The power to transform the planet;
electrifying the climate change conversation

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.

Keynote Speaker:

Christiana Figueres

Former Executive Secretary of the United
Nations Framework Convention on Climate
Change (UNFCC) 2010-2016

It all begins with the climatemusic project, an extraordinary collaboration of artists and scientists who create and perform music that communicates the urgency we face with the climate crisis. climate change can seem abstract and difficult to communicate, but this group has figured out innovative ways to use music to make the science comprehensible. news organizations from verge to the new york times have described the impact of their work and how it can help drive listeners to act.

@climatemusic

Keynote Speaker:

Christiana Figueres

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.