COP27 LPC Chair
Dr Alaa Garad
COP27 Learning Partners Consortium
In preparation for COP27 and to build on the previous runs of the conference, i.e. COP26 Scotland, COP Learning Partners Consortium (LPC) has been established by key Scottish and Egyptian institutions, e.g. Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education, University of Strathclyde, University of Dundee, Abertay University, Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce, National Institute of Governance and Sustainable Development, Egypt, GSE Technologies and Liwa Media Group, United Arab Emirates.
The LPC Vision: To be the organisation’s memory of COP and a primary source of lessons learnt and what works.
The LPC Mission: To help all stakeholders take impactful actions towards climate changes and critical sustainability issues.
Dr. Melissa Brown Goodall
Melissa Brown Goodall is the inaugural Senior Director of the Environmental Innovations Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania and the Program Director of the Global University Climate Forum. Formed in 2020, the mission of the Initiative is to “catalyze solutions to significant real-world environmental challenges” by fostering collaboration across disciplines, leading inclusive and dynamic programming on- and off-campus, and forming strategic partnerships. Before joining Penn in 2021, Melissa was at Yale University – first with the School of the Environment, then with the Center for Environmental Law and Policy, and finally with the Office of Sustainability. Prior to her career in academia, Melissa worked for UNDP managing programs focused on addressing climate change in the Global South. She is an external advisor of the United Nations University Institute for Advanced Sustainability and a strategic advisor to the Center for Governance and Sustainability at UMass Boston. She earned her PhD and MS degrees from Antioch University and her BFA from New York University.
Prof. Eugenie Birch
Eugenie Birch is the Lawrence C. Nussdorf Chair of Urban Research and Education. She teaches courses in global urbanization and the doctoral seminar and serves as chair, Graduate Group in City and Regional Planning, co-director, Penn Institute for Urban Research, co-editor, City in the 21st Century Series, University of Penn Press and co-editor, SSRN Urban Research e-journal. With Penn IUR she recently completed a project “Entreprenuership & Innovation in Connecticut’s Higher Education System,” for the state of Connecticut.
Professor Birch has been active in the field’s professional and civic organizations in the United States and abroad. She is president, General Assembly of Partners (GAP), the engagement platform for the implementation of the UN’s New Urban Agenda and associated global agreements, co-chair, Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Thematic Group on Cities
Dr Constantin Tsakas
Senior Programme Officer – Sustainable Development Policies
Center for Mediterranean Integration – UNOPS
Constantin Tsakas works at CMI-UNOPS as Sustainable Development Policies Senior Programme Officer. He leads the programs of CMI’s Climate Change Resilience pillar, specifically the “Mediterranean Forum on Energy and Climate Change”, the “Regional Knowledge program on Water”, and the “Territorial Resilience to Climate Change” program. He also actively contributes to activities of CMI’s Co-development and Integration pillar, leading analytical work and knowledge production on socioeconomic and political economy dimensions of regional integration (Trade, Global Value Chains, link with SDGs) and to the Dialogue of the Two Shores Technical Platform. He first joined the CMI-World Bank in 2020 as a Senior Policy Analyst. He led CMI’s analytical work on post-Covid development strategies and co-wrote the World Bank’s MENA Economic Update 2020. Before that, he was the General Manager of Institut de la Méditerranée working for the emergence of sustainable development models and greater involvement of civil society in public policies. As General Secretary of the FEMISE think-tank network (2014-2020), he also worked on reinforcing regional dialogue and research on major economic and social issues in the Euro-Mediterranean region. As a Senior Lecturer at SciencesPo, Dr Tsakas taught “Openness, growth and economic crisis in Mediterranean countries” at the SciencesPo University Collège of Menton. His publications for international institutions such as the World Bank, CMI, FEMISE, and the European Investment Bank include climate change, Trade Integration, Energy and the Green Deal, Social Entrepreneurship, and Women and Youth Empowerment. He holds a PhD in International Economics from Aix-Marseille University (France).
Senior Associate, E3G
Jonathan Walters is a Senior Associate at E3G contributing to the organisation’s work on International Financial Institutions and public banks. His role focuses on ensuring that these critical public finance institutions – including Multilateral Development Banks like the World Bank – lead the global transition to a climate-safe world. His areas of expertise include energy and climate change mitigation, encompassing strategies, projects, policies, planning, institution-building, and financing. He has very extensive experience in partnerships between development banks. His research interests and publications include renewable energy, climate finance, energy storage, energy sector reform, and the political economy of energy. Prior to joining E3G, he worked in the World Bank (for 26 years, until early retirement at the Director level in 2014), in BP (for 2.5 years on a staff exchange), in the Government of Swaziland (as an ODI Fellow for 3 years), and since 2014 as an independent researcher and consultant. Jonathan is also a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute of Energy Studies.
Jonathan has worked on many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, South Asia and East Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the former Soviet Union, including in several periods of political and economic crisis. Jonathan is a graduate of the Universities of Oxford and London. He grew up in Malta, is a UK national, and lives in Washington DC. Mr. Walters is married with two children.