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All sessions will be held at Harvard Kennedy School. This page will be updated as speakers and panelists are confirmed. GEM23's Opening Reflections,  Keynote Address, and panel discussions will be live-streamed. 

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GEM23: Growing in a Green World will seek to incubate solutions, recommend policy action, and develop tools for leaders on the frontlines who strive to catalyze growth and improve quality of life when climate disasters are ubiquitous.


May 10, 2023

All times are shown in Eastern Daylight Time.


5:00pm - Cocktails and Climate Chats  

Participants check-in for GEM23 and log-in to conference app that will guide them through Climate Youth Conversations during Cocktails and Climate Chats.   

6:30pm - Keynote Address and Dinner

Participants will explore the topic of local to global food security in the context of climate change.  


May 11, 2023 

8:00am - Breakfast  

8:45am - Opening Reflections from Harvard Leadership 

Asim Ijaz Khwaja

Director of the Center for International Development; Sumitomo-FASID Professor of International Finance and Development, Harvard Kennedy School

Jim Stock

Vice Provost for Climate and Sustainability, Harvard University; Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

Doug Elmendorf

Dean of Faculty, Harvard Kennedy School; Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Tomiko Brown-Nagin

Dean, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law, Harvard Law School; Professor of History, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University


9:30am - Keynote Address from Dr. Vjosa Osmani Sadriu, President of the Republic of Kosovo

Dr. Vjosa Osmani Sadriu

President of the Republic of Kosovo

10:15am - Coffee break 

10:30am - Panel 1: Greening Emerging Economies  

Discover economic pathways for developing countries to navigate climate challenges and opportunities in their pursuit of sustainable and inclusive growth. Panelists represent views from policy, tech, migration, industry, and energy.

Senior reporter covering climate change

Ricardo Hausmann

Director of the Growth Lab at CID; Rafik Hariri Professor of the Practice of International Political Economy, Harvard Kennedy School

Dr. Andrew Steer

President and CEO, Bezos Earth Fund

11:45am - Connections and Conversations Lunch  

1:00pm - Panel 2: Building Resilient Societies  

Explore the humanitarian, social, and environmental impacts developing countries are facing due to climate change and discuss evidence-based policy options to build more resilient societies. Panelists represent views from environmental, indigenous, humanitarian, and community perspectives.  

Andrew Revkin

Independent journalist and founding director, Initiative on Communication and Sustainability, Columbia Climate School

Francesca Dominici

Co-Director of the Data Science Initiative; Clarence James Gamble Professor of Biostatistics, Population, and Data Science, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Yasmeen Lari

Pakistan's first female architect and advocate of “barefoot social architecture”

Fidelis Manuel Leite Magalhães

Minister of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers of Timor Leste

2:30pm - Working Towards Solution: Climate Incubation Rooms  

These “research-meets-practice" working sessions will explore early-stage ideas, encouraging participants to consider how cutting-edge research can address pressing problems and reimagine the boundaries of knowledge and action on climate change.  The four climate incubation rooms below will be run simultaneously, and participants will be asked to decide which room they would like to attend before the conference.

Climate Incubation Room 1: Stewardship and Sustainability in the Amazon

Marcia Castro

Andelot Professor of Demography, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Bruno Carvalho

Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and African and African American Studies;
Co-Director of the Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative

Txai Suruil

Txai Suruil

Indigenous leader and activist from the Brazilian Amazon

Beto Verissimo

Co-founder of Imazon, Director of Amazon 2030 initiative; Director at Centro de Empreendedorismo da Amazonia and Affiliated Scholar at Princeton University

Enrique G. Ortiz

Senior Program Director, Andes Amazon Fund

Angelica Remache Lopez

Angelica Remache Lopez

Student Facilitator


Climate Incubation Room 2: Climate, Food Security, and Emerging Technologies 

Emily Broad Leib

Founding Director of the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic; Clinical Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Dr. Racine Ly

Director, Data Management, Digital Products and Technology at Akademiya2063

Emily Ma

Head of Food for Good at Google

Smriti Saini

Smriti Saini

Student Facilitator

Climate Incubation Room 3: Data for Disaster Relief

Satchit Balsari

Director of the Indian Digital Health Network, Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute; Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Caroline Buckee

Associate Director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics; Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Pablo Suarez

Associate Director of Programs, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre

Carmen Yulín Cruz

Former Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico

Aiza Malik

Aiza Malik

Student Facilitator

Climate Incubation Room 4: Informed Decision-Making on Solar Geoengineering

Joseph Aldy

Professor of the Practice of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School

Shuchi Talati, PhD

Founder & Executive Director, The Alliance for Just Deliberation on Solar Geoengineering

Andy Parker

Founder and CEO at the Degrees Initiative

Aining Liang

Aining Liang

Student Facilitator

4:30pm - Closing Remarks  

Fatema Sumar

Executive Director of the Center for International Development at Harvard University