Keynote Speakers

 

Pavan Sukhdev

 

Pavan Sukhdev

Pavan Sukhdev is the founder and chair of GIST Advisory, a consulting firm specializing in valuing and managing environmental impacts and dependencies at all levels - national, provincial, business and personal. This firm was set up by Pavan’s NGO, GIST (Green Indian States Trust) to fund its research into major economic externalities arising from natural capital and human capital. Until recently, Pavan was Special Adviser and Head of UNEP’s Green Economy Initiative, which demonstrates that the greening of economies is not a burden on growth but rather a new engine for growing wealth and decent employment, and for the reduction of persistent poverty.

A career banker, Pavan took a sabbatical from Deutsche Bank from 2008 till 2010 in order to deliver the environmental projects “TEEB” and the “Green Economy Report” for UNEP’s Green Economy Initiative. Pavan was appointed Study Leader of TEEB in early 2008 by the EU Commission and Germany (the first funders of TEEB). (Read more...)

 

Ahmed Djoghlaf

 

Ahmed Djoghlaf

Ahmed Djoghlaf is the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity under the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). As Executive Secretary of the Convention, he has a key role in the field of sustainable development and protection of global biodiversity. He was formerly the Assistant Executive Director of UNEP and Director of the Division of the Global Environment Facility Coordination. He studied at, inter alia, the University of Nancy, France (PhD in political sciences), St. John’s University, New York (Master of Arts, Government and Politics), Université Lille Nord de France (Master of Political Sciences and Information Sciences) and the University of Algiers (Law degree). (Read more...)

 

Antje Boetius

 

Antje Boetius

Antje Boetius is currently active at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association, Bremerhaven, at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, and at the University of Bremen, Germany.

Her research interests focus on geomicrobiology, biological oceanography, marine microbiology and deep-sea ecology, particularly in connection with the indian ocean. (Read more...)

 

John Gowdy

 

John Gowdy

John M. Gowdy is Rittenhouse Professor of Humanities and Social Science, Department of Economics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He is past president of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics and is President-Elect of the International Society for Ecological Economics. He has been a Fulbright scholar at the Economic University of Vienna, Leverhulme Professor at Leeds University and a visiting scholar at the University of Zurich, the Free University of Amsterdam, the University of Queensland and Tokushima University.

He has published more than 130 academic articles and has authored or co-authored 9 books. (Read more...)

 

Thomas Elmqvist

 

Thomas Elmqvist

Thomas Elmqvist, PhD, is a professor in Natural Resource Management at Stockholm University. His research is focused on ecosystem services, land use change, natural disturbances and components of resilience including the role of social institutions.

He is coordinating a major interdisciplinary research themes as part of the Stockholm Resilience Centre focusing on governance and management of ecosystem services in urban landscapes. He was involved in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and principal investigator of several multidisciplinary projects in Africa. He is currently a co-chair of the Science Committee bioSustainability, as part of Diversitas and participated in the TEEB project. (Read more...)

 

Steve Polasky

 

Steve Polasky

Professor of Ecological/Environmental Economics, University of Minnesota, Polasky is one of the leaders of the Natural Capital Project’s ecosystem service mapping and valuation effort. His research interests include biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services, integrating ecological and economic analysis, renewable energy, and game theory. Polasky was the senior staff economist for environment and resources for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers from 1998-1999. Today he’s a member of the Environmental Economics Advisory Committee and the Committee on Valuing the Protection of Ecological Systems and Services for the Science Advisory Board of U.S. EPA and a member of The Nature Conservancy’s Science Council. (Read more...)

 

Simon Upton

 

Simon Upton

Simon Upton was appointed to lead the Environment Directorate in April 2010. In doing so, he furthered an engagement with the OECD that dates back to 1998 when he became Chairman of the Round Table on Sustainable Development – a role he continues to play.

Mr Upton is a former New Zealand Parliamentarian whose political career, between 1981 and 2000, included nine years as a Minister. His portfolios included Environment, Research, Biosecurity, Health and State Services. As Environment Minister he chaired the 7th Session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development and the 1998 meeting of OECD Environment Ministers.

After retiring from political life in 2000, he assumed the chairmanship of the Round Table on Sustainable Development at the OECD on a full time basis until 2005. Thereafter, he continued this role part-time, returning to New Zealand where he worked in a variety of private sector roles as well as being a Visiting Fellow at Otago University. He is a Fellow of the Royal New Zealand Society and a member of the board of the Institute for Climate and Society at Columbia University. Mr Upton is a Rhodes Scholar with degrees in English literature, music and law from the University of Auckland and an MLitt in political philosophy from Oxford University. (Read more...)

 

Jacqueline McGlade

 

Jacqueline McGlade

Professor McGlade became Executive Director of the European Environment Agency on June 1 2003. Prior to this she was Natural Environment Research Council Professorial Fellow in Environmental Informatics in the Mathematics Department of University College London where her main areas of research included spatial data analysis and informatics, expert systems, environmental technologies and the international politics of the environment and natural resources.

Previous appointments have included Director of the UK’s Centre for Coastal & Marine Sciences, Director of Theoretical Ecology at the Forschungszentrum Jülich Germany, Associate Professor at the Honda funded International Ecotchnology Research Centre, Senior Scientist in the Federal Government of Canada and in the USA, Adrian Fellow at Darwin College, Cambridge and Professorships at Warwick University and Aachen. (Read more...)

 

Salman Hussain

 

Salman Hussain

Salman is an applied ecological economist working at the Scottish Agricultural College. He is currently coordinating a global-scale integrated project for The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB). This UNEP-funded TEEB Quantitative Assessment is a global-level estimation of the costs and benefits of various conservation policies (such as the extension of protected areas, REDD, investment in Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology [AKST], dietary change etc.). It links bio-physical modeling from the Dutch Environment Agency (PBL) with environmental economic valuation, using a GIS.

Salman has previously coordinated projects for the EC, Defra, Scottish Government, the Food Standards Agency, Scottish Natural Heritage etc. He is Programme Director of the MSc in Ecological Economics at the University of Edinburgh. (Read more...)

 

 

 

Local Organizing Committee

 

Heidi Wittmer

 

Heidi Wittmer

 

Irene Ring

 

Irene Ring

Johannes Förster

 

Johannes Förster

 

Christoph Schröter-Schlaack

 

Christoph Schröter-Schlaack

Bernd Hansjürgens

 

Bernd Hansjürgens

 

Julian Rode

 

Julian Rode

Matteo Roggero

 

Matteo Roggero

 

 

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