Dr. Andrew Norton


International Institute for Environment and Development,
United Kingdom.

Andrew Norton is director of IIED. He is an applied anthropologist working on a range of issues related to social and environmental justice.  He oversees the implementation of IIED’s new five year strategy focused on addressing five interlocking crises – climate, biodiversity loss, inequality, urban risk and unsustainable markets.  His recent work focuses on social policy and climate resilience, labour guarantees and ecosystem stewardship, and automation and inequality. Major areas of focus over recent years include framing the social dimensions of climate change and participatory research on poverty and inequality.


Dr. Zsolt Lengyel


Co-founder, Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy (IEECP), Canada.

Zsolt Len is an economist, a climate action policy veteran and specialist of the corresponding instruments, policies & measures including MRV aspects. He has been member of Verico SCE since its establishment in 2013. He has been serving as the Chairman of Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy (IEECP) since its establishment in 2015. At IEECP he leads a key component on the global Horizon 2020 LC-CLA-01-2018 “Supporting the development of climate policies to deliver on the Paris Agreement, through Integrated Assessment Models (IAMs)” project running until May 2021. He is a Research Fellow at the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3) at Waterloo University, Ontario, Canada.

He had served as Team Leader and Key Expert of the European Commission funded 8.2 million EUR four years long Clima East project between July 2013. – April 2017. Within this project, he supported the development of INDCs in 2014-15 for various developing and Annex I countries focusing on both the mitigation and adaptation components and then supported the implementation of the respective NDCs. Prior to that he worked as Head of Climate Services and Lead Auditor of SQS (Swiss Association for Quality and Management Systems) a UNFCCC accredited DoE for CDM and AIE for JI in the 2010-2013 period. He had become one of the most experienced PoA auditors globally (10 PoAs validated as Lead Auditor) as well as being exposed to a wide variety of CDM, VER, Gold Standard and JI projects. Prior to his auditing work he spent five years at the Dutch Government’s Carboncredits (ERUPT) initiative as a Programme Advisor between 2005-2010. This period covered both new carbon credit purchasing (CERUPT, ERUPT 5, ERUPT New Style) and the management of a cc. 60 million EUR project portfolio as well as actively participating in methodological work under the UNFCCC. Prior to the Dutch Government he worked for Vertis Environmental Finance and Chantrey Vellacott DFK in GHG reduction projects on installation level in various European countries providing the two pioneering carbon purchase programmes – the Dutch ERUPT/Carboncredits and the World Banks’ Prototype Carbon Fund – with some of their first ever contracted projects. He spent twenty years in environmental consultancy after starting his career at the Environment & Geography Department of the London School of Economics as a researcher in 1995. His tasks focused on expert advisory roles for projects related to climate change mitigation & adaptation, energy and corresponding policies & measures (MRV, CDM, JI, GIS, energy efficiency, renewables, adaptation) for clients such as Shell Global Solutions, Delphi Automotive Systems, Owens-Illinois, the World Bank and the European Commission.

Joyce Coffee


President, Climate Resilience Consulting, United States

Joyce Coffee, LEED AP, is founder and President of Climate Resilience Consulting, a social enterprise that works with clients to create practical strategies that enhance markets and communities through adaptation to climate change. 

Coffee has 25 years of leadership experience in government, private, nonprofit, philanthropic and academic sectors. She has worked with over 200 institutions to create and implement climate-related resilience strategies. Specific areas of emphasis include resilience strategy, resilience finance, resilience measurement and social equity. She is an appointed director or chair of twenty nonprofit boards and initiatives. She received a B.S. in biology, environmental studies and Asian studies from Tufts University and a Masters in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

As president, Ms. Coffee has created resilience strategies for multiple cities and companies. She led the development of the world’s first set of climate resilience principles for the financial services industry, directed the National Equitable Climate Resilience project and co-authored the national report on the state of the climate adaptation field. She has trained hundreds of local officials and other practitioners in resilience finance.

Joyce is a Senior Sustainability Fellow at the Global Institute of Sustainability and advises various high level resilience groups, including Climate KIC’s City Finance Lab, The Climate Bond Initiative’s Adaptation and Resilience Expert Group, EU Technical Expert Group (TEG) on Sustainable Finance, Global Adaptation and Resilience Investment work group, Anthropocene Alliance, The Climate Service, US Green Building Council’s Illinois chapter and UNISDR ARISE.

Director of Policy and Translation, Grantham Institute United Kingdom


Director of Policy and Translation, Grantham Institute United Kingdom, UK

Alyssa is the Director of Policy and Translation at the Grantham Institute – Climate change and the Environment at Imperial College London where she secures real-world impact with evidence by connecting relevant research across the university with policy-makers and businesses. In addition, she is currently the chair of the COP26 Universities network, connecting the UK’s academic community to the UKs presidency of the 2021 climate negotiations (COP26). She is also a member of NERC’s Advisory network and on the advisory board of the all-party parliamentary group on climate change (APPCCG). Prior to joining the university, she worked as a specialist energy and climate consultant across a range of topics and countries. Alyssa has also worked at the Greater London Authority (GLA) and as a journalist on environmental policy in Brussels.