Coordinator of the Environment and Development Center for Central America and the Program Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program, Cartago, Costa Rica
Francisco Alpízar is a research fellow and the Coordinator of the Environment and Development Center for Central America (www.efdinitiative.org), as well as the Program Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program (www.laceep.org). His fields of specialization include environmental policy making and economic valuation of the environment. He has also done some work on experimental economics applied to policy design. Recently, his work has been focused on sustainable management and funding of protected areas, including both entrance fees and donations, as well as the interaction of communities and economies that interact with a given conservation effort. He has also been involved in the design of Coasian schemes to internalize the external effects (negative and positive) of watershed management for the provision of ecosystem services. Francisco has been a consultant to the GEF-World Bank, the IDB, UNDP, WWF, IUCN and The Nature Conservancy, among others. He has been invited as a lecturer to universities in Sweden, the US, Costa Rica and Colombia.
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Chairman of the National Peace Corps Association and former CEO of DAI, Potomac, Maryland, USA
Tony Barclay's career in international development, beginning with Peace Corps service in Kenya, has featured leadership roles and diverse experience, especially in Africa. He lived and worked in Kenya for seven years, and has maintained close personal and professional ties there for over 45 years, visiting at least once every year, and is proficient in Kiswahili. He earned a reputation for principled leadership during his 30 years as a senior executive at the employee-owned global development consulting firm DAI, spending 20 years as the Chief Operating Officer and his last 10 as CEO. During his tenure, DAI grew into a global company with annual revenues of $375 million and 2,500 employees, earning a reputation for creative problem-solving, thought leadership, and excellence in project management.
Now he serves as Chairman of the National Peace Corps Association, an alumni group serving more than 200,000 Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. He also teaches emerging development practitioners at Columbia, Berkeley, and Georgetown, and advises young companies and nonprofits that are pioneering development innovations. He joined the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition Board at its founding in 1995 and chaired its nonprofit educational arm from 2007-10.
Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future, Washington, DC, USA
James Boyd has been a Fellow at Resources for the Future since 1992. Boyd's research is in the fields of environmental regulation and law and economics, focusing on the analysis of environmental institutions and policy. Specific areas of expertise include ecological benefit and damage assessment, water regulation, environmental and product liability law, and incentive-based regulation. Current research focuses on the measurement and analysis of ecosystem services and the role of ecosystem services in both environmental management and national welfare accounting. Boyd has been a consultant to, among others, the World Bank, National Academy of Sciences, the European Commission, the Harvard Institute for International Development, and various government agencies.
Principal, California Strategies, LLC, Sacramento, Califonia, USA
Anthony has 15 years of experience in leading public and private organizations through international climate change, renewable energy and greenhouse gas mitigation. He worked on policies such as California's Global Warming Solution's Act (AB 32) and the state Renewable Portfolio Standard. In his role at California Strategies, a full-service public strategy firm, he provides clients with public strategy goals with his expertise in areas of renewable energy, cap and trade and clean technology financing.
He served under Governor Schwarzenegger as the California Natural Resources Agency's Deputy Secretary for Energy and Climate Change. As the state Deputy, Anthony initiated, led and managed numerous programs related to planning and siting for renewable energy and alternative fuels development, planning for climate change regulation (mitigation and adaptation), and promoting the clean technology sector. He frequently provided expert witness testimony to Congress, sat on expert commissions and Boards and had significant media exposure on energy, clean technology, and climate change issues.
Anthony was responsible for coordinating renewable energy and climate change efforts which include overseeing over 16,000 employees and a $6 billion dollar budget. Anthony helped Governor Schwarzenegger start the Governors' Climate and Forest Task Force in 2008. He also served as a program coordinator for the U.S. Forest Service, Executive Director for an international non-profit, a climate change economist for the PA Consulting Group and a senior research fellow for the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. He has a M.Sc. in Resource Economics from University College London and a B.A. in Economics and Environmental Studies from U.C. Santa Barbara. Anthony lives in Sacramento with his wife Belinda Morris and daughters Siela and Nadia.
Senior Policy Advisor, The Nature Conservancy, Washington, DC, USA
Randy was born in Washington DC in 1950 and raised in Greece, Vietnam, Algeria, Paris and Washington, DC. He attended Bowdoin and Thunderbird where he focused on African political modernization and economic development in Latin America. College summers included home construction, attending Woodstock and teaching English and Spanish in Cameroon, West Africa. He also co-founded a statewide community land trust and a low-income housing initiative in Maine from 72 to 76 and worked for a low income micro-credit organization in Costa Rica for 2 years and then a Nebraska-based irrigation company targeting Spain and Africa from 80 to 82. From 83 to 86 he helped start a grain shipping company focusing on famine relief using a new technology of destination bagging equipment at the arrival ports saving significant time and shipping costs. Randy joined The Nature Conservancy in 1987 where he has worked on conservation finance measures including debt for nature swaps, conservation trust funds, GEF replenishments, bilateral grants from USAID and others and MDB funding from the World Bank, the IDB and the ADB. He actually loves family reunions, sailing, podcasts while walking the dog, reading and all types of music.
World Bank Institute (retired), Kailua, Hawaii, USA
John Dixon was the lead Environmental Economist at the World Bank and is widely known for his work on applied environmental economics, especially the valuation of environmental resources. He has published numerous books on economic valuation and its applications to various ecosystems, as well as many articles on these and other themes. Before joining the World Bank in 1990, John was a researcher at the East-West Centre in Honolulu, and also worked with the Ford Foundation in Indonesia. His recent work has focused on the economics of parks and protected areas, especially marine parks and tourism. Recent professional work includes activities in East Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. John holds undergraduate degrees in Chinese and Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard.
Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Paul J. Ferraro is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. He is a member of Global Environment Facility’s five-member Science Advisor Panel and a Senior Science Fellow and the Kathryn Fuller Science for Nature Fund Visiting Scientist at the World Wildlife Fund. Dr. Ferraro’s research focuses on the design and evaluation of cost-effective environmental policies and institutions, and the use of experiments to study human behavior and decision-making. He received his PhD in economics from Cornell University, and also holds a BA in biology and history, and an MS in economics, from Duke University. He is a collaborating author on the 2005 Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, and his research appears in journals such as Conservation Biology, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Land Economics, PLoS Biology, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Science, and Trends in Ecology & Evolution (see http://epp.gsu.edu/pferraro for more details).
Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
Ricardo Godoy has been doing long-term ecological and socioeconomic research among lowland Amerindian populations in Central America and Bolivia using standard methods of data collection. His research has focused on the effect of market economies on various indicators of the quality of life and on the habitat of indigenous people. A former professor of Anthropology at Harvard and the University of Florida, Dr. Godoy now teaches at Brandeis University
Managing Director, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, London, UK
Abyd Karmali is Managing Director and Global Head of Carbon Markets at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He is the company's point person for carbon business opportunities and serves on Bank of America's Environment Council which steers the bank's $50 billion environmental business initiative. Mr. Karmali has worked for more than twenty years on climate change, carbon markets and climate finance. He is currently Special Advisor to the Climate Markets and Investment Association after serving as its elected President from 2008-2013 and is also a banking representative on UNEP's Climate Change Advisory Group. He holds an MS in Technology and Policy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Former Managing Director and Head of the Environmental Advisory Group, Guernevilla, California, USA
Wanda Kim worked for UBS Investment Bank from 1997 – 2011, where she held a variety of positions in the Zurich and London offices. In her role as Managing Director and Head of the Environmental Advisory Group, she created a new team in the investment bank with global responsibility to manage environmental risks, and to pursue environmental business opportunities. Prior to joining UBS Wanda was a securities lawyer with Shearman & Sterling, working in NY, London and Dusseldorf.
Wanda received her A.B. cum laude from Harvard University, and earned a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. Wanda has lived and worked in 6 different countries, speaks rusty business German and elementary Korean, and has a keen personal and philanthropic interest in classical music and opera. Wanda currently serves as the President of the American Friends English National Opera, and is also member of Advisory Board of Clean Engines Inc, a company that focuses on providing clean engine technology to end users. Wanda divides her time between California, London and France.
Founder and Executive Director, Green Schools Initiative and Former Commissioner, World Commission on Dams, Berkeley, California, USA
Deborah Moore is the founder and executive director of the Green Schools Initiative, an effort improve the environmental health and ecological sustainability of schools. Deborah was appointed one of the twelve Commissioners to the World Commission on Dams, an independent body established by the World Bank and World Conservation Union/IUCN to investigate the environmental, social, and economic impacts of large dams worldwide and to recommend guidelines for the future. The WCD’s final report was launched by Nelson Mandela in London in November 2000 (www.dams.org).
For thirteen years, Deborah was a senior scientist with Environmental Defense, a US-based public interest group, where she worked since 1986 (www.environmentaldefense.org). As Co-Director of Environmental Defense’s International Program, she worked to safeguard the world’s unique ecological treasures – and the rights and cultural diversity of communities that depend on these resources – through re-directing investments towards sustainability and institutions like the World Bank. Deborah has helped to win protection for the Pantanal wetlands in South America, to defeat plans for misguided water development projects in South Asia, and to promote investments in sustainable, community-based water programs globally. In the western U.S., she worked with Native American communities to win Congressional approval for three separate Indian water rights settlements that set important precedents for river protection and recognition of Indian rights.
She has an MS in Energy and Resources from the University of California-Berkeley, and a BA in Physics from Reed College. Deborah is married to Adam Dawson, an attorney in San Francisco, and has a daughter, Mariah. Mariah says "My Mom protects water so people and fish can be healthy!"
Chair and Professor, Business Administration, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California, USA
Dr. Saeed Mortazavi is currently the Chair of Business Administration at Humboldt State University and a Professor of Business and Economics. Dr. Mortazavi received both is Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Economics from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Fesler-Lampert Professor of Ecological/Environmental Economics, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota
Stephen Polasky received a PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan in 1986. He previously held faculty positions in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Oregon State University (1993-1999) and the Department of Economics at Boston College (1986-1993). Dr. Polasky was the senior staff economist for environment and resources for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers 1998-1999. He was elected into the National Academy of Sciences in 2010. He was elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009 and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2007.
His research interests include ecosystem services, natural capital, biodiversity conservation, endangered species policy, integrating ecological and economic analysis, renewable energy, environmental regulation, and common property resources. His papers have been published in Biological Conservation, Ecological Applications, Journal of Economics Perspectives, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, International Economic Review, Land Economics, Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Science and other journals. He has served as co-editor and associate editor for the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, as associate editor for International Journal of Business and Economics, and is currently serving as an associate editor for Conservation Letters, Ecology and Society and Ecology Letters.
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