Please note, Will Steffen will appear live via video for this event. Prasad Menon will appear via video. 

In the face of record heat and natural catastrophes, experts believe that this year’s UN climate talks in Glasgow may be the last chance for global cooperation on the crisis. Join renowned climate scientist Tim Flannery (The Climate Cure: Solving the Climate Emergency in the Era of COVID-19) as he brings together some of the most respected colleagues in his field to examine what progress is being made, the vested political and corporate interests holding us back, and the vital next steps to salvage a liveable future. He speaks with eminent climate researcher Will Steffen (live via video), with award-winning journalist Marian Wilkinson. Energy industry leader Prasad Menon will also share his insights via video. 

Tim Flannery (Australian)

Tim Flannery

Tim Flannery is a paleontologist, explorer and conservationist. He is a leading writer on climate change and the 2007 Australian of the Year. His books include the award-winning international bestseller The Weather Makers, The Future Eaters, Here on Earth and Atmosphere of Hope. He is currently chief councillor of the Climate Council. Tim’s most recent book is The Climate Cure: Solving the Climate Emergency in the Era of COVID-19.

Prasad Menon (International)

Prasad Menon

Prasad Menon has over 40+ years of diverse experience in some of the premier multinational and Indian companies, across the Chemical and Power industry. He started his career with the Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) and served for 20 years, followed by Nagarjuna Fertilizers. He joined the Tata Group in the year 2000 and served as the Managing Director at Tata Chemicals, and subsequently with Tata Power. He serves as Director on a number of Tata Boards, including Tata Industries, Tata Chemicals, TRF Limited and Tata Foundation. He is also Chairman of the Board of Tata Consulting Engineers, Tata Projects and the Tata–Singapore Airlines Joint Venture. He is also a Director on the Board of Axis Bank, SKF India and Sanmar Group. Apart from his Board responsibilities, Mr. Menon is actively involved in various advisory committees in the areas of Academics, Sustainability & Corporate Governance. He serves as an active Member of the Advisory Council of IITB-Monash Research Academy; Member of the Governing Council of Centre for Environment Education-Nehru Foundation for Development; Member of the Advisory Board of the Grantham Institute – London; Member of the Advisory Board of The Energy & Resources Institute (TERI); and on the Advisory Council of CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development. Recently got inducted on the Board of Wildlife Trust of India.

Will Steffen (Australian)

Will Steffen

Will Steffen has a long history in international global change research, serving from 1998 to 2004 as Executive Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), based in Stockholm, Sweden, and before that as Executive Officer of IGBP's Global Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems project. Will was the Inaugural Director of the ANU Climate Change Institute, from 2008-2012. From 2004 to 2011 he served as science adviser to the Australian Government Department of Climate Change. He is currently a Climate Councillor with the Climate Institute.

Marian Wilkinson (Australian)

Marian Wilkinson

Marian Wilkinson is a multi-award winning journalist with a career spanning radio, television and print. She has covered politics, national security, refugee issues and climate change. She was a foreign correspondent in Washington DC for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age and also deputy editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, executive producer of ABC’s Four Corners and a senior reporter for the program. In 2018 she was inducted into the Australian Media Hall of Fame. Her books include the political biography The Fixer and Dark Victory co-authored with David Marr. Her latest book, The Carbon Club, investigates Australia’s fraught climate change policy.