Ms. Kaisa-Reeta Koskinen
Director of Carbon Neutral Helsinki Program, City of Helsinki
Kaisa-Reeta Koskinen works as a Project Director for the Carbon Neutral Helsinki Programme for the City of Helsinki. She specializes in energy efficiency and energy management and has almost 20 years of energy and environmental policy experience in the industrial, NGO, and government sectors. She received a Master’s degree in Physics and is also a Qualified Specialist in both Management and in Sustainability and Environmental Technology.
Head of Climate, Energy and Circular Economy Strategies, Urban Ecology Agency, City of Paris
Yann Francoise is the Head of Climate at the Energy and Circular Economy Strategies, for the Urban Ecology Agency for the City of Paris. He is responsible for the energy strategy, the fight against climate change, and the circular economy of the City of Paris. An engineer in urban engineering by training, he has become over time a specialist in energy issues and the fight against climate change in major cities. Since the launch of the City of Paris Climate Energy Plan in 2005, he has been involved in its implementation and development with the objective of carbon neutrality in 2050.
President, China Energy Foundation, China
Zou Ji is the President of the China Energy Foundation. He has years of experience in economics, energy, the environment, climate change, and policymaking. He is highly regarded in the climate and clean energy space. He previously served as the deputy director-general of China’s National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation, under the government’s National Development and Reform Commission, focusing on China’s low-carbon development strategy and policy, and led international climate negotiations and collaborations.
Senior Principal, Rocky Mountain Institute, United States
Rushad Nanavatty is a Senior Principal at the Rocky Mountain Institute. He leads Rocky Mountain Institute’s urban transformation work, currently focused on helping U.S. cities achieve their climate, sustainability, and clean energy goals. Rushad established the City Renewables Accelerator, an initiative of the American Cities Climate Challenge providing over 100 U.S. cities with technical assistance related to decarbonizing their electricity systems. Rushad has a Master’s degree in International Relations and International Economics from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Philosophy from St. Stephens College at the University of Delhi.
Senior Urban Specialist, World Bank
Xueman Wang is a Senior Urban Specialist, at theWorld Bank. She leads World Bank’s Global Platform for Sustainable Cities (GPSC) and undertakes urban infrastructure lending programs in East Asia. She was a team leader for the World Bank’s Partnership for Market Readiness – a global program for supporting countries to prepare and implement carbon pricing. She was part of the core team for the World Bank flagship report 2010 World Development Report – “Development and Climate Change” and has recently led the reports such as “Urban Sustainability Framework”, “Chongqing 2035: Economic and Spatial Transformation for a Global City” and “Natural Asset and Biodiversity Valuation in Cities”.
Bernice K. Van Bronkhorst
Global Director, Climate Change, Sustainable Development Global Practice, World Bank
Bernice K. Van Bronkhorst is a Global Director for Climate Change, Sustainable Development Global Practice at the World Bank. She has since held various positions, including as Sector/Practice Manager from 2012-2016 for the Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Unit in the South Asia Region and, most recently, as Practice Manager for Urban Development and Disaster Risk Management for East and Southern Africa in the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience GP. At present, as a Global Director, Climate Change, she oversees the key strategic priorities and implementation of the Climate Change Action Plan, working closely with the Climate Change Management team and staff, other Global Practices, and internal and external clients.