Thinkers and change makers from around the globe

We are delighted to welcome the following thinkers and change makers from around the globe and different areas of expertise as speakers at our conference:

Christoph Beier

Vice-Chair of the Management Board, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Dr. Christoph Beier is Vice Chair of the Management Board of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. Before, Christoph Beier held various leading management positions within GIZ, heading the Planning and Development Department and various Regional Departments. He advised the Ministry of the Interior of Indonesia on decentralization and worked as research and teaching assistant to the chair for economics and social geography at the Ruhr-University Bochum. Christoph Beier holds a number of honorary posts, e.g. as a member of the Board of Trustees of Tongji University and the Board of the Bertelsmann Transformation Management Index (Bertelsmann Foundation).

Tone Bjordam

Visual Artist

Tone Bjordam is a visual artist inspired by nature, perception and science. She creates sculpture installations, abstract paintings and intricate, detailed drawings. She is a nature photographer and produces videos and photographs where she records movements and progression of liquid colour, to create imaginary landscapes and paintings in motion. Tone has a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from Oslo National Academy of the Arts and her work has been on display in numerous countries around the world.

Raimund Bleischwitz

Chair in Sustainable Global Resources and Deputy Director at University College London - Institutional Research Information Service (UCL IRIS)

Raimund Bleischwitz is Chair in Sustainable Global Resources at University College London (UCL), and Deputy Director at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources (UCL ISR). He is currently Principal Investigator of an international collaborative project on the circular economy in China (SINCERE), and participates in a number of EU projects on eco-innovation and raw minerals (Green.EU/Inno4SD, RECREATE, POLFREE, Minatura, Mica). He had previous positions at the Wuppertal Institute in Germany, at the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium), at a Max Planck Institute, at the Institute for European Environmental Policy and in the German Bundestag; and fellowships at the Transatlantic Academy (TA) in Washington DC, at Johns Hopkins University (AICGS JHU) and in Japan (JSPS). Raimund has a PhD and a ‘Habilitation’ in economics. His research interests cover sustainable development, resource efficiency, the resource nexus, conflict minerals, international governance, the interface of policy and industry, and resulted in more than 200 publications.

Paula Caballero

Global Director, World Resources Institute, Climate Program

Paula Caballero is the global director of the World Resources Institute’s Climate Program. She has a long history in the field of development, including service as the senior director of the World Bank Group’s Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice and as the director for Economic, Social and Environmental Affairs in Colombia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She is widely recognized as the lead proponent of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, for which she was awarded a Zayed International Prize in 2014.

Aniruddha Dasgupta

Global Director
WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, World Resources Institute

Aniruddha (Ani) Dasgupta is the Global Director of WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, WRI’s program that galvanises action to help cities grow more sustainably and improve quality of life in developing countries around the world. Ani leads the program’s team of global experts in sustainable transport, urban development, and building efficiency, as well as its engagement across low-carbon energy, governance, water risk and associated areas.

Fatima Denton

Director of Special Initiatives Division of the Economic Commission for Africa

Ms. Denton is the Director of a natural resource management Division (Special Initiatives Division), which is principally concerned with different forms of production and natural capital, their policy implications and their interactions with sustainable development as well as science, technology and innovation at the UN Economic Commission for Africa. Prior to this, she directed and managed the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC). Before joining ECA, Ms. Denton led the largest climate change adaptation in Africa initiative as programme leader at the International Development Research Centre. She has worked as an energy scientist at UNEP Risoe in Denmark covering energy, poverty, sustainable development and climate change. She is a lead author for the IPCC and a member of several scientific committees on the interface between climate change and development. Fatima has also written widely on climate change adaptation and resilience; energy poverty, efficiency and security and; gender and development. Ms. Denton holds a PhD in political science and development studies from the University of Birmingham in the UK.

Carol Dumaine

Adjunct Professor, Energy Resources and Environment Program at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

Carol Dumaine brings 30 years of experience as a U.S. government analyst, now retired, to her current focus on re-imagining how we understand and respond to a more turbulent global environment. For nearly a decade Carol led a team that convened futures-oriented interdisciplinary forums spurring cooperation across many countries. Carol also was the founding director of the Energy and Environmental Security Directorate in the U.S. Department of Energy from 2007-2010. Today she is a consultant and teaches “Global Climate Change: Its Impacts on National, Human, and Global Security” at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Ottmar Edenhofer

Director, Professor
Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change

Ottmar Edenhofer studied philosophy and economics. He is Deputy Director and Chief Economist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) and Professor of the Economics of Climate Change at the Technical University Berlin. Moreover, he is former Co-Chair of Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Sven Egenter

Editor in Chief of Energy Wire CLEW

Sven Egenter heads the foundation-funded energy and climate policy mediaservice Clean Energy Wire CLEW as Editor in Chief. Before he launched CLEW, he covered the German, Swiss and British economies during his 12 years at Reuters, writing extensively about the financial crisis. He ran the team covering the British economy as Chief Economics Correspondent, UK in London and managed Reuters‘ editorial operation in Switzerland as Acting Bureau Chief in 2010. Before his career as a journalist, he worked for the EXPO2000 World Exhibition in Hannover. He taught journalism at Kingston University and holds a MS in Journalism from Boston University and a degree in economics from the University of Münster.

Pascale Ehrenfreund

Chair of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR),
Research Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs at the Space Policy Institute in Washington DC.

Pascale Ehrenfreund is the Chair of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). She is also a Research Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs at the Space Policy Institute in Washington DC. She contributed as Project Scientist, Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator and Teamleader to ESA and NASA astronomy and planetary missions as well as experiments in low Earth orbit and on the International Space Station. From 2013-2015 she was President of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). Pascale Ehrenfreund holds a Master degree in Molecular Biology, a PhD in Astrophysics, and a Master degree in Management & Leadership. The asteroid „9826 Ehrenfreund 2114 T-3“ bears her name.

Tareq Emtairah

Director of the Energy Department, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

Tareq Emtairah has just recently joined the UNIDO family as the Director of the Energy Department. Tareq Emtairah work experience spans over 22 years in developed and emerging economies with a progressive focus on sustainable industrial transformation, energy transition, policy advocacy, applied research and capacity development. Before joining UNIDO, he worked as a senior research fellow at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) at Lund University, Sweden where he worked with research and analysis on the transition to low carbon economies with a focus on cleaner technologies and cities. From June 2012 to June 2015, he served as the executive director of the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE), an inter-governmental technical cooperation center based in Cairo, where he drove for the conceptualization, development and implementation of the programmatic areas of the Center for advancing policies and strategies for sustainable energy in the MENA region.

Ottmar Ette

Chair of Romance Literature at the University of Potsdam,
Member of the Academia Europaea

Ottmar Ette is the Chair of Romance Literature at the University of Potsdam since 1995 (venia legendi: Romance Literatures and Comparative Literature). In 2014, Ette was elected Honorary member of the Modern Language Association of America (MLA). Since 2013, he has been a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. He also has been a regular member of the Academia Europaea since 2010. Ottmar Ette directs the Research Project on „Alexander von Humboldt’s American Travel Diaries: Genealogy, Chronology, and Epistemology“ (2014-2017) and, since 2015, an eighteen-year project on „Travelling Humboldt – Science on the Move“ of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

Meagan Fallone

Barefoot College International, CEO

Meagan Fallone is an experienced entrepreneur who has successfully led for-profit and not-for-profit organisations to scale through a unique skill set grounded in design  thinking. She has managed organisational change & transformation in mission driven organisations through implementation of the congruence mode, inclusive strategic planning processes, visionary partnerships and an exceptionally dynamic management and leadership style. A focus on developing talent and an eco system that drives innovative thought, results and positive risk taking, have been the hallmarks of her professional footprint. She has worked in more than 92 developing world Countries and lived in Africa, India, Oceana, Europe and the USA . A deep connection to the developing world ideally equips her to mobilise a vast network “for good” at both grass roots and policy levels. Her long dedication to Human Rights and Humanitarian focus have driven her to work exclusively on behalf of the marginalised and left behind for the past 8 years. As an accomplished public speaker who is regularly employed to speak on a range of issues within her overall experiences, she has sound understanding of the role and responsibility of leadership to be both internal leader and external advocate.

Leilani Farha

Special Rapporteur Office Of The United Nations High Commissioner For Human Rights (OHCHR)

Leilani Farha is the Executive Director of the NGO Canada Without Poverty, based in Ottawa, Canada. A lawyer by training, for the past 20 years Ms. Farha has worked both internationally and domestically on the implementation of the right to adequate housing for the most marginalized groups. In Canada Ms. Farha worked on housing rights issues as the Executive Director of the Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA). Internationally, Ms. Farha has actively participated in a number of missions around the world to examine the status of housing rights and to assist in developing policy responses for the implementation of these rights. Ms. Farha has also undertaken numerous consultancies related to housing rights; she has appeared before various UN human rights mechanisms to address economic, social and cultural rights issues; and she was a member of the Advisory Group on Forced Evictions for UNHabitat.

Marc Fleurbaey

Robert E. Kuenne Professor in Economics and Humanistic Studies,
Professor of Public Affairs, University Center for Human Values at Woodrow Wilson School
of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

Marc Fleurbaey is an economist, professor at Princeton University (Woodrow Wilson School and Center for Human Values) and member of the Collège d’Etudes Mondiales (Paris FMSH). He is the co-author of Beyond GDP (with Didier Blanchet, CUP 2013), A Theory of Fairness and Social Welfare (with François Maniquet, CUP 2011), and the author of Fairness, Responsibility and Welfare (OUP, 2008). He was a coordinating lead author for the IPCC 5th Report, and one of the initiators of the International Panel on Social Progress.

Dolf Gielen

Director IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre Bonn at International Renewable Energy Agency

Dolf Gielen is director of the IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre in Bonn since 2011. He oversees the agency’s work on advising member countries in the area of technology status and roadmaps, energy planning, cost and markets and innovation policy frameworks. Before joining IRENA, Dolf Gielen was Chief of the Energy Efficiency and Policy Unit at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Previously, he was a Senior Energy Technology Policy Analyst at the International Energy Agency.

Adrienne Goehler

Publicist and curator, "Examples to follow! Expeditions in aesthetics and sustainability"

Adrienne Goehler is a freelance curator, lecturer and publicist focusing on theory and activism furthering aesthetics andenvironmental protection and sustainability. In 2018, she will begin a fellowship at the Institute for Sustainability Studies in Potsdam researching »sustainability needs deceleration needs universal basic income«. Some examples her curatorial work are ‘ART GOES HEILIGENDAMM’, an art intervention for the G8 summit 2007, ‘WALLONWALLl’, an exhibition of photographs by Kai Wiedenhöfer and the outstanding touring exhibition with 16 different venues worldwide since 2010 : »EXAMPLES TO FOLLOW, expeditions in aesthetics and sustainability. www.z-n-e.info

Maja Göpel

Secretary-General of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)

Dr. Maja Göpel is Secretary General of the German Advisory Council on Global Change, an interdisciplinary and independent body working on flagship reports and policy briefs around transformations towards sustainability. Next to the public speaking, engagement and networking tasks this role allows her to continue the research focus she had developed as the Head of Berlin Office of the Wuppertal Institut: system transformations for sustainable development and new prosperity models with an emphasis on the role of paradigm shifts as strategic leverage points, summarized in the 2016 book The Great Mindshift: How a Need a New Economic Paradigm and Sustainability Transformations Go Hand in Hand (Springer). Maja Göpel is a transdisciplinary scientivist that formerly helped start up the World Future Council, created its Future Policy Award and “Future Justice” programme promoting interests of future generations in economy and policy at EU and UN level. She is a member of the Club or Rome and the Balafon Group and mother of two girls.

Stephany Griffith-Jones

Financial Markets Director, Initiative for Policy Dialogue, Columbia University, New York and Research Associate, Overseas Development Institute

Economist researching reforming international financial architecture, from a development perspective and development finance, especially funding sustainable infrastructure by development banks. Publishing widely, having written or edited twenty-five books and many articles. A 2010 book, co-edited with Joseph Stiglitz and Jose Antonio Ocampo, Time for a Visible Hand, was published by OUP. Advises many international organisations, including European Parliament, World Bank, IADB, AfDB, and various UN agencies and several governments.

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Heide Hackmann

Executive Director
International Council for Science

Dr. Heide Hackmann is the Executive Director of the International Council for Science, following eight years as Executive Director of the International Social Science Council. Heide holds a M.Phil in contemporary social theory from the University of Cambridge, UK, and a PhD in science and technology studies from the University of Twente in the Netherlands. Before moving into the world of the international councils she worked as a science policy maker and researcher in the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom and South Africa. Heide holds membership of several international advisory committees and boards, including the Scientific Advisory Board of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany. She co-chairs the UN’s 10-member group supporting the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Thomas Hale

Associate Professor of Global Public Policy Director for China Engagement
Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

Dr. Thomas Hale’s research explores how we can manage transnational problems effectively and fairly. He seeks to explain how political institutions evolve–or not–to face the challenges raised by globalization and interdependence, with a particular emphasis on environmental and economic issues. He holds a PhD in Politics from Princeton University, a masters degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics, and an AB in public policy from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School. A US national, Hale has studied and worked in Argentina, China, and Europe. His books include Beyond Gridlock (Polity 2017), Between Interests and Law: The Politics of Transnational Commercial Disputes (Cambridge 2015), Transnational Climate Change Governance (Cambridge 2014), and Gridlock: Why Global Cooperation Is Failing when We Need It Most (Polity 2013).

Stéphane Hallegatte

Lead Economist with the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) at the World Bank

Stéphane Hallegatte is a lead economist with the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) at the World Bank. He is a lead author of the IPCC, author of dozens of articles and several books. He led several World Bank reports including Shock Waves in 2015, and Unbreakable in 2016. He was team leader for the World Bank Group Climate Change Action Plan, a planning exercise to determine how to support countries in their implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Isbrand Ho

Senior Director of BYD Company Limited, General Manager of BYD Auto Industry Company Limited, Managing Director of BYD Europe B.V (Dutch company)

Isbrand Ho is currently the senior director of BYD Company Limited, General Manager of BYD Auto Industry Company Limited and Managing Director of BYD Europe B.V. He studied at the San Diego State University and at the Motorola University. After his studies, he held several Sales Manager positions before he became Senior Vice president at Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation. Before his current position he functioned as the Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy at Neosonic.

Michael Hoch

Rector of the University of Bonn

Since 2015, Prof. Dr. Michael Hoch is Rector of the University of Bonn. He is a biologist and his research interest is to understand how metabolism influences the activity of organ systems such as the immune and nervous systems. He is Founding Director of the Life & Medical Sciences Institute of the University of Bonn and served as speaker of several collaborative research programs funded by the German Research Foundation. Michael Hoch received several awards and honours, and served as a reviewer on many scientific committees.

Christian Hochfeld

Managing Director of Agora Verkehrswende

From 1996 to 2004, Dipl.-Ing. Christian Hochfeld worked on environmental and climate protection in traffic as a research assistant at the Oeko-Institut, a research institute for applied ecology. He was a member of the management team of Oeko-Institut from 2004 to 2010. Christian Hochfeld then worked as a programme director for sustainable traffic in China at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) a leading provider of international cooperation services for sustainable development. He has been the Managing Director of Agora Verkehrswende, an initiative of Stiftung Mercator and the European Climate Foundation, since February 2016. Christian Hochfeld has been a member of the International Advisory Committee of the China Association for Electric Vehicles (China EV 100) since 2015.

Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven

Director-General of the Department for Global issues – sector policies and programmes of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Dr. Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven, Director-General, has been working at the BMZ in various positions since 1986, i.a. as Special Envoy for Climate and Development in the run-up to the climate conference in Paris. From 2010 to 2104, Ms Hoven served as Executive Director to the World Bank Group, representing Germany. Ms. Hoven was a member of the board of GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance. She served as a Co-chair of the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery and was a board member of the Green Climate Fund and the Global Environment Facility. Ms. Hoven studied economics and political science at Justus-Liebig-University Giessen and University Paris IX/Dauphine and is alumni of the postgraduate studies at the German Development Institute (GDI).

Pan Jiahua

Director of the Institute for Urban and Environmental Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)

Pan Jiahua, currently director-general, Institute for Urban & Environmental Studies, Chinese Academyof Social Sciences (CASS), and professor of economics at CASSGraduate School, Editor-in-Chief of the Chinese Journal of Urban & Environmental Studies. Received his PhD at Cambridge University in 1992. Areas of study include economics of sustainable development, energy and climate policy, world economy and environmental and natural resource economics. Worked for the UNDP Beijing Office as an advisor on environment and development. Lead author of the IPCC Working Group III 3rd, 4thand 5th Assessment Report on Mitigation; Member of China National Expert Panel on Climate Change; Member of National Foreign Policy Advisory Group; Advisor to the Ministry of Environment Protection. Vice president of Chinese Association for Urban Economy, vice president of the Chinese Society of Ecological Economists, vice president of Chinese Energy Association. Co-editor of Climate Change 2001: mitigation published by Cambridge University Press and author of over 300 papers, articles and books in both English (including Science, Nature, Oxford Review of Economic Policy) and Chinese (Including Journal of Economic Research and China Social Sciences). First and Second prize of best research work, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (2002, 2004 & 2013), Winner of Sun Yefang Award of Economic Sciences, 2011, China Green Person of the Year 2010/2011.ChinaEnvironment Prize (2016).

Ronny Jumeau

Ambassador of Seychelles to the United Nations and the United States of America

Ronald (Ronny) Jumeau was appointed Seychelles’ Permanent Representative (Ambassador) to the United Nations and Ambassador to the United States for the second time in March 2017. He started his career as a journalist and then Chief Editor of the Seychelles Nation daily newspaper. He became Secretary to the Cabinet in the Office of the President of Seychelles in 1992 before holding several ministerial posts from 1998 to 2007 including that of Minister for Environment and Natural Resources, which included responsibility for climate change, conservation, water, forestry, agriculture and fisheries. In 2007 Amb. Jumeau was appointed Seychelles’ Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Ambassador to the United States, Canada, Brazil, Cuba and several Caribbean islands until 2012 when he became his country’s New York-based roving Ambassador for Climate Change and Small Island Developing State Issues. He is a Vice-President of the Assembly of SIDS DOCK, the global sustainable energy initiative for Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and a Vice-Chair of its Executive Council. He is also the Alternate Member of the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), representing Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

Inge Kaul

Adjunct Professor at the Hertie School of Governance

Inge Kaul is an independent consultant on global policy studies, adjunct professor, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin and the former Director of the Offices of the Human Development Report and Development Studies at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), New York. She has published widely on issues of global governance and international cooperation and is the lead editor of Providing Global Public Goods; Managing Globalization and The New Public Finance; Responding to Global Challenges (OUP: New York, 2003 and 2006, respectively), co-author of the Governance Report 2013 (OUP: Oxford, 2013) and editor/co-author of Global Public Goods (EE: Cheltenham, 2016). Her current research focuses on global public economics and finance. See also www.ingekaul.net

Birgit Klesper

Senior Vice President, Group Corporate Responsibility for Deutsche Telekom AG

Birgit Klesper is Senior Vice President, Group Corporate Responsibility for Deutsche Telekom AG in Bonn, Germany. Prior to assuming this position in 2006, Ms. Klesper was Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications (worldwide) and Spokesperson of the Wella Group. Following Procter & Gamble’s take-over of Wella AG in 2004, she took additional responsibility as Director of Communications for Procter & Gamble. She has also held various positions in corporate communications and public relations with Philip Morris and Tchibo Coffee Company.

Reinhard Limbach

Deputy Mayor of Bonn

Reinhard Limbach was born in Bonn and has been working in the real estate sector since 1983. He became a certified real estate manager in 1987 and founded his real estate company in 1994.
Reinhard Limbach has been member of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) since 1984 and City Councilor of Bonn since the year 2005. In July 2014, he was elected Deputy Mayor of Bonn. His thematic work focusses on planning, economy, finance and municipal facility management.

Christine Lins

Executive Secretary of Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21)

Christine Lins was appointed as Executive Secretary of REN21, the Renewable Energy Policy Network of the 21st Century, in July 2011. REN21 is a global public-private multi-stakeholder network on renewable energy regrouping international organizations, governments, industry associations, science and academia as well as NGOs working in the field of renewable energy. REN21 has its headquarters at UNEP, the United Nations Environment Programme in Paris/France. Between 2001 and 2011, Ms. Lins served as Secretary General of the European Renewable Energy Council. Previously, she worked in a regional energy agency in Austria promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. Ms. Lins holds a Masters degree in international economics and applied languages. She has more than 20 years of working experience in the field of renewable energy sources.

Carlos Lopes

Professor at University of Cape Town, Former UN Under-Secretary General and 8th Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa, Visiting Fellow at Oxford Martin School

Professor at the Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice, University of Cape Town and Visiting Fellow of the Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford. Former UN Under-Secretary General and 8th Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (2012-2016), Member of several Boards, including the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva and the Global Commission for the New Economy and Climate. Widely published author focusing on African and development issues, has been selected as one of the nine personalities serving the African Union Reform Team led by Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame.

Herbert Lust

Vice President Global Public Partnerships and Managing Director in Europe for Conservation International

Herbert Lust is the Vice President Global Public Partnerships and Managing Director in Europe for Conservation International since September 2015.  In this position he leads lobbying and corporate relations in Europe and public fundraising globally for the organization. Prior to this role, Herbert Lust was the Director of Strategy Integration for Boeing’s Global Corporate Citizenship programmes, where he was responsible for managing a portfolio of projects in environment, sustainable biofuels, and supply chain management in the Middle East, South East Asia, Africa and the Americas. He also designed Boeing’s overarching CSR, Citizenship and Community Affairs Strategies. He was a member of Boeing’s environmental strategy council and sustainable biofuels steering team. He designed and led public affairs campaigns with EU institutions and national governments. Conservation International is a nonprofit organization built upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration to empower societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, global biodiversity, and the well-being of humanity.

Siddharth Mallavarapu

Associate Professor, Chairperson Department of International Relations South Asian University (SAU)

One thread that connects Siddharth Mallavarapu’s diverse research interests is the ‘politics of knowledge’. While conscious of his location both in the global south and within the discipline of International Relations, Mallavarapu takes a special interest in developments in the field of cognition studies. He teaches a course on ‘Cognition and World Politics’ and is normatively invested in rethinking institutional design as a means to enhance international cooperation.

Cheikh Mbow

Executive Director of START-International, Inc.,
Adjunct Professor at Michigan State University

Dr Cheikh Mbow is the Executive Director of START-International in Washington, Adjunct Professor at Michigan State University and Forestry and Coordinating Lead Author in IPCC. He has been a Senior Scientist at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and served in Scientific Committees such as the Global Land Project from 2004-2010, the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) from 2012-2014 and the Future Earth from 2013-2015. Mbow is a recognized expert on land resource management in developing countries.

Dirk Messner

Director German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)´s Co-Chair, Co-Director of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21)

Prof. Dr. Dirk Messner has been Director of the “German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)” since 2003. He is also Co-Director of the “Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research”, University Duisburg-Essen. Based on his research, Dirk Messner is engaged in high-ranking policy advisory councils. For example, he is Co-Chair of the “German Advisory Council on Global Change” (WBGU) and of the „Sustainable Development Solutions Network Germany “(SDSN). He is also member of the “China Council on Global Cooperation on Development and Environment“ (CCICED). His work areas focus on Global change and Sustainable Development, Transformation towards the Decarbonisation of the global Economy, Global Governance and International Cooperation.

Daniel Mittler

Political Director of Greenpeace International

Daniel Mittler is Political Director of Greenpeace International. He has been a local transport activist as well as a global advocate at the international climate negotiations for decades. From 2008 to 2010 he was Head of the Germany Programme at the European Climate Foundation. From 2004 to 2008 he was also working at Greenpeace International leading work on trade, corporate accountability and international financial institutions. Before joining Greenpeace for the first time, Daniel was Head of International Campaigns at BUND – Friends of the Earth Germany for four years. Daniel studied Politics, African studies and urban planning in Edinburgh, Kingston, Ontario and London. He blogs at www.greendaniel.blogspot.com

Jonathan Mockshell

Research Fellow at the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE

Dr. Jonathan Mockshell is a research fellow in the Department of Environmental Policy and Resource Management at the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE). His current research examines the linkages between sustainable agricultural intensification, natural resource management, agricultural value chains, and the role of agricultural development policy. In his previous role, Dr. Mockshell was a research associate and Lecturer at the University of Hohenheim where he conducted interdisciplinary research in the area of animal health services provision, agricultural development policy and policy processes in Sub-Sharan Africa. He has conducted extensive field work in Ghana, Uganda, Senegal, Zambia and Kenya.

Pradeep Monga

Deputy Executive Secretary of United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

As Deputy Executive Secretary at the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Dr. Pradeep Monga provides strategic support to the convention that links environment and development to sustainable land management, and contributes to the global efforts to reverse and prevent desertification and land degradation through achieving land degradation neutrality. Prior to joining UNCCD, Dr. Monga worked on senior positions in UNIDO, UNDP and the Government of India, and undertook several international assignments with FAO, World Bank and other multi/bi-lateral organizations and resource institutions including WRI and TERI. A Fulbright scholar, Dr. Monga has presented technical papers in over 70 international seminars and workshops in the field of energy, environment and sustainable development.

John E. Morton

Stiftung Mercator Senior Fellow at HHL Leipzig School of Management, Former Senior Director for Energy & Climate Change (The White House)

John E. Morton brings more than twenty years of experience in emerging markets, investment finance, and economic and environmental policy. He is a Fellow with the European Climate Foundation, a Senior Fellow with the Mercator Stiftung, a Senior Fellow at the HHL Graduate School of Management in Leipzig Germany, and a nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center. Mr. Morton was a Presidential Appointee in the Obama Administration and served in a variety of roles including as White House Senior Director for Energy and Climate Change at the National Security Council. In this role, Mr. Morton had overall responsibility for coordinating the Obama Administration’s policies and strategies on international energy and climate change issues. Earlier in the Administration, Mr. Morton was the Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). At OPIC, Mr. Morton managed the Agency’s day-to-day operations, including its 250 employees and $20 billion investment portfolio in over 100 countries. Prior to joining OPIC, Mr. Morton was Managing Director of Economic Policy at The Pew Charitable Trusts. Before Pew, he served as director of National Security Policy for the John Kerry presidential campaign. Previously, Mr. Morton was an investment officer with Global Environment Fund, where he oversaw global investments in environmental infrastructure projects. Mr. Morton began his career as a strategy consultant with Mercer and managing World Bank projects in the former Soviet Union. Mr. Morton has served on the boards of directors and executive committees of the National Security Network, and the Clean Energy Network. He is a former fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Catto environmental leaders program and the U.S.–Japan Leadership Program. He received an MBA from Wharton, an MA from Johns Hopkins SAIS, and a BA from Harvard. He lives in Leipzig Germany with his wife and two children.

Nebojsa Nakicenovic

Deputy Director General and Deputy CEO of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA),
Former Full Professor of Energy Economics at the Vienna University of Technology

Nebojsa Nakicenovic is Deputy Director General and Deputy CEO of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and former full Professor of Energy Economics at Vienna University of Technology. Among other positions, he is Executive Director of The World in 2050; Member of the United Nations Secretary General Special Advisory 10-Member Group to support the Technology Facilitation Mechanism, Member of the Ad Hoc Advisory Group of Technical Experts on SDG7 and Executive Director, Global Energy Assessment. He serves on the Editorial Board of 10 scientific journals. Prof. Nakicenovic holds bachelors and masters degrees from Princeton University, New Jersey, USA and the University of Vienna, where he also completed his Ph.D. He also holds Honoris Causa PhD degree in engineering from the Russian Academy of Sciences. Among Prof. Nakicenovic’s research interests are the long-term patterns of technological change, economic development and response to climate change and, in particular, the evolution of energy, mobility, and information and communication technologies.

Nick Nuttall

Director of the Communications and Outreach Programme at UNFCCC

Nick Nuttall is the Director of Communications and Outreach and Spokesperson for UN Climate Change headquartered in Bonn, Germany. He was also Spokesperson for the UN Climate Conference 2015—COP21– where nations agreed the landmark Paris Climate Change Agreement. Nuttall joined the UN Environment, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2001 and was until December 2013, the spokesperson, principal speechwriter and creative writer for UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director Achim Steiner and before that former German Environment Minister Klaus Toepfer. During his time at UNEP, Nuttall was responsible for transforming the organization’s media profile and, in collaboration with its Executive Director, inspiring several landmark reports including the 2009 Climate Change Science Compendium; the Natural Fix The Role of Ecosystems in Climate Mitigation and the Dead Planet, Living Planet: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Restoration for Sustainable Development.He also spearheaded the communications aimed at popularizing the concepts and ideas behind UNEP’s Global Green New Deal/Green Economy Initiative. Before joining the United Nations, Nuttall was the Environment and Technology correspondent at The Times newspaper in London from 1989 and before that a stockbroker and singer with a US-based pop group. He was educated at the University of St Andrews in Scotland.

Michael Obersteiner

Program Director Ecosystems Services and Management at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

Michael Obersteiner is Program Director of the Ecosystems Services and Management Program (ESM) at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria. His research experience stretches from biophysical modeling in the areas of ecosystems, forestry and agriculture to economics, finance and integrated assessment, climate mitigation and adaptation, nutrient management, biodiversity conservation, water management, and food security, as documented in his publications record. Dr. Obersteiner has been a consultant giving science-based policy advice using quantitative modelling techniques to a number of national and international organizations, including inter alia the European Commission, WWF, OECD, and other national and international institutions. He is author of over 250 scientific papers covering many disciplinary science fields.

Janos Pasztor

Senior Fellow and Executive Director of the Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2)

Janos Pasztor is currently Senior Fellow and Executive Director of the Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2) at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. He has over 35 years of work experience in the areas of energy, environment, climate change and sustainable development. Before taking up his current assignment he was UN Assistant Secretary-General for Climate Change in New York under Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Earlier, he was Acting Executive Director for Conservation (2014) and Policy and Science Director (2012-2014) at WWF International. He directed the UNSG’s Climate Change Support Team (2008-2010) and later was Executive Secretary of the UNSG’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability (2010-2012). In 2007 he directed the Geneva-based UN Environment Management Group (EMG). During 1993-2006 he worked, and over time held many responsibilities at the Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC), initially in Geneva and later in Bonn.

Gerhard Prätorius

Head of Coordination CSR and Sustainability at Volkswagen Group

Gerhard Prätorius joined Volkswagen in 1992 as manager for environment and transportation. He worked for the Volkswagen Group as a managing director for regional development agencies, which dealt with technology transfer, especially in the fields of new transportation systems and environmental technologies. Since 2006 Gerhard Prätorius is in charge of Sustainability and CSR at the Volkswagen Group. Gerhard Prätorius graduated in Economics, Political Science, and German Literature. Prätorius is a honorary professor at the Technical University Braunschweig. He published numerous articles in the field of sustainability and mobility.

Sigrid Quack

Professor for Sociology with focus on Comparative Sociology (University of Duisburg-Essen) and Research Associate and Associate Head of Research Group "Institution Building across Borders" (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne)

Sigrid Quack, a sociologist with an interdisciplinary orientation, is broadly interested in the preconditions, actors and effects of the development of transnational institutions. Her research focuses on the constitution of epistemic and governance authority in cases of institution building characterized by the participation of private and civil society actors. She also studies the interplay of intended and emergent processes of institutionalization. Recent projects investigate the social and organizational practices that actors use to cope with regulatory uncertainties arising from the polycentric nature of transnational governance. Examples are projects on the organization of creative processes in the music and pharmaceutical industries in relation to intellectual property regulation; patterns of occupational mobility between NGOs in transnational labor markets; and recursive processes between rule-setting and the implementation of transnational standards and legal norms.

Stefan Rahmstorf

Head of Earth System Analysis at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Professor of Physics of the Oceans at Potsdam University

After studying physics at the Universities of Ulm and Konstanz and physical oceanography at the University of Wales (Bangor) Stefan Rahmstorf completed a thesis on general relativity theory. He then moved to New Zealand and obtained his PhD in oceanography at Victoria University of Wellington in 1990. His PhD work included a number of research cruises in the South Pacific. After this he worked as a scientist at the New Zealand Oceanographic Institute, at the Institute of Marine Science in Kiel and since 1996 at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. His work there focuses on the role of the oceans in climate change. In 1999 Rahmstorf was awarded the $ 1 million Centennial Fellowship Award of the US-based James S. McDonnell foundation. Since 2000 he teaches Physics of the Oceans as a professor at Potsdam University. Rahmstorf is a member of the Academia Europaea and served from 2004-2013 in the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU). He was also one of the lead authors of the 4th Assessment Report of the IPCC. In 2007 he became an Honorary Fellow of the University of Wales and in 2010 a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. He has published over 100 scientific papers (30 of which in the leading Nature and Science journals and PNAS) and co-authored four books. Available in English is Our Threatened Oceans (2009, with Katherine Richardson) and The Climate Crisis (2010, with David Archer). In 2017 he was the first scientist outside the US to be awarded the Climate Communication Prize of the American Geophysical Union.

Jasdeep Randhawa

Global Diplomacy Lab´s Fellow, International Development and Legal Consultant, Public Policy Analyst

Jasdeep Randhawa is an international development and legal consultant with more than eight years of work experience spanning across five continents. She is currently a Fellow of the Global Diplomacy Lab, an initiative of the Federal Foreign Office to make diplomacy inclusive. She has worked for UN-Habitat as the Program Manager for Local Authorities, as the Urban Legislation Advisor, and the Regional Partnerships Advisor for local implementation of New Urban Agenda and 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Jasdeep has consulted for the OECD, the World Bank, Gates Foundation, the Governments of India, New Zealand and Australia, on issues pertaining to cooperative federalism, justice reforms, access to water security and sanitation services. Jasdeep has been selected to represent India at the G20 Youth Forum, and as a Young Professional of the Global Governance Futures programme, BMW World Responsible Leader, Global Diplomacy Lab and Global Table, presented policy recommendations on transboundary challenges and SDGs pertaining to climate change, refugee crisis, Syrian conflict, reparation and atrocity prevention, fostering good governance in post-conflict societies, and use of digital technology, partnerships and social entrepreneurship to encourage innovation and build trust of communities to address these challenges.

Andrew Revkin

Senior Climate Reporter at ProPublica

Andrew Revkin has written on climate and sustainability for 30 years, mostly for The New York Times and, since December, at the investigative newsroom ProPublica. He has written books on climate, the Arctic and the Amazon rain forest and three book chapters on science communication. Between 2010 and 2016, he taught courses in online communication and documentary film at Pace University and was a member of the Anthropocene Working Group and advisor to the Future Earth initiative.

Jakob Rhyner

Vice-Rector in Europe
Director United Nations University
Institute for Environment and Human Security

Jakob Rhyner holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. Since 2010 he is Vice Rector in Europe and Director of the Environment and Human Security at United Nations University (UNU-EHS). His responsibilities are research on environmental risks, including environmentally induced migration; education and capacity building. Furthermore, Mr. Rhyner is Professor at the Agricultural Faculty of the University of Bonn and Co-Chair of the Governing Council of Future Earth decade initiative. Until November 2016 he was Board Member of the German Committee for Disaster Prevention.

Keywan Riahi

Director of the Energy Program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

Keywan Riahi is Program Director, Energy Program, IIASA and Visiting Professor of energy systems analysis, Graz University of Technology, Austria. Professor Riahi is currently Project Coordinator and member of Coordination Board of EU project on ‘Linking Climate and Development Policies-Leveraging International Networks and Knowledge Sharing (CD-LINKS)’. He is also member of Scientific Steering Committee of Integrated Assessment Modeling Consortium and other international and European scenario activities. His work within international modeling comparison projects, such as Stanford-based Energy Modeling Forum, focuses on spatial and temporal characteristics of technology diffusion and path-dependent development of energy system under alternative policy configurations. Since 1998, he served as Lead Author and Review Editor to various international assessments, such as Global Energy Assessment (GEA), and reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Professor Riahi’s main research interests are long-term patterns of technological change and economic development, particularly evolution of the energy system. His present research focuses on energy-related sources of global change, and on future development and response strategies for mitigating adverse environmental impacts.

Katherine Richardson

Professor in Biological Oceanography at University of Copenhagen, Leader of the Sustainability Science Centre

Katherine Richardson is a professor in biological oceanography at the University of Copenhagen and leader of the Sustainability Science Centre (www.sustainability.ku.dk ). She was Chairman of the Danish Commission on Climate Change Policy, which reported in 2010 and presented a roadmap for how Denmark can become independent of fossil fuels by 2050. At present she is member of the Danish Climate Council and a member of the United Nations Scientific Panel to draft the Global Sustainable Development Report, published in 2019.

Johan Rockström

Director, Professor Stockholm Resilience Centre

Johan Rockström is an internationally recognised scientist for his work on global sustainability issues. He helped lead the internationally renowned team of scientists that presented the planetary boundaries framework, first published in 2009, with an update in 2015. Before focusing on the planetary scale, Rockström’s research aimed to address building resilience in water scarce regions. After completing a PhD at Stockholm University’s Systems Ecology Department in 1997, he spent nearly two decades working on applied water research in tropical regions. He has also published research on agriculture systems, land use, and ecosystem services. Aside from his research helping to guide policy, Rockström acts as an advisor to several governments and business networks. He also provides advice on sustainable development issues at noteworthy international meetings, such as the United Nations General Assemblies, World Economic Forums, and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conferences (UNFCCC, also known as COP).

Jeffrey Sachs

Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General
António Guterres on the Sustainable Development Goals

Jeffrey D. 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. He is the co-recipient of the 2015 Blue Planet Prize, the leading global prize for environmental leadership. He has twice been named among Time Magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders. He was called by the New York Times, “probably the most important economist in the world,” and by Time Magazine “the world’s best known economist.” A recent survey by The Economist Magazine ranked Professor Sachs as among the world’s three most influential living economists of the past decade.
Photo: World Economic Forum from Cologny, Switzerland

A. G. Saño

Artist and Climate Activist

A.G. Saño graduated from Quezon City Science High School and finished Landscape Architecture in UP Diliman (University of the Philippines- Diliman Campus). He’s a professional photographer whose works have appeared in different international and local media such as CNN, National Geographic Channel, CNTV, Channelnews Asia, LA Times, Getty Images, AP Reuters. Further, he is conservationist who has been involved in whale and dolphin research for the past 17 years and worked on assignments with many reputable NGO’s such as WWF, Greenpeace and many more. As an artist, he had been painting environmental public art the past 7 years to help save marine ecosystems. Moreover, A.G. founded the Dolphins Love Freedom, a network supported by advocates from more than 62 countries, which is a movement to help save dolphins and whales from the slaughters. He is a founding member of DAKILA-Philippine collective for modern heroism, an organization of various artists from all over the country. He was recently chosen as one of 17 artists from all over the world to paint the UN SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) in Germany in an urban art campaign of Ein Welt Netz. He is holding several awards honoring for his “environmental activism”, among other from WWF and ADEX. He is a survivor of Supertyphoon Haiyan,one of the strongest and most destructive typhoons in human history. He is a Climate Reality Leader under Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project in the Philippines.

Photo credit: Kasia Strek

Marten Scheffer

Professor of Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management (Wageningen University and Research Centre)

Marten Scheffer is a professor at Wageningen University, where he leads the Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management group. He is especially interested in unravelling the mechanisms that determine the stability and resilience of complex systems. Examples include the feedback between atmospheric carbon and the earth temperature, the collapse of ancient societies, inertia and shifts in public opinion, evolutionary emergence of patterns of species similarity, the effect of climatic extremes on forest dynamics and the balance of facilitation and competition in plant communities.
Photo: www.wur.nl

Ina Schieferdecker

Director of Fraunhofer FOKUS, Berlin,
Professor for Quality Engineering of Open Distributed Systems at
Technische Universität Berlin

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ina Schieferdecker is Director of Fraunhofer FOKUS, Berlin and is also professor for Quality Engineering of Open Distributed Systems at Technische Universität Berlin. Her research interests include ICT for smart cities, open data, critical infrastructures, networking, conformance, interoperability, security and certification as well as software engineering and testing.

Jan Aart Scholte

Professor, Faculty Chair in Peace and Development at the School of Global Studies
University of Gothenburg

Jan Aart Scholte is Faculty Professor of Peace and Development in the School of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg. He has held previous positions at the University of Warwick, the Institute of Social Studies, the University of Sussex, and as a Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics. His research interests cover globalization, global governance, civil society and social movements, and methodology of global studies. He currently co-convenes research programmes on legitimacy in global governance and global cooperation. Book publications include Globalization: A Critical Introduction; Contesting Global Governance: Global Economic Institutions and Global Social Movements (co-author); Building Global Democracy: Civil Society and Accountable Global Governance (editor); New Rules for Global Justice: Structural Redistribution in the Global Economy (co-editor); and (forthcoming) Legitimacy in Global Governance: Sources, Processes and Consequences (co-editor). He has served as advisor to a range of global governance institutions and globally active citizen groups.

Imme Scholz

Deputy Director of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

Dr. Imme Scholz is the deputy director of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE). She is a member of the German Council for Sustainable Development. She has been a researcher at DIE since 1992. In 2002 she funded the environmental department at the institute and set up a team working on adaptation to climate change. Between 1999 and 2002, she was on leave and worked as an environmental policy advisor in the Brazilian Amazon for German development cooperation. She has published extensively on climate change and development; capacity development in environment; institutional development and environmental policy in developing countries; natural resource management, particularly sustainable forest use. Imme Scholz earned a Dr. phil. in sociology at Freie Universität Berlin where she also studied sociology, politics and Protestant theology.

Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter

Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety

Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter was born in Waldshut on 13 october 1963. She is married and has two children. After her Abitur she studied economics and graduated from the University of Freiburg in 1989. She worked as a Marketing assistant from 1992 until 1996. From 1997 until 2005 Rita consulted a parliament member of the Bundestag and worked in communications. She is a member of the German party SPD since 1994. She has been a member of the German Bundestag from 2005 until 2009 and took lead of the working group „sustainable mobility“ in the SPD from 2008 until 2009.
After a short phase of management consulting in 2010 she was promoted to the seat of Dr. Hermann Scheer in the Bundestag in Ocotber 2010. After the elections in 2013, she became Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. Since 2004 she is supervisory Board Chairwoman at the German Association for Repository Research, as well as at the German Federal Environmental. Further, she is a member of the SME Advisory Council at KfW.

Dennis J. Snower

President of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Professor of Economics at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel

Dennis J. Snower is President of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy and Professor of Economics at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel. He earned a BA and MA from New College, Oxford University, an MA and a PhD at Princeton University. Prior to becoming President of the Kiel Institute, he was Professor of Economics at Birkbeck College, University of London. Dennis J. Snower is an international expert on labour economics, public policy as well as monetary and fiscal policies and social and behavioural economy.

Youba Sokona

Special Advisor on Sustainable Development, The South Centre

Dr Sokona is currently Special Advisor for Sustainable Development at the South Centre. With over 35 years of experience addressing energy, environment and sustainable development in Africa, Dr Youba Sokona is a well-known, leading global figure. Reflecting his status, Dr Sokona was elected Vice-Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in October 2015. Prior to this, Dr Sokona was Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III on the mitigation of climate change for the Fifth Assessment Report after serving as a Lead Author since 1990. In addition to these achievements, Dr Sokona has a proven track record of organisational leadership and management, for example as Coordinator of the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) and as Executive Secretary of the Sahara and the Sahel Observatory (OSS). Dr Sokona’s advice is highly sought after, and as such, he is affiliated with numerous boards and organisations, including as a Member of the Board for the Institute of Development Studies, as a Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey, an Honorary Professor at the University College London (UCL), and as a Special Advisor to the African Energy Leaders Group. In short, Dr Sokona is a global figure, with deep technical knowledge, extensive policy experience and an unreserved personal commitment to African led development.

Leena Srivastava

Vice Chancellor, Professor
TERI University

Dr. Leena Srivastava is the Vice Chancellor of the TERI University, New Delhi – a uniquely inter-disciplinary higher education institution, focussed on sustainable development. Dr. Srivastava has over thirty years of experience in the fields of energy and environment, including climate change, policy and economics. She has a Masters in Economics from the University of Hyderabad and a PhD in Energy Economics from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India.She is a member of various committees and boards both at the international and national levels, including the Administrative Board of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative. She is an Independent and Non-Executive Director on the Boards of Bharti Infratel Ltd. and Shree Cement Ltd. and Board Member of the Meridian Institute; World Environment Center and Stockholm Resilience Centre. She is on the Council of Advisors for Fraunhofer India; Sustainable Development Advisory Board, Caterpillar Inc. USA; Senior Advisory Group (SAG), Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI), WBCSD. At a think tank/science level: she is a member of the Carbon Trust Advisory Panel, Asian Development Bank President’s Advisory Group on Climate Change and Sustainable Development, the Research Advisory Committee, WWF-India, the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, Germany.

Achim Steiner

UNDP Administrator

Achim Steiner became UNDP Administrator on 19 June 2017 and will serve for a term of four years. As UNDP Administrator, Mr. Steiner also chairs the UN Development Group, which unites the 32 UN funds, programmes, specialized agencies and other bodies that work to support sustainable development. Over nearly three decades, Achim Steiner has been a global leader on sustainable development, climate resilience and international cooperation. Prior to joining UNDP, he was Director of the Oxford Martin School and Professorial Fellow of Balliol College, University of Oxford. Mr Steiner has served across the United Nations system, looking at global challenges from both a humanitarian and a development perspective. He led the United Nations Environment Programme (2006-2016), helping governments invest in clean technologies and renewable energy. He was also Director-General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi.

Björn Stigson

Former President of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Following the acquisition of Fläkt by ABB, he be¬came Executive Vice President and a member of ABB´s Execu¬tive Management Group. 1995 -2011 he was President of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a coalition of some 200 leading international corporations. He is now chairman of his own consulting company. He has served on boards and advisory councils of a variety of international companies, organizations and governments. This includes the US Congress, the Chinese government, Joint Research Centre of the EU Commission, the German government as Chairman of the Peer Review on Sustainable Development Policies in Ger¬many, the Deans Council at the Kennedy School at Harvard Uni¬versity. He is presently a member of the following boards/advi¬sory councils: Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the Inter¬national Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University, Chairman of the Board of the Centre for Sus¬tainable Markets at the Stockholm School of Economics, the Future Earth Engagement Committee to enhance science on sustainable development.

Klaus Töpfer

Former Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi

Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer has served as Founding and Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam. Before this he was the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi and Under Secretary General of the United Nations. In the national political field he held the positions of German Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (1987 to 1994) and of Federal Minister for Regional Planning, Civil Engineering and Urban Development (1994 to 1998). He was a member of the Bundestag. Prof. Töpfer was also engaged in several unsalaried institutions, so i. e. as Vice President of the Deutsche Welthungerhife e.V. and as Senator of the Helmholtz Association for Earth and Environment. After the Fukushima nuclear disaster he co-chaired the Ethics Commission on Safe Energy Supply in 2011. Prof. Töpfer holds a doctorate degree in economics from the Münster University and has received numerous honors and awards including the Federal Cross of Merit with Star and Sash of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1990 and the German Sustainability Award in 2008.

Ngedikes Olai Uludong

Permanent Representative of Palau to the United Nations

Ngedikes Olai Uludong is the Permanent Representative of Palau to the United Nations. Prior to this, she has served as Palau’s Ambassador to the EU. From 2012 to 2014, she was the lead negotiator for the Alliance of Small Island States on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Maren Urner

Neuroscientist, Co-Founder of Perspective Daily (ad-free online-medium for Constructive Journalism)

Maren is a neuroscientist and co-founder of Perspective Daily, the first German ad-free online-medium for Constructive Journalism. After a successful crowdfunding campaign collecting more than 12.000 members, Perspective Daily launched in June 2016. The interdisciplinary team publishes one article per day and experiments with new journalistic forms and narratives. Maren’s passion is the brain and how it »tricks us«. She studied Cognitive Science and got her PhD in Neuroscience from the University College London. She has always spent some of her time writing – from local newspapers to covering biogenetic breakthroughs.

Maryke van Staden

Low Carbon City Program Manager at ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI)

Maryke van Staden is the Low Carbon City Program Manager at the ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI). She has more than 20 years of professional experience in policy and security, with the last decade specializing in sustainable energy and climate change at the local community level.

Martin Visbeck

Professor at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and Kiel University, Co-Chair Science Platform Sustainability 2030

Tina Völker

Advisor at the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

Tina Völker works at the Ministry for Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State North Rhine-Westphalia. In the Department for Climate Protection she is responsible for International Climate Protection. She holds a law degree from Westfälische-Wilhelms-University in Münster and completed her second legal state examination at Higher Regional Court Brandenburg.

Heino von Meyer

Head of the OECD Berlin Centre

Heino von Meyer is the Head of the OECD Berlin Centre, covering the entire range of OECD topics. He has been involved in the preparation of OECD contributions to the recent German G7 and G20 Presidencies, such as the OECD report Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth, which makes the economic case for climate action. For several years he has been in charge of OECD Environmental Performance Reviews and developed indicator systems for sub-national territorial development. Prior to joining OECD he worked as researcher on regional development and public finance at the University of Frankfurt and as senior consultant for the EU Commission.

Ulrich Volz

Head of the Department of Economics and a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Economics at SOAS University of London

Ulrich Volz is Head of the Department of Economics and a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Economics at SOAS University of London. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) , Chaire de Recherche Banque de France 2017 at EHESS in Paris, and Honorary Professor of Economics at the University of Leipzig. His areas of expertise include money, banking and finance; green finance; open economy macroeconomics; international economic interdependencies; and global economic governance.

Quing Wang

Correspondent at Caixin Globus

Qing Wang is a Europe correspondent at Caixin Globus, the English language outlet of the influential Chinese financial media group Caixin Media.

Dirk Wilutzky

Film Producer and Director, Oscar Winner

Dirk Wilutzky is the producer of movies like „Deutschland 09“ and „Und wir sind nicht die einzigen“. Furthermore, he produced the independent essay films „The Fleetingness“ and „Pitching In Hollywood“. Together with his wife, Mathilde Bonnefoy, he started working on the Arte short film series „Was Tun? – Für eine nachhaltige und gerechtere Zukungt der Menschheit“ in 2009. Today, this series encompasses 30 episodes and the production continues. In 2015, his documentary „CITIZENFOUR“ about Edward Snowden’s revelations won numerous international awards, including an Oscar® in the category ‚best documentary – feature‘.

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