Our Team

Executive Team and Senior Management

Mathis Wackernagel, Ph.D.
Mathis Wackernagel, Ph.D.
President

Mathis ist einer der Schöpfer des Ecological Footprint und arbeitete an Nachhaltigkeitsthemen mit verschiedenen Organisation in Europa, Lateinamerika, Nordamerika und Australien. Er hielt Vorträge vor Interessengruppen, Regierungen und Behörden, gemeinnützigen Organisationen und Akademikern an über 100 Universitäten auf der Welt. Mathis war Leiter der Abteilung Nachhaltigkeit bei Redefining Progress im kalifornischen Oakland und leitete das Centre for Sustainability Studies/Centro de Estudios para la Sustentabilidad in Mexiko, wo er noch immer beratend tätig ist. Neben seiner Lehrtätigkeit bei SAGE an der University of Wisconsin-Madison war Mathis Autor und Mitverfasser von über 50 wissenschaftlichen Artikeln, Berichten und Büchern über Nachhaltigkeit. Der Schwerpunkt seiner Arbeiten liegt auf der Konsensbildung zu den Themen begrenzte Ressourcen und der Entwicklung von Messinstrumenten für nachhaltige Entwicklung. Zu seinen Veröffentlichungen zählen unter anderem Our Ecological Footprint: Reducing Human Impact on the Earth, Sharing Nature’s Interest, und der Living Planet Report von WWF International. Nach dem Ingenieurstudium an der Eidgenössischen Technischen Hochschule Zürich promovierte er in Stadt- und Regionalplanung an der University of British Columbia in Vancouver in Kanada. Während der Arbeit an seiner Dissertation entwickelte er zusammen mit Professor William Rees das Konzept des Ecological Footprint.



Susan Burns
Susan Burns
Chief Executive Officer

Neben der strategischen Ausrichtung betreut Susan Burns Fundraising, Finanzen, Programm- und Prozessmanagement bei Global Footprint Network. Sie leitet die Kommunikationsabteilung und die Weiterentwicklung unserer Kernbotschaften. Als Gründerin von Natural Strategies – einer der ersten Nachhaltigkeitsberatungsfirmen – hat sie mehr als 18 Jahre berufliche Erfahrung im Bereich Nachhaltigkeit gesammelt. In dieser Zeit hat sie mit mit einer Vielzahl von Unternehmen und Organisationen zusammengearbeitet. Susans Arbeitsschwerpunkte lagen unter anderem auf den Feldern Produktdesign, Konsensbildung, Managementsysteme, Organisationsstrategie, Forstpolitik und Bezugsgruppenkommunikation. Susan ist Expertin für nachhaltige Anwendungen im Rahmen von The Natural Step. Sie verantwortete die Entwicklung der Auswahlmethodik für Portfolio 21, dem ersten Investmentfonds für ökologische Nachhaltigkeit. Als Referentin und Hauptrednerin auf über 100 nationalen und internationalen Veranstaltungen trug Susan zu den Themen Nachhaltigkeit, Corporate Responsibility und strategischem Umweltmanagement bei. Sie hält einen Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering (Umwelttechnik).



Drew Lisac
Drew Lisac
VP, External Affairs

Drew is External Affairs Director at Global Footprint Network.  He brings to the organization over 20 years of leadership in academia, start-ups, businesses and social enterprise.  As Dean at Stanford University, he helped advance a diverse portfolio of academic institutes, programs and projects through work with entrepreneurs, tech companies, venture capitalists and students. He was awarded the National Council on Education’s Award of Merit for his educational trailblazing.

Drew left Stanford to co-found one of the first consulting firms for internet and new media companies. He advised over 200 start-ups, worked with investors, organized international consortia focused on internet roll outs globally and founded one of the first start-up internet incubators. He served as investor, board member, chief strategist, chief capital officer and interim CEO. Moving into government policy, he helped raise funds for many significant achievements including the first internet advocacy campaign in history (watershed protection), the first urban greenbelt campaign and indigenous peoples’ control of natural resources around the globe.  Drew was honored by a wide variety of local, regional, and national governments, as well as non-profits, corporations and foundations.

Since 2001, Drew has worked solely in public service as an angel investor, social entrepreneur, and fundraiser.  He has served as an advisor on philanthropy and social responsibility for many corporations and major donors, raising millions for public projects.  For this leadership, he received commendation at the Bay Area Philanthropy Awards.  As an expert on the integration of economic and environmental systems worldwide he helped fund and organize the 2010 Mega Regional Conference on economic growth as well as the 2011 White House Forum on Entrepreneurship.



Sandra Browne
Sandra Browne
Director of Operations

Sandra leads the Administration, HR, Accounting, IT and program management functions at Global Footprint Network. She has been involved with the organization since 2011 in various capacities and brings a passion for smooth operations that support Global Footprint Network's mission. So far Sandra has created HR processes for recruiting and performance management, aided the creation of a revised strategic plan and implemented systems for tracking operations and finance analytics to enable timely, data-driven decisions.
 
Sandra brings 20 years of experience as a business operations executive for technical and scientific organizations. She earned her MBA from UC-Berkeley with an emphasis in organizational behavior and strategy. Throughout her career Sandra has focused on creating high-performance cultures that are financially stable and data-driven. She is passionate about delivering outstanding services to clients and partners.
 
Sandra’s interests include global travel and volleyball. She lives in California with her husband and two children.



Sebastian Winkler
Sebastian Winkler
VP, Outreach and Programmes

Sebastian Winkler is Global Footprint Network’s Director for Europe. In 2010, he was part of the Spanish European Union Presidency team and supported the country in a number of International and European biodiversity negotiations. Sebastian has a distinguished career as an advisor on international issues, and has held a variety of important economics- and sustainability-related posts at IUCN, UNEP, and Mexico’s Deputy Minister of Environment.

He holds a BA from the University of Konstanz, Germany (Development Economics, Administrative Science and Policy), and has earned Masters Degrees at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, The Netherlands; the University of Trier, Germany; and the Ecole Polytechnique of Lausanne, Switzerland. He also studied at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Grenoble, France and at the Harvard Business School (Management). He speaks fluent Spanish, German, English, and French, and has working knowledge in Portuguese and Italian.



Pati Poblete
Pati Poblete
Director, Asia Region

Pati is leading Global Footprint Network’s engagement with Asia. Building on her on-the-ground policy expertise as a journalist, Pati has been engaging with over 6 Asian national governments and various international institutions including ADB and the ASEAN Secretariat. Prior to joining Global Footprint Network, Pati was a journalist for 15 years, working as a columnist and editorial writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, deputy editorial page editor for the Honolulu Advertiser and staff editor at numerous Bay Area daily newspapers. Her yearlong editorial series on foster care reform in California for the San Francisco Chronicle helped lead to numerous changes in the state law, and won her numerous national awards, including first place in the National Headliners Award, Scripps Howard National Journalism Award, Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Chi Award and the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. Pati was also the Chronicle’s nominee for Pulitzer Prize in editorial writing in 2006 and 2007. She is the author of “The Oracles: My Filipino Grandparents in America”.



Alessandro Galli, Ph.D.
Alessandro Galli, Ph.D.
Director, Mediterranean and MENA Regions

Promoviert an der Universität Siena (Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Chimiche e dei Biosistemi), beschäftigt sich Alessandro mit der Abhängigkeit des Menschen von natürlichen Ressourcen und der Leistungsfähigkeit verschiedener Ökosysteme. Er untersucht diese Zusammenhänge mit Hilfe von Nachhaltigkeitsindikatoren und Ökobilanzierung. Seinen Universitätsabschluss in Naturwissenschaften erlangte Alessandro ebenfalls an der Universität Siena. Er unterstützt Global Footprint Network im Bereich des National Accounts Programms. Er liefert Beiträge für Fachpublikationen und trägt zur weiteren Erforschung der Methodologie des Ecological Footprint bei.



Finance and Administration

Edward Andrews
Edward Andrews
Finance Manager

Edward manages Global Footprint Network's finance department. Prior to joining Global Footprint Network, Edward worked as a consultant for Robert Half International where he provided transitional accounting services at both UCSF and SFSU. Edward has more than three decades of accounting experience, including several years as a Controller at Toolworks Inc. in San Francisco, a non-profit organization that provides education and training for adults with disabilities. Edward attended San Francisco Community College and completed a certificate program at Dickinson-Warren Business College.



Kamila Kennedy
Kamila Kennedy
Office Manager, Oakland

Kamila processes accounts receivable, accounts payable and payroll as well as providing general office management and organizational skills.  Prior to joining Global Footprint Network, she was Office Manager and Sales Manager for Wood Heat Stoves & Solar consulting on the purchase and installation of alternative energy products through their local office and website.  Her sales, bookkeeping and creative skills were also utilized at LasersandLights.com where she consulted on commercial, residential and event effect lighting purchase and installations.



Jill Connaway
Jill Connaway
Executive Assistant

Jill assists President Mathis Wackernagel and Senior Vice President Susan Burns with the nitty gritty administrative details. Jill enjoys the daily challenges of supporting two very busy executives. She has over 15 years experience providing administrative support to executives and non-profit boards. Prior to joining Global Footprint Network, she was the Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Client Services at a software company.  She possesses a BA in English with a minor in American Sign Language from California State University, Hayward.



Jason Ortego
Jason Ortego
Program Manager

Jason oversees project development and manages projects across all offices at Global Footprint Network. His background is in natural resource management and environmental policy. Prior to joining Global Footprint Network, he was research associate and project manager for the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources at the National Academy of Sciences. He also managed research grants at the University of California Office of the President. He holds an M.A. in international affairs from the George Washington University and a B.A. in English from Louisiana State University.



Oscar Fornoza
Oscar Fornoza
Senior Manager, Operations - Geneva

Oscar assists the Director of Europe to ensure the smooth operation of the Global Footprint Network team in Europe while also coordinating the Brussels and Mediterranean Region offices. He has been a career diplomat for more than 23 years, advancing into key leadership roles at the Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Institute of Foreign Trade.

He represented Venezuela, inter alia, as Chargé d’affaires to the Kingdom of Denmark, Deputy Chief of Mission in Argentina, Deputy Permanent Representative to the Latin-American Integration Association (ALADI) and Deputy Chief of Mission in Uruguay, Chief of Division for Technical Cooperation with Central America and the Caribbean, Chief of Division for Economic Integration and as delegate to numerous meetings and conferences at UNO, ECOSOC, UNWRA, UNIDO, UNCTAD, UNFCCC, FAO, IAEA, OPEC, ITC, ILO, WIPO, UTI, The Economic and Social Council of the Organization of American States, the Group of the 77, the United Nations Conference on Women, the United Nations Conference for the Adoption of a Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, the Latin-American Economic System (SELA), the Andean Community of Nations (CAN), the Iberoamerican Summits, and as team member for Venezuela’s adhesion to the GATT and the Uruguay Round.

Oscar completed graduate studies in Political Science concentrating in International Economic Affairs at Simon Bolivar University in Sartenejas, Venezuela, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA. At the Venezuelan Diplomatic Academy, he participated in specialization courses in Oil Diplomacy, European Integration, International Trade Policy and Harvard’s Negotiation Project.

Oscar holds both Irish and Venezuelan nationalities.



Outreach and Media

Ingrid Heinrich
Ingrid Heinrich
Project Assistant

Ms. Heinrich supports the Director of Mediterranean Programme in the implementation of the defined work plan. She holds an MA in International Relations from the Trento Graduate School of International Studies in Italy and a BA in Intercultural European and American Studies from the Martin Luther University Halle/Wittenberg in Germany. She worked as Resident Coordinator and Student Advisor for Kent State University in Geneva and as Human Resource, Marketing Support Officer for a Tourist Resort in Venice, Italy. Previously, she interned for the Inter-Agency Affairs Division at the UN World Food Programme in Geneva, for the Permanent Representation of Germany to FAO and other International Organizations in Rome, for the Permanent Representation of Saxony Anhalt and Valencia to the EU in Brussels. Finally, she worked supporting a Member of the Green Party in the European Parliament in Brussels.



Scott Mattoon
Scott Mattoon
Senior Manager, Communications

Scott Mattoon manages Global Footprint Network’s communications and media strategies, and shepherds staff articles and reports through editing and publication. Prior to joining Global Footprint Network, Scott was an editor on the foreign and national news desks at the San Francisco Examiner and the San Francisco Chronicle, a project manager and editor for San Francisco Bay Area nonprofits, and the publisher and editor of an online narrative writing project for combat veterans and other trauma survivors. He has a B.A. in mass communications and history and an M.A. in international studies from the University of Washington.



Haley Smith Kingsland
Haley Smith Kingsland
Communications Manager

Haley brings to Global Footprint Network her passion for communicating complex scientific topics to wide audiences through a variety of media. She fervently believes in the influence of words and images to engage humanity in sustainability. Her science research experience ranges from coral reef ecology fieldwork in the Northern Line Islands and Great Barrier Reef to oceanography research above the Arctic Circle, wildlife conservation in Alaska, and water and energy management in the American Southwest, Appalachia, and Arab Gulf. She previously worked as a science journalist for a NASA Arctic Ocean research cruise and as a research fellow for Environmental Defense Fund’s Oceans program on European Union Common Fisheries Policy Reform. Haley earned an M.S. in Earth Systems (with a science communication focus) and a B.A. in Comparative Literature (with minors in Biology and Art History) from Stanford University.



Research and Standards

Michel Gressot
Michel Gressot
Senior Economist

Michel joined Global Footprint Network as a Senior Economist from the Swiss Development Cooperation Agency. At Global Footprint Network Michel is responsible for outreach, public policy advice, and strengthening the economic aspects of the Ecological Footprint by linking it to the macro-economic policy sphere and public and corporate sector expectations. He was trained in econometrics and mathematics in Paris and Geneva and earned an MA and BA. After a period in academic research, he went into management consulting at KPMG and worked at the Entrepreneurship Development Department of the ILO, before joining the Swiss Foreign Service 20 years ago. His international civil service career has focused on international development, including postings in Ghana, the Ivory Coast and Andean countries to steer local programme portfolios.

Sustainability linkages across sector policies (trade, responsible investment, finance, agriculture, defense, energy, development, and environment) have always been a strong focus of Michel’s involvement as a public policy analyst, first as deputy head of the Global Issues and Sustainable Development Division of the Swiss Development Cooperation Agency, and then within the Policy Analysis Division in charge of producing the development policy bill. Michel has been a member of the Swiss delegation in a number of international negotiations at the UN, WTO, and OECD looking at synergies with the development cooperation policy.



Chris Nelder
Chris Nelder
Policy Officer

As Policy Officer at Global Footprint Network, Chris leads the scenario modeling and capital project decision tool framework known as NPV+. He brings a decade of experience as an energy analyst, journalist and futurist covering the global energy landscape, from fossil fuels to renewables. Chris has authored two books and hundreds of articles about all aspects of energy, and is a seasoned public speaker and media guest. Previously he designed and sold solar PV systems in California after spending 17 years in the software industry, working at dot-coms and powerhouses like Microsoft as a director of product development, engineer and technical writer. Chris is a serial entrepreneur, and started one of the world’s first web sites about environmental and social responsibility (Better World) in 1994. His intellectual adventures in the fields of energy, finance, sustainability, business and technology have given Chris a wide-ranging perspective and professional network that enable him to model the future of humanity in an empirical way and translate the results into an accessible story for policymakers to use to achieve their sustainability goals.



Golnar Zokai
Golnar Zokai
Research Scientist

Golnar is a Research Scientist working on National Footprint Accounts. She earned a B.S. in Physics with a minor in Mathematics from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. Golnar joined Global Footprint Network after completing a certificate in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for Environmental Management from the School of the Environment at the University of Toronto. Since then, she has been working on biocapacity calculation and land use analysis.



Nicole Grunewald, Ph.D.
Nicole Grunewald, Ph.D.
Research Economist

Nicole analyzes the effects of economic policies on the Ecological Footprint, specifically for the Mediterranean-MENA program. She focuses on methodological improvements to the Ecological Footprint through Multi-Regional Input-Output modelling. Currently she is working on a Computable General Equilibrium model to assess the impact of economic policies on a country’s Footprint.

Prior to joining Global Footprint Network, Nicole worked for the IPCC as a chapter scientist for the Fifth Assessment Report on Climate Change. She also assessed climate change mitigation projects for the World Bank with an emphasis on Latin America and Asia. Nicole holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Göttingen. She published several articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Ecological Economics. Her major research interests are environmental policy analysis and sustainable development. She was a visiting scholar at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.



Michael Borucke
Michael Borucke
Research Scientist

Michael Borucke is a Research Scientist working on the National Footprint Accounts and the Multi-Regional Input-Output Model.  Before coming to Global Footprint Network, he worked as an engineer at an environmental firm, and developed environmental models with several other non-profits.  He holds a Bachelors and Masters in Environmental Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.



Katsunori Iha
Katsunori Iha
Research Economist

Durch seine Erfahrung mit Input-Output Analysen bereichert Katsunori das Forschungsteam von Global Footprint Network. Während seines Aufenthalts in Oakland arbeitete er an methodologischen Verbesserungen der Berechnungen des Ecological Footprint auf regionaler Ebene. Katsunori hält einen Master of Science in Volkswirtschaftslehre der Okinawa International University mit einer Spezialisierung in Umweltwirtschaft. Für seinen Ph.D. möchte sich Katsunori dynamischen Gleichgewichtsmodellen bei Berechnungen des Ecological Footprint widmen.



Elias Lazarus
Elias Lazarus
Research Scientist

Eli works in the Research and Standards Department, managing the National Footprint Accounts while also working on its development, the running and development of related applications and the Multi-Region Input Output model, and related research projects. His primary research interest is in the application of Ecological science to Economics and the integration of sustainability into measures of welfare.

Eli has contributed to several peer-reviewed papers, various public reports, and several trainings on the Ecological Footprint including in Indonesia and the UAE. He had a broad professional background before joining Global Footprint Network, including as an environmental advocate, small business owner, and in the arts. He holds a Bachelor’s in Economics with an Ecological Economics emphasis from San Francisco State University, where he graduated with the highest honors.



Martin Halle
Martin Halle
Policy Analyst

Martin is Global Footprint Network’s policy analyst. He leads much of the research around the applications of Ecological Footprint accounting in the economic and financial spheres. He is also the coordinator for the organization’s outreach and project development for the Africa region.

Prior to joining Global Footprint Network, Martin worked for several years in international organizations on issues relating to economic and social development policies, political economy, and international trade with an emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa. He has also worked in the private banking sector. Martin holds an MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.



External Affairs

Leticia Figueroa
Leticia Figueroa
External Affairs Associate

Leticia supports Global Footprint Network’s fundraising and outreach activities. She holds a master’s degree in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of Basel, Switzerland, with minors in Spanish Linguistics and International Law. Prior to joining Global Footprint Network, Leticia worked within the programs team at IDEX, a nonprofit organization in San Francisco, alongside urban and rural community members to encourage the sustainable use of resources, women’s skill-building and social economies. While in graduate school, Leticia enjoyed her research assistant role at the Museum of Cultures in the Sociocultural Anthropology Institute in Basel, Switzerland. Also during that time, she worked at Nouvelle Planète, a Swiss NGO, where she participated in establishing a vocational school in Madagascar. A native of Argentina, Leticia is fluent in Spanish, German, English, French, Italian and Swiss German.



Information Technology

Robert Williams
Robert Williams
IT Manager

Robert Williams manages the Global Footprint Network computer network and IT department and is responsible for the computer programming that is required to calculate the National Footprint Accounts. He is also responsible for the design, implementation and maintenance of the database systems, which hold the National Footprint Accounts data. Robert has a broad background in programming, database management and systems administration. He is also the owner of Cosmetto, an information technology (IT) consulting company, that provides custom IT services to small businesses in the Bay Area. Robert has certificates in Java and C++ programming from the University of California Santa Cruz and a B.S. in Computer Information Systems (summa cum laude) from Excelsior College.



Research Affiliates

Martin Kärcher
Martin Kärcher
Advisor, Global Footprint Network

Martin is a seasoned architect and international development specialist. He has a degree in architecture and a post-graduate degree in international development cooperation, both from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. After 10 years of architecture practice as a partner in “Architekturgenossenschaft Bauplan” in Zürich, Martin led for two years the Vertical Shaft Brick Kiln Technology Transfer Programme in Kathmandu, Nepal, a programme to promote energy and environmental efficient brick production. His professional focus now is sustainable urbanism. He works for a leading urban engineering company in Switzerland.



Steven Goldfinger, Ph.D.
Steven Goldfinger, Ph.D.

Als wissenschaftlicher Leiter koordiniert Steve viele Projekte bei Global Footprint Network, intensiviert Kontakte, um neue Anwendungen des Footprint zu entwickeln, hilft bei der strategischen Ausrichtung der Organisation und unterstützt das interne Qualitätsmanagement. Er half dabei, Natural Step US als eines der ersten Beratungsunternehmen im Bereich sozioökologischer Nachhaltigkeit auf den Weg zu bringen und leitete in diesem Umfeld die Bildungsarbeit. Weiterhin erarbeitete er bei Second Nature als Koautor Vorschläge für den President’s Council on Sustainable Development, um Nachhaltigkeitsprinzipien und ihre Anwendungen im universitären Bereich einzubinden. Seinen Doktor der Psychologie erhielt Steve für seine Arbeit über die Wahrnehmung ökologischer Themen an der Cornell University.



Juan Carlos Morales, Ph.D.
Juan Carlos Morales, Ph.D.

Juan Carlos Morales formerly led Global Footprint Network’s Research & Standards department and engagements with Latin America. Prior to his work with Global Footprint Network, he spent three years in the California State University system as a senior research administrator. He was program director at the United States National Science Foundation, overseeing the Systematic Biology and Biodiversity Inventories program for the Division of Environmental Biology, as well as an Associate Research Scientist and Adjunct Faculty at Columbia University’s Center for Environmental Research and Conservation in New York City. His educational achievements include a Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University, an M.S. in Biology from Angelo State University, and a B.S. in Biology from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.  He has published more than 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals, served as a mentor for several undergraduate and graduate students, and lectured at the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology at Columbia University.



Joy Larson
Joy Larson
Scientific Advisor

Joy Larson is pursuing her graduate studies at Columbia University in NY. Prior she served Global Footprint Network on staff as a Senior Project Manager in the Applications department. Before coming to Global Footprint Network, she served as an auditor of environmental attributes of manufactured commodities. She has also served as a consultant to Superfund Site liability analysis and conducted water quality research in relation to steelhead habitat restoration and agricultural run-off for various agencies of the state of California. She holds a BS in Earth System Science and Policy from CSU Monterey Bay with an emphasis in Watershed Systems.



Justin Kitzes, Ph.D.
Justin Kitzes, Ph.D.
Adjunct Senior Scientist

Justin ist Doktorand an der University of California in Berkeley und war davor als Manager of the Research and Standards Department für Global Footprint Network tätig. Er trägt weiterhin zur methodologischen Weiterentwicklung von Ecological Footprint, National Footprint Accounts und den Footprint Standards bei. Justin hat einen Abschluss als Master of Science in Geographie von der Stanford University.



Willy De Backer
Willy De Backer

Willy ist freier Journalist und Berater für die Bereiche globale Energiegewinnung, Umweltschutz und Nachhaltigkeitspolitik. 1999 gründete er EurActiv.com und war bis 2007 Chefredakteur dieses Online-Portals für EU-Politik. Häufig ist Willy als Referent und Moderator für Konferenzen tätig, die sich mit der EU-Politik befassen – insbesondere, wenn es um Energiefragen, Umweltschutz, Klimawandel, nachhaltige Entwicklung und CSR geht. Weitere Konferenzen, an denen er teilnahm, richteten sich an Onlinemedien und Bürgerjournalismus. Bevor Willy sich mit Onlinejournalismus beschäftigte, war er zehn Jahre als Assistent eines Europaabgeordneten und als IT-Verantwortlicher im EU-Parlament tätig. Zwischen 1984 und 1989 war er einer der Generalsekretäre der Grünen Parteien im EU-Parlament. Seit 2008 ist Willy Geschäftsführer des europäischen Büros von Global Footprint Network. In seiner Freizeit betreibt er den viel gelesenen Blog 3EIntelligence. Dort kommentiert und berichtet er über aktuelle Entwicklungen in den Bereichen Energie, Umweltschutz und Wirtschaft.



Bonnie McBain (née Lauck), Ph.D.
Bonnie McBain (née Lauck), Ph.D.

Zurzeit ist Bonnie Foschungsstipendiatin an der University of Newcastle in Australien. Dort entwickelt sie eine Methode, mit deren Hilfe man den Ecological Footprint alternativer Zukunftsszenarien vergleichen kann. Dies geschieht durch die Bewertung von Input-Output-Daten mehrerer Regionen im Zeitverlauf. Das Ergebnis der Forschungsanstrengungen wird politische Entscheidungsträger in die Lage versetzen, den effektivsten Weg zur Reduzierung des Ecological Footprint zu beschreiten. Das Projekt entstand mit Hilfe von Global Footprint Network, der University of Sydney, der University of Newcastle und einer Reihe von Partnern in der australischen Regierung. Des Weiteren arbeitete sie mit EPA Victoria, Global Footprint Network und der University of Sydney an den Berechnungen des Ecological Footprint für den australischen Bundesstaat Victoria. Bonnie promovierte in Umweltwissenschaften an der University of Tasmania.



Dan Moran, Ph.D.
Dan Moran, Ph.D.

Dan ist der ehemalige Leiter des National Accounts Programms von Global Footprint Network. In dieser Position trug er zur Weiterentwicklung der Berechnungssysteme bei, die den National Footprint Accounts zu Grunde liegen. Er ist Koautor wissenschaftlicher Artikel und Berichte über den Ecological Footprint. Dan war für Lehrgänge und Präsentationen über den Ecological Footprint in Europa verantwortlich und verbrachte einige Zeit bei unserem Partner Stockholm Environment Institute in York. Zurzeit arbeitet Dan bei Innovest Strategic Value Advisors in New York. Er analysiert und bewertet die Auswirkungen von Nachhaltigkeitstrends in der verarbeitenden und der Automobilindustrie auf ihre finanziellen Implikationen. Dan hält einen Master of Science in Umweltwirtschaft der Universität Lund in Schweden.



Alfonso Peña
Alfonso Peña

Juan Alfonso zeichnet verantwortlich für die Initiativen von Global Footprint Network im lateinamerikanischen Raum. Von Hause aus Architekt, hat er auch im Bereich nachhaltiger Entwicklung, angemessener Nutzung von Technologie und bei Projekten mit Gemeinschaftsbeteiligung Erfahrungen gesammelt. Er arbeitete als selbstständiger Architekt mit der nationalen Wohnungsvermittlung in Ecuador und dem Programm der Vereinten Nationen für menschliche Siedlungen (HABITAT) zusammen. Des Weiteren ist Juan Alfonso Mitbegründer von Fundación Terra und Fundación Acuerdo Ecuador. Fundación Terra setzt sich für eine nachhaltige Entwicklung von Gemeinden ein, die an das Naturschutzgebiet Cayambe-Coca grenzen. Fundación Acuerdo Ecuador unterstützt basisdemokratische Entwicklungen und bürgerliche Mitbestimmung, um Wählern einen direkten Zugang zu ihren Regierungen zu ermöglichen.



Yoshihiko Wada, Ph.D.
Yoshihiko Wada, Ph.D.

Yoshihiko ist seit September 2007 als Forschungsstipendiat bei Global Footprint Network tätig. Er prüft das Datenmaterial und die Methodologie der National Footprint Accounts. Den Äquivalenzfaktoren und dem Landtyp Fischgründe widmet er dabei besondere Aufmerksamkeit. Yoshihiko ist im Hauptberuf Dozent für Umweltwirtschaft an der Doshisha Universität in Kyoto und zugleich Geschäftsführer von Ecological Footprint Japan. Er schloss sein Masterstudium und seinen Ph.D. in Lokal- und Regionalplanung an der University of British Columbia in Vancouver ab. Sein Betreuer während dieser Zeit war Professor William Rees.



Paul Wermer, Ph.D.
Paul Wermer, Ph.D.

Bevor Paul sein Engagement bei Global Footprint Network begann, war er 15 Jahre bei Intel beschäftigt. Dort zeichnete er für verschiedene Werkstoffentwicklungsprogramme verantwortlich und war zudem an sechs Patententwicklungen beteiligt. Pauls Umweltschutzprojekte bei Intel umfassten die Identifizierung von Ersatzmaterialien für ozonhaltige Substanzen, die Reduktion von Treibhausgasemissionen und die Entwicklung von blei- und halogenfreien Computerchips. Er ist Mitglied des AIChE Sustainable Engineering Forum und promovierter Chemiker mit Abschluss an der University of Cincinatti.



Gemma Cranston, Ph.D.
Gemma Cranston, Ph.D.
Scientific Advisor

Gemma now works for Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership. Previously, she led projects for Global Footprint Network out of the Geneva office and supported the organization’s Research and Standards Department by contributing to research on the Ecological Footprint methodology, projects and applications. Gemma completed her Ph.D. in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath, UK. She completed her Masters of Aerospace Engineering in 2006 from the same institution. Her research areas include ecological and carbon footprints, assessing the determinants behind the footprint and studying the differences between high-income and low income countries.



Current Interns

  • Amanda Short, Communications and World Outreach