|Ir. Rachmat Witoelar
Executive Chairman, National Council on Climate Change, Indonesia
Rachmat Witoelar serves as Indonesian President's Special Envoy for Climate Change and Chief Executive of the National Council on Climate Change Indonesia. He was the President of COP 13 / CMP 3 held in Bali, Indonesia in 2007. Prior, Prof. Witoelar served as Minister of the Environment (2004 – 2009), Indonesian ambassador to Russia (1993-1997), and was a member of the Indonesian Parliament (1971-1993). He received an Honorary Degree Professor in Environmental Management from Griffith University, Australia in 2008.
|Dr. Endah Murniningtyas
Deputy Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Ministry of National Development Planning/National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS), Indonesia
Endah Murniningtyas is a Deputy Minister for National Resources and Environment at BAPPENAS. She has worked at BAPPENAS for over 25 years in the area of natural resources, agricultural economics, and poverty and has been a frequent lecturer at Bogor Agricultural Institute. She is an active board member of Perhimpunan Ekonomi Pertanian Indonesia (Perhepi) and also a member of Long term Development Planning Study and Strategic Planning Team of BAPPENAS. She graduated with a BSc in Agricultural Economics and Social from Bogor Agricultural Institute in 1984, graduated MSc in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Oregon State University in 1989, and was awarded PhD from Colorado State University in 2000 for studies in Agricultural and Resource Economics. She speaks in various seminar and fora on NR, agricultural policy and economics, poverty reduction, climate change and sustainable development.
|Mr. Rintaro Tamaki
Deputy Secretary-General and Acting Chief Economist, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Mr. Rintaro Tamaki was appointed Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD on August 1, 2011. His portfolio includes the strategic direction of OECD policy on Environment, Development, Green Growth, Financial Affairs and Taxes. Mr. Tamaki is also currently acting Chief Economist and assumes the responsibility as the OECD Representative at the Deputies' Meetings of the G20. Prior to joining the OECD Mr. Tamaki, a Japanese national, was Vice-Minister of Finance for International Affairs at the Ministry of Finance, Government of Japan. During his prominent 35-year career at the Japanese Ministry of Finance, Mr. Tamaki has worked on various budget, taxation, international finance and development issues. He has published books and articles on international institutions, the international monetary system, development, debt and taxation.
|Dr. Pham Hoang Mai
Director General, Department of Science, Education, Natural Resources and Environment (DSENRE), Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), Vietnam
Dr. Mai is the technical team leader of the Vietnam Delegation to the The Rio 20+ Earth Summit and in the formulation of the Vietnam National Green Growth Strategy. He is experienced in international cooperation for development strategies and strategic green activities. He received his PhD in Australia, which focused on the exploitation of external resources for Vietnam’s development. Currently he is dedicated to green finance as the team leader of Climate Finance Task Force established by MPI in 2012.
|Ms. Dayang Nor Izan Abang Halil
Primary Assistant Director, Environment and Natural Resource Economics Section, Economic Planning Unit, Prime Minister’s Department, Malaysia
The Economic Planning Unit, Prime Minister’s Department is one of Malaysia’s central agencies and its main function is to formulate the long-term and medium-term development planning for the country, allocate the development budget, perform monitoring, and facilitate coordination among key stakeholders. The main portfolio of the Environment & Natural Resource Economics Section is to oversee the management of the environment and natural resources at the macro level focusing on providing overarching policy and guidance to the relevant implementing ministries and agency. Ms. Dayang Nor Izan Abang Halil’s specific portfolio is focusing on the issues of climate change, pollution management, and green technology. Ms. Dayang received her MSc. Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science at Lund University in Sweden.
|Mr. Deepak Kumar Kharal
Deputy Director General, Department of Forest Research and Survey, Nepal
Mr. Kharal is currently Deputy Director General of the Department of Forest Research and Survey (DFRS). He was previously Forest Research Officer and Forest Survey Officer at DFRS, and Senior Energy Officer and Forest Economist at the Water and Energy Commission Secretariat (WECS). He worked on the preparation of National Energy Strategy of Nepal (draft for WECS, 2011), prepared the Energy Sector Report of Nepal (WECS, 2010), report on Future of Nepal's Forests: Outlook for 2020, National Report (UNFAO, 2008), among other works. He received his M.Sc. in the Management of Natural Resources and Sustainable Agriculture from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway, and his B.Sc. Forestry from the Institute of Forestry at Tribhuvan University, Nepal.
|Ms. Verania Andria
Programme Manager for Sustainable Energy, Environment Unit, United Nations Development Programme
Verania Andria was born in Bandung, Indonesia in February 1975. She received her Doctorate degree from the Department of Food Science & Biotechnology of the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences in Vienna, Austria in 2008 and her Master and Bachelor degrees from the Bandung Institute of Technology in Indonesia. Prior to joining United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Indonesia in 2009 as Programme Manager for Sustainable Energy, she had experience working with the Austrian Research Center and Climate Consultant Company in Austria, the World Bank Jakarta and with Non-Governmental Organizations.
|Ms. Youjung Kim
Senior Staff, SUDOKWON Landfill Site Management Corporation (SL Corp.)
Youjung Kim has been working as an environmental engineer in SL Corp. for 7 years. She has mainly worked in the construction of Eco-energy town and overseas business. She earned her bachelor's degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Seoul and her master's degree in Environmental Engineering from POSTECH.
|Mr. Shah Zulfiqar Haider
Director, Sustainable & Renewable Energy Development Authority (SREDA), Power Division, Ministry of Power Energy & Mineral Resources Bangladesh
Shah Zulfiqar Haider, Director (Energy Efficiency & Conservation) in Sustainable & Renewable Energy Development Authority (SREDA) in Bangladesh is a Registered Professional Engineer (PEng) and Certified Energy Auditor from USA. He has 33 years of Professional experience in Energy sector & Military Engineering Services. He has vast experience and knowledge on Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Smart Grid, Smart Technologies, Coal, Infrastructure planning, Total Quality Management (TQM) etc.
He is Member of International organization like Global Development Network, Guide Point Global Advisors, Association of Energy Engineers (USA), American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), World Energy Council, House hold Energy Network, Associate-Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership UK etc. He received National award as “Best Officer in Energy sector” during National Electricity week- 2010 by Government of Bangladesh.
|Mr. Manish Anand
Associate Fellow, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
Manish Anand currently leads the Science, Technology and Innovation Area at TERI. He received his M Phil. degree in Science Policy from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India in 2005 and his Master's degree in Agriculture and Rural Development from Chandra Shekhar Azad University of Agriculture & Technology . He graduated with a BSc in Agricultural Science from Assam Agricultural University. Prior to joining TERI in 2007 he has also worked as Research Associate at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad. His area of research interest includes innovation policy for emerging technologies, harnessing science & technology for sustainable development, innovation systems, technological capacity building, and the interface between science-technology-society. His current research focuses on sustainability oriented innovation systems and innovation for green growth and development in the context of developing countries. The results of his research has been published in peer reviewed journals, books and project reports. He has recently co-edited a book on Capabilities and Governance of Nanotechnology in the Developing World - Insights from India published by TERI Press.
|Mr. Ashwin Prabhu
Manager - Urban Transport, EMBARQ India
Ashwin is a Manager in the Urban Transport team at EMBARQ India – the World Resources Institute's program sustainable transport in urban development. Ashwin is based in Bangalore, where his primary responsibility is working with the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) to improve the quality of public bus services in the city. He also provides technical assistance for several other sustainable transport projects across India including City Bus Services, Bus Rapid Transit and Cycling. Ashwin has been formally trained as an economist and an urban development planner. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Columbia University and a Master’s degree in Urban Economic Development from University College London.
|Dr. Nisha Onta
Knowledge Management Coordinator, Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN)
Nisha is a gender and climate change expert who has recently completed her PhD in Gender and Development studies from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. Her thesis title is “Gender and caste relations in climate change adaptation: The case of Burgaon village, Humla district, Nepal”. She was a recipient of NORAD fellowship and UNDP Human Development Academic Fellowship. She has been engaged in research in South Asia and South East Asia related to climate change adaptation, livelihood diversification and gender and climate change. She has also participated and presented papers in various climate change workshops and conferences, and is actively involved in gender and climate change scholar networks. She has also published papers and book reviews in peer reviewed journals.
|Mr. Pham Thanh Nam
Field Coordinator, USAID’s Lowering Emissions in Asia's Forests, and Provincial Programme Coordinator, UN-REDD Viet Nam Phase II Programme, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam
Pham Thanh Nam has experience across a range of REDD+ and Payment for Forest Environmental Services (PFES) related activities including: the establishment and implementation of the PFES policy in Lam Dong province and then successfully rolling out PFES across Viet Nam. He is responsible for developing Provincial REDD+ Action Plan and Curriculum Development for Climate Change in Mekong Universities. He also plays key role in planning and implementing UN-REDD’s activities in Lam Dong Province, especially Site level planning and implementation of Participatory Plans developed by local people to meet objectives of reduce deforestation and forest degradation.
|Dr. Ha Thuy Hanh
Deputy Director General of National Agriculture Extension Centre (NAEC), Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), Vietnam
Ha Thuy Hanh (Ph.D.) has over 24 years’ experience working on agriculture and rural development sector. She received a PhD degree in 1994 in Veterinary and Husbandry services. She often works in rural areas and support farmers in vocational training and technical services in agricultural products and land use. Projects chaired by Dr. Hanh recently include: Building model of disease prevention; Biosecurity for poultry production in commune level; Building model of poultry breed production for Vietnam’s Northern mountain border provinces. She acted as key expert of vocational training program for rural labours (300,000 people per year). Moreover, she is the Director of the project: “Enhancing Capacity for Low Emission Development Strategies: Greenhouse Gas Mitigating in the Rice and Livestock Sector in Vietnam”. Dr. Hanh is pleased to share her perspectives on how to change farmers’ behaviors in context of climate change and low emission development.
|Dr. Sonya Dewi
Senior Landscape Ecologist, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
Sonya Dewi has been actively researching and working on the landscape level governance, including climate change mitigation issue, through inclusive land use planning processes. She also has been involved with the national level process of land-based climate change mitigation, including REDD+ and the Indonesian NAMA. The team that she leads has developed what-if scenario tools that have been used in Indonesia, Vietnam, Cameroon and Peru. Sonya’s current active research also includes drivers of land use changes and the leverage points and tree resilience to climate change. Her PhD is from the Australian National University was on Theoretical Ecology.
|Mr. Ali Tauqeer Sheikh
Chief Executive Officer, LEAD Pakistan, and Regional Director Asia, Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)
Mr. Ali Tauqeer Sheikh is the founding CEO of Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) Pakistan, a non-for-profit, non-partisan organization that specializes in sustainable development. He manages the largest network of professionals on sustainable development in the country, who undertake individual or collaborative practical initiatives to promote economically sound, environmentally responsible and socially equitable change. He also heads Climate Leaders Action Network. Mr. Sheikh is also Regional Director for CDKN Asia, a global alliance of six organizations: Pricewaterhouse, ODI, Intrack, Futurolatinamerico, South South North, LEAD International and LEAD Pakistan. In this capacity he leads efforts to assist developing country governments in the Asian region to mainstream climate compatible development in their policies and plans, strengthen their capacity to cope with climate induced disasters and extreme events, enhance their readiness to access international climate finance, and to meaningfully engage in international climate negotiations for an equitable and ambitious global agreement.
|Mr. Ron Benioff
Director of the LEDS Global Partnership, and Director of the Green Growth Best Practices Initiative
Ron Benioff serves as Director of the Green Growth Best Practices Initiative working on assignment with the Global Green Growth Institute. Ron also serves as Director of the LEDS Global Partnership and the Clean Energy Solutions Center, along with other multilateral programs for the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Ron has managed international and environmental programs at NREL since 1997. Prior to joining the lab, he worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for 11 years on climate change and waste management issues. Prior to joining NREL in 1997, he worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for 11 years on climate change and waste management issues.
|Dr. Pablo Benitez
Senior Economist, The World Bank
Pablo Benitez is Senior Economist with the World Bank, with more than 14 years of experience in climate change economics and policy. He leads the capacity building program on Low Emissions Development and Climate Finance of the World Bank Institute. He joined the Bank from Marbek Resource Consultants in Canada where he served as Chief Economist and advised government, utilities and private sector clients on energy and climate change mitigation strategies. Previously, he worked for the Ministry of Environment of British Columbia and contributed to its Climate Action Plan, which includes the first carbon tax established in North America. Pablo holds a PhD degree from Wageningen University, The Netherlands, and was one of the lead authors of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, work that received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.
|Mr. Takashi Hongo
Senior Fellow, Mitsui Global Strategic Studies Institute (Japan)
He analyzes policy and market and support project development for climate change, including emission trading and climate finance, water and low carbon infrastructure and biodiversity. He served for Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) for many years and drafted JBIC Environment Guideline and J-MRV Guideline for measurement of GHG emission reduction at projects. He is board member of International Emission Trading Association, Advisor for Global Green Growth Institution, Advisor for Global Water Reuse and Recycle Association, Advisor for Innovation LAB for Climate Finance, member of ICAO Global market Base Mechanism Task Force and technology evaluation committee of NEDO technology diffusion program, and has authored numerous articles.
|Assistant Secretary Joyceline A. Goco
Deputy Executive Director of the Climate Change Office, Climate Change Commission, Philippines
Assistant Secretary Joyceline A. Goco is currently the Deputy Executive Director of the Climate Change Office, Climate Change Commission. She was formerly the Head of the Interagency Committee on Climate Change and the Clean Development Mechanisms Secretariat. Ms. Goco was instrumental in the establishment of the CDM Designate National Authority and the formulation of the National CDM Framework. She likewise coordinated the preparation of the 1st and 2nd National Communication on Climate Change. She has been presenting papers on climate change issues at the national and international conferences and fora and involve in the international climate change negotiation as member of the Philippine Delegation.
|Dr. T. Nirarta Samadhi
Deputy Head of President’s Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight (UKP4)
UKP4 supports the President of Indonesia to monitor and facilitate the delivery of national priority development programs. In 2011, by a presidential decree, T. Nirarta Samadhi was appointed as one of the members of the Indonesia REDD+ Task Force, and serves as Chair of Working Group on Forest Moratorium Monitoring where he facilitates the development of One Map. He is also the National Project Director of Low Emission Capacity Building Program, a global low emission development strategy initiative supported by the UNDP and EU. This program provides him with a rare opportunity to push a national agenda on One Data for Sustainable Development (2014) which practically facilitates the synchronization and harmonization of statistical data produced by sectors and sub-national government in Indonesia.
|Dr. Hyo-sun Kim
Senior Economist, Center for Gas Economics and Management, Korea Gas Corporation
Dr. Hyo-sun Kim joined the Korea Gas Corporation in 1996 as a senior economist and carried out her mission in the UNDP based in New York. Her main task for the UNDP was policy development pursing sustainable development for the least developed countries. In addition, with her excitement and enthusiasm, she coordinated fund raising for her program, the Revolving Fund for Non-Renewable Resources under Energy and Environment Division.
Since she returned to the Korea Gas, she has focused on climate change and carbon trading issues. Her recent publication is “Testing Time-Varying Long-Run Income Elasticity of CO2 Emission”, which supports the justification on technology transfer and capacity building for the developing parties. She is a Chief Director of Public Relations of the Korean Environmental Economics Association and a coordinator of the Korean Climate-Energy Financing Forum.
|Dr. Probal Pratap Ghosh
Senior Research Analyst, Integrated Research for Action and Development (IRADe), India
Dr. Probal Pratap Ghosh is a Phd from Mumbai University. He has earlier worked as Economic Consultant at the Perspective Plan Division of the Planning Commission of India, Government of India. Thereafter he has been working at IRADe where his work has been primarily on economy wide modeling. He is currently heading the modeling group at IRADe. He has the experience of working in several projects for ministries in the Government of India providing them economy wide model based policy suggestions. His area of research interest is energy policies, energy security, climate mitigation policies, low carbon pathways and their macro economic consequences. His past research works has been on macro economic forecasting, energy demand and supply forecasts using statistical as well as optimization techniques and macro impacts of energy sector policies.
|Ms. Maria Angela Sabando
Mayor of the Municipality of Roxas, Palawan, Philippines
Maria Angela Sabando is a second term Mayor of the Municipality of Roxas, Palawan, serving since July 2010. During her term, the Municipality of Roxas was awarded the Seal of Good Housekeeping for two consecutive years, 2011 (Bronze Grade) and 2012 (Silver Grade), for complying with the Full Disclosure Policy on vital transactions and for showing strong adherence to transparency, accountability and performance as the core values of good governance. She also served as the Roxas Municipal Coordinator on Social Services from 2001 to 2009. Mayor Sabando is a strong advocate of environmental conservation and renewable energy in the Philippines.
|Dr. Asclepias Rachmi Soerjono
Senior Policy and Regulatory Advisor, USAID Indonesia Clean Energy Development (ICED) Project
ICED provides advisory services to national and local government, project developers, banks and financial institutions, and PLN (the national utility). Ami, her nick name, has a wide range of involvement in the energy sector in Indonesia. She led the Indonesian Institute for Energy Economics (IIEE, a not-for-profit research institution focusing in energy policy and implementations) since 2003 and currently chairs the IIEE Executive Board. During 2006-2009 she was an energy expert for the Board of Commissaries of PT PLN (Persero), the state-owned electricity utility company. She was a member of the Oil and Gas Production Improvement Monitoring Team in 2009, which directly report to the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources. She holds both PhD and MA in Economics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and Bachelor in Mathematics from the Bandung Institute of Technology in Indonesia.
|Mr. Andrew Mark Hayton
Managing Director, PT. Entec Indonesia
Mark Hayton has over 25 years experience working in development cooperation projects, the majority of which has been spent working with mini hydropower support and development in Indonesia. He is currently the Managing Director of PT. Entec Indonesia, a small consulting and engineering company he co-founded in 2004 working exclusively in the MHP sector.
Between 2009 – 2012 he was team leader of the Technical Support Unit (TSU) project that provided technical assistance in the planning, design and construction of 150 community based micro hydropower projects throughout 8 provinces of Indonesia. Between 2006 - 2009, he was team leader for the Indonesian Energizing Development (EnDev) project financed under a joint Dutch – German agreement. From 2000 to 2006 he was team leader of the GTZ Mini Hydro Power Project (MHPP) where he oversaw the development and expansion of the project’s involvement in the Indonesian MHP sector. In addition to his position as MHPP team leader, he also worked as a short-term consultant for a MHP technology transfer initiatives in Ladakh, Northern India and for the National Solidarity Programme (NSP), Afghanistan where he was an advisor to the technical unit responsible for MHP policy, planning and implementation. In 1996, he joined ENTEC AG as a project manager and between 1996 – 1999 worked on a number of short-term assignments in the MHP sector, mostly in Sri Lanka and Indonesia.
|Dr. Himsar Ambarita
Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering, University of Sumatera Utara, Indonesia
Himsar Ambarita is an Associate Professor in Engineering Faculty of University of Sumatera Utara, in Medan, Indonesia. He got Doctor of Engineering degree from Muroran Institute of Technology, Japan in 2007. The area of his research are Global Warming Mitigations, Sustainable Energy Technologies and Policies, Heat Transfer, Energy Efficiency, Solar Energy, Wind Energy, Hidropower, Pump as a Turbine, Optimization of Thermal System, Adsorption Cycle, Organic Rankine Cylce, Refrigeration, and Drying Technology.
|Datuk Haji Kamarudin Bin MD Shah
Chief Executive Officer, Melaka Green Technology Corporation, Malaysia
Born in the state of Melaka, Malaysia. Obtained Bachelor Degree of Business Administration (BBA) from Western Michigan University, USA in 1983. Obtained Master of Business Administration from Western Michigan University, USA in 1991. Working experience as a District Officer, MARA (4 years), Domestic Marketing, PETRONAS (18 years) and more than 10 years at Melaka State Goverment. Current position as a Chief Executive Officer, Melaka Green Technology Corporation, Melaka, Malaysia.
|Ir. H. Rusmadi, MS, Ph.D.
Head, Regional Development Planning Agency / BAPPEDA, East Kalimantan Province, Indonesia
Ir. H. Rusmadi, MS, Ph.D. was born in Samarinda on October 30, 1962. With education background on agriculture he got his PhD on Production Economic and Farm Management, College of Economic and Management, University of the Philippines Los Banos. Rusmadi began his career as a Lecturer at Mulawarman University-East Kalimantan-Indonesia. His Intelligent, hardworking, discipline and open mind in nature makes him believed by the East Kalimantan Provincial Government to lead the Regional Development Planning Agency / BAPPEDA - a key institution in the field of planning and coordination in the province of East Kalimantan from 2009 to 2012 and now he is acting Regional Secretary of East Kalimantan Province. His work as a bureaucrat with a strong academic background has managed a breakthrough on East Kalimantan Regional Development Plan by putting intensity of emission and quality of environment as the key performance indicators.
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