Speaker Line-Up

2017's call for speakers is officially open!  If you are interested in sharing your expertise, experience and ideas as a speaker please contact Berenice Lamblin at blamblin@climateactionprogramme.org providing your topic suggestion for consideration.

Howard Bamsey

Howard Bamsey

Executive Director 
Green Climate Fund Secretariat

Howard Bamsey will be delivering the opening keynote address at the Forum. See the full agenda here

Howard Bamsey...

Namita Vikas

Namita Vikas

Group President & Global Head, Climate Strategy & Responsible Banking
Yes Bank Ltd

Namita Vikas will be speaking on Resilience, Adaptation and Sustainable Landscape Management at 15:30 at the...

Pierre Ducret

Pierre Ducret

Chairman of I4CE
Special Advisor at Caisse des Depots

Pierre Ducret will be speaking on Reducing Risk and Maximising Green Returns at 12:15 at the Forum. See full...

Tobias Read

Tobias Read

State Treasurer
Oregon

Tobias will be speaking about Reducing Risk and Maximising Green Returns at 12:15 at the Forum. See the full...

Raymond Johansen

Raymond Johansen

Governing Mayor
Oslo

Governing Mayor Johansen will be speaking about Innovative Green Finance Tools at 14:15 at the Forum. See the full...

Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo

Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo

President-elect of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Former Prime Minister of Togo

Houngbo will be speaking about Resilience, Adaptation and Sustainable Landscape Management at 15:30 at the Forum....

Eric Bielke

Eric Bielke

Director, Energy Investments
GE Ventures

Eric will be speaking about Transforming Large Scale Energy Infrastructure at 15:30 at the Forum. See the full...

John Goldstein

John Goldstein

Managing Director
Goldman Sachs Asset Management

John Goldstein will be a speaking at the Forum on Reducing Risk and Maximising Returns at 12:15 on 19 September....

Dr Azeema Adam

Dr Azeema Adam

Governor
Maldives Monetary Authority

Dr Azeema Adam is the Governor of the Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA), which is the Central Bank of the...

Rina Kupferschmid-Rojas

Rina Kupferschmid-Rojas

Managing Director – Global Head Sustainable Investing
UBS

Rina Kupferschmid-Rojas will be speaking on Strong Leadership for Accelerated Low Carbon Investment at 9:25 at the...

Marcene Broadwater

Marcene Broadwater

Global Head, Climate Strategy and Business Development
International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Marcene D. Broadwater has over 25 years of international finance experience with leadership positions in Project...

Ellen Dorsey

Ellen Dorsey

Executive Director
Wallace Global Fund

Ellen will be speaking at the Forum on Transforming Large Scale Energy Infrastructure at 15:30-16:20. See the full...

Andrée-Lise Méthot

Andrée-Lise Méthot

Founder and Managing Partner
Cycle Capital Management

Andrée-Lise will be speaking at the Forum about Resilience, Adaptation and Sustainable Landscape Management at...

Ron Quaranta

Ron Quaranta

Chairman
Wall Street Blockchain Alliance

Mr. Ron Quaranta will be speaking at the Forum on Technology for Innovating Finance at 14:15. See full agenda...

Eric Usher

Eric Usher

Head
UNEP Finance Initiative

Eric Usher will be moderating the panel on Strong Leadership for Accelerated Low Carbon Investment at 9:25 at the...

Philippe Desfosses

Philippe Desfosses

Chief Executive Officer
Retraite Additionnelle de la Fonction Publique (ERAFP); Vice Chair, IIGCC

ERAFP is a mandatory pension fund for French civil servants in France, with 4.5 million members and assets of...

Elliott Harris

Elliott Harris

Director of UN Environment New York Office
Assistant Secretary-General of United Nations

On 1 April 2015, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Elliott Harris as Assistant...

Torben Möger Pedersen

Torben Möger Pedersen

Chief Executive Officer
PensionDanmark

Torben Möger Pedersen will be speaking at the Forum on Transforming Large Scale Energy Infrastructure at 15:30 on...

William Cannon

William Cannon

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Environment & Infrastructure Group
Sumitomo Corporation of Americas

William Cannon will be speaking at the Forum on Strong Leadership for Accelerated Low Carbon Investment at...

Betty T. Yee

Betty T. Yee

State Controller
California

State Controller Betty T. Yee will be speaking at the Forum on Leadership for Accelerated Low Carbon Investment at...

Frédéric Samama

Frédéric Samama

Deputy Global Head of Institutional & Sovereign Clients
Amundi

Frederic Samama, Deputy Global Head of Institutional and Sovereign Clients, joined Amundi in 2009. He is as well...

Joan M. Larrea

Joan M. Larrea

Chief Executive Officer
Convergence

Joan M. Larrea will be speaking about Innovative Green Finance Tools at 14:15 during the Forum. See the full...

Paul Simpson

Paul Simpson

Chief Executive Officer
CDP

Paul will be moderating the panel on reducing Risk and Maximising Returns at 12:15 at the Forum. See full agenda...

Mindy S. Lubber

Mindy S. Lubber

CEO and President
Ceres

Mindy S. Lubber is the CEO, President, and founding board member of Ceres, a non-profit organization that is...

Previous Speakers

Kevin Rudd

Kevin Rudd

Former Prime Minister, Australia
President, Asia Society

Mr. Rudd served as Australia’s 26th Prime Minister (2007-2010, 2013) and as Foreign Minister (2010-2012). He led...

Filippa Bergin

Filippa Bergin

Sustainability Manager
Storebrand

Filippa Bergin founded the analysis and investment company Invest in Change in 2011 after more than 15 years of...

Mindy Lubber

Mindy Lubber

President
Ceres

Mindy S. Lubber is the President and a founding board member of Ceres, a non-profit organization that is...

William Theisen

William Theisen

Director
EcoAct

William is a globally recognized expert in climate finance and project development and has worked for...

John Authers

John Authers

Senior Investment Columnist
Financial Times

John Authers is the Financial Times’ Senior Investment Columnist. Now in his 25th year at the FT, he has long been...

Nick Robins

Nick Robins

Co-Director
Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System, UNEP

Nick Robins is co- director of the UNEP Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System, a two year...

Fiona Reynolds

Fiona Reynolds

Managing Director
Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)

Fiona Reynolds is Managing Director of the PRI, responsible to the board for the PRI’s global operations which...

Eric Usher

Eric Usher

Head
UNEP Finance Initiative

Eric Usher will be moderating the panel on Strong Leadership for Accelerated Low Carbon Investment at 9:25 at the...

Simon Irish

Simon Irish

Chief Executive Officer
Terrestrial Energy

Mr. Irish has over 20 years investment banking and asset management experience in London and New York. Mr. Irish...

Rachel Kyte

Rachel Kyte

CEO and Special Representative
UN Secretary General for Sustainable Energy for All

A leading advocate for sustainable development, Ms. Kyte is focused on affordable, reliable and sustainable energy...

Anne Simpson

Anne Simpson

Investment Director, Global Governance
CalPERS

Anne Simpson is Investment Director, Sustainability, at CalPERS, where she leads advocacy, engagement and...

John Dickert

John Dickert

Mayor
Racine, Wisconsin

Mayor Dickert was elected in May, 2009 by the people to bring a vision to Racine, Wisconsin. The Mayor introduced...

Frédéric Samama

Frédéric Samama

Deputy Global Head of Institutional & Sovereign Clients
Amundi

Frederic Samama, Deputy Global Head of Institutional and Sovereign Clients, joined Amundi in 2009. He is as well...

Michael Wilkins

Michael Wilkins

Managing Director
S&P Global Ratings

Michael has a Bachelor of Arts degree within Modern Languages at Bristol University. He also holds an MBA in...

Terri Wills

Terri Wills

Chief Executive Officer
World Green Building Council

Terri Wills is the CEO of the World Green Building Council, an organisation uniting 100 Green Building Councils...

Ofori Boateng

Ofori Boateng

Chief Executive Officer
3Sil

With a background in Economics, Finance and Operational Management from George Mason University, Fairfax, Va,...

Mark Campanale

Mark Campanale

Founder & Executive Director
Carbon Tracker Initiative

Mark is the Founder of the Carbon Tracker Initiative and conceived the ‘unburnable carbon’ capital markets thesis....

Andrew Steer

Andrew Steer

Chief Executive Officer
WRI

Dr. Andrew Steer is the President and CEO of the World Resources Institute, a global research organization that...

Eric Usher

Eric Usher

Officer in Charge
UNEP Finance Initiative

Eric Usher brings over twenty years of experience in the low carbon sectors, spanning commercialisation of...

Paul Simpson

Paul Simpson

Chief Executive Officer
CDP

Paul will be moderating the panel on reducing Risk and Maximising Returns at 12:15 at the Forum. See full agenda...

Sean Kidney

Sean Kidney

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
The Climate Bonds Initiative

Sean focuses on promoting investment priorities for climate and green bonds, how governments can take advantage of...

Ian Simm

Ian Simm

Founder & Chief Executive
Impax Asset Management

Ian Simm is the Founder and Chief Executive of Impax Asset Management Group plc.  Ian has been responsible for...

Mary Beth Mandanas

Mary Beth Mandanas

Chief Strategy Officer
CleanChoice Energy

Mary Beth is responsible for CleanChoice Energy’s strategic growth, new business development, and investor...

Jane Stevensen

Jane Stevensen

CDP Engagement Director to the TCFD;
Former Managing Director, Carbon Standards Disclosure Board (CSDB)

Jane is a highly experienced and respected Corporate Advisor in sustainability and sustainable business practice,...

Kyung-Ah Park

Kyung-Ah Park

Managing Director and Head of Environmental Markets
Goldman Sachs

Kyung-Ah oversees and supports the global environmental initiatives of Goldman Sachs including environmental risk...

Dr. Ulrich Quay

Dr. Ulrich Quay

Managing Director
BMW iVentures

Ulrich has been Head of BMW i Ventures since July 2011. BMW I Ventures based in New York City and has made 14...

Marcene Broadwater

Marcene Broadwater

Global Head, Climate Strategy and Business Development
International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Marcene D. Broadwater has over 25 years of international finance experience with leadership positions in Project...

Chris Coleman

Chris Coleman

Mayor of St Paul, Minnesota and Co-Chair of the Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative

Chris Coleman took office as Saint Paul’s Mayor in 2006 after several years as a city councilmember, community and...

Philippe Desfosses

Philippe Desfosses

Chief Executive Officer
Retraite Additionnelle de la Fonction Publique (ERAFP); Vice Chair, IIGCC

ERAFP is a mandatory pension fund for French civil servants in France, with 4.5 million members and assets of...

Mafalda Duarte

Mafalda Duarte

Manager
Climate Investment Funds

Mafalda manages the $8.3 billion Climate Investment Funds (CIF) which is providing 72 developing and middle income...

Bryan Garcia

Bryan Garcia

President and Chief Executive Officer
Connecticut Green bank

Bryan Garcia was named president and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank in 2011. He oversees the nation’s first...

Enrique Garcia

Enrique Garcia

Executive President and Chief Executive Officer
CAF- Development Bank of Latin America

Enrique García has been the Executive President of CAF – Development Bank of Latin America since December 1991.

...
Alfred Griffin

Alfred Griffin

President
New York Green Bank

Alfred Griffin is an industry leader in developing innovative solutions in support of the financing of renewable...

Dave Jones

Dave Jones

Commissioner
California Insurance

Dave Jones was first elected Insurance Commissioner on November 2, 2010 and re-elected November 4, 2014. Jones...

Vikram Widge

Vikram Widge

Head, Climate Finance & Policy
World Bank Group

Vikram Widge is Head of Climate and Carbon Finance at the World Bank Group.  He leads the external engagement on...