Speakers

  • Lewis Akenji

    Senior Policy Fellow and Principal Policy Researcher
    Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)

    Lewis Akenji is lead author of the recent United Nations Environment Programme publication "Sustainable Consumption and Production: A Handbook for...

  • Ahmed Allouch

    Vice President and Project Manager
    Youth Without Borders

    Ahmed works as Adviser at the Tunisian People’s Representative Assembly (Parliament) since 2009 and he is a Founding Member and Treasurer of the “...

  • Günther Bachmann

    General Secretary
    German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE)

    Günther Bachmann studied landscape planning and received his PhD from the Technical University Berlin. Starting as a researcher in environmental...

  • Stefan Bauernfeind

    Division Director for Sustainable Development
    German Chancellery (tbc)
  • Marianne Beisheim

    Senior Researcher
    German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)

    Dr. Marianne Beisheim is Senior Researcher at Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) – German Institute for International and Security Affairs....

  • Miriam Block

    Netzwerk N
    Miriam Block is an active member of the network n for students who aim to make universities more sustainable. The
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  • Ambassador Harald Braun

    German Ambassador to the UN

    Ambassador Braun has been the Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations in New York since March 2014. In this position he is...

  • Stephen Chacha

    Founder and CEO
    Africa Philantropic Foundation (APF)

    Stephen possess practical work experience with MDGs localization and implementation in Tanzania, and in the last 5 years he has been actively...

  • Rudolph Cleveringa

    Executive Secretary
    Global Water Partnership

    Mr. Rudolph Cleveringa, Dutch origin, has a degree in agricultural engineering  from Wageningen University in The Netherlands and over 35 years of...

  • Stephan Contius

    Head of the Division “United Nations, Post-2015 Agenda and Cooperation with Developing and Newly Industrialised Countries”
    Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety

    Stephan Contius is Head of the Division “United Nations, Post-2015 Agenda and Cooperation with Developing and Newly Industrialised Countries” at...

  • Ingolf Dietrich

    Director 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development/SDGs
    Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

    Dr. Dietrich is the Commissioner for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He is responsible for the BMZ's position in the national and...

  • Volkmar Dietz

    Head of Unit “Policy Issues in Sustainability, Climate, Energy“
    Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

    Volkmar Dietz is a physicist. Since  November 2010 he is heading the unit “Policy Issues in Sustainability, Climate, Energy“ of BMBF. One of his...

  • State Secretary Maja Fjaestad

    State Secretary to the Swedish Minister for Strategic Development and Nordic Cooperation Kristina Persson
    Prime Minister's Office

    Maja Fjaestad is the State Secretary to the Swedish Minister for Strategic Development and Nordic Cooperation Kristina Persson. In her position...

  • Ambassador Michael Gerber

    Ambassador and Special Envoy for Global Sustainable Development
    Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

    In 2012, the Swiss Federal Council appointed Michael Gerber Ambassador and Special Envoy for Global Sustainable Development, entrusting him to...

  • Abir Ghattas

    Activist, Blogger and Digital Communication Strategist

    Abir Ghattas is a Lebanese activist, blogger and a digital communication strategist with a focus on women rights, freedom of speech and digital...

  • Christiane Grefe

    DIE ZEIT

    Christiane Grefe, born 1957 in Lüdendscheid, studied Journalism and Political Science in München. She worked as a freelance journalist with Natur...

  • Ulf D. Jaeckel

    Chair of the 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production patterns (10YFP) and Head of Division Sustainable Consumption, Environmental Product Policy
    Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)

    Ulf D. Jaeckel is an economist with a PhD in environmental economics.

    Since 1994 he is working in the Federal Ministry for the Environment...

  • Petra Kuenkel

    Co-Founder, Executive Director
    Collective Leadership Institute e. V., Full Member of the Club of Rome

    Petra Kuenkel is a leading strategic advisor to pioneering international multi-stakeholder initiatives that tackle common goods and sustainability...

  • Johan L. Kuylenstierna

    Executive Director
    Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

    Johan L. Kuylenstierna is Executive Director of the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). SEI is an international research organization focusing...

  • Eugénio Fátima Lemos

    Founder of Permatil
    Permaculture Timor-Leste

    Ego Lemos is an artist, songwriter, permaculture practitioner, and community development worker from Dili, East Timor. In 2000 he founded the...

  • Ivonne Lobos Alva

    Project Coordinator Renewable Resources and the SDGs Forum
    Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)

    Ivonne Lobos Alva is the project coordinator of the Renewable Resources and the SDGs Forum at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (...

  • Masego Madzwamuse

    Team Leader: Economic and Social Justice Cluster
    Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa (OSISA)

    Masego Madzwamuse is the Team Leader for the Social and Economic Justice Cluster at the Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa (OSISA). She...

  • Dirk Messner

    Dirk Messner
    Director, Co-Chair
    German Development Institute (DIE), Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Germany

    Prof. Dr. Dirk Messner has been Director of the “German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)” since 2003. He...

  • Klaus Milke

    Chairman of the Board
    Germanwatch

    Klaus Milke is Chairman of the Board of Germanwatch, a German development and environmental Non-Governmental Organization (...

  • Namhla Mniki-Mangaliso

    Director
    Africa Monitor

    Ms. Namhla Mniki-Mangaliso is the Director at African Monitor (AM). AM is a continental body set up to act as a catalyst to monitor development...

  • Alexander Müller

    Alexander Müller
    Member of the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) and Study Lead TEEBAgriFood (hosted at UNEP)

    Alexander Müller is currently the study leader of the project on The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity Agriculture and Food (TEEB AgFood),...

  • David Nabarro

    Video Address by Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
    United Nations (UN)

    David Nabarro serves as Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change.  He works with...

  • Clemens Neumann

    Director General Biobased Economy
    Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) (tbc)

    Since 1989, Clemens Neumann has been working at the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture in different leading positions. Before he was...

  • John Patrick Ngoyi

    Justice, Development and Peace/Caritas Committee of the Catholic Church in Nigeria (JDPC)/Together 2030

    John Patrick Ngoyi is a Life Fellow of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, the foremost environment NGO in Nigeria. He has occupied different...

  • Måns Nilsson

    Research Director and Deputy Director
    Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

    Måns Nilsson is Research Director and Deputy Director at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and part time Professor of the Practice of...

  • Rômulo Paes de Sousa

    Director
    World Centre for Sustainable Development (RIO+ Centre), United Nations Development Programme, Rio de Janeiro

    Romulo Paes de Sousa, MD, PhD in Environmental Epidemiology (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) has been the Director of the UNDP...

  • Ortwin Renn

    Scientific Director
    Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)

    Prof. Dr. Ortwin Renn is the Scientific Director at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam since February, 1, 2016....

  • Teresa Ribera

    Director
    Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI)

    Teresa Ribera is Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI). Before her appointment as director, in...

  • Layla Saad

    Deputy Director
    World Centre for Sustainable Development (RIO+ Centre), United Nations Development Programme, Rio de Janeiro

    Layla Saad has been dedicated to issues of poverty, environment, inequality and governance since her adolescent years growing up under the...

  • Karsten Sach

    Director General Climate Policy, European and International Policy
    Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)

    Dr. Karsten Sach, born in 1959, is Director General "Climate Policy, European and international Policy" in the Federal Ministry for Environment,...

  • Federal Minister Christian Schmidt

    Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, Germany

    Since February 2014 Christian Schmidt has been the German Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture. Prior to this he served as Parliamentary State...

  • Javier Surasky

    Research and Analysis Coordinator
    Centre for International Strategic Thinking (CEPEI)

    Javier Leonardo Surasky is a lawyer and holds a Master of Science degree in International Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid. He is a PhD candidate...

  • Christopher Wleh Toe, I.

    Christopher Wleh Toe
    Secretary General
    National Civil Society Council of Liberia

    Christopher Wleh Toe, I. is a theologian and peace and conflict studies practitioner working with the National Civil Society Council of Liberia as...

  • Klaus Töpfer

    Honorary Senior Fellow and Executive Director Emeritus for IASS and Co-Chair of the Independent Group of Advisors on the long-term positioning of the UN system in the context of the 2030 Agenda
    Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)

    Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer is a Honorary Senior Fellow and Executive Director Emeritus of the Institute for Advanced Sustainable Studies (IASS) in...

  • Farooq Ullah

    Executive Director
    Stakeholder Forum (SF)

    Farooq is the Executive Director of Stakeholder Forum (SF); an international NGO advancing sustainable development through good governance and...

  • Scott Vaughan

    President and CEO
    International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

    Scott Vaughan is IISD President and CEO. He has been Canada’s Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development; Director, Department of...

  • Lynn Wagner

    Managing Editor
    International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

    Lynn Wagner is Senior Manager of IISD’s Knowledge Management Program. She directs the work on IISD’s Policy & Practice knowledge platform,...

  • Jes Weigelt

    Co-lead Sustainability Governance Programme and Global Soil Forum Coordinator
    IASS, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)

    Jes Weigelt heads the Global Soil Forum at the IASS, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, and is co-lead of the institute’s...