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Thomas Elmqvist

Natural Resource Management Professor at Stockholm Resilience Centre

Thomas Elmqvist is a professor in Natural Resource Management at Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University. His research is focused on ecosystem services, land use change, urbanization, natural disturbances and components of resilience including the role of social institutions.
 

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Thomas Hertel

Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University

Thomas Hertel is Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University, where his research and teaching focus on international trade, food and environmental security. Dr. Hertel is a Fellow, and a Past-President, of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA).

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Jonny Hughes

Chief Executive Officer at UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre

Jonathan ‘Jonny’ Hughes has overall leadership responsibility for World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC) whilst fostering seamless collaboration between the charity and the UN Environment Programme as UNEP-WCMC (known collectively as the Centre).

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Eric Lambin

George and Setsuko Ishiyama Provostial Professor and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment

Eric Lambin, a geographer and environmental scientist, divides his time between the Université catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium) and Stanford University, were he occupies the Ishiyama Provostial Professorship at the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences and the Woods Institute for the Environment.

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Rafael Monge

Director at the Ministry of Environment and Energy, Costa Rica

Rafael Monge is an economist with broad experience in different fields related to environmental information, including the current development of the National Land Use, Land Cover and Ecosystems Monitoring System (SIMOCUTE).

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Kari Nadeau

Professor of Pediatric Food Allergy, Immunology and Asthma

Dr. Kari Nadeau is one of the nation’s foremost experts in adult and pediatric allergy and asthma. She is the Director of the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford University, Section Chief of Allergy and Asthma at the Stanford School of Medicine, and an endowed professor under the Naddisy Family Foundation. 

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Henrique Miguel Pereira

Head of Research Group, Biodiversity Conservation at German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig

Henrique Pereira is the Head of Research Group at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig and Professor at Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. Our research aims at understanding the patterns and processes of global biodiversity change, with the goal of informing environmental policy and management of ecosystems.

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Steve Polasky

Professor of Ecological/Environmental Economics at University of Minnesota & Founder of the Natural Capital Project

Steve Polasky is one of the leaders of the Natural Capital Project’s environmental service mapping and valuation effort. At the University of Minnesota, Steve Polasky holds the Fesler-Lampert Chair in Ecological/Environmental Economics.

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Ranaivo Rasolofoson

Gund Postdoctoral Associate, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

Ranaivo Rasolofoson is interested in the impacts of nature conservation on environmental and social outcomes. He uses diverse approaches such as rigorous causal inference methods and participatory research. Using these different methods, he has looked at the impacts of community forest management and strictly protected areas on deforestation and human well-being in Madagascar.

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Taylor Ricketts

Gund Professor and Director of the Gund Institute for Environment at the University of Vermont

Taylor Ricketts is Gund Professor and Director of the Gund Institute for Environment at the University of Vermont. Taylor’s research centers on the overarching question: How do we meet the needs of people and nature in an increasingly crowded, changing world? His recent work has focused on the economic and health benefits provided to people by forests, wetlands, reefs, and other natural areas.

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Chethan Sarabu

Director of Clinical Informatics at doc.ai & Pediatrician at Stanford Medicine

Chethan Sarabu lives and works at the anastomosis of pediatrics, landscape architecture, and clinical informatics. The driving force connecting these interests is the pursuit of improving children’s lives. After training in landscape architecture at Cornell University he went through medical training with the principles of Olmsted in mind: long-term, ecological, systems-based design.

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Guido Schmidt-Traub

Executive Director, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Dr. Guido Schmidt-Traub is Executive Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, which operates under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement.

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Rebecca Shaw

Chief Scientist, World Wildlife Fund

Rebecca Shaw- In her role as Chief Scientist and Senior Vice President, Shaw works with our many staff and partners around the world to identify the most important scientific questions that challenge our mission and advance solutions to those challenges.

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Jenny Suckale

Assistant Professor of Geophysics and Center Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment

Jenny Suckale- before joining Stanford in January 2014, I held a position as Lecturer in Applied Mathematics and as a Ziff Environmental Fellow at Harvard. I hold a PhD in Geophysics from MIT and a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.

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Laura Tuck

Vice President of Sustainable Development at The World Bank

Laura Tuck assumed the position of World Bank’s Vice President for Sustainable Development on July 1, 2015.

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Xueman Wang

Senior Carbon Finance Specialist, The World Bank, Sustainable Development Network

Xueman Wang is the team leader for the World Bank’s Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR) – a global program that brings together major economies and key market players to design and pilot market-based approaches, carbon taxes, and other cost-effective instruments to achieve climate change mitigation objectives.

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Ouyang Zhiyun

Professor and director, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Dr. Ouyang’s research interests include ecosystem assessment, ecosystem services, ecosystem restoration and biodiversity conservation.

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