Speakers

Jamie AGOMBAR (National Union of Students, UK)

Jamie is the Ethical and Environmental Manager at the National Union of Students UK (NUS), a confederation of 600 students’ unions representing seven million students in the UK. Jamie heads up a twenty-strong team that are working to make tertiary education a vehicle for installing pro-environmental behaviours in students, by creating campus- wide social norms of sustainability, leading to habit formation during a significant moment of change in their lives, and therefore making our future leaders more sustainability-literate.

-> Workshops: University and change

Tim ANDERSON (Système d'Echange Local du Lac association, CH)

Co-President of the Système d'Echange Local (Local Exchange Trading System, French SEL / English LETS) du Lac in Geneva, Tim Anderson is working on a tool enhancing the management of Local Exchange Systems. For this purpose, he created an association, Community Forge, which is elaborating 'tools for localisation' to help communities become more resilient. One of their technical staff is currently located in Auroville, a community village in India.

-> Workshops: Societal change

Dominique ARLETTAZ (Rector of the University of Lausanne, CH)

Prof. Dominique Arlettaz has been serving as Rector of the University of Lausanne since September 2005. After earning a PhD in Mathematics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, he worked as a researcher at Northwestern University before returning to Switzerland as First Assistant in the Department of Mathematics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. In 1988 he joined the Institute of Mathematics at the University of Lausanne. He later held the positions of Dean of the Science Faculty (2000-2003) and Vice-Rector of the University (2003-2006). Now Prof. Arlettaz is also president of many academic councils in Switzerland, while continuing research in Mathematics.

-> Opening ceremony

Christian ARNSPERGER (Université Catholique de Louvain, BE)

Christian Arnsperger is a German economist by training. He opted for a Ph.D. on economic and social justice at Catholic University of Leuven. He has been interested in a great variety of topics, all linked to political economy and the ethics and philosophy of economics. Eventually, he has come out of this rich experience as a staunch believer in interdisciplinarity. His current research focuses on topics like the transition towards a green economy, sustainable finance, banking and investment, monetary reform and complementary currencies, among others.

-> Conference: Is the green economy a vector of change towards a more sustainable world?

Christopher BEATON (IISD, UK)

Christopher Beaton is a Research Analyst and Communications Officer. He performs policy research on various projects within the trade and climate change domains, as well as supporting our Global Subsidies Initiative communications work, managing the GSI website and acting as editor for the monthly e-newsletter Subsidy Watch.
Chris received a Master's degree in International Relations in 2009, having worked as an intern at IISD between June and August, 2008. Prior to commencing his work in this field, Chris was a lecturer at Stevenson College in Edinburgh, teaching English and Communication

--> Conference: Moderator for Green Economy Debate

Théodore BESSON (University of Lausanne, CH)

Theodore Besson was trained as a biologist at University of Lausanne. He has worked in continuing education at the EPFL (2006-2007) and mobility at the University of Geneva (2008-2010). In 2006, he founded his own consulting agency, Stem, providing services in business management of the environment. Since 2011, Theodore has also joined the team of Innobridge SA as consultant in the fields of industrial ecology, clean technology and innovation.

-> Workshops: Societal change

Camille BIERENS de HAAN (EcoAttitude association, CH)

Camille Bierens de Haan is an educational scientist and licensed art-therapist focused on providing adult individual and group accompaniment to self-development. Her multi-faceted training and activities reflect a strong belief in the interdependency between sustainability and human development, both at individual and community level. She herself provides trainings and consulting services to corporations or public bodies on internal communication, team building and decision making issues. Besides her training activities within Creattitudes (2011-Present), she is also since 2004 the president of the Association Eco Attitude which supports local governance and collective change in Geneva and the surrounding region.

-> Conference: Transition, a bottom-up movement to prepare communities’ resilience

-> Workshops: Societal change

Nicolas BRIET

Nicolas Briet has worked 8 years in pharmaceutical research as a medicinal chemist. He is currently managing an eco centre near Geneva where he runs all sorts of sensibilizing events such as conferences, workshops and gatherings around complementary currencies, participatory democracy, innovative governance and sustainability in general. He is passionate about global issues and how to make our societal system work better. He dedicates more and more of his time contributing to make positive contribution to the way society functions.

-> Conference: Transition, a bottom-up movement to prepare communities’ resilience

-> Workshops: Societal change

Denis DECOSTERD (City of Lausanne, CH)

Since March 2007, Denis Decosterd is the Chief of General Studies and External Relations of the City of Lausanne. He is responsible for the development and implementation of regional development programs. He manages communal and regional projects about tourism, economic development, waste management, or transport.

-> Opening ceremony

Michelle DOBRÉ (University of Caen, FR)

Michelle Dobré is the Director of the Sociology Department at the University of Caen where she teaches sociology and participates to the research projects of the Maurice Halbwachs Research Centre. She was previously in charge of the French part of the European Project 'Uncertainty and Insecurity.' She has also worked as manager of the Observatory on Society and Environmental Problems at the French Institute for the Environment (IFEN). Her research and teaching fields include cultural changes in the face of environmental issues and risks, lifestyles and consumption, uncertainty and vulnerability.

-> Workshops: Individual change

Christophe DOSSARPS (Inspired Generation, CA)

Formerly a project manager in a leading Canadian aerospace firm, Christophe Dossarps is now based in Geneva (Switzerland) where he works in collaboration with the R20 initiative of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (head of business development at R20 inception in 2009) and the Asian Development Bank on projects related to sustainable finance. He is the founder and international ambassador of the Canadian NGO Consortium Evolution and the creator of its programme Inspired Generations for universities, both dedicated to bring transformational change to the development of our society through education, especially on sustainable development. Christophe Dossarps was among others at the heart of the success of the Generations Pact programme launched in 2007 by Consortium Evolution to support the creation of Sustainability Action Funds and Committees across the Province of Québec.

-> Workshops: Empowerment (part I)

-> Workshops: Empowerment (part II)

Euforia Association (CH)

‘Euforia’ is a voluntary, non-political, not-for-profit and charismatic youth organisation created in 2004 in Geneva, Switzerland. Its main goal is to shout, mobilise and show the young generation that a real commitment in order to face global challenges (e.g. global warming, poverty, racism) is not only possible, but also necessary and desirable. Instead of dreaming about how we could save the world, Euforia seeks to get young people to act, here and now! To do so, the association organises since 2007 various interactive events, such as imp!act or STEP into action, and runs their CHANGEmaker Network.

-> Workshops: Empowerment (part I)

Augustin FRAGNIERE (University of Lausanne, CH)

After graduating in 2002 from the Arts faculty of the University of Lausanne, Augustin Fragnière has worked for several years as a professional mountain guide and as a freelance journalist. He has joined again the University of Lausanne for a second degree focusing on the social aspects of environmental issues. Researching first the social and ethical aspects of carbon offsetting, his current PhD thesis explores the relationship between the concepts of freedom and ecology, asking whether environmental problems – and responses that could be designed to face them – do pose a new threat to individual freedom.

-> Conference: Individual freedom: the different conceptions of liberty and their relations to environmental issues

Benoît FRUND (UNIL, CH)

Benoît Frund graduated from the University of Lausanne as a geographer in 1999. Even before obtaining his degree he began his professional career with an SME active in geo-informatics and development aid, becoming its director after two years. He then completed his education with various courses in business administration and management.
At the beginning of 2004 he returned to the UNIL as Deputy Administrative Director. Among the tasks assigned to him, he was responsible for leading a project to reorganise maintenance services which resulted in the creation of the Unibat service, which he headed from June 2006 to August 2011.
Benoît Frund drew up an inventory of the numerous environmentally-friendly measures already up and running on the campus, thereafter enhancing their value and expanding their remit. At the request of the Rectorate, he formed a working group comprising representatives of the entire university community to propose a UNIL sustainability initiative. This led in February 2010 to the formulation of an agenda 21 for the UNIL which proposes to adopt a strong sustainability policy in teaching, research and life on the campus.
In September 2011, he joined the new UNIL management team as Vice-Rector in charge of "Sustainability and Campus"..

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Michael GONIN (University of Lausanne, CH)

Concerned about the economic, social, and environmental challenges facing the current (and next) generations, Michael Gonin is conducting a research programme at the University of Lausanne on social entrepreneurship and social/solidarity economy. He also works at the University of Zurich Ethics Center on the issue of emotions, justice, and management. As the link to the 'real world' is essential for him, he regularly presents and teaches about (business) ethics to students and/or professionals in order to foster critical thinking and learn from participants.

-> Workshops: Societal change

Nikolas HAGEMANN (WSEN, D)

Nikolas Hagemann is a Master student in the Geoecology programme at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany. He is the co-founder of the Greening the University student initiative which aims at introducing and reinforcing sustainability in the administration, teaching and research at the University of Tübingen. Co-chair of the steering committee of the WSES 2010, he is now also member of the WSEN and head manager of the Future Campus Project of the WSEN.

-> Workshops: Empowerment (part I)

-> Workshops: Empowerment (part II)

Christopher HAILS (WWF International)

Christopher Hails is a British biologist trained at the University of Stirling in Scotland. He worked as a lecturer in Zoology and Ecology at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur from 1976 to 1983, and as an environmental advisor to the Ministry of National Development in Singapore from 1983 to 1988. He joined WWF in 1988 and became Programme Director in 1995. In this position he had oversight of WWF’s global conservation programme including both field and policy programmes. Since October 2006, he occupies the position of Director, Network Relations at WWF International.

-> Conferences: International change

Eiji HATTA (President of Doshisha University, Kyoto, JP)

Prof. Eiji Hatta is the current President of Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan. He holds a PhD. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and Master in Economics from Doshisha University. His research focuses on industrial organisation and econometrics. Prof. Hatta was already president when Doshisha University hosted the first World Student Environmental Summit in 2008, and when the WSEN was launched by the student participants of the first summit. Doshisha University and Prof. Hatta have since then always supported the organisation of each summit. Doshisha University hosts also the WSEN head office.

-> Opening ceremony

Rob HOPKINS

Rob Hopkins is the co-founder of Transition Town Totnes and of the Transition Network. This grew out of many years experience in education, teaching permaculture and natural building, and setting up the first 2 year full-time permaculture course in the world, at Kinsale Further Education College in Ireland, as well as co-ordinating the first eco-village development in Ireland to be granted planning permission. He is author of ‘The Transition Handbook: from oil dependence to local resilience’. He was the winner of the 2008 Schumacher Award, is an Ashoka Fellow and a Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute, served 3 years as a Trustee of the Soil Association, and was named by the Independent as one of the UK’s top 100 environmentalists. He lives in Devon and grows food for his family.

-> Questions to Rob Hopkins

Harriet JACKSON (Oikos International)

President in 2011, Harriet Jackson is now member of the executive board of Oikos International, the international student organisation for sustainable economics and management that co-organises the Student Reporter project. Prior to Oikos, she studied Government and Economics at the London School of Economics and specialised in Environmental Economics and the Economics of the European Union. Through Oikos London, Harriet became interested in how to use behavioural economics for social and environmental purposes, specifically concerning transport infrastructure and lifestyle choices, and the economics of water management. Harriet now works in sustainability strategy at Impact Economy in Lausanne, Switzerland. When not attempting to save the world through business, she enjoys playing piano and cycling.

-> Discussion: The role of youth at the international level, experiences of engaged young people

Nele KAPRETZ (Big Jump Challenge, D)

Nele Kapretz graduated in 2011 from Munich University of Technology with a Master of Science in Sustainable Resource Management. In her thesis she focused on how social innovations can be spread using social media and events. During her studies, Nele worked amongs others at the Institute for Ecological Economy Research and has a strong background in marketing consulting and event management. Currently Nele is working as a research fellow at the University of Greifswald where she is in charge of the campaign management for the Big Jump Challenge 2012 – a youth campaign concerning water protection and political participation.

-> Workshops: Empowerment (part II)

Michel LALOUX

Michel Laloux is a teacher in Economics, educator and philosopher of education. Author of books on education, he became interested in his books "L'Education Dénationale" and "Torrent de jeunesse" to the adequacy of the school to the existential needs of youth. Moreover, in his book "La démocratie évolutive," he imagines a new form of democracy that would allow the development of a healthy economy.

-> Conference: Changing society, the essential connections between the micro – mezzo and macro level

-> Workshops: Individual change

David LAM (Lund University, S)

After a Bachelor degree from Leuphana Universität Lüneburg (D), David Lam is currently enrolled at Lund University (SE) in a Master programme focusing on environmental sciences and sustainability. His academic background includes a balance of technical, business and social ingredients, completed by a rich variety of extracurricular activities ranging from students associations selling fair-trade coffee or organic fashion products, to the organisation of educational projects with middle schools in Sweden about sustainable consumption and production. Among others, David has also worked as assistant and tutor for the UNESCO-Chair “Higher Education for Sustainable Development”.

-> Workshops: University and change

Sabá LOFTUS (International Youth Council)

Sabá Loftus is an Organizing Partner for the United Nations' Major Group of Children and Youth (MGCY). Until recently, she was the Policy Advocacy Coordinator for the MGCY during the 19th UN Commission on Sustainable Development. Alongside her work within the MGCY, she has represented YOUNGO (Youth NGOs) at the UN Secretary-General 's High-Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing (AGF) discussions, and actively works to empower youth to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Sabá holds a Master degree in Business. She is the Director of Communications for Rio+twenties and the International Youth Council. Currently, Sabá works as consultant for UNEP as a youth editor for the GEO 5 for Youth.

-> Discussion: The role of youth at the international level, experiences of engaged young people

Ewa MAGIERA (International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN)

Ewa Magiera joined IUCN's Global Communications Unit in 2009, working with its content and marketing team. Among other tasks, she was responsible for creating content for the IUCN website, including its portal on the International Year of Biodiversity. Since then her responsibilities have evolved and she now acts as a Media and Communications Officer. She works with IUCN experts, putting together media products about the projects and issues they work on, and making sure they reach the widest audience possible. She also coordinates IUCN's video work, enhancing the way IUCN highlights its work through the power of moving images. Before joining IUCN she worked in media relations at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg and as a translator at the European Commission.

-> Workshops: Individual change

Joan MARTINEZ ALIER (EJOLT project, ES)

Joan Martínez Alier is a Professor in the Department of Economics and Economic History and Deputy Director of the ICTA (Institute of Environmental Science and Technology), at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain. Over the last quarter of a century he has become recognised as Europe's foremost student and spokesman of the new field of "ecological economics." In 1987 he joined with colleagues from around the world and became a founding member of the International Society for Ecological Economics. He was a member (2000-08) of the scientific committee of the European Environment Agency, and is currently a member of the advisory board of The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) project. He coordinates also the Environmental Justice Organisations, Liabilities and Trade (EJOLT) project, a large collaborative project bringing science and society together to catalogue ecological distribution conflicts and work towards confronting environmental injustice.

-> Conferences: International change

Alberto MOCCHI (Green Party (Administration), CH)

Alberto Mocchi holds a Master in Political Science (International Relations) of the University of Lausanne. Alberto is a member of the Swiss Green Party and has previously been the president of the regional Youth Green Party. In addition, Alberto also takes active part in the committee of the Transport and Environment Association (ATE, Switzerland) and has been elected as member of the city council of Renens (Switzerland).

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Sylvia NAMUKASA (Kirinda Youth Environmental Management and Poverty Alleviation Programme – KYEMPAPU, Uganda)

Sylvia Namukasa is the founder and executive director of Kyempapu – the Kirinda Youth Environmental Management and Poverty Alleviation Programme in Uganda. Having worked at the Uganda National Commission for UNESCO, she represented officially her country at UNESCO Youth Forum in October 2011 (as speaker) and 2009 (as delegate) in Paris, France. She followed in 2011 a UN Training on Early-Warning Mechanisms on violence issues in Dakar, Senegal, a training facilitated by UPEACE and FAS (Femmes Africa Solidarités). Since January 2012, she is also an official trainer for Gender Mainstreaming (women as agents of change), a training funded by the Commonwealth Foundation.

-> Discussion: The role of youth at the international level, experiences of engaged young people

-> Workshops: Individual change

Hervé PHILIPPE (University of Montréal, CA)

Hervé Philippe is appointed professor at the Biochemistry Department of the University of Montréal, Canada. Specialist in Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Genomics, he has been increasingly concerned with the ecological footprint of scientific research programmes including his own projects. Besides them, he has thus studied the interdependent relationships between economic growth, innovation, and scientific research, with particular attention to the ecological impacts of this interdependency.

-> Workshops: University and change

Silja RAMSEIER (Euforia Association, CH)

Silja finished this summer her Master’s Degree in Geography and Sociology. Since 2008 she is involved in Euforia Association and has started now to work in the newly opened Euforia office in Zurich. Euforia is a non-political, not-for-profit and charismatic youth organisation created in 2007 in Geneva, Switzerland. Its main goal is to shout, mobilise and show the young generation that a real commitment in order to face global challenges (e.g. global warming, poverty, racism) is not only possible, but also necessary and desirable. Instead of dreaming about how we could save the world, Euforia seeks to get young people to act, here and now! To do so, the association organises since 2007 various interactive events, such as imp!act or STEP into action, and runs their CHANGEmaker Network. Besides being involved in Euforia Silja did an internship at Praktischer Umweltschutz Schweiz (Pusch) in Zurich and during her studies she used twice the opportunity to do research in India to broaden her mind.

-> Workshop: Cooperative and competitive game

Laurin REDING (Euforia Association, CH)

Laurin Reding, 20, has been involved in different youth projects before he joined euforia in 2010. Currently he is part of the volunteer facilitation team of euforia. Laurin Reding is studying international relations at the university of Geneva.

-> Workshops: Empowerment (part I)


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Philippe ROCH (CH)

Philippe Roch was appointed in 1992 Director of the Swiss Agency for the Environment, Forests and Landscape (SAEFL) by the Federal Council. Philippe Roch’s main achievements are the new law for the environment protection, the law on the reduction of CO2 emissions, and the development of legislation in the area of biotechnology. At the international level, he represented Switzerland in the capacity of State Secretary in negotiations on environmental matters. After 13 years at the helm, Philippe Roch resigned with effect from 1 October 2005. He is acting now as an independent consultant.

-> Opening ceremony

Beatriz RODRIGUEZ-LABAJOS (EJOLT project, ES)

Beatriz Rodríguez-Labajos is an ecological economist working on the socioeconomic dimensions of biodiversity and their inclusion in water policy. Her field experience involves local development of protected areas in Mexico, and the study of social perception and management of invasive species in Europe, especially in aquatic ecosystems. Currently she is a PhD researcher in Environmental Sciences at ICTA, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Recent research activities involve her participation in the European Integrated Project ALARM and her collaboration as a scientific consultant for the Catalan Water Agency.

-> Conferences: International change

Fulai SHENG (Green Economy initiative)

Fulai Sheng is an economist at the United Nations' Environment Programme's Economics and Trade Branch (UNEP-ETB). His areas of expertise include integrated policy-making, international payments for ecosystem services, and integrated economic and environmental accounting. He holds a Masters degree in Economics from the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. Over the last twenty years, he has served the Chinese Ministry of Finance, the World Bank, the WWF, and Conservation International.

-> Conference: Is the green economy a vector of change towards a more sustainable world?

Rasmus VINCENTZ (Habitats, DK)

Rasmus Vincentz holds a master degree in social sciences and business. He has been working for the last seven years with environmental and climate changes issues with governments, companies and civil society. He is mostly based in Denmark but also in a number of developing countries. Today he is a co-founder of the company Habitats that promotes biodiversity and the (re)establishment of ecosystems, via design and planning of landscapes and urban spaces including active involvement of local actors. Besides that, he is involved in a local food cooperation and enjoys a mix of gardening and playing soccer.

-> Workshops: Empowerment (part I)

-> Workshops: Empowerment (part II)

François VOEFFRAY (Minister, Head of Environment, Energy, Transport and Health, CH)

From the Directorate of International Law, as a Legal Officer (Human Rights and Humanitarian Law) to being the Deputy Head of UN Political Affairs, Division International Organizations, François has been working in the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs for much of his professional career. He received his Masters in International Relations and his Doctorate in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, and has been a visiting Scholar at the Faculty of Law, University of Columbia, and a Scholar at the Academy of International Law, The Hague. He is now Minister, Head of Environment, Energy, Transport and Health, Switzerland.

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Kerry WHITESIDE (Franklin and Marshall College, USA)

Kerry Whiteside teaches Political Science at Franklin and Marshall College, Pennsylvania, USA. He holds a PhD and a Masters in Political Science from Princeton University. He is specialised in modern political philosophy and European politics. His research focuses, among others, on philosophy of the environment, the precautionary principle, and environmental policies. Together with Prof. Dominique Bourg from the University of Lausanne, he published in 2009 a book 'For an ecological democracy' which contributes to the discussion about the weaknesses and shortcomings of the existing democratic political model in face of today's global environmental issues.

-> Conference: Democracy and environment, failure of representation?

 

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