Speakers confirmed as of 27 November 2017:


  Willie Walsh, CEO, International Airlines Group (IAG)

Willie Walsh became chief executive of International Airlines Group (IAG) in January 2011, joining from British Airways where he was chief executive from October 2005. IAG is the parent company of Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia, LEVEL and Vueling. It is one of the world’s largest airline groups with 547 aircraft flying to 268 destinations and carrying more than 100 million passengers each year. Previous to his role at British Airways, Willie was chief executive of Aer Lingus from October 2001. He joined the airline in 1979 as a cadet pilot and became a captain in 1990 before moving into management roles. Originally from Dublin, Willie is also chairman of the Ireland’s National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA).

  Michel Adam, Senior Manager, Aviation Environment, International Air Transport Association (IATA)

Michel is responsible for the policy and regulatory portfolio and advocacy with external stakeholders on environmental affairs. Michel is also IATA’s observer to the ICAO Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection where he coordinates the airlines’ representation. Prior to joining IATA in 2012, Michel was Manager Environment & Consumers at the Association of European Airlines (AEA), where he represented the interests of European airlines on environmental affairs, consumer affairs and ground-handling in European institutions. Complementing this experience and his formal training in law, Michel holds a Master of Advanced Studies (LL.M. adv.) in Air and Space Law from Leiden University in the Netherlands, where he is now a guest lecturer on the regulation of aircraft noise.

  Perumal Arumugam, Team Lead, Sustainable Development Mechanisms Programme, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Perumal provides senior technical advice on substantive technical issues relating to quantification of mitigation benefits across various sectors, including that of the aviation-related mitigation methodologies. At UNFCCC, he also leads and supports intergovernmental negotiations process on all international co-operative and market related mechanisms and issues under the Kyoto Protocol (CDM review, CDM guidance and JI guidance) and the Paris Agreement (Article 6). He has participated in the ICAO process as a GMTF and AFTF expert from UNFCCC on issues related to CORSIA. Prior joining the UNFCCC, he was consecutively for four years elected from the Asia pacific region as expert member to support four technical bodies under the CDM – Executive Board.

  James Atkins, Chairman, Vertis Environmental Finance

James founded Vertis Environmental Finance in 1998. Vertis trades in emissions markets and advises companies on trading in carbon markets and reducing emissions. Before Vertis, James trained as an accountant with Arthur Andersen and worked in the waste management industry. He also heads up Avocet Holding, which invests in nature conservation ventures.

  Ismael Aznar Cano, Legal Officer, DG CLIMA, European Commission

Since 2014, Ismael has been responsible for aviation and carbon markets, including the EU Emissions Trading System for aviation and the international negotiations at ICAO on market-based measures. He has developed most of his career in the Spanish administration, where he has been Deputy Director at the Spanish Climate Change Office for more than seven years. He also held other responsibilities in the Ministry of Environment as well as in the Ministry of Economy and Finance. He has a degree in Law and a degree in Geography and History.

  James Beard, Policy Specialist, Energy & Climate Change, WWF-UK

James specializes on transport in WWF’s UK Climate & Energy Team. He has led WWF’s work on biofuels in the UK while also contributing to the CORSIA and alternative fuels working groups in ICAO through WWF’s membership of the International Coalition for Sustainable Aviation. This work culminated with James leading WWF’s policy coordination at the 2016 ICAO Assembly. More recently, James has branched out into wider transport issues such as electric vehicles and UK airport expansion. James is also a member of the WWF delegation to the IMO and recently coordinated WWF’s transport-related activities at COP23 in Bonn.

  Africa Abajas Bermejillo, Head of Aviation Services, Vertis Environmental Finance

Africa is responsible for running and developing Vertis’ aviation business line, aviation strategy and product range. Prior to Vertis, she was working as Policy Advisor for the Spanish Civil Aviation Authority. She was responsible for files such as EU ETS on aviation and involved in the ICAO process for the development of CORSIA scheme, at technical and political level. She supported coordination among EU States representing the Spanish competent authority vis-à-vis European institutions, industry associations and other stakeholders and participated in European funded projects on biofuels for aviation. Africa started her professional career in a Spanish airline association where she worked as legal advisor on aviation-related policy issues. She holds a degree in Law, with a specialization in International and European Law and Aviation Regulations.

  Andrew Chen, Head of Emissions Strategy, Heathrow Airport

Working as part of the Sustainability & Environment Team, Andrew helps to develop and deliver strategies that reduce the airport’s emissions of carbon and local air pollutants, including the ambitious goals set out by Heathrow 2.0, the airport’s new plan for sustainable growth. A primary component of his responsibilities includes engaging internal and external stakeholders to implement collaborative emission reduction efforts. Andrew has 12 years of experience in strategy development, emissions modelling and management, environmental impact assessment, ecological research, education, and non-profit operations. Prior to joining Heathrow, Andrew managed environmental impact assessments and developed mitigation strategies for major proposed infrastructure and airport projects.

  Michael Clark, Deputy Director, International Aviation, UK Department for Transport

Dr Clark is Deputy Director General of Civil Aviation for the United Kingdom. Based in the Department for Transport his responsibilities cover all aspects of international aviation, including: addressing aviation’s environmental impacts (he is the UK’s co-policy lead on the Aviation EU ETS), negotiating air service agreements, and developing regulatory regimes for emerging technologies such as commercial spaceflight and drones. He is the UK’s Member on the ICAO Committee for Aviation Environmental Protection and has been involved in negotiations on CORSIA since before the 2016 ICAO Assembly, where he was Deputy Head of Delegation. Prior to this, Dr Clark has over ten years of experience delivering UK public policy in a wide range of fields, having worked for the Foreign Office, Department of Energy and Climate Change, and the Treasury.

  Jonathon Counsell, Group Head of Sustainability, International Airlines Group

In July 2015 Jonathon became Group Head of Sustainability for the International Airlines Group with responsibility for the group sustainability strategy across the Groups’ four airlines British Airways, Iberia, Vueling and Aer Lingus. In January 2016 Jonathon was also appointed the Chair of the International Airline Transport Association Environment Committee and in June 2017 re-selected as Chair until 2019. In 2013 Jonathon took over the Chair of Sustainable Aviation, the leading UK aviation industry consortium of airlines, airports, manufacturers and UK Air Traffic Control authority driving improvements in the sustainability performance of the sector. Jonathon was previously BA’s Head of Environment, appointed in December 2007 with responsibility for developing and implementing BA’s strategy on all issues relating to the Environment including Climate Change, Air Quality, Noise and Waste.

  Julien Dufour, CEO, VERIFAVIA

VERIFAVIA is a worldwide independent environmental accredited verification, certification and auditing body for aviation (airlines and business jets), airports and maritime transport (shipping and ports). It is the world’s leading verifier for aviation as the company verifies each year about 30% of the world’s airlines in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS). VERIFAVIA also provides training and pre-verification audits for ICAO’s CORSIA to airlines and business jet operators.

  René Estermann, CEO, myclimate Foundation

An agro-economist, René leads myclimate, a foundation offering services towards a low carbon economy. With more than 100 carbon offsetting projects (certified by CDM, Gold Standard, PlanVivo) in 30 countries, mainly developing and emerging market countries, myclimate generates millions of certified emission reductions. René is also co-founder and member of the Board of directors of act cleantech agency, Zurich, one of two Swiss government mandated agencies to elaborate and monitor target agreements with companies to fulfil government obligations for carbon reductions and energy efficiency and if successful to release from carbon tax and grid fees. He is also member of the advisory board of the World Tourism Forum, Lucerne, Switzerland.

  Dirk Forrister, President and CEO, International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)

Previous to leading IETA, Dirk was Managing Director at Natsource LLC, the manager of one of the world’s largest carbon funds. Earlier in his career, he served as Chairman of the White House Climate Change Task Force in the Clinton Administration, serving President Clinton. Prior to that, he was Assistant U.S. Secretary of Energy for Congressional, Public and Intergovernmental Affairs; and Legislative Counsel to Congressman Jim Cooper. He was also Energy Program Manager at Environmental Defense Fund. He now serves on the Board of Directors of the Verified Carbon Standard and as a member of the Advisory Boards of the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the American Carbon Registry.

  Jochen Gassner, Member of Executive Board, First Climate Markets AG

Jochen has been with First Climate Markets AG, a subsidiary of First Climate AG, a globally operating carbon market service provider and carbon asset management company, for the last 10 years and is responsible for international business development and the management of the company’s portfolio of voluntary carbon credits. Today, First Climate is one of the leading players on the voluntary carbon market globally. He is currently Co-chair of ICROA, the International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance. Before joining First Climate he has held a sustainability management position in the petrochemical industry and has worked as a consultant with industry clients.

  Michael Gill, Executive Director, Air Transport Action Group (ATAG)

Michael is Executive Director of the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG), the only global association that represents all sectors of the air transport industry. Its mission is to promote aviation’s sustainable growth for the benefit of global society. He was appointed as Director, Aviation Environment of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in November 2013, with responsibility for developing and implementing IATA’s work in the environment field, particularly in the areas of climate change, noise, biofuel commercialization and the IATA environmental assessment programme. Prior to that, he spent six years as senior legal counsel in IATA, supporting IATA’s external affairs portfolio. In that role, he led IATA’s delegation to three ICAO diplomatic conferences on airline regulatory and security issues. Before joining IATA in May 2007, Michael was an aviation lawyer in private practice at the Paris Bar, acting for airlines and their insurers.

  Julie Girling MEP, EU ETS Rapporteur, European Parliament

Julie joined Ford Motor Company as a graduate trainee working on the shop floor in a supervisory role and later moved into retail management. After entering local government in 1999, Julie was elected as MEP for the South West of England and Gibraltar in June 2009 and was successfully re-elected for a second term in May 2014. With a keen interest in environmental and agricultural issues, she was reappointed to the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health & Food Safety Committee, was recently Rapporteur on Air Quality and is now Rapporteur for the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and ETS Aviation.  Julie is also a member of the Agriculture Committee, Fisheries Committee and the Women’s Rights & Gender Equality Committee as well as a member of the ASEAN Delegation for relations with South East Asia.

  Sophy Greenhalgh, Director, International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)

Sophy current manages IETA’s work agenda on international climate markets for voluntary action, REDD+ and aviation. She has over 12 years’ experience in climate change policy, environmental management and sustainability. Sophy has worked as a consultant, researcher and project manager for the private sector, UK government and DG CLIMA at the EU Commission, covering a variety of large scale climate, economic and sustainability projects. Topics have included climate mitigation, adaptation and resource scarcity themes. Previously, Sophy managed the International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance, a global not for profit promoting best practices for environmental integrity in voluntary carbon markets. She has also been lead developer and author for a number of local and regional government climate change strategies.

  Andreas Hardeman, Managing Director, Hardeman Consulting

Andreas has 20 years of high-level experience in the air transport sector. During this time he has represented the interests of global airlines in many industry and government fora, including the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the UN ICAO Environment Committee (CAEP), UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC). Areas of specific expertise include UN negotiations, international air and space law, environmental strategy, and climate change policy. As a consultant, Andreas specializes in regulatory and advocacy advice in emerging aerospace markets including CORSIA implementation and related low-carbon strategies, as well as supersonic operations, space flight and UAV activities.

  Andrew Herdman, Director General, Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA)

Andrew has held the position of Director General of AAPA since 2004. He also serves as a Board member of the Air Transport Action Group, the global cross-industry group promoting the sustainable growth of aviation. Prior to joining AAPA, Andrew held a number of senior positions with the Swire Group, the parent company of Cathay Pacific Airways. Andrew spent much of his earlier career in a variety of senior aviation-related roles with Cathay Pacific and its associated companies, including Managing Director, Cathay Pacific Catering Services, Managing Director of Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Ltd (HAECO), Chairman of Xiamen-based TAECO, Cathay Pacific General Manager Cargo, Director and General Manager of ABACUS, and a board member of Worldspan.

  Rolf Hogan, Executive Director, Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials

Rolf leads the work of the RSB Secretariat on behalf of the RSB Board of Directors. He ensures effective strategies, partnerships and finances are in place to fulfil the RSB mission. With an academic background in both natural and social sciences, Rolf has 20 years’ experience with the non-profit sector and global environmental policy. He led a multi-country programme on protected areas for WWF International and represented the organization at the Convention on Biological Diversity. He also worked for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) advising the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. He frequently speaks at conferences and workshops about biomaterial sustainability, multi-stakeholder organizations and certification topics.

  Helen Howes, Senior Advisor, First Climate Group

Helen Howes has over 20 years of experience in environmental compliance, including carbon markets, in Canada and the USA. While at Delta Air Lines, she was responsible for preparing annual compliance reports for EU ETS, for the US EPA under Title V of The Clean Air Act, and fuel reports to the US DOT. In addition, she was responsible for fuel and GHG emissions reporting to IATA, CDP, and verifying and reporting GHG emissions to an NGO-operated registry in California. She has held industry leadership roles as Vice Chair and then Chair of IATA’s Environment Committee, as well as a member of IATA’s delegation to ICAO’s Global Market-Based Measures (GMBM) Task, contributing to Emission Unit Eligibility Criteria and MRV work.

  Tim Johnson, Director, Aviation Environment Federation

Tim is the Director of the UK-based Aviation Environment Federation (AEF), an environmental NGO dedicated to tackling aviation’s environmental impacts, and has over twenty-five years expertise in the aviation and environmental field. He is a lead representative for the environmental NGOs at the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) where he co-leads groups set up by the Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) to develop the ‘offset eligibility criteria’ for use in the global market-based measure CORSIA, and to review and update ICAO’s carbon calculator. He is a member of the Department for Transport’s External Advisory Group, Sustainable Aviation’s Advisory Panel and ACI’s Airport Carbon Accreditation Advisory Board.

  Aki Kachi, International Policy Director, Carbon Market Watch

Aki manages Carbon Market Watch’s international climate policy work with a focus on carbon pricing, including international carbon markets and the ICAO CORSIA. Before joining the team, Aki worked as a climate policy consultant in Berlin concentrating on various design aspects of emissions trading schemes and offsetting mechanisms as well as providing technical support to the Secretariat of the International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP). A graduate of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, he has spent years fostering international cooperation to help policy makers face global environmental challenges.

  John Kadyszewski, Director, American Carbon Registry

John serves as Director for Winrock International’s American Carbon Registry (ACR). As the leading Offset Project Registry for the California cap-and-trade programme and with over 100 million tonnes of GHG emissions reductions issued to date, ACR seeks to insure market integrity with strong methodologies, effective and independent measurement and monitoring, and full transparency throughout the process of project registration, verification, offset issuance and retirement. John led Winrock’s work to develop and field-test peer-reviewed methods and procedures for measuring carbon storage in forestry and agroforestry projects. He directed collaboration efforts with the electric power industry and the environmental community resulting in multiple projects to sequester carbon or reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, including evaluation of pathways to sustainable biofuels, the first international REDD projects, the first geologic sequestration projects, and multiple emissions reductions methodologies for agriculture.

  Adam Klauber, Director, Sustainable Aviation, Rocky Mountain Institute

Adam has more than 14 years of experience delivering aviation solutions. He is the Director of Sustainable Aviation for the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and Carbon War Room. His team advances an airport approach to accelerate sustainable aviation fuel adoption. RMI recently partnered with San Diego International Airport to manage The Good Traveler carbon reduction programme. Before joining RMI, Adam led ICF International Sustainable Aviation practice and supported the FAA. Whenever possible he ventures into the backcountry with his family, and is a former wilderness instructor with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and Outward Bound.

  Stefano Mancini, ETS Support Facility Manager, EUROCONTROL

Stefano started his professional career in 1992 in France in what is today’s Airbus, working on projects relating to the human factors and cognitive science aspects in aircraft cockpits. He then worked as of mid-1995 as a consultant to EUROCONTROL for the development and implementation air traffic surveillance systems accuracy assessment tools. In 1998, he joined EUROCONTROL working in the European AIS Database (EAD) Programme where he managed the definition of the EAD service provision contract, the first pan-European ATM service outsourced by EUROCONTROL, and the service implementation and launch. Since 2005, Stefano manages all activities relating to the provision of support to the European Commission, European States and to aircraft operators in the definition, implementation and compliance to the aviation segment of the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS). Since March 2013, he is also a member of the ICAO Global Market Based Measures Technical Task Force.

  Damien Meadows, Adviser, DG CLIMA, European Commission

Damien is the Adviser on European and International Carbon Markets at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Climate Action. Before this he was Head of the Directorate-General’s Unit for the International Carbon Market, Aviation and Maritime, after 4 years as Deputy Head of the EU ETS unit. He is a solicitor of the High Court of England and Wales. Before joining the European Commission in 2001, he worked for the UK government and in private practice, as well as with the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat.

  Bruno Miller, Managing Director, Fuels, Fulcrum BioEnergy

Dr Miller is responsible for directing Fulcrum BioEnergy’s fuels activities including sales, logistics, and regulatory affairs. The company is a pioneer in the development of a reliable and efficient process for transforming everyday household garbage into low-carbon transportation fuels including jet fuel and diesel. Dr Miller has more than 15 years of experience in the air transportation industry with previous roles at Northwest and Delta Airlines, and Metron Aviation, an Airbus subsidiary. He holds a Ph.D. in Air Transportation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

  Andrew Murphy, Aviation Manager, Transport & Environment

Andrew has worked on aviation policy at Transport & Environment since 2014, and prior to that he worked in the EU institutions. For T&E he covers developments at international level (ICAO and UNFCCC), legislative developments at European level and national efforts to mitigate aviation’s climate impact. He is a member of the technical working group which is developing ICAO’s offsetting mechanism CORSIA, and closely follows developments relating to carbon pricing of aviation in the EU and elsewhere. He has a law degree from the University of Ireland, Galway.

  Bruce Parry, Senior Environment Manager, European Business Aviation Association

Bruce Parry is experienced in sustainability and environmental affairs with a background of working in the airlines/aviation industry. He is Senior Environment Manager for the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and Environment Director for the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), representing business aviation on a variety levels including as the UN Observer at ICAO’s CAEP on behalf of IBAC. He has a background in Environmental Engineering Management, Environmental Factors in Aircraft Product Development, Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability and Aerospace. Bruce has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Quality and Resource Management from University of the West of England.

  Annie Petsonk, International Counsel, Environmental Defense Fund

Annie coordinates EDF’s advocacy efforts on international aviation. She works to develop international laws that provide economic incentives for environmental protection. Annie has been actively engaged in international climate negotiations since their inception. Prior to coming to EDF, she served in the U.S. Department of Justice, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the United Nations Environment Programme, and the private bar. Annie teaches international trade and sustainable development law at the George Washington University Law School.

  Pedro Piris-Cabezas, Senior Economist, Global Climate, Environmental Defense Fund

Pedro has been working for EDF’s Climate and Energy programme since 2007. His areas of expertise include EU and global climate and energy policy, REDD+, aviation emissions, sustainable biofuels and the design of cap-and-trade programmes and other policy instruments. In the context of ICAO, Pedro has participated in the design of CORSIA since 2013, contributing on the following areas: allocation of offsetting obligations, monitoring reporting and verification, emissions unit criteria, and sustainable aviation fuels. He is currently the co-lead of the task group working on sustainability matters related to sustainable aviation fuels within the Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection.

  Sofia Zoe Rohner, Manager, Environmental & Aeropolitical Affairs, Austrian Airlines

Sofia is responsible for environmental policy, advocacy and projects relating to emissions, carbon offsetting, energy efficiency, sustainable aviation fuels, aircraft noise and waste. In 2016, Sofia was nominated to represent Lufthansa Group at ICAO GMTF – Global Market Based Measures Task Force. Before joining Austrian Airlines in 2015, Sofia was with the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management at the Regulatory Department for waste law legislation. Sofia holds a law diploma with a specialization in Public Law and International Relations from University of Vienna and a degree in tourism management.

  Wayne Sharpe, Chairman & Founder, Global Environmental Markets

Wayne is a pioneer in the digital age, utilizing the internet’s global reach to link people with products through electronic exchange platforms. He founded the listed company Bartercard, now the world’s largest non-cash marketplace where members exchange goods and services on credit not cash via a unique alternative ‘currency’. After selling Bartercard’s flagship operation in Australia in 2007, Wayne attended the UN climate change conference in Bali, and shifted his technological and entrepreneurial skills to the global challenge of climate change. For the past 15 years, Wayne has devoted himself to bridging the nexus between financial markets and the environment, creating marketplaces and platforms that make it simple, secure and transparent for finance to achieve environmental outcomes. Wayne created Global Environmental Markets after successfully launching the world’s largest voluntary exchange platform Carbon Trade Exchange (CTX).

  Margaret-Ann Splawn, Executive Director, Climate Markets & Investment Association

Margaret-Ann is currently the Executive Director of CMIA and is one of the authors of an independent report conducted by Ricardo Energy & Environment for the UK Department of Transport entitled ‘Carbon abatement in UK aviation’ released in October 2017. Before joining CMIA, Margaret-Ann provided carbon origination, advisory, risk management and procurement services to compliance entities with carbon exposure in the EU ETS. She also provided origination, advisory and procurement services for voluntary credits for corporates. Margaret-Ann has over twenty years’ experience in financial markets trading at a number of leading brokerage firms in bonds, interest rate swaps & options and credit default swaps. She holds a MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation from the London School of Economics and is a Fellow at the Royal Geographical Society.

  Jessica Verhagen, VP Strategy & Business Development, Ecosphere+

Jessica is responsible for driving demand in emerging carbon markets including CORSIA. Ecosphere+ protects forests and natural ecosystems around the world, which is one of the most immediate and cost-effective ways to combat climate change. She’s been at the intersection of environment and finance for over a decade, working in the British Columbia government designing some of North America’s first carbon pricing mechanisms. She then worked with the founding team to launch Evok Innovations, a private sector $100 million fund that invests in clean technologies to reduce greenhouse gases, followed by rolling up her sleeves in a cleantech startup to raise capital and develop the go-to market strategy.

  Nancy Young, Vice President, Environmental Affairs, Airlines for America (A4A)

An environmental attorney with over 25 years of experience, Nancy directs the A4A environmental sustainability programmes, represents the A4A airlines in international negotiations regarding aircraft noise and emissions standards, and provides counsel on other environmental issues of significance. She serves on the Steering Group and as environmental co-lead of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI), which is working to hasten the deployment of commercially viable, environmentally preferred alternative jet fuels, and the Advisory Committee of the Aviation Sustainability Center (ASCENT). In addition, she participates in the working groups under ICAO’s Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection and serves on the Board of the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG). In 2015, Nancy was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to serve on his High-Level Advisory Group for Sustainable Transport. The Advisory Group concluded its work in late 2016 with the launch of its analysis and recommendations report, ‘Mobilizing Sustainable Transport for Development’.