21 JULY 2021

12.00 BST

The UK is getting ready to welcome arguably the most important event it has ever hosted: COP26. Here, accelerating the speed of global change is vital if we’re to hit net zero targets and halt climate breakdown.


This event couldn't come at a more important time. From droughts, floods, extreme heat, wildlife loss and the displacement of low-lying communities, we’re already experiencing the effects of a warming climate. Time is running out.


Race Against Climate Change Live aims to inspire positive climate action and mobilise communities around the world. We’ll be welcoming the leading figures from business, government, sustainability and the youth movement, diving into critical topics, provoking exciting discussion and unpacking some of the solutions for a cleaner, greener future.

Speakers & Hosts

Meet our globally leading speakers joining the Race Against Climate Change

Franz Jung

Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE

Patricia Espinosa

Professor Dr. Johan Rockström

Alok Sharma

Ami Vitale

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim

Robert Llewellyn

David Garrido

Sylvain Filippi

Tiger Tyagarajan

Nigel Topping

Ton de Weijer

Adair Turner

Ron W Gerrard

Gemma Chandler

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Franz Jung

Vice President Envision Group & Chairman of the Board, Envision Virgin Racing

Franz Jung, Vice President of Envision Group and Chairman of the Board of Envision Virgin Racing Formula E team. With Envision’s ownership of the Formula E team, Mr. Jung oversees the international Marketing and PR communications and activities to strengthen the Envision brand globally.

Mr. Jung has more than 25 years of international experience in leading roles as a Senior Executive, globally operating German premium automotive brands incl. Porsche and BMW.

Mr. Jung worked for Porsche AG since 2014 as Vice President of Overseas Regions and Emerging Markets. From 2015, he was appointed as President and CEO of Porsche China, responsible for corporate strategic planning and management at Porsche China (incl. Hong Kong and Macau). During his 3 years at Porsche China, he successfully led the marque to new heights and made China the largest single market in Porsche globally for consecutively 3 years.

Before joining Porsche, Mr. Jung worked for almost 2 decades for the BMW Group. His positions included President and CEO of the BMW Group Nordic and BMW Group Canada and BMW Group Italy. From 2003 until 2006, he was working in Beijing as Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing for the BMW Group Joint Venture.

Mr. Franz Jung currently lives in Shanghai.

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Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE

Founder – the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace

Dr. Jane Goodall DBE is an ethologist and environmentalist, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and a United Nations Messenger of Peace. In July 1960, at the age of 26, she travelled from England to what is now Tanzania and ventured into the little-known world of the wild chimpanzees living in Gombe.

Equipped with a notebook, binoculars and a fascination with wildlife, Dr. Goodall braved a realm of unknowns to give the world a remarkable window into humankind’s closest living relatives. Through more than 60 years of ground-breaking work, she has not only shown us the urgent need to protect chimpanzees from extinction; she has also redefined species conservation to include the needs of local people and the environment.

Today there are 30 Jane Goodall Institutes working to support JGI’s core programmes including TACARE a community conservation programme, two sanctuaries for orphan chimpanzees and Roots & Shoots, JGI’s environmental and humanitarian programme empowering young people of all ages to become involved in hands-on projects for their community, animals and the environment in more than 65 countries.

Dr. Goodall has received many awards and honorary degrees, authored books for adults and children and featured in numerous documentaries and films. She is currently working virtually from her family home in Bournemouth, UK during the pandemic.

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Patricia Espinosa

Executive Secretary, UNFCCC

Ms. Espinosa took office as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change on 18 July 2016.

Ambassador of Mexico to Germany since 2012 and from 2001 to 2002, Ms. Espinosa was Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mexico from 2006 to 2012, bringing more than 30 years of experience at highest levels in international relations, specialized in climate change, global governance, sustainable development, gender equality and protection of human rights.
As Mexico's representative on multilateral bodies and international organizations in Vienna, Geneva and New York, Ms. Espinosa has been engaged as leader in the global challenge to address climate change and its consequences, notably as President of the 16th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC leading to the adoption of the Cancun Agreements. Named by the UN Secretary-General to the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post 2015 Development Agenda, she is a tireless supporter of multilateralism as a way to improve conditions for development in all regions of the world, understanding the inextricable link between the aims of the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Elected Chair of the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly (1996) she played a key role in the process leading to the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action at the 4th World Conference on Women. Previous Ambassador of Mexico to Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia and UN Organisations in Vienna (2002-2006), she was Chief of Staff to the Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1989-1991) and responsible for economic issues at the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the UN in Geneva (1982-1988).

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Johan Rockström

Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research & Professor in Earth System Science

Johan Rockström is Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Professor in Earth System Science at the University of Potsdam. He is an internationally recognized scientist on global sustainability issues and led the development of the Planetary Boundaries framework for human development in the current era of rapid global change. Professor Rockström is a leading scientist on global water resources, with more than 25 years experience in applied water research in tropical regions, and more than 150 research publications in fields ranging from applied land and water management to global sustainability. He is i.a. member of European Commission expert group: Mission Board for adaptation to climate change including societal transformation, chair of the Earth Commission, Chief Scientist of Conservation International, and elected member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

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Alok Sharma

COP26 President

Alok Sharma was appointed President for COP26, the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, on 8 January 2021.

Ahead of COP26, the COP President Designate sets the agenda for the summit, and drives ambition internationally. At the summit, they lead the formal negotiations and have oversight of the overall COP package and
vision, including political declarations.

He was previously Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy between 13 February 2020 and 8 January 2021. He was previously Secretary of State at the Department for International
Development from July 2019 to February 2020, Minister of State for Employment at the Department of Work and Pensions from January 2018 until July 2019, and Minister of State for Housing and Planning for the
Department for Communities and Local Government from June 2017 to January 2018.

Prior to entering Parliament, he qualified as a chartered accountant with Coopers & Lybrand Deloitte, and then worked for 16 years in banking.

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Ami Vitale

Nikon Ambassador and National Geographic Magazine photographer, writer and filmmaker

Ami Vitale has travelled to more than 100 countries, bearing witness not only to violence and conflict, but also to surreal beauty and the enduring power of the human spirit. Throughout the years, Ami has lived in mud huts and war zones, contracted malaria, and donned a panda suit—keeping true to her belief in the importance of “living the story.” In 2009, after shooting a powerful story on the transport and release of one the world’s last northern white rhinos, Ami shifted her focus to today’s most compelling wildlife and environmental stories. Instyle Magazine named Ami one of fifty Badass Women, a series celebrating women who show up, speak up and get things done. She appeared alongside a group of incredible women including Dr. Jane Goodall, Christiane Amanpour and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She has been named Magazine Photographer of the Year in the International Photographer of the Year prize, received the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Reporting and named Magazine Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association, among others. She is a six-time recipient of World Press Photos and published a best-selling book, Panda Love, on the secret lives of pandas.

Her photographs have been commissioned by nearly every international publication and exhibited around the world in museums and galleries. She is a founding member of Ripple Effect Images, an organization of renowned female scientists, writers, photographers and filmmakers, working together to create powerful and persuasive stories that shed light on the hardships women in developing countries face, and the programmes that can help them. She is chair of the Photographers Advisory Board for National Geographic and also on the Photojournalism Advisory Council for The Alexia Grants.

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Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim

President of the Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad (AFPAT)

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim is an environmental activist and member of Chad’s pastoralist Mbororo people. She is dedicated to the protection of all Indigenous peoples and to the value of their traditional knowledge in the fight against climate change and biodiversity protection.
She began advocating for Indigenous rights and environmental protection at age 16, founding the Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad (AFPAT) to introduce new income revenue activities and collaborative tools such as 3D participatory mapping to build sustainable ecosystems management and reduction of nature-based resource conflicts. She is a member of the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee and serves as co-chair of the Facilitative Working Group of the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform of the UNFCCC. She also serves as a UN Sustainable Development Goal Advocate, Conservation International Board Member, and Earthshot Prize Council Member. Ibrahim’s work with indigenous communities at the local and global level has achieved broad recognition and support including, the 2021 Rolex Award for Enterprise; the 2020 Refugee International’s Holbrooke Award; the 2019 Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award and the Daniel Mitterrand Prize.

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Robert Llewellyn

Actor, Presenter & EV advocate

Robert Llewellyn is most commonly known for playing the role of Kryten for 30 years in the BBC hit series, Red Dwarf. He hosted the Channel 4 series Scrapheap Challenge for 10 years, along with 8 series of How Do They Do It?
More recently, he has taken his career to YouTube with his show Fully Charged. The series has over 800,000 subscribers and now receives over 4 million views a month.
On Fully Charged, Llewellyn and his co-hosts investigate the rapid development of electric vehicle technology and anything from solar panels to alternative energy sources.
He is the author of seven fiction and eight non-fiction books. Llewellyn, who is of Anglo-Welsh ancestry, learnt to drive at age 11 (having been taught by his older brother in a go-kart); formerly a "petrol-head", he is now a widely acknowledged electric car and renewable energy/clean tech advocate and presents frequently on the subject.

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David Garrido

Presenter

David Garrido is a sports broadcaster with more than 20 years’ experience. He is currently one of the most recognisable faces of Sky Sports News, and was previously at the BBC for a decade as a presenter.

David has covered numerous sporting events across his career – World Cups, European Championships, Champions League and Europa League finals in football, as well as tennis Grand Slams, Formula 1 Grand Prix, Ashes cricket series and plenty more besides. He has interviewed many high-profile sportspeople such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Serena Williams, Andy Murray and Rory McIlroy.

David has a very strong focus in sport and sustainability, and has made his mark in this field with pieces on Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg in Extreme E, also Sir Ben Ainslie on SailGP, Forest Green Rovers chairman Dale Vince, as well as others who are change-makers in terms of climate action. It is a huge passion point and career drive.

David has hosted events or created content both in person and virtually for a number of top-level clients, and indeed was the MC for the original launch of Formula E at the Camden Roundhouse in London in 2014.

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Sylvain Filippi

Managing Director & CTO, Envision Virgin Racing

Best known as the Managing Director for the Envision Virgin Racing Formula E Team, Sylvian was raised in Paris where his automotive career first began working for Mercedes-Benz and Smart.

Moving to London in 2007, he soon co-founded his own start-up company to set up the world’s first circuit race series for zero emission electric vehicles – entitled the EV Cup.

A strong electric vehicle advocate and an electric car owner himself, Sylvain then moved to Formula E, joining the team from the very beginning in 2013 as a founding member.

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'Tiger' Tyagarajan

President and CEO, Genpact

Based in New York, Tiger is one of the industry leaders who pioneered a new global business model and transformed a division of GE into Genpact, a global professional services firm that delivers digital transformation for its clients. Today Genpact has 85000+ employees and annual revenues of US$3 billion. As CEO, Tiger helps leaders of global corporations drive change and competitive advantage. He is an active member of the Fortune CEO Initiative and World 50.

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Nigel Topping

High Level Climate Action Champion, COP26

Nigel was the CEO of We Mean Business until December 2019, where he drove radical collaboration for climate action among NGOs working with the world's most influential businesses. This coalition played a key role in bringing the constructive voice of business in support of the Paris Agreement and, under Nigel's leadership has continued to drive ambition and action to accelerate the transition to a zero carbon economy.

Previously, Nigel was Executive Director of CDP, launching new programs and partnerships including supply chain, water, forests and cities. Nigel has 18 years’ experience in the private sector, including as a member of the management board of the world's largest manufacturer of brake pads, TMD Friction.

Nigel is a commissioner on the Energy Transitions Commission and has been instrumental in the launch of many collaborative initiatives such as Science Based Targets, Business for Nature and the Global Commons Alliance.

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Ton de Weijer

General Manager, Materials Technology Center Teijin Ltd.

Ton de Weijer is leading the Materials Technology Center (MTC) in Teijin. MTC is operating worldwide from R&D centers in Japan and The Netherlands. Besides providing R&D support to the various Business Units in Teijin, MTC is also involved in fundamental R&D and the development of Sustainable Technology in close collaboration with start-ups, established companies, universities and institutions.
Ton de Weijer holds a PhD in Chemistry (1995) on Data Analysis using Artificial Intelligence.

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Adair Turner

Chair, Energy Transitions Commission

Lord Turner chairs the Energy Transitions Commission, a global coalition of major power and industrial companies, investors, environmental NGOs and experts working out achievable pathways to limit global warming to well below 2˚C by 2040 while stimulating economic development and social progress.
He was chairman of the Institute for New Economic Thinking until January 2019, where he remains a Senior Fellow. He is Chairman of Chubb Europe and on the Advisory Board of Envision Energy, a Shanghai-based group focussed on renewable energy, batteries and digital systems.

From 2008-2013, Lord Turner chaired the UK’s Financial Services Authority, and played a leading role in the post crisis redesign of global banking and shadow banking regulation.

Lord Turner has held high profile roles in public policy: he was Director General of the Confederation of British Industry (1995-2000); chairman of the UK Low Pay Commission (2002-2006); chairman of the Pensions Commision (2003-2006); he was the first chairman of the Climate Change Committee (2008-2012) an independent body to advise the UK Government on tackling climate change. The recommendations set out in their first report "Building a low-carbon economy” were adopted in 2009.

He became a cross bench member of the House of Lords in 2006.

Amongst his business roles, Lord Turner was at McKinsey&Co (1982-1995); was Vice-Chairman of Merrill Lynch Europe (2000-2006) and a Non-Executive Director of a number of companies, including Standard Chartered plc (2006-2008).

He is Senior Fellow at the Centre for Financial Studies (Frankfurt) and a Visiting Fellow at the People’s Bank of China School of Finance, Tsinghua University (Beijing). He writes regularly for Project Syndicate, and has published “Between Debt and the Devil” (Princeton 2015), and Economics after the Crisis (MIT 2012).

He is a Trustee Emeritus of the British Museum, honorary fellow of The Royal Society, and received an Honorary Degree from Cambridge University in 2017.

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Ron W Gerrard

Chief Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) and Operations Officer

Ron is a Chartered Engineer and has extensive global experience within the chemicals sector, having spent 19 years with ICI before joining Huntsman in 1999. At Huntsman, Ron held various positions across the business including Senior Vice President for EHS & Corporate Manufacturing, Corporate Sustainability Officer and member of their global executive team.

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Gemma Chandler

Presenter and Editor, NGK

Gemma Chandler is a presenter and Digital Editor at National Geographic Kids. Gemma oversees the digital output across NGK’s websites, social channels and brand partnerships. She has nine years' experience in digital journalism and is passionate about inspiring the next generation to love and care for our wonderful planet.

Schedule

A selection of key times for RACC LIVE 2021

12:00

SPECIAL ADDRESS: Alok Sharma, COP26 President

PANEL 1: The Future Is Electric: Accelerating the transition to ZEVs

Audience Q&A with Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim

PANEL 2: Nature Calls: The Solutions To Save Our Planet

PANEL 3: No More Business As Usual: The Tech Driving Global Change

In conversation with Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC

PANEL 4: Why brands of all industries need to invest in a sustainable future

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