Monitoring Urban Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) – Speaker Biographies Helping cities mitigate and adapt to climate change through real-time monitoring of GHGs 10 November 2020 10 November, 16:00-19:45 GMT (08:00-11:45 PST, 11:00-14:45pm EST) | 11 November, 04:00-07:45 (NZST) Susan Aitken Susan Aitken became Leader of Glasgow City Council when the SNP became the largest party on the Council and formed a minority administration in May 2017. She was elected as a councillor for the Langside ward, where she lives, in 2012 and has been leader of the SNP group since 2014, having previously served as the group spokesperson on health and social care. Before being elected, Susan worked in a variety of policy and research roles in the Scottish Parliament and the third sector, and as a freelance writer and editor specialising in health and social care policy. She grew up in Biggar in South Lanarkshire, moved to Glasgow aged 17 and is a graduate of both Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities. Ken Alex Ken Alex is the director of Project Climate at the University of California at Berkeley. From 2011 to 2018, Ken was a Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Jerry Brown, the Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, and the Chair of the Strategic Growth Council. Before joining the Governor’s Office, Ken was the Senior Assistant Attorney General heading the environment section of the California Attorney General’s Office, Ken is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of California at Santa Cruz. Keith Anderson Keith Anderson is Chief Executive Officer for ScottishPower and he also sits on the ScottishPower Board, where he was appointed in February 2012. Keith has full responsibility for the Company’s activities in the UK including the £5.3bn investment plan to 2022 designed to strengthen the position of the Company as the Utility of the Future. Prior to joining ScottishPower, Keith had worked with some major financial institutions including The Royal Bank of Scotland and Standard Life, as well as working as a management consultant with Ernst & Young. Tom Baer Tom Baer is the Executive Director of the Stanford Photonics Research Center and a consulting professor in the Applied Physics Department at Stanford University. His current scientific research is focused on developing imaging and biochemical analysis technology for exploring the molecular basis of human developmental biology and regenerative medicine, optogenetics, and developing new technologies for environmental measurement and monitoring. He is a Fellow of AAAS, OSA, and a Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He served as the President of OSA in 2009 and is Chair of the IPAC Steering Committee. Louise Bedsworth Louise Bedsworth is the Executive Director of the Strategic Growth Council, a state agency that brings together multiple agencies and departments to support sustainable communities emphasizing strong economies, social equity and environmental stewardship. Prior to joining SGC, Louise was the Deputy Director of the Office of Planning and Research in Governor Jerry Brown’s office. Before joining OPR in 2011, Louise was a research fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California, where her work focused on climate change adaptation, local government action on climate change, and transportation. She has also held positions at the Union of Concerned Scientists, Redefining Progress, and the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis. Louise received a B.S. in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering and Ph.D. in Energy and Resources, both from the University of California at Berkeley. Kersti Berge Kersti Berge is Director of Energy and Climate Change at the Scottish government. She is responsible for climate change (domestic and international), energy, consumer issues, and water. Prior to joining the Scottish Government, Kersti was a director at Ofgem, the energy regulator, where she held a number of senior policy roles including Head of Ofgem’s Glasgow Office. Before joining Ofgem, Kersti was a senior economic advisor at the UK Treasury and prior to that she was a lecturer in economics at Oxford University. Duncan Booker Dr Duncan Booker is COP26 Stakeholder Manager for Glasgow City Council. He has worked on policy development in local government for more than twenty years in a range of areas. He drafted the Council’s report and recommendations on the climate emergency in 2019, which led to the city committing to achieve carbon neutrality by the year 2030. Duncan is currently working on arrangements for Glasgow to welcome the world to COP26 in November 2021. He is a graduate of the universities of Oxford and Glasgow. Guy Brasseur Prof. Guy Brasseur is a Senior Scientist and Head of the Environmental Modeling Group at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, Germany and a Distinguish Scholar at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO, USA. He is also a Distinguished Professor at the Polytechnic University of Hong Kong. He is the former Director of the Climate Service Center of Germany and the former Chair of the World Climate Research Program. Brasseur has been conducting modeling studies on issues related to air quality, stratospheric ozone and climate. He is author or coauthor of 220 scientific publications. Greg Clark Greg is Global Head of Future Cities & New Industries at HSBC Group and is also Chair of Connected Places Catapult, the UK’s national agency for innovation on cities and transport. He is a member of the board of Transport for London and chairman of TfL’s Investment and Programmes Committee. He is member of the World Economic Forum Future Council on Cities & Urbanisation, and the Cities Council of Bloomberg New Economy Forum. He is Hon Prof of Urban Innovation and Policy at UCL and Strathclyde University, and founder of The Business of Cities. He is a Global Fellow at the Urban Land Institute, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. His monthly column: The Planet of Cities, is hosted by RICS. He is Global Cities expert on the BBC World Service Series, My Perfect City. Ronald Cohen Ronald C. Cohen, Ph.D. is Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. He was Director of the Berkeley Atmospheric Science Center from 2006-2016. Cohen is known for his work on the atmospheric nitrogen cycle, the temperature dependence of ozone and urban emissions of greenhouse gases. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Geophysical Union. Cohen has mentored over 50 PhD students and postdoctoral fellows and is co-author of over 280 peer- reviewed scientific papers. Allister Ferguson Allister Ferguson is the Professor of Photonics in the Department of Physics at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. He is an Advisor to the Principal and Vice Chancellor. He is a graduate of the University of St. Andrews and has studied and researched at the University of Oxford, Imperial College London, University of Southampton and Stanford University, California. He is a member of the GEMM International Steering Committee and Chairs the University of Strathclyde GEMM Centre. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Institute of Physics, IEEE and The Optical Society (OSA). Lucy Hutyra Lucy Hutyra is an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth & Environment at Boston University. Through integration of atmospheric, biometric, social, and climatological data, Hutyra is focused on understanding the characteristics and drivers of atmosphere-biosphere exchange of carbon dioxide, particularly in cities. She received her BS in Forest Ecology and Management from the University of Washington in 1998 and a Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Harvard University in 2007. Hutyra is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award, is a Kavli Fellow, and currently serves on the Federal Advisory Committee for NASA Earth Sciences. Alistair Manning As a maths graduate Alistair went on to study for a doctorate in computational fluid dynamics at the University of Manchester. He joined the UK Met Office in 1995 and has dedicated his work around atmospheric transport modelling. He initially worked on air quality forecasting but for the last 20 years has focussed on estimating regional emissions of greenhouse and ozone-depleting gases using atmospheric observations. Where necessary he has also worked on the UK emergency response to atmospheric dispersion situations such as volcanic ash or industrial fires. Jim McDonald Professor Sir Jim McDonald is Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde. He Co-chairs, with the First Minister, the Scottish Government’s Energy Advisory Board. He is Chairman of the Independent Glasgow Economic Leadership Board. He currently holds several senior business appointments with organisations including the Weir Group plc, Scottish Power plc, the UK Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and the UK National Physical Laboratory. Additionally, he Chairs or participates in several senior committees related to research, economic development and education. In the Queen’s Jubilee Birthday Honours List 2012, Professor McDonald was awarded a Knighthood for services to education, engineering and the economy. He was elected President of the Royal Academy of Engineering in September, 2019. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institute of Physics and the Energy Institute and is a Foreign Fellow of the Chinese Society for Electrical Engineering. Craig Michie Professor Michie received a BSc. and PhD in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from the University of Glasgow. He joined the University of Strathclyde in 1988 researching into optical sensing technology within the aerospace and energy sector. In 2000 he moved to Kamelian Ltd. producing semiconductor amplifier components for the broadband access market and returned to Strathclyde in 2006 where is currently Deputy Head of Department in Electronic and Electrical Engineering. His recent research focus is in data analytics and wireless sensor technology particularly within agriculture. He co-founded University spin out SilentHerdsman Ltd delivering decision support systems for dairy farming. David Miller David Miller is the Director of International Diplomacy and Global Ambassador of Inclusive Climate Action at C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. He is responsible for supporting Mayors in their climate leadership and for building a global movement for socially equitable action to mitigate and adapt to climate change. He served as Chair of C40 Cities from 2008 until 2010. Miller was Mayor of Toronto from 2003 to 2010. Under his leadership, Toronto became widely admired internationally for its environmental leadership, economic strength and social integration. He is a leading advocate for the creation of sustainable urban economies, and a strong and forceful champion for the next generation of jobs through sustainability. Miller has held a variety of public and private positions and served as Future of Cities Global Fellow at Polytechnic Institute of New York University from 2011 to 2014. David Miller is a Harvard trained economist, professionally a lawyer and author of the book Solved: How the World’s Great Cities are Fixing the Climate Crisis. Mary Nichols Mary Nichols is the Chair of The California Air Resources Board, where she occupies the attorney seat. She has served on the Board under Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. (1975-82 and 2010-18), Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (2007-2010) and Governor Gavin Newsom (2019—present.) She also served as California’s Secretary for Natural Resources (1999- 2003), appointed by Gov. Gray Davis. When not working for the State of California, Mary was a senior staff attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council; Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Regulation, in the administration of President William Jefferson Clinton; and headed the Institute of Environment and Sustainability at UCLA. Over a career as an environmental lawyer spanning over 45 years, Mary Nichols has played a key role in California and the nation’s progress toward healthy air. She has also led the Board in crafting California’s internationally recognized climate action plan. Graeme Roy Graeme Roy is Director of the Fraser of Allander Institute (FAI) and Head of the Department of Economics at the University of Strathclyde. The FAI is an independent research institute – established in 1975 – with a focus on economic policy within the nations of the UK. Graeme is a former Senior Civil Servant in the Scottish Government. He writes extensively on the Scottish economy and public policy. For more information see www.fraserofallander.org Paul Wheelhouse Paul Wheelhouse was appointed Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands in June 2018. Born in Northern Ireland, and raised in Scotland, Paul is a professional economist, who has an MA (Hons) in Economic Science from the University of Aberdeen and an MBA from University of Edinburgh. Paul worked for 19 years in economic consultancy for public and private sector clients prior to his election in May 2011. He has previously served as Minister for Environment and Climate Change (2012-2014), Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs (2014-2016) and Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy (2016-2018), and prior to ministerial office was a member of the Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee and the Parliament’s Standards Committee.