Jonathan Sury

Project Director for Communications and Field Operations, National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP), The Earth Institute | USA Climate Change, Community Resilience and Gender Equality Jonathan Sury is the Project Director for Communications and Field Operations at the National Center for Disaster Preparedness. He has a keen interest in Geographic Information Systems and their use in disaster preparedness and recovery. He contributes to a variety of disaster-related research at NCDP, including community resilience and child-focused preparedness, evaluating the unanticipated consequences of pandemic flu, determining racially and ethnically appropriate emergency messaging, analyzing the long-term disaster resiliency and recovery issues in the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina, and the measurement and mapping of social vulnerability and the role of place and space in disaster recovery. Mr. Sury is currently a doctoral student in Population and Family Health at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. He holds a Master of Public Health degree in Environmental Health Sciences with a concentration in Environment and Molecular Epidemiology from the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.

Prof. Will Steffen

Climate Councillor, Climate Council of Australia & Climate Change Expert, Australian National University | AUSTRALIA Climate Crisis Calling for a Global Response Professor Will Steffen is a climate change expert and researcher at the Australian National University, Canberra. He was on the panel of experts supporting the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee, has served as the Science Adviser to the Australian Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, and was chair of the Antarctic Science Advisory Committee. From 1998 to 2004, Professor Steffen served as Executive Director of the International Geosphere- Biosphere Programme, an international network of scientists studying global environmental change. His research interests span a broad range within the fields of climate change and Earth System science, with an emphasis on sustainability, climate change, incorporation of human processes in Earth System modelling and analysis, and on sustainability and climate change. In addition, Steffen has been active on the climate change science-policy interface for three decades and has played a leading role in the development of Earth System science internationally. He is the author of numerous publications on climate science, including contributing as an author and reviewer to five IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) assessments and special reports between 2000 and 2018.

Lauren Herzer Risi

Project Director of Environmental Change and Security, Wilson Center | USA Impact of Increasing Ecological Threats on Future Levels of Conflict, Migration and US Perspective Lauren Herzer Risi is the Project Director of the Environmental Change and Security Program at the Wilson Center. She works with policymakers, practitioners, donors, and researchers to generate innovative, transdisciplinary solutions to development and security challenges related to environmental change and natural resource management. Ms. Risi has authored and edited several reports, including: 21st Century Diplomacy: Foreign Policy is Climate Policy; Navigating Complexity: Climate, Migration, and Conflict in a Changing World; After the Disaster: Rebuilding Communities; Backdraft: The Conflict Potential of Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation; and Our Shared Future: Environmental Pathways to Peace. Ms. Risi is the managing editor of New Security Beat; co-producer of a series of podcasts exploring the unintended consequences of responses to climate change; and co-producer of a series on water, conflict, and peacebuilding. She served as a Crisis Corps volunteer with the Peace Corps and FEMA in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. She holds a master’s degree in environmental security and peace from the UN-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica.

Takahisa Taniguchi

Environmental Activist | JAPAN

Takahisa Taniguchi is an academic from Ehime University in Japan. He established schools in Guinea, was a consultant at a global bank, M&A, and was director of a global IT company.

In 2019, being aware of the rising climate crisis, he initiated a movement “Chikyu wo mamoro (Save the planet)” and started generating knowledge about the consequences of climate change and mobilized civil society organizations to take concrete actions. He has been invited to give lectures all over the world. Prof. Taniguchi gave lectures 515 times a year, in every prefecture. He has visited 60 countries and owns 40 certificates in diverse disciplines.

Ashok Sajjanhar

Former Ambassador of India & President of Institute of Global Studies | INDIA The role of peace and security to facilitate global partnerships for the sustainable development Ambassador Ashok Sajjanhar, a Postgraduate in Physics from Delhi University is a career diplomat and served as the Ambassador of India to Kazakhstan, Sweden, and Latvia as well as the Secretary/ Principal Executive Officer of the National Foundation for Communal Harmony, win the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. He has also held several significant positions in Indian Embassies in Washington, Moscow, Brussels, Geneva, Bangkok, Teheran, and Dhaka. Currently Ambassador Sajjanhar is President of the Institute of Global Studies in New Delhi. Prior to joining the Indian Foreign Service, he worked as Staff Officer and Manager in Bank of India for 3 years. A keen proponent of Indian culture, he was the Director of Jawaharlal Nehru Cultural Centre in Moscow where he was instrumental in ushering in a new paradigm in cultural diplomacy. Ambassador Sajjanhar was Deputy Chief of Mission as well as Deputy Permanent Representative of India to UN-ESCAP during his assignment in Bangkok from 2000 to 2003. Ambassador Sajjanhar was Deputy Chief of Mission to the European Union, Belgium and Luxembourg from 2005 to 2007. The EU-India Strategic Partnership as well as negotiations for the EU-India Bilateral Trade and Investment Agreement were launched during his tenure in Brussels.