Minister Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Saudi Arabia
His Excellency Khalid A. Al-Falih is Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Chairman of the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) Board of Directors. Al-Falih was appointed Minister by Royal Decree in May 2016. In this capacity he oversees the Kingdom's energy and minerals sectors, activities related to industry and electricity, and the National Industrial Cluster Development Program. He concurrently chairs the board of the Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma'aden). Previously Al-Falih served as Minister of Health for the Kingdom, a position to which he was named in April 2015. At the same time he was named Saudi Aramco's chairman. Al-Falih earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1982, and received a Master of Business Administration from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran in 1991. He holds an honorary doctorate from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and in 2009 was awarded Saudi Arabia's highest civilian honor, the King Abdulaziz Medal (First Class), for his service to the nation.
Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
Ken is the Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, and serves as Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Jerry Brown and the Chair of the Strategic Growth Council. Ken has led a broad effort to modernize land use planning through greater transparency; easier access and local application through mapping tools, templates, and streamlined permits; reduced barriers to in-fill development; promotion of transit oriented development; protection of agricultural land and open space; recognition of water constraints; and updated general plan and CEQA guidelines.Ken is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Chief Scientific Officer, PSA Peugeot Citroën
Sylvain Allano is Chief Scientific Officer at PSA Peugeot Citroën. He is a consultant on sustainable mobility and renewable energies, based in Paris (France) and in Rabat (Morocco). He has a been a scientist at the CNRS, a University Professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris-Saclay (formerly ENSET), a Director of the Joint Research Unit SATIE, a Deputy Scientific Director at the CNRS, and from 2010 to 2016, Chief Scientific Officer of the PSA Group. For the PSA Group, Sylvain Allano has been responsible for the creation of a global innovation and scientific network of Open Labs covering key technologies for the mobility systems of the future. He has also co-founded the Patent Law Firm Pontet Allano & Associés and several High Tech start-ups, and contributed to the creation of Dirisoft, a research network on new-generation airships.
Public Affairs and Public Relations Manager, Novozymes
Nour Amrani is a public affairs professional with more than ten year-experience in managing government relations in the EU and at international level. In 2011, Nour joined Novozymes as manager for public affairs and media relations. Headquartered in Copenhagen. Novozymes is a bio-innovation company using biotechnology to improve the use of resources in more than 40 industries around the world. At Novozymes, Nour has been promoting sustainable biofuels and the concept of the Bio-economy with EU policy-makers and international stakeholders. In this role, she worked actively on renewable energy and innovation legislation. She has been part of the team that successfully established the EU public private partnership on bio-based industries (BBI JU). Previous to her role with Novozymes, Nour worked for six years as a consultant at Weber Shandwick and FTI Consulting in Brussels, advising leading organisations on EU energy, environment and transport policy.
President and CEO, WBCSD
Peter Bakker joined the WBCSD in January 2012 after having been involved as a member for a number of years in his role as CEO of TNT NV, the Netherlands based holding company of TNT Express and Royal TNT Post. Peter is a respected leader in corporate responsibility. He is the recipient of Clinton Global Citizen Award in 2009 and the SAM Sustainability Leadership Award in 2010, and is a UN WFP Ambassador Against Hunger. In addition to his role at the WBCSD, Peter is the Chairman of War Child Netherlands; a Co-Chair in the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN-LN); Council member for China Council for International Cooperation (CCICED); and Deputy Chairman for International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC).
VP Sustainability, Solvay
Commercial Engineer Solvay, Michel Bande began his career in 1974 at Solvay and never left. He started as Junior Auditor and evolved in the finance department, including five years in Paris, until 1984 when he became successively IT Manager and Corporate Logistics & Supply Chain Manager. In 1990, Michel took over the management of the SBU Consumer Products, and was partly based in Paris. He then evolved to the implementation of Corporate Purchasing Competence Centre until 2009 when he became Senior Executive Vice President Sustainable Development, the position he holds till end of 2012. Today, he is in charge of coordinating special projects for the Group (Extra-Financial / Int. Reporting, WBCSD Chem. WG). He also spent 15 years as senior lecturer in Organisation at the University of Brussels (ULB). He is also Vice President External Relations of CSR Europe, Vice President of UNGC Belgian Chapter and member of the IIRC HLWG and of the GRI Stakeholder Council.
Researcher, Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations
Dr. Chris Bataille is from Vancouver, Canada and has been involved in energy and climate policy analysis for 20 years as a researcher, energy systems and economic modeller, writer, project manager, private consultant and executive. Chris is currently an Associate Researcher at the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) in Paris, was lead editor of a special issue of Climate Policy on the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP), helped manage the DDPP and was a co-lead of the Canadian chapter of the DDPP, including numerous follow-up policy reports. He is an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University.
Transport Analyst, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) International Transport Forum
Vincent Benezech is a Transport Analyst at the International Transport Forum. As member of the Research Unit, his main responsibilities concern the modeling framework for the production of the ITF forecasts. He previously worked as an economist at Réseau Ferré de France, the French railway infrastructure manager. He holds a Doctoral Degree from the Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, France, where he still teaches, and a Master’s Degree from the University of Oxford, UK. Benezech has published several research papers on topics including transport modeling, transport economics and public transport quality of service.
Regents Professor, Washington State University
Dr. Anjan Bose has over forty years of experience in industry and academia, as an engineer, educator, and administrator. He is well known as a technical leader in the power grid control industry, a researcher in electric power engineering, an educator in engineering, and an administrator in higher education. He is a Regents Professor at Washington State University (WSU), where he also served as the Dean of Engineering and Architecture (1998-2005) and in 2012-13 served as a Senior Advisor to the US Department of Energy (DOE) in the Obama administration.
Former President and CEO, PJM Interconnection
Mr. Boston has served for over three years as CEO of PJM Interconnection, which is the largest power grid in North America and the largest electricity market in the world. Mr. Boston is chairman of the North American Transmission Forum, dedicated to excellence in performance and sharing industry best practices. He was one of the eight industry experts selected to direct the NERC investigation of the August 2003 Northeast/Midwest blackout. Prior to joining PJM, Mr. Boston was the executive vice president of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s power system operations. In his 35 years at TVA, Mr. Boston directed divisions in transmission and power operations, pricing and contracts, and electric system reliability.
Founder, Flying Whales
Sébastien is Founder & CEO of Flying Whales an ambitious industrial project to design built and operate large capacity airships, chosen by the French government as one of the French priority projects for the “Nouvelle France Industrielle / Transports de demain”. At the beginning of his career he spent 8 years in construction business. He started as Design Engineer for large bridges which lead him to Site-Engineering Coordinator, and then Project Finance Manager for large PPI Construction Programs. He then moved to media business, during 8 years, first as Corporate Finance Manager of the French media group TF1, then CEO of two subsidiaries, and last years as Deputy MD/Special Advisor to TF1 Chairman & CEO. Before starting Flying Whales, he also had been for 4 years Managing Director of a private equity fund.
Director of Strategic Integration, ASU Lightworks
William Brandt is the Director of Strategic Integration for Arizona State University (ASU) initiative LightWorks. This initiative capitalize on ASU strengths in solar energy and other light-inspired research. Before joining ASU, Brandt was a Director of Mergers and Acquisitions at BP where he delivered complex M & A transactions including carve outs and joint ventures experience in China, Asia Pacific, Russia and the U.S.. Brandt has served on various advisory boards and is a strong promoter of technology to market collaborations in pursuit of accelerating the transition to cost effective renewable energy and water.
Vice President, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability, Olam
Chris is responsible for supporting the business to develop and integrate strategies and actions that deliver leadership, business value and environmental governance across Olam’s global operations. Key thematic areas include water stewardship, climate change and natural capital. This requires collaboration with colleagues in all areas of the business including corporate functions such as Risk and Finance and operations including farming, processing and logistics in order to operationalise environmental value. It also requires an increasing focus on growing Olam’s relationships with organisations and stakeholders including farmers, financiers, communities, customers and development agencies; to support the delivery of mutual sustainable value. Chris brings 20-years of experience from sectors including the automotive sector with Toyota and the power sector with E.ON. He is currently a co-chair of the WBCSD Climate Smart Agriculture working group, a Board member of the Alliance for Water Stewardship and has recently completed his 2-year term as a member of the UN CEO Water Mandate’s Steering Committee.
Manager, National Wildlife Fund, representing the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB)
David Burns is a member of NWF's international team, and manages the Tropical Forest and Agriculture Project. He works to reduce tropical deforestation, notably in Southeast Asia, associated with the production of agricultural commodities (like palm oil, soy, beef and leather) used in products sold by major private sector retailers and brands. He holds a Master of Environmental Management from Yale University's School of Forestry and a BA from Bates College.
Chang Beom Kim
Ambassador of International Relations of Seoul Metropolitan Government & Representative of President Park Won-soon of ICLEI
Chang Beom Kim is working for the city of Seoul as Ambassador for International Relations. Previously, he served in Brussels as Korean Ambassador to the European Union (EU) and Belgium (2012-15). During his Foreign Service career, he worked as Director for security policy (2001-02), Director for North American affairs (2002-03), Senior Director for innovation and personnel management (2006- 07), Director-General for Korean Peninsula peace regime bureau (2007-08), and Chief of the presidential protocol (2008-2012). He served overseas at the Korean embassies of Japan (1987-1990), Pakistan (1993-95), the U.S. (1998-2001), and Indonesia (2003-05).
Jean-Pierre Clamadieu is Chairman of the Executive Committee and CEO at Solvay. Jean-Pierre began his career in France in the Ministry of Industry and as a technical advisor to the Minister of Labor. He joined Rhône-Poulenc in 1993 where he held several positions, including President of Rhodia Chemicals Latin America, President of Rhodia Eco Services, Senior Vice-President Corporate Purchasing, and President of the Pharmaceuticals & Agrochemicals Division. He was appointed CEO of the Rhodia Group in 2003 and Chairman & CEO in 2008. After the merger with Solvay, he became a member of the Executive Committee in September 2011 and CEO in 2012. Jean-Pierre Clamadieu also holds seats on the Boards of Directors of Faurecia and Axa.
CEO, CO2 Sciences
Dr. Dairanieh is Chief Executive Officer of CO2 Sciences based in San Francisco. Issam brings over 30 years of experience in technology development, commercialization and investment. Prior to the Global CO2 Initiative, Issam spent 18 years at BP across multiples roles in the clean technology and alternative energy sectors, culminating in leading the BP corporate venture capital team (a global virtual team in the US and Europe) and managing over $250m in related assets. Issam led on 14 investments and served on the board of 10 companies including Brightsource and UpWind Solutions which was acquired by Vestas in 2015.
Minister for the Environment, Netherlands
Sharon Dijksma was a member of the House of Representatives of the States General for the Labour Party (PvdA) from 1994 to 2007. Her portfolio included education, transport, public works & water management and development cooperation. On 22 February 2007 she was appointed State Secretary for Education, Culture & Science in the fourth Balkenende government. From 17 June 2010 to 20 September 2012 Ms Dijksma was a member of the House of Representatives for the PvdA, with responsibility for general economic policy and spatial planning & infrastructure. From 17 December 2012 to 3 November 2015 she was Minister for Agriculture in the Rutte-Asscher government. On 3 November 2015 Ms Dijksma was appointed Minister for the Environment in the Rutte-Asscher government.
Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Deepak Divan is Professor, John E Pippin Chair, GRA Eminent Scholar and Director of the Center for Distributed Energy at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. His field of research is in the areas of power electronics, power systems, smart grids and distributed control of power systems. He works closely with utilities, industry and is actively involved in research, teaching, entrepreneurship and starting new ventures. Dr. Divan also serves as Founder and Chief Scientist at Varentec, in Santa Clara, CA, and was President and CTO from 2011-14, leading the company as it developed its suite of innovative distributed real-time grid control technologies. Varentec is funded by leading green-tech Venture Capital firm Khosla Ventures and renowned investor Bill Gates. Dr. Divan is an elected Member of the US National Academy of Engineers, a Fellow of the IEEE, past President of the IEEE Power Electronics Society, and is a recipient of the IEEE William E Newell Field Medal. He has 40 years of academic and industrial experience, 65 issued and pending patents, and over 400 refereed publications. He has founded or seeded several new ventures including Soft Switching Technologies, Innovolt, Varentec and Smart Wires, which together have raised >$150M in venture funding. He received his B. Tech from IIT Kanpur, and his MS and PhD degrees from the University of Calgary, Canada.
Director of Infrastructure Department, City of Warsaw, Poland
Mr. Leszek Drogosz is responsible for climate protection, energy, and water and wastewater management in the City of Warsaw. He has spent his entire career working for City, particularly in the management of enterprises dealing with transportation, water, wastewater, heat, and solid waste. He has been involved in the implementation of several large and medium-sized European Union projects such as those co-financed by the EU Cohesion Fund. Drogosz has extensive experience working with NGOs and has represented Warsaw in the EUROCITIES Climate and Energy Working Group, and the C40 Large Cities Climate Leadership Group and has served as Deputy Chairman of the Management Board of Association of Municipalities Polish Network “Energie Cités”, member of the Management Board of the Warsaw Tourism Organization. He is also one of the designers and Deputy Chairman of the Climate Protection Committee established within Warsaw City Hall, which is chaired by Mayor of Warsaw. As the Director of the Infrastructure Department, Leszek Drogosz is responsible for overall implementation of the Sustainable Energy Action Plan, an outcome of the City of Warsaw joining the Covenant of Mayors as well as for adopted by Warsaw City Council Low Carbon Economy Action Plan.
Hakima El Haite
Minister, Government of Morocco
H.E. Dr. Hakima El Haite is the current Minister Delegate in Charge of the Minister of Energy, Mining, Water and Environment of Morocco and a member of the executive board of the Popular Movement (MP), Chairwoman of the International Relations Committee. Mrs El Haite is Vice President of U.S–NAPEO (North Africa Partnership for Economic Opportunity), chairman of Connectingroup Int. and deputy chairwoman of the Liberal International for Women. Mrs El Haite participated as an observer in the presidential elections of the United States of America (2008) and parliamentary elections in Jordan (2010).
Chief Resilience Officer, City of Dakar, Senegal
Since May 1st, 2014, Antoine Faye has been the Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) of the city of Dakar in Senegal, West Africa. The city of Dakar was selected in December 2013 to be a member of the “100 Resilient Cities Network” pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. Antoine oversees the elaboration of a Dakar Resilience Strategy. He trusts his compelling personal ability to define the contours of problem solving, make informed choices, order priorities, and plan for the future. Antoine Faye has graduated from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University in the City of New York with a Master in International Affairs (MIA). After that academic journey in the US, he returned home in Senegal in 2011 to occupy the position of the International Affairs/Climate Change Adviser at the then Senegalese Minister of Renewable Energies. Shortly afterward, Antoine served as the Regional Coordinator for both; the Climate Technology Initiative’s Private Financing Advisory Network (CTI PFAN) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Nexant, Inc. managed Regional Clean Energy Investment Initiative (RCEII) for West Africa from 2013 to 2015. Since 2014, Antoine is the Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) of the City of Dakar in Senegal in relation with Dakar being a member city of the 100ResilientCities Network pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. Antoine’s strength lies upon a trusted personal ability in solving problems and helping organizations to make informed choices that order priorities and plan for the future.
Professor at the Institute of Energy, Environment, and Economy, Tsinghua University
Teng Fei is an associate professor at the Institute of Energy, Environment and Economy, Tsinghua University. He is also a lead author of IPCC 5th assessment report in WG III. Professor Teng is the lead author of Second and Third China’s National Assessment Report on Climate Change, member of drafting team for several key national documents, including National Plan on Climate Change and the White Paper on Climate Change. He served as advisory experts for China’s negotiation team under UNFCCC for many years. He is also member of BASIC expert group in BASIC ministerial meeting since 2011. His research interests include: climate policy, international climate regime, consumer behavior in energy consumption and energy modeling.
The Climate Group
Libby Ferguson is responsible for setting the direction of The Climate Group’s work with Climate Group States & Regions Alliance. Libby’s focus is on working with Climate Group’s government membership to promote ambitious climate policy, support sharing of best practice and scaling effective action on the ground. She has a background in economic development policy and has worked across local, state and central government in the UK, USA and Australia. She joined The Climate Group from the Australian State Government of Victoria, where she was responsible for managing government and business relationships in the Americas region. Prior to that, Ms. Ferguson worked for the Local Government Association in London, where she set up and managed a program to support international collaboration between cities and municipalities.
Sustainability Manager at Scania
Andreas is Sustainability manager at Scania with a responsibility to coordinate the sustainability efforts at the corporate level. In this role he work with other functions in the company to develop and communicate Scania’s ambitions in the area. Previously to Scania, Andreas has been working with sustainability issues for the last 15 years. Over the years, he has been involved in promoting sustainable development in the fields of energy, pharmaceuticals, packaging materials and in the textile industry. Additionally, he has operated his own business as well as having worked with climate change issues at the World Wildlife Fund, WWF.
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary For Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
Dr. Julio Friedmann is a senior fellow at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he serves as the Lab’s chief expert in energy technologies and systems. He recently served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Fossil Energy at the Department of Energy where his portfolio included R&D and programs in Clean Coal and Carbon Management, Oil and Gas systems, international engagements in clean fossil energy, and inter-agency engagements within the US government. He is one of the most widely known and authoritative experts on carbon capture and sequestration and clean energy systems. He has testified before the US House, Senate, and several state legislatures, published in Foreign Affairs, Financial Times, and the New York Times. Dr. Friedmann received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), followed by a Ph.D. in Geology at the University of Southern California. After graduation, he worked for five years as a senior research scientist in Houston, first at Exxon and later ExxonMobil. He next worked as a research scientist at the University of Maryland. A native of Rhode Island, he has worked in many states and countries.
Minister for the Environment and Energy of Australian government
In July 2016 Mr. Frydenberg was appointed as Minister for the Environment and Energy of Australia government while in 2015 he was the Ministry as Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia. During his first term in parliament, Josh was appointed a member of the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit and the Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform. He was a co-deputy chair of the Coalition’s Productivity Priorities Working Group, and a member of a committee established by Tony Abbott to advise him on the re-establishment of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC).
Partner, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, EY
Post-graduated in business and in environmental economics, Alexis Gazzo has 15 years of experience with E&Y’s Cleantech and Sustainability Services. Alexis is mostly involved in assignments related to developing and financing renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. He has also acquired an expertise in the field of waste and water projects and is also active in the evaluation of public policies. Alexis currently advises several Governments, international donors, investors and corporations in the definition of their clean energy strategy.
Matilda Gennvi Gustafsson
Sustainability Director, Ericsson
Matilda Gennvi Gustafsson is Sustainability Director for the Ericsson Group worldwide, and reports to the Vice President for Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility. She has worked for Ericsson during the last 17 years in various positions in the areas of sustainability, strategy execution and General Manager within Sales & Marketing, In her role as Sustainability Director, Ms Gennvi Gustafsson has, since 2009, focused on driving Ericsson’s sustainability strategy work together with the company’s commitment to sustainable cities and climate change. During the early and mid 1990s Matilda Gennvi Gustafsson worked for Procordia Food AB as Environmental Manager and Head of two production sites.
Director of Strategy, Energy & Environment, Energy & Utilities Industry, IBM
Mr. Gerber is the Global Director for IBM’s Smarter Lifecycle Asset Management (SLAM) initiative. In this role he is responsible for the Strategy, Sales, and Solution Development of SLAM solutions. Previously, Mr. Gerber was the Power Generation Leader for the Energy & Utilities industry at IBM. In this position he was responsible for devising, developing and executing the solution portfolio strategy and capabilities for all of IBM’s power generation business. Mr. Gerber has over 25 years of industry experience providing advanced solutions to the utility industry. Prior to working at IBM Mr. Gerber was the CEO of a power plant simulation company, which was successfully sold to a major control system company, where the business continues to operate to this day.
Head of Microgrids Initiative, ASEA Brown Boveri (ABB)
Maxine Ghavi is Group Senior Vice President and Program Director for Microgrids at ABB in Switzerland. She has more than 25 years of experience in business development, product marketing, product management, marketing and sales across multiple industries including solar and semiconductor capital equipment. Key positions held previously include Head of Solar Industry Initiative at ABB, Head of Business Management at Oerlikon Solar, VP Sales at Voyan Technology and Sr. Product Manager at KLA-Tencor.
Vice President, Schneider Electric
Christian Girardeau is Vice President Electric Vehicle at Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management with operations in over 100 countries. In the role since mid-2012, Chris is responsible for defining EV strategy and running its worldwide operations. Before Joining Schneider Electric, from 1995 onwards, working with Venture Capitalists, Chris has been running SME (Small and Medium Companies) in various fields from Road Traffic Management, Video Surveillance, Telecom, Software and Semiconductors. As an entrepreneur, he founded an internet Operator in Africa and led a few turnarounds both in USA and in Europe. Previously, he worked at Thales Venture as junior Partner and was in charge, for Thales, of the liaison programs with MIT and Stanford.
Minister of Power, India
Piyush Goyal (51) is the Minister of State with Independent Charge for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines in the Government of India. He is currently a Member of Rajya Sabha and was earlier the National Treasurer of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He headed the BJP's Information Communication Campaign Committee and oversaw the publicity and advertising campaign of the party including the social media outreach for the Indian General Elections 2014. He has had a brilliant academic record - all-India second rank holder Chartered Accountant and second rank holder in Law in Mumbai University. He was a well-known investment banker and he has advised top corporates on management strategy and growth. He earlier served on the Board of India’s largest commercial bank, the State Bank of India and Bank of Baroda. During his 28 year long political career, he has held several important positions at different levels in the BJP and is in the National Executive of the Party.
Transport Specialist in Clean Air Initiative for Asian cities (CAI-Asia)
Mr. Gota is a specialist on environmental issues related to transport especially freight sector. He has fifteen years of experience in research and developing and managing projects related to transportation and environment. He is currently an adviser to many organizations such as Smart Freight Center, Clean Air Asia, Urban Emissions Info etc. He has been instrumental in bringing “green freight” and “transport data” into agenda in Asia through research and advocacy. He was awarded Lee Schipper Scholarship for year 2013.
Matar Hamed Al Neyadi
Undersecretary, Ministry of Energy, United Arab Emirates
Dr Matar Hamed Al Neyadi, Undersecretary of the UAE Ministry of Energy, holds a Ph.D. in international law from the University of Edinburgh (1997). He has professional experience in leadership, international cooperation, international maritime law, management of international negotiations, climate change, rationalization of energy and water consumption, impact of the prices of unconventional sources on oil and gas prices, the State’s sovereignty on its natural sources and drafting legislations. In May 2014, Dr Matar assumed the position of Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA). Dr Matar is also the UAE’s Executive Member in the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), member of the Executive Office of the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC), member of the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) and member of the Board of Trustees of H.E. the Minster of Interior’s Award for Scientific Research.
Executive Director, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)
Kate became CIFF's first Executive Director for Climate change when the foundation made its first grants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. During her seven years leading the team, Kate built a global grant portfolio of advocacy and technical assistance programmes. CIFF is now one of the world’s leading climate philanthropies. The foundation played an important role in strengthening civil society and supporting the development of ambitious government policies in Europe, China, Latin America, and the world’s megacities in the lead up to the historic Paris Agreement in 2015. Kate sits on a number of boards, including the European Climate Foundation, CDP and the Fundaciόn Climática de México. Kate’s career spans roles in government, finance, consulting, a think tank and NGOs. She has also advised policy-makers in a number of roles, including as Senior Policy Advisor for the United Kingdom's G8 and EU presidencies in 2005, and as a Sherpa to the EU High-Level Group on Competitiveness, Energy and Environment in 2007. She holds a BSc. from the London School of Economics and a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, where she was a Fulbright Scholar.
Director for Environment & Energy Policy, INTEL
Steve Harper is Global Director, Environment and Energy Policy, at the Intel Corporation. He also serves as co-chairman of the Digital Energy and Sustainability Solutions Campaign, a coalition of leading IT companies and energy efficiency advocacy groups focused on the role of IT in driving energy efficiency and sustainability solutions in the U.S., China, and India. Outside Intel, Steve serves on the board of directors of both the Center for Environmental Policy at American University and the Chesapeake Conservancy. Prior to Intel, he served in senior positions at Amoco Oil Company, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ICF Consulting, and the California State Coastal Conservancy. Steve has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, where he graduated with highest honors. He also has a Master’s in International Affairs from Princeton University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Head of Africa, Schneider Electric
Mr. Herzberg is a Senior Business Leader with a track record of both building a new business from scratch and managing large P&Ls across both high growth and developed Markets. He leads all aspects of Schneider Electric's Business for Schneider Electric International, Egypt and North East Africa, East Africa, Southern Africa and West Africa. Schneider Electric is the global leader in energy management and automation. As Corporate Entrepreneur, he built Cisco's Global Smart City Business and a new Consulting Business Line. He also designed Cisco's Emerging Markets Business. He has a background in Accenture and the German Military.
Commissioner, California Energy Commission
David Hochschild was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in February 2013. He fills the environmental position on the five-member Commission where four of the five members by law are required to have professional training in specific areas - engineering or physical science, environmental protection, economics, and law. Commissioner Hochschild’s career has spanned public service, environmental advocacy and the private sector. He first got involved in the solar energy field in 2001 in San Francisco as a Special Assistant to Mayor Willie Brown where he launched a citywide $100 million initiative to put solar panels on public buildings. He went on to co-found the Vote Solar Initiative, a 60,000-member advocacy organization promoting solar policies at the local, state and federal level. He served as executive director of a national consortium of leading solar manufacturers and worked for five years at Solaria, a solar company in Silicon Valley. In 2007-2008, he served as a commissioner at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.
Deputy Chief Executive, Department of Treasury and Finance, South Australia
Stuart Hocking is the Deputy Chief Executive of South Australian Department of Treasury & Finance and is responsible for advice on State budget strategy and economic, social and regulatory policy issues. He previously held the role of Chief Economist in the South Australian Department of Premier and Cabinet, where he played a key role in development of the South Australian Government’s Climate Change strategy which resulted in the announcement in 2015 of South Australia's world-leading ambitions in carbon emission reductions - notably for Adelaide to be the world's first Carbon Neutral City and for South Australia to have net zero emissions by 2050. These initiatives have been recognised globally for their ambition and credibility.
Chief Sustainability Officer, Kellogg Company
Diane Holdorf is Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President of Environmental Stewardship, Health and Safety at The Kellogg Company. She leads development of the strategic direction on corporate responsibility, global environmental stewardship to assure compliance with environmental regulations while working to reduce the total environmental impact of Kellogg Company operations. Additionally, Ms. Holdorf leads global employee safety and health programs. Prior to joining Kellogg, she served as vice president for Delta Consultants, a U.S. based environment, health and safety, and sustainability consulting firm. During her 17 years with Delta Consultants, she served in numerous management and consulting roles.
Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry, Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, United Kingdom
Nick Hurd was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 16 July 2016. He was elected Conservative MP for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner in May 2010. Nick served as the Minister for Civil Society from May 2010 until July 2014, during which time he led the work on setting up the National Citizen Service and Big Society Capital. He was a Minister in the Department for International Development from November 2015 until July 2016, where his portfolio included climate/environment, and leadership of the Energy Africa campaign. Before entering Government, Nick was a member of Environment Audit Select Committee and led work on climate change policy for the Conservative Party Quality of Life Policy Group, chaired by Lord Deben. He served on the House Of Commons Climate Change Bill Committee and the Joint Committee on the Draft Climate Change Bill. He was a member of the Globe International Parliamentary network for Climate Change and sponsored the Sustainable Communities Act as a Private Members Bill. Nick spent 18 years in business, including 5 years representing a British bank in Brazil. He has been a trustee of the Greenhouse Schools charity and currently serves as a governor of Coteford Junior School.
Founder, Nev House
Mr. Hyman is an internationally recognised member of the surfing community, having established two of the best known and most successful surfboard brands in the world: Nev Future Shapes and recently Firewire Surfboards. He turned his attention to the housing industry in 2009 with a vision to use recyclable materials to build low cost rapidly deployable homes. When Nev is not surfing, you'll find him talking to Prime Ministers, Housing Ministers, Finance Ministers, Education Ministers, Health Ministers, Ministers for Energy, Community Elders, Clan Leaders and the Heads of Pension Fund Institutions. He has a heart for the people, a global solution and the resolve to make a difference in this world.
Mayor of Edmonton, Canada
Mayor Iveson has set his sights on transforming Edmonton into a highly liveable, uplifting and globally competitive city that is recognized as one of Canada’s very best places to build something great. In his time on Council and as Mayor, he has earned a reputation for being pragmatic, creative, collaborative and compassionate in his approach to building Edmonton. Harnessing a renewed confidence among Edmontonians, he is focused on driving progress in four priority areas: Building a more uplifting and inclusive city; Building a more resilient and green city; Building a more prosperous and competitive region; and leading an open and effective local government.
Deputy Secretary-General of the ITU
Malcolm Johnson is the Deputy Secretary-General of the ITU from january 2015. From 2007 to 2014, he served as Director of ITU's Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB). In this post, he spearheaded activities in cybersecurity, climate change and accessibility. He increased the involvement of developing countries and academia in ITU’s standards activities, introduced free downloading of ITU–T Recommendations, and initiated a programme to address developing-country concerns over lack of interoperability and conformity to ITU standards. He achieved a threefold increase in the activities of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Sector without increasing its budget. Previously he worked for the UK Radiocommunication Agency and the European Commission’s Telecommunication Regulations Division.
Executive Chairman Global Electricity Initiative, World Energy Council
Philippe Joubert is Senior Advisor and Special Envoy for Energy and Climate for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Chair of the Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group, and is on the Advisory Board of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership where he is a faculty member. He is also Executive Chairman of the Global Electricity Initiative at the World Energy Council (WEC). He acts as an advisor to the CEOs of several major global companies on sustainable development and sits on various boards and advisory boards as a Non-Executive Director. Previously, Philippe was President of Alstom Power and Deputy-CEO of Alstom Group.
Director General, National Centre for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation, China
Mr. Li Junfeng is currently serving as director general of China’s National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation and as president of Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association. He is a member of China’s National Energy Advisory Council, the Expert-Committee of National High-tech Program, and Academy Committee of China’s Environmental Protection Ministry. Mr. Li has dedicated his 30-year career life to energy economy and energy environment studies. He was in charge of the structure and drafting of China’s Renewable Energy Law and China’s Medium and Long-Term Development Plan for Renewable Energy Development. He also participated in the research and drafting of China’s Medium and Long-Term Science-Technology Development Program Outline, the Draft of China’s Energy Law, China’s National Climate Change Program, etc. From 1999 to 2011, Mr. Li served as Deputy Director General of Energy Research Institute (ERI), National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and as Chair of the Academic Committee of ERI.
Executive Director, ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE)
Mahama Kappiah is the Executive Director of the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE). He was eminent in the establishment of the centre which aims to ensure increased access to reliable, affordable and clean energy in the West African region. Under his leadership, ECREEE has attained international recognition as a unique regional renewable energy and energy efficiency promotion agency in sub-Saharan Africa, with other regional economic Communities such as the EAC and SADC seeking to emulate. Prior to the establishment of ECREEE in 2010, Mahama Kappiah was Head of the ECOWAS Energy Division. He holds a MSc in Electromechanical Engineering from the Kharkov Polytechnic Institute, Karkov, Ukraine. He has over 20 years of experience working on issues related to energy, environment, climate change and sustainable development in West Africa and beyond.
Principal Climate Policy Officer, CPLC
Tom Kerr has worked for 20 years designing and implementing public/private efforts that transform markets for resource-efficient climate business solutions. He currently leads the IFC’s private sector climate policy engagement, which involves working with emerging economy governments and major corporations to develop investor- and climate-friendly national strategies. Mr. Kerr was previously the director of climate change initiatives at the World Economic Forum in Geneva. From 2006-10, he worked in Paris for the International Energy Agency, leading the development of global reports, including the Technology Roadmap series, the flagship Energy Technology Perspectives publication, and the Clean Energy Progress Report.
Head of Steering Governmental and External Affairs and Sustainability Communications, BMW Group
Andreas Klugescheid is Head of Steering Governmental and External Affairs and Sustainability Communications at the Munich based Head Quarters of BMW Group. Till June 2015, he was responsible for communications of the global production network. Previously, he was heading the BMW Group Representative Office in Sacramento, California. He held numerous positions within BMW Group, including Spokesman for Governmental Affairs at the companies Munich based headquarters and Western Region Corporate Communications Manager for BMW of North America. He started his career with BMW Group as Head of Clean Energy Communication. Among other activities, he was responsible for BMW Group’s participation in several UN conferences like the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development and the UN Climate Conferences COP 14 – 16.
General Manager for Corporate Responsibility at ArcelorMittal
Alan has over 25 years’ experience of working with global companies and governments on sustainability. He joined the world’s largest Steel company ArcelorMittal in 2014 as their General Manager for Corporate Responsibility and since then has helped develop a sustainability framework ranging from products to process. Alan created and chaired the Ebola Private Sector Mobilisation Group, which was a collaboration of over 100 companies sharing best practice and coordinating the corporate respond to Ebola in West Africa. Previous to that he was Sustainability Director for Business and the Community (BITC) where he oversaw all their Corporate Sustainability Programmes. Previously he has worked with global companies as diverse as B&Q where led their entire Cr and Sustainability programme for 10 years. He held similar roles in the Parent company Kingfisher and SABMiller, the multibillion brewery company. For nine years he was a commissioner with the Sustainable Development Commission and he introduced the concept of choice editing into the product policy debate.
Mr. Toshifumi Kokubun
Mr. Kokubun is special policy advisor to the Government of Japan in his capacity as Senior Fellow of the Pacific Forum CSIS. With his extensive network with US defense policy experts. Prior to the current position, he had held various professional positions including Principal of the Strategy Operation Unit at A.T. Kearney and Japanese leading Think-tank. Through his extensive experiences both in private and public sector, he has developed expertise in strategy planning such as designing the process to innovation, developing innovative capability in organization and rule-making approach.
General Manager USA DSC Safety, Compliance & Sustainability, Microsoft USA
Ms Krajewski is General Manager of Safety, Compliance and Sustainability at Microsoft Corporation. She is a business leader and manager of global product environmental and safety compliance, sustainability, and supply chain social and environmental accountability programs. Her former career as an attorney spans private practice as a partner representing energy, transportation and real estate clients. She participates in and leads industry activities that seek to expand the sustainability potential of electronic and software products. Most recently, she served on the Steering Committee of SMARTer 2030: ICT Solutions for 21st Century Challenges, and previously, Evaluating the Carbon-reducing Impacts of ICT: an assessment methodology and The SMART 2020. Ms Krajewski also serves on the International Program Committee for CARE Innovations (Vienna, Austria) and on the Senior Advisory Board of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition.
Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Energy for All and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All
Rachel Kyte is Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Energy for All and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All. A leading advocate for sustainable development, Ms. Kyte is focused on affordable, reliable and sustainable energy as the key to combating both poverty and climate change. Ms. Kyte drives SEforAll’s work to mobilize action towards its 2030 goals of ensuring universal access to modern energy services; doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix. As Special Representative for the Secretary General she is the point person in the UN for action towards the recently agreed global goal on sustainable energy. Ms Kyte served until December 2015 as World Bank Group Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, leading the Bank Group’s efforts to campaign for an ambitious agreement at the 21st Convention of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP 21). She was previously World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development and was the International Finance Corporation Vice President for Business Advisory Services.
Rodolfo Lacy Tamayo
Undersecretary for Environmental Policy and Planning
Rodolfo Lacy Tamayo is the undersecretary for Environmental Policy and Planning at the Mexican Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources where he is responsible for the development of national environmental policy and planning of environmental government actions. As director of Programs and Projects at the Mario Molina Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, Lacy led different projects related to renewable energy, emission inventory, climate change, and sustainable use of natural resources. He is a founding member of the Mexican Association of Environmental Engineers, where he was president and executive director for Strategic Projects. Lacy also worked as the chief of staff for the Mexican Minister of Environment and Natural Resources. He earned a degree in environmental engineering from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM), a master’s degree in Urban Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a PhD in environmental studies and engineering from UAM.
Senior Associate Deputy Minister at Environment and Climate Change Canada
Dr. Stephen Lucas was appointed Senior Associate Deputy Minister (Climate Change) in June 2016. Before joining Environment and Climate Change Canada, Dr. Lucas was Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet for Plans and Consultations and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Privy Council Office. From 2013 to 2014, he was Assistant Secretary, Economic and Regional Development Policy, at the Privy Council Office. As Assistant Deputy Minister, Science and Policy Integration at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) from 2009 to 2013, he was responsible for strategic policy development related to energy, mineral and forest resources, climate change and clean energy and international and intergovernmental relations. Prior to that, from 2007 to 2009, he was Assistant Deputy Minister, Minerals and Metals Sector, at NRCan, where he provided leadership on innovation, green mining and corporate social responsibility. Dr. Lucas was Director General in the Health Products and Food Branch (HPFB) at Health Canada from 2003 to 2007, responsible for policy, planning and international affairs. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Geological Engineering from Queen’s University and a Ph.D. in structural geology and tectonics from Brown University.
Director General, The Energy & Resources Institute
Ajay Mathur is Director General of TERI - The Energy & Resources Institute, and a member of the Prime Minister's Council on Climate Change. He was Director General of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency in the Government of India from 2006 till February, 2016, and responsible for bringing energy efficiency into our homes, offices, and factories, through initiatives such as the star labelling programme for appliances, the Energy Conservation Building Code, and the Perform, Achieve and Trade programme for energy-intensive industries. Dr. Mathur was earlier with TERI from 1986 to 2000, and then headed the Climate Change Team of World Bank in Washington DC. He was President of Suzlon Energy Limited, also headed the interim Secretariat of the Green Climate Fund. He has been a key Indian climate-change negotiator, and was also the Indian spokesperson at the 2015 climate negotiations at Paris. He is a global leader on technological approaches to address climate change; recently, he joined the global group of industrial, financial and think-tank leaders to co-chair an Energy Transitions Commission which will suggest ways for companies and countries to move towards climate-friendly energy futures.
Leader of the Energy Demand Technology Unit at the International Energy Agency (IEA)
Mr Masanet leads the Energy Demand Technology Unit at the International Energy Agency (IEA), which conducts analyses and develops models to identify more sustainable technology pathways for the buildings, industry, and transport sectors, over different timescales, and at global, regional, and national levels. He’s also an Associate Professor in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University. Developing mathematical models and decision support tools to quantify opportunities for reducing energy and resource use in industrial technology systems. Previously he worked worked for Elsevier as editor and at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as researcher.
Deputy Vice President, Électricité de France (EDF Group)
Mr Maucourt is Deputy Vice President for Sustainable Development for EDF Group particularly in charge of environmental issues. Mr Maucourt joined EDF in 1882 and after several positions in operational on site activities and corporate responsibilities in nuclear generation he became in 2003 site vice president and plant manager of Chinon Nuclear Power plant. In 2008, he was appointed Advisor for Generation and Sustainable Development and Deputy Head of the Chairman and CEO’s office. From 2010 to 2014, Mr Maucourt has been responsible for the steering and coordination of all EDF’s nuclear sites as well as the preparation for the managerial plan of EDF S.A's Nuclear Generation Division for future years. He is member of the board of Entreprise pour l’Environnement (a french business association) and of the directing committee of Global Compact France.
Managing Director, Natural Capital, WBCSD
Dr. Maria Mendiluce is the Managing Director of Climate and Energy at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Her 20 years’ experience in the energy sector, her policy background and personal leadership have been instrumental to WBCSD’s work. She is in charge of the development of the organization’s Climate and Energy strategy that guide the work of its 200 member companies and influences the global climate landscape. In particular, at the invitation of the French government and the UNFCCC, Maria led over 150 global companies under the Low Carbon Technology Partnerships initiative, one of the flagship projects making the success of COP21 that mobilized a large number of CEOs on concrete solutions. Prior to joining the Geneva based NGO in 2008, Maria has worked for the International Energy Agency (Paris), Iberdrola, and the Economic Bureau of the Spanish Prime Minister (Spain) where she was in charge of developing the country’s first sustainable development strategy.
Smart Cities Program Manager, ICLEI, Local Governments for Sustainability
Roman Serdar Mendle manages the Smart Cities Program at the ICLEI and heads ICLEI’s work on City-Business Collaboration. His mandate at ICLEI includes advocating for cities’ interests in the Smart Cities debate and shaping the global understanding of Smart Cities as a means to become more sustainable, rather than an end in itself. Roman is also responsible for the strategic development of facilitation services for ICLEI Member cities to engage with the private sector, to benefit from city-business collaboration and to promote dialogue and cooperation between cities and businesses driven by sustainability goals and values.
Director, Emission Cap and Trade Section , Climate Change & Energy Division, Bureau of Environment, Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Japan
Akiko Miura joined Tokyo Metropolitan Government in 1994, and engaged in environmental policy planning at the Bureau of Environment. After engaging in promotion management of Tokyo Bay wharf, as Director of Planning at the Urban Energy Division, she played a leading role in both setting the targets and launching programs for further promotion of renewable energy, and smart energy. Akiko has been in her current position since 2016 and is responsible for the Tokyo Cap-and-Trade Program, the world-first cap-and-trade scheme to reduce carbon emissions from large facilities in Tokyo.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University
Vijay Modi is a Professor and past-Chair of Mechanical Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and a faculty member at the Earth Institute, Columbia University. Between October 2011 and 2012, he was a member of the U.N. Secretary General’s high-level task force on “Sustainable Energy for All” and he currently leads the U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network working group on Energy Access for All. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1984 and worked as a post-doc at MIT from 1984 to 1986 before joining the faculty at Columbia University. Prof. Modi’s areas of expertise are energy resources and energy conversion technologies. His laboratory, the Sustainable Engineering Lab (SEL), has been responsible for technologies such as “SharedSolar” and widely used tools such as “Network Planner” and a free open-source app called FormHub, used over a million times. While his early work was on computational fluid dynamics and micro-electro-mechanical systems, his recent work has been on energy infrastructure design & planning; solar energy; energy efficiency in agriculture, and data analytics spanning from urban settings to remote rural settings. He is currently working closely with city and national agencies/utilities to understand how energy services can be more accessible, more efficient and cleaner. His recent project on minigrids is providing a unique understanding of consumer behavior, demand for energy, and business models for deploying energy solutions and energy efficiency.
Secretary of Energy, United States
As United States Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz is tasked with implementing critical Department of Energy missions in support of President Obama’s goals of growing the economy, enhancing security and protecting the environment. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Moniz was the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was a faculty member since 1973. At MIT, he headed the Department of Physics and the Bates Linear Accelerator Center. Most recently, Dr. Moniz served as the founding Director of the MIT Energy Initiative and as Director of the MIT Laboratory for Energy and the Environment where he was a leader of multidisciplinary technology and policy studies on the future of nuclear power, coal, nuclear fuel cycles, natural gas and solar energy in a low-carbon world. From 1997 until January 2001, Dr. Moniz served as Under Secretary of the Department of Energy. He was responsible for overseeing the Department’s science and energy programs, leading a comprehensive review of nuclear weapons stockpile stewardship, and serving as the Secretary’s special negotiator for the disposition of Russian nuclear materials. From 1995 to 1997, he served as Associate Director for Science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President.
National Sustainability Manager, Canadian Wood Council
Mr Moonen is National Sustainability Manager for the Canadian Wood Council, the national association representing Canadian wood products manufacturers. He has more than 30 years experience dealing with regulatory, environmental, sustainability and operational issues. He regularly presents on achieving greater sustainability and the appropriate use of wood in Asia, Europe and throughout North America to design professionals, educators and building officials. He was also an organizer and session facilitator at the UNECE Committee on Forests and Forestry and market reviewer specializing in wood and the green economy for the Forest Products Annual Market Review.
Lan Marie Nguyen Berg
Vice Mayor for Environment and Transport, City of Oslo, Norway
Vice Mayor Berg is responsible for climate and environmental policy in Oslo. Her main priorities are achieving Oslo’s targets of cutting GHG emissions by 50 per cent by 2020 and becoming carbon neutral by 2030. She is responsible for making Oslo’s city center car-free and people-friendly by 2019. She works to improve public transport and ensure better solutions for cyclists and pedestrians. Ms. Berg has a strong international climate justice engagement and has followed UN climate negotiations closely and her international experience has strengthened her focus on thinking globally, acting locally. She has lived in Tuvalu, Kenya, South Africa and Vietnam.
Program Director, International Institute for Applied System Analysis
Michael Obersteiner is Program Director of the Ecosystems Services and Management Program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria. His research experience stretches from plant physiology and biophysical modeling in the areas of ecosystems, forestry and agriculture to environmental economics, biosystems engineering and climate change. He has been the principle investigator at IIASA of more than 100 international projects covering diverse fields, spatial scales and stakeholder groups. With his team he carries out integrated impact assessments and forsight studies for national and international governmental organizations, NGOs and businesses.
Global Environmental Sustainability, HeidelbergCement
Manuela Ojan is an engineer with twenty years’ experience in the environmental and energy field. Since mid-2016 she is in charge of Public Affairs in the Global Environmental Sustainability department at HeidelbergCement. Previously she held for ten years the position of Energy and Climate manager within the Sustainable Development department at Italcementi group. She had the responsibility of ensuring compliance with the European emission trading directive as well as any other carbon market mechanism, carbon MRV activities, and the scouting and development of carbon offsetting projects, including in renewable energies. She is in charge of advocacy activities in the climate protection field and sustainable construction. She represents the company externally in various fora, including the WBCSD (World Business Council for Sustainable Development) – Cement Sustainability Initiative, and other relevant business associations and international organisations. In the scope of CSI activities, she is involved in the development and review of Technology Roadmaps and various engagements with World Bank and EBRD. Her experience is grounded in hands-on experience in environmental M&A auditing in many countries as well as consultant and lead auditor in ISO14001 and ISO50001.
Senior Vice President of Sustainable Mobility and Energy Transition, Michelin Group
Patrick Oliva is Senior Vice President in charge of External Relations – Sustainable Mobility and Energy Transition, Michelin Group. Mr Oliva joined Michelin in 1982 in Clermont-Ferrand as an engineer at the Technology Center. From 1986 to 1988, he served as personnel manager for the Greenville, S.C., Research Center / USA. Returning to France in 1989, he worked in R&D for six years. In 1996, he was appointed Corporate Vice President, Communications, for the Michelin Group. From 2001 to 2007, he was Corporate Vice President, Group Projects, and Secretary General of the Group Executive Council. In January 2008, he became Corporate Vice President, in charge of Prospective and Sustainable Development before gaining the current role.
Chief Institutional Relations & Legal Officer, CPFL
Mr. Luiz Eduardo Fróes do Amaral Osorio serves as the Chief Institutional Relations & Legal Officer at CPFL Geracao de Energia S/A and CPFL Energia S.A. since May 2014. Mr. do Amaral Osorio serves as Vice President and Member of Board of Executive Officers at CPFL Energia S.A. and served as its General Counsel. He has an extensive experience in International Relations, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability. He serves as a Director of CPFL Energias Renováveis S.A. Mr. do Amaral Osorio also has executive training: Corporate Social Responsibility, by Harvard Business School (USA); Identifying the Challenges and General Building Management Skills, from Insead (France); and From Strategy to Execution, Leading in a High Performance Organization by the Wharton School (USA). Mr. do Amaral Osorio graduated in Law at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RJ) and Master of Science in Development Management from American University in Washington, DC (USA).
Global Lead for Sustainable Bioenergy, Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL)
Dr. Ostheimer serves as the Global Lead for the SE4ALL Sustainable Bioenergy High Impact Opportunity. Working with diverse partners he promotes the development and deployment of sustainable bioenergy solutions to help achieve SE4All’s goals of increasing energy access and doubling the use of renewable energy.
Michèle Pappalardo is Senior Adviser to the National Court of accounts. She held various positions in the field of the environment, energy and sustainable development such as head of the cabinet of the Minister of Environment, Michel Barnier (1993-1995) and Chief executive of the French environment and energy management Agency (ADEME) from 2003 to 2008. From 2008 to 2011, she was Interministerial Delegate for sustainable development and the first General Commissioner for sustainable development. She also occupied the position of coordinator for “sustainable city” between May 2013 and March 2014.
CEO, Exochems Environment, Switzerland
Sylvia Parienté has been CEO at Exochems since 2013. She is bringing more than 20 years of business development experience and an extensive network to be leverage in her mission. From 1991 to 1998, she held several management positions within French media group L’Express, namely in charge of international expansion. She then, joined the Ivory Coast embassy as an Economic Expansion advisor, a position she held until December 1999. Sylvia then joined Marathon Corp in January 2000 to create and manage the group’s African desk and develop the group’s presence in West Africa, successfully setting up 8 subsidiaries in the region.
Special Envoy on Climate Change
Dr. Jonathan Pershing is the Special Envoy for Climate Change at the U.S. Department of State. Previously, he served as the Senior Climate Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Energy and the Principal Deputy Director of the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis at the Department of Energy. Prior to joining DOE, Dr. Pershing was the Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change and the lead negotiator representing the United States at meetings of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Before his appointment to the Obama Administration, he spent six years as the Director of the Climate, Energy and Pollution Program at the World Resources Institute, a Washington, D.C., think tank; five years as the Head of the Environment Division at the International Energy Agency in Paris; and for nearly a decade in the 1990s, served the Science Advisor and Deputy Director of the Office of Global Change in the U.S. Department of State. Dr. Pershing holds a Ph.D. in geology and geophysics, and has also held positions in the private sector as a petroleum and mining geologist, and as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota and at American University. He has published and lectured widely on climate and energy issues, and has served as a lead author, review editor and contributor for reports of the Nobel-prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Senior Manager, EY Climate Change and Sustainability Services
Julien Perez is Senior Manager within the Climate Change and Sustainability Services at EY. He is leading Climate & Energy services for EY France. His expertise includes climate change strategy, renewable & fossil energy, environmental risk assessment and management, and auditing environmental and social data. From 2014 to 2016, he worked for Total to design and implement a global climate strategy, including technical, economic, political and communication assessments and action plans. Julien holds an engineer degree from Agro Paris, a MSc in economic from Dauphine/Stanford universities and a diploma from Yale on Climate change management.
Project Leader, SDSN Youth
Dario is the Project Leader for Solutions Initiatives of SDSN Youth. He is currently graduating with an MSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and he holds a Master’s Degree in Law from the University of Siena, where he was also appointed in 2015 as a Teaching Assistant in Public International Law and EU Law. With SDSN Youth, he coordinated the #KnowYourGoals global campaign and currently serves as its representative in the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, as well as in the steering committee of the SDG Youth Action Mapper initiative. In 2014, he was elected as a member of the Advisory Board of COPERNICUS Alliance. Dario’s main research interests include international environmental law, environmental diplomacy, biodiversity conservation, ocean, seas and marine resources governance, climate change, sustainable development, and human rights law.
CEO of Unilever & Chairman of World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
Paul Polman has been CEO of Unilever since 2009. He is Chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum, a member of the B Team and sits on the Board of the UN Global Compact and the Consumer Goods Forum, where he co-chairs the Sustainability Committee. Mr Polman has been closely involved in global discussions on action to tackle climate change and the Post-2015 development agenda. He also served on the International Council of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. He also served on the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, presenting recommendations on the successor to the Millennium Development Goals. Since 2010, Paul has been a non-executive director of the Dow Chemical Company and he’s involved in several other roles related to nutrition issues.
Director of Strategy and Planning Department, National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC), China
Dr. Liu Qiang is the director of Strategy and Planning Department, National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC), China and has a Ph.D. in Resource and Environment Economy. He also served as the climate change negotiator of Chinese government, negotiation coordinator and lead reviewer of UNFCCC, and senior consultant of IEA. Dr. Liu has been engaged in researches for many years on energy and climate change policy study, specializing in low-carbon strategy and planning, energy and climate change modelling, and CCS policy and strategy analysis. He has led more than 30 national key projects and international cooperation projects and involved in many policy-making processes on climate change and low carbon development in China.
VP Climate, Strategy, Innovation, Total
Valérie Quiniou is Vice-President for Climate & Energy in the Corporate Sustainable Development and Environment Division at Total. At the beginning of her career she started working as a Naval Architect in Research and Development with Bouygues Offshore (now Saipem) in 1996, then moved on to Noble Denton in London (2000-2001) before joining Total in Paris in 2002 as a Metocean Advisor. From 2010 to end of 2015, she was Head of the Survey Technologies Department for geophysics, geotechnics, metocean, ice engineering and geomatics applied to development and operations. She was co-chairing the metocean Committee of the IOGP during the past two years.
Chief Executive Officer, Philips Lighting
Mr. Eric Rondolat has been Global Chief Executive Officer of Philips Lighting North America Corporation since March 20, 2012. Mr. Rondolat served as an Executive Vice President of Koninklijke Philips N.V., from March 2012 to June 3, 2016. He served as an Executive Vice President of Power Asia-Pacific at Schneider Electric SE and Schneider Electric India Private Ltd. since January 2010. He served as an Executive Vice President of Power Business Unit of Schneider Electric SE since July 2006 until 2009. He’s been working for Schenider Elcetric since 1990 covering several sales and managing positions. He also was Country Manager for Schneider in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay from 2001 to 2003.
Ajay Ranjan Mishra
Director Technology & IR Ericsson, Pioneer, Author & Board Member
Mr Ajay Ranjan Mishra is the Chairman of ITU-T Focus Group on “Bridging the Gap:from Innovation to Standards”. His current interests are innovations and development of the cellular network globally, both technically and commercially with emphasis on emerging markets. Ajay has authored many research papers in technology & management domain. He has also authored three books on Cellular Technologies. He was invited as Executive-in-Residence by INSEAD Business School, France, where he worked on Innovations. A pioneer of many businesses in Nokia/ Nokia Siemens Networks, he is founding member of two Indian Standards bodies. He also sits on Boards of various companies and universities across the world. Previously, after graduating in Microwave Electronics in Dehli, he worked with Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks where he served in roles such as Global Head of Industry Environment, Global Head of Business Development (Emerging Markets) and Global Head of Services Innovation Management.
Energy and Mobility Director, Route Monkey
Martin Rapos is Energy and Mobility director at Route Monkey. He has a previous sales and consulting experience with IBM in electric mobility and decentralized energy, where he consulted multinational clients on business strategy, requirements, system integration of e2e systems in Europe, Middle East, USA and Asia. He is frequent speaker at international forums in the electric mobility and energy industry and participate regularly in electric mobility international standardization working groups.
Executive Director Sustainable Business New Zealand
Abbie Reynolds is the Executive Director of the Sustainable Business Council, a division of BusinessNZ. Abbie champions the interests of businesses who are advancing their sustainability. This includes driving action on climate change, governance, social impact and ecosystem health. Abbie brings with her a depth of expertise in social, financial and environmental sustainability within business. Before joining SBC, Abbie led the Vodafone Foundation and was Head of Sustainability at Vodafone. She worked on a wide range of sustainability initiatives including rolling out an eco-rating for mobile phones. Previously she led sustainability and regulatory work at Spark, the UK's Cable & Wireless and as a resource management/environment solicitor for Bell Gully.
Minister of Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs, France
H.E. Ms Ségolène Royal was born in Dakar (Senegal) on 22 September 1953. She has been in her current ministerial posting since April 2014. She was Minister Delegate for Family Affairs, Childhood and Disability (March 2000 - May 2002), Minister Delegate for School Education (June 1997 - March 2000), and Minister for the Environment (April 1992 - March 1993). She was President of the Poitou-Charentes Region from April 2004 to May 2014 and was a member of the French Parliament for the Deux-Sèvres department numerous times between 1988 and 2007. She was the runner-up for the 2007 presidential election, the first woman in France to be nominated as a presidential candidate by a major party. Minister Royal was also Vice- President and Spokeswoman for the Banque publique d’investissement (French Public Investment Bank), Vice President of Socialist International, and was an advisor to French President François Mitterrand from 1982-1988. Minister Royal attended the Ecole Nationale d’Administration and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris, and holds a degree in economics.
Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General and Director of UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)
Jeffrey Sachs is a world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist whose monthly newspaper columns appear in more than 100 countries. Professor Sachs served as the Director of the Earth Institute from 2002 to 2016. He was appointed University Professor at Columbia University in 2016, and also serves as Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. Prior to joining Columbia, Sachs spent over twenty years as a professor at Harvard University. He is Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Sustainable Development Goals. Mr. Sachs is Director of both the Center for Sustainable Development, and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network under the auspices of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Mr. Sachs is co-founder and Chief Strategist of Millennium Promise Alliance, and is director of the Millennium Villages Project.
Director of the Center for Environmental Economics, Higher School of Economics
Georgy Safonov is the Director of Centre for Environmental and Natural Resource Economics at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow and has been covering this role since 2004. Between 1999 and 2013 he was Coordinator of Russia program for the Environmental Defense Fund. He is an Economic analyst on climate change, environment, natural resource management, energy policy and author of several studies on environmental management. He collaborate actively with international organizations such as the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) International Energy Agency/UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) UNEP, UNDP and IFC.
Director of Energy Policies, Iberdrola
Carlos Sallé joined Iberdrola Group as Regulation Director in September 2001 and was later appointed as Director of Energy Policies. Previously he was a consultant for NERA (National Economic Research Associates), where he held the position of Associate Manager for the Energy Area. Before he covered several positions at the first electricity regulator of Spain (Comisión del Sistema Eléctrico Nacional) and Energy Commission (CNE).
Executive Director, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)
Guido Schmidt-Traub is Executive Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. He has served as climate change advisor to the Africa Progress Panel secretariat and was CEO of Paris-based CDC Climat Asset Management, an investment company regulated by the French financial markets regulator. From 2008-2010 he was Director and Partner at South Pole Carbon Asset Management in Zurich, a leading developer of greenhouse gas emission projects. Prior to managing the MDG Support Team at UNDP (2006-2008) he served as Policy Advisor and then as Associate Director of the UN Millennium Project in New York, which was tasked with developing a concrete action plan for the world to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Earlier Mr Schmidt-Traub was Partner at IndexIT Scandinavia, a private equity fund for early-stage technology companies, and consultant at McKinsey & Company in Germany.
Professor and Researcher, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Karen Scrivener obtained her PhD at Imperial College in 1984. She worked for Lafarge in France for 6 years, before being appointed Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Construction Materials, at EPFL, Switzerland in 2001. Her research focusses on the understanding the chemistry and microstructure of cement based materials and improving their sustainability. She is editor in Chief of the leading academic journal “Cement and Concrete Research” and was made a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2014
Juan Ramon Silva Ferrada
Ferrada, Chief Sustainability Officer
Juan Ramon Silva Ferrada (Santiago de Chile, 1955) is Area General Manager of Sustainability in Acciona, the area includes responsibility over the development of policies and practices on Sustainability across the company. Before joining Acciona, Juan Ramón Silva was Managing Director of Signomedia, a Direct and Interactive marketing agency. Between 1997 and 2003 he was Managing Director of Click!Marketing, a direct and interactive marketing agency, specialised in cause marketing. Before starting up his own agency, he was Creative Director of IC&S, a sports marketing agency specialised in promotions and sports sponsorship.
Deputy Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA)
Paul Simons took up his duties as IEA Deputy Executive Director on 8 July 2015. He supports the Executive Director in providing leadership and strategic direction to the Agency, including advancing the global engagement strategy by strengthening co-operation with non-member countries and pursuing initiatives with key partner countries. He also holds overall responsibility for co-ordinating internal operations, such as the budget and Programme of Work, and oversees the IEA Energy Data Centre. Mr. Simons brings extensive expertise in energy and economic policy to the IEA through his prior experience as a senior US career diplomat. He served as US Ambassador to Chile and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy and Sanctions, during which he was a delegate to the IEA Governing Board and chaired the IEA Standing Group on Long-Term Co-operation. Before joining the US State Department, Mr. Simons worked in international corporate lending at a New York-based commercial bank. He has a BA from Yale University and an MBA in Finance from New York University.
CEO, Carbon Disclosure Project
Paul is CEO at CDP. He has been at the forefront of CDP's expansion since its inception in 2000 and has led CDP from a climate specific focus into other environmental areas. He previously worked with Chesham Amalgamations & Investments Ltd, the International Society for Ecology & Culture and is a former director of the Social Venture Network. Paul sits on the advisory panel of Guardian Sustainable Business and the Global Stranded Assets Advisory Council for the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University.
Chief Scientific Officer & Co-Founder, LanzaTech
Dr. Sean Simpson co-founded LanzaTech New Zealand Ltd. in 2005 and serves as its Chief Scientific Officer. Dr. Simpson served as Leader of the Biofuels initiative at AgriGenesis BioSciences Ltd. Prior to LanzaTech, he had eight years experience in bio-products development. His duties included operating a cell culture facility and developing pilot plants, sunning projects on health biologics and working on crop biologics with several biotech companies. Also, he has been a Director of The ICEHOUSE Limited since June 2012.
Director of United Technologies Corporation’s (UTC) strategic efforts and advocacy for sustainable development
William Sisson directs United Technologies Corporation’s (UTC) strategic efforts and advocacy for sustainable development on behalf of the corporation’s Senior Vice President of Science and Technology. He is a member of UTC’s Sustainability Council, chartered to align UTC’s strategic sustainability initiatives with its business interests. He leads UTC’s product sustainability efforts, with emphasis on deploying refined process engineering goals on design for sustainability and life cycle analysis. Sisson also currently serves as UTC’s Liaison Delegate to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and is Co-chair of that organization’s Energy Efficiency in Buildings Project. Since 1985, Sisson has worked for UTC in a variety of technical and business leadership positions before covering his current role.
Researcher & Lecturer in Energy and Transport, University College London Energy Institute
Dr Tristan Smith is a lecturer in Energy and Transport at the UCL Energy Institute, where he leads a shipping modelling and analysis research group. Tristan has degrees in Engineering and Naval Architecture and he has been the coordinator of the project Low Carbon Shipping – A Systems Approach, leading two of the six work packages on ‘modelling the global shipping system’ and ‘regulation policy and incentives for low carbon shipping’. Tristan’s research interests cover all aspects of shipping economics, logistics and operation and he has been leading a consortium of ten organisations to produce the Third IMO Greenhouse Gas Study 2014: a major publication for the industry, which is used as a reference for CO2 emission regulatory discussions for the future.
Parliamentary Secretary for Energy Literacy and the Environment, British Columbia Government
Jordan Sturdy was elected MLA for West Vancouver-Sea to Sky on May 14, 2013. Prior to being elected, Jordan served as Mayor of Pemberton for three terms. Jordan was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Energy Literacy and the Environment to the Minister of Environment on July 30, 2015, and is a member of the Cabinet Committee for Environment and Land Use. Jordan serves as chair of the Climate Leadership Team, working with members from non-governmental organizations, academia, industry, communities and First Nations to redefine B.C.'s low-carbon future. Jordan also chairs the Provincial Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy. Jordan previously served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. Jordan served as a BC Ambulance Paramedic for more than 20 years as well as a Professional Ski Patroller and mountain rescue specialist.
President, Moroccan Freight Forwarders Association (AFFM)
Mr. Rachid Tahri is an operator of the logistics industry and international multimodal transport for over 30 years. Mr Rachid Tahri assumes the Responsibilities of Vice-President of the Federation of Transport of CGEM (FT-CGEM), President of the Association of Freight Forwarders of Morocco (AFFM), Deputy President of the Moroccan Association of International Road Transport (AMTRI), and President of the Association in charge of the assistance and Financing the upgrade of the sector of the Transport and Logistics (GIAC TRANSLOG). As such, it was an important player in major reform projects and upgrading the Transport and Logistics sector in Morocco. In 2012, he was awarded by the International Road Transport Union (IRU) headquartered in Geneva, the Top Manager award. In 2016, he was elected Logistics Person of the Year at the Moroccan Logistics awarders (MLA) by AMDL.
Chair of the Australian Building Codes Board and Director Green Building Council of Australia
John Thwaites is a Professorial Fellow, Monash University and Chair of ClimateWorks Australia and the Monash Sustainable Development Institute. He is a consultant at Maddocks Solicitors providing advice to the firm and its clients on climate change, water, sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He is one of six Co-Chairs of the Leadership Council of the global Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). Mr Thwaites chairs the Australian Building Codes Board, the Peter Cullen Water and Environment Trust and is a Director of the Australian Green Building Council. He was previously Chair of the National Sustainability Council, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, The Climate Group Ltd in Australia and a Director of the Harold Mitchell Foundation. He has been advising state and local governments on climate change and energy policy for several years.
Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Margaret Torn is the lead of Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions Program Domain, and Senior Advisor in the Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division. She is also the Program Lead for Atmospheric Systems Research and Terrestrial Ecosystems Science. In the former Earth Sciences Division Dr. Torn was the co-lead for the former Climate and Carbon Sciences Program Area. She is lead PI for the DOE-supported AmeriFlux Management Project, an international research network. At U.C. Berkeley, she is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Energy and Resources Group. Department. Dr. Torn is an ecologist and biogeochemist who studies the natural carbon cycle and anthropogenic influence on the carbon cycle through land use and climate change.
Co-Founder, Carbon Recycling International
Mr. Tran is the co-founder of Carbon Recycling International in Iceland and was CEO from its inception to 2016. He is a pioneer in carbon capture and use. He built the first plant in the world to produce methanol fuel from carbon dioxide and renewable energy. He held positions in management of innovation at Westinghouse Electric and Thermo Electron, notably as President of Gamma-Metrics in California, providing energy and pollution control solutions to the nuclear, coal, and cement industries worldwide. He received graduate and undergraduate degrees in Management and Nuclear Engineering from MIT and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the US.
Founder, Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI)
Laurence Tubiana is founder of the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) in Paris. She is professor and director of the Sustainable Development Center at Sciences Po Paris. She is also Professor of International Affairs at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). Since September 2012, she serves as co-chair of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)'s Leadership Council and co-chairs the SDSN working group on Deep Decarbonization Pathways. She is also president of the Board of Governors of the French Development Agency, Special Representative of the French Minister of Foreign Affairs for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference and member of the National Steering Committee on Energy Transition. She covered several high-profile roles for the ministry of foreign affairs in France since 1997. Previously, she served as Member of the French Council of Economic Analysis and as Research Director for the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA). She also represented European NGOs at the World Bank and directed the French-based NGO Solagral.
Gino Van Begin
Secretary General, International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI, Local Governments for Sustainability)
Gino Van Begin has been serving as ICLEI Regional Director for Europe since 2002 and as Deputy Secretary General since 2007. He has been ICLEI’s Chief Negotiator on local climate actions and was instrumental in organizing various major events, such as the European Sustainable Cities and Towns Conferences which have grown to become the major sustainability rendezvous for local governments in Europe. Mr Van Begin was also a member of the EU Expert Group to the European Commission on the Urban Environment from 2003-2006, and is a member of the European Commission’s Jury on the European Green Capital. Before joining ICLEI in 2000, M. Van Begin worked as advisor and as Team Leader at the EU-funded Environmental Centres for Administration and Technology in Kaliningrad and St. Petersburg, for seven years. From 1987 to 1993, he was a legal advisor at the European Commission’s DG Environment, General Secretariat and DG External relations. He also worked at the Cabinet of the Vice-President of the Government of Flanders and Minister of Economy, Small Business and Energy.
Paulette van Ommen
Sustainability Manager, DSM
Paulette van Ommen is responsible for the climate change agenda (external relations, internal action agenda) and strategic projects on sustainable market transformation and renewable energy at DSM. Previously she was Corporate Responsibility Leader at EY in The Netherlands and advisor to former Dutch Prime Minister J.P. Balkenende. In this capacity she was also the Working Group Leader of the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition of CEOs and author of its publications. She also served an education NGO as an ambassador in Uganda in 2002.
Maryke Van Staden
Low Carbon Cities Program Manager, ICLEI, Local Governments for Sustainability
Based in Bonn, at the ICLEI World Secretariat, Maryke Van Staden coordinates ICLEI’s low carbon strategy, working with local governments around the globe. She manages the Carbonn Center, helping cities and towns of all shapes and sizes to report their climate action, and working closely with staff in all 17 ICLEI offices. Ms. Van Staden has 25 years of professional experience in policy and security, specializing in the last 15 years in sustainable energy and climate change at the community level. She joined ICLEI Europe in 2006 and the World Secretariat in 2013.
Senior Manager, Public Policy & Partnerships, Syngenta International AG
Varun Vats has joined Syngenta in June, 2012; manages company’s relationships with a few selected external stakeholders on agricultural environmental sustainability. He also co-leads the rollout of company’s sustainability strategy on soil and biodiversity conservation. Prior to joining Syngenta he had worked with the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Gland, Switzerland and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Geneva. Varun holds a Mwolaster degree in Economics from the HEC, University of Lausanne, Switzerland; and he is originally from Delhi, India.
Head of Research, Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers (CGIAR)
As Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Head of Research, Sonja Vermeulen helps the team to produce research outputs that synthesise across the flagships and regions, and to engage with policy processes and partners, particularly at the global level. Prior to her position at CCAFS, Dr Vermeulen served as Director of the Programme on Business and Sustainable Development at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Earlier in her career she worked in research with the University of Zimbabwe, the World Wide Fund for Nature and the Center for International Forestry Research. Dr Vermeulen’s work has spanned the natural and social sciences, across the fields of forestry, agriculture and natural resource management.
Superintendent-General, Amazonas Sustainable Foundation
Virgilio Viana is a PhD in Evolutionary Biology from Harvard University. He organized the discussion which led to the creation of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) in 1993. He was founder and president at IMAFLORA, the first forest certification organization in Latin America. In 2003, he became the first Secretary of the Environment and Sustainable Development of Amazonas, the largest and most forested Brazilian State, and coordinated the Green Free Trading Zone Programme. Currently, he is Director General at Fundação Amazonas Sustentável which aims to foster local welfare and the sustainable involvement of forest dwellers throughout Brazilian Amazonia; member of World Economic Forum; member of Global Agenda Council on Poverty and Sustainable Development; member of International Advisory Board of Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) Program; member of the Consultative Board of Royal Society´s Human Resilience Project; Co-chair of Forests, Oceans, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services of UN´s Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), as well as chair of Amazon SDSN.
Chief Operating Officer, CDP
Frances Way oversees the delivery and strategy of CDP’s (Carbon Disclosure Project) programs. This involves working with both investor and company stakeholders on climate change, water, and deforestation issues for the international nonprofit, which provides the only global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage, and share vital environmental information. Ms. Way joined CDP in 2007. Previously, Ms. Way spent eight years in the finance sector, primarily in Dresdner Kleinwort’s global equities division, where she was responsible for communications between the European research and sales teams. She sits on the board of EIRIS, an ethical investment organization.
Founder, Energy Unlocked
Molly Webb is the founder of Energy Unlocked, an energy market accelerator focused on new market entrants helping them to achieve a low cost, renewable, resilient energy system. Ms. Webb has more than ten years of of experience in market acceleration & advocacy for global innovation in tech, climate change, smart cities and energy, in partnership with companies and cities at The Climate Group - where she served as Head of Smart Technology - and UK think tank Demos. She is Green Innovation Strategy advisor for Skype-founder’s Zennström Philanthropies. She is also jury member for numerous cleanweb and clean tech awards. She has five years software and IT product development in New York, Tokyo and London. She holds an MSc in Environmental Policy at the London School of Economics.
Vice President Sustainability, Facebook
Bill Weihl manages sustainability and energy efficiency initiatives at Facebook. Prior to joining Facebook in early 2012, he spent 6 years as Green Energy Czar at Google, where he led efforts in energy efficiency and renewable energy, spearheading Google's drive to become carbon neutral, founding the Climate Savers Computing Initiative, and leading the RE
Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project Director, SDSN
Dr. Jim Williams is Director of the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project for the U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network, headquartered at the Earth Institute, Columbia University. Since 2005, Jim has been Chief Scientist at the influential San Francisco consulting firm E3, where he has advised on many aspects of energy technology, planning, and regulation for government, utility, and industry clients. In 2007, he led E3’s analysis for California state agencies on GHG strategies, which became a key input into the implementation of AB 32, the state’s landmark climate policy. He was lead author of a well-known 2012 article in Science that analyzed California’s path to GHG reductions of 80% below 1990 by 2050. Subsequently, Jim was closely involved in the analysis underlying Governor Jerry Brown’s announcement earlier this year of a 2030 GHG reduction target of 40% below 1990. In 2014, he led a research team from E3, LBNL, and PNNL that conducted a similar analysis for the entire US, Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States. A Mandarin speaker, Jim was until recently Associate Professor of International Environmental Policy at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, where his research interests included the technical and institutional challenges of decarbonizing China’s power sector. He has also taught at UCB, including several times as co-instructor of his favorite course, ER102. His ERGian breadth of interests is indicated by the journals he has published in, ranging from Science to China Quarterly, from Climatic Change to Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences.
Mayor, Seoul Metropolitan City
Park Won-soon is the Mayor of Seoul Metropolitan City, running for the second term. Park has had a thirty-year history as a social justice and human rights activist. Between 2002-2010 he was Executive Director of The Beautiful Foundation, a philanthropic group that promotes volunteerism and community service and addresses issues of income inequality. In 2006, as an offshoot of The Beautiful Foundation, he founded the Hope Institute, a think tank designed to promote solutions arising from grass roots suggestions for social, educational, environmental, and political problems. Earlier in 1994, he was a principal founder of the nonprofit organization People's Solidarity for Participatory Democracy, which monitors government regulatory practices and fights political corruption. There he served as Secretary-General in the period 1995-2002.