Prof. Evelia Rivera-Arriaga

Research Interests: 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.

Prof. Hayley Fowler

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

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Hayley Fowler is Professor of Climate Change Impacts in the School of Engineering at Newcastle University. A hydroclimatologist with over 15 years of experience, she has analysed the impacts of climate change and variability on hydrological systems, publishing more than 90 ISI-cited articles since 2000. She is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Fellow. She is a Contributing Author to two chapters of the forthcoming IPCC 6th Assessment Report, and an author of the next UK Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA3). She is also chair of the Global Energy and Water EXchanges (GEWEX) Hydroclimatology Panel (GHP) sub-daily precipitation cross-cut and Chief Editor of the international journal “Frontiers in Interdisciplinary Climate Studies”. Her internationally-renowned research examines recent trends in precipitation extremes and future projections and their impacts on flood and drought risk with over £10M of funding. She has also been instrumental in developing new downscaling techniques to bridge the gap between modellers and users of climate information (e.g. UKCP09 Weather Generator) and developing new guidance for urban drainage design. Her research also focuses on climate change impacts on the Himalaya region. She collaborates widely, particularly with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (USA) and the University of New South Wales (Australia) where she has held Visiting Professorial Positions.

Dr. Ioannis L. Tsipouridis

Research Interests: 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.

Dr. William Blyth

Research Interests: 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. Kirsten Davies

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

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Dr Kirsten Davies is an academic at Macquarie University’s Law School (Sydney Australia). She has extensive education, policy, governance, management, marketing and board experience. In her career she has held senior management, directorship and chair roles. As CEO of a consultancy business, and through roles with corporate, government and university sectors, Kirsten has worked with expert teams in a diverse range of international and Australian projects and partnerships. Her depth of experience includes leading cultural institutions and community access programs in rural and urban localities.

A committed educationalist and researcher, Dr Davies is widely published and has authored and presented papers at many conferences. At the centre of her work is the engagement of communities. She 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. Kirsten has recently developed an online course on community engagement.

Kirsten holds a Master’s Degree (USyd) ,PhD (USyd) in Sustainable Management and is currently undertaking a second PhD in Law (MQU) . 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 an Expert Adviser and Lead Author to the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) in 2014 (onwards). This role continues to expand her international networks and activities. Kirsten is a member of the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and one of the drafting authors of the recent Declaration on Human Rights and Climate Change.

Dr. Alexandre Strapasson

Research Interests: 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.

Francois Le Scornet

Research Interests: 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. Debora Ley

Research Interests: 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.

Abdelkader Allali

Areas of Interest: 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).

Dr. Greg Bodeker

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

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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.

Paula Holland

Research Interests: 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. Taoyuan Wei

Research Interests: 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

Rianne C. ten Veen

Areas of Expertise: Faith and Environment, Poverty and Environment, Ecoaudit, Sustainable Development, Ethics, Human Rights, Sphere, INEE

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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.

Dr. Hannah Hughes

Research Interests: Global Environmental Politics, Climate Change, Biodiversity Loss, Knowledge and Power, Indigenous Knowledge, International Political Sociology and Critical Research Methods

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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

Dr Ir. Gerald Augusto Corzo Perez

Research Interests: Integrated water resources management, mathematical and statistical modelling for Hydroinformatics and climate change analysis

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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

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. Misato Sato

Research Interests: 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.

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.

Dr. Rusyan Jill Mamiit

Research Interests: Climate change adaptation and risk assessment, Ecosystem services valuation, Water-food-energy nexus

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Rusyan Jill Mamiit holds a Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environmental Management from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is a sustainable development professional with training and broad experience in conducting socioeconomic, statistical, policy, and data analyses as well as capacity building and training activities related to climate change adaptation, ecosystem services, food security, agricultural entrepreneurship, renewable energy, and water resources management among others. Over the last 15 years, she has planned, organized, coordinated, and managed projects and capacity development activities at various scales in more than ten countries in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, North America, and the Pacific. Her ability to lead change in complex environments, to work in multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary settings, as well as her communication and teamwork skills characterize much of her work.

Currently, she is the external technical lead of the United Arab Emirates’ National Climate Change Adaptation Program. In this capacity, she developed the UAE’s national climate change risk assessment framework considering the local socioeconomic, political, and technical contexts. She assessed the climate risks for the UAE’s health, energy, infrastructure, and environment sectors using the framework that is expert-guided, evidence-based, and participatory. With her technical and analytical skills, she helped the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment develop and publish a series of flagship reports on climate change adaptation not only in the UAE but in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region.

Prior to her current post, she also served as an Environmental Affairs Officer at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). At the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Centre for Biodiversity, she focused on the areas of climate change, ecosystem services, and risk assessment in her role as a Research and Policy Specialist. At the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), she had the opportunity to investigate both natural and human-induced disasters such as the tsunami and the regional haze pollution.

In almost two decades of hands-on experience in delivering strategic research, analysis, and capacity building initiatives in the areas of biodiversity, climate change, and related socioeconomic issues, among others, she has built a strong connection to networks of researchers, policymakers, professionals, and civil society organizations in Southeast Asia, the Pacific, West Asia, North America, and even Europe and Africa. She plans to continue her work on climate change and include cutting-edge issues related to socially-inclusive economic growth, ecological resilience, disaster risk reduction, and food security. Her other continuing interests include the greening of policies at various scales of governance and findings ways to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

In parallel to her professional activities, she continues to enhance her skills in the area of climate change adaptation. She recently completed her Certificate in Climate Adaptation Finance from the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management. As a member of various professional organizations, she continues her outreach work by giving pro bono lectures on climate change and sustainable development to local universities.

Prof. Falendra Kumar Sudan

Research Interests: Environmental, Energy & Climate Change Economics, Water Governance and Institutions, Energy Poverty, Cleaner Energy Technologies

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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.

Dr. Joachim Bonkoungou

Research Interests: Climate change adaptation and attenuation, vulnerability of farmers to climate change, green growth

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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 ( He is a fellowship from African Climate Leadership Program ( 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.