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Dada Sargar

Industry

I have CSR and sustainability expertise and experience of 12 plus years in Asia and Africa

Lea Kohlhage

Academia, public administration; own firm (consultancy and training)

Bachelor in Environmental Engineering, Master in Cities and Sustainability; professional mediator and moderator for meaningful, effective, focussed and productive transdisciplinary collaboration; seminar leader for communication and conflict resolution, resilience, wellbeing and team-building. Expert in citizen participation; Practical experience as climate action manager for communities; Network of international sustainability experts.

Elliot Connor

Academia, Industry

Elliot is a skilled communicator, senior management executive and policy strategist with experience across two dozen charitable organizations. His theory of change seeks to develop a model for mass individualism: empowering future leaders to find their potential, connecting the connectors and generating grassroots impact globally. From Quito, Ecuador to Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa to quiet Sydney suburbs Elliot brings his leadership acumen and systems thinking to bear on the most pressing issues of our 21st century. As the founder and CEO of Human Nature Projects, Elliot displays incredible drive and perspicacity in reframing our human relationship with the natural world. This pioneering conservation community incorporates over 1200 volunteers across 102 countries globally, revolutionizing the environmental field through the extent of its semi-decentralized operations. Recognizing the importance of a holistic viewpoint, Elliot also dedicates much time to other worthy causes. He was a 2019 Ambassador to CoalitionWILD and Tunza Eco-Generation, and continues to undertake ambassadorial duties for the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature (Youth Circle), Blue Luxury Investments and Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization. He is the director of Youth for our Planet Asia-Pacific and founding board member of the Global Youth Biodiversity Network Oceania. Initiate of the Jane Goodall Institute Australia’s National Youth Leadership Council, he serves also as Assistant Country Director for Global Peace Chain in Australia. The accumulated experience from such a diverse portfolio of course facilitates Elliot’s advocacy at conferences worldwide. He has voiced his thoughts on stage in South Korea, at the World Biodiversity Forum in Davos, locally at TEDx in Sydney, and with further engagements planned at the World Wilderness Congress and World Conservation Congress in the first half of 2020. Such unparalleled devotion to the cause has earned Elliot recognition as Young Citizen of the Year in the 2020 Australia Day Awards and as winner of Samsung’s 2020 Eco-Hero Award. Elliot is the founder of Sydney Naturalists- the only field naturalists’ group in the Greater Sydney area- and has organized monthly gatherings for this collective over the past 18 months. Last year he coordinated Birdlife Australia’s Birdathon event, part of the national Twitchathon which raised a total of 60K AUD for avian conservation. His work in the digital media space complements this by raising awareness of environmental imperatives, along which vein he is currently negotiating a half a million dollar outsourced management agreement with WildEarth TV for a programme that will see two hundred emerging environmentalists contracted in building a revolutionary on-demand platform for natural history film. Elliot is also a member of IUCN’s Commission on Education & Communication, and a Humanitarian with the Global Goodwill Ambassadors.

Diego Angelino

Academia, Development Cooperation Agencies

During 6 years I was in charge of coordinate a global initiative for sustainability. The initiative was focus on the non-traditional sectors of development cooperation (think tanks, Financial Sector, Private sector). This initiative developed practical instruments, standards, metodologies and innovative learning spaces for sustainable development.

Bob Leonard

Industry, Chief Content Officer at This Spaceship Earth, co-author "Moving to a Finite Earth Economy", board member of Pachamama Alliance PDX and Drawdown presenter

I communicate, educate and gently persuade concerning the societal, political and economic transitions we must go through to get at the route causes of our climate crisis.

Fiona Lord

Government

I led the Global Green Growth Institute's green city development program in Cambodia in 2015-17, and supported the design of the Phnom Penh Sustainable City Development Plan, as well as a National Strategic Plan for Green Secondary Cities. I am currently undertaking a PhD focused on sustainable city development in Southeast Asia. I have worked in public policy and programs on natural resources management and climate change in the Australian Government and in the NSW Government.

Dean Tashobya

Industry

Dean is a Chemist and an Environmental scientist. He has vast experience in life cycle thinking approach applications - Sustainable chemistry, green fiscal reforms, sustainable resource management, circular economy-greening the economy, sustainable consumption and production, and sustainability standards development. He is also a trainer and practitioner of Circular Economy models, LCA, water, carbon, and environmental footprint. Dean is a receiver of Life Cycle Initiative 2017 LCA Awards. He is also an expert and national delegate, contributing to the development of International Standards representing Uganda on ISO/TC 323(Circular Economy), ISO/TC 207/SC 1/WG 7, ISO/TC 207/SC5, ISO/TC 207/SC 5/WG11 & ISO/TC 207/SC 1/WG 8 and a contributing expert to Ecosystem-based Adaptation for food security in Africa Assembly (EBAFOSA) standards. Dean is also a consultant for the Uganda government on sustainable coffee production. Dean is the Uganda Chapter Lead for African Circular Economy Network (ACEN), Membership Executive for Africa for Circular Economy Club (CEC) and one of the Board of Directors at Forum for Sustainability through Life Cycle Innovation(FSLCI).

Elissa Glorie

Industry

My background in marketing and impact strategy for social enterprises has seen me work with many companies and non-profits in sustainable energy, circular food production, economic empowerment and equality. I'm now starting Moja (launching March), an underwear company that turns consumer power into projects that donate underwear, create job opportunities and contribute to hygiene workshops. We do this with a one-for-one model, however the donated pair are ALWAYS made in the local community in which they're donated by people with a distance to the labour market. As a One Young World Ambassador and frequent guest speaker at various events in The Netherlands, I believe I have build a strong expertise in understanding how to approach change and I look forward to furthering that with Impactr.

Marije de Roos

Academia, Industry, Self study

I’m a circular economist and founder who is disrupting the fashion industry through a brand new ecosystem where Aesthetics meet Ethics. I have a broad interest and am currently educating myself in the field of biofabrication

Tais Reznikova

Non profit sector

BIO: Tais Reznikova is a water resources management specialist with an academic background in IWRM, environmental management and policy. She is a specialist at the Water Initiatives Support Programme at the Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC) in Almaty, Kazakhstan and has more than 4 years of experience of the implementation of the water projects in Central Asia in the field of basin management and planning, water diplomacy and ecosystem-based management. She holds a M.Sc. in Environmental Science, Policy and Management from Central European University and Lund University. Her academic interest relates to the engagement of the private sector with sustainable water management and sustainability issues. Tais is currently coordinating the swiss Blue Peace Central Asia – Dialogue Platform project aiming to promote evidence-based dialogue at the political level and to ensure support effective and sustainable transboundary water management in Central Asia.

Joe Mwakiremba

Industry

Clean oceans. We recycle ocean waste into amazing creations. Constantly talking to folks about stopping using plastics, beach cleanups, not buying plastics meant for single use.

Lison Daubigeon

Academia, Industry, non-profit sector

My passion shines when working collaboratively and effectively with partners in the public and private sector to advance human rights and sustainable practices on a global scale. My expertise within NGO events and causes sets me apart. I have over four years of experience in managing an array of local and international projects, events and grant programs, including project feasibility/outcome analysis, partnership development, and community engagement within the NGO sector. I promote social inclusion in everything I do. I have a deep understanding of disability rights and how universal design can improve the lives of everyone, not just people with disabilities. I hold a Master of Science in Global Development from the University of Copenhagen, which has equipped me with the theoretical and hands-on knowledge of applying an interdisciplinary lens to solve global sustainability issues. Most recently, I worked with the Danish Institute for Human Rights within the Business and Human Rights department where I co-authored a publication of an analysis on the development process, content, and implementation of current National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights adopted between 2013-2018.

Dragana Vukasinovic

Academia, Industry, Entrepreneurship

I have 20 years of education and research experience within crop/food production, food safety and food security (see my LinkedIn for more info, below). I was always working to bridge the gap between fundamental and applied agricultural sciences to optimize Primary Food Production – which is how we feed the planet. I self-financed my 1st PhD research where I developed a molecular method for precise, fast and affordable way to identify insect-pests and tailor crop protection strategies by introducing biological control measures. In this way, with early warning diagnostics (proactive) it possible to exclude chemical pesticides in 100%. Furthermore, by introducing biological control strategies - we are growing food and we re-build biodiversity at the same time. This is exactly how the future farming should look like – farming should give and not take. Today, AgroDNA as a service, is part of my startup Fauna Smart Technologies (FST) (www.faunasmarttechnologies). My PhD research at the University of Copenhagen was on climate change effects on insect population dynamics and behavior in crops. I took innovative approach to this as well by introducing new links between sciences and technology thus creating applied agro-eco-physiology – to predict pest attacks already during winter! By improving predictions we make farm management easier, by saving time, money and creating conditions for introducing more biological control strategies (green solutions). With a huuge desire that all that beautiful science steps out into the real world and saves it from itself – I founded Fauna. I believe that the makers of the brave new world are Entrepreneurial Scientists. It is the capacity of a research mindset to Solve Complex Problems and the world needs this more than ever, NOW. At Fauna Smart Technologies we pose the crucial question: HOW do we want to evolve as a species? Healthy and Infinitely Sustainable? How to do it? At FST we provide science based pathway for creating not only livable, but a thriving Planet. We start with agro-ecosystems (human managed systems) and then continue with natural ecosystems. We have been selected for the SDG tech award (2020, DK) for the Infinite Sustainability science and tech system approach for Ecosystem Restoration. This is a result of many years of education and research converged into a beautiful science based pathway to restore the health of our Planet. The system provides the biggest total impact: with depth and scale - starting from the Biosphere and covering all 17 SDGs.

Virginie Coulloudon

Academia, Global NGOs

I founded in 2018 and still lead an NGO that focuses on sustainability and public value. Relying on a multi-stakeholder and inter-generational approach, we co-create public value principles to shape a narrative on sustainability, well-being or public value that all (investors, corporates, civil society experts, and the public) will understand and embrace.

Tove Holm

Academia, Industry

My core expertise areas are change management, adult education for sustainable development, networking and transdisciplinary and applied research. I am interested in applied transdisciplinary projects, which enhances education for sustainable development, sustainable development, corporate social responsibility, Baltic Sea protection and Agenda 2030. I love organizing and facilitating workshops, preferably cross-disciplinary and presenting my work. I finished my PhD in 2014 on enabling change in universities: enhancing education for sustainable development with tools for quality assurance, an action research, based on change management; which nine higher education institutions from Denmark, Finland and Sweden participated in. I have worked with these topics my entire working career, over 20 years.

Gitte Olskær

Academia, Industry, Volunteer work, private relations and field studies

My work is all about cultural understanding and diversity competence. How we as people can gain the best out of our relations. In this field of diversity it's my opinion, that we as human beings will be much more sustainable if we learn how to interact with each other in the best possible way. E.g. to make great solutions through innovation.

Nassera Ahmed

Academia, Industry, Consultancy

I work as a Sustainability Manager at Chr. Hansen A/S. Chr. Hansen has been among the world leading companies on sustainability. I was able to map all of Chr. Hansen's products to the UN Global Goals and link them to their revenue. I am passionate about sustainable development, having realized there is no other way for growth. I also understand the important of making sure that the core businesses have to lead the way towards sustainable development which will influence policy development in the right way. I have been working with the life cycle assessment tool (LCA) for over 10 years and have a background in waste management technologies. I believe the knowledge of LCA and a corporate background, gives me the right overview to look at an issue from all possible scenarios and workout a solution that satisfies all stakeholders without compromising on sustainability. Infact my dream is that the new business model is nothing but sustainability driven business. Recently, I have also been involved in partnerships building and public affairs to influence the right policy decisions. Apart from all of this, I have used my presentation skills to spread the message on sustainability with various stakeholders like investors, policy makers, thinktanks, NGOs, customers and consumers etc. In the last 3 years, Chr. Hansen has been ranked the most sustainable company by Corporate Knights among their Global 100 list (no1 in 2019 and no.2 in 2020). Personally I was among the SDG pioneer nominees for Denmark by the UN Global Compact. I also realize there is a long way to go and I have a lot of work to do. But I am hopeful that with the right group of people and minds, we can achieve a lot!

Aaron Magenheim

Industry, agriculture & technology, ag-food supply chains

Aaron is an entrepreneur working globally across the Agriculture and technology nexis specializing in the development and implementation of innovation and growth strategies advising corporates, governments, NGO's, investors, and farmers through successful AgTech integration and best practices across the supply chain.

Immersed in the family agricultural irrigation company in California since childhood, Aaron pioneered one of the first stand-alone AgTechnology integration companies in 2011, Signature AgTech, bringing new solutions to farmers, with unprecedented support.

Following his vision and global economies, in 2014 he founded AgTech Insight as a full service consulting and advisory firm offering expertise to ensure success and projection in today’s global economy. Their team of subject matter experts consists of experienced, top-level agriculture and technology professionals from around the world. Today, Aaron travels often working globally with clients concentrating on the US, Latin America and Asia markets. He works with public and private sector leaders building and implementing innovative strategies across the Ag & food supply chain and Go to Market process speeding up adoption rates.

Aaron has been a co-founder of AgTech startups in both hardware and software development with global operation as well as has become a leader in the AgTech movement and speaks to groups around the world.

Peter Paul van Voorst tot Voorst

Academia, Industry

Peter Paul van Voorst, founder of Skoon Energy, is active in the world of batteries. Motivated to contribute to the energy transition, Peter Paul started the company with the goal to offer an innovative service enabling a wide range of users to transition to the use of sustainable energy sources. As a young entrepeneur, he is looking to collaborate with many different partners, meaning intellectual property is shared more it is being protected.

Samantha Jewel

Industry, Personal research global travel and multiple conference attendance

I’m 20+ yrs advocating soil health as a solution to all things human ...