Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee guides Future Earth as it enters the next phase in its evolution as an international platform for research and innovation.See a list of members

The committee provides advice to ensure that Future Earth’s research is of the highest quality. It also aids the organisation in forming the links between science and society that are critical for transforming research into action. Among other tasks, the Advisory Committee provides guidance on:

  • Identifying emerging trends in sustainability and areas where new research is a priority;
  • Continuing to develop Future Earth’s existing research and innovation projects and launching new ones;
  • Ensuring that Future Earth’s activities are responsive to the evolving needs of society and making research results accessible to innovators in policy, business, civil society and more.

The Advisory Committee succeeds the Science and Engagement Committees, which were active from 2014 to 2017. In December 2017, Future Earth announced that Leena Srivastava and Johan Rockström would co-chair the newly-formed Advisory Committee. The full membership was announced in March 2018.

Advisory Committee Members

Johan Rockstöm (Co-Chair)

Dr. Johan Rockström is well known for leading the team of international scientists that presented the Planetary Boundary framework, which has helped to shape the thinking of governments around sustainable development in the Anthropocene. He also co-led the transition team that established Future Earth. Dr. Rockström is currently director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre and a professor of environmental science at Stockholm University.

Leena Srivastava (Co-Chair)

Dr. Leena Srivastava is Vice Chancellor of TERI School of Advanced Studies in New Delhi, where she has worked for over three decades on policy research in the areas of energy, environment and climate change. She has worked with a host of international science-policy organisations, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and is a member of the President's Advisory Group on Climate Change and Sustainable Development at the Asian Development Bank.


Jim Balsillie

Jim Balsillie is the retired Chairman and co-CEO of Research In Motion (BlackBerry), a Canadian company he scaled from an idea to $20 billion in sales globally.  He is founder of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) and the Arctic Research Foundation (ARF), and co-founder of the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET). He currently chairs the Board of Directors of Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC).

Mr. Balsillie served as the private sector representative on the UN Secretary General’s High Panel for Sustainability. His awards include: several honorary degrees, Time Magazine World’s 100 Most Influential People, three times on Barron’s list of "World’s Top CEOs."


Anny Cazenave

Dr. Anny Cazenave is a French space geodesist and one of the pioneers of satellite altimetry. She works for the French space agency CNES and has been deputy director of the Laboratoire d'Etudes en Geophysique et Oceanographie Spatiale (LEGOS) at Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées in Toulouse since 1996. Since 2013, she has served as director of Earth sciences at the International Space Sciences institute (ISSI), in Bern (Switzerland).

As one of the leading scientists in the joint French/American satellite altimetry missions TOPEX/Poseidon, Jason-1 and the Ocean Surface Topography Mission, she has contributed to a greater understanding of sea level rise caused by global warming. Cazenave is a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and was the lead author of the sea level sections for their fourth and fifth Assessment Reports.


Fatima Denton

Dr. Fatima Denton is an IPCC lead author and the director of an innovations, science, technology and natural resource management division, the special initiatives division, at the Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa.

Fatima Denton is currently the coordinator of the African Climate Policy Centre of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. Prior to this, she led one of the largest adaptation research programmes as part of a joint initiative of Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Britain's Department for International Development (DFID), managing a portfolio of more than 45 projects across thirty three countries in Africa on a range of adaptation strategies that will help Africa’s poor cope with climate change impacts.

Fatima joined IDRC in 2006 after working as a senior energy scientist with the United Nations Environment Program UNEP Risoe in Denmark where she worked on energy poverty, climate adaptation and policy matters relating to energy SMEs and institutional and governance. Prior to this she worked with the energy programme of Enda Tiers Monde in Senegal on issues such as sustainable development and climate change vulnerability and adaptation, as well as food security, local governance, water, and energy poverty in the Sahel. She has written articles on energy poverty, gender and energy, and climate change adaptation.

She was a coordinating lead author for the Working Group II Fifth Assessment of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and was lead author for the IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy and Climate Change Mitigation (SREEN). Having held several roles on scientific committees, she is currently a member of the Independent Science Panel (ISP) of the CGIAR Climate Change and Food Security Programme (CCAFs). Fatima holds a PhD in political science and development studies from the University of Birmingham (UK), and completed undergraduate studies at the University of Cheikh Anta Diop, the University of Besancon, the University of Paris – la Sorbonne Paris IV and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Internationales, where she studied respectively humanities, applied linguistics and interpreting, humanities and international relations.


Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias

Dr. Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias is Associate Professor at the University of Brasilia’s Department of Ecology (initially at the Forestry Department beginning in 1981), where he has supervised Master's and Ph.D. students, and a senior advisor on biodiversity policies for the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment.

He previously held various positions in the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment since 1991, including Research Director of the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA), Director for Biodiversity Conservation since 1999 and National Secretary for Biodiversity and Forests from 2010 to early 2012 at the Ministry of the Environment.

Braulio was the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) from February 2012 to February 2017 where he played a key role to promote the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. Earlier, besides his role at the University of Brasilia and at the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment, he was Research Leader and Division Chief of the Ecological Research Station of the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), where he worked since 1978 and until 2011. Outside of the government he has been a member and president of the NGO Pro-Nature Foundation (FUNATURA) and has coordinated the establishment of the Brazilian Fund for Biodiversity (FUNBIO), where he later represented the Ministry of the Environment in its Governing Council.

A graduate of the University of Brasilia with a Bachelor's in biological sciences (1975) with a Ph.D. in zoology from Edinburgh University (1981), Braulio has published extensively and has been an active member of several national committees and councils dealing with biodiversity, most notably the Brazilian National Biodiversity Committee (CONABIO), which he coordinated from 2003 to 2011, the Brazilian National Council for Genetic Resources Administration (CGEN), which he established and coordinated in  2002 and again from 2010 to early 2012, the Brazilian National Technical Committee for Biosafety (CTNBio), where he represented the Ministry of the Environment from 1999 to 2001 dealing with environmental impacts of GMOs, and the Governing Council of the National Environment Fund (FNMA).

Since 1994 and until early 2012, he coordinated the Brazilian National Biodiversity Program, the National Biodiversity Projects – PROBIO I & II (with GEF/World Bank support), the Brazilian National Biodiversity Strategy Project (with GEF/UNDP support), and coordinated the elaboration of the first four Brazilian National Biological Diversity Reports to the CBD.

Braulio has been a national leader and global champion on protected areas, threatened species conservation, ecosystem and biodiversity monitoring and information, forest conservation, fire ecology in savannas, pollination research and management, biodiversity for food and nutrition, biodiversity and health interlinkages, biodiversity and climate change interlinkages, biodiversity mainstreaming across economic sectors and engagement of the business sector in the biodiversity agenda.


Peng Gong

Dr. Peng Gong is Professor and Chair of the Department of Earth System Science, Dean of School of Sciences and Vice Chair of the Academic Committee, at Tsinghua University (Beijing, China). Before joining Tsinghua, he had taught in the Department of Geomatics Engineering at the University of Calgary (Canada) between 1991 and 1994, and was faculty in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at the University of California, Berkeley (USA) between 1994 and 2015. In 2000, he founded the International Institute for Earth System Science at Nanjing University (China) and in 2004, he served as the founding director of the State Key Laboratory of Remote Sensing Science, jointly sponsored by the Institute of Remote Sensing Applications of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Beijing Normal University.

His major research interests include mapping, monitoring and modeling of global environmental change, and modelling of environmentally related infectious diseases. He is the author/co-author of over 500 articles and 7 books. From 2004 to 2006, he was one of the nine members on the Board of Overseas Advisors to the Ministry of Science and Technology of China. He won the distinguished teacher award from Beijing, the 1994 Talbot Abraham Grand Award from the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, the 2008 Recipient of Outstanding Contribution Award in Remote Sensing from the Association of American Geographers and one of the 10 Outstanding Authors Award in 2016 from the Joint Board of Science China and Scientific Bulletin.


Naoko Ishii

Dr. Naoko Ishii has served as the CEO and Chairperson for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) since August 2012. In October 2015, the GEF Council unanimously agreed to extend her tenure for the second term until August 2020.

Previously, Ms. Ishii was the Deputy Vice Minister of Finance of Japan, where she was responsible for Japan's international financial and development policies, and for its global policies on environmental issues such as climate change and biodiversity. She led the Japanese delegation at the Transition Committee for designing the Green Climate Fund.

For nearly half of her career, Ms. Ishii has served on international assignments, including at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

At the World Bank, Ms. Ishii was the Country Director for Sri Lanka and the Maldives (2006-2010). She also served as the World Bank's country program coordinator for Vietnam (1997-2001), a project manager at the Harvard Institute for International Development (1996-1997), an economist at the International Monetary Fund (1992-1995) working on Africa and Asia and a visiting fellow at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University (1984-1985).

Ms. Ishii taught sustainable development and environment at Keio University. She has published numerous papers and several books, two of which were awarded the Suntory Prize (1990) and Okita Memorial Prize for International Development Research (2004). She is the inaugural recipient of the 2006 Enjoji Jiro Memorial Prize.

She holds a B.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo.


Pamela Matson (beginning February 2019)

Dr. Pamela Matson is an interdisciplinary sustainability scientist, academic leader and organisational strategist. Her research addresses a range of environment and sustainability issues, including sustainability of agricultural systems and vulnerability and resilience of particular people and places to climate change. With multi-disciplinary teams of researchers, managers and decision-makers, she has worked to develop agricultural approaches that reduce environmental impacts while improving human wellbeing. She served on the National Academy’s Board on Sustainable Development in the 1990s and co-wrote the NRC volume Our Common Journey: A transition toward sustainability. She was the founding chair of the National Academies Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability, and founding editor for the Annual Review of Environment and Resources. She serves on advisory boards for Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability and the University of Vermont’s Institute for the Environment, and co-directs  the Leopold Leadership Program at Stanford University. Her recent publications (among nearly 200) include Seeds of Sustainability: Lessons from the Birthplace of the Green Revolution and Pursuing Sustainability.

Dr. Matson is an elected member of the National Academy of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has received a MacArthur Fellowship, among many other awards and recognitions.  In addition to her roles in sustainability science, she has served on numerous National Academies' committees, including the the Board on Global Change, and the Committee on America’s Climate Choices. She also served on the science steering committee for the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program, and jointly received the Nobel Prize for her contributions to the IPCC. She is a past President of the Ecological Society of America, serves as vice-chair of the board of the World Wildlife Fund, on the boards of the ClimateWorks Foundation and  the California Academy of Sciences and several university advisory boards.

Matson is Dean Emerita of the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, Goldman Professor of Environmental Studies and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for Environment at Stanford University. She received degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Indiana University and Oregon State University.


Tolu Oni

Dr. Tolu Oni is an Associate Professor in Public Health at the University of Cape Town. She is a Public Health Physician/urban epidemiologist and leads the Research Initiative for Cities Health and Equity (RICHE), a transdisciplinary urban health research collaborative providing evidence to support implementation of healthy public policies. RICHE activities include Systems for Health projects: investigating how urban systems (e.g. housing, food) can be harnessed for health; and Health Systems projects: integrated health systems responses to changing patterns of disease and multimorbidity in the context of urbanisation.

She has published over 40 manuscripts in international journals, and has given presentations at international academic (urban health, HIV, TB) and non-academic meetings including the United Nations High Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development, New York; and the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting, Davos 2018. Profiled in the Lancet journal in 2016, she is also a 2015 NEF Fellow, Fellow of the WEF Global Future Council on Health/Healthcare, Fellow of the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study; and is co-Chair of the Global Young Academy.


Oyun Sanjaasuren

Dr. Oyun Sanjaasuren is currently Director of Division of External Affairs at the Green Climate Fund. Previously, she was Chairperson of the Global Water Partnership, an intergovernmental organisation dedicated to a water-secure world. Oyun also served as the first President of the United Nations Environment Assembly of UNEP and is currently on advisory boards of a number of international organisations dedicated to sustainable development.

She was elected to five terms as Member of Parliament of Mongolia (1998-2016), and served as Vice-Speaker of the Parliament, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Environment and Green Development. While in Parliament, Oyun successfully championed a number of reforms, especially in good governance, green development and rights of children with disabilities.

One of the leading women figures in Mongolia, she chairs a number of Mongolian NGOs, including the Zorig Foundation to advance democracy, Special Olympics and Women Corporate Directors. She is a founding member of Down Syndrome Association and Special Olympics Mongolia and has been actively contributing to the causes of children with disabilities.

Before joining politics, Oyun worked as a geologist in Mongolia (Mongolian-Czech JV) and in the UK (Rio Tinto). She also worked for a UNDP project to establish a mineral processing centre in Ulaanbaatar. Dr. Oyun graduated from Karlova University in Prague and holds a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from Cambridge University, UK.


Joy Shumake-Guillemot

Dr. Joy Shumake-Guillemot leads the World Health Organization/World Meteorological Organization Climate and Health Joint Office in Geneva, Switzerland. She is an environmental health scientist and public health practitioner who has worked with WHO, WMO, UNICEF and others to develop public health policy and programming for climate adaptation and risk management. She has extensive field experience in Africa, Asia and Latin America supporting public health and humanitarian assistance programmes. Her current work focuses on enabling WMO and WHO to work together to accelerate the availability, access and use of climate and weather information that can improve public health policy and practice. She plays a leading coordination role for the Health, Environment, and Climate Change Coalition (HECCC) between UN Environment, WHO and WMO.

Joy has led several strategic efforts as the lead author of the WHO Operational Framework for Climate Resilient Health Systems, the health strategy for the Global Framework for Climate Services, the Climate Service for Health Guidebook and has contributed to numerous research, policy and technical publications. Joy received her Doctor of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences from Johns Hopkins University.


Asuncion Lera St. Clair

Dr. Asuncion Lera St. Clair works as Senior Principal Scientist at the Digital Assurance Programme of DNV GL Research & Innovation  Unit. She is also Senior Advisor to the Earth Sciences department of the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre. Philosopher and sociologist, Asun has over 25 years of experience on the human dimensions of global challenges, and on interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research. Her current work focuses on the ethical and societal challenges and potential of digital technologies, including their relevance for climate services and sustainable development. Asun is member of the Board of Governors of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), and was member of Future Earth Engagement Committee during 2017.

Her work has contributed to the development of ISSC social science agenda for global change and ICSU science review of the SDGs. She was Lead Author for IPCC AR5 Working Group II Chapter 1, on Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. Asun has also served as an Associate to the Global Environmental Change and Human Security (GECHS) project under the International Human Dimensions Programme for a number of years and was President of the International Development Ethics Association (IDEA). Before joining DNV GL Asun was Professor of Sociology at the University of Bergen, Norway, and Research Director of the Oslo Centre for Climate Research-CICERO.


Tetsuzo Yasunari

Dr. Tetsuzo Yasunari received his Ph.D. from Kyoto University in 1980. His main fields of study are climate dynamics and global environmental change, including human impacts on the earth climate system. He served as professor at University of Tsukuba (1990-2002) and Nagoya University (2002-2012) and is currently professor emeritus of these universities. He was a member of Joint Scientific Committee of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP). He is a review editor of IPCC-AR6 (Working Group I) and also served as a review editor of IPCC-AR5 and as a contributor for IPCC-FAR and SAR.

Since April 2013, he has been the Director General of the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN) in Kyoto, Japan. He is Chairman of the Future Earth National Committee under the Science Council of Japan and is a member of the International Science Committee for Future Earth. He is a fellow of the Japan Geoscience Union (JpGU).

His publication list of peer-reviewed journal papers is available here.