2007 Climate Conference Bios

California-European Dialogue on Climate Change

A Transatlantic Initiative during the Portuguese EU Presidency

Santa Barbara, California

November 13-15, 2007

Participant Biographies

Rainer Baake is the Executive Director of “Deutsche Umwelthilfe,” and environmental and consumer protection organization in Germany. He was State Secretary in the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety from 1998 until 2005. He has been actively engaged in positioning Germany for the international climate negotiations and has taken a leading role within these negotiations. He successfully led the implementation of the EU Emission Trading Scheme in Germany and shaped Germany’s national climate change programs of 2001 and 2005. Under his direction the most effective national strategy for increasing the use of renewable energy sources was developed and implemented.

Pedro Martins Barata is Administrator of Ecoprogresso, an environmental consultancy focused on climate change services, and the largest carbon trader in Portugal. He is also Senior Fellow of the Center for Clean Air Policy, a Washington-based think tank on climate change policy. He is a consultant to the Ministry of Environment in Portugal and has been on the Portuguese delegation to the Climate Change talks since 1999.  In the past, he has been President of Euronatura, a Portuguese environmental NGO specialized in international environmental issues. He has also been a consultant to the European Commission and to international environmental NGOs. He was Vice-President of Quercus, the largest environmental NGO in Portugal, from 1999 to 2001, and has served on the board of the European Environmental Bureau as Portuguese representative.

Marty Blum is the Mayor of Santa Barbara, California. She is on the following City Council Committees:  Finance Committee (Alternate), Ordinance Committee (Alternate), Committee on Youth and Children, Commuter Rail Exploration and Plaza de la Guerra Infrastructure Improvements Subcommittee (Alternate).  She is also on the Fighting Back Steering Committee.  She represents the City of Santa Barbara on the City/County Parks and Recreation Task Group, the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District Board of Directors, and the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments.  She is on the following national and state policy organizations: U.S. Conference of Mayors Amtrak Reauthorization Task Force, U.S. Conference of Mayors Arts, Sports and Entertainment Committee, and U.S. Conference of Mayors Environment Committee.

Michael Chrisman is the California Secretary for Resources. As a member of the governor's cabinet, Secretary Chrisman serves as his chief advisor on issues related to the states' natural, historic, and cultural resources. Prior to his appointment Secretary Chrisman served as Region Manager for Southern California Edison Company from 1996 to 2003. There he managed all phases of company and customer business, and the political and civic activities in Edison's San Joaquin Valley service area. He served as Undersecretary for the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) from 1994 to 1996. From 1991 to 1994 he served at the Resources Agency as Deputy Secretary for Operations and Legislation in the Wilson Administration. He was staff director of the Assembly Republican Caucus in 1991, advising members of the Legislature on environmental, water and agriculture issues.

Antonio Coutinho is Chief Energy Management Officer at Horizon Wind Energy, where he is responsible for the commercial efforts and market position of Horizon, the origination and negotiation of deals, PPAs and hedges, asset market valuations, portfolio and asset strategies, the management of market position and risk mitigation and control. Before joining Horizon, Antonio worked at EDP as Head of Energy Planning, where he was responsible for developing market scenarios, assessing energy portfolio competitiveness and developing options. Prior to EDP, Mr. Coutinho was a consultant for more than six years at Boston Consulting Group where he developed his career in the energy sector.

António José Alves De Carvalho is Consul General of Portugal in San Francisco. Prior to this position he held various postings, among others at the Portuguese Embassies to Brazil and the Holy See. He started his career at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Lisbon in 1986. Mr. Carvalho is decorated with the Order “pro Merito Militensi” from the Military and Sovereign Order of Malta and with the order of São Gregorio Magno from Holy See.

Ralf Füchs is co-president of the Heinrich Boell Foundation. He is responsible for program development in the divisions of domestic political education, Europe and North America, German-Israel-Relations, the foundation’s Green Academy as well for its scholarship program. As a member of the Green Party’s Program Commission he co-authored the party program which was adopted in spring 2002. In 2000 the Minister for the Interior, Otto Schily, appointed him member of the non-partisan commission on migration. From 1991 to 1995 he served as Senator for Urban Development and Environmental Protection and as Deputy Mayor in Bremen. In 1989/1990 he served as Co-President for the national Green Party.

Tadej Furlan is the Second Secretary at the Embassy of Slovenia to the United States. He currently works on issues related to energy security and climate change, Russia, Central Asia and East Asia.  He has been a member of the Slovenian Foreign Service since May 2001, when he started his career as the attaché in the Department for North America. From 2001 to 2004 he worked as desk officer for Canada. He dealt also with issues related to the economic cooperation between Slovenia and United States of America and with issues related to the activities of the International Trust Fund for Demining and Mine Victims Assistance.

Catherine Gautier is professor at the Department of Geography at the UCSB. From 1996-2002, she served as Director of UCSB’s Institute of Computational Earth System Science, and from 1994-2004 as CEO of Planet Earth Science Inc. She received her Doctorat d’Etat in Physics/Meteorology from the University of Paris in1984. Her recent climate relevant publications include Facing climate change together (co-edited with J-L Fellous, Cambridge University Press UK, 2007, and Introduction to Oil, water and climate, forthcoming 2008 also at Cambridge University Press, UK.

John L. Geesman is Commissioner of the California Energy Commission where he fills the Attorney position.  He serves furthermore as Presiding Member of the Energy Commission’s Renewables Committee and as Associate Member on the Research, Development and Demonstration Committee, the Electricity Committee, and the Integrated Energy Policy Report Committee. In November 2006, he was elected co-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE). From 1983 to 2002, he was an investment banker specializing in the debt markets.  During this time, he served as Chairman of California Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the California Power Exchange and as a member of the Board of Governors of the Independent System Operator.

Thomas Grimm is a lead designer and system architect of an online, global forest carbon measurement, modeling and accounting system. Although much progress has been made in understanding how to measure amount of carbon stored in forests and sequestered by new reforestation, the system being developed fills a need for an internationally agreed, practical, accessible and affordable system for forest carbon measurement, monitoring and accounting. This international technical effort is being led by the Clinton Foundation with the support of the National Geographic Society, together with a number of Non-Governmental Organizations, including World Vision, The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International, the World Wildlife Foundation and the Greenbelt Movement.

Michael Haltzel is Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations of the Johns Hopkins University SAIS.  From 1994 to 2005, Dr. Haltzel was Democratic Staff Director for European Affairs of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and senior advisor to Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr.  His previous positions include Chief, European Division, Library of Congress; Director, West European Studies, Woodrow Wilson Center; Vice President for Academic Affairs, Longwood College (VA); Deputy Director, Aspen Institute Berlin; and Assistant Professor of History, Hamilton College (NY).  Dr. Haltzel is the author or editor of nine books on European history and international relations and is a frequent contributor on international relations to U.S. and European newspapers, journals, and the electronic media.

Daniel Hamilton is the Richard von Weizsäcker Professor and Director of the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University; and Executive Director of the American Consortium on EU Studies (ACES), designated by the European Commission as the EU Center of Excellence Washington DC.  He leads the international policy work of the Johns-Hopkins-based U.S. National Center of Excellence on Homeland Security. Dr. Hamilton has held a variety of senior positions in the U.S. Department of State, including Deputy Assistant Secretary for European Affairs and Associate Director of the Policy Planning Staff.  He and CTR Fellow Joseph Quinlan have written a series of publications on the transatlantic economy that have become standard references for government, business and the media. They are recipients of the 2007 Transatlantic Leadership Award from the European-American Business Council and the 2006 Transatlantic Business Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to the EU.  His recent publications for the Center include:  The New Eastern Europe:  Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova (co-editor, 2007), Sleeping Giant:  Awakening The Transatlantic Services Economy (co-editor, 2007), What Values for Our Time? (editor, 2007), and The Transatlantic Economy 2006 (2007).

Christian Hey is Secretary General of the German Advisory Council on the Environment.  He is also a Steering Committee Member of EEAC (European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils) and Chair of the Energy Working Group of EEAC.  From 1997 to 2001, he was EU Policy Director of the European Environmental Bureau.  From 1989 to 1997, he was Cofounder of the Institute for Regional Studies in Europe and its Project coordinator on European Environment and Transport Policies.  From 1985 to 1987, he was Assistant of a Green MEP in the Federal German Parliament.

David Holwerk is the editorial page editor of The Sacramento Bee.  Previously he spent three years as editor of the Duluth (MN) News-Tribune.  Prior to that, he spent 20 years at the Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader in a variety of positions, including political writer, state Capitol bureau chief, editorial page editor and managing editor. In this position he won numerous national awards, including two Pulitzer Prizes for editorial writing.

Ivor John is President and Chair of the Community Environmental Council.  He is also a principal with RMA and serves as vice president of the company. Prior to joining RMA, he was with the consulting firm Arthur D. Little, Inc. and the Santa Barbara Air Pollution Control District. He is an atmospheric physicist by training, with broad experience in chemical process safety and risk management, air quality, and climate change. Dr. John is approved by the state of California to certify GHG emission inventories for the California Climate Action Registry. He has managed projects for vulnerability assessments in the water treatment industry and safety audits at DOE National Laboratories, military bases, and at manufacturing plants, refineries and pipeline systems in the oil, gas, and chemical industries. He is an authority with extensive experience in risk management and safety assessments.

Arne Jungjohann is the Program Director of the Environment and Global Dialogue Program at the Washington office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation. Prior to this, he worked for seven years as Senior Advisor at the German Bundestag. He is an expert on environmental, energy policy and green economics and has extensive experience in emissions trading, carbon taxes and efficiency legislation. Among other things, he worked on Germany's Renewable Energy Act as well as on international negotiations on climate change.

Reymer Kluever is US-correspondent for the Sueddeutsche Zeitung. Prior to assuming his post in Washington D.C., he has been writing for the newspaper for eighteen years now, working as correspondent in Berlin, Hamburg and as editor in the feature section, and as staff writer for Third-World-Affairs.  He started his career at the Henri-Nannen-School for Journalism in Hamburg and worked for Stern Magazine and Geo Magazine. He is author of two books on population issues and global development policies. He received the Media Price for Development Reporting of the German government.

Charles Kolstad is an environmental economist specializing in environmental regulation, particularly as applied to climate change. He is a lead author for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a member of the National Academy of Sciences committee evaluating the US Climate Change Research Program and a co-editor of the new journal Review of Environmental Economics & Policy. He is a professor of environmental economics at UC Santa Barbara, appointed in both the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management and the Department of Economics. He is also a University Fellow of Resources for the Future and a Research Associate in the Environment and Energy Economics Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Katrien Maes is the Program Coordinator at the Center for Transatlantic Relations. She joined the Center in January 2002. Prior to this position, she worked at Discovery Networks International (Discovery Channel) in the Program Sales department with Europe as her territory as well as their Canadian Joint Venture for several years. She is currently obtaining her masters degree at Johns Hopkins University-SAIS.

John Melack is a Professor at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management and the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has a research program in limnology, biogeochemistry, aquatic ecology and remote sensing with active studies in tropical Brazil, coastal catchments in California and alpine and saline lakes in the Sierra Nevada.  He conducted research in tropical Africa for a decade and also has studied lakes, rivers, wetlands and catchments in Australia, Japan, central Asia and the southeastern United States.

Carlos Alberto Martins Pimenta currently works as director of CEEETA – Centro de Estudos para a Economia de Energia Transportes e Ambiente. He is also member of the European Commission and of the Energy and Transport Forum DGTREN based in Brussels. H serves as Member of the Board of Sicar NovaEnergia, a renewables investment fund in Luxembourg. From 1992 to 1999,Mr. Pimenta was vice-president of Globe International, an inter parliamentary organization of the European Parliament, the Congress of the United States of America, the Russian Parliament, the Japanese Diet and National Parliaments which aims to protect the environment. Between 1985 and 1999 Mr. Pimenta was deputy to the European and the Portuguese Parliament. On behalf of the EP he was in charge of the Kyoto Protocol negotiations, the environmental dossiers of the World Trade Organization and the Energy and Environment chapters of the EU budget. Between 1983 and 1985 he was Secretary of State for Environment and Natural Resources of the Portuguese Government.

Pedro Pizarro is senior vice president of Power Procurement for Southern California Edison (SCE). His responsibilities include overseeing the procurement of conventional and renewable power contracts, resource planning, and the management and dispatch of SCE’s overall power resource portfolio.  He also oversees Edison Carrier Solutions, a division of SCE that provides wholesale broadband services to telecommunications carriers.  Prior to joining Edison International in 1999, Pizarro was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in Los Angeles, serving energy, technology, engineering services and banking clients. Mr. Pizarro serves on the boards of the House Ear Institute and the Colburn School of Performing Arts.

Danyel Reiche is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Environmental Policy Research Centre at the Freie Universität Berlin. He wrote his dissertation about the German debate surrounding an environmental tax reform. In his Habilitation, he compared the policies for promoting renewable energies in Germany, the Netherlands and Poland. Danyel Reiche is also lecturing at the department of political and social science of the Freie Universität Berlin, he is editor of the “Handbook of Renewable Energies in the European Union” and member of the editorial staff of the journal Vorgänge. From August 2006 until July 2007, he served as Visiting Assistant Professor for Energy and International Affairs at the School of Foreign Services (SFS), Georgetown University, in Washington DC/USA. Danyel Reiche is the editor of the book series Ecological Energy Policy.

Paul Relis is currently Senior Vice President of CR&R Incorporated, a private waste, recycling and renewable energy company. Mr. Relis has led the company’s efforts to identify and develop technologies to convert non-recyclable municipal waste to renewable energy and soil products. Furthermore he serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Environmental Council and is a program consultant to the Blackstone Ranch Institute. From 1991 to 1998 he was a full time member of the California Integrated Waste Management Board. As a Board Member, he was charged with overseeing California’s solid waste system and its landmark recycling and composting programs from 1991 to 1998. In his capacity as a state official he represented California as a U.S. Information Service Speaker to the Federal Republic of Germany and the People’s Republic of China.

John Richardson is the Executive Director of the Blackstone Ranch Institute, which he has created along with founder Pat Black.  The institute sponsors leading edge strategic dialogues on a wide variety of environmental frontiers and is based in Taos, New Mexico.  During the 1990s he was worked for United Nations humanitarian aid programs in conflict countries around the world.  He has also been a mediator and an adjunct professor of international politics at the University of New Mexico in the southwestern United States.  Over the years he has had editorials and news and feature stories printed in a number of publications including the New York Times, International Herald Tribune and Travel and Leisure Magazine.  During the 1970s he was a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in central Africa.


Ira Ruskin is chair of the Assembly Budget Sub-Committee on Natural Resources, which will oversee the implementation the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. In his first term Assemblyman Ruskin established himself as a leader on environmental issues by serving as chair of the Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee and by passing bills such as AB 865, a measure to help non-profits secure bridge loans to fund land purchases like those for open space protection.  This year Assemblyman Ruskin authored the Clean Car Discount Act. 

Filipe Duarte Santos is professor of Physics, Geophysics and Environment at the University of Lisbon and Director of the Research Center SIM - Systems, Instrumentation and Modeling in Environmental and Space Sciences and Technology.  He is delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, to the Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and reviewer of the IPCC Forth Assessment Report, published this year. He is also member of the Portuguese National Council for the Environment and Sustainable Development and of the Lisbon Academy of Sciences. Mr. Santos has recently published a considerable number of reports and articles covering climate change and its impacts. He was the coordinator of the SIAM Project, “Climate Change in Portugal. Scenarios, Impacts and Adaptation Measures,” which produced the first national assessment of climate change impacts and adaptation measures in Portugal.

Mario- I. Soos is Economic Counselor at the German Embassy in Washington.  He also covers environmental and energy policy issues.  Mr. Soos has been with the German Foreign Office since 1989.  Prior to coming to Washington he served as head of unit for regional cooperation in Southeast Europe at the German Foreign Office in Berlin.  Other assignments include tours as Deputy Chief of Mission at the German Embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus (2000-2003), as desk officer for political affairs at the German Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia (1993-1997), and as consul at the German Embassy in Bogota, Colombia (1990-1992).  He has also served twice in the Economic Affairs Division of the German Foreign Office, dealing with development aid (1997-2000) and international nuclear and space cooperation (1989-1990).  Before entering the Foreign Service, Mr. Soos worked as in-house counsel at a private firm.

Christian Stocks is Consul General of the Consulate General of Germany in Los Angeles, California. From 2000 to 2005 he was appointed as Director General of Foreign Affairs for the Governing Mayor’s office and Chief of Protocol for the State and City of Berlin.   In 1995, he went on to become head of the Political Department at the German Embassy in Madrid. Prior to that, he served as Foreign Policy Advisor to the CDU/CSU parliamentary group of the German Bundestag. From 1987 to 1990 Mr. Stocks worked as Counselor for Political Affairs at the German Embassy in London.

Lisa Svensson is a Diplomat-in-Residence at the Center for Transatlantic Relations.  She has served in the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs from 2002 to 2007.   Since 2004, Ms. Svensson has held the position of First Secretary at the Embassy of Sweden in Washington D.C. As a member of the Trade and Economic Section she worked with water and environmental, corporate social responsibility, transportation and aviation issues. Prior to her assignment at the Embassy, she held a position at the Office of Export Promotion and Internal Affairs, at the Foreign Ministry in Stockholm. She was responsible for overseeing two governmental authorities, the National Board of Trade, and the Swedish Board for Accreditation and Conformity Assessment. From 2000-2002 she was a Project Leader at the Swedish Trade Council in New York where she headed a Europe-U.S. transatlantic energy project focusing on the effects of deregulation of the energy market.

Helga Flores Trejo is Executive Director of the Heinrich Boell Foundation in North America. She is an expert on German and U.S. foreign policy, EU affairs, the Balkans and immigration issues. As head of the Boell Foundation’s North American operations in Washington, she focuses her work on global challenges confronting the United States and Europe, primarily regarding energy and climate change, engagement with China and Russia, and confronting fundamentalism in the Middle East, among others.  Prior to leading the Foundation in Washington, Ms. Flores Trejo worked in the Balkans as Senior Advisor for the Parliamentary Support Program of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Mission in Belgrade. Ms. Flores Trejo worked previously on foreign and European policy issues in Germany, first as a foreign policy and development advisor in the German Bundestag, then as Chief of Staff to Hamburg’s delegate in the Bundesrat (upper house).

Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker is Dean of the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, University of California.  Since 2006, he has been Chairman of the Select Committee on Globalization, later Environment Committee.  He is a former Member of the German Parliament (SPD).  He has previously served as: President, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy; Director, Institute for European Environmental Policy, Bonn-London-Paris; Director at the UN Centre for Science and Technology for Development, New York; President, University of Kassel; and Professor of Biology, University of Essen. 

Peter Zapfel has worked for the European Commission since 1998. He worked for two years in the DG for Economic and Financial Affairs. Since 2000 he has been with DG Environment. He has represented the Commission as a delegation member in UN climate negotiation sessions. For several years he was responsible for the economic assessment of climate policy. This comprised the development and quantitative assessment of cost-effective strategies and instruments to implement the EU climate policy objectives. He has been involved in the Commission’s work on emission allowance trading since 1998. He has coordinated DG Environment’s EU ETS team for over two years and in particular the Commission's assessment of national allocation plans for Phase 2 of the EU Emission Trading Scheme.