Panel Members

former Minister for Foreign Affairs and former Prime Minister of Australia
The Hon. Kevin Rudd MP served as Prime Minister of Australia between 2007 and 2010. He continues to serve as a member of the Australian Parliament. The first act of Mr. Rudd’s government was to sign the Kyoto accord and as Prime Minister Mr. Rudd was an active participant in the Bali and Copenhagen meetings of the Conference of the Parties on...
European Commissioner for Climate Action, and former Minister for the Environment and former Minister for Climate and Energy of Denmark
Connie Hedegaard started her political career in 1984 as a Member of Parliament in Denmark for the Conservative Peoples Party. Before joining the European Commission, she has been Minister for Environment (2004-2007), Minister for Nordic Cooperation (2005-2007), and Minister for Climate & Energy (2007-2009). From 1990 to 2004, Ms. Hedegaard...
President of South Africa
Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma was born in 1942 in Inkandla, KwaZulu Natal. Influenced by a trade unionist family member, President Zuma became involved in politics at an early age, joining the African National Congress (ANC) in 1958. He became an active member of the ANC's armed wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe in 1962. In 1963, President Zuma was arrested...
Former President and former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Switzerland
Micheline Calmy-Rey was born in Sion in Canton Valais on 8 July 1945. In 1968, she graduated from the Institut universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationales in Geneva. Married and with two children, she ran a small book distribution company for the next 20 years. Micheline Calmy-Rey joined the Geneva Socialist party in 1979 and was its president...
Chair of the Board of Directors of the Global Green Growth Institute and former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea
Han Seung-soo served as Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea from 2008 to 2009. He served as Chair of the 2009 OECD Ministerial Council Meeting in Paris, playing a pivotal role in unanimously adopting the OECD Declaration on Green Growth on June 25th. He was Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General on Climate Change (2007-08) and currently...
Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey
Ali Babacan was born in Ankara in 1967. He graduated first in the Class of 1985 from the TED Ankara High School. In 1989, he received a Bachelor of Science Degree (BS) in Industrial Engineering from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, where he ranked first among the graduates of that year. In 1990, he was awarded a Fulbright...
Minister of Rural Development of India
Shri Jairam Ramesh is a Member of Parliament representing Andhra Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha since June 2004. From 2009 until July 2011, he was Minister of Environment and Forests. Shri Ramesh was the Minister of State for Commerce and Industry as well as the Minister of State for Power. He has earlier been Advisor to the Finance Minister during...
Minister of the Environment of Brazil
Born in Brasília, Brazil, Izabella Teixeira is a biologist and holds a Master's Degree in Energy Planning and a Ph.D. in Environmental Planning at COPPE/UFRJ. A civil servant at the Brazilian Environmental Agency since 1984, she has occupied different managing positions at the Agency, as well as at the Ministry of the Environment and at the State...
Permanent Representative to the United Nations and member of the Cabinet of the President of the United States
Ambassador Rice serves as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and is a member of President Obama's Cabinet. She was unanimously confirmed to this position by the U.S. Senate on January 22, 2009. From February 2007 through November 2008, Ambassador Rice served as a Senior Advisor for National Security Affairs on the Obama for...
Member of the House of Representatives and former Prime Minister of Japan
Yukio Hatoyama served as Prime Minister of Japan between September 2009 and June 2010. He holds a BSc. in Engineering from the Tokyo University and a Ph.D. in Engineering from Stanford University. Early in his career, he was a professor at Senshyu University, prior to being elected to the House of Representatives in 1986 and the commencement of...
Administrator of the China Meteorological Administration
Dr. Zheng Guoguang is responsible for the CMA’s overall management since March 2007. He graduated from the Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology with a Bachelor’s degree in Atmospheric Observation, and later obtained his Master degree in Atmospheric Physics from the same institute. He received his doctorial degree of science in...
Minister for International Development Cooperation of Sweden
Gunilla Carlsson has been a member of the Riksdag (Swedish Parliament) since 2002 and is currently Sweden’s Minister for Development Cooperation. Having worked as an auditor, Ms. Carlsson joined the Moderate Party office in 1994 and was later elected the Party’s vice chairman in 1999. In 1995 she was elected to the European Parliament, and in 2002...
Minister for Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates
His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan was born on 30 April 1972. He has been holding the position of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates, a post to which he was appointed on 9th February 2006. Since 15th July 2006, he has also been Chairman of the Board of the National Media Council. His other official posts...
former President of Finland
President Tarja Halonen was the 11th President of the Republic of Finland and the country's first female head of state. She acceded office on 1 of March 2000, and was re-elected in 2006. President Halonen graduated from the University of Helsinki in 1968 with a Master of Laws degree. Her career started in the national Union of Finnish Students,...
Member of Congress, former Permanent Representative to OECD and former Minister of the Environment of Spain
Ms. Narbona Ruiz holds a doctorate in Economics from the University of Rome, which she received in 1973. From 1985 to 1991, Ms. Narbona Ruiz was the Director-General of the Mortgage Bank of Spain. In 1991, she was appointed Director-General of housing and architecture at the Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Environment. Then, in 1993, she...
Chair of the Board of the Centre for International Governance Innovation, Canada, and former Co-Chief Executive Officer of Research in Motion
Mr. Balsillie is a Canadian businessman and former Co-CEO of the company Research In Motion, maker of the BlackBerry wireless handheld system. He is also the founder and chair of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), a world-class global research institute focused on the restructuring of international governance. Mr. Balsillie...
Member of Parliament and former Prime Minister of Mozambique
Luisa Dias Diogo was Prime Minister of Mozambique from 2004 to 2010. During a career spanning twenty years of public sector service, she worked in Mozambique’s Finance Ministry as the National Budget Director in 1982, held the office of Deputy Minister of Finance & Planning from 1994 to 2000, and Minister from 2000 to 2005. Ms. Diogo received...
Former Senior Special Assistant and Adviser to the President of Nigeria on the Millennium Development Goals
Mrs. Amina Az-Zubair is the former senior special assistant to the President of Nigeria on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). She was charged with the coordination of the achievement of the MDGs in Nigeria through the establishment and implementation of a Virtual Poverty Fund. In this role, she advised on pertinent issues regarding poverty,...
Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation, Special Envoy for Climate and President Emeritus of the World Meteorological Organization
Born July 10, 1947 in Angren, Uzbekistan, Dr. Bedritsky graduated from the Tashkent Electrotechnical Institute of Communications in 1975. During his 40-year career in the field of hydrometeorology, Dr. Bedritsky has held various positions including that of senior engineer of a computer centre and successfully handled a wide range of technical,...
Former Prime Minister of Norway, former Director-General of the World Health Organization, and Chair of the World Commission on Environment and Development
Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland was born in Oslo, Norway, on 20 April 1939. A medical doctor from the University of Oslo, with a Master of Public Health from Harvard University, Dr. Brundtland spent 10 years as a physician and scientist in the Norwegian public health system. She was in public office for more than 20 years, ten of them as Prime Minister...
Prime Minister of Barbados
Born on April 27, 1951, and raised in the rural parish of St. Philip, Mr. Stuart credits his late mother, Eulene Stuart, with instilling the core values that have guided and sustained him since childhood. His father passed away when he was 9 years old. On graduating from secondary school in 1960, Freundel Stuart taught Spanish and History. While...
Environmentalist and former Secretary of the Environment of Mexico
Julia Carabias Lillo completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees in the Faculty of Sciences of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where she later taught courses, developed programs and advised research in the areas of in botany, ecology, natural resource management, ecological restoration and conservation until 1994. The focus of...

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