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Sample of Speakers for Natural Capital Accounting Conference

Communicating the Path to Sustainability Through Natural Capital Accounting


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Joshua Abbott

Joshua Abbott is an associate professor of environmental and resource economics in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. His work leverages bioeconomic modeling and econometric methods to foster the design and evaluation of economically and ecologically sustainable resource governance systems. He has collaborated extensively with colleagues in government, non-governmental, and international organizations. His work has been published in prominent journals including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, and Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. He serves as the editor in chief of Marine Resource Economics and as a co-editor of the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.

Mario Abela

Mario Abela is currently at Director, Redefining Value at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.  He leads projects on decision-making and reporting such as integrated performance management, governance and assurance.  Mario is a qualified Chartered Accountant and CPA and worked extensive in standard-setting and corporate reporting.  He is also an Adjunct Professor at IESEG in Paris where he teaches in the accounting and management control program. 

Wiktor (Vic) Adamowicz

Wiktor (Vic) Adamowicz is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology and Vice Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Alberta. Adamowicz is a member of several provincial, national and international research panels, advisory boards and committees and has received numerous awards for his more than 150 peer-reviewed publications in the field of agricultural and natural resource economics.

Philip Aldrick

Philip Aldrick is Economics Editor and an economics columnist for The Times. He was nominated for the 2017 Press Awards for his column coverage. Prior to joining The Times, he was Banking Editor and economics columnist for The Daily Telegraph. For his columns during the financial crisis, Aldrick won several awards including business and finance journalist of the year at the 2011 Press Awards.

Benoit Blarel

Benoit Blarel has worked at the World Bank since 1988 on multiple engagements.  Until very recently, Blarel was the Practice Manager for the Global Platforms unit in the Environment, Natural Resources & Blue Economy Global Practice.  In that position, Benoit Blarel led the design and implementation of a series of global programs focused on environmental sustainability: the Global Program on Sustainability (GPS), the successor of the WAVES program, whose objective is to provide the tools to measure all components of natural capital and inform decision-making; the PROBLUE program which supports the development of integrated and sustainable economic activities in healthy oceans; and the PROGREEN program for landscapes to maintain and improve ecosystem services in resilient production and conservation landscapes.  The PROCLEAN global program is under construction and will focus on pollution, Non-Communicable Diseases and Circular Economy. 

Kevin Butler

Kevin Butler is a Product Engineer on Esri’s Analysis and Geoprocessing Team working as a liaison to the science community.  He holds a Ph.D. in Geography from Kent State University.  Over the past decade, he has worked on strategic projects, partnering with customers and other members of the science community to assist in the development of large ecological information products such as the ecological land units, ecological marine units and ecological coastal units.

Carolyn Cahill

Carolyn Cahill is Acting Director of Statistics Canada’s Environment and Energy Statistics Division.  She has been working on environmental statistics and accounts since joining Statistics Canada in 2006.  Carolyn is also responsible for the energy statistics program, and its contribution to the new Canadian Centre for Energy Information. Prior to joining Statistics Canada in 2006, she was Senior Policy Advisor at the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, where she worked on several programs focussing on long-term energy futures, health and the environment and sustainable development indicators.  

Jane Carter

Jane Carter Ingram is a Senior Manager in Climate Change and Sustainability Services at EY where she leads client services focused on natural capital in the US and supports companies in developing and implementing ESG strategies and measuring ESG outcomes. She has led multiple natural capital engagements, has supported the US Natural Capital Coalition Regional Platform in the US and co-led a working group on building natural capital accounts in the US with the USGS and participated in a natural capital accounting working group in Rwanda. Prior to EY, Carter led the Ecosystems Services program at the Wildlife Conservation Society and helped develop the Science for Nature and People Partnership. She is currently an Adjunct Professor in the School of Foreign Affairs at Georgetown University, serves on the UNDP Equator Initiative’s Technical Advisory Committee and on the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Science for Nature and People Partnership.

William C. Clark

William Clark is the Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy and Human Development at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Clark’s research focuses on sustainability science and the challenges of linking knowledge with action for sustainability.  He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. His body of work has been recognized with the MacArthur Prize and Humboldt Prize. 

Diane Coyle

Diane Coyle is the Bennett Professor of Public Policy at the University of Cambridge. She has held a number of public service roles including Vice-Chair of the BBC Trust, member of the Competition Commission, and of the Natural Capital Committee. Coyle has written many books including the best-selling GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History, and was honored with the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 2018 for services to the public understanding of economics.

Charles Colgan

Charles Colgan is Director of Research at the Center for the Blue Economy in the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and Professor Emeritus of Public Policy and Planning at the University of Southern Maine.  He is Editor in Chief of the Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics.  He has been engaged in the development of ocean accounts in the U.S. for more than twenty years.

Rob Dembo

Dr. Dembo has had a distinguished academic research career at Yale University and as a visiting professor at MIT. He was also the Founder and CEO of Algorithmics Incorporated, growing it organically from a start-up to the world’s largest enterprise risk management software company with offices in fifteen countries, over 70% of the world’s top 100 banks as clients, and consistent recognition as one of Canada’s 50 best-managed companies. Following the sale of Algorithmics in 2005, he founded Zerofootprint, a venture focused on climate change that engaged more than 250 companies and many cities in an effort to reduce their carbon footprint. More recently, he has developed a unique algorithm for generating forward-looking scenarios and is applying it to measuring the financial impact of climate change on institutions in his latest venture, riskthinking.AI.

Charlie Frye

Charlie Frye is Chief Cartographer at ESRI. He led ArcView and ArcMap product teams for many years. He now leads a small team producing content and services in the areas of ecology, physical geography, climate, and human population. He specializes in designing and modeling global datasets and deriving useful maps and common-sense understanding from scientific data. For fun, he maps and writes about the American Revolutionary War.

Eli Fenichel

Eli Fenichel is the Knobloch Family Chair of Natural Resource Economics at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He has published 80 peer-reviewed articles, many of which focus on natural capital allocation and valuation. He is the lead author for the High Level Panel for the Sustainable Ocean Economy report on national accounting for the ocean and the ocean economy.

Silvia Ferrini

Silvia Ferrini is an Applied Statistician in the CSERGE at the University of East Anglia and Lecturer in Economics at the University of Siena. She has extensively contributed to developing non-market valuation methodologies for marine and terrestrial ecosystem assessments. She was a co-author of the UK National Ecosystem Assessment Follow On and since 2016 she has assisted the EU commission (KIP-INCA project) and local UK organizations to develop ecosystem services accounts.

Erica Goldman

Erica Goldman is the Science Policy Director at the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE). She leads NCSE and its Member Institutions in building bridges between science and environmental decision-makingPreviously, she has worked for COMPASS, a non-profit focused on science communication. She has also served on the White House Council on Environmental Quality as part of the Land and Water Ecosystems Team.

Mark Gough

Mark Gough is the Chief Executive Officer at the Capitals Coalition which unites the Natural, Social and Human capital Coalitions. The Coalition is a global collaboration of over 350 organizations from business, governments and civil society that is transforming the way decisions are made by including the value provided by nature, people and society. Among other positions, Mark is at present on the TEEB Advisory board, the Steering Committee of the United Nations CEO Mandate, and is a member of the Advisory Network of the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy.

Ekaterina Gratcheva

Dr. Ekaterina (Katya) Gratcheva is the Lead Financial officer in the World Bank’s Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice (FCI GP) focusing on providing policy advice on sustainable finance, facilitating long term finance through capital markets, and strengthening the role of institutional investors. In previous roles, Ms. Gratcheva has led policy dialogue with ministries of finance, central banks, public pension funds and international financial institutions on managing national assets, liabilities and sovereign risks and developing access to capital markets across the globe, as well as roles in asset management and banking functions at the World Bank Treasury. She holds a Master of Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School, Doctor of Science in Operations Research from George Washington University and Master of Science in Applied Science from Moscow State University.

Elliott Harris

Elliott Harris is the Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development and Chief Economist in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA).  Prior to his appointment at UN DESA, he was Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the New York Office of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Mr. Harris joined the UN following 25 years of international experience in the fields of macroeconomic policy design and economic development at the IMF.

Craig Johnston

Craig Johnston is a Senior Economist at the Bank of Canada, with research interests in the fields of resource economics, international trade, and climate change. His research has been published in leading academic journals, including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Energy Economics, and Ecological Economics. Before joining the Bank of Canada, Craig held an academic position at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was previously a lecturer in economics at the University of Victoria.

Catherine Kling

Catherine Kling is the Tisch University Professor of Environmental, Energy and Resource Economics in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management and Faculty Director of the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University. She has served as a member of six National Research Council studies and for ten years on the EPA's Science Advisory Board.

Moritz Kreamer

Moritz is Chief Economic Advisor of Acreditus, a UAE-based risk consultancy firm, as well as Independent Non-Executive Director of Scope Ratings. He started his career as an Economist at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C. before joining S&P Global Ratings in London in 2001. At S&P Moritz played a number of important roles, most recently as the Sovereign Ratings Group’ Global Chief Ratings Officer (2013-2018). Moritz holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Göttingen (Germany). He currently teaches graduate courses at Goethe-University Frankfurt’s House of Finance and the Centre International de Formation Européene (Nice).

Bert Kroese

Bert Kroese is the Deputy Director General and Chief Information Officer of Statistics Netherlands where he previously served as Director of Macro-economic Statistics and Dissemination, Director of Economic Statistics and as Director of IT and Process Development. Kroese chairs the United Nations Committee of Experts on Environmental-Economic Accounting. Together with the Director General of Eurostat, he is the co-chair of the European Vision Implementation Group.

Pushpam Kumar

Pushpam Kumar is Chief Environmental Economist at the United Nations Environment Programme. He has been instrumental in designing, implementing and providing leadership to the operationalization of concept -Natural Capital in UNEP through UN Environmental Assembly. He coordinates Inclusive Wealth Report, Natural Capital Accounting work, Economics of Nature Based Solutions and Pollution Human Capital nexus work.

Rodolfo Lacy

Dr. Lacy has been Vice-Minister of Environmental Policy and Planning at the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Mexico (2012-2018), Chief negotiator of Climate Change (COP19-COP23), Co-chair of the Global Methane Initiative, Member of the High-Level Group of the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO6), and Board Member of the Climate Action Reserve in California, USA.

Johan Lammerant

Johan Lammerant is the lead expert in natural capital and biodiversity within Arcadis. He was involved in developing the Natural Capital Protocol. Being the workstream leader on Natural Capital Accounting within the EU Business & Biodiversity Platform since 2017, he prepares annual update reports on biodiversity measurement approaches for businesses and financial institutions. He supports several businesses with their biodiversity strategy. Since 2019 he is engaged by UNSD as a consultant to explore alignment between national and corporate NCA.

Steve Landefeld

Steve Landefeld is internationally recognized as an expert in macroeconomics and economic measurement. He was the Director of the Bureau of Economic Analysis in Washington, DC for nearly twenty years (1995 - 2014) and continues to act as an adviser. Landefeld is the recipient of numerous awards for his work including the Presidential Distinguished Executive Award, the Julius Shiskin Award from the American Statistical Association and the Henri Willem Methorst Medal from the International Statistical Institute.

Simon Levin

Simon Levin is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution and the Director of the Center for BioComplexity at Princeton University. His academic contributions have been recognized by numerous awards including the National Medal of Science, A.H. Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences, the Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences, the Ramon Margalef Prize in Ecology and Environmental Sciences and the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement.

Robin Millington

Robin Millington helped found Planet Tracker in May 2018 and serves as its Executive Director. With years of experience of working on global issues requiring transformative change, she has worked extensively in the climate change, land-use and food sectors. She brings senior management experience in both philanthropy and in industry, having headed organizations including the Centre for European Policy Studies and Wetlands International, of which she was also founding director.

Nicholas Muller

Nicholas Muller is the Lester and Judith Lave Associate Professor of Economics, Engineering, and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. He is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research focuses on measuring air pollution damage and market-based policy design. His current work focuses on: using historical pricing data to estimate individual discount rates and risk preferences, comparing air pollution and climate damages from electric vehicles to conventional vehicles, estimating air pollution damage from economic activity in 2014, the air pollution and climate impacts from transporting freight in the United States, and inequality in both market and augmented measures of income. 

Nancy Olewiler

Nancy Olewiler is Director of and Professor in the School of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University. She has contributed extensively to the fields of economics and public policy in the areas of natural resources, energy, climate and sustainability. Olewiler is on the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices, past and present advisory councils on climate policy for the BC government, and chairs the Macroeconomic Accounts Advisory Committee for Statistics Canada.

David Pilling

David Pilling is an Associate Editor and the Africa Editor of the Financial Times and has over twenty-five years of journalistic experience. In 2011 he was named Best Commentator by the Society of Publishers in Asia for his weekly column. Pilling is the author of The Growth Delusion: Wealth, Poverty and the Well-being of Nations (2018), a book that investigates the pitfalls of economic growth measures and how they might be corrected and for which he was nominated for the Orwell Prize in Political Writing.

Arjan Ruijs

Arjan Ruijs is Senior Responsible Investment Officer at ACTIAM Asset Managers. In his work, he develops approaches to measure the impacts of investments to climate, water and biodiversity. Moreover, he investigates to what extent sustainability transitions impact company risk and return profiles. He holds a PhD in economics and has worked as an environmental economist working on policy analysis related to natural capital, economic valuation of ecosystem services and climate change. He managed the Dutch contribution to the World Bank WAVES program on Natural Capital Accounting and wrote a number of reports on the use of natural capital accounting in environmental policy.

Jason Shogren

Jason Shogren is the Stroock Chair of Natural Resource Conservation and Management in the Department of Economics at the University of Wyoming, his alma mater. He studies the behavioral and institutional underpinnings of environmental & economic policy.

Rob Smith

Rob Smith is a consulting ecological economist at Midsummer Analytics in Ottawa, Canada. Rob has worked for more than 30 years on empirical analysis of issues at the interface of the environment and economy. He was for many years director of environmental statistics at Statistics Canada, where he was well known for his efforts to introduce measures of natural capital into official statistics. Rob was part of the original group of experts responsible for the development of the UN System of Environmental-Economic Accounting. His current research focus is the development of comprehensive wealth measures.

Anton Steurer

Anton Steurer has been Head of the Unit for environment statistics and accounts and sustainable development in Eurostat since 2014. Steurer is responsible for the development of European environmental economic accounts. He is an economist, engineer and national accountant and has been working on environmental accounts since the 1990s. Steurer is an expert on the use of natural capital accounts for the measurement of societal performance and sustainable development.

James Tabrake

James Tebrake is currently the Assistant Director of the Statistics Department at the International Monetary Fund.  His main responsibilities include overseeing the Fund’s national account and price statistics programs.  Prior to joining the IMF in 2019 James was Director General of the Macroeconomic Accounts Branch at Statistics Canada, where he managed Canada’s national accounts, balance of payments and government finance statistics programs.  From 2012 to 2014 he also managed Canada’s environmental accounts program.  Jim is a leading contributor in the development and implementation of international statistical standards; he is a member of the Advisory Expert Group on National Accounts, former Chair of the UNECE Group of Experts on National Accounts.

Pater van de Ven

Peter van de Ven is Head of National Accounts at the OECD. In 1984, he started his career at Statistics Netherlands, in the area of national accounts. After various positions in the field of national accounts and government finance statistics, he was Director of National Accounts, from 2003 up to 2011. In 2011, he joined the OECD, in his current position. Peter van de Ven has always been heavily involved in international discussions on the enhancement of statistics more generally, and national accounts in particular.  

Thomas Verheye

Thomas Verheye is Principal Advisor at the European Commission's Directorate General for the Environment on matters relating to sustainable finance and investment. He advises the Director General and senior managers on strategic directions and actions necessary for promoting greening the financial system and the economy. His prior positions include several other managerial responsibilities at the Commission including for EU policies on air quality, ozone-depleting substances and fluorinated gases, innovative financing solutions relating to climate and energy, technology transfer under the UNFCCC, the auto-oil program, etc. Previous employers include the Bank of New York (VP corporate action at the bank's global custody branch), the International Monetary Fund (Treasurer's department) and Ernst & Young (Audit). He holds a bachelor and master's degree in business economics from the University of Ghent and an MSc in audit and tax from the Vlerick Business School.

Dimitri Zenghelis

Dimitri Zenghelis is Project Leader for the Wealth Economy project centered at Cambridge University. Until recently he was Head of Policy at the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics. Zenghelis has advised government, financial institutions and international organizations on macroeconomics, sustainability and wealth among other topics. His roles have included Senior Economist on the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change (2005 - 2007), head of the Stern Review Team at the Office of Climate Change, London (2007 - 2008), and Acting Chief Economist for the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate (2013 - 2014).