Former Governor of Jakarta
Jakarta, Indonesia
Fauzi Bowo is an Indonesian politician and diplomat who currently serves as a Lecturer at the State University of Jakarta, and as a Commissioner of PT Pembangunan Jaya, a property management company. Prior to these roles, Fauzi served as Governor of Jakarta from 2007–2012 before assuming the role of Indonesian Ambassador to Germany from 2013–2018. From 2007–2012, Fauzi also served as deputy governor of Jakarta under Sutiyoso’s governorship.

During his time as Governor of Jakarta, Fauzi was one of the early adopters of the mayoral climate agenda, committing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the metropolitan area 30% by 2030 during COP15, held in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2009.

As an advocate for cities and climate action, Fauzi was previously a member of the C40 Cities Steering Committee and was Founder and Chairman of Urban Zone / Centre for the Study of Urban and Urban Problems. He also served as the president of the United Cities and Local Governments organisation and represented the Republic of Indonesia at the 2017 G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

Fauzi studied architecture at the University of Indonesia before he earned a Doctorate degree in a Regional and City Planning at the Technical University of Brunswick, Germany.

Chief Executive, Menhaden Resource Efficiency PLC
London, United Kingdom

Ben Goldsmith is the Chief Executive of Menhaden PLC, a London-listed investment trust, which focuses on the theme of resource efficiency.

Ben also serves as a Trustee of the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), sits on the Board of the UK Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), and is Chair of the UK Conservative Environment Network.

City Leader in Residence, Bloomberg City Leadership Initiative

Jennifer Musisi is a transformational leader with three decades of experience in turning around institutions and systems in challenging settings. She was the first Executive Director of Kampala, the Capital City of Uganda (a role comparable to mayor, chief executive or city manager).

She has earned a global reputation for integrity, leadership, innovation, and building strong systems to overcome corruption, inadequate financing and dysfunction. She automated revenue management and service delivery systems and mobilised local and international finances to implement a wide range of sustainable development projects. </p.

Jennifer was appointed a UN Ambassador for Sustainable Development under Goal 11, and is also the City Leader in Residence at the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative.

Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy Global Ambassador GCoM Global Ambassador
Vancouver, Canada

Gregor Robertson is a leader and entrepreneur in politics and business, building a healthy, biodiverse world with vibrant, green andinclusive cities.

He is Global Ambassador of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM), helping over 11,000 cities to tackle climate and energy challenges. He is also Executive Vice President at Nexii Building Solutions, a green construction company that produces sustainable buildings and infrastructure across North America.

Gregor served three terms as Mayor of Vancouver from 2008–2018. During his tenure as longest-serving mayor, Vancouver’s economy led the country, and the city achieved record-setting house-building, the establishment of childcare programmes and job creation, public transit ridership and investment growth, and achieving the lowest carbon emissions per capita in North America. He chaired Canada’s Big City Mayors’ Caucus, the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation, and was Host Mayor of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

Prior to his decade as Mayor, Gregor was elected to the British Columbia Parliament from 2005–2008 and was an organic farmer and entrepreneur between 1990–2005, co-founding and leading Happy Planet a leading fresh food brand in Canada.

Former Mayor of Quito
Quito, Ecuador

Mauricio Rodas is the former Mayor of Quito, Ecuador (2014–2019). During his mayoral term, he hosted the UN’s Conference on Urban Sustainable Development – Habitat III, and served two terms as the World Co-President of United Cities and Local Governments, and served as a Vice Chair of C40 Cities in the C40 Steering Committee.

Currently, Mauricio is a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, where he lectures and coordinates the ‘Cities Climate-Resilient Infrastructure Financing Initiative’ programme. He is also Senior Fellow at the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Centre at the Atlantic Council, leading the ‘City Champions for Heat Action’ initiative, Mauricio is also Co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Commission on BiodiverCities by 2030, and a member of the United Nations’ Committee of Experts on Public Administration.

Mauricio is a partner of Meridio Consulting, an urban policy and city diplomacy consultancy firm, working with clients around the world. He also serves as a City Diplomacy and Climate Change Advisor for the 2020 Urban 20 process. In 2019, he was named one of the World’s 100 Most Influential People on Climate Action by Apolitical; he also received the University of Pennsylvania’s World Urban Leadership Award.

Mauricio Rodas holds a Juris Doctor from Universidad Católica de Quito, and two Master’s degrees in Government Administration and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Principal Secretary for the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Forests, Government of Tamil Nadu
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Supriya Sahu is Additional Chief Secretary for the Department of Environment Climate Change and Forests in the Government of Tamil Nadu. In this role, she has been instrumental in establishing India’s first Tamil Nadu Green Climate Company (TNGCC), a not-for-profit organisation with an ambitious afforestation programme to enhance forest and tree cover through the planting of 2,600 million trees over the next ten years.

Supriya previously served in various roles in the Governments of India and Tamil Nadu, notably as the Project Director of Health systems reforms, the Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, the Director General of Doordarshan and the Vice-President of the Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union.

In 2000, Supriya coordinated the grass-roots environmental campaign, ‘Operation Blue Mountain’. As the District Collector, she implemented a plastic ban in the Nilgiris District and in 2001, led the district team in setting a Guinness World Record for planting the largest number of trees in a single day.

In recognition of her achievements, Supriya was awarded the ‘Best Collector’ award by the Government of Tamil Nadu and was commended by the Planning Commission of India and the UNDP for the ‘Best practice of Governance’ in India.

Executive Director of C40 Cities
London, United Kingdom
Mark Watts

Mark has served as Executive Director of C40 Cities since December 2013. Since then, the organisation’s membership has grown rapidly and now includes 96 of the world’s leading cities, with more than 250 staff members located across the globe.

Since its inception, C40 has strived to be a highly ambitious leadership group that heads efforts to stop climate breakdown through the actions and leadership of global mayors. In 2016, through the Deadline 2020 programme, C40 became the first major organisation to insist that a 1.5°C target is essential, rather than aspirational, for mitigating climate breakdown.

Prior to joining C40, Mark was Director at the pioneering engineering and design firm, Arup. Before this role, Mark worked as a senior adviser to the Mayor of London, a role where the London Evening Standard described him as: “the intellectual force behind Ken Livingstone’s drive to make London a leading light of the battle against global warming.”

He reports to C40 Chair and Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and C40 Board President, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. Mark believes that work should be fun, and that there is always a time for music, narrowboats, and places you can get to by bicycle.

Environment Programme Lead, Bloomberg Philanthropies
New York City, United States
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Antha Williams heads the Environment Programme at Bloomberg Philanthropies. Previously, she was the Senior Vice President at Corridor Partners, a donor advisory firm focused on climate and clean energy. Antha also worked as the Advocacy Executive at Atlantic Philanthropies, where she oversaw grants to support healthcare and comprehensive immigration reform. Outside of philanthropy, Antha has worked as a campaigner and organiser, directing large-scale voter protection efforts, and serving in leadership positions for five years with Green Corps, a training programme for aspiring environmental organisers.