Panel Discussion: Climate Change in International Development

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Adaptation & Mitigation in International Development: How Climate Change is Impacting the Energy and Agriculture Sectors

Join a discussion of international development leaders on how donor agencies and implementers are adapting to, and mitigating the effects of, climate change in the energy and agriculture sectors. In addition to discussing climate change, the panelists will describe their career paths and answer your questions. We invite you to stay afterwards to network and mingle with our panelists and learn more about their stories.

6:00 - 6:30     Registration and Networking

6:30 - 6:45     Introduction to Devex and International Development Careers - Devex

6:45 - 7:45     Panel Discussion

7:45 - 8:30     Breakout Discussions & Networking

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ABOUT THE PANELISTS:

Noel Gurwick is an ecosystem scientist with over 20 years experience conducting and managing policy-relevant research, and translating research for use by diverse stakeholders. He currently serves as Sustainable Landscapes and Climate Change Advisor in the Office of Global Climate Change at USAID, where he manages research on opportunities for low-emissions development in the agriculture sector. He has conducted studies on climate change and grasslands, streamside soils and groundwater, and evaluations of wetlands regulation programs. Prior to joining USAID, Noel contributed to protocols assign carbon credits for GHG emission reductions from agriculture, and on sustainability indexes for growers and food retailers. Noel also served in the Bureau of Energy, Economics, and Business Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, advancing international energy policy initiatives focused on bioenergy in Latin America. He holds Ph.D. in Biogeochemistry and Environmental Change and an M.S. in Natural Resource Policy and Management from Cornell University.  He is on the editorial boards for Issues in Ecology and Ecosphere, both publications of the Ecological Society of America.

Ananth Chikkatur has more than 10 years of experience in the energy and environmental sector and has worked on several projects in the areas of oil and gas, power, carbon capture and storage, and climate change. Dr. Chikkatur is an expert in natural gas market analysis and infrastructure development, and has supported private equity firms and project developers on assessing global liquefied natural gas (LNG) markets, pipeline infrastructure, and gas supply in North America for merger and acquisition (M&A) decisions. Dr. Chikkatur was instrumental in the development of a "gas master plan" for Mozambique, and developed an analysis of natural gas demand and helped develop recommendations for the Indian Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. Dr. Chikkatur has a Ph.D. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Alejandro Saenz – Core has over 20 years of relevant experience in assessing, developing, and managing worldwide Energy and Climate Change Projects with a broad range of energy technologies including Oil and Gas, Liquid Natural Gas, Hydro power, renewables and Low Emission Technologies. Alejandro has experience working with donor and development community agencies including USAID, MCC, EU, IEA, GGFI, WB/IFC and EBRD. He is an experienced Project/Program manager in charge of the full project cycle including the design, preparation, appraisal and supervision of energy projects to work plan preparation, resource management and quality assurance/control. Alejandro has also worked extensivelyin strategy & change management for international consulting firms, where he analyzed, elaborated, and delivered corporate strategy & transformation solutions. He holds an MBA; a Master degree in Energy Systems; an advanced university degree in Electrical Engineering, and a Project Management Professional Certification.