Director General of TERI
Dr. Ajay Mathur
Ajay Mathur is Director General of TERI – The Energy & Resources Institute, and a member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change. He was Director General of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency in the Government of India from 2006 till February, 2016, and responsible for bringing energy efficiency into Indian homes, offices, and factories, through initiatives such as the star labelling programme for appliances, the Energy Conservation Building Code, and the Perform, Achieve and Trade programme for energy-intensive industries.
Dr. Mathur was earlier with TERI; headed the Climate Change Team of World Bank in Washington DC; was President of Suzlon Energy Limited; and also headed the interim Secretariat of the Green Climate Fund. He has been a key Indian climate-change negotiator, and was also the Indian spokesperson at the 2015 climate negotiations at Paris. He is a global leader on technological approaches to address climate change; he co-chairs the Energy Transitions Commission, global group of industrial, financial and think-tank leaders which is suggesting approaches for companies and countries to move towards climate-friendly energy futures.
Professor of Management, Seidman College of Business
Ashok Kumar is a Professor of Management at the renowned Seidman College of Business, Grand Valley State University, MI (USA). He holds a Ph.D. in Operations Management from Purdue University, USA and a M.S. from University of Birmingham, UK and B. Tech. in Mech. Engineering from IIT – Kanpur. He is the Founder and Chairman of Global Foundation for Advancement of Environment and Human Wellness. Prof Kumar has over 30 years long distinguished career in academics in the USA. And has served as Distinguished Chair of Fulbright Scholar Program and E. Seidman Endowed Chair; and has been decorated on a number of occasions including Best University Professor of the Year Award, Outstanding Contributions in a Discipline Award, Lifetime Achievement award as an Operations Management Scholar (by IIT - Delhi), Outstanding Contributions to Quality Activities in India by National Institute of Quality Assurance, Sustainability Champion Award and an inductee in Anbar Journal’s Hall of Fame research awards, just to mention a few. Prof Kumar was also the National Chair of Fulbright Selection Committee, United States India Education Foundation India. His current life-time goal and ambition is to be a significant player in India’s struggle with environmental issues and dedicate his remaining years and much of his fortune for uplifting the environmental situation in India.
Head of Country Office, UNEP
Mr. Atul Bagai joined UN Environment’s Ozone Action programme under the Montreal Protocol as the Regional Officer for South Asia in 2000 and served as Senior Regional Coordinator to build the capacity of subregional networks in Asia and enable them to meet the compliance targets under the Montreal Protocol. In that capacity, he spearheaded and led some innovative initiatives with the Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund. For instance, he was instrumental in designing and developing synergies between Ozone Depleting Substance phase out and climate change in Maldives and Bhutan; green procurement policies in Mongolia taking into account phase-out of Ozone Depleting Substance as a legislation; a study of carbon credits and Ozone Depleting Substance destruction in Nepal; and, most recently, the hydro-chloro-fluoro-carbon phase-out plan for India that included energy efficiency and the cold chain.
Prior to joining UN Environment, Atul worked with the Government of India for 17 years in a number of senior positions such as Chief of Staff to two Ministers at the federal level (Ministry of Finance and Ministry of External Affairs) and to a Chief Minister at the provincial level. He also served as the Ozone Cell Director at the Ministry of Environment and Forests. Mr. Bagai, an Indian national, holds a Post-Graduate degree in History from the University of Delhi.
Information Officer, Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), UNESCO
Bernard Combes supports UNESCO’s activities on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). He coordinates the implementation of the Global Action Programme on ESD priority action area on Accelerating sustainable solutions at local level through capacity and partnership building. He is also the Education Sector focal point for biodiversity and UNESCO focal point for the Earth Charter, and among other things, works to reinforce cooperation with other agencies and stakeholders in regards to Communication, Education and Public Awareness in the areas of biodiversity, water, oceans, cities and sustainable lifestyles.
Chancellor of the Sri Sathya Sai University of Human Excellence
B N Narasimha Murthy
An engineer by education, Mr Narasimha Murthy decided to dedicate his life in service. He came to Sai Baba at a tender age of 19. After a few years, he became the Warden for the various campuses of the Sathya Sai Institutions, and served in this capacity for over 40 years, and has overseen generations of students right from the 1980s. He has authored several books, which have been widely translated into many languages worldwide.
Mr Narasimha Murthy is spearheading the establishment of schools and colleges for the underprivileged strata of society, where values based integral education is provided totally free of any charges. He is the Chancellor of the Sri Sathya Sai University for Human Excellence based in Karnataka in South India. Over 5000 boys and girls are benefiting from free education in 23 Campuses in the State of Karnataka and Telangana.
President of the SDSN Association
Chandrika Bahadur is the President of the SDSN Association. Previously she was Director of Education Initiatives at the UN SDSN. From 2008-2011, she was advisor to the Chairman and Managing Director at Reliance Industries, where she helped set up Reliance Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic foundation focusing on areas of education, health, rural development, and urban renewal.
From 2001-2008, Chandrika worked with the United Nations in different roles. In her last assignment, she was a Policy Advisor at UNDP’s Bureau for Development Policy in New York, working in Africa to help Ministries of Finance and Planning align their strategies to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), across 20 countries. From 2003-2006, she was part of the leadership team of the UN Millennium Project, an advisory group convened by the then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to recommend strategies for the MDGs. From 2001-2002 she worked on trade and HIV and AIDS programs at the United Nations. She has prior teaching experience at Harvard and Columbia universities.
Chandrika holds a Masters degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and a BA (Honours) in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University.
Commissioner for Sustainable Development, University of Cambridge
Prof Daniella Tilbury
Prof Daniella Tilbury is an academic, educator and sustainable development leader. Her international and policy work contributed significantly to the progression of sustainable development as a key agenda for the future, and to the development of Education for Sustainable Development in particular.
She was one of the first to develop research on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) with her thesis making the headlines, in the early 1990 and then became one of the first to put the ambition into practice, in attempting to make ‘whole-institution’ sustainability a reality. She has been recognised with various international awards for this work. She was made a Don in July 2018, by the University of Cambridge, for her scientific and social contributions to sustainability.
Prof Tilbury’s work on frameworks for reorienting education towards sustainable development led to her taking on UN policy advisory roles and to her Chairing numerous Committees on sustainable development, culture and/or education during 1992 and 2015. In this capacity she has commissioned by UNESCO during the UN Decade in Education for Sustainable Development to develop think pieces including an expert review of learning for sustainability and sector evaluation of higher education. As Chair of the MEEG, she shaped the development of UNESCO's global monitoring and evaluation reports in ESD and reported on progress to various UN meetings including Bonn 2009 and Nagoya 2014.
Daniella has acted as lead evaluator for sustainability education programmes funded by the European Union, World Conservation Union (IUCN), World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), British Council and government agencies in Australia, Tanzania, Madagascar, South Africa, Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, China, Korea, Hungary, Vietnam, Australia, Spain, Italy and US. She was a member of the Board and team at WWF Australia that brought Earth Hour to the world in 2007.
Prof Tilbury was the inaugural Vice-Chancellor and CEO of the University of Gibraltar. Over five years she established the research specialisms, strategic direction and commercial viability of this ambitious green institution. Her latest challenge is as HM Government Commissioner for Sustainable Development in Gibraltar.
Founder and Executive Director of the Earth Child Institute (ECI)
Ecomasters author, Donna L. Goodman is a globally respected and widely published expert on issues related to environment and children.
Donna has been a champion of the rights and participation of child and young people in the environment sector for more than 25 years. Her international development work has been widely published by UN partners including UNICEF, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), World Health Organization (WHO) and others. In the private sector, her work has been published by McGraw-Hill, Turner Broadcasting for Cartoon Network and MTV through production of a documentary special program about water featuring JayZ.
She has documented and evaluated water, sanitation and hygiene, environmental education, climate change adaptation and child participation initiatives and activities in close to seventy (70) of countries worldwide. As an advocate for the children of the world, she worked as a driving force toward the recognition of children and youth as a constituency to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), what is now known as YOUNGO, and is the author of a number of publications which both raise awareness of policymakers to the critical importance of considering young people in emerging policy, to train youth leaders who work with children and to raise awareness and bridge policy gaps between education, environment and participation. In practical terms, she is very pleased and proud to have assembled a team of brilliant young leaders throughout the world who are working with children as part of Earth Child Institute’s Global Action Classroom project and has learned volumes about children as a single mom of three amazing grown children, Stacey (age 30, Lindsey (age 28) and Elliot Goodman Lee (age 23) and grandmother of Emma, age 3.
Director and UNESCO Representative
Mr. Eric Falt, Director and UNESCO Representative for the UNESCO New Delhi Cluster Office covering Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, the Maldives and Sri Lanka. Prior to this assignment and since September 2010, he was based at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris as the Assistant Director-General for External Relations and Public Information, with the rank of Assistant Secretary-General of the UN. As such, he oversaw the work of the Organization in the political field, in particular relations with Member States, and coordinated activities geared towards civil society. He also guided UNESCO’s communications and public information efforts. From 2007 to 2010, he served as Director of the Outreach Division at the United Nations Department of Public Information in New York. From 2002 to 2007, Mr. Falt was simultaneously Director of Communications for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), based at its headquarters in Nairobi, and Director of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) for Kenya and Uganda. Throughout the 1990's and until 2002, he served in peacekeeping and humanitarian operations in Cambodia, Haiti and Iraq, and as Director of the UN Information Centre in Pakistan. Before joining the United Nations, Eric Falt was posted for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Chicago and in New York.
Director, Centre for Sustainable Development, Columbia University
Jeffrey D. Sachs
Jeffrey D. Sachs is a world-renowned economics professor, bestselling author, innovative educator, and global leader in sustainable development. He is widely recognized for bold and effective strategies to address complex challenges including debt crises, hyperinflations, the transition from central planning to market economies, the control of AIDS, malaria, and other diseases, the escape from extreme poverty, and the battle against human-induced climate change. He has been advisor to three United Nations Secretaries-General, Kofi Annan, Ban Ki-moon, and currently Antonio Guterres.
Professor Sachs was the co-recipient of the 2015 Blue Planet Prize, the leading global prize for environmental leadership. He was twice named among Time magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders and has received 28 honorary degrees. The New York Times called Sachs “probably the most important economist in the world,” and Time magazine called Sachs “the world’s best known economist.” A survey by The Economist ranked Sachs as among the three most influential living economists.
Professor Sachs serves as the Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University. He is University Professor at Columbia University, the university’s highest academic rank. Sachs is the Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and a commissioner of the UN Broadband Commission for Development. Sachs was Director of the Earth Institute from 2002 to 2016.
Sachs has authored and edited numerous books, including three New York Times bestsellers, The End of Poverty (2005), Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet (2008), and The Price of Civilization (2011). Other books include To Move the World: JFK’s Quest for Peace (2013), The Age of Sustainable Development (2015), Building the New American Economy: Smart, Fair & Sustainable (2017), and most recently A New Foreign Policy: Beyond American Exceptionalism (2018).
Prior to joining Columbia, Sachs spent over twenty years as a professor at Harvard University, most recently as the Galen L. Stone Professor of International Trade. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Sachs received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees at Harvard.
Founder and Director, Centre for Environment Education (CEE)
Kartikeya Sarabhai is one of the world's leading environmental educators and a dedicated community builder. He was educated in Cambridge (Tripos in Natural Science) and went on to do post graduate work in development communication at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Mr. Sarabhai is the founder director of the Centre for Environment Education headquartered in Ahmedabad, with 40 offices across India. Mr. Sarabhai’s primary focus is on the greening of India's formal education system, and initiatives for biodiversity education.
He is a Trustee of the Sabarmati Ashram Preservation and Memorial Trust, Mr. Sarabhai is also a member of many committees set up by the Government of India and other organizations.
Recipient of 2016 International Brandwein Medal by Brandwein Institute and the IUCN-CEC in recognition of his lifetime work for inspiring new generations to experience, embrace and love nature first hand. In 2012 the President of India conferred him with Padma Shri, one of India’s highest civilian awards.
Mr. Sarabhai is the Co-chair of the Earth Charter International Council and the chair-holder of the UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development and the Human Habitat. He is the Co-chair of the first Priority Action Area – Advancing Policy of the Global Action Programme.
As a well known advocate of education for sustainable development, Mr. Sarabhai has actively contributed to the global negotiation processes around the UNDESD and the formulation of the SDGs.
Director, Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE)
Malgorzata Luszczek (Gosia)
Gosia graduated university with a degree in environmental engineering, and has 18 years of experience working in environmental education. She has been implementing these ideas successfully in Poland for 12 years, engaging over 750 schools in that time. Gosia is an ecologist, educator, trainer, and initiator of many activities with schools and youth that have helped to enhance their roles in opinion formation and culture animation within their local communities. She is a co-author and implementer of the nationwide Schools for Sustainable Development Program and initiated and launched the international Eco-Schools Program and ‘Green Flag’ Certification System in Poland. Gosia is a founder and Executive Board member of Foundation of Active Places and People in Poland. Currently she is working for Foundation for Environmental Education in its head office in Denmark as the YRE International Director and project manager. She is developing a global programme to inspire youth from all around the world to actively participate in local development and increase their environmental awareness, knowledge and critical thinking.
Co-Focal Point for ECOS
Mark S. McCaffrey
With over two decades of experience in sustainability education, Mark S. McCaffrey has led the development of local, national and international "network of networks" including the Boulder Area Sustainability Information Network (BASIN), the Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN), and the UNFCCC Education, Communication and Outreach Stakeholders Community (ECOS). Author of Climate Smart & Energy Wise (Corwin 2014) and co-author of a forthcoming paper on optimized scaling of climate action using the "powers of 10" orders of magnitude between a single individual and all of humanity, McCaffrey currently resides in Central Europe outside of Budapest.
Professor of Geosciences and co-Director of the Grantham Institute, Imperial College London
Martin Siegert is Professor of Geosciences and co-Director of the Grantham Institute, Imperial College London. He was formerly Head of the School of GeoSciences and Assistant Principal for Energy and Climate Change at the University of Edinburgh, and director of the Bristol Glaciology Centre at the University of Bristol. At Edinburgh he led the creation of the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI).
He was educated at Reading University, where he gained his degree in Geological Geophysics, and at Cambridge University, where he was awarded his PhD in the numerical modelling of large ice sheets, at the Scott Polar Research Institute. Siegert’s research interests are in the field of glaciology. He uses geophysical techniques to quantify the flow and form of ice sheets both now and in the past. Using airborne radar he has identified and located ~400 subglacial lakes, has discovered ancient preglacial surfaces hidden beneath the existing ice and has demonstrated how sub-ice water is generated and interacts with the flow of ice above. He leads the UK NERC Lake Ellsworth Consortium, which aims to directly measure and explore an ancient subglacial lake in West Antarctica, to search for life in its water and comprehend records of climate held in sediments. Siegert has appeared regularly on national TV and radio to discuss his research, including BBC Radio 4’s Life Scientific in August 2012. In 2007 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He was awarded the 2013 Martha T Muse Prize in Antarctic Science and Policy.
Editor in Chief, Environmental Development (Elsevier)
Dr. Natarajan Ishwaran
Natarajan Ishwaran has more than 40 years’ experience working with wildlife conservation, protected area management, environment and sustainable development linked initiatives at global, regional, national and local levels. He has served as Chief, Natural Heritage, World Heritage Centre and Director, Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences and Secretary of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Program during a 25-year career in UNESCO. Currently he is Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier Journal Environmental Development and is linked to academic/research/training institutions in China, Republic of Korea and UK. He has a keen interest in international relations in environment, climate change and sustainable development and speaks and writes on related themes and issues.
Senior Director of Education, Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE)
Dr. Pramod Kumar Sharma
Dr. Pramod Kumar Sharma, Senior Education Director at Foundation for Environmental Education, has over 20 years of experience working with environmental education and Education for Sustainable Development. Before joining FEE, he was the Programme Director at the Centre for Environment Education in India. At FEE, he is responsible for the overall programme development, administration, supervision, and evaluation of the three formal educational programmes (Eco-Schools, LEAF, and YRE). He also directly supervise two International Programme Directors (LEAF and YRE) and a full-time Eco-Schools Programme Coordinator.
Chairman of TERRE Policy Centre
Rajendra Shende, an alumnus of IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) Bombay and former Director of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Paris.
He presently serves as Senior Expert nominated by Government of India to United Nations Environment’s Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP).
He is, a Chairman of TERRE Policy Centre and Advisor to Paris Based ‘Media India’ agency. Member of Governing Council of MIT-World Peace University of India. Mr. Shende is also one of the founders of ‘India-China Friendship Association for Environment and Y2Y (Youth to Youth) collaboration between India and China, along with Operation Earth and CBCGDF of China. He was appointed by ‘Panda Guide’ CSR arm of Sinochem, China’s premium Petrochemical Industry.
Mr. Shende was the Coordinating Lead Author of the special report of IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of United Nations) on scientific linkages between the stratospheric Ozone Layer and Climate Change which won the Nobel Peace prize given to IPCC for in 2007.
Mr Shende recently launched Smart Campus Cloud Network for mainstreaming Sustainable Development Goals ( SDGs) into educational campuses through the ‘ learning by doing’ using the IoT, AI and Cloud Networking.
Dr. Vinitaa Apte
Dr. Vinitaa Apte, President, TERRE Policy Centre, worked with the UNEP as a communication consultant/expert on Sustainable Development and Green Economy. She is renowned for creative concepts and practical programmatic approaches in developing, implementing, reporting and monitoring national strategies for ecosystem nurturing. Innovation led visionary at global as well as enterprise level in strengthening corporate social responsibility, community led nature conservation and restoration Status.
CEO Wildlife Trust of India
Vivek Menon is a wildlife conservationist, environmental commentator, author and photographer with a passion for elephants. He has been part of the founding of five environmental & nature conservation organizations in India. The winner of the 2001 Rufford Award for International Conservation for his work to save the Asian elephant, Menon is the Founder, Executive Director and CEO of the Wildlife Trust of India as well as Advisor to the International Fund for Animal Welfare.
In India, he plays a role in advising the government on natural heritage conservation as a part of several committees including the Project Elephant Steering Committee, National Wildlife Action Plan Committee, CITES Advisory Committee and the Governing Council of the Central Zoo Authority. He is a member of four State Advisory Boards for Wildlife and an Honorary Wildlife Warden of Delhi. In the interphase between business and Biodiversity, he is the Co-Chair of Leaders for Nature, IUCN and an Advisory Council Member of the CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development.
Internationally, Menon is the Chairperson of the IUCN SSC Asian Elephant Specialist Group since 2013 and a member of the Species Survival Commission Steering Committee of the IUCN, on the International Jury of the Future for Nature Awards (Netherlands) and an Advisor of the Marjan Centre of Kings College, London. In the past, he has served as a consultant to the Kenya Wildlife Services and helped establish the first elephant reserve of Myanmar. He has trained wildlife officers of over fifty countries in wildlife crime prevention and has attended CITES meetings for over twenty years as a Technical Advisor to the Indian delegation and as an observer.
He is also the author or editor of ten wildlife books including the recently published bestselling Indian Mammals, A Field Guide, scores of technical reports and more than 200 articles in various scientific and popular publications.