Meet the speakers who joined the Sustainable Innovation Forum 2019

Alexandre de Juniac

Director General and CEO


Alexandre de Juniac became the seventh person to lead the International Air Transport Association (IATA) when he took on the role of Director General and CEO from 1 September 2016.

De Juniac has almost three decades of experience in both the private and public sectors. This includes senior positions in the airline and aerospace industries and the French government.

De Juniac served as Chairman and CEO of Air France-KLM (2013-2016) and prior to that as Chairman and CEO of Air France (2011-2013). Under de Juniac’s leadership Air France and Air France-KLM underwent a successful restructuring that improved efficiency and strengthened performance. He has also served on the IATA Board of Governors (2013-2016).

De Juniac has broad aviation sector experience, including 14 years at French aerospace, space, defense, security and transportation company Thales, and its predecessor companies Thompson-CSF and Thompson SA (1995-2009). In his last position at Thales, de Juniac was responsible for the company’s operations and sales in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.

De Juniac has also held positions in the French government. His career began with the Conseil d’Etat (State Council) from 1988 to 1993. Subsequently, he served in the Department of Budget (1993-1995); and in the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Employment as Chief of Staff to then Minister Christine Lagarde (2009-2011).

A French citizen, de Juniac was born in 1962. He is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique de Paris and Ecole Nationale de l’Administration. At IATA he works from both the association’s main offices in Montreal, Canada and Geneva, Switzerland.

Alzbeta Klein

Director and Global Head, Climate Business


As the Director and Global Head of IFC’s Climate Business, Alzbeta’s role is to facilitate business growth, provide thought leadership, fundraise and facilitating all work related to renewables, climate-smart agribusiness, green bonds and other climate business areas. Prior to her current appointment, she was a director and global co-head of Agribusiness, Manufacturing and Services Investments group where she managed over $13 billion of assets in emerging markets, leading a group of 400 bankers in 60 IFC offices worldwide. During the past 20 years, Alzbeta worked in many areas of IFC and rose through the ranks, including serving for two years as the Chief of Staff to IFC’s former CEO Mr. Lars Thunell.

Luis Alfonso de Alba


UN Special Envoy for 2019 Climate Summit

Andrew Steer

CEO and President

World Resources Institute (WRI)

Dr. Andrew Steer is the President and CEO of the World Resources Institute, a global research-into-action organization dedicated to promoting economic development while protecting the natural environment.

WRI’s more than 950 experts work in more than 80 countries, from offices in Brazil, China, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Turkey, the United States, and the United Kingdom. WRI focuses on seven urgent global challenges: food, forests, water, energy, urbanization, climate change and the ocean.

Dr. Steer joined WRI from the World Bank, where he served as Special Envoy for Climate Change from 2010 – 2012. From 2007 to 2010, he served as Director General at the UK Department of International Development (DFID) in London. This followed 10 years in East Asia, where he was Head of the World Bank in Vietnam and Indonesia.

In earlier years, Andrew was Director of Environment and Social Policy at the World Bank, Chief of the Bank’s Country Risk Division, Chief Author of the 1992 World Development Report on Environment and Development, and taught economics at Cambridge University. He has written widely on the links between the economy and the natural environment.

Dr. Steer is a Global Agenda Trustee for the World Economic Forum, a Commissioner of the Global Commission on Adaptation, and of the Energy Transitions Commission, a member of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED), and Advisory Groups of the Bank of America and IKEA.

Andrew was educated at St Andrews University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Cambridge University. He has a PhD in international economics and finance.

Angie Farrag-Thibault

Director, Collaborative Initiatives and Transport and Logistics


Angie leads BSR’s Transport and Logistics practice, working with companies and stakeholders across the global value chain to advance climate-resilient and inclusive transport and logistics supply chains.

In this role, she steers BSR’s Clean Cargo Working Group and award-winning Maritime Anti-Corruption Network. She also leads the strategic and operational oversight management team for BSR’s global portfolio of more than 20 collaborative initiatives.

Angie has more than 15 years of experience working with leading companies and stakeholders on sustainability management. Previously, she worked at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and Andersen in London, where she provided strategic advisory and sustainability report assurance services to companies across sectors.

Antti Vihavainen



Antti’s professional career consists of introducing new technologies to the market, sometimes creating the market and innovating on business models.

Antti has been interested in sustainable business since the university where he studied international business in the nineties. Reversing climate change became a professional mission in 2017 when the initial idea of building a business model around carbon net-negative operations emerged. At Puro.earth Antti is in charge business development and investor relations.

Anup Jagwani

Manager, Climate Finance & Policy


Arantxa Tapia

Minister of Economic Development and Infrastructures of the Basque Government

Basque Country

Industrial Engineer in Electrical Ingineering.

PhD Cum Laude from the University of Navarre in 1992.

  • Lecturer at the School of Engineering of the University of Navarra. 1987-1992
  • Senior Professor at the Faculty of the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU) 1995-2005

“Invited Lecturer” at Massachusetts MIT for three years.

  • Deputy Minister for Transport and Public Works of the Basque Government 2005-2007
  • Provincial Councillor for Mobility and Land Planning of Gipuzkoa Provincial Council.
  • Chair of the Innovation Commission of Gipuzkoa General Assemblies
  • EAJ-PNV Member of Parliament in the Spanish Parliament since 2011-2012.

Spokesperson for the Economy & Competitiveness, Development, Defence, Education & Sport, and Agriculture, Food &  the Environment commissions of the Spanish Parliament.

  • Minister of Economic Development and Competitiveness (2012-2016)
  • From 2016 Minister of Economic Development and Infrastructure

Barbara Buchner

Executive Director


Dr. Barbara Buchner is Executive Director of the widely renowned Climate Finance program at Climate Policy Initiative. Named one of the 20 most influential women in climate change and one of the 100 most influential people in climate policy, Barbara advises leaders on climate, energy, and land use investments around the world.

Barbara directs the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance (the Lab) and its sister programs in Brazil and India. The Lab’s public-private approach solicits, shapes, and tests cutting edge climate finance instruments that resolve financing barriers hindering alternative energy, adaptation, and land use projects. Instruments from the Lab have mobilized over 1.4 billion US dollars for sustainable development in developing countries in just four years.

Ben Welle

Director, Integrated Transport & Innovation

World Resources Institute

Borja Lafuente

Head of Sustainability

Danone Spain

Bruno Sauer


GBCe-Green Building Council España

Carlos Manuel Rodríguez

Minister of Environment and Energy

Costa Rica

Carlos Manuel Rodríguez is the Environment and Energy Minister of Costa Rica. He was formerly the vice president of international policy in Conservation International’s Center for Conservation and Government.

Dagur B. Eggertsson

Mayor of Reykjavik


Dagur B. Eggertsson is the mayor of Reykjavik. Day is the leader of the Democratic Alliance in the city council and former deputy chairman of the party. He has served as mayor since 2014.

Dagur was born on June 19, 1972. He was born in Oslo but raised in Árbæjarhverfi, the son of Eggerts Gunnarsson, a veterinarian and Bergthora Jónsdóttir biochemist. Mags Dags is Arna Dögg Einarsdóttir a doctor at Landspítali – a university hospital. They have the daughters Ragnheiði Hulda and Mooeid and the sons Steinar Gauta and Eggert.

David Greenfield

European External Affairs Representative

Circular Economy Club

David set up SOENECS, an independent environmental research and innovation practice in 2014 following 15 years in leadership roles in local and regional government. David is the non-executive Director of CIWM enterprises, Trustee and Director of Freegle, Chair of the ICE Resource Management Panel, Government Adviser to DEFRA and MHCLG and advisor and past chair to the National Waste Network Chairs (WNC).

Dennis Pamlin

Senior Advisor

MI’s Net-Zero Compatible Innovations Initiative

Dennis Pamlin is currently a Senior Associate at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Senior Advisor at RISE, a visiting research fellow at the Research Center of Journalism and Social Development at Renmin university, and advisor to Centre for Sustainable Development at Confederation of Indian Industries (CII).

Current work includes work to establish a framework that can identify winners in a sustainable future, build a platform for global trend assessment, promote clusters capable of delivering transformative solutions, exploring the impact of our “digital twins” and develop tools that allow public procurement to support sustainable solutions. Pamlin is also leading work to develop tools for companies, organisations and cities to measure and report their positive impacts, focus on climate, water, health and poverty.

Eduardo Luzarraga

Head of Office - Madrid


Enrique Alfaro

Governor of Jalisco


Eric Wiebes

Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy

The Netherlands

After studying in Delft, Mr Wiebes worked as an energy engineer at Shell from 1987 to 1989. In 1990 he joined McKinsey & Company as a consultant. From 1993 to 2004 he worked as a consultant at OC&C Strategy Consultants, of which he was a partner from 1996.

In 2004 Mr Wiebes joined the Ministry of Economic Affairs. He was Director of Market Forces until 2007, when he became Deputy Secretary-General, with responsibility for ICT/operational management, executive organisations and the reorganisation of the ministry and its external departments. In 2009 he also became Interim Director of Communications.

In 2010 Mr Wiebes became a member of the municipal executive of Amsterdam with responsibility for the North-South metro line project, traffic, transport, infrastructure, air quality and ICT.

On 4 February 2014 Eric Wiebes was appointed State Secretary for Finance in the Rutte-Asscher government.

On 26 October 2017 Eric Wiebes was appointed Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy in the third Rutte government.

Erik Grigoryan

Minister of Environment


H.E. Erik Grigoryan, Minister of Environment of the Republic of Armenia, National Focal Point of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

More than 10 years of professional experience in Government.

More than 10 years of expertise in the field of nature protection and environmental economics with several international organizations, mostly: WB, UNDP, OSCE, USAID, KfW, ADB etc.

Main Expertise: Environmental Management, Policy, and Legislation, Economic Mechanisms of Environmental Management, Valuation and Payments for Ecosystem Services, ESIA and Mining taxation etc.

Education: Doctoral Study, Environmental Economics (Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki).

Federico Buyolo

General Manager Agenda 2030

Government of Spain

Federico Mazza

Senior Analyst, Climate Finance

Climate Policy Initiative

Federico Mazza is Senior Analyst at Climate Policy Initiative, based in London.

He has a strong expertise in tracking climate finance built over several years of work on CPI’s Global Landscape of Climate Finance and through participation in expert groups like the UNFCCC’s Standing Committee on Finance, the OECD Research Collaborative on Tracking Private Climate Finance and the Climate Bonds Initiative’s Adaptation and Resilience Expert Group (AREG) among others. Since 2017, Federico has authored the Energizing Finance report for Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) that provides an annual overview of finance for energy access in developing countries. He is also the lead analyst of the Blue Carbon and Nature-Based Solutions streams of the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance; and works closely with the Kenyan Government to track climate finance in Kenya.

He holds a Master’s degree in Economics and Finance from Ca’Foscari University of Venice.

Francisco Benedito Valentín

CEO & Co-Founder


Francisco Benedito has a degree in Law in CEU San Pablo University of Spain, MBA in the CEU San Pablo, Nanterre University, and a PDD in IE Business School Spain.

Mr. Benedito started his first company at the age of 16, an online bookstore in Spain. With 19 years old he made his first ticket. He has created other different startups in the renewable energy and Internet space. Also, he had the opportunity to work in the M&A field at his family M&A firm and enjoyed one of the most beautiful ages of Spain on transactions.

Mr. Benedito has been working as a Banker in one of the leading tech banks in the world for more than 14 years as a Regional Manager, focused on Wealth management and technology.

Recently, he has been named as one of the Top 100 Worldwide Fintech Influencers for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Gabrielle Ginér

Head of Environmental Sustainability


Gabrielle has lead BT’s environmental sustainability programme since 2009. Her work has spanned BT’s carbon targets – BT’s 1.5°C science-based carbon reduction target, BT’s net positive carbon abatement target to help customers save three times the end-to-end carbon impact of BT’s business and ICT’s carbon abatement potential, including the acclaimed GeSI SMARTer2030 report.

Gabrielle also developed BT’s supply chain engagement programme – the award winning BT Better Future Supplier Forum.

Gabrielle represents BT in external fora such as the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), We Mean Business and Aldersgate Group and chairs the UNFCCC Momentum for Change Advisory Panel. She is a regular speaker and writer about BT’s climate action journey.

Prior to joining BT’s digital impact and sustainability team, Gabrielle held roles in regulatory and public affairs and programme management. She has an MSc in Telecommunications Business from the University College London, an MA in International Economics and Relations from SAIS Johns Hopkins University and a BA in International Relations/Asian Studies. She is also an alumnus of the University of Cambridge Sustainability Leadership Programme and has completed the WBCSD Leadership Programme.

Gael Lavaud

Founder & CEO

Gazelle Tech

Gael Lavaud is a passionate and highly experienced automotive engineer. After 10 years in Research and Development for Renault, and 4 years as vehicle project manager at Goupil Industry, he launched Gazelle Tech in 2014.

The main idea of this project relies on the fact that 75% of car energy consumption is liked to its weight. So if we want to reduce pollution and energy consumption of our daily journeys, we need to lightweight the cars.

Gema Sacristan

Chief Investment Officer

IDB Invest

Passionate about the intersection between finance, sustainability and innovation. I am the Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of IDB Invest (IDB Group) as well as a member of the senior management team. With almost 25 years of experience in international finance, I have held several management positions in commercial and investment banks in London, Madrid and New York, with a focus on Latin America and the Caribbean. I launched the first sustainability program for the financial sector in the region (beyondBanking: banking on global sustainability); I am a YPO, a First Mover Aspen Fellow; and I was named one of the 50 most influential women in Latin America by Latin Trade magazine.

Giulio Berruti

Associate Director, Climate


Giulio leads BSR’s climate change work in EMEA and focuses on the link between climate and supply chains through consulting, collaborative initiatives, and research. He works with BSR members across industries and implements supply chain mitigation and resilience works.

Prior to joining BSR, Giulio worked climate change consulting firm EcoAct. Giulio oversaw project management and development for brands in apparel & fashion, consumer goods, finance. He also led the company low-carbon project development in Kenya for two years. He speaks English, French, Italian, and Spanish.

Giulio holds an M.S. in Sustainable Development from HEC Paris School of Management. He also holds a double degree M.S. in Management and Industrial Engineering and a double degree B.S. in Technology and International Business from Politecnico di Torino and UIC Barcelona.

Glenn Schmidt

Vice President Government and External Affairs

BMW Group

Glenn Schmidt is responsible for government and external affairs for the BMW Group. The function consists of a policy group in Munich and representative offices in all major automotive markets spanning Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas. His department is also responsible for corporate and social responsibility as well as sustainability communications.

Over the last 15 years, Glenn has held numerous international positions within the BMW Group. Most recently, he was responsible for international media relations and prior to that business and finance communications. Glenn was also a member of project i, the BMW Group’s initial think-tank that led to BMW i and subsequent broad electrification within the company’s product portfolio.

Prior to joining the BMW Group, Glenn was a consultant specialized in the automotive industry. He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Krannert School of Management, Purdue University in West Lafayette, USA. Glenn is originally from Vancouver, Canada, where he completed his undergraduate studies.

Gonzalo Muñoz

High-Level Champion of Chile


H.E. Dr. Yasmine Fouad

Minister of Environment

Arab Republic of Egypt

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.

Hanan Friedman

Founder and CEO


Hanan Friedman is an environmental and agricultural expert with extensive operational and logistics experience (and former adviser to the Prime Minister’s Office).

His professional experience includes leading and supervising large scale logistics projects (such as Department of Defence privatization of food products and sustainable logistics projects) as well as expertise in the fields of connectivity.

Trucknet was established by Mr. Friedman in 2015 with a unique application aiming to assist logistics companies with their fleet management and optimization issues.

In 2015, Trucknet was chosen to take part at Israeli delegation to COP21 in order to present its unique solution, and following that – Trucknet’s operation was expended to France.

Today, Trucknet’s platform is connected to almost 0.5M trucks in France and operates among nearly 5000 companies, and has strong partnerships with leading companies, such as: La Poste Group, Renault, Orange Innovation, Business France.

Hanan’s vision for Trucknet is to create an ECOSYSTEM combining air and trains cargo – together with marine and land transportation, in order to optimize and control the empty space capacity using Trucknet’s algorithm.

Hanan was born in 1969, he is married to Oriana and they have 4 children.

Hanno Schoklitsch

CEO & Founder


Hanno Schoklitsch is a civil engineer and also earned a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Graz/Austria and Universidad de Cantabria/Spain. He has more than 15 years of experience working in various positions restructuring bank-related real estate companies, particularly in the areas of asset management, investment management, funds management and project development in Germany, Austria and Spain.

In 2009, Hanno Schoklitsch founded Peak Boys Renewable Energy Investment GmbH/ Berlin, the current parent company of Kaiserwetter. Before taking over management of Kaiserwetter, he was responsible for the asset management of a portfolio of some €1.6 billion in CEE, SEE and EE in his capacity as Managing Director and COO of Europolis Real Estate Asset Management GmbH/Vienna. Under his direction between 2005 and 2007, the performance of the second-largest German open-ended real estate fund (Deka Immobilien Europa/Frankfurt), with a volume of some €8.0 billion, was invigorated with lasting effect.

From 2002-2005 he was involved in various capacities in the restructuring of the real estate subsidiary of Bankgesellschaft Berlin. At the beginning of 2000, he was employed by the Westdeutsche Immobilienbank in Düsseldorf. Prior to this, he worked in structural engineering for various construction companies (including STRABAG and Wayss&Freytag), gaining experience in the organization and management of large-scale construction projects, such as for pumped-storage hydroelectric plants and hydropower plants.

Hoesung Lee


Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Dr. Hoesung Lee is Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), elected since October 2015, and Endowed Chair Professor at Korea University Graduate School of Energy and Environment, Seoul, Korea. His research encompasses the economics of climate change, energy and sustainable development. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Korean Academy of Environmental Sciences, council member of the Global Green Growth Institute, and a member of the Asian Development Bank President’s Advisory Board on Climate Change and Sustainable Development.

Isabella Lövin

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Environment and Climate


Isabella Lövin is Minister for Environment and Climate of Sweden, and Deputy Prime Minister. She is also spokesperson of the Green party. She is co-chair of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding. Former elected Member of the European Parliament (2009–2014) where she was a leading member of the Greens in the Fisheries and Development Committees, involved in the reform of the EU Common Fisheries Policy.

Jared Blumenfeld

Secretary for Environmental Protection

California State Government

Jared Blumenfeld was appointed California Secretary for Environmental Protection by Governor Gavin Newsom in January 2019. As Secretary, Jared oversees the state’s efforts to fight climate change, protect air and water quality, regulate pesticides and toxic substances, achieve the state’s recycling and waste reduction goals, and advance environmental justice. As a member of the Governor’s cabinet, he advises the Governor on environmental policy.

Jennifer Layke

Global Director, Energy

World Resources Institute

Jennifer Layke is the Global Director, Energy Program at World Resources Institute. Jennifer leads a team of over 40 energy specialists around the world demonstrating approaches to deploying energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy access solutions. Her work has focused on innovative energy procurement paths for corporate and city use of clean energy.

Jennifer co-founded the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA), a public private collaboration of over 35 partners supporting 30 cities implementing efficiency policies and projects in support of the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SEforALL). Her pioneering U.S. Green Power Market Development Group created in 2000 was an early foundation for nearly two decades of corporate renewable energy procurement efforts. She led WRI’s work on U.S. cap and trade design from 2006-2009 in the U.S. Climate Action Partnership.

From 2010-2014, Jennifer created and directed Johnson Controls’ Institute for Building Efficiency, a global initiative to provide information and analyses on the technologies, policies, and practices to deliver high performance buildings.

Jennifer’s international experience includes consulting for the World Bank and the U.S. EPA on technology transfer for ozone layer protection under the Montreal Protocol. In 1990, she was awarded a Thomas J. Watson Foundation fellowship for a year of sociology research in Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan.

She has an A.B. in Asian Studies/Political Studies from Pitzer College in Claremont, CA,

John Neil Loughhead

Chief Scientific Adviser | Head of Mission Innovation Steering Committee

Business Energy and Industrial Strategy

Professor John Loughhead CB OBE FREng FTSE FIMechE FIET has extensive international experience in industry, academia and government. John has recently been appointed Chair of the Mission Innovation Steering Committee. Mission Innovation is the primary intergovernmental forum to progress clean energy innovation and was launched at COP21 in Paris. He is the Chief Scientific Adviser for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and is the most experienced technical expert in BEIS. As a Director General, he can be called upon for independent, impartial assurance on scientific rigour. His professional career has been predominantly in industrial research and development for the electronics and electrical power industries.

Hon. Josaia V. Bainimarama CF, MSD, OStJ

Prime Minister

Republic of Fiji

Juan Camilo Osorio

Chief Investment Officer

Sura Asset Management

Jyoti Mathur-Filipp

Director at Convention on Biological Diversity

United Nations

Jyoti Mathur-Filipp is an environmental governance expert with over 20 years of experience in sustainable development, environmental policy and climate finance.

She has been working on Reducing Emissions from Degradation and deforestation (REDD+) , specifically on the relationship with the private sector and on REDD+finance, for over seven years most recently with the government of Indonesia on the Norway-Indonesia partnership on REDD+.

Jyoti also has first hand experience with the operating entities of the UNFCCC’s financial mechanism especially the Global Environment facility (GEF), Adaptation Fund and most recently with the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

Jyotika Virmani

Executive Director, Planet and Environment


Dr. Jyotika Virmani is Executive Director of Planet and Environment at XPRIZE and for the Rainforest XPRIZE. She was Prize Lead for the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE and Technical Director for the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE. Before XPRIZE, Dr. Virmani served as the Associate Director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography and as Senior Scientist at the UK Met Office. She has a Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from the University of South Florida, a M.S. in Atmospheric Science from SUNY at Stony Brook, and a B.Sc. in Physics from Imperial College London.

Kimmo Tiilikainen

Minister of the Environment


Kimmo Tiilikainen was appointed Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing in May 2017.

Before that he served the same Government as the Minister of Agriculture and the Environment since May 2015. A graduate of the University of Joensuu (currently University of Eastern Finland), he holds a Master of Science in Agriculture and Forestry. He is also an organic farmer and forester and has a long-standing personal interest in finding solutions to the challenges of the global climate change.

Kirsten Dunlop



Dr Kirsten Dunlop joined EIT Climate-KIC in January 2017, from Suncorp Australia, where she was Executive General Manager Strategic Innovation.

At Suncorp Kirsten founded and led a bespoke division focused on managing and responding to strategic risk through innovation, transforming core business and industry models from within.

Prior to roles in Second Road, KPMG and Suncorp, Kirsten worked in the UK and Italy for 15 years.

Lord Ian Duncan

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Her Majesty’s Government United Kingdom

Lord Ian Duncan was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on July 26 2019. He has also been Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Northern Ireland since October 2017.

He was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Scotland Office from June 2017 to July 2019 and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales between June and October 2017.

Her Majesty The Queen has been pleased to signify Her intention of conferring a peerage of the United Kingdom for Life on Dr Duncan.

Luis Neves


Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (GeSI)

Maimunah Mohd Sharif

Executive Director

United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Ms. Maimunah Mohd Sharif (Malaysia) is the Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), appointed at the level of Under-Secretary-General by the Secretary-General, following an election by the General Assembly on 22 December 2017. On 22 January 2018, Ms. Sharif assumed her post at UN-Habitat’s Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. She succeeds Dr. Joan Clos of Spain.

Prior to this appointment, Ms. Sharif was the Mayor of the City Council of Penang Island, Malaysia. In 2011, she became the first woman to be appointed President of the Municipal Council of Seberang Perai. As mayor, she led the Municipal Council of Seberang Perai to achieve its vision of a “cleaner, greener, safer and healthier place to work, live, invest and play.” She is a champion of Gender-Responsive Participatory Budgeting and Planning, integrating gender perspectives into the governance process. During her tenure, the Municipal Council of Seberang Perai was the first Local Authority to implement and achieve six quality-based management ISO certifications.

Marcius Extavour

Executive Director, NRG COSIA Carbon


Marcius Extavour comes to XPRIZE after over a decade working at the intersection of science,  policy, education, and technology development. As leader of the Energy team, he combines his experience in partnership building and strategy with his training in physics and engineering to help lead the transition to a clean energy future. This works includes leading the $20 million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, a global competition to recycle CO2 into valuable products.

Martin Lok

Deputy Director

Natural Capital Coalition

Martin Lok is the Deputy Director of the Natural Capital Coalition. With more than 25 years of experience as policy maker for the Netherland’s government, Martin has worked in several policy domains, including environmental policy, international nature policy and green growth policy. He is co-author of several national policy documents and has led public-private collaborative actions on natural capital in the Netherlands from 2014. In 2018 Martin initiated and led the global Government Dialogue on Natural Capital. Martin has a master’s degree in forestry and a master’s degree in history of arts.

Martin Porter

Executive Chair

Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Martin joined CISL from the European Climate Foundation, where he was working as Europe Group Co-ordinator. He has also led their Industry and Innovation programme and has a long track record of working on industry, environment and sustainability issues prior to taking up that role in 2015. He is also an expert advisor to the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 on climate and resource issues, a representative on the Economic and Social Committee’s Commission on Industrial Change, a member of UCL’s European Institute Advisory Board and a member of the advisory board to the Sustainable Biomass Programme.

Mary Robinson


Mary Robinson Foundation and Former President of Ireland

Mary Robinson heads the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, a centre for education and advocacy on sustainable and people-centred development in the world’s poorest communities.

She co-founded the Council of Women World Leaders, a network that mobilises women leaders at the highest levels to promote democracy and gender equality. She is a member of the Club of Madrid, a group of global leaders working on governance and conflict issues. She is also:

  • Former President of the International Commission of Jurists
  • Board Member of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation
  • Board Member of the European Climate Foundation

Mary Robinson served as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region of Africa from 2013-2014, stepping down in July 2014 to take up the post of Special Envoy for Climate Change until December 2015 after COP21 in Paris. In 2016 she served as the Special Envoy for El Niño and Climate Change. At the COP22 held in Marrakesh in November 2016, Mary Robinson also took part in the high-level dialogue that marked the first Climate Justice Day to integrate human rights into the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Masagos Zulkifli

Minister of the Environment & Water Resources


Mr Masagos Zulkifli was born in Singapore on 16 April 1963. He was educated at Bukit Panjang Government High School and National Junior College.

He graduated with a First Class Honours Bachelor of Engineering Electrical in 1988 and a Master of Science Electrical Engineering in 1994 from the National University of Singapore. He began his career with Singapore Telecommunications Limited in 1988.  He was awarded a SingTel Postgraduate Scholarship and graduated with a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California, United States in 1995.

On 1 October 2015, he was appointed Minister for the Environment and Water Resources.

Maya Ormazabal

Head of Environment and Climate Change


Miranda Schnitger

Government Lead

Ellen Macarthur Foundation

Miranda leads on engagement with national policymakers as part of the Foundation’s Institutions, Governments and Cities team. This includes exploring the conditions they can set to enable, accelerate, and lead the transition to a circular economy. She recently led the project team behind the Circular economy in cities resources suite, looking at circular economy opportunities in major urban systems and the benefits a circular economy can bring to cities. Prior to this she worked in the CE100 team on insights and collaboration with the network of businesses, government and cities, innovators, and thought leaders, to realise circular economy ambitions faster.

Monika Liikamaa



Monika is the co-founder of Nordic payment service provider Enfuce, who offers sustainable financial services to a wide range of businesses. They are guided by their values of collaboration and long-term thinking together with a desire to make a positive impact on the world.

Nik Gowing

Forum Chair

Sustainable Innovation Forum 2019

Founder at Thinking the Unthinkable. International broadcaster. Moderator of public/private conferences (corporate/government). http://www.thinkunthink.org/

35 year analytical expertise in diplomacy, defence, international security.
– Main news presenter, the BBC’s international 24-hour news channel BBC World News 1996-2014.
– presented The Hub with Nik Gowing, BBC World Debates, Dateline London , plus location coverage of major global stories.
– 1979-1996 ITN : bureau chief in Rome/Warsaw’
– Diplomatic Editor Channel 4 News (1988-1996).
– BAFTA award for coverage of Martial Law in Poland 1981

– Chatham House (1998–2004)
– Royal United Services Institute (2005–present)
– Overseas Development Institute (2007-2014)
– Westminster Foundation for Democracy inc vice chair (1996-2005)
– Wilton Park (1998-2012 )
– Hay Festival

Much sought-after analytical expertise on failures to manage information in new transparent environments of conflicts, crises, emergencies and tension. Peer-reviewed study at Oxford University is “Skyful of Lies and Black Swans”. Predicts new vulnerability, fragility and brittleness of institutional power in the new all-pervasive public information space.

Ongoing “Thinking the Unthinkable” study reveals candidly why so many leaders face new difficulties identifying what looms in the disruptions of the “new normal”. The findings are scary. Based on hundreds of interviews, inc 60 top level confidential interviews of corporate/public service leaders, plus new generation of millennials.

2014- Visiting Professor, Kings College, London in School of Social Science and Public Policy.

Member World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Geo-Economics.

Honorary Doctorates – Exeter University 2012; Bristol University 2015 for ongoing cutting edge analyses and distinguished career in international journalism.

1994: Fellow Kennedy School of Government, Harvard.

Novella Landau


Ambient Green

Novella Landau is the founder of Ambient Green and a mechanical engineer from Houston, Texas in the United States. In line with the mission of the database, she serves to further connect global communities and stimulate public involvement and interest toward sustainability efforts of every reach. Ms. Landau’s work encourages complete community and project inclusion in the pursuit of creating true implementable and collaborative environmental solutions.

Paul Simpson

Chief Executive Officer


Paul has been at the forefront of CDP’s expansion since its inception in 2000 and has led CDP from a climate specific focus into other environmental areas. He previously worked with Chesham Amalgamations & Investments Ltd, the International Society for Ecology & Culture and is a former director of the Social Venture Network. Paul sits on the advisory panel of Guardian Sustainable Business and the Global Stranded Assets Advisory Council for the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University.

Paulus Tjakrawan Taningdjaja


Indonesian Biofuels Producer Association (IBPA)

He graduated as an electronic engineer, and at the early career he handled the aircraft engineering and maintenance. He is managing the PT Indo Biofuels Energy which was one of the Palm Oil based Biodiesel producer pioneers in Indonesia since 2005 till 2012. At the end of the 2006, he was also one of the formation initiator of Indonesia Biofuels Producer Association and be the Secretary General then one of the Chairperson. Teamed up with other sectors, the Associations carried out an active role to promote Biofuel including Palm Oil based Biodiesel.

Pepe Costa



Born 1965, father of 3, enthusiast cyclist, skier and mountaineer.

Studied Economics at UB in Barcelona and a PDD at IESE

Awarded with 11 patents ranging from electricity harvesting system to diverse sustainable solutions for the textile industry

At 18 years old joined the family company Augusto Bellini, s.l. and since then developed long lasting relations with Spain´s top brands and retail chains to offer worldwide suppliers of fabrics and high quality garments.

Qu Dongyu


Food and Agriculture Organisation (UN)

Ramiro Fernandez

Advisor to the High-Level Climate Action Champion


Ricardo Lagos

Former President of Chile and Member of The Elders

The Elders

Former President of Chile; tenacious fighter for democracy and human rights; implemented health reform; and reduced economic inequality while diversifying Chile’s external trade in the era of globalisation.

  • President of Chile 2000-2006
  • UN Special Envoy on Climate Change (2007-10)
  • Commissioner for the WHO’s Commission on the Social Determinants of Health
  • Commissioner for the Global Commission on Drug Policy
  • Professor-at-large on International Relations at Brown University, US (2008-15)

“Our world faces many grave problems that require us to join hands and share our different experiences. I hope that by adding my voice to those of my fellow Elders we can also ensure that the needs of the most vulnerable in our societies do not go overlooked.”

Roberto Mario Esmeral Berrio

Vice Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development


ELECTRICAL ENGINEER, from the University of the North. He completed a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis on Energy Planning and Power Systems from the Universidad de los Andes. In addition, he has a Postgraduate Course in “Finance and Investment in Low Carbon Economies” at the University of Edinburgh.

He has experience in environmental and energy issues in the public and private sectors. He served as Leader of the Climate Change Group of the Ministry of Environment and was a specialist in the Division of Climate Change and Sustainability of the Inter-American Development Bank-IDB. He has been a professor in the Specialization of Environmental Law and the Master of Natural Resources Law at the Externado University of Colombia.

Rodolfo Lacy

Environment Director


Samantha Harris

Manager, Climate Change


Samantha (Sam) drives the climate resilience pillar of BSR’s climate change practice, which includes how businesses can act at the intersection of people and climate change. She leads BSR’s foundational research and strategy on the intersection of climate and women’s empowerment, as well as this cluster in the Business Action for Women collaboration. Sam also leads the international policy work at the UN climate negotiations for the We Mean Business coalition.

Before joining BSR, Sam worked on the Climate Action Network international policy team, where she drove the development of common positions for hundreds of NGOs during the climate negotiations, focusing in particular on climate justice, short-term mitigation action, a long-term global goal, climate finance, and low-carbon technology. Sam was previously at the NGO Islands First, advising Pacific small island nations on climate change and oceans policy.

Sam holds an M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a B.A. in International Relations from Boston University.

Santiago Seage


Atlantica Sustainable Infrastructure

Mr. Seage has served as Chief Executive Officer of Atlantica Yield since the Company was created in December 2013. Prior to that, he was the CEO of Abengoa Solar since 2016. Before that he was a partner with McKinsey & Company. Mr. Seage holds a degree in Business Management from ICADE University in Madrid.

Scott Simpson

Shadow Climate Change Minister

National Party, New Zealand

Senator Bob Wieckowski

California State Senator

California State Legislature

California State Senator Bob Wieckowski chairs the Environmental Quality Committee and Budget Subcommittee 2 on Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy and Transportation.  He was appointed by the Senate President Pro Term to serve on the Energy and Environment Committee of the Council of State Governments West and in 2017 became the first Californian to chair the committee. He is a state leader in advocating for climate adaptation programs and has participated on many international, state and regional panels examining green infrastructure investments.His 10th Senate District includes several clean energy companies that are helping California improve both its economy and its environment.

Sharam Yalda

Circular Economy Club (CEC) Mentor

Circular Economy Club (CEC)

Sharam Yalda, Circular Economy Club (CEC) Mentor. Sharam is an Executive Partner at Soros Gabinete, where he works with clients to develop business plans, circular economy projects and proposals for innovation funding (public grants, loans and guarantees). He is a certified Circular Economy Leader by the Advanced Leadership Foundation and is also responsible for the development of a strategy, plan, activities, processes and procedures that promote energy transition in cities through urban energy communities.

Potentially, the Co-Chair would be David Greenfield is the Circular Economy Club (CEC) External Affairs representative for Europe. David set up SOENECS, an independent environmental research and innovation practice in 2014 following 15 years in leadership roles in local and regional government. David is the non-executive Director of CIWM enterprises, Trustee and Director of Freegle, Chair of the ICE Resource Management Panel, Government Adviser to DEFRA and MHCLG and advisor and past chair to the National Waste Network Chairs (WNC).

Simon Buckle

Head of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Water Division


Simon Buckle joined the OECD in November 2014 as Head of the Climate, Biodiversity and Water Division within the Environment Directorate. Before that, he was Climate Policy Director at the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London (2007-14) and was a member of the Imperial College Management Board (2011-13). While at Imperial, Simon played a leading role in the creation of the European Institute for Innovation and Technology’s Climate KIC and was a member of its Governing Board (2011-14). Before joining Imperial, Simon was a senior British diplomat and served in a variety of roles both in London and overseas. Simon joined the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1986 and also worked at the Bank of England (1998-2002), the UK Ministry of Defence (1988-1991) and as a postdoctoral researcher in quantum optics at Imperial (1985-86). Simon has a doctorate in theoretical physics, an MSc in Financial Economics and a BSc Joint Hons (First Class) in Physics and Philosophy. He was awarded a CMG in 2007 and is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.

Steve Martineau

Chief of Staff


As Chief of Staff, Steve Martineau is responsible for the GSMA’s Board engagement, programme management and coordination of all activity across the GSMA, including the organisation’s regional engagement. Steve brings more than 20 years’ experience of product management and programme delivery in the telecoms industry in Europe, South East Asia and Africa. He launched the pre-paid mobile service for Maxis in Malaysia in 1999 and later set up and grew their mobile data business unit. Steve has managed roaming product development projects for O2 in Europe, technology programmes for Vodafone in the UK and led major consulting projects for BT in Africa and Europe, as well as driving retail modernisation initiatives for Orange Group. He joined the GSMA in 2012 to lead the programme management function, before his promotion to Chief of Staff in June 2017. Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Nottingham in the UK, and a master’s in management from McGill University in Montreal.

Steve L. Kukoda

Executive Director

International Copper Association

Steve Kukoda joined the International Copper Association (ICA) in 2004 and is currently the organization’s Executive Director. Steve also serves as ICA’s Corporate Secretary. Steve develops and maintains relationships with organizations external to the copper industry, including governments, intergovernmental organizations, the United Nations, the Alliance to Save Energy, Sustainable Energy For All, and more. ICA is the co-founder of United For Efficiency (U4E, www.united4efficiency.org), which is focused on transforming developing world economies towards energy efficiency appliances, industrial equipment and lighting. Steve is based in Washington, DC.

Tate Cantrell

Chief Technology Officer


Tate is Verne Global’s Chief Technology Officer. He would say that it is his role to translate our mission into the products that create success for our customers.

Tate works at Verne Global because he loves to innovate and wants to ensure that tomorrow’s world is a better place for his children. Little-known facts about him; he is a certified Arctic Engineer (who enjoys baking with Artisan sourdough) and he is a huge rugby union fan and maintains that everything in life should be compared with the feeling of dotting down a rugby ball over the try-line.

Tony Worby

Director, Oceans and Atmosphere

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Dr Tony Worby was appointed as Director of CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere in August 2017.

Prior to this appointment he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (2014-17) and before that he was the Deputy Chief (Marine) with CSIRO’s Division of Marine and Atmospheric Research (2011-14).

Dr Worby completed his undergraduate studies at Flinders University (SA), with majors in oceanography and meteorology, before moving to the Tasmania to pursue a career in polar science. He undertook an Honours program studying the surface heat budget of the Antarctic sea ice zone, before commencing a PhD focused on sea ice physics and the role of Antarctic sea ice in the global climate system. He worked for many years as a research scientist with the Australian Antarctic program, and has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed scientific papers. He has visited Antarctica 17 times and participated in many marine science voyages as Voyage Leader or Chief Scientist.

Dr Worby’s numerous committee memberships include the Australian Academy of Science’s National Committee on Antarctic Research, the National Marine Science Committee, and the Tasmanian Government Antarctic Advisory Group. He also serves as the primary point of contact for CSIRO on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Dr Worby was a Fulbright Scholar at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Centre in Washington DC in 2000. On his return to Australia he held the post of National President of the Fulbright Alumni Association for 5 years and was instrumental in the development of the Tasmanian Fulbright state scholarship program.

Ursula Mathar

Vice President of Sustainability

BMW Group

Ursula Mathar is the BMW Group Vice President of Sustainability. She is responsible for the companies’ sustainability strategy and steering of sustainability management.

Key areas included are the steering of the BMW sustainability network, the integration of sustainability in the value chain and the sustainability reporting. Ursula Mathar is also chair of the German association “econsense”, the Sustainability Forum of the German industry.


She holds a business degree and a pharmacist license. Before joining the BMW Group in 2012, she worked for Bayer AG in marketing and sustainability functions.

Yannick Glemarec

Executive Director

Green Climate Fund

Yannick Glemarec has 30 years of experience in international policy development, large-scale programme management for international development, sustainable development finance, and climate change management.

He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund (GCF).



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