Speakers

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Christina Kwauk

Christina Kwauk was a fellow in the Center for Universal Education at Brookings. She's research director at Unbounded Associates and Head Climate Education at The Education Commission.

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HRH Princess Esmeralda

Princess Esmeralda of Belgium is a journalist, author and activist.
An environmental and indigenous rights’ campaigner, she is the President of the Leopold III Fund for Nature Exploration and Conservation, founded in 1972 by her late father who was one the first European to visit the Xingu National Park in Brazil during the sixties and to spend months with indigenous communities. She is also the Chair of Friendship Belgium, an NGO working in Bangladesh with the most vulnerable and marginalised people through programs of education, health, women empowerment and climate adaptation.

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Andrew Jack

Andrew Jack is global education editor for the Financial Times, writing on educational issues around the world and editorial lead for the free FT schools programme. He was previously head of curated content, deputy editor of the big read section, pharmaceuticals correspondent, and a foreign correspondent in France and Russia.

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Johnny Dabrowski

Johnny Dabrowski aims to ensure that climate education is part of the school curriculum not just in his country, but also in other European ones. He is a co-founder of the Climate Education Team of Fridays for Future (FFF).
Started in 2021, the Team presently comprises members from across Europe. Under his leadership, the Team has published Climate Education Demands and forwarded these to ministers of education in 15 European countries. Johnny has personally met the minister of education in Poland. He is a student representative in his High School.

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President Tarja Halonen

Tarja Kaarina Halonen is a Finnish politician who served as the 11th president of Finland, and the first woman to hold the position, from 2000 to 2012.
During her presidency, Tarja Halonen served as co-chair of World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization, appointed by International Labour Organization ILO, from 2002 to 2004. From March 2009 until September 2014, she served as the Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders. In August 2010, Tarja Halonen was appointed co-chair of the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability.

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Andreas Schleicher

Andreas Schleicher is a German mathematician, statistician and researcher in the field of education who is currently the director for education and skills, and special adviser on education policy to the secretary-general, at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris.

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Dr. Matt Winning

Dr Matt Winning is a London-based Scottish comedian and environmental researcher who performs live climate change comedy and author of the book HOT MESS: What on Earth can we do about Climate Change? available in all good bookstores.
Matt has a TEDx talk about the importance of using humour to discuss climate change, hosts the podcast ‘Operation Earth’ and co-hosted the BBC Radio 4 show Mark Watson and Matt Winning: Seriously, Though, The Planet. Matt has a PhD in climate change policy and is an active researcher at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources on various environmental issues.

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Juan Pablo Celis Garcia

Juan Pablo Celis Garcia is a youth policy and environmental specialist who currently serves as Youth Programme Coordinator of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). He has served as Spokesperson of Education USA, a program of the United States Department of State. Mr. Celis is a founding member of the Youth Representatives Steering Committee and Adviser to the Civil Society Unit of the UN Department of Global Communications. He is a former Communications Associate for the United Nations Association of New York (UNA-NY). Mr. Celis served as Co-Chair of the Youth Subcommittee for the 66th United Nations DPI/NGO Conference on Education for Global Citizenship in South Korea. Here, he chaired the Gyeongju Youth Declaration on Youth and Decision-making. He has consistently promoted the active participation of youth in every level of governmental decision-making, recognizing the value of young people in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Matthew Samuda

Matthew Samuda is a Jamaican politician from the Labour Party. He is a member of the Senate of Jamaica and is Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation in the Cabinet of Jamaica.

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Leah Namugerwa

Leah Namugerwa is a youth climate activist in Uganda.[1][2] She is known for leading tree planting campaigns and for starting a petition to enforce the plastic bag ban in Uganda. Following inspiration from Greta Thunberg, she began supporting school strikes in February 2019 with fellow Fridays for Future Uganda organizer Sadrach Nirere.

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Matt Larsen-Daw, WWF UK

Matt Larsen-Daw is Education Manager at WWF-UK and Chair of socio-educational charity HVP Nepal-UK. WWF-UK is part of the FutureProof Ed coalition, calling for commitment to support and equip schools to take climate action and embed nature education.

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Richard Davis, NASA

Richard "Rick" Davis currently works at NASA Headquarters as the Assistant Director for Science and Exploration in the Science Mission Directorate (SMD). He's a pilot and former ISS CAPCOM

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Sophie Lambin

Sophie is the founder and CEO of Kite Insights. Kite Insights is a research and communications agency focused on helping organisations deliver impact on the pressing social, economic and environmental issues of our time. Through research-based content, convenings and brave coalitions, Kite helps organisations shape the debate on issues that matter.
Sophie is also the Editorial Partner of the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society and Content Partner for The New York Times Climate Solutions convenings.

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David Pallash

David is part of the LEGO Build The Change team and is passionate about biodiversity and climate. In his spare time he is studying birds and working on sustainability at LEGO.

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Benjamin Van Bunderen Robberechts

Benjamin Van Bunderen Robberechts is a 15 year old children's rights and climate activist from Belgium. In 2021 he lost his good friend, Rosa, to floods caused by climate change. Since then Benjamin has started a campaign called #ClimateJusticeForRosa. He and Rosa’s many other friends hope to make policy makers aware of the human tragedy caused by climate change. Benjamin is also an ambassador for Stop Ecocide, he is a firm believer that mass destruction of ecosystems should be an international crime.

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Ellen Windemuth

Ellen Windemuth is C.E.O. of WaterBear Network, overseeing the strategy and direction of the new free streaming platform dedicated to the future of our planet. She executive produced “My Octopus Teacher,” which won this year’s BAFTA and Oscar for best documentary feature.