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Oct 11, 2022

Your expert guide to China’s 20th Party Congress

By Atlantic Council experts

The once-in-five-years event is slated not only to further cement Xi Jinping's rule but also to have impact on a number of policy areas, from China's economy to its relationship with the Global South.

China Climate Change & Climate Action

Event Recap

Dec 9, 2020

Event Recap | AgriTechAction 2020

By Borja Prado, Claire Branley

On Tuesday, November 17 the GeoTech Center hosted AgriTechAction 2020, a three-day conference that explored the relationship between agriculture and technology, with the goal for future solutions to food security challenges to be accessible and sustainable for all. In the conference, experts and leaders in agriculture, technology, and national security came together to discuss and help guide the further deployment of data and technology in agriculture; specifically in food production, processing, distribution, security, efficiency, and sustainability

Climate Change & Climate Action Inclusive Growth

Event Recap

Oct 14, 2020

Event recap | Climate, tech, and security: Achieving greater power collaboration

By GeoTech Center

On Wednesday, October 14, the GeoTech Center convenes experts to discuss new technology opportunities regarding climate change and national security. What can we turn to or develop to help bring about the required changes in human behavior and consumption, and how can great powers around the world collaborate to create that change?

Climate Change & Climate Action Security & Defense

Thammy Evans is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center. She’s spent the last twenty years of her career in security sector governance, and ten years in sustainability and ecological security, alongside a full career as a reservist in the UK armed forces, where she spent the 23/24 academic year as a member of the Global Strategy Programme of the UK’s Royal College of Defence Studies. She is a senior research associate at the Climate Change (In)Security Project, and chair of the ethics board of the Future Forces Prize.

Spanning a broad career in security, climate, and public information, Evans has worked in government, NGO, and the private sector. She was deputy head of the International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT) of the Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance and Reform (DCAF), working closely with the United Nations and the African Union. She was political advisor to the senior military representative of NATO HQ Skopje as North Macedonia undertook deep reforms to join NATO and the EU. She worked for the Rocky Mountain Institute in Colorado on vehicle light-weighting, conducting business development in China, and looking at resource and environmental impacts and solutions. As an officer in the British Army, Evans worked for the UK Ministry of Defence on vision and strategy development, non-lethal operational approaches, partner capacity building, countering disinformation, and on Balkans, African, Asian, and climate security. Her early career provided a foundation in public relations and international qualitative market research in the private and public sector, as well as business development harnessing systems thinking and resource efficiency.

Evans has published widely, mostly highlighting the intersectionality of areas ranging from ecocide, to gendered inclusivity in security, earth systems predictability, the ethics of non-lethal defense, and measuring conflict prevention. Her latest book chapter is “Ecological Security: The New Military Operational Priority for Humanitarian and Disaster Response” co-authored with Gary Lewis, former Regional Director of UNEP, in the book Climate Change, Conflict and (In)Security: Hot War, published by Routledge.

With a Master of Science in international political science, economics and law from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, she also has a bachelor’s degree in Chinese and German. She speaks passable French, deteriorating Croatian, and some ancestral Welsh. She’s accumulated experience and qualifications in executive education, strategic management and in monitoring & evaluation.