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Speakers

Keynote Address

Jeff Goodell

Jeff Goodell’s latest book, How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth’s Climate, won the 2011 Grantham Prize Award of Special Merit, one of the highest awards in environmental journalism. Goodell is the author of four previous books including Sunnyvale, a memoir about growing up in Silicon Valley that was selected as a New York Times Notable Book. Our Story, an account of the nine miners trapped in a Pennsylvania coal mine, was a national bestseller. Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America's Energy Future was described by the New York Times as, “a compelling indictment of one of the country’s biggest, most powerful and most antiquated industries…well-written, timely, and powerful.” In 2012, he won the Sierra Club’s David R. Brower award for excellence in environmental journalism. He is a Contributing Editor at Rolling Stone and a frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine. As a commentator on energy and environmental issues, Goodell has appeared on NPR, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox and The Oprah Winfrey Show.


Opening Remarks

Justin Elicker

Justin Elicker is a member of the New Haven Board of Aldermen. He has represented the neighborhoods of Fair Haven, Cedar Hill and East Rock for two terms. During that time he has focused on sustainable urban living, government transparency and fiscal responsibility. Justin also co-leads a community group called the Friends of East Rock Park. Justin is a graduate from Yale's joint degree program at the School of Forestry and the School of Management.

Prior to coming to New Haven, Justin worked for five years as a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., Taiwan and Hong Kong. He has also worked at the Yale Office of Sustainability, taught elementary school English in Taiwan and French at a high school in Connecticut. Justin graduated from Middlebury College in 1997 with a B.A. in Spanish and computer science.


Panel I: Climate Change Responsibility & the International Court of Justice

Lea Brilmayer

Lea Brilmayer is the Howard Holtzmann Professor of International Law at Yale Law School. She has also taught as a visiting professor or full time faculty at the law schools at Chicago, Texas, Harvard, Columbia, and New York University. Her main teaching interests are conflict of laws, international law, civil procedure, contracts, and African legal affairs. She has written dozens of articles on those subjects, and several books about international jurisprudence (including Justifying International Acts and American Hegemony: Political Morality in a One Superpower World).

Professor Brilmayer has had extensive experience as a consultant in conflict of laws and private international law. She has also served as lead attorney in several important public international law arbitrations dealing with boundary issues (Eritrea v. Yemen and Ethiopia v. Eritrea); maritime delimitation (Eritrea v. Yemen) and civil compensation for violations of the laws of war (Eritrea v. Ethiopia). Her current research interests center around the use of international litigation as a tool for the pursuit of international justice.

Aaron Korman

Aaron Korman represents the Republic of Palau as a Counselor and Legal Advisor at Palau’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations. He has also represented Palau at UN climate change negotiations, the recent Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, and UN consultations on the Law of the Sea. Mr. Korman practiced law in Toronto, Canada, before joining Palau’s Mission in 2010. He graduated from McGill University, the London School of Economics, and Queen’s University Law School. Mr. Korman was a Visiting Lecturer at Yale Law School in the fall of 2012, co-teaching a seminar on climate change and the International Court of Justice with Palau’s UN Ambassador, H.E. Stuart Beck, and Yale Law School Deputy Dean, Professor Doug Kysar.

Roy Lee

Professor Roy Lee is the representative of the Asian African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO) to the United Nations. He was a senior official of the United Nations Secretariat from 1967 to 1998 where he worked on issues of judicial settlement, the International Court of Justice, human rights, humanitarian law, law of the sea, treaty-making, peacekeeping and environmental law. In the 1990s, he acted as Director of the Codification Division and Secretary of the International Law Commission, the Sixth (Legal) Committee of the General Assembly and three other treaty-making bodies. He was the Executive Secretary of the UN Conference for the Establishment of the International Criminal Court. He teaches UN peacekeeping at Columbia Law School and environmental diplomacy at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He has published and edited nine books and some 25 articles on various subjects of international law. He was elected to the Institut de Droit international in 2002.


Panel II: Imperfect Solutions: What to do When Environmental Values Conflict

Eileen Gauna

Eileen Gauna, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Dickason Professor of Law, University of New Mexico School of Law, teaches courses in environmental law, environmental justice, energy law, climate law, administrative law and property. Her publications include Environmental Justice: Law, Policy and Regulation, a leading course book on environmental justice, along with numerous reports, chapters and law review articles on environmental law. Professor Gauna is a member scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform, the American Law Institute, serves on two environmental justice committees for sections of the American Bar Association, and is an executive board member of the New Mexico State Bar Section on Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law. She has completed several tenures on the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council and was a member of the NACEPT Title VI (Civil Rights Act) Federal Advisory Committee. Professor Gauna regularly speaks on environmental law issues, has testified before the Congressional Committee on Climate Change and Energy Security, and was a panelist at the White House Forum on Environmental Justice.

Jeff Thaler

Jeff Thaler is the University of Maine's first Visiting Professor of Energy Policy, Law & Ethics, and also is Assistant University Counsel for environmental, energy and sustainability projects. Professor Thaler graduated magna cum laude from Williams College and is a proud Yale Law School graduate. He clerked for Chief Justice Vincent McKusick and Senior Associate Justice Sidney Wernick of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, after beginning his legal career as an appellate public defender in New York City.

Before joining the University, Professor Thaler developed over several decades a wide-ranging legal practice focusing upon environmental and energy permitting, compliance, enforcement and litigation; as well as litigation for clients with commercial, medical and legal disputes, and insurance coverage, personal injury and toxic tort problems. For many years Professor Thaler has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for his work in environmental and natural resources law, commercial litigation and appellate law, and by Chambers USA for both his environmental and litigation practices; and by New England Super Lawyers for his environmental work. In 2010 he was elected the 3rd President of the American College of Environmental Lawyers, of which he also is a founder and charter member. Professor Thaler is the 2007 recipient of the Justice Louis Scolnik Award for his many years of pro bono civil liberties litigation work. He also represented a family, pro bono, who had lost their father in the collapse of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Professor Thaler has been permitting counsel for on-and off-shore wind projects and hydro power and wood-to-biofuel facilities, as well as many other commercial development projects; he continues as the attorney for UMaine's DeepCwind floating deepwater wind projects, as well as on a landfill gas project. Professor Thaler is the author of a a recent law journal article, "Fiddling as the World Burns: How Climate Change Urgently Requires a Paradigm Shift in the Permitting of Renewable Energy Projects", and the lead author of the Maine Environmental Handbook and the recent Lexis Nexis treatise "Treatment of Greenhouse Gases Under the National Environmental Policy Act." He also is a founder and Co-Chair of the Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine, the state's leading organization for that growing sector of Maine's economy.

In 2006-7 Professor Thaler created, and has directed annually since, a nationally-unique program for Williams College students entitled "Resettling Refugees and Immigrants in Maine", where the students each live for a month with a refugee or immigrant family and work with service providers. Jeff is married to Karen Massey, a Yale Law alumnus who is now a high school teacher, and his sons Greg (Yale'07) and Kai (Yale'09) are each in PhD programs a few hours from New Haven.

Oswald Schmitz

Oswald Schmitz is the Oastler Professor of Population and Community Ecology at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and his research examines the dynamics and structure of terrestrial food webs. His specific focus is on plant-herbivore interactions and how they are shaped by carnivores and soil-nutrient levels, both at the level of herbivore foraging ecology and plant-herbivore population dynamics. He also examines how natural systems are resistant and resilient to natural and human-induced disturbances, and his approach involves developing mathematical theories of species interactions in food webs and testing these theories through field experiments. This work deals with a variety of ecosystems and herbivore species, ranging from moose deer and snowshoe hare in northern Canadian forests to insects in New England old-field ecosystems.


Workshop: Factory Farming and the Law (Session I)

Martha Noble

Martha Noble is a Senior Policy Associate with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition in Washington, D.C. The Coalition is a nationwide alliance of sustainable agriculture, rural development, and environmental organizations. She is also a vice-chair of the Agricultural Management Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources and is on the Board of Directors of the Clean Water Network. She has also served on the U.S. EPA’s Farm, Ranch and Rural Communities Advisory Committee in two administrations. Ms. Noble received a law degree from the School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, she was a research professor and staff attorney with National Center for Agricultural Law at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, teaching in both the Masters in Agricultural Law and J.D. programs.

David Wolfson

David J. Wolfson is a partner in the Global Corporate Group at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP. He currently teaches Animal Law, and Farmed Animal Law and Policy, as an adjunct professor at NYU Law School, and Public Policy and Animal Protection at NYU as an adjunct professor. He has previously taught animal law at Cardozo Law School, Columbia Law School, Harvard Law School and Yale Law School. He is the author of a number of articles on animal protection law, with a focus on farmed animal law, and represents a number of animal protection groups including Mercy For Animals and The Humane Society of the United States, working in a number of areas including the successful farm animal protection ballot initiatives in Florida, Arizona and California.


Workshop: Human Rights and Indigeneity: Struggles Against Development-Induced Displacement and for Self-Determination in Guam and Israel (Session I)

Julian Aguon

Julian Aguon is a hybrid writer-activist-attorney whose work has taken the forms of polemical prose, law articles, lectures, speeches, and poetry. His work centers around human and indigenous rights under international law, with an emphasis in the rights of non-self-governing and indigenous peoples. He is the author of numerous collections of political essays focusing on people struggles in Guam and the larger Micronesian region around issues of colonization, neocolonialism, and militarism. He has also published several law articles focusing on the international law right of self-determination of peoples and the domestic jurisprudence governing the colonial relationship between the United States and its territories. Julian was chosen as a Petra Foundation Fellow in 2011 in recognition of his work on behalf of Guam and other Pacific Islander communities. Julian most recently prevailed in a motion to dismiss a challenge to the ability of native inhabitants of Guam to exercise their statutory right to self-determination before the District Court of Guam.

Hassan Jabareen

Hassan Jabareen is the founder and General/Legal Director of Adalah. He has extensive experience in litigating landmark constitutional law cases before the Israeli Supreme Court. These cases deal with equal citizenship rights of Palestinian citizens of Israel as well as the applicability of IHL to defend the rights of Palestinians living under Occupation. Major cases include representing Arab political parties and leaders in elections disqualification cases and in political-criminal cases, as well as challenging the Citizenship Law, which prohibits Arab family unification in Israel, and the No Compensation Law, which banned Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza from obtaining damages from Israeli security forces. Hassan also led the legal team representing the 13 bereaved families of the October 2000 killings and Arab political leaders before the Or Commission of Inquiry. Hassan has been teaching at Tel Aviv University law school and other law schools as an Adjunct Lecturer on the legal status of Palestinian citizens of Israel for 15 years. Hassan was a Yale World Fellow in 2005-2006 and is a Senior Robina Law Fellow at Yale Law School in 2012-2013. He has received several awards including the Peter Cicchino Award for outstanding public interest lawyering from the American University Washington College of Law, the Herman Schwartz Award for Law and Social Justice and the Victor Goldberg Award, top human rights law prizes.


Workshop: Climate Change and Corporate Practice: To Disclose or Not to Disclose? (Session I)

Carol Casazza Herman

Carol Casazza Herman is a sustainability consultant, educator, and environmental attorney. She founded Casazza Herman, LLC, a highly specialized sustainability consultancy providing management consulting services to business, not for profit and academic organizations. She recently participated in the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board Industry Working Group developing materiality standards for the health care sector.

Prior to forming her firm, Carol was Vice President, Global Environment, Health and Safety and Assistant General Counsel, at Pfizer Inc., where she managed the company’s worldwide Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) program. In that capacity, she led a multi-disciplinary team who supported the business in the areas of EHS compliance assurance, operational support, and stakeholder interactions. Previously at Pfizer, she headed the company’s EHS Legal Practice Group and provided counsel on local, national and international issues in business transactions, regulatory compliance and policy advocacy.

Her academic experience includes teaching several law and policy courses at Columbia University in an innovative graduate program in Sustainability Management. Carol is a Visiting Practitioner-in-Residence in Environmental Law/Special Professor of Law at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University where she teaches environmental law in transactions and has taught international environmental law topics in Otavalo, Ecuador. She is an Adjunct Professor of Law teaching Climate and Corporate Practice in the Pace Law School Environmental LLM program.

Carol started her career at the United States Environmental Protection Agency where she held positions first as an Environmental Scientist and then as an Assistant Regional Counsel. She earned her undergraduate degree in ecology from Rutgers College of Rutgers University and her juris doctorate from Hofstra Law.

Pam Lilak

Pam has more than 15 years of management consulting experience and has focused on sustainability since 2009. She is a Manager of Sustainable Business Solutions at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She has been with PwC since January 2008 and is the US Project Lead for the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). PwC is the global advisor and report writer for CDP, and as the US Lead, Pam manages the team that scores and writes the report for the S&P 500 companies. She also leads the firm's Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) efforts where she advises clients on best practices to gain or maintain entry to the index. As a sustainability reporting expert, Pam has years of insight into actions companies can take in the immediate term to submit responses and in the long term to close strategic performance gaps.

Previously she worked for Accenture and Booz Allen Hamilton where she focused on managing large-scale systems integration projects in not only the US, but also in Canada and Europe. Her clients represented the public and private sectors and the primary focus was organizational change management where she facilitated stakeholder engagement sessions that often included clients from 15 countries. During her initial years at PwC, Pam was a member of the Washington Federal Practice and advised federal government clients ranging from the Department of State to the General Services Administration.

Pam's community/professional activities include supporting PwC's Junior Achievement programs. For Fall Semester 2012, Pam is co-teaching an environmental policy class at NYU and was a guest lecturer at Pace University Law School on voluntary disclosure of corporate sustainability programs. Pam also contributed to a recent paper entitled Do Investors Care about Sustainability? Seven Trends Provide Clues. Pam holds an MBA with Honors from the George Washington University and a BS/BA with Honors from The Ohio State University. She has lived and worked in various European countries and is fluent in German.


Workshop: What if Plans Were the Law? (Session I)

Ann Powers

Professor Ann Powers is a full-time faculty member of Pace Law School’s Center for Environmental Legal Studies. Her scholarship includes articles on emerging ocean issues, water pollution trading programs, and citizen litigation, among other subjects. Professor Powers’ has worked with United Nations Environment Program projects and the World Conservation Union’s (IUCN) Commission on Environmental Law and its Law Academy. She chairs the Land-based Pollution Subcommittee of the Commission’s Oceans, Coasts & Coral Reefs Specialist Group. She was a co-organizer of a Workshop on High Seas Governance for the 21st Century, an international conference on policy and regulatory options to improve oceans governance held in New York City. She has served on many boards and panels, including the National Research Council’s Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Environmental Law, and the Board of Directors of the Environmental Law Institute. In connection with her work and professional activities she has testified on numerous occasions before the US Senate and House of Representatives, and state legislatures and commissions.

Christopher Serkin

Professor Serkin teaches and writes about land use and property law. His scholarship focuses particularly on issues relating to Local Governments, Eminent Domain, and the Takings Clause. He is the co-editor of a leading Land Use casebook, and his publications have appeared in the Chicago Law Review, Columbia Law Review, New York University Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, and others. His most recent scholarship is forthcoming in the University of Chicago Law Review and the Fordham Urban Law Journal.

Prior to joining Brooklyn Law School, Professor Serkin spent two years at New York University School of Law as an acting assistant professor in its Lawyering Program. He also previously served as a litigation associate with the New York office of Davis Polk & Wardwell. He was an articles editor of the Michigan Law Review, and following law school, he clerked for Judge John M. Walker Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and for Judge J. Garvan Murtha of the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont.

Tom Lindley

Tom Lindley is a partner at Perkins Coie and Firmwide Chair for Environment, Energy & Resources. Tom has over 25 years' experience with cutting edge environmental matters including strategic counseling; underground coal gasification (UCG) and carbon capture and sequestration (CCS), chemical weapons, air, water, and hazardous waste and solid waste permits; water quality and supply; greenhouse gases/climate change; cleantech/greentech; buying, selling, and developing contaminated properties; endangered species; oil spills response; enforcement defense; litigation and trials; site investigations and remediation; audits and due diligence; and investigation of potential criminal matters. Tom helped to conceive and create the nation's first watershed-based multiple source NPDES permit, the nation's first statutory Prospective Purchaser Agreement protections, the nation's first multi-party multi-species Candidate Conservation Agreement, the nation's first statutory environmental audit privilege, Oregon's water quality trading law, and the 2001 Oregon Sustainability Act.


Workshop: Interrupting the Intruders: Strategies for Creating Effective Policy to Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species (Session I)

Read Porter

Read Porter is a senior attorney and director of the Invasive Species Program at the Environmental Law Institute. In addition to recent invasive species studies focused on bioenergy and the interstate horticulture trade, Mr. Porter has published widely on a range of topics, including offshore energy development, marine law enforcement, and regulation of emerging technologies. Mr. Porter also serves on the advisory board of the Maritime Environmental Resource Center, a ballast treatment technology testing facility based in Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to joining ELI in 2006, Mr. Porter served as a law clerk for the Honorable Julia Smith Gibbons on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and was Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Environmental Law Review. Mr. Porter holds a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School and a B.A. summa cum laude in Geology from Amherst College.

David Sutherland

David Sutherland is the Director of Government Relations for The Nature Conservancy Connecticut Chapter. Mr. Sutherland works on environmental policy issues across the state, including invasive species policy and serves as a legislatively-appointed member of the Connecticut Invasive Plant Council. Mr. Sutherland also serves on the Steering Committee for the Connecticut Land Conservation and on the Board of Directors for Environment Northeast. Mr. Sutherland holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies from Antioch University.


Workshop: Shale Gas Development and Hydraulic Fracturing: Law and Policy Directions and Solutions (Session II)

Joe Osborne

Joe Osborne is Legal Director of the Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP), a Pittsburgh-based environmental nonprofit that has worked on air quality issues in southwestern Pennsylvania for over 40 years. In the course of his work with GASP, he has reviewed numerous air permits and rulemakings related to Marcellus Shale operations and has appealed natural gas facility permits in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Osborne is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Allegheny County, PA Air Program and is a former member of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee. Osborne received a J.D. from the Boston University School of Law in 2008.

Monika Ehrman

Monika Ehrman is currently pursuing her Master of Laws at Yale Law School. In Fall 2013, Ms. Ehrman will join the University of Oklahoma College of Law as an Associate Professor of Energy Law. She most recently served as General Counsel of CERES Resource Partners, L.P., a privately-held oil and gas company in Dallas, and was previously Senior Counsel with Pioneer Natural Resources, in Irving, Texas, and Associate Attorney in the Dallas office of Locke Lord LLP. She has practiced oil and gas litigation and transactions in such areas as the Eagle Ford Shale, Barnett Shale, and Permian Basin. She received her B.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Alberta and later received her J.D. from SMU Dedman School of Law. Prior to law school, Ms. Ehrman worked as a petroleum engineer in the upstream, midstream, and pipeline sectors of the energy industry. In addition to her experience with the technical aspects of the industry, she has also worked as an analyst in the areas of commodity risk management and energy trading. She is currently a Research Assistant for the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy and a Trustee-at-Large for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.


Workshop: Sustainable International Investment & Arbitration (Session II)

This workshop is being co-sponsored by students from Columbia Law School. For more information, contact Halley Epstein (halley.epstein@yale.edu).

Lise Johnson

Lise Johnson is the Lead Investment Law & Policy Researcher at the Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment. Her work at the VCC centers on analyzing treaty-based investor-state arbitrations, and examining the implications those cases have for host countries' domestic policies and development strategies. In addition, she concentrates on key institutional and procedural aspects of the legal framework, including efforts to increase transparency in and legitimacy of investor-state dispute settlement. She has a B.A. from Yale University, J.D. from the University of Arizona, LL.M. from Columbia Law School, and is admitted to the bar in California. Prior to joining the VCC, she was a legal consultant for the International Institute for Sustainable Development, and a fellow at the Center for International Environmental Law. She also spent four years as a litigator at the international law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, representing clients in a variety of environmental, commercial, and regulatory matters.


Workshop: Working the Inside With the Outside Game (Session II)

KC Golden

KC Golden oversees Climate Solutions' Policy Leadership Program, pioneering leading-edge state and local climate policies while helping to deliver strong regional support for responsible national and international climate policy. He has over 20 years experience in Northwest energy and climate issues in the public and nonprofit sectors. He has served in the public sector as a special assistant to the Mayor of Seattle for clean energy and climate protection initiatives and as an Assistant Director in Washington's Department of Community, Trade, and Economic Development, where he directed the state's Energy Policy Office. From 1989 to 1995, he was Executive Director of the Northwest Energy Coalition, a regional alliance working for a clean, affordable energy future.

KC is an active leader in the national climate movement, serving on the boards of 350.org and the US Climate Action Network. He has also been active in the utility industry, helping Seattle City Light become the first major carbon-free electric utility in the late 1990s, and as a Governor's representative to the Executive Board of Energy Northwest, a regional public power consortium.

KC was one of Seattle Magazine's "Power 25" most influential people, and it's #1 "Eco-Hero." In 2012, he was awarded the Heinz Award for Public Policy for his lifetime achievement as a climate advocate and policy architect. KC earned his Bachelors Degree at the University of California, Berkeley, and was a Kennedy Fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where he received a Master's in Public Policy.


Workshop: Empowering Women’s Voices During Climate Change Negotiations (Session II)

Ambassador Dessima Williams

Ambassador Williams is one of Grenada’s leading diplomat on climate change negotiations and has participated in several international climate change conferences, including the last for UNFCCC COPs, European Union meetings and sessions of the African, Pacific and Caribbean (ACP) states. Williams has played a key role in highlighting the need for urgency and ambition in responding to the threats posed by climate change in those conferences as well as in countries as diverse as Australia, Germany and Japan.

Described as a passionate hard-working diplomat, Ambassador Williams chaired the 43-member Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) January 2009-December 2011, and has been a strong advocate for Grenada’s voice for the survival and sustainable development of small island developing states, SIDS. Ambassador Williams attended the Rio + 20 Conference and now follows the post-2015 discussions within the UN. She has joined with other developing countries in advocating Grenada’s call for United Nations Security Council reform and slavery commemorations and has represents Grenada on the newest United Nations entity, UN-Women, the global advocacy body for equality between women and men and for women’s empowerment.

Ambassador Williams serves on the International Advisory Board of the Mary Robinson Foundation on Climate Justice and participates in the Steering Committee of the Global Islands Partnership. She is founder of the charity, Grenada Education and Development Programme, GRENED, which supports the schooling and development of secondary school-aged children to become community-based national leaders.

Ms. Williams served as Grenada’s Ambassador to the Organization of American States, 1979-1983, along with concurrent assignments to the World Bank and the Inter-American Commission of Women. Ambassador Williams holds a Ph. D. in International Relations from American University and taught at Brandies University for over a decade.

Bridget Burns

Bridget Burns is a gender and development specialist with several years of experience in managing programs and networks within global organizations, mainly in the areas of gender equality, human rights, sustainability and leadership development. Bridget is very passionate about the importance of mentorship and leadership development, particularly for young women. She speaks on the subject at workshops and on panels, most often with a focus on what it is to be a leader in the 21st century, particularly in the context of climate change and sustainable development. She is very proud to have worked at the Eleanor Roosevelt Leadership Center on their Girls Leadership Worldwide program, and to coordinate the LEAD International Fellows Training program. In her current work at the Women's Environment and Development Organization, Bridget coordinates the Women Delegates Fund, a program to support and enhance the participation of women delegates in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process. Since its inception, the WDF has evolved from a travel fund to an in-depth leadership program for a group of core participants. The Fund has allowed for targeted capacity-building in a range of areas from advocacy techniques to media skills, created a strong network of female delegates, and provided economic support. Bridget also coordinates activities on young women's leadership for sustainable development. Bridget graduated from Marist College in 2007 and has a Master's Degree in Gender, Development and Globalisation from the London School of Economics.


Workshop: Navigating Complex Trade-offs in Environmental Decision-Making: Valuation, Process, and Power (Session II)

Dr. Paul Hirsch

Paul D. Hirsch is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Additionally, Dr. Hirsch serves as a Research Director at the Program for the Analysis of Research on Conflicts and Collaboration at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, where he holds a courtesy appointment with the Department of Public Administration and International Affairs. In his research, he is interested in the intersection of science, politics, and ethical values in environmental problem solving. His current focus is on the development of an analytical approach to navigate complex trade-offs associated with large-scale environmental policies, such as Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD). Dr. Hirsch has facilitated deliberative environmental problem-solving workshops in a variety of domestic and international settings; his work has been supported by the MacArthur Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Worldwide Fund for Nature, and the Center for International Forestry Research. He has a Masters degree in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development from the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology and a PhD from Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Public Policy.

Dr. Asim Zia

Asim Zia is currently serving as Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Development and Applied Economics at the University of Vermont. He has a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research is focused on the development of computational and complex-systems based approaches for Policy Analysis, Governance Informatics and Adaptive Management. His published research spans the substantive policy domains of transportation, air quality and land-use planning; climate policy; and international development and biodiversity conservation. Currently, he is working with a large inter-disciplinary team on a MacArthur foundation funded project to understand the complexity of trade-offs between conservation and development policies in Tanzania, Peru and Vietnam. He is also developing agent-based models and complex system dynamic models to understand the dynamics of formation and continuation of regional governance networks, such as metropolitan planning organizations, regional planning commissions and watershed partnerships. His professional career began as a civil servant in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs of the Federal Government of Pakistan. Prior to joining the University of Vermont, he has also worked as a post-doctoral scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and as an Assistant Professor at the San Jose State University.