Director, Yale Program on Climate Change Communication
Anthony Leiserowitz, Ph.D. is Director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies He is an expert on public opinion and engagement with the issues of climate change and the environment. His research investigates the psychological, cultural, and political factors that influence environmental beliefs, attitudes, policy support, and behavior. He conducts research at the global, national, and local scales, including studies in the United States, China, and India. He is a board member of the KR Foundation and advises the UN Foundation, the Ad Council, Years of Living Dangerously, and the China Center for Climate Change Communication at Renmin University. He is also the host of Climate Connections, a daily national radio program and podcast.
CEO & Chairperson, Global Environment Facility
Naoko Ishii has served as the CEO and Chairperson for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) since August 2012. In October 2015, the GEF Council unanimously agreed to extend her tenure for the second term until August 2020.
Previously, Ms. Ishii was the Deputy Vice Minister of Finance of Japan, where she was responsible for Japan’s international financial and development policies, and for its global policies on environmental issues such as climate change and biodiversity. She led the Japanese delegation at the Transition Committee for designing the Green Climate Fund.
For nearly half of her career, Ms. Ishii has served on international assignments, including at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Achim Steiner is UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), a post for which he was unanimously selected by the UN General Assembly. He is currently in his third term at the organization’s helm. Before joining UNEP, Mr. Steiner served as Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and as Secretary General of the World Commission on Dams. He has worked in I ndia, Pakistan, Germany, Zimbabwe, USA, Vietnam, South Africa, Switzerland and Kenya, among other places, and chairs a number of key bodies at the United Nations.
Founding Partner, Fred Siegel Partners
Fred Siegel is founding partner of Fred Siegel Partners, a team that creates and implements large-scale social change initiatives for corporations and leading non-profits. Fred currently sits on the The American Cancer Society’s Revenue and Marketing Board, and advises multiple startups and non-profits ranging from Google Venture-backed SideCar to Ourtime.org. Prior to Fred Siegel Partners, Fred was the Marketing lead for Excite, Excite @ Home, QVC, Executive Creative Director for Ketchum Advertising and Group Creative Director McCann Ericsson.
President & CEO, The Nature Conservancy
Mark Tercek is president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, the global conservation organization known for its intense focus on collaboration and getting things done for the benefit of people and nature. A former managing director for Goldman Sachs, where he spent 25 years, Mark brings deep business experience to his role leading the Conservancy, which he joined in 2008. Mark earned an M.B.A. from Harvard in 1984 and a B.A. from Williams College in 1979.
Andrew Sharpless has led Oceana as Chief Executive Officer since 2003. It has since grown to be the largest international conservation organization solely dedicated to protecting the world’s oceans. Sharpless holds degrees from Harvard Law School and the London School of Economics and has broad business and NGO leadership experience. He was previously Executive Vice President of Discovery.com, the online division of Discovery Communications. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President of the management team that launched RealNetworks, a pioneer in streaming media.
Laura Turner Seydel
International Enviro. Advocate & Eco-Living Expert
Laura Turner Seydel is an international environmental advocate and eco-living expert dedicated to creating a healthy and sustainable future for our children. Laura serves on her family’s foundation boards including The Turner Foundation, Jane Smith Turner Foundation, the Turner Endangered Species Fund, and Ted’s Montana Grill. She also serves on national boards including League of Conservation Voters, Defenders of Wildlife, Waterkeeper Alliance, the Green Schools Alliance, Environmental Working Group, Ray C. Anderson Foundation and the Carter Center Board of Councilors.
Laura is chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation, which promotes environmental education and gardens in schools, and former chair of Zero Waste Zone, an organization that promotes communities working together to change current disposal methods of consumed products. She also co-founded Mothers and Others for Clean Air and the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper.
Former President & CEO of Conservation International
Peter A. Seligmann has been a leader in creating conservation solutions for the past 35 years. Since he founded Conservation International (CI) in 1987, CI has earned a reputation as an organization on the cutting edge, creating innovative and lasting solutions to the threats facing humanity, biodiversity and the natural systems that sustain us all.
Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations, Asia Society
Orville Schell is the Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society in New York. He is a former professor and Dean at the University of California, Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Schell is the author of fifteen books, ten of them about China, and a contributor to numerous edited volumes. He is a Fellow at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University, a Senior Fellow at the Annenberg School of Communications at USC and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Schell is also the recipient of many prizes and fellowships, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Overseas Press Club Award, and the Harvard-Stanford Shorenstein Prize in Asian Journalism.
President and CEO, World Wildlife Fund
Carter Roberts is the President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund in the United States. WWF, the world’s largest network of international conservation organizations, works across 100 countries and enjoys the support of 5 million members worldwide, 1.2 million of which are in the U.S. Roberts received his MBA from Harvard Business School following a BA from Princeton University, and subsequently held marketing management positions for Procter and Gamble and Gillette. He went on to lead international conservation and science programs for fifteen years at The Nature Conservancy before coming to WWF in 2004.
EPA Administrator under President George H.W. Bush
Administrator William Reilly served under President George H.W. Bush. He represented the United States at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. He was an instrumental figure in the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, which contained the first provisions to control acid rain.
Malkin Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University
Robert D. Putnam is Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the British Academy, and past president of the American Political Science Association. He has received numerous scholarly honors, including the Skytte Prize, the most prestigious global award in political science. He has written fourteen books, translated into more than twenty languages, including Bowling Alone and Making Democracy Work, both among the most cited publications in the social sciences in the last half century.
Former Chairman, Sierra Club
Carl Pope, for the past eighteen years has served as the Chairman and Executive Director of the Sierra Club; overall Sierra Club service of 36 years. Also served as Associate Conservation Director, Political Director, and Conservation Director. Former Executive Director, California League of Conservation Voters. Former Chair, the Green Group. During tenure, Club conducted twenty year campaign for improved auto fuel efficiency and emissions standards which culminated in the 2007 Congressional compromise fuel efficiency act and then led to the Obama Administration’s ground-breaking requirement that vehicle efficiency and performance double by 2035.
Senior VP of Communications, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
Eric Pooley works with program staff throughout the organization to develop and implement strategies to achieve its environmental advocacy goals, with a special emphasis on finding new ways to break through the partisan gridlock on climate action.
Eric is notably the author of The Climate War: True Believers, Power Brokers, and the Fight to Save the Earth (Hyperion, 2010), which Bill Clinton hailed as “a riveting tale” and “the very first account of the epic American campaign to get serious about global warming.”
Former International Executive Director of Greenpeace
Born in South Africa, Kumi Naidoo became involved in the country’s liberation struggle at the age of 15. In 1986 he was charged with violating the emergency regulations and was forced underground for almost a year before fleeing to exile. During this time he was a Rhodes Scholar and later earned a doctorate in political sociology. After Nelson Mandela’s release in 1990, Naidoo returned to South Africa to work on the legalization of the African National Congress. During the democratic elections in 1994 he directed the training of all electoral staff in the country and was one of the official spokespersons of the Independent Electoral Commission.
Kumi Naidoo has served as Secretary General of CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, was the founding executive director of the South African National NGO Coalition (SANGOCO) and also the founding Chair of the Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP), where he remains global ambassador. He previously served as a board member of Global Reporting Initiative (2006-2011) and Earth Rights International (2008-2011), while he presently sits on the board of Food and Trees for Africa and is a member of 350.org’s international advisory board. Naidoo has also served as a board member of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) and in 2003 was appointed by the former Secretary General of the United Nations to the Eminent Persons Panel on UN Civil Society Relations. In 2012 he was appointed to the UN Women’s Global Civil Society Advisory Group. Kumi Naidoo is currently Executive Director of Greenpeace International.
Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn
President & CEO, American Council on Renewable Energy
In 2011, Retired Vice Admiral Dennis V. McGinn took the helm as President of the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) where he advances the organization’s mission of building a secure and prosperous America with clean, renewable energy. Under McGinn’s leadership, ACORE launched EnergyFactCheck, a website designed to rebalance the debate about renewable energy, providing fact-based information to counter misinformation about the industry.
Founder, Impact Economy
Maximilian Martin is the Founder and Global Managing Director of Impact Economy. He also serves as Founding Faculty in Residence at Ashoka U and Lecturer in Social Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Gallen. He previously served as Founding Global Head and Managing Director of UBS Philanthropy Services, Head of Research at the Schwab Foundation, Senior Consultant with McKinsey & Company, instructor at Harvard’s Economics Department, and Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School. He holds an MA in anthropology from Indiana University, a MPA from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in economic anthropology from the University of Hamburg.
Mindy S. Lubber is the president of Ceres and a founding board member of the organization. She also directs Ceres’ Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), a group of 100 institutional investors managing nearly $10 trillion in assets focused on the business risks and opportunities of climate change. Under Mindy’s leadership, Ceres launched The 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability, a visionary practical guide highlighting environmental and social performance improvements companies and investors must achieve to succeed in the resource-constrained 21st century global economy.
Founder, Act III
Norman Lear has had a distinguished career as a producer, director, comedy writer, screenwriter, political and social activist and philanthropist. Known best to the American public as the creator of Archie Bunker and All in the Family, Lear’s numerous television credits include Sanford & Son, Maude, Good Times, The Jeffersons, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Fernwood 2Nite and the dramatic series Palmerstown U.S.A.. His motion picture credits include Cold Turkey, Divorce American Style, Fried Green Tomatoes, Stand By Me, and The Princess Bride.
President, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
In his 29 years as head of Environmental Defense Fund, Fred Krupp has overseen the growth of EDF from a small nonprofit with a budget of $3 million to a recognized worldwide leader in the environmental movement. Under his direction, EDF’s full-time staff has increased from 50 to 350, membership has expanded from 40,000 to more than 750,000 and new offices have opened across America and in China and Mexico.
Former President, Union of Concerned Scientists
Kevin Knobloch is the former President of the Union of Concerned Scientiests. Prior to that, he spent six years as Director of Conservation Programs at the Appalachian Mountain Club and three years as UCS Legislative Director for Arms Control and National Security. He also held the position of Legislative Director for U.S. Senator Tim Wirth for four years. Kevin began his career as a journalist. He has an M.P.A from the JFK School at Harvard University, with a focus on natural resources economics. Recently, Kevin was named chief of staff to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.
President, League of Conservation Voters
Gene joined LCV in April 2006 after serving for more than a dozen years as a member of the LCV and LCVEF Boards of Directors and the LCV Political Committee. Prior to joining LCV, Gene worked for 21 years as the Executive Director of the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG), the national lobbying office for state PIRGs across the country, where he led many national environmental issue campaigns. He has served on a number of national boards, including America Votes, Earth Share, the Partnership Project, the Beldon Fund, and the National Association for Public Interest Law. Gene is a graduate of Brown University and Georgetown University.
EPA Administrator under President Barack Obama
From 2009 to February 2013, Lisa Jackson led the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to protect the health and environment for all Americans. For her work, Lisa has been listed twice on Time Magazine’s list of the “100 Most Influential People in the World,” listed in Essence Magazine’s “40 Women Who Have Influenced the World,” and profiled in O Magazine for her work to protect our health and our planet.
Former Director, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Dr. James Hansen directs the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City and is Adjunct Professor of Earth Sciences at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. He was trained in physics and astronomy in the space science program of Dr. James Van Allen at the University of Iowa, receiving his bachelor’s degree with highest distinction in physics and mathematics, master’s degree in astronomy, and Ph. D. in physics in 1967.
Founder, Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace
In July 1960, Jane Goodall began her landmark study of chimpanzee behavior in what is now Tanzania. Her work at Gombe Stream would become the foundation of future primatological research and redefine the relationship between humans and animals. Dr. Goodall’s honors include the French Legion of Honor, the Medal of Tanzania, and Japan’s prestigious Kyoto Prize. In 2002, Dr. Goodall was appointed to serve as a United Nations Messenger of Peace and in 2003, she was named a Dame of the British Empire.
Jeremy Grantham is Co-Founder and Chief Investment Strategist of GMO, LLC, a global investment management firm with approximately $100 billion in assets under management. In 1998, Jeremy and his wife Hannelore established the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment, which supports communication and collaboration in addressing the world’s most pressing environmental problems.
Susie Tompkins Buell
Susie Tompkins Buell, Co-Founder of Esprit clothing company, revitalized the apparel industry and revolutionized the retail culture. As a climate activist, Susie participates in protests that call attention to dangerous energy policies, she partners with leaders that take immediate action to create climate solutions, and she supports organizations that increase awareness and ignite public outcry around the harsh realities of climate change.
Executive Director, Sierra Club
Michael Brune holds degrees in economics and finance from West Chester University in Pennsylvania and came to the Sierra Club from the Rainforest Action Network, where he served seven years as Executive Director. During his nearly three years as the Sierra Club’s Executive Director, the organization has grown to more than two million supporters, and its Beyond Coal campaign has been recognized as one of the most effective in environmental history.
Former President, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Frances Beinecke is the president of NRDC. NRDC, one of the United States’ most influential environmental action groups, uses law, science and the support of 1.4 million members and online activists to advance comprehensive solutions to today’s biggest environmental challenges.