Guest Speakers

ArturoBrandtArturo Brandt, LLM
Lecture: Non-party stakeholders in the negotiations the Private Sector; The Host Nation Perspective
Hailing from this year’s host nation, Arturo Brandt is an attorney, with a law degree from the Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago de Chile, and an LLM in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School. Since 2002, Mr. Brandt has dedicated the majority of his professional career to Environmental Law, specializing in Climate Change, Trading Emissions and Renewable Energy; specifically he has focused on the study, analysis, development and implementation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction projects from different perspectives: with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Bonn, Germany, advising on the design of public policies for developing countries, later with the consulting firm POCH Ambiental in the creation, development and implementation of GHG reduction projects; later, with First Climate, a Swiss-German investment fund, as an originator and representative for Latin American GHG reduction projects. Currently, he is the Latin American Representative for TRADITION GREEN, an English Company (part of TRADITION), leader in the environmental commodities marketplace, including carbon credits, renewable energy certificates, biomass, etc. Concurrently with this position, he serves as a consulting attorney with Vial Serrano Law Firm, advising on issues related to environmental law and in the development of independent consultancy focusing on sustainable development, environmental legislation, policy and renewable energy. Arturo has authored publications and participated in conferences, both in Chile and Internationally. He has been nominated as a noteworthy attorney in the environmental section of the English publication, “Who is Who Legal” for consecutive years between 2010 and 2015. His clients include: the Energy Ministry of the Republic of Chile, the Chilean Economic Development Agency (CORFO), the British Embassy in Chile, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), METROGAS, CMPC, MASISA, Mitsubishi (Japan), SN Power (Norway and Chile), METHANEX, PETROQUIM, IM Trust, Xstrata Copper, Cementos Bicentenario, Emiliana Vineyards, Hidrochile, among others.

LisaLevinDr. Lisa Levin, PhD
Lecture: The role of scientists—and science—in international negotiations
Dr. Levin is Distinguished Professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California, and was Director of the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation and Oliver Chair from 2011-2017.Before moving to Scripps in 1992 she was Assoc. Professor in the Dept. of Marine Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Dr. Levin is a marine ecologist who studies benthic ecosystems in the deep sea and shallow water. Together with her students Dr. Levin has worked with a broad range of taxa, from microbes and microalgae to invertebrates, fishes and whales. Her recent research has emphasized 3 major themes: (1) the structure, function and vulnerability of continental margin ecosystems, particularly those subject to oxygen and sulfide stress, ocean acidification and deoxygenation; (2) wetland biotic interactions as they mediate marsh function, invasion and restoration; and (3) larval ecology of coastal marine populations with emphasis on connectivity. The deep ocean covers over half of the planet but most of it is less well known than the surface of the moon. Dr. Levin’s deep-sea research has been conducted over the past 3 decades on the margins of the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans using ships, submersibles and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to sample and conduct experiments. She has participated in over 40 oceanographic expeditions around the world and served as Chief Scientist on about a third of these. She is the author or co-author of more than 235 scientific publications.


Ms. Rose Lesley Kautoke, Deputy Solicitor General, Attorney General’s Office. TongaRose

Ms. Rose Lesley Kautoke is a senior legal officer and holds over 8 years of experience as a Government Attorney. Ms. Kautoke has represented her country in a number of multilateral negotiations which include trade, oceans, sustainable development and climate change. She has been involved in a number of panels which include capacity building for small island developing states and climate change and the security nexus. She has worked in a number of expert groups and is a current member of the Advisory Board of the Deep Ocean Stewardship Initiative and a Governor on the International Council for Environmental Law.

At present she holds the role of Senior Legal Advisor at the Permanent Mission of Tonga to the United Nations until December 2019, advising on law of the sea processes such as biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction, sea level rise, international seabed authority, sustainable development, climate change and other priority areas for Government. In addition to this she coordinates the Tonga Fellowship on the Environment and Ocean 2019, which focuses on building the capacities of mid-level Tongan public servants. In January 2020, she will resume her role as Deputy Solicitor General with the Attorney General’s Office.