Anand Patwardhan is Professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park. He was earlier a Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. Anand’s research focuses on mitigation and adaptation responses to climate change, and the assessment of vulnerability and adaptation, as well as broader issues of science, technology and innovation policy. He has been a coordinating lead author for the IPCC, and a member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environmental Facility. He currently serves as the Research Director for the Global Commission on Adaptation.
Ania Grobicki is the Deputy Director for Adaptation at the Green Climate Fund. She is a chemical engineer who worked for Shell South Africa, and subsequently completed a PhD in biochemical engineering at Imperial College London. She has been the coordinator of the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food, the Executive Secretary for the Global Water and the Deputy Secretary General and Acting Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. Ania has written a number of publications on water and development-related issues, most recently as Coordinating Lead Author for the freshwater chapters of the 6th Global Environmental Outlook. Her research is focused on the links between water and climate, including water-related disasters.
Johanna Nalau is the Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 6th Assessment report (Working Group II Chapter 15 Small Islands), Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow (2019-2021), and Managing Editor for the Journal of Climate Risk Management. She also leads the Adaptation Science Research Theme at Cities Research Institute at Griffith University, Australia. All her roles focus on understanding the core principles of climate change adaptation, and how adaptation science and theory can play a positive role in evidence-based decision-making. Johanna is particularly interested in how daring leadership, mentoring and coaching can empower the next generation of adaptation scholars and practitioners to push adaptation science forward, and the strategies that we can use to normalise adaptation in the mainstream.
Srilata Kammila serves as the Head of Climate Change Adaptation in the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support at UNDP. She is responsible for strategic leadership and management of projects and programmes valued at over USD 1billion, including those financed by the vertical funds. (LDCF, SCCF, AF, and GCF) Srilata also oversees support to countries on mainstreaming climate change into national and sub-national planning and budgeting. UNDP's adaptation portfolio is supporting countries advance climate-resilient development, in the context of the SDG agenda.
Kristie L. Ebi is has been conducting research and practice on the health risks of climate variability and change for nearly 25 years. She focuses on understanding sources of vulnerability, estimating current and future health risks of climate change, and designing adaptation policies and measures to reduce the risks of climate change in multi-stressor environments. She was a lead author for the IPCC special report on warming of 1.5°C, and of the 4th US National Climate Assessment. She also co-chairs the International Committee on New Integrated Climate change assessment Scenarios (ICONICS), facilitating development of socioeconomic pathways to inform climate change scenarios. She has edited fours books on aspects of climate change and has more than 200 publications.
Eric Chu teaches in the Department of Human Ecology at the University of California, Davis and is a Lead Author in Working Group II of the Sixth Assessment Report to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He researches how cities plan for and design policies to combat climate change. He has written extensively on urban climate adaptation and resilience, particularly on issues of socio-spatial change, development policy, governance experimentation, and environmental justice across the Global South and North.
Sebastian Vicuna Diaz
Sebastian is Associate Professor at School of Engineering and Director of the Centro de Cambio Global (Global Change Research Center) at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. His research interests are related to water resources, hydrologic modelling, climate change adaptation and integrated watershed management. Sebastian is Lead Author for the Second Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities (ARC3-2), was a Lead Author of the IPCC 5th Assessment Report in the chapter on Climate Change Impacts in Central and South America and was a Review Editor for the IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Extreme Events in the chapter impacts.
Maarten van Aalst
Maarten van Aalst is Director of the international Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, and professor at the University of Twente, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observations (ITC), the Princess Margriet Research chair in spatial resilience. He also has an adjunct appointment at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society at Columbia University. He is a Coordinating Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and serves on the Scientific and Technical Advisory Group of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, the Leadership Group of the UN Climate Resilience Initiative, the Steering Group of the Partners for Resilience alliance, and the advisory boards of several international research programmes on climate risk management.
Minpeng Chen is a full professor in the School of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development (SARD) at Renmin University of China, and the interim co-chair of Policy and Finance Committee of World Adaptation Science Programme (WASP). She has working experiences at Tsinghua University, Yale University, Yamanashi University, IIASA and Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Minpeng Chen acted as a negotiator on adaptation and loss and damage of Chinese Delegation from 2013 to 2016, as well as a member and co-chair of Adaptation Committee of UNFCCC from 2015 to 2017.
Paul Desanker is a manager in the Adaptation Programme of the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and is responsible for the subprogramme on National Adaptation Plans and Policy (NAPP). He has extensive experience working on issues related to adaptation to climate change, ecological modelling, remote sensing, integrated assessment, and has served as Coordinating Lead Author of the Third Assessment Report of the IPCC. His professional experience within the United Nations also includes work on capacity-building and outreach, and now supports work on National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs) and National Adaptation Plans (NAPs).
Saleemul Huq is the Director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) at Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) and Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in London and past Director of the Climate Change Programme at the institute. He has published numerous articles in scientific and popular journals, was a lead author of the chapter on Adaptation and Sustainable Development in the third assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and was one of the coordinating lead authors of ‘Inter-relationships between adaptation and mitigation’ in the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report (2007).
Mark New is Director of the African Climate and Development Initiative at the University of Cape Town, and AXA Research Chair in African Climate Risk. Mark is a coordinating lead author on the 6th Assessment Report of the IPCC, responsible for Chapter 17 of Working Group II, Decision Making Options for Managing Risk. He is also an Editor for Global Environmental Change and Environmental Research Letters, serves on the Science Committees of the World Adaptation Science Programme and the South African Global Change Science Programme. His research has spanned climate change detection, attribution, impacts and adaptation.
Georgina Cundill Kemp
Georgina Cundill Kemp is a Senior Program Officer at the International Development Research Centre in Canada, where she works to support climate change scholars and practitioners from the global South to get high quality research into policy and practice. Previously, she was a Senior Lecturer at Rhodes University in South Africa, where she worked with rural communities on issues of land rights, governance and livelihoods for more than 10 years. Georgina supports research and climate action across Africa, South Asia and Latin America.
Ying joined the UN Environment Programme in 2018 where she currently serves as the Secretariat Coordinator of the World Adaptation Science Programme and the Coordinator of the Adaptation Gap Report, based in Nairobi, Kenya. She has experiences on country level Climate Change impact assessment, environmental policy making and multilateral environmental agreement negotiation and implementation. Prior to her service at UN Environment Programme, she has worked on a wide range of environment-related projects in China.
Amir H. Delju
Amir H. Delju is Senior Scientific Coordinator in Climate Prediction and Adaptation Branch of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), since 2004. Before joining WMO, he has been working for the Iranian Meteorological Service in different departments, such as observation, climate monitoring and international affairs, for nearly two decades. He coordinates WMO’s contribution to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its constituencies, mainly on adaptation and related issues. He has dedicated his efforts to enhancing partnerships and cooperation in climate activities, through establishing a two-way linkage between technical and scientific products to adaptation practices in climate sensitive sectors.
Dr Kavya Michael is Associate Fellow at The Energy and Resources Institute in New Delhi, India. Her research examines the multiple intersections of climate change/environmental hazards, urban inequality, and development in Indian cities. She is also a recipient of the International Development Research Council (IDRC) Climate Leadership Fellowship. Her work is oriented strongly within the urban climate justice paradigm and has emphasized the need for bringing a climate justice lens to adaptation science.
Louis Lebel is the director of the Unit for Social and Environmental Research at the School of Public Policy at Chiang Mai University, Thailand. His interests include social justice, global environmental change, livelihoods, public health, gender norms, development studies, adaptation, aquaculture, consumption, flood disaster politics and water governance. His current theoretical and empirical research focus is on the role of narratives in policy change and persistence. He helps edit the journals, Global Environmental Change, WIREs Climate Change and Ecology & Society. He is a research associate of the Stockholm Environment Institute and an adjunct faculty at the Institute of Water Policy, National University of Singapore.
Coleen Vogel is a Distinguished Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is a climatologist by training, but has increasingly worked in the social dimensions of climate change, focusing particularly on climate change adaptation. She has chaired and been the vice chair of international global environmental change scientific committees (e.g. IHDP and LUCC and involved in the Earth System Science Programme), groups that preceded the current Future Earth developments. She currently serves on various local and international boards. She has been Chapter Lead Author and co-author of chapters in the IPCC (4th and 5th assessment reports). She has also received the Burtoni Award for international excellence in adaptation research and received the University of the Witwatersrand Vice Chancellor’s award for excellence in teaching.
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