UniC2020 Summit

The UniC2020 Summit is a major international climate action event that will bring together 300 participants to explore innovative and concrete ways to protect the planet and build better societies.

Keynote Speakers of the UniC2020

Melissa Goodall, Deputy Director, Office of Sustainability, Yale University

Melissa Goodall is the Deputy Director of Sustainability at Yale University, where her main focus is developing and implementing sustainability action plans for Yale’s Professional Schools and other high-impact departments. She is also responsible for strategic projects and outreach to support Yale’s sustainability academic leadership, including a set of initiatives to highlight the role universities can play in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals.

Melissa is on the Board is and is the co-chair of the Advisory Council of the International Sustainable Campus Network, and is on the Steering Committee of the Sustainability Initiative of the International Alliance of Research Universities. She is also an Advisor to the UN Higher Education Sustainability Initiative and an External Advisor to the Center for Governance and Sustainability at UMass Boston. She earned her PhD and MS degrees from Antioch University and her BA from New York University.

See Tuesday 7th of July’s schedule with Melissa Goodall



Aneesa Khan, Executive Director SustainUS

Born in India and raised in Oman, Aneesa experienced first-hand the painful impacts of fossil fuel extraction. While growing up in a country where drilling for oil was cheaper than providing drinking water, she saw gruesome droughts and harrowing floods devastate her family’s home on the South Indian coast. Seeing the intersection of climate impacts on people and the environment at a very young age influenced Aneesa to dedicate herself to the movement for climate justice. She studied international environmental law and politics at College of the Atlantic (COA) in the US and focused on telling stories of environmental inequity and injustice through graphic design. Aneesa stepped into the position of SustainUS’ Executive Director after spending time organizing for climate justice with Earth in Brackets, Friends of the Earth International, and The Wilderness Society. She has attended the United Nations climate conferences in Lima, Paris, and Marrakesh, and most recently led the SustainUS delegation to the 24th UN climate conference in Katowice, Poland in 2018. Aneesa believes that even though climate change worsens all inequalities, its unyielding deadline is the push that brings together existing movements for environmental justice, LGBTQ and women’s rights, tribal sovereignty, racial justice, jobs and welfare. She is passionate about coordinating SustainUS’ work to kick the fossil fuel industry out of climate policymaking and to protect the lands, culture and lives of indigenous, black and brown communities and others on the frontlines of the climate crisis. Last year Aneesa was chosen as one of Vice.com’s 11 Young Climate Justice Activists You Need to Pay Attention To. She’s currently attending the London School of Economics where she is getting her Masters in Environmental Policy and Regulation.   See Tuesday 7th of July’s schedule with Aneesa Khan


Prof. Dr. Jakob Rhyner, University of Bonn. Professor for Global Change and Systemic Risks at the Agricultural Faculty, and Scientific Director of the Bonn Alliance for Sustainability Research/Innovation Campus Bonn (ICB)

Jakob Rhyner is professor for Global Change and Systemic Risks in the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Bonn, and Scientific Director Bonn Alliance for Sustainability Research, a new joint initiative of several research and education institutions in Bonn The Bonn Alliance focuses in the Research priorities Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence, Mobility and Migration, and Bioeconomy. Until recently, Jakob has served as Director of the Institute for Environment and Human Security at the United Nations University (UNU-EHS), and as Co-Chair of the Governing Council of Future Earth. At United Nations University he has been responsible for the development of joint master programmes on environmental security. He has many years of experience in industrial research in the energy sector, as well as environmental risk research and management, including early warning systems.

Jakob holds a PhD in theoretical physics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

See Monday 6th of July’s schedule with Prof. Dr. Jakob Rhyner