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COP26: challenges, goals and actions - 7 October 2021

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King's Brazil Institute and the Brazilian Association for Business Communication are delighted to present a new blended webinar, part of the debate series Brazil and the United Kingdom: Dialogues and Narratives – COP26: challenges, goals and actions.

Join experts from academia, the private sector and civil society to learn more about the challenges of building and communicating effective international cooperation to combat climate change, what the goals of COP26 should be, and how Brazilian companies are acting to meet climate-friendly standards.

The panelists are Juliane Reinecke (Professor of International Management & Sustainability at King’s Business School), Kat Thorne (Director of Sustainability at King's College London), and Cristiano Teixeira (General Director of Klabin).

Watch the speakers' short presentations at the register webpage and send in your question in advance when you make your registration.

About the speakers

Juliane Reinecke is Professor of International Management & Sustainability at King’s Business School, King’s College London. Juliane is also a Research Fellow at Cambridge Judge Business School, Fellow at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, and a recipient of a British Academy Fellowship award for her project ‘From Unilateral to Collective Action: Collaborating for Worker Safety in Global Supply Chains’. Juliane’s research draws on insights from organization theory, political philosophy, and process studies to explore how transnational governance institutions emerge and evolve as a result of the interactions of multiple stakeholders to promote more just and sustainable forms of globalisation. Moreover, Juliane is the main investigator in the United Kingdom for a major pan-European research project, led by Copenhagen Business School, on green transition and innovation for a zero carbon future.

Kat Thorne is Director of Sustainability at King's College London. She is responsible for King’s sustainability strategy, and for the design and implementation of policies that align the university with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. In 2021, King’s was recognised by Times Higher Education Impact Rankings as one of the top 20 universities in the world for SDG 13 – Climate Action. Also, Kat Thorne leads King’s Climate Action Network, which has as its main target to make the university net zero in carbon emissions by 2025, and as part of the plan to meet this target she announced early this year that King’s had fully divested from all fossil fuels. Finally, Kat Thorne is King’s representative at the COP26 Universities Network.

Cristiano Teixeira is General Director of Klabin. He has over 30 years of professional experience in different sectors, such as pulp and paper, forestry, metallurgy, ceramics and oil and gas. He worked at Sumitomo Corporation, Ripasa, Sony, Duratex and San Antonio. His career was built on positions in the commercial, logistics, operational planning and projects areas. At Klabin, he started his career in 2011 as Supply Chain Director. He was also Executive Director of the Corrugated Cardboard, Industrial Bags, Sackraft Paper and Containerboard Divisions; and Executive Director of Conversions and Paper Sales. Since April 2017, he has been the Company’s General Director. Cristiano has a degree in Foreign Trade from Universidade Paulista, an MBA in International Trade from FIA and a Master’s in Logistics from Ecole Supérieure des Affaires (France). He is the Climate Ambassador of the United Nations Global Compact Network Brazil and a part of the Business Leaders group at COP26 – United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change. Cristiano was elected the “International CEO of the Year” in 2021 by Fastmarkets RISI and appears on Época Negócios’ list of personalities committed to the future of the planet.


Vinicius de Carvalho is Vice-Dean International at the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy and Director of King’s Brazil Institute both at King’s College London. Vinicius is also Reader at the Department of War Studies at King’s. Vinicius has played an active role contributing to the field of Brazilian studies, founding and editing ‘Brasiliana – Journal for Brazilian Studies’ and as Editor of the ‘Anthem Brazilian Studies Series’. His research and publications on the epistemology of Brazilian Studies are a reference within the field, covering a diverse range of areas including literature, music, religion, history, international relations and defence and security. In the fields of defence and security, Vinicius specializes in Latin American and Brazilian Armed Forces, with reference to historical and contemporary issues.

Sebastián Ronderos is a researcher at the Centre of Ideology and Discourse Analysis (cIDA) in the Department of Government of the University of Essex. His core research interests revolve around Latin American and European politics, violent and peaceful resistance processes, populism, democracy and ideology. Through individual and collaborative research projects, Sebastián explores ways post-structuralist discourse theory and psychoanalysis can generate critical insights in relation to collective action processes, democratic practices, normative constructions, discourses about populism and democracy, as well as social science research strategies.

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