100 Extraordinary Women Leading the Climate Conversation

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22nd Nov 2017




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Welcome to Hub Culture's first listing of 100 women leading the climate conversation across science, business, government and academia, part of our ongoing Ordinary Club of Extraordinary Women.

The list comes on the heels of COP23, where the dreaded "manel" of all white, male panels provoked social media conversation about the lack of women in vocal conversation on climate change topics.

These women from around the world are at the forefront of the response to climate initiatives and hold a bedrock of knowledge relative to progress on the issue. List compiled with special thanks to Executive Editor Edie Lush, Jess Southall and the Sun Valley Institute's Aimee Christensen, whose Facebook post on the topic inspired the research.

Many of the women in this conversation can be reached via their Twitter handle, included here for an easy follow, and handy for those planning extraordinary future panels related to climate solutions.

100 Extraordinary Women Leading the Climate Conversation

Franny Armstrong, @frannyarmstrong
Documentary Filmmaker, Founder Carbon Reduction Campaign 10:10 
 
Barbara Baarsma, @RaboEconomie
Director of Knowledge Development, Rabobank            
 
Asa Bergman, @SwecoSweden
President, Sweco Sweden
 
Juliette Biao Koudenoukpo, @Kjulybiao
Director, Africa Office, UNEP
 
May Boeve, @mayboeve
Executive Director 350.org 
 
Estelle Brachlianoff, @Estelle_Veolia
Executive Vice-President Veolia 
 
Serena Brown, @SerenaB2013
Director, Sustainable Development, Global Corporate Partnerships KPMG
 
Gro Harlem Brundtland, @TheElders
Former Prime Minister of Norway Climate activist and policy maker
 
Barbara Buchner, @bbuchner13
Executive Director, Climate Finance Program Climate Policy Initiative
 
Sharan Burrow, @SharanBurrow
General Secretary International Trade Union Confederation
 
Winnie Byanyima, @Winnie_Byanyima
Executive Director Oxfam International
 
Kathy Calvin, @Kathy_Calvin
President & CEO UN Foundation
 
Aimee Christensen, @AimeeGlobal
Climate Negotiator, Founder and Executive Director, Sun Valley Institute
 
Helen Clark, @HelenClarkNZ
Administrator, UNDP 
 
Rhonda Clark, @ups
Vice President of Corporate Plant Engineering, UPS 
 
Helen Clarkson, @hl_clarkson
CEO, Climate Group
 
Elizabeth Cousens, @e_cousens
Deputy CEO UN Foundation
 
Alexandra Cousteau, @acousteau
Explorer, Film maker and water advocate, Senior Adviser, Oceana
  
Heidi Cullen, @HeidiCullen
Chief Scientist, Cimate Central
 
Judith Curry, @curryja
Climatologist, Georgia Tech
 
Juliet Davenport, @DavenportJuliet
CEO & Founder, Good Energy
 
Amy Davidsen, @AmyDavidsen
Executive Director, North America Climate Group
 
Jane Davidson, @JaneBryngwyn
Associate Pro Vice Chancellor for External Engagement and Sustainability, Director of INSPIRE University of Wales, WWF Ambassador
 
Carine de Boissezon, @Boissezon_EDF
Chief Financial Officer International Division, EDF 
 
Joy Deshmukh-Ranadive, @TataCompanies
Global Head, Corporate Social Responsibility, Tata Consultancy Services 
 
Paula DiPerna, @CDP
Author, executive, global advisor on environment and finance, advisor CDP
 
Kirsten Dunlop, @climateKIC
CEO, Climate-KIC
 
Slyvia Earle, @SlyviaEarle
Marine Biologist/President & Chairman, Mission Blue
 
Anna Easton, @AnnaEaston1
Director of Sustainable Development, BT 
 
Tamsin Edwards, @flimsin
Lecturer, Environmental Sciences The Open University
 
Patricia Espinosa, @PEspinosaC
Executive Secretary United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
 
Maria Fernanda Mejia, @KelloggUS
Senior Vice President Kellogg Company 
 
Christiana Figueres, @CFigueres
Global Climate Leader, Convener - Mission 20/20
 
Sarah Frazee
Director & CEO Conservation South Africa
 
Katja Freiwald, @KatjaFreiwald
Director, Global Partnerships, World Food Programme, Unilever 
 
Fiona Godlee, @fgodlee
Anglo-American doctor, editor and journalist. Executive committee for the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change
 
Joanna Haigh, @Grantham_IC
Co-Director Grantham Institute for Climate Change and Enviromental at Imperial College
 
Krysta Harden, @dupont
Chief Sustainability Officer, DuPont
 
Katherine Hayhoe, @KHayhoe
Climate Scientist Associate professor of political science at Texas Tech University, Director of the Climate Science Center
 
Connie Hedegaard, @CHedegaardEU
Previous European Commisioner for Climate Action European Commission 
 
Pia Heidenmark Cook, @cook_pia
Head of Sustainability, IKEA 
 
Virginie Helias, @virginehelias
Vice President, Global Sustainability, P&G 
 
Barbara Hendrie, @HendreDC
Director, North America Office, UNEP 
 
Martha Herrera, @mherrera68
Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, CEMEX 
 
Sue Howells, @cdp
Co-chief Operating Officer, Global Operations CDP 
 
Lesley Hughes, @climatecouncil
Councillor, Climate Council 
 
Lolita Jackson, @NYCMayor
Special Advisor, Climate Policy and Programs NYC Mayor's Office
 
Anisa Kamadoli Costa, @AnisaNYC
Chief Sustainability Officer, Tiffany & Co
 
Melinda Kimble, @unfoundation
Senior Fellow, Special Advisor, Energy & Climate UN Foundation 
 
Lise Kingo, @Lise_Kingo
Executive Director United Nations Global Compact 
 
Naomi Klein, @NaomiAKlien
Social Activist, Filmmaker 
 
Rachel Kyte, @rkyte365
Chief Executive Officer SEforALL 
 
Winona LaDuke, @WinonaLaduke
Executive Director Honor the Earth 
 
Corinne Le Quere, @clequere
Professor of Climate Change Science and Policy University of East Anglia, Director of Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research 
 
Annie Leonard, @AnnieMLeonard
Founder The Story of Stuff Project
 
Mette Loyche Wilkie, @unep
Director, Ecosystems Division UNEP
 
Mindy Lubber, @MindyLubber
President, Ceres 
 
Dame Ellen MacArthur, @ellenmacarthur
Founder and Activist, Ellen MacArthur Foundation
 
Bérangère Magarinos-Ruchat, @BerryMagarinos
Global Head of Sustainbility, Firmenich 
 
Julia Marton-Lefevre, @JMartonLefevre
Hungarian environmentalist and academic, Former Director General of IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature 
 
Gina McCarthy, @GinaEPA
American public administrator, Former Adminstrator for the United States Environmental Protection Agency 
 
Jacqueline McGlade
Marine Biologist and Environmental Informatics Professor  
 
Catherine McKenna, @cathmckenna
Canadian MP, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Parliament for Ottawa Centre 
 
Sonia Medina, @medinagomez
Executive Director, Climate Change CIFF
 
Ilze Melngailis, @ilze_melngailis
Senior Director, Global Partnerships and of the Business Council, UN Foundation 
 
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, @phumzileunwomen
Executive Director, UN Women
  
Linda Murasawa, @muralinlin
Head of Sustainability Santander Brasil 
 
Susan Myers, @Susan_E_Myers
Senior Vice President UN Foundation 
 
Ligia Noronha
Director, Economy Division, UNEP  
 
Jane Olga Ebinger, @JaneEbinger
Director of Policy SEforALL
 
Naomi Oreskes, @NaomiOreskes
Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences Harvard University
 
Kyung-Ah Park, @GoldmanSachs
Head of Environmental Markets Group, Goldman Sachs
 
Bea Perez, @BeaperezBea
Senior Vice President, Chief Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability Officer, The Coca-Cola Company 
 
Nancy Pfund, @NancyPfundDBL
Founder & Managing Partner DBL Partners
 
Minh-Thu Pham, @M2Pham
Executive Director for Policy, UN Foundation 
 
Irena Pichola, @deloitte
Partner, Sustainability Consulting, Deloitte
 
Lakshmi Puri, @lakshmipuri
Deputy Executive Director UN Women 
 
Andreia Rabetim
Manager of Intersectorial Partnerships Vale Foundation  
 
Dawn Rittenhouse, @DawnRittenhouse
Director of Global Sustainability DuPont 
 
Mary Ritter, @ritter_mary
International Ambassador Climate-KIC 
 
Mary Robinson, @MRFCJ
UN Special Envoy on Climate Change / President UN / Mary Robinson Foundation 
 
Anna Selse
Operations Manager, Borealis AG  
 
Vandana Shiva, @drvandanashiva
Founder, Navdanya 
 
Dr. Emily Shukburgh, @emilyshukburgh
Climate scientist and deputy head of the Polar Oceans Team British Antarctic Survey 
 
Marina Silva, @silva_marina
Environmentalist, Politician, Minister of Environment, Brazil
 
Julia Slingo, @metoffice
Meteorologist and Climate Scientist Former Chief Scientist, Met Office, UK 
 
Johanna Soderstrom, @DowChemical
Corporate Vice President, Human Resources and Aviation The Dow Chemical Company 
 
Susan Soloman
Atmospheric Chemist, MIT  
 
Kirsten Spalding, @SpaldingKirsten
Director, Investor Network Ceres 
 
Tanya Steele, @TanyaMSteele
Chief Executive, WWF UK 
 
Debora Tjandrakusuma, @DTjandrakusuma
Legal & Corporate Affairs Director Nestle, Indonesia 
 
Dechen Tsering, @dtsering
Director, Asia & and Pacific Office, UNEP 
 
Laurence Tubiana, @LaurenceTubiana
CEO, European Climate Foundation 
 
Namita Vikas, @namita_vikas
Group President & Global Head, Climate Strategy & Responsible Banking, YES Bank Ltd 
 
Emmanuelle Wargon, @danone
Vice President, Global Affairs & Sustainability, Danone 
 
Koko Warner, @Koko_Warner
Head of the Environmental Migration, Social Vulnerability and Adaptation Section UNU-EHS 
 
Shiela Watt-Cloutier
Canadian Inuit Activist  
 
Frances Way, @FrancesWay
Co-chief Operating Officer, Programs CDP 
 
Monika Wber-Fahr, @MonikaWeberFahr
COO, SEforALL 
 
Terri Wills, @terriwills1010
CEO, World Building Council
 
Ailun Yang, @worldresources
Senior Associate, WRI's major emerging economies team World Resources Institute 
 
 
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