This session examines research from Woodwell Climate Research Centre that assesses near-term physical and socioeconomic risks associated with climate change and demonstrates a model for embedding the insights of climate science into both public- and private-sector decision-making.

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Philip B. Duffy is president and executive director of Woodwell Climate Research Center (formerly Woods Hole Research Center). Prior to joining Woodwell, Dr. Duffy served as a senior policy analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and as a senior advisor in the White House National Science and Technology Council. In these roles he was involved in international climate negotiations, domestic and international climate policy, and coordination of US global change research. Before joining the White House, Dr. Duffy was chief scientist at Climate Central, an organisation dedicated to increasing public understanding and awareness of climate change. He has held senior research positions with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and visiting positions at the Carnegie Institution for Science and the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. He has a Bachelor’s Degree Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in astrophysics and a PhD in applied physics from Stanford.


Tate has been an investment industry media publisher and conference producer since 1996. In his media career, Tate has launched and overseen dozens of print and
electronic publications. He is the chief executive and major shareholder of Conexus Financial, which was formed in 2005, and is headquartered in Sydney, Australia.
The company stages more than 20 conferences and events each year –
in cities which have included London, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Beijing, Sydney and Melbourne – and publishes three media brands,
including the global website and strategy newsletter for global
institutional investors One of the company’s signature events is the bi-annual Fiduciary Investors Symposium. Conexus Financial’s
events aim to place the responsibilities of investors in wider societal, and political contexts, as well as promote the long-term stability of markets and sustainable
retirement incomes. Tate served for seven years on the board of Australia’s most high profile homeless charity, The Wayside Chapel; and he has underwritten the
welfare of 60,000 people in 28 villages throughout Uganda via The Hunger Project.

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