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Climate Change and Impact Assessment

IAIA Special Symposium

Washington, D.C.November 15-16, 2010
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Robert WATSON

Bob Watson's photographProfessor Watson's career has evolved from research scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory: California Institute of Technology, to a US Federal Government program manager/director at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), to a scientific/policy advisor in the US Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), White House, to a scientific advisor, manager and chief scientist at the World Bank, to a Chair of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia, the Director for Strategic Direction for the Tyndall centre, and Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. In parallel to his formal positions he has chaired, co-chaired or directed international scientific, technical and economic assessments of stratospheric ozone depletion, biodiversity/ecosystems (the GBA and MA), and climate change (IPCC) and agricultural S&T (IAASTD). Professor Watson’s areas of expertise include managing and coordinating national and international environmental programs, research programs and assessments; establishing science and environmental policies - specifically advising governments and civil society on the policy implications of scientific information and policy options for action; and communicating scientific, technical and economic information to policymakers. During the last twenty years he has received numerous national and international awards recognizing his contributions to science and the science-policy interface, including in 2003 - Honorary "Companion of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George" from the United Kingdom.

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Ralph TORRIE

Ralph Torrie photoMr. Ralph Torrie has been working in the field of sustainable energy scenarios for 35 years. He was the deputy director of the Energy Research Group of the United Nations University and the International Development Research Centre, is the co-inventor of environmental planning software used by over 300 municipalities and companies around the world, and is a recipient of the Canadian Environment Silver Award for his work on climate change. His has done pioneering work in low carbon futures research and local strategies for sustainability.

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Stephen LINTNER

Stephen Lintner's photographDr. Lintner is currently the World Bank’s Senior Technical Adviser on issues concerning environmental and social safeguard policies. He is responsible for Bank-wide coordination and oversight of measures to support the environmental and social soundness of Bank supported programs and projects. He is also leader of the Quality Assurance and Compliance Unit (OPCQC) in the Operations Policy and Country Services Network. OPCQC provides Bank-wide support for implementation of the ten safeguard policies and their associated disclosure requirements. He is also President-elect of the IAIA and the recipient of numerous awards and medals, including the IAIA Rose Holman Award.

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Will KNOWLAND

Will Knowland photoMr. Knowland is currently Senior Associate and Washington Representative for Mott MacDonald, an employee-owned management, engineering and development consultancy serving the public and private sector around the world. Since the mid-1970s, his career has integrated environment, energy, and economic development concerns, with a particular focus on Asia.   For the past several years he has co-chaired IAIA’s Washington Area Branch (WAB).

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Shardul AGRAWALA

Shardul Agrawala photoDr. Shardul Agrawala is a senior economist at the OECD Environment Directorate, where he leads the program on climate change and development. He served as the coordinating lead author (CLA) for the chapter on adaptation for the Fourth Assessment Report of the IPCC. He received his PhD from Princeton University, and has previously worked at Princeton, Columbia and Harvard universities.

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Nessim AHMAD

Nessim Ahmad photoMr. Nessim Ahmad is Director of the Environment and Social Safeguards Division (RSES) concurrently Practice Leader (Environment), and Chair of the Asian Development Bank (ADB)’s Community of Practice on Environment. Mr. Ahmad’s current responsibilities include (i) advising Management and operations departments on ADB's safeguard policies on environment, indigenous peoples, and involuntary resettlement, including on compliance of all ADB projects with these policies; and (ii) promoting ADB's environment agenda, including addressing global environmental issues, fostering regional cooperation and mainstreaming environment in ADB operations.

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Helena AL-NABER

Helena Al-Naber photoMs. Helena Naber is Environmental Economist in the Environment Department of the World Bank, where she has been involved in a broad range of analytical and policy advice work. She also coordinates the Country Environment Analysis (CEA) trust fund, and has worked on a number of CEAs. Before joining the World Bank, Ms. Naber worked as environmental analyst with UNDP-Jordan and in the private sector.

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Jessica AYERS

Jessica Ayers photoDr. Jessica Ayers is a researcher with the Climate Change Group at the International Institute of Environment and Development, where she focuses on climate change adaptation finance, planning and delivery; and pro-poor approaches to climate change governance. She was previously with UNDP Nepal working with the Government of Nepal on the development of the National Adaptation Programme of Action. She has completed a PhD in climate governance from the London School of Economics.

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Debra BALLEN

Debra Ballen photoMs. Debra Ballen is General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Public Policy for the Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), a non-profit research and communications organization fully supported by the property insurance industry. IBHS’s mission is to reduce the social and economic effects of natural disasters and other causes of property loss by conducting research and advocating improved land use, as well as residential and commercial building design, construction, maintenance, and preparation practices.

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Upendra BEHERA

Upendra Behera photoMr. Upendra Nath Behera is a Principle Secretary in the Home Department of the Government of Orissa. He was formerly Principle Secretary Department of Forests and Environment, where he led the preparation of the State Climate Change Action Plan. He has extensive experience in the Indian Administrative Service having served in various capacities including Managing Director of Disaster Mitigation Authority.

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James BERNER

Dr. James E. Berner has practiced medicine in the Alaska Native health care system since 1974. He directs the Alaska Native Traditional Food Safety Monitoring program, which assesses contaminant and micronutrient levels in pregnant Alaska Native women, and evaluates health effects in mothers and newborn infants. He has been the key national expert for the U.S. on the Human Health Advisory Group of the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP), a Program of the Arctic Council, since 1999. Dr. Berner was co-lead author of the chapter on the impact of climate change on the health of Arctic residents in the 2005 Arctic Climate Impact Assessments, an international report on climate change in the north. In April 2005, he was appointed to the National Academy of Sciences Polar Research Board. Dr. Berner graduated from Oklahoma University Medical School in 1968. He spent three years in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps, completed residency training, and is board certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. He served as Director of Community Health of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium from 1984 until 2006, and now serves as Senior Director for Science within the Division of Community Health Services, as well as serving as part-time clinician in Pediatrics.

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Emmanuel BOULET

Emmanuel Boulet photoMr. Emmanuel Boulet, a French national, is Lead Environment Specialist responsible for energy projects at the Inter-American Development environmental (IDB) safeguards unit. He was previously working at the environmental and social safeguards unit of the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

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Elizabeth BRITO

Elizabeth Brito photoMs. Elizabeth Brito is a Lead Environment Specialist at the Environment and Safeguards Unit of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), with over 30 years of experience. She is an Architect and Urban Planner, with post graduation specializations in Environmental Management. Ms. Brito’s experience include: over ten years as Head of the Permitting System of the Rio de Janeiro’s Environmental Agency, three years as Assistant Professor at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and several years as individual consultant. She is a founder of the Brazilian Chapter of the IAIA and acted as its Executive Director until 1995. In the IDB she is responsible for due-diligence and supervision of large and complex projects in the extractive industries sector.

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Diane BROWN

Diane Brown photoMs. Diane Brown has been a Senior Environmental Analyst with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) since 2005. Her area of emphasis is evaluation and assessment of renewable energy projects and greenhouse gas reduction strategies. Ms. Brown has a Bachelors of Arts degree in Economics and a Masters Degree from Duke University in Environmental Management.

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Ana BUCHER

 photoDr. Ana Bucher is a Climate Change Adaptation Specialist within the Environment Department of the World Bank. She is currently working on several aspects of climate change adaptation and climate risk management with a particular focus on improving access and use of climate information systems among development practitioners. She works on the development of several knowledge products including a Climate Change Knowledge Portal -a tool that integrates and synthesizes climate and climate related data for policy makers and development practitioners. Dr. Bucher is also involved in several initiatives that support the wider integration of adaptation actions into development projects. She holds a Ph.D. in Soil Science from the Pennsylvania State University.

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Phil BYER

Phil BYER photoDr. Byer is a Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto. His teaching, research and professional work are in the areas of project evaluation and environmental impact and risk assessments. He is currently completing a second research project for the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency on addressing uncertainties about climate change in project EIAs.

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Ben CAMPBELL

Ben Campbell photoMr. Ben Campbell is currently a Director for Environmental and Social Assessment at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). In that role, he works with MCC teams and country partners to ensure that MCC Compacts are designed and implemented to reduce environmental and social risks and enhance benefits. He has spent most of his career working in over 30 countries with international conservation and relief and development organizations.

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Ben CAVE

Mr. Ben Cave has specialised in health and social impact assessment for the last 14 years. He has worked across the UK, in mainland Europe and further afield with policy makers, public health academics, environment scientists and spatial planners. Cutting across professional boundaries he has provided public health and policy advice at a senior level in local, regional, national and international arena. His work has two broad themes. The first major theme is addressing health in statutory assessment, and the second major theme in his work is to improve the consideration of health issues within the wider planning process and the consideration of environmental issues by health stakeholders.

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Kenneth M. CHOMITZ

Kenneth Chomitz photoMr. Kenneth Chomitz, Senior Advisor at the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group, is leading a series of evaluations on the Bank Group and climate change. An environmental economist formerly with the Bank’s Research Group, he has written extensively on climate change, deforestation, biodiversity and sustainable development. Prior to joining the Bank, he was senior advisor at a Jakarta policy advisory group, assistant professor at Boston University, and a National Research Council Fellow.

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Alistair CLARK

Dr. Alistair Clark is Director of the Environment Department of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The Department consists of approximately 25 environmental and social specialists who undertake environmental due diligence and monitoring of the projects in implementation. His role includes ensuring that all investments are consistent with the Environmental Policy and Environmental Procedures of the EBRD. He also actively contributes to the Multilateral Financial Institutions Environment Group and represents the Bank at many international agency meetings.

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Erika CLESCERI

Erika Clesceri photoDr. Erika Clesceri is Bureau Environmental Officer for U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance. She is the senior decision-maker on environmental impact assessments for a multi-billion dollar portfolio of food aid, humanitarian assistance, transition initiatives, conflict mitigation, democracy and governance in natural disaster and conflict-prone countries globally. Dr. Clesceri is currently serving on an agency Policy Task Team to develop a USAID Climate Change Strategy for climate-resilient, low emissions development.

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Norval COLLINS

Norval Collins photoMr. Norval Collins is a land-use planner with a biology background. His interest in climate change began with work establishing the Nova Scotia's energy policy in 1990. Having conducted many EIAs in Canada and abroad, he led development of guides to incorporate climate change into impact assessment and the land-use planning processes.

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Richenda CONNELL

Richenda Connell photoDr. Richenda Connell is Chief Technical Officer (CTO) and co-founder of Acclimatise, where she advises businesses, investors and governments on how to make their strategies, processes and assets climate change-resilient. She was previously Technical Director at the UK Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP). Prior to UKCIP, Dr. Connell worked as an EIA practitioner at Environmental Resources Management. She holds a doctorate in atmospheric chemistry from the University of Oxford.

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Tobias Contreras

Mr. Tobias Contreras received his degree in Computer Engineer from the University of Baja California. He has been a member of VINTE since 2005. He has co-founded and currently manages the Research and Development Department. Prior to joining VINTE, Mr. Contreras worked for about 8 years in another leading home builder institution in Mexico as an IT administrator of the Corporate Project Department.

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Barry DALAL-CLAYTON

Mr. Barry Dalal-Clayton is Senior Fellow and Director for Strategies, Planning and Assessment at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).

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Peter CROAL

Peter Croal photoMr. Peter Croal is Manager of the Environmental Integration Unit, Economic Growth and Environmental Sustainability Division, Thematic and Sectoral Policy Directorate, Strategic Policy and Performance Branch in the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

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Craig DAVIES

Mr. Craig Davies is Principal Environmental Adviser of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

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Rowan DOUGLAS

Rowan DOUGLAS photoA board member of Willis Re, Mr. Rowan Douglas leads the company's analytics team and resources to support risk modeling, risk management and reinsurance transactions. He is also Chairman of the Willis Research Network (WRN), the world's largest collaboration between public science and the re/insurance industry. In 2008 Mr. Douglas was appointed by the UK Science Minister to Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the public body which oversees public environmental science expenditure. He also sits on the Governing Board of the Global Earthquake Model Foundation, Pavia, Italy and the Advisory Committee of the US National Centre of Atmospheric Research Earth System Laboratory, Boulder, USA. Mr. Douglas began his career underwriting reinsurance at Syndicate 1095 at Lloyd's before founding the international risk information company WIRE Ltd in 1994 which he sold to Willis in 2000. He was educated in geography with degrees from Durham and Bristol universities.

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Josefina DOUMBIA

Josefina Doumbia photoMs. Josefina Doumbia, a Fulbright Scholar, is a Chemical Engineer with a post-grad degree in Environmental Engineering. She has 22 years of experience in the environmental field; twelve of which have been with IFC. Currently, she is a Principal Environmental Specialist in the IFC Sustainability Department focusing on chemicals, mining and oil and gas. Ms. Doumbia has conducted environmental, health, safety, and sustainability assessments and due diligences for numerous industrial sectors in emergent economies.

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Cameron ELLS

Cameron Ells photoMr. Cameron Ells is a Professional Engineer, environmental consultant, and entrepreneur, based in Halifax Nova Scotia. Risk management is a common thread in his career: in structural design; construction; environmental site remediation; human health risk assessment; and climate change - infrastructure vulnerability evaluations and adaptation. He founded the Cameron Consulting Incorporated in 2000.

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Janine FERRETTI

Janine FERRETTI photoMs. Ferretti joined the Inter-American Development Bank in 2003 after she completed her term as Executive Director of the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). During the ten years she worked at the CEC, she carried out initiatives related to trade and environment, biodiversity conservation, health and environment, enforcement of environmental law, public access to environmental information, and capacity building. She also oversaw independent fact-findings in response to public complaints related to non-enforcement of environmental laws. Before joining the CEC, Ms. Ferretti was Executive Director of Pollution Probe, a Canadian NGO, worked with the Environmental Liaison Centre International (ELCI) in Nairobi, Kenya, and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Bonn, Germany. Ms. Ferretti holds an M.E.S. in Environmental Policy from York University (Toronto, Canada), and a Bachelor in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Weston FISHER

Mr. Weston Fisher codirects the Capacity for Impact Assessment and Management (CIAM) practice at the Cadmus Group. CIAM supports the capacity-building efforts of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in environmentally sound design and management and in the application of USAID environmental procedures by development partners and USAID staff. A veteran of more than 30 years in natural resource policy, planning, and management, Mr. Fisher is an expert in environmentally sound design, environmental impact assessment, and environmental management programs. He has served as a trainer and facilitator for more than 20 environmental assessment and sound design management training courses in 16 countries in Africa, Europe, Eurasia, Asia, and the Near East. Since 1995 Mr. Fisher has provided environmental policy support to USAID’s Bureau for Africa Environmental Management Capacity Building Program. He is also on the Board of Directors of IAIA. Mr. Fisher holds bachelor’s degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in geology, all from Stanford University.

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Joe FOTI

Joe FOTI photoMr. Joseph Foti is a Senior Associate with the Institutions and Governance Program at the World Resources Institute (WRI). He was the lead author of Voice and Choice: Opening the Door to Environmental Democracy, the second global report of The Access Initiative (TAI), and A Seat at the Table: Including the Poor in Decisions for Environment. He is currently leading work on WRI’s toolkit for civil society engagement in climate change adaptation, the Adaptation Rapid Institutional Analysis (ARIA). He is the regional officer for Latin America, and is spearheading work on access to information for environmental justice in the United States. Mr. Foti holds a B.A. from Antioch College and an M.A. in International Development Studies from The George Washington University.

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Bernhard FREY

Bernhard Frey photoMr. Bernhard Frey works for the German Development Cooperation (GTZ) Project “Rioplus – Environmental Policy and Promotion of Strategies for Sustainable Development” in Bonn. He works on different subjects related to strategic environmental assessment, environmental mainstreaming, international environmental policy and development policy. Mr. Frey is member of the OECD DAC Task Team on SEA.

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John FURLOW

John Furlow photoMr. John Furlow is the USAID climate change team’s leader on impacts and adaptation in developing countries. Mr. Furlow led the development of the USAID’s Climate Change Adaptation Guidance Manual, the Coastal Climate Change Guide, and the Climate Mapper, a tool providing map-based access to historical weather data and projected climate data.

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Michael GERRARD

Michael Gerrard's photographProfessor Michael B. Gerrard is Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia Law School, where he teaches courses on environmental and energy law and directs the Center for Climate Change Law. He also holds a joint appointment as a member of the faculty of Columbia’s Earth Institute. Before joining the Columbia faculty in January 2009, he was managing partner of the 110-lawyer New York office of Arnold & Porter LLP; he is now Senior Counsel to the firm. He practiced environmental law in New York City full time from 1979 to 2008 and tried numerous cases and argued many appeals in federal and state courts and administrative tribunals. He was the 2004-2005 chair of the American Bar Association’s 10,000-member Section of Environment, Energy and Resources. He has also chaired the Executive Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and the Environmental Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.

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Francis GHESQUIERE

Mr. Francis Ghesquiere is Lead Urban Specialist at the Latin American and Caribbean Region of the World Bank.

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Evan GIRVETZ

Evan Girvetz photoDr. Evan Girvetz is a senior scientist with The Nature Conservancy (TNC)’s Global Climate Change Program and an Affiliate Assistant Professor at the University of Washington. He is an expert in climate change data analysis and communication, and co-leads the development of the Climate Wizard (http://ClimateWizard.org) web-based climate change tool.

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Ann GLAUBER

Ann Glauber photoMs. Glauber is a Senior Environmental Specialist with the World Bank, currently based in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. She has a M.S. in Riparian Ecology from the University of Washington (Seattle), and a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of California at Berkeley. Before moving to the World Bank’s Africa Region, she worked primarily on water and climate change issues in Latin America.

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Jon HARRISON

Jon HARRISON photoMr. Harrison is a principal consultant responsible for development of GIS services opportunities for state and local government clients. He joined Esri in 1982 and continues to support GIS services projects for urban database design, application development, and system integration. He has been a member of the Redlands City Council since 2001, including 4 years as mayor. During this time, Mr. Harrison has lead the city’s efforts to establish a climate action plan and to identify opportunities for alternative fuel and renewable energy projects in the city. As a member of the National League of Cities Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee, he advises the league on the climate change, climate adaptation and other energy and environmental policy. Mr. Harrison received a B.S. degree in city and regional planning from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

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Rick HAWKINBERRY

Rick Hawkinberry photoMr. Rick Hawkinberry is a Senior Vice President and National Resource in the Willis North American Environmental Practice. He leads our Environmental Industry Initiative, our Emerging Risks Initiative and also coordinates other sales initiatives in the Environmental Practice. Mr. Hawkinberry also provides support to our Regional Teams on complex environmental insurance placements and provides account support for large Environmental Service Firm accounts. In addition, Mr. Hawkinberry chairs the Willis Climate Change Task Force. His engineering background and experience in risk management and the insurance industry give him the expertise to help Willis clients address the environmental risks they encounter as part of their business operations.

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Steven HAZELL

Stephen Hazell photoMr. Stephen Hazell (M.Sc.) is an Ottawa-based environmental lawyer. He is counsel to Ecojustice, Canada’s largest and foremost non-profit environmental law organization. Mr. Hazell is past executive director of Sierra Club Canada and previously held senior management positions with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and a leading Ottawa-based consulting firm.

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Rafik HIRJI

Rafik Hirji photoDr. Rafik Hirji has led the World Bank’s Sustainable Development Network’s agenda on water and environment, including global programs and sector analysis on, and promoted operational tools for sustainable utilization and management of rivers, lakes, and aquifers. His extensive experience spans Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Yemen and the United States.

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Ronald HOFFER

Ronald HOFFER photoMr. Hoffer is currently Environment and Water Advisor in the World Bank’s Europe and Central Asia Region, and brings over 30 years of experience in the profession. He is responsible for coordinating the region's climate change program, and for fostering new business opportunities in environment, water and climate change. His previous assignment was as Regional Safeguards Coordinator, providing direction to all Task Teams regarding project requirements for meeting environmental assessment, natural habitats, international waterways, and other Bank safeguard policies.

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Chris JOHNSON

Chris Johnson photoMr. Chris Johnson, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Enterprise Learning, is responsible for all strategic marketing initiatives for FM Global’s extensive and varied lines of business and services, and directs the management leadership, employee skills development and client loss prevention education programs. Mr. Johnson has served the company in many capacities for more than 30 years.

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Charles KELLY

Charles Kelly photoMr. Charles Kelly has over 30 years in the humanitarian response to compound disasters, drought, food insecurity, hurricanes, epidemics, floods, war and other emergencies. His recent work has focused on rapid environmental impact assessments (recently Haiti and Chile), support to Global Shelter Cluster in environmental issues and early warning and risk monitoring.

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Nick KING

Nicholas King photoDr. Nicholas King is the Chief Executive (CE) of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), based in Denmark. Mr. King has a Masters in Ecology from South Africa, a PhD in Geography from the USA, and an LLM in Environmental Law from the UK. He currently serves on the IAIA Board and is a Review Editor for the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report.

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Lone Kørnøv

Lone Kørnøv photoMs. Lone Kørnøv is Professor at the Department of Development and Planning, and Director of The Danish Centre for Environmental Assessment (www.DCEA.dk) at Aalborg University. Since 1995, she has specialized in impact assessment. Her fields of interest are: SEA, EIA, planning, decision-making and governance, public participation, health and climate change.

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Martin LEHMANN

Martin Lehman photoDr. Martin Lehmann (PhD) is Deputy Head of The Danish Centre for Environmental Assessment, and assistant professor in the field of sustainable regional development and environmental management at the Department of Development and Planning at Aalborg University, Denmark. Dr. Lehmann’s research interests include cleaner production, social responsibility, institutional and organizational change and innovation systems; in particular their (inter-)relations to sustainable development and networks and partnerships.

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Fernando LOAYZA

Fernando Loayza photoDr. Fernando Loayza has a Ph.D. in science, technology and environmental policy (Sussex, UK.) He coordinates the SEA pilot program of the Environment Department of the World Bank nd supports the regions through providing analytical and operational support for applying SEA in client processes and in World Bank lending. Between 1995 and 1997, Fernando was Undersecretary for Mining and Metallurgy in Bolivia.

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Courtney LOWRANCE

Courtney LOWRANCE photoMs. Courtney Lowrance serves as a technical resource and counsel for bankers on policy interpretations and lending transactions that may have environmental or social risk. Before joining Citigroup, Ms. Lowrance was a senior environmental consultant at URS Corporation, a global environmental consulting and engineering design firm. In her position at URS, she served as a natural resources consultant at the Inter-American Development Bank and the Export-Import Bank, and was a member of an environmental and social due diligence team for large oil and gas projects.

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Kenneth MARKOWITZ

Kenneth Markowitz photoMr. Kenneth Markowitz is the Managing Director of the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement, the leading network of government officials from over 120 countries. Mr. Markowitz leads international initiatives among regulators, business and international organizations to strengthen compliance, improve investor confidence and ensure environmental integrity in the emissions trading systems and other climate change regulatory programs. Mr. Markowitz advises leading public- and private-sector clients on the risks and opportunities associated with energy and climate regulation, policy and economic stimulus. Mr. Markowitz provides counsel on issues associated with clean technologies, emissions trading, greenhouse gas offsets, renewable fuels and energy efficiency.

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Muthukumara MANI

Muthukumara Mani photoDr. Muthukumara Mani is a Senior Environmental Economist in the Sustainable Development Department of the World Bank’s South Asia region based in Delhi. He primarily works on climate change mitigation and adaptation issues in India. Prior to moving to Delhi, he was in the Environment Department leading the World Bank's work on assessing environmental implications of development policy reforms. Dr. Mani has a Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Eva MAYERHOFER

Ms. Eva Mayerhofer is a Lead Environment Specialist at the European Investment Bank. She was educated at Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania and McGill and Glasgow universities. From 1995 to 2000, she worked for the Austrian Development Co-operation and Kommunalkredit Financing appraising water supply projects in Central Europe. From 2000 to 2005, she joined the Asian Development Bank first as an environment specialist then as project team leader for water infrastructure projects in South Asia. From 2005-date, she has worked for the European Investment Bank Luxembourg in the capacity as Lead Environment Specialist on environmental policy and practices including work on biodiversity.

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Gary MIDDLE

Garry Middle photoProf. Garry Middle is an Associate Professor and head of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Curtin University, Perth Western Australia. Prof. Middle has over 30 years experience in environmental impact assessment (EIA), strategic environmental assessment, environment planning, policy and governance, working with Commonwealth, State and Local governments, consulting and now as an academic.

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Alan MILLER

Alan S. Miller photoMr. Alan S. Miller is Principal Climate Change Specialist in the Environment Department at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector lending arm of the World Bank Group. He is an expert on climate change and global environmental issues with more than 35 years experience. Prior to joining the IFC, he was Climate Change manager at the Global Environment Facility (GEF) overseeing clean energy projects in developing countries.

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Peter NELSON

Peter Nelson photoMr. Peter Nelson is an environmental planner and natural resources specialist who has worked extensively on Strategic Environmental Assessment and Sustainability Appraisal over the last 15 years, focusing particularly on Africa and Eastern Europe. He has led SEA teams in South Africa, Ghana, Kenya and Malawi, and contributed to the work of the OECD-DAC SEA Task team in preparing guidance on SEA in Developing Countries. He retains a role as Associated Principal of Land Use Consultants, but now works on his own account for “Planning Green Futures”.

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Michele de NEVERS

Michele de Nevers photoMs. Michele de Nevers is Senior Manager of the World Bank’s Environment Department, managing programs on climate change and a wide range of other environmental topics. Ms. De Nevers joined the World Bank Group in 1981 and worked on industrial development programs in the South Asia region before moving to work in the finance complex on country risk issues. From1991–1996 she worked on environmental programs in the Latin America region, and was the first coordinator for the Global Environment Facility there. Between 1996 and 2000 She was Sector Manager for environment in the Europe and Central Asia Region. From 2000 – 2008 she worked as a Manager and Director in the World Bank Institute on environment and capacity development programs. Ms. de Nevers was instrumental in launching the World Bank’s greening and corporate social and environmental reporting initiatives. She holds a Master’s Degree in Management and Finance from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Steve PARSONS

Mr. Stephen Parsons is the Senior Environmental Protection Specialist with the Export-Import Bank of the U.S., where he has been for the past four years. He has been involved with environmental impact assessment and regulation for 27 years with several U.S. government agencies in multiple sectors.

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Lindene PATTON

Lindene Patton photoDr. Lindene Patton is Chief Climate Product Officer for Zurich Financial Services (Zurich). She is responsible for product development and risk management related to climate change. She is a Project Board Member for the World Economic Forum Low Carbon Finance Initiative and the Forest Carbon Finance Initiative. She is an advisory board member for the University of California at Santa Barbara's Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. She is a member of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) for Sustainable Governments Adaptation Experts Advisory Committee. Dr. Patton also serves on numerous government and non-governmental advisory boards, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmental Financial Advisory Board, the Bureau of National Affairs' monthly publication, the Environmental Due Diligence Guide, and the US EPA Environmental Technology Verification Program. Dr. Patton is an attorney licensed in California and the District of Columbia and an American Board of Industrial Hygiene Certified Industrial Hygienist. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from the University of California, Davis, a Master of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law.

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Poonam PILLAI

Poonam Pillai photoDr. Poonam Pillai is a Senior Environmental Specialist in the South Asia Environment, Water and Climate Unit of the World Bank. Her main areas of work include urban adaptation and environmental and water resource governance. She recently task managed a report on sanitation in Uganda and is currently co-leading a water resource operation in Bangladesh. She has a PhD from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Masters in Urban Planning from MIT.

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Jonathon RANDALL

Mr. Jonathan Randall has over 10 years of experience at the intersection of EIAs and disaster response. He has responded to cyclones, tsunamis, earthquakes and wildfires, including the Indian Ocean tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, and Cyclone Jokwe in Mozambique. He has led EIAs and REAs for the reconstruction efforts of Red Cross, FEMA, CARE, and WWF among others. He is currently Manager of the Climate Adaptation and Risk Reduction Section of WWF.

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Rene ROY

Dr. Roy is Project Manager of Climate Change at Hydro-Québec and Coordinator for the Energy Programme of Ouranos, a Canadian consortium on Regional Climatology and Adaptation to Climate Change. He is also appointed by the International Panel on Climate Change to review documents related to climate change and water resources.

Ralph SILVER

Ralph Silver photoMr. Silver, President of Technik Eaucan Inc. provides engineering advisory services to Hydro Quebec, other Canadian and International hydropower utilities, governmental agencies, as well numerous consulting engineering firms. His knowledge and expertise in hydrology, hydraulic engineering and in the development and use of computer simulation technologies has been applied to the design and real time operation of numerous hydro projects. He has also been involved in flood damage and environmental studies involving water resource projects. He participated with Hydro Quebec and a university based research team in the creation of an ongoing research project that is focused on the identification of the climate change, its impact on hydro projects, as well as the identification of adaptation strategies. He graduated in civil engineering, in 1960, from the University of Alberta and subsequently pursued master degree studies in hydraulics.

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Alex DE SHERBININ

 photoMr. Alex de Sherbinin is a Senior Researcher at the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) of Columbia University’s Earth Institute, Deputy Manager of the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center, and Co-Coordinator of the Population-Environment Research Network. He is a geographer whose research focuses on the human aspects of environmental change at local, national and global scales.

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Simon SMALLEY

Simon Smalley photoMr. Simon Smalley is Minister Counsellor Agriculture at the Australian Embassy in Washington. In Western Australia, Mr. Smalley worked in environmental impact assessment of regional land use planning. At the national level Simon has worked in policy development for natural resource management and water reform, though he is now focused on agricultural trade. Mr. Smalley holds a Bachelor of Science (Biology) with Honours, a PostGraduate Diploma in Environmental Impact Assessment and an Executive Masters in Public Administration.

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Michael SMITH

Michael Smith photoDr. Michael D. Smith is a Senior Manager with ICF International, a global professional services firm headquartered in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. He specializes in providing project management and overall National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance review for large, complex, and often highly-controversial projects. He is currently managing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the U.S. Department of Transportation – National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for a rulemaking proposing new fuel efficiency standards for Medium and Heavy-Duty Commercial Vehicles. The action is part of a Joint Rulemaking announced by President Barack Obama in May, 2010 with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions from these vehicle classes under the Clean Air Act. He also managed two previous EISs for DOT-NHTSA for the new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards Rulemakings, which were the first EISs ever prepared under NEPA to model the incremental effect of a proposed action on global climate change factors including temperature and precipitation changes and sea level rise. He is a frequent speaker and trainer on NEPA compliance issues, and is an instructor for NEPA training courses offered through the Environmental Leadership Program at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, a program co-sponsored by the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). He is a past recipient of a Science & Technology Policy Fellowship with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which he served in the EPA’s Office of Water and Office of Federal Activities in Washington, DC. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Sociology from Utah State University, an M.A. in Geography from the University of Wyoming, and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Andrew STEER

Dr. Andrew Steer is the World Bank’s Special Envoy for Climate Change. Dr. Steer, a UK national, returns to the World Bank after three years as Director General, Policy and Research at the UK Department of International Development (DFID) in London. In earlier years at the World Bank he held a number of positions including Country Director for Indonesia and Vietnam and Director of the Environmental Department. He was also Staff Director of the 1992 World Development Report on Environment and Development, the Bank’s Flagship report to the Rio Summit. Mr. Steer has a Ph.D in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Vladimir STENEK

Vladimir Stenek photoMr. Vladimir Stenek is a climate change specialist working in IFC’s Climate Change Unit, which is responsible for coordinating IFC's climate change strategy. Mr. Stenek is leading IFC’s Climate Risk and Adaptation Program, along with several other initiatives related to climate change and development.

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Dean STINSON O'GORMAN

Dean Stinson O'Gorman photoMr. Dean Stinson O'Gorman is the Acting Director of Policy Analysis at the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. He spent the last decade working for Environment Canada on various aspects of domestic climate change policy, most recently leading the effort to establish a federal greenhouse gas offset system.

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Tomonori SUDO

Tomonori Sudo photoDr. Tomonori Sudo is Advisor of the Office for Climate Change of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Dr. Sudo is in charge of climate policy planning in JICA’s operations, and he is also serving as a member of bureau of “Environment and Development Cooperation network” of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC). Dr. Sudo received his Ph.D. in International Studies from Waseda University and obtained an Associate membership of the Institute for Environment Management and Assessment (IEMA).

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Luis VERA

Luis VERA photoA Fulbright and Ford MacArthur Scholar, Mr. Vera received his juris doctorate from the Escuela Libre de Derecho (Mexico), a postgraduate degree in economics and corporate law from the Universidad Panamericana (Mexico) and a master’s degree with honors in environmental and energy law from Tulane University (USA). He received his PhD in Environmental Sciences from the Centro Interdisciplinario de Investigaciones y Estudios de Medio Ambiente y Desarrollo (CIIEMAD) of the Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN). Currently, he is the coordinator and professor of the Environmental Legislation Course in the Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Mexico) and a professor of environmental law in the Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico), Universidad Anáhuac (Xalapa, Mexico) Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (Mexico), Instituto Politécnico Nacional (Mexico) and the Colegio de la Frontera Norte (Mexico)

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Rob VERHEEM

Rob Verheem photoMr. Rob Verheem is deputy director of the Netherlands Commission for Environmental Assessment. This Commission has a legal mandate for quality review of impact assessments in the Netherlands. In international cooperation, the Commission is involved in both quality assurance and capacity development. Mr. Verheem has over 20 years of practice experience in Environmental Impact Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment, both in developed and developing countries. Prior to joining the Netherlands Commission for Environmental Assessment, Mr. Verheem worked at the European Commission and the Ministry of the Environment in the Netherlands. He has published extensively and in 2004 won the Individual Award of the International Association for Impact Assessment.

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Glenn WATTS

Glenn Watts photoDr. Glenn Watts leads climate change research for the Environment Agency of England and Wales, specializing in climate change impacts and adaptation. Mr. Watts has a PhD in hydrology and geomorphology from the University of Bristol, and is an expert in water supply planning and drought management.

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Fernanda ZERMOGLIO

Fernanda Zermoglio photoDr. Fernanda Zermoglio is a climate change adaptation and communications specialist, currently working on the development and deployment of pragmatic tools that will aid decision-makers in evaluating the impacts of climate change on vulnerable systems. She has worked on international projects throughout Latin America, Central Asia, the South Pacific and Africa. She serves on the Inter governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Task Group on Data and Scenario Support for Impact and Climate Analysis (TGICA) and on several program committees. Her work in the last five years has been dedicated to risk analysis for disaster management (Mozambique), use of climate information (Climate Systems Analysis Group), developing and delivering training modules for adaptation programs and building tools for the distribution and communication of climate science for policy and decision making.

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