Presenters and panellists
Part 2: I-Z
Professor, School of Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University
Mark Jaccard has been a professor at Simon Fraser University since 1986, interrupted only in 1992–1997 to serve as Chair and CEO of the British Columbia Utilities Commission. He has a PhD in energy economics from the University of Grenoble. He contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in the 1990s. He served for a decade on the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development, including as co-chair of the 2009 task force on coal, which reported directly to the Chinese premier. In 2007–2012, he was lead author for sustainable energy policy with the Global Energy Assessment. He was named a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2009, largely for his career research into the design and application of energy-economy models to assess the effectiveness and cost of sustainable energy policies. He has advised energy and environment policy-makers around the world.
Director, Centre for Climate Economics and Policy, Associate Professor and Deputy Director, Crawford School of Public Policy, and Public Policy Fellow, Australian National University
Frank Jotzo’s research focuses on policy-relevant aspects of climate change, energy, and broader issues of environment, development and economic reform. He is a frequent contributor to Australian and international policy debates. He was a Lead Author of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report, and is an associate editor of the journals Climate Policy and Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics. He has been involved in a number of policy research and advisory exercises, including as senior advisor to Australia’s Garnaut Climate Change Review and as advisor to Indonesia’s Minister of Finance and the World Bank. He currently leads a collaborative research programme on market mechanisms for China’s climate and energy policy.
Senior Scientist, Stockholm Environment Institute, U.S. Center
Sivan Kartha’s research and publications for the past 20 years have focused on technological options and policy strategies for addressing climate change, concentrating most recently on equity and efficiency in the design of an international climate regime. His current work deals primarily with the economic, political and ethical dimensions of equitably sharing the effort of an ambitious global response to climate change. This work examines the climate crisis in the context of the equally urgent development crisis confronting the world’s poor majority. He has advised and collaborated with diverse organizations, including the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), various United Nations and World Bank programmes, numerous government policy-making bodies and agencies, foundations, and civil society organizations throughout the developing and industrialized world. He served as a Coordinating Lead Author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report, co-leading the chapter on equity and sustainable development.
Founder, Earth Track
Doug Koplow founded Earth Track in 1999 to more effectively integrate information on energy subsidies. For the past two decades, he has written extensively on natural resource subsidies for organizations such as the Global Subsidies Initiative, the National Commission on Energy Policy, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the United Nations Environment Programme, Greenpeace, the Alliance to Save Energy, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He has analysed scores of government programmes and made important developments in subsidy valuation techniques. His work outside of the subsidy area has included water conservation, wastewater treatment, hazardous waste tracking, recycling, and brownfields redevelopment.
Research Assistant, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford
Lucas Kruitwagen works on the Sustainable Finance Programme at the Smith School. He researches engagement on and disclosure of environment-related risks between companies and investors. He is also a Visiting Researcher at Imperial College London, where he researches organizational decision-making under conditions of risk and uncertainty. He holds an MSc (with distinction) in Sustainable Energy Futures from Imperial College London, and a BEng from McGill University, Montreal, where he was a Loran Scholar.
Researcher, Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research – Oslo (CICERO)
Bård Lahn is interested in the relationship between international climate politics, national climate policy, and scientific expertise. With a background in sociology and science and technology studies, he focuses on the tension between scientific expertise and democratic decision-making. His research interests include the UN climate change negotiations, equity in climate politics, forests and REDD+, and Norwegian climate policy. He has a long track record as a practitioner in Norwegian and international climate politics, and has followed the UNFCCC negotiations for more than 10 years on behalf of a number of Norwegian environmental NGOs.
Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House
Since joining Chatham House in 2004, Glada Lahn has worked on a range of international resource projects and established the Fossil Fuels Expert Roundtable series in 2008. Her research areas have included petroleum sector governance, Asian foreign resource investment, access to energy in developing countries, sustainable transitions in oil and gas-exporting economies, and transboundary water relations in the Middle East and Asia. She has managed several major projects involving facilitated international workshops on natural resource issues. Since 2009, she has worked on issues of domestic energy and water management and pricing and climate policy with partners in the Arab Gulf countries and is currently leading an international initiative called Valuing Vital Resources on the costs and price linkages between energy, water and food. From 2002 to 2004, she was senior research fellow at the Gulf Centre for Strategic Studies and has since worked for a number of organizations as a freelance consultant. She has an MA in Near and Middle Eastern studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.
Senior Scientist, U.S. Center Director, and Co-Leader of SEI Initiative on Fossil Fuels and Climate Change
For over 25 years, Michael Lazarus has worked at the intersection of energy and climate policy. He advises, publishes, and presents widely on climate policy, carbon markets and energy planning. He has worked in over 30 countries, with support from government agencies, development banks, foundations, utilities and non-profit groups. Among other duties, he has served as advisor to the Partnership for Market Readiness and the Western Climate Initiative, as member of the Methodology Panel of the Clean Development Mechanism, and on numerous non-profits boards. He is adjunct faculty at the Evans School of Public Administration at University of Washington, where he teaches energy and climate policy. He holds an MSc in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley.
Research Fellow, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex
Jenny Lieu has a diverse research interest in energy and climate policy and innovation. Some of the areas she has worked in include: policy and stakeholder interactions in energy and European climate changes policies; innovative new urbanist developments in Calgary, Canada; policy earning and transfer in the development of China’s renewable energy policy; and understanding the rise and fall of nuclear power innovative technologies in UK and France. She is currently the scientific coordinator for TRANSrisk, a Horizon 2020 project that is evaluating risks and uncertainties of low-carbon transition pathways at national, regional and global levels. In addition to her research activities, she has provided consultancy services, producing strategic recommendations for energy and environmental infrastructure firms and conducting policy analysis for international institutions.
Chairman and Founder, Cross-Border Information
Jon Marks is a political scientist with a deep knowledge of the politics and economies of Africa and the Middle East, based on more than 30 years of travel, study and curiosity about the post-colonial world. In addition to his internationally recognized work in policy and corporate circles as an expert analyst on North Africa, he takes a lead role in CbI’s business development and strategy. The founding editor of African Energy, which he set up in 1998 under the banner of the Financial Times' former FT Energy subsidiary, he is author of several books and academic papers on North African history, politics and security, as well as on various aspects of finance and business – notably on issues associated with national energy industries and approaches towards debt. He carried out doctoral research on Algeria’s Mozabite community at University of London’s School of Oriental & African Studies, which included fieldwork in Algeria. He is also an Associate Fellow of the Chatham House Middle East North Africa Programme.
Research Fellow, African Centre for Technology Studies
Kennedy Mbeva conducts research at ACTS under the Climate Resilient Economies and Responsible Natural Resource Economies programmes. His research interests focus on exploring different pathways through which African countries can transform to low-carbon, climate-resilient economies; enhance their engagement and effectiveness in multilateral environmental governance forums; and achieve equitable and sustainable governance of natural resources, especially the extractives industry. His research also explores the trade and environment nexus. He is keen on linking his research to policy practice. He has an Msc in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development (Distinction) from the UNEP-Tongji Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development, Shanghai, China. He is also a 2014 recipient of the prestigious Green Talent International Award for High Potentials in Sustainable Development.
Oil and Gas Analyst, World Energy Outlook, International Energy Agency
Christophe McGlade is an oil and gas analyst in the Directorate of Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks of the International Energy Agency. Christophe leads the oil modelling and analysis within the World Energy Outlook series – the Agency’s authoritative analysis of long-term global energy trends and challenges. He completed a PhD in energy and resources at the University College London Energy Institute in 2013, which aimed to characterize quantitatively the uncertainties that have most influence on long-term projections of oil and gas production. He subsequently joined the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, where he was lead researcher for the Resources and Vectors theme of the UK Energy Research Centre. In 2015, he published an article in the journal Nature on the geography of unburnable fossil fuels when limiting global warming to 2°C. He is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at UCL.
Research Associate, German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)
Roman Mendelevitch joined the Workgroup for Economic and Infrastructure Policy at Technische Universität Berlin, and the Department of Energy, Transport, Environment at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), in 2013. He is a doctoral student in the DIW Graduate Center. He has a broad expertise in applying methods of Operations Research to energy, environmental and transportation-related topics. His research focuses on the international steam coal market and on carbon capture, transport and storage technology. He is also interested in climate policy and electricity markets.
Senior Researcher, Global Subsidies Initiative, International Institute for Sustainable Development (Geneva)
Laura Merrill works on the social and environmental impacts of fossil-fuel subsidies and their reform. She is the Senior Researcher and Operations Manager for the Global Subsidies Initiative of IISD. She is a policy adviser and economist with expertise in climate change, energy, and modelling. Based in East Africa for six years, she worked for Oxfam as a regional coordinator on fair trade and economic justice. Laura has worked as a business development advisor for the IUCN, a consultant for OXERA and as a freelance consultant for businesses and charities in Africa. She holds an MBA from the Université de Genève and an MProf in Sustainable Development. In 2015, she published the books Tackling Fossil Fuel Subsidies and Climate Change: Levelling the Energy Playing Field (TEMANORD), and The Greatest Invention: Tax and the Campaign for a Just Society (Tax Justice Network, Commonwealth Publishing).
Climate Accountability Campaign Manager, Union of Concerned Scientists
Kathy Mulvey is the accountability campaign manager and advocate for the Climate & Energy team at UCS. In her role, she leads strategic development of UCS’s climate corporate accountability campaign, guides engagement with corporate targets, builds national and international coalitions, and mobilizes experts and supporters. She has designed and led various corporate accountability initiatives, programs, and campaigns since 1989. Prior to joining UCS, she was the executive director of the EIRIS Conflict Risk Network of institutional investors. She worked with public pension funds, university endowments and other stakeholders calling on companies to support peace and stability in areas affected by genocide and mass atrocities. Before that, she worked with Corporate Accountability International for two decades, serving as both executive director and international policy director.
María Rosa Murmis
Associated Researcher and Professor, Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar, Quito, Ecuador
María Rosa Murmis works with Carlos Larrea on options to keep fossil fuels in the ground in areas of global conservation value, exploring the potential of supply-side policies. She is associate researcher at the Social and Global Studies Dept. of UASB and visiting professor at the master’s programme on Climate Change, Sustainability and Development. In Argentina, she works for the Ministry of Agro-Industry and is currently assigned to the Directorate of Bioenergy, where she works on international cooperation projects and is also part of the working group for the preparation of the bio-economy policy to be led by the Ministry. For many years she worked as consultant specialized in environmental and social assessment and planning for development projects financed by international cooperation, mostly in the agricultural and infrastructure sectors, with early experience in the mining sector. She has an MSc in energy and resources and a BA in economics.
Senior Advisor, Oil Change International
Greg Muttitt has worked on fossil fuels and climate change since 1997. He joined Oil Change International as Senior Campaign Adviser in October 2014, and works on Canadian tar sands and energy futures/transition. Prior to that, he was climate team leader at Greenpeace International, and climate campaign manager at Greenpeace India. In 2006–2007, together with Iraqi colleagues, he led the successful campaign to stop an oil privatization law in Iraq – a Bush administration priority. His book Fuel on the Fire – Oil and Politics in Occupied Iraq was published by Random House in 2011 and The New Press in 2012. He previously held leadership roles at War on Want, Platform, and Corporate Watch.
Economic Adviser, Oceans and Natural Resources Advisory Division, Commonwealth Secretariat
Ekpen Omonbude is an economic adviser on natural resources at the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Oceans and Natural Resources Advisory Division. In this capacity, he has advised numerous Commonwealth member governments on matters pertaining to petroleum and mineral resources policy, fiscal system design and benchmarking, mineral, petroleum and energy sector regulation, as well as mineral and petroleum contracts.
Director of Climate Change Strategy, HSBC Bank plc
Ashim Paun joined HSBC in 2014 as a Director for the bank’s Climate Change Strategy, based in London. He analyses climate policy and energy data for HSBC to understand impacts across the energy system, and publishes research for his asset manager client base. His work touches upon divestment, stranded assets, international climate policy, carbon budgeting, energy system transition, and disruptive energy technologies, among other topics. He was previously the lead analyst on environmental catalysts for an asset manager. Earlier financial services roles include working for a corporate governance consultancy and trading merger arbitrage opportunities for a U.S. hedge fund. He started his career as a research assistant for the UK Parliament, and later worked for a conservation-focused NGO.
Katya Pérez Guzmán
Postdoctoral Fellow, Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), Mexico
After earning her BA at Occidental College in the United States, specializing in Latin American Studies, Katya Pérez Guzmán worked for six years at CEMDA, an environmental law nongovernmental organization in Mexico, where she became passionate about public policy and environmental advocacy on climate change mitigation. She further pursued her studies to specialize in public policy research instruments, especially through modelling, with an MSc from the Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México’s Complex Systems and Non-Linear Dynamics programme, and later a PhD at FLACSO. Her dissertation argued for a specific typology of highly carbon-intensive countries that produce and export oil, mainly through a case study of Mexico during the country´s 1970s oil boom and the decades that followed. She is currently interested in applying input-output and network analyses to the Mexican economy to quantify the centrality of oil.
Senior Research Associate, Energy Institute, University College London
Steve Pye’s research interests revolve around using energy-economic models to explore transition pathways under stringent climate targets, both at the UK and European scales. He has a keen interest in exploring the uncertainty of such pathways, particularly in relation to demand-side and behavioural assumptions used in models. His other area of research interest is in how models and other analytical approaches can be used to explore sustainable growth/development pathways in Least Developed Countries.
Thina Margrethe Saltvedt
Chief Analyst, Macro/Oil, Nordea Markets, Nordea Bank ASA
Thina Saltvedt is a chief analyst with Global Research at Nordea Markets. She is a member of the Research Council of Norway’s programme board for the Social Science Petroleum Research programme (PETROSAM 2) and a member of the Minister of Climate and Environment’s Climate Council. She has also worked in the Operational Risk unit at Nordea Markets. Previously, she held a position with Norges Bank, in the Financial Stability area. She has a PhD in economics and an MSc in International Business from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, UK.
Policy Analyst, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Jehan Sauvage works in the Trade and Agriculture Directorate of the OECD, where he specializes in questions at the interface of trade, energy, and environmental policies. In this capacity, he has conducted a number of studies on topics such as electricity markets, trade in environmental services, and the trade impacts of environmental regulations. He is also a lead author of the OECD’s Inventory of Support Measures for Fossil Fuels, and an internationally recognized expert on fossil fuel subsidies. His previous work has focused on international services trade, including the estimation of trade costs and the preferential content of services trade agreements.
Professor of Energy Economics, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Roberto Schaeffer teaches and conducts research in the Energy Planning Program of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He holds a PhD in Energy Management and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania. He has supervised more than 120 master’s theses and PhD dissertations and published more than 300 scientific papers in the fields of energy and climate change. His main area of competence is in integrated assessment of climate change and coupled energy-economy climate modelling. In July 2014, he was appointed to a four-year term on the Science Advisory Council (SAC) of the Stockholm Environment Institute. He also serves on the Science Advisory Committee (SAC) of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, and is a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Integrated Assessment Modelling Consortium. He has contributed to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports and assessments since 1998, including as a Coordinating Lead Author of the chapter on transport in the Working Group III contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report. He is also associate editor of Energy: The International Journal.
Director, Just Transition Centre
Samantha Smith is a lawyer, activist and the Director of the newly established Just Transition Centre, an initiative of the International Trade Union Confederation and partners. She has been involved in climate issues for more than two decades, observing climate impacts firsthand when she worked as the Director of WWF’s Arctic Program. She later moved to Statoil New Energy, where she led a unit developing CO2 projects and worked as a Commercial Manager on wind energy. Most recently she was the Leader of WWF’s Global Climate and Energy Initiative. She began her career in corporate litigation, specializing in finance and environment cases. She has served on a number of expert and advisory groups and has degrees in history and law from the University of California, Berkeley.
Head of Working Group, Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change
Jan Steckel heads the working group Climate and Development at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change. Previously, he worked at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research from 2007 to 2013, obtaining a PhD in economics in 2012. Since 2012 he has also been affiliated with theTechnical University Berlin's Chair on the Economics of Climate Change. His research focuses on climate change mitigation in developing countries. He has authored multiple academic publications in this field.
Director, Oil for Development programme, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad)
Petter Stigset has been with Norad since 2009, subsequent to two years as International Programme Director with Save the Children Norway. He worked for 30 years in the oil and gas industry, initially as process engineer and project director on large offshore projects in Norway, later in senior management positions in the U.S. and Germany. He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST).
PhD Candidate, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford
Claire Stockwell’s research focuses on causation in Australian climate change litigation. As part of her doctoral research, she has been a visiting researcher at the Australian National University’s Centre for Climate Law and Policy as well as a visiting research fellow at Harvard University’s Science, Technology & Society Program. She has extensive experience working on international climate policy and attended the UNFCCC negotiations as an observer for UN and civil society delegations for over a decade. She holds a BSc and a LLB/BCL from McGill University in Canada and an International Master in Environmental Policy from Roskilde University in Denmark.
Research Associate, Stockholm Environment Institute, Stockholm Centre
Claudia Strambo joined SEI in December 2013 as a Research Associate within the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate project. Since then, she has worked on a diverse set of research projects, including on fossil fuels extraction and climate mitigation, resilience in the Arctic, coherence of energy security and climate mitigation policies in the European Union, and geopolitics in the context of global environmental change. Her research interests include the politics of energy transition and extractive industries, and environmental security. Before joining SEI, she worked for the Mexican Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources as a Junior Consultant in Climate Change. She has a Master in Environmental Policy from the Paris Institute of Political Studies and a Master in International Relations from Peking University.
Fernando Tudela Abad
Professor and Climate Change Advisor, Centro del Cambio Global y la Sustentabilidad en el Sureste
Fernando Tudela has been a professor at the Center for Global Change and Southeast Sustainability in Tabasco, Mexico, since 2013. He has held diverse positions over his career, including multiple research and teaching appointments in Mexico and in the UK. He served as Academic Director of the Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) Programme at the Rockefeller Foundation, and as an officer of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme. From 1996 to 2000, he was chief of staff for Mexico’s Secretariat for the Environment, Natural Resources and Fisheries (SEMARNAP), and served as climate negotiator for Mexico. He was also Undersecretary for Planning and Environmental Policy at SEMARNAP from 2003 to 2012, responsible for climate policies and programmes. He has chaired the Climate Change Expert Group at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and as vice-chair of the board of the Center for Clean Air Policy, in Washington, DC. He has a doctorate in architecture from the University of Seville.
Doctoral Student, Uppsala University
Henrik Wachtmeister is a doctoral student in natural resources and sustainable development in the Department of Earth Sciences at Uppsala University. His PhD project is titled Global oil supply outlooks: Modelling conventional and unconventional oil production using bottom-up models integrating physical and economic parameters, and is funded by the Swedish Research Council.
Coordinator, Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP), Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations
Henri Waisman has coordinated the DDPP within the Climate Program at IDDRI since December 2013. The project, launched under the auspices of the UN-Secretariat General, includes 31 institutions and research centres from 12 countries/regions playing a key role in the issue of climate change. It is organized around a modelling exercise conducted by teams in each country, preparing ambitious national decarbonization trajectories in order to assess potential barriers and policy levers. In close relationship with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Waisman works on the structure, follow-up and completion of the project in view of the Heads of State Climate Summit convened by UN Secretary General in September 2014 in New York and of the Paris Conference of the Parties in December 2015. He has a PhD in economics of the environment from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales.
Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute
Shelagh Whitley’s research is focused on private climate finance and the role of subsidies in shaping private investment. Prior to joining ODI she worked in the carbon markets, on clean energy finance, and climate policy development within the public and private sectors. From 2006 to 2011, she worked for Camco, a carbon project developer, working across a range of low carbon technologies in regions including Asia, Africa, and North and South America. She was the Chair of the Carbon Markets and Investors Association (CMIA) Voluntary Market stream, and Vice-Chair of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Gold Standard. From 2004 to 2006, she was a Project Manager with The Climate Group, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing business and government leadership on climate change. She has a master's degree in International Environmental Policy and Finance from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Director, Energy Research Centre, University of Cape Town
Harald Winkler’s research interests focus on energy and environment, in particular climate change and the economics of mitigation in the context of sustainable development. His research has informed energy and climate policy at the national level and multi-lateral negotiations. He has written on topics including transparency, equity and comparative analysis of mitigation actions in developing countries. He has published two books and one edited book, over 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals, as well as several chapters in peer-reviewed books. He has been a Lead Author in Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He has been a member of the South African delegation to the UN climate negotiations, served on the Methodologies Panel to the Clean Development Mechanism Executive Board, and participated in advisory bodies to local and provincial government.
Chair, Steering Group, Climactio (Climate-KIC)
Bettina Wittneben’s research interest is in institutional change in climate and energy policy. Since obtaining her PhD in Management Studies from the University of Cambridge, she has been conducting research and teaching in Germany, the Netherlands and in Oxford. She publishes both in academic journals, such as the Academy of Management Journal, as well as in practitioner journals, such as Energy Policy. She has advised the United Nations, European governments and industry. She also holds an MBA from the University of Alberta, Canada, and a Master in Technology Management from the École Supérieure de Commerce, Grenoble, France.
Banner photo credit: Max Phillips, Beyond Coal & Gas Photo Library 2011, open-cut coal mine, Hunter Valley