The day-to-day operations of Future Earth are carried out by the Secretariat, which is based in five Global Hubs and in four Regional Centers and Offices. The Global Hubs are located in Canada (Montreal), France (Paris), Japan (Tokyo), Sweden (Stockholm) and the USA (Boulder and Fort Collins, Colorado, and Fairfax, Virginia). The Regional Centers and Offices are located in Africa (South Africa), Asia (Japan), the Middle East and North Africa (Cyprus), and South Asia (India).
Executive Director, Future Earth
Amy Luers comes to Future Earth from the Skoll Global Threats Fund (SGTF) where she was Director of Climate. Previously, she was the Assistant Director for Climate Resilience and Information at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Dr. Luers spent a number of years at Google as the Senior Environment Program Manager. Prior to Google she led the climate program at the Union of Concerned Sciences California office. Luers started her career in Latin America as co-founder and the first executive director of Agua Para La Vida (Water for Life), working with rural communities to enhance access to potable water. She has published in both academic and the popular media on issues related to vulnerability to global environmental change, data, sustainability, climate policy, and science communication. A respected scientist and data innovator, Luers has been recognised as a PopTech fellow, a Switzer Environmental Fellow, Heinz Environmental Scholar, and has advised the California state government, the White House, and the United Nations. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has served on committees of the National Academies of Sciences. Luers holds a Ph.D. in environmental science and an M.A. in international policy studies, from Stanford University; a B.S. and M.S. in environmental systems engineering from Humboldt State University; and a B.A. in philosophy from Middlebury College.
Global Hub Director, Japan: Executive Team
Fumiko Kasuga is Senior Fellow at the National Institute for Environmental Studies and a Visiting Professor at The University of Tokyo. She is also former Vice-President of the Science Council of Japan and a member of ICSU’s Committee on Scientific Planning and Review. Fumiko has worked as a government researcher in the field of public health, in particular on microbiological food safety in the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan. Internationally she has worked with the World Health Organization, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the International Commission on Microbiological Specifications for Foods. She has been engaged in Future Earth since she was in charge of international activities of Science Council of Japan.
Director, Regional Center for Future Earth in Asia
Hein Mallee is a social scientist with a Ph.D. from Leiden University, the Netherlands. His research was initially concerned with migration and related policies in China, but as he started working in international development (with the Netherlands Government, the Ford Foundation and Canada’s International Development Research Centre), he became involved in projects on rural development, natural resources management and poverty alleviation both in China and in Southeast Asia. The dominant theme in this was local people’s involvement in and rights to resources. For the past decade, Hein has worked on issues relating to human health and environment (“Ecohealth”). He has been a professor at the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature in Kyoto, Japan, since March 2013 and a Deputy Director-General since April 2018. He is also the Director of the Regional Center for Future Earth in Asia.
Global Hub Director, USA: Executive Team
Josh was trained as an ecologist, evolutionary biologist, and conservation biologist. He has 20+ years of active research focused on climate impacts on plants and animals; the influence of fragmentation, connectivity, invasive species and mutualism loss on populations and communities; the evolution and functional significance of chemical defense in plants; and other topics. Before joining Future Earth as the Director of the Colorado Global Hub, Josh was the founding director of the Luc Hoffmann Institute, a global research center integrated within the International Secretariat of the World Wide Fund for Nature in Geneva Switzerland. While there, Josh started the Luc Hoffmann Fellows programme and launched over a dozen research projects, including work on the Food-Energy-Water nexus in Southeast Asia, Development corridors in East Africa, global mapping of threats to biodiversity and the development of regionally-appropriate low-carbon sustainability targets for urban areas. Prior to his work at the Luc Hoffmann Institute, Josh was the Maggie and Doug Walker Endowed Professor of Natural History at the University of Washington, with appointments both in the Department of Biology and the College of the Environment, which he worked to create.
Manfred A. Lange
Director, Future Earth MENA Regional Center; Professor, The Cyprus Institute, Cyprus
Manfred A. Lange received a PhD in Geophysics from the University of Kiel, Germany in 1980. After a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Californian Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California, USA, he held a position as staff scientist/glaciologist at the Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, Germany. From 1992 to 1995, he was the Director of the Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland in Rovaniemi, Finland. Between 1995 and 2007, Manfred Lange was appointed full Professor in Geophysics at the Westfälische-Wilhelms-
Future Earth Regional Office for Southern Africa Secretariat
Africa Collaborative Grants and Initiatives Knowledge Advancement and Support (KAS) National Research Foundation, South Africa
Global Hub Director, France: Executive Team
Sandrine Paillard is based in Paris at the CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research) headquarters. Sandrine’s background is in the economics of science and innovation. After her postdoctoral studies on comparative innovation systems, she joined a governmental think tank to develop foresight studies on science-society relationships, involving scientists and various stakeholders. She then spent seven years at the French Agricultural Research Institute as the head of the Foresight department. She led many projects aiming to develop socio-economic scenarios in the field of agriculture, the environment and food security. Before joining Future Earth she was the lead of the Secretariat of the Belmont Forum, whose main goal is to foster international collaboration and inter- and transdisciplinary research on global environmental change.
Director, South Asia Regional Office of Future Earth; Divecha Centre for Climate Change
Global Hub Director, Sweden: Executive Team
Wendy Broadgate leads the activities of the Swedish Hub, focusing on research enabling and communication. She was Deputy Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) for 15 years before being appointed director of the The Fisheries Secretariat, based in Stockholm, a non-profit working towards sustainable fisheries in Europe. She is a marine scientist by training but for the majority of her career she has been working in Earth system science, global-change research and at the science-policy interface. At IGBP, Wendy played a key role in the strategic development of the programme, leading its portfolio of marine activities and building international networks in global change research. She was a strategic lead on projects such as ocean acidification, the IGBP great acceleration and the Planet Under Pressure Conference, making an impact in scientific synthesis, the Anthropocene concept and policy engagement. At the Fisheries Secretariat she advocated for a scientific basis for fisheries policies, conducted political analysis, published regular policy briefings and interacted with EU politicians and institutions. Wendy has published scientific papers on the Anthropocene, Earth system science and ocean-atmosphere interactions. She holds a PhD in marine chemistry.
Research & Innovation
Craig Starger is the Research Liaison Officer at the Colorado Global Hub of Future Earth. He is based at the School of Global Environmental Sustainability at Colorado State University. Craig Starger is a marine biologist who works to advance science for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. Craig has spent over fifteen years conducting primary research on coral reef conservation biology. His research focused on questions related to corals’ adaptive response to climate change, coral recovery, and coral population connectivity with a focus on Southeast Asia. Craig recently served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellow where he represented the U.S. State Department’s Office of Marine Conservation in international fisheries treaty negotiations. Just prior to joining Future Earth, Craig spent two years as a AAAS Overseas Fellow at USAID’s Regional Development Mission for Asia (RDMA) in Bangkok where he lead the design and procurement of the Oceans and Fisheries Partnership which is now the US Government’s largest investment in combatting illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing overseas.
Coordinator, Water Solutions Lab; South Asia Regional Office of Future Earth
Aditya K. Kaushik works as a project scientist at Divecha Centre for Climate Change at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru, India. He is currently the Program Coordinator for the "Water Solutions Lab" of the "Sustainable Water Future Programme" at Divecha Centre. The aim of the Water Solutions Lab is to address water sector related challenges in India by bridging the gap between science and policy and between knowledge and practice through a combination of advance scientific knowledge, multi-stakeholder involvement, and digital information technology. He is also a member of the international secretariat of the Sustainable Water Future program of Future Earth where he assists in science-policy communication and outreach activities aimed at making scientific information and concepts useful for policy-making. His research interests include exploring the use of emerging technologies such as blockchain in water governance and mapping the role science diplomacy in international relations. Prior to joining Divecha Centre, Kaushik worked for a mathematical computing firm called The MathWorks, Natick, Massachusetts in the area of application support and statistics and machine learning. Kaushik holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California and a Master of Arts degree in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Erik Pihl is Research Liaison at the Sweden Hub of Future Earth, based at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Erik is an environmental engineer with a doctoral degree in Energy Technology. His research has been focused on decarbonizing the energy system, mainly through optimization of concentrating solar power and biomass energy power plants. As expert on concentrating solar, he has acted as Swedish representative in work for the European Academies Science Advisory Council. His strong technical background is complemented with a diverse set of experiences, such as contributing to marine biological research, local politics, NGOs, and as TEDx speaker.
Giles Bruno Sioen
Giles is next to his position as Science Officer, a Postdoctoral Fellow at The University of Tokyo. He obtained a bachelor's degree in landscape from University College Ghent and master's degree in urban design and spatial planning from KU Leuven Luca-Arts before obtaining his Ph.D. in Sustainability Science at The University of Tokyo. He developed design concepts and academic papers within the fields of sustainability science, urban engineering, ecosystem services, and public health. He received professional training by international design companies (Turenscape, B2Ai) and organizations (UN-Habitat). Before joining Future Earth, Giles worked as a project researcher at The Graduate School of Frontier Sciences of The University of Tokyo on applying sustainability science concepts using a systems approach in the fields of urban planning and public health.
Jennifer Garard is a Science Officers at the Future Earth Montreal Hub. She coordinates Futures CoLab, a joint initiative with the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence which brings together a network of diverse experts to engage on a platform for online collaboration through bespoke processes for facilitated and asynchronous dialogue. In this role, Jennifer works with partner organizations and the team at MIT to design custom dialogue processes, organizes participant recruitment, acts as a facilitator, and produces outcome documents from the online dialogues. Jennifer is also the Advisory Council (AC) Liaison, acting as the contact point between the AC and the Future Earth community and organizing AC inputs to the work of the Secretariat. Jennifer holds a BSc in Environmental Science from McGill University, specializing in Biodiversity and Conservation (2008), a Master of Environmental Assessment from Concordia University (2013), and a PhD from the Technische Universität Berlin (“Stakeholder Engagement at the Science-Policy Interface,” 2018). Jennifer was previously employed as a doctoral researcher with the working group Scientific Assessments, Ethics, and Public Policy at Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change in Berlin, Germany. In 2012, Jennifer served as an intern with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, working with the Health and Biodiversity Cross-Cutting Initiative.
Research Scientist, Earth Commission
Science Officer, Earth Commission
Lisa works in the Earth Commission secretariat, where her main tasks are coordination, communications and scientific support. Lisa has a background in science communication, journalism and project management. She worked more than ten years as a medical journalist and then at the science-policy interface for the Swedish Cancer Society. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Stockholm University and a MSc in social-ecological resilience from Stockholm Resilience Centre. Her research interests include transformations, sustainable lifestyles, and behavioral change - particularly related to food and travelling. Her master thesis was a qualitative interview study on the possibilities of transforming air travel behavior in the face of climate change.
Science Officer, Regional Centre for Future Earth in Asia
Ria Lambino is based at the Research Institute for Humanity & Nature (RIHN) in Kyoto as Specially Appointed Associate Professor. She received her PhD and Masters from Kyoto University Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies. She has a degree in Applied Physics (although never applied it) but has spent most of her professional career as a practitioner and researcher focusing on environmental conservation and sustainability, with significant experience in the Philippines and in Japan. Prior to joining Future Earth, she worked for WWF Philippines as Vice President for Sustainable Production and Market Engagement and had been involved in transdisciplinary research on watershed governance at RIHN. Her research interests include environmental policy and governance, protected areas & management, renewable energy, water issues, sustainable agriculture & fisheries and sustainable consumption and production.
Liaison, Future Earth and European Space Agency
Sophie is based at the European Space Agency Climate Office, near Oxford, UK. She is the liaison between Future Earth and ESA on Earth observations to support the aims of Future Earth. Sophie comes to Future Earth from the National Centre for Earth Observation at the University of Leicester, where she was coordinating UK representation at the major international initiatives the Group on Earth Observations and the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites. Her research interests are in using land surface temperature datasets to evaluate coupled climate models, and in setting up 'in-situ' sites for measuring land surface temperature. She has a background in physics and science communication.
Vincent is the coordinator for Science-Based Pathways for Sustainability, an initiative that aims at fostering integrated approaches to the SDGs by mobilising the knowledge needed to define and implement specific targets for the so-called life-supporting SDGs (SDG 6 - clean water and sanitation, SDG 13 - climate action, SDG 14 - life below water, and SDG 15 - life on land). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science from Sciences Po Paris, for which he spent a year at the University of California, Santa Cruz, focusing on Environmental Studies; and a Master's degree in environmental policy from the Paris School of International Affairs (Sciences Po). His interests lie in biodiversity conservation, governance issues and mountain environments. Outside of Future Earth, Vincent enjoys hiking and rock climbing with friends (and colleagues!) and photography.
Deputy Director, Regional Centre for Future Earth in Asia
Yuko Onishi is an assistant professor at Research Institute for Humanity and Nature. She holds a D.Phil and MSc from the University of Oxford. Her primary research interests are centred around modelling of phenology and species distributions, climate change impact and adaptation, and conservation of endangered species. She worked for the IPBES Regional Assessment for Asia-Pacific as a lead author and also for the Fifth Assessment Report of IPCC WG II as a chapter scientist. Prior to her research career, she worked as an UN officer with the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations in Rome. Recently, she has also been working extensively on transdisciplinary approach and stakeholder engagement methodology. She developed a Strategic Research Agenda for Future Earth in Japan through transdisciplinary priority setting. She is currently leading a research project on “Synthesis, Analysis, and Typology of TD case studies aiming at solving the global environmental problems”, where she is developing a database for case studies of TD research projects worldwide and analysing the international and regional trends of the research field for a typology.
Sylvia Wood is a Science Officer at Future Earth’s Montreal Hub working on the Science-based Pathways for Sustainability initiative and Our Future on Earth report. Previously, Sylvia was employed as a postdoctoral researcher with Bioversity International and Columbia University’s Earth Institute working on agro-conservation initiatives and mapping ecosystem services to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She also held a postdoctoral position in the Ecological Economics lab at the Université de Québec en Outaouis where she worked on scenario approaches to design agro-environmental programs to address water quality and urban ecosystem services. Sylvia holds a BSc. in Biology from Queen’s University, specializing in ecology and international development, and a Masters in Forest Ecology from the University of British Columbia, Canada. In her PhD at McGill University, Sylvia worked on the multi-generational sustainability of agroforestry production systems and its impacts on peasant livelihoods in Peru. From 2007 through 2009, Sylvia served as an assistant and later advisor to the Natural Resource Management unit at the Aga Khan Foundation in Tajikistan where she worked on emerging technologies for energy and water management with smallholder farmers.
Fanny recently joined the Future Earth Hub in Paris as Science Officer. She is particularly interested in the fields of land use, food systems, sustainability and global environmental change. She hold a BSc in agricultural and environmental sciences, focusing on global food security and international agriculture. Throughout her Masters degree at McGill University, she explored the interplay between urbanization dynamics and agricultural landscapes across the Global South. Prior to joining Future Earth, Fanny worked as a junior consultant in an environmental consultancy firm called Kinomé, where she worked on projects at the interface between science and development work in sub-Saharan Africa.
Research Scientist, Earth Commission
Dr Steven Lade is a researcher using complex systems tools to study resilience, sustainability and social-ecological systems. Steve supports the Earth Commission in synthesizing the state-of-the-art science for a stable and resilient Earth system and finding ways to downscale planetary boundaries to local realities where cities, businesses, NGOs and other organisations can take concrete actions through science based targets. You can find more information about Steve’s research at www.stevenlade.net.
Noelia Zafra Calvo
Research Scientist, Earth Commission
Noelia Zafra-Calvo supports the Earth Commission in synthesizing the best available scientific evidence to inform the development of the global goals on biodiversity. Her previous work has focused on science-policy research, contributing to develop a tracking system to assess multidimensional social equity in protected areas to report on Aichi Target 11; co-produce metrics for understanding environmental governance constraints in biodiversity conservation; and incorporate social concerns into systematic conservation planning approaches. She holds a degree in Environmental Sciences and a PhD in Global Change and Sustainable Development from the University of Alcala and the Natural History Museum of Madrid (CSIC), Spain. Her interest and passion lies in conservation social sciences and biodiversity.
Communication & Engagement
Global Communications Director
Alistair Scrutton spent more than two decades as a foreign correspondent covering wars, elections, Olympic Games and royal weddings across four continents — in between managing to annoy Fidel Castro, Messi and the Dalai Lama with awkward questions. After university, he spent several years as a freelance journalist in Spain and Latin America working for the likes of the FT, Economist, San Francisco Chronicle and the Australian. He then joined Reuters for a 19 year career, first as correspondent in Peru and Buenos Aires before then moving to Washington, DC, as Latin America editor. He switched continents to cover South Asia from New Delhi, reporting on the war in Afghanistan as well as environmental challenges in Bhutan and India. His last assignment before joining Future Earth saw him as head of Nordic and Baltic editorial operations, working on pieces ranging from Greenland's adaption to climate change to the threat of Russia. He holds a Masters Degree in international relations and contemporary war from King’s College, London.
Andréa currently employs her wide complement of skills in research, analysis, editing and evaluation as the Staff Writer for Future Earth. Her approach to writing is rooted in her diverse professional experience spanning scientific laboratory research, freelance science writing, program evaluation and international community development. Prior to joining Future Earth, Ms. Ventimiglia worked as an evaluator for a Montreal-based research evaluation firm, and as a medical writer for a pharmaceutical education company. She holds a B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Waterloo, and a Masters in Journalism from Carleton University.
Editor-In-Chief, Anthropocene magazine
Kathryn Kohm is an editor, designer and entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in environmental media. She is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Anthropocene magazine, a print, online and live magazine published by Future Earth and based at the University of Colorado Boulder. From 1999-2016, she was the founding editor of Conservation magazine, from which Anthropocene evolved. She has also edited several books, including “Balancing on the Brink of Extincition,” and “Creating a Forestry for the 21st Century.” There’s an equation on a slip of paper pinned above her desk that neatly captures her editorial ambitions: Surprise + Clarity = Delight.
Digital and Engagement Editor
Kelsey Simpkins is a multimedia storyteller with a background in journalism, art history and environmental science, with more than a decade of experience in digital content management. She received her Master of Arts in environmental journalism from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2018. While completing her studies in Boulder, she worked at the Center for Environmental Journalism. Her work there comprised of reporting on environmental health and scientific research, clean energy, and sustainable cultivation and disposal of legal cannabis in Colorado. Additionally, she received grants from the Royal Norwegian Embassy, University of Colorado Boulder, and the Nevada Museum of Art to travel around the world and report on the intersection of arts and the environment in the Arctic. Before joining Future Earth and Anthropocene Magazine, she worked as an Editorial Fellow for Nature Conservancy Magazine and served as part of the Public Information team at the American Geophysical Union.
Kyoko Shiota MacAulay
Program Coordinator, Japan
Kyoko Shiota MacAulay is a Program Coordinator at the Future Earth Global Hub in Japan. She previously worked for the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) as a Principal Programme Associate in the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Programme. Her responsibilities included managing two major ESD networks called the Regional Centres of Expertise (RCE), and the Promotion of Sustainability in Postgraduate Education and Research Network (ProSPER.Net). She was the lead for program management, donor relations, and coordinating capacity building events for RCEs and ProSPER.Net members. In addition, she has worked at an international NGO in Tokyo as an advocacy officer working with parliamentarians, government officials, media, and the general public to advocate for sexual reproductive health and rights. She was also one of the representatives for the Tokyo Liaison Office of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), and she represented the NGO at various UN conferences to advance global policies. She holds Master of Arts in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Bachelors of International and Cultural Studies from Tsuda College.
Information Technology Officer
Laurel Milliken maintains the IT assets and infrastructure at the Future Earth secretariat. She is a graduate of Colorado State University with degrees in political science, business, and computer information systems. Prior to joining Future Earth, she worked in software, banking, and teaching English.
Paula Monroy has been a staff member since 2017. As Communications Coordinator of the Canadian Hub, she also works with the Global Communications team. Paula is formally educated in sustainability and urbanism, specialising in indigenous methodologies and holistic planning. Moreover, she has over two years of practical experience in multimedia communication—including media production as a video journalist and graphic design. For now, Paula is based in Montreal, Quebec, caring for her houseplants and practising Environmental Wellness.
Yuki is a communications officer for Future Earth and a communicator at the National Institute of Environmental Studies (NIES) in Japan. Previously, she has worked for the University of Tokyo and Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN), appointed to the Future Earth secretariat as a communications officer. She also worked at an environmental consulting company in Japan as a researcher for overseas projects. Her projects spanned a wide range of topics, including environmental and social considerations of major infrastructure projects, network creation to promote bilateral carbon trading projects and monitoring methods of microplastics in the marine environment. Yuki holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s in Urban Engineering from the University of Tokyo. She has lived in Japan, the United States, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam and identifies as a Third Culture Kid.
Capacity & Networks
Deputy Director, France
Hannah is the deputy director of the Future Earth Global Hub in Paris. She is the lead of Future Earth’s Capacity and Networks function; particularly, she is working to set up a global network of early career change-makers in sustainability. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Sustainability Scholars programme and the coordinator of the Natural Assets Knowledge-Action Network. Her field of expertise lies in the area of biodiversity and nature's contributions to people. Hannah holds degrees in Applied African Studies and Environmental Policy and volunteers with reforestation projects in Europe whenever she can.
As the Future Earth Network Lead, based in the Future Earth U.S. Global Hub, Veera is the general lead for the global development of Science, Research and Innovation 2020 (SRI2020) and the establishment of a new professional society for sustainability scholars and practitioners. Before joining Future Earth, she was an International Director and a Roman Macaya Hayes Global Science Diplomacy Fellow at the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE), responsible for designing NCSE’s first international program. Previous to this work, she held a competitive fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies and worked for Rare, launching the European office and expanding the European development operations of this rapidly growing global conservation non-profit focused on behavior change and sustainability. Veera holds a PhD in History and Civilization from the European University Institute, and she has considerable academic experience in science policy and diplomacy, European affairs and international relations. Through her scholarly work, she has been affiliated with Columbia University, Princeton University, the University of Helsinki, the University of Turku, and the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. She is currently finishing a book manuscript on European Union research policy.
Finance & Operations
Finance Director, Sweden
IngMarie Alström is Finance Director at the Sweden Hub of Future Earth, based at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Her Master of Science degree in International Business Administration and Economics combined with further studies of Commercial law builds a solid theoretical base. IngMarie has over twenty years of work experience in accounting, auditing, controlling, reporting and financial management in various positions and organizations (multinational companies, foundations, non-profit organizations). A decade working for PwC as chartered accountant has given her an understanding of balancing strong internal control processes with open trusting relationships in order to develop continuous improvements combined with financially stable operations.
Hub Manager and Head of Global Operations, Canada
Alyson Surveyer is the Future Earth Montreal Hub Manager and Head of Global Operations. Prior to this role, Alyson worked at Future Earth on urban issues. She holds a Bachelor’s degree with honours and Masters degree in chemical engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal. Her Masters was completed at the International Reference Center for Life Cycle of Products, Processes and Services (CIRAIG), in collaboration with Rolls-Royce Canada. The thesis investigated alternative fuels for gas turbines in a 2020 global electricity generation perspective. Before joining Future Earth she worked as a consultant in sustainable development for clients in the private and public sectors and was coordinator of the Inter-university Research Center in High Performance Polymers and Composites (CREPEC), where she had diverse mandates such as to heighten industry-university collaborations as well as the reach and visibility of its members. Alyson was also a course lecturer from 2014-2016 at HEC Montréal in sustainability and operations management. Alyson’s career objective is to build a strong and diverse community of researchers, government officials, and industries that will develop and put in motion production systems and policies to achieve global sustainable patterns. She truly believes that Future Earth will pave the way.
Executive Assistant, Japan
Ayako Nagasawa works in the University of Tokyo Institutes for Advanced Study Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science as an executive assistant. She has several years of experience in administrative work in National Institute of Health Sciences. She was involved in food service business and restaurant management while she worked for Kyusyu Japan Railway Company. She has Bachelor’ s degree in Food Science. Ayako will support the Future Earth Global Hub Director for Japan.
María Fernanda Enriquez
Administrative Officer and Global Sustainability Scholars Coordinator, USA
Maria Fernanda supports the logistics, administration and coordination needs of Future Earth and the Global Sustainability Scholars Program. Her professional career has been focused on the environmental sector. Before joining Future Earth, she worked for five years at ISET-International, a Boulder-based international environmental organisation. Previously she worked with the United Nations Global Environment Facility-Small Grants Program in Ecuador, where she managed grants afforded to hundreds of local grassroots organisations. She earned a Ph.D. in Political Science in 2014 from the University of Connecticut, and her research focused in environmental social movements and indigenous peoples.
Executive Assistant, Canada
Nilu supports Future Earth's Executive Director, as well as the Executive team. She holds a BSc in Cell and Molecular Biology from Concordia University and a MSc in Biochemistry from McGill University, specializing in structural studies on antibiotic resistance mechanisms. Nilu is also a musician (singer-songwriter), a yoga instructor and an avid rock climber who boulders competitively in her free time. She is particularly passionate about mindfulness and music, and occasionally collaborates on research projects investigating the relationship between the two. She has a deep appreciation for the importance of biocultural heritage, as well as the protection and conservation of mountain areas.
Research Coordinator, Canada
Patrick is the coordinator for the Montreal Hub office. Under guidance from Alyson Surveyor, Montreal Hub Manager and Head of Global Operations, Patrick will coordinate the implementation of the Future Earth’s 2020-2025 strategy while also lending his skills to other relevant projects overseen by the Montreal Hub. Patrick arrives at Future Earth upon completion of his master’s degree in Global Development Studies from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. His research focused on the social sustainability of national park management through public-private partnerships across sub-Saharan Africa. Specifically, his research targeted how public-private partnerships impact both national park management strategies and the livelihoods of rural communities. Previously, he completed his undergraduate degree at Concordia University with a specialization in Geography and a minor in sustainability studies. His previous work in rural Uganda with Montreal based CEED Concordia centered on developing and coordinating the inaugural environmental sustainability project for CEED which has now become a staple of the organization’s internship program in Uganda. On an individual level, Patrick holds particular interests towards environmental conservation, photography, and travel.
Coordinator and Administrative Officer, Sweden
Susanna Dobrota is the administration lead at the Sweden Hub of Future Earth where her responsibilities encompass accounting, event coordination and executive assistance. Susanna has a long background in administration and finance, working for companies within diverse sectors, which has given her valuable insights in setting up operational frameworks and fine-tuning management processes. In more recent years, she has also been involved in the sustainability work of various NGO’s and has a keen interest in international relations as well as in the structures and driving forces behind global environmental and social change. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies and a Master’s degree in globalization, environment and social change, both from Stockholm University.
Communications and Administrative Officer, Sweden
After 10+ years in international business operations in Sweden and Spain, Therese is supporting the work within Communications, Finance, HR and Admin at Future Earth. Therese has a Master of Science in Business Administration and Economics from Stockholm University combined with later studies in child rights and social and political movements. She is engaged in the non-profit sector since a few years as board member for an NGO promoting education and social development in Peru.
Hub Coordinator, France
Xavier has worked in the organization and promotion of scientific and cultural events before joining the research and training support departments in public research institutes (INED, CNRS). He is currently continuing a coordination mission within the Future Earth hub based in Paris.
Administrative Officer, Montreal
Marie d’Acremont is responsible for the administration and coordination of the daily operations of the Montreal Global Hub of Future Earth. She joined the team in 2015 to support the development and implementation of the processes related to Human Resources, Finance and Communication of the hub. She holds a Master of Environmental Sciences and is a workshop facilitator on environmental issues for the Réseau des femmes en environnement, a non-for profit organization in Quebec.
Advisors & Fellows
Postdoctoral Researcher, PEGASuS 2: Ocean Sustainability
Alfredo Giron is a postdoctoral researcher at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at UC Santa Barbara and for Future Earth. He received his Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, where he developed new methods to inform fisheries management, with focus on the Gulf of California, Mexico. In 2014, along with members of the Gulf of California Marine Program, he created dataMares, a science communication and data sharing platform. Today, dataMares is of the leading outlets in Mexico for socio-environmental science communication, with a strong presence in social media and national newspapers. As a career goal, Alfredo is interested in communicating the results of this research to the general public and to international bodies and panels, such as the United Nations Oceans Decade, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Food and Agriculture Organization. While working for Future Earth, he expects to expand his participation in these bodies and panels and help to bring scientific knowledge to action.
Postdoctoral Researcher, PEGASuS 2: Ocean Sustainability
Erin Satterthwaite is a marine ecologist who works at the interface of applied marine research, policy engagement, and science communication to advance ocean conservation for sustainable development. She is interested in ocean sustainability issues related to marine biodiversity, fisheries management, social-ecological systems, citizen science, and biological oceanography. Prior to joining the Future Earth and NCEAS partnership, Erin was a California State Sea Grant Fellow with the Environmental Research Division, a research unit of the National Marine Fisheries Service's Southwest Fisheries Science Center. In this fellowship, Erin worked on projects ranging from assessing the social and ecological vulnerability of California fisheries to the use of environmental DNA to assess patterns of marine biodiversity along the California coast. Erin Satterthwaite received her Doctor of Philosophy degree in applied marine ecology and conservation in the Environmental Science and Policy Department at the Bodega Marine Laboratory, University of California, Davis. Her work there consisted of research related to spatial marine management, such as marine protected areas. She focused on understanding the movement of marine young, also known as marine larvae, to better identify habitats that are priority marine conservation areas and ensure that areas will maintain healthy populations. In addition, she used participatory research methods to assess groundfish populations, such as rockfish and lingcod, inside and outside of marine reserves to understand changes their populations. Erin is passionate about bringing together ocean sustainability research, policy engagement, and education in novel and creative ways. She has participated in COMPASS science communication trainings, engaged in state and national policy briefings, and developed trainings to provide early career scientists with practical skills to link science and policy. In addition, Erin has developed and taught numerous courses and outreach programs. She helped to develop an outreach program at Bodega Marine Laboratory, which exposes students to observation-based learning techniques, and has created a Coastal and Marine Science Pre-College Program at UC Davis. In addition, she has developed a marine science short course for journalism graduate students and an undergraduate course on the science and policy of global change. Erin is especially passionate about linking art and science as a novel form of science communication, and has displayed her own photography at science and art fusion events.
Senior Innovations Fellow
Owen Gaffney is a global sustainability writer and analyst at Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Stockholm Resilience Centre. He co-founded the Future Earth Media Lab and he is on the faculty of Singularity University. Owen trained as an astronautic and aeronautic engineer and he is a qualified journalist, filmmaker and writer. For a decade he has worked in Earth system science communication. His work focuses on policy, media and business impact of global sustainability research and visualizing humanity's impact on the planet through concepts such as the Anthropocene and planetary boundaries, and transformation processes. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the BBC and the world’s leading academic journals Science and Nature. His work on visualisations with Felix Pharand Deschenes have been shown at the UN Rio+20 Summit and the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Junya is a senior advisor to Future Earth, Tokyo Hub on a pro-bono basis applying his knowledge and experiences from his business career. After graduation from University of Tokyo (Bachelor of Laws), he worked for a several global financial institutions (Bank of Tokyo (currently MUFG), Citigroup, UBS, Credit Suisse, and DBS) for years. After retirement from the business, he has been engaged in various social activities including employment support for persons with mental and intellectual disabilities, education, and revitalization of local communities. In 2018, he together with Naoko Ishii and Institution for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) translated and introduced “Big World Small Planet” (by Johan Rockstrom and Mattias Klum) in Japan, which has opened his eyes to the clear and present crisis of the earth.