Sep 14-17, 2020



Resilience and Recovery: Highlighting Solutions for the G20 on Climate and Sustainability!

During this week, foundations emphasize the responsibility of the G20 countries to deliver on the global goals laid out by the Paris Climate Agreement and UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within the 2030 Agenda. The G20 countries need to take action on the world’s biggest challenges of climate change and sustainable development.

The first day (Monday, 14 Sep) of the F20 Climate Solutions Week will be dedicated to the Future of Sustainable Finance, co-hosted by the BMW Foundation and the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU). A selected group of experts will discuss the role of sustainable finance as a key measure for a better recovery from the current global crisis through COVID-19. Representatives of foundations will highlight the role of philanthropy in building a momentum for sustainable investments. The key notes will be complemented by interactive breakout sessions where all participants are asked to contribute.

The second part of the week (Tuesday – Thursday, 15 to 17 Sep) will convene this year’s F20 High-Level Forum including several high ranking regional and international speakers and senior representatives from civil society, science, business, finance and governments. Under the headline of “Resilience and Recovery: Highlighting Solutions for the G20 on Climate and Sustainability!“, there will be the following thematic blocs:

  • High-level Keynotes and Discussion
  • Nexus Panel – Nature-based Solutions for Biodiversity, Climate and Food
  • Solutions Panel – Action Agenda for a Just Transition
  • Engagement Groups Panel – Expectations to the G20 Process
  • Recommendations to the G20

Finance Forum

Monday, September 14


Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, September 15, 16, 17

September 14

10:00 – 12:00 CEST

Key Statements and Q&A

Closed Breakouts*

13:00 –15:00 CEST

Key Statements and Q&A

Closed Breakouts*

Results of the day

September 15

10:00 – 12:00 CEST

High-Level Keynotes

Panel discussion

13:00 –15:00 CEST

Keynotes and Q&A

Nexus Panel

September 16

10:00 –12:00 CEST


Solutions Panel

13:00 –15:00 CEST

Keynote from Civil Society

Engagement Groups Panel

September 17

13:00 –15:00 CEST

Keynotes from the F20 Network

Recommendations to the G20

Results of the week

*special registration required

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.

H.E. Yasir bin Othman Al-Ramyan
Governor, Saudi Public Investment Fund; Chair, ARAMCO

H.E. Yasir Othman Al-Rumayyan is the Chairman of Saudi Aramco’s Board of Directors, a member of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs, and the Governor of the Public Investment Fund. He also serves as an advisor to the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers, the Chairman of the Decision Support Center, and a board member of Saudi Industrial Development Fund. He holds a bachelor degree in accounting from King Faisal University and has completed the general management program at Harvard Business School.

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.

Naina Batra
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.

Nihel Chabrak
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.

Naila Farouky
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.

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
CEO, ShareAction

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.

Niklas Höhne
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.

Zhang Li (Aster)
SEE Foundation

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.

Sabine Mauderer
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.

Klaus Milke
F20 Chair

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.

Sabine Nallinger
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.

Yasmine Omari
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.

Keith Porter
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.

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal
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.

Ruth Richardson
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.

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.

Olaf Scholz
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.

Adam Sieminski
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.

Jochen Wermuth
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

Frank Wouters
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.

Jürgen Zattler
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.

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