Henri is co-founder and Managing Partner of Match Maker Associates (MMA), Match Maker Fund Management (MMFM) and SME Impact Fund (SIF). His main professional focus is the development and application of best practices in private sector development services, particularly Value Chain Analysis (VCA) and Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P), as well as the development and implementation of innovative financial services. He has extensive experiences in project management, training and coaching and has coordinated and executed numerous consultant assignments and trainings in mainly East and Southern Africa. Currently, he is mainly involved in SME Impact Fund, which has provided over 80 loans to 46 agribusiness SMEs in Tanzania. These investments resulted in 1,400 jobs created and/or sustained and more than 50,000 people benefited directly or indirectly.
Henri van der Land
Martin Felipe Wohlgemuth Pinzón
Martin Felipe Wohlgemuth Pinzón
Martin Felipe is a Board Member of PREMAnet and Senior Associate Lupien at Rosenberg et Associés. As a facilitator, consultant, trainer and coach with more than 13 years’ experience in planning, estimating / selling / executing of State-funded multi-stakeholder projects, project leadership and coordination of multi-cultural, multilingual, multi-stakeholder funded projects with displaced / rural population entrepreneurship he is qualified to be part of a team and add value. As a senior consultant and having been part of a large group of professionals he has been successful structuring Business Development Service Products to attend specific needs of the SME market. He knows about production processes (services, industrial, rural, urban) and can come with the participants to see blind spots and realise change enthusiastically as a natural activity towards more efficient operations.
He has successfully documented, in the field experience with on the ground impact in chemical businesses, in industries in the pharmaceutical sector, rural entrepreneurship lead by groups of women in Colombia (1477 women), urban entrepreneurship with displaced families that arrived in Bogotá (272 new businesses). Please click here to see this video as an example of the achieved impact. He is a psychologist, markets specialist and Magister in business. He has PREMA® application knowledge in its different views and attached to Good Housekeeping (GHK®), Environmental Oriented Cost Management (EoCM) and Resource Efficient Chemical Management (REMC). He has been part of the teams that successfully promote Profitable Resource Efficient Management (PREMA®), applied PREMA® as a consultant, organised and implemented Info-trainings on PREMA®, has organised training of enterprises (ToE), and trained consultants (ToC). He is registered in the GIZ’s Gutachterdatenbank.
Nuttaphong is a Director at the Thai Social Enterprise Office (TSEO). Trained as an architect and planner by profession. After graduation Trained as an architect and planner by profession. After graduation from Norway on Urban Ecological Planning, he has been working as the so-called ‘Social Architect’ since then on various roles both in public and private sector. Before joining the Thai Social Enterprise Office as the director in 2012, he has spent 3 years as a Project Lead of the collaboration project between Thailand and Denmark on urban environment and the remaining 4 years working as a Director of the Community Division and strategic advisor for the Thai Health Promotion Foundation—the government agency to promote health and wellbeing. During the short interval period between government works, he also worked as a General Manager for the real estate company aiming to be the first social enterprise of Thailand on housing & city development. He was also an initiator of many national initiatives and strategic institutions such as The National Progress Index, The Urban Design and Development Centre (UDDC), The Social Innovation Foundation, The Future Innovative Thailand Institute (FIT) etc.
Raghav is the Head of Dealmaking at BiD Network Foundation. Raghav holds 10 years of experience working in corporate finance, fundraising and in the financial analytics space for organisations like Goldman Sachs and Royal Bank of Scotland. He has spent the last 5 years of his professional career in the off-grid sector is excited to combine his corporate finance and investment experience, together with his knowledge of the SME sector by adding value to a large number of our entrepreneurs by teaching them the language of the investment world and by helping them to find the best financial solutions.
Abubaker Musuuza is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Village Energy Limited a social enterprise that is building a network of rural solar shops that deliver quality products and ensure effective access to skilled solar technicians, repairs and solar parts within 48 hours. A graduate of Makerere University Kampala. Abu has worked in the social entrepreneurship space for 12 years building and supporting social enterprises across East Africa. Prior to Village Energy Abu was the East Africa Program Manager for Ashoka: Innovators for the Public. Abu is an Ashoka Fellow and Echoing Green Fellow.
Bernard is Director of 2iE-Technopôle, based in Burkina Faso. Bernard BRÈS is an engineer and aggregated professor in electrical engineering, post-graduate in international relationships. As a specialist of training engineering and employment-education relationship, Bernard BRÈS spent more than a half of his career in sub-Saharan Africa managing projects related to higher education professionalization and promotion of innovation in entrepreneurship in Universities. He also had academic responsibilities at a regional level, on matters linked to the construction of training policies and steering training map. At 2iE, he is in charge since 2013 of Technopôle-2iE.
Technopôle-2iE aims to develop employability, leadership, entrepreneurial spirit and innovation skills among young engineers, to foster the rise of inclusive green growth in Africa.
Donna Katzin is the founding executive director of Shared Interest, a social investment fund that mobilizes the financial and human resources of South Africa’s lowest income communities of colour. Since 1994, Shared Interest has helped to create more than 180,000 new small and micro-enterprises, 1.9 million jobs, and 120,000 affordable homes – benefiting 2.3 million economically marginalized South Africans. The organization is now extending its work to other Southern African countries, including Swaziland, Mozambique and Zambia. Previously, she served as Director of South Africa and International Justice Programs for the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility. She has been honoured by the South-African-American Organization, received the North Star Fund’s Frederick Douglass Award, the South African Embassy’s Inaugural Friends of South Africa Siyabonga Award, the inaugural Ubuntu Award from Face2face Africa, and the SRI Service Award in 2015 by the Conference on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing.
A board member of the Thembani International Guarantee Fund in South Africa, and the Center for Community Change in the U.S., Ms Katzin holds a master’s degree in Community Organization and Planning, and a doctorate in Human Services Education and Development. She has written extensively about South Africa, community development and impact investing, and is also the author of With These Hands, a volume of poetry inspired by the birth of South Africa’s democracy
Karan Sawhney is an Investment Officer with Grassroots Business Fund (GBF). Karan has been with GBF for the last 4 years working in Asia and Africa, investing in SME's. During this period he has screened over 100 companies operating in sectors including agriculture, manufacturing, healthcare, education, energy and artisanal across Africa and India, conducted due diligence on 15 companies and led multiple investments in India and Africa. Karan is responsible for portfolio management, business development, investment structuring, company valuations, financial modelling, due diligence, managing strategic tie-ups, legal structuring and impact assessment across the Africa portfolio for GBF.
Wayne Miranda’s passion is to grow companies that generate a social and environmental impact in sub-Saharan Africa. He currently leads Growth Mosaic Ltd. which identifies early-stage impact businesses, builds them to be viable for scale and investment-ready, and matchmakes them with the best investors. Growth Mosaic is based in Ghana and works in agribusiness, healthcare, water & sanitation, renewable energy, education, manufacturing, and other impact sectors. So far Growth Mosaic has supported its ~70 clients to access and manage over USD $12 million, and impacted >12,800 rural customers with access to improved goods and services. Since 2007, Wayne has worked in Malawi, Ghana, Benin, Burkina Faso, and Kenya providing business consulting. Prior to this Wayne was a mechatronics design engineer and market intelligence analyst in Canada.
Jovin Hurry has spent the last 15 years studying, living and working in Africa (Mauritius), Asia and Europe in the field of sustainability, business and learning and development. As a strategist, he is enthusiastic at probing entrepreneurs, in life-size simulations, at how they negotiate around core sustainability issues, in their world of turbulent markets, limited resources, social disparities and structural faults.
Jovin has handled a number of projects internationally, mainly as a project manager. Jovin has worked closely with key stakeholders and professionals on best practices for SMEs in Industrial Technologies at the European Commission in Brussels. He has also worked as an analyst at the Youth Business International, then part of the International Business Leaders Forum in London. The Forum is an independent and not-for-profit organisation which is currently supported by over 100 of the world’s leading businesses. He initiated and hosted the Roundtable on Entrepreneurship - Entrepreneur Cafe, Mauritius. Jovin was one of the panellists of Experts for the Business & Research Incubation Centre of the Mauritius Research Council.
Jovin writes and speaks on sustainability, strategy and entrepreneurship in Africa, South-East Asia and the Nordics. He sits in the Board of Advisors of several start-ups and institutions.
Sophie van den Berg
Sophie van den Berg
Sophie van den Berg is a Solid Waste Expert and Recycling Business Developer at WASTE. Sophie has more than 25 years of international experience in assessment of solid waste management systems, economic and environmental viability analysis of resource recovery systems, and marketing studies for recovered materials. She has the expertise in private sector development: implementation, financing, and organisation of productive micro-projects in solid waste management including training and coaching for income generating activities aimed at SMEs. Other experiences include business development of (plastic) waste recycling plants, participatory planning, environmental sustainability, and gender equality, in emerging and developing countries.
She is always in search and up-to-date for innovative technologies in (plastic) recycling which can be used in low- and middle-income countries. She is passionate in connecting people, companies, and organisations to advance the field of business development of waste recycling enterprises towards sustainability.
As Additional Secretary in the Department of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India, Dr Kumar is responsible for coordinating the Digital India programme. This includes coordinating with concerned Ministries/State Governments/agencies in public and private sector for development of policies/frameworks and implementation of projects for three key pillars of Digital India: namely, Digital infrastructure, provision of Digital Services; and Digital empowerment of society. He is also looking after all matters relating to Internet Governance and skill development in areas of Electronics and ICTs.
Dr Ajay Kumar served as a Joint Secretary, Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India from 2010 to 2015. Between 2007 – 2010 he served as a Principal Secretary to the Government of Kerala, Information Technology Department, Kerala, where he achieved a growth in IT investments in the State to three times national average during the period; upscaling e-governance initiatives within Government; and several niche projects including mobile computing, cloud computing and open source computing. He also served as the Managing Director of the Kerala State Agricultural and Rural Development Bank.
Antoine Horellou graduated in 2006 with two masters degrees (in Entrepreneurship and Economic Development). In 2015, Antoine went on to found BOPS - Base of the Pyramid Solutions with the aim of boosting social innovations at the Base of the Pyramid (BoP) through advice, advocacy, funds, and operations in the field. BOPS focuses on market-based development strategies and inclusive business to fight poverty. BOPS has worked with several social start-ups: Ashoka France, Nubian Vault Association (affordable housing in West Africa, 2011 SEED Winner), Watever (floatable solutions in Bangladesh), 450 (carbon finance in France), LAGAZEL (off-grid electricity in Africa).
Anubhav Kapoor is Tata Technologies’ General Counsel and Company Secretary and is based out of Pune. Anubhav is responsible for Tata Technologies’ global legal, IP, regulatory compliance and corporate governance practices and policies. He is passionate about innovation and IPR and also heads the Corporate Sustainability and CSR practices globally.
Anubhav has about 21 years of experience. Before joining Tata Technologies, Anubhav has worked with Polaris Software, Domino’s Pizza, Allied Nippon to name a few in a similar role.
Anubhav has handled multifarious areas such as structuring strategic business contracts, IPR, global compliance design and audits, legal due diligence, M&A, arbitration & litigation management. Also being a corporate secretary he has also dealt with high visibility boards and handled complex matters including those related to corporate governance, sustainability, insider trading, private & public offerings.
After a 20 year career as an investment banker with expertise in the energy sector, Katherine Lucey retired from banking and turned her attention to finding a sustainable solution to the energy poverty that causes suffering to a quarter of the world’s population. Katherine determined that a practical, grassroots, locally generated solution was needed. Katherine is a 2015 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year, an Ashoka Fellow and a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Entrepreneur. She holds an M.B.A. from Georgia State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia. She is an alumna of the Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI) the signature social enterprise program of the Miller Center of Santa Clara University.
Namita Vikas spearheads YES BANK’s Climate Action, Green Financing and Sustainable Development agenda. As part of the top management team, she is instrumental in delivering on YES BANK’s vision of being the finest quality large Bank in India by 2020. Under her visionary guidance, the Bank has assumed a leadership position in sustainability and green banking nationally and internationally. Her overall responsibility includes Sustainability Management, Climate related risks and research, Triple Bottom-line Accounting, building strategies towards Responsible Finance/Investing and Strategic Philanthropy.
Innovative and a design thinker, Namita with her 27 years of well-rounded experience has been associated with the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, International Finance Corporation and the United Nations to drive the climate finance agenda and towards green financing policies. In the past, she has successfully held leadership positions with Marico, Microsoft Corporation and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
Naveen Jha is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Deshpande Foundation, India. He has been with the foundation since its inception in India bringing a vision of enabling local solutions through a bottom-up approach. Naveen is passionate about mentoring youth who are interested in social entrepreneurship. This has led to the launch of several highly successful fellowship programs at Deshpande Foundation that has produced hundreds of graduates now working with social enterprises all over India. Naveen has also pioneered a series of youth development programs that helps transform the attitudes of young people into solving problems locally. One of these programs, LEAD (Leaders Accelerating Development), has more than ten thousand students engaged in problem-solving in their communities and has unleashed the power of social change within their neighbourhoods.
Naveen has helped in building the Sandbox Startups initiative, which provides incubation support and a co-working space to mission-driven entrepreneurs with innovative ideas. Prior to his work with the Deshpande Foundation, Naveen worked for six years at PRADAN, a pioneering livelihoods organization where, as Team leader, he helped create usable and sustainable prototypes of livelihoods programs and water resource management.
Sameer Unhale is a practitioner in Urban affairs dealing with Urban Infrastructure, water and Sanitation, Poverty Alleviation & Smart Urban Governance. He is currently working as the Municipal Commissioner, Nanded Municipal Corporation, India. He previously worked as the Mission Director of the Swaach Maharashtra Mission (Clean India Campaign), State Nodal Officer for the Urban Infrastructure and Governance Submission under JNNURM, Maharashtra, He has also worked with Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority.
He has coordinated efforts with multilateral agencies on Environment projects. He has introduced major revenue enhancement/stabilization of Municipal finance and innovative projects in urban transport and a community-based leadership program in citizen feedback.
Karon Shaiva is a social entrepreneur, columnist, writer, lecturer, speaker and trainer. As Chief Impact Officer & Managing Director of Idobro, she has committed to take Action that enables Women, Social and Green enterprises to access markets, build capacity, create linkages and deliver solutions through the Idobro Circle of Impact.
Karon has over 20 years of experience in India and the USA in the IT, education, finance, gemology and development sectors. In addition to holding a Masters in Marketing Management, and a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science, she has undergone the Swedish Institute Management program in CSR & Sustainability, she is a certified management professional, Faculty Mentor by NEN – London Business School and Visiting Faculty at NMIMS, Mumbai.
Karon’s personal story has been covered by the iconic series - Chicken Soup for the Indian Women Soul and she was invited to speak at the worldwide launch of the Mentoring Women in Business programme by the Cherie Blair Foundation in New York. She has also started the "Impact Shopping" page for the Afternoon Dispatch & Courier that included her column "An Empowered World”.
Joyce Kyalema is a gender activist and female entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of JOSMAK International (U) Ltd, a 2013 SEED Winner from Uganda. Joyce further serves as Executive Director of the Rural Women and Youth Development Organization (RWYDO), an organization she founded to organize vulnerable youth and women in rural areas to find ways of increasing their household income, nutritional status and food security. The initiated projects directly empower women to fully participate in their self -coordinated development for self- reliance and to promote gender equality development programs in their communities.
In November 2014, Joyce Kyalema was recognized and awarded as a rising star woman entrepreneur by the Uganda Women Entrepreneurs Association Limited (UWEAL). One month later, in December 2014, she has been chosen to be publishing on iLearn, a global mobile-learning platform for and by women entrepreneurs. This platform provided by UN Women's Knowledge Gateway for Women's Economic Empowerment has the objective to inspire, motivate and help other women to start and grow their own ventures and provide a learning tool for many women around the world.
Olivia Vent is one of the initiators of A Global Marketing Partnerships for SRI Indigenous Rice, one of the first five SEED Winners in 2005. A graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, DC, Olivia worked almost 20 years as a communications specialist with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), before becoming Director of Communications at the Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development (CIIFAD). It was there that she learned about the agroecological cultivation method called the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) and became convinced that creating value chains for small-scale rice farmers producing surpluses of traditional varieties using SRI practices would increase farmers’ incomes and preserve rice biodiversity while reducing negative environmental effects of rice production. In 2004, she applied for a SEED Award with colleagues in CIIFAD, Cambodia, Madagascar and Sri Lanka, who together formed an informal Global SRI Marketing Partnership. Support from the Award facilitated the development of a relationship with the California-based rice-importing company, Lotus Foods. Since 2008, she works as SRI Liaison to Lotus Foods, which today is selling throughout North America organic and fair trade certified rice grown by SRI farmers in Cambodia, Indonesia, and Madagascar, with new value chains opening in India and Thailand this fall.
Daisy Kambalame-Kalima is a trained economist and business counselling expert with more than 15 years’ experience in strategic program development for sustainable development. Currently working as the Country Coordinator for the IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative in Malawi and Mozambique. Daisy joined AICC (the African Institute of Corporate Citizenship, an African based NGO facilitating development programs through multi-stakeholder partnerships) and, as the Chief Executive Officer from 2012 to 2014, provided leadership on how to incorporate business principles when addressing development challenges. AICC created a number of platforms under the Malawi Agriculture Partnership (MAP) for value chain enhancement which included work that redefined the role of smallholders within value chains. Daisy currently serves as the Chairperson for the Malawi Forum of Agriculture Adviser Services (MaFAAS). Daisy is passionate about development working to change the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.
Juha Miettinen, Chief Technical Advisor and Team Leader of Southern Africa Innovation Support (SAIS) Programme, has close to 20 years of experience in innovation systems development and innovation support, technology transfer, business development and methods in public-private collaboration regionally, nationally and internationally. Before joining SAIS in 2011, he has earned wide experience and practical knowledge on Finnish and European innovation systems and methods as a COO in one of the leading innovation and science park companies in Finland, Hermia Ltd, and in his own daily management work.
He has wide experience in project management and has also been a member of supervisory and steering boards of tens of innovation and development initiatives, programmes and projects throughout his carrier. Juha holds an M.Sc. in Economics from University of Tampere, Finland and the University of Oregon, US. He is currently pursuing (-2016) his PhD-work on the topic “Triple Helix Model in emerging innovation ecosystems – Case Studies on University-Industry-Government collaboration and interactions in Southern Africa” at University of Pretoria, South Africa.
Pieter van Heyningen
Pieter van Heyningen
Pieter obtained his Bachelor's degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Stellenbosch University. Thereafter, he completed an honours degree in Philosophy and began studying an MPhil at the Sustainability Institute also part of Stellenbosch University. He left for Taiwan to study Chinese, and Tai Chi and teach English, where he spent almost three years. After travelling through South East Asia, Pieter furthered his academic career in Sweden, completing his Master degree/ MBA with a focus on Ecological Economics. During his time in Sweden, he also worked for Greenpeace and started his own company through the local university ‘idea-lab’ incubation programme. From this experience, Pieter had a keen interest in innovation and commercialization.
He returned to the Sustainability Institute and started his PhD in ‘Innovation Systems and Sustainability Transitions’ at the School of Public Leadership. During this time, Pieter taught several undergraduate courses in business development, globalization and sustainable development. He had the privilege of spending a year of his time in Austria, where he was doing research and taught a master module on ‘sustainable product and service development’.His transdisciplinary research project focused on transforming technopark, which amounted to a visioning and stakeholder exercise to reconceptualise the park’s commercial focus and image. This project grew, and soon incorporated the whole town of Stellenbosch, to become the Stellenbosch Innovation District – funded by the Dept. of Science and Technology. This project, aimed at focusing the town’s considerable resources to support innovation activities from research to commercialization is on-going under new leadership.
Pieter joined the Bertha team and UCT faculty to explore the world of social and inclusive innovation that the developing world so requires. At the same time, Pieter is also project manager of the South African chapter, of the global UNEP ‘eco-innovation’ project. This project aims to transform the business model of companies towards sustainability and is a pilot project for policy development. In addition, Pieter has presented several papers on innovation and sustainability at over eight international conferences. He was also co-chair of the 19thInternational Sustainable Development Research Society Conference, as well as chair of the 1st and 2ndStellenbosch Innovation Conference. He has also published several book chapters, including, ‘innovation for sustainable business’ as part of the ‘Greening the South African Economy Handbook’ about to be published.
Crispin Rapinet is a commercial litigation partner at Hogan Lovells, based in London with particular expertise in international and cross-border litigation arising out of insolvency, fraud and asset recovery situations. From 1998 to 2003 Crispin was based in the firm's Hong Kong office as one of the resident commercial litigation partners there and Managing Partner of the office. Crispin was Regional Managing Partner of the firm's offices in Asia and the Middle East from 2005 to 2013. He is co-head of the Investigations, White Collar and Fraud practice area. Crispin is also co-chair of the pro bono practice of the firm, and co-chair of the firm's Citizenship Panel which oversees the programmes regarding diversity, community investment, charitable fundraising and the environment which the firm undertakes worldwide.
Saphira Patel’s areas of expertise lie in sustainability reporting, development evaluation, environmental resource management and the provision of environmental, social and sustainability risk advisory services to the development finance sector. She has a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning as well as an Honours degree in Environmental and Geographical Science both from the University of Cape Town. She has also successfully completed the University of Witwatersrand- Business School’s Management Advancement Programme (MAP), and is a certified GRI Sustainability Reporter.
Saphira is currently managing the Operations Evaluation Unit at the Development Bank of Southern Africa and has worked in the environmental and sustainable development sector for over ten years. Saphira has substantial experience relating to environmental and social assessment, risk appraisal and project due diligence in both the public and private sectors. Saphira also has experience working on infrastructure development projects within the SADC region and has worked with both international and local banks, DFIs and developers on large and small-scale projects.
Saphira has managed and led the development, review and implementation of organizational sustainability strategies, policies and frameworks and the provision of advisory services for sustainable development and environmental risk management within the development finance sector. Saphira’s recent work includes; managing the review and revision of the Development Bank of Southern Africa’s (DBSA) Environmental Appraisal Procedures, the development of an Environmental Impact Matrix for the DBSA, the coordination of the DBSAs Environmental Community of Practice, and the compilation and editing of the SADC Environmental Legislation Handbook.
Saphira also lectures on the topic of sustainable development and environmental management at the University of Witwatersrand: School of Architecture and Planning.
Scott Overdyke is the Senior Programs and Planning Manager at Root Capital where he supports the organization's lending, advisory and field building research and development. Prior to Root Capital, Scott was a consultant with FSG where he helped companies design shared value strategies to drive financial, social and environmental returns. He has worked with a number of agricultural cooperatives, buyers, service providers, lenders, donors and social enterprises across Latin America and Africa in an effort to serve the needs of smallholder farmers. Scott is a graduate of Columbia Business School and Harvard Kennedy School and now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Root Capital is a nonprofit social investment fund that grows rural prosperity in poor, environmentally vulnerable places in Africa and Latin America by lending capital, delivering financial training, and strengthening market connections for small and growing agricultural businesses.
Catalina María Alvarez
Catalina María Alvarez
Catalina María Alvarez has a BA in Finance and International Relations from Universidad Externado de Colombia, in Bogotá, and an MBA in Business Administration, from United Business Institutes, in Brussels, Belgium.
She is currently the sub-director of the "Colombia Clean Energy Program”, implemented by Tetra Tech Es Inc. with funding from the Agency for International Development (USAID). The Colombian Clean Energy Program main purpose is to increase access to renewable energy sources and improve energy efficient practices in Colombia through a combination of project development support, technical assistance, and the development of a financial enabling environment to promote investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Her work experience includes being the financial and administrative coordinator of the projects “Innovative models for the coffee sector in Colombia” and "Implementation of a Denomination of Origin strategy for Colombian coffees", implemented by the Colombian National Federation of Coffee Growers with funding from the Inter American Development Bank (IADB). Catalina also worked for the Colombian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, where she began as a researcher in the Sector Policy Unit and later became the financial and administrative manager for the “Agricultural Transition Project”, financed by a World Bank credit operation.
She was the administrative director for the “Asociación Convenio del Buen Trato”, a partnership of private media organizations working for child protection and development in Colombia; and the administrative sub-director for the “Rural Colombia Network”, a project funded by the Department for International Development of the United Kingdom.
During a two-year period in Nanjing, China, where she was studying Mandarin and Chinese culture, Catalina worked as a business promoter for Asia International Business and Management, a private trade broker based in Nanjing. She also owns “Selva Nevada”, a small business that produces gourmet ice cream with tropical fruits provided by small, environmentally sustainable rural producers in the Colombian Amazon.
David Sher is the Investment Director at ERM’s Low Carbon Enterprise Fund, a mission-driven venture capital fund focused on for-profit companies with strong environmental impact. At the LCEF, David is responsible for originating and structuring investments in early-stage ventures and supporting our portfolio across South East Asia, Latin America and Africa. David started his career at Dresdner Kleinwort investment bank, where he managed principal investments in high yield and distressed debt. After leaving Dresdner, he advised US Congress on energy and climate change policy and worked with a number of UK waste management companies to grow their recycling and energy-from-waste businesses. David holds an MBA with Distinction from Insead and an M.Math from Cambridge University and is a CFA Charterholder.
Saul Levin has a Masters Degree in Industrial Sociology from the University of Witwatersrand, with his thesis on small business development. He was previously a chief director in the Economic Development Department (EDD) with oversight of the Development Finance Institutions reporting to EDD, including the Industrial Development Corporation and the Small Enterprise Finance Agency. As part of his responsibilities he oversaw the merger of the small business finance entities and ran several projects to support small business development.
He also worked as the chief of staff for Lindiwe Hendricks, heading her office while she was Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry and when she was Minister of Minerals and Energy. From 2001 to 2005 he worked as an economist in the office of the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry. Prior to that Levin spent almost five years working in the field of enterprise development, as a project manager for government agency Ntsika (now Small Enterprise Development Agency). From 2009 to 2011 Levin was as a senior manager at Standard Bank, working as a Business Operations Manager in the Corporate Affairs unit.
Valerie Geen is Head of the National Business Initiative’s Energy programme in South Africa in which she heads the NBI’s Energy Leadership Network with Big Business. She also manages strategic partnerships between Business and Government and is responsible for Stakeholder engagement, Marketing and Communications of the nationwide rollout of the NBI’s nationwide Private Sector Energy Efficiency programme. Valerie has led the broader sustainability Agenda with the Private Sector in South Africa since 2006 which has ranged from Education programmes, Corporate Social Responsibility, Climate Change, Energy and Water. She also served on a number of judging panels relating to communities and environment.
Pham Kieu Oanh
Prof. Sosten Chiota
Shrashtant Patara, Chief Executive Officer of Technology and Action for Rural Advancement (TARA), is an architect by training. He has been with the Development Alternatives Group since 1988, providing research expertise, management capability and strategic direction to teams of up to 60 persons engaged in the promotion sustainable technology, creation of green jobs and fulfilment of basic needs amongst the rural poor. His current work focuses on the incubation of new business models, enterprise packages and capacity building measures; foremost amongst which are initiatives aimed at taking green economy solutions to scale in the areas of renewable energy based rural electrification, affordable housing, clean drinking water and waste recycling.
Douglas Kativu heads the Global Reporting Initiative Focal Point South Africa and is responsible for advancing GRI's mission in southern Africa and other key target markets on the continent. Before taking up the substantive position with GRI, Douglas served on the GRI Stakeholder Council for 5 years. Douglas has more than 10 years experience implementing multi-stakeholder based sustainability interventions in Africa. He has served in consulting and advisory roles on sustainability initiatives on the continent. He was a member of the international expert group that developed the ISO 26000 and a member of the Air Pollution Information Network Africa and Southern Africa Network for Training and Research on the Environment. Douglas holds tertiary qualifications in Environmental Management, and Applied Physics with research in renewable energy, and professional qualifications in ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001.
Jane Kisakye is a freelance consultant in environment conservation and community development. In the past, she worked with the following grant-making programs: the environment project of the Nile Basin Initiative; the Public-Private Alliance Grants Program for Land O’Lakes Inc in Uganda; the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives under the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and the USAID-funded Action Program for the Environment in Uganda. During that time, she acquired skills and experience in establishing small grants programs, coordinating grants activities, project management, monitoring and evaluation, and organizational development. In addition, she worked with the Development through Conservation Project of CARE International in Uganda, as well as Kawanda Agricultural Research Station. She has an MSc in Agronomy obtained at the University of Florida, Gainesville, USA, and a BSc in Agriculture from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.
Patricio Sanders is an engineer by profession and is the president of the Scientific Research Association of Mozambique (ACIMO). He holds a master degree in Engineering specializing in Computer Complexes, Systems and Computer Networks at the Technical University of Civil Aviation of Latvia. He is involved with several research organizations both as a lecturer and supervisor of scientific multi-partner research works and graduate study programs. He has received various awards and distinctions internationally because of his scholarly works particularly from the International Biographical Centre of Cambridge in England and the American Biographical Institute. Aside from being active in academia, he acts as senior policy advisor to the government of Mozambique particularly in the field IT policies, instruments and projects. He is also a member of the implementing commission on the establishment of the Management Center of Knowledge on Climate Change in Mozambique.
Dr François Bonnici is the founding Director of the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, the leading university and business school in Africa. It was established in partnership with the Bertha Foundation as the first academic centre in Africa dedicated to social innovations through both systemic approaches and rooted, on-the-ground work. Key initiatives focus on Education Innovation; Health Innovation; Innovative Financing; Ecosystems, Policy & Scaling in Social Innovation.
He trained as a medical doctor, read MPH (London) & MBA (Oxford) as a Rhodes Scholar. For a decade he worked in paediatric medicine and humanitarian & development programmes. As a WEF Global Leadership Fellow, he worked on PPPs in health and development, and headed the Schwab Foundation’s work in Africa & Middle East. He co-founded the African Social Entrepreneurs Network (now over 3,000 members). In 2013, he was elected an Archbishop Tutu African Leadership Fellow.
Gisele Yitamben is an economist by training, is a dynamic leader and expert on entrepreneurship development, information and communication technology and gender equality. She is the founder and President of the Association for the Support of Women Entrepreneurship, best known by its French acronym ASAFE, a social enterprise. An ardent defender of the rights of underprivileged persons, and notably women and youths, her actions have always targeted improving the welfare of those around her through searching for access to productive resources and technical services (e.g. alternative finance, training and high added value jobs).
In 2004, she initiated street football in Cameroon and her team ranked number 6 out of 48 countries represented at the 2006 Homeless World Cup in South Africa. Since then, her team has participated at The Homeless World Cup in Denmark, Australia and Brazil. Gisele Yitamben is the member of the expert group that advises the Director General of UNESCO on issues related to education for Sustainable Development.
Gisele Yitamben is a researcher and member of the research network GRACE through which her expertise has led to two books on women and ICT. She is a Schwab foundation fellow and has won several international and national prizes in recognition for her achievements. She was ranked among the 40 world's outstanding social entrepreneurs for the year 2002. Gisele Yitamben is the President of New Faces New Voices (NFNV) Cameroon, a chapter of NFNV an organization that works in changing policies, changing lives as well as investing in African women so as to multiply faces that will multiply voices.
Jeff Felten is a specialist in climate change, in designing and implementing business and industry development interventions, particularly in the “clean” energy sector (renewable energy and energy efficiency). He has been instrumental in introducing a variety of new technologies into different markets throughout Africa, including renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Mr. Felten has been active in the African energy sector for nearly 20 years, primarily working with SMEs, small-scale, isolated or distributed power systems, improved stove and briquette manufacturers, with national Ministries, rural energy agencies, project developers and other key stakeholders in developing sustainable, workable clean energy policies and systems.
Jeff is well versed in climate change issues globally and is one of Tanzania’s most experienced renewable energy consultants. He has consulted on behalf of African governments, bilateral and multilateral donors, NGOs and private companies, and is a key consultant for Tanzania’s Ministry of Energy and Rural Energy Agency. He works closely with a number of Independent Power Producers and clean energy SMEs. He is skilled in strategic planning, business planning, project management, micro-finance, market assessment and marketing. He is an experienced trainer/facilitator (in both French and English) and team leader, having managed staff as large as 40 people. He has administered multi-year donor-funded projects valued in the millions of dollars.
Dennis Lucy Avilés Irahola was born in Bolivia and obtained her Doctoral degree on Development Studies in Bonn, Germany. Her academic education and more than 13 years of work experience include agricultural, environmental and political sciences and gender studies. Currently, she works as an independent consultant on rural development, gender mainstreaming and social impact assessment in development projects for Latin America. She has related experience in Asia, Africa and Europe.
During the last years, she has worked for international and national agricultural and environmental agencies and gave several presentations for governmental, non-governmental and academic organizations in Germany. She is Associate Researcher in the Research Network for Latin America of the University of Bonn – Germany, Member of the International Center for Women in Bonn (IFZ), and Member of Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and NRM (WOCAN).
Phillip Bohwasi is an accomplished Senior Social Worker, Business Enterprise and Community Facilitator, Trainer and a Development Consultant. He has worked with a number of international NGOs including the Redd Barna, Otto Bennecke Foundation, the EU and HIVOS Foundation as a Development and Programming Officer. He has facilitated a number of capacity building and BDS workshops including a regional Rural Finance Workshop involving 6 regional countries for the WKKF grantees. His main areas of experience and expertise include: Human Rights Facilitation, Child Protection, Capacity Building of Small and Local Civic Organisations and community groups, BDS training and programme design, implementation of community based programs and evaluation; development of training materials and tools for demand-driven training, including start-up and founding and building the capacity of new local NGOs and Social Enterprises. Further, Mr Bohwasi is well experienced in Child Protection, Advocacy on Child Rights. He is the current chairman for the Council of Social Workers in Zimbabwe and responsible for liaison with the GSCC on Zimbabwean Trained Social Workers in the UK. Mr Bohwasi is a registered social worker on the current GSCC and Zimbabwe Social Workers register.
Mr Bohwasi has over 21 years of work experience in Social Work, Community Care Work, Capacity Building, Business Development Training and Workshop Facilitation. During this time he has led the formation and establishment of the Zimbabwe Opportunities Industrialisation Center (ZOIC), an organisation involved in building the capacity of community care projects and rural growth-oriented enterprises, including agricultural associations. ZOIC is a social enterprise that facilitates and promotes capacity development to people and communities, entrepreneurs and small enterprises in the informal sector and agro-industry.
Seema Ms. Arora catalysed the establishment of the Environmental Management Division in CII and then transformed the activities of the Division into the Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development. Ms. Arora initiated the creation of a Corporate Sustainability Management framework for building Sustainable Business Enterprises.
Ms. Seema Arora developed the vision and objectives for the CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development and is the Centre’s head. As the head of the Centre, she networks with Industry, Government and Community based organisations to develop policy instruments and innovative voluntary approaches to Sustainable Development. She is involved with Planning Commission of Government of India to develop a Low Carbon Growth Strategy for India, with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India in defining the framework for measuring and rewarding Sustainability performance of Corporates. She is also providing inputs to defining Sustainable development Action plans at State level. Ms Arora provides training and counselling to Industry for evolving a Sustainability Vision and a portfolio of Sustainability Strategies for building a Sustainable Business Organisation.
Her main areas of interest are environmental policy, management systems, corporate sustainability, institutional strengthening and capacity building.
Ms. Seema Arora has a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Delhi University. She is a member of the Central Pollution Control Board, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. She is a member of the Stakeholder Council of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). She has twenty-six years experience in the field of Environmental Management and Sustainable Development.
Tanya Lobel joined Actis in 2010 to lead Actis’ philanthropic and community outreach division which focuses on social entrepreneurship, education and leadership. Actis uses its financial capital through a grant-giving programme and its human capital through a mentoring programme to work with partners throughout the emerging markets. Tanya is also responsible for working with Actis’s portfolio investments on issues related to social impact and community development.
Tanya started her career as an investment banker with Lehman Brothers. She spent 4 years in Equity Capital Markets focusing on UK and Iberian clients. Post-MBA, she joined the Portland Trust, a foundation focused on private sector development in Palestine and Israel. She worked on strengthening the Palestinian microfinance sector and SME development in the Galilee and the Negev. She was then with DFID, where she designed and launched the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund in Kenya. The fund provides grants and loans to private sector businesses implementing innovative, high impact projects in the agricultural, financial services and technology sectors. Tanya was then an Investment Manager with the Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment firm founded by Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay. She focused on making investments in the areas of microfinance, entrepreneurship and government transparency.
Tanya holds an MBA from NYU, Stern School of Business and a BSc in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
Andrew Gamble is the London Regional Managing Partner in the international law firm, Hogan Lovells. Throughout his career, Andrew has worked within the banking and corporate finance area. Over the past 25 years, he has been heavily involved in international finance, acting both for borrowers and bank syndicates. This work has entailed advising banks and structuring financings for the benefit of entities in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and CIS. Andrew has also led the teams acting for the Governments of Sierra Leone, Guyana, Mozambique and Ethiopia in the implementation of their World Bank / International Development Association sponsored debt reduction programmes. He has advised the Government of Nigeria on its Paris Club and London Club Debt. He was retained by the Government and Central Bank of Ghana to devise, and successfully implement, the issue of inflation index-linked government bonds. Andrew has worked with multilateral agencies such as the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, the African Export-Import Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Diana de la Vega
Diana de la Vega
Diana de la Vega is an environmental lawyer from Los Andes University, with a Masters in English Literature and Language from Harvard. Upon her return to Colombia in 2008, she has been involved with the energy and RE sector of Colombia, first as GVEP International Country Manager, and currently working as Strategic Communications Specialist for the Colombia Clean Energy Program (CCEP) funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Diana organized the first 100% solar powered concert in Colombia this past January 20th in Bogota, to help place renewable energy on the national mindset and agenda.
Julie Clarke has 20 years of experience in human and earth rights. She has studied in environmental management, water resource management and NGO management through Wits University in SA and London University Wye and Imperial College in the UK. She has been involved in lecturing in several academic institutions across SA and worked for the Johannesburg municipality in policy and planning departments. She has served on numerous NGO boards and National Steering Committees and task teams concerned with planning, sustainable development, environmental and rural poverty issues and has represented South Africa in negotiations concerning the Convention on Desertification and helped South Africa to develop and implement its National Action Programme to Combat Desertification and Poverty. She has specialized in environmental work for the Development Bank of Southern Africa primarily in rural dryland areas. Currently, she is coordinating and managing the Drylands Fund on behalf of the Dept of Environmental Affairs and other key private sector and NGO stakeholders.
Nguy Thi Khanh
Nguy Thi Khanh
Nguy Thi Khanh is currently GreenID Executive Director and also in charge of advocacy under the Vietnam Rivers Network (VRN). She has 13 years experience in integrated community development, participatory training, networking, advocacy related to environmental governance, river protection and sustainable energy development. She has worked on income generation, community health protection, disaster mitigation, clean water, sanitation, hygiene for ethnic women and girls in Vietnam and recently advocacy for stopping destructive hydropower and for sustainable energy in the Mekong region. Her professional interests and works include good water, energy governance with meaningful participation, transparency, equal access to natural resources for communities especially for vulnerable groups, and sustainable development for a green future.
Since 2008 to 2011, Ms. Khanh took the role of VRN Coordinator. She has expanded VRN cooperation with stakeholders on water governance, water pollution, impacts of mining on water resources and communities, social and environmental impacts of hydropower dams, climate change, public participation in power sector in Vietnam. Acting as a leader, she is one among pioneers in fighting poorly planned hydropower development in Vietnam and advocacy for stopping mainstream dams proposed in the Mekong River. She is also focal point of the Mekong Ecology and Energy Network in Vietnam engaged in reviewing the power development planning process and public participation in this field. She has proven strong commitment, diverse lobbying and advocacy experiences, high reputation and good interaction with government agencies, innovative capability and strong zealousness for green development in Vietnam and in the Mekong Region. She has been also leading VRN’s advocacy projects including campaigns to stop proposed mainstream dams in the lower Mekong River, to cancel two controversial hydropower projects proposed in the Cat Tien National Park. She has been facilitating civil society monitoring on the implementation of safeguard policy in Trung Son hydropower project funded by World Bank. She is an active member of the mitigation group of Climate Change Working Group in Vietnam. Since 2012, she leads her team and partners to develop an energy alliance to promote sustainable energy development in Vietnam and the Mekong basin as a whole.
Ms. Khanh graduated from the Institute of International Relations in Ha Noi, Vietnam. She attended various short training courses, workshop on trans-boundary water management, sustainable energy development in Sweden, South Africa, the Netherlands and the United States. Khanh speaks fluent Vietnamese and English.
Rachid Amrani is the Business Advisory services Programme Manager in Morocco (an EBRD programme funded by EU in Morocco). He is an industrial engineer with a higher degree in management. He worked as a banker for 13 years at the Popular bank group and specialized in financial markets, SME advisory and entrepreneurship. He founded in 2006 Original Invest, a consultancy company based in Technopark specializing in entrepreneurship, SME development and investment.
He managed several projects with a national scope. He developed the first curriculum on innovation and entrepreneurship for a Moroccan university and facilitated the Moroccan strategy to attract diaspora investments. He has been involved in several international programs as a principal expert in the context of the EU Medibtikar project, the IEB Moroccan incubation project, the USAID Resovert network for renewable energy SMEs, the UNDP SME project and many other multi-sector programmes.
Mrs Amrani is an experienced moderator of conferences and seminars. He taught also in engineering schools on topics such as business planning, financing, marketing and entrepreneurship. He was a guest speaker on several radio broadcasts on investment and entrepreneurship. He is a board member of the main association of young entrepreneurs (CJD- Centre des Jeunes Dirigeants) in Morocco.
Mrs Amrani is an IFC-certified expert in access to finance and Infodev expert in innovation and incubation.
Saliem Fakir is the Head of the Living Planet Unit at the World Wildlife Fund South Africa. The Unit's work is focused on identifying ways to manage a transition to a low-carbon economy.
He was previously (2007-2008) a senior lecturer at the Department of Public Administration and Planning and Associate Director for the Center for Renewable and Sustainable Energy at the University of Stellenbosch where he taught a course on renewable energy policy and financing of renewable energy projects. Saliem previously worked for Lereko Energy (Pty) Ltd (2006) an investment company focusing on project development and financial arrangements for renewable energy, biofuels, waste and water sectors. He also served as Director of the World Conservation Union South Africa (IUCN-SA) office for 8 years (1998-2005). Prior to the IUCN he was the Manager for the Natural Resources and Management Unit at the Land and Agriculture Policy Center.
Saliem served on a number of Boards. Between, 2002-2005, he served as a chair of the Board of the National Botanical Institute. He also served on the board of the Fair Trade in Tourism Initiative and was a member of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Global Reporting Initiative, based in Amsterdam. He currently serves on the advisory board of Inspired Evolution One – a private equity fund for clean technology.
He is also a columnist for the South African Center for Civil Society where he writes regular columns on a range of issues and Engineering News.
Saliem's qualifications are: B.Sc Honours molecular biology (WITS), Masters' in Environmental Science, Wye College London, and did a senior executive management course at Harvard University in 2000.
Sreyamsa Bairiganjan heads the research and enterprise engagement for the New Ventures Program in India. He is currently responsible for environmental enterprise evaluation for New Ventures India and has authored reports focused on clean energy for BoP markets such as “Power to the People: Investing in Clean Energy for the Base of the Pyramid,” “The Final 50 Mile: Using VLE Networks for Increasing Clean Energy Access,” ”The Base of Pyramid Distribution Challenge,” and “Bringing Clean Energy to Rural India.” His work highlights the investment and operational needs across clean tech products and services for the BoP markets.
Sreyamsa has been a panelist at leading world forums such as the G20 – Inclusive Business Workshop, Berlin, Rio +20- Corporate Sustainability Forum, Rio de Janerio, and the International Business Forum, Pretoria. He has also showcased his work across leading universities such as John Hopkins, NYU, Duke and University of North Carolina in USA. Previously, he worked as a senior researcher for IFMR- Rural Market Insights. He also worked for the Multi Commodity Exchange of India where he focused on developing trading models for the exchange of certified emission reductions (CERs). Sreyamsa did his MBA from the Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal and has an Advanced Investment Manager Degree from the ANDE Program of Aspen Institute, Washington D.C.
Bert van Nieuwenhuizen
Bert van Nieuwenhuizen
Bert van Nieuwenhuizen is Chief Technical Advisor for the African Biogas Partnership Development Programme of SNV Netherlands Development Organisation in Nairobi, Kenya. He has worked in finance and enterprise development for more than 30 years in both advisory and management positions in East and Southern Africa, the Balkans, and the Netherlands. He has been involved in a wide range of capacity development programmes working with public and private sector actors on economic development, entrepreneurship training and coaching, market linkages, strategies for innovation, value chain development and market-based solutions to poverty. Enterprise development and innovation are his passion which he is actively pursuing in his current position as Renewable Energy Advisor for East and Southern Africa, supporting the development and implementation of sustainable market based renewable energy programmes. Bert strongly believes that vibrant entrepreneurial societies are needed to reduce poverty sustainably.
Having graduated with two M.Sc. degrees before completing her MBA, Leticia Greyling's professional experience has been in the corporate environment. Until 2010, she was based in Johannesburg with South Africa’s ports authority head office, heading up the national department responsible for sustainability strategy development and implementation of these systems and initiatives at all commercial harbours.
She still consults part-time and has done work with UNEP, UNDP and various regional and international institutions especially on coastal/marine management, integration of sustainability in businesses, and managing environmental & sustainability risks and opportunities.
Tamzin Ractliffe is widely regarded as creating the first social investment exchange in the world and has been a visionary leader for GreaterGood South Africa – an African online social development networking platform – and its related impact investment advisory business Greater Capital over the past 12 years. Qualified in Applied Psychology and Commerce, she has worked as a financial analyst as well as in private equity and venture capital investment banking in South Africa and internationally for more than twenty years.
She established GreaterCapital in 1997 as a social and impact investment advisory consultancy serving the development sector in South Africa. In 1999, she started The Funding Site, a web-enabled resource site for the development community and in 2004 founded the internationally acclaimed award-winning social networking platform, GreaterGood South Africa Trust, a social profit organisation dedicated to utilizing 21st Century technology to facilitate indigenous philanthropy and performance-based giving in South Africa.
Through GreaterGood Tamzin conceptualized and developed the South African Social Investment Exchange (SASIX) which was launched in June 2006, SASIX Financial – an impact investment fund in partnership with Cadiz Asset Management in 2007 and the South African Network for Impact Investing (SAII) in 2008 before handing over the reins of the GreaterGood Group to pursue the development of NeXii to leverage larger-scale private sector investment in social, environmental and development finance offerings. Tamzin has focused on promoting coherence and organization for maximum efficiencies in the impact investing sector and has continually sought to use the markets for greater social good and was awarded the GIBS Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2007 and appointed an Ashoka fellow in 2008.
Ana Victoria Rogas
Ana Victoria Rogas
Ana V Rogas has more than twelve years of experience working on environment and development issues, with a strong climate change background -with emphasis on international negotiations, national policies, their impacts on small-scale projects and community-based mitigation and adaptation strategies. She graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor and Licenciatura degree in Law from the University of Costa Rica; her graduation thesis was “Legal and Institutional Framework of the Clean Development Mechanism.” While studying, she joined CEDARENA –a Costa Rican Environmental Law Center- in 1999, where she acquired an extensive experience working with community-based projects, networking, and policy analysis. During this time Ms Rojas engaged in a series of trainings on climate change policies and LULUCF opportunities in Latin America; she was also a Regional Consultant for FAO for the evaluation and analysis of the regional institutional and legal framework for forests and climate change in Central America.
In 2003 she moved to the Netherlands to pursue her M.Sc. on Environmental Management, at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Free University Amsterdam) and graduated with honours in 2004. Afterwards, she joined Both ENDS’ Strategic Cooperation Unit; where she participated in the analysis on synergies between international environmental policies and the inception of adaptation strategies in South East Asia.
Ms Rojas is currently a consultant at the ETC Foundation and for the past five years has provided support to ENERGIA –the International Network on Gender an Sustainable Energy- network members on the topic of climate change adaptation and mitigation activities and coordinates the network’s advocacy activities at the UNFCCC negotiation process. Furthermore, Ms Rojas provides technical support to the network’s activities on international policy advocacy, gender audits of energy policies, technical advice to energy projects, training of trainers and practitioners, research and case study development, network building and knowledge management in Asia.
Andrea Margit is the Environment Unit Head at Roberto Marinho Foundation where she leads a portfolio of educational projects, including water and forest management, natural heritage, and sustainable cities. She has worked in conservation since 2002 in the fields of learning and communication. She was the Institutional Learning Director at Conservation International (www.conservation.org) in Virginia, U.S., from 2005 to 2008. She has also led CI's communication strategy in Brazil for over 3 years. Much of her fieldwork is related to participatory planning, media relations, conservation awareness campaigns and training. Prior to joining CI, she worked in marketing and strategy at the credit card industry and consulting firms. She has a bachelor in Journalism, a specialization in Information Sciences at the University of Paris II, and a master in Business Administration at Getulio Vargas Foundation in Sao Paulo. Her current field of research is in cross-sector partnerships and social network analysis.
Ellen Houston is an adjunct professor in the International Studies Department at Manhattanville College. She has previously taught in the departments of Economics and International Studies at Marymount College/Manhattan, New York University and Rutgers State University. Her research interests include gender and development including work on the impacts of the financial crisis and the effects of climate change on women’s well-being. She has published work on international trade competitiveness and social policy, international migration and technological change and labour demand. She has worked as a consultant for the United Nation in various capacities dealing with women’s issues, Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), more recently on climate change and sustainable development lending her expertise as an employment expert to the SG High-level Panel on Global Sustainability and as a member of the working group on social dimensions of climate change. Prior to her experience at the United Nations, she worked as an economist in Washington DC for the International Centre for Research on Women and for the Economic Policy Institute.
Dr Godwell Nhamo is a Programme Manager for the Exxaro Chair in Business and Climate Change. The Chair is hosted by the Institute for Corporate Citizenship that falls within the College of Economic and Management Sciences (CEMS) at the University of South Africa (Unisa). Dr Nhamo holds a PhD from Rhodes University and did his postdoctoral work with the University of Witwatersrand (both in South Africa). Dr Nhamo has great interests in Low Carbon and Green Economy, Business and Climate Change; Global Change, Climate Policy Negotiation Regimes; as well as General Environmental Management and Policy. Some of Dr Nhamo’s current responsibilities are in teaching, research and training in the impact areas highlighted.
Dr Nhamo has published widely across his areas of research interests. Dr Nhamo’s 2011 work includes a co-authored book entitled “Framework and Tools for Environmental Management in Africa”; an edited book to be launched before COP17 entitled ‘Green Economy and Climate Mitigation: Topics of Relevance to Africa’; another edited book under preparation involving more than 20 authors entitled “Breakthrough: Corporate South Africa in a Low Carbon and Green Economy”; one journal article and four book chapters all of which have addressed various components in the low carbon and green economy. The book ‘Breakthrough’ profiles ‘breakthrough’ low carbon and green economy initiatives from selected companies in South Africa.
The book is due for publication in the second half of 2012. Dr Nhamo has emerged as an international speaker in his impact areas. Currently, Dr Nhamo is supervising five doctoral students working on various topics aligned to the green economy, global change, climate policy, climate change and the environment. His Chair also runs a multi-disciplinary Research Associate Programme that involves mentoring young academics within Unisa that are willing to mainstream green economy and climate change in their teaching and research.
James Wakaba is an engineer by profession with 20 years industry and management experience. He spent 10 years working with organizations such as Unilever and Magadi Soda as an engineering and projects manager years before joining the energy sector ten years ago. He spent the first five of those working in energy efficiency as a consultant doing energy audits, energy policy consultancy, training and project management for a GEF/UNDP funded project at the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM). He helped set up a centre of energy efficiency and conservation at the KAM and develop a curriculum for energy manager training at Masters degree level at the University of Nairobi. He was part of the team that attempted to set up an ESCO in Kenya, which still operates as an energy efficiency consultancy to date.
He then worked as a consultant on renewable energy, energy efficiency and climate change. Before his current posting, James headed a programme to introduce standards for energy efficiency in appliances in Uganda. He is currently working to increase energy access to rural and peri-urban poor in various African countries. James’ areas of interest are energy efficiency, renewable energy, climate change, and project finance. He has worked on energy projects ranging from community biomass substitution, industrial energy efficiency to power generation throughout Africa.
Laure Bitetera Kananura
Laure Bitetera Kananura
Laure Bitetera Kananura is the National Coordinator of the GEF Small Grants Programme at UNDP Rwanda since 2008. The programme supports local communities in their efforts to achieve more sustainable livelihoods and contribute to local and global environmental benefits. She previously worked as a lecturer at the National University of Rwanda where her research interests were related to natural resource management. Laure studied at the University of Burundi where she obtained a Bachelors degree in Biology. She, later on, obtained an MSc in Oceanography from the University of Quebec at Rimouski (Canada). She is an active member of several social organizations in her country, most of them aiming at women empowerment.
Luisa Emilia Reyes Zuniga
Luisa Emilia Reyes Zuniga
Master and Bachelor’s Degree in Studies on International Relations, at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (National Autonomous University of Mexico; UNAM, according to its initials in Spanish). She is also a Bachelor of Arts in Modern English Language and Literature, at the Faculty of Philosophy and Literature (FFyL), UNAM. She has studied in Lacanian Psychoanalysis, which she has practised both in teaching as well as in the clinical field. She has specialized in public policies and development issues, with the use of the tool of gender budgets and the gender mainstreaming strategy, as well as the integral disaster risk management approach.
On two occasions she has been a consultant for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and for a joint program between UNAM-World Bank. Currently she is the Coordinator of the Area of Gender Policies and Budgets in Equidad de Genero: Ciudadanía, Trabajo y Familia A.C. (Gender Equity: Citizenship, Work and Family A.C) a non-governmental organization, to mainstream gender perspective in public policies and budgets in different government levels (state and local), as well as in institutions. She is also the Coordinator of the Gender Budgets Training for the SUMA project in Mexico, a three-year project for the political and economic empowerment of women, sponsored by the Fund for Gender Equality, UN Women.
Neville Gabriel is the founding executive director of the Southern Africa Trust, an independent regional agency that supports deeper and wider policy engagement between governments and non-state actors to overcome poverty in Southern Africa. He is also a trustee of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) based in Johannesburg and the African Forum on Debt and Development (AFRODAD) based in Harare, a member of the board of the Goedgedacht Forum for Social Reflection based in Cape Town, a senior fellow of the Synergos Institute based in New York, a member of the Africa Policy Advisory Board of Bono’s ONE campaign based in London, and a member of the founding steering committee of the African Grantmakers’ Network (AGN).
Before becoming the founding executive director of the Southern Africa Trust, Neville worked at Oxfam as its southern Africa regional media and advocacy coordinator and at the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC), where he was part of the founding team of its Parliamentary Liaison Office in Cape Town, its first secretary for economic justice based in Pretoria, and later coordinator of its Justice and Peace Department also based in Pretoria.
He co-founded the Jubilee 2000 South Africa coalition for debt cancellation as part of the global Jubilee movement and served variously as its national secretary, national executive committee member, and spokesperson.
Neville was born in Durban, South Africa. He matriculated with distinction before completing a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree at the University of Cape Town. After a year’s retreat and community service in an impoverished rural village in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, he returned to study philosophy and religion at both the University of Natal and St Joseph’s Theological Institute concurrently, graduating with Honours in Social Sciences (cum laude) from the University of Natal.
Sascha Gabizon, with an international business masters from ESCP/EAP France, developed the organisation WECF to become the major international network of women and environmental organisations working for sustainable development and poverty reduction, feeding results into EU and United Nations policy processes.
Sascha Gabizon is the Executive Director of WECF Women in Europe for a Common Future, an international network on sustainable development, gender and environment. The WECF network counts 100 women’s and environmental non-governmental organisations based in 40 countries. WECF operates from 3 offices in Germany, France and the Netherlands.
Sascha Gabizon is overall responsible for all WECF sustainable development programmes which reach more than 35.000 local beneficiaries in the area of safe water supply and sanitation, safe renewable energy and chemical safety and advocating for women’s economic and political empowerment.
Sascha Gabizon lived and worked in Spain, Netherlands, France, Germany, and the US and has long-term project experience in Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Hungary, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Poland, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
She has published a large number of studies and articles.
Helmy Abouleish - Graduate of Faculty of Commerce, Major in Business Administration of Cairo University and Marketing Diploma of American University in Cairo - is deeply involved in the development of SEKEM - an initiative started 1977 in the Egyptian desert striving for sustainable development in the fields of economy, culture and social/political life. He is the Managing Director of SEKEM Holding that consists of eight companies (SEKEM for Land Reclamation, Libra, Mizan, Lotus, Atos, Naturetex, Hator, Isis), which cover the fields of biodynamic agriculture cultivation, production of phyto-pharmaceuticals, organic textiles and foodstuff, with a capacity of 2000 people.
Since 2004 Helmy Abouleish is Founder & Chairman of the Egyptian National Competitiveness Council (ENCC) and since 2007 he is Founder & Chairman of Ecotec (Ecological Technologies). From May 2005 until July 2006, he has been appointed as the Executive Director of the Industrial Modernisation Centre (IMC). Furthermore, he was Chairman of the Egyptian Junior Business Association (EJB) from June 2004 to June 2006.
Helmy Abouleish is a member of the Egyptian Delegation to the UNFCCC negotiations on Climate Change of the World Future Council. A renowned leader of sustainable change in the Arab world, he is heading several organizations and is driving manifold initiatives for organic agriculture, corporate sustainability, national and global sustainable development.
Nancy Chege is currently the National Coordinator of the Kenya GEF Small Grants Programme (GEF-SGP) of UNDP; a position she has held since 2006. Prior to joining the team at the GEF SGP, Nancy worked for a range of environmental organizations in the US and in Kenya; these include the Worldwatch Institute - WWI (US), The African Wildlife Foundation (US) the Green Belt Movement - GBM (Kenya) and the National Council of NGOs (Kenya).
While at Worldwatch, Nancy published a few articles which were featured in the various WWI publications, and while at the GBM, she was fortunate to have been mentored by Prof. Wangari Maathai, the Nobel Laureate. Nancy studied at Moravian college in Pennsylvania where she obtained a Bachelors degree in Biology and later obtained a Masters degree in Environmental Management at Duke University in North Carolina.
Richard Lewis is a partner in the London office of the law firm Hogan Lovells and is a member of their corporate finance group. Richard has practised law for almost 20 years and has extensive experience in corporate finance, domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, demergers, joint ventures and general corporate advisory work. He has worked on a very broad range of transactions in a wide variety of jurisdictions, particularly in the financial institutions, life sciences and industrials sectors and clients have included major international banks, insurers, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, automotive and consumer goods manufacturers. Richard also regularly advises on corporate governance issues and often speaks at conferences and seminars on the topic.
Walter R. J. Baets is Director of the Graduate School of Business of the University of Cape Town, and Unesco Chair in Education for Social and Sustainable Entrepreneurship at Euromed Management, Marseille. Before joining Euromed Management, he held academic positions in Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain. He graduated in Econometrics and Operations Research at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) and did postgraduate studies in Business Administration at Warwick Business School (UK). He was awarded a PhD from the University of Warwick in Industrial and Business Studies and a Habilitation of Paul Cezanne University, Aix-Marseille III, France.
He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Aix-Marseille (IAE) and GRASCE (Complexity Research Centre) Aix-en-Provence. He held visiting teaching positions at ESC Rouen, KU Leuven, RU Gent, Moscow, St Petersburg, Tyumen University, Purdue University and Narsee Monjee (Mumbai, India). Most of his professional experience was acquired in the telecommunications and banking sector. He has substantial experience in management development activities in Russia and the Arab world.
His research interests include Innovation and knowledge; Complexity, chaos and change; The impact of (new information) technologies on organisations; Knowledge, learning and artificial intelligence; On-line learning, workplace learning and pedagogical innovation; A quantum interpretation of management.
He is a member of the International Editorial Board of the Journal of Strategic Information Systems, Information & Management, and Systèmes d’Information et Management. He has acted as a reviewer/evaluator and chair for a number of International Conferences (e.g. ECIS an ICIS) and for the EU RACE programme, and was guest editor of a special issue of Accounting, Management and Information Technology on Complexity in Management. He has published in several journals including the Journal of Strategic Information Systems, The European Journal of Operations Research, Knowledge and Process Management, Marketing Intelligence and Planning, The Journal of Systems Management, Information & Management, The Learning Organization and Accounting, Management and Information Technologies. He has organised international conferences in the area of IT and organizational change.
Walter Baets is the author of “Organizational Learning and Knowledge Technologies in a Dynamic Environment” published in 1998 by Kluwer Academic, and of “Complexity, Organisations and Learning: the quantum interpretation of business”, published in 2006 with Routledge. He co-authored with Gert Van der Linden “The Hybrid Business School: Developing knowledge management through management learning”, published by Prentice-Hall in 2000 and “Virtual Corporate Universities”, published 2003 by Kluwer Academic. Along with Bob Galliers he co-edited “Information Technology and Organizational Transformation: Innovation for the 21st Century Organization” also published in 1998 by Wiley. In 1999, he edited “Complexity and Management: A collection of essays”, published by World Scientific Publishing. Recently his latest book was published with Springer (2005): “Knowledge Management and Management Learning: Extending the Horizons of Knowledge-Based Management”. Recently he co-authored with Erna Oldenboom: Rethinking growth: social intrapreneurship for sustainable performance (Palgrave MacMillan, 2009). He is series editor for the Palgrave Macmillan Series on Diversity, Leadership and Responsibility.
Alejandro Litovsky is the Director of the Volans Innovation Lab, at Volans Ventures in London. He works with business, investors, governments and entrepreneurs in developing and scaling solutions to social, environmental and governance challenges. He has led the design and implementation of collaborative innovation projects for over ten years in countries like Tanzania, Ecuador, India, Philippines, Brazil, South Africa, Russia and Indonesia.
He is an advisor to the Tällberg Foundation in Sweden, and from 2004 to 2008 was Senior Advisor to AccountAbility in London, where he helped create the Collaborative Governance program and advised investors such as the World Bank, the Shell Foundation, and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation on collaborative innovation strategies to increase their impact. In 2004 he was awarded the Hobhouse Memorial Prize by the London School of Economics where he obtained an MSc in Political Sociology. During this period he worked with the Shell International Future Scenarios team in London. Prior to 2003, he was an investment manager for the AVINA Foundation in Latin America based out of Buenos Aires. He holds a BA in International Relations from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Argentina, where he was awarded the gold medal in 1999 for his work on the political economy of the collapse of Argentine fisheries in the 1990’s. He has been recently awarded a Fellowship by the Royal Society of the Arts in the United Kingdom for his contribution to the advancement of social innovation.
Elisea Bebet G Gozun
Elisea Bebet G Gozun
Elisea “Bebet” G. Gozun, is the former Secretary (Minister) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in the Philippines. In 2007, she was recognized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as the Champion of the Earth for Asia and the Pacific (together with Al Gore who was named the Champion of the Earth for North America).
An activist who is involved with many environmental NGOs, she has served as a consultant on environmental management and urban development to the World Bank, ADB, USAID, UN Habitat, UNDP and other development partners. She now serves as Consultant for the World Bank Institute’s Carbon Finance Capacity Building for Emerging Megacities in the South, the World Bank’s Credit Rating Project in the Philippines. She is the Project Director of the Cities Alliance-supported City Development Strategy (CDS) project in the Philippines (which guides the 58 cities on their path to sustainable development to reduce poverty and improve the quality of life of all stakeholders). She is also a consultant of the Environmental Governance component of the USAID-supported ECO-Asia project for Asia (which covers 12 countries in Asia).
In the region, she chairs the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities Partnership Council (CAI-Asia); is a Board Member of the Environment and Economics Programme for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA); and, is a member of the Advisory Committee of the ADB and GTZ-assisted City Development Initiatives in Asia (CDIA).
In the Philippines, she chairs the Earth Day Network Philippines, the Earth Council Asia Pacific Philippines and the Philippine Council for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development Inc. (which serves as the secretariat for the ecolabeling program in the country). She also serves as the Vice President of the Solid Waste Management Association of the Philippines (SWAPP) and the Partnership for Clean Air (PCA); Director of the Philippine Business for the Environment (PBE); Board of Trustees of the Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation; and, member of the Advisory Board of the WWF-Philippines. She was also designated as a member of the Advisory Committee to the Supreme Court (SC) to oversee the implementation of the SC decision on the clean up of Manila Bay.
She is the Program Director of the Green Kalinga program of Gawad Kalinga. It aims to bring the poor out of extreme poverty by providing land for the landless, home for the homeless and food on the table while ensuring that their communities live in harmony with nature, consume responsibly and do not degrade the environment.
She is the proud mother of 2 - Karla and Jose Antonio.
Kirsten Spainhower has a Bachelor's of Science in Environmental Studies from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and Masters in Forestry from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She works with the Development Marketplace, a competitive grant program that identifies and funds innovative, early-stage development projects with high potential for development impact and replication. The program is administered by the World Bank Institute and funded by various partners.
She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin where she was posted to an International Institute of Tropical Agriculture station responsible for working with farmers to incorporate trees into their agricultural systems. She has also worked with a number of USAID contractors and completed long-term assignments in Afghanistan and Iraq. Her technical interests include community-based natural resource management, eco-agriculture, agroforestry, communications and monitoring & evaluation. Kirsten enjoys thinking about patterns in nature and studying farming systems from around the world.
Paul Laird joined Earthwatch Institute (Europe) in November 2005 and works with Earthwatch’s corporate partners in the agriculture and forestry sectors, managing programmes with British American Tobacco and Syngenta in particular. As part of Earthwatch’s increasing focus on supporting organisational change in partner companies, these programmes raise awareness of the impacts and dependence of agricultural industries on biodiversity ecosystems and build capacity to address those issues. Previously he worked with Sheffield Wildlife Trust, Living Earth Foundation, SOS Sahel International, the Kenyan Forest Department and the Forestry Commission.
Paul is a forester with an MSc in Environmental Management (London University, Distinction, 1995). He has more than twenty years’ experience of managing forestry, agricultural and rural development projects in Africa, mainly with communities in challenging arid environments. Projects and local organisations that he established in Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya continue to thrive and strengthen local capacity and resilience. The main focus of his career has been on sustainable natural resource management as a key strategy for rural livelihoods.
Brian Milder, Director of Strategy & Innovation at Root Capital, coordinates organizational strategy and develops new markets and financial products for expanding Root Capital’s investment fund for small and growing rural businesses in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Previously, he served as Boston Site Director for Project HEALTH, a national nonprofit organization that connects low-income families to the resources they need to be healthy. He also worked in Chile as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the Nonprofit Enterprise and Self-sustainability Team (NESsT), which operates a venture fund to incubate sustainable social enterprises.
Mr Milder holds a B.A. in social studies magna cum laude from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Recent publications include case studies on food security in Sub-Saharan Africa and horticulture supply chains linking East African producers to European supermarkets for Harvard Business School, an article on value chain finance in the journal Enterprise Development and Microfinance, and a chapter on finance for ecotourism businesses in the Galapagos Islands for the forthcoming book Conservation Capital in the Americas. He is fluent in Spanish and is on the Board of Directors of Patagonia Sur Foundation and the Advisory Board for Rooted Foods.
Leila Akahloun is the Integrator for Africa Programs of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, an international development organization that identifies and invests in social entrepreneurs known as Ashoka Fellows. Her work with Ashoka is at the cutting edge of a dramatic transformation in social development whereby she is helping leading social entrepreneurs who are advancing the fields of health, education, the environment, human rights, women’s empowerment and economic development establish themselves as a powerful force in improving lives on the African continent. She has nearly 10 years experience in high net worth fundraising, program management, as well as design and implementation of organizational strategy.
As Ashoka’s Integrator for Africa Programs, Leila is responsible for the management of Ashoka’s operations in Africa where she oversees a $6 million dollar budget and 4 regional offices in Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa. Leila holds an undergraduate degree in International Politics from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and an MA degree in International Relations from the University of Chicago.
Jennifer Morris has over 15 years experience in international conservation programme development with a specific focus on innovative financing, sustainable economic development and corporate partnerships.
As Executive Vice President, Jennifer Morris is responsible for leading a team of 60 professionals to develop and implement conservation initiatives, which support CI’s mission of sustainable development in 60 countries with over 1600 partner organisations. She leads both the Ecosystem Finance Division and oversees the Center for Environmental Leadership and Business and is a member of CI’s Executive Management Team. Jennifer Morris has lived and worked in Asia, Africa and Latin America and has served on the board or executive committee of several organisations including the Conservation Finance Alliance and the Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade.
Juan Mayr Maldonado
Juan Mayr Maldonado
Juan Mayr has dedicated his life to the environment. Throughout his career, he has pursued a holistic and interdisciplinary vision at different levels of decision-making – local, national, regional and international - for the protection of ecosystems and biodiversity as the mainstay for cultural diversity, sustainable livelihoods and good governance. His capacity to involve all areas of civil society is a particular strength. Mayr’s interest in environmental issues started in 1976, in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta on the Northeastern coast of Colombia. Based on the indigenous perception of human-nature relationships, their cultural ways of adapting to the different ecosystems in the Sierra Nevada and their social and political inter-relations, Mayr promoted the concept of shared bioregional management. His work was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 1993.
Mayr is renowned for his efforts in promoting decentralization and regionalization within the World Conservation Union (IUCN), where he has served as Vice-President and also as Regional Representative for Latin America. In August 1998, Juan Mayr was appointed Minister for the Environment in Colombia. As Minister, he also worked closely with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). In February 2002 he presided over the Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GMEF) in Cartagena, which proposed measures to strengthen UNEP in the light of outcomes from the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD).
Nicole Häusler has several years of experience as Tourism Consultant focusing on Tourism Human Resources Development and Training, Tourism Planning and Marketing, Networking and Association Management but also on Tourism & Poverty Reduction. She lived for six years in Bangkok/Thailand and worked there as a tourism consultant, study tour guide and travel photographer in the region. She has been several times to Vietnam and knows very well its history, culture, environment, current tourism development etc. From 2003-2005 she worked as a Tourism Consultant at the Department of Protected Areas (SERNAP) in La Paz/Bolivia, financed by CIM/GTZ and World Bank. Currently, she is a visiting lecturer in ‘Sustainable Tourism Management’ at the University of Applied Sciences in Eberswalde near Berlin.
Since 2006 she has been Managing Director of ‘mas contour – Tourism Consulting & Regional Planning’. Nicole has worked on the micro and macro level with local communities, the public and private sector, tourism authorities, training centres and local and international NGOs. Being a social anthropologist her special skills are project management, intercultural communication, participatory methodologies, planning and monitoring. Nicole is co-author of the Manual “Tourism as a Field of Activity in German Development Cooperation. A Basic Overview, Priority Areas for Action and Strategic Recommendations” published by GTZ in 2007.
As a President of the Development Alternatives Group, an India-based NGO, Mr Varughese has co-ordinated or actively participated in nearly all the assignments undertaken by the group. He has conceptualised and spearheaded several of the organisation’s major initiatives, including the Community Led Environment Action Network (CLEAN-India), Corporate Environment and Social Responsibility, Development Alternatives Information Network (DAINET), and the Poorest Areas Civil Society (PACS) Programmes. Outside Development Alternatives, he has worked in the construction industry and academia.
George Varughese is a member of several international and national governing bodies, advisory panels and working groups on environment and development issues, including the World Bank Community Development Carbon Fund (CDCF), the Global Water Partnership (GWP), UNEP Global Environment Outlook (GEO), IUCN, the Planning Commission and various ministries of the Government of India. He has spearheaded several NGO initiatives, such as the Credibility Alliance nationally, and the Regional and International Networking Group (RING).
Kofi Nketsia-Tabiri is the Founder and Chief Innovations Officer of Patient Capital Partners Limited, an SME advisory and project development company. Kofi’s primary responsibility is to develop new markets and innovative business models for modern energy fuels and products for underserved communities in Africa. He is also Managing Director of Xpress Gas, a pioneer LPGas marketing and distribution company dedicated to remote communities in Ghana.
Prior to starting Patient Capital Partners and Xpress Gas, Kofi was the Regional Director for E+Co investment operations in Africa where he led the mentoring, hand holding and financing of over 20 start-ups and early-stage modern energy companies(such as WilkinSolar, Zara Solar, Umeme Jua, Solar Energy Uganda, Rex Investments, Toyola Energy, Sodigaz etc) in 8 Africa countries.
Kofi is a member of the inaugural CATTO Fellows of the Aspen Institute, a Cordes Fellow of Opportunity International and a former juror for the Green Challenge. He has a background in Mechanical Engineering from University of Science and Technology (Ghana) and Corporate and International Finance from Durham Business School of the University of Durham (UK).
Dr. Hanumappa Sudarshan
Dr. Hanumappa Sudarshan
A medical doctor by profession, Dr. Sudarshan has focused on public health, social work and tribal rights at an early stage. He founded VGKK and Karuna Trust for the sustainable development of tribal and rural poor through rights-based approaches to health, education, livelihood security and biodiversity conservation. He has worked, amongst others, with the Ramakrishna Mission, State and National Governments.
He is a member of numerous national and international committees, including the Independent Commission on Health in India, the National Commission on Population, the NHRC core Group on Health and the Executive Committee of the governmental Janasamkhya Sthiratha Kosh chaired by the Indian Prime Minister. Dr Sudarshan is an Ashoka Fellow; his engagement in the fields of public health and tribal rights has earned him the Rajyothsava State Award in 1984, the Right Livelihood Award in 1994, the Padmashree Award in 2000 and the Vivekananda Medal in 2004.
Eugenio da Motta Singer
Eugenio da Motta Singer
Dr. Singer has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of environmental management systems, environmental auditing, sustainable development, environmental impact assessment and site investigations. He has lectured in most Brazilian States and works as a consultant to Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL), and IDB. He was a member of the ERM Brazil Board of Directors and SEMCO’s Board of Directors and is the founder of the INSTITUTO PHAROS, an NGO dedicated to promoting sustainability in Brazil’s coastal areas.
Dr Singer currently is a member of the DNA Institute, a think-tank dedicated to discussing major Brazilian issues, and the president of ECOSORB, the first Brazilian emerging and innovative to receive investments from the Stratus Fund, which has BNDES, IDB, PETROS, BASF among its investors.
Jennifer Seif is Executive Director of Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA), a position she has held for nearly seven years. She holds academic qualifications in economics, history, social anthropology and business administration, and is currently completing her PhD at the University of Pretoria. Having worked in academia in South Africa and the USA, she still lectures occasionally on responsible tourism and is the architect of a University of South Africa (UNISA) seminar on sustainable tourism. Prior to joining FTTSA, she was Product Development Manager for the North West Parks & Tourism Board in South Africa.
Ms Seif is member of the board of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa, of the Council of the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa, of the Executive Committee of Backpacking South Africa, of the Steering Committee of The Code International and a founding Trustee of Fairtrade South Africa (FTSA) In 2001 and 2003, Ms Seif was recognized by the Ashoka Citizens Base Initiative, for excellence in non-profit resource mobilization.
Nino Tevzadze is a sociologist and psychologist by training; her work experiences lie in the field of sociology and public environmental education, participatory planning, policy and strategy development, awareness raising activities, training, facilitation and human resource management.
Since 2000 she has been with the Caucasus Environmental NGO Network (CENN), one of the strongest NGOs in the Caucasus region, which engages in multi-stakeholder networking; first as a Country Coordinator, and later a Regional Coordinator on both policy and grassroots levels. From 2005 on, she has been actively involved in the sociological research undertaken by the organization.
Yves Renard has been involved in natural resource management and sustainable development, mainly in the Caribbean region, over the past three decades. Between 1992 and 2001, he served as Executive Director of the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI). Over the past six years, he has worked as a consultant to governments, non-governmental organisations and international bodies, carrying out research projects, policy analyses and formulation, trainings and institutional reviews and facilitating development processes in the fields of poverty and environment, poverty reduction and tourism policy. Mr Renard is part of a team of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) conducting an independent evaluation of a proposal to create a Global Forest Partnership, and currently assists IUCN in the design of a Caribbean Initiative.
Mr Renard has edited books and published a number of guidelines, articles, papers and reports on issues of natural resource management, sustainable development, culture and community development. He serves and has served on the governing bodies of a number of international, national and community-based organisations, inter alia as President of the Caribbean Conservation Association, as Caribbean representative on the Council of IUCN, as President of Panos Caribbean, and as member of the Council of the Québec-based Institut de l’Energie et de l’Environnement de la Francophonie.
Thais Corral is a social innovator and entrepreneur and Director of Adapta Sertao, a SEED Award Winner in 2008. She has been a leader in the global movement for sustainable development for the last 25 years. Co-founder of internationally recognized organizations such as WEDO (Women, Environment and Development Organization) and REDEH. She is also the initiator of social enterprises such as Adapta Sertão, the earlier version of Adapta Sertão, Pintadas Solar, was a SEED Winner in 2008. She is also the founder of SINAL do Vale. She holds a master at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and lives in Brazil.
Sarah Timpson currently serves as Senior Adviser to UNDP on Community-based Initiatives, working with several UNDP programmes which support community action, including the Community Water Initiative and the Equator Initiative, where she chairs the Technical Advisory Committee. Prior to this, managed the UNDP/Global Environment Facility’s Small Grants Programme (SGP). Has also served as a consultant in the evaluation of Conservation International’s Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund (CEPF) and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s Global Conservation Fund (GCF).
In the course of a long career with UNDP, Ms Timpson has been a leader and manager of UNDP efforts to reorient its policies and programmes to focus on people-centred development, environmental sustainability, participation and equity. She has managed UNDP offices in developing countries and served in senior policy-making positions at UNDP headquarters, including as head of the Social Development Division and Deputy Assistant Administrator of the Bureau for Development Policy, and established the NGO Division, spearheading UNDP’s outreach to civil society, as well as the interregional programme for the Promotion of the Role of Women in Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation (PROWWESS). Ms Timpson is a member of the Board of the South North Development Initiative and of the Global Rainwater Harvesting Collective, and has served as Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of RARE Conservation.
Maria Emilia Correa
Kaarin Taipale was on the jury for the first SEED Awards in 2005; celebrating 10 Years of SEED Awards, she joined the SEED International Jury again in 2015. She is a local politician in Helsinki, Finland. In recent years as a freelance columnist, lecturer and urban researcher, she has focused on sustainability and urban development, as well as local and global energy policies. She has discussed the cross-cutting nature of in particular energy, and broader sustainability perspectives in regional and urban policies, as well as metropolitan governance. Her research has analyzed the privatization of the urban public realm, basic services, in particular, urban culture, and the role of financing in sustainable construction.
From 2000 to 2003, she chaired the worldwide association of cities, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability. On behalf of the Ministry of the Environment of Finland, she chaired in 2006 - 2010 the global Marrakech Task Force on Sustainable Buildings and Construction, which focused on energy issues and sustainability policies in the built environment. She has been an expert adviser of the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction. Previously she has worked also as a practising architect, as Editor of the Finnish Architectural Review, and as CEO of the Building Control Department of the City of Helsinki.
Kaarin received her PhD (Urban Studies) in Helsinki, after having studied architecture at the ETH in Zurich and historic preservation at Columbia University in New York. For more, see www.kaarintaipale.net.