About the Webinar

The fundamental cure and prevention for this will be to change how we live, eat, move, produce and consume. How can we protect nature and combat climate change while rebuilding our economies?

Moderated by WRI President and CEO, Andrew Steer, this event will look back over the last eight years of Naoko Ishii’s leadership as GEF CEO and Chairperson. With incoming CEO Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, it will also look forward towards the next chapter in the GEF’s journey to deliver transformational change and protect our common home.

The event will be opened by GEF STAP Chair, Rosina Bierbaum. It will also include a conversation between the two GEF CEOs, and an audience Q&A.


  • Agnes Kalibata, President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa
  • Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute
  • Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, Minister of Energy and Environment, Costa Rica
  • Dominic Waughray, Managing Director, Centre for Global Public Goods, World Economic Forum
  • Izabella Teixeira, Former Brazil Environment Minister
  • Johan Rockström, Director, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
  • Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, GEF
  • Paul Polman, Co-Founder and Chair, IMAGINE
  • Rosina Bierbaum, Chair of the GEF's Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel
  • Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary, Economic Commission for Africa