ENB / IISD Reporting Services Team

The IISD Reporting Services team is a group of professionals that are either Ph.D. candidates, lawyers or Ph.Ds with experience in international environment and sustainable development negotiations. Although we maintain residences throughout the world, we stay in contact using some of the most up-to-date technologies. We invite you to find out a little more about us and to get in touch.

Soledad Aguilar
Soledad Aguilar, LL.M.
Argentina
Soledad Aguilar, LL.M. (London School of Economics, ’98), directs a Postgraduate programe in Climate Change Law and Economics at FLACSO University in Buenos Aires and works as a consultant and researcher on trade and environment issues related to multilateral environmental agreements and climate change for international organizations including the FAO, IUCN, the World Bank and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). She has participated in more than fifty multilateral environmental negotiations, within the climate change, biodiversity and chemicals conventions, working for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin as writer and team leader, and previously as a negotiator and diplomat for the Argentine Government. She is also a regular contributor to the Yearbook of International Environmental Law (Oxford University Press).
Tomi
Tomilola Akanle Eni-ibukun, Ph.D.
Nigeria
Tomi is a lawyer with a Ph.D. in law from the University of Dundee. She got her LL.B. from the University of Lagos in Nigeria and an LL.M. in international law from University College London. She currently works as a legal consultant and also teaches foundation courses in law at the University of St Andrews. Her expertise is in the areas of climate change law, including the clean development mechanism and low-carbon development, as well as sustainable development law. She enjoys baking, singing, reading, swimming, travelling and photography.
Stephanie Aktipis
Jennifer Allan
Canada
Jennifer is pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia and enjoying the outdoor adventures of Vancouver, Canada. Her focus is the political economy of forest carbon – how and why various states, NGOs and corporations attract and invest in projects and the implications for local communities. She holds an MA in international development where her research explored gender and community livelihood strategies in national parks. Between her MA and Ph.D., Jennifer facilitated consensus decision-making among government, NGO and industry representatives on air quality issues.
Beate Antonich
Beate Antonich
Germany
Beate is a writer and editor for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin, experienced in both multilateral trade as well as environmental negotiations. Her expertise lies in climate change and sustainable development as well as in international trade and investment law. Next to being a joyful mother of a teenage boy and a toddler girl, she is a Ph.D. candidate in international political economy and development at the University of Pittsburgh, where she also studied at the law school's center for international legal education. Her research investigates institutional factors that matter for environmental policy permissible outcomes in international trade and investment disputes. Living in San Francisco, Beate is most happy being with her family and out in nature.
Asheline Appleton
Asheline Appleton, LL.M.
Kenya
Asheline holds an LL.M. degree from University College London and a law degree from the University of Nairobi. She has specialized in international environmental law, particularly biodiversity and climate change. Asheline worked as a State Counsel for the Attorney-General in the department of treaties and agreements, Kenya, as well as in private practice. She now consults for a number of international organizations and UN agencies on environmental issues. When not working, Asheline tries to find time to relax in the sun, or perversely on the dance floor. She also enjoys designing interiors, safaris, a good laugh and big city life.
Melanie Ashton
Melanie Ashton
Australia
Melanie holds an MSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics. Her dissertation analyzed the relationship between International Financial Institutions and developing country Governments in a Principal-Agent framework. Originally from Melbourne, she also holds a Bachelor of Science in Earth Sciences from the University of Melbourne. Melanie first attended international environmental negotiations as a member of the WSSD Youth Caucus and later as a consultant in the area of Persistent Organic Pollutants. Her work focuses on implementing the Stockholm, Basel and Rotterdam Conventions, as well as the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management. She has worked extensively on chemical management and environmental issues in the field, throughout the South Pacific and Africa. In her spare time, you may find Melanie foraging in the woodlands of southwest France, cooking up a storm and messing up the kitchen, or updating her cooking blog www.segur-le-chateau.blogspot.com.
Paula Barrios
Paula Barrios, Ph.D.
Colombia
Paula holds a Ph.D. in international environmental law and a master’s degree in international law from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Her doctoral dissertation conducted an in-depth analysis of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions and the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), focusing on how liberal economic ideas have shaped the framing of and responses to the chemicals issue in these global agreements. She currently leads the environmental program at the Shareholder Association for Research and Education, a Canadian non-profit dedicated to promoting environmentally and socially responsible investment. She has also worked as an attorney at law in the private sector, as a legal adviser for the International Affairs Office of Colombia’s Ministry of Environment, and as a freelance report writer for the United Nations Office at Nairobi. She is fluent in English and French.
Nienke Beintema
Nienke Beintema
Netherlands
Nienke holds an MSc in Biology (Ecology) from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. She also obtained a certificate in Environmental Education from the University of Minnesota, US. Nienke is enjoying a bohemian life in a small green village near the Dutch coast, combining freelance science writing and consultancies for a variety of organizations. These include UNEP-AEWA, the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research and the Dutch national newspaper NRC. She has a passion for nature and outdoor adventures. In her spare time she used to work as a whalewatching guide in Arctic Norway, but is now very happy teaching her kids how to paddle and climb trees.
Virginia Benninghoff
Virginia Benninghoff
United States of America
Virginia is currently working toward her M.A. in International Relations and Economics, concentrating in Energy, Resources, and the Environment, at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington DC. She spent her first year of graduate school in Bologna, Italy, followed by a summer internship with IISD’s Global Subsidies Initiative in Geneva, Switzerland. Before attending SAIS, Virginia worked in public diplomacy as a contractor with STG, Inc at the U.S. Department of State. She has also been a Campus Organizer for the non-profit California Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG) in Los Angeles. Posted at the University of Southern California, she trained CALPIRG students to organize social and environmental campaigns. Virginia graduated with a Bachelor's in International Studies from Middlebury College in 2008.
Rishikesh Ram Bhandary
Rishikesh Ram Bhandary
Nepal
Rishi , born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal, is currently a doctoral student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy where he is specializing in climate change policy and negotiations. He entered the world of climate negotiations as a youth delegate in Bali and has never left. He has worked on forest carbon issues for the Nepali Ministry of Forests and the World Bank. He is training for the Boston Marathon 2013!
Dan Birchall
Dan Birchall
United States of America
Dan serves as a digital editor, writer or editor for teams on oceans, forests, wetlands and other topics. A graduate of Swinburne University in Australia, he has been published as a writer and photographer. His hobbies include cycling, hiking, skindiving, and travel.
Alice Bisiaux
Alice Bisiaux
France
Alice has a French and Anglo-American law degree from Nanterre University in Paris with a specialization in international law. She also holds a Masters in International Legal Studies from the New York University. Being a qualified lawyer in New York, England and Wales, Alice has worked in the Public International and Environmental law groups as an associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London. She is the content editor of IISD RS’ Climate Change Policy & Practice Project and the Water Policy & Practice Project. She currently lives in Barcelona, Spain, where she teaches at ESADE University. She is also an associate for Natural Justice: Lawyers for Communities and the Environment, advising on the development of Natural Justice’s activities in Francophone Africa, particularly on REDD issues.
Pamela Chasek
Pamela Chasek, Ph.D.
United States of America
Pam is trying to juggle motherhood, the Bulletin and an academic career. In addition to serving as co-founder and executive editor of the Bulletin, Pam has published articles on developing country capacity building for environmental negotiations, scientific uncertainty in negotiations, professional cultures in negotiations, desertification and the UNCCD, and various environmental treaties and negotiating processes. Her most recent books are: Global Environmental Politics, 6th edition (Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 2013) and The Roads from Rio: Lessons Learned from Twenty Years of Multilateral Environmental Negotiations (co-edited with Lynn Wagner). New York: Resources for the Future Press/Routledge, 2012. She was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Wellington, New Zealand in 2007 and the results of her research have been published by the East-West Center: “Confronting Environmental Treaty Implementation Challenges in the Pacific Islands” Pam is also Director of International Studies and a Professor of Government at Manhattan College in New York. Whatever other “spare” time exists is spent with her husband, Kimo, and two sons, Samuel and Kai.
Qian Cheng
Qian Cheng
China
Qian has worked as Policy Advisor on climate change and China at Germanwatch based in Bonn and Beijing, initially as a German Chancellor Fellow with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She also worked as Co-Chair of the Finance Working Group of the Climate Action Network at various UN climate change negotiations. Prior to her careers in Europe, she worked as Campaigner at Greenpeace in China and South-East Asia. She holds a B.A. in law from Capital University of Economics and Business in Beijing, and an MPhil in Environment Policy from the University of Cambridge. She is a native Chinese Mandarin speaker fluent in English and working to improve her German. Her current interests are in the post-2012 climate architecture, and the development of social entrepreneurship in China. She enjoys inviting friends to her Chinese cooking, and she is keen to practice more on her Nikon.
Claudio Chiarolla
Claudio Chiarolla, Ph.D.
Italy
Since October 2007, Claudio has worked for IISD as a writer and editor of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin. Claudio is currently Research Fellow on International Governance of Biodiversity at the Institut du Développement Durable et des Relations Internationales (IDDRI), an independent, not-for profit think-tank based at Sciences Po in Paris. His research interests include: international environmental law, comparative law, international regulation of biotechnology, intellectual property law, open source systems of technology development and transfer, humanitarian licensing and genetic resources policy issues.
Jennifer Covert
Jennifer Covert
United States of America
While working towards her recently received master’s degree in International Environmental Policy Jennifer also acted as a voice for the endangered southern sea otters as Senior Program Manager for Friends of the Sea Otter in Monterey, California. She has since moved to New York City, where she worked for the Zeitz Foundation, developing a community participatory oriented agroforestry manual and assisting the communications advisor. She also volunteered for Panthera, a wild cat conservation organization, feeding her insurmountable adoration towards felines. When Jennifer is not working or volunteering, she’s most likely out in fancy shoes dancing tango.
Deborah Davenport
Deborah Davenport, Ph.D.
United States of America
Debbie holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Emory University in Atlanta and is the author of Global Environmental Negotiations and US Interests (2006, Palgrave Macmillan) as well as numerous articles and chapters in the area of international environmental politics. After directing environmental work at the Carter Presidential Center in Atlanta in the mid-1990s, Debbie taught International Relations full time for a number of years then left academia for the private sector. Having recently completed a two-year stint as Visiting Senior Research Associate at the Oxford University Centre for the Environment she now spends half her time teaching at Georgia State University and half on commissioned research. She has covered numerous meetings and processes for IISD Reporting Services since 1996, including the completion of the Kyoto Protocol.
Francis Dejon
Francis Dejon
Canada
Francis Dejon is one of the ENB team’s Digital Editor. Taking cool pictures all over the world while working on our web site. Francis also has his own company on the Internet which he intends to develop into an internet powerhouse someday. His 18 hours a day of hard work at meetings justifies his 4 hours of “loud” sleep.
Daniela Diz
Daniela Diz, Ph.D.
Brazil
Daniela holds a Master of Marine Management degree from Dalhousie University in Canada and a Law degree from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. She did her Ph.D. on the Law of the Sea at the University of Edinburgh in the UK, focusing on the implementation of the ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management in marine areas beyond national jurisdiction. She loves yoga, meditation, hiking, cycling, sea kayaking and watching movies.
Peter Doran
Peter Doran, Ph.D.
Ireland
Peter is a lecturer in sustainable development, environment and planning at the School of Law at Queens University in Belfast Committee. He now lives and works in Belfast, retreating to his native Donegal in the North West at every opportunity where he maintains a cottage in Quigleys Point. His research interests include consumerism, advertising, political culture and sustainable consumption. He has served on the Executives of the Green Party in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. He is married to Stephanie and has a son, Oisín.
Peter Doran
Joanna Dafoe
Canada
Joanna received her BA in Peace and Conflict studies and Environmental Policy from the University of Toronto, where she focused her research on the role of non-state actors in the UNFCCC process. She has contributed her research on civil society influence to the Yale/UNITAR conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy and was a member of the Canadian Government Delegation to the 16th and 17th United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development as an NGO delegate. Joanna was the 2011 Pimlott Lecturer at the University of Toronto and continues to showcase creative perspectives on climate policy through her correspondence on CIUT 89.5 The Green Majority. Joanna is pleased to be joining the ENB reporting and IISD Knowledge Management Projects team.
Ángeles Estrada
Ángeles Estrada
Argentina
Ángeles became one of our Digital Editors at the end of 2006. She is Argentinian, but as a daughter of a diplomat was born in Austria and spent her childhood in Brazil, Argentina, Chile and China. She has a degree in Industrial Design from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she also teaches Design. Her work focuses on ecodesign, and her studio ‘MinimahUella’ designs products that minimize environmental impact by analyzing their life-cycle and using recycled materials. She loves reading the newspaper on Sunday mornings with her husband and her little dog Neron.
Socorro Estrada
Socorro Estrada
Argentina
Socorro is our Spanish translator since October 2002. Socorro is doing her masters degree in Journalism at the University of San Andrés, which is also sponsored by the School of Journalism of the University of Columbia. Apart from that, she also works as a freelance journalist for different business magazines and for Clarín, an important Argentinean newspaper. Socorro has two sons, Mateo (4) and Manuel (3). In her spare time, she likes to travel and take pictures.
Richard de Ferranti
Richard de Ferranti
Australia
For the last two years Richard is has been working on international carbon market issues with Australia’s Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, focusing particularly on emissions trading developments in the Asia-Pacific region and Kyoto markets. He previously worked for several years on Australia’s renewable energy policy and legislation after working on climate change science communication at the International Polar Foundation and with ENB.
Bo-Alex Fredvik
Bo-Alex Fredvik
Brazil/Canada
After studying biology and economics at McGill (Canada) and Uppsala University (Sweden), Bo has worked on forest and climate policy at IUCN, UNEP, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canadian International Development Agency as well as at the Forest Services of Canada and of France. Bo has also been a political advisor in the Canadian Parliament and a federal auditor on conservation and water policy. Fluent in Swedish, Portuguese, Spanish, French and English, Bo is a thematic expert on forest, climate and renewables. Based in Seattle where he aspires to coach water-polo with orcas, Bo is recovering from French bureaucracy after leading REDD+ cooperation in the Guianas and Brazil.
Claudia Friedrich
Claudia Friedrich
Germany
Claudia has a B.A. degree in intercultural studies which she achieved in Florence, Italy. Speaking fluent German, English, Italian, French, Spanish, and Portuguese, she has been working as a translator and in various other roles at numerous international events and conferences. As she loves travelling and meeting different cultures, she has joined the ENB Team as a Logistics Coordinator, based in Bonn, Germany. With her passion for sports and photography, she likes to spend lots of time outside at the fresh air.
Mongi Gadhoum
Mongi Gadhoum
Tunisia
Mongi, our French language translator, lives in Tunis, although he can  sometimes be found in Paris, where his daughters work..
Sandra Gagnon
Sandra Gagnon
Canada
Sandra is completing her Ph.D. at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland on environmental governance and conservation policies, with a focus on the participation of local communities in natural resources governance. She has worked on global conservation policy at IUCN and on the social impacts of environmental conventions and conservation policies (her Master thesis addressed CITES relation to sustainable development and livelihoods). She also has experience of biological control of cultural and forest pests (she holds a Master of biology/entomology on that issue), organic agriculture development and evaluation. Native from Québec, she’s currently living in North Argentina, where she enjoys running and trekking along impressive Andean landscape and mountain forest.
Eréndira García
Eréndira García
Mexico
Eréndira got a degree on Biology in Mexico and an MSc on Marine and Fisheries Science in Scotland. Former Head of the Department of Wildlife International Agreements in the Mexican Environment Ministry, she moved in 2007 to Madrid and works now as freelance consultant. With a lifetime interest on marine stuff, she has recently written the book “Sharks: conservation, fishing and international trade".
Tasha Goldberg
Tasha Goldberg
United States of America
Tasha lives in Hawaii where her passion for indigenous culture and the relationship between people and plants is a thriving reality. She founded Sustainable Solutions in 2004 with the goal of implementing strategic sustainability programs globally and maintaining an active voice in the ongoing planetary dialogue of sustainable development. Her efforts focus on empowering indigenous communities, adding value throughout supply chains, cultivating carbon awareness, and fostering the sustainable use of natural resources. Since receiving her degree in Ethnobotany, and working on her Certificate to become a GHG Accountant from the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute, Tasha has collaborated with businesses, governmental agencies, elders, scientists, and artists to bring these varied populations to action. She works with a colorful range of clients such as the World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF), the International Trade Center (ITC, a joint agency of United Nations and World Trade Organization), Estee Lauder, Aveda, Neill Corporation, ArXotica and others. Tasha is also the author of a number of publications on the topics of ethnobotany and sustainability, and recently presented her research at the Global Conference on Global Warming in Istanbul. She helped write the curriculum for the University of Alaska’s first Ethnobotany certificate program.
Vicky Goodall
Victoria Mark
Canada
Vicky is the Project Accountant for IISD RS. She holds a Diploma in Business Administration from Red River College and plans on pursuing her CGA designation. Victoria has worked in the Accounting field for 11 years and prior to that worked in the banking industry for another 5 years. Victoria is currently studying French alongside her husband Sean Mark.
Leonie Gordon
Leonie Gordon
United Kingdom
Leonie Gordon is Senior Manager for Conference Reporting, IISD’s Reporting Services division. On joining IISD in 2005, Leonie participated as one of IISD RS’ writer/team leaders, focusing on biodiversity issues, in particular CITES and CMS. In 2009, she took on managing IISD RS’ for hire conference reporting services and, in 2012, moved to her current role managing Conference Reporting as a whole. Prior to joining IISD, Leonie initially qualified as a Solicitor in England and worked as a media lawyer in London and Brussels. Pursuing her passion for wildlife conservation she undertook voluntary work on a chimpanzee sanctuary in Kenya in the late 1990s alongside starting her own documentary film company with a focus on environmental and development issues. She undertook a Masters in Anthropology of International Development at the University of Sussex in 2004 and has on-going doctoral research in Anthropology, focusing on organisational development of UN-GRASP – a public private partnership focused on great ape conservation..
Kimo
Langston James “Kimo” Goree VI
United States of America
Kimo is the Vice-President of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), United Nations Liaison, Director of IISD Reporting Services and a founder of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB). He is responsible for the fundraising and overall coordination of the ENB, Linkages Update, the Linkages website, moderator of the IISD “L” lists (including CLIMATE-L) and all of IISD knowledge management products. Kimo was born in Hawaii and raised in Berkeley, California. From 1971 through 1988 he was an actor in films, television and radio (SAG/AFTRA), a stand-up comedian and professional clown while accumulating university degrees. In 1988 he moved to Brazil to work for UNDP in Brasília and later as the Director of IPHAE, an applied research institute in Porto Velho, Rondonia. He has lived in mid-town Manhattan since 1994 with Pamela Chasek and their two sons, Sam and Kai. Kimo is a former marathon runner (2:48) and now rides a Pinarello Dogma 60.1 road bike about 300 km a week in the rural areas of the Upper Hudson River Valley, north of Manhattan. When not on his bicycle, he can be found in his lounge-chair computer with multiple monitors and a fast internet connection. His personal website is http://www.kimogoree.com.
María Gutiérrez
María Gutiérrez, Ph.D.
Mexico
María got her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the City University of New York with a dissertation on the creation of a market for sinks under the Kyoto Protocol. She has taught Human Ecology and Cultural Anthropology and often works with the UNFCCC secretariat on matters related to adaptation to climate change. She likes long walks, is a student of kyudo (Japanese archery), and has a strange fascination for all things LULUCF and for annotated agendas.
Reem Hajjar
Reem Hajjar, Ph.D.
Lebanon/Canada
Reem’s research and teaching interests focus on community-based forest management as a tool for poverty alleviation and the promotion of sustainable landscapes in developing countries. In her work as a Banting Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the University of British Columbia and the Rights and Resources Initiative in Washington, DC, she is currently looking at the role of secondary-level institutions in promoting small-scale and community forestry in Ghana and Mexico. Reem has a Ph.D. in Forestry (UBC), an MA in Conservation Biology (Columbia), and a BSc in Biology (McGill), and has been covering forestry and biodiversity meetings for IISD since 2005. Besides trekking through tropical jungles, she enjoys cooking, swimming in oceans, and navigating through metropolises.
Kate Harris
Kate Harris
Canada
Kate is a scientist by training, a writer by compulsion, and a wilderness pilgrim by passion. She hails from rural Ontario but these days mostly calls a tent "home." She has a B.Sc. in biology from UNC-Chapel Hill, an M.Sc. in geology from MIT, and an M.Phil. in the history of science from Oxford, where she wrote her thesis on the relationship between transboundary protected areas (TBPAs) and conflict resolution. More details here: http://www.kateharris.ca/
Camellia Ibrahim
Camellia Ibrahim
Kenya/United States of America/Canada
Camellia holds a Masters in geography from McGill University where her research explored the political ecology of changing land-use and forest-cover in rural Costa Rica. She has worked for the Organization of American States and for the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, where she was involved in the Secretariat’s capacity development activities in support of National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans. Born and raised in Kenya to Egyptian and US parents, she currently resides in Canada where she works as a freelance consultant in addition to working seasonally for Parks Canada. In her free time, you can find her behind a camera, hiking, kayaking, or backcountry skiing.
Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson
Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson
Samoa
Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson is an environmental journalist and communications consultant from Samoa. She is currently the Editor of Environment Weekly, and a consultant for the United Nations Development Programme for Samoa, Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau. As a journalist she has worked for the Wall Street Journal, Al Jazeera, Agence French Press and other international and regional publications. She studied climate change journalism and communicating the science at the University of Oxford, where her thesis 'Staying Afloat in Paradise' on climate change coverage in the Pacific was published by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ). Lagipoiva has won numerous awards for her writings on developmental and environmental issues. She currently lives in the village of Vaoala, on the island of Upolu in Samoa where she likes to jump off waterfalls and explore undiscovered caves.
Harry Jonas, LL.M.
Harry Jonas, LL.M.
United Kingdom
Harry is a lawyer specializing in the environment and human rights. He works for Natural Justice, a young South African NGO that promotes the full implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Stefan Jungcurt
Stefan Jungcurt, Ph.D.
Germany
Stefan has worked for IISD as project officer on the negotiations on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD) and as associate working in the areas of sustainable agriculture, genetic resources for food and agriculture, and linkages between international regulation on biodiversity conservation and other issue areas such as trade and climate change. He completed his Ph.D. on institutional interplay in global environmental governance at Humboldt University, Berlin in 2007. Originally from Germany, Stefan is currently based in Gatineau, Québec, where he spends his free time exploring the great Canadian outdoors.
Johannes Gnann
Johannes Gnann
Germany
Johannes is currently working on his Ph.D. at the University of Tübingen, investigating how the Convention on Biological Diversity has shaped bargaining dynamics in the negotiations of the Nagoya Protocol. Acquiring degrees in Germany, Ireland and Spain, his studies focussed on global environmental governance under the Rio Conventions. He has worked as a writer/editor for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin since 2009. Following a landmark victory of the Green Party in 2011, Johannes supported the ecological transformation of his highly industrialised native region as an employee in the State Parliament of Baden-Württemberg.
Hal Kane
Hal Kane
United States of America
Hal has consulted and written for dozens of sustainable development NGOs and foundations, beginning a long time ago by publishing an 80-page summary of the Brundtland Report. He co-launched the annual Vital Signs book (W.W. Norton & Co.) at the Worldwatch Institute, and has published a handful of other books and many articles about sustainable development, hunger, refugee issues, and environmental economics, and spoken often on the radio, TV, and at universities and conferences around the world. He loves hiking in the hills around San Francisco, where he lives.
Resson Kantai
Resson Kantai
Kenya
Resson is a Kenyan with a Master’s Degree in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management at Oxford University where she focused on community conservation, human wildlife conflict and mobilizing for sustainable change. She also holds an undergraduate (honours) degree from the University of Nairobi. She works for Save the Elephants as the Projects Officer overseeing programmes in Samburu. She is also their liaison person for the Kenya Elephant Forum which also feeds into CITES and biodiversity meetings with ENB. When she is not immersed in work related challenges, she enjoys driving in the bush, writing and spending time with friends.
Tallash Kantai
Tallash Kantai
Kenya/Uganda
Tallash holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. She studied International Relations and minored in Environmental Studies at undergraduate level at the United States International University. She has worked as a communications officer for the UN Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia, allowing her the privilege of interacting with key stakeholders in the management of REDD in that country. Her interests include REDD+, chemicals management, biodiversity and renewable energy. Her other interests include promoting civic engagement, taking photos, and campaigning for women’s rights. Tallash also enjoys planning events, picnicking, dancing, singing wildly, and hiking.
Pia M. Kohler
Pia M. Kohler, Ph.D.
Switzerland
Pia has been writing for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin since 2002. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Environmental Policy at Williams College in Western Massachusetts, having previously taught at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Her research interests include the incorporation of science advice in multilateral environmental agreements and global chemicals governance. She holds a PhD in International Environmental Policy from MIT, a Masters in environmental sciences from Yale's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a B.Sc. in Geography and Environmental Science from McGill University.
Elena Kosolapova
Elena Kosolapova, Ph.D.
Russia/Netherlands
Raised by a Russian mother and Dutch step-father, Elena grew up in an international multilingual environment. She has lived in Moscow, Washington, Ulan Bator and Amsterdam, and is currently based on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Elena holds a Master’s degree in linguistics, an LL.M. in international law from Utrecht University, and a Ph.D. in law from the University of Amsterdam. Elena wrote her doctoral dissertation on interstate liability for climate change-related damage, which has been published in the series “Humanity, Earth and Law in the Third Millennium” (Eleven International Publishing, 2013). Elena’s area of expertise is public international law, including international environmental law, climate law, and the law of state responsibility. Elena enjoys fishing, horse-riding, a good game of squash and, most of all, lazing on the couch with her husband Chris and their two felines Cumin and Pomodoro.
Pui
Khemaros “Pui” Kuhasantisuk
Thailand
Pui was born and raised in Bangkok. She received a bachelor degree in education in 1986 and taught outside of Bangkok for 7 years. After returning to Bangkok, she worked as a cashier at the Landmark Hotel for a year, received a tourist guide certificate in 1990 and worked as an English language tourist guide for several years. Her previous job was an executive secretary for the managing director of ChevronTexaco in Thailand in 2000. She has since been traveling and freelancing as a Thai-English instructor and interpreter. She enjoys traveling, learning, and speaking many languages. In addition to Thai, she speaks English and some German and Chinese. She is currently studying horoscope and Feng Shui (the Chinese balance energy).
Kati Kulovesi
Kati Kulovesi, Ph.D.
Finland
Kati specializes in climate, environmental, energy and WTO law, with a Ph.D. and LL.M. degrees from the LSE. She teaches international and EU climate law and policy, and supervises Ph.D. students as Adjunct Professor (Docent) in climate law at the University of Eastern Finland Law School. She joined the ENB team in 2004 with a passion for climate negotiations. She has previously taught at the LSE and consults various governments, international organizations, carbon funds and NGOs on her areas of expertise. During her time with the ENB, she has lived in the UK, Italy, Senegal, Cyprus, Belgium and Finland, travelled around the world with fellow ENBers and published widely on climate and WTO issues..
Kati Kulovesi
Ana Maria Lebada
Romania
Currently following the UN General Assembly and the UN negotiations on sustainable development and the post-2015 development agenda for IISD, Ana Maria studied sustainable development, nationalism, and national identity during her Masters at Columbia University. At Columbia, Ana Maria worked for the Vale Columbia Center for Sustainable International Investment – a leading forum on issues related to foreign direct investment, was the Communications Director of the Columbia University Coalition for Sustainable Development, and the Associate Director of Marketing for the Columbia University Earth Summit. Prior to joining IISD, Ana Maria served as Co-Chair of the Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations and as Development Director for Friendship Ambassadors Foundation. She has a Bachelors degree in Communications from The National School of Political and Administrative Studies (Romania) and Katholieke Hogeschool Zuid-West-Vlaanderen (Belgium).
Kati Kulovesi
Alexandra Lefevre
Colombia/France
Alex is native French and Spanish, with degrees in Public Law and Public Administration, a Postgraduate Degree in Communications, Conflicts and Peace, and a Master’s Degree in International Law and Sustainable Development. She has been working as a legal translator since 2002, specialized in International matters and Environmental Diplomacy. She has also been a consultant and a volunteer for a series of NGOs in Bogotá, Paris, New Orleans and Barcelona, mostly dedicated to defending civil and environmental rights, monitoring environmental offenses, crafting and managing development projects, and community relief in general.
Jennifer Lenhart
Jennifer Lenhart
United States of America/Sweden
Jennifer is a Ph.D. candidate at Wageningen University’s Environmental Policy Group, the Netherlands. She has a BA in Development Studies from University of Washington, and an MSc in Environmental Science, Policy & Management, jointly provided by four European universities (MESPOM.eu). Her research and passion centre on urban environments. A wanderer since childhood, Jennifer grew up across the United States (Seattle, Honolulu and Boston), often traveling to Europe to visit family. She has lived in Malmö and Lund, Sweden; Budapest, Hungary; Khon Kaen, Thailand; Les Cayes, Haiti; and Nairobi, Kenya – working with NGOs, local governments, UN-Habitat and research institutions. Jennifer’s love of cities builds from a conviction that compact mixed-use urban planning provides a high quality of life, while reducing sprawl, ensuring open and natural spaces can endure. She loves the outdoors, in any facet possible: hiking, biking, skiing and camping as well as her balcony in Amsterdam – perfect for a small garden or sleeping outside on warm summer nights.
Faye Leone
Faye Leone
United States of America
Faye has a Masters in International Affairs with a concentration in trade and sustainable development. Her experience includes community organizing in Boston, refugee advocacy in Washington, DC, human rights fact-finding and conflict transformation with Burmese communities in Thailand, and global governance – particularly UN reform and elections/appointments. She is based in Brooklyn, NY.
Aaron Leopold
Aaron Leopold
United States of America
Aaron is a Team Leader and the Energy Content Editor for IISD RS's multiple Sustainable Policy & Practice websites. He writes and lectures on renewable energy, energy access and energy poverty issues and is also co-founder and Director of Environment and Sustainable Development at the Global Governance Institute, an independent Brussels-based think tank devising, strengthening and furthering forward-looking approaches to global governance. Aaron holds a masters degree in Global Political Economy from the University of Kassel in Germany. When not busy with the ENB or reading and writing about renewable energy, he enjoys: rock climbing; photography; cycling; playing the blues; jogging in inclement weather; sleeping under the stars; and the smell of woodsmoke on sweaters.
Kate Louw
Kate Louw
South Africa
Kate is currently completing her masters in energy, poverty and development at the University of Cape Town. Her areas of expertise are low-income energy usage within developing countries and the economic framework surrounding energy usage decisions. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, music and changing her hair color.
Mari Luomi, Ph.D.
Finland
Mari holds a Ph.D. in Middle East Politics from Durham University. She specializes in environmental and natural resource politics of the Gulf, with a particular focus on climate change. In the past, she has worked as researcher for the Finnish Institute of International Affairs and post-doctoral fellow for the Center for International and Regional Studies of Georgetown University’s Qatar campus. Mari has also worked as senior researcher and advisor for the State of Qatar in the areas of climate politics and environmental policy. She is currently based in Brazil’s green capital, Curitiba.
Suzi Malan
Suzi Malan
South Africa
Suzi is doing a Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver in forest resource management. Her focus is global environmental governance as observed in the peace parks of Southern Africa. Her background is in nature conservation, rural development and land use planning, with a pinch of agronomy thrown into the mix. She is also a teacher of English, and has spent some time in the UAE participating in English education reform programs. She has lived in 5 countries on 4 continents, but calls South Africa home, which she loves passionately. She loves camping, hiking, music, cycling (for fun!), dancing, reading and most of all, her family in South Africa.
Jonathan Manley
Jonathan Manley
South Africa
Jon is doing an MSc in Energy and Development at the University of Cape Town, with particular interests in energy and climate change. His background is in electrical engineering and he has worked extensively on mobile networks and in energy efficiency projects. He loves basketball, art and traveling, and speaks and sings some Chinese.
Leila Mead
Leila Mead
United States of America
Leila is our Worldwide recognized photographer who takes stunning pictures of delegates from any angle. Being the official photographer from the last UN Climate Change Conference - Poznań 2008, Leila continues living in San Francisco with her Nikon. Leila is also a writer and sometimes team leader for ENB teams. Leila received a Master in International Affairs from Columbia University.
Alice Miller
Alice Miller
United Kingdom
Ali is a Ph.D. student at University College London, focusing on international marine conservation and governance. She completed her Masters in Environment, Development and Politics at the University of Sussex in 2007 where the subject of her thesis was the use of community-run no-take zones for promoting sustainable octopus fisheries in Southwest Madagascar. Ali has since worked in Bangladesh with the WorldFish Center and at the University of Leeds in the Sustainability Research Institute. When not working, Ali enjoys visiting new places and when she can afford it diving in tropical seas looking for the elusive dugong.
Chad Monfreda
Chad Monfreda
United States of America
Chad Monfreda is pursuing a Ph.D. in the Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology at Arizona State University’s Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes (CSPO). His work in the field of science and technology studies (STS) looks at the connections between science and democracy, with a focus on proposals to link REDD+ in Mexico to California’s cap-and-trade program. Prior to coming to ASU, Chad earned a master’s degree in Land Resources from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he produced a new generation of global agricultural datasets. During this period, he began bridging global environmental science and policy by serving in the Secretariat on the consultative process towards an International Mechanism of Scientific Expertise on Biodiversity (IMoSEB) in Montpelier, France. In addition to his academic and policy work, Chad spent several years working on national ecological footprint accounts at the sustainability think tank Redefining Progress. Committed to public outreach, he currently serves on the Board of Directors of the youth-run organization, SustainUS, and has written about sustainability science for popular venues, such as Ensia magazine and WorldChanging.com
Elisa Morgera
Elisa Morgera, Ph.D.
Italy
Elisa specializes in international, European and comparative environmental law. Elisa is a Lecturer in European Environmental Law at the University of Edinburgh, UK, and a regular contributor to the Yearbook of International Environmental Law, the Review of European Community and International Environmental Law, and the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law. She previously worked for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN and the UN Development Programme.
Aki Mori
Aki Mori
Japan
Aki has been working as Japanese translator for IISD in climate change reporting services. As a child, she has lived in Paris and fostered a dream to immerse herself in art world. The dream came true when she moved to New York to study art. She enjoys learning Chinese and Korean languages in her spare time. She holds a B.A., Summa Cum Laude in Art History as well as B.A. in international relations and sociolody.
Diana Movius
Diana Movius
United States of America
Diana has worked on UNFCCC-related issues since 2007 and on tropical forest issues since 2004. She specializes in international climate frameworks, reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) in developing countries, and international elements of U.S. and state climate policy. Diana has worked for the World Bank, the United Nations Forum on Forests, the Center for Clean Air Policy and the Union of Concerned Scientists. Diana holds a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University in Anthropology. Beyond the environmental area, she also performs and choreographs ballet professionally in the Washington, DC area.
Wangu Mwangi
Wangu Mwangi
Kenya
Wangu lives with her family in Maastricht, the Netherlands. After a five-year stint with United Nations University, she moved back to full-time consulting in 2008. She is co-founder of a small consultancy, Learning for Development, as a Development Communications. Wangu is currently working hard to re-establish her roots in Kenya.
Ryo Nakamura
Ryo Nakamura
Japan
Ryo is a New York-based writer and editor for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin. His areas of expertise lie in natural resource management and economic development. He has worked as economic affairs officer with, among others, the UN Forum on Forests, the UN Development Programme, Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He enjoys cooking, jogging, skiing, island hopping, onsen (Japanese hot spring) and football. He speaks Japanese, English, Portuguese and Spanish. He holds two Master’s degrees, one in public administration and the other in international relations, both from Syracuse University.
Kate Neville
Kate Neville, Ph.D.
Canada
Kate is a post-doctoral fellow at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, and splits her time between North Carolina and her home/research base in the Canadian north. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of British Columbia, a Master’s of Environmental Science from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a BScH in biology from Queen’s University. When she’s not puzzling over the politics and economics of resource extraction and energy developments or travelling to environmental negotiations, you’ll likely find her on a trail with her dog, with a book of poetry tucked in her back pocket..
Diego Noguera
Diego Noguera
Colombia
Diego is the Digital Manager for IISD Reporting Services. He is a good example of the new generation of online jobs, working mostly from Bogotá, Colombia, while solving the technical and digital problems of staff and consultants in New York, Geneva, Winnipeg and two dozen other cities worldwide. Diego has a degree in Computer Science and a postgraduate degree in Networking and E-business. He enjoys playing soccer and watching movies.
Dorothy Wanja Nyingi
Dorothy Wanja Nyingi, Ph.D.
Kenya
Dorothy (also known as Wanja) lives in Nairobi and works as an ichthyologist with the National Museums of Kenya. She acquired a Ph.D. in the University of Montpellier II in France studying morphological and genetic diversity of Nile tilapia of Africa. She’s involved in various biodiversity projects and has special interest in interactions of local communities with biodiversity, especially in the application of indigenous knowledge in species conservation. She enjoys the cultural experiences from traveling and meeting new people, snorkeling, nature walks and game drives.
Kate Offerdahl
Kate Offerdahl
United States of America
Kate is based in New York, and is currently following the UN General Assembly and the post-2015 development agenda for IISD. She is a Master's candidate at Columbia University, where she is also receiving her BA, studying international environmental policy and political science. Kate represented the UN Major Group for Children and Youth at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), was one of the co-coordinators for the NY+20 Conference for Youth, and she previously worked in the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Her advocacy and research interests include: youth participation in decision-making, the representation of future generations, US foreign policy, and ethical political philosophy. Kate was born and raised in Minnesota, US, and currently lives in New York.
Olivia Pasini
Olivia Pasini
Italy/Switzerland/United Kingdom
Olivia is an environmental communications consultant, operating from a medieval village in Tuscany. She is from English and Italian parents but grew up in Switzerland before roaming the world following her passion for travel and nature. She holds a degree in Biology and a Masters in Pollution and Environmental Control. Having worked for the World Conservation Union (IUCN), WWF, and other international organisations, she is now getting her teeth into the Italian environmental sector. When not in front of a computer, she can be found dashing around the countryside capturing the essence of rural life on camera.
Delia Paul
Delia Paul
Malaysia
Delia is a Malaysian writer, editor and communication consultant working with environment and development agencies in the Asia-Pacific region. She has been based in the Mekong region since the mid-90s, formerly managing corporate communications for the secretariat of a multilateral organization, the Mekong River Commission. She has carried out consulting assignments with many organizations including the International Labour Organization (ILO), Oxfam Australia, the Stockholm Environment Institute, WWF and WorldFish, as well as tutoring in public policy and management at the University of York, UK. Delia’s research interests include poverty reduction, labour migration, and public participation in environmental decision making. She previously worked at the Australian Conservation Foundation and World Vision Australia in Melbourne, and at The Star newspaper in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Nicole de Paula
Nicole de Paula Domingos
Brazil
Nicole de Paula Domingos is a Brazilian PhD candidate in International Relations at Sciences Po Paris and currently a visiting fellow at the Johns Hopkins University (SAIS), Washington D.C. In 2010, she was awarded a fellowship to study at the London School of Economics and Political Science as part of the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN). Prior to joining the IISD, she worked for the International Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (Iddri), as well as for the UN Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. At SCBD, she assisted the Principal Officer of the Implementation and technical Support Division to advance the Business and Biodiversity Program. She holds two M.A degrees in International relations, one from the Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Sao Paulo (PUC-SP) and the other from Sciences Po Paris. Her research focuses on global environmental governance (climate change and biodiversity), multilateral trade negotiations, international organizations and foreign policies of Brazil, European Union and United States.
Teya Penniman
Teya Penniman
United States of America
Teya lives in Hawaii where she practices law and works on a water use plan for Maui. After life as a seabird biologist, she obtained an MBA, J.D. and Dispute Resolution Certificate from Willamette University, focusing on resource economics, and domestic and international environmental law. Teya worked on biodiversity issues for ENB from 1996 to 1998 and after a hiatus as an Oregon assistant attorney general has returned to the ENB fold.
Elizabeth Press
Elizabeth Press
United States of America
Elizabeth is a media-maker and educator based in New York City. She joined the IISD Reporting Services team as a Digital Editor in January 2013. For the past five years her video work focused on documenting smart transportation design and policy around the world for the blog Streetfilms.org. Before she focused her work on the environment and alternative transportation, she mainly worked at alternative media outlets. Elizabeth produced for the independent TV/Radio program, Democracy Now!, edited for Worldfocus on PBS and freelanced for Grit TV with Laura Flanders.
Eugenia Recio
Eugenia Recio
Argentina/Spain
Eugenia is a lawyer specialized in environmental law and a relentless traveler. She studied in Argentina (UBA), Spain, UK and Belgium (UCL) obtaining her Masters on Environmental Law instruments from the Complutense University, Madrid, where she is currently a PhD candidate. Her curiosity for cultural experiences has taken her to Panama City, where she is working as a consultant for UNEP/ROLAC. She has worked many years in consultancies on environmental law and policies, in both Europe and Latin America, with the private sector, NGOs, European institutions and the Spanish Ministry of Environment. When she was younger she organized UN models in Argentina. While not working, you can find her taking pictures along the beach or in the forest, or asking how to get to the nearest place playing good tango, salsa or Brazilian samba.
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Stefan Renckens
Belgium
Stefan is pursuing a Ph.D. in environmental politics at Yale University. His research deals with the interaction between public and private environmental regulation, focusing on several issue areas such as biofuels, fisheries, electronic waste, fair trade, and organics. He holds an MA in Political Science (2002), a Complementary Degree in Economics (2003), and an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies (2005), all from the University of Leuven (Belgium). Between 2003 and 2008 he worked as a researcher and teaching assistant at the Political Science department of the University of Leuven.
Keith Ripley
Keith Ripley
United States of America
Keith has an MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. He founded Temas Actuales LLC, a specialized consultancy focused principally on environmental/health law/policy issues in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), and writes The Temas Blog on these issues. He authored the “International Organizations Regulatory Guidebook” 1982-95, and “Solid Wastes and Recycling in Latin America & the Caribbean: Trends & Policies” in 1998 and 2002. Keith moderates the Environment Forum on DR1.com, and leads a “team blog” on Dominican environment issues. He is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish
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Nathalie Risse, Ph.D.
Switzerland/Canada/Belgium
Nathalie holds a Ph.D. in environmental management (with a focus on public policy) from the Free University of Brussels (ULB) and a Master in environmental sciences from the University of Quebec in Montreal. Based in New York, she works as a consultant for international organizations, mainly the United Nations (e.g. UNDP, DESA), but also the European Commission and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). She has a thorough understanding of the concept of sustainable development and its practical application, as well as a very good knowledge of Rio+20 follow-up discussions and issues. As a member of the IISD RS, she covered the Rio+20 Conference and most of its preparatory meetings, and follows General Assembly Second Committee negotiations, the Rio+20 follow-up and the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
Tanya Rosen
Tanya Rosen
Italy/Yugoslavia/USA
When not on ENB duty, Tanya is the Snow Leopard Programme Coordinator in Tajikistan for PANTHERA, a US NGO dedicated to the conservation of wild cats. She lives in Khorog, close to the border with Afghanistan, and hopes to make a positive difference for the conservation of snow leopards and their prey, the markhor and argali sheep. Her fearless daughter Bianca joins her often in research and outreach activities. Prior to her move to Central Asia, she lived and worked in Europe and the US (New York and Montana), where after many years as an international lawyer, she studied brown bears and wolves and worked on human-carnivore conflicts. Tanya holds degrees in science and international law from Milano, Yale, Harvard and Bard.
Liz Rubin
Liz Rubin
United States of America
Liz specializes in film, broadcast, digital media and storytelling. Liz recently founded a startup digital media firm that focuses on video storytelling for a sustainable future and works mainly out of New York City. Liz worked on President Obama's re-election campaign's digital team and traveled the USA with a camera for 15 months straight.The team earned 288 million views and won a Webby Award. In the decade prior to that Liz worked for over a dozen syndicated networks on camera crews and created content for shows, commercials, documentaries and online media. Liz can often be found in California and lives to sail, hike, camp or go off the grid in any capacity at sea, in the desert or mountains.
Laura Russo
Laura Russo
Italy
Laura is an independent consultant based in Rome working for international organizations on programme evaluations, participatory strategic planning, project management and writing and editing of technical publications in English, French, Spanish and Italian. Before choosing a freelance life, she worked with FAO of the UN in various roles from 1990 to 2008, in the fields of international forestry, environment and development. She joined ENB in 2009.
Annalisa Savaresi
Annalisa Savaresi, Ph.D.
Italy
Annalisa specializes in European, international and comparative environmental law. Her research interests include biodiversity, climate change and forest law. Annalisa has studied and worked in the United Kingdom, Italy and Denmark. She is member of IUCN Commission on Environmental Law and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Copenhagen. Since 2012 she has been Research Fellow at the School of Law, University of Edinburgh.
Nicole Schabus
Nicole Schabus
Austria
Nicole trained with ENB during the Working Group on Traditional Knowledge in Montreal. She is volunteering for indigenous peoples from the Interior of British Columbia while writing her Doctorate in Law and Economics with a scholarship of the Austrian Academy of Science. Good that international meetings start late, because Nicole is always 5 minutes late.
Maja Schmidt-Thomé
Maja Schmidt-Thomé
Germany
Maja joined IISD RS in 2007 while based in New Jersey/New York. She holds an applied linguistics degree from the University of Saarland, in Germany, and is a qualified translator and conference Interpreter for Spanish and English. She has several years of experience in event management and coordination. Her main focus of work has always been Sustainable Development, Environmental Politics and Waste Management. She is currently based out of Germany but is looking forward to move to different countries around the world as she has done all her life. She loves swimming and reading but her greatest hobby is cooking and enjoying food that makes her happy.
Anna Schulz
Anna Schulz, LL.M.
United States of America
Anna is a doctoral student at the Fletcher School, Tufts University, focusing on international environmental and negotiation and conflict resolution. Her research addresses the legal frameworks governing transboundary watercourses she is particularly interested in how the evolution and structure of water law norms affects efforts to build adaptive capacity into transboundary water regimes. She holds a LL.M. in International and Comparative Water Law and Policy from the University of Dundee, Scotland, a Masters of Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School, Tufts University and a B.A. in International Relations and Political Science from Wheaton College in Massachusetts. When not working she enjoys traveling, cooking, hiking and spending time at the beach.
Mihaela Secrieru
Mihaela Secrieru
Romania
Mihaela holds Masters degrees in International Relations from both the University of Florence and the London School of Economics and Political Science, where her thesis analyzed the determinants of Brazil’s position across different climate-related negotiating tables from Rio to Kyoto. She is fascinated by multilateral negotiations and has been involved in the UNFCCC process during the past two years, focusing on discussions pertaining to REDD+. Hailing from Mangalia, she has lived in Florence, Madrid, London, Bonn, Cairo, and Rome, and is always ready to add to her extensive passport stamp collection. When not sipping jet streams for work, she likes going dancing, sailing and snorkeling, spending time with friends and family, and basking in the sun with a long cappuccino on Sunday mornings.
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Anju Sharma
India
Anju started her career working for the Centre for Science and Environment in India, researching, writing and campaigning on a range of national and global issues including natural resource management, pollution and good governance. She has since worked for UNEP as editor of the Global Environmental Outlook Yearbook, and at Oxfam as senior policy adviser on climate change adaptation. As a consultant, she has carried out projects for a number of organizations, including the UNFCCC Secretariat, UNDP, GIZ (the German Institute for technical cooperation) and the Oxford University Centre for the Environment..
Robin Smith
Robin Smith
United States of America
Robin is a freelance video producer with a focus on environmental and sustainable development issues. Her clients have included non-profit organizations, government agencies, and small businesses. Before her freelance life, Robin was an Associate Producer for Streetfilms, an organization covering sustainable transportation design and policy worldwide through video. She holds a degree in Environmental Studies and Community Development from the University of Vermont. Robin is delighted to join IISD as a digital editor this year. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Matthew Sommerville
Matthew Sommerville
United States of America
Matt is a Ph.D. candidate at Imperial College London examining the theory and implementation of payments for ecosystem services in Madagascar. Matt has coordinated scientific research for a marine conservation NGO, and directed a small international school in Switzerland. He is interested in science communication to individuals of all ages, especially to his year old son. He has an MSc in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford and an BA in biology from Middlebury College, VT.
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Daniela Tarizzo
Italy
The “Eternal City” of Rome gave Daniela's birth, making her instinctively appreciative of bright sun, flush nature, good food, savory wine and smiling people. After centering her studies precisely on populations and natural environment, she has specialized in development, humanitarian assistance and environmental protection, with three Masters’ Degrees and various post-graduate courses – a tireless learner, with a passion for people and for nature. Field work since 1991 has provided exposure to a broad range of enriching and rewarding experiences, traveling around the globe, first-hand assessing projects’ impacts, interacting with local communities, in particular youth and indigenous peoples, in rural and urban areas while working for NGOs, CBOs and the UN, both as a professional and as a volunteer, but also actively participating into the negotiations of different intergovernmental arenas. Reading is the best part of her free time, the gym for the brain to be never renounced to, together with music, outdoor walks, and cooking, that also play an important catalyst role in her professional and personal life. Two thirteen-year old cats have been traveling along all over and are part of Daniela’s life, family, luggage. Recently returned to nature among the hilly wine-producing region of Marche with Giacomo, hi-tech green entrepreneur, and a third, hyper-active cat – the Monster.
Elsa Tsioumani
Elsa Tsioumani, LL.M.
Greece
Elsa lives in Thessaloniki, trying to finish her Ph.D. on European biosafety legislation and practice for her piano diploma. She holds a Law Degree and a Master in Public Law and Political Science from the University of Thessaloniki, and an LL.M. in European Law from the College of Europe in Belgium. She loves remote islands, Latin american literature, tiramisu, London, Radiohead, Almodovar, yoghurt with honey, book-shoping, and coffee and newspaper on a Sunday morning.
Jessica Templeton, Ph.D.
Jessica Templeton, Ph.D.
United States of America/United Kingdom
Jessica teaches and conducts research on global environmental governance issues at the London School of Economics (LSE). Jessica is particularly interested in global regulation of hazardous substances, and has worked with ENB’s chemicals team since 2008. Jessica has a Ph.D. in Government (LSE), an MSc in Public Policy and Public Administration (LSE), and an A.B. in Political Science and Sociology/Anthropology (Guilford College).
Asterios Tsioumanis
Asterios Tsioumanis
Greece
Asterios holds a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, focusing on cross-cultural differences and the impact of international policies on consumer attitudes towards genetically modified organisms. He has academic teaching experience in Greece, and his research focuses on trade and environment, with a focus on biosafety and intellectual property rights, as well as the ethics and politics of food. He speaks Greek, English, French, Spanish and Russian. Asterios loves writing and traveling. He also enjoys playing the piano, studying philosophy and playing/watching football.
James Van Alstine
James Van Alstine, Ph.D.
United States of America
James is lecturer in environmental policy and Deputy Director of the Sustainability Research Institute at the University of Leeds in the UK. His research focuses on the governance of natural resources in the global North and South, with a particular focus on the politics of low carbon transitions and the extraction of energy and non-energy minerals. He received his Ph.D. at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) where he studied the evolution of corporate environmentalism in the South African petrochemical sector. Originally from Maine, James spent a decade teaching outdoor education at Outward Bound in the US, and worked for a dot-com start-up in San Francisco. In his spare time, he can be found telemarking in the Alps, rock climbing and hill walking in Britain, or sailing his 30-foot sloop around Europe.
Annelies van Gaalen
Annelies van Gaalen
South Africa
Annelies just joined IISD-RS as a Logistics Coordinator. She was born in the Netherlands where she studied business and marketing and immigrated to South Africa, where she founded and runs her own cheese farm with restaurant, farm shop, educational tours, a training centre and events. She is involved in sustainable development and nature conservation in the community. She loves wining & dining, mountain biking, music, reading and travelling to her family all over the world.
Brad Vincelette
Brad Vincelette
Canada
Brad has been architecting web software from the very start of his career (10+ yrs) using several different languages and frameworks. He specializes in data-driven web programming specifically in the development of “smarter” search engines, web/data performance tuning, process automation, and search engine/content optimization. In his spare time and when requested, Brad has been doing presentations for small business startups on variety of computer topics covering areas on: how to properly manage your computer desktop/files/data, how to effectively purchase hardware and software, how to troubleshoot your computer, internet searching techniques, and what you really need to know when starting up a web site.
Antto Vihma
Antto Vihma
Finland
Antto has completed his Ph.D. at the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Social Sciences, analyzing effectiveness and legitimacy of international agreements. He currently works as a research fellow in the Global Security Research Programme at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Helsinki, conducting academic research and consulting governments and NGOs on UN climate talks. Before becoming a climate process aficionado, Antto studied beekeeping in Ghana and Madagascar, and worked as a hotel animator singing ABBA songs and schlagers in Cyprus.
Ingrid Visseren-Hamakers
Ingrid Visseren-Hamakers, Ph.D.
Netherlands
Ingrid is combining writing for IISD with her position as Assistant Professor at the Forest and Nature Conservation Policy Group at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Her research programme revolves around international forest, nature and biodiversity governance. Current research themes include the relationships between and effectiveness of different (public and private) international policies, partnerships, certification, sustainable tourism, and REDD+. Ingrid holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from Utrecht University and MSc degrees in Business Administration and Environmental Studies. She has previously worked for Greenpeace as a forest campaigner.
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Lynn Wagner, Ph.D.
United States of America
Lynn began writing for Earth Negotiations Bulletin in 1994 and is currently the editor for MEA Bulletin and Linkages Update. She received her Ph.D. in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where she examined the relationship between negotiation processes and outcomes. Her research is now published in Problem-Solving and Bargaining in International Negotiations (2008, Brill). She is the issue cluster expert for the Commission on Sustainable Development and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, but also has attended CBD sessions, the 1995 World Summit on Social Development, the Fourth World Conference on Women and Habitat II.
Catherine Benson
Catherine Wahlén, Ph.D.
United States of America
Catherine holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and a Master of Environmental Science from Yale University. She specializes in environmental governance, marine conservation, organizational strategies, and monitoring and evaluation. She has worked with the World Resources Institute and the Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment in Uganda and as a consultant to the World Bank, USAID, UN agencies and the private sector. She has done fieldwork and research in American Samoa, Cambodia, Kenya, Madagascar, Papua New Guinea, Switzerland, and Uganda and loves exploring new issues and places as part of the ENB team. Catherine enjoys rock climbing, diving, hiking, and swimming.
Brett Wertz
Brett Wertz
United States of America
Brett joined IISD-RS in December as Conference Reporting Services Manager/Editor. He was also trained as a writer in Bonn in June and did his first meeting in the Seychelles. Brett has a background in journalism, speaks Japanese, and has an M.A. in international environmental policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, with a focus on water policy. He is based in Portland, Oregon.
Liz Willetts
Liz Willetts
United States of America
Liz is an enthusiastic biologist merging the fields of medicine and environmental policy. She is currently pursuing her medical degree at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, and intends to practice medicine in underserved populations. Liz has worked on biodiversity, climate change and agriculture for IUCN, IISD, and the Union of Concerned Scientists respectively, and as a nutrition coordinator for an urban community development organization. Her master’s thesis explored payments for water ecosystem services. At the ENB, she is a writer, editor and team leader and has been with us since 2009. Liz loves a good walk or run and brings running shoes wherever she goes.
Nancy Williams
Nancy Williams
United States of America
Nancy has taught Spanish for 31 years in a small mountain town in Idaho. Contrary to what some people think, working with teenagers brings joy, laughter and lots of understanding. Her son and his family live in Kauai and playing with her granddaughter keeps her sharp. She enjoys hiking, skiing, gardening, and practicing yoga. Full moon gazing keeps her serene and learning to dance the tango is a new passion.
Peter Wood
Peter Wood, Ph.D.
Canada
Peter is from Vancouver, Canada, and has a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, where he did research on the influence of international environmental regimes on forest conservation and management. Prior to this, he was a forest policy advisor at a non-profit environmental law firm, and took part in drafting Forest Stewardship Council certification standards for British Columbia. He has also been a policy advisor to the British Columbia government's Trade and Sustainable Development department. When time permits, he enjoys playing guitar and practicing photography. A Vancouverite through and through, Peter feels most at home when climbing in the mountains or kayaking on the coast. He loves to travel, but secretly yearns for the day where he will be geographically stable enough to have a dog.
Kiara Worth
Kiara Worth
South Africa/Papua New Guinea

Kiara is a writer, photographer, sustainable development consultant and world traveller, who believes that united and inspired action can change the world, and this guides her multiple facets of work. She works as a photojournalist in Papua New Guinea, and does extensive youth training and empowerment around the world. She served as one of three Organising Partners for the Major Group for Children and Youth for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) and multiple Commissions on Sustainable Development (CSD). She is an independent consultant for sustainable development focused on rural development, communications and training, applying alternative forms of social development and the creative arts to encourage social transformation.

Sean Wu
Sean Wu
Taiwan (R.O.C)

Sean is a Digital Editor as well as the IISD-RS digital assistance responsible for the digital editing and for managing the distribution of Earth Negotiations Bulletin issues to readers worldwide. In addition, he also works as a web designer dealing with all the visual design when needed. In his leisure, he loves traveling, watching movies and of course taking great pictures.

Yulia Yamineva
Yulia Yamineva, Ph.D.
Russia
Yulia holds a Ph.D. in International Studies and an M.Phil. in Environmental Policy from the University of Cambridge, and a Law degree from South Ural State University in Chelyabinsk, Russia. Her work experience includes the Secretariat of the UN Convention on Climate Change and a number of academic institutions, including Stanford University. She has also undertaken a number of consultancies on environmental issues for international thinktanks and private sector. Based currently in Helsinki, she teaches at Finnish and Russian universities and does research at the intersection of climate change, energy and the environment.
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