R. Scott Appleby, Dean, Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame

R. Scott Appleby is the Marilyn Keough Dean of the Donald R. Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame.  He has directed Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism.  Appleby (Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1985) is the author of The Ambivalence of the Sacred: Religion, Violence and Reconciliation (2000); the co-author of Strong Religion: The Rise of Fundamentalisms Around the World (2003); and The Oxford Handbook of Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding (2014). 

With Martin E. Marty he directed The Fundamentalism Project, which produced five award-winning volumes of essays and case studies. Appleby co-chaired the Chicago Council on Global Affairs' Task Force on Religion in U.S. Foreign Policy, which produced the report, "Engaging Religious Communities Abroad:  A New Imperative for U.S. Foreign Policy" (2010).  In 2003 he founded the Catholic Peacebuilding Network, an international association of peace and justice scholars and practitioners.

Appleby is the director of the research/education initiative, "Contending Modernities: Catholic, Muslim, Secular."  A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, he is the recipient of three honorary doctorates.


Rob Baker, Chief Operating Officer, Ushahidi

Rob currently leads development and communications teams for Ushahidi, having previously contributed as technical and project lead for dozens of crowdsourcing initiatives in Africa and the Middle East.

Outside of Ushahidi, he's worked extensively with nonprofits and in the government and financial sectors including consultant to the World Bank, a member of the US/Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission on New Media, and a White House Innovation Fellow implementing the open data policy for USAID.


Dr. Kit Batten, Global Climate Change Coordinator, USAID

Dr. Kit Batten is USAID’s Global Climate Change Coordinator, appointed by the White House to coordinate climate change activities across USAID. In this role, Dr. Batten has led U.S. government engagement with the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020, and she has supported several other climate change initiatives, including the $150 million Global Resilience Partnership with Rockefeller Foundation and the Government of Sweden.

Prior to her appointment to USAID, Dr. Batten was senior science and policy fellow and program director at the Heinz Center’s Institute for Science Communication and Policy Development, teaching scientists from academia, government and NGOs how to communicate their research to policy makers and media. Dr. Batten also served as science advisor to the Deputy Secretary of the Interior and as a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, where she led the energy and climate change policy team. Dr. Batten earned a B.A. in chemistry from Oberlin College and an M.S. and Ph.D. in ecology from the University of California, Davis.


Steve Bowen, Associate Director and Meteorologist, Aon Benfield

Steve Bowen is an Associate Director and Meteorologist for Aon Benfield’s Impact Forecasting division in Chicago, Illinois. Since joining the firm in 2007, much of his focus has been spent on providing real-time and historical natural disaster analysis for global Aon clients and colleagues. Through Aon Benfield’s comprehensive ‘Cat Reports’, he examines natural disaster events and how their impacts pertain to many sectors, including the insurance industry. Other key projects include the development of an extensive historical natural disaster loss database, and providing scientific analysis during post-event damage surveys.

Bowen was selected in 2014 to participate in a White House initiative with the Obama Administration regarding climate change and potential impacts to the public and private sectors. He has also collaborated with and had his work cited by select outlets including: U.S. Congress, NOAA, USA Today, The Weather Channel, NBC Nightly News, The Associated Press, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The Financial Times.

Bowen is a graduate of Florida State University, where he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology and minors in Mathematics and Communications. He is a member of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association.


Dr. Nitesh Chawla, Director, Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications (iCeNSA), and Index Director, Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative 

Nitesh Chawla is the Frank Freimann Collegiate Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Notre Dame and Engineering and Director of the Notre Dame Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications (iCeNSA). Chawla leads the data science and technology team of ND-GAIN to integrate the research outcomes of ND-GAIN into the Index and to extend the functionality of the Index. Chawla’s research is focused on Big Data, Data Science and Network Science and he has applied this work in many arenas, including cutting edge applications in healthcare informatics, social networking, and analytics, as well as in climate and environmental science.

He is the recipient of multiple awards for research and teaching innovation including National Academy of Engineers New Faculty Fellowship and best paper awards and nominations. He received the IBM Watson Faculty Award in 2012 and the 2013 IBM Big Data and Analytics Faculty Award. He is the former chair of the IEEE CIS Data Mining Technical Committee and the current chair of the IEEE CIS Task Force on Big Data, and serves on a number of editorial boards and organizing/program committees of conferences. He is the founder of Aunalytics, Inc. 


BGen Stephen A. Cheney USMC(Ret), Chief Executive Officer, The American Security Project

Brigadier General Stephen Cheney is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Security Project (ASP). He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and has over 30 years experience as a Marine.  His primary specialty was artillery, but he has commanded at every echelon at both Marine Corps Recruit Depots and was Commanding General at Parris Island. 

Following retirement from the Marines, he became the Chief Operating Officer for Business Executives for National Security (BENS), in Washington, D.C., and most recently was President/CEO of the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas.

He is a graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, the National War College, and the University of Southern California.  He was a military fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City, where he is a member.  He was appointed to the Secretary of State’s International Security Advisory Board in December of 2013, and more recently to their Foreign Affairs Policy Board.

He has been on the Board of Directors for ASP since 2006.


Joyce Coffee, Managing Director, Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative

Joyce Coffee is managing director of the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative for global resiliency, the world’s leading assessment informing public and private sector decision-makers about which countries are best prepared to deal with climate change and other global shifts. Previously, she was vice president at Edelman where she provided strategic counsel to multi-national companies on corporate social responsibility and sustainability. She directed the City of Chicago’s Climate Action Plan, driving climate mitigation and adaptation efforts, and managed water and air resources in the City of Chicago Department of Environment. Coffee started her career in Asia with the World Bank and U.S. Agency for International Development’s U.S.-Asia Environmental Partnership.

Joyce was a founding board member of the Alliance for Water Efficiency and a Great Lakes delegate to Brookings International Young Leaders Climate Change Summit. She is a Chicago Council on Global Affairs Emerging Leader and an Aspen Institute Socrates Fellow. She received a B.S. in biology, environmental studies and Asian studies from Tufts University and a masters in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is the author of the Climate Adaptation Exchange Blog and resides in Chicago, USA with her husband and grade-school son.


Jennifer Ryan Crozier, Vice President of Global Citizenship, IBM

Jennifer Ryan Crozier, IBM's Vice President of Global Citizenship Initiatives, oversees a portfolio of philanthropic initiatives that harnesses IBM's technology to make material impacts on economic development, sustainability, public health, education, women’s economic empowerment, and more.

Ms. Crozier helped devise and now oversees IBM's Corporate Service Corps (CSC), the world’s largest corporate, skills-based pro-bono program. Often described as “IBM’s version of the Peace Corps”, CSC sends teams of IBM’s top talent on 4 week deployments to partner with community organizations on critical social issues.

Under Ms. Crozier's leadership, IBM launched the Smarter Cities Challenge, a $50M competitive grant program that sends teams of IBM executives to work around the world on self-designed projects. IBM has sent teams and driven outcomes in over 100 cities.

Ms. Crozier also oversees World Community Grid, an initiative in which unused computer power is donated by the general public to scientists for research on humanitarian issues including cancer, malaria and AIDS; improved water filtration; and more efficient solar energy materials. 

In addition, she leads IBM's economic development portfolio, which provides tools & resources for entrepreneurs and small business owners around the world.

Ms. Crozier lives in Rye, New York with her husband and two children.


Dr. Juan Jose Daboub, Chairman and CEO of The Daboub Partnership

Dr. Juan José Daboub is the Chairman and CEO of The Daboub Partnership and co-owns several companies in Latin America. He is Former Managing Director of the World Bank, Former Minister of Finance of El Salvador, Founding CEO of GAIN, Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Council on Climate Change, and Vice-Chairman of The Dorado Group.

Between 1992-2004, Dr. Daboub served under three consecutive Governments in El Salvador. He restructured and privatized El Salvador’s state-owned telephone company and was concurrently Minister of Finance and Chief of Staff to the President of El Salvador, where he coordinated several reforms that helped El Salvador achieve investment grade rating. From 2006 to 2010, he was Managing Director of the World Bank Group, with oversight functions of 110 countries in Africa, the Middle East, East Asia and Latin America. He has led family owned businesses in industry, commerce and services for over a decade.  Dr. Daboub holds a Bachelors of Science, Masters of Science and a PhD in Industrial Engineering from NC State. He is married with four children.


Dr. Thomas E. Downing, Chief Executive Officer, Global Climate Adaptation Partnership

Dr Thomas E. Downing (PhD, Geography, Clark University) is the Chief Executive Officer of the Global Climate Adaptation Partnership, (GCAP).  He was formerly Director of the Oxford Office of the Stockholm Environment Institute, Reader in Climate Policy in the Environmental Change Institute of the University of Oxford, and has been the science advisor to the UK Climate Impacts Programme and UK Parliament. He also has been visiting professor in Oxford University in the School of Geography and Environment and Queen Elisabeth House.

His major interests are vulnerability and adaptation to climate change and climatic hazards, with an emphasis on developing good practice in actor-network approaches, from simple pathway narratives to agent-based social simulation.  Recent projects include the Climate Safeguards System for the African Development Bank and development of private sector models of adaptation for the Interamerican Development Bank. He leads the Oxford Adaptation Academy, in partnership with the Smith School for Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford. He has published over 100 papers, books, reports and book reviews, including the Atlas of Climate Change (with Kirstin Dow).  His most exciting challenge is developing a distributed community of practice on climate adaptation through the Adaptation Academy and advanced knowledge management services.


Roger-Mark De Souza is the Director of Population, Environmental Security, and Resilience for the Wilson Center. He leads programs on climate change resilience, reproductive and maternal health, environmental security, and livelihoods, including the Center’s Global Sustainability and Resilience Program, Environmental Change and Security Program, and Maternal Health Initiative.
Before joining the Center in 2013, De Souza served as vice president of research and director of the climate program at Population Action International, where he provided strategic guidance, technical oversight, and management of PAI’s programs on population, gender, climate change, environment, and reproductive health.  From 2007 to 2010, as the director of foundation and corporate relations at the Sierra Club, he led a multi-million dollar foundation and corporate fundraising program. Prior to working at the Sierra Club, he directed the Population, Health, and Environment Program at the Population Reference Bureau for 10 years. De Souza holds graduate degrees in international relations and development policy from George Washington University and the University of the West Indies. Born and raised in the Caribbean, he lives in Virginia with his wife, two teenage sons, and two dogs.


Nancy Gillis, Senior Manager, Sustainable Supply Chain, Procurement and Supplier Management, EY

Nancy has more than 20 years of global experience in strategic consulting across a wide range of industries.  She has worked with US and international clients to integrate sustainability into strategy and operations, minimizing risk and maximizing returns.

At EY, Nancy assists companies with Procurement and Supplier Risk; Supply Chain Traceability and Security; Sustainable Procurement and Total Cost of Ownership; Supply Chain Transformation; and Product Lifecycle Analysis and Ecodesign.

Prior to joining EY, Nancy served as the Director of the Federal Supply Chain office of the General Services Administration (GSA). While at GSA, Nancy launched the government-wide Sustainability in Procurement Fellowship program for federal project managers and the Sustainable Supply Chain Community of Practice, a public/private partnership that identified best practices for addressing climate impacts in supply chains across a number of sectors.  She was the Chair of the Section 13 Interagency Working Group, which develops guidelines on federal agencies’ use of voluntary sustainable product standards and ecolabels in procurements.

She holds a master’s degree in Communications Technology from Georgetown University and a dual undergraduate degree in Government & Policy and English Literature from George Mason University. She studied Complex Adaptive Systems modeling at the Santa Fe Institute.


Jennifer A. Haverkamp, Visiting Senior Fellow, Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development

Jennifer Haverkamp is an internationally-recognized expert on international trade, sustainability, and global climate change policy and negotiations.  Currently an independent consultant and Visiting Senior Fellow at the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development, she is also a Professorial Lecturer in Law at George Washington University.  She previously directed Environmental Defense Fund’s International Climate Program and spent nearly a decade as the Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Environment and Natural Resources.  Her tenure at USTR was preceded by posts at the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Justice (where her work on the 1990 amendments to the Clean Air Act earned the Attorney General’s John Marshall award), the Conservation Foundation, and a clerkship on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

She has taught at Johns Hopkins graduate school and serves on the boards of the Verified Carbon Standard, the American Bird Conservancy, the College of Wooster, and on USTR’s Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee.   Ms. Haverkamp earned her B.A. from The College of Wooster; a B.A. and M.A. from Oxford University (as a Rhodes Scholar); and a J.D. from Yale Law School.


Dr. Jessica Hellmann, Lead, Climate Change Adaptation Program, Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative, and Research Director, Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative

Jessica Hellmann is Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame. Hellmann leads the Climate Change Adaptation program at the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative and serves as the scientific lead for ND-GAIN. Hellmann advises research staff and seeks the consult of Notre Dame and other experts so that ND-GAIN captures cutting-edge knowledge about the nature of climate change and strategies for reducing the impacts of climatic change.

Hellmann’s background is in ecology, where she studies the impacts of climate change on species and ecosystems and effective methods for managing nature in the face of climate change. Her research has been published in leading academic publications. She is writing a book about climate change adaptation for ecosystems, and she has participated in climate change adaptation planning processes for US federal agencies and the City of Chicago. Hellmann is a fellow with the Eck Institute for Global Health at the University of Notre Dame, a Leopold Leadership Fellow (2011), a program recognizing excellence in mid-career environmental scientists,  and a former Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Study at Notre Dame (2011-2012). She is a member of the Ecological Society of America Science Committee.


Loren Labovitch, Director of Emerging Market Growth and Partnerships, MWH Global

Mr. Labovitch is a director of emerging market growth and partnerships for MWH Global, a premier solutions provider focused on water and natural resources for built infrastructure and the environment. Mr. Labovitch works with donors, multilateral development banks and private clients to help implement water and natural resource-focused development programs, community engagement initiatives and corporate sustainability strategies in developing countries. Mr. Labovitch has more than 20 years of project, policy and management experience in the public and private sector. He is a leader in fostering innovative public-private partnerships to address global environmental and development priorities.

Prior to joining MWH, Mr. Labovitch worked for the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), an independent U.S. foreign aid agency created by Congress in 2004. While with MCC, he oversaw U.S. government grant-financed investment programs designed to reduce poverty and stimulate sustainable economic growth in developing countries. Mr. Labovitch has also worked for the White House Council on Environmental Quality as a climate adaptation manager. He previously spent 14 years with MWH in strategic planning and consultant positions.

Mr. Labovitch earned a Master’s degree in International Business from the University of Colorado at Denver and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara.


Gary Lawrence, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, AECOM Technology Corporation

Gary Lawrence is Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer for AECOM Technology Corporation, a global provider of professional technical and management support services. In this role, Mr. Lawrence leads AECOM’s sustainability efforts by managing AECOM’s extensive resources and skills in sustainability for projects across the enterprise.

Prior to joining AECOM, Mr. Lawrence served as the urban strategies leader at Arup. He led Sustainable Strategies and Solutions Inc.  and was also planning director for the City of Seattle, where he led development of one of the world’s first comprehensive plan dedicated to sustainability. His 20 years of global sustainability experience also include serving as the U.S. government at the United Nation's Habitat II, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Brazilian President's Office, the British Prime Minister's Office, the European Academy for the Urban Environment in Berlin and the Organization for Economic and Community Development in Paris. His writing and lectures have helped shape sustainability theory, policy and practice throughout the world.

During his 30-year-plus career in public and private policy and management, his leadership skills have contributed to various global initiatives engaging in research and practice to mitigate climate change and adaptation strategies.


Emilie Mazzacurati, Founder and CEO, Four Twenty Seven

Emilie Mazzacurati is the founder and Chief Executive Officer at Four Twenty Seven, Inc. She has been advising governments and large energy, financial, and industrial corporations for over ten years, helping them identify strategic opportunities in the sustainability and climate change field. With Four Twenty Seven, she has created a suite of innovative tools to help businesses measure and manage their climate risk exposure.

Previously, she was Head of Carbon Analysis at Thomson Reuters Point Carbon, where she directed Point Carbon’s research department in the U.S. Emilie conceived and launched Point Carbon’s successful North American carbon market research series. She has published extensively on California climate policy and carbon markets, climate risks in the private sector, and the interaction of carbon with other commodity markets.

Emilie is a frequent speaker at industry events and has developed a cutting-edge training course on climate risk reporting and disclosure for Fortune 500 corporations that she teaches at UC Davis‘s Executive MBA and in corporate training courses.

Emilie holds a Master of Political Science from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and a Master of Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.


Samuel Miller, Director of the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship, Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame

Samuel Miller is currently the Director of the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Notre Dames Mendoza College of Business. Miller has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Illinois, an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.S. from the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University, with an emphasis on innovation and product development. Prior to joining Notre Dame, he was Vice President, Strategy and Marketing for JFNew, a 130-member ecological consulting firm.


Dr. Anand Patwardhan, Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

Professor Anand Patwardhan did his B. Tech. in Electrical Engineering) from IIT-Bombay and later did his M.S. in Environmental Science & Engineering and Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy, both from Carnegie Mellon University. Prof. Patwardhan is currently Professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. He earlier served as the Head of the School of Management from 2003-2004, and then moved to New Delhi as Executive Director of the Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC), in the Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India from 2004-2008.

Prof. Patwardhan works in the broad area of environment – climate studies, focusing on the assessment of vulnerability and adaptation to climate change, and on the diffusion and adoption of clean technology. He has been a member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF); and a coordinating lead author for the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and for the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Anand is co-chair of the Scientific Steering Committee for the Global Carbon Project, and is a member of a core consultative group on climate change for the Indian government.


Conor Riffle, Cities and Data Product Innovation Director, CDP

Conor Riffle is the Director of Cities and Data Product Innovation at CDP. Riffle helped to launch CDP’s cities program and now oversees both this and the development and commercialization of CDP’s data products. Prior to CDP, Riffle helped to grow what would become Carbon Tracker. From 2004 – 2007, he worked in various roles at the Clinton Foundation. Riffle holds a BA from Connecticut College and an MA from the London School of Economics.


Blair A. Ruble, Vice President for Programs; Director, Urban Sustainability Laboratory; and Senior Advisor, Kennan Institute

Blair A. Ruble is currently Vice President for Programs at the Wilson Center, Director of the Urban Sustainability Laboratory, and Senior Advisor to the Kennan Institute.  Previously, he served as the long-time Director of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies (1989-2012) as well as of the Wilson Center’s Comparative Urban Studies Program (1992-2012). A native of New York, Dr. Ruble worked previously at the Social Science Research Council in New York City, as well as at the National Council for Soviet and East European Research in Washington.

Dr. Ruble received his MA and PhD degrees in Political Science from the University of Toronto (1973, 1977), and an AB degree with Highest Honors in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1971). He has lectured widely and has been a scholar/lecturer-in-residence at the Juridical Faculty of Leningrad State University (1974-1975), the Soviet Academy of Sciences (1979, 1981, 1984, 1986), the Laboratoire de Geographie at the University of Paris-X (Nanterre) (2001, 2002), the Law Faculty of Kyoto University (1996, 2002, 2004), and the Academia di architettura at the Università della Svizzera italiana (Mendrisio) (2006).


Jefferson Shriver, Senior Technical Advisor for Market Linkage and Value Chain Development, Catholic Relief Services

Jefferson Shriver is the Senior Technical Advisor for Market Linkage and Value Chain Development with Catholic Relief Services, based in Managua.  He has lived in Latin America for the past 17 years, designing and managing agriculture value chains and rural development initiatives with three different non-profit organizations.  His technical experience and expertise includes facilitating small farmer insertion in competitive markets, agroforestry production systems, and working at the crossroads of climate change and agriculture.  As STA, Jefferson has also supported CRS to cultivate and deepen relationships with private sector companies in the food industry to partner in areas of small holder sourcing and supply chain resilience to climate change.


Murray Starkel is Managing Director for Ecosystem Investment Partners (EIP), a private equity fund manager that acquires and manages high priority conservation properties across the United States. Starkel is a proven leader with 21 years of experience as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with expertise in ecosystem and watershed management, coastal infrastructure management, disaster recovery and crisis management.
Starkel was the Deputy Commander of the San Francisco District for the Corps of Engineers, where he oversaw the program to restore vital portions of the San Francisco Bay coastal areas. Starkel was the Deputy Commander of the New Orleans district during the Katrina disaster and the repair and remediation efforts within the $15 billion program. Most recently, Starkel has worked as a consultant to major public and private sector clients in completing large ecosystem construction projects. Starkel also spent three years with NGP Global Adaptation Partners with responsibilities in coastal protection and water resource investments.
He holds a MS in environmental engineering and a MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, and a BS in nuclear engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Starkel was an assistant professor at the U.S. Military Academy, and is a veteran with combat tours in both Gulf Wars.

Anne Thompson, Chief Environmental Affairs Correspondent, NBC News

Anne Thompson is NBC News’ Chief Environmental Affairs correspondent. Her reports appear across all platforms of NBC News including “NBC Nightly News,” “Today,” MSNBC and NBCNews.com.

She began her broadcasting career at WNDU-TV in South Bend, Ind., where she served as a general assignment reporter. Most recently, Thompson led coverage on the Gulf oil spill. This extensive coverage made Thompson the NBC News Correspondent with the most airtime in 2010, according to the Tyndall Report. She traveled to Copenhagen to cover climate change negotiations, Greenland, Costa Rica, the Amazon, Australia and Europe to cover such issues as alternative fuels, global warming, land usage and new technologies.

In 2006, Thompson received the prestigious Gerald Loeb Award and in 2004, was awarded the Gerald Loeb Award for distinguished business and financial journalism. Before being named an NBC News correspondent, Thompson had been an award-winning general assignment reporter for WDIV-TV, the NBC affiliate in Detroit, since 1986. 

Thompson  has a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from University of Notre Dame, where she was elected as a member of the Board of Trustees in 2010.


Jeff Williams, Senior Manager of Climate Consulting, Entergy

Jeff Williams is Senior Manager of Climate Consulting at Entergy where he plays an important role helping Entergy manage climate risks and develop strategy to build resilient communities. Williams has been a strong advocate for taking proactive, responsible action to manage climate risks.

Williams worked on Entergy’s “Building a Resilient Gulf Coast” study, which provides the first comprehensive analysis of climate risks and adaptation economics along the U.S. Gulf Coast. He collaborated with Americas Wetland Foundation to conduct 11 “Blue Ribbon Resilient Community Leadership Forums” across the Gulf Coast to reach out to stakeholders in coastal communities, identify vulnerabilities, and educate them on risk mitigation options to preserve and protect prosperity, safety and quality of life.

Jeff helped organize two “Climate Resilience Technical Conferences” with Entergy’s coastal customers to better understand where they felt vulnerable, what they’ve done to become more resilient and how Entergy can prioritize it’s investments to compliment what they’ve done and together reduce economic losses from climate impacts

Jeff is currently serving on the U.S. Department of Interior’s newly formed “Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science” and on EPA’s National Environmental Justice Committee’s Industrialized Waterfront Communities Resilience Working Group.


Steven R. Wilson, Ph.D., Senior Project Manager, Multilateral Investment Fund, Inter-American Development Bank

Steve Wilson has worked in international development for over 20 years, with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization in Vienna, Austria from 1992-2000, and the Inter-American Development Bank from 2000 to present. He has managed projects and research related to international environmental standards and management systems, ozone depleting substances, renewable technologies, energy efficiency and climate adaption. He is designer of PROADAPT, a $12 million facility co-financed by the Nordic Development Fund that aims to help smaller firms build climate resilience in Latin America.  He also designs venture capital funds that promote energy efficiency and cleaner technology in the region.

Steve Wilson was the first Chairman of the Greenhouse Gas Verification and Accreditation Committee of the American National Standards Institute, and works with national standards bodies and GHG registries on greenhouse gas accounting schemes. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the graduate school of School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and is editor of a forthcoming volume on climate resilience and the private sector. He holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in economics and business from The University of Texas and a Ph.D. in economics from The University of Tennessee.