Speakers

Mr. Aaron Benavot

Aaron Benavot is Director, Global Education Monitoring Report (UNESCO Paris).

Aaron joined the Report team as Director in June 2014, bringing with him decades of experience in global education policy analysis and comparative research. Previous to this post, he served as Professor in the School of Education at Albany-State University of New York, USA and consulted for UNESCO, its Institutes, and UNICEF. Aaron also bought with him an in-depth knowledge of the workings of the GEM Report team having previously worked as a Senior Policy Analyst for the Report between 2005 and 2009, during which time he contributed to the development and drafting of four EFA Global Monitoring Reports: Literacy for Life (2006), Strong Foundations: Early Childhood Care and Education (2007), Education for All by 2015: Will We Make It? (2008) and Overcoming Inequality: Why Governance Matters (2009).

 

Ms. Adriana Patricia Valenzuela

Adriana Patricia Valenzuela is a specialist on education, training and public awareness - United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change UNFCCC. She has previously worked with the National Council for Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism (CNCCMDL), United Nations Institute for Training & Research - UNITAR, and Alcaldia de Bogotá Secretaría Distrital de Ambiente.

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Ajay Mathur

Dr. Ajay Mathur is Director General of TERI – The Energy & Resources Institute and a member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change.

Dr. Mathur was Director General of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency in the Government of India from 2006 till February 2016 and responsible for bringing energy efficiency into homes, offices and factories through initiatives such as the Star Labelling Programme for appliances, the Energy Conservation Building Code, and the Perform, Achieve and Trade programme for energy-intensive industries.

Dr. Mathur was earlier with TERI from 1986 to 2000, and then headed the Climate Change Team of World Bank in Washington DC.  He was President of Suzlon Energy Limited, also headed the interim Secretariat of the Green Climate Fund.

 

 

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Mr. Alexander Leicht

Chief, Section of Education for Sustainable Development, UNESCO, Paris

Before joining UNESCO in 2011, Alexander Leicht, was head of the German Secretariat for the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development at the German Commission for UNESCO in Bonn since 2004, where he also led the organizing team for the preparations of the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development in 2009. He also worked as a professor in Hungary and the United Kingdom for three years. Originally trained as a teacher, with a graduate degree in literature, at the University of Marburg, Germany, and at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA. He holds a PhD in American Studies from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. His current priorities include coordinating the follow-up to the UNESCO World Conference on ESD in 2014, where the Global Action Programme on ESD was launched as the successor framework to the UN Decade of ESD.

 

 

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Shri Ashoke Chatterjee

Shri Ashoke Chatterjee was the executive director of National Institute of Design (NID) from 1975-85, Senior Faculty Adviser for Design Management and Communication from 1985 to 1995, and Distinguished Fellow at NID from 1995 until retirement in 2001. He has served for many years as the honorary president of the Crafts Council of India and continues to work as a consultant in India and internationally, especially on projects concerned with water management and environmental issues. After more than ten years as an international adviser, in 2000 Ashoke Chatterjee joined the board of directors of Aid to Artisans, a US based non-profit organization that offers practical assistance to artisans worldwide.

 

 

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Mr. BMS Rathore

Indian Forest Service officer (1982), borne on the Madhya Pradesh cadre, BMS Rathore has been appointed as Chief policy Adviser in International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Rathore has been the Member Secretary of the Madhya Pradesh Biodiversity Board where he was engaged with multi-stakeholder processes for conservation, sustainable use and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of use of biodiversity and associated knowledge. Prior to this, he was the Forest Conservator of Seoni Forest Circle and a trainer at the Wildlife Institute of India. He is recipient of national award “Indira Priyadarshini Vriksh Mitra Award”, for excellence in community based forest management. He was responsible for the design and implementation of training programs in integrated conservation and development for protected area managers, field staff, NGOs and local communities. He has more than a decade of experience as a field forester and has initiated and developed strategies for joint management of forests by government and local communities.

 

 

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Mr. Charles Hopkins

UNESCO Chair, Reorienting Teacher Education to Address Sustainability
Executive Director, John Dearness Environmental Society
Advisor, Environment Canada's Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network (EMAN)

Charles Hopkins is a senior advisor to UNESCO's trans-disciplinary project, ‘Educating for a Sustainable Future and the Chair of the Education for Sustainable Development Working Group’ of UNESCO Canada's Man and the Biosphere Committee (MAB). As part of the UN preparation for the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, he was one of the drafters of Chapter 36 of Agenda 21: Education, Public Awareness and Training. Hopkins has been a part of UNESCO's efforts to develop education for sustainable development since its inception. His research interests are in reorienting teacher education to address the environmental, social and economic issues inherent in sustainable development, curricula for the 21st century and transforming education, public awareness and training to address sustainable development. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE).

 

 

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Mr. Daniel Schaffer

Daniel Schaffer is CEO of (FEE) Foundation for Environmental Education. Previously, Daniel Schaffer was General Manager of Ecoocean; a non-profit organization, acting to maintain a healthy marine environment in the eastern Mediterranean and the Red Sea.

 

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Erach Bharucha

Dr Bharucha has been active in wildlife and nature conservation for nearly fifty years. A well-known wildlife photographer, he has traveled and studied indian national parks and wildlife sanctuaries extensively over the last three decades. He has been a member and executive of several conservation institutions in India. In 1993, he began developing the Bharati Vidyapeeth Institute of Environment Education and Research (BVIEER) and is until present its director. The Institute is based in Pune. He has been engaged in implementing a variety of environmental education programmes for schools and colleges and for the public at large. He has been associated with the NCERT, SCERT and UGC to further the cause of formal environmental education. His publications include The Biodiversity of India (CD-ROM and book), Textbook on Environmental Studies for undergraduate courses for the University Grants Commission (UGC). He has written three extensive volumes on Biodiversity.

 

 

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Dr. Hannes Siege

Dr. Hannes Siege is rapporteur of the Standing Conference of Education for Sustainable Development. He is co-author of the KMK/BMZ orientation framework for Global Development education. Since 2003, he has been serving as a member of the advisory circle of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, BMZ, for development education. 
He has worked in the field of education for sustainable development at the interface between development and education in Germany

 

 

 

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Prof. Dr. Hermann Josef Abs

Hermann J. ABS holds the chair for Educational research and Schooling at the University of Duisburg-Essen since 2013.

He joins the faculty after having been a Professor for Research in Schooling and Teaching at the University of Giessen since 2009 and the managing director of the Institute for School Pedagogy and Citizenship Education in 2010-2012 there. He also lectured at the University of Frankfurt (2002-2009) and at the University of Freiburg (1997-2000). Outside the university, Abs worked as a project coordinator and project leader for national and international projects in the area of citizenship education at the German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF) in Frankfurt, Main from 2002 to 2009. Earlier on, he taught at upper secondary schools in the course of a teacher induction programme for two years. Abs got his academic education at the Universities of Bonn and Freiburg, where he studied German literature and language, theology, philosophy and education. He also earned a degree as supervisor and coach by the Austrian Federal Institute for Adult Education.

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Dr. Hrushikesh Senapaty

Dr. Hrushikesh Senapaty, is Director of National Council For Educational Research and Training (NCERT).

He has completed a good number of research projects, published a number of research papers on constructivist pedagogy, integrating ICT with constructivist pedagogy, teacher education in a new paradigm of learning.

He has developed a number of training packages for the teacher educators on Pedagogy-Technology Integration for the Professional Development of Teacher Educators, ICT Mediated Constructivist Learning, ICT integrated learning materials on Basic School Subjects, Instructional Strategies, Training Strategies, Research methodology, Information and Communication Technology in Teacher Education, Internet Based Learning etc.

He has served as Head, Department of Extension Education and Department of Education, Regional Institute of Education, Bhubaneswar; as the Principal, Regional Institute of Education, Bhopal, a constituent unit of NCERT.

 

 

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Mr. Ian Humpreys
Mr. Ian Humpreys currently serves as the CEO of Keep Northern Island Beautiful since year 2008.  He has strong environmental and research credentials including a PhD from The Queen's University of Belfast. At Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, Ian has overseen rapid growth in Eco-Schools, the re-introduction of the Seaside Awards and the development of litter-related campaigns such as the BIG Spring Clean, monitoring including the Northern Ireland Litter Survey and research. He has also developed a range of support services for councils including the Northern Ireland Environmental Quality Forum and the litter summit. He is involved in the running of Copeland Bird Observatory in a voluntary capacity.

 

 

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Ms. Judy Braus
Judy Braus, is the Executive Director, NAAEE Leadership Team. Throughout her career, she has focused on using the power of education to help communities restore and protect the environment. She was associated with the National Audubon Society, where she was the Senior Vice President of Education and Centers, overseeing a nationwide network of nature centers and educators.  Ms. Braus has been actively involved in national and international environmental education efforts for more than 25 years. Before joining Audubon, she served as the Director of Education for World Wildlife Fund-US (WWF). Ms. Braus was the Editor of the award-winning Windows on the Wild biodiversity education program and provided technical assistance to WWF's field programs around the world, including programs in Ecuador, China, Mexico, South Africa, the Philippines, Australia, and Taiwan.

 

 

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Mr. Jan Eriksen
Jan Eriksen is President of (FEE) Foundation for Environmental Education.
He has a huge interest in creating great outdoor experiences and conveying the joy of nature to others, his passion has always been to reach beyond Danish borders. His work as President of FEE is characterized by great commitment and a burning desire to teach school children around the world about sustainability, nature and the environment. He has launched several international projects for sustainable education, including Eco-Schools, Green Key and Blue Flag. Jan Eriksen has been nominated as Denmark's candidate for the World Heritage Committee; he is chairman of the Danish National Committee for Nature Conservation (IUCN), Vice President of Keep Denmark Tidy and a Board Member of Forest & Landscape at Copenhagen University. Previously, Jan Eriksen was a board member of the Danish Ornithological Society and president of Nature & Youth.

 

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Mr. Kartikeya V. Sarabhai

Kartikeya V. Sarabhai is Founder Director of the Centre for Environment Education (CEE), Centre of Excellence for Environmental Education, of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India. He is the UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development and the Human Habitat established at CEE, in collaboration with CEPT University. He was a member of the UNESCO Reference Group for the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) and a member of the International Steering Group for the End of the Decade Conference 2014. Mr. Sarabhai is the co-chair of the Global Citizenship Working Group at the Brookings Institution in developing indicators and measures for Global Citizenship Education. He is the Vice-Chair of the Indian National Commission of IUCN, and the Co-chair of the Earth Charter International Council. He is the Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Education for Sustainable Development, a Sage publication, and has been associated with the evolution of India’s position vis-a-vis Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), working closely with the Indian delegation to the United Nations. Mr. Sarabhai did his Tripos in Natural Science from Cambridge University, UK and Postgraduate Studies in Development Communications from MIT, USA.

 

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Mr. Kiran Desai

Mr. Kiran Desai has been serving currently as the Senior Programme Director of CEE, Ahmadabad. He engages in directing communication programmes including interpretation programmes, development of communication and training strategies for projects on natural resource management, networking with NGOs, government departments, nature education etc. Mr.Kiran Desai is heading the Interpretation Group and Graphic and Exhibit Design Studio at CEE.

He had served as the coordinator for Wasteland Development Programme, VIKSAT, and Nehru Foundation for Development, Ahmadabad and also lecturer in Economics in Burhani College, Bombay University. He has led many consultancy projects on Forest Management and Environment Education.   

 

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Ms. Lesley Jones

Lesley is currently Vice-President of the Foundation of Environmental Education (FEE).

Lesley leads the charity Keep Wales Tidy in delivering a range of environmental community based projects including Tidy Towns, Green Flag for Parks and 3 international programmes developed by the Foundation of Environmental Education (FEE) - Eco-Schools, Blue Flag and Green Key.

Before joining Keep Wales Tidy, Lesley worked for the Wales Co-operative Centre in supporting community businesses with sustainable development and led on the development of a Social Enterprise Support Strategy with Welsh Government.

Lesley has served on a number of Boards and Committees including the Vice Chair of the Association of British Credit Unions, a public appointee on the Welsh Government's Financial Inclusion Advisory Group and a member of Co-operatives UK New Ventures Panel. She was also, until recently, a member and Chair of Charter Housing Board in Newport.

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Ms. Madhavi Joshi

Ms. Madhavi Joshi has been working with CEE since the year 1993.As a Programme Director, she has initiated programmes on education and communication for sustainable development, involving youth in environmental awareness and action, developing and offering environment and sustainability courses in universities engages with urban policy, governance and waste management issues. Ms. Madhavi Joshi has served in Development and Educational Communications Unit, ISRO from 1988 to 1993.

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Dr. Prithi Nambiar

Dr. Prithi Nambiar currently serves as the Executive Director for Centre for Environment Education (CEE). She worked as economic consultant at FAO's Bay of Bengal Project in Chennai before joining CEE.
Dr. Nambiar has initiated and managed a wide range of projects and programs in the area of education and communication for sustainable development and has scripted and produced several documentaries including two films commissioned by UNESCO on DESD.

She has written extensively on conservation and development issues and has managed a media campaign to conserve one of India's unique sanctuaries. She is a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) and IUCN's Commission on Education and Communication.

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Mr. Reiner Mathar

Reiner Mathar is currently heading the coordination of ESD in the state of Hessen (Germany), is German representative of the KMK (Standing Conference of Ministers of Education in Germany) at the Steering Committee of UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) and member of the National Round Table for the UN Decade on ESD in Germany. Since 1997, he has been involved in all nationwide programmes on ESD in Germany, in particular in the process of developing the concept of ‘Gestaltungskompetenz’, which is the leading concept of ESD in Germany. In the field of ESD with a focus on global development, he is one of the editors of the national curriculum framework. In 2010, he was co-opted as an expert on ESD onto the international ESD-EXPERT-net (India, Germany, Mexico and South Africa). A special area of his work is focused on the whole institutional approach to ESD!

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Mr. Rob O’Donoghue

Rob O’Donoghue is an Associate Professor and Director of the Environmental Learning Research Centre at Rhodes University. In his research on environmental education processes of learning-led change, he has given close attention to indigenous knowledge practices, social theory and environmental learning in post-colonial curriculum and community contexts. Recent work with critical realism has been probing generative research and transformative social learning to inform the Fundisa-for-Change teacher professional development programme and the Amanzi-for-Food initiative on local food production with rainwater harvesting to mitigate the emerging patterns of climate change in eastern southern Africa. Rob teaches curriculum on the PGCE education studies programme, a B.Ed (Hons) in Environment and Sustainability Education and on the Masters in Education (EE) as well as supervising PhD studies.

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Ms. Sunita Narain

Sunita Narain has been with the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) since 1982. She is currently the director general of the Centre and the director of the Society for Environmental Communications and publisher of the fortnightly magazine, Down To Earth. She is a writer and environmentalist, who uses knowledge for change.

 

 

 

 

 

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Mr. Thomas Wieland

Mr. Thomas Wieland Hoffman is currently serving as the head of Geography, SSDL. Moreover he is engaged as ESD expert in many areas of scientific research such as global change and global challenges, especially world water problem, globalization and global migration, He is also initiator, editor and author of sixth form teaching materials on global challenge. Dr. Thomas Hoffmann, StD, taught geography, history, politics and economics at Windeck-Gymnasium in Buhl and forms at the State Seminar for Didactics and Teacher Training in Karlsruhe geography trainees from. He is also a consultant on geography Regierungspräsidium Karlsruhe with the priority area of Education for Sustainable Development.