GLOBE 2016 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.

Christian Haeuselmann is an innovation-driven Swiss economist and serial entrepreneur. Christian has 20 years of experience in the Cleantech sector, both with start-ups and global organizations. A key focus of his work is to develop ecosystem-based business models and finance mechanisms enabling the global deployment of proven low carbon technologies, at scale.

Today he lives in San Diego/California developing strategic partnerships between Swiss and US Cleantech entrepreneurs, as the co-founder of swisscleantech. swisscleantech is the leading business association driving innovation and sustainable policy development in Switzerland as well as business opportunities for Cleantech entrepreneurs and investors worldwide.

In 2010 he co-founded the Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA), driving collaboration among 50 Cleantech clusters, representing 10’000 companies. Through its annual GCCA Later Stage Award the meta-cluster GCCA investigates, screens, and advises cleantech companies based on KeyStone Compact assessments. In 2013, GCCA signed a collaboration agreement with the P80 Group Foundation, bringing together the largest 80 pension funds and sovereign wealth funds that are looking to increase their investments in proven Cleantech solutions and deploy them worldwide.

In 1996 he won the young entrepreneur award for his first start-up company BKTech and the development and market introduction of the powerful FLYER electric bike. The FLYER electric bike defined a new vehicle category in Switzerland and Europe. He got his MS in Business Administration at the University of Berne/Switzerland.


The Climate Bonds Initiative in an investor-focused NGO that works to accelerate the global shift to a low-carbon and climate resilient economy by mobilizing bond markets. 

Supported by a 50 member international Advisory Panel, it works to reduce market friction and improve risk differentiation for green investments. That includes advocacy around standards; issuer support for bond market development; and policy interventions that change the rules of game, away from brown to green.

Projects include developing proposals for the European Commission’s DG Climate on Europe’s role in mobilizing private sector capital for climate solutions; developing green securitization regulatory and policy proposals; and publishing regular state of the market analysis.

Sean is Consultant (Green Bonds) to the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary General; and is working with China’s central bank on growing a green bond market in China.

The Climate Bonds Initiative runs an International Climate Bonds Standards and Certification Scheme. The $34 trillion Climate Bond Standards Board includes:

  • The Treasurer of California, Bill Lockyer.
  • The US Investor Network on Climate Risk.
  • The EU Institutional Investor Group on Climate Change.
  • CalSTRS, the USA’s second largest pension fund.
  • Australia’s Investor Group on Climate Change.
  • CDP, formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project.
  • The Natural Resources Defense Council.

Its industry working group includes representatives from KPMG, Standard & Poor’s, Aviva Investors and the IFC. The first standards-compliant bonds will be issued soon.

An accomplished international speaker, Sean has over the past year spoken at conferences and seminars in Toronto, New York, Boston, Washington DC, Paris, Frankfurt, Utrecht, London, Casablanca, Doha, Beijing, Hong Kong and Sydney.

He is also a member of:

  • German International Aid Ministry’s TRANSfer Expert Group on “Using Climate Financing to Leverage Sustainable Transport
  • Mercer’s Sustainability Opportunities Fund Advisory Panel.
  • The Canadian Corporate Knights Capital Advisory Council.
  • Carbon War Room’s Building Efficiency Advisory Board.
  • The Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport’s (SloCAT) Financing Framework.

He was a member of the 2013 Commonwealth Secretariat’s Expert Committee on Climate Finance.

Sean was previously an award-winning marketing advisor to a number of the largest Australian pension funds and a social marketer and publisher.

Sean has four daughters and lives in London with his partner.


Wal is an energy technology veteran with unique industry insight gained through deep operational experience as a venture capitalist, corporate executive, top international consultant and a university professor. Since co-founding Chrysalix in 2001, Wal has sourced, invested in and advised numerous startups building innovative solutions for the new energy economy – often while working hand-inhand with large multinational companies on their sustainable innovation strategies. Wal is a specialist in maximizing returns from bringing innovative solutions to energy intensive industries that are in transition including: oil and gas, power and utilities, mining and metals, chemicals and materials, and automation and manufacturing. 

Prior to founding Chrysalix, Wal spent six years as the Vice President of Strategic Planning at Westcoast Energy (at the time one of the largest Canadian energy companies) with a strong focus on innovation and venturing. He also advised energy, chemicals and financial services blue chip companies on innovation and change management while working for more than seven years with McKinsey & Company.

Before officially joining the corporate world, Wal worked for almost a decade as an Associate Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam doing research in economics, econometrics and the environment, and consulting with businesses, governments and major international institutions including the World Bank and European Union. He has an extensive teaching background in venture capital and entrepreneurial finance, and change management through associate professorships at the University of British Columbia (2000-2008) and Simon Fraser University (1995 – 2002).

With a long standing passion for clean energy innovation, Wal has founded or co-founded several new ventures and clean energy organizations including New Ventures BC and SET Ventures in Amsterdam as part of the Chrysalix Global Network, which he assisted GRC from China in joining as well. He is a long standing member of the Cleantech Group’s Advisory Board, leader of the BC Cleantech CEO Alliance, 2014 Canadian “Clean16” honoree, co-founder of the BC 2030 Tech-Hub initiative, member of the regional sustainability council and a member of the Vancouver “Renewable City Action Team”, and frequent political advisor. 

Wal holds a PhD in Economics from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and has completed executive training in Change Management from MIT. He is a passionate advocate for innovation and sustainability, author of several books and scientific articles, and can regularly be seen contributing to articles in the international media as well as speaking at industry conferences around the world – from being a key business speaker during the Vancouver 2010 and London 2012 Olympic Games, to debating Robert F. Kennedy Jr. at GLOBE2014, to giving innovation speeches at high profile events including Oil and Money in London and Energy for Tomorrow in Kuala Lumpur.  


Amory B. Lovins, a consultant physicist and innovator in energy and its links with resources, security, development, and environment, has advised the energy and other industries for four decades as well as the U.S. Departments of Energy and Defense. His work in 50+ countries has been recognized by the "Alternative Nobel." Blue Planet, Volvo, Zayed, Onassis, Nissan, Shingo, and Mitchell Prizes, MacArthur and Ashoka Fellowships, the Benjamin Franklin and Happold Medals, 12 honorary doctorates, and the Heinz, Lindbergh, Time Hero for the Planet, National Design, and World Technology Awards.

A Harvard and Oxford dropout, former Oxford don, honorary U.S. architect, and Swedish engineering academician, he has briefed 23 heads of state and written 31 books and over 530 papers. Cofounder of Rocky Mountain Institute ( - an independent, nonprofit think-and-do tank that drives the efficient and restorative use of resources - his work as its Chief Scientist has lately included leading the superefficient redesigns of scores of buildings, several vehicles, and $40+ billion worth of industrial facilities in 29 sectors. He led the creation of two of RMI's five for-profit spinoffs: E Source,, and Fiberforge,, which he chaired until 2007. His latest books with various coauthors include Natural Capitalism (, Small Is Profitable (, Winning the Oil Endgame (, The Essential Amory Lovins, and Reinventing Fire ( most recent of his visiting posts in ten universities were as 2007 MAP/Ming Professor in Stanford University's School of Engineering ( and as Professor of Practice at the Naval Postgraduate School. He is a member of the Advisory Board to the Chief of Naval Operations and of the U.S. National Petroleum Council. In 2009, Time named him one of the world's 100 most influential people, and Foreign Policy, one of the 100 top global thinkers. 



Michael Small is Executive Director of Renewable Cities and Carbon Talks, two programs of the Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. He joined the Centre on January 1, 2015 after a thirty-three year career as a diplomat and senior executive in the Canadian foreign service.

Immediately prior to coming to Vancouver, Michael was Canada’s High Commissioner to Australia from September 2010 until December 2014. Before that, he served in Ottawa as Assistant Deputy Minister, Human Resources and Assistant Deputy Minister, Global Issues, in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. In the latter capacity, he co-ordinated Canada’s representation across a wide range of multilateral fora, including the G8, the United Nations, the Commonwealth, La Francophonie and the Arctic Council. From 2000-2003 he was Canada’s Ambassador to Cuba. Earlier in his career, Michael was posted to Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil and Malaysia.

Michael has had a life-long interest in the international policy issues around sustainable development. He became very involved in the issues around tropical deforestation in Brazil when he lived there in the late 1980s He was one of the founders of the Brazilian Agro-Forestry Network, and then served for two years as the Co-ordinator for the Canadian delegation to the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. More recently, he has worked on climate change issues as Canada’s communiqué negotiator for the 2007 and 2008 G8 Summits. He also has extensive experience in designing dialogues that bridge different communities of expertise, in particular around the issues of peace-building in fragile states and around corporate social responsibility and the extractive sector. He brings his fascination with the intersection between science, public policy, and international relations to Centre’s programs on Renewable Cities and Carbon Talks.

Michael Small earned an A.B. in Politics from Princeton University in 1978; a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Toronto in 1980; and a M.Phil in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University in 1981. From 2003-2004 he was a Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. He is also author of “The Forgotten Peace: Mediation at Niagara Falls, 1914”, published by the University of Ottawa Press in 2009.

His personal interests include scuba diving, biodiversity and marine malacology. He has curated two travelling photographic exhibitions in previous postings: “Pacific Currents”, a vision of the marine life along the Pacific coast of North America; and “Canada-Cuba: One Hundred Years in View”, a photographic retrospective of the relations between the two countries. 

In 1993, Terry founded the Santa Monica BayKeeper and co-founded additional Waterkeeper programs in five California watersheds. He later served as the Executive Director of the Environment Now Foundation in Santa Monica, CA and co-founded the Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic at the School of Law, University of California Los Angeles.

In November 2003, Terry was appointed as the Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and was later appointed Cabinet Secretary, the Chief Policy Advisor to the Governor. During his service in state government, Terry was the architect of many groundbreaking sustainability policies, including California's landmark Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.

In February 2007, Tamminen founded the non-profit organization Seventh Generation Advisors to help other states and world governments adopt clean energy and sustainability polices based on California’s successes. That year he was also appointed as an Operating Advisor to Pegasus Capital Advisors, a private equity fund that provides capital to middle market companies across a wide variety of industries specializing in resource efficiency and sustainable technologies.

In 2011 Terry was appointed as Strategic Advisor to the Founding Chair of the R20 Regions of Climate Action, created in 2010 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and other sub-national leaders. As the Founding Chair’s Strategic Advisor, Terry advises the R20 on policy and helping with the design and implementation of climate resilient economic development projects. 

An accomplished author, Terry's latest book is Watercolors: How JJ the Whale Saved Us.  His previous books include, Lives Per Gallon: The True Cost of Our Oil Addiction (Island Press) and Cracking the Carbon Code: The Keys to Sustainable Profits in the New Economy (Palgrave). 

Scott Vaughan is IISD President. He has been Canada’s Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development; Director, Department of Sustainable Development, Organization of American States (OAS); Visiting Scholar, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Head of Economics, NAFTA Environment Commission; and Counsellor, World Trade Organization (WTO).

At the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Vaughan initiated the UNEP Finance Initiative and UNEP’s work on trade and environment. Early in his career, he worked at the head office of the Royal Bank Financial Group. Vaughan holds post-graduate degrees from the London School of Economics, University of Edinburgh and Dalhousie University, and an undergraduate degree from Mount Allison University.

Recent and current affiliations include Chair of the Board of IISD Experimental Lakes Area; co-chair of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment (CCICED) Special Study; Associate Editor, Chinese Journal of Urban and Environment Studies (CJUES); co-convener of the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) Task Force on Trade and Natural Resources; member of Future Earth Engagement Committee; member of UNEP International Advisory Council for the Advancement of Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability; member of the Environmental Leadership Council, Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.


Professor Wheater holds the positions of Canada Excellence Research Chair in Water Security and Director, Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, and Distinguished Research Fellow and Emeritus Professor of Hydrology at Imperial College London, United Kingdom (UK). He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the American Geophysical Union, and winner of the 2006 Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water. He has been extensively involved in climate change research and associated adaptation studies, and led major UK initiatives into the impacts of agricultural land management on hydrology and flood risk and the hydro-ecological functioning of lowland catchments. He co-chairs UNESCO’s GWADI arid zone water programme and was until 2014 Vice-Chair of the World Climate Research Programme’s (WCRP) Global Energy and Water Experiment (GEWEX). He is currently adviser to the State of Nevada, USA concerning a proposed nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain.

He has a wide international experience in advising various governments and international agencies on issues of flood, water resource and water quality studies, including the Middle East, Far East, Africa and South America, as well as Europe. He has represented Hungary and Argentina at the International Court of Justice, and recently was a member of a Court of Arbitration in a dispute between Pakistan and India concerning the Indus Waters Treaty.

Canada is at the forefront of Global Warming, which is creating significant changes to snow vs. rain dynamics, retreating of glaciers and thawing of permafrost leading to significant changes in cold region hydrological cycle.  To understand, diagnose and predict changing land, water and climate, and their interactions and feedbacks Prof. Wheater has led creation of the Saskatchewan River Basin (SaskRB; 406,000 km2) and Mackenzie River Basin (MRB; 1.8 million km2) as Regional Hydroclimate Programmes with the World Climate Research Programme’s (WCRP) Global Energy and Water Exchanges (GEWEX) project.

Prof. Wheater has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed journal papers, 5 books, and 28 book chapters, and supervised some 60 PhD and 100 MSc students. In the UK he was a member of the 2004 and 2008 Foresight Future Flooding teams, a member of the 2008 Cabinet Office flood enquiry, and contributor to a Land Use Futures Foresight study. In Canada, he chaired the Council of Canadian Academies expert panel on Water and Agriculture in Canada.