Plenary Speakers

We look forward to featuring the following experts as Plenary Speakers at GCET18. More speakers to be posted soon!

Susanne Åkerfeldt 

​Susanne ÅkerfeldtSusanne Åkerfeldt has a solid background in senior policy making at the governmental level. As a Senior Adviser at the Swedish Ministry of Finance, she has more than 20 years’ experience of managing projects on policy design in the area of energy and environment, seeking solutions and compromises in a politically sensitive environment nationally and at EU level. Her key focus is to ensure the use of cost-efficient policy measures on the road towards a sustainable, low-carbon and resource-efficient society. She has been instrumental in fine-tuning the design of the Swedish carbon tax since the 1990s and has been a team leader of energy and climate taxation projects within the Swedish Government Offices since 2001. Her work has included carrying out Green Tax Shift Reforms and developing economic instruments designed to achieve the EU’s targets of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increased shares of renewable energy.

She serves as Sweden’s lead EU negotiator on energy and climate taxation issues and has worked extensively at EU-level to improve and coordinate the design of EU tax and state aid legislation to better reflect the Polluter Pays Principle and encouraging Member States to increasingly use environmental taxes. In a broader international context she has presented and debated carbon tax experiences before the UN Tax Committee and the COP conferences on climate under the UNFCC, as well as participated in a number of international conferences.  Her ability to build and maintain net-works with a great number of colleagues among Government officials as well as representatives from academia and stakeholders has served her well in giving a broad understanding of how various issues and political agendas are interlinked. 
Susanne received her law degree from the University of Uppsala and worked as a judge at different courts in Sweden before starting her career at the Ministry of Finance.

William L. Andreen

Bill AndreenBill Andreen is the Edgar L. Clarkson Professor of Law at the University of Alabama School of Law.  He joined the Alabama faculty in 1983.  He also serves as the Director of the school’s Summer Exchange Program with the Australian National University (ANU) where he has been appointed as an Honorary Professor of Law.  Bill has visited at a number of law schools including Washington & Lee University, Lewis & Clark, and Mekelle University (Ethiopia).  He served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Law at the ANU’s National Europe Center in 2005 and taught in a joint graduate law program at Addis Ababa University from 2009 through 2012.  Bill teaches Environmental Law, Administrative Law, and International Environmental Law.  His writing has largely concentrated on the Clean Water Act and Environmental Federalism, but he has also written on many other environmental and regulatory topics including Water Law and the ACT/ACF Dispute. 

Bill graduated from the College of Wooster and received his law degree from Columbia.  After practicing with an Atlanta law firm, he joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4, in 1979 as Assistant Regional Counsel.  He remained with EPA for four years and primarily worked on defensive litigation.  Bill has served as a legal advisor to the National Environment Management Council of Tanzania; as chair of the Environmental Law Section of the American Association of Law Schools; and as President of the Alabama Rivers Alliance.  He is currently a member of the Environmental Law Commission of the World Conservation Union (IUCN), a Scholar Member of the Center for Progressive Reform, and a board member of the Black Warrior Riverkeeper.  

Nils Axel Braathen

Nils Axel Braathen is a Principal Administrator in the Environmental Performance and Information Division of OECD’s Environment Directorate. He has been with the OECD since 1996, working i.a. on a database on instruments used for environmental policy, on estimating effective carbon prices in selected countries, on cost-benefit analyses, on economic valuation of environmental externalities, on macroeconomic modelling, on the economics of waste and on environmental impacts of transport and agriculture. Prior to joining OECD he was Deputy Director General in the Department for Long-term Planning and Policy Analysis in the Ministry of Finance, Norway. He holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Oslo, Norway.

Neil H. Buchanan

Neil H. Buchanan currently teaches tax law and tax policy, and he has also taught contracts and law and economics. His research addresses the taxing and spending policies of the federal government, focusing on budget deficits, the national debt, health care costs, and Social Security. He also is engaged in a research project that asks how current policy choices should be shaped by concerns for the interests of future generations. 

Professor Buchanan has held permanent or visiting positions at Rutgers-Newark School of Law, NYU School of Law, and Cornell Law School. He clerked for Judge Robert H. Henry on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Prior to attending law school, Professor Buchanan was an economics professor, specializing in macroeconomics, the history of economic thought, and economic methodology. He has held full-time faculty positions in economics at the University of Michigan, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Barnard College, Goucher College, and Wellesley College. 

Professor Buchanan has published articles in numerous law reviews as well as in refereed social science periodicals, and he has testified before Congress about issues related to tax reform.  He has been a guest lecturer around the world and is sought after for expert commentary on legal, tax, economic, and political issues.  He is a featured columnist for Newsweek, a columnist for Verdict, and he publishes twice weekly on the legal blog Dorf on Law.

Kirsten Engel

Kirsten Engel is the Charles E. Ares Professor of Law at the James E. Rogers College of Law where she teaches and researches in the areas of environmental and administrative law. The emphasis of her more recent scholarship is the response of state and local governments to climate change in the United States and especially the constitutional and economic impediments these governments face seeking to mitigate climate change in the absence of comprehensive federal climate change legislation.
Engel is the co-author of an environmental law textbook, book chapters and articles. Her work appears in journals such as the UCLA Law Review Discourse, the Minnesota Law Review, and the Ecology Law Quarterly.

Prior to joining the law faculty at the University of Arizona, she held numerous permanent and temporary appointments within academia and in the public and nonprofit sectors, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Massachusetts' Attorney General's Office, and Harvard, Vanderbilt, and Tulane Law Schools.

Robert Glennon

Robert GlennonRobert Glennon is one of the nation’s preeminent experts on water policy and law. The recipient of two National Science Foundation grants, Glennon is the author of Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What To Do About It, recipient of a Rachel Carson Book Award for Reporting on the Environment from the Society of Environmental Journalists, and Water Follies: Groundwater Pumping and the Fate of America’s Fresh Waters. He co-authored the groundbreaking report, Shopping for Water: How the Market Can Mitigate Water Shortages in the American West, which is viewed by many as a game-changer for water policy moving forward.

Glennon contributes regularly to national print media including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. He has been a guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Talk of the Nation with Neal Conan, The Diane Rehm Show, C SPAN2’s Book TV, and numerous National Public Radio shows. He has been a commentator for American Public Media’s Marketplace, and he was featured in the 2011 feature-length documentary Last Call at the Oasis. Glennon is a Regents’ Professor and Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy in the Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. He received a J.D. from Boston College Law School and an M.A. and Ph.D. in American History from Brandeis University.  He is a member of the bars of Arizona and Massachusetts.

Janet Peace

Janet PeaceJanet Peace is the Senior Vice President of Policy and Business Strategy at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES). She manages much of the center's domestic policy work, science and resilience program and the Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC), the largest U.S.-based association of companies devoted solely to climate-related policy and corporate strategies.
Dr. Peace brings more than 20 years and a wide spectrum of experience on environmental issues to her work at C2ES. As a recognized expert on climate policy, she is a member of the Program Advisory Board for American University’s Center for Environmental Policy and Arizona State University’s Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network Advisory Committee and a past member of both the National Research Council’s Roundtable on Climate Change Education and the Council of Canadian Academies on oil sands environmental technologies.
She holds a Ph.D. and Master of Science in economics and an undergraduate degree in geology.

Chas Roy-Chowdhury

​Chas Roy-ChowdhuryChas Roy-Chowdhury has been head of taxation at ACCA (the association of Certified Chartered Accountants) since 1991. Prior to that, he worked in private practice (large and small firms) and in industry. He represents ACCA at domestic and international expert groups such as the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD, the European Commission VAT Expert Group and the Accountancy Europe (formerly Federation of European Accountants’) direct and indirect tax working parties. He is Chair of Tax Working Group of the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (UEAPME), which he represents on the EU Commission VAT Forum. He gives evidence on a regular basis before parliamentary select committees and has presented extensively at conferences on issues such as BEPS, VAT and the GAAR

Ronald Trosper

Ronald Trosper’s latest work has been in the areas of Indigenous economic theory and traditional ecological knowledge.  He examined the institutions that provided stability for the peoples of the Northwest Coast in his book, Resilience, Reciprocity and Ecological Economics:  Northwest Coast Sustainability (Routledge, 2009).  He co-edited a book on traditional forest-related knowledge, Traditional Forest Knowledge:  Sustaining Communities, Ecosystems and Bio-cultural Diversity, edited by John Parrotta and Ronald Trosper (Springer, 2012).  His current interest is applications of the lessons from the Northwest Coast to Indigenous Economic Theory, and he is working on a book tentatively titled Principles of Indigenous Economics.  He began his career in the field of American Indian Economic Development, working on the economic development task force of the American Indian Policy Review Commission.  He also worked on the idea of an American Indian Development Finance Institution, which led to legislation that Ronald Reagan vetoed. 
After a period of working outside of academia for the Council of Energy Resource Tribes and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, he returned to university work at the School of Forestry at Northern Arizona University, followed by work at the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia before joining the AIS Department in 2011.  His Ph.D.  degree is in Economics, from Harvard University (1974); but he has been a multidisciplinary scholar, publishing in American Indian Studies, Ecological Economics, Economics, Policy Studies, Forestry, and Anthropology.  His administrative positions in academia have been as Acting Director of the National Indian Policy Center at George Washington University (1994), and at Northern Arizona University, as Interim Director of the Institute for Native Americans (1995-96) and Interim Chairman of the Department of Applied Indigenous Studies (2000-2001).  He served as Head of American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona from July, 2011 to June, 2014.  He is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Indian Reservation, Montana.


More plenary speakers to come!