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Our People

Meet the team that makes us great!

Founder, Chief Executive Officer
Mathis Wackernagel, Ph.D.
Founder, Director of Finance for Change
Susan Burns
Chief Operating Officer
Sandra Browne, MBA
Director, Development &
Helena Brykarz
Director, Marketing & Communications
Ronna Kelly
Director, Programs
Laurel Hanscom
Director, Research
David Lin, Ph.D.
Director, Mediterranean and MENA Regions
Alessandro Galli, Ph.D.
Research Economist
Katsunori Iha
Maria Serena Mancini, Ph.D.
Research Analyst
Mikel Evans
Research Assistant
Michael Wang
Development Manager
Judith Sissener
IT Manager
Robert Williams
Communications Manager
Amanda Diep
Communications & Outreach
Laetitia Mailhes
Accounting Manager
Rachel Roberts
Operations Manager
Michelle Shaffer
Office Manager, Geneva
Loredana Serban

Board of Directors

Board Chairman, Global Footprint Network; Investor and Member, Terra Global Capital
Rob Lilley
Founder, Chief Executive Officer
Mathis Wackernagel, Ph.D.
Founder, Director of Finance for Change
Susan Burns
Founder and CEO, Paperless Inc.
Daniel Goldscheider
President, Pacific Capital Management
Sarosh Kumana
Director General, MAVA Foundation,
Lynda Mansson
Former Director General, IUCN; Executive Fellow, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Julia Marton-Lefèvre
Founder & CEO, NEUW Ventures
Keith Tuffley

Science and Policy Advisory Council

Terry A’Hearn, Chief Executive at Scottish Environment Protection Agency
Oscar Arias, Former President, Costa Rica
Lester Brown, Founder, Earth Policy Institute
Herman Daly, Intellectual Father of Ecological Economics
Fabio Feldmann, Former Minister of Environment, São Paulo
Eric Garcetti, Mayor, Los Angeles
Stephen Groff, Vice President, Asia Development Bank, Southeast Asia/Pacific
Tom Lovejoy, H. John Heinz III Center
Manfred Max-Neef, Economist, recipient of Right Livelihood Award
Rhodri Morgan, Former First Minister for Wales
Daniel Pauly, Leading marine ecologist
Jorgen Randers, Professor of Climate Strategy, Norwegian School of Management
Peter Raven, Former President, Missouri Botanical Gardens
William E. Rees, Co-creator of the Ecological Footprint
Karl-Henrik Robèrt, Founder, The Natural Step
Emil Salim, Former Indonesian Minister of State
James Gustave Speth, Founder, World Resources Institute
Will Steffen, Former Director, Australian National University’s Climate Change Institute
Per Espen Stocknes, Senior Lecturer and Researcher, BI Norwegian Business School 
David Suzuki, Award-winning Scientist and Broadcaster
M.S. Swaminathan, India’s Leading Scientist on Sustainable Food Security
Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, Co-President, Club of Rome
Dominique Voynet, Former Environment Minister, France, and Former Mayor, Montreuil
E.O. Wilson, Museum of Comparative Zoology Professor Emeritus, Harvard University


Jag Alexeyev, Founder, Impactvesting LLC, New York, NY
Muhamed Catic, Senior Advisor, IFFCO, United Arab Emirates
Melita Elmore, Principal Consultant, British Standards Institution, Austin, Texas
Melissa Fondakowski, Grant Writer, New York, NY
Steven Goldfinger, Ph.D., Principal, EcoMind, California
Annabel Hertz, Grant Writer, Washington, DC
Martin Kärcher, Architect, Switzerland
Justin Kitzes, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Scholar, University of California, Berkeley
Robert Klijn, Managing Director and ESG Specialist, Fair Impact, Netherlands
Bonnie McBain, Ph.D., Research Fellow, University of Newcastle, Australia.
Dan Moran, Ph.D., Researcher, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Juan Alfonso Peña, Founder, Fundación Terra and Fundación Acuerdo Ecuador
Pati Poblete, Asia Outreach and Communications Advisor
Yoshihiko Wada, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Ecological Economics, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan, and Executive Director,  Ecological Footprint Japan

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