Kenneth Zame has a PhD in the field of Energy and Environmental Policy from the University of Delaware's Center for Energy and Environmental Policy, where he was a QESST Scholar working on the sustainability of a terawatt-scale PV deployment in the United States. His research focuses on sustainability within the intersections of energy, the economy, the environment, and society. Specifically, Kenneth researches energy systems, low-emissions development strategies, the water-energy nexus, climate change policy analysis, energy efficiency, and renewable energy policy instruments.
For his PhD dissertation, Kenneth evaluated potential job creation, energy-related water savings, and emissions reductions associated with scaling the deployment of renewable energy technologies. Within this subject matter, he developed policies and strategies that can spur the development of large-scale decentralized renewables with an emphasis on local value creation and energy prosumerism. Kenneth's previous research focused on carbon sequestration using micro-algae to "eat" carbon dioxide, while also exploring the potential of algal biomass for biofuel.
Kenneth has co-authored a number of publications including “Virtual Water Management and the Water-Energy Nexus: A Case Study of Three Mid-Atlantic States” and “Modeling PV Deployment: A Tool Developed at CEEP to Explore the Delaware Market.” Prior to his PhD program, Kenneth received an MS in Environmental Studies from Youngstown State University in Ohio, and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.