Mr Abdalah Mokssit is the Secretary of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He has a long experience with the IPCC and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). He is a former Vice-Chair of IPCC Working Group I, which deals with the physical science basis of climate change. He is also a former Third Vice-President of the World Meteorological Congress of WMO and was member of several WMO commissions including the Commission on Climatology and the Commission for Basic Systems.
Mr Mokssit has an extensive experience in strategic management. In July 1987, he joined the Centre of Studies and Information Processing in Morocco and became the Chief of dynamic meteorology service of Morocco in 1991. In July 1992, he became the Head of a Division in the National Centre for Climate and Meteorological Research (CNCRM) in Morocco and in January 2005 was appointed as the Deputy Director of the National Meteorological Department of Morocco and Head of the CNCRM. In February 2009, Mr Mokssit was appointed as the Director of the National Meteorological Department of Morocco.
At the National Meteorological Service of Morocco, he has focused on upgrading forecasting, from nowcasting to long-range forecasting; improving warning and crisis management for extreme events; and generating regional models of climate change scenarios, climate change sector impact studies and services for end users. In May 1996, His Majesty, the late King Hassan II of Morocco awarded the «National Order of Merit, Excellent Class» to Mr Mokssit for his contribution to the modernization of the National Meteorology. He was also awarded the medals “Chevalier” and “Commandeur” personally by His Majesty King Mohamed VI.
Mr Mokksit has been active in international cooperation with regional and international centres such as the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, the African. Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD) and the ALADIN, a European group of countries working on numerical weather prediction. Mr Mokssit has received the medal Le Verrier in recognition of his work achieved on expanding the use of the PERIDOT model to North Africa and Eastern Europe and the initiation of the international project ALADIN
Dr Anand Patwardhan
Dr Anand Patwardhan serves as a Professor at the School of Public Policy at University of Maryland, U.S. A. He has been a member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility; and a coordinating lead author for the Fourth and Fifth Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Anand is currently co-Chair of the Executive Committee of the Global Energy Assessment, and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Programme of Research on Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PRO-VIA) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). He was a Professor at the Shailesh J Mehta School of Management at the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay. Anand has a BTech (Electrical Engineering) from IIT-Bombay and a MS (Environmental Science & Engineering) and PhD (Engineering and Public Policy), both from Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests are in the area of environment – climate studies, focusing on mitigation and adaptation responses to climate change; including the diffusion and adoption of clean technology and broader issues of science, technology and innovation policy.
Dr. Maarten Kappelle
Dr. Maarten Kappelle presently serves as the Head of the Thematic Assessments Unit at the Science Division in UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Nairobi. He focuses on science for policy and action tackling climate change, dust storms, ocean health, land management, arctic issues and so forth. Until July 2017, he held the position of UNEP Chemicals and Waste Programme Coordinator.
Maarten has 30 years of experience in the environmental sector across the globe and has worked at universities, NGOs and governments. Before joining UNEP Maarten was Chief Conservation Officer at World Wide Fund for Nature-WWF Netherlands and WWF-International Director of Programme Office Conservation Performance, overseeing impact delivery in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. He has also served at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) as Director of Science for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, and as Lead Scientist for Latin America, based in Costa Rica. Simultaneously, Maarten served as Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee (UTK) in Knoxville, USA, and held a position as visiting Professor at the UN-mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) in Costa Rica. Before this, he worked at the Netherlands Development Cooperation Agency (DGIS) and held positions at Costa Rica’s National Biodiversity Institute INBio and the University of Amsterdam.
Maarten has published over a hundred scientific, technical and popular articles, chapters, reports and abstracts in peer-reviewed academic journals, magazines and technical series, and is author and editor of nine English and Spanish books on ecology and biodiversity, mostly in relation to Latin American forests and highland ecosystems.
Ms Clara de la Torre
Ms Clara de la Torre is Deputy Director-General in the Directorate-General for Climate Action. Until September 2019, she was Director for 'Transport' in the Directorate-General for Research & Innovation at the European Commission. Previously, she was responsible for 'Key Enabling Technologies', following her appointment as Director in the field of 'Research and Innovation.' In her first post as a Director, from 2008 to 2010, she was in charge of 'Inter-institutional and legal matters related to the Framework Programme' at the European Commission. After working in private sector, her professional career focussed on the research policies which became the springboard to working opportunities at the European Commission in 1987. In the late 90's, she was dealing with 'National Research Policies & Intergovernmental Cooperation.' She was also working at the EU Joint Research Centre both in Brussels and Seville, where she was Advisor to the Director of the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies.
Dr Vibha Dhawan
Dr Vibha Dhawan is associated with The Energy and Resources Institute since 1985. She also served as the Vice-Chancellor of TERI School of Advanced Studies from 2005-2007. She is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India.
Dr Dhawan is actively involved in research as well as policy development, both at the national and international level. She is a task force member of a number of committees of the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), the Biotech Consortium India Limited (BCIL) etc.
She is currently serving as Adjunct Professor, Consul General South Asia Partnership, Michigan State University. She has successfully completed a number of international assignment such as co-ordinator for the Asia Pacific Consortium on Agriculture Biotechnology (APCoAB); Advisor to Director General, The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT); and Deputy Director, Research Partnerships & Co-ordination with the Borlaug Institute for South Asia. She has served on the boards of Jawahar Lal Nehru University, Ambedkar University, Ayurvet Foundation and Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI).
She is the winner of Indian Women Achievers Sammaan 2017 by NRI Achievers; Women Leadership Agriculture Award 2016 by the Indian Council of Food & Agriculture; First Biotech Product and Process Development and Commercialization Award of the Department of Biotechnology in 2000 and the Kamal Kumari National Award for Science and Technology and the first All India Biotech Association (AIBA) award in 1998.
Dr Ajay Mathur
Dr Ajay Mathur is Director General of TERI - The Energy & Resources Institute, and a member of the Prime Minister's Council on Climate Change. He was Director General of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency in the Government of India from 2006 till February, 2016, and responsible for bringing energy efficiency into our homes, offices, and factories, through initiatives such as the star labelling programme for appliances, the Energy Conservation Building Code, and the Perform, Achieve and Trade programme for energy-intensive industries. Dr. Mathur was earlier with TERI from 1986 to 2000, and then headed the Climate Change Team of World Bank in Washington DC. He was President of Suzlon Energy Limited, also headed the interim Secretariat of the Green Climate Fund.
He has been a key Indian climate-change negotiator, and was also the Indian spokesperson at the 2015 climate negotiations at Paris. He is a global leader on technological approaches to address climate change; recently, he joined the global group of industrial, financial and think-tank leaders to co-chair an Energy Transitions Commission which will suggest ways for companies and countries to move towards climate-friendly energy futures.
Mr R.P. Gupta
Mr R. P. Gupta is an IAS Officer of the 1987 Batch from the Gujarat cadre and presently serves as the Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. In his distinguished career, he has worked in the fields of energy, the public distribution system, land record and education at the policy making levels. He has served as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Coal and in the Energy Department of the Government of Gujarat, Secretary in the Department of Food and Civil Supplies dealing with the Public Distribution System as well as District Development Officer, Municipal Commissioner, District Collector among others in his early career. In his last assignment he was working as Additional Secretary in NITI Aayog looking after Infrastructure-Energy, International Cooperation, Transport, Health, Education and Rural & Urban Development. In every field, he has focused on streamlining policies and introducing modern technology to make the system more people friendly and responsive.
Dr. Jian Liu
Dr. Jian Liu is currently the Chief Scientist of UN Environment and Director of the Science Division, UN Environment. He has over 30 years of professional experience in science and policy, in the specific domains of ecosystems management, agriculture, environment and climate change at national, regional and global levels, in particular in developing countries. He was the Director of UN Environment’s International Ecosystem Management Partnership, the first global centre on ecosystem management in the global south, which he established, as the founding director.
Prior to this appointment, he served as the Chief of UN Environment’s Climate Change Adaptation Unit and the Deputy Secretary of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). His earlier posts include Deputy Director General of the Bureau of Resources and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Director of the Chinese Ecosystem Research Network, and Manager of Environment Program of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development.
Dr. Maxx Dilley
Dr. Maxx Dilley is the Director of the Climate Prediction and Adaptation Branch at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Prior to joining WMO he led the Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery Team and was a policy and partnerships advisor at the United Nations Development Programme. He was previously a Research Scientist in the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) at Columbia University in New York, where he directed the Africa program and co-directed climate impacts research. Before that he worked for two years at the World Bank Disaster Management Facility and for seven years at the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance. Dr. Dilley’s primary area of expertise is in disaster risk management. He has designed, managed and contributed to disaster and risk management programs in Africa, Latin America and Asia and has authored numerous papers on disaster reduction and climate-related topics.
Mr Pa Ousman Jarju
Mr Pa Ousman Jarju is Director of GCF's Country Programming Division. Formerly, he was the Gambian Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources and Chair of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Mr. Jarju was Special Climate Change Envoy of the Gambia and has extensive diplomatic experience across the 47 LDCs, China, the United States and the European Union. He has gained wide-ranging managerial experience in the Gambia's Department of Water Resources as its Director and then overseeing Minister.
Mr. Rajani Ranjan Rashmi
Mr. Rajani Ranjan Rashmi is a Distinguished Fellow at TERI, associated with the Centre for Global Environmental Research, where he works on areas relating to climate change, mitigation and adaptation challenges, carbon markets, and related environmental policies and actions. He serves on the Sub Committee of the Ministry of Finance on Climate Finance and is a Member of the Technical Advisory Body of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) for recommending use of emission units for CORSIA. He advises National Agricultural Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) on international climate business and co-chairs the 'Biofuels Standard Development Group' of the Network for Certification and Conservation of Forests (NCCF) in India.
Mr. Rashmi is a former member of Indian Administrative Service. He was India's principal negotiator for climate change negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change for several years and has been part of climate change policy-making in India in the run-up to and after the Paris Agreement. As Special Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change in the Government of India, he has been closely associated with formulation and implementation of policies relating to Climate Change, Pollution, Montreal Protocol on ODS, and Environmental Clearances, besides being the Project Director of Green India Mission.
Besides his work in the field of environment, Mr. Rashmi has served as a trade negotiator and public finance administrator. He was Adviser in India's Mission to European Union in Brussels (2001-2005). Later, as Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry (2014), he oversaw state trading and plantation commodity exports. He was Finance Secretary of the state government of Manipur for almost 8 years in various stints, and ended his term as state's Chief Secretary in 2018. In 2008, he was awarded the Prime Minister's Award for Excellence in Public Administration for his contribution to management of finances in the state.
Dr Youssef Nassef
Dr Youssef Nassef started the work on adaptation to climate change in the United Nations system, and has led the adaptation workstreams under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change since their inception. He possesses 30 years of experience in diplomacy and international environmental policy, and is a seconded diplomat from the Egyptian Foreign Service.
While assuming progressively higher levels of leadership at the UNFCCC, he led UNFCCC support for a number of ongoing initiatives on adaptation. These include the inception and support for NAPAs and NAPs; the Nairobi Work Programme – an international knowledge hub for impacts, vulnerability and adaptation; and the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage. He recently created the Resilience Frontiers initiative which applies foresight for attaining post-2030 resilience.
He regularly contributes his vision, insights and thought leadership to international conferences on resilience and adaptation to climate change and their nexus with sustainable development, often focusing on developing countries.
He holds a Doctoral degree in International Technology Policy and Management and a Master’s degree in International Environmental Policy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, as well as a Master’s degree in Middle East Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Physics from the American University in Cairo.
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