Virtual Island Summit: Grand Opening – Eastern Hemisphere

Virtual Island Summit 2020


September 7, 2020
11:00pm to 11:59pm
Virtual Presentation


The Virtual Island Summit (September 7-13, 2020) is a free and entirely online event designed to connect global islands to share their common experiences through a digital platform. Join islanders from around the world to share ideas, good practices and solutions.  The Grand Opening sessions will set the tone for the Virtual Island Summit 2020, featuring a series of keynote addresses from island leaders. The sessions will include discussions on how these islands are implementing the Sustainable Development Goals to meet the needs of future generations, the impact of the global pandemic, and a look at how island communities are responding to a wide range of challenges.

For this Grand Opening – Eastern Hemisphere session, Former Science Envoy for the US Department of State, and BIDS Faculty Affiliate Dan Kammen will moderate a discussion featuring these distinguished speakers:

  • The Honourable Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister, Fiji
  • The Honourable Lourdes “Lou” A. Leon Guerrero, Governor of Guam
  • The Honourable Enele Sopoaga, Former Prime Minister of Tuvalu and Current Leader of Opposition
  • His Excellency David W. Panuelo, President of the Federated States of Micronesia


Daniel Kammen

Professor and Chair, Energy and Resources Group

Daniel Kammen is professor and chair of the Energy Resources Group at UC Berkeley, a professor in Goldman School of Public Policy, where he directs the Center for Environmental Policy, and a professor in the department of Nuclear Engineering. He is the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL). He is an expert on energy systems and the science and policy behind climate solutions.  He has a BA in Physics from Cornell University, and Masters and PhD degrees in Physics from Harvard. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and has served on numerous National Academy of Sciences, Environmental Protection Agency, and Department of Energy committees and advisory panels. Kammen has served as a contributing or coordinating lead author on various reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since 1999, and shared the IPCC's 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Frank Bainimarama

Prime Minister, Fiji

Lourdes “Lou” A. Leon Guerrero

Governor of Guam

Enele Sopoaga

Former Prime Minister of Tuvalu and Current Leader of Opposition

David W. Panuelo

President of the Federated States of Micronesia