Additional Speakers Announced for Aspen Ideas: Climate

January 27, 2023

The second Aspen Ideas: Climate takes place in Miami Beach from March 6 to 9, with hundreds of leaders and climate innovators engaging with the public on climate solutions

Contact: Jon Purves
The Aspen Institute

Veronica Coley
City of Miami Beach

Miami Beach, FL, January 27, 2023 – The Aspen Institute and the City of Miami Beach today announced the next group of speakers set to participate in the second Aspen Ideas: Climate. Policymakers, scientists, business leaders, technologists, artists, educators, and journalists will gather to address one of the world’s greatest challenges. Tickets to attend are on sale now, while members of the media are invited to apply for press credentials.

Speakers announced today include:

  • Kristy Drutman, Founder, Browngirl Green
  • Isaisas Hernandez, Founder, QueerBrownVegan
  • Chris James, Founder & Chief Investment Officer, Engine No. 1
  • Gary Knell, Senior Advisor, Boston Consulting Group
  • Kara Mangone, Global Head of Climate Strategy, Goldman Sachs
  • Palencia Mobley, Founder and CEO, Mode Collective
  • Belén Paez, President and Director, Fundación Pachamama
  • Matt Rogers, Founder & CEO, Mill
  • Nikki Santos, Executive Director, Center for Native American Youth
  • Tom Steyer, Co-Chair, Galvanize Climate Solutions
  • Nikhil Swaminanthan, CEO, Grist
  • Alaina Wood, Sustainability Scientist; Climate Communicator; Founder, The Garbage Queen

The full speaker list is available here, with more speakers and programming details to be announced in the coming weeks.

Aspen Ideas: Climate event is set to take place from March 6-9, 2023, with hundreds of leaders and climate innovators engaging with the public to focus on climate solutions. Through high-profile discussions with leaders on the main stage, private roundtables, excursions, musical performances, and a climate tech exposition, experts and leaders of all backgrounds will tackle the climate crisis through a solutions-oriented lens. 250 people ages 18-30 will also travel to Miami to participate in the Future Leaders Climate Summit, taking place ahead of Aspen Ideas: Climate from March 3- 6, 2023.

The speakers announced today join those already confirmed, including Benji Backer, President and Founder, American Conservation Coalition; Tommy Caldwell, Professional Climber; Writer; Catherine Coleman Flowers, Founder of the Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice and Vice Chair of the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council; John Curtis, U.S. Representative of Utah’s 3rd District and lead of the Conservative Climate Caucus; John Englander, Oceanographer and sea level rise expert; Iván Duque Márquez, former President of Colombia (2018 -2022); Heidi Heitkamp, Former US Senator (D), North Dakota; Visiting Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics; John B. King, Jr, SUNY Chancellor, Former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education; Eleni Myrivili, Chief Heat Officer for Athens, Greece; Global Chief Heat Officer to UN Habitat; Bill Nye, Science Educator, Engineer, Television Host, Author; Andrew Steer, President & CEO of the Bezos Earth Fund; and Bret Stephens, New York Times columnist.

As part of organizers’ commitment to sustainable programming, Aspen Ideas: Climate has partnered with Carbon Fund to offset the event’s carbon emissions, funding improved forestry management in Florida with a tree planted for each registration. Aspen Ideas: Climate is supported by title sponsors John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, RelatedPhilanthropic Foundation and the Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation. Additional sponsors include Glottman, GMCVB, Kleyner/Ullis, Lennar, LSN, MFG, Morgan Stanley, Valor, Wells Fargo, and Witkoff.

For media: Journalists interested in attending Aspen Ideas: Climate as covering reporters are invited to apply for press credentials here.


The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important challenges facing the United States and the world. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado and an international network of partners. For more information, visit

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