Keynote Speakers

Confirmed keynote speakers


Kathryn Bowen, IAAS, Germany / ANU, Australia

Dr. Kathryn Bowen works at the nexus of global environmental change, health and governance issues. Most recently she was a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian National University. Kathryn is also an Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Kathryn regularly advises the World Health Organization (WHO) on climate change and health, as well as other national and international organisations, including GIZ, UNDP, ADB, ICSU and UNITAR. In Melbourne, she has been working with research and practitioner teams to support the development of tools and mechanisms to strengthen the implementation of locally-based green space projects. Kathryn is a Lead Author in three current international reports – IPCC’s 6th Assessment Report, the UNEP’s Global Environment (GEO-6), and Adaptation Gaps Reports. She is Deputy Coordinator, Social Aspects of Forestry Research Group IUFRO, a member of the Technical Advisory Committee for Agency Harvest Planning (Earth System Governance Project) and a mentor for DAAD. Kathryn is passionate about leading and supporting practical and applied research that is closely linked with policy change and program development in developing contexts.

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Jean-Pierre Gattuso 

Dr. Jean-Pierre Gattuso is CNRS Research Professor at the Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche (Sorbonne University). He is also Associate Scientist at the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI-SciencesPo, Paris). His current research relates to the effects of ocean acidification and warming on marine ecosystems and the services that they provide to society. He also investigates ocean-based solutions to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Jean-Pierre Gattuso led the launch of the Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre at the International Atomic Energy Agency. He coedited the first book on ocean acidification (Oxford University Press) and contributed to several IPCC products (AR5, Special Report on 1.5°C of Warming and the Ocean and Cryosphere Special Report). He received the Vladimir Vernadsky medal of the European Geosciences Union and the Blaise Pascal medal of the European Academy of Sciences (of which he is an elected member), and is an elected member of Academia Europaea. More information:

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Stephane Hallegatte 

Dr. Stephane Hallegatte is the lead economist with the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) at the World Bank. He joined the World Bank in 2012 after 10 years of academic research. Mr. Hallegatte was a lead author of the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He is the author of dozens of articles published in international journals in multiple disciplines and of several books. He also led several World Bank reports including Shock Waves in 2015, and Unbreakable in 2016. He was the team leader for the World Bank Group Climate Change Action Plan, a large internal coordination exercise to determine and explain how the Group will support countries in their implementation of the Paris Agreement. In 2018, he received the Burtoni Award for his work on the link between climate change adaptation and poverty reduction. Mr. Hallegatte holds an engineering degree from the Ecole Polytechnique (Paris) and a Ph.D in economics from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris).

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Jochen Hinkel, Global Climate Forum, Germany

Dr. Jochen Hinkel heads the department of Adaptation and Social Learning at the Global Climate Forum (GCF), a transdiciplinary research institute dedicated at stakeholder-based, solution-oriented climate adaptation & mitigation research. His work combines quantitative climate risk assessment and decision analysis from local to global scales, with qualitative in-depth case studies on climate risk governance, with a particular focus on coastal systems. Hinkel has contributed as Lead Author to IPCC’s Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere (SROCC) and the coastal chapter of the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report. He obtained his first PhD in environmental system analysis with a thesis on transdisciplinary knowledge integration and his second PhD (i.e. habilitation) in institutional economics with a thesis in human-environment interactions in climate adaptation. Prior to his academic engagement, Dr. Hinkel has worked as a development practitioner, software developer and social worker.

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Zelina Zaiton Ibrahim 

Dr. Zelina Zaiton Ibrahim has a PhD in Oceanography, from the University of Southampton, U.K., and a B.Sc.(Hons) Environmental Sciences, from the University of East Anglia, U.K. Her expertise ranges from catchment pollution estimation, estuarine and coastal processes to descriptive physical oceanography.

She was Director, UPM’s International Centre (2009–2011; and 2016–2018); was founding Head, Department of Environmental Management, at the Faculty of Environmental Studies, (2004–2009); founding Head, Division of Water Quality and Environment, at the National Hydraulic Research Institute of Malaysia (NAHRIM) (1997–2001). Zelina has led numerous multidisciplinary teams for integrative consultancy studies on coastal management and environmental impact assessment. She was a member of the Malaysian Academy of Science (ASM) Task Force on R&D on Water; the ASM Task Force on Water Demand Management; National Action Committee on the FAO project on the Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem (BOBLME); and the Malaysian Department of Environment’s Committee for Environmental Impact Assessment Report Evaluation and Technical Committee on Development of Malaysian Marine Water Quality Index.

She is currently Head, Department of Environmental Management, Faculty of Environmental Studies, UPM; Chair, Malaysian Industry Standard Committee (ISC) / Environmental Management (Z) / Sub-Committee 7 on Climate Change; Vice-Chair, of the Malaysian Water Partnership (MyWP) NGO; and Vice-Chair, Malaysian Country Water Partnership (MyCWP) network, under the Global Water Partnership (GWP) platform.

She represents Malaysia to meetings of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Technical Committee 207 (ISO/TC 207) on Environmental Management (since 2008), and has been the the Malaysian Head of Delegation (since 2014).Since May 2014, she is international Vice-Chair of the ISO/TC 207 Sub-Committee 7 (SC 7) on Greenhouse Gas Management and Related Activities (ISO/TC 207/SC 7). In February 2018, she was invited to serve as one of the Coordinating Lead Authors for Chapter 16: Key Risks across Sectors and Regions, of the Working Group II (Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability) Contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel PCC Sixth Assessment Report.

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Gemma Narisma, Manila Observatory, Philippines

Dr. Narisma has a BS in Applied Physics degree and an MS in Environmental Science from the University of the Philippines, Diliman. She finished her PhD in Atmospheric Science at the Macquarie University in Australia  where her research work focused on the impact of land cover change on the Australian climate. After her  PhD, she then joined the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE) at the University of  Wisconsin, Madison as a Research Associate. At SAGE, Dr. Narisma studied abrupt changes in climate, which have significant human and societal impacts, and identified regions of the world where sudden, unexpected, and prolonged droughts occurred during the 20th century.
Dr. Narisma is currently the head of the Climate and Disaster program of the Ateneo Institutue of Sustiainability and is actively involved in a CHED-Phernet funded research program on “Multi-Disciplinary Risk Research Program Towards Holistic Approach on Disaster Risk Analysis for Sustainable Development” in the Ateneo. She is also the Associate Director for Research and the Head of the Regional Climate Systems Program of the Manila Observatory.

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Dang Kieu Nhan

Dr. Dang Kieu Nhan is Director of the Mekong Delta Development Research Institute (MDI) of Can Tho Univerisity, Vietnam. After obtaining a Bsc. in Agronomy at Can Tho University (Vietnam) and a Msc. in Water Resources Engineering at Leuven University and Brussels University (Belgium), he holds a Ph.D. in Aquaculture Production Systems at Wageningen University (The Netherlands). He has 25 years of experience in research and management with broad and various subjects in integrated farming systems, agricultural land and water management, rural livelihoods, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change, institution and policy in agricultural and rural development, particularly in the Mekong Delta. He authored and co-authored about 30 internationally peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on aforementioned topics.

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Taikan Oki 

Dr. Taikan Oki is concurrently appointed as a Special Advisor to the President and a Professor (Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science) of The University of Tokyo. His areas of expertise are global hydrology and the sustainability of world water resources including the virtual water trade and water footprint. He was one of the coordinating lead authors for the chapter “Freshwater Resources” of the IPCC WGII AR5. He got many awards including the Biwako Prize for Ecology in 2011. He is the first Japanese AGU Fellow in its Hydrology Section (2014).

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Debra Roberts

Dr. Debra Roberts is currently head of the Sustainable and Resilient City Initiatives Unit in eThekwini Municipality (Durban, South Africa). Prior to taking up this post in 2016, she established and managed the Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department of the same municipality for 22 years (1994-2016) and was selected as the city’s first Chief Resilience Officer in 2013. Dr. Roberts was a lead author of Chapter 8 (Urban Areas) and a contributing author to Chapter 12 (Africa) of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report and was elected as Co-Chair of Working Group II for the IPCC’s sixth assessment cycle in 2015. She was a member of the South African United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiating team until December 2015, and has sat on various international advisory bodies focused on climate change issues in cities (e.g. the Rockefeller Foundation’s Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network and UN-Habitat’s 2011 “Cities and Climate Change” Global Report). She was a member of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Thematic Group on Sustainable Cities involved in mobilising support for the creation of a city focused SDG (SDG11). Dr. Roberts was also a member of the Future Earth Engagement Committee until 2017 and is a fellow of the Watson International Scholars of the Environment Programme. In 2016 she was invited to deliver the Barbara Ward Lecture celebrating “Outstanding Women in Development” in London at the International Institute for Environment and Development. She is an Honorary Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in the School of Life Sciences and is currently an advisor to the Global Commission on Adaptation, and the United Nations Secretary General’s 2019 Climate Summit. Dr. Roberts has written widely in the fields of urban open space planning, environmental management and urban climate protection and has received a number of awards for her work.

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Yongyut Trisurat, Faculty of Forestry, Kasetsart University, Thailand

Yongyut Trisurat is a Professor of Forestry at Kasetsart University in Thailand. He worked with the Royal Forest Department for over 10 years before joining Kasetsart University in 2000. His research involves biodiversity and ecosystem conservation, forest landscape ecology, climate change and ecosystem services. Professor Yongyut Trisurat is a frequent contributor to national and international organizations such as IPBES, IPCC, UNEP, APFNet, Internal Long-term Ecological Research Network (ILTER), AP-BON, GEO-BON, and MRC. He is also a commission member of Thailand’s National Parks Board, and Thailand’s National Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use.

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