Maintaining Momentum to COP26 for the Net-Zero Transition

COP26 has been delayed.

Environmental diplomacy put on hold.

We cannot postpone the climate emergency.

Momentum on climate action must be maintained.

2020 was meant to usher in a decade of action in our fight against the climate crisis. Governments and businesses were poised to raise their ambition but instead have been fighting a difference crisis – the global pandemic.

As economies begin to rebuild, sectors reopen and society returns the decisions governments and businesses make today and the industries we support will decide the future we create.


Event Overview

Over the past decade the Sustainable Innovation Forum has been used as a platform by the United Nations, Heads of State, Government Ministers, Climate Experts and Chief Executives, to communicate leadership, raise ambition and forge stronger relationships between the public and private sectors.

Climate Action has curated a thoroughly researched and validated programme aligned to the key trends and challenges we face in our collective fight against climate change. The programme is design to build momentum on climate action ahead of COP26 in 2021.


5 Days Exploring 5 Climate Challenges


Climate Policy & Finance


Energy Transition


Future Mobility


Industry Transition


Land Use and Agriculture


What to Expect

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Featured Speakers

Cassie Flynn

Strategic Advisor Climate Change

Cassie Flynn has provided strategic advisory services to UN bodies and other international organizations, national, state and local governments, multi-billion dollar companies, and civil society groups on climate change and sustainability issues. As a Climate Change Policy Specialist with the United Nations Development Programme, Cassie supported countries in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations and provided technical advice to countries on finance, capacity building, adaptation and technology. In 2011, Cassie authored “Blending Climate Finance through National Climate Funds,” a guidebook on designing and establishing national funds.

Christian Pho Duc

Managing Director H2 Projects

Christian Pho Duc is heading the hydrogen activities of Smartenergy and is also in charge of solar projects in Germany. His many years of international management experience, his marked technical background and, last but not least, his multicultural roots make him ideally suited for this task. After over 5 years of expanding E-Mobility on the water as SVP Sales at market leader Torqeedo he is now eager to provide clean energy to the installations worldwide. Christian spent already 5 years in the Solar Industry at Smartenergy Renewables, Nanosolar and Solyndra developing solar projects as managing director and VP Sales in EMEA and India. Prior to his engagement in the renewable energy space, Christian worked for 15 years in the semiconductor industry, always at the leading edge of technical innovations launching what were then the most highly integrated memory chips. He marketed high-end products for Infineon, Giesecke & Devrient and Siemens on the international stage, holding a number of management positions. Christian holds a master’s degree in semiconductor physics and microelectronics engineering from Cambridge University and master’s degree in physics from the Ludwig-Maximilian-University of Munich and showed an early interest in the market potential of new technologies. He undertook research at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics into high resolution detectors that today orbit the earth in satellites.

H.E. Dr. Yasmine Fouad

Minister of Environment

Dr. Yasmine Fouad is Minister of Environment of the Arabic Republic of Egypt. Her expertise is in Environment and International cooperation with more than 18 years’ experience working in Government, in UN organizations, NGOs and Universities. She holds her MSc in Environmental Science and PhD in Political Science / Euro Mediterranean Studies.

Jennifer Morgan

Global CEO

Jennifer Morgan took the helm of Greenpeace International in April 2016. She was formerly the Global Director of the Climate Program at the World Resources Institute. A climate activist, she has been a leader of large teams at major organisations, and her other ports of call have included the Worldwide Fund for Nature, Climate Action Network, and E3G.

Marco Lambertini

Global Director General

Marco Lambertini is Director General of WWF International, having first worked with WWF as a youth  volunteer in his native Italy. As the head of the largest and most respected nature conservation organization,  he works with world leaders, corporate executives and civil society to forge a future in which people and  nature thrive. He sits on the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development  (CCICED) chaired by the Ministry of Environment, is an international ambassador of the Food and Land Use  Coalition (FOLU), a founding member of the Nature Action Agenda and Friends of Ocean Action of the World  Economic Forum (WEF), Business for Nature Coalition (BfN) and the Global Commons Alliance.

He leads a global Network with nearly 60 years of environmental conservation successes, five million  supporters, 35 million followers on social media and activities in over 100 countries, running around 3,000  local projects per year as well as global initiatives like Earth Hour engaging millions and reaching billions of  people annually.

Prior to joining WWF, he served as Chief Executive of BirdLife International where he coordinated a global  partnership of over 120 civil society organizations based in countries and territories in all continents. Marco’s  experience and career ranges from ecological field research to international policy, nature reserve  management, integrated conservation and development projects, environmental education, NGO development communications and campaigning, in many countries all over the world.

Thomas Bohner


Thomas Bohner has been CEO of Mitsubishi Power Europe GmbH since April 2019, following on from his role as acting CEO since September 2018. He received his BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Institute of Technology, Biel, Switzerland and MSc in Industrial Economics (BWI) from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland. He started his career at ABB Power from 1993 to 2001, last in the US. He worked at Alstom Power from 2001 to 2009, where he became the factory director. He was transferred to China to assume the role of general manager at Alstom Beizhong Power JV from 2009 to 2014, from 2014-2015 he served as managing director of Wuhan Boiler Company. Upon his return, he became managing director at GE Boiler Deutschland

Thomas Saueressig

Member of the Executive Board of SAP SE

Thomas Saueressig is a member of the Executive Board of SAP SE. He leads the Board area SAP Product Engineering and has global responsibility for all business software applications. This includes all functional areas from product strategy and management to product development and innovation as well as product delivery and support. He is responsible for a portfolio that includes the SAP S/4HANA suite, SAP Digital Supply Chain, SME, and industry solutions. In addition, SAP Product Engineering is responsible for cloud offerings such as SAP Ariba, SAP Concur, SAP Fieldglass, SAP SuccessFactors, and SAP Customer Experience. Saueressig is also in charge of all development cross-functions at SAP, comprising the global SAP Labs Network, SAP Knowledge & Education, Globalization Services, and SAP User Experience, as well as the overall quality of SAP software products. In addition, the Board area covers SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud as well as SAP’s global cloud infrastructure ensuring a consistent level of scalability, reliability, performance, security, and data protection across all solutions for SAP’s customers.

Before being appointed the head of SAP Product Engineering, Saueressig was chief information officer (CIO) and global head of IT Services at SAP. As CIO, he was responsible for SAP’s IT strategy and execution following a cloud-first approach. Under his leadership, the IT organization pioneered new business models. Prior to that, he led the enterprise mobility efforts including all cross-functions, followed by global responsibility for the IT project delivery and the client IT organization.

Saueressig started his career at SAP in consulting for CRM implementations. He spent several months in SAP Labs North America in Palo Alto, California (USA) and was a Board assistant for several years.

He was included on Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list in 2016. As global sponsor for the SAP Business Women’s Network, the largest employee network at SAP, and for the Women in Tech@SAP initiative, Saueressig supports corporate initiatives for gender equality.

Saueressig has a degree in Business Information Technology from the University of Cooperative Education in Mannheim (Germany) and a joint executive MBA from ESSEC (France) and Mannheim Business School (Germany).


Join the Climate Action Journey

It is almost five years since the Paris Agreement was established and we are still not on track to stave off the climate crisis. Time is running out, as highlighted by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s recent report; we only have 12 years in which to act to keep the rise in temperature below 1.5C. If you want to be a part of the climate solution, if you have an ambitious project, new technology or want to shape UN and government policy to galvanise the green economy, join us on the Roadmap to COP26 – the Sustainable Innovation Forum. Register your interest today.

Interested in joining us for the 11th Edition of the Sustainable Innovation Forum broadcast live from a studio in London?


Representing environment ministers, city leaders, UN agencies, private sector innovators and adopters


Discussing the circular economy, energy transition, sustainable mobility and climate finance


Attendees represent nations all across the globe
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