Conversation on Climate Change

Responding to the Challenges of Climate Change



Moderator: Martin Wolf


Martin Wolf is one of the UK’s foremost economists. He has been a forum fellow at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos since 1999 and a member of its International Media Council since 2006. Martin’s most recent publications are The Shifts and the Shocks: What We’ve Learned—and Have Still to Learn—from the Financial Crisis (Penguin Press, 2014), “Why Globalization Works” (Yale University Press, 2004), and “Fixing Global Finance” (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008 and Yale University Press, 2009). His blog is Martin Wolf’s Exchange.

Christine Lagarde


Christine Lagarde has been Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund since July 2011. She held various ministerial positions within the French government, including Finance and Economy Minister (2007–11), Minister for Foreign Trade, and Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries. She was also Chairman of the Global Exchange Committee and Global Strategic Committee of Baker & McKenzie.

Jim Yong Kim

Jim Yong

Jim Yong Kim, M.D., Ph.D. is the President of the World Bank Group. Soon after he became president in July 2012, the organization established two goals: ending extreme poverty by 2030 and boosting shared prosperity for the bottom 40 percent of the population in developing countries. Kim's career has been focused on health, education, and delivering services to the poor.Before joining the World Bank, he served as President of Dartmouth College and held professorships at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. He has received several awards, including a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship, and recognitions such as one of America's "25 Best Leaders" by U.S. News & World Report, and in 2006 TIME magazine named him as one of its "100 Most Influential People in the World."

Christiana Figueres


Christiana Figueres has served as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change since 2010.

Ms. Figueres has been involved in climate change negotiations since 1995, initially serving as a member of the Costa Rican negotiating team. She held positions on the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism and the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties in 2008-2009. In 1995, she founded the Centre for Sustainable Development of the Americas, a non-profit think tank for climate change policy, which she directed until 2003.

Nicholas Stern


Professor Stern is the IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, Chairman of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and Head of the India Observatory at the London School of Economics. He has served as President of the British Academy since 2013 and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 2014.Professor Stern has held academic appointments in the UK and abroad. He was Chief Economist of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, 1994-1999, and Chief Economist and Senior Vice President at the World Bank, 2000-2003.


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