SEED Board

Stephan Contius - Acting Chairman

Stephan Contius - Acting Chairman

Head of the Division United Nations, Post-2015 Agenda and Cooperation with Developing and Newly Industrialised Countries, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Berlin, Germany

Stephan Contius served as German chief negotiator for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (Johannesburg 2002) and for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio de Janeiro 2012). He was also involved in the establishment of environment and climate change dialogues with Brazil, China, India and several other countries. At present he is German co-lead...

Inger Andersen

Inger Andersen

Director General, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Inger Andersen, a Danish national, is the Director General of IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature. Inger Andersen has been passionate about environmental sustainability and conservation since the beginning of her career. Prior to assuming this role in January 2015, she was the Vice President of the Middle East and North Africa at the World Bank,...

Ligia Noronha

Ligia Noronha

Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE)

Ligia Noronha is the Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE). Since her appointment, she has guided UNEP DTIE in delivering its mandate of promoting environmental sustainability through technology, industry, and economic policy, and has led the implementation of three of UNEP’s seven...

Teresa Fogelberg

Teresa Fogelberg

Deputy Chief Executive of the Government Relations, International Organizations, Development and Advocacy (GIDA) Team at Global Reporting Initiative

As GRI's Deputy Chief Executive, Teresa Fogelberg engages in strategic external relationships with businesses, governments, civil society and other stakeholders. She started her career as an anthropologist at Leiden University in the Netherlands. She has spent many years in development organisations, including ILO, USAID, and Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and...

Claudia Linke-Heep

Claudia Linke-Heep

Industrial Development Officer, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

An Economist and Sinologist by training, Ms. Linke-Heep has worked for UNIDO for over 15 years in different capacities, including Energy and Climate Change, trade capacity building and private sector development. Ms. Linke-Heep is now coordinating the Green Industry Initiative and Platform in the Environmental Management Branch. Prior to working at UNIDO Ms. Linke-Heep...

Jennifer Morris

Jennifer Morris

Executive Vice President of the Ecosystem Finance and Markets Unit of Conservation International (CI) and co-chair of the Resource Management Group of Conservation International

Jennifer Morris has over 15 years experience in international conservation programme development with a specific focus on innovative financing, sustainable economic development and corporate partnerships. As Executive Vice President, Jennifer Morris is responsible for leading a team of 60 professionals to develop and implement conservation initiatives, which support...

Crispin Rapinet

Crispin Rapinet

Commercial litigation partner at Hogan Lovells

Crispin is a commercial litigation partner at Hogan Lovells, based in London with particular expertise in international and cross-border litigation arising out of insolvency, fraud and asset recovery situations. From 1998 to 2003 Crispin was based in the firm's Hong Kong office as one of the resident commercial litigation partners there and Managing Partner of the...

Daniel A Reifsnyder (OES)

Daniel A Reifsnyder (OES)

Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Department of State, United States

Dan Reifsnyder became Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment in the Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science in  2006. He is responsible for a broad suite of issues related to environmental protection and conservation. In these areas he leads the U.S. delegation under multiple bilateral and multilateral treaties and agreements. From 1989 to 2006Dan Reifsnyder...

Lakshmi Puri

Lakshmi Puri

Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

Ms. Lakshmi Puri is Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. She is directly responsible for the leadership and management of the Bureau for Intergovernmental Support, United Nations Coordination, and Strategic...

Naysán Sahba

Naysán Sahba

Director of the Division of Communications and Public Information (DCPI), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Naysán Sahba, was appointed as Director of UNEP's Division of Communications and Public Information in January 2014. Throughout the 17 years of his professional career, which includes assignments with WHO and UNICEF in Africa and Asia, Naysán has been engaged in significant communication, advocacy, partnership and participation programmes in a wide range of domains...

Jacob Satter

Jacob Satter

Initiator of the international Access to Seeds Index, chairs the Advisory Committee of the Dutch Centre for Genetic Resources, represents the Ministry of Economic Affairs of The Netherlands

After his studies in Ancient History and in Political Sciences at the University of Amsterdam, Mr. Satter was employed from 1986 till 1988 in the aircraft manufacturing industry. From this position he ventured into marketing & research and later combining this with international trade activities, all with a particular focus on Africa. He...

Nik Sekhran

Nik Sekhran

Chief of Profession, Sustainable Development Bureau for Policy and Programme Support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Mr. Nik Sekhran joined UNDP in 1998 and has recently been appointed Chief of Profession for Sustainable Development in the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support. In this role, he oversees work on development planning, sustainable livelihoods and natural resources management.  Over the past 22 years, Mr. Sekhran has dedicated his career to spearheading...

Sunita Singh

Sunita Singh

Director, International Cooperation Division, Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India

Mapula Tshangela

Mapula Tshangela

Senior Policy Advisor

Ms Mapula Tshangela is the Senior Policy Advisor with the National Department of Environmental Affairs. Her current responsibilities include policy and research interface in sustainable development, green economy and sustainable consumption & production. Prior to joining the Department in 2007, she worked at the electricity generation, distribution and head office...

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