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Christina Chan

World Resources Institute (WRI)

Christina Chan
Ms Christina Chan is the Director of the Climate Resilience Practice at the World Resources Institute, and Co-Director of the Global Commission on Adaptation. She leads an exceptional team of adaptation professions who support communities and policymakers in understanding climate risks and vulnerabilities, as well as what works and why; integrating adaptation into policies and programs; and accessing financial resources. Prior to joining WRI, Christina was a Branch Chief at the U.S. State Department’s climate change office, where she led U.S. government efforts on global adaptation policy, launched several major adaptation partnerships, including the Adaptation Partnership and the National Adaptation Plan Global Network, and provided leadership on adaptation on the UNFCCC’s Adaptation Committee and Executive Committee to the Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and Damage. Christina also spent eight years with CARE, helping communities reduce their disaster-related risks and leveraging CARE’s on-the-ground work with communities to inform CARE International’s policy advocacy with the U.S. and global climate change policy. Christina holds a graduate degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Cornell University and an undergraduate degree in Human Biology from Stanford University.

Jean Palutikof

Griffith University

Jean Palutikof
Ms. Jean Palutikof is a Professor in the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Griffith University, Australia, where she has worked since October 2008.  Previously, she managed production of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report for Working Group II (Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability), while based at the UK Met Office. From 1979 to 2004 she worked at the University of East Anglia, UK, becoming a Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences, and Director of the Climatic Research Unit. Her research interests focus on climate change impacts and adaptation, and communication of knowledge to adaptation decision-makers.  Ms. Palutikof is a founding member of the WASP and served the programme as co-chair of its Science Committee during 2018-2020 and served as a member of the Science Committee during 2020-2022.

Chris Gordon

University of Ghana

Chris Gordon
Mr. Chris Gordon is a limnologist and ecologist based at the University of Ghana’s Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies. He has many years of experience as a consultant and aquatic resource management advisor with in-depth and extensive knowledge of ecosystem functioning and ecology of coastal wetlands, large river and estuarine systems. Prof Gordon has provided guidance on various national climate-related policies, strategies and action plans that include the National Climate Change Policy (2014); Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, Paris Agreement on Climate Change (2015); National Climate Change Master Plan (2015); National Climate Change and Green Economy Learning Strategy (2017). Mr. Gordon is a founding member of the WASP and served as a member of the Science Committee during 2018-2022.

Richard Klein

Stockholm Environment Institute

Richard Klein
Mr. Richard Klein (Stockholm Environment Institute, Bonn, Germany) has more than 25 years of experience in original research, science assessment and policy advice on climate change adaptation. He has been a lead author or coordinating lead author in six IPCC reports, and co-directed the Nordic Centre of Excellence for Strategic Adaptation Research in 2011–2016. Richard founded the journal Climate and Development in 2009 and served as its editor-in-chief for 10 years. In 2016 he received the Burtoni Award in recognition of his work on climate adaptation. Mr. Klein is a founding member of the WASP and was a member of the scientific steering committee of PROVIA from 2010 to 2015,  then served the programme as co-chair of its Science Committee during 2018-2020 and served as a member of the Science Committee during 2020-2022.

Maxx Dilley

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Maxx Dilley
Mr. Maxx Dilley is the Director of the Climate Programme and the Climate Coordinator and the Deputy Director of Services at WMO. Prior to joining WMO, he was a Policy and Partnerships Advisor at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and led the UNDP Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery Team.  Before that, he was a Research Scientist in the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) at Columbia University in New York, where he directed the Africa program and co-directed climate impacts research. He has designed, managed and contributed to disaster and risk management programs in Africa, Latin America and Asia and has authored numerous papers on disaster reduction and climate-related topics. Mr.Dilley is a founding member of the WASP and served the programme as a member of the Management Group, representing WMO.

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