State of the Planet 2010: Connecting Voices Globally to Meet the Challenges of Climate Change, Poverty and Economic Recovery

Thursday, March 25, 2010, All Day Event

Columbia University, Morningside Campus, Alfred Lerner Hall, Roone Arledge Auditorium

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Event Description:
Speakers: Various

The Earth Institute, The Economist and Ericsson present "State of the Planet 2010: Connecting Voices Globally to Meet the Challenges of Climate Change, Poverty and Economic Recovery." Students, professionals and scholars will be able to participate in this entirely global conference connected by broadband, webcast and satellite technology. Open to the public. A brown bag lunch will be served.


Matthew Bishop, American Business Editor and New York Bureau Chief, The Economist, New York

Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director, The Earth Institute, Columbia University

Hans Vestberg
, President and CEO, Ericsson

Master of Ceremonies

Riz Khan, Host of the Riz Khan Show, Al Jazeera English

Economist Moderators

Simon Cox, South Asia Business Correspondent, The Economist, New Delhi

Jonathan Ledgard
, Correspondent, The Economist, Nairobi

John Micklethwait
, Editor-in-Chief, The Economist, London

James Miles
, China Correspondent, The Economist, Beijing


President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa of Mexico (speaking from Mexico City)

HSH Prince Albert II
of Monaco (speaking from Monaco)

HRH Princess Máxima
of the Netherlands

Ban Ki-moon
, UN Secretary-General

Scott Barrett, Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics, Columbia University

Wallace S. Broecker
, Newberry Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University

Mike Bushell, Principal Scientific Adviser, Syngenta International Research Centre (speaking from Nairobi)

Mark Cane
, G. Unger Vetlesen Professor of Earth and Climate Sciences and Professor of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, Columbia University

Sanjeev Chadha
, Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo India

Glenn Denning
, Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia University

Nitin Desai, Former UN Under-Secretary-General; Distinguished Fellow, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) (speaking from New Delhi)   

Geoffrey Hea
l, Paul Garrett Professor of Public Policy and Business Responsibility and Professor of Economics and Finance, Columbia University

Jiang Kejun, Director, Energy Systems Analysis and Market Analysis Division, Energy Research Institute, National Development and Reform Commission (speaking from Beijing)

Upmanu Lall, Alan and Carol Silberstein Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering, Columbia University

Sylvia Mwichuli Mudasia
, Director of Africa Communications, UN Millennium Campaign (speaking from Nairobi)

James Mwangi
, Group Managing Director and CEO, Equity Bank (speaking from Nairobi)

Devin Narang, Chairman and Managing Director, Freeplay Group (speaking from New Delhi)

Qi Ye
, Professor of Environmental Policy and Management and Director of the Climate Policy Institute, Tsinghua University (speaking from Beijing)

Johan Rockström
, Executive Director, Stockholm Environment Institute and Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University

Leena Srivastava, Executive Director (Operations), The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) (speaking from New Delhi)

Achim Steiner
, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); UN Under-Secretary-General  (speaking from Nairobi)

Ann Veneman
, Executive Director, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Peter  Wierenga
, Executive Vice President and CEO,  Philips Research

Xiao Geng
, Director, Brookings Tsinghua Center for Public Policy; Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution (speaking from Beijing)

Xu Jintao
, Professor of Natural Resource Economics; Head of the Environmental Economics Program in China, Peking University (speaking from Beijing)

Zha Daojiong, Professor of International Political Economy, School of International Studies, Peking University (speaking from Beijing)

More information on the program and participants is available on our Web site.

Registration is required.

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