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.

Hernan Aguilar
Hernan Aguilar
Argentina
Hernan is a prolific director with a style that combines narrative, performance and visuals. Born in Buenos Aires, he studied Business Administration at the UTDT (Universidad Torcuato Di Tella), Film Directing at the EPC (Escuela profesional de Cinematografía), and at UCLA (University of California in Los Angeles) concentrating in Business and Management for the Entertainment Industry, Cinematography and the one year Screenwriter’s Program at UCLA. He taught Screenwriting and Film Directing at the Universidad de Palermo and at the Universidad de Ciencias Empresariales y Sociales. Hernan recently wrote and directed the feature film Madraza, a big budget Argentine production. He has directed commercials, and corporate videos, wrote screenplays for hire, and edited feature films. (Nominated for the Academy Awards in Mexico in the category Best Editing for the feature film 7 days).
Kristan Aho
Kristan Aho
Canada
Kristan is currently working towards her CPA designation and earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Manitoba. Born and raised in Northwestern Ontario where her family lived partially off the bounty of the land, she developed a strong interest in environmental health and sustainability. She moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba to pursue her education and this is where she currently resides. When she is not working, Kristan enjoys reading, crocheting, painting, tending her small patio garden, camping, fishing and otherwise spending time with her friends, her partner Adam and their cat, Optimus Prime.
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.
Karen Alvarenga Windham-Bellord, Ph.D.
Karen Alvarenga de Oliveira Windham-Bellord, Ph.D.
Brazil
Karen has a background in international environmental law, tax law and corporate law. Karen has experience in diverse sectors, including steel, mining, law firms, and international, governmental and non-governmental organizations. As CEO of Karen Alvarenga Consultoira e Advocacia (Karen Alvarenga Consultancy and Advocacy), Karen advises clients about a broad range of pertinent corporate, tax and environmental legislation, including but not limited to: the legal feasibility of new projects, advice on adherence to the Equator principles, the implementation of solar and wind power generation, and legal assistance in arbitration courts. Karen is also an instructor at Faculdade de Direito Milton Campos in the Environmental Law program.
Stephanie Aktipis
Jennifer Allan
Canada
Jen is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of British Columbia studying global environmental politics, particularly global efforts to address climate change and to reduce chemical pollution and waste. Her research focuses on the social aspects of environmental politics: why and how some social movements become involved in and even thrive in global environmental negotiations. With IISDRS, she has attended numerous climate, chemicals and wastes meetings, from technical subsidiary bodies to the Conferences of the Parties. Prior to joining IISD, Jennifer facilitated consensus among government, industry, and NGOs representatives regarding air quality policy at the Clean Air Strategic Alliance in Alberta, Canada. She also worked for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Bangkok, Thailand on a global forest governance project.
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.
Jennifer Bansard
Jennifer Bansard
Germany/France
Jennifer is a doctoral researcher working on climate change and coastal biodiversity policy at the University of Potsdam (Germany). In her dissertation she examines the emergence in science and policy of “coastal carbon”, an issue which lies at the crossroads of her two main fields of expertise and refers to the carbon sequestration potential of coastal ecosystems such as mangroves, seagrasses or salt marshes. Jennifer has an international academic education and holds Masters Degrees in Environment & Resource Management (VU Amsterdam, Netherlands), International Relations (Sciences Po Aix, France) and Applied Political Sciences (University of Freiburg, Germany). Her academic work is enriched by professional experience gained by working for governmental and intergovernmental organizations such as the German development agency (GIZ), the United Nations Secretariat for Biological Diversity (CBD), and the German Federal Ministry for Environment (BMUB). Jennifer is passionate about all things environmental and, when not in front of a computer, can often be found capturing nature’s beauty with her camera.
Daniel Ball
Daniel Ball
US
Dan is a short story writer who is living in Manhattan while his wife, Melissa, earns her Ph.D. A New Jersey native, he graduated from Rutgers University, and recently completed an M.F.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Southern Maine, where he studied with one of his favorite authors, Rick Bass. He enjoys roasting coffee, skiing, wrestling bears in underground competitions, and lying about the third fact in a series.
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.
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!
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.
Katherine Browne
Katherine Browne
US
Katie is a Detroit-based writer, photographer, and podcast developer. She is currently working towards a Ph.D in climate policy at the University of Michigan, with a particular focus on global-to-local linkages of international climate governance. Katie has previously worked with the US Peace Corps and Wildlife Conservation Society in Madagascar, the Nagasaki Institute of Tropical Medicine in Kenya, and the UM Energy Institute in Gabon. She also holds an MS in Environmental Justice from UM’s School of Natural Resources and Environment. When not working and writing, Katie is likely to be found kayaking in the Great Lakes or hiking in her home state of North Carolina.
Laura Bullon-Cassis
Laura Bullon-Cassis
Switzerland/Spain
Laura is an international development worker and researcher. She holds an MSc in Global Politics and a BSc in Sociology, both from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She has held roles at, among others, the Secretariat of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), and a communications consultancy. She has published in academic and media outlets, including OpenDemocracy, Global Policy Journal and The Global Journal. Now based in NYC, she is currently working towards a PhD in Media, Culture and Communications at New York University. Her research interests span societal and ideological shifts related to transnational issues and organizations, and the normative impact of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Pamela Chasek
Pamela Chasek, Ph.D.
US
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.
Iliana Cardenas
Iliana Cardenas
Spain
Iliana is a doctoral candidate at the University of Oxford's Environmental Change Institute, where she is specializing in the study of energy and water system interactions in the context of climate change. She also currently teaches environmental quantitative methods and is the Water Governance Topic Editor for the Global Water Forum. She carried out her undergraduate degree at the School of Civil Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton, UK, and her Masters in Climate Science at Columbia University's Earth Institute in New York City, where she also worked as a Research Assistant for both the Columbia Climate Centre, and the Centre for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN). Previously, Iliana worked as a senior consultant for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Mexico City, where she worked directly with the Mexican Environment Ministry on climate policy. She has also worked in the Environmental Statistics Department at the United Nations DESA in New York City, and at the Environment Directorate of the European Commission in Brussels. Originally from the Canary Islands, Iliana loves travelling, swimming and playing racket sports.
Aaron Cosbey
Aaron Cosbey
Canada
Aaron is a development economist with expertise in trade and investment law and policy, and climate change policy. He has the privilege to work both with ENB and with IISD’s program research teams, and has consulted to a long list of IGOs, UN agencies, NGOs and national governments. He lives and works at the foot of a ski hill in the interior of British Columbia, Canada.
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.
Herman Njoroge Chege
Herman Njoroge Chege
Kenya
Herman is a self-confessed polymath with interests in photography, design, statistics, GIS and conservation science with an ability to learn new things in record time. He holds a Master’s degree in Conservation biology from the University of Nairobi and has been an exchange scholar at the Haub School of Environmental and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming in the USA, he has had training on numerous topics in India, Uganda, and USA and most recently in South Africa. He conducts biodiversity research with the Kenya Wetland Biodiversity Research Group at the National Museums of Kenya when not busy running around taking beautiful pictures of East Africa and its people.
Jennifer Covert
Jennifer Covert
US
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.
Ben Crowe
Ben Crowe
United Kingdom
Ben is an award-winning filmmaker and communications for development specialist with a focus on human rights and sustainable development. He produces educational and advocacy videos for international NGOs, and investigative documentary, often working in conflict and post-conflict environments. Over the last few years he has worked extensively in East and Central Africa on training and community capacity building activities. Prior to filmmaking Ben spent many years in various senior research and strategy roles in UK Central Government. He holds an MSc in Gender & Development from the London School of Economics and MA Cantab in Social & Political Science.
Deborah Davenport
Deborah Davenport, Ph.D.
US
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.
Nicole de Paula
Nicole de Paula Domingos, Ph.D.
Brazil
Nicole de Paula Domingos holds a Ph.D. in Political Science/International Relations from Sciences Po Paris and is a non-resident fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations (CTR) 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 International Institute for Sustainable Development (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. Currently Nicole works on the European research project RAMSES, which aims to deliver quantified evidence of the impacts of climate change and the costs and benefits of a wide range of adaptation measures, focusing on cities.
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.
Lynn Finnegan
Lynn Finnegan
Northern Ireland
Lynn holds an LL.M in Global Environment and Climate Change Law from Edinburgh University and an MA in Geography from Oxford University. She specializes in natural resources and community rights, and has worked for three years with the Quaker United Nations Office in Switzerland. Her work has focused on the links between natural resources, conflict prevention and peacebuilding, with research in agrobiodiversity, forests, land management and the rights of Indigenous peoples and local communities. She has worked with the Karen Hilltribes Trust, IIED, various organic farms, and is currently leading an independently published magazine called Freckle, celebrating people, landscapes, traditional livelihoods and storytelling in Northern Ireland. Lynn can usually be found outside: cycling, surfing, climbing or generally wandering the great outdoors. She remains fascinated in peoples relationships to their landscapes and ecosystems.
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..
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
US
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.
Kimo
Langston James “Kimo” Goree VI
US
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/
Dina Hestad
Dina Hestad
Norway
Dina is currently reading for her PhD at the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute researching transformational adaptation to climate change. She holds a Masters of Environment from the University of Melbourne (where she focussed on climate finance in the Pacific) and a Bachelor in Human Geography from the University of Oslo. She has previously assisted the Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands and worked for UNDP’s Program of Assistance to the Palestinian People with efforts relating to climate finance and adaptation. Dina has attended the UNFCCC climate negotiations since 2009 in various capacities, but mostly as a co-ordinator of youth educational delegations with the Australian organisation Global Voices. In her spare time she enjoys rowing, travelling, scuba diving and mountain hiking, especially when home in the beautiful fjords of Norway.
Camellia Ibrahim
Camellia Ibrahim
Kenya/US/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.
Brandon Jourdan
Brandon Jourdan
US
Brandon is a journalist and filmmaker who has contributed to Democracy Now!, the NY Times, CNN, Reuters, Deep Dish TV, Independent Media Center, Now with Bill Moyers, Foreign Exchange, and Free Speech TV. Since 2011, he has worked together with Marianne Maeckelbergh on www.globaluprisings.org, an independent news site and video series dedicated to showing responses to the economic crisis and authoritarianism. Together they have produced over 20 short documentary films covering the large-scale uprisings, occupations, protests and revolutions in Egypt, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Spain, Greece, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Turkey and the United States.
Jonelle Jones
Jonelle Jones
Trinidad and Tobago
Jonelle René Jones is a freelance consultant and owner of the firm NRM Solutions who works on various aspects of environmental management for a range of organisations and agencies at the national, regional and international levels. She has a European Joint Masters in Water and Coastal Management that was offered by several European Universities as well as professional-level certifications in technical areas related to water quality and chemicals and waste management. Jonelle previously worked at the Basel Convention Regional Centre for Training and Technology Transfer for the Caribbean Region (BCRC-Caribbean), where she was the lead technical personnel for the development and roll-out of it's regional technical assistance programme in support of country implementation of and compliance with the Basel Convention and other MEAs of the chemicals and waste focal area (i.e. the Rotterdam, Stockholm and Minamata Conventions.
Natalie Jones
Natalie Jones
New Zealand
Natalie is a New Zealander currently working towards her PhD in Law at the University of Cambridge (Trinity College). Her interests include the multilateral climate process, the WTO, and comparative environmental law. She holds a BSc in Physics and an LLB(Hons) from the University of Canterbury, and an LLM in International Law from the University of Cambridge (Emmanuel College). She previously worked as a judges' clerk. Natalie enjoys playing music, dancing, and the outdoors.
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.
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.
Vijay Krishnan Kolinjivadi
Vijay Krishnan Kolinjivadi
US / Canada
Vijay is an ecologist by training (B.Sc. Edinburgh University) and holds an MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation from the London School of Economics. His dissertation focused on how the construction of values towards ecosystem services differs between private and more social settings. Between his studies, he worked in Singapore as a conservation education officer developing and promoting environmental education programmes for both the primary and secondary school curriculum. He is increasingly interested in the fields of ecological economics and political ecology and is currently completing his PhD at McGill University analysing the theory and empirical design of payments for ecosystem services from a social justice perspective. He is a confirmed wanderer having lived and conducted research in 8 countries across 4 continents, working with NGOs, international research institutes (CIFOR) and UNEP. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, gardening, deep conversations, photography and riding his penny farthing bicycle (ever-increasingly long-distance).
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..
Ana Maria Lebada
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 is a sociocultural anthropologist working in international development, focusing on sustainable development financing. As Adviser for the Permanent Mission of Romania to the UN, Ana Maria works on UN’s Economic and Financial Committee, covering the issues related to UN’s Post 2015 Development Agenda, in particular the financing for development (FfD), technology transfer and the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) areas. As Thematic Area Expert for the International Institute for Sustainable Development, she looks at the broader issues related to UN’s Post 2015 Development Agenda.

Ana Maria has a multi-layered understanding of the complex interlinkages between sustainable development, international policy, national sovereignty, institutional frameworks and civic engagement, subjects that she studied during her Masters at Columbia University. While at Columbia, she worked for the Vale Columbia Center for Sustainable International Investment and Columbia Business School; was the Communications Director of the Columbia University Coalition for Sustainable Development; and the Associate Director of Marketing for the Columbia University Earth Summit. 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, Ph.D.
US/Sweden
Jennifer holds a Ph.D. from Wageningen University (the Netherlands) and an MSc in Environmental Science, Policy & Management, from Lund University (Sweden) and Central European University (Hungary). Her research and passion centre on urban environments. 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. A wanderer since childhood, Jennifer grew up across the United States (Seattle, Honolulu and Boston) often traveling to Europe to visit family and has lived in Sweden, Hungary, Thailand, Haiti and Kenya – working with NGOs, local governments, UN-Habitat and research institutions. 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
US
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.
Veronica Lo
Veronica Lo
Canada/China
Veronica Lo is a consultant and researcher who has worked on climate change, biodiversity, and sustainable development for UN agencies and other organizations. She is currently working towards her PhD, investigating impacts of human activities on coastal ecosystem services, as part of the European MARES Joint Doctoral Programme on Marine Ecosystem Health and Conservation. Veronica previously worked at the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, where she coordinated an initiative aimed at increasing awareness of the Rio Conventions and the connections between climate change, sustainable land management and biodiversity. Veronica has experience in marine conservation planning on the west Coast of Canada, working for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, and has also served as an instructor for a web-based climate change science course at the University of British Columbia.
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
US
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.
Ikuho Miyazawa
Ikuho Miyazawa
Japan
Ikuho obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Clark University in the United States on international relations and development, and her Master’s degree from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Switzerland on political science. She joined the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan, in January 2010 and has specialized in environmental cooperation in East Asia and research towards Rio+20 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), while working closely with international organizations, Japanese government agencies, and other civil society organizations. Ikuho is currently communications manager at IGES and her current research topics include SDGs implementation in Asian countries and the private sector. She is also a visiting lecturer at J.F. Oberlin University, Japan..
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.
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.
Gillian Nelson
Gillian Nelson, Ph.D.
United Kingdom
Gillian holds a Ph.D. in International Climate Politics from Newcastle University. She is currently based in the south of France, working as an independent consultant. Her doctoral research developed a human rights-based framework for a new global climate agreement, considering the relevance and implications of equity issues such as emissions embedded in global trade, historic emissions and the right to development. Her main research interests include international climate politics, sustainable development and global climate justice. As a consultant she has been commissioned to undertake projects for NGOs, universities and international organisations, and is currently working on an exciting project giving policy advice for the preparation of INDCs. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Politics and has spent time working at the OECD and UNESCO. She speaks French and English and would like to learn Japanese.
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 RS and the Online Editor of the Knowledge Management project. He is a good example of the new generation of online jobs, working mostly from 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 covered meetings for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin since 2003 and is the Digital Editor of Linkages Update. 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.
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.
Teya Penniman
Teya Penniman
US
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.
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.
Keith Ripley
Keith Ripley
US
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
Keith Ripley
Nathalie Risse, Ph.D.
Switzerland/Canada/Belgium
Nathalie is based in New York and is currently following the UN General Assembly and the post-2015 development agenda for IISD. She holds a Ph.D. focusing on public policy from the Free University of Brussels (ULB) and a Master in environmental sciences from the University of Quebec in Montreal. She worked as an international civil servant for the UN Secretariat in New York and as a consultant for international organizations including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), 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, including its preparatory meetings and its follow-up processes.
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.
Elaine De la Rosa Limjoco
Elaine De la Rosa Limjoco
The Philippines
Elaine has joined us as a Logistics Coordinator. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce, Major in Management of Financial Institutions at De La Salle University, Philippines. In spite of her finance education, she has managed to work across multiple industries with varying positions. She worked with Management in Boston Bank (Phils.), a Licensed Trader at the Philippine Stock Exchange, shifted to the Airline Industry and handled Operations, then went into IT Outsourcing and initiated the creation of the very first TELCO Help Desk in the Philippines covering more than 250 satellite offices all over the country. Elaine has two boys, ages 9 and 5. She loves to travel and experience life with the world’s different cultures. She likes water sports like swimming, scuba diving, water skiing, etc. Outside of IISD, if she’s not out exploring new places to visit or eat, you expect to see her by the baseball field cheering for her kid’s baseball team; or is usually home helping the kids with their school work.
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 Schmidt-Thomé 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. She has comprehensive knowledge of the UN system especially with UN associated NGO’s and Committees working on environmental issues. Maja’s main focus of work has always been sustainable development, environmental politics and waste management.
Maja Schmidt-Thomé
Mark Schulman
US
Mark received a Master’s degree in International Affairs and Environmental Policy Studies from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). Making his debut with ENB in 1999, he has covered numerous multilateral conferences, with a particular focus on CITES and the CCD. In his younger days, Mark was a backcountry ranger with the US Forest Service and worked at the United Nations. He has also served as Managing Editor at WWF International and an Editor at the World Economic Forum. When not living the good life as a diplomatic spouse – with postings in Senegal, Australia, Israel and Switzerland – he continues to work as a freelance writer and editor on international environmental, economic and development issues.
Anna Schulz
Anna Schulz, LL.M.
US
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.
David Sussman
David Sussman
US
David grew up in western Massachusetts, and is currently a fellow at the Center on International Cooperation at NYU. A former lecturer at Tufts University, his areas of expertise include sustainability, climate-induced displacement, and natural resource conflicts. David’s current research focuses on global interconnectivity, linking consumers’ use of material resources to the environmental and social impacts on communities where they are sourced. For his doctorate in international relations, he analyzed the struggle by local populations in Peru to oppose or negotiate with powerful global mining corporations. Previous programmatic and consulting experience includes time with various UN agencies, the US government, the World Bank, and the International Rescue Committee. A native English-speaker and fluent in Spanish, David has lived in Mexico, Kenya, the Marshall Islands, Colombia, Venezuela, and Peru, and worked in various other countries. He was selected as a New Leader at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, and is a member of local environmental organizations that include 350NYC and the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation. David was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and Presidential Management Fellowship, and earned his B.A from Dartmouth (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Fletcher School (Tufts University). He is the oldest of four children, an enthusiastic uncle, and loves playing soccer as often as possible.
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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..
Kelly Sharp
Kelly Sharp
Canada
Kelly is an international consultant on rural livelihoods, particularly in the agriculture sector. Most recently she worked for the International Labour Organization in Geneva on their Rural Economy objective, promoting decent work on plantations and in forestry. She has a masters degree from the University of British Columbia, where she studied the effects of resettlement on the food security and nutrition of smallholder farmers in Malawi. She is often traveling, and thanks to an upbringing on Canada's West Coast, her favourite trips involve adventures out in nature.
Yixian Sun
Yixian Sun
China
Yixian is a Ph.D. candidate in International Relations/Political Science at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, where he has also received his MA in Political Science. He is interested in multiple environmental issues including chemicals, forest, and climate change. His research is related to global environmental governance, private authority and Chinese environmental politics. Having completed a master thesis analyzing effects of transnational Public-Private Partnerships on global governance on mercury, he now focuses on domestic uptake of private governance. Grew up in Nanjing, China, Yixian previously studied International Relations at Nanjing University and Sciences Po Paris, and did an internship at UNEP DTIE Chemicals Branch. Besides research, he loves playing basketball and football with his friends.
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.
US/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, Ph.D.
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.
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.
Cleo Verkuijl
Cleo Verkuijl
Zimbabwe/the Netherlands
Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Cleo studied International Relations and Law in the Netherlands and Canada, and subsequently obtained an LL.M in Global Environment and Climate Change Law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Her main research interests include international climate law, global food policy, international trade, and EU external affairs. She has worked for the United Nations Environment Programme in Brussels and was a trainee at the Directorate-General for Climate Action of the European Commission where she focused on technology transfer and climate action in cities and on whose delegation she attended a UNFCCC intersessional. Cleo is currently involved in various projects pertaining to Dutch, European, and international climate law, including for the University of Edinburgh, and will also be attending the UNFCCC’s COP 20 in Lima in this context.
Brad Vincelette
Brad Vincelette
Canada
Brad has been architecting web software from the very start of his career (18+ yrs) using several various 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.
Jean-Christophe Vandevelde
Jean-Christophe Vandevelde, Ph.D.
France/Belgium
Jean-Christophe holds a Ph.D. in Geography and Environmental Planning from the University of Orléans, France, and a Masters in International Development from the University of Louvain, Belgium. He is specialized in biodiversity impact assessment methods and biodiversity conservation policies. Between 2013 and 2015, he worked for the French Foundation for Research on Biodiversity and was scientific secretary of the IPBES French National Committee. Previously, he was biodiversity officer for the French railway manager, where he worked on mitigating the negative effects and increasing the positive effects of the railway network on biodiversity. Jean-Christophe also worked for a coalition of environmental NGOs advocating for changes in consumption patterns, focusing especially on the role of advertising in (un)sustainable consumption. Currently based in Santiago de Chile, he provides services to NGOs and goverments on the implementation of biodiversity offsets in development projects. He tries at the same time to pursue research activities in the field of conservation policy. He speaks French and English, and his Spanish is improving every day.
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.
US
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 Benson Wahlén, Ph.D.
US
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
US/Vietnam
Brett is a trained journalist who holds advanced degrees in international environmental policy studies and cross cultural communication. As an ENB+ manager at IISD RS, Brett edits reports in the areas of forestry, biodiversity, wildlife trafficking and development finance. In 2016 he also took on the role of digital services manager at RS. Brett lives in Hanoi, Vietnam where he works building capacity at educational institutions around the country and supporting international study abroad linkages. Brett speaks Vietnamese and Japanese and is a passionate supporter of the arts.
Liz Willetts
Liz Willetts
US
Liz is an enthusiastic biologist merging the fields of medicine and environmental policy. She practices medicine at Harvard - Brigham & Women’s in an outpatient underserved community clinic. Liz also studied environmental policy and has worked on biodiversity, climate change and agriculture for IUCN, IISD, and the Union of Concerned Scientists respectively. Her master’s thesis explored payments for water ecosystem services. Previously, she worked as a nutrition coordinator and food educator in urban public schools for a community development organization in the US. At the ENB, she is a writer, editor and team leader and has been with us since 2009. Liz loves a good walk, good conversation, and good food, especially when shared with others.
Nancy Williams
Nancy Williams
US
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.
Virginia Benninghoff
Virginia Wiseman
US
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.
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

Kiara is a world traveller who uses her photographs and writing to reflect on the world. From international negotiations to community development, she believes in the power of storytelling, connecting people through captured moments and shared perspectives. She spent more than 5 years in Papua New Guinea working as a photo-journalist, has consulted on numerous projects internationally and has worked extensively with local and international youth activism groups, most notably with the Rio+20 Conference on Environment and Development. Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Kiara facilitates a community-based project focused on sustainability, which is also the focus of her PhD research in Political Science. She is a freelance writer and photographer, an ad-hoc university lecturer, and consults on youth projects around the country. Kiara is an avid storyteller and performer and you can follow her adventures at kiaraworth.com or on Instagram. Kiara is also joined on her travels by her socially conscious dinosaur Rex, certainly the most well travelled dinosaur in the world.

Bryndis Woods
Bryndis Woods
US

Bryndis is currently completing her PhD in Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Iceland and the Nordic Center of Excellence for Strategic Adaptation Research (NORD-STAR). She holds a Masters degree in Environment and Natural Resources from the University of Iceland and a Bachelors degree in Sociology from the University of Michigan. Her research and expertise centers around climate change, specifically international climate policy and behavioral adaptation. She has worked on climate change issues as an academic researcher, with environmental NGOs, and for a corporate social responsibility non-profit organization. She has lived in five countries over the course of her lifetime and loves to travel, practice yoga, and hike with her dog Juno. She is based in Boston, USA."

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. Currently he is trying to learn Korean.

Wang Yan
Wang Yan
China
Wang Yan started to cover and report on environment issues in China since 2008. During the past eight years, she’s finished in-depth stories on various topics including pollution, ecological protection, biodiversity and species losses, climate change and etc.. In the mean time, she has been funded by a few fellowship programs to report on environment issues internationally and gained a few regional journalism awards in Asia.
Nadia Sohier Zaman
Nadia Sohier Zaman
Canada
Nadia holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University in Economics and Middle East Studies and a Master of Science from the University of Glasgow in Environment and Sustainable Development. She has worked for the United Nations Environment Programme, the International Development Research Centre, the Canadian Department of Justice and is currently continuing her work for the Canadian government as an International Policy Advisor. Her academic and professional expertise are in the areas of sustainable development, multilateral environmental agreements, inclusive economies and gender policy.
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