Karin Kemper is a Senior Director for the Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Global Practice at the World Bank. She has served in a range of functions at the World Bank, including most recently as the Senior Regional Advisor in the Office of the Vice President of the Latin America and Caribbean Region, covering a wide range of topics from sustainable development to infrastructure and natural resources management. Earlier, she was the Director of Climate Policy and Finance and she also held management positions in environment and water resources management in South Asia and the Latin America and Caribbean Regions. An institutional economist, she has published extensively on the economics of water resources management and has led studies on natural resources and environmental management worldwide. Dr. Kemper is a German national and holds a Ph.D. in Water and Environmental Studies and a B.Sc. in International Business Administration and Economics from Linköping University in Sweden.
Kwang Hee Nam
Mr Nam Kwang Hee, is the President of Korea Environmental Industry and technology Institute (KEITI).
Under Mr Nam’s leadership, KEITI aims to build a more sustainable society by nurturing environmental technologies and industries. He is a Board Member of the UN 10YFP as well, and plays a major role in promoting environmentally sustainable lifestyles across the globe.
Nagaraja Rao Harshadeep
Nagaraja Rao Harshadeep (Harsh) is a Lead Environmental Specialist in the Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice of the World Bank, and is leading efforts to promote sustainable multi-sectoral development approaches in a spatial context.
In over 19 years at the Bank, he has led and been part of a range of environmental, water, and other natural resources projects and studies, primarily in Africa, South Asia, Central Asia, and East Asia. This has included work on integrated watershed and basin approaches, climate resilience, international waters (including work on the Aral Sea, Nile, Ganges, Brahmaputra, and other Basins), pollution, water and environment institutions, irrigation systems, biodiversity and environmental assessments. He also leads several activities at the Bank related to the use of innovative analytical tools (e.g. GIS, modeling, decision support systems), modern hydromet services, and mobile Apps (e.g. “Spatial Agent” to promote public domain open data access).
Prior to joining the Bank, he worked with other international organizations, in academia, and in the private sector on issues ranging from wetlands management and environmental indicators to New York City water supply systems and Middle East water conflicts. He has a B. Tech in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Madras, a Masters in Environmental and Resource Engineering from the University of Syracuse, and a Ph.D. in Water Resources and Environmental Systems from Harvard University.
Martin Philipp Heger is an Environmental Economist (YP) at the World Bank focusing on the Middle East and North Africa region by day. By night he is in the home stretch of his PhD in Environmental Economics at the London School of Economics. Prior to that he worked as a Research Analyst for the World Bank focusing on human development issues in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and a Statistician and Consultant Economist for UNDP focusing on food security, sustainability and equity. He has also worked for the European Commission, the UN secretariat, and an NGO in Panama early on in his career focusing on the challenges of natural disasters, and land use change to development.
Drew Shindell's research concerns natural and human drivers of climate change, linkages between air quality and climate change and the interface between climate change science and policy. From 1995 to 2014, Dr. Shindell was a scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City. He taught atmospheric chemistry at Columbia University for more than a decade. He has been an author on more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and received awards from Scientific American, NASA, the EPA and the NSF.
Dr. Shindell has testified on climate issues before both houses of the US Congress, the UNFCCC and the World Bank, developed a climate change course with the American Museum of Natural History, and made numerous appearances in newspapers, on radio and on TV as part of his public outreach efforts. He chaired the 2011 Integrated Assessment of Black Carbon and Tropospheric Ozone produced by the United Nations Environment Programme and World Meteorological Organization, was a Coordinating Lead Author on the 2013 Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and chairs the Scientific Advisory Panel to the Climate and Clean Air Coalition of nations, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations.
Senior Researcher, NIER
Researcher, KEITI - Korea’s Environmental Industry and Technology Development