SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS
“All we can do is try, the ones who try create a difference.”
Palash Sanyal is a professional in the field of sustainable development,environment and energy. He is currently working with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Asia Pacific Region. He has previously worked with TEDTalk, WaterAid Bangladesh, Ricardo UK and other non-government organisations. Palash specialises in innovative design process, behavioural change and transdisciplinary sustainability issues. He has more than five years of facilitation experience, facilitating controversial issues for Soliya, World Humanitarian Summit, UNESCO, Harvard University, University of Saskatchewan and various other organisations.
Combining human-centered elements from Design Thinking with Sustainability topics, Steffen fosters new, innovative solutions to challenges related to natural resource management and climate change.
Steffen Dehn studied International Forest Ecosystem Management at the University for Sustainable Development in Eberswalde, Germany. His areas of focus are international climate policy, food security and ecosystem-based climate change adaptation and mitigation. He currently is the focal point for the Major Group Children and Youth to the United Nations Forum on Forests. After working with GIZ in the field of international cooperation and development in Indonesia, he recently kicked off his freelancing career combining human-centered creative elements from Design Thinking with his areas of interest to foster innovative approaches to natural resource management challenges.
Nimra is an environmental scientist, activist and co-author of the world’s first Code of Professional Conduct for Legislators. Inspired by the public trust doctrine, the code commits politicians to make evidence-based decisions. Her research, policy and science background led her to 4ir.earth which helps leverage emerging technologies for environmental challenges. She has worked with WWF, The World Bank and International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). As the founder of Pakistan Sustainability Network, she has led campaigns that have set legal precedents. Nimra has designed pioneering research on climate change’s impact on traditional livelihoods and advised governments on adaptation. As a Canadian youth delegate to COP21, she campaigned with diverse stakeholders for an ambitious Paris Agreement. Inspired by FAO recommendations on malnutrition, Nimra co-founded Thriving which facilitates insect protein startups. She has been raising awareness about and working on a film about Chronic Wasting Disease (that threatens North America's trillion dollar agriculture economy). She works for Hands On Growing, a non-profit that scales urban agriculture using an online platform.
Dr. Andrea M. Bassi
“When it comes to sustainable development, it is all about understanding the systems we built and live in!”
Dr. Andrea M. Bassi is the founder and CEO of KnowlEdge Srl, a consulting company exploring socio-economic and environmental complexity to inform decision making for sustainability. Dr. Bassi is also an Extraordinary Professor of System Dynamics at Stellenbosch University and Senior Associate at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). Dr. Bassi has over 15 years of experience, supporting more than 40 governments and several international organizations on green economy strategies & scenarios, climate mitigation & adaptation and sustainable development. Dr. Bassi's strengths lie in the use of customized modeling and research techniques that focus on systems analysis, acquired through studies and years working with System Thinking and System Dynamics. Dr. Bassi holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil. in System Dynamics at the University of Bergen, Norway, a M.Sc. in Business and Economics at LIUC, Italy, and a postgraduate course in modeling the environment at the Universitad Politecnica de Catalunia in Spain.
Monica Kang is a creative educator who is transforming today’s workforce through the power of creativity. As the Founder and CEO of InnovatorsBox, Monica teaches creativity in a tangible, practical, and relatable way regardless of industry or job title. She has worked with clients worldwide including Fortune 500 companies, higher education, government, and nonprofits. Monica’s work has been awarded across numerous platforms, including The White House, Ashoka Changemakers, National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), and Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Driven by her lifelong love of knowledge, she is also an adjunct professor at BAU International University where she teaches entrepreneurship and leadership. Prior to InnovatorsBox, Monica was a nuclear nonproliferation policy expert in international affairs. She holds an M.A. from SAIS Johns Hopkins University in Strategic Studies and International Economics and a B.A. from Boston University.