Advisory Group

Cynthia Scharf

Cynthia Scharf

Senior Strategy Director for the Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative

Scharf is a former fellow with the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation and previously served as the head of strategic communications and chief speechwriter on climate change for United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon from 2009-2016. As a senior member of the Secretary-General’s Climate Change Support Team, she played a key role in organizing the Secretary-General’s two global climate change summits (2014 and 2009) and helped advise the Secretary-General during the UNFCCC negotiations, including the landmark Paris climate change agreement in 2015. Earlier in her career, she worked as a journalist in Moscow and in emergency humanitarian relief with the UN and a number of non-governmental organizations. Scharf’s articles on politics, the economy, and the environment have been published in The International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal Europe, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Moscow Times, Globe and Mail, and elsewhere. She has a Master’s Degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Svante Soderholm

Svante Söderholm

Senior Advisor, Swedish Energy Agency

Söderholm is currently working with reducing the greenhouse gas emissions and energy efficiency within the industry, and is an executive committee member of two IEA Technology Collaboration Programmes; GHG and IETS (Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme dealing with CCS and Industrial Energy-Related Technologies and Systems). During his time at the Swedish Energy Agency, Söderholm has worked as a Programme Manager with primary hydropower, power electronics, power transmission and electricity from biofuels. He also served as Head of the Bioenergy Unit, which covered the bioenergy chain from questions on a sustainable supply to heat and power production. Söderholm has a PhD in Solid-State Electronic Physics from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, where he afterwards worked as a scientist and lecturer. Söderholm is the Co-founder of a semiconductor laser company and has several years of experience from industry as a development engineer and project leader at ABB.

Emi Hijino

Deputy Director, Swedish Ministry of the Environment

Hijino has worked on climate policy for over two decades and has a current focus on national climate policy. She also brings a broad experience of EU climate policy including developing the EU emissions trading scheme. Hijino was involved in the UN climate negotiations for 10 years and was deputy chief negotiator for the Swedish delegation to the UNFCCC 2010-2013. She has worked as an Assistant Technical Attaché at the Swedish Embassy in Tokyo and has also worked on World Bank issues at the Swedish Embassy in Washington DC. Hijino has a Master’s Degree in Engineering Physics from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden where she supported a research project and thereafter worked in the private sector for the energy company, Fortum, before joining the Government Offices in 2003.

Svante Soderholm

Michael Obersteiner

Director of the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford

Michael Obersteiner has recently been appointed to be the Director of the Environmental Change Institute at University of Oxford. Prior he has directed the Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM) Program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria. His research experience stretches from biophysical modeling in the areas of ecosystems, forestry and agriculture to economics, finance and integrated assessment, Climate Mitigation and Adaptation, Nutrient Management, Biodiversity Conservation, Water Management, and Food Security.

He has advised a number of national and international organizations, including inter alia the European Commission, WWF, OECD, and other national and international institutions that have received science-based policy advice using quantitative modelling techniques. He is author of over 250 scientific papers and is a highly cited researcher.