SPEAKER BIOS

 

Professor (Montpellier University, Charles Coulomb Laboratory (L2C) and Polytech engineer school) 

Jean-Louis Bantignies joined Montpellier University in 1999 after 3 years for ELF Company at Brookhaven National Laboratory (Long Island, New York). He got a PhD in Solid State Physics from Paris XI University (Orsay, France). Professor Bantignies holds an appointment in the departments of physics (Charles Coulomb Lab). His teaching and research interests lie in the areas of 1) eco design 2) confinement in nanostructures 3) material science and spectroscopy. He has been in charge of the sustainable development project of Polytech Montpellier engineer school since 2010.

Jean-Louis Bantignies

Professor

Montpellier University

 

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

 

Oikos St.Gallen is the oldest student-driven organisation for sustainability in economics and management at the University of St. Gallen. Anna is responsible for the strategic leadership of the 100 students currently pursuing the oikos mission: to empower student change agents, raise awareness for sustainability opportunities and challenges and build institutional support for curriculum reform. Anna is also pursuing an International Affairs Bachelor degree at the University of St.Gallen. Prior to her current role in oikos, she held leadership positions in various purpose-driven student organisations and was involved in a number of international sustainability and peace-building conferences in high school.

Anna Kurth

President

Oikos St. Gallen

Jocelyn P. Luyon, MSc.

University Pollution Control Officer/Safety Officer

Faculty Assigned to Office, Environmental Resource Management Center

Associate Professor/Loaned Faculty - Biological Sciences Department

De La Salle University-Dasmarinas

As one of her colleagues would say: “De La Salle University-Dasmariñas is the Lasallian campus where nature meets history”, she feels blessed to be part of this University for almost 18 years now.

She is a Biologist by profession. She taught subjects in Biology and Environmental Science for two years as part-time Faculty at the Biological Sciences Department in DLSU-D. At present, she is working full-time for the University’s Environmental Resource Management Center (ERMaC) as a Faculty Assigned to Office, to handle DLSU-D’s solid waste management and other sustainable programs. She was recently appointed as University Pollution Control Officer and Safety Officer.

She is also part of the DLSU-D Research Team actively involved in environmental research such as water quality assessment and solid waste collection efficiency of the selected barangays (villages). Some of her completed research works, in collaboration with colleagues, mentors/advisers and undergraduate students, were presented in national and international conferences as well as published in an Scopus-indexed journals.  Moreover, her collaborative research on bioluminescent bacteria as indicator of water quality was featured in a national news network and several news outlets.

At present, she is completing her academic requirements to earn her PhD in De La Salle University-Manila’s Biology Program. Her dissertation topic focuses on the prevalence of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) in the human-impacted environment.

 
 

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

 

Dr Rajendra Shende

Chairman TERRE Policy Centre and Former Director UNEP

Dr Shende has simply smart approach for addressing global challenges-‘To think is good but to act is better’. With this  seminal faith based on which he led a capacity building programme in UNEP for the 146 developing countries under what is widely acclaimed as most successful global environmental treaty of UN ever i.e. The Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer.  Currently, he is  Chairman of TERRE Policy Centre dedicated to finding sustainable solutions to our developmental imperatives through actions.

Mr. Shende was Coordinating Lead Author (CLA) of special report of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He is recipient of Nobel Peace Prize citation. He is Senior Expert nominated by India on Technology and Economic Assessment Panel of UNEP and also serves as Chairman of International Advisory Panel of Operation Earth, China and Media India, France among others.

He won numerous awards including two awards from USA on Climate and Ozone Layer Protection. He was felicitated by the President of India for his work on solar vaccine cooler with national government. ‘Smart Campus Cloud Network’ is his current initiative that engages educational institutes with action on UN SDGs. More than 350 universities and colleges are registered with this network.