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Research Associate for Science and Arts, International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Gloria Benedikt was born in Austria and trained at the Vienna State Opera Ballet School and English National Ballet School (London). Since 2002 she has worked as a dancer and choreographer across Europe and the USA. A graduate of Harvard University (2013), she is particularly interested in connecting art and science, thus defining her dance pieces as choreographed papers and in creating artistically innovative, impact-driven arts projects that link the humanities and sciences to solve global challenges. In 2015 she became the first Research Associate for Science and Arts at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), since 2018 she leads the Science and Art Project. She is explores how artistic and scientific processes can be connected to tackle global challenges more effectively and support transformations to sustainability. Recent performance and speaking engagements include the Kennedy Center, Washington DC; Carnegie Hall, the House of the European Union, Vienna; the European Culture Forum, Brussels; the European Forum, Alpbach; the Bridging Europe Festival, Budapest; the European Commission’s Joint Research Center, Ispra; the Forum on European Culture, Amsterdam; the Stockholm Act and ESOF 2018. She co-curated the UN Concert for a Sustainable Planet 2017.
Hannah Kickert was born in Austria and trained at the Vienna State Opera Ballet School for nine years. Immediately after graduating with honors (2014) she started working as a corps de ballet member at the Vienna State Opera. Over the course of three years dancing at the well renown ballet company, she had the chance to participate in various choreographies of Nurejew, Balanchine, Robbins, Ekman, etc.. Due to multiple interests she started studying Political Science at the university of Vienna and proceeds to study at Fernuniversität Hagen. Being a scholarship holder of the European Forum Alpbach 2016 she got in touch with Gloria Benedikt and participated in her next piece InDilemma performing at the EFA 2017 and at the OSCE Ministerial Council of the former Principal Imperial Palace. She then proceeded to study dance in New York with teachers such as Wilhelm Burmann and Marijke Eliasberg, whilst performing at the Viennese Opera Ball in New York or at UNI, a dance event celebrating and showcasing Haitian arts and culture. In future endeavors she would like to combine politics with dance.
Research Scholar, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Piotr Magnuszewski works on the question of what makes things complex and how to understand and manage this complexity. He has been working for decades as a systems modeler, game designer, professional trainer, facilitator and researcher to provide tools for people in all sectors to make better policies and decisions about the society and environment. He designed and applied many social simulations and role-playing games addressing the issues of resilience and sustainability such as climate change, energy transition, management of natural resources. The tools the designed and applied enable more effective collaboration for groups and organizations. Piotr has been working with diverse groups of scientists, businesses, NGOs and international organizations including the European Commission, OECD, African Development Bank and the Zambezi Watercourse Commission. Piotr works as a research scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Austria). He is also co-founder and managing director of the Centre for Systems Solutions (Poland). He is an author of many research and educational publications.
Teacher and Choreographer, The Washington Ballet
Mimmo Miccolis, born in Italy, is a contemporary teacher and choreographer at The Washington Ballet. He was the winner of the “Outstanding Choreographer Award” at the Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP) Finals 2015 in New York City and at the Indianapolis International Ballet Competition 2017. In 2011, he was also a recipient of the BBC Performing Arts Fund in London, UK. Most of Mimmo’s choreographic work focuses on social issues and have been performed in venues such as the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the European Forum and the House of the European Union in Austria, at the EuroScience Open Forum 2018 Toulouse in France and the European Commission Joint Research Center in Italy. Mimmo’s work incorporates elements from his background in dance, opera, TV, cinema and dance illusion.
Executive Vice President for Sustainable Development, EDF
Claude Nahon was named EDF Group’s Executive Vice President for Sustainable Development in January 2003. Prior to her appointment, she was Head of Hydro and Renewable Energies. A graduate of France’s prestigious École Polytechnique, Claude Nahon has been with EDF since 1978, holding managerial positions in both generation and distribution. In addition to her responsibilities at Electricité de France, Claude Nahon represents EDF Group on different occasions and at different institutions. She is Liaison Delegate of Henri Proglio in the WBCSD (World Business Council for Sustainable Development). She sits on IDDRI (Institut du Développement Durable et des Relations Internationales) and EPE (Entreprises pour l’Environnement). She is a chair person of a working group in EURELECTRIC about Energy.
Martin A. Nowak
Director, Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, Harvard University
Martin A. Nowak is Professor of Mathematics and of Biology at Harvard University and Director of the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics. He works on the mathematical description of evolutionary processes, including evolution of cooperation and human language, as well as dynamics of virus infections and human cancer. An Austrian by birth, he studied biochemistry and mathematics at the University of Vienna where he received his Ph.D. sub auspiciis praesidentis. He went to the University of Oxford as an Erwin Schrödinger Scholar and worked there with Robert May, with whom he co-authored numerous articles and his first book, Virus Dynamics" (2000). Nowak became head of the mathematical biology group in 1995 and Professor of Mathematical Biology in 1997. A year later, he moved to Princeton to establish the first program of theoretical biology at the Institute for Advanced Study. He moved to Harvard University in 2003. Nowak is a member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the recipient of the Weldon Memorial Prize, the David Starr Jordan Prize, and the Akira Okubo Prize. He is author of over 475 papers and four books. "Evolutionary Dynamics" (2006) provides an overview of the laws that govern the evolution of living systems. "SuperCooperators" (2011) argues that cooperation is the third fundamental principle of evolution.
University Professor, Columbia University; Director, Sustainable Development Solutions Network
Jeffrey D. Sachs is a world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist whose monthly newspaper columns appear in more than 100 countries. He is the co-recipient of the 2015 Blue Planet Prize, the leading global prize for environmental leadership, and many other international awards and honors. He has twice been named among Time magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders. He was called by the New York Times, “probably the most important economist in the world,” and by Time magazine, “the world’s best known economist.” A survey by The Economist in 2011 ranked Professor Sachs as amongst the world’s three most influential living economists of the first decade of the 21st century.
Professor Sachs serves as the Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University. He is University Professor at Columbia University, the university’s highest academic rank. During 2002 to 2016 he served as the Director of the Earth Institute. Sachs is Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on the Sustainable Development Goals, and previously advised UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on both the Sustainable Development Goals and Millennium Development Goals and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the Millennium Development Goals. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria.
Sachs is currently Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network under the auspices of UN Secretary-General António Guterres, and a Commissioner of the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Development. He is Chair and Founder of SDG USA, a non-governmental initiative to promote the Sustainable Development Goal concepts in the United States. Sachs is also co-founder and Chief Strategist of Millennium Promise Alliance, and was director of the Millennium Villages Project (2005-2015).
Sachs has authored and edited numerous books, including three New York Times bestsellers: The End of Poverty (2005), Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet (2008), and The Price of Civilization (2011). His recent books include: To Move the World: JFK’s Quest for Peace (2013), The Age of Sustainable Development (2015) and Building the New American Economy: Smart, Fair & Sustainable (2017).
Henoch Spinola, a native of Cape Verde Islands, began his classical training with Jose Mateo’s Ballet Theatre, graduating from the Young Dancers Program in 2006 to become a full company member 2007. After leaving JMBT, Henoch began working with Prometheus Dance from 2011–2012, along with other dance companies local to Boston. He then moved to New York City to dance in a work by Itzik Galili at the Metropolitan Opera from 2013-2014. He recently completed the Master of Fine Arts program within the Creative Practice: Dance Professional Practice Pathway at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London.
Jessie Jeanne Stinnett
Choreographer and Co-Artistic Director, Boston Dance Theater
Jessie Jeanne Stinnett holds a BFA in Dance Performance from The Boston Conservatory and an MFA in Creative Practice: Dance Professional Pathway from Trinity Laban Conservatoire, in conjunction with Independent Dance/Siobhan Davies Dance. She has performed for the Metropolitan Opera, Tate Britain, Prometheus Dance, Anna Myer and Dancers, Rebecca Rice, The Boston Baroque Opera, Bard College’s SummerScape Festival, and Boston Dance Theater; most notably in works by Itzik Galili, Pablo Bronstein, Marjorie Folkman, Sidra Bell, and Gigi Caciuleanu. Jessie’s choreographic work has been described by Hannah Chanatry of WBUR as “conceptually driven performance that unpacks the complexities of being female, and pushes the academic boundaries of choreography.” Her recent choreographic commissions include Keene State College, Providence College, Emmanuel Music, and The Purcell Society of Boston. Jessie's work as a choreographer and also as co-artistic director of Boston Dance Theater has been sustained in part by grants from The Boston Foundation with support from The Barr Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts, Live Arts Boston, New England States Touring Grant, New England Dance Fund, Assets4Artists, Boston Cultural Council, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Boston Mayor’s Office, and Fidelity Charitable donor-advised fund.
IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization of engineers, scientists, technologists and allied professionals, would like to invite ICSD conference participants, delegates attending the UN General Assembly, and other key stakeholders active in the sustainable development space to join us at a pre-conference panel and networking reception.
This forum will share insight into how technologists, scientists, and engineers are contributing in the sustainable development space and the importance of co-design and local ownership, use of standards, ethics and informed consent. Participants will share ideas and lessons learnt, reconnect with friends and colleagues and identify potential partners with common interests and complementary expertise.
Patrick Paul Walsh, Welcome Jeffrey D. Sachs, Introduction of Keynote Speakers
Launch of New Programs
Dancing with the Future
Are humans able to cooperate with future generations? In this joint production of IIASA and Harvard’s Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, five dancers and two scientists explore the mechanisms of cooperation. Martin Nowak will speak about natural cooperation and then a stage game, designed by Piotr Magnuszewski, will invite the audience to find out whether or not they leave enough resources behind for future generations. Performers include acclaimed dancers Gloria Benedikt, Mimmo Miccolis, Jessie Stinnett, Henoch Spinola and Hannah Kickkert. more information
Lunch (on your own)
Low-Emissions Solutions: The Future of the Energy Transition (LESC)
The successful implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement will depend on the deployment of Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDSs). This panel, part of the Low-Emissions Solutions Conference (LESC), will bring together experts to discuss a decarbonized economy and how to meet global committments to halt climate change.
Technology and Innovation for the SDGs
Just as technological innovation is critical to driving socio-economic growth, it can also play a critical role in supporting successful implementation of the SDGs. Led by IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization of engineers, scientists, technologists and allied professionals, this panel will discuss how to maximize the potential benefits of technology and innovation while taking into account ethical considerations, including informed consent, and the potential impact on local socio-cultural norms.
Renewable Energy and the SDGs: Exploring Links with Extractives, Agriculture, and Land Use
*free, separate registration required*
The event will begin with a few short presentations on new research projects, including a report about how the use of renewable energy by the extractive sector can scale-up the deployment of and access to clean energy, and a report mapping renewable energy investments to the SDGs. Then, attendees will break into small groups to discuss problems that the field faces and identify next steps, including how the Network can facilitate improved knowledge-sharing and collaboration. More information and registration is available online.
Climate Change, the Courts, and the Paris Agreement
*free, separate registration required*
This conference, co-hosted by the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment and the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, will examine how sub-national governments and NGOs use litigation to hold governments and corporations accountable for their contributions to climate change. More information and registration is available online.
The Global Pact for the Environment: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives on the Future of International Environmental Governance
*free, separate registration required*
In early May the UNGA voted to create a working group to identify and assess gaps in international environmental governance, kicking off formal diplomatic work for a Global Pact for the Environment. This follows a year of exciting developments on the Pact, including the initial drafting of a pact “blueprint” in Paris, President Macron’s Summit to introduce the Pact at the UN in September, and a program of conferences and consultations around the world. This conference will build upon this work, bringing together a group of leading experts to discuss the path forward. More information and registration is available online.
Concert for a Sustainable Planet
*separate ticket required, conference participants can use promo code SDG29583 for 15% off tickets*
This concert, taking place at Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall, will feature classical, contemporary, and jazz pieces that communicate the themes of the SDGs. Please see the concert website for more information and the Carnegie Hall website for tickets.
IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization of engineers, scientists, technologists, and allied professionals, would like to invite ICSD conference participants, delegates attending the UN General Assembly, and other key stakeholders active in the sustainable development space to join us and contribute during this full-day participatory workshop.
This participatory workshop will combine theory, practice, and working group collaboration. Participants will have the opportunity to take a deep dive into how science, technology and engineering and technology standards can make a significant contribution to achievement of the SDGs. Total beginners, enthusiastic amateurs, experienced practitioners, policy makers and scientists, technologists, and engineers can share insight and learn from one another by combining personal experience with the diversity of perspectives and lessons learnt shared during the conference. Kindly register online as space is limited!
International Forum on Food and Nutrition
*free, separate registration required*
How do food systems and nutrition patterns affect and/or contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? How do we ensure healthy diets while protecting the planet and ensuring peace and prosperity for all? This event will address these questions and serve as a global platform to promote a dramatic change in the mindset of all stakeholders, from government to civil society organizations, research, and the private sector. More information and registration is available online.
13th Annual Columbia International Investment Conference: Rethinking International Investment Governance: Principles for the 21st Century
*free, separate registration required*
This conference seeks to elaborate principles of a progressive investment agenda. It will reflect on the current investment regime – of the network of over 3,000 investment agreements – and the extent to which the regime aligns with or undermines the principles. We will then re-imagine investment governance, and consider the role that international cooperation could play to advance sustainable, development-oriented investment. More information and registration is available online.