San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Adaptation & Mitigation in International Development:
How Climate Change is Impacting the Energy and Agriculture Sectors
Join a discussion of international development leaders on how donor agencies and implementers are adapting to, and mitigating the effects of, climate change in the energy and agriculture sectors. In addition to discussing climate change, the panelists will describe their career paths and answer your questions. We invite you to stay afterwards to network and mingle with our panelists and learn more about their stories. Tweet your questions to @DCNetImpact and #DCNIClimate
6:00 - 6:30 Registration and Networking
6:30 - 6:45 Introduction to Devex and International Development Careers - Devex
6:45 - 7:45 Panel Discussion
7:45 - 8:30 Breakout Discussions & Networking
- Noel Gurwick, Sustainable Landscapes and Climate Change Advisor in the Office of Global Climate Change, USAID
- Ananth Chikkatur, Manager, ICF
- Jonathan Randall, Senior Climate Change Specialist, DAI
- Leif Kindberg, Environment and Natural Resources Associate, Tetra Tech ARD
- Moderator: Michael Igoe - Senior Reporter, Devex
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- DCNI Premium Members: $10
- Students: $10
- Non-premium members/Guests: $20
* Beer, soda, snacks included
ABOUT THE PANELISTS:
Noel Gurwick is an ecosystem scientist with over 20 years experience conducting and managing policy-relevant research, and translating research for use by diverse stakeholders. He currently serves as Sustainable Landscapes and Climate Change Advisor in the Office of Global Climate Change at USAID, where he manages research on opportunities for low-emissions development in the agriculture sector. Noel has conducted studies on climate change and grasslands, streamside soils and groundwater, and evaluations of wetlands regulation programs. Prior to joining USAID, Noel contributed to protocols to assign carbon credits for GHG emission reductions from agriculture, and on sustainability indexes for growers and food retailers. Noel also served in the Bureau of Energy, Economics, and Business Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, advancing international energy policy initiatives focused on bioenergy in Latin America. He holds a Ph.D. in Biogeochemistry and Environmental Change and an M.S. in Natural Resource Policy and Management from Cornell University. He is on the editorial boards for Issues in Ecology and Ecosphere, both publications of the Ecological Society of America.
Ananth Chikkatur has more than 10 years experience in the energy and environmental sector and has worked on several projects in the areas of oil and gas, power, carbon capture and storage, and climate change. Dr. Chikkatur is an expert in natural gas market analysis and infrastructure development, and has supported private equity firms and project developers on assessing global liquefied natural gas (LNG) markets, pipeline infrastructure, and gas supply in North America for merger and acquisition (M&A) decisions. Dr. Chikkatur was instrumental in the development of a "gas master plan" for Mozambique, and developed an analysis of natural gas demand and helped develop recommendations for the Indian Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. Dr. Chikkatur has a Ph.D. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Jonathan Randall has been working at the intersection of environmental conservation, climate change, and economic development for the past 15 years with hands-on field experience in Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Nepal, Micronesia, Mozambique, and Namibia. Jonathan’s passion for working at the science-policy interface was first sparked while conducting ecological field research in the Mojave Desert on government-owned land being leased to a geothermal power developer as part of an innovative environmental offsets program. He has since applied his expertise in climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and environmental policy to positions with USAID, MCC, and the World Wildlife Fund among others. From 2000 to 2010, Jonathan served as an Environmental Advisor for several major natural disasters, including the Indian Ocean tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, and Cyclones Jokwe and Sidr. He has managed and contributed to a number of successful initiatives including the Executive Order on Climate Resilient International Development, WWF-American Red Cross Partnership, and MCC’s Green Prosperity Program. Jonathan’s management of the Green Recovery and Reconstruction Toolkit for Humanitarian Aid was awarded the Green Star Award by the U.N. and Green Cross in 2013. Jonathan holds an M.S. in Ecology from U.C. Davis, and is currently a Senior Climate Change Specialist with the consulting firm DAI based in Bethesda, Maryland.
Leif Kindberg is a climate change and natural resources management specialist with Tetra Tech ARD. He supports new business development and implementation of several national, regional and global projects on forestry, REDD+, and adaptation. He was previously a Deputy Chief of Party, Knowledge Management and Learning on the African and Latin American Resilience to Climate Change Program. Leif has seven years of experience developing and managing projects on climate change adaptation, integrated knowledge management systems, and solar, hydro-electric and energy efficiency programs in rural areas. He has been a technical services provider to farmers and small business in North America, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Leif He has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the George Washington University.
Moderator: Michael Igoe is a senior reporter with Devex, covering a broad spectrum of global development news, organizations, people and ideas. HIs reporting is loosely centered on U.S. global development programs, diving into interagency government initiatives like Power Africa, Feed the Future, and the U.S. Global Development Lab, and examining some of the political dynamics that challenge or enable innovative thinking and action. In the past year Michael has reported from Washington, London, Addis Ababa (twice), Nairobi and New York, and he will lead Devex coverage of the Paris COP21 climate summit later this month. Prior to Devex Michael worked on climate change adaptation programs for the Aga Khan Development Network in Kyrgyzstan and reported on natural resource and environmental issues for EurasiaNet. He has a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College and a Masters in International Conservation and Development from the University of Montana.
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