Bina Agarwal is Director and Professor of Economics at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi University. Educated at the universities of Cambridge and Delhi, Agarwal was a member of the Commission for the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress, chaired by Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz. She is the first woman President-elect of the International Society for Ecological Economics.
Sir John Beddington is the UK Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser. A fellow of the Royal Society, Sir John has spoken widely about the “Perfect Storm” of climate change and food, energy and water security. Sir John was Professor of Applied Population Biology at Imperial College, London. His main research interests are the application of biological and economic analysis to natural resource management.
Professor Frank Biermann is a pioneer of the concept of earth system governance, Chair of the Earth System Governance Project, professor of Political Science at the VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and visiting professor at Lund University, Sweden. He specialises in global environmental politics, in particular on climate negotiations, UN reform, global adaptation governance, public-private governance mechanisms, the role of science, and North-South relations.
For six years Richard Black has led BBC’s online environmental reporting. He regularly covers major environment conferences such as the UN climate summits in Copenhagen and Cancun and the UN biodiversity summit in Nagoya in 2010. Black produced and presented science and environment programmes for BBC World Service prior to becoming a news correspondent.
Lidia Brito is Director of Science Policy and Capacity Building at UNESCO. A Professor in forest science Brito also served as Mozambique’s Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology (2000 – 2005) and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Eduardo Mondlane University (1998-2000). She has more then 20 years’ experience in the fields of forestry and sustainable development.
Yvo de Boer is a Special Global Advisor for KPMG. He is a former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Mr de Boer has been involved in climate change policies since 1994 and seeks broad stakeholder involvement in all issues relating to the challenge. He received a knighthood from Her Majesty the Queen of the Netherlands in 2009 and the Dutch Climate Award in 2010.
Nigel M. de S. Cameron is President of the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies (C-PET) in Washington, DC, and former Research Professor and Associate Dean at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Professor Cameron is an inter-disciplinary scholar, facilitator and communicator who has initiated projects at the interface of science, technology, values, business and policy. He currently chairs the Social and Human Sciences Committee of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO.
Keith Clarke is Atkins’ Director of Sustainability and Chairman of its Middle East business. He is a chartered architect with more than 40 years’ experience in construction and engineering, and has honorary fellowships from the Institution of Structural Engineers and Cardiff University. Keith served as Chairman of the UK Construction Industry Council (CIC) from 2008-2010, before which he chaired its Health and Safety Committee. He was made Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s New Year’s honours list 2011.
Pamela Collins is a doctoral student in palaeobiogeography at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland. Her research involves reconstructing Holocene European and Mediterranean land-cover characteristics using pollen records. Pamela is particularly interested in quantifying and mapping changes in vegetation openness, species distribution and ecosystem composition between the end of the last Ice Age and the present.
Dr Shobhakar Dhakal is Executive Director of the Global Carbon Project hosted by National Institute for Environmental Studies in Japan. He has fifteen years of research experience dealing with energy and environmental issues in cities and the urban sustainability. He is Coordinating Lead Author for IPCC’s Working Group Three (fifth assessment report) and lead author on the Global Energy Assessment and several other assessments in relation to cities and urban areas.
Sandra Díaz is Professor at Córdoba National University, Senior Principal Researcher of the Argentine National Research Council, and the Founder and Director of the international initiative Núcleo DiverSus on Diversity and Sustainability. She has had a strong influence in the development and practical implementation of the concept of functional diversity and how it affects ecosystem properties and the benefits that people derive from them. She has authored more than 120 scientific publications on these topics. She is a Foreign Associate Member of the USA National Academy of Sciences since 2009, a Member of the Academies of Sciences of the Developing World (TWAS) and of Argentina since 2010, and a member of the Science Committee of DIVERSITAS.
Henri Djombo is a novelist and politician who has served as Congo’s Minister of the Forest Economy since 1997. In 2008, he was elected as President of the Bureau of the International Coordinating Council of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme.
Felix Dodds is the Executive Director of the Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future. The forum provides a central hub for all major groups to discuss and contribute to the sustainable development agenda. Dodds has been closely engaged in the international sustainable development agenda since the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. He recently chaired the 64th UN Department of Public Information NGO Conference on Sustainable Societies Responsive Citizens. He is the author and editor of many books, including the forthcoming Only One Planet.
Carlos dos Santos is the High Commissioner of Mozambique to the United Kingdom. Prior to this, he was Ambassador of Mozambique to Germany (from 2006-2011). He has worked previously as a senior advisor to the President of the Republic of Mozambique and as a permanent representative to the United Nations.
Rowan Douglas is Chief Executive Officer of Global Analytics, Willis Re and Chairman of the Willis Research Network. Willis Re is a world-leading re-insurance company employing 20,000 people. The Willis Research Network is the world's largest collaboration between public science and the finance sector. In 2011 Douglas was appointed to the UK Prime Minister's Council for Science and Technology and sits on the UNEP Finance Initiative Insurance Commission.
Colin Drummond is the Chief Executive of Viridor, one of the UK’s leading recycling, renewable energy and waste management companies. Prior to this he has worked for Coats Viyella, Renold, The Boston Consulting Group and The Bank of England. Colin is Chairman of the UK Government’s Living with Environmental Change Business Advisory Board; of the Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network; and of UKTI’s Water and Environmental Sector Advisory Group.
Warren Evans is the World Bank’s Senior Adviser for Sustainable Development. Previously, Evans was World Bank Environment Director overseeing the implementation of the organization’s environment and climate change strategies.
Margit Fischer is the president of the Austrian Women’s Council and ScienceCenter-Network, and is involved in the charity organisation Volkshilfe Österreich. She is a trained textile designer with working experience in industry, handicraft production and museums. She is married to the President of the Republic of Austria, Dr. Heinz Fischer.
Dr Gustavo Fonseca heads the Global Environment Facility’s Natural Resources Management unit. The GEF is the largest funder of projects to improve the global environment. He was the Executive Vice President and Chief Conservation and Science Officer of Conservation International. He holds an appointment as Professor of Zoology at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, having authored more than 150 scientific publications and dozens of popular articles.
Professor Anthony Giddens is a groundbreaking political scientist and former director of the London School of Economics (1997-2003). Giddens’s ideas have reached the highest echelons of politics. He took part in the original Blair-Clinton dialogues from 1997 onwards and his advice has been sought by political leaders across Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia and the US. His books, which include the Politics of Climate Change (2009), have been translated into forty languages.
Yannick Glemarec is Director of Climate Finance at the UN Development Programme. He was appointed UNDP Executive Coordinator for the Global Environment Facility and Director of Environment Finance in New York in June 2007. He has primary responsibility for the operational management of a $6 billion portfolio comprising about 1,000 projects and activities in over 140 countries. He holds a PhD from the University of Paris in Environment Sciences.
Professor Anne Glover is the European Commission’s first Chief Scientific Advisor. She served as Chief Scientific Advisor for Scotland from August 2006 to December 2011. Professor Glover holds a Personal Chair of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Aberdeen. She was awarded a CBE for services to environmental sciences in 2009.
Martin Haigh is Senior Energy Advisor, Scenarios Team, Shell. He played a central role in developing Shell's World Energy Model, a mathematical model that underpins the Scenarios that Shell produces to map out possible futures. The last two scenarios - each of 50-years duration - described two different future outcomes: one in which humanity reacts to events and eventually starts to reduce carbon emissions, and the other in which humanity pro-actively marshals its energies and organises itself to reduce carbon emissions.
Maria Ivanova is Director of the Global Environmental Governance Project and Assistant Professor of Global Governance at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. Ivanova is an international relations and environmental policy scholar specializing in governance and sustainability. She focuses on international organizations, climate change, US foreign environmental policy and UN reform.
Jill Jäger is an independent scholar and senior researcher at the Sustainable Europe Research Institute. Her primary interest is in the linkages between knowledge and action for sustainable development. She received her BSc degree in environmental sciences from the University of East Anglia (UK) in 1971. In 1974 the University of Colorado (USA) awarded her PhD in geography (climatology).
Carlos Joly is the Biodiversity Senior Advisor in the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of Brazil. Joly is a plant ecologist by training and has held several academic positions at UNICAMP (Universidade Estadual de Campinas), including Head of the Botany Department, Chairman of the Environment and Society PhD Program and Dean of the Graduate School. He was the main architect and is the chairman of the laureate BIOTA-FAPESP, a Brazilian research program on biodiversity characterization, conservation, restoration and sustainable use.
Diana Liverman is the Regents Professor of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona, where she co-directs the Institute of the Environment. Professor Liverman’s research focuses on human dimensions of global environmental change including climate impacts, vulnerability, adaptation and policy, land use change and environment in Mexico. She chaired the advisory committee of the Global Environmental Change and Food Systems (GECAFS) programme, and is currently co-chair of the transition team for the Earth System Sustainability Initiative.
Georgina Mace is Professor of Conservation Science at Imperial College London. Her research concerns the consequences of biodiversity loss and ecosystem change. She contributed to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and the UK National Ecosystem Assessment, and is now Associate Director of the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation Programme (ESPA). She is President of the British Ecological Society and Deputy Chair of the Scientific Committee of DIVERSITAS.
Daniela Mariuzzo is the Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Rabobank International, Brazil and the Chair of the Brazilian Working Group on Sustainable Beef. Mariuzzo trained as a food engineer and subsequently obtained a Ph.D. in environmental bioremediation. She represents Rabobank in several initiatives, including the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Financial Initiative. She also participates in the Roundtables on Responsible Commodities, such as the Round Table on Responsible Soy.
Julia Marton-Lefèvre is Director General of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), the world’s largest conservation/environment membership organization, which brings together states, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, scientists and experts in a unique worldwide partnership. Prior to this, she was Rector of the University for Peace (UPEACE).
Oliver Morton is The Economist's briefings editor. Before joining The Economist as energy and environment editor in 2009, he was the chief news and features editor of Nature. He specialises in the energy business, climate science and policy, and other green issues. He is the author of "Eating the Sun: How Plants Power the Planet", a study of photosynthesis, its meanings and its implications, and "Mapping Mars: Science, Imagination and the Birth of a World".
Richard B. Norgaard is is among the founders of ecological economics and professor of Energy and Resources at the University of California, Berkley. He serves on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the International Resource Panel, he chairs the State of California’s Delta Independent Science Board, and serves on the Boards of the New Economics Institute and EcoEquity.
Elinor Ostrom is Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science at Indiana University, Bloomington. She is also Founding Director at the Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity, Arizona State University. In 2009, Ostrom received the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. Ostrom’s work spans a range of topics in economics, political theory and governance. She is the author of several books, including Governing the Commons; Rules, Games, and Common-Pool Resources (with Roy Gardner and James Walker).
Nisha Pillai brings 25 years of experience as a BBC journalist and news anchor to her role as conference moderator at Planet Under Pressure 2012. Until recently, Pillai was one of the main new anchors at BBC World News, presenting rolling news programmes to global audiences. She has a background in economics and many years of investigative reporting at the BBC’s Panorama and the Money Programme.
Patricia Pinho is a researcher at the Center for Earth System Science at the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), Brazil, and Science Officer for the Brazil Regional Office of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme. Piñho’s research is centred on coupled socio-ecological dynamics of global environmental change, and aims to inform strategies for the sustainable use of natural resources. She is leading an analytical review under the auspices of the UK Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation Programme, focusing on the bottlenecks and trade-offs in the Amazonia.
Vasna Ramasar is a Research Associate with the Earth System Governance project, and a doctoral candidate at the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS), Sweden. She has a decade’s experience across research centres, governmental and non-governmental agencies, industry, and development agencies globally. Her work has focused on water politics, environmental assessment and policy, mining and HIV/AIDS, all within the broader context of sustainability.
Mamphela Ramphele is a South Africa medical doctor, anthropologist and Chair of Goldfields Mining Company. She is a retired Vice-Chancellor of UCT and World Bank Managing Director. She is now engaged in mobilizing citizens through Letsema Circle and Change SA to promote greater transparency and accountability in governance.
Andrew Revkin is the Senior Fellow for environmental understanding at Pace University's Academy for Applied Environmental Studies and writes the Dot Earth blog for The New York Times. A prize-winning journalist, online communicator, and author, he has spent nearly three decades covering subjects ranging from the assault on the Amazon rain forest to the troubled relationship between climate science and politics.
Johan Rockström is the Executive Director of the Stockholm Environment Institute and the Stockholm Resilience Centre. He is an internationally recognized systems researcher on global sustainability issues with a particular focus on resilience and development. Rockström chairs the International Council for Science’s team tasked with the transition to a new global sustainability initiative. In 2009 he was awarded “Swede of the Year”.
Sybil Seitzinger is Executive Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, based at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Prior to joining IGBP, Seitzinger, was director of the NOAA/ Rutgers University Cooperative Marine Education and Research Program. A biogeochemist by training, she is visiting professor at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University, USA. In 2011, Seitzinger was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Mohammad Shahbaz is Advisor to the National Centre for Research and Development in Jordan. The centre is part of the Jordanian Higher Council for Science and Technology. Shahbaz is a specialist in mechanical and chemical engineering with an interest in water management. Between 1995 and 2005 Shahbaz was President of the Jordan Badia Research and Development Centre.
Priya Shyamsundar is Program Director of the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) and oversees SANDEE supported research and training in the area of natural resource management, valuation of non-market goods, common property resource use and the economics of pollution management. Shyamsundar has served as a consultant for the World Bank, working on issues related to poverty and environment and, more recently, climate change. She has a Ph.D. in Environmental Economics.
Conference co-chair Dr Mark Stafford Smith is the Science Director of CSIRO’s Climate Adaptation Flagship in Australia. He has over 30 years experience in drylands systems ecology, management and policy, including senior roles such as CEO of the Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre. His significant international roles include being past vice-chair of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme’s Scientific Committee.
Will Steffen is Executive Director of the ANU Climate Change Institute at the Australian National University, Canberra. From 1998 to mid-2004, Steffen was as Executive Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP). His research interests cover Earth System science, with an emphasis on incorporation of human processes in Earth System modelling and analysis.
Achim Steiner is Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations. Before joining UNEP, from 2001 to 2006 Steiner served as Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and prior to that as Secretary General of the World Commission on Dams.
Elizabeth Thompson is the Executive Coordinator for the UN Rio+20 conference. Thompson is a former Minister for Energy and Environment of Barbados and has also served as Minister for Physical development and Minister for Health. She has worked as a practicing attorney, journalist and lecturer in ecology, economy, energy and politics.
Professor Laurence Tubiana is professor and director of the Sustainable Development Center at Sciences Po, Paris, and professor at the University of Columbia, New York. She founded the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations and is on the board of the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development.
Coleen Vogel is an independent scholar whose current research interests include global change, urban risk reduction and development issues. She was the BMW Chair of Sustainability at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and also chaired the Scientific Committee of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Change (IHDP). In 2010, Vogel was awarded the Burtoni Award in recognition of her work on adaptation and climate change diplomacy.
Wendy Watson-Wright is Assistant Director General and Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (IOC-UNESCO). From 2001 to 2009, Watson-Wright was Canadian Assistant Deputy Minister, Science, in Fisheries and Oceans covering oceanography, hydrography, fisheries, aquaculture, habitat, climate and aquatic ecosystem science.
Richard Wilkinson is Professor Emeritus of Social Epidemiology at the University of Nottingham Medical School, Honorary Professor at the University College London and a Visiting Professor at the University of York. He has played a formative role in international research on the social determinants of health and on the societal effects of income inequality. Professor Wilkinson studied economic history at the London School of Economics before training in epidemiology. He co-wrote The Spirit Level with Kate Pickett and is a co-founder of The Equality Trust.
Oran Young is a research professor at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, University of California. The author of over 20 books, Young is a world-leading expert on Earth system governance. The most recent book co-authored by him is Science Diplomacy, published in 2011. From 2005 to 2010, Young chaired the Scientific Committee of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change.