Kumi Naidoo

Human rights and environmental activist

Kumi Naidoo is a South African human rights and environmental justice activist. He is the former Secretary-General of Amnesty International and also the first person from the Global South to lead Greenpeace International. Kumi served as Head of Training at the Independent Electoral Commission, the body that oversaw South Africa’s first democratic elections in April 1994 and served as one of its spokespersons. He is a senior advisor for the Community Arts Network and is active  in his local community through the Yeoville Bellevue Residents’ Association. He is professor of…

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Isabella Corpora

Associate Director, Carbon Business Council

Isabella Corpora is an Associate Director with the Carbon Business Council, a nonprofit and tech-neutral trade association of more than 100 innovators in the carbon management space. Bella regularly works with government agencies like the US Department of Energy, US Department of Commerce, and more on carbon removal initiatives. She is also a Research Fellow with the Institute for Responsible Carbon Removal at American University and serves on an expert group for the UK Government on greenhouse gas removal business models. She holds a BS in Society and Environment and…

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Rachel Ardiff

Researcher, Oxford Net Zero

Rachel Ardiff is a research associate and visiting academic from Dublin Ireland, currently working in the University of Oxford, working with both Oxford Net Zero and the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. She also works in partnership with Carbon Balance, researching EU Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) policy and decision-making processes. She is an Iveagh Fellow, awarded by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Saothar. She has completed a Bachelors of Laws (2023) at Trinity College, University of Dublin, during which she studied at Sciences Po Paris….

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Sam Van den plas

Policy Director, Carbon Market Watch

Sam Van den plas is Policy Director at Carbon Market Watch, an international NGO with in-depth expertise in carbon pricing. Carbon Market Watch’s mission is to ensure that carbon pricing and other climate policies drive a just transition towards zero-carbon societies. Sam is in charge of Carbon Market Watch’s European and International policy strategy, positioning and advocacy outreach. His main areas of expertise include EU and international climate policy, carbon markets, the EU Emissions Trading System and industrial decarbonisation.

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Tafadzwa Dutoit Nyamande

Head of Operations, CarbonConnect Africa

Financial Management degree in 2016 and proceeded to achieve further credentials in Project Management MicroMasters with Rochester Institute of Technology (New York), Managing Projects with Microsoft Project, Unlocking Investment and Finance in Emerging Markets and Developing Economies from World Bank OCL. He holds a Blockchain for Business Certification from Hyperledger, an open-source project from The Linux Foundation. He has been actively involved in the hemp industry in Zimbabwe as a trustee with the Zimbabwe Industrial Hemp Trust since 2019. His role at ZIHT began as a Business Development manager and…

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Lee Beck

Senior Director in Europe and the Middle East, Clean Air Task Force

Lee Beck is CATF’s Senior Director in Europe and the Middle East, leading CATF’s climate strategy to advance a broad portfolio of solutions in both regions. She is also responsible for advancing CATF’s efforts on the global climate policy stage through CATF’s presence at COP28 in the UAE and at COP27 in Egypt. Having worked on climate and clean energy and lived in the U.S. and Europe, Lee is an expert on transatlantic partnerships and international affairs, and is passionate about advancing and strengthening the transatlantic relationship to achieve climate…

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Chris Sherwood

General Secretary, Negative Emissions Platform

Chris Sherwood is Secretary-General of the Negative Emissions Platform (NEP), the Brussels-based trade association for the Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) industry. NEP’s mission is to promote CDR and advocate for it to have a proper role in climate policy. Chris has over 20 years of experience in European and global public policy roles after starting working life as an IT systems implementation consultant. He has been a public affairs consultant and worked for the U.S. Department of Commerce at the U.S. Mission to the EU. He was a pioneer in…

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Philippe Ciais

Associate Director, Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement

Philippe Ciais is a researcher of the Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement (LSCE), the climate change research unit of the Institut Pierre Simon Laplace (IPSL). He is a physicist working on the global carbon cycle of planet Earth, climate change, ecology and geosciences.

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Lina Strandvåg Nagell

Senior Manager for Projects & EU Policy

Lina Strandvåg Nagell is Bellona Europa’s Senior Manager for Projects & EU Policy, as well as the Topic Lead on Sustainable Finance and Economy. Nagell focuses in particular on the deployment of low-carbon technologies, ensuring they real climate impact, how to address market failures and barriers to ensure a sustainable economy and how to increase capital flows to low-carbon initiatives and projects. Nagell is a Co-Chair to the Zero-Emission Platform’s (ZEP) Network on Policy & Technology and Working Group on Policy & Funding, as well as a member of the Danish…

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Megan Kemp

Head of Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR), South Pole

Megan Kemp is Head of Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) at South Pole, working exclusively with the advanced buyer facility NextGen CDR. In this role Megan leads on global strategy, innovative products and market acceleration, collaborating across the CDR ecosystem to stimulate corporate and government demand before it is too late. Previously Megan has been an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Co, driven international cooperation at No10 in the Prime Minister’s Covid Implementation Unit and developed no deal policy at the Department for Exiting the European Union. She has an MBA from Harvard Business School and…

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