Advisory board

Barbara Bramble
Chair of Board of Director, RSB

Barbara J. Bramble heads the International Climate and Energy Program at the National Wildlife Federation. Over two decades at NWF, she has led strategic advocacy programs to improve U.S. policy regarding climate change, and to place sustainable development in the center of economic decision-making. She facilitated international civil society networks to promote environmental reforms at the World Bank and other multi-lateral development banks; and to build consensus with industry leaders on voluntary certification systems for sustainable forest products, biofuels and agricultural commodities.

Barbara was a key organiser of the International NGO Forum at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro and the Rio + 5 Conference in 1997. More recently, she worked with Mexican NGOs to enhance their advocacy and environmental education skills.

She has served on the boards of several non-profit organisations in Mexico, Brazil and the U.S., and is a past chair of the board of the Forest Stewardship Council of the U.S. Before joining NWF, she served as legal advisor to the Council on Environmental Quality in the Executive Office of the President of the US, and as an environmental lawyer in private practice. Barbara earned a J.D. from George Washington University, and a B.A. from George Mason University.

Paolo Frankl
Head of the Renewable Energy Division at the International Energy Agency (IEA)

Dr. Frankl leads the IEA’s work on renewable energy, providing policy advice in the areas of technology, markets and systems integration. He is the member of several international advisory committees.

A physicist by training, Dr. Frankl holds a Ph.D in energy and environmental technologies from the University of Rome. Dr. Frankl has over twenty years of experience working on renewable energy systems and markets, life cycle assessment and eco-labeling. From 2000 to 2002 he served as Advisor to the Director-General of the Italian Ministry for the Environment.

Edgar Hertwich
Professor at Center for Industrial Ecology, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, YALE

He directed the study “Green Energy Choices” of the International Resource Panel. Hertwich has also served as a lead author of the energy chapter of the IPCC 5thassessment report and was a professor of energy and process engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology while conducting the bulk of this work.

Adam Klauber
Aviation Principal, Carbon War Room

Adam Klauber develops projects to accelerate aviation carbon reduction for the Carbon War Room, a business unit of Rocky Mountain Institute. Currently, he is focused on an unconventional approach equipping airports to help finance aircraft biofuel.

Prior to Carbon War Room, Adam led the aviation sustainability practice for ICF International. At ICF he orchestrated business development and managed environmental teams. Adam served as Principal Investigator for the National Academy’s Airport Cooperative Research Program establishing a severe weather planning and climate adaptation toolkit. He also was a delegate to the International Civil Aviation Organization’s carbon working group.

Adam established the Sustainable Transportation domain for the US Department of Transportation Volpe Center. At the Volpe Center he headed the Federal Aviation Administration’s NextGen Sustainable Building program, designed the nation’s first carbon neutral airport for Massachusetts DOT, authored agency strategic sustainability plans, and piloted a robust aircraft fuel burn carbon footprint too for the FAA.

Whenever possible Adam heads to the backcountry with his family, and is a former National Outdoor Leadership School and Outward Bound Instructor. He has been a Kinship Conservation and Presidential Management Fellow. Adam has a master’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree from Hobart College. He has earned numerous awards including the US Dept. of Transportation individual “Sustainability Leader,” and the Federal Executive Board award for “Creativity and Innovation.”

Klaus Lackner
Director, Center for Negative Carbon Emissions and Professor at ASU

Lackner’s research interests include closing the carbon cycle by capturing carbon dioxide from the air, carbon sequestration, carbon foot-printing, innovative energy and infrastructure systems and their scaling properties, the role of automation, robotics and mass-manufacturing in downscaling infrastructure systems, and energy and environmental policy.

Lackner’s scientific career started in the phenomenology of weakly interacting particles. Later searching for quarks, he and George Zweig developed the chemistry of atoms with fractional nuclear charge. After joining Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lackner became involved in hydrodynamic work and fusion related research. In recent years, he has published on the behavior of high explosives, novel approaches to inertial confinement fusion, and numerical algorithms. His interest in self-replicating machine systems has been recognized by Discover Magazine as one of seven ideas that could change the world. Trained as a theoretical physicist, he has made a number of contributions to the field of carbon capture and storage since 1995, including early work on the sequestration of carbon dioxide in silicate minerals and zero emission power plant design. In 1999, he was the first person to suggest the artificial capture of carbon dioxide from air in the context of carbon management. His recent work at Columbia University as Director of the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy advanced innovative approaches to energy issues of the future and the pursuit of environmentally acceptable technologies for the use of fossil fuels.

Gerard Ostheimer
Global Lead, Sustainable Bioenergy Group, UN Sustainable Energy For All (SE4ALL)

Dr. Ostheimer is the Global Lead for Sustainable Bioenergy under the UN and World Bank initiative Sustainable Energy For All (SE4All). He promotes the development of well-functioning public-private partnerships that work towards achieving SE4All’s goals of increasing energy access and increasing the use of renewable energy.

Previously, Dr. Ostheimer served as a Science Advisor for the Foreign Agriculture Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture where he worked at the interface between sustainability, biofuels, international development and international trade in agricultural products. Dr. Ostheimer represented the U.S. to the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP). Dr. Ostheimer earned a Ph.D. in molecular biology at the University of Oregon and did postdoctoral work in the systems biology of cancer at MIT. While at MIT, Dr. Ostheimer co-founded the MIT Science Policy Initiative that educates young scientists about the role policy plays in promoting science and how science contributes to making good public policy.

Bernardo Silva
Executive President, ABBI

Bernardo Silva was appointed Executive President of the Brazilian Industrial Biotechnology Association (ABBI) in January 2015. Prior to joining ABBI, Bernardo worked at the World Economic Forum headquarters in Cologny, Switzerland, overseeing corporate and membership affairs in South America. He also served in a variety of government affairs and policy advocacy roles within the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (ApexBrasil), and with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Brasilia, Brazil.

Bernardo earned his MA degree from Tufts Universityís Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, MBA from Fundacao Gertulio Vargas (FGV), and holds a BS degree in Economics from UniCEUB. Bernardo was also the first Brazilian to ever be accepted as a Global Leadership Fellow at the World Economic Forum.

Nate Springer
Manager, BSR

Nate guides companies to improve their climate resilience. He maintains relationships with BSR’s North American transportation and renewable energy member companies and manages BSR’s Clean Cargo Working Group and Future of Fuels collaborative initiatives.

In these roles, Nate facilitates engagement among global brands and their value chain partners to reduce environmental impacts. He led development of the world’s first Fuel Sustainability Tool for US road freight and creation of a “climate compatible” emissions reduction target and commitment for container shipping. He has managed more than 20 sustainability strategy, climate, and stakeholder engagement projects for many Fortune 500 companies.

Previously, Nate worked with Malk Sustainability Partners and led projects as an intern for Dow Chemical and Owens Corning. He has more than seven years of experience in stakeholder engagement, including work in the United States and in Latin America with the Peace Corps. Nate holds an M.B.A. and M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan and is fluent in Spanish.