Nicholas Stern, Kt, PBA, FRS
Lord Stern is IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government at London School of Economics, and Head of the India Observatory and Chairman of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. He is President of the British Academy (from July 2013), and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society (June 2014). He has held previous posts at universities in the UK and abroad. He was Chief Economist at both the World Bank, 2000-2003, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, 1994-1999. Lord Stern was Head of the UK Government Economic Service 2003-7, and produced the landmark Stern Review on the economics of climate change. He was knighted for services to economics in 2004 and made a cross-bench life peer as Baron Stern of Brentford in 2007. His most recent book is “Why are We Waiting? The Logic, Urgency and Promise of Tackling Climate Change”.
Joseph E. Stiglitz
Joseph E. Stiglitz is an American economist and a professor at Columbia University. He is also the co-chair of the High-Level Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress at the OECD, and the Chief Economist of the Roosevelt Institute. A recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (2001) and the John Bates Clark Medal (1979), he is a former senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank and a former member and chairman of the (US president's) Council of Economic Advisers. In 2000, Stiglitz founded the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, a think tank on international development based at Columbia University. He has been a member of the Columbia faculty since 2001 and received that university's highest academic rank (university professor) in 2003. Based on academic citations, Stiglitz is the 4th most influential economist in the world today, and in 2011 he was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Known for his pioneering work on asymmetric information, Stiglitz's work focuses on income distribution, asset risk management, corporate governance, and international trade. He is the author of numerous books, and several bestsellers. His most recent titles are The Euro: How a Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe, Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy: An Agenda for Growth and Shared Prosperity and The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them.
Tsinghua University, China
Prof. DUAN Maosheng is the director of China Carbon Market Center (CCMC) of Tsinghua University. He has been working on carbon market since 2000 and a member of the Chinese climate delegation since 2001, responsible for issues related to market-based mechanisms. He has been a member or an alternate of the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism Executive Board since 2010 and served as chair of the board in 2012. Mr. Duan has been intensively involved in the design and operation of China’s domestic carbon market, including both the pilot and the national emissions trading systems. His latest assignments include coordinating the drafting of rules for China’s national emissions trading system.
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Ottmar Edenhofer studied philosophy and economics. He is Deputy Director and Chief Economist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Professor of the Economics of Climate Change of the Technical University Berlin and former Co-Chair of Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Moreover, he is director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) which was founded in 2012 as well as adviser to the World Bank regarding issues of economic growth and climate protection. At PIK he is leading Research Domain 3 - Sustainable Solutions - that focuses on research in the field of the Economics of Atmospheric Stabilization. He is co-chairing the Energy Platform by the European Council of Academies of Applied Sciences, Technologies and Engineering (Euro-CASE), member of the National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech), member of the Science-Industry Cooperation and member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, Workgroup Climate, Energy and Environment. He has published articles in Science, PNAS, Nature Climate Change, Resource and Energy Economics, Annual Review of Resource Economics, Energy Journal, Climatic Change, Energy Economics and other peer-reviewed journals and authored a number of books. He was a Lead Author for the Fourth Assessment Report of the IPCC from 2004 until 2007. From 2008 to 2015 he was serving as Co-Chair of WGIII of IPCC. In this capacity he led the Fifth Assessment Report Cycle and co-edited the AR5 Climate Change 2014 - Mitigation of Climate Change as well as the IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (SRREN). Ottmar Edenhofer’s research explores the design of instruments for climate and energy policy, long-term scenarios of the climate and energy system, the impact of induced technological change on mitigation costs and mitigation strategies, as well as the science-policy interface. His research work is concentrating on strategies to mitigate climate change, questions of growth- and development theory, public finance, questions of distributional effects of climate policy instruments, game theoretic aspects of designing international agreements and last but not least energy economic aspects.
French Agency of Development, France
Gaël Giraud is Chief Economist and Executive Director of the Research and Knowledge Directorate of the Agence Française de Développement since January 2015. Specialized in alternative measures of development, general equilibrium theory, game theory, finance and energy issues, Mr Giraud is senior fellow researcher at the CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research) and at the University of Paris 1-Sorbonne Economic Center (CES). Within the CODEV research programme, he ran several surveys (Nigeria, Indonesia, India…) devoted to the building of an index measuring the quality of the social bond, viewed as an indicator of the quality of development. He is the coordinator of the Research team “Riskergy" on Energy resilience and sovereign debt, as well as a member of the Scientific Committee of the “Laboratoire d'Excellence” devoted to financial regulation (LabEx ReFi). He was member of the Expert Committee on the National Debate about the Energy Shift for the French government. He holds the chair “Energy and prosperity” supported by Ecole Normale Supérieure, Ecole polytechnique, ENSAE and Louis Bachelier’s Institute. He is also a member of the European NGO Finance Watch and the Nicolas Hulot Foundation.
A former fellow of Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, of ENSAE (Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique) and of CORE (Center of Operations Research, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium), he earned his Ph.D. at the Laboratoire d’Econométrie de l’Ecole Polytechnique of Paris in 1998. In 2009, he was nominated as Best French young economist by Le Monde/Le Cercle des économistes. Born in 1970, Gaël Giraud is Jesuit since 2004.
Columbia Business School, USA
Geoffrey Heal is noted for contributions to economic theory and resource and environmental economics. He holds bachelors and doctoral degrees from Cambridge and an Honorary Doctorate from the Universite´ de Paris Dauphine.
Author of eighteen books and about two hundred articles, he is a Member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, Past President of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, recipient of its prize for publications of enduring quality and Life Fellow, a Director of the Union of Concerned Scientists and a founder, Director and Chairman of the Board of the Coalition for Rainforest Nations.
Heal chaired a committee of the National Academy of Sciences on valuing ecosystem services. In addition he was a Commissioner of the Pew Oceans Commission, an IPCC coordinating lead author for the fifth assessment report, a member of President Sarkozy’s Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress and of the advisory board for the World Bank’s 2010 World Development Report and UNEP’s 2011 Human Development Report. He is currently a member of an OECD high-level experts group on the measurement of national income and a UNFCCC high-level group making recommendations about the implementation of the 2015 Paris climate accord. He has been a principal in two startup companies and on the investment committee of a green private equity group. Recent books include Nature and the Marketplace, Valuing the Future, When Principles Pay, and Endangered Economies: How the Neglect of Nature Threatens Our Prosperity.