Speakers

Confirmed speakers are posted below. Additional speakers will be posted shortly.

 
 
Danae Azuara
Senior Specialist, Mexico, Environmental Defense Fund

Danae Azuara leads EDF's on-the-ground work in Mexico on climate change policy, with an emphasis on Emissions Trading. Based in Mexico City, she works with government officials and partners at leading civil society organizations in Mexico to implement capacity-building strategies. Danae tracks and participates in stakeholder processes to develop strong policies that protect the climate and forests. She establishes local partnerships for EDF's climate work and provides support to local Mexican organizations. Danae led EDF’s engagement in the Mexican carbon market simulation initiative.

Before joining EDF in 2010, she carried out research at UNAM´s Ecology Institute and worked for Mexican nonprofits in forests and endangered wildlife conservation. Her areas of expertise include climate change, carbon pricing tropical forests, REDD+ and Mexico´s environmental policies. She holds a degree in Biology from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and an M.S. on Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology from the University of Maryland.


Jean-Yves Benoit
Director of the Carbon Market Division, Ministry of Sustainable development, the Environment, and the Fight against climate change, Québec

Mr. Benoit is the Director of the Carbon Market Division at the Quebec’s Ministry of Sustainable development, the Environment, and the Fight against climate change . His team is responsible for the development and implementation of Quebec’s cap and trade system and its linking with California’s system. He represents the government of Quebec at the Western Climate Initiative (WCI), and is a member of the Board of Directors of WCI Inc., a non-profit organization created to support the implementation of WCI’s Regional Cap-and-Trade Program. Jean-Yves is also one of the two co-chairs of the International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP) as well as Quebec representative on the World Bank’s Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR) program and the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition.

Mr. Jean-Yves Benoit holds a Bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Mathematics and a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Montreal. He worked for many years in the private sector before joining, in 2006, the Quebec government.


Joost Bouten
Senior Sustainability Advisor, Rijkswaterstaat (the Netherlands)

Joost Bouten MSc is Senior Sustainability Advisor at Rijkswaterstaat (the Netherlands). Rijkswaterstaat is a project organization for the Dutch Government responsible for the construction and maintenance of the national infrastructure (highways, waterways). Joost helps projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through green public procurement of civil works. Experienced as a project manager in the field of spatial planning, asset management and energy saving opportunities in the infrastructure sector. Holds a Master of Science in Infrastructure Planning from the University of Groningen.


Dirk Forrister
President and CEO, International Emissions Trading Association

Dirk Forrister is President and CEO of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA). Previously, he was Managing Director at Natsource LLC, the manager of one of the world’s largest carbon funds. Earlier in his career, Mr. Forrister served as Chairman of the White House Climate Change Task Force in the Clinton Administration. Prior to that, he was Assistant U.S. Secretary of Energy for Congressional, Public and Intergovernmental Affairs; and legislative counsel to Congressman Jim Cooper. He was also Energy Program Manager at Environmental Defense Fund. Forrister now serves on the Board of Directors of the Verified Carbon Standard and as a member of the Advisory Boards of the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the American Carbon Registry.


Meredith Fowlie
Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economic at the University of California, Berkeley

Meredith Fowlie is an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economic at the University of California, Berkeley. She is an applied economist working at the intersection of industrial organisation, energy markets, and environmental economics. Much of her work investigates how market-based environmental regulation- and emissions trading programs in particular- are working in practice. She is also interested in the demand-side of energy markets and work that integrates methods and models from other disciplines into economic analysis of policy outcomes.


Patricia Fuller
Director General of Economic Development, Global Affairs Canada

Patricia Fuller holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics and Political Studies from Queen's University, and a Master of Science with distinction from the London School of Economics.

Throughout her career, Ms. Fuller has specialized in trade and economic policy, as well as climate change and energy. At Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, she served as Deputy Director for Trade Remedies (1997-1999), Director of the Softwood Lumber Division (2003-2004), Chief Economist (2007-2010), and Director General of Planning and Reporting (2010-2012). While working at Natural Resources Canada from 2015 to 2017, Ms. Fuller headed the Office of Energy Efficiency and contributed to the development of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. She also gained experience on environment and climate change files earlier in her career while working at the Privy Council Office and supporting the Cabinet Committee on Economic and Regional Development Policy from 2000 to 2003.

Ms. Fuller served abroad as Ambassador of Canada to Uruguay from 2004 to 2007 and as Ambassador to Chile from 2012 to 2015. Previous international assignments also included Mexico and Guatemala.

Most recently, she has been serving as Director General of Economic Development at Global Affairs Canada. Her responsibilities include oversight of Canada's engagement with International financial institutions, as well as leadership for development assistance policy related to economic growth and governance.

Ms. Fuller and her husband have two children.

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Patricia Fuller est titulaire d’un baccalauréat ès arts avec spécialisation en économie et en études politiques de l’Université Queen's, et d’une maîtrise en sciences avec distinction (économie) de la London School of Economics.

Tout au long de sa carrière, Mme Fuller a travaillé dans la politique commerciale et économique ainsi que dans les domaines des changements climatiques et de l’énergie. Au ministère des Affaires étrangères et du Commerce international du Canada, elle a occupé les postes de directrice adjointe des Recours commerciaux (1997-1999), de directrice de la Direction du bois d’œuvre (2003-2004), d’économiste chef (2007-2010), et de directrice générale de la Planification stratégique et de la Communication de l’information (2010-2012). Pendant ses années à Ressources naturelles Canada, de 2015 à 2017, Mme Fuller a dirigé l’Office de l’efficacité énergétique et participé à l’élaboration du Cadre pancanadien sur la croissance propre et les changements climatiques. Elle a aussi acquis de l’expérience dans les domaines de l’environnement et des changements climatiques tôt dans sa carrière au sein du Bureau du Conseil privé ainsi qu’en appuyant le Comité du Cabinet chargé du développement économique et régional, de 2000 à 2003.

Mme Fuller a servi à l’étranger à titre d’ambassadrice du Canada en Uruguay, de 2004 à 2007, et d’ambassadrice du Canada au Chili, de 2012 à 2015. Elle a également travaillé au Mexique et au Guatemala dans le cadre d’affectations à l’étranger.

Plus récemment, Mme Fuller a assumé les fonctions de directrice générale du Développement économique à Affaires mondiales Canada. Ses responsabilités comprennent la surveillance de la collaboration du Canada avec les institutions financières internationales, ainsi que la direction des dossiers de la politique d’aide au développement liés à la croissance économique et à la gouvernance.

Mme Fuller et son mari ont deux enfants.


Anirban Ghosh
Chief Sustainability Officer, Mahindra Group

Anirban Ghosh leads Sustainability at the USD 20.7 billion Mahindra Group. Under his leadership Mahindra has developed an award winning Sustainability framework, helped double per capita income for 20,000 Indians, become a founding member of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition and been the first to commit to doubling energy productivity. He has, in partnership with the World Bank, facilitated the creation of the Sustainable Housing Leadership Consortium, to accelerate the spread of green buildings in India.

Anirban takes great pleasure in implementing projects that drive positive change in society and has been acknowledged as a Distinguished Sustainability Officer


Ben Grumbles
Secretary, RGGI, Inc. Board of Directors and Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment

Ben Grumbles was nominated by Governor Larry Hogan on January 21, 2015 to be Secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment. Prior to that, he was President of the U.S. Water Alliance, an environmental nonprofit, 501(c)(3), based in Washington, D.C., that educates the public on the value of water and the need for integrated and innovative solutions.

Mr. Grumbles has served as the Presidentially-appointed, Senate-confirmed Assistant Administrator for Water at U.S. EPA, the Senate-confirmed Director of Arizona’s Department of Environmental Quality, and Environmental Counsel and Senior Staff Member on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Science Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. Ben has broad experience in energy, climate, air, waste, and agricultural policy and regulation. He’s a member of the National Academy of Science’s Water Science and Technology Board and a frequent lecturer and analyst on environmental law and policy. He has a Master’s Degree in environmental law from George Washington University, a J.D. from Emory University Law School, and a B.A. from Wake Forest University. Ben is one of Baltimore, Maryland's newest residents but has lived in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, with his wife and kids, over the last 30 years.


Ned Helme
Senior Advisor at the Center for Environmental Public Policy (CEPP), University of California at Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy

Ned Helme, is Senior Advisor at the Center for Environmental Public Policy (CEPP) at the University of California at Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy. In 2016-17, Ned directed CEPP’s revitalization, establishing a new targeted emphasis on climate change, air quality, and energy transformation policies in California and beyond. He facilitated a high-level California stakeholder dialogue on environmental justice and climate policy that helped shape the passage of AB 617, pathbreaking legislation that creates a new community-based regulatory program to reduce exposure of sensitive and disadvantaged populations to diesel, particulate, and toxic air contaminants. He currently facilitates international discussions through the European Commission’s Florence Process involving Europe, China, Canada, California and other key jurisdictions on the continuing evolution of the design of greenhouse gas emissions trading systems.

Prior to his work at CEPP, Ned founded and served for 30 years as the President of the Center for Clean Air Policy, an internationally-recognized Washington-based climate and energy policy think tank with field offices in Europe and several developing countries. In this capacity, Ned advised the European Commission and its Member States, a diverse array of developing countries, as well as Members of Congress, the U.S. federal government and U.S. states on climate, energy, and air quality policy including market-based approaches as well as innovative non-market approaches. In 1999- 2001, he headed the CCAP consulting team that developed the original design for the EU ETS, and he played a major role in the passage of the first SO2 emissions trading program in the U.S. in the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. Recent efforts have included development of national strategies (NAMAs and NDCs) in Latin America and Asia that couple new policy mandates with international financial support to reduce greenhouse gas and air emissions in the context of sustainable development.

A noted speaker and facilitator, Ned facilitated agreements between a number of nations on climate finance in the recent Paris Climate Agreement. He is the author of more than 50 key studies on climate change, air quality, electricity regulation, and transportation policy including “Advancing Environmental Justice: A New State Regulatory Framework to Abate Community-level Air Pollution Hotpspots and Improve Health Outcomes” for California in 2017. He has testified before Congress and international bodies, appeared on numerous U.S. and international TV news programs and is frequently quoted in the Washington Post, NY Times and other publications. He also served previously as Director of the National Governors’ Association’s Natural Resources Division and as Legislative Director to a Member of the US Congress. He has served on the National Academy of Sciences' Transportation Research Board, as well as several NGO and corporate boards. He holds an MPP from the Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley and a BA in political science and psychology from Haverford College.


Martin Hession
Lead on International Carbon Markets, European Commission

Martin Hession has worked on international carbon markets at the European Commission since 2013. He is the EU negotiator on the Paris Agreement and previously served as chair of the CDM Executive Board. Before joining the European Commission, Martin was the UK official leading on policy development, representing the UK in both EU and international negotiations for a decade. He also lectured on environmental topics at Imperial College London and was a senior researcher at Oxford University.

Martin has a legal background, with degrees from the London School of Economics and Trinity College Dublin


He Jiankun
Chairman, China's Advisory Committee on Climate Change, Director of Low Carbon Economy Lab, Tsinghua University

He Jiankun, Professor of Tsinghua University (THU), was born in Hebei Province in 1945. He has worked in THU since 1970 after graduation from Department of Engineering Physics, THU. During 1994-2007, he served as the Vice President and Executive Vice President of THU, the Dean of the School of Economics and Management, THU. During 2008-2016, he served as the Director of the Institute of Low Carbon Economy, THU. He is also the Vice Chairman of the National Experts Panel on Climate Change, and the Director of Beijing Experts Panel on Climate Change.

Prof. He’s major researches focus on energy system engineering and strategies combating climate change. During the periods of “11th FYP” and “12th FYP”, he has been a technical leader of the National Key Technology R&D Program on energy and climate change, a technical leader and chief scientist in climate change science and technology special programs of National Key Basic Research Program (973). He has received more than 10 national or provincial/ministerial Scientific and Technology Progress Awards. Prof. He has published more than 200 academic papers.


Nathaniel Keohane
Senior Vice President for Climate, Environmental Defense Fund

Nathaniel Keohane is an economist, advocate, and expert on climate, environment, and energy issues in the United States and globally. Dr. Keohane is Senior Vice President for Climate at Environmental Defense Fund, a leading nonprofit advocacy organization based in New York. In 2011-2012, he served in the Obama Administration as Special Assistant to the President for Energy and Environment in the National Economic Council and Domestic Policy Council, where he helped to develop and coordinate administration policy on a wide range of energy and environmental issues. Prior to joining the Administration, Dr. Keohane was Director of Economic Policy and Analysis and then Chief Economist at EDF, playing a lead role in efforts to enact comprehensive cap-and-trade legislation in Congress. Dr. Keohane is an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University, and a past Senior Fellow and Lecturer in Global Affairs at Yale University’s Jackson Institute. Before joining EDF in 2007, Dr. Keohane was an Associate Professor of Economics at the Yale School of Management. His research in environmental economics has been published in prominent academic journals, and he is the co-author of Markets and the Environment (2nd ed., Island Press, 2015), and co-editor of Economics of Environmental Law (Edward Elgar, 2009). He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2001, and his B.A. from Yale College in 1993. He lives in New York City with his wife and two daughters.


Noémie Klein
Director, Ecofys - a Navigant company

Noémie Klein is a Director at Ecofys, a Navigant company. Noémie leads Ecofys’ work with international financial institutions. She helps governments design Paris-compatible policies, and financial institutions assess their climate-related risks and opportunities and invest in low-carbon projects. She is an author of leading carbon pricing publications such as the World Bank’s State and Trends of Carbon Pricing reports, best practice guides on internal carbon pricing under the Carbon Pricing Unlocked (CPU) partnership with the Generation Foundation, and technical papers for the Partnership for Market Readiness. Prior to joining Ecofys, Noémie worked in Hong Kong as a consultant, where she assessed the physical climate risks faced by companies. Previously, she was based in the UK and worked for EcoSecurities where she led the technical review team and developed Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects.


Trieste Lockwood
Senior Policy Advisor, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

Trieste Lockwood is a political appointee for Governor Ralph Northam’s administration in Virginia. She serves as the Senior Policy Advisor for the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. She formerly led the Government Relations work at the Virginia League of Conservation Voters, and has worked in energy policy at several nonprofit organizations. Trieste graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science. She earned a Juris Doctor and a Public Policy Program Certificate from the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law.


Ruben Lubowski
Chief Natural Resource Economist, Environmental Defense Fund

Ruben Lubowski, Ph.D., is Chief Natural Resource Economist at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), based in New York City. Ruben is widely recognized for his expertise on carbon market design, as well as on economic and finance approaches to reduce emissions from deforestation and other land-use activities. He has analyzed carbon market designs and scenarios across a range of countries. He was a lead author of the World Bank-ICAP handbook on Emissions Trading System design and implementation and has taught environmental economics and policy as an adjunct professor at Columbia University.

Before joining EDF, Ruben had additional experience from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the United Nations Development Program and the Harvard Institute for International Development. His dissertation was the first nationwide statistical analysis of land-use changes in the United States. He received his Ph.D. and master’s degree in Political Economy and Government and his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.


Dr. Stephen Lucas
Deputy Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada

Dr. Stephen Lucas was appointed Deputy Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) on January 23, 2017.

As Senior Associate Deputy Minister (Climate Change) from June 2016 to January 2017, Dr. Lucas led work in support of the development and adoption of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.

Before joining ECCC, Dr. Lucas was Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet for Plans and Consultations and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Privy Council Office. From 2013 to 2014, he was Assistant Secretary, Economic and Regional Development Policy, at the Privy Council Office.

As Assistant Deputy Minister, Science and Policy Integration at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) from 2009 to 2013, he was responsible for strategic policy development related to energy, mineral and forest resources, climate change and clean energy and international and intergovernmental relations. Prior to that, from 2007 to 2009, he was Assistant Deputy Minister, Minerals and Metals Sector, at NRCan, where he provided leadership on innovation, green mining and corporate social responsibility.

Dr. Lucas was Director General in the Health Products and Food Branch (HPFB) at Health Canada from 2003 to 2007, Senior Director at NRCan for Science, Innovation, Regional and Aboriginal Affairs from 2000 to 2003, and Director of Policy Planning and Coordination in the Earth Sciences Sector at NRCan from 1998 to 2000.

Dr. Lucas started his career as a research scientist at the Geological Survey of Canada in 1988.. He has a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Geological Engineering from Queen’s University and a Ph.D. in structural geology and tectonics from Brown University.


Gérard Mestrallet
Chairman of SUEZ, Honorary Chairman of ENGIE, and Co-Chair of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition

Gérard Mestrallet is Chairman of SUEZ, Honorary Chairman of ENGIE and Co-Chair of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition. Having held various positions at the Treasury Department and on the staff of the Minister of Economy and Finance (J. Delors), Gérard Mestrallet joined Compagnie Financière de SUEZ in 1984. In 1991 he was named Chairman of the Management Committee of Société Générale de Belgique. In 1995, he became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Compagnie de SUEZ. Gérard Mestrallet was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GDF SUEZ (now ENGIE) when SUEZ merged with Gaz de France on July 2008. Gérard Mestrallet is Chairman of “Fondation Agir Contre l’Exclusion” (FACE). Moreover, Gérard Mestrallet is member of the Board of Société Générale, of Saudi Electric Company (Saudi Arabia), of the Shanghai and Beijing Mayors’ International Economic Advisory Council and Chairman of the Chongqing Mayor’s International Economic Advisory Council and of Moscow. He is also member of the International Council of JP Morgan Chase. Gerard Mestrallet has been recently appointed by the French President of France as Executive Chairman of the French Agency for Al Ula (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) cultural, heritage and tourism development in cooperation with the Kingdom.


Helen Mountford
Program Director for the New Climate Economy project

Helen previously worked for the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), where she worked for over 16 years as an environmental economist advising governments on policy reforms. She oversaw and contributed to OECD work on green fiscal reform, climate change finance and economics, fossil fuel subsidies, green growth, water pricing, biodiversity incentive measures, and economy-environment outlooks and modelling. Prior to joining the OECD, Helen managed recycling schemes in England and worked for an NGO in Australia.

Helen holds Masters degrees in Environmental Economics from University College London and in Environmental Management from University of Melbourne. She has a BA in Philosophy and History.


Mary D. Nichols
Chair, California Air Resources Board

Appointed August 2007 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

Mary D. Nichols is Chair of the California Air Resources Board, a post she has held since 2007. She also served as Chair of the Air Resources Board from 1979-1983.

Nichols has devoted her entire career in public and nonprofit service to advocating for the environment and public health. In addition to her work at the Air Board, she has served as Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Air and Radiation program under President Clinton, Secretary for California's Resources Agency from 1999 to 2003 and Director of the Institute of the Environment at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Her priorities as Chair include moving ahead on the state's landmark climate change program (AB 32), steering the Board through numerous efforts to curb diesel pollution at ports and continuing to pass regulations aimed at providing cleaner air for Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley. She values innovation, partnerships and common-sense approaches to addressing the state's air issues.

The Board is supported by a professional staff of scientists, engineers, economists, lawyers and policy experts, with an annual operating budget of more than $860 million.


Mauro Petriccione
Director General, DG Climate Action, European Commission

Born in Taranto, in 1957.

Graduated in Law from the University of Bari in 1982 and after a brief spell doing research at the same University, moved to London in 1984, first as a Visiting Research Scholar at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and then as postgraduate student at the London School of Economics.

Obtained an LL.M. from the University of London in 1986 and joined the European Commission in September 1987.

Worked in trade policy since then, covering a wide range of activities and negotiations: from trade defence to standards, investment, competition, WTO, dispute settlement, relations with Member States and European Institutions.

From 2014 to early 2018, Deputy-Director General of DG Trade, responsible for trade relations concerning services and investment, intellectual property, public procurement, agri-food and fisheries; trade relations with Asia, Latin America and countries of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific; trade and sustainable development.

Served as Chief Negotiator for the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA); the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement; the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement.

In March 2018 he has been appointed Director General for Climate Action.


Matt Rodriquez
Secretary for Environmental Protection, California Environmental Protection Agency

Matthew Rodriquez was appointed California Secretary for Environmental Protection by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in July 2011. As Secretary, Matt oversees the activities of the six boards, departments and offices within the Agency, including the California Air Resources Board and the State Water Resources Control Board. Matt comes to CalEPA with over 24 years of environmental experience with the California Department of Justice. Matt formerly served as a Deputy Attorney General, specializing in land use and environmental law. Attorney General Brown promoted Matt to the position of Chief Assistant Attorney General for the Public Rights Division in 2009, where he supervised the environmental, civil rights and consumer law sections of the Office. Prior to his selection as Secretary, he served as Acting Chief Deputy Attorney General for Attorney General Kamala D. Harris. Matt graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in History, and received his JD from UC Hastings College of the Law in 1980.


Bob Savage
Assistant Deputy Minister, Alberta Environment & Parks

Bob Savage has spent majority of his career in government working in the field of integrated resource management and land use planning in Alberta. Over the past 15 years, he has focused on climate change policy where he was a lead in the development of Alberta’s greenhouse gas regulatory system, the offset system and the establishment of the Climate Change and Emissions Management Fund and Corporation.

Bob’s education has been focused on land use planning and resource economics and he holds an MBA in project management.


Eric Théroux
Assistant Deputy Minister, Fight against Climate Change at the Ministry for Sustainable Development, Environment and Fight against Climate Change (MDDELCC), Québec

Eric Théroux is Assistant Deputy Minister, Fight against Climate Change at the Ministry for Sustainable Development, Environment and Fight against Climate Change (MDDELCC) since November 2017. He was previously, from 2012 to 2017, Assistant Deputy Minister for Policy, Francophone and Multilateral Affairs at the Ministry of International Relations and la Francophonie (MRIF). Working for the Quebec Government since 1987, he served at Justice Department as legal adviser, than Legal Director for many ministries in matters linked to international, administrative, native and public law. He had been previously Director General both at MRIF and at the Ministry of Employment and Social Solidarity.

Bachelor of Law from the University of Montréal and called to the Bar of Québec in 1987, he has also a Master’s degree in Law (European community law) from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He had been lecturer in International law and Associate Editor of Le Guide de la pratique des Relations internationales du Québec.


Paulette van Ommen
Global Climate Lead, Royal DSM, Corporate Sustainability

Paulette van Ommen (Global Climate Lead) is responsible for leading DSM’s climate change agenda, supporting and initiating projects in the area of renewable energy and carbon pricing. Paulette represents DSM with climate partners such as the World Bank Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, World Economic Forum Climate CEOs, We Mean Business, CDP, RE100, Prince of Wales’ Corporate Leaders Group as well as various WBCSD initiatives. Prior to joining DSM, Paulette was a senior sustainability advisor at EY based in the Netherlands where she was the Corporate Responsibility Leader for Belgium-Netherlands and served as main advisor to Jan Peter Balkenende (former Prime Minister), with whom she set up the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition of eight leading global CEOs such as from Unilever, DSM and Philips.


Vikram Widge
Global Head, Climate Finance & Policy, IFC

Vikram Widge is the global head of Climate Finance and Policy at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, and the largest development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. He leads IFC’s external engagement on climate finance, and is an accomplished manager with extensive practice in innovation and deployment of products to mobilize private capital for climate-smart development. Vikram has demonstrated global leadership, delivering several award-winning, first-of-their-kind products linked to debt capital markets, results-based finance, and sustainable development including the Forests Bond, the Pilot Auction Facility, and the Carbon Delivery Guarantee. Vikram also oversees IFC's work on green bond standards, carbon pricing, climate risk and adaptation, climate-related metrics, and support to developing country governments to help create market opportunities for low-carbon, resilient development including production of a series of seminal reports on Climate Investment Opportunities. He is also a frequent moderator and speaker on topics of climate finance, carbon pricing and markets, and mobilizing private capital.


Aurora Winslade
Director of Sustainability, Swarthmore College

Winslade brings more than 15 years of experience in higher education and energy-efficiency efforts in the private sector, where she helped to translate visionary ideas into on-the-ground reality. At Swarthmore, she helps the college integrate sustainability into operations, learning, and campus life. Winslade's role includes co-directing the President's Sustainability Research Fellowship program, a year-long course and internship program that engages student leaders to develop solutions to campus sustainability challenges; chairing the Carbon Charge committee and supporting the entire Ecosphere to meet Swarthmore's commitments to achieving carbon neutrality by 2035, 80% waste diversion by 2022; and implementing the Environmental Sustainability Framework.


Beatriz Yordi
Director of the European and International Carbon Markets Directorate, European Commission

Beatriz Yordi is specialised in fundamental physics at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Pioneer in conceiving and implementing European policy in renewable energies, she joined the European Commission in 1994, working in different areas such as Eco-innovation and Green businesses, LIFE programme and Renewable Energy policy in Directorate Directorate-General for the Environment, EASME and in Directorate-General for Energy. She joined the Directorate-General for Climate Action in June 2015. Since the beginning of 2017 she is Director of the European and International Carbon Markets Directorate in the European Commission. She started her professional career in CIEMAT and in the private sector in a renewable energy European joint venture of three electric utilities, designing and constructing the first solar PV plant in Europe. She currently leads the team responsible for the European Emissions Trading System, the development of international carbon market initiatives, aviation and maritime emissions and contributes to making climate change a policy of innovation, opportunity and competitiveness in line with Paris agreement.