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Moises Alvarez is physicist and philosopher and currently the Technical Director of the National Council for Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism. He has been in charge of the Department of Science and Technology in the National Planning Office of Dominican Republic. He is also a Researcher Professor of the Faculty of Science and Technology in the Pedro Henriquez Ureña National University. He has an extensive experience in consulting and publications in technology transfer, ozone layer protection, climate change, clean development mechanism, science and technology and is an active Board Member of the Dominican Republic Academy of Sciences.
Ms. Amal-Lee Amin is an associate director of E3G continuing to develop E3G’s International Climate Finance Programme and serves on the Board of the Global Environmental Institute (GEI) in China. She has led both UK domestic and international policy on climate change and sustainable energy, including the development and launch of a the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP); pioneering bilateral, European Union (EU) and G8 initiatives on low carbon technology and investment with Brazil, China, India, and South Africa; led the UK and EU on various UNFCCC negotiations; worked as Head of Strategy on International Climate Change at Defra; led the design on the Climate Investment Funds (CIFs); worked with Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); and worked with the UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). She has doctorate and master's degrees in Science and Technology Policy and a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science.
Monica Araya is a Costa Rican expert in low emissions development and climate finance. She advises several organizations in Latin America and Europe and is a negotiator for Costa Rica in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). She collaborates with government, business, and civil society leaders on climate action in middle-income economies and has been the coordinator of the Latin America and Caribbean LEDS Platform since January 2013. She speaks Spanish, English, and Portuguese and has over 40 publications, many of which focus on low-carbon policies and politics. Previously she worked at the Costa Rican Ministry of Foreign Trade, the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy, the OECD, Climate Change Capital and E3G and consulted for multiple organizations in different countries including the World Resources Institute (WRI), INCAE Business School, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the Institute for Building Efficiency, and the Institutional Investor Group on Climate Change (IIGCC). She holds doctorate and master’s degrees in environmental management from Yale University and a master’s degree in Economic Policy from the National University in Costa Rica.
Siddarthan Balasubramania is the Director of WRI’s Major Emerging Economies Initiative (MEEI). Siddarthan has more than 20 years of experience, 13 years of which were in bilateral development agencies. He has served as Senior Adviser for Climate Change and Energy Policy in the Climate Change and Energy Unit of UK FCO, DFID, and DECC in New Delhi, India, led efforts promoting low carbon high growth/prosperity work in India, facilitated the second India-UK Structured Dialogue on Climate Change, and advised the UK’s strategic interventions supported through the Strategic Program Fund. He was Senior Adviser on Environment and Climate Change in the Royal Norwegian Embassy/NORAD in Delhi; designed, developed and rolled out a new Indo-Norwegian Institutional Cooperation Program on Environment and Climate Change; and worked on related DFID-, NORAD- and UK FCO-funded projects implemented by national and sub-national governments, research institutions and NGOs. Siddarthan has also worked with WWF India and the Indian Institute of Technology.
Oscar is part of the staff in the Ministry of Environment responsible for the coordination of the Colombian Low Carbon Development Strategy, and the cooperations related to this initiative. Oscar's background is in project management, in both the public and private sectors. He holds a BSc in Industrial Engineering. Oscar has been working in the Project for more than two years.
Florian Bauer oversees the day-to-day operations of REEEP as well as the clean energy information portal (www.reegle.info) which has emerged as a key access point for high quality energy information and data sets. Prior to joining REEEP, he worked as a project manager and consultant for Siemens Austria, where he managed intercultural projects, and he also founded a web design firm in 2003. Mr. Bauer holds a master's degree in IT Management and a Bachelor's Degree in Software Engineering from the Vienna University of Technology.
Ron Benioff serves as Manager of Multilateral Programs for the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). In this capacity he manages NREL’s work on clean energy and environmental and climate initiatives with international agencies and countries in all regions of the world. This includes serving as director of the LEDS Global Partnership Secretariat and of the Green Growth Best Practices Initiative and providing senior management leadership of the Clean Energy Solutions Center, a Clean Energy Ministerial initiative. Prior to joining NREL in 1997, he worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for 11 years on climate change and waste management issues.
Sam Bickersteth is Chief Executive of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN). He is an agricultural economist with experience in international development, natural resources, agriculture and climate change, having worked for DFID and Oxfam. From 2006 to 2010, he was head of program policy at Oxfam and prior to that led DFID programs in Mozambique, Bolivia and Nepal. Mr. Bickersteth has lived and worked in Sri Lanka, Sudan, Pakistan, Nepal, Bolivia and Mozambique and travelled widely in his roles as researcher, policy adviser, and program manager.
Biona, Jose Bienvenido Manuel M.
Dr. Jose Biona, Ph.D. is currently an Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department of De La Salle University (DLSU) and a Research Scientist at the university's Center for Engineering and Sustainable Development Research (CESDR). Prior to joining DLSU, he served as Director of the Center for Research and Training (CRT) at Don Bosco Technical College, where he initiated a number of clean vehicles research projects involving technical, economic and environmental evaluation of various technologies and management policies, and served as a Consultant for the Energy and Environment Program of the Congressional Commission for Science, Technology and Engineering (COMSTE). Dr. Biona is currently involved in mobile emission inventory projects and low emission public transport technologies and policies in various Philippine cities. He was a recipient of the Outstanding Young Scientist (OYS) award of the National Academy of Science and Technology in 2011 for his sustainable transport modeling and promotion efforts.
Ricardo Bracho joined the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, USA, as the team lead for Project Finance and Transaction. Mr. Bracho supports various domestic and international programs evaluating economic, financial and technical attributes of renewable energy projects, analyzing risks and providing solutions to barriers for increased private finance participation. He co-manages an assistance program to provide renewable energy technical and financial assistance for U.S. government trade and finance organizations and, before joining NREL, he enjoyed a successful investment banking career including leveraged buyout investments, infrastructure project financing, equity and debt securitization, and later as portfolio manager of two large international investment funds. Mr. Bracho holds a master's degree in Global Energy Management from the University of Colorado, an MBA in finance from the University of Connecticut, and a Bachelors degree in accounting from Universidad La Salle in Mexico.
Chung, Rae Kwon
Director Chung served as a career diplomat for the Republic of Korea specializing in global environmental negotiations attending major global conferences from Rio Earth Summit in 1992 to the Copenhagen Climate Conference (COP15) in 2009. He served as Director-General for International Economic Affairs and as Climate Change Ambassador at the level of Deputy Minister. As climate negotiator, he proposed, among others, the concepts of NAMA Registry and of Unilateral CDM. As Director of the Environment and Development Division of ESCAP, he initiated the concept of Green Growth and in 2005 he played an instrumental role in the adoption of the Ministerial Declaration on Green Growth at the 5th Ministerial Conference of Environment and Development of Asia and the Pacific held in Seoul, Korea.
Claudia Díaz is part of the Colombian LEDs team supporting the Ministry of Transport as an advisor to the Deputy Minister. She is an environmental engineer with three years of experience in urban transport, focusing on road safety. Ms. Díaz holds a master's degree in Civil Engineer in the field of transportation.
du Pont, Peter
Dr. Peter du Pont currently manages the development of Nexant’s clean energy business in the Asia region, focusing on technology assessments, technical due diligence of clean energy projects, and improving policy and regulatory frameworks. He has 28 years experience developing sustainable energy and efficiency programs in the U.S. and Asia. He has worked extensively throughout the Asia region in NGO, private-sector, and government-sector organizations, developed national energy-saving plans for Thailand and Vietnam, directed an international non-profit organization working on energy efficiency issues, served as Secretariat to APEC’s Expert Group on Energy Efficiency and Conservation, and led the USAID ECO-Asia Clean Development and Climate Program (ECO-Asia) helping expand the Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN) into China, India, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
Emery, Kibambe K.
Mr. Kibambe Emery is a consultant and member of the National REDD teamwork for the Democratic Republic of Congo and Executive Secretary and founder member of the Congolese Cooperative of farmers. He is also a manager consultant at GK Invest Congo and the events and trade fairs director for the Congolese Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He holds a bachelor's degree in Electronics and Engineer in applied technologies from the Institute of Applied Technologies of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo and completed studies at the International University of UN-REDD, Kinshasa, in 2011. He is also multilingual, speaking the English, French, Swahili, Kisonge and Lingala languages.
Dr. Fernando Farias is the GHG Inventory and Mitigation Officer at the Climate Change Office of the Ministry of the Environment in Chile. He was in charge of preparing Chile´s 2nd National Communication to the UNFCCC and currently is the technical coordinator of the Chile-LECB Project. He has also been a member of the UNFCCC Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications since 2010.
Nick Harrison is a senior consultant at Ecofys in the international climate policies unit. He has over 12 years of experience delivering domestic and international climate change and sustainable development projects for IGOs, NGOs and governments. Over the past decade, he has worked extensively at the sub-national level including two years as a strategic adviser to city government leaders, two years leading regional programs improving evidence-use in local policy and planning, and three years as a national climate change adviser, troubleshooting and capacity building for LEDS planning and delivery at the sub-national level.
Dr. Karl Hausker is a Vice President at ICF International leading climate policy analysis and modeling projects for clients such as USAID, USEPA, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the Western Climate Initiative, and the California Air Resources Board. He is currently the Senior LEDS Adviser for USAID’s Low Emissions Asia Development program. Dr. Hausker previously served as Deputy Director at the Center for Climate Strategies and as a Principal with Hagler Bailly, as Deputy Assistant Administrator in EPA’s Policy Office representing in interagency climate policy development and at COP1; and as Chief Economist for the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. He holds a Ph.D. and M.P.P. in Public Policy from the UC/Berkeley and a B.A. in Economics from Cornell University.
Ari Huhtala is an economist from Finland who has spent most of his life in development work in the field of industrial development and technology/investment promotion and specializing in environmental financing issues. His experience includes the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Hanoi and Dhaka, UNIDO headquarters in Vienna and as a representative in Bangkok, manager for cleaner production financing at UNEP Paris, environmental advisor to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, Team Leader for a KfW environmental credit line in Indonesia, and cluster leader for climate finance at the Environment Department of the World Bank in Washington DC. In May 2012, he joined the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) as Director of Policy and Programmes.
Islas Cortes, Ivan
Ivan Islas Cortes is the Director of the Environmental Economics Division at INE, now National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change (INECC), conducting research on energy efficiency in the transport and building sectors, economic analysis for mitigation actions of short-lived climate pollutants, economic value of biodiversity, economics of climate change, and providing various courses and seminars in Environmental Economics and Economic Valuation. In 2006, he was Deputy Director of Economic Valuation for the Environmental Economics Division of INE, undertaking various activities including economic valuation of marine and terrestrial parks. He completed a master’s degree in Environmental Economics and Natural Resources at University College London in 2003 and completed his undergraduate studies in Economics at Universidad de Las Americas-Puebla in 2000.
Jespersen, Lisbeth D.
For many years Mrs. Lisbeth Jespersen has worked on the green agenda in multilateral settings, the Rio-conventions, EU-related work, the bilateral Danish programmes and in relation to private partners. She began work with the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1988, currently serving as the Deputy Head of Secretariat on the Global Green Growth Forum and recently as a senior consultant in Danida’s Business and Contracts Department, as well as positions at the Danish Embassies in Japan and Tanzania and as a consultant with HENGEN. Mrs. Jespersen received a master’s degree in Political Science in 1988 and a bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies in 1986, both from Aarhus University.
Mr. Gordon Johnson currently serves as the Regional Practice Leader for Environment and Energy for the United Nations Development Programme based in Bangkok. He has over 25 years of professional experience as an environmental engineer, consultant and manager. For the past 18 years, he has worked for UNDP with postings in New York, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Vietnam. Prior to joining UNDP, he worked for a variety of NGOs and consulting firms, mostly in the field of water resource management, with assignments in Cambodia, Nepal and South Korea. Mr. Johnson holds a master's degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies and bachelor's degrees in civil engineering and philosophy.
Since June 2012, Mihoko Kawamura has worked with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JISA) as a Climate Change Officer. During the prior 19 years, she conducted research on the establishment of CDM framework and CDM project implementation in swine manure treatment for the Overseas Environmental Cooperation Center and worked for Takuma Co., Ltd., an environment engineering company in Japan. She holds a master’s degree in Global Environment from Kyoto University.
Kelly, Alexia C.
Alexia Kelly is a Climate Change Mitigation Expert with the U.S. Department of State. Ms. Kelly manages the development and implementation of the State Department's low emissions development work. She also serves as the lead negotiator on market mechanisms for the U.S. at the UNFCCC. Alexia holds a B.A., a Master of Community and Regional Planning and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Oregon.
Kouadio, Alain S.
Alain Kouadio, Ph.D. is an environmental and natural resources economist and expert in environmental impact assessments. He is the Director of Green Economy and Corporate Social Responsibility at the Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development in Côte d'Ivoire, a lecturer at the University of Abobo-Adjamé (Abidjan), and a senior researcher at the Swiss Center for Scientific Research (CSRS). He is the author of several publications and reports for GEP, UNDP, and NESDA. From 2008 to 2012 he worked on numerous World Bank projects including the Framework for Environmental and Social Management (FESM) of the Youth employment project (PEJEDEC) for the World bank, FESM of the Support program in Sector Education Training (PSEF), Framework Resettlement Policy (RPC) PSEF, consultant for the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the hydrocarbon sector in Côte d'Ivoire, and Emergency Program Support to the Transport Sector (CIPAST).
Dr. S.S. Krishnan works to support India’s voluntary emissions reduction commitment and the National Missions on Energy Efficiency, Solar and Wind Energy and Advanced Coal Technologies under the Prime Minister’s National Action Plan on Climate Change and the Planning Commission’s Low Carbon Inclusive Growth Study of the Government of India. He works closely with industrial bodies and committees supporting India’s XII Plan, contributes to institutional conferences worldwide, and is a life member of the Computer Society of India and an elected Senior Member of the IEEE, USA. He was a scientist at The Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University and has worked extensively on major collaborative projects in the modeling, analysis, financing and policy aspects of developing a resource efficient and inclusive national Indian energy policy. Dr. Krishnan received a MS and PhD in Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering in 1989 and 1992, respectively, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Florence Laloe is Regional Director of International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI)—Local Governments for Sustainability, South America Secretariat, with over six years' experience in the private sector as a legal advisor and over seven years in strategic sustainability and government affairs. She possesses diverse skills in business development, strategic planning, and stakeholder relations and expertise in government affairs, legal and sustainability issues within corporate, international organizations and NGO cultures. Before joining ICLEI, she worked at UNDP. She is a professor at the Post-graduate program of FAAP and lecturer at the Companhia Ambiental do Estado de São Paulo (CETESB) in Brazil on sustainability and climate change. She led a two-year European Commission (EC)-funded mobilization project and currently is the general coordinator of the Brazilian project ‘Promoting Low Emission Urban Development Strategies in Emerging Economy Countries’ (URBAN-LEDS) in partnership with UN-Habitat and support from the EC.
Majano, Ana Maria
Ana Maria Majano is leading the work on energy and climate change as Associate Director of the Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development (CLACDS) at INCAE Business School in Costa Rica. From 2007 to 2010, Ms. Majano worked as an independent consultant for INCAE and other international organizations, mainly in the areas of energy, environment, and regulatory analysis. From 2002 to 2007, she was INCAE´s Director of External Cooperation and Executive Director of CLACDS. Prior to joining INCAE, she held high-level positions in public and private organizations in her native El Salvador. She holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, which she attended as a Fulbright/LASPAU Scholar.
Ms. Toby Mandel is a senior technical officer at ICF International, supporting USAID’s Low Emission Asian Development (LEAD) program providing regional support for national GHG inventory capacity building and development in LEAD countries. Prior to joining the LEAD team, Ms. Mandel held several key roles to support the development of the annual Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks; she led the contractor team to support the preparation of the national inventory report (NIR) and common reporting format (CRF) tables, and developed emission estimates for the industrial processes sector with specialized expertise in ozone depleting substances and their substitutes. Additionally, Ms. Mandel supported U.S. EPA’s national GHG inventory capacity building efforts with non-Annex I countries in Southeast Asia and Southern/Eastern Africa on the development of sustainable inventory systems.
Dr. Mediavilla-Sahagún is the manager of the LEDS Task of the Mexico Low Emissions Development Strategy Program (MLED), subcontracted by USAID within the consortium formed by TetraTech and WWF-Mexico, who are in charge of the implementation of the MLED. His main responsibilities are to support the federal and state governments in the construction of their LEDS and to assess the economic implications of alternative development pathways. For three years, he worked as Director of LEDS for the National Institute of Ecology (INE) and 15 years for the Mexican Petroleum Institute (IMP) as a researcher and project leader and as the Technical Advisor to the Research and Development Director. He holds a doctorate degree in Air Quality Management and Integrated Assessment and a master’s degree in Environmental Technology from London’s Imperial College, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and a master’s degree in Industrial Administration from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
Bert Metz is a Fellow at ECF and member of the Advisory Council and participates on scientific advisory boards of international institutes and projects. He brings extensive experience on science and policy issues as former co-chairman of the Climate Change Mitigation Working Group of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) from 1997-2008 (IPCC received the Nobel Peace Prize for its work in 2007). He has published a number of IPCC books and scientific articles in addition to Controlling Climate Change with Cambridge University Press. He received the Environmental Economics Practitioner Award from the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists in 2009. He also was climate change coordinator of the Ministry of Environment of the Netherlands and chief negotiator for the Netherlands and the European Union on the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol, as well as head of the Global Sustainability and Climate Change Division of the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, taught at Nigeria’s Ahmadu Bello University and served as Environmental Counselor at the Netherlands Embassy in Washington DC. From Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, he holds a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering and Ph.D. in Biotechnology.
Muller, Scott A.
Scott Muller is a senior manager for the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) working with local communities, municipal and national governments to respond to shifting "fitness landscapes" by developing and implementing actions that rapidly scale up urban sustainability and resilience. From 2007 to 2012, he was the City Director for the William J. Clinton Foundation’s Climate Initiative (CCI)—C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group in Lima, Peru, where his work involved mitigation and adaptation catalyst projects. Muller has designed and implemented model programs and served as a technical expert to the Convention on Biological Diversity and UNESCO on issues of development, governance, hydrology and the sustainable use of the components of biodiversity. He received the “EuropeAid for Innovation” Award from the EU for a project that trained locals and installed photovoltaic systems in more than 40 indigenous villages. He collaborated as a Lead Author on the UN-supported Millennium Ecosystem Assessment as well as several other major publications. He graduated from Vanderbilt University with a focus on Environmental Engineering.
Charles Muraya is an Information Management Officer at the African Climate Policy Center (ACPC) of the UN Economic Commission for Africa, charged with information and knowledge management. Charles has worked as an Information Management professional with the United Nations for the last 12 years and has a background in Information Technology and Electrical Engineering. In line with ACPC's mandate of climate change knowledge generation, sharing and dissemination, advocacy and provision of advisory services to Africa, Mr. Muraya is helping the ACPC nuture the establishmnet of the African Climate and Development Society.
Chantal Naidoo has a corporate tax, investment banking and development finance background, most recently responsible for establishing an environmental finance function at the Development Bank of Southern Africa. In this role, she led the work around climate finance for the South African Climate Change policy and the design architecture of the national Green Fund. She is presently a part time Senior Associate of E3G's International Climate Finance Programme and serves as an advisor on various climate related research programmes and projects.
Kathleen Nawaz manages NREL’s Washington DC Office and a team in NREL’s Strategic Energy Analysis Center. She has more than 25 years experience in the development, implementation and management of renewable energy programs and projects with both an international and domestic focus, working with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), DOE national laboratories, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other US government agencies and domestic and international public and private partners. Kathleen’s primary area of expertise is in transportation including alternative fuel and alternative fuel vehicle technologies, policies and programs. She is experienced in project and staff management, project planning and technical coordination; project monitoring, evaluation, reporting, and technical review; and strategic planning and analysis. She has a bachelor’s degree from Franklin & Marshall College and a master’s degree from Duke University.
Alexander Ochs is Director of Climate and Energy at the Worldwatch Institute in Washington, D.C., a member of the Institute’s management team, a chief editor of the blog Re|Volt and a co-editor of the transatlantic newsletter Connected. A co-editor of three books, author of numerous scholarly articles, and frequent contributor to public media, Mr. Ochs acts as President of the Forum for Atlantic Climate and Energy Talks (FACET) and Chair of the LEDS GP Energy Platform. He is a senior fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins University and an adjunct lecturer at George Washington University. He held senior research and teaching positions at the Center for Clean Air Policy and the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), CUNY, Princeton, and the Freie and Humboldt Universities in Germany. Mr. Ochs has been on many international advisory boards and was a member of the German delegation to the UN climate negotiations, an Aspen Institute Young Leader and an elected member of tt-30. He graduated with a Magister Artium in political science, philosophy and literature while studying at the Universities of Cologne and Munich.
Dr. Barbara Oliveira is the founder of Ecosynergy–Facilitation and Capacity Building for Sustainability, which assists companies and organizations in their development of a strategic sustainability agenda, change management and innovation. She teaches collaborative negotiations and trade and environment at the Master's for Sustainability Management at Fundação Getulio Vargas in Brazil, sustainability strategy in the Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership at Cambridge University and consensus building and facilitation skills in the International Program for the Management of Sustainability (SCF/Tiasnimbas and Fletcher/MIT faculty). She led the Global Sustainability Program at the Center for Sustainability Studies (GVces) in São Paulo, Brazil, worked as a Legal Affairs Officer for the World Trade Organization and UNCTAD in Geneva, and assisted the Brazilian government in the climate change adaptation negotiations at UNFCCC at COP 15. She was Research Fellow at the World Resources Institute and a policy adviser to Natural Capital Leaders Platform for the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL). She has a doctorate and master's degrees in law and a MBA in Responsible Leadership.
Gao Pronove is a co-founder of the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute in the Philippines, where he is currently the Director for Business Development working on business opportunities and partnerships with global organizations. He is a social entrepreneur with unique expertise in developing green economy projects that bring together climate change, GHG management, e-learning, agriculture, and renewable energy. He is also the CEO of a renewable energy company in the Philippines developing biomass power solutions. Mr. Pronove was a consultant to the Philippines’ Clean Energy and Climate Change Project (CEnergy) and, in 2001, retired from the UN after a decade of capacity building in developing countries and working with UNITAR, UNFCCC, UNCTAD, UNDP, and GEF. During COP9 he was the Capacity Building Team Leader at the UNFCCC.
Savino, Atilio A.
Atilio Savino is a senior consultant in solid waste management, currently President of the Association for Solid Waste Studies (ARS), national member of the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) in Argentina, responsible for ISWA’s Climate Change Unit, co-leader of the Mitigation Action Plans and Scenarios (MAPS) project in Argentina, and co-leader of the Waste Management Sector Network for the LEDS Global Partnership. Mr. Savino served as President of ISWA from 2008 to 2010, Vice President of the COP11 Bureau (2011 Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC), Secretary of Sanitary Health Determinants ¬for Argentina’s Ministry of Health in 2007, and Secretary of Environment and Sustainable Development for Argentina’s ¬Ministry of Health and Environment from 2003 to 2006.
Shaw, Adrian L.
Adrian Shaw works for Jamaica’s National Meteorological Centre (NMC) on several projects including expanding the Automatic Weather Station network and staff capacity building for drought monitoring and seasonal forecasting. He worked as a duty forecaster at Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, Jamaica, occasionally assisting as Section Head of the NMC, and at NMC’s climate branch where he compiled data from a post-fire Meteorological Service to compute a new 30 year rainfall normal (1971-2000) for Jamaica. He completed a bachelor’s degree in Meteorology and Mathematics in July 2002.
Silva, D. Couto
Couto Silva is currently engaged in the elaboration of the Brazilian National Plan on Adaptation. In 2012, he was involved in the review process of the Brazilian National Plan on Climate Change and started a career in the Brazilian Ministry of Environment as an analyst on climate change. He previously served as a Communications Officer of the Brazilian Army until 2010 and as a certified investment agent at Financial Market. Mr. Silva has also been leading efforts to make of the 2014 World Cup a low carbon event. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Military Sciences in 2002 from the Agulhas Negras Military Academy in Rio de Janeiro.
Sukadri, Doddy S.
Dr. Doddy Sukadri is a forest policy analyst and presently in Secretary of the Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) Working Group of the Indonesia National Council on Climate Change (DNPI). For over 25 years, he worked for the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry—ranging from forest planning, reforestation and land rehabilitation, foreign cooperation, and forest policy research and development. During a two-year position at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), he developed the Criteria and Indicator Modification and Adaptation Tool (CIMAT), a programming system applying to sustainable management practices in tropical forests. He was also seconded to the World Bank office in Jakarta concerning the wood-based industry and other policy-related matters. Dr. Sukadri holds a bachelor’s degree in Forestry from Indonesia’s Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), a master’s degree in Forest-watershed management from the University of Arizona, USA, and a doctorate degree in Forestry from Colorado State University, USA.
Mr. Wondwossen Tadesse is a legal expert currently working in the Environmental Management Systems department of the Federal Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) of Ethiopia. Mr. Tadesse has been working in the preparation of different environmental legislations, policies and strategies in Ethiopia and, most importantly, he has taken part in the crafting of the Climate Resilient Green Economy Strategy of Ethiopia. Before joining the EPA, he taught different legal courses in private colleges in Ethiopia.
Trang, Dao Minh
Dao Minh Trang works on low carbon economies and NAMA development for the Vietnam's Department of Mitigation in the Climate Change Research Center and participates in the implementation of numerous projects and project proposals on mitigation. She frequently attends training courses and studies with international groups, including with the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and in the Republic of South Korea on mitigation modeling. In 2012, Ms. Trang attended a training course on ‘Bridge simulation scenarios and sustainable low-carbon society (LCS) policy implementation using Asia-Pacific Integrated Model’ using the Extended Snapshot Tool to develop national and sub-national LCS scenarios. She has completed the master's program in Science of Climate Change at the University of East Anglia, England.
Virgiyanti, Tri Dewi
Tri Dewi Virgiyanti (Virgi) has works in Indonesia's Ministry of National Development Planning/National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS), positioned in the Directorate of Environment as the Deputy Director for Environmental Pollution and Degradation Control. There she coordinates the Climate Change Adaption-Strategy and National Action Plan and its mainstreaming process into national development program and budgeting. She has been actively involved in the formulation and establishment of the Climate Change Program Loan, the Indonesia Climate Change Trust Fund and the Indonesia National Action Plan on Reducing GHG Emissions. She graduated from Bandung Institute of Technology majoring Environmental Engineering and holds a master's degree in Environmental Management and Development from Australian National University.
Mr. Siddique Zobair is Senior Advisor of the Sustainable Energy for Development Program in Bangladesh. He is actively working with the government in the energy sector to identify necessary interventions and to prepare relevant laws, rules and policies to promote and develop renewable energy and energy efficiency activities. He was heavily involved with the preparation of Bangladesh's Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Act of 2012. Mr. Zobair is involved with the preparation of Energy Efficiency Action plan, Energy Calculator 2050 and the implementation of ISO 50000 programs. He served in the Power Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, participated in preparation of the country’s first National Energy Policy 1996 and its revision, Draft Coal policy, the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission Act in 2003, the Gas Act, and Renewable Energy Policy in 2008. He has several publications on energy pricing, oil price volatility and their economic impacts. Mr. Zobair represents Bangladesh Government in regional and international forums. He holds a master's degree in Petroleum Management from the University of Alberta, Canada.