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Daphne Yin

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Daphne Yin is a consultant at Indufor North America, where she specializes in finance and policy at the intersection of climate change, natural resource management, and development. She has co-developed methods of natural capital and social capital valuation for common lands in India, with a focus on silvopasture.

She first developed her interest in climate change while working under Richard Sandor, the father of carbon markets, and through her work at Forest Trends, where she produced industry-wide carbon market analysis for land use and other sectors. She has also previously provided research and consulting support to UNIQUE forestry and land use GmbH, The International Small Group Tree Planting Program (TIST), the California Natural Resources Agency, and the Sierra Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Partnership on projects spanning forests and rangelands.

Daphne has a Master’s in Environmental Management (MEM) from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Prior to her Master's, Daphne received a BA in Political Science with a minor in Environmental Studies from the University of Chicago.

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Liang Emlyn Yang

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Liang Yang is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Graduate School of Human Development in Landscapes, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel in Germany. Liang has also served as a Climate-KIC fellow and mentor practicing climate entrepreneurship since 2011. He acted as assistant supervisor of two master students and assisted teaching in both the University of Hamburg and University of Kiel. He is a regular member of the Association of the American Geographers (AAG) and the China Society of Natural Resources. He has also worked for the World Future Council on regenerative urban development in China.

His recent activities include the study of climate change and social inequality in ancient societies, the simulation of environment migrations in Southeast Europe, and the bottom-up resilience building in mountainous West China. Liang studied and worked in the Research Group Climate Change and Security (CLISEC) in the University of Hamburg, Germany, where he received his PhD in Geography in 2014, focusing on urban water risks in the context of climate change. His research interests includes climate-related environment risk/vulnerability assessment, agent-based modeling on human responses to climate impacts, and he seeks to develop solutions for climate adaptation, mitigation and resilience building. Liang has a strong background in stakeholder-based technologies within the field of ecosystem management and climate adaptation. His research objective is to establish a new landscape of bottom-up climate adaptation/mitigation in both theory and practice.

Before he moved to Germany in 2010 to pursue his PhD, Liang studied at the Southwest University in China, and received his MSc in Natural Resources Management and Geography from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, IGSNRR, Beijing. He received his BSc in Land Planning and Management from Southwest University at Chongqing, China. His study and work in China mainly related to land use planning/management in the rural-urban spaces. He has published about 20 peer-reviewed research papers.

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Christopher Wally Wright

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Christopher Wally Wright is a researcher and analyst, specializing in the fields of development, social, and environmental policy, program, and financial/data management within the public and private sectors. Christopher is particularly interested in how policy, behavior, and citizen engagement strategies can promote resource conservation. He currently works as a Research Analyst with the Washington State Department of Commerce, where he supports the Business Services Division, Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness through research and economic and demographic reports and analysis. 

During graduate school at University of Washington in Seattle, Christopher worked as the Social Science/Policy Teaching Assistant for the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program. He is a recipient of a George Wright National Park Fellowship for the San Juan Island National Historical Park where he worked as a researcher on citizen science engagement strategies for water quality monitoring. Prior to the University of Washington, Christopher taught environmental and wilderness education, guiding mountaineering, backpacking, and kayaking expeditions throughout the US. He also spent time working in higher education and nonprofit administration.

Christopher earned his Master's of Public Administration (MPA) degree, with graduate certificates in Environmental Management and International Development Policy, from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington in Seattle. He completed his thesis on the ecological and policy dimensions of Puget Sound aquaculture, with additional research focused on program evaluation on international development public-private partnership projects, sustainability reporting, GIS and spatial analysis, resource management, and water use and utility economics. Prior to earning his MPA, Christopher earned his BA from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.

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Charlotte Wheeler

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Charlotte is a researcher and scholar with over six years of experience in the field of forest restoration. Her career has included working overseas on restoration projects across the tropics, and working with different industrial partners to help develop and implement new restoration strategies and monitoring guidelines. She recently completed her PhD in tropical forest restoration and climate change mitigation from University College London. Her thesis was titled “Designing Tropical Forests of the Future to Mitigate Climate Change and Safeguard Biodiversity,” for which she conducted field research in Sabah, Malaysia and Kibale National Park, Uganda on carbon and biodiversity monitoring. 

Charlotte has worked on numerous other research projects, including one for the International Sustainability Unit (part of The Prince of Wales Charitable Trust) on Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR). She has served as a Research Assistant at University of Sheffield in the Columbian Andes, working on carbon storage and biodiversity in a montane cloud forest and agricultural matrix, and as a Research Officer for Frontier Conservation in Osa Peninsular, Costa Rica, overseeing multiple research projects and coordinating volunteers. 

Charlotte has been the author on numerous peer-reviewed publications, and presented at conferences around the world. Prior to her PhD, Charlotte received her MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation from the University of Leeds, for which she graduated with distinction and completed a dissertation, entitled “Effects of forest restoration on understory invertebrate assemblages in Sabah, Borneo.” Charlotte received a BSc in Biology from Manchester Metropolitan University.

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Marilyn Waite

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Marilyn Waite is a multi-lingual engineer, project manager, and author, currently leading the energy practice at Village Capital and serving on the Board of Directors for Engineers for a Sustainable World. Marilyn envisions a world where social cohesion, environmental consciousness, intergenerational equity, and economic health drive decision-making and business practices. She has experience across four continents in investment (Lincoln International in China), renewable and nuclear energy (AREVA in France), education (Kaplan and Shanghai Normal University), economic development (United Nations in Madagascar), tourism and internet start-ups (SustainableVisit), and public policy (National Academy of Sciences in the United States). 

Marilyn is a speaker on topics of sustainability in textiles, climate change, water, and energy, and has addressed audiences in Africa, Europe, and North and Central America. She authored the book Sustainability at Work: careers that make a difference (Routledge-Earthscan 2016). She holds a Master’s Degree with distinction in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering (magna cum laude) from Princeton University.

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Andrew Wade

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Andrew is a graduate student in real estate and the built environment at Harvard University. He hopes to apply his knowledge of capital markets, finance, investment, and design to implement urban development projects that further equity and sustainability. The purpose of his work is to allow buildings and infrastructure to create value through their functionality and holistic integration with the natural environment. He has written and researched extensively on these topics, including on Polis – a collective blog about cities worldwide – and on Doggerel – the online magazine of Arup in the Americas.

He holds a Master of Science in Development Planning from University College London and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from McGill University.

 

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Melanie Valencia

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Melanie Valencia is the Innovation and Sustainability Officer and an Environmental Engineering Professor at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador. She leads several social innovation projects in the highlands of Ecuador for improving water accessibility and management, particularly related to agriculture. Melanie’s current research includes the challenges of sustainability in Latin America, integrated waste management and sustainable mobility. She leads an ecological sanitation project in the April 16th (2016) earthquake affected areas. She was recently awarded MIT Innovators under 35-Ecuador 2016 for co-founding Carbocycle, a startup upcycling organic waste into marketable vegetable oil substitutes.

Previously, she has worked as a Staff Associate in a Gates Foundation project to produce biofuels and other chemical commodities from fecal sludge in Ghana, she has been a Fellow with the Earth Institute, and worked with the Millennium Campus Network. Melanie has participated in development projects in Kenya for water accessibility and Bangladesh for removing arsenic from drinking water. She has also served as a project management consultant for sustainability and education in Ecuador.

Melanie obtained her Master’s in Public Health from Columbia University, where she focused on Environmental Health Sciences, and specifically on the effects of climate change on health. While at Columbia, she also participated in the Clean Heat Project where she studied the health and environmental effects of fuel changes for heating in northern Manhattan and the Bronx. Melanie received her BS in Environmental Chemistry from Wagner College.

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Ryan Hottle

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Ryan Hottle is a soil carbon and climate science analyst with a research focus on climate change mitigation through biological carbon sequestration. His interests include climate-smart agriculture, fast action mitigation strategies, and energy conservation and efficiency in the built environment. He currently works as a Climate Smart Agriculture Consultant at Palladium: Make It Possible.

In the past, he has worked as a consultant for the World Bank and Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)'s Climate Change and Food Security program. Ryan received a bachelor's degree from Naropa University, a master's degree from Columbia University, and PhD from Ohio State University. 

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Eric Toensmeier

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Eric Toensmeier has studied useful perennial plants and their roles in agroforestry systems for over two decades. He is the author of The Carbon Farming Solution: A Global Toolkit of Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agricultural Practices for Climate Change Mitigation and Food Security, released in February 2016; the award-winning author of Paradise Lot and Perennial Vegetables; and the co-author of Edible Forest Gardens.

Eric is an appointed lecturer at Yale University. He presents in English, Spanish, and botanical Latin throughout the Americas and beyond. Eric has owned a seed company, managed an urban farm that leased parcels to Hispanic and refugee growers, and provided planning and business trainings to farmers.

 

 

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Ernesto Valero Thomas

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Ernesto Valero Thomas is a researcher in the fields of Architecture and Urban Studies. His research focuses on designing cartographic and visual methods of representation in the built environment. His research traces the flow and consumption of water, food, oil, waste, and telecommunications in emerging cities around the world. Ernesto’s goal is to shape architectural practices, digital technologies, and cultural narratives of environmental sustainability in developing contexts. 

Ernesto’s professional background is in developing solutions to urban mobility and implementing them in Mexico City. He has taught courses at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA), including Technology and Environment 1 and 2, where he explored the study of energy efficient and sustainable architecture and urban projects. Ernesto served as President of the Mexican Society at the University of Edinburgh from 2012 to 2013. 

Ernesto was a member of the Editorial Committee that published volume 33 of the Edinburgh Architecture Research Journal, Methodologies for Sustainable Projects (2013). His work has been published in academic journals from the United States (UCLA) and Mexico (UNAM), and his research findings have been presented at conferences in Germany, the Netherlands, France, Scotland, and Ireland. 

Ernesto holds a PhD in Environmental Design and Architecture from the University of Edinburgh, an investigation that was funded by the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT, Mexico). He received an MSc in Advanced Sustainable Design from the University of Edinburgh, and a BArch at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

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