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Jeff Sachs
Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs is a world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist whose monthly newspaper columns appear in more than 100 countries. He is the co-recipient of the 2015 Blue Planet Prize, the leading global prize for environmental leadership. He has twice been named among Time Magazine’s 100 influential world leaders. He was called by the New York Times, ‘probably the most important economist in the world,’ and by Time Magazine ‘the world’s best known economist.’ A recent survey by The Economist Magazine ranked Professor Sachs as among the world’s three most influential living economists of the past decade.

Professor Sachs serves as the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Sustainable Development Goals, and previously advised both UN Secretary-General Ban and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the Millennium Development Goals. He is a Distinguished Fellow at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria. Sachs is Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network under the auspices of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Ottmar Edenhofer
Prof. Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer studied philosophy and economics. He is Deputy Director and Chief Economist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Professor of the Economics of Climate Change of the Technical University Berlin and former Co-Chair of Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Moreover, he is Director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC), which was founded in 2012, as well as adviser to the World Bank regarding issues of economic growth and climate protection. At PIK he is leading Research Domain 3, Sustainable Solutions, which focuses on research in the field of the Economics of Atmospheric Stabilization.

He co-chairs the Energy Platform by the European Council of Academies of Applied Sciences, Technologies and Engineering (Euro-CASE), is member of the National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech), member of the Science-Industry Cooperation and member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, Workgroup Climate, Energy and Environment. Prof. Edenhofer has published articles in Science, PNAS, Nature Climate Change, Resource and Energy Economics, Annual Review of Resource Economics, Energy Journal, Climatic Change, Energy Economics and other peer-reviewed journals and authored a number of books. He was a Lead Author for the Fourth Assessment Report of the IPCC from 2004 until 2007. From 2008-2015 he served as Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III. In this capacity he led the Fifth Assessment Report cycle and co-edited the AR5 Climate Change 2014 - Mitigation of Climate Change as well as the IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (SRREN).

Melissa Eddy
Melissa Eddy is the Berlin Correspondent for The International New York Times, a position she has held since January 2012. Before that, she covered Germany for The Associated Press, arriving in Frankfurt in 2000 and moving to Berlin in 2005.

During her tenure in the German-speaking world, Melissa's has covered every major story, from the resignation of Helmut Kohl to the rise of Angela Merkel; Europe's debt crisis; the country’s energy transition, the Energiewende, leading up to the COP21 and last year’s migration wave.

Melissa launched her career in journalism at the AP's Vienna bureau in 1997. From there, she covered the Kosovo crisis and war, breaking the story of the 1999 massacre at Racak which led to the NATO bombing war in Serbia. Melissa followed NATO troops into Kosovo at the end of that war.

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