Ada is an Economist at the division of Trade and Agricultural at the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Her main area of expertise is economics of climate change, food security, and sustainable food production and consumption. She holds a PhD degree from Wageningen University where she analyzed the emerging bioenergy market. Subsequently, she worked at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy in Germany and The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency in the Netherlands on diverse sustainability issues. Prior to the OECD she worked at the Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP) gaining extensive experience in science management.
Atanu Sarkar is a public health physician specialized in social and environmental epidemiology. After completing graduation in medicine (MBBS), he did his Masters in Community Health and PhD in social epidemiology of arsenic poisoning of groundwater in West Bengal (India) from Jawaharlal Nehru University. Currently he is pursuing second masters in Environmental studies in Queen's University, Kingston, Canada. His research topic is The Impact of Agricultural Practices on Environmental Health: A Comparative Analysis in India. He is also core team member of employment condition and health dimension (a subgroup of Commission of Social Determinants of Health) of World Health Organization, Geneva. Prior to his current assignment, he has served in various public health programs and researches in India and Ethiopia. His future areas of interest are conducting research on development, agriculture, climate change and adverse health outcomes linkages.
Jonathon Wadsworth leads CGIAR Fund operations. He advises on resource mobilization, facilitates interaction with the CGIAR Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers, organizes key meetings, manages relationships with Fund donors, and oversees the day-to-day activities of the Fund Office. Before joining the CGIAR Fund Office in March 2011, Jonathon was a senior agriculture research advisor in the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and the UK representative for the CGIAR. Before becoming an advisor in DFID in 2003, Jonathon spent more than two decades in the field with DFID and other organizations, including the Royal Tropical Institute in Kenya. Jonathon’s expertise in agriculture ranges from farming and rural extension to research and executive leadership. He has lived and worked in Bolivia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Kenya, Mexico,Nicaragua, and Peru.
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Dr. Ihsan is a graduate of Mc Gill University with a PhD of Philosophy. He currently serves as Head,
Agriculture Section at Global Change Impact Studies Centre (GCISC). Previously, he worked at: Nuclear Institute for Agriculture & Biology (NIAB), Nuclear Institute for Food Agriculture (NIFA) and Nuclear Institute of Agriculture (NIA).
Anil Joshi is President of Mumbai Angels, a leading Angel Investment forum in India. His professional experience includes involvement in corporate management functions in medium and large organizations, investment in start-ups, project management, joint ventures and business development. He worked in many leading companies in India such as B.K. Birla Group Company, Business Access India Pvt. Ltd., Transasia Biomedical Ltd., Artheon Group, prior to heading operations at Mumbai Angels.
Darren Swanson is Deputy Director of IISD’s Natural and Social Capital program. He is a professional engineer and strategic management consultant with nineteen years of experience in the public and private sectors. Mr. Swanson assists governments and corporations around the world in the collective pursuit of sustainability, accountability and adaptability. His core areas of expertise include sustainability strategies, scenario planning and strategic foresight, indicator information systems, integrated assessment methods and adaptive policy-making approaches. He is the lead editor and author of IISD’s recent book entitled ‘Creating Adaptive Policies: A Guide for Policymaking in an Uncertain World’, and was co-editor and co-author of the United Nations Environment Program’s training manual on Integrated Environmental Assessment and Reporting.
Matt is currently a consultant with Farmland Foods. He is a Professional in the fields of Safety and Security, to include operations and upper management. Certified Peace Officer. He is an instructor in several disciplines. Certifications in Homeland Security and National Incident Management System.
Nick Shufro works in the Sustainability, Washington Federal, and Governance Risk Compliance practices at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Prior to joining PwC, he worked for Merrill Lynch Capital Markets, United Technologies Corporation, and the US-Asia Environmental Partnership. He has more than 20 years of experience in management and performance reporting for the energy, financial, and environmental health and safety sectors. Nick Shufro sits on the boards of several nonprofits, including Boundless Playgrounds, the Caribbean Conservation Corporation, Calm Air Visibility Unlimited, and the Executive Committee of White Water to Blue Water. He holds a Masters of Environmental Management from Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and an MBA from New York University.
Rick Peyser is Director of Social Advocacy and Supply Chain Community Outreach at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, in the US, where he has worked for over 23 years. He has previously served as President of the Specialty Coffee Association of America, the world’s largest coffee trade association, and served six years on the Board of Directors of the Fair Trade Labeling Organizations International (FLO). He also serves on the Board of Directors for Coffee Kids, for Food for Farms, and Fundacion Ixil, which works with Ixil coffee communities in Guatemala.
Andrew is a globally recognized expert on how business can profit from environmental thinking. He advises some of the world’s leading companies, including Bank of America, HP, Kimberly-Clark, Boeing, Pepsi, and Bayer. He is the author of two bestselling books on green strategy, Green to Gold and Green Recovery. Andrew’s earlier career included corporate strategy at Boston Consulting Group and management positions at Time Warner and MTV.
Anthony is Senior Policy Adviser on Sustainable Business and Economics at WWF, the Founder of Here Tomorrow Ltd., and an expert on sustainable production and consumption. He is the author of several influential publications, including “Let Them Eat Cake” (WWF, 2006) and “Deeper Luxury” (WWF, 2007). He also works with a range of organizations from the public, private and non-profit sectors to understand how humans – and businesses, in particular – can thrive in harmony with nature.
Kathleen Frith is dedicated to finding innovative ways to foster social change and create a healthier, more sensible world. As the Managing Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School, Kathleen plays a leadership role in all the Center’s activities, providing expertise on science communication and education and helping the Center achieve its mission to further understanding of human health and global environmental change connections. Kathleen’s topics of expertise include how human health depends on the ocean and how food affects our health and environment.
Pamela Matson is the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor in Department of Environmental Earth System Science in the School of Earth Sciences, the Chester Naramore Dean of the School of Earth Sciences, as well as a Senior Fellow of the Woods Institute for the Environment, all at Stanford University. Prior to her arrival to Stanford, she received her B.S. (magna cum laude) in Biology, from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (1975), after which she went on to earn her M.S. in Environmental Science from Indiana University (1980), and her Ph.D. in Forest Ecology from the Oregon State University (1983). Pam studies the cycling of carbon, nitrogen, and other elements between soil, water, and atmosphere, focusing primarily on the effects of land use and climate change in tropical forest and agricultural systems. Together with hydrologists, atmospheric scientists, economists and agronomists, Matson and her students analyze the economic drivers and environmental consequences of land use and resource use decisions, with the objective of identifying practices that are economically and environmentally sustainable. She also evaluates management strategies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and developes indicators of vulnerability to global climate change.
Paul Matteucci is a General Partner at U.S. Venture Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm, and, separately, the founder of Feeding 10 Billion, an initiative to support and encourage food-system entrepreneurs. Prior to USVP, Paul was CEO of HearMe, taking that company public in 1998. He earned an M.B.A. from Stanford University, an M.A. in International Studies from Johns Hopkins and a B.A. from the University of the Pacific. Paul currently serves as a trustee of the World's Affairs Council and works with other non-profits. On the natural landscape, Paul is on the National Council of the American Prairie Foundation, an ambitious project to create the world's largest privately-financed and publicly accessible reserve that preserves valuable grasslands and their related fauna and flora. He lives with his family in the San Francisco Bay area and Bozeman, Montana.
Dr. Sharadini Rath has a Ph.D. in plasma physics from the Institute for Plasma Research, India and went on to do post doctoral fellowships at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and Jet Propulsion Laboratory in USA and the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy. After several years of research in the field, she shifted to field based research in economics. Her active interests include the connections between household level productivity and food intake, along with labour organisation and poverty in rural India. She has done extensive work in the study of governance with special focus on local institutions in urban and rural contexts, to create usable and intuitive data analysis to foster logical decision making. She has led research and outreach projects funded by Ford Foundation, Google.org, Results for Development and The Asia Foundation.
Thomas George is Founder of Vipani, and an Agronomist, working in Agricultural Value Chains in the US. Vipani is a non-profit non-governmental organizaton aimed at reducing poverty through the rural poor working at capacity development for small farmers,
Mia MacDonald is Executive Director of Brighter Green (www.brightergreen.org), a New York-based public policy action tank works to raise awareness and encourage dialogue on and policy attention to issues that span the environment, animals, and sustainable development globally, with a particular focus on equity and rights. She is also a Senior Fellow of the Worldwatch Institute, worked closely with the late Nobel peace laureate Wangari Maathai on writing and other projects, and has taught in the environmental studies program at New York University and the human rights program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Pierre Ferrari, who was born in Africa in 1950 in what was then the Belgian Congo (today the Democratic Republic of the Congo and from 1971 to 1997 Zaire), is Heifer International’s President and CEO. Ferrari has more than 40 years of business experience, from large consumer goods organizations such as Coca-Cola USA to socially oriented organizations like CARE and the Small Enterprise Assistance Fund. Ferrari holds a master’s degree in Economics from The University of Cambridge and a MBA from Harvard Business School.