Founder and Director, Uplift
Tessa is an international climate change and human rights lawyer, campaigner and strategist. She has spent more than fifteen years supporting grassroots, regional and international movements for justice and has served as an expert advisor to UN human rights bodies and national governments, while working in Thailand, Egypt, India, the US, the Netherlands and Australia. Before founding Uplift, she was co-founder and Co-Director of the Climate Litigation Network. She is a trustee of Global Greengrants Fund UK and a member of the Steering Committee of the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative. She is a graduate of the University of Oxford and University of Western Australia. In 2019, Tessa was named by TIME magazine as one of fifteen women leading the fight against climate change. She is also an awardee of the Climate Breakthrough Project.
International Director, CONCITO
Jarl works at the intersection between international efforts and Danish national knowledge and experiences within the climate area. He holds a MSc. in Political Science and throughout his career, he has been dealing with green growth energy, climate, climate negotiations and climate financing. This work includes more than 12 years of experience within international organizations where he, amongst others worked as a climate advisor to the senior management of The World Bank as well as being the team leader for international climate politics, climate diplomacy and climate financing. Jarl has also served as a Senior Advisor to the Danish Environment and Climate Ministers for eight years. Jarl is furthermore, the vice chair of Danish Development Council (DANIDA Board), and he is on the Board of the Danish Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFU).
Head of Climate, Energy and Environment at the UK’s Government Office for Science
Oliver has over 12 years of professional experience in energy, climate change and international development, and holds extensive experience in Europe, Africa and Asia. He is Head of Climate, Energy and Environment at the UK’s Government Office for Science, which is responsible for advising the Prime Minister and members of the Cabinet, to ensure that government policies and decisions are informed by scientific evidence and strategic long-term thinking. Oliver has worked for a diverse range of institutions in areas like energy governance, low-carbon innovation, industry decarbonisation, energy access and climate change. Previously, he was Head of Climate, Energy and Society Unit at SEI Headquarters in Stockholm, where he was also Head of Secretariat for the Leadership Group for Industry Transition.
RMT Regional Organiser
Jake began working in the offshore oil and gas industry in 1980 spending 17 years offshore in various roles. He was an elected safety representative for his final 7-years offshore, a role he combined with his full-time post of helicopter landing officer. He was elected as a full-time trade union officer in 1997 and was the leader of the offshore workers trade union OILC before taking up the position of Regional Organiser with RMT in 2008 when the two unions merged. Jake is the Chairman of the “Offshore Coordinating Group” (OCG) which consists of the six offshore Trade Unions in the UK, Balpa, Unite, GMB, Nautilus International, Prospect and RMT. He is the OCG representative on the North Sea Transition Forum and the Energy Transition Strategic Leadership Group.
Jeppe Mathias Helsted
Chief Advisor, Centre for Global Climate Action, Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities
Jeppe has worked with climate change, energy and sustainable international development since 2012. He is currently Chief Advisor in the International Department of the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities, where he is leading the work on the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance (BOGA), which Denmark is co-chairing. BOGA is an international alliance of governments and stakeholders working together to facilitate the managed phase-out of oil and gas production. Previously, Jeppe has served as Climate and Energy Advisor at the Danish Embassy in Washington and the British Embassy in Copenhagen, similarly he has also worked on sustainable development at the Danish UN Mission in New York.
Chief Executive Officer, Norfund (Finance Norway)