Research Analyst, IETA
Ieva Steponaviciute is a Research Analyst at IETA, where she manages projects related to international climate policy. She managed the IETA-led consultation on the governance and finance of an operational Climate Warehouse and works on current operationalization efforts. She also coordinates an economic research partnership on Article 6 cooperation with the University of Maryland. She joined IETA after 3 years
Gemma Torras Vives
IT Officer, Carbon Markets and Innovation Unit, World Bank
Gemma Torras Vives is an IT Officer in the Carbon Markets and Innovation Unit at the World Bank Group. She leads the Climate Warehouse Simulation III and explores tokenization and the usage of technologies for digital MRV systems. Before joining the team, she supported the Disruptive Technologies for Development (DT4D) Program for the World Bank Group, which identifies and pilots emerging technologies for Bank operations. There, she led and contributed to use cases, stakeholder engagements and research on blockchain and other emerging technologies focusing mainly on the creation of new business models across value chains (e.g., manufacturing, adaptation, circular economy). Prior to joining the WBG, she worked at UNDP ECA Office, Microsoft Cities, UNESCO, UN Women, and co-founded a blockchain-powered start-up for displaced communities in MENA. She holds a MPA on economic development and technology from Columbia University and a LLB in International and European Law from the University of Groningen. as a Strategic Account Manager at Amazon, where she developed and implemented long-term digital media strategies for large corporate clients. She holds a dual degree in Mathematical Economics and International Relations from Colgate University.
Bernice K Van Bronkhorst
Global Director, Climate Change Group, World Bank
Ms. Van Bronkhorst, a Dutch national, joined the Bank in 2005 as an Urban Specialist in the Latin America and the Caribbean Region. 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 the Global Director for Climate Change, she oversees the key strategic priorities and implementation of the Climate Change Action Plan, working closely with Climate Change Management team and staff, other Global Practices, and internal and external clients.
Director of Strategic Issues, National Climate Change Secretariat, Strategy Group, Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore
Mr Benedict Chia is Director (Strategic Issues) from the National Climate Change Secretariat, Strategy Group in the Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore. He is responsible for economic research, the development of low carbon technologies and futures work. Prior to that, he has served in the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Trade and Industry, as well as the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources. Mr Chia graduated from Oxford University with a Master of Arts in Economics & Management, and a Master of Science in Development Economics.
Vice President ERT and ACR Managing Director, American Carbon Registry, Winrock International
Lauren Nichols, ACR Managing Director, is responsible for the development and oversight of ACR’s operational processes and systems to ensure regulatory and technical requirements are met for the listing, verification, registration of projects and offset credit issuance as an Offset Project Registry in the California carbon market, for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) CORSIA, and for all ACR program requirements. She has implemented three generations of ACR registry platform development and oversees registry operations. Lauren manages the development of ACR program Standards and provides technical expertise to ACR’s development of innovative GHG emissions reduction/removal quantification methodologies. She is accredited by the California Air Resources board in Offset Project Registry Operations, verification and in all regulatory offset protocols (ODS, Mine Methane Capture, Forestry, Urban Forestry, Livestock and Rice). Lauren holds a master’s degree from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Bates College.
Director of Carbon Market Development, IETA
Simon Henry is the Director of Carbon Market Development at the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA). Simon leads IETA’s work on the use of carbon markets to drive private finance into Natural Climate Solutions to help reduce emissions from deforestation and land use change. At IETA he has also held the roles of Director of EU Policy and Director of ICROA. Prior to joining IETA, Simon worked in energy and environmental consultancy. He was a Senior Consultant for five years at Pöyry Management Consulting (now AFRY), where his work focused on providing market analysis and commercial advice to a variety of European energy market stakeholders including utilities, investors and regulators. Prior to Pöyry, he worked for AEA Technology (now Ricardo Energy & Environment) for both private and public sector clients on a range of sustainability topics.
Head of Climate Change Unit, Ministry of Energy
Juan Pedro Searle is Chile’s Ministry of Energy Chief of Climate Change Unit and COP25 Article 6 Advisor. Juan Pedro is the Focal Point for the PMR Project Chile. He has been part of the Ministry of Energy since 2010. From 1993 to 2009 he was part of the Ministry of Environment, where he led the Climate Change team in the Natural Resources Department. His experience includes the preparation of Chile´s first National Action Plan on Climate Change (2008-2012), being responsible of coordinating the country´s first GHG national inventories and the first vulnerability analysis and being co-chair of the World Bank Carbon Funds host-country committee (2004-2005). He has been part of country Official Party delegate to UNFCCC negotiations from 2010 to 2019. Searle holds a Biochemistry degree from Universidad de Chile