Global Energy Forum at COP28
The eighth Forum will be held in Dubai as energy and climate decision-makers converge for COP28. The Forum will take place in the COP28 Green Zone Connect Conference Center (Dec. 5) and the Palm Jumeirah (Dec. 7).
EnergySourceNov 29, 2023
How COP28 can help cities drive climate action
By Willow Fortunoff, Maia Sparkman
Centering cities as enablers of both climate adaptation and mitigation is absolutely critical. In light of this, COP28 will include, for the first time, a summit dedicated to localized efforts to curb climate change.
EnergySourceOct 16, 2023
Policy Memo: How to deepen transatlantic energy and climate cooperation at the US-EU summit
By George Frampton, Olga Khakova, Joseph Webster, Paddy Ryan, Maia Sparkman, William Tobin
With the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel visiting Washington on October 20, 2023, all eyes will be on the Rose Garden to see how the US and EU can chart a course on energy security and climate action.
Maia Sparkman is an associate director for climate diplomacy, with the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center (GEC), where she focuses on energy and climate policy. She supports the GEC’s research on energy access and energy system transformation in Africa; city-level climate action; and industrial decarbonization.
Sparkman also supports the GEC’s Women Leaders in Energy and Climate Fellowship and the execution of the Center’s global convenings, including the annual Global Energy Forum held in the United Arab Emirates. Beyond the GEC, Sparkman co-chairs the Atlantic Council’s Women Employee Resource Group to support and enhance the experience of female-identifying employees at the Council.
Prior to joining the Council, Sparkman served in the Peace Corps as a sustainable agriculture specialist in Zambia, where she worked closely with small-holder farmers and liaised with Zambia’s Ministry of Agriculture and the US Forest Service to promote climate-smart agriculture practices and diversify household nutrition.
Sparkman brings an interdisciplinary background to the energy sector from her field experience in the Peace Corps, as well as her work at the Environmental Defense Fund supporting the Climate Corps Fellowship, advising breweries in implementing emissions reductions practices, and supporting InterAction’s climate working group to mainstream climate adaptation into international development projects.
Sparkman holds a BA in environmental studies with a specialization in ecological systems from Seattle University and a MS in environmental science and policy with a concentration in climate change impacts and adaptation from Clark University.