Council Members

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Mary Catherine Bateson cultural anthropologist

Mary Catherine Bateson is a writer and cultural anthropologist, and Professor Emerita at George Mason University. She has written and co-authored many books and articles including Composing a Life, Our Own Metaphor, and Peripheral Visions, as well as a memoir, With a Daughter’s Eye: A Memoir of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson. She was formerly a member of the advisory board of the National Center on Atmospheric Research (NCAR), dealing with climate change.


Sarah Buie designer and educator, UHF Council convener

Sarah Buie is a designer / educator who encourages dialogic awareness within higher education and in relationship to climate change. She is Lead Convener of A new Earth conversation, a campus-wide climate initiative at Clark University, and Founding Convener of the Council on the Uncertain Human Future. Professor Emerita and Senior Associate / Past Director of the Higgins School of Humanities and its Difficult Dialogues initiative at Clark, major grants from the Ford Foundation, Mellon Foundation and Kaiser Family Foundation were awarded to Higgins during her tenure there. As an award-winning museum exhibition designer, she designed more than 100 exhibitions for art, natural history and history museums.


Janet Echelman sculptor and public installation artist

Janet Echelman creates experiential sculpture at the scale of buildings that choreograph with the forces of nature – wind and light – and become inviting focal points for civic life on five continents. Her art shifts from being an object you look at, to a living environment you can get lost in. Recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, Harvard Loeb Fellowship, Aspen Institute Crown Fellowship, and Fulbright Lectureship, her TED talk “Taking Imagination Seriously” has been translated into 34 languages with more than one million views. The Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award in Visual Arts honored her as one of “the greatest innovators in America today.”


Gretel Ehrlich naturalist and writer

Gretel Ehrlich is an award-winning writer who has travelled in and written extensively about the Arctic and its cultures. She is the author of thirteen books, including The Solace of Open Spaces, This Cold Heaven, The Future of Ice, and Facing the Wave A Journey in the Wake of the Tsunami, and numerous articles in Harper’s, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, Time, Life, National Geographic among others. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Bellagio Fellowship, two Expedition Council Grants from the National Geographic Society for circumpolar travel in the high Arctic, and many other awards. A recent residency at the Robert Rauschenburg Foundation supported work on a new theater piece about climate and uncertainty.


Joan Kleypas marine ecologist and geologist

A marine ecologist and geologist with the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Joanie Kleypas specializes in the interactions between marine ecosystems and climate, especially on the impacts on coral reefs of changes in temperature and changes in seawater chemistry. Her seminal 1999 paper in Science awakened the science community in the United States to the seriousness of ocean acidification. Her testimony before Congress helped ensure passage of the Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act in 2009. In 2011, she received a Heinz Award for her pioneering research into the effect of climate change on coral reefs, and her work benefiting the environment.


Lama Willa Miller Buddhist teacher and scholar

Lama Willa Miller is the founding teacher of the Natural Dharma Fellowship in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Wonderwell Mountain Refuge in Springfield, New Hampshire. She has studied and practiced in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for the last twenty years. Lama Willa is the author of Everyday Dharma and co-editor of The Arts of Contemplative Care, and a Visiting Lecturer in Buddhist Ministry at Harvard Divinity School. Her practice and teaching are inspired by the natural world, and she regularly co-sponsors Eco- Dharma conferences at Wonderwell.

Kathleen Dean Moore author, moral philosopher, environmental advocate

Kathleen Dean Moore is a philosopher and writer, best known for award-winning books about our cultural and spiritual relation to wet, wild places. Among them are Riverwalking, Holdfast, Pine Island Paradox, and Wild Comfort. Until recently Distinguished Professor of Environmental Ethics at Oregon State University, Moore’s love for the reeling world has led her to a new life of climate writing and activism. Her most recent book, Great Tide Rising: Toward Clarity and Moral Courage in a Time of Planetary Change, follows the pivotal Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril, testimony from the world’s moral leaders about our obligations to the future. Moore’s environmental writing returns to the wild-weather coast in her newest book, The Piano Tide, a novel about a small town’s struggle to defend its fresh water.


Susanne (Susi) Moser climate change scientist / social scientist UHF advisory board

Following stints at Harvard, the Union of Concerned Scientists and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Susi Moser is now an independent scholar and consultant on social science questions related to climate change. She specializes in issues of climate communication and social change, adaptation and other responses to global warming, and improving the interaction between science and policy. She contributed to several IPCC assessments and served on the third U.S. National Climate Assessment, for which she co-lead the coastal chapter. She co-edited the anthologies Creating a Climate for Change and Successful Adaptation to Climate Change and has published more than 80 articles and chapters.


Elizabeth (Beth) Sawin biologist and climate systems thinker

Beth Sawin is a biologist, and serves as Co-Director of Climate Interactive, one of the most highly ranked climate think-tanks in the world, creating powerful simulations around issues of climate change, energy, and water. Beth’s work focuses on helping people find solutions that prevent future climate change, build resilience to unavoidable climate impacts, and provide opportunities to people who need them most. She writes and speaks on this topic to local, national, and international audiences. Previously she was at the Sustainability Institute with Donella Meadows, who applied systems analysis to the challenge of sustainability.


Camille Seaman photographer

Camille Seaman photographs the fragile environments of the Polar Regions and the Big Clouds of the Plains. Her work has been published in National Geographic, Italian and German Geo, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, and Outside among others. Her monograph and photo collection Melting Away Images of the Arctic and Antarctic, was published by Princeton Architectural Press. Among her many honors are a National Geographic Award, a 2013 TED Senior Fellowship, a 2013 Stanford Knight Fellowship, and a one-person exhibition, The Last Iceberg, at the National Academy of Science. Born to a Native American father and an African-American mother, teachings from her native grandfather strongly inform Camille’s work.


Mary Evelyn Tucker scholar of religion and environment

Mary Evelyn Tucker is senior lecturer and research scholar at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the Yale Divinity School, and specializes in Asian Religions. She and her husband John Grim organized ten World Religions and Ecology conferences (and a series of volumes from them) at Harvard University. They are now co-founders and co-directors of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale. She is author of Worldly Wonder: Religions Enter Their Ecological Phase, co-author with Brian Swimme of Journey of the Universe, and co-author with John Grim of Ecology and Religion, among many other publications. Journey of the Universe, inspired by the work of Thomas Berry, is a multi-media project including a film and a series of video interviews.


Diana Chapman Walsh education visionary and public health scholar,
Co-facilitator and UHF Council advisory board

Diana Chapman Walsh served as the President of Wellesley College for fourteen years; her presidency was characterized by her collaborative leadership style, innovations in curriculum, campus expansion and successful fund-raising. She was the Norman Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health and chair of the Department of Health and Social Behavior prior to her presidency. She has written, edited and co-edited twelve books on both healthcare and education topics, and a seminal essay on Trustworthy Leadership published by the Fetzer Institute. She currently serves on the governing boards of the Mind and Life Institute, the MIT Corporation (and its executive committee), and the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Bonnie Mennell Council facilitator, UHF Council consultant and witness

Bonnie Mennell does training and consulting work in education, group dynamics and team/community building, with Council processes central to her work. As a certified Council Trainer with the Center for Council & The Ojai Foundation, she has been offering council trainings since 1996 — on the east coast, in California, the Dominican Republic and at the SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, VT where she is an adjunct faculty member. Nurturing vital, collaborative, inclusive “containers” for experiential learning in partnership/community with both the human and other-than-human worlds has been at the heart of her 46 years of work as an educator. As a consultant to the Council on the Uncertain Human Future, she has offered training, ongoing mentoring and witnessing to the Council facilitators and the Council as a whole.



Emily Brady environmental philosophy

Emily Brady is Professor of Environment and Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. Her research interests span aesthetics and philosophy of art, environmental ethics, eighteenth-century philosophy, Kant, and animal studies. Brady’s philosophical approach moves between the historical and contemporary, seeking to reinterpret past thinking about nature and environment for a contemporary context.  Her most recent book is The Sublime in Modern Philosophy: Aesthetics, Ethics, and Nature (2013).

Sarah Buie design and education

Sarah Buie is a designer / educator who encourages dialogic awareness within higher education and in relationship to climate change. She is Lead Convener of A new Earth conversation, a campus-wide climate initiative at Clark University, and Founding Convener of the Council on the Uncertain Human Future. She is Professor Emerita and Senior Associate / Past Director of the Higgins School of Humanities and its Difficult Dialogues initiative at Clark. See full listing above.


Reiko Goto public arts

Reiko Goto is an artist whose inquiry is on empathic relationships with other living things and the environment, pursued within a new-genre public art practice. She is a principal of Collins & Goto Studio in Glasgow. Recent projects include Plein Air, a sculptural interface that translates a tree’s response to atmospheric change to sound, and The Future Forest The Black Wood of Rannoch, a study of the Caledonian forest in Scotland. Goto completed a PhD at Robert Gordon University. She is also a distinguished research fellow at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, Carnegie Mellon University.

Alice Hague political science and environmental action

Alice Hague is an interdisciplinary PhD student at the University of Edinburgh where her research focuses on the role of faith-based communities in environmental action. With a background in science communication and science and climate change policy, she previously worked as a diplomat for the UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office, which included a secondment to the Swedish Ministry for the Environment. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Applied & Environmental Biology, an MSc in Science Communication and MDiv in Divinity.

Wallace Heim performance and social arts

Wallace Heim writes and researches on performance and ecology. Her doctorate is in philosophy from Lancaster University, but she works across disciplines to analyse the experience of performance and social practice arts. Her current work is on conflict, nature and theatre, and on nuclear placements at sea. She co-edited Nature Performed (2003), contributing the essay ‘Slow Activism: Homeland, love and the lightbulb’. She has published in Performance Research, in Readings in Performance and Ecology and in Performing Nature. She recently published Landing Stages.

Rachel Howell environmental social science

Rachel Howell is an interdisciplinary environmental social scientist, interested in lower-carbon lifestyles; pro-environmental behaviour change; climate change communication; attitudes towards unconventional energy, energy demand reduction technologies and energy/climate change-related policies, and social movements for sustainability. As a Lecturer in Sustainable Development at the University of Edinburgh, she aims to facilitate education for (rather than about) sustainability.

Pauline Phemister environmental philosophy

Pauline Phemister is Professor of the History of Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. Her most recent research combines history of philosophy and environmental philosophy, drawing on the philosophy of seventeenth century polymath, G. W. Leibniz, in the construction of a twenty-first century ecological philosophy. She is author of Leibniz and the Natural World: activity, passivity and corporeal substances in Leibniz’s philosophy (2005), The Rationalists: Descartes, Spinoza and Leibniz (2006), and Leibniz and the Environment (2016).

Françoise Wemelsfelder animal cognition and consciousness

Francoise Wemelsfelder is Professor and Senior Scientist of Animal Behavior and Welfare at SRUC – Scotland’s Rural College. Her main research interest is the development of scientific approaches for the study of animals as whole sentient beings (i.e. as subjects rather than objects), bringing insights from philosophy of mind and social psychology and anthropology into the study of animal emotion. In collaboration with colleagues and students she has developed a qualitative methodology for assessing emotional expressivity in animals, and she works with farmers, veterinarians and animal welfare educators to apply this approach practically to enhance human-animal relationships and animal quality of life. She has published extensively and consults widely.

Wendy Wheeler biosemiotics and environmental humanities

Wendy Wheeler is Professor Emeritus of English Literature and Cultural Inquiry at London Metropolitan University. She has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Oregon. She is currently a Visiting Professor at Goldsmiths College London and at RMIT University in Melbourne. The focus of her research is in biosemiotics and the environmental humanities. Her latest book Expecting the Earth: Life|Culture|Biosemiotics was published by Lawrence & Wishart in 2016.

Christine Wilson conflict and sustainability

Christine Wilson has been with the British Council for 11 years. As Head of Research and Engagement, she is currently working on a programme to reinvigorate a portfolio of cross-sectoral research at the British Council. She is curating a British Council exhibition on the Sustainable Development Goals, and also leads the Next Generation research series, focusing on amplifying the voice of global youth on issues such as democracy, gender equality, skills, education and entrepreneurship, justice and civil society. Her MSc on conflict research looks at the role of women in the Libyan peace-building process.



Sarah Buie designer and educator, UHF Council convener

Sarah Buie is a designer / educator who encourages dialogic awareness within higher education and in relationship to climate change. She is Lead Convener of A new Earth conversation, a campus-wide climate initiative at Clark University, and Founding Convener of the Council on the Uncertain Human Future. She is Professor Emerita and Senior Associate / Past Director of the Higgins School of Humanities and its Difficult Dialogues initiative at Clark. See full listing above. (2015, 2016, 2017)


Ellen Foley medical anthropology

Ellen Foley is Associate Professor of International Development and Social Change. As a medical anthropologist, her research focuses on the social forces affecting the spread of disease. In 2010, she published Your Pocket is What Cures You: The Politics of Health in Senegal, and is the principal researcher on the “Sex in the City: Gender Relations amidst Social Crisis in Urban Senegal” project. (2015, 2016)


Amy Richter American history and women’s studies

Amy Richter is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Higgins School of Humanities. She is author of Home on the Rails: Women, the Railroad, and the rise of Public Domesticity and At Home in the Nineteenth-Century America: A Documentary History. Her main focus is on women’s and urban history in nineteenth and twentieth century America. (2015, 2016, 2017)


Walter Wright philosophy and environment

Walter Wright is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Philosophy, and served three times as Dean of the College over his Clark career. He is recently engaged with the theory and practice of dialogue, and has worked extensively on nineteenth century German philosophy. (2015, 2017)


Dianne Rocheleau environment and development

Dianne Rocheleau is Professor in the Graduate School of Geography, with interests in political ecology, forestry, gender, environment, and development. Before arriving at Clark, she served with the International Council for Research in Agroforestry as well as the Ford Foundation. She is the author of a number of published works. (2015)


Jody Emel environmental geography

Jody Emel is Professor of Geography, with work focused on natural resources, feminist theory, animal geography, hydrology, and development. In the past, Professor Emel was an environmental consultant and water resource planner. She has published a number of works concerning animals in society and mining. (2015)


Ken MacLean anthropology, human rights and environment

Ken MacLean is Associate Professor of International Development and Social Change. His work focuses on political violence, migration patterns, critical humanitarianism, and extractive industries, and is affiliated with the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. (2015)


Anita Fabos anthropology, refugee studies

Anita Fabos is Associate Professor of International Development, Community, and Environment. She engages with migration, the status of refugees in urban spaces, and the anthropology of ethnicity and race. As an anthropologist, she has conducted research relating to migration in the Middle East, parts of Europe, and the United States. (2015)


Cynthia Caron political and environmental sociology

Cynthia Caron is Assistant Professor of International Development and Social Change. With research experience in Southern Asia, she focuses primarily on political and environmental sociology. She has extensive experience working in international development and humanitarian assistance overseas. (2015)


Barbara Goldoftus environmental health

Barbara Goldoftas is Associate Professor and Program Director in the Department of Public Health at Bastyr University. She is focused on themes involving public health, previously working as a science journalist. Additionally, Dr. Goldoftus is involved in research concerning environmental and social forces affecting outbreaks of diabetes in parts of Nicaragua. (2015)


Ed Carr anthropology, geography, climate change and development

Ed Carr is Director of the International Development, Community, and Environment Department (IDCE). Having conducted research in sub-Saharan Africa, he is both an anthropologist and geographer concerned with themes of globalization, development, and environmental change. In his book Development: Globalization’s shoreline and the Road to a Sustainable Future, he critically engages with existing development theories and practices. (2016)


Tony Bebbington political ecology

Tony Bebbington serves as Director of the Graduate School of Geography and Higgins Professor of Environment and Society. He is also Professorial Research Fellow at University of Manchester and Research Associate of the Centro Peruano de Estudios Sociales in Peru. His primary focus is on political ecology of rural change, extractive industries, social movements, indigenous organizations, and socio-environmental conflicts. (2016)


Usha Iyer screen studies

Usha Iyer is Assistant Professor of Film and Media studies at Stanford University (formerly at Clark in Screen Studies). She is interested in cinema, gender studies, performance, and, more specifically, Indian cinema. Her research identifies contributing factors in the formation of female stardom throughout the twentieth century. (2016)


Steve Levin contemporary literature and culture

Steve Levin is Associate Professor of English. He studies contemporary British and postcolonial literature, literary theory, and transnational cultural studies. More specifically, his research focuses on how contemporary culture and discourses of self- identity are shaped by twentieth-century global patterns. (2016)


Deb Robertson biology and physiological ecology

Deb Robertson is Professor of Biology and an Adjunct Professor at the Carlson School of Chemistry and Biochemistry. With contributions to numerous science journals, she is primarily focused on marine biology, molecular biology, and physiology. Her work on marine environments currently involves the processes of marine diatoms and other types of algae. (2016, 2017)


Sheila Onzere research scientist

Sheila Onzere is Research Scientist at Clark University. She is specifically interested in urban/rural sociology, food systems, and social policy and theory. In particular, she has conducted research on Eastern and South African food systems and institutional change. (2016)

Dana Marie Bauer environmental economics

Dana Marie Bauer is Assistant Director and Research Scientist at the George Perkins Marsh Institute at Clark. As an interdisciplinary researcher with a focus on conservation and sustainability, she applies economic and ecological theory towards assessment of ecosystem services, and policies and programs that aim to protect them. (2017)

Jessica Bane Robert writing and environment

Jessica Bane Robert is the Assistant Director of the Writing Center and a LEEP Center Adviser; she also teaches in the English departments and other interdisciplinary programs at Clark, often with an environmental focus. Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals. (2017)

Rinku Roy Chowdhury geography, global environmental change

Rinku Roy Chowdhury is Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Geography at Clark. Her research focuses on human-environment interactions in a variety of arenas, and the evolution of adaptive strategies in the face of climate and political-economic change. (2017)

Jenny Isler sustainability

Jenny Isler is Director of Sustainability at Clark. She is involved in all aspects of the University’s efforts toward carbon-neutrality, and works with faculty, students and staff to engender sustainable practices and values throughout the community. (2017)

Amber Murrey geography and cultural anthropology

Amber Murrey is Visiting Assistant Professor in the International Development and Social Change program of IDCE at Clark. From decolonial, feminist, and geographical perspectives, she researches and writes on the transformations of life, place, and resistance in Cameroon, Burkina Faso, and Ethiopia. (2017)

Rachael Shea librarian and sacred community

Rachael Shea is the Head of Public Services at the Robert H. Goddard Library at Clark. As an adjunct faculty member at Clark, she integrates her understanding of Huichol and other indigenous traditions in her course Sustainability and the Sacred, and other forms of community exchange and relationship. (2017)

Srini Sitaraman political science

Srini Sitaraman is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Clark. His research and teaching focus on the United Nations, international relations theory, organizations and law, human rights, globalization and international political economy, and Asian politics. (2017)

Amy Wynne art and environment

Amy Wynne is a faculty member in the Studio Art Program at Clark, and also teaches at RISD, Boston College, and others. As a painter, she is concerned with the unity of nature and the human spirit, and hopes to encourage “re-enchantment with nature at a time when there is an urgent need for a renewed reverence for the land.” (2017)



Jeff Kiehl climate scientist and psychologist

Jeffrey T. Kiehl is a senior scientist at NCAR, where he heads the Climate Change Research Section. Over the past 30 years he has carried out research on a wide range of scientific questions regarding anthropogenic climate change. He has published over one hundred articles on topics including the effects of greenhouse gases on Earth’s climate, the effects of stratospheric ozone depletion on climate, and the effects of aerosols on the climate system. His most recent research is on Earth’s deep past climates and what they can tell us about future climate change.


Marika Holland oceanographer / climate scientist

Marika Holland is a senior scientist in the Oceanography Section of NCAR. Her research interests are related to the role of sea ice and polar regions in the climate system, including ice/ocean/atmosphere feedback mechanisms, high latitude climate variability, and abrupt climate change. She is also interested in coupled climate modeling and the improvement of sea ice models for climate simulations.


Britt Stephens climate scientist

Britton Stephens is a scientist in the Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL) at NCAR. His research focuses on developing and deploying new instruments for tower, ship, and aircraft-based observations of atmospheric O2 and CO2, and on synthesizing data sets and models to elucidate global carbon cycle processes.  Britt’s carbon-cycle interests span terrestrial ecology, oceanography, atmospheric dynamics, and climate change mitigation.


Nan Rosenbloom climate scientist

Nan Rosenbloom is a member of the Climate Change and Prediction group within the Climate Change Research (CCR) section of NCAR. She supports simulations, looks at the effects of regionally forced ocean temperatures on climate variability and global climate change, and is liaison for climate model simulations of the Deep Past.


Claudia Tebaldi statistician and research scientist

Claudia Tebaldi is a project scientist and climate statistician in the Climate and Global Dynamics Laboratory at NCAR, with research interests in the analysis of observations and climate model output in order to characterize observed and projected climatic changes and their uncertainties.


Isla Simpson climate scientist

Isla Simpson is a scientist in the Climate Analysis Section of the Climate and Global Dynamics Division of NCAR, studying large-scale atmospheric dynamics and their representation in Global Climate Models.


Joanie Kleypas marine ecologist and geologist

Joanie Kleypas is a scientist in the Oceanography Section of NCAR. As a marine ecologist/geologist, she focuses on how coral reefs and other marine ecosystems are affected by changes in the Earth’s atmosphere and climate, including global warming and ocean acidification. Her research includes efforts to conserve coral reefs and other marine ecosystems. She is also a member of the National UHF Council; for further information, see her bio above.


Cecile Hannay climate scientist and modeler

Cecile Hannay is an associate scientist in the Atmospheric Modeling and Predictability Section within the Climate and Global Dynamics Division at NCAR. Her research interests include clouds, their impact on climate and their representation in climate models. models.


Peter Lawrence geographer and climate scientist

Peter Lawrence is a Project Scientist in the Climate & Global Dynamics Division at NCAR. His research focuses on how the biosphere, land surface hydrology, and human modified landscapes interact with the climate system, to impact regional and global climate. He is interested in predicting and managing the impacts of climate change and climate variability on human populations, and the agricultural and natural systems that support them.


Joe Tribbia climate scientist and modeler

Joseph J. Tribbia is a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and Head of its Atmospheric Modeling and Predictability Section in the Climate and Global Dynamics Division. His work focuses on the numerical simulation of the atmosphere and geo-physically relevant flows.


Will Wieder climate scientist and ecologist

Will Wieder is a member of the Climate and Global Dynamics Laboratory at NCAR. With training as an experimental soil biogeochemist, he is interested in evaluating and improving Earth System models by incorporating ecological theory and observations.



Asha Basnyat clinical psychologist, co-convener

Asha Basnyat is a clinical psychologist and public health / development leader and consultant, and has worked in Asia, Africa and North America. She currently serves as Deputy Country Director of Helen Keller International in Nepal.

Tara Gurung conservation

Tara Gurung is currently Director of the Development Policy and Programs Division of the Australian Aid Program, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, at the Australian Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal. She also served as a Senior Conservation Officer in the Annapurna Conservation Project (ACAP).

Dibya Gurung biologist and natural resource management

Dibya Gurung is a biologist with more than twenty years of experience in gender, rural development and natural resources management. She is currently Coordinator of Women Organising for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN) in Nepal.

Anne Kaufman writer and media producer

Anne Kaufman is a writer, media producer and change leader, with over thirty years of experience in program development and management in cross-cultural settings, including Nepal. Clients include the American Red Cross, The World Bank, The Asia Foundation, and Save the Children, among many others.

Linda Kentro public health and architect, co-convener

Linda Kentro is a public health professional who serves as Environmental Health Team Leader, USAID / Nepal working on water, sanitation, hygiene, & rehabilitation of disability issues. She is also an architect, and worked with John Sanday Associates in Kathmandu for several years.

Frances Klatzel communications and human rights, co-convener

Frances Klatzel is a writer, photographer and communications specialist who leads Mera Publications, focused on development and cultural reports and books. She is Founder and Chair of CORE International, an NGO that works with disadvantaged communities in Nepal.

Tshiring L. Lama wildlife researcher and conservationist

Ms. Lama’s aims to conserve the Bon culture and develop ecotourism in mountainous Dolpo, her home in northwestern Nepal. She holds a B.Sc. in Environmental Science and a M.Sc. in Natural Resources Management, with support from WWF and the Chandra Gurung Memorial Fellowship. She was a member of Dolpo Expedition 2016: Return to Realm of the Snow Leopard, with world-renowned conservation biologist, Dr. George Schaller.

Chhing Lamu Sherpa chairperson of mountain spirit, co-convener

Lamu is the Vice Chair of TEWA women’s philanthropy organization, former chair and life member of Nepal Participatory Action Network (NEPAN) and board and member of Chandra Gurung Conservation Foundation (CGCF), and SAGUN. In her work, her focus is on development justice and environment
conservation in Nepal.

Mandira Shrestha civil engineer

Mandira has a specialization in water resource management. She is the Senior Water Resource Specialist at ICIMOD (International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development), where she coordinates regional programs on trans-boundary flood risk reduction in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan (HKH) region in Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Nepal and Pakistan.

Sadhana Shrestha gender and social entrepreneur

Sadhana advises the Global Fund for Women and is a Senior Mentor in its South Asian Young Women’s Leadership and Mentorship Initiative. She was a founding member, board member and outgoing Executive Director of the women’s philanthropy, Tewa, and serves on the board of Nepal’s Women for Human Rights, Single Women’s Group, Shtrii Shakti, and Association for Craft Producers.

Sara Subba climate change

Sara Subba is a climate change consultant and General Secretary at the Natural Resource Development Centre (NRDC). As a researcher and development professional, she has designed and managed numerous programs while promoting the voices of women, indigenous peoples, and local communities in policy making and civil cooperation.

Ramaya Thakali sociologist

Ramaya Thakali is a sociologist who works in socio-economics, institutional capacity development, and as an indigenous rights consultant. She is former Chairperson and member of the Board of Mountain Spirit ; mountain people, culture and development have been focus of her professional interests.

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