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Ricardo Abramovay is Senior Professor at the Energy and Environment Institute of the University of São Paulo (USP). His main research interests are sustainable development and economic sociology. His two most recent books are Amazônia: Por uma Economia da Natureza and Beyond Green Economy (Routledge). He has a doctorate in sociology from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), a master’s degree in political Science from USP, and an undergraduate degree in philosophy from the Université de Paris X, Nanterre as well as post-doctoral studies at several French research institutes.


Sergio Abranches is a political scientist, writer, consultant, and journalist specializing in ecopolitics and global governance. In his most recent book, A Era do Imprevisto: A Grande Transição do Século XXI, he explores the impact of three interrelated disruptive movements now resulting in a significant historical transition that is characterized by increased unpredictability: the new scientific, technological and digital revolution; the acceleration of social change and the crisis of representative democracy; and climate change with its potential for creating a sixth extinction. He holds a PhD in political science from Cornell University and a BA and MA from the University of Brasília in sociology.


Paul Armington is president and co-founder (in 1999) of the World Institute for Leadership and Management in Africa (“WILMA”), a foundation based in Washington D.C.  WILMA’s focus is building capacity for leadership and management of development in Africa. Recently the Company has been focusing on promoting agroforestry in Tanzania with local partners using oil seed trees in multi-purpose plantations.  The resulting businesses are designed to serve the purposes of sustainable income, energy, biosphere, and climate. Paul began his career as an economist working in the IMF's Research Department, where he specialized in international trade and helped to found the IMF's "World Economic Outlook" methodology and publication. Later he held positions in the private sector, OECD, and the World Bank. He received his PhD in economics from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA from Swarthmore College.


Eduardo Athayde is Director of Worldwatch Brazil, a member of the boards of Bioinvest and Sustain Investment Fund, and a Partner in Global Sustainability Consultants. He as an MBA in sustainable development from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree from the Universidade Católica de Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.


Clovis Cavalcanti is an ecological economist, organic farmer, and professor of ecological economics at the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), retired. He was senior researcher emeritus at the Nabuco Foundation (Recife), and visiting professor at the universities of Vanderbilt, La Trobe, Cuenca (Ecuador), Oxford, and Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is a founding member of the International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE), its past President (2019-2019), and a founder and honorary president of ECOECO (ISEE’s Brazilian chapter). He has been on the boards of the Brazilian Association of Research and Graduate Studies on the Environment and Society, and the Latin American Social Sciences Council (Buenos Aires). He pioneered work on sustainability in the Americas and has published regularly, including The Environment, Sustainable Development and Public Policies: Building Sustainability in Brazil (2000). He introduced the concept of Ethnoeconomics (in 2000, during his academic visitorship in Oxford; published in Current Sociology, Jan. 2002) He holds an MA in Economic Development from Yale University and a BA in economics from UFPE..

Andrei Cechin is a professor of environmental and ecological economics at the Federal University of Brasília (UnB).  His research interests are focused mainly on the theoretical foundations of ecological economics, social metabolism and the limits to growth debate, cooperative organizations in agrifood markets, “alternative” agrifood chains and networks. He has published the first book in Portuguese on the contributions of Georgescu-Roegen to economic theory and to the sustainable development debate, which was a finalist of the Jabuti Prize in Brazil. He also has organized the 7th ANPPAS meeting – biannual meeting of the Association of Post Graduate Programs and Research on Environment and Society. Andrei holds a PhD in Management from Wageningen University, in the Netherlands, a MSc in Environmental Science from the University of São Paulo (USP) and a BA in economics also from USP. andreicechin@unb.br


Vinton G. Cerf is vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. With Robert Kahn, Vint is the co-designer of the architecture of the Internet. In 1997 they received the U.S. National Medal of Technology and in 2005, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the ACM Turing Award. In April 2008 they shared the Japan Prize for their work and in 2013, the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering. He is a member of the US National Academies of Science and Engineering and the Legion d’Honneur. Vint Cerf served as chairman of the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) from 2000-2007 and he has been a Visiting Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory since 1998. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA and twenty-nine honorary degrees.

André Coelho is an engineer, researcher, writer and musician, currently working at Ecoperfil, a small company specialized in sustainable urban systems. He has a research background in low environmental impact construction materials and construction and demolition waste management, at Instituto Superior Técnico (Lisbon). He has also some experience as a professor, in academic and professional frameworks. More recently he has joined the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), as Editor-in-Chief for Basic Income News and one of its Executive Committee members. He received his PhD and Post Doc from Instituto Superior Técnico. He also has some experience as a musician, with a jazz background (Hotclube, Portugal) and currently playing (double bass) with M-Pex. ;


Herman Daly is considered the father of ecological economics. He is Economist Emeritus of the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy and a professor emeritus at the University of Maryland, School of Public Policy. From 1988 to 1994 he was a senior economist at the World Bank. Prior to that he was a professor of economics at Louisiana State University. He holds a B.A. from Rice University and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. He co-founded the journal Ecological Economics. He has written many articles and books, including Steady-State Economics, For the Common Good (with John Cobb), Valuing the Earth, Beyond Growth, Ecological Economics (with Josh Farley), and Ecological Economics and Sustainable Development. Herman is a recipient of Sweden’s Honorary Right Livelihood Award, the Heineken Prize for Environmental Science, the Leontief Prize, the Medal of the Presidency of the Italian Republic, and the NCSE Lifetime Achievement Award.


Neil Drobny is an Academic Leader and Consultant in Sustainable Business Practices. Formerly he was Program Director, Environment, Economics, Development and Sustainability (EEDS) at Ohio State University (OSU). His interests relate to the business case for sustainability and the associated business strategies, practices and tools that have been adopted and that are evolving to enable the execution of sustainable business agendas.  His goal is to instill in the next generation of business leaders a passion to incorporate a sustainability agenda into their personal and professional lives. Neil holds a PhD in Civil/Environmental Engineering from OSU and both a Master of Engineering and a BA from Dartmouth College. He is a Certified Sustainability Professional by the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) and serves on the ISSP Board.


Ali Farzin is Chairperson, Board of Directors, Development Finance Institute (NPO) - since January 2017. NPO Supports inclusive growth, poverty reduction and local/area based development in Iran and Region, through: development project financing; micro-credit provision; green technology development; prompting social enterprise, hubs and start-up's; provision of programming, evaluation, impact assessment and training services; and, area-based development management. Ali leads a team and network of associates with significant development, finance, technology and economics experience. From 1999 through 2016 he was Program Management Specialist, Inclusive Growth and Development Cluster Leader (Poverty Reduction ARR) and Advisor for the UNDP. During this period, he worked with a number of other organizations within the UN system and other international organizations including the World Bank, FAO, and WHO. He has a PhD and M.Phil from the University of Westminster.


Lorenzo Fioramonti is Full Professor of Political Economy at the University of Pretoria (South Africa), where he directs the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation. He is also Extraordinary Professor at the School of Public Leadership of the University of Stellenbosch, Senior Fellow at the Centre for Social Investment of the University of Heidelberg and at the Hertie School of Governance (Germany) and Associate Fellow at the United Nations University. He is the author of over 60 scientific articles and 10 books. His most recent books are Wellbeing Economy: Success in a World Without Growth (MacMillan 2017) and The World After GDP: Economics, Politics and International Relations in the Post-Growth Era (Polity 2017). Lorenzo is the founder of the Action Research Network for a Wellbeing Economy in Africa (WE-Africa, and a member of the Alliance for Sustainability and Prosperity.  

Evelyn L. Forget is an economist, professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba and Academic Director of the Manitoba Research Data Centre. She is an adjunct scientist with the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy and a research associate with the MB First Nations Centre for Aboriginal Health Research. Her work has been funded by CIHR, SSHRC and NIH, and she has consulted for provincial and federal government departments, First Nations and NGOs. Her current research focuses on the health and social consequences of antipoverty interventions and the cost-effectiveness of healthcare interventions.  She holds a PhD from the University of Toronto.

Gil Friend is Chief Sustainability Officer of the City of Palo Alto, California and founder and chair of Natural Logic Inc, helping companies design, implement and measure profitable sustainability strategies. He is a founder of the sustainable business movement, and was named an inaugural member of the Sustainability Hall of Fame (with Ray Anderson, Amory Lovins, Karl-Henrik Robert and Bob Willard) by the International Society of Sustainability Professionals. With more than 45 years experience in business, communications, and environmental innovation, Gil combines broad business experience with unique content experience spanning strategy, systems ecology, economic development, and public policy. He is author of The Truth About Green Business and numerous articles on sustainability and business strategy, holds an M.S. degree in systems ecology from Antioch University and is a seasoned practitioner of “The Natural Step” environmental management system. 


Fernando Goulart is Director of South American Operations at the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE) and a Ph.D. candidate in ecology at the University of Brasilia. He holds a masters degree in ecology, conservation and wildlife management and an undergraduate degree in ecology, both from the University of Minas Gerais, also in Brazil. He has a special interest in socio-environmental conflict, environmental education, agro-ecology, agro-forestry, human ecology, ethno-ecology, landscape ecology, ecological modeling, ornithology and bird conservation issues. Recently he has worked as a researcher for the Dynalearn Project, a project coordinated by University of Amsterdam that uses qualitative reasoning models.


Nagy K. Hanna is an author, educator, public speaker, and global expert on digital transformation and innovation strategies. He advises governments, ICT multinationals, and has 40 years’ experience advising countries and aid agencies on digital economy, e-transformation policies and strategies, e-government, e-leadership institutions, knowledge services industry, public sector reform and governance, and innovation-driven development strategies. A board member and senior fellow of several think tanks, he sits on the editorial boards of several journals. Currently visiting professor at Wits University, Nagy has published over 100 papers and book chapters, and authored 22 books. He held senior positions at the World Bank, in operations, finance, policy and strategy. He holds PhD from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and executive development diploma from Harvard.

Allen Hundley is the Director of Communications for AllFed, the Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters whose mission is to develop technologies to help insure that humanity will not be endangered by a collapse of the food chain caused by a global catastrophe such as nuclear war, an asteroid hit or supervolcano. At the recent Existential Risk to Humanity conference in Gothenberg, Sweden, Al delivered a presentation on creating a failsafe international press and broadcast system in the event of a worldwide loss of the internet and communications satellites. Al has worked extensively in Africa, Asia, and Latin America for the UN, NATO, USAID, a national broadcast network in the USA, large international corporations and an international refugee air organization. His degrees are in political science (MA, PhD candidate, the Ohio State University). He hosts a weekly radio program dealing with technology and public policy.


Joe Huston is the Chief Financial Officer at GiveDirectly, a non-profit devoted exclusively to delivering unconditional cash transfers to the extreme poor. Prior to heading GiveDirectly’s finance function, Joe spent 3 years managing operations for GiveDirectly in Kenya and Uganda, including leading the launch of GiveDirectly’s 26,000 person experimental evaluation of universal basic income in Kenya. Joe Joined GiveDirectly after working in the research and trading departments of the US asset management firm, Bridgewater Associates. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College.

Lynn Johnson is the founder of Nature Needs More, a conservation focused non-profit company in Melbourne, Australia. Her previous career included both scientific and business roles before starting her own coaching and consulting business in 2001. Since 2013 Lynn has been actively involved in addressing the illegal wildlife trade, running demand-reduction campaigns targeting primary users of rhino horn in Viet Nam. Nature Needs More expands on this initiative based on the realization that without changes addressing the poverty in range countries there can be no sustainable solution. The organization seeks a basic income for communities surrounding high-value conservation areas and for ending the commoditization of wildlife, requiring a shift in the conservation sector away from relying on ‘sustainable use’ and ‘free trade’ to putting the needs of wildlife on an equal footing with human needs. Lynn holds a PhD in particle physics.  


Werner Kiene is Chairman of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), a globally-engaged NGO that certifies fisheries committed to the sustainable use of living ocean resources. MSC is currently certifying 12 percent of global catch. Its strategic goals are to certify 20 percent of global ocean catch by 2020 and 560 percent by 2030. MSC’s global headquarters are in London, UK. Werner is also Chairman of Fairtrade America, a member of Fairtrade International, an internationally-active organization committed to ensuring better prices, good working conditions and fairer trade terms for marginalized producers in developing countries.  Fairtrade America works out of Washington, DC. Earlier he had positions at the Inter-American Development Bank, World Bank, UN World Food Program, German Technical Assistance (GIZ), and the Ford Foundation. He holds a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Michigan State University.  

Peter Knight is an economist specializing in the use of exponential technologies to accelerate social and economic development and sufficiency for sustainability. He is coordinator of the Sufficiency4Sustainability Network and its webmaster. He is a founding member, researcher and Board member of the Fernand Braudel Institute for World Economics in São Paulo and author and/or organizer of seven books on the Internet and development, including Seeking Transformation Through Information Technology, The Internet in Brazil and Broadband in Brazil. Peter has held a variety of technical and management positions at the World Bank, Cornell University, Ford Foundation, Brookings Institution and at the Training Center for Economic Development (CENDEC) in Rio de Janeiro. He has a PhD from Stanford University and graduated from Oxford University and Dartmouth College and is a member of Singularity University's Seattle Chapter.

Robert Porter Lynch is the Chairman of the International Collaborative Leadership Institute. Robert has been recognized for his groundbreaking work in creating “the architecture of cooperation” which underpins thousands of strategic alliances in the United States and around the world. He has written several books and the profession’s first benchmarking studies. He continues his quest to discover and innovate in the Strategic Alliance Profession and is deeply engaged in the next edge of cooperation, specifically using Alliances as Engines of Innovation, the Leadership Role of Alliance Champions, the Architecture of Trust, Synergistic Negotiations, and the New Economics of Synergistic Systems. He holds a master’s degree in Organizational Development from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Brown University.

Roberto Macedo is an economist, author, lecturer and journalist with a specialization in education and an interest in ecology. He is a columnist for O Estado de São Paulo, and has been Secretary for Economic Policy in Brazil’s Ministry of Planning, Chairman of the Economics Department of the Faculty of Economics, Administration and Accounting of the University of São Paulo (FEA-USP) where he was a full professor and also Director of FEA, President of IPEA (the economic and social research institute of the Ministry of Planning, on the board of two of Brazil’s state banks, held positions in private sector including as president of ELETROS (an association of electric/electronic sector enterprises). Roberto holds a PhD in economics from Harvard University and an undergraduate degree in economics from the Federal University of Minas Gerais.

Lowell Manning is President of Basic Income New Zealand. He has been the director of a small construction company in New Zealand for the past 40 years. He chaired the successful movement in New Zealand for the introduction of proportional representation in 1991-92 and chaired the policy committee of the New Zealand Democratic Party for 15 years. He was also a member of the executive of the Alliance group of political parties for most of its parliamentary history, leaving party politics in 2005 to attempt to create a rational theoretical basis for monetary reform (public money). With others, he began working on basic income (Universal Basic Income New Zealand) in the late 1990’s. Lowell has an academic background in civil engineering and social sciences. He “bailed out” of formal economics study after completing several papers because the teaching bore little relationship to the real world.

Rosane Argou Marques is an innovation policy consultant and researcher, specializing in industrial, science and technological policies, industrial development and environment for innovation. Her key fields of interest include processes of transitioning to sustainability, innovation management and strategies, industrial development and policies, and innovation policies. She holds a PhD in Management of Innovation, from the Business School at the Federal University of Bahia. She studied part of her doctoral program at the Science and Technology Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex, UK, a leading research center for innovation management and policies.


Riccardo Mastini Riccardo Mastini is an ecological economist by training and he currently works as campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe. He is one of the co-founders of ENOUGH - International Network for Sufficiency Research and Policy. His work and writings focus on how to wean our society off the need for endless economic growth. Continuous growth in material and energy throughput is at odds with environmental sustainability and social well-being. He believes that the greatest challenge of the 21st century is to build a new socio-economic system that ensures prosperity for all without overshooting the planetary boundaries. He advocates “degrowth” and draws inspiration from debates related to the concepts of steady-state economy, sufficiency, post-growth, environmental justice, ecological debt, carbon budget, and ecosocialism. He holds an MSc in Human Geography from Lund and a BSc in Environmental Economics from York universities.


Kate McFarland resists occupational identity but is, at present, Associate Director of the Center for Ethics and Human Values at the Ohio State University. In addition to her advocacy for degrowth, she is active in the dark sky movement and bird conservation, and she is a proponent of rewilding. She is a practitioner of voluntary simplicity and nature mindfulness. In a past life, she was a member of the Executive Committee of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) and the principle writer for BIEN’s news service, Basic Income News. In another past life, she earned a PhD in Philosophy from Ohio State, with a focus on philosophy of language and pragmatics. She may be contacted at


Torrey McMillan is Director of the Center for Sustainability for Hathaway Brown School, adjunct professor in Baldwin Wallace University's sustainability major, and an independent contractor in biomimicry and biomimicry education.  Prior to this, she was the Chair of the Sustainability Studies Department at The White Mountain School.  Torrey brings principles and practices of sustainability into K12 education, and is most interested in changing values and underlying mental models about how humans relate to the natural world and to each other.  She is a generalist in the key subjects identified by S4S, and works to integrate these in educational programs.  She has a BA in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University and an MS in Resource Policy and Behavior from the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment.  She is a certified Biomimicry Specialist by Biomimicry 3.8.

Naercio Menezes Filho is the IFB Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for Public Policies at Insper. He is also Associate Professor of Economics at the University of São Paulo, Fellow of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, Consultant to Fundação Itaú Social and Columnist for the newspaper Valor. He conducts research in the areas of education, labor market, income distribution, productivity, technology and unemployment and has published several papers in national and international academic journals in the areas of education, inequality, productivity, innovation and unemployment. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of London and a Masters, also in economics, from USP.


Wim Nusselder is a development economist by training, and has over 30 years of experience as a financial professional, primarily with not-for-profits. His interests are broader than finance and include religion, socioeconomic governance, and the international economy. He is a graduated Public Controller, works at The Broker as controller and is active as a knowledge broker and in Quaker organizations. He is the author several online publications including Economics of Want and Greed, Licensed to Print Money, Can monetary reform prevent the next economic crisis?, and Economics as Meant: a Normative Discipline plus various texts in Dutch. He holds a MSc degree in development economics and a postgraduate degree in Public Controlling, both from the Vrije Universiteit (VU) in Amsterdam.

George Papachristos is a research associate in system dynamics at the Institute of Environmental Design and Engineering, Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources, University College London. During 2013-2016 did post-doctoral research in technology policy management at Delft University of Technology. His current research interests are system innovation, sociotechnical transitions, innovation and technology management, system dynamics simulation, and operations strategy in closed loop supply chains. He holds a M.Eng in mechanical engineering from the University of Leeds, MSc in Operational Research from the University of Streathclyde, and a D.Phil. in supply chain operations strategy and transitions from the University of Patras, Greece.


André Pion is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Public Health, University of São Paulo (USP). His areas of specialization are environmental education, collective health, quality of life, conceptual models for health promotion, and intervention modes. He has a PhD is public health from USP, a master’s degree in education for public health from the University of Puerto Rico and an undergraduate degree in pedagogy from USP.


John Pozzi is the creator of the Global Resource Bank. GRB shareholders. i.e., all the people in the world monetize Earth’s wealth of natural resources. The GRB Eco is a natural resource backed digital medium of exchange that provides sufficient income for everyone. He has studied and performed in ballet productions, was in a variety of unions (including Retail Workers of America, Teamsters, Photo Engravers, and Carpenters), and owns a campground and rental properties in Florida and New York. John is a student of Arthur Shaw, Dr. of International Jurisprudence, Dick Fitzgerald, Dr. of Philosophy, and Donald Sposato, Dr. of Mathematics. He has studied aeronautical engineering, management, oceanography, religions and a broad range of other subjects in various universities.

Tyler Prochazka is a Fulbright Master's student at National Chengchi University in Taipei where he's studying Asia Pacific studies and a researcher for the U.S. State Department's Virtual Student Federal Service, analyzing global Artificial Intelligence policy. In 2017, He joined the Taipei Hub of Global Shapers. In 2015, he was a research associate at the National Center for Policy Analysis. His primary research interest is the future of work and technology in the Asia Pacific. Tyler is the features editor for Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) and is a co-founder of UBI Taiwan. He holds honors undergraduate degrees from Western Kentucky University in Economics, International Affairs, and Asian Studies. As an undergrad, he completed the Department of Defense's Chinese Flagship program and a thesis comparing Chinese and American youth.

Nii Quaynor is Chairman of Ghana Dot Com and NCS and was inducted to the Internet Hall of Fame in 2013. He pioneered Internet development and expansion throughout Africa for nearly two decades, establishing some of Africa's first Internet connections and helping set up key organizations, including the African Network Operators Group. He also was the founding chairman of AfriNIC, the African Internet numbers registry, and the first African to be elected to the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), serving as an at-large director Africa from 2000 to 2003. He was chairman of Ghana’s National Information Technology Agency from 2010 until January 2017 and was a member of the Internet Governance Forum’s Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Group. Nii holds a PhD in computer science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Thayer School of Engineering of Dartmouth College.

André Lara Resende was Adjunct Senior Research Scholar in the Faculty of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, 2015-2017 and returned to São Paulo in June 2017. He sits on the international advisory board of Itaú-Unibanco, and has been a partner and director at Banco Garantia, Banco Matrix, and Lanx Capital, and an executive director of Unibanco. André has also served as a professor of economics at PUC-Rio, as a board member of the Central Bank of Brazil, and as president of BNDES, Brazil's national development bank. As an adviser to President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, he helped develop the Real Plan to stabilize Brazilian the Brazilian economy in 1994. His most recent books, Os Limites do Possível and Devagar e Simples examine the limits of conventional economic theory, the modern state and the challenges of development in democracies. He holds a PhD in economics from MIT and he was recognized as Brazil's Economist of the Year in 2006.


Renata Aquino Ribeiro is an independent researcher and professor. She was elected in 2016 to the Executive Committee of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Non-Commercial Users Constituency for Latin America and the Caribbean. She has followed international Internet governance debates such as regional Internet Governance Forums, participated in several ICANN meetings, and is knowledgeable about e-learning, instructional design, educational technology, and social media. Renata has taught in universities and education and technology projects involving NGOs, public and private schools as well as corporate training programs. She holds a PhD in Education from the Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP), a Master of Arts in Hypermedia from University of Westminster (UK), validated in Brazil through University of São Paulo, and a bachelor degree is in Journalism from PUC-SP.

Jorma Routti is Chairman of Creative Industries Management in Helsinki, Finland, where his responsibilities include strategic development and investment evaluation (especially on technology related issues). He also works as an international consultant, is one of the founders of Finnish venture capital, and one of Europe’s leading technology experts. Prior to joining CIM, he was Director General of Research at the European Commission. His long career includes heading the Finnish National Fund for Research and Development (SITRA), Dean of Helsinki University of Technology, and visiting scientist at CERN, Geneva. While at SITRA he organized courses and programs on national economic strategy and policy for national decision makers. He holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Anne B. Ryan is an Irish author, educator, public speaker and advocate for sufficiency. She was a lecturer in adult and community education at Maynooth University from 1997-2016. She believes that society’s civic capacity affects how ideas are taken up, how movements and ideas are sustained, and how a body of knowledge concerning just and ecological ways to live can grow. To this end, she participates in local, national and international civic projects. She is a founder-member and steering-group member of Derrybeg Community Supported Farm in her home town of Celbridge, Co Kildare, a joint coordinator of the national network Basic Income Ireland, and an active member and former trustee of Feasta: The Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability. She holds a PhD in Adult and Community Education (NUIM, 1998) and has published on the commons, sufficiency, basic income, feminism, discourse and reflective practice.


Ismail Serageldin is Emeritus Librarian and member of the Board of Trustees of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, inaugurated in 2002, and its Founding Director from 2001 until May 2017. He is advisor to the Egyptian Prime Minister in matters concerning culture, science, and museums. He also serves as Chair or Member of a number of advisory committees for academic, research, scientific and international institutions and civil society efforts. He has held many important international positions, including Vice President of the World Bank (1992-2000) and Chairman Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR, 1994-2000). Ismail has published over 100 books and monographs and over 500 papers on a variety of topics, including biotechnology, and sustainability. He holds Ph.D. in engineering and an M.R.P. degrees from Harvard University and a BS Degree in engineering from Cairo University, and has received 35 honorary doctorates.

Adailton Silva is author of the project Sustainable Development Ecosystem with Blockchain. He was coordinator and member of the Board of Directors of the Brazilian National Research and Education Network (RNP). He was adjunct coordinator of Brazilian Information Society Program (Socinfo), IPv6 pioneer in Brazil, and co-founder of Security Incident Response Center (CAIS) at RNP. He was Professor is postgraduate positions and MBA in CPDEC-Unicamp, Unaerp, Unifran, Uniara and Itep. He has consulted for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) as well as for Brazilian institutions: CNPq, BNDES, FINEP, FIESP, SBPC, Softex and Protem-CC. Adilton holds a MS in Electrical Engineering from Federal University of Paraiba and State University of Campinas. He is Specialist in Management and Business Strategy from Unicamp and graduated in Electrical Engineering from the Federal University of Paraíba (UFPb).

Adele Simmons, President of Global Philanthropy Partnership, focuses on sustainability and global philanthropy. She helped develop Midwest strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, co-chaired the team that developed the 2010 Chicago Climate Action Plan and organized the taskforce implementing Sustainable Chicago 2015. She co-founded the Urban Sustainability Director’s Network: sustainability officers from 124 U.S. cities & Canada. She is on the boards of The Field Museum, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Union of Concerned Scientists, CERES, and The Synergos Institute.  President of the MacArthur Foundation from 1989-1999, she launched their work on global climate change. She served on President Bush’s Sustainable Development Commission, a Commission on Global Governance, and the UN High Level Sustainable Development Advisory Board. Simmons was President of Hampshire College, Dean at Princeton and Tufts universities and on the Harvard Board of Overseers.

David L. Smith is an independent author, speaker whose field of expertise encompasses the intersections of economics, finance and politics within the context of the “grand sweep of history.” Following a 15-year career in finance, during 25 years as a writer and speaker, he has appeared before national trade associations, major corporations and financial institutions, and leading institutions of higher learning. His writings include 24 years of the economics and financial newsletter, “Cyclical Investing” and 5 years of “The Cassandra Chronicles” focusing on geopolitical issues. He is the author of The Predicament: How did it happen? How bad is it? The case for radical change now! and the “Cassandra-Chronicles” blog ( ) David holds an undergraduate degree in economics from Dartmouth College and an MBA in finance from the Stanford Graduate School of business.


Murthy Sudhakar is a social entrepreneur and Founder Trustee of Vishvakarma, an NGO dedicated to bringing about sustainable positive changes to the rural environment by working collaboratively with communities, public agencies, academic institutions, civil society and individuals. Vishvakarma is a movement, a platform from which individuals can become involved in changing lives of others and their own, for the better. Vishvakarma’s work attempts to address Environment, Energy, Education, Health and Economy in a comprehensive manner, focusing on India, initially in Talupula Mandal, Anantapuram District in Andhra Pradesh. Murthy has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

Christian Tod is a filmmaker and economist. His debut film, Fatsy - The Last Cowboy of Austria (Documentary, 54min, 2007) received an honorable mention at Crossing Europe Film Festival Linz in 2007. His first feature length documentary Es muss was geben (104min, 2010) was the opening movie at Crossing Europe's 2010 edition, chosen for the official selection at Filmfest München in 2010 and got theatrically released nationwide in 2011. Being both a scientist and a filmmaker, Christian Tod began working on Free Lunch Society, combining his expertise in both fields for a project he considers utterly important for the future of humankind: Unconditional Basic Income. Free Lunch Society, realized in cooperation with arte/ZDF (arte Germany/Second German Television) and ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Cooperation), premiered at CPH:DOX Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival in March 2017.


Philippe Van Parijs is Professor at the Faculty of economic, social and political sciences of the University of Louvain (UCL), where he directed the Hoover Chair of economic and social ethics from its creation in 1991 until 2016.  He has also been a special guest professor at the KuLeuven's Higher Institute for Philosophy since 2006. From 2004 onwards he was for several years a Regular Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University. One of the founders of the BIEN (Basic Income Earth Network) he is Chair of the its International Board. His latest book, Basic Income: A Radical Proposal for a Free Society and a Sane Economy (with Yannick Vandergorght) was published by Harvard University Press in 2017. Philippe is a member Belgium’s Royal Academy and a fellow of the British Academy. He holds doctorates in the social sciences (Louvain, 1977) and in philosophy (Oxford, 1980).


José Eli da Veiga is a senior lecturer at the Institute of Energy and University of São Paulo (IEE-USP) and Brazil’s best-known specialist in ecological economics, working in the fields of sustainable development, environment, and agriculture. For thirty years (1983-2012) he taught in the Department of Economics of the Faculty of Economics, Administration, and Accounting (FEA-USP), obtaining the title of full professor (professor titular) in 1996. He has 25 books published, among them Para entender o desenvolvimento sustentável (2015) and A desgovernança mundial da sustentabilidade (2013). José Eli is also a columnist for Valor Econômico newspaper, the journal Page 22, and Radio USP. He holds a PhD in economic and social development and a master's in agricultural economics from the Université de Paris 1, Pantheon-Sorbonne and an undergraduate degree in Agronomy from the Ecole Superieure d'Ingenieurs et Techniciens pour l'Agriculture (ESITPA), France.

Eduardo Jose Viola is a full professor at the Institute of International Relations, University of Brasília, and a Lead Faculty in the Earth System Governance Network. He Is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Governance of Geo-Engineering Program of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (Potsdam). Previously he was adjunct professor at the Federal University of Santa Catarina and visiting professor at the Federal Universities of Rio Grande do Sul, UNICAMP, Colorado, Amsterdam, Stanford, San Martin, and Texas. He has published over 80 articles in Brazilian and international journals dealing with international politics and international environmental political economy among others.   He had a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado and holds a doctorate in political science from the University of São Paulo and a master’s degree in sociology from the State University of Campinas.

Mathis Wackernagel co-created the Ecological Footprint in the early 1990s. He is CEO of Global Footprint Network which he founded in 2003 with Susan Burns. Since 2003 this international think-tank has engaged with more than 50 nations, 30 cities, and 70 global partners to deliver scientific insights that have driven high-impact policy and investment decisions, in support of thriving lives for all within the means of our planet. Together with its partners, Global Footprint Network focuses on bringing about a sustainable human economy in which all can thrive within the means of our one planet. Mathis’ awards include the 2015 IAIA Global Environment Award, the 2012 Blue Planet Prize, the 2012 Binding-Prize for Nature Conservation, the 2012 Kenneth E. Boulding Memorial Award, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Berne. He holds a PhD in regional and community planning from the University of British Columbia.

Wolfgang Wopperer-Beholz is a philosopher by training and a facilitator by trade. He is based in London and currently the hubs coordinator of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), where he supports the growth and strengthening of an international research and advocacy network for Basic Income. He also works as a facilitator, helping organizations from startups to government agencies build capabilities for innovation and organizational development. Before that he had co-founded a product development studio and a co-working space in Hamburg (Germany). In addition, Wolfgang is a social activist and has been active in the UK climate justice movement since 2019. He recently finished his philosophy studies after a 20-year break with a Bachelor of Arts and publishes essays on complexity, knowledge, ideology, and social change on his

Ping Xu is Co-Founder of Universal Basic Income (UBI) Asia Pacific and UBI Taiwan. She represented Taiwan at the 16th Congress of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), where she was a speaker. A former concert pianist and medical interpreter, she has produced over 100 videos with Chinese subtitles to enrich the available content on UBI available to speakers of Mandarin. Ping brings a grassroots perspective to her work. Without academic or political background, she has nevertheless gained recognition in Taiwan society and increasingly around the Asia Pacific region as a leader of the movement promoting UBI combined with direct democracy and seeking a referendum on UBI in Taiwan by 2024.

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