2017 SPEAKERS

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Showcase Speakers

PHIL DYKE | Coast and Marine Advisor for the National Trust, UK, Mr. Dyke has spent the last 30 years witnessing changes in the coastal environment that’s both his specialty and passion. It’s his job to advise and support colleagues as they deal with the UK’s constantly shifting coastline and the difficult decisions associated with managed re-alignment, whilst working also with external partners to promote sustainable approaches to the development of coastal and marine management. He maintains his academic interests through teaching at a number of universities and collaborating on research projects related to furthering the understanding of climate change driven coastal change and impacts upon the natural environment and culture heritage. His career began with the National Trust on coastal and marine issues on the Isle of Wight and he then moved to Cornwall.  Now based in Devon he works across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

JEFF GOODELL | Author, Investigative Journalist and Contributing Editor to Rolling Stone and a frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine and Yale University’s Environment 360, Mr. Goodell has written extensively on geoengineering and climate change.  His next book, The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Reshaping of the Civilized World, is a deeply reported look at how the global crisis of rising seas is drowning cities like Miami and remaking the civilized world.  Mr. Goodell uses science and on-the-ground reporting to tell the story of how inundation is transforming our world – barriers will be built, walls erected, but ultimately there is no stopping the rising seas.

KATE GORDON | Senior Advisor at the Paulson Institute, Ms. Gordon provides overall strategy and coordination for the Institute’s climate change, air quality, and sustainable urbanization programs both in the US and China. She is also a nonresident Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University and a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal as one of the paper’s “Energy Experts.” A nationally recognized expert on the intersection of clean energy and economic development, Ms. Gordon serves as a Senior Advisor to Henry Paulson who she helped to launch and lead the “Risky Business Project,” co-chaired by Mr. Paulson, Michael Bloomberg, Henry Paulson, and Tom Steyer, focusing on the economic risks the U.S. faces from unmitigated climate change.

DR. DAVID E. GUGGENHEIM | A marine scientist, conservation policy specialist, submarine pilot, ocean explorer and educator, Dr. Guggenheim is president and founder of the Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization, Ocean Doctor. He has spoken extensively on climate change impacts on natural heritage / ecosystems and currently directs Cuba Conservancy, a research and conservation program jointly sponsored with the University of Havana and focused on the environmental and cultural importance of coral reefs and sea turtles. Guggenheim holds a PhD in Environmental Science and Public Policy from George Washington University, a Master’s in Aquatic and Population Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Master’s in Regional Science and Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

MARCUS MOENCH | Founder of Institute for Social and Environmental Transtion (ISET) -International, Mr. Moench works with communities, non-profit, government, and international organizations on adaptation and resilience to climate change, urbanization, water, and energy in South and South East Asia, the Middle East, and the Western United States. He combines a strong technical background in environmental science, water resources, and energy with training and experience in the design and initiation of management institutions. He has led a number of resources studies for the World Bank. Most recently Mr. Moench spoke to the subject of communicating the threats and solutions for cultural response to climate change in his TEDx talk, “Reinvisioning Climate Change through Art.”