Glenn Denning


Since July of 2011, Glenn Denning has served as Director of the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development at the Earth Institute, leading CGSD’s re-launch under its new mission to mobilize the scientific expertise of the Earth Institute for multi-sector … Continue reading

Jan Eliasson


On 2 March 2012, Jan Eliasson was appointed Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He took office as Deputy Secretary-General on 1 July 2012. Mr. Eliasson was from 2007-2008 the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General … Continue reading

Christiana Figueres


Ms. Figueres was appointed Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in May 2010. With a long and distinguished career in the field, Ms. Figueres was a member of the Costa Rican climate change negotiating team 1995- 2009. Continue reading

Lisa Goddard


Dr. Lisa Goddard is the Director of the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) and an adjunct associate professor within the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences of Columbia University. She has been involved in El Nino and … Continue reading

James E. Hansen


Dr. James Hansen heads the NASA Institute for Space Studies in New York City, which is a division of Goddard Space Flight Center’s (Greenbelt, MD), Earth Sciences Directorate. He was trained in physics and astronomy in the space science program of Dr. James Van Allen at the University of Iowa. Continue reading

Vijay Modi


Vijay Modi is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering at Columbia University and the Director of the Modi Research Group as well as the Infrastructure Sector Coordinator for the Millennium Villages Project. Prof. … Continue reading

Amina J. Mohammed


Ms. Amina J. Mohammed is the Special Adviser to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Post-2015 Development Planning. She is also the CEO/Founder of the Center for Development Policy Solutions and an Adjunct Professor of the Master’s Programme for Development Practice at Columbia University, New York. Continue reading

Jeffrey D. Sachs


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 UN Millennium Project Continue reading

Sree Sreenivasan


Sree Sreenivasan is a technology expert and the Chief Digital Officer for Columbia University, where he teaches in the digital journalism program. He specializes in explaining technology to consumers, readers, viewers and users. For more than eight years, he served … Continue reading

Achim Steiner

Achim Steiner

Acting on the nomination of Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the UN General Assembly in 2006 unanimously elected Achim Steiner as the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for a four-year term. He became the fifth Executive Director in … Continue reading

Laura Trevelyan

laura trevelyan

Laura is an anchor of the BBC’s World News America broadcast. She was the BBC’s UN correspondent from 2006 to 2009. As the BBC’s United Nations Correspondent, she covered the diplomatic activity at United Nations HQ in New York, and … Continue reading

Hans Vestberg


Hans Vestberg is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ericsson Group, the world’s leading provider of telecommunications technology and services. Vestberg joined Ericsson in 1991. He has broad international experience, having held various management positions for Ericsson in China, Brazil, Mexico and the US. Continue reading