skea is Professor of Sustainable Energy at Imperial College London with research interests in energy, climate change and technological innovation. His current main role is as Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III for the 6th assessment cycle. He was Research Director of the UK Energy Research Centre 2004-12 and Director of the Policy Studies Institute 1998-2004.

  • 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)

  • Achim Steiner

    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.

  • 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.

  • Nicola Sturgeon

    First Minister of Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon is the first female First Minister and the first female leader of any of the devolved UK administrations. She entered the Scottish Parliament as a regional MSP for Glasgow in 1999 and is currently MSP for Glasgow Southside. In government she served as Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing and Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities. Throughout this period she also served as Deputy First Minister of Scotland. She became SNP Leader on November 14, 2014 and was sworn in as First Minister on November 20, 2014.

  • Rory Sullivan

    CEO, Chronos Sustainability and Chief Technical Advisor, Transition Pathway Initiative

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

  • Jérôme Tagger

    Chief Executive Officer, Preventable Surprises

Jérôme Tagger joined Preventable Surprises on 1 January 2020 after fifteen years building organizations that help the economy make proactive choices about long term ESG trends and systemic risks. He was a Director at the Global Impact Investing Network, the founding COO of the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment, Head of Research at Eurosif and Chief Revenue Officer at ImpactAlpha. He most recently advised UNEP FI’s Positive Impact Initiative and the World Benchmarking Alliance.

  • 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)

  • 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.

  • Enyseh Teimory

    Communications Officer, United Nations Association - UK

Enyseh is the Communications Officer at the United Nations Association - UK, responsible for the Organisation’s public communications and supporting its policy and campaign work. Enyseh is a qualified journalist and holds a Masters degree from the University of St Andrews and a first-class degree in Middle Eastern Studies from SOAS, University of London.

  • 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

  • Peter Thomson

    United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean

In 2017, the United Nations Secretary-General Guterres appointed Ambassador Peter Thomson of Fiji as his Special Envoy for the Ocean. Ambassador Thomson brings distinguished experience in diplomatic services and is familiar with the work of the UN, including as Permanent Representative of Fiji to the UN and President of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly.

  • Jessika Trancik

    Associate Professor, Data, Systems, and Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Jessika Trancik is an associate professor in the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research examines the impacts of technologies and the reasons behind technological change. She has developed theory and predictive models to understand why some technologies improve faster than others, and what technology features enable rapid innovation.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Eric Usher

    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.

  • 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.

  • Detlef van Vuuren

    Professor at Utrecht University and Senior Researcher, Department of Climate, Air and Energy, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency

Detlef van Vuuren is Professor in Integrated Assessment of Global Environmental Change (Utrecht University) and senior researcher at PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency leading the IMAGE modelling team. He works concentrates on scenario development for research on climate change and sustainable development issues. He works as (coordinating) lead author in several international assessments, including IPCC.

  • Sandy Verschoor

    Lord Mayor of Adelaide

Elected Lord Mayor in November 2018, Sandy is keen to keep costs low for residents and businesses by reducing red tape, strengthening Adelaide’s global reputation for culture, climate change action, and entrepreneurialism, preserving Adelaide’s heritage, and enhancing the city’s precincts and main streets for the benefit of local small business owners and the community.

  • Janek Vähk

    Climate, Energy and Air Pollution Programme Coordinator, Zero Waste Europe

Janek joined Zero Waste Europe in August 2015. As Climate, Energy and Air Pollution Programme Coordinator, he leads on climate and energy policy advocacy work. He holds a MSc in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Central European University and Postgraduate degree in Charity Marketing from Cass Business School.

  • 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