Emily Cracknell has worked as a sustainability advisor, researcher and analyst focused on climate change risk and adaptation for over 20 years. She has spent her career working with prominent corporates, governments and international organisations including the UN Environment Programme and the International Union for Conservative of Nature. Since 2019, her research has exclusively focused on the science and economics of the Climate Emergency and how this impacts, and is impacted by, the global economy. Working with sustainability commentator, advisor and author Paul Gilding, Emily has developed the website ClimateEmergency.com along with discussion papers Climate Emergency Defined, Climate Contagion and Why I Welcome a Climate Emergency.

Dr Amanda Thomas is a lecturer in Environmental Studies at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington. Her research and teaching focuses on environment and social justice, and how to cultivate good, just futures. She is also on the editorial board of Counterfutures, a researcher with Economic and Social Research Aotearoa, and a member of the organising committee for the upcoming Social Movements, Resistance & Social Change Conference

Professor Ilan Noy is the inaugural Chair in the Economics of Disasters and Climate Change, established in July 2013 at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington. The focus of the Chair is on the research and application of economics to the management of natural hazards, disasters, and climate change.