Speaker Biographies

Agnes Binagwaho

Vice Chancellor, University of Global Health Equity Professor

Agnes Binagwaho, MD, M(Ped), PHD currently resides in Rwanda and is the Vice Chancellor and co-founder of the University of Global Health Equity, an initiative of Partners in Health. She is a Rwandan pediatrician, who returned to Rwanda in the late 1990s. She worked for 20 years in the public health sector in Rwanda, first as a clinician in public hospitals for four years. Afterwards, she worked in various high-level government positions between 2002 and 2016, serving first as the Executive Secretary of Rwanda's National AIDS Control Commission, then as the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, and lastly as the Minister of Health for five years. Professor Binagwaho also serves as a Senior Advisor to the Director General of the WHO, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Adjunct Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine, and Professor of Pediatrics at UGHE. She is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine and a fellow of the African Academy of Sciences. She has published over 190 peer-reviewed articles and was named among the 100 Most Influential African Women for 2020.

Antonio Saraiva

Professor, University of São Paulo, Head of the Planetary Health Group, Institute for Advanced Studies

Biography coming soon

Braulio Ferreria de Souza Dias

Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity

Biography coming soon. 

Bruce Friedrich

Executive Director and Co-founder, The Good Food Institute

Bruce is the Executive Director of The Good Food Institute, an international nonprofit working to advance alternative proteins. Bruce is a TED Fellow, Y Combinator alum, and popular speaker on food innovation. He has penned op-eds for the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Wired, and many other publications. He has appeared on The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, CBS Evening News, TED Radio Hour, New Yorker Radio Hour, and a variety of programs on MSNBC, Fox News, and CNN. Bruce's 2019 TED talk has been viewed two million times and translated into dozens of languages. He co-authored two books, contributed chapters to seven more, and has written seven law review articles. He graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown Law and also holds degrees from Johns Hopkins University and the London School of Economics.

Dr. Carlos Faerron

Associate Director, Planetary Health Alliance Associate Faculty, University of Maryland

Dr. Faerron is the associate director of the Planetary Health Alliance at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is also the co-founder and current director of the Inter-American Center for Global Health (CISG), Costa Rica, and is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland Graduate School, as well as an adjunct professor in the Department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology at Harvard University. His work follows a framework of equity in health and human rights as guiding principles and firmly believes in progress in health through community empowerment, action / research, and participatory education.

Cicilia Githaiga

GIZ ABS Capacity Development Initiative; Technical Advisor, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Cicilia is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya with 15 years post admission to the roll of advocates experience. She currently works with the ABS Initiative as the Technical Advisor for GIZ on matters of Access and benefit Sharing in Kenya where she works on matters relating to the Nagoya Protocol and the Convention on Biological Diversity. She is involved in supporting the Country’s partners in implementation of the Protocol and in supporting providers such as indigenous peoples in negotiating contract documents like prior informed contracts (PIC). In her last appointment as Programme Manager at Natural Justice, she was charged with the responsibility of providing guidance on matters relating to traditional knowledge, benefits sharing, conservation and customary use all of which touch on among others governance, socio-economic dynamics of society and environment, equity in sharing of benefits. She has vast experience of matters relating to environment and environmental justice, law and regulation having worked as in-house Counsel at the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) for 8 years where she was also litigation counsel. Before this she was in active legal private practice for 5 years.  She also sits on the Board of CEMIRIDE, CBD Women Caucus also known as Women4Biodiversity and is currently advisor for a network of women and University Students called IUNCBD where she is the coordinator IUNCBD Kenya Thematic Research Group on Biodiversity, Law, Indigenous Peoples and Gender and an advisor IUNCBD Women Gender Unit for Africa.  She has also been part of various delegations to several regional and international meetings including the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Vienna Convention on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) and the Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.  She is currently awaiting graduation in December 2020 after submission of thesis for her Master of Arts Degree in Environmental Policy at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Environmental Law and Policy (University of Nairobi). She was also a recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Climate Protection Fellowship (2016/17), a research fellowship she undertook at her host Institution in Germany, the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and where the area of cous was climate change and its interdisciplinary nature.  

Dr. Connie White Delaney

Professor and Dean, University of Minnesota School of Nursing

Connie White Delaney is recognized as a leader and visionary with unique organizational ability to re-create/co-create integrative communities, partnerships, programs, systems and collectives that produce sustainable relationship empowered impact, wholeness, conscious wellbeing, planetary health, and responsible stewardship. She is committed to transforming challenges into opportunities, opportunities that advance discovery that transforms health, health systems, education, and integrative Informatics. She cultivates leadership transcendence in academia, health care, and informatics. She serves as Professor & Dean, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, and is the Knowledge Generation Lead for the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. She served as Associate Director of the Clinical Translational Science Institute –Biomedical Informatics, and Acting Director of the Institute for Health Informatics (IHI) in the Academic Health Center from 2010-2015. She serves as an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Nursing at the University of Iceland, where she received the Doctor Scientiae Curationis Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing) in 2011. Delaney is the first Fellow in the College of Medical Informatics to serve as a Dean of Nursing. Delaney was an inaugural appointee to the USA Health Information Technology Policy Committee, Office of the National Coordinator, and Office of the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). She is an active researcher in data and information technology standards for nursing, health care, & interprofessional practice and education; big data science; and integrative informatics. She serves on numerous health, business/industry and policy boards/advisory committees. Delaney currently serves as president of FNINR and Vice-Chair of CGFNS, Inc. She holds a BSN with majors in nursing and mathematics, MA in Nursing, Ph.D. Educational Administration and Computer Applications, postdoctoral study in nursing & medical informatics, and graduate study in integrative health & healing.

Dr. Corinne Reid

Provost (Interim) and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Victoria University

Professor Corinne Reid is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor responsible for the VU Research Portfolio and co-sponsor of the Planetary Health initiative at VU.   Corinne formerly held a Chair in Psychological Therapies in the School of Health in Social Science, The University of Edinburgh and continues to be a Senior Fellow of the Global Health Academy. Corinne is also a primary researcher with the Ngangk Yira Research Centre for Aboriginal Health and Social Equity in Western Australia, and co-lead of the FLOURISH research team with members in the UK, Chile, Malawi and Australia. Corinne is also committed to the values of Olympism; that is, the strengthening of the global community and development of mutual respect through sport. For the past 25 years she has worked with Olympic teams and individuals as they strive to be the best they can be. Corinne’s PhD explored the personal qualities and values that support individuals and teams to perform under the most extreme conditions and to build team relationships that can withstand the pressures of the highest levels of competition.

Courtney Howard

Former President, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment

Dr Courtney Howard is an Emergency Physician in Canada’s subarctic, and the first female President of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE). She led the 2017-2019 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change Briefings for Canadian Policymakers and was the 2018 International Policy Director for the Lancet Countdown. Dr Howard has researched menstrual cups and wildfires, and led policy work and advocacy regarding ecoanxiety, movement-building, active transport, plant-rich diets, divestment, carbon pricing, coal phase-out, and hydraulic fracturing. She sits on the board of the Canadian Medical Association, the Editorial Advisory Board of the Lancet Planetary Health and the steering committee of the Planetary Health Alliance. As chair of the advocacy subcommittee of the WHO-Civil Society Working Group on Climate Change and Health, she helped launch a Healthy Recovery initiative which gained the support of two-thirds of the world’s healthcare professionals—then ran for the leadership of Canada’s Green Party, finishing third. Onwards!

Jamil Chade
European Correspondent, O Estado de S. Paulo in Geneva
Biography coming soon
Jane Davidson

Pro Vice-Chancellor Emeritus, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Jane Davidson is the author of #futuregen: Lessons from a Small Country and Chair of the Wales Inquiry of the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission She is Pro Vice-Chancellor Emeritus at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. From 2007- 2011, she was Minister for Environment and Sustainability in Wales where she proposed a law to make protecting future generations the central organising principle of government; the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act came into law in 2015. She is a RSA Fellow and since 2017 has been guest faculty on the Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership programme at Harvard University's T.H. Chan School of Public Health. 

John Helliwell

Senior Fellow and Co-Director, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Programme on Social Interactions, Identity, and Well-being

Biography coming soon.

John Fullerton

Founder and President, Capital Institute

John Fullerton is an unconventional economist, impact investor, writer, and some have said philosopher. He is the founder of the Capital Institute, and author of “Regenerative Capitalism: How Universal Patterns and Principles Will Shape the New Economy” (2015), and, “Finance for A Regenerative World” (2019). After a 20-year career on Wall Street where he was a Managing Director of what he calls “the old JPMorgan,” John listened to a persistent inner voice and walked away in 2001 with no plan but many questions. The questions crystalized into the creation of the Capital Institute in 2010, which is dedicated to the bold reimagination of economics and finance in alignment with living systems principles and the wisdom traditions that have stood the test of time. John is the Chairman of New Day Enterprises, PBC, a co-founder of Grasslands, LLC, a board member of the Savory Institute, Stone Acres Farm, and First Crop, PBC and is an advisor to numerous sustainability related initiatives.

Dr. Julia Kim

Program Director, GNH Centre Bhutan

Dr. Julia Kim is a leading expert in global health and wellbeing and the Program Director of the Gross National Happiness Centre Bhutan www.gnhcentrebhutan.org. Through local and international partnerships, the GNH Centre leads experiential leadership and learning programs that promote a more flourishing, equitable, and sustainable world - based on New Economics principles, alternative progress measures, sustainable development, and the growing science of wellbeing. Prior to living in Bhutan, Julia worked as a physician and HIV researcher in Africa and Asia, before serving with UNDP and UNICEF in New York. She brings a background in leadership development, research, and policy in the fields of wellbeing economics, international health and development, and is a member of the Club of Rome, and an associate of the Presencing Institute - a global network integrating awareness-based practices as a core capacity of 21st-century innovation and leadership. Julia holds degrees from Cornell University, the University of Manitoba, Tufts University, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Karenna Gore

Director, Center for Earth Ethics

Karenna Gore is the founder and director of the Center for Earth Ethics (CEE) at Union Theological Seminary. The Center for Earth Ethics bridges the worlds of religion, academia, policy and culture to discern and pursue the changes that are necessary to stop ecological destruction and create a society that values the long-term health of the whole. She is also an ex officio member of the faculty of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Ms. Gore’s previous experience includes serving as director of Union Forum at Union Theological Seminary, legal work at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and in the legal center of Sanctuary for Families, and serving as director of Community Affairs for the Association to Benefit Children (ABC) and Riverkeeper. She has also worked as a writer and is the author of Lighting the Way: Nine Women Who Changed Modern America. Ms. Gore is a graduate of Harvard College, Columbia Law School and Union Theological Seminary. She lives in New York City with her three children.

Kotchakorn Voraakom

CEO and Founder, Landprocess/Porous City Network

Kotchakorn Vorrakhom CEO and Founder of Landprocess and Porous City Network Kotchakorn Voraakhom is a landscape architect from Thailand who works on building productive green public space that tackles climate change in urban dense area and climate vulnerable communities. Opened in 2017, Chulalongkorn Centenary Park is the first critical piece of green infrastructure in Bangkok to reduce urban flood risk. With on-site water management, the park can collect, treat, and hold up to one million gallons of water, alleviating overwhelmed public sewage during heavy rainfall. In 2019, Thammasat Urban Rooftop Farm, Asia’s largest, was opened. Landprocess repurposed wasted rooftop space to address food and water scarcity in preparation for future climate challenges. In 2020, Chao Phraya Sky Park was realized. Once an inaccessible and incomplete sky railway, the old ruins are now whole, becoming the first realized bridge park to cross a river in any capital city in the world. Voraakhom is featured in the 2019, TIME 100 Next, a list from TIME Magazine —that spotlights 100 rising stars who are shaping the future of the world. She is also on the list of 15 women fighting against climate change from TIME. This year she was name the Green 30 for 2020 by Bloomberg. Recently, she got award by United Nations as Winners of 2020 UN Global Climate Action Awards, Women for Results. Voraakhom is a chairwoman on the landscape without border of International Federation of Landscape Architects, Asia Pacific Region (IFLA APR). She is a TED Fellow, Echoing Green Climate Fellow, Atlantic Fellow. She received her master's at landscape architecture from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design.

Luiz Eugenio Araujo de Morais Mello

Scientific Director, FAPESP

Luiz Eugênio Araújo de Moraes Mello graduated in Medicine from the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP) in 1982. He has a master’s degree (1985) and a PhD in molecular biology (1988) from the same university. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the United States as a postdoctoral fellow in neurophysiology between 1988 and 1991. He earned a Habilitation in 1994 and a Full Professorship in Physiology in 1998. Dr. Mello was a member of the Advisory Committee on Biophysics, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Physiology and Neurosciences (CA-BF) to the Nacional Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) in 2000-03, and a member of an adjunct panel to FAPESP’s Scientific Directorate in 2003-06. He has been a full member of the São Paulo State Academy of Sciences (ACIESP) since 2007 and of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (ABC) since 2010. In the latter year he was awarded the Grand Cross of the National Order of Scientific Merit. Dr. Mello is a board member of CNPq, the Brazilian Service of Support for Micro and Small Enterprises (SEBRAE), the Brazilian Center for Research in Energy and Materials (CNPEM), the D'Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR), the Innovation Center at Fundação Getulio Vargas’s Business School (FGVIn), the Brazilian Lymphoma and Leukemia Association (ABRALE) and Tibet House Brazil. He is sector editor of the Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research. Formerly he was Pro-Rector for Undergraduate Studies at UNIFESP (2005-08), President of the Brazilian Federation on Experimental Biology Societies (FeSBE, 2007-11), a board member of the Brazilian Society for the Advancement of Science (SBPC, 2014-17) and Vice President of the National Association for Research and Development of Innovative Companies (ANPEI, 2016-18). Dr. Mello is also a former Director of Technology and Innovation at Vale S.A., where he set up the Vale Technological Institute (2009-18), Head of R&D at IDOR (2018-20), and Head of UNIFESP’s Technological and Social Innovation Agency (AGITS, 2019-20). He specializes in neural plasticity, epilepsy, neurodegeneration, and S&T management.

Madeleine Thomson

Interim Head – Our Planet, Our Health Senior Science Lead, Climate Change and Health

Madeleine Thomson Ph.D is the senior climate change lead and acting head of the Our Planet Our Health programme at the Wellcome Trust; a politically & financially independent foundation focused on improving the health of everyone by helping great ideas to thrive. The Trust support researchers, policy makers & the public in tackling today’s health challenges including those associated with climate change. Dr Thomson is also a visiting Professor at Lancaster University, UK and an Emeritus professor at Columbia University, New York where she previously held senior research positions at the International Research Institute (IRI) for Climate and Society and the Mailman School of Public Health. While at IRI she served as Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Early Warning Systems for Malaria and Other Climate-Sensitive Diseases (including meningococcal meningitis and ZikaV) and was co-chair of the cross Columbia working group on global health security.  Originally trained as a field entomologist she spent much of her early career undertaking operational research to support large-scale health interventions in Africa (e.g. the national impregnated bednet programme in The Gambia).   She was educated at the University of Sheffield (BSc), Imperial College London (MSc) and the University of Liverpool (PhD). 

Martin Hermann

President, KLUG - German Alliance Climate Change and Health

Dr. Hermann is a physician by training and teaches at School, the Center for International Health University of Munich and the School for Philosophy (HfP) Munich. He is the President and Co-Founder of KLUG - German Alliance Climate Change and Health., The main focus in Dr. Hermann's career is implementing transformational change in the health sector, commercial sector and in global health and development (GAVI – The Vaccine Alliance, WHO, Unicef, KfW, DAAD, East African Community). In addition, he does research in developing methodologies for organizational change and leadership education using the paradigm of complexity and Hannah Arendt´s perspective on action and power.

Mayara Floss

Family Physician, WONCA Working Party on Environment and WONCA Working Party on Rural Practice

Brazilian Family and Community Physician. Junior author of the policy brief recommendations of Lancet Countdown 2018 -19. Creator and coordinator of the Brazilian Planetary Health MOOC in Portuguese and English. Member of the WONCA Environoment and executive member of the WONCA Working Party on Rural Practice. Member of the planetary health group of IEA/USP.

Melvine Anyango Otieno

Planetary Health Next Generation Fellow, University of Eldoret

Melvine Otieno, is the founder of the Planetary Health Eastern Africa Hub (https://pheah.org/ ) and an associate member of Women Leaders for Planetary Health. She has received BSc in Environmental Biology and Health and currently in her final year pursuing MSc in Environmental Health at the University of Eldoret. She was a 2019 Planetary Health Campus Ambassador and turned to PHA Next Generation Fellow working to inspire and convening the next generation of planetary health campus ambassadors from around the world. She is also a Research Assistant for BGS-UoE-MU research on dynamics of Environmental Geochemistry and Health in the Lake Victoria, where she investigates the transfer of micronutrients and potentially toxic elements into the Winam Gulf, LVB, which is attributable to changes in land-use and subsequent implications for planetary health. Melvine’s current work is focusing on establishing of Planetary Health Network and development of short-term, mid-term and long-term corona virus recovery measures in Eastern Africa which takes into account Planetary Health perspectives. She is aspiring to continue to participate with the global community in building planetary health and one health concepts to find solutions to environmental health challenges and imbalances.

Michelle McLean

Professor, Bond University

Dr. McLean is a biologist by degree with more than 35 years in medical education. She is currently working in planetary health where she is integrating it across the medical curriculum at Bond University.

Dr. Nicole de Paula

Founder of the Women Leaders for Planetary Health; Inaugural Klaus Töpfer Sustainability Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)-Potsdam, Germany

Dr. Nicole de Paula is the inaugural Klaus Töpfer Sustainability Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany. For more than a decade, she has been globally connecting policymakers and researchers to create a public understanding of key issues related to sustainability, the environment, and public health. Prior to her work in Germany, she was the executive director of a think-tank in Bangkok, Thailand, hosted by Mahidol University at the Faculty of Public Health. She is the founder of the Women Leaders for Planetary Health and co-founder of an interdisciplinary research group on Planetary Health at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Dr. Nicole de Paula holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from Sciences Po Paris and has been consulting with several international organizations under the UN system on themes related to global health, climate change, biodiversity, chemicals, financial and urban affairs. In the past, she has also been the French Embassy fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Johns Hopkins University in Washington D.C. and a researcher at the London School of Economics and Political Science as part of the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN). Since 2012, Dr. Nicole de Paula has also served as a team leader and writer for the reputable Earth Negotiations Bulletin, published by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). Her most recent research focuses on decision making and international cooperation in the post-Covid19 world, as well as digitalization and sustainability. In 2020, Dr. Nicole de Paula successfully concluded the executive course "Blockchain: Technologies and Applications for Business" at Berkeley Haas School of Business, University of California. She is currently the review editor for the journal Frontiers in Public Health (Planetary Health) and for the Brazilian Journal of International Politics. As a pioneer in the field named planetary health, she champions the socio-economic advancement of women through environmental conservation and public health policies to make the UN Sustainable Development Goals a reality by 2030.In 2020, Dr. Nicole de Paula has been appointed as one of the Scientific Commissioners of the prestigious Pathfinder Initiative, chaired by former Prime Minister Helen Clark and Prof. Andy Haines. This initiative was launched at the UN “Race to Zero” Dialogues and supports progress towards a healthy, zero-carbon society with the support of influential partners, including the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network; C40-Cities; Wellcome Trust Foundation; OECD; and The Lancet. She is currently a member of the global committee preparing the global meeting of the Planetary Health Alliance, to be held in Brazil in April 2021. Originally from Brazil, she speaks Portuguese, English, French, and Spanish.

Nicole Redvers

Assistant Professor, University of North Dakota

Dr. Nicole Redvers, ND, MPH, is a member of the Deninu K’ue First Nation and has worked with various Indigenous patients and communities around the globe helping to bridge the gap between traditional and modern medical systems. She is co-founder and chair of the Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation based in the Canadian North with her foundation awarded the $1 million dollar 2017 Arctic Inspiration Prize for their work with homeless people and those most at risk in northern Canada. Dr. Redvers has been actively involved at the international level promoting the inclusion of Indigenous perspectives in planetary health and sustainable healthcare education (SHE), and currently sits on the advisory board for the American Public Health Association's Center for Climate, Health and Equity Steering Committee in addition to being a senior fellow of Indigenous and Community Health with inVIVO Planetary Health. She is also the author of the trade paperback book titled, ‘The Science of the Sacred: Bridging Global Indigenous Medicine Systems and Modern Scientific Principles’.

Omnia el Omrani

Liaison Officer for Public Health, International Federation of Medical Students' Association

Omnia El Omrani is a final-year MB BCh medical student from Egypt, currently working at Ain Shams University Hospital in Cairo. She has more than 6 years of experience in global health and student advocacy. She is currently serving as the Liaison Officer for Public Health Issues for the International Federation of Medical Students’ Association, representing the voice of 1.3 million medical students from130 countries across the world in the advocacy for planetary health, climate change, and non-communicable diseases. She is also the organization's focal point to the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) and has worked on other diverse projects with the WHO, UNEP and UNICEF. She is currently an associate at Women Leaders for Planetary Health and a member of the United Nations Children’s Fund Youth Leaders Program and the Global Youth Coalition for Road Safety.

Rachel Kyte

Dean of The Fletcher School, Tufts University

Biography coming soon.

Dr. Riane Eisler

President, Center for Partnership Studies

Riane Eisler, JD, PhD (hon), is president of the Center for Partnership Systems (CPS), Editor-in-Chief of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies at the University of Minnesota, and author of Nurturing Our Humanity: How Domination and Partnership Shape Our Brains, Lives, and Future (co-authored with anthropologist Douglas Fry; Oxford University Press, 2019), which shows how the social and biological sciences, especially neuroscience, bear our her findings. Her other books include The Chalice and The Blade: Our History, Our Future (now in 57 U.S printings), Sacred Pleasure, Tomorrow’s Children, The Power of Partnership, and The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics, hailed by Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu as "a template for the better world we have been so urgently seeking." Eisler pioneered the expansion of human rights theory and action to include women and children, and her research, writing, and speaking have transformed the lives of people worldwide. She keynotes conferences internationally and consults for governments on partnerism and the partnership model. She has authored over 500 articles for outlets ranging from The Christian Science Monitor, the International Journal of Women's Studies, and Business Insider to Quartz, The Human Rights Quarterly, and numerous popular presses, and is the recipient of many awards for her work for human rights, peace, and the foundations for a better future. For more information, www.centerforpartnership.org, www.partnerism.org, and www.rianeeisler.com.

Robin Wall Kimmerer

Professor of Environmental and Forest Biology, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Biography coming soon.

Rolph Payet

Executive Secretary, Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

Rolph Payet was appointed as Executive Secretary for the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions Secretariat in October 2014. He was previously Minister of Environment and Energy, and in 2008 founded the first University in Seychelles, where he also served as its first President and Vice-Chancellor. He is also Associate Professor at the University of Linnaeus, Sweden. Previously he contributed to the reports of the IPCC, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, and has served on numerous global forums such as the World Bank Blue Ribbon Panel, the UN Group of Experts for the Regular process for global reporting and assessment of the state of the marine environment, the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands, and as the Interim Coordinator of the Nairobi Convention UNEP Regional Seas Programme.” He is also founding member of a number of conservation-oriented foundations such as the Global Island Partnership, the Sea Level Rise Foundation, the Seychelles University Foundation, the Seychelles Centre for Marine Research and Technology, the Island Conservation Society and the Silhouette Foundation. He has received numerous international awards and recognition for his work including, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and an Honorary Doctorate in Science from the University of London.

Sandeep Maharaj

Associate Dean Distance Education, Planning and Projects, University of the West Indies

Dr. Sandeep Maharaj is a pharmacist and has done his graduate studies in Business Management (MBA and DBA). He serves as a lecturer in the School of Pharmacy and also as the Associate Dean Distance, Education and Planning and Director of the Entrepreneurship and Business Transformation Office for the Faculty at the UWI STA. Dr. Maharaj is the PHA’s Global Outreach Fellow (at the Planetary Health Alliance, based at the Harvard T Chan School of Public Health) .He has also been appointed to the leadership committee for Clinicians for Planetary Health.

Stefanos Fotiou

Director, Environment and Development Division; United Nations ESCAP

Stefanos is an accomplished expert on environment and sustainable development and currently serving as the Director or the Environment and Development Division in the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia-Pacific. In this capacity, Stefanos is providing strategic guidance for the planning and implementation of the UN ESCAP work on Sustainable Management of Natural Resources, Climate Change, Sustainable Urban Development and he is also coordinating ESCAP's overall approach on supporting the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Throughout his career, Stefanos has taken leading roles in international forums, had conceptualized and let the development of regional and national strategies on environment and sustainable development and his work has been widely published and referenced. He holds a PhD in Natural Resource Economics from Aristotle University in Greece, an Executive MSc in Information Systems from the University of Macedonia, and a Master Degree in Forestry and Natural Environment from Aristotle University.

Teddie Potter

Director of Planetary Health, University of Minnesota School of Nursing

Dr. Potter is deeply committed to climate change education including co-founding Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate, membership in the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, and Chair of the American Academy of Nursing Environment and Public Health Expert Panel. She is a member of the Coordinating Committee of Columbia University’s Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education and a Fellow in the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota. She chairs Clinicians for Planetary Health (C4PH) and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Planetary Health Alliance at Harvard. Dr. Potter was appointed the first Director of Planetary Health for the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota.

Tom Szaky

Founder & CEO; Terracycle


Tom Szaky is founder and CEO of TerraCycle, a global leader in the collection and repurposing of complex waste streams. TerraCycle operates in 20 countries, working with some of the world’s largest brands, retailers and manufacturers to create national platforms to recycle products and packaging that otherwise go to landfill or incineration. It also created a new circular reuse platform called Loop that enables consumers to purchase products in reusable packaging. 


Tom and TerraCycle have received hundreds of awards and recognition from organizations including the United Nations, World Economic Forum, Fortune Magazine and U.S. Chamber of Commerce.


Tom is the author of four books, Revolution in a Bottle, Outsmart Waste, Make Garbage Great and The Future of Packaging. 

Vik Mohan

Medical Director, Blue Ventures Conservation

Dr. Vik Mohan is a practising doctor, Director of Community Health at Blue Ventures Conservation, and architect of Blue Ventures’ award winning integrated health and conservation programme. Whilst working with communities in Madagascar on Blue Ventures’ community based marine conservation programme, his interest in community health led him to uncover a huge unmet need for health care, and sexual and reproductive health care in particular. Responding to this need, he led the development of the region’s first sexual and reproductive health service and oversaw its integration into the portfolio of Blue Ventures’ activities, to form an integrated Population, Health and Environment programme. After over ten years of supporting the implementation and growth of this programme, he has witnessed first-hand the multiple benefits of working in this integrated and holistic way, from improved natural resource management and community resilience, through to improvements in maternal and child health. This has inspired him to try and ensure that as many people as possible benefit from this planetary health approach to conservation and sustainable development. His work with Blue Ventures now focusses on supporting others to adopt this approach, in Madagascar and beyond.

Virgilio Viana

Director General, Sustainable Amazon Foudation

Virgilio Viana is a forest engineer, with a PhD in Biology from Harvard University, a postdoctoral in Sustainable Development from the University of Florida, and professor of forest sciences at the Luiz de Queiroz School of Agriculture, USP, from 1989 to 2003. He was the Secretary of State for Environment and Sustainable Development of the State of Amazonas, Brazil, from 2003 to 2008, and former President of the São Paulo Association of Forest Engineers and the Brazilian Society of Ethnobiology and Ethnoecology. He is currently the General Superintendent of the Sustainable Amazon Foundation (FAS); collaborating professor at the post-graduation course at the National Institute for Research in the Amazon (INPA); coordinator of the UN initiative: Network of Solutions for Sustainable Development - Amazon (SDSN); member of the Ethics and Action Committee for Sustainable Development, of the Vatican's Pontifical Academy of Sciences; Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Alliance for the Bioeconomy of the Amazon (ABIO).

Wanjira Mathai

Vice President And Regional Director For Africa

Wanjira Mathai is the Vice President and Regional Director for Africa at WRI.

She formerly served as Co-chair of WRI’s Global Restoration Council and a Senior Advisor to the Global Restoration Initiative. She is the current Chair of the Wangari Maathai Foundation and the former Chair of the Green Belt Movement in Kenya.

An inspiring leader, Wanjira has over 20 years of experience advocating for social and environmental change on both local and international platforms. Over the years, Wanjira has also served important strategic and advocacy roles raising the prominence and visibility of global issues such as climate change, youth leadership, sustainable energy, and landscape restoration, at Women Entrepreneurs in Renewables (wPOWER), the Wangari Maathai Foundation (WMF), and the Green Belt Movement (GBM) the organization her mother, Wangari Maathai (2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate) founded in 1977.

Wanjira currently serves on the Board of the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) and as a Leadership Council member of the Clean Cooking Alliance. Wanjira is one of a few Six Seconds EQ Practitioners in Kenya and was named one of the 100 Most Influential African Women in 2018 and 2020.

Will Evison

Director, Sustainability Strategy, PwC

Will is a Director based in London where he co-leads PwC’s sustainability strategy group. An environmental economist by training, Will has 15 years’ experience at the forefront of sustainability consulting and has delivered board level assignments with businesses, investment firms and regulators in more than 20 countries. Will chairs the “Planet” working group of the World Economic Forum project – Measuring Stakeholder Capitalism – to define the key indicators of sustainable value creation (“universal ESG indicators”) for global corporations. Will is a member of the Expert Advisory Committee to the Capitals Coalition, he was one of the lead authors of the Natural Capital Protocol, a lead author and editor of The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) report for business and enterprise. He has been a long-standing advisor to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the World Economic Forum.