Advisory Committee

For the 2014 Nexus Conference, an International Advisory Committee will guide the agenda and the outputs from the conference. The members of the committee are drawn from different stakeholder groups.

Industry

Jean Brittingham

Jean Brittingham

CEO Katerva
With over 20 years of experience in sustainability and implement of major programs across the globe, Jean leads the operational and implementation efforts for Katerva. Jean has served on the Consumer Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum, as a strategic advisor and faculty member for the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership and as their US Director as well as the Director for the programs for the Prince of Wales in the US. Jean has lead several innovation and entrepreneurial start-ups and was the head of technology for major programs at CH2M Hill. She sits on numerous business and nonprofit boards. Her career in sustainable business has spanned over twenty years, ranging from the design of strategic collaborations to the implementation of programs across multiple sectors and businesses to promote and empower a sustainable future.

Gary Lawrence

Gary Lawrence

AECOM Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer
Gary Lawrence is Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer for AECOM Technology Corporation (NYSE: ACM), an $8-billion global provider of professional technical and management support services. AECOM’s 45,000 employees — including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management professionals — serve clients in more than 130 countries around the world. In this role, Mr. Lawrence leads AECOM’s sustainability efforts by managing AECOM’s extensive resources and skills in sustainability for projects across the enterprise. He is also an AECOM spokesperson and thought leader on sustainability issues. During his 30-year-plus career in public and private policy and management, his leadership skills have contributed to various global initiatives engaging in research and practice to mitigate climate change and adaptation strategies.

Stakeholders

Anders Berntell

Anders Berntell

Executive Director, 2030 Water Resources Group
Mr Anders Berntell, one of the leading voices in the water sector today, was named Executive Director of the 2030 Water Resources Group, a consortium of public and private sector and civil society entities that is helping countries to address the challenge of water security in 2011.

In 2002, he joined SIWI as Executive Director where he was responsible for overall development and direction of SIWI’s activities. This includes administration of the globally reputed World Water Week, SIWI’s Knowledge Services and SIWI water prize activities. Under his leadership, SIWI underwent tremendous growth and transformation to become a world renowned and leading-edge future-oriented water policy institute. SIWIs work in applied research, advisory services and capacity building continues to grow in international recognition.

Mr Berntell, a biologist by training, has worked within the field of water, environment and development for 30 years. Prior to joining SIWI, he was Director of Water at the Swedish Ministry of the Environment for seven years and held overall responsibility for all national and international water issues. Internationally, Mr Berntell worked with overall policy issues within the water area and cooperated with environment ministries and water departments in different countries, with donors and development banks, the European Union and with organizations both inside and outside the United Nations system.

Jeremy Bird

Jeremy Bird

Director General, International Water Management Institute
Jeremy specializes in water resources policy, management and institutions and joined IWMI in October 2012 having previously been CEO of the Mekong River Commission. His career includes research and consultancy work across Asia and Africa and experience with project development with ADB. From 1998 to 2001, he was part of the Secretariat of the World Commission on Dams assessing the governance environmental and social issues around dam planning and then coordinated UNEP’s multi-stakeholder follow-up activity. As a consultant, he has undertaken policy compliance assessments on hydropower projects for a number of development banks. He advised the German Government on the Bonn2011 Conference on the Water, Food and Energy Security Nexus.

Albert Butare

Albert Butare

Former Energy Minister of Rwanda and Co-Chair of the 2011 Bonn Nexus Conference
Albert is former Minister of Energy and Water in the Republic of Rwanda and is currently Chief Executive Officer of Fatracs Co Limited. Mr. Butare also was the Academic Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology and represented the Government of Rwanda in international climate change discussions.

Maruxa Cardama

Maruxa Cardama

Executive Project Coordinator Communitas Coalition for Sustainable Cities and Regions in the new UN Development Agenda
Maruxa is Executive Coordinator Communitas the Coalition for Sustainable Cities and Regions in the new UN Development Agenda. Maruxa was until the end of 2012 the Secretary General of nrg4SD, a global organisation promoting the sustainable development (SD) of communities. Before, she was Deputy Director at the representation of the South West of England to the European Union (EU) for 6 years, where she led on SD policy analysis & advocacy and international projects for a partnership of regional authorities, academia and the private sector. Earlier she was Sustainable Development and Institutional Affairs Officer in the EU representation of the Spanish region of Galicia and started her career in the EU Committee of the Regions. Besides, Maruxa has worked as Expert on Governance and Public Administration Reform for the Government of Romania and The British Council. She has also been Lecturer in several capacity building programmes run by the Assembly of European Regions AER, the College of Europe of Bruges, the Institute of Political Studies of Paris Sciences Po and the French Presidency of the EU. In all, Maruxa has 10 years-experience on strategic policy analysis and advocacy, governance and partnerships and capacity building in the field of sustainable development at the international, national and subnational levels.

John Kuylenstierna

Johan Kuylenstierna

Executive Director for the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
SEI is an international research organization focusing on environment/development research for sustainable development with about 150 staff spread over 9 offices in 6 countries. Johan has previously had positions with the UN system (UNDESA at the UN HQ in NY, WMO in Geneva and FAO in Rome) and has also worked many years at the Stockholm International Water Institute. He has also a background as a consultant focusing on sustainability issues and corporate core value processes within both the private and public sector. His academic background is Earth Sciences and his research focused on palaeoclimatology in the polar regions. He currently holds an adjunct professorship in international water resources at the Stockholm University.

Olimar Maisonet-Guzman

Olimar Maisonet-Guzman

Team Leader, Stockholm International Water Institute Vision 2015
Olimar Maisonet-Guzman is one of the team leaders for the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) Vision 2050, a plan to promote collaboration among young professionals in the water, energy, and food sector. During Rio+20, Olimar was a policy coordinator in the areas of water and the SDGs. She is a 2009 Truman Scholar and a 2010 Truman-Albright Fellow at the US State Department. As a Boren Fellow, she was in Brazil studying the water-energy nexus in Brazil’s water framework and sustainable hydropower. Olimar holds a Master’s Degree in Global Environmental Policy and a BA in Political Science and Communications, and a minor in Economics.

Stuart Orr

Stuart Orr

Head of Water Stewardship at WWF International
Stuart Orr is Head of Water Stewardship at WWF International. He leads on strategy and partnership development and implements collective action with business in priority river basins. He has published mainly on water accounting, the water and energy nexus, water stewardship, public policy and water-related risk. Most recently, Stuart led the development of an on-line Water Risk Tool for companies and financial investors, co-drafted guidelines for the UN on Business engagement in water policy and co-wrote a book on business water strategy.

Stuart holds an MSc from the University of East Anglia and worked for many years in academia and the private sector – mainly in Asia. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s council for Water Security, a water adviser for the Carbon Disclosure Project and sits on a number of corporate sustainability advisory panels. He is also on the steering board of the 2030Water Resources Group (IFC) and the Water Futures Partnership (GIZ).

Derek Osborn

Derek Osborn

President, Stakeholder Forum
Derek served 30 years in the Civil Service, the latter 6 years as Director General for Environmental Protection with the Department of the Environment until his retirement in 1996. He represented the United Kingdom and was Chair of the Management Board of the European Environment Agency (1995-1999). In 1997 he co-chaired the preparatory process for Rio+5. Since 1996 he has been chair and now President of Stakeholder Forum. He was on the Board of the Environment Agency for England and Wales (1996-98), having been involved with its planning and creation. He has been a non-executive director of Severn Trent PLC, and chair of Jupiter Global Green Investment Trust. He is a Board member of several other environmental organisations.

Mayumi Sakoh

Mayumi Sakoh

Advocacy, Networking, and Communications Advisor for the Millennium Institute
Mayumi Sakoh is the Advocacy, Networking, and Communications Advisor for the Millennium Institute in Washington, DC. One of the main projects she is currently working on is the Millennium Institute and Biovision Foundation’s “Changing Course in Global Agriculture.”. Originally from Washington, D.C., Mayumi holds a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University in Montreal. Mayumi has expertise in international sustainable development advocacy, with a focus on the United Nations. Before working at the Millennium Institute, Mayumi worked in the field of animal welfare. While at the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) lobby efforts to successfully integrate language on sustainable livestock production into the UN Conference of Sustainable Development/Rio+20 debate and outcome document, making this the first time the link between farm animals, sustainable agriculture, and sustainable development has been recognized on a global level. Prior to her work in animal welfare, Mayumi worked for a year on the island of Tsushima in Japan as an Assistant Language Teacher through the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme.

Hannah Stoddart

Hannah Stoddart

Head of the Economic Justice Policy Team at Oxfam
Hannah leads the economic justice policy team working on Oxfam’s flagship GROW campaign, which is calling for food justice in a resource-constrained world with a focus on sustainable agriculture, land and water resource constraints, food prices and climate change. Hannah manages the strategic policy direction of the GROW campaign within Oxfam GB, and is responsible for ensuring that GROW advocacy results in concrete policy change that improves the lives of poor people globally.

Prior to joining Oxfam, Hannah was the deputy director at Stakeholder Forum, an international NGO working on sustainable development and stakeholder engagement, where she founded the Water and Climate Coalition – a global advocacy group raising awareness of the impacts of climate change on water resources – as well as pioneering the ‘Global Transition 2012’ initiative with the new economics foundation towards the UN Conference on Sustainable Development or ‘Rio+20’ in June 2012.

Governmental

JorgeLaguna Celis

Jorge Laguna Celis

Mexican delegate to the UN for Environment and Sustainable Development, Member of GEO-5 Advisory Panel
Jorge Laguna-Celis is a negotiator, diplomat and writer. Since 2007 he has worked for a more effective, responsive and representative multilateral system.

He is currently the Senior Adviser on sustainable development to the President of the United Nations General Assembly.

As lead negotiator for his country, Mexico, during the Rio+20 Conference and chair of the historic resolution 67/213 of 2012, he contributed to the reform of international environmental governance and to the establishment of the United Nations Environment Assembly.

Alexander Verbeek

Alexander Verbeek

Strategic Policy Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands
Alexander Verbeek has worked as a diplomat for the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1992. He is the Strategic Policy Advisor on climate, water, energy, natural resources and environmental issues, with a focus on water diplomacy. Prior to this position Mr Verbeek worked in the Middle East Department of the MFA as Policy Coordinator for the Gulf Region. He had postings in Vienna (OSCE), Bonn and London (1995-1998). Mr Verbeek also worked for six years in the Security Department of the MFA and several years in the Asia Department. He worked as a journalist and was an officer in the Royal Netherlands Navy before joining the MFA.

Guy Howard

Guy Howard

Team Leader for the WASH Policy Team, DFID
Guy Howard is currently the Team Leader for the WASH Policy Team in DFID. In this role he provides overall policy leadership on WASH and provides support to Ministers and Top Management on WASH policy and programming. He leads the process for DFID in reaching its targets of supporting 60 million people gain sustainable access to WASH by the end of 2015 and leads DFID’s engagement on WASH as part of the post-MDG agenda. He has led the work in DFID on improving climate resilience in WASH and on wider water management.

Before taking up his current post, Guy spent two years in India setting up DFID’s first decentralized research hub serving South Asia – noted in the UK Science and Technology assessment as a significant achievement in improving DFID’s science capability. Guy has previously worked in the WASH Policy Team as an advisor leading on water resources, including participating in the G8 Water Experts Group and on climate change, and ran a policy unit in the Government of Bangladesh on arsenic.

Guy has a background in water and sanitation, water resources and pollution control. He has a PhD in the monitoring and surveillance of urban water supplies in developing countries. He has published widely on the sector and previously held an honorary appointment at Bristol University.

Franz-Birger Marré

Franz-Birger Marré

Head of the Water, Energy and Urban Development Division of the Geosciences Sector for the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
After having studied Law in Bonn and worked as a part time assistant at the Institute for Public International Law (University of Bonn), Franz Marré joined the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in February 1989. Since January 2007, he is Head of Division “Water, Energy, Urban Development.”

Marré has further work experience in bilateral cooperation (Senior Desk Officer for Indonesia, Head of Section for Development Co-operation at the German Embassy, Pretoria, Desk officer for Peru, Ecuador and Colombia), multilateral cooperation (a.o. secondment to the Interamerican Development Bank, Washington, D.C., USA), and internal organization (Deputy Head of BMZ Organization division) and others.

Aaron Salzberg

Aaron Salzberg

Special Coordinator for Water Resources for the U.S. Department of State
Aaron is the Lead for Water and Head of the Interagency Working Group on Water at the U.S. Department of State. In addition, Mr. Salzberg chairs the U.S. Government Interagency Water Team.

Intergovernmental

Zak Bleicher

Zak Bleicher

Partnership Officer, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Zak Bleicher is IFAD’s main representative at UN Headquarters in New York. In that capacity, he works to provide UN Member States with policy support and advice as it relates to sustainable rural development; provides strategic guidance and support to IFAD’s engagement within the UN; and, seeks to build on and expand IFAD’s partnerships with all stakeholders in relation to IFAD’s mission. Prior to joining IFAD, Mr. Bleicher spent over five years working with the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) and has also worked with large international NGOs and Foundations working in the sustainable development sphere. He holds degrees in Political Theory and International Relations.

Diego Rodriguez

Diego Rodriguez

Program Manager for the World Bank
Diego Rodriguez is currently a Senior Economist at the Water Unit of the Department of Transport, Water and Information and Communication Technology of the Sustainable Development Vice-Presidency of the World Bank. He is the task team leader of the new World Bank initiative on the quantification of the tradeoffs of the energy-water nexus and the Program Manager of the Water Partnership Program. He is also the provided technical support to operational teams on the use of economic analysis in large water infrastructure investments under deep uncertainty. Prior to joining the World Bank he worked at the Danish Hydraulic Institute and the Inter-American Development Bank. He has more than 20 years of experience in sectoral, operational, policy and strategy development in water supply, sanitation, and water resources management.

Elizabeth Thompson

Elizabeth Thompson

Former UN Assistant Secretary General and Coordinator for Rio+20
Ms. H. Elizabeth Thompson, a former Minister for Energy and Environment of Barbados, was appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as Executive Coordinator for the UNCSD Rio + 20 Conference and assumed her duties in 7 December 2010 . Ms Thompson also served as Minister for Physical Development and Minister for Health. Ms. Thompson was appointed to the Barbados Senate and was a practising attorney as well as a journalist. In addition, she was a lecturer in ecology, economy, energy and politics. Ms. Thompson graduated from the University of the West Indies and obtained an MBA, with distinction, from the University of Liverpool and a Master of Laws from Robert Gordon University, Scotland.

Veerle Vandeweerd

Veerle Vandeweerd

Director of Environment and Energy at UNDP
Dr. Vandeweerd directs the Environment and Energy Group of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), providing strategic direction and oversight to UNDP in mainstreaming environment, energy and sustainability into its development work in 166 countries. Dr. Vandeweerd oversees the delivery of an extensive portfolio of projects and funds, including UNDP’s Global Environment Facility and the Montreal Protocol unit. The energy and climate change portfolio covers the full policy cycle, from project development to Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV), and includes all thematic areas ranging from Low Emissions Climate Resilient Development Strategies to transformative Ecosystem Management. Before joining UNDP in 2007, Dr. Vandeweerd held leadership roles with the United Nations Environment Programme for 19 years based in Africa and Europe.

Academic

Lidia Brito

Lidia Brito

Director of Science Policy and Capacity Building for Natural Sciences, UNESCO
Lidia Brito is Director, Division of Science Policy and Sustainable Development, UNESCO and holds a undergraduate degree in Forest Engineering by Eduardo Mondlane University (Mozambique) and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Forest Sciences from Colorado State University (USA). As the first Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology of Mozambique (2000 – 2005) and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Eduardo Mondlane University (1998-2000) she accumulated extensive experience in the fields of Higher Education, Science and Technology, ICT and innovation policies and programs. In the last year and half Lidia Brito has served as the Advisor of the Mayor of Maputo for Strategic Planning and External Relations.

Joshua Tewksbury

Joshua Tewksbury

Director, Luc Hoffmann Institute
Joshua Tewksbury was named director of the Luc Hoffmann Institute in 2012, a project of the WWF committed to focusing scientific capacity on the largest conservation problems facing our world. Prior to his time at the Luc Hoffmann Institute, he served as co-founder and Board member of Natural History Network and was the Walker Professor of Natural History at the University of Washington.

Mr. Tewksbury earned his PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Montana in 2000.

Joachim von Braun

Joachim von Braun

Director of the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn
Joachim von Braun is Director of the Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn University, and Professor for economic and technological change. He was Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) based in Washington, DC, U.S.A. from 2002 to 2009. von Braun’s main research interests are in economic development and policy, resource economics, food and nutrition security, trade, science and technology policy. He serves as chair of the Bioeconomy Council of the Federal German Government; is Vice-President of the NGO “Welthungerhilfe”, member of German Academies, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, and member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences of the Vatican. He was President of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE). His awards include the Justus von Liebig Prize for World Nutrition 2011, the Bertebos Prize by the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry 2009.