Ban Ki-moon, Co-Chair
Mr. Ban Ki-moon is the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations. His priorities have been to mobilize world leaders around a set of new global challenges, from climate change, sustainable energy and economic upheaval to pandemics and increasing pressures involving food, energy and water. He has sought to be a bridge-builder, to create new partnerships among all stakeholders, to give voice to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, and to strengthen the Organization itself. A national of the Republic of Korea, Mr. Ban took office on January 1st, 2007. On June 21st, 2011, he was unanimously re-elected by the General Assembly and will continue to serve until December 31st, 2016. Highlights of his tenure include promoting sustainable development, including sustainable energy for all, combatting climate change, empowering women, supporting countries facing crisis or instability, and generating new momentum on disarmament, arms control, and non-proliferation.
Jim Yong Kim, Co-Chair
Dr. Jim Yong Kim, M.D., Ph.D. is the 12th president of the World Bank Group. Soon after he assumed his position in July 2012, the organization established goals to end extreme poverty by 2030 and to boost shared prosperity for the poorest 40 percent of the population in developing countries. Kim’s career has revolved around health, education, and delivering services to the poor. Before joining the World Bank Group, Kim, a physician and anthropologist, served as the president of Dartmouth College and held professorships at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. From 2003 to 2005, as director of the World Health Organization’s HIV/AIDS department, he led the “3 by 5” initiative, the first-ever global goal for AIDS treatment, which greatly helped to expand AIDS treatment in developing countries. In 1987, Kim co-founded Partners In Health, a non-profit medical organization that now works in poor communities on four continents. Dr. Kim graduated with an A.B. magna cum laude from Brown University in 1982. He earned an M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1991 and a Ph.D. in anthropology from Harvard University in 1993.
HRH Prince Abdulaziz Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud
His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud is the Assistant Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources for Petroleum Affairs. His Royal Highness assumed his current position in 2005 after having served in a variety of senior position within the ministry. Prior to joining public service, he served as manager of the Economic and Industrial Research Division of the Research Institute at King Fahd University of Petroleum Minerals. In addition to his present duties, his Royal Highness also serves as Chair of the Designated National Authority for the Clean Development Mechanism. He holds an MBA and B.S. in Industrial Management from King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals.
Gyan Chandra Acharya
Mr. Gyan Chandra Acharya is United Nations Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS). The office of UN-OHRLLS assists the most vulnerable countries in the world, reaching more than 880 million people in 92 countries. Mr. Acharya brings to the position almost 30 years of experience in diplomatic service, including positions as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Nepal to the United Nations in New York, Foreign Secretary with the Government of Nepal (2007-2009), and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and the World Trade Organization in Geneva (2003-2007). Over the last several years he has been consistently highlighting, advocating for and projecting the interests and concerns of the least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States. He holds a Master’s of Economics.
Dr. Akinwumi Adesina of Nigeria has been President of the African Development Bank Group since 2015. The overarching objective of the Bank Group is to spur sustainable economic development and social progress in its regional member countries, thus contributing to poverty reduction. Dr. Adesina previously served as Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development from 2011 to 2015. Other appointments include Vice-President of Policy and Partnerships for the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, Associate Director for Food Security at the Rockefeller Foundation in New York, Principal Economist and Social Science Research Coordinator for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Principal Economist and Coordinator of the West Africa Rice Economics Task Force at the West Africa Rice Development Association and an Assistant Principal Economist at the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics. Dr. Adesina, 55, holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University.
Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber
H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber is Minister of State of the United Arab Emirates and the Chairman of Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s pioneering renewable energy initiative. Dr. Al Jaber has been an integral part of Abu Dhabi’s move towards renewable energy. He spearheaded the launch and establishment of Masdar in 2006 and continues to drive the company’s strategic direction as it takes on an increasingly prominent role in global effort toward advancing renewable energy and clean technology. Prior to joining Masdar, Dr. Al Jaber was involved in strategic project origination and execution in the areas of energy, utilities and industries at the Mubadala Development Company – of which Masdar is a wholly owned subsidiary – and where he continues to serve as a senior adviser. Dr. Al Jaber holds several board and advisory positions and counsels on issues related to sustainability, climate change and energy. He holds a PhD in Business and Economics from the UK and an MBA and a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the US.
Suleiman Jasir Al-Herbish
Mr. Suleiman Jasir Al-Herbish is Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID). OFID is a development finance institution established by the Member States of OPEC as a collective channel of aid to developing countries. Mr. Al-Herbish, a Saudi national, has served in his present position since 2003. He is a long-time supporter of people-centered development, a principle he has kept at the heart of OFID throughout his stewardship of the institution. He has been especially vocal on the issue of energy poverty alleviation, a cause he has championed at the highest level and one that forms the central pillar of OFID’s strategic plan. Prior to his appointment, he served for 13 years as the Governor of Saudi Arabia at OPEC. He holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Cairo and an MA in Economics from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas.
Adnan Z. Amin
Mr. Adnan Z. Amin is the current Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). IRENA is an intergovernmental organisation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy. As Director-General, Mr. Amin, a national of Kenya, is charged with the responsibility of establishing a sound institutional management structure and clear strategic vision for the implementation of the agency’s mandate to promote the adoption and use of renewable energy worldwide. He brings to this position, which he has held since 2011, over 25 years of leadership experience in the fields of international environment and sustainable development policy, as well as in the political, management, and interagency coordination functions of the United Nations work. Mr. Amin is a development economist by training specializing in sustainable development.
Ms. Inger Andersen is Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Created in 1948, IUCN has evolved into the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network. Headquarted in Switzerland, its work focuses on valuing and conserving nature, ensuring effective and equitable governance of its use, and deploying nature-based solutions to global challenges in energy, climate, food and development. Ms Andersen brings a passion for conservation and sustainable development with more than 30 years of experience in international development economics, environmental sustainability and policy-making, as well as in designing and implementing projects and generating on-the-ground impact. Prior to joining IUCN in January 2015, Ms. Andersen (Denmark) held various leadership roles at the World Bank and United Nations. Most recently, she was Vice President of the Middle East and North Africa at the World Bank, and previous to that Vice President for Sustainable Development and Head of the CGIAR Fund Council. She holds an MA degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.
H.E. Mr. Khawaja Asif is current Defence Minister as well as Power & Water Minister of Pakistan, serving in this capacity since June 2013. A senior parliamentarian from the Pakistan Muslim League, Mr. Asif’s electoral career started in 1991. Since then, he has served in a number of leadership positions within the Pakistani cabinet, including as Chairman of the Privatization Commission, with the status of a federal minister. A businessman and a banker by profession, he holds a B.A and an L.L.B from Punjab University and a Master’s in Economics from the London School of Economics.
H. E. Mr. Nuer Baikeli is the Director of the National Energy Administration (NEA) and the Vice Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). The NDRC oversees the National Energy Administration, which in turn ensures that the energy needs of China are met, while working to strengthen the integrated administration of the national energy industry in concert with the NDRC. Under Mr. Baikeli's leadership, NEA has made significant progress in drafting new energy development strategies, evaluating energy security and coordinating international cooperation agreements on climate change, carbon reduction and energy efficiency. Mr. Baikeli is a former chairman of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. He has also served as Assistant Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner in Kashi and Deputy Mayor and Mayor of Urumqi Municipality.
Mr. Mustapha Bakhoury is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN). MASEN was establishment in 2010 as a limited company with public funding. It has three major missions: to develop solar power plants in Morocco, to contribute to the development of national expertise within solar energy, while acting as a force of proposition on the regional and international plans. Under the leadership of Mr. Bakkhoury, MASEN is supporting the Moroccan government’s ambitions of becoming a leading renewable energy producer and exporter. Mr. Bakkhoury previously served in variety of management positions in the financial sector in Morocco, including an eight year tenure as Head of Caisse de Dépôt et de Gestion, the financial arm of the Moroccan government. He is a trained engineer from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris.
Dr. Fatih Birol took office as Executive Director of the International Energy Agency in September 2015, twenty years after first joining the Agency. Founded in 1974, IEA is an autonomous organisation which works to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for its 29 member countries and beyond. Dr. Birol has been named by Forbes Magazine among the most powerful people in terms of influence on the world’s energy scene and is the recipient of numerous awards from government, industry and academia. Prior to joining the IEA, he worked at the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Vienna. A Turkish citizen, Dr. Birol was born in Ankara in 1958. He earned a BSc degree in power engineering from the Technical University of Istanbul. He received his MSc and PhD in energy economics from the Technical University of Vienna. In 2013, he was awarded a Doctorate of Science honoris causa by Imperial College London.
H.E. Mr. Eduardo Braga currently serves as the Minister of Mines and Energy of Brazil. He was appointed by President Dilma Rousseff in 2014. As minister, he leads the implementation of the ambitious renewable policies of the Brazilian government. Before assuming his present responsibilities, Mr. Braga served as councilman, state deputy, mayor of Manaus and governor of the State of Amazonas (2002 – 2010). He resigned the governorship in 2010 to represent the State as a senator in the Federal Parliament on behalf of the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party. During his term in state politics, Mr. Braga led a number of sustainability initiatives, including the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation, aimed at promoting sustainability and environmental conservation throughout the Amazon region of Brazil. Mr. Braga worked in the private sector before entering politics.
H.E. Mr. Børge Brende is Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Brende was appointed in 2013. As Foreign Minister, Mr. Brende is responsible, among other, for trade, foreign aid and cooperation with international organizations. A member of the Conservative Party, his long parliamentary career includes terms as Minister of the Environment and Minister of Trade & Industry. In addition, Mr. Brende has served as Chairman of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, as the Secretary General of the Norwegian Red Cross, as a member of the China Council for the International Cooperation on Environment and Development (an advisory board to the State Council), as well as Managing Director of the World Economic Forum. He holds a BA in economics, law and history, NTNU, Trondheim.
Sir Suma Chakrabarti is the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Headquartered in London, EBRD was established in 1991 to further and support progress towards market-oriented economies, while promoting private and entrepreneurial initiative. Safeguarding the environment and a commitment to sustainable energy remain central to EBRD’s activities, as it works in more than 30 countries from central Europe to central Asia and the southern and eastern Mediterranean. Appointed in 2012, Sir Suma brings to the position extensive experience in international development economics and policy-making, as well as in designing and implementing wider public service reform. He previously held a number of leadership position within the British civil service. Sir Suma holds a Master’s in Development Economics from the University of Sussex.
Dr. Margaret Chan is currently in her second five-year term as Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO is the directing and coordinating authority on international health within the United Nations’ system, and has, among other, undertaken extensive work on the adverse effects of indoor and outdoor air pollution to human health. Dr. Margaret Chan, a national of the People's Republic of China, obtained her medical degree from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. She joined the Hong Kong Department of Health in 1978, where her career in public health began. In 1994, Dr. Chan was appointed Director of Health of Hong Kong. In her nine-year tenure as director, she launched a range of new services to prevent the spread of disease and promote better health. She began working for WHO in 2003.
Ms. Helen Clark is the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and Chair of the United Nations Development Group. UNDP works in more than 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, the reduction of inequalities and exclusion by supporting countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results. Ms. Clark assumed her present position in 2009, and is the first woman to lead the organization. Prior to her appointment with UNDP, she served for nine years as Prime Minister of New Zealand, serving three successive terms from 1999 - 2008. Throughout her tenure as Prime Minister, Ms. Clark engaged widely in policy development and advocacy across the international, economic, environmental, social and cultural spheres. She came to the role of Prime Minister after an extensive parliamentary and ministerial career. She holds a BA and an MA from the University of Auckland.
Tony O. Elumelu
Mr. Tony Elumelu is an economist by training, a serial entrepreneur and philanthropist. Originally from Nigeria, he is the Founder and Chairman of Heirs Holdings, a privately held investment firm, with interests in the power, oil & gas, financial services and hospitality sectors across Africa. Mr. Elumelu also serves as Chairman of Transcorp, Nigeria’s largest listed conglomerate; pan-African financial services group United Bank for Africa; and Seadrill Nigeria Limited. In 2010, Mr. Elumelu created the Tony Elumelu Foundation, which champions African entrepreneurship. In January 2015 the foundation launched the $100 million Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme to seed and support 10,000 African entrepreneurs over the next decade. Mr. Elumelu sits on numerous public and social sector boards, including USAID’s private capital group for Africa partners’ forum, the Aspen Institute's global food security working group, as well as serving as an adviser to president Obama's Young African Leaders Initiative.
José Manuel Entrecanales
Mr. José Manuel Entrecanales is Chairman of ACCIONA. Headquartered in Madrid, ACCIONA is a global leader in the development and management of infrastructure, renewable energy, water and services. Mr. Entrecanales began his professional career at Merrill Lynch in London and New York. In 1991 he joined ACCIONA, where he was Corporate Development Director, Finance Director and a Member of the Board before eventually being named Chairman in 2004. As Chairman, he has overseen the transformation of ACCIONA from a construction company to a diversified, pioneering company committed to sustainable development. In addition to his functions as Chairman, Mr. Entrecanales is an active participant in some of the leading global public-private initiatives supporting sustainable development and the fight against climate change, including the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the UN Global Compact and the Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change.
H. E. Mr. Piyush Goyal is Minister of State with Independent Charge for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy of India. He leads national efforts to implement the ambitious Indian targets on energy access and and renewables as set by the Prime Minister and the government. Mr. Goyal is a Member of Rajya Sabha (the Upper House of the Indian Parliament) for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). During his 28-year long political career, he has held several important positions at different levels in the BJP, including member of the National Executive Committee, National Treasurer of BJP and head of the BJP’s Information Communication Campaign Committee for the Indian General Elections 2014. Before entering politics, Mr. Goyal worked in the banking sector and has advised top corporates on management strategy and growth. He earlier served on the board of India’s largest commercial bank, the State Bank of India and Bank of Baroda. He is a Chartered Accountant and second rank holder in Law in Mumbai University.
H. E. Ms. Justine Greening was appointed Secretary of State of the United Kingdom for International Development (DFID) in 2012. As Secretary of State, Ms. Greening leads the DFID ministerial team, sets the overall strategy and direction of the department, and has final authority over all DFID business. Following her election to Parliament for the Conservative Party in 2005, she was appointed Vice Chairman of the party, with responsibility for youth. As well as being a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee, in 2007 she became a Shadow Treasury Minister and in January 2009 became the Shadow Minister for London. Greening was Economic Secretary to the Treasury from May 2010 to October 2011 and Secretary of State for Transport from October 2011 to September 2012. Ms. Greening holds an economics degree from Southampton University and an MBA from London Business School.
Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson
H. E. Mr. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson is the Fifth President of the Republic of Iceland having served since 1996. Iceland is the only country in the world which obtains 100% of its electricity and heat from renewable sources. 87% of its electricity comes from hydro-power, and the remaining 13% from geothermal power. A former professor of Political Science at the University of Iceland, Mr. Grímsson has played a leading role in Icelandic public life since the 1960s. He has served several stints in the National Parliament (Alþingi), including as Minister of Finance (1988-1991), and has been a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. He has also been active in various other societies and organizations, including as a member of the board of Landsvirkjun, the leading power company of Iceland. He is the recipient of many international awards, including the Indira Gandhi Peace Prize, and is the author of a large number of academic articles. Mr. Grímsson holds a Ph.D from Manchester University.
Mr. Masahiko Horie is the Special Assistant to the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan and Ambassador for Global Environmental Affairs. He started his career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Economic Integration Division (EEC) in 1973. After serving as Japanese Ambassador to Qatar from 2004 to 2007 and to Malaysia from 2007 to 2011, Ambassador Horie chaired the 48th International Tropical Timber Council (ITTO) in 2012. He has been attached to the Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT) as Distinguished Ambassador at the University of Technology Malaysia, and also Professor at Meiji University since 2012. In 2013, Ambassador Horie was elected as Councillor of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). He holds Bachelor degrees in Economics and in Law from Osaka University and a Master’s degree in Economics from Tulane University. He also studied at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in France from 1975 to 1976.
Dr. Naoko Ishii has been the Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) since 2012. Being an independently operating financial organization that provides grants for projects related to the global environment, GEF is the world’s largest public funder of environmental projects. Prior to joining GEF, Dr. Ishii, was Deputy Vice Minister of Finance of Japan, responsible for Japan's international financial and development policies, and its global policies on environmental issues such as climate change and biodiversity. She led the Japanese delegation at the Transition Committee for designing the Green Climate Fund. Dr. Ishii’s career at the Ministry of Finance began in 1981 focusing on international development issues. She has served on many assignments outside Japan, including at the World Bank in Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Vietnam, and the International Monetary Fund in Africa and Asia. Dr. Ishii holds a BA and PhD from University of Tokyo, and is a recipient of several prizes including the 2006 Enjoji Jiro Memorial Prize.
Mr. Kristian Jensen is a Danish politician who has served as Minister for Foreign Affairs of Denmark and Deputy Prime Minister since June 2015. He previously served as Minister for Taxation from 2004 to 2010. Mr. Jensen has been a member of the Danish Parliament, Folketinget, since 1998 as a part of the liberal party Venstre. He was party spokesman on information technology and sports from 1998 to 2001 and became its spokesman on finance policy, as well as Vice-Chairman of the parliament’s Financial Affairs Committee from 2001 to 2004From 2010 to 2015, Mr. Jensen was the chairman of the parliamentary group of the Liberal Party. He was also a member of the Public Accounts Committee from 2011 to 2015. Mr. Jensen worked within the banking sector before entering politics.
H.E. Ms. Tina Joemat-Pettersson currently serves as Minister of Energy of the Republic of South Africa with effect from 26 May 2014. From 2009 to 2014 Ms. Joemat-Pettersson was Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. She has been a member of the African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee since 2007. She started her career as a teacher and became the national representative for the South African Democratic Teacher's Union (Sadtu) for the Northern Cape and a member of Sadtu in 1992. Ms. Joemat-Pettersson holds a BA degree in Executive Management in Education from the University of Cape Town, a BA degree in English and History and a Higher Diploma in Education from the University of the Western Cape (UWC).
Lutaf R. Kassam
Mr. Lutaf R. Kassam is the Director of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), an international development agency that promotes entrepreneurship and building economically sound enterprises in the developing world. AKFED focuses on 17 countries that lack sufficient foreign direct investment, and works with more than 90 separate project companies with total revenues of US$ 3.5 billion in 2013. Mr. Kassam is responsible for AKFED’s global portfolio on Industry and Infrastructure and oversees East Africa, West Africa, Canada and Asia. A Kenyan national, Mr. Kassam has over 30 years’ experience working for AKFED in various sectors including Food and Ago-Industry, Printing and Packaging, Pharmaceuticals, Leather, Specialised Textiles and Infrastructure (Power, Telecommunication, Aviation and Ports). He also serves as Director of Jubilee Holdings Limited, a financial servings company based in Nairobi and is Group Managing Director of Industrial Promotion Services Limited in East Africa. He holds degrees in Production Engineering and Management from Loughborough University in England.
John F. Kerry
H.E. Mr. John Forbes Kerry is the 68th Secretary of State of the United States. Mr. Kerry joined the State Department in 2013 after 28 years in the United States Senate, where during the last four years he served as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. As Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Mr. Kerry assumed a leadership role on key foreign policy and national security issues facing the United States, including Afghanistan and Pakistan, nuclear non-proliferation, and global climate change. Secretary Kerry served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War and was later co-founder of the Vietnam Veterans of America. After serving as prosecutor in Massachusetts starting 1976, he was elected Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts in 1982 and Senator in 1984. Mr. Kerry holds a degree from Yale University and a law degree from Boston College Law School.
H. E. Mr. Sebastian Kurz is the Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria. Mr. Kurz assumed this position in 2013. From 2011 until 2013 he served as State Secretary for Integration. Mr. Kurz began his political career within the Young Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) in 2003. After several years of commitment at district level, he was elected to Provincial Chairman of the Young Austrian People’s Party Vienna in 2007 and one year later he was elected as Federal Chairman of the Young Austrian People’s Party, a position he continues to hold. 2010/11 he was a Member of the Vienna Provincial Diet and Vienna City Council.
Mr. Li Yong is the Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), a United Nations agency that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. Mr. Li has had an extensive career as a senior economic and financial policy-maker. Prior to joining UNIDO, he was Vice-Minister of Finance and member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of the People’s Republic of China from 2003 to 2013, where he was involved in setting and harmonizing fiscal, monetary and industrial policies, and in supporting sound economic growth in China. Prior to assuming executive roles at the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Li was the Secretary General of the Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and Executive Director for China at the World Bank Group. He holds a Master’s degree in economics from the Research Institute for Fiscal Science of the Ministry of Finance.
Mr. Michael Liebreich is Chairman of the Advisory Board and Founder of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the world’s leading provider of information on clean energy to investors, energy companies and governments. A national of the United Kingdom, Mr. Liebreich founded the company as New Energy Finance in 2004 and acted as Chairman and Chief Executive until its acquisition by Bloomberg in 2009. Prior to founding New Energy Finance, he worked as an entrepreneur, venture capitalist and media executive. Mr. Liebreich is a frequent commentator in the press, on TV and radio on issues of energy, development and economics. He is a Visiting Professor at Imperial College London, Board Member of Transport for London and Chairman of a Medical Charity funding research on colorectal illness. He holds a degree in Engineering from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from Harvard University.
H. E. Ms. Isabella Lövin is Minister of International Development Cooperation of Sweden. She has held this position since 2014. Since 2015 she has also served as co-chair of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding. She was a member of the European Parliament for the Green Party with positions in the committees of Environment, Development and Fisheries from 2009 to 2014. She has received many prizes and awards, including the Fair Politician of the Year prize in 2012, from Fair Politics EU, for her efforts to make the European Union’s Common Fisheries Policy more fair towards developing countries. Until 2009, she worked as an acclaimed journalist and author, including of the book “Silent Seas – the Fish Race to the Bottom.” Ms. Lövin received an honorary doctorate from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in 2014.
Mr. Strive Masiyiwa is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Econet, a diversified global telecommunications group with operations and investments in over 15 countries. His business interests also include renewable energy, financial services, media and hospitality. Mr. Masiyiwa serves on a number of international boards, including the Rockefeller Foundation, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Global Advisory Board, the Africa Progress Panel, MorehouseCollege and the Hilton Foundation's Humanitarian Prize Jury. He is one of the founders, with Sir Richard Branson, of the the Carbon War Room, and a founding member of the Global Business Coalition on Education. Mr. Masiyiwa is the Chair of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), and the Micronutrient Initiative. In 2014, Mr. Masiyiwa was selected to Fortune Magazine’s list of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders”. As a philanthropist, he is a member of the Giving Pledge, and his contributions to education, health and development have been widely recognized.
H. E. Mr. Neven Mimica has served as European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development since 2014. From 1987 to 1997, Mr. Mimica worked as a diplomat, including in Egypt and in Turkey. He was later elected to the Croatian Parliament, where he served as Deputy Minister for Economic Affairs (2000) and acted as Chief Negotiator for the Stabilisation and Association Agreement with the European Union (2000-2001). He served as Croatian Minister for European Integration, and later as the Chairman of the European Integration Committee and Deputy Speaker in the Croatian Parliament, before being appointed Deputy Prime Minister responsible for Internal, Foreign and European policy. He joined the European Commission as the first Croatian Commissioner, responsible for consumer policy, in 2013. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Foreign Trade and Master's degree in Economics from the University of Zagreb.
Luis Alberto Moreno
Mr. Luis Alberto Moreno is President of the Inter-American Development Bank, the largest source of multilateral financing in Latin America. As President of the Bank, Mr. Moreno also serves as Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) and Chairman of the Donors’ Committee of the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF). The Bank aims to foster development in Latin America and the Caribbean in a sustainable and climate-friendly way. Before joining the Inter-American Development Bank in 2005, Mr. Moreno served as Colombia’s Ambassador to the United States for seven years. Earlier positions include Minister of Economic Development of Colombia and President of the Instituto de Fomento Industrial in the Colombian public sector. He has extensive experience in the private sector, advising major Colombian companies and foreign investors. Mr. Moreno holds bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Economics from Florida Atlantic University and an MBA from Arizona State University.
H. E. Gerd Müller is currently the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany. He assumed this position in December 2013 after being the Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection since 2005. He has been a member of the German Bundestag for CSU-CDU since 1994. Prior to 2005, Dr. Müller served as member of the EU, Foreign Affairs and Defense Committees of the German Bundestag and spokesman of the group of parliamentarians from the Christian Social Union party in the German Bundestag for foreign affairs, European policy and development policy and Member of the German Bundestag. Dr. Müller holds a Master’s degree in Business Education.
Ms. Nadeau is the Chair of the World Energy Council since 2012. Based in London, this international organization represents the entire energy spectrum and brings together more than 3000 member organizations located in close to 100 national committees. She is on the Boards of ENGIE (ex-GDF SUEZ) and METRO Inc. In addition, she sits on the Advisory Council of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs and China Energy Fund Committee, on the Advisory Council of the Women Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy (WiSER) Program (UAE) and on the selection committee of Sheik Zayed's Energy Prize (UAE). Previously, she spent more than 22 years as a senior executive at Hydro Quebec, Canada’s largest electric utility, where she was Secretary General and Executive Vice President for Corporate Affairs until her retirement in 2015, and served as a Senior Policy Advisor and Chief of Staff to the Ministers of Energy and Environment of the Government of Quebec. Ms. Nadeau holds a BA of Law and an MA in Public Law from the University of Ottawa.
Mr. Takehiko Nakao is President and Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Asian Development Bank. The Asian Development Bank has been providing assistance to its developing member countries in the energy sector for more than 40 years, aiming to help them provide reliable, adequate, and affordable energy for economic growth in a socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable way. Before joining ADB in April 2013, Mr. Nakao was the Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs at the Ministry of Finance of Japan. He joined Japan’s Ministry of Finance in 1978 and has extensive experience in international finance and development. Mr. Nakao held various senior positions at the Ministry including Director-General of the International Bureau. He has also served as economist and advisor at the International Monetary Fund from 1994 to 1997. Mr. Nakao holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Tokyo and a Master’s degree of Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.
Ms. Reema Nanavaty is the General Secretary of the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), a trade union for poor self-employed women workers in India. SEWA, founded in 1972, services women in the unorganized sector of the economy – more than 94 percent of female workers in India. After working for the Indian Administrative Services, Ms. Nanavaty joined SEWA's rural wing in arid districts of Gujarat in 1986 and took up issues of women, water, and work that the poorest 30000 women faced in these districts. After being elected as General Secretary in 1999, SEWA’s membership expanded making it the single largest union of informal sector workers. Ms. Nanavaty holds a degree in science from Gujarat University.
Mr. Jean-Marc Ollagnier is Group Chief Executive of Accenture’s resources operating group, which serves the energy, utilities, chemicals, forestry products, metals and mining industries. Mr. Ollagnier assumed this role in 2011, when he also joined Accenture’s Executive Leadership Team. In this role, he co-chairs the Global Energy Board with Lord Browne, which brings together leaders of the world’s energy industry. Mr. Ollagnier started his career at Accenture in 1986 and has led strategic projects, large-scale transformation and IT projects, primarily with clients in the utilities and financial services industries. Between 2006 and 2011, Mr. Ollagnier served as Managing Director for the Resources operating group in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. He frequently contributes to publications on subjects related to energy, market deregulation and climate change. Mr. Ollagnier holds a degree in computer science from L’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications in Paris.
Ms. Sheila Oparaocha is the Executive Secretary of the ENERGIA. ENERGIA, founded in 1996, is an international network of organizations and professionals active in 22 countries in Asia and Africa addressing gender and energy issues. ENERGIA believes that involving women in both the development and use of modern energy, the sustainability of these services is enhanced and opportunities are made available to both women and men. Ms. Oparaocha joined ENERGIA in 1999 and currently oversees a programme on Women’s Economic Empowerment, a research programme, and an advocacy and policy influencing programme. Ms. Oparaocha holds a BSc degree in Veterinary Medicine from University of Zambia and an MSc degree in Gender and Rural Development Studies from the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok.
Carter S. Roberts
Mr. Carter S. Roberts is the President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund/United States. WWF is one of the world’s largest network of international conservation organizations working across 100 countries. Mr. Roberts leads WWF’s efforts to save the world’s great ecosystems by linking science, field and policy programs with an aggressive initiative to work with markets and businesses to lighten their impact on the planet through sustainable resource management. To this end, he has worked with communities around the world and built partnerships with companies such as Coca-Cola, Walmart, Mars and P&G among others setting new industry standards to resource efficiency. Mr. Roberts started his career in marketing management in the private sector and lead conservation and science programs at The Nature Conservancy for 15 years prior to joining WWF in 2004. He serves on various boards and holds a BA from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
H. E. Ms. Mary Robinson is the Chair of the Board of Trustees and President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice. The Foundation provides a space for facilitating action on climate justice to empower the poorest people and countries in their efforts to achieve sustainable and people-centered development. Ms. Robinson served as President of the Republic of Ireland from 1990-1997. She has spent most of her life as a human rights advocate - she served as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997 to 2002, and is the founder and served as President of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative from 2002-2010. From 2013-2014 Mary served as the Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region of Africa and from 2014-2015 as his Special Envoy on Climate Change. She is a member of the Elders and the Club of Madrid, serves as Patron of the Board of the Institute of Human Rights and Business, is an honorary member of The B Team, in addition to being a board member of several organisations including the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and the European Climate Foundation. She studied law at the University of Dublin, King’s Inns Dublin and Harvard Law School.
Mr. Eldar Sætre was appointed President and CEO of Statoil in February 2015. Statoil is an international energy company with operations in 36 countries based in Stavanger, Norway. Mr. Sætre joined Statoil in in 1980 and has been in several management positions in the company, mainly in the fields of accounting and finance. He was Executive Vice President and CFO from October 2003 to December 2010, when he became Executive Vice President for Marketing, Processing and Renewable energy (MPR). In MPR, Mr. Sætre had responsibility for all downstream, midstream and renewable energy activities in Statoil. Eldar Sætre is a member of the board of Strømberg Gruppen AS and Trucknor AS.
Dr. Klaus Schwab is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, an independent not-for-profit Foundation that partners with business, political and intellectual leaders to improve the state of the world. Since its inception in 1971, the Forum has become the world’s foremost multi-stakeholder organization and has been a driver for reconciliation efforts in different parts of the world, as well as the catalyst of numerous public-private partnerships and international initiatives. Dr. Schwab is a co-founder of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and founder of the Forum of Young Global Leaders that aims to bring together people from all over the world for economic change. Dr. Schwab is the recipient of numerous international awards and honors, and has participated and contributed to a number of UN panels and advisory boards on sustainable development. A former professor, he holds a Doctorate in Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Fribourg. Dr. Schwab also holds a Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and numerous honorary degrees.
Mr. Francesco Starace has been the Chief Executive and General Manager of Enel since May 2014. Based in Italy, Enel is a multinational power company and a leading integrated player in the world’s power and gas markets, with a particular focus on Europe and Latin America. Mr. Starace joined Enel in 2000, holding several executive positions including Head of Business Power and Managing Director of the Market Division. Between 2008 and 2014, he was CEO of Enel Green Power, the Group's renewable power generation subsidiary. He began his career in construction management of power generation plants, first at General Electric Group, then at ABB Group and at Alstom Power Corporation, where he was appointed Head of worldwide gas turbines sales. In May 2015, he was appointed to the Board of the UN Global Compact. In January 2016 he was appointed co-Chair of the World Economic Forum's Energy Utilities and Energy Technologies Community. He graduated from the Milan Polytechnic with a degree in Nuclear Engineering.
Mr. Achim Steiner is the Executive Director and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). UNEP coordinates environmental activities and aids developing countries in implementing sound policies. Prior to joining UNEP in 2006 Mr. Steiner was the Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Mr. Steiner has worked with governmental, non-governmental and international organizations all over the world. In the past he was on the board of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development, and chaired the High-level Committee on Programmes of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination and United Nations Environment Management Group. He holds a BA from the University of Oxford and an MA from the University of London in development economics and policy.
H.E. Mr. Alexei Teksler was appointed First Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation in November 2014. Mr. Teksler joined the Ministry of Energy as Deputy Minister of Energy in 2013. Currently, Mr. Teksler is responsible for coordinating interdisciplinary work at the Ministry including questions on financing and innovation. In 2008 and 2009, he served as the Head of Administration of the City of Norilsk. He has a long career in the extractive industries sector, having served as General Director of JSC Mining and Metallurgical Complex Kazakhaltyn from 2009 to 2011, and Managing Director and Head of CJSC Polyus Gold Mining Company from 2011. From 1990 through 2007 he held various positions in JSC Zavenyagin Norilsk Mining and Metallurgical Plant and OJSC MMC Norilsk Nickel, where he eventually became the General Director of LLC Norilsk Support Complex, a subsidiary of OJSC MMC Norilsk Nickel. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Management in the Metals Industry from Norilsk State Industrial Institute.