SPEAKER BIOS

Dr. Susan Gardner is a Mexican-American environmental scientist, known for her pioneering research on ecotoxicology and her critical contributions to the Minamata Convention on Mercury. Dr. Gardner has over two decades of experience in supporting countries in conserving and restoring their terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems. Prior to serving as the Director of UNEP’s Ecosystems Division, she was a senior official in the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Department of State, and she worked for the Mexican Federal Government as an environmental scientist at the Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste. She holds a Doctoral Degree in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences from the University of Washington and a Master’s of Science Degree in Toxicology from North Carolina State University. Her research has generated over 30 publications including a book and book chapters on topics related to ecology, toxicology, fisheries management and species conservation.

Susan Gardner

Director 

UNEP Ecosystems Division

 
 

Professor Mark Ormerod

Deputy Vice0Chancellor and Provost

Keele University

Professor Mark Ormerod is Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost at Keele University, with
responsibility for academic leadership of the University. He was previously Pro Vice-
Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) and Head of the Schools of Physical and
Geographical Sciences, and Chemistry and Physics.
Professor Ormerod is the strategic lead for sustainability at Keele University, leading Keele’s
sector-leading low carbon and sustainability strategy, embedding sustainability in all aspects
of the University’s operations. He has a national profile for his advocacy of sustainability
issues and his public engagement and educational sustainability activities. He has recently
been invited to become a member of UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) new cross-
Research Council Environmental Sustainability Advisory Group. Professor Ormerod is the
Executive lead for Keele University’s Smart Energy Network Demonstrator (SEND) - a
European first, genuine at scale living laboratory for developing and testing smart, low
carbon and energy efficient technologies.
As Professor of Clean Technology and Inorganic Materials Chemistry, Professor Ormerod’s
research interests centre on sustainable materials chemistry, low carbon energy and more
environmentally friendly and sustainable chemical processes and technologies. His interests
extend to energy policy and interdisciplinary research in energy and sustainability, focusing
on low carbon energy and reducing energy use and factors affecting pro-environmental
behaviour in individuals and communities.

John Robinson is a Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and the School of the Environment at the University of Toronto. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Copenhagen Business School. At U of T, he is Presidential Advisor on the Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability.  

Dr. Robinson’s research focuses on the intersection of climate change mitigation, adaptation and sustainability; the use of visualization, modelling and citizen engagement to explore sustainable futures; sustainable buildings and urban design; the role of the university in contributing to sustainability; creating partnerships for sustainability with non-academic partners; the history and philosophy of sustainability; and, generally, the intersection of sustainability, social and technological change, behaviours and practices, and community engagement processes. 

John Robsinson

University of Toronto

 

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