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Maarten van Aalst, Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre, the Netherlands
Maarten van Aalst is Director of the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre, the reference centre on climate risk management for the international Red Cross and Red Crescent movement. He participates in the IPCC as Coordinating Lead Author for the Special Report on Extremes, and Lead Author of the 5th Assessment Report. Maarten has also worked with several other international organisations including The World Bank, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, OECD, UNDP, and several governments. He holds adjoint positions at Columbia University and University College London and has taught at universities around the world.

Jeroen Aerts, VU University Amsterdam, Institute for Environmental Studies, the Netherlands
Jeroen Aerts has been employed at the Institute for Environmental Studies in Amsterdam since October 2002. He is a Professor in the area of risk management, climate change, and water resources management. Research and consultancy activities include a vast number of international climate and water resources management projects, including countries such as USA, Bangladesh, Kenya, India and Vietnam. These projects mainly focus on flood risk modelling, flood insurance, building codes, disaster management, vulnerability indicators and decision analyses. Jeroen Aerts is the Principal Investigator of several large research programmes such as: NYC-Flood management,  ADAPTS (water adaptation in developing countries) and the BSIK insurance project (flood mitigation measures). 

Pramod Aggarwal, CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, International Water Management Institute, India
Pramod Aggarwal is Regional Program Leader of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security.  Earlier, he was National Professor at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi and the Coordinator of the Indian climate Change and Agriculture programme. He was the CLA for the AR4 of IPCC and a Review Editor for AR5.  
Professor Aggarwal holds a PhD from University of Indore and also from Wageningen University and Research Centre, the Netherlands. He was awarded Ernestoilly Trieste Science Prize by the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World for his work on climate change and agriculture.

Paulina Aldunce, University of Chile, Chile
Dr. Paulina Aldunce is a social scientist, her research interests are social and institutional dimensions of Disaster Risk Management and Adaptation to Climate Change. She is Assistant Professor at the Department of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resources, University of Chile and Associated Researcher of Human Dimensions at the Centre of Climate and Resilience Research (CR). Paulina was Lead author in the IPCC Special Report on 'Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation' (SREX) and is Review Editor of IPCC WGII 5th Report for the Chapter of Human Security, The Technical Summary and The Synthesis Report. She received the distinction as the Best Professor of Renewable Natural Resources Engineer degree 2004.

Nigel Arnell, University of Reading, United Kingdom
Nigel Arnell is Professor of Climate System Science and, until summer 2015, Director of the Walker Institute at the University of Reading. He has researched into the impacts of climate change at global and local scales, with a particular focus on impacts on water resources and their management. He has been involved in many IPCC assessments, and worked with the public and private sectors to support risk assessment and adaptation. His most recent book ‘A Short Guide to Climate Change Risk’, aimed at the business audience, was published in 2015.

Stephan Baas,  FAO, Italy
Stephan Baas works on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) in Agriculture. He is delivery manager for FAO's 'Main Area of Work on Natural Hazards' and currently leads the Climate Impacts and Adaptation team of FAO. In 2011/12 he coordinated FAO's framework programme for climate change adaptation, FAO ADAPT. He led the planning and implementation of more than 30 DRR and/or CCA projects in more than 20 developing and middle income countries. Throughout his career Stephan stressed the importance of institutional capacity development and enhanced coordination for DRR and CCA, emphasising the critical role of community based approaches. Stephan holds Master degrees in Social Anthropology and Geography and a PhD on Range Ecology.

Pam Berry, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Pam Berry is Deputy Leader of the Terrestrial Ecology Group at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford. Her research includes integrated assessment of climate change impacts and adaptation, investigation of synergies between mitigation and adaptation measures across multiple sectors, and the translation of science into policy through stakeholder engagement. She has been involved in numerous climate-related EC projects, including IMPRESSIONS,  MACIS and CLIMSAVE. She also works on various aspects of ecosystem services and was the Lead Author on the England Synthesis chapter for the UK National Ecosystem Assessment.

Anthony Bigio, The George Washington University, USA
Anthony Bigio is a former World Bank Senior Urban Specialist who has worked globally on urban resilience and adaptation. He is now an independent Urban Advisor and Adjunct Professor of urban climate change at George Washington University (USA). He is also Green Growth Advisor for the Growth Dialogue, an international programme of the GW Business School, and Affiliated Faculty of the GW Solar Institute. He served as Lead Author in the preparation of the IPCC 5th Assessment Report (2014). He is on the Advisory Board of the European research programme on post-carbon cities and on the Steering Group of the Urban Climate Change Research Network, Columbia University (USA).

Christian Blondin, Chief Cabinet Secretary-General World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
Christian Blondin is the Chief of Cabinet of the Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and Director of the Department of External Relations since February 2011. He joined WMO located in Geneva in April 2009 as Senior External Relations Officer. He had been both a scientist in Meteo-France, the French meteorological Service and in the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) in Reading (UK). He exercised operational responsibilities in Meteo-France, responsible for the meteorological assistance to the main French airports and the relationships with national media.

Helena de Boer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands
Helena has just graduated cum laude from King’s College London with an MA in Environment, Politics and Globalisation. During her studies she mostly addressed issues concerning sustainable mobility choices, urbanism, and environmental policy-making. Currently, Helena is interning at the climate team of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where her work focuses on both private climate finance and assisting the Adaptation Futures team by coordinating the Projects expo. In September she will continue her studies in the field of social psychology, aiming to research the behavioural challenges of sustainability.

Leendert van Bree,  Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) / Utrecht University, the Netherlands
Leendert has studied medicinal chemistry and environmental toxicology at the VU University, Amsterdam. His PhD thesis revealed structure-toxicity relationships of persistent environmental pollutants. At the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment he  headed the inhalation toxicology group focusing on the health effects of air pollutants. Currently Leendert is senior policy researcher at PBL, with focus on environmental health governance, health and spatial planning, risk assessment and risk management strategies, climate change and health, and healthy and sustainable cities and planning. His advisory tasks include the Dutch Government, EC, EEA, and WHO. He is also a board member of the Dutch Society of Environmental Professionals (VVM). Recently he has been appointed Associate Professor in healthy urban living at the Utrecht University.

Matthijs van den Brink, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, the Netherlands
Matthijs is the secretary of the Steering Committee. He has a background in hydrology and is active in water management and spatial planning and has been involved in climate change adaptation projects for many years. Matthijs facilitates the Steering Committee of the conference and is the liaison between the conference organisation and the Dutch governmental departments.

Mike Brklacich, Carleton University, Canada
Mike Brklacich has been at Carleton University, Ottawa, CANADA since 1992 and he is currently a Chancellor’s Professor in Geography and Environmental Studies and an Associate Dean in Arts and Social Sciences. His +30 years of research in Canada and the Global South focuses on vulnerability of human systems to multiple stressors, food security, and the capacity of human systems to adapt to Global Environmental Change (GEC). He has contributed to several international GEC initiatives and has been an IPCC Working Group II lead author or review editor on 3 occasions.

Ian Burton, Canada
Ian Burton is an independent scholar, speaker,  and consultant. He was formerly Director of Adaptation in Environment Canada, and Director of Environmental Studies at the University of Toronto where he is now Professor Emeritus. He has served as an adaptation chapter author in three IPCC assessments and the Special Report on Extreme Events.
Ian is currently an adviser to the World Bank on PPCR and to the DFID / IDRC CARIAA project. He is a Visiting Fellow at the International Institute for Environment and Development, and is working on forensic investigations of disaster with the ICSU and UNISDR programme Integrated Research on Disaster Risk.

Paula Caballero, Senior Director for Environment & Natural Resources Global Practice, The World Bank
Prior to joining The World Bank in 2014 as Senior Director of the Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice, Paula Caballero was the Director for Economic, Social and Environmental Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia. In this role, she was one of the leading architects of the Sustainable Development Goals and managed the team responsible for formulating foreign policy on a range of development issues including climate change. She was awarded a Zayed International Prize for the Environment in 2014 for her contribution to “environmental action leading to positive change”. Earlier in her career, she worked with UNDP. Paula has a Master’s in International Relations and a BA, Magna cum Laude.

Laura Canevari, Acclimatise, United Kingdom
Laura works part-time as a risk analyst for lead international climate change adaptation consultancy Acclimatise, where her work focuses on climate resilient supply chains and the Latin America Region. Most of her projects in Latin America have been on climate change adaptation in the private sector.  Additionally, Laura is carrying an ESRC funded part-time PhD at King´s College London. Through her research, she is investigating how collaboration amongst companies and inter-firm networks can increase the adaptive capacity of Small and Medium Enterprises in the Caribbean Region.

Tiago Capela Lourenço, Lisbon University, Portugal
Tiago Capela Lourenço is an Environmental Engineer undergoing his PhD studies at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon (FCUL) Portugal. His main research interest is Climate Change adaptation, in particular adaptation-related decision making and uncertainty. He is as a researcher at FCUL since 2005 having participated in several national and European CCIVA projects. He coordinated the CIRCLE-2 ERA-Net (FP7 2010-2014) and was responsible for the Portuguese participation in the CIRCLE CA (FP6 2005-2009). He is involved in the BASE (FP7 2012-2015), IMPRESSIONS (FP7 2013-2018) and PLACARD (Hor2020 2015-2020) projects. He is a member of the European Topic Centre on CCIVA (ETC/CCA).

Jos Delbeke, Director General DG Climate Action, European Commission
Jos Delbeke is the Director-General of the European Commission's DG Climate Action since its creation in 2010.
He was very involved in negotiations on the 2009 package on climate change and energy in the EU Council and Parliament.  Mr  Delbeke has been a key player in developing EU legislation on the Emissions Trading System (ETS), emissions from big industrial installations and chemicals (REACH). For several years Mr Delbeke has been responsible for developing Europe's International Climate Change strategy and he was for many years the European Commission's chief negotiator at the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties.
He holds a PhD in economics and worked in 1985 at the International Monetary Fund. Since 2013 he is a lecturer at the University of Louvain on European and international environmental policy.
In 2015, Mr. Delbeke co-authored a book titled "EU Climate Policy Explained". 

Sharon Dijksma, Minister for the Environment, the Netherlands
Sharon Dijksma was a member of the House of Representatives of the States General for the Labour Party (PvdA) from 1994 to 2007. Her portfolio included education, transport, public works & water management and development cooperation. In 2007 she was appointed State Secretary for Education, Culture & Science in the fourth Balkenende government. From 2010 to 2012 Ms Dijksma was a member of the House of Representatives for the PvdA, with responsibility for general economic policy and spatial planning & infrastructure. In 2012 she was appointed Minister for Agriculture and in 2015 she was appointed Minister for the Environment in the Rutte-Asscher government. 

H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma, AbzeSolar S.A., Burkina Faso
H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma is a Mossi Princess from Burkina Faso. She is initiator and leader of the ‘MAMA-LIGHT® Initiative for Sustainable Energy, a worldwide program providing access to affordable energy for women, small business and children. The program is selected by the United Nations as one of the 14 global breakthrough solutions for achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals. Abze Djigma also founded AbzeSolar providing solar products, and is a board member of UNISDR Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies, where she represents the African private sector. She is also President Senior Advisor External Relations and Gender for the Center Region Council of Burkina Faso. She studied finance, accountancy and engineering.

Iris Dikkers, MCI Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Iris Studied International Hospitality Management at Stenden University Leeuwarden, the Netherlands.
After her studies she started working for a Professional Congress Organiser and since 2013 she started working for MCI.
Since 2014 Iris is working as a project manager on various congresses. Currently Iris is working for MCI as a junior project manager on the organisation of the Adaptation Futures 2016 Conference. She is, together with the Organising Committee, responsible for the logistics, registration, abstracts/sessions and social events.

H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma, AbzeSolar S.A., Burkina Faso
H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma is a Mossi Princess from Burkina Faso. She is initiator and leader of the ‘MAMA-LIGHT® Initiative for Sustainable Energy, a worldwide program providing access to affordable energy for women, small business and children. The program is selected by the United Nations as one of the 14 global breakthrough solutions for achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals. Abze Djigma also founded AbzeSolar providing solar products, and is a board member of UNISDR Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies, where she represents the African private sector. She is also President Senior Advisor External Relations and Gender for the Center Region Council of Burkina Faso. She studied finance, accountancy and engineering

Saliha Dobardzic, Global Environment Facility (GEF), USA
Saliha is a Senior Climate Change Specialist with the Adaptation Program at the Global Environment Facility. Prior to joining the GEF, she spent three years with the World Bank's Middle East and North Africa region. She has substantial experience working in the private sector, as well with the non-profits and in research.
Saliha graduated in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology at the University of Maryland. She is member of “Women Leaders in Energy and Climate Change”, a select group of individuals convened by the White House and U.S. Department of Energy. She has co-authored several published reports and studies on climate change.

David Dodman, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), United Kingdom
David Dodman is the Acting Head of the Human Settlements Group at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), where he has developed and implemented a wide-ranging programme of research on urban adaptation to climate change. He has worked in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, has published widely in books and peer-reviewed journals, has spoken extensively at major international conferences, and has contributed to major international reports including the UN Habitat Global Report on Human Settlements and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report.

Peter Driessen, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
Peter Driessen holds a MA in Urban and Regional Planning and a PhD in Policy Sciences (Nijmegen University). Currently he is Professor of Environmental Studies at Utrecht University and chair of the research group Environmental Governance. Furthermore, he was scientific director of the national research programme Knowledge for Climate. Most of his research is related to the analysis and evaluation of environmental policy and planning at the international, national and regional level. He is especially engaged in research on environmental governance. His research covers topics like spatial planning, water management, infrastructure policy, climate adaptation policy, environmental impact assessment, policy analysis, and science-policy interactions.

Philip Drost, UNEP, Kenya
Philip Drost is a Senior Programme Officer at UNEP working in the Secretariat of PROVIA, the Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability Impact and Adaptation. Previously, he led the Unit on Multilateral Affairs in the Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. He has extensive experience in negotiating on behalf of the government in multilateral global and regional environmental agreements and processes on climate and air (UNFCCC, IPCC, Montreal Protocol, CLRTAP) and on other issues (chemicals conventions, Aarhus Convention). He also published yearbooks on these matters.


Kristie Ebi, University of Washington, USA
Kristie L. Ebi is a Professor in the Departments of Global Health and of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington.  She conducts research on the health risks of climate change, including from extreme events, thermal stress, foodborne and waterborne safety and security, and vectorborne diseases.  She has worked on understanding vulnerability and designing adaptation options to increase resilience in multi-stressor environments in Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the US.  She co-chairs the International Committee On New Integrated Climate change assessment Scenarios (ICONICS), facilitating developing new climate change scenarios.

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC
Christiana Figueres has been Executive Secretary of the UN Climate Change secretariat since 2010. She has worked extensively with governments, non-governmental organizations and the private sector on climate change and sustainability issues, including as a board member of the Clean Development Mechanism, Vice-President of the Climate Change Conference, as well as many non-governmental organisations. Ms Figueres has greatly contributed to literature on climate solutions and holds a Master’s Degree in Anthropology from the London School of Economics, a certificate in Organizational Development from Georgetown University and an honorary Doctor of Law degree from the University of Massachusetts.  She was born in San José, Costa Rica in 1956 and has two daughters.

John Firth, CEO and Co-Founder of Acclimatise, United Kingdom
John has over 20 years’ experience in assessing the impacts of climate change. John co-founded Acclimatise with Dr Richenda Connell in 2004. He has extensive experience of integrating climate change into business decision-making and risk management processes. He has a particular expertise in the impacts of climate change on SMEs, multi-national corporates and their supply-chains, the financial services sectors and small island developing states. John is also interested in the legal implications for business, disclosure of information to investors, the mobilisation of private-sector finance and the provision of climate funding to developing countries.

James Ford, McGill University, Canada
Dr. James Ford is an Associate Professor and CIHR Chair in the Department of Geography at McGill University where he leads the Climate Change Adaptation Research Group. Dr. Ford obtained his B.A. in Geography at the University of Oxford, UK, M.Sc. in Environmental Change and Management at the University of Oxford, UK, and Ph.D. in Geography at the University of Guelph. His research focuses on climate change vulnerability and adaptation with a strong focus on Indigenous populations in the Arctic. The author of over 100 peer reviewed articles, he is currently Editor in Chief at Regional Environmental Chief.

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Bart van Gent, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands
Bart van Gent is Junior Policy Officer at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He mainly works on climate change and biodiversity issues, with focus on inclusive green growth and sustainable development. Previously, Bart held several positions at the Netherlands Ministry of Education Culture and Science. Recently, he co-authored a report on Open Science at the Dutch Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, in preparation for the Dutch EU presidency. Bart graduated from University College Dublin (IE) with an MSc in Environmental Policy (thesis on Rewilding in the Oostvaardersplassen) and holds a BSc from University College Roosevelt (Middelburg, NL).

Marco Gemmer, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission, Belgium
Marco Gemmer obtained his Doctorate in Natural Sciences from Giessen University and Habilitation in Geography from Tuebingen University. There he developed a flood damage estimation model for the Yangtze River. Later he worked for the Joint Research Centre of the EC in Ispra and moved to the Delegation of the EC in Beijing. From 2008-2013 he headed an international unit providing policy and scientific support on climate change adaptation in the Chinese Center on Climate Change as an integrated expert with the Chinese Government, cofounded by German Economic and Development Cooperation. Since 2013 he is working on climate change adaptation and climate services in the Unit Climate Action and Earth Observation in DG Research & Innovation.                         

Habiba Gitay, The World Bank, USA
Habiba Gitay provides strategic and technical leadership in The World Bank on adaptation. She was instrumental in inclusion of climate risk and resilience in International Development Association - the $50+ billion fund - support for the poorest countries.  She led the Building Resilience Report that brought together experience on disaster risk management and climate resilient development. She supports multiple countries in reducing risks from climate change to critical assets, people and ecosystems as part of development process. Habiba fulfilled roles in many international arenas, including coordinating lead author in five IPCC Assessment Reports; CBD/UNFCCC reports on Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, and in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. 

Robert Glasser, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction
Robert Glasser is the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Disaster Risk Reduction. From 2003 to (March) 2015 he was employed by CARE, the first four years in the capacity of Chief Executive of CARE Australia overseeing aid programmes in Cambodia, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, and the Middle East, and till 2015 as the Secretary General of CARE International. Prior to joining CARE, he was Assistant Director General at the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). Dr Glasser also worked on international energy and environmental policy for the US Department of Energy, and on peace and conflict issues at a variety of institutions, including the Cornell University Peace Studies Programme.

Chris Gordon, Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies,  University of Ghana, Ghana
Gordon is Director of the Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies at the University of Ghana .He has been on international advisory committees such as the Africa Interim Scientific Steering Committee for Future Earth as well as the UNEP Foresight Expert Panel and UNEP PRO-VIA Steering Committee. He has served as Vice Presidents of both the International Society of Limnology and of Wetlands International. Professor Gordon has coordinated the development of Ghana National Climate Change Policy for the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation and is the Chair of Environmental Committee for the Ghana Standards Authority.

Joyeeta Gupta, Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research of the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Joyeeta Gupta is Professor of Environment and Development in the Global South at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research of the University of Amsterdam and UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft. She is also a member of the Amsterdam Global Change Institute. She is editor-in-chief of International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics (IF 2.0) and is on the editorial board of journals like Carbon and Law Review, International Journal on Sustainable Development, Environmental Science and Policy, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Catalan Environmental Law Journal, Review of European Community and International Environmental Law and the new International Journal of Water Governance. She was and continues to be lead author in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Stéphane Hallegatte, The World Bank, USA
Stéphane Hallegatte is senior economist with The World Bank, in the office of the chief economist of the Sustainable Development Network. His work includes green growth and climate change mitigation strategies, urban economics, and climate change adaptation and disaster risk management. He is lead author of the IPCC for its fifth assessment report. He also co-led The World Bank report 'Inclusive Green Growth' in 2012, and is a core writing team member for the 2014 World Development Report 'Managing Risks for Development'. Stéphane holds an engineering degree from the Ecole Polytechnique and a PhD in economics from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris.

Paula Harrison, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Dr. Paula Harrison is a Senior Research Fellow at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford. She coordinates the EU-funded IMPRESSIONS project which is investigating the consequences of high-end climate change and how such knowledge can be embedded within effective and integrated adaptation and mitigation decision-making processes. She has a background in modelling climate change impacts and adaptation options for agriculture, biodiversity and ecosystem services. She specialises in working across sectors and disciplines to integrate different types of knowledge using both modelling and participatory approaches to find innovative solutions for adapting to climate change.  She was a Contributing Author for the Europe chapter of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report.

Yasuaki Hijioka, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan
Yasuaki Hijioka is head of environmental urban systems section at the centre  of social and environmental systems research, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan. His research topics cover modelling analysis for environmental issues related to climate change impacts and adaptation, and he is involved in the development of the Asia-Pacific Integrated Model (AIM) to estimate climate change impacts and to assess policy options for stabilising global climate. He is a coordinating lead author for Working Group II of the IPCC 5th assessment report.

Jochen Hinkel, Global Climate Forum, Germany
Dr. Jochen Hinkel is a senior researcher at the Global Climate Forum (GCF), a lecturer at the Division of Resource Economics at Humboldt University in Berlin and Lead Author on the coastal chapter of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). At GCF Hinkel leads the research process on Adaptation and Social Learning, which focuses on the governance of human-environment interactions in the context of climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation, with a particular focus on coastal systems. Hinkel is also Coordinating Lead Author of the guidance on methodologies for assessing vulnerability and adaptation developed by the UNEP Programme on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA).

Holger Hoff, Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden / Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany
Dr. Holger Hoff is Senior Research Fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) in Sweden and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Germany. His main research interests are in integrated water and natural resource management, climate adaptation and mitigation, the nexus, teleconnections, and sustainable production and consumption, globally and with focus on the MENA region and sub-Saharan Africa. He has more than 20 years’ experience in environment & development issues, working for different universities, research institutes and think tanks in Germany, Sweden, and the Netherlands. He has been scientific adviser to German development cooperation for more than 10 years.

Saleemul Huq, International Centre for Climate Change Development, Bangladesh / International Institute for Environment and Development, United Kingdom
Saleemul Huq is director of the International Centre for Climate Change & Development (ICCCAD). He also is a Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Environment & Development (IIED) in the UK, where he is involved in building negotiating capacity and supporting the engagement of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in UNFCCC. Huq has published numerous articles in scientific and popular journals, was a lead author of the chapter on Adaptation and Sustainable Development in the third assessment report of the IPCC, and coordinating lead author of ‘Inter-relationships between adaptation and mitigation’ in the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report. He did his PhD in plant sciences at Imperial College in 1978.

Mandy Ikert, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, USA
Mandy is the Head of the Water and Adaptation Initiative for the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and is responsible for supporting member cities in meeting their goals in climate change adaptation and water management. Before taking on this role, Mandy served as the organisation’s Jakarta City Director – through the C40 partnership with the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) – working closely with the Governor and regional government of Jakarta to identify, develop and implement programmes and projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the city. Before joining the organisation, Mandy was a city planner in New York, serving in both NYC's City Planning and Parks and Recreation departments.

Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson Global Environment Facility (GEF)Naoko Ishii is CEO and Chairperson for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) since  2012. Prior to that, Ms. Ishii was the Deputy Vice Minister of Finance, responsible for Japan’s international financial and development policies, and for 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. For many years Ms. Ishii has served in international assignments, including at The World Bank as the Country Director for Sri Lanka and the Maldives and Vietnam, and at the International Monetary Fund, working for Africa and Asia. She has published numerous papers and several books, is the inaugural recipient of the 2006 Enjoji Jiro Memorial Prize and holds BA and PhD from University of Tokyo.

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Daniela Jacob, Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), Germany
Daniela Jacob studied meteorology in Darmstadt and completed her dissertation in Hamburg. Since 1993 she has been a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg. In June 2010, she was appointed as one of the lead authors of the 5th Assessment Report on Climate Change of the IPCC. Jacob was leading the “Climate System” department of the Climate Service Center since 2010 and has taken over as Acting Director of the Climate Service Center 2.0 as in 2014. The Center offers products, advisory services and decision-relevant knowledge based on sound scientific knowledge in order to support government and business in their efforts to adapt to climate change.

Marjeta Jager, Deputy Director General Directorate-General International Cooperation and Development, European Commission
Marjeta JAGER is currently Deputy Director General for the Directorate-General for International cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO). Ms JAGER has been working in the European Commission since 2005, starting as Director for Security in DG Energy and Transport and later being Director for international energy and transport files and coordination, as well as being Head of Cabinet of the Transport Commissioner.
Before joining the Commission Ms JAGER was more than a decade working on the accession of Slovenia to the EU for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and she was the first Coreper I Ambassador of Slovenia to the EU.

Áile Jávo, President Saami Council
Áile Jávo was elected as the president of the Saami Council in 2013. The Saami Council is a Saami NGO, founded in 1956, with Saami member organisations in Finland, Russia, Norway and Sweden. Jávos background is from political science, and she has been working with indigenous and saami issues for the last nineteen years. This includes both internal saami issues, indigenous and human rights issues within the UN and Arctic issues within the Arctic Council, where the Saami Council is one of six Permanent Participants.

Tong Jiang, National Climate Centre, China
Professor Jiang has spent nearly 20 years working on climate change, water resources management and floods/drought analysis in the National Climate Centre under the China Meteorological Administration. He specialises in assessment of climate induced hazards in Asian larger Rivers. He is also involved in several programmes in the larger Asian river basins of the South and Central Asia Water Initiative funded by World Bank. Jiang is an Associate editor for the Hydrological Sciences Journal and Atmospheric Research, and a lead author for IPCC AR5 working group II. He is also a leading author of the National Climate Change Programme and the China National Assessment Report on Risk management and Adaptation of Climate Extremes and Disasters.                           

André Jol, European Environment Agency (EEA), Denmark
André Jol is head of group on climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation at the EEA, where he oversees EEA assessments on natural hazards, impacts of and vulnerability to climate change, and adaptation actions in EEA member countries. Previous functions in EEA include head of group on climate change, energy and air quality. He is responsible for the European Climate Adaptation Platform, in close collaboration with the European Commission (DG Climate Action). He manages the work of the European Topic Centre on climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation, funded by EEA. He participates in the EU delegation to meetings of UNFCCC and IPCC and is a member of Advisory Boards of various EU funded research and Interreg projects.

Robert Kibugi, University of Nairobi, Kenya
Robert Kibugi is a lecturer in law at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Environmental Law and School of Law. Previously he taught at the University of Ottawa. He holds an LLB and an LLM from the University of Nairobi, and an LLD from the University of Ottawa. His legal and policy research agenda focuses a.o. on public participation in natural resource governance, land use law for sustainable development, climate change, energy law, water resources management and rights, water and sanitation. He is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya and legal advisor and consultant to the Government of Kenya on drafting climate change legislation and policy for the country. He has published various chapters and articles in peer reviewed books and journals.                      

Richard Klein, Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden
Richard is Senior Research Fellow and Theme Leader 'Reducing Climate Risk' at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), and Professor of 'Geography, Climate Policy and Development' at Linköping University. He has more than twenty years of experience in original research, science assessment and policy advice on climate change adaptation. Richard has been an IPCC author since 1994, member of the PROVIA Scientific Steering Committee since 2010, and co-director and chief scientist of the Nordic Centre of Excellence NORD-STAR since 2011. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of the academic journal Climate and Development, which published its first issue in 2009. Before joining SEI in 2006, Richard worked at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and the VU University in Amsterdam.

Sari Kovats, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom
Sari Kovats is a Senior Lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the leading research institution on public health in the UK. Sari has a PhD in environmental epidemiology and her research interests are primarily on methods to assess the human health impacts of weather, climate and climate change. Sari is Director of the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Environmental Change and Health, a multi-disciplinary five-year research programme, in partnership with Public Health England, and was Coordinating Lead Author for Chapter 23 on Europe in the 5th Assessment Report for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) (2014).

Wim Kuijken, Delta Commissioner and Chair of the Supervisory Board of DNB, the central bank of the Netherlands
Wim Kuijken studied Economics at VU University Amsterdam, majoring in spatial economics and transport economics and started his long career with the government in 1979. On 1 February 2010, in anticipation of the Delta Act, Mr Kuijken was appointed as the first Government Commissioner for the Delta Programme. In addition to his duties as Delta Programme Commissioner, he fills a number of secondary posts related to public administration. For example, he is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Commissioners of the Dutch Central Bank,  Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the VU University and Chairman of the Board of “The Hague Security Delta”.  

Zbigniew Kundzewicz, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
Zbigniew Kundzewicz is Professor of Earth Sciences and Head of Laboratory of Climate and Water Resources of the Institute for Agricultural and Forest Environment, Polish Academy of Sciences. His IPCC work includes Coordinating Lead Author TAR Chapter 13 Europe, AR4 Chapter 3 Freshwater resources and their management, Technical Paper on Climate Change and Water and the Special Report on Extremes, hence part of the inner circle of the IPCC (2007 Nobel Peace Prize laureate). He is Member of the Advisory Board on the Environment of the EU 7th FP,  Editor-in-Chief of Hydrological Sciences Journal and member of editorial boards of several scientific journals. His principal research interest and expertise are extreme hydrological events, climate change impacts, sustainable development. He received several awards, a.o. Golden Cross of Merit.

Rodel Lasco, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Philippines 
Dr. Rodel Lasco has more than 30 years of experience in natural resources and environmental research, education and development. He is a lead author of several IPCC reports, including the fifth assessment report. He is a member of the National Academy of Science and Technology of the Philippines. He is a senior scientist at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), a centre devoted to promoting “tree on farms”. Concurrently, he is the Scientific Director of the OML Centre, whose mission is to promote research on climate adaptation and disasters risk reduction. He is Adjunct Professor at the University of the Philippines.

Sandra Lavorel, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France
Trained as an agronomer, Sandra Lavorel obtained a PhD in ecology in 1991. She has been a researcher at the French CNRS since 1994. Sandra Lavorel has received numerous awards including the Silver Medal of CNRS and is a member of the French Academy of Sciences. Her research focuses on impacts of changes in climate and land management on ecosystems and their services, and how such ecological and social knowledge can support climate change adaptation. This interdisciplinary research, with a close participation of local and regional stakeholders, contributes to national and international biodiversity and ecosystem assessments.

Uma Lele, Independent Scholar, India
Uma Lele is a development economist, has a PhD from Cornell University and four decades of experience in research, policy analysis, and evaluation in The World Bank, universities and international organisations. Her areas of work include food and agriculture, the environment, public health, science and technology, aid and finance and evaluation. She is co-chairing an inter-agency FSIN Technical Working Group on Measuring Food and Nutrition Security and is serving as a senior advisor to the Global Water Partnership. Currently she is working on a book Food for All: International Institutions and Transformation of Agriculture, forthcoming from Oxford University Press.  For her publications, advisory and philanthropic works see:

Bruno Locatelli, Centre for International Cooperation in Agricultural Research (CIRAD, France) / Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR, Peru)
Bruno Locatelli is a research scientist with CIRAD and CIFOR. He contributes to the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA). His research interests are focused on how ecosystem services contribute to reducing vulnerability to climate variations and how ecosystem-based adaptation can be designed and implemented, particularly in tropical forests. He is now based in Peru and he previously worked in Indonesia and Costa Rica.

Filipe Domingos Freires Lúcio, World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Switzerland
Filipe Lúcio is the Director of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) Office at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). He joined the WMO in 2007 in the disaster risk reduction programme, following 18 years of hands-on experience in operational meteorology and research, 10 of which as Director of the National Institute of Meteorology of Mozambique. He has authored papers and was active in various activities including those of Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR) in Africa and in the International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU) where he contributed to the development of plans on 'Integrated Research on Disaster Risk' and 'Natural and Human-induced Hazards and Disasters in sub-Saharan Africa'. 

Shuaib Lwasa, Makerere University, Uganda
Shuaib Lwasa is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at Makerere University. He has over 15 years of university teaching and research working on interdisciplinary research projects. Recent work is in the fields of mitigation of climate change, adaptation of cities to climate change, urban environmental management, spatial planning, disaster risk reduction, urban sustainability with links to livelihood systems and vulnerability to climate change. He has published on topics of cities and adaptation to climate change, health impacts of climate change, land and property rights, land use and landscape ecology, resource efficiency and spatial planning for sustainability. Shuaib coordinates the Habitat University (UNI) climate change and disaster Hub. He also serves on the Science steering committee of Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) and the Urbanization and Global Environmental Change (UGEC) of Future Earth.

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