Pablo Suarez is Associate Director for research and innovation at the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, and he also serves as visiting fellow at Boston University and honorary senior lecturer at University College London, and he is on the faculty at the University of Lugano in Switzerland. He has consulted for the UN Development Programme, the World Food Programme, the World Bank, Oxfam America, and about 20 other international humanitarian and development organizations, working in more than 60 countries. His current work addresses institutional integration across disciplines and geographic scales, and the use of innovative tools for climate risk management, including from financial instruments for faster disaster preparedness, self-learning algorithms for flood prediction, and collaborative projects with artists and designers to inspire thinking and action.
Pierre Thiam is a chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author from Senegal. His first cookbook, Yolele! Recipes from the Heart of Senegal, was a finalist for the Julia Child Cookbook Award and won the Gourmand World Cookbook’s Special Jury Award at the Paris World Cookbook Fair. Thiam has appeared on several TV and radio programs, including the Food Network's Iron Chef, Gourmet Getaways, Sara’s Secrets, ABC's Eyewitness News, Fox 5 Good Day NY, NBC's Today, Martha Stewart Living Radio, and NPR's Splendid Table. He was also profiled on CNN’s Inside Africa.
Elisa Niemtzow leads BSR’s global consumer sectors practice, working with companies in the retail, beauty, fashion, luxury, hospitality, and food industries to integrate sustainability into core business strategy, products, and operations. She helps companies use business assets to solve global challenges, evolve brand strategy to integrate changing consumer expectations, and partner with stakeholders to create more resilient and inclusive business practices. Niemtzow also leads BSR’s Sustainable Lifestyles Frontier Group and Responsible Luxury Initiative and sits on the Multistakeholder Advisory Committee of the UN’s 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production. Prior to joining BSR, she was Principal at Sequoia Lab, where she advised leaders of corporations, startups, and NGOs on sustainability strategy and communications.
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