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Dr Adel Farid Abdel-Kader

Research Interests: Sustainable Environment and Climate Change

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Adel is an independent executive advisor on environment and sustainable development, and a board director of Trend Green Knowledge Inc, in Canada. He is a former Regional Coordinator for Early Warning and Assessment, United Nations Environment Programme. He is also a former academic professor. He is a well-established environmental knowledge creator. His focus area is in the creation, analysis, and use of environmental knowledge in decision making, policy and sustainability advice, strategic environmental planning, and communicating environment and sustainable development knowledge. His current top priority work areas are the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), climate change, disaster risk reduction and resilient cities. He is also keen on remote sensing of the environment. He has long-extensive experience in inter-agency and inter-governmental negotiations, building partnerships and networking functions. He led and brain-mastered the preparation of key regional environmental policy documents and contributed to known global policy documents such as the Global Environment Outlook Series and the Global Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. He worked with international organizations, academia, and the private sector. He is an environment thought leader, with a special interest in visioning and charting roadmaps to materialize visions into realities. He has been active in the global environmental movement and is interested in social innovation to create knowledge to address environmental and sustainable development issues. He is a staunch supporter of using the digital world into the environment and is always looking for trending ideas and innovations to bring to the environmental field. He holds a Ph.D. degree from Mansoura University, Egypt, and the Ohio State University, USA. He earned his master’s degree from the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE), University of Delaware, USA. He also undertook graduate studies in marine and environmental systems at Florida Institute of Technology, USA. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Mansoura University, Egypt. He received several awards and honors, and he has led and contributed to more than 110 articles, reports, and book chapters.

Dr. Idowu Ajibade

Research Interests: Future City Planning, Environmental Justice, Climate Change Adaptation, Societal Transformation

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Idowu (Jola) Ajibade is an Assistant Professor in Geography at Portland State University. She is an interdisciplinary scholar with a keen interest in human-environment relations. Her current research focuses on transformation and climate change adaptation in Sustainable Cities, Waterfront-Future Cities, and Informal Settlements. She is particularly interested in the connections between sustainability transitions, environmental justice, resilience planning and transformative adaptation. Jola explore concepts of resilience, transition, and transformation as pathways towards sustainability on multiple scales. Dr. Ajibade has over 10 years of professional experience working in both academic and professional sectors. She has worked with the Balsillie School of International Affairs (Wilfrid Laurier University and University of Waterloo), Western University, Leonard Cheshire International, (Sierra Leone and Nigeria), International Council on Human Rights Policy (Geneva, Switzerland); Freedom House Human Rights Reporting Project (Nigeria), and Institute for Media and Society (Nigeria). Jola holds a Ph.D. in Geography and Environmental Sustainability from Western University, Canada; an M.A. in International Law and Human Rights from the University for Peace, Costa Rica; and a B.A. in Philosophy from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. She was a Jeanne Sauvé Fellow at McGill University; a UNU-EHS fellow at United Nations University, Germany; a UNU Fellow at the United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan; and a fellow at University of Brown International Advanced Research Institute, Rhode Island, USA. She is currently a Research Fellow with the Earth System Governance, Sweden; an affiliate member at the McGill Sustainability Systems Initiative, Canada; and a Young Scientist Fellow in Integrated Research on Disaster Risk Programme (IRDR), China. Through her research, teaching and community engagement, she contributes to scholarship in areas of political ecology, climate change adaptation, environmental justice, transformation studies, urban planning and future cities, sustainable development, and feminist and disaster studies.

Dr. Funke Alaba

Research Interests: Clean Energy and Health Nexus

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Olufunke Alaba holds a doctoral degree in Economics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She did her post-doctoral research at the School of Economics, University of Pretoria, South Africa. Olufunke is Senior Lecturer and researcher at the Health Economics Unit, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town, also in South Africa where she conduct research researching on applied microeconometric modeling, Development and Poverty Economics, Social determinants of health including energy and health nexus. Olufunke has consulted for a number of local and international organizations including the African Economic Research Consortium, UNIDO, the World Bank, and the UNU-WIDER Finland. She was a Visiting Scholar to the World Bank in 2004.

Professor Ahmed Hamza Ali

Research Interests: Solar Energy Technology,  Energy Audit and Energy Efficiency

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Ahmed Hamza H. Ali is a Professor of Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning at Assiut University, Egypt and a Certified Professional Consultant on Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency. He obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Assiut University, Egypt in June, 1986 and December, 1992 respectively. Ahmed Hamza bagged a doctoral degree in engineering from Muroran Institute of Technology, Japan in 1999. He worked as a Professor of Energy Systems at Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Systems and Environmental Engineering, UMSICHT, Germany from March 2006 to April 2008, the Director of Research Excellence Center for Energy Resources and Management (Dean Level), the Chairperson of Energy Resources and Environmental Engineering Department, and a Professor of Renewable Energy Systems, all at the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST) in Alexandria, Egypt from May 2010 to January 2015.

His areas of expertise include basic and applied research in Renewable Energy (Solar Energy Cooling and Heating Nocturnal Radiation Cooling, PV systems design and performance) Systems, energy and buildings (incl. HVAC) and Industrial Energy audit and energy efficiency. In 1994, he became a member of International Solar Energy Society (ISES) till date. Some of the awards to his credit include the Finland Government Award (June 1985 – September, 1985), Japanese Government (MONBUSHO) Scholarship), Japan (October, 1994 – March, 1998), Association of International Education Professional Honours, Japan (April 1998 – March, 1999), the distinguished scholar award from the Arab Fund Program, Kuwait, (March 2010 – February, 2011), and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship, Germany (March 2006 – April 2008). Ahmed Hamza has published more than 150 papers (over 65 in refereed International Journals, with H index 13), six books and five book chapters.

Abdelkader Allali

Research Interests: Green Economy, Environment and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

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Engr. Abdelkader Allali is a Nobel Peace Prize co-winner and a former IPCC WG II Vice Chair AR4. He is a Principal Chief Engineer, Agronomist and Geographer Specialist, acting as the International Expert in Green Economy, Environment and Climate Change Adaptation /Mitigation. He has more than 20 years' experience in Development Cooperation in the fields, designing and/or implementing development project of agriculture, rural development, water resources, local government institutional development, civil society organisations, leading monitoring and evaluation of EU development cooperation programmes Europe-Africa, leading EU funding interventions for the operalisation of Mali Climate Fund and Green Economy Strategy and Implementation Plan. In addition, he has experience in several countries across Africa such as Algeria, Tunisia, Niger, South Africa, Ethiopia among others.

Abdelkader is well versed in designing, implementing and assessing climate change and mitigation actions as well as in development of climate change adaptation and mitigation projects. He contributes and teaches a number of courses related to climate change and agricultural/impact assessment and evaluation. In 2001 he was a contributing lead author with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Switzerland, drafting the report on Good Practice Guidance and Uncertainty Management in National greenhouse Gas Inventories related to Land-Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry.

He is a member of a number of professional bodies in Morocco focused on the environment and climate change and has contributed to numerous global projects including the UNFCCC Joint Implementation Evaluation Team for accreditation (2007-2008), the National Scientific and Technical Committee on Climate Change (Morocco) (2001-2002), the IPCC Bureau (Vice chair of the WGII: Monitoring and evaluation of Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change) (2002-2008), the Moroccan CDM Assessment Team on monitoring and evaluation projects (2006-2007-2008). In addition, he founded the National Association on Climatology (ANACLIM) in Morocco and served as the General Secretary (1993-1996).

Kristina Alnes

Research Interests: Climate finance with a focus on green bonds and sukuks, climate risk reporting and analysis of corporate

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Kristina Alnes is a Senior Advisor in Climate Finance at CICERO, an interdisciplinary climate research institute. She leads CICERO’s research on developing a climate risk rating of companies. Kristina also conducts environmental ratings and assessments of green bonds and sukuks, and sustainability bond frameworks. CICERO is the leading global provider of external reviews on green bonds, having provided approximately 100 Second Opinions. Her other research includes physical climate risk, blockchain applications to impact reporting, analysis and disclosure of climate risk for corporations. Kristina also conducts capacity building on climate finance in emerging markets.

Prior to CICERO, Kristina worked in management consulting, environmental project management and academic research. She has advised financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies in the US, Europe and the Middle East on environmental and social data analysis, stakeholder engagement and ESG strategy. Among her clients were Walmart, the IMF and the King Khalid Foundation of Saudi Arabia.

Kristina has a Master of Science in Sustainability Management from Columbia University, USA, and a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University, Canada.

Helene Amundsen

Research Interests: Societal transformation, climate change adaptation, local climate policy

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Helene Amundsen is a Senior Researcher at CICERO Center for International Climate Research, Oslo. Her current research areas are municipal challenges to climate change, particularly transformation to low-emission society, and climate change adaptation. She is the principal investigator on a project investigating how Norwegian municipalities can contribute to transformation to a low-emission society. She has previously worked in coastal and natural resource-based communities and is currently completing a study on the primary industries and the green transformation.

Dr. Ayele Hegena Anabo

Research Interests: Environmental law, water law, climate law, green investment law, Wetland law, Biodiversity law, human rights and the socio-economic aspects of environmental law

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Dr. Anabo is an international environmental and water lawyer with rich teaching and research experiences. He came to lead environmental law research and development at Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change of Ethiopia with qualifications; LLB from Civil Service University, Faculty of law, (2000), LLM, Addis Ababa university, law school, (2008) title of thesis: ― Ethiopian competition policy and law : the theory and practice, MSC conservation and international wildlife trade(2010), university of Kent law school, Canterbury, UK, Durrell institute of conservation and ecology and PhD, university of Kent law school, Canterbury, UK (2015) International environmental and Water Law from University of Kent, UK. He leads and coordinates the Directorate General in the Environment, Forest and Climate Change Commission of Ethiopia that engages in the federal level development of environmental and natural resource management policy, law and standards research and development. He is currently overseeing the development of a diverse range of water, climate change and environmental laws, including participation as lead negotiator in development many multilateral environmental agreements. He is focal point for many of the multilateral environmental agreements in Ethiopia. He coordinates numerous policy dialogues in the areas of environmental law development and implementation. He was a member for the UNFCCC Technology Executive Committee representing African Group of Negotiators in Climate Change. He is Lead Negotiator in The UN Climate Change Process Representing African Group Of Negotiators, Lead expert African Ministerial Conference on the Environment, representing the Ethiopian Government, Nile Basin Wetland Experts Group Member Representing Ethiopia, Focal Point For UNESCO Representing The Environment, Forest And Climate Change Commission, National Focal Point For Development And Periodic Review Of Environmental Law For UNEP Montevideo Programme, National Steering Committee Member For Global Water Partnership, Member Board Of Wachamo University, Member For The UNICRI-Un Environment Experts, National Negotiators Team Members For Word Heritage Committee and Member For The Nile Basin Initiatives For Policy Development. He works on these with diverse international and national actors in Ethiopia. His current teaching and research includes work on wetland law, water law, economics and governance; Investment law, Payments for Ecosystem Services, Biosafety, equity and justice in environmental law; biodiversity, including benefit sharing and biosafety; climate change; and justice, with a particular focus on environmental and water rights. Anabo convenes Forest Law, Mekelle University natural Resource Law Center Postgraduate student, International Water Law, Addis Ababa University, African Water Excellency Center, Water Law, Addis Ababa Law School, Undergraduate students and Investment law in the Debera Berhan and Hwassa Universities.

Nadia Arielle

Research Interests: Renewable Energy Transitions in SIDS, Climate resilience in the energy sector

Anna Asikainen

Research Interests: Green and Sustainable Finance, ESG investments, Carbon Pricing, Emissions Trading Scheme, Climate Policy, Climate Risks and

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Anna Asikainen is a climate change and green finance expert with over 10 years of international experience working in academia, financial services and management consulting in Europe, the Middle East and Americas. In her current role at South Pole, Anna manages the UN Environment-led Financial Centres for Sustainability (FC4S) initiative which aims to catalyze green finance innovation at a pan-European level, aligning these efforts with the EU Commission Action Plan for Financing Sustainable Growth. In addition, Anna supervises projects related to mobilizing climate finance, creating an industry standard for reporting climate risks and designing national and regional carbon pricing schemes. Her previous experience includes leading the commercial activities at MÉXICO2 – Mexican Carbon Platform at the Mexican Stock Exchange, lecturing and conducting research at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and managing multidisciplinary academic projects in the Middle East. Anna has delivered mandates on climate change and green finance to the World Bank, Inter American Development Bank, United Nations, Environmental Defense Fund, International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources in Mexico (SEMARNAT) and to a wide range of national governments and private sector companies. She holds a M.Sc. in Economics from Aalto University School of Business and a B.Sc. in International Business from Helsinki School of Economics. In addition, she has completed studies on social and environmental impact assessment, carbon offset project development and financial markets.

Dr. Micheal Atchia

Research Interests: Environmental Education, Sustainable Development Education and Sustainable Development

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Dr. Atchia is a senior Mauritian consultant in the Education, Curriculum development and planning and in the Environmental Education sectors, with wide international experience especially in national and regional coordinator positions. He has been a Programme Director at UNEP (Chief, Environmental Education and Training Unit) in Nairobi from 1986 to 1996, responsible during the same period for the “International Environmental Education Programme” of UNESCO/UNEP, active in over 100 member states. He gained his professional experience in both developing countries (Africa, Asia, and South America) and in Europe/North America/Australia. He is a graduate from these Universities: Calcutta (B.Sc with Distinction): London (BSc); Chelsea College of Science and Technology (Postgraduate diplomas in Microbiology, 1st class); Institute of Biology (MIBIOL); Salford in Manchester (MSc, PhD, DSc). Dr Atchia has extensive experience as a specialist and trainer in environmental education and sustainable development education (a field now called ESD which he is credited to have launched in 1993); national curriculum development and planning; science education; integrated environmental management (a field which is he is credited of having launched, with the publication by John Wiley in 1995 of ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS, Integrated Environmental Management, Editors Michael Atchia and Shawna Tropp).

Dr Atchia was an Associate Professor at the MIE (1974-1986), as part of the original team which carried out the mauritianisation of the school curriculum and wrote the first text-books. After retirement in 2003 he spent 2 years at the Ministry of Education Mauritius, as Senior Advisor to the Minister. As a Project Manager especially for large international or regional projects, he has designed several projects (preparation of project documents and budgets), and was as team leader in charge of organisation and administration, monitoring, evaluation and follow-up of projects related to educational reform, environment and sustainable strategies. Furthermore, Dr Atchia is an educator and trainer with world-wide experience (1986-1996) in designing and administering Integrated Environmental Management Training for cadres from developing countries, in collaboration with Universities in Dresden, Geneva, Nairobi, Boston, and Adelaide amongst others. He was responsible for relationships of UN with over 100 centres of Excellence world-wide (mostly top-level Universities) in the specific field of Environment and development.

Dr. Ayansina Ayanlade

Research Interests: Climate change impacts and adaptive capacity of rural farmers, environmental change assessment, application of Remote Sensing and GIS to land-atmospheric interactions

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Ayansina Ayanlade (Ph.D. King’s College London, University of London, UK) is a researcher and lecturer in the Department of Geography, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He has academic experience in Nigeria, USA, Norway, and the United Kingdom. Over the years, he has engaged and contributed to researches in the areas of land-atmospheric interactions and environmental changes using remote sensing and GIS. His current research interests include climate change studies, understanding of perceived climate change impacts, indigenous and local knowledge on climate change and the influence of both national and international climate change negotiations, and application of Remote Sensing and GIS to land-atmospheric interactions. Dr. Ayalade’s research interest in climate change include: inclusion of gender in Africa’s Climate Change Policies and Strategies; solution to atmospheric data gaps; application of geoinformatics in eco-climatic studies; geospatial data infrastructure for sharing agro-climatic information to improve agricultural productivity; land surface temperature and heat fluxes in cities and their rural surroundings; climate variability/change and attitude to adaptation technologies among selected rural farmers’ communities; rainfall variability and drought characteristics in some agro-climatic zones; remote sensing approaches for land use and land surface temperature assessment; climate change education and knowledge among university graduates; climate change policies and programmes; influences of wind speed and direction on atmospheric particle concentrations and industrially induced noise; the influence of atmospheric conditions on the outbreak of diseases; climate change monitoring and its impacts assessment with Geographic Information System; as well as climate and crop relationships.

He was a Scholar of Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF); The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA); Research Fellow of Climate Impact Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement in Sub-Saharan Africa (CIRCLE), which is an initiative of the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom (UK) and a Visiting Research Fellow under the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) at International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Kenya. His International research training experience includes International Research Institute for Climate and Society, at The Earth Institute, Columbia University, Lamont Campus,USA; Research methods, impacts and adaptation policies, A course on research methods in climate change and health, University of Bergen, Norway; Academic research leadership training, King’s College London, University of London. He is currently a Project Associate under Urbanization and Global Environmental Change (UGEC) core projects of International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP) https://ugec.org/people/project-associates/ . Dr. Ayanlade is also one of scientist working with UN-Intergovernmental Panel on climate Change (IPCC) (as a lead author of Chapter 9: Africa of the Working Group II of the forthcoming IPCC Sixth Assessment Report); and participant in the preparation of Nigeria’s Second National Communication under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Presently, he was selected as African representatives in the Past Global Changes International Project, Switzerland and Research Group on Climate Change Adaptation, Germany.

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Professor Akiça Bahri

Research Interests: Water Resources Management, Water Reuse, Agriculture Use of Biosolids

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Akiça Bahri is currently Professor at the National Agricultural Institute of Tunisia. Previously, she worked as Coordinator of the African Water Facility (AWF) at the African Development Bank from 2010-2015; as Director for Africa at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) from 2005-2010; and as Director of Research at the National Research Institute for Agricultural Engineering, Water, and Forestry (INRGREF) in Tunis, Tunisia. She has academic and professional experience in water resources management and the agricultural use of marginal waters and biosolids and their impacts on the environment. She has also been involved in policy and legislative issues regarding water reuse and land application of sewage sludge. She has authored numerous papers and reports. She is a member of different international scientific committees and has received international honors from the Guinness Foundation (1984), the International Foundation for Science (1993), the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (1996), and the 2009 "Prof. C.N.R. Rao Prize for Scientific Research". She was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of California at Davis from January to June 2005. She holds an Agricultural Engineer degree from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Agronomie de Toulouse, France, a Doctor-Engineer degree from the Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse (France) and a Ph.D. in Water Resources Engineering from Lund University (Sweden).

Piotr Barczak

Research Interests: Policy, Waste

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Piotr Barczak was born in Poland in 1984. Having studied in Poznan and Bremen, Piotr holds a Masters degree in Geography with a specialisation in Spatial Management and Regional Development. He also has a diploma in Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change. He started his professional career as a land surveyor for a private company providing technical analysis of urban and coastal areas. In 2010 he started working in the Polish Ministry of the Environment where he joined the International Cooperation Unit. In 2011 he was sent to Brussels to reinforce the Environmental Policy Unit at the Permanent Representation of Poland to the EU. After a successful Polish Presidency at the Council he decided to leave the diplomatic service and join the NGO world where he worked on shale gas and land grabbing in Africa. He has worked in several missions in the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan collaborating with Caritas and the UN Mission to South Sudan. Piotr came back to Brussels in 2013 to join the EU Policy Team of the European Environmental Bureau working on air pollution and waste. He is now responsible for the waste policy at the EEB representing the voice of around 150 national NGOs dealing with environmental protection. He chairs the EEB Waste Working Group which consists of waste experts from Member States with hands-on experience in waste management and prevention measures. He collaborates closely with the Zero Waste Europe as well as with municipalities, progressive industry and waste management organizations.

Professor Bipasha Baruah

Research Interests: Clean Energy and Gender, Construction

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Bipasha Baruah is the Canada Research Chair in Global Women’s Issues and a tenured full professor in the Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research at the University of Western Ontario. Prof. Baruah conducts interdisciplinary research on gender, development and globalization; women and work; and social, political and economic inequality. Her research on women and property ownership and women’s employment in renewable energy and resource efficiency has influenced policy within governments, financial institutions and non-governmental organizations. Dr. Baruah has 12 years of professional experience with organizations such as the United Nations Development Program, Asian Development Bank, World Resources Institute, The Energy and Resources Institute, Self-Employed Women’s Association, the Association for Women’s Rights in Development, the International Development Research Centre of Canada, Natural Resources Canada, and Global Affairs Canada. The Royal Society of Canada named Dr. Baruah to The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists in 2015. “The College” is Canada’s only national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership. Every year, it names individuals who have made exceptional professional contributions to Canada and the world within 15 years of completing their doctorates. Dr. Baruah’s current research program is aimed broadly at understanding how to ensure that a global green economy will be more gender equitable and socially just than its fossil-fuel based predecessor.

Dr. Morgan Bazilian

Research Interests: Energy Planning, Energy and Fragile/Conflict Situations

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Dr. Morgan Bazilian is a non-resident Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy. In his full-time capacity, he is Lead Energy Specialist at the World Bank. He has over two decades of experience in the energy sector – and is regarded as a leading expert in international policy. His work has ranged from fiscal policy, to systems analysis, to infrastructure investment, to market regulation and governance in all areas of energy policy from upstream oil and gas to power systems. He holds a Ph.D. in energy analysis and was a Fulbright Fellow. He has published approximately 100 papers in learned journals, and his 2008 book: “Analytical Methods for Energy Diversity and Security” is a seminal work in the field. His work has appeared in Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Foreign Affairs. Dr. Bazilian is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on Energy, and served as an advisor to the International Energy’s World Energy Outlook, and Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s Global Energy Outlook. He holds (or has held) academic affiliations at The Royal Institute of Technology of Sweden, Columbia University, Cambridge University, and IIASA.

Dr. Bazilian was the European Union’s lead negotiator on technology issues at the UN’s climate change negotiations, and a member of the UNFCCC Expert Group on Technology. He was the first Chair of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership Programme Board, and a founder of the UNEP Public Finance Alliance steering group. He was a contributing author to the IPCC and the Global Energy Assessment, and served as an advisor to a €200M cleantech venture capital fund and on the Global Advisory Council of the Sustainable Finance Programme at Oxford University. Previously he was a Deputy Director at NREL. Prior to that, Morgan worked in the United Nations on energy access issues. In this role he was deeply engaged with the design and implementation of the Sustainable Energy for All initiative, and managed UN-Energy. Prior to this post, he worked in the Irish Government as Chef de Cabinet for the Energy Minister, and was the Deputy CEO of the Irish National Energy Agency.

Dr. Basim Belgasim

Research Interests: Renewable energy engineering, solar energy, solar thermal systems and technologies

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Dr. Basim Belgasim is currently a Director of solar thermal systems at the Centre for Solar Energy Research and Studies (CSERS). He earned his PhD in 2013 from Northumbria University, UK in the area of renewable energy engineering. His research interest includes concentrating solar power (CSP), direct and indirect solar water desalination systems and solar water heating and cooling technologies. Dr. Belgasim is a lecturer at Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Benghazi and visiting lecturer at Libyan Academy of Higher Education. Also, Dr. Belgasim is an active member at different professional bodies. He is an Editor at Journal of Solar Energy and Sustainable Development, Member of World Society of Sustainable Energy Technologies (WSSET), UK, Member of Scientific Advisory Board at Centre for Solar Energy Research and Studies (CSERS), Recognized Reviewer at Applied Thermal Engineering and Applied Energy (Elsevier) journals.

Dr. Matthew Berg

Research Interests: Nature-based infrastructure, flooding, sustainable agriculture, stakeholder processes, policy development, land use, riverine and coastal ecosystems, climate resilience

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Dr. Matthew Berg is the CEO & Principal Scientist of Simfero Consultants, a natural resources strategy and risk management organization based in Houston, United States. He has nearly 20 years of experience in a variety of water, soil, and agriculture issues across government, corporate, and academic sectors. Dr. Berg has managed complex research programs across multiple time zones, and he excels at working with decision makers and those affected by policy decisions. Dr. Berg has participated in cashew cultivation efforts in West Africa, agricultural development in Brazil, water management projects in India, and land use research in Ecuador, among others. In the United States, his research was cited in the first ever Texas State Flood Assessment in reginal and national media, and he has also guided advisory groups on water conservation efforts. Dr. Berg authored the first watershed plan from Texas approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and helped develop the Watershed Steward adult education program used across the region. After Hurricane Harvey in 2017, he briefed U.S. congressional delegations about climate impacts on water resources. Recruited through a U.S. Department of Agriculture program to develop the next generation of science leaders, Matthew completed his doctoral studies at Texas A&M University, where he received the school’s top honors for research and teaching. He has received awards from the Crop Science Society of America, Agronomy Society of America, Soil Science Society of America, North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture, and the Ecological Society of America for his work in science, stakeholder engagement, and policy development. Dr. Berg currently serves on the board of a key land conservation organization in his region and advises a number of others.

Dr. Bettina Bergoo

Research Interests: Energy Access and Clean Energy (Finance, Policy and Market Development)

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Bettina Bergöö is a Fellow (Green Finance) at the Center for Market Innovation, National Resource Defense Council, Washington DC, United States. She splits her time between increasing investment in green infrastructure through green investment banks and expanding access to clean energy in affordable multifamily housing. She has an educational and work background in clean energy policy and finance in the United States and in emerging economies. Prior to joining NRDC, Bergöö worked for three years as a management consultant on energy and water initiatives for the U.S. Department of Defense, focusing on strategic planning and program evaluation. She then held positions at SELCO Foundation, Barefoot College, and Enventure Enterprises in India and East Africa, where she conducted policy and finance analysis on the off-grid energy sector and incubated clean energy social enterprises. She is based in Washington, D.C.

Dr. William Blyth

Research Interest: Renewable Energy and Climate Change Policy, Emissions Trading and Energy Efficiency

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William Blyth has worked for over 20 years in the analysis of energy security, climate change and sustainable development. He is Director of Oxford Energy Associates, an independent energy research company, and works part-time as a Senior Research Fellow at DFID (UK government’s aid department). In addition, he holds Associate Fellow positions at Chatham House (one of the world’s top think tanks), and at Imperial College London, supporting research on sustainable energy issues. He is an expert in energy sector economics and policies specialising in transitions to a low-carbon economy and energy access in developed and developing countries.

Dr. Blyth is currently leading a team to develop Botswana’s sustainable energy strategy under their SE4All initiative. He carried out a similar role in Rwanda leading a team within the Ministry of Infrastructure, and developed Rwanda’s investment plan for $50m under the SREP. In recent years, he has worked with the World Bank, AfDB, and EBRD reviewing financial flows and the investment needs of the energy sector in general, and mechanisms to support business models that address access to energy for the poorest in particular. He has recently worked with a wide range of international organisations including the World Bank, African Development Bank, International Renewable Energy Agency, OECD, International Energy Agency, the Electric Power Research Institute, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, International Institute of Sustainable Development, as well as many UK government departments and institutions. He has published widely on a range of topics related to climate and energy security, and is the author of over 20 peer reviewed papers and books. William previously worked at the International Energy Agency in Paris, the European Environment Agency in Copenhagen and for AEA Technology Environment. He has a DPhil in Physics from Oxford University.

Dr. Elin Boasson

Research Interests: Climate and energy policy, low emission economy, public policy theories

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Elin Lerum Boasson is an associate professor at the Political Science Department, the University of Oslo, and a senior researcher at CICERO Center for International Climate Research. She has published extensively on national climate and energy policies; exploring the role of policy entrepreneurship, business influence, political steering, diffusion and the role of the EU. She applies sociological institutional theories as well as historical institutionalism and public policy theories. Boasson gives political science master courses on climate policy, public policy theory and EU studies. Methodologically, Boasson is specialized in comparative, qualitative case studies and process tracing. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley and the Freie University, Berlin, and is now on sabbatical at the SCANCOR-Weatherhead, Harvard University. During this research stay, Boasson works on a sting of publications relating to two research projects on comparative climate policy; the 'Revising the National Renewables Policy Mix: The role of state aid and other key EU policies (REMIX)’ and ‘Understanding the international Context for Norway's low-emission Economy Transition (CONNECT).

Boasson took part of the leadership group of the COST Action Innovations in Climate Governance: Sources, Patterns and Effects. She is a Lead Author in the upcoming Sixth Assessment report cycle of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, working group III Mitigation.

Yatassaye Bocar

Research Interests: Land Management, Climate Financing, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

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Graduated in Environmental Economics from Paris Dauphine and China Agricultural University, Bocar has had the opportunity to work in the interface on climate change, finance and resource conservation in Africa. He led Carbonum’s deployment in Africa since 2009 and was in charge of managing the company’s exposure on climate advisory services on AFOLU, REDD+ projects and technical assistance to the public sector in the Continent. His role extends to coordinate, manage and develop with project developers and communities on the ground, structuring of financially viable sustainable projects in high priority areas of the host country. Lately, he focused on climate finance access, green growth, capacity building and land management mainly in West Africa. That gives him a familiarity with the themes of resilience, green growth, climate finance access, capacity building, land and ecosystems management in the region. From 2014 to 2017, he also served as team leader for ICOSI’s operations in Mali; he had a solid expertise in the design, management, coordination and implementation of climate research and sustainable development projects implementation in the West Africa. He had gained a depth insight of forest management, climate change activities, sustainable agriculture, water issues and urban development and participated on behalf of several organizations in the scoping and design of REDD + pilot projects, in Côte d'Ivoire, in Madagascar, in Nigeria, in Guinea and RCA. He contributed in several training and evaluation missions of climate change actions adaptation and mitigation programs of rural development models.

Dr. Greg Bodeker

Research Interests: Measurements of Upper-air Essential Climate Variables, Detection and Attribution of Climate Change, and

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Dr. Greg Bodeker earned his PhD in Physics in 1994 at the University of Natal, South Africa. He then joined the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) in New Zealand where he worked primarily on ozone depletion and climate change. In 2009 he left NIWA to establish Bodeker Scientific Ltd, a research company conducting research into the chemistry and climate of Earth’s atmosphere. Since 2009 he has also been an adjunct professor at the New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute, in the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, at Victoria University of Wellington. Following his interest in innovation, in 2015 Dr. Bodeker established Kentron Ltd, a company specialising in the development and commercialisation of software and technology-based ideas. Dr. Bodeker has acted as a co-author, lead-author, and coordinating lead-author on several WMO/UNEP ozone assessments and also as a lead author on an IPCC/TEAP report on ozone-climate interactions. He was a member of the International Commission on the Middle Atmosphere from 2003 to 2011, the International Ozone Commission from 2004 to 2012, co-chair of SPARC (Stratosphere-troposphere Processes And their Role in Climate; a core project of the World Climate Research Programme) from 2012 to 2014, and co-chair of the GCOS Reference Upper-Air Network (GRUAN) from 2011 to 2017. He has authored or co-authored 133 papers in the international peer reviewed literature and has co-supervised 11 PhD students. His current research interests include measurements of upper-air essential climate variables, detection and attribution of climate change, and stratospheric dynamics.

Dr. Joachim Bonkoungou

Research Interests: Water Availability Climate Change and variability and adaptation

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Joachim Bonkoungou is a consultant for African Development Bank (AfDB), Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. His expertise cover climate change and green growth mainstreaming in projects, country strategic paper and regional integrated strategic paper for West Africa. Projects are from agriculture, energy, transport and water supply and sanitation sectors. He supports West African country to have access to climate finance. AfDB has two own climate funds (Africa Climate Change Fund and Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa) and four external funds where AfDB is implementing entity (Green Climate Fund, Climate Investment Fund, Global Environment Facility and Adaptation Fund). He supports also West African Countries for their National Determined Contribution (NDC) implementation and the new NDC formulation to take into account new ambitions of greenhouse gas reduction. Bonkoungou was a researcher on geography, climate and environment at Burkina Faso’s institute on agriculture and environment research (www.inera.bf). He is a fellowship from African Climate Leadership Program (https://africlp.or.ke) for conducting research in Tiogo Classified Forest in Burkina Faso. Students are investigating practices to empower local and marginalized stakeholders and make the forest more resilient to climate change. A protocol is being co-developed to have an inclusive management of the classified forest. Bonkoungou hold a Master’s degree from regional AGRHYMET Centre and a geography doctorate on Burkina Faso’s climate change from University of Niamey (Niger). Research interests cover participatory action research on adaptation and attenuation to climate change in agriculture, environment and water sectors, innovative best practices co-development, empowerment of stakeholders to ensure local development.

Dr. Roberta Boscolo

Research Interests: Climate and Energy Nexus, Meteorology and Climate data for Adaptation and Mitigation

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Dr. Roberta Boscolo is Science Officer of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) leading the climate and energy nexus area of research and applications. In particular she is supporting the development of renewable energy in low-income countries and emerging markets. Renewable energy brings multiple opportunities for low-emissions and climate-resilient development but is also highly sensitive to climate, weather and water. Her work focuses on enhancing the national capacity to develop and deliver operational climate information to strategic socio-economic sectors for adaptation and mitigation roadmaps.
Prior to this position, she was programme officer at the World Climate Research Programme secretariat, coordinating scientific efforts worldwide to address the knowledge gaps in understanding Earth climate system. Within WCRP she lead efforts for advancing in the application of climate change research to develop climate adaptation strategies.
She has a Master’s degree in Physical Oceanography from the University of North Wales, UK, and a Bachelor of Physics from the University of Padua in Italy.

Esben Brandia

Research Interests: Sustainable development

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Esben is one of the pioneers in the still nascent market for frontier market Timberland Investment. Esben was part of the team managing the world's first global frontier timberland fund established in 2007. Esben was responsible for the origination and acquisition of the African investments and was later responsible for investments in Latin America. Until recently Esben headed Africa's largest private equity fund in Africa dedicated to timberland investments. Esben holds a BSc and a MSc in Forestry with an interdisciplinary diploma in Tropical Land Use Management. Esben started his career as Associate Scientist at the World Agroforestry Center in Malawi and Uganda. Followed by a stint as at the global consulting company COWI. Esben is a frequent speaker on the challenging nature of responsible investing in frontier and emerging market timberlands.

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Professor Christopher Robin Bryant

Research Interest: Sustainable Development, Land Using Planning

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Christopher Bryant has a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science (1970) and has been Professor at the Universities of Waterloo (1970-1990) and Montréal (1990 to 2014) and is currently Adjunct Professor, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph (2012 onwards), and he is also Adjunct Professor, Geography Department, University of Montreal (2014 onwards). Christopher Bryant has published many articles in different journals, a large number of book chapters, many books and monographs; many Reports to different governments and agencies; many other publications and book reviews; and he has made almost 600 presentations during his career. His fields of research are: agriculture and food production in and around cities and metropolitan centers; food security and food insecurity; tourism development; community development; land use planning; strategic development planning for communities, organizations and agriculture and other economic activities; sustainable development; resilience building for communities exposed to flooding and climate variability; adaptation of agriculture and tourism development to climate change and variability. He is placed in the top 4 to 5% of the over 16 million researchers on Research Gate. He has also directed or co-directed one of the largest number of doctoral and masters students, and many of his doctoral students now have positions as professors in different universities or in government ministries or agencies.

Giancarlo Cesarello

Research Interest: Remote Sensing, GIS

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Giancarlo Cesarello is currently a PhD candidate at the National Scientific Research Institute (INRS) in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. During his professional and academic experience Giancarlo conducted researches on the assessment of marine degradation (coral reef) and contamination (oil spills) using remote sensing technology. In more recent years he explored the area of fresh water management (Integrated Water Resource Management - IWRM) gaining a Master degree at McGill, Quebec, Canada and he is now continuing to refine, through his PhD studies, his understanding on the relation between biodiversity dynamics, the sustainable use of ecosystem services and the environmental changing conditions impacted by climate changes. Giancarlo contributes also to the development of the projects and activities of a local non-profit organization which mission is focused on the sensitization of the protection of the water resources in the watershed where he lives (St. Charles river watershed, Quebec Canada). Over the last years, Giancarlo has introduced technology innovation, such as drone imaging and analysis, which has improved the interaction with the watershed stakeholders.

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Ashley Cooper

Research Interest: Environmental and Climate Change Photography

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Ashley Cooper has spent the last 13 years travelling to every continent on the planet to document the impacts of climate change and the rise of renewable energy. In that time he has probably seen at first hand more climate change impacts than anyone else. He has documented extreme weather, floods, drought, permafrost melt, glacial retreat, sea level rise, desertification, coral bleaching, emissions, biofuel, tar sands, fossil fuels, coastal erosion, deforestation, fracking, forest fires, sea ice, water resource and every type of renewable energy. As an environmental photographer Ashley has shone a light on the most important issue of our times and his images appear in newspapers, magazines and books around the world, including in his own book, “Images From a Warming Planet”. Ashley lectures widely on his work and works with organisations like World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Climate Outreach to try to get the message out there of the urgency to tackle climate change. Ashley runs two websites www.globalwarmingimages.net and www.imagesfromawarmingplanet.net

Dr. Di Maria Corrado

Research Interest: Environmental and natural resource economics and policy

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Corrado is a Reader in Economics with broad research interests that span the economics of growth and development, environmental and natural resource economics, energy economics and the economics of technological change. The key feature of his work is an emphasis on both theoretical and empirical aspects, as well as its policy relevance.
Corrado’s most recent research covers several aspects of the interaction between environmental policy and natural resource use, the taxation of exhaustible resources, emissions trading schemes and their efficiency-promoting features, the role of skills in the process of economic growth, and environmental policy in the presence of directed technological change.
Corrado is interested in supervising students on (almost any) topics in environmental and natural resource economics and policy. He has research experience on environmental policy in dynamic models, the evaluation of market-based policy instruments, the interaction of environmental policy and natural resource use, the economics of energy generation, endogenous technological change and technology diffusion, as well as in the link between skills availability, brain drain and economics growth. He is particularly keen to discuss projects that entail both theoretical and empirical aspects.

Dr. Neil Craik

Research Interest: Environmental Law, Environmental Impact Assessment, Climate Change Policy and Geoengineering Law

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Dr. Neil Craik is an Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo with appointments to the Balsillie School of International Affairs and the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development, where he teaches and researches in the fields of international and Canadian environmental law. His current research examines the legal structure of global commons regimes. Professor Craik has particular interests in climate and geoengineering law and governance, deep seabed mining regulation and environmental impact assessment. He is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Co-director of the BSIA/CIGI International Law Summer Institute and from 2011 to 2017, Professor Craik served as the Director of the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development at the University of Waterloo.

He is the author of several books, including Global Environmental Change and Innovation in International Law, (Cambridge University Press, 2018), Climate Change Policy in North America: Designing Integration(UTP, 2013), Public Law: Cases, Materials and Commentary (Emond Montgomery, 2011) and The International Law of Environmental Impact Assessment: Process Substance and Integration (CUP, 2008), in addition to numerous book chapters and journal articles.

Laura Cramer

Research Interest: Climate Change, Environment, Food security

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Laura Cramer works for the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) as a Science Officer in the Flagship on Policies and Priorities for Climate Smart Agriculture. Laura has almost two decades of experience in the fields of food security, agricultural development and climate change adaptation in agriculture. Her current research focus is on the use of science within policy making and the interactions between researchers and policy makers. Laura’s other research areas of interest include food systems, livestock and climate change, and use of futures thinking for sustainable development. Most of Laura’s experience is within sub-Saharan Africa, and she is based in Kenya. Laura has authored several peer-reviewed publications and two book chapters. Prior to working for the CCAFS program of CGIAR, Laura was an independent consultant and completed assignments related to program evaluations, seed sector assessments and proposal development. Laura began her career working for the food security division of an NGO based in Washington DC. She holds an MPS in International Agriculture and Rural Development from Cornell University and is currently a PhD candidate at Wageningen University in the Public Administration and Policy group.

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Dr. Athanasios Dagoumas

Research Interest: Sustainable Energy Policy, Economics, Markets and Planning

Peter Dauenhauer

Research Interest: Off-grid Electrification and Project Development, Business Model Design and Implementation

Dr. Kirsten Davies

Research Interest: Human Rights and the Environment, Climate Law, Community Engagement, Sustainable Development

Denise DeLuca

Research Interest: Sustainable Design

Dr. Munkhzul Dorjsuren

Research Interest: Environment and Sustainable Development

Marc Kristof Dumas-Johansen

Research Interest: Forest and Land Use Specialist

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Steven von Eije

Research Interest:  renewable energy -sustainable development

Professor Christopher Elphick

Research Interest: Bird Conservation, Landscape Ecology

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Ellen Morris, Ph.D., is a world-recognized expert on energy and international development, with a particular focus on policy analysis, research, strategy development, and writing on energy access, gender equality, and enterprise development. She teaches Energy and Development at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and is a Faculty Affiliate at the Center on Global Energy Policy. At Columbia, Ellen serves as a mentor in the Women’s International Leadership Program and is the faculty advisor for the Women in Energy student group at Columbia. Ellen is also an Ambassador for The Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Initiative that was launched by the Clean Energy Ministerial to close the gender gap in STEM fields and serves as a Technical Expert for the Clean Energy Solutions Center. In addition to her faculty appointment, Ellen is the President and Founder of Sustainable Energy Solutions, an international consulting services company that promotes the increased use and deployment of clean energy technologies and services as a means to support economic development and reduce poverty in developing countries. She has recently led pioneering work on gender and energy for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to create the first ever Policy on Gender Mainstreaming for Energy Access along with a Legal Directive for gender assessments in energy projects. Ellen is also a Founding Partner of Embark, a social enterprise that is focused on radically increasing the scale of energy access by empowering thousands of clean energy entrepreneurs in low-income countries. Ellen was also the co-founder of Arc Finance, an NGO that promotes and expands access to end-user finance for modern energy.

Ellen serves as an advisor and Board Member for social enterprises focused on clean energy, including EnVenture (Uganda), Simpa Networks (India), Earth Spark International (Haiti), and Empowered by Light (Zambia) and is the Energy Program Advisor for the Clinton Global Initiative. She started her career in clean energy working for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in the geothermal program. In the early part of her career, she worked as a Fellow on the Science, Space and Technology Committee of the U.S. Congress and was an exploration geophysicist for Texaco. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geophysical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a doctoral degree in marine geophysics from the University of Rhode Island.

Dr. Terence Epule Epule

Research Interest: Climate Change

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Ellen Morris, Ph.D., is a world-recognized expert on energy and international development, with a particular focus on policy analysis, research, strategy development, and writing on energy access, gender equality, and enterprise development. She teaches Energy and Development at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and is a Faculty Affiliate at the Center on Global Energy Policy. At Columbia, Ellen serves as a mentor in the Women’s International Leadership Program and is the faculty advisor for the Women in Energy student group at Columbia. Ellen is also an Ambassador for The Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Initiative that was launched by the Clean Energy Ministerial to close the gender gap in STEM fields and serves as a Technical Expert for the Clean Energy Solutions Center. In addition to her faculty appointment, Ellen is the President and Founder of Sustainable Energy Solutions, an international consulting services company that promotes the increased use and deployment of clean energy technologies and services as a means to support economic development and reduce poverty in developing countries. She has recently led pioneering work on gender and energy for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to create the first ever Policy on Gender Mainstreaming for Energy Access along with a Legal Directive for gender assessments in energy projects. Ellen is also a Founding Partner of Embark, a social enterprise that is focused on radically increasing the scale of energy access by empowering thousands of clean energy entrepreneurs in low-income countries. Ellen was also the co-founder of Arc Finance, an NGO that promotes and expands access to end-user finance for modern energy.

Ellen serves as an advisor and Board Member for social enterprises focused on clean energy, including EnVenture (Uganda), Simpa Networks (India), Earth Spark International (Haiti), and Empowered by Light (Zambia) and is the Energy Program Advisor for the Clinton Global Initiative. She started her career in clean energy working for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in the geothermal program. In the early part of her career, she worked as a Fellow on the Science, Space and Technology Committee of the U.S. Congress and was an exploration geophysicist for Texaco. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geophysical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a doctoral degree in marine geophysics from the University of Rhode Island.

Dr. Bahtiyor Eshchanov

Research Interest: Energy Policy Analysis Climate Action and Renewable Energy Development water-energy-food nexus

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Ellen Morris, Ph.D., is a world-recognized expert on energy and international development, with a particular focus on policy analysis, research, strategy development, and writing on energy access, gender equality, and enterprise development. She teaches Energy and Development at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and is a Faculty Affiliate at the Center on Global Energy Policy. At Columbia, Ellen serves as a mentor in the Women’s International Leadership Program and is the faculty advisor for the Women in Energy student group at Columbia. Ellen is also an Ambassador for The Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Initiative that was launched by the Clean Energy Ministerial to close the gender gap in STEM fields and serves as a Technical Expert for the Clean Energy Solutions Center. In addition to her faculty appointment, Ellen is the President and Founder of Sustainable Energy Solutions, an international consulting services company that promotes the increased use and deployment of clean energy technologies and services as a means to support economic development and reduce poverty in developing countries. She has recently led pioneering work on gender and energy for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to create the first ever Policy on Gender Mainstreaming for Energy Access along with a Legal Directive for gender assessments in energy projects. Ellen is also a Founding Partner of Embark, a social enterprise that is focused on radically increasing the scale of energy access by empowering thousands of clean energy entrepreneurs in low-income countries. Ellen was also the co-founder of Arc Finance, an NGO that promotes and expands access to end-user finance for modern energy.

Ellen serves as an advisor and Board Member for social enterprises focused on clean energy, including EnVenture (Uganda), Simpa Networks (India), Earth Spark International (Haiti), and Empowered by Light (Zambia) and is the Energy Program Advisor for the Clinton Global Initiative. She started her career in clean energy working for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in the geothermal program. In the early part of her career, she worked as a Fellow on the Science, Space and Technology Committee of the U.S. Congress and was an exploration geophysicist for Texaco. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geophysical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a doctoral degree in marine geophysics from the University of Rhode Island.

Professor Jason Evans

Research Interest: Climate Change Modelling

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Ellen Morris, Ph.D., is a world-recognized expert on energy and international development, with a particular focus on policy analysis, research, strategy development, and writing on energy access, gender equality, and enterprise development. She teaches Energy and Development at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and is a Faculty Affiliate at the Center on Global Energy Policy. At Columbia, Ellen serves as a mentor in the Women’s International Leadership Program and is the faculty advisor for the Women in Energy student group at Columbia. Ellen is also an Ambassador for The Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Initiative that was launched by the Clean Energy Ministerial to close the gender gap in STEM fields and serves as a Technical Expert for the Clean Energy Solutions Center. In addition to her faculty appointment, Ellen is the President and Founder of Sustainable Energy Solutions, an international consulting services company that promotes the increased use and deployment of clean energy technologies and services as a means to support economic development and reduce poverty in developing countries. She has recently led pioneering work on gender and energy for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to create the first ever Policy on Gender Mainstreaming for Energy Access along with a Legal Directive for gender assessments in energy projects. Ellen is also a Founding Partner of Embark, a social enterprise that is focused on radically increasing the scale of energy access by empowering thousands of clean energy entrepreneurs in low-income countries. Ellen was also the co-founder of Arc Finance, an NGO that promotes and expands access to end-user finance for modern energy.

Ellen serves as an advisor and Board Member for social enterprises focused on clean energy, including EnVenture (Uganda), Simpa Networks (India), Earth Spark International (Haiti), and Empowered by Light (Zambia) and is the Energy Program Advisor for the Clinton Global Initiative. She started her career in clean energy working for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in the geothermal program. In the early part of her career, she worked as a Fellow on the Science, Space and Technology Committee of the U.S. Congress and was an exploration geophysicist for Texaco. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geophysical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a doctoral degree in marine geophysics from the University of Rhode Island.

Professor Greg Evans

Research Interest: Climate Change

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Ellen Morris, Ph.D., is a world-recognized expert on energy and international development, with a particular focus on policy analysis, research, strategy development, and writing on energy access, gender equality, and enterprise development. She teaches Energy and Development at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and is a Faculty Affiliate at the Center on Global Energy Policy. At Columbia, Ellen serves as a mentor in the Women’s International Leadership Program and is the faculty advisor for the Women in Energy student group at Columbia. Ellen is also an Ambassador for The Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Initiative that was launched by the Clean Energy Ministerial to close the gender gap in STEM fields and serves as a Technical Expert for the Clean Energy Solutions Center. In addition to her faculty appointment, Ellen is the President and Founder of Sustainable Energy Solutions, an international consulting services company that promotes the increased use and deployment of clean energy technologies and services as a means to support economic development and reduce poverty in developing countries. She has recently led pioneering work on gender and energy for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to create the first ever Policy on Gender Mainstreaming for Energy Access along with a Legal Directive for gender assessments in energy projects. Ellen is also a Founding Partner of Embark, a social enterprise that is focused on radically increasing the scale of energy access by empowering thousands of clean energy entrepreneurs in low-income countries. Ellen was also the co-founder of Arc Finance, an NGO that promotes and expands access to end-user finance for modern energy.

Ellen serves as an advisor and Board Member for social enterprises focused on clean energy, including EnVenture (Uganda), Simpa Networks (India), Earth Spark International (Haiti), and Empowered by Light (Zambia) and is the Energy Program Advisor for the Clinton Global Initiative. She started her career in clean energy working for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in the geothermal program. In the early part of her career, she worked as a Fellow on the Science, Space and Technology Committee of the U.S. Congress and was an exploration geophysicist for Texaco. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geophysical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a doctoral degree in marine geophysics from the University of Rhode Island.

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Professor Ambrish Chandra FIEEE

Research Interest: Renewable Energy Systems, Power Quality improvement on Distribution Grid

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Ellen Morris, Ph.D., is a world-recognized expert on energy and international development, with a particular focus on policy analysis, research, strategy development, and writing on energy access, gender equality, and enterprise development. She teaches Energy and Development at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and is a Faculty Affiliate at the Center on Global Energy Policy. At Columbia, Ellen serves as a mentor in the Women’s International Leadership Program and is the faculty advisor for the Women in Energy student group at Columbia. Ellen is also an Ambassador for The Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Initiative that was launched by the Clean Energy Ministerial to close the gender gap in STEM fields and serves as a Technical Expert for the Clean Energy Solutions Center. In addition to her faculty appointment, Ellen is the President and Founder of Sustainable Energy Solutions, an international consulting services company that promotes the increased use and deployment of clean energy technologies and services as a means to support economic development and reduce poverty in developing countries. She has recently led pioneering work on gender and energy for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to create the first ever Policy on Gender Mainstreaming for Energy Access along with a Legal Directive for gender assessments in energy projects. Ellen is also a Founding Partner of Embark, a social enterprise that is focused on radically increasing the scale of energy access by empowering thousands of clean energy entrepreneurs in low-income countries. Ellen was also the co-founder of Arc Finance, an NGO that promotes and expands access to end-user finance for modern energy.

Ellen serves as an advisor and Board Member for social enterprises focused on clean energy, including EnVenture (Uganda), Simpa Networks (India), Earth Spark International (Haiti), and Empowered by Light (Zambia) and is the Energy Program Advisor for the Clinton Global Initiative. She started her career in clean energy working for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in the geothermal program. In the early part of her career, she worked as a Fellow on the Science, Space and Technology Committee of the U.S. Congress and was an exploration geophysicist for Texaco. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geophysical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a doctoral degree in marine geophysics from the University of Rhode Island.

Professor Hayley Fowler

Research Interest: Climate change, extreme weather, water resources, natural hazards

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Ellen Morris, Ph.D., is a world-recognized expert on energy and international development, with a particular focus on policy analysis, research, strategy development, and writing on energy access, gender equality, and enterprise development. She teaches Energy and Development at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and is a Faculty Affiliate at the Center on Global Energy Policy. At Columbia, Ellen serves as a mentor in the Women’s International Leadership Program and is the faculty advisor for the Women in Energy student group at Columbia. Ellen is also an Ambassador for The Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Initiative that was launched by the Clean Energy Ministerial to close the gender gap in STEM fields and serves as a Technical Expert for the Clean Energy Solutions Center. In addition to her faculty appointment, Ellen is the President and Founder of Sustainable Energy Solutions, an international consulting services company that promotes the increased use and deployment of clean energy technologies and services as a means to support economic development and reduce poverty in developing countries. She has recently led pioneering work on gender and energy for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to create the first ever Policy on Gender Mainstreaming for Energy Access along with a Legal Directive for gender assessments in energy projects. Ellen is also a Founding Partner of Embark, a social enterprise that is focused on radically increasing the scale of energy access by empowering thousands of clean energy entrepreneurs in low-income countries. Ellen was also the co-founder of Arc Finance, an NGO that promotes and expands access to end-user finance for modern energy.

Ellen serves as an advisor and Board Member for social enterprises focused on clean energy, including EnVenture (Uganda), Simpa Networks (India), Earth Spark International (Haiti), and Empowered by Light (Zambia) and is the Energy Program Advisor for the Clinton Global Initiative. She started her career in clean energy working for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in the geothermal program. In the early part of her career, she worked as a Fellow on the Science, Space and Technology Committee of the U.S. Congress and was an exploration geophysicist for Texaco. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geophysical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a doctoral degree in marine geophysics from the University of Rhode Island.

Dr. Anna Frank

Research Interest: Circular Economy and Energy Production, Casualty, Sustainability of Design, Climate Change Impact on Energy Resources and Production, Globalization of Energy Production and Supply.

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Ellen Morris, Ph.D., is a world-recognized expert on energy and international development, with a particular focus on policy analysis, research, strategy development, and writing on energy access, gender equality, and enterprise development. She teaches Energy and Development at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and is a Faculty Affiliate at the Center on Global Energy Policy. At Columbia, Ellen serves as a mentor in the Women’s International Leadership Program and is the faculty advisor for the Women in Energy student group at Columbia. Ellen is also an Ambassador for The Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Initiative that was launched by the Clean Energy Ministerial to close the gender gap in STEM fields and serves as a Technical Expert for the Clean Energy Solutions Center. In addition to her faculty appointment, Ellen is the President and Founder of Sustainable Energy Solutions, an international consulting services company that promotes the increased use and deployment of clean energy technologies and services as a means to support economic development and reduce poverty in developing countries. She has recently led pioneering work on gender and energy for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to create the first ever Policy on Gender Mainstreaming for Energy Access along with a Legal Directive for gender assessments in energy projects. Ellen is also a Founding Partner of Embark, a social enterprise that is focused on radically increasing the scale of energy access by empowering thousands of clean energy entrepreneurs in low-income countries. Ellen was also the co-founder of Arc Finance, an NGO that promotes and expands access to end-user finance for modern energy.

Ellen serves as an advisor and Board Member for social enterprises focused on clean energy, including EnVenture (Uganda), Simpa Networks (India), Earth Spark International (Haiti), and Empowered by Light (Zambia) and is the Energy Program Advisor for the Clinton Global Initiative. She started her career in clean energy working for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in the geothermal program. In the early part of her career, she worked as a Fellow on the Science, Space and Technology Committee of the U.S. Congress and was an exploration geophysicist for Texaco. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geophysical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a doctoral degree in marine geophysics from the University of Rhode Island.

Dr. Pia Frederiksen

Research Interest: Agricultural Geography, Bioenergy, Sustainability, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

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Ellen Morris, Ph.D., is a world-recognized expert on energy and international development, with a particular focus on policy analysis, research, strategy development, and writing on energy access, gender equality, and enterprise development. She teaches Energy and Development at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and is a Faculty Affiliate at the Center on Global Energy Policy. At Columbia, Ellen serves as a mentor in the Women’s International Leadership Program and is the faculty advisor for the Women in Energy student group at Columbia. Ellen is also an Ambassador for The Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Initiative that was launched by the Clean Energy Ministerial to close the gender gap in STEM fields and serves as a Technical Expert for the Clean Energy Solutions Center. In addition to her faculty appointment, Ellen is the President and Founder of Sustainable Energy Solutions, an international consulting services company that promotes the increased use and deployment of clean energy technologies and services as a means to support economic development and reduce poverty in developing countries. She has recently led pioneering work on gender and energy for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to create the first ever Policy on Gender Mainstreaming for Energy Access along with a Legal Directive for gender assessments in energy projects. Ellen is also a Founding Partner of Embark, a social enterprise that is focused on radically increasing the scale of energy access by empowering thousands of clean energy entrepreneurs in low-income countries. Ellen was also the co-founder of Arc Finance, an NGO that promotes and expands access to end-user finance for modern energy.

Ellen serves as an advisor and Board Member for social enterprises focused on clean energy, including EnVenture (Uganda), Simpa Networks (India), Earth Spark International (Haiti), and Empowered by Light (Zambia) and is the Energy Program Advisor for the Clinton Global Initiative. She started her career in clean energy working for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in the geothermal program. In the early part of her career, she worked as a Fellow on the Science, Space and Technology Committee of the U.S. Congress and was an exploration geophysicist for Texaco. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geophysical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a doctoral degree in marine geophysics from the University of Rhode Island.

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Dr. Emmanuel Garbolino

Research Interest: Ecosystem Services, Ecosystem modelling, Climate Change Impacts, Biodiversity, Territorial Vulnerability and Resilience, Geography.

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Ellen Morris, Ph.D., is a world-recognized expert on energy and international development, with a particular focus on policy analysis, research, strategy development, and writing on energy access, gender equality, and enterprise development. She teaches Energy and Development at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and is a Faculty Affiliate at the Center on Global Energy Policy. At Columbia, Ellen serves as a mentor in the Women’s International Leadership Program and is the faculty advisor for the Women in Energy student group at Columbia. Ellen is also an Ambassador for The Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Initiative that was launched by the Clean Energy Ministerial to close the gender gap in STEM fields and serves as a Technical Expert for the Clean Energy Solutions Center. In addition to her faculty appointment, Ellen is the President and Founder of Sustainable Energy Solutions, an international consulting services company that promotes the increased use and deployment of clean energy technologies and services as a means to support economic development and reduce poverty in developing countries. She has recently led pioneering work on gender and energy for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to create the first ever Policy on Gender Mainstreaming for Energy Access along with a Legal Directive for gender assessments in energy projects. Ellen is also a Founding Partner of Embark, a social enterprise that is focused on radically increasing the scale of energy access by empowering thousands of clean energy entrepreneurs in low-income countries. Ellen was also the co-founder of Arc Finance, an NGO that promotes and expands access to end-user finance for modern energy.

Ellen serves as an advisor and Board Member for social enterprises focused on clean energy, including EnVenture (Uganda), Simpa Networks (India), Earth Spark International (Haiti), and Empowered by Light (Zambia) and is the Energy Program Advisor for the Clinton Global Initiative. She started her career in clean energy working for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in the geothermal program. In the early part of her career, she worked as a Fellow on the Science, Space and Technology Committee of the U.S. Congress and was an exploration geophysicist for Texaco. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geophysical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a doctoral degree in marine geophysics from the University of Rhode Island.

David Gibson

Research Interest: Energy Access (Market) and Utility Energy Efficiency

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Ellen Morris, Ph.D., is a world-recognized expert on energy and international development, with a particular focus on policy analysis, research, strategy development, and writing on energy access, gender equality, and enterprise development. She teaches Energy and Development at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and is a Faculty Affiliate at the Center on Global Energy Policy. At Columbia, Ellen serves as a mentor in the Women’s International Leadership Program and is the faculty advisor for the Women in Energy student group at Columbia. Ellen is also an Ambassador for The Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Initiative that was launched by the Clean Energy Ministerial to close the gender gap in STEM fields and serves as a Technical Expert for the Clean Energy Solutions Center. In addition to her faculty appointment, Ellen is the President and Founder of Sustainable Energy Solutions, an international consulting services company that promotes the increased use and deployment of clean energy technologies and services as a means to support economic development and reduce poverty in developing countries. She has recently led pioneering work on gender and energy for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to create the first ever Policy on Gender Mainstreaming for Energy Access along with a Legal Directive for gender assessments in energy projects. Ellen is also a Founding Partner of Embark, a social enterprise that is focused on radically increasing the scale of energy access by empowering thousands of clean energy entrepreneurs in low-income countries. Ellen was also the co-founder of Arc Finance, an NGO that promotes and expands access to end-user finance for modern energy.

Ellen serves as an advisor and Board Member for social enterprises focused on clean energy, including EnVenture (Uganda), Simpa Networks (India), Earth Spark International (Haiti), and Empowered by Light (Zambia) and is the Energy Program Advisor for the Clinton Global Initiative. She started her career in clean energy working for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in the geothermal program. In the early part of her career, she worked as a Fellow on the Science, Space and Technology Committee of the U.S. Congress and was an exploration geophysicist for Texaco. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geophysical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a doctoral degree in marine geophysics from the University of Rhode Island.

Professor Nick van de Giesen

Research Interest: Environment

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Ellen Morris, Ph.D., is a world-recognized expert on energy and international development, with a particular focus on policy analysis, research, strategy development, and writing on energy access, gender equality, and enterprise development. She teaches Energy and Development at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and is a Faculty Affiliate at the Center on Global Energy Policy. At Columbia, Ellen serves as a mentor in the Women’s International Leadership Program and is the faculty advisor for the Women in Energy student group at Columbia. Ellen is also an Ambassador for The Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Initiative that was launched by the Clean Energy Ministerial to close the gender gap in STEM fields and serves as a Technical Expert for the Clean Energy Solutions Center. In addition to her faculty appointment, Ellen is the President and Founder of Sustainable Energy Solutions, an international consulting services company that promotes the increased use and deployment of clean energy technologies and services as a means to support economic development and reduce poverty in developing countries. She has recently led pioneering work on gender and energy for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to create the first ever Policy on Gender Mainstreaming for Energy Access along with a Legal Directive for gender assessments in energy projects. Ellen is also a Founding Partner of Embark, a social enterprise that is focused on radically increasing the scale of energy access by empowering thousands of clean energy entrepreneurs in low-income countries. Ellen was also the co-founder of Arc Finance, an NGO that promotes and expands access to end-user finance for modern energy.

Ellen serves as an advisor and Board Member for social enterprises focused on clean energy, including EnVenture (Uganda), Simpa Networks (India), Earth Spark International (Haiti), and Empowered by Light (Zambia) and is the Energy Program Advisor for the Clinton Global Initiative. She started her career in clean energy working for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in the geothermal program. In the early part of her career, she worked as a Fellow on the Science, Space and Technology Committee of the U.S. Congress and was an exploration geophysicist for Texaco. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geophysical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a doctoral degree in marine geophysics from the University of Rhode Island.

George Charley Granvorka

Research Interest: Climate Change, Ecosystems Services, Disaster and Risk Reduction

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Ellen Morris, Ph.D., is a world-recognized expert on energy and international development, with a particular focus on policy analysis, research, strategy development, and writing on energy access, gender equality, and enterprise development. She teaches Energy and Development at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and is a Faculty Affiliate at the Center on Global Energy Policy. At Columbia, Ellen serves as a mentor in the Women’s International Leadership Program and is the faculty advisor for the Women in Energy student group at Columbia. Ellen is also an Ambassador for The Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Initiative that was launched by the Clean Energy Ministerial to close the gender gap in STEM fields and serves as a Technical Expert for the Clean Energy Solutions Center. In addition to her faculty appointment, Ellen is the President and Founder of Sustainable Energy Solutions, an international consulting services company that promotes the increased use and deployment of clean energy technologies and services as a means to support economic development and reduce poverty in developing countries. She has recently led pioneering work on gender and energy for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to create the first ever Policy on Gender Mainstreaming for Energy Access along with a Legal Directive for gender assessments in energy projects. Ellen is also a Founding Partner of Embark, a social enterprise that is focused on radically increasing the scale of energy access by empowering thousands of clean energy entrepreneurs in low-income countries. Ellen was also the co-founder of Arc Finance, an NGO that promotes and expands access to end-user finance for modern energy.

Ellen serves as an advisor and Board Member for social enterprises focused on clean energy, including EnVenture (Uganda), Simpa Networks (India), Earth Spark International (Haiti), and Empowered by Light (Zambia) and is the Energy Program Advisor for the Clinton Global Initiative. She started her career in clean energy working for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in the geothermal program. In the early part of her career, she worked as a Fellow on the Science, Space and Technology Committee of the U.S. Congress and was an exploration geophysicist for Texaco. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geophysical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a doctoral degree in marine geophysics from the University of Rhode Island.

Duncan Gromko

Research Interest: Land Use, Climate Change, Forestry

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Ellen Morris, Ph.D., is a world-recognized expert on energy and international development, with a particular focus on policy analysis, research, strategy development, and writing on energy access, gender equality, and enterprise development. She teaches Energy and Development at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and is a Faculty Affiliate at the Center on Global Energy Policy. At Columbia, Ellen serves as a mentor in the Women’s International Leadership Program and is the faculty advisor for the Women in Energy student group at Columbia. Ellen is also an Ambassador for The Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Initiative that was launched by the Clean Energy Ministerial to close the gender gap in STEM fields and serves as a Technical Expert for the Clean Energy Solutions Center. In addition to her faculty appointment, Ellen is the President and Founder of Sustainable Energy Solutions, an international consulting services company that promotes the increased use and deployment of clean energy technologies and services as a means to support economic development and reduce poverty in developing countries. She has recently led pioneering work on gender and energy for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to create the first ever Policy on Gender Mainstreaming for Energy Access along with a Legal Directive for gender assessments in energy projects. Ellen is also a Founding Partner of Embark, a social enterprise that is focused on radically increasing the scale of energy access by empowering thousands of clean energy entrepreneurs in low-income countries. Ellen was also the co-founder of Arc Finance, an NGO that promotes and expands access to end-user finance for modern energy.

Ellen serves as an advisor and Board Member for social enterprises focused on clean energy, including EnVenture (Uganda), Simpa Networks (India), Earth Spark International (Haiti), and Empowered by Light (Zambia) and is the Energy Program Advisor for the Clinton Global Initiative. She started her career in clean energy working for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in the geothermal program. In the early part of her career, she worked as a Fellow on the Science, Space and Technology Committee of the U.S. Congress and was an exploration geophysicist for Texaco. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geophysical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a doctoral degree in marine geophysics from the University of Rhode Island.

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Dr. Huong Ha

Research Interest: Climate Change (Policy)

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Dr. Huong Ha is currently affiliated with School of Business, Singapore University of Social Sciences. She has been affiliated with UON Singapore and University of Newcastle, Australia. Her previous positions include Dean, Director of Research and Development, Deputy Course Director, Chief Editor, Executive Director, Business Development manager, etc. She holds a PhD from Monash University (Australia) and a Master’s degree from National University of Singapore. She was a recipient of a PhD scholarship (Monash University), Temasek scholarship (National University of Singapore), and a scholarship awarded by the United Nations University/International Leadership Academy, and many other scholarships, professional and academic awards, and research related grants.

She has authored or co-edited a number of books including Ha, Huong (2014). Change Management for Sustainability. USA: Business Expert Press, Ha, Huong (2014). Land and Disaster Management Strategies in Asia. H. Ha (Ed.), Springer; and; Ha, Huong & Dhakal, T. N. (2013). Governance Approaches to Mitigation of and Adaptation to Climate Change in Asia. H. Ha, & T. N. Dhakal (Eds.), Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan; and Ha, Huong; Fernando, Lalitha and Mahmood, Amir (2015), Strategic Disaster Risk Management in Asia, Springer. She has produced about 75 journal articles, book chapters, conference papers and articles in Encyclopedias. She has been an invited member of the international editorial boards of many international journals/book projects; the scientific and/or technical committees of several international conferences in many countries; and international advisory board of many associations. She has also been a reviewer of many international journals and international conferences.

Dr. Pradipta Halder

Research Interest: Energy, Climate change, Education

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Pradipta Halder holds a doctoral degree in forestry from the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) and is currently affiliated with the Business School (UEF) as a Senior Researcher. He is also an Adjunct Professor in Social Sustainability and Bioeconomy with the Department of Historical and Geographical Studies at the UEF. Pradipta is leading a project on consumer adoption wood-based eco-innovations in Finland, India and the Netherlands. He has over ten years of research and professional experiences in the fields of forestry, bioenergy, climate change and bioeconomy from policy and social sciences perspectives.

He has conducted research in Finland, Germany, Croatia, Serbia, India and China. He was a visiting scholar to the Fudan Tyndall Centre in Shanghai and the Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University in Yangling (China). Pradipta has published widely in reputed international journals in the field of energy and environment. Pradipta is also affiliated with the journals such as Biofuels, Energy, Sustainability and Society, and Energy and Environment Research. His current publications can be seen from here: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=_YSmtJUAAAAJ&hl=en

Kirsty Hamilton

Research Interest: Renewable Energy – Policy, Investment and Finance

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Dr Kirsten Davies expertise is in international environmental law, with focus on climate law, human rights and sustainable development. At the centre of her research is the relationships between people and nature. She holds a Master’s Degree (USyd), PhD (USyd) in Sustainable Management and a PhD in Environmental Law (MQU). Kirsten is the architect of Intergenerational Democracy, a method of whole-of-community engagement and capacity building and the subject of her (2012) book, Intergenerational Democracy, rethinking sustainable development. She was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to conduct research in USA, UK and Japan (2002) and was the recipient of the University of Sydney Agri-Management Scholarship for post graduate research (2005). Kirsten was awarded an Australian Government, Endeavour Award - Research Fellowship to undertake sustainability research in Vanuatu (2009) and maintains a close relationship with the South Pacific Region. She was appointed as a Scoping Expert and Co-ordinating Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) from 2014-2020. Kirsten was a drafting author of the Declaration on Human Rights and Climate Change and the Toda Pacific Declaration on Climate Change, Conflict and Peace. At Macquarie Law School Kirsten was the Director of International Engagement and has an expansive global network.

Dr. Carsten Hellpap

Research Interest: Decentralized energy access, mainly based on off-grid solutions (mini-grids and stand-alone solar systems, cooking technologies)

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During the last 25 years Carsten Hellpap worked at the German Development Agency GTZ now GIZ. Mr. Hellpap was head of the German Appropriate Technology and Ecoefficiency programme (GATE), supporting the introduction and dissemination of different types of technologies in developing countries, considering economic, environmental and social factors. In 2005, he became director of the international energy access programme Energising Development (EnDev), which is active in 25 countries and has been financed by six European donors. In addition to the practical work as project manager, he prepared publications and papers on technological and environmental issues and he was lecturer at the University of Darmstadt in Germany. Currently, he is senior energy advisor for the consulting company Innovative Infrastructure Development based in Frankfurt.

Professor Andy Hira

Research Interest: Climate Change, Renewable Energy, Industrial Policy, Governance

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Andy Hira is a Professor of Political Science at Simon Fraser University, one of the top comprehensive universities in Canada. He was trained as a specialist in Latin American political economy. He spent a number of years investigating economic development, trade and finance policy. He wrote a book summarizing the lessons for Latin America from East Asian success in industrial policy- the same would apply for Africa. He began working on energy issues during his time with the US government, where he analyzed regulatory issues for energy and natural gas in Latin America. Since then, he has worked on a number of issues, from biofuels to energy regulation to integration of energy markets. More recently, he has turned his attention to renewable energy and climate change. He has also completed an assessment of Ghana's mining policies in 2018, that is available as a public report. His field research experience opened his eyes to the potential for economic growth in Africa that could reduce poverty in the short-term.

Professor Meg Holden

Research Interest: Urban planning and policy, sustainable development in cities and model sustainable neighbourhoods

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Meg Holden (PhD, 2004, New School for Social Research) is professor of urban studies and geography and director of the Graduate Program in Urban Studies at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. Her research program examines urban policy, planning and social aspects of sustainable development intentions and transitions in cities and communities. Her book Pragmatic Justifications for the Sustainable City: Acting in the common place was published in 2017 by Routledge. She is the principal investigator of a multi-year international research project that is investigating the policy and lived outcomes of initiatives to build model sustainable neighbourhoods worldwide.

Her research areas of interest are integrated approach to sustainable development in urban planning and policy, model sustainable neighbourhood planning and development, including sustainability certification systems and assessment of sustainable development in cities

Paula Holland

Research Interest: Environmental Economics and Policy, Climate change Adaptation and Disaster Risk, Natural Resource Management

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Paula Holland is a development practitioner with 27 years’ experience conducting economic analysis for sustainable development. She specialises in the economic dimensions of risk management (climate change adaptation and disaster risk). Her background includes economic analysis of natural resource management in Australia (national government), the United Kingdom (academia) and the Pacific. She has extensive experience working with intergovernmental agencies to serve the sustainable development needs of Pacific small island developing states. Paula is presently an environmental economist with New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research. Paula interprets the findings of physical science from a socioeconomic perspective. She provides a science-policy interface so that policy makers can make informed decisions based on scientific evidence. Her experience includes the cost benefit analysis of risk management options, economic valuation of resource use and the costing of national policies, such as national disaster risk management action plans. She also has considerable experience in building the capacity of junior economists and Pacific island staff in how to conduct natural resource economics analysis. Paula’s background covers sectors such as fisheries, waste management, natural hazards, climate change adaptation and conservation. She has contributed to policy change in several cases, including relocating facilities in Fiji and Tonga to adapt to storm threats and policy development in Kiribati to address the mining of aggregates in the face of climate change. Paula has a Master of Science in Rural Resources and Environmental Policy (Imperial College) and an Honours degree in Economics and Geography specialising in resource economics.

Dr. Joshua Horton

Research Interest: Solar geoengineering, solar radiation management, carbon dioxide removal, negative emissions technologies, climate politics, loss and damage

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Joshua B. Horton is Research Director, Geoengineering at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and also manages the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs Initiative on Climate Engineering. His research encompasses the politics, policy, and governance of solar geoengineering, with a current focus on compensation for harms arising from possible future deployment of the technology. From 2013 to 2016, Dr. Horton was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Belfer Center’s Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program. He obtained a PhD in political science from Johns Hopkins University in 2007, where he specialized in international relations.

Dr. Hannah Hughes

Research Interest: Global Environmental Politics, Climate Change, Biodiversity Loss, Knowledge and Power, Indigenous Knowledge,

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Hannah is a lecturer in International Relations at Cardiff University. Her research interests stem from a concern for the environment and climate change. She has examined these issues from diverse perspectives, including the securitisation framework and the sociological approach of Pierre Bourdieu. The questions that she has sought to address through these approaches aim to identify the forms of knowledge and power defining environmental problems and how these shape social and political response. To date, her research has largely focused on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). At present, she is researching the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) with Dr Alice Vadrot. The aim of their research is to develop new methodological and conceptual apparatus for understanding the role and authority of knowledge in global environmental politics.

She co-convenes the Environmental Justice Research Unit in the School of Law and Politics at Cardiff University with Professor Ben Pontin. The aim of this multidisiciplinary group is to support members' research and to challenge our understanding of the social, political and legal conditions of environmental degradation. More information is available at https://blogs.cardiff.ac.uk/environmental-justice-research-unit

Eric Huijskes

Research Interest: Environment

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Eric Huyskes has a Masters degree in Civil Engineering at the Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands. Since graduating in 1990 he has worked for various international consultancies as well as for the applied research institute Deltares. At present he has his own consultancy firm, working partly in The Netherlands and partly abroad. Specific areas of focus are Flood Risk Management, Water Resources Management and Coastal Zone Management. Throughout his career, he has worked as project manager as well as lead engineer in numerous projects in the fluvial, coastal and maritime environments, combining various disciplines such as engineering, spatial development, economics and environmental expertise. He has been involved in projects covering the whole project life cycle from policy development to design to contract administration and site supervision of the construction. Examples are room for river projects, coastal developments and land reclamations. Since 2010 roughly half of his time is on projects related to flood emergency response, covering aspects such as data management and information systems, early warning and forecasting systems, crisis management and the actual implementation of emergency response measures. He is currently chairing a working group on emergency response measures in the Netherlands, which aims to make knowledge, experience and tools in this field assessible to professionals as well as address any gaps they may have. Various research initiatives have come forward from this knowledge management initiative. To date he has lived roughly half of his life outside of The Netherlands and has worked in more than 15 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.

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Habashy Ibrahim

Research Interest: Solar PV Engineering – Planning, Design, and Installation

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Habashy Ibrahim is a Renewable Energy Specialist with several years of experience in planning, design, engineering and installation of PV power plants in Egypt and beyond. He is currently the Head of the Technical Sector at Greengate Solar where he supervises and leads Engineers who design PV power plants, plan and develop PV projects, oversee installation and quality, as well as coordinate the testing and maintenance of PV plants. As the Technical Head, he is also responsible for hiring, training and mentoring other Engineers and supporting staff.Before joining Greengate Solar, he worked in a similar role as Head of Technical Department at several Renewable Energy companies in Egypt, such as The Engineering Company for Energy and Environment Services, Esolar for Renewable Energy, Sun Network for Energy Solution. He is widely trained and certified in Solar technologies, GIS analysis, systems simulation and modelling. Habashy Ibrahim holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, and worked for several years in Heavy Vehicle field and in Power Stations Machinery as a trainer prior to joining the Renewable Energy industry.

Dr. Luis Inostroza

Research Interest: Land resources planning tools and approaches

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Dr. Luis Inostroza is a senior researcher at the Institute of Geography, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany. His research focuses on the metabolism of socio-ecological systems and their links to ecological and economic functions, from local to global scales. In his research he applies advanced spatially explicit quantitative methods based on GIS and remote sensing, having published his work in more than 60 scientific publications and presented in more than 40 international conferences, with profound working experience across Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Luis has teaching experience in Chile, Spain, Germany, Czech Republic and Poland in topics covering Urban Planning, GIS and Remote Sensing, Urban Economic Geography and Urban Ecology. Luis is Associate Editor of Ecosystem Services (Elsevier), editor in chief of Change and Adaptation in Socio-ecological Systems (De Gruyter), editorial board member of Landscape and Urban Planning (Elsevier) and reviewer of more than 40 indexed journals. Luis is an executive committee member of the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP), a member of the Society for Urban Ecology (SURE), member of the European Land-use Institute (ELI), and a chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Luis received a master degree in architecture and human settlements- regional planning both in Chile, a PhD (Summa cum laude) in Sustainable Urban Development at the Technical University of Madrid and a postdoc in Urban Remote Sensing at the Dresden University of Technology. Currently, he is writing his habilitation thesis in urban ecology at the Ruhr University Bochum. He speaks fluently five languages.

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Dr. Catherine Jadot

Research Interest: Nature-based Solutions to Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, Ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction, integrated coastal management

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Dr. Catherine Jadot is a consultant working with a leading environmental consulting firm, Elemental Solutions Inc. She holds a Ph.D. in Marine Biology, a M.Sc. in Oceanography and a M.Sc. in Biology. Originally from Belgium, Catherine has worked for various universities and agencies in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean. Currently, Dr. Jadot is based in Florida and works primarily to improve the sustainability of the Caribbean region by helping small island nations develop strategies to become more resilient to climate change with a focus on nature based solutions and an ecosystemic approach. Prior to her current position in the private sector, Dr. Jadot worked in academia and supervised students from European and American Universities.

Professor Ademola Jegede

Research Interest: Climate Change Human Rights

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Ademola Oluborode JEGEDE is a professor of law at the University of Venda (UNIVEN). He holds an LLB (Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria), an LLM in Human Rights & Democratisation in Africa (University of Pretoria), and obtained an LLD Human Rights, with distinction, from the same University. During the LLM programme, Ademola was the winner of the Keba Mbaye prize for the best dissertation and while at UNIVEN, he has won several research honours.

His research focal area is on the interface of climate change and carbon dioxide removal options with human rights law of vulnerable groups in Africa. His extensive publications on this theme include the book The Climate Change Regulatory Framework and Indigenous Peoples’ Lands in Africa: Human Rights Implications (Pretoria University Law Press, 2016) and a range of articles and chapters in book published by reputable national and international publishing houses. Ademola is on the editorial and reviewers lists of journals including the African Human Rights Year Book, African Human Rights Law Journal, International Migration, International Journal on Minority and Group Rights, Third World Quarterly, Australian Journal of Human Rights. He has been a research visitor to the Centre for International Environmental Law, USA, and Human Rights Institute at Abo Akademi, Finland. He is a fellow of Salzburg Seminar, Austria and a visiting lecturer to the LLM Human Rights programme of the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law and since 2014, he has been listed on the distinguished roster of Counsel under the Legal Aid Scheme of the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights, African Union.

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Dr. Steffen Kallbekken

Research Interest: Climate Policy Instruments, Public Support, International Agreements, Consumer Behaviour

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Steffen Kallbekken is a Research Director at CICERO Center for International Climate Research where he has worked since 2002. He was initially hired to program the first computable general equilibrium model at CICERO, and started a PhD on the effectiveness and acceptability of environmental taxes two years later. After completing his PhD in Economics in 2008 he has managed research projects on environmental taxes, transport policy, behavioural interventions ("nudges"), and energy efficiency. He was Research Director of the Climate Policy unit in 2012 and 2013, and the Climate Economics Unit from 2014 to 2017. Since 2014 he has been Director of the FME-center CICEP Center for International Climate and Energy Policy, and much of his outreach and research has focused on the Paris Agreement.

Dr. Kallbekken is currently chair of the Norwegian commission on estimating emissions from agriculture, and a member of the Norwegian commission for estimating emission effects of climate measures. Dr. Kallbekken's current research interests follow two main lines: The design of international climate agreements, with a particular focus on the role of short-lived climate pollutants, and the effectiveness and acceptability of climate policy instruments. Most of his research is based on use surveys, lab and field experiments.

Dr. Wolfgang Kanschik

Research Interest: Ecological Land Restoration; Adaptation to Climate Change; Forestry; Climate Smart Agriculture; Agroforestry; Environmental Services

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I hold MSc in Forestry, MSc in Ecology and a PhD in Agriculture and have about 38 years of international experience in Africa, Middle-America and Asia as consultant and project Manager. During that time, I worked beside others for International Development Organisations like UNDP, EU, GIZ, KfW, Universities like Uni.-Kassel, Uni.-Vechta, Uni.-Zimbabwe, Uni.-Zambia and German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. My professional focus is laid on sustainable land use - forestry as well as agriculture. Besides sustainable forest management, I foster mixed forest stands with high portion of indigenous tree species in contrast to the prevalent mono-cultures. During my PhD Thesis, I wrote about the ecology of the Miombo Woodlands, the largest dry forest system in the world. Another focus of mine is agroforestry. Agroforestry is a reinvestment in land restoration and a grassroots response to global challenges. The third focus I put on Climate Change and adaptation to Climate Change. As “desk reviewer for UNFCCC CDM A/F”, I was involved in the development of methodologies for CO2 sequestration by forests. I extended my activities as REDD+ mechanism had been introduced, GIS and Remote Sensing. Since the days of my forestry studies I engaged myself in the appraisal of environmental services.

Dr. Vithal Karoshi

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Vithal Karoshi holds MSc in Forestry and PhD in Agricultural Development. Vithal has about 25 years of international experience in Africa and India as a researcher, university teacher and project manager. He taught courses such as Tropical Forestry, Agroforestry, Nursery and Plantations, Water Harvesting and Seed Systems and Policy. He has supervised one master’s student thesis and 15 bachelor’s students project work. He has published 25 research papers on forestry, agroforestry, tree improvement, plants production and seed technology. He has been working on international developmental research projects on agriculture and seed systems, biodiesel, forestry and agroforestry that are supported by DFID-NRI-UK,USAID, DANIDA, Rockefeller Foundation and others. He is keen on developing sustainable models for climate smart agriculture, coffee cultivation in non-traditional areas, tree-based farming and watershed. Vithal is a member of International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria. He is on the advisory board for World Research Journal of Agricultural Biotechnology and guest editor for International Journal of Management, Technology, and Social Sciences (IJMTS) and American Journal of Water Science and Engineering.

Dr. Naomi Keena

Research Interest: Architecture and Urban ecology

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Dr. Naomi Keena is an architect, interdisciplinary researcher, and lecturer at Yale University’s Center for Ecosystems in Architecture (CEA) and Yale School of Architecture. She earned a PhD in Architectural Sciences from the Center for Architecture Science and Ecology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Her doctoral research focused on implementing annotated, data visual analytics as a means to investigate the material and energy lifespan of buildings during the early stages of architectural design. She is a co-founder of Clark’s Crow a parametric tool that aims to promote awareness of the impact of different design options through a biophysically based ecological accounting method in the early stages of design-development. She is also a co-founder of SEVA (Socio-Ecological Visual Analytics), a proposed new conceptual network of analytical techniques designed to quantify, visualize, characterize, and communicate socio-ecological factors within architectural designs. Keena’s current research investigates visual analytics combined with transformative building technologies as a means to study socio-ecological factors within architectural design, towards the mitigation of adverse environmental impacts. She demonstrated this research through the Ecological Living Module (ELM) built project at the United Nation Plaza, NY Summer 2018 as part of CEA in collaboration with Gray Organschi Architecture, Yale University, and UN Environment; as well as through CEA’s BEEM lab immersive visualization environment at Yale School of Architecture. Keena is a Fulbright Fellowship recipient and has published and presented her design research widely in the areas of architecture, computer science, data visualization, design-driven interdisciplinary research, and environmental policy.

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Bilkisu Labaran

Research Interest: Environmental Journalism

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Bilkisu is an Editor at the BBC World Service in London in charge of multimedia services. As an expert in Communication for Development, Bilkisu is passionate about protecting the environment, especially on the African continent where she has seen her idyllic lush childhood home virtually disappear amidst an urban sprawl. She has pioneered many innovative projects including in her latest role as Nigeria Editorial Lead where she recently launched BBC Pidgin – the first fully digital language service for Africa. Pidgin is the first of 3 new BBC digital language services to launch in Nigeria – along with Yoruba and Igbo. Bilkisu was also the pioneer editor of the BBC bureau in Abuja Nigeria, the first Nigeria Country Director for BBC World Service Trust and the Launch SBJ for Focus on Africa TV (BBC World News TV). Bilkisu has had an illustrious career at various levels including Editor, SBJ and presenter, as a highly accomplished international multimedia journalist, working in radio, on TV and online. Multitalented and multilingual, she has interviewed several high profile personalities including presidents and prime ministers from Nigeria, Ghana, Libya and the UK.

Bilkisu knows Africa very well and is widely travelled across the continent and globally. She has covered major international events for the BBC including the 2008 US Obama elections, Hong Kong handover to China 1997; the Beijing Women’s conference and the lead up to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa where she led a 30-strong team of BBC journalists on a road trip across West Africa. She holds a Master’s degree from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria and has won several awards for academic excellence, as well as the Nigeria Best Actress Award 1992. In expressing her passion for environmental sustainability, she says, “Information is power. If you empower people with knowledge, they will make informed choices about their environment”.

Joanne Lee

Research Interest: Renewable Energy Finance and Environmental Policy

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Joanne Jungmin Lee brings a combination of academic and professional experience in environmental policy, renewable energy, corporate sustainability and climate finance. As of February 2018 Joanne is working for World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) as a Technical Specialist in the Finance Practice Core Team, based in Hong Kong.

Prior to WWF, Joanne worked at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi as Associate Programme Officer – Renewable Energy Finance, specializing in public finance, risk mitigation and institutional investment. Before moving to the United Arab Emirates, she worked for the United Nations Environment Programme, Wharton Small Business Development Center, Meister Consultants Group, Ceres and GreenWorld Capital in the US. Joanne also worked as a financial analyst at Hewlett Packard in Seoul. She has a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Ewha Womans University in South Korea.

Xavier Lemaire

Research Interest: Sociology of energy access, Social imaginary of renewable energy, Clean energy policies, Energy Justice

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Xavier Vallvé is co-founder and director of the engineering and consultancy firm TTA in Barcelona, Spain. He holds engineering and master’s degrees from the University of Waterloo in Canada and has more than 25 years of experience in rural electrification with renewable energy and distributed generation projects, autonomous as well as grid tied, renewable energy hybrid technology for islands and isolated villages. This involves complementary interdisciplinary activities in economic, social and management aspects as well as engineering in renewable energy generation and storage. Autonomous off-grid electrification needs to address the needs of potential beneficiaries, from basic access to power to develop income generating activities. Within a village, this can be done with microgrids, individual PV stations or a combination of both but involving the community and establishing an adequate business model for long term sustainable operation.

Xavier is well-experienced in distributed generation and micro grids. He has been involved in research, feasibility studies, engineering, project management and commissioning of many PV rural micro grids in isolated villages in Africa, Asia and South America. He is also an active member in international codes and standards committees on this subject. He has been project director or lead consultant for private and government clients and also for projects by United Nations Development programme (UNDP), United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), World Bank (WB), European Commission (EC), International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), among others. He is director and lecturer of the Master degree “Master en Ingeniería y Gestión de las Energías Renovables” at IL3 (University of Barcelona). He is a member of ARE (Alliance for Rural Electrification), and also member of the Board of Secartys.

Gregory J. Leng

Research Interest: Sustainable Energy and Climate Change

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Gregory J. Leng is the creator and Director of the RETScreen Clean Energy Management Software at Natural Resources Canada’s CanmetENERGY research centre in Varennes, Quebec. The RETScreen Software is the world’s leading clean energy decision-support tool and is available in 36 languages coverings 2/3rds the Earth’s population. RETScreen is used by more than 560,000+ energy professionals and decision-makers in every country, as well as by professors at 1,000+ universities and colleges for teaching and research.

Greg’s career is focused on the clean energy market, technology and finance interface and he has been working in the renewable energy and energy efficiency fields since 1987. Prior to joining NRCan, he was based in Hyderabad, India as the India Country Manager (dLA Consultant) for the International Fund for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (IFREE). He obtained a Master of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in Energy Engineering (Solar Energy Engineering) and a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Marketing and International Business) from McGill University.

Dr. Debora Ley

Research Interest: Rural Electrification, Renewable Energy Technology and Policy, and Climate Change

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Debora Ley is a Lead Author in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C. She has a PhD in Environmental Change from the Environmental Change Institute, School of Geography and the Environment of the University of Oxford. Her dissertation topic analyzed if rural renewable energy projects can simultaneously meet the multiple goals of sustainable development, climate change mitigation and climate change adaptation and if so, under what conditions, focusing on Guatemala and Nicaragua. She has a MSc in Civil Engineering, with a focus on energy systems, from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BSc in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Ley worked at Mexico’s National Energy Savings Commission in the Cogeneration and Renewable Energy departments before joining Sandia National Laboratories, where she was the Program Manager for the Central America and Mexico Clean Energy and Environment Program, jointly funded by the US DoE and US AID. She later worked at the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean and the InterAmerican Development Bank, focusing mainly on regional energy integration in Central America. Among the main outcomes of her time at UN were strategies for sustainable energy in the region, and of the inclusion of energy within the Millennium Development Goals. She has also worked as a consultant for the Latin America Energy Organization focusing on rural electrification in Nicaragua, for the World Bank evaluating its rural solar energy programs in Nicaragua and Honduras, and for Chemonics doing strategic planning for Low Emissions Development in Mexico. She is a volunteer with Engineers Without Borders, Johns Hopkins chapter and has published diverse articles on topics of rural renewable electrification, especially technical codes and standards, and diverse topics linking renewable energy, climate change and sustainable development.

Dr. Zhu Liu

Research Interest: Sustainability Science, Global Carbon Budget, Low Carbon Development for Developing Countries

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Dr. Zhu Liu is the Young Talent associate professor at Tsinghua University and lecture on Climate Change and Sustainability at Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of East Anglia. He is also the Giorgio Ruffolo Research Fellow and Associate at Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University. Dr. Liu hold Ph.D. from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (2013) with joint training by University of Cambridge (2012). He has conducted postdoctoral research at Harvard University and California Institute of Technology (collaborate with NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

Dr. Liu is the editor of Applied Energy, a peer-reviewed academic journal covering research on energy engineering with impact factors of 7.9, Dr. Liu have authored about 40 academic publications in Nature, Nature Climate Change, PNAS and other professional journals. Dr. Liu’s research has also been covered by 300+ international media outlets including by Nature, Science, New York Times, BBC, and CNN, and has been cited by policy stakeholders as scientific basis for environmental policies. Dr. Liu is the global highly citied researcher (ranking in the top 1% by citations).

Osvaldo Quintanilla Loayza

Research Interest: REDD+, Climate Change and Sustainable Forest Management, Safeguards, Emission Reduction Policies and Offsetting

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Osvaldo has an extensive background in conservation and forest sector, with an emphasis on the REDD+ approach of UNFCCC to halt deforestation and forest degradation. From 2018, He has worked as an international consultant to LAC developing mitigation/adaptation components and safeguards requirements in forest projects. Previously, He worked on the Climate Change Unit at Forest Service in Chile implementing carbon and land-use projects, as well as the REDD+ Strategy, which allowed him collaborated with other LAC countries such as Mexico and Uruguay. Osvaldo has specialised in leveraging cooperation funds as GEF, FCPF and UN-REDD to compliance environmental commitments from UN Conventions. Besides, He has coordinated and managed field projects with stakeholders and Agencies such as the World Bank, UNDP, FAO, being a co-author in diverse technical publications and national reports. For instances, System of Measurement and Monitoring of REDD+ of Chile (2018), First Summary of Information of REDD+ Safeguards in Chile (2018), and Forest Reference Emission Level and Forest Reference Level of Natives Forest in Chile (2016) for the UNFCCC and, Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) Report of Chile (2017) and National Action Program of Chile to Combat Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought (PANCD-Chile) 2016-2030 (2016), both for the UNCCD. His current interests include emission reduction policies, nature-based solutions and offsetting projects. Osvaldo earned his B. S. in Forestry Engineering from Santo Tomas University (Chile) and his Master in Human Development from Alberto Hurtado University (Chile) in 2008. Currently, He is pursuing a Master in Environmental and Sustainability at Monash University (Australia). Osvaldo speaks Spanish and English languages.

Dr. Ana Maria Loboguerrero

Research Interest: Climate-Smart Agriculture

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Dr. Ana María Loboguerrero is the Head of Global Policy Research of the CGIAR Research Program for Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), based in Cali, Colombia. In this position, she plays a major role in leadership on partnerships and capacity for scaling Climate-Smart Agriculture that cuts across all CCAFS Flagships and Regions and all CGIAR Research Programs. She also leads global engagement processes and global synthesis topics such as the “Transforming Food Systems under a Changing Climate” initiative, which aims to realize a transformation in food systems by mobilizing knowledge and catalyzing action. Ana Maria also leads the Latin American Section of CCAFS. In this position, she plays a major role in partnership development aimed to build impact pathways so that knowledge in climate change leads to implementation. Ana María holds a Master and a PhD on Economics from University of California, Los Angeles, USA (UCLA). Before joining the CGIAR, Ana María worked at the Sustainable Environmental Development Deputy Directorate of the National Planning Department of Colombia as coordinator of climate change. While at the deputy directorate, Dr. Loboguerrero led the formulation of the Colombian Climate Change Policy, the National Adaptation Plan, the National Development Plan and the research agenda on climate change as well as coordinated technical support for the Colombian Low Carbon Growth Strategy.

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Dr. Warren Mabee

Research Interest: Renewable energy, energy and environmental policy, and forestry

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Dr. Warren Mabee (Ph.D. 2001, Toronto) is Professor and Head of the Department of Geography and Planning at Queen’s University. He holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Renewable Energy Development and Implementation, and is cross appointed to the School of Policy Studies and the School of Environmental Studies at Queen’s. His international research programme focuses on the interface between policy and technology in the area of renewable energy and fuels, addressing issues that bridge the gap between researchers and decision-makers using tools such as life cycle assessment, geographic information systems and agent-based logistical models. His past work experiences include stints at the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto, as well as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. He is interested in mentoring students focused on issues around renewable energy, energy and environmental policy, and forestry.

Dr. Michael MacCracken

Research Interest: Climate Change Impact and Mitigation, Climate Engineering and Global Warming

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Dr. Michael MacCracken is a climate change and impacts scientist who has been volunteering as Chief Scientist for Climate Change Programs with the Climate Institute in Washington DC since retiring from the University of California in October 2002. His current research interests include human-induced climate change and consequent impacts, climate engineering, and the near-term beneficial effects of limiting emissions of non-CO2 greenhouse gases. From 1968-93 he led studies at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory using computer models to evaluate the climatic effects of volcanic aerosols, land-cover change, nuclear war, and the increasing CO2 concentration. From 1993-97, he served as the first executive director of the interagency Office of the U.S. Global Change Research Program, responsible for encouraging scientific cooperation among nearly a dozen federal agencies, and then from 1997-2002 as senior scientist and executive director of the National Assessment Coordination Office for the first national U.S assessment of the impacts of climate variability and change. Since retiring, in addition to his activities with the Climate Institute (www.climate.org), Dr. MacCracken has also served as President of the International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences (2003-07); as the international atmospheric representatives to the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (2003-11); and as a member of the Synthesis Team for the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (2002-04). In addition, Dr. MacCracken has prepared roughly a dozen legal declarations in support of lawsuits seeking to encourage efforts to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.

Dr. MacCracken earned his B. S. in Engineering from Princeton University in 1964 and his Ph.D. in Applied Science from the University of California Davis/Livermore in 1968. His dissertation involved developing one of the world’s first global climate models and then using it to evaluate the physical consistency of several hypotheses for explaining the causes of Pleistocene ice age cycling.

Dr. Yousef Meslmani

Research Interest: Climate Change and Environment

Dr. Emmanuel Michael

Research Interest: Renewable energy systems, bulk power system operations, production cost modelling, power system planning, and smart grid communication networks.

Dr. Kourosh Mohammadi

Research Interest: Groundwater, Water resources, hydrology

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Dr. Kourosh Mohammadi is a Principal Hydrogeologist with HLV2K Engineering, lecturer at University of Guelph and consultant with the United Nations (FAO). He graduated from Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal in Civil Engineering and has more than 20 years of experience in hydrogeology and environmental projects as expert and project manager. His experience with consulting companies involves groundwater flow and transport modelling, hydrogeological investigation, phase 1 and phase 2 environmental site assessment, and monitoring of surface water and groundwater quality. He has contributed to several publications including preparation of standard guidelines for water sector, books, journals, and conference papers. He is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario (P.Eng.).

Professor Marta Molinas

Research Interest: Rural Electrification, Microgrids and Energy Poverty

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Marta Molinas works with access to electricity and solutions to energy poverty, focusing on development of microgrids in remote areas. She is a professor at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and supervises Master and PhD students in topics related to electricity access in remote areas. She is also co-founder of the non-for-profit organization, RenPeace (www.renpeace.org) that works in collaboration with students and professors around the world in the development of microgrid projects in the field (e.g. microgrids).

Marta Molinas holds a Dr. Eng. Degree in Electrical Engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology. She is currently remotely supervising Master and PhD students in Africa, South America and Asia. She is associated as remote supervisor for University of the People (https://www.uopeople.edu ). She works in collaboration with Engineers Without Borders and the IEEE Empowering a Billion Lives (http://empowerabillionlives.org/) initiative, that focuses on solutions to energy poverty and technologies for humanity.

Dr. Magda Moner-Girona

Research Interest: Renewable energy deployment, techno-economic analysis, rural electrification

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Magda Moner-Girona has a PhD in Physics (Material Science). With over 15 years of experience, Dr. Moner-Girona’s research has focused on techno-economic studies to analyze policies enhancing the deployment of renewable energy in Sub-Saharan Africa and the energy-related sustainable development goals. This includes experience at the United Nation Environment Programme, the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, and the University of California at Berkeley.
In the last years, she is focusing on integrating social dimensions in the techno-economic studies by building up several indicators. In the JRC‘s Institute for Energy, under the framework of the European Photovoltaic Platform, she worked with the design of policy support schemes for the deployment of renewable energies in off-grid regions (Feed-in tariff for mini-grids). She focus on least-cost models combined with geospatial analysis to build-up interactive tools for rural electrification planning.
At the United Nation Environment Programme‘s, she coordinated several activities to help governments gain a better understanding of the policy and technology requirements associated with renewable energy deployment in China, South Africa and Brazil and solar and wind resource assessments.

Professor Ellen Morris

Research Interest: Energy Access, Energy Entrepreneurship, Gender and Energy, and Clean Energy Policies

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Ellen Morris, Ph.D., is a world-recognized expert on energy and international development, with a particular focus on policy analysis, research, strategy development, and writing on energy access, gender equality, and enterprise development. She teaches Energy and Development at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and is a Faculty Affiliate at the Center on Global Energy Policy. At Columbia, Ellen serves as a mentor in the Women’s International Leadership Program and is the faculty advisor for the Women in Energy student group at Columbia. Ellen is also an Ambassador for The Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Initiative that was launched by the Clean Energy Ministerial to close the gender gap in STEM fields and serves as a Technical Expert for the Clean Energy Solutions Center. In addition to her faculty appointment, Ellen is the President and Founder of Sustainable Energy Solutions, an international consulting services company that promotes the increased use and deployment of clean energy technologies and services as a means to support economic development and reduce poverty in developing countries. She has recently led pioneering work on gender and energy for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to create the first ever Policy on Gender Mainstreaming for Energy Access along with a Legal Directive for gender assessments in energy projects. Ellen is also a Founding Partner of Embark, a social enterprise that is focused on radically increasing the scale of energy access by empowering thousands of clean energy entrepreneurs in low-income countries. Ellen was also the co-founder of Arc Finance, an NGO that promotes and expands access to end-user finance for modern energy.

Ellen serves as an advisor and Board Member for social enterprises focused on clean energy, including EnVenture (Uganda), Simpa Networks (India), Earth Spark International (Haiti), and Empowered by Light (Zambia) and is the Energy Program Advisor for the Clinton Global Initiative. She started her career in clean energy working for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in the geothermal program. In the early part of her career, she worked as a Fellow on the Science, Space and Technology Committee of the U.S. Congress and was an exploration geophysicist for Texaco. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geophysical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a doctoral degree in marine geophysics from the University of Rhode Island.

Dr. David Moser

Research Interest: Energy systems modelling and analysis, photovoltaic technologies, renewable energy transition

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David Moser graduated in physics and coordinates the activities of the Research Group Photovoltaic Energy Systems of the Institute for Renewable Energy, EURAC, Bolzano, Italy. His work focuses on characterising indoor and outdoor behaviour, performance, reliability and quality of PV modules and systems, and their integration in grids and in the built environment. He is also active in PV potential studies on a regional and national scale and on the role of PV in the energy transition. He is member of the board of directors of “The Association of European Renewable Energy Research Centres” EUREC and of the Steering Committee of the European PV Technology and Innovation Platform PV ETIP.

Scott A. Muller

Research Interest: Strategic implementation of low emission development strategies, multi-level governance, urban sustainability and ecosystem services.

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Scott is passionate about implementation. In his 20 years of strategy work, he has led a range early-mover initiatives with national & subnational governments, international organizations, indigenous groups and the private sector. These actions have resulted in development pathways that integrate governance and accelerate the subnational implementation of GHG mitigation activities, climate finance and the MRV of GHG and SLCPs. This has scaled significant investments in clean energy and green infrastructure; reduced energy poverty and improved social equity. Among his projects, Scott designed and installed some of the first net-metered photovoltaic systems in Latin America. He later directed the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) and C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group in Lima, Peru. He is a co-founder and chair of the global working group on Subnational Integration and Multi-level Governance of the LEDS Global Partnership. Currently, Scott is supporting novel regional collaborations for trans-institutional climate actions within intergovernmental trade blocs; including the Pacific Alliance and the countries of West Africa. In addition to his extensive field work across Africa, Asia and Latin America— Scott has been appointed as a technical expert with the UNFCCC, UNESCO, and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. He has also served as a national delegate for various multilateral environmental conventions and has published many key global reports, including; collaborating as a lead author on the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, the CBD Guidelines on Biodiversity and Tourism development, and UNFCCC technical papers on options to enhance pre-2020 mitigation ambitions in urban environments and land use.

Dr. Saima Munawwar

Research Interest: Renewable Energy

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Dr. Kapil Narula

Research Interest: Energy policy, Evaluation of Energy Efficiency, Heat Decarbonisation and Energy Security

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Dr. Kapil Narula is a Senior Researcher at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. His career goal is to “provide a leadership role to the world, onto a path of sustainable development”. Kapil holds a PhD in Development Studies (focus on energy, economics, sustainability and policy) and a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering. He has over 18 years of work experience in the government, industry, academics and research. He works on technical, environmental and social aspects of energy transition and sustainability. His past work includes heat decarbonisation, decentralized distributed generation for energy access, energy security, energy policy and energy modelling amongst others. He is also a Visiting Scholar at Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society (IAS-STS) at TU Graz, Austria. Kapil is the author/editor of seven books and is on the Editorial Board of the various academic journals. His selected works can be found here.

Professor Jatin Nathwani

Research Interest: Sustainable Energy (Policy and Risk Management)

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Professor Nathwani is the founding Executive Director, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) and holds the prestigious Ontario Research Chair in Public Policy for Sustainable Energy. He is also the Co-Director, with Prof Joachim Knebel (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany), of the consortium ‘Affordable Energy for Humanity (AE4H); a Global Change Initiative’ comprising 150 energy access thought leaders, researchers and practitioners from 50 institutions in 22 countries. The overarching vision of AE4H is to drive the scientific, technological and social innovations required for a cleaner, low carbon energy system that also meets the challenge of universal energy access.

As WISE’s Executive Director, he leads the institute’s research and development efforts to foster the development of emerging technologies that includes the full range of emerging energy technologies including solar, wind, bioenergy, geothermal, integration of distributed energy systems with energy storage, ICT for smart grid and micro-grids for off grid supply. His current focus is on competitive energy policies to enable the innovations required for the transition of the global energy system to a lower carbon energy economy.

Prior to his appointment at the University in 2007, Professor Nathwani worked in a leadership capacity in the Canadian energy sector over a 30 year period. He brings a unique combination of academic perspectives with extensive experience in the business sector that includes corporate planning and strategy, energy sector policy developments, integration of environmental sustainability with in power system planning, regulatory affairs and research program management.

Prof. Nathwani serves on several boards at the provincial and national levels. He is the lead Scientific Advisor to the Waterloo Global Science Initiative, established by the Perimeter Institute and the University of Waterloo, and is the lead author of the Equinox Summit-Energy 2030 Blueprint. He is chair of the board of the Canadian University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering; member of the Ontario Smart Grid Forum; board member of the Ontario Centre of Excellence; member of the Clean Tech Advisory Board (DFAIT), Council for Clean and Reliable Electricity; member of the Advisory Panel for the Science Media Centre of Canada; and Advisory Board Member of Sustainable Waterloo. Professor Nathwani has over 110 publications related to energy and risk management, including seven books and is a Registered Professional Engineer (PEO) in the Province of Ontario, Canada.

Dr. Daouda Ndiaye

Research Interest: Climate Change adaptation and resilience, Climate Risk Assessment, Ecosystem Management, Biodiversity Conservation, Natural Systems Management, Climate and Environmental Sustainable Financial Mechanisms

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Dr Daouda Ndiaye is Lead Climate Adaptation Specialist at the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), coordinating IsDB's activities related to climate change adaptation and supporting the mainstreaming of climate change adaptation and resilience activities throughout IsDB operations. He was previously Senior Climate Change Specialist at the Adaptation Fund Board Secretariat, where he was coordinating the Fund’s Results Based Management Framework, including monitoring of the Fund’s portfolio of projects and programmes. He has reviewed more than fifty climate adaptation project proposals from several countries across the globe, addressing climate risks of various development and environmental issues. Daouda is involved in various fora discussing and reflecting on adaptation metrics and more generally on how to better measure, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of adaptation and resilience actions. Daouda has previously worked with multilateral and national institutions as a technical advisor on natural resources management issues and environment finance, including as a Regional Technical Advisor at UNDP’s Regional Centre for Western and Central Africa, supporting UNDP country offices in the design and implementation of biodiversity and land degradation projects. He has supported the development of sustainable protected area systems in West and Central Africa. Prior to his work on climate change adaptation, he has worked as a research scientist for the Conseil National pour la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS; Boursier Docteur-Ingenieur) and the University of Louisville (KY, USA) and authored papers in peer-reviewed journals on topics related to microbial ecology especially on the role of microorganisms involved in nitrogen or carbon cycle in some functions of selected ecosystems. Daouda holds a PhD in Ecology from the University Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris 6, France) and a Master’s degree in Business administration from the University of Dijon (France).

Dr. Susanne Nies

Research Interest: Energy Policy and Energy Economics – Power Generation, Transmission,  Distribution and Innovation

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Dr. Susanne Nies is an expert in European energy policy and regulatory affairs, focusing on electricity and the power sector in Europe. She is currently in charge of strategy, energy policy, stakeholder relationship, corporate communication at the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO – E). As the Corporate Affairs Manager, she leads the work on Transmission System Operator (TSO) – Distribution System Operator (DSO) interaction (Demand side management, aggregation, distribution transmission interfaces). Prior to this, she worked for EURELECTRIC, a Brussels-based European Electricity Industry Interface with EU Commission and European institutions. She had the role as Head of Unit Distribution System Department from 2014 to 2015, dealing with Distribution System Operators – smart grids, smart meters, energy efficiency, big data, new downstream, electric mobility, standardisation, relationship TSO-DSO, investments in regulated assets, network codes and framework guidelines. She also headed the Energy Policy and Power Generation Department from 2010 to 2014 where she was dealing with Power Generation, leading 12 industrial working groups, experts missions, conferences and lectures on general energy policies.

Susanne Niels holds a PhD in Political Sciences from Bonn University, and a Habilitation at Sciences Po Paris and Berlin Free University, as well as an economics degree from London School of Economics. Until 2008 she was heading the French Institute for International Relations Brussels branch and was affiliated as a senior researcher to the energy programme of the institute, focussing in particular on oil and gas. She has a long track of academic publications, affiliation to research and lecturing, as well as consulting. In addition, she teaches at the Cologne University/ EWI Summer Classes on Energy policy and Energy Economics. Before focusing on energy policy she worked extensively on transition economies in Eastern Europe, international conflict and social policies. Apart from being a native speaker of German, she is fluent in written and spoken English, French and Russian languages.

Paligwende Nikiema

Research Interest: Sustainable agriculture and forest management, Carbon and nitrogen cycling, Climate change adaptation and mitigation

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My education includes a B.Sc. in Forestry (Forest Management), a M.Sc. in Agroforestry and a Ph.D. in Forest (Ecology & Biogeochemistry). I have worked as a research scientist in agroforestry in Burkina Faso for over 15 years. My research area was related to the impacts of smallholder farming practices on traditional agroforestry parkland systems with implications for tree biodiversity conservation, ecosystem service provision, and rural people livelihoods. I have completed a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship program in soil science, focusing on the role of beneficial agricultural management practices on greenhouse gas emissions and enhanced soil carbon sequestration from agro-ecosystems. My research, in particular, evaluated the impacts of inorganic and organic nitrogen fertilizer application to perennial forage and annual crops on the emissions of soil greenhouse gases and nitrogen leaching losses. Over the past seven years, I have been working as a Climate Change Specialist with a provincial government in Canada, coordinating forestry related climate change adaptation and mitigation initiatives. This includes assessing forest vulnerability to climate change, mainstreaming adaptation measures into sustainable forest management planning process, quantifying and spatially mapping forest carbon stocks, developing forest carbon offset projects, and providing advice to senior management team on forestry related climate change issues.

Professor Donatien Njomo

Research Interest: Solar Energy Engineering, Rural Electrification, Climate Change Mitigation, GHG Emissions Inventory

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Professor Donatien Njomo holds the position of full Professor of Energy and Environment and Head of the Environmental Energy Technologies Laboratory at the University of Yaounde 1, Cameroon. He teaches graduate level courses including Solar Energy and Renewable Energy Technologies, Photovoltaic and Concentrating Solar Power Systems, Energy and Climate Change, Geopolitics of Energy, Energy Efficiency, Heat Transfer, Thermodynamics. Professor Njomo has already supervised 14 PhD dissertations and 60 Master theses dealing with solar energy and other renewable energy technologies. He has published more than 65 scientific papers dealing with solar energy and renewable energy technologies. He has carried out studies of solar radiation propagation and attenuation through tropical atmosphere and experimental ground based measurements of solar irradiation in Cameroon. He also used 5 km resolution Meteosat satellite imagery to extract solar radiation falling on the Cameroon territory. Professor Njomo has succeeded to develop a powerful non-linear model to simulate the functioning of the solar collectors in tropical areas. He has also developed solar stills to produce safe drinking water from brackish water. He has succeeded to map deforestation and the resultant carbon fluxes in the Congo Basin forest using SPOT-Vegetation satellite imagery for the years 2000 to 2004. In 2001, Professor Njomo received the prestigious Senior Associate Award, for the period 2001 – 2006, from the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) based in Italy, for his contribution to the advancement of non-conventional energy in Cameroon and other developing countries. Professor Njomo also holds a patent on an improved double combustion wood burning cookstove.

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Dr. Lily Odarno

Research Interest: Energy, environment and sustainable development

Professor Olayinka S. Ohunakin

Research Interest: Renewable Energy Technologies, Energy Audits and Modelling, and Energy Efficiency

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Olayinka S. Ohunakin is an internationally recognized professor of energy systems. He is a Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Covenant University, Nigeria. He is a Visiting Professor, Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (PAUWES), c/o University of Tlemcen, Algeria; a Beahrs Fellow, College of Natural Resources, University of California, Berkeley; Visiting Scholar, Center for African Studies, University of California, Berkeley. He is also the Head, The Energy and Environment Research Group (TEERG), Department of Mechanical Engineering, Covenant University, Nigeria.

He is an energy and environmental expert with vast knowledge in renewable energy technologies, distributed generation and hybrid grid systems, design and evaluation of low-carbon systems, energy modeling, climate modeling, energy audits, cost-benefit analysis of renewable energy investments, energy efficient building simulations and designs, energy economics, policies, finance and management, with in-depth researches in energy conversion and management, energy efficiency and conservation techniques, conventional energy sources and power plants.

He is a registered member of several professional bodies; he has written several articles widely published on energy in leading peer-reviewed ‘high impact’ journals cutting across Springer, Elsevier, Sage and Taylor & Francis publishers (https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=jNzSObcAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao). He is currently serving in the capacity as a Guest Editor in Chief to a special issue of the International Journal of Photoenergy, and reviewer/editorial membership to numerous energy journals. He has also presented several positions papers in conferences and workshops both locally and internationally.

He has been involved in several National Assignments for Nigeria at the UNFCCC. He has served as a consultant on several projects for the Worldbank/IFC, AfDB, KfW, AFD, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), UNDP-GEF project on Energy Efficiency in Nigeria, etc. He is also a consultant to several NGOs and private bodies (both foreign and local).

Prof. George Krhoda Okoye

Research Interest: Geomorphology, Hydrology and Water Resources Management

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Prof. George Okoye Krhoda, PhD, CBS, MKNAS is an Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Nairobi, the Managing Director of Research on Environment and Development Planning (REDPLAN) Consultants Ltd. Until December 2006, he was the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and Chairman of the Negotiation Committee on the Nile Basin Cooperative Framework, and earlier Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Water and Irrigation where most of the water sector reforms were carried under his watch. Prof. Krhoda is a Hydrologist/Water Scientist and worked for the Government of Kenya, has M.A and Ph.D on river hydraulics and water resources planning and management. Krhoda was appointed Rapportuer for the GA/UNEP, in February 2006 in Dubai, The Emirates. Participated at the GLOBIS 2013 on Africa and Japan: Business and Development Partnerships after TICAD V. His current research and consultancy concentrate on Hydrology and environmental management, Policy Dialogue and Mediation, Conflict over use and access to natural resources, institutional reforms, and strategic planning.

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Dr Nikiema Paligwende

Research Interest: sustainable agriculture and forest management, carbon and nitrogen cycling, climate change adaptation and mitigation, agroforestry and tree biodiversity conservation, remote sensing and machine learning for forest carbon estimation

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My education includes a B.Sc. in Forestry (Forest Management), a M.Sc. in Agroforestry and a Ph.D. in Forest (Ecology & Biogeochemistry). I have worked as a research scientist in agroforestry in Burkina Faso for over 15 years. My research area was related to the impacts of smallholder farming practices on traditional agroforestry parkland systems with implications for tree biodiversity conservation, ecosystem service provision, and rural people livelihoods. I have completed a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship program in soil science, focusing on the role of beneficial agricultural management practices on greenhouse gas emissions and enhanced soil carbon sequestration from agro-ecosystems. My research, in particular, evaluated the impacts of inorganic and organic nitrogen fertilizer application to perennial forage and annual crops on the emissions of soil greenhouse gases and nitrogen leaching losses. Over the past seven years, I have been working as a Climate Change Specialist with a provincial government in Canada, coordinating forestry related climate change adaptation and mitigation initiatives. This includes assessing forest vulnerability to climate change, mainstreaming adaptation measures into sustainable forest management planning process, quantifying and spatially mapping forest carbon stocks, developing forest carbon offset projects, and providing advice to senior management team on forestry related climate change issues.

Dr. Giovanni Palmisano

Research Interest: Photocatalysis, Water and Air Remediation, Modelling and Kinetics of Photoreactors

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Dr. Giovanni Palmisano earned his MSc in Chemical Engineering and his PhD in Chemical and Materials Engineering from the University of Palermo, Italy. Before joining Khalifa University (Masdar Campus), Dr. Palmisano’s research activities were mainly developed in Italy and Spain and concern photo-catalytic processes for organic chemistry, hydrogen production, water and air remediation, and self-cleaning coatings, with a special attention to materials characterization, kinetics, modelling of photo-reactors and radiant fluxes. From 2009 to 2012, he was administrator, chief engineer and safety manager at Hedera Engineering Srl – an Italian company operating in design and construction of photovoltaic plants in Italy. From 2008 to 2013 he has held free-lance consulting activity for private companies and Italian municipalities. Dr. Palmisano has co-authored ca. 90 highly cited papers in peer-reviewed international journals, and he has to his record seven patents, six books and six invited book chapters. He is regularly invited to offer lectures and serve as chair-person at international conferences and workshops. He is member of the editorial board of three international journals and he has guest-edited three special issues of international journals. He has been main advisor of 4 PhD students and advisor or coadvisor of 6 MSc students, one of whom won the best thesis award in Chemical Engineering and the outstanding thesis award in Masdar Institute.

Cristian Parra

Research Interest: Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, Climate Change Mitigation

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Christian is a Consultant, Climate Change Team at IDB Invest, which he joined in 2017. He is responsible for coordinating advisory projects in the energy and agriculture sectors. Before joining the IDB Group, he held the positions of Researcher at Ecuador’s National Institute of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency; Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Coordinator at the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE); National Director of Climate Change Mitigation for the Ecuadorian Ministry of the Environment; and Coordinator of the Low Emission Capacity Building program of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Christian earned a master’s degree in sustainable energy development from the University of Calgary (Canada) and an undergraduate degree as agricultural engineer from Universidad Central del Ecuador.

Kevin Parton

Research Interest: Climate change policy, renewable energy systems, renewable energy demands, economics of crop insurance, climate studies for agriculture

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Dr. Kevin Parton is a professor in economics at Charles Sturt University. He received his B.Com from Liverpool University in 1973, his MSc in agricultural economics from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1974, and his PhD in agricultural economics from the University of New England in 1980. Dr Parton is the author of 120 scientific papers and four books. Dr Parton’s experience is in teaching, research, research management and research training, including at universities, Australian and Canadian Government agencies and international research organisations. He has completed research projects in a number of countries including the EU, Australia, Canada, Ethiopia, Kenya, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Thailand, Nepal, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea. His work over the last decade has focused on climate change policy and renewable energy systems. He is currently examining how attitudes to and beliefs in climate change are formed, and how they are changing over time. Church leaders, such as Pope Francis, have been shown to influence such beliefs and attitudes. In addition, Dr Parton’s work in Nepal has investigated the market for renewable technologies such as micro-hydro electricity and biogas stoves for households. In the Philippines he is examining the means of improving the transmission of weather and climate information to farmers. From an economics perspective, the following would be broad areas of research mentoring. Analysis of policy to encourage the use of renewable energy; analysis of progress with and demand for renewable energy; analysis of the impact of the use of Clean Development Mechanism funds in Africa; assessing the usefulness of weather and climate forecasts for agriculture; the economics of crop insurance for farmers.

Professor Matthew Paterson

Research Interest: Climate change politics and policy, political economy of climate (carbon markets, finance, business power), global climate governance

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Matthew Paterson is Professor of International Politics at the University of Manchester. His research focuses on the political economy of global environmental change. His publications include Global Warming and Global Politics (Routledge 1996), Automobile Politics: Ecology and Cultural Political Economy (CUP 2007), Climate Capitalism: global warming and the transformation of the global economy (with Peter Newell, CUP 2010), and most recently Thinking Ecologically about the Global Political Economy (with Ryan Katz-Rosene, Routledge 2018), as well as over 45 articles in peer reviewed journals. He was a Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report published in 2014. His most recent research has explored the contestations over how shifts to a low carbon society produce novel forms of cultural practice and challenge established ones. He is now starting to work in using Social Network Analysis to understand patterns of authority in the global climate governance complex.

Dr. Gerald Augusto Corzo Perez

Research Interest: Integrated water resources management, mathematical and statistical modelling for

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Dr Gerald A. Corzo has extensive experience in modelling for various problems in Integrated water resources management, his high skills in ICT technology have been used to develop a different type of scientific application. As researcher and lecturer of various academic institutions have worked and coordinated academic programs. His expertise has been mainly developed around programming mathematical models and statistical models for hydroinformatics problems. Since the last six years, he has been working on the use of global hydrological models ensemble and their uncertainty for climate change analysis. This work mainly involves heavy data loads from GCM and GHM models for several scenarios and developed statistical tools for online and parallel processing of such information. This work was presented in the WATCH-EU project report No. 43. As manager of the Hydroinformatics servers during four years, he developed and implemented database web systems for different projects at UNESCO-IHE, as well as maintained and managed the institutional basic support collaborative working environment (BSCW). In 2012 he won the Tison award in Hydrology from the IAHS association. Recently he supervised the research projects with the ministry of Nigeria to develop a Spatial Data Infrastructure for sharing and analyzing different regions in the country. Aside from this right now he is coordinating the activities of the development of data analysis over large data set in the Systema Integrado de Recursos Hidricos from Colombia. This work and others are being developed under the framework and cooperation with the group CUAHSI and GEOSS, following all OGC standards. He has coordinated the statistics of the Climate change inventory of adaptation and mitigation actions for Latin-America, presented at the WWF in 2012. He is a Civil engineer by training with a strong background on computational science and specialized in Teleinformatics. His areas of research cover innovative methods for integrating intelligent computational algorithms and hydrological conceptual models for hydrological forecasting (Flood Early Warning System models integration, Delft-FEWS). He developed scripts for areas of computational intelligence, optimization of water resources, online modelling and in fluid dynamics simulation. One of his recent projects focuses on exploring the use of mobile phone antennas in Colombia for measuring precipitation. He has participated on research projects in different countries like China with the North China University for Water Conservancy and Electric Power in China, Colombia (CINARA), Mexico (Technologico of Monterrey), England (CEH), Norway (University of Oslo) and others. Last five years he served as chair of the session on geo-statistics at the European Geoscience Union. He led the LatinAqua network for water research scientist in Latin-America in 2011

Luca Petrarulo

Research Interest: Climate Change and Environment Nexus,

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Luca Petrarulo is a Consultant with 10 years of experience in international environmental projects and research. He holds a Master of Science in Environmental Change and Management from Oxford University and a Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution from Lancaster University. His technical expertise is multi-disciplinary and focuses on climate change (adaptation and mitigation), environment and sustainable development, governance and aid effectiveness (harmonization of donor interventions, regional and international cooperation for instance), renewable energy, transport, and monitoring and evaluation (M&E). He has special interest on projects that links impacts of climate change to environmental changes. This has been mainly developed at the international level working for a variety of clients including the EC, GIZ, DFID, AFD, CDKN, UK DECC, UK FCO. Luca has worked on many high-profile international projects, mainly in Asia and Latin America. For instance, he was one of the key technical experts in preparing the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) of Bangladesh and Nigeria for the global climate Paris Agreement. He also recently led the climate change, energy, and environmental assessment of the EU development assistance to the Pacific region covering 19 countries and territories. Luca is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian.

Professor Stuart Pimm

Research Interest: Conservation Ecology, present day extinctions, wildlife, endangered species

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Professor Stuart Pimm is the Doris Duke Chair of Conservation at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. He is an Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and the President of Saving Nature, a non-profit. He is a world leader in the study of present-day extinctions and what we can do to prevent them. Pimm received his BSc degree from Oxford University in 1971 and his Ph.D from New Mexico State University in 1974. Pimm is the author of 350 scientific papers and four books.

Prof. Pimm wrote the highly-acclaimed assessment of the human impact to the planet: The World According to Pimm: a Scientist Audits the Earth in 2001. His commitment to the interface between science and policy has led to his testimony to both House and Senate Committees on the re-authorization of the Endangered Species Act. He has served on National Geographic’s Committee for Research and Exploration and their Big Cats Initiative. In addition to his studies in Africa, Pimm has worked in the wet forests of Colombia, Ecuador, and Brazil for decades and is a long-term collaborator of the forest fragmentation project north of Manaus, Brazil. His international honours include the Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (2006), the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement (2010), and the International Cosmos Prize (2019).

Prof. Pimm considers the broad geographical patterns of species distributions, especially threatened species, producing strategic maps to guide conservation actions. (See www.biodiversitymapping.org). He then focusses on key areas to produce tactical maps for conservation actions, implementing them through the non-profit he directs, Saving Nature (www.savingnature.com). These actions prioritise connecting isolated habits to create more continuous landscapes that can hold viable populations. In addition, he also considers endangered, but widely-ranging, species that come into conflict with people and seeks practical solutions to reduce human-wildlife conflict.

Dr. Soni Pradhanang

Research Interest: Climate Change and Water

Dr. Ana Pueyo

Research Interest: Renewable Energy Technology Transfer and Investment, Productive Uses of Energy, Gender-Energy-Enterprise Nexus

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Ana Pueyo is a consultant and Scholar in energy and development policy and economics. Currently, she is working on a technical assistance for ECREEE (the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency), based in Cape Verde. In ECREEE she works mainly on two Programmes: Regional Electricity Markets Integration, and Gender mainstreaming in energy interventions. In her academic role as a Senior Research Fellow at IDS, she leads large multidisciplinary, international research projects on energy policy for sustainable development. She is also involved in teaching, convening the Master's course module "Competing in the Green Economy".

Her geographic focus in the last 6 years has been Sub-Saharan Africa, but previously she worked extensively in Latin America and Europe. She is a trained Economist, and she holds a PhD in Industrial Engineering as well as an MSc in Management of Information Systems by the London School of Economics.

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Dr. Rajnish Ranjan

Research Interest: Disaster Risk Management, Hydrogeology, Geology and Virtual Learning Environment

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Dr. Rajnish Ranjan is Vice President, Government Business & Disaster Management at Skymet Weather Services Pvt. Ltd. He is a motivational teacher, research mentor, trainer and policy adviser having strong hold on emerging market potential in the subject. He is having over 20 years of inter-disciplinary experience in Disaster Risk Management, Geosciences and Hydrogeology. He has worked in senior positions in organizations like National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Administrative Training Institutes etc. He is an alumnus of Science College, Patna University, where he attained masters and PhD with NET (CSIR). He is specialized in multi-level capacity building interventions including e-learning. His expertise also includes flood risk management, DRR and sustainable development, research and knowledge management. Taught and lectured in leading universities and more than 50 institutions across the country, written several research papers and academic articles in multiple disciplines. He also contributed in the formulation of National Disaster Management Plan, Guidelines on Boat and Navigational safety and review of several State Disaster Management Plans including Departmental DM Plans. Throughout his career, Rajnish has been deeply involved in research, knowledge management and evaluation of teaching and learning methodology. Contributed as Member Secretary in 3 apex level Expert Groups in India constituted by NDMA- Expert Group on flooding and Siltation in Bihar, Expert group on the preparation of Flood Hazard Atlas, Expert group on the preparation of National Guidelines on Boat and Navigational Safety. He is interested in mentoring students working on the following areas: hazard,vulnerability and risk assessment, disaster management planning, supply chain management during and after disaster, mainstreaming in developmental planning, hydro-geological investigation with special reference to groundwater quality, geohazards and risk mitigation especially landslides and virtual learning environment.

Dr. Ratna Reddy

Research Interest: Watershed management

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Dr. Ratna Reddy is an economist by training with experience in the fields of environmental economics and natural resource management, climate change, livelihoods and institutions. He is an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at South Asian Institute, Germany, and a visiting fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex; the University of Leeds, UK; and the UN-University, Dresden, Germany. Served as consultant to organisations like: The World Bank; ADB; UNDP; DFID; EC; WWF, IWMI, ICRISAT, UNU, OPM, etc. He has served as a working group member in the preparation of 11th and 12th Plans for the Government of India. He has also published 15 books and more than 150 research papers in international and national peer reviewed journals.

Professor Evelia Rivera-Arriaga

Research Interest: Environmental Policy and Governance, and, Impact of Climate on Marine and Coastal Regions

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Evelia is a Professor and Researcher at the Institute of Ecology, Fisheries and Oceanography of the Gulf of Mexico at the University of Campeche, Mexico. Currently, she is in charge of the integrated coastal management and marine policy laboratory. She is a biologist with a Master and a PhD in Marine Policy from the University of Delaware, USA. As an expert in policy and governance for over 27years, she is passionate about the coastal areas and the oceans, especially on the American continent where she has done her studies and research. She is one of the pioneers in Mexico on coastal and marine management projects, and has lead several innovative projects on marine policy international agendas, the effects of climate change on coastal and marine zones, and coastal governance. She was the Minister of the Environment of her home state Campeche for the six years of a governmental term (2009-2015), in charge of the design and implementation of the state environmental policy for forests, climate change, air quality, water, coastal zones, solid waste, environmental education and natural protected areas. She also promoted cross cutting sectorial sustainable policies and building environmental governance. Evelia was the national coordinator for the 6th National Communication on climate change for the UNFCCC; and is currently involved as Lead Author for the Special Report on Oceans and Cryosphere for the IPCC. She is also the representative of Mexico at the Inter-American Institute for the Global Change Research; and developed the environmental policy agenda for the national policy commission.

Maria Roche

Research Interest: Climate change mitigation policy, access to energy, SDG7, off-grid/decentralised electricity, industrial emissions

André De Rosa

Research Interest: Renewable Energy & Microgrid, Rural Electrification Finance, Energy Storage & Hydrogen

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With a background in technology and financing, having developed and sold 2 software companies and 2 banking services firms, Mr. De Rosa started Lamplighter Energy in 2002 to re-power existing wind farms in the western United States. Since then, Lamplighter and it’s affiliates have grown to deliver over 2,100 MW of wind, solar, hydro and waste to energy facilities in North America, E. & W. Europe and the ASEAN/China markets as well as new initiatives in Biomass, Hydrogen, Energy Storage and Water Treatment Systems. He led new greenfield development initiatives for Lamplighter and partner companies as well as managed the turn around for a publicly traded company and acquisitions of both assets and competitive development companies.

Mr. De Rosa studied Theology and Management at Moody Bible Institute, Corporate Finance from AIU and in addition to starting and selling 5 successful companies has helped start 7 international non-profits serving the disadvantaged.

David Ruttan

Research Interest: Hydrology, Groundwater modelling

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Since 1972, Mr. Ruttan has been practicing engineering geology and hydrogeology with a variety of companies in several countries. Since 1985, as an independent hydrogeologist and groundwater modeller, he has been providing hydrogeological services on a sub-consulting basis. His experience ranges from Phase 1, 2 and 3 environmental site assessments and site remediation, supervision of pumping tests and drilling, piezometer installation and packer testing, pumping test analysis and complex computer groundwater flow and contaminant transport modelling. He has extensive experience in modelling including international experience spanning over 30 years using Modflow/Modpath/ MT3D99/MT3DMS and related programs and POLLUTE and HELP. Mr. Ruttan has had wide-ranging experience in assessing hydrogeological conditions for dewatering projects and modelling dewatering including proposed large pits and quarries. He also has extensive contaminant transport modelling experience including modelling subsurface heat flow impacts on cold water streams, landfill leachate, nitrates from septic systems and hazardous chemicals. He has done many determinations of groundwater and rainfall inflows at proposed construction sites for obtaining Permits to Take Water. While at WSP Canada he mentored a groundwater modelling group. He is currently involved in determining municipal well capture zones and wellhead protection areas for two municipal water supplies in Ontario. He has participated in many public meeting and hearings to present the finding of modelling projects. He has worked on groundwater modelling and geological/hydrogeological projects in most of Canada, New York, New Jersey, Idaho, North Carolina, Nicaragua, Venezuela, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Saudi Arabia. He is a registered professional engineer in the province of Ontario, Canada with a B.A.Sc in Geological Engineering from the University of Toronto 1972.

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Dr. Jayanta Kumar Saha

Research Interest: Enviornment, Soil Science

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Dr. Jayanta Kumar Saha is Principal Scientist in the discipline of soil science with more than 30 years of research experience in the field of micronutrients and pollutant elements. Currently, he is leading the research groups in Division of Environmental Soil Science under Indian Institute of Soil Science, India. He did his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in agricultural chemistry and soil science from BCKV, Mohanpur (West Bengal), India. He is the recipient of S. N. Ranade Memorial Junior Scientist Award for Excellence in Micronutrient Research. His major research areas are chemistry of plant nutrients and pollutants in soil, soil pollution impact assessment, food contamination, risk assessment on soil biological activities and toxicity amelioration including phytoremediation. Dr. Saha has investigated and co-investigated more than 20 projects sponsored by World Bank, Govt. of India and various industries. He has published several original research articles (62) in renowned national and international journals, technical bulletins and books (10) and book chapters (17) and serves as reviewer of several international journals. His research group has published a widely popular international reference book ‘Soil Pollution – An Emerging Threat to Agriculture. ISBN 978-981-10-4274-4’ published by Springer. He has worked under various capacities in national and international forums. He is a member of Technical Expert Committee constituted by Government of India for developing Soil Standard for remediation purpose. Earlier, he served as Member-Secretary of Quinquennial Review Team constituted by Government of India to review a research institute.

Dr. Deepak Samuel

Research Interest: Reef and reef-associated life forms, coastal and marine ecosystem health, preparation of conservation management plans

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Dr. V. Deepak Samuel is an Invertebrate taxonomist with specialization on the reef and reef-associated life forms. He started his career as a Marine Biologist working on marine molluscs of both commercial and conservation significance and diversified to the culture of endangered species for sea ranching. He has taught marine science for 5 years to postgraduate students and is a resource person in training the community and Forest Department field officials to identify scheduled marine species of India. He has experience in Marine National Park and Biosphere Reserve Management while working with the United Nations Development Programme. Assessing the health of coastal and marine ecosystems, anthropogenic pressures on reef and preparation of conservation management plans are other areas of expertise. Currently, he works as a Scientist at the Conservation of Coastal and Marine Resources Division (CMR) at the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management in the capacity of a Marine Ecologist.

Dr. Jale Samuwai

Research Interest: Climate Finance and disaster risk financing, migration and relocations, loss and damage financing, community resilience

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I am currently the climate finance regional advisor for Oxfam in the Pacific. I hold a PhD in Climate Change, specifically in the area of climate finance from the University of the South Pacific; the Pacific regional university that is based in Suva, Fiji Islands. I am the first individual from the Pacific to attain such specialised qualification. I also hold a Master’s degree in Accounting and Finance and a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Information systems. Prior to joining Oxfam, I was working as an academic and a researcher at the University of the South Pacific for the past 8 years. I have published 8 journal articles in international peer reviewed journals and have also published 3 technical reports on climate finance in the Asia Pacific Small Island Developing States. I am also currently engaged in a number of short term external climate finance consultancy providing technical support to a number of Pacific island countries. The core of my work and research revolves around climate and disaster risk financing in developing countries specifically the Pacific Small Island developing states (SIDS). I am particularly interested in looking at the effectiveness of climate finance from a community perspective especially those that are considered to be most vulnerable and marginalised. I am also interested in exploring the loss and damage financial mechanisms that could be of relevance to SIDS and other developing countries. I consider myself a ‘pracademic’- a person who is both an academic and an active practitioner in my subject area and is a proponent for action research because I strongly believe that research in climate change needs to be relevant and practical if we were to effectively address this global problem.

Professor Mattheos Santamouris

Research Interest: Solar Energy and Energy Conservation

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Mattheos Santamouris is the Anita Lawrence Chair in High Performance Architecture at the University of New South Wales, Australia, the Director of the Laboratory of Building Energy Research at the University of Athens, Greece and also a former President of the National Center of Renewable and Energy Savings of Greece, Greece.

He is also a professor at the University of Athens, Greece and visiting Professor at the Cyprus Institute, Cyprus; Metropolitan University of London, United Kingdom; Tokyo Polytechnic University, Japan, Bolzano University, Italy; Brunnel University, United Kingdom and National University of Singapore, Singapore.

Mattheos serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Energy and Buildings, former Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Advances Building Energy Research, Associate Editor of the Solar Energy Journal and actual or past Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Solar Energy, Journal of Buildings and Environment, Journal of Sustainable Energy, Journal of Low Carbon Technologies, Journal of Open Construction and Building Technology, Sustainable Cities and Society and of the Journal of Ventilation. He has edited series of books on Buildings, Energy and Solar Technologies published by Earthscan Science Publishers in London.

He has edited and authored 14 international books on various topics related to heat island, solar energy and energy conservation in buildings published by Earthscan, Springer, among others. Mattheos is a huest editor of twelve special issues of various scientific journals and scientific coordinator of many international research programmess and author of almost 260 scientific papers published in peer reviewed international scientific journals. He is a reviewer of research projects in 15 countries including USA, UK, France, Germany, Canada, Sweden, among others, and also an expert in various International Research Institutions.

Dr. Misato Sato

Research Interest: Climate policy instruments, emissions trading, competitiveness impacts, green economy

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Misato Sato is an environmental economist with particular interest in climate change and energy. She has published widely on these topics, and also works with governments, businesses and NGOs on topics of shared interest, such as carbon pricing, trade and green growth. Misato is based at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) where she is Deputy Director of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, and Assistant Professorial Research Fellow in the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, where she leads the Policy Design & Evaluation Programme. Her recent research explores the regulatory and institutional constraints to enabling low carbon transitions of energy intensive industries. She has extensively researched the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), evaluating its effectiveness and efficiency. She is also interested in the growth of the green economy, including the drivers and barriers to international trade in environmental goods and services (EG&Ss) as well as links between low-carbon innovation and firms’ economic and market performance.

Misato has conducted policy work for the governments of the UK, Sweden, Netherlands and Japan as well as international organisations such as the World Bank, United Nations Environment Programme and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. She holds a PhD in Environmental Economics from the LSE, an MSc in Environmental and Resource Economics from University College London, and an MA Joint Honours in Economics and Chinese from the University of Edinburgh.

Francois Le Scornet

Research Interest: Low-Carbon Energy Markets, Policies and Technologies

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Francois Le Scornet has nearly 15 years of international experience in the low-carbon power generation sector (hydropower, fuel cells, solar, nuclear power in particular). Specialized in market analysis, business development and product management, François has a deep understanding of the policies, strategies and technologies that define the activities of private actors working in the low-carbon energy sector. During his career, françois worked on numerous projects for emerging markets, in Africa and South East Asia in particular. François holds a Master in Chemistry from ECPM (France) and a Specialized Master in International business from HEC Paris.

In 2017, Francois created Carbonexit Consulting. Based in France, he supports companies, public bodies and associations to better prepare and benefit from the ecological transition. Carbonexit Consulting provides accredited greenhouse gas emissions audits for regulatory reportings as well as strategic studies and product marketing analysis to support low-carbon energy technology applications (Emerging technologies, solar, nuclear, hydropower, hydrogen, storage etc.).

Prior to this, Francois served at GE Renewable between 2013 to 2016 in corporate Marketing/strategy as well as product management for the hydropower and solar industry. Previously, Francois has served at AREVA (2004-2013) and the US Department of Energy (2001-2002) and CEPN (2003). During this period, François mostly worked on business development and marketing for products and services targeting the existing nuclear plants (maintenance and modernization, safety and performance improvements, radiation detection, uranium mining) as well as the development of fuel cells for portable power applications.

On it free time, supported an electrification project with Electricians Without Borders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Dr. Temilade Sesan

Research Interest: Energy Poverty, Gender and Energy, Renewable Energy Policy

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Temilade Sesan is an international development consultant with expertise in the areas of energy, health, agriculture and gender. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria), a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Nottingham (United Kingdom) and a doctorate degree in Sociology and Social Policy also from the University of Nottingham. Her doctoral work on improved cookstove development constituted a platform for exploring the potential that sustainable energy technologies – including biomass, biofuel and solar energy technologies – have to improve the well-being of the poor, and the barriers that have limited their uptake in Africa to date. Temilade’s research brings together a range of themes, including appropriate technology development, participatory development, women’s empowerment, and livelihoods improvement. Her work regularly brings her in contact with national- and state-level policy makers, civil society organisations, academia, and representatives of small- and medium-scale businesses in the fields of energy, health, and the environment.

Dr Sesan has disseminated her research findings to global audiences via numerous presentations made at conferences in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. She has also published articles investigating the links between energy poverty and development in the practitioners’ journal Boiling Point and the academic journals Energy Policy, World Development, Progress in Development Studies, Community Development Journal and Technology in Society. She currently works as an independent consultant in Nigeria, with a client list that includes Heinrich Boell Stiftung Nigeria, Marine Power Limited, the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, the University of Nottingham, the French Agency for Development and the World Bank. She also teaches a module on renewable energy policies and markets at the Centre for Petroleum, Energy Economics and Law, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

Dr. Silvio Simoes

Research Interest: Adaptation and Disaster Risk, Geology, Geospatial Analysis, Virtual Environment.

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Silvio Simões is a Geologist working mainly on subjects such as environmental geology, climate change/natural disasters, geohazards, renewable energy and educational technology. He is also a geospatial analyst expert working with different geotechnology tools such as Geographical Information System (GIS), remote sensing geostatistics and virtual geographic environments. He is a retired associate professor at the Environmental Engineering Department, São Paulo State University (UNESP) which is situated within the Sao Jose dos Campos Technological Park (PqTec-SJC). In the PqTec-SJC, develops actions to improve the collaboration between researchers and entrepreneurs through initiatives and projects involving different enterprises. He was one of those responsible for the implementation of the Graduate Program on Natural Disaster (Master and Doctorate levels) which is a partnership UNESP and Cemaden (Brazilian Center for Early Warning and Monitoring of Natural Disasters). This newly created program is the first at the doctoral level in South America. He is a member of the AI2 (Advanced Institute for Artificial Intelligence) which is a Brazilian consortium of researchers to attack challeging problems with high social and economic impacts through support of the private sector. Currently, he lives in Copenhagen, Denmark to develop actions and initiatives to explore the new concepts of geospatial analysis and its interactions with data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence, 3D modeling and virtual reality enabling acquire new knowledge applied to the natural world, environment, renewable energy and education.

Dr. Alexandre Strapasson

Research Interest: Energy and Climate Change Mitigation, Bioenergy, and Sustainable Land Use

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Alexandre Strapasson is an Honorary Research Fellow at Imperial College London and a Visiting Lecturer at IFP Energies Nouvelles in Paris. He also works as an international consultant. He currently lives in Brazil. Until recently, he worked at Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University in the United States. He has been working on energy and environmental sciences, with an emphasis on the global dynamics of energy, carbon and land use, and the sustainable development goals.

Prior to these experiences, Alexandre was Director and Head of Department of Bioenergy at the Ministry of Agriculture of Brazil, working on international collaborations and capacity development programmes with several nations, including African countries. He was also Consultant of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for energy and climate change affairs at the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment, participating in UNFCCC negotiations. He is an Agricultural Engineer, holding a Master in Energy from the University of São Paulo (USP), and Ph.D. degree in Environmental Research from Imperial College London, with a Postdoc in Sustainability Science from Harvard.

Professor Falendra Sudan

Research Interest: Development and environmental economics, armed conflicts and children

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Dr. Falendra Kumar Sudan is Professor, Department of Economics, University of Jammu, India with specialization in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Climate Change Economics, Energy and Development, and Sustainable Development. Prof. Sudan is Director, Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCE Jammu) acknowledged by United Nations University, Tokyo and Member of different Environment Expert Committees, Government of India. He was Head, Department of Economics, University of Jammu, and Adjunct Research Fellow, University of South Australia, Adelaide.
He has been awarded two dozen research projects funded by the World Bank, Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Environment and Forests, etc. He has published fifty peer reviewed research papers and contributed twenty five chapters in edited volumes published by Springer, Asian Development Bank Institute, World Scientific, IGI Global, etc. and published six books and edited nine research volumes. He is Editor-in-Chief, SOCIAL SCI, and served as Editor, International Journal of Environment and Development. Dr. Sudan is Member, Editorial Board, Applied Economics and Policy Analysis, and Journal of Social and Economic Policy and Member Review Board of Journal IJABIM USA and IJeC USA, Member Advisory Board of Journals Management Edge, and Economic World.
He has supervised more than seventy Masters dissertations, nine Masters of Philosophy dissertations, and seven Ph. D theses and currently two Masters of Philosophy dissertations and seven Ph. D dissertations are being supervised. He has participated in fifty international and national conferences each and organized numerous training and consultation workshops and breakout sessions.

Professor William Swan

Research Interest: Retrofit, Energy and buildings, Building performance

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Professor Will Swan is the Director of Energy House Laboratories (EHL) at the University of Salford, where he has led the energy and buildings research for nearly 10 years. He leads a team of 20 staff covering all aspects of domestic and small commercial energy consumption, including building physics, building performance, systems and controls, IoT and energy modelling. The team operates 3 labs, including the Salford Energy House, a whole full-scale Victorian House in an environmental chamber and the newly established Smart Meters Smart Homes Lab. He is currently developing the major £16m Energy House 2.0 project, which extends the Energy House concept to include multiple building types. In addition, the team undertakes in situ field trails and testing, data analytics and dynamic simulation. The Energy House Labs team have conducted more than £13m of grant funded and commercial research in the last 10 years. Grant funded work has been undertaken for Innovate UK, EU and UK Government, while commercial work has been undertaken with major companies such as Saint Gobain, Knauf, Siemens, Honeywell and Danfoss. The work of Energy House Labs is widely reported in the media, with work shown on BBC, MSNBC and Reuters, with press coverage in the mainstream UK press. The team have won a number of awards including 2 Green Gown Awards and a recent shortlisting for the Guardian University Awards on Industry Engagement.

Dr. Kacper Szulecki

Research Interest: Energy democracy and energy justice, energy security, renewable energy transitions

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Kacper Szulecki is a researcher at the Department of Political Science, University of Oslo. His research focuses on energy and climate policy, in Europe and beyond, as well as energy security and the concept of "energy democracy". He edited the book "Energy Security in Europe" (Palgrave, 2018), as well as two special issues on EU energy and climate governance (in "Climate Policy" and "Politics & Governance"). He holds an M.Sc. in Political Science (specializing in transnational environmental governance) from VU University Amsterdam and a PhD from the University of Konstanz. He is a member of the Climate Strategies network, and sits on the editorial board of the journals "Energy Research and Social Science" and "Politics & Governance".He was a visiting fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, EUI Florence and the Florence School of Regulation (2017) and a guest researcher at the Department of Climate Policy, German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin, 2013). He was also a Dahrendorf Fellow at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin (2013-2014).

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David Tipping

Research Interest: Water Resources and Environmental Management; Sustainable Development; Disaster Recovery; Global Environmental Governance and Peacebuilding.

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David Tipping is an international policy, partnership, program management and operations specialist. David has a governance and technical civil and environmental engineering background, and leadership experience across a range of economic, governmental and industrial sectors. These include United Nations appointments as Specialist and Advisor on Water, Sanitation, Infrastructure and Global Public Health. He has extensive practical expertise in strategy development and implementation, large-scale program/project management, sustainable urban and regional development, and regional and global water security. David is currently a Principal Associate at DeftEdge. He has a leadership role as a Red Cross Emergency Services Volunteer and is a member of several international committees and advisory groups focused on Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Humanitarian Assistance, Water Economics and Statistics. David’s academic qualifications include a Master of Public Administration from Cornell University, a Master of Business Administration from Deakin University, a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering from the University of Wollongong. He is a Certified Practicing Project Director (CPPD) through the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM), and won the Eugene M. Isenberg Award for integration of Science, Engineering and Management in Sustainable Development.

Dr. Ioannis L. Tsipouridis

Research Interest: Renewable Energy Engineering Applications, Climate Change Mitigation

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Dr. Ioannis L. Tsipouridis is a renewable energy engineer with over 40years experience in the renewable energy field and he is currently the Chairman and CEO of R.E.D. PRO Consultants, which he set up after leaving PPC S.A., a consultancy active in the fields of renewable energy and climate change. He holds a PhD in Solar Energy, master’s degree in Fuel and Energy (both funded by Science Research Council Grant) and Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering (funded by Local Education Authourity Grant); all form the University of Leeds, United Kingdom.

Starting with his M.Sc. thesis, he has worked all his life, for the development of Renewable Energy Sources (R.E.S.), as an energy engineer. Simultaneously he has been active in promoting R.E.S. development policies as Chairman of Hellenic Wind Energy Association (ELETAEN). He has served in numerous roles on various projects. ……….. served as the CEO of Public Power Corporation Renewables (PPCR S.A.), Greece (2010- 2013); Director, Office of Deputy Minister for Energy Yannis Maniatis, in the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change (YPEKA), in charge (mainly) for renewable energy matters (2009-2010) and a member, of the Board of Directors of the the Center of Renewable Energy Sources of Greece (2010-2013). Dr. Tsipouridis also worked as a Regional Energy Expert of a European Union PHARE programme where coordinated by the Energy Policy Unit of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Bulgaria; headed the Athens branch of an Energy equipment company, specializing in solar water heaters and energy stoves and sewage treatment unit’s installaions and also served as a Consultant and Editor to “Energy Point”, a commercial energy magaizine.

Between 2003-2010 and 22013-2015; Dr. Tsipouridis served as the President of the Hellenic Wind Energy Association (HWEA), which he cofounded in 1990 and has served as Secretary General (1991-2001) and Vice President (2001-2003 and 2010-2013). For his contribution to ELETAEN and to the development of wind energy in Greece, in 2011 the Hellenic Wind Energy Association awarded him the “AIOLOS” prize. He is creator and Editor of “Anemologia” (1999 – to date), the official Journal of the Hellenic Wind Energy Association. He has participated in numerous conferences including the historic COP21, as well as COP22 and COP23.

Maia Tskhvaradze

Research Interest: Environment and Climate Change; Green Economy;Climate Finance; International and National Climate Policies.

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Maia Tskhvaradze is an expert of climate change with the focus of climate policy and finance. Maia leads the Climate Change Service of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, at the same time she is the Board member of the Climate Technology Center and Network (CTCN), Negotiator for Georgia on climate finance and technology transfer; International reviewer of climate change vulnerability & adaptation, climate finance, technology transfer and capacity building of National Communications (NC) and Biannual Reports (BR) under the UNFCCC; Certified expert in Low Emissions Investment Planning; At the different stages she was an advisor to the Board Member of the Green Climate Fund; Chair of Advisory Board of the Climate Technology Center and Network (CTCN); Global DNA Co-chair under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM); Board member of Low Emission Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS GP) Maia holds bachelor of the Geomorphology from the Tbilisi State University (Tbilisi, Georgia) Master of Landscape Planning from the Tbilisi State University (Tbilisi, Georgia); Master of Development Policies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva, Switzerland).

Professor Nathalie Tufenkji

Research Interest: Water Resources Management, Clean Water and (Bio)Colloid-Surface Interactions in Aqueous Systems

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Professor Nathalie Tufenkji received her Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from McGill University in 1999 and went on to Yale University, where she earned the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical and Environmental Engineering. Nathalie’s graduate research at Yale focused on contaminant transport and filtration in groundwater and riverbank environments. She received the American Water Works Association Academic Achievement Award for best doctoral dissertation in the field (2006), as well as the Becton Prize for Best Ph.D. dissertation in the Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science at Yale (2005).

Dr. Tufenkji returned to her alma mater as Assistant Professor in 2005 and is presently a full Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at McGill University where she holds the Tier I Canada Research Chair in Biocolloids and Surfaces. Dr. Tufenkji leads a research group working in the area of (bio)colloid-surface interactions with applications in protection of water resources, engineering of biosensors and antimicrobial materials, and development of safe nanotechnology. Professor Tufenkji was awarded the Early Career Research Excellence Award by the Faculty of Engineering at McGill University (2010), a Fulbright Scholar Award for tenure at Harvard University (2012), an Excellence in Review Award from the journal Environmental Science and Technology (2012), and the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in Science and Technology (2014).

Beyond her research and teaching roles, Dr. Tufenkji also serves as Associate Director of the Brace Center for Water Resources Management at McGill and has co-chaired several major international conferences. She also serves on the editorial boards of the journals Environmental Science and Technology, npj Clean Water, Water Research, Colloids and Surfaces B, Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, and Frontiers in Chemical Engineering.

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Xavier VALLVÉ

Research Interest: Microgrid Technology, Demand Side Management, Community Development, Integrated Energy Strategies.

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Xavier Vallvé is co-founder and director of the engineering and consultancy firm TTA in Barcelona, Spain. He holds engineering and master’s degrees from the University of Waterloo in Canada and has more than 25 years of experience in rural electrification with renewable energy and distributed generation projects, autonomous as well as grid tied, renewable energy hybrid technology for islands and isolated villages. This involves complementary interdisciplinary activities in economic, social and management aspects as well as engineering in renewable energy generation and storage. Autonomous off-grid electrification needs to address the needs of potential beneficiaries, from basic access to power to develop income generating activities. Within a village, this can be done with microgrids, individual PV stations or a combination of both but involving the community and establishing an adequate business model for long term sustainable operation.

Xavier is well-experienced in distributed generation and micro grids. He has been involved in research, feasibility studies, engineering, project management and commissioning of many PV rural micro grids in isolated villages in Africa, Asia and South America. He is also an active member in international codes and standards committees on this subject. He has been project director or lead consultant for private and government clients and also for projects by United Nations Development programme (UNDP), United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), World Bank (WB), European Commission (EC), International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), among others. He is director and lecturer of the Master degree “Master en Ingeniería y Gestión de las Energías Renovables” at IL3 (University of Barcelona). He is a member of ARE (Alliance for Rural Electrification), and also member of the Board of Secartys.

Rianne C. ten Veen

Research Interest: Faith and Environment, Poverty and Environment, Ecoaudit, Sustainable Development, Ethics, Human Rights, Sphere,

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Ms Rianne C. ten Veen LLM MA MSc PGDip PGCert is a humanitarian aidworker with research and environment specialisms. After a decade at an INGO, and several years at a consultancy, she has been a PhD researcher on globalisation and surveillance, now an independent disaster management consultant and focus on faith-inspired sustainable development. She focuses on disaster-related/ environment/ development projects. She was a Board Member at Groundwork W-Midlands and former Trustee at TreeAid. Finances permitting, she would love to spend more time on a PhD on Islam & Environment: comparing the humanitarian aid principle of 'do no harm' with the Islamic principle of 'la darar' (do no harm) with regards to sustainable development.
She is a member of the management team of Islamic Foundation for Ecology & Environment Sciences (IFEES), and co-founded 'Faith and Climate Change' (a Birmingham Friends of the Earth project; this project was a finalist in NESTA's Big Green Challenge and won The Guardian's Community Hero award and was the Environment lead on the Committee of the Birmingham Council of Faiths. In 2009, she self-published a 'save cash& planet' style book from Islamic perspective: '199 ways to please God, how to (re-)align your daily life with your duty of care to Creation' (ISBN: 978-1844266296) and set up Green Creation.

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Professor Claudia Wagner-Riddle

Research Interest: Agro-ecosystem sustainability, greenhouse gas emissions, climate-smart soils

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Claudia Wagner-Riddle is a Professor of Agrometeorology in the School of Environmental Sciences (SES), University of Guelph, Canada. Originally from Brazil, Claudia has degrees from the University of Sao Paulo and Guelph. Claudia leads an internationally-renowned research program utilizing the measurement of greenhouse gas emissions to determine the carbon footprint of food, feed, and fuel produced by agriculture. Claudia is on the Executive of the Soils At Guelph and leads a graduate training program on Climate-Smart Soils. She is a fellow of the Soil Science Society of America and of the American Meteorological Society, and Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. Claudia currently leads several projects focused on evaluating how soil health impacts ecosystem services, including a new $2 million infrastructure using large scale soil weighing lysimeter. Prof. Wagner-Riddle has published >120 papers and has an h-index of 36 (Google Scholar).

Dr. Claire Walsh

Research Interest: Flood Risk Assessment and Management, Green Infrastructure, Climate Impacts on Water Resources, Infrastructure

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Claire Walsh is a Lecturer in the Water Group in the School of Engineering at Newcastle University, UK. With over 18 years of experience her research focuses on long term change (including climate change) in both natural environments and engineered systems, in particular looking at impacts for drought, urban flooding, sustainable infrastructure and ecosystem services and how to determine holistic, cross-disciplinary solutions to such problems. Much of her work involves working closely with end-users to co-define research challenges and co-design research to ensure maximum uptake, dissemination and impact.

She currently co-leads the UK’s National Green Infrastructure Facility located at Newcastle University and is actively conducting research in Colombia, Ethiopia, India, Malaysia and Uganda. Claire also leads Newcastle University’s Global Challenge Network on Water Security.

Professor Xiaoming Wang

Research Interest: Climate Change and Environment

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Xiaoming Wang is a professor of Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resources in Chinese Academy of Science (CAS), adjunct professor with the School of Engineering in Monash University, and the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology in Swinburne University of Technology. He was a senior principle scientist of Climate Adaptation and Sustainable Development in Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia, and the theme leader of the Sustainable Cities and Coasts managing, one of the four research portfolios in the CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship. His current researches are involved in a wide range of climate change adaptation and sustainable development, with a special focus on cryosphere science. Xiaoming has extensive experiences working on climate impact and adaptation related projects of national significance in Australia, and was a contributing author to the Australasia chapter in the IPCC AR5 as well as reviewer for IPCC AR6 and Special Report on Oceans and Cryosphere, a leading/contributing author of 2nd Assessment Report of Climate Change and Cities (ARC3-2). He is also a contributing author to the book – Climate Change: Science and Solutions for Australia, a key CSIRO document for communication with government, industries and communities. He published about 300 papers and reports with collaborations in broad international and national research networks cross multi- and cross-disciplines, covering material science, mechanical and civil engineering, urban environment, green cities and planning, public health, risk assessment, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. Some of publications can be found in https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=Q0bITuYAAAAJ&hl=en. He has been also involved in Australian Aid Development Programs in East Asia, including Vietnam, Indonesia and Philippines as well as Brazil, on the aspect of climate change adaptation and natural disaster risk reduction. He was once appointed as a technical advisor to a commissioner in the Climate Change Commission of the Philippine Government, and resources persons with Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Dr. Pu Wang

Research Interest: Climate and Energy Policies, Sustainable Development Strategies

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Pu Wang is currently an associate professor at Institutes of Sciences and Development, Chinese Academy of Sciences. His research fields include climate and energy policies and sustainable development strategies. More specifically, his current research projects involve China’s carbon emissions trading program and co-benefits between greenhouse gas mitigation and environmental pollution reduction. Pu Wang received his Ph.D. degree from Cornell University in 2014, in the field of natural resources. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Belfer Center of Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in 2015-2017, where he conducted research on cap-and-trade systems for greenhouse-gas emissions in China and China-U.S. cooperation in climate-change policies.

Dr. Taoyuan Wei

Research Interest: Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Integrated Assessment, Economic Modelling and Analysis

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Dr. Taoyuan Wei is currently Senior Researcher at CICERO Center for International Climate Research. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Oslo, Norway in 2009, and he is interested in economic analysis on issues related to energy, environment and climate change. He has worked on national accounting at National Bureau of Statistics of China, studied on environmental and development economics at the University of Oslo. Dr. Wei has focused on economic modeling and analysis in several interdisciplinary research projects related to climate change issues at CICERO since 2009. He has also researched on rebound effects of energy efficiency improvement, one of the key measures commonly suggested for climate change mitigation. More about him is available at http://folk.uio.no/taoyuaw/

Stratton Adam William

Research Interest: Renewable Energy, Clean Energy Generation

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Adam W. Stratton is a certified renewable energy specialist, impassioned with clean energy generation. He holds a Masters degree in Renewable Energy Management and has over 15 years of experience serving in various capacities related to renewable energy management. He co-founded Sladamco Energy Incorporation and Tecasol S.L, where he acts also as a board member. Both companies provide innovative energy and water technologies to Africa, Spain and Portugal, as well as water technologies to various countries around the world. He currently holds the position of the Head of North America, Project Development and Offtake Origination, X-ELIO, United States. Prior to his present position, he had previously served as the Senior Corporate Director, Algonquin Power and Utilities Corporation spearheading solar, wind and energy storage greenfield development.

Professor Charles S. Wortmann

Research Interest: Sustainable Land Resource Management, Agronomy, Crop and Soil Management

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Professor Charles Wortmann has worked for over 20 years in Africa, as an independent consultant and 18 years at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) as a cropping system/soil management research and extension specialist (www.agronomy.unl.edu-Wortmann). While at UNL, he continued with collaborative work in >15 African countries including Nigeria. He has advised 53 graduate students, hosted numerous African visiting scientists, and initiated the ASA-Global Agronomy-Agronomy in Africa community. His 143 refereed journal publications include 78 from work in Africa, most with an African researcher as the lead author and aimed at improving more profitable production by smallholders. Other substantial works have included atlases of bean and sorghum production in Africa and fertilizer use decision tools for >70 AEZ. Extension activities in US and Africa have addressed various aspects soil management for improved soil water and nutrient availability for rainfed and irrigated productivity while improving land resources and profitability with environmental protection, including reduced CO2e emission. He addresses climate resiliency with proactive and reactive management practices. Recent extension publications address agronomic management to reduce N2O emission and leaching of nitrate to aquifers. Human and institutional capacity building have been an on-going career priority of work in Africa. In addition to advising students at UNL, he unofficially advised numerous graduate students enrolled in African universities who had good subsequent success in publication and career advancement. He is interested to mentor graduate students focused on crop or soil management for sustainable intensification with climate resiliency and enhancing the land resource base.

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Dr. Hisham Zerriffi

Research Interest: Energy Access, Energy and Development, Policy, Regulation, Energy Systems

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Hisham Zerriffi is an Associate Professor in Forest Resources Management at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He was previously an Assistant Professor and the Ivan Head South/North Research Chair in the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC. Dr. Zerriffi’s research is at the intersection of technology, energy and the environment, with a particular focus on rural areas of the developing world. Much of his research focuses on institutional factors impacting the diffusion of new technology, determinants and patterns of household energy choice and welfare implications of rural energy use. He is the author of one book and over two dozen articles and book chapters. He was a Lead Author for the Global Energy Assessment’s chapter on Energy for Development and a member of the World Health Organization’s Indoor Air Quality Guidelines Development Group. Prior to joining the UBC Faculty, Dr. Zerriffi was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development, Stanford University. Dr. Zerriffi holds a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in Engineering and Public Policy.