Engagement Committee


The Future Earth Engagement Committee was active from 2014 to 2017. For information on our current advisory body, see our page for the Future Earth Advisory Committee.The Future Earth Engagement Committee provided leadership and strategic guidance on involving stakeholders throughout the entire research process from co-design to dissemination, ensuring that Future Earth provided the knowledge society needs.

The Future Earth Engagement Committee was a strategic advisory group, comprising thought-leaders from stakeholder groups including business, policy and civil society. Working together with the Future Earth Science Committee and the Secretariat, its primary purpose was to foster in-depth and innovative interactions between science and society. The Engagement Committee provided leadership and creative thinking on how to bridge the gap between knowledge and solutions for sustainable development.

The Engagement Committee comprised 18 members. Following an open international call for applications in early 2014, 15 Committee members were appointed by the Science and Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability (the Alliance) in November 2014. An Interim Engagement Committee comprising 7 members from a range of stakeholder groups was appointed from 2013 to the end of 2014.

Farooq Ullah - Chair 

Farooq took over formally as Executive Director of the Stakeholder Forum (SF) on 1st September, 2012, after joining as Head of Policy and Advocacy in September 2011. Before this, Farooq was at the UK Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) for nearly five years. Farooq’s work has involved analysing public policy, sustainable operations and procurement, strategy, governance and decision-making. Key elements of this work included policy advice and advocacy, stakeholder engagement and capability building. In all, Farooq has over nine years of experience at international, national and local levels in public policy and sustainable development, with a further three years of private sector experience. Currently, Farooq is a Specialist Advisor to the UK Parliament's Environmental Audit Committee and a member of the Alliance for Future Generations. Additionally he is a founding member of Brighter Future; a climate-change action group based in London. Farooq holds a BComm in Management Science from the University of Alberta (UoA) and an MSc in Public Policy and Administration from the London School of Economics (LSE).

Tim Payn - Vice-Chair

Dr Tim Payn is a Principal Scientist at Scion, the New Zealand Forest Research Institute. He currently leads the Economics, Ecosystem and Climate Research team. His main focus is Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) and he has been involved in the development and application of Criteria and Indicators for SFM both internationally, as Convenor of the Technical Advisory Committee of the 12 country Montréal Process since 2003, and nationally where he has developed and led research programmes focussed on all aspects of SFM – environmental, social, economic, and more recently cultural. He is very interested in achieving impact from science and how the science:sector:government interface can help achieve this. He is a member of the Joint NZ Forest Owners Association/Farm Forestry Resource and Environment Committee, the Governance Group of the New Zealand Climate Change Centre, and the Research Innovation and Technology Transfer Working Group of the Ministry for Primary Industries. In 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Forestry. He is deputy coordinator of the International Union of Forest Research Organisations (IUFRO) working group on Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management, and has developed international science collaborations related to forests and climate change (TRANZFOR) and planted forests.

Ruth Wolstenholme - Vice-Chair

Ruth is Managing Director of Sniffer, the Scottish charity that brokers knowledge on sustainability, environmental management and climate resilience.  She trained in natural and social sciences and has previously worked with environmental agencies and consultancy. She routinely engages with policy stakeholders and practitioners across a broad spectrum of initiatives from academic research projects and national programmes to climate-ready place based partnerships.  She also works directly with community-facing organisations and community groups on local environment related issues, helping communities articulate their own aspirations and co-create visions and action plans. Through her leadership Sniffer has played a crucial part in developing the Scottish climate resilience agenda including initiating  and delivering the Adaptation Scotland  programme, which  engages at the local, national and international scale, building capacity and strong networks for action.

Chandra Bhushan

Chandra Bhushan is Deputy Director of the Centre for Science and Environment based in New Delhi, India, one of the leading environmental think-tanks of the Global South. He is also the Consulting Editor of Down To Earth, India’s leading science and environment fortnightly. He has a wide ranging research and advocacy interests. He has researched and written about issues ranging from industrial pollution to climate change and from antibiotic resistance to the political economy of natural resource extraction. He has authored and co-authored more than 25 books and reports on environmental governance, resource efficiency, energy and climate change. His current area of interests includes antibiotic resistance and clean energy transition.

Bhushan has served on numerous government and non-government panels and committees and contributed in the formulation of policies and programmes. He was the first co-chair of the technical committee of Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). He serves on the Board of the National Accreditation Board of Education and Training (NABET), India’s premier institution to improve the quality of education. He is a member of the BASIC expert group that advises the governments of BASIC countries (Brazil, South Africa, India and China) on climate change issues. His academic credentials include a bachelor’s in Civil Engineering and a master’s in Environmental Planning and Technology.

Maruxa Cardama

Maruxa Cardama is a specialist in integrated sustainable urban and territorial development. He 15-year career spans strategic policy analysis and advocacy, multi-stakeholder partnerships and capacity building initiatives with multilateral institutions and with national and subnational governments from both developed and developing countries. She currently serves as Urban Adviser in the Cities Alliance secretariat. A prolific public speaker and analyst, she is also Adviser to the Conference of European Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR). In 2013-2016, she served as Coordinator of Communitas, an international, philanthropy-funded multi-stakeholder coalition which she founded to pioneer knowledge-based advocacy for the Sustainable Development Goal on Cities and Human Settlements. In 2014, she served as Drafting Co-Chair of the 65th Annual Conference for non-governmental organisations of the UN Department for Public Information. In 2010-2012, when she ran nrg4SD, an international network of subnational governments, Cardama co-facilitated the engagement of subnational governments in the UN Rio +20 Conference. Previously she was Deputy Director at the Representation of the South West of England to the European Union, where she led on the sustainability portfolio for a partnership of regional authorities, academia and the private sector.

Dan Koon-hong Chan

Dan Koon-hong Chan is a project manager at the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network's Youth Initiative, where he co-found the Local Pathways Fellowship – a global initiative in 50 cities that nurtures young urban practitioners for the localisation and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda. He is also an analyst with a global consulting firm, covering China's political economy and U.S.-China relations. From 2014 to 2015, he was a Chevening Scholar of the U.K. Foreign Office, where his research focused on "city diplomacy" – the potential of city-to-city cooperation as an alternative to state-to-state negotiation. Previously, he worked with the Asian Development Bank's Cities Development Initiative in China, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat in Singapore, the National League for Democracy in Myanmar, the Migrant Outreach Education Initiative in Thailand and the Oxford Associates for International Development in the U.K. Born and raised in Hong Kong, he earned a bachelor's in political science and global studies from The University of Hong Kong and a master's in international relations and public policy from the University College London.

James Fahn

James Fahn is the Executive Director of Internews’ Earth Journalism Network, a global community of over 5,000 reporters who cover environmental topics. A journalist who has primarily focused on environmental issues in developing countries, James is also an adjunct professor at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. He has spent the bulk of his professional career based in Thailand where he was a reporter and editor for The Nation, an English-language daily newspaper, and hosted a Thai feature television show. His book, A Land on Fire, published in 2003, recounts the issues and scandals he uncovered while working on the environment beat in Southeast Asia. James has also written for the New York TimesNewsweek, The Economist, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Jakarta Post, SciDev.net, Nature.com, the Huffington Post and the Columbia Journalism Review. He managed Internews’ Burma country program for several years, was the co-founder of the Thai Society of Environmental Journalists, and worked for the Ford Foundation as a program associate in the field of environment and development. James received UNEP’s Global 500 Award for The Nation’s environment reporting, and was pinned by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn for his service to Thailand.

Marina Grossi

Marina Grossi, Brazilian economist, has been President of the Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development (CEBDS) since 2010. Her work in the Council began in 2005, when she assumed the duties of Executive Director and Coordinator of the Energy and Climate Change, Sustainable Construction, and Sustainable Finance Working Groups. Marina has a broad curriculum vitae in the Governmental area, acting as a negotiator of Brazil at the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), between 1997 and 2001. Among other duties in the government, she led the promotional area within the Ministry of Science and Technology, led the International Office of Educational Television (Funtevê) and was regional director of Brazilian Tourism (Embratur). Between 2001 and 2003, she was a coordinator of the Brazilian Forum of Climate Change, and in 2003 she founded and chaired a Sustainability consulting firm, Fábrica Ethica Brazil (FEB), providing advice to governments and businesses, launching, among other initiatives, the "Carbon Disclosure Project," through which she joined CEBDS, and began to focus its operations on Sustainability with the companies. She is presently a member of the following boards/advisory councils: Abengoa Panel / Abengoa IPESD(Spain); CDP , Carbon Disclosure Project Latin America; FIES – Banco Itaú- Unibanco; Research Institute of Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro Sustainable Development Advisory Council; Council Network of Women Brazilian leaders in Sustainability among others.

Masayo Hasegawa

Retiring from 17-years in management at the Environment Affairs Division of Toyota Motor Corporation in February 2016, Ms. Masayo Hasegawa is currently serving as a Senior Fellow of the International Environment and Economy Institute and Member of the Board of the Institute of Dialog on Environmental Policies. She served as Acting Chair of the WBCSD (World Business Council for Sustainable Development) Taskforce, part of the Working Group on Global Environment Strategy, Committee on Environment & Safety, KEIDANREN (Japan Business Federation); as well as a member of the Climate Change Subcommittee, Environment Committee, JAMA (Japan Automobile Manufacturers’ Association, Inc.). She also was a member of the Global Environmental Committee and Environmental Policy Committee, Central Environment Council, Ministry of Environment, Japan. Masayo Hasegawa’s previous career includes experience at American Express International, Inc. and Kihara Memorial Yokohama Foundation for the Advancement of Life Sciences. Joining the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) in 1986, she served as a Program Officer in charge of Environmental issues for 12 years. She was involved in submitting “Changing Course” to the 1992 Rio Summit as a Liaison Member of BCSD Japan. She served as Program Director of LEAD (Leadership for Environment And Development) Japan Program at the SFC Institute of Keio University from 1997 to 2000. She holds a BA in Sociology, Kwansei Gakuin University (Japan), and a MA in International Relations, the Fletcher School at Tufts University (USA).

Mario Hernandez

Dr Mario Hernandez is from Mexico. He is the Latin American regional representative of the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote sensing (ISPRS). He has a mathematical background, and his research career is dedicated to applied satellite remote sensing (geo-sciences). He has worked at IBM Scientific Centres in Mexico and Paris, and joined the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to work on assisting developing countries to use space technologies to assess their environment. He worked with UNESCO to establish a network of space partners to assist developing countries in illustrating the effects of development to the environment; promoting the interdisciplinary involvement of technicians, scientists, decision makers, teachers and schoolchildren; using space data to derive easy-to-understand information for decision makers; and strengthening national capacities in developing countries to better understand and take advantage of the  benefits that space technologies (geo-sciences) provide to better monitor, manage and preserve our resources and heritage. Dr Hernandez has been invited to give scientific papers to a large number of international conferences either scientific and/or for decision makers.

Kathryn Myronuk

Kathryn Myronuk has dedicated  her career to helping people understand and apply research to solve complex problems. In the past 15 years, she has focused on exponential technologies, applying interdisciplinarity to the intersection of STEM fields, Global Grand Challenges (GGCs) and innovation. She's worked with individuals, small teams and larger organisations to help them recognise and bring together tools, techniques and stakeholders from multiple fields, including (and especially) ones in which they do not have expertise, to build new approaches for effective solutions. Since 2012 she has been faculty at Singularity University (SU), where she previously was part of the founding team (2007-09), staff/director of research (2009-13) and the inaugural track chair for Synthesis & Convergence (2012-15). At SU she's connected people working in disparate STEM and impact fields (nonprofits, non-governmental organisations and social enterprise) with new capabilities arising from emerging technologies. She has also studied and taught the implications of these technologies in areas such as the future of employment and the future of research.

As of early 2017, SU has held eight of its flagship 9-to-10 week Global Solutions Programs. Myronuk has worked closely with the international, interdisciplinary and intercultural participants in these programmes as they built team projects focused on any of SU's 12 identified GGC focus areas. She co-designed curriculum for and taught at Stockholm Resilience Centre's 2014 Resilience Thinking, Exponential Technologies and Sustainable Leadership LEAD Programme. She's been a speaker, panelist or facilitator/curator at AAAS (Can Community Models Help Solve GGCs); UNICEF's Summit on Innovation for Children (Future of Skills), Verge2016 (How the IoT enables the Circular Economy); Karolinska Institute; Idaho National Labs; the California STEM Summit; IFTF; and the Orange Institute, among other prominent conferences and organisations. She has done direct research and analyses in areas such as air and water pollution, energy efficiency, public health and internet security. She holds a B.S. in Zoology and an M.S. in Agricultural Economics, both from the University of California at Davis.

Kari Raivio

Kari Raivio is Professor of Perinatal Medicine and former head of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the University of Helsinki. He was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine from 1994-96, and served as Rector until 2003 and then as Chancellor of the University of Helsinki until his retirement in 2008. His basic and clinical research has focused on problems of the newborn infant. He is past president of the Finnish Academy of Sciences and Letters, as well as of the League of European Research Universities (LERU). He was Vice President for Scientific Planning and Review of ICSU in 2008-2011, and was a member of the Task Team that implemented the visioning exercise and early planning that resulted in Future Earth. He was also on the task group that was responsible for ICSU´s Foresight Exercise on the future of international research collaboration. At the request of the Office of the Prime Minister of Finland, he reviewed the national and international systems of science advice to government and prepared a plan for how this interface should be organized in Finland. As a board member of the John Nurminen Foundation, he worked towards cutting down phosphate influx and subsequent algal blooming in the Baltic Sea.

Debra Roberts

Dr Debra Roberts established and heads the Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department of eThekwini Municipality (Durban, South Africa). She was a lead author of Chapter 8 (Urban Areas) and a contributing author to Chapter 12 (Africa) of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report. She is a member of the South African climate negotiating team and sits on various international advisory bodies focused on climate change issues in cities (e.g. the Rockefeller Foundation’s Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network). Dr Roberts was vice-chair of UN-Habitat’s HS-NET Advisory Board which oversaw the production of the 2011 “Cities and Climate Change” Global Report and is a founding member of the Alliance for Sustainability and Prosperity for All. She is a member of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Thematic Group on Sustainable Cities, working towards the establishment of an urban SDG as part of the post-2015 development regime. Dr Roberts has written widely in the fields of urban open space planning, environmental management and urban climate protection and has received a number of awards for her work.

Alice Ruhweza

Alice Ruhweza is the Executive Director of Vital Signs (www.vitalsigns.org), an integrated monitoring system that generates data on agriculture, ecosystems and human wellbeing and transforms them into decision support tools for managers and planners to enable better decision-making in support of sustainable development. Before Vital Signs, Alice worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) where she served as Team Leader of the Environmental Finance Unit in Africa for six-and-a-half years. Prior to joining UNDP, Alice worked for Sprint Telecommunications (USA), the National Environment Management Authority in Uganda, Forest Trends (USA) and as a consultant for the World Bank, UNEP Economics and Trade Branch (Geneva), the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (UK), the UNFCCC Secretariat (Bonn) and the Institute for European Environmental Policy (Brussels) on a wide range of issues. They include the economics of ecosystems and biodiversity, trade and the environment, environmental governance, innovative finance and many more. Her more recent work has focused on systems thinking and identifying decisions points or processes across sectors where data can be influential in policy and planning. This is what attracted her to Vital Signs where she will continue to promote multi-scale and multi-sectoral use of Vital Signs’ data and ensure the same data adds value to policy and planning frameworks across sectors and scales. Alice holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from Makerere University (Uganda), and a Master’s Degree in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Wisconsin (USA).

Joy Shumake-Guillemot

Joy Shumake-Guillemot leads the World Health Organization (WHO)/World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Climate and Health Joint Office in Geneva Switzerland. She is an environmental health scientist and public health practitioner who has worked with WHO, WMO, UNICEF and others to develop public health policy and programming for climate adaptation and risk management. She has extensive field experience in Africa, Asia and Latin America, supporting public health and humanitarian assistance programmes. Her current work focuses on enabling WMO and WHO to work together to accelerate the availability, access and use of climate and weather information that can improve public health policy and practice. She plays a leading coordination role for the Health, Environment and Climate Change Coalition (HECCC) between UN Environment, WHO and WMO.

Joy has led several strategic efforts as the lead author of the WHO Operational Framework for Climate Resilient Health Systems, the health strategy for the Global Framework for Climate Services and the Climate Service for Health Guidebook and has contributed to numerous research, policy, and technical publications. Joy received her Doctor of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences from Johns Hopkins University.

Asuncion Lera St. Clair

Asuncion Lera St. Clair is Senior Principal Scientist at the Climate Action Programme of DNV GL Technology and Research Unit. She holds an M.A. in Philosophy and a Ph.D. in Sociology and has over 20 years of experience in solutions-oriented research in the interface between poverty, development and climate change. She was professor of sociology at the University of Bergen until 2011. Her current work focuses on private sector engagement for climate resilient pathways and sustainable development solutions, in particular on the co-production of climate services with the private sector and on hybrid forms of climate governance, such as guidelines and standards. She is the UNFCCC Business and Industry (BINGO) representative to the Adaptation Committee for the Technical Examination Process on Adaptation working group (TEP-A), a member of the Board of Governors and Programme Advisory Committee of the International Centre of Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and member of the editorial boards of several international journals. Her work has contributed to the development of the ISSC social science agenda for global change and ICSU science review of the SDGs.  She was Lead Author for IPCC AR5 Working Group II on Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. Her full cv and list of publications is available at  www.linkedin.com/in/asuncion-lera-st-clair-a20b4738/

Björn Stigson

Björn Stigson is chairman of his own consulting company and visiting professor at the School of  Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg. He also serves as senior advisor to the head of IIASA (International Institute for Applied systems Analysis),Vienna and to the Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) Sweden. Björn Stigson has extensive experience in international business. From 1995 -2011 he was President of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a coalition of some 200 leading international corporations. Björn Stigson has served on boards and advisory councils of a variety of international companies, organizations and governments. This includes the US Congress, the Chinese government, and the German government, as Chairman of the Peer Review on Sustainable Development Policies in Germany. He has also been a member of the Dean’s Council at the Kennedy School at Harvard University. He is presently a member of the following boards/advisory councils: Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Siemens Sustainability Advisory Board, International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University, Advisory Council on Sustainable development to the President of the Generalitat of Catalonia, and Chairman of the Board of the Centre for Sustainable Markets at the Stockholm School of Economics.

Scott Vaughan

Scott Vaughan began as President of IISD (International Institute for Sustainable Development) in April 2013. Prior to joining IISD, he was Canada’s federal Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development for five years. Previously, he was the Director of the Department of Sustainable Development of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, D.C.; a Visiting Scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; the Head of Economics at the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Environment Commission; and Counsellor at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva. He held various positions with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), including initiating both the UNEP Financial Initiative and UNEP’s work on trade issues. In the late 1980s, he worked at the Head Office of the Royal Bank Financial Group. He holds post-graduate degrees from the London School of Economics, the University of Edinburgh and Dalhousie University, as well as an undergraduate degree from Mount Allison University.