SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Center for Governance and Sustainability, John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston, USA
Maria Ivanova is Associate Professor of Global Governance and Director of the Center for Governance and Sustainability at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is also a visiting scholar at the Center for Collective Intelligence at MIT. Her work focuses on the performance of international institutions, implementation of international environmental agreements, and sustainability. She has studied the United Nations Environment Programme and the international efforts on climate change. Her current work examines national performance on global environmental conventions. From 2014 to 2018, Ivanova served on the Scientific Advisory Board of the UN Secretary-General. She was a coordinating lead author for the policy chapter of the fifth Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5). Ivanova is the Chair of the Board of UN University’s Institute for Advanced Study of Sustainability and an Andrew Carnegie Fellow. In 2018, she chaired the jury for the $5 million New Shape Prize for global governance by the Global Challenges Foundation.
Department of Geography, Human-Environment Relations, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany
Prof. Matthias Garschagen is Chair in Human Geography and heads the Teaching and Research Unit for Human Environment Relations at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) in Munich. He is also an Honorary Professor at RMIT University, Melbourne, in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies. Amongst other functions, Matthias Garschagen currently serves as a Lead Author in the IPCC’s Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) and the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). His research focuses on risk, vulnerability, adaptation and transformation in the context of environmental hazards and climate change. He is particularly interested in future urban risk trends and the evaluation of different adaptation options. His research findings have been published in international journals, including Nature, and a number of book projects. Before joining LMU, Matthias Garschagen served for the United Nations University where he led a team of around 20 scientists working on the assessment of disaster and climate risk.
Department of Biogeochemical Integration, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Germany
Markus Reichstein is Director of the Biogeochemical Integration Department at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry. His main research interests revolve around the response and feedback of ecosystems (vegetation and soils) to climatic variability with a Earth system perspective, considering coupled carbon, water and nutrient cycles. Of specific interest is the interplay of climate extremes with ecosystem and societal resilience. These topics are addressed via a model-data integration approach, combining data-driven machine learning with systems modelling of experimental, ground- and satellite-based observations. Since 2013 Markus Reichstein is Professor for Global Geoecology at the FSU Jena, and founding Director at the Michael-Stifel-Center Jena for Data-driven and Simulation Science. He has been serving as lead author of the IPCC special report on Climate Extremes (SREX), as member of the German Committee Future Earth on Sustainability Research, and the Thuringian Panel on Climate. Recent awards include the Piers J. Sellers Mid-Career Award by the American Geophysical Union (2018), an ERC Synergy Grant (2019) and the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Preis (2020).
Dr. Qian Ye
Executive Director, Integrated Risk Governance Project
Beijing Normal University, State Key Laboratory of Earth Surface Processes and Resource Ecology, China, Beijing Dr. Qian Ye is an internationally known climate expert with particular interest in the social impact of global climate change. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Oregon State University in 1993, and since then had worked in both US and Chinese research and education institutes including the National Center for Atmospheric Research, University of Colorado, Chinese Meteorological Administration, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Beijing Normal University. In particular, he has worked closely with the renowned scientist Dr. Mickey Glantz to understand the human component of the earth's climate system. Dr. Ye was the leading PI of a core project sponsored by the Ministry of Sciences and Technology in China on the Integrated Risk Analysis in the context of Global Environmental Change". He was also the lead PI for a research project on the Beijing 2008 Olympics weather service which helped to secure the success of this highly claimed Olympic event--the first in the 5000 year Chinese history. Dr. Ye helped the creation of the Climate Affairs research centers in Lanzhou, Urmuqi, the Marginal Land Affairs Program in Harbin, the Coastal Urban Affairs Program at East China Normal University, Shanghai, China. Dr. Ye has served in many international committees including the International Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP) international committee
Institute for Sustainable Development and Research, ISDR, India
Kalpana Chaudhari is an engineer by training. She has pursued a Ph.D. in Engineering and Technology. Her research focuses on interdisciplinary subjects, including e-governance and information and communication technologies, their application for socio-economic and sustainable development and how they are empowering both decision-makers and communities to play a proactive role in managing ocean and marine systems, climate change, disaster risk and coastal resilience. She is working as Vice President of Institute for Sustainable Development and Research (ISDR) in India, an organisation that has consultative status with United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN-ECOSOC), UN-Environment,UN-Habitat, UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development), UN-Ffd (Finance for Development) and UN-WCDRR (World Conference on Disaster risk and Reductions). Kalpana is working as Assistant Professor at Shah and Anchor Kutchhi Engineering College, Mumbai, India. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee on the Assessment on Marine Litter and Microplastics for the United Nations Environment Program (UN-Environment). She is Core Member of Expert Team on Disaster Risk Reduction (ETDRR) for Joint WMO-UNESCO-IOC Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM).She is Member of Task Force on Knowledge and Data for Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). She is Lead Author and Reviewer for the flagship report on "Science for Disaster Risk Management 2020–Acting today, Protecting tomorrow" of Disaster Risk Management knowledge Center, Joint Research Centre, European Commission (EC/EU). She has participated in programs on coastal and ocean governance organized by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, International Council for Science (ICSU), World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), Land Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ), International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans (IAPSO) and other international organizations in Asia-Pacific, Africa, South America and Europe.
FUTURE EARTH SECRETARIAT
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.
Science Officer & Manager, Sustainability in the Digital Age
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.
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.