Presenters and panellists
Part 1: A-H
Attorney and Climate Liability Project Lead, Greenpeace USA
Naomi Ages’ work focuses on establishing legal, political, and financial accountability for climate change, aiming to protect and empower those who are most vulnerable to its impacts. Her work on international climate politics focuses on equity and mechanisms for finance adaptation. Prior to joining Greenpeace, she worked on asylum and gender rights issues. She received her AB from Harvard University, where she was a Harvard College Scholar, and her JD from the University of Southern California, where she was the recipient of the Carl Mason Franklin Prize for International Law. She has written about the development and enforcement of international environmental law.
Professor of Geosystem Science, Environmental Change Institute, School of Geography and the Environment and Department of Physics, University of Oxford, and Co-Director, Oxford Martin Net Zero Carbon Investment Initiative
Myles Allen’s research focuses on how human and natural influences on climate contribute to observed climate change and extreme weather events. He founded the climateprediction.net and weatherathome.org experiments, using volunteer computing for weather and climate research. In 2009, he co-authored two papers quantifying the cumulative impact of carbon dioxide emissions on global temperatures and has been working on the implications of reframing climate change as a carbon stock problem ever since. He has served on Working Group I of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for the Third, Fourth and Fifth Assessment Reports, and on the Core Writing Team of the Synthesis Report in 2014. He was awarded the Appleton Medal from the Institute of Physics in 2010.
Zuelclady Araujo Gutiérrez
Specialist on REDD+ Distribution of Benefits, Environment Ministry, Peru
Zuelclady Araujo Gutiérrez completed her undergraduate studies in biology at the Mexican National Autonomous University, where she focused on issues of natural resource management and climate change, working in different projects and specializing in climate change science in forestry. She went on to earn a master’s degree in economics and public policy at the Monterrey Technological Institute (ITESM), where she made a comprehensive proposal based on public policy and climate change. Then she earned her PhD in Public Policy developing a general equilibrium model to evaluate different public policies for phasing out fossil fuels. For her PhD proposal, she received the IPCC and Prince Albert of Monaco Foundation fellowship. She has worked in think tanks, academia, NGOs, government agencies and the United Nations.
Harro van Asselt
Senior Research Fellow, Stockholm Environment Institute, Oxford Centre, and Professor of Climate Law and Policy, University of Eastern Finland
Harro van Asselt co-leads the SEI Initiative on Fossil Fuels and Climate Change. His research focuses on various aspects of international and European climate change law and policy, including the review of implementation and compliance, the use of market-based mechanisms, climate-trade policy interactions, reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+), and non-state actors. Before joining SEI, he was a Marie Curie fellow at the Environmental Change Institute of the University of Oxford (2010–2011), and a researcher at the Institute for Environmental Studies at the VU University Amsterdam (2002–2010). He has published numerous book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed academic journals, and is author of The Fragmentation of Global Climate Governance (Edward Elgar, 2014), and co-editor of Climate Change Policy in the European Union (Cambridge University Press, 2010). He is Editor of the journal Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law (RECIEL), and Associate Editor of the Carbon & Climate Law Review (CCLR). He holds a PhD (cum laude) from the VU University Amsterdam.
Research Director, Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research – Oslo (CICERO)
Guri Bang is a political scientist specializing in comparative climate governance and international climate negotiations. Her research focuses on key actors in the negotiations, in particular the role of the United States, and the drivers of and barriers to change in U.S. domestic climate policy. She is a member of the Norwegian Labour Party’s Climate Change Panel, and was an observer in the Norwegian Delegation to the Cancún Climate Change Conference (COP16) in 2010 and to the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference (COP15) in 2009.
Extractive Industries Adviser, UK Department for International Development
Nicola Barnfather leads DFID work on climate, environment and community issues community issues related to extractive industries (gas, oil and mining) in DFID priority countries. Prior to this, she worked for 10 years with the UK’s Environment Agency, Europe’s biggest environmental regulator working on climate and environment issues to ensure adequate protection of people and the environment (air, land and water) from development, streamlining regulation to ensure it was fit for purpose, and leading national relationships with nature conservation agencies and industrial sectors.
Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation, Nigeria
Nnimmo Bassey is Director of the ecological think-tank, Health of Mother Earth Foundation and Coordinator of Oilwatch International. He was previously chair of Friends of the Earth International (2008–2012) and Executive Director of Nigeria’s Environmental Rights Action (1993–2013). He was a co-recipient of the 2010 Right Livelihood Award, and in 2012, he received the Rafto Human Rights Award. In 2014 he received Nigeria’s national honour as Member of the Federal Republic (MFR) in recognition of his environmental activism. He has authored books on the environment, architecture and poetry. His book To Cook a Continent – Destructive Extraction and the Climate Crisis in Africa (Pambazuka Press, 2012) has been translated into Portuguese and Finnish.
Associate Researcher, Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations
Chris Bataille has been involved in energy and climate policy analysis for 19 years as a researcher, modeller, analyst, writer, project manager, and executive. He is now Associate Researcher at IDDRI and lead editor of a special issue of Climate Policy on the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP), as well helping manage the DDPP and being a co-author of the Canadian chapter of the DDPP. He is an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, and board member and co-chair of Ecotrust Canada. From 2011 to 2014, he was a founding managing partner of Navius Research Inc., a Vancouver-based energy policy consulting firm. He has managed many projects, including several large national climate change and energy policy studies for Natural Resources Canada, the Canadian National Roundtable of the Environment and the Economy, Environment Canada, the Pembina Institute and the David Suzuki Foundation, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, and the Ontario Power Authority. He has published a number of peer-reviewed journal articles and public policy publications on energy and climate policy.
Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University
Keith Benes’ research is focused on national and international policy frameworks that will address climate change and facilitate the global transition to clean energy. Previously he served as an Attorney-Adviser in the U.S. Department of State. He provided strategic, analytical, and policy expertise on the negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, helped negotiate a variety conservation treaties, represented the U.S. in investor-state arbitrations, and advised on environmental elements in World Trade Organization disputes. He was previously in private law practice with Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells) and clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center (magna cum laude), and an LLM from the London School of Economics and Political Science (with merit).
Co-Chair, Oilsands Advisory Working Group, Alberta Government, and Adjunct Professor, Environmental Studies, York University
Tzeporah Berman has been designing environmental campaigns and working on environmental policy in Canada and beyond for over 20 years. She is an Adjunct Professor of York University Faculty of Environmental Studies and works as a strategic advisor to a number of First Nations, environmental organizations and philanthropic foundations on climate and energy issues. She was recently appointed as Co-Chair of the Alberta Government Oilsands Advisory Working Group. She is the former co-director of Greenpeace International’s Global Climate and Energy Program and Co-founder of ForestEthics. Last year she was appointed to the British Columbia Government Climate Leadership Team. Her work has contributed to the protection of over 40 million hectares of old-growth forests. She also helped to design Greenpeace International’s Arctic campaign, among several others. She is the author of This Crazy Time: Living Our Environmental Challenge (Knopf, 2011).
PhD Candidate, Ghent Institute for International Studies, Ghent University
Mathieu Blondeel earned his MSc in International Relations at Ghent University. He is currently conducting a four-year PhD research project focusing on the emergence and diffusion of carbon divestment movement and fossil fuel subsidies reform as “international norms”. The aim of the project is to both contribute to the existing body of theoretical knowledge on “international norms”, as well as to empirically lay bare the dynamic mechanisms underpinning the development and diffusion of the divestment and subsidy reform campaigns. Other research interests of his include global energy and climate governance, energy politics and policy, and the politics of climate change.
Research Associate, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House
Siân Bradley works across a number of resource security, resource governance and sustainable development projects. Prior to joining Chatham House, she worked as a political risk analyst, advising extractive sector clients and international organizations on governance and social risks, with an emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa. She has an MSc in international relations from the London School of Economics.
Research Assistant, DIW Berlin (German Institute for Economic Research)
Hanna Brauers joined DIW Berlin in 2014. A graduate of Technische Universität Berlin, she is an industrial engineer with a focus on energy and resource management. She has conducted research on natural gas and international climate negotiations, publishing articles most recently on the European gas market and transparency as a premise for effective climate politics. Her current research project analyses the possibility of a Europe-wide coal phase-out, with a special focus on Germany. She previously worked at BC3, the Basque Centre for Climate Change, in Spain.
Researcher and PhD Student, Energy Research Centre, University of Cape Town
Jesse Burton is a researcher and PhD student at the Energy Research Centre at the University of Cape Town, where she also teaches on energy and climate change policy. Her research interests are focused on the South African coal and electricity sectors. Some of her recent work has examined stranded assets and the political and economic dynamics of the electricity sector in South Africa.
Director, Sustainable Finance Programme, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford
Ben Caldecott leads the Sustainable Finance Programme at the Smith School, which incorporates and builds on the Stranded Assets Programme that he founded in 2012. He is concurrently an Adviser to The Prince of Wales’s Accounting for Sustainability Project, an Academic Visitor at the Bank of England, and a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. He specializes in environment, energy and sustainability issues and works at the intersection between finance, government, civil society and academia, having held senior roles in each domain. He has authored and edited a wide range of publications related to the environment, and has a number of board and advisory panel appointments. Prior to joining the Smith School, he was Head of Policy at investment bank Climate Change Capital, where he ran the company’s research centre and advised clients and funds.
Professor in Political Theory, University of Oxford, and Fellow and Tutor, Magdalen College
Simon Caney works on issues in contemporary political philosophy, and focuses in particular on issues of environmental, global and intergenerational justice. He also co-directs an Oxford Martin School programme on Human Rights for Future Generations. He is the author of Justice Beyond Borders (Oxford University Press, 2005), and has written extensively about ethics and equity. His recent work includes the report Climate Change and Mechanisms for Realizing Intergenerational Equity in the Multilateral Negotiating Process (2014), for the Mary Robinson Foundation: Climate Justice, and Climate Change, Equity and Stranded Fossil Fuel Assets (2015), for Oxfam USA.
Frank J. Convery
Chief Economist, Environmental Defense Fund
Frank Convery manages EDF's Office of Economic & Policy Analysis (OEPA), a team of 10 economists whose mission is to drive the use of credible price signals that protect the environment and conserve common property resources in ways that are efficient and fair, and to understand and promote the use of other policy instruments where markets and pricing are not technically or politically feasible. Throughout his career, he has advocated for the introduction of a price signal for the environment and has helped develop institutions and research programmes that would build evidence for and advance that goal. His work on price signals includes research, writing, engaging with the key power centres, and tracking performance and outcomes. He used his leadership in research networks, connections with the European Commission and European Parliament, influence on Ireland's position as a Member State, and his own research and writing to promote these ideas in Europe, with particular focus on the carbon tax (which failed) and emissions trading, which succeeded. In 2013, he was named European Fiscal Reformer of the Year.
Ragnhild Freng Dale
PhD Candidate, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge
Ragnhild Freng Dale is a PhD candidate in social anthropology at the Scott Polar Research Institute. Her research is concerned with relations between society and extractive industries in Sápmi and the Norwegian North, and her thesis explores conflict and consent around the petroleum resources in the Barents Sea. While a student at the University of Bergen, she cofounded a staff-student initiative to question the ethics of petroleum research, a case that was subsequently assessed by the National Committee on Research Ethics in Science and Technology. She remains a regular contributor to debates on fossil fuels and sponsorship in cultural as well as academic forums. She is currently affiliated with the Energethics project at the University of Bergen (Department of Social Anthropology) and the Àrran Lulesami Center’s research project on indigenous peoples and extractive industries in the Arctic.
Senior Energy Advisor and Director of the President’s Office, The Wilderness Society
Liese Dart has worked closely with TWS president Jamie Williams in a supporting role since March 2013. She joined The Wilderness Society in January 2011 as a Wildlife and Clean Energy Policy Advisor. Her work on energy policy includes transmission and energy siting and regulation on public lands, wildlife conflict issues, and advocacy around reform of the federal coal programme. Prior to joining TWS, she worked for a leading regional land conservation organization, the Piedmont Environmental Council, in Virginia, where she covered siting and policy issues regarding U.S. electricity infrastructure at the state and federal levels. She has an MSc in Environment and Resources and a graduate-level Certificate in Energy Analysis and Policy from the University of Wisconsin.
Senior Communications Officer, Stockholm Environment Institute
Marion Davis leads communications on climate issues at SEI. She works as an editor, writer and publicist, develops and implements communications strategies. Her major projects include leading communications for the SEI Initiative on Fossil Fuels and Climate and the Climate Finance Initiative, and collaborating with SEI partners in the New Climate Economy project. She has also co-authored publications on bioenergy, energy access, adaptation and agriculture. Since 2010, she has organized SEI’s presence at UN climate conferences, and run the @SEIclimate Twitter feed. Prior to joining SEI-US in January 2010, she worked for more than 15 years in journalism, covering economic and social issues.
Chief Economist, The Australia Institute
A prominent voice in Australian policy debates, Richard Denniss has worked for 20 years in academia, politics and think tanks. His PhD and much of his economic research has been focused on the use and abuse of economic modelling in policy debates. Having led the Australia Institute, Australia’s largest progressive think tank, for 10 years, he recently stepped down from the Executive Director role to take on the position of Chief Economist in order to spend more time writing about, and engaging in, policy debates. Richard has published extensively in academic journals, is a regular columnist with the Australian Financial Review, and has written four books, the most recent of which is Econobabble: How to Decode Political Spin and Economic Nonsense (Black Inc. Redback, 2016).
Senior Advisor, Global Subsidies Initiative, International Institute for Sustainable Development (Beijing)
Hongxia Duan received her PhD in natural resources from Ohio State University in the U.S. From 2006 to 2014, she was as an Associate Professor for the China Center for Energy Economics Research at Xiamen University, where she developed three courses on climate change with a focus on market-based emission reduction measures and on assessment of low carbon policies. She has also served as a consultant for the Policy Research Center for Environment and Economy (PRCEE), Ministry of Environmental Protection, China. Her research interests include low-carbon development, climate and energy policy, green growth, climate change resilience, and disaster and risk management.
Senior Fellow and Coordinator of the Climate Initiative, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi
Navroz Dubash’s research focuses on climate change policy and governance, the political economy of energy and water, the regulatory state in the developing, world and the role of civil society in global environmental governance. In 2015 he was conferred the 12th T.N. Khoshoo Memorial Award in recognition of the impact of his work on Indian climate change policy and the international discourse on global climate governance. He has been a Lead Author and synthesis report author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report, and has served on India’s Expert Committee on Low Carbon Strategies for Inclusive Growth and other national committees on water and energy policy. He is an associate editor of the journal Climate Policy. His recent edited books include A Handbook of Climate Change and India: Development, Policy and Governance (Routledge, 2011), and The Rise of the Regulatory State of the South. (Oxford University Press, 2013). He has a PhD in energy and resources from the University of California, Berkeley.
Leading Advisor, Corporate Sustainability Unit, Statoil
Arne Eik is Statoil’s main analyst on international climate policies and is also heavily involved in shaping Statoil’s position on climate policy measures around the world. He has been with Statoil since December 2011. Prior to joining Statoil, he worked for eight years as a manager and senior analyst at Point Carbon, where he was responsible for development of several tools and numerous analyses on carbon markets and policies. He holds a PhD in industrial ecology and an MSc in chemical engineering from the Norwegian University of Technology and Science (NTNU).
Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy and Director, Institute for Sustainable Resources, University College London, and Deputy Director, UK Energy Research Centre
Paul Ekins’ research focuses on the conditions and policies for achieving an environmentally sustainable economy. He is an authority on a number of areas of energy-environment-economy (E3) interaction and environmental policy, including sustainable development assessment methodologies; resource productivity; sustainable energy use; E3 modelling and scenarios; the adjustment of national accounts to take account of environmental impacts; environmental economic instruments and ecological tax reform; sustainable consumption; and environment and trade. He is the author of numerous papers, book chapters and articles in a wide range of journals, and has written or edited 12 books – most recently, Global Energy: Issues, Potentials and Policy Implications (Oxford University Press, 2015). He is a member of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) International Resource Panel, a Fellow of the Energy Institute, and a Senior Consultant to Cambridge Econometrics. From 1997 to 2005, he was a specialist adviser to the Environmental Audit Committee of the House of Commons; from 2003 to 2007, he was a Member of the Government’s Sustainable Energy Policy Advisory Board; and in 2007, he was a Specialist Adviser to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Climate Change Bill. He has a PhD in economics from the University of London.
Senior Scientist, Stockholm Environment Institute, U.S. Center
Peter Erickson’s research focuses on the emissions impacts of measures that restrict or otherwise deter production of fossil fuels. His work with SEI colleagues analysing the CO2 emissions impact of the Keystone XL pipeline was the only outside assessment cited by the U.S. State Department in its final Environmental Impact Statement of the pipeline. His writing and research (also with SEI colleagues) have appeared in Nature, Nature Climate Change, Environmental Research Letters, Energy Policy, Climate Policy and other journals and periodicals.
Director of Science and Policy, Union of Concerned Scientists
Peter Frumhoff is director of science and policy at UCS and chief scientist of the UCS climate campaign. A global change ecologist, he has published and lectured widely on topics including climate change impacts, climate science and policy, tropical forest conservation and management, and biological diversity. He was a Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment Report and the 2000 IPCC Special Report on Land Use, Land-Use Change, and Forestry, and served as chair of the 2007 Northeast Climate Impacts Assessment. He serves on the Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science at the U.S. Department of the Interior, the board of directors of the American Wind Wildlife Institute, the steering committee for the Center for Science and Democracy at UCS, and the Board of Editors of Sustainability Transitions. He is an associate of the Harvard University Center for the Environment. He has a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of California, Davis.
Founder, Energy Transition Advisors
Mark Fulton has 35 years’ experience in financial markets spanning three continents in London, New York and Sydney. As a recognized economist and market strategist at leading financial institutions including Citigroup, Salomon Bros and County NatWest, he has researched international economies, currencies, and fixed-income and equity markets. He has also held corporate strategy, finance and management roles. He was head of research at DB Climate Change Advisors at Deutsche Bank from 2007 to 2012, where he produced thought leadership papers for investors on climate, cleaner energy and sustainability topics and advised investment teams in asset management. From 2010 to 2012 he was Co-Chair of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative’s Climate Change Working Group, and in 2011 and 2012 was part of the technical committee of the UN Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy for All. He is an advisor to the Carbon Tracker Initiative, for which he has authored a number of papers on fossil fuel risks, and a Senior Fellow at CERES where he authored the Clean Trillion report. He is also Special Advisor to IGCC, and advisor to CDP, the Climate Bond Initiative, and the 2° Investing Initiative.
Senior Researcher, Global Subsidies Initiative, International Institute for Sustainable Development (Geneva)
Ivetta Gerasimchuk leads the producer subsidies activities of the Global Subsidies Initiative. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Arctic Institute. Her research and outreach projects have covered fossil fuel and biofuel subsidies reform in both producer and consumer dimensions. She has also worked on taxation of extractive industries, environmental fiscal reform, economics of climate change mitigation and adaptation, and sustainability of international investment flows with a focus on emerging market economies. Before joining IISD in 2012, she was senior advisor and head of the trade and investment programme for WWF-Russia and leading research fellow at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. She has a PhD in economics from the Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO).
PhD Candidate, London School of Economics and Political Science
Fergus Green is a climate policy consultant and a researcher at the LSE. He was previously a Policy Analyst and Research Advisor to Professor Nicholas Stern at the LSE’s Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, where his work focused on climate change mitigation policy. Before moving to London, he practiced as a lawyer in the Melbourne office of Allens for three and a half years, specialising in climate change, energy, water and environmental regulation. He is currently pursuing a PhD in the LSE Department of Government, focusing on transitional justice in major economic policy reforms. He is also an Associate of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne, and a consultant to the campaign for an international moratorium on new coal mines.
Energy Data Analyst, CDP
Paul Griffin works on the CDP data team, estimating corporate greenhouse gas emissions using bottom-up energy analysis and statistical methods. He also authors guidelines for company emissions calculation and disclosure. Previously, as a postgraduate researcher on the Sustainable Energy Research Team at the University of Bath, he investigated the long-term (to 2050) potential for reduction in energy demand and CO2 emissions via radical process redesign and material substitution opportunities in energy-intensive industries in the UK. He also conducted research for the UK Energy Research Centre and consulted for clients.
Strategic Marketing Director, GE Oil & Gas
Alasdair Hamblin has been Strategic Marketing Director of GE Oil & Gas since 2011. He is responsible for leading the definition and implementation of strategy for GE’s roughly 15 billion USD business providing high-technology equipment and services to the global energy industry. He is based in London. Prior to joining GE, he was an Associate Partner with McKinsey & Company, advising energy, natural resources and engineering clients on growth strategy and organization. He started his business career with Accenture, focused on IT systems engineering and technology projects for energy and utilities clients. He has an MBA from INSEAD and an MA from Oxford University.
Director and Co-Founder, Climate Accountability Institute
Richard Heede is the author of several studies that trace emissions of carbon dioxide and methane to the crude oil, natural gas, and coal produced and marketed by the 70 largest multinational and state-owned fossil fuel companies since as early as 1854 to 2013. Subsequent work estimates potential emissions from the production of reserves declared by these major carbon producers and the companies’ climate responsibilities. He is currently engaged in applying science-based targets and developing performance measurement protocols for oil and companies. In 2011, he co-founded the Colorado-based Climate Accountability Institute, which engages in collaborative research projects with CDP on oil and gas industry inventory guidance (particularly with Scope 3 emissions from sold products), and on corporate accountability, climate science, and law with several NGOs. He previously founded Climate Mitigation Services and consulted for municipal governments and companies. He also worked at the Rocky Mountain Institute for 18 years, focusing on energy subsidies, energy policy, and energy efficiency in residential and commercial buildings.
Program Director, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre
Eniko Horvath is the Centre’s Western Europe Regional Researcher and Representative, and has carried out research missions to Switzerland, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile, Florida, the U.S. and Serbia. Her programmatic work focuses on climate justice, the UN Guiding Principles, and the UN Working Group. She has experience working on human rights in Argentina (Asociación Civil por la Responsabilidad Social AMARTYA), Hungary (International Centre for Democratic Transition), Spain (Club De Madrid) and the UK (Cluster Munition Coalition and Consortium for Street Children). For her MPhil dissertation at the University of Cambridge, she undertook fieldwork in Argentina on exploitation of Bolivian migrant workers in the clothing industry.
Banner photo credit: Max Phillips, Beyond Coal & Gas Photo Library 2011, open-cut coal mine, Hunter Valley