You will not want to miss this year’s Opening Session. The T&D Conference brings thought and action leaders from across the world to learn about, discuss and collaborate on the most innovative technologies in the industry, but this is where you will see how all the pieces link together to form a broader vision. When we talk about Electrifying the Future, what we mean is leveraging technologies to help communities make informed decisions to enhance their lives. Because ultimately this isn’t about the latest grid equipment or new research; it’s about how to use these innovations to make the whole electric grid and the neighborhoods that rely upon them, more reliable, more resilient and more sustainable.
Former Executive Secretary of the United
Nations Framework Convention on Climate
Change (UNFCC) 2010-2016
Following this performance, Christiana Figueres, the keynote speaker, will build off of her experience leading the negotiation for the Paris Climate Accords to tell the story of not just how we got here, but where we could be going. Figueres is one of the most important diplomats in the world, representing her native Costa Rica across Europe, and then becoming the Director of the Technical Secretariat of the Renewable Energy of the Americas program, and founded and directed the Center for Sustainable Development in the Americas. This was the foundation that she used to bring together the leading countries in the world to perhaps the most significant agreement ever, to not just acknowledge the reality of climate change, but meet it. This experience hasn’t just been valuable to governments; she’s also the Principal Climate Change Advisor to ENDESA Latinoamérica, the largest private utility in Latin America, a reminder that understanding the broader picture matters for policy makers and industry leaders alike.
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Former Executive Secretary of the
United Nations Framework Convention
on Climate Change (UNFCC) 2010-2016
Christiana Figueres is a Costa Rican citizen and was the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 2010 - 2016. During her tenure at the UNFCCC, Ms. Figueres brought together national and sub-national governments, corporations and activists, financial institutions and NGOs to jointly deliver the historic Paris Agreement on climate change, in which 195 sovereign nations agreed on a collaborative path forward to limit future global warming to well below 2°C, and strive for 1.5°C in order to protect the most vulnerable. For this achievement Ms. Figueres has been credited with forging a new brand of collaborative diplomacy, for which she has received multiple awards.
Since then Ms. Figueres has continued to serve her one and only boss, the global atmosphere. She sits on multiple boards and is a founding partner of Global Optimism Ltd., a purpose driven enterprise focused on social and environmental change. She convenes Mission 2020 and co-chairs the Global Covenant of Mayors.
She is a graduate of Swarthmore College and the London School of Economics. She lives in Costa Rica and has two fantastic daughters.
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