• Sabina Alkire

    Director, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), University of Oxford

Sabina Alkire directs the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), a research centre within the Department of International Development, University of Oxford. Her research interests and publications include multidimensional poverty measurement and analysis, welfare economics, Amartya Sen’s capability approach, the measurement of freedoms, and human development. She holds a DPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford

  • Ala Alwan

    Regional Director Emeritus, World Health Organization (WHO)

Ala Alwan is Regional Director Emeritus, World Health Organization (WHO) and Visiting Professor, Global Health at the University of Washington. At WHO, he was Assistant Director-General for Noncommunicable Diseases, Representative of the Director for Health Action in Crises and Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Region from 2005 to 2017. He coordinated the development of the global strategy for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases, endorsed by the World Health Assembly in 2000 and was leading the preparations and global events that culminated in the United Nations General Assembly High-level Meeting for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases

  • Azita Berar Awad

    Former Director of the Employment Policy Department of the International Labour Organization (ILO)

Former Director of the Employment Policy Department of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Azita Berar Awad has been leading ILO’s action for promoting full, productive, decent and freely chosen employment. She is a member of the WEF's Global Council on the Future of Education, Gender and Work

  • David Beasley

    Executive Director, World Food Programme

In a public service and business career that spans more than four decades, David Beasley has worked across political, religious and ethnic lines to champion economic development, humanitarian assistance, education and intercultural and interfaith cooperation for the most vulnerable people across the globe

  • Phil Bloomer

    Executive Director, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Phil Bloomer has more than 25 years' experience in social justice advocacy and campaigning. Phil joined the Resource Centre after 18 years at Oxfam, including eight as Campaigns and Policy Director and 11 years in Latin America

  • Summer Brown

    Director, Peacebuilding Advisory Unit, International Alert

Summer Brown is the Director of the Peacebuilding Advisory Unit at International Alert where she oversees thematic teams which explore and advocate for specific issues in and on peacebuilding and conflict sensitivity. Before joining Alert, she managed programmes across the globe focusing on issues including governance, transparency, inclusion, economics, environment, youth, civil society and the media

  • Stephen Browne

    Co-director, Future of the UN Development System (FUNDS) Project

Stephen Browne is Co-director of the Future of the UN Development System (FUNDS) Project and Senior Fellow of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York and former Deputy Executive Director of the International Trade Centre, Geneva

  • Walter Cotte

    Regional Director, Americas, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

Over the past 10 years, Walter Cotte has been deeply involved in the formulation of policies, processes, programs and national and international projects for disaster risk management, climate change, water and sanitation, livelihoods and settlements, shelter and income generation, and has led more than 50 international missions as an expert in global disaster management

  • Ara Darzi

    Director, Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London

Ara Darzi holds the Paul Hamlyn Chair of Surgery at Imperial College London, the Royal Marsden Hospital and the Institute of Cancer Research. He is Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London and an Honorary Consultant Surgeon at Imperial College Hospital NHS Trust

  • Séverine Deneulin

    Associate Professor of International Development, University of Bath UK

Séverine Deneulin is Associate Professor of International Development at the University of Bath UK, and currently Visiting Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame, USA. Her research focuses on social ethics applied to questions of global development

  • Christen Dobson

    Senior Project Lead & Researcher, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Christen Dobson covers climate justice, North America and the SDGs at the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre. From 2009-2016, Christen led the Human Rights Funders Network’s Research and Policy programme, where she managed a global research initiative to map and analyse the landscape of human rights funding and supported donor efforts to address closing space for civil society.

  • Marta Foresti

    Managing Director, Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

As a member of the ODI Senior Management team, Marta Foresti contributes to setting the institute's strategic agenda, priorities and goals. She leads ODI’s portfolio on governance, security, climate and migration. She has over 20 years of research, policy formulation and delivery, as well as management experience and has an interest in applied social research methodologies and policy evaluation

  • Jessica Hagen-Zanker

    Migration Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

Jessica Hagen-Zanker's research has focused on understanding how migration and other policies affect migrant decision-making, impacts of migration on migrants and their families, the interlinkages between migration and social protection, and remittances, covering a diverse range of countries, including Albania, Ethiopia and Nepal

  • Louise Heaps

    Marine Chief Adviser, WWF-UK

Louise Heaps is the Marine Chief Adviser for WWF-UK. She has worked on ocean conservation around the globe for over 25 years, spending five years in the Pacific Islands region. She is now taking a leading role globally on WWF’s sustainable blue economy programme

  • Richard Jolly

    Honorary Professor and Research Associate, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex

Richard Jolly is Honorary Professor and Research Associate of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex. He is Co-Director of the UN Intellectual History Project and sits on the Council of the Overseas Development Institute. From 2001-6 was a Trustee of OXFAM and Chairman of the United Nations Association – UK

  • Hayley Lashmar

    Administrative Assistant, United Nations Association – UK

Hayley is the Administrative Assistant for UNA-UK and provides support across the organisation. She completed her Honours Bachelors degree in International Relations at Western University in London, Canada. Before joining UNA-UK, she completed her Master's in Gender Studies at University College London where she focused on post-conflict justice mechanisms and their ability to comprehend gendered violence

  • Max Lawson

    Head of Inequality Policy, Oxfam International

Max Lawson is Head of Inequality Policy at Oxfam International, based in Nairobi. Max has worked for Oxfam since 2002, leading advocacy work on issues including macro economics, tax, aid and climate. He studied at the University of Sussex, and has lived and worked in South Africa and Malawi 

  • Christa Liedtke

    Director, Sustainable Production and Consumption, Wuppertal Institute/Folkwang University of Arts, Industrial Design

Christa Liedtke has 25 years of experience in resource-light and circular economy strategies, sustainable and eco-design, changing behavior patterns in production and consumption. From 2012 to 2016 she was a Visiting Professor and since 2016 she has been Professor for Sustainability Research in Design at the Folkwang University of Arts in Essen

  • Estherine Lisinge-Fotabong

    Director, Programme Implementation and Coordination Directorate, NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency

Estherine Lisinge-Fotabong is Director of the Programme Implementation and Coordination Directorate at the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, which is the technical body of the African Union. She has over 25 years of experience in environmental law, policy design and project implementation across Africa

  • Romain Poivet

    Climate Program Officer, Climate Department, French Environmental and Energy Management Agency (ADEME)

Romain Poivet is Climate Program Officer at the French Environmental and Energy Management Agency (ADEME). He specialises in climate mitigation strategies for organisations. He initiated and he coordinates for ADEME the ACT (Assessing low Carbon Transition) Initiative in partnership with the CDP

  • Luis Miguel Castilla Rubio

    General Manager, Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness, Inter-American Development Bank

Luis Miguel Castilla has been General Manager of the Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) since 2017. Previously, he was Peru’s ambassador to the United States and Minister of Economy and Finance, as well as chief economist for CAF-Latin America Development Bank

  • William Scott

    Professor Emeritus of Education, University of Bath

William Scott's research focuses on the role of learning in sustainable development and he blogs about this at blogs.bath.ac.uk/edswahs. He is Chair of Trustees of the UK National Association for Environmental Education and Associate Editor of Environmental Education Research. His new book (with Paul Vare) is: The World We’ll Leave behind: grasping the sustainability challenge

  • Erik Solheim

    Executive Director, UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

Prior to joining UNEP, Solheim was the chair of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). As head of the DAC, which is the main body of the world’s development donors, Solheim emphasised the role of private sector and tax in development finance, spearheading the Sustainable Development Investment Partnership and the Addis Tax Initiative

  • Paola Subacchi

    Senior Research Fellow, Global Economy and Finance, Chatham House

Paola Subacchi is an economist, writer and commentator on the functioning and governance of the international and monetary system. She is a senior fellow at Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs) in London, a visiting professor at the University of Bologna, and a director of a number of public companies. Her latest book, The People’s Money: How China is building a global currency, was published by Columbia University Press

  • Paul Toyne

    Commissioner, London Sustainable Development Commission

Paul Toyne is an independent adviser to business and government. He has a diverse background, having worked all over the world as an environmental campaigner, conservationist and sustainable built environment specialist. He is a London Sustainable Development Commissioner, chairing its Quality of Life work since 2010

  • Eric Usher

    Head, UNEP Finance Initiative

Eric Usher has 25 years of experience in the sustainable energy and finance sectors. Prior to heading the UNEP FI Secretariat in Geneva, he was responsible for a programme portfolio advancing new public/private instruments for financing cleaner energy infrastructure and improving energy access

  • Thomas G. Weiss

    Co-director, Future of the UN Development System (FUNDS) Project

Thomas G. Weiss is Presidential Professor of Political Science and Director Emeritus of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at The City University of New York’s Graduate Center. He also is Co-director of the Future of the UN Development System (FUNDS) Project

  • Maggie White

    Manager, International Policy, Stockholm International Water Institute

Maggie White is also co-chair of AGWA (Alliance for Global Water and Adaptation). White is a senior water policy expert who has worked for over 16 years in the sector, specialising in WASH, IWRM and climate change issues at global, local and national implementation level. She has actively contributed to developing an influence framework to support The Rockefeller Foundation’s efforts in the global water sector and is responsible for the high level plenary sessions at World Water Week

  • Sarah Wykes

    Lead Analyst, Climate & Energy, CAFOD

Sarah Wykes leads CAFOD’s policy work on climate change and energy, with a focus on energy access. With partners, she is developing an innovative methodology for planning pro-poor energy services, the Energy Delivery Models (EDM) approach. She has  over 15 years of experience in international development and human rights