Uchita de Zoysa (Sri Lanka)
Uchita de Zoysa is an internationally acclaimed thinker, writer and speaker who is a leader in mobilizing civil society for public-private-partnerships and strategist for shaping policy for the global sustainability movement. He is the co-author of the famous “Oslo Declaration on Sustainable Consumption” and author of several books including the “Asian Review on Sustainable Consumption”. During the past two decades, he has travelled widely across the world contributing to the largest United Nations global conferences such as the Earth Summit (1992 in Rio de Janeiro), World Summit for Social Development (1995 in Copenhagen) and World Summit on Sustainable Development (2002 in Johannesburg) and over a hundred of other important international conferences organized by civil society, business and academia. He recently served as an Advisory Board Member and Head of Asian Review on Sustainable Consumption for “SC.Asia” a project coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme, and was an editorial member of UNEP's "Advancing Sustainable Consumption in Asia: A Guidance Manual”. Currently, he is a member of the Sustainable Production and Consumption Systems (SPACES) International Working Group, Sustainable Consumption Research Exchange (SCORE) Scientific Advisory Board and also a member of the high level “National Advisory Committee on Climate Change” in Sri Lanka.
Roles within GLOSS: Lead Sustainability Consultant
Jeffrey Barber (USA)
Jeffrey Barber is Executive Director of Integrative Strategies Forum (ISF), a nonprofit organization in the United States just outside of Washington, DC. Currently Jeffrey Co-Chairs the Northern Alliance for Sustainability (ANPED) and is National Coordinator for the Citizens Network for Sustainable Development. In the past 12 years ISF has especially focused on efforts promoting sustainable production and consumption (SPAC), supporting networking, education and advocacy activities of the CSD NGO Caucus on Sustainable Production and Consumption; the SPAC Working Group of ANPED; the SPAC Issue Group of ECO Forum; the North American Sustainable Consumption Alliance (NASCA); and the International Coalition for Sustainable Production and Consumption (ICSPAC). In addition to lobbying over the years for advances in SPAC policy at the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (e.g., the UN Consumer Guidelines; corporate responsibility and accountability), Jeffrey and ISF helped coordinate the NGO SPAC Caucus focusing on sustainable production and consumption priorities throughout the World Summit on Sustainable Development. This activity included organizing a series of roundtables on production and consumption, including the report Waiting for Delivery: A Civil Society Assessment of Progress Toward Sustainable Production and Consumption. Jeffrey also wrote the chapter "Production, Consumption and the World Summit on Sustainable Development" in the book The World Summit on Sustainable Development: The Johannesburg Conference (Spring, 2005) and most recently "Mapping the Movement to Achieve Sustainable Production and Consumption in North America," in the Journal of Cleaner Production 15 (2007).
Roles within GLOSS: Sustainable Consumption and Production Consultant
Dr. Kersty Hobson (Australia)
Kersty Hobson is an expert on human dimensions of multi-scale environmental governance with a PhD on the politics and practices of sustainable consumption in post-industrial nations. Her current work also focuses on environmental justice, ethics and non-governmental organisations, with a particular interest in trans-national and national animal welfare groups and climate change justice. She is a co-recipient of UK Economic and Social Research (ESRC) Grant under Environment and Human Behaviour (2002-2003), recipient of Birmingham University Faculty of Science Small Grant (2002-2003), recipient of Australia-China Council Residence Award (2005-2006), invited member of international working group on sustainable production-consumption systems (SPACES) (2005-2007), editorial board member of e-journal Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy. Currently she is a lecturer at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University.
Roles within GLOSS: Environmental Governance Consultant
Mohiudin Babar (Bangladesh)
Mohiuddin Babar is the Executive Director of Bizcare, a private consulting firm engaged in Corporate Social Responsibility, Occupational Health and Safety; and Risk Assessment and Management. He has authored a book titled “Corporate Moral Responsibility” and is a columnist with The Financial Express in Dhaka writing on social, economic and sustainable development issues. Babar graduated from Dhaka University with Masters in English Literature and has been in journalism and teaching for several years. He has earlier worked as Secretary General of International Chamber of Commerce-Bangladesh. He is also a national television news anchor. He has been attending several international workshops and conferences steered by UNEP, UNIDO and Asian Forum on CSR. He has been the focal point of UNEP for a study of UNEP on sustainable consumption in Bangladesh. He is also the convenor of Nature Alliance, a non-profit forum of volunteers campaigning for sustainable consumption, waste minimization and sustainable development in Bangladesh.
Roles within GLOSS: CSR & PR Consultant
Lennart Pipper (Sweden)
Lennart Piper is an experienced Professional with substantial involvement in Environment, Quality, Occupational Health & Safety, Social responsibility and Information technology (IT). He has been involved from conception through development, implementation and support. With 30 years experience in the environmental and IT industry, principally involved the roles of business, systems and process analyst, as well as Project Management. Working on the development of software and process solutions for small enterprises. An author of several books and working for the Swedish Industry Association Lennart is working in a quatro certified management system, particularly interested in problem analysis and process management. He is accustomed to working at all levels from technician to managing director, and is ideally positioned to contribute support in expanding emerging markets with companies on the forefront of delivering business solutions especially for SME´s.
Roles within GLOSS: SME & Standards Development Consultant
Janis Brizga (Latvia)
Janis Brizga has extensive experience in conducting research and policy for environmental and sustainable development issues in Latvia and globally. He prepared Latvia’s NGO national Progress Reports on Sustainable development (one for Johannesburg Summit and other to the European Commission 2007). During the last 3 years he worked for the public policy center PROVIDUS, preparing sustainability assessment of Latvia’s National Development plan and in cooperation with others have prepared National Sustainable consumption patterns background report for UNEP and Strategic environmental impact assessment for National Development Plan. Currently he is member of the governmental working group on preparation of second National Sustainable Development Strategy 2008-2030 and working for environmental NGO Green Liberty.
Roles within GLOSS: Sustainable Development Policy Consultant
Daniel Ku (Taiwan)
Daniel Ku is CEO of “Bella Cycla Alliance” and senior adviser of the “Taiwan Furniture Manufacturers Association” in Taiwan. He is also the Founder and CEO of “Earthcare Ecotech International” registered in Hong Kong, which is a company that promotes sustainable designed furniture and life style. Daniel commenced professional life in 1971 at Island Woods International, and with his gradual realization that by selling cheaper and massive quantity of forest for wood transferred all his efforts to go to chipboard manufacturing from wood wastes, to have more utility of any kind of trees. He founded and initiated in Taiwan the modern chipboard manufacturing and then introduced more Italian and European wood working methods and lines for cleaner furniture production for upgrading Taiwanese furniture quality. In 80s Daniel become very active as an industrial design mentor in Taiwan and was an early bird for original design manufacturing. From early 1990’s he has been involved in green-Bio plastics from China (where he was born) and then became the senior marketing consultant for Novamont SPA for greater China market. From 1995 he also started paying attention to pet bottle and easy open can recycling and reuse. Besides being a leading green industrial businessman in the greater China region with technical background, he is also a teacher, poet, song writer and a publisher.
Roles within GLOSS: Sustainable Innovations Consultant
Kerry Arabena (Australia)
Kerry Arabena is a descendent through her father of the Meriam people of Murray Island in the Torres Strait. She is a social worker with an extensive background in public health and community development. Kerry has served as a Ministerial Appointee on national councils and been representative on local, regional and international advisory bodies. Kerry has been Director of the Regional Governance Unit in the Office of Indigenous Policy Coordination; Executive Director of Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT and Reproductive Healthcare Services in Canberra; Apunipima Cape York Health Council in Queensland; and Pintubi Homelands Health Service in the Northern Territory. Kerry has coordinated population health strategies across northern Australia and developed an expertise in sexual and reproductive health. She has made contributions in Australia and the Asia Pacific region through agencies such as the World Health Organisation and the World Bank in cross-jurisdictional areas such as gender issues, social justice, human rights, violence, access and equity, service provision, harm minimisation and citizenship rights and responsibilities. Kerry is currently a Visiting Research Fellow in Social Health at Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Studies (AIATSIS).
Roles within GLOSS: Indigenous Knowledge and Community Rights Consultant
Bruce Davison (United Kingdom)
Bruce Davison is the Business development consultant for GLOSS, since February 2008 he has been working in Sri Lanka with GLOSS partners CED and D&D and helping coordinate the 'Poverty to Sustainability' programme. From January 2009 he will be setting-up GLOSS operations in UK. His background is in research and analysis working in the academic and not-for-profit sector. His academic experience in the field of human neuropsychology contributed to the publication of articles on the sustained attention and emotional processing. After this period he moved into research and analysis in the not-for-profit sector. During this time Bruce undertook projects including a full portfolio analysis for a leading UK vocational organisation, mapping and streamlining a charities communications processes and the complete revision of an monitoring and reporting system within an organisation. Bruce's is experienced in a number of areas including project management, systems & process analysis, monitoring & reporting, stakeholder consultation and IT.
Roles within GLOSS: Business & Project Development Consultant
Simron Jit Singh (Austria)
Simron Jit Singh (Ph.D. Human Ecology) is a senior researcher and lecturer at the Institute for Social Ecology, University of Klagenfurt, Austria. His main empirical interests are to examine the altering patterns of society-nature interactions, biophysical indicators of resource use and flows, integrated monitoring, socio-ecological transitions and the impact of development aid and disaster response on the sustainability of local regions. He has conducted extensive socioecological research among pastoral nomads (Van Gujjars) of the Central Himalayas and the Nicobar Islands. He has been engaged in post-tsunami rehabilitation of the Nicobar Islands, providing scientific, mediation and process support. He teaches at the Universities of Klagenfurt and Vienna on courses relating to ecological anthropology, political ecology, sustainability and development, and complex disasters.
Roles within GLOSS: Social Ecology Consultant
Dr. Prasanna Ratnaweera (Sri Lanka)
Dr. Prasanna Ratnaweera is a geotechnical and geo-environmental engineer by profession and is also currently the director of the Staff Development Centre at the Open University of Sri Lanka. His work addresses the need to make technology locally relevant by reflecting it's use in a social, environmental and economic context. He specialises in a number of areas including; field research into contaminated soil remediation, conducting Environmental Impact Assessments, Assessing occupational health and safety; domestic rainwater harvesting research and implementation; rural technology. Prasanna also extends his knowledge and skills in using modeling as a strategic tool to plan sustainable development projects of GLOSS partners.
Roles within GLOSS: Environmental Design Engineering Consultant
Ambreen Waheed (Pakistan)
Ambreen Wahee is among the pioneers of corporate responsibility (CSR) and workplace process integrity in Pakistan. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the Responsible Business Initiative, Pakistan's only citizen sector organization dedicated to corporate responsibility. She has served on: the Board Nominating Committee of Global Reporting Initiative; the Steering Board UN Global Compact in Pakistan; the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) Governance Taskforce; and the Board of Trustees – Asia-Pacific Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption & Production. She is a founding member of: Asia-Pacific CSR Centers Group; the South Asia Alliance for Responsible Business; the Asian Forum on CSR; Fairtrade Pakistan; and the Globally Responsible Leaders Initiative of the Global Compact Learning Forum & EFMD. She has been invited as a CSR expert on the ICAP Corporate Governance Committee; SECP NGO Accountability Policy taskforce; the UNCTAD ISAR committee; the Accountability-UNEP Review Committee; Asia-Pacific regional ICT consultation. She has served the juries for the Asia Forum CSR Awards; AIM-INTEL Corporate Responsibility Award;and the ACCA-WWF Environmental reporting Awards. UN Global Compact working Group member for Role of Local Networks in the COP and engagement of Civil society organizations with UNGC. She Chairs the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Emerging Markets Working Group. Ambreen is the author of Pakistan's first CSR status report commissioned by the UNDP and SECP, (2005), and is co-author of AccountAbility's State of Responsible Competitiveness 2007 (foreword by AlGore) launched at GC Leaders Forum in Geneva. Lead the roundtable and concept paper for CSR Policy Change with CIPE (Chamber of International Private Enterprise). She has taught at ESSEC-France, and in the USA at the University of Michigan and the Wharton Business School. She has a Masters in Computer Science and MPhil in Management Science from the Judge Institute, Cambridge University-UK.
Roles within GLOSS: CSR Consultant