Jesse M. Keenan, PhD
Jesse M. Keenan is a social scientist and a member of the faculty of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. Keenan’s principle research focus is on climate change adaptation and the built environment, including aspects of design, engineering, financing and planning. Keenan has previously advised on matters concerning the built environment for agencies of the U.S. government, governors, mayors, Fortune 500 companies, technology ventures, community enterprises and international NGOs.
Lovell is a Co-Host and Producer on The Young Turks Network—the world’s largest online news network—and host of ScIQ, which explores the science behind politics and policy. She is also Director of Explainer TV for the New York Hall of Science.
Lovell holds a degree in neuroscience and has produced videos for organizations such as NASA, Coca Cola, Spotify, Scientific American, and the US Army. She has been featured in EducationWeek, Fortune, Men's Health, BuzzFeed, and Mashable.
Lovell is currently in development for her pilot TV show The Club (a teen drama centered around the lives of student engineers), in conjunction with Roberto Orci (Transformers, Scorpion, Star Trek) and The MacGyver Foundation.
Ackerstein, the principal of Ackerstein Sustainability, has based his career on making the concept of sustainability accessible, useful, and meaningful in the business world. For the last decade that pursuit has been focused on sustainable building operations and the development, implementation, and application of the LEED for Existing Buildings.
In 2008, he formed Ackerstein Sustainability, LLC, providing sustainability consulting, training, and LEED certification project management for a wide variety of clients, including commercial properties, municipalities, private companies, and educational institutions.
Ackerstein has been involved with LEED for Existing Buildings at every level since the program's origination.
Anita van Breda
Van Breda is Senior Director, Environment and Disaster Management at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). She has a knack for starting from scratch. As a masters’ candidate at Yale, she initiated the School of Forestry and the Environmental Studies’ first Center for Coastal and Watershed Systems. And when she saw the need and opportunity for WWF to build relationships with humanitarian aid organizations to reduce disaster risk and vulnerability, she stepped up to start the organization’s humanitarian partnership work.
Molly Cross, PhD
Cross is the Climate Change Adaptation Coordinator for the North America Program of the Wildlife Conservation Society. Her work focuses on bringing together science experts and conservation practitioners to translate broad-brush climate change adaptation strategies into on-the-ground conservation actions. She is helping to lead climate change planning efforts involving diverse stakeholders at several landscapes across North America, focused on a range of targets from individual species to more complex ecosystems. Molly has contributed to several national climate change efforts, including the U.S. National Climate Assessment, the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies guidance on incorporating climate change into state wildlife action plans, and the Climate-Smart Conservation guide to climate adaptation.
As senior director of climate change adaptation at World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Martin helps conservation programs become "climate smart," making sure they are prepared to address the inevitable consequences of climate change—increased drought, more severe storms, melting glaciers, shifting seasons—and their effects on biodiversity, people, and the ecosystems that they rely upon. He spends the majority of his time training WWF field staff on how to adapt their conservation practices to take climatic changes in their region into account. To date he has educated nearly 1,000 WWF staff and partners from dozens of countries across the globe.
Dr. Sweta Chakraborty
Dr. Chakraborty is a risk and behavioral scientist. She is recognized as an expert communicator who helps household decision-makers better understand existing and emerging risks to be better prepared to thrive on a rapidly changing planet. From climate change, food and water insecurity and scarcity, social strife, over-population, and pandemics, Dr. Chakraborty is the go-to person to learn the truth about, implications of, and the solutions to the risks that threaten human security and well-being.
Barnett focuses on keeping up with the trends and innovation around science and marketing. She creates cutting-edge strategies that drive change and helps science be communicated clearly and effectively. Ella is trained in Science Communications and Marketing, with a fascination for understanding people honed through studying psychology, anthropology, and sociology. She has previously worked with brands including MGM Stargate, Netflix, Science Marketing at the Australia National University and the Wholesome Show podcast.