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 sustainable development.
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.