The Next Frontier of Climate Change: Washington, DC

July 29, 2015
9:20 - 11:30 am EDT


  • Gérard Araud Gérard Araud is the Ambassador of France to the United States. Before that he was Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Director General for Political and Security Affairs of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (France).
  • Jeffrey Ball Jeffrey Ball, a writer on energy and the environment, is scholar-in-residence at Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance. Ball writes a column on energy and the environment, called Resources, published biweekly online by the New Republic.
  • Rachel Kyte Rachel Kyte is the World Bank Group's vice president and special envoy for climate change. She oversees work on climate change adaptation, mitigation, climate finance, and disaster risk and resilience across the institutions of the World Bank Group, including IBRD, IDA, IFC and MIGA.
  • Denis McDonough Denis McDonough is currently serving as President Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff, a position he assumed in February 2013. Prior to assuming this role, he served as the Deputy National Security Advisor from October 2010 to January 2013. He also served as the Chief of Staff of the National Security Staff and as the Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications.
  • Janos Pasztor Janos Pasztor is the Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change for the United Nations.
  • Jamil Smith Jamil Smith is a Senior National Correspondent with MTV News. Most recently, he was a Senior Editor at New Republic, where he wrote and edited columns and features for both print and digital. There, Smith also hosted the podcast INTERSECTION, which dealt with identity politics. Prior to that, he served as a segment producer for "The Rachel Maddow Show" and "Melissa Harris-Perry." Smith's bylines have also appeared in the Washington Post,, and theGrio. Previous stops include NFL Films, HBO Sports, CNN and the William Morris Agency.
  • Neera Tanden Neera Tanden is the President of the Center for American Progress and Counselor to the Center for American Progress Action Fund. She has served in both the Obama and Clinton administrations, as well as presidential campaigns and think tanks. Most recently, she served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Center, where she oversaw strategic planning, operations, and fundraising.
  • Guy Vidra Guy Vidra is currently CEO of The New Republic. Previously, Guy was Head of Yahoo News with direct responsibility for the management of the world's largest news site. Guy was also Head of Strategy & Development at Yahoo News.

About this conference

Climate change is a global issue, and international leaders must work together to embrace meaningful climate action policies. How are cities at home and abroad engaging with their communities to respond to the impacts of climate change? How is the U.S. working with other countries to approach climate legislation?

The Next Frontier of Climate Change, a policy forum that will explore climate change on an international stage, will be an opportunity to meet and engage with a cross-section of climate change thinkers and leaders from government, industry, academia and the non-profit sector.

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