Adam Koniuszewski is an award-winning Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant (CA/CPA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and currently the Executive Director (Chief Operating Officer) of Green Cross International (GCI), the environmental NGO Mikhail Gorbachev founded to address the interconnected challenges of security, development and the environment. Adam earned his Business
degrees at Concordia University and embarked on an international business career (North America, Europe, North Africa) that covered a wide range of areas including finance, strategy and business development, planning and risk management, corporate affairs and lobbying. While in the business sector Adam developed a close cooperation with civil society organizations and encouraged the development of humanitarian initiatives earning him honours including the “Honoris Gratia Medal” from the President of the City of Krakow (Poland) in recognition for his engagement with the Red Cross and the “Key Opening All Doors” from the Siemacha Association (helping disadvantaged youth in Poland). Adam has now joined civil society movement where he is focused on advancing sustainable development with a particular emphasis on the business sector. At GCI, Adam is responsible for the strategic direction of the organization, the coordination of the international programmes and the daily affairs of the Geneva Secretariat with its global network of offices in more than 30 countries. He manages relations with the United Nations, international organizations, academia and the business community. Adam is also the project leader of the Climate Change Task Force of Mikhail Gorbachev and a Board Member as well as Treasurer of Green
Cross France & Territories, chaired by Jean-Michel Cousteau. He advises several organizations and supports numerous sustainable development initiatives.
Brendan Bromwich is a Senior Associate of UNEP’s Environmental Cooperation for peacebuilding programme until recently was UNEP’s Programme Coordinator in Sudan. He specialised in water and environmental governance for conflict mitigation. He moved to Sudan in 2004 and worked on rural water and sanitation programming and on community peacebuilding. Seeing the need for an environmental dimension to the wider humanitarian response he under took a programme of research and advocacy on the impact of the conflict and displacement on natural resources in Darfur. He joined UNEP in 2007 to set up a programme to support Sudanese efforts to rebuild and reform environmental governance to reduce conflict over natural resources. (see http://www.unep.org/sudan). Prior to working in Sudan he worked on water supplyand waste water planning and design in the UK, China, Uzbekistan, Oman, UAE, and Ireland.
Christopher Briggs was appointed Secretary General to the Ramsar Convention in April 2013. His interest and involvement in wetlands began while he was working for county wildlife trusts in England after completing his doctorate in Marine Biology from the University of Liverpool and a BSc degree in Zoology from the University of Exeter. Christopher has had a long career in sustainable development with a focus on water and land management, climate change, biosafety, biodiversity and ecosystem services.
Among other roles, he joined the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 1999 as Coordinator of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia environment team to manage Global Environment Facility (GEF) projects in Biodiversity and International Waters. In 2001, he joined the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to help build capacity in developing countries on genetically modified organisms. He led the UNEP-GEF Biosafety Unit for six years, providing support to over 130 developing countries and increasing the reach and greater understanding of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Prior to joining the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, Christopher Briggs was based in Panama as UNDP regional team leader for the Latin American and Caribbean region. The portfolio of projects included many based in Ramsar Sites. They covered all aspects of land management, including coastal and inland wetlands, and were designed to achieve long term financial support for the continuous supply of ecosystem services and biodiversity in the region.
Cyrie Sendashonga is Global Director of IUCN’s Policy and Programme Group. She is a biologist by training, holder of a Master of Sciences and PhD degrees in Zoology from the Free University of Brussels (Belgium).
Cyrie’s career has focused on natural resources management, encompassing both research and development perspectives.
She has previously worked at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi where she was responsible for biodiversity and biotechnology issues in the framework of the programme to support the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). In 1998, she moved to Montreal, Canada, to head the Biosafety Programme at the Secretariat of the CBD. In that capacity, she coordinated the final round of the negotiation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and its subsequent implementation. In 2006, Cyrie joined CIFOR (Center for International Forestry Research) as Regional Coordinator for the Central Africa Regional Office based in Yaounde, Cameroon. She joined IUCN in September 2010.
Cyrie is the author and co-author of many publications on environmental issues and she is a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science. She has also served on a number of prestigious international scientific panels, committees and initiatives.
Daniel Desire Ouedraogo
Daniel Désiré Ouedraogo of Burkina Faso is an Engineer of Water and Forest training with 17 years of professional experience in rural development. He specializes on local development issues and is an expert in local governance of forest resources. He worked 10 years with the Austrian Development organisation Burkina Faso, in the field of natural resource management, local development, first as Chief of natural Resources Management and Coordinator of the Regional Programme for Local development. Since 2007 he is responsible for natural resource management program at the British international NGO TREE AID.
Daniel Désiré Ouedraogo est burkinabè et est un Ingénieur des Eaux et Forêt de formation avec 17 ans d’expériences professionnelles dans le développement rural. Il est spécialisé sur les questions de développement local et est expert en gouvernance locale des ressources forestières.. Il a travaillé 10 ans avec la coopération autrichienne au Burkina Faso, dans le domaine de la gestion des ressources naturelles, le développement local, d’abord en qualité de Chef de cellule gestion des ressources naturelles, puis Coordonnateur du programme régional de développement local. Depuis 2007 il est à l’ONG internationale britannique TREE AID en tant que chargé de programme gestion des ressources naturelles.
Edward Peters has worked with Initiatives of Change for over 40 years, in some 40 countries. He was responsible for formal training programmes for young people from 1981-83 and 1995-2000. He was a commissioning editor & monthly columnist of For A Change magazine from 1990-96. From 1993-98 he served as international co-ordinator of Foundations for Freedom, a programme of courses aimed at strengthening democracy in Eastern Europe. He was Chair of the national Clean Slate Campaign – a millennium initiative in the UK in 1999. From 2002-2008 he managed the global internet work of Initiatives of Change.
From 2009-2010 he assisted Rajmohan Gandhi during his Presidency of IofC International, including organising the ‘Voyage of Dialogue and Discovery’ which took the Gandhis to 15 countries in the first half of 2010. Edward’s wife is Swedish, they have two grown-up children, and live on the west coast of Sweden. Edward has been Executive Vice President since October 2010.
Hannes Etter is responsible for the scientific coordination within the ELD-network, which includes a broad range of case studies and partners from different institutions. Previous to his life in the ELD-Initiative, Hannes supported the Institute for Environmental and Human Security of the United Nations University, focusing on food security and rural development in West Africa.
Hannes hold a Diploma in Geography. Throughout his studies, he obtained working experience in southern Africa as well as South East Asia with a strong focus on rural development and community land use management and planning.
Dr. Herren background is in agriculture and food systems; ecologically, socially and economically sustainable development. His experience covers research, capacity development and management of international research organizations such as IITA; ICIPE; Millennium Institute (MI). MI’s activities empower Government and Civil Society with modeling tools and knowledge to inform integrated national, regional and global sustainable development policies and contribute effectively to sustainable and equitable development. He is Founder/President of the Biovision Foundation and was Co-Chair of the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD). He is a member of NAS and TWAS and the recipient of among others, the World Food Prize, the Tyler Prize and the Right livelihood Award (Alternative Nobel Prize).
Secretary General of the Club of Rome
Ian Johnson has over thirty years experience in economic development. He spent twenty-six years at the World Bank, starting as an energy economist and financial analyst and working through increasing levels of responsibility was, for his last eight years, Vice President for Sustainable Development and, for five years, also Chairman of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Prior to joining the World Bank, he was an economist with the British Government and he spent five years in Bangladesh working with the United Nations and a non-government organization. Since leaving the World Bank Ian Johnson has been an advisor to the government of Chile, a member of the Swedish Commission on Climate Change, senior advisor to GLOBE and chair of its Ecosystems Services Panel, as well as consultant to a number of international organizations. In 2010 Ian Johnson was appointed Secretary General of the Club of Rome.
Ian Johnson is married with two children. He is an economist who has studied economics at the universities of Wales, Sussex and Harvard and business studies at Harvard.
Dr. Ignacio Campino was responsible in various managerial positions for environmental protection, sustainability and climate protection for over 17 years at Deutsche Telekom. His last position was Board Representative for Sustainability and Climate Protection. He is an internationally-recognized and exceptionally well-connected expert on climate change. He studied Agricultural Science in Chile and received his PhD and habilitation in Germany with a particular focus in ecology.
Prof. Rhyner joined the United Nations University in 2010. He holds a PhD in theoretical physics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich (part of his PhD was done in 1986 during a stay at the L.D. Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics in Moscow, former Soviet Union). He is a professor at the Agricultural Faculty of the University of Bonn.
Starting 1988, he spent 13 years in industrial research (ABB Ltd). Among his main research topics were the application of superconductivity in electric networks and high voltage technologies for energy transmission.
The time at ABB was interrupted by a one year stay at the Department of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with research on superconductivity and quantum mechanics of mesoscopic systems, and by stays in an ABB factory in Sweden as a consulting engineer.
In 2001, he joined the Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research (SLF) Davos, belonging to the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape (WSL), which itself is a part of the ETH domain. At SLF, he was the head of the Division Avalanche Warning and Risk Management, responsible for the Swiss avalanche warning system, including forecast, measurement networks, education and training, process research and the development of risk management methodologies. Since 2005 he initiated the extension of the avalanche forecast and warning systems to alpine hydrological hazards. From 2006 he was the Head of SLF, and simultaneously a member of the Directorate of WSL.
He has been active in numerous professional organizations and boards, such as the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Swiss Expert Commission for Avalanches and Rockfall, the Group of European Avalanche Warning Systems or the German Committee for Disaster Reduction. In the FP research programmes of the European Commission he was active as a project coordinator and in programme evaluation committees. He is a member of the Transition Team for the Decade Initiative “Future Earth – Research for Global Sustainability”.
Professor Rhyner is Director of the Institute as well as Vice Rector in Europe of the United Nations University.
Jamie Shea is NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges. He has been working with NATO since 1980. Positions included Director of Policy Planning in the Private Office of the Secretary General, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for External Relations, Public Diplomacy Division, Director of Information and Press, Spokesman of NATO and Deputy Director of Information and Press, Deputy Head and Senior Planning Officer at the Policy Planning and Multilateral Affairs Section of the Political Directorate as well as Assistant to the Secretary General of NATO for Special Projects. Jamie Shea is involved with several prominent academic institutions and acts amongst others as professor of the Collège d’Europe, Bruges, Visiting Lecturer in the Practice of Diplomacy, University of Sussex, Associate Professor of International Relations at the American University, Washington DC, where he also holds the position of Director of the Brussels Overseas Study Programme, and lectures at the Brussels School of International Studies at the University of Kent. He also is a regular lecturer and conference speaker on NATO and European security affairs and on public diplomacy and political communication and lobbying. He holds a D.Phil. in Modern History from Oxford University (Lincoln College), 1981. Amongst his many associations and memberships, Jamie Shea is Member of the Advisory Board, Security and Defence Programmes at Chatham House, Member of the Policy Council at the World Economic Forum in Geneva and Founder and Member of the Board, Security and Defence Agenda Brussels.
Joseph Karanja, a Kenyan lawyer and long-time Initiatives of Change volunteer from Eldoret, has been deeply involved with the Clean Election Campaign in Kenya. The aim of the CEC is to encourage people to shun violence and corruption, and encourage them to stand for office. Joseph speaks about the courage and commitment necessary to keep moving despite immense challenges, and the time it takes to create a shift in society towards just governance.
Juan Gonzalez – Valero
As the head of Public Policy and Partnerships at Syngenta, Juan develops and implements the company’s corporate public policy agenda. In this role, he envisions Syngenta going beyond corporate responsibility to the next level of building meaningful private-public partnerships and helping shape key global policy debates. He directs the corporate responsibility and sustainability agenda.
Since 2011 he serves on the Board of Directors of the Fair Labor Association, where he has been shaping the FLA agriculture chamber since 2005. Before that, he served on the Board of Directors of the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.
Juan is with Syngenta since 2001 where he has lead Sustainable Use, Stewardship and Ecology functions. Prior to Syngenta, he has held several leadership positions in Environmental Sciences and Risk Assessment across Europe and the USA. He received his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Hamburg in 1990, where his research focused on environmental toxicology.
Julia Marton-Lefèvre is Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization which brings together states, government institutions, non-governmental organizations, scientists and experts around a unique worldwide partnership.
Prior to this position, she was Rector of the University for Peace, Executive Director of LEAD International and Executive Director of The International Council for Science. She is a member of several boards, including the UN Global Compact, the Geneva-based Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, and Oxford University’s James Martin School. She is a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science and a member of the World Future Council. Ms. Marton-Lefèvre has co-authored numerous books and papers. She is a recipient of the AAAS Award for International Cooperation in Science, Chevalier de l’Ordre national de la Légion d’Honneur (France), Chevalier dans l’Ordre de Saint-Charles (Monaco) and the ProNatura award (Hungary). Born in Hungary, Ms. Marton-Lefèvre studied history, ecology and environmental planning in the US and in France.
On 29 June 2009, Ambassador Laura Thompson was elected Deputy Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). She assumed her post on 1 September 2009.
Ambassador Thompson was formerly the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva, Switzerland. She is a Costa Rican national with experience in multilateral international negotiations.
As Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva, Ms. Thompson had leadership responsibility for key governing bodies of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (2007-2009) and the International Organization for Migration (1996-1998), enhancing her understanding of humanitarian assistance issues. Ambassador Thompson also acted as chair of governing bodies of the United Nations Compensation Commission, the World Intellectual Property Organization and the International Labour Organization.
Prior to this, Ms. Thompson was First Secretary (1994-1996) and then Counsellor (1996-1998) at the Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva. She also served as Cultural Attaché of the Delegation of Costa Rica to UNESCO in Paris during all of 1989.
In addition to her diplomatic experience, Ms. Thompson held various posts as Legal Counsel for International Organizations in Geneva, including the United Nations Compensation Commission (1998-2004) and the Secretariat of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal (2004-2007), experiences that equipped her with indepth understanding of the functioning of International Organizations. Between 1991 and 1992, Ms. Thompson was Partner in a law firm in Athens, Greece.
Ambassador Thompson holds a Masters degree in International Relations, specialising in international law, from the Institut Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationales (Geneva, Switzerland). She also holds a Bachelors degree in law from the University of Costa Rica.
In addition to Spanish, her mother tongue, Ambassador Thompson is fluent in English, French and Greek, and has a basic knowledge of Italian and Portuguese.
Leon has a deep knowledge of remittances and in particular, how they work; the development potential of them, regulatory issues across multiple markets; the existing product offerings in the market; the challenges and opportunities in send and receive markets as well as consumer needs. Prior to establishing DMA, he worked for 15 years at a senior level for a number of international money transfer companies including MoneyGram, Travelex, Thomas Cook and Coinstar. At these companies he was very involved in developing the strategic direction of the businesses and was responsible for new product development as well as outreach strategies for increasing market share. Leon continually liaises with international regulators, donor agencies technology companies, consumers, and all stakeholders with an interest in the remittance market.
Louise Baker joined the UNCCD Secretariat in mid-2011. She is the Coordinator of Policy and External Relations for the secretariat. Originally from the United Kingdom, Louise brings more than 18 years of global experience working on policy, advocacy, business and stakeholder engagement and resource mobilization. Previous assignments include work with the European Parliament and World Health Organization. She has lived and worked in Central and Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia. She currently resides in Bonn, Germany.
Luc Gnacadja is the former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).
Born in Benin, Mr. Gnacadja is an architect by profession, having graduated from the African School of Architecture and Urbanism in Lome. He was also the successful CEO of a consultancy firm and an accomplished manager, honing his skills at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and the World Bank Training Institute.
Before taking up his position as UNCCD Executive Secretary, Mr. Gnacadja served as Minister of Environment, Housing and Urban Development of Benin from 1999 to 2005. He gained first-hand knowledge of the UNCCD process over a number of years in his capacity as Head of Delegation to the Conference of the Parties to the UNCCD.
Mr. Gnacadja was also Head of Delegation to the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Convention on Biological Diversity. His pronounced leadership qualities enabled him at the national level to initiate and build synergies between the Rio Conventions, in conjunction with the National Commission on Sustainable Development.
He has served as Chairman of several international ministerial Conferences, meetings and workshops related to the environment, urban and regional development, and sustainable development, including the African Ministers Conference on Environment and the Commission on Sustainable Development.
In March 2003 Mr. Gnacadja was honoured with the “2002 Green Award” in Washington by the World Bank.
Mark Schauer is the Coordinator for the initiative “Economics of Land Degradation-ELD” at GIZ, responsible for the overall coordination of the ELD project. Before Mark joined ELD, he worked for the United Nations Environment Programme as the Head of the Central Office of TEEB and the Division for International Nature Conservation of the German Federal Ministry for Environment (BMU) as a coordinator for projects which linked economic and ecologic issues.
Mark holds a Master Degree in Forestry Management. After his graduation and working for the State Forestry Department of the state of Northrhine-Westfalia, he worked in southern Africa and southern Asia on natural resource management and nature conservation, focusing on this issue’s interconnectedness with economics, poverty alleviation and institutional support programs.
Ambassador Dr. Martin Frick is the Chair of the Steering Group for Initiatives for Land, Lives and Peace. Martin is also the representative of Germany to the International Organisations based in Germany, including the Secretariats of the UN convention to combat climate change, UNFCCC, and the UN Convention to Combat desertification, UNCCD. He was E3G’s Programme Leader for Climate Diplomacy from November 2010 to June 2012.
Martin has been a German diplomat since 1996. He served as the German representative for human rights and humanitarian affairs at the United Nations General Assembly from 2005 to 2007. In 2007, during the German EU presidency, Martin negotiated on behalf of the European Union key elements of the UN Human Rights Council, including the Universal Periodic Review. He also negotiated resolutions on the Right to Development and on the human rights situation in Darfur.
Prior to his work in New York, Martin served as Consul and as Deputy Ambassador in Albania from 1999-2002. From 2002-2005 he was the Cabinet Affairs Advisor to German Federal Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer. Between 2007-2010 he was Deputy CEO/Director of the Global Humanitarian Forum, a Geneva based foundation set up by former UN-Secretary General Kofi Annan. From the early days of this foundation Martin formed the content and strategic orientation of the Forum’s work.
Martin has a PhD in Law from Regensburg University, and a diploma in International Relations from SciencePo Strasbourg, France. He is a senior fellow at Demos, New York.
Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), has over 30 years’ experience in sustainable development, international diplomacy, governance and finance. From 2006 to 2012, she was Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and World Bank Vice President. Prior to that she was a UNEP director, preceding which she oversaw diverse functions in the French Aid system, ranging from aid evaluation to serving as Executive Director of Agence Française de Dévéloppement. She played a key role in the 1992 Rio Earth Summit finance negotiations and GEF’s creation thereafter.
Peter Van der Auweraert
Peter Van der Auweraert works as Head of the Reparations and Land Unit at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Geneva, Switzerland. He has worked on land and transitional justice issues in, amongst other countries, Burundi, Colombia, East-Timor and Iraq. Currently, he is engaged in a United Nations sponsored peace mediation effort on land issues in Kirkuk, Iraq. Prior to his current post, Peter Van der Auweraert was Executive Director of Avocats Sans Frontières, an international NGO working on access to justice issues in post-conflict and transitional countries in Africa, the Middle East and South-East Asia. From 1999-2006, he also held a Visiting Lectureship in International Criminal and Public Law at the University of Turku in Finland. Peter Van der Auweraert earned an LLM in International Law from the University of London (United Kingdom) and a first degree in law from the University of Antwerp (Belgium). He is currently working on a handbook on integrating and managing land issues in peace negotiations for the US Institute of Peace.
Dr Philip Goodwin has been Chief Executive of TREE AID since June 2010. Philip previously spent 11 years with the British Council where in his last role he was in charge of Global Programmes. He had previously been Regional Director for both sub Saharan and East and West African operations based in Nairobi, Kenya as well as holding leadership positions for them in Belgium, Pakistan and Uganda.
Before joining the British Council, Philip was a researcher on poverty issues at the Overseas Development Institute and a community development worker in Mali, West Africa.
Philip has a PhD and MSc in environmental policy and a degree in agricultural economics. He is co-author of the leadership book “From Hippos to Gazelles: How Leaders Create Leaders” with the leadership consultant Tony Page. He is on the Africa Advisory Council for The World Monument Fund.
Since leaving Ericsson in 2002, Stephen has been working on developing ways for organisations to lead sustainable development. Starting with addressing resource shortages as limits to growth, he went on to work with envisioning techniques to develop ideas for sustainability and then to practical instruments, from city walking maps to flexible pollutant fees.
Stephen was one of the founders of the Transition movement in Sweden, an original member of the Humanitarian Water and Food management team, and the co-founder of the Swedish Eco-village Änggärdet.
As Applications Manager for the Water and Food Award, Stephen has handled hundreds of applications from leading edge initiatives, and navigated them through the selection committee procedures to find Finalists and Winners.
Stephen is a fellow of the Institute of Swedish Safety and Security (ISSS.se) and serves on the boards of JAK bank and the Swedish Sustainable Economy Foundation. He runs a consultancy based in Stockholm, Sweden. To read more about Stephen and his book “inventing for the Sustainable Planet” visit Stephenhinton.org.
Expertise: forest landscape restoration, community-based natural resource management, tropical forest conservation and management, ecosystem management and rural livelihoods. Stewart Maginnis is the Global Director of the Nature-based Solutions Group, with overall responsibility for IUCN’s work on Ecosystem Management, Forests, Water, Marine & Polar, Gender, Social Policy, Economics and Business & Biodiversity. He is also the Secretariat focal point for the Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP). He has 30 years of broad experience in the area of natural resource management, biodiversity conservation and sustainable development, including 15 years full-time field work in Tanzania, Sudan, Ghana and Costa Rica. More recently he has worked extensively in national and international natural resource and climate change policy arenas. During the past 12 years he has been a recognized leader in the conceptual development and promotion of “forest landscape restoration” (FLR), an approach which has now been adopted by many national and international polices and initiatives, including the Bonn Challenge to restore 150 million hectares of impoverished and degraded landscapes over the forthcoming decade An agriculturalist by training, he also holds a M.Sc. in Forestry and Land Use from the University of Oxford and has been a study fellow at the University of Manchester. He has a keen interest in the linkage between natural resource management and livelihood security of the rural poor, the practical application of ecosystem or landscapes approaches and the role of civil society & local communities in natural resource governance and accountability arrangements.
Civil Engineer, EPFL level
Vessela Monta graduated the High Institute for Architecture and Civil Engineering in Sofia, Bulgaria. She acquired a long experience working as civil engineer in Bulgaria, Ethiopia and Switzerland.
In 2002, after accomplishing post-graduate studies on Project Management, she became a co-founding member of the International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance (IRHA). Since then, she is involved in the entire activity of the organization: project management, knowledge exchange and training courses, awareness raising, networking and advocacy. In 2006, she became IRHA’s Executive Director.
Ms. Monta is the author of the “Blue Schools” programme and of a number of articles in the field of Rainwater Harvesting.
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Violaine Berger leads the Ecosystems & Landscape Cluster of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a global coalition of some 200 companies focusing on sustainable development. Among other responsibilities, she leads projects aiming to scale up business investments in natural infrastructure and in restoration of degraded land, as well as an initiative aiming to reduce food loss and waste across the agricultural value chain. She represents the WBCSD in the WRI-led “Food Loss and Waste Protocol” initiative.
She previously led the development and roll out of Business Ecosystems Training (BET), a capacity building program that aims to equip business with the skills they need to better measure, manage and mitigate their ecosystem impacts and dependencies. She is also coordinated the WBCSD’s Water Project work on the value of water, which recent developments include a Business Guide to Water Valuation.
William Dar took the helm at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in January 2000. He has a long and distinguished career as an educationalist, agricultural scientist, administrator, and humanitarian in his native Philippines and internationally, specifically in the Asia-Pacific region and sub-Saharan Africa.
William chaired the Committee on Science and Technology of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification from 2007 to 2009, and has also been a member of the UN Millennium Task Force on Hunger. He served as vice president at Benguet State University and director of the Bureau of Agricultural Research, Philippines Department of Agriculture. In 1994, he became executive director of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources Research and Development, and in 1998, he was appointed Secretary of the Department of Agriculture. In 1999, he was appointed Presidential Advisor on Rural Development in the Philippines, where he turned around national food production. He served in this capacity until joining ICRISAT.
William has BSc and MSc degrees in agricultural education and agronomy from Benguet State University, and a PhD in horticulture from the University of the Philippines, Los Banos.
Ryu Kum Ran
Ryu Kum Ran works as coordinator for PIINTEC (Pyongyang International Information Center for New Technology and Economy) in North Korea and has been working there in various functions since 2005. She graduated in 2005 from the Pyongyang Foreign Language University and was the main coordinator for the Mt. Paektu Project. She subsequently worked in volcanology, seismology, forest and landscape restoration, wetland conservation as well as biosphere reserve conservation and restoration based on local community projects.
Ry Kyong Sim
Ry Kyong Sim is an ecological expert and researcher from the Environment and Development Center at the Ministry of Land and Environment Protection in Pyongyang, North Korea. She has been involved with the Ministry since 1995 in various positions, for being on the workshop organizing committee, for her work on the environmental economic training in China and is also Director of the Environment Information Center.
Rhamis Kent is a consultant with formal training in mechanical engineering (University of Delaware, B.S.M.E. ’95) and permaculture-based regenerative whole systems design (serving as a registered certified Permaculture Design instructor with PRI Australia). He also serves as a co-director of the USA branch of the Permaculture Research Institute. Rhamis has previously worked for the renowned American inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen at DEKA Research & Development, with subsequent engineering work ranging from medical device research and development to aerospace oriented mechanical design. After taking an interest in the design science of Permaculture, he sought extended training with permaculture expert and educator Geoff Lawton at the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia. This led to his involvement with design work connected to the development of Masdar City in UAE after Mr. Lawton and his consulting company (Permaculture Sustainable Consultancy Pty. Ltd.) were contracted by AECOM/EDAW to identify solutions which fit the challenging zero
emissions/carbon neutral design constraint of the project.
Tim Morris is the Manager of Food Security and Climate Change for World Vision, a large humanitarian INGO operating in almost 100 counties. His work is focused on land restoration, climate smart agriculture and energy solutions in developing nations, with local and world-class partners. Previously Tim worked for: KPMG as a consultant to industry; the Provincial Government of British Columbia on extractive industry public endowment funds; and for the Federal Government of Canada on natural resource management. He holds a certificate of carbon, accounting, a bachelors degree in biological sciences and an MBA. Tim is also a registered Project Manager with the Australian Institute of Project Management.