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Keynote Speakers


Professor Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director of European Environment Agency (EEA)

Hans Bruyninckx is the Executive Director of the European Environment Agency, since 1 June, 2013.In 1996 Dr Bruyninckx completed a PhD in international environmental politics at Colorado State University. From 2010 until his appointment at the EEA, he was head of the HIVA Research Institute in Leuven, Belgium, a policy-oriented research institute associated with the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, where he was also head of the Political Science department from 2007 to 2010. Over the last 20 years, he has conducted research in more than a dozen countries, in areas including environmental politics, climate change, and sustainable development. He has taught on global environmental politics and global environmental governance in relation to the European Union (EU), publishing extensively on EU environmental policies and its role as an actor in global environmental governance. Throughout his career Dr Bruyninckx has worked with governmental agencies, civil society and businesses, often in an advisory role.

  Professor Michael Grubb, Cambridge University Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research

Professor Michael Grubb is Chair of Energy and Climate Policy at 4CMR, the Cambridge University Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research, and Senior Advisor to the UK Energy Regulator Ofgem. He is editor-in-chief of the journal Climate Policy and is on the editorial board of Energy Policy, and was recently the Specialist Advisor to a House of Lords European Committee enquiry. ‘No Country is an Energy Island: securing investment for the EU's Future' (2013). His former positions include Chair of the international research organization Climate Strategies; Chief Economist at the Carbon Trust; Professor of Climate Change and Energy Policy at Imperial College London; and head of Energy and Environment at Chatham House, and he continues to be associated with these institutions. In 2008 he was appointed to the UK Climate Change Committee.

Michael Grubb is author of eight books, fifty journal research articles and numerous other publications. He has held many advisory positions with governments, companies and international studies, including the IPCC. His book Planetary Economics was published in March 2014: it has received widespread accolade as a ‘seminal’ contribution, ‘comprehensive and profoundly important’ for its presentation of a new approach to both the theoretical underpinnings and the practical policies for tackling energy and climate change challenges.

  Professor Thomas Sterner, University of Gothenburg and IPCC lead author

Thomas Sterner is professor of environmental economics at University of Gothenburg, Sweden, where he has built up the Unit for Environmental Economics. It is a leading Scandinavian and European center for environmental economics and gives a unique PhD program in climate economics with many graduate students from developing countries. Sterner has published more than a dozen books and 80 articles in refereed journals, mainly on environmental policy instruments with applications to energy and climate, industry, transport economics and resource management in developing countries. In 2012-2013 he was on sabbatical leave from Gothenburg and worked as Chief Economist at the Environmental Defense Fund in New York, where one of his main areas of work was on instrument design for climate policy.

Sterner sits on numerous boards and is a past president for the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, (EAERE) and an associate editor of the journal Environmental and Resource Economics. Currently Professor Sterner is also a Coordinating Lead Author of IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Fifth Assessment Report WGIII on Mitigation of Climate Change. 

Counsellor Ludivine Tamiotti, World Trade Organization (WTO)

Counsellor Ludivine Tamiotti (ludivine.tamiotti@wto.org) is leading environmental affairs in the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva. Before joining the WTO in 2001, she worked at the United Nations International Court of Justice in The Hague. She holds advanced law degrees from the Universities of Aix-en-Provence, Geneva and New York.

In the WTO’s Trade and Environment Division, she is in charge of the regular and negotiating committees on trade and environment and she provides legal advice to dispute settlement panels. She also conducts research on technical barriers to trade and trade and environment issues and has published widely in these and related fields. Among other things, she has been the lead author of the WTO/UNEP Report on Trade and Climate Change.