Mr. Peter Prokosch is the Managing Director of GRID-Arendal since 2006. Dr. Prokosch previously served as Chief Executive Officer of WWF Germany in Frankfurt, and as Director of WWF International´s Arctic Programme in Oslo, Norway. Furthermore, he also established and led the Wadden Sea Office of WWF Germany in Kiel (cooperation with University) and Husum, and served as Head of the research project "Functions of the Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea for Arctic Shorebirds" at the Staatliche Vogelschutzwarte Schleswig-Holstein in Kiel (department of Ministry for Agriculture and Forest). Prior to this, he performed consultancy activities for the government of Schleswig-Holstein on coastal protection measures in the Nordstrand Bay, as well as on Brent geese and saltmarshes.
Peter has a PhD in Zoology, Marine Biology and Oceanography from Christian-Albrechts University in Kiel, a diploma thesis (Zoology) on the ecology of Brent Geese (Branta b.bernicla) in the Wadden Sea of Schleswig-Holstein, and also completed coursework in Biology at the University of Bonn and Kiel.
Mr. Olav Orheim, Chairman, Board of Directors of GRID-Arendal. Work at the Norwegian Research Council with the International Polar Year Director for The Norwegian Polar Institute (1993-2005). In 2007 he was appointed Knight of 1st Class by The Royal Norwegian St.Olavs orden for his contribution for polar science. He just published a book on Norwegian glaciers called “Norske Isbreer”, which also discusses glaciers and climate change.
Mr. Peter Gilruth was appointed Director, Division of Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA) in February, 2007. Mr. Gilruth holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management and a PhD in Renewable Natural Resources Management. He has more than 20 years experience as an environmental scientist, project manager and strategist with academia, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the private sector where he collaborated closely with the US space agency NASA to bring the benefits earth science investments to state and local governments .
As a scientist, Mr. Gilruth has gained international recognition and respect, particularly in the field of environmental assessment. His career has been characterized by successes in applying environmental science, assessment and information to promoting and developing environmental policies at all levels.
Mr. Morten Wasstøl is Political Advisor to the Norwegian Ministry of Environment and International Development. Mr. Wasstøl is a politician for the National Board of the Socialist Left Party and led the Party's Committee on Environment Policy
From 2000-2005, Mr. Wasstøl was Programme Officer at GRID-Arendal. His main responsibilities were managing projects relating to urban environment reporting, capacity building in environment assessment and reporting in Africa, and joint projects with the Norwegian Pollution Control Authority.
Mr. Wasstøl is Master of Science in urban and regional development, from the London School of Economics 1999.
Nicole Glineur, Program Manager Biodiversity & Private Sector, the Global Environment Facility
Nicole Glineur is a Program Manager for Biodiversity and Private Sector with the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Prior to the GEF, she was a manager in the private sector, and in the World Bank she led a number of operations with private-public partnerships in the areas of marine ecosystems management, tourism, coastal zone management, energy, and protected areas management focusing on the financial and environmental sustainability of these operations. She has worked in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East and North Africa, and USA
Mr. Børge Brende is the Secretary Generay of the Norwegian Red Cross. Brende held the government posts of Cabinet minister of the Environment, 2001 to 2004, and Cabinet minister of Trade and Industry, 2004 to 2005. He has also been a member of the Norwegian parliament for more than 10 years. Brende served as Chairman of the UN Commision on Sustainable Development 2003-2004. In 2005 he took up the appointment of International Vice Chairman of the China Council for the International Cooperation on Environment and Development (advisory board to the State Council). In January 2008, Brende joined the World Economic Forum as a Managing Director in charge of relations with governments and civil society.
Mr. Pavan Sukhdev, Study Leader, TEEB
Pavan Sukhdev, a senior banker from Deutsche Bank, is currently on secondment to the United Nations Environment Programme to lead the agency’s “Green Economy Initiative”. This suite of related projects includes a vitally important and timely global study on ‘The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity’ (TEEB). It also includes the Green Economy Report, the Green Jobs Initiative, and several other partnerships both within and beyond the United Nations umbrella.
Pavan brings extensive experience from economics, finance, markets as well as conservation to these projects. He has shown himself to be a financial innovator. He founded Deutsche Bank’s Global Markets Centre in Mumbai, a captive front-office off-shoring platform, and a first of its kind. Pavan was instrumental in the evolution of India’s currency and interest rate and derivatives markets in the 1990’s. He was a member of several Reserve Bank of India (RBI) committees for the development of India’s financial markets. He championed the introduction into India of the Overnight Index Swap (OIS), which is today India’s most liquid traded interest rate swap instrument.
Pavan’s other assignments in Deutsche Bank have been as Head of the Money Markets Division for the Asia-Pacific region for Deutsche Bank, based in Singapore, and as Chief Operating Officer of the Bank’s global Emerging Markets Division, based in London, and covering Latin America, Eastern Europe, Asia, Middle East, and Africa.
Pursuing his interests in environmental economics and green national accounting, in 2003, Pavan co-founded the “Green Accounting for Indian States Project” for his Indian NGO, the Green Indian States Trust (GIST) www.gistindia.org. This project has set up an economic framework to measure sustainability at the state level for India, by accounting holistically for forestry, agriculture, health and education.
Pavan has been actively involved with conservation in India through Conservation Action Trust (CAT) www.cat.org.in, a leading conservation NGO of which Pavan was the founding Chairperson. In his spare time, Pavan manages a model rainforest restoration and eco-tourism project he had set up in Tarzali, North Queensland, Australia in 2001, and an organic farming and eco-tourism venture in the Nilgiri hills in Tamil Nadu, India.
Lars Kullerud, President, University of the Arctic
Lars Kullerud is the President of the University of the Arctic, UArctic. His office is based at UNEP-GRID/Arendal in Arendal, Norway. Lars has held the position of President of
UArctic since May 2002.
Before joining the UArctic team, he was the Polar Programme Manager for GRID-Arendal (United Nations Environment Program/Global Research Information Database - Arendal), and worked extensively with Arctic information and assessment, including Arctic inputs to UNEP's Global Environmental Outlook designed to help governmental and non-governmental organizations protect the Arctic environment.
Throughout his UArctic Presidency, Lars has continued to foster an academic interest in northern environment and development issues and has also been actively engaged in building up the UNEP Shelf program at GRID-Arendal which has assisted some 50 developing countries and small island states to document their extended continental shelf according to the UN Law of the Seas. With the UArctic president as a integral part of UNEP/Grid-Arendal, he serve as a member of GRID management.
His academic background is in Precambrian Geology and Isotope Geochemistry, development of geostatistical methods for petroleum resource assessments, as well as assessments of the Arctic environment. Lars has authored or co-authored several publications in environmental sciences and geosciences, on both a regional and international level.
Eivind Ljøstad, Incoming Chief Editor, Agderposten
Eivind Ljøstad takes over as chief editor for the local news paper Agderposten 15th of September. The last two years he has been leading the communication bureau Dale+Bang in Kristiansand. The press man Ljøstad, originally from Saltrød in Arendal, worked 18 years in the national paper Dagbladet, ten years as a news editor.
Mr. Håkon Gulbrandsen is State Secretary for International Development of the Norwegian Ministry of International Development. Mr. Gulbrandsen is a Norwegian diplomat and politician for the Socialist Left Party. Before his current position, Mr. Guldbrandsen career includes serving as embassy secretary in Damascus and Pretoria, and advisor on human rights and democracy to the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Mr. Guldbrandsen's academic background is in Law. He is a Candidate of Law (cand. jur.) from the University of Tromsø in 1995.
Mr. Claude Martin has been the Director General of WWF International from 1993 to 2005. He pioneered new approaches in international conservation, such as WWF’s target-driven programmes, and many partnerships such as the WWF-World Bank Alliance on Forest Conservation, and the Amazon Region Protected Areas Plan (ARPA) between the Brazilian Government, the World Bank, the GEF and WWF. From 1995-2006 Claude Martin has been a member of the China Council on International Cooperation, Environment and Development (CCICED) – a high level advisory body to the Chinese Government. Before joining WWF International, he was Chief Executive of WWF-Switzerland from 1980 to 1990. In the 1970’s he lived in Central India, studying the ecology of the threatened barasingha deer, and worked as Director of National Parks in the rainforest areas of Ghana.
Currently he is the Chairman of the International Sustainability Innovation Council of Switzerland. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and Chancellor of the International University in Geneva (IUG) – a business school.
A Swiss, Claude Martin was born in Zurich in 1945. He holds an MSc from the University of Zurich where he graduated with a PhD thesis in wildlife ecology in 1975.
Mr. Peter Johan Schei is a Norwegian biologist/ecologist from the University of Oslo. He has been working for the Ministry of Environment 1973-1985 and Directorate for Nature Management(DN) 1985-2004. He was Director General for DN 1989-1995 and Chief Negotiatior for Norway regarding CBD and other "green" conventions from 1989-2004. Since 2004 he has been CEO of the Fridtjof Nansen Institute in Norway. Schei has been deeply involved with international work on biodiversity and conservation matters and has i.a. been chair of SBSTTA under CBD. He was also responsible for the biodiverity issue under Kofi Annan`s WEHAB-initiative at the Johannesburg SUMMIT in 2002.
Mr. Arab Hoballah is Chief of the Sustainable Consumption and Production Branch in the Division of Technology, Industry and Economics of UNEP since October 2005.
Deputy Coordinator of UNEP/Mediterranean Action Plan, 1998-2005, responsible for MCSD; Deputy Director of the Blue Plan, 1991-1998; Before 1991, project management in development countries in the field and as consultant.
Sustainable development depend on consumption and production patterns through individual/collective decision/behaviour, promotion of a culture of change and adequate policy reforms, and a multi-stakeholders approach.
Mr. Hoballah holds an Ph.D. in Economic Development, a M.Sc, Economic Tools and Prospective Analysis and M.Sc, International Relations.
Mr. Erik S. Reinert, Professor, Tallinn University of Technology, and Saami University College, Kautokeino, Norway.
Erik S. Reinert is Professor of Technology Governance and Development Strategies at Tallinn University of Technology. Reinert is also a Professor at Saami University College in Kautokeino.
The research area of Professor Reinert is the theory of uneven growth, i.e. the factors which – contrary to the predictions of standard economic theory – cause world economic development to be such an uneven process. The outlines of the particular framework of evolutionary economic theory to which Reinert subscribes can be found at www.othercanon.org Reinert holds a BA from Hochschule St. Gallen, Switzerland, an MBA from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University. He has worked as managing director of a multinational manufacturing firm with production plants in four European countries. His book How Rich Nations got Rich and why Poor Countries Stay Poor (London, Constable & Robinson, 2007) was on Financial Times’ bestseller list and. His edited books include Globalization, Economic Development and Inequality: An Alternative Perspective (Cheltenham, Elgar 2004) and (with Jomo K.S.) The Origins of Economic Development, How Schools of Economic Thought have Addressed Development (London, Zed 2005).
Mr. Alister Doyle is an environment correspondent for Reuters News based in Oslo. Mr. Doyle was appointed Reuters first fulltime environment correspondent in 2005, and has previously worked for Reuters for 25 years in Paris, Central America, London and Brussels. His main purpose this year is on the UN climate negotiations leading up to Copenhagen in December.