Keynote Speakers

Padraig Dalton (Ireland)

Day 1: Conference Opening Session (9h – 10:10h)

Setting the Scene


Dr Viveka Palm (Eurostat)

Day 1: Conference Opening Session (9h – 10:10h)

Stocktaking – Lessons from the Climate statistics review and Action plan statistics for the European Green Deal.

Dr. Viveka Palm is the Director for the Department of Sectoral and Regional Statistics, Eurostat, since 2021. Earlier, she worked as Deputy Head of Department at Statistics Sweden. At the same time, she was an Adjunct Professor at KTH, the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

Dr. Palm was the co-chair of the UN Inter-Agency and Expert Group for the Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDG) between the years 2019-2021. She was also chair of the OECD working party of Environmental Information and part of its bureau between 2012-2021. She has been a member of the London group on environmental accounts since 2013, serving as an interim chair during 2020.

Jim Sheer

Jim Scheer (Head of Data and Insights SEAI, Ireland)

Day 1: Data Demands – Session 1 (10:30h – 12:15h)

Building a climate analysis system with statistics.

Jim has over 20 years’ experience working in the field of policy analysis and development related to environmental issues.

He joined SEAI in 2007 and is currently Head of Department (Data and Insights) responsible for energy statistics, energy modelling, behavioural economics and programme evaluation at SEAI. He holds a Professional Diploma in Advanced Management Performance (Smurfit Business School), MSc. Economic Policy Studies (Trinity College Dublin), BSc. Environmental Science (Flinders University, South Australia).

Jim is passionate about the potential for data and insights to accelerate climate action.

Jerry Brady

Gerry Brady (CSO, Ireland)

Day 1: Data Sources – Session 2 (13:30h – 15:15h)

“Feasible Transition” – how do we measure the citizen’s capacity to be able to respond?

Gerry is the senior statistician in Environment and Climate Division.

The Division was established in 2015 and publishes around 35 statistical releases a year covering areas such as agri-environment, energy, environment accounts, fish landings, forestry, and water consumption. The releases are compiled from a broad mixture of administrative data and a small number of surveys.

There are 12 staff in the area of which eight are statisticians.

Geir Axelsen

Geir Axelsen (Norway)

Day 2: Data Environment – Session 3 (09:00h – 10:00h)

Crowded data space. How do we coordinate across the range of actors in a collaborative and supportive manner?

Geir Axelsen has been Director General of Statistics Norway since 2018. Axelsen comes from the positions of Deputy Director General and Director of Finance and Governance at the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV). He has previously held the role of vice director in two different units in Statoil and served as Secretary of State at the Norwegian Ministry of Finance and Assistant Director General of the Norwegian Ministry of Finance.

Axelsen holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Oslo and a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.