ACEF Advisory Group
The ACEF Advisory Group provides strategic guidance in the design of the Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF) to help ensure that the content of the forum is innovative, relevant to today's issues, and creates value for all participants and stakeholders. The Advisory Group comprises individuals with broad range of roles in energy development in the public and private sectors across Asia and globally.
Athena has many years of leadership and management experience in environment, development and natural resource governance in developing countries with a particular focus on climate change, clean energy and sustainable finance. She worked actively on climate policy, sustainable finance and clean energy in China, India, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Japan. She is a long-time policy advisor to the Philippine government’s official climate change negotiating team at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). She has published widely on the issue of climate change, climate finance, clean energy, governance and human rights.
Athena also holds strategic and leadership positions and serves on the board of several non-profit organizations such as the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, International Rivers and, Greenpeace International. She holds post-graduate degrees in Development Planning from the University of the Philippines, in Development Management from the Asian Institute of Management, and a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Journalism from the University of the Philippines.
He is currently leading the energy team in ESCAP to promote regional energy cooperation with focus on implementation of energy initiatives to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and energy connectivity for regional economic cooperation and integration. His work ranges from conducting policy studies, organizing intergovernmental meetings & policy dialogues and providing advisor services to facilitating regional cooperation on sustainable energy development in Asia and the Pacific.
Mr Liu has over 30 years’ experience in the area of sustainable energy. Prior to joining the United Nations, he served as government officials in charge of new and renewable energy, environment industry at different Ministries and Commissions of the central government of China.
Ms Kyte served until December 2015 as World Bank Group Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, leading the Bank Group’s efforts to campaign for an ambitious agreement at the 21st Convention of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP 21). She was previously World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development and was the International Finance Corporation Vice President for Business Advisory Services.
Recipient of numerous award for women’s leadership, climate action and sustainable development, she is a Professor of practice in sustainable development at Tuft’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She holds a master’s degree in international relations from Fletcher, and a bachelor’s degree in history and politics from the University of London.
Dr. Shi received the Murphy & Spitz Global Leader Award 2011 at the World Economic Forum for Suntech’s exemplary environmental and sustainability standards. In 2009, he was on Business Week’s “China’s Most Powerful People’ list. In 2007, Dr. Shi was named “50 people who could save the planet” by the Guardian, and was named by TIME as a Hero of the Environment, an annual list that celebrates the most innovative and influential protectors of the planet. In 2006, he was awarded the “Annual Economic Figure” by CCTV. In 2007, he was honored as the “Green Figure of the Year” by CCTV.