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Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations
The United Nations General Assembly in 2006 unanimously elected Mr Achim Steiner as Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme for a four-year term, and subsequently for...
President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson
President of Iceland
Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson (born 14 May 1943) is the fifth President of Iceland, having served since 1996; he was unopposed in 2000, re-elected for a third term in 2004 re-elected unopposed...
Dr Ernest Moniz
Secretary of Energy, USA
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,...
German Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Construction, and Nuclear Safety
Dr Barbara Hendricks has been the German Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Construction and Nuclear Safety since December 2013.
H.E. Dr. Hakima El Haite
Delegate Minister in Charge of Environment, Morocco and COP22 Host
H.E. Dr Hakima El Haite is the current Minister Delegate in Charge of Environment of the Minister of Energy, Mining, Water and Environment of Morocco and a member of the executive board of...
Manuel Pulgar- Vidal
Minister of Environment, Peru
Manuel Pulgar – Vidal is a lawyer with 27 years of experience in the fields of environmental law and policy. In 2011 he was named Minister of State for Environment...
First Minister of Scotland, Scottish National Party
Nicola studied law at the University of Glasgow where she graduated with LLB (Hons) and Diploma in Legal Practice. Before entering the Scottish Parliament as a regional MSP for Glasgow in...
President Felipe Calderon Hinojosa
Chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate; Former President of Mexico
Felipe Calderón was President of Mexico from 2006 to 2012. During his presidency he prioritised the rule of law and public security, a competitive and job-creating economy, equal...
Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Helen Clark became the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme on 17 April 2009, and is the first woman to lead the organisation. She is also the Chair of the United...
Nik Gowing was a main news presenter for the BBC’s international 24-hour news channel BBC World News 1996-2014. He presented The Hub with Nik Gowing, BBC World Debates, Dateline London ,...
Hon Tim Groser
Minister for Climate Change Issues, Minister of Trade, New Zealand
In addition to his trade role, Minister Groser has been deeply involved in facilitating international climate change negotiations since 2010, having participated in his first Ministerial...
Helena Molin Valdes
Head of the Secretariat, Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), UNEP
Helena Molin Valdés, is an experienced leader within the United Nations system and a long-time proponent of sustainable development, climate change mitigation and adaption, and disaster...
RH Martin Haese
Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Australia
Martin was born and raised in Adelaide. He joined Adelaide City Council as Lord Mayor in 2014, with a background as a highly successful entrepreneur, retail consultant and tertiary...
Mayor of Bristol, European Green Capital 2015, United Kingdom
George Robin Paget Ferguson CBE, PPRIBA, RWA is a British politician, former architect, entrepreneur, and the first elected Mayor of Bristol.
Sir David King
Permanent UK Special Envoy for Climate Change
Professor Sir David King was appointed as the UK Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change (full-time) in September 2013. Sir David was previously the Government’s...
Member of the Board of Management, BMW AG
Mr. Schwarzenbauer has been a Member of the Board of Management at BMW AG since 2013, with previous positions including President and...
Dean A. Scarborough
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Avery Dennison Corporation
Dean A. Scarborough is chairman and chief executive officer of Avery Dennison Corporation.
Joan MacNaughton CB
Executive Chair, World Energy Trilemma
Joan is Executive Chair of the World Energy Trilemma for the World Energy Council, an annual assessment of the quality of 129 countries' energy policies...
California Business leader, Philanthropist and Clean Energy Advocate
Tom Steyer is a California business leader, philanthropist and clean energy advocate. Before retiring from the private sector, Tom founded and was the Senior Managing Member of Farallon...
Chairman, Delta Electronics
Mr Yancey Hai joined Delta Electronics in 1999 and became Vice Chairman and CEO in 2004.
Niels B. Christiansen
Chief Executive Officer, Danfoss
Niels B. Christiansen, has been a director of the Company since July 2008 and presently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board.
Chief Executive Officer, Vattenfall
Mr Hall has been President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Vattenfall since 1 October 2014
Vice President, Private Sector and Structured & Corporate Finance, Inter-America Development Bank
Hans Schulz is Vice President for the Private Sector and Non-Sovereign Guaranteed Operations of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
Vice-President responsible for Environment and Climate Action, European Investment Bank (EIB)
Jonathan Taylor has been a Vice President of the European Investment Bank since January 2013. He is a member of the EIB’s Management Committee which draws up the Bank's financial and...
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Climate bonds
Sean focuses on promoting investment priorities for climate and green bonds, how governments can take advantage of the green bonds market and the development of international...
President and Chief Executive Officer, The Nature Conservancy
Mark Tercek is President and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, the global conservation organisation known for its intense focus on collaboration and getting things done for the benefit of...
Head, Climate and Environment, UK National Physical Laboratory (NPL)
Jane worked as a consultant in the environmental sector for several years, including on climate change policy for Transport for London and the Mayor of London's office, and as an external...
Luis Enrique Berrizbeitia
Executive Vice President of CAF, Development Bank of Latin America
Since 1996, Luis Enrique Berrizbeitia has been Executive Vice President of CAF, Development Bank of Latin America. Previously, he was Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund...
Mindy S. Lubber
Mindy S. Lubber is the president of Ceres and a founding board member of the organisation.
President and Chief Executive Officer, BSR
Aron is recognised globally as a preeminent authority on corporate responsibility and sustainability strategy by business, NGOs, and the public sector.
Chair, World Energy Council
Ms Nadeau is Chair of the World Energy Council since 2012. Based in London UK, this international organisation represents the entire energy spectrum and brings together more than 3000 member...
Chief Executive Officer, Impossible Foods
Patrick O. Brown, M.D., Ph.D., is founder and CEO of Impossible Foods, a Redwood City, California-based startup making meat and dairy products directly from plants.
Chief Sustainability Officer, Coca- Cola
Bea leads a new global Office of Sustainability that’s responsible for creating and overseeing an integrated sustainability strategy and global partnerships that improve individual lives,...
Chief Oren Lyons
Native American Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of the Seneca Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy
Chief Oren Lyons was born to a traditional family and grew up on the Onondaga and Seneca reservations in upstate New York. Never forgetting the traditional ways of life his family taught...
Vice President, Government and External Affairs, Americas, BMW Group, Transport Representative
Glenn Schmidt is responsible for steering government affairs for the BMW Group and is based in Munich.
The UN Secretary General's Envoy on Youth
Born in 1984 in Jordan, Mr Alhendawi holds a Master’s degree in Advanced European and International relations, a diploma as “Policy Officer in European and International Organisations”...
Officer in Charge, UNEP Finance Initiative
Eric Usher brings over twenty years of experience in the low carbon sectors, spanning commercialisation of technology in Canada, an entrepreneurial venture in Morocco, and financial sector...
Global Head, Origination Trade & Working Capital Solutions, Santander
Currently Global Head of Origination of Trade & Working Capital Solutions, during the past 9 years Miguel Albero has been leading different positions on Santander Group combining Santander...
Brand President, New Holland Agriculture
Mr Carlo Lambro has been the Brand President of New Holland Agricultural Equipment since September 2013 and Member of The Group Executive Council at CNH Industrial.
Director, Global Cleantech & Entrepreneur Impact, Autodesk
Jake Layes is Global Lead for Cleantech & Entrepreneur Impact and Head of Sustainability and Cleantech for AsiaPacific at Autodesk. He is responsible for sustainability programs and...
Global Vice President for Public Affairs, Vestas
Morten Dyrholm is the Global Vice President for Public Affairs at Vestas Wind Energy; He has been with Vestas for the last eight years and is an expert in wind energy policies and...
Chief Executive Officer, Landsvirkjun
Hordur Arnarson completed his electrical engineering studies at the University of Iceland in 1986 and went on to obtain a doctorate from the Technical University of Denmark, in Copenhagen...
President and COO, Moody's Investors Service
Mr Madelain has served as President of Moody’s Investors Service Inc. since November 2010 and as Chief Operating Officer since May 2008.
Anita Krohn Traaseth
Chief Executive Officer, Innovation Norway
Anita Krohn Traaseth is the CEO of Innovation Norway. Prior she was the CEO of Hewlett-Packard Norway. She started her career at IBM and has held several executive positions, including CEO...
Chief Executive Officer, Carbon Tracker Initiative
Anthony has been Chief Executive Officer of the Carbon Tracker Initiative since February 2014. Previously he was a partner at and Global Head of the Sustainability & Climate Finance Practice...
Chair, Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group
Philippe Joubert started his career in 1976 as Secretary for the Chamber of Commerce in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Between 1977 and 1982, he held various positions in Brazilian bank BFB, part...
Chairman and Founder, Carbon Trade Exchange
Wayne founded the exchange in 2007, designing the technology and infrastructure of the innovative platform, as the first global exchange based on Microsoft Azure cloud technology.
Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Vattenfall
Ingrid has been the Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Chief Executive Officer since 14 May 2012.
Co-Founder and CEO, Climate Resources Exchange
Vinod and his team created the world’s first exchange to trade emission reduction certificates in 2003 through a global online platform for corporations.
Former Environment Minister, Denmark and Environmental Rapporteur
Ida Auken has served as a member of the Danish Parliament since 2007. She served as Minister of the Environment from 2011 to 2014. As a minister of environment she started the development of...
Vice Chairman, Giti Group
Cherie Nursalim is the chair of Three on the Bund and the executive director of GITI Group. Cherie Nursalim earlier worked as a research associate at the Harvard Business School and was...
Chair, Our Voices
Tessa has worked in the corporate and the not-for-profit worlds for many years. Among other things, she co-founded The Jupiter Ecology Fund, UK-Social Investment Forum, CDP.net, ASrIA and...
Chief Executive Officer, WGBC
Terri Wills is the CEO of the World Green Building Council, an organisation uniting 100 Green Building Councils that green building through market transformation.
President, European Patent Office (EPO)
Benoît Battistelli graduated from the École Nationale d'Administration (ÉNA, English: National School of Administration) in 1978.
Co-Founder of Carbon Wealth
Inventor, philosopher and entrepreneur, with 25 years’ experience in energy markets. During the 1990s, Mr Pendragon disrupted electricity markets where competition was slow to take hold...
Global Head of Environmental, Social and Governance Investing, Asset Management, Northern Trust
Mamadou-Abou Sarr is the Global Head of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing at Northern Trust Asset Management where he is responsible for ESG innovation and product...
President and Chief Executive Officer, World Resources Institute
Dr Andrew Steer is the President and CEO of the World Resources Institute, a global research organisation that works in more than 50 countries, with offices in the United States, China,...
Director General, CECED
Paolo Falcioni is CECED's Director General. He has over fourteen years of experience working within the household appliance industry sector.
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Gogoro
Horace Luke is a co-founder and chief executive officer of Gogoro, where he has overseen product development and corporate strategy from the outset. Previously, Horace served as chief...
Deputy Secretary General, ICLEI
Monika's vision as Deputy Secretary General is to enrich all ICLEI agendas through global projects and global city cooperation networks, further improve the consistency, methodology and...
Director, Cool Effect
Skye Lawrence’s passion for enhancing the well-being of individuals and the environment can be traced back to a volunteer mission in Honduras in 1998, following the decimating effects of...
Initiator, Chairman and Pilot, Solar Impulse
Born into a dynasty of explorers and scientists who have conquered the heights and depths of our planet, Bertrand Piccard made the first ever non-stop round-the-world balloon flight.
Teresa C. Fogelberg
Deputy Chief Executive, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
Teresa C. Fogelberg is Deputy Chief Executive at the Global Reporting Initiative. The GRI (www.globalreporting.org) produces the world’s most prevalent standards for sustainability...
President, Climate KIC Alumni Network
Estefania is a PhD candidate and a teaching assistant at the Chair of Information Architecture, ETH Zurich.
Chair, World Energy Council Future Energy Leaders
Ms Pirjo Jantunen is the Chair of World Energy Council's Future Energy Leaders, an international network of 100 exceptional individuals from across the globe who represent the different...
Director of Education, Climate-KIC
Ebrahim is currently Director of Education at Climate-KIC. He is a specialist educator in the field of entrepreneurship education and helps spearhead Climate-KIC’s reputation in technology...
Leader, Energy Programme Climate, Energy and Tenure Division, UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
Olivier Dubois (firstname.lastname@example.org) is Senior Natural Resources Officer and Coordinator of the Energy Programme of FAO. An Agronomist, Land Use and Natural Resource Management...
Chief Sustainability Officer, BT
Niall works with BT’s Chief Executive, Chairman and executive management team to bring the company’s purpose, to use the power of communications to make a better world, to life. Niall is...
Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education of Portugal
Manuel Heitor is Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education of Portugal. From March 2005 to June 2011 he served as Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Higher Education...
Head of CDP's Supply Chain Program
Dexter runs CDP’s program to enable major multinationals and governments to achieve sustainable supply chains, influencing over $2 trillion in annual procurement spend. Dexter's supply...
Chief Executive Officer, WWF UK
David Nussbaum is the Chief Executive of WWF in the UK, the world’s largest conservation and environmental network, and chairs WWF’s Global Climate and Energy Initiative. In a personal...
Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder and Pilot, Solar Impulse
André Borschberg is a Swiss businessman and pilot. He is a co-founder of the Solar Impulse project and, on 7 July 2010, completed the first 24-hour solar powered flight.
Jose Pablo Maauad Ponton
Secretary of Economic Development of the Government of the State of Hidalgo
Jose Pablo Maauad Ponton, was born on January 16, 1977 in Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico. He is married with Federica Rodriguez Valdez and has 3 daughters.
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