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Prof. Dr. Jeffrey D. Sachs
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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.
Prof. Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer
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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 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
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.
Stiftung Mercator  is a private and independent foundation. Through its work it strives for a society characterized by openness to the world, solidarity and equal opportunities. In this context it concentrates on strengthening Europe; increasing the educational success of disadvantaged children and young people, especially those of migrant origin; driving forward climate change mitigation and promoting science and the humanities. Stiftung Mercator symbolizes the connection between academic expertise and practical project experience. One of Germany’s leading foundations, it is active both nationally and internationally. Stiftung Mercator feels a strong sense of loyalty to the Ruhr region, the home of the founding family and the foundation’s headquarters.
Technische Universität Berlin
The internationally renowned Technische Universität Berlin  (TU Berlin) is located in Germany’s capital city at the heart of Europe. Its academic activities are focused on achieving sharply-defined goals: building a distinctive profile for our university, ensuring exceptional performance in research and teaching, providing our graduates with excellent qualifications and a modern approach to university administration. The TU Berlin strives to promote the dissemination of knowledge and to facilitate technological progress through adherence to the core principles of excellence and quality. Strong regional, national and international networking with partners in science and industry are an important aspect in these endeavors.
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact
Research (PIK)  was founded in 1992. It generates fundamental
knowledge for sustainable development primarily through data analysis
and computer simulations of the dynamic processes in the earth system,
but also of social processes. Researchers in the natural and social
sciences from all over the world work closely together to study global
change and its impacts on ecological, economic and social systems.
They examine the earth system's capacity for withstanding human
interventions and devise strategies and options for a sustainable
development of humankind and nature. Interdisciplinary and
solution-oriented approaches are a distinctive characteristic of the
PIK advises the Federal Government of Germany, the European Commission and a number of other governments, international organizations like the World Bank. Further, it is part of a global network of scientific and academic institutions, and has contributed heavily to the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).