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).
Interim Executive Director; 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.
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.
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-
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, Future Earth South Asia Regional Office
Prof. S. K. Satheesh is an Indian meteorologist and a professor at the Centre for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc). He holds the chair of the Divecha Centre for Climate Change, a centre undertaking research on climate variability, climate change and their impact on the environment. He is known for his studies on atmospheric aerosols and is an elected fellow of all the three major Indian science academies, i.e., Indian Academy of Sciences, Indian National Science Academy and the National Academy of Sciences, India, as well as The World Academy of Sciences. The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, the apex agency of the Government of India for scientific research, awarded him the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology, one of the highest Indian science awards for his contributions to Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean and Planetary Sciences in 2009. He received the TWAS Prize of the World Academy of Sciences in 2011. In 2018, he received the Infosys Prize (in Physical Sciences category), one of the highest monetary awards in India that recognize excellence in science and research, for his work in the field of climate change. In recent years, Prof. Satheesh has conceived and led numerous field experiments in remote and hostile environments, in pursuit of the science of aerosols, employing research ships and aircrafts, besides a network of ground-based observatories. The campaigns in which Prof. Satheesh was the Chief Mission Scientist remain benchmarks in scientific planning, meticulous execution, creative data analysis and interpretation. Currently, as the Director of Future Earth South Asia Regional office, Prof. Satheesh is responsible for entwining his knowledge for action plans for sustainable development. In recognition of his outstanding research contributions in the field of Atmospheric Science and Technology the Ministry of Earth Sciences honoured him with the “National Award in the field of Atmospheric Science and Technology” for the year 2019.
Global Hub Director, Sweden: Executive Team
Wendy Broadgate joined Future Earth in 2016 as Global Hub Director, Sweden. She leads the activities of the Swedish Hub, which hosts the Earth Commission Secretariat. The Earth Commission is an expert analysis to underpin the setting of Science-based Targets for a stable Earth system. She also leads the Future Earth team which produces policy briefs for the UN processes for biodiversity (CBD), Climate (UNFCCC) as well as Future Earth’s contribution to the landmark United in Science report for the UN Climate Action Summit in 2019. Wendy has two decades of experience in strategy development, international sustainability research coordination and synthesis, communications and the science-policy interface. She holds a PhD in marine chemistry and has spent much of her career in global change research, publishing on the Anthropocene, Earth system science and ocean-atmosphere interactions. She was Deputy Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) for 15 years and director of the The Fisheries Secretariat, a non-profit working towards sustainable fisheries in Europe. At IGBP she was 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.
Wendy Broadgate joined Future Earth in 2016 as Global Hub Director, Sweden. She leads the activities of the Swedish Hub, which hosts the Earth Commission Secretariat. The Earth Commission is an expert analysis to underpin the setting of Science-based Targets for a stable Earth system. She also leads the Future Earth team which produces policy briefs for the UN processes for biodiversity (CBD), Climate (UNFCCC) as well as Future Earth’s contribution to the landmark United in Science report for the UN Climate Action Summit in 2019.
Wendy has two decades of experience in strategy development, international sustainability research coordination and synthesis, communications and the science-policy interface. She holds a PhD in marine chemistry and has spent much of her career in global change research, publishing on the Anthropocene, Earth system science and ocean-atmosphere interactions.
She was Deputy Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) for 15 years and director of the The Fisheries Secretariat, a non-profit working towards sustainable fisheries in Europe. At IGBP she was 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.
Global Hub Director, Canada; Executive Director, Sustainability in the Digital Age
Éliane Ubalijoro, PhD, is the Global Hub Director in Canada for Future Earth, as well as the Executive Director of Sustainability in the Digital Age. Her decades of experience span academia, science-policy and the non-profit and international development sectors. She is a Professor of Practice for Public-Private Sector Partnerships at McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development, where her research interests focus on innovation, gender and sustainable development for prosperity creation. Her teaching over the last decade has focused on facilitating leadership development. She is a member of Rwanda’s National Science and Technology Council and has been a member of the Presidential AdvisoryCouncil for Rwandan President Paul Kagame since its inception in September 2007. She is a member of the Expert Consultation Group on the Post COVID-19 Implications on Collaborative Governance of Genomics Research, Innovation, and Genetic Diversity. Éliane is a member of the African Development Bank’s Expert Global Community of Practice on COVID-19 Response Strategies in Africa. She is a member of the newly created Capitals Coalition Supervisory Board. Éliane teaches and advises in Leadership programs to help equip executives in science, innovation and international development with tools that support inner and outer sustainable transformation towards global prosperity.
Research & Innovation
Giles Bruno Sioen
Dr. Giles B. Sioen is co-Lead for Research and Innovation based in the Future Earth Global Hub Japan, Research Associate at the National Institute for Environmental Studies of Japan, and chair of the KU Leuven Alumni Chapter Japan. Among other activities, he works on the research and innovation portfolio with colleagues from across the Future Earth community, coordinates the Future Earth Urban and Health Knowledge-Action Networks, conducts individual research, and supports a range of domestic projects and activities. His research focuses on the development of a transdisciplinary system-based guideline to reduce the impact of climate change and other disasters on cities and health. Before joining Future Earth, he worked as a project researcher at the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences of the University of Tokyo in collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology - System Design and Management Program where he applied sustainability science concepts in the fields of urban planning and public health using a systems approach. Dr. Sioen holds a Ph.D. in Sustainability Science from the University of Tokyo, a Master’s degree in Urban Planning and Design from KU Leuven (Luca-Arts, campus Ghent), and a Bachelor’s degree in Garden and Landscape Architecture from University College Ghent.
Research & Innovation Officer
Judit Ungvari is the co-lead of the Future Earth Research and Innovation portfolio and the Research and Innovation Officer at George Mason University’s Institute for a Sustainable Earth. She came to Future Earth and Mason after 2 years at the National Science Foundation where she was a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow. She was working in the Geosciences directorate on various international and integrative activities facilitating transdisciplinary global change research. Her work encompassed various programs within the Belmont Forum, Future Earth, and the Sustainability Research and Innovation initiatives. Judit is an ecologist by training, with expertise in avian biology in tropical habitats. She studied birds in the Peruvian Amazon region combining both laboratory- and field-based research and received her Ph.D. in Zoology with a certificate and concentration in Tropical Conservation and Development at the University of Florida. Her work on Amazonian forest bird communities related to the ecological mechanisms of habitat specialization, movement and dispersal between patchy habitats, combining metapopulation theory, landscape ecology, and population genetics. She also worked as a postdoctoral scholar at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, addressing avian conservation issues in coffee agroecosystems in Colombia. Judit is involved in local capacity building and community outreach both in the USA and Latin America and has mentored dozens of students to complete independent research projects in Peru, Colombia and Florida. Her interests include sustainability science, science diplomacy, supporting open research efforts, and communicating science to the public.
80% Time - Erik Pihl is Science Officer 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. He has acted as Swedish representative in work for the European Academies Science Advisory Council and the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme. Erik's work for Future Earth has included leading the 10 New Insights in Climate Science annual publications and co-authorship of the Exponential Roadmap reports.
Research Manager, Sustainability in the Digital Age
Jennifer Garard brings an interdisciplinary background to the role of Research Manager, where she coordinates, advances, and oversees all research-related activities at Sustainability in the Digital Age. For two years, Jennifer was a Science Officer at Future Earth, acting as liaison to the Advisory Committee, engaging in projects such as the Global Risks Perceptions initiative, and coordinating the Futures CoLab project. Prior to this, Jennifer was a researcher with the working group Scientific Assessments, Ethics, and Public Policy at Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change in Berlin, Germany, and an intern with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity Health and Biodiversity Cross-Cutting Initiative. She 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).
Research Scientist, Earth Commission
Science Officer and Interim Communications Lead for the 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.
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.
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.
Cosma Caze is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Environmental Policy at the Paris School of International Affairs. She has a Bachelor Degree in sustainability from McGill University, Canada, for which she spent a semester in Sophia University in Tokyo. Prior to Future Earth, she worked as an intern in the communication department of UN OCHA Sudan, and as a Development Assistant for AUSAR Energy, a startup company installing solar microgrid power stations in Western Africa. She also volunteered as a consultant for numerous NGOs focused on food access, circular economy, and social inclusion.
Clement joined the Future Earth hub in Paris as Science Officer in April 2020. He studied at the National Natural History Museum (MNHN) in Paris, France, where he got a Master degree in ecology, biodiversity and environment and did all his internships studying iguana’s behaviour in the French Antilles. After his degree, Clement joined the international affairs office of the MNHN at the time of COP21. Following that, he has been recruited by the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs as Scientific Officer at the French Embassy in Sweden where he stayed 2 years. There, he developed links between French and Swedish research communities. More recently, Clement managed a European marine biology research project for Sorbonne Université, Paris. At Future Earth his missions will be mostly dedicated to oceans (liaison for SOLAS GRP and coordination support to Ocean KAN) and to supporting science policy integration.
Cristian joined Future Earth in May 2020 as a Science Officer and is mainly working on the Science-Based Pathways for Sustainability. Cristian has an interdisciplinary background and holds a Master’s degree in Environmental & Resource Management from the Institute of Environmental Studies (IVM) of Amsterdam. He is interested in biodiversity conservation and ocean governance and previously worked with s.Pro - Sustainable Projects in Berlin where he conducted research on marine spatial planning and coordinated the Interreg’s project Ecodesign.
Science Lead, Earth Commission
Simona Pedde joined Future Earth in 2021. She leads the Earth Commission (EC) Secretariat, which coordinates analyses and activities by the Commissioners, Working Groups and the scientific staff of the EC. She also supports the liaison between the EC and partners in the Global Common Alliance, in close collaboration with the Global Hub Director of Future Earth and the EC Co-Chairs. With a combined social and natural sciences background, her research focuses on the development, translation and application of climate change scenarios, particularly the Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs). Before joining Future Earth, she worked at WUR (the Netherlands) collaborating with SEI (Sweden), PIK (Germany) and IIASA (Austria) to translate global scenarios for regional users with co-production techniques. She also collaborates with UKCEH (United Kingdom) on developing the UK versions of the SSPs contributing to the Climate Change Risk Assessment for the UK Government climate adaptation policy. During her PhD at WUR, she co-lead the development of European and local versions of the SSPs in several case studies, in collaboration with both researchers and stakeholders.
Project Manager, Sustainability in the Digital Age initiative
Nilushi joins Future Earth as a Project Manager for the Reimagining Climate Governance Project under the Sustainability in the Digital Age Initiative. She holds a BSc in Environmental Sciences from the University of Southampton (United Kingdom) and a MSc in Environment and Resource Management from VU University Amsterdam (The Netherlands). Nilushi has predominantly worked in the INGO sector with organizations such as the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Wetlands International and different entities within the United Nations system. She has experience coordinating projects, conducting research and disseminating knowledge in the fields of climate change mitigation and adaptation, sustainable development and conservation. Prior to this, Nilushi worked as a Sustainability Strategy Consultant developing tools to help strengthen the role of the private sector in sustainable development.
Communication & Engagement
Jon Mikel Walton is the Communications Lead for Future Earth. As a passionate advocate for science-driven innovation and equitable sustainability, he strives to find common stories that drive collaboration across disciplines to help solve complex, global challenges. Prior to joining Future Earth, he worked with the World Bank to develop and deploy a wide array of strategic communications campaigns around the linkages between climate change and poverty, from executive messaging to video series and formative international events. He also spent several years as a journalist covering trends in green building practices and urban design. He holds a double B.A. in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Westmont College, as well as an M.A. from the Erasmus Mundus Masters Program in Public Policy.
Science Editor & Advancement Officer, Sustainability in the Digital Age & Future Earth
Andréa currently employs her wide complement of skills in research, analysis, editing and evaluation as Science Editor and Advancement Officer for both Future Earth and Sustainability in the Digital Age. Her approach to writing and fundraising is rooted in her diverse professional experience spanning program evaluation, international development, freelance science writing, and laboratory research. Prior to joining Future Earth, Ms. Ventimiglia worked as a science program evaluator helping to measure and valorize the societal impact of research and research funding. 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.
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.
Yuki is a communications officer for Future Earth and freelance sustainability consultant. Previously, she has worked for the National Institute of Environmental Studies (NIES), University of Tokyo, and Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN), appointed to the Future Earth secretariat as a communications officer. She also works at an environmental consulting company in Japan on issues such as marine plastic pollution, mercury waste/pollution, and the transboundary trade of hazardous waste. 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.
Noriko is a communications officer for Future Earth and a communicator at the National Institute of Environmental Studies (NIES) in Japan. Previously having worked with an NPO for science education, she has engaged in a variety of science events for children and also been involved in editing a children's science book. Her recent work focuses on creating and facilitating dialogue in science communication for a broader audience. She holds BAs in Language and Area Studies from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and in Biology from International Christian University, as well as an MSc in Science Communication and Public Engagement from the University of Edinburgh.
Digital Content and Communications Officer
Rachelle Fox joins Sustainability in the Digital Age as the Digital Content and Communications Officer. She holds a B.A. in Journalism and Études françaises and an M.A. in Littératures francophones et résonances médiatiques from Concordia University. Her master’s research-creation project explored the intersection of theatre and social media with a specific focus on the ways people communicate and behave in digital spaces. She’s passionate about technology, sustainability, and storytelling. Rachelle is also an artist and avid snowshoer.
Science Communicator, Earth Commission
Naomi Lubick supports the Earth Commission to communicate its science-based targets for a habitable and just planet for all, getting the message out to the right audiences, at the right time. She previously worked as a science journalist and editor, with a focus on earth and environmental science.
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.
Associate Director, US Global Hub, Network Lead
Veera Mitzner is the Future Earth Network Lead and the lead coordinator for Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress (SRI) of which she also co-chairs the 2021 Program Committee. In addition, Veera leads the Secretariat’s global effort to support the Future Earth National and Regional Networks, mobilizing sustainability science locally, nationally and globally. 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. Her book “European Union Research Policy – Contested Origins” was published by Palgrave in 2020.
Senior Science Officer
Mariela is a Science Officer at the Future Earth Global Hub in Paris, where she leads projects which promote responsible science, research and innovation through global networks. She has a long experience in sustainable development, having also worked at UNESCO - Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme and at Global Water Partnership - Mediterranean mainly on projects regarding the management of local and transboundary water resources in the Mediterranean and the Balkans. Her personal interest lies in bringing together scientists, policy makers, civil society and the private sector in order to tackle environmental and governance issues towards a better future earth. She holds a diploma in chemical engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and an MSc in Environmental Engineering & Business Management from Imperial College, London.
As the Future Earth Network Associate based in the Future Earth USA Global Hub, Hannah supports the network aspects of the Future Earth Membership Portal and the Sustainability and Innovation Congress, in addition to other operations of Future Earth in Boulder, Colorado. Before joining Future Earth, Hannah split her time between seasonal work as a naturalist and deckhand on boats in Alaska and climate, infrastructure and development policy research. During this period, she worked as a Junior Researcher on the Climate Proofing Growth and Development Program at Oxford Policy Management in New Delhi, as a research intern for the Reconnecting Asia Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington D.C., and as a research intern at The Arctic Institute, where she continues to write a weekly news analysis piece. Hannah holds a degree in Evolutionary Biology and Ecology and certificates in Hydrology and South Asian Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder. As a student, she also studied snow hydrology as an intern at the Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research and researched organizational networks in the context of disaster risk reduction as a Research Assistant to a PhD student in the Global Projects and Organizations research group.
Finance & 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.
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.
Coordinator and Administrative Officer, Sweden
Susanna Dobrota works as a Coordinator at the Swedish Hub her work tasks entail administration, finance, events and communications support. 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.
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.
Coordinator, Future Earth Montreal Hub & Sustainability in the Digital Age
Marie d'Acremont coordinates the administrative activities of the hub (including human resources, finance and general administration), whilst acting as university partnerships liaison and translator of external communications. She holds a BSc in Sociology from Kingston University, London UK and an MSc in Environmental Sciences from l'Université du Québec à Montréal.
Financial and Administrative Officer
Victoria has a bachelor’s degree in economics within accounting and financial management from Linnaeus University. After graduation she worked as an audit associate for 2 years. Victoria works as a Financial and Administrative Officer at the Swedish Hub. She is also the assistant to the global hub director.
Advisors & Fellows
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.
Senior Advisor, Sustainability in the Digital Age
Amy Luers is the Senior Advisor of the Sustainability in the Digital Age Initiative and senior advisor to Future Earth. Luers also sits on the Foresight Committee of the Veolia Institute. She has over 25 years of experience working at the intersection of science, technology and policy. A former assistant director on climate resilience and information in the Obama White House and senior environment manager at Google, she is a member of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations and has served on committees of the U.S. Global Change Research Program and the National Academies of Sciences. Dr. Luers started her career working in rural water development in Latin America as co-founder and the first executive director of Agua Para La Vida (Water for Life). She spent a number of years directing the water and climate security work at the Skoll Global Threats Fund. She sits on several advisory boards including the Carnegie Climate Governance Initiative, STS Forum Regional Climate Action, the IEEE Committee on Ethically Designed AI for a Sustainable Planet, the International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of AI and Digital Technologies, and the US National Council for Science and the Environment. Amy 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. She has published in both peer-reviewed and popular media on big data and the digital age, science communication, climate policy and vulnerability and resilience of human-environmental systems.
AAAS STP Fellow at NSF
Amanda is a Science Officer with FutureEarth U.S. Global Hub working on Sustainability Science 2.0 and the Sustainability Research & Innovation Congress. She is trained as a urban ecosystem scientist focusing on vulnerabilities in communities arising from industrial processes and public resource access. Her expertise is in community outreach, program management, as well as geographic information systems (GIS) and R statistical software. She was the Program Manager for the Secondary Cities Initiative, an international community-based mapping program geared towards providing basic geospatial information for informed decision making. She led community outreach efforts for river restoration to bolster stakeholder buy in and promote resilient restoration design. Amanda’s PhD was completed at Colorado State University studying the groundwater contamination risk and remediation of spills arising from oil and gas extraction. She is passionate about supporting inclusion of disadvantaged individuals in STEM and sustainability activities for better representation and personal empowerment.
Postdoctoral Researcher, Science-based Pathways for Sustainability & Sustainability in the Digital Age
Mi is from Zhenjiang, southeast China where she graduated from Nanjing University (NJU) and attained a Master's degree from Peking University (PKU) in environmental sciences and engineering. Earlier this year (2020), she completed her PhD in natural resource sciences at McGill University with a focus on the issue of groundwater depletion and the promotion of resilient water-secure systems. Prior to joining Future Earth, Mi served for UNDP Ecosystem and Biodiversity team working on project coordination and knowledge management, including facilitating high-level events and dialogues (e.g. World Wildlife Day, Nature for life hub), developing and managing online public portals (e.g. PANORAMA solutions), and supporting science-based policy analysis on nature-based solutions at country-level. She is also a member of the Quebec Center for Biodiversity Science Institute and Resilience Alliance Young Scholars society. In Future Earth, Mi will contribute to the development of biodiversity and sustainability pathways through two on-going projects: Science-based Pathways for Sustainability (SBPS) & the Sustainability in the Digital Age initiative (SDA). She is also a part of first cohort of trainees in the LEADs program (Leadership in Environmental and Digital innovation for Sustainability), a joint initiative of Concordia University, Sustainability in the Digital Age and other collaborators. Mi has been passionate about international sustainable development since she was a student journalist at PKU where she interviewed Nobel Laureates and international leaders. Throughout her studies, she has set up multiple volunteer teams to empower people and protect the environment. She has also launched several innovative projects designed to improve social well-being and protect Nature, including a mobile app for recording individual carbon footprints. Mi is also an amateur musician who has been playing the Guzheng (Chinese zither) for over twenty years.
Born and raised in Osun State, Nigeria, Hammed completed his Bachelor's degree with First Class Honors from Osun State University and MSc degree from McGill University, as a Mastercard Foundation Scholar. For his MSc research, he assessed the impacts of Land Use and Land Cover Changes on biodiversity and ecosystem function in the African Zambezi River Basin, using satellite imageries. Currently, Hammed is a Ph.D. student at Concordia University, Canada where he’s investigating the impact of climate change on species distribution using the Ecological Niche Model. Also, he’s among the first cohort of Leadership in Environmental and Digital Innovation for Sustainability- LEADs program. While at Future Earth, Hammed will be working, as a Research Assistant, with the Sustainability in the Digital Age (SDA) team to contribute to ongoing research efforts in the development of a digital ecosystem. Hammed is the Pioneer National President of Nigeria Society for Environmental Conservation (NSEC), a student organization, helping in the conservation and sustainability of natural resources. He’s an environmentalist, passionate about environmental conservation. Specifically, he’s interested in how the growing population can sustainably interact with increasing pressure from climate change, land use, and the effect on biodiversity and community structure. Hammed has attended many conferences in Nigeria, Ghana, Rwanda, Canada, and the USA. Also, he’s a member of many national and International Organizations, such as the Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science (QCBS), Society for Conservation Biology, British Ecological Society, Tropical Biology Association, among others. He desires to become an expert in the sustainable management of natural resources, research innovative approaches to tackling environmental crisis being posed to us by anthropogenic factors and contribute his knowledge and skills to this worthy cause.