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HYOEUN JENNY KIM

Deputy Director-General

Global Green Growth Initiative (GGGI)

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Amb. Hyoeun Jenny Kim is Deputy Director-General of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). GGGI is a treaty-based inter-governmental organization supporting developing countries and emerging economies to achieve economic growth and environmental sustainability together through following new pathway of green growth. She is responsible for managing GGGI’s in-country operations in more than 30 countries, which support low carbon economic growth, including NDC development and implementation.

 

RACHEL KYTE

Dean of The Fletcher School

Rachel Kyte is the 14th dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University. A 2002 graduate of Fletcher’s Global Master of Arts Program (GMAP) and a professor of practice at the school since 2012, Kyte is the first woman to lead the nation’s oldest graduate-only school of international affairs, which attracts students from all corners of the globe and at all stages of their careers.

 

Prior to joining Fletcher, Kyte served as special representative of the U.N. secretary-general and chief executive officer of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL). She previously was the World Bank Group vice president and special envoy for climate change, leading in the run-up to the Paris Agreement. She was also vice president at the International Finance Corporation responsible for ESG risk and business advisory services.

In her U.N. role and as CEO of SEforAll, a public-private platform created from an initiative of the U.N. and World Bank, Kyte led efforts to promote and finance clean, reliable and affordable energy as part of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. She served as co-chair of U.N. Energy. 

In the 2020 New Year Honours, Rachel was appointed as CMG for her services to sustainable energy and combating climate change.Kyte is a member of the U.N. secretary-general’s high level advisory group on climate action and an advisor to the U.K. government in its preparations of the climate talks in 2021 as a Friend of COP26. Kyte is chair of the Rwanda Green Fund, chair of the ESG committee of the board of the Private Infrastructure Development Group. She serves on a number of not-for-profit boards, and advises private sector corporations in areas of climate, energy and finance.

A citizen of the U.K., Kyte earned her undergraduate degree in history and politics from the University of London. Kyte is married to Dr. Ilyse Zable and they have two children.

 

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DONNEL BAIRD

Founder & CEO of BlocPower 

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BlocPower is a Brooklyn-based climate technology startup that is making American cities greener, smarter, and healthier. Since its founding in 2014, the company has retrofitted more than 1,000 buildings in disadvantaged communities in New York City, with projects underway in 24 cities. BlocPower uses proprietary software for analysis, leasing, project management, and monitoring of clean energy projects that save customers between 20-70 percent on annual energy costs. The company is backed by some of the world’s top investors including The Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group, Kapor Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, the American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact, AccelR8, Salesforce Ventures, and New York Ventures of the Empires State Development Corporation.

 

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ANDREAS KARELAS

Executive Director of Re-Volv and author of Climate Courage ​

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Andreas Karelas is the founder and Executive Director of RE-volv. Andreas is a dedicated renewable energy advocate with over 15 years of environmental and renewable energy nonprofit experience. Prior to founding RE-volv Andreas worked with a number of leading organizations including the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), the National Audubon Society, blueEnergy, and the Center for Resource Solutions. Andreas holds Master’s degrees in International Affairs and in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. He is an Audubon TogetherGreen Conservation Leadership Fellow, an OpenIDEO Climate Innovator Fellow, and the author of the forthcoming book Climate Courage.

 

J. ANDREW MURPHY

SVP, Strategy and Corporate Development, Edison International

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Drew Murphy is senior vice president of strategic planning for Edison International. He is responsible for strategic planning for Edison International and its subsidiaries, advancing strategic initiatives that are key to achieving business growth and long- term shareholder value for the company. He also oversees the analysis of emerging trends in the industry, including distributed renewable generation, commercial and industrial energy services, and competitive transmission. Edison International is the parent company of Southern California Edison, one of the nation’s largest utilities, and Edison Energy Group, a subsidiary composed of variety of

non-regulated businesses in the energy sector.

 

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STEVEN LOW

F.J. Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences and Electrical Engineering, CalTech

Steven Low is a Professor of the Computing and Mathematical Sciences Department and the Electrical Engineering Department at the California Institute of Technology. He is known for his work on the theory and mathematical modeling of Internet congestion control, algorithms, and optimization in power systems.

Low pioneered a mathematical theory of large-scale networks under end-to-end congestion control such as the Internet, with implications on resource allocation, routing, and network architecture.

NANCY RADER

Executive Director, California Wind Energy Association

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Nancy Rader has over 30 years of experience as a renewable energy advocate. She has represented CalWEA since its inception in 2000, serving as executive director since 2002. From 1994 to 1998, Ms. Rader served as policy advisor to and West Coast Representative of the American Wind Energy Association, and was honored as AWEA's "Wind Industry Person of the Year" in 1996.

 

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DANIELLE OSBORN MILLS

California Director, American Clean Power

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Danielle Osborn Mills has over a decade of experience on complex California energy and environmental challenges. As Principal of Renewable Energy Strategies and Director of AWEA-California, she coordinates member companies in the development of policy priorities and positions, and advocates for policies that promote the development of utility-scale wind as part of a balanced portfolio.

 

Danielle has a B.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan and her M.P.A. from the University of Washington.  She is most interested in upholding a strong connection between science and policy and ensuring policies that allow for an efficient and equitable transition to a clean and sustainable energy system. 

 

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Rosa Bravo

Senior Technology Executive

With an early aptitude for both math and music, Rosa M. Bravo made a choice at the age of 17 that shaped her path to a lifetime of accomplishment. Deciding to follow in the path of her father and his family, she chose to attend USC to study engineering rather than pursue a career in performing arts.

 

To say music’s loss has been engineering’s gain would be an understatement. In her current position as the head of business development and public affairs in Southern California for Accenture, Ms. Bravo’s leadership responsibilities span strategy, delivery, sales & marketing, and community engagement. 

Her expertise helps drive the firm’s business strategy for state & local government, higher education, and non-profit clients in Southern California. She is also in charge of government relations and public affairs in the region. Before her journey brought her to the prestigious consulting firm, however, Ms. Bravo was thoroughly enthralled with the world of space. As the first woman in her family to attend college, and one of only four women in her class in the USC Aerospace Engineering department where she earned a scholarship, she dreamt of joining her father, aunt, and uncle at Hughes Aircraft and working on the U.S. space program. She achieved that dream soon after college and began a career that gave her extraordinary opportunities to work on programs that continue to be the backbone of US Defense initiatives and global communications. She began as the lone woman in her department, supporting top secret defense projects as part of the Missile Systems Group, before transitioning to the Space Systems Group where she helped design the first satellite to take up mobile phone technology. However, it was Ms. Bravo’s work on the Space Shuttle mission amongst an elite group of engineers that she is most proud of.

Jeffrey Sachs

Director of the Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University

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Thursday — April 22 | The Impact of Climate Innovation on the Road to Net Zero

Jeffrey Sachs is a world-renowned economics professor, bestselling author, innovative educator, and global leader in sustainable development. 

 

He is widely recognized for bold and effective strategies to address complex challenges including debt crises, hyperinflations, the transition from central planning to market economies, the control of AIDS, malaria, and other diseases, the escape from extreme poverty, and the battle against human-induced climate change. 

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Sachs serves as the Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, where he holds the rank of University Professor, the university’s highest academic rank. Sachs held the position of Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University from 2002 to 2016. He is President of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, a commissioner of the UN Broadband Commission for Development, and an SDG Advocate for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. From 2001-18, Sachs served as Special Advisor to UN Secretaries-General Kofi Annan (2001-7), Ban Ki-moon (2008-16), and António Guterres (2017-18). 

Sachs has authored and edited numerous books, including three New York Times bestsellers: The End of Poverty (2005), Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet (2008), and The Price of Civilization (2011).  Other books include To Move the World: JFK’s Quest for Peace (2013), The Age of Sustainable Development (2015), Building the New American Economy: Smart, Fair & Sustainable (2017), A New Foreign Policy: Beyond American Exceptionalism (2018), and most recently, The Ages of Globalization: Geography, Technology, and Institutions (2020).

Sachs was the co-recipient of the 2015 Blue Planet Prize, the leading global prize for environmental leadership. He was twice named among Time magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders and has received 34 honorary degrees. The New York Times called Sachs “probably the most important economist in the world,” and Time magazine called Sachs “the world’s best-known economist.” A survey by The Economist ranked Sachs as among the three most influential living economists.

Prior to joining Columbia, Sachs spent over twenty years as a professor at Harvard University, most recently as the Galen L. Stone Professor of International Trade. Sachs received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees at Harvard. Sachs is a native of Detroit, Michigan, and currently resides in New York City.

DIVYA NAWALE

Program Coordinator, Southeast Asia Energy Sector, 

Asian Development Bank

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Divya was 22 years old when she was chosen as a youth environmental champion from India to go on an expedition to Antarctica. Since then, she has engaged in over 50 projects working on issues related to climate change, sustainability and renewable energy across Asia, Europe and North America. 

For her work, she has shared stage with Robert Swan OBE and Nobel Laureate ex VP Al Gore talking about her journey as a young climate advocate. With Master’s degree in Public Policy from GSPIA, University of Pittsburgh and having served as a Sustainability Fellow at the City of Pittsburgh, she has spent the last few years working with the Asian Development Bank on clean energy and energy efficiency. She also advises several non-profits in India on climate awareness for children and youth focusing on personal carbon footprint management. Divya has travelled to all 7 continents and continues to pursue her research on climate change-related policy analysis for the Polar Regions, through her role as an Arctic Angel for Global choices and as a ClimateForce ambassador for 2041 Foundation.

CB BHATTACHARYA

Founder and Director 

of the Center for

Sustainable Business,

University of Pittsburgh

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Dr. CB Bhattacharya, founder and Director of the Center for Sustainable Business is the H.J. Zoffer Chair in Sustainability and Ethics at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh.  He is a world-renowned expert in business strategy innovation aimed at increasing both business and social value. 

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Prof. Bhattacharya has published over 100 articles and has over 33,000 citations per Google Scholar. His latest book entitled Small Actions Big Difference: Leveraging Corporate Sustainability to Drive Business and Societal Value was published by Routledge in 2019.  He is co-author of the book Leveraging Corporate Responsibility: The Stakeholder Route to Maximizing Business and Social Value and co-editor of the book Global Challenges in Responsible Business, both published by Cambridge University Press. He has served on the Editorial Review Boards and served as Editor of special issues of many leading international publications.  Prof. Bhattacharya is part of a select group of faculty that has been named twice to Business Week’s Outstanding Faculty list and has been recognized by Thomson Reuters and Google Scholar as one of the top cited scholars in his field. 

He received his PhD in Marketing from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1993, his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management in 1984 and his Bachelors (with Honors in Economics) from St. Stephens College, Delhi in 1982. 

 

He is often interviewed and quoted in publications such as Business Week, BBC, Forbes, Financial Times, Newsweek, the New York Times, The Economist and on TV stations such as Times Now, CBS, and PBS. 

 

KEYA CHATTERJEE

Executive Director of USCAN

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Keya (prounounced: K-yuh) Chatterjee is Executive Director of USCAN, and author of the book The Zero Footprint Baby: How to Save the Planet While Raising a Healthy Baby. Her work focuses on building an inclusive movement in support of climate action. Keya's commentary on climate change policy and sustainability issues has been quoted in dozens of media outlets including USA Today, the New York Times, Fox News, the Associated Press, The Washington Post, and NBC Nightly News.

Prior to joining USCAN, Keya served as Senior Director for Renewable Energy and Footprint Outreach at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), where she worked for eight years. Before that, Keya was a Climate Change Specialist at USAID. Keya also worked at NASA headquarters for four years, communicating research results on climate change. Keya was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco from 1998 to 2000. She served on the board of the Washington Area Bicycling Association from 2013 to 2021. Keya received her Master's degree in Environmental Science, and her Bachelor's in Environmental Science and Spanish from the University of Virginia.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

LANE BOLDMAN

KCC Executive Director, Legislative Agent

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Lane has been working on environmental advocacy issues in Kentucky and nationally since 1992 and has been with the Kentucky Conservation Committee since 2014. Lane currently serves on the  Lexington Corridors Commission (since 2016). Her background includes working as the Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator for the Kentucky Environmental Foundation, and as a leader in multiple positions for the Sierra Club. 

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Lane has previously chaired the Kentucky Chapter of the Sierra Club and held leadership roles in the areas of mining, forestry, wildlands, energy and communications. Lane has also served on the Sierra Club’s national Board of Directors as Secretary, Vice President for Volunteer Leadership and Vice President for Visibility and Outreach. Lane has led policy teams for the Sierra Club on Natural Gas Fracking, Chaired the Sierra Club’s Council of Sierra Club Leaders, and served on the national Beyond Coal Campaign Leadership Team. Lane has also served on the board of Citizens Coal Council, working to empower citizens affected by the impacts of mining and coal,  the board of the US Green Building Council/Kentucky Market Leadership, and the board of the Kentucky Solar Energy Society.

 

Lane has a thirty year background in Marketing, Graphics and Communication in addition to her environmental work.  She is  a recipient of the National Sierra Club’s Susan E. Miller award for Administrative excellence in 2006, and the recipient of Kentucky Heartwood’s annual Stu Butler award in 2016. Lane is a graduate of Miami University.