Resilience and Recovery: Highlighting Solutions for the G20 on Climate and Sustainability!
The Foundations Platform F20 and King Khalid Foundation were pleased to host events in the week of September 14 to 17 – back to back with the G20 Ministers of Environment in Riyadh (September 16) and some days ahead of the meeting of the G20 Ministers of Energy (September 27/28) and the 3rd G20 Sherpas Meeting (September 29/30).
During this week, international foundations emphasized the responsibility of the G20 countries to deliver on the global goals and to take action on the world’s biggest challenges. The G20 must lead on bridging the gap in climate finance and the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Under the headline of “Resilience and Recovery: Highlighting Solutions for the G20 on Climate and Sustainability!” there were the following thematic blocs:
Day 1 (Monday, September 14):
- Shifting the Trillions and Sustainable Finance
Day 2 (Tuesday, September 15):
- Covid-19 and Climate Crisis: More Resilience and Recovering Better
- Climate, Biodiversity and Food: Pathways for an Inclusive Approach
Day 3 (Wednesday, September 16):
- Solutions for a Global Just Transition
- Recommendations of Engagements Groups towards the G20
Day 4 (Thursday, September 17)
- The Voice of Foundations and Philanthropists in the Context of the G20
Monday, September 14
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, September 15, 16, 17
10:00 – 12:00 CEST
Shifting the Trillions and Sustainable Finance
Key Statements and Q&A
13:00 –15:00 CEST
Shifting the Trillions and Sustainable Finance
Key Statements and Q&A
Results of the day
10:00 – 12:00 CEST
COVID-19 and Climate Crisis: More Resilience and Recovering Better
13:00 –15:00 CEST
Climate, Biodiversity and Food: Pathways for an Inclusive Approach
Keynotes and Q&A
10:00 –12:00 CEST
Solutions for a Global Just Transition
13:00 –15:00 CEST
Recommendations of Engagements Groups towards the G20
Keynote from Civil Society
Engagement Groups Panel
13:00 –15:00 CEST
The Voice of Foundations and Philanthropists in the Context of the G20
Keynotes from the F20 Network
Recommendations to the G20
Results of the week
Sara Jane Ahmed
Finance Advisor in the Global Center on Adaptation for the Vulnerable Group of Twenty (V20)
Sara Jane Ahmed currently serves as a Finance Advisor in the Global Center on Adaptation for the Vulnerable Group of Twenty (V20) Ministers of Finance. She developed and currently leads key V20 initiatives such as the Sustainable Insurance Facility and the Accelerated Financing Mechanism. Sara provides advisory support to governments, development banks, UN agencies and private and non-profit groups on climate finance, resilience and energy transition investment strategies in developing countries. She steered efforts in the energy transition in the Philippines and Bangladesh as an energy finance analyst with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. Sara was previously an investment advisor specializing in originating and structuring energy opportunities.
Co-Lead of the C20 Climate, Energy and Sustainability Working Group
Mishari Al-Saud is a young professional and researcher who believes that sustainability is achievable. Currently a PhD researcher in nuclear and sustainable energy and economy at Tsinghua University in China, Mishari is an active volunteer, a Global Shaper (WEF initiative), and the co-founder and chairman of the Environmental Development Association (Faseel). Mishari got involved in R&D when he joined King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology. Later, Mishari returned and worked for two years on establishing strategic partnerships with world-class entities, developing feasibility studies, and initiating projects in the environmental and sustainable energy sectors of Saudi Arabia. Mishari was born and raised in Saudi Arabia and obtained his B.Sc in Mechanical Engineering from Alfaisal University and was trained at AREVA in France. Mishari continued his educational journey and obtained an M.Sc in Sustainable Nuclear Engineering from IMT-Atlantique in France, and an M.Sc in Management specialization in the management of the energy sector from the University of Liverpool.
Princess Mashael bint Saud Al-Shalan
Founding Partner, AEON Strategy
Mashael is a Founding Partner at AEON Strategy, a sustainable development advisory firm focusing on energy, environment, financial, cultural and social inclusion. AEON also engages in non-profit research activities as part of its research arm, AEON COLLECTIVE, a cross disciplinary initiative which aims to foster dialogue on sustainable development with a focus on climate change, the future of energy, urbanization and intergenerational equity. She has experience with National Governments on Economic Development, participated in COP21 in Paris as an observer in the Saudi Climate Negotiating Team and continues to engage in workshops and seminars on the topics of climate change policy, the circular carbon economy, net-zero energy emissions and pathways for sustainable and inclusive growth. Mashael holds a master’s degree in international Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) where she focused on sustainable development and the underlying applied sciences.
Abdulmuhsen S. Alkhalaf
Chief Policy Officer of the Saudi G20 Presidency Finance Track program
Abdulmuhsen S. Alkhalaf has been the chief policy officer of the Saudi G20 Presidency Finance Track program since September 2019. His work includes coordinating policies that aim to address global challenges and enhance sustainable growth and resilience, and developing initiatives discussed by G20 finance ministers and central bank governors and senior government officials. In this capacity, he has been supporting the Saudi G20 presidency’s efforts to steer international cooperation and coordinate the G20 response to COVID-19, which resulted in the endorsement of the G20 Action Plan — Supporting the Global Economy through the COVID-19 Pandemic — and the launch of the G20 Debt Service Suspension Initiative for the benefit of the poorest countries. Alkhalaf is also the alternate executive director for Saudi Arabia at the World Bank Group (WBG) and has been an official of the WBG executive board since August 2018. He has contributed to efforts to achieve the WBG’s twin goals of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity. He has also worked as an economist in the Saudi Ministry of Finance, where he managed several economic and financial policy issues and a variety of topics on the G20 agenda; this work included representing Saudi Arabia in the G20 Development Working Group. Alkhalaf obtained a bachelor’s degree in finance from King Saud University in Saudi Arabia. He also earned two master’s degrees, the first in economics from George Washington University in the US and the second in finance from Saint Mary’s University in Canada.
Charles V. Barber
Senior Biodiversity Advisor at the World Resources Institute (WRI)
Charles “Chip” Barber is Senior Biodiversity Advisor at the World Resources Institute (WRI), a global policy research institution focusing on environment and sustainable development. He also serves as Director of the Institute’s Forest Legality Initiative. Prior to joining WRI Chip served from 2009 to 2014 as Forest Division Chief at the U.S. Department of State and from 2005 to 2009 as Environmental Advisor with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). He previously worked on natural resources policy as a consultant for IUCN, The Nature Conservancy, the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, UNDP, UNEP, NRDC, UN University, and other organizations. From 1989 to 2001, he was also with WRI, based for most of the time in Southeast Asia. Dr. Barber received his Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from the University of California, Berkeley, completing a doctoral dissertation on the political economy of community forestry initiatives in Indonesia. He also received his J.D. and M.A. in Asian Studies from UC Berkeley. He is fluent in Bahasa Indonesia.
Founder and Director, Council on Economic Policies (CEP)
Alexander Barkawi is founder and director of the Council on Economic Policies (CEP) – an economic policy think tank for sustainability focused on fiscal, monetary and trade policy. Prior to building up CEP, he was the managing director of SAM Indexes and thus responsible for developing the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes into a key reference point for sustainability investing. Alex is a graduate in economics of the University of St. Gallen where he also wrote his PhD thesis on “Social Change in Egypt in the 1990s”. He grew up in Germany and Egypt and today lives in Zurich, Switzerland.
CEO, Asian Venture Philanthropy Network
Naina joined AVPN as our CEO from September 2013, and has been appointed as Chairperson in May 2018. Naina’s leadership over the past 6 years has grown the AVPN membership by more than 4x and elevated the organization into a truly regional force for good. Under her direction, the organization has grown from focusing only on Venture Philanthropy to supporting the entire ecosystem of Social Funders from philanthropists to impact investors and Corporate CSR professionals. She was instrumental in developing AVPN’s innovative services that connect, empower and educate the now 600+ members of AVPN. In 2019, Naina was awarded one of Asia’s Top Sustainability Superwomen.
Her Royal Highness Princess Bessmah Bint Bader Bin Abdulmohsen
King Khalid Foundation and F20 Co-Chair
Princess Bessmah is a philanthropist and a non-profit sector supporter in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia who is passionate about child development and education. She is a Board of Director’s Member and Treasurer of the Saut Down Syndrome Society; Board of Trustees Member of the King Khalid Foundation (KKF); and a Co-founder of The Playroom Center. Princess Bessmah joined the Board of Saut as a treasurer the year it was founded, in 2010, and has been the key supporter of Saut’s activities since then. Princess Bessmah joined the King Khalid Foundation as a Board of Trustees Member in 2019 and is engaged in the Foundation’s efforts related to sustainable development and more specifically how climate change issues affect equal opportunities and inclusive growth.
Board of Management, Robert Bosch Stiftung
Sandra Breka was appointed to the Board of Management in September 2017. Her portfolio includes International Understanding and Cooperation, Active Citizenship, as well as the department Strategic Partnerships and Robert Bosch Academy. She supervises the Events and Operations at the Berlin Office. An expert in international relations as well as foreign and security policy, Sandra Breka previously served as Program Director at the Aspen Institute Berlin after an assignment with the American Council on Germany in New York. She obtained her M.A. at Columbia University, New York. She was a Yale World Fellow in 2008. Sandra Breka is a Member of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) as well as the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the European Endowment for Democracy (EED). She represents the foundation on the European Foundation Center (EFC) Governing Council, the Board of the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) and the Executive Committee of Stiftung Neue Verantwortung.
CEO, UAEU Science and Innovation Park
Prof. Chabrak is the CEO of the UAEU Science and Innovation Park and Executive Director of the UAEU Pavilion at World Expo 2020 Dubai. She is the leader of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) UAE national team and the chairperson of its Chapter Steering Committee. She is Professor of Accounting in the College of Business and Economics at UAEU. Before joining the UAEU, she worked as consultant, Assistant then Associate Professor at Institut Mines Telecom, France. She has been teaching various topics including Accounting, Corporate Governance, CSR, a Stanford preeminent course on Entrepreneurship & Innovation and a leadership course using ontological and phenomenological approaches.
President of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
Professor Chan assumed his role as the third president of KAUST in September 2018 after nearly a decade as president of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Before joining HKUST, President Chan was Assistant Director of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate at the US National Science Foundation from 2006 to 2009. He was Professor and Chair of the Department of Mathematics and later Dean of Physical Sciences at UCLA. He received his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Engineering from Caltech, his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University, and he was a Research Fellow at Caltech. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Strathclyde and is a member of US National Academy of Engineering.
Sir Ronald Cohen
Chairman, Global Steering Group for Impact Investment & The Portland Trust
Sir Ronald Cohen is a pioneering philanthropist, venture capitalist, private equity investor, and social innovator, who is driving forward the global Impact Revolution. He serves as Chairman of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment and The Portland Trust. He is a co-founder of Social Finance UK, USA, and Israel; and co-founder Chair of Bridges Fund Management and former co-founding Chair of Big Society Capital. He graduated from Oxford University and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. He recently published a book titled, IMPACT: Reshaping capitalism to drive real change.
Programme, BMW Foundation
A passionate scout, catalyser and bridge-builder, Daniela has spent much of her time at the BMW Foundation developing and facilitating new ways of collaboration and engagement of leaders from different sectors as well as identifying and promoting different tools for social innovation and impact. As such, she was the main driver in building up the social innovation work of the Foundation including such instruments as Social Entrepreneurship, Social Intrapreneurship and Social Finance. At the moment she is focusing her energies on impact investing and financial systems transformation, tech for impact and the building of resilient, intelligent, sustainable and equitable cities. Before joining the BMW Foundation in 2007, Daniela worked for ten years in the field of development work in Africa, Asia and the Balkans. Daniela has a Master’s degree in languages, international business and cultures from the University of Passau, Germany. She is an alumna of the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Programme and the Common Purpose and Tallberg Leaders Programs as well as a Board Member of the Social Entrepreneurship Academy in Munich. Daniela lives with her partner and their two little girls in Berlin. Tango and Kundalini Yoga are two other passions of her.
Vice Secretary General, Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU)
Michael Dittrich, lawyer, Vice Secretary General, Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU), since 2001 head of department finance and administration, responsible for finance, asset management, HR and audit of the use of funds, attorney of Zentrum für Umweltkommunikation der DBU GmbH und DBU Naturerbe GmbH, subsidiaries of DBU. He is lecturer in the Masters Degree “Management in Non Profit Organizations” at University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück. He publishes und lectures on topics related to environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) investments. Before joining the DBU in 1991, Michael Dittrich worked since 1985 as a radio and TV journalist mostly for the German public-law broadcasting institution ARD.
Alexander El Alaoui
F20 Senior Advisor
Alexander works as financial advisor focussing on climate finance. Among others, he is partner at Cooler Future, a mobile solution for climate impact investing. Before setting up his own company in 2019, he worked as director of sustainable investments at Salm-Salm & Partner, a family-run asset manager (convertible bonds, equity and timber). He joined the company in 2017 with the task to set up Germany’s first Paris-aligned equity investment portfolio. Prior to this, Alexander worked for a German faith-based asset owner leading the organisation’s green finance strategy overseeing a total of €1bn in assets. Before that, he co-managed one of the world’s first climate litigation cases against a global utility company (Luciano Lliuya ./. RWE AG case) and co-authored a study on climate-aligned investment criteria, commissioned by the German G7 presidency in 2015. Alexander is a trained financial analyst (DVFA) and holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics.
CEO, Arab Foundations Forum
In 2014, Naila Farouky assumed the role of CEO for the Arab Foundations Forum (AFF) – a regional, membership-based association of foundations and philanthropic entities working across the Arab Region. AFF is headquartered in Brussels, with a registered administrative branch in Amman, Jordan. Naila took the lead at AFF at a time of great upheaval for the organization, and at a time of much unrest across the Arab region. During her 5-year tenure, Naila has successfully revitalized the network, recognizing a significant (300%) growth in membership, an increase in the geographic footprint of the network, bringing the number of countries represented in the network to 11 (up from 4 countries in 2013), and a 256% increase in funding for the organization. Naila also currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the WINGS Network (Worldwide Initiative for Grantmaker Support) – a global membership association of over 140 members in over 40 countries, as well as serving on the boards of ArteEast (New York) and The Family Hub (Egypt). Naila grew up mostly in Cairo, Egypt, and has lived in Kenya, New York, Washington DC, Jordan, Switzerland, and South Africa. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the American University in Cairo.
Director of Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
Dr. Rabia Ferroukhi joined IRENA in 2011. She is currently the Director of the Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre where she oversees the Agency’s work on knowledge, policy and finance, including: efforts to produce up-to-date and authoritative renewable energy data and information; analysis to identify best practice in renewable energy policies and finance; and advice and support to countries, tailoring policy and investment analysis to renewables deployment in the field. Dr. Ferroukhi brought to this position over 20 years of experience in the fields of energy, development and environment. She worked in both public and private sectors, including with governments in the Middle-East and North Africa, energy companies in the Mediterranean region and the GCC, and international institutions. Dr. Ferroukhi holds a Masters in Applied Economics and a Ph.D. in Economics from the American University in Washington DC.
Professor of Economic statistics and Sustainable development, University of Rome
Enrico Giovannini is full professor of Economic statistics and Sustainable development at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, of Sustainable development at LUISS and at the National School of Administration (SNA). He is the co-founder and director of the Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development, a coalition of more than 240 organisations established to implement in Italy the UN 2030 Agenda 2030. He was Director of Statistics and Chief Statistician of the OECD (2001-2009), President of the Italian Statistical Institute (2009-2013) and Minister of Labour and Social Policies (2013-2014). In October 2014, the President of the Italian Republic made him “Cavaliere di Gran Croce al Merito della Repubblica”, the highest ranking honour of the Italian Republic. He is the author of more than 100 articles and five books on statistical and economic topics.
H.E. Bandar bin Muhammad Hamza Hajjar
President, Islamic Development Bank
Dr. Bandar M.H. Hajjar has been President of the Islamic Development Bank since 2016. As development enters a new era, Dr. Hajjar is reimagining the traditional role of a development bank. Through his strategic programme, the IsDB is empowering people for a sustainable future by building global partnerships and driving innovation through a value chain approach to development. Dr. Bandar is also consolidating the bank’s position as a global leader in Islamic finance and the largest issuers of Sukuk. Dr. Bandar Hajjar holds a bachelor’s degree with First-Class Honours in Economics and Political Sciences from King Saud University, Riyadh, a master’s degree in Economics from Indiana University, USA. and a Ph.D. in Economics from Loughborough University in the United Kingdom.
Catherine Howarth has been Chief Executive of ShareAction since July 2008. ShareAction is a leading civil society organisation in Europe promoting responsible investment, transparency and good governance by institutional investors. ShareAction works closely with large institutional investors across the world to support accelerated action by companies on climate change, workforce and gender issues, and food system risks. Catherine is a board member of the Scott Trust, owner of the Guardian Media Group, where she serves on the investment committee. She is also a member of the UK government’s taskforce on asset management. She was a trustee of The Pensions Trust (the multi-employer pension scheme for the UK’s not-for-profit sector) for five years, where she served on the Investment Committee of this £15bn fund. Catherine holds a First Class BA in Modern History from Oxford University and an MSc in Industrial Relations from the London School of Economics. In June 2011 Catherine was named a ‘Rising Star of Corporate Governance’ by Yale University’s, Millstein Center. Investment and Pensions Europe have called her one of the ‘top ten women in pensions’. Catherine was recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2014.
Founding Partner, NewClimate Institute
Prof. Dr. Niklas Höhne is a founding partner of NewClimate Institute. He is also Special Professor “mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions” at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. He follows the international climate negotiations since 1995. He led numerous studies related to the international climate change negotiations and national climate policies, for example several evaluations of countries’ performances in climate change and two publications in Nature. Niklas Höhne is lead and contributing author for the IPCC’s Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Assessment Reports for the chapters on climate policies and international cooperation. He is also lead author of the UNEP Emissions Gap reports since 2010. He created the Climate Action Tracker that tracks commitments and actions of countries on climate change.
President, International, of Community Jameel
Fady Jameel is President, International, of Community Jameel, the global philanthropy innovating for a better future. This includes a number of labs that are addressing global challenges at MIT, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) to transform development decisions through scientific evidence; the Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab (J-WAFS), to address the impact of climate change on the world’s water and food; the Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) to spark a renaissance in education, the Jameel Clinic to revolutionise health through machine learning, and most recently at Imperial College London, the Jameel Institute (J-IDEA) to combat threats from disease worldwide. He is also Deputy President and Vice Chairman International Operations of Abdul Latif Jameel and Founder and Chairman of Art Jameel. Mr Jameel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. He speaks English, Arabic, and Japanese.
Vice President, Wyss Foundation
Chris Killingsworth is the Vice President of the Wyss Foundation. She oversees all of the Foundation’s grantmaking programs including global conservation, women’s equality, economic opportunity and democracy. Chris has overseen the rapid expansion of the Wyss Foundation’s scale and breadth of giving over the last decade, crafting projects and campaigns that have led to the protection of millions of acres of land and the adoption of policies that expand economic opportunity and advance an inclusive democracy. She is responsible for providing strategic direction to program officers, ensuring that programs are having the greatest possible impact, and working with the CEO and Board on new grantmaking initiatives. She joined the Wyss Foundation in 2001 as a Program Manager. Before joining the Foundation, Chris worked for the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. on Secretarial priorities such as the establishment of new National Monuments and as the Assistant Manager of the Bureau of Land Management’s first national monument—the Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah.
Chairman of the Advisory Council of the European Climate Foundation
From 2006-2016 he was Vice Chairman of Deutsche Bank Group, with global responsibilities for strategy; government, regulatory and corporate advisory. He also served as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of BG Group (2010-2016). From 1999-2005, he was German Deputy Minister of Finance (State Secretary). From 2003-2005, Mr. Koch-Weser was Chairman of the EU’s Economic and Financial Committee. He was also Chairman of the Supervisory Board of BaFin (German Banking and Securities Supervisory Agency). From 1973 – 1999, Mr. Koch-Weser held a number of high-level positions in the World Bank in Washington, i.e. Division Chief for the China Program, Director for West Africa and Managing Director Operations and Member of the Executive Committee.
Enrique Maurtua Konstantinidis
Co-Chair, C20 Climate, Energy and Sustainability Working Group
Enrique Maurtua Konstantinidis is Senior Advisor on Climate Policy in FARN where he engages in the National, Regional, and International climate and energy debate, including UNFCCC and G20. Over the course of 15 years, he actively engaged in Climate Negotiations on behalf of various Civil Society Groups. Since 2018, he coordinates the Environment, Climate, and Energy Working group of the Civil 20 and coordinates the G20 activities in CAN International. In Latin America, Enrique coordinates the LatinoAdapta project for the Network on Climate Change and Decision Making, where he coordinates the work of Academic Institutions and Think Tanks to build bridges between Science and decision-making.
Francesco La Camera
Director-General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
Francesco La Camera is the Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). He has more than thirty years of experience in the fields of climate, sustainability, and international cooperation. He formerly served as Director-General of Sustainable Development, Environmental Damage, EU and International Affairs at the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land & Sea. In this capacity, he developed cooperation and partnerships agreements with a wide range of countries, particularly developing countries. Mr. La Camera is widely credited with having spearheaded international cooperation on issues related to climate change and the environment. He played a key role in bringing together multilateral organisations to develop joint initiatives designed to implement the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. He has also coordinated a number of national strategies including on sustainable development, green finance and fossil fuel subsides among other things.
Zhang Li (Aster)
Dr. Zhang Li (Aster) is Secretary General of SEE Foundation and a Professor of Ecology at Beijing Normal University. He is an expert of biodiversity and conservation biology and has over 20 years of international and domestic projects management experience. He held leadership positions in many international organizations, including International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Conservation International (CI) and Freeland Foundation (Freeland). He is an expert in Asian Elephant Specialist Group of IUCN Species Survival Commission and a member of technical advisory committee of UN CITES Monitoring of Illegal Killing of Elephant (MIKE) Programme.
Member of the Executive Board, Deutsche Bundesbank
Dr. Sabine Mauderer has been Member of the Executive Board of the Deutsche Bundesbank since September 2018. She is responsible for the Directorates Markets and Human Resources. Additionally she is a member of the Exchange Experts Commission, the Central Capital Market Committee, and the Steering Committee of the “Central banks and Supervisors Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS)”. Prior to her current responsibilities she held several positions at the KfW Banking group, e.g. Head of Banking Sector Restructuring and Head of Auditing, Risk Management, IT and Major Projects. Before that she worked as a senior adviser at the Federal Ministry of Finance. She was born in Schleswig in 1970. Sabine Mauderer graduated in law, holds a PhD by the Osnabrück University and an Executive MBA by the ESSEC & Mannheim Business School.
Executive Director Climate Change, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)
Sonia oversees CIFF’s Climate Change portfolio, which includes work on Energy Decarbonisation, Air Quality, Industrial Decarbonisation and Land Use. Prior to joining CIFF, Sonia acted as Chief Operating Officer of a start-up company with a mission to connect Africa to the green energy economy by developing high-quality biomass supply chains deriving from existing plantations in West Africa. In 2009, Sonia was named a World Business Council for Sustainable Development Future Leader; in 2014, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader; and in 2015, a Rising Talent by the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society. Sonia sits on the Board of ClientEarth who use litigation to tackle climate change and Iniciativa Climatica De Mexico, a think tank and re-granter focused on driving ambitious climate policy in Mexico.
Executive Director, Growald Family Fund
Joanna joined Growald Family Fund in 2007 to develop and implement its philanthropic strategy and to provide capacity-building and networking guidance to help portfolio partners scale up their programs for maximum impact. In her role as Executive Director, Joanna takes a lead on convening and bridging funders and NGOs, particularly in the key issues of finance, health, and water and how they relate to energy choices and climate. She has more than 15 years of experience in nonprofit sustainability, social enterprise development and venture philanthropy. Prior to Growald Family Fund, Joanna ran her own company Positive Ventures, a philanthropic and social enterprise strategy consulting firm. Previously she was associate director of REDF (previously Roberts Enterprise Development Fund), a leading venture philanthropy fund, and she was also the director of NESsT Consulting and Enterprise Development.
Perspectives Climate Group
Axel Michaelowa has a PhD in Economics and works on international climate policy instruments since 1994, participating in UNFCCC negotiations since COP 1 in 1995. He is part-time researcher at the Institute of Political Science of the University of Zurich since 2006 and senior founding partner of the consultancy Perspectives since 2003. Axel has contributed to more than 300 research articles and studies on climate policy, particularly market mechanisms and consults private and public institutions. Within the IPCC, Axel was lead author for the chapter on policies and measures in the 4th and 5th Assessment Report. In the T 20 process during 2020, Axel has written policy briefs on climate-friendly recovery from the COVID-19 crisis and promotion of green/blue hydrogen.
Klaus Milke is the Chairman of the Steering Group of Foundations 20 with the background as Founder and Chairman of Stiftung Zukunftsfähigkeit (Foundation for Sustainability). Since 1991 he is also in the Board of Germanwatch, a German development and environmental Non-Governmental Organization. He has graduated economics, followed by studies of sociology and political science and – with experience in the executive board of a middle sized company – he is today consulting governments, corporates and civil society groups. By advice, moderation and advocacy work he is active in various networking and campaigning processes mainly on climate and energy and on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda “in, with and from” Germany with the SDG.
Princess Nouf bint Muhammed
C20 Chair, CEO of the King Khalid Foundation
Nouf bint Muhammad is the Chair of the official G20 Saudi Arabia 2020’s Civil Society Engagement Group and the CEO of the King Khalid Foundation. She has served as part of King Khalid Foundation’s Board of Trustees since 1996, playing a key role in shaping the foundation’s finances, strategy and activities. Nouf has been a longstanding philanthropist and a strong supporter of civil society and its growth in Saudi Arabia. She has contributed to the development of the King Khalid Foundation’s current strategic direction, focusing on creating equal opportunities and prosperity in Saudi Arabia as well as the Foundation’s engagements and support for the non-profit sector. Nouf serves as the Chair of the Saudi ADHD Society, and a member of AlNahda Society for Women. Princess Nouf graduated from the University of Phoenix with a degree in business management and has represented both King Khalid Foundation and the Saudi ADHD Society in several international civil society forums.
Managing Director, Draper Richards Kaplan & Senior Adviser, Toniic
Kanini Mutooni is Managing Director at Draper Richards Kaplan and also Senior Adviser for Toniic, the global action network for impact investors with over 300 asset owners. Prior to this appointment, Kanini was the Director for Investment at the USAID-funded East Africa Trade and Investment Hub. Kanini is a UK Chartered Accountant with a record of exceptional leadership gained in East Africa, Europe and the United States. She is the immediate former Board Chair of The Global Innovation Fund. Kanini has worked at Board level in leadership positions at investment banks in London and US. In 2014 she was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader for her exceptional leadership in business and global entrepreneurship. She continues to provide strategic advisory support to a number of Africa focused impact funds and is an impact adviser for Union Bank Privee’s (UBP) listed global equity fund. She is a visiting lecturer at the University of Capetown’s Bertha Center for Social Innovation.
Senior Science Lead (Food Systems), Wellcome Trust Our Planet, Our Health
Modi is Senior Science Lead (Food Systems) at the Wellcome Trust Our Planet, Our Health programme. She was formerly Director of Policy and Global Health at the UK Health Forum where she led their policy research and advocacy on non-communicable disease prevention across UK, European and UN institutions. She is a member of the BBC Rural Affairs Committee and has served on several national advisory committees including Public Health England groups on dietary guidelines, sugar, nutrient profiling and global health. She has an MSc and DrPH from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Managing Director, Foundation 2°
Sabine Nallinger is the Managing Director of Foundation 2° – an initiative of chief executives, business leaders and family-owned companies. Its goal is to call upon the political sphere to establish effective, market-based framework requirements for climate protection and to support German businesses to find solutions for climate protection. From 2008 to May 2020 Sabine Nallinger was member of the Munich City Council for the Green Party, where where she oversaw energy, urban development and transport policy issues. In 2014, she ran for the Mayor’s Office in Munich. Furthermore, she participates actively in numerous committees including as a member of the supervisory board of Vattenfall Wärme Berlin AG and member of the advisory board at MyClimate.
Board Member, BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt
Dr. Frank Niederländer, born in Germany, has enjoyed a Franco-German education, first at a Franco-German school, later during his studies, from which he graduated with a German Master of Business Administration and a French Grande Ecole degree. During this time, he also had the opportunity to live in Lyon, Paris, and Brussels. In 1991, Dr. Frank Niederländer started his career as an international management trainee at BMW AG. He continued through various positions in the company’s core business areas, such as R&D, corporate planning, product development, and finance/controlling. From 1998, he took over management responsibility as head of product controlling. During this time, he also obtained his PhD in Strategic Management. Between 2002 and 2007, he was in charge of the BMW advanced development area, first as Vice President of R&D Strategy and later as VP of Innovation Management. In 2007, Niederländer was appointed VP of BMW Brand and Product Strategy Worldwide, in 2009, VP of Product Architecture and in 2010, VP of the Small Car Platform. In 2016 and 2017, he was in charge of restructuring an international Airbag Supplier Case. In January 2018, Dr. Frank Niederländer was appointed Member of the Board of the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt.
H.E Dr Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi
Minister of Climate Change and Environment, United Arab Emirates
His Excellency Dr Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi was appointed Minister of Climate Change and Environment in July 2020. In this role, he leads the Ministry’s mission of spearheading the UAE’s drive to mitigate and adapt to the impact of climate change, and protect the country’s ecosystems through developing and implementing effective measures, policies, and initiatives. In addition to his ministerial responsibilities, His Excellency Dr Al Nuaimi heads the UAE Council for Climate Change and Environment, the National Biosecurity Committee. Between 2013 and 2020, His Excellency Dr Al Nuaimi served as Minister of Infrastructure Development, where he played a key role in developing the federal infrastructure, such as inter-emirate highways and federal government buildings. He was also Chairman of the Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme and Chairman of the Federal Transport Authority – Land & Maritime. His previous posts included Undersecretary at the Ministry of Infrastructure Development (formerly known as the Ministry of Public Works), Engineering Manager at the General Civil Aviation Authority, Director of the Water Distribution Department at the Ministry of Electricity and Water, and Board Member of Federal Electricity and Water Authority. He also made a contribution to academia as Visiting Professor at the Higher Colleges of Technology. His Excellency Dr Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi holds a PhD in Construction Management from the University of Reading in the UK (1990) and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering (1980) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Director, Renewable Energy Institute / Co-Chair, F20
Mika Ohbayashi is a founding member and Director at Renewable Energy Institute since 2011. Her previous carriers were; International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi as Policy and Project Regional Manager for Asia Oceania, an Advisor for Climate Change Projects and Policies at the British Embassy to Japan, and Deputy Director at Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies for 8 years since its establishment in 2000. She started her carrier in the energy field by joining Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center in 1992. She was awarded the Global Leadership Award in Advancing Solar Energy Policy in Honour of Hermann Scheer by the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) in 2017.
CEO, Pearl Initiative
Yasmine Omari is the Executive Director of the Pearl Initiative, the leading Gulf business-led non-profit organisation promoting a corporate culture of accountability and transparency. She has extensive experience in corporate governance and corporate re-engineering and has served as a Senior Manager at Deloitte, where she advised a variety of businesses to build and structure single-family offices and devise multi-generational succession plans and governance systems.
President and CEO, Stanley Center for Peace and Security
Keith Porter became president and CEO of the Stanley Center in 2013. Previously, he was its director of policy and outreach. Porter works with center governance and staff to develop and implement all aspects of the organization’s vision, mission, and strategic plan. As chief representative of the center to a variety of external audiences, Porter promotes global collaboration with representatives from national and subnational governments, media, private sector, and civil society. Porter often highlights the amazing opportunities he has had to see global solutions at work—from peacekeeping missions to the inner workings of the UN Security Council—and his keen appreciation for the human capacity to solve problems. He holds a graduate degree from Illinois State University and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Climate & Energy Global Practice Leader at World Wide Fund for Nature, WWF International
He has 35 years of experience in environmental law and policy. He served as Minister of the Environment of Peru (2011 to 2016) and President of the Twentieth Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – COP20 in 2014. He was the Executive Director of the Peruvian Society for Environmental Law, an influential institution in Latin America. He has a law degree from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, where he is a professor, and has completed studies for a master’s degree in Business Law at the Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas. He is a Board member of Forest Trends, Amazon Conservation Association and Peruvian Society of Environmental Law and a member of the Assembly of the World Wide Fund for Nature – Colombia. He has recently been added to the Aspen Institute Management and Leadership Advisory Group. He is the chairman of the evaluation council of the French sovereign Green Bonds. He is an active member of different groups aimed to get strong outcomes as a part of the formal climate talks and the non-party stakeholders’ agenda. He has been recognized by the governments of France, Germany and Spain and by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society for his contribution to the Paris Agreement.
Executive Director, Global Alliance for the Future of Food
Ruth Richardson, Executive Director, Global Alliance for the Future of Food, brings over 20 years of experience in the philanthropic sector to this role, and of particular relevance to this undertaking, has extensive experience starting new and complex things. These include being the first Director of the Unilever Canada Foundation, Founding Chair of the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Network, and the first Environment Director at the Metcalf Foundation. Her tenure at the Metcalf Foundation also included acting on the Advisory Committee of the City of Toronto, Board of Health, Toronto Food Strategy to develop an action plan to improve the food system of the Toronto city region. Ruth also served as the lead consultant to establish The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada and has worked with private-public partnerships on sustainability issues and cross-border collaborations, such as coastal fisheries management. In her capacity with the Global Alliance, Ruth is on the International Advisory Group on Up-scaling Ecosystem-based Adaptation funded by the German Federal Environmental Ministry under its International Climate Initiative. She also served on the Steering Committee of TEEBAgriFood led by UN Environment, as well as on the International Advisory Committee of the Global Urban Food Policy Pact.
Director, Growald Family Fund
Athena is director of programs and leads the development and implementation of the Growald Family Fund’s climate finance, energy transition, and furthering the field initiatives. Prior to joining the fund, Athena was Director of World Resource Institute’s Sustainable Finance program for 8 years. Athena has many years of leadership and management experience in environment, development and natural resource governance in developing countries with a particular focus on climate change, clean energy and sustainable finance. She worked actively on climate policy, sustainable finance and clean energy in China, India, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Japan. She is a long-time policy advisor to the Philippine government’s official climate change negotiating team at the UNFCCC. She also holds strategic and leadership positions and serves on the board of several non-profit organizations.
Juan Manuel Santos
The Elders and President of Colombia (2010-2018)
Juan Manuel Santos is a member of The Elders, an independent group of global leaders founded by Nelson Mandela in 2007, who work together for peace, justice and human rights. Juan Manuel Santos was the President of Colombia from 2010 to 2018. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016 for his role in leading complex peace negotiations with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), which put an end to over 50 years of intractable civil war. Santos is an outspoken advocate for the protection of biodiversity. During his presidency he significantly expanded protected areas in Colombia and strengthened the Ministry of the Environment. In 2017, Santos was awarded the Kew International Medal for his efforts to conserve Colombia’s natural environment.
Federal Minister of Finance and Vice-Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany
Olaf Scholz has been Federal Minister of Finance and Vice-Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany since March 2018. Scholz was born in the German city of Osnabrück in 1958, grew up in Hamburg and is married. In 1985, he completed his law degree at the University of Hamburg. He joined the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) in 1975; since then, he has served in various positions within the party. He was a member of the German Bundestag from 1998 to 2001 and from 2002 to 2011. In 2007, Scholz became Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, a position he held until 2009. Following this, he was appointed deputy chair of the SPD parliamentary group. From 2011 to 2018, he served as Mayor of Hamburg. From February until April 2018, he was acting chair of the SPD.
F20 Secretary General
Stefan Schurig is the Secretary General of the Foundations Platform F20. He is an architect by training and has worked for more than 20 years in the 3rd sector on sustainability subjects with a focus on climate, energy and regenerative cities. Before he joined the F20 platform in 2017 he was a member of the Executive Board of the World Future Council Foundation (WFC) and Head of the Climate and Energy department. Stefan holds different advisory mandates and was an appointed member of the Steering Committee of the World Urban Campaign of the United Nations. Stefan also teaches as part of the Master’s degree of Urban Planning at the Hamburg University (HCU). Until 2007 Stefan was also a member of the Senior Management Team of Greenpeace Germany for some ten year.
President of the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC)
Adam Sieminski was appointed as the president of KAPSARC in April 2018. Before his appointment, Mr. Sieminski held the James R. Schlesinger Chair for Energy and Geopolitics at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Prior to that, he was a non-resident senior adviser to the CSIS Energy and National Security Program. He also served as the administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) from 2012 to 2017 and was the senior director for energy and environment on the staff of the United States National Security Council.
Research Director, University of Technology, Sydney
Dr Sven Teske is a Research Director at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney. In February 2019, he published the book “Achieving the Paris Climate Agreement Goals – Global and Regional 100% Renewable Energy Scenarios with Non-energy GHG Pathways for +1.5°C and +2°C” as a lead author at Springer. Furthermore Dr Teske published over 50 special reports about renewable energies like the “RE21 Global Futures Report (2017)”, 100% Renewable Energy for Tanzania” (2017) and the “Global Wind Energy Outlook (2016)”. Sven Teske was a lead author for the IPCC Special Report Renewables (Chapter 10: Scenario analysis), published in 2011. He was a member of the expert review committee for the IEA World Energy Outlook in 2010 and 2011 and is a member of the advisory panel of the Japanese Renewable Energy Foundation. Among his areas of expertise are decentralized energy and renewable energy system analysis, modelling, electrification concepts for least developed countries, and 100% renewable energy pathways for CVF countries. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Flensburg in Germany.
IC German, SWF KENFO, CIO Green Growth Funds
Investment committee member of Germany’s new €24bn SWF “KENFO”. Environmental impact investor with 20 years of investment experience across all asset classes. Founder and Principal of family office and investment adviser Wermuth Asset Management GmbH, Founder of Greater Europe Fund, Green Growth Funds, Climate Endowment. [Founding Partner of the Primary Investment Manager of the Sustainable Energy Innovation Fund, a global initiative led by the World Economic Forum and selected by international evaluation board supported by KPMG.] Previously Director at Deutsche Bank, EU & World Bank-financed economic advisor MA in Economics, BA Mathematics from Brown University with honors and magna cum laude passed D.Phil. qualifying exams, Oxford University
Senior Manager, BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt
Johannes P. Weber is program manager at BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt and mainly responsible for activities in the field of impact investing – an issue he had advanced already at the Eberhard von Kuenheim Foundation and the Bertelsmann Foundation. Among other things, Johannes has contributed to a handbook on impact investing specifically aimed at German foundations and helped implement a pilot fund for Mission Related Investments. Before joining the foundation sector, he gained experiences in public administration and worked as a researcher at an interdisciplinary research cluster at the University of Frankfurt.
Global Lead Green Hydrogen, Worley
Frank Wouters has been leading renewable energy projects, transactions, and technology development for 30 years and played a lead role in the development of renewable energy projects valued at over $5 billion. As Deputy Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), he managed a US$350 million IRENA/Abu Dhabi Fund for Development project facility for RE. Mr. Wouters has served on the board of energy companies in Europe, Asia, the US and Africa and currently serves as Director of the EU GCC Clean Energy Technology Network, a platform that fosters partnerships between Europe and the Gulf, he is Global Lead Low-Carbon Hydrogen at Worley, he is Fellow, Payne Institute, Colorado School of Mines and he is a non-executive Board Director of Gore Street Capital, London. Frank has authored several books on renewable energy and lives in Abu Dhabi. He has a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Delft University.
German Executive Director at the World Bank Group
Dr. Jürgen Zattler was appointed as the German Executive Director at the World Bank Group in May 2017. Prior to that he was Director for EU and multilateral development policy at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation & Development (BMZ), Head of the World Bank division and Deputy Head of the Division working on WTO/Trade Policy. Before joining the BMZ he worked at the European Commission in Brussels on macroeconomic issues and structural adjustment, as well as on topics dealing with trade and growth. He also worked at the Dresdner Bank (which is now the Commerzbank). He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Giessen.
Conny Czymoch is an experienced International Moderator, Presenter and Media Coach – personally passionate about the issues creating solutions for the future of humanity and life on this planet – empowering others to improve their communication skills on camera and on stage. German by origin, English by love and language most spoken, feeling international through work, travel and life, Conny has been a journalist most of her working life. From local to national to international media, from newspaper to radio to TV, she now brings her journalistic competence and experience as a facilitator to conferences and events in Europe and the Middle East. Customers are German Ministries, the ILO, OECD, UN, World Bank, EU, foundations, NGOs, the corporate world. Her core topics(*) are sustainability, global goals, resource efficiency, mobility, climate action, agriculture and food, development cooperation, international supply chains, the labor market, corporate responsibility, human rights and human trafficking – and, as a cross-cutting, all pervasive issue, work and life in the digitized world.
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