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Financing the Race to Zero

Welcome to Exponential Climate Action Summit II

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April

22

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14:00

CEST

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8:00 am

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EDT

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22

,

2021

Financing the Race to Zero

Welcome to Exponential Climate Action Summit II

Finance is about to undergo a major transformation in the next decade as capital needs to be reallocated to stabilize Earth’s climate. How close are we to a tipping point in the finance sector? How fast will the transformation unfold? What will happen next?

Our societies need to halve CO2 emissions by 2030 and continue toward zero by 2050, by scaling climate solutions exponentially. Capital must enable the exponential transformation and the financial sector must be exponentially transformed

At our second Exponential Climate Action Summit we bring together transformers, disruptors and enablers focusing on how to finance The Race to Zero. Join us.

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Program highlights

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14:00 / 8.00 a.m. – Setting the scene

Introduction Watch on YouTube.

Exponential Climate Action Summit II Watch on YouTube.

The importance of finance Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). Watch on YouTube.

Börje Ekholm, CEO of Ericsson. Watch on YouTube.

The world's largest asset owners and managers are joining the Race to Zero. But the finance gap remains. Nigel Topping, High UK Level Climate Champion for COP26. Watch on YouTube.

Are we at the global financial tipping point? Lord Stern, Chairman of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at The London School of Economics. Watch on YouTube.

14:45 / 8.45 a.m. – How do we create the fossil-free economy?

Introduction Watch on YouTube.

‍We need to build a financial system that is freed from the burden of fossil fuels. Nick Robins, Professor in Practice for Sustainable Finance, Grantham Research Institute. Watch on YouTube.

Our Planetary Emergency Plan sets clear targets. Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Co-President of the Club of Rome. Watch on YouTube.

Just Transition is a bridge to a fossil-free economy. Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, representing 200 million workers in 163 countries. Watch on YouTube.

Dematerializing growth Carl Mellander, Senior Vice President and CFO, Ericsson. Watch on YouTube.

15:25 / 9.25 a.m. – World premiere: “WE CAN DO THIS NOW”

First public screening of new song. Quincy Coleman, singer-songwriter and founder of H-OM-E.org. Watch on YouTube.

15:30 / 9.30 a.m. – How can finance lead the green transition?

Green investing 'is definitely not going to work’. Tariq Fancy, former Chief Investment Officer for Sustainable Investing at BlackRock points to fundamental flaws in how markets can handle the climate crisis. Watch on YouTube.

We must unlock the enormous power from pension savings. Staffan Hansén CEO of SPP, one of the largest pensions savings groups in the Nordics (Watch on YouTube) and Tomas Haglund-Flemström, Head of Impact & Innovation, Formica Capital (Watch on YouTube).

Why nature-based solutions are critical. Alejandro Litovsky, Founder & CEO, Earth Security, that helps the world of investment recognize the value of the planet’s ecosystems (Watch on YouTube) and Joseph Nkandu, Executive Director, National Union of Coffee agribusinesses and farm Enterprises (NUCAFE) (Watch on YouTube).

Mobilizing the $100 trillion bond market for climate change solutions. Sean Kidney, CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative, an investor-focused not-for-profit (Watch on YouTube) and Helen Mountford, Vice President for Climate and Economics, World Resources Institute (Watch on YouTube).

16:20 / 10.20 a.m. – Exponential Roadmap  –  How can finance and business create a more resilient global economy?

Exponential Growth of climate leadership, solutions and sustainable finance. Are we at the tipping point? Prof. Johan Rockström, Director, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (Watch on YouTube). Johan Falk, Co-founder and Head of Exponential Roadmap Initiative (Watch on YouTube). Mats Pellbäck Scharp, Head of Sustainability, Ericsson (Watch on YouTube). Panel discussion. Watch on YouTube.

Insure the vulnerable against climate impact. Dr. Annette Detken, Head of InsuResilience Solutions Fund. Watch on YouTube.

17:10 / 11.10 a.m. – What can I do as a citizen?

How you can invest to save the climate. Alice Ross, deputy news editor, Financial Times. Watch on YouTube.

19 Climate Ideas, Love and Warnings that can change the world. A mix of grassroots and professional initiatives that inspire action from around the globe.

How you can use the power from social media to change capitalism, Ingmar Rentzhog, CEO and founder of We Don't Have Time, the world's largest social network for climate action. Watch on YouTube.

Interview with Steven Donzinger, American human rights lawyer who won a case against Chevron in Ecuador, and who now has spent over 600 days in house arrest following a lawsuit filed against him by Chevron. Watch on YouTube.

Tomorrow’s Economy: A Guide to Creating Healthy Green Growth. Healthy economic growth is more regenerative than destructive, repairs problems rather than greenwashing them, and restores equity rather than exacerbating global inequalities. Per Espen Stoknes, director, Centre for Green Growth at the Norwegian Business School and board member of the We Don't Have Time Foundation. Watch on YouTube.

18:30 / 12.30 p.m. – End speech Exponential Climate Action Summit and start of EARTHDAY.ORG's Earth Day Live--Restore our Earth broadcast

Parallel to the Biden Administration’s global climate summit, our partner EARTHDAY.ORG will host its second Earth Day Live digital event. World climate leaders, grassroots activists, nonprofit innovators, thought leaders, industry leaders, artists, musicians, influencers, and the leaders of tomorrow will come to push us towards a better world. Johan Falk, Co-founder, and Head of Exponential Roadmap Initiative. Watch on YouTube. Kathleen Rogers, President, Earth Day Network. Watch on YouTube. Ingmar Rentzhog, CEO & Founder of We Don´t Have Time. Watch on YouTube.

22:00 / 4.00 p.m. - End of broadcast

End Credits Watch on YouTube.

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Hosts

Catarina Rolfsdotter-Jansson

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SE
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Host, We Don't Have Time

Hosting this broadcast is Catarina Rolfsdotter-Jansson, an expert moderator, lecturer, and devoted workshop-leader in facilitating sustainable development. Catarina moderates for the EU Commission, the Swedish Government, corporations, local municipalities, and universities. She lectures based on the UN Sustainable Global Development Goals internationally and has TV-skills from her background as a television program host at SVT, Swedish Public Television. She is also content director at A Sustainable Tomorrow and chairwoman of the independent think tank Global Utmaning (Global Challenge).

Nick Nuttall

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UK
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Host, Strategic Communications Director, We Don't Have Time

Hailing from the North of England, Nick supports We Don't Have Time with a focus on international strategic communications and advice. Nick graduated from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, with a Bachelor of Science. Previously with the Times Newspaper London, the U.N. Environment and the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, Nick was the Director of Communications and Spokesperson for the Paris Agreement of 2015. More recently, he has served as the Director of Communications for the Global Climate Action Summit that took place in San Francisco in September 2018 and as the International Strategic Communications Director for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in 2020. A passionate fan of English football team Burnley, Nick is also often seen warbling backing vocals at concerts for the German pop singer/songwriter Bernadette La Hengst.

https://www.earthday.org

Selected speakers

Helen Mountford

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UK
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Vice President, World Resources Institute

Helen Mountford is Vice President for Climate and Economics at the World Resources Institute (WRI). The Climate team helps policymakers, businesses and civil society globally to identify and advance the deep structural shifts needed to address climate change. The Economics team uses an economics approach to strengthen the analysis and impact of WRI’s work. Helen is also Program Director for the New Climate Economy project, providing independent and authoritative evidence on approaches which both strengthen economic performance and reduce the risks of climate change. Helen previously worked as Deputy Director of Environment for the OECD advising governments on green fiscal policy reforms, climate change finance and economics, green growth, water pricing, biodiversity incentives, and environmental outlooks and modelling. Prior to this, she managed a recycling company in the UK and worked for an environmental NGO in Australia. She has a Masters degree in Environmental Economics from University College London and in Masters in Environmental Management from University of Melbourne.

Danijel Višević

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DE/HR
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Climate Tech Investor, Ecosia

For Ecosia, Danijel is investing in the climate tech startups that promise the highest financial and climate returns. Previously he worked for Project A, one of Europeans most successful venture capitalists. And before that, he was responsible for the audio-visual appearance of the German Chancellor. Having worked the most time of his life as a journalist focussing on Venture Capital and Climate, Danijel has a broad network of influencers and a deep knowledge of climate technologies.

Wessel van Eeden

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NL
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Global marketing Director, Justdiggit

Wessel van Eeden is a purpose communication specialist. Since 2003 he was involved in the start of Dance4life(.com) where Wessel headed global marketing until 2010 working with many artists such as Tiësto, Maxi Jazz, The Black Eyed Peas and Fedde Le Grand and brands such as Coca Cola, Durex and many more. Since 2013 Wessel is purpose marketeer at Justdiggit and heads up global marketing and communications and is a member of the executive board.

Joseph Nkandu

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UG
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Executive Director, NUCAFE

A social entrepreneur that has compassionately led empowerment of over 1.5 million Uganda coffee farmers organized in 200 associations and cooperatives in NUCAFE. Joseph has facilitated investment in climate change mitigation and adaptation measures including Uganda’s first industrial solar power plant that processes carbon neutral coffee and avoids over 240 metric tons of carbon emissions. He has contributed to increase in smallholder income by at least 250%. He holds a BSc in Agriculture and MBA.

Isabella Martin

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AU
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Co-founder and Relationship Director, Climate Crisis Hub

Isabella is most passionate about the intersection of business, finance and the environment, believing that the business and finance sectors can actually work to improve, not destroy, the environment. She weaves this into her role as Co-Founder and Relationship Director at the Climate Crisis Hub. As well as the Hub, Isabella works in the Sustainability Reporting and Impact Management space, with previous roles in impact investing. She holds a Master of Development Practice from the University of California Berkeley where she conducted research focused on Corporate Social Responsibility and Impact Investing.

Johan Falk

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SE
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Co-founder and Head of Exponential Roadmap Initiative

Program Management, Lead Author, Initiator Exponential Roadmap, Lead Author 1.5 Business Playbook and more.

https://exponentialroadmap.org/https://exponentialroadmap.org/1-5c-business-playbook/

Sharan Burrow

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AU
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General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation

Sharan Burrow is the General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, representing 200 million workers in 163 countries and territories with 332 national affiliates. Previously President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) from 2000 – 2010, Sharan is a passionate advocate and campaigner for social justice, women’s rights, the environment and labour law reforms, and has led union negotiations on major economic reforms and labour rights campaigns in her home country of Australia and globally.

Alejandro Litovsky

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AR
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Founder and CEO, Earth Security

Alejandro Litovsky is the Founder & CEO of Earth Security, which links global finance to nature's capital, helping the finance sector to recognise the value of nature and developing innovative programmes to embed this value across asset classes and portfolios. Over the past 20 years, he has worked as a strategic advisor to global banks, companies and governments, shaping the creation of resilient investments and programmes. Prior to founding Earth Security, between 2005-2010 he held senior positions at London-based sustainability consultancies, AccountAbility and Volans, working with multilateral banks, impact investors and companies in emerging markets. Since 2004, he has played an active role linking investment and corporate scenarios with planetary resilience trends, as a Senior Advisor to Tällberg Foundation in Stockholm and at Shell International’s Future Scenarios team in London. From 1999-2003, he was an investment manager with the Swiss-based AVINA Foundation in Buenos Aires, working across Latin America in support of sustainable business models and business partnerships. In 1998-1999 he worked with FARN, Argentina's leading environmental governance think tank during the collapse of the country's commercial fisheries, facilitating parties to the conflict between fishing companies, local port authorities, and trade unions to support sustainable policies. In 2004, he received the Hobouse Memorial Prize by the London School of Economics (LSE), where he obtained an MSc in Political Sociology. In 2012, he was awarded a Global Leadership Award by the BMW Foundation in Munich.

Sean Kidney

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AU
)
CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative

Sean Kidney is CEO of the Climate Bonds Initiative, an international NGO, working to mobilize global capital for climate action. Projects include a green bond definitions and certification scheme with $34 trillion of assets represented on its Board; working with the Chinese central bank on how to grow green bonds in China; market development programs in Brazil, Mexico, ASEAN and Africa; and market tracking services for the green bonds industry. He is a member of the European Commission's Platform on Sustainable Finance, and was a member of its predecessors, the 2017 EU High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance and the EU Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance. He is also a member of green finance committees in China, India, Mexico and Kazakhstan. Sean is also a Professor in Practice at SOAS University of London.

Prof. Nick Robins

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UK
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Professor in Practice - Sustainable Finance, Grantham Research Institute

Nick Robins is Professor in Practice for Sustainable Finance at the LSE’s Grantham Research Institute. The focus of his work is on how to mobilise finance for climate action in ways that support a just transition, promoting the role of central banks and regulators in achieving sustainable development and investigating how the financial system can support the restoration of nature. Nick is co-founder of Carbon Tracker and also co-founder of Planet Tracker and previously worked at UNEP, HSBC, Henderson Global Investors, the International Institute for Environment and Development, as well as the European Commission.

Tomas Haglund-Flemström

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SE
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Head of Impact & Innovation, Formica Capital

Tomas Haglund-Flemström is a pioneer within sustainable business. He has spent 15 years as a business strategy advisor at Accenture where he helped build the global sustainability practice with primary responsibilities in Circular Economy and the Nordic regional market. Tomas has through more than 80 strategy assignments at multinational companies built up a vast experience of how to combine sustainable business with growth and profitability. He has first hand seen some of the finance sector constraints, that management teams face, to make a faster pivot to more sustainable business. He last year joined the investment company Formica Capital to help fund the right impactful solutions with the right active ownership to make a difference and to positively influence the rest of the industry.

Andreas Lehner

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AT
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Co-founder, Trine

Andreas Lehner is a sustainability nerd and co-founder of the investment platform Trine. He committed himself to be part of solving societal and environmental challenges of our day and age, with focus on climate change. Before co-founding Trine, he worked as a Business Developer for Solar PV at Statkraft, Europe’s biggest renewable energy utility in Norway and spent time in rural Kenya getting to know sustainability solutions that fit these emerging markets.

David Lais

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DE
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Co-founder & CPO at ecolytiq

David Lais is a social entrepreneur and the founder of several innovative start-ups in the area of payments. He started his first company at the age of 16 and by pure chance entered the payments industry. In 2015, a life-changing event sparked his decision to act on climate change on a larger socioeconomic scale, by firstly launching the non-for profit Organisation for Sustainable Consumption (OfnK) and by then co-founding Ecolytiq, leveraging publicly available and payments data for sustainable banking. David strongly believes in the urgency of consumer awareness and action on environmental impact. For him, technology is not a means to an end, but an indispensable tool in the fight against climate change.

Peter Mckillop

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US
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Founder & Editor, Climate & Capital Media

Climate & Capital Media was founded by Peter and senior financial executive. Prior to founding Climate & Capital Media, he was a Managing Director at BlackRock where he led global communication campaigns to build strong sustainable brands focused on ESG, impact, sustainability, and climate change. Mr. McKillop spent most of his early career as a correspondent and bureau chief for Newsweek Magazine in New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong where he covered key economic, financial, social, political, issues.

John Lennon

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JM
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PhD.

I was born in the UK to Jamaican parents, but spent my adolescence in Jamaica. I read chemistry followed by research in synthetic organic chemistry at UCL (1989-95). I worked in IT for numerous years before leaving the UK in 2013. Since 2015 I have been advocating for state investment in solar powered schools and renewables, and for this to be a requirement in the Sustainable Development Goals. State investment would help deliver SDG4, Quality Education, and impact numerous others such as climate change.

Claudia Rinke

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DE
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Author and Screenwriter

Claudia Rinke is an award-winning and bestselling author and screenwriter. She holds a doctorate degree in law and has previously worked for international Law Firms and the United Nations. Her documentary NOW about the climate movement (directed by Jim Rakete) will be released in 2021. The film has been selected by international festivals such as Copenhagen, Thessaloniki and Raindance.

Annika Erikson

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US
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CEO of Articheck

Annika Erikson studied Paper Conservation at UAL, Renaissance Art History in Tuscany, and the Classics in Greece, before working in conservation and collection care at St Paul’s Cathedral, the Royal Horticultural Society, and Tate, where she got the idea in 2010 to create a mobile digital tool to streamline and create an industry standard in condition reports and conservation documentation. After opening a new conservation studio for John Jones, she became an entrepreneur and founded Articheck in 2013. Annika is a member of the Art Innovators Alliance, International Council of Museums, Institute of Conservation, and Extinction Rebellion. She is also a proponent of the Bizot Green Protocol, which states museums should review loan requirements, storage and display conditions, and building design and air conditioning systems with a view to reducing carbon footprints. Annika has lectured at Sotheby’s Institute, NYU, UCL, Christie’s Education, Kingston University, UCLA, City and Guilds, and Korean Art Management.

Mats Pellbäck Scharp

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SE
)
Head of Sustainability, Ericsson

Mats is Head of Sustainability at Ericsson with responsibility for climate action, circular economy, energy performance and triple bottom line impact of products, services and company operations. Taking this role after restructuring the Health & Safety organization in the company. During mats leadership the company has set targets that are accepted to be on a 1.5°C by the Science Based Target initiative. Mats has initiated and participated in various research projects e.g. as a member of the steering group for the Exponential Climate Action Roadmap report as well as the ICT & SDGs Report with Columbia University on how information technology has the potential to accelerate halving of global carbon emissions as well as reaching the Sustainable Development Goals. Before rejoining Ericsson, among several other leading roles e.g. Head of Sustainability at Sony Ericsson launching the Green Heart brand for mobile phones and accessories.

Ingmar Rentzhog

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SE
)
CEO and founder of We Don't Have Time

Official “eco-warrior” according to The Sun and “Mark ZuckerVert” according to FranceTV2, Ingmar is serial entrepreneur and nominated for a DI Gasell Award, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year, Veckans Affärer Supertalent, Sweden’s Environmental Influencer 2018, and International Gamechanger of the Year. He’s a member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality and European Climate Policy Task Force.

http://www.wedonthavetime.org

Christopher Engman

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SE
)
Author Megadeals, investor in sustainability scale-ups and martech scale-ups

- Investor in 15 companies, lead investor in 8 of them (scale-ups in clean tech and saas) - Founder of Retain24, Taxisystem, Vendemore, Mine storage, and Megadeals Advisory - Prosales Chief Commercial Officer of the year 2018 - Climeon order intake 3-90 MUSD in two years

Nico Johnson

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US
)
Chief Content Officer, SunCast

Nico Johnson is a solar sales and marketing veteran with over a decade of experience developing solar markets for internationally recognized organizations. Nico's popular podcast, SunCast, is essential listening for anyone interested in better understanding how to grow as a leader and producer in the solar industry.

Lewis Barlow

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GB
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Technical Director, Sweco UK

Lewis is recognised internationally for his skills and experience in reducing carbon on major construction projects. He and his team won the NCE100 Low Carbon Leader award for two consecutive years for their work in reducing carbon and sharing best practice across the infrastructure sector. He wrote and presents the Institution of Civil Engineer’s Carbon Management in Infrastructure course and he works on a variety of nationally significant projects to ensure that the most effective opportunities for carbon and cost reduction are understood and delivered. Lewis is currently seconded into the Scottish Government as a Sustainable Development Manager with a focus on reducing carbon across their £5 billion City Deals infrastructure programme.

Alice Ross

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GB
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Deputy News Editor, Financial Times

Alice Ross is the deputy news editor at the Financial Times. She has been a Financial Times journalist for more than a decade writing on topics from personal investment to corporate activity to market movements. She has held roles as the deputy editor of the weekend Money section, editor of the Wealth Magazine and editor of the newsletter, Trade Secrets, which examines issues affecting globalisation including climate change. Alice has a degree in philosophy from Cambridge University and an MA in European Thought from University College London.

Geoffrey Mboya

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KE
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Youth Advocate

Geoffrey, is a young humanitarian and sustainability advocate, born and bred in Mukuru, an informal settlement characterized with all forms of poverty, he began organizing lobbying efforts and public demonstrations at the age of 14 in his hometown of Nairobi, Kenya. He has been featured in London Climate Action, Towards Sustainable Future Podcast and Unicef Essay Finalist 2019 among others.

Per Espen Stoknes

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NO
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Author and director Center for Sustainability and Energy at BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo

Per Espen Stoknes is a TED Global speaker, a psychologist with PhD in economics, and serves as the director of Centre for Sustainability and Energy at the Norwegian Business School in Oslo. An experienced foresight facilitator and academic, he’s also serial entrepreneur, including co-founding clean-tech company GasPlas. Author of several books, among them Money & Soul (2009) and the award-winning book: What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming (2015). His latest is Tomorrow’s Economy (2021) on MITPress. Per Espen has served as member of Norwegian Parliament, and sits on the EU Commission’s mission board on Horizon Europe’s Climate Change and Societal Adaptation.

Carl Mellander

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SE
)
Senior Vice President and CFO of Ericsson

Carl Mellander is the CFO of Ericsson since April 1, 2017. He is the owner of Ericsson’s target to be carbon neutral in its own operations by 2030 as well as responsible for the company’s work to reduce business travel carbon emissions. Mellander has held various positions in finance and business control through his career in Ericsson, including Group Treasurer and Head of Finance in several regions. He also served in CFO roles for Saab and Telecom Management Partner AS in Africa. Early in his career he worked for a Swedish Government international development financing agency funding projects in infrastructure, energy and environmental technologies. In addition to his native Sweden he has lived and worked in the US, Costa Rica, Ghana, Germany and the UK. Mellander is a board member in the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Sweden.

Sandrine Dixson-Declève

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BE
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Co-President of the Club of Rome

She is currently the Co-President of the Club of Rome and divides her time between lecturing, facilitating change in business and policy models and advisory work. She holds several advisory positions for the European Commission: Chair, Expert Group on Economic and Societal Impact of Research & Innovation (ESIR); Assembly Member, Climate Mitigation & Adaptation Mission (DGR&I); TEG Sustainable Finance Taxonomy and Sustainable Finance Platform (DGFISMA); United Nations: Food Summit Action Track 5 Resilience and for companies/organisations/institutes such as BMW, UBM, Climate KIC, UCL-Bartlett School of Enviornment and the IEEP. Sandrine is also a Senior Associate and faculty member of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and a Senior Associate for E3G, Ambassador, for the Energy Transition Commission (ETC) and WEALL. In 2017 Sandrine co-founded the Women Enablers Change Agent Network (WECAN).

Arthur Auboeuf

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FR
)
Co-founder of Time for the Planet

Digital entreprenor. I previously sold 2 companies in which we were created digital medias and big communities on social networks, website and mobile apps. Before Time for the Planet, I also run the Europe for a music social network name's Triller. Today, I my goal as a co-founder of Time for the Planet, is to acquire 1 million associates all over the world.

Prof. Lord Nicholas Stern PBA FRS CH

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GB
)
Chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science

Lord Stern is one of the world’s foremost experts on the climate change economics, finance and policies. He joined the London School of Economics and Political Science after a stint as Head of the Government Economic Service and Second Permanent Secretary at Her Majesty’s Treasury, during which he led ‘The Stern Review: The Economics of Climate Change’, published in October 2006. He has previously been Chief Economist and Senior Vice-President of the World Bank and Chief Economist of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Lord Stern is a past President of the British Academy, the Royal Economic Society, and the European Economic Association. He sits on the crossbenches in the UK House of Lords.

Jess Parish

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GB
)
Project Manager at TEDxGlasgow

With a background in managing delivery and projects, Jess joined the TEDxGlasgow as Project Manager, coordinating and managing team delivery and progress and working with the rest team to deliver an outstanding guest experience. Passionate about taking action on topics that matter, Jess is managing the campaign on behalf of TEDxGlasgow to empower our audience to take a pledge to Green Your Money.

Tariq Fancy

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CA
)
Founder & CEO at Rumie (current) / former Chief Investment Officer for Sustainable Investing, BlackRock

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Tariq Fancy began his career in Credit Suisse First Boston’s technology-sector investment banking group in Silicon Valley. In late 2003, he joined New York-based private equity firm MHR Fund Management, a $6 billion Icahn Holdings spinoff where he led turnaround, buyout, and distressed securities investments and became the firm's youngest partner in 2006. He later became a principal at the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, where he helped create new opportunities for the growing investment platform. In 2018, BlackRock, the largest asset manager in the world, hired Tariq as Managing Director and first-ever Chief Investment Officer of Sustainable Investing. Most recently, Tariq founded The Rumie Initiative, a non-profit, Google-backed technology startup whose award-winning technology uses micro-learning to make building new skills as fun and engaging as social media, including in remote and offline communities. Rumie is used in over 140 countries, ranging from Syrian refugee camps to the Arctic Circle, and is the subject of an in-depth Harvard Business School case study that is taught in business schools around the world. Tariq has been featured in USA Today, Reuters, The Independent, Bloomberg News, FT, The Guardian, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, among others. In 2017, he was selected as one of Canada’s top 40 under 40.

Staffan Hansén

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SE
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CEO of SPP

Staffan Hansén is SPP´s CEO and an expert on everything related to the pension industry. With a background as a bonds trader followed a great financial interest that expresses itself in sharp analyzes and predictions on the development of the market. Staffan has a passion for sustainability, an equal business world and is a recipient of the Speaker of the year award in the finance industry.

Bertrand Piccard

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CH
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Chairman, Solar Impulse Foundation

Psychiatrist and explorer, Bertrand Piccard made history by accomplishing two aeronautical firsts – flying around the world non-stop in a balloon, and more recently in a solar-powered airplane plane without fuel. Pioneer in his way to consider ecology through the lens of profitability, he began working in the early 2000s to promote renewable energies and clean technologies. His current challenge, as Chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation, is to identify and promote 1000 profitable solutions to protect the environment and support clean growth.

https://solarimpulse.com/https://bertrandpiccard.com/

Steven Donziger

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US
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Human rights lawyer

Steven Donziger is a lawyer, writer, and environmental advocate known for leading a 27-year legal fight waged by Indigenous groups and farmer communities in Ecuador that resulted in a historic $9.5 billion judgment ordering Chevron to remediate its "Chernobyl" disaster in the rainforest. The judgement, based on court findings that found a deliberate scheme by Chevron to dump cancer-causing waste onto ancestral lands to save money, has been affirmed by the highest courts of Ecuador and Canada. Lauded by BusinessWeek for his "Herculean" tenacity, Steven also has led a variety of international human rights fact-finding and advocacy projects. He served as a public defender in Washington, D.C., and edited a leading text on criminal justice reform published by Harper Perennial. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and son, where he is currently on house arrest for almost two years after challenging a judicial order from a U.S. judge that he turn over his computer and cell phone to Chevron.

Joseph Winters

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US
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Organizer at Fossil Fuel Divest Harvard

Joseph Winters is a graduating senior at Harvard, where he studies Earth and Planetary Sciences. He is originally from rural Washington state. Joseph has been working with Fossil Fuel Divest Harvard since 2019 as a core organizer and social media coordinator — some of his proudest campaign contributions include a mock "oil spill" demonstration, the co-organization of protests at the 2019 Harvard-Yale football game, and a recent legal complaint to the Massachusetts attorney general arguing that Harvard's fossil fuel investments violate state nonprofit law. He has also been involved in environmental journalism over the past several years — most recently as an editorial intern at the environmental news site Grist.

Prof. Dr. Johan Rockström

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DE
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Director, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Johan Rockström is Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Professor in Earth System Science at the University of Potsdam. He is an internationally recognized scientist on global sustainability issues and led the development of the Planetary Boundaries framework for human development in the current era of rapid global change. Professor Rockström is a leading scientist on global water resources, with more than 25 years experience in applied water research in tropical regions, and more than 150 research publications in fields ranging from applied land and water management to global sustainability.

Nigel Topping

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UK
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High-Level Champion of United Kingdom

In his role as UK High Level Climate Action Champion, Nigel Topping drives action from businesses, investors, organisations, cities, and regions to address climate change ahead of UN climate talks, COP26. On World Environment Day 2020, Nigel launched the ‘Race to Zero’ campaign – the largest ever coalition committed to net zero emissions – alongside his fellow Climate Champion, Gonzalo Muñoz. Nigel was the CEO of We Mean Business until December 2019, where he drove radical collaboration for climate action among NGOs working with the world's most influential businesses. Previously, Nigel was Executive Director of CDP, launching new programs and partnerships including supply chain, water, forests and cities. Nigel has 18 years’ experience in the private sector, is a commissioner on the Energy Transitions Commission and has been instrumental in the launch of many collaborative initiatives such as Science Based Targets, Business for Nature and the Global Commons Alliance. He holds an MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK and an MSc in Holistic Science from Schumacher College, Devon, UK

Dr. Annette Detken

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DE
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Head of InsuResilience Solutions Fund

During her entire career Annette focused on climate and green finance, developing innovative instruments and programs to harness the expertise of the private sector and mobilizing private capital to foster sustainable development in the global south. Prior to her position at the ISF Annette was Head of Division of the Financial Sector Policy Unit at KfW Development Bank responsible for policy and strategic issues regarding KfW activities in financial system development in developing countries. Since 2014 the support of insurance market development and risk financing approaches has been a focus of her work. Before joining the Financial Sector Policy Unit, Annette managed the acquisition team of KfW Carbon Fund.After her studies at the University of St. Gallen und Stern School of Business, New York University Annette received her PhD in economics at the University of Basel.

Kathleen Rogers

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US
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President, Earth Day Network

Kathleen Rogers is the President of Earth Day Network. Kathleen has developed Earth Day Network into a year-round policy and activist organization. Now more than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day in 192 countries. Kathleen has been at the vanguard of developing innovative financial mechanisms to support green buildings and schools. Kathleen also founded Earth Day Network’s groundbreaking Billion Acts of Green program, which has now recorded close to 3 billion individual actions to improve the environment.

Jin W Jeong

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UK/KR
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Managing Director (Head of Venture Investments) of Apis Partners

Jin is responsible for Apis Partner’s new investments and portfolio management in early growth capital across global growth markets. He has spent 18 years investing in tech, industrial, and healthcare companies globally along with entrepreneurship endeavours. Prior to Apis, Jin directed European tech and industrial growth investments for GIC (Singapore sovereign wealth fund) and invested for T Rowe Price and Wellington Management. Jin started his career with JP Morgan and IFC where he focused on venture and growth equity/debt investments across Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa, and Latin America.

Patricia Espinosa

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MX
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Executive Secretary of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC)

Patricia Espinosa Cantellano is a Mexican politician and diplomat. In 2016 the United Nations Secretary-General appointed her as executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). Prior to that she was Mexican Ambassador to Austria, Germany, Slovenia, and Slovakia and served as secretary of foreign affairs in the cabinet of President Felipe Calderón. Ms. Espinosa brings to her new appointment more than 30 years of experience at the highest levels in international relations, with specializations in climate change, global governance, sustainable development, gender equality, and protection of human rights. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in international relations from El Colegio de México and earned a diploma in international law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (the Institut Universitaire de Hautes Études Internationales) in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Marco Rodzynek

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DE
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CEO of NOAH Advisors

Marco started his career at Lehman Brothers in 1998, where he became the Head of European Internet Investment Banking based in London with US coverage responsibilities. In 23 years, Marco has been involved in over 90 announced M&A deals and 20 IPOs/Leverage Buyouts with a total transaction value of over $120bn, including Fotolia, Bigpoint, Yad2, Facile, Trovit, Flixbus, Parship, Pipedrive, BrightData (Luminati), Bumble/Badoo, Volocopter and Investing.com. NOAH Advisors is also the organizer and owner of NOAH Conference which is now in its 12th year and will resurface in Zurich, 7+8th of December 2021 with an extended concept including profitable and sustainable companies. NOAH Conference hosted 95% of European’s growth investors and over 60% of European’s unicorns on stage. NOAH’s and Marco”s focus now on protecting environmental ecosystems through natural capital and technology solutions, like JuicyData

Quincy Coleman

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US
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Singer-Songwriter and Founder of H-OM-E.org

Before a stage IV cancer diagnosis in 2009, Quincy was seen and heard on The Carson Daly Show and KCRW’s coveted Morning Becomes Eclectic. Her songs have been featured in Film & TV including Fox Searchlight’s, Waitress and NBC’s, Brothers and Sisters. Quincy was featured on the cover of Music Connection magazine; American Songwriter Magazine noted, “Not only has God graced her with a gorgeous voice, her songs are undeniably catchy.”Shortly after a sold-out benefit concert at the Roxy Theater in Los Angeles in September, 2009, in support of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society–Southern California, Quincy was diagnosed with stage IV cancer.Coleman is also serving on the board of the Southern California Committee for a Parliament of the World’s Religions (SCCPWR)

Börje Ekholm

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SE
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President and CEO of Ericsson

Börje Ekholm is President and CEO of the Ericsson Group. Börje Ekholm assumed this role on January 16, 2017. He knows the company and the industry well after being a Board member of Ericsson for nearly 10 years (first elected 2006). Most recently Ekholm was CEO of Patricia Industries, a division within Investor AB (2015-January 15, 2017). Prior to assuming this position in 2015, he was President and CEO of Investor AB between 2005 and 2015. Previous positions also include Head of New Investments and President of Investor Growth Capital Inc. Ekholm has had various positions at Novare Kapital AB and McKinsey & Co Inc. Börje Ekholm holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, as well as a Master of Business Administration, from INSEAD, France. He is a board member of Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, Alibaba Group and Trimble Inc. Ekholm is also Member of the Board of Trustees of Choate Rosemary Hall and the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce New York. Since 2017, Member of the Stering Committee of the World Economic Forum Digital Communication Governors. Holds Honorary Doctorate at The Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.

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Catarina Rolfsdotter-Jansson

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SE
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Host, We Don't Have Time

Hosting this broadcast is Catarina Rolfsdotter-Jansson, an expert moderator, lecturer, and devoted workshop-leader in facilitating sustainable development. Catarina moderates for the EU Commission, the Swedish Government, corporations, local municipalities, and universities. She lectures based on the UN Sustainable Global Development Goals internationally and has TV-skills from her background as a television program host at SVT, Swedish Public Television. She is also content director at A Sustainable Tomorrow and chairwoman of the independent think tank Global Utmaning (Global Challenge).

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Nick Nuttall

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UK
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Host, Strategic Communications Director, We Don't Have Time

Hailing from the North of England, Nick supports We Don't Have Time with a focus on international strategic communications and advice. Nick graduated from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, with a Bachelor of Science. Previously with the Times Newspaper London, the U.N. Environment and the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, Nick was the Director of Communications and Spokesperson for the Paris Agreement of 2015. More recently, he has served as the Director of Communications for the Global Climate Action Summit that took place in San Francisco in September 2018 and as the International Strategic Communications Director for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in 2020. A passionate fan of English football team Burnley, Nick is also often seen warbling backing vocals at concerts for the German pop singer/songwriter Bernadette La Hengst.

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Selected speakers

Helen Mountford

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UK
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Vice President, World Resources Institute

Helen Mountford is Vice President for Climate and Economics at the World Resources Institute (WRI). The Climate team helps policymakers, businesses and civil society globally to identify and advance the deep structural shifts needed to address climate change. The Economics team uses an economics approach to strengthen the analysis and impact of WRI’s work. Helen is also Program Director for the New Climate Economy project, providing independent and authoritative evidence on approaches which both strengthen economic performance and reduce the risks of climate change. Helen previously worked as Deputy Director of Environment for the OECD advising governments on green fiscal policy reforms, climate change finance and economics, green growth, water pricing, biodiversity incentives, and environmental outlooks and modelling. Prior to this, she managed a recycling company in the UK and worked for an environmental NGO in Australia. She has a Masters degree in Environmental Economics from University College London and in Masters in Environmental Management from University of Melbourne.

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Danijel Višević

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DE/HR
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Climate Tech Investor, Ecosia

For Ecosia, Danijel is investing in the climate tech startups that promise the highest financial and climate returns. Previously he worked for Project A, one of Europeans most successful venture capitalists. And before that, he was responsible for the audio-visual appearance of the German Chancellor. Having worked the most time of his life as a journalist focussing on Venture Capital and Climate, Danijel has a broad network of influencers and a deep knowledge of climate technologies.

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Wessel van Eeden

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NL
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Global marketing Director, Justdiggit

Wessel van Eeden is a purpose communication specialist. Since 2003 he was involved in the start of Dance4life(.com) where Wessel headed global marketing until 2010 working with many artists such as Tiësto, Maxi Jazz, The Black Eyed Peas and Fedde Le Grand and brands such as Coca Cola, Durex and many more. Since 2013 Wessel is purpose marketeer at Justdiggit and heads up global marketing and communications and is a member of the executive board.

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Joseph Nkandu

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UG
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Executive Director, NUCAFE

A social entrepreneur that has compassionately led empowerment of over 1.5 million Uganda coffee farmers organized in 200 associations and cooperatives in NUCAFE. Joseph has facilitated investment in climate change mitigation and adaptation measures including Uganda’s first industrial solar power plant that processes carbon neutral coffee and avoids over 240 metric tons of carbon emissions. He has contributed to increase in smallholder income by at least 250%. He holds a BSc in Agriculture and MBA.

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Isabella Martin

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AU
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Co-founder and Relationship Director, Climate Crisis Hub

Isabella is most passionate about the intersection of business, finance and the environment, believing that the business and finance sectors can actually work to improve, not destroy, the environment. She weaves this into her role as Co-Founder and Relationship Director at the Climate Crisis Hub. As well as the Hub, Isabella works in the Sustainability Reporting and Impact Management space, with previous roles in impact investing. She holds a Master of Development Practice from the University of California Berkeley where she conducted research focused on Corporate Social Responsibility and Impact Investing.

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Johan Falk

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SE
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Co-founder and Head of Exponential Roadmap Initiative

Program Management, Lead Author, Initiator Exponential Roadmap, Lead Author 1.5 Business Playbook and more.

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Sharan Burrow

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AU
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General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation

Sharan Burrow is the General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, representing 200 million workers in 163 countries and territories with 332 national affiliates. Previously President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) from 2000 – 2010, Sharan is a passionate advocate and campaigner for social justice, women’s rights, the environment and labour law reforms, and has led union negotiations on major economic reforms and labour rights campaigns in her home country of Australia and globally.

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Alejandro Litovsky

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AR
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Founder and CEO, Earth Security

Alejandro Litovsky is the Founder & CEO of Earth Security, which links global finance to nature's capital, helping the finance sector to recognise the value of nature and developing innovative programmes to embed this value across asset classes and portfolios. Over the past 20 years, he has worked as a strategic advisor to global banks, companies and governments, shaping the creation of resilient investments and programmes. Prior to founding Earth Security, between 2005-2010 he held senior positions at London-based sustainability consultancies, AccountAbility and Volans, working with multilateral banks, impact investors and companies in emerging markets. Since 2004, he has played an active role linking investment and corporate scenarios with planetary resilience trends, as a Senior Advisor to Tällberg Foundation in Stockholm and at Shell International’s Future Scenarios team in London. From 1999-2003, he was an investment manager with the Swiss-based AVINA Foundation in Buenos Aires, working across Latin America in support of sustainable business models and business partnerships. In 1998-1999 he worked with FARN, Argentina's leading environmental governance think tank during the collapse of the country's commercial fisheries, facilitating parties to the conflict between fishing companies, local port authorities, and trade unions to support sustainable policies. In 2004, he received the Hobouse Memorial Prize by the London School of Economics (LSE), where he obtained an MSc in Political Sociology. In 2012, he was awarded a Global Leadership Award by the BMW Foundation in Munich.

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Sean Kidney

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AU
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CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative

Sean Kidney is CEO of the Climate Bonds Initiative, an international NGO, working to mobilize global capital for climate action. Projects include a green bond definitions and certification scheme with $34 trillion of assets represented on its Board; working with the Chinese central bank on how to grow green bonds in China; market development programs in Brazil, Mexico, ASEAN and Africa; and market tracking services for the green bonds industry. He is a member of the European Commission's Platform on Sustainable Finance, and was a member of its predecessors, the 2017 EU High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance and the EU Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance. He is also a member of green finance committees in China, India, Mexico and Kazakhstan. Sean is also a Professor in Practice at SOAS University of London.

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Prof. Nick Robins

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UK
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Professor in Practice - Sustainable Finance, Grantham Research Institute

Nick Robins is Professor in Practice for Sustainable Finance at the LSE’s Grantham Research Institute. The focus of his work is on how to mobilise finance for climate action in ways that support a just transition, promoting the role of central banks and regulators in achieving sustainable development and investigating how the financial system can support the restoration of nature. Nick is co-founder of Carbon Tracker and also co-founder of Planet Tracker and previously worked at UNEP, HSBC, Henderson Global Investors, the International Institute for Environment and Development, as well as the European Commission.

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Tomas Haglund-Flemström

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SE
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Head of Impact & Innovation, Formica Capital

Tomas Haglund-Flemström is a pioneer within sustainable business. He has spent 15 years as a business strategy advisor at Accenture where he helped build the global sustainability practice with primary responsibilities in Circular Economy and the Nordic regional market. Tomas has through more than 80 strategy assignments at multinational companies built up a vast experience of how to combine sustainable business with growth and profitability. He has first hand seen some of the finance sector constraints, that management teams face, to make a faster pivot to more sustainable business. He last year joined the investment company Formica Capital to help fund the right impactful solutions with the right active ownership to make a difference and to positively influence the rest of the industry.

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Andreas Lehner

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AT
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Co-founder, Trine

Andreas Lehner is a sustainability nerd and co-founder of the investment platform Trine. He committed himself to be part of solving societal and environmental challenges of our day and age, with focus on climate change. Before co-founding Trine, he worked as a Business Developer for Solar PV at Statkraft, Europe’s biggest renewable energy utility in Norway and spent time in rural Kenya getting to know sustainability solutions that fit these emerging markets.

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David Lais

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DE
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Co-founder & CPO at ecolytiq

David Lais is a social entrepreneur and the founder of several innovative start-ups in the area of payments. He started his first company at the age of 16 and by pure chance entered the payments industry. In 2015, a life-changing event sparked his decision to act on climate change on a larger socioeconomic scale, by firstly launching the non-for profit Organisation for Sustainable Consumption (OfnK) and by then co-founding Ecolytiq, leveraging publicly available and payments data for sustainable banking. David strongly believes in the urgency of consumer awareness and action on environmental impact. For him, technology is not a means to an end, but an indispensable tool in the fight against climate change.

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Peter Mckillop

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US
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Founder & Editor, Climate & Capital Media

Climate & Capital Media was founded by Peter and senior financial executive. Prior to founding Climate & Capital Media, he was a Managing Director at BlackRock where he led global communication campaigns to build strong sustainable brands focused on ESG, impact, sustainability, and climate change. Mr. McKillop spent most of his early career as a correspondent and bureau chief for Newsweek Magazine in New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong where he covered key economic, financial, social, political, issues.

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John Lennon

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JM
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PhD.

I was born in the UK to Jamaican parents, but spent my adolescence in Jamaica. I read chemistry followed by research in synthetic organic chemistry at UCL (1989-95). I worked in IT for numerous years before leaving the UK in 2013. Since 2015 I have been advocating for state investment in solar powered schools and renewables, and for this to be a requirement in the Sustainable Development Goals. State investment would help deliver SDG4, Quality Education, and impact numerous others such as climate change.

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Claudia Rinke

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DE
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Author and Screenwriter

Claudia Rinke is an award-winning and bestselling author and screenwriter. She holds a doctorate degree in law and has previously worked for international Law Firms and the United Nations. Her documentary NOW about the climate movement (directed by Jim Rakete) will be released in 2021. The film has been selected by international festivals such as Copenhagen, Thessaloniki and Raindance.

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Annika Erikson

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US
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CEO of Articheck

Annika Erikson studied Paper Conservation at UAL, Renaissance Art History in Tuscany, and the Classics in Greece, before working in conservation and collection care at St Paul’s Cathedral, the Royal Horticultural Society, and Tate, where she got the idea in 2010 to create a mobile digital tool to streamline and create an industry standard in condition reports and conservation documentation. After opening a new conservation studio for John Jones, she became an entrepreneur and founded Articheck in 2013. Annika is a member of the Art Innovators Alliance, International Council of Museums, Institute of Conservation, and Extinction Rebellion. She is also a proponent of the Bizot Green Protocol, which states museums should review loan requirements, storage and display conditions, and building design and air conditioning systems with a view to reducing carbon footprints. Annika has lectured at Sotheby’s Institute, NYU, UCL, Christie’s Education, Kingston University, UCLA, City and Guilds, and Korean Art Management.

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Mats Pellbäck Scharp

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SE
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Head of Sustainability, Ericsson

Mats is Head of Sustainability at Ericsson with responsibility for climate action, circular economy, energy performance and triple bottom line impact of products, services and company operations. Taking this role after restructuring the Health & Safety organization in the company. During mats leadership the company has set targets that are accepted to be on a 1.5°C by the Science Based Target initiative. Mats has initiated and participated in various research projects e.g. as a member of the steering group for the Exponential Climate Action Roadmap report as well as the ICT & SDGs Report with Columbia University on how information technology has the potential to accelerate halving of global carbon emissions as well as reaching the Sustainable Development Goals. Before rejoining Ericsson, among several other leading roles e.g. Head of Sustainability at Sony Ericsson launching the Green Heart brand for mobile phones and accessories.

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Ingmar Rentzhog

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SE
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CEO and founder of We Don't Have Time

Official “eco-warrior” according to The Sun and “Mark ZuckerVert” according to FranceTV2, Ingmar is serial entrepreneur and nominated for a DI Gasell Award, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year, Veckans Affärer Supertalent, Sweden’s Environmental Influencer 2018, and International Gamechanger of the Year. He’s a member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality and European Climate Policy Task Force.

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Christopher Engman

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SE
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Author Megadeals, investor in sustainability scale-ups and martech scale-ups

- Investor in 15 companies, lead investor in 8 of them (scale-ups in clean tech and saas) - Founder of Retain24, Taxisystem, Vendemore, Mine storage, and Megadeals Advisory - Prosales Chief Commercial Officer of the year 2018 - Climeon order intake 3-90 MUSD in two years

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Nico Johnson

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US
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Chief Content Officer, SunCast

Nico Johnson is a solar sales and marketing veteran with over a decade of experience developing solar markets for internationally recognized organizations. Nico's popular podcast, SunCast, is essential listening for anyone interested in better understanding how to grow as a leader and producer in the solar industry.

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Lewis Barlow

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GB
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Technical Director, Sweco UK

Lewis is recognised internationally for his skills and experience in reducing carbon on major construction projects. He and his team won the NCE100 Low Carbon Leader award for two consecutive years for their work in reducing carbon and sharing best practice across the infrastructure sector. He wrote and presents the Institution of Civil Engineer’s Carbon Management in Infrastructure course and he works on a variety of nationally significant projects to ensure that the most effective opportunities for carbon and cost reduction are understood and delivered. Lewis is currently seconded into the Scottish Government as a Sustainable Development Manager with a focus on reducing carbon across their £5 billion City Deals infrastructure programme.

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Alice Ross

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GB
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Deputy News Editor, Financial Times

Alice Ross is the deputy news editor at the Financial Times. She has been a Financial Times journalist for more than a decade writing on topics from personal investment to corporate activity to market movements. She has held roles as the deputy editor of the weekend Money section, editor of the Wealth Magazine and editor of the newsletter, Trade Secrets, which examines issues affecting globalisation including climate change. Alice has a degree in philosophy from Cambridge University and an MA in European Thought from University College London.

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Geoffrey Mboya

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KE
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Youth Advocate

Geoffrey, is a young humanitarian and sustainability advocate, born and bred in Mukuru, an informal settlement characterized with all forms of poverty, he began organizing lobbying efforts and public demonstrations at the age of 14 in his hometown of Nairobi, Kenya. He has been featured in London Climate Action, Towards Sustainable Future Podcast and Unicef Essay Finalist 2019 among others.

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Per Espen Stoknes

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NO
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Author and director Center for Sustainability and Energy at BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo

Per Espen Stoknes is a TED Global speaker, a psychologist with PhD in economics, and serves as the director of Centre for Sustainability and Energy at the Norwegian Business School in Oslo. An experienced foresight facilitator and academic, he’s also serial entrepreneur, including co-founding clean-tech company GasPlas. Author of several books, among them Money & Soul (2009) and the award-winning book: What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming (2015). His latest is Tomorrow’s Economy (2021) on MITPress. Per Espen has served as member of Norwegian Parliament, and sits on the EU Commission’s mission board on Horizon Europe’s Climate Change and Societal Adaptation.

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Carl Mellander

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SE
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Senior Vice President and CFO of Ericsson

Carl Mellander is the CFO of Ericsson since April 1, 2017. He is the owner of Ericsson’s target to be carbon neutral in its own operations by 2030 as well as responsible for the company’s work to reduce business travel carbon emissions. Mellander has held various positions in finance and business control through his career in Ericsson, including Group Treasurer and Head of Finance in several regions. He also served in CFO roles for Saab and Telecom Management Partner AS in Africa. Early in his career he worked for a Swedish Government international development financing agency funding projects in infrastructure, energy and environmental technologies. In addition to his native Sweden he has lived and worked in the US, Costa Rica, Ghana, Germany and the UK. Mellander is a board member in the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Sweden.

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Sandrine Dixson-Declève

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BE
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Co-President of the Club of Rome

She is currently the Co-President of the Club of Rome and divides her time between lecturing, facilitating change in business and policy models and advisory work. She holds several advisory positions for the European Commission: Chair, Expert Group on Economic and Societal Impact of Research & Innovation (ESIR); Assembly Member, Climate Mitigation & Adaptation Mission (DGR&I); TEG Sustainable Finance Taxonomy and Sustainable Finance Platform (DGFISMA); United Nations: Food Summit Action Track 5 Resilience and for companies/organisations/institutes such as BMW, UBM, Climate KIC, UCL-Bartlett School of Enviornment and the IEEP. Sandrine is also a Senior Associate and faculty member of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and a Senior Associate for E3G, Ambassador, for the Energy Transition Commission (ETC) and WEALL. In 2017 Sandrine co-founded the Women Enablers Change Agent Network (WECAN).

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Arthur Auboeuf

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FR
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Co-founder of Time for the Planet

Digital entreprenor. I previously sold 2 companies in which we were created digital medias and big communities on social networks, website and mobile apps. Before Time for the Planet, I also run the Europe for a music social network name's Triller. Today, I my goal as a co-founder of Time for the Planet, is to acquire 1 million associates all over the world.

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Prof. Lord Nicholas Stern PBA FRS CH

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GB
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Chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science

Lord Stern is one of the world’s foremost experts on the climate change economics, finance and policies. He joined the London School of Economics and Political Science after a stint as Head of the Government Economic Service and Second Permanent Secretary at Her Majesty’s Treasury, during which he led ‘The Stern Review: The Economics of Climate Change’, published in October 2006. He has previously been Chief Economist and Senior Vice-President of the World Bank and Chief Economist of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Lord Stern is a past President of the British Academy, the Royal Economic Society, and the European Economic Association. He sits on the crossbenches in the UK House of Lords.

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Jess Parish

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GB
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Project Manager at TEDxGlasgow

With a background in managing delivery and projects, Jess joined the TEDxGlasgow as Project Manager, coordinating and managing team delivery and progress and working with the rest team to deliver an outstanding guest experience. Passionate about taking action on topics that matter, Jess is managing the campaign on behalf of TEDxGlasgow to empower our audience to take a pledge to Green Your Money.

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Tariq Fancy

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CA
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Founder & CEO at Rumie (current) / former Chief Investment Officer for Sustainable Investing, BlackRock

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Tariq Fancy began his career in Credit Suisse First Boston’s technology-sector investment banking group in Silicon Valley. In late 2003, he joined New York-based private equity firm MHR Fund Management, a $6 billion Icahn Holdings spinoff where he led turnaround, buyout, and distressed securities investments and became the firm's youngest partner in 2006. He later became a principal at the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, where he helped create new opportunities for the growing investment platform. In 2018, BlackRock, the largest asset manager in the world, hired Tariq as Managing Director and first-ever Chief Investment Officer of Sustainable Investing. Most recently, Tariq founded The Rumie Initiative, a non-profit, Google-backed technology startup whose award-winning technology uses micro-learning to make building new skills as fun and engaging as social media, including in remote and offline communities. Rumie is used in over 140 countries, ranging from Syrian refugee camps to the Arctic Circle, and is the subject of an in-depth Harvard Business School case study that is taught in business schools around the world. Tariq has been featured in USA Today, Reuters, The Independent, Bloomberg News, FT, The Guardian, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, among others. In 2017, he was selected as one of Canada’s top 40 under 40.

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Staffan Hansén

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SE
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CEO of SPP

Staffan Hansén is SPP´s CEO and an expert on everything related to the pension industry. With a background as a bonds trader followed a great financial interest that expresses itself in sharp analyzes and predictions on the development of the market. Staffan has a passion for sustainability, an equal business world and is a recipient of the Speaker of the year award in the finance industry.

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Bertrand Piccard

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CH
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Chairman, Solar Impulse Foundation

Psychiatrist and explorer, Bertrand Piccard made history by accomplishing two aeronautical firsts – flying around the world non-stop in a balloon, and more recently in a solar-powered airplane plane without fuel. Pioneer in his way to consider ecology through the lens of profitability, he began working in the early 2000s to promote renewable energies and clean technologies. His current challenge, as Chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation, is to identify and promote 1000 profitable solutions to protect the environment and support clean growth.

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Steven Donziger

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US
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Human rights lawyer

Steven Donziger is a lawyer, writer, and environmental advocate known for leading a 27-year legal fight waged by Indigenous groups and farmer communities in Ecuador that resulted in a historic $9.5 billion judgment ordering Chevron to remediate its "Chernobyl" disaster in the rainforest. The judgement, based on court findings that found a deliberate scheme by Chevron to dump cancer-causing waste onto ancestral lands to save money, has been affirmed by the highest courts of Ecuador and Canada. Lauded by BusinessWeek for his "Herculean" tenacity, Steven also has led a variety of international human rights fact-finding and advocacy projects. He served as a public defender in Washington, D.C., and edited a leading text on criminal justice reform published by Harper Perennial. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and son, where he is currently on house arrest for almost two years after challenging a judicial order from a U.S. judge that he turn over his computer and cell phone to Chevron.

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Joseph Winters

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US
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Organizer at Fossil Fuel Divest Harvard

Joseph Winters is a graduating senior at Harvard, where he studies Earth and Planetary Sciences. He is originally from rural Washington state. Joseph has been working with Fossil Fuel Divest Harvard since 2019 as a core organizer and social media coordinator — some of his proudest campaign contributions include a mock "oil spill" demonstration, the co-organization of protests at the 2019 Harvard-Yale football game, and a recent legal complaint to the Massachusetts attorney general arguing that Harvard's fossil fuel investments violate state nonprofit law. He has also been involved in environmental journalism over the past several years — most recently as an editorial intern at the environmental news site Grist.

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Prof. Dr. Johan Rockström

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DE
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Director, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Johan Rockström is Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Professor in Earth System Science at the University of Potsdam. He is an internationally recognized scientist on global sustainability issues and led the development of the Planetary Boundaries framework for human development in the current era of rapid global change. Professor Rockström is a leading scientist on global water resources, with more than 25 years experience in applied water research in tropical regions, and more than 150 research publications in fields ranging from applied land and water management to global sustainability.

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Nigel Topping

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UK
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High-Level Champion of United Kingdom

In his role as UK High Level Climate Action Champion, Nigel Topping drives action from businesses, investors, organisations, cities, and regions to address climate change ahead of UN climate talks, COP26. On World Environment Day 2020, Nigel launched the ‘Race to Zero’ campaign – the largest ever coalition committed to net zero emissions – alongside his fellow Climate Champion, Gonzalo Muñoz. Nigel was the CEO of We Mean Business until December 2019, where he drove radical collaboration for climate action among NGOs working with the world's most influential businesses. Previously, Nigel was Executive Director of CDP, launching new programs and partnerships including supply chain, water, forests and cities. Nigel has 18 years’ experience in the private sector, is a commissioner on the Energy Transitions Commission and has been instrumental in the launch of many collaborative initiatives such as Science Based Targets, Business for Nature and the Global Commons Alliance. He holds an MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK and an MSc in Holistic Science from Schumacher College, Devon, UK

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Dr. Annette Detken

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DE
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Head of InsuResilience Solutions Fund

During her entire career Annette focused on climate and green finance, developing innovative instruments and programs to harness the expertise of the private sector and mobilizing private capital to foster sustainable development in the global south. Prior to her position at the ISF Annette was Head of Division of the Financial Sector Policy Unit at KfW Development Bank responsible for policy and strategic issues regarding KfW activities in financial system development in developing countries. Since 2014 the support of insurance market development and risk financing approaches has been a focus of her work. Before joining the Financial Sector Policy Unit, Annette managed the acquisition team of KfW Carbon Fund.After her studies at the University of St. Gallen und Stern School of Business, New York University Annette received her PhD in economics at the University of Basel.

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President, Earth Day Network

Kathleen Rogers is the President of Earth Day Network. Kathleen has developed Earth Day Network into a year-round policy and activist organization. Now more than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day in 192 countries. Kathleen has been at the vanguard of developing innovative financial mechanisms to support green buildings and schools. Kathleen also founded Earth Day Network’s groundbreaking Billion Acts of Green program, which has now recorded close to 3 billion individual actions to improve the environment.

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Jin W Jeong

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Managing Director (Head of Venture Investments) of Apis Partners

Jin is responsible for Apis Partner’s new investments and portfolio management in early growth capital across global growth markets. He has spent 18 years investing in tech, industrial, and healthcare companies globally along with entrepreneurship endeavours. Prior to Apis, Jin directed European tech and industrial growth investments for GIC (Singapore sovereign wealth fund) and invested for T Rowe Price and Wellington Management. Jin started his career with JP Morgan and IFC where he focused on venture and growth equity/debt investments across Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa, and Latin America.

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Patricia Espinosa

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Executive Secretary of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC)

Patricia Espinosa Cantellano is a Mexican politician and diplomat. In 2016 the United Nations Secretary-General appointed her as executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). Prior to that she was Mexican Ambassador to Austria, Germany, Slovenia, and Slovakia and served as secretary of foreign affairs in the cabinet of President Felipe Calderón. Ms. Espinosa brings to her new appointment more than 30 years of experience at the highest levels in international relations, with specializations in climate change, global governance, sustainable development, gender equality, and protection of human rights. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in international relations from El Colegio de México and earned a diploma in international law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (the Institut Universitaire de Hautes Études Internationales) in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Marco Rodzynek

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CEO of NOAH Advisors

Marco started his career at Lehman Brothers in 1998, where he became the Head of European Internet Investment Banking based in London with US coverage responsibilities. In 23 years, Marco has been involved in over 90 announced M&A deals and 20 IPOs/Leverage Buyouts with a total transaction value of over $120bn, including Fotolia, Bigpoint, Yad2, Facile, Trovit, Flixbus, Parship, Pipedrive, BrightData (Luminati), Bumble/Badoo, Volocopter and Investing.com. NOAH Advisors is also the organizer and owner of NOAH Conference which is now in its 12th year and will resurface in Zurich, 7+8th of December 2021 with an extended concept including profitable and sustainable companies. NOAH Conference hosted 95% of European’s growth investors and over 60% of European’s unicorns on stage. NOAH’s and Marco”s focus now on protecting environmental ecosystems through natural capital and technology solutions, like JuicyData

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Quincy Coleman

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Singer-Songwriter and Founder of H-OM-E.org

Before a stage IV cancer diagnosis in 2009, Quincy was seen and heard on The Carson Daly Show and KCRW’s coveted Morning Becomes Eclectic. Her songs have been featured in Film & TV including Fox Searchlight’s, Waitress and NBC’s, Brothers and Sisters. Quincy was featured on the cover of Music Connection magazine; American Songwriter Magazine noted, “Not only has God graced her with a gorgeous voice, her songs are undeniably catchy.”Shortly after a sold-out benefit concert at the Roxy Theater in Los Angeles in September, 2009, in support of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society–Southern California, Quincy was diagnosed with stage IV cancer.Coleman is also serving on the board of the Southern California Committee for a Parliament of the World’s Religions (SCCPWR)

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Börje Ekholm

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President and CEO of Ericsson

Börje Ekholm is President and CEO of the Ericsson Group. Börje Ekholm assumed this role on January 16, 2017. He knows the company and the industry well after being a Board member of Ericsson for nearly 10 years (first elected 2006). Most recently Ekholm was CEO of Patricia Industries, a division within Investor AB (2015-January 15, 2017). Prior to assuming this position in 2015, he was President and CEO of Investor AB between 2005 and 2015. Previous positions also include Head of New Investments and President of Investor Growth Capital Inc. Ekholm has had various positions at Novare Kapital AB and McKinsey & Co Inc. Börje Ekholm holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, as well as a Master of Business Administration, from INSEAD, France. He is a board member of Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, Alibaba Group and Trimble Inc. Ekholm is also Member of the Board of Trustees of Choate Rosemary Hall and the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce New York. Since 2017, Member of the Stering Committee of the World Economic Forum Digital Communication Governors. Holds Honorary Doctorate at The Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.

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