Plenary Speakers

Science, Technology and Innovation

Founding CEO of StatWeather, recognized in 2018 as the #1 Climate Technology Globally by Environmental Business International, 2015 Top Data Provider Globally through Energy Risk Awards, Top U.S. Weather Company in Energy Risk Software Rankings 2013, Best Newcomer of the Year 2013, a 2014 Platts Global Energy Awards "Rising Star", and in the Top 5 Most Innovative Companies in America in 2015 through Meet Advisor Inventor of 90-Day Ahead Weather Forecast that predicts extreme events with bulls-eye accuracy, as documented by Forbes, Reuters, Energy Manager Today, and others. Named International Woman of the Year by Renewable Energy World and Power Engineering 2013 and a "Lifetime Achievement" Leader through Platts Global Energy Awards 2014

Dr. Ria Persad

Professor Benjamin Horton is Director of the Earth Observatory of Singapore and a professor at the Asian School of the Environment in Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Prior to joining NTU, Professor Horton was a Professor at Rutgers University and an Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Horton obtained his BA from the University of Liverpool, UK, and PhD from the University of Durham, UK.
Professor Horton has won a number of awards in his career. In 2019, he was appointed the President’s Chair in Earth Sciences at NTU for outstanding achievement. For excellence in research, he received the Plinius Medal from the European Geosciences Union, the Voyager Award from the American Geophysical Union, and the W. Storrs Cole Award from the Geological Society of America. He was elected Fellow of the Geological Society of America in 2013 and Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 2018. Professor Horton was an author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Assessment Report and is a Review Editor for the new 6th Assessment Report. Professor Horton’s research was cited by President Obama in his 2015 State of the Union Address at the United States Capitol on January 20th 2015.

Dr. Benjamin Horton

David Lewis is a Professor of Anthropology and Development in the Department of International Development. David's research interests lie at the interface between development studies and anthropology, and most of his work has been concerned with understanding people's encounters with development actors and development processes. He undertakes regular fieldwork in Bangladesh on governance, policy, and civil society and also worked in Nepal, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Palestine, and Uganda. He is currently the Principal Investigator on a research project on the ethnography of small business advice-giving in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, and is completing a collaborative project on conflict and deprivation in Palestine. He has a growing interest in representations of development in popular culture, including music, fiction, and film, and is a Faculty Advisory Group member in the LSE South Asia Centre. David's work has been published in a range of journals including World Development, Development and Change, and Current Anthropology. He is the author of several books including Bangladesh: Politics, Economy and Civil Society (2011), Non-Governmental Organizations, Management and Development (2014), and Anthropology and Development: Challenges for the 21st Century (with Katy Gardner, 2015). He is co-editor of Development Brokers and Translators: The Ethnography of Aid and Agencies (2006, with David Mosse) and Popular Representations of Development: Insights From Novels, Films, Television and Social Media, (with Dennis Rodgers and Michael Woolcock. He is currently working on a co-edited book called New Mediums, Better Messages? How Innovations in Translation, Engagement, and Advocacy are Changing International Development, to be published by Oxford University Press. He has advised a range of development agencies including UNDP, IFAD, Oxfam, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

Prof. David Lewis

Anthony Leiserowitz, Ph.D. is the founder and Director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and a Senior Research Scientist at the Yale School of the Environment. He is an expert on public climate change and environmental beliefs, attitudes, policy preferences, and behavior, and the psychological, cultural, and political factors that shape them. He conducts research at the global, national, and local scales, including many surveys of the American public. He has published more than 200 scientific articles, chapters, and reports. He has served as a contributing author, panel member, advisor or consultant to organizations including the IPCC (AR6 Report), National Academy of Sciences (America’s Climate Choices), the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, the Harvard Kennedy School, the United Nations Development Program, the Gallup World Poll, and the World Economic Forum, among others. He is a recipient of the Friend of the Planet Award from the National Center for Science Education, the Mitofsky Innovator Award from the American Association of Public Opinion Research, and the Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication from Climate One. He is also the host of Climate Connections, a radio program broadcast each day on more than 650 frequencies nationwide. He ranks No. 2 on Reuters ‘Hot List’ of World’s Most Influential Climate Scientists Twitter: @ecotone2

Dr. Anthony Leiserowitz

Professor Kaoru Takara has been interested in physically-based stochastic hydrological analysis, using state-space modeling of river basins with advanced technologies such as the Kalman filter, rain radar, satellite remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS) and computer-intensive statistics (CIS). Modeling and forecasting of heavy rainfalls, floods and landslides are key to prevent and reduce disaster risks in river basins. His current interests include: probable maximum precipitation (PMP), probable maximum flood (PMF), frequency analysis of meteorological and hydrological extremes with parametric and non-parametric methods, climate change impacts, downscaling of global climate model (GCM) outputs for applications at basin scale, and disaster risk governance. Prof. Takara published 25 co-authored books, 200+ peer-reviewed papers in academic journals, and 130+ articles in annuals and journals. He has been contributing to international cooperation research activities through UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (IHP), Asia Pacific Association of hydrology and Water Resources (APHW), International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS), International Water Resources Association (IWRA), International Consortium on Landslides (ICL), ASEAN University Network/Southeast Asia Engineering Education Development Network (AUN/SEED-Net), and Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (GADRI), as well as through a role as an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Flood Risk Management (JFRM).

Dr. Kaoru Takara

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