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Panel for Natural Resources and Rapid Development
Speakers Revealed!

Economic development has traditionally advanced on the back of fossil fuels. As standards of living rise in developing nations, so rise carbon emissions. At the same time, greenhouse gas emissions remain high in developed nations. The rapid development and technological innovation of the 21st century poses a pressing climate change question: How do we maintain the trajectory of rapid development without endangering our shared future?​

Moderator: Kate Zyla, Deputy Director, Georgetown Climate Center

Kate Zyla serves as Deputy Director where she oversees the Georgetown Climate Center's analytical work on climate change, energy, and transportation policies. She also facilitates dialogues on emissions standards and trading. She previously served as Senior Associate in the Climate and Energy Program at the World Resources Institute and as Senior Research Fellow for Domestic Policy at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.  She has advised the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council on opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through transportation planning, and conducted an energy efficiency study of municipal buildings for the City of New York. She has a BS in engineering from Swarthmore College, a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry, and a JD, cum laude, from Georgetown University.

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Panelist: Vincent Caprio, Founder and Executive Director, Water Innovations Alliance Foundation

Mr. Caprio is the founder and executive director of the Water Innovations Alliance Foundation (WIAF). As the executive director of WIAF, Mr. Caprio writes a regular column for GE’s Our Water Counts blog. Mr. Caprio is the founder and event director of the Water 2.0 Conference series, with the next event being held on March 22, 2016, in Washington, DC. Mr. Caprio is one of the foremost advocates for government funding of emerging technologies at both the state and federal levels. Mr. Caprio has testified before Congress and the state legislatures of New York and Connecticut, and he has been an invited speaker at over 100 conferences.

Panelist: Deborah Hamilton, Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation, Water Innovations Alliance Foundation

Deborah Brody Hamilton represents Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation, a USAID program that creates and manages public private partnerships to commercialize agricultural technologies in developing countries. Previously, she was vice president of The Keystone Center, where she headed the marketing and development division and co-founded the Green Products Roundtable. She has led initiatives at the Council on Foundations, Grantmakers In Health, National Center for Family Philanthropy, and the Association of Small Foundations (now Exponent Philanthropy). She is an experienced facilitator and mediator and has volunteered at the Bipartisan Congressional Retreat on Civility and the Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division of DC Superior Court. Deborah holds a B.A. with honors in English and History from Wellesley College, and a Master’s in Public Policy from Georgetown University.

Panelist: Derek Byerlee, Adjunct Professor, Global Human Development Program

Derek Byerlee is an adjunct professor in the Global Human Development Program in the School of Foreign Service. He did his early studies in Australia before completing his PhD at Oregon State University and joining the Faculty of Agricultural Economics at Michigan State University, focusing on West Africa. He then worked for many years at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico and South Asia, finishing as Director of Economics. He moved to the World Bank in 1994, serving as its Rural Strategy Adviser and Co-Director of the World Development Report 2008 Agriculture for Development. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University, and serves on a number of international boards and advisory bodies. He has published widely and is a Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
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