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Independent Experts Advisory Panel

The Independent Experts Advisory Panel remains separate from the Foundation’s governance through its board of Trustees. Its missions are to:

  • Help enhance the quality of the content the Foundation produces
  • Help remain at the forefront of new developments both in terms of technology and ideas
  • Keep an open channel of communication with leading professionals, in order to seek scientific validation or advice

The panel comprises:

Walter R. Stahel

Walter R. Stahel is head of risk management at the Geneva Association, Switzerland. In 1982 he founded the Product-Life Institute, Europe’s oldest sustainability-based consultancy. His seminal 1976 research report to the European Commission in Brussels ‘The Potential for Substituting Manpower for Energy’, written with Genevieve Reday, sketched the vision of an economy in loops (or circular economy) and its impact on job creation, economic competitiveness, resource savings and waste prevention. Currently, he is a visiting professor at the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Surrey, UK and a frequent guest lecturer for Tohoku University’s postgraduate department, Japan. He has been a lecturer at UTT Troyes and the Ecole de Mines Fontainebleau for many years on the circular eonomy and the “économie de fonctionnalité”. An alumnus of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Stahel has authored several prize- winning academic papers. In 1989/1993, he co-authored The Limits to Certainty with Orio Giarini, which was published in six languages.

Michael Braungart

Michael Braungart is founder and scientific CEO of “EPEA Internationale Umweltforschung GmbH” and of the “Hamburger Umweltinstitut” (HUI). He is also co-founder and scientific head of “McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry” (MBDC, USA). Today he holds four academic chairs: at the RSM of EUR, Leuphana University Lüneburg, University Twente and at TU Delft.

He studied chemistry and process engineering. In the 1980s he dedicated his work to Greenpeace. From 1982 on he was active in establishing its chemistry department, which he took over in 1985. In the same year he received his Ph.D. from the University of Hannover’s chemistry department. He founded EPEA in 1987.

William McDonough

William McDonough is a globally recognized leader in sustainable development, William and his firms advise commercial and governmental leaders worldwide on design for sustainable growth.

He received the first Presidential Award for Sustainable Development (1996) from President Clinton, the first U.S. EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award (2003) from President George W. Bush and the National Design Award (2004). He served as the founding US Chair of the China-US Center for Sustainable Development (1999-2009). William is the architect of many of the recognized flagships of sustainable design including NASA’s new “space station on Earth,” Sustainability Base, completed in 2011.

He has written and lectured extensively on design as the first signal of human intention. With chemist Michael Braungart he authored The Hannover Principles: Design for Sustainability (1992), Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things (2002), and The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability—Designing for Abundance (2013). He launched the not-for-profit Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute (2009) to create a global standard for Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM products.

Janine Benyus

Janine Benyus is a biologist, innovation consultant, and author of six books, including Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature.

In Biomimicry, she names an emerging discipline that emulates nature’s designs and processes (e.g., solar cells that mimic leaves) to create a healthier, more sustainable planet. Since the book’s 1997 release, Janine has evolved the practice of biomimicry, consulting with businesses and conducting seminars about what we can learn from the genius that surrounds us. Her favorite role is Biologist-at-the-Design-Table, introducing innovators to 3.8 billion years of brilliant, time-tested solutions.

In 1998, she co-founded the world’s first bio-inspired consultancy, bringing nature’s sustainable designs to 250+ clients. In 2006, she co-founded a non-profit institute to embed biomimicry in formal education and informal spaces such as museums and nature centers. In 2008, the institute launched AskNature.org, an award-winning bio-inspiration site for inventors.

In 2010, Janine and her team combined the for-profit and non-profit arms into a single B-Corp called Biomimicry 3.8. Working as a social enterprise, Biomimicry 3.8 is the world’s leader in biomimicry innovation consulting, training for professionals, and curricula development for educators. Its mission is to inspire, educate, and connect the growing community of biomimicry practitioners around the world.

Anders Wijkman

Anders Wijkman is an opinionmaker and author. He is co-president of the Club of Rome and chair of Återvinningsindustrierna (the Swedish Association of Recycyling Industries . He is a senior advisor to the Stockholm Environment Institute.

Anders was a Member of the European Parliament from 1999-2009, where his focus was on issues related to environment, energy and climate, development cooperation and humanitarian affairs. He received several awards during his years in Parliament, notably for his work on energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Prior to his election to the European Parliament, Anders served as Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Policy Director of UNDP (1995-1997), Director-General of SAREC - Swedish Agency for Research Cooperation with Developing Countries - (1992-1994), Secretary-General of the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (1989-1991) and Secretary General of the Swedish Red Cross (1979-1988). He was also member of the Swedish Parliament from 1970 to 1978.

Anders is a member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences, the Swedish Royal Academy of Agriculture and Forestry and the World Academy of Arts and Science. He is Board member of the Stockholm Resilience Center, the International Environment Institute in Lund and the Tällberg Foundation. He was recently appointed member of the Sustainability External Advisory Council of DOW Chemicals.

Anders was appointed honoray doctor at Linköping University in 2011. He is the author of several books on sustainable development, HIV/Aids and European integration. His most recent book ”Bankrupting Nature” – with co-author Professor Johan Rockström – was published by Routledge in November 2012.

Sir Ken Robinson, PhD

Sir Ken Robinson, PhD

An internationally recognised leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources.

He speaks to audiences throughout the world on the creative challenges facing business and education in the new global economies.

Sir Ken is Professor Emeritus of Education at the University of Warwick in the UK and has worked with governments in Europe, Asia and the United States, with international agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and some of the world’s leading cultural organizations.

His renowned talks at the annual TED conference (2006 and 2010) continue to be viewed online by many millions of people around the world.

In 2003, he received a knighthood from H.M. Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the arts. In 2005 he was named as one of Time/Fortune/CNN’s Principal Voices.

He has received numerous honorary degrees and awards for his international work in education, creativity and cultural development. He is author of New York Times bestseller The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, which has been translated into 20 languages.

Professor Tim Jackson

Professor Tim Jackson

The UK’s first Professor of Sustainable Development and Director of the Research group on Lifestyles, Values and Environment (RESOLVE) at the University of Surrey’s Centre for Environmental Strategy.

Has been at the forefront of research and teaching in sustainability for over 20 years and has led numerous research and policy initiatives on sustainable consumption and production in the UK and abroad.

Co-authored the first Index of Sustainable Economic Welfare for the UK (1996) and has served in numerous advisory positions in the UK Government, the European Commission and the UN. Was Economics Commissioner to the UK Sustainable Development Commission from 2004 to 2011 where he led the Redefining Prosperity programme.

This work culminated in the publication of his groundbreaking book ‘Prosperity without Growth: economics for a finite planet’ which has been translated into 12 languages worldwide.

Professor Peter Guthrie, OBE

Professor Peter Guthrie, OBE

The UK’s first Professor for Engineering for Sustainable Development and Director of the Centre for Sustainable Development at Cambridge University’s Department of Engineering.

Vice-President of the Institution of Civil Engineers in the late 1990s; a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering; and Vice-Chair of DEFRA’s Scientific Advisory Council until 2011.

A founder of RedR, a charity that provides engineers and other personnel to relief agencies in disasters. Awarded an OBE in 1994.

Peter Head CBE, Consultant and Former Chairman of Global Planning, Arup

Arup’s Global Leader of Planning is recognised for his work in major projects, advanced composite technology and sustainable city development.

Champions sustainable development principals that can improve the return on public and private investments in the built environment.

Peter Head has received an OBE for successfully delivering the Second Severn Crossing; has the Award of Merit of IABSE; won the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Silver Medal and the Prince Philip Award for Polymers in the Service of Mankind.

Nominated by Time magazine as one of 30 global eco-heroes (2008).

Professor David Banister

Professor of Transport Studies at the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford.

Acted as advisor to several government departments including Defra, DfT, DECC, Cabinet Office, and the NAO) and was a member of numerous Research Council Committees.

Awarded the Transport Policy Prize for his 2008 Transport Policy paper ‘The Sustainable Mobility Paradigm’ at the 12th World Conference on Transport Research.

Professor James Clark

Director of the Green Chemistry Centre, University of York with over 70 graduate researchers and support staff working on research, industrial collaboration, education and networking in green and sustainable chemistry.

Founding Scientific Editor for the world’s leading journal in the field, Green Chemistry, holds the Chair of Industrial & Applied Chemistry and is President of the Green Chemistry Network.

James has led the Green Chemistry movement in Europe over the last 10 years and has won numerous awards and distinctions including the 2011 Royal Society of Chemistry Environment Prize.

Dr. Michel Pimbert

Team Leader for Agroecology and Food Sovereignty at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).

An agricultural ecologist by training, he previously worked at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in India, the University François Rabelais de Tours in France, and the World Wide Fund for Nature in Switzerland.

Has also done research for the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD).

Jean-Marc Jancovici

One of France’s most prominent energy experts, and co-founder of the Carbone 4 consultancy which provides strategic counselling on energy-related matters.

He played a key role in the build-up to the French “Grenelle of Environnement”, a national conference bringing together the government, local authorities, trade unions, business and voluntary sectors to draw up a plan of action of concrete measures.

He is a guest lecturer at ParisTech Mines (engineering school) and the author of several books.

Dr Zhu Dajian

Dr Zhu Dajian is professor of School of Economics & Management, Head of Department of Public Policy and Management, and Director of Institute of Governance for Sustainable Development, at Tongji University in Shanghai. His research interests include sustainable development, circular economy and ecological economics, urban and regional development, public service and public private partnership, corporate social responsibility etc. He was a senior research scholar at Harvard University in 2004-2005 and a visiting research fellow at Melbourne University in 1994-1995. He is a member of Urbanization under Global Agenda Council of World Economic Forum(WEF),and has been involved in several policy research projects from international organizations such as UNDP, UNEP, UNICEF,WB, ADB etc.

David MacKay FRS

David MacKay was appointed as Chief Scientific Advisor to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) on 1st October 2009. The Chief Scientific Advisor’s role is to ensure that the Department’s policies and operations, and its contributions to wider Government issues, are underpinned by the best science and engineering advice available.

David MacKay studied Natural Sciences at Trinity College, he then went to Caltech to complete a PhD in Computation and Neural Systems. In 1992 he returned to Cambridge as a Royal Society research fellow at Darwin College. In 1995 he became a university lecturer in the Department of Physics, where he was promoted in 1999 to a Readership and in 2003 to a Professorship in Natural Philosophy. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 2009. David MacKay’s research interests include reliable computation with unreliable hardware, and communication systems for the disabled. He believes that what the climate-change discussion needs is clear, simple numbers, so that we can understand just how big our challenge is, and not be conned by grand-sounding schemes that don't actually work. He has also written a book on the subject (Sustainable Energy - Without The Hot Air: David MacKay, UIT Cambridge, 2009).

Paul Turner

A Harvard Business School graduate, Paul is Lloyds Banking Group’s Community Investment & Sustainable Development Director. In 2007 he developed the business case for establishing a sustainable development team in the Corporate Markets Division (Wholesale). He also developed initiatives to enable colleagues to engage with community based organisations. Taking on a Group-wide role in 2011, Paul is now responsible for leading the team developing and implementing the Group’s community investment and sustainable development strategy. This involves working across the multiple Group brands and divisions, working closely with the Bank’s charitable Foundations and also working closely with customers, NGOs, charities and community based organisations, the Government, investors and suppliers. Paul is a Tutor with the University of Cambridge’s Programme for Sustainability Leadership, a member of the UK Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change, Business in the Community’s Environment Leadership Steering Group and he is responsible for the Lloyds Banking Group’s environmental action plan.’


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