Plenary Speakers

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.

Paula Caballero Gomez

Paula Caballero Gomez

Director of Economic, Social and Environmental Affairs, Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, Colombia
Paula leads a multidisciplinary team that covers major multilateral negotiations and agreements in sustainable development. She is the main proponent of the Sustainable Development Goals initiative proposed by the Colombian government as a post-2015 framework. Beyond working with government, Paula’s career has included years of work with the UN Development Programme — where she managed diverse projects on biodiversity, land degradation and territorial approaches to climate change — as well as a wide range of posts within academia and the nongovernment sector.

Urban Challenges of the Nexus: Local and Global Perspectives

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.

Michael Schmitz

Michael Schmitz

Executive Director of ICLEI US
Michael is the Executive Director of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability USA, the leading membership association of cities & counties committed to climate action, clean energy, and sustainability. A recognized leader in the sustainability and climate change field, he has consistently achieved success through building strong and dynamic teams.

Michael is an attorney and non-profit leader with business experience who brings to the job over two decades of experience in policy at the federal, state, and local levels. Before joining ICLEI, Michael was Principal of Go Forward Consulting specializing in strategic research, analysis and policy development. The firm managed and advised non-profit, business, and political clients on a range of issues including environmental regulation, land use, and economic development. In this capacity he served as Executive Director of CLEEN, a statewide coalition of environmental and public health organizations advocating for the protection of California’s clean water and environmental health.

Prior to founding the firm in 2003, he was a civil rights attorney and senior legislative counsel for the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus focusing on environmental, trade, and economic development policies.

He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Stanford, a law degree from UC Hastings in San Francisco, and a master’s degree in Urban Planning from UCLA.

Nicholas You

Nicholas You

Chairman, UN-Habitat World Urban Campaign Steering Committee; Chairman, Assurance Group for Urban Infrastructure of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the Urban Strategy Council of GDF Suez
Prior to his current positions, Nicholas served as the Senior Policy Advisor to the United Nations Human Settlements Programme. He is the author/editor of numerous publications on sustainable development and is generally acknowledged as having developed the concept of best practices for the public sector. In 2004 he was commissioned by the Universal Forum on Cultures (Barcelona) to design two flagship exhibits on urban best practices and on water. He is the founder of the “Messengers of Truth Project” that uses urban art forms and music to empower disenfranchised urban youth to improve their livelihoods.

Nexus Perspectives: Water, Energy and Climate

Adnan Z. Amin

Adnan Z. Amin

Director General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
Adnan Z. Amin was elected as the Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in April 2011. Mr. Amin served as Head of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) Secretariat. In this function, he was responsible for overseeing the Secretariat supporting the CEB in its UN system-wide policy coordination under the Chairmanship of the UN Secretary-General and comprising the Executive Heads of UN System organizations. The CEB is the highest level interagency coordinator framework in the UN system and oversees UN coordination on Policy, Management and Field Operations.

Mr. Amin also served as the Executive Director of the Secretariat of the Secretary-General’s High Level Panel, co-chaired by the Prime Ministers of Mozambique, Norway and Pakistan, on UN System-wide Coherence. The Panel undertook an ambitious and unprecedented level of consultation on development, environment, and humanitarian aspects of the work of the UN System and proposed an ambitious reform programme that still continues in the UN General Assembly under the framework of the “One UN ”. The development of coherent field operations, harmonised business practices across the United Nations System, and the establishment of a new organisation , UN Women, are outcomes of the process launched by the panel.

Previously, Mr. Amin served as the Director of the New York Office of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Special Representative of the UNEP Executive Director.

Jens Berggren

Jens Berggren

Director for Stockholm Water Prize and Stockholm Industry Water Award, Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)
With a broad background in agronomy, energy, water and climate, Mr. Berggren embodies the WFCE Nexus. In addition to managing two of SIWI’s prizes, he provides strategic advice on the organisations engagement in international processes such as the development of post-2015 goals. Mr Berggren joined SIWI as Director for the World Water Week in Stockholm in July 2010, being responsible for leading the operation and development of SIWI’s annual World Water Week. In 2011 he also assumed overall responsibility for SIWI’s Prizes. Prior to joining SIWI, Mr Berggren served as Special Advisor in the Secretariat for the Commission for Climate Change and Development at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, where he focused on Development Policy within the fields of Environment and Climate Change. Mr Berggren has also worked with water issues as a policy specialist, programme manager and advisor at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) both at headquarters in Sweden and at Swedish embassies abroad.

Mr Berggren holds two Master Science degrees from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, one in Agronomy and the other in Technology. He served as the first manager of the secretariat of the Water Integrity Network at Transparency International in Berlin and has worked with energy issues, internationally and in Sweden, at Sweden’s largest power company.

Jonas Monast

Jonas Monast

Director of Climate and Energy Program at the Nicolas Institute Duke
Jonas Monast directs the Climate and Energy Program at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. Jonas’s work focuses on the interaction of state and federal energy policies, regulatory options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and the intersection of financial markets and climate policy. He directed Duke University’s Climate Change Policy Partnership from 2007-2010 and coordinated the Nicholas Institute’s Carbon Market Initiative.

Jonas also teaches courses on the intersection of energy and environmental issues at Duke University’s School of Law and Nicholas School of the Environment.Prior to joining Duke, Jonas worked as an attorney in the Corporate Social Responsibility Practice at Foley Hoag LLP, where he advised clients on emerging legal and reputational risks regarding human rights and the environment. Jonas also served as a congressional fellow for the late Senator Paul Wellstone and as legislative counsel for the Center for Responsible Lending. He earned his law degree from Georgetown University and his B.A. from Appalachian State University.

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.

Nexus Perspectives: Water, Food and Climate

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.

Hans Herren

Hans Herren

President and CEO Millennium Institute and 2013 Right Livelihood winner
Hans Herren, an internationally recognized scientist, was appointed Millennium Institute’s president in May 2005. Prior to joining MI, he was director-general of the International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in Nairobi, Kenya. He also served as director of the Africa Biological Control Center of International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), in Benin.

At ICIPE, Hans developed and implemented programs in the area of human, animal, plant and environmental health (the 4-H paradigm) as they relate to insect issues. At IITA, he conceived and implemented the highly successful biological control program that saved the African cassava crop, and averted Africa’s worst-ever food crisis.

Over the years, Hans has moved his interests toward integrated sustainable development, in particular, linking environmental, plant, animal, and human health issues.

Jesse Hirsch

Jesse Hirsch

Staff Writer, Modern Farmer
Jesse Hirsch is staff writer at Modern Farmer, a general-interest magazine exploring the stories behind our food. He has written on GMOs, no-till agriculture, the U.S. farm bill, and climate change. Two of his stories (on invasive wild pigs and farming in space) were nominated for James Beard awards this year. Previously he has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others.

Olav Kjorven

Olav Kjorven

Special Advisor on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, UNDP
Prior to becoming Special Adviser, Olav was Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Bureau for Development Policy where he lead UNDP’s substantive contribution to accelerating progress towards the Millennium Development Goals and advancing the post-2015 agenda. He co-chaired the UN’s system wide efforts to prepare for a post-2015 development framework, including initiating a global conversation on ‘the world we want’ to live in through national, regional and global dialogue organized by the UN Development Group, representing all UN development agencies.

He was a senior advisor to the Secretary-General on the Sustainable Energy For All initiative and is also leading the UN’s engagement with the G20 Development Working Group.Before his appointment as Assistant Secretary-General in 2007, Mr. Kjørven was the head of UNDP’s Environment and Energy Group for two years.

From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Kjørven was State Secretary for International Development with the Government of Norway. From 2000 to 2001, Mr. Kjørven was Director of International Development at the ECON Centre for Economic Analysis, an applied economics research and consulting firm in Oslo. Before that, he spent three years as political adviser to Norway’s Minister of International Development and Human Rights. Between 1992 and 1997, Mr. Kjørven was Environmental Specialist with the World Bank.
Born and raised in Norway, Mr. Kjørven has a Master of Arts in International Affairs from George Washington University.

Hannah Stoddart

Hannah Stoddart

Head of Oxfam Head of Economic Justice Policy Team
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 repsonsible 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′ initaitive with the new economics foundation towards the UN Conference on Sustainable Development or ‘Rio+20′ in June 2012.

Hannah has also worked extensively on global governance reform issues, and recently published the ‘Pocket Guide to Sustainable Development Goverance’ with the Commonwealth Secretariat. Hannah graduated from Wadham College, University of Oxford, in 2005.

Julie van der Bliek

Julie van der Bliek

Advisor Program and Business Development, International Water Management Institute
Julie van der Bliek has more than 25 years’ experience in international development cooperation and research for development as a strategy advisor, manager and fundraiser. Before joining IWMI she worked as a consultant at the interface of natural resource management and social development across Asia and Africa. In 2003 she joined the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) initially as a strategy advisor. Subsequently she was the director of the Global Research Division at IWMI and thereafter Director Business Development. She is now based in the Netherlands and IWMI’s representative in Europe.

Entrepreneurial Environmentalism and Development

Lyle Estill

Lyle Estill

Co-founder of Piedmont Biofuels
Lyle Estil is the Co-founder of Piedmont Biofuels, the largest biofuel B100 coop in the United States and certified B Corporation. Lyle is also the author of Small is Possible; Life in a Local Economy, and Biodiesel Power; the passion, people, and politics of the next renewable fuel. His third book, Industrial Evolution; Local Solutions for a Low Carbon Future was published in the spring of 2011. In 2013 he assembled Small Stories, Big Changes; Agents of Change on the Frontlines of Sustainability. He has won a variety of environmental sustainability awards within North Carolina.

Aneri Patel

Aneri Patel

Senior Associate, Energy Access at the United Nations Foundation
Aneri Patel is Senior Associate, Energy Access at The United Nations Foundation. Aneri helps manage the Energy Access Practitioner Network, a 1500+ member network of off-grid energy professionals around the globe and leads the Network’s Africa work. She has extensive on-the-ground experience in Bangladesh, India, and Uganda providing clean energy solutions for the low-income market, including working with carbon finance for cookstove projects. A serial social entrepreneur, she started a business in south India that supplies essential technologies for remote villagers and is the founder of ENVenture, a non-profit that mentors young entrepreneurs in developing countries to launch similar supply chains. She is a frequent public speaker and notably gave a well-received TEDx talk in DC. She has a Masters in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA in International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

David Rothschild

David Rothschild

Principal, Portfolio Team Skoll Foundation

As a Principal of the Portfolio Team, David Rothschild manages a variety of key relationships with funded social entrepreneurs, domain experts, policy makers, corporate partners and co-funders. David develops and structures funding opportunities to drive large scale change in the focus areas of the foundation.

Prior to working at Skoll, David worked for the Goldman Environmental Foundation where he was responsible for the Latin America and Africa program areas of the Goldman Environmental Prize. In 2004 David lived and worked in Venezuela preparing the indigenous component of the Caroni River Watershed Management Plan for the Inter-American Development Bank. He moved to Venezuela directly from the Bolivian Amazon where in 2003 he worked for the Field Museum of Chicago, managing community-based mapping and building consensus in remote communities, resulting in the creation of a community controlled protected area in the state of Pando. From 1997 to 2003 David led the Amazon Alliance, a strategic partnership between Amazonian environmental and indigenous organizations. His work with the Amazon Alliance included daily coordination with a wide range of environmental and indigenous organizations throughout the nine countries of the Amazon basin.

David grew up in California and did his undergraduate studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz. He completed a master’s degree in International Policy and Practice from the Elliott School of International Affairs of the George Washington University where he received a fellowship for high honors, and a certificate in International Human Rights Law from Oxford.

Markus Wilhelm

Markus Wilhelm

Founder and CEO
Markus Wilhelm has over 25 years of experience in the media industry, primarily with Bertelsmann AG and Time Warner; serving as CEO for publishing and direct marketing firms including Bookspan, Doubleday Direct, in the UK, Canada, Australia/New Zealand, China and Korea.

Markus moved to Chapel Hill North Carolina to retire after 25 years of service in the media industry. The retirement was short lived and Markus and his wife Cathy began a green construction business – luxury homes with exemplary environmental credentials. This passion evolved into a focus purely on solar energy which led to the formation of Strata Solar in January 2009. Four years later, Strata Solar has grown to be one of the leading solar energy Developer and EPC in Unite States with over 200 MW commissioned and over a gigawatt of solar projects in the pipeline across 6 states. Strata Solar is a turn-key solar provider, offering project development, engineering, procurement, construction, financing, as well as operations and management solutions for utility scale solar generation. Markus is currently a Board member of Guthy-Renker, he is a Member of the Energy Policy Council North Carolina, Chairman of the Renewables Committee, on the Advisory Board at the UNC School of Public Health, and he is on the Advisory Board of Collider Media.

Nexus Corporate Stewardship: How Business is Improving Resource Use

Dan Bena

Dan Bena

Head of the Sustainable Development and Operations Alignment Agenda for PepsiCo Global Operations
Dan Bena is a man who believes in using the resources and reach of the private sector to make the world a better place, through genuine, strategic, and impactful partnerships that benefit business and society. He currently heads the Sustainable Development and Operations Alignment agenda for PepsiCo Global Operations, the world’s second largest food and beverage company, which serves consumers in more countries and territories than the United Nations has members. He serves on the Public Health Committee of the Safe Water Network, dedicated to market-based, sustainable community-level solutions to provide safe drinking water in developing economies; the Leadership Group of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD); and Steering Board of the International Finance Corporation’s 2030 Water Resources Group Initiative. He formerly served on the Steering Committee of the United Nations CEO Mandate, and the Board of the International Society of Beverage Technologists. Most recently, Bena was elected to the Boards of the Washington-based US Water Alliance, and the Creative Visions Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to developing youth as agents of positive social change, and the Advisory Board of Artistic Circles, which produced the 2012 documentary, Water Pressures.

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.

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).

Katherine Teh-White

Katherine Teh-White

Managing Director, Futureye
Katherine Teh-White has facilitated projects that have resulted in communities, companies and governments signing-off on joint vision and together implementing a transformation that achieved sustainable development outcomes as it was defined by them. She has worked at many different levels from sites, to national and international supply chains when there is reputational, political, regulatory and technical challenges. Her pioneering social licence to operate methodology has improved the corporate responsibility for a broad range of industries including, food, water, energy, mining and pharmaceutical.

In 2002 she founded Futureye which provides market research, public policy, public affairs, risk communication, foresight and strategy and change management. Futureye operates in Australia, Asia and Europe and is currently expanding in the Americas. In the past three years she has also founded WikiCurve that provides a two-way engagement platform on the progress of societal expectations.

Katherine currently sits on the Advisory Board, Masters of Politics and Policy at Deakin University and is a board member of the Castan Centre for Human Rights at Monash University. She has been a director on a series of boards including: Chairman of an Academic Advisory Board for International Studies, environmental purchasing, independent private school, leadership school centre and women’s enterprise-development.

Natural Resource Security for People: Water, Food and Energy

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.

Dr. Ania Grobicki

Dr. Ania Grobicki

Executive Secretary of the Global Water Partnership (GWP), a world-wide network with a global secretariat based in Stockholm, Sweden
Dr. Ania Grobicki has spent most of her working life on water-related issues. She has held positions in the private sector as well as with NGOs and the UN.

Dr. Grobicki was a Coordinator for the African National Congress’s Science and Technology Group, a Coordinator for the CGIAR’s Challenge Program for Water and Food, and Head of Secretariat for a multi-stakeholder forum on strengthening research for health, development and equity.

Dr. Grobicki has a PhD in Biotechnology from Imperial College, London. She became GWP Executive Secretary in March 2009.

Sylvia Lee

Sylvia Lee

Water Manager, Skoll Global Threats Fund
Sylvia Lee has 15 years of experience in the water sector. She leads the water work at the Skoll Global Threats Fund. Prior, she worked as a Water Resources Specialist at the World Bank based in Kathmandu, Nepal where she focused on transboundary water issues and climate change adaptation & resilience building for vulnerable communities. Sylvia also led the Water Initiative at the World Economic Forum based in Geneva, Switzerland, serving most recently as Associate Director, Environmental Initiatives. Sylvia was also a consulting engineer on the design and construction of water and sanitation projects in the United States and the United Kingdom. Sylvia is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and McGill University.

Financing the Nexus: Policy and Practice

Geoffrey Lipman

Geoffrey Lipman

Former Assistant Secretary General, UN World Tourism Organization
As a Principal of the Portfolio Team, David Rothschild manages a variety of key relationships with funded social entrepreneurs, domain experts, policy makers, corporate partners and co-funders. David develops and structures funding opportunities to drive large scale change in the focus areas of the foundation.

Prior to working at Skoll, David worked for the Goldman Environmental Foundation where he was responsible for the Latin America and Africa program areas of the Goldman Environmental Prize. In 2004 David lived and worked in Venezuela preparing the indigenous component of the Caroni River Watershed Management Plan for the Inter-American Development Bank. He moved to Venezuela directly from the Bolivian Amazon where in 2003 he worked for the Field Museum of Chicago, managing community-based mapping and building consensus in remote communities, resulting in the creation of a community controlled protected area in the state of Pando. From 1997 to 2003 David led the Amazon Alliance, a strategic partnership between Amazonian environmental and indigenous organizations. His work with the Amazon Alliance included daily coordination with a wide range of environmental and indigenous organizations throughout the nine countries of the Amazon basin.

Puvan Selvanathan

Puvan Selvanathan

Head of Sustainable Agriculture at the UN Global Compact
Puvan Selvanathan is Head of Sustainable Agriculture at the UN Global Compact (New York) and an Independent Expert member of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights (Geneva). He currently advises the Asian Peace-Building & Rule of Law Programme at Singapore Management University, and the Earth Security Initiative (UK) on global resource risks; and is on the Board of Solidaridad North America, a global NGO focused on fair markets and small-farmer equity. An Architect by profession, Puvan holds an MBA and DBA in Corporate Sustainability. He has designed townships, innovated ICT for Development PPPs in Local Governments, and wrote Mozambique’s E-Government Strategy. He led the Malaysian chapter of WBCSD and has advised public and private sector on ethics, governance and the green economy. Puvan was formerly Group Chief Sustainability Officer at Sime Darby, a Malaysian conglomerate and the world’s largest producer of sustainable palm oil.

Steve Waygood

Steve Waygood

Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Aviva Investors
Steve leads Aviva Investors’ Global Responsible Investment team. This team is responsible for integrating environmental social and corporate governance (ESG) issues across all asset classes and regions of the c£250bn of assets under management. Steve founded the Sustainable Stock Exchange initiative as well as the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Coalition, which is aiming to catalyse a UN Convention promoting enhanced corporate transparency and integrated reporting. His work became a case study in the Harvard Business School MBA in 2012.

Steve received the Leadership in Sustainability award from the Corporation of London in 2013, and he became an Ambassador for the International Integrated Reporting Council. He was a member of the UK Government delegation to the UN Rio+20 meeting in 2012, and a member of the European Commission’s expert groups on corporate governance and corporate responsibility. In 2011 he received the Yale Rising Star in Corporate Governance Award, and he was among the Financial News Top 100 Rising Stars in 2009.

Steve was on the board of the UK Sustainable Investment & Finance association (UKSIF) from 2003 to 2010, serving as its Chairman from 2006. He was also part of the expert group that wrote the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment.

Steve is a member of the Chartered Financial Analyst institute, has a degree in Economics and a PhD in sustainable finance. He is a faculty member at the International Corporate Governance Network as well as the Cambridge University Programme for Sustainability Leadership.

Learning from the Past, Building a New Future: Nexus Scientific Research

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.

Jamie Bartram

Dr. Jamie Bartram

Director, The Water Institute at UNC
My research interests focus on the connections between water (including sanitation and hygiene) and health – especially the links between science, policy and practice, in both developing and developed countries. They include technologies for urban sanitation renewal; management systems for drinking-water safety and rural drinking-water supply; emerging issues (including water scarcity and climate change) and their impacts on system sustainability; health system activities on water and sanitation; and sector capacity issues such as monitoring, the costs and impacts of interventions and effective regulation and financing.

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.

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.