COP24 Katowice - Sustainable Innovation Forum 2018

09-10 December 2018

Katowice, Poland

Official COP24 Affiliate Event

Where policy-makers and climate technology innovators meet

With COP24 being hailed by the UNFCCC as ‘Paris 2.0’, the Sustainable Innovation Forum presents a crucial opportunity to drive forward the Paris Agreement framework by bringing together 600+ delegates engaged with fast tracking the global green economy.

Taking place at Vienna House, Katowice the forum is within walking distance of the COP24 negotiation zone. It is the premier meeting place for policy-makers and climate technology innovators to collaborate and exchange knowledge.

Featured Speakers

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Bob Wieckowski

California State Senator

California State Senator Bob Wieckowski chairs the Environmental Quality Committee and Budget Subcommittee 2 on Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy and Transportation.  He was appointed by the Senate President Pro Tem to serve on the Energy and Environment Committee of the Council of State Governments West and in 2017 became the first Californian to chair the committee. He is a state leader in advocating for climate adaptation programs and has participated on many international, state and regional panels examining green infrastructure investments.His 10th Senate District includes several clean energy companies that are helping California improve both its economy and its environment.

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Hon. George Heyman

Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

George Heyman was elected as the MLA for Vancouver-Fairview in 2013, and re-elected in 2017. He is the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.

George was the executive director of Sierra Club BC, one of the province’s oldest environmental advocacy and education organizations. He also served three terms as president of the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU). In both organizations, George was a respected negotiator and a strong fiscal manager. Prior to these positions he lived in Terrace for many years, and worked throughout BC’s northwest and coastal communities.

George has been a faculty member of Simon Fraser University’s Dialogue and Negotiation program, teaching courses in multi- party negotiations and collaborative decision-making. He has guest lectured at a number of universities in B.C. and abroad, and served on advisory committees for post-graduate and undergraduate degree programs at three B.C. universities.

George is a passionate advocate for issues facing his constituents, including education, health care, the arts, child care, workers’ rights, transit, affordable housing, environmental responsibility and climate action. He also advocates for a more sustainable, modern and diverse economy.

George enjoys running, kayaking, live music and theatre.

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Hon. Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson

Minister, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources/Fisheries and Agriculture

Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson took office as Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources on November 30 2017 for the Left-Green Party. Guðmundur Ingi was born on March 28 1977.

He holds a BSc degree in Biology from the University of Iceland and a masters degree in Environmental Management from Yale University.

He was the CEO at Landvernd – Icelandic Environment Association from 2011 – 2017. He also worked for the University of Iceland carrying out research in ecology and environmental sciences, and for the Soil Conservation Service of Iceland in the fields of global studies and research. Since 2006, Guðmundur Ingi has been a guest lecturer at the University of Iceland, the Agricultural University of Iceland and the University Centre of the Westfjords. He has also worked as a park ranger almost every summer for the last few years.

Guðmundur Ingi was one of the founders of the Icelandic Society for Environmental Scientists. He was the society´s first president, in 2007-2010. Currently, Guðmundur Ingi serves as the Chair of the Fulbright Alumni Association in Iceland.

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Hon. Kimmo Tiilikainen

Minister, Ministry of the Environment

Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing, 5 May 2017 to present
Master of Science (Agriculture and Forestry), Member of Parliament
Centre Party of Finland
Date and place of birth: 17 August 1966 Ruokolahti
Place of residence: Ruokolahti

Political career

Minister for Housing, Energy and the Environment, 5 May 2017 to present
Minister of Agriculture and the Environment (Sipilä), 29 May 2015
Minister of the Environment (Vanhanen II), 28 September 2007–10 April 2008

Member of Parliament, 2003 to present
Parliament work

Ruokolahti Local Council, Member 2001 to present

Other work experience and societal responsibilities

Council for Natural Resources, Member 2004–2011
Neste Oil, Stakeholder Advisory Board, Member 2011–2015
WWF, Supervisory Board, Member 2011–2015

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Michał Kurtyka

Secretary of State

Graduated from the prestigious Ecole Polytechnique in Paris and received a scholarship in quantum optics from the National Institute of Standards and Technologies in Washington (DC), where he worked under the lead of William D. Phillips, Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics. During his studies, he also specialised in economics, with particular emphasis on market organisation under the lead of Professor Jean Tirole, Nobel Prize Laureate in Economics in 2014. He also studied international economics at the University of Louvain La Neuve and was awarded a Master’s degree at the Warsaw School of Economics. He defended his PhD dissertation at the University of Warsaw. In the past, he worked as a professor, teaching change management, economics, market organisation and industrial strategy at the University of Warsaw, Collegium Civitas, Oxford Programme on Modern Poland. He co-authored the concept of effective change management in an enterprise, described in the book Zarządzanie zmianą. Od strategii do działania, he also wrote Od restrukturyzacji do modernizacji. Opóźniona transformacja polskiego sektora elektroenergetycznego w latach 1990-2009.

He began his professional career in the Office of the Committee of European Integration, in the team of Minister Jan Kułakowski, responsible for conducting accession negotiations with the European Union, where he led an analytical team and was directly responsible for the area of energy and transport. Later on, he carried out the modernisation processes in numerous Polish companies, where he supported adaptation to the challenges of the European and global market. He promoted European cooperation in the field of industrial changes and adaptation of European industry to the challenges of globalisation within the framework of the European University of Labour and the Dublin Foundation.

He created the governmental programme for the development of electro-mobility in Poland,

described for the first time as a concept in New Electricity and New Cars, a book written in

2013-2015, together with Prof. Leszek Jesień. He also serves as Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Electro-mobility Programme.

 

Since 1 January 2016, he has been working as the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Energy, where he has been directly responsible for technological development and innovation in the energy sector, implementation of climate and energy policy in the fuel and gas sector, international relations with countries and international organisations. His duties also included supervising the participation of the state in the largest Polish energy companies in the oil and gas sector, such as Orlen, Lotos and PGNiG. He was the initiator of the “Electro-mobility Development Plan” and then piloted the creation of a law on electro-mobility and alternative fuels, thanks to which these forms of transport will be able to develop dynamically.

On the 27th of April 2018, he was appointed as the Plenipotentiary for the Presidency of the COP 24 Summit.

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Ms. Lan Marie Nguyen Berg

Vice Mayor, Environment and Transport

Vice Mayor Berg is responsible for climate and environmental policy in Oslo, representing the Green Party in the coalition government currently in office for the City of Oslo. Her main priorities are achieving Oslo’s targets of reducing GHG emissions by 36 per cent by 2020 and transforming Oslo into a practically zero-emission city by 2030.  Vice Mayor Berg is committed to improve public transport and ensure better solutions for cyclists and pedestrians, making Oslo a people-friendly city. She has political responsibility for managing Oslo’s forests, parks and open spaces, water and sewerage, city waste management, energy recovery, the municipal road network and the city’s fire department. Prior to becoming a politician, Vice Mayor Berg worked at the Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research – Oslo (CICERO). She holds a Master’s degree from the University of Oslo. She grew up in one of Oslo’s suburbs and has lived in Tuvalu, Kenya, South Africa and Vietnam before returning to Oslo. Vice Mayor Berg has a strong international climate justice engagement and has followed UN climate negotiations closely.  Her international experience has strengthened her focus on thinking globally, acting locally.

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Nik Gowing

International Broadcaster, United Kingdom

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Rachel Kyte

Chief Executive Officer

Rachel Kyte is Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All.

A leading advocate for sustainable development, Ms. Kyte is focused on affordable, reliable and sustainable energy as the key to combating both poverty and climate change. Ms. Kyte drives SEforALL’s work to mobilize action towards its 2030 goals of ensuring universal access to modern energy services; doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix. As Special Representative for the Secretary General she is the point person in the UN for action towards the recently agreed global goal on sustainable energy.

Ms Kyte served until December 2015 as World Bank Group Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, leading the Bank Group’s efforts to campaign for an ambitious agreement at the 21st Convention of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP 21). She was previously World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development and was the International Finance Corporation Vice President for Business Advisory Services.

Recipient of numerous awards for women’s leadership, climate action and sustainable development, she is a Professor of practice in sustainable development at Tuft’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She holds a master’s degree in international relations from Fletcher, and a bachelor’s degree in history and politics from the University of London.

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