Ms Christiana FIGUERES

Vice-Chair, Global Covenant of Mayors

Christiana FIGUERES is a world authority on global climate change and was the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC from 2010-2016.

Ms FIGUERES is currently Vice-Chair of the Global Covenant of Mayors and Mission2020 Convenor. During her tenure at the UNFCCC, Ms FIGUERES brought together national and subnational governments, corporations and activists, financial institutions and communities of faith, think tanks and technology providers, NGOs and parliamentarians, to jointly deliver the historic Paris Agreement on climate change, in which 195 sovereign nations agreed on a collaborative path forward to limit future global warming to below 2C. The agreement entered into force in less than a year, breaking the record of the UN. For this achievement Ms FIGUERES has been credited with forging a new brand of collaborative diplomacy. In addition to her remarkable diplomatic achievements over the past 20 years, she served as Director of Renewable Energy in the Americas (REIA) and in 1995 founded the non-profit Center for Sustainable Development of the Americas (CSDA), which she directed for eight years.

Prof. Thomas AUER

Managing Director, Transsolar
Professor, Building Technology and Climate Responsive Design, Technical University of Munich

Thomas is Partner and Managing Director of Transsolar, an engineering firm with offices in Stuttgart, Munich, Paris and New York. He collaborated with world known architecture firms on numerous international design projects. He is a specialist in energy efficiency and environmental quality. Thomas has developed concepts for buildings and districts around the world noted for their innovative strategies. Thomas taught at various universities around the world. Since 2014 he is full Professor at the TU of Munich with a focus in bridging academia and environmental design.

Prof. Peter GUTHRIE

Professor, Engineering for Sustainable Development, University of Cambridge

Peter GUTHRIE was appointed in 2000 as the first Professor in Engineering for Sustainable Development in the UK.

His research is focused on the assessment of large scale projects for sustainability, resilience in infrastructure, energy efficiency in buildings, and sustainability in developing countries.

He has experience of research in the sustainable development of infrastructure in developing countries, including the challenging of the appropriateness of technical standards, issues of waste management, provision of basic services in rural contexts, and the potential for waste materials to be used as materials in construction, and the engineering of earth roads. He has worked with FIDIC (Federation of International Consulting Engineers) to produce a report on sustainability assessment for infrastructure

Dr Raymond COLE

Professor, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of British Columbia, Canada

Ray COLE is a Professor and past-Director of the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia, and holds the designation of North American Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Distinguished Professor and UBC Distinguished University Scholar. Dr COLE has received numerous academic and professional awards for his research, teaching and leadership activities in the field of green building. Dr COLE is a recipient of the US Green Building Council’s Green Public Service Leadership Award, the Sustainable Buildings Canada’s Life-time Achievement Award, Canada Green Building Council’s Lifetime Leadership Award, and the 2013 World Green Building Council Chairman’s Award.


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