Meeting Agenda

2014 Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative Annual Meeting


The Wilson Center | Washington, DC

November 5, 2014


9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.  Registration & Breakfast 

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.  Opening Remarks: Welcome

  • Joyce Cofee,  Managing Director, ND Global Adaptation Initiative
  • Blair Ruble, Vice President of Programs, Wilson Center; Director, Urban Sustainability Laboratory; and Senior Advisor, Kennan Institute

9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.  Opening Plenary: Global Business Adaptation Excellence

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Press Event: ND-GAIN 2014 Release 

  • Joyce Coffee, Managing Director, ND Global Adaptation Initiative
  • Jessica Hellmann, Climate Change Adaptation Lead, Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative, ND-GAIN Research Director
  • Nitesh Chawla, Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications (iCeNSA), University of Notre Dame, ND-GAIN Index Director

12:00 p.m.  1:15 p.m.  Lunch: Acknowledge Corporate Adaptation Prize Winners

  • Novartis International AG, for creating Social Ventures and for its Healthy Family initiative 
  • Centre de Suivi Ecologique (CSE), for its projects in three urban coastal areas with economic importance for fisheries and tourism and affected by coastal erosion

1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  Panel Session: Business Continuity: Preparing to Avoid Disaster

  • Moderator: Juan Jose Daboub, Former Managing Director of the World Bank and Founding CEO of GAIN. Chairman and CEO of The Daboub Partnership. 
  • Emilie Mazzacurati, Founder and CEO, Four Twenty Seven 
  • Gary Lawrence, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, AECOM Technology Corporation
  • Nancy Gillis, Senior Manager, Sustainable Supply Chain, Procurement and Supplier Management, EY
  • Steven Rone Wilson, Multilateral Investment Fund, Inter-American Development Bank

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Break 

3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.  Panel Session: Climate-Driven Migration: Averting Humanitarian Crisis

4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.  Panel Session: Measuring Adaption: Risk and Opportunity to Inform Development Decision Making 

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  Reception: Keynote Address

  • Anne Thompson, Chief Environmental Affairs Correspondent, NBC News