Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP

First Minister of Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon is Scotland’s First Minister. Born in Irvine in 1970 and educated at Greenwood Academy, she studied law at the University of Glasgow where she graduated with LLB (Hons) and Diploma in Legal Practice.

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Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice, Republic of Ireland

Presentation title: Climate Justice: The way to accelerate ambition for a safe world
Mary Robinson is President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice.

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Kevin Bales

Professor of Contemporary Slavery, University of Nottingham, UK

Presentation title: The vicious cycle of slavery and environmental destruction
Kevin Bales, CMG, FRSA is Professor of Contemporary Slavery and Research Director of the Rights Lab, University of Nottingham. He co-founded the NGO Free the Slaves. His 1999 book Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy has been published in twelve languages. Desmond Tutu called it “a well researched, scholarly and deeply disturbing expose of modern slavery.”

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Patrick Bond

Professor of Political Economy, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Presentation title: Conceptual and strategic conflicts within climate justice

Patrick Bond’s work is presently focused on geopolitics, local and global political ecology, and South African, Zimbabwean, African and global uneven development. Since moving permanently to South Africa in 1990.

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Kristie L Ebi

Professor of Global Health, University of Washington, USA

Presentation title: Health risks of a changing climate can increase climate injustice

Kristie L. Ebi is director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE), and Rohm and Haas Endowed Professor in Public Health Sciences at the University of Washington.

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Penelope Endersby

Chief Executive, Met Office, UK

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It is my privilege to lead this successful and highly respected organisation, working at the forefront of weather and climate science, technology and operations. We constantly strive to harness the Met Office's world class capabilities for greater societal benefit.

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Professor Sir Andrew Haines

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

Closing Session (video): Health futures in the era of climate change​

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Gerard Howe

Head: Inclusive Societies, Department for International Development, UK

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Kerry Kennedy

President, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, USA

Kerry Kennedy is the president of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. For more than thirty years, Ms. Kennedy has devoted herself to the pursuit of equal justice, the promotion and protection of basic rights, and the preservation of the rule of law. She has worked on a range of issues, including children’s rights, child labour, disappearances, indigenous land rights, judicial independence, freedom of expression, ethnic violence, impunity, and the environment.

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Benjamin K. Sovacool

Professor of Energy Policy, University of Sussex, UK

Presentation title: Decarbonisation and its discontents: A critical justice perspective on four low-carbon transitions
Dr. Benjamin K. Sovacool is Professor of Energy Policy at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the School of Business, Management, and Economics, part of the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom.

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