Directory of Members

ANNOTATED DIRECTORY OF
MEMBERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT FORUM

Update: April 2017


This directory is intended to facilitate networking among members of the IEF. It should not be used for any solicitation or commercial purposes. For address details of members, please contact the secretariat. An updated version of the full directory will be e-mailed to members annually.

Entries marked with § are "lost" members. If you know their current e-mail address, please inform the secretariat: ief@iefworld.org


NAME: Vincent Abedi
ADDRESS: Nsawam
COUNTRY: Ghana

EDUCATION:
Diploma in Education, University of Ghana

EXPERIENCE:
Worked in this field for the past 10 years

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Water and environmental sanitation

 


NAME: Louis Addy
ADDRESS: Berlin
COUNTRY: Germany

EDUCATION:
Engineer in Landscape planning

EXPERIENCE:
Landscape planning and Remote Sensing. Budgeting and writing of Proposals for Development Aid Projects. Customer care in web hosting. Social Work with Immigrants. Community involvement: Secretary of the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'i community in Berlin Mitte, Member of the Mama Africa association, membership in/co-operation with environmental NGOs, environmental Project Advisor to the Agricultural and Rural Development Association (ARA); (http://www.ara-ghana.de/contact.htm) in Co-operation with the German Youth Exchange Service. Involvement with religions: Participant in inter-religious dialogue meetings

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Mapping works and remote sensing, surveying, environmental education, pollution, environmental protection in companies

 


NAME: Peter Adriance
ADDRESS: Virginia
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
BA, Alfred University (1970); MBA, University of Massachusetts (1972)

EXPERIENCE:
Served as Representative for Sustainable Development in the Office of Public Affairs of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the U.S., from 1990 to 2016. Helped found the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development and serve as secretary of its Board of Directors and co-chair of its Faith Sector Team. Have represented the Baha'i International Community and the Baha'is of the U.S. at numerous national and international fora on sustainable development. From 1990 to 2000, took part in domestic and international consultations that resulted in the launching of the Earth Charter - a global ethic for sustainable development. Also helped found and (since 1998) have served on the governing board of the International Environment Forum. In June 2009, received the Interfaith Bridge Builder's Award from the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington DC for demonstrating "passionate commitment to inter religious care for the earth."

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
- Promoting education for sustainable development, particularly in the Baha'i community, but also in the community at large.
- Advancing a global ethic for sustainable development
- Green landscaping; urban planning; vibrant, sustainable communities

 


NAME: Ismail Ali §
ADDRESS: Wales
COUNTRY: United Kingdom

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
Experience in garden design and general gardening & building work. Experience in music production & performance

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Biodiversity & Conservation

 


NAME: Bas Allema
ADDRESS: Lunteren
COUNTRY: The Netherlands

EDUCATION:
PhD in Ecology at Wageningen University, The Netherlands; MSc in Biology at Wageningen University, The Netherlands

EXPERIENCE:
Occupation: Consultant for sustainable agricultural and clean environment (Centre for Agriculture and Environment, The Netherlands); Member of the International Organisation for Biological and Integrated Control (IOBC)
Community: involvement in childrens' classes and outreach for the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program; Experience with environmental education for children

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Agro-ecology, Climate, Biological control of pest insects

 


NAME: Dale Allen
ADDRESS: Mbabane
COUNTRY: Swaziland

EDUCATION:
B.S., University of Arizona, Agriculture Chemicals and Soils; MBA Rhodesian Technical College

EXPERIENCE:
Business: Swazi Wire Industries - manufacture nails, wire, fencing, electric fencing and gates. Agriculture: sugar cane, vegetables, fruit and nut trees. Food Technology: milling maize meal, high protein foods.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
All phases

 


NAME: Irma Acosta Allen
ADDRESS: Mbabane
COUNTRY: Swaziland

EDUCATION:
Ph.D in Environmental Science, M.Sc. in Science Education

EXPERIENCE:
Currently doing international consulting in Environmental Education, Environmental Management, and Education for various organisations and agencies, e.g. USAID, UNESCO, UNDP. Have written and edited textbooks, monographs, papers and participated in International Fora. Coordinated the development of Swaziland's Environment Action Plan. Presently working with a Project for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Sustainable Development in Argentina which includes the development of a National Environmental Education Strategy. Also working for GreenCOM, USAIDs global program in Environmental Education and Communication.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
These are many and varied. However, I am particularly interested in participatory educational strategies which place education right in the center of community life/environment so that each becomes an integral part of the other. I strongly feel that unless we harness the energy, capability and enthusiasm of young people, as early as possible, towards the transformation of society, we will not achieve sustainable development and peace. I am also interested in working within the Baha'i Community to promote increasingly more appropriate behaviour and values towards natural resources and their use.

 


NAME: Elaine Andrews
ADDRESS: Washington, D.C.
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
BA, biology; MS, Masters of Natural Resources Management and Policy; MAT, Masters of Arts in Teaching Science

EXPERIENCE:
1970-78 high school teacher, biology
1978--> continuing, environmental education specialist, Univ. of Wisconsin
2001-2003 Executive Director, North American Assoc. for Environmental Education
2005-2011 Director, UW Environmental Resources Center
2003-2010 Trustee, National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF)
2005-2009 Board officer, National Entomological Foundation

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Community-based environmental education; hazardous wastes; watersheds and related topics; working with natural resource and government professionals to improve local environmental management through good education and communication

 


NAME: Abdul Hameed Arain
ADDRESS: Sakrand
COUNTRY: Pakistan
WEB: http://cdfpakistan.org.pk/

EDUCATION:
M.A.

EXPERIENCE:
I am working on climate change in remote area of District Shaheed Benazirabad Sindh Pakistan and Master Trainer of Climate. Executive Director, Community Development Foundation. Currently doing National consulting in Environmental Education, Environmental Management, and Education for various organisations and agencies, e.g. Lead Pakistan. create Local Plan of Action 9LAPA) . Presently working with a Project for the Lead Pakistan, Capacity Building of Farmers on Alternative Crops" Rice and Cotton in Union Council Pir Zakri Taluka Sakrand District Shaheed Benazirabad Sindh Pakistan

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
These are many and varied. However, I am particularly interested in participatory educational strategies which place education right in the center of community life/environment so that each becomes an integral part of the other. I strongly feel that unless we harness the energy, capability and enthusiasm of young people, as early as possible, towards the transformation of society, we will not achieve sustainable development and peace. I am also interested in working within the Baha'i Community to promote increasingly more appropriate behaviour and values towards natural resources and their use.

 


NAME: Natalia Arjomand
ADDRESS: Montreal, Quebec
COUNTRY: Canada

EDUCATION:
MBA - American University; M.A. in International Development - American University; Bachelor's in Finance - University of Florida

EXPERIENCE:
Intern at the Global Fairness Initiative - an NGO working to eliminate poverty in developing countries through business development. Intern at JE Austin - an international development consulting firm working in projects such as proper farming techniques. Member of Net Impact - nonprofit organization working to use business to solve social and environmental issues

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environmental education; Clean Energy; Sustainable Development

 


NAME: Ian Arturo
ADDRESS: New York
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
B.S. Environmental Science, Allegheny College 2014

EXPERIENCE:

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Pollution, Waste management

 


NAME: Andrea Atkinson
ADDRESS: Florida
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
Ph.D in Ecology from University of California at Davis. Dissertation research on rice-weed competition

EXPERIENCE:
Worked for 6 years for U.S. Geological Survey designing monitoring programs and working in environmental statistics first on the CALFED Bay-Delta Program and then in San Diego working on Natural Community Conservation Planning. Led team in writing report Designing Monitoring Programs in an Adaptive Management Context for Regional Multiple Species Conservation Plans. Currently working for the U.S. National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring Program to identify vital signs for south Florida and Caribbean parks.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environmental Management, Environmental Monitoring, Adaptive Management, Statistics

 


NAME: David Austin
ADDRESS: New Mexico
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
BA-Mathematics, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 1984; University of Costa Rica-San José: One semester of graduate linguistics 1982; Pontific Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Two semesters of graduate linguistics 1983. MS-Water Resources Management, University of Wisconsin-Madison 1993. MS-Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California-Davis 1996

EXPERIENCE:
Former US Navy Officer, Marine Salvage & Diving: 1984-1995 (active and reserve). Spiritual Assembly member in two US communities (5 years). Ten years in technology development of ecologically engineered wastewater treatment systems. Community and professional memberships: Taos Search and Rescue (board member), Water Environment Federation, American Ecological Engineering Society.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Wastewater treatment for small flows. Wastewater reuse for small flow. Potable water. Waterbourne disease prevention. Restoration of aquatic ecosystems.

 


NAME: Kurt Michael Vahid Austria
ADDRESS:
COUNTRY: Philippines

EDUCATION:
BSc. Agriculture, Major in Plant Pathology (University of the Philippines at Los Banos), Diploma in Horticulture (University of Guelph, Canada), MSc. Environmental Science and Ecosystem Management (Imperial College, University of London)

EXPERIENCE:
Philippine Climate Change Adaptation Project, Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Previously Horticulturist, Baha'i World Centre, developing training materials in horticulture, responsible for developing strategies in wildlife management and natural forest within BWC gardens, supervised Tree Care crew and gardens laboratory (soil and water tests).

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environmental education, environmental management strategies, conservation

 


NAME: Maxwell A. Ayamba
ADDRESS: Sheffield, England
COUNTRY: United Kingdom

EDUCATION:
MSc degree in Environmental Management from Sheffield Hallam University. Started Ph.D. in Environmental Journalism in the same university October 1998. My other qualifications include a diploma in journalism from the Ghana Institute of Journalism, and an Advanced Certificate of Reporting from the Thomson Foundation, at the Department of journalism, University of Cardiff, Wales

EXPERIENCE:
I practised as a certified journalist for five years in Ghana, before I was awarded a Commonwealth Media Development Fund Scholarship to study advanced reporting in journalism at the Thomson Foundation in April 1996. I have written extensively on environmental issues in Ghana and currently writing for the 'Journal for Health' published in John Moores University in Liverpool. I was a project judge on a BBC Africa Network Service environmental competition under the theme: Planet Africa' at Bush House, London in February/March 1997. I have been a facilitator on a number of occasions at Baha'i activities including summer school in Sidcot. I attended a European Baha'i Youth Council seminar on Human Rights Education, held in Strasbourg from 7th -13th September, 1998.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
I am interested in exploring all issues that pose an environmental impact and also, the role and use of the media as well as Human Rights and the Environment.

 


NAME: Lesan Azadi
ADDRESS: Panchgani
COUNTRY: India

EDUCATION:
B. Sc Engineering; Certificates in Education for Development; Currently pursuing a Master's Degree on sustainable development

EXPERIENCE:
Director, Baha'i Academy, Shivajinagar, Panchgani

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environmental education

 


NAME: Molly Azami
ADDRESS: Georgia
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
Masters of Internet Technology (MIT), MS in Regional Planning, BA in Cartography, currently working toward a PhD in Geography concentrating on semantic information management techniques such as ontology driven GIS, and Semantic Web services

EXPERIENCE:
Currently: Researcher at the LSDIS labs at the University of Georgia in the area of the Geospatial Semantic Web; as well as teach introductory courses in physical geography, landforms, and climatology. Have been: Project Manager for web solution development, Internet product and service development and distribution, and community development programs; Worked at the Baha'i World Center as a document analyst; taught computers and math in Chao Zhou, Guangdong, China; was Interim Director of the Baha'i Office of the Environment in Taiwan; worked as an Administrator of a Homeless Shelter in Georgia, USA; Was a Town Planner in the US Peace Corps in Nepalgunj, Nepal.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Primarily interested in the education of children in the Bahá'í teachings on nature, the environment, and the virtues that lead to caring and concern; General interest in resource and information accessibility, search-ability and acquisition.

 


NAME: Andre Balogh
ADDRESS: Connecticut
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Clean water, Solar energy, energy management

 


NAME: Cynthia Goren Balthazar §
ADDRESS: Michigan
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
Bachelor's Mathematics, Chemistry, Education; currently completing MA in Chemistry Education at Central Michigan University.

EXPERIENCE:

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Building of Jatropha Biodiesel Plant and of a Housing Structure in Haiti both of which will have the advantage that the future impact of their existence is sustainable for the environment as well as the economy.

 


NAME: Harichandra K. Barot
ADDRESS: Siddhapur
COUNTRY: India

EDUCATION:
M.A. English, B. Ed., M. Ed.

EXPERIENCE:
2 years

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Teaching, Administration

 


NAME: Shirley Barr §
ADDRESS: Ontario
COUNTRY: Canada

EDUCATION:
Diploma in Northern Natural Resources Technician-College of the North Atlantic, Goose Bay, NL

EXPERIENCE:
Married for almost 32 years to a wonderful Baha'i, Mother of three boys and two girls, pioneered to Goose Bay, Labrador in 1988, and stayed until July 2007. Left to pursue educational goals for myself and our younger three children, now aged 20,16, and 13. I am a full-time university student at Brescia, Canada's only women's university. Have extensive experience working with volunteer groups, especially women's equality issues and anti-violence matters. Am fluently bilingual in french and english. 2003-2005- graduate of Northern Natural Resources Technician Program. Secretary of Grandriverkeeper organization for Labrador, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada 2005-2007.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Rivers, amphibians, fish, birds. Conservation, environmental education, pollution, biodiversity.

 


NAME: Nava Bastani
ADDRESS: Cape Town
COUNTRY: South Africa

EDUCATION:
BSc Environmental and Geographical Studies and Economics. Completed one year of a Masters in Sustainable Development and Planning

EXPERIENCE:
NGO Royal Falcon - South Africa- Facilitate Moral Education classes, Social issues are discussed in small groups.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Community and Social development. Organic farming. Recycling. Using Drama as a way to educate and develop community

 


NAME: Kutuka Makasi Baudouin
ADDRESS: Montreal
COUNTRY: Canada

EDUCATION:
MA. Human Geography and Natural Resources Management

EXPERIENCE:
UN/USAID/ARD Geographer Africa Specialist. Skilled in humanitarian relief, Environmental Health and Environmental Assessment for small scale projects in Africa.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Broadcasting Baha'i point of view on different current topics related to problems affecting directly or indirectly humanity in general and Congolese people in particular. The Baha'i vision on resource management and sustainable development necessary for developing countries. Environmental activism, community mobilization, the real problems that people face and must resolve as a community.

 


NAME: T. Dehday Beh
ADDRESS: Accra
COUNTRY: Ghana

EDUCATION:
Diploma in general agriculture with fundamental environmental studies, certificate in management

EXPERIENCE:
Work with UNICEF/USAID/GTZ as agriculture department head in Liberia, Grand Gedeh County. These above mentioned NGOS help train war affected youths in sustainable skills that they can use for income generation and to get them out of the street. I initiated a private institution in 2000 in Liberia, Grand Gedeh, training people in the fundamental environment studies in practical and in agriculture, sustainable farming as our prime objective. I also work with one of the largest farmer cooperative in my region Grand Gedeh County called Amenu farmer cooperative. This cooperative helps to improve the standard of farmers.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Be a member of IEF

 


NAME: Katinka van Bekkum
ADDRESS: Ammerzoden
COUNTRY: The Netherlands

EDUCATION:
Environmental Science/Policy WUR (1989-1996)

EXPERIENCE:
Working at the Ministry of Agriculture from 1997-2001 Now involved in CSD 18 in the preparation organisation (with the Dutch delegation)

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Interest in environmental education

 


NAME: Blaise Belanganayi Mboyo
ADDRESS: Kananga
COUNTRY: Democratic Republic of Congo

EDUCATION:
Doctor of Medecine

EXPERIENCE:

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Culture and environment

 


NAME: Samuel Benoit
ADDRESS: Ontario
COUNTRY: Canada

EDUCATION:
B.A. Hons. Environmental Studies, Minor in Geography, Carleton University

EXPERIENCE:
Research Associate, Department of Environmental Science, University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, India. Field Worker, Olinga Foundation for Human Development, Ghana. Intern, Department of External Affairs, Canadian National Baha'i Centre, Toronto, Canada. Chair, Association for Baha'i Studies at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. Assistant, Baha'i Office of the Environment, Ottawa, Canada.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Education, conservation, waste, international treaties, environmental activism, transport and agriculture.

 


NAME: Vivian Bergenthal
ADDRESS: New York
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
I have been a member of the executive committee of the Sierra Club, local chapter for many years, presently arranging monthly meetings for members and the public at large on issues of environmental interest. By profession I am a retired New York City high school art teacher and administrator.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
All of it

 


NAME: Laurent Bernad
ADDRESS: South Carolina
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
Bachelor in organic chemistry; Master in petroleochemistry; PhD in chemical engineering

EXPERIENCE:
Development of a process eliminating the use of chlorinated solvents; Quality Control Manager in a chemical factory; Responsible of environmental issues concerning production of chemical products, particularly issues concerning TSCA (Toxic Substances Control Act) Followed several seminars and trainings for environmental managers; Member of the American Chemical society. Community involvement: Member of UNICEF (France); Member of the United Nations Association (USA); Teacher for 10th grade and college students; Participation to a local socio-economic development project

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Alternative fuels. Chemicals from biomass. Fertilizers. Greenhouse gases. Design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances.

 


NAME: Ariane Bertrand
ADDRESS: California
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
BS-Environmental Biology and Management, MA-Energy and Environmental Analysis

EXPERIENCE:
Asst. Director of non-profit organisation studying riparian habitats, Land Manager-Land Trust. Environmental Justice Programme Coordinator-Massachusetts Dept. of Env. Protection. Currently working for non-profit after-school college prep. program for disadvantaged high school students.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environmental justice, Systems Ecology, conservation, international focus.

 


NAME: Aaron Arthur Blomeley
ADDRESS: Southport
COUNTRY: Australia

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
Senior Hydrologist with various mining companies in Australia and Papua New Guinea. Manager Baha'i Office of the Environment for Taiwan

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Water pollution and environmental education

 


NAME: Sue Blythe
ADDRESS: Gainesville Florida
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION: Master of Education - 1972

EXPERIENCE:
Taught elementary grades, taught conflict resolution in schools, taught parenting at community college, worked for County Waste Alternatives Program teaching reduce/reuse/recycle in schools and community (often in context of Earth Charter), wrote a Baha'i children's play based on Earth Charter.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Earth Charter as a tool for engaging people in meaningful action on Baha'i principles

 


NAME: Vicky Bohlig
ADDRESS: Montana
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
BS Degree in Environmental Studies, College of Natural Resources, Utah State University; Minor in Russian Language (1974) Graduate studies in Forestry/Political Science Univ. of Montana on Forests of the the former USSR (1975-76)

EXPERIENCE:
Board of Directors Bitter Root Land Trust, Bitterroot Valley Community Growth Project, Advisory Committee for Community Trees, Hamilton City Tree Board, ex officio and Charter member Montana Chapter Champion Trees. Caring for Creation Network: An Inter-Faith collaboration of Religion and Environmental Advocacy Steering Committee for Spirit, Commerce and Sustainability Conference 2000: Exploring the spiritual foundations and the economic and ecological contours of sustainability.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
I am a licensed Montana & Idaho Real Estate Broker, focused on Conservation of open space, especially agricultural land preservation and wildlife habitat conservation and enhancement. I feel environmental education for the public and especially to youth is essential for raising consciousness.

 


NAME: Michael Botterill
ADDRESS: Newcastle upon Tyne
COUNTRY: United Kingdom

EDUCATION:
Studied Chemistry at University. Soon I will be studying for a degree in Environmental Studies via distance learning

EXPERIENCE:
Now working in Newcastle upon Tyne with the cities Fairtrade Partnership.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Renewable Energy, Pesticide Drift, Fairtrade

 


NAME: Austin Bowden-Kerby
ADDRESS: Sigatoka
COUNTRY: Fiji Islands

EDUCATION:
PhD in Marine Science, 2001, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, USA. Dissertation topic: Acropora coral restoration in the management of coral reefs. Master of Science in Biology, May 1985, University of Guam, USA. Thesis topic: The freshwater Rhodophyta of Micronesia. Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology, August 1977, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, USA.

EXPERIENCE:
Worked for Counterpart International for ten years and with affiliated Pacific Island NGOs for over a decade. Presently (2009) working as a private consultant on a World Bank project on coral reefs and climate change adaptation in Belize and the Caribbean. Director and founder of a not-for-profit business Corals for Conservation http://www.coralsforconservation.com. Founder and director of the "Sustainable Rural Livelihoods Centre", in the Singatoka river valley of Fiji. Scientific Consultant 1995-1996, British Broadcasting Commission Natural History Unit. Assisted BBC directors and cameramen in the researching and filming of a natural history film series on Central America and the Caribbean "Spirits of the Jaguar". Featured on BBC TV "The Coral Gardener" a film about my work that was broadcast globally four times in 2008. Coral work featured on Discovery Channel in July 2009. Director of the Coral Gardens-Living Reefs Program at Counterpart International from 1999-2008. Associate Professor. 1985-1993, College of Micronesia, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia. Taught biology, marine biology, oceanography, and field studies course.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Conservation and restoration ecology of tropical ecosystems, climate change adaptation of ecosystems and rural communities, sustainable village-level natural resource development, and coral reef management issues.

 


NAME: Elizabeth L. Bowen
ADDRESS: Georgia
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
Dr. Bowen received her Medical Degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In addition to her MD, she holds a Doctorate in Education on the relationship of public health and nutrition to human development from the University of Massachusetts

EXPERIENCE:
Dr. Bowen serves on the faculty of Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta in Preventive Medicine and Community Health. In 1990, she was the first Caucasian woman physician to join the predominantly African-American faculty. Dr. Bowen combines the clinical practice of medicine with international development, education, and public health. She has traveled and served in more than 60 countries. Since 1992, Dr. Bowen has been actively involved in collaboration with the United Nations on issues of health, education, peace and sustainable development. In 1993, Dr. Bowen was elected to serve as President of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), the US affiliate of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW). IPPNW and PSR shared in winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985. PSR has 35,000 physician members. IPPNW is a federation of affiliated physicians' organizations in 58 countries. The International Society of Doctors for the Environment (ISDE) is an affiliate of PSR. Dr. Bowen has served for several years as a representative of PSR to the United Nations. Dr. Bowen also serves as a representative to the United Nations for the International Society of Doctors for the Environment. Physicians for Social Responsibility's missions are to eliminate weapons of mass destruction, to reduce violence and the causes of violence, and to promote environmental health and environmental justice. ISDE cooperates with UNO, UNEP, UNESCO, WHO, EU, and NGOs to promote global environmental health and to network with national groups working on local projects. (See http:www.psr.org and http:www.isde.org)

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environmental health, nutrition, and sustainable agriculture.

 


NAME: Graham Boyd
ADDRESS: St. Jans-Molenbeek
COUNTRY: Belgium

EDUCATION:
PhD in high energy Physics

EXPERIENCE:
6 years working as a university researcher in Germany, Italy and Japan. 10 years with Procter and Gamble as an R&D manager in Europe and China. Recently returned to focus on energy and human development. Founded a renewable energy company, partner in a people development company, and am an active member of Renaissance 2. This last is a 'change catalyst' organisation, catalysing the changes needed for us and the planet to be around in a century. Have long applied values at work, and recently became a member of EBBF, and now teach values based leadership.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Primarily renewable energy, climate change, and the development of the human consciousness needed to make the shift together.

 


NAME: Charles Boyle
ADDRESS: British Columbia
COUNTRY: Canada

EDUCATION:
Australian registered, UK trained architect. Now completing Doctorate in Tropical Architecture.

EXPERIENCE:
Australian registered, UK trained architect and Australian "Greensmart" accredited building designer; Former Director, Architectural Studies Programme, Papua New Guinea University of Technology, Lae, PNG. 14 years based in Solomon Islands. Ran architectural practice "Pacific Architects" and established local NGO "Hybrid Technology". Notable publications: wrote book "Disaster Resistant Construction for Traditional Bush Houses", contribution to "World Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture"; "Towards a Purposeful Beauty" in Baha'i World Vol.#12. Presented numerous conference papers (notably) in Beijing and Oxford; Member of the Baha'i community for 25+ years. Extensive theatrical, media, exhibition experience, trained fireman. Former: "Samaritan", member of Lions Club, Spanish Honorary Consul to Solomon Islands.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environmental building design and education, tropical architecture, low-cost self-help building construction, disaster mitigation.

 


NAME: Lesley Bradley-Vine
ADDRESS: Auckland
COUNTRY: New Zealand

EDUCATION:
Studying MA (Social Ecology) Triple C(Complexity Science Chaos Theory & Creativity) University Western Sydney. 4 of 6 coursework units completed. 2 research units, including dissertation: November 2003. Qualitative Research Project looking at Emergent Leadership in SD - comparative study (NZ, Australia, Africa)

EXPERIENCE:
One of 20 members SADRAT, (Southern Africa Development, Research & Training Institute) Baha'i inspired NGO based in Port Elizabeth. Participated University working conferences and planning workshops in Namibia and Pretoria 2001 in relation to Community Rural Development and Postgraduate Agriculture & Vet Sciences sector curricula programme development (including Development Science and Sustainable Livelihoods), reviewing vision and strategy 4 year plan SADC project in plenary, collaborative proposal writing. Conference papers to ABSSA (Cape Town), University of Namibia: Valuing Spirituality in Development - the need for Spiritually Based Indicators SBIs; Invited to present paper on Valuing Human Capital in Civil Society (ISTSR Kenya). As freelance development professional (Zimbabwe) invited to draft proposals for SADC FANR Unit by project coordinator (WB seconded economist) for Leadership &Capacity Utilisation Young Professionals programme. Rapportage for Danida workshops. Project Coordinator (University of Queensland IPD 1999-2001, based in Zimbabwe. Travelled to South Africa, Tanzania, Ethiopia. Initiated collaboration with EARO (Ethiopian Agricultural Research Organisation). Kellogger 1999 (Rural Leadership); Churchill Fellow 1997 Integrated Rural Development (UK).

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Sustainable Development. Currently Leadership change in Africa particularly directed to Emergent and Young Leadership and the role of Animateur (EU term). Conservation of biodiversity - ideal to work with Traditional Knowledge. Specific issues of interest: SBIs, Valuing Social Capital, Ethics, 'Social Cohesion'; developing a concept framework using multisectoral approach, to take into the field for 'learning by doing' in collaboration with pilot projects (eg Nur Moral Leadership, Character Development (Zambia).

 


NAME: Susan Brill de Ramirez
ADDRESS: Princeville, Illinois
COUNTRY: U.S.A.
WEB:

EDUCATION:
B.A., M.A., M.B.A., Ph.D.

EXPERIENCE:
Professor of English, Department of English, Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois. Teaching and publications.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Ecocriticism and sustainability

 


NAME: Lloyd D. S. Brown
ADDRESS: North Carolina
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
Bachelor in applied science - biology; Dip. education

EXPERIENCE:
15 years teaching High School - Baha'i, Catholic and government; Wildlife Conservation Society (New York) China Education Project Co-ordinator; World Wide Fund for Nature, China Office, consultant; Outward Bound Training.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Education, forestry transformation and how families can live more lightly on the Earth. Spiritual growth and Nature effects on the soul. Lessons that Nature teaches us about ourselves and society.

 


NAME: Lisa J. Brown §
ADDRESS: North Carolina
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
B.A. Stanford University - Human Biology with emphasis on child development; M.A. Stanford University School of Education - Social Sciences in Education

EXPERIENCE:

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Parent education which encourages and facilitates the adoption of sustainable patterns of living, in the context of home and family life.

 


NAME: Gabriella Brundrett
ADDRESS: Cheshire
COUNTRY: United Kingdom
WEB:

EDUCATION:
2010: PGCE TLHE, Liverpool John Moores University, UK; 2008: PhD in Educational Management, University of Leicester, UK; 2001: MBA in Educational Management, University of Leicester, UK; 1993: Certificate in International Relations, Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies, Uppsala University, Sweden; 1992: Certificate in Development Studies, Uppsala University, Sweden; 1989: University Certificate in Nursery and Infant Education, University of Umea, Sweden

EXPERIENCE:
Teacher, Head teacher, International educational consultant, Senior lecturer, researcher, housewife.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environmental education. I have a particular interest in nurturing children's interest and agency and development of a system understanding of the natural world and the environment.

 


NAME: Jason Burtwistle
ADDRESS: Vancouver
COUNTRY: Canada

EDUCATION:
M. Arch, UBC, 2013; BA, English, UVic, 2004; LEED AP BD+C, 2014

EXPERIENCE:
2013-present Green Building Strategist, Recollective, Vancouver, 2 years
2012, Intern, Recollective, Vancouver, 4 months
2008-2013, Masters in Architecture, University of British Columbia
Have served on a variety of institutions within the Baha'i community over the years, most recently as the Secretary of our Unit Teaching Committee for Vancouver East, under the Area Teaching Committee. Have presented on sustainability and architecture at a variety of community functions and conferences.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Regenerative design, systems thinking, water infrastructure (thesis project), architecture, sustainable design, community development, capacity building

 


NAME: Carol Campbell
ADDRESS: Tennessee
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
High school

EXPERIENCE:
Montessori trained preschool teacher. ESL teacher in El Salvador for 4 years. Poetry and short story writer. Currently contributing to "The Magic Happens" an online magazine.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
All. especially the humane treatment of people and animals.

 


NAME: David Capes
ADDRESS: Cursan
COUNTRY: France
WEB: http://www.davidcapes.com

EDUCATION:
French Doctorate in Management of Communications for Development

EXPERIENCE:
More than 25 years as Consultant and Program manager for Local and State authorities in fields like : Territorial Development, Knowledge Management for Development, Artistic and Culture for Change....

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
How spiritual and religious teachings can inspire actions overcoming conflicts in contexts where they are tensions between Conservation vs Value-Production while interacting with /using natural resources => Concepts and Methods for Conflict Management

 


NAME: Diana Cartwright
ADDRESS:
COUNTRY: Canada

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
Senior Policy Advisor for Environment Canada in the Sustainable Water Use Branch. Previously with an environmental consulting company, The Delphi Group, and managed The EXCEL Partnership. Much experience working with business on sustainability issues.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Represented the Canadian Baha'i Community at the WSSD. Advising the Canadian NSA on Sustainable Development Issues, and is working to develop a strategy to engage the Canadian Baha'i community on sustainability issues. National Advisor on the Board for an interfaith environmental initiative, Renewing the Sacred Balance.

 


NAME: Ana Castelli
ADDRESS: Buenos Aires
COUNTRY: Argentina

EDUCATION:
Soy estudiante y rendi los IGCSEs de environmental management

EXPERIENCE:
No tengo mucha experiencia pero siempre estuve interesada y quisiera encontrar oportunidades y gente joven en la capital que se interese por estas cosas. Participe en ongs pero eran solidarias y no tenian que ver con el medio ambiente. Sucede lo mismo con las actividades parroquiales.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Conservacion, biodiversidad, proteccion de bosques y especies, solucion de catastrofes ecologicas.

 


NAME: Gilles Cavalli
ADDRESS: Bourg-en-Bresse
COUNTRY: France
WEB: http://www.apexema.com

EDUCATION:
I am graduate of an agriculture engineering school with a specialization in environment

EXPERIENCE:
I am manager of Apexema Research and Testing laboratory (http:www.apexema.com) a company dedicated to regenerate soil, water and life-being. I belong to a local association for nature protection. Ecological issues are really important for me and I do care about life and earth protection.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Water issues (quality, quantity, availability)

 


NAME: Subhash Chandra
ADDRESS: New Delhi
COUNTRY: India

EDUCATION:
2001 - Doctorate in Philosophy, Dissertation Title- "Peace Education & Human Development Management" and Post Graduate Diploma in Ecology & Environment from Indian Institute of Ecology & Environment (IIEE), New Delhi, India

EXPERIENCE:
Global Educator on Peace & Human Rights & Environment Science. Director (Hon.) World Peace Center (WPC) & Project Director- Global Peace & Humanity Project Mission: To promote culture of Peace & human unity through Peace & Environment Education. ACADEMIC AWARDS & HONOURS: Participated in Various national & International Conferences & awarded the following honors: 2000- INTERNATIONAL FELICITATION & HUMAN RIGHTS & MILLENNIUM AWARD- conferred by: International Association of Educators for World Peace (IAEWP) and presented in Global Assembly of World Peace, Environment & Human Rights, held on 23-29 Dec. 2000 at New Delhi, India. 2002 - WORLD HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATORS AWARD conferred by: Indian Institute of Human Rights (IIHR), New Delhi on the occasion of 4th World Human Rights Congress held on 8-10 Dec. 2002 at New Delhi, India. 2004- LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD given in the area of 'Tertiary Education & Environmental Training' given at New Delhi on the auspicious occasion of the 2004 TERTIARY EDUCATION & KNOWLEDGE SUMMIT and '13th World Environment Congress' held on 30-31 Dec.2004, New Delhi, organized by: Indian Institute of Ecology & Environment, New Delhi, and World Institution Building Program (WIBP), India

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environment education project in Bhutan

 


NAME: Roshan Cholas §
ADDRESS: California
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering (2003), University of California Berkeley. Currently working toward a Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering at Stanford University

EXPERIENCE:

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
I am interested in water quality and water treatment, ecology and preservation of lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands, and protection of coral reefs.

 


NAME: Julie Christ
ADDRESS: Utah
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
BS: Nursing

EXPERIENCE:
Technical writing/Curriculum development experience for the Banking Industry as well as community organizations. Member of Earthsave and Wasatch Community Gardens both which promote environmental health and sustainable agriculture alternatives.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Promoting education for sustainable living, advancing environmental health and sustainable agriculture for the Baha'i community, as well as non-Baha'i communities.

 


NAME: Jon Marco Church
ADDRESS: Reims
COUNTRY: France
WEB: http://univ-reims.academia.edu/jonmarcochurch

EDUCATION:
B.A. (cum laude), Political Science and International Relations, University of Padua, Italy, 2004
M.Phil., International Relations, University of Cambridge, UK, 2005
Ph.D. (summa cum laude), Political Science, Sorbonne, France, 2011

EXPERIENCE:
Jon is Assistant Professor of Regional Development, Sustainability and Politics at the International Research Center on Sustainability, University of Reims, France. Since 2011, he has served the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) as Liaison Officer in Turkmenistan and Tajikistan, working on regional economic cooperation in Afghanistan and national policy dialogues on integrated water resources management; since 2009, he's been a Ruffolo Fellow in Sustainability Science at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). Before that, Jon served as consultant to the Italian Ministry of the Environment and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in the field of cooperation for the protection and sustainable development of mountain regions and researcher in international relations and project manager for the European Academy (EURAC) of Bolzano, Italy, dealing with the development of regional frameworks, UNESCO Word Heritage, and ecological networks.
http://univ-reims.academia.edu/jonmarcochurch

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
international relations - regions - government - sustainability - planning - water - biodiversity - heritage - climate - Western Europe - Latin America - Central Asia

(updated June 2012)

 


NAME: Roger Coe
ADDRESS: Florida
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
Bachelor of University Studies with emphasis in Educational Anthropology and Science Education; Master of Applied Science in Education in the Anisa model of education (Curriculum & Instruction) [ABP]

EXPERIENCE:
Teacher Trainer in Early Childhood Development at Navajo Community College and Central Arizona Community College; K-12 Teacher, affiliated with many community organizations: United Nations Association, Interfaith Council of Tampa, National Spiritual Assembly of Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova, Auxiliary Board Member for Protection for the countries of Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova, Race Unity Committee of the Regional Council of the Baha'is of the Southern States, founder in 1984 of the Baha'i Computer & Telecommunications User Group (predecessor of the BCCA), and author with publications on the philosophy of Baha'u'llah, communications and information sciences in relation to organization for the unification of humankind and the commonly-accepted consultative principles at the base of Baha'i consultation. Author of several other papers on the Responsibility of Men in Achieving Equality of the Sexes, Racism, Education for Comprehensive Knowledge, Study Materials for The Secret of Divine Civilization, & the Importance of Intimate Relations for eradicating Sexism, Racism and in working for Spiritual Transformation. (See http:www.bahai-library.com, search for "roger coe")

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Philosophy of science and the theory of development in the organic world, including human growth and development and teaching for ecological consciousness

 


NAME: Gary Colliver
ADDRESS: California
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
BA, Biology: California State University San Francisco, 1969
MA, Interdisciplinary Studies/Human Ecology, California State University Stanislaus, 1993. Thesis: Biosphere Reserves: Searching for a Sustainable Future in the San Joaquin-Southern Sierra Biogeocultural Region

EXPERIENCE:
- Ecology Center, Berkeley California: Research & Public Outreach volunteer (1969).
- US National Park Service: Park Ranger (1982-1994) and Resources Management Specialist/Planner: park environmental planning & public involvement 1997-2007), retired.
-Mariposa County, California: County Planning Commissioner (1997-2003)
-Endangered Species Recovery Program (Currently located at CSU Stanislaus): Biological Planner working with Local, State, and Federal agencies, and NGOs (1994-1997)
-Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Mariposa County: (Fall, 2010) Coordinator and co-presenter for Interfaith study class on global climate change (GCC) using the study prepared by Christine Muller for IEF, supplemented with a variety of material gleaned from the web on the science and ethics of GCC, including statements by a variant of faith communities.
-Bosch Baha'i School: (1980 to present): presenter and participant in several sessions on environmental issues, most recently (Spring, 2011) with Christine Muller on global climate change.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Local community socio-economic development and public education regarding the need for linking science and religion in addressing social, environmental, and sustainability issues, especially the current challenge of global climate change.

 


NAME: Iko Congo
ADDRESS: Lancaster
COUNTRY: United Kingdom
WEB:

EDUCATION:
currently (2014) in 1st year of Bachelor Business Administration Management at Lancaster University

EXPERIENCE:
21 months of service at the Baha'i World Centre in the Security Department; serving as short news editor and in the events team for ebbf; active participant in community building activities developed by the Ruhi Institute

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environmental education - understand consequences and potentialities of human action in maintaining/destroying the environment

 


NAME: Cecil E. Cook §
ADDRESS: Stutterheim
COUNTRY: South Africa

EDUCATION:
Sociology and Social Anthropology at Antioch College (1956-62), London School of Economics (1960-61), and Harvard University (1962-65). Degrees: BA, MA and ABD (all but dissertation)

EXPERIENCE:
University lecturer in field of anthropology: Wilberforce University (1970-72), Wright State University (71-73), Antioch College (72), University of Transkei (1986), University of Fort Hare (1995-97). Director/planner/community organizer/programme initiator: Adams-Brown Co Community Action Programme (1973-75), Pike Co Community Action Agency (1975-76); planning committee, proposal developer, and board member for the National Center for Appropriate Technology (USA) (1975-1982); University Without Walls Appropriate Technology Degree Programme (1978-1980). Consultancy services provided to among others; design of village level renewable energy technologies for US Agency for International Development in Lesotho, Botswana, and Swaziland; development of training for Peace Corps Volunteers in simple self help renewable energy technologies for villagers (Ecuador). Founder/Director of Transkei Appropriate Technology Unit (TATU) between 1982-1994 which adapted dozens of basic technologies and self help development approaches to the social, economic, cultural and environmental conditions of rural Transkei and then replicated these projects in hundreds of villages. Senior Associate, TechnoShare Associates, a small consulting firm that specializes in the identification and adaptive transfer of simple technologies, both advanced and traditional.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Permaculture strategies for self help earth repair; identification and strengthening of open pollinated indigenous food crops; ultra low cost small scale farming systems and income generating agro-enterprises; solar thermal applications to drying of crops, water heating, space heating, PVC pumping systems; hydraulic ram pumps; environmentally friendly, employment generating settlement patterns; role of indigenous peoples and cultures in the management of life support systems of the planet; low cost, energy autonomous, zero effluent housing systems.

 


NAME: Elainna Crowell §
ADDRESS: British Columbia
COUNTRY: Canada

EDUCATION:
University graduate (Sociology &Anthropology), Diploma in Life Skills Coaching & Counselling

EXPERIENCE:
Member of Care2 (online environmental organization) Owner of The Wild Side, a web site dedicated to ecological awareness & wild animals.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environmental awareness

 


NAME: Alan Cundall
ADDRESS: British Columbia
COUNTRY: Canada

EDUCATION:
Currently studying teacher training

EXPERIENCE:
Lived in Africa several years, working in natural resources regeneration. Alan has experience of Green Team, Pacific Streamkeepers and other high school environment service activities.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:

 


NAME: Edward Cundall
ADDRESS: British Columbia
COUNTRY: Canada

EDUCATION:
PhD (Wales) Agricultural Botany

EXPERIENCE:
Lived in Africa several years, working in natural resources regeneration. Edward has many years experience as a tree improvement researcher in Cameroon, PNG, Tanzania, UK, now in Burundi with Ecological Research Associates on a REDD project.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:

 


NAME: Janet Cundall
ADDRESS: British Columbia
COUNTRY: Canada

EDUCATION:
M.Sc. (Oxon) Forestry and Land Management, M.Sc. (Edinburgh) Education for Sustainable Development

EXPERIENCE:
Lived in Africa several years, and experience in Cameroon, PNG, Tanzania, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, China, UK.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
BEO Ecology Game as a grassroots participation/ consultation tool, ecological water treatment, forest renewal, environmental education. Currently Janet owns and teaches a Montessori school.

 


NAME: Carol Curtis
ADDRESS: Majuro
COUNTRY: Marshall Islands

EDUCATION:
B.S. Sociology - University of Utah

EXPERIENCE:
Educator, museum curator, cultural/ethnographic researcher. Lived almost 25 years in the Marshall Islands, on very small atolls that are most vulnerable to climate change. Five of those years were on the atoll of Lae in a village of 150 people where our only contact with the rest of the world was a field trip ship every 3-4 months and as a result prefer a very simple and sustainable lifestyle as is found in isolated places of our world! Have also lived in Guyana, on the Navajo Indian Reservation, and Hawaii.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Climate change, spiritual aspects of climate change; sustainable ways of living, environmental refugees, destruction of atoll nations due to climate change, the raising of awareness in the Baha'i community about environmental issues and sustainability in order to become innovators and leaders in these areas, infusing spiritual awareness and values into our interactions with the environment, acknowledgment and use of indigenous knowledge and the link between loss of cultures and loss of biodiversity

 


NAME: Samim Mark Dabestani
ADDRESS: Tamworth
COUNTRY: United Kingdom

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
Between June and July of this year, I worked as Project Coordinator for an external consulting team, developing a Low Carbon Development Strategy for the eco-industrial zone of Caofeidian in China. I, together with a team of 4 MBA students from The City University of Hong Kong, liaised with industry and government officials in Caofeidian. Ultimately, my team's collated primary and secondary findings, in conjunction with reference to best practice examples, allowed us to propose a low carbon development strategy for Caofeidian and offer them a springboard to align the city's ecological responsibilities with its socioeconomic objectives. I am also hoping to begin an internship in sustainable development at the UN Baha'i International Community in New York, later this year.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environmental sustainability - education/consultancy

 


NAME: Arthur Lyon Dahl
ADDRESS: Geneva
COUNTRY: Switzerland
WEB: http://yabaha.net/dahl

EDUCATION:
AB (biological sciences) Stanford University; PhD (biology) University of California, Santa Barbara.

EXPERIENCE:

Retired Deputy Assistant Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Presently consultant on environment and sustainable development, lecturer at various universities. Previously: Co-coordinator, UNEP Major Groups and Stakeholders Advisory Group on International Environmental Governance (2010-2012); Visiting Professor, University of Brighton, UK (2009-2012) working on values-based indicators. Positions: Associate Curator (marine botany), Smithsonian Institution (1969-1974); Regional Ecological Adviser, South Pacific Commission, New Caledonia (1974-1982); consultant on coral reefs, biodiversity, islands, environmental education, social and economic development (1983-1989); Deputy Director, Oceans and Coastal Areas, UNEP, Nairobi, Kenya (1989-1991); Secretariat, United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (1991-1992); Coordinator, UN System-wide Earthwatch, UNEP (1992-2000); Director, Coral Reef Unit, UNEP, Geneva (2000-2002); Coordinator, UNEP/University of Geneva/Graduate Institute Programme in Environmental Diplomacy (2005-2010). Many published scientific papers/reports; books: Unless and Until: A Baha'i Focus on the Environment and The Eco Principle: Ecology and Economics in Symbiosis. Lifelong Baha'i with many opportunities for service.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environmental governance, values-based indicators, coral reef ecology, environmental management of small islands, island biodiversity and conservation, environmental education, environmental observation and assessment, indicators of sustainable development, environmental ethics and inter-religious dialogue.

(updated Sept. 2013)


NAME: Gregory C. Dahl
ADDRESS: Blagoevgrad
COUNTRY: Bulgaria

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
Retired from the International Monetary Fund. Taught a course on globalization at the American University in Bulgaria

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environmental education with an emphasis on good science and good economics

 


NAME: Emilia S. Dahl
ADDRESS: Blagoevgrad
COUNTRY: Bulgaria

EDUCATION:
M.A. in Education

EXPERIENCE:

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environmental education

 


NAME: Ellen Collins Davis
ADDRESS: Tennessee
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
Stephen F. Austin State University BS Horticulture with minor in Biology.

EXPERIENCE:
Formerly Full time Mother and Home School Teacher of 3 children. Currently working as an independent sales representative for manufacturers of hand knitting yarns and accessories. My husband and I live in a self built home that is passive solar in design. The house is completely off grid with electricity from photovoltaic electric system, water heating is provided by passive solar in the summer months and wood fire in the winter. We regularly participate in Solar Home Tours. Persons interested in a home tour may contact me by email.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Sustainable agriculture, biodynamic farming, appropriate technology

 


NAME: Michelle Dawson §
ADDRESS: Auckland
COUNTRY: New Zealand

EDUCATION:
Bachelor of Management Studies (majors in accounting and communication) 1992; Post Graduate Diploma in Environment & Management 1999; Masters in Management Studies (major in Envtal & Mgt) 2000

EXPERIENCE:
NGO - Member of AIESEC (International Business Association of Students in Economics and Commerce) including National Committee Finance & Administration, Director 1990 - 1993; AIESEC traineeship to Taipei, Taiwan working for a trading company including marketing biodegradable materials and products 1997-1998. Assistant Cleaner Production Retail, Waitakere City Council 1999-2000; Project Manager Cleaner Production, Waitakere City Council 2000 - current; Member of the Auckland Environmental Business Network 1999 - current.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Sustainability, industrial ecology, sustainable business, cleaner production, environmental education.

 


NAME: Roxana Dela Fiamor
ADDRESS: Lyon
COUNTRY: France
WEB: blog: humanlysustainable.com

EDUCATION:
Masters' degree in International Political Economy with a focus in the environment (thesis on the impact of Chinese economic policy on its water resources). M.A. in economics applied to sustainable development and environmental protection. B.A. in languages (English/Arabic) and B.A in International Public Law.

EXPERIENCE:
Several internships in human rights organization: Comision Colombiana de Juristas in Bogota, Colombia; Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, USA etc. Participated as an animator in a junior youth camp in the Norte del Cauca region, Colombia, in order to bring junior youth's attention to the respect of the environment: study of writings that explained the holistic concept of the environment and its material as well as spiritual connection to mankind, explanation of the compost bin, cleaning of the nearby river etc. Attended the Rio+20 conference as part of the BIC team.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
REDD+ mechanism and any forests related issue in general (rainforests, forest-dependent people etc.), climate change negotiations, alternative energies, environment as a development

 


NAME: Cynthia Diessner
ADDRESS: Minnesota
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
No special educational or other experience

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Anything environmental; want to serve in any capacity. Editor of IEF newsletter "Leaves"

 


NAME: Rhett Diessner
ADDRESS: Lewiston, Idaho
COUNTRY: U.S.A.
WEB: http://connect.lcsc.edu/diessner/

EDUCATION:
BS in physiological psychology University of Oregon, Eugene; MS in educational psyc UO, Eugene; EdD in human development, Harvard

EXPERIENCE:
I am on the Arboretum Committee at my college (Lewis-Clark State College); I serve on the Lewiston City Council's Urban Forestry Commission; I research and publish concerning the impact of engagement with natural beauty. I will be teaching a new course at my college on Environmental Psychology in Fall 2015. I want to join so I can learn more about the environment and sustainability, and if I have time, contribute (I'm also an adjunct prof at BIHE, and I pour all my discretionary time into that).

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environmental Psychology, preserving natural beauty, environmental education

 


NAME: Mitra Doherty
ADDRESS: Ontario
COUNTRY: Canada

EDUCATION:
Dentist

EXPERIENCE:
Biological dentist. Relationship: health & environment; Supporting earth center initiative; Involved in producing medicinal plants (organic)

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Involved with action group for health and environment www.CAPE.ca (Canada Association of Physicians & Environment) . Water/pollution. Tree planting/organic farming.

 


NAME: Paul Doherty
ADDRESS: Ontario
COUNTRY: Canada

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Green Tech

 


NAME: Fariba Dorner
ADDRESS: Horgenzell
COUNTRY: Germany

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
I have been working for the past 3 years for the 'Deutsche Umwelt-Aktion e.V.' teaching children the causes of climate change and what each of us can do to help our environment.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Climate change, green energies, sustainable education

 


NAME: Louise Doughty
ADDRESS: Wales
COUNTRY: United Kingdom

EDUCATION:
Degrees in Physics & Psychology

EXPERIENCE:
I have always been concerned about environmental issues (since the 1970s anyway!) However I have not been involved in any professional capacity. I have degrees in Physics & Psychology & have worked as a computer programmer & more recently as a development officer in the mental health voluntary sector. I have recently retired and am now spending more time studying environmental issues. I have just completed the course on Sustainable Development & the Prosperity of Humankind run by the Wilmette Institute & am also following a Permaculture course.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Permaculture & sustainable agriculture, trying to live an "environmentally friendly" life

 


NAME: Samuel DuBois
ADDRESS: Quito
COUNTRY: Ecuador

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
Full-time translator and interpreter, small organic farmer, rural education trainer, nutritionist, journalist.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environmental education and organic farming

 


NAME: Yolanda DuBois
ADDRESS: Quito
COUNTRY: Ecuador

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
I have worked with United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, for 25 years and I have been in charge of some environmental projects. My current position is Operations Manager, therefore I have the opportunity to be involved with different projects related with social development.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Education, pollution, water and sanitation

 


NAME: Allen Duncan
ADDRESS: London
COUNTRY: United Kingdom

EDUCATION:
MA Art and Design in Education (London); Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Greenwich); Post Graduate Diploma in Architecture (RIBA Parts 2 & 3) (Plymouth); Post Graduate Diploma in Urban Design (Oxford Brooks); BSc in Archtiecture (Dundee)

EXPERIENCE:
Qualified as an architect in 1983. Worked on wide range of large UK and International projects. Worked for UNHCR. WFP. UNICEf DRC. College Teacher since 2004 (14 - 19 year olds). Visiting Lecturer at Greenwich University (MSc Sustainable Building Services, MSc Facilities Management, BA Property Development).

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Sustainable Construction, Architecture, Urban Design, Cities

 


NAME: Myist Duncan
ADDRESS: California
COUNTRY: U.S.A.
WEB:

EDUCATION:
Educational background, at the moment, is sketchy. Certificates include foodhandlers cards, accounting, and in-home care. Some college background in criminal justice, seminars and webinars for Title 24-Part 6 dealing with energy compliance both residential and commercial, and just began an online college course in Small Business Administration. And way back in the 1980's, I took an Engineering class at the College of the Redwoods in Fort Bragg, Ca.

EXPERIENCE:
1982-now and continuing - Energy Compliance Consultant and Documentation Author, working with Custom Drafting laying lead doing engineers' changes on residential and commercial drawings, proofreading plans.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Have been interested in the use of solar and wind as alternative power for residential and commercial design and transportation.

 


NAME: Ken R. Dunsworth §
ADDRESS: British Columbia
COUNTRY: Canada

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
I have worked in the Fish/wildlife habitat protection and forestry fields for the last 18 years. For the last 6 yrs. employed as a Forest Ecosystem Specialist/Biologist in Fish and Wildlife Habitat protection, ecosystem and water quality maintenance for the Ministry of Environment Lands and Parks for the government of British Columbia, Canada. As a member of a team completed a Biodiversity strategy for the Central Coast of British Columbia last year and am in process developing and negotiating an Old Growth Strategy for the Central Coast. Currently part of a team negotiating a Land and Resource Management Plan for the central coast of British Columbia public forum. Prior to this I was employed with the Ministry of Forests doing both timber and silviculture, and as a specialist in forest protection fire fighting. I have been a search and rescue volunteer for 18 yrs. I am currently the chairman for the Central Coast Regional District Emergency Planning committee, flood, earth quake, interface fires, search and rescue etc. I have been a commissioner for the Central Coast Regional District Economic and Development Commission for the past 5 years, involved in forestry, fisheries, and tourism sub committees. I have been a Baha'i for 25 yrs.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Ecologically sustainable development from the community level to the international level. I have worked for the advancement of sustainability both economically and ecologically for all the small communities on the Central Coast, including First Nations Communities. I am interested in a global ethic for ecological and economic sustainability of our natural resources. Biodiversity, forests, fish and wildlife habitat protection, sustainability, education, management of common resources, and in developing a new ethic for environmental change, sustainability, and development for our common future.

 


NAME: Claire Dupont
ADDRESS: Brussels
COUNTRY: Belgium

EDUCATION:
PhD Political Science: Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, 2013; MA International Studies: University of Limerick, Ireland, 2005; BA Applied Languages with Politics (French, German), University of Limerick, Ireland, 2004

EXPERIENCE:
Since 2013: Post-doctoral researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium (Political Science department and the Institute for European Studies)

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Climate change, sustainable energy policy, decarbonisation, resource efficiency, climate/environmental policy integration, intergenerational justice

 


NAME: Gde Dyaksa
ADDRESS: Djakarta
COUNTRY: Indonesia

EDUCATION:
Master of Laws

EXPERIENCE:
I am a Hindi and currently working for the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia. I'm in charge of cultural diplomacy

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Renewable source of energy, culture and the environment, responsible use of mineral resources

 


NAME: Terry Edwards
ADDRESS: Florida
COUNTRY: U.S.A.
WEB:

EDUCATION:
BA, U of Miami, political science and economics, 1968; MPA, Florida St U, 1969; PhD, Government (public management), 1972

EXPERIENCE:
Assistant & associate professor, public & business management, 1973-1983; various information systems positions, 1983-2012

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Climate change effects on the oceans, sea level rise, inundation, coral reefs

 


NAME: Leili-Ana Egea Farzannejad §
ADDRESS: Ontario
COUNTRY: Canada

EDUCATION:
Bachelor of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto (Canada), 2009

EXPERIENCE:

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Sustainable Development, Rural Education, and Environment and Spirituality

 


NAME: Vered Ehsani
ADDRESS: Nairobi
COUNTRY: Kenya

EDUCATION:
Masters of Science in Environmental Management (Imperial College)

EXPERIENCE:
For the past three years, I have conducted numerous environmental audits and impact assessments on behalf of various clients as per requirements of Kenya's National Environment Management Authority. Currently I am working for UNEP's Regional Seas Programme as a short term consultant in Nairobi. I am a member of the Baha'i Community and very much interested in understanding the Baha'i perspective on the environment and learning how to incorporate Baha'i principles into my work. I am a member of the Board of Mwelekeo Organisation, a Baha'i-inspired NGO that is working to introduce Fundaec's 'Preparation for Social Action' curriculum into Kenya

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Water-related issues, education, sustainable grassroots development

 


NAME: Mehrdad Ehsani
ADDRESS: Nairobi
COUNTRY: Kenya

EDUCATION:
BSc in Agriculture, MSc in Agribusiness Management

EXPERIENCE:
Mehrdad Ehsani is an expert in ecosystem approaches that seek to shape the way markets work and to change the way poor people participate in and access market. He has extensive experience in adaptive management, multi-stakeholder processes, development research, policy and practice. Over the last 21 years he has worked with numerous businesses, associations and non-profits in East and Southern Africa, Israel, Canada and Costa Rica.
In his current role as a freelance consultant, Mehrdad is advising DFID's Climate Smart Agriculture Programme to improve knowledge, policies and longer-term incentives in order to advance appropriate adaptation practices at the farm level, markets and the enabling environment in Southern Africa.
Convener of the Environment and Climate Change Group of the Addis Ababa Office of the Baha'i International Community, with a current focus on sustainable production and consumption.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Sustainable Lifestyles

 


NAME: Mehrdad (Mark) Ehsani
ADDRESS: Texas
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
Ph.D.

EXPERIENCE:
Professor of Electrical Engineering with specialty in energy efficiency and advanced vehicles: 'sustainable energy and transportation'

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Energy (production, transmission, storage, utilization), Transportation, sustainability engineering

 


NAME: Jennifer Eldridge
ADDRESS: Warwick
COUNTRY: Australia

EDUCATION:
B.Sc., Dip. Ed., Grad Dip Sc. (Computing), Voc grad cert Ed and training for sustainability

EXPERIENCE:
TAFE teacher: currently maths, science, alternative Year 10 for adults, community computing courses

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Sustainability

 


NAME: Nabil Elias
ADDRESS: Charlotte, North Carolina
COUNTRY: U.S.A.
WEB:

EDUCATION:
B.Com. University of Alexandria, Egypt; B.S. (Accounting), PhD (Business Administration), University of Minnesota, USA

EXPERIENCE:
Teaching a variety of business courses (48 years) at the University of Manitoba (35 years) and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (13 years); and served as visiting professor at INSEAD, ESCP, HEC, Laval University, Monterrey Tech, and Thunderbird. Taught MBA classes in Canada, USA, France, Mexico, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Served as a consultant to several companies and organizations. Serves as public info officer for local Baha'i community and on interfaith organizations.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environmental education, pollution.

 


NAME: Abbas Ali Elmualim §
ADDRESS: Reading, England
COUNTRY: United Kingdom

EDUCATION:
I am an architect with a PhD in sustainable construction

EXPERIENCE:
I have been involved with the Baha'i communities in Sudan and the UK for the past 15 years. I served a member of NSA and LSA in Sudan and LSA member in UK. I have been involved with LA21 as voluntary work and currently active member of Reading University Amnesty International Group.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
-

 


NAME: H. Dan Enslow
ADDRESS: Indiana
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
BS-Manufacturing Technology, MS Industrial Engineering

EXPERIENCE:

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Affordable Alternative Energy Development

 


NAME: Jonathan Estes §
ADDRESS: North Carolina
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
BA International Development Studies, UMass, Amherst

EXPERIENCE:
Author, "Smart Green: How to Implement Sustainable Practices in any Industry and Make Money." 2009 Wiley & Sons, Publishers Director of Sustainability and Analytics, FSG-LLC Founder & CEO Strategic Measures, Inc. Founder & CEO New Course Education, Inc. Director of Publications, Literacy South

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:

 


NAME: Erfan Fadaei
ADDRESS: Belfast
COUNTRY: U.K.
WEB:

EDUCATION:
BSc Zoology; currently doing a Ph.D. in ecology

EXPERIENCE:
9 month internship with Scottish Natural Heritage

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Conservation, education, biodiversity, habitat loss, invasive species, wildlife-human conflict, indigenous peoples.

 


NAME: Shiva Farabi
ADDRESS: Birmingham
COUNTRY: United Kingdom

EDUCATION:
BSc in Chemistry, BIHE (Bahai Institude of Higher Education) university; PhD in Chemistry, University of Birmingham, current.

EXPERIENCE:
Lecturer in Inorganic chemistry at BIHE University

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Conservation and Environmental Education, Chemical Pollution, Nitrogen cycle

 


NAME: Shayan Monajem Fatheazam
ADDRESS: Brasilia
COUNTRY: Brazil

EDUCATION:
Studying Environmental Engineering at Universidade de Brasilia

EXPERIENCE:
- Amazon Crossing: Building solar heating systems
- Baha'i volunteer at Cupula dos Povos (Peoples' Summit Rio+20)

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Conservation of forests and water, renewable energy systems, environmental economics and sustainable methods

 


NAME: Amanda Felipe §
ADDRESS: Manchester, England
COUNTRY: United Kingdom

EDUCATION:
MSc in Applied Environmental Science at Manchester Metropolitan University

EXPERIENCE:
Executive Committee Member of the Baha'i Agency for Social and Economic Development-UK. Former coordinator of Baha'i Office of the Environment in Rio de Janeiro for Global Forum 92, former manager Tomorrow Belongs to the Children Baha'i environmental education project in Brasilia, funded by UNICEF.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Sustainable rural communities and the potential of Baha'i decision-making model within governance / development / environmental spheres

 


NAME: Emily Firth
ADDRESS:  Curtin, ACT
COUNTRY: Australia

EDUCATION:
M.A. in Climate and Society (2007; Columbia University, New York); B.Sc. in Biological Ecology (1998; UNSW, Australia)

EXPERIENCE:
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia (previously Australian Agency for International Aid (AusAID) (2013-present)); Health and Climate Foundation Fellow (2012); World Health Organization, WHO (2008-2012); Group on Earth Observations Secretariat, Health Societal Benefit Area (2007-2008); member of Baha'i International Community delegation to the 15th Commission on Sustainable Development (2007); UNDP student-consultant for a rural energy and development initiative in Senegal (2007); National Green Power Accreditation Program, Australia (2003-06); assisted with the Baha'i Vocational Institute for Rural Women in India (Feb 2001).

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Social and environmental impacts of climate variability and global change, with a particular focus on climate and environmental impacts on public health.

 


NAME: Richard W. Fisher
ADDRESS: -
COUNTRY: Bolivia

EDUCATION:
MS Entomology

EXPERIENCE:
Over 18 years work in Latin America in applied research, extension, training, project management in integrated pest management, policies, problem analysis & creative solutions, biological control of pests, safe pesticide management, crop diversification, non-traditional export crops, plant quarantine, use of non-chemical pest control methods, currently project regional director for an USAID-funded alternative development project in tropical lowlands of Bolivia working with ex-coca growers who are growing licit crops; have worked with USAID, NGOs, Dole Fresh Fruit, Pan-American School of Agriculture, private sector businesses, private consultant. Worked in Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras and Bolivia. Over 100 professional publications. Served as Auxiliary Board & NSA member in Guatemala.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Biological pest control through use of introduced exotic natural enemies and augmentation of native species; organic agriculture; integrated pest management and minimisation of pesticide usage.

 


NAME: Carole L. Flood
ADDRESS: Maryland
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
M.S. in Environmental Management and Policy, Rensselaer, Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. (Also, B.S. in Elementary Education and M.S. in Educational Psychology and Statistics)

EXPERIENCE:
Environmentally-related Work Experience: The Nature Conservancy/NY Natural Heritage Program, Information Management Assistant/Mapper, 9/97 - 9/99 Strawbale house builder, Pasadena, MD, 9/00 - 11/00 Volunteer: various projects, conferences, and organizations supporting natural/green building, and conservation of biodiversity and land

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Natural/green building; biodiversity conservation; preservation of open space, agricultural land, and habitat; voluntary simplicity; applying Baha'i teachings to environmental issues; environmental education; ecological design

 


NAME: Judi Flowers
ADDRESS: Arizona
COUNTRY: U.S.A.
WEB:

EDUCATION:
High school

EXPERIENCE:
Some world travel, consistent participation in Baha'i engendered activities (co-sponsored first junior youth empowerment program in Cochise County; actively involved in Ruhi study circles); constantly reading and studying timely treatises on macro and microeconomics e.g. Al Gore's "The Future", statements by the Universal House of Justice; the UN Millennium goals. Have changed my diet to vegan, recycle, do not have cable tv

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Clean water, organic foods, public transportation

 


NAME: Tom Fox §
ADDRESS: Melton Constable
COUNTRY: United Kingdom

EDUCATION:
Ph.D. nutrition

EXPERIENCE:
I have a doctorate in nutrition and have been involved in mineral nutrition research for 20 years with some experience in applied work in developing countries with mineral nutrition intervention programmes. At present I have a grant from the UK government to run workshops in secondary schools building renewable energy devices and raising awareness of alternative technology versus fossil fuel energy. I have also made short films on the environmental issues and the Baha'i teachings.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Renewable energy devices for domestic and small scale production of energy needs.

 


NAME: Alessia Freddo
ADDRESS: Norwich
COUNTRY: United Kingdom

EDUCATION:
Bachelor degree (2002-2005) and Master degree (2005-2008) in Biotechnology, Verona University (Italy), thesis in Environmental Microbiology. Today PhD student in Environmental Sciences (University of East Anglia - Norwich, UK), the topic is about biochar and its influence in the environment particularly in soil

EXPERIENCE:
Posters and talks presented in National and International conferences. June 2007- July 2008: Research in a National Project based upon Bioremediation, University of Verona, Faculty of Science, Italy. Laboratory of Biotechnology of Microorganisms and Environmental Microbiology. June 2006-September 2006: Office worker, University of Verona, Italy, Orientation Department. March-May 2005: Research in a project of Genetic Biotechnology, University of Verona, Faculty of Science, Verona, Italy, Laboratory of Genetic Biotechnology. October 2003  May 2006: Librarian, Library of Informatics, University of Verona, Faculty of Science, Italy. September 2001-August 2002: Logistic Office, take care of logistic part of an entire Baha'i building (The Universal House of Justice), Baha'i World Centre, Haifa, Israel, Cleaning and Maintenance Department. Baha'i Activities: tutor study circles, teach two children classes, tutor a junior youth group, Assistant for children classes.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Climate Change, Biochar, Sustainable Development, Bioremediation/Phytoremediation

 


NAME: Carrie Freeman
ADDRESS: New Mexico
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
MBA in environmental policy and planning

EXPERIENCE:
Work experience in corporate sustainability initiatives, environmental public affairs and have worked with government agencies, non profit organizations and communities to drive environmental improvements and restoration. As the corporate sustainability strategist for Intel Corporation, I am responsible for helping set corporate strategic direction in this area and working with stakeholders within the company and externally to achieve progress. My experience also includes engineering and technology management and finance. Board member and participating member of other environmental and social NGOs. Secretary of the Local Spiritual Assembly of Corrales, New Mexico.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
I am particularly interested in water, and the economic framework for valuing the environment, sustainable food systems.

 


NAME: Lars Friberg
ADDRESS:
COUNTRY: Sweden

EDUCATION:
M.A. International Economics and International Relations. PhD Candidate in international politics with a climate change focus

EXPERIENCE:
Involved in sustainable development and climate change for the last 10 years.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Climate change

 


NAME: Diana Frost §
ADDRESS: Alberta
COUNTRY: Canada

EDUCATION:
Bachelor, Chemical Engineering, University of Sherbrooke, 1994

EXPERIENCE:
Water and sanitation projects in developing countries, training in-country NGOs, facilitating seminars with governmental agency representatives and NGOs

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Education, conservation, water specifically

 


NAME: Heather Megan Fuller §
ADDRESS: Alabama
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
Graduated in May 2000 with degrees in Biology and Chemistry. Graduate study at Huntingdon College, Montgomery, Alabama.

EXPERIENCE:
I have done much chemistry research throughout my college years. I have presented at the American Chemical Society National meetings. I developed and performed research through the Institute of Ecosystem Studies. I have also been the Earth Day Chairperson at my college.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
I am interested in conservation and biodiversity. I plan to study pharmacognosy (natural products chemistry with a pharmaceutical application) in graduate school, so I am very interested in the use of plants as sources for medicines and the impact of this use on the environment.

 


NAME: Ella Gabriel
ADDRESS: Trinity Beach, Queensland
COUNTRY: Australia

EDUCATION:
Bachelors Degree in Tropical Agricultural Science, April 2012

EXPERIENCE:

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Sustainable production of food. The effects of climate change and environmental degradation on global food production

 


NAME: Jose Luis Gadea Miguel
ADDRESS: Maggia
COUNTRY: Switzerland

EDUCATION:
BSc in Biology and M.Sc in Environmental Impact Studies

EXPERIENCE:
Since 2003, secondary school science teacher, Ticino. 2002-2003, Director of Araucaria Project, Panama. Araucaria: the Spanish Environmental and Conservation Program in Latin America. Components: Conservation nature, social and institutional empowerment and production issues.
1991-1995, member of Setem, NGO working for international cooperation and sustainable development.
1999-2000 United Nations Volunteer for UNDP in Paraguay, biodiversity and conservation activities (research, managed plan, evaluation and diagnostic document, environmental impact studies). Carried out natural resources studies in Spain and 4 Environmental Impact Assessments. 4 years as a teacher on Environmental Education to youngsters. Environmental Works in Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Finland, Nicaragua, Cuba, Morocco and Argentina. Lecturer in more than 20 environmental happenings (Universities, masters and specialized courses) involved with religion issues.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Biodiversity issues and conservation of natural areas and its resident populations. Sustainable Development and international cooperation. Humanitarian and environmental NGOs and associated groups.

 


NAME: Cristina Garcia
ADDRESS: Bogota
COUNTRY: Colombia

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
Anisa Colombia (Legal aspects of the environment). Etnollano Foundation (Environmental Development in the Colombian Amazon).

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environmental Education

 


NAME: Mahesh Kumar Gaur
ADDRESS: Rajasthan
COUNTRY: India

EDUCATION:
Master's degree in Ecology & Environment. B.Sc., M.A. (Geography), Ph.D. (Geography). Trained in Remote Sensing, Technique applications for natural resources mapping, survey & management, Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and digital Image Processing.

EXPERIENCE:
I am presently working as Lecturer (Geography) at the Government Post-Graduate College. I have working experience of more than 15 years in the field of biodiversity, environment, land degradation, desertification & drought, health, social sciences, socio-economic studies, and other related areas. I am involved with a number of community related activities. I have published more than 30 research papers and submitted about 35 project reports to various agencies of the government, non-government and international organizations. I am member of following organizations: 1. Member, Syllabus Drafting (Ad hoc) Committee on Population Education, JNV University, Jodhpur, 2. Empanelled for Examinership by schools and universities, 3. Indian Society of Remote Sensing (ISRS), 4. Indian National Cartographic Association (INCA), 5. Universities of England Consortium for International Association, Sheffield, UK. 6. Institute of Environment Management & Sustainable Development, Jodhpur, 7. GRAIN, 8. Tiger (FAO)

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
I have an interest and experience of working in the fields of biodiversity, environment, land degradation, desertification & drought, health, social sciences, and other related areas. Also Remote Sensing, Technique applications for natural resources mapping, survey & management, Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and digital Image Processing

 


NAME: Erick Gerstner
ADDRESS: Amsterdam
COUNTRY: The Netherlands

EDUCATION:
University of Amsterdam. Currently, I am studying Political Science and will in the future study environmental science, finishing off with a master in Sustainable Development.

EXPERIENCE:

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Everything! Especially interested in building, energy conservation, transportation etc. Also very much generally interested.

 


NAME: Ineke Gijsbers
ADDRESS: Stocksfield, England
COUNTRY: United Kingdom

EDUCATION:
M.Sc graduate in Agroforestry from Wageningen Agricultural University, the Netherlands

EXPERIENCE:
Work experience in temperate silvopastoral systems in Wales, farmed parklands in Burkina Faso, and rural development project in the cotton zone of Mali. Currently working as freelance translator/abstractor for CAB International, editor for plant disease and plant pests maps of EPPO, and administrator for a Baha'i Agency of the British NSA. BIC representative, on behalf of the British Baha'i community, at the UN's Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) since 2008. Currently coordinating BIC's involvement as an Organising Party for the Women's Major Group at CSD during 2010-11 and Rio+20 (in 2012).

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Access to information, gender issues related to sustainable land use

 


NAME: Vinita Walkup Gilbert
ADDRESS: Kampala
COUNTRY: Uganda

EDUCATION:
BS in Biology with one year postgraduate training

EXPERIENCE:
Taught biology in Alaska, Kenya and Uganda; trained biology teachers in Uganda; Coordinated community Health programs; presently working with Baha'i Inspired program (Uganda) in Functional Adult Literacy with emphasis on the environment.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Conservation and environmental education.

 


NAME: Anne Gillette
ADDRESS: California
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
Master of Arts, 2006, International and Development Economics, University of San Francisco. Bachelor of Arts, 2000, International Health and Development, Mount Holyoke College

EXPERIENCE:
Renewable Energy Analyst, California Public Utilities Commission, October 2006-present. Project Assistant, Central Asia Regional Office, The World Bank, May 2005-March 2006. Assistant to the Director, Office of External Affairs, National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the U.S., May 2002-July 2004. Teacher, Ruhiyyih School, Darjeeling, India, March-December 2001

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Renewable energy, environmental education, sustainable development

 


NAME: David P. Gillette §
ADDRESS: North Carolina
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
Ph.D., Department of Zoology, University of Oklahoma, USA (on the relationship between fish populations and invertebrates). M.S. 2002, Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas (on the effects of dams on fish communities)

EXPERIENCE:
Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, University of North Carolina Asheville. From 1995 to 1998, I served as a Fisheries Development Worker with the United States Peace Corps in Nepal. While there, I organized and conducted trainings for village fish farming groups, including several women's groups who had initiated such projects as a means of income generation to fund village development activities. I also conducted research on the feasibility of various fish farming techniques in Nepal. After completion, my wife and I were in Darjeeling, India until we arrived in the States in 2000.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Conservation and biodiversity, aquaculture, environmental education.

 


NAME: Daniel Gilliéron
ADDRESS: Chengdu
COUNTRY: China

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
Field excursions with ProNatura, campaigning with Sortir du nucléaire (stop nuclear energy), campaigning with the Alps' Initiative (modal transfer of cargo from road to rail).

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Organic and biodynamic agriculture, permaculture; water; renewable energies

 


NAME: Charles B. Glaser
ADDRESS: Ohio
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
Bachelor of Arts from Southern Illinois University, major Geography, including 22 semester hours in Forestry from the University of Illinois. Master of Public Administration from Southern Illinois University

EXPERIENCE:
Member of the Sierra Club, Ohio Ecological Food and Farmers Association, Friends of the Alum Creek and Its Tributaries (FACT), The National Arbor Day Foundation. Lifelong interest in Conservation, Forestry, Gardening, Wildlife, and other environmental issues. My wife and I produce about 40% of our food from our backyard, and most of the rest from an organic food cooperative.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Sustainable Living

 


NAME: Dan Gluck
ADDRESS: New York
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
B.A., Harvard University; J.D., Georgetown University Law Center

EXPERIENCE:
Environmental activist, organizer, systems designer, patent holder, founder, director, CEO.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Clean energy generation, climate change, renewable energy, endangered species & biodiversity, peak resources, pollution, conservation, agricultural systems, and others


NAME: Judith Golova
ADDRESS: Purley, England
COUNTRY: United Kingdom

EDUCATION:
MSc in Earth Sciences and Hydrogeology

EXPERIENCE:
Work since 1997 as an environmental consultant, primarily focussing on European industrial and brownfield sites and their environmental challenges. Currently working as a freelance consultant for private sector and for the UK Environment Agency and Local Authorities. Participated within UNEP Balkans Unit in a feasibility study for contaminated site remediation in FYR of Macedonia and Albania (2001). Her technical specialty lies in the field of risk assessment of impacts on human health and (ground)water quality as a result of contamination.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Soil and groundwater pollution, industrial development, contamination remediation, hydrogeology

 


NAME: Javier Gonzales Iwanciw
ADDRESS: La Paz
COUNTRY: Bolivia

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
Food technologist and food economist, been working since 1991 with environment related issues as researcher, lecturer and consultant. Regional and rural development, GIS and Remote Sensing for regional studies and solutions. Since 1998 working for the National Climate Change Program of Bolivia as policy advisor and negotiator, particularly food security policies. Now getting more in contact with rural communities and local actors. Have been involved from the beginning in the process of global change research in Bolivia, now trying to enhance research on local and regional development at the Nur University in La Paz 8211, Bolivia.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Sustainable development.

 


NAME: Les Gornall
ADDRESS: Magheraelt, Northern Ireland
COUNTRY: United Kingdom

EDUCATION:
Ph.D in Environmental Science from Ulster

EXPERIENCE:
Since 1992 director of Practically Green (Environmental Services). Environmental consultancy with associated laboratory research, light and heavy engineering facilities. Specialist in biogas engineering. Extensive knowledge of agricultural wastes and waste processing. Won many national and international environmental awards.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
-

 


NAME: Mark M. Griffin
ADDRESS: Massachusetts
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
MSc in Environment & Development

EXPERIENCE:
Licensed water and sanitation operator (USA); international experience in developing countries; professional experience in resource conservation and pollution prevention; water as an agricultural input; agro economics of projects.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Water resources, pollution prevention, water and wastewater treatment for drinking water, sanitation, agriculture, industry; energy and water conservation; education (water & sanitation).

 


NAME: Richard Nabil Hainsworth
ADDRESS: Hong Kong
COUNTRY: China

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
Professional occupation: represent a bank rating agency

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Sensitizing others to the problems. Relating environmental concern to the business world.

 


NAME: Steven Chandler Hall
ADDRESS: Connecticut
COUNTRY: U.S.A.
WEB: http:www.chandlerllc.com

EDUCATION:
BA Architecture, Princeton University; graduate studies, land and city planning, UCSD

EXPERIENCE:
After his service as a USN pilot, he joined Bechtel in San Francisco. His work included nuclear and fossil power plants and the creation of a new city in Borneo as Senior Project Planner. Over 30 years experience in project management of both design development and construction of numerous projects across the United States and in several countries overseas. As a result of his official role in the 1996 UN Habitat II Conference in Istanbul, Turkey, Steve has been exploring and implementing options of bringing sustainable development practices into his work and into the mainstream of design and construction. His firm recently completed a major renovation of the 80,000 square foot Princeton Club of New York. The work included the installation of a cogeneration plant that saves energy use by 50% and will save the owner over 70% in energy costs in 2012. These results are consistent with the goals of the Architecture 2030 challenge: http://www.architecture2030.org. With this experience Steve wrote a white paper published in February 2011 by Environmental Design+Construction, Oops! We'eve been Drilling in the Wrong Place! http://bit.ly/limwoA. Steve is a guest lecturer in a graduate program in Green real estate development for the newly created New York University Schack Institute of Real Estate, Center for the Sustainable Built Environment (SBE) http://bit.ly/fPn8Gm for what can be achieved by the retrofit of existing buildings.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
High performance development and building

 


NAME: Ian Hamilton
ADDRESS: Washington, D.C.
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
B.B.S. Marketing and Management (2006); MSc Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (2010)

EXPERIENCE:
Representative for Sustainable Development, Office of Public Affairs of the U.S. NSA;
College of Energy, Environment and Sustainability, Program Manager;
African Development Bank, Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Information and Communication Consultant;
World Bank, Climate Investment Funds, Knowledge and Communication Consultant

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Ethical dimensions of climate change; Climate finance; Dissemination of climate knowledge; Partnerships for climate action

 


NAME: Gary Hankins
ADDRESS: Gainesville, Florida
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION: Doctorate in Medicine

EXPERIENCE:
1. Purchasing land in my community which has become a protected, passive recreation area for local residents. 2. In the process of facilitating the creation of an intentional community community using a cohousing model. The aim is to create a reproducible model of a sustainable neighborhood and to support the development of similar neighborhoods in the local community 3. Assisted in the planning and execution of an Environmental Section at one Baha'i Social and Economic Development Conference see "Loblolly Greenway Cohousing" page on Facebook

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
1. Specific, practical, local models of environmental action that can be implemented in the near term 2. Community organization for environmental action 3. Planning strategies and development/building codes that encourage and support sustainable neighborhoods 4. Organization that support the above goals
 


NAME: Duncan Hanks
ADDRESS: Ontario
COUNTRY: Canada

EDUCATION:
Master's degree in International Development Administration; undergraduate degree in Administrative and Commercial Studies.

EXPERIENCE:
Duncan Hanks is currently the Executive Director of the Canadian Baha'i International Development Services (CBIDS), an agency of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Canada responsible for international development. CBIDS is currently supporting the work of Baha'i-inspired agencies like FUNDAEC in Colombia, Asociacion Bayan in Honduras, and ACEM in Costa Rica. Duncan served for nine years as the Director of Administration and Finance and for two years as the Director of Development Programs at Nur University, a Baha'i-inspired project in Bolivia. He also served as faculty and project developer in education, youth leadership, public and primary health, organizational capacity building, the use of participatory methodologies for sustainable local development, public administration and governance, and information and communication technologies for development. Duncan has served as a regional advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean to the International Institute for Environment and Development, served on several NGO boards, is currently a member of the Board of Governors of a new initiative to create a Baha'i-inspired university in Canada, and is a Board member of a socially responsible company developing alternative energy. He has over sixteen years experience working in non-profit development administration, project and program development and management, management training, and socially responsible entrepreneurship in Canada, United States, Indonesia, and Bolivia.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Corporate Social Responsibility. Moral Leadership for conservation and environmental leadership.

 


NAME: Paul Hanley
ADDRESS: Saskatchewan
COUNTRY: Canada

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
Science/technical writing, specialising in environment and agriculture, founding member of Earthware, an organic farmers' and gardeners' network (1995). Author/editor of Earthware, ecological agriculture in Saskatchewan, (eco-ag book, 1980). Environmental columnist, Saskatchewan paper (circulation 100,000) weekly since 1988, board member of 15 community groups in SED, etc. Written on Baha'i views on agriculture and environment, represented Baha'i International Community at conference in Japan.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
The covenant and the conservation of nature (book in process).

 


NAME: Mohammad Hasanuzzaman
ADDRESS: Dhaka
COUNTRY: Bangladesh

EDUCATION:
M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering

EXPERIENCE:

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Wastewater Treatment & Environmental Management System & Climate Change

 


NAME: Helena Hastie
ADDRESS: Birmingham
COUNTRY: United Kingdom

EDUCATION:
MSc International Development (2008), MSc Public Understanding of Environmental Change (2002)

EXPERIENCE:
Currently working for the Baha'i Agency for Social and Economic Development in the UK (BASED-UK).

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:

 


NAME: Peter T. Haug
ADDRESS: Colfax, Washington
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
A.B. English Literature - Hamilton College, Clinton, NY; M.S. Wildlife Biology - Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO; Ph.D. Systems Ecology - Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

EXPERIENCE:
5 years as newspaper reporter and editor and public relations writer
6 years as graduate student and executive assistant with the International Biological Program Grassland Biome Studies
More than 20 years of environmental impact analysis with government (federal, state, and Native American) agencies and private industry
11 years teaching English as a second language in P.R. China
Ongoing: developing short classes in, and giving talks on, climate change and its ramifications

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
I view climate change and its ramifications as the most recent symptom of many longer-lived, much larger, and more serious global problems, both material and spiritual. I don't believe the material problems leading to climate change can be solved until enough honest human beings of good will and sufficient political influence learn how to consult and forge a collective unified attempt to solve the myriad complex problems driven by interacting physical and biological forces that humankind only dimly understands. I'm gettin' old, so this may be at once my new career and last hurrah, giving me the purpose to last a few more years.

 


NAME: Minu Hemmati
ADDRESS: Berlin
COUNTRY: Germany

EDUCATION:
Doctorate in organisational and environmental psychology

EXPERIENCE:
A clinical psychologist, was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Saarbrücken, Germany, 1992-1998. Since 1998, working as an independent advisor and programme coordinator with NGOs; governments; international agencies; and corporations. Areas of work include participation of stakeholders in decision-making; communication and collaboration of stakeholder groups, designing and facilitating dialogues and partnerships; gender and sustainable development; capacity development. Regularly participated at United Nations Summits & Commission meetings since 1996. Closely involved in the World Summit on Sustainable Development (South Africa, August 2002). Currently serving as the Senior Advisor to the SEED Initiative - Supporting Entrepreneurs for Environment and Development, a partnership of IUCN, UNEP and UNDP that aims to promote and support entrepreneurial, locally driven partnerships for sustainable development, and includes a number of research and learning activities on sustainable development partnerships. Also working on gender aspects of climate change, as well as stakeholder engagement & corporate dynamics. Her book Multi-stakeholder Processes for Governance and Sustainability - Beyond Deadlock and Conflict was published by Earthscan, London, in January 2002.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
-

 


NAME: Eva Hildorsson
ADDRESS: Stensjön
COUNTRY: Sweden

EDUCATION:
Study to become an environmental coordinator

EXPERIENCE:
SV Jönköpings Iän, Project Leader Sma steg mot Framtiden

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Agenda 21, environmental education and global environmental issues.

 


NAME: Sue Hobbs
ADDRESS: Ontario
COUNTRY: Canada

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
Event Coordinator, Arnprior Earth Week Planning Committee. Member of the Greater Arnprior Environmental Action Council.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Turning environmental, sustainability and social justice issues into grassroots action. Enabling people to realize changes in their own lives that will improve the world.

 


NAME: Tom Hodges
ADDRESS: Oregon
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
PhD in crop ecology

EXPERIENCE:
25 years experience developing and applying crop/soil simulation models in the areas of water and nutrient uptake. Currently available for short term assignments in the area of crop water, nutrient, soil projects. Baha'i - served on numerous Local Spiritual Assemblies and local/regional committees since 1971. Started and manage the sustag-L email list on sustainable agriculture, also manage webpage for Baha'i sponsored noble-creation email list.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Soil/water management and sustainable agriculture.

 


NAME: Ramin Homai
ADDRESS: Amersfoort
COUNTRY: Netherlands

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
Information technology

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Renewable energy

 


NAME: John F. Homan
ADDRESS: New York
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
BSc (1992) Michigan State University -- resource development and communications; Master of Environmental Management/MEM (2002) Yale University

EXPERIENCE:
Was visiting Lecturer at a Japanese private university in Oita, Japan teaching second-language content-based English via the study of environmental management. Now back in New York. Some eight+ years working for Baha'i institutions on environment related issues.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Education

 


NAME: Anton ten Houten §
ADDRESS: Tauranga
COUNTRY: New Zealand

EDUCATION:
University of Utrecht (Netherlands) M.Sc Biology

EXPERIENCE:
Worked on the effects of Insect Growth Regulators on honeybee colonies; 3 years on mosquito control using the same (environmentally safer) compounds for the World Health Organisation in cooperation with the Indonesian Government; 3 years practical beekeeping at NZ largest Apiary; 8 years on honeybee research in NZ Govt.
Environmental involvement: 3 summer holidays in the Netherlands as youth-camp leader (14 -20 yrs) working on maintenance of nature reserves in NL for the IVN (Institution for the Education of Nature Conservation); in NZ, was a volunteer member of a local Agenda 21 working group on Sustainability Indicators for the Hamilton City Council; 5 years actively involved with the promotion of cycling and its safety in Hamilton to advise the Hamilton City Council on roading design, etc.; reading a lot about environmental ethics and related literature; feel that environmental problems are more to do with social/mental/religious/ethical deficiencies than lack of hard Science (where I came from).

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Non-specialist (generalist) on environmental issues and among a few volunteers to try to restore a Kahikatea (native NZ Podocarp) remnant forest.

 


NAME: Susan R. Howard
ADDRESS: Abingdon, England
COUNTRY: United Kingdom

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
-

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
A general Baha'i desire to put the teachings on this subject into practice.

 


NAME: Pavel Hruby
ADDRESS: Ceske Budejovice
COUNTRY: Czech Republic

EDUCATION:
Master degree in hydrobiology

EXPERIENCE:
Environmental education tutor of children at a NGO (2002-2003). Now working at a NGO concerned in promoting the sustainable lifestyle - focused on the sustainable consumption and environmental counseling. Contacts with other environmental NGOs around the Czech Republic. Baha'i since 2002.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environmental education, sustainable consumption, waste management and others like green economics, renewable energy sources, climate change. Main objective: Making people aware of environmental issues.

 


NAME: Edwin Humphries
ADDRESS: New South Wales
COUNTRY: Australia

EDUCATION:
Associate Diploma in Appliance Science (Chemistry/Surface Coatings Technology)

EXPERIENCE:
Owner, NetSense Computers & EarthCare Technology; Founding & Committee Member, Kiama FutureCare & Transition Towns Kiama; Project Leader, Kiama Baha'i Bush Foods Garden (now defunct); Presented talks and written articles on the environment and related issues published in: AIM (the Journal of the Australian Institute of Management); Target (Journal of the Australian Organisation for Quality); Herald of the South (Australian/NZ Baha'i Magazine); Proceedings of the Association of Baha'i Studies (Australia). Participation with various local Landcare Groups. Founding Member, Kiama Council Environment Committee, Southern Highlands Environment Group.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Extending discussion of ecological and economic sustainability to social sustainability and a sustainable (i.e., ever-advancing) civilisation. Ensuring environmental action is science based (i.ie., not opposing things just because we can). Promoting harmony of science & religion, and the central role of religion in the sustainability movement. Particular interest in Australian Ecology and Aboriginal use of native foods.

 


NAME: Anna Iskra
ADDRESS: British Columbia
COUNTRY: Canada
WEB:

EDUCATION:
Bachelor of Economics with major in Finance

EXPERIENCE:
18 years of accounting

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Renewable energy production including solar and wind. Legal and economical regulations stimulating new production methods, environmentally conscious communities, municipalities and industries.

 


NAME: Said Jalali
ADDRESS: Braga
COUNTRY: Portugal

EDUCATION:
PhD in Civil Engineering

EXPERIENCE:
Associate Professor. Research and Teaching activities on Sustainable Construction

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Sustainable Development related to Sustainable Constructions

 


NAME: Karla Jamir
ADDRESS: Virginia
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
Environmental and Resource Policy (M.A., GWU, Washington,DC), Anthropology (B.A.,Cornell Univ.), Natural History Field Studies (USDA Graduate School).

EXPERIENCE:
Biodiversity, sustainability, science and religion, the connection between environmental issues and global social justice

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
The fostering of a more wide-spread understanding of sustainability principles among non-professionals, (especially Baha'is); the promotion of sustainability and environmental programs as appropriate and essential social and economic development projects for already industrialized nations.

 


NAME: Walter Jaros
ADDRESS: Tasmania
COUNTRY: Australia

EDUCATION:
MD (Harvard Medical School 1974), MPH (Harvard School of Public Health 1974)

EXPERIENCE:
Former Clinical Scholar of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation at Stanford Medical Centre, former faculty at Harvard Medical school, practiced medicine in US for 25+ years. Currently a citizen of Australia, and Director of the Horizon Institute for Health Promotion and Global Learning in Tasmania.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Education about climate change and sustainability (for general public, secondary/tertiary students, health professionals, policy makers); relationship between spiritual values, global citizenship, and action for environmental protection and sustainable development.

 


NAME: Alison Jay
ADDRESS: Cumbria, England
COUNTRY: United Kingdom

EDUCATION:
Studying for a degree in Ecology at Lancaster University

EXPERIENCE:

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Education, climate change

 


NAME: Robin Jilderda
ADDRESS: Ontario
COUNTRY: Canada

EDUCATION:
I am presently completing a diploma in architectural technology

EXPERIENCE:
I have a background in solar heating dating back to the 1970's when I ran my solar heating business. I have always had a great interest in all topics related to environmental issues. LEED accredited professional. I intend to work professionally in sustainable and energy efficient construction.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Sustainable construction, conservation, education.

 


NAME: James A. Johnston
ADDRESS: Illinois
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
I have a bachelor's degree in Architecture from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, 1970

EXPERIENCE:
I am an architect in private practice since 1976 except for 5 1/2 years when I was employed by the State of Illinois: Historic Preservation Agency and then the Department of Natural Resources. I am a member of the US Green Building Council and an advocate for LEED certification for building projects. I am also a member of the American Institute of Architects (A.I.A.) and served as the President of the local chapter. In April 2007 I founded local grass roots not-for-profit corporation, Sustainable Springfield Inc. It is an advocate for the sustainable development the Springfield Illinois and will apply for grants to build bricks and mortar projects. http://www.sustainablespringfield.org. My work as an architect has focused on adaptive re-use and historic preservation projects, although I have completed several new buildings: hotels/motels, office buildings, residences. My work has received citations and awards over the years. As an artist creating pieces inspired by the writings of the Baha'i Faith, and have exhibited work as a teaching medium on 21 occasions in 4 states, http://www.gardenofhumanity.com .

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Sustainability and the built environment

 


NAME: Nigel Jollands
ADDRESS: London
COUNTRY: United Kingdom

EDUCATION:
PhD (Ecological Economics), MSc (Hons) in Natural Resource Management and B Com (Ag Economics)

EXPERIENCE:
Presently European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Formerly International Energy Agency; Principal, New Zealand Centre for Ecological Economics; Senior Lecturer, School of Resource and Environmental Planning, Massey University. Previously an official in New Zealand's central government for seven years in the following positions: Sept 1998 - Acting Team Leader, Environmental Performance Indicators Programme (EPIp), Ministry for the Environment; Sept 1997 - Environment Policy Analyst, Environmental Performance Indicators Programme (EPIp), Ministry for the Environment; Aug 1995 - Sept 1997 - Policy Analyst, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority; Sept 1993 - Aug 95 - Monitoring Analyst, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority; Jan 1993 - Sept 93 - Energy Analyst, Energy Research and Information Unit, Ministry of Commerce. I have co-authored several books (mainly in the area of energy and the environment). I have presented three papers to international conferences - the latest of which is titled "Incorporating indigenous values in the Environmental Performance Indicators Programme". I am a Baha'i and I have an interest in investigating how Baha'u'llah's teachings relate to the work I do on environmental policy.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environmental indicators, energy efficiency, renewable energy, development and the environment.

 


NAME: Sorrel Jones
ADDRESS: Abergavenny, Wales
COUNTRY: United Kingdom

EDUCATION:
BSc Hons (1st) Ecology and Environmental Management

EXPERIENCE:
10 years working in biodiversity/nature conservation. The last 8 years with the Wildlife Trusts (a UK eNGO) - currently working in the area of responses to development that threaten biodiversity, and influencing local and national policy that relates to biodiversity, such as the Environment (Wales) Bill.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Biodiversity

 


NAME: Jan de Jongh
ADDRESS: Veldhoven
COUNTRY: The Netherlands

EDUCATION:
M.Sc. in Naval Architecture Technical University of Delft

EXPERIENCE:
Over 20 years experience in development work in renewable energy worldwide, focus on "developing" countries.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
While developing programmes for income generation for small subsistence farmers in rural areas, include activities for improvement of water conservation and nature (reforestation, preventing of soil erosion, etc). To introduce these measures in schools in rural areas, by demonstration the various possibilities and train the teachers at teacher trainee schools to include these measures.

 


NAME: Richard Jordan
ADDRESS: New York
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
30+ years on a daily basis at the UN as an NGO. Chaired the 60th DPI/NGO Conf. on Climate Change, 5-7 September 2007

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Spirituality and the environment; holistic thinking, development of archives

 


NAME: Ruhiyyih Joshi
ADDRESS: Bruxelles
COUNTRY: Belgium

EDUCATION:
Ph.D., Masters in Business Administration, Bachelors in Computer programming, Diploma in Journalism

EXPERIENCE:
28 years. Member of ebbf - ethical business building the future

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Specially interested in conservation and pollution and all that deals with environment

 


NAME: Antonio Jovanovski
ADDRESS: Skopje
COUNTRY: Republic of Macedonia

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Renewable energy sources

 


NAME: Whitney Judd §
ADDRESS: Arizona
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
Bachelors degrees in Education: elementary and special education; a degree in Manufacturing Engineering. Masters Degree in Agribusiness and in Rural and International Sustainable Development

EXPERIENCE:
Most of my experience has been in teaching. But I worked for the State of Arizona developing new and emerging crops, eg. aquaculture, grapes, wine, apples.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Desertification, traditional agricultural and ancient practices, Aquaculture - fresh and salt water, permaculture, water purification, economics and energy. Tropical Agriculture and value added. West Africa and the Sahel region of Africa.

 


NAME: Roger Kapp
ADDRESS: Meyrin
COUNTRY: Switzerland

EDUCATION:
CAS/DAS en Développement Durable - Sustainable Development

EXPERIENCE:
Member of the Swiss task force that prepared the Rio+20 Summit
Member of the task force preparing the "Post-2015 SDG/MDG Agenda"

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Biodiversity

 


NAME: Janne Mikael Karimaki
ADDRESS: Espoo
COUNTRY: Finland

EDUCATION:
MSc in Technology with Major in Mathematics and Minor in Material Physics, Helsinki University of Technology; currently at the Department of Forest Ecology, University of Helsinki, starting a doctoral thesis on process based models of tree growth.

EXPERIENCE:
Contacts with environmentally oriented NGOs, mainly in Finland.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Biodiversity, forests, renewable energy, climate change and sustainability.

 


NAME: Sylvia Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen
ADDRESS: Heelsum
COUNTRY: The Netherlands

EDUCATION:
M.Sc. in Biology/Ecotoxicology from Uppsala University. Ph.D. in environmental policy from Linkoping University, 2001. Dissertation comparing approaches to policies on the use of agricultural pesticides in developing countries between stakeholders at local, national and global level.

EXPERIENCE:
Assistant professor with the Public Administration and Policy Group of Wageningen University; Research Fellow of the Academy of Finland. Two years as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Public International Law, Leiden University. 2003/04 Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University Center for Environmental Law and Policy doing research on the World Summit on Sustainable Development negotiations. 2001-2003 International Science Project Coordinator, International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP) Secretariat, Bonn, Germany. Shorter periods for UNEP Chemicals in Geneva and the Economic Development Institute of the World Bank.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Management of common resources, environment and development interface, global environmental change, global climate and energy governance, toxic substances pollution and the role of knowledge (including natural and social science) in the environmental work.

 


NAME: Makesh K. Karuppiah
ADDRESS: Florida
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
Ph.D. - Environmental Sciences, University of Maryland, USA; M.S. - Computer Sciences, University of Maryland; M.Phil - Environmental Sciences, Bharathiar University, India; M.S. - Environmental Sciences, Bharathiar University, India; B.S. - Biology, Bharathiar University, India.

EXPERIENCE:
Experience in teaching & research in Environmental Sciences, University of Maryland and Salisbury State University. Publications in international journals such as EcoToxicology and Environmental Safety, Journal of Hazardous Materials, Chemosphere. Consulting as an Environmental Scientist to international companies.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Eco-toxicology and environmental safety; low cost pollution treatment; environmental education.

 


NAME: Owrang Kashef §
ADDRESS: Florida
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
B.Sc. water resources engineering, University of Guelph, Canada; MBA University of Phoenix, USA

EXPERIENCE:
Worked in the fields of water resources, irrigation and automation engineering, water and wastewater treatment in Canada, United States and Israel.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Sustainable development, integrated water resources development, irrigation and agriculture, water and wastewater treatment.

 


NAME: Alan R. Kellogg
ADDRESS: Maryland
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
BS Physics, MBA International Finance

EXPERIENCE:
Applications Systems Analyst and International Management Consultant. Formerly the Regional Environment and Science Policy Coordinator for the U.S. Department of State for West and Central Africa, based in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. 25 years of diplomatic experience including Science Officer in China. Was previously a consultant in Physics and Operations Research working mostly in the realm of underwater acoustics. Speak French and Chinese with working level fluency.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environment, Conservation, Science and Health in West and Central Africa - especially development of local community capacity for natural resource management and sustainable development. Interested in NGO capacity development including management and accounting practices however I avoid 'briefcase NGOs'.

 


NAME: NAME: Robert John Kendall
ADDRESS: Vancouver, B.C.
COUNTRY: Canada
WEB:

EDUCATION:
BSc in Forest Management at Laval University, Quebec City; 2 years of uncompleted Masters level course in conflict resolution at the Landegg Academy

EXPERIENCE:
25 years of community forestry and climate change mitigation and adaptation work centered mainly in Central Africa, Quebec and the west coast of British Columbia. I am a specialist in community driven climate forest projects (such as the UNFCCC REDD protocol) and have set up REDD projects in DRC Congo and Burundi and am now consulting to the UNDP (UN- REDD program) to draft an investment plan for the DRCs National REDD Fund. I spend a lot of time in Africa working on the design and implementation of such projects.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Seeing how dynamic Baha'i inspired SED can galvanize social enterprise so that it can drive climate change mitigation, adaptation, and low carbon development pathways

 


NAME: Noreen Khalid
ADDRESS: Faisalabad
COUNTRY: Pakistan

EDUCATION:
Ph.D.

EXPERIENCE:
Four years of experience & research of Environmental studies at University of Agriculture Faisalabad Pakistan.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Pollution; Research Scholar currently working on Vehicular pollution impact on plants.

 


NAME: Shewangizaw Kifle Mulugeta
ADDRESS: Addis Ababa
COUNTRY: Ethiopia

EDUCATION:
M.Sc. Petrochemicals & Hydrocarbon Chemistry, University of Manchester- Institute of Science and Technology, Manchester-UK, 1997. P.G.D [MSc1] Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science and Technology, International Institute for Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering (UNESCO-IHE), Delft, the Netherlands 1994. B.Sc. Chemistry, Asmara University, Eritrea, 1985.

EXPERIENCE:
Project Development Team Leader/ESIA Team Leader, Ethiopian Railways Corporation (Present). More than 22 years of work experience in environmental impact assessment, auditing, environmental monitoring and evaluation of as well as Adaptation to Climate Change & Mitigation, National railway Network and Addis Ababa Light Rail Transit Project.
Ethiopian Electricity Agency: responsible for environmental impact assessment, environmental monitoring and evaluation of operational and new electricity generation projects both renewable and non-renewable; environmental regulation in the power sector; coordinate, monitor and evaluate specified activities the Energy Access project WB/GEF grant for rural electrification, renewable energy technology marketing studies; cost assessment and economic evaluation and commercial viability of renewable energy technologies for rural application; research and development of biomass energy conversion technologies for Biogas & Cooking Stoves Efficiency Project, utilization of wastes as energy resources, environmental impact assessment of energy technologies, integrated energy planning, economic/financial analysis of energy projects and greenhouse gases inventory and mitigation options.
Ethiopian Rural Energy Development Promotion Center, Ethiopian Energy Studies & Research Center: evaluation and implementation of energy projects, both renewable and non-renewable; Energy and Environmental Systems Development and Modeling; Energy Demand Analysis and Forecasting; Assessment of Energy Supply Options; Rural Sustainable Energy Development and Management for productive use & social services.
Yetebebearut Beharwi Petroleum Share Company (YBP): responsible for all technical matters of the company.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Low Carbon Development, Climate Adaption and Mitigation Transport Sector

 


NAME: Dwight Kimsey §
ADDRESS: Colorado
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
MS in Plant Ecology

EXPERIENCE:
Instructor at U of Wyoming, U of Nevada and U of Idaho. Research for U.S.D. of Agriculture and Interior for over 30 years, 12 years as private consultant on environmental protection. Designed and oversaw a golf course, which used no pesticides for 8 years and reduced water use by 55%. Board of directors for Northglenn Build-A-Generation, Colorado Educational Theatre and Building Bridges. Chairman of Northglenn Water and Sewer Board. Trained mediator and certified marriage councillor.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Integrated Pest Management, water quality and quantity, irrigation systems, use of biological controls, soil erosion, etc.

 


NAME: Jamie Lynn Konopacky
ADDRESS: Washington, D.C.
COUNTRY: U.S.A.
WEB:

EDUCATION:
B.A. University of Wisconsin with honors; J.D. summa cum laude, order of the coif, University of Wisconsin

EXPERIENCE:
I have spent one year in private practice as an environmental attorney

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
I am a passionate advocate of sustainability both personally and through my work. It is a great joy to be able to bring my faith to bear on issues of sustainability and the environment.

 


NAME: Philip Koomen
ADDRESS: Abingdon
COUNTRY: United Kingdom

EDUCATION:
Ph.D. (Brunel) Sustainable Design

EXPERIENCE:
36 years as a furniture designer and master craftsman. Established a sustainable local cycle that utilizes non-commercial timber in the design and making of furniture. See my website for info: http://www.philipkoomen.co.uk
Currently I am also a consultant to Sylva Foundation, which promotes sustainable forestry in the UK. I also work at a community level on initiatives to mitigate climate change.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Sustainable forestry linked to the development of craft-based micro-businesses that create high value wooden products.

 


NAME: Are Korneliussen
ADDRESS: Trondheim
COUNTRY: Norway

EDUCATION:
Geologist, M.Sc., Norwegian Technical University 1976

EXPERIENCE:
Employed by Norwegian Geological Survey (NGU) since 1976; various project leader roles, coordinator (team leader) for NGUs activities on industrial minerals and metals 2003-2007. Professional activities: Mineral resource investigations and evaluations; experienced in generating mineral resource projects and workshops; national and international network. Speciality expertise on titanium mineral resources; presently involved in investigation of titanium, carbonate and gold deposits. Environmental interest/involvement: Considerable interest in environmental issues, but presently no particular involvement with environmental organisations. Interest in "sustainable use of mineral resources" and how to improve mineral resource exploitation to reduce environmental impact; involved in scientific networks on various aspects of this subject. Religion: Baha'i member (passive) since 1981.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Sustainable use of mineral raw materials and how to improve mineral resource exploitation to reduce environmental impact.

 


NAME: Michael Koutelis
ADDRESS: New Hampshire
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
My undergraduate studies from Unity College, Unity Maine were concentrated studies in environmental studies

EXPERIENCE:
Over the past 29 years I have been involved in the Energy/Environmental field with strong knowledge and experience with energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. (Including Solar,Wind & Hydro). I am a member of the Association of Energy Engineers and have served until recently as a Member of the Automatic Reading Association which deals with radio frequency technology for the North America Utilities. (Water, Electric & Gas). The real benefit to the Communities was improved energy efficiency and conservation. I have successfully been involved in numerous multi-million dollar project deployments throughout the USA.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
I have a personal interest in conservation efforts and have pursued the RESTORE efforts in the State of Maine to expand the existing Baxter Park-Allagash Wilderness area for future National Park possibility. I am working with Green Power Management in Newmarket, New Hampshire to create the first "Green Community" in New Hampshire as well as one in Massachusetts.

 


NAME: John T. Krochmalny
ADDRESS: Ohio
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
B.S. from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio. A.T.S. from Terra Technical College, Fremont, Ohio. Presently taking Masters' courses at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.

EXPERIENCE:
Presently serve on the Executive Board for the Habitat for Humanity of Fulton County Ohio, Serve as Advisor to the NWOhio MultiFaith Council, Member of the World Futurist Society. Industrial Training Specialist for Northwest State Community College, Archbold, Ohio. (www.northweststate.edu). Courses that I teach involve HVAC-R, Industrial Electricity, Process Automation, Energy Management and Conservation.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Founder of the Northwest State Community College's Education for Sustainability Committee. Discipline involves Alternative, Renewable and Traditional Sources of Energy - its utilization and conservation. Interests in Small Scale Agriculture and Urbanization. Interests include Distance Education in both Synchronous and Asynchronous environments.

 


NAME: Malcolm Donald Lake
ADDRESS: Northern Ireland
COUNTRY: United Kingdom

EDUCATION:
Chartered Valuation Surveyor (1970), Chartered Town Planner (1983), BSc (Open) (1995) in natural environmental/scientific subjects, including ecology.

EXPERIENCE:
Member Institute of Historic Building Conservation (1995). In 1987, I was primarily involved in the formation of the Northern Ireland Branch of 'The Men of the Trees' (now 'the International Tree Foundation'), then in the UK, the first Branch outside England. Have been involved since, as a member of the NI Branch Committee and was a member of the National Committee, from 1989 to 1997. Involvement in ITF prompted the studying for an environmental degree. Now retired from employment.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Involved in planting trees on primary schools' invariably bare sites and carrying out a 'participative learning exercise' on 'The Functions and Benefits of trees' (usually with children aged 10 and 11), in which (with the permission of CBC) a video of the Academy Award-winning film "The man who planted trees" is used. A worksheet has been devised also, to use in this exercise. In the planting-season, also involved in weekend plantings, involving local Baha'is and other members of the community. Lately involved, with other concerned, local people, in Transition Town Omagh.

 


NAME: Roxanne Lalonde
ADDRESS: Nukualofa
COUNTRY: Tonga

EDUCATION:
B.Soc.Sc., 1986; M.A., 1994; PhD, 1998 in human/cultural geography, environmental studies, environmental ethics, ecotheology

EXPERIENCE:
Formerly Lecturer in Development Studies at Mulungushi University in Kabwe, Zambia, 2008-2011. Coordinator of Human Development Programme at Setsembiso Sebunye High School in Mbabane, Swaziland, 2005-2007. Served at the Masetlha Foundation in Zambia, which runs Banani International School and several other education programmes. Visiting Professor in Landegg International University's Department of Social and Economic Development. Faculty Lecturer, University of Alberta, August 1998-July 2002. Taught undergraduate courses in human/cultural geography, environmental studies. Have past experience with environmental organizations, especially environmental education.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Sustainable development, ecotheology, ethics, environmental education

 


NAME: Harold Francis Lane
ADDRESS: Sutherland, Scotland
COUNTRY: United Kingdom

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
Completion of 1300 page novel on sustainability early 2018, then ready for review. This work has taken me around ten years. Involvement with Arctic Methane Emergency Group. Attempting to get Scottish Parliament involved with assisting Igor Semilitov et al in Arctic studies and assistance in the Methane release, also with prospects for new university in Sutherland to research how tree plantation can absorb atmospheric methane in soils through trees. Retired from architectural profession. Experience including practical work with use of gravel/rock dusts as natural fertilizers in permaculture setting. Interest bio-regionalism. Obtained first prize in New Communities National Competition sponsored by TCPA in 1980; exhibited at Institute of Contemporary Arts 1981. Previous Member of Building Materials Panel I.T.D.G. Assisted NGO Sacred Africa, indigenous charity in Kenya.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Ongoing projects: Three volume work on sustainable development for Sub-Arctic, including the creation of a "Safe Climate Centre" in Sutherland, proposals for which have been exhibited here.

 


NAME: Miles Thomas Lane
ADDRESS: North Carolina
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
A.S. in Industrial Electronics from North Idaho College

EXPERIENCE:
5 years, Laboratory for Perceptual Robotics at UMASS, Amherst, Lab Tech; 2.5 years, Microsoft, Lab Tech; 5 years, Various companies, Software Tester; 1 year, Sprynet Corporation, Software Tester testing Internet Applications; 3.5 years, Amazon.com, Website Tester; 15 years, Volunteer Linux Tester (Linux Kernel, X Windows, Gnome, OpenOffice.org, etc.); 5 years, Volunteer Website Developer and Graphic Designer, and Multimedia Publisher

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
I work with http://www.SmartGreenBusiness.com on a variety of sustainability-related endeavors. We are Baha'is and are focused on the transformation of business, governance, management, culture and society through a process of progressive development of consciousness. This involves dynamically engaging the world at all levels -- applying insights gained through an ongoing exploration of holistic systems. We are assisting organizations and individuals to implement new systems for measurement, analytics, accounting, developing "business plans for sustainability", and so forth.

 


NAME: Deanne LaRue
ADDRESS: California
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
I have two Bachelor of Art Degrees, in Communication Studies and Dramatic Art

EXPERIENCE:
My background is in documentary/film/television. I've produced environmental films i.e. Coastlines at the Crossroads, and The Channel Islands: A Living Time Capsule, and The Mono Lake Crisis.) I have also worked as a journalist, media consultant and public relations executive. My favorite projects include international relief work, bringing medical aid to the Philippines, Kosovo and Albania. Professionally, I have held positions at KSCI International Television, the Hospital Council of Southern California, and Homeless Healthcare Los Angeles. For the past 10 years I have been working pro bono or free of charge in the areas of poverty and social services. Presently I run a Baha'i sponsored program in Marin County entitled Homeless Voicemail Program, delivering free voicemail services to 12 social service agencies and their clients. I also run a small foundation, the Meridian Health Foundation. I have been asked to join the advisory board of Roots of Peace, an organization that takes out landmines in underdeveloped countries and replaces them with agriculture and playing fields for children. I also assisted with World Environment Day 2005 in San Francisco. I am a member of the Local Spiritual Assembly in San Rafael, California and have served on LSA's for the last 12 years.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Bringing the issue of landmines to the environmental platform. Also, I have an extreme interest in helping to raise the world consciousness that religions and spiritual traditions can have a powerful impact on improving the environment.

 


NAME: Gail Y. B. Lash §
ADDRESS: Georgia
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
PhD, University of Georgia, School of Forest Resources. My dissertation was on community-based ecotourism as a sustainable development and conservation tool, focusing on policy and economics of ecotourism, with case studies in Belize and Ecuador

EXPERIENCE:
I recently attended the Baha'i Business Forum of the Americas' conference on Bringing Spiritual Principles and Values to Business to gain insights for my writings and my work. In 1999, I attended CSD-7 via the UNED-UK Gender and Tourism Team, contributing to the G&T Report with one of my case studies, and assisting at the sessions by talking with Ministers and helping to draft and distribute NGO statements. I am a Research Associate with The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) since 1997, and have represented TIES at global conferences and performed consulting work and teaching roles for TIES (http://www.ecotourism.org ). I am also the Coordinator of the Spirituality and Tourism Network of the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) (http://www.iipt.org ). My husband and I have our own business, Ursa International, designing zoos around the world and planning ecotourism in rural communities (see http://www.ursainternational.org). I am on the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Atlanta

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
1) conservation of commonly-owned natural resources such as wildlife via/versus private property rights,
2) ecotourism at the community level,
3) zoos and their educational messages, and
4) creating and implementing a new economic system that goes beyond environmental/ecological economics to one based on spiritual/ethical values.

 


NAME: Christiana Lawson
ADDRESS: Beijing
COUNTRY: China

EDUCATION:
M.S. Environmental Management, Stuart School of Business, Illinois Institute of Technology; B.S. Biology/Chemistry, University of Chicago

EXPERIENCE:
USEPA Region 5. Contacts with China's EPA in Beijing and Shanghai. Work with Tribal wellhead protection. Interested in wetlands restoration, conservation, community development. BFI Waste Services. Collaborate with Sold Waste Education Center, recycling services promoted.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Baha'i teachings based training/consultation for issues of concern to China (blowfields, superfund site remediation) and to communities served unfairly (tribal, poor, African-American, developing countries), environmental justice.

 


NAME: William Lemmon §
ADDRESS: Peachland, British Columbia
COUNTRY: Canada

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
Present: Semi-retired, Consultant to Environment Canada, development of technical background reports, provision of technical advice, and support for the development of emission standards and Codes of Environmental Practice for the steel industry.
Member of Planning and Sustainable Development of our local municipality (Chelsea, Quebec). Management consultant with about half of my work in environment, primarily for Environment Canada including:
- Development of background Technical and socio-economic documents/reports for the development of guidelines and regulations for the steel, mining and non-ferrous industries
- Developing environmental control criteria for these sectors - researching and assessing environmental control technologies for these sectors
- Technical and policy support to Environment Canada r.e. these sectors.
Middle manager in Environment Canada for air pollution control in mining, mineral and metallurgical industry sectors developing environmental control guidelines and regulations, Canadian participant in UNECE and UNEP conferences and activities, major activity in the US-Canada acid rain control initiative. Manager of utilities and environmental control in Engineering Department of Dofasco (integrated steel company in Hamilton, Ontario) responsible for design, project management and startup of environmental control facilities for coke ovens, blast furnaces, electric arc furnaces, basic oxygen furnaces, and other steel plant processes and equipment.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Primarily in environmental control at the industrial level and local (municipal) level.

 


NAME: Katia LeMone
ADDRESS: New Mexico
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
Kutunza Institute, Director - an initiative as a center of learning for permaculture, natural building, and identifying spiritual principles to solve sustainable issues.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Permaculture, desert ecology, biodiversity, education for sustainability, natural building/green architecture

 


NAME: Yow Peng Leong §
ADDRESS: Subang Jaya
COUNTRY: Malaysia

EDUCATION:
PhD, University of Warwick, UK 2007; MBA, Ohio University -Athens, USA 1996; B.Science, Electrical Engineering, University of Missouri-Columbia, USA, 1984

EXPERIENCE:
Utility Company in Malaysia, Lecturer and Researcher in Energy & Environment issues at the Universiti of Tenaga Nasional, Malaysia
Currently as Director of the Institute of Energy Policy & Research, Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Malaysia, and as delegate with the Malaysian government to UNFCCC meetings at Cancun COP16, Panama, Durban COP17, and Bonn (May 2012)

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Sustainable development, mitigation of GHG emissions & adaptation initiatives towards reducing the impact of climate change

 


NAME: Greg Lepard
ADDRESS: Nebraska
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
I have attended the Social and Economic Development conference three years in a row

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Everything, specifically pollution, resource conservation, global warming, chemicals.

 


NAME: Eva Helene Leuthe
ADDRESS: Bienne
COUNTRY: Switzerland

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
General interest, as well as non-activities as not driving a car and bio-food.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Storms, global warming, heat in general

 


NAME: Kate Lindsay
ADDRESS: Alberta
COUNTRY: Canada

EDUCATION:
PhD in Environmental Science at University of Alberta focusing on new legislative arrangements for setting environmental pollution parameters for the pulp mill industry

EXPERIENCE:
Bioeconomy Initiatives Senior Policy Advisor, Forest Industry Development Branch, Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, Alberta. Investigating ways the public, industry, and government can better interact in the future as relationships change.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Panarchy, adaptive management, environmental education, participatory democracy, and sustainable development.

 


NAME: Tomas Linsel §
ADDRESS: Kosice
COUNTRY: Slovakia

EDUCATION:
Student of 9th semester on University of Veterinary Medicine in Kosice/Slovakia

EXPERIENCE:
Member of Slovak Bird Conservation Organisation. Founder of NGO named BARAKA, which is working with children and youth - environmental education and sustainable development teaching (group of children activating positive feelings and teaching practical living in nature. High experience in children and youth environmental education. Work on host-tick preferences in human population. Cooperation with other local NGOs. Permaculture design - special gardening, sustainable living in country and cities. Practical conservation: conservation of frogs (spring activities), eagle, hedgehogs, stork.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Conservation of animals and biotopes, youth and children education and biodiversity.

 


NAME: Marjolein Lips-Wiersma
ADDRESS: Auckland
COUNTRY: New Zealand
WEB:

EDUCATION:
PhD in workplace spirituality, University of Auckland, New Zealand

EXPERIENCE:
Professor of Ethics and Sustainability, Department of Management, Auckland University of Technology (from 2015). I have been an academic for the past 14 years, before that I had a business career. I am actively involved in our Baha'i community; together with colleagues I run workshops on meaningful work (my primary area of research), I am a wife and mum and active in the school and neighbourhood community.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
What engages people, particularly young people such as my students, in questions of sustainability. What enables them to have hope? What enables them to take action? What is the connection between sustainability and community building? What is the connection between inner development and sustainability? Under what circumstances do organisational sustainability practices lead to more meaningful work?

 


NAME: Bruce Lliggitt
ADDRESS: Ely, England
COUNTRY: United Kingdom

EDUCATION:
M.Sc. Environment & Development

EXPERIENCE:

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Conservation (biodiversity), sustainable agriculture, community development (Africa).

 


NAME: Bernard Lo Cascio
ADDRESS: Lyon
COUNTRY: France

EDUCATION:
Graduate from the Institut pour le conseil en environnement de Strasbourg, Master's degree in environmental sciences

EXPERIENCE:
10 years experience in environmental information, training, audit and counsel for very small businesses (less than 10 employees), currently manager of the CNIDEP (Centre national d'innovation pour le développement durable et l'environnement dans les petites entreprises)

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
To find the primary causes of environmental problems and act to reduce them.

 


NAME: Jennifer Lockwood
ADDRESS: Cheltenham
COUNTRY: United Kingdom
WEB:

EDUCATION:
Degree (first class honours) in German and Linguistics; Professional qualifications in Project Management

EXPERIENCE:
22 years as IT professional (software development, program management, business process engineering) for a large financial corporation 5 years as Trustee of local UK charity Global Footsteps focussing on intercultural and sustainability education Founder member of Transition Cleeve (local Transition Town initiative in the rural community where I live) 40 years as member of UK Baha'i community. I have lived and worked in Germany and Switzerland and speak fluent German (mother tongue: English)

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environmental education; Grassroots action

 


NAME: Kadima Mpoyi Long'sha
ADDRESS: Kananga
COUNTRY: RD Congo
WEB:

EDUCATION:
Je suis ingénieur technicien chimiste en option génie chimique et métallurgie.

EXPERIENCE:
Coordinateur de l'ong APRE. Membre de RLCC (Réseau pour la Lutte contre le Changement Climatique). Membre du GTCR Kasai occidental. Je suis écrivain (romancier et essayiste)

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Reboisement, Four amélioré, Sensibilisation et plaidoyer

 


NAME: Jan Lopez
ADDRESS: California
COUNTRY: U.S.A.
WEB:

EDUCATION:
3.5 years of college, no degree. Majority of expertise gained in various fields of employment.

EXPERIENCE:
Over 30 years experience working on projects related to the provision of local public services: sphere of influence studies; municipal service reviews; formation of special service districts and cities; annexations, detachments, and consolidation of local agency boundaries; land use planning and zoning; research, analysis, and production of environmental reviews for the above types of actions; successful grant writing; facilitation of projects between multiple agency jurisdictions and requirements; production of reports, compliance with codes, analysis of local issues and impacts, and presentation in the public forum. My work involves evaluation of projects, especially expanding existing jurisdictional boundaries and creating new jurisdictional agencies (districts and cities), in California under the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act and sometimes using the National Environmental Policy Act. I work mostly in Northern California where we have significant water, contamination, and agricultural issues...not to mention repetitive drought cycles, as now when a lack of rainfall for several years has storage at 20% of normal.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
I specialize in a California agency called "Local Agency Formation Commission" or LAFCO, which was established by the state legislature in the late 1960s to oversee the logical formation and expansion of local agencies for the provision of local public services. All this work requires appropriate environmental consideration and review, especially the on-the-ground land use planning projects. The LAFCO projects set jurisdictional boundaries, but also must consider how and whether projects may adversely impact the environment and whether they are suitable in the long range for establishing or expanding services into previously unserved territory (i.e., farmlands, large acreages, etc.) We also are mandated to evaluate impacts on domestic water availability, disadvantaged communities, among other things, and are required to collaborate with interested and affected agencies providing public services in the project area. We try to get people talking with each other.

 


NAME: Atoosa Lotfi
ADDRESS: Massachusetts
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
Master in Bioengineering

EXPERIENCE:

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Biomaterial for environmental applications

 


NAME: Nica Louie
ADDRESS: Great Falls, Virginia
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
BS Occupational Health and Hygiene, MS Environmental Science and Policy

EXPERIENCE:
I am currently a Project Officer for EPA's National Center for Environmental Research (NCER), co-leading NCER's Environmental Public Health Indicator (EPHI) grants portfolio and the Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers Program ("Children's Centers"). The EPHI grants program funds research to identify reliable outcome based public health indicators linking source to exposure, to health outcomes. The Children's Centers program is jointly funded by EPA and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) with the goal of understanding the effects of environmental contaminants on children's health, explore ways to reduce children's health risks and to promote the translation of research findings into intervention and prevention methods to prevent adverse health outcomes.
I have twenty years of experience in the private sector supporting EPA, the Department of Defense (DoD), and the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC). I have served as Program Manager and have extensive experience managing teams in preparing documents, databases and have managed more than 120 Work Assignments. Notable efforts include managing the preparation of a report reviewing exposure data for select phthalates and authoring the section analyzing children's exposure from toys, as well as authoring the water ingestion chapter of the Child-Specific Exposure Factors Handbook.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Children's Environmental Health, Environmental Justice

 


NAME: Roger Lutley
ADDRESS: Illinois
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
B.A. in Biology

EXPERIENCE:
30 years in resource and manufacturing in biotechnology.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Community projects, educational material, grassroots movements

 


NAME: Norman MacLeod
ADDRESS: Washington
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
Four year university forestry course of study

EXPERIENCE:
22 years aerospace medicine, managing integrated medical and environmental organization. Currently Internet strategist, writer, photographer and consultant.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Wilderness and Biosphere Reserve issues; bringing true diversity into the environmental movement...and extending environmental concerns to a broader range of the general public. Ensuring that human concerns are better integrated into biosphere issues than they are at present. Increased effectiveness in bridging between cultures...bringing indigenous wisdom and experience into the environmental movement, particularly where the biosphere is concerned. Bringing the focus to true balance...working as friends, rather than trying to work in an oppositional paradigm. Working to reduce the politicization of environmental issues.

 


NAME: José L. Maldonado
ADDRESS: -
COUNTRY: Switzerland

EDUCATION:
BA in Business Education; graduate studies in Conflict Resolution at Landegg Int. Univ.

EXPERIENCE:
I have a diverse work experience in the field of Social Development, my first experience in the field of Development was in Equatorial Guinea, Africa, were I did 16 months of volunteer service for the Baha'i Faith, then back to Honduras I was working Bayan a Baha'i-inspired NGO that works for indigenous people, later I went to Kosovo and I did 6 months of volunteer service for the United Nations, after my service in Kosovo I went back to Honduras and I was working for a Network of NGOs as a Program Coordinator and political advisor, I was promoting changes in the Mining Law and other environmental laws in Honduras and working in the creation of a networks of NGO's supporting communities affected by the mining exploitation and supporting the Global Mining Campaign (GMC) organizing a Central American Conference to gather NGO's of the area in order to support the GMC worldwide.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environmental education and pollution, I like to learn more about this issues

 


NAME: Paul Maloney
ADDRESS: Dorval, Quebec
COUNTRY: Canada

EDUCATION:
B.Sc & M.Sc. and half a Ph.D. all in entomology

EXPERIENCE:
Secretary of CO-OP ECO, Entomologist, provide alternative pest management services. Presently, we are bringing a bed bug control product to market. Check it out at www.ecoBUGdoctor.com. I will be happy to get your feed back.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Ecological pest management services, green product development and cooperation with others in community business ventures.

 


NAME: Patrick Maloney
ADDRESS: Minnesota
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
Masters of Nonprofit Management; working toward PhD in International Development

EXPERIENCE:

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Pacific island nations.

 


NAME: Andrew Mancey
ADDRESS: Triumph, ECD
COUNTRY: Guyana, S America
WEB : http://ninewonderings.blogspot.com/

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
System administrator for Sustainable Development Networking Programme (Guyana) which is a non-profit ISP and NGO (http://www.sdnp.org.gy). Founder Member of Guyana Linux Users Group. Have taught IT and Physics at University, Chemistry and Integrated Science at schools. In recent years have done consultancy work in IT and IT in education. Have worked with various national committees related to IT. Part-time teacher of Physics.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Sustainable development.

 


NAME: Kaykhosrov Manuchehri
ADDRESS: Birmingham, England
COUNTRY: United Kingdom

EDUCATION:
MD

EXPERIENCE:
Ophthalmic Surgeon, Birmingham and West Midlands, since 1998. Specialist Certificate 2002. Volunteer medical officer in Albania for 5 months (1993).

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
-

 


NAME: Scott Martin
ADDRESS: Illinois
COUNTRY: U.S.A.
WEB:

EDUCATION:
BS - Agronomy from University of Illinois, 1977

EXPERIENCE:
Worked for US Dept of Agriculture for 35 years. Mapped and classified soils in Illinois for 13 years, author of two soil surveys. Worked as Soil Conservationist for 23 years assisting farmers to control soil erosion, improve water quality, controlling invasive plant species, and establishing wetland habitat. I became a beekeeper 6 years ago and have 20 hives of European Honeybees. A friend and I began a group for new beekeepers that now has 60 members. We try to educate the public about bees and other pollinators and promote the establishment of pollinator habitat in rural as well as urban settings. I've had a vegetable garden for over 30 years where I grow food for our own use. I've worked on service projects with Boy Scouts to get 20,000+ trees planted on wetlands on the Mississippi River bottomlands. I serve as the Baha'i representative of the local Interfaith group.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Improving soil health, composting, beekeeping, pollinator habitat

 


NAME: Alvaro Martino
ADDRESS: Corsica
COUNTRY: France

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
Entrepreneur in sun energy.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Education, philosophy of energy.

 


NAME: Yasmina N. Mata Contreras
ADDRESS: Madrid
COUNTRY: Spain

EDUCATION:
Ph.D. in Biology, Complutense University, Madrid, Spain, studying environmental biotechnology in a technique for recovering heavy and precious metals from water using biological material

EXPERIENCE:

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environmental biotechnology; applied research for sustainable development and community service; multidisciplinary research, studies and assessments.

 


NAME: Mona Marie Matepi
ADDRESS:
COUNTRY: New Zealand

EDUCATION:
Diploma in International Environmental Law

EXPERIENCE:
Project Manager - WWF Cook Islands Environmental Education Project. Social Development Specialist - ADB/Cook Islands government Legal & Institutional Strengthening of Environmental Management in the Cook Islands. Coordinator - MDGs Advocacy program for Cook Islands communities involving all sectors of society including churches.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Conservation, environmental education, pollution, biodiversity

 


NAME: Jason Maude
ADDRESS: London
COUNTRY: United Kingdom

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
I have no specific experience in working with environmental groups. It is a subject in which I have recently developed an interest. I work professionally as an IT consultant in London and am actively engaged with the Baha'i community within the UK.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
I am interested in sustainable development, fostering global agreement on climate change and improving energy technology.

 


NAME: Kenley Mays §
ADDRESS: Virginia
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
Retired design engineer from the military aerospace industry. Grew up on a farm.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Return the earth to its natural unpolluted state.

 


NAME: Sabá Mazza
ADDRESS: Brussels
COUNTRY: Belgium

EDUCATION:
Studied Environmental Sustainability at the University of Plymouth, England

EXPERIENCE:
Former member of the European Baha'i Youth Council.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environmental Sustainability, Global Change, Waste Management and Sustainable Development

 


NAME: Amani N. McHugh
ADDRESS: North Carolina
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
B.S. in Natural Resources (Cornell University), currently I'm an Environmental Science & Policy doctoral student (Duke University).

EXPERIENCE:

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Water resource conservation and management, aquatic/wetland ecology, landscape/spatial ecology, environmental sustainability and environmental health.

 


NAME: Oloro McHugh
ADDRESS: Dar es Salaam
COUNTRY: Tanzania

EDUCATION:
PhD, Agricultural and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, USA, 2006. MSc, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Cornell University, USA, 2002. BSc, Agricultural Engineering, Texas A&M University, USA, 1999.

EXPERIENCE:
Senior Agricultural and Water Resources Engineer, SMEC International - Africa Headquarters, Tanzania, 2006-Present. Graduate Teaching Assistant, Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, USA, 2005. Watershed Management Research Associate, USAID- AMAREW Project, Ethiopia, 2003-2005. Graduate Research Assistant, Soil and Water Laboratory, Cornell University, USA, 2002. Irrigation/Water Management Research Associate, USAID-LDI Project, Madagascar, 2000-2001. Graduate Research Assistant, Soil and Water Laboratory, Cornell University, USA, 2000.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Sustainable Agriculture, Integrated Watershed Management, Soil and Water Conservation, Irrigation/Agricultural Water Management, Sustainable Development.

 


NAME: Nancy McIntyre
ADDRESS: North Carolina
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
Presently EcoAg Service board member (youth agriculture apprenticeship programme) 1990- -- small scale farming in mountains
1988-1990 registered lobbyist on sustainable agriculture issues at North Carolina State Legislature
1989-1991 organizing member of sustainable agriculture working groups in North Carolina and Virginia, USA

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Agriculture as basis of community

 


NAME: John A. McLaughlin
ADDRESS: Cambridge, Ontario
COUNTRY: Canada

EDUCATION:
BSC Forestry; MSc Forest Pathology; PhD Environmental Biology

EXPERIENCE:
20 years in forest pathology research in Latvia and Canada

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
I have many, but in particular forests, species at risk, environmental ethics (philosophy of the environment)

 


NAME: Robert McLaughlin §
ADDRESS: Virginia
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
MPA, Public and International Affairs

EXPERIENCE:
Economist. Consultant, International Reproductive Health Programs.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Health-environment nexus.

 


NAME: Elizabeth McLean
ADDRESS: Rhode Island
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
Bachelors degree in Biology, Buffalo State University; starting my PhD in Buffalo NY state University

EXPERIENCE:
I am a Marine Biologist, working on coral reef research at the University of Puerto Rico. For a previous job with a science program in the University (G.L.O.B.E. and G.U.E.S.T. K-12), I use to travel around the island presenting environmental workshops at public schools to groups of K-12 students. During the summer we would train science teachers and take them on educational field trips. For a couple of years I had the opportunity to be volunteer in an association named 'AMONA' (http://www.fortunecity.com/greenfield/grizzly/128/id17.htm) that supports environmental awareness in the south-west coast of PR. We would travel to Mona Island and collect litter of the marine substrate and the beach.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
I am most interest in Marine ecology, marine biodiversity conservancy, community outreach and sustainable development programs.

 


NAME: Ho Yuet Mee
ADDRESS: Kuala Lumpur
COUNTRY: Malaysia

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
CPA, Partner of Ernst & Young.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Very concerned about state of affairs.

 


NAME: Priya Mehta
ADDRESS: London, England
COUNTRY: United Kingdom

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
Am a Baha'i with close to seven years experience in the management of information projects and business process re/engineering. With experience in the private, public [local government] and the global development sector.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
It's all about the environment. Everything would be solved if we banded together to sort out the impending heating-up of our, now, liveable globe. I'm interested in it all and am willing to conduct any work on any subject. If I don't know about it, I'll make it my business to find out.

 


NAME: Tim Melville
ADDRESS: Chepstow
COUNTRY: United Kingdom

EDUCATION:
BSc(Tech)(Hons) Cardiff - Management, Economics, Engineering Production and Commerce

EXPERIENCE:
Sales and Marketing multi renewable solutions for the UK. Building up financial backing for projects to enable those organisations not able to purchase renewable technology to do so. Owning and running a multi million � asset base. Coordination of a Transition Town and making significant change in a locality.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
As a founder member and current Coordinator of Transition Chepstow I am committed to making a behavioural change with my local community. Transition is the leading Transition Town in Wales covering 8 working groups including: Energy, Food, Transport, Reuse and Recycling, Spiritual Wellbeing, Wildlife

 


NAME: Fabiana Méndez Raya
ADDRESS: La Paz
COUNTRY: Bolivia

EDUCATION:
Licentiate in biology and master in environmental education. Master Degree Thesis presented (2000) at the Instituto de Investigaciones Ecologicas in Malaga Spain.

EXPERIENCE:
Working since 1990 in environmental matters as researcher and consultant. Research assistant for the Coleccion Boliviana de Fauna (1990-1993) with many expeditions to protected areas, national parks and indigenous territories to investigate mammals and how they are used by the communities. Technical assistant in a Bolivian NGO (1995) to review the relationships between the environmental and the population in Amboro National Park. Biology thesis about the ecology and socioecology of the spider monkey in a tropical biosphere reserve. Trainer in different workshops related with leadership and community development, and consultant on the baseline elaboration of a CARE project in natural resources management (since 1996). I have prepared a bat conservation handbook for youth education. As environmental educator have carried out several proposals for the government, and started short projects together with private firms. Directory member of the Bolivian NGO PROCAVI (Pro Calidad de Vida) since 1998.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environmental education, Conservation and Biodiversity and Sustainable development.

 


NAME: Janot-Reine Mendler de Suarez
ADDRESS: Massachusetts
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
BA Mt. Holyoke College (1979); MA Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy (1998)

EXPERIENCE:
GEF-IW:LEARN (www.iwlearn.org) 1998-2009
UNDP/GEF (United Nations Development Programme/Global Environment Facility) Regional Dialogue and Twinning to Improve Transboundary Water Resources Governance in Africa project 2007 - 2009
InWent (GIZ), UNIDO 2009-2010
National Center for Race Amity, Wheelock College 2010-2011
Global Oceans Forum oceans & climate policy research, Rockefeller Foundation (grantee) Resilience series, Research consultant with Oxfam America "Volatility - the New Normal?" 2011
Current: Visiting Research Fellow, Boston University Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future; Games for a New Climate design consultant with Oxfam America, the World Bank (Government of Tanzania), ACCRA (Africa Climate Change Resilience Alliance) and Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre, Artists-in-Context (Metro Boston Games for a New Climate campaign).

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Ethics of climate variability & change, resilience, system dynamics model-based participatory games, weather-indexed micro-insurance, internalizing externalities, radical transformation of global economy and equitable inclusive prosperity for all

 


NAME: Harry Merkies
ADDRESS: Tilburg
COUNTRY: The Netherlands

EDUCATION:
Self educated

EXPERIENCE:
Teaching at all the levels of education in different countries and was for a time coordinator for a group of individuals from different creative fields to search for new educational approaches on demand of the Government of the Netherlands.
Have been working at publishing businesses and printing facilities in different functions, finally writing articles for magazines in the food sector and hotel sector. Later director publicity for five publishing businesses.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Was for a time the chairman of the largest environmental organization in French Guyana and because and through this function had an advisory task in counsels for the Amerindians and other ethnic groups.

 


NAME: Winnona (Winnie) J. Merritt
ADDRESS: North Carolina
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
Attended Cornell Univ.(1955-57), BS., Salem College, NC (1959)

EXPERIENCE:
EcoAg Service-board/workshops (1997-). Int'l network Baha'is in ag-facilitator for planning group (1999). All-Terrain Gardens- organic garden workshops (Caribbean/USA,1993-). Blue Ridge Development Initiative-board/facilitator workshops (1999-). People of Paradise Puppets-live plays/television production/workshops/scripts feature env-ag-sustainable dev (Caribbean/USA 1985-), giant puppets (UN SIDS Conf., Barbados, 1994). Compilation of Baha'i Writings on ag/env/related topics, A Special Regard for Agriculture(1998). Local Afr-Amer. history project facilitator - partially focused on land tenure (2000-).

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Educational efforts which integrate understanding of Baha'i Writings on environment/agriculture/community, especially for youth. Puppetry for all ages which highlights environmental/agricultural/cultural values issues.

 


NAME: Oscar K. Merritt
ADDRESS: North Carolina
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
B.S. Agriculture, Cornell

EXPERIENCE:
Apple grower. Social and economic development workshops in North Carolina.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Seeking fora for farmers and environmentalists to converse.

 


NAME: Laurent Mesbah
ADDRESS: Sarajevo
COUNTRY: Bosnia and Herzegovina

EDUCATION:
Certificate of Advance Studies, Environmental Diplomacy (University of Geneva and UNEP, Switzerland, 2009). Ph.D in Plant Genetics (Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2000). M.Sc in Molecular Biology, M. Sc in Plant physiology (Strasbourg, France, 1993).

EXPERIENCE:
On behalf of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, currently working on reviewing existing national environmental indicators in Bosnia and Herzegovina and produce a new comprehensive framework; Take part in drafting the State of the Environment Report for BiH co-sponsored by UNEP, with a special focus on Climate Change-related issues. Also teaching Environmental Sciences to second and third year University College undergraduates students at the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
With a multicultural background, I have lived in France, The Netherlands and the Balkans with over 15 years of professional experience, over 6 years of research and teaching at the university level and 10 years of management and coordination including significant work with International Organisations (UNDP, OSCE), but also in EU and UN funded project as expert in the environment (Energy and environment, climate change, environmental indicators) . My goal is to continue to contribute to work towards a more sustainable human society with improved harmony with itself and its environment.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Interest in Agriculture/Food related environment issues. Energy and environment. Genetic engineering. Biodiversity. Nature Conservation. Sustainable agriculture and forestry. Ecosystem Services. Climate Change. Environmental Indicators. Education and sustainable development.

 


NAME: Keith A. Metzner
ADDRESS: Bissau
COUNTRY: Guinea-Bissau

EDUCATION:
B.Sc. Wildlife Management, University of Alaska, Fairbanks; M.Sc. Wildlife Biology, University of Missouri, Columbia. God has given me the bounty as a trained wildlife biologist to work in some of the most beautiful bioregions of North America and Asia.

EXPERIENCE:
God has given me the bounty as a wildlife biologist to work in some of the most beautiful bioregions of North America, Asia (Afghanistan, Cambodia, China (including Tibetan Regions), Lao PDR, Mongolia, Republic of Korea, Viet Nam), and most recently Africa.
1. Designing and implementing studies of endangered wildlife (mostly avian) species and the development of habitat conservation projects.
2. Community-based approaches (e.g., Co-management Projects, Environmental Education Programs, Capacity-based Training, Public Awareness Campaigns) to natural resource management.
3. Implementing, monitoring, and evaluating US and international wildlife conservation programs, providing training, coordinating field support, and conducting biological and social assessments.
4. Environmental advocacy
5. Climate Change Adapation Projects/Programmes - Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Guinea-Bissau
6. Environmental mainstreaming
7. Instilling a love of nature in unique teaching environments (e.g., inter-faith gatherings and maximum-security prisons).

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Application of spiritual principles to environmental challenges world-wide; developing new approaches to community-based environmental education and conservation-development projects among indigenous peoples: story-telling as a means of sharing wisdom; helping all people to experience the sacredness of nature and the connection to the Divine. Very keen interest to assist local communities in developing conservation programs based on sound science, traditional beliefs, and the needs of their communities.

Updated April 2012

 


NAME: Richard Martin Miller
ADDRESS: California
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
BSci. in City & Regional Planning, New Mexico State University

EXPERIENCE:
Over 25 years experience as a professional city planner. Senior Planner for the City of Chula Vista, California (in San Diego County). Involved in operations and supervision; policy, land use law and interpretation of zoning codes; comprehensive/general plan implementation; project review and implementation. Currently involved in developing policies and regulations to implement recently adopted General Plan, and the comprehensive rewrite of Chula Vista's Zoning Ordinance. Past experience includes nearly five years serving at the Office of Legal Affairs, Baha'i World Centre, Haifa

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Very interested in land use impacts from the rise of ocean levels and the reclamation of land PRIOR to it being inundated by ocean waters in order to avoid, to the extent possible, additional ocean contamination; emergency response for areas that have not preplanned; relocation of displaced populations; housing issues related to this relocation. An international policy framework needs to be adopted to deal with such issues. Funding for relocation housing, land reclamation, transit systems, etc., also needs to be set aside beginning now.

 


NAME: Brian Minielly
ADDRESS: Owen Sound, Ontario
COUNTRY: Canada

EDUCATION:
BA Queen's U. at Kingston; MA in Communications, Stanford University

EXPERIENCE:
I have been a Baha'i since 1963. I have spent my life with groups such as the Scouts and the Y involved with camping and outdoor activities. For the last 26 years I have lived on the edge of the Niagara escapement overlooking Georgian Bay. As a member of GLSKA (Great Lakes Sea Kayaking Association) and the WCA, I have supported initiatives to provide environmentally appropriate skills and procedures for the recreational use of the Great Lakes, as well as inland canoe routes in Canada. I have supported the education of youth by assisting in the planning and operation of a provincial event called "Peace Action" which brings together the moral-ethical and scientific issues related to the care of the planet and its populations.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
I have been involved with a sustainable development project called 'Light Up Costa Rica" where I have provided training for indigenous people who are participants in the ACEM PAS programme in the Talamnca region. There is huge capacity development plan and environmental component to this programme.

 


NAME: Melody Mirzaagha
ADDRESS: Ontario
COUNTRY: Canada

EDUCATION:
Osgoode Hall Law School - York University. JD 2010.

EXPERIENCE:
Delegate to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (16th and 17th Sessions). Member of the national board of directors of Faith and the Common Good.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Very interested in working with Junior Youth and integrating sustainability initiatives and environmental awareness into the institute process.

 


NAME: Ron Mitchell
ADDRESS: Northern Territory
COUNTRY: Australia

EDUCATION:
Bachelor in Agricultural Science (Hons) 1989 in Horticulture, University of Queensland. Graduate Diploma of Adult and Vocational Education from Griffith University, 1997. Master of Environmental Education with Griffith University with a dissertation about ethnobotany in the Top End.

EXPERIENCE:
I am a qualified biological scientist and experienced teacher, recently moved to the Top End of the Northern Territory with my family from Queensland. I am currently working as a secondary Maths/Science teacher in Darwin. Prior to moving to the Top End I was a Queensland TAFE teacher/lecturer for a number of years in 'Horticulture' and 'Environmental Studies' programs at TAFE Institutes in Brisbane. Last year I joined, and I am currently the Treasurer of, the Northern Territory Chapter of the AAEE (Australian Association for Environmental Education). I describe myself as an 'environmental educator'. From broad experience as a post-graduate student and former TAFE teacher, and as a Baha'i and citizen of the world I have an intense academic interest in, and a broad working knowledge of, natural resource management, conservation and environmental issues.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
From recent completion of my studies towards a Master of Environmental Education, I have developed a passionate knowledge and academic interest in ethnobotany (the study of Indigenous peoples and plants). I became familiar with Top End 'bushfood plants' and 'herbal medicines'. Earlier this year I was on the organising committee of the SEANT (Social Education Association of the NT) 'Sharing Resources' Conference on May 10-11 at NTU. At this conference I presented a workshop 'Learning from the Bush' about actively involving the community and school groups in learning about 'bushfood plants' and 'herbal medicines'. In my time up here in the Top End I have experimented with scientific photography and the propagation of native plants. I have also an academic interest and practical experience from my time in Queensland in farm forestry and the revegetation of mined and degraded land.

 


NAME: Pascal Molineaux
ADDRESS: Cali
COUNTRY: Colombia

EDUCATION:
BSc from University of New Hampshire in Botany and Plant Pathology; Master's Degree from Cornell University in International Agriculture and Development; Specialization Degree in Environmental Management from the Universidad Auutonoma in Cali

EXPERIENCE:
Have been a professor at the FUNDAEC Rural University for the past 22 years and Ecological Camps Coordinator for the Ruhi Institute here in Colombia (we have developed the contents for three camps and have offered them nine times to some 180 junior youth and trained 70 animators).

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
- Climate change
- Non-sustainable practices and their impacts in agriculture and individual lives: "adolescent practices"
- Sustainable practices in agriculture and natural resource use: "adult, responsible practices".
- The Ecological Foot Print as a pedagogical tool to create environmental awareness
- The importance of spiritual values in gaining a true appreciation for natural interdependency, beauty and harmony

 


NAME: Wendi Momen
ADDRESS: Bedfordshire, England
COUNTRY: United Kingdom

EDUCATION:
BSc in Economics; Ph.D. in International Relations, London School of Economics. My thesis was 'The Foreign Policy and Relations of The Gambia' (1977).

EXPERIENCE:
I am a freelance editor working particularly George Ronald, Oxford. I have been a magistrate since 1982 and am Vice Chairman of the Bedford Bench. I was a member of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the United Kingdom from 1982 to 2005 and was its chair from 1990 to 2000. I was chair of the Equal Opportunities Advisory Forum to Bedfordshire County Council from 1991 to 1998 and a member of the Bedford Local Agenda 21 core committee and it committee on Resources, Waste and Recycling. I represented the European Baha'i Business Forum, of which I am chairman, at a number of UN summits, including the Summit on Social Development in 1995 in Copenhagen, the Beijing Fourth Conference on Women in 1995, the Second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) in Istanbul in 1996, the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002, and the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in 2012. I represented the Baha'i International Community at the meeting of the Commission on Sustainable Development in New York in April 1997, at Earth Summit II in New York in June 1997 and at the Commission on the Status of Women, New York in March 1999. I was the chairman of the One World Trust and a Trustee of the Multi-Faith Centre at the University of Derby and the Bedford Council of Faiths. I am a Non-Executive Director of Bedfordshire Heartlands Primary Care Trust. I am a Soroptimist, and a member of the National Council of Women and UNIFEM.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
General interest

 


NAME: Joachim Monkelbaan
ADDRESS: Geneva
COUNTRY: Switzerland

EDUCATION:
2015: Doctor of Science, Environmental Sciences, University of Geneva, Dissertation on "Global Change, Sustainability, Governance: Constructing An Integrative Framework For Steering Transitions"; 2003-2004: Master of International Law and Economics, World Trade Institute Bern, Switzerland, study result: LL.M. (magna cum laude), thesis: decision-making in the WTO, negotiated at the model WTO in St. Gallen and Geneva. 1999- 2003: Master of European Law and Languages, Maastricht University, Maastricht, the Netherlands, exchange year University of Westminster, London, UK, 3 theses: WTO DSU Reform, EU Federalism and final thesis on Consultation in the WTO.

EXPERIENCE:
2009-current: Global Platform on Climate Change, Trade and Sustainable Energy, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, Geneva, Switzerland. 2009: UN Centre for Hydropower, Hangzhou, China. 2008-2009: Policy Officer, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Global Policy Unit, Gland, Switzerland, Streamline IUCNs governance processes and policy system, Prepare World Conservation Congress, G8 summit meeting 2008 and COP9, Provide advice on policy issues on the intersection between sustainable development, biodiversity and trade. 2006-current: Legal and Economic Officer, Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, The Hague, the Netherlands, Directorate for European Affairs, Competition and Consumer Policy, Conduct legal and economic research and draft communication on trade, competition and intellectual property matters, Liaise with other Ministries and organizations (EU, OECD) for administrative and organizational purposes. 2005- 2006: Associate Lawyer, Nauta Dutilh and Greenberg Traurig LLP, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. 2005: Trainee, Secretariat of the Council of the European Union, Brussels, Belgium. January 2005: External Staff, World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland. 2004: Trainee, International Trade Centre (UNCTAD/WTO), Geneva, Switzerland

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Sustainable development policy; climate change; clean energy; trade; economics; transitions

 


NAME: Krisy Moore
ADDRESS: Ontario
COUNTRY: Canada

EDUCATION:
I am currently completing a Master of Arts degree in Political Science.

EXPERIENCE:
Last year I held an intern position at the Baha'i International Community's UN office, where I served as a delegate for the UN Commission on the Status of Women and the Commission on Sustainable Development. I am a founding member of the environmental organization Montreal Shift and have been involved in various programs and organizations working to end violence against women. I am currently serving on York University's Trans-border Feminist Collective.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environmental politics, such as environmental racism, food (in)justice, climate colonialism, gender and climate change.

 


NAME: Phil Morley §
ADDRESS: Roseworthy
COUNTRY: Australia

EDUCATION:
BSc(Comp.sc); currently studying towards a Master of Environmental Studies at Adelaide University

EXPERIENCE:
My professional experience has primarily been in the computing industry. However I went back to university a few years ago to study the environment.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Everything!, particularly biodiversity, socially & ecologically sustainable development & agriculture, global warming, GIS & modelling.

 


NAME: Bettina A. Moser
ADDRESS: Katzweile
COUNTRY: Germany

EDUCATION:
Biologist with specialties in entomology and microbiology

EXPERIENCE:
US-trained native of Germany. Natural curiosity, fascination with biological systems and respect for our environment led me to explore innovative approaches for environmentally sound pest control strategies, and I have worked on novel biotechnological and environmentally compatible control strategies for insects of medical and agricultural importance. Until recently was research geneticist at the United States Department of Agriculture, Center for Medical, Agricultural, and Veterinary Entomology (USDA/CMAVE) in Gainesville, Florida, doing research on mosquito-pathogenic viruses. Deep appreciation for other cultures, work well with people from diverse backgrounds, and enjoy an international environment. Member of several professional and non-professional societies (including Society of Invertebrate Pathology, American Society for Microbiology, Society of Vector Ecology, Union of Concerned Scientists, BECN, WWF).

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environmental education, conservation & biodiversity, waste reduction & recycling, etc.

 


NAME: Taurai Mtetwa
ADDRESS:
COUNTRY: Zimbabwe
WEB:

EDUCATION:
Bachelor of Environmental Science Degree

EXPERIENCE:
4 years (in 2013) currently working as an environment officer at a sugar milling estate

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Land Conservation and Pollution control

 


NAME: James Mulbah
ADDRESS: Paynesville
COUNTRY: Liberia

EDUCATION:
BA degree in Sociology and Demography. A student of FUNDAEC, completed Discourse for Social Action (DSA- 2009); completed Constructing a Conceptual Framework for Social Action (CCFSA) entitled education for development (FUNDAEC-2012).

EXPERIENCE:
2010-2011: International Red Cross Area Environmental Officer, responsible for coordination and execution of all environmental protection activities (reforestation, erosion control, energy efficient consumption for domestic use, training and capacity building) implemented by Baha'i Development Institute in the clusters. Overall supervision of the environmental protection team, maximizing team-work and inclusive approaches to management. Collect and manage data for environmental protection activities.
2005-December 2009: Baha'i Development Institute Area National Coordinator, responsible to plan, administer, and manage all those activities related to the institute process (curriculum design, teacher preparation, administration, evaluation and revision of the courses, coordination of activities with the teaching plans of the communities and committees).
Teacher of Geography in high school; traveled for training seminars for the junior youth program. A tutor, teacher, and animator. Served as coordinator for the junior youth program.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
I am in tree planting, community outreach program, climate change, and training youth for the protection of the environment.

 


NAME: Christine Muller
ADDRESS: Rhode Island
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
Conservatory Basel, Switzerland, teaching diploma for piano (1978) and early music education (1980). Life long student of the Baha'i Faith and of environmental issues.

EXPERIENCE:
Currently teaches piano at the Community Music Program of the University of Rhode Island, serves as faculty for the Wilmette Institute courses on Climate Change and on Sustainable Development, is secretary of the Board of directors of Rhode Island Interfaith Power and Light. Produced a weekly 1/2 hour radio show "Many People One Planet" for 14 years, participated in local interfaith council, has given musical/artistic presentations on climate change, weekend workshops and talks on climate change and its spiritual and ethical challenges, wrote an interfaith study course "Scientific and Spiritual Dimensions of Climate Change": https://iefworld.org/ssdcc0.html.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environmental education for adults and youth in general, and especially in the Baha'i Community. Environmental education through the arts.

 


NAME: Mehmed Muric
ADDRESS: Novi Pazar
COUNTRY: Serbia
WEB: http://www.akroasis.org

EDUCATION:
Ph.D. in Economics

EXPERIENCE:
Founder of the Scientific Society Akroasis and his Vice - president, Founder of the Scientific Journal for theory and practice of socio-economic development "Socioeconomica", Member of organization committee of International Scientific Conference ICONYL 2009, 2010, 2011.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environmental Economics


NAME: Jeff Murray
ADDRESS: Auckland
COUNTRY: New Zealand

EDUCATION:
B.A. in Political Science from Canterbury University, New Zealand, and a Master of Applied Science (Natural Resource Management) from Lincoln University, New Zealand.

EXPERIENCE:
Currently employed by Waitakere City Council as the Manager of Transport Strategy. Waitakere City has a focus on sustainable development as a core policy objective. I have also worked in the areas of policy development with indigenous Maori organizations and urban development policy. Part of a Baha'i group involved in preparations for the Rio +10 summit on behalf of the national Baha'i Community.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Interests are in urban sustainability, sustainable transport and community development.

 


NAME: Carlos Alberto Musfeldt §
ADDRESS: Buenos Aires
COUNTRY: Argentina

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
-

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Conservation, environmental education, pollution, biodiversity and sustainable development

 


NAME: Ben Mutukwa Musole
ADDRESS: Lusaka
COUNTRY: Zambia

EDUCATION:
BSc-Natural Resource Management, University of Zambia (March 2007)

EXPERIENCE:
Youth service under the Junior Youth Program (April, 2007). Worked as a Credit Officer- Village banking, FINCA Zambia (September, 2007). Currently working as a field technician on a uranium exploration project- RSG Global/Coffey mining, Zambia

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Conservation, Environmental Management, Biodiversity, Disaster and Hazard management, and Environmental and natural resource economics

 


NAME: Tahereh Nadarajah (Djafari)
ADDRESS: Sydney
COUNTRY: Australia

EDUCATION:
BSc. in Physics & in Education from Tehran University; Masters of Metallurgy (Iron and Steel Technology from Sheffield University; Post-Graduate Diploma in Environmental Studies from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.

EXPERIENCE:
Since 1971 have lived and worked in Kenya, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Mongolia, Kosovo, East Timor, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Cambodia and Libya. Married and with four children.
Past positions include Research Fellow at the National Research Institute of Papua New Guinea, main research area was sustainable development and social aspects of forestry issues, research publications have been used by the Ministry of National Planning and Ministry of Forest. Government's scientific advisor in Intergovernmental Negotiation Committee meetings for Climate Change, in Indonesia, Geneva and New York. Lecturer at the University of Papua New Guinea, and teaching for Colorado University in Ulaanbaatar (sustainable development) and Landegg Academy (NGO institutional capacity building). Other projects have included facilitation of a government-NGO dialogue process in Mongolia for the World Bank; advisor for Asian Development Bank project (NGO-government-donor collaboration) in Cambodia; a pioneer study of needed capacity for transformation of charitable organizations into development NGOs in Syria for UNICEF and the Ministry of Social Affairs; in addition to projects for the United Nations Secretariat for Western Asia (ESCWA) concerning MDGs, Food Security and Climate change; and for UNDP in East Timor preparing the framework of the main elements of a National Environmental Education Programme.
Have assisted the institutional capacity building of development NGOs, in Papua New Guinea, Mongolia, Kosovo, East Timor, Yemen, Jordan, Australia and China. Scientific advisor to Friends of the Earth PNG; the government delegation in Intergovernmental Negotiation Committee meetings for Climate Change in Indonesia, Geneva and New York; and the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio (UNCED, 1992), carried out case studies for UNDP New York office on sustainable development planning in Papua New Guinea, advisor for the government of Papua New Guinea in the Post-UNCED process leading to formation of National Sustainable Development Strategy.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environment education and conservation, role of women in development.

 


NAME: Datta Kisan Nagare
ADDRESS: Nasik
COUNTRY: India

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
20 Years experience in design development of electronics and Mechanical Engineering.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
From last 3 years I am involved in biomass energy field and also manufacturing Solar Energy Equipment and Wind Mills for domestic use.

 


NAME: Raja Venkata Nagendra Betha
ADDRESS: Andhra Pradesh
COUNTRY: India

EDUCATION:
Bachelor in Sciences with Specialization in Electronics, Computers and Mathematics

EXPERIENCE:

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
At present situations around us makes me to think about environmental, readings from several seminars about nature, human behavior on Environment.

 


NAME: Tohru Nakaya
ADDRESS: Tokyo
COUNTRY: Japan
WEB: http://www.linkedin.com/in/tnakaya

EDUCATION:
MA, International Development, Community & Environmental Studies, Clark University, Massachusetts, USA, 2006; BA, Law and Politics, Rikkyo University, Tokyo, Japan

EXPERIENCE:
- Developed a new technique to statistically correlate a database software package with a desktop GIS software package. Results helped reduce human encroachment on elephant habitats in Burma, Southeast Asia. (Smithsonian Institution, Conservation GIS Lab).
- Created high resolution natural satellite images from downloaded Landsat 7 ETM+ data through stacking bands, resolution merge and re-projection. These images will facilitate faster and more accurate responses in providing essential services during future emergencies. (United Nations – OCHA, Information Analysis)
- Prepared geographical data sets used in computer models to predict the potential for wildfires. Identified types of required data sets and various data sources. (U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, Forestry Department).
- Retrieved and converted U.S. 2000 Census data enabling a city in the Los Angeles metropolitan area to take account of growth trends in the past decade and reassess future land needs (City of Perris, California, USA)
- Developed a city profile using US Census data to attract new residents and businesses to a midsize city in Southern California as part of its strategic plan for growth. (City of Perris, California, USA, Urban Planning & Community Development Department)

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
The applications of geospatial technologies in sustainable development

 


NAME: Gordon Naylor §
ADDRESS: Ontario
COUNTRY: Canada

EDUCATION:
M.Ed.

EXPERIENCE:
Executive Director, Nancy Campbell Collegiate Institute; Canada External Affairs Working Group, National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Canada.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Education

 


NAME: Anthony Banyouko Ndah
ADDRESS: Bandar Seri Begawan
COUNTRY: Brunei Darussalam

EDUCATION:
BSc Geography; MSc Marine Affairs; PhD Environmental Studies (underway)

EXPERIENCE:
Presently, while studying for a PhD at Universiti Brunei Darussalam, I also participate in teaching the following modules: Environmental Health, Water Resources. I am a Member of Beach Bunch, an NGO working on the protection of Brunei's beaches through educational programs, beach cleaning activities

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Natural resources protection and conservation; Sustainable Development; Integrated Environmental Management; Environmental Education and outreach; sustainable environmental health; Coastal Community sustainability; climate change impacts mitigation and adaptation

 


NAME: Alfred Neumann
ADDRESS: California
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
M.A. Economics; M.D., M.P.H., FACPM (fellow Am. College of Preventative Medicine)

EXPERIENCE:
Faculty Johns Hopkins University including 2 years based in Narangwul village Pujzo, India; UCLA since 1968: School of Public Health; special focus: project/program planning, management, evaluations, grant writing; Principal Investigator for major and small projects
- Africa: 60+ trips beginning 1961
- China: 30+ trips beginning 1983
- Now lecturing and consulting

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Seeking to prevent future damage now.

 


NAME: Jenna Nicholas
ADDRESS: Washington, D.C.
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
International Social and Economic Development at Stanford University

EXPERIENCE:
I have a real interest in the environment. I am a member of the Baha'i Faith.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
There is no particular aspect of the environment which I am particularly interested in.

 


NAME: James Nicholls
ADDRESS: Swindon, England
COUNTRY: United Kingdom

EDUCATION:
I studied Neuroscience at University College London. I'm currently in the process of applying for MSc courses in the area of sustainability and environmental science.

EXPERIENCE:
Since September 2000 decided to work in the environment sector. At the moment I'm volunteering for an organisation called BTCV (British Trust for Conservation Volunteers) engaged in practical conservation activities such as coppicing, pond maintenance, and shrub clearance. I have also been involved in the process of motivating local communities including the local Swindon Baha'i community to contribute to practical conservation. I have just been accepted on an expedition to do coral reef surveying in Madagascar with an organisation called Frontier.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Sustainability agenda and coral reefs.

 


NAME: Sadia Niyakan-Safy §
ADDRESS: Trinidad
COUNTRY: Trinidad, West Indies

EDUCATION:
Msc in Development Studies from the University of London; currently pursuing a PhD in the Sociology of Development from the University of the West Indies. My topic of research is: An examination of the relationship between poverty and environmental degradation in a small island-state.

EXPERIENCE:
I am an Assistant Lecturer in the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of the West Indies.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Poverty and environmental degradation

 


NAME: Nuri Niyazi
ADDRESS: Rome
COUNTRY: Italy

EDUCATION:
BSc Environmental Biology, MSc Applied Entomology, PhD Applied Entomology

EXPERIENCE:
- 2 Research Internships with IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), FAO/IAEA Agriculture & Biotechnology Laboratories (Entomology Unit), Seibersdorf, Austria; conducted research in agricultural pest management to do with improvement of 'sterile insect' technology.
- 2-year appointment as research associate at the University of Hawaii (Honolulu, HI, USA), where I worked in research and development of the 'sterile insect' technique in collaboration with the US Dept. of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
- Integrated pest management specialist at the Baha'i World Centre (Haifa, Israel).

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Pest Management

 


NAME: Andrew Nousen
ADDRESS: Corvallis, Oregon
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
BS mechanical engineering & public policy, Carnegie Mellon University, 1984

EXPERIENCE:
23 yrs experience analyzing data, troubleshooting, and working with teams for manufacturing quality/yield improvement; occasional volunteering and participating in events for local sustainability, diversity, women's shelter, soup kitchen, micro-credit, interfaith, youth education mentoring

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Clean energy, 100% employment

 


NAME: Tom Nowak
ADDRESS: Grayslake, Illinois
COUNTRY: USA
WEB: http://www.lowfeesociallyresponsibleinvesting.com

EDUCATION:
BS degree in Chemistry from the University of Illinois, Chicago (1974). Financial planning coursework at DePaul University, IL (2004). CFP(R) exam requirement met in 2005.

EXPERIENCE:
30 years as an analytical chemist for a large pharmaceutical company based in Illinois (Abbott Laboratories) with increasing levels of responsibility in the technical services area. 8 years as a financial planner / investment advisor with 3 years of recent focus in the area of socially responsible investing.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Climate change, food (I am a vegan from the standpoint of personal and world sustainability concerns) and water.

 


NAME: Marion Nowicki §
ADDRESS: Cambridge, England
COUNTRY: United Kingdom

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
Physics MSci in Cambridge University, currently studying towards an MPhil in power electronics, working on an inverter for solar cell. Active member of the Cambridge Baha'i community. Currently no experience of approaching environmental issues from a religious point of view.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Renewable energy

 


NAME: Erin O'Connor
ADDRESS: Western Australia
COUNTRY: Australia

EDUCATION:
Bachelor of Applied Science: Geography, Biology majors, Microbiology minor, University of Tasmania (1994); Graduate Diploma in Bachelor of Applied Science, University of Tasmania (1994); Graduate Diploma in Environmental Studies with First Class Honours, University of Tasmania (1999), Thesis title: Living Justice: the Human-Environment Relationship, the Earth-Charter and Justice; Masters in Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development, Australian National University (2002).

EXPERIENCE:
Recent work: Australian Government Indigenous Affairs; remote area service delivery in Western Australia. Central Australian Aboriginal art centres. Western Australian State Government - Department of Environment and Conservation: remnant native vegetation mapping. Mother of 16 month old baby.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
The impact of environmental law and policies on indigenous people, their livelihood, identity and governance. Engagement with environmental elements as influence on social identity, and implications for management of the resource.

 


NAME: Patty Yunita Odier §
ADDRESS:
COUNTRY: Singapore

EDUCATION:
Bachelor in Mass Communication

EXPERIENCE:
Have been volunteered in UNIFEM Singapore for Tsunami Relief in Aceh. At present, I am fully employed in environmental NGO based in Singapore, Eco 4 the World Foundation as a Project Coordinator. The focus is raising the awareness among the young people around the region and we are fully supported by UNEP Headquarters. We assist UNEP to organize Champions of the Earth Award Ceremony in Singapore since 2006. I am currently focusing on the sustainable reforestation projects for some villages in Indonesia with CIFOR (Center of International Forestry Research) which also helping to reduce the poverty. Hopefully, I could help the Baha'i community in Singapore in the environmental efforts.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Conservation, sustainable development and environmental education

 


NAME: Paul Öjermark
ADDRESS: -
COUNTRY: Sweden

EDUCATION:
Ph.D.

EXPERIENCE:
25 years in rural development, mostly Africa and South Asia. Focus on smallholder farmer organizational development (cooperatives and unions) and non-formal groups of the rural poor, rural financial services (savings and credit), rural development policy, and gender issues. Experience in promoting sustainable agriculture through designing projects in that area.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Policies for sustainable agriculture.

 


NAME: Karryn Olson-Ramanujan
ADDRESS: New York
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
Masters in Public Affairs with concentration in Comparative/International Affairs and Natural Resource Management

EXPERIENCE:
Have lived and worked in Germany, Ghana, and India. I enjoy creating innovative ways to combine environmental education (using experiential learning and multiple intelligences approaches) into other subjects, such as Moral Science classes while in Lucknow, India. Also co-taught a workshop for training teachers on how to incorporate environmental education into their classes. Have taken two permaculture design courses (in California and in India) and assisted in teaching permaculture courses. Have worked as a naturalist at the University of Wisconsin Arboretum and coordinated a Children's Garden. Right now, I'm raising my two daughters and sharing with them the wonders of this amazing world that God has created.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
1. Raising the awareness of the Baha'i community about environmental issues and sustainability so we become innovators and leaders in these areas.
2. Agriculture and agroecology.
3. Infusing spiritual awareness and values into our interactions with the environment.
4. Indigenous knowledge and the link between loss of cultures and loss of biodiversity.
5. I want more hands-on practice with permaculture techniques!
6. Ways to live lightly on the earth--my family is seeking a co-housing community to live simply in material terms and richly in terms of relationships, time outdoors, earth stewardship, etc.

 


NAME: Anna Oniszk-Poplawska
ADDRESS: Warsaw
COUNTRY: Poland

EDUCATION:
1993-1998- MSc Ing, Technical University of Warsaw, Department of Environmental Engineering, specialisation in water and wastewater supply and treatment and wastes utilisation; 1998-1999, MSc, Central European University in Budapest (CEU), Environmental Sciences and Policy Department

EXPERIENCE:
2001- Bundesforschungsanstalt fuer Landwirtschaft in Braunschweig, guest scientist; 2000-present EC BREC (Baltic Renewable Energy Centre) Poland, RE policy and strategy section manager; 1999- Oswald Schulze Polska, ACAD technical designer.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Renewable energy, climate change, waste.

 


NAME: Sara Ortiz-Arce Vizcarro
ADDRESS: Madrid
COUNTRY: Spain

EDUCATION:
2004/5, MSc in International Marketing and Management: European School of Management ESCP-Europe, Madrid-London. Thesis on the energy sector: Union Fenosa marketing plan (portuguese market).
2000, Multidisciplinary Master in Environmental Management (Legal, Economic and Social Issues), EOI Business School of Madrid.
2000/5, PhD Programme "Integration and Development Economics", at the Economics School, Autonomous University of Madrid. Research work previous to doctoral dissertation on "The EU Emission Trading Scheme under the Kyoto Protocol".
1996, Legal Practice Course, School of Legal Practice, Complutense University of Madrid (UCM)
1997, Law Graduate, School of Law (Complutense University of Madrid). Erasmus programme in Tilburg (NL), at the KUB University.

EXPERIENCE:
2005/11, University Lecturer in Private International Law and European Freedoms in the European Market, since 2005 I teach both subjects at the University of Valladolid, Spain.
Lawyer incorporated in the Madrid Bar Association (Arce Santoja, Asociados).
2006/7, Management of an European Social Fund project on "Chipboard and the environment" ANFTA, (Spain).
2006, Preparation of a course on "CO2 Trading for financiers" for Caja Madrid with "CO2 Spain Innovations and Solutions S.A.".
2003/5, Administrator of the Spanish Network of University Teaching RED-U; Aegon Investments (Part-time Commercial department).
2001/3, Orenground, Co., International Financing-Consultancy firm, responsible for the Legal department and the commercial department supervisor.
2001, Translator for the REDU (Spanish National Network for University Teaching); Collaboration with the Spanish Merchant Shipping Directorate (Ministry of Infrastructure) in legal matters on transport and sea pollution.
2000, Research and Studies Dept., EOI Business School, Madrid. Collaboration in the study "A regional analysis of the Spanish SMEs, focusing on legal, environmental, quality, innovation and R&D matters".
1999, Work-practice at the Law Firm Sainz, Villar & Associated, (Madrid); Assistant teacher, International & European Community Law, University College F. Vitoria, Madrid.
1998, European Commission - Competition Directorate. State Aid Unit, monitoring the public aid offered to undertakings. Comparative Study between the EU-State Aid control and the WTO-Subsidies frameworks.
1996, José Maria del Aguila abogados, Law Firm (Madrid).

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Climate Change, Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, The European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), EU ETS and international airlines

 


NAME: Zoltan Orzsi §
ADDRESS: Babocsa
COUNTRY: Hungary

EDUCATION:
MA Degree in Social Anthropology from the university of Lajos Kossuth, Debrecen, Hungary, Minor in Polish Language (1984). Dissertation topic: Ethnobotany in Gemer County, Hungary.

EXPERIENCE:
Director/planner/community organizer/programme initiator: Drava Museum, Barcs (1984-2001), Drava River Eco-& Anthropological Museum (2001-). Planning committee, proposal developer, and board member for the Ormanysag and Interdrava Foundations, the first Hungarian gipsy co-operative society Romarket and many other local and regional NGOs with environmental and rural, community development related issues as researcher, lecturer and consultant. Trainer in different workshops related with leadership and community development. Over 50 published papers/reports. Member of the Hungarian Baha'i community for 7 years.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Sustainable development practices and the Baha'i perspective on SD. Local, community-based environmental education and conservation-development projects (natural, cultural and spiritual heritage as resources) culture and natural management multicultural education role of traditional knowledge in the environmental work conservation, preservation, environmental education, development of holistic approach to manage environment

 


NAME: Adam O'Toole
ADDRESS: Moss
COUNTRY: Norway

EDUCATION:
Bachelor of Business (Organisational Communication), Queensland University of Technology.

EXPERIENCE:
Proprietor of Gardening and Landscaping business, with special emphasis on chemical free gardening, low water, and low maintenance gardens. Worked one year with Environmental NGO called Garden of Eden, educating and conducting research into Permaculture techniques and Organic gardening methods. Have volunteered with Conservation Volunteers on revegetation projects, and gardening for a week at Baha'i Temple in Sydney. Member of the Earth Watch Institute.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environmental business, Permaculture and self-sufficiency, salinity control and remediation, coastal and river bank revegetation, bio-diversity, renewable energy.

 


NAME: Sean Partington
ADDRESS: Ontario
COUNTRY: Canada

EDUCATION:
Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering, 1988, Carleton University, Ottawa Ontario

EXPERIENCE:
Declared as Baha'i Sept 1994. Member Professional Engineers of Ontario. Engineering Manager on multi-discipline infrastructure projects for Black & Veatch, a leading global consultant in water and power industries. Member Water Environment Federation (WEF) including Residual and Biosolids Committee and 2010 Sustainability Conference Development task force. Member of Water Environment Association of Ontario (WEAO) with 2 years on Public Education Committee.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Sustainable solutions for water and power needs.

 


NAME: Lars Rogers Patenaude
ADDRESS: Maine
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
Masters of Arts Degree in International Conflict Resolution from Landegg International University (LIU) and a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from St. Lawrence University (graduated with the Harold H. Niles Memorial Award for raising the level of religious activity on campus).

EXPERIENCE:
In the summer of 2002 served as a delegate for the International Environment Forum at the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa. In July of 2003 assisted Arthur Dahl in teaching a course on International Institutional Frameworks for Development at LIU. Originally from New York, Lars lived in Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina as a Program Coordinator for Education for Peace (EFP), and then in Grenada.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
In addition to the fields of interest I have touched on above, I have been gathering research for a thesis paper that aims at redefining the concept of Global Commons and Human Rights with the current understanding of Biodiversity and Ecology.

 


NAME: Don Peden
ADDRESS: British Columbia
COUNTRY: Canada

EDUCATION:
My formal training is in Systems Ecology

EXPERIENCE:
I have worked at the interface of agriculture, water management, wildlife management and public health for about 30 years in Canada, Kenya, Uganda, and Ethiopia. I spent 5 years as a Senior Program Specialist with IDRC, Ottawa. Most recently, I have been leading research projects on co-management of livestock and water resources in the Nile River Basin. During my time in Kenya, I served in various capacities working with the Kenyan Baha'i community and the BIC as a representative to UNEP.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
The need for systems approaches to all of these is my prime area of interest. In particular I am interested agroecosystems, a field that must consider people (e.g. poverty and health), nature, crop, trees and water.

 


NAME: Tara Pelembe
ADDRESS: Stamford
COUNTRY: United Kingdom
WEB:

EDUCATION:
MSc conservation and biodiversity. BSc geography

EXPERIENCE:
5 years leading establishment of conservation on Ascension Island. 5 years setting up UK Overseas Territories programme for UK government body. 2 years creating environment department on St. Helena Island.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
All areas.

 


NAME: Jennifer Phillips
ADDRESS: Ontario
COUNTRY: Canada

EDUCATION:
Master's in Urban and Regional Planning, Master's in Public Administration

EXPERIENCE:
33 years of experience in planning mainly at the municipal level - areas of involvement: infrastructure planning, subwatershed planning, heritage planning, corporate and strategic planning, policy planning, inner city planning, recreation planning, governance, member Canadian Institute of Planners, have been member of American Public Works Association, American Water Works Association - now working as a consultant part-time.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
-

 


NAME: Dimity Podger
ADDRESS: New South Wales
COUNTRY: Australia

EDUCATION:
Bachelor Agricultural Economics (Hons), Masters Environmental Studies, PhD - Current focus Faith-based International NGOs and Education for Sustainable Development

EXPERIENCE:
Consultant, Environmental Economist, Hassall & Associates responsible for social and economic impact assessment associated with water reform and forest management policies, economic evaluations of water reuse and sewerage strategies (1999-2004).
Project Manager/Co-facilitator of an action research project titled, Action Research for Change Towards Sustainability. The project involves lecturers undertaking their own action research projects to assist change in curricula to deliver graduates with attributes which can assist industry/business in meeting challenges associated with sustainability (2002 - present).
Project Manager/Co-facilitator of a participatory action research evaluation of Sydney Water Corporation's on-line environmental education training package (2003).
Project Manager / Co-facilitator of the Education for Sustainability Professional Development Program for education officers based in local councils in the Sydney Catchment area.
Contributing to University Leaders for a Sustainable Future /UNU/GHESP Global Higher Education Sustainable Development Resource Project.
Community Involvement: Faculty member Education for Peace Leadership Program - Yerrinbool Baha'i Centre of Learning. Co-facilitator Ruhi Institute Ecological Camps, tailored for Australia.
Membership: Commission of Education and Communication, IUCN; Australian Water Association.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Education for Sustainable Development

 


NAME: Jenna Polk
ADDRESS: Evanston, Illinois
COUNTRY: U.S.A.
WEB:

EDUCATION:
Master of Fine Arts

EXPERIENCE:

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:

 


NAME: Zulay Posada
ADDRESS: Bogota
COUNTRY: Colombia

EDUCATION:
Biology, National University of Colombia; MSc, Sciences, Louvain La Neuve, Belgium.  Others include Irrigation, Volcani Center, Israel; Vegetal Biotechnology in Kobe University, Japan.

EXPERIENCE:
Experience in ornamentals, aspects of biotechnology and agriculture. Projects on agriculture and environment with link to the National University of Colombia. Presently develop a Project on Forest Ecosystems on the hills of Bogota.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environmental education

 


NAME: Paula J. Posas
ADDRESS: Liverpool, England
COUNTRY: United Kingdom

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
-

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Conservation, environmental education, biodiversity, and environment generally

 


NAME: Earl Possardt
ADDRESS: Georgia
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
B.S. Wildlife Management, University of Connecticut; M.S. Wildlife Biology, University of Massachusetts

EXPERIENCE:
Employed with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service since 1978; experience as Refuge Manager National Wildlife Refuge System, endangered species conservation, planning and design of wildlife refuges; current involvement; reptile and amphibian conservation and international marine turtle conservation; member of Society for the Study of Reptiles and Amphibians, Society for Conservation Biology, and International Sea Turtle Society

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Wildlife conservation particularly reptile conservation

 


NAME: Gabriel Power
ADDRESS: Quebec City
COUNTRY: Canada

EDUCATION:
PhD Cornell University, environmental and natural resource economics. Bachelor's and Master's degrees in economics

EXPERIENCE:
Assistant Professor of Finance at FSA Université Laval. Faculté des sciences de l'administration, Université Laval, in the Department of Finance, Insurance and Real Estate. Teaching and research in financial economics, futures, options and other derivatives, corporate finance, project finance, and financial econometrics. Served for 18 months at the Baha'i World Centre's Centre for Study of the Texts. I have done research for the "GREEN" university economic research centre in Canada.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
 

 


NAME: Shakti Prakash §
ADDRESS: New Delhi
COUNTRY: India

EDUCATION:
MSc (Geology), MPHIL (Environmental Sciences), Ph.D. (Environmental Sciences)

EXPERIENCE:
Organised and participated in various national and international seminars and conferences on environmental, social and economic problems. Extra-curricular activities including Co-ordinator, Earth Day Celebrations 2000, 2001, School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University; debates, sports, cultural activities, etc. Organized and participated in various academic seminars during M.Sc. and M.Phil periods and continuing the same during Ph.D.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Renewable energy applications, climate change and its impacts, ground water hydrology, geological hazards, sustainable development, energy and environment related issues.

 


NAME: Crawford Prentice
ADDRESS: Kuala Lumpur
COUNTRY: Malaysia

EDUCATION:
BSc Hons Zoology, 1983, Aberdeen University (UK); MSc Aquatic Resource Management, Kings College, London (UK) 1990.

EXPERIENCE:
Primarily as wetland / waterbird ecologist. Specific experience includes:
1984-6: Research Officer with International Waterfowl & Wetlands Research Bureau (UK) - compiling analysis of waterbird population estimates and trends for Europe and N Africa
1986 - 89: Projects Manager with Asian Wetland Bureau (Malaysia) - projects including peat swamp forest management, zoning for coastal aquaculture developing, Malaysian wetlands inventory
1990 - 92: Senior Consultant with Environmental Management Consultants (UK) - EIA studies and ecological appraisals
1992-96: Conservation Programme Manager for Wetlands International - Africa, Europe, Middle East (UK based) - wetland management projects in Black Sea region, Mediterranean, training programme for Eastern Europe, international conference organization.
1996 - 99: Chief Technical Advisor for management of a lake system in Malaysia (Tasek Bera Ramsar Site) - management plan, ecotourism planning, community development, biodiversity surveys, education & public awareness programme, visitor centre, etc.
1999 - present: Regional Coordinator for GEF project on Development of flyway networks of wetlands for the Siberian Crane and other migratory Waterbirds in Asia, for International Crane Foundation (USA) 2001 : Cambodia Program Coordinator for International Crane Foundation (USA)

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Conservation of wetlands, migratory waterbirds and tropical forests; Community participation in wetland management; Management planning

 


NAME: Kara Prior
ADDRESS: Iowa
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
I am in my fourth year at the University of Iowa, with a double major in International Studies and Environmental Science.

EXPERIENCE:
Most of the environmental experience I have at this point has been in educating myself and the people in my life and participating in some community service cleanup projects around my school and hometown.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
My emphasis area is hydroscience, and I am especially interested in pollution remediation and water resource management/distribution justice. I am very interested in learning about how Baha'i principles guide us towards a future civilization where everyone's needs are met.

 


NAME: Wilmer Felipe Pulido
ADDRESS: Nepean, Ontario
COUNTRY: Canada

EDUCATION:
1996 - 2001: Fermín Toro University Cabudare, Lara, Venezuela, B.A. in Business Administration, majoring in Business Management; 1995 - 1996: Slippery Rock High School, Slippery Rock, PA, USA, Certificate of Attendance in completion of Senior Year (Grade 12); 1991 - 1995: Colegio Salesiano Pio XII Coro, Falcon, Venezuela, High School Diploma

EXPERIENCE:
Since 2003, Communications Manager, Nancy Campbell Collegiate Institute London, ON, Canada; World Citizenship Education, Wildfire Outdoor Education Centre; Communications Manager for Wildfire Dance Theatre
Sept. 2002-June 2003, Year of Community Service Volunteer, Maxwell International School, Shawnigan Lake, BC, Canada
Feb. 1998-Aug. 2002, Co-founder, Presatep (Student and Professional Support), Barquisimeto, Venezuela

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Building Awareness on Climate Action. Search for an Equilibrium between University Studies, Research, and a Meaningful Baha'i engagement

 


NAME: Jan Quik
ADDRESS: Paramaribo
COUNTRY: Suriname

EDUCATION:
I studied chemistry at Utrecht University (Holland). I also finished music study at the conservatory of Utrecht

EXPERIENCE:
I left to Suriname in 1987. At the moment I am working at the University of Suriname teaching general and environmental chemistry and ecotoxicology; I am involved in environmental research (a.o. mercury pollution due to gold mining, toxicity testing of mine effluents etc.).

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Education, pollution, effects of "economic development" on indigenous communities and health issues.

 


NAME: Joris T.K. Quik
ADDRESS: Stratum
COUNTRY: The Netherlands

EDUCATION:
Master of science in aquatic ecology and water quality; currently involved in a PhD project on the fate of nanoparticles in the aquatic environment.

EXPERIENCE:
Employed at the department of environmental sciences of Radboud University Nijmegen. Stationed at the public institute for health and environment (RIVM) in Bilthoven.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Risk assessment

 


NAME: Sharareh Rafati
ADDRESS: Houston, Texas
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering

EXPERIENCE:
Currently employed at the GDF Suez North American headquarters in Houston as an environmental engineer as the regional environmental representative for 11 power generation plants.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Climate change, environmental justice, sustainability

 


NAME: Farzin Rahmani
ADDRESS: Woodstock
COUNTRY: United Kingdom

EDUCATION:
Specialist Anaesthetist Hospital practitioner

EXPERIENCE:
Hospital doctor; Trustees of 2 international charities: Zambian Gems (www.zambiangems.com) and Shamsi Hospital (www.shamsihospital.com); various health and educational projects in Central America, Eastern Europe and Africa

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Running monthly environmental evenings at our home; involved with other interest groups in Oxfordshire

 


NAME: Terry N. Randolph
ADDRESS: Kuching
COUNTRY: Malaysia
WEB: http://www.prallagon.com

EDUCATION:
BBA - Business Management. MDA - Development Administration

EXPERIENCE:
Professional activities:
- Director, Prallagon Consulting (current)
Previous:
- Executive Director, Baha'i Office of the Environment For Taiwan
- Contract Specialist, Hazardous and Toxic Waste Disposal
- Chief, Management and Manpower, Engineering and Constriction projects
- Systems Analyst, Management Information Systems Design and Development
Community Involvement: Educating elementary school teachers in methods of environmental instruction; Public talks given on the environment to professional organizations (businesses, community organizations, etc.); cooperated with local environmental NGOs to conduct community environmental education programs. Directed and administered environmental affairs on a national scale.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environmental project planning and management; toxic and hazardous waste disposal; Plan and design environmental awareness programs.

Updated October 2011

 


NAME: Hamid Rastegar
ADDRESS: California
COUNTRY: U.S.A.
WEB: http://www.aspeneg.com

EDUCATION:
B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering, Doctoral Degree in Environmental Science and Engineering from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

EXPERIENCE:
22 years of experience as a consultant on environmental issues in US. Experience includes:
- Air quality assessment for major industrial facilities and regional Air quality modelling and simulation. Also Air pollution control technology evaluation and identification of mitigation measures
- Health Risk assessment associated with hazardous and toxic materials including hazard identification, exposure assessment, fate and transport modelling and Risk assessment
- Risk analysis for major petroleum facilities, refineries, pipelines, rail and truck transportation of hazardous material including fault tree analysis, Failure Mode and EFFECT analysis
- Oil spill modelling in Marine Environment, impacts associated with oilspills, emergency response and contingency planning
- Biological impact assessment and habitat restoration
- socio-economic and land use studies including impacts on infrastructure, employment, housing, public services. Also evaluated impacts on land use and recreational facilities
- Impacts of major facilities on hydrological resources (both surface and ground water).
Professional Memberships: Air and Waste Management Association, Association of Environmental Professionals, Risk Analysis Society

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Interested in Global Environmental Concerns and Ultimate Solutions. Has presented seminars on global issues in China and Cook Islands in addition to the U.S. Interested in Deep Ecology and other solutions that focus on the interdependencies of systems and root causes of the problems.

 


NAME: Suha Rawhani
ADDRESS: Johannesburg
COUNTRY: South Africa
WEB:

EDUCATION:
BSc (Chem Eng), Polytechnic of Wales (Now University of South Wales), 1982; B Eng (Hons) Water Utilization, University of Pretoria, 1986

EXPERIENCE:
Regulatory Environment, Public Sector - water pollution control + public health, '82-'84 - Research + Development Environment, Private Sector - Industrial water + effluent treatment, desalination, treatment of mine waters, extractive metallurgy, minerals processing, automation in process monitoring and control, comminution, electro-adhesion, microwaves + minerals, remote sensing, commercialization of research, '84-'99 - Consulting + Commercialization of Innovations, Private Sector - mine "skins", mine roof support, electrochemical production of "green" industrial + medical disinfectants + wound care products, mining + minerals processing, mine remediation, (re-) treatment + recovery of mine tailings, treatment of stack gases, ... , '99 to present

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Application of Improvements in technical, human, management, financial, and other dimensions of appropriate + sustainable technology + methods

 


NAME: F. U. Rehman
ADDRESS: Lahore
COUNTRY: Pakistan
WEB: greenlivingasc.org

EDUCATION:
Post Graduation in UN Mechanism

EXPERIENCE:
16 years experience of working as Human Rights & Environmental Rights Activist

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environmental Education

 


NAME: Vytas Reid
ADDRESS: Maryland
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
I have been Chief Meteorologist here in Baltimore at the local FOX affiliate for the past 6 years. Before in Indianapolis, Indiana for 2 years at ABC. I have been an on air meteorologist for the past 11 years. I am very active within the local community doing presentations for schools about the weather, and being the Master of Ceremonies for civic events and fundraisers.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:

 


NAME: Michael Richards
ADDRESS: Witney
COUNTRY: United Kingdom

EDUCATION:
Ph.D.

EXPERIENCE:
Consultant to ODI, IIED on illegal logging, etc. in Central America. 14 years as an agricultural economist for the British aid agency working on rural development projects in Honduras, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Ghana, and Malawi. From 1993-2001 worked for the Overseas Development Institute as a natural resources economist carrying out research on economic, policy and institutional aspects of tropical forestry, especially participatory forest management and conservation. Member of the Baha'i Agency for Social and Economic Development (BASED-UK) where my main responsibility is to coordinate assistance from the UK Department for International Development to the Rural Education programme implemented by Bayan Association, Honduras.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Tropical forest management and conservation, especially participatory approaches, and environmental economics.

 


NAME: Sarah Richards
ADDRESS: Witney
COUNTRY: United Kingdom

EDUCATION:
MA, BSc

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Producing food locally and feeding ourselves sustainably

 


NAME: Lev Rickards §
ADDRESS: Michigan
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
Bachelors degree in Biology

EXPERIENCE:
I worked for an urban agriculture NGO in Chicago, Illinois. I am interested in the overlap between information-communication technology and environmental work

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Conservation, environmental education, the overlap with new communication technology.

 


NAME: Allen Robert Riebau
ADDRESS: Western Australia
COUNTRY: Australia

EDUCATION:
AAS Environmental Technology and Engineering; BS Environmental Sciences; MS Environmental Biology; PhD. - Earth Resources Management

EXPERIENCE:
Retired with 32 years of service in US federal government. Former Chief Atmospheric Scientist for USDA Forest Service; Former Chief Technical Specialist for Air Resources Science, USDI Bureau of Land Management; Former USDA member of the Secretary of Agriculture's Air Quality Advisory Taskforce; Former USDA representative to UN World Meteorological Organization, Commission of Agricultural Meteorology; Former USDA representative to UN ECU Intergovernmental Cooperative Programme for Forests (ICP Forests); (current) Principal Scientist Nine Points South Technical PTY LTD; Adjunct professor George Mason University (Virginia, USA) School of Natural Resources, Adjunct professor Edith Cowen University (Western Australia) School of Natural Sciences, member Wanneroo City Environmental Advisory Council; author and editor of approximately 100 books and articles on environmental issues and air quality management.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Air quality, Land management; Wilderness and protected area management; Climate change; Forest (Wildland) fires and smoke; Minerals development and air quality.

 


NAME: Nabil Robiati §
ADDRESS: Windhoek
COUNTRY: Namibia

EDUCATION:
Bachelor of International Relations and Development Studies (London), Masters of International Social Development (Sydney).

EXPERIENCE:
Worked in Namibia on a Social and Economic Development Project called 'Omusema Unity Foundation' which sees the birth of a Rural University.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Solar panels

 


NAME: Terry Robinson
ADDRESS: Connecticut
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
BS Chemical Engineering, University of New Hampshire (1983), MS Environmental Engineering, Drexel University (1989), Certificate in Appropriate Technology, UPenn (1989). Certificate in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations (2009), Hartford Seminary. Currently pursuing a Green MBA at Antioch University.

EXPERIENCE:
Environmental compliance and remediation specialist with United Technologies since 2006. Previously engineer and project manager for a consulting firm. My focus has been on site investigations and restoration, as well as hazardous and solid waste management and regulatory compliance. Registered professional engineer. Member Project Management Institute. Member UNA-USA. Facilitator for community conversations on race. Member of Manchester's Council on Race Relations. Member of the Baha'i Faith since 1985.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environmental management, conflict resolution, conservation and pollution prevention. I am particularly interested in exploring environmental accounting and economic issues, as well as the application of Baha'i principles and techniques to management situations.

 


NAME: Lance W. Robinson
ADDRESS: Nairobi
COUNTRY: Kenya

EDUCATION:
M.Sc., International Rural Development Planning; Ph.D., Natural Resources and Environmental Management

EXPERIENCE:
Extensive experience in NGO management. Have worked with Baha'i-inspired NGOs, the Jayuir Foundation and the Olinga Foundation for Human Development. Experience in institutional analysis and capacity building.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Watershed management, IWRM, community-based natural resources management, common property resources, drylands, pastoralists, environmental governance, values.

 


NAME: Robert L. Rogers
ADDRESS: Virginia
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
I am an architect, own 6 person firm which is seeking to express sustainable design approach. As an individual, I am seeking to broaden my perspective as a Baha'i and through the arts.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Architecture, land and development planning, general interest in sustainable development.

 


NAME: Ian Rozdilsky
ADDRESS: Asmara
COUNTRY: Eritrea

EDUCATION:
Ph.D.

EXPERIENCE:
Dr. Ian Rozdilsky is currently serving as a diplomat in Asmara, Eritrea, where he began working in April 2010 and will be present at least until April 2012. His current work involves peace building in the Horn of Africa. Formerly faculty: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University. Executive Director: Princeton Center for Community Conservation, and many others.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Conservation and sustainable development from a consultation based community development perspective.

 


NAME: Jennifer Rusk-Guillet
ADDRESS: Ottawa, Ontario
COUNTRY: Canada

EDUCATION:
University undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies

EXPERIENCE:
As a recent graduate I am currently looking for a career in the environmental field

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Sustainable development

 


NAME: Helen Saba §
ADDRESS: Lower Hutt
COUNTRY: New Zealand

EDUCATION:
Masters degree in Toxicology (including environmental toxicology) and 6 months course on environmental health and many different aspects of direct interaction between environmental problems and human health.

EXPERIENCE:
Currently working for the Ministry of Health as a toxicologist dealing with a variety of toxicological public health related issues, and involved with environmental projects such as pesticide monitoring programme, dioxin emission to air, heavy metal exposure, etc. While working, I am also pursuing a doctorate degree in toxicology on chemical injuries/exposure in New Zealand. Member of a small Baha'i community, with deep interest in environmental issues and a respectful view on environment.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environmental education, pollution, environmental health, environment sustainability, ozone depletion, deforestation, re-emerging diseases as a result of global warming, Pacific region environment, chemical injuries, land contamination.

 


NAME: Melinda Salazar
ADDRESS: New Hampshire
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
M. Ed. in Feminist Peace Studies, Ph.D in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies with emphasis on gender and Third World development

EXPERIENCE:
Background in public school education. Educational experience in elementary education with focus on multicultural education, presently working as high school social studies teacher (world cultures, peace studies, US history) and Women's Studies instructor at the University of New Hampshire. In addition, conduct diversity training in public schools and community organizations. Founder and editor of Spiritual Mothering Journal in early 80s. Member of COPRED (Consortium on Peace, Research, Education and Development) IPRA (International Peace Research Association). Religious affiliation: Baha'i Faith

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Ethnic and cultural issues, peace education and peace studies, ecological and indigenous issues, education reform and systems dynamics

 


NAME: Adrian Salter
ADDRESS: Queensland
COUNTRY: Australia

EDUCATION:
B.Sc., Dip.Ed.(adult), Master Mariner, various certificates.

EXPERIENCE:
Formerly: Head Teacher of Horticulture at Ryde TAFE College, production nursery manager, horticultural consultant. Operated a deep sea fishing charter.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Biodiversity. Coping with climate change.

 


NAME: Zarin Salter
ADDRESS: Western Australia
COUNTRY: Australia
WEB: http://www.zarinsalter.blogspot.com/

EDUCATION:
Currently doing my PhD looking at whole school approaches to education for sustainability in three West Australian primary schools

EXPERIENCE:
Previous experience as a marine educator and marine scientist. For more information see my blog http://www.zarinsalter.blogspot.com/

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Education for Sustainability (encompasses environmental, socio-cultural and economic perspectives)

 


NAME: Fereidoun Fred Samadani
ADDRESS: Rockville, Maryland
COUNTRY: United States

EDUCATION:
I am a graduate Agricultural Engineer with further education and training in water resources management, irrigation and drainage networks, followed by participation in the development of laws and regulations related to conservation and water quality protection. I am a registered P. E. from the State of California.

EXPERIENCE:
About 15 years work in Iran in planning and implementation of water resources and irrigation project. The projects included socioeconomic studies and preparation of operators for adaption of improved practices and farm management as well. My services with the State of Maryland as Program Manager, included water quality and pollution control from agricultural operations, coordination and sharing our findings and experience with neighboring states at the Chesapeake Bay region. Education and outreach programs were important elements in our implementation strategies.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Water conservation, water quality, and promotion and implementation of improved practices by all source sectors (Ag, urban, industry etc.). Working with communities to understand the obstacles, helping them to understand the importance of their relationship with nature and becoming self responsible individuals and communities.

 


NAME: May Samali
ADDRESS: New South Wales
COUNTRY: Australia

EDUCATION:
I am in my third year of a combined Law/Economics degree, majoring in Government and International Relations, at the University of Sydney

EXPERIENCE:
I intend on completing a Government Honours thesis on the climate change movement. I am a Research Assistant at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, a research organization whose mission is to work with industry, government and the community to create change towards sustainable futures. Prior to this position, I was employed by Low Energy Supplies and Services as an Environmental Promotions Officer where I was involved in the promotion of environmental programs to prospective retail clients. In my capacity as President of the Sydney University Politics Society, a non-partisan student organisation that promotes balanced debate on political issues, I have launched an 'Environmental Politics Lecture Series.' I am also the founder the local Cherrybrook Lakes Bush Regeneration Group. In 2003, in correspondence with the Hornsby Shire Local Council, I proposed plans for the implementation of environmental management strategies in the Cherrybrook Lakes catchment area. Throughout the years, I have motivated youth to take on environmental management tasks in the local area. I have also participated in national Tree Planting Days and Clean Up Australia Days.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
I am particularly interested in:
* Environmental education and raising environmental awareness
* Global warming and climate change - awareness, mitigation, and action
* Contributing to developments in international environmental law.

 


NAME: Atieno Mboya Samandari
ADDRESS: Georgia
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
MDP (Master of Science in Development Practice) 2012, Emory University, Atlanta GA, USA; LLM (International & Comparative Law), Georgetown University Law Center, Washington DC, USA

EXPERIENCE:
Consultant with UNICEF Botswana 2008-09. Published 20 booklets with UNICEF covering Birth Registration, Nutrition Education, Hygiene & Sanitation, Malaria Control, Prevention of HIV/AIDS & Prevention of Alcohol & Drug Use among Youth - UNICEF Publications 2009. Consultant with the World Bank's Gender & Law Program in the Africa Region. Legal Officer with Public Law Institute in Nairobi Kenya working in Human Rights, Consumer Protection and Environmental Protection.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Climate Change, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Capacity Building, Ethics & Human Rights

 


NAME: Mojgan Sami
ADDRESS: Irvine, California
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
Ph.D.

EXPERIENCE:
Project Scientist and Lecturer, Program in Public Health, Department of Population Health and Disease Prevention, University of California, Irvine. IEF delegation to UN Climate Change Conference (COP21), Paris, 2015.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Kyoto Protocol and the Clean Development Mechanism as well as new funds created by multi-lateral organizations such as the World Bank (The Carbon Funds - i.e., Prototype Carbon Fund, BioCarbon Fund and Community Development Carbon Fund) which aim to decrease emissions by encouraging the involvement of private enterprise. I am also interested in the legal implications of international conventions and treaties and their impact on environmentally and socially sustainable development.

 


NAME: Akhteruzzaman Sano
ADDRESS: Phnom Penh
COUNTRY: Cambodia
WEB: http://www.savetheearthcambodia.org

EDUCATION:
Ph.D. Fellow

EXPERIENCE:
working as climate change, disaster risk reduction and gender mainstreaming expert in government ministries of WB and ADB projects etc.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
environmental education, climate change adaptation and mitigation, green economy, etc.

 


NAME: Robert Sarracino §
ADDRESS: Johannesburg
COUNTRY: South Africa

EDUCATION:
Ph.D. Physics

EXPERIENCE:
Research Physicist, Centre of Material and Process Synthesis, University of the Witwatersrand

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
The discourse on Science, Religion and Development, which of necessity must involve environmental issues; Projects on sustainable development; on the professional level, computer modelling of physical processes such as weather and pollution; possibly creating mathematical models for biological systems.

 


NAME: Sam Sate-Askew
ADDRESS: Cambridgeshire, England
COUNTRY: United Kingdom

EDUCATION:
B.Ss Hons Applied (Ecological) Science, MSc. Software Engineering Management

EXPERIENCE:
Overseas volunteer (foreign expert) in China (1997-2001) in Education management, Communication and Personnel development, Business Development (e-commerce), helped start and/or consolidate more than a dozen private English Language schools, teacher training as well as small-scale environmental awareness and sustainable development seminars / projects.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Sustainable Development & Spiritual Foundations, Education and Knowledge Engineering (applied systems engineering to Environmental Management and Sustainability).

 


NAME: Sabine Schlenkermann
ADDRESS: Eilenburg
COUNTRY: Germany
WEB:

EDUCATION:
Degree in Geography

EXPERIENCE:
Work as a consultant and landscape planner

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:

 


NAME: Keith R. Schlesinger
ADDRESS: Florida
COUNTRY: U.S.A:

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
Eco-Ag Service for Youth (adult supporter). Corinne True Justice Center (trained moderator). Healing Our Nation/Healing Racism Dialogues (trained cofacilitator).

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Sustainable agriculture, energy substitutes, transportation alternatives (esp. bicycling)

 


NAME: Marjorie Barbara Schreuder §
ADDRESS: Eindhoven
COUNTRY: The Netherlands

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
My current activities besides a regular job at the Eindhoven University of Technology (faculty of building and architecture) concern research on Financial Micro Initiatives with emphasis on sustainability. I have an own advisory office called WISE which means Worldwide Interactions Solidarity Empowerment as well as a small foundation called Joining Hands (for small scale developing projects). My speciality is organization of meetings, conferences as well as (net)working with individuals and organizations with the same interests. I give lectures and presentations on consciousness raising issues concerning men and nature. I have many contacts with NGOs and other religious groups in The Netherlands and social activists specially in India. I am a member of the Local Spiritual Assembly of Eindhoven and assistant of our Auxiliary board member on teaching activities in The Netherlands.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Sustainable consumption and production.

 


NAME: Kathy Schuler
ADDRESS: Kirkland, Washington
COUNTRY: U.S.A.
WEB: http://www.juanitaheightspark.com

EDUCATION:
MS, Business, HR, Diversity; BS, Art Education

EXPERIENCE:
Business Owner, Communications, Teacher, Community Outreach, Project Management

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Native Plant Restoration of woodlands and forests; Invasive species removal

 


NAME: Jean Schwandes
ADDRESS: North Carolina
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
M.S. Communication Disorders

EXPERIENCE:
Baha'i and member of UNA-USA with a special interest in sustainable development

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
I would like a fuller understanding of Baha'i principles and sustainable development in order to be better prepared to articulate Baha'i concepts both within the Baha'i community and the community at large.

 


NAME: Romina Schwarz
ADDRESS: Bern
COUNTRY: Switzerland

EDUCATION:
Master degree in economics from the University of Zürich

EXPERIENCE:
Economist at the Federal Office for the Environment, Bern, Switzerland. Formerly Project Manager at Credit Suisse, Zürich, Switzerland

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environmental economics: Market based instruments in environmental policy, green taxes, economic valuation.

 


NAME: Michael Semple
ADDRESS: Bulle
COUNTRY: Switzerland

EDUCATION:
BSc JHons in physics and applied physics, Nottingham University, UK; PhD in physics, Uppsala University, Sweden.

EXPERIENCE:
Working in the field of IT (since 1996), specialised with business software (SAP systems technology, architecture). Currently employed as a manager by a multinational company in the consumer products sector. Affiliations: EBBF

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Social transformation required for environmental sustainability. The health and environmental impact of dietary choices.

 


NAME: Jimmy Seow §
ADDRESS: Winthrop, Western Australia
COUNTRY: Australia

EDUCATION:
Ph D in catchment management and soil science

EXPERIENCE:
Currently a International Business Manager for an Australian environmental company and have been working in the environment for the last 16 years. Formerly CEO for an environment technology company, Project Director for a multi-national environmental consultancy company, Environmental Manager with the Western Australian Government, geologist and geophysicist. My company has business in China and we know people in the environment there. Much interest in China; author of The Pure in Heart - the history of the early Baha'is in China, South East Asia and the Far East. In 1996, represented the Baha'i World Centre, together with Paul Hanley from Canada, at the International Conference on Religion and Environment in Japan. Been appointed to a senior position with the Department of Environment, Western Australia to lead and bolster the section for pollution response and control for the whole state.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environmental technology, policy, legislation, management.

 


NAME: Zoltan Seress
ADDRESS: Ebes
COUNTRY: Hungary

EDUCATION:
PhD in horticulture, crop sciences; MSc in horticulture, speciality crop protection

EXPERIENCE:
Organic home garden from 1990, working for organic inspection and certification body as inspector from 2000, giving organic farming courses, writing reviews for organic scientific magazine

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Organic farming

 


NAME: Edward Sevcik
ADDRESS: Haifa
COUNTRY: Israel
WEB: http://seaweedshark.blogspot.co.il/

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
Archivist. Formerly Teacher/Author, academic focus in history of industrial development and land use, also technical copy editing and software quality assurance.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Education and journalism in all environmental sciences, particularly land management, forestry, biotech, energy.

 


NAME: Chandan Sharma
ADDRESS: Delhi
COUNTRY: India
WEB:

EDUCATION:
MPA, MBA, BA, PGDGC

EXPERIENCE:
I'm fresher in aggravated level but I'm practicing more at home and more precisely say I'm in leaning period.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Research and always think why I born on earth and what have done yet for them....that's why I recently write a letter to environment minister about noise pollution

 


NAME: William (Bill) H. Sharp
ADDRESS: Pennsylvania
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
MA. Social-psychology with emphasis on strategic human resource development and community and cultural formation

EXPERIENCE:
Thirty-five years information technology project management, business planning and financial management. Currently retired. Completed a book on Alfred Korzybski, founder of General Semantics last year and completing another on the pastoral philosophy of American novelist Clifford D. Simak. Currently working on developing a foundation for sustainable community. I have been involved in environmental and energy issues for over 40 years. I served as resident Baha'i environmental liaison in Phoenix working with religious, government and civic organization. I am a member of the ABS and Science and Religion SIG. We moved to rural Pennsylvania because it is closer to our roots and for access to the countryside.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Primary interest is in sustainable agriculture and local, self-sufficient, economics. Long-standing interest in alternative energy. Also working on developing a leadership school for addressing emerging social and economic issues.

 


NAME: Arman Shasavandi
ADDRESS: Barag
COUNTRY: Portugal

EDUCATION:
BS in Civil Engineering; BIHE university. PhD candidate, Civil Engineering, Construction Materials; University of Minho, on eco-efficient concrete.

EXPERIENCE:
Working for 2 years as a researcher in Territory, Environment and Construction Center (C-TAC: Centro de Territorio, Ambiente e Construçao) of university of Minho. 8 years experience in Sazeh Consultant Company in oil and gas projects

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Sustainable construction; Sustainable building materials; Sustainable and Eco-efficient concrete.

 


NAME: Rafael Amaral Shayani
ADDRESS: Brasilia
COUNTRY: Brazil

EDUCATION:
Electrical Engineering. Master Degree and PhD in Photovoltaic Solar Energy (Renewable Energy)

EXPERIENCE:
Professor at Electrical Engineering Department of Universidade de Brasilia

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Energy

 


NAME: Richard Scott Sherwood
ADDRESS: Zelenec
COUNTRY: Czech Republic

EDUCATION:
Currently pursuing MS degree in Environmental Protection at Charles University, Prague. Received my BS in Zoology from Michigan State University (1990)

EXPERIENCE:
Worked as a marine biologist in Alaska (UnAlaska, Akutan, Sandpoint, Kodiak) and Japan (Hakodate) before going to the Czech Republic in 1992. At the Prague Institute of Advanced Studies (http//www.eu-pronet.cz), I work as an associate editor / in-charge of production for an agriculture/biotechnology based journal TERRA (http//w3.agrinf.agrar.tu-muenchen.de), which is funded by the European Commission. Secretary of Sigma Xi at the Prague Institute of Advanced Studies (1998 - 2000). Declared Baha'i since 1989.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Biodiversity concerns, population dynamics, environmental and multicultural education, 4-H.

 


NAME: Christina Simokat §
ADDRESS: California
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
BA in environmental science. Working on MA in environmental policy at University of California, San Diego

EXPERIENCE:
Work experience in preserve management, env education. Native to San Diego -- wide experience of US-Mexico border issues and environmental groups, if anyone needs any info.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Research interest in use of environmental projects in peace-building, particularly in areas of long-standing bicommunal conflict such as Northern Ireland, Balkans, Israel/Palestine, Cyprus.

 


NAME: Dheeraj Singh
ADDRESS: Cazri Pali
COUNTRY: India

EDUCATION:
B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. in horticulture

EXPERIENCE:
10 years of experience as assistant professor and PC in different capacities

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Arid ecology

 


NAME: Satnarain Anil Singh
ADDRESS: Georgetown
COUNTRY: Guyana
WEB:

EDUCATION:
Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Guyana

EXPERIENCE:
For the last year I have been a research assistant on a qualitative study on sexual and reproductive health of young males in Georgetown, Guyana. I have also worked as an Environmental Manager with the responsibility of implementing and monitoring an Environmental Management Plan for a road construction project.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
In 2016 I was employed as an Environmental Manager with the responsibility of implementing and monitoring an Environmental Management Plan for a road construction project. I am a member of a local group called the Guyana Environment Initiative which focuses on environmental education with an emphasis on pollution and solid waste management. I have also contributed to efforts by the Ministry of Education to develop a climate change curriculum for primary and secondary school students here in Guyana. This was done in collaboration with the local arm of UNESCO. More recently, I have been a facilitator and community organizer for farmer's groups and Neighbourhood Democratic Councils providing technical support particularly in the areas of shade house farming and organic farming. The work with the farmer's groups mainly involved evaluations and facilitation of meetings among farmers and support groups.

 


NAME: Stephanie Skandar
ADDRESS: Cochabamba
COUNTRY: Bolivia

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
Have written (when I lived in the US) articles in local newspaper (upstate New York) on recycling. As elementary teacher I have always worked with children on concepts. I did workshop for Catholic University (training of nuns and others).

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environmental education of young children

 


NAME: Tahirih Smith
ADDRESS: New Jersey
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
BS Chemistry and High School Science Education

EXPERIENCE:
12 years of experience driving results in sustainable development, real estate and socio-economic projects. Working with governmental, schools, businesses and groups to promote collaboration and support sustainable development objectives. Expanded working partnerships with the local and county government and school district to create "Green Teams" to implement strategies and educational planning that significantly contributed to the certification of Lawrence Township as a Sustainable Jersey Eco-municipality, the installation of solar energy systems in all our school buildings and a groundswell of public engagement in the Sustainable Lawrence agenda. Over seven years of community volunteer management. Organize and manage skills sharing and learning programs. Trained and organized over 350 volunteers for projects around town.
Events planning. Designed and executed the Sustainable Living Series of seminars and workshops: Included six town wide events with thousands of participants, to promote sustainable efforts and community relations. Ten years experience in real estate brokerage and client management, strategic marketing and cross cultural communications.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Working directly with community organizations to educate and promote community building projects. Interested in community based educational and skills building programs.

 


NAME: Hanna Margrét Snorradottir §
ADDRESS: Vaerlose
COUNTRY: Denmark

EDUCATION:
M.Sc. in environmental engineering with focus on groundwater pollution, hydrogeology and groundwater modelling

EXPERIENCE:
I have been a Baha'i for 6 years and have been interested for a long time in becoming to a higher degree involved in linking the faith with my profession. I work in an international consulting firm (COWI A/S) in the department of solid waste management and recycling mainly with design and operation of waste disposal sites and recycling stations and environmental impact assessments from old dump sites as well as new landfills. I work on projects both in Denmark and abroad, mainly in Eastern European countries. I am a member of the Danish Association for Sustainable Development, which aims at assisting people in developing countries through support to planning and execution of technological initiatives.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Pollution and environmental education.

 


NAME: Firouz Sobhani
ADDRESS: Ajaccio, Corsica
COUNTRY: France

EDUCATION:
Educated in agricultural engineering with specialization in irrigation, Karaj Faculty of Agriculture, Tehran University, 1967

EXPERIENCE:
35 years' experience with emphasis on rural development and natural resource management mainly in the drylands of Sub-Saharan Africa, with 13 years in private sector and 22 years in UNDP. My work in the private sector involved two years with an international consulting firm in Iran, two years with an international NGO working at the grassroots level in Burkina Faso and 8 years with a consulting firm specialized in rural development based in Burkina Faso. With UNDP, I started work as Technical Adviser in the Regional Office of UNSO in Ouagadougou in 1982, providing technical support to UNSO projects related to desertification control and drought mitigation in the 22 Sudano-Sahelian countries. In 1988, I was assigned to UNSO headquarters in New York as Technical Adviser and from 1993 to 1998 as Chief of Technical Support Unit. With the broadening of the geographic coverage of UNSO, since 1994, I had the opportunity to become familiar with challenges posed by desertification to sustainable development in Asia and CIS. From June 1998 up to March 2004, I worked in Eritrea as Senior Deputy Resident Representative, coordinating UNDP activities in both emergency/ recovery as well as medium and long term development. At the end of my assignment in Eritrea I retired in April 2004 in Corsica in Southern France after 22 years of service with UNDP.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Sustainable Agriculture, Sustainable rural development, Desertification control, Land degradation.

 


NAME: Vineet Soni
ADDRESS: Jaipur
COUNTRY: India

EDUCATION:
M.Sc. in Botany (2001, first division) from University of Rajasthan, India. PhD in Botany (Plant Conservation Biology and Physiology, 2005) from University of Rajasthan, India. Post Doctorate fellow (2007) in Plant Biology Department at University of Geneva, Switzerland.

EXPERIENCE:
I work to conserve the threatened plants of Rajasthan (India) through the involvement of local rural and tribes. I initiated "SAVE GUGGUL MOVEMENT" to conserve the threatened plant 'Commiphora wightii'. Active member IUCN Species Survival Commission (Cactus and Succulent Plant Specialist Group and Indian Subcontinent Plant Specialist Group). Presently working to conserve threatened plant species of Rajasthan state, India through rural and tribal community involvement. Presently Assistant Professor at International College for Girls, Jaipur, India. Presently I am an Associate Professor of Plant Biology and teach graduate and post-graduate students in University.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Biodiversity conservation, threatened medicinal plants, community involvement.

 


NAME: Francis Standish
ADDRESS: Oxfordshire, England
COUNTRY: United Kingdom

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
Teacher Education. Organisation Development.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Sustainable living, especially co-housing, new forms of community which share resources.

 


NAME: Lawrence Staudt
ADDRESS: Haifa
COUNTRY: Israel

EDUCATION:
BSc (1974) and MEng (1975) degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York

EXPERIENCE:
Control systems engineering in industrial and utility power industries in USA and Europe, renewable energy (primarily wind) system design in USA and Europe, founding member and former chief executive of the Irish Wind Energy Association, former vice president of the European Wind Energy Association, former engineering lecturer at Dundalk Institute of Technology (control theory, and several modules in the MSc in Renewable Energy Systems), director of the Centre for Renewable Energy at Dundalk IT (a research centre), designed and built two solar homes, currently serving at the Baha'i World Centre.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Energy conservation, renewable energy, especially wind.

 


NAME: Christian Stearns §
ADDRESS: North Carolina
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
BS; MPA, PhD (ABD)

EXPERIENCE:
Over 25 years of local and federal government experience. Currently, the Field Office Director for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) North Carolina state office. I also serve as a Regional Sustainability Officer for HUD. Extensive experience in green building and sustainable community development practice.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Sustainable community development; built environment

 


NAME: John Steere
ADDRESS: California
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
B.A. degree, Harvard College; joint Masters degree in planning and landscape architecture, University of California at Berkeley.

EXPERIENCE:
I am an environmental and habitat restoration planner with an 18-year career spanning the public, private, and non-profit sectors throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Currently I am Senior Environmental Planner for The Bioengineering Group, Inc, an ecological design consulting firm From 1999-2001, I was the Director of the San Francisco Bay Joint Venture, a partnership of 27 agencies using collaborative approaches to restore the Bay Region's wetlands. Co-author of the award-winning Restoring the Estuary: an Implementation Strategy for the SF Bay Joint Venture and numerous articles on habitat partnerships. Among my keenest passions are bioregionalism and cultivating a sense of place through environmental art, along with park, greenway, and riparian restoration initiatives. Towards these ends, I founded East Bay Citizens for Creek Restoration, and serve on the boards of the Urban Creeks Council of California, Livable Berkeley (a smart growth advocacy group), and Partners for Parks.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Resource management and riparian restoration.

 


NAME: Tom D Stevens
ADDRESS: Connecticut
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
Retired builder with some college

EXPERIENCE:
Architectural technologist. Supervised retail & residential construction projects 1970 to 1980. Qualified building inspector 1980 to 1990. Designed & built homes & additions in Ontario 1983 to 2000. Autocad trained & helped design retail & institutional buildings. Ran several small businesses in Ontario, Canada & in CT, USA

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Concerned about water use, electricity production & alternate vehicle fuels to prevent pollution

 


NAME: Helga Stokes
ADDRESS: Pennsylvania
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
The Pennsylvania State University (PSU), University Park, PA, Doctor of Education, dual title degree in Instructional Systems Design and Comparative and International Education, 2006; Eberhart Karls University, Tübingen, Germany: Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, 1979; University of Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany: Bachelor of Arts in Education, elementary school teaching certificate, 1976

EXPERIENCE:
I am currently working at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh around issues of program and project evaluation, administering a fellowship program, teaching, and evaluating an innovative program in Pittsburgh Public Schools. My interest is in integrated curriculum, project- and problem-based learning and school change. Prior to these current pursuits I worked as a teacher in K-12 and have some international experience, mostly in Latin America.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Curricular integration of environmental education in K-12 schools.

(updated March 2011)


NAME: Husseim Stuck
ADDRESS: Cottbus
COUNTRY: Germany

EDUCATION:
Studying "Environmental and Resource Management" in Cottbus, Germany.

EXPERIENCE:

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
My special interest is in Environmental Education, how morals and virtues can influence the environmental conduct of individuals.

 


NAME: Jim Styan
ADDRESS: British Columbia
COUNTRY: Canada

EDUCATION:
Teacher, tutor and literacy leadership certificates

EXPERIENCE:
Presently a BC government Health Care working with special needs adults. Fostered and adopted many special needs children. Musical composer and song-writer. Have published songs on the internet related to environmental issues. Internet webmaster and host of several Baha'i-inspired art-centered and educational web sites including one for my local Baha'i community. Environmental photographer, fabric artist, poet. Host and custodian/landscaper of Bright Angel Park near Duncan, BC, for four years. Host and custodian of Yukon Baha'i Institute and property for two years, and volunteer at Maxwell International Baha'i School. Served on many Baha'i institutions since 1975, often as secretary. Printer at University of Guelph for five years, and postmaster for Canada Post in Yukon for three years.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Interest in learning about and educating others on the impact of prescription drugs and medical waste on the environment, and in promoting environmental education locally and within the Baha'i community.

 


NAME: Tepa Suaesi
ADDRESS: Apia
COUNTRY: Samoa

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
Formerly Environmental Officer of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) responsible for coordinating the organization's programmes for the monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the state of the environment in the Pacific Island Countries and the region as a whole. This SPREP programme include activities to improve systems for monitoring, assessing and reporting on the conditions of the environment of countries in the region, and developing training, awareness and other relevant activities to improve the capacities of the countries in these areas of environmental management. I am also a member of the governing board of Samoa's national environment non-governmental organization 'O le Si'osi'omaga Society Inc. which helps grassroots communities in conservation and other natural resources management activities. Most recently our NGO has started a governance programme of public awareness raising and consultations on the role of governance in improving resources management in the country. So far we have started consultations with different groups and sectors of the Samoan society and have held these with representatives of village councils, national women groups, and church leaders. Before becoming a staff of SPREP I was an employee of the Government of Samoa in the Ministry of Natural Resources & Environment in the following areas: Environment Education, Information & Training (1991-1997), NBSAP Coordination (2002-2004), Terrestrial Biodiversity Programme Coordination (2004-2007), GEF Adviser (2007).

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
My special areas of interests are: (i) environment resources management for grassroots communities & national governments in Small Island States; (ii) environmental education; and (iii) governance.

 


NAME: Valeria Svart-Gröger
ADDRESS: Berlin
COUNTRY: Germany

EDUCATION:
2009-2013 - Geoecology student at the University of Potsdam, Germany (Bachelor's Degree)
2007-2009 - 4 semesters in Ecology at the State University of Moldova
2006-2007 - senior year at the Manchester Memorial High School, Manchester, NH

EXPERIENCE:
Part-time co-worker in the field of Biogas, Biochar and "TerraPreta" research, Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering, Potsdam-Bornim e.V.; Part-time co-worker in the Department of Renewable Energies (Bioenergy) of the German Energy Agency, Berlin, Germany; Part-time Student co-worker at the Institute for Earth and Environmental Sciences of the University of Potsdam.
Community involvement:
Developing and leading environmental projects:
- activEco - Moldova http://activeco-program.org/
- "Ecoweek - Learn.Do.Connect" Chisinau, Moldova (April 2010) with support of Theodor Heuss Kolleg, a program of the Robert Bosch Foundation, US Embassy in Moldova, Global Youth Service Day Program.
- "Inconvenient Truth Seminars", Chisinau Moldova (April, May 2007)
Member/participant:
- Cofounder of the EcoGroup at MitOst - Association for Language and Culture Exchange for Middle and Eastern Europe;
- Wikiwoods - Tree planting initiative (Germany);
- VGÖD - Association of Geoecology of Germany;
- NGO EcoVisio, formerly Ecological Association of Children and Youth of Moldova - member since 1999, president since 2006.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Eco-ethical education, ecological agriculture and permaculture, renewable energy, globalization and climate change

 


NAME: Tahira Syed
ADDRESS: Arlington, Virginia
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
Masters of Science in Sustainable Development; PhD Candidate for Water Diplomacy Program at Tufts University

EXPERIENCE:

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
I work on environmental issues and manage projects in developing countries related to agriculture and irrigation

 


NAME: Ebenezer Tabot-Tabot §
ADDRESS:
COUNTRY: Cameroon

EDUCATION:
B.Sc. in Anthropology; M.A in Local and Regional Development (Specialising in Natural Resource Management); M.Sc. in International Development.

EXPERIENCE:
Served as co-ordinator of FOREP (Forum for the Education of the People), based in Cameroon. FOREP is an NGO working with community-based organisations in the Buea Mountain Project area. We have been involved in income-generating projects, micro credit schemes and environmental awareness programmes.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Conservation and resource-based conflict management and resolution. Member of Forest, Trees and People Programme for Francophone Africa.

 


NAME: Enoch N. Tanyi
ADDRESS: South-West Province, Cameroon
COUNTRY: Cameroon

EDUCATION:
B.Sc. in agronomy, M.Sc. in Agroforestry and Silviculture

EXPERIENCE:
Worked in farming systems, tree domestication, and now in the conservation of the Muanenguba forest of Cameroon which is one of the richest in terms of endemic species and biodiversity. It is also an active touristic centre with two crater lakes and a caldera.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Conservation. environmental education, pollution control, and biodiversity.

 


NAME: Margaret Tash
ADDRESS: Rochester, New York
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
B.S. Dietetics, U. of Wyoming; dietetic internship, U. of Iowa

EXPERIENCE:
Registered dietitian. Experience in hospital, rehab, and nursing home facilities. Experience in nutrition counseling.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Food choices and their impact on the environment (including global warming).

 


NAME: Temily Tavangar
ADDRESS: Hong Kong
COUNTRY: China

EDUCATION:
Bachelor of Journalism (2012); Present (2015):PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of Hong Kong

EXPERIENCE:
Member of the Hong Kong Interfaith Climate Network; Participant at the Emerging Leaders Multifaith Climate Convergence (2015) co-organized by Green Faith and OurVoices; member of IEF delegation to COP21

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environmental education, conservation

 


NAME: Goule Kolani Tchimbiandja
ADDRESS: Dapaong
COUNTRY: Togo

EDUCATION:
Agronomist with Msc in food science and technology

EXPERIENCE:
Employed as agricultural and rural extension field officer until 2005, and desk officer since 2009 (Togo and DR Congo)

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Conservation (landscape and wild life); environmental education; fight against pollution

 


NAME: Jeffrey Shima-Thimm
ADDRESS:
COUNTRY: Albania

EDUCATION:
BA in Environmental Studies and Public Health, Beloit College, with a focus on sustainable development, particularly with energy and agriculture

EXPERIENCE:
I have training in permaculture design, an ecosystem approach to sustainable agriculture, and did an honors project focusing on educational displays on energy efficiency at Beloit College. Throughout my college career, I have been the president of Students for Sustainable Agriculture, and an active participant in the Outdoor and Environmental Club, both student activist clubs at Beloit College. Through these environmental groups, I have led projects such as the starting a community garden and heading the biodiesel initiative. Other experience with alternative fuels includes and internship converting cars to run on propane in Albania.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
I am particularly interested in agriculture and environment, especially with regards to biodiversity, and the development of agricultural systems that align with a sustainable New World Order

 


NAME: Bill (Wm. N.) Thompson
ADDRESS: Limache
COUNTRY: Chile

EDUCATION:
Degrees in industrial engineering and marketing

EXPERIENCE:
Promotion, and conference presentations on soil stabilization using vetiver planting (Virgin Islands), and of solar driers in post harvest food preservation (Minnesota, Florida) with NGO Compatible Technology International. Conference and hands-on internship at tropical agricultural NGO ECHO. Research assistant, four years in Norway (& published) on effects of acid rain on forest soil fauna and nutrient availability. Five years involved (resident 2 years) in development and sustainability projects (hospital donations, market-kids kitchen & tutoring center, food-plant introductions), building classrooms, and nature issues in Nicaragua - especially Bluefields. Now living in Chile, essentially just in volunteerism, with goals including an eco-demo-home and perhaps a co-housing project.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Implementing end-user solar applications. Promoting individual awareness and responsibility in pollution, litter, and contamination. Promoting cleanup projects.

 


NAME: Victoria W. Thoresen
ADDRESS: Lillehammer
COUNTRY: Norway

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
Associate Professor of Education at a national teacher's college. Member of the national board revising the national school curriculum, including how to increase teacher awareness, student knowledge and general participation in environmental issues. Give courses throughout Norway as an in-service teacher trainer, including on environmental subjects as a consequence of the curriculum reforms. Co-authored books for use in elementary schools that included certain environmental issues. Coordinator, Consumer Citizenship Network (E.U.-based) and now global Partnership for Education and Research about Responsible Living (PERL) project dealing with consumer education in all schools and teacher training colleges. Presently writing a book on values and consumer education, and preparing a distance education course for teacher trainers, teachers, parents and authorities. Member of several environmental NGO's in Norway.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environmental education.

 


NAME: Halldor Thorgeirsson
ADDRESS: Bonn
COUNTRY: Germany

EDUCATION:
Ph.D in physiological plant ecology from Utah State University

EXPERIENCE:
Coordinator, Methods, Inventories and Science Programme, UN Climate Change Secretariat. Worked for 10 years on environmental research at a Agricultural Research Institute in Iceland. In 1998 I started working for the Ministry for the Environment and was director of Office of Sustainable Development and International Affairs. My main responsibilities were sustainable development policy making and climate change policy. Work both on domestic policy making and international cooperation. Have been a Baha'i since 1972. Attended the Rio conference in 1992 on behalf of the NSA. Chairman of the board of Icelandic Institute for Future Studies (a NGO).

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Climate change and sustainable development.

 


NAME: Ron Tingook
ADDRESS: Texas
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
Bachelor of science in geology, University of Hawaii at Hilo, May 1999.

EXPERIENCE:
Now working on resource development in sedimentary basins. Intern until August 2000 with the United States Geological Survey on a coal-bed methane gas project which seeks to find natural gas resources in rural Alaska. It is hoped that the natural gas will generate power for the small, remote villages that are located near gas producing sites. Worked for the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, Anchorage, Alaska, in the lands department. The aim of the corporation is to enhance Inupiat culture (I am about 1/2 Inupiat) by actively managing lands and resources of the Alaskan north slope. I see that this could be a great avenue through which the Baha'i teachings may be realized.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
I am sure that as I delve deeper into environmental issues those which are particularly attractive will become apparent. I believe now that conservation is the most appealing to me.

 


NAME: Daniel Truran
ADDRESS: Madrid
COUNTRY: Spain

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
Director general of ebbf - ethical business building the future (http://ebbf.org), a Baha'i-inspired organization for values in business, and co-founder of sustainable social innovation space HUB Madrid (http://hubmadrid.com). Also offering MBA sustainability courses at business schools in Europe.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
The opportunities of the green economy to bring about the much needed urgent improvement to sustainable behaviours. The way in which we can grow in more people a personal sense of responsibility and of awareness of their potential influence.

 


NAME: Etienne Tshienda Balonga
ADDRESS: Mbujimayi, Kasai-Oriental
COUNTRY: Democratic Republic of Congo

EDUCATION:
Ingénieur Informaticien/Information Technology Engineer

EXPERIENCE:
Je suis membre d'une structure qui travail dans l'environnement "APRE" et aussi dans l'éducation des enfants avec la structure "Enfants de l'Ere Nouvelle"
Member of environmental organization APRE and child education organization "Children of the New Era"

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environmental education, pollution

 


NAME: Andreas Vatsellas
ADDRESS: Zurich
COUNTRY: Switzerland

EDUCATION:
Degree in Environmental Engineering; studying education.

EXPERIENCE:
IEF delegation to Rio+20

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environment and society, renewable energy.

 


NAME: Ismael Velasco
ADDRESS: Bristol
COUNTRY: United Kingdom

EDUCATION:
Ongoing Ph.D. Participation; MA(Hons) History

EXPERIENCE:
Adora Foundation. 20 years in NGOs, community development, quantitative research, indigenous/diversity issues

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Values/mechanisms/processes for universal participation; education for sustainable development

 


NAME: Stephen Vickers
ADDRESS: Woodstock
COUNTRY: United Kingdom
WEB:

EDUCATION:
BA Politics, Univ of Sussex, Cert Ed, Univ of Lancaster, MA International Economics Univ of Warwick, PhD International Studies Univ of Warwick, Chartered Secretary

EXPERIENCE:
Assessment, Charity CEO

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Habitat preservation

 


NAME: Poppy Villiers-Stuart
ADDRESS: Brighton
COUNTRY: United Kingdom

EDUCATION:
Masters in leadership for Sustainable Development involved 6 high level work placements working on sustainable development across the sectors

EXPERIENCE:
Research Officer at the University of Brighton focusing on getting ESD into the curricula, helping facilitate the University wide SD strategy and working on other sustainable development research projects.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:

 


NAME: Erasmus Vinkhuyzen
ADDRESS: Heelsum
COUNTRY: The Netherlands

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
Member of the IEF delegation accredited to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro in 2012 (at the age of 7 months)

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Future generations

 


NAME: Onno M. Vinkhuyzen
ADDRESS: Heelsum
COUNTRY: The Netherlands

EDUCATION:
Received basic training in the field of moral development and leadership through ebbf - ethical business building the future

EXPERIENCE:
Consultant in the computer software sphere, working primarily with large database development. In parallel, developing and giving training in moral leadership for the business and NGO sector. Active in the 1990s in the municipal refugee support organization, currently on the Board of the Inter-religious Council in the Netherlands.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Love for nature and the creation in general, enjoy it through hiking, photography and other outdoor activities. Promotion of Moral leadership because of its role in decision making and through this its influence on the conservation of the planet.

 


NAME: Guilda Walker
ADDRESS: Suffolk, England
COUNTRY: United Kingdom

EDUCATION:
MA communications, Stanford University, California

EXPERIENCE:
Diplomatic advisor for WWF international & UK. T? Academy Asian Affairs. Women Heads of ? Association in Jordan ??

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Lobbying governments on conservation issues.

 


NAME: Graham Walker
ADDRESS: Suffolk, England
COUNTRY: United Kingdom

EDUCATION:
MD

EXPERIENCE:
Medicine; Medical ethics

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Marine conservation

 


NAME: Graham (Grady) Walker
ADDRESS: New York
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
BA - Loyola Marymount University - Film Production MA - New York University - Environmental Conservation Education (expected December 2011)

EXPERIENCE:
I have worked as a documentary filmmaker for about 8 years based in Kathmandu, where I grew up. My work has dealt primarily with social and economic justice issues, conflict related issued, and humanitarian films. I plan to combine this experience with my current degree in environmental conservation.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
My goal is to make environmental films and use film and television as a tool for environmental education.

 


NAME: Bob Wagner
ADDRESS: Washington Island, Wisconsin
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
B.E.E., M.S. (Physics), Ph.D. (Physics)

EXPERIENCE:
Retired Supervisory Research Physicist (Naval Research Lab.,Washington, D.C.)

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Climate change

 


NAME: Ward Warmerdam
ADDRESS: Amsterdam
COUNTRY: The Netherlands

EDUCATION:
BA Philosophy Politics (Keele University, 2001), MSC Political Science - Conflict resolution and governance (University of Amsterdam, 2010), PhD Development Studies (International Institute of Social Studies, 2015)

EXPERIENCE:
Financed emissions. The role of financial institutions in mitigating climate change through their lending to and investment in utilities, coal mining, and oil & gas.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Role of financial institutions in mitigating climate change through their lending and investment practices

 


NAME: Louise C. Watson
ADDRESS: Minnesota
COUNTRY: U.S.A.
WEB:

EDUCATION:
William Jewell College: 2 years, focus on social work; University of Illinois: 2 years, focus on Physical Education; BA degree, Geography Dept.: 2 years focus on Land Use, Planning, Natural Resources; MS degree, College of Natural Resources, Colorado State University: 4 years, focus on range ecology and watershed science; MS Thesis: A Comparison of WRENS Evapotranspiration to Actual Losses in North Central New Mexico

EXPERIENCE:
" Citizens Against Two Forks Dam: Volunteer secretary.
" Internships: Denver Planning, CO Dept. Agriculture, Timothy Wirth senatorial office.
" Fund for Urban and Neighborhood Development: Investigative mountain villages team member; developer of a community-based planning strategy for Rocky Mountain and Central Regions of U.S. Forest Service.
" Colorado Research Institute: Mapped/ wrote investigative reports on Colorado's energy resources.
" U.S Geological Survey: Reported on Colorado's Yampa River acid mine pollution.
" Investigated geothermal resource-based small businesses in Colorado/ Idaho.
" Colorado Geological Survey: Co-authored Colorado Coal Directory.
" Reported on municipal policies on solar energy in Colorado.
" Coury & Associates: Wrote summary report of Salt River geothermal resource desalination project in CA.
" Hydrologist for Carson National Forest and National Atmospheric Deposition Program.
" Oglala Lakota College: Instructor/ developer of AA degree Natural Resources curricula.
" Washington State University Extension: Executive Director of Lake Roosevelt Forum, Grand Coulee Dam, WA.
" St. Croix Watershed Network: Volunteer Steering Committee member.
" McKnight Foundation: Wrote summary of Upper Mississippi River ecology/water quality.
" Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District: Planner/educator
" United Nations Association Spokane WA Chapter and Stillwater MN Human Rights Commission member.
" Steering Committee Volunteer: Transition Stillwater.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Changing society's lifestyle to a more sustainable lifestyle, looking to the simpler cultures in the US, North America, and all regions of the world for ideas and partnerships as well as utilization of the technological advances that support sustainable living and livelihoods.

 


NAME: Tobias Weiss
ADDRESS: Speyer
COUNTRY: Germany
WEB:

EDUCATION:
2005: Abitur (general qualification for university entrance) 2008: completed schooling as an architectural draftsman; since 2009: studying Bachelor in Geoecology at KIT (Karslruhe Institute of Technology) - currently writing Bachelor thesis: "Past consequences of climate change on biodiversity in the Alps"; since 2013: attending some courses of the consecutive Geoecology Masters program at KIT

EXPERIENCE:
2006: civilian service as a paramedic 2008: worked for 1 year as an architectural draftsman; since 2011: involvement in local Bahá'í community activities, including children's classes and junior youth groups; since 2013: serving as a cluster coordinator for children's classes; 2013: part time job at the Karlsruhe Energy and Climate Protection Agency (KEK) - visiting Kindergartens learning to teach children about climate and energy conservation; 2013: internship at the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) of the KIT - participation in the project 'District Future - Urban Lab' a transdisciplinary approach to develop a sustainable city district

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environmental education, urban ecology, sustainable development, climate change, new approaches to conservation, coherence between material and spiritual aspects of development

 


NAME: Sherri van der Wege
ADDRESS: Illinois
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
MS (University of Illinois/Urbana) and BS (University of Texas/Arlington) in Civil/Environmental Engineering, with an emphasis on drinking water and wastewater treatment

EXPERIENCE:
Professional Engineer in the state of Illinois, currently employed in management, business development, and engineering for private consulting firm. Active in AWWA and WEF state groups, primarily in education and organization of conferences. Goal is to work in international aid and development in a sustainable manner applying Baha'i principles.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Conservation, water treatment

 


NAME: Yves Werling
ADDRESS: Uhldingen Mülhofen
COUNTRY: Germany

EDUCATION:
Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering, ENSAE, Toulouse, France; Master of Science in Cybernetics Engineering, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway; Master of International Business Management, EAE, Barcelona, Spain

EXPERIENCE:
Three years as a software engineer in Norway; working in Germany as a system design engineer in the aeronautics industry since 2005.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
How can we use our technological knowledge for a sustainable world.

 


NAME: Robert A. White
ADDRESS: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
COUNTRY: Canada

EDUCATION:
B.SA (Agr.), M.ES (env. studies)

EXPERIENCE:
Have worked in environmental planning and restoration with government and private industry. Have been a consultant to Baha'i International Community's Office of the Environment. Currently involved in several interfaith environmental organization initiatives in Saskatoon.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Treeplanting, shelterbelts, species conservation, habitat restoration, interfaith environmental cooperation, permaculture, ecotheology, sustainable agriculture.

 


NAME: Kathleen Williams
ADDRESS: Wisconsin
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
Carroll College, BA - Physical Geography and Environmental Science; UW-Milwaukee, MA - Geography (Thesis topic: Role of volunteers in the management of Milwaukee County Parks). UW-Milwaukee, PhD (in process) Geography (Dissertation topic: comparison of coastal management processes in Duluth/Superior (Lake Superior, US) and Constanta, Romania (Black Sea Coast/Danube Canal)

EXPERIENCE:
Worked in government, NGO and private sector, extensive experience in coordinating volunteers. Worked in fair housing/civil rights enforcement as investigator in rental, sales and mortgage lending markets. Organized educational sessions for scientific society. Teaching Assistant - Environmental Geography (lead discussions); Teaching Assistant - Conservation and Environmental Science (designed syllabus and activities and lead discussions); Research Assistant - Ecological Borderlands/environmental governance. Volunteer Board Member - South Shore Park Watch. Volunteer for South Shore Park Watch/Great Lakes Alliance - Adopt-a-Beach - group of citizen monitors of water quality and beach health. Cluster Institute Coordinator for Wisconsin-22 (Milwaukee County Cluster). Local Spiritual Assembly member for Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
My special environmental interest is the management of multi-use zones - specifically coastal zones. I am especially interested how environmental decisions are made. In the Duluth-Superior region, there is a huge number of stakeholders actively engaged in the preservation of Lake Superior and the St. Louis River Estuary. I am interested in finding how to make sure everyone's voice is heard. Other interests: conservation, environmental education, adaptive management, climate change.

 


NAME: NAME: Travis Williams
ADDRESS: California
COUNTRY: U.S.A.
WEB: http://happyspirit.info

EDUCATION:
MBA

EXPERIENCE:
I serve on the Orange County Interfaith Coalition for the Environment as well as my local spiritual assembly and the Interfaith Council of South Orange County.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:

 


NAME: David Willis §
ADDRESS: Vasilika
COUNTRY: Greece

EDUCATION:
Civil engineer by training with later financial management qualifications

EXPERIENCE:
Formerly Business Manager of 3 large schools, heading the Environmental work of the American Farm School (more details on web page: http://www.afs.edu.gr). Treasurer of local international school, now developing a passion for the environment and seeking links with like minded people, Bahá'í since summer 1999

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Water, energy, waste management, farming, education, conservation, but also interested in many other areas.

 


NAME: Dennis Palliser Worley
ADDRESS: Auckland
COUNTRY: New Zealand

EDUCATION:
Mt Albert Grammar Ag course

EXPERIENCE:
Nurseryman and landscaper. I have worked on the Samoan and Sydney temples

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Climate change; saving what is left of the globe's natural environment

 


NAME: Steve Worth
ADDRESS: Scottsville
COUNTRY: South Africa

EDUCATION:

EXPERIENCE:
Have worked in the field of socio-economic development since 1979 - primarily in agricultural and rural development and, more recently, in SMME development. Have operated in a variety of disciplines including Agricultural Economics (preparing feasibility studies), Public Liaison (drafting development policy and producing publications), Cooperative Development (consulting in development and management of agricultural cooperatives), and Agricultural Extension (managing a wide range of front-line field operations). In 1996, established Worth Consulting as a private consulting agency specialising in Agricultural & Rural Development, Extension Management, and Land Reform. In 2001, appointed Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Rural Development Systems at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Lecture in the disciplines of Rural Resource Management and Community Resource Management. Coordinate the student placement programme. Contract work has centred on facilitating the establishment of rural enterprises, drafting business plans for land reform, settlement and other development initiatives, and service provider-client analysis. Conducting research into Agricultural Extension Education and consult in this field as well. Executive member (Secretary) KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Rural Development Network; Executive member KwaZulu-Natal Agricultural Development Forum; Member South African Society for Agricultural Extension; Member Southern African Development Society.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Sustainable agriculture.

 


NAME: Armin Yazdani
ADDRESS: Ontario
COUNTRY: Canada

EDUCATION:
University of Ottawa, Major Cellular and Molecular Medicine

EXPERIENCE:
St John Ambulance: instructor. The Ottawa Hospital: researcher. Children's hospital of Eastern Ontario: researcher. University of Ottawa Heart Institute: researcher. Ottawa Health Research Institute: researcher.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Environmental medicine, biodiversity, Biophillia, conservation. Education and promotion.

 


NAME: Roshan Youssefian
ADDRESS: London
COUNTRY: United Kingdom

EDUCATION:
I am studying the undergraduate course in BSc Sustainable Development at Kingston University, London.

EXPERIENCE:
I lived in Colombia for one year working with the Ruhi Institute in developing its material (socio-educational) and activities in different communities (urban and rural).

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
I am really interested in many environmental issues that are linked with sustainability. But strongest interests are water management and sustainable neighbourhoods.

 


NAME: Alicia Zareey
ADDRESS: British Columbia
COUNTRY: Canada
WEB:

EDUCATION:
Medical school, Hamilton, Ontario; University of Toronto, International Development

EXPERIENCE:
Medical team, Centre for Victims of Torture, Jordan, 2013. Lived in Africa several years, working in natural resources regeneration. Taught biology in Tanzania at age 17 for a school year, is very active in local junior youth activities, eg ecology camps, has participated for 2 years in the UN Committee for Sustainable Development Youth Caucus and is the current Secretary (about 2,000 youth around the world), addresses the UN in May.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:

 


NAME: Niki Ziai
ADDRESS: California
COUNTRY: U.S.A.

EDUCATION:
M.S.and B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Universities of California at Davis and Berkeley respectively. Currently student in certificate program for Green Building and Sustainable Design, UC-Davis Extension.

EXPERIENCE:

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Green architecture and sustainable design. Building healthy and sustainable communities.

 


NAME: Friedo Zölzer
ADDRESS: Ceske Budejovice
COUNTRY: Czech Republic

EDUCATION:
Doctorate in physics with emphasis on biophysics

EXPERIENCE:
Active in radiation research since 1981. Senior Lecturer at the University of Essen, Germany, since 1996. Academic Director of Townshend International School, Czech Republic 2001-2005. Currently Senior Lecturer of Radiation Biology at the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, University of Southbohemia, Czech Republic. Member of NSA of Germany 1992-1999, of the Czech Republic since 2002.

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS:
Radiation and other environmental health risks; environmental ethics; environmental education.

 


Update: 5 April 2017