Presents

Climate 2023

6 -
7 December 2022

Speakers include

CEZ
Morgan Stanley
Refinitiv
s&p global commodity insights
Benchmark minerals
Toucan
Oxford Institute
Thallo
Sucden financial
SparkChange
SenKen
SDCL (2)
Rho Motion
CareSuper
neste
MineSpider
Metals hub
Grain
Carbon Growth Partners
Circular
Flowcarbon
Future Energy Ventures
ameresco
hexas
Proof of impact
Recyclico
Office nunclear energy
Aircarbon
Bloomberg intelligence
aware super
ascend
amp robotics
volue
terrestrial energy
ropes gray
rethink impact
reed smith
ospraie
Kraneshares
icmm
hystor
hidrogen one
HanETF
eki
doral
debevoise
credit suisse
Congruent Venture
ceres
IGS
Battolyser
Fusion Fuel
Trailstone
Volexion

Event Overview

Climate 2023 is our virtual exploration into the technologies, policies and people that will drive us towards a more sustainable and decarbonized global economy over the year ahead. We will address the near-term geo-political and policy challenges, as well as the funding requirements and breakthrough technologies essential to maintaining momentum towards Net Zero.

Over two days , we will feature our 16 sustainability verticals and a series of one-on-one interviews with the corporate leaders leading us forward. This will be a wide-ranging assessment of the climate investment landscape for the year ahead.

Agenda

Tuesday, 6 December

19:00 SYD | 16:00 SGT | 08:00 GMT | 03:00 EDT | 00:00 PDT
Investing for impact: How are we doing?
The asset management industry needs to be conscious that best practices must evolve and that the current framework has flaws. How can our pension assets drive technological change and the speed of decarbonization? The industry needs to ask how we can do better.
Cindy Ponder - CareSuper, Liza McDonald - AWARE Super, Vladimir Demine - MSIM
20:00 SYD | 17:00 SGT | 09:00 GMT | 04:00 EDT | 01:00 PDT
Voluntary Carbon Markets: The True Outlook for Supply
The key area we would like to explore is whether or not the availability of high-quality and transparent supply can keep up with the extraordinary demand for offsets. Our recent VCM conference had conflicting views on whether we are over or under-supplied. We will get to the bottom of this.
Charles Bedford - Carbon Growth Partners, Jason Dodier - GRAIN Ecosystem, Dana Gibber - FlowCarbon
21:00 SYD | 18:00 SGT | 10:00 GMT | 05:00 EDT | 02:00 PDT
VCM - The Role of Blockchain
We elaborate on the role of blockchain in the future of voluntary carbon markets as registries and tech innovators forge a way forward. There will be a particular focus on the Verra and Gold Standard consultation processes.
Hayley Moller - Thallo, Adrian Wons - Senken, William Pazos - AirCarbon Exchange, Phil Fogel - Flowcarbon and Rob Schmitt - Toucan Protocol (moderator)
22:00 SYD | 19:00 SGT | 11:00 GMT | 06:00 EDT | 03:00 PDT
Compliance Carbon Credit
This will dive deeply into the outlook for compliance markets in 2023 and focus on the challenges facing compliance carbon pricing, such as European energy dislocations, climate policy changes in the United States and the effectiveness of a spluttering Chinese compliance market.
Yan Qin - Refinitiv, Michael Evans - S&P Platts, Jan Ahrens - SparkChange, Paddy Gourlay - Carbon Pulse (moderator)
00:00 SYD (dec 7) | 21:00 SGT 13:00 GMT | 08:00 EDT | 05:00 PDT
One-on-one: Clean Baseload Power - Opportunities for Nuclear Energy
Kathryn Huff - Office of Nuclear Energy
01:00 SYD (dec 7) | 22:00 SGT | 14:00 GMT | 09:00 EDT | 06:00 PDT
US Climate Policy: The Legal Perspective
US Climate policy is more than vision and money. It requires a robust legal framework that faces potential court challenges and a slew of differing state ordinances that can hold back the agenda. We look at the Inflation Reduction Act through a legal and taxation lens.
Betty Jiang - Credit Suisse, Arnie Grant- Reed Smith, Ulysses Smith - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
02:00 SYD (dec 7) | 23:00 SGT | 15:00 GMT | 10:00 EDT | 07:00 PDT
Nuclear
Is the world finally waking up to the potential of nuclear? We look at policy across the globe as the shock of Ukraine, and a re-think of the post-Fukushima era reinvigorates the sector
Kateřina Bohuslavová - ČEZ Group, Simon Irish - Terrestrial Energy
03:00 SYD (dec 7) | 00:00 SGT (dec 7) | 16:00 GMT | 11:00 EDT | 08:00 PDT
Sustainable Aviation
Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) is the only near-term option that airlines have regarding progress towards Net Zero. Immense scepticism abounds about the scalability of SAF, which is only 0.1% of all aviation fuel consumed. What is the prospect of SAF making an appreciable difference in the years ahead? Without this, the airline industry must face criticism of greenwashing.
Wendy Owens - Hexas Biomass
04:00 SYD (dec 7) | 01:00 SGT (dec 7) | 17:00 GMT | 12:00 EDT | 09:00 PDT
Power Trading
The EU and UK are being held hostage by skyrocketing power prices. Most believe this is unsustainable, yet the outlook for Russian gas post the 2023 Northern winter remains suspect. How do industrial companies plan, and is a permanent respite possible?
Silvia Messa - Volue
05:00 SYD (dec 7) | 02:00 SGT (dec 7) | 18:00 GMT | 13:00 EDT | 10:00 PDT
Venture Capital
Early-stage allocators have been rocked as the excesses of COVID-era liquidity spared no growth segment. Are more sensible valuations just what the VC community needs for a more stable climate tech, or will lingering risk aversion leave exciting start-ups underfunded?
Jonathan Maxwell - SDCL, Jan Lozek - Future Energy Ventures, Jenny Abramson - ReThink Impact, Christina O'Conor - Congruent Ventures
06:00 SYD (dec 7) | 03:00 SGT (dec 7) | 19:00 GMT | 14:00 EDT | 11:00 PDT
Climate ETFs
Few argue with the long-term outlook for climate technology, yet Climate ETFs have been unable to separate themselves from the de-rating of all growth equity investments. Is 2023 the year of decoupling?
Luke Oliver- Kraneshares, Hector McNeil - HanETF, Shaheen Contractor - Bloomberg ESG
07:00 SYD (dec 7) | 04:00 SGT (dec 7) | 20:00 GMT | 15:00 EDT | 12:00 PDT
Supply Chain Optimization
The Supply Chain Optimization panel will focus specifically on the software innovations that are revolutionizing the monitoring and reporting of emissions, disclosure requirements and the impact they will have on the operations of thousands of companies and developments with Web 3.
Evan Vahouny - Proof, Nathan Williams - MineSpider

Wednesday, 7 December

19:00 SYD | 16:00 SGT | 08:00 GMT | 03:00 EDT | 00:00 PDT
One on One- Stationary Storage: The Centerpiece of a Renewable Grid
Iola Hughes - Rho Motion
20:00 SYD | 17:00 SGT | 09:00 GMT | 04:00 EDT | 01:00 PDT
One on One: Circulor
When we first met Circulor CEO and Founder, Doug Johnson-Poensgen, he left us with the simplest of statements that sums up our transition towards sustainability. If you can't measure it, you can't monitor it. Circulor provides supply chain traceability solutions from batteries to plastics, and Doug has been a thought leader in the use of data as the vital first step towards decarbonization. Paul and Doug will discuss everything from EU battery regulations to the global funding environment.
Doug Johnson- Circulor
21:00 SYD | 18:00 SGT | 10:00 GMT | 05:00 EDT | 02:00 PDT
Renewables
Scaling renewables in the midst of an energy transition facing enormous geopolitical pressure could be one of the great challenges/opportunities for the year ahead. We bring leaders together to discuss innovation and the policy framework that will take us forward.
Mr. Samrat Sengupta - EKI Energy, Catriona McGill - Battolyser, Morgane Barthod - TrailstoneGroup
22:00 SYD | 19:00 SGT | 11:00 GMT | 06:00 EDT | 03:00 PDT
One on One: Natural Gas & Fossil Fuels
The Ukrainian War has sparked an urgent recalibration of EU energy policy. The reverberations will be felt globally. Join the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies for an in-depth look at Natural Gas for the upcoming year.
Michal Meidan - Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
23:00 SYD | 20:00 SGT | 12:00 GMT | 07:00 EDT | 04:00 PDT
Metals and Mining
To many, the math doesn't add up. Minerals within the battery supply chain are in short supply if electric vehicle production reaches median expectations. We look at the supply challenges and opportunities in 2023
Maximillian Hettler - Metals Hub, Aidan Davy- ICMM, George Miller - Benchmark Minerals
00:00 SYD (dec 8) | 21:00 SGT | 13:00 GMT | 08:00 EDT | 05:00 PDT
Battery Technology – EV
We bring back the great innovators in EV batteries to discuss critical issues such as supply chain security, the quest for range, innovation trends and commodity shortages in one of the most influential sectors for the future of the global economy.
William - Rho Motion, Roger Lin - Ascend Elements, Damien Despinoy- Volexion
01:00 SYD (dec 8) | 22:00 SGT | 14:00 GMT | 09:00 EDT | 06:00 PDT
One on One: CEZ
ČEZ follows a sustainable development strategy named “Energy for the Future”: the company supports energy efficiency, promotes new technologies, contributes to the prosperity of its neighborhood, takes full care of safety and creates an environment for employees’ professional growth. We are focusing on their nuclear program, which is why the Czech Republic is an EU leader in nuclear energy
02:00 SYD (dec 8) | 23:00 SGT | 15:00 GMT | 10:00 EDT | 07:00 PDT
Biofuels
What does renewable gas supply look like in 2023, and what is the regulatory framework? We will discuss the EPA and the impact of Ukraine on the ecosystem as a whole
Carrie Song - Neste, Mike Bakas - Ameresco, Doug Berven - Corporate Affairs
03:00 SYD (dec 8) | 00:00 SGT (dec 8) | 16:00 GMT | 11:00 EDT | 08:00 PDT
Hydrogen
Our current energy vulnerabilities are desperate for a solution. Has hydrogen's time come or will a lack of infrastructure continue hold back its potential? Can 2023 be the breakout year for Hydrogen contribution to the clean energy mix?
Claire Behar - Hy Stor Energy, Mark Selby - Ceres, Nick Cohen - Doral, Richard Hulf - HydrogenOne
04:00 SYD (dec 8) | 01:00 SGT (dec 8) | 17:00 GMT | 12:00 EDT | 09:00 PDT
Electric Vehicles
We will assess the policy trajectory in the EU, China and especially the United States regarding recent climate legislation and what that means for infrastructure. We will review OEMs' path to keeping up with Tesla and whether Chinese start-ups have an international future.
05:00 SYD (dec 8) | 02:00 SGT (dec 8) | 18:00 GMT | 13:00 EDT | 10:00 PDT
Agricultural Sciences
This all encompassing topic can only be handled through conversation with four innovators whose technologies will change the ways we eat and farm in the years ahead
David Farquhar- Intelligent Growth Solutions, Jason Mraz- Ospraie
06:00 SYD (dec 8) | 03:00 SGT (dec 8) | 19:00 GMT | 14:00 EDT | 11:00 PDT
Recycling
Can battery recycling alleviate the supply pressures that could hold back battery manufacture? It is an essential question for the speed of EV adoption.
Geordie Wilkes - Sucden Financial, Zarko Meseldzija - RecycLiCo Battery Materials Inc.
07:00 SYD (dec 8) | 04:00 SGT (dec 8) | 20:00 GMT | 15:00 EDT | 12:00 PDT
SEC Disclosure Requirements for Scope 3 Emissions
Of all the powerful climate themes for 2023, SEC Scope 3 emissions Disclosure Requirements for US public companies are front and centre for Climate Transformed and our corporate community. If implemented, it could lead to an explosion of demand for carbon offsets and a fast-tracking of carbon mitigation strategies. However, does the recent Supreme Court ruling against the EPA put mandatory disclosures into question? We debate this complex legal issue
Todd. O. Maiden - Reed Smith LLP, Michael Littenberg -Ropes & Gray LLP

Speakers & Moderators

Kateřina Bohuslavová cez
Kateřina Bohuslavová
Chief Sustainability Officer
ČEZ
Kateřina Bohuslavová graduated from Oxford University and Charles University in Prague. She worked as a linguist for many years, lecturing at the Czech Academy of Sciences and universities, where she focused on systematic work with data and scientific texts. In 2021, she joined CEZ Group as the Chief Sustainability Officer and the Head of ESG Office, where she promotes data-driven and science-based approach to tackling sustainability issues. The ESG Office manages non-financial reporting and communication with rating agencies, monitors ESG trends, coordinates sustainability projects, and analyses the impact of CEZ Group's business on ESG factors. The ESG Office mission is to consolidate CEZ Group’s position as a leader in sustainable development in the Czech Republic and to become a leader in Europe.
Bohdan Zronek cez
Bohdan Zronek
Executive board member - Chief Nuclear Officer
ČEZ
Bohdan Zronek has been Chief Nuclear Officer and Member of the Board of Directors CEZ, Czech Republic since 2017. He has broad experience in nuclear energy in operation of CEZ fleet and in regulatory and international relations. He is Chairman of the WNA Board of Management and President of Nuclear advisory safety committee of MVM, Hungary. He entered nuclear energetics in Temelin NPP as a licensed operator in 1994. During plant commissioning he had been gradually licensed to the Reactor and Turbine operator, Unit Supervisor and Plant Shift Supervisor. He espoused several management positions as Temelin NPP Operations Manager, CEZ Division Generation Corporate Safety Director and Temelin NPP Plant Manager in the period of 2008 to 2017. He took part at many international activities and missions under umbrella of the IAEA, WANO or WNA and represents CEZ at international nuclear related activities (e.g. WANO, FORATOM, WNA).
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Jan Ahrens
Head of Research
SparkChange
Jan Ahrens is a seasoned climate markets professional with extensive experience in global carbon markets. He worked at utilities, trading houses and analytics providers covering both mandatory and voluntary carbon markets. For most of his career Jan has worked to develop carbon analytics, supporting major emitters, traders, and governments to understand carbon markets and predict future price dynamics. In his current role, Jan engages with associations and universities to research how carbon markets interact with investment solutions, creates unique datasets, and advises on carbon related investment strategies. He is a Special Advisor to the Monash University, and a member of the Real Carbon Index board.
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Jenny Abramson
Founder & Managing Partner
Rethink Impact
Jenny Abramson is the Founder & Managing Partner of Rethink Impact, the largest VC Fund in the country backing female and non-binary CEOs using tech to build $1B+ companies by tackling the world's greatest challenges in fintech, health care, education, and the environment. She sits on the boards of Ellevest, Wellthy, Winnie, EveryDay Labs, Candidly, Sempre Health and is a board observer for Eleanor Health and Neurotrack. Previously, Jenny served as CEO of LiveSafe, a tech security company focused on preventing school shootings and sexual assaults. She also held leadership roles at The Washington Post, Personal (a data tech company), The Boston Consulting Group, D.C. Public Schools, and Teach for America. Jenny is a board member of the NFL Players, Inc., the Jacobs Foundation, and DC Prep. She is also a member of All Raise, co-leading their data efforts. Finally, she is an Advisory Board member of the Catalio Nexus Fund (an early-stage health focused VC fund). Jenny was named a Forbes’ Impact 50 in 2020 (alongside Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates, Serena Williams and Steve & Jean Case), Entrepreneur Magazine’s 100 Powerful Women and a DC Tech Titan. She has been covered in The New York Times, in The Washington Post, and on CNN, interviewed on Squawk Box, featured at the Code Conference, at the United Nations, at the G7, and on Capitol Hill. She received bachelor’s and master’s degrees with honors from Stanford University, an MBA with honors and the Dean’s Award from Harvard Business School (where she also served on the Investment Committee for Shareholder Responsibility for Harvard University) and was a Fulbright Scholar at The London School of Economics. Follow her on Twitter @abramsonjenny
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Mike Bakas
Executive Vice President, Distributed Generation Systems
Ameresco
With over 25 years of experience in the energy industry, Mr. Bakas leads the Distributed Energy Systems Group, developing nearly 300 MWe of energy assets, most being renewable energy.
Claire Behar - Hy Stor Energy
Claire Behar
Chief Commercial Officer 
Hy Stor Energy
Claire Behar is Chief Commercial Officer at Hy Stor Energy a renewable hydrogen and hydrogen storage company headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi. Before Hy Stor Energy, Claire ran fundamentals and trading strategy for the global gas team at Freepoint Commodities. She holds a B.S. in geological engineering from Cornell University and is a member of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL’s) Energy Executive Leadership Class of 2022.
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Charles Bredford
Chief Impact Officer
Carbon Growth Partners
Charles is the immediate past Managing Director for The Nature Conservancy’s Asia-Pacific and Colorado divisions. He served as Director of the Colorado State Land Board, the agency overseeing three million hectares of state lands. He was Legal Counsel to Colorado Governor Roy Romer and a practicing attorney. Charles is the author of journal articles, blogs and a book on land tenure and conservation. He graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado School of Law and is an Adjunct Professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Cindy Ponder, CareSuper
Cindy Ponder-Budd
Head of Investment Strategy
CareSuper
Cindy Ponder-Budd has over 25 years of experience in global financial markets. Cindy is the Head of Investment Strategy at CareSuper - responsible for asset allocation, market and economic research and oversight of the tactical asset allocation (TAA) program. Cindy has an extensive background as a portfolio manager running macro-oriented portfolios for prominent hedge funds in New York, Sydney and Asia. She also has wide-ranging experience in market strategy including a stint at View from the Peak, an economic and political research firm based in Hong Kong and HESTA. Her international and multi-asset class expertise brings a unique perspective to the investment process. Cindy holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service and Master’s degree from the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs.
Shaheen Contractor Bloomberg Intelligence
Shaheen Contractor
Senior Research Strategist — Environmental, Social and Governance
Bloomberg Intelligence
Shaheen Contractor, CFA, is a Senior Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Research Strategist for Bloomberg Intelligence, a platform that provides research on industries, companies, government, litigation and the economy, available on the Bloomberg Professional Services at BI. Her research efforts include analyzing ESG performance and its impact on risk, return and valuations; drivers and challenges for ESG funds; material ESG risks and opportunities across sectors and the impacts of a low carbon transition. Mrs. Contractor has a Master of Science degree in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree from Symbiosis International University.
Nick Cohen - DORAL
Nick Cohen
Founder, President & CEO
Doral Renewables LLC.
Nick Cohen is the Founder, President and CEO of Doral Renewables LLC. Nick has 17-years of global experience leading energy project development. For nine years he served as Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of EmberClear, a developer of utility scale energy projects. Before co-founding Doral Renewables LLC, Mr. Cohen managed the development of energy and desalination projects for Chicago-based Invenergy, a leading developer, owner operator of renewables. Mr. Cohen earned a BS in Business Administration from Drexel University and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
Aidan Davy- ICMM
Aidan Davy
Chief Operating Officer
ICMM
Aidan Davy is COO at ICMM where he is responsible for strategy development and execution. He provides strategic support across all ICMM’s work on environmental resilience, social performance, mineral resource governance and innovation. Aidan has decades of cross-sectoral experience on sustainable development issues including at the World Bank. In that phase of his career Aidan’s focus was on environmental issues, social responsibility, and accountability issues, with a strong emphasis on the mining industry.
Vladimir Demine MSIM
Vladimir Demine
Portfolio Manager & Head of ESG research
MSIM
Vladimir is a portfolio manager and head of ESG research for the London-based International Equity team. He joined Morgan Stanley in 2009 and has 20 years of investment management experience. Prior to joining the firm, Vladimir worked for UBS Global Asset Management in London, where he was an analyst responsible for stock selection of consumer staples holdings in key client mandates. Vladimir received an M.Sc. in investment management with Distinction from City University (CASS) Business School and a Master’s in finance with Distinction from St Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance.
Damien Despinoy- Volexion
Damien Despinoy
Chief Executive Officer
Volexion
Damien is the Chief Executive Officer of Volexion, driving business and technology development, commercial, and strategic planning activities. Damien has over 20 years of leadership experience in the Energy, Climate Tech, Materials and Industrial Tech sectors. Prior to joining Volexion, Damien gained expertise in Climate Tech commercialization and Venture Capital (Energy Foundry), Management Consulting (McKinsey), and Industrial Operations, Scale-up & Capital projects (Total Refining & Chemicals). Damien received his MBA from INSEAD, his MS of Chemical Engineering from IFP School and his MS in Chemistry from the Paris Institute of Technology (ENSCP)
Jason Dodier Grain
Jason Dodier
Co-Founder
Grain Ecosystem
Jason is the CCO and Co-Founder of the Grain Ecosystem, aiming to simplify the process of removingcarbon from the earth’s atmosphere through empowering carbon project developers to do more. Grain will combine business and science to solve the pain points of project developers, certifiers, regulators, investors, and other key market players. Accelerating decarbonization is the core objective. Prior to Grain, he has been with Schneider Electric since 2009, having lived in the United States, Middle East and Europe, while performing a variety of functions on behalf of the company in operations, business development, marketing and sales management. Jason is currently an Ambassador for electrical distribution, sustainability, and innovation, activity on social media and delivering speeches on these topics worldwide. He holds an MBA from Georgetown University and an Undergraduate Business Degree from Bryant University in Rhode Island. Jason lives in New York City, is passionate about learning languages, growing his Non-profit Fountain Head RI, and visiting other countries.
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Michael Evans
Analyst, Global Carbon Compliance Markets
S&P Platts
Michael is an Analyst in S&P Global Commodity Insights’ Low Carbon Markets team. His responsibilities include preparing market reports and forecasts focusing on compliance carbon markets in Europe, including the EU Emissions Trading System and the recently established UK Emissions Trading Scheme. Prior to joining S&P Global Commodity Insights, Michael spent four years working in emissions trading policy roles for the UK Government’s Civil Service. Michael has also previously worked and qualified as an operational meteorologist for the UK Meteorological Office. Michael graduated from the University of Exeter with a Batchelor degree in Geography.
David Farquhar IGS
David Farquhar
CEO
Intelligent Growth Solutions (IGS)
David joined Intelligent Growth Solutions (IGS) as CEO in November 2017. IGS is a Scottish-based agritech business, and David’s strategic appointment was made to raise investment through a Series A and subsequent Series B funding round, recruit a world-class management team and drive global expansion. He is a seasoned technology entrepreneur, with a track record of driving shareholder value, based upon building an empowering, collaborative Culture as a Platform for growth. Most recently he was CEO of global SaaS vendor Workplace, leading the team through a hugely successful turnaround, transformation, growth and exit delivering a double-digit money multiple return in less than 3 years. In the past 27 years he has completed almost 30 transactions as a founder/CEO, angel investor and board director, including risk capital investments (PE, VC and angel), acquisitions and trade sales in Europe, North America and Asia
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Phil Fogel
Chief Blockchain Officer
Flowcarbon
Phil Fogel is a blockchain and fintech entrepreneur, investor and operator. He is currently the Chief Blockchain Strategist at Flowcarbon, a New York-based startup using native web3 technology to make the voluntary carbon markets more transparent, efficient, and accessible. Phil has been working at the intersection of blockchain and impact for years. He jumped into the proof of stake space early as a founding member of the Bitcoin Green team (now Bitgreen), an impact-focused blockchain; founded Battlestar Capital to build out the staking ecosystem; and founded Corner3 Ventures to write seed and pre-seed checks into a number of pioneering off-and on-chain companies (including Parade, Oooh!, Purple Creator, Resonate, Toucan, Mutate, and Anima NFT). He received an MBA from Cornell University, a BBA from George Washington University, and attended Stuyvesant High School in NYC.
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Dana Gibber
CEO & Founder
Flowcarbon
Dana Gibber is a climate tech entrepreneur and lawyer. She co-founded Flowcarbon in 2021 with the goal of scaling climate solutions by leveraging cutting edge technology to address systemic challenges in the voluntary carbon market. Dana previously co-founded and was COO of Headliner Labs, an enterprise software platform for chatbot technology, which was acquired by private equity fund The Stagwell Group in 2020. Dana has worked at the intersection of cutting-edge technology and public policy while at the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review, and at the Council on Foreign Relations, where her research was focused on drone technology. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School.
Paddy Gourlay Carbon Pulse
Paddy Gourlay
Correspondent
Carbon Pulse
Paddy is a Correspondent for Carbon Pulse, based in the UK. Prior to this role, he was an executive editor at OPIS, part of Dow Jones Newswires, in Europe where for a decade he spearheaded its coverage in refined oil products. Paddy was a co-founder of Quantum Commodity Intelligence, and he has also been a managing editor at Dow Jones, an environmental reporter at Point Carbon, and a derivatives fuel oil broker with Imarex in Norway. He began his career in the energy sector 20 years ago assessing fuel, middle distillates, and Dated Brent crude oil at S&P Global Platts.
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Maximilian Hettler
Sustainability Manager
Metals Hub
Maximilian leads the sustainability activities at the supply chain solution provider Metalshub based in Düsseldorf. In that function, he primarily focuses on the topic of scope 3 CO2 emission reporting and engages with steelmakers, mining companies and other stakeholders to help them make their supply chain emissions transparent and enable them to track and reduce their carbon footprint along clear reduction targets. Maximilian further has several years of experience working in strategy consulting at the Boston Consulting Group where he already supported clients from the mining, steel and automotive industry on their innovation and decarbonization pathways. In parallel to his work as sustainability manager at Metalshub, Maximilian currently pursues a PhD in the field of carbon emissions and wider sustainable management.
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Kathryn Huff
Assistant Secretary
Office of Nuclear Energy
Dr. Kathryn D. Huff serves as the Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy. Prior to her current role, she served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Nuclear Energy. Before joining the Department of Energy, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she led the Advanced Reactors and Fuel Cycles Research Group. She was also a Blue Waters Assistant Professor with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. She was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow in both the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium and the Berkeley Institute for Data Science at the University of California – Berkeley. She received her PhD in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013 and her undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of Chicago. Her research focused on modeling and simulation of advanced nuclear reactors and fuel cycles. She is an active member of the American Nuclear Society as the past Chair of both the Nuclear Nonproliferation and Policy Division and the Fuel Cycle and Waste Management Division, and recipient of both the Young Member Excellence and Mary Jane Oestmann Professional Women’s Achievement awards. Through leadership within Software Carpentry, SciPy, the Hacker Within, and the Journal of Open Source Software, she also advocates for best practices in open, reproducible scientific computing.
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Richard Hulf
Managing Partner
HydrogenOne Capital
Fund Manager with corporate finance and engineering background. Richard has a 30 years experience in 
Utilities and Energy and is a Chartered Engineer, originally from Babcock Power 
and latterly Exxon. In addition his financial experience spans Stock Broking, Corporate Finance and Fund Management with Henderson Crosthwaite, Ernst & Young and Artemis Investment Management, where he invested into renewables companies. He uses this unique blend of technical and financial knowledge to apply a differentiated approach to stock selection and asset management. He has an MSc in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College.
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Iola Hughes
Research Manager
Rho Motion
Iola is the Research Manager at Rho Motion working on electric vehicle, energy stationary storage and battery market analysis, as well as modelling energy and commodity demand associated with the energy transition and has been with the company since its inception. Rho Motion, headquartered in London, offers the most comprehensive and well-informed forecasts and analysis for the energy transition.
Simon Irish - Terrestrial Energy
Simon Irish
Chief Executive Officer
Terrestrial Energy
Simon Irish has 20 years of global investment banking and investment management experience in New York and London, and has a formal education in the quantitative sciences and quantitative finance. Mr. Irish has established and managed multi-billion-dollar alternative investment businesses in North America. Mr. Irish formerly led the investment effort in North America for Man Group Plc, a leading global investment management business. He began his banking career at Credit Suisse in London before moving to New York. In 2010, he focused on investment opportunities in breakthrough energy technologies and specifically nuclear energy given its uniquevirtues, and the unparalleled commercial potential of Generation IV fission technologiesin many industriesand in an age of energy transition. Mr. Irish holds an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and an MSc in Finance from the London Business School.
Betty Jiang Credit suisse
Betty Jiang
Managing Director
Credit Suisse
Betty Jiang is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Investment Banking division, based in New York. She is the head of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) research for US and is responsible for sustainability thought leadership and integration of ESG considerations within the research department. She has led a range of thematic publications with particular focus on the energy transition. Prior to assuming her current role, for over 12 years Betty was an equity research analyst covering the Exploration and Production sector both on the sell-side and the buy-side. Betty joined Credit Suisse in July 2017 from UBS, where she was a Director on the energy team. She was also a lead analyst on the team ranked number 2 by Institutional Investor during her time covering the energy sector. Betty holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University and is a CFA charterholder.
Doug Johnson-Poensgen Circulor
Doug Johnson-Poensgen
CEO & Founder
Circulor
As CEO of Circulor, Doug has 25 years international experience as an Executive and Non Executive Director, operating in TMT, Financial Services, IT and Management Consultancy sectors. His leadership experience spans roles in large corporates (Barclays, BT, Serco, AIMIA), scale-ups (Cadence, ISD) and start-ups (Circulor, Snapdragon). He has broad functional experience with consistent themes being innovation (both new product and to drive transformation), delivering growth and regulation.
Stefan Konstantinov - ICIS
Stefan Konstantinov
Senior Energy Economist
ICIS
Stefan Konstantinov has over 17 years of energy analytics experience gained with ICIS Energy, IHS Markit, EDF Energy, Gazprom Marketing & Trading, and IPA Advisory, based in London. Stefan has an in-depth understanding of fundamental commodity analysis, and strong expertise in supply and demand modelling, and long-term price forecasting in electricity, gas, and emissions markets, especially as part of the transition to Net Zero.
Michael Littenberg, Ropes & Gray LLP
Michael Littenberg
Senior Partner
Ropes & Gray LLP
Michael Littenberg is a senior partner at Ropes & Gray, based in the New York office. Michael is the global head of the firm’s ESG, CSR and Business and Human Rights practice. He has more than 30 years of experience in these areas. Michael advises a significant number of leading companies, asset managers, asset owners and trade associations on ESG, CSR and business and human rights matters. He also publishes and speaks extensively on these topics and is included on numerous top practitioner lists.
Roger Lin - ascend
Roger Lin
VP of Marketing & Government Relations
Ascend Elements
Roger Lin is the Vice President of Marketing & Government Relations at Ascend Elements. Based in Westborough, Mass., Ascend Elements is a vertically integrated lithium-ion battery recycling and engineered-materials company. Roger has nearly 20 years of experience in the lithium-ion battery industry.
Jan Lozek - Future Energy Ventures
Jan Lozek
Founding and Managing Partner
Future Energy Ventures
Jan Lozek is the founding and managing partner of Future Energy Ventures GmbH and played an integral part in setting-up and building one of Europe´s largest energy transition VC. Jan is Board member of several portfolio companies and trusted advisor to the top leadership team of E.ON within the area of innovation, transformation and venture. Jan is working for more than 20 years in the energy sector. Built and experienced, diverse and very strong team with a 90+ years of investment experience and 100 years of experience in the energy sector. Invested across 51 deals aligned with go-forward strategy, currently value at €368M. Inspired more than 120 collaborations between portfolio-start-ups and E.ON or other Network partners, which contributed to top-and bottom-line growth on both sides.
Todd O. Maiden reed smith
Todd O. Maiden
Environmental Partner
Reed Smith LLP
Todd is a partner with more than 30 years of experience helping clients maximize business opportunities and manage risks associated with environmental, energy, climate change and ESG/sustainability issues. He particularly prides himself on understanding his client’s motivations and risk tolerances to provide cost-effective and practical guidance. His practice ranges from regulatory and business counselling to negotiating corporate and real estate transactions, as well as resolving administrative enforcement actions and litigation matters. Todd is also a member of the firm’s global environmental, social and governance (ESG) advisory committee. He has a particular focus on the environmental and governance aspects of ESG. He regularly represents clients before federal and state agencies on a variety of hazardous waste, water, air and environmental impact/land use as well as, carbon footprint affecting global warming. Although based on the West coast, Todd has represented clients on matters nationwide. His overseas work is diverse, with particular experience in the Pacific rim/ASEAN jurisdictions. Todd participates in several trade associations that monitor and help to shape proposed federal and state environmental legislation and regulatory developments. He has co-authored and contributed to several books focused on international environmental issues, and is a frequent speaker on a variety of environmental subjects. He is counsel to the Board of Directors for the Pacific Basin Consortium for Environmental and Health Studies at the East-West Center, University of Hawaii.
George Miller -Benchmark Minerals
George Miller
Senior Price Analyst
Benchmark Minerals
George Miller is a Senior Price Analyst for Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, a price reporting agency and consultancy providing actionable intelligence for the lithium-ion battery, electric vehicle, and energy storage supply chain from mine to cell.
Liza McDonald, Head of Responsible Investments, Aware Super
Liza McDonald
Head of Responsible Investments
Aware Super
Liza has over 24 years’ experience in the superannuation sector and is a specialist and passionate advocate for Responsible Investments and Sustainable Finance. As Head of Responsible Investments , she has led the development and implementation of the Fund’s Responsible Investment policies, the execution of the Climate Change Strategy and also manages the ESG policy implementation including manager and asset class ESG reviews. Liza joined Aware Super through our merger partner Health Super in December 2006 as an analyst in the Compliance, Legal and Risk Team. Before joining Aware Super, Liza held various roles at Mercer Legal where her primary focus was on trustee education and corporate secretarial duties. Liza represents Aware Super on a number of working groups and committees including Investors Against Slavery & Trafficking APAC (IAST-APAC); ESG Research Australia; the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative (ASFI); the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA); 40:40 Vision; the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI) and the UN convened Global Investors for Sustainable Development Alliance (GISD). Liza holds a Post Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance at Kaplan Education and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
Jonathan Maxwell
Jonathan Maxwell
Founder and CEO
SDCL
Jonathan is founder and CEO of SDCL. He has 25 years’ experience in international finance, infrastructure and private equity and has overall responsibility for SDCL’s investment activities. He is chair of the Investment Committee for SEEIT. Since establishing SDCL in London in 2007, the group now operates across the UK, Europe, North America and Asia and has launched energy efficiency project investment funds in the UK, Ireland, Singapore and New York. He has advised and invested on behalf of a number of national governments as well as a wide range of institutional investors. Since 2012, SDCL has launched a number of innovative investment vehicles including the London Stock Exchange listed SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust plc. Prior to establishing SDCL, Jonathan was at HSBC Infrastructure and managed the IPO of the HSBC Infrastructure Company, the first Main Market, London Stock Exchange listed infrastructure fund, which now has an enterprise value of over £3 billion. Jonathan has a degree in Modern History from Oxford University.
Hector McNeil HANetf
Hector McNeil
Co-Founder & Co-CEO
HANetf
Hector McNeil is a veteran of the ETF industry, being instrumental in establishing Susquehanna’s ETF desk in Europe as head of business development. Hector then joined ETF Securities as Joint Managing Partner, before going on to found BoostETP with Nik Bienkowski in 2011. BoostETP was purchased by US ETF provider WisdomTree in 2014 and following the completion of this buyout in 2016 Hector stepped down as Co-CEO of WisdomTree Europe. He has since set up Europe’s first independent ‘white label’ ETF platform, HANetf, with business partner Nik Bienkowski, which will provide asset managers with a turnkey solution to enter the European ETF market. Hector, a Fellow of the Securities Institute, holds a BA in Economics and received an MBA from Warwick Business School. Hector was recently recognised as one of the most influential ETF experts in the industry, by being included in the ETF Stream ‘30 Index’.
Zarko Meseldzija RecycLiCo Battery Materials Inc
Zarko Meseldzija
CEO & Director
RecycLiCo Battery Materials Inc.
Zarko Meseldzija, Director and CEO of RecycLiCo Battery Materials Inc., has a range of industry experience with a deep insight in project management, process development projects, and circular economy strategies. Zarko holds a BSc. in Mining Engineering from the University of Alberta and obtained his MBA from the Beedie School of Business.
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Silvia Messa
Senior Analyst
Volue
Silvia Messa works as Senior Analyst at Volue Insight and is the market expert for CWE, Iberia and Italy. She studied energy engineering in the Politecnico di Milano and has been working for more than 20 years in the energy trading sector: her career started in Milan in the early 2000's as portfolio manager; in 2007 she joined Statkraft in Germany, focusing mainly on cross-border trading in continental Europe.
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Hayley Moller
Chief Marketing Officer and Founding Team
Thallo
Hayley is a communications expert and strategist with nearly a decade of delivering successful climate and sustainability efforts for multi-national corporations, global NGOs, and local governments around the world. Now a climate tech entrepreneur, she has helped craft sustainability strategy for organizations of all sizes, from lean start-ups to the United Nations to some of the world's most well-known brands. A proud member of the LGBTQ+ community and an advocate for women and underrepresented groups, Hayley is passionate about making inclusivity the norm. Hayley holds an MBA from INSEAD, where she led the school's Environment & Business Club and graduated with distinction. In 2011, she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science from UCLA, where she ran several campus sustainability programs. Always a Californian at heart, she currently lives in Paris.
William Roberts-rho
William Roberts
Research Analyst
Rho Motion
Will is a Research Analyst at Rho Motion working on electric vehicle, battery, and charging market analysis. He is leading our research into EV motor technology, vehicle platforms and systems. He graduated from the University of Exeter, with first-class BSc (Hons) Physics and MSc with Distinction in Mechanical Engineering.
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Rob Schmitt
COO & Co-Founder
Toucan Protocol
Robert Schmitt is the COO at Toucan Protocol which is building a regenerative finance ecosystem that leverages web3 technology to help scale climate action. Robert is also Strategic Adviser at Return Protocol which is building out the usability layer of onchain carbon markets. Previously, he was the founder & CEO of Vultus which builds open infrastructure to lower the barriers to adopt sustainable farming practices and is now a public company. Robert believes that tokenized carbon will be integrated across the web3 ecosystem, to create the most regenerative financial system to date.
Mark Selby CERES
Mark Selby
Chief Innovation Officer
Ceres
Mark joined Ceres in January 2006 and has played a pivotal role in establishing the Company as a global technology leader in the fuel cell industry. Mark previously worked as the Company’s Chief Technology Officer and moved to a new position as Chief Innovation Officer in September 2021, in which he provides leadership for Ceres on innovation of new technologies beyond the established solid oxide portfolio. As Chief Innovation Officer, Mark focusses his efforts on developing new and future opportunities for Ceres, building the team and relationships to make this happen.
Samrat Sengupta eki
Samrat Sengupta
Vice President
EKI Energy
Climate & Renewable energy professional and policy campaigner, with two and half decades of experiences, with proficiency carbon market & renewable power business strategy & development. Policy research & advocacy at national and international - multi & bilateral platforms. At present working as Vice President – Business Development [New Markets & Business Strategy], with EKI Energy Services Limited, one of the largest carbon originator, aggregator, and trader in the global market; responsible for new business-line development in climate change vertical.
Ulysses Smith
Ulysses Smith
ESG Senior Adviser
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Ulysses Smith is an ESG Senior Adviser based in the New York office. Mr. Smith has an impressive track record at the intersection of sustainability, governance, rule of law, anti-corruption, and human rights. His experience includes advising major multinationals, not-for profit organizations, governments and multilateral institutions on a range of sustainability and governance issues. He has devised tailored inclusive models of governance and sustainability, addressing a range of ESG factors and risks, including environmental sustainability, human rights and labor issues, corruption, and sanctions. Mr. Smith has worked to advance sustainability, good governance, and economic development in more than 20 countries on 6 continents. In 2016, Mr. Smith was honored by the UN Global Compact as one of ten Global Sustainable Development Goals Pioneers for work advancing SDG 16 (which includes themes of good governance, human rights, rule of law). He is currently a member of the UN Global Compact’s Expert Network, focused on sustainability and governance, and is also the former chair of New York City Bar Association’s United Nations Committee. In addition, Mr. Smith founded and chaired the New York City Bar Association’s Task Force on Good Governance in the Secretary-General Selection. Mr. Smith received his B.A. from the University of Illinois in 1997, and his J.D. from Cornell Law School in 2007.
Carrie Song
Carrie Song
Vice President Americas, Renewable Fuel
Neste
Carrie is Vice President for Renewable Road Transport at Neste US, responsible for the company's increasing development and expansion efforts in the region. She joined Neste in 2020 and has spearheaded the growth of Neste MY Renewable Diesel in the North America market since then. Carrie is passionate about renewable fuels and other new technologies and innovations that can help the transport industry cut carbon emissions. Carrie has a track record of success in driving business growth for both Fortune 500 companies and startups in a variety of industries, including global commodity trade, IT, capital goods, retail consulting, energy and oil and gas. Prior to her current role at Neste, she served as Sales Director - Americas for BP, where she oversaw business development performance, expanded business footprints and developed high performing teams across North, Central and Latin America regions. Prior to that, Carrie was the Sales & Marketing Director of Global Oil and Gas Power Solution at Cummins. Carrie holds a BA in Economics and Public Administration from University of International Business and Economics in China, a Master in Management from London School of Economics in the UK, and a Master of Science in Marketing Research from Texas A&M University in the US. She is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt sponsor.
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Luke Oliver
Managing Director, Head of Climate Investments and Head of Strategy
KraneShares
Luke Oliver leads the KraneShares Climate Solutions business building innovative products that provide access to unique markets within this growing investment universe. In addition to curating the firm's climate, carbon and impact strategies, Luke works closely with clients to educate on the asset class and client implementation strategies. He is a regular industry commentator on TV, press, and online media and is responsible for digestible research on climate topics.
Christina O'Conor Congruent Ventures
Christina O’Conor
Partner
Congruent Ventures
Christina O’Conor is a Partner at Congruent Ventures, an early stage venture firm focused on climate tech. Congruent's investment focus areas include mobility, urbanization, energy transition, food and agriculture, and sustainable production and consumption. Christina serves as a board director of Dispatch Goods and Planet FWD and observes the boards of several portfolio companies that are focused on the nexus between robotics, AI, and climate tech. Prior to venture capital, Christina led sustainable investment as Managing Director at Wellington Management, a $1 trillion+ asset manager. Christina also played a key role in scaling the UN Principles for Responsible Investment 15 years ago. She graduated with a BS in Economics from Trinity College and an MBA from MIT.
Wendy Owens hexas
Wendy Owens
Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Hexas Biomass
Wendy Owens is the Founder and CEO of Hexas Biomass, a biomaterials company producing plant-based raw materials. She is a serial entrepreneur with experience across multiple industries. Hexas combines her background in materials engineering and biotechnology with a passion to save the Earth. Concurrently with past entrepreneurial endeavors, she spent 14 years as an executive-level appointed advisor to the US Secretary of Commerce and US Trade Representative. Ms. Owens is a published author on a variety of subjects and has a Master of Art degree from Tufts University.
VCM-William Pazos
William Pazos
Co-founder and Managing Director
AirCarbon
William Pazos is the Co-founder and Managing Director of AirCarbon Exchange, a frictionless carbon exchange offering the lowest fees in the industry, and an architecture which will allow the carbon market to expand efficiently and fulfill its true potential in helping the world meet Net Zero. Bill is a Senior Climate Finance and Renewable Energy Expert with a proven track record developing, financing, and managing projects in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Previously he was a Managing Director at Standard Bank. In this capacity he was the Global Head of Carbon origination and Finance, as well as a member of the board of Standard Merchant Bank Singapore. As the CEO and founding partner of Ecoinvest Carbon S.A., a joint venture company with Bunge S.A., he built what became one of the world’s largest aggregator of carbon credits. In his early career he was a bond trader at JP Morgan Chase (MHTCo.) in New York as well as a partner at Dartley a large Emerging Markets Fixed Income Fund.
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Yan Qin
Lead Analyst, Carbon
Refinitiv
Yan Qin is a lead analyst at Refinitiv and based in Norway. She has fifteen years of experiences with power and carbon market analysis and quantitative modelling, covering both Europe and China. Her work mainly includes short-term trading outlook, supply-demand forecast, long-term carbon price forecast and energy policy insights, for a wide range of clients in the energy sector globally. Yan is also Research Associate at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. She graduated from the Department of Economics at University of Oslo and Fudan university in China.
Evan Vahouny proof
Evan Vahouny
Chief Impact Officer
Proof of Impact
Evan Vahouny is the Chief Impact Officer at Proof, a global ESG and impact data intelligence company for investors and enterprises. He leads the continuous design of Proof's measurement methodology, ensuring the platform delivers sustainable value to its clients through bottom-up, double materiality analysis and reporting. Prior to Proof, Evan worked across public (Capitol Hill), private (UnitedHealthcare, Optum), and nonprofit (New Sector Alliance) sectors on data-driven performance management and impact-linked financing projects. He holds an MPP from the University of Virginia and currently resides in the Washington, DC area.
Geordie Wilkes sucden financial
Geordie Wilkes
Head of Research
Sucden Financial
Geordie provides insights and comprehensive analysis on macroeconomics, metals, agriculture and the FX markets. He is recognised as a key commodities market commentator, authoring Sucden Financial’s benchmark Quarterly Metals Report and in-depth investment research, covering the coffee markets and electric vehicles. He holds a degree in Agricultural Economics and has completed a Masters in Sustainable Resources and Economics at UCL and is a guest lecturer on resource extraction for decarbonisation and the green economy. Geordie joined Sucden Financial in 2016.
Nathan Williams - Minespider
Nathan Williams
CEO & Founder
Minespider
Nathan Williams is the Founder and CEO of Minespider, the number one blockchain traceability platform for the mining and raw materials sector. Nathan has facilitated blockchain workshops as a visiting expert for the UNECE and the World Economic Forum. He has been featured in Bloomberg, Forbes, Huffington Post, and Wired Germany.
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Adrien Wons
CEO & Founder
Senken
Adrian is the founder & CEO of senken, a platform making web3 carbon credits accessible for corporates. After studying wind energy engineering, he worked at Ernst&Young, where he founded the blockchain department for Germany, which he led for 3 years. Thereafter he founded the Institute for Sustainable Innovation at the University of Digital Science Berlin. He is publisher of two books for Springer publisher and lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

Speakers include

CEZ
Morgan Stanley
Refinitiv
s&p global commodity insights
Benchmark minerals
Toucan
Oxford Institute
Thallo
Sucden financial
SparkChange
SenKen
SDCL (2)
Rho Motion
CareSuper
neste
MineSpider
Metals hub
Grain
Carbon Growth Partners
Circular
Flowcarbon
Future Energy Ventures
ameresco
hexas
Proof of impact
Recyclico
Office nunclear energy
Aircarbon
Bloomberg intelligence
aware super
ascend
amp robotics
volue
terrestrial energy
ropes gray
rethink impact
reed smith
ospraie
Kraneshares
icmm
hystor
hidrogen one
HanETF
eki
doral
debevoise