Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California, United States
Gov. Schwarzenegger has been a world leader on climate change, establishing the first cap on greenhouse gas pollution in the United States, and setting bold policies such as low carbon fuels, million solar roofs, renewable energy portfolio, and much more. Most importantly, he has forged successful partnerships throughout North America and the world to combat this global problem.
Governor Jim Doyle of Wisconsin, United States
Since taking office, Gov. Jim Doyle has advanced an aggressive agenda to position Wisconsin as a leader in growing a clean energy economy. Wisconsin has adopted renewable portfolio standards, invested in green job creation, led the advancement of research in cellulosic ethanol and biomass, and made great strides to increase energy efficiency in homes, businesses and government buildings.
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm of Michigan, United States
Gov. Granholm's economic agenda involves aggressive measures to grow a new alternative energy sector that is transforming Michigan's rustbelt image to a greenbelt reality, helping reduce our nation's dependence on foreign oil and fossil fuels, and creating 85,000 jobs by 2020 from the 40 clean energy companies that have chosen Michigan in the past year alone. Michigan is leading the nation to redesign the current generation of vehicles to be more fuel efficient, serving as the world’s epicenter for automotive research and design.
Governor Chris Gregoire of Washington, United States
Gov. Gregoire has delivered real results to the people of Washington. In 2007, she signed an executive order establishing goals for reductions in climate pollution, increases in jobs and reductions in expenditures on imported fuel. This statewide effort will address climate change, grow the clean energy economy and move Washington toward energy independence.
Governor Ted Kulongoski of Oregon, United States
Combating climate change while growing a green economy has been the centerpiece of Gov. Kulongoski's administration, enacting among the nation's strongest renewable electricity and transportation fuel standards, a low-carbon fuel standard, green building codes, a solar feed-in tariff and aggressive residential and business energy tax credits, which have contributed to Oregon's national leadership in energy efficiency and wind and solar development.
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Secretary Linda S. Adams, California Environmental Protection Agency
Adams was appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in May 2006 as Secretary of California EPA – making her the first woman to serve as head of the agency. Adams oversees the environmental activities of the Air Resources Board, State Water Resources Control Board, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Department of Pesticide Regulation, and the approximately 5,000 employees that serve the state's diverse environmental programs.
Lillian Daniel-Abboud Ashkar, Science Educator
Daniel-Abboud Ashkar has been an educator at Masar School, Nazareth, Israel since 2009, and is presently studying for a Master’s Degree in Science and Technology Education in the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa. As part of her Master’s studies she evaluated an environmental education project provided by the Israel Nature and Parks Authority to young Arab students living near protected natural areas.
Fahad Al-Attiya, Chairman of Qatar National Food Security Programme
In 2008, Al-Attiya was appointed as chairman of the Qatar National Food Security Programme by His Highness the Heir Apparent of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani. Under Al-Attiya's leadership, the food security programme is developing a master plan which upon implementation, will become a model for sustainable, environmentally friendly agriculture in arid regions, and represent a unique challenge to the popular conceptions of food security being achieved in dry land countries. Al-Attiya is legal counsel for the Office of the Heir Apparent and is also a member of the Legislation Council of Qatar. Al-Attiya was educated at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, in the U.K.
Prefect Gustavo Baroja, Pichincha, Ecuador Gustavo Baroja, Prefect of the Provincial Government of Pichincha, Ecuador
Since 2006, Baroja has served as the Prefect of the Provincial Government of Pichincha, Ecuador. He previously was the vice prefect of Pichincha and before that Provincial Counsellor of Pichincha. Baroja has been a Communitarian Development specialist at governmental and nongovernmental organizations and a consultant and adviser in administrative and financial projects at the local, national and sub national level.
Thomas Becker, Vice President Governmental Affairs of BMW Group in Munich, Germany
Thomas Becker graduated in 1991 from Cologne University, Germany in Business Economics and finished his doctorate three years later. From 1995 – 2002 Dr. Becker worked for the Federation of German Industry in the Environmental Policy department in Berlin. Before he was announced Vice President Governmental Affairs at the BMW Group in Munich in 2007, he served as Deputy Managing Director of the Association of German Automobile Manufacturers in Frankfurt. In his current position, he is responsible for all governmental affairs activities within BMW Group.
Ali El Heddi Belhaj Bouabdallah, known as Ali Belhaj, President of the Oriental region in Morocco
Belhaj, involved in the political and social service life of his country since 1992, is Assistant Secretary General of the Authenticity and Modernity party. He is the founder and member of the NGO “Morocco 2020”. Belhaj’s goals are to develop renewable energies in his region and to promote green policies.
Craig Bilderback, Environmental and Sustainable Development VP for Environmental Initiatives, Veolia Transportation, North America
Bilderback, since May 2006, is responsible for all actions connected with climate issues at Veolia Transportation for its North American activities. His role includes support and development of a progressive Sustainable Development program, particularly in areas of local site awareness and sustainability, carbon management and registration, corporate marketing and participation in the American Public Transit Association (APTA) Standards Climate Change Working Group. Veolia Transportation is a branch of Veolia Environment which operates in 70 countries with 320,000 employees.
Anatoly Bliznyuk, Head of Donetsk Region State Administration
Anatoly Bliznyuk was born on November 24, 1948 in Kramatorsk city, Donetsk region. Mr. Bliznyuk holds PHD degree in state management. He began his career as an operator's assistant at Kramatorsk steel works. Then after several years he was promoted to become a foreman in a blast furnace shop. In 1984-1988 he had worked as deputy director of Kramatorsk steel works. In 1988-1990 – first deputy director of Kramatorsk steel works. 1990-1994 – deputy mayor of Kramatorsk. In 1997-2002 deputy chairman of Donetsk region administration; From 2002 until present time he has been working as Chairman of the Council of Donetsk Regional Council and Head of Donetsk Regional State Administration.
David Boyer of the Aga Khan Development Network
As Senior Director for the Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan Fund for the Environment, Boyer brings 25 years of experience in more than 40 countries working at the nexus of environment, economics and social equity in the areas of community based natural resource management and sustainable development. The fund focuses both on environment and development with special reference to Central and South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
Mark Cackler, Manager of the Agriculture and Rural Development Department of the World Bank
Cackler oversees the World Bank’s global programs for rural poverty alleviation, agriculture and natural resources management since February 2007. He joined the World Bank in 1981, after working as an Overseas Representative for John Deere Intercontinental, Ltd., based in Thailand. His global experience in the World Bank’s agriculture and natural resources divisions extends to East Africa, China, Indonesia, the Pacific Islands, India, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Prime Minister David Cameron of United Kingdom
In May 2010, Cameron became prime minister after a general election in which the Conservative Party won almost 100 additional seats. His belief is that social responsibility, not state control, is the best way to solve problems. Prior to becoming prime minister, Cameron was leader of the Conservative Party, working to promote social justice and social action, advancing the green agenda, protecting the National Health Service, and increasing women and ethnic minority candidates for the Conservative Party.
Premier Gordon Campbell, British Columbia, Canada
Gordon Campbell has been Premier of British Columbia since 2001. Under his guidance, the province has become one of the most competitive tax jurisdictions in North America and a continental leader in climate action. B.C. has implemented North America's first revenue-neutral carbon tax and was the first to put greenhouse gas reduction targets in legislation. The Province has invested significantly in its transportation infrastructure to take advantage of growing markets in Asia.
Al Carey, President and Chief Executive Officer, Frito-Lay North America
As president and CEO, Carey has led PepsiCo's $12 billion snack and convenient foods business since June 2006. He previously served as president of PepsiCo Sales, responsible for PepsiCo's sales and customer management for retail, foodservice and fountain businesses. In this role, he was the architect of PepsiCo's successful "Power of One" cross-divisional strategy, leveraging the combined strengths and capabilities of all its businesses under a unified approach to customers. He joined PepsiCo and Frito-Lay in 1981 as director of trade development for Frito-Lay, following seven years in sales at Procter & Gamble.
Governor Kabahizi Celestin of the Western Province, Republic of Rwanda
As the governor of the four western provinces of the Republic of Rwanda, Celestin’s priorities include greening, beautification of cities and resettlement, as well as erosion control for improving agriculture production. An economist, Gov. Celestin has extensive experience in management and planning.
Deepak Chopra, Author and Physician
Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Through his creation of The Chopra Center for Well Being in California in 1996, Chopra established a formal vehicle for the expansion of his healing approach using the integration of the best of western medicine with natural healing traditions, in both conventional and complementary healing arts. Chopra's work is changing the way the world views physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social wellness.
Craig Cogut, Founder and Managing Partner of Pegasus Capital Advisors, L.P. and R20 Financial Advisor
Craig Cogut is founder and Managing Partner of Pegasus Capital Advisors, L.P. He has over 27 years of private equity investing, complex financial restructuring and legal advisory experience. Since founding Pegasus in 1996, Cogut has executed over seventy transactions, and has assembled a world-class team of investment, operational and policy professionals. He has led Pegasus to focus on businesses that secure competitive advantage through resource conservation, efficiency, and security. He serves on the Board of Arizona State University's Global Institute of Sustainability.
Dr. Steven Currall, Dean, UC Davis Graduate School of Management
Currall, Dean and Professor of Management at UC Davis, has expertise in the arenas of innovation, emerging technologies, negotiation and corporate governance. At the invitation of the U.S. President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, he was a member of the Nanotechnology Technical Advisory Group. He was a recipient of Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Award®.
Jim Davis, President, Chevron Energy Solutions
As president, Jim Davis has established Chevron Energy Solutions as one of the nation's leading energy services firms. Before joining CES, Jim led the development of integrated energy solutions businesses at companies including PG&E Energy Services and Duke Louis/Dreyfus. Jim holds a bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University.
Vice Governor He Duanqi of Yunnan, China
A priority for Vice Governor He Duanqi is implementing the "One Post, Dual Responsibilities" system for environmental protection to achieve the goals and tasks set in the 11th Five-Year Plan for prevention and control of water pollution in Dianchi Lake as well as the upper reaches of Three Gorges Reservoir Area.
Dr. Adrián Fernández, President of the National Institute of Ecology, Mexico
Dr. Fernández was a pioneer in the assessment of commuters’ exposure to air pollution in Mexico, including adapting to a methodology to mitigate pollution exposure by commuters before and after the first rapid transit buses in Mexico City. In 2005 he was appointed president of the National Institute of Ecology, the research and think-tank agency within the Environment Secretariat in Mexico.
Harrison Ford, Actor and Environmentalist
Over the course of his career, Harrison Ford has become one of the most popularly acclaimed actors of all time. The actor, whose work includes starring roles in such cinematic blockbusters as the Star Wars and Indiana Jones series, The Fugitive, Air Force One, and Patriot Games, became interested in the environment after buying a spectacular 800 acre ranch in Jackson, WY., and developing a “sense of stewardship” about it. With an inspiring PSA in May 2008, Ford helped launch Conservation InternationaI's “Lost There, Felt Here” campaign to combat climate change. The campaign focused on the vital role of tropical forests in stabilizing our climate and the burning and clearing of tropical forests, which puts more CO2 into the atmosphere than all the world’s cars, trucks, planes, trains, and ships combined.
Amy Frankel, Regional Director of United Nations Environment Program
Amy Frankel has more than 20 years of experience in environmental and maritime law and policy. She has worked in the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government, inter-governmental organizations, and the private sector. Her areas of expertise include climate change, ocean and coastal issues, endangered species, chemicals, trade and environment, and international law.
Governor Gwendolyn Garcia of Cebu, Philippines
Gov. Garcia oversees Cebu, one of the most popular destinations in Southeast Asia, known for its excellent beaches and diving sites. Gov. Garcia aggressively pursues a 12-point agenda for her administration, implementing economically viable development programs that effectively respond to the needs of the Cebuano constituency – in infrastructure, water, power, health, education, agriculture and food production, women, business, tourism and the environment.
Charles Philip Arthur George, The Prince of Wales
The Prince of Wales, eldest son of The Queen and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, has for decades shown strong personal interest in environmental issues, highlighting themes of sustainable development, responsible stewardship of natural resources and global cooperation to protect our environmental heritage. In October 2007, the Prince of Wales launched the Prince's Rainforests Project to find practical solutions to slow tropical deforestation and combat climate change.
Gao Guangsheng, Director of Climate Change Department of National Development and Reform Commission, China
Since 2007, Gao Guangsheng has served as the director of the Climate Change Department of the National Development and Reform Commission and oversees international collaboration on climate change related programs. He has participated in all climate change negotiations and national climate change policies drafted in China since 1992. Earlier, he worked at the commission as director general at the Office of the National Coordination Committee on Climate Change and as deputy director at the State Planning Commission of China.
Laura Ipsen, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Smart Grid, Cisco Systems, Inc.
In her role as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cisco’s Smart Grid Business Unit, Ipsen shapes Cisco’s vision and strategy for this emerging market adjacency, builds an extensive product and services portfolio designed to meet the needs of global utilities transitioning to a smarter grid, and leads Cisco’s strategy for communicating to Cisco customers, partners, shareholders, and employees.
Yang Jinkun, Deputy Director of Yunnan Provincial Development and Reform Commission, Yunnan, China
As a member of Yunnan Energy Conservation and Climate Change Leading Group, Yang Jinkun is in charge of climate change and energy conservation for the Yunnan Provincial Development and Reform Commission, responsible for comprehensive analysis of climate change impacts on economic and social development, organizing and developing major strategies, plans and policies on climate change. He is the main conductor of "12th Five-year Plan on Low-carbon Development in Yunan Province" and implements low carbon development pilot work in Yunnan Province.
Mayor Kevin Johnson, City of Sacramento, California
Sacramento native Kevin Johnson was elected as the 55th mayor of the City of Sacramento in November 2008. He is the first native Sacramentan, and the first African American to be elected to the office. In the first two years of his administration, Mayor Johnson's top priorities include public safety, economic development, education, green, and good government.
Ambassador Richard H. Jones, Deputy Executive Director, International Energy Agency
Jones specializes in energy policy after 30 years of policy and diplomatic experience that includes ambassadorships in Israel, Kuwait, Kazakhstan and Lebanon. From February to August, 2005, he was the U.S. Secretary of State's Senior Advisor and Coordinator for Iraq Policy. He is based in Paris.
Vice Governor Wang Junmin of Shangdong, China
In 2009, the Shangdong province received 33 national science and technology awards, including a first prize for national technical invention and two prizes for scientific and technological progress. Wang Junmin graduated from Shandong University, majoring in socialism. From 1994 to 1997, he studied in Shanghai Normal University, majoring in International Politics and Economy and received the Master Degree of Laws. He was graduated from the Party School of the CPC Central Committee in 2001, majoring in Economic Management, with an on-the-job postgraduate education.
Dr. Linda P.B. Katehi, Chancellor, University of California, Davis
Katehi oversees all aspects of the university's teaching, research and public service mission. She also holds UC Davis faculty appointments in electrical and computer engineering and in women and gender studies. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, her work in electronic circuit design has earned her 17 U.S. patents and an additional five U.S. patent applications. In her first year, UC Davis in 2009 launched its sustainable second century to highlight its leadership in sustainability among academic institutions. She has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from UCLA.
Sansui Lamido, Governor and Chairman of the Board of Central Federal Bank of Nigeria
Sansui was appointed the 10th Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria in June 2009 and has recently been conferred with a National Award of Commander of the Order of the Niger by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He has traversed the banking industry, beginning in 1985 at Icon Limited (Merchant Bankers), a subsidiary of Morgan Guaranty Trust Bank of New York, and Baring Brothers of London, through United Bank for Africa Plc as General Manager, to the Group Managing Director of First Bank of Nigeria PLC in January 2009. As an accomplished carrier banker, he is reputed to have championed the development of enterprise-wide risk management control mechanisms.
Jin-Soo Lee, Director General of Investment & Industry Deliberation, Gyeonggi Provincial Government, Republic of Korea
Jin-Soo Lee has been working as the Director General of Investment & Industry Deliberation in the Gyeonggi Provincial Government since September 2010. He previously served as Deputy Mayor of Osan City. In 1994, he received his appointment as a civil official and occupied key public posts in the economy and international trade sector including service in trade promotion, employment security and traffic policy. He received a bachelor's degree in political science and diplomacy from Sogang University and a master's from the Korea Development Institute School, a leading Korean think tank.
Special Representative Reta Jo Lewis, U.S. State Department, Office of Global Intergovernmental Affairs
Lewis is responsible for serving the global needs of intergovernmental officials and entities they represent. She promotes local capacity-building efforts, including those related to climate change issues, and serves as a point of entry for the global needs of state and local officials. Ms. Lewis holds a J.D. from Emory University School of Law and has previously worked in the Clinton White House as Special Assistant to the President for Political Affairs.
Deputy Secretary General Ye Liaoyuan of Yunnan Provincial Government, China
Ye Liaoyuan's main work and research area is architecture structural engineering and urban anti-seismic technologies. He has presided over four projects of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (1988 -2002), including a project of the Outstanding Young Teachers Fund under the State Education Commission (1994 -1997), a sub-project under the National Key Research Project (1999 -2000), and a project under the Provincial Key Research Project in Yunnan Province. The deputy secretary general was awarded the Advanced Individual Awards of Lijiang Earthquake Recovery and Reconstruction in 1999 and First Prize of China Construction Science and Technology in 2003.
Thomas Lovejoy, Biodiversity Chair at the Heinz Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment
Lovejoy, a conservation biologist, coined the term “biological diversity," and founded the series Nature, the popular long-term series on public television. He is a former president of the Heinz Center and the World Bank’s Chief Biodiversity Advisor and Lead Specialist for Environment for Latin America and the Caribbean. Lovejoy has served on science and environmental councils under the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton administrations. In the 1980's, he brought international attention to the world’s tropical rainforests, and in particular, the Brazilian Amazon, where he has worked since 1965.
Governor Arnóbio Marques de Almeida Júnior of Acre, Brazil
Acre Governor Marques has participated in the successful transformation of a grassroots movement, started by Chico Mendes, to defend Amazonian rain forests into innovative state public policies for forest conservation and sustainable development. With more than 80% forest cover in the headwaters of several Amazonian rivers, Acre connects the Brazilian, Bolivian and Peruvian Amazons.
William McDonough, Founding Partner of William McDonough & Partners
McDonough and German chemist Dr. Michael Braungart co-authored "Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things," a book on the American sustainability movement. In 2010, McDonough and Braungart founded the nonprofit Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, to which they donated the license to the Cradle to Cradle certification program. He is a founding partner in William McDonough & Partners, an architecture and community design firm.
Governor José Guadalupe Osuna Millán of Baja California, Mexico
Osuna, a Mexican economist and politician member of the National Action Party, was sworn in on November 1, 2007, and is serving a six-year term. He graduated in Economics from the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California and has a Master's Degree in Economics from the Instituto Politécnico Nacional. He is a former municipal president of Tijuana and federal deputy in the LIX Legislature of the Mexican Congress for the V Electoral District of Baja California.
Mary D. Nichols, JD, Chair of the California Air Resources Board
Nichols implements California's landmark greenhouse gas emissions legislation as well as setting air pollution standards for motor vehicles and fuels as CARB chair since July 2007. She also held the post under Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr. from 1979 to 1983. Nichols headed the Office of Air and Radiation at U.S. EPA during the Clinton Administration, establishing the acid rain trading program and the first air quality standard for fine particles.
Teruyuki Ohno, Director General of the Bureau of Environment for the Tokyo Metropolitan Government
As a member of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Ohno was responsible for the establishment and the implementation of the "Say No to Diesel Vehicles" campaign, and then moved on to become responsible for Tokyo's climate change strategy. While working on projects such as the “Project to Expand the Use of Solar Energy,” Ohno took charge of the amendment of the Tokyo Metropolitan Environmental Security Ordinance to introduce Japan’s first cap-and-trade program and directed the enforcement of the program in April 2010.
Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Dr. Pachauri is Director-General of The Energy and Resources Institute, a respected energy and environment research organization. Dr. Pachauri also serves as Chairman of the IPCC, and recently won the Nobel Peace Prize with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore for sounding the alarm over global warming and spreading awareness on how to counteract it.
Eric Pooley, Deputy Editor of Bloomberg Businessweek and Author
Pooley is deputy editor of Bloomberg Businessweek and author of "The Climate War: True Believers, Power Brokers, and the Fight to Save the Earth" (Hyperion, 2010). He has also served as managing editor of Fortune, editor of Time Europe, and national editor, chief political correspondent, and White House correspondent for Time. Pooley's work has been recognized with many honors, including a National Magazine Award. He has written about the politics of energy and climate change for Time, Slate, Bloomberg News and other publications.
Glenn Prickett, Chief External Affairs Officer, The Nature Conservancy
Prickett joined The Nature Conservancy in January 2010 after two decades working on international environment and development policy. He is a member of the Conservancy’s executive team and oversees international and U.S. government relations, corporate practices, sustainability efforts and relationships with leading international institutions and non-governmental organizations. Previously, he spent 13 years at Conservation International, and served in the Clinton Administration as chief environmental advisor at the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Mayor Huang Qifan, Chongqing, China
Huang Qifan was elected mayor of southwest China's Chongqing Municipality in January 2010. Previously, Huang was vice mayor of Chongquing from 2001-2009 and served as acting mayor and vice secretary of the Chongqing municipal committee of the Communist Party of China since December 2009. He received his Master of Business Administration degree from the China Europe International Business School in December 1999 while serving as deputy secretary general of the Shanghai Municipal Government.
Secretary Bonnie Reiss, California Secretary of Education
California Secretary of Education Bonnie Reiss serves as the primary education advisor to Governor Schwarzenegger. In addition Ms. Reiss serves on the University of California Board of Regents, where she was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger in February 2010 to serve a 12-year term. Prior to joining the Governor’s Office Secretary Reiss served as an Advisor to Pegasus Capital, a private equity firm committed to investing and developing scarce resources, commodities and sustainable companies. She was Senior Advisor to Governor Schwarzenegger from 2003 to 2007 involved in all major policy initiatives. She serves on the boards of After School All Stars and the Governor and First Lady’s Conference on Women.
Dr. Art Rosenfeld, Father of Energy Efficiency, former Chairman of the California Energy Commission, and Distinguished Scientist Emeritus at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Focusing on the efficient use of energy, Rosenfeld founded the Center for Building Science at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, which he led until 1994, when he was appointed Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. He was appointed in 2000 as Commissioner at the California Energy Commission, where he served two terms until 2010.
Vice-President Michèle Sabban, Regional Council of Ile-de-France and President, Assembly of European Regions (AER)
Sabban serves as vice president of the Regional Council of Ile-de-France in charge of staff, general administration and procurement contracts. She was elected president of the Assembly of European Regions in 2008 and is working to raise the visibility of regions for their work in designing and implementing fair and efficient public policies in the areas of climate change, youth mobility and economic development.
Governor Juan Sabines Guerrero of Chiapas, Mexico
Throughout his political career, Guerrero has oriented his political career to social development and efficient management of public resources. He became governor of Chiapas in 2006, and is former mayor of Tuxtla Gutiérrez, capital city of Chiapas. As governor, Guerrero’s state plan of development promotes respect of human rights, including those of migrant workers. He has received awards from the national governments of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador for defense of the rights of Central American migrants.
Penny D. Sackett, Chief Scientist for Australia
Sackett provides independent advice to the government on issues relating to science and innovation since her November 2008 appointment as Chief Scientist for Australia. Professor Sackett chairs the national Climate Change Science Framework Coordination Group and is Executive Officer to the Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Council. She is an accomplished cross-disciplinary scientist with a record of academic excellence on three continents.
Seethapathy Chandler, Principal Director and Chief Information Officer of Asian Development Bank
Chander is the principal director and CIO of the ADB Office of Information Systems and Technology. He also serves as the chair of ADB's energy committee which provide guidance to the company's operating departments on policy matters and initiatives in the energy sector. Chander is a graduate in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi, India, and has diplomas in management and human resources management as well.
Secretary George P. Shultz, Former United States Secretary of State, Reagan Administration
Shultz is advisory council chairman of the Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency at Stanford University, chairman of the MIT Energy Initiative External Advisory and also chairman of the Energy Task Force and a distinguished fellow at the Hoover Institution. In the Reagan administration, Shultz served as Secretary of State and Chairman of the President's Economic Policy Advisory Board.
Charlotte Mailliard Shultz, Chair, California State Protocol Foundation and the San Francisco Host Committee
As Chief of Protocol, Shultz presents California to its most distinguished guests from around the world, arranges for its largest celebrations and facilitates diplomatic relations with the California Consular Corps. For her work , she has received numerous awards, most notably, the State of California Woman of the Year Award, the United Nations Association of San Francisco’s Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Woodrow Wilson Award. In 2007, Queen Elizabeth II bestowed on her the title, Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, for her long record of service in assisting royal visitors to California.
Carsten Siebert, Director of The Daniel Barenboim Foundation in Berlin
Siebert manages the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra as head of the Barenboim Foundation. Siebert was previously Executive Director of artist and director Robert Wilson's Byrd Hoffman Watermill Foundation in New York. He teaches philosophy and arts management at Humboldt University Berlin, St. Gallen, and Leuphana University Lüneburg.
Donald Speagle, Deputy Secretary, National Reform and Climate Change Group, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Victoria, Australia
Speagle has overseen development of the Victorian Government's Climate Change White Paper, a 10-year plan for responding to challenges and opportunities of climate change. He has also overseen the Victorian Climate Change Act 2010, which sets a target for Victoria to reduce its emissions 20 percent by 2020, compared to 2000 levels. Speagle is a graduate of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and the University of Melbourne.
Chair Nancy Sutley, White House Council on Environmental Quality, United States
In Sutley's role as chair, she serves as the principal environmental policy adviser to the President. The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) coordinates federal environmental efforts and works closely with agencies and other White House offices in the development of environmental policies and initiatives. In addition, CEQ reports annually to the President on the state of the environment; oversees federal agency implementation of the environmental impact assessment process; and acts as a referee when agencies disagree over the adequacy of such assessments. Prior to her appointment, Sutley was the Deputy Mayor for Energy and Environment for the city of Los Angeles, California.
Terry Tamminen, Founder of Seventh Generation Advisors and Strategic Advisor to the R20
In his work with Pegasus Capital Advisors and the nonprofit organization Seventh Generation Advisors, Tamminen helps companies and world governments adopt clean energy and sustainability polices based on California’s successful models. He served as Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency and Cabinet Secretary under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, helping him craft such groundbreaking sustainability policies as the Hydrogen Highway Network, the Million Solar Roofs initiative and California’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.
Ann Thompson, Chief Environmental Affairs Correspondent for NBC News
Anne Thompson was named NBC News' Chief Environmental Affairs correspondent in April 2007. She will report on such issues as alternative fuels, global warming, land usage and new technologies for all NBC News broadcasts including "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams," "Today," on MSNBC, and online at www.msnbc.com.
Governor Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan of Delta State, Nigeria
Governor Uduaghan is a Medical Doctor with several years of leadership, administrative and management experience. He has been passionately pursuing a vision to diversify the economy of the state and his country, Nigeria, from over-reliance on fossil fuel to drive economic growth and development. This had led to the creation of the Delta State Green Economy Initiative to ensure people can economically sustain themselves and benefit from environmentally friendly enterprises.
Leen Verbeek, Queen’s Commissioner of the Province of Flevoland, The Netherlands
Verbeek is appointed by the Queen and has been Mayor of Purmerend for five years. He is co-founder and chairperson of the International Tree Fund which does nature and rural projects in Latin America. Verbeek heads a province which is the most energy efficient in the Netherlands. By the year 2013, 60 percent of Flevoland’s energy use will come from sustainable energy sources.
Bryan Walsh, Environment Columnist for TIME Magazine
Bryan Walsh, staff writer for TIME and TIME.com, focuses on environmental issues, general interest and national stories. He writes the Going Green column for TIME and TIME.com and contributes to TIME.com's environmental issues blog, Ecocentric. A former Tokyo bureau chief for TIME, Walsh was named staff writer in August 2007 and is based in New York.
West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Founded by Daniel Barenboim and the late Palestinian literary scholar Edward Said in 1999 to promote coexistence and intercultural dialogue, the orchestra proves that music can break down barriers previously considered insurmountable. It consists of an equal number of young Israeli and Arab musicians, joined by a group of Spanish members. They meet each summer in Seville, Spain for a workshop where rehearsals are complemented by lectures and discussions, and followed by an international concert tour.
Rona Yircali, Chairman of the ICC World Chambers Federation
Yircali's companies specialize in energy (transformers, hydro and wind power), animal feed, textiles, synthetic fibers, tourism, finance and mining. He is an executive board member of the International Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the World Chambers Federation. Yircali received his Business Administration degree from the University of Miami, Florida.