2017 C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards: Jury Panel

Jury Chair

DAVID MILLER, North American Regional Director and Ambassador for Inclusive Climate Action at C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, Former Mayor of Toronto & Former C40 Chair

Prior to assuming the role of North American Regional Director, David Miller served as President and CEO of WWF-Canada. David was Mayor of Toronto from 2003 to 2010 and Chair of the influential C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group from 2008 – 2010. Under his leadership as Mayor, Toronto became internationally admired for its environmental leadership, economic strength and social integration.  He is a leading advocate for the creation of sustainable urban economies, and a strong advocate for the next generation of jobs through sustainability. David Miller is a Harvard-trained economist and with professional experience as a lawyer.

Jury Members

ANTHA WILLIAMS, Environment Programme Lead, Bloomberg Philanthropies

Antha N. Williams leads the Environment Program at Bloomberg Philanthropies, Michael R. Bloomberg’s philanthropic organization with the mission to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. Under Antha’s leadership, Bloomberg Philanthropies supports environmental initiatives to improve sustainability of cities around the world, to accelerate the transition to clean energy, and to combat overfishing. Previously Antha served as Senior Vice President at Corridor Partners, a donor advisory firm focused on climate and clean energy, and as the Advocacy Executive at Atlantic Philanthropies where she oversaw grants to support health care and comprehensive immigration reform. Antha has also built support for environmental issues and policymakers through grassroots organizing at the state level. Outside of philanthropy, Antha has worked as a campaigner and organizer. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. Antha graduated from Dartmouth College and lives in New York.

ROMAIN LACOMBE, Founder and CEO, Plume Labs  

Romain Lacombe is the CEO & founder of Plume Labs, an environmental tech company helping people take action to avoid air pollution thanks to smart devices and actionable insights. Flow, the company’s personal air quality tracker, helps individuals manage their exposure to major pollutants and crowdsource air quality hotspots in their community. From 2011 to 2014, Romain was the head of innovation of data.gouv.fr, the French Prime Minister’s task force for open government data, which he helped initiate after authoring a report on the policy’s potential for sustainable development and civic innovation. He previously researched carbon markets at MIT’s Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research and consulted for the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group on CO2 emissions. Romain graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Fulbright Scholar (M.S. in Technology Policy, 2008) abd was named an MIT Technology Review ‘European Innovator Under 35’ (France, 2015) and a TED Fellow (2017).

AKEL BILTAJI, Former Mayor of Amman

Born in Gaza, Palestine, in 1941, Akel Biltaji graduated with a Degree in Education in 1962, and joined the Arabian American Oil Company (ARAMCO). In 1969, he returned to Jordan to join ALIA, the Royal Jordanian Airlines, and, in his 28-year distinguished career, served in different capacities, including Senior Vice President. His Majesty, the late King Hussein, appointed Akel Biltaji in 1997 as the Country's Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, where he continued to serve until 2001, when he was appointed Chief Commissioner for the newly declared Region of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority. In 2005, His Majesty appointed Akel Biltaji as a member of the House of Senate, where he served as Chairman of the Tourism and Heritage House Committee, and member of the Foreign Relations, Health and Environment and Education House Committees. In September of 2013, the Prime Minister appointed Akel Biltaji as Mayor of Amman. Akel Biltaji represented his country in a number of national, regional and international forums and conferences, including the World Economic Forum in Davos. He also sits on the boards of a number of national and international organizations and institutions, including the Steering Committee of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.

DIANE REGAS, Executive Director, Environmental Defense Fund

Diane is responsible for developing Environmental Defense Fund’s overall strategy, as well as driving and delivering on the organization’s vision. A lifelong environmental advocate, Diane is optimistic and solutions-oriented. She excels at finding effective partners and practical responses to complex environmental problems that encourage prosperity and stewardship both domestically and internationally. From her work redirecting and recalibrating the organization’s approach to global climate change to identifying new ways to open markets to clean energy financing, Diane’s deep expertise and leadership guide all aspects of the EDF’s work, in close partnership with President Fred Krupp. Prior to joining the EDF in 2006, Diane spent 20 years developing and supporting scientifically sound bipartisan solutions to environmental challenges at Environmental Protection Agency, where she managed billions of dollars and thousands of employees.

KEVIN MO, Managing Director, The Paulson Institute Representative Office

Dr. Kevin Mo is the Managing Director of the Paulson Institute Representative Office, in charge of climate and sustainable urbanization. He has more than 20 years of experience in strategizing and implementing climate and energy policies in both the U.S. and China, with an extensive international network of central and local governments, think tanks, NGOs, research institutes, state-owned enterprises, and multinational companies. He is a frequent speaker on energy policies and sustainable development at international conferences and workshops. Prior to joining the Paulson Institute, Kevin was the director of the China Buildings Program with the Energy Foundation for over five years, managing a grant portfolio of building energy efficiency, green buildings, appliance energy efficiency, and non-CO2 emissions abatement. He funded policy research projects that led to the Green Building National Action Plan, the revision of national residential and commercial building energy standards, the revision of national green building standards, and over 40 national mandatory appliance energy efficiency standards and labels. Kevin has served as a technical advisor to the U.S. team in the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center’s Building Energy Efficiency Consortium and a senior advisor to the MOHURD building energy standard committee. Prior to that, he also served as director of international sustainable buildings projects and a senior specialist at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Kevin holds a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University, a master’s degree from Tsinghua University, and a bachelor’s degree from Zhejiang University.