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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mary D. Nichols |
Chair, California Air Resources Board
Appointed August 2007 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
Director General, DG Climate Action, European Commission
Born in Taranto, in 1957.
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.
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.
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.