ResilienceLinks Webinar | Progress on the Call to Action to the Private Sector for PREPARE
Join ResilienceLinks, USAID, Google, Starbucks, Wills Towers Watson and Marsh McLennan to learn how the private sector is taking action on climate adaptation.
At COP27, Administrator Samantha Power, with Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, launched the PREPARE Call to Action for businesses to make new, significant commitments to building climate resilience in partner countries. Join ResilienceLinks, USAID, Google, Starbucks, Wills Towers Watson, and Marsh McLennan to learn how the private sector is taking action on climate adaptation – from the tech industry, to insurance, to financial inclusion, and beyond.
Moriah Royz is a Senior Product Manager in Google Research, focusing on climate adaptation products such as Flood Forecasting and Wildfires detection, from the research and modeling stage up until this information reaches the affected communities, focusing in making sure the right people will receive the right information in the right time.
Francis Bouchard serves as Managing Director for Climate in Marsh McLennan’s Advantage unit where he works with the company’s four businesses to craft and deliver climate-related solutions for clients, communities and other stakeholders. Prior to joining Marsh McLennan, Francis spend 20+ years in a variety of external-facing roles with Zurich Insurance Group, most recently as the Group Head of Public Affairs & Sustainability. He also chairs the Board of Directors for the national resilience non-profit SBP, serves as a Senior Fellow to the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center, and serves on the Advisory Council of the Syracuse University Dynamic Sustainability Lab.
Megan Debates is the policy and government affairs advisor for sustainability at Starbucks Coffee Company. Prior to that she served as the Vice President of Government Affairs for the Organic Trade Association (OTA), the membership-based business association for organic agriculture and products in the United States. In this role, she worked with Congress and the Executive Branch to develop and implement policies to advance and protect U.S. organic agriculture. Prior to working at OTA, she served as Senior Legislative Assistant to U.S. Congressman Peter A. DeFazio (OR-04) where she advised and developed legislative strategy for DeFazio on agriculture, foreign affairs, international trade, and environmental policy. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a dual degree in international studies and environmental studies.
Matt Foote is a Senior Director at Willis Towers Watson's Climate and Resilience Hub. In this role he leads the analytics and science activities in support of clients across finance, public and corporate sectors and he acts as a technical advisor to the Coalition for Climate Resilient Investment Management Team. Matt is also a member of the Global Resilience Index Task Force. Matt has over 30 years' experience in the fields of catastrophe risk modeling, earth observation, geospatial data and risk management, across central government, the World Bank, and the insurance sector. In particular, Matt is focussed on the development of integrated physical risk analytics data and metrics to encourage investment in resilience measures to reduce physical climate risk to critical infrastructure and assets. A joint editor of the Wiley textbook ‘Natural Catastrophe Risk Management and Modelling’, he is a Chartered Geographer, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Council Member of the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society, and Honorary Secretary of the RGS Disaster Risk Management Professional Practice Group. Matt was recently appointed UK Principal Representative to the Intergovernmental Panel on Earth Observation Programme Board, and is the inaugural Chair of the Global Risk Modelling Alliance Strategic Advisory Board.