Participant Bios

Participant Bios

  • Tundi Spring Agardy Director, Marine Ecosystem Services, Forest Trends Association

    Tundi Agardy is an internationally renowned expert in biodiversity conservation, and marine management with extensive field and policy experience in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, North America and the Pacific. She serves as Director of the Marine Ecosystem Services (MARES) Program of Forest Trends, which focuses on identifying and catalyzing the use of innovative financing to safeguard the delivery of coastal and marine ecosystem services. She also heads Sound Seas, an independent policy group based in the Washington, DC area, specializing in coastal assessment, marine protected areas, fisheries management, and coastal and marine spatial planning; is the Science and Policy Director for the World Ocean Observatory; and is Associate Editor of the highly regarded newsletter Marine Ecosystems and Management (MEAM).  Tundi has published over a hundred scientific papers on issues at the nexus of science and policy. Her 1997 book on Marine Protected Areas is still widely used today, and in 2010 she published an Earthscan book entitled, “Ocean Zoning: Making Marine Management More Effective”, serving as valuable guidance for putting marine spatial planning into practice. In June of 2011, UNEP launched the manual on Ecosystem-Based Management, which she authored, to guide Regional Seas programs and planners and managers around the world. She also headed up the coastal section of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment – a 3-year global analysis released in 2005 that represents the consensus of over a thousand scientists on the state of ecosystems and their link to human well-being. She received her Ph.D. in biological sciences and her Masters in Marine Affairs from University of Rhode Island, was postdoctoral fellow at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and completed her undergraduate work at Wellesley and Dartmouth Colleges. (

  • Luis Basterra Chair of the House Committee on Agriculture, Deputy to the National Congress for the province of Formosa, Argentina

    With a degree in Agricultural Engineering (Universidad Nacional del Nordeste , Argentina , 1988) and a Masters degree in Strategic Management (Universidad Nacional de Misiones, Argentina, 2005), his career developed mostly in the fields of Agricultural Economics, Planning, Strategic Management and Environmental Management.He has been Minister of Industry and Environment of the Province of Formosa, Argentina (2003-2009) , President of the Federal Environmental Council of Argentina (2009) , Vice Chairman of the National Institute of Agricultural Technology (2009-2011), Under Secretary of Commerce and Investment (2000-2003) and Under Secretary of Labor of Formosa, (1996-2000).Elected Deputy to the National Congress for the province of Formosa for the period 2011-2015, he has since held the Chair of the House Committee on Agriculture. He is also member of the Committees on Natural Resources and Human Environment, Population and Human Development, Science and Technology, and Budget and Finance; and of the Parliamentary Front Against Hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean.Has repeatedly been part of the Argentinean Delegation  for the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC)  and is an ICAC Research Associate . Other experience include studies and publications on the economics of cotton production, product positioning for family agriculture (Agricultural Social Program), innovation in aquaculture,  management of native forests in Aboriginal communities with the NGO Association Arbres de Vie and technical advice to the Union of Cotton Cooperatives in the province of Chaco, Argentina. (

  • Ricardo Bayon Patner and Co-Founder, EKO Asset Management Partners

    Ricardo Bayon is a Partner and a co-founder of EKO Asset Management Partners. Previously, he helped found and served as the Managing Director of the "Ecosystem Marketplace," a web site and information/analysis service covering these emerging environmental markets. In that capacity he co-authored a number of publications on voluntary carbon markets, including "The State of Voluntary Carbon Markets 2007: Picking up Steam" and "Voluntary Carbon Markets: An International Business Guide to What They Are and How They Work." His most recent publication on markets for biodiversity, entitled "Conservation and Biodiversity Banking: A Guide to Setting Up and Running Biodiversity Credit Trading System" has just been published by Earthscan in London. For over a decade he has specialized on issues related to finance, banking, and the environment. He has done consulting work for a number of organizations, including Insight Investments, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank, IUCN, The Nature Conservancy, Domini Social Investment, among others. His articles have appeared in publications such as The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, and the International Herald Tribune. He has also written numerous publications and chapters on mitigation banking, biodiversity markets, markets for water quality, and other environmental markets. He was born in Bogota, Colombia, and is currently based in San Francisco. (

  • William Trant Beloe Senior Operations Officer for China’s Sustainable Energy Finance and Program Manager for China Utility-Based Energy Efficiency, International Finance Corporation

    William Beloe is managing IFC China’s Sustainable Energy Finance program. Previously, Will was based in Delhi, where he was IFC’s Sustainable Business Advisory Regional Business Line Leader for South Asia. Prior to that, Will was the Head of Advisory Services for IFC Philippines and the EAP regional product lead covering Sustainable Energy Finance and various other climate change initiatives. He began working for IFC in Chengdu, where he spent four years working on SME development focusing on access to finance and SME management solutions. Will began his career in London as a derivatives trader before moving to China, where he worked in banking and management consulting. Will holds a Master’s in Business Administration from INSEAD and speaks Mandarin Chinese. (

  • Fred Boltz Managing Director for Ecosystems, Rockefeller Foundation

    Fred Boltz joined the Rockefeller Foundation in 2013. As Managing Director for Ecosystems, Dr. Boltz brings to the Foundation scientific expertise in economics and ecology, combined with practical knowledge of climate change, freshwater and food security issues. His work enhances the Foundation’s global portfolio as we expand our investments in revaluing ecosystems as an underpinning of human well-being, resilience and equitable growth. Dr. Boltz has deep experience implementing programs in Africa, Asia and South America. For much of the last decade, Dr. Boltz served as Conservation International’s lead technical advisor on conservation strategy and practice, providing guidance to staff and partners in over 30 countries on marine and terrestrial conservation, community based conservation, ecotourism, enterprise development. In 2002, Dr. Boltz worked on a post-genocide recovery effort in Rwanda, where he designed a program of economic revitalization in communities buffering the Nyungwe National Park.  His immersion in development practice traces to 1992, when Dr. Boltz established Conservation International’s first protected area conservation and rural development project in the eastern rainforest of Madagascar. Dr. Boltz holds a Ph.D. in Natural Resources Economics from the University of Florida, and earned his B.A. in East Asian Studies from Duke University. He has published actively in leading economic and environmental journals and has co-edited current books on climate change and ecosystem services. A native English speaker, Dr. Boltz is fluent in both French and Spanish, and conversant in Portuguese, Malagasy and Mandarin. (

  • Lauretta Burke Senior Associate, People and Ecosystems Program, World Resources Institute

    Lauretta Burke joined the World Resources Institute in 1998 and has led WRI’s work on coastal ecosystems since that time. Lauretta is a geographer and spatial analyst by training, who specializes in providing information, indicators and tools to support improved management of coastal ecosystems.  She has been focused on evaluating threats to and value of coastal tropical ecosystems for the past 15 years. Lauretta leads the Reefs at Risk project, a global partnership estimating and mapping threats to coral reefs.She is lead author of Reefs at Risk Revisited (2011), a global analysis of both local and climate-driven threats to coral reefs. She was lead author of the Pilot Analysis of Global Ecosystems – Coastal Ecosystems (2000) report, a foundational report for the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Since 2005, Lauretta has lead the Coastal Capital project, developing methodologies, tools and guidebooks to implement policy-relevant valuation of the ecosystem goods and services associated with coral reefs and mangroves, and has guided valuations in five Caribbean countries.  Lauretta represents WRI on international initiatives related to oceans, coasts, and ecosystem valuation, including UN Ocean Assessments, Green Economy in a Blue World, the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI), Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) Technical and Experts Committee, the Marine Ecosystem Services Partnership, and is a partner in planning TEEB for Oceans. Lauretta has an M.A. in Environment and Resource Policy from the George Washington University and an M.A. in Geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She resides in Washington, DC. (

  • Agnes C. de Jesus Senior Vice President, Environment and External Relations and Compliance Officer, Energy Development Corporation, Philippines

    Agnes C. de Jesus is the Senior Vice President for Environment and External Relations and at the same time the Compliance Officer of the Energy Development Corporation (EDC) in the Philippines. The company which has a pure renewable energy portfolio (geothermal and hydropower) supplies 10% of the country’s power. In these positions , she has acquired extensive experience in environmental and watershed management, government relations, policy formulation, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), public relations and conflict management. Her areas of experience include the management of key biodiversity areas and forest reservations for the government where their renewable energy projects are located as well as the engagement with and community development of indigenous people and poor rural communities around their projects totaling 18,000 households. She is also the current chairman of Philippine National Steering Committee of the Small Grants Program of UNDP for Operational Phase 4 and a Third Party Reviewer of World Bank country reports. She was a speaker/lecturer in 16 foreign and 62 local conferences. (

  • Holly T Dublin Director of Strategies, The B Team

    Dr Holly Dublinhas spent the past three decades as an active practitioner in the field of sustainability - linking the inherent values of biodiversity and ecosystem services to human livelihoods and well-being.  Holly contributed to and supervised programmatic work on long-term ecological monitoring; the international trade and use of wild species of animals and plants; community-based conservation and empowerment with local people in developing countries; strategic planning and programme implementation for the conservation of species (raw materials) ecosystems and relevant policy on all these issues at all levels.  After more than 20 years on the staff of WWF International, she was elected to the Chair of the Species Survival Commission, the largest of six Commissions of the IUCN with over 7,500 conservation scientists and practitioners. Holly has been the Chair of the IUCN SSC’s African Elephant Specialist Group for over 20 years. She has led many technical evaluations for the GEF, UNEP, IUCN, WWF and other NGOs and development agencies.  Between 2009 and the end of 2012, Holly brought to bear these many years of experience to work closely with PPR (now Kering) in the establishment of its new sustainability department, PPR HOME.  As an integral part of PPRHOME’s development, Holly became Director and Special Advisor for Sustainability in Spring 2011.  She was responsible for the programme side of PPR HOME, overseeing the team of specialists and advising the brands on key challenges in their supply chains. Among the pioneering brand initiatives was PUMA’s Environmental Profit & Loss (E P & L) account and Holly was a member of the core team in its development and strategic rollout.  Last year she oversaw a major feasibility study into the development of a Social Profit & Loss account and now leads the B Team’s work to establish their E P&L Consortium and the partnership with WBCSD on development and piloting of the S P&L in her capacity as Director of Strategies.  She is committed to making business a force for environmental, social and economic benefit.Holly has been an active player in local, national and international policy forums including the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES), The Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and has been a Liaison Delegate to the WBCSD.  She serves on the Sustainability Technical Advisory Group of Kering and is a Specialist advisor for the Zeitz Foundation.She has received many distinguished awards and published over 100 peer-reviewed articles.  An accomplished speaker and writer, she has a proven track record of deeply understanding the issues, thinking analytically and putting lessons from diverse realms into operational practice.  Living in Africa allows her a daily “reality check”. (

  • J. Carl Ganter Co-founder and Director, Circle of Blue

    J. Carl Ganter is co-founder and director of Circle of Blue, the internationally recognized center for original frontline reporting, research, and analysis on water resource issues, including the competition between water, food and energy in a changing climate. Ganter is an award-winning photojournalist, reporter, and broadcaster who helped shape the multimedia news era. His work has appeared in most major magazines, newspapers, and television and radio networks. He is vice chairman of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Water Security, and for ten years served on the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Navigating Peace Water Working Group. He directs Circle of Blue's Global Choke Point series, which is exploring the nexus of water, food and energy around the world, and has reported recently from China, Mongolia, India, Mexico and the Middle East. He earned his MSJ in investigative and magazine writing at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and graduated with honors from Northwestern's American Studies Program. In 2012, he received the Rockefeller Foundation Centennial Innovation Award. (

  • Robert Garris Managing Director, The Rockefeller Foundation

    Robert Garris is the Managing Director of Bellagio Programs and a member of the senior leadership team at The Rockefeller Foundation, where his work enhances and extends the Foundation’s global network, search activities, and overall convening capacity through outreach, recruitment, and selection of conferences and resident fellows at the Foundation’s Bellagio Center in northern Italy. He also leads the Foundation’s global and U.S. work on the philanthropic sector. Prior to joining The Rockefeller Foundation, Rob spent eight years at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), where he served most recently as Senior Associate Dean. In this role, he was responsible for ensuring that strategic planning, external affairs, global partnerships, and student affairs advanced the School’s core mission to train students and produce research that promoted global public interests. Prior to SIPA, he held leadership positions at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Garris holds a Ph.D. in European History from the University of North Carolina with a focus on immigration and urban policy. He resides in New York City. (

  • Rebekkah Hogan Strategic Research, The Rockefeller Foundation

    Rebekkah Hogan joined the Rockefeller Foundation in 2011 and currently works within the Strategic Research Unit, a strategy function that identifies and assesses the impact potential of intervention opportunities across all of the Foundation’s thematic priority areas.  She assists in the identification and development of new initiatives, and manages relationships with partner organizations and prospective grantees in the search for innovative ideas and conducts research in support of the strategic development of Foundation initiatives.Prior to joining The Rockefeller Foundation, Ms. Hogan was Program Coordinator at Columbia University’s Committee on Global Thought. Her work focused on the interdisciplinary study of globalization through research workshops, curricular initiatives, and communications strategies that engage the global community.Ms. Hogan received a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in Anthropology and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She also holds a master’s degree in Fundraising and Nonprofit Management from Columbia University. (

  • Charles Ian McNeill Senior Policy Advisor, Environment & Energy Group within Bureau for Development Policy, United Nations Development Programme

    Dr. Charles Ian McNeill is the Senior Policy Advisor in the Environment & Energy Group within UNDP’s Bureau for Development Policy and oversees through his membership of the Core Management Team the group’s global operations in over 160 countries in Biodiversity and Ecosystems, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, Sustainable Energy, Land and Water Management, and other areas.  He co-manages UNDP’s work on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) through the UN-REDD Programme which he co-founded in 2008 with FAO and UNEP and which has grown to over $180 million. He manages UNDP’s participation in the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and the work of the Equator Initiative, a multi-partner effort to foster successful community initiatives in the Equatorial belt to reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. Dr. McNeill also oversees UNDP’s Sustainable Energy Program team and the work of the Africa Adaptation Program.  Dr. McNeill is responsible for policy coherence, partnerships and strategic initiatives for UNDP’s environment group.He initiated UNDP’s work to stimulate new markets for carbon and other ecosystem services to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to expand the benefits of the Clean Development Mechanism to a larger group of developing countries. Previously, he managed UNDP’s Biodiversity Global Program and coordinated UNDP’s role in the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity, and oversaw UNDP’s work in mainstreaming environmental issues into national development plans around the world to advance the MDGs. From 1992 to 1996, Dr. McNeill managed UNDP’s Global Environment Facility (GEF) work throughout Africa and then was responsible for UNDP-GEF global policy and programming. Prior to joining UNDP in 1992, Dr. McNeill worked in the non-governmental sector on hunger eradication and sustainable development programs in South Asia and Africa.  After receiving his Ph.D. in Genetics, with a focus on conservation biology, from the University of California at Davis, Dr. McNeill held several academic posts addressing a range of environmental and development issues.

  • David Meyers, PhD, MBA Principle, Green Ant Advisors

    Dr. David Meyers is a serial entrepreneur and environmental finance expert with over 25 years of experience in sustainability, business strategy and management, environmental economics, international conservation and development, environmental impact, training, education, and research in ecology and evolution.  He is currently Principal at Green Ant Advisors and is leading projects for financing nature conservation in Afghanistan, Haiti, Comoros, and for European overseas entities.  Other recent projects include designing a conservation trust fund for Tanzania and supporting True Market Solutions’ innovative Sustainability Circles™ program.  David teaches a short course at Columbia’s Earth Institute entitled “Business Models: Strategies from Ecology and Evolution.” David was founding CFO/COO for Mission Markets, a financial services company providing online marketplaces for Impact Investing and environmental assets.  Previously, David founded and was CEO of Madagascar Bamboo, a triple bottom line bamboo flooring manufacturer – the first company to produce industrially transformed bamboo products in Africa.  While in Madagascar David helped the country plan and execute a tripling of the area under conservation, established the Makira Conservation Area – a 370,000 hectare protected area using REDD+ methodology, and provided strategic and practical support to the government, environmental foundations, and the parks service.Over many years, Dr. Meyers has been providing consulting services to the UNDP, World Bank, USAID, a range of NGOs and corporations.  His consulting and business activities have taken him to every continent and he has visited or worked in over 38 countries. He began his career conducting research on endangered primates and has written multiple scientific publications and co-authored the definitive guide to the lemurs.  He is a member of the Conservation Finance Alliance and holds a PhD in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy from Duke University and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.  David speaks fluent French and passable Malagasy. (

  • Janet Ranganathan Vice President for Science and Research, World Resources Institute

    Janet Ranganathan is the Vice President for Science and Research at the World Resources Institute. Janet Ranganathan is the Vice President for Science and Research at the World Resources Institute. She plays a lead role in ensuring that WRI's research is robust and its strategies evidence based and designed to create scalable results. This includes overseeing the planning, quality control, and evaluation of WRI’s research and publications. She works closely with the Managing Director to oversee the development of strategy within and across WRI’s four programs: Climate, Energy and Transport; Institutions and Governance; People and Ecosystems; and Markets and Enterprises. Janet is also a member of the World Resources Report project team focusing on Food Futures: Feeding 9 Billion while Sustaining Ecosystems in a Changing Climate. Janet has developed and rolled out numerous initiatives to address the root causes of poverty and environmental degradation. Before becoming Vice President, Janet founded and directed WRI's People and Ecosystems Program to reverse ecosystem degradation and ensure ecosystems’ capacity to meet human needs. Within the People and Ecosystems Program, she launched two major initiatives on Ecosystem Services and Forest Landscapes.Janet has also served in WRI’s Market and Enterprise and Climate and Energy programs. She developed and directed WRI’s US Climate Policy Initiative, which advanced policies and business actions that resulted in significant greenhouse gas emissions reductions. She founded and directed the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Initiative, an international multi-stakeholder partnership convened by WRI and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development for the purpose of developing international greenhouse gas accounting and reporting standards. The Greenhouse Gas Protocol is now the international accounting and reporting standard for business and numerous national and state greenhouse gas programs.Janet serves on the board of Ceres, the International Integrated Reporting Council and the Mars Science Advisory Committee. She is also a member of the International Programme Advisory Committee for the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation Programme supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). She has advised numerous companies on sustainability strategies.Janet has written extensively on a broad range of sustainable development challenges, including business and markets, environmental performance measurement, environmental accounting, climate change, greenhouse gas measurement and reporting, ecosystem degradation, food security, forests and global environmental governance.(

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  • Judith Rodin President, The Rockefeller Foundation

    Judith Rodin is president of The Rockefeller Foundation, one of the world’s leading philanthropic organizations. She was previously president of the University of Pennsylvania and provost of Yale University. Since joining the Foundation in 2005, Rodin has recalibrated its focus to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century and today the Foundation supports and shapes innovations to strengthen resilience to risks and ensure more equitable growth around the world. The Foundation accomplishes these goals through initiatives to address climate change in poor communities, to strengthen global health systems, to catalyze the field of impact investing, to mobilize an agricultural revolution in Africa and to shape smart, sustainable transportation policies in the United States. A widely recognized international leader in academia, science, and development, Rodin has actively participated in influential global forums, including the World Economic Forum, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Clinton Global Initiative, and the United Nations General Assembly. She is also a member of the African Development Bank’s High Level Panel, a board member of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (co-created by The Rockefeller Foundation). In November 2012, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo named Rodin Co-Chair of the New York state 2100 Commission on long-term resilience following Superstorm Sandy. A pioneer and innovator throughout her career, Rodin was the first woman named to lead an Ivy League Institution and is the first woman to serve as The Rockefeller Foundation’s President in its nearly 100-year history. A research psychologist by training, she was one of the pioneers of the behavioral medicine and health psychology movements. She is the author of more than 200 academic articles and has written or co-written twelve books. She has received eighteen honorary doctorate degrees and has been named one of Crain’s fifty most powerful women in New York for three years in a row. She has also been recognized as one of Forbes world’s 100 most powerful women in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Rodin serves as a member of the board for several leading corporations and nonprofits including Citigroup, AMR Corporation, Comcast, and the White House Council for Community Solutions. Rodin is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from Columbia University. She resides in New York City. (

  • Laurent Sedogo Minister of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries, Burkina Faso

    Mr Laurent Gouind Sedogo has adoctorate in participatory land use

    planning and sustainable landmanagement. Since March 2008, he is

    serving as the Minister of Agriculture,Water Resources, and Fisheries. From

    January 2004 to March 2008, he heldthe position of Minister of Environment

    of Burkina Faso. He is also Vice President of the Bureauof the UNEP Governing Council. From 1984 to 1987, heoccupied several high administrative and political positions and was among the pioneers who set up thenational committee for desertification control in BurkinaFaso. From 1988 to 1990, he was appointed as Ministerof Farmers’ Cooperatives. From 1991 to 1993, he wasthe manager of the desertification control programme(LUCODEB) at the Ministry of Environment. (

  • Bekele Shiferaw Executive Director, Partnership for Economic Policy

    Bekele Shiferaw is currently the Executive Director of the Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP) based in Nairobi, Kenya. Prior to that, he was the Program Director and Principal Scientist of the Socio-Economics Research Program at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT). With Over 13 years in the CGIAR, he has coordinated and led major international initiatives in agricultural development and policy research in the developing countries. Before joining CIMMMT, he served for over eight years as a Senior Development and Resource Economist in Asia and Africa with the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). His research interests span technology adoption and impact assessment, economics of agricultural development, poverty reduction, valuation of environmental resources, bio-economic modeling and analysis of institutional innovations and policies for remedying market failures for sustainable natural resource management and adaptation to climate change. Dr. Shiferaw received his Ph.D degree in Development and Resource Economics from the Department of Economics and Resource Management, Agricultural University of Norway. (

  • Sally Uren CEO, Forum for the Future

    SallyUren was appointed CEO in July 2013, after four years as Deputy CEO. As well as leading the organisation, Sally directly oversees Forum's partnerships in the UK, Europe and the US, as well as Forum’s networks and communication activities. She also oversees our work on sustainable business and our projects in the food system. Much of her work in this space involves working with leading global companies, such as Unilever and Kingfisher, unlocking the opportunity agenda presented by sustainable development. Increasingly Sally designs and delivers projects where groups of businesses and others come together to address barriers to sustainability that are too big for one organisation to tackle alone.  One such group is the Sustainability and Brands Roundtable, where Forum is working collaboratively with a wide range of brands, helping them operationalize sustainability and address a systemic barrier to sustainability – lack of mainstream consumer pull. Other recent Forum projects she has overseen have included Consumer Futures, Dairy 2020 – a collaborative project delivering a vision for a sustainable dairy sector, and she is currently Project Director of a global multi-stakeholder consortium focused on delivering a sustainable tea value chain, Tea 2030. She is Chair of Kingfisher plc’s Advisory Council and acts as an independent advisor on Advisory Boards for several other global businesses.  She is also Chair of the Advisory Board overseeing Forum for the Future’s growing operations in the US and an Advisory Board member for Sustainable Brands. Before joining Forum in 2002, Sally set up the Sustainability Group at private consultancy Casella Stanger (now owned by Bureau Veritas). Last but not least, she has worked actively in South East Asia during her PhD, specifically on rainforest regeneration in Borneo. (

  • Vijay Vaitheeswaran China Business and Finance Editor, The Economist

    Vijay Vaitheeswaran is the China Business and Finance Editor at The Economist and an award-winning senior correspondent. His editorial responsibilities range from business and finance to science, technology, and innovation. His latest book, Need, Speed and Greed: How the New Rules of Innovation Can Transform Businesses, Propel Nations to Greatness, and Tame the World’s Most Wicked Problems (Harper Collins), is about the future of global innovation. Vaitheeswaran is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is an advisor on sustainability and innovation to the World Economic Forum and a regular speaker at the Clinton Global Initiative. He teaches at NYU’s Stern Business School and his commentaries have appeared on NPR and the BBC, in the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times and the New York Times. Vaitheeswaran joined The Economist’s editorial staff in 1992 as its London-based Latin America correspondent and opened the magazine’s first regional bureau in Mexico City. From 1998 to 2006, he covered the politics, economics, business, and technology of energy and the environment. From 2007 to 2011, his portfolio encompassed innovation, global health, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. Vaitheeswaran is an engineering graduate of the MIT, where he was named a Harry S. Truman Presidential Scholar by the U.S. Congress. He resides in Shanghai.


  • Robert Winterbottom Director, Ecosystems Services Initiative, World Resources Institute

    Robert Winterbottom is the Director of Ecosystem Services at the World Resources Institute, based in Washington, D.C.  He leads project activities in WRI’s People and Ecosystems Program aimed at scaling up the improved and sustainable management of ecosystems to secure food and water supplies.  Bob has broad experience in environmental sciences and natural resource management, working over the past 30 years in Africa and South Asia, on issues of desertification control, tropical deforestation, community-based natural resource management and re-greening of agricultural landscapes.  In Rwanda, Bob supported the development and implementation of the country’s first environmental action plan, and assisted in establishing Rwanda’s Ministry of Environment.  In Niger, he supported forest policy reforms and the integration of NRM into rural development programs.  In Senegal, the project team worked to strengthen local governance institutions for decentralized resource management, develop community based forest management, and expand natural resource based rural enterprises. In Bangladesh, he managed a program for the co-management of protected wetlands and forests.  Bob also worked on climate change assessments in Madagascar, Vietnam and Malawi to analyze the vulnerability of rural populations and identify opportunities for adaptation and sustainable landscape projects. Bob earned a MFS from the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies of Yale University and has a BA in Geography from Dartmouth College.  For more information, please see: (

  • Dr. Huaying Zhang Vice President of Sustainability Coca-Cola Greater China & Korea Business Unit

    Huaying Zhang is the Vice President of Sustainability for Coca-Cola Greater China & Korea Business Unit.

    Dr. Zhang has held various positions in diverse fields in The Coca-Cola Company since 1994.  From Scientific & Regulatory Affairs to Technical/R&D and from Beverage Institute for Health & Wellness to Risk Management, her job always allowed her to help the company make a meaningful contribution to the society.  Dr. Zhang holds a Bachelor of Medicine degree from Peking University, a Master’s degree in Public Health from Rutgers University in United States, an MBA from University of Western Ontario in Canada, and a PhD in Chinese Medicine from China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences. (

  • Riva Froymovich Content and Programme Manager, The Economist

    Riva Froymovich is a content and programme manager at The Economist. She is the author of End of The Good Life: How the Financial Crisis Threatens a Lost Generation - and What We Can Do About It (Harper Perennial), which chronicles the impact of the latest financial crisis on Generation Y and promotes innovative reforms in education, employment, and public policy. She is a journalist and has reported both in print and on camera for The Wall Street Journal and the Dow Jones Newswires, among other outlets. She has covered the euro-zone in the throes of economic collapse, the U.S. dollar’s historic decline during the Great Recession, the rapid rise of emerging economies, central banks as they faced their biggest challenge since the Depression, and politicians’ attempt to cobble together financial regulation. Froymovich graduated from New York University with a degree in journalism and minors in urban studies and politics. She resides in New York City. (

  • Carolyn Whelan Editor, Management Thinking, Economist Intelligence Unit

    Carolyn Whelan is an Editor at the Economist Intelligence Unit, spearheading the creation of white papers, articles, reports and other materials. She broke into journalism by covering the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio for the Earth Island Journal and subsequently worked for non-governmental organizations including the World Wildlife Fund in Switzerland. Whelan segued back into journalism as a staff writer for Barron’s Online in New York covering technology, and as a Dow Jones Newswires reporter in Paris covering healthcare. Her other experience includes writing conference materials for Digital Equipment Corporation, the United Nations, Telecom, and the 2003 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). Most recently, Whelan was a freelance correspondent for Fortune, Newsweek, the International Herald Tribune, and Scientific in New York and Buenos Aires, where she wrote about trade with China, Argentina’s economic collapse, and Brazil’s growing clout, among other subjects. Whelan earned a B.A. in communications and studied international relations at the University of Virginia, and was a 2005-2006 Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University (Business and Journalism). She is American and Swiss and resides in New York City. (

  • Janaki Alavalapati Professor and Head, Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, College of Natural Resources and Environment, Virginia Tech

    Dr. Janaki Alavalapati is a Professor and the Head of the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation in the College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech, USA. Currently he serves as a Senior Fellow to promote Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas program at the U.S. Department of the State. In 2007-2008, he was selected as a Jefferson Science Fellow and served as a Senior Advisor for International Energy Affairs in the U.S. Department of State, Washington DC. From 1998 to 2008, he served as an Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor of Forest Economics and Policy in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida. He was one of the founding members of the Center for Subtropical Agroforestry and served as the founding Director of Conserved Forest Ecosystems Outreach and Research (CFEOR) at the University of Florida. Between 1990 and 1998, he worked for the Department of Rural Economy in University of Alberta and the Canadian Forest Service in Edmonton. Prior to this he served as a Forest Range Officer and a District Forest Officer in Andhra Pradesh, India. He has an M.Sc in Botany and an M.Sc in Forestry from India and an MS in Rural Sociology and a Ph.D. in Forest Economics from Canada. As a PI or Co-PI, Dr. Alavalapati secured over $20 million to conduct research on market solutions for forests and natural resources, energy, and environmental problems and issues at local, regional, and international levels.  He has taught forests and natural resource economics and policy at Virginia Tech, University of Florida, University of Alberta, and Czech Agriculture University, and served as major advisor of 15 PhD and 12 MS students and 8 Postdoctoral fellows.  He has published over 200 publications and made over 145 professional presentations. His selected awards include University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship (2006-2009), Superior Honor Award from the US Department of State (2008), and International Union of Forest Research Organization’s (IUFRO) Scientific Achievement Award (2010). Currently he serves as an Advisory Board Member for Forest Policy and Economics and as the Policy Chair for U.S. National Association of University Forest Resource Programs. He also served as a Deputy Coordinator of Social and Economic Aspects of Forestry Unit, (IUFRO) and the Chair of Society of American Foresters’ (SAF) Economics, Policy, and Law Group. (

  • Luc Gnacadja UN Assistant-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

    Luc Gnacadja was till 30 September 2013 the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). Since becoming UN Assistant-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the UNCCD in October 2007, Mr. Gnacadja has dedicated himself to mobilizing political will for the fight against desertification, land degradation and to mitigate the effects of drought. As a passionate advocate of global sustainability through caring for land and soil as natural capital and global common, he is promoting the vision of a land-degradation neutral world, calling for a goal of sustainable land use for all and by all, along with a target of Zero Net Land Degradation by 2030, to secure the continuing availability of healthy and productive land for present and future generations. He believes that “a land-degradation neutral world is the final piece of the puzzle that unites the challenge of land degradation with the tools at our disposal and the level of ambition needed to achieve ‘The Future We Want’.” Born in Benin, he is an architect by profession. Prior to UNCCD,  he served as Minister of Environment, Housing and Urban Development of Benin from 1999 to 2005. He gained firsthand knowledge of environment and sustainable development issues over a number of years in his capacity as a global player on development issues as well as Head of Delegation to the Conference of the Parties of a number of Multilateral Environmental Agreements, such as the UNCCD, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). In March 2003 he was honored with the "2002 Green Award" in Washington by the World Bank. (

  • Samuel Kwong Group Environment, Health and Safety Manager, John Swire & Sons (H.K.) Ltd

    Samuel Kwong is responsible for matters relating to sustainability including environmental protection, workplace conditions, and community investment & partnership initiatives. He joined Swire in 2005 to establish the sustainability team in Swire Beverages, a strategy bottling partner of The Coca-Cola Company, and represented Swire on the Coca-Cola Environment & Safety Council. He is now leading Swire's committees and working groups in developing group strategies and facilitating best practice sharing on various sustainability issues including energy efficiency, environment, occupational safety and supply chain sustainability. Mr Kwong is active in the professional arena and is currently the Vice Chairman of the South China Environmental and Safety Management Association and the Senior Vice Chairman of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management Hong Kong. Prior to joining Swire, Mr Kwong has been with the railway company in developing the West Rail and Kowloon South Link and with the consultancy specializing in environmental management system implementation and auditing.  He is a Principal Environmental Auditor and a Lead EMS Auditor under the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, Chartered Engineer under the Engineering Society UK, Chartered Water and Environment Manager and a Certified Monitoring and Verification Professional under the Association of Energy Engineers. Mr Kwong is a Civil Engineer by training and has a Bachelor of Engineer degree and a Master of Philosophy degree from The University of Hong Kong, a Master of Science degree from ENTPE, France, a Master of Business Administration from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Bachelor of Laws from The University of London. (

  • Pedro Leitão CEO, Instituto Arapyaú

    Pedro Leitão is the Executive Director of the Instituto Arapyaú, a NGO sponsored by the Guilherme Leal family trust, one of the founders and a major shareholder of Natura Cosmetics. PL was the Executive Director of the Brazilian Biodiversity Fund (FUNBIO) since the Fund’s creation in 1995 as a private, not for profit, environment conservation financial instrument, responsible for the largest existing tropical forest conservation program. Before FUNBIO PL spent 20 years (1975/95) with the Brazilian National Science and Technology Council (CNPq), where he played different roles, mainly involving research, management, and training: headed the S&T Policy Unit in Brazil; was director for Special S&T Policy Projects; counsel for S&T Policy to the President; director of the CNPq Science Museum; headed the Laboratory for Socially Sustainable Technology. Before that period PL worked for the Brazilian Institute of Local Management (IBAM), (1969/75), as technical adviser to local development initiatives both in Brazil as well as in other Latin American countries. His professional experience also includes involvement with academia as part-time professor/researcher at the post-graduate program in Industrial Engineering of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and as teacher at the post-graduate program of Public Policy and Management of the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Rio. PL has been consultant to several public and private institutions with focus on policy design, capacity building and management. PL holds a D. Phil. in Industrial Engineering, a M. Phil. in Community and Regional Planning, and a BA in Public Policy and Administration. He speaks, reads and writes in Portuguese, Spanish, and English. He communicates in French. PL is married, has four sons, likes to read, and travel. Is or has been on the boards of Greenpeace Brazil, AFS International Scholarships Brazil, SOS Mata Atlântica, Instituto Desiderata, Instituto Brasileiro de Administração Municipal, Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas (IPÊ) and Funbio. (pedro/

  • Bob Scholes Systems Ecologist, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa

    Dr. Bob Scholes is a systems ecologist, employed at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in South Africa, where he is Research Group Leader for Global Change and Ecosystem Dynamics. He has worked on various aspects of Global Change – particularly on how African savannahs interact with the global carbon cycle – for over two decades. Bob was co-chair of the Working Group on Condition and Trend in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, and is on the steering committee of its research follow-up, the Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society. He is co-PI of Vital Signs, a project aiming to provide integrated ecosystem service and human wellbeing observations in Africa. He has been a Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in its third, fourth and current (fifth) assessments. He was one of the designers of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems and is the chair of the GEO Biodiversity Observation Network. He was a member of the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change. (