Engaging the Developing World at the Climate Change and Global Politics Conference hosted by the World Affairs Council of Northern California.
No one nation can effectively reverse the growing problems caused by our changing climate. Coordinated global efforts - between governments, corporations, and individuals - can help us conserve and develop energy resources, as well as ensure the continued growth of emerging and developed nations.
What can political leaders do? What can businesses and investors do? nd what can you do?- World Affairs Council of Northern California
Kent Hughes Butts
Kent Hughes Butts is Professor of Political-Military Strategy at the Center for Strategic Leadership, U.S. Army War College. Dr. Butts has served as a strategic analyst in the Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College and taught at the U.S. Military Academy. He has also been a John M. Olin Postdoctoral Fellow in National Security at the Center for International Affairs, Harvard University.
Dr. Butts is the author of The Department of Defense Role in African Policy and coauthor of Geopolitics of Southern Africa: South Africa as Regional Superpower. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and holds an M.B.A from Boston University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in geography from the University of Washington. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College.
Aimee Christensen recently joined Google.org, the philanthropic arm of Google, where she focuses on global warming and its broader relationship to poverty, development, and public health. Aimee has designed, implemented, and advised on energy and environmental strategies for more than a decade, gaining diverse perspectives from her time in government, in the private sector, and with non-governmental organizations.
Prior to joining Google, Aimee led Christensen Global Strategies, providing corporate, multilateral, and non-profit clients Aimee's combined experience in law, policy, and communications, and strategic, practical guidance on carbon finance, clean energy, and sustainability. Aimee served as a full time consultant to the World Bank’s Legal Department, serving the Bank’s Carbon Finance Business. In 2003 and 2004, she was Executive Director of Environment2004, an organization dedicated to informing the American public about the linkages between federal environmental policy and local health and quality of life. She came to Environment2004 from her law practice with Baker & McKenzie where she advised clients on energy and environmental matters and legislative strategies.
Prior to joining Baker & McKenzie, she worked on trade and environmental issues for the International Centre for Trade & Sustainable Development in Geneva. She spent four years at the Department of Energy developing and executing Latin American energy policy, including negotiating the Summit of the Americas energy agenda, the first bilateral agreement on joint implementation, and serving as energy advisor for Presidential trips to Latin America. Aimee is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Board member of the Alaska Wilderness League, the Environmental Alliance, and the National Association of Environmental Law Societies.
She received her B.A. from Smith College and her J.D. from Stanford Law School, where she wrote and led efforts to obtain the adoption by Stanford’s Board of Trustees of the Climate Change and Investment Responsibility Policy that governs Stanford’s investments to this day.
David Gordon works for the Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research. He is also a Shailen Nandy Research Associate for the University of Bristol.
Dr. Zhang joined the East-West Center in October 2001 after working at the two Dutch universities over the past decade. He also is a part-time professor of economics at both Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Peking University, Beijing, China; a part-time professor of management science and engineering at Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China; and an affiliate professor in Department of Economics at University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is a co-editor of International Journal of Ecological Economics & Statistics, and is and was serving on the editorial boards of eight international journals (Climate Policy; Energy Policy; Energy and Environment; Environmental Science and Policy; International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics; International Journal of Energy, Environment and Economics; Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change; ScientificWorldJOURNAL ) and one Chinese journal.