Jason became one of the youngest Full Professors at Plymouth University in 2012 and is a scientific advisor to the United Nations, ICES and the UK Government. His current research spans seamount ecology, fisheries, ocean acidification, aquaculture and conservation. He is also working on Marine Protected Area design using satellite vessel monitoring for fisheries management with fieldwork sites at volcanic CO2 seeps in the Mediterranean, the Azores and Papua New Guinea.
Vimlendu is an activist and social entrepreneur known for his innovative and unconventional approaches to contemporary environmental and social issues. In 2000 he founded Swechha a youth-run, youth-focused NGO operating from Delhi, India, whose work focuses on the environment and social development. As its leader, Vimlendu has been invited to speak and take part in numerous international and councils and assemblies. He currently serves on the Government appointed Ridge Management Board and also on the UNEP Multi Stakeholder Advisory Council on Sustainable Lifestyle and Education.
David is a professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington and the author of Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life. He is known for his fundamental contributions to our understanding of the geophysical forces that determine landscape evolution and of how our use of soils and rivers has shaped civilizations past and present. A prolific and versatile scientist, Montgomery’s numerous publications have explored how landslides and glacial erosion influence the height of mountains, how rivers originate and shape the landscape, and how human modification of river channels affects aquatic ecosystems, among other probing questions about the Earth’s surface.
Dr. Saroj Pachauri
Dr. Pachauri is a Distinguished Scholar at the Population Council. She previously worked for the Ford Foundation, where she developed the child survival and reproductive health programs. She has published extensively on policy and implementation issues related to family planning, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, reproductive health and has given presentations at conferences and workshops around the world.
Stuart is the Doris Duke Professor of Conservation at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. He studies present-day extinctions and what we can do to prevent them. In 1995, Pimm introduced the idea that present extinction rates are 1000 times background — a now familiar statistic from Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth to the international consensus on the state the planet, the Millennium Assessment. His papers provide the best available estimates of by how much human impacts have inflated extinction rates.
William N. Ryerson
William is Founder and President of Population Media Center (PMC), an organization that strives to improve the health and wellbeing of people around the world through the use of entertainment-education strategies, and Chair and CEO of The Population Institute. PMC seeks to educate people about the benefits of small families, encourage the use of effective family planning methods, elevate women’s status, prevent exploitation of children, promote avoidance of HIV infection, and promote environmentally sustainable behaviors.
Travis N. Rieder, PhD
Dr. Rieder is the Assistant Director for Education Initiatives, Director of the Master of Bioethics degree program and Research Scholar at the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University. Travis Rieder is the author of Toward a Small Family Ethic, published in 2016 and explores how consideration of planetary limits and resource shortages that might effect the morality of procreation.
Bill is the CEO of the Des Moines Water Works DMWW, a regional utility that protects public health and promotes economic development by ensuring a safe, affordable, high-quality water source for Iowa. Stowe is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Grinnell College and received a Master of Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, a Master of Science in Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois, and a Juris Doctorate Degree from Loyola University Law School.
Dr. Shashi Tharoor
Dr. Tharoor is a Member of Parliament representing India’s Thiruvananthapuram Region and Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs. He has served as Minister of State for Human Resource Development and for External Affairs in the Government of India. During his nearly three-decade long career at the United Nations, he served as a peacekeeper, refugee worker, and administrator at the highest levels, serving as Under-Secretary General during Kofi Annan’s leadership.
Zoe is the co-founder and president of the Institute for Humane Education (IHE) and is considered a pioneer in the comprehensive humane education movement that works to create a peaceful, healthy, and just world for all people, animals, and the environment through education. Weil is the author of seven books including The World Becomes What We Teach: Educating a Generation of Solutionaries (2016), and Nautilus Silver Medal winner, Most Good, Least Harm: A Simple Principle for a Better World and Meaningful Life (2009). Zoe received a Master’s in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School (1988) and a Master’s and Bachelor’s in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania (1983).
Brownie is the Geohydrology Section’s GIS/Support Services Manager at the Kansas Geological Survey. A graduate of Kansas State University with a Bachelor and Masters degrees in Geography, he started his career with the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Division of Water Resources in 1993 as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst. He is a lifelong Kansan and has worked extensively across the High Plains aquifer region in the state.