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Participants are speaking from New York City unless otherwise noted.

Hosts

Master of Ceremonies

  • Riz Khan, Host of the Riz Khan Show, Al Jazeera English

Economist Moderators

Speakers

  • President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, United Mexican States (speaking from Mexico City)
  • HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco (speaking from Monaco)
  • HRH Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, UN Secretary-General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development
  • Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General
  • P. Balaji, Vice President--Marketing and Strategy, Ericsson India (speaking from New Delhi)
  • Scott Barrett, Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics
  • Wallace S. Broecker, Newberry Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University
  • Lord John Browne of Madingley, Managing Director and Managing Partner (Europe), Riverstone Holdings (speaking from London)
  • Mike Bushell, Principal Scientific Adviser, Syngenta International Research Centre (speaking from Nairobi)
  • Mark Cane, G. Unger Vetlesen Professor of Earth and Climate Sciences and Professor of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, Columbia University
  • Sanjeev Chadha, Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo India
  • Glenn Denning, Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia University
  • Nitin Desai, Former UN Under-Secretary-General; Distinguished Fellow, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) (speaking from New Delhi)
  • Douglas L. Gilstrap, Senior Vice President and Head of Strategy, Ericsson (speaking From London)
  • Geoffrey Heal, Paul Garrett Professor of Public Policy and Business Responsibility and Professor of Economics and Finance, Columbia University
  • Craig Hosken, Country Manager, Ericsson Kenya
  • Michael Jacobs, Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Climate Change and Environment, United Kingdom (speaking from London)
  • Michael Joseph, CEO, Safaricom (speaking from Nairobi)
  • Jiang Kejun, Research Professor and Director, Energy Systems Analysis and Market Analysis Division, Energy Research Institute, National Development and Reform Commission (speaking from Beijing)
  • Sir David King, Director, Smith School of Enterprise and Environment, University of Oxford (speaking From London)
  • Upmanu Lall, Alan and Carol Silberstein Professor of Engineering, Departments of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics and Earth and Environmental Engineering, Columbia University
  • Bob McCooey, Senior Vice President of New Listings and Capital Markets, NASDAQ
  • Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, Republic of Kenya (speaking from Nairobi)
  • Sylvia Mwichuli, Africa Communications Coordinator, UN Millennium Campaign (speaking from Nairobi)
  • James Mwangi, Group Managing Director and CEO, Equity Bank (speaking from Nairobi)
  • Devin Narang, Chairman and Managing Director, Freeplay Group (speaking from New Delhi)
  • Jyoti Parikh, Executive Director, Integrated Research and Action for Development (IRADe)
  • Qi Ye, Professor of Environmental Policy and Management and Director of the Climate Policy Institute, Tsinghua University (speaking from Beijing)
  • Johan Rockström, Executive Director, Stockholm Environment Institute and Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University
  • Jagbir Singh, Group Chief Technical Officer--Mobility Networks, Bharti Airtel (speaking from New Delhi)
  • Leena Srivastava, Executive Director (Operations), The Energy and Resources Institute (speaking from New Delhi)
  • Achim Steiner, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); UN Under-Secretary-General  (speaking from Nairobi)
  • Ann Veneman, Executive Director, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
  • Peter  Wierenga, Executive Vice President and CEO,  Philips Research
  • Xiao Geng, Director, Brookings Tsinghua Center for Public Policy; Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution (speaking from Beijing)
  • Xu Jintao, Professor of Natural Resource Economics; Head of the Environmental Economics Program in China, Peking University (speaking from Beijing)
  • Zha Daojiong, Professor of International Political Economy, School of International Studies, Peking University (speaking from Beijing)


Hosts

 Matthew BishopMatthew Bishop, American Business Editor and New York Bureau Chief, The Economist

Matthew Bishop is the U.S. business editor and New York bureau chief of The Economist. He was previously the magazine's London-based business editor. His new book, The Road from Ruin: How to Renew Capitalism and Put America Back on Top, with Michael Green, was published in February 2010.

Philanthrocapitalism, his previous book (also with Green) on the global revolution under way in philanthropy, received good reviews from The New York Times , New York's mayor and leading philanthropist Michael Bloomberg, and former U.S President Bill Clinton. Bishop is also the author of Essential Economics, the official Economist layperson's guide to economics.

Bishop has written several special report supplements for The Economist, including most recently, "A Bigger World," which examines the opportunities and challenges of the rise of emerging economies and firms; "The Business of Giving," which looks at the industrial revolution taking place in philanthropy; "Kings of Capitalism," which anticipated and analyzed the recent boom in private equity; and "Capitalism and its Troubles," an examination of the impact of problems such as the collapse of Enron. In 1994, he wrote an acclaimed special report on corporate governance, "Watching the Boss."

Before joining The Economist, Bishop was on the faculty of London Business School, where he co-authored three books for Oxford University Press on subjects ranging from privatization and regulation to corporate mergers. Prior to that, he was educated at Oxford University. He has served as a member of the Sykes Commission on the investment system in the 21st century. He was also on the Advisors Group of the United Nations International Year of Microcredit 2005 and has been honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

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 Jeffrey SachsJeffrey D. Sachs, Director, The Earth Institute, Columbia University

Jeffrey D. Sachs is the director of the Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and professor of health policy and management at Columbia University. He is also special advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. From 2002 to 2006, he was director of the U.N. Millennium Project and special advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the Millennium Development Goals, the internationally agreed goals to reduce extreme poverty, disease and hunger by the year 2015. Sachs is also president and co-founder of Millennium Promise Alliance, a nonprofit organization aimed at ending extreme global poverty. He is widely considered to be the leading international economic advisor of his generation.

For more than 20 years, Sachs has been a global leader on issues of poverty alleviation, disease reduction and enlightened globalization, promoting policies to help all parts of the world to benefit from expanding economic opportunities and well-being. He is also one of the leading voices for combining economic development with environmental sustainability, and as director of the Earth Institute he leads large-scale efforts to promote the mitigation of human-induced climate change. In 2004 and 2005, he was named among the 100 most influential leaders in the world by Time Magazine and was awarded the Padma Bhushan, a high civilian honor bestowed by the Indian Government, in 2007. Sachs is author of hundreds of scholarly articles and many books, including the New York Times bestseller "The End of Poverty" (Penguin, 2005). A native of Detroit, Michigan, Sachs received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at Harvard.

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 Hans VestbergHans Vestberg, President and CEO, Ericsson 

Hans Vestberg was appointed president and CEO of Ericsson in January 2010. As of October 25, 2007, he has been chief financial officer. Vestberg became senior vice president and head of Business Unit Global Services in 2003, and he was appointed executive vice president in 2005.

From 2002 to 2003 he served as president of Ericsson in Mexico. Between 2000 and 2002, Vestberg was CFO for Ericsson in North America and Ericsson's controller for the Americas. Between 1998 and 2000, he was CFO of Ericsson in Brazil. Since joining Ericsson in 1991, Vestberg has also held various managerial positions in China, Sweden, Chile and Brazil.

Hans Vestberg was born in Hudiksvall, Sweden. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Uppsala, Sweden, in 1991.

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Master of Ceremonies

 Riz KhanRiz Khan, Host of the Riz Khan Show, Al Jazeera English

Riz Khan is a recognized face worldwide, following extensive careers with the BBC and CNN prior to joining Al Jazeera. He was a presenter and reporter at the BBC for eight years and was the first mainstream Asian newsreader for their international network. After two years he was poached by CNN for their own international channel where he became a senior anchor for the network's global news shows and special events, including the historic live coverage of the Hajj. In 1996 Khan launched his interactive interview show on CNN: "Q and A with Riz Khan," and he has conducted thousands of interviews with guests, including the U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, former U.S. presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, the Dalai Lama, and Nelson Mandela, to name a few. Born in 1962 in South Yemen, Khan and his family moved to London when he was four. He attended the University of Wales where he gained an honors degree in Medical Physiology. In 2005 he authored his first book: "Al-Waleed: Businessman Billionaire Prince," published by Harper Collins.

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Economist Moderators

 Simon CoxSimon Cox, South Asia Business Correspondent, The Economist, Delhi

Simon Cox covers business and finance in South Asia, and he is based in Delhi. He joined The Economist in 2003, covering the ups and downs of the world's big economies for the online edition. He then became economics correspondent for the newspaper, writing about the World Bank, the IMF and the WTO. He is a regular contributor to the Economics Focus column, and in 2007 he wrote a special report on the technological ambitions of China and India. He studied at Cambridge, Harvard and the London School of Economics, where he was sponsored by the Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation.

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Jonathan LedgardJonathan Ledgard, Correspondent, The Economist, Nairobi

Jonathan Ledgard, Africa correspondent at The Economist, is based in Nairobi. Born in the Shetland Isles, he was previously a political and war correspondent for The Economist in Moscow, Los Angeles, Austin, Prague and Kabul. He is a contributing writer to Intelligent Life and the Atlantic Monthly, and he is a specialist in environment, counter-terrorism and design. Ledgard is the author of an award-winning novel, "Giraffe," about giraffes and communism, and a new novel, "Submergence," which concerns the deep ocean and jihad.

 

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 John MicklethwaitJohn Micklethwait, Editor-in-Chief, The Economist, London

John Micklethwait is editor-in-chief of The Economist. Before that he edited the U.S. section of the newspaper (1999 to 2006) and ran the New York Bureau for two years, having edited the Business section of the newspaper for the previous four years. His other roles have included setting up The Economist's office in Los Angeles, where he worked from 1990 to 1993, and media correspondent. He has covered business and politics from the United States, Latin America, Continental Europe, Southern Africa and most of Asia. Micklethwait is a frequent broadcaster and has appeared on CNN, ABC News, BBC and NPR. He is the co-author of "The Witch Doctors," "A Future Perfect: The Challenge and Hidden Promise of Globalisation," "The Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea," and "The Right Nation," a study of conservatism in America with Adrian Wooldridge, also an Economist journalist.

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 James MilesJames Miles, China Correspondent, The Economist, Beijing

James Miles has been China correspondent for The Economist, based in Beijing, since 2001. Before that, he held many positions with the BBC, including Beijing bureau chief for BBC News and Current Affairs, 1988 to 1994, Hong Kong correspondent, BBC World Service, 1995 to 1997, and senior Chinese affairs analyst, BBC News London, 1997 to 2000. James has been interviewed on CNN, Channel 4 Evening News, BBC One Ten O'Clock News, BBC Radio 4 "Today," BBC Radio 5 Live Evening News and ITV Evening News, among others.

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Participants (Partial List)

President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, United Mexican States (speaking from Mexico City)

President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa was born on August 18, 1962, in Morelia, Michoacán. He is the youngest of five brothers and the son of Carmen Hinojosa de Calderón and the late Luis Calderon Vega, founder, leader and historian of the National Action Party (PAN). He is married to Margarita Zavala Gómez del Campo, with whom he has three children.

Within the PAN, he was secretary of studies (1987), national youth secretary (1991) and secretary general (1993). From 1994 to 1995, he was the PAN representative to the Federal Electoral Institute (IFE), and in 1995 was candidate for governor of the state of Michoacán. He was elected president of the PAN's National Executive Committee during the three-year period from 1996-1999. During his tenure, the PAN achieved significant electoral triumphs and was witness to several important agreements, such as the Electoral Reform, which paved the way for the IFE's autonomy. During his legislative career, President Calderón was representative of the Legislative Assembly of the Federal District (1988-1991) and federal deputy in the 55th Legislature (1991-1994).

In 2000, he was federal deputy in the 58th Legislature and was appointed coordinator of the PAN's Parliamentary Group (2000-2003), where he submitted various law proposals for the consecutive election of deputies, the Law of Responsibilities of the Civil Servant and the rules and regulations to apply the Law of Access to Information in the Chamber of Deputies. In 2002, he was president of the Board of Political Coordination, where he promoted transparency in the use of funds in the Chamber of Deputies.

For his legislative leadership and performance, President Felipe Calderón was awarded the NAFTA Congressional Leadership Award from the México-U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the CANACINTRA Eagle Award for Legislative Merit from the National Chamber of the Manufacturing Industry. In the international arena, he was vice president of the Christian Democrat Organization of America (CDOA). He was a member of the World Leaders of the Future of the World Economic Forum from 1997 to 2000.

During his professional career, President Felipe Calderón worked in the areas of civil and labor law at the firms of Goodrich, Riquelme and Partners and at Multibanco Comermex, respectively. Moreover, he has written as an editorialist for Mexico's main newspapers. In March 2003, in the public sector, President Felipe Calderón was appointed general director of the National Bank of Public Works and Services (BANOBRAS) a banking institution in charge of granting financing to states and city councils, as well as promoting investment in infrastructure projects.

In September 2003, he was appointed secretary of energy by then President Vicente Fox. As the head of Mexico's energy sector, he promoted the modernization of state-owned companies as president of the board of directors of PEMEX, the Federal Commission of Electricity (CFE) and the electricity company Luz y Fuerza del Centro (LyFC). In 2005, he was elected as the PAN's presidential candidate, and on July 2, 2006, he obtained the majority of the votes in one of Mexico's closest elections. On December 1, he was sworn in as President of the United States of Mexico for the 2006-2012 term.

He holds a bachelor's degree in law from the Escuela Libre de Derecho, a master's in economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Aut—nomo de México (ITAM) and a master's in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University.

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HSH Prince Albert IIHSH Prince Albert II of Monaco (speaking from Monaco)

HSH Prince Albert, Alexandre, Louis, Pierre, Sovereign Prince of Monaco, Marquis of Baux, was born on March 14, 1958. His Highness is the son of Prince Rainier III, Louis Henri-Maxence-Bertrand (May 31, 1923 — April 6, 2005) and Princess Grace, née Kelly (Philadelphia, United States, November 12, 1929 - Monaco, September 14, 1982). On Wednesday April 6, 2005, HSH Prince Albert II succeeded his father, Prince Rainier III who died on April 5, 2005. On July 12, 2005, at the end of the period of official mourning, the Prince's accession to the throne was celebrated. Since 1984, HSH Prince Albert had assisted his father in conducting the affairs of state. 

In June 2006, HSH the Prince set up the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation dedicated to protecting the environment. It encourages sustainable and fair management of natural resources and places man at the center of its projects. It supports the implementation of innovative and ethical solutions in three broad areas: climate change, water and biodiversity. In January 2009, Prince Albert II of Monaco undertook a three-week scientific journey in the Antarctic. This journey followed upon two other expeditions realized in the Arctic in 2005 (Spitzberg) and 2006 when HSH reached the North Pole by sledge after a trek of several days.

In October 2009, HSH the Prince received the Teddy Roosevelt medal at the United States Congress and the Roger Revelle prize at the University of California in San Diego. These two distinctions were awarded to him in acknowledgement of his actions toward environmental protection.

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HRH Princess MaximaHRH Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, UN Secretary-General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development

HRH Princess Máxima has been playing a prominent advocacy role in promoting inclusive finance and raising awareness on its importance for development and poverty reduction. At the invitation of the United Nations, she was a member of the Advisors Group to the 2005 International Year of Microcredit. In that year, the Princess visited Uganda, Kenya, Brazil and Argentina to see microcredit in action, meeting with government, business and NGO representatives.

From 2006 to 2008, Princess Máxima served on the United Nations Advisors Group on Inclusive Financial Sectors, tasked with following up on the International Year of Microcredit. She was a member of the Group's Executive Committee and chaired its Working Group on Advocacy. In this capacity, Princess Máxima engaged in dialogues with heads of government, high-level officials, microfinance institutions and international organizations on the role they could play in giving more small businesses access to the financial sector and achieving universal access to financial services. She was actively involved in drafting the Advisors Group's Key Messages and Recommendations and she also participated in the Doha Review Conference on Financing for Development in 2008.

In September 2009, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appointed Princess Máxima as his special advocate for inclusive finance for development. In this capacity, she undertakes efforts to inform and advocate promoting inclusive finance for development to governments and international institutions.  The special advocate also contributes to raising the awareness of intergovernmental organizations, governments, parliaments, civil society, the private sector and the mass media on the importance of developing inclusive finance for poverty reduction, equalizing opportunity and achieving development goals, particularly the MDGs.

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Ben Ki-moonBan Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations

In January 2007, Ban Ki-moon of the Republic of Korea became the eighth secretary-general of the United Nations, bringing to his post 37 years of service both in government and on the global stage. At the time of his election as secretary-general, Mr. Ban was his country's minister of foreign affairs and trade. His long tenure with the Ministry included postings in New Delhi, Washington, D.C., and Vienna, and responsibility for a variety of portfolios, including foreign policy adviser to the president, chief national security adviser to the president, deputy minister for policy planning and director-general of American affairs. Throughout this service, his guiding vision was that of a peaceful Korean peninsula, playing an expanding role for peace and prosperity in the region and the wider world.

Mr. Ban has long-standing ties with the United Nations, dating back to 1975, when he worked for the Foreign Ministry's United Nations Division. That work expanded over the years, with assignments as first secretary at the Republic of Korea's Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, director of the United Nations Division at the Ministry's headquarters in Seoul and ambassador to Vienna, during which time, in 1999, he served as chairman of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization. In 2001-2002, as chef de cabinet during the Republic of Korea's presidency of the General Assembly, he facilitated the prompt adoption of the first resolution of the session, condemning the terrorist attacks of September 11, and undertook a number of initiatives aimed at strengthening the Assembly's functioning, thereby helping to turn a session that started out in crisis and confusion into one in which a number of important reforms were adopted.

Mr. Ban has also been actively involved in issues relating to inter-Korean relations. In 1992, as special adviser to the foreign minister, he served as vice-chair of the South-North Joint Nuclear Control Commission following the adoption of the historic Joint Declaration on the Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. In September 2005, as foreign minister, he played a leading role in bringing about another landmark agreement aimed at promoting peace and stability on the Korean peninsula with the adoption at the six-party talks of the joint statement on resolving the North Korean nuclear issue.

Mr. Ban received a bachelor's degree in international relations from Seoul National University in 1970. In 1985, he earned a master's degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In July 2008, Mr. Ban received an honorary doctoral degree from Seoul National University.

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P. Balaji, Vice President—Marketing and Strategy, Ericsson India (speaking from New Delhi)

As a vice president of marketing and strategy in Ericsson's India and Sri Lanka market unit, P. Balaji is responsible for driving marketing, strategy formulation and execution, corporate communication, public relations, and government affairs. He has contributed to the global strategy formulation for Ericsson Group and led the group initiative on inclusive growth in India with projects, like "Gramjyoti," which showcased the benefits of mobile broadband to bring health, education and governance to rural India.

Balaji is an electronics engineer from IIT Roorkee and received his M.B.A. from IIM Ahmedabad. He has over 18 years of experience in Telecom and IT in diverse functions, including sales, marketing, strategy and product management. During this time, he was associated with start-up ventures of TATA group, AT&T and Lucent, and he held senior leadership positions in these companies.

Balaji has chaired and been a member of several taskforces/expert groups set up by the government of India including the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and the Planning Commission on policy matters. He has been a member of the National Council for CII and ASSOCHAM and co-chairman of the CII and ASSOCHAM convergence/telecom national sub-committees. He is the past president of the Telecom Equipment Manufacturers Association (TEMA) and northern region chairman of the Telecom Export promotion council. 

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Scott BarrettScott Barrett, Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics

Scott Barrett is the first Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics. Prior to joining Columbia in the fall of 2009, Barrett served on the faculty of Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. His research focuses on institutional remedies to transnational challenges, including global climate change and the control of infectious diseases. He is the author of "Environment and Statecraft: The Strategy of Environmental Treaty-Making," published in 2005. His most recent book, "Why Cooperate? The Incentive to Supply Global Public Goods," was published in September 2007.

Barret has been an advisor to many organizations, including the European Commission, the International Task Force on Global Public Goods, the OECD, the World Bank and the United Nations. He was a lead author of the second assessment report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and was previously a member of the Academic Panel of Environmental Economists to the U.K.'s Department of Environment. Barrett taught at London Business School for over a decade before teaching at Johns Hopkins University and was a distinguished visiting fellow at the Yale University Center for the Study of Globalization in 2006. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the London School of Economics.

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Wallace BroeckerWallace S. Broecker, Newberry Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University

Wallace S. Broecker's research interests center on climate systems, especially as they involve the role of oceans in climate change. He is often credited with inventing the term "global warming." In 1987 he published a paper in the journal Science in which he proposed that heat is transported around the world by massive ocean currents that interact with the atmosphere—the so-called great ocean conveyor. It is an idea still regarded as a breakthrough in climatology. Broecker, who has spent his career at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (part of the Earth Institute), is author of over 400 scientific articles and several textbooks. He has testified before congressional committees and continued to spearhead research. Broecker recently coauthored the book "Fixing Climate," in which he proposed to remove large amounts of globe-warming carbon dioxide from the air and store it underground, in order to avert what he sees as a potential climate catastrophe. He has received numerous honors, including a 1996 National Medal of Science, presented by President Bill Clinton, and the 2006 Crafoord Prize in Geosciences from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. 

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Lord John Browne
of Madingley, Managing Director and Managing Partner (Europe), Riverstone Holdings (speaking from London)

Lord Browne of Madingley was born in 1948, joined BP in 1966 and in 1984 became group treasurer and chief executive of BP Finance International. In 1989, he became managing director and chief executive officer of BP Exploration based in London. In September 1991, he joined the board of the British Petroleum Company PLC as a managing director. He was appointed group chief executive in June 1995.  Following the merger of BP and Amoco, he was group chief executive of the combined group from December 1998 until May 2007.

Lord Browne is managing director and managing partner (Europe) of Riverstone Holdings LLC. He is president of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the Royal Society. He was appointed a trustee of the Tate Gallery in August 2007 and chair of the trustees in January 2009. He was chairman of the Advisory Board of Apax Partners LLC from 2006 to 2007. He was a non-executive director of Goldman Sachs from 1999 to 2007, a non-executive director of Intel Corporation from 1997 to 2006, a trustee of the British Museum from 1995 to 2005, a member of the Supervisory Board of DaimlerChrysler AG from 1998 to 2001 and a non-executive director of SmithKline Beecham from 1996 to 1999. Lord Browne was voted Most Admired CEO by Management Today from 1999 to 2002.  He was knighted in 1998 and made a life peer in 2001.

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Mike BushellMike Bushell
, Principal Scientific Adviser, Syngenta International Research Centre (speaking from Nairobi)

Mike Bushell is based at Syngenta International Research Centre, Jealott's Hill, in the United Kingdom. Mike has recently taken up a new role in global R&D as principal scientific adviser and is also secretary to Syngenta's Science and Technology Advisory Board. Mike graduated with a B.Sc. in organic chemistry from Liverpool and a Ph.D. from Liverpool/University of California at Davis. He came to Jealott's Hill in 1980 as a team leader in insecticide research, following postdoctoral work in Cambridge. Since 1990, Mike has held various management positions in chemistry and bioscience and has also worked within Zeneca Specialties in Manchester. He returned to Jealott's Hill in 1999 as sector leader for insect and fungal control. Within Syngenta he has previously been head of R&T projects, head of discovery, head of strategy and technology, head of external partnerships, and head of Jealott's Hill International Research Centre.

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Mark CaneMark Cane, G. Unger Vetlesen Professor of Earth and Climate Sciences, Columbia University

Mark Cane is the G. Unger Vetlesen Professor of Earth and Climate Sciences and professor of applied physics and applied mathematics at Columbia University. He received his B.A. (1965) and M.A. (1966) from Harvard and his Ph.D. (1975) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1992, Cane received the Sverdrup Gold Medal of the American Meteorological Society. Cane built the first prediction models of El Ni–o (with S.E. Zebiak). His research interests include the building of numerical ocean models, equatorial dynamics, El Ni–o, air-sea interactions and global climate issues. Questions of particular interest include: Why are there deserts? Can we predict drought in Northeast Brazil? How did the deep ocean change during the last glacial maximum? How will it change in the next 100 years? Does it matter for the creatures at the Earth's surface? Can we make a numerical ocean model that is consistent with data? Can we observe the surface winds from space—or any other way?

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Sanjeev ChadhaSanjeev Chadha, Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo India

Sanjeev Chadha is the chairman of PepsiCo, India Region, responsible for both the beverage and snack businesses in India and neighboring countries. He was a founding member of the PepsiCo business in India in 1989. Starting in marketing, he launched brand Pepsi (Yehi Hai Right Choice, Baby) and went on to take franchise operations and general management roles.

Chadha has spent 11 years in PepsiCo's international business. Based out of Hong Kong, he headed the sales function and then the commercial function for PepsiCo's Asia-Pacific region. He returned to India in 2007 as CEO of the beverage business. In 2009, his role was expanded to include the snack business.

Chadha started his career with Brooke Bond, now a part of Unilever, and was with JWT prior to joining PepsiCo. He has been the rural development chair for CII over the past two years, and has recently taken over as the chairman of the CII National Committee on Water. He is a graduate of Hindu College, Delhi University, and has an M.B.A. from IIM-Ahmedabad.

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Glenn DenningGlenn Denning, Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia University

Glenn Denning is a professor of professional practice in international and public affairs and director of the Master of Public Administration in Development Practice at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. Denning joined the Earth Institute in 2004 as a senior research scholar and associate director of the Tropical Agriculture and Rural Environment Program. He helped establish the MDG Centre, East and Southern Africa, in Nairobi, Kenya, and served as director. With more than 25 years of experience in international agricultural research and development, Denning provided leadership to the Centre's agenda in agriculture and rural development and its support to the African Green Revolution.

Denning previously held senior management positions in the International Rice Research Institute and the World Agroforestry Centre. In 2000, he was honored by the Government of Cambodia as Commander of the Royal Order of Sahametrei for his role in establishing the Cambodian Agricultural Research and Development Institute and his contributions to increasing national rice production. Denning holds agricultural science degrees from the University of Queensland, a Ph.D. from the University of Reading, and an M.P.A. from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

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Nitin DesaiNitin Desai
, Former UN Under-Secretary-General; Distinguished Fellow, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) (speaking from New Delhi)

Nitin Desai taught economics at two U.K. Universities, worked briefly in the private sector, had a long stint as a government official in India and then joined the UN in 1990. In India he was in the Planning Commission (1973 to 1988) and later in the Ministry of Finance as the chief economic adviser (1988 to 1990). In the UN, where he was under-secretary-general for economic and social affairs, his major work was the organization of a series of global summits, notably the Rio Earth Summit (1992), the Copenhagen Social Development Summit (1995), the Monterrey Finance and Development Summit (2002) and the Johannesburg Sustainable Development Summit (2002). After his retirement, he has been involved in a variety of public policy activities nationally and internationally. He is a member of the National Security Advisory Board and the Prime Minister's Council on Climate Change. Desai is a distinguished fellow of TERI and is an honorary fellow of the LSE, where he studied. He writes a monthly column in the Business Standard.

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Douglas GilstrapDouglas L. Gilstrap, Senior Vice President and Head of Strategy, Ericsson (speaking from London)

Since October 2009, Douglas L. Gilstrap has been senior vice president and head of strategy at Ericsson. He began his career in the telecommunications and IT industry in 1991 when he joined SITA (Societé Internationale de Telecommunications Aeronautiques), a Paris-based data network cooperative serving the airline industry. He was appointed CFO and then COO to Equant Network Services, a spin-off of SITA that was funded by Morgan Stanley private equity. As a member of Equant's founding management team, Gilstrap was instrumental in taking the company public and helped turn it into one of the world's leading data/IP networking companies.

In 2000, Gilstrap was named CEO of Radianz, where he led a team responsible for creating, building and managing the largest financial extranet, and providing a global IP network and hosting to the financial community. The company has been named Best Financial Network by a leading industry magazine for several years running. Later, Gilstrap was strategic advisor for Cable & Wireless for three years, where he worked on turnaround issues such as U.K. development and acquisition activities.
Before joining Ericsson, he was CFO of APEC (Asia Pacific Exploration Consolidated), which is dedicated to the exploration and development of petroleum resources in Southeast Asia. He received a B.S. in accounting from the University of Richmond and an M.B.A. from Emory University in Atlanta. He also attended the select executive program at Insead, France.

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Geoffrey Heal
Geoffrey Heal, Paul Garrett Professor of Public Policy and Business Responsibility and Professor of Economics and Finance, Columbia University

Geoffrey Heal is the Garrett Professor of Public Policy and Corporate Responsibility and professor of economics and finance at Columbia University's Graduate School of Business. He has also served as vice dean of the Business School and managed the Executive M.B.A. Program.

Heal studied physics and economics at Cambridge, where he obtained a First Class Honors degree and a doctorate, and then taught at Cambridge, Stanford, Yale and Princeton, and held a Fulbright professorship at the University of Sienna. He has acted as managing editor of the Review of Economic Studies and has acted on the editorial boards of many other journals. In the 1970s he founded a London-based consulting firm, and in the 1980s a firm providing systems for telecommunications and data processing to the international securities business.

Heal's research fields include the management of risks by financial markets, and especially the securitization of catastrophic risks and analysis of the systemic risks associated with the growth of derivative markets. He has worked more generally on the application of mathematical modeling techniques in economic theory. Another major research interest is the interaction between society and its natural resource base. He has been working to formalize and operationalize the concept of sustainability and develop an interdisciplinary group of social and biological scientists committed to research on the interface between the biological and social sciences.

Heal is a member of the Pew Oceans Commission, a director of the Union of Concerned Scientists and a fellow of the Econometric Society.

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Craig HoskenCraig Hosken, Country Manager, Ericsson Kenya

Craig Hosken is the country manager for Ericsson Kenya and head of managed services for the Ericsson market unit in sub-Saharan Africa. He has over 19 years of leadership experience in the global telecommunications industry within Ericsson, with an impressive track record on business targets, including full P&L, staff management and customer satisfaction outcomes. Hosken has worked in Australia, Asia and Europe, and he is currently in Africa interfacing with both private and public sectors. Functionally, he has worked with service delivery, turnkey project management, organizational change management, business development and sales, and account management.

Hosken started his career in 1990, leading a team of engineers to deliver support services to Ericsson's customers in Asia-Pacific. Following a temporary transfer to OTC, he project managed Ericsson's turnkey commissioning of OTC's international gateways and operator system in Vietnam. In 1996 he moved to Sweden for three years to join the business management group with project sales responsibility toward Asia, and he was instrumental for new business in Indonesia, Taiwan and India. Hosken subsequently led a 12-month global organizational change program following a period of global rationalization. He moved to Malaysia for two years in 1999 as business development manager for "break-ins" in Asia-Pacific and then moved back to Sweden for a further year to gain exposure to the emerging 3G business. Hosken took the role of account director for Bharti in India for two and a half years and was responsible for doubling the account's revenue as well as securing a major outsourcing agreement.


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Michael JacobsMichael Jacobs, Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Climate Change and Environment, United Kingdom (speaking from London)

Michael Jacobs is special adviser to the U.K. Prime Minister on energy, climate change and environmental policy. An economist, he was formerly a consultant in environmental policy and management; a research fellow at the London School of Economics and at the Centre for the Study of Environmental Change, Lancaster University; and (from 1997 to 2003) general secretary of the Fabian Society, the U.K.'s premier think tank.  Before his appointment to 10 Downing Street in 2007, he was a member of the Council of Economic Advisers at HM Treasury, responsible for advising the Chancellor of the Exchequer on environmental tax, public spending and regulatory policy.  Among other activities at the Treasury, he originated the Stern Review on the economics of climate change. His books include "The Green Economy: Environment, Sustainable Development and the Politics of the Future" (Pluto Press, 1991), "Greening the Millennium? The New Politics of the Environment" (ed, Blackwell, 1997), and "Paying for Progress: A New Politics of Tax for Public Spending" (Fabian Society 2000).

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Michael Joseph, CEO, Safaricom

Michael Joseph is directly contracted by Vodafone for a temporary assignment to Safaricom as CEO, a position held since Vodafone's  original investment in mid-2000. He has extensive international experience in the implementation and operation of large wireless and wireline networks, including operations in Hungary, Spain, Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Korea, United States, Australia and the Middle East.

Joseph has specialized in license acquisition, construction of new networks, turnaround management and start-up of new operations during his career, which spans over 40 years. He has guided the company from a subscriber base of fewer than 20,000 to over 10 million today and reports to the board of Safaricom. He has been the recipient of many awards, including CEO of the Year. He obtained a B.Sc. (cum laude) in electrical engineering from the University of Cape Town and is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (I.E.E.E) and  the Institute of Electronic Engineers (I.E.E), U.K.

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Jiang KejunJiang Kejun, Research Professor and Director, Energy Systems Analysis and Market Analysis Division, Energy Research Institute, National Development and Reform Commission (speaking from Beijing)

Jiang Kejun is director of the Energy System Analysis and Market Analysis Division at the Energy Research Institute (ERI) of the National Development and Reform Commission. Jiang began research on climate change relative to energy policy analysis in 1993, focusing on energy technology policy assessment, energy supply policy assessment, renewable energy development and energy conservation. From 1997, Jiang participated in Working Group III of the International Panel on Climate Change Third Assessment Report and was a lead author for the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (Working Group Three Chapter 3) and for GEO-4 Chapter 2. His recent studies include energy and emission scenarios, assessment on energy and fuel tax, research on China's potential to achieve its energy targets, and development of the Integrated Policy Assessment model. He received his Ph.D. in social engineering from the Department of Tokyo Institute of Technology.

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Sir David King, Director, Smith School of Enterprise and Environment, University of Oxford (speaking from London)

Sir David King is the director of the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at the University of Oxford.  While the U.K.'s chief scientific adviser and head of the government's Office of Science (2000 to 2007), he raised awareness of the need for governments to act on climate change and was instrumental in creating the Energy Technologies Institute. As director of the government's Foresight Programme, he created an in-depth horizon-scanning process that advised government on a wide range of long-term issues, from flooding to obesity. He also chaired the government's Global Science and Innovation Forum from its inception.

After an early career at the University of Witwatersrand, Imperial College and the University of East Anglia, Sir David King became the Brunner Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Liverpool in 1974. In 1988, he was appointed 1920 Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Cambridge. He subsequently became master of Downing College (1995 to 2000) and head of the Chemistry Department (1993 to 2000). He has published over 480 papers on his research in chemical physics and on science and policy, and he has received numerous prizes, fellowships and honorary degrees.  He is director of research in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge, chancellor of the University of Liverpool, president of the Collegio Carlo Alberto in Turin, senior science adviser to UBS, science adviser to President Kagame of Rwanda, and adviser to EU commissioners on science capacity building in Africa.  

Sir David King was knighted in 2003 for his work in science, and he received the award of "Officier dans l'ordre national de la LŽgion d'Honneur" from the French President in 2009 for his work on climate change and negotiating the international agreement to build the ITER fusion reactor.

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Upmanu Lall
Upmanu Lall, Alan and Carol Silberstein Professor of Engineering, Departments of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics and Earth and Environmental Engineering, Columbia University

Upmanu Lall received his B.S. in 1977 from the Indian Institute of Technology and both his M.S. (1980) and Ph.D. (1981) in civil engineering from the University of Texas. Lall's principal areas of expertise are statistical and numerical modeling of hydrologic and climatic systems and water resource systems planning and management. He has over 25 years of experience as a hydrologist. Lall has been the principal investigator on a number of research projects funded by the USGS, the NSF, the UAF, NOAA, USBR, DOE and State of Utah and Florida agencies. These projects have covered water quantity and quality and energy resource management, flood analysis, groundwater modeling and subsurface characterization, climate modeling, and the development of statistical and mathematical modeling methods. He has been involved as a consultant with specialization in groundwater flow and contaminant transport modeling, covering mining operations, streamflow modeling and water balance, risk and environmental impact assessment, and site hydrologic evaluation, and he was a reviewer and an expert on a number of other hydrologic problems. He has also taught over 20 different courses. Lall was the first recipient of the endowed professorships established by Earth and Environmental Engineering (EEE) alum Alan Silberstein in spring 2005, the Alan and Carol Silberstein Chair. Lall served as EEE department chair from 2003 to 2006.

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Bob McCooey, Senior Vice President of New Listings and Capital Markets, NASDAQ

Robert H. McCooey, Jr., is the senior vice president of new listings and the Capital Markets Group. In this role, he manages NASDAQ's listings efforts both domestically and in the Americas and Asia-Pacific region and leads the Capital Markets Group. Formed in 2006, the Capital Markets Group is primarily responsible for private equity, investment bank and other Wall Street constituent outreach and works to further NASDAQ OMX's mission to support business goals and growth plans. McCooey joined NASDAQ in December 2006.

Prior to joining the Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc., McCooey served as CEO of the Griswold Company, an agency he founded in 1988, which served prominent and developing buy-side institutions. He also served on the New York Stock Exchange Board of Executives from 2003 to 2006 and was a New York Stock Exchange floor official for eight terms. McCooey served on the NYSE's Group Market Performance Committee and was chairman of the NYSE's Technology and Planning Oversight Committee. In addition, he served on the board of the NYSE Foundation, which he joined in 2003; the board of the Securities Industry Automation Corporation (SIAC), the technology subsidiary of the New York Stock Exchange and the American Stock Exchange; and on the Committee for Review, part of NYSE Regulation. 

McCooey has been a regular guest on CNBC and has often been quoted in national news publications regarding stock market activity. He is a director of Iona Preparatory School, as well as St. Vincent's Hospital in Westchester, N.Y. He attended the College of Holy Cross and resides in Rye, N.Y.

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Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, Republic of Kenya

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Sylvia MwichuliSylvia Mwichuli, Africa Communications Coordinator, UN Millennium Campaign (speaking from Nairobi)

Sylvia Mwichuli is an ardent campaigner against poverty with over 16 years of experience working in the media and in senior communications management positions in key international NGOs in Africa, including ActionAid Kenya, Agency for Cooperation in Research and Development (ACORD), and the Africa Medical Research Foundation. A Kenyan national, Mwichuli currently works for the United Nations Millennium Campaign, an inter-agency body of the United Nations that works with people around the world in campaigning for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. She currently leads the Millennium Campaign's Africa communications team and also doubles up as the regional manager for the organization's campaigns in Eastern Africa.

Mwichuli has coordinated a number of interesting mobilization campaigns in Africa, key among them the Stand Up and Take Action Campaign, which mobilized over 68 million people in Africa last year. In her current role, Mwichuli supports the building and strengthening of the antipoverty movement in Africa by promoting mass campaigning on issues relating to the MDGs. She also advocates for effective citizen monitoring of MDG entitlements at the local level and supports citizen efforts to lobby governments to put in place pro-poor programs. Mwichuli is responsible for the creation and sharing of quality, relevant multimedia communications content to help raise public awareness of the Millennium Development Goals and currently provides strategic communications support to 17 countries across Africa.

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James MwangiJames Mwangi, Group Managing Director and CEO, Equity Bank (speaking from Nairobi)

James Mwangi, a career banker, is currently the group managing director and CEO of Equity Bank. He is credited for providing leadership that has seen Equity Bank transform from a small, technically insolvent building society to one of the largest and most successful microfinance banks in the world. In 2009 Equity Bank was named the Common Wealth Business Council African Business of the Year, Africa Investor's Microfinance Bank of the Year, and the Financial Times and International Finance Corporation's Emerging Markets Sustainable Bank of the Year in the Africa/Middle East region.

In 2009 Mwangi was named the Africa's Ai100 Chief Executive of the year by the African Investors. He is a member of Frontier 100 Initiative for Global Development, an initiative to bring together frontier market CEO's and U.S.-based CEO's committed to international development. He was named in 2010 by The Financial Times among the 50 emerging market business leaders in BRIC countries — Brazil, Russia, India and China — and other emerging market economies that have shaped the economic performance of their respective regions.

Mwangi and the Nobel Laureate Mohammed Yunus were joint winners of the 2007 Global Vision Award as "initiators of concepts of the future that will shape the global economy." Mwangi has been awarded three honorary doctorate degrees and two presidential awards in recognition of his work, and he has been appointed chairman of Kenya's long-term Vision 2030 Delivery Board that would see Kenya transform to a middle income country in the next 20 years. Mwangi served for a period of two years as a UN advisor on inclusive financial services.

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Devin NarangDevin Narang, Chairman and Managing Director, Freeplay Group (speaking from New Delhi)

Devin Narang is the scion of one of the oldest industrial families of India, the Narang Family, which was founded in 1908 by Sir Gokul Chand Narang. The Narang Group had interests in sugar, distilling, brewing, banking and insurance. After completing his graduation in commerce from the University of Delhi, Narang took over the responsibility of managing his family's business interests in distilling and brewing. 

Having sold his interests in distilling and brewing, Narang's current focus is in the field of renewable energy, and he has acquired Freeplay Group, which is a pioneer and global leader in self-generating, eco-friendly products that are capable of converting mechanical energy into electricity using a combination of human and solar energy. Narang is currently the chairman and managing director of Freeplay Group worldwide.

Narang is also the chairman of Indian operations of Turner & Townsend Pvt. Ltd., the U.K.'s biggest project management company. He was formerly the chairman of the SABMiller India Limited, which is one of the leading beer manufacturers in the world.

Narang is a member of the National Executive Committee of FICCI, the president of All India Distillers' Association and an active participant of Young Presidents' Organization. He has been a recipient of several awards of diverse nature in various fields. He is married to Preah and has two daughters and a son.

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Jyoti Parikh, Executive Director, Integrated Research and Action for Development (IRADe)

Jyoti K. Parikh is executive director of Integrated Research and Action for Development (IRADe) in New Delhi. As a senior professor at Indira  Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR) in Mumbai, she was in charge of a large research program. She worked at the International  Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria for eight years and  worked at the Planning Commission as senior energy consultant in New  Delhi (1978 to 1980). 

She is a member of the Prime Minister's Climate Council and a recipient of the Nobel Prize that given jointly to the authors of the IPCC.

Parikh has served as energy consultant to the World Bank, the U.S. Department of Energy, the EEC, and UN agencies such as UNIDO, FAO,  UNU and UNESCO. She also worked as an environment consultant to the UNDP and the World Bank.

She obtained her M.Sc. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1964 and her Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Maryland in 1967. She was a visiting professor at IAS of United  Nations University from 1995 to 1996.

Parikh has given lectures at Yale, Stanford, Columbia, Princeton, Harvard, Oxford, Potsdam University and many other universities in many countries . Her publications include nearly 200 project research papers and 25 books and  monographs in the area of energy economics and modeling, environmental economics, energy technology assessment, rural energy, and gender issues.

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Ye QiQi Ye, Cheung Kong Professor of Environmental Policy and Director of the Climate Policy Institute, Tsinghua University (speaking from Beijing)

Qi Ye is Cheung Kong Professor of Environmental Policy at Tsinghua University School of Public Policy and Management and director of the new Climate Policy Institute at Tsinghua. He serves on the Science Steering Committee of the Global Carbon Project. Qi advises governments, NGOs and international organizations on climate change and environmental policy issues. Before he returned to China, he taught environmental science, policy and management at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1996 through 2003. Qi received his Ph.D. in environmental science in 1994 from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and from Syracuse University, and he conducted research at the University of California, San Diego, and Cornell University. Qi's research focuses on climate and environmental policy and governance. He publishes extensively on climate change science and environmental policy. His recent book is on environmental governance in China.

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Johan RockstromJohan Rockström, Executive Director, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University

Johan Rockström is the executive director of the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and the Stockholm Resilience Centre. He is a professor in natural resource management at Stockholm University and a guest professor at the Beijing Normal University. Rockström is a leading international scientist in global water resources and sustainable development, with more than 15 years of research experience in agriculture, water resources and ecosystems, and integrated water resource management in tropical regions. He has produced more than 50 peer-reviewed scientific articles and several books in fields of global environmental change, resilience and sustainability; agricultural water management; watershed hydrology; global water resources and food production; and eco-hydrology. He has served as advisor to several international organizations and governments and the European Union on sustainability and development. He is a frequent keynote speaker to several international research, policy and development arenas on sustainable development, global environmental change and resilience thinking. He serves on several international committees and boards, including the scientific advisory board of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, the scientific overview committee of ICSU, the executive board of the Resilience Alliance, and the board of WaterAid Sweden.

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Jagbir Singh, Group Chief Technical Officer--Mobility Networks, Bharti Airtel

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Leena Srivastava
, Executive Director (Operations), The Energy and Resources Institute (speaking from New Delhi)

Leena Srivastava is currently the executive director of the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in New Delhi. In her 26 plus years at TERI, Srivastava has worked on a range of issues covering energy and environment policy/planning, energy economics, and climate change. She was also dean of the faculty of policy and planning from June 2000 to June 2008. Srivastava has a PhD. in energy economics from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India, and has a number of publications to her credit. She is on the editorial boards of various international journals dealing with energy and environment issues.

Srivastava  is a member of the Advisory Group on Energy and Climate of the UN Secretary-General; the International Advisory Panel of the Global Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Institute; the ESMAP Expert Panel on Sustainable Energy Supply, Poverty Reduction and Climate Change; the International Public Policy Advisory Board  (IPPAB) of the Coca Cola Company; the Board of Directors of the Meridian Institute; the Foresight Advisory Council of Suez Environment; and the Council of Advisors for Fraunhofer India. She was a member of the expert committee to formulate India's energy policy through the government of India's Planning Commission and a member of the National Security Advisory Board. She serves on the research advisory councils of various academic institutions of international repute. She was a coordinating lead author for Working Group III of the Third Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and a cross-cutting theme anchor on "Sustainable Development" for the Fourth Assessment Report of the IPCC.

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Achim SteinerAchim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP and United Nations Under-Secretary General  (speaking from Nairobi)

The U.N. General Assembly unanimously elected Achim Steiner as the executive director of UNEP on March 16, 2006 for a four-year term, effective 15 June 2006. In March 2009, Achim was also appointed director-general of the U.N. Offices at Nairobi (UNON). Before joining UNEP, Achim served as director general of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) from 2001 to 2006. He held responsibility for the management and oversight of 1,000 staff located in 42 countries.

In Washington, where Steiner was senior policy advisor of IUCN's Global Policy Unit, he led the development of new partnerships between the environmental community, the World Bank and the United Nations system. In Southeast Asia, he worked as chief technical advisor on a program for the sustainable management of Mekong River watersheds and community-based natural resources management. In 1998 he was appointed secretary general of the World Commission on Dams, based in South Africa, where he managed a global program of work to bring together the public sector, civil society and the private sector in a global policy process on dams and development.

Achim, a German national, was born in Brazil in 1961, where he lived for ten years. His educational background includes a B.A. from the University of Oxford as well as an M.A. from the University of London with specialization in development economics, regional planning, international development and environmental policy. He also studied at the German Development Institute in Berlin and the Harvard Business School. He serves on a number of international advisory boards, including the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED).

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Ann VenemanAnn Veneman, Executive Director, UNICEF

Ann M. Veneman became UNICEF's fifth executive director in May, 2005. She oversees annual program resources of more than $3 billion, funded entirely from voluntary contributions. She has stressed a culture of continuous improvement to help achieve lasting results for children. Under her management, UNICEF has launched initiatives to improve business practices, transparency and collaboration to ensure the agency's programs reach the most vulnerable and that its resources are utilized efficiently to protect, save and improve the lives of children around the world. Veneman's leadership and vision at UNICEF have been recognized both nationally and internationally. In 2009, she was named to the Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women list.

Prior to joining UNICEF, Veneman served as Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), overseeing 110,000 employees and an annual budget of $113 billion. A lawyer by training, Veneman has practiced law in Washington, D.C., and California. Veneman earned her bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California, Davis; a master's degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley; and a juris doctorate degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law. She has also been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from several universities and colleges.

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Peter WierengaPeter  Wierenga, Executive Vice President and CEO,  Philips Research

Peter Wierenga is responsible for the worldwide research activities in Philips. Since joining Philips Research in 1980, Wierenga has held several positions in Philips. Having started his career as a research scientist, he made a gradual transition toward management, leading research projects and groups in the areas of displays and personal care. In September 2002, he became program manager for lighting and visual experiences, and in June 2005 this function was extended with his role as general manager of Philips Research Eindhoven.

On February 1, 2007, Wierenga was appointed chief executive officer of Philips Research, and in July 2008, he also became executive vice president of Philips Research. He holds a Ph.D. in solid-state physics from Twente University.

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Xiao GengXiao Geng, Director, Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy; Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution (speaking from Beijing)

Xiao Geng is currently director of the Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy at the School of Public Policy and Management of Tsinghua University and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is also an honorary professor at the University of Hong Kong, a member of the supervisory board of the Shenzhen Development Bank in China, a member of the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum, a member of the McKinsey Knowledge Council and the McKinsey China Business Council, and a member of the International Commission on Education of Sustainable Development Practice and the international advisory board for the Global Master's in Development Practice sponsored by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Columbia University's Earth Institute.

Xiao worked full time at the World Bank, the University of Hong Kong, Harvard University, and the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong. At SFC, Geng was adviser to the chairman and head of research. He was also vice president of the Chinese Economists Society in the United States. Geng Xiao obtained his B.S. in management sciences from the University of Science and Technology of China and his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from UCLA. Xiao has done extensive empirical and policy research on the Chinese economy, especially in areas of enterprise, macroeconomics, exchange rate, finance and institutional economics, providing provocative, timely and useful policy analysis and recommendations. He also contributes frequently to public policy debates through media presences and conference presentations.

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Xu JintaoXu Jintao, Professor of Natural Resource Economics and Head of the Environmental Economics Program in China, Peking University (speaking from Beijing)

Xu Jintao is a professor of natural resource economics and chair of the Department of Environmental Management at the College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University. His research covers the broad field of natural resource policy, ranging from forest tenure and regulatory reform, to forest carbon and water resources, to valuation of industrial performance under environmental regulation.  His papers were published in such journals as Environmental and Development Economics, World Development, Land Economics, and Ecological Economics.  Currently he serves as senior editor for the Regional Environmental Change and associate editor for Environment and Development Economics.

Jintao Xu is head of the Environmental Economics Program in China (EEPC), based at Peking University, one of the six world centers sponsored by SIDA. With EEPC, he is building capacity to conduct rigorous economic analysis into China's environmental and natural resource policies. Jintao Xu received his master's in economics in 1996 and his Ph.D. in natural resource economics in 1999, both at Virginia Tech.  In 1988 he received a master's in agricultural sciences in forest economics at Beijing Forestry University.  In 1984 he received a bachelor's in engineering at Jilin University of Technology.

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Zha DaojiongZha Daojiong, Professor of International Political Economy, School of International Studies, Peking University (speaking from Beijing)

Zha Daojiong is a professor of international political economy in the School of International Studies, Peking University. He specializes in studying such global issues as energy, food and public health, with a particular focus on how they pertain to China today and in the future.

Zha is first author of "Building a Neighborly Community: Post-Cold War China, Japan, and Southeast Asia" (Manchester University Press, 2006), sole author of "The International Political Economy of China's Oil Supply Security" (in Chinese, 2005), editor of "Chinese Scholars View the World: Non-Traditional Security" (in Chinese, 2006). He is also a frequent contributing writer in refereed academic journals both in and outside China. Zha holds a doctoral degree in political science from the University of Hawaii. He has held university teaching posts in the United States, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Macao.

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