Prof. Thomas Stocker
Thomas Stocker was born in Zürich and obtained a PhD in Natural Sciences of ETH Zürich in 1987. He held research positions at University College London, McGill University (Montreal), Columbia University (New York) and University of Hawai'i (Honolulu). Since 1993 he is Professor of Climate and Environmental Physics at the University of Bern. From 2008 to 2015 he co-chaired Working Group I "The Physical Science Basis" of the IPCC, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Thomas Stocker has co-authored more than 200 publications. He holds honorary doctorates of the University of Versailles and of ETH Zürich and he is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and a Foreign Member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Italy, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Mr. Bertrand Piccard
With his dual identity as a medical doctor and explorer, Bertrand Piccard has become an influential voice heard among the most distinguished institutions across the globe as a forward-thinking leader in progress and sustainability. He is independent, not affiliated to a particular party or lobbying group, and as such is a trusted adviser and influencer for the development of new societal solutions, and a very sought-after speaker for private and public audiences.
Ms. Barbara Jane Ryan
Barbara J. Ryan is Secretariat Director of the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) located in Geneva, Switzerland. In this capacity, she leads the Secretariat in coordinating the activities of 104 Member States and the European Commission and 114 Participating Organizations that are integrating Earth observations so that informed decisions can be made across eight Societal Benefit Areas, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Sustainability, Disaster Resilience, Energy and Mineral Resources Management, Food Security, Infrastructure & Transportation Management, Public Health Surveillance, Sustainable Urban Development and Water Resources Management. Ryan holds a Bachelor´s degree in Geology from the State University of New York at Cortland, a Master´s degree in Geography from the University of Denver, and a Master´s degree in Civil Engineering from Stanford University. She has been awarded an honorary doctorate of science degree from the State University of New York at Cortland. She was recently named an Honorary Fellow of the American Geographical Society, and in January 2017, was one of 10 global Leaders to be named to the Geospatial World Forum’s Hall of Fame.
Mr. Xavier Colin - Moderator
Associate researcher at GCSP, former TV producer / presenter GEOPOLITIS on RTS and TV5Monde.