Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado, Brazilian Ambassador to the United States
Nat Keohane, Vice President, Global Climate, Environmental Defense Fund
Alden Meyer, Director of Strategy and Policy, Union of Concerned Scientists
Michael Levi, Director, Energy Security and Climate Change Program, Council on Foreign Relations
Moderator: Jeff Ball, scholar-in-residence at Stanford University's Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, Lecturer at Stanford Law School, New Republic Contributor
Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado
Ambassador Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado is a career diplomat. Before his assignment as Ambassador of Brazil to the United States, Ambassador Figueiredo worked as Minister of External Relations of Brazil (2013-2014) and acted as Executive Secretary of the Rio+20 National Commission. At the Ministry of External Relations, he has previously served as Under Secretary for Environment, Energy, Science and Technology (2011-2013) and acted as Director of the Department for Environment and Special Affairs (2005-2011), as well as Head of the Division on Environmental Policy and Sustainable Development (2002-2004) and of the Division on Sea, Antarctic and Outer Space Affairs (1995-1996).
Nathaniel Keohane is an economist, advocate, and expert on climate, environment, and energy issues. Dr. Keohane is a Vice President for Global Climate at Environmental Defense Fund, a leading nonprofit advocacy organization based in New York.
In 2011-2012, he served in the Obama Administration as Special Assistant to the President for Energy and Environment in the National Economic Council and Domestic Policy Council, where he helped to develop and coordinate administration policy on a wide range of energy and environmental issues.
Michael A. Levi
Michael A. Levi is the David M. Rubenstein senior fellow for energy and the environment at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies, and director of the CFR program on energy security and climate change. He is an expert on climate change, energy security, arms control, and nuclear terrorism. Before joining CFR, Dr. Levi was a nonresident science fellow and a science and technology fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution. Prior to that, he was director of the Federation of American Scientists' Strategic Security Project.
Alden Meyer is director of strategy and policy for the Union of Concerned Scientists and the director of its Washington, DC, office. He provides general oversight and strategic guidance for the organization’s advocacy on energy, transportation, agriculture, and arms control issues. Mr. Meyer is also the principal advocate for UCS on national and international policy responses to the threat of global climate change. In addition, he works extensively on renewable energy and electricity policy.