Kite Insights in the Green Zone at COP28

The future will require solutions for living on a warming planet. Innovation born from human ingenuity will define this new era, ushering in economic opportunities and power shifts that could remake far more than our physical lives.

The scale of the green transformation will touch every aspect of our existence. Climate changes, and is changed by, everything from conflict and health to gender equality and technology. As private and public actors seek to transform systems to shape a sustainable future, they will inevitably need to address the social forces at play.

In light of an increasingly disrupted and polarised world, the temptation however might be to seek solutions outside of ourselves, and to overlook the fact we cannot transform our system without also changing the mindsets and behaviours that have created that system.

By widening our lens on climate, we can create clearer pathways for action toward the positive tipping points we all seek for people and planet.

This programme, hosted at the Kite Insights stage, will feature experts from industry, learning institutions and the public sphere along with NGO leaders and activists.

We will aim to explore the following questions among others: How can we navigate and harness these “Climate&” intersections to lead into our collective vision for a healthy future? What systems change is necessary to shape this vision? And how should we inspire, sustain and lead the change we need on a massive scale?


December 5th – DP World Majlis

10:00 - 10:10 Welcome and introduction

Introduction with Sophie Lambin

10:15 - 11:00 Climate& Systems change: toward positive tipping points

Tipping points are small changes that trigger larger, more significant changes. They can be warning signs of danger ahead or they can be signs of hope and reason for optimism. In the midst of the climate crisis, it can be difficult to identify tipping points accurately, let alone direct resources to encourage positive change and stall momentum in the wrong direction.  

As we reimagine our economic, energy, food, transportation and other systems, how can we recognise and encourage the positive tipping points needed to achieve them? In this session, we’ll explore the small changes with the potential to drive the acceleration of the green transformation and how to turn them into systems level change across cultures, societies and geographies.   

  • Tim Brown, Chair, IDEO and Vice Chair, Kyu Collective
  • Joshua Amponsem, Founder, Green Africa Youth Organization and Co-Director, Youth Climate Justice Fund
  • Moderator, Sophie Lambin, Founder and CEO, Kite Insights,

11:10 - 12:00 Climate& Energy in collaboration with DSS+

The energy transition is not happening fast enough for us to stay on a well below 20C pathway, as the parties agreed in Paris in 2015.  What are the barriers to progress in the energy transition in terms of inventing and implementing new energy systems? How do we accomplish net zero by 2050 whilst protecting health, livelihoods and well-being in a just energy transition?  

In this discussion, experts from business, society, and the public sector will explore pathways to sustainable energy models and the infrastructure investments needed to support them.  How do investors in the energy transition and infrastructure consider health, livelihoods, and wellbeing in their decisions? What are the implications and opportunities for the energy sector and the industries in their supply chains? How can stakeholders contribute to the energy transition –now – considering the associated costs, particularly within hard to abate sectors?  

  • Mark Dickson, Global Head of Energy Transition & Decarbonisation, DSS+ 
  • Mika Ohbayashi, Director, Renewable Energy Institute

1:00 – 2:00 Debate: We can upskill our way out of the climate crisis in collaboration with LinkedIn

Upskilling people on climate and the environment can be the key to greater employee agency and the decentralisation of green solutions. If its full potential were unlocked, it could accelerate a sustainable future while preparing more people for the jobs in a new economy.

But could deploying new training programmes and spotlighting ‘green’ skills be masking the absence of a fundamental mindset shift and the imagination required to act radically. Is upskilling just another box we introduce into our systems when we don’t want to think outside of it?

If you’re serious about green transformation, you can’t succeed without investing in the right human capital: empowering people with the necessary industry knowledge and tools to deploy meaningful solutions.

  • Moderator, Stephen Dunbar Johnson, President, International New York Times
  • Moderator, Sophie Lambin, Founder & CEO, Kite Insights

Dec 8th – Green Zone – Women’s Pavilion, Kite Insights & The Conduit

4:00 – 4:50 Climate& Innovation

Innovation that fundamentally reshapes how people interact with the planet is on the horizon. It many cases, it may already exist but lacks the scale needed to impact nature and the environment Often tech-enabled, these innovations transcend industry with implications for entire systems. But for innovation to fulfil its promise in climate debates, it must also apply to how humans innovate not just what they invent How might we expand the definitions of – and thus support for – effective innovation to propel us toward positive climate tipping points? 

    • Philippine de T’Serclaes, CSO, Dassault Systemes  
    • Sue Duke, Head of Global Policy, Leads LinkedIn Economic Graph   
    • Michael Okoroafor, PhD, CSO, McCormick