Jvani is a global health and development professional specializing in family planning sexual and reproductive health promotion. She currently works on emergency preparedness communication and planning in West Africa. Her academic and professional work centers around gender-equitable development solutions that promote normative change and sustainability. She is pursuing her master’s degree in Development Practice with an emphasis on global health from the University of California, Berkeley. Jvani is also currently a member of the Social and Behavior Change Communication Team in the Global Health Bureau of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). In this role, Jvani provides technical support to health communications projects that aim to change behavior in the areas of adolescent sexual and reproductive health, family planning and reproductive health, infectious disease control and prevention, and maternal and child health.
Prior to joining USAID, Jvani was a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana, serving as the Local Government Capacity Builder who focused on district-level HIV/AIDS response. During this time, she supported the efforts of the Town Council, District Administration, District Health Management Team, and Gender Committee to address the most challenging social barriers to improving local health attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. Jvani is working towards completing her master’s in Development Practice with a Global Health Certificate, and expects to graduate in 2016. She received her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Chicago.
Erika Boeing is a systems engineer and entrepreneur. She works on a wide variety of projects in an international context, including several new business ventures centered around environmental and energy technologies. At her core, she is a systems thinker, always seeking to understand the bigger-picture implications and connections behind everything she does.
Previously, Erika worked as a systems engineer at DRS Technologies, where she led the design and development of innovative new energy, water, and waste technologies, including a containerized waste-to-energy system for remote environments and a 100-mile-long fluid transportation system. As a result of this work, Erika has one granted patent and two pending patent applications in her name. Following her work at DRS, she received a Fulbright Scholarship to perform research in the Netherlands on the energy rebound effect, specifically investigating how it is perceived and discussed differently in various scholarly and public settings. During her research and coursework in the Netherlands, Erika applied her technical knowledge to advance socially-situated problems, such as climate change and sustainability. Today she works as a sustainability consultant on topics that include sustainability education, analysis, and technology design. Her primary focus currently is on Accelerate Wind, a business that she started to design and commercialize an innovative new rooftop wind energy technology.
Erika has an MA in European Studies on Society, Science, and Technology from Maastricht University, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering.
Renilde Becqué is an experienced international sustainability professional. She's compelled by integrated systems thinking, and by diving into the narrative and business case for transformative change toward sustainable development. Currently, Renilde is freelancing for several international nonprofits and NGOs, after having spent the past several years living and working in the Asia-Pacific region (Australia, Beijing/China, and Hong Kong), where she consulted with private consultancy firms.
Renilde has worked in a broad range of countries worldwide on projects covering analysis and implementation of environmental sustainability, climate and energy-related issues and solutions, environmental planning and management, and integrated urban development.
She holds an MSc in Engineering (1999), focusing on integrated urban development and socio-economic issues in developing countries. She is a LEED AP (2008), and is currently pursuing an MBA in Innovation, Enterprise and Circular Economy at the University of Bradford, with a focus on innovative business and economic models for sustainable development.
Kevin Bayuk works at the intersection of ecology and economy, where permaculture design meets cooperative organizations intent on meeting human needs while enhancing the conditions conducive to all life. He is a partner with LIFT Economy, accelerating social enterprises and facilitating investment into highly beneficial impact organizations. He also frequently facilitates classes and workshops, speaks, and provides one-on-one mentoring as a founding partner of the Urban Permaculture Institute San Francisco. Kevin’s clients include industry leaders and startups in: conservation hydrology landscape stewardship, bioplastics, compost, urban planning, diversified renewable energy, energy efficiency, and early-stage impact investment. Having co-founded projects as diverse as enterprise communications management software and urban farming food security gardens, Kevin is as fluent with information technology as with perennial polyculture agroforestry.
Kevin received a bachelor's degree in Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Studies from San Francisco State University.
Troy is an ORISE Postdoctoral Fellow at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, focusing on energy modeling and the use of life cycle assessment. He graduated with a PhD from the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. His dissertation looked at optimizing the end of life treatment of biopolymer wastes from an environmental and economic perspective. Using life cycle assessment, material flow analysis, and dynamic modeling, Troy quantified the environmental end of life profile for biopolymers and added to the fundamental understanding of compostable biopolymers in real disposal systems. Additionally, he evaluated the possibility of enhancing degradation rates of biopolymers in industrial composting systems.
Prior to his PhD, Troy worked as the project manager and technical expert at Steel City Biofuels which quickly became a part of Penn State through Extension Services. As a Program Associate for Penn State he wrote grants focused on the development and implementation of biofuel infrastructure in the region. Troy next took a job at GTECH Strategies where he served as the Reclamation Projects Manager. While at GTECH he led several projects of note including researching the possible application of man-made soils using residual industrial products, neighborhood-based environmental assessments for vacant land, and developing standard procedures for the evaluation of potential project sites for the organization. Additionally, Troy is Permaculture Design Certified and was a Penn State Master Gardener. While in Pittsburgh he lectured at Phipps Conservatory on composting and garden design.
Troy moved to Tempe, Arizona in 2012 to pursue his PhD in Sustainable Engineering. Troy received his bachelor's degree from Hiram College, and through his studies there he had the opportunity to study in more than 10 different countries.
Ryan Allard is a transportation analyst with broad knowledge of transportation systems and their impact on our climate. His specialties include: passenger intermodality, intercity transport, competitive issues in transportation, and cooperation among transportation systems. He has published peer-reviewed research and presented at international conferences on these topics, in addition to other topics such as mass transit, high-speed rail, car-driver support technologies, and systems design encouraging socially optimum behavior. In the past, Ryan worked as a consultant, aiding in the development of more effective government and state agencies. He also worked in finance. Ryan received a PhD and MSc in Transportation Systems Analysis from the University of Lisbon in Portugal, and a BS in Aerospace Engineering from MIT.
Carolyn Alkire is an environmental economist with 35 years’ experience in applied research and public policy. As a consultant, she provides analyses on a range of natural resource and environmental management, regulatory, and policy issues for nonprofit organizations and private clients. Her work has addressed market and nonmarket values of lands and resources, tradeoffs associated with commodity uses vs. conservation, greenhouse gas and renewable energy markets, and financing land stewardship.
Prior to consulting, Carolyn was the Senior Regional Economist for the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), San Diego County’s metropolitan planning organization (MPO). While at SANDAG, she led the economic analyses for the first Regional Transportation Plan completed by an MPO in California to comply with state greenhouse gas reduction targets in the “Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act of 2008” (SB 375).
Carolyn taught Economics at Palomar College in California, was a Resource Economist with The Wilderness Society in Washington, D.C., and has worked for private consulting firms in the D.C. area supporting environmental programs at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, among others. She has authored several peer-reviewed journal articles and conference presentations. Carolyn earned a Ph.D. in Public Policy from George Washington University, an M.S. in Economics from North Carolina State University with a Statistics minor, and a B.A. in Economics, cum laude, from the University of Richmond.
Raihan Uddin Ahmed is an international professional in climate change. While involved in research through the UNEP FI and World Resources Institute, USA, he has made a notable impact. Raihan additionally has a Netherlands Fellowship Program fellowship in Climate Change Governance; is an ISO 14064:2006-certified GHG Accountant; is a reliable CDM Expert; and has been recognized as an Environmental Specialist of Bangladesh since 2002.
Currently, Raihan is serving as an Environmental Specialist for Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL), a leading financial institution that finances infrastructure and renewable energy projects. IDCOL has served 12 million beneficiaries with 4 million SHS, making it the largest SHS implementer in the world. The cooperation of The World Bank, Asian Development Bank, USAID, and JICA has helped IDCOL become a hub of development partners. Through his work there, Raihan has contributed to developing Special Economic Zones Policy and the Swedish scholarship on Strategic Environmental Assessment.
Raihan's concept of the ‘Two-Tree Model’ is considered a notable, innovative approach encompassing infrastructure development, social capital enhancement, and biodiversity conservation. Raihan is an IQMS, UK-certified Lead Auditor on ISO 1401:2004. His work has taken him to the United States, France, Sweden, Norway, Germany, India, Ethiopia, China, and the UAE.
Raihan graduated from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in Urban and Regional Planning in 2002 and received a master's degree from North South University in Development Studies in 2009.
Dattakiran Jagu is a PhD candidate in the Science and Management of Climate Change at Ca' Foscari University in Venice, Italy. His research focuses on energy modeling and the application of behavioral economics for clean energy transition.
Dattakiran has rich experience in designing clean energy heating and lighting solutions for rural communities in India. Previously, he worked as a Commercial Diplomacy Officer at the British High Commission in India, where he collaborated on clean energy partnerships and worked as a Research Associate for the 'OASYS South Asia' project, promoting innovative solutions and business models for off-grid energy access. Dattakiran is also a founding member of a clean energy start-up in Bangalore that provides engineering and consultancy services for energy efficiency, solar, wind, and biomass energy projects.
Dattakiran received a Masters in Renewable Energy from TERI University in New Delhi, and a Bachelors in Electronics from the University of Mysore.
Zak Accuardi works to improve public transportation policy and practice with TransitCenter, a foundation dedicated to urban mobility. Zak applies mixed-methods, subject-matter appropriate research to strategically address key challenges faced by practitioners. He led the research for and co-authored "Private Mobility, Public Interest: How Public Agencies Can Work With Emerging Mobility Providers", a report written for transportation policy makers grappling with rapid technological change.
Zak has a background in urban sustainability policy and has consulted on the topic for The World Bank. He has a Master of Science in Technology and Policy from MIT, where his research focused on the intersection of urban planning, climate change mitigation, and international development. Zak studied Earth and Environmental Engineering at Columbia University, where he also led efforts to build networks of environmental organizations on campus and across the New York City area.
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