GAIN CEO Appointed Chair of World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Climate Change

Dr. DaboubGAIN Founding CEO Dr. Juan José Daboub

Global Adaptation Institute (GAIN) Founding CEO Dr. Juan José Daboub was recently appointed Chair of the Global Agenda Council on Climate Change of the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Dr. Daboub served as Managing Director of World Bank Group from 2006-2010 and prior to that as the Finance Minister and Technical Secretary of the President of El Salvador.

“It is a great honor to Chair the WEF Council on Climate Change. At GAIN, we understand the urgent need to adapt to global challenges to save lives and improve livelihoods of the world’s most vulnerable – this is one important perspective I will bring to the table,” said Dr. Daboub. “I am eager to work with others at the Council in developing a strategic direction and relevant outcomes to help guide this year’s Summit to actionable solutions.”

WEF’s Network includes the world’s leading global thought leaders from business, academia, government and civil society. The network consists of more than 80 councils that provide insight and strategic recommendations to address critical global issues such as adaptation. Findings of the councils inform WEF’s programming and set the direction for global, regional and industry agendas.

“PepsiCo has been active in several of the Global Agenda Councils of the Forum over the years, and we have participated first hand in the global thought leadership that can result from such experts of world renown focused on a common agenda, like their recent New Vision for Agriculture,” said Dan Bena, Senior Director of Sustainable Development for PepsiCo.  “Dr. Daboub is perfectly suited to chair the GAC on Climate Change, owing to his diverse experience, recognized leadership, and demonstrated record of successes in support of adaptation.”

WEF’s Summit on the Global Agenda, the world’s largest brainstorming session, will be held November 12-14 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It will provide the intellectual framework for the development of the program of the Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

David Burwell, Director of the Carnegie Endowment Energy and Climate Program, pointed out the necessity to heighten awareness and develop actionable solutions on all levels.

“Accelerating the transition to high growth, low carbon economies is absolutely essential for mitigation of, and adaptation to, the increasingly frequent impacts of climate disruptions on both the natural and built environment,” Burwell said. “This requires persistent, committed partnerships between the public and private sector. There is no person better suited for, and more committed to, advancing these partnerships in the context of the WEF than Dr. Juan Jose Daboub.”

GAIN’s contribution to the climate change solution

The Global Adaptation Institute (GAIN) contributes to the international effort for global development in its focus on adaptation – the urgent need to build resilience to increasing global challenges such as climate change, urbanization and population growth.

“I have seen firsthand the need to adapt, especially in my own country, El Salvador, but also during my work at the World Bank when I visited the developing world. Often, communities don’t have access to clean water or dependable infrastructure systems for food transport,” Dr. Daboub said. “With the help of investment from the private sector, which will also protect supply chains and develop new business opportunities, adaptation will promote good economies while helping the world’s most vulnerable.”

GAIN concentrates its efforts in four sectors crucial to saving lives and improving livelihoods – water, food & agriculture, coastal protection and energy. The GAIN Index, which measures indicators in these sectors, is designed as a navigation tool to help guide investment in adaptation. The GAIN Index measures 161 countries in terms of their vulnerability to these challenges and readiness to attract investment in adaptation.