• Cristina Tirado
    Cristina Tirado
    UCLA Institute of Environment and Sustainability, Adjunct Professor

    Dr. Tirado works at the interface between science and policy related to climate change, health, food and sustainable development with the University, WHO, UNEP, UNFCCC, governments, and NGOs worldwide. She has served as WHO Regional Adviser in Europe and in Latin America, Scientist at the WHO Surveillance Program at the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment in Berlin, Director of the PHI’s Center for Climate and Health in Oakland and adjunct professor at the UCLA School of Public Health, and is member of the UNFCCC Research constituency and adviser on Climate and Health for several UN organizations.

  • Debra Boudreaux
    Debra Boudreaux
    Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, Chief Executive Officer

    Debra Boudreaux, CEO of Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation USA. As a senior volunteer with the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, Debra has more than 30 years of experience working on major projects related to charity, medical care, education, and humanitarian aid. Debra was previously the CEO of Tzu Chi Medical Foundation. She leads Buddhist and Catholic interfaith dialogues and also serves as the co-chair of Multi-faith Advisory Council with the UN Interagency Task force for Religion and Sustainable Development.

  • Harjeet Singh
    Harjeet Singh
    Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty, Global Partnerships Director

    Harjeet is a global expert on the issues of climate impacts, migration and adaptation and has been supporting countries across the world on tackling climate change. He is also Senior Advisor – Climate Impacts at Climate Action Network – International (CAN-I). Until recently, he has led ActionAid International’s climate change work globally.

  • Youssef Nassef
    Youssef Nassef
    UNFCCC, Director of the Adaptation Programme

    Youssef Nassef is the Director of the Adaptation Programme at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). He has led the adaptation workstreams under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change since their inception. He possesses over 30 years of experience in diplomacy and international environmental policy and is a seconded diplomat from the Egyptian Foreign Service. He holds a Doctoral degree in International Technology Policy and Management and a Master’s degree in International Environmental Policy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.


Dec 10 2023


10:30 am - 11:30 am

Ethical Development Pathways for Climate Resilient Food Systems – Tzu Chi Foundation USA

Recognizing the need for a whole of society approach to address an equitable and just transition towards localized and climate resilient food systems, and the critical role that behavior change plays in this process, this session will bring together aspirational and inspirational game changing solutions, uniting faith and spiritual voices, in order to provide insights and narratives based on ethical development pathways for climate resilient food systems.