Sound science has underpinned the formation of the Coalition and will guide its work into the future.

A  dedicated Scientific Advisory Panel has been formed to keep the Coalition abreast of new scientific developments on short-lived climate pollutants, answer specific questions of the Coalition and inform policy discussions.

Current members

Drew
Shindell
Chair (since October 2012), and Professor of Climate Sciences, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University (USA).

Main areas of expertise

Atmospheric chemistry and climate change

Performed basic work on, among other topics, the impact of black carbon and other aerosols on global and regional climate, the chemistry and radiative forcing impacts of ozone, and the many interactions between methane emissions and climate. Science-policy research has emphasized the evaluation of SLCPs' impact on climate, agriculture and health, and analysis of opportunities to accelerate SLCP mitigation in support of multiple environmental goals. Chaired the 2011 UNEP/WMO Integrated Assessment of Black Carbon and Tropospheric Ozone, and was a Coordinating Lead Author of the 2013 Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC AR5) chapter on "Anthropogenic and Natural Radiative Forcing.”

Markus
Amann
Mitigation of Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases Program Director and Co-Leader of the Greenhouse Gas Initiative, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Austria). Head of the Center for Integrated Assessment Modelling (CIAM) and lead author for IPCC AR4

Main areas of expertise

Analysis of climate, environmental, and health aspects of atmospheric pollutants.

Dr. Amann has been appointed as a member of the Clean Air Commission of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. He is a member of the Editorial Board of“Environmental Modelling and Software” and lead author for the Working Group III report of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Dr. Amann was a member of the Environmental Assessment Group of EUROTRAC-II, member of the Management Committee of Topic Centre for Air and Climate Change of the European Environment Agency (EEA), member of the Scientific Oversight Committee of the APHENA "Air Pollution and Health, A European and North American Approach" project of the Health Effects Institute (HEI, Boston, USA), reviewer for the AFO2000 German Atmospheric Research program and reviewer for the United States Acid Deposition Research Program NAPAP. He graduated from the Technical University Vienna in electrical engineering and holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany.

Michael
Brauer
Professor, School of Population and Public Health, and Director of the Bridge Program, University of British Columbia

Main areas of expertise

Assessment of exposure and health impacts of air pollution, specific interest in transportation-related and biomass air pollution.

Michael Brauer joined the UBC faculty in 1991 in the Department of Medicine. He was an innaugural member of the Occupational Hygiene Program and served as Director of the School of Environmental Health from 2003-2008 and as as the Occupational and Environmental Health theme co-lead in SPPH from 2011-2014. He is currently Director of the Bridge Program, a strategic training fellowship program linking public health, engineering and policy. He also holds associate appointments in the Division of Respiratory Medicine and the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at UBC. Dr. Brauer served on advisory committees to the World Health Organization (WHO), the US National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine, the Royal Society of Canada, the International Joint Commission and governments in North America and Asia.  Dr. Brauer received bachelor’s degrees in Biochemistry and Environmental Sciences from the University of California-Berkeley (1986) and a doctorate in Environmental Health from Harvard University (1990). His research focuses on linkages between the built environment and human health, with specific interest in transportation-related and biomass air pollution, the global health impacts of air pollution and the relationships between multiple exposures mediated by urban form (air pollution, noise, greenness) and population health.

Andy
Haines
Professor of Public Health and Primary Care, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK)

Main areas of expertise

Research in primary care and the study of environmental influences on health, including the potential effects of climate change and the health co-benefits of the low carbon economy.

Epidemiologist, chaired an international task force on climate change mitigation and health which published a series of articles in the Lancet in 2009. Member of a number of major international and national committees including the MRC Global Health Group, the MRC Strategy Group and the WHO Advisory Committee on Health Research. Current projects include the study of health co-benefits and economic impacts of low carbon policies in the transport, food and agriculture and housing sectors. Participated in Working Group II of the IPCC AR2 and AR3.
 

Johan
Kuylenstierna
Director of the Stockholm Environment Institute in York (UK)

Main areas of expertise

His research is concerned with various aspects of air pollution at scales ranging from regional to global, particularly effects of acidifying deposition, eutrophying nitrogen deposition and gaseous pollutant impacts on crops, forests and human health.

Dr. Johan C.I. Kuylenstierna, PhD (air pollution), BSc (Biology) is Policy Director for SEI. He was the Centre Director of Stockholm Environment Institute centre at York (SEI York) from 1997-2012 and has worked for SEI since it began in 1989, and prior to that at the Beijer Institute since 1986. Dr. Kuylenstierna developed methods to map sensitivity, critical load/level and exceedance maps for sulphur, nitrogen and ozone pollution in Europe, Asia, Africa and South and Central America, and also assessments at global scale. Johan collaborates with researchers and policy makers in all these regions. He also coordinated a UNEP assessment on the linked air pollution and radiative forcing issues related to black carbon and tropospheric ozone.

Yacob
Mulugetta
Professor of Energy and Development Policy; Director of MPA Programme, University College London

Main areas of expertise

Energy systems, development, industrial policy

Yacob Mulugetta has 25 years of research, teaching and advisory experience specialising on the links between energy infrastructure provision and human welfare. He is a founding member of the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where he led a variety of policy-relevant initiatives on the opportunities for and constraints of pursuing low carbon energy pathways for development in Africa. 

His research is focused on three interconnected areas: energy systems and development; energy systems and climate change; and political economy of low carbon development. His recent publications include an edited special issue in Energy Policy on ‘Carbon reduction at community scale’ and a paper in Global Change, Peace and Security on ‘Negotiating solidarity? The G77 through the prism of climate change negotiations’.  He serves on the Editorial (Advisory) Boards of various international journals, including Climate Policy, Energy and Environment, Sustainable Production and Consumption, and Journal of Energy in Southern Africa.  

Yacob has participated in numerous flagship projects over the years. Most recently, he was principal investigator (PI) in a project exploring the contribution of community-based energy initiatives in the transition to low carbon futures.  He is also currently a PI in an EPSRC/DfID/DECC funded project on agro-industries as clean energy platforms in Africa; and CDKN funded project on linking industrial policy with climate change strategy in Ethiopia.  He served as a Coordinating Lead Author of the Energy Systems chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Assessment Report (Working Group III on Mitigation), a member of the core writing team for the IPCC synthesis report, and Steering Committee member of UNEP’s 2015 and the 2016 Emissions Gap Report.

Veerabhadran
Ramanathan
Professor of Applied Ocean Sciences and Director of the Center for Atmospheric Sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego

Main areas of expertise

Observations and modeling of SLCPs.

Victor Alderson Professor of Applied Ocean Sciences and director of the Center for Atmospheric Sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego (USA). Professor Ramanathan has been conducting original research in Climate and Atmospheric Science since the 1970s. He discovered the super greenhouse effect of halo carbons (CFCs) in 1975 and used observations to quantify the large global warming effect of black carbon. He led international field campaigns, developed unmanned aircraft platforms for tracking brown cloud pollution worldwide, and educates and trains the next generation of scientists. Based on his research, he developed a new approach for mitigating climate change that involves mitigating emissions of four short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) to drastically reduce near-term warming and slowing down the retreat of the Himalayan glaciers. He is now implementing this new approach in the field. Professor Ramanathan conducted work on observations and modeling of SLCPs, particularly black carbon in Asia. He founded, designed, and leads Project Surya, an extended effort to characterize and mitigate environmental impacts of black carbon, ozone, and methane in rural India. He also initiated ICAMP, a World Bank sponsored project to reduce soot emissions from the transportation sector in India. Involved in research on mitigation strategies and has published on technical and policy options for SLCP reduction.

Zhang
Shiqiu
Professor of Environmental Economics at College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, and Director of the Institute of Environment and Economy (IoEE) at Peking University in Beijing

Main areas of expertise

Economic analysis of a multiple pollutants control strategy, and regional management and policy evaluation.

Dr Shiqiu Zhang is a senior expert member of the UNEP Technology and Economic Assessment Panel for implementing the Montreal Protocol. She is also a member of the advisory committee for the Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia. Dr Shiqiu served as co-chair of the Task Force for Replenishment of the Multilateral Fund of the Montreal Protocol and as a member of the Environmental Economics Working Group and the Environmental and Resources Pricing and Taxation Task Force under the China Council for International Co-operation on Environment and Development (CCICED). She has been teaching environmental economics and environmental management. Her research interests and areas of expertise include cost-benefit analysis, valuation, market based instruments, and pricing policy.

Shardul
Agrawala
Head of the Environment and Economy Integration Division, OECD Environment Directorate

Main areas of expertise

Climate change and development, the economics of climate change

Shardul Agrawala is Head of the Environment and Economy Integration Division at the OECD Environment Directorate. In this capacity since 2013, Dr. Agrawala leads the Directorate’s work on economic-environmental modelling, empirical analysis of environmental policies, trade and environment, and on resource productivity and waste. At the OECD since 2002, he has previously served as Senior Advisor to the OECD Secretary General, Co-ordinator of the OECD-wide initiative on New Approaches to Economic Challenges, Acting Head of the Climate Change Biodiversity and Development Division, and Senior Economist Climate Change.

Dr. Agrawala has published extensively on climate change, with a particular emphasis on climate change and development, and on the economic aspects of adaptation to climate change. He has led teams of international experts as Coordinating Lead Author (CLA) for chapters of the Fourth and Fifth Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In his current position he has, among other things, overseen recent OECD reports on modelling the Economic Consequences of Climate Change (2015) and the Economic Consequences of Outdoor Air Pollution (2016).

Dr Agrawala received his PhD from Princeton University and has previously held research positions at Princeton University, Harvard University, Columbia University and at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). 

Graciela Binimelis
de Raga
Senior Scientist and Professor, Atmosphere Sciences Center of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in Mexico City

Main areas of expertise

Aerosol pollution and aerosol-cloud-precipitation interactions

Her research has focused on different aspects of aerosol pollution in Mexico City since 1997, including the first measurements of size-differentiated black carbon, its interaction with radiation and its impact on the local/regional climate. She is a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences and of the National System of Research (SNI, level III) of the National Research Council of Mexico (CONACYT). She was a Lead Author for Working Group I of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC), which was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.  Recently, she co-chaired the Regional Assessment on SLCP in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Lisa
Emberson
Reader in Environmental Science; Centre Director, Stockholm Environment Institute at York (SEI York) Environment Dept. University of York (U.K.)

Main areas of expertise

Air pollution and climate change impacts on plant physiology, scaling to whole crop, tree and grassland productivity. Development of risk assessment methodologies for air quality guidelines to protect vegetation.

Her research focuses on developing eco-physiological modelling methods to understand the deposition and exchange of air pollutants in relation to C, N and water vapour cycling in forests, crops and grassland ecosystems. This research has helped develop risk assessment methods to define air quality guidelines for policy for the UNECE LRTAP ‘Critical Level’ air quality targets. She also advised the Malé Declaration on methods to control and prevent air pollution in South Asia. She was lead author on a number of global assessments (UNEPs Global Environment Outlook; UNECEs Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollution; IASSAs Global Energy Assessment; UNEP/WMO Ozone and Black Carbon Assessment). Since 2012 she has been the Centre Director of SEIs York office. 

Jiang
Kejun
Director of the Energy Research Institute, National Development and Reform Commission (China)

Main areas of expertise

Climate change and energy policy with focus on energy technology policy assessment, energy supply policy assessment, renewable energy development and energy conservation, including energy and emission scenarios, assessment on energy and fuel tax, research on China's potential to achieve its energy targets and development of the Integrated Policy Assessment models.

Dr  Jiang Kejun began research on climate change relative to energy policy analysis in 1993, focusing on energy technology policy assessment, energy supply policy assessment, renewable energy development and energy conservation. From 1997, Dr Kejun participated in Working Group III of the International Panel on Climate Change Third Assessment Report and was a lead author for the the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (Working Group Three Chapter 3) and for GEO-4 Chapter 2. Dr Kejun Jiang's recent studies include energy and emission scenarios, assessment on energy and fuel tax, research on China's potential to achieve its energy targets and development of the Integrated Policy Assessment model. He received his Ph.D in Social Engineering from the Department of Tokyo Institute of Technology. He also lead the Integrated Policy Assessment Model for China (IPAC) team.

Jian
Liu
Chief Scientist, UN Environment

Main areas of expertise

Science and policy for ecosystems management, agriculture, environment, and climate change

Jian Liu has over 30 years of professional experience in science and policy, specifically in the areas of ecosystems management, agriculture, environment and climate change in developing countries and at national, regional and global levels. Jian holds a doctorate degree in Physical Geography from the Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China. He was previously the Director of UN Environment’s International Ecosystem Management Partnership, the first global centre for ecosystem management in the global south, which he established as the founding director.

Jian has served as the Chief of UN Environment’s Climate Change Adaptation Unit and the Deputy Secretary of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). His earlier roles include Deputy Director General of the Bureau of Resources and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Director of the Chinese Ecosystem Research Network, and Manager of the Environment Program at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development.

 

Shonali
Pachauri
Senior Research Scholar in the Energy Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Austria); Professor (Adjunct) at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Main areas of expertise

Analysis of socio-economic, demographic and environmental dimensions of household energy access and use in developing countries.

Dr. Pachauri is a member of the Environment / Climate Science Advisory Committee of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC) and served on the Executive Committee of the Global Energy Assessment (GEA) as Convening Lead Author for the chapter on Energy Access for Development. She is a member of the editorial board for the journal Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy.

In her present capacity she coordinates and leads research on analyzing heterogeneities in energy access and use in the developing world, policy pathways for achieving universal modern energy access, and assessing the wider impacts of this for the environment and sustainable development. Her broader research interests include the socioeconomic aspects of energy access, use and choice; resource use and access in relationship to lifestyles, poverty and development; energy access, demand and fuel choice modeling; as well as the interaction between social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.

A.R.
Ravishankara
Professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University

Main areas of expertise

Atmospheric studies, stratospheric ozone depletion, climate change, and regional air quality

He was at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Chemical Sciences Division (CSD) of Earth System Research Laboratory for nearly 30 years in Boulder, CO. There, he served as the Director of CSD from 2006 through 2014, and was a Senior Scientist prior to the Directorship. Dr. Ravishankara has worked over the past three and a half decades on the chemistry of the Earth's atmosphere as it relates to stratospheric ozone depletion, climate change, and regional air quality. His measurements in the laboratory and in the atmosphere have contributed to deciphering the ozone layer depletion, including the ozone hole; to quantifying the role of chemically active species on climate; and to advancing understanding of the formation, removal, and properties of pollutants. He is an author or coauthor of nearly 350 peer-reviewed publications.

Supat
Wongwangwatana
Director General, Pollution Control Department in Thailand

Main areas of expertise

Environmental management, environmental quality control and environmental policy planning (including practical experience of transport management in Bangkok)

Dr Supat Wangwongwatana has 30 years of experience in environmental management, environmental quality control and environmental policy planning. He also serves on the World Health Organization advisory panel in the areas of air and water pollution. Dr Wangwongwatana is a Director of the Thailand Air Pollution Center of Excellence and Chairperson of the Air and Waste Management Association and a Chairperson for the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia). He coordinates the Clean Air Training Network for Asia.

Drew
Shindell
Chair (since October 2012), and Professor of Climate Sciences, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University (USA).

Main areas of expertise

Atmospheric chemistry and climate change

Performed basic work on, among other topics, the impact of black carbon and other aerosols on global and regional climate, the chemistry and radiative forcing impacts of ozone, and the many interactions between methane emissions and climate. Science-policy research has emphasized the evaluation of SLCPs' impact on climate, agriculture and health, and analysis of opportunities to accelerate SLCP mitigation in support of multiple environmental goals. Chaired the 2011 UNEP/WMO Integrated Assessment of Black Carbon and Tropospheric Ozone, and was a Coordinating Lead Author of the 2013 Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC AR5) chapter on "Anthropogenic and Natural Radiative Forcing.”

Shardul
Agrawala
Head of the Environment and Economy Integration Division, OECD Environment Directorate

Main areas of expertise

Climate change and development, the economics of climate change

Shardul Agrawala is Head of the Environment and Economy Integration Division at the OECD Environment Directorate. In this capacity since 2013, Dr. Agrawala leads the Directorate’s work on economic-environmental modelling, empirical analysis of environmental policies, trade and environment, and on resource productivity and waste. At the OECD since 2002, he has previously served as Senior Advisor to the OECD Secretary General, Co-ordinator of the OECD-wide initiative on New Approaches to Economic Challenges, Acting Head of the Climate Change Biodiversity and Development Division, and Senior Economist Climate Change.

Dr. Agrawala has published extensively on climate change, with a particular emphasis on climate change and development, and on the economic aspects of adaptation to climate change. He has led teams of international experts as Coordinating Lead Author (CLA) for chapters of the Fourth and Fifth Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In his current position he has, among other things, overseen recent OECD reports on modelling the Economic Consequences of Climate Change (2015) and the Economic Consequences of Outdoor Air Pollution (2016).

Dr Agrawala received his PhD from Princeton University and has previously held research positions at Princeton University, Harvard University, Columbia University and at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). 

Markus
Amann
Mitigation of Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases Program Director and Co-Leader of the Greenhouse Gas Initiative, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Austria). Head of the Center for Integrated Assessment Modelling (CIAM) and lead author for IPCC AR4

Main areas of expertise

Analysis of climate, environmental, and health aspects of atmospheric pollutants.

Dr. Amann has been appointed as a member of the Clean Air Commission of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. He is a member of the Editorial Board of“Environmental Modelling and Software” and lead author for the Working Group III report of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Dr. Amann was a member of the Environmental Assessment Group of EUROTRAC-II, member of the Management Committee of Topic Centre for Air and Climate Change of the European Environment Agency (EEA), member of the Scientific Oversight Committee of the APHENA "Air Pollution and Health, A European and North American Approach" project of the Health Effects Institute (HEI, Boston, USA), reviewer for the AFO2000 German Atmospheric Research program and reviewer for the United States Acid Deposition Research Program NAPAP. He graduated from the Technical University Vienna in electrical engineering and holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany.

Graciela Binimelis
de Raga
Senior Scientist and Professor, Atmosphere Sciences Center of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in Mexico City

Main areas of expertise

Aerosol pollution and aerosol-cloud-precipitation interactions

Her research has focused on different aspects of aerosol pollution in Mexico City since 1997, including the first measurements of size-differentiated black carbon, its interaction with radiation and its impact on the local/regional climate. She is a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences and of the National System of Research (SNI, level III) of the National Research Council of Mexico (CONACYT). She was a Lead Author for Working Group I of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC), which was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.  Recently, she co-chaired the Regional Assessment on SLCP in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Michael
Brauer
Professor, School of Population and Public Health, and Director of the Bridge Program, University of British Columbia

Main areas of expertise

Assessment of exposure and health impacts of air pollution, specific interest in transportation-related and biomass air pollution.

Michael Brauer joined the UBC faculty in 1991 in the Department of Medicine. He was an innaugural member of the Occupational Hygiene Program and served as Director of the School of Environmental Health from 2003-2008 and as as the Occupational and Environmental Health theme co-lead in SPPH from 2011-2014. He is currently Director of the Bridge Program, a strategic training fellowship program linking public health, engineering and policy. He also holds associate appointments in the Division of Respiratory Medicine and the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at UBC. Dr. Brauer served on advisory committees to the World Health Organization (WHO), the US National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine, the Royal Society of Canada, the International Joint Commission and governments in North America and Asia.  Dr. Brauer received bachelor’s degrees in Biochemistry and Environmental Sciences from the University of California-Berkeley (1986) and a doctorate in Environmental Health from Harvard University (1990). His research focuses on linkages between the built environment and human health, with specific interest in transportation-related and biomass air pollution, the global health impacts of air pollution and the relationships between multiple exposures mediated by urban form (air pollution, noise, greenness) and population health.

Lisa
Emberson
Reader in Environmental Science; Centre Director, Stockholm Environment Institute at York (SEI York) Environment Dept. University of York (U.K.)

Main areas of expertise

Air pollution and climate change impacts on plant physiology, scaling to whole crop, tree and grassland productivity. Development of risk assessment methodologies for air quality guidelines to protect vegetation.

Her research focuses on developing eco-physiological modelling methods to understand the deposition and exchange of air pollutants in relation to C, N and water vapour cycling in forests, crops and grassland ecosystems. This research has helped develop risk assessment methods to define air quality guidelines for policy for the UNECE LRTAP ‘Critical Level’ air quality targets. She also advised the Malé Declaration on methods to control and prevent air pollution in South Asia. She was lead author on a number of global assessments (UNEPs Global Environment Outlook; UNECEs Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollution; IASSAs Global Energy Assessment; UNEP/WMO Ozone and Black Carbon Assessment). Since 2012 she has been the Centre Director of SEIs York office. 

Andy
Haines
Professor of Public Health and Primary Care, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK)

Main areas of expertise

Research in primary care and the study of environmental influences on health, including the potential effects of climate change and the health co-benefits of the low carbon economy.

Epidemiologist, chaired an international task force on climate change mitigation and health which published a series of articles in the Lancet in 2009. Member of a number of major international and national committees including the MRC Global Health Group, the MRC Strategy Group and the WHO Advisory Committee on Health Research. Current projects include the study of health co-benefits and economic impacts of low carbon policies in the transport, food and agriculture and housing sectors. Participated in Working Group II of the IPCC AR2 and AR3.
 

Jiang
Kejun
Director of the Energy Research Institute, National Development and Reform Commission (China)

Main areas of expertise

Climate change and energy policy with focus on energy technology policy assessment, energy supply policy assessment, renewable energy development and energy conservation, including energy and emission scenarios, assessment on energy and fuel tax, research on China's potential to achieve its energy targets and development of the Integrated Policy Assessment models.

Dr  Jiang Kejun began research on climate change relative to energy policy analysis in 1993, focusing on energy technology policy assessment, energy supply policy assessment, renewable energy development and energy conservation. From 1997, Dr Kejun participated in Working Group III of the International Panel on Climate Change Third Assessment Report and was a lead author for the the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (Working Group Three Chapter 3) and for GEO-4 Chapter 2. Dr Kejun Jiang's recent studies include energy and emission scenarios, assessment on energy and fuel tax, research on China's potential to achieve its energy targets and development of the Integrated Policy Assessment model. He received his Ph.D in Social Engineering from the Department of Tokyo Institute of Technology. He also lead the Integrated Policy Assessment Model for China (IPAC) team.

Johan
Kuylenstierna
Director of the Stockholm Environment Institute in York (UK)

Main areas of expertise

His research is concerned with various aspects of air pollution at scales ranging from regional to global, particularly effects of acidifying deposition, eutrophying nitrogen deposition and gaseous pollutant impacts on crops, forests and human health.

Dr. Johan C.I. Kuylenstierna, PhD (air pollution), BSc (Biology) is Policy Director for SEI. He was the Centre Director of Stockholm Environment Institute centre at York (SEI York) from 1997-2012 and has worked for SEI since it began in 1989, and prior to that at the Beijer Institute since 1986. Dr. Kuylenstierna developed methods to map sensitivity, critical load/level and exceedance maps for sulphur, nitrogen and ozone pollution in Europe, Asia, Africa and South and Central America, and also assessments at global scale. Johan collaborates with researchers and policy makers in all these regions. He also coordinated a UNEP assessment on the linked air pollution and radiative forcing issues related to black carbon and tropospheric ozone.

Jian
Liu
Chief Scientist, UN Environment

Main areas of expertise

Science and policy for ecosystems management, agriculture, environment, and climate change

Jian Liu has over 30 years of professional experience in science and policy, specifically in the areas of ecosystems management, agriculture, environment and climate change in developing countries and at national, regional and global levels. Jian holds a doctorate degree in Physical Geography from the Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China. He was previously the Director of UN Environment’s International Ecosystem Management Partnership, the first global centre for ecosystem management in the global south, which he established as the founding director.

Jian has served as the Chief of UN Environment’s Climate Change Adaptation Unit and the Deputy Secretary of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). His earlier roles include Deputy Director General of the Bureau of Resources and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Director of the Chinese Ecosystem Research Network, and Manager of the Environment Program at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development.

 

Yacob
Mulugetta
Professor of Energy and Development Policy; Director of MPA Programme, University College London

Main areas of expertise

Energy systems, development, industrial policy

Yacob Mulugetta has 25 years of research, teaching and advisory experience specialising on the links between energy infrastructure provision and human welfare. He is a founding member of the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where he led a variety of policy-relevant initiatives on the opportunities for and constraints of pursuing low carbon energy pathways for development in Africa. 

His research is focused on three interconnected areas: energy systems and development; energy systems and climate change; and political economy of low carbon development. His recent publications include an edited special issue in Energy Policy on ‘Carbon reduction at community scale’ and a paper in Global Change, Peace and Security on ‘Negotiating solidarity? The G77 through the prism of climate change negotiations’.  He serves on the Editorial (Advisory) Boards of various international journals, including Climate Policy, Energy and Environment, Sustainable Production and Consumption, and Journal of Energy in Southern Africa.  

Yacob has participated in numerous flagship projects over the years. Most recently, he was principal investigator (PI) in a project exploring the contribution of community-based energy initiatives in the transition to low carbon futures.  He is also currently a PI in an EPSRC/DfID/DECC funded project on agro-industries as clean energy platforms in Africa; and CDKN funded project on linking industrial policy with climate change strategy in Ethiopia.  He served as a Coordinating Lead Author of the Energy Systems chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Assessment Report (Working Group III on Mitigation), a member of the core writing team for the IPCC synthesis report, and Steering Committee member of UNEP’s 2015 and the 2016 Emissions Gap Report.

Shonali
Pachauri
Senior Research Scholar in the Energy Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Austria); Professor (Adjunct) at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Main areas of expertise

Analysis of socio-economic, demographic and environmental dimensions of household energy access and use in developing countries.

Dr. Pachauri is a member of the Environment / Climate Science Advisory Committee of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC) and served on the Executive Committee of the Global Energy Assessment (GEA) as Convening Lead Author for the chapter on Energy Access for Development. She is a member of the editorial board for the journal Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy.

In her present capacity she coordinates and leads research on analyzing heterogeneities in energy access and use in the developing world, policy pathways for achieving universal modern energy access, and assessing the wider impacts of this for the environment and sustainable development. Her broader research interests include the socioeconomic aspects of energy access, use and choice; resource use and access in relationship to lifestyles, poverty and development; energy access, demand and fuel choice modeling; as well as the interaction between social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.

Veerabhadran
Ramanathan
Professor of Applied Ocean Sciences and Director of the Center for Atmospheric Sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego

Main areas of expertise

Observations and modeling of SLCPs.

Victor Alderson Professor of Applied Ocean Sciences and director of the Center for Atmospheric Sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego (USA). Professor Ramanathan has been conducting original research in Climate and Atmospheric Science since the 1970s. He discovered the super greenhouse effect of halo carbons (CFCs) in 1975 and used observations to quantify the large global warming effect of black carbon. He led international field campaigns, developed unmanned aircraft platforms for tracking brown cloud pollution worldwide, and educates and trains the next generation of scientists. Based on his research, he developed a new approach for mitigating climate change that involves mitigating emissions of four short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) to drastically reduce near-term warming and slowing down the retreat of the Himalayan glaciers. He is now implementing this new approach in the field. Professor Ramanathan conducted work on observations and modeling of SLCPs, particularly black carbon in Asia. He founded, designed, and leads Project Surya, an extended effort to characterize and mitigate environmental impacts of black carbon, ozone, and methane in rural India. He also initiated ICAMP, a World Bank sponsored project to reduce soot emissions from the transportation sector in India. Involved in research on mitigation strategies and has published on technical and policy options for SLCP reduction.

A.R.
Ravishankara
Professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University

Main areas of expertise

Atmospheric studies, stratospheric ozone depletion, climate change, and regional air quality

He was at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Chemical Sciences Division (CSD) of Earth System Research Laboratory for nearly 30 years in Boulder, CO. There, he served as the Director of CSD from 2006 through 2014, and was a Senior Scientist prior to the Directorship. Dr. Ravishankara has worked over the past three and a half decades on the chemistry of the Earth's atmosphere as it relates to stratospheric ozone depletion, climate change, and regional air quality. His measurements in the laboratory and in the atmosphere have contributed to deciphering the ozone layer depletion, including the ozone hole; to quantifying the role of chemically active species on climate; and to advancing understanding of the formation, removal, and properties of pollutants. He is an author or coauthor of nearly 350 peer-reviewed publications.

Zhang
Shiqiu
Professor of Environmental Economics at College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, and Director of the Institute of Environment and Economy (IoEE) at Peking University in Beijing

Main areas of expertise

Economic analysis of a multiple pollutants control strategy, and regional management and policy evaluation.

Dr Shiqiu Zhang is a senior expert member of the UNEP Technology and Economic Assessment Panel for implementing the Montreal Protocol. She is also a member of the advisory committee for the Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia. Dr Shiqiu served as co-chair of the Task Force for Replenishment of the Multilateral Fund of the Montreal Protocol and as a member of the Environmental Economics Working Group and the Environmental and Resources Pricing and Taxation Task Force under the China Council for International Co-operation on Environment and Development (CCICED). She has been teaching environmental economics and environmental management. Her research interests and areas of expertise include cost-benefit analysis, valuation, market based instruments, and pricing policy.

Supat
Wongwangwatana
Director General, Pollution Control Department in Thailand

Main areas of expertise

Environmental management, environmental quality control and environmental policy planning (including practical experience of transport management in Bangkok)

Dr Supat Wangwongwatana has 30 years of experience in environmental management, environmental quality control and environmental policy planning. He also serves on the World Health Organization advisory panel in the areas of air and water pollution. Dr Wangwongwatana is a Director of the Thailand Air Pollution Center of Excellence and Chairperson of the Air and Waste Management Association and a Chairperson for the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia). He coordinates the Clean Air Training Network for Asia.

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