The Future Earth Engagement Committee provides leadership and strategic guidance on involving stakeholders throughout the entire research process from co-design to dissemination, ensuring that Future Earth provides the knowledge society needs.The Future Earth Engagement Committee is a strategic advisory group, comprising thought-leaders from stakeholder groups including business, policy and civil society. Working together with the Future Earth Science Committee and the Secretariat, its primary purpose is to foster in-depth and innovative interactions between science and society. The Engagement Committee provides leadership and creative thinking on how to bridge the gap between knowledge and solutions for sustainable development.
The Engagement Committee is expected to comprise 18 members. Following an open international call for applications in early 2014, 15 Committee members were appointed by the Science and Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability (the Alliance) in November 2014. The remaining open positions are expected to be appointed this year. An Interim Engagement Committee comprising 7 members from a range of stakeholder groups was appointed from 2013 to the end of 2014.
Farooq Ullah - Chair
Farooq took over formally as Executive Director of the Stakeholder Forum (SF) on 1st September, 2012, after joining as Head of Policy and Advocacy in September 2011. Before this, Farooq was at the UK Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) for nearly five years. Farooq’s work has involved analysing public policy, sustainable operations and procurement, strategy, governance and decision-making. Key elements of this work included policy advice and advocacy, stakeholder engagement and capability building. In all, Farooq has over nine years of experience at international, national and local levels in public policy and sustainable development, with a further three years of private sector experience. Currently, Farooq is a Specialist Advisor to the UK Parliament's Environmental Audit Committee and a member of the Alliance for Future Generations. Additionally he is a founding member of Brighter Future; a climate-change action group based in London. Farooq holds a BComm in Management Science from the University of Alberta (UoA) and an MSc in Public Policy and Administration from the London School of Economics (LSE).
Tim Payn - Vice-Chair
Dr Tim Payn is a Principal Scientist at Scion, the New Zealand Forest Research Institute. He currently leads the Economics, Ecosystem and Climate Research team. His main focus is Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) and he has been involved in the development and application of Criteria and Indicators for SFM both internationally, as Convenor of the Technical Advisory Committee of the 12 country Montréal Process since 2003, and nationally where he has developed and led research programmes focussed on all aspects of SFM – environmental, social, economic, and more recently cultural. He is very interested in achieving impact from science and how the science:sector:government interface can help achieve this. He is a member of the Joint NZ Forest Owners Association/Farm Forestry Resource and Environment Committee, the Governance Group of the New Zealand Climate Change Centre, and the Research Innovation and Technology Transfer Working Group of the Ministry for Primary Industries. In 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Forestry. He is deputy coordinator of the International Union of Forest Research Organisations (IUFRO) working group on Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management, and has developed international science collaborations related to forests and climate change (TRANZFOR) and planted forests.
Ruth Wolstenholme - Vice-Chair
Ruth is Managing Director of Sniffer, the Scottish charity that brokers knowledge on sustainability, environmental management and climate resilience. She trained in natural and social sciences and has previously worked with environmental agencies and consultancy. She routinely engages with policy stakeholders and practitioners across a broad spectrum of initiatives from academic research projects and national programmes to climate-ready place based partnerships. She also works directly with community-facing organisations and community groups on local environment related issues, helping communities articulate their own aspirations and co-create visions and action plans. Through her leadership Sniffer has played a crucial part in developing the Scottish climate resilience agenda including initiating and delivering the Adaptation Scotland programme, which engages at the local, national and international scale, building capacity and strong networks for action.
James Fahn is the Executive Director of Internews’ Earth Journalism Network, a global community of over 5,000 reporters who cover environmental topics. A journalist who has primarily focused on environmental issues in developing countries, James is also an adjunct professor at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. He has spent the bulk of his professional career based in Thailand where he was a reporter and editor for The Nation, an English-language daily newspaper, and hosted a Thai feature television show. His book, A Land on Fire, published in 2003, recounts the issues and scandals he uncovered while working on the environment beat in Southeast Asia. James has also written for the New York Times, Newsweek, The Economist, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Jakarta Post, SciDev.net, Nature.com, the Huffington Post and the Columbia Journalism Review. He managed Internews’ Burma country program for several years, was the co-founder of the Thai Society of Environmental Journalists, and worked for the Ford Foundation as a program associate in the field of environment and development. James received UNEP’s Global 500 Award for The Nation’s environment reporting, and was pinned by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn for his service to Thailand.
Vore Gana Seck
Mrs Vore Gana Seck is a Senegalese environmentalist and activist for sustainable development, with 25 years’ experience working in rural areas. She has supervised several projects and programmes on desertification, food security and local development. Founder and director of Green Senegal in 2000, she was President of CONGAD (Conseil Des Organisations Non Gouvernementales d'Appui Au Développement) from 2005 to 2008, and President of the REPAOC Network (NGO platforms of West Africa and Central Africa). From 1996 to 1999, she led RODALE (Resource Center for Regenerative Agriculture), an international NGO based in Senegal. She is now working on coastal defenses and protection of the coastal zone in an area which is highly threatened by climate change. She has research interests in the recovery of saline soil and has received numerous awards at national and international level, from the United Nations Programme for Development, the Yves Rocher Foundation for Nature, and the US Congress. Following the Copenhagen climate summit she made proposals for Senegalese law to revise the environmental code to integrate climate change issues. Vore Gana Seck was trained at Arizona State University in Tempe Arizona (USA), specializing in geographic information systems (GIS) for natural resource management for floristic inventories and assessment of land degradation. She pursued studies in agronomy and biology at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium and received a postgraduate certificate from the University of Glasgow, UK, where she studied the Climate Change (Scotland) Bill.
Marina Grossi, Brazilian economist, has been President of the Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development (CEBDS) since 2010. Her work in the Council began in 2005, when she assumed the duties of Executive Director and Coordinator of the Energy and Climate Change, Sustainable Construction, and Sustainable Finance Working Groups. Marina has a broad curriculum vitae in the Governmental area, acting as a negotiator of Brazil at the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), between 1997 and 2001. Among other duties in the government, she led the promotional area within the Ministry of Science and Technology, led the International Office of Educational Television (Funtevê) and was regional director of Brazilian Tourism (Embratur). Between 2001 and 2003, she was a coordinator of the Brazilian Forum of Climate Change, and in 2003 she founded and chaired a Sustainability consulting firm, Fábrica Ethica Brazil (FEB), providing advice to governments and businesses, launching, among other initiatives, the "Carbon Disclosure Project," through which she joined CEBDS, and began to focus its operations on Sustainability with the companies. She is presently a member of the following boards/advisory councils: Abengoa Panel / Abengoa IPESD(Spain); CDP , Carbon Disclosure Project Latin America; FIES – Banco Itaú- Unibanco; Research Institute of Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro Sustainable Development Advisory Council; Council Network of Women Brazilian leaders in Sustainability among others.
Ms Masayo Hasegawa joined Toyota Motor Corporation in 1999. Her current position is Project General Manager, Environmental Affairs Division. She also serves as Acting Chair of the WBCSD (World Business Council for Sustainable Development) Taskforce, part of the Working Group on Global Environment Strategy, Committee on Environment & Safety, KEIDANREN (Japan Business Federation); as well as a member of the Climate Change Subcommittee, Environment Committee, JAMA (Japan Automobile Manufacturers‘ Association, Inc.). She is a member of the Global Environmental Committee and Environmental Policy Committee, Central Environment Council, Ministry of Environment, Japan. Masayo Hasegawa’s previous career includes experience at American Express International, Inc. and Kihara Memorial Yokohama Foundation for the Advancement of Life Sciences. Joining the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) in 1986, she served as a Programme Officer in charge of Environmental issues for 12 years. She was involved in submitting “Changing Course“ towards the 1992 Rio Summit as a Liaison Member of BCSD Japan. She served as Program Director of LEAD (Leaderhip for Environment And Development) Japan Program at the SFC Institute of Keio University from 1997 to 2000. She holds BA in Sociology, Kwansei Gakuin University (Japan) and MA in International Relations, Tufts University (USA).
Dr Mario Hernandez is from Mexico. He is the Latin American regional representative of the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote sensing (ISPRS). He has a mathematical background, and his research career is dedicated to applied satellite remote sensing (geo-sciences). He has worked at IBM Scientific Centres in Mexico and Paris, and joined the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to work on assisting developing countries to use space technologies to assess their environment. He worked with UNESCO to establish a network of space partners to assist developing countries in illustrating the effects of development to the environment; promoting the interdisciplinary involvement of technicians, scientists, decision makers, teachers and schoolchildren; using space data to derive easy-to-understand information for decision makers; and strengthening national capacities in developing countries to better understand and take advantage of the benefits that space technologies (geo-sciences) provide to better monitor, manage and preserve our resources and heritage. Dr Hernandez has been invited to give scientific papers to a large number of international conferences either scientific and/or for decision makers.
Yolanda Kakabadse is WWF’s International President (since 2010) and the former Ecuadorian Minister of Environment (August 1998 - January 2000). She was born in Ecuador and studied Educational Psychology in the Catholic University of Quito. Yolanda Kakabadse’s work with the environmental conservation movement officially began in 1979, when she was appointed Executive Director of Fundación Natura in Quito (until 1990). During this time she helped Fundación Natura become one of Latin America’s most important environmental organizations. In 1993, she created Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano, an organization dedicated to promote the sustainable development of Latin America through conflict prevention and management. She was its Executive President until 2006 and remains as Chair of the Advisory Board.
Amy Luers is Assistant Director, Climate Resilience and Information at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). The OSTP advises the US President and others within the Executive Office of the President on the effects of science and technology on domestic and international affairs. Amy is on secondment from her role as Director of Climate at the Skoll Global Threats Fund, where she oversees the climate and water initiatives. Previously, she was the Senior Environment Program Manager at Google, where she co-led the development of a series of initiatives focused on information and communication technology for climate risk management. She co-founded Agua Para La Vida, an NGO dedicated to bringing potable water to rural communities of Latin America.Her research and publications have focused on vulnerability and resilience, climate impacts and adaptation, and climate policy. In 2013, Dr.Luers was selected as an inaugural Bellagio/Poptech Fellow on Big Data and System Resilience. She is a member of the Geographical Sciences Committee for the US National Research Council and was a lead author of the Sustained Assessment Report for the National Climate Assessment. She holds a Ph.D. in environmental science and an M.A. in international policy studies, both from Stanford University.
Kari Raivio is Professor of Perinatal Medicine and former head of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the University of Helsinki. He was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine from 1994-96, and served as Rector until 2003 and then as Chancellor of the University of Helsinki until his retirement in 2008. His basic and clinical research has focused on problems of the newborn infant. He is past president of the Finnish Academy of Sciences and Letters, as well as of the League of European Research Universities (LERU). He was Vice President for Scientific Planning and Review of ICSU in 2008-2011, and was a member of the Task Team that implemented the visioning exercise and early planning that resulted in Future Earth. He was also on the task group that was responsible for ICSU´s Foresight Exercise on the future of international research collaboration. At the request of the Office of the Prime Minister of Finland, he reviewed the national and international systems of science advice to government and prepared a plan for how this interface should be organized in Finland. As a board member of the John Nurminen Foundation, he worked towards cutting down phosphate influx and subsequent algal blooming in the Baltic Sea.
Dr Debra Roberts established and heads the Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department of eThekwini Municipality (Durban, South Africa). She was a lead author of Chapter 8 (Urban Areas) and a contributing author to Chapter 12 (Africa) of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report. She is a member of the South African climate negotiating team and sits on various international advisory bodies focused on climate change issues in cities (e.g. the Rockefeller Foundation’s Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network). Dr Roberts was vice-chair of UN-Habitat’s HS-NET Advisory Board which oversaw the production of the 2011 “Cities and Climate Change” Global Report and is a founding member of the Alliance for Sustainability and Prosperity for All. She is a member of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Thematic Group on Sustainable Cities, working towards the establishment of an urban SDG as part of the post-2015 development regime. Dr Roberts has written widely in the fields of urban open space planning, environmental management and urban climate protection and has received a number of awards for her work.
Björn Stigson is chairman of his own consulting company and visiting professor at the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg. He also serves as senior advisor to the head of IIASA (International Institute for Applied systems Analysis),Vienna and to the Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) Sweden. Björn Stigson has extensive experience in international business. From 1995 -2011 he was President of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a coalition of some 200 leading international corporations. Björn Stigson has served on boards and advisory councils of a variety of international companies, organizations and governments. This includes the US Congress, the Chinese government, and the German government, as Chairman of the Peer Review on Sustainable Development Policies in Germany. He has also been a member of the Dean’s Council at the Kennedy School at Harvard University. He is presently a member of the following boards/advisory councils: Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Siemens Sustainability Advisory Board, International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University, Advisory Council on Sustainable development to the President of the Generalitat of Catalonia, and Chairman of the Board of the Centre for Sustainable Markets at the Stockholm School of Economics.
Scott Vaughan began as President of IISD (International Institute for Sustainable Development) in April 2013. Prior to joining IISD, he was Canada’s federal Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development for five years. Previously, he was the Director of the Department of Sustainable Development of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, D.C.; a Visiting Scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; the Head of Economics at the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Environment Commission; and Counsellor at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva. He held various positions with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), including initiating both the UNEP Financial Initiative and UNEP’s work on trade issues. In the late 1980s, he worked at the Head Office of the Royal Bank Financial Group. He holds post-graduate degrees from the London School of Economics, the University of Edinburgh and Dalhousie University, as well as an undergraduate degree from Mount Allison University.