Agenda, New York Business Summit, May 7, 2014

oneventpageThe National Institute for Coastal and Harbor Infrastructure
May 7, 2014
New York Academy of Sciences Conference Center
7 World Trade Center
New York City, NY  


8:30- 9:00 Continental Breakfast – Graphics by Climate Central

9:00-9:15 Jon Rotenberg, NICHI Chairman, President Advanced Communications,
Former Vice President, United States Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

Shari Hyman
President & Chief Operating Officer
Battery Park City Authority

Keynote Introduction

9:15-9:45 William Golden, NICHI Executive Director

Keynote: Kristin Jacobs
Member President Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience; Co-Chair of the Presidential Task Force Sub-group on Built Systems: Transportation, Water, Energy and Facilities Infrastructure; Founding Member Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact: Broward County Commissioner

The Triple Threat: Rising Sea Levels, Extreme Storms and Aging Infrastructure: A National Perspective

Introduction: Dr. Robert Chen, Director, Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) Earth Institute Columbia University
Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig
Goddard Institute for Space Studies Senior Research Scientist, Earth Institute at Columbia University, Co-Chair Mayor Bloomberg’s Climate Change Commission, Co-Director Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN)

Mary Munson
President, Organization of Coastal States


National Security Risk and Homeland Security Risk

Introduction: William Golden, NICHI Executive Director

Brian Detter
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy and
Navy’s Task Force on Climate Change, Member Manager Jefferson Consulting Group

Commander Russ Bowman
Center for Resilient Studies, Research Institute for Homeland Security, Northeastern University

11:30 -12:30

The Risk to  Our Cities

Introduction: Paul Josephson, Partner Duane Morris, Former Chief Counsel and
Chief of Authorities to New Jersey Governor McGreevey

Shari Hyman
President & Chief Operating Officer, Battery Park City Authority

Katherine Greig
Senior Policy Advisor, NYC Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning & Sustainability

David Gilford,
Vice President, New York City Economic Development Corporation.Director, Center for Economic Transformation

12:00 – 12:30  The Risk to our Critical Infrastructure

Jeffrey Williams
Director Climate Consulting, Entergy Corporation

Luciano Villani
Department Manager Project Engineering ConEd

12:30-1:00 Lunch

National Policy: Evolving from Disaster Relief to Investment in Resilient Multi-Purpose Infrastructure

Introduction: Louis Elisa, Executive Secretary Seaport Advisory Council,
former US Representative from FEMA to NATO

Josh Sawislak, Senior Advisor
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Arjan Braamskamp, Economic Officer
Netherlands Consul General New York

Managing Resiliency Based Business Risk

Introduction: William Golden, NICHI Executive Director

Monetizing Risk: Lindene Patton, Chief Climate Officer Zurich Insurance Group

Visualizing Risk: Dan Yawitz, Climate Central Research Analyst and Multimedia Fellow

Managing Legal Risk: Paul Josephson, Partner Duane Morris

2:30-2:45 Break

Changing Priorities in the Board Room and on Main Street

Introduction: Representative James Cantwell

Rising to a Crisis:
John Rendon, Founder and CEO
The Rendon Group

Human Capital: Informing Decision Making
Dan Kreeger, Executive Director
Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO)

Mobilizing the Public
Valsin Marmillion, President and Founder,
Marmillion & Company Managing Director, America’s WETLAND Foundation.

Re-imagining Today The Coastal Cities of Tomorrow, with three Rebuild By Design finalists


The Big U
Daniel Kidd
Designer, Project Leader, Bjarke Ingels Group

Hunt’s Point Lifelines
Ellen Neisses
PennDesign, University of Pennsylvania

Coastal Commercial Resiliency Financing
William Kenworthey Partner, Cooper Robertson & Partners

Closing Remarks and Announcement

NICHI Advisory Council Working Groups
· Critical Metropolitan Infrastructure: Saving our Cities
· Creating the Institutional Capacity in Coastal Communities to Invest in Critical Infrastructure
Reception on the Nantucket Lightship HRPT Pier 25

NICHI wishes to acknowledge and thank the Co-Sponsors of the NICHI NYC Business Summit for their generosity and support: