Director, Sustainable Economic Observatory, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala
Twenty-four years of continuous work in research and education in Guatemala and Mesoamerica in the area of climate change and management of natural resources. He is the Coordinating Lead Author in the IPCC 6th Assessment Report in the chapter on vulnerability and adaptation for Central and South America. He also participated in COP 21 in Paris in December 2015 as the National Commissioner on Climate Change.
He is a member of the External Advisory Council for WWF Latin America; and member of the Alliance for Climatic Resilience in Rural Latin America. He is the university representative before the National Council for Climate Change, the highest decision body on climate change issues for Guatemala.
He has been the Principal Investigator in multiple projects at the national and regional level on the topic of adaptation to climate change by rural and small farmer communities. He has also led the studies to monitor deforestation and to study the causes for that problem in Guatemala, as part of the national REDD+ (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) initiatives and other initiatives to develop carbon-offset projects.
He received the Guatemalan National Medal for Science and Technology in 2016 and he became a member of the Guatemalan Academy of Sciences in 2011. He is the author or co-author of over 50 scientific publications.
Professor of Environmental Change and Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
I am Professor of Environmental Change and Public Health with a joint appointment in the Dept of Public Health, Environments and Society and in the Dept of Population Health. I was previously Director (originally Dean) of LSHTM for nearly 10 years up to October 2010, having previously been Professor of Primary Health Care at UCL between 1987-2000. I worked part-time as a general practitioner in North London for many years.
Yerby Fellow, Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Dr. Renee N. Salas is a leading expert at the nexus of climate change, health, and health care. She is Affiliated Faculty and previous Burke Fellow at the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI), a Yerby Fellow at the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment (C-CHANGE) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and a practicing emergency medicine physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Salas has served as the lead author of the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change U.S. Brief since 2018 and founded the Working Group of over 70 U.S. organizations, institutions, and centers.
She was a Co-Director for the first Climate Crisis and Clinical Practice Symposium - in partnership with The New England Journal of Medicine - and spearheads the broader Initiative. She serves on the planning committee for the National Academy of Medicine’s Climate Change and Human Health Grand Challenge and has testified before Congress. Dr. Salas engages in research on how climate change is impacting the healthcare system and developing evidence-based adaptation, lectures and serves on committees at the nexus of climate and health nationally and internationally, and advises and publishes in high impact medical journals. Her work and expertise are regularly featured in mainstream media outlets like the New York Times, NPR, Time, and the Associated Press.