John Asafu-Adjaye is an environmental economist whose current research activities include investigating the relationships between trade liberalization, agriculture and the environment. His recent publications include Environmental Economics: An Introduction for the Non-Economist (World Scientific Publishing, 2nd Edition) and has published widely including in Journal of Environmental Management, Health Policy, Contemporary Economic Policy, Energy Economics, Journal of Agricultural Economics, Australian Economic Papers, Singapore Economic Review, and the International Journal of Social Economics.
Stewart Brand is co-founder and president of The Long Now Foundation and co-founder of Global Business Network. He created and edited the Whole Earth Catalog (National Book Award), and co-founded the Hackers Conference and The WELL. His books includeThe Clock of the Long Now; How Buildings Learn; and The Media Lab. His most recent book, titled Whole Earth Discipline, is published by Viking in the US and Atlantic in the UK. He graduated in Biology from Stanford and served as an Infantry officer.
Barry Brook, an ecologist and modeller, is an ARC Australian Laureate Professor and Chair of Environmental Sustainability at the University of Tasmania. He is a highly cited scientist, having published three books, over 300 refereed papers, and many popular articles. His awards include the 2006 Australian Academy of Science Fenner Medal, the 2010 Community Science Educator of the Year and 2013 Scopus Researcher of the Year. His research focuses on the impacts of global change on biodiversity, ecological dynamics, forest ecology, paleoenvironments, energy, and simulation models.
Kun Chen is a Professor and Director in the Reactor System Engineering Division at Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics where he is leading the licensing of China's Thorium Molten Salt Reactors. He focuses on developing advanced nuclear reactors to provide reliable and affordable energy to the world by overcoming technical and regulatory barriers. He holds a PhD in nuclear physics from Indiana University, Bloomington, and served as nuclear engineer at Argonne National Laboratory, in Chicago. He is a Chinese Academy of Sciences distinguished fellow and an adjunct professor of University of Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Junji Jeff CAO is a Professor at the Institute of Earth Environment and President of Asian Aerosol Research Assembly (2011-2014). He is the winner of the Frank A. Chambers Excellence in Air Pollution Control Award for his contributions in the area of air pollution control technology research and development. Junji has conducted numerous air quality studies in China, and helped develop the technical basis for China's recent adoption of a nationwide PM2.5 Chinese National Ambient Air Quality Standard. His leadership on the joint panel of the U.S. and Chinese National Academies of Engineering/National Academies of Sciences resulted in the highly influential report, “Energy Futures and Urban Air Pollution Challenges for China and the United States.” He also drafted the consultant report about "Pollution Status and Control Strategy of Atmospheric PM2.5 in China" for the State Council of China.
Woody Epstein is a research affiliate at B.J. Garrick Institute for the Risk Sciences, UCLA. Since 1983, Woody has worked as a mathematician and probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) professional. He joined PLG, Inc. in 1986, when he was on the team for the PRA of the NASA space shuttle (SST) after the Challenger disaster and was the lead author of RISKMAN®. PLG became part of the ABS Group in 2001. In 2009, he was the project manager for the Preliminary System Safety Assessment project to analyze Mitsubishi’s new regional jet type certification. He joined Lloyd’s Register Consulting (formerly Scandpower AB) in February, 2011. In April, 2011, Professor Ninokata of Tokyo Institute of Technology appointed Woody as Distinguished Visiting Research Scholar of Risk Assessment at the Ninokata Laboratory at the university. In November, 2014, Woody became the Director of Safety and Risk in Asia-Pacific at Curtiss-Wright, and the Japan Country Manager.
Dr. James Hansen, formerly Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, where he directs the Program on Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions. Dr. Hansen is best known for his testimony on climate change to congressional committees in the 1980s that helped raise broad awareness of the global warming issue. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1995 and was designated by Time Magazine in 2006 as one of the 100 most influential people on Earth. He has received numerous awards including the Carl-Gustaf Rossby and Roger Revelle Research Medals, the Sophie Prize and the Blue Planet Prize.
Dr. Ning Li is a distinguished professor and Dean of School of Energy Research, Xiamen University, China, and Associate Director for International Cooperation, Berkeley Nuclear Research Center, University of California, Berkeley, USA. He is also the Director of Asia Development for TerraPower, a US company founded by Bill Gates to develop innovative nuclear energy technologies. He was formerly the Industrial Fellow for Civilian Nuclear Programs, a project leader and a technical staff member of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the deputy coordinator of the US DOE GNEP/AFCI US-China civilian nuclear energy cooperation.
Joe Lassiter is the Senator John Heinz Professor of Management Practice in Environmental Management, Retired at Harvard Business School. He focuses on developing clean, secure and carbon-neutral supplies of reliable, low-cost energy all around the world. On retiring in 2015, he was appointed as a Senior Fellow to continue his work on energy and climate change related issues at Harvard Business School as well as in supporting University-wide efforts as a Faculty Fellow of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program (HEEP) and a Faculty Associate of the Harvard University Center for the Environment (HUCE).
Michelle Marvier is professor in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences at Santa Clara University and coauthor of the pathbreaking textbook Conservation Science: Balancing the Needs of People and Nature. Michelle has published widely in the fields of endangered species management, conservation investment, and environmental risk assessment, and she is on the editorial board of the journal Frontiers in Ecology and Environment. "Science that illuminates public decisions, but does not prescribe those decisions," Michelle says, "is the vision that shapes my research, my classroom teaching, my one-on-one mentoring, and my professional service." This vision has translated into extensive research on ecosystem services and their benefits for humans, as well as the various bases for priority-setting in conservation and how public support for conservation can be increased. Michelle's engagement in these topics has put her at the cutting edge of the American and global conservation movement. An essay she co-wrote for the Breakthrough Journal, later followed up by a peer-reviewed article in BioScience, has stirred much debate and defined the possibilities and controversies surrounding emerging novel approaches to conservation.
Todd Moss is chief operating officer and senior fellow at the Center for Global Development. His research focuses on U.S.-Africa relations, energy policy, and private investment. Moss is currently working on electrification in Africa, cash transfers in new oil economies, and ideas for upgrading US development policy. In the past he led the Center’s work on Nigerian debt, Zimbabwe, the future of the World Bank’s IDA, and the African Development Bank. Moss served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State 2007-2008 while on leave from CGD. Todd is the author of African Development: Making Sense of the Issues and Actors (Lynne Rienner, 2nd ed., 2011), Oil to Cash: Fighting the Resource Curse with Cash Transfers (CGD, 2015) — and an international thriller series about a State Department crisis manager, The Golden Hour (2014), Minute Zero (2015), and Ghosts of Havana (2016).
Vijaya Ramachandran is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development. She works on private-sector development, financial flows, food security, humanitarian assistance, and development interventions in fragile states. Most recently, she coauthored an essay titled "Development as Diffusion: Manufacturing Productivity and Africa's Missing Middle,” published in the Oxford Handbook on Economics and Africa. Currently, she is looking at the unintended consequences of rich countries’ anti-money laundering policies on poor countries, and at better ways to deliver humanitarian assistance. Ramachandran has published her research in various journals includingWorld Development, Development Policy Review, Governance, Prism, and AIDS and is the author of a CGD book, Africa’s Private Sector: What’s Wrong with the Business Environment and What to Do About It. Prior to joining CGD, Ramachandran worked in the Africa Private Sector Group of the World Bank and in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations. She also served on the faculty at Georgetown University and Duke University. Her work has appeared in several media outlets including the Economist, Financial Times, Guardian, Washington Post, New York Times, National Public Radio, and Voice of America.
Peter Raven is a botanist and environmentalist. He was longtime director and now President Emeritus, of the Missouri Botanical Garden. In 2000, the American Society of Plant Taxonomists established the Peter Raven Award in his honor to be conferred to authors with outstanding contributions to plant taxonomy and "for exceptional efforts at outreach to non-scientists". Raven is well-known for his work Butterflies and Plants: A Study in Coevolution published in the journal Evolution in 1964, and is also an author of the widely used textbook Biology of Plants, now in its eighth edition, coauthored with Ray F. Evert and Susan E. Eichhorn (both of University of Wisconsin, Madison).
Burton Richter is the Paul Piggott Professor in the Physical Sciences Emeritus, Stanford University and Director Emeritus at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. Richter received the Nobel Prize in Physics (1976), the E. O. Lawrence Medal of the Department of Energy (1976), the DOE’s Fermi Award for Lifetime Achievement (2012), and the National Medal of Science (2014). He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society; a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and of The American Physical Society (President, 1994). He was President of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (1999-2002). Currently, he is a member of the DOE’s Nuclear Energy Advisory Board as well as the advisory boards of several corporations.
Prior to joining NIPFP, Rathin was been the Director of Asia Pacific Regional Centre, UNDP, Bangkok, and the Director, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG), UNDP, Brazil. He has also served as the Public Resource Management Advisor, and the Acting Cluster Leader, Inclusive Development, in the Poverty Practice, Bureau for Development Policy (BDP), UNDP. He served as the Economic Advisor to the Thirteenth Finance Commission, a Constitutional body of the Government of India. He has worked in over 80 countries during and prior to his tenure with UNDP. Rathin holds a PhD in Economics and an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, UK. Post-PhD, he was tenured in the Economics Faculty at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and an Economist with the Institute for Development Policy and Management, University
Samir Saran is a senior fellow and vice president at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), a Fellow at the Cambridge Sustainability Programme, and co-chair of the year-long Road to Paris Track-II initiative. A frequent commentator on issues of Global Governance, his areas of expertise include climate change and energy policy, global development architecture, cyber security and internet governance, and India's foreign policy. Apart from his academic publications, Samir is featured regularly in Indian and international print and broadcast media. His most recent publication on climate changes was "New Room to Manoeuvre: An Indian Approach to Climate Change " - an ORF-Global Policy.
Steven Pinker is known as the world's expert on the human mind. He has named as one of the world's most influential intellectuals by various magazines. He won awards from the American Psychological Association, the National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Institution, the Cognitive Neuroscience Society and the American Humanist Association.
Some of his classic books include: The Language Instinct (1994), How the Mind Works (1997), Words and Rules (2000), The Blank Slate (2002), and The Stuff of Thought (2007), The Better Angels of Our Nature (2011) and The Sense of Style (2014).