Guillermo (Willy) Accame
Director of Risk Management, Panattoni Development Company, Inc.
and NCAR Industry Advisor
Chairperson, ECEP® Advisory Panel
Willy has more than 30 years of experience in environmental consulting, Brownfield redevelopment, insurance, litigation, risk management, and natural resources. At Panattoni Development Company, he manages the implementation of initiatives consistent with the company's commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability. He manages risk throughout Panattoni’s global operations, advises the company’s Investment Committees, and serves as the chair of Panattoni’s Sustainability Committee. As such, he is responsible for maintaining insurance, overseeing claims litigation, managing contractual risk, and advising the company on environmental matters. Willy recently took on the role of NCAR Industry Advisor, providing a strong industry perspective along with his expertise on some of the leading extreme weather- and climate-related questions facing the construction and real estate development industry. He formerly served as the Industry Liaison for climate adaptation at the University of Maryland’s Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center. His work has helped advance climate resilience by facilitating communication between private industry and climate scientists in the United States and Europe. Willy holds a BS degree in Geology and a Master’s degree in Geochemistry and Remote Sensing.
Founder and President, Climate Resilience Consulting
Joyce Coffee, LEED AP, is an accomplished organizational strategist and visionary leader with over 20 years of domestic and international experience in the corporate, government and non-profit sectors implementing resilience and sustainability strategies, management systems, performance measurement, partnerships, benchmarking and reporting. Her career started working on private sector projects in Southeast Asia for USAID’s US-Asia Environmental Partnership and the World Bank and proceeded with implementing water security projects for MWH, a global engineering company. Coffee created community sustainability projects for a niche architecture and urban design firm Farr Associates, pioneering public private partnerships, adaptation planning, interdepartmental coordination and climate performance measurement as lead of the Chicago Climate Action Plan at the City of Chicago. More recently, she created corporate social responsibility plans and reports for Fortune 500 companies as a Vice President at Edelman and ran a preeminent global adaptation nonprofit grounded in university-based research and analytics, the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative, ND-GAIN. Coffee received a B.S. in biology, environmental studies and Asian studies from Tufts University and a Masters in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is the author of the Climate Adaptation Exchange Blog. @joycecoffee
CEO, Capital, Science & Policy Practice
Chairman, Willis Research Network Willis Group
Rowan Douglas leads the Capital, Science and Policy Practice at Willis Group. The Practice confronts large-scale challenges of risk, resilience and sustainable growth at global and local scales through public, private and mutual mechanisms. Willis Group is an insurance and reinsurance broker with approximately 20,000 personnel operating in around 100 countries.
Douglas is also Chairman of the Willis Research Network, which he founded in 2006. The WRN has grown to become the world's largest collaboration between public science and the finance sector supporting around fifty universities and science institutions to support improved policy making and capital management. Previously Douglas served as CEO Global Analytics of Willis Re and then across Willis Group. He read Geography at Durham University (BA Hons); Geographical Sciences at the University of Bristol (M.Phil) and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Dr. Glynis Lough
Chief of Staff, National Climate Assessment
U.S. Global Change Research Program
As Chief of Staff for the National Climate Assessment, Glynis Lough she oversees coordination of the authors, Federal Advisory Committee, and interagency working group members who contribute to development of the quadrennial National Climate Assessment and the sustained assessment process. Prior to joining USGCRP in June 2012, Lough was a research scientist with Battelle specializing in climate change, air quality, and environmental policy. Her research focused on translation of research products to create useful decision-support tools, including improving air quality management capacity in the Caribbean, helping energy utilities to improve their short-term and long-term forecasting, developing a software tool to evaluate climate impacts on local water quality, and also leading strategies and managing business development for environmental work, tobacco control science, and international public health. Lough She holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry and Technology, and B.S. in Chemical Engineering.
Dr. David Titley
Rear Admiral USN (ret.)
Professor of Practice, Department of Meteorology,
Director, Center for Solutions for Weather and Climate Risk, Pennsylvania State University
David Titley is a founding Director of the Center for Solutions for Weather and Climate Risk at Penn State University. He served as a naval officer for thirty-two years, concluding his career as a Rear Admiral. Titley’s career included duties as Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy and Deputy Assistant Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance. While serving in the Pentagon, he also initiated and led the US Navy’s Task Force on Climate Change.
After retiring from the Navy, Titley served as the Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce for Operations, the Chief Operating Officer position at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He has also spoken on various domestic and international stages, including Congressional Hearings, the International Panel on Climate Change, and a TEDx talk, amongst others. Titley holds a BS from Pennsylvania State University and an MS from the Naval Postgraduate School. He also has a Ph.D. in Meteorology from the same institution. He was elected a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society in 2009 and holds an honorary Doctorate from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Follow him on Twitter @dwtitley.
Manager, Data Support Section Computational and Information Systems Laboratory, NCAR
Steve Worley joined NCAR in 1987 as a member of the Research Data Archive (RDA) development team. The RDA provides a rich information resource through a large and growing collection of datasets that support scientific studies in climate, weather, Earth System modeling, and increasingly, other related sciences that serves the global research community. Worley began by leading the effort to add, curate, and steward the RDA’s ocean datasets. Today, he is responsible for RDA team management, including managing nine science-educated software engineers, and developing strategic and implementation plans that have and continue to improve the RDA’s data content and user access.
Worley sits on the AMS Board on Data Stewardship as ex officio member, and recently co-authored “Full and Open Access to Data,” the Society’s data policy statement. He is a committee member for the U.S. National Academies of Science, National Research Council and a member of the WCRP Ocean Observations Panel for Climate (OOPC). Worley completed degrees in meteorology (BS) and oceanography (MS) at the Universities of Wisconsin and Alaska. He performed oceanographic research at Texas A&M University for a decade, with emphasis on time series data analysis and understanding Southern Ocean currents in the Drake Passage.
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