Confirmed Key Note Speakers

Robert O. Keohane: Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University
Robert Keohane is Professor of International Affairs at Princeton University and one of the world’s leading scholars on international relations. His research focuses on international institutions and environmental affairs. He was honored by the American Political Science Association to give the 2014 Madison Lecture, which he dedicated to addressing the Global Politics of Climate Change as a challenge for political science.


Saleemul HuqSaleemul Huq: International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) & International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
Saleemul Huq is the Director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) and Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and a former lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). His current focus is on supporting the engagement of the Least Developed Countries in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, especially in the context of its recently established Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss & Damage.

Frank W. GeelsFrank W. Geels: Sustainable Consumption Institute (SCI) & Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR)
Frank Geels is Professor of System Innovation and Sustainability at the Sustainable Consumption Institute at the University of Manchester. He is chairman of the international Sustainability Transition Research Network (STRN) and one of the world’s leading theorists of transformative change. He investigates contemporary and future transitions in the energy, agri-food and transport domains.


Frank Biermann

Frank Biermann: Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University & Lund University
Frank Biermann is a research professor of Global Sustainability Governance with the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. Biermann also chairs the Earth System Governance Project, a global transdisciplinary research network launched in 2009, and since 2015 a part of the international research alliance “Future Earth.” His current research examines options for a reform of the United Nations and multilateral institutions, global adaptation governance, Sustainable Development Goals, the political role of science, global justice, and conceptual innovations such as the notion of the Anthropocene.


Monika ZimmermannMonika Zimmermann: ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
Monika Zimmerman is Deputy Secretary General of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability based in Bonn, Germany. She supervises the development and coordination of ICLEI’s agendas on Resource-Efficient Cities and Green Urban Economy and the preparation of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) at ICLEI.



Andy Jordan

Andy Jordan: Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of East Anglia
Andy Jordan is Professor of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia and is a member of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. He has published widely on climate change, sustainable development, and environmental policy making, notably regarding the European Union.


Leena SrivastavaLeena Srivastava: TERI University
Leena Srivastava is currently the Vice Chancellor of the TERI University
from January 2012. The TERI University is a graduate institution engaged in
teaching and research on sustainability issues, with nearly 700 students –
a hundred of whom are PhD students. Dr Srivastava is a member of various committees and Boards both at the international and national levels, she serves on the Executive Committee of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative of the UN Secretary General.



Thomas Spencer: Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI)
Thomas Spencer is Director of the Energy and Climate Change Program. He has worked on climate change since 2007, has advised numerous governments, and authored numerous publications. He works on international politics and negotiations of climate change, as well as on domestic implementation in the EU.


Jennifer MorganJennifer Morgan: Greenpeace International
Jennifer Morgan is co-Executive Director of Greenpeace International. Prior to that she was Global Director of the Climate Program at the World Resource Institute (WRI), Director of the Global Climate Change Program Third Generation Environmentalism (E3G) as well as of the Global Climate Change Programme of Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF). She has published widely on the 2015 climate change agreement and its relevance for sustainable global development.



Cosmas Milton Obote OchiengCosmas Milton Obote Ochieng: African Centre for Technology Studies
Cosmas Milton Obote Ochieng is the Executive Director of the African Centre for Technology Studies. He has held various positions in a number of university, research, development and conservation organizations around the world. His research focus includes sustainable land, water and energy ecosystem management, green economy and climate change.


Dirk MessnerDirk Messner: German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Dirk Messner is Director of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) and Professor in Social Sciences at the University of Duisburg-Essen. He is co-chair of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU). His research focuses on global cooperation, climate change and low carbon development.


Martin JänickeMartin Jänicke: Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU), Freie Universität Berlin
Martin Jänicke is Founding Director of the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) and Professor at Freie Universität Berlin. He specializes in climate policy and green economy and has published on structural change and environmental impact.


Thomas HaleThomas Hale: Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford
Thomas Hale is Associate Professor in Global Public Policy at the University of Oxford. His research explores how we can manage transnational problems effectively and fairly with the goal of building more effective institutions to manage climate change. He is also a member of the steering committee of the Galvanizing the Groundswell of Climate Actions (GGCA).


Ingrid G. HovenIngrid G. Hoven: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Ingrid G. Hoven is Head of Department for Global issues – sector policies and programmes at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. Prior to this post she was German Executive Director of the World Bank.


Yamide DagnetYamide Dagnet: World Resources Institute (WRI)
Yamide Dagnet is a Senior Associate with the World Resources Institute’s (WRI) Collective Climate Action Objective where she leads the Blueprint 2015 project. Prior to her post at WRI she was a United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiator on Measuring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) for the United Kingdom at the Department of Energy and Climate Change.



jr17J. Timmons Roberts: Brown University
Timmons Roberts is Ittleson Professor of Environmental Studies and Scociology at Brown University, where he was Director of the Center for Envrionmental Studies form 2009 to 2012. He is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institute. His current research focuses mainly on how equity affects our ability to address the complex global commons problem of climate change.


 Feja LesniewskaFeja Lesniewska: SOAS University of London
Feja Lesniewska is a Senior Teaching Fellow both in the School of Law and the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD) at SOAS University of London. Feja designed and convenes the Climate Change and Energy Law LLM/MA at the School of Law. She co-founded the Law Environment and Development Centre and is a member of the Centre’s Journal Law Environment and Development (LEAD) Editorial Board. She has undertaken research in Russia, China, West and Central Africa. Her research focuses on climate change law, sustainable development, energy and ecosystem law (forest, land, water) within an international and transnational law context.

Heike SchröderHeike Schroeder: School of International Development, University of East Anglia
Heike Schroeder is a senior lecturer (associate professor) in climate change and international development at the School of International Development, University of East Anglia. Her work focuses on the UNFCCC process, forest governance and REDD+ and urban climate governance. She is a member of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, the Earth System Governance project under Future Earth and IDDRI’s Scientific Council. Heike currently holds senior visiting research associate positions at the Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research, Linköping University and the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford.

Penehuro LefalePenehuro F. Lefale: LeA International Consultants
Penehuro F. Lefale is Director of LeA International Consultants, Ltd. He was one of the founding members of AOSIS in 1990 and was involved in the negotiations of the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol. He worked for the Samoa Meteorological Service, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the World MeteorologicalOrganization (WMO), among others. With LeA, he is currently the scientific and technical climate advisor for Tokelau. His research focuses on indigenous knowledge systems and climate science, climate interventions, and weather and climate extremes in the Pacific Islands Region.


Frank Fass-MetzFrank Fass-Metz: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany
Frank Fass-Metz is Commissioner for Climate and Deputy Director General at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) leading the Special Unit for Climate since February 2015. He is repsonsible for overseeing BMZ’s work on climate policy and climate finance.

Before assuming this duty Mr Fass-Metz has been working on climate and climate finance as Head of Division at BMZ. His responsibilities included i.a. representing Germany at the Council of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), the GEF Assembly and at the Trust Fund Committees for the Climate Investment Funds. Since August 2015 he is Alternate Member at the Board of the GCF.


  • Key Dates:

    Submission of Abstracts:
    16 November 2015

    Notification of Acceptance:
    1 February 2016

    Submission of Papers:
    6 May 2016

  • International Steering Committee

    Dirk Messner, Co-Chair Steering Committee (German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Bonn, Germany)

    Miranda Schreurs, Co-Chair Steering Committee (Environmental Policy Research Centre, Berlin, Germany)

    Frank Biermann (Utrecht University, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, NL)

    John Christensen (United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) DTU Partnership)

    Christiana Figueres (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Bonn, Germany)

    Carlos Fuller (Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, Belize)

    Pan Jiahua (CASS, Beijing, China)

    Jennifer Morgan (Greenpeace International)

    J. Timmons Roberts (Brown University, Rhode Islands, USA)

    Heike Schroeder (University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK)

    Leena Srivastava (The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi, India)

    Harald Winkler (University of Cape Town, South Africa)