About the event

The 25th Conference of Parties — COP25 — in Madrid, Spain marks one of the most important moments in global policy making to move the needle in the fight against dangerous climate change. What’s at stake? How will the negotiations during this global gathering unfold? What will this year’s COP mean for key issues like climate finance, ambition, resilience and adaptation, food security and national climate policy implementation?


Join Devex Managing Editor Deborah Charles and Senior Reporter Michael Igoe for a conference call as we follow the flagship climate conference’s biggest moments — and examine what this year's COP means for the future of sustainable development.

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The Speakers

Moderator

Deborah Charles

Managing Editor
Devex
Deborah Charles is a veteran foreign and White House correspondent overseeing the global news operation at Devex. She spent more than two decades with Reuters covering coups, wars and the plight of refugees across four continents. Prior to joining Devex, she consulted for the World Bank and worked as an editor at the U.S. State Department.
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Michael Igoe

Senior Reporter
Devex
Michael Igoe is a Senior Reporter with Devex, based in Washington, D.C. He covers U.S. foreign aid, global health, climate change, and development finance. Prior to joining Devex, Michael researched water management and climate change adaptation in post-Soviet Central Asia, where he also wrote for EurasiaNet. Michael earned his bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College, where he majored in Russian, and his master’s degree from the University of Montana, where he studied international conservation and development.

Sophie Edwards

Senior Reporter
Devex
Sophie Edwards is a Senior Reporter for Devex based in London covering global development news including global education, water and sanitation, innovative financing, the environment along with other topics. She has previously worked for NGOs, the World Bank and spent a number of years as a journalist for a regional newspaper in the U.K. She has an MA from the Institute of Development Studies and a BA from Cambridge University.

Leslie Koo

Nutrition Team Lead
USAID Bureau for Global Health
Leslie Koo is a Nutrition Team Lead with the USAID Bureau for Global Health. She has previous advisory experience in nutrition with Save the Children International, Concern Worldwide, and UNICEF. She received her MS in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition from Tufts University.

Paul Burford

Branch Chief
USAID Office of Acquisition and Assistance
Paul Burford serves as Branch Chief and Supervisory Contracting and Agreement Officer supporting the Bureau for Food Security and the President's Feed the Future initiative. He has over a decade of contracting and procurement experience across a number of USAID programs.
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