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making science work for climate adaptation

The Policy and Finance Committee is an international panel composed of 10 distinguished members from the policy and finance sectors, including the banking sector, investors and policy leaders.

The Policy and Finance Committee's key mandate and duties include:

    • to liaise with relevant policy and finance communities and organizations, support building networks and guiding the Secretariat in doing so and facilitating the alignment of the Science Committee’s work with the needs and priorities of the policy and finance communities
    • to address the knowledge gaps identified by the policy and finance communities and organizations
    • to support and contribute to the exchange of information between the MG and the policy and finance communities and organizations at large

 

Co-Chairs


 Minpeng Chen

Renmin University

 Minpeng Chen

Ms Minpeng Chen is a full professor in the School of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development (SARD) at Renmin University of China.

She has working experiences of adaptation and mitigation in agriculture, and the sustainability of agriculture at Tsinghua University, Yale University, Yamanashi University, IIASA, and Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. She acted as a negotiator on adaptation and loss and damage of Chinese Delegation from 2014 to 2016, as well as a member and co-chair of the Adaptation Committee of UNFCCC from 2015 to 2017. Prof. Chen holds a B.A. in Environmental Economics and obtained her PH.D. from Tsinghua University in Environmental System Analysis. 


Bruce Currie-Alder

International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Bruce Currie-Alder

Mr Bruce Currie-Alder leads the climate team at Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) which invests in evidence to catalyze adaptation and resilience across Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

IDRC is proud to partner with the UK Government to enable poor and marginalised communities in the global South to be more resilient to climate change in the near and longer term, and with the Government of the Netherlands to support the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN). Bruce previously led the Collaborative Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) and served as IDRC’s director for the Middle East and North Africa.

Members


G. R. Chintala

National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD)

G. R. Chintala

Mr G R Chintala is the Chairman of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), the Apex Development Financial Institution of the country.

He has been awarded honorary doctorate in Science by Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University, Hyderabad. After graduating from the prestigious agriculture college, Bapatla, he did his Post Graduation in Seed Science and Technology from the world-renowned Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi.  He joined NABARD as an officer and over the last three and a half decades, has worked in various capacities at its Head Office and Regional Offices.

Prior to taking over as Chairman, he was the Managing Director of NABFINS Ltd. (Microfinance lending subsidiary of NABARD).  He has also held Director level positions in Subsidiaries of NABARD, several Regional Rural Banks, State Cooperative Banks and NBFCs. He conceptualized, designed and rolled out digitization of the world’s largest microfinance program under project ‘e-Shakti’ and also played a vital role in driving the world’s largest poverty alleviation cum women empowerment program, the SHG movement comprising 10 million groups, covering 100 million members.

He has travelled extensively and visited more than 20 countries for presenting papers on various topics and other assignments covering agriculture and rural development.


Saleemul Huq

International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD)

Saleemul Huq

Mr Saleemul Huq (Professor) is the Director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) at Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) since 2009 and Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Environment & Development (IIED) in London.

He is also Senior Advisor on Locally Led Action, Global Centre on Adaptation (GCA) and Advisor of Climate Change Programme at Brac. Before that Dr Huq was the Director of the Climate Change Programme at IIED and founding Executive Director at the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS). He has worked extensively in the inter-linkages between climate change (both mitigation as well as adaptation) and sustainable development, from the perspective of the developing countries, with special emphasis on least developed countries (LDCs). He has published numerous articles in scientific and popular journals, was a lead author of the chapter on Adaptation and Sustainable Development in the third assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and was one of the coordinating lead authors of ‘Inter-relationships between adaptation and mitigation’ in the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report (2007). He has been named among the “World’s 100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy for 2019” for making a positive difference by The Apolitical, a London-based public servants’ networking group.


Anne Olhoff

UNEP DTU Partnership (UDP)

Anne Olhoff

Ms Anne Olhoff leads the strategic planning and implementation of climate planning and policy activities at the UNEP DTU Partnership (UDP).

She has more than 20 years of experience in international research, technical assistance, and policy advice on climate change adaptation and mitigation in the context of sustainable development, with strong experience from developing countries. Since 2012, Anne has managed and coordinated the production of the UNEP flagship scientific assessments on climate change, the Emissions Gap Report and the Adaptation Gap Report.


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.


Jolene Cook

UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Jolene Cook

Ms Jolene Cook has been working in the climate change field for over 15 years as an academic researcher and a government science adviser. Currently, she is Head of International Climate Science in the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy where she leads on international science engagement and provides scientific advice to inform both UK and international climate policy.

As the UK’s Focal Point for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Jolene works with her counterparts around the world to assist the IPCC in the production of assessments of the scientific and technical evidence, and supports UK research community’s participation in the process. She is also the UK’s COP26 science lead negotiator for the UN Framework Convention for Climate Change. Jolene spent two years working in the EU on international climate science issues and a short time as a visiting scientist in Japan.


Paul V. Desanker

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Paul V. Desanker

Mr Paul V. Desanker (PhD) serves as the manager of the Response Subdivision in the Adaptation Division, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Paul is a Manager in the Adaptation Division of the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and is responsible for support to the LDCs, National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), and, Loss and Damage. He has extensive experience working on issues related to adaptation to climate change, ecological modeling, remote sensing, integrated assessment, and has served as Coordinating Lead Author of the Third Assessment Report of the IPCC. Prior to his current position, he served as a member and Chair of the LDC Expert Group, and was an Associate Professor of Geography at Penn State University after working as a Research Assistant Professor at University of Virginia, in the USA. Paul holds a Masters degree in Mathematics and a PhD in Forest Biometrics from Michigan Technological University, USA.


Rosalind West

UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Rosalind West

Ms Rosalind West is the lead advisor on weather and climate science at the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.

She heads the climate science team in the Research & Evidence Division where she is responsible for the department’s portfolio of research programmes on adaptation and resilience, including the Future Climate for Africa programme. Rosalind has a background in climate model development, with a DPhil in Atmospheric Physics from the University of Oxford, and is a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society. Alongside Prof Anand Patwardhan, she is currently co-chairing the development of the Adaptation Research Alliance for launch as part of the COP26 Adaptation & Resilience campaign, aiming to scale up investment and capacity in action-orientated research for adaptation and resilience.


Thanh-Tâm Le

Climate-KIC

Thanh-Tâm Le

Mr Thanh-Tâm is Climate-KIC's Director of Performance and Impact focusing on National and Regional Transformation.

He has been the Director for France and the Mediterranean for several years and coordinated the H2020 MARCO project on the EU market of climate services. A classical concert violinist with an "ingénieur" degree from Ecole Polytechnique and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Paris University Denis Diderot, he had previously set up and directed the Graduate School at Ecole Polytechnique. Prior experience includes positions as Lecturer and Dean at SUPAERO (Toulouse). He was also a member of the Operational Board of the IDEA League.

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