Session Information

From Paris to Practicalities: Policy Play & Role of Business in Climate Action

Date: Wednesday, March 2

Time: 10:30am - 11:45am

Format: Panel Discussion

A historic agreement was reached in Paris when 196 countries agreed on a non-binding framework to address the global climate change challenge. The question remains, how will the private sector and governments make the directives from Paris a reality? Furthermore, what is the role of business in these directives and how will companies apply a combination of voluntary and regulatory measures to contribute to mitigation, adaptation and other climate priorities?

Topic Speakers

Dr. Fariba Alamdari and her team of world-class technical marketing experts, partner with sales and product development strategy team, forecast demand for airplane and related services, evaluate market risks and opportunities.

From 2010 to 2013, as vice president of Marketing and Value Analysis, Alamdari was responsible for Commercial Airplanes’ go-to-market strategies in regions around the world, as well as analytics, modeling and simulation in support of sales and product development.  From 2006 to 2010, as vice president of Future Markets, Alamdari led the Current Market Outlook forecast team and was responsible for economic and financial analysis, airline revenue analysis and network fleet planning. She also led the operation and development of the Customer Experience Center.

Alamdari is an expert in the marketing and economics of the aviation industry, with a specific focus on the strategic implications of airline deregulation. In 2006, she joined Boeing from Cranfield University in the United Kingdom, where she served as chair of the university’s Department of Air Transport, professor of Air Transport Management and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Manufacturing and Science. In those roles, she worked closely with airlines to help make them more profitable, productive and innovative and also consulted with airports, aircraft manufacturers, regulatory bodies and service providers. 

In addition to publishing more than 70 articles and reports on aviation-related issues, Alamdari has chaired and spoken at many international conferences. She is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and recipient of several Awards including “Leadership Award” from Centre for Women & Democracy in 2015, the “Professional Award” from Career Communication Group, Inc in 2011, “Professional Practice Recognition Award” from State University of New York Institute of Technology, School of Business in 2010. “Sorenson Best Paper Award” for the joint paper with Burrell on “Marketing to Female Business Travellers” published in Journal of Air Transportation World Wide in 2000.

Alamdari received a PhD from Cranfield University on the economic impact of airline deregulation in 1988, a Masters degree in transport economics from Cranfield University and an undergraduate degree in politics and economic studies from Tehran University. Fariba currently is on the advisory board of University of Washington – Bothell, USA. Visiting Professor at Cranfield University, UK. She is on the board of Boeing Leadership Development Excellence, former Executive Board member of NeighborCare Health (2009-2014). She also served on the Board of British American Business Council in the Washington State.

Tom Kerr has worked for 20 years designing and implementing public/private efforts that transform markets for resource-efficient climate business solutions. He currently leads the IFC’s private sector climate policy engagement, which involves working with emerging economy governments and major corporations to develop investor- and climate-friendly national strategies; designing coalitions to advance carbon pricing and performance standards; and providing private sector input into international policy processes such as the G20 and the United Nations climate talks.

Mr. Kerr was previously the director of climate change initiatives at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, where he worked with international organizations, government leaders, and industry executives to advance practical solutions via platforms such as the G20, the United Nations, and the Forum’s Annual Meeting at Davos.

While at the Forum, he designed and led the Green Growth Action Alliance, a public-private coalition launched at the 2012 G20 with over 60 leading companies developing solutions to unlock private investment for sustainable growth. From 2006-10, he worked in Paris for the International Energy Agency, leading the development of global reports, including the Technology Roadmap series, the flagship Energy Technology Perspectives publication, and the Clean Energy Progress Report.

Mr. Kerr started his career with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, where he designed and launched a suite of innovative voluntary programs such as Energy STAR, Green Power, and methane programs that today continue to engage thousands of businesses to adopt clean, efficient technologies and practices.