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The Road to COP28

We Don't Have Time's official broadcast live from Climate Week NYC

In The Road to COP28, we will explore the hottest topics leading up to COP28. Is ESG driving climate action, or is it just helping companies greenwash? Is the future of food climate neutral? How do we upgrade our economic system and move beyond measures like GDP to address the climate crisis?

Join us for Climate Week NYC as we explore these and many other questions. In less than two months, the world will turn its eyes toward Dubai, United Arab Emirates for COP28. World leaders, diplomats, business executives, NGO representatives, journalists, and of course, We Don’t Have Time will all be there to discuss what the world must do to stop the climate crisis.

This broadcast is part of The Climate Hub at Climate Week NYC. Full day-by-day program.

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September 20

Live today

9:00 am – 9:15 am EDT — The Road to COP28

Join us for the opening session of the two-day broadcast “The Road to COP28”, brought to you live from New York City. Our hosts, Sweta Chakraborty and Nick Nuttall, introduce today's program and its connection to the events that have occurred since COP27, paving the way to COP28 in Dubai. The Road to COP28, day 1, is broadcast live from Horizon Media on Hudson Square, Manhattan.

Speakers:

  • Nick Nuttall, Host, Strategic Communications Director, We Don't Have Time
  • Dr. Sweta Chakraborty, Climate behavioral scientist & CEO North America, We Don't Have Time

How to participate: From Horizon Media and online

Organizers:

9:15 am – 9:45 am EDT — The Climate Crisis Goes to Court

Climate lawsuits have doubled in the past five years, leading courts to play an increased role in the fight against climate change. With 2,180 climate-related cases filed in both international and regional courts last year, polluters are now more likely to be challenged and held accountable. Join us as we explore these pressing issues – and take a closer at two inspiring cases from Montana and the small pacific island nation Vanuatu.

Speakers:

  • Catherine Higham, Policy Fellow, Grantham Research Institute
  • Margaretha Wewerinke-Singh, Professor, University of Amsterdam & Blue Ocean Law
  • Julia Olson, Executive Director & Chief Legal Counsel, Our Children's Trust
  • Michael Gerrard, Professor and Faculty Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School

How to participate: From Horizon Media and online

Organizers:

9:45 am – 10:10 am EDT — Radical Collaboration for Climate Action

Partnerships are being recognized as a pivotal force in advancing climate action. To expedite the transition to a sustainable green economy, it is essential to foster a more inclusive and diverse forms of collaboration.

In this session, we will hear from a venture capitalist, a climate communication entrepreneur, a multilateral organization and an NGO on how we can increase cross-sector collaboration, and why this is necessary to speed up climate action on all levels.

Speakers:

  • Luca Zerbini, CEO, UnaTerra Venture Capital Fund
  • Ingmar Rentzhog, CEO & Founder, We Don't Have Time
  • Boaz Paldi, Chief Creative Officer, UNDP
  • Jane Madgwick, Executive Director, Global Commons Alliance

How to participate: From Horizon Media and online

Organizers:

10:10 am – 10:30 am EDT — How Media Companies Can Lead the Digital Technologies To Be More Sustainable

Speakers:

  • Latraviette Smith-Wilson, Chief Marketing & Equity Officer, Horizon Media
  • Amy Williams, CEO & Founder, Good Loop

Organizers:

10:30 am – 11:00 am EDT — The Global Stocktake: Our Chance to Course Correct

The UN Global Stocktake is a comprehensive assessment that evaluates global progress in climate action to determine the necessary steps needed to achieve the objectives outlined in the Paris Agreement. The first-ever Global Stocktake report, published just a few weeks ago, unequivocally affirms that nations worldwide are falling short of the climate goals outlined in the agreement.

So what now? How can these disappointing findings be used as a motivational accelerator to get nations, organizations and people to increase their actions and ambitions at the upcoming UN Climate Conference COP28? 

In this session, our expert panelists will delve deeper into that, while also identifying the major opportunities for effective climate action here and now.

Speakers:

  • Christiana Figueres, Co-host of the climate podcast Outrage+Optimism, former Executive Secretary, UNFCCC, & Founder, Global Optimism
  • Wanjira Mathai, Managing Director for Africa and Global Partnerships, World Resources Institute
  • Laura Juliana Arciniegas, Global Stocktake project Director, Transforma
  • David Waskow, International Climate Director, World Resources Institute

How to participate: From Horizon Media and online

Organizers:

11:00 am – 11:30 am EDT — We Can Do It - Connect with Stockholm

Listen to climate leaders showcase their climate initiatives and solutions

Speakers:

  • Ingmar Rentzhog, CEO & Founder, We Don't Have Time
  • Catarina Rolfsdotter-Jansson, Host, We Don't Have Time
  • Randy Gosda, Communications Director, American Chamber Commerce Sweden
  • Tessa Vincent, Policy & Engagement Lead, Race to Zero
  • Randy Gosda, Communications Director, American Chamber Commerce Sweden
  • Emelie Öhlander, Climate Action Program Manager, Ericsson
  • Elisabeth Larsson, Nordic Climate & Environment lead, Accenture
  • Chiara Selvetti, Director Sustainable Business, ATEA

How to participate: From Horizon Media and online

Organizers:

11:30 am – 12:00 pm EDT — A New Era in Climate Communications

Over the past year, a team from New Zero World, in partnership with the Global Commons Alliance, has been working diligently on its first research paper - A New Era in Climate Communications. This is a direct response to the climate and environment crisis, compounded by the climate communications crisis, which requires a full systems change approach to the problems at stake. In this session, the findings of this White Paper will be presented to a global audience.

Speakers:

  • Tim Kelly, Executive Director, Earth HQ
  • Natalia Vega-Berry, CEO & Founder, Global Brain Foundation & New Zero World
  • Ann-Christine Duhaime, Professor of Neurosurgery, Harvard Medical School
  • Mark Curtis, Head of Sustainability, Accenture Song
  • Skye Flanigan, Assistant Director of Programs, Harvard Chan's Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment (Harvard Chan C-CHANGE)

How to participate: From Horizon Media and online

Organizers:

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm EDT — Leading with Science

For years and years, the science has been clear about the dangers – and the costs – of not taking sufficient climate action here and now. And still, emissions are rising.

In this session, we’ll talk to one of the authors behind the brand new scientific report from Earth4All, “SDGs for All: Strategic Scenarios”. We will also bring in experts from the World Economic Forum and Global Commons Alliance to discuss how to find new ways of making sure climate science gets implemented in big decisions made by governments and corporations, to bring about the change we need.

Speakers:

  • Sandrine Dixon-Declève, Co-President, Club of Rome
  • Akanksha Khatri, Head, Nature Action Agenda, World Economic Forum
  • Dr. Natasha Matic, Executive Director, Global Commons Alliance Accountability Accelerator

How to participate: From Horizon Media and online

Organizers:

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT — Digitalization as an enabler of the green energy transformation

Renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power, are experiencing rapid global expansion. In this two-hour session, we explore significant opportunities in this field, and how digitalization can help enable this transformation. We will address the less-discussed grid infrastructure challenges that could potentially hinder progress for years, and we will also turn our focus to the Global South, raising the critical question of how we can redirect greater investments to these financially underserved regions of the world. Finally, we will zoom in on exciting projects aimed at improving building efficiency, and showcase a cutting-edge commuter ferry and its zero-emission operation!

Speakers:

  • Heymi Bahar, Senior Renewable Energy Analyst, International Energy Agency
  • Jim Gowen,SVP Supply Chain and Sourcing & Chief Sustainability Officer,Verizon
  • Assaad Razzouk, Chief Executive Officer, Gurīn Energy
  • Chris Kemper, Chairman, Founder & CEO, Palmetto
  • Ashley Seager, Director, Sun4net Ltd
  • Antonella Battaglini, CEO, Renewables Grid Initiative
  • Erin Decker, Senior Director, Renewable Energy and Carbon Advisory Services, Schneider Electric
  • Nompilo Morafo, Group Chief Sustainability and Corporate Affairs Officer, MTN
  • Gautam Narasimhan, Global Lead – Climate, Energy and Environment, UNICEF
  • Mats Pellbäck Scharp, Head of Sustainability, Ericsson
  • Viktor Vitell, Chief Marketing Officer, Kiona
  • Veronika Thieme, Head of Delivery - Europe, Carbon Trust
  • Maciej Kowalczyk, Administrator - Digital and Earth Observation for Green Transition, European Commission – Directorate Climate Action
  • Myrrh Caplan, VP Sustainability for US, Skanska
  • Erik Dyrkoren, CEO, Zeabuz
  • Linda Ekener Mägi, Business Development B2B, Tele2
  • Erik Björke, Road Freight Decarbonisation Lead, Climate Group

How to participate: From Horizon Media and online

Organizers:

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm EDT — ‘Moo’ving the Needle on Sustainability Through Carbon Neutral Milk

Companies are looking for more solutions to improve their environmental scorecards and reduce Scope 3 emissions.  With greenhouse gas emissions at an all-time high, dairy farming is the right place to start as cattle and the crops needed to feed them dominate agricultural emissions. By making a simple switch to carbon neutral food ingredients, restaurants and consumers can make big improvements to their corporate and personal environmental footprints. Shake Shack and Neutral Foods leaders will discuss how how they are partnering to provide low carbon, climate smart foods and how simple ingredient swaps make a big impact.

Speakers:

  • Marcus Lovell Smith, CEO, Neutral
  • Corey Blumenthal, Sustainability Specialist, Shake Shack

How to participate: From Horizon Media and online

Organizers:

3:15 pm – 3:50 pm EDT — Fast Forwarding Fossil-Free Transport

Our world relies on the transportation of goods and people, but our current transportation system is not sustainable. In this session, you will hear from leading car companies and experts and on how we can drive the transition to a system that can maintain all the necessary services, without emitting greenhouse gas or disrupting our environment. The session will kick off with a fireside chat with Lynda Tran, Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Director of Public Engagement at U.S. Department of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg.

Speakers:

  • Lynda Tran, Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Director of Public Engagement, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Albert Gore, Executive Director, Zero Emission Transportation Association (ZETA)
  • Anisa Kamadoli Costa, Chief Sustainability Officer, Rivian
  • Kristen Siemen, Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President of Sustainable Workplaces, General Motors
  • Fredrika Klarén, Head of Sustainability, Polestar

How to participate: From Horizon Media and online

Organizers:

3:50 pm – 4:15 pm EDT — Climate Needs Culture

Listen to climate leaders showcase their climate initiatives and solutions. More info to be added

Speakers:

  • Sirintip, Artist
  • Alison Tickell, Founder Director, Julie's Bicycle
  • Andrew Potts, Heritage and Climate Action Advisor, Europa Nostra; & Coordination, Climate Heritage Network Culture at COP28 Working Group Secretariat
  • Love Ssega, Artist & Founder, LIVE + BREATHE
  • Tomás Saraceno, Artist, Studio Tomás Saraceno

How to participate: From Horizon Media and online

Organizers:

4:15 pm – 4:40 pm EDT — Growing the Climate Community

If we want people to act and react to the climate emergency, they first need to learn about it. But how do we get the message across in a divided society?  What is the key to success – and to failure? And is it true that the messenger is sometimes more important than the message? Welcome to a panel discussion featuring a well-known actor, a digital entrepreneur, and a journalist – who have all joined forces to grow the climate community in their own, creative way.

Speakers:

  • Gen Padalecki, Founder, towwn
  • Charlie Capen, Co-Founder, towwn
  • Kelly Mickle, Co-Founder, towwn

How to participate: From Horizon Media and online

Organizers:

4:40 pm – 5:00 pm EDT — Arctic Action - Getting the Message Out

Over the past years, a team of Arctic experts and scientists have brought the Arctic to the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos, and to other global climate meetings. They have set up a Arctic science basecamp in sub-zero temperatures and launched Arctic Risk Platform to bring a message of global risk to the world leaders.

Hear founder Gail Whiteman and founding director, Rainn Wilson, talk about the importance of bringing attention to a rapidly melting issue.

Speakers:

  • Rainn Wilson,Actor and Director & Founding Director, Climate Basecamp
  • Gail Whiteman, Executive Director Arctic Basecamp and Climate Basecamp, Professor of Sustainability, University of Exeter Business School

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5:00 pm – 5:30 pm EDT — Who's a Climate Activist?

Does everyone advocating for the environment want to be labeled an activist? And, what does climate activism actually entail?  Is blocking traffic, interrupting White House dinners and sports events really an effective way to mobilize people, or is it better to use smart social media campaigns or other methods to create real change?

Tune in for an engaging panel discussion featuring individuals employing diverse pathways and climate advocacy methods to accelerate climate action within society.

Speakers:

  • Michael Greenberg, Founder, Climate Defiance
  • David Fenton, Senior Advisor, Yellow Dot Studios
  • Ebony Twilley Martin, Executive Director, Greenpeace US
  • Dawn Richard, Artist Relations Director & Cultural Producer, Hip Hop Caucus

How to participate: From Horizon Media and online

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5:30 pm – 5:40 pm EDT — Live Music with Nick Nuttall and Sirintip

Nick Nuttall is not only a climate expert and co-moderator of this broadcast. He is also a musician who recently released his album Just because some bad wind blows. Nick's songs draw on the rich life experiences between his upbringing in the eccentric North of England, his nearly two decades of work at the UN fighting the climate and environmental crises, to his travels to almost every country in the world. 

Praised for her depth of dimension, multimodal artist Sirintip draws inspiration from a range of styles and disciplines, while exploring unsung intersections of humankind and the natural world. Based in Washington Heights, but of Thai-Swedish descent, Sirintip has shared her unique sound on more than 30 releases.

Join us for a live performance of truly unique artists.

Organizers:

September 21

Live today

8:55 am – 9:00 am EDT — The Road to COP28, Day 2

Join us for the opening session of the second day of our broadcast “The Road to COP28”, brought to you live from New York City. Our hosts, Sweta Chakraborty and Nick Nuttall, introduce today's program and its connection to the events that have occurred since COP27, paving the way to COP28 in Dubai. The Road to COP28, day 2, is broadcast live from The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York.

Speakers:

  • Nick Nuttall, Host, Strategic Communications Director, We Don't Have Time
  • Dr. Sweta Chakraborty, Climate behavioral scientist & CEO North America, We Don't Have Time

Live from The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York.

How to participate: online

Organizers:

9:00 am – 9:15 am EDT — International Science Collaboration

Scientific collaboration serves as the cornerstone for effective climate and environmental initiatives. Institutions such as the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) have assumed a heightened significance as authoritative voices offering objective insights into the realities of global warming. The spirit of collaboration between the scientific community and businesses, organizations, and governments helps harness a collective expertise in pursuit of a healthier planet.

Join this opening session for Day 2 of Climate Week NY as we sit down with two experts from NYAS to see what role they hope science will continue to play in creating a green future.

Speakers:

  • Nicholas Dirks, President & CEO, New York Academy of Sciences
  • Mila Rosenthal, Executive Director, International Science Reserve, New York Academy of Sciences

Live from The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York.

How to participate: online

Organizers:

9:15 am – 9:40 am EDT — Amplify: Building a Fan-Based Climate Movement

The battle for our planet’s climate isn’t won solely through science and policy - it’s won by global momentum.  We need ways to galvanize large numbers of people into action by leveraging our platforms, our personalities, and our unique insights. Everyone can be an advocate for our planet, and Planet Reimagined aims to provide everyone with the tools needed to create their own platform for environmental advocacy.

Make sure to tune in for a session all about how we recruit a larger audience for climate related issues, and bring the general public on-side in a way that is constructive, unifying, and engaging.

Speakers:

  • Adam Met, Founder and Executive Director, Planet Reimagined
  • Caleb Johnson, Climate Active Fellow, Planet Reimagined
  • Li-Ya Mar, Climate Research & Communication Fellow, Planet Reimagined

Live from The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York.

How to participate: online

Organizers:

9:40 am – 10:10 am EDT — Reflections on G20: Engaging the Indian diaspora for Climate Action


In recent years, India has faced a barrage of extreme weather events, including deadly heatwaves and devastating floods, underscoring its vulnerability to climate change. While India has made commendable strides in renewable energy development, the challenge remains to secure adequate financial resources and investments to bolster the nation's climate action efforts and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions effectively. Join us for an in-depth discussion with experts as they explore innovative strategies to harness financial resources and channel investments into India's climate initiatives, shaping a more sustainable future for the nation and the planet.

Speakers:

  • MR Rangaswami, Founder, Indiaspora & Corporate Eco Forum (CEF)
  • Ashish Shah, CEO, North America, Give
  • Rupen Desai, CMO & Venture Partner, Una Terra

Live from The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York.

How to participate: online

Organizers:

10:10 am – 10:35 am EDT — Catalysing Green Investment Opportunities in Africa

Listen to climate leaders showcase their climate initiatives and solutions. More info to be added.

Speakers:

  • Max Messervy, Head of Sustainable Investment, Americas, Mercer
  • Aymeric Saha, CEO, MiDA Advisors

Live from The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York.

How to participate: online

Organizers:

10:35 am – 11:00 am EDT — Interviews from The Nest Climate Campus

Listen to interviews conducted by We Don't Have Time at the Nest Climate Campus Media Lounge.

Guests:

  • Tjada D'Oyen McKenna, CEO, Mercy Corps
  • Amina Razvi, CEO, Sustainable Apparel Coalition
  • Aaron Weideman, CEO & Co-founder, Renaissance Man Co
  • John Fitzgerald, Co-founder, Renaissance Man Co

How to participate: online

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11:00 am – 12:15 pm EDT — Connecting Climate Change & Health

Join Kaiser Permanente and the World Economic Forum for the second Connecting Climate Change and Health series event – a panel series focused on putting health at the center of climate action planning . This hybrid session takes place during Climate Week NYC and will focus on accelerating research and innovation. Join us for panel discussions with thought leaders, researchers, policymakers, and practitioners who are passionate about urgently driving a research agenda that deepens our understanding around climate change as a key driver of health inequities.

Distinguished Keynote Speaker:

Rachel L. Levine, M.D.

Admiral, U.S. Public Health Service

Assistant Secretary for Health,

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Speakers:

  • Bechara Choucair, MD, Senior Vice President and Chief Health Officer, Kaiser Permanente
  • Ali Zaidi, National Climate Advisor
  • Zulfiqar Bhutta, MBBS, PhD, Robert Harding Inaugural Chair in Global Child Health and Policy, Center for Global Child Health, Hospital for Sick Children
  • Victor Dzau, MD, President, National Academy of Medicine
  • Cheryl Moore, Chief Research Programmes Officer, Wellcome Trust
  • Naveen Rao, MD, Senior Vice President, Health Initiative at The Rockefeller Foundation 
  • Michelle A. Williams, ScD, Epidemiologist, Visiting Professor, Stanford University, Dean of the Faculty, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Shyam Bishen, Head, Centre for Health and Healthcare, Executive Committee Member, World Economic Forum
  • Nsedo Witherspoon, MPH, Executive Director, Children’s Environmental Health Network
  • Jake Barton, Founder, Local Projects

Live from The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York.

How to participate: online

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12:15 pm – 1:15 pm EDT — Interviews from The Nest Climate Campus

Listen to interviews conducted by We Don't Have Time at the Nest Climate Campus Media Lounge.

Guests:

  • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Actor, Producer and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador
  • Thomas Burkhardt, President, Marchon Eyewear, VSP Vision
  • Salah Said, Head of Sustainability, Klarna
  • Fabrizio Di Michele, Consulate General of Italy in New York
  • Tjada D'Oyen McKenna, CEO, Mercy Corps

How to participate: online

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1:15 pm – 1:40 pm EDT — Ted Countdown and Aspen Ideas: Amplifying Climate Solutions

Join us for talks with movers and change-makers on how to collaborate on climate – and how to seize the opportunities as we transition to net zero. More info to be added.

Speakers:

  • David Biello, Science Curator, TED
  • Greg Gershuny, Executive Director, Aspen Institute, Energy & Environment Program
  • Dr. Sweta Chakraborty, Climate behavioral scientist & CEO North America, We Don't Have Time

Live from The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York.

How to participate: online

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September 20

9:00 am – 9:15 am EDT — The Road to COP28

Join us for the opening session of the two-day broadcast “The Road to COP28”, brought to you live from New York City. Our hosts, Sweta Chakraborty and Nick Nuttall, introduce today's program and its connection to the events that have occurred since COP27, paving the way to COP28 in Dubai. The Road to COP28, day 1, is broadcast live from Horizon Media on Hudson Square, Manhattan.

Speakers:

  • Nick Nuttall, Host, Strategic Communications Director, We Don't Have Time
  • Dr. Sweta Chakraborty, Climate behavioral scientist & CEO North America, We Don't Have Time

How to participate: From Horizon Media and online

Organizers:

9:15 am – 9:45 am EDT — The Climate Crisis Goes to Court

Climate lawsuits have doubled in the past five years, leading courts to play an increased role in the fight against climate change. With 2,180 climate-related cases filed in both international and regional courts last year, polluters are now more likely to be challenged and held accountable. Join us as we explore these pressing issues – and take a closer at two inspiring cases from Montana and the small pacific island nation Vanuatu.

Speakers:

  • Catherine Higham, Policy Fellow, Grantham Research Institute
  • Margaretha Wewerinke-Singh, Professor, University of Amsterdam & Blue Ocean Law
  • Julia Olson, Executive Director & Chief Legal Counsel, Our Children's Trust
  • Michael Gerrard, Professor and Faculty Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School

How to participate: From Horizon Media and online

Organizers:

9:45 am – 10:10 am EDT — Radical Collaboration for Climate Action

Partnerships are being recognized as a pivotal force in advancing climate action. To expedite the transition to a sustainable green economy, it is essential to foster a more inclusive and diverse forms of collaboration.

In this session, we will hear from a venture capitalist, a climate communication entrepreneur, a multilateral organization and an NGO on how we can increase cross-sector collaboration, and why this is necessary to speed up climate action on all levels.

Speakers:

  • Luca Zerbini, CEO, UnaTerra Venture Capital Fund
  • Ingmar Rentzhog, CEO & Founder, We Don't Have Time
  • Boaz Paldi, Chief Creative Officer, UNDP
  • Jane Madgwick, Executive Director, Global Commons Alliance

How to participate: From Horizon Media and online

Organizers:

10:10 am – 10:30 am EDT — How Media Companies Can Lead the Digital Technologies To Be More Sustainable

Speakers:

  • Latraviette Smith-Wilson, Chief Marketing & Equity Officer, Horizon Media
  • Amy Williams, CEO & Founder, Good Loop

Organizers:

10:30 am – 11:00 am EDT — The Global Stocktake: Our Chance to Course Correct

The UN Global Stocktake is a comprehensive assessment that evaluates global progress in climate action to determine the necessary steps needed to achieve the objectives outlined in the Paris Agreement. The first-ever Global Stocktake report, published just a few weeks ago, unequivocally affirms that nations worldwide are falling short of the climate goals outlined in the agreement.

So what now? How can these disappointing findings be used as a motivational accelerator to get nations, organizations and people to increase their actions and ambitions at the upcoming UN Climate Conference COP28? 

In this session, our expert panelists will delve deeper into that, while also identifying the major opportunities for effective climate action here and now.

Speakers:

  • Christiana Figueres, Co-host of the climate podcast Outrage+Optimism, former Executive Secretary, UNFCCC, & Founder, Global Optimism
  • Wanjira Mathai, Managing Director for Africa and Global Partnerships, World Resources Institute
  • Laura Juliana Arciniegas, Global Stocktake project Director, Transforma
  • David Waskow, International Climate Director, World Resources Institute

How to participate: From Horizon Media and online

Organizers:

11:00 am – 11:30 am EDT — We Can Do It - Connect with Stockholm

Listen to climate leaders showcase their climate initiatives and solutions

Speakers:

  • Ingmar Rentzhog, CEO & Founder, We Don't Have Time
  • Catarina Rolfsdotter-Jansson, Host, We Don't Have Time
  • Randy Gosda, Communications Director, American Chamber Commerce Sweden
  • Tessa Vincent, Policy & Engagement Lead, Race to Zero
  • Randy Gosda, Communications Director, American Chamber Commerce Sweden
  • Emelie Öhlander, Climate Action Program Manager, Ericsson
  • Elisabeth Larsson, Nordic Climate & Environment lead, Accenture
  • Chiara Selvetti, Director Sustainable Business, ATEA

How to participate: From Horizon Media and online

Organizers:

11:30 am – 12:00 pm EDT — A New Era in Climate Communications

Over the past year, a team from New Zero World, in partnership with the Global Commons Alliance, has been working diligently on its first research paper - A New Era in Climate Communications. This is a direct response to the climate and environment crisis, compounded by the climate communications crisis, which requires a full systems change approach to the problems at stake. In this session, the findings of this White Paper will be presented to a global audience.

Speakers:

  • Tim Kelly, Executive Director, Earth HQ
  • Natalia Vega-Berry, CEO & Founder, Global Brain Foundation & New Zero World
  • Ann-Christine Duhaime, Professor of Neurosurgery, Harvard Medical School
  • Mark Curtis, Head of Sustainability, Accenture Song
  • Skye Flanigan, Assistant Director of Programs, Harvard Chan's Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment (Harvard Chan C-CHANGE)

How to participate: From Horizon Media and online

Organizers:

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm EDT — Leading with Science

For years and years, the science has been clear about the dangers – and the costs – of not taking sufficient climate action here and now. And still, emissions are rising.

In this session, we’ll talk to one of the authors behind the brand new scientific report from Earth4All, “SDGs for All: Strategic Scenarios”. We will also bring in experts from the World Economic Forum and Global Commons Alliance to discuss how to find new ways of making sure climate science gets implemented in big decisions made by governments and corporations, to bring about the change we need.

Speakers:

  • Sandrine Dixon-Declève, Co-President, Club of Rome
  • Akanksha Khatri, Head, Nature Action Agenda, World Economic Forum
  • Dr. Natasha Matic, Executive Director, Global Commons Alliance Accountability Accelerator

How to participate: From Horizon Media and online

Organizers:

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT — Digitalization as an enabler of the green energy transformation

Renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power, are experiencing rapid global expansion. In this two-hour session, we explore significant opportunities in this field, and how digitalization can help enable this transformation. We will address the less-discussed grid infrastructure challenges that could potentially hinder progress for years, and we will also turn our focus to the Global South, raising the critical question of how we can redirect greater investments to these financially underserved regions of the world. Finally, we will zoom in on exciting projects aimed at improving building efficiency, and showcase a cutting-edge commuter ferry and its zero-emission operation!

Speakers:

  • Heymi Bahar, Senior Renewable Energy Analyst, International Energy Agency
  • Jim Gowen,SVP Supply Chain and Sourcing & Chief Sustainability Officer,Verizon
  • Assaad Razzouk, Chief Executive Officer, Gurīn Energy
  • Chris Kemper, Chairman, Founder & CEO, Palmetto
  • Ashley Seager, Director, Sun4net Ltd
  • Antonella Battaglini, CEO, Renewables Grid Initiative
  • Erin Decker, Senior Director, Renewable Energy and Carbon Advisory Services, Schneider Electric
  • Nompilo Morafo, Group Chief Sustainability and Corporate Affairs Officer, MTN
  • Gautam Narasimhan, Global Lead – Climate, Energy and Environment, UNICEF
  • Mats Pellbäck Scharp, Head of Sustainability, Ericsson
  • Viktor Vitell, Chief Marketing Officer, Kiona
  • Veronika Thieme, Head of Delivery - Europe, Carbon Trust
  • Maciej Kowalczyk, Administrator - Digital and Earth Observation for Green Transition, European Commission – Directorate Climate Action
  • Myrrh Caplan, VP Sustainability for US, Skanska
  • Erik Dyrkoren, CEO, Zeabuz
  • Linda Ekener Mägi, Business Development B2B, Tele2
  • Erik Björke, Road Freight Decarbonisation Lead, Climate Group

How to participate: From Horizon Media and online

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3:00 pm – 3:15 pm EDT — ‘Moo’ving the Needle on Sustainability Through Carbon Neutral Milk

Companies are looking for more solutions to improve their environmental scorecards and reduce Scope 3 emissions.  With greenhouse gas emissions at an all-time high, dairy farming is the right place to start as cattle and the crops needed to feed them dominate agricultural emissions. By making a simple switch to carbon neutral food ingredients, restaurants and consumers can make big improvements to their corporate and personal environmental footprints. Shake Shack and Neutral Foods leaders will discuss how how they are partnering to provide low carbon, climate smart foods and how simple ingredient swaps make a big impact.

Speakers:

  • Marcus Lovell Smith, CEO, Neutral
  • Corey Blumenthal, Sustainability Specialist, Shake Shack

How to participate: From Horizon Media and online

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3:15 pm – 3:50 pm EDT — Fast Forwarding Fossil-Free Transport

Our world relies on the transportation of goods and people, but our current transportation system is not sustainable. In this session, you will hear from leading car companies and experts and on how we can drive the transition to a system that can maintain all the necessary services, without emitting greenhouse gas or disrupting our environment. The session will kick off with a fireside chat with Lynda Tran, Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Director of Public Engagement at U.S. Department of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg.

Speakers:

  • Lynda Tran, Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Director of Public Engagement, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Albert Gore, Executive Director, Zero Emission Transportation Association (ZETA)
  • Anisa Kamadoli Costa, Chief Sustainability Officer, Rivian
  • Kristen Siemen, Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President of Sustainable Workplaces, General Motors
  • Fredrika Klarén, Head of Sustainability, Polestar

How to participate: From Horizon Media and online

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3:50 pm – 4:15 pm EDT — Climate Needs Culture

Listen to climate leaders showcase their climate initiatives and solutions. More info to be added

Speakers:

  • Sirintip, Artist
  • Alison Tickell, Founder Director, Julie's Bicycle
  • Andrew Potts, Heritage and Climate Action Advisor, Europa Nostra; & Coordination, Climate Heritage Network Culture at COP28 Working Group Secretariat
  • Love Ssega, Artist & Founder, LIVE + BREATHE
  • Tomás Saraceno, Artist, Studio Tomás Saraceno

How to participate: From Horizon Media and online

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4:15 pm – 4:40 pm EDT — Growing the Climate Community

If we want people to act and react to the climate emergency, they first need to learn about it. But how do we get the message across in a divided society?  What is the key to success – and to failure? And is it true that the messenger is sometimes more important than the message? Welcome to a panel discussion featuring a well-known actor, a digital entrepreneur, and a journalist – who have all joined forces to grow the climate community in their own, creative way.

Speakers:

  • Gen Padalecki, Founder, towwn
  • Charlie Capen, Co-Founder, towwn
  • Kelly Mickle, Co-Founder, towwn

How to participate: From Horizon Media and online

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4:40 pm – 5:00 pm EDT — Arctic Action - Getting the Message Out

Over the past years, a team of Arctic experts and scientists have brought the Arctic to the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos, and to other global climate meetings. They have set up a Arctic science basecamp in sub-zero temperatures and launched Arctic Risk Platform to bring a message of global risk to the world leaders.

Hear founder Gail Whiteman and founding director, Rainn Wilson, talk about the importance of bringing attention to a rapidly melting issue.

Speakers:

  • Rainn Wilson,Actor and Director & Founding Director, Climate Basecamp
  • Gail Whiteman, Executive Director Arctic Basecamp and Climate Basecamp, Professor of Sustainability, University of Exeter Business School

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5:00 pm – 5:30 pm EDT — Who's a Climate Activist?

Does everyone advocating for the environment want to be labeled an activist? And, what does climate activism actually entail?  Is blocking traffic, interrupting White House dinners and sports events really an effective way to mobilize people, or is it better to use smart social media campaigns or other methods to create real change?

Tune in for an engaging panel discussion featuring individuals employing diverse pathways and climate advocacy methods to accelerate climate action within society.

Speakers:

  • Michael Greenberg, Founder, Climate Defiance
  • David Fenton, Senior Advisor, Yellow Dot Studios
  • Ebony Twilley Martin, Executive Director, Greenpeace US
  • Dawn Richard, Artist Relations Director & Cultural Producer, Hip Hop Caucus

How to participate: From Horizon Media and online

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5:30 pm – 5:40 pm EDT — Live Music with Nick Nuttall and Sirintip

Nick Nuttall is not only a climate expert and co-moderator of this broadcast. He is also a musician who recently released his album Just because some bad wind blows. Nick's songs draw on the rich life experiences between his upbringing in the eccentric North of England, his nearly two decades of work at the UN fighting the climate and environmental crises, to his travels to almost every country in the world. 

Praised for her depth of dimension, multimodal artist Sirintip draws inspiration from a range of styles and disciplines, while exploring unsung intersections of humankind and the natural world. Based in Washington Heights, but of Thai-Swedish descent, Sirintip has shared her unique sound on more than 30 releases.

Join us for a live performance of truly unique artists.

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September 21

8:55 am – 9:00 am EDT — The Road to COP28, Day 2

Join us for the opening session of the second day of our broadcast “The Road to COP28”, brought to you live from New York City. Our hosts, Sweta Chakraborty and Nick Nuttall, introduce today's program and its connection to the events that have occurred since COP27, paving the way to COP28 in Dubai. The Road to COP28, day 2, is broadcast live from The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York.

Speakers:

  • Nick Nuttall, Host, Strategic Communications Director, We Don't Have Time
  • Dr. Sweta Chakraborty, Climate behavioral scientist & CEO North America, We Don't Have Time

Live from The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York.

How to participate: online

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9:00 am – 9:15 am EDT — International Science Collaboration

Scientific collaboration serves as the cornerstone for effective climate and environmental initiatives. Institutions such as the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) have assumed a heightened significance as authoritative voices offering objective insights into the realities of global warming. The spirit of collaboration between the scientific community and businesses, organizations, and governments helps harness a collective expertise in pursuit of a healthier planet.

Join this opening session for Day 2 of Climate Week NY as we sit down with two experts from NYAS to see what role they hope science will continue to play in creating a green future.

Speakers:

  • Nicholas Dirks, President & CEO, New York Academy of Sciences
  • Mila Rosenthal, Executive Director, International Science Reserve, New York Academy of Sciences

Live from The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York.

How to participate: online

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9:15 am – 9:40 am EDT — Amplify: Building a Fan-Based Climate Movement

The battle for our planet’s climate isn’t won solely through science and policy - it’s won by global momentum.  We need ways to galvanize large numbers of people into action by leveraging our platforms, our personalities, and our unique insights. Everyone can be an advocate for our planet, and Planet Reimagined aims to provide everyone with the tools needed to create their own platform for environmental advocacy.

Make sure to tune in for a session all about how we recruit a larger audience for climate related issues, and bring the general public on-side in a way that is constructive, unifying, and engaging.

Speakers:

  • Adam Met, Founder and Executive Director, Planet Reimagined
  • Caleb Johnson, Climate Active Fellow, Planet Reimagined
  • Li-Ya Mar, Climate Research & Communication Fellow, Planet Reimagined

Live from The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York.

How to participate: online

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9:40 am – 10:10 am EDT — Reflections on G20: Engaging the Indian diaspora for Climate Action


In recent years, India has faced a barrage of extreme weather events, including deadly heatwaves and devastating floods, underscoring its vulnerability to climate change. While India has made commendable strides in renewable energy development, the challenge remains to secure adequate financial resources and investments to bolster the nation's climate action efforts and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions effectively. Join us for an in-depth discussion with experts as they explore innovative strategies to harness financial resources and channel investments into India's climate initiatives, shaping a more sustainable future for the nation and the planet.

Speakers:

  • MR Rangaswami, Founder, Indiaspora & Corporate Eco Forum (CEF)
  • Ashish Shah, CEO, North America, Give
  • Rupen Desai, CMO & Venture Partner, Una Terra

Live from The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York.

How to participate: online

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10:10 am – 10:35 am EDT — Catalysing Green Investment Opportunities in Africa

Listen to climate leaders showcase their climate initiatives and solutions. More info to be added.

Speakers:

  • Max Messervy, Head of Sustainable Investment, Americas, Mercer
  • Aymeric Saha, CEO, MiDA Advisors

Live from The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York.

How to participate: online

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10:35 am – 11:00 am EDT — Interviews from The Nest Climate Campus

Listen to interviews conducted by We Don't Have Time at the Nest Climate Campus Media Lounge.

Guests:

  • Tjada D'Oyen McKenna, CEO, Mercy Corps
  • Amina Razvi, CEO, Sustainable Apparel Coalition
  • Aaron Weideman, CEO & Co-founder, Renaissance Man Co
  • John Fitzgerald, Co-founder, Renaissance Man Co

How to participate: online

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11:00 am – 12:15 pm EDT — Connecting Climate Change & Health

Join Kaiser Permanente and the World Economic Forum for the second Connecting Climate Change and Health series event – a panel series focused on putting health at the center of climate action planning . This hybrid session takes place during Climate Week NYC and will focus on accelerating research and innovation. Join us for panel discussions with thought leaders, researchers, policymakers, and practitioners who are passionate about urgently driving a research agenda that deepens our understanding around climate change as a key driver of health inequities.

Distinguished Keynote Speaker:

Rachel L. Levine, M.D.

Admiral, U.S. Public Health Service

Assistant Secretary for Health,

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Speakers:

  • Bechara Choucair, MD, Senior Vice President and Chief Health Officer, Kaiser Permanente
  • Ali Zaidi, National Climate Advisor
  • Zulfiqar Bhutta, MBBS, PhD, Robert Harding Inaugural Chair in Global Child Health and Policy, Center for Global Child Health, Hospital for Sick Children
  • Victor Dzau, MD, President, National Academy of Medicine
  • Cheryl Moore, Chief Research Programmes Officer, Wellcome Trust
  • Naveen Rao, MD, Senior Vice President, Health Initiative at The Rockefeller Foundation 
  • Michelle A. Williams, ScD, Epidemiologist, Visiting Professor, Stanford University, Dean of the Faculty, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Shyam Bishen, Head, Centre for Health and Healthcare, Executive Committee Member, World Economic Forum
  • Nsedo Witherspoon, MPH, Executive Director, Children’s Environmental Health Network
  • Jake Barton, Founder, Local Projects

Live from The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York.

How to participate: online

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12:15 pm – 1:15 pm EDT — Interviews from The Nest Climate Campus

Listen to interviews conducted by We Don't Have Time at the Nest Climate Campus Media Lounge.

Guests:

  • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Actor, Producer and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador
  • Thomas Burkhardt, President, Marchon Eyewear, VSP Vision
  • Salah Said, Head of Sustainability, Klarna
  • Fabrizio Di Michele, Consulate General of Italy in New York
  • Tjada D'Oyen McKenna, CEO, Mercy Corps

How to participate: online

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1:15 pm – 1:40 pm EDT — Ted Countdown and Aspen Ideas: Amplifying Climate Solutions

Join us for talks with movers and change-makers on how to collaborate on climate – and how to seize the opportunities as we transition to net zero. More info to be added.

Speakers:

  • David Biello, Science Curator, TED
  • Greg Gershuny, Executive Director, Aspen Institute, Energy & Environment Program
  • Dr. Sweta Chakraborty, Climate behavioral scientist & CEO North America, We Don't Have Time

Live from The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York.

How to participate: online

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The Road to COP28

Hosts

Dr. Sweta Chakraborty

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Climate Behavioral Scientist, CEO of North America, We Don't Have Time

Dr. Sweta Chakraborty is the CEO of North America, We Don’t Have Time. She is a partner at Pioneer Public Affairs. She is also the founder and principal of Adapt to Thrive, a venture that seeks to better inform individuals, businesses, and government entities on the complex, interconnected challenges, such as food insecurity and disease, already existing and emerging from a warming planet.

http://swetachakraborty.com

Nick Nuttall

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

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.

https://www.earthday.org

Ingmar Rentzhog

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CEO and Founder of We Don't Have Time

Ingmar is serial entrepreneur within financial communication and nominated for a DI Gasell Award, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year, Sweden’s Environmental Influencer 2018, and International Gamechanger of the Year 2020, and Green Warrior 2021. Ingmar Rentzhog has been the chairman of the environmental think tank Global Challenge. He is on the board of Naventus Corporate Finance. He’s a member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality and European Climate Policy Task Force and he was in 2022 appointed a European Climate Pact Ambassador by the European Commission.

https://www.wedonthavetime.org

Select Speakers

Ali Zaidi

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Assistant to the President and National Climate Advisor, White House

Ali Zaidi serves as Assistant to the President and National Climate Advisor. In this role, he leads the White House Climate Policy Office, which coordinates policy development and President Biden’s all-of-government approach to tackle the climate crisis, create good-paying, union jobs, and advance environmental justice. Zaidi is a longtime advisor to President Biden, having provided counsel and leadership on climate policy development, legislation, and executive action from day one of the Administration and on the Biden presidential transition and campaign. Before his current role, he served as Deputy National Climate Advisor. During his time in the Biden-Harris Administration, Zaidi has led on efforts to re-establish U.S. climate leadership, set a national target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50-52 percent by 2030; deliver robust executive actions, including regulatory, investment, and procurement-based initiatives; and secure the largest legislative wins on climate in U.S. history, through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act. Together these efforts have advanced the largest annual deployment of solar, wind, and batteries; brought together the U.S. auto sector around an all-electric future; tackled super-pollutants like methane and HFCs; bolstered domestic adaptation and resilience; and centered U.S. climate action around workers and communities, prioritizing good-paying union jobs and the critical work of environmental justice. Zaidi joined the Biden-Harris Administration after serving as the state of New York’s Deputy Secretary for Energy and Environment and Chairman of Climate Policy and Finance, where he led the state's efforts on climate change — driving investment into infrastructure and innovation, empowering workers and communities, and boosting economic and environmental resilience. Zaidi also taught graduate courses on technology policy and studied the fiscal and financial impacts of climate change as an adjunct professor at Stanford University. During that time, Zaidi also co-founded Lawyers for a Sustainable Economy, a Stanford-coordinated initiative that equips sustainability-focused startups with pro bono legal services. Zaidi brings the cross-sector and multi-disciplinary experience needed to deliver a whole-of-government response to the climate crisis. During the Obama-Biden Administration, Zaidi served as Associate Director for Natural Resources, Energy, and Science for the Office of Management and Budget and as Deputy Director of Energy Policy for the Domestic Policy Council — helping to design and implement a wide range of domestic and international policies. Zaidi has advised non-profits, including as a Trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council, and counseled the private sector, as an attorney who helped launch a sustainable investment practice. Zaidi immigrated from Pakistan and grew up outside Erie, Pennsylvania. He received an A.B. from Harvard University and J.D. from Georgetown University.

Rainn Wilson

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Actor, comedian, writer, director, producer & Founding Director, Climate Basecamp

Rainn Wilson is an American actor, comedian, writer, director, businessman, and producer. As a committed climate change advocate, Rainn is also an active member of the Arctic Basecamp Advisory Board and founding director of Climate Basecamp. Additionally, Rainn co-founded the website and YouTube channel SoulPancake.

Sandrine Dixson-Declève

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Co-President of the Club of Rome

Sandrine Dixson-Declève is an international and European climate, energy, sustainable development, sustainable finance, complex systems thought leader. 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).

Rachel L. Levine, M.D.

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Admiral, U.S. Public Health Service, Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Admiral Rachel L. Levine serves as the 17th Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the head of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. She fights every day to improve the health and well-being of all Americans. She’s working to help our nation overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and build a stronger foundation for a healthier future - one in which every American can attain their full health potential. ADM Levine’s storied career, first, as a physician in academic medicine focused on the intersection between mental and physical health, treating children, adolescents, and young adults. Then as Pennsylvania’s Physician General and later as Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health, she addressed COVID-19, the opioid crisis, behavioral health and other public health challenges.

Lynda Tran

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Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Director of Public Engagement, U.S. Department of Transportation

Lynda Tran serves as Director of Public Engagement and Senior Advisor to the Secretary. A longtime organizer and communicator with over two decades experience in policy, advocacy, and campaigns, Lynda returns to DOT after co-founding 270 Strategies, where she developed public engagement strategies for clients across the globe – including the Environmental Defense Fund, Oxfam America, United Way Worldwide, FAMM, the Black Economic Alliance, and the Economic Security Project. Recently, she was a senior strategist for Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy and served on the Board of Advisors for Higher Ground Labs and Battleground Texas. A CBS News Political Contributor through the 2020 cycle, she previously led teams for Organizing for America, then-Governor Tim Kaine, and SEIU.

Anisa Kamadoli Costa

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Chief Sustainability Officer, Rivian

Anisa is an ESG and philanthropy executive with a track record of connecting environmental, social, and governance issues to business performance, reputation, and shareholder value. She currently serves as Chief Sustainability Officer at Rivian as well as President and Trustee of the Rivian Foundation. Previously Anisa worked at Tiffany & Co. for nearly two decades.

Max Messervy

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Head of Sustainable Investment Americas, Mercer

Max Messervy leads Mercer’s Sustainable Investment team in the Americas region. Max provides advice on sustainable investment strategies, climate change, and impact investment approaches throughout investment processes. Max advises institutional investors across a range of segments, including pension funds, endowments, insurers, multi-lateral development finance institutions, and other stakeholders in the investment value chain. Max was a lead and/or co-author of reports on increasing institutional investors’ impactful allocations to African infrastructure and private market assets in 2018 and 2021, as well as a guide for integrating sustainable investment approaches into corporate retirement plans in a project with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Prior to joining Mercer, Max spent nearly four years working in the Insurance practice at Ceres in Boston, a leading non-profit sustainability advocacy organization. In that role, he worked with a range of stakeholders across the industry in making the business case for the sector to address climate and ESG risks and opportunities both as underwriters of weather risk and investors in physical infrastructure. This involved engagement with re/insurers, regulators, non-re/insurer investors and NGOs. Previously,Max worked in various capacities with Canadian federal and provincial governments, and with other environmental and sustainability entities as an independent consultant. Max holds a Master of Public Policy from the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA, and an Honors Religious Studies degree from McGill University.

Tim Kelly

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Executive Director, Earth HQ

Tim Kelly is Executive Director of EarthHQ, the media arm of the Global Commons Alliance, an unprecedented partnership of more than 50 of the world’s most forward-looking organizations in philanthropy, science, business and advocacy. Previously, Tim was a media executive, Emmy Award-winning film producer, and former President of the National Geographic Society. He also serves as an advisor to the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and is Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Planet3, an exploration-based learning platform. As President of the National Geographic Society, Tim transitioned the primarily print-based organization to a global multimedia force and engineered the launch of the National Geographic Channel, National Geographic Films, and a wide array of digital media products. He became the youngest Trustee of the Society and under his lead, the highly acclaimed television production unit would go on to win over 135 Emmy Awards and create programming that served as the cornerstone for the launch of the National Geographic cable networks. Today, the Channel is seen in 165 countries, in 35 languages, by 400 million people and has contributed to National Geographic ranking consistently as one of the top five global media brands.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/tim-kelly-859a075b/

Greg Gershuny

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Executive Director, Aspen Institute, Energy & Environment Program

Greg Gershuny is the Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Program (EEP) and Co-Director of Aspen Ideas: Climate, a public forum focused on climate solutions. The Energy and Environment Program works with people, organizations, and governments to take greater action on solving climate change. Prior to joining the Aspen Institute in 2016, Greg served as the Chief of Staff for Energy Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy, and in several roles at the White House, including Director of Energy and Environment at PPO and as a Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy advisor under President Barack Obama.

Michael Greenberg

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Founder, Climate Defiance

Michael Greenberg is the founder of Climate Defiance. His work focuses on using direct action to resist the fossil fuel industry and the politicians supporting it. He earned his BA from Columbia in economics.

Catherine Higham

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Policy Fellow, Grantham Research Institute

Catherine is a Policy Fellow who coordinates the Climate Change Laws of the World project – the most comprehensive global resource on climate legislation and policy. Catherine is also the co-author of the Institute's Global Trends in Climate Litigation series. Catherine joined the Grantham Research Institute after nearly a decade of policy and advocacy work in the not for profit sector.

Michael Gerrard

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Professor and Faculty Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School

Professor of environmental and energy law at Columbia Law School. Founder and faculty director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. . Practiced environmental law full time in New York, 1979-2008, before entering academia. Author or editor of 14 books on environmental law. Former chair, American Bar Association's environmental section.

Luca Zerbini

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CEO, UnaTerra Venture Capital Fund

Luca is the CEO and co-founder of Una Terra, a €200M Venture Capital fund to accelerate European scale-ups fostering solutions to climate change and biodiversity loss. Una Terra was selected by the World Economic Forum as “Innovative Fund for our Future” and as top 50 Impact Funds [IA50] by Impact Assets, and it is a B-Corp and Art. 9 SFDR fund. Luca is also a Sustainability Operating Advisor with Advent International ($100B AUM) and Triton (€25B AUM). He is an Independent Board Advisor, who holds NED positions at diversified companies with a clear impact agenda, such as RAB Lighting and Clima Communities, and he is a judge for Mass Challenge accelerator in Switzerland, as well as an active member of the Swiss Venture Capital Association. Before leaving his corporate career for impact investing, Luca was a C-suite Executive, with a track record of success working up to CEO and Managing Director at Fedrigoni Paper (a $1.4B Bain Capital portfolio company) and Vice-President and General Manager at Amcor for a $1B global packaging business (Amcor is a $13B global NYSE listed, S&P500 corporation), where he also led the Global Sustainability Initiative and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation core partnership, as well as being elected Vice-Chairman of the European Flexible Packaging Association. He also honed his business skills as a management consultant at Bain & Company in Europe and the US, as well as at Hewlett-Packard and Honeywell in key innovation and growth positions. Luca holds an Industrial Engineering MSE from Politecnico di Milano and an MBA with Honors in Finance, Entrepreneurship and Multinational Management from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is also a Fellow of The Marketing Academy and of the Institute for Real Growth, connecting top CMOs and Growth leaders. He speaks fluently English, French, Italian, Spanish and German.

Boaz Paldi

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Chief Creative Officer, UNDP

Boaz Paldi is the United Nations Development Programme Chief Creative Officer. In this role, Boaz oversees UNDP’s advocacy, flagship campaigns, events and partnerships. Most recently Paldi managed the design, rollout and launch of the #dontchooseextinction campaign. Before being appointed to his current role, Paldi led UNDP’s advocacy and communication as well as implementing UNDP’s multimedia strategy and co-founding the Social Good Summit. Prior to joining UNDP, Boaz worked as a TV journalist for 17 years covering conflicts, natural disasters and human-interest stories in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Balkans first for the BBC then the Associated Press and finally joining Reuters where he worked as a TV News Executive Producer for over 12 years.

Jane Madgwick

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Executive Director, Global Commons Alliance

Jane is an ecologist and author with 30 years of experience working internationally on the science, policy and practice of wetlands and water management. She became the first Executive Director of the Global Commons Alliance in May 2023. Previously Jane worked for Wetlands International, as well as WWF International and WWF Australia. As CEO of Wetlands International for 19 years, she led network of 20 offices operating mostly in the global south. This work helped to bring the values of wetlands into the global agenda and to mobilize communities, companies, governments and cities to conserve and restore wetland landscapes for biodiversity, human well-being and reduced climate risks.

Corey Blumenthal

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Sustainability Specialist, Shake Shack

Corey Blumenthal is committed to social impact and sustainability, exemplified by an impressive journey across diverse sectors. For four years, Corey worked at Ketchum, a global public relations agency, playing a pivotal role in projects such as General Mills’ Regenerative Dairy Pilot and the launch of P&G’s plant-based laundry detergent portfolio. In 2022, Corey graduated with a Master of Science in Energy & Sustainability from Northwestern University. Northwestern further solidified her commitment to driving sustainable practices at businesses, focusing on reshaping food systems to be more environmentally conscious and resilient. In her current role, Sustainability Specialist at Shake Shack, Corey is working to embed sustainable practices within every facet of the company, from ingredient sourcing to investor relations.

Albert Gore

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Executive Director, Zero Emission Transportation Association (ZETA)

Albert is a veteran in the clean technology space, having spent seven years at Tesla, Inc., most recently as the Lead for Public Policy and Business Development in the Eastern and Midwestern United States. Prior to its acquisition by Tesla, he was also the Deputy Director of Policy and Electricity Markets at SolarCity. Gore also served as Vice President of Business Development at Strategic Capital Partners, LLC, a commercial real estate investment and development firm. Gore lives with his wife and three children in Arlington, VA , and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a bachelor's in Government from Harvard University.

Sirintip

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Artist

Thai-Swedish multimodal artist, singer, and producer Sirintip creates works that center climate action through empathy and meaningful connections. She has issued three critically-acclaimed releases, Carbon (Ropeadope), The Lost World (GroundUP) and Tribus (GroundUP); collaborated on 19 releases; and produced albums for artists like actor Melanie Smith (Seinfeld). She has appeared at international festivals and major venues across the world, alongside Benny Andersson (ABBA), Snarky Puppy, and countless diverse acts. Commissioned pieces include orchestral arrangements for the Swedish Radio and Malmo Symphony Orchestras, respectively; and interpretations for both Nobel Chemistry Prize and Nobel Prize for Peace.

David Fenton

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Senior Advisor, Yellow Dot Studios

David Fenton is the founder of Fenton: The Social Change Agency, which he sold in 2016 to work on climate communications full time. He is also the author of the Activist’s Media Handbook: Lessons from 50 Years as a Progressive Agitator.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-fenton-51472/

Adam Met

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Founder and Executive Director, Planet Reimagined

The interests of Adam Met PhD bridge music, sustainability, law, academia, policy, marketing, and technology. As the bassist for AJR, he has traveled the world on sold-out tours, achieved platinum certifications in numerous countries, and recorded a repertoire of music that has garnered more than 7 billion streams worldwide. In the 2021/2022 touring season, Adam has played live in front of over 1 Million fans. As the founder and Executive Director of Planet Reimagined, he leads a nonprofit that addresses climate change systems through media, academic research fellowships, and incentive-based initiatives. Adam’s work with the UN Development Programme as a Development Advocate fosters awareness on social media and beyond of sustainability, rights violations and solutions. In Washington DC, Adam has worked closely with the EPA, The Department of Energy, and The White House on innovative renewable energy policy, and with a bipartisan coalition in Congress to help pass the Inflation Reduction Act. He has brought his interdisciplinary perspective to his writing for publications including TIME, Rolling Stone, Billboard Magazine, Fortune, Mashable, and Quartz, and he is the host of the podcast Planet Reimagined.

Caleb Johnson

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Climate Active Fellow, Planet Reimagined

Caleb Johnson is a Climate Active Fellow at Planet Reimagined, co-producing a research and advocacy project called "Amplify: Building a Fan-Based Climate Movement." His understanding of motivating and mobilizing people comes from diverse professional experiences working in education, politics, music, and religion. With Teach for America, Caleb joined the fight against educational inequity and earned a Teacher of the Year award for his exemplary public service and student outcomes in Louisiana. He also worked as a Future Leaders Intern for the California Democratic Party, where he produced virtual training events for party activists and prospective political candidates. His early career experience as a music director in religious spaces provides unique insight into the practice of harnessing the power of collective musical experiences to produce change. Caleb also holds a Master's in International Relations from the Institut Barcelona Estudis Internacionals and a Master's in Leadership Studies from Vanguard University.

Li-Ya Mar

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Climate Research & Communication Fellow, Planet Reimagined

Li-Ya is a climate organizer, an educator, and a mindfulness teacher. She is taking part in the climate movement by doing what she most enjoys doing - listening and creating space for people to learn, share and find joy. Li-Ya is currently working with Planet Reimagined to build a fan-based climate majority. She is also the host and producer of the podcast "The Green Path − Our Climate Stories", focusing on human stories and building connections. Because our story is our superpower.

Rupen Desai

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IN
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CMO and Venture Partner, Una Terra

Rupen’s personal purpose lies in building businesses that our conscience can live with. As Una Terra’s CMO and Venture partner, Rupen is responsible for scaling the impact of the fund, the companies invested in, and the broader movement addressing climate change and the loss of biodiversity. Prior to joining Una Terra, Rupen served as the outside-in global CMO at Dole Sunshine Co. Rupen and the team’s work have gained external recognition, with Forbes naming him one of the world's most influential CMO twice, his induction into the World Federation of Advertisers Marketers hall of fame, and being recognized as a CMO to watch by Business Insider. Adweek has acknowledged him as a sustainability star, Provoke as a global 100 Influencer, and he has consistently appeared on the Asia-Pacific Power List for the Campaign magazine.

Genevieve Padalecki

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Founder, towwn

Gen Padalecki is an actress and activist who is best known for her starring roles on ABC Family’s Wildfire and CW’s legendary series Supernatural. She currently plays Emily Walker on the CW hit show, Walker, alongside her husband who plays the title character. Her free-range childhood in the mountains of Montana and Idaho instilled in her a deep awe of nature—which she’s carried with her to Austin where you can find her hanging in her vegetable garden, geeking out over mycology and the healing power of soil with her 14 chickens and hive of honeybees. Inspired by her love for nature, Gen co-founded towwn with fellow creatives and outdoor enthusiasts, Kelly Rowe and Charlie Capen, to create a space that embraces the tenets of sustainability in an honest, attainable way. towwn (“take only what we need”) is a community for those looking to rethink the way we live and grow together in a way that champions and conserves all aspects of people + planet.

Charlie Capen

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Co-Founder, towwn

Charlie Capen is a published author and digital entrepreneur whose career over the past two decades has engaged hundreds of millions. His award-winning work has made the front pages of New York Times, Fast Company, New York Daily Mail, Buzzfeed, and he’s appeared on HLN, ABC, and Fox lending his expertise on everything from parenting to environmental topics. As cofounder of @towwn (take only what we need), Charlie is passionate about using humor and technology build communities seeking solutions to planetary and personal challenges facing the world today.

Nicholas Dirks

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President & CEO, New York Academy of Sciences

NICHOLAS B. DIRKS is a widely respected and highly influential historian and anthropologist, and a prominent leader in higher education. In June 2020, Dirks assumed leadership of the New York Academy of Sciences as President and Chief Executive Officer. Founded in 1817, the New York Academy is among the oldest scientific organizations in the United States. The mission of the Academy is to drive innovative solutions to society’s challenges by advancing scientific research, education, and policy. In 2012, Dirks was named as the 10th Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley and served in that role until July of 2017. He launched major initiatives in undergraduate education and research collaborations in areas such as neuroscience and genomics. He oversaw the establishment of a new division of Data Science and led a series of bold global projects including the creation of the Tsinghua Berkeley Shenzhen Institute and a global alliance with Cambridge University, the National University of Singapore, and several other institutions.

Mila Rosenthal

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Executive Director, International Science Reserve

Mila Rosenthal is the Executive Director of the International Science Reserve at the New York Academy of Sciences, where she manages a global network of researchers, technologists, and scientific institutions to prepare for response to climate disasters. She currently also teaches at Columbia University as an Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs and is the co-founder of the climate campaigning organization Planet Reimagined. Previously, as Director of Communications and Advocacy for the United Nations Development Programme, Dr Rosenthal spearheaded public policy advocacy across 170 countries for the UN's lead sustainable development agency. She held executive positions at Amnesty International, HealthRight International, and Concern Worldwide, and worked in countries in Africa and Southeast Asia. Dr Rosenthal’s PhD in social anthropology from the London School of Economics is based on two years of ethnographic research in Vietnam with women factory workers in the garment industry.

Ann-Christine Duhaime, MD

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Professor of Neurosurgery Harvard Medical School

Dr. Duhaime is a senior pediatric neurosurgeon at the Massachusetts General Hospital and is the Nicholas T. Zervas Distinguished Professor of Neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School. She has practiced pediatric neurosurgery for over 3 decades along with research focusing on traumatic brain injury, repair, and recovery in infants and young children. Her 2022 book, Minding the Climate, explores the intersection of brain, behavior, and the environment, including a “test case” for aligning institutional rewards with pro-environmental action via a prototype advanced “green” biophilic pediatric hospital. She serves as Associate Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for the Environment and Health and as Associate Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Climate Change and Health.

Ebony Twilley Martin

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US
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Executive Director, Greenpeace USA

As a visionary strategist, operations, and program design leader with proven success in building and leading interdisciplinary teams, Ebony leads cultural change to foster justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. She is a mother, wife and daughter. Now, as the current Executive Director at the largest national legacy environmental organization Ebony is a champion for advancing racial and environmental justice. As she continues to expand her focus to include protecting people’s voting rights and ensuring that everybody is able to participate in our democracy, she knows there is no climate justice without racial justice. As a longtime justice strategist, Ebony is leading Greenpeace in the fight to dismantle systems of oppression and engage more Black and Brown communities in this work — so that there can truly be a greener, more peaceful, more just world for all.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/ebony-twilley-martin-76497b9/

Margaretha Wewerinke-Singh

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NL
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Professor, University of Amsterdam & Blue Ocean Law

Margaretha Wewerinke-Singh is an Associate Professor of Sustainability Law at the University of Amsterdam and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Fiji. She is a member of the Bar of Vanuatu and practices from Blue Ocean Law, a boutique international law firm specialized in environmental justice. Currently, she serves as lead counsel for Vanuatu in the advisory opinion proceedings on climate change before the International Court of Justice, together with Julian Aguon.

Julia Olson

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Executive Director & Chief Legal Counsel, Our Children’s Trust

Julia Olson is the Founder, Executive Director, and Chief Legal Counsel of Our Children’s Trust, the non-profit public interest law firm that provides strategic, campaign-based legal services to youth from diverse backgrounds to secure their legal rights to a safe climate. Julia graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law in 1997, and founded Our Children’s Trust in 2010, initiating a global wave of rights-based climate litigation, especially cases brought on behalf of children. Julia is lead counsel in Juliana v. United States. Our Children’s Trust represents the plaintiffs in Held v. State of Montana, which held the first-ever constitutional climate trial in the nation’s history in June 2023, and in Navahine F. v. Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation, which is scheduled to be the second-ever constitutional climate case to go to trial in the U.S. in June 2024.

Akanksha Khatri

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Head, Nature and Biodiversity, World Economic Forum

Akanksha Khatri is Head of Nature Action Agenda for World Economic Forum’s Platform for Global Public Goods. In this role she has led the New Nature Economy Reports Series, advocating how to integrate the issue of nature and biodiversity in economic decision-making. Prior to this, she worked as Lead on Government Engagement for India and South Asia followed by an extended remit as Chief of Staff and Head of Strategy and Performance for the Forum’s Regional and Government Engagement globally. She has also had experience working at HT Media Ltd. which is the second-largest media company in India. She holds a BA (Hons.) from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India and M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University, USA. She was a Global Leadership Fellow with the World Economic Forum (2013-16).

Paul Stormoen

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SE
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CEO, OX2

Paul Stormoen is OX2 Chief Executive Officer. OX2 develops and sells wind and solar farms. OX2 has taken a leading position in large-scale onshore wind power over the past 17 years.

Chris Kemper

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US
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Chairman, Founder & CEO, Palmetto

Chris is the Chairman, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Palmetto Clean Technology, Inc. He is a mission-oriented leader focused on technology solutions to climate change. Chris’ approach blends capitalism with environmentalism, focusing on re-imagining decentralized energy systems and a decarbonized future. As outlined in his manifesto, the New Utility Revolution, technological advancements and economic advantages created by clean technology are approaching a tipping point in the global energy infrastructure. The need to democratize access to clean energy and the need to reduce global warming and emissions is quickly driving the realization that clean energy now makes good business sense for the planet’s survival.

Ashley Seager

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Director, Sun4net Ltd

Ashley Seager is a former economics and environment correspondent for the Guardian newspaper in London, and is now a UK-based developer of solar farms and battery storage projects.

Heather Johnson

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US
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Vice President, Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, Ericsson

Heather Johnson is the Vice President of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility for the Ericsson Group. Her focus is on advocating the role that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can play in addressing global challenges in areas such as education, climate change and humanitarian response and preparedness. She also manages the company's relationships with key sustainability stakeholders, including investors, NGOs, the UN and other international organizations, as well as partnerships such as the World Economic Forum.

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.

Alison Tickell

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UK & IE
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Founder Director, Julie's Bicycle

Alison founded Julie’s Bicycle in 2007 as a non-profit dedicated to mobilising action on the climate crisis, initially in the music industry and now across arts and culture internationally. Originally trained as a cellist, Alison’s approach is rooted in her work with jazz improviser and teacher John Stevens, whose understanding of music and community activism created the foundational values that inspired Julie’s Bicycle. Alison worked with Community Music (now CM Sounds) for many years, and has been an advisor and contributor to publications and advocates for the environment including European Creative Business Network, RCA Sustainable Design Awards, Sound Connections, Creative Europe, Energy Revolution. She is currently on the Steering Group of the Climate Heritage Network and the UK Creative Industries Council championing climate action, is a BMW Responsible Leader and an Ashoka Fellow.

Kelly Mickle

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US
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Co-founder, Towwn

Kelly Mickle is an award-winning journalist with more than a decade of experience covering health, lifestyle and culture. She previously worked as an editor for Self magazine, and has written for Elle, Women’s Health, Glamour, CN Traveler, Vogue, Sunset, Cosmopolitan and more. As a cofounder of @towwn (takeonlywhatweneed), Kelly is passionate about using creative content and community to promote accessible strategies to live more sustainably for both people + planet.

Gail Whiteman

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UK
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Executive Director Arctic Basecamp and Climate Basecamp, Professor of Sustainability, University of Exeter Business School

Professor Gail Whiteman is an expert on global risk arising from the systemic changes occurring in the natural environment. Additionally, she is the founder of Arctic Basecamp, founding director of Climate Basecamp and Professor of Sustainability at the University of Exeter’s Business School (UK). She has over 60 peer-reviewed scientific papers, including in prestigious journals Nature, Nature Communication, and the Academy of Management Journal. Professor Whiteman is an experienced moderator at events including Reuters Impact in 2022 and the World Economic Forum in Davos. She is actively involved in building science-based targets collective business action, including those for a future low-carbon economy.

Ashish Shah

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IN
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CEO, North America, Give

Ashish Shah leads Give's strategy to grow giving from the United States to India with a focus on diaspora philanthropists, high-net-worth individuals, corporations, and foundations. He works with leading philanthropists, social entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders and foundations to identify new pathways for growing philanthropy to India, uncover impactful opportunities for supporting critical climate action work in India, and exploring how we can collectively work towards making giving to India bigger and better. Prior to that Ashish was Senior Director of Philanthropy & Community Engagement at Indiaspora where he led and executed strategies to support Indiaspora’s goal of significantly scaling the level of philanthropic giving by the Indian diaspora worldwide.

Dana R Fisher

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Director, Center for Environment, Community, & Equity and Professor of School of International Service, American University

Dana R Fisher is the Director of the Center for Environment, Community, & Equity and Professor in the School of International Service at American University. She speaks and writes about activism, democracy and environmental policy. Her next book, Saving Ourselves: from Climate Shocks to Climate Action will be out from Columbia University Press in early 2024.

Amanda Victoria

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CEO & Founder, Siponey Spritz Co.™

Amanda Victoria is a multi-decade, award-winning leader in cocktail and spirits business, communications, corporate environmental and social impact, product development, and revenue strategy. In 2019, Amanda co-founded Siponey Spritz Co., the first in-category B Corp certified cocktail company, as a super-premium canned alternative, made with top-quality ingredients. Her work has been featured prominently in the media as an eminent wine and spirits authority, entrepreneur, and environmental and social activist.

Mark Byrne

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Co-founder, Good Liquorworks

Mark Byrne is the co-founder and CEO of Good Liquorworks, a company that produces sustainable ethanol from overlooked agricultural waste streams. Its first product, Good Vodka, is distilled entirely from the fruit waste byproduct of the coffee trade.

Sir David King

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Chair and Founder, Climate Crisis Advisory Group

Professor Sir David King is an Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge. He is also the Founder and Chair of the Climate Crisis Advisory Group (CCAG) and the Founder of the Centre for Climate Repair (CCR) at Cambridge University. Additionally, he is an Affiliate Partner of Systemiq. Previously, he served as the UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser from 2000-2007 and the Foreign Secretary's Special Representative on Climate Change from 2013-2017.

Alexander Bilgeri

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Vice President Communications Human Resources, Production, Purchasing and Sustainability, BMW

Alexander Bilgeri is responsible for Human Resources, Production, Purchasing and Sustainability Communications at the BMW Group. He is an expert in strategic, data-driven communications and public relations with over 20 years of experience in managing and leading organizations, from media startups to international car manufacturers. At the BMW Group, Alexander has held various international positions since 2004, including responsibility for communications strategy, product, innovation, business and financial communications, as well as in the U.S. for communications in the Americas region. Alexander holds a degree in business administration and studied at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and WHU in Vallendar. He is a trained journalist.

Thomas Burkhardt

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President, Marchon Eyewear

Thomas Burkhardt is a recognized operational and thought leader in global marketing, brand management and organizational effectiveness. Throughout his career, he has been tasked with leading some of the world’s biggest beauty and accessories brands for Procter & Gamble, Coty Inc. and Marchon Eyewear. Thomas spent 13 years with Procter & Gamble in Germany, the UK and Switzerland. In 2010, Thomas joined Coty Inc. in New York City as the global brand leader for Calvin Klein Fragrances & Color Cosmetics. From 2016 to 2022, Thomas served as the Senior Vice President for Global Brand Licensing, Marketing and Product Design for Marchon Eyewear, a division of VSP Vision. Thomas is now the President of Marchon Eyewear, Inc.,. Marchon Eyewear is one of the globally leading designers, manufacturer, and distributors of premium eyewear and works with some of the world’s best-known performance, fashion, and lifestyle companies such as NIKE, Ferragamo and Lacoste.

Mark Curtis

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UK
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Head of Sustainability, Accenture Song

Mark is a co-founder of design agency Fjord, which became part of Accenture in 2013 and grew to the largest design team in the world. He now leads Sustainability, and he also leads the creation of Accenture Life Trends every year. He has written a book - Distraction, Being Human in the Digital Age.

Skye Flanigan

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US & CAN
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Assistant Director of Programs, Harvard Chan's Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment

Skye Flanigan is the Assistant Director of Programs at The Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Harvard Chan C-CHANGE), where she has been since 2014. She is responsible for stewarding community engagement initiatives, developing and implementing new programs, and advancing strategic partnerships for the Center. Skye has an extensive background in research, primarily on assessing how indoor environmental quality impacts health, as well as project and research management. Skye holds a Master's degree from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Denver.

Antonella Battaglini

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CEO, Renewables Grid Initiative

Antonella Battaglini is the CEO of the Renewables Grid Initiative-RGI, which she founded in 2009. RGI is a unique collaboration of NGOs and TSOs from across Europe, promoting transparent, environmentally sensitive grid development to enable steady growth of renewable energy and the energy transition. In addition, Antonella has been an expert member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Clean Electrification and of the European Commission Interconnection Target Group. For many years, Antonella has also held the position of senior scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).

Viktor Vitell

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SE
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Chief Marketing Officer, Kiona

Viktor is the Chief Marketing Officer at the Nordic proptech company Kiona. With a keen eye for combining business opportunities with sustainable results, Viktor is dedicated to transforming the property industry into a more eco-friendly one. With offices in 8 countries and over 55,000 buildings connected to the platform, Kiona aims to significantly impact the fight against climate change by offering the most innovative and cost-efficient proptech platform on the market.

Veronika Thieme

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Head of Delivery - Europe, Carbon Trust

Veronika leads the Carbon Trust’s delivery team in Europe and specialises in corporate carbon footprinting, strategy development and data analysis. She works across multiple sectors to help companies set science-based targets, measure the carbon impact across their value chain, and develop comprehensive, bespoke carbon reduction strategies.She has particular expertise working with companies in the ICT sector supporting them on their net positive calculations and methodology development.

Linda Ekener Mägi

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Business Development B2B, Tele2

20+ years in enabling digital solutions based on wireless technologies. Focus on sustainable value creation and the enabling factor of digital solutions. Previously working at PwC and Ericsson as well as in startups in MedTech.

Erin Decker

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Senior Director, Renewable Energy and Carbon Advisory Services, Schneider Electric

Erin Decker leads Schneider Electric’s Renewable Energy and Carbon Advisory Services team for the Americas, supporting organizations as they navigate long-term renewable energy and carbon strategies. She provides strategy development and consults on execution of deals for customers looking to navigate the global complexities, risks, and opportunities associated with renewable energy and other cleantech solutions. Erin has helped clients execute more than 10GW of PPAs globally during her 10 years in the industry. Previously, Erin was a senior sustainability manager at Salesforce, where she led the global sustainability team, helped set a 100% renewable energy commitment and strategy, and executed the company’s first long-term Power Purchase Agreement. Prior to that, Erin held various leadership roles in the technology, environmental grant-making and social enterprise sectors. She started her career as a CPA at Deloitte & Touche.

Assaad Razzouk

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Chief Executive Officer, Gurīn Energy

Assaad Razzouk is the CEO of Gurīn Energy, a renewable energy company headquartered in Singapore developing, financing, building and operating renewable energy projects in North Asia, ASEAN and India. He is a Lebanese-British clean energy entrepreneur, podcaster and commentator based in Singapore. Formerly Chairman and CEO of Sindicatum Renewable Energy, he is currently a director of the Reneum Institute, a Board member of ClientEarth, an Advisory Board member of Eco-Business, a Board member of EB Impact, a member of the International Council of the National University of Singapore Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine; and a host of The Angry Clean Energy Guy podcast.

Myrrh Caplan

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VP Sustainability for US, Skanska USA Building

Myrrh Caplan leads the sustainability efforts of Skanska USA Building and its clients in regards to carbon, resilience, healthy spaces, organizational strategy, and project certification. She and her team provide consulting services for clients, assist internal teams to manage sustainability-related requirements, and lead Skanska's corporate initiatives. With over two decades of experience on some of the most progressive projects, Myrrh is an expert advisor but also a board member, chair, or participant for multiple organizations and their efforts.

Andrew Potts

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US
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Heritage and Climate Action Advisor, Europa Nostra; & Coordination, Climate Heritage Network Culture

Andrew Potts is the Heritage and Climate Action Adviser to Europa Nostra and the European Heritage Hub. Prior to joining Europa Nostra, Andrew founded and coordinated the Secretariat of the Climate Heritage Network (www.climateheritage.org). Andrew’s work with the CHN continues at Europa Nostra, which is the Co-Chair of the CHN’s European Region. Andrew formerly served as the Coordinator of the Climate Change and Heritage Working Group of the Paris-based International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). A lawyer by training, his law practice originally focused on arranging public and private finance for the adaptive reuse of historic buildings and then expanded to financing for culture-based sustainable development projects more generally. He has made culture and climate change his focus since 2015.

Dr. Natasha Matic

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US
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Executive Director, Global Commons Alliance Accountability Accelerator

Dr. Matic is a global strategist with twenty-five years of experience in philanthropy, sustainability, and systems change. Natasha serves as the Executive Director of the Global Commons Alliance’s Accountability Accelerator. GCAA is working at the nexus of nature and climate to scale science-based action to protect people and the planet. The Accountability Accelerator aims to hold corporations accountable for acting and delivering on their nature commitments and we stay within safe and just Earth system boundaries.

David Biello

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US
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Science Curator, TED

David Biello is an award-winning journalist who has been reporting on the environment and energy since 1999—long enough to be cynical but not long enough to be depressed. He’s currently the science curator for TED, as well as lead curator for its Countdown series of events aiming to accelerate climate solutions. He has written for Foreign Policy, The New York Times, Scientific American, and The New Republic, among other outlets, and hosted the du Pont-Columbia award-wining documentary Beyond the Light Switch as well as The Ethanol Effect for PBS. He is also the author of The Unnatural World.

Wanjira Mathai

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KE
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Managing Director for Africa and Global Partnerships, World Resources Institute

Wanjira Mathai is the Managing Director for Africa and Global Partnerships at WRI. At WRI, she also leads the Restore Local project, helping advance forest protection and landscape restoration. By investing in local restoration projects, Restore Local is revitalizing forests, pastures and mangrove clusters, fighting climate change and promoting sustainable, income-generating agriculture at scale. She is also the current Chair of the Wangari Maathai Foundation and the former Chair of the Green Belt Movement in Kenya. An inspiring leader, Wanjira has over 20 years of experience advocating for social and environmental change on both local and international platforms. Over the years, Wanjira has also served important strategic and advocacy roles raising the prominence and visibility of global issues such as climate change, youth leadership, sustainable energy and landscape restoration at Women Entrepreneurs in Renewables (wPOWER), the Wangari Maathai Foundation (WMF), and the Green Belt Movement (GBM) the organization her mother, Wangari Maathai (2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate) founded in 1977. Wanjira currently serves on the Board of the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF), as a Leadership Council member of the Clean Cooking Alliance and a member of the High-Level Group of the Africa-Europe Foundation. Wanjira is one of a few Six Seconds EQ Practitioners in Kenya and was named one of the 100 Most Influential African Women in 2018, 2020 and 2021.Cooking Alliance. Wanjira is one of a few Six Seconds EQ Practitioners in Kenya and was named one of the 100 Most Influential African Women in 2018 and 2020.

Marcus Lovell Smith

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CEO, Neutral

Marcus is CEO of Neutral Foods, Inc. – a company funded by Breakthrough Energy Ventures and others – to bring carbon neutral foods to market, starting with dairy milk. Neutral works directly with dairy farmers to reduce the climate impact of their operations. Prior to Neutral, Marcus was a Special Advisor at Bill Gates founded Breakthrough Energy Ventures and was the CTO at Google Fiber. Before these roles, he was the CEO of Diagnostics for All, a non-profit saving lives through low-cost, easy-to-use, point-of-care diagnostic devices explicitly designed for the developing world. He is also a dairy farmer in New Hampshire and is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence at Harvard University.

Natalia Vega-Berry

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PE & US
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CEO & Founder, Global Brain Foundation & New Zero World

Natalia is the Founder of the Global Brain, a social impact not for profit creative incubator. During the past years, Natalia has been widely recognized for her work creating innovative strategies, campaigns, films and experiential events in support of the United Nations, working with The Office of the UN Secretary General, The Office of the President of the UN General Assembly and the UN Global Compact. Natalia was named one of the “Top 10 Most influential Media and Communications Executives of 2015" by the Media for Social Impact Summit, as she put her skills to work for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Change. Committed about innovating with purpose and creating disruptive solutions, she is currently developing The New Zero World, a multiyear action-oriented initiative born in response to the urgent need to shift the narrative from climate change to the “everything change” and reimagining the visions of our future, to elevate future-focused solutions and new emergence technologies web3 to catalyze mainstream action for society and the planet.

Nompilo Morafo

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Chief Sustainability & Corporate Affairs Officer, MTN

Nompilo Morafo is the Group Chief Sustainability and Corporate Affairs Officer, effective 1 February 2022. Nompilo’s key areas of focus include driving strategy and coordinating efforts on decarbonization, rural connectivity, diversity and inclusion, stakeholder management, and protecting human rights. Through her leadership, she aims to drive MTN’s sustainability agenda, champion responsible business practices, and create long-term value for stakeholders while ensuring a positive societal impact. With over 20 years of experience in sustainability, corporate affairs, and stakeholder management across diverse sectors, including financial services, mining, oil and gas, and telecommunications, Nompilo brings a wealth of expertise to her role.

Gautam Narasimhan

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Global Lead – Climate, Energy and Environment, UNICEF

Gautam is the Global Lead for Climate Change, Energy, and the Environment at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). He works with a talented team to shape and advance UNICEF’s global agenda on these issues in the over 190 countries and territories where UNICEF works. This agenda is focused on PROTECTING children from the impacts of a degrading planet; EMPOWERING young people to be environmental champions and REDUCING emissions in Unicef’s work and the humanitarian aid and social service sectors.

Jim Gowen

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US
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SVP Supply Chain and Sourcing & Chief Sustainability Officer, Verizon

As Verizon’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Jim is responsible for setting the direction of the company’s sustainable growth strategies and for reducing its carbon footprint. In his supply chain role, Gowen leads centralized operations and the global customer premises equipment program with responsibility for more than $2.5 billion in annual through-put and half a billion dollars in annual inventory. He oversees Verizon’s regional distribution centers, purchasing and materials management, investment recovery, international supply chain and centralized fleet operations.

Bechara Choucair, MD

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Senior Vice President and Chief Health Officer, Kaiser Permanente

Dr. Bechara Choucair is the senior vice president and chief health officer for Kaiser Permanente, one of America’s leading integrated health systems with more than 12.5 million members. His work includes the creation of the nation’s largest social health network to meet the housing, food, and transportation needs of Kaiser Permanente’s members. He also manages the organization’s community health portfolio, including $3.4 billion dedicated to supporting medical financial assistance and charitable care as well as grants and community health initiatives. From January through November 2021, Dr. Choucair served as the White House national COVID-19 vaccinations coordinator. In that role, he focused on coordinating the timely, safe, and equitable administration of COVID-19 vaccinations for the U.S. population. During his tenure, more than 450 million doses of the vaccine were administered nationwide. He returned to Kaiser Permanente in December 2021. Dr. Choucair served as Chicago’s Public Health Commissioner from 2009 to 2014. Among other accolades, Dr. Choucair has been named by Modern Healthcare as one of the 50 Most Influential Health Executives in the U.S., one of the Most Influential People in Healthcare, and one of the Top 25 Innovators in Healthcare. A family physician by training, he completed his family practice residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He holds an MD from the American University of Beirut and a master’s degree in health care management from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Shyam Bishen

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Head, Centre for Health and Healthcare, Executive Committee Member, World Economic Forum

Dr. Shyam Bishen is joining the Forum from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation where he was Regional/Deputy Director of Life Sciences Partnerships in Seattle. Before working at the Gates Foundation, he was Head of Emerging Markets Strategy and Innovation as well as Vice President & General Manager of Biosimilars Business Unit at Merck, based out of the company headquarters in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey. Prior to joining Merck, Dr. Bishen was Vice President of Corporate Development at Ranbaxy based in New Delhi, India and Princeton, New Jersey. Before moving to Ranbaxy, he worked with Pfizer/Pharmacia in New Jersey and Schein in New York.

Victor Dzau

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MD, President, National Academy of Medicine

Victor Dzau is President of the National Academy of Medicine, Vice-Chair of the National Research Council, Chancellor Emeritus of Duke University, and past CEO of Duke Health System. Previously, he was Professor and Chairman of Medicine at both Harvard and Stanford Universities. Dr. Dzau is recognized globally for a long and highly decorated career as a scientist, administrator, and leader. His research laid the foundation for development of lifesaving drugs known as ACE inhibitors, used globally to treat high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. Under Dzau’s tenure, the NAM has undertaken important initiatives with US and global impact. These include the Global Health Risk Framework, the Human Genome Editing Initiative, the Global Roadmap for Healthy Longevity, and the G20 report on Financing the Global Commons for Pandemic Preparedness and Response. Currently, he co-chairs World Economic Forum’s Regional Vaccine Manufacturing Collaborative. In 2020, the NAM launched the Grand Challenge in Climate Change and Health aimed at reversing the effects of climate on health through interventions, research, communication, and policy; and decarbonizing the health care sector.

Zulfiqar Bhutta

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MBBS, PhD, Professor, Robert Harding Chair in Global Child Health & Policy, Toronto, Canada & Senior Scientist, Research Institute

Dr. Zulfiqar A. Bhutta is the Distinguished University Professor and Founding Director of the Institute for Global Health and Development and the Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health, at the Aga Khan University. He also holds the Robert Harding Inaugural Chair in Global Child Health at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Co-Director of the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health, unique joint appointments. He also holds adjunct professorships at several leading Universities globally including the Schools of Public Health at Johns Hopkins (Baltimore), George Washington University (DC), Boston University School of Public Health, University of Alberta as well as the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He is a designated Distinguished National Professor of the Government of Pakistan and was the Founding Chair of the National Research Ethics Committee of the Government of Pakistan from 2003-2014.

Michelle A. Williams

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ScD, Epidemiologist, Visiting Professor, Stanford University, & Dean of the Faculty, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Michelle A. Williams ScD is an Epidemiologist, Visiting Professor, Stanford University, & Dean of the Faculty, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Jake Barton

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Founder, Local Projects

Jake Barton is the creator of the Accelerator, an immersive experience that aims catalyze action around the climate crisis, earning him an Emerson Collective Climate Fellowship. Jake is also the Founder of Local Projects, an experience design firm creating groundbreaking museums and public spaces, including landmark projects like the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, Greenwood Rising Black Wall Street History Center, The Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum and Planet Word, the Museum of Language Arts. Local Projects has won every major award, including the National Design Award, Cannes Lions, his TED Talk has over one million views and he is on Fast Company Magazine’s list of top fifty designers.

Latraviette Smith-Wilson

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US
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Chief Marketing & Equity Officer, Horizon Media

Latraviette D. Smith-Wilson is one of Corporate America’s most sought-after executives. She has 25 years of global experience helping some of the nation’s most well-known businesses succeed — building brands and reputations rooted in purpose, social impact, and inclusion. With a trademark drive and transformative mindset, her career has spanned journalism, marketing and communications, diversity & inclusion, and business strategy. Smith-Wilson is currently Chief Marketing and Equity Officer for Horizon Media, the largest media agency in the U.S. and the world’s largest independent. In this first-ever role, she leads a unified Marketing and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team charged with driving growth through principles of innovation, inclusion, belonging, and culture.

Nsedo Witherspoon, MPH

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Executive Director, Children’s Environmental Health Network

Nsedo Witherspoon, MPH is the Executive Director of the Children’s Environmental Health Network.

Cheryl Moore

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Chief Research Programmes Officer, Wellcome Trust

Cheryl Moore is a Chief Research Programmes Officer at Wellcome Trust.

Fredrika Klarén

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Head of Sustainability, Polestar

Fredrika Klarén is a firm believer in the role of business as a catalyst for sustainable development and has held sustainability positions over the past decade at IKEA and Swedish fashion retailer KappAhl. She studied Civil Engineering with a focus on Environmental Systems Analysis at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. Fredrika joined Polestar in April 2020 to drive the company’s sustainability ambitions forward on issues such as climate-neutrality, circularity, transparency and inclusion. Fredrika is chair of the board for Agenda 2030 West, an organisation enabling partnership between academia, business, civil society and public sector for the 17 SDGs. Fredrika is a reglular speaker at events such as The Next Web, Financial Times Live and Electronomous.

Love Ssega

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Artist & Founder, LIVE + BREATHE

Love Ssega is a British-Ugandan musician, producer and performing artist. Climate activism weaves through his work in visual arts spaces or on stage with international orchestras. He founded clean air and arts campaign LIVE + BREATHE and is a Trustee of Brian Eno-led charity EarthPercent.

Dr. Kimberley R. Miner

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Climate Scientist, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Dr. Kimberley R. Miner is a Climate Scientist and Program Manager at the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab. Her research on climate risks has taken her to the planet’s extreme environments- from the North Pole to Antarctica and Mt. Everest. Dedicated to science communication, Kimberley’s research teams have reached international audiences with features in the BBC, NYT, GQ, and a 2020 Guinness World Record. Before coming to NASA, Kimberley worked on climate security for the Department of Defense in DC, and currently teaches her work at Berkley and Virginia Tech. She is also writing a book on how younger generations can plan for climate change--to be released in early 2024. Kimberley is a Black belt, wilderness Firefighter, and lives in a fishing harbor on the Pacific Ocean.

Fabrice Grinda

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Founding Partner FJ Labs

Fabrice Grinda is among the world’s leading Internet entrepreneurs and investors. He has over 175 exits on 600 angel investments. Fabrice has served as CEO for three multinational companies and has an impressive track record as an early investor in Alibaba, Flexport, Delivery Hero, Betterment and Brightroll. Fabrice is currently running the startup studio and venture fund FJ Labs, which he cofounded with business partner Jose Marin. Fabrice was named the #1 Angel Investor in the world by Forbes.

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Christiana Figueres

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Founder, Global Optimism, Co-host of the climate podcast Outrage+Optimism, & Former Executive Secretary, UNFCCC

Christiana Figueres is an internationally recognized leader on climate change. She was Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change from 2010 to 2016, where she oversaw the delivery of the historic Paris Agreement. Today she is the co-founder of Global Optimism, co-host of the podcast “Outrage & Optimism” and is the co-author of the recently published book, “The Future We Choose.”

Aymeric Saha

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CEO, MiDA Advisors

Aymeric Saha is the CEO of MiDA Advisors. More recently, he was the Managing Director of the NASP-USAID Investment Partnership for Mobilizing Institutional Investors to Develop Africa’s Infrastructure or “MiDA.” He previously spent fourteen years at the World Bank and led the quantitative risk finance function responsible for overseeing market and credit risks for $200 billion in banking operations in over 100 countries; and an investment portfolio of over $100 billion invested across developed and emerging markets. In 2013, he was appointed Financial Policy Director in the United States Congress for the House Subcommittee on Financial Institutions to oversee the implementation of banking and capital markets reforms in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. Cumulatively, he directed initiatives to boost U.S.- Africa trade and investments, particularly within the Power Africa initiative. In 2005, Mr. Saha co-founded New Bridge Development/1438 Street LLC, a boutique real estate and retail investment firm that developed and managed commercial and residential properties in the Washington, DC region.

Lindeka Dzedze

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Executive Director: Strategic partnerships, Standard Bank

Lindeka is responsible for creating financial solutions to attract international investors to deploy capital into impactful opportunities across Africa. She works with US institutional investors and government agencies to source sustainable capital at reduced cost for longer dated tenors through her partnership with MiDA Advisors, an implementation partner for investment and trade for USAID. Lindeka is also the chairman of the African Women Impact Fund (AWIF), an Initiative of the UN Economic Commission of Africa (ECA) that seeks to promote gender equality and decent work and economic growth in Africa. The Standard Bank Group is the lead sponsor of the AWIF, with MiDA Advisors as a key strategic advisor and RisCura as the investment manager. Lindeka's achievements include industry awards in Capital Markets, the launch of AWIF, and being featured in African Business Magazine as one of the New African's 100 Entrepreneurs for her work on the AWIF Initiative.

Naveen Rao, MD

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Senior Vice President, Health Initiative, The Rockefeller Foundation

Dr. Naveen Rao is the Senior Vice President of the Health Initiative at The Rockefeller Foundation where he leads the Foundation’s efforts to shape the field of Climate and Health, transforming the world’s health systems to be more equitable, inclusive and resilient to climate change and improving the ability to predict, detect, and respond to climate-sensitive disease threats. Dr. Rao previously led the Foundation's COVID-19 pandemic efforts, including the Global Vaccination Initiative, which increased vaccination uptake in low and middle-income countries, as well as the Foundation's Pandemic Prevention Initiative, which strengthened global pathogen surveillance and response around the world. Dr. Rao joined The Rockefeller Foundation after a 25-year career with Merck&Co., Inc., where he most recently led Merck for Mothers, the company’s 10-year, $500 million initiative to reduce maternal mortality around the world. Prior to Merck, he was the Associate Director of the Department of Medicine at Beekman-Downtown Hospital and practiced Internal Medicine in New York City for 10 years. Dr. Rao is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Dawn Richard

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Artist Relations Director & Cultural Producer, Hip Hop Caucus

With an extensive musical career ranging from multi Platinum selling pop group Danity Kane and Dirty Money to independent artist , Dawn has a way with connecting with artists to help mobilize and support nonprofit organizations. With social media and technology ever evolving artists and influencers play an important role in the climate fight, and Dawn is helping them get the message out in innovative ways.

Laura Juliana Arciniegas

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Global Stocktake project Director, Transforma

Director of the Global Stocktake project at TRANSFORMA, a Colombian Think Tank that promotes climate action and ecological transitions. Served before as Director of Multilateral Affairs and was Colombia’s Lead Negotiator for the United Nations conventions on climate change, biodiversity and ozone protection. During the negotiations of the Paris Agreement and until 2021 she was the spokesperson for the Latin American group of countries AILAC on matters related to science, ambition and adaptation to climate change.

Heymi Bahar

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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst, International Energy Agency

Heymi Bahar works at the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Renewable Energy Division as the senior analyst and lead author of Renewables Report, the IEA’s main market analysis and forecast on renewable energy. Before IEA, Heymi worked as a trade policy analyst at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) where he analysed domestic inventive measures for renewable energy sources with possible trade implications.

Erik Dyrkoren

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CEO, Zeabuz

Erik Dyrkoren is an ocean tech entrepreneur, who has founded the underwater drone company Blueye Robotics in 2015 and co-founded Zeabuz in 2019. He holds an M.Sc. in mechanical engineering from NTNU and Georgia Tech, MBA at NUS Singapore. He has worked for Schlumberger in Kazakhstan, the European Space Agency in the Netherlands, before settling in Trondheim with his wife and three children.

Erik Björke

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Road Freight Decarbonisation Lead, Climate Group

Erik leads the overall corporate engagement work within the transport department and drives the Climate Group agenda regarding Road Freight Decarbonisation. Before joining the Climate Group, Erik worked for the Ingka Group as a Global Senior Sustainability Advisor, leading their development of the sustainable mobility area and the evolution of GHG protocol methodologies and the company's external sustainability assurance process. Erik's professional passion lies in tackling the unsustainable use of resources and the negative impact this has on our planet. He believes that with the combination of developing new technologies, the implementation of circular business models, and with changes in human behavior, we can solve the effects of climate change.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

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Actor, Producer and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador

Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, best known for starring in HBO’s Game of Thrones, is a passionate advocate for climate action. As a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Development Programme (UNDP) since 2016, Coster-Waldau traveled to Kenya, Rwanda, Maldives, Thailand and the Peruvian Amazon to shine a spotlight on the connection between climate change and growing inequalities around the world. Father of two, Coster-Waldau is helping mobilize support for the Sustainable Development Goals, a universal call to action to fight poverty, end inequality, protect the planet and leave no one behind by 2030. Coster-Waldau has starred in numerous films and television series in Europe and North America, including Apple TV’s The Last Thing He Told Me, Shot Caller, Small Crimes, Gods of Egypt, The Other Woman and 1,000 Times Good Night. In addition to his award-winning acting career, Coster-Waldau is also a producer and screenwriter whose new original documentary series, An Optimist’s Guide to the Planet, will be released by Bloomberg Originals in 2024.

Hosts

Dr. Sweta Chakraborty

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Climate Behavioral Scientist, CEO of North America, We Don't Have Time

Dr. Sweta Chakraborty is the CEO of North America, We Don’t Have Time. She is a partner at Pioneer Public Affairs. She is also the founder and principal of Adapt to Thrive, a venture that seeks to better inform individuals, businesses, and government entities on the complex, interconnected challenges, such as food insecurity and disease, already existing and emerging from a warming planet.

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Nick Nuttall

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

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.

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Ingmar Rentzhog

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CEO and Founder of We Don't Have Time

Ingmar is serial entrepreneur within financial communication and nominated for a DI Gasell Award, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year, Sweden’s Environmental Influencer 2018, and International Gamechanger of the Year 2020, and Green Warrior 2021. Ingmar Rentzhog has been the chairman of the environmental think tank Global Challenge. He is on the board of Naventus Corporate Finance. He’s a member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality and European Climate Policy Task Force and he was in 2022 appointed a European Climate Pact Ambassador by the European Commission.

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Ali Zaidi

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Assistant to the President and National Climate Advisor, White House

Ali Zaidi serves as Assistant to the President and National Climate Advisor. In this role, he leads the White House Climate Policy Office, which coordinates policy development and President Biden’s all-of-government approach to tackle the climate crisis, create good-paying, union jobs, and advance environmental justice. Zaidi is a longtime advisor to President Biden, having provided counsel and leadership on climate policy development, legislation, and executive action from day one of the Administration and on the Biden presidential transition and campaign. Before his current role, he served as Deputy National Climate Advisor. During his time in the Biden-Harris Administration, Zaidi has led on efforts to re-establish U.S. climate leadership, set a national target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50-52 percent by 2030; deliver robust executive actions, including regulatory, investment, and procurement-based initiatives; and secure the largest legislative wins on climate in U.S. history, through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act. Together these efforts have advanced the largest annual deployment of solar, wind, and batteries; brought together the U.S. auto sector around an all-electric future; tackled super-pollutants like methane and HFCs; bolstered domestic adaptation and resilience; and centered U.S. climate action around workers and communities, prioritizing good-paying union jobs and the critical work of environmental justice. Zaidi joined the Biden-Harris Administration after serving as the state of New York’s Deputy Secretary for Energy and Environment and Chairman of Climate Policy and Finance, where he led the state's efforts on climate change — driving investment into infrastructure and innovation, empowering workers and communities, and boosting economic and environmental resilience. Zaidi also taught graduate courses on technology policy and studied the fiscal and financial impacts of climate change as an adjunct professor at Stanford University. During that time, Zaidi also co-founded Lawyers for a Sustainable Economy, a Stanford-coordinated initiative that equips sustainability-focused startups with pro bono legal services. Zaidi brings the cross-sector and multi-disciplinary experience needed to deliver a whole-of-government response to the climate crisis. During the Obama-Biden Administration, Zaidi served as Associate Director for Natural Resources, Energy, and Science for the Office of Management and Budget and as Deputy Director of Energy Policy for the Domestic Policy Council — helping to design and implement a wide range of domestic and international policies. Zaidi has advised non-profits, including as a Trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council, and counseled the private sector, as an attorney who helped launch a sustainable investment practice. Zaidi immigrated from Pakistan and grew up outside Erie, Pennsylvania. He received an A.B. from Harvard University and J.D. from Georgetown University.

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Rainn Wilson

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Actor, comedian, writer, director, producer & Founding Director, Climate Basecamp

Rainn Wilson is an American actor, comedian, writer, director, businessman, and producer. As a committed climate change advocate, Rainn is also an active member of the Arctic Basecamp Advisory Board and founding director of Climate Basecamp. Additionally, Rainn co-founded the website and YouTube channel SoulPancake.

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Sandrine Dixson-Declève

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Co-President of the Club of Rome

Sandrine Dixson-Declève is an international and European climate, energy, sustainable development, sustainable finance, complex systems thought leader. 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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Rachel L. Levine, M.D.

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Admiral, U.S. Public Health Service, Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Admiral Rachel L. Levine serves as the 17th Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the head of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. She fights every day to improve the health and well-being of all Americans. She’s working to help our nation overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and build a stronger foundation for a healthier future - one in which every American can attain their full health potential. ADM Levine’s storied career, first, as a physician in academic medicine focused on the intersection between mental and physical health, treating children, adolescents, and young adults. Then as Pennsylvania’s Physician General and later as Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health, she addressed COVID-19, the opioid crisis, behavioral health and other public health challenges.

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Lynda Tran

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Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Director of Public Engagement, U.S. Department of Transportation

Lynda Tran serves as Director of Public Engagement and Senior Advisor to the Secretary. A longtime organizer and communicator with over two decades experience in policy, advocacy, and campaigns, Lynda returns to DOT after co-founding 270 Strategies, where she developed public engagement strategies for clients across the globe – including the Environmental Defense Fund, Oxfam America, United Way Worldwide, FAMM, the Black Economic Alliance, and the Economic Security Project. Recently, she was a senior strategist for Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy and served on the Board of Advisors for Higher Ground Labs and Battleground Texas. A CBS News Political Contributor through the 2020 cycle, she previously led teams for Organizing for America, then-Governor Tim Kaine, and SEIU.

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Anisa Kamadoli Costa

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Chief Sustainability Officer, Rivian

Anisa is an ESG and philanthropy executive with a track record of connecting environmental, social, and governance issues to business performance, reputation, and shareholder value. She currently serves as Chief Sustainability Officer at Rivian as well as President and Trustee of the Rivian Foundation. Previously Anisa worked at Tiffany & Co. for nearly two decades.

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Max Messervy

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Head of Sustainable Investment Americas, Mercer

Max Messervy leads Mercer’s Sustainable Investment team in the Americas region. Max provides advice on sustainable investment strategies, climate change, and impact investment approaches throughout investment processes. Max advises institutional investors across a range of segments, including pension funds, endowments, insurers, multi-lateral development finance institutions, and other stakeholders in the investment value chain. Max was a lead and/or co-author of reports on increasing institutional investors’ impactful allocations to African infrastructure and private market assets in 2018 and 2021, as well as a guide for integrating sustainable investment approaches into corporate retirement plans in a project with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Prior to joining Mercer, Max spent nearly four years working in the Insurance practice at Ceres in Boston, a leading non-profit sustainability advocacy organization. In that role, he worked with a range of stakeholders across the industry in making the business case for the sector to address climate and ESG risks and opportunities both as underwriters of weather risk and investors in physical infrastructure. This involved engagement with re/insurers, regulators, non-re/insurer investors and NGOs. Previously,Max worked in various capacities with Canadian federal and provincial governments, and with other environmental and sustainability entities as an independent consultant. Max holds a Master of Public Policy from the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA, and an Honors Religious Studies degree from McGill University.

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Tim Kelly

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Executive Director, Earth HQ

Tim Kelly is Executive Director of EarthHQ, the media arm of the Global Commons Alliance, an unprecedented partnership of more than 50 of the world’s most forward-looking organizations in philanthropy, science, business and advocacy. Previously, Tim was a media executive, Emmy Award-winning film producer, and former President of the National Geographic Society. He also serves as an advisor to the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and is Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Planet3, an exploration-based learning platform. As President of the National Geographic Society, Tim transitioned the primarily print-based organization to a global multimedia force and engineered the launch of the National Geographic Channel, National Geographic Films, and a wide array of digital media products. He became the youngest Trustee of the Society and under his lead, the highly acclaimed television production unit would go on to win over 135 Emmy Awards and create programming that served as the cornerstone for the launch of the National Geographic cable networks. Today, the Channel is seen in 165 countries, in 35 languages, by 400 million people and has contributed to National Geographic ranking consistently as one of the top five global media brands.

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Greg Gershuny

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Executive Director, Aspen Institute, Energy & Environment Program

Greg Gershuny is the Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Program (EEP) and Co-Director of Aspen Ideas: Climate, a public forum focused on climate solutions. The Energy and Environment Program works with people, organizations, and governments to take greater action on solving climate change. Prior to joining the Aspen Institute in 2016, Greg served as the Chief of Staff for Energy Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy, and in several roles at the White House, including Director of Energy and Environment at PPO and as a Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy advisor under President Barack Obama.

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Michael Greenberg

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Founder, Climate Defiance

Michael Greenberg is the founder of Climate Defiance. His work focuses on using direct action to resist the fossil fuel industry and the politicians supporting it. He earned his BA from Columbia in economics.

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Catherine Higham

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Policy Fellow, Grantham Research Institute

Catherine is a Policy Fellow who coordinates the Climate Change Laws of the World project – the most comprehensive global resource on climate legislation and policy. Catherine is also the co-author of the Institute's Global Trends in Climate Litigation series. Catherine joined the Grantham Research Institute after nearly a decade of policy and advocacy work in the not for profit sector.

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Michael Gerrard

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Professor and Faculty Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School

Professor of environmental and energy law at Columbia Law School. Founder and faculty director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. . Practiced environmental law full time in New York, 1979-2008, before entering academia. Author or editor of 14 books on environmental law. Former chair, American Bar Association's environmental section.

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Luca Zerbini

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CEO, UnaTerra Venture Capital Fund

Luca is the CEO and co-founder of Una Terra, a €200M Venture Capital fund to accelerate European scale-ups fostering solutions to climate change and biodiversity loss. Una Terra was selected by the World Economic Forum as “Innovative Fund for our Future” and as top 50 Impact Funds [IA50] by Impact Assets, and it is a B-Corp and Art. 9 SFDR fund. Luca is also a Sustainability Operating Advisor with Advent International ($100B AUM) and Triton (€25B AUM). He is an Independent Board Advisor, who holds NED positions at diversified companies with a clear impact agenda, such as RAB Lighting and Clima Communities, and he is a judge for Mass Challenge accelerator in Switzerland, as well as an active member of the Swiss Venture Capital Association. Before leaving his corporate career for impact investing, Luca was a C-suite Executive, with a track record of success working up to CEO and Managing Director at Fedrigoni Paper (a $1.4B Bain Capital portfolio company) and Vice-President and General Manager at Amcor for a $1B global packaging business (Amcor is a $13B global NYSE listed, S&P500 corporation), where he also led the Global Sustainability Initiative and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation core partnership, as well as being elected Vice-Chairman of the European Flexible Packaging Association. He also honed his business skills as a management consultant at Bain & Company in Europe and the US, as well as at Hewlett-Packard and Honeywell in key innovation and growth positions. Luca holds an Industrial Engineering MSE from Politecnico di Milano and an MBA with Honors in Finance, Entrepreneurship and Multinational Management from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is also a Fellow of The Marketing Academy and of the Institute for Real Growth, connecting top CMOs and Growth leaders. He speaks fluently English, French, Italian, Spanish and German.

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Boaz Paldi

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Chief Creative Officer, UNDP

Boaz Paldi is the United Nations Development Programme Chief Creative Officer. In this role, Boaz oversees UNDP’s advocacy, flagship campaigns, events and partnerships. Most recently Paldi managed the design, rollout and launch of the #dontchooseextinction campaign. Before being appointed to his current role, Paldi led UNDP’s advocacy and communication as well as implementing UNDP’s multimedia strategy and co-founding the Social Good Summit. Prior to joining UNDP, Boaz worked as a TV journalist for 17 years covering conflicts, natural disasters and human-interest stories in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Balkans first for the BBC then the Associated Press and finally joining Reuters where he worked as a TV News Executive Producer for over 12 years.

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Jane Madgwick

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Executive Director, Global Commons Alliance

Jane is an ecologist and author with 30 years of experience working internationally on the science, policy and practice of wetlands and water management. She became the first Executive Director of the Global Commons Alliance in May 2023. Previously Jane worked for Wetlands International, as well as WWF International and WWF Australia. As CEO of Wetlands International for 19 years, she led network of 20 offices operating mostly in the global south. This work helped to bring the values of wetlands into the global agenda and to mobilize communities, companies, governments and cities to conserve and restore wetland landscapes for biodiversity, human well-being and reduced climate risks.

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Corey Blumenthal

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Sustainability Specialist, Shake Shack

Corey Blumenthal is committed to social impact and sustainability, exemplified by an impressive journey across diverse sectors. For four years, Corey worked at Ketchum, a global public relations agency, playing a pivotal role in projects such as General Mills’ Regenerative Dairy Pilot and the launch of P&G’s plant-based laundry detergent portfolio. In 2022, Corey graduated with a Master of Science in Energy & Sustainability from Northwestern University. Northwestern further solidified her commitment to driving sustainable practices at businesses, focusing on reshaping food systems to be more environmentally conscious and resilient. In her current role, Sustainability Specialist at Shake Shack, Corey is working to embed sustainable practices within every facet of the company, from ingredient sourcing to investor relations.

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Albert Gore

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Executive Director, Zero Emission Transportation Association (ZETA)

Albert is a veteran in the clean technology space, having spent seven years at Tesla, Inc., most recently as the Lead for Public Policy and Business Development in the Eastern and Midwestern United States. Prior to its acquisition by Tesla, he was also the Deputy Director of Policy and Electricity Markets at SolarCity. Gore also served as Vice President of Business Development at Strategic Capital Partners, LLC, a commercial real estate investment and development firm. Gore lives with his wife and three children in Arlington, VA , and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a bachelor's in Government from Harvard University.

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Sirintip

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Artist

Thai-Swedish multimodal artist, singer, and producer Sirintip creates works that center climate action through empathy and meaningful connections. She has issued three critically-acclaimed releases, Carbon (Ropeadope), The Lost World (GroundUP) and Tribus (GroundUP); collaborated on 19 releases; and produced albums for artists like actor Melanie Smith (Seinfeld). She has appeared at international festivals and major venues across the world, alongside Benny Andersson (ABBA), Snarky Puppy, and countless diverse acts. Commissioned pieces include orchestral arrangements for the Swedish Radio and Malmo Symphony Orchestras, respectively; and interpretations for both Nobel Chemistry Prize and Nobel Prize for Peace.

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David Fenton

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Senior Advisor, Yellow Dot Studios

David Fenton is the founder of Fenton: The Social Change Agency, which he sold in 2016 to work on climate communications full time. He is also the author of the Activist’s Media Handbook: Lessons from 50 Years as a Progressive Agitator.

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Adam Met

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Founder and Executive Director, Planet Reimagined

The interests of Adam Met PhD bridge music, sustainability, law, academia, policy, marketing, and technology. As the bassist for AJR, he has traveled the world on sold-out tours, achieved platinum certifications in numerous countries, and recorded a repertoire of music that has garnered more than 7 billion streams worldwide. In the 2021/2022 touring season, Adam has played live in front of over 1 Million fans. As the founder and Executive Director of Planet Reimagined, he leads a nonprofit that addresses climate change systems through media, academic research fellowships, and incentive-based initiatives. Adam’s work with the UN Development Programme as a Development Advocate fosters awareness on social media and beyond of sustainability, rights violations and solutions. In Washington DC, Adam has worked closely with the EPA, The Department of Energy, and The White House on innovative renewable energy policy, and with a bipartisan coalition in Congress to help pass the Inflation Reduction Act. He has brought his interdisciplinary perspective to his writing for publications including TIME, Rolling Stone, Billboard Magazine, Fortune, Mashable, and Quartz, and he is the host of the podcast Planet Reimagined.

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Caleb Johnson

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Climate Active Fellow, Planet Reimagined

Caleb Johnson is a Climate Active Fellow at Planet Reimagined, co-producing a research and advocacy project called "Amplify: Building a Fan-Based Climate Movement." His understanding of motivating and mobilizing people comes from diverse professional experiences working in education, politics, music, and religion. With Teach for America, Caleb joined the fight against educational inequity and earned a Teacher of the Year award for his exemplary public service and student outcomes in Louisiana. He also worked as a Future Leaders Intern for the California Democratic Party, where he produced virtual training events for party activists and prospective political candidates. His early career experience as a music director in religious spaces provides unique insight into the practice of harnessing the power of collective musical experiences to produce change. Caleb also holds a Master's in International Relations from the Institut Barcelona Estudis Internacionals and a Master's in Leadership Studies from Vanguard University.

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Li-Ya Mar

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Climate Research & Communication Fellow, Planet Reimagined

Li-Ya is a climate organizer, an educator, and a mindfulness teacher. She is taking part in the climate movement by doing what she most enjoys doing - listening and creating space for people to learn, share and find joy. Li-Ya is currently working with Planet Reimagined to build a fan-based climate majority. She is also the host and producer of the podcast "The Green Path − Our Climate Stories", focusing on human stories and building connections. Because our story is our superpower.

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Rupen Desai

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IN
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CMO and Venture Partner, Una Terra

Rupen’s personal purpose lies in building businesses that our conscience can live with. As Una Terra’s CMO and Venture partner, Rupen is responsible for scaling the impact of the fund, the companies invested in, and the broader movement addressing climate change and the loss of biodiversity. Prior to joining Una Terra, Rupen served as the outside-in global CMO at Dole Sunshine Co. Rupen and the team’s work have gained external recognition, with Forbes naming him one of the world's most influential CMO twice, his induction into the World Federation of Advertisers Marketers hall of fame, and being recognized as a CMO to watch by Business Insider. Adweek has acknowledged him as a sustainability star, Provoke as a global 100 Influencer, and he has consistently appeared on the Asia-Pacific Power List for the Campaign magazine.

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Genevieve Padalecki

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Founder, towwn

Gen Padalecki is an actress and activist who is best known for her starring roles on ABC Family’s Wildfire and CW’s legendary series Supernatural. She currently plays Emily Walker on the CW hit show, Walker, alongside her husband who plays the title character. Her free-range childhood in the mountains of Montana and Idaho instilled in her a deep awe of nature—which she’s carried with her to Austin where you can find her hanging in her vegetable garden, geeking out over mycology and the healing power of soil with her 14 chickens and hive of honeybees. Inspired by her love for nature, Gen co-founded towwn with fellow creatives and outdoor enthusiasts, Kelly Rowe and Charlie Capen, to create a space that embraces the tenets of sustainability in an honest, attainable way. towwn (“take only what we need”) is a community for those looking to rethink the way we live and grow together in a way that champions and conserves all aspects of people + planet.

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Charlie Capen

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Co-Founder, towwn

Charlie Capen is a published author and digital entrepreneur whose career over the past two decades has engaged hundreds of millions. His award-winning work has made the front pages of New York Times, Fast Company, New York Daily Mail, Buzzfeed, and he’s appeared on HLN, ABC, and Fox lending his expertise on everything from parenting to environmental topics. As cofounder of @towwn (take only what we need), Charlie is passionate about using humor and technology build communities seeking solutions to planetary and personal challenges facing the world today.

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Nicholas Dirks

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President & CEO, New York Academy of Sciences

NICHOLAS B. DIRKS is a widely respected and highly influential historian and anthropologist, and a prominent leader in higher education. In June 2020, Dirks assumed leadership of the New York Academy of Sciences as President and Chief Executive Officer. Founded in 1817, the New York Academy is among the oldest scientific organizations in the United States. The mission of the Academy is to drive innovative solutions to society’s challenges by advancing scientific research, education, and policy. In 2012, Dirks was named as the 10th Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley and served in that role until July of 2017. He launched major initiatives in undergraduate education and research collaborations in areas such as neuroscience and genomics. He oversaw the establishment of a new division of Data Science and led a series of bold global projects including the creation of the Tsinghua Berkeley Shenzhen Institute and a global alliance with Cambridge University, the National University of Singapore, and several other institutions.

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Mila Rosenthal

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Executive Director, International Science Reserve

Mila Rosenthal is the Executive Director of the International Science Reserve at the New York Academy of Sciences, where she manages a global network of researchers, technologists, and scientific institutions to prepare for response to climate disasters. She currently also teaches at Columbia University as an Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs and is the co-founder of the climate campaigning organization Planet Reimagined. Previously, as Director of Communications and Advocacy for the United Nations Development Programme, Dr Rosenthal spearheaded public policy advocacy across 170 countries for the UN's lead sustainable development agency. She held executive positions at Amnesty International, HealthRight International, and Concern Worldwide, and worked in countries in Africa and Southeast Asia. Dr Rosenthal’s PhD in social anthropology from the London School of Economics is based on two years of ethnographic research in Vietnam with women factory workers in the garment industry.

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Ann-Christine Duhaime, MD

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Professor of Neurosurgery Harvard Medical School

Dr. Duhaime is a senior pediatric neurosurgeon at the Massachusetts General Hospital and is the Nicholas T. Zervas Distinguished Professor of Neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School. She has practiced pediatric neurosurgery for over 3 decades along with research focusing on traumatic brain injury, repair, and recovery in infants and young children. Her 2022 book, Minding the Climate, explores the intersection of brain, behavior, and the environment, including a “test case” for aligning institutional rewards with pro-environmental action via a prototype advanced “green” biophilic pediatric hospital. She serves as Associate Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for the Environment and Health and as Associate Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Climate Change and Health.

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Ebony Twilley Martin

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US
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Executive Director, Greenpeace USA

As a visionary strategist, operations, and program design leader with proven success in building and leading interdisciplinary teams, Ebony leads cultural change to foster justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. She is a mother, wife and daughter. Now, as the current Executive Director at the largest national legacy environmental organization Ebony is a champion for advancing racial and environmental justice. As she continues to expand her focus to include protecting people’s voting rights and ensuring that everybody is able to participate in our democracy, she knows there is no climate justice without racial justice. As a longtime justice strategist, Ebony is leading Greenpeace in the fight to dismantle systems of oppression and engage more Black and Brown communities in this work — so that there can truly be a greener, more peaceful, more just world for all.

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Margaretha Wewerinke-Singh

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NL
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Professor, University of Amsterdam & Blue Ocean Law

Margaretha Wewerinke-Singh is an Associate Professor of Sustainability Law at the University of Amsterdam and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Fiji. She is a member of the Bar of Vanuatu and practices from Blue Ocean Law, a boutique international law firm specialized in environmental justice. Currently, she serves as lead counsel for Vanuatu in the advisory opinion proceedings on climate change before the International Court of Justice, together with Julian Aguon.

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Julia Olson

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Executive Director & Chief Legal Counsel, Our Children’s Trust

Julia Olson is the Founder, Executive Director, and Chief Legal Counsel of Our Children’s Trust, the non-profit public interest law firm that provides strategic, campaign-based legal services to youth from diverse backgrounds to secure their legal rights to a safe climate. Julia graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law in 1997, and founded Our Children’s Trust in 2010, initiating a global wave of rights-based climate litigation, especially cases brought on behalf of children. Julia is lead counsel in Juliana v. United States. Our Children’s Trust represents the plaintiffs in Held v. State of Montana, which held the first-ever constitutional climate trial in the nation’s history in June 2023, and in Navahine F. v. Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation, which is scheduled to be the second-ever constitutional climate case to go to trial in the U.S. in June 2024.

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Akanksha Khatri

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Head, Nature and Biodiversity, World Economic Forum

Akanksha Khatri is Head of Nature Action Agenda for World Economic Forum’s Platform for Global Public Goods. In this role she has led the New Nature Economy Reports Series, advocating how to integrate the issue of nature and biodiversity in economic decision-making. Prior to this, she worked as Lead on Government Engagement for India and South Asia followed by an extended remit as Chief of Staff and Head of Strategy and Performance for the Forum’s Regional and Government Engagement globally. She has also had experience working at HT Media Ltd. which is the second-largest media company in India. She holds a BA (Hons.) from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India and M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University, USA. She was a Global Leadership Fellow with the World Economic Forum (2013-16).

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Paul Stormoen

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SE
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CEO, OX2

Paul Stormoen is OX2 Chief Executive Officer. OX2 develops and sells wind and solar farms. OX2 has taken a leading position in large-scale onshore wind power over the past 17 years.

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Chris Kemper

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Chairman, Founder & CEO, Palmetto

Chris is the Chairman, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Palmetto Clean Technology, Inc. He is a mission-oriented leader focused on technology solutions to climate change. Chris’ approach blends capitalism with environmentalism, focusing on re-imagining decentralized energy systems and a decarbonized future. As outlined in his manifesto, the New Utility Revolution, technological advancements and economic advantages created by clean technology are approaching a tipping point in the global energy infrastructure. The need to democratize access to clean energy and the need to reduce global warming and emissions is quickly driving the realization that clean energy now makes good business sense for the planet’s survival.

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Ashley Seager

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Director, Sun4net Ltd

Ashley Seager is a former economics and environment correspondent for the Guardian newspaper in London, and is now a UK-based developer of solar farms and battery storage projects.

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Heather Johnson

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US
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Vice President, Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, Ericsson

Heather Johnson is the Vice President of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility for the Ericsson Group. Her focus is on advocating the role that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can play in addressing global challenges in areas such as education, climate change and humanitarian response and preparedness. She also manages the company's relationships with key sustainability stakeholders, including investors, NGOs, the UN and other international organizations, as well as partnerships such as the World Economic Forum.

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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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Alison Tickell

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UK & IE
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Founder Director, Julie's Bicycle

Alison founded Julie’s Bicycle in 2007 as a non-profit dedicated to mobilising action on the climate crisis, initially in the music industry and now across arts and culture internationally. Originally trained as a cellist, Alison’s approach is rooted in her work with jazz improviser and teacher John Stevens, whose understanding of music and community activism created the foundational values that inspired Julie’s Bicycle. Alison worked with Community Music (now CM Sounds) for many years, and has been an advisor and contributor to publications and advocates for the environment including European Creative Business Network, RCA Sustainable Design Awards, Sound Connections, Creative Europe, Energy Revolution. She is currently on the Steering Group of the Climate Heritage Network and the UK Creative Industries Council championing climate action, is a BMW Responsible Leader and an Ashoka Fellow.

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Kelly Mickle

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US
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Co-founder, Towwn

Kelly Mickle is an award-winning journalist with more than a decade of experience covering health, lifestyle and culture. She previously worked as an editor for Self magazine, and has written for Elle, Women’s Health, Glamour, CN Traveler, Vogue, Sunset, Cosmopolitan and more. As a cofounder of @towwn (takeonlywhatweneed), Kelly is passionate about using creative content and community to promote accessible strategies to live more sustainably for both people + planet.

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Gail Whiteman

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UK
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Executive Director Arctic Basecamp and Climate Basecamp, Professor of Sustainability, University of Exeter Business School

Professor Gail Whiteman is an expert on global risk arising from the systemic changes occurring in the natural environment. Additionally, she is the founder of Arctic Basecamp, founding director of Climate Basecamp and Professor of Sustainability at the University of Exeter’s Business School (UK). She has over 60 peer-reviewed scientific papers, including in prestigious journals Nature, Nature Communication, and the Academy of Management Journal. Professor Whiteman is an experienced moderator at events including Reuters Impact in 2022 and the World Economic Forum in Davos. She is actively involved in building science-based targets collective business action, including those for a future low-carbon economy.

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Ashish Shah

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IN
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CEO, North America, Give

Ashish Shah leads Give's strategy to grow giving from the United States to India with a focus on diaspora philanthropists, high-net-worth individuals, corporations, and foundations. He works with leading philanthropists, social entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders and foundations to identify new pathways for growing philanthropy to India, uncover impactful opportunities for supporting critical climate action work in India, and exploring how we can collectively work towards making giving to India bigger and better. Prior to that Ashish was Senior Director of Philanthropy & Community Engagement at Indiaspora where he led and executed strategies to support Indiaspora’s goal of significantly scaling the level of philanthropic giving by the Indian diaspora worldwide.

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Dana R Fisher

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Director, Center for Environment, Community, & Equity and Professor of School of International Service, American University

Dana R Fisher is the Director of the Center for Environment, Community, & Equity and Professor in the School of International Service at American University. She speaks and writes about activism, democracy and environmental policy. Her next book, Saving Ourselves: from Climate Shocks to Climate Action will be out from Columbia University Press in early 2024.

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Amanda Victoria

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CEO & Founder, Siponey Spritz Co.™

Amanda Victoria is a multi-decade, award-winning leader in cocktail and spirits business, communications, corporate environmental and social impact, product development, and revenue strategy. In 2019, Amanda co-founded Siponey Spritz Co., the first in-category B Corp certified cocktail company, as a super-premium canned alternative, made with top-quality ingredients. Her work has been featured prominently in the media as an eminent wine and spirits authority, entrepreneur, and environmental and social activist.

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Mark Byrne

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Co-founder, Good Liquorworks

Mark Byrne is the co-founder and CEO of Good Liquorworks, a company that produces sustainable ethanol from overlooked agricultural waste streams. Its first product, Good Vodka, is distilled entirely from the fruit waste byproduct of the coffee trade.

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Sir David King

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Chair and Founder, Climate Crisis Advisory Group

Professor Sir David King is an Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge. He is also the Founder and Chair of the Climate Crisis Advisory Group (CCAG) and the Founder of the Centre for Climate Repair (CCR) at Cambridge University. Additionally, he is an Affiliate Partner of Systemiq. Previously, he served as the UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser from 2000-2007 and the Foreign Secretary's Special Representative on Climate Change from 2013-2017.

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Alexander Bilgeri

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Vice President Communications Human Resources, Production, Purchasing and Sustainability, BMW

Alexander Bilgeri is responsible for Human Resources, Production, Purchasing and Sustainability Communications at the BMW Group. He is an expert in strategic, data-driven communications and public relations with over 20 years of experience in managing and leading organizations, from media startups to international car manufacturers. At the BMW Group, Alexander has held various international positions since 2004, including responsibility for communications strategy, product, innovation, business and financial communications, as well as in the U.S. for communications in the Americas region. Alexander holds a degree in business administration and studied at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and WHU in Vallendar. He is a trained journalist.

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Thomas Burkhardt

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President, Marchon Eyewear

Thomas Burkhardt is a recognized operational and thought leader in global marketing, brand management and organizational effectiveness. Throughout his career, he has been tasked with leading some of the world’s biggest beauty and accessories brands for Procter & Gamble, Coty Inc. and Marchon Eyewear. Thomas spent 13 years with Procter & Gamble in Germany, the UK and Switzerland. In 2010, Thomas joined Coty Inc. in New York City as the global brand leader for Calvin Klein Fragrances & Color Cosmetics. From 2016 to 2022, Thomas served as the Senior Vice President for Global Brand Licensing, Marketing and Product Design for Marchon Eyewear, a division of VSP Vision. Thomas is now the President of Marchon Eyewear, Inc.,. Marchon Eyewear is one of the globally leading designers, manufacturer, and distributors of premium eyewear and works with some of the world’s best-known performance, fashion, and lifestyle companies such as NIKE, Ferragamo and Lacoste.

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Mark Curtis

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UK
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Head of Sustainability, Accenture Song

Mark is a co-founder of design agency Fjord, which became part of Accenture in 2013 and grew to the largest design team in the world. He now leads Sustainability, and he also leads the creation of Accenture Life Trends every year. He has written a book - Distraction, Being Human in the Digital Age.

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Skye Flanigan

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Assistant Director of Programs, Harvard Chan's Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment

Skye Flanigan is the Assistant Director of Programs at The Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Harvard Chan C-CHANGE), where she has been since 2014. She is responsible for stewarding community engagement initiatives, developing and implementing new programs, and advancing strategic partnerships for the Center. Skye has an extensive background in research, primarily on assessing how indoor environmental quality impacts health, as well as project and research management. Skye holds a Master's degree from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Denver.

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Antonella Battaglini

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CEO, Renewables Grid Initiative

Antonella Battaglini is the CEO of the Renewables Grid Initiative-RGI, which she founded in 2009. RGI is a unique collaboration of NGOs and TSOs from across Europe, promoting transparent, environmentally sensitive grid development to enable steady growth of renewable energy and the energy transition. In addition, Antonella has been an expert member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Clean Electrification and of the European Commission Interconnection Target Group. For many years, Antonella has also held the position of senior scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).

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Viktor Vitell

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SE
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Chief Marketing Officer, Kiona

Viktor is the Chief Marketing Officer at the Nordic proptech company Kiona. With a keen eye for combining business opportunities with sustainable results, Viktor is dedicated to transforming the property industry into a more eco-friendly one. With offices in 8 countries and over 55,000 buildings connected to the platform, Kiona aims to significantly impact the fight against climate change by offering the most innovative and cost-efficient proptech platform on the market.

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Veronika Thieme

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Head of Delivery - Europe, Carbon Trust

Veronika leads the Carbon Trust’s delivery team in Europe and specialises in corporate carbon footprinting, strategy development and data analysis. She works across multiple sectors to help companies set science-based targets, measure the carbon impact across their value chain, and develop comprehensive, bespoke carbon reduction strategies.She has particular expertise working with companies in the ICT sector supporting them on their net positive calculations and methodology development.

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Linda Ekener Mägi

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Business Development B2B, Tele2

20+ years in enabling digital solutions based on wireless technologies. Focus on sustainable value creation and the enabling factor of digital solutions. Previously working at PwC and Ericsson as well as in startups in MedTech.

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Erin Decker

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Senior Director, Renewable Energy and Carbon Advisory Services, Schneider Electric

Erin Decker leads Schneider Electric’s Renewable Energy and Carbon Advisory Services team for the Americas, supporting organizations as they navigate long-term renewable energy and carbon strategies. She provides strategy development and consults on execution of deals for customers looking to navigate the global complexities, risks, and opportunities associated with renewable energy and other cleantech solutions. Erin has helped clients execute more than 10GW of PPAs globally during her 10 years in the industry. Previously, Erin was a senior sustainability manager at Salesforce, where she led the global sustainability team, helped set a 100% renewable energy commitment and strategy, and executed the company’s first long-term Power Purchase Agreement. Prior to that, Erin held various leadership roles in the technology, environmental grant-making and social enterprise sectors. She started her career as a CPA at Deloitte & Touche.

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Assaad Razzouk

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Chief Executive Officer, Gurīn Energy

Assaad Razzouk is the CEO of Gurīn Energy, a renewable energy company headquartered in Singapore developing, financing, building and operating renewable energy projects in North Asia, ASEAN and India. He is a Lebanese-British clean energy entrepreneur, podcaster and commentator based in Singapore. Formerly Chairman and CEO of Sindicatum Renewable Energy, he is currently a director of the Reneum Institute, a Board member of ClientEarth, an Advisory Board member of Eco-Business, a Board member of EB Impact, a member of the International Council of the National University of Singapore Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine; and a host of The Angry Clean Energy Guy podcast.

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Myrrh Caplan

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VP Sustainability for US, Skanska USA Building

Myrrh Caplan leads the sustainability efforts of Skanska USA Building and its clients in regards to carbon, resilience, healthy spaces, organizational strategy, and project certification. She and her team provide consulting services for clients, assist internal teams to manage sustainability-related requirements, and lead Skanska's corporate initiatives. With over two decades of experience on some of the most progressive projects, Myrrh is an expert advisor but also a board member, chair, or participant for multiple organizations and their efforts.

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Andrew Potts

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US
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Heritage and Climate Action Advisor, Europa Nostra; & Coordination, Climate Heritage Network Culture

Andrew Potts is the Heritage and Climate Action Adviser to Europa Nostra and the European Heritage Hub. Prior to joining Europa Nostra, Andrew founded and coordinated the Secretariat of the Climate Heritage Network (www.climateheritage.org). Andrew’s work with the CHN continues at Europa Nostra, which is the Co-Chair of the CHN’s European Region. Andrew formerly served as the Coordinator of the Climate Change and Heritage Working Group of the Paris-based International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). A lawyer by training, his law practice originally focused on arranging public and private finance for the adaptive reuse of historic buildings and then expanded to financing for culture-based sustainable development projects more generally. He has made culture and climate change his focus since 2015.

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Dr. Natasha Matic

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US
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Executive Director, Global Commons Alliance Accountability Accelerator

Dr. Matic is a global strategist with twenty-five years of experience in philanthropy, sustainability, and systems change. Natasha serves as the Executive Director of the Global Commons Alliance’s Accountability Accelerator. GCAA is working at the nexus of nature and climate to scale science-based action to protect people and the planet. The Accountability Accelerator aims to hold corporations accountable for acting and delivering on their nature commitments and we stay within safe and just Earth system boundaries.

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David Biello

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US
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Science Curator, TED

David Biello is an award-winning journalist who has been reporting on the environment and energy since 1999—long enough to be cynical but not long enough to be depressed. He’s currently the science curator for TED, as well as lead curator for its Countdown series of events aiming to accelerate climate solutions. He has written for Foreign Policy, The New York Times, Scientific American, and The New Republic, among other outlets, and hosted the du Pont-Columbia award-wining documentary Beyond the Light Switch as well as The Ethanol Effect for PBS. He is also the author of The Unnatural World.

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Wanjira Mathai

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Managing Director for Africa and Global Partnerships, World Resources Institute

Wanjira Mathai is the Managing Director for Africa and Global Partnerships at WRI. At WRI, she also leads the Restore Local project, helping advance forest protection and landscape restoration. By investing in local restoration projects, Restore Local is revitalizing forests, pastures and mangrove clusters, fighting climate change and promoting sustainable, income-generating agriculture at scale. She is also the current Chair of the Wangari Maathai Foundation and the former Chair of the Green Belt Movement in Kenya. An inspiring leader, Wanjira has over 20 years of experience advocating for social and environmental change on both local and international platforms. Over the years, Wanjira has also served important strategic and advocacy roles raising the prominence and visibility of global issues such as climate change, youth leadership, sustainable energy and landscape restoration at Women Entrepreneurs in Renewables (wPOWER), the Wangari Maathai Foundation (WMF), and the Green Belt Movement (GBM) the organization her mother, Wangari Maathai (2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate) founded in 1977. Wanjira currently serves on the Board of the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF), as a Leadership Council member of the Clean Cooking Alliance and a member of the High-Level Group of the Africa-Europe Foundation. Wanjira is one of a few Six Seconds EQ Practitioners in Kenya and was named one of the 100 Most Influential African Women in 2018, 2020 and 2021.Cooking Alliance. Wanjira is one of a few Six Seconds EQ Practitioners in Kenya and was named one of the 100 Most Influential African Women in 2018 and 2020.

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Marcus Lovell Smith

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CEO, Neutral

Marcus is CEO of Neutral Foods, Inc. – a company funded by Breakthrough Energy Ventures and others – to bring carbon neutral foods to market, starting with dairy milk. Neutral works directly with dairy farmers to reduce the climate impact of their operations. Prior to Neutral, Marcus was a Special Advisor at Bill Gates founded Breakthrough Energy Ventures and was the CTO at Google Fiber. Before these roles, he was the CEO of Diagnostics for All, a non-profit saving lives through low-cost, easy-to-use, point-of-care diagnostic devices explicitly designed for the developing world. He is also a dairy farmer in New Hampshire and is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence at Harvard University.

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Natalia Vega-Berry

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PE & US
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CEO & Founder, Global Brain Foundation & New Zero World

Natalia is the Founder of the Global Brain, a social impact not for profit creative incubator. During the past years, Natalia has been widely recognized for her work creating innovative strategies, campaigns, films and experiential events in support of the United Nations, working with The Office of the UN Secretary General, The Office of the President of the UN General Assembly and the UN Global Compact. Natalia was named one of the “Top 10 Most influential Media and Communications Executives of 2015" by the Media for Social Impact Summit, as she put her skills to work for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Change. Committed about innovating with purpose and creating disruptive solutions, she is currently developing The New Zero World, a multiyear action-oriented initiative born in response to the urgent need to shift the narrative from climate change to the “everything change” and reimagining the visions of our future, to elevate future-focused solutions and new emergence technologies web3 to catalyze mainstream action for society and the planet.

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Nompilo Morafo

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Chief Sustainability & Corporate Affairs Officer, MTN

Nompilo Morafo is the Group Chief Sustainability and Corporate Affairs Officer, effective 1 February 2022. Nompilo’s key areas of focus include driving strategy and coordinating efforts on decarbonization, rural connectivity, diversity and inclusion, stakeholder management, and protecting human rights. Through her leadership, she aims to drive MTN’s sustainability agenda, champion responsible business practices, and create long-term value for stakeholders while ensuring a positive societal impact. With over 20 years of experience in sustainability, corporate affairs, and stakeholder management across diverse sectors, including financial services, mining, oil and gas, and telecommunications, Nompilo brings a wealth of expertise to her role.

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Gautam Narasimhan

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Global Lead – Climate, Energy and Environment, UNICEF

Gautam is the Global Lead for Climate Change, Energy, and the Environment at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). He works with a talented team to shape and advance UNICEF’s global agenda on these issues in the over 190 countries and territories where UNICEF works. This agenda is focused on PROTECTING children from the impacts of a degrading planet; EMPOWERING young people to be environmental champions and REDUCING emissions in Unicef’s work and the humanitarian aid and social service sectors.

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Jim Gowen

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US
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SVP Supply Chain and Sourcing & Chief Sustainability Officer, Verizon

As Verizon’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Jim is responsible for setting the direction of the company’s sustainable growth strategies and for reducing its carbon footprint. In his supply chain role, Gowen leads centralized operations and the global customer premises equipment program with responsibility for more than $2.5 billion in annual through-put and half a billion dollars in annual inventory. He oversees Verizon’s regional distribution centers, purchasing and materials management, investment recovery, international supply chain and centralized fleet operations.

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Bechara Choucair, MD

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Senior Vice President and Chief Health Officer, Kaiser Permanente

Dr. Bechara Choucair is the senior vice president and chief health officer for Kaiser Permanente, one of America’s leading integrated health systems with more than 12.5 million members. His work includes the creation of the nation’s largest social health network to meet the housing, food, and transportation needs of Kaiser Permanente’s members. He also manages the organization’s community health portfolio, including $3.4 billion dedicated to supporting medical financial assistance and charitable care as well as grants and community health initiatives. From January through November 2021, Dr. Choucair served as the White House national COVID-19 vaccinations coordinator. In that role, he focused on coordinating the timely, safe, and equitable administration of COVID-19 vaccinations for the U.S. population. During his tenure, more than 450 million doses of the vaccine were administered nationwide. He returned to Kaiser Permanente in December 2021. Dr. Choucair served as Chicago’s Public Health Commissioner from 2009 to 2014. Among other accolades, Dr. Choucair has been named by Modern Healthcare as one of the 50 Most Influential Health Executives in the U.S., one of the Most Influential People in Healthcare, and one of the Top 25 Innovators in Healthcare. A family physician by training, he completed his family practice residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He holds an MD from the American University of Beirut and a master’s degree in health care management from the University of Texas at Dallas.

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Shyam Bishen

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Head, Centre for Health and Healthcare, Executive Committee Member, World Economic Forum

Dr. Shyam Bishen is joining the Forum from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation where he was Regional/Deputy Director of Life Sciences Partnerships in Seattle. Before working at the Gates Foundation, he was Head of Emerging Markets Strategy and Innovation as well as Vice President & General Manager of Biosimilars Business Unit at Merck, based out of the company headquarters in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey. Prior to joining Merck, Dr. Bishen was Vice President of Corporate Development at Ranbaxy based in New Delhi, India and Princeton, New Jersey. Before moving to Ranbaxy, he worked with Pfizer/Pharmacia in New Jersey and Schein in New York.

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Victor Dzau

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MD, President, National Academy of Medicine

Victor Dzau is President of the National Academy of Medicine, Vice-Chair of the National Research Council, Chancellor Emeritus of Duke University, and past CEO of Duke Health System. Previously, he was Professor and Chairman of Medicine at both Harvard and Stanford Universities. Dr. Dzau is recognized globally for a long and highly decorated career as a scientist, administrator, and leader. His research laid the foundation for development of lifesaving drugs known as ACE inhibitors, used globally to treat high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. Under Dzau’s tenure, the NAM has undertaken important initiatives with US and global impact. These include the Global Health Risk Framework, the Human Genome Editing Initiative, the Global Roadmap for Healthy Longevity, and the G20 report on Financing the Global Commons for Pandemic Preparedness and Response. Currently, he co-chairs World Economic Forum’s Regional Vaccine Manufacturing Collaborative. In 2020, the NAM launched the Grand Challenge in Climate Change and Health aimed at reversing the effects of climate on health through interventions, research, communication, and policy; and decarbonizing the health care sector.

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Zulfiqar Bhutta

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MBBS, PhD, Professor, Robert Harding Chair in Global Child Health & Policy, Toronto, Canada & Senior Scientist, Research Institute

Dr. Zulfiqar A. Bhutta is the Distinguished University Professor and Founding Director of the Institute for Global Health and Development and the Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health, at the Aga Khan University. He also holds the Robert Harding Inaugural Chair in Global Child Health at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Co-Director of the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health, unique joint appointments. He also holds adjunct professorships at several leading Universities globally including the Schools of Public Health at Johns Hopkins (Baltimore), George Washington University (DC), Boston University School of Public Health, University of Alberta as well as the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He is a designated Distinguished National Professor of the Government of Pakistan and was the Founding Chair of the National Research Ethics Committee of the Government of Pakistan from 2003-2014.

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Michelle A. Williams

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ScD, Epidemiologist, Visiting Professor, Stanford University, & Dean of the Faculty, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Michelle A. Williams ScD is an Epidemiologist, Visiting Professor, Stanford University, & Dean of the Faculty, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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Jake Barton

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Founder, Local Projects

Jake Barton is the creator of the Accelerator, an immersive experience that aims catalyze action around the climate crisis, earning him an Emerson Collective Climate Fellowship. Jake is also the Founder of Local Projects, an experience design firm creating groundbreaking museums and public spaces, including landmark projects like the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, Greenwood Rising Black Wall Street History Center, The Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum and Planet Word, the Museum of Language Arts. Local Projects has won every major award, including the National Design Award, Cannes Lions, his TED Talk has over one million views and he is on Fast Company Magazine’s list of top fifty designers.

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Latraviette Smith-Wilson

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Chief Marketing & Equity Officer, Horizon Media

Latraviette D. Smith-Wilson is one of Corporate America’s most sought-after executives. She has 25 years of global experience helping some of the nation’s most well-known businesses succeed — building brands and reputations rooted in purpose, social impact, and inclusion. With a trademark drive and transformative mindset, her career has spanned journalism, marketing and communications, diversity & inclusion, and business strategy. Smith-Wilson is currently Chief Marketing and Equity Officer for Horizon Media, the largest media agency in the U.S. and the world’s largest independent. In this first-ever role, she leads a unified Marketing and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team charged with driving growth through principles of innovation, inclusion, belonging, and culture.

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Nsedo Witherspoon, MPH

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Executive Director, Children’s Environmental Health Network

Nsedo Witherspoon, MPH is the Executive Director of the Children’s Environmental Health Network.

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Cheryl Moore

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Chief Research Programmes Officer, Wellcome Trust

Cheryl Moore is a Chief Research Programmes Officer at Wellcome Trust.

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Fredrika Klarén

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Head of Sustainability, Polestar

Fredrika Klarén is a firm believer in the role of business as a catalyst for sustainable development and has held sustainability positions over the past decade at IKEA and Swedish fashion retailer KappAhl. She studied Civil Engineering with a focus on Environmental Systems Analysis at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. Fredrika joined Polestar in April 2020 to drive the company’s sustainability ambitions forward on issues such as climate-neutrality, circularity, transparency and inclusion. Fredrika is chair of the board for Agenda 2030 West, an organisation enabling partnership between academia, business, civil society and public sector for the 17 SDGs. Fredrika is a reglular speaker at events such as The Next Web, Financial Times Live and Electronomous.

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Love Ssega

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Artist & Founder, LIVE + BREATHE

Love Ssega is a British-Ugandan musician, producer and performing artist. Climate activism weaves through his work in visual arts spaces or on stage with international orchestras. He founded clean air and arts campaign LIVE + BREATHE and is a Trustee of Brian Eno-led charity EarthPercent.

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Dr. Kimberley R. Miner

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Climate Scientist, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Dr. Kimberley R. Miner is a Climate Scientist and Program Manager at the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab. Her research on climate risks has taken her to the planet’s extreme environments- from the North Pole to Antarctica and Mt. Everest. Dedicated to science communication, Kimberley’s research teams have reached international audiences with features in the BBC, NYT, GQ, and a 2020 Guinness World Record. Before coming to NASA, Kimberley worked on climate security for the Department of Defense in DC, and currently teaches her work at Berkley and Virginia Tech. She is also writing a book on how younger generations can plan for climate change--to be released in early 2024. Kimberley is a Black belt, wilderness Firefighter, and lives in a fishing harbor on the Pacific Ocean.

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Fabrice Grinda

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Founding Partner FJ Labs

Fabrice Grinda is among the world’s leading Internet entrepreneurs and investors. He has over 175 exits on 600 angel investments. Fabrice has served as CEO for three multinational companies and has an impressive track record as an early investor in Alibaba, Flexport, Delivery Hero, Betterment and Brightroll. Fabrice is currently running the startup studio and venture fund FJ Labs, which he cofounded with business partner Jose Marin. Fabrice was named the #1 Angel Investor in the world by Forbes.

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Christiana Figueres

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Founder, Global Optimism, Co-host of the climate podcast Outrage+Optimism, & Former Executive Secretary, UNFCCC

Christiana Figueres is an internationally recognized leader on climate change. She was Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change from 2010 to 2016, where she oversaw the delivery of the historic Paris Agreement. Today she is the co-founder of Global Optimism, co-host of the podcast “Outrage & Optimism” and is the co-author of the recently published book, “The Future We Choose.”

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Aymeric Saha

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CEO, MiDA Advisors

Aymeric Saha is the CEO of MiDA Advisors. More recently, he was the Managing Director of the NASP-USAID Investment Partnership for Mobilizing Institutional Investors to Develop Africa’s Infrastructure or “MiDA.” He previously spent fourteen years at the World Bank and led the quantitative risk finance function responsible for overseeing market and credit risks for $200 billion in banking operations in over 100 countries; and an investment portfolio of over $100 billion invested across developed and emerging markets. In 2013, he was appointed Financial Policy Director in the United States Congress for the House Subcommittee on Financial Institutions to oversee the implementation of banking and capital markets reforms in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. Cumulatively, he directed initiatives to boost U.S.- Africa trade and investments, particularly within the Power Africa initiative. In 2005, Mr. Saha co-founded New Bridge Development/1438 Street LLC, a boutique real estate and retail investment firm that developed and managed commercial and residential properties in the Washington, DC region.

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Lindeka Dzedze

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Executive Director: Strategic partnerships, Standard Bank

Lindeka is responsible for creating financial solutions to attract international investors to deploy capital into impactful opportunities across Africa. She works with US institutional investors and government agencies to source sustainable capital at reduced cost for longer dated tenors through her partnership with MiDA Advisors, an implementation partner for investment and trade for USAID. Lindeka is also the chairman of the African Women Impact Fund (AWIF), an Initiative of the UN Economic Commission of Africa (ECA) that seeks to promote gender equality and decent work and economic growth in Africa. The Standard Bank Group is the lead sponsor of the AWIF, with MiDA Advisors as a key strategic advisor and RisCura as the investment manager. Lindeka's achievements include industry awards in Capital Markets, the launch of AWIF, and being featured in African Business Magazine as one of the New African's 100 Entrepreneurs for her work on the AWIF Initiative.

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Naveen Rao, MD

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Senior Vice President, Health Initiative, The Rockefeller Foundation

Dr. Naveen Rao is the Senior Vice President of the Health Initiative at The Rockefeller Foundation where he leads the Foundation’s efforts to shape the field of Climate and Health, transforming the world’s health systems to be more equitable, inclusive and resilient to climate change and improving the ability to predict, detect, and respond to climate-sensitive disease threats. Dr. Rao previously led the Foundation's COVID-19 pandemic efforts, including the Global Vaccination Initiative, which increased vaccination uptake in low and middle-income countries, as well as the Foundation's Pandemic Prevention Initiative, which strengthened global pathogen surveillance and response around the world. Dr. Rao joined The Rockefeller Foundation after a 25-year career with Merck&Co., Inc., where he most recently led Merck for Mothers, the company’s 10-year, $500 million initiative to reduce maternal mortality around the world. Prior to Merck, he was the Associate Director of the Department of Medicine at Beekman-Downtown Hospital and practiced Internal Medicine in New York City for 10 years. Dr. Rao is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

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Dawn Richard

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Artist Relations Director & Cultural Producer, Hip Hop Caucus

With an extensive musical career ranging from multi Platinum selling pop group Danity Kane and Dirty Money to independent artist , Dawn has a way with connecting with artists to help mobilize and support nonprofit organizations. With social media and technology ever evolving artists and influencers play an important role in the climate fight, and Dawn is helping them get the message out in innovative ways.

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Laura Juliana Arciniegas

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Global Stocktake project Director, Transforma

Director of the Global Stocktake project at TRANSFORMA, a Colombian Think Tank that promotes climate action and ecological transitions. Served before as Director of Multilateral Affairs and was Colombia’s Lead Negotiator for the United Nations conventions on climate change, biodiversity and ozone protection. During the negotiations of the Paris Agreement and until 2021 she was the spokesperson for the Latin American group of countries AILAC on matters related to science, ambition and adaptation to climate change.

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Heymi Bahar

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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst, International Energy Agency

Heymi Bahar works at the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Renewable Energy Division as the senior analyst and lead author of Renewables Report, the IEA’s main market analysis and forecast on renewable energy. Before IEA, Heymi worked as a trade policy analyst at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) where he analysed domestic inventive measures for renewable energy sources with possible trade implications.

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Erik Dyrkoren

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CEO, Zeabuz

Erik Dyrkoren is an ocean tech entrepreneur, who has founded the underwater drone company Blueye Robotics in 2015 and co-founded Zeabuz in 2019. He holds an M.Sc. in mechanical engineering from NTNU and Georgia Tech, MBA at NUS Singapore. He has worked for Schlumberger in Kazakhstan, the European Space Agency in the Netherlands, before settling in Trondheim with his wife and three children.

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Erik Björke

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Road Freight Decarbonisation Lead, Climate Group

Erik leads the overall corporate engagement work within the transport department and drives the Climate Group agenda regarding Road Freight Decarbonisation. Before joining the Climate Group, Erik worked for the Ingka Group as a Global Senior Sustainability Advisor, leading their development of the sustainable mobility area and the evolution of GHG protocol methodologies and the company's external sustainability assurance process. Erik's professional passion lies in tackling the unsustainable use of resources and the negative impact this has on our planet. He believes that with the combination of developing new technologies, the implementation of circular business models, and with changes in human behavior, we can solve the effects of climate change.

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

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Actor, Producer and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador

Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, best known for starring in HBO’s Game of Thrones, is a passionate advocate for climate action. As a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Development Programme (UNDP) since 2016, Coster-Waldau traveled to Kenya, Rwanda, Maldives, Thailand and the Peruvian Amazon to shine a spotlight on the connection between climate change and growing inequalities around the world. Father of two, Coster-Waldau is helping mobilize support for the Sustainable Development Goals, a universal call to action to fight poverty, end inequality, protect the planet and leave no one behind by 2030. Coster-Waldau has starred in numerous films and television series in Europe and North America, including Apple TV’s The Last Thing He Told Me, Shot Caller, Small Crimes, Gods of Egypt, The Other Woman and 1,000 Times Good Night. In addition to his award-winning acting career, Coster-Waldau is also a producer and screenwriter whose new original documentary series, An Optimist’s Guide to the Planet, will be released by Bloomberg Originals in 2024.

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