Program and speakers




Opening address

Peter Varghese AO
Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Peter Varghese is the Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Mr Varghese took up his position as Secretary on 3 December 2012. Prior to that, Mr Varghese held a wide range of senior positions in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra and overseas. He was Australia’s High Commissioner to India (2009 to 2012) and Malaysia (2000 to 2002), and also served in Tokyo, Washington, and Vienna. Mr Varghese was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2010 for distinguished service to public administration, and was awarded a Doctor of Letters honoris causa by the University of Queensland in July 2013 in recognition of his distinguished service to diplomacy and Australian public service.

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Keynote address

Kitty van der Heijden
Director of the World Resources Institute’s Europe Office

Kitty van der Heijden is the Director of WRI’s Europe Office. She has a distinguished diplomatic background with notable accomplishments in sustainable development and humanitarian aid. Kitty leads WRI’s engagement in the post-2015 Development Agenda, and also embraces work on the international climate regime; the role of the private sector in development; global indicators on resource productivity and efficiency; and inequality. An economist by training (Erasmus University Rotterdam), with hands-on experience in sustainable development, her career has been guided by a motivation to ensure dignified living conditions for all of human society within planetary boundaries. Prior to joining WRI, Kitty was the Ambassador for Sustainable Development and Director of the Department for Climate, Energy, Environment and Water in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. In 2013, she was elected the 3rd best civil servant of the Netherlands, and in 2014 was elected as “Influencer of the Year” among civil servants and ranked 20th in the top 100 most influential people in the Netherlands dealing with sustainability.

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Keynote speakers

Howard Bamsey
Adjunct Professor, Regulatory Institutions Network, The Australian National University and formerly Australia’s Special Envoy on Climate Change

Howard Bamsey was, until recently, Deputy Secretary of Australia’s Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, and Australia’s Special Envoy on Climate Change. He is one of Australia’s most experienced negotiators, playing a key role in international climate change negotiations. Professor Bamsey was Deputy Secretary in the Department of the Environment and Water Resources from 1997 to 2002, and head of the Australian Greenhouse Office until 2006. He is currently a visiting Adjunct Professor at the Regulatory Institutions Network, College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University.

Bob McMullan
Adjunct Professor, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University

Mr McMullan joined the Crawford School, where he continues to develop his interest in development and development policy, after completing a long and distinguished career in the Australian Parliament as one of Australia’s pre-eminent Labor politicians. Among other positions, he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance after the election of the Rudd Government in November 2007. Mr McMullan is a member of the high-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing, which was mobilized during the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009. Mr McMullan also has a special interest in the welfare of disabled persons in developing countries and initiated the World Bank’s Global Partnership for Disability and Development, adopted by the GPDD Task Force on 24 February 2005. Since June 2011 he has represented Australia on the Board of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

International speakers

Eun Mee Kim
Dean & Professor, Graduate School of International Studies; Director, Institute for Development and Human Security, Ewha Womans University

Dr. Eun Mee Kim is Dean and Professor at the Graduate School of International Studies and Director of the Institute for Development and Human Security at Ewha Womans University. Her fields of interest include international development cooperation, foreign aid, the political economy of development, globalization, and multiculturalism. She has served as a civilian member on the Committee for International Development Cooperation under the Prime Minister’s Office, the Policy Advisory Committee in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Policy Advisory Committee in the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family. In 2012, Dr. Eun Mee Kim received the Service Merit Medal from the Republic of Korea for her contributions to the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness.

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Ye Jiang
Director of the Institute for Global Governance Studies, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS); Professsor, School of International and Public Affairs, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Professor Ye Jiang received his MA in History at East China Normal University in 1987 and his PhD in Law at Fudan University in 1998. He is the director of the Institute for Global Governance Studies, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS). He is also a professor and PhD supervisor at the School of International and Public Affairs, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He is concurrently vice-chairman of the Chinese Association of World Ethno-Nations, vice-chairman of the Shanghai Institute of European Studies, and council member of the Shanghai Association of International Relations. Since 2013 he has been the chief expert in the study of the UN post-2015 development agenda at SIIS and has co-edited a collection of articles with Thomas Fues entitled The United Nations Post-2015 Agenda for Global Development: Perspectives from China and Europe. He is the author of five monographs and about 100 articles published by academic journals both at home and abroad. In late 2012 he was winner of an Award for Major Foreign Policy Research by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China.

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Jaehyoung Lee
Professor, Korea University School of Law and Legal Advisor to UN climate change negotiations

Jaehyoung Lee is a Professor at Korea University School of Law. For the last 7 years, he has also served as Legal Advisor to the Korean delegation to the UN climate change negotiations. A graduate of Korea University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Professor Lee has wide experience in the area of international economic law and is a member of a number of advising committees to the Korean government in relation to foreign and environmental policy, economic affairs, and sustainable development.

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