Concurrent Keynote & Panel Sessions

Hosted by Project Drawdown, these are prerecorded sessions featuring plenary talks, each of which are 30-40 minutes in length. Find a topic that interests you. 

January 8 Sessions will focus around the theme 'Latest Research'

January 9 Sessions will focus around the theme 'Call to Action'

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January

8

Climate Solutions for Poverty Alleviation and Sustainable Livelihoods

Keynote Format

Presenter(s)

Preeti Soni, Chief - Climate Change, Resilience and Energy at UNDP

January

8

Conscious Eating: Unite behind the (food) science

Keynote Format

Presenter(s)

Charles Michel, Food Educator and Activist

January

8

Drawdown’s System of Solutions Helps Achieve the SDGs

Panel Format

Presenter(s)

Chad Frischmann, Senior Director of Research and Technology, Project Drawdown

Mamta Mehra, Senior Fellow - Land Use and Research Program Officer at Project Drawdown

Kevin Bayuk, Senior Fellow - Financial Modeling at Project Drawdown

Ryan Allard, Skilled, Entrepreneurial Researcher and Speaker on Climate Solutions

João Pedro Gouveia, Senior Researcher at Project Drawdown and CENSE, NOVA, University of Lisbon; and Board Member, DERA

Miranda Gorman, Senior Fellow - Industry at Project Drawdown

January

8

Energy Solutions: Electricity, Buildings, and Transportation, Implementing the Decarbonization Transition

Panel Format

Presenter(s)

Dan Kammen, Professor and Director for the Center for Environmental Policy and the department of Nuclear Engineering at University of California, Berkeley

João Pedro Gouveia, Senior Researcher at Project Drawdown and CENSE, NOVA, University of Lisbon; and Board Member, DERA

Tom Richard, Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Director of Penn State Institutes for Energy and the Environment Bioenergy and Bioresource Engineering

Shalanda Baker, Professor of Law, Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University and Co-Founder and Co-Director, Initiative for Energy Justice

January

8

Food as a climate solution

Keynote Format

Presenter(s)

Martin Frick, Deputy of the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Food System Summit 2021

January

8

Green Entrepreneurship: Achieving Inclusive and Sustainable Growth in Europe Post-COVID-19

Keynote Format

Presenter(s)

Joanna Drake, Deputy Director-General of Environment, EU Commission

January

8

Industry and Materials Solutions - solutions for a circular economy

Panel Format

Presenter(s)

Miranda Gorman, Senior Fellow - Industry at Project Drawdown

Yoni Shiran, Industrial Systems and Business Model Manager, SYSTEMIQ

Senorpe Asem-Hiablie, Assistant Research Professor, Penn State

Silpa Kaza, Urban Development Specialist, World Bank

Durwood Zelke, President of the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development

Maxime Begard, Director of the Paris Office for the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development

January

8

Leveraging Girls’ Education for a New Green Learning Agenda

Keynote

Presenter(s)

Christina Kwauk, Non-Resident Fellow, Brookings

January

8

Local to Global - Climate Adaptation Strategies: Perspectives from Zimbabwe

Keynote Format

Presenter(s)

Dr. Albert Maipisi, Senior Lecturer at the Women’s University in Africa

January

8

Nature-based solutions for People and Planet

Panel Format

Presenter(s)

Dennis Garrity, Chair of the Board of the Global EverGreening Alliance, Chair, Landcare International, and Drylands Ambassador for the UN Convention to Combat Desertification

Cheikh Mbow, Director, Future Africa (University of Pretoria)

Thomas Crowther, Scientific Advisor, UN Trillion Tree Campaign, Professor of Global Ecosystem Ecology at ETH Zürich

Mark E. Ritchie, Professor of Biology, Syracuse University

Mamta Mehra, Senior Fellow - Land Use & Research Program Officer at Project Drawdown

January

8

No Journey without a Compass - Building the SDG-Economy

Keynote Format

Presenter(s)

Martin Stuchtey, Professor for Resource Strategy and Management at the University of Innsbruck and Founder and Managing Partner of SYSTEMIQ

January

8

Now, it's about the How

Keynote Format

Presenter(s)

Gunhild Stordalen, Founder and Executive Chair, EAT

January

8

Ocean-based solutions for People and Planet

Panel Format

Presenter(s)

Emilia Jankowska, Senior Fellow - Oceans at Project Drawdown

Robin Pelc, Research Fellow - Oceans at Project Drawdown

Carlos Duarte, Tarek Ahmed Juffali Research Chair in Red Sea Ecology at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

Susan Gardner, Division Director, UNEP Ecosystems Division

Rashid Sumaila, professor of Ocean and Fisheries Economics, University of British Columbia, Director of the Fisheries Economics Research Unit, UBC Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries

Bren Smith, Co-Executive Director and Co-Founder, Greenwave

January

8

The Health Benefits of the Net Zero Economy

Keynote Format

Presenter(s)

Sir Andy Haines, Professor of Environmental Change and Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

January

9

A New vision: Reimagining the Climate for Climate Solutions

Topical Discussion

Presenter(s)

Crystal Chissell, Senior Director - Partnerships at Project Drawdown

Asad Rehman, Executive Director, War on Want

David Anderson Hooker, Associate Professor of the Practice of Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding

Dana Kawaoka-Chen, Co-Director, Justice Funders

Barbara J. Love, Consultant, Coach, Author, lecturer, Climate Change Activist, Personal & Organizational Transformation Specialist

Richard Mabion, Community Organizer, Climate Activist

January

9

Building a Global and Intersectional Environmental Narrative

Panel Session

Presenter(s)

Marina Melanidis, Founder and Partnerships Director, Youth4Nature

Matt Scott, Manager - Storytelling and Engagement, Project Drawdown

Isaias Hernandez, Environmental Educator and Creator, QueerBrownVegan

Clover Hogan, Founder and Executive Director, Force of Nature

Kate Weiner, Creative Director, Loam

Kynan Tegar, Filmmaker, If Not Us Than Who, Dayak Iban tribe from Sungai Utik, West Kalimantan

David Hernández Palmar, Filmmaker and Film Programmer, If Not Us Than Who

Elizabeth Wanjiru Wathuti, Founder, Green Generation Initiative

January

9

Climate Opportunities: Finding Your Path Within the Climate Movement

Topical Discussion

Presenter(s)

Elizabeth Bagley, Director - Drawdown Learn at Project Drawdown

Evan Hynes, Founder, Climate Base

Bill Wiehl, Founder and Executive Director for Climate Voice

Vivian Saxon, Communications Director and Founder, Global Warming Mitigation Project

Jackie Francis, Founder, Global Warming Mitigation Project

Fernanda Matsuoka, Chief Operating Officer, Youth Climate Leaders

Matt Scott, Manager - Storytelling and Engagement at Project Drawdown

January

9

Ending Climate Silence: mainstreaming climate solutions in the media

Topical Discussion

Presenter(s)

Genevieve Guenther, Founder and Director, End Climate Silence

Katharine Hayhoe, Political Science Endowed Professor in Public Policy and Public Law, co-director of the Climate Center at Texas Tech University

Jeff Berardelli, Meteorologist and Climate Contributor to CBS News, New York City

Aruna Chandrasekhar, Independent Journalist and writer from India

Mark Hertsgaard, Executive Director, Covering Climate Now

January

9

Inspiring Private-sector Action

Topical Discussion

Presenter(s)

Jamie Alexander, Director of Drawdown Labs at Project Drawdown

Anna Escuer, Lead for Carbon & Water. Global Sustainability Team, Google

Scott Tew, Vice President, Sustainability & Managing Director, Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability, Trane Technologies

Elouise Mayall, Community Working Group; UKYCC (UK Youth Climate Coalition)

January

9

Joining the Drawdown Global Collaborative

Topical Discussion

Presenter(s)

Chad Frischmann, Senior Director of Research & Technology, Project Drawdown

Roy Straver, Drawdown Europe Research Association and Co-Director of the Climate Cleanup Foundation

Michelle Wyman, Executive Director of NCSE Speaking about the NCSE Drawdown USA Research Association

Marilyn Brown, Interim Chair, School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology speaking on behalf of Drawdown Georgia

Shloka Nath, Head of Sustainability, Tata Trusts, Head of Policy & Advocacy, Tata Trusts, Executive Director, India Climate Collaborative

Drawdown Scholars - Christopher Contos, Gabbie Batzko, James Sanders, Dharma Santos-Santiago, and Kat (Kristen) Taylor

Drawdown Fellows - Ariani Wartenberg, Melanie Valencia, Abdulmutalib Yussuff, Karthik Mukkavilli, Jimena Alvarez, Ruth Metzel, Robin Pelc, Luiz Silveira

January

9

Launching the Drawdown Global Solutions Platform

Topical Discussion

Presenter(s)

Alden Bevington, Product Manager, Drawdown Solutions Platform

Chad Frischmann, Senior Director of Research and Technology, Project Drawdown

Roy Straver, Director, Drawdown Europe Research Association and Co-Director of the Climate Cleanup Foundation

Co-Lab Cooperation Representative (TBD)

January

9

Learning How the World Can Reach Drawdown: The Evolving Work of Drawdown Learn

Topical Discussion

Presenter(s)

Elizabeth Bagley, Director - Drawdown Learn at Project Drawdown

Matt Scott, Manager - Storytelling and Engagement at Project Drawdown

Deidra Parrish Williams, Leader, Global Corporate Social Responsibility, Trane Technologies

Sean Kinghorn, Global Sustainability Leader, Intuit

Nico Valencia, Senior Manager, Strategic Education Partnerships, Intuit

Karla Readshaw, Strategic Partner Manager, Education, Intuit

Liz Zavodsky, Executive Director, Drawdown Ecochallenge

Kirsten Love, Director of Market Development, Tradewater