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Mark Kenber has worked on climate change for over 20 years. During that time he led the creation of the CDM Gold Standard, a tool for channeling carbon market investments into sustainable clean energy projects, and participated in the European Climate Change Programme working group responsible for the design of the EU ETS. Mark currently sits on the Climate Change Advisory Council at Zurich Insurance, BP’s target-neutral Assurance and Advisory Panel; the Climate Policy Editorial Advisory Board; and the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change Steering Committee.
Adam joined the international energy company, Mainstream Renewable Power, in November 2008, after the acquisition of Airtricity where he was UK Chief Executive. He currently chairs the UK’s Offshore Wind Programme Board, and in 2014 he became the founding Chairman of the Seastar Industrial Alliance, a network of the Northern Seas offshore wind sector. He is a former Chairman of Renewable UK (previously the BWEA), and a former Vice-President of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). Prior to joining Airtricity Adam was Director of Public Policy at UK law firm McGrigors.
Emily Farnworth is Head of Climate Initiatives at the World Economic Forum based in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to joining the World Economic Forum she was Co-Founder of Counter Culture, a B-Corporation dedicated to communications for good. Whilst at the agency, she helped create RE100 and supported the launch of the We Mean Business coalition – a network of global climate action NGOs focussed on achieving and now delivering the Paris Agreement. Emily has over twenty years of experience working with leading businesses and governments on climate action and environmental management. She has worked with a wide range of businesses sectors including energy, mining, financial services, food and beverage and manufacturing in her role within environmental consultancy firms ERM and URS and whilst at The Climate Group, a leading climate action NGO. Emily has a Masters in Environmental Science, Management and Law.
Ms. Elizabeth Press is the Director of Planning and Programme Support at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). As part of her portfolio, Ms. Press has been working extensively on renewable energy in the climate action context and has been one of the leading members of the UN Global Climate Action team on energy, where IRENA spearheads the efforts on renewables.
Ms. Press joined IRENA in November 2010 as part of the team that led IRENA transition from a Preparatory Commission to a full-fledged Agency in April 2011. Before joining IRENA, Ms. Press had some 18 years of international experience, mainly with the United Nations, in the fields of development, humanitarian assistance, and political affairs. She has served in HQ duty stations in New York and Geneva, as well as in different field locations, including Rwanda, Kenya, Burundi, DRC, Cambodia, and Kosovo. Ms. Press holds an MA in Public Administration.
Alex Perera is the Director of Renewable Energy Initiatives at the World Resources Institute. He has led successful collaboration projects with multinationals in the manufacturing, retail, and technology sectors to scale use of renewable energy and energy efficiency. Prior to joining WRI in 2007, Alex has over ten years of experience in energy policy, finance, and the private sector.
Andrew Winston is a globally recognized expert on how companies can navigate and profit from humanity’s biggest challenges. His views on strategy have been sought after by many of the world’s leading companies, including Boeing, HP, J&J, Kimberly-Clark, PepsiCo, PwC, and Unilever. Andrew’s first book, Green to Gold, was the top-selling green business title of the last decade and was included in Inc. Magazine’s all-time list of 30 books that every manager should own. His speeches for audiences around the world, and his new book The Big Pivot, lay out a practical and optimistic roadmap for how companies can thrive in a hotter, scarcer, more open world.
Jon Williams leads the finance sector team within the PwC Sustainability and Climate Change practice. He has extensive experience in understanding business opportunities and challenges associated with pursuing low carbon solutions. Prior to joining PwC, Jon was the Head of Group Sustainable Development at HSBC. Jon chairs the Carbon Markets & Investors Association Low Carbon Technology Working Group and currently sits on the UN Environment Programme-Finance Initiative Climate Change Working Group.
Pedro Faria is the Technical Director at CDP. He oversees the development of CDP’s information request, disclosure platform, scoring systems and data. He is a member of the Climate Disclosure Working Group and leads their XBRL efforts in the area of climate change reporting. Pedro has a deep understanding of the technical, accounting and reporting aspects of energy and carbon emissions.