Noura Mansouri is currently a research fellow at KAPSARC, a research affiliate at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an observer/expert at the World Energy Council.
Previously, Dr. Mansouri has worked at AREVA, a French nuclear energy company, and the Center
for Global Energy Studies in London - accumulating 15 years of research and professional
experience. She earned her MBA and PhD in carbon management for sustainable development from
Queen Mary, University of London. She authored a book entitled ‘Greening the Black Gold: Saudi
Arabia’s Quest for Clean Energy’.
Dr. Mansouri completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at MIT, and has authored papers and
studies on energy and transition paths to sustainable economies, energy consumption and carbon
dioxide emissions in the Saudi electricity sector, carbon capture and storage, solar
photovoltaics, sustainable desalination systems, solar desalination and nuclear desalination in
Saudi Arabia, and optimizing water use in the agriculture sector in the GCC. Noura is a
recipient of the Ibn Khaldun Fellowship from the Center for Clean Water and Clean Energy at King
Fahad University for Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) and MIT.
Dr. Mansouri was selected as a young scientist to attend the Lindau Nobel Laureate 2017 Meeting
in Economic Sciences, she was also selected as a member of the Review Committee in 2017 and the
Selection Committee in 2018 and 2019 for the Zayed Sustainability Prize 2018, 2019, and 2020;
and received the 2015 Women Excellence Leadership Award under the category "Rising Stars", and
she is also a board member at Women in Clean Energy under the Clean Energy Business Council for
the Middle East and North Africa.
Aisha’s research interests focus on the environment, energy policy and climate economics and
policies. She obtained her Ph.D. at Imperial College's Centre for Environmental Policy.
Following her Ph.D., Aisha pursued her postdoctoral research at the London School of Economics
and Political Science's Middle East Centre, working on assessing the economic implications of
climate change in the GCC. She also joined the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington,
studying the challenges and opportunities for aligning climate policies with economic
diversification strategies in Saudi Arabia, Oman and the UAE. Before joining KAPSARC, Aisha
worked at Georgetown University's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies as a visiting scholar.
Kazuo Matsushita is a senior fellow at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES),
Professor Emeritus of Kyoto University, as well as Chairman of the Japan Society for GNH
Studies. He served as Professor of Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies (Global
Environmental Policy), Kyoto University, from 2001 to 2013. He also served as Visiting Professor
of United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) and an Examiner for
Environmental and Social Guidelines at Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Before
holding these positions, he worked at several institutions including the Ministry of Environment
of Japan, the Environment Directorate of the OECD, and as a Senior Environment Planning Officer
of the United Nations on Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). He has long been
engaged in environmental administration, particularly global environmental policy and
international environmental cooperation. His major research areas are sustainability studies as
well as climate change and biodiversity conservation policies and global environmental policies
from the viewpoint of environmental governance.
Miranda A. Schreurs is a professor of environment and climate policy in the School of
Governance, Technical University of Munich. Her research focuses on the governance of climate
change, low-carbon energy transitions, and sustainable development in Germany and the European
Union, the United States, and East Asia.
Dr. Schreurs is vice chair of the European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory
Councils (and was formerly chair); international director of the board of the Institute of
Global Environmental Strategies (Japan); a member of the Advisory Board of the Swiss National
Foundation’s NSF Research Program 71 on the Swiss Energy Transition; and co-chair of the
National Committee to Monitor the Nuclear Waste Management Site Location Search in Germany. She
has served on numerous governmental advisory bodies in Asia—including the China Council for
Environment and Development—and Europe, advising on energy transition, climate governance, and
She has published widely on environmental and energy matters in leading academic presses, for
policymakers, and for more general audiences. In addition, she is a member of the Advisory
Council for the Sustainable Development of Catalonia (CADS).
John Kirton is Director of the G7 Research Group, Co-Director of the G20 Research Group, Interim
Director of the International Relations program, and a Research Associate of the Munk School of
Global Affairs & Public Policy. He is also Co-Director of the BRICS Research Group based at
Trinity College, where he is a Fellow. A professor of political science, he teaches
international relations, global governance and Canadian foreign policy, and his research
interests include global health governance, international finance and trade, trade-environment
issues, and foreign policy decision making. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a
BA in political science, from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton
University with an MA in international affairs, and from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced
International Studies at Johns Hopkins University with a PhD in international relations.
Gabriel Lanfranchi is an architect and urban planner from Argentina. He holds a master’s degree
in urban economics from Torcuato Di Tella University and was Fellow at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology Special Program for Urban and Regional Studies. Currently he is the
director of the Cities Programme at CIPPEC, Argentina. At MIT, he founded the MIT Metro Lab, a
special course developed at the Environmental Solutions Initiative (ESI), that promotes
metropolitan governance and helps governments create better tools for city management. He has
just published as co-editor and author “Steering the Metropolis,” an IDB publication about
metropolitan governance. He was the director of the Metropolitan Office that coordinated the
Strategic Guidelines Plan for the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Region.
Ajay Mathur is Director General of TERI - The Energy & Resources Institute, and a member of the
Prime Minister's Council on Climate Change. He was Director General of the Bureau of Energy
Efficiency in the Government of India from 2006 till February, 2016, and responsible for
bringing energy efficiency into our homes, offices, and factories, through initiatives such as
the star labelling programme for appliances, the Energy Conservation Building Code, and the
Perform, Achieve and Trade programme for energy-intensive industries.
Dr. Mathur was earlier with TERI from 1986 to 2000, and then headed the Climate Change Team of
World Bank in Washington DC. He was President of Suzlon Energy Limited, also headed the interim
Secretariat of the Green Climate Fund.
He has been a key Indian climate-change negotiator, and was also the Indian spokesperson at the
2015 climate negotiations at Paris. He is a global leader on technological approaches to address
climate change; recently, he joined the global group of industrial, financial and think-tank
leaders to co-chair an Energy Transitions Commission which will suggest ways for companies and
countries to move towards climate-friendly energy futures.