Panelists

Saturday, January 8

9:00 AM-10:30 AM From Rio to Glasgow: 30 Years of Climate Negotiations

Charles C. Chester
Charles C. Chester teaches global environmental diplomacy at The Fletcher School. While his research focus has been on international wildlife protection, he is currently building the website GEP-guide.net, an online guide to the full range of topics subsumed under “global environmental politics.” He co-edited the volume “Conservation & Climate Change: Landscape and Seascape Science, Planning and Action” (Island Press 2012) and authored “Conservation Across Borders: Biodiversity in an Interdependent World” (Island Press 2006), which examined the global phenomenon of transboundary collaboration for conservation biodiversity protection, with a focus on the Sonoran Desert (USA-Mexico) and the Northern Rockies of Canada and the United States (Yellowstone to Yukon). Before receiving his Ph.D. from Fletcher, he was the second graduate of the combined Fletcher MALD & Tufts Urban & Environmental Policy (UEP) masters degree. He serves on the board of Bat Conservation International and is chair of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Council. He previously served on the board of Root Capital and consulted for the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Henry P. Kendall Foundation. Currently, Charlie is working extensively on “payments for ecosystem services” from migratory species (focusing most particularly on bats), and is researching a book on the interwoven historical threads of gorilla conservation, European royalty, protected area philosophies, American taxidermy, and climate change.

Dan Reifsnyder
Dan Reifsnyder is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia’s Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. He spent over 40 years in Federal Service, most recently at the Department of State, where he was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment and led U.S. efforts under the Congo Basin Forest Partnership.   In 2015, he co-chaired the U.N. negotiations that led to the Paris Agreement on climate change. He began working on the climate issue in 1989 and helped negotiate both the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Kyoto Protocol. He also taught at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Dr. Reifsnyder earned a Ph.D. in international relations at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He has a law degree from George Washington University and a master’s degree in Russian Area Studies from Georgetown University. He did his undergraduate degree at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, and studied in Leningrad and Paris. He is a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia bars. He has received numerous awards including three Presidential Rank Awards, EPA’s Ozone Layer Protection Award and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy’s Leadership Award.

Dr. Gregory C. Unruh
Dr. Gregory C. Unruh is the Arison Professor of Values Leadership at George Mason University and an expert on sustainable business strategy. An outspoken advocate of environmental sustainability and climate responsibility, Unruh has served as a technical reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the group that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. He is the creator of Carbon Lock-in theory, a line of academic research that has received thousands of citations and spurred new lines of climate policy research around the globe. He has been recognized as a strategic partner of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), an initiative dedicated to implementing socially and environmentally responsible business practices globally. As part of his UNGC commitments, Unruh contributed to the Principles of Responsible Business Education, which he presented to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the Palais de Nations in Geneva. Author of numerous best-selling leadership books, he co-founded the Center for Eco-Intelligent Management with the renowned “green” designer William McDonough and has published his research findings in the Harvard Business Review, the MIT Sloan Management Review and Forbes Magazine.

Dr. Philip Duffy
Dr. Philip Duffy is driven by a vision of science that makes a positive difference in the world. He is a physicist who has devoted nearly 30 years to addressing the societal challenge of climate change. He is currently on a one-year assignment with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), serving as Climate Science Advisor to its historic Climate and Environment Division. This is Duffy’s second stint with OSTP; he previously served as Senior Policy Analyst and Senior Advisor to the U.S. Global Change Research Program during the Obama administration. He has participated in UN climate negotiations and helped shape US global change research and policy. Dr. Duffy is particularly interested in working across traditional boundaries to address climate change, building partnerships with faith leaders, business leaders, and thought leaders across the political spectrum.

Holly Kirking Loomis
Holly Kirking Loomis is a Foreign Service officer. Currently in São Paulo, she previously served as deputy director and acting office director of the State Department Climate Change Office from 2017 to 2020 and led the U.S. climate delegation to COP 25 in Madrid, Spain, in 2019.

Marcus D. King
Marcus D. King is John O. Rankin Associate Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Elliott School’s Master of Arts in International Affairs Program. King previously served as Director of Research and Associate Research Professor. As a professor, Dr. King draws on experience in public service, research, and the private sector. He joined the Elliott School in 2011 from the research staff of CNA Corporation’s Center for Naval Analyses where he directed studies on security, resilience, and adaptation aspects of climate change. He was also Project Director for the CNA Military Advisory Board (MAB), an elite group of retired admirals and generals constituted to provide recommendations and reports on how these topics affect U.S. national security. From 2003 to 2006, King was Research Director of the Sustainable Energy Institute; and Senior Manager for Energy and Security Programs at a private consultancy. During the Administration of President William Clinton, he held Presidential appointments in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he represented the United States for negotiation of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Office of the Secretary of Energy where he directly supported the Deputy Secretary and participated in negotiations on the peaceful uses of nuclear energy with the Russian Federation. Dr. King served as a globalization planning fellow in Georgetown University’s Office of the President and as an adjunct assistant professor. He is a member of the Center for Climate and Security’s Advisory Board. His present research focuses on identifying ties between water scarcity and large-scale violence. King is a regular contributor to radio, television and print media.

William Moomaw
William Moomaw is Emeritus Professor of international environmental policy and founding director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at Fletcher. He currently serves as co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts, which he co-founded. He received his B.A. degree in chemistry from Williams College and Ph.D. in physical chemistry from MIT. He had a 26-year career in chemistry and environmental studies at Williams College, where he directed the Center for Environmental Studies. He served as AAAS Science Fellow in the U.S. Senate, where he worked on legislation that successfully addressed ozone depletion, and on legislation responding to the 1973 energy crisis. He began working on climate change in 1988 as the first director of the climate program at World Resources Institute in Washington. He has been a lead author of five Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Reports. The IPCC shared the Nobel Peace Prize for its climate work in 2007. He is currently working on natural solutions to climate change with a focus on increasing carbon dioxide removal and sequestration by forests, wetlands and soils to compliment emission  reductions from land use changes and replacing fossil fuels with zero carbon renewable energy. He chairs the board of directors of two climate science and policy organizations, The Climate Group North America and Woods Hole Research Center. He also serves on the boards of directors of The Nature Conservancy of Massachusetts, the Consensus Building Institute, Earthwatch Institute, and is on the National Advisory Boards of the Union of Concerned Scientists, and Young Voices for the Planet. 

10:45 AM-12:15 PM | Putting Racial & Social Justice Into Practice (Simultaneous Panel)

Caroline Neal
Costa Rican lawyer and real estate developer who is passionate about working to achieve meaningful change in her family, her community, and our planet. CoFounder and CFO of Neal Group Construction, Rehabilitation & Restoration of Historic Buildings. Community leader and entrepreneur working to create a diverse, equitable and inclusive community. Passionate about reusing downtown infrastructure to mitigate the effects of Climate Change and creating resilient cities

Irvin Hicks
A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Mr. Hicks is currently president of the Thursday Luncheon Group (TLG), the Department’s oldest affinity group that advocates for the recruitment, advancement, retention and empowerment of African-American and other under-represented Foreign and Civil Service Officers in support of the Department’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.

Lael Chester
Lael Elizabeth Hiam Chester is Director of the Emerging Adult Justice Project at Columbia University’s Justice Lab and leads the national and international research on Emerging Adult Justice. Lael is an attorney who has focused her career on juvenile, criminal and civil rights law and policy.

Paula Fynboh
Paula brings 20 years of nonprofit leadership, program development, and equity and social justice experience at the local, national, and international level. She is an experienced nonprofit leader with an outstanding track record in scaling highly successful grassroots organizations as well as national programs to create real and lasting change and elevating the voices of historically under-resourced communities.

Robinson Cook
Robinson Cook is a Humanitarian Assistance Officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development in the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance. Mr. Cook manages the full life cycle of awards for a portfolio of implementing partners in South America who provide disaster relief. Prior to USAID, Mr. Cook worked in refugee resettlement and displacement for 10 years both domestically and internationally.

Vanessa Calva-Ruiz
Consul Calva is a member of the Mexican Foreign Service with over 15 years of experience in consular affairs. She was Executive Director of the Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME), and Deputy Director General for Consular Protection Policies at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Consul Calva has published several articles about LGBT+ right and consular affairs focusing on Mexico’s consular and diplomatic experience and has led efforts on this topic within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


10:45 AM-12:15 PM | Geopolitics: High Stakes & Shifting Global Alliances: How the World Responds (Simultaneous Panel)

Ambassador Dr. Len Ishmael
Ambassador, Dr. Len Ishmael is the Global Affairs Advisor of the Brussels Diplomatic Academy and visiting Professor of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and the Mohammed 6 University, Morocco. She is a Senior Fellow and Distinguished Visiting Scholar of the German Marshall Fund of the United States of America and a Senior Fellow of the Policy Center for the New South. Dr. Ishmael is a Commissioner on the Lancet Commission on COVID-19’s Regional Task Force for Latin America. She is the former Ambassador of the Eastern Caribbean States to the Kingdom of Belgium and European Union, and past President of the 79-member African, Caribbean & Pacific (ACP) Committee of Ambassadors in Brussels. She is a former Director & Head of the Regional Headquarters of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America & the Caribbean; Director General for the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, Alternate Governor of the World Bank and Director for the Foundation Leadership for Environment & Development (New York) of the Rockefeller Foundation. She is The Fletcher School Tufts University GMAP Endowment Fellow and member of The Fletcher School GMAP Advisory Council. She is the author of several publications on the Global South, Geopolitics, Africa-EU relations, China, and the Trans-Atlantic relationship. Dr. Ishmael was conferred a Doctoral Degree in Development Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and Global Master of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. She received a Master of Arts degree in Urban Planning from the City University of New York and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Geography from the University of the West Indies. She was recognized by King Carlos with the Order of Merit of the Kingdom of Spain in March 2010 for her contributions to the Spanish-Caribbean relationship.

Artūrs Saburovs
Artūrs Saburovs is a career diplomat with the Latvian Foreign Service having focused largely on communications, public diplomacy, diaspora affairs, the Nordic Baltic region, South America and Africa affairs. He has served in Washington, DC and is currently serving in London, UK. A fellow GMAPer, he also holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and government from St. Lawrence University located in New York State. His studies, work and trainee experiences focused on French studies, climate and energy policies have taken him to Canada, France, Senegal, Kenya and Tanzania. He volunteers as a career mentor for undergraduate students at St. Lawrence University.

Dr. Christian Bachheimer
Dr. Christian Bachheimer spent 30 years in South East Asia working as a CEO and Group Director in the largest Indonesian Conglomerate. A keen observer of contemporary events of historical importance, this ‘one-in-a-life-time’ chance offered Christian a window on the resurgence of Asia, from the so called Asian Tigersera to the aftermath of the 1997 financial crisis that resulted into this unprecedented economic and political dynamism across the region. Christian completed his Master of Arts in International Relations at Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, in September 2017, as a capstone in his Asian life. His thesis dealt with China’s Foreign Policy impact on South East Asia under supervisor Dr. Robert L. Pfaltzgraff. Paper was presented at the University of Louvain during a conference in December 2018, updated under the title ‘China as a Regional Power: A new Tianxia’. Another essay followed in May 2019 titled ‘China in an Evolving World: Between Westphalia and Tianxia’ that endeavored to understand China’s state of mind as a polity. Recently, Christian published two papers on Global Supply Chains and China’s Mercantilist threat to Asean in the East Asia Forum. Christian holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from Southern Cross University, Australia, a Sloan Master of Science from London Business School, UK, and MBA from Edinburgh Business School, UK. Currently a Doctorate researcher at SOAS, under Dr. Tat Kong and Dr. Michael Buehler, Christian is working on unpacking Patterns & Concepts of hedging strategies among South East Asian states with the wider Asia Pacific Powers.

Dr. Otaviano Canuto
Dr. Otaviano Canuto, based in Washington, D.C, is a senior fellow at the Policy Center for the New South, a professor affiliate at UM6P, a nonresident senior fellow at Brookings Institution, a professorial lecturer of international affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs – George Washington University, and principal at Center for Macroeconomics and Development. He is a former vice-president and a former executive director at the World Bank, a former executive director at the International Monetary Fund and a former vice-president at the Inter-American Development Bank. He is also a former deputy minister for international affairs at Brazil’s Ministry of Finance and a former professor of economics at University of São Paulo and University of Campinas, Brazil.

W. Gyude Moore
W. Gyude Moore is a Senior Policy Fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD). He previously served as Liberia’s Minister of Public Works with oversight over the construction and maintenance of public infrastructure from December 2014 to January 2018. Prior to that role, Moore served as Deputy Chief of Staff to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Head of the President’s Delivery Unit (PDU). As Head of the PDU, his team monitored progress and drove delivery of the Public Sector Investment Program of Liberia—a program of over $1 billion in road, power, port infrastructure, and social programs in Liberia after the civil war. As one of the President’s trusted advisors, he also played a crucial role in supporting President Sirleaf as Liberia responded to the West Africa Ebola outbreak and shaped its post-Ebola outlook. At CGD, Gyude’s policy analysis and research focus are governance, the financing of infrastructure, and Africa’s response to the changing landscape of external actors. His focus tracks the policies of traditional, aspiring, and emerging actors on the continent, especially the rise of China and its expanding role in Africa. Mr. Moore is a lecturer at the University of Chicago’s Harris School for Public Policy where he teaches a class on the role of infrastructure in the practice of foreign policy and international development. Mr. Moore provides expert analysis and is frequently quoted in print, on radio, and on television. His writing has been published in newspapers and magazines like Africa Business, The Hill, Quartz, Foreign Policy, and Mail & Guardian in South Africa. Mr. Moore is also a Senior Fellow at the Breakthrough Institute. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors of the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program at Georgetown University and on the Board of Directors of Management Sciences for Health and the Charter Cities Institute. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Berea College and a Master’s degree in Foreign Policy and International Security from Georgetown University.

Sunday, January 9

9:00-10:20 AM | Women’s Contributions to Peace and Security: Is it more important than ever?

Ellen Yount
Ms. Ellen Yount is the Vice President at MSI, a Tetra Tech Company. She is a seasoned international development professional with more than 25 years of experience, working at the intersection of governance and strategic communications. Throughout her career, she has worked extensively with women elected leaders, candidates and activists, helping to empower them through more effective communications. Her work has included mentoring young women in the Balkans (where she ran a democracy NGO), to training government officials and activists in Serbia, Kenya, Indonesia, Jordan, Croatia, Timor-Leste and Libya. She received her Master’s in International Affairs (GMAP) from Fletcher, Tufts University.

Lady Justice Joyce Aluoch
Lady Justice Joyce Aluoch, EBS, CBS, is a former Judge and First Vice President of the International Criminal Court at The Hague, The Netherlands. Her impressive career spans over 3 decades, served as a judge and Magistrate at the Kenyan Court of Appeal and High Court. Upon retirement from the bench, Justice Aluoch has moved her legal profession to Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms, particularly mediation. She is a Certified International Mediator (IMI), Accredited Mediator (CEDR)- London, a Certified Advanced Mediator (MTI-East Africa) and a Chartered Mediator (MTI-East Africa.). She received her Master’s in International Affairs (GMAP) from Fletcher, Tufts University, was awarded the distinguished alumna ward.

Naqib A. Noory
Naqib A. Noory (Afghanistan) is an experienced professional in coordination of humanitarian, development and security management, with 34 years of experience in conflict, post conflict and complex emergencies. Naqib started his career as a young refugee in Quetta, Pakistan with a non-governmental organization (NGO). Since then, he worked with grassroots communities, national and international organizations to enable humanitarian, relief, development and live saving operations in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sudan and Indonesia.

Perry Boyle
Mr. Perry Boyle is a 2020 graduation of GMAP and was elected by his class to serve on the GMAP Advisory Council. A former hedge fund manager, he used GMAP to pivot to public service and is currently Chair of The BOMA Project, an NGO in Nairobi. He lives in Ketchum ID, where he is active in local housing initiatives.


9:00-10:20 AM | The Digital Ocean – A Model for Innovation in the Perfect Storm (Simultaneous Panel)

Michael D. Brasseur
Michael D. Brasseur, GMAP 2020 (Commodore Task Force 59, Unmanned and AI)

Rockford Weitz, JD, PhD
Rockford Weitz, JD, PhD, is a Professor of Practice & Director of Maritime Studies at the Fletcher School. He has co-founded 8 startups and has traveled to over 75 countries, including the top 20 largest seaports. He holds a MALD and PhD from the Fletcher School, a JD from Harvard Law School, and a BA from the College of William and Mary.