Commission Co-chairs

Nicholas Stern

Nicholas Stern, Kt, PBA, FRS

Chairman of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

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. Stiglit

Joseph E. Stiglitz

Professor at Columbia University, Chief Economist of The Roosevelt Institute

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. 



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Maosheng Duan

Director of China Carbon Market Center (CCMC) of 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.


Ottmar Edenhofer

Deputy Director and Chief Economist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany

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.

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Gaël Giraud

Chief Economist and Executive Director of the Research and Knowledge Directorate of the Agence Française de Développement, 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.

Geoff Heal

Geoff Heal

Donald C. Waite III Professor of Social Enterprise 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.


Emilio Lebre la Rovere

Emilio Lebre la Rovere

Executive Coordinator of the Center for Integrated Studies on Climate Change and the Environment, Federal University of Rio, Brazil

Emilio Lebre graduated in Electrical Engineering, fro the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1975). He moved on to additional studies in Economics, Systems Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Economics, from the School of High Studies in Social Sciences, University of Paris, France.

He Worked in the Energy Department of FINEP - Agency for Financing Studies, Research and Development Projects of the Brazilian Federal Government. He was also a Professor of the Energy Planning Program at COPPE/UFRJ (associated from 1982 to 1988, full-time from 1988 until today, Head of the department in 1995-1996 and of the M.Sc./Ph.D. Environmental Planning Course,1988-97).

Additionally, he coordinates of the Environmental Sciences Laboratory at COPPE/UFRJ and works as the Executive Coordinator of the Center for Integrated Studies on Climate Change and the Environment at COPPE/UFRJ.

Adele C. Morris, Ph.D

Adele Morris

Senior Fellow and Policy Director for Climate and Energy Economics at the Brookings Institution, USA

Adele Morris is a senior fellow and policy director for Climate and Energy Economics at the Brookings Institution. Her expertise and interests include the economics of policies related to climate change, energy, natural resources, and public finance.

She joined Brookings in July 2008 from the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) of the U.S. Congress, where she spent a year as a Senior Economist covering energy and climate issues.

Before the JEC, Adele served nine years with the U.S. Treasury Department as its chief natural resource economist, working on climate, energy, agriculture, and radio spectrum issues. On assignment to the U.S. Department of State in 2000, she was the lead U.S. negotiator on land use and forestry issues in the international climate change treaty process. Prior to joining the Treasury, she served as the senior economist for environmental affairs at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers during the development of the Kyoto Protocol. She began her career at the Office of Management and Budget, where she conducted regulatory oversight of agriculture and natural resource agencies. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University, an M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Utah, and a B.A. from Rice University.


Elisabeth Moyer

Associate Professor, Atmospheric Science, University of Chicago, USA

Elisabeth Moyer is an Associate Professor in the Department of the Geophysical Sciences and an affiliate with the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago. She co-directs the Center for Robust Decision-making on Climate and Energy Policy, an NSF-funded interdisciplinary center focused on open-source tools to support decisionmaking. Moyer's research spans atmospheric science, climate statistics, and energy and climate policy analysis. Her climate research focuses on the statistics of evolving climate states; her atmospheric science research focuses on the processes that control the distribution of water vapor and formation of cirrus clouds in the upper troposphere and stratosphere. 


Dr Pangestu

Mari Pangestu

Senior Fellow at Columbia School of International and Public Affairs Columbia University, USA/Indonesia

Mari Pangestu is a Senior Fellow at Columbia School of International and Public Affairs, Professor of International Economics at the University of Indonesia and on the Board of Directors, Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Jakarta.  She currently serves on a number of boards such as the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN); member of the High Level Commission on Carbon Prices; distinguished fellow Asia Global Institute, University of Hong Kong; board member to Australia Indonesia Council; member of editorial board of Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, ANU; member of the Global Future Council on Trade and Investment, World Economic Forum; and board member of the United in Diversity (UID) Foundation, Jakarta.

Mari Pangestu is also a Commissioner on the Board of Astra International and Chairman of Bank BTPN in Indonesia; sits on the International Advisory Board of McLarty Associates, Washington DC; Board Member of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Paris and is also active as an advisor to various other social and business organizations.

Professor Pangestu served as Indonesia’s Minister of Trade from 2004 to 2011, and as Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy from 2011 until October 2014.  As Minister of Trade she led all the international trade negotiations and cooperation for Indonesia.  Professor Pangestu worked with Jeffrey Sachs on the UN Secretary General Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Review (2003-2005), was the WTO Group-33 Chairperson (2005-2011), nominated as a candidate for the WTO Director General (2013).  In December 2014, she was awarded the “lifetime achievement in leadership” award during the World Chinese Enterprise Forum in Chongqing China.  Pangestu obtained her BA and MA from the Australian National University (ANU), and her PhD from the University of California Davis.

P.R. Shukla

Priyadarshi R. Shukla

Professor, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India

Co-chair Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, India

P.R. Shukla is a Professor in the Public Systems Group at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, India. He is a lead author of several international reports on energy, environment, climate change and development; including ten reports of the IPCC. He is a consultant to Governments and numerous international organizations. Prof. Shukla has led numerous international research projects and is a member of several international teams working on integrated assessment modeling and policy studies. He has been a member of several prestigious National and International Policy Committees. Prof. Shukla has been a member of the Indian delegation to the UNFCCC COP meetings. He has co-authored fourteen books and numerous publications in reputed international journals in the areas of energy, environment, climate change and development policies. Prof. Shukla is currently the Co-chair of WGIII of the IPCC. He holds a Ph.D. degree from Stanford University.

Youba Sokona

Youba Sokona

Vice-Chair Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Mali

Dr Sokona is currently Head of the interim Independent Delivery Unit of the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative and Special Advisor for Sustainable Development at the South Centre. With over 35 years of experience addressing energy, environment and sustainable development in Africa, Dr Youba Sokona is a well-known, leading global figure. Reflecting his status, Dr Sokona was elected Vice-Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in October 2015. Prior to this, Dr Sokona was Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III on the mitigation of climate change for the Fifth Assessment Report after serving as a Lead Author since 1990. In addition to these achievements, Dr Sokona has a proven track record of organisational leadership and management, for example as Coordinator of the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) and as Executive Secretary of the Sahara and the Sahel Observatory (OSS). Dr Sokona’s advice is highly sought after, and as such, he is affiliated with numerous boards and organisations, including as a Member of the Board for the Institute of Development Studies, Honorary Professor at the University College London (UCL), and as a Special Advisor to the African Energy Leaders Group. In short, Dr Sokona is a global figure, with deep technical knowledge, extensive policy experience and an unreserved personal commitment to African led development.

Harald Winkler

 Harald Winkler

Professor and Director of the Energy Research Centre (ERC) at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa

Prof Harald Winkler is Director of the Energy Research Centre (ERC) at the University of Cape Town (UCT). The ERC focuses on energy, its relation to key challenges such as poverty, development, climate change, energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy modeling as approaches to addressing such challenges. His personal research interests focus on energy and environment, in particular climate change and the economics of mitigation in the context of sustainable development. Harald co-led work underpinning South Africa’s Long-Term Mitigation Scenarios (LTMS) and co-directed the  Mitigation Action Plans and Scenarios (MAPS) programme. He has published over 50 articles on a range of topics, including the socio-economic implications of carbon taxes, transparency, development of a linked modelling frameworks, equity, methodologies for carbon budgets and comparative analysis of mitigation actions in developing countries. Prof Winkler serves on the editorial boards of several journals and from 2017 will be joint Editor-in-Chief of Climate Policy.  Prof Winkler has been a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Working Group III  for the Fourth and Fifth Assessment Reports